Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, I promised last year that I would be a good parent, and I think I have started that off well. This year's resolution is a continuation on that theme: always, ALWAYS putting my family first.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank god.
5. What countries did you visit?
Zero. Gestating and birthing kept us in town.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A more positive outlook on life. Noah has definitely helped with that and I hope to continue well into the rest of my life.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 29, 20o8: Big ultrasound reveal to tell us we were having a boy. July 20, 2008: The birth day of said boy.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Giving birth. Hands down. (Do we sense a theme here?)
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping in close touch with far away friends. I plan to remedy that in 2009.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Episiotomy, anyone? Damn that hurt.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn't buy it (hello, budget) but my SLR camera that my parents gave us this Christmas.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Again, Tim's. He is an amazing father and he works so hard to make sure Noah and I are cared for and happy.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one really.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Diapers, baby toys, baby clothes, baby baby baby. That should be reason enough to wait until you're old enough and financially secure to have a kid.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
NOAH. Oh, and Noah.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Beethoven for Babies...on repeat in the car.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? So much happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Damn it.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer, see #14.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cuddled with Noah. There is never enough cuddling for me.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about Noah. I spent far too much time on the internet reading new mom message boards and fuh-reaking out about every little thing.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With our families.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Oh hell yes.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Gossip Girl. I am 16.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24. What was the best book you read?
Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. It may not have been literature, but it was damn funny and made me feel less like a moron.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
What is this music you speak of? Unless it was created for babies, I haven't heard it lately.
26. What did you want and get?
27. What did you want and not get?
Sleep. Same as last year.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmm, first this music thing and now movies...didn't get to see much this past year.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27 this year and spent the day baby-free.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having to worry about money.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Yoga pants...with stretch.
32. What kept you sane?
Tim and his patience.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Barry O. We have so much to look forward to, he and I.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Oh I don't know...let me think...SARAH PALIN.
35. Who did you miss?
All my friends who live far, far away from me.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Noah. He rocks.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Life is so much sweeter when you have someone special to share it with. Whether that be a wonderful partner, a child, or a supportive family, life doesn't seem so knock-down hard at times.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Like movie quotes, this is just something I can't do well. I'll leave it to you to add whatever sums up YOUR year.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I think you and I both deserve a hearty congratulations for making it five whole months. For some reason, this month's birthday really meant a lot to me. Maybe it's because you are now firmly in "baby" territory and the newborn phase is definitely over. Maybe it's because I felt that by five months I should have my act together. Ha. I SO don't. But you don't know that because you're just a itty, witty, bitty baby who loves to laugh and smile with your whole body. From the tip of your head to the bottom of your toes, you smile with everything you've got.
So much has happened this past month. You began to roll over, your first tooth arrived and you're THISCLOSE to sitting unsupported. You've tried rice cereal many times and are still a bit ambivalent about it all. Shhh, don't tell anyone but we may just forget about the cereal and move straight to the hard stuff...sweet potatoes. That's right. Big boy food. We'll see. I am kind of chicken when it comes to change with you. You're growing up so so so fast I can barely keep up. But with this growing up comes all the delightful moments we have. And these moments are made all the better because you sleep through the night and THANKYOUSOMUCH.
This month our goal is to get you on a daytime schedule. So far you call the shots but guess what? Game over buddy. Mama's in charge from now on. Hopefully you'll humor me for at least a few days and get to napping at regular intervals. Please. It will make our lives so much easier and our days much more predictable. And maybe you could nap for longer than 45 minutes? You used to but this silly teething business has really messed with the hours long naps. And mama needs her downtime to read blogs, err, um, work out.
I love you so much little man, so very much. I am so excited to see what this next month brings for you and for our family.
Posting will be light around here due to the holiday, so Noah wishes you an early Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! He didn't have a driedel handy for his posed photos, just a Santa hat, my apologies.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The fingers are CONSTANTLY in the mouth. Sometimes he gets the whole fist in there and gags himself. You would think he would learn the first time...
I mean, seriously? At 4 and a half months he's already learned how to ham it up for the camera. Moments later he sneezed and banged his forehead on the desk. Tim and I looked at each other and I said "DO NOT REACT. HE WILL NEVER KNOW THAT HURT."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I put him back in his car seat, wrapped the bundle me around him, and ushered us out of the store and into the parking lot. We made it to the car, I packed him and my bags into the backseat, and we headed towards the parking lot exit. It was then, when I looked in the rear view mirror and saw his limbs flailing about, that I realized I NEVER BUCKLED HIM INTO THE CAR SEAT. That's right, I committed my first major parenting error. Of course I immediately pulled over, parked the car, and got Noah all settled AND buckled into the car seat before continuing on our way. But those few minutes were enough for my crazy mama brain to begin running through all the possibilities of what could have happened.
You know it's not good when your mind goes straight to the baby dying in a car accident scenarios. But it was like I was possessed. All the way home I couldn't stop thinking about what if? What if a semi had hit us? What if I had hit a patch of ice and rolled the car? Is this the rest of my life? Always wondering what if? Always worrying about the harm that could befall my child(ren)? How did my mother ever let me leave the house, let alone allow me to go to CANCUN as a 17 year old? Nononononononononononono never gonna happen.
If it wasn't poor form I would have had a drink in the middle of the afternoon to calm myself. Thank god nothing happened and I realized my mistake before entering traffic. Next time my checklist will include Baby Buckled In? Check and double check.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We have a leak. Actually, not just ONE leak, but many, many leaks. Noah has been leaking out of his diapers, and I have no idea what to do. I change him every couple of hours during the day, always before and after naps (and the after change is always because he has leaked out during his nap), and since he is sleeping mostly through the night I can't change him then so we have a leak in the morning. I half expect that leak since he does go so long without a change, but it didn't always happen and I would really like it if we could face the morning without ANOTHER crib sheet change.
Here is where we are at diapers-wise:
Noah is 13.5 pounds, so firmly in the size 2 range for most diapers (12-18 lbs). We're currently using Huggies Supreme/Gentle Care size 2 or Huggies Regular size 2. We haven't noticed much of a difference in absorbancy between the two, at least not enough to warrant the price difference. We have also used Pampers Swaddlers size 2 which we had leaks with but even worse was that his clothes always felt damp in the front when he wore them.
Friday, November 28, 2008
It's pretty fantastic though that he is right on target for hitting all the infant milestones. Rolling over, pushing up on his arms, sitting with assistance...all of these things show us that he is developing well and growing quickly. I find it reassuring that we can so easily see his progress and watch him grow.
I hear from those who have gone before me that the novelty of rolling ends pretty quickly, but I should resign myself to a week or so of lost naps and plenty of nighttime wake-ups. I just cannot express how excited I am. No words. Seriously. Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Winter Lentil Soup
- Chicken Parmesan
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Turkey Chili
- Scallop and Corn Chowder
- Some crazy ass casseroles my friend taught me how to make (please note that I usually despise casseroles because the mixing of the food just makes me squeamish, but these turned out pretty tasty)
- Triple Layer Mud Pie (holy hell this was delicious and will be making it's way to my mother's Thanksgiving dessert table)
Can you even BELIEVE how big he is getting? He is turning into a BOY and there is nothing I can do to stop it. 4 months this Thursday, people.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I was smart once upon a time. I used to pride myself on being well-read, up to date on current events (YES, I know who won the presidency...but hell if I know who our senators are now), and always curious about that which I did not know but wanted to learn about. When Tim and I first met, he could start talking about his technology business or a new project he was working on and I could ask intelligent questions and we could have a two-sided conversation. Now? He'll start talking about a project, my eyes glaze over and I think about what to dress the baby in for the next day or perhaps I think about how we're doing on our nap schedule. I mean, really? I can't focus on an adult conversation for more than two seconds? What happened? It's like I went to sleep and woke up in an entirely different life.
I want my brain back. I want to string sentences together and have them make sense. I want to know exactly what word I'm looking for rather than snapping my fingers and saying "you know...that THING with the STUFF" all the time. Keeping this blog helps. It makes me focus and THINK. Now I'll just go dig out that brain, dust it off, and give it another chance.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This was my second time voting. My first was Bush/Kerry in 2004...I neglected to register in time for the Bush/Gore election in 2000 and man do I seriously wish I could turn back time. I am not one of those people who thinks my measly one vote doesn't count. Every vote counts. Every last one. Here's to hoping that the vote Noah and I cast today makes a difference. His future depends on it.
Go here if you want to laugh your ass off today. Click your mouse anywhere in the room for an interactive Palin as President scene.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
What the camera didn't catch was moments later when he face planted to the ground and began to flop around like a fish out of water. Was it so wrong of me to laugh for a few minutes before righting him?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
You're also finding out that you have quite the set of vocal cords. Not only do you coo, and gurgle, and grunt your way through a conversation with me, but you've also discovered how to screech. When you're just awake from a nap and hungry, if I change you before I feed you, you express your displeasure with ear-splitting screeches and screams. And I don't mean your average crying baby type sounds...these screams would wake the dead. You enjoy yelling when we "talk" to each other and I love to imitate your sounds right back to you. Apparently you do not like to be imitated because that usually incites a round of brow-furrowing and grumpy expressions. But when you laugh, Noah, oh man do I fall more in love with you. Your laugh comes from deep in your belly and just lights up the room.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
He loves to "talk" to inanimate objects, especially ceiling fans. Those ceiling fans, they are the best conversationalists I tell you. Our days are lazy and revolve around what rattling, primary colored, squishy toy we are going to play with next. I honestly couldn't ask for anything more. He's a good baby--I know most parents are going to say their baby is good when pressed, but he truly is a sweet, even-tempered baby. We've not had colic (I have no idea how awful colic must be...to those of you mamas and papas with a colicky baby, I pray for your sanity), we've not had hours and hours at night of glass shattering screaming (at least not since he was a few weeks old), he's sleeping through the night again, I could go on and on about how easy we have it. There are definitely some days when I want to put him up for sale on Craigslist, but then I always think about how awful it would be to end up the lead story on the 5 o'clock news when I most likely haven't showered yet that day. (Just kidding, Jojo! I would never wait that long to shower!)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I think this should be inspiring me to work out and lose this last bit of baby weight but it just kind of pisses me off. Damn you Jessica Alba.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
And of course we needed a family shot. We don't have many pictures of the three of us so it's always nice to bring along the grandma to act as the photographer. (Just kidding, Mom. We really brought you so you would buy me pie.) (Not that I need more pie...obviously. See below for evidence of too much pie.)
And the smiles. The smiles are becoming so frequent but they never fail to make ME squeal with delight. Who can resist this little boy?
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Its called a Wordle (http://wordle.net). You can put in your own words, like I did above, or you can link to a blog and Wordle will import the words and randomly arrange them. I have a very special place in my heart for fonts so this is like my Garden of Eden. I made quite a few variations and I am planning to print my favorite one and frame it in Noah's room. Don't be surprised if you start getting these as gifts, folks.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
- Mei Tai Wrap by CatBirdBaby. This carrier is a little complex at first because there are no buckles and it takes a while to learn how to balance baby and get the wrap tied on properly. But it has been so great when Noah's been fussy...within minutes of getting him settled and cozy in the wrap he falls asleep and STAYS asleep. I've taken him on walks in it, out shopping, and just around the house so I can get things done while he's awake but not pleased about spending time in his swing. Love it. Plus this company is located in Chicago and I always like supporting the local economy.
- Bugaboo Frog. I KNOW. So expensive, so trendy, there are just as nice strollers out there for less, yada yada. But listen! The Frog? It is super awesome. It's an all in one taking the baby from infancy to four years old (though if my four year old isn't walking his ass around then feel free to smack me one). We love the bassinet feature and especially that it's removable so if Noah falls asleep on a walk then I can just take off the bassinet and bring him in the room with me. It's got shock absorption and heavy duty tires which may seem silly but we can power over the uneven sidewalks and curbs with no problem. It will be nice to get through the snow easily too. Yes, I do plan on taking him out in the cold weather...no way in hell will we to survive the winter inside all the time. The one negative I can see is that there is no way to make this stroller a double stroller (they offer a stand on platform for older kiddos, but no extra seat) so if/when we have a second baby we'll most likely have to retire the Frog or hand it down. Other than that, our Frog is pretty damn sweet.
- Diaper Dekor Plus. So far this diaper disposal system is working out really well. I like that it contains the smell of the dirty diapers without using air fresheners or battery powered fans or anything like that. It's simple to change when the bag is full and can convert to a standard garbage can when you're done disposing diapers. I don't know how well it works once you have dirty diapers after solids (I hear those are NAAAASTY), so I will revisit this item at that time and amend my opinion.
- Skip Hop diaper bag. We have a now discontinued version of the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe which I bought for Tim so he could have a more manly type diaper bag. I then bought myself a very lovely and very large diaper bag because I thought I would need something pretty and fabulous. Unfortunately for our wallets, we both use the Skip Hop and my fancy bag sits on the bench in the foyer. The Skip Hop easily attaches to the stroller with included clips and can hold anything we could possibly need for a day out with Noah. It's waterproof, includes a changing pad, and doesn't make Tim feel like a little girl carrying Mommy's purse. Mission accomplished.
- Medela Pump In Style Advanced. This electric breast pump saved me. We have a little oversupply issue chez Smith so my doc suggested I pump to relieve the pressure and help Noah not gag everytime he latches on. I first bought a manual pump since I'm not going back to work and didn't think I would need the portability of the electric pump. Well. That manual pump is a wussy, weak and downright embarassing example of a breast pump. Shame on you Mister Manual Pump. The electric Medela, on the other hand, is the Michael Phelps of breast pumps. This bad boy deserves NINE gold medals. In ten minutes I can have enough pumped for a bottle or even more. Tim can feed the baby. My mother can feed the baby. Hell, you want to come over and feed the baby? Feel free! Milk for all!
- Sleep sack. We don't have this exact model, but any sleep sack that is designed to keep the baby warm like a blanket works. Now, I knew before we had Noah that I wasn't supposed to cover him with a blanket when sleeping because he could suffocate, higher risk of SIDS due to suffocation, etc. But we didn't buy these sleep sacks before he came home. Instead I decided that there was no way for a newborn to figure out how to get a blanket over his head. Stupid first timer. I put a blanket over him and ta da! Over his head in a matter of an hour. A quick trip to the baby store and we've been steadfast sleep sack users ever since.
- Exercise ball. Ok, maybe not a baby product per se, but Noah loves to be bounced while I am holding him and an exercise ball makes it so much easier. Especially as he's getting heavier.
- Other things we love in no particular order: Graco Pack 'N Play (good for multi-level houses...ours has an attached changing table and Noah naps in there as well), Sassy Me In the Mirror toy, a mobile above the changing table (Best Thing Ever. Pick any mobile, attach it to the wall or ceiling (ours is an Etsy purchase) and watch your baby be amazed), JJ Cole Bundle Me for the car seat.
- Fisher Price Nature's Touch Cradle Swing. My child must be in the minority when it comes to his feelings about this swing. Every parent, and I mean EVERY, sings the highest praises for Holy Father Fisher Price and his swing. But Noah can barely stand it for more than a few minutes. There are days where he tolerates it and even smiles at himself in the overhead mirror, but I feel that if we didn't have it, he wouldn't know the difference. I basically use it as a place to plop him down when I need to get something done quickly and am far enough away that I can't hear him screaming in protest. YOUR kid will love it, I'm sure.
- Swaddle Me swaddling blankets. Maybe it's because we never mastered the art of the baby burrito in the hospital, but Noah hates to be swaddled. When we brought him home these blankets were the very first things I wanted to use because I was SURE he would love them. Not so much. And damn it I wish I hadn't washed them all and thrown away the packaging. He fought and fought against the swaddle and screamed bloody murder until we unwrapped him. These now sit, unused, in the back of his closet waiting for a more accomodating Baby v. 2.0.
- Crib bumper. Ours came as part of a set and I wish I had just bought a fitted sheet and crib skirt instead of the whole set. We'll most likely never use the bumper (suffocation risks, SIDS, etc.) and the bumper/quilt were the most expensive part of the set. I almost stopped a pregnant woman in Target today who was contemplating a crib set, including a bumper, to tell her to put it back and save her money for diapers. But then I remembered when I was pregnant and would have hated someone for telling me that because damn it if my baby wasn't going to have a fully coordinated crib bedding ensemble. And it's really so pretty all folded up, in the closet, on a shelf, in the way back.
- Pampers Swaddlers aka the diapers that leak. We have had no luck with the Pampers. These were the ones they used in the hospital so I figured they were the best of the best. So of course (OF COURSE) I went out and bought the super jumbo mega pack. But they leaked, and leaked, and leaked for us. We switched over to Huggies Supreme Care and have been pretty much leak free since. (But I am giving Luvs a try this week since they are SO MUCH CHEAPER and have gotten great reviews...I'll let you know. Don't wait on the edge of your seat or anything though.)
- Updated: We tried the Luvs. They're ok. I still think Huggies are our personal best bet since we have had the least leaks/blow outs with those, but the Luvs were ok for day time use. As long as I changed him frequently, they held up. Luvs are also made by Pampers I believe so they're pretty similar. The Pampers were definitely softer than the Luvs, though.