Friday, February 24, 2012

7 Quick Takes [2.24.12]

1.  Hello?  Is anyone out there?  I blog.  I'm a blogger.  Except sometimes I don't.  And sometimes I'm not.  Don't hate me.

It's frustrating to me, as a writer, because I don't ever not blog for lack of ideas.  It's always for lack of time and energy.  I see great people getting their pieces published or recognized and I know I could really do something with this little space.  I hear people talk about this blog or that blog or the latest thing they repinned on Pinterest and I so badly want to be there.  To the mom with eight kids who homeschools and makes her own yogurt and uses cloth diapers and looks stunning and publishes seven well-written blog posts a week: How do you do it?  Come 8 o'clock and I am checked out!

2.  I had good intentions of writing a blog post yesterday all about how we've come to a good place in this little family of ours.  Things are running smoothly and I can mostly figure things out without have a full-fledged panic attack.  But then William did something to make me so angry that I sent him to his room without lunch.  I've never done that before.  So I wasn't feeling all high and mighty about myself anymore and thus that whole blog idea fizzled fast.  Kids are the world's best humblers.

3.  Katherine turned four months yesterday.  Can you even believe it?!  I look at her little body and while she is still my teeny baby, I know deep down hers is not the body of a newborn any longer. Sniff, sniff.  She "talks" all the time now.  She rarely cries.  Instead she'll start squawking if she's upset.  She eats like a maniac and the only time she cries really loud is when she's starving.  She's a pro at grabbing for her toys.  She even grabbed her nukie and put it in her mouth all by herself yesterday.  She loves to play by herself.  If you lay her down she cranes her neck to try to sit up.  She stands up when hanging on to my index fingers.  I think she thinks she's twice her actual age.  She still has crazy hair that has not yet started to fall out.  She smiles easily but makes you work hard for a giggle.  She loves William best of all.  Even though he makes me the angriest of all and has to get sent to his room without lunch.

4.  Lent started this week and while I don't always share the things I'm doing for Lent I'll let you know that this year I gave up treats after dinner.  For 90% of the day I'm a very healthy eater.  But as soon as 7 or 8 o'clock hits, I'm jonesin for some chocolate or ice cream.  It is my weakness.  So I'm giving it up for 40 days save for my birthday which always fall during Lent which I've deemed unfair and thus I allow myself to cheat.  I was unsure about this initially because selfishly I'm hoping it will help me kick those last few baby pounds I've got hanging around my mid section.  Is that a shallow reason? I wonder.  But if I do lose the weight, I'll feel better about myself and when I feel good, my mood feels good and a good mood mom is a good for everyone.

5.  Brian thought he might give up coffee for Lent.  I quickly talked him out of going down that dangerous road.  Would you give up water?  Or breathing?  Then you shouldn't give up coffee.  We have three kids five and under.  Coffee isn't a pleasure.  It's a necessity.  Funny how when I suggested he give up alcohol he quickly put that idea to rest.  Maybe for the same logic I used on coffee.

6.  Remember my room makeover pictures a few months back? I still owe you two more rooms.  The living room is complete and we're almost done with our master bedroom.  It has turned out rather lovely.  We have new blinds to install and I need to buy a headboard for our bed.  When we moved from our townhouse to our current home we actually downgraded our master bedroom.  It's much smaller and I really miss the walk-in closet.  But that's the trade-off between a house built in 1997 and one built in 1923.  What we lost in space we gained in character.

7.  I bought an Ergo Baby Carrier!  If you already own one you will know what a big deal this is.  You'll also know what an investment it is.  They are not cheap.  It is one of three baby products I've spent more than $100 on.  The other two are my Phil and Ted's double stroller (LOVE!) and my breast pump.  Technically my breast pump doesn't count because insurance paid for almost all of it when William was in the NICU.  But I would have forked over my own money if need be.  I know a lot of women who would disagree with me on the matter of the breast pump but I've found it to come in handy many times even though I'm a stay-at-home mom.

Back to the Ergo. My sister-in-law was in town from New York last week and she let me try hers out.  I now totally understand what all the fuss was about.  I decided to get the Sport instead of the Original and most moms I've talked to tell me this was a good decision.  Thoughts?  My Ergo hasn't arrived yet but don't think I'm not tracking that package every morning!

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