Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Spanksgiving



Miles's first ELC art project; be still my heart...


I am busting at the seem with gratitude and thanks this year...good thing it is wordless Wednesday, or I would have you reading until 2009. I am most thankful for the 2 loves of my life, imaged below:(2 images above from XC banquet)

Finally, the lengths parents will go to in order to get a "rise" out of a 6 month old. (I swear the second the camera is on, he gets performance anxiety.)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

we're back! (sort of)

Update: Brother ("brah" as one of his Dr's called him) is doing better. Out of the hospital, but certainly not 100%. They think all of his symptoms are related to his parasitic infection, and he is still sore in the knee and shoulder and having some slight GI issues, but is on the mend! (In large part to the wonderful care he received both at the hospital, but also due to his amazing wife. Nurse/Aunty/cheerleader Shirl!) Thanks for everyone's concern! I(n other news, my paternal grandmother is in the hospital as she had a heart attack. I tell ya...life throws you curve balls all of the time.)

Miles had his 6 month check up, and there is a lot to report. As a teaser, he weighs 15lbs 5oz, and hit the 13% for weight...but he is in the 55% for length!!! This kid is catching up. Additionally, Mr and Mrs Schlotty visited this past weekend, and we all had a great time. Details and pictures forthcoming...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mystery Diagnosis

I am going to veer away from my mommy musings for a bit, and just say that my sporadic attention to my blog is due to a number of factors:

1. Work is insane. I am also spending some of my weekends doing some contract work with a former employer (babies are expensive!)
2. Sleep deprivation.
3. My brother has been suffering from a mysterious illness over the past couple of weeks and was admitted to the hospital last night. It's a little scary as after multiple tests, IVs, it is still unclear what is going on. He is not getting better after treatment; in fact, he is getting worse. What started as a serious GI infection has now spread to some sort of joint infection, and I guess there is some chest pain involved. (HIPPA would not approve of my sharing.) For all of my infectious disease specialist readers, give me a buzz...we need your help!

Once life settles a bit, I'll be back to my loquacious self.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The 1st rule of Mommy Club...

1. The first rule of Mommy Club is you do not talk about Mommy Club
2. The second rule of Mommy Club is you DO NOT talk about Mommy Club
3. The third rule of Mommy Club is if you sneeze, sniffle, cry, fever or need a sick day, the baby doesn't care.

(So I took creative liberty with the rules...anyone get the movie?)

I feel that ominous presence of a virus creeping up on me. I am actually surprised it has taken this long. I won't go into a litany of my symptoms as I have been anointed a member of Mommy Club and am learning the gravity of rule #3. You cannot get sick, and if you do get sick, no one cares (especially your baby). I wanted so desparately to tell Miles that I needed a nap today, but his response was something along the lines of "Nnn-ga, Nnn-ga." (Translation: Wow. Listen to my voice. Can you feed me?")

That being said, it was a wonderful and busy weekend despite whatever is ailing me.

Friday night we had a lovely dinner at one of Eric's runner's parents house as it was State XC weekend. The nice thing about Miles is that everyone is eager to hold him, and I was able to eat a nice pasta dinner with a well deserved glass of red wine. I am telling you, my arms have never been so cut as holding this child is getting more and more taxing with each layer of chunk.

Friday late night is not worth discussing as I refuse to pay any mind to Miles's continued sleep strike.

Saturday morning was so early, it would be considered a late night for me back in 2000 at Bates College. Let's just leave it at that. Eric headed off to the state meet on the XC bus, and I got Mee-lays ready for a lovely 1.5 hour drive to Carollton, GA. He did surprisingly well, and I stayed awake with the help of NPR and a seltzer. It must be peak season in GA, because I felt like I was driving through a Bob Ross painting on route 166 W. (Minus that big, black, "happy" tree he always paints in the middle of the canvas--anyone with me?) The air was clear, and the stage was set for what ended up being an amazing meet. Marist won both the boys AND girls state meet! And, one of our boys was the state champion. Finally, Marist has come back to claim their spot as the eminent XC force in GA. The ride home with Miles was, well, interesting. We were doing well until his hunger struck--he had had a bottle that I had pumped, but lunchtime came too quickly. No amount of static on the radio would pacify his grown hunger. And to be fair, I was getting quite uncomfortably full, and knew we wouldn't make it home. So, I stopped at Cobb Galleria and found some random hotel parking lot and positioned the car in the back, near the dumpster in the shade. The milk pressure was too great, and it was a messy feeding session. A note: don't wear a sports bra and try to nurse after not pumping for 4+ hours. It was so comical, I had to call Eric. PLUS, not one, but two cars parked near me on 2 separate occasions. Why would they park for 10 minutes in an empty parking lot, next to the station wagon near the dumpster, with a mom nursing in the back seat? Anyway, it was an adventure...

I am not looking forward to the 11 hour drive to OH or the 3 hour flight to MA in December. I'll need some advice on traveling with a baby.

Sunday was full of yard work, and then we had the XC banquet. Again, Miles was a champ. Everyone commented on how well he behaved, and we were glad to be there to support Eric. Unfortunately, his bedtime routine has been disrupted, and I got home at 8:20, swaddled him and put him right into his crib. No books, no singing, and I could be paying for it in an hour or two.

I am not really sure if this post contributed anything to my readership, but I am avoiding the Medela pump that sits before me. With so much activity outside of the home, I used up all of the pumped bottles and have to miraculously produce 15oz before 7am. Wish me luck...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pulling an All-Nighter

I try to keep politics out of my blog, which is an exercise in extreme self-control, but I had to comment on the amazing events of the past 24 hours. (For all of you who stayed up late watching election coverage and feel the strain in functioning today, I challenge you to stay up again tonight, and the next night, and then the next night...or try 5+ months of pulling all-nighters without the distraction of an election, studying for an exam, or, say, a college party.)

Regardless of who you voted for, I think there is no question that what we witnessed last night is remarkable. I feel a renewed sense of trust and hope for our future ("Yes we can!"). For so long, I was that "kid" who was the country's future--and now I realized that I am raising that kid who is our future. Knowing that Miles is starting off during such a transitional and momentous time gives me the chills.

Obama's speech was wonderfully crafted, and pitted against footage of MLK just leaves one breathless. (The puppy part was great.) Additionally, I do have to say that McCain's concession speech was humble and genuine. I cannot say I dislike the guy, and do hope that what few glimmers of Ye Oldde Johnny Maverick that remained at the end of his campaign survive to do some good in the coming years. I think it best for me to leave the topic of Palin alone; it could get ugly. I hope that she spends some quality time with her family--especially with her new baby as well as her baby who is having a baby.

I am absolutely disheartened that Proposition 8 was passed in California. It is a state constitutional amendment-- Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Those who supported "yes" on 8 blazed on with the motto "protect marriage." From what, I ask? Here is a quick 30 second video on the no on prop 8 website. Divisive, intolerant, offensive...enough said.

Finally, I just need to give a shout out to some of my peeps who worked tirelessly during the campaign season. Studs and Bec in California and Mama D in Atlanta...I am so proud of all of your efforts. True, they were all supporting a cause I believe in, but I have a general sense of pride in the excitement of my peers over the past year--even the staunch Republicans! :) I really think that political apathy is decaying in those 35 and under, and it makes me energized (not enough to tackle the laundry next to me). If anyone has watched Luke Russert (son of late Tim Russert), he makes my heart flutter. It is a completely platonic crush, promise (I luckily married my soul mate). I get excited seeing how active he is in politics and issues, and think he is tapped into the younger generation.

Finally, I thought I would share a great Obama button website from Studs, and include a random sampling of ones I thought were fun. As I said to some others...if only I had my 1986 jean jacket littered with buttons, I think I would have some new additions.

(Next post--it's back to mommy mania!)





Saturday, November 1, 2008

Boo!

Video taken at 7AM...


Miles's first Halloween was fantastic! As you can tell from the picture below, he had the stone cold Mummy face down (it is his "you are taking a picture of me, so I will look like a deer in the headlights" pose). He wore his Mummy outfit and carrot hat (that we pretended to be a pumpkin hat) for the day at the ELC, and then we put him in the legit pumpkin costume from Grandma and Opa for a brief photo shoot.

Full spread here.



Green-atude (I now think it should be Green-itude; oh well!):

October 20
Turn down your thermostat

October 21
Read your Consumer Report www.epa.gov/safewater/ccr

October 22
E-mail an elected official to thank, inform, or discuss. usa.gov/contact/elected

October 23
Try homemade shampoo. Mix 1 Tbsp baking soda with 1 C hot water. (We did not try this one...sorry!)

October 24
Have your kids try a new dip like hummus or guacamole

October 25
Make your own Halloween costume

October 26
Make your own minestrone soup

October 27
Get something or give something on Freecycle.org

October 28
Turn your water heater down to 120 or lower

October 29
Cut fresh veggies into shapes and make edible art

October 30
Make non-toxic Gloop. Mix 1 C water and 1 C cornstarch. (This is fun! I did it a lot when I was younger.)

October 31
Host a Green Halloween Party! (Not sure what this all entails...)