I feel like a walking zombie
I know I haven't been posting as regularly as usual and for that I apologize. Thank you, loyal readers, for sticking with me during this time. Just a short update on my super exciting life:
1. Owen is teething. Drool everywhere, lots of crying and needing attention and very little sleep.
2. Owen has started solid foods. He has had cereal and bananas. He eats two times a day right now. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but this along with breastfeeding takes up about half the day.
3. I am working under another Town Values deadline right now. Busy, busy.
4. Plus, I have a few other freelance jobs that are keeping me busy.
5. I am not doing too much to help with our 10 year class reunion, but it is taking much more time than I thought it would.
6. My back is STILL killing me! It hurts so bad sometimes I feel like I'm going to throw up.
7. I woke up this morning tremendously dizzy. I feel like I took Nyquil or something.
So, all of this has kept me occupied for every spare second in every day for the last week or so. I have pictures to post and I have a few things that I would like to eventually write about, but they just have to wait for now.
I love What Not to Wear
. It's a great show, but this episode is just irritating. They are showing these 2 pregnant women how to dress in maternity clothes and a new mom how to dress. The husband of the new mom is a jerk. He was saying that he was ashamed of the way his wife had been dressing since she had the baby and that she wore the same clothes over and over again. He needs to just get over himself. Yes, it is nice to get dressed up and do your makeup, but some days with a baby, it just isn't an option.
And the women who are pregnant really need help. They just have no idea. If you are pregnant with your first child, it is EASY to dress nicely and do your makeup. And one of the women said, "I don't think a mom should be this harried, rushed, busy person that disappears behind her child. A mom should be an individual person herself and that's what I aspire to be." I'd really like to see a follow-up with her to see if she does her makeup and hair and looks totally put together with a newborn every day. Ha!
Friday Poll 8_25_06 Food Dislikes
What food do you hate?
I can't wait for the new season of The Office!!!!
Friday Poll 8_18_06 Vent
What's something that really gets on your nerves?
I love waffles!
Friday Poll 8_11_06 Childhood songs
Last week I asked about high school songs, but this week I started thinking about Owen and how he is already developing his taste in music. There are some songs that remind me very much of my mother and growing up. What songs remind you of childhood?
It amazes me that so many people were offended by the picture on the cover of Babytalk magazine of a baby breastfeeding. Here's the story:
And, I say good job to the magazine for drawing attention to this issue and having the nerve to bring it to the forefront.
To Owen... (5 months old)
You have been changing so much lately. You have pretty much officially outgrown your swing. You haven't reached the weight limit yet (you are almost to 22 pounds), but you don't seem interested in being in the swing any more. Every time I try to put you in it, you lean way forward (which just doesn't look safe AT ALL) and cry and fuss, so I've retired it. Now you spend more time in your activity center and your jumparoo and your new playpen.
You are about to hit the weight limit on your carseat, so we'll have to install the bigger ones soon. And you are just getting to be able to sit up a little bit, which is just in time. When I prop you up you will stay for just a short while before you start leaning over in one direction or the other, but you are getting stronger every day.
This is such a fun age right now. You are just so interested in everything. Our trips to the grocery store have become so exciting. You love to look around at all of the stuff and especially at the big lights. And you are so fascinated by your hands and feet. You could just stare at them forever! I think your main motivation to sit up is to look at your feet. And your main motivation to roll over is to eat; you won't do it to get a toy.
And, even church and council meetings have become a little easier for you to sit through. You sat through almost the entire service Sunday without fussing until the very end. And then just looking around when I took you out of the carseat seemed to calm you down. And last night at a council work session you only fussed before you fell asleep and that didn't last long.
On two of our recent lunches out, you have decided to just squeal and babble with delight. It is very loud, but I think it is just so cute. You just want to be part of the conversation.
We are going to try to start solid foods this month. I tried rice cereal yesterday morning and you acted like I was feeding you battery acid, but hopefully you'll get used to it and we'll try something new in a few days.
I think you really might be starting to teethe soon. You shove your hands and my hands, and your toys and your pacifier into your mouth with such ferocity now that I think you must be doing it on purpose. And the drool that comes out of your mouth has increased into an unbelievable amount.
We started you on Zantac this month for your acid reflux and it has made a tremendous difference in your personality. I wish we'd realized sooner that your reflux was making you so uncomfortable. You stay happier for much longer and you don't seem like you are in pain any more (except maybe for the teeth occasionally).
You have also started this new thing where you throw your arm back and forth over and over again. Sometimes you do it while you are nursing and end up hitting me. Sometimes you hit yourself in the face. It is very odd, but kind of funny.
You have been going to bed earlier (9:30-10 instead of 11:00-12) and that has helped us have time to get a little more done around the house and for work. The other night you just refused to go to sleep even though I was working on a really tight deadline. I just put you in my lap sitting up and worked with my right hand on the computer. I kept working and talking to your daddy. You were so quiet that I barely knew you were there. Finally, I realized that you had fallen sound asleep sitting up in my lap.
And you still enjoy your tongue.
You and your Daddy sure do love each other. He has fun imitating you and he has even taught you to hide from me and jump out and scare me. I will walk around the house looking for the two of you and usually you will make a noise or I'll see a little foot sticking out from behind a door or something. Your Nanny and your aunt Becca used to do that to me all the time. Then your Daddy started to do it and I'm sure he'll enjoy passing on the tradition.
Anyway, even though I just met you five months ago, it seems like I've known you my whole life. I'm so glad you're here.
Visit to Big Papa's
Friday Poll 8_4_06 High School
What are some songs that remind you of high school and what year did you graduate?