Friday, November 30, 2007
Mom cleaned my house, did my laundry, washed my window, and burped and changed the baby among so many other chores. She kept me company. She shared stories about my birth and my brother's. She reassured me that being scared is normal. She let me know that it would get better. She held me like a baby when the overwhelming sadness and hormonal changes got to be too much. While she kept herself busy cleaning during her visits, she did hold her first granddaughter and fall in love with her. She didn't just do the fun stuff though. She did it all. I am so grateful that she took the time to help me get use to being a mom. She never criticized how I was doing anything. She told me that she is proud of me and how I cared for Caitlin. The gift of her time was way better than the most expensive baby gear gift.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Six months ago when David first joined our family I wasn't sure I ever was going to be able to sit and relax. Things were so overwhelming. I wondered how I could have made such a horrible mistake by deciding to have another child. (David was in no way a mistake. He was planned and am grateful for having such a sweet and healthy child.) I am so glad I have the kids I have. I love all their crazy quirks. We still have bad days but things are getting easier each day.
And I don't want to hear anyone tell me that if you think 2 year olds are tough then wait till they are 3 years old. That is just not nice people.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I remember looking forward to Caitlin talking. I fondly remember repeating the words “Mama” and “Dada” over and over again to help her learn. Caitlin speaks really well now. She can usually express her wants and needs fairly well. That being said some of her talking is getting down right annoying. It almost makes me long for the time when she was non-verbal. Here are some examples:
The repetition of any phase after the 20th time- An example of this was the other weekend at my parents’ house. Caitlin wanted to see what was in my mom’s sewing room. My mom said she couldn’t go in the room because it was messy and she needed to clean the room. Caitlin then repeated “The room is messy. Nanny needs to clean room.” My parents thought it was so cute at first but after the 50 times that visit I think they got a glimpse of my days and it lost its cuteness when she wouldn’t stop.
I could make a list of all the cute things she says too. I love the moppet. I’m just venting. Anyone else get irritated by their talking toddlers?
Friday, November 16, 2007
First no one told me that when you breastfeed that the child will steal all your moisture. This makes having sex impossible or at least not comfortable or enjoyable. My ob/gyn said at my 6 week appointment that the skin in the va-jay-jay (not the word he used thankfully) has the consistency of a menopausal woman. Great more stuff to look forward to about getting older.
Second you will be so tired with a new baby not sleeping that you won't want to have sex anyway but that does not mean that your well rested spouse will feel the same. The spouse had a hard time understanding Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I needed my basic needs ie sleep met before I could want sex. Thankfully this period does not last forever. It just seems like it.
Third when you finally want sex or at least sexual activity you will have to be quick about it. Sleeping babies seem to sense when their parents are having "fun". So you will have "fun" with a time limit. Plan on having only 10 minutes and hope for more.
Forth you probably won't need birth control if you breastfeed. Why you ask? Yes I know you can get pregnant while breastfeeding but that would require having sexual intercourse. David is 6 months old, I haven't needed birth control yet.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Edited to add: Caitlin must have sensed I was writing about her and potty training. At pre-school class today she asked to use the potty and actually used it. So maybe we are moving in the right direction.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
PS She is out of state so I can't visit in person.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Caitlin's cold seems to be getting better. I was at my breaking point yesterday. I had David on my hip and Caitlin was attached to my ankles and yelling that "I want something else." What was the something else she wanted you may ask. I wish I knew. After we played the guessing game...Do you want goldfish, do you want an apple...It seemed she wanted some grapes. I washed them and put them in a bowl. She threw herself to the ground and screamed "No, no no. I don't want grapes." See why I was at my limit. This was all day yesterday. Ughh. I hope today is going to be better. It already seems to be since David slept through the night and Caitlin seems tolerable.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
* I love exercising. I love the challenge of pushing myself to the next level.
* I also love watching really bad reality tv shows.
* I am the mom of two wonderfully challenging children. They challenge patience daily. But I still love staying home most days.
* I am married to my college sweetheart. Dating him was the best decision I've ever made.
I have another family blog. It has lots pictures of the kids. It is a way to update long distant family and friends. Since everyone reads the blog including my 80 year Nana, I feel I must censor myself. I could never talk about s-e-x or some of the less pleasant aspects of motherhood. I want to write this blog uncensored. I want to be able to bitch about my dear husband's inability to put dishes in the dishwasher. I want to talk about the frustrating parts of motherhood. I want to talk about friendships and how they change. I want to write about whatever I want.
I hope you like reading this blog and come back to read it again soon.