Thursday, April 29, 2010


Guess you didn't read the last post huh Baby H? MOTHERS KNOW EVERYTHING!!! And if they don't they find out...isn't that how it went, mom? Apparently she only pretends she can't hold a bottle at home. Of course she already doesn't want to be rocked to sleep anymore, so I guess I should enjoy the last few months of giving her a bottle.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Glad that is over

So, last week was hellatious! Yes that is a word, pronounced hee-el-ay-shus! It was an insane week at work - for a good cause - that ended with some nasty weather and a few threatening phone calls. Oh well, if there is anything that I have learned in my short (albeit full) life, it is that you can't make all the people happy all of the time.
Side step: I remember my mom telling me the quote from Abraham Lincoln at a very young age "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time" - I had a fictional language problem. And I quickly learned that Moms know EVERYTHING! Hear that Baby H? EVERYTHING!! all I have to show for this weekend is this:

I have no idea what I have done. I blame that 19lb baby that I have been toting around. I am going to try this for a week and then see what happens. It was cheaper than a visit to the doctor, but it is really getting in the way of my blogging!

Baby H did attend the delayed, but wonderful Double Decker Festival, and she had a big time. And her first nap on the go. She passed out in her jogger and slept for a good hour while we navigated the crowds and crafts.

We have a busy week coming up. Lots of things on the schedule. Tonight is a public hearing for our not-so-big-but-rather-bad utility company. They want to increase rates by about 27% and that is just ridiculous, considering there are constant issues, boil water notices, I could go on and on. Any tips on how to shame them into better service at a reasonable rate?

I am still struggling with the working mommy guilt, but I have discovered a few things: I like to eat, I like to bathe, and I like to stay out of the rain - all very good motivators for staying right where I am. I never envisioned myself as a SAHM (stay at home mom), I don't think I would hate it, but I don't think I could do it full time either. For a lot of reasons...God bless those women that do.
I would love a few more non-work hours in the day though. I just keep daydreaming about what I could get done if I had an extra hour or two. I would LOVE to play with Baby H more, she is singing, clapping and wiggling up a storm! Now who wouldn't want more of that in their lives? But I would also really like to get a bit more cleanliness and organization done on the domestic front. The dust bunnies are winning this war and by 7:30pm I just don't have any fight left in me. And DON'T get me started about working out. I am doing Weight Watchers and I can tell a difference already. But I miss my daily runs and regular yoga schedule.
I know I can't have it do it all, but is it ok to want to?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What's going on

Here are a few pics for you to see. We have been so busy going and doing that I have had zero time to post!

We finally tested out the swing - Baby H has a love/ hate relationship with the swing. She is so excited about getting in it and going, but then it is like she realizes "Hey, wait a could be holding me, GET ME OUT!"

She attended her first Rebel baseball game, thanks to our wonderful friend Mary Elizabeth! We LOVE Mary Elizabeth, she kept Harper when she was a teeny baby and now she keeps me sane as my running buddy. We even have matching running shoes!

Here is Baby H with some of her friends from daycare. You have to love that she knows she is way to big for the baby seat, but she is making it work. And checking on everyone in the process.

Let me think...what else has she been doing...
OH! New teeth coming in, yes that is tooth number 5 that is here and number 6 on the way. Too bad all I can really get her to use them on is my shoulder. Maybe its the food, I mean how good can those little puffs really be?
Still no movement yet, well that isn't entirely true. She can rotate 360 degrees around in one spot but hasn't quite got the forward motion down just yet. Not that I am in a rush, but man that kid is so PISSED that she can't get anywhere. In the meantime my rather under-toned arms are providing her immediate transportation needs. The union is about to go on strike.

I know you don't come here to read about anything else, but in case you did here is a brief overview of what has been going on in the rest of our lives: Hubs is on a two week break from school, and we are so excited to have him around a little more! And I will take this moment to publicly (yes you 13 are the public) brag on him for being amazing around the house. I don't think I have had to ask him once in about five days to help with something. I just came home for lunch and saw that a load of laundry had been completed. Yes, ladies be very jealous. AND he has a cute booty!
Meanwhile I am dealing with some major delayed working mother issues...everything was going fine until we hit this slightly clingy phase. I may go into details later, and it is not that I want to be a stay at home mom. I just am trying to figure out how to balance it all, remain sane and not propogate some martyr complex in the process. I am reading and praying a lot. It is helping and I will let you know what I come out with on the other end!

Friday, April 2, 2010

So little time...

I am sorry I have not updated everyone on the Bridge Run weekend! As I recap the week's events you will understand why.
The trip to Charleston, SC was amazing! Thanks to these two ladies: Meg and Mary Elizabeth. Meg will have a much more eloquent recap of the run on her blog. She ran with her sister, ran the whole dang thing! ME and I, well we paced ourselves. Thanks ME for not leaving me in the dirt! I have really only run a handful of times in the last month because of work, sick baby, travel, and what not. Excuses aside, we finished in just over an hour, and we figured we ended up walking maybe a mile and running the rest. Not bad for someone who had a baby 7.5 months ago - even if I still look like I had her 4 months ago.
I have come to realize that for some the baby weight doesn't just fall off. For some it hangs around, like a reserve of energy to pull from. Which is good, because some days you don't have time to eat.  I am ok with that, but I am making an attempt to be a bit more proactive about it these days.

Speaking of not having time to eat. After a productive seven consecutive days at work I got a phone call from daycare to come pick up Baby H because she had 101 fever. So we stayed home on Wednesday, to paint our toenails and eat bon bons. Oh wait, that is what some people thought we did. We actually spent most of the day rejecting naps and fighting bottles, not usually a big deal but when the fever climbed to 104, I was a little concerned. I think that is when baby brains actually start cooking. Lots of whining and rocking with a damp washcloth on her forehead seemed to help the most. She managed to get in one nap in momma's lap. Sad, sad baby. 

Thankfully we all survived and I was able to have a very productive Thursday leading a session for Oxford's finest future leaders. Thanks to my mom who came to keep Baby H who was still wavering between 100 and 101. She also managed to clean most of our house, get flowers and so some Easter decorating. I am thinking these super-powered multitasking skills are learned, not inherited like I had hoped.
Today is Good Friday and I am so thankful to have the day off from work. We have had a great morning so far and Baby H is resting up for another round in the baby jogger! Here is a photo of her in her high chair, I think she likes it.