- Well, it's looking pretty definite and official-- my parents are moving to Chicago. They actually seem somewhat better now that decisions are being made, and maniacally busy now to boot. I talked to them on the phone one day this week when my dad told me about a bunch of stuff they are going to do to get their house ready to sell, and when I went over to visit them less than 24 hours later, they had painted a bathroom, installed all new faucets and hinges and door knobs in that bathroom, nearly emptied out two closets, and so forth. I felt a little baffled that it was possible for two people to get so much accomplished in so little time because I have become accustomed to small-children-and-babies levels of accomplishment when I feel good that I manage to stay caught up on our laundry and feed us. Someday, will I too manage such seemingly impossible levels of productivity?
- I went to a La Leche League meeting this week, which is always nice and cheers me up and makes me feel like I've found MY PEOPLE. It is quite funny to sit in a room with all these other moms and hear everyone discussing cloth diapers and where to find local free-range eggs and making your own baby food like it is NORMAL or something. It's refreshing and reduces the whole cultural isolation feeling. But then sometimes refusing vaccines comes up and I realize, "Hmm, I guess you can't agree with everyone on everything."
- I am at a low ebb as far as energy and sleep and whatnot. I find that these things come and go as the girls go through more and less independent phases, Violet's nursing at night increases or decreases, and Rob's commitments at work leave him various amounts of time to be here. I'm sure the drama and stress of my parents' situation, my reactions to summer in Texas, and so forth do not help. I believe I tweeted this a few days ago, but lately I have felt like I would pay actual money to be able to take a nap. I wonder what the going rate is for a good nap? I wonder how many other people, parents or not, feel similarly? I do remember reading in some magazine a while back that sleep is the new sex, and I get it. I really do.
- I am not really exercising right now, which is NOT GOOD. Violet has taken to indulging in only these super short naps (unless she is napping with me), so short that I cannot even get through the 20 minutes of 30 Day Shred. She is still screaming her protest at childcare at the gym (or church). And it is too hot for me to stomach the idea of walking outside, especially with Violet somehow strapped to me (we only have a single jogging stroller). I am trying to come up with solutions to this problems and so far I have come up with getting up early to exercise before Rob leaves for the day (see previous bullet to deduce my feelings on this option) and somehow trying to exercise for 2-3 minutes at a time (which is how I manage to check email, blog, sew, etc). The exercise/tiredness issue is one I have contemplated before, as magazines and experts seem always trying to convince me that exercising will make me less tired rather than more. I don't know; I remain dubious.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This video of Christmas 18 months ago makes me by turns homesick for our house in Connecticut and AMAZED at how much Grace's speech has changed. She is just shy of her 2nd birthday in the video and the first time I watched it I was flabbergasted at how I could barely understand her, although me-in-the-video apparently understands every single word coming out of her mouth.
Also, I am just in love with how she pronounces stroller-- "froller!" Sort of German-sounding, right? I love how toddlers often sound like they are non-native English speakers. For a long time, Grace sounded French, especially with how she said no. Watching all this video has made me a little heart-achey for Grace as her smaller selves but at the same time, it makes me excited to see what funny, sweet, goofy things Violet is going to do and say.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
And it's true-- I do in fact never go to work! On the other hand, I never LEAVE work either, which is a downside to the SAHM life. We have a couple kids' albums from They Might Be Giants, and I've got to say that, ear worms aside, I really love them. So funny and good and sweet-- highly recommended.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
- reflect on how much I have to be thankful for,
- be more mindful in my daily life about the small things that bring me joy,
- not do things that involve being outside,
- try harder to build a happy social life for myself (although that may sometimes conflict with that last one because PEOPLE KEEP TRYING TO DO THINGS OUTSIDE-- sheesh, crazy people...),
- make time for the activities that cheer me up like sewing and reading and whatnot.