Today Tim and I went baby shopping! It was fun, and very tiring! People were right when they told me to get it all done by 6 months -- wish I would've listened! We were only gone for about 4 hours (and 2 of that was driving time) but I was still exhausted when we got home.
A coup? A support group? This got me thinking about mom jeans and what they represent. What is it about mom jeans that make us laugh and cringe at the same time? How can a pair of pants inspire so many exclamation points?
This made me laugh because it's been 6 WEEKS since I've seen them, I haven't had my GD test ordered (which they would've had to do at my 24 week appointment), and they never scheduled me to be seen twice a week since I entered the third trimester. And it's just NOW occurring to them to call me?
The most important qualities of a great parent? Not playing endless games, or making cookies, or coaching the soccer team. What makes a great parent is being fully present when you're with your kids. Loving and accepting your child 100%, exactly as he is; at the same time that you offer him inspiration and guidance to grow.
House on market, applying for civilian jobs, moving... Gah, the thought of all that stress makes me want to vomit! That's just so many unknowns, and I really like to plan stuff out. It's hard for me to know that I have absolutely no control over how all this is going to pan out.
I am so hungry right now, it's not even funny! I've got french fries cooking (don't ask, it's been my latest craving) and decided to hop on my journals.
Most little ones between 12 and 24 months need 10-12 hours of sleep per night, plus a nap. But many parents find themselves faced with a baby or toddler who becomes increasingly resistant to bedtime and goes through a period of waking earlier and earlier in the morning. How to cope?
Last night I went to a meeting group here in my town for moms and preggos. It was nice to get out and meet people who had kids, and knew what I was experiencing. They were all really sweet. There was a lady there who had a 14-month old daughter, and she was THE cutest thing!
I just know everything is going to be so much more amazing with a baby -- the first time he experiences anything, and we'll get to be there with him and show him all of the joyous things in life. I am feeling so very blessed right now.
Tweens are emerging teens, but they're still children. They'll astonish you with their ability to conceptualize and argue brilliantly, and then to do foolish things. Parenting tweens is a challenge because the pressures of the peer group magnify, kids demand more independence, and hormones flare as puberty approaches.
As we get closer to the birth, I find myself getting more nervous. It's not so much an "I can't do this" feeling as it is a fear of the unknown. It's just a totally new situation, and although videos and pictures can give you an *idea* of what it might be like, they can never fully prepare you.
My fourteen-month-old enjoys dancing in the dining room to my favorite CDs. I call this "Music and Movement with Mama" and consider it a private lesson that I don't have to pay or change out of my pajamas for. My three-year-old enjoys cooking, so we make a lot of blueberry muffins and pita pizza.
I told him there are just some things you don't say to a pregnant woman! Good grief, that irritated me, but it also made me a little sad for her. You've got to be pretty thick-headed to not see that you're being that rude!
We all want to raise responsible children. And we all want to live in a world where others have been raised to be responsible, a world where adults don't shrug off their responsibilities as citizens, even to the point of -- as my three-year-old once said -- ignoring their own messes.
I don't think I posted in here (darn preggo memory, I can't remember for sure) about our whole Bradley instructor saga. We were being taught by this lady who lives right across the street from us. We were excited about that since we were her only students...
You know, when we were adopting, I made a list of things I thought I'd never do as a parent. I wanted to compare it with when we brought the baby home, to see how many of those I ended up reneging on. I thought it would be fun to do a similar one about pregnancy. These are the things that I used to think I'd never do in pregnancy:
I found out that I passed my GD diagnostic - woo hoo! I got a 115, and I guess they look for anything under 140. I'm also not anemic, so that's great news too. At least now I don't have to worry about my diet -- I am the Carb Queen!
Commit to dealing with your own issues. If you've been struggling with your weight for years and your preteen is eating everything in sight and showing it, your conversations with her are guaranteed to backfire. Get professional help if you need to.
"Ah! His head is flat!" I became obsessed. I went back and looked at pictures of Eli fresh from the womb. There he was with a perfectly round melon. I researched baby skulls and the malleability of the brain. I called our pediatrician and couldn't wait for a check-up.
I have been feeling pretty good! I'm back to substituting, and have been cooking/baking/cleaning like crazy. My father-in-law thinks I'm nesting, and one of my fellow teachers told me it looks like Baby Boy is riding really low and might come sooner than I think...