Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time Well Spent

What did I do after a day at work before I had a child? I think I mostly cooked dinner, did some dishes, and watched a load of T.V. I also worked later because there is always work to do. What a bore!

After I come home from work nowadays, I still generally cook dinner and do the dishes, but I do not watch TV...maybe ever. Unless of course the occasional toddler geared show counts. Added to that list I do all kinds of other fun things. I water flowers, create beautiful works of art with sidewalk chalk, play in the blowup pool, give piggy back and horsey rides, teach a young one to ride his bike, and many other glorious activities.
Now I have to be straight with you, I also change stinky diapers, say "Don't do that." "No, hitting." "Yuck, spit that out." "If you (fill in the blank) one more time, we are going inside." like a million times, dig disgusting things out of said toddler's mouth, lay in an exhausted heap in the middle of the living room while toddler plays around me, and other not so interesting things. All in all, I spend my time more active, engaged, and productively than ever before. And, I love every minute of it.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Modeling Behavior

Warning: This entry has pregnancy sensitive details.

This morning as I prayed to the "porcelin god", Dean was leaning over my shoulder in intense study. After I had finished and we ventured out to the living room, he walked around mimicing my earlier behavior and spitting. I dont think I'm supposed to teach him how to heave into the toilet quite yet. I had preferred to teach him to pee, then poo, and work our way up. Although with his many stomach flus, maybe teaching him this first isn't too bad an idea.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Time for a new phone!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Adventures in Motherhood...and Life

First I have to start with the great time I had with Dean yesterday. After a few fun filled days with my aunt and cousin here to visit, Dean and I spent most of our Sunday alone in the house. It may have been due to pure exhaustion, or simple hormonal imbalance, but he had me laughing until I cried.

It all started when I tried to play with one of the toys he was playing with. He took it from me with a firm no and then gave me a look that was the mirror image of one of my dad's "Shame on you." looks. This I of course found hilarious, because he must have learned that look from me. Though I knew it was rude to laugh because he was very serious, I got the giggles. He responded by walking over to me and telling me to "Shh!" over and over again while placing one little bitty pointer finger over my mouth. I am a horrible role model, because I didn't hush when asked, but only laughed harder. Man those giggles get me every time. A few minutes later he bumped into the dresser and turned around with one finger waving and pointing while he proceded to chew the dresser out. I'm not sure what he was saying, but again...laughter laughter laughter. Poor baby won't think I understand him.

In other adventures, we bought Dean a wading pool for the back yard. It has been in the 100s for over a week now, and my little outdoors boy comes in with a beet red face every time. The pool helps. The problem is that I don't want to create a breeding ground for mesquitos, kill the grass from leaving it in one place to long, or have a generally dirty water place for him to play in. This means that I have to empty the thing every day or so and move it to a new location. Today was my first attempt.

Notes to self:

* wading pools are too heavy for me to just tip and dump
* sucking on one end of a hose with the other end in the water does not create enough of a
vaccum to empty the pool
* stepping on the side of a blow up pool only releases a very small amount of water
* emptying the pool with Dean's new sand pail takes well over 1/2 an hour, even with the little
one's help

Needless to say, after many different strategies, I was finally able to empty the pool quite some time after I started. There must be an easier way.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Ok, so I of course jinxed it, Dean has been waking up the last few nights around 11 and again at 3. Of course I've been working longer days and am wondering if that has something to do with it.

He's learned to sing the E-I-E-I-O part of "Old McDonald". It's really been fun to sing with him. He's given me a giggle a few times when he busts out with his "Old McDonald" at very odd times. Like tonight after he'd been in bed for awhile and must have just finished his bottle. The house was very quiet and still when we suddenly heard him bust out with an E-I-E-I-O. Too funny.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Screaming Update

*whispers* Dean hasn't been screaming for over a week. Shhh...

Also this: He's been sleeping from 11 to 6 or 6:30 most nights. I hope I don't jinx it.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


The other day I was cooking dinner while Dean was playing. I thought he had gone back to play in his room because I usually have the other doors locked for his safety. When things were suddenly too quiet, my mommy instinct kicked in a little too late. I rushed down the hall to catch him before he got into too much mishief, only to find him at the toilet with one of his bath cups full of toilet water...which he was drinking! YUCK!