Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Fortunately, I am over the whole "this will damage your child" mentally. I can't remember two seconds of my infancy and according to my mother, I cried a WHOLE lot. But I have to admit that listening to his crying kicks my nervous system into high gear. My heart beats faster, I can't sit still. FREAKIN BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES. Umm. I mean "ahhh. the joys of being a woman/mother."
So once again I called my mother (who by now is glowing with the fact she is "teaching" me something...and seems suspisciously smug that my crying karma has come around and bit me on the ass). I ask her, "What did you do to drown out the mommy alarm?" In her infinite wisdom she related, "I watched taped episodes of Dallas and Falcon Crest." I guess their drama out-weighed mine.
I figure The Hills, Project Runway, and the rest of reality tv all have enough drama to beat out my little guy's screams. This morning it only took 10 minutes of listening to Spencer berate his sister for (gasp) inviting Lauren to her birthday party and HURRAY! - Noah stopped crying and went to sleep.
My alarm still goes off. Now I just think, hmmm. What's on Tivo?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
1. The swing will save your life. False
It appears Noah thinks the swing will end his life. He screams after about 10 minutes in it.
2. Your pacifier brand matters. False
When he gets pissed, any brand (even a questionably clean finger) will do. He just wants to suck. Even not so mad, he doesn't seem to notice the difference, but the Avent pacifiers stay in better than Soothies, meaning less scurrying back to him to stick it back in.
3. Swaddling makes them sleep longer. True
Watch our little guy when he is sleepy and you will be surprised with the accuracy of his karate kid impersonation. For some reason, when he is tired, he is so active it freaks him out. This has calmed down a lot now that he is older, but very very true in the first 3 months.
4. Play only soothing music to your baby. False
I got this one from the Baby Whisperer. Unlike British kids, our unborn child was subjected to background Britney exposure. You just can't escape her. Noah loves pop music and loves to watch momma dance. The more upbeat, the better.
5. Baby sleeps better with you. True
If he could, he would sleep with us 24/7. This might become a problem during his high school years, so we are trying to keep him in his crib for now.
6. The first 6 weeks suck. True and False
There are things that suck for sure. Like not sleeping. This is a major problem as you are not supposed to consume caffeine. What kind of dirty trick is that? Also, you aren't always sure why they are crying. This is a hard one, watching them be so upset for a reason you just can't figure out.Then there are things that are the opposite of sucking. Like everything else. Holding him, talking to him, just being in the same house, makes you feel like the luckiest person in the world.
Its an amazing feeling. Good luck to all the new mommies out there!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
On her blog she had something called "Shelfari." Its a widget that looks like an actual bookself and has images of the books you like. You can customize it to be the books you are reading, or have read, but I just wanted to make it easy and put my favorites on it.
In my pre-baby days, I used to be in a book club. In truth, it was more of a girls get together and drink martinis club, but it was nice to at least pretend I was being intellectual. Unfortunately, it seems life gets in the way of book clubs, so I think I will just host my favorites here in hopes that some of you may have enojoyed these books too.
Please leave comments or suggestions. I would love to hear your input about books that interest you!
If you would like to put Shelfari on your own blog, go to:
Friday, August 22, 2008
O glass of Chardonnay!
Wrapped up like a hair around a pinkie toe,
I cling to your salvation.
Keep me afloat as I drown in last weeks laundry.
(Hold up, my son is eating a Sharpie....)
Refresh me with your cool calmness
Bathe me in
(Son screaming from play yard)
Every sip a minute closer until Daddy gets home.