Thursday, May 29, 2008
Our trip was absolutely fantastic. Otto was a DOLL on the plane (i.e., he slept the whole way there, slept/chattered/played on the way back. ) He totally entertained all the passengers in our near vicinity and had people laughing and cooing at him. It was borderline ridiculous, really, but kind of fun. Navigating the airports was also just fine. The Ergo was a LIFESAVER. I was so glad I opted for that instead of a stroller.
Once we arrived, we found that Missouri was warm (but not too warm), humid (but not too humid) and lovely with the lush foliage and beautiful blooms. The forest surrounding my folk's house up in the Ozarks was positively teeming with wildlife; humming birds, turtles, wild turkeys, songbirds...Otto was totally fascinated every time we stepped out onto the porch. (The only downside: I got a tick on me but eh, you know, it wasn't so bad.)
My grandad (my 83 YEAR OLD grandad) drove 10 hours EACH WAY to see us. My dad played the piano for Otto just like he did for me when I was little. My mom snuggled and nuzzled him and read him stories.
Now we're back to reality and its really not so bad. My "Monday" was really Wednesday and a short week is always nice.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
True, its only a 2 hour flight from Denver to St. Louis BUT. There's the 2 hour car trip to Denver. (And the getting through security, blah blah blah...) Then the 2 hour car trip from St. Louis to my parents house. So it will be a looooong day of travel.
I do, however, think I'm as ready as I'm gonna be. The game plan is this: I will wear Otto on my front in the Ergo, have a backpack serving as diaper bag/purse, have our rolling duffle in one hand and the car seat in the other. Oila! A one-woman traveling circus.
Wish us luck and bon voyage!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Shopping-wise, I got some new chucks (i.e. Converse Sneakers- yay!) , some tops for work and I also got to go to a Target (which is kind of a big deal since we don't have one in our town). In addition to all that, the Husband gave me a wonderful card telling me that I'm an awesome Mama and an Ergo Baby Carrier is on its way. Yippee!! (For what its worth, this is what I'd asked for for...I love it when he listens :)
I finished the day with a hot bath after Otto went to bed. Perfect.
How was yours?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
This month has been one of CHALLENGES. Between the 3 of us, someone has been constantly sick since what feels like FOREVER. And you HATE taking medicine but really, who can blame you? Through it all,however, you have been a little trooper. Your light is really starting to shine and I love the child you are becoming.
Physically you have really grown this month. You outgrew your infant car seat and are now in your fancy-pants Britax convertible. You weigh over 20lbs. and are a tall baby- wearing 12 month sizes in just about everything.
You love to sit up and play but can't quite sit up from laying down yet. Don't worry- you'll get there. You also love just rolling and scooting around on the floor. Very independent. I know its only a matter of time before you are crawling all over the place. You have also perfected the lunge- reaching with lightening speed for anything and everything we have when you are in one of our laps. We are quickly learning, however, to keep things out of reach! (Although, sometimes we slip up like last week when you nearly ingested half of my grocery list. Oops.)
You are also starting to really get into food. Your favorite so far, hands down, is pears. You are mostly self feeding at home but eating homemade purees at daycare. I've really enjoyed making baby food for you and between the frozen breastmilk and babyfood cubes, you are kind of taking over our freezer. You have one tooth now, and I think you're working on your second. Sometimes we call you "Toofus."
You love music, that much is clear. Your favorite song for me to sing is "Itsy Bitsy Spider." And playing piano is a favorite activity. Well, its more like banging piano at this point, but its fun nonetheless. You also LOVE reading stories. Our favorite at the moment is Big Red Barn. We read at least 3 books everynight and you just snuggle up to me and hold your blanket. Its awesome.
Also, you are developing a real sense of humor and love it when we suprise you- with funny faces or by throwing you up in the air or turning you upside down. You love it all. And we love your belly laughs.
You are still sleeping with us and I love it for the most part except for when you are awake and kicking me at 5am on a Saturday. Let's see what we can do about that, kthanks.
Love you to pieces,
Monday, May 5, 2008
Nothing, she says. Its germy ol' daycare. This is just what happens. It would be happening now or when he went to kindergarten. And its better to be exposed to all this stuff now while he has the protections of breastfeeding because he could be sicker. After all, pink eye and ear infections are pretty easy in the grand scheme of things. And it will be better in the summertime.
Nice, huh? I guess this makes me feel better in some sense, but even more helpless and frustrated in another. If it was under my control, at least I could DO SOMETHING. Blah. I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing and hope that as the weather warms up, the situation will improve some.
I am, however, making strides in my goal to de-tox our home. After a great deal of research, I've decided to patronize a wellness company that sells all natural cleaning supplies, soaps, cosmetics, vitamins, etc. I get my first shipment this week and in it will be laundry detergent, tub and tile cleaner, all purpose cleaning wipes, toothpaste, deodorant, disinfectant, lotion, soap, and some other items- all free of toxins, nasty chemicals, phosphates, formaldehyde, etc. I'm excited. I just hope I like them.
In other news, spring has sprung here (finally) and the weather is truly beautiful today. We go to summer hours at my work next week which means that my day is 7:30am-4:30pm instead of 8-5. And while it may not seem like 1/2 hour makes that much difference, it really does. Getting off at 4:30 is way better than getting off at 5. Don't ask me why.