Friday, March 23, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday Vol. 9

1. In a little less than two months our Great Kitchen Renovation is scheduled to begin. I am chomping at the bit, folks. Doing the dishes by hand requires two hours out of my day and all the moisture out of my hands. I want a dishwasher. Badly.

2. Related to the kitchen: Today I made pancakes in the foyer. I was just trying to make lunch (yes, pancakes for lunch. It's been a rough week) and I blew a fuse using the microwave and griddle at the same time. My pancakes were only half done so I unplugged the griddle and ran for the nearest functioning outlet. The one in the foyer.

3. Also related to the kitchen: Last Sunday we went to the big box store and met with a kitchen designer. We picked out our cabinets and she gave us a nice print out of how the kitchen will look. I taped it to the ugly wallpaper in the kitchen so I can ogle it whenever I want. I'd share it here but I have unfortunately broken my camera. It still takes pictures but I can't upload them. Dangit.

4. Tomorrow my Irish band is playing for a Cultural Festival in town. I'm excited that Nemo and CJ get to come watch:)

5. I am reading a chapter of Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter. It is absolutely wonderful! I'm learning so much.

6. The war against sleeping continues. CJ's tired, but the only place he will sleep is on my chest, something he hasn't done since he was a wee tiny baby. I'm at a complete loss. If I wasn't 100% positive that he's teething I would think that it was something more sinister like an earache.

7. Well I had better get to bed. I don't know when CJ is going to be up, but I am positive it is going to be earlier than I would like.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Leaps and Bounds

CJ is having a very tough time right now.
First of all, his gums look like bubble wrap. I swear there are at least a half dozen teeth lurking just under the surface and having a grand old time making my baby cry.

Also, he is getting a lot more mobile. Yesterday he pulled himself up to stand using the coffee table for support, then he promptly fell and cried. And then today I went to get him up from his nap and there he was sitting in his crib like he'd been doing it all his life. He is also talking (ok, babbling) a lot more and using different intonations. All this developmental progress is not helping the situation.

For the past three days he has been sleeping poorly at night, all but refusing to take naps, and crying ever fifteen seconds during the day. It's so strange because he has never been much of a crier. Fussing, sure. He loves to do that. But we are talking out and out howling, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. It's not pretty. When I put him down to nap he screams like a banshee for at least half an hour and usually longer.


Until this rough patch blows over, I am in survival mode. And survival mode calls for ice cream.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Road Trip

Last weekend CJ and I went on a road trip to my hometown some 350 miles away.How can two people, one of whom always considered herself a light packer, and one of whom is a baby, need so much stuff for a four day trip? It barely fit in out little car. It's a good thing Nemo couldn't come, because there wasn't room for him anyway.

CJ was a cherub during the 6.5 hours we were in the car. I kept a bag of toys in the passenger seat, and when he dropped or got bored with the one he was playing with I would drop another one in his lap and he would smile at this unexpected gift from above and play quietly for a bit longer.

The way home was a bit more difficult. I had to sing "Oh My Darling Clementine" nonstop for the last 45 minutes to ward off the fussies. But we made it! I am as proud as if I had run the Boston Marathon.

I had a lovely visit with my family. There was always someone willing to play with CJ, which gave me a lot of free time for visiting with Older Sister. We made baby food, stripped cloth diapers, played with budget spreadsheets, and basically were unabashed momgeeks.

So yeah, had fun. But it is oh so good to be home again. I am pretty attached to it:)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This week I'm thankful...

1. ...for new friends! For a while there I thought I would never get to know anyone in New City, but I have recently met a few people and have joined a few groups. Yay!

2. ...for the time and resources that make my trip to my hometown this weekend possible. I can't wait to see my family. And I will be glad to have their Christmas presents out of my house and into the hands of the people who will (hopefully) enjoy them.

3. ...for Older Sister, who is always willing to help me with a problem, even at 10pm on a weeknight when her two babies are sick and sleepless.

3. ...for spring break. Nemo has been home with CJ and me all week, making shenanigans like this possible:

CJ, chilling in daddy's home brewing kettle (sans brew). I think I just found CJ's new bathtub.