Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Never a Dull Moment

Hey here's my day and the fun I experienced: (yes folks, all whilst on.the.rag.)

Woke up with a fussy baby at 5a.m.

Washed/showered while holding fussy baby.

Bathed three year old after she covered her legs in marker tattoos.

Attended/chaperoned,held down child at well-baby visit in which she received two immunizations. (She already had a little fever and was catching her sister's cold.)

Cleaned poop up off the carpet when the eldest decided she would poop in one of her bath stacking tubs and then streak it on the carpet.

Discovered that a diaper went through the wash with all the kid's clothes, leaving behind a mound of the gel found inside a wet diaper amongst the laundry.(The diaper was about the size of a regulation football.).

Ate "lunch" (cereal and english muffins) late and in a starving state while also watching one 45 minute stretch of tivo'd mommy programming.

Woke two tired children up to take them to an art class in a car which had very hot very mean car seat belts. (Class was a paint extravaganza lemmie tell ya, one which I did not have to clean up thank you very much!).

Coaxed three year old from the floor of the front seat of the car where she'd climbed while I extracted her snot-nosed, fevered and limp younger sister.

Tried to get said three year old to remain in time out for roughhousing with her ill sister but was unsuccessful so merely left the room and had her do time out when I came back.

Made dinner for a picky eater who merely squeezed the peas from their "sleeping bags" and took MAYBE a bite of instant mashed potatoes.

And, the clincher:

Learned that my grandma who was 90 died from complications due to her MRSA infection.

Oh, and cried, remembering my grandma. Post honoring her to come......

Hotter Than Hades

FUDGE! It was 88 degrees INDOORS yesterday, with nary a waft of fresh air to help.
No, we do not have AC. We might have gone somewhere that did, but The Jooge had a fever and was exhibiting other cold-like symptoms: sneezing, coughing, snot. She had been up half the night with some serious midnight sass that I did not greet with even a centimeter of patience, saying things like, "STOP CRYING!" (Bad mom moment #390). So to summarize: no sleep, a hot house, a sick kid, the arrival of my monthly gift.....not the best day in June. When the TV wasn't entertaining us, it was a pack of wipes. The baby started to pull them out and I actually thought, oh, that's a good idea for some momentary cool relief. You go!

So, when my husband got home last night it was no cooler. (Still 99 outside!). He was being very empathetic having spent his day in AC at work. He opened the front door to reveal a huge box and said in mock surprise, "Did you know that was there? What is it?" Turns out he went and bought an AC unit for the window to cool our upstairs. SaWEET. I told him it might as well have been Pa getting home from Mankato with a pocketful of horehound the way our swollen sweaty bodies craved the comfort of that small appliance.

Hours later, it was perched precariously above our patio where we now play at our own risk. But, baby got AC. And that's all this mommma want.

Friday, June 23, 2006

To Julia on Her Third Birthday


Dear Julia,

As a new three year old, you are a giggling, beautiful, thoughtful, musical, clumsy, empathetic, independent, strong-willed, silly, sensitive, happy, jumping girl. You are full of love for your family, a short ringleader urging, "Let's have a family hug." You told me recently "It's fun to have a little sister," and you are constantly hugging and squeezing her! When you talk to her and share with her it makes mommy so happy. You really do a good job being sweet to your sister.

Your favorite things to do these days are to play with playdough and color. You are really good at coloring! You like sticking stickers in your sticker book, being read to, going to story time, and the park. You do not ride in strollers or wagons anymore. The other night you got undressed and put on your PJ's all by yourself and then brushed your teeth. Daddy and I are amazed by your singing, which you are usually doing. We think it's really funny when you sing your own lyrics to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle. You can spell your name and that has turned into a song too, to the tune of BINGO. You love to run and one of your favorite hobbies lately is running just a little too far away from mom which usually earns you some loudly disputed "wall time." You are nearly potty-trained, preferring diapers still but not getting them wet at all. What a big girl you are to know when your body has to go to the bathroom, and you can even sit on the big potty now with your special seat on it. Mommy is so proud of you for that! I know it won't be long before you're wearing underwear and pooping in the potty too!

Lately you've been really obsessed with the ice cream man. What song does his truck sing, you ask. You talk about what you will say when you order ice cream. You want him to have strawberry cheesecake but he may not have it. You are learning to "take sensible bites," and like to eat string cheese, tortillas, and frozen blueberries. It's pretty hard to get you to try new foods. It's a good thing that you have a mind of your own, but it sure can be tough! Grandma Z made you a TUTU for your birthday, which you wear and feel beautiful in. Grandma S sent you a life-sized yellow lab that you named Fireplace. Daddy got you a fish tank and three fish, one which you named Pudgy Bunny. Mommy made you a Miss Spider blanket that you can wrap up in to feel cozy. You recently lost your BUDDY, a little stuffed rattle elephant that you slept with every night.

So many people love you Julia and you love people. You are friendly and outgoing, and always have been, though there are also times when you hang your head shyly, like, say, when Shannon the librarian talks to you. You have a huge heart that will make you a kind and caring friend to others. Soon you will go to preschool! I know that you are going to love school and be a great student. You are already so smart! Whenver we drive somewhere you know exactly where we are, pointing out Costcos and Micaela's house and New Seasons. You know you are "free" and can count up to 20, though the 13-15 part gets kind of hard sometimes.

Thanks for coming along Monkey, and making me the luckiest mom ever over the last three years. "I WUV you."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Random Babblings About Life Lately

PHEW! I have finally landed and can sit down and blog it all out of the system.

First,the highlights of my trip to L.A. I started it off with a day all to myself to do absolutely NOTHING. I then proceeded to sweat my ass off on a California beach as we rode 28.6 miles from Santa Monica to Hermosa Beach on rental cruisers. I soon found myself lying limp and the most relaxed I've been in ages on a table for my very first full body massage. I got to meet a few of my brother and his girlfriend's friends, drink his favorite Cuban coffee iced, and lounge in his ADORABLE apartment in Silver Lake. We saw The Break Up for a whopping $14.00. I saw Kevin Dillon, Wayne from Wonder Years, and Frankie from Days was eating at the Edendale Grill across from where we sat. I came home with music, got to read a really great book on the plane: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (Mameve Medwed) and my husband took wonderful care of the girls and bonded with them more than ever. I highly recommend such a getaway as it was good for all of us.

With everything going on, I've still managed to go to the Laurelwood neighborhood garage sale. WOAH! Over 100 houses, spread all over everywhere! Talk about overwhelming. I had no plan, so probably only hit a third of them. All I got were two lampshades for $1 each that I am going to remake into cool hanging lights. I am taking a felted tote knitting class from the NICEST LADY EVER. She taught me that I'm a pick knitter and just sort of chuckled when I had to keep redoing my casting-on because I was doing it too tightly. (I could stand to cast on a little more loosely-jeez louise!) I kept thinking: IN OVER MY HEAD, IN OVER MY HEAD because I've never actually knit SOMETHING. She had faith though, so my tote will still be born, and apparently felting is the way to go, totally forgiving. We watched a great movie last night: Duane Hopwood. The scene where he rides up in the turkey outfit on his bike: PRICELESS. I was laughing and crying all at once. I forgot how much I liked David Schwimmer, even though he's kind of a loser in this movie. I really rented it because John Krasinski from The Office was in it.

I have NOT managed to exercise at all in some time and so today put both cherubs in the Burley and HIT IT. It was good for me and I hope it kicks off a tradition of taking better care of myself this summer. Now that I am officially not a breastfeeding mother, they will let me register with sparkpeople.com and I can do a little more monitoring of my healthy/non-healthy habits. My weaknesses this week: sugar wafers, cheese puffs, and fudge. (We also just got back from a week at the Oregon Coast-fudge is everywhere at the beach!) I think I've gained like ten pounds in the last two months, so I'm going in the wrong direction here, and it ain't right.

Upcoming posts will be dedicated to those near and dear: Jooge who just turned three, my husband who is the best dad in the west, and the non-verbal but ever-so vocal youngest daughter who has finally tasted sand. Until then.....

Friday, June 09, 2006

Happy As a Dog's Tail


Child Proof

Watch a baby walk after a rain
Legs jammed apart
By that wad of diaper
A delicate muddy business
flattening sodden monkey grass
Moist order of begonia beds
Fat arms bat at air
Gosling flippers imprinted with
swan memories
Neither mom nor mud nor gravity
Have won yet
Child is proof
We come from somewhere else
Where everyone else flies.

-Lisa Brandenburg

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hello June Goodbye Oregon!

Well today's the day I fly the friendly skies, thanking my lucky stars that I did not book my reservation on 6-06-06. We were joking that hopefully there would be no electromagnetic inferferance (as on "Lost") during the flight. I fly into beautiful downtown Burbank, which will aid in avoiding the whole LAX nightmare.

This whole trip could not be landing in my lap at a better time. Maybe it's my hormonal overload (quitting nursing and having my period) as well as just the pileup of mom emotion over the last three years, as well as my difficulty with different moments of motherhood at this phase we're at right now. I just know that I really need a getaway and this will be genuine gold to go to a sunny place where there's lots going on, lots of possibility, and nobody needs me.

I get to see my brother who will make me laugh all weekend and show me cool things in L.A., and according to my mom, drive like a bat out of hell. He works for Ellen so maybe we'll take some choice photos on the set, like me interviewing him or me with his Lil' Snow head on doing a dance move. I can't wait.

I went shopping and tried to buy some hip duds for my journey. Frankly at this point I could take my whole wardrobe and pitch it into the Wilamette with no remorse. Bring on What Not to Wear hosts and crew, I am a fashion nightmare. Everything I wear reaks of MOM, (sans "mom jeans", I will not induldge.) I made it out of the stores with a few new choice items, which I tried on for my husband. He was encouraging until my new jeans went on and he kind of grimaced. I had to don them a second time to get him to GET the look. Seriously, so much of the stuff out right now is SUPER UGLY. Lots of really weird beaded tank tops and blousy strappy tank tops and weird lengths of pants, or are they shorts? Maybe they can help me out down south with the hipness factor.

Did I mention I can't wait?