Monday, January 31, 2011

I never...

I never thought I'd have a baby who loved her pacifier. Heck, I didn't even know about pacifiers (which one, how you approached it, blah blah...) Then our baby arrived - who was (and still is) a sucker. If it weren't for my girl, Jenna, gifting 2 Nuk pacifiers along with a baby gift - I would probably have never popped a pacifier in her mouth week 2 of her life.... That night the pacifier was a life saver!

Also, never planned on having our now 13 month old sleep in our bed. She was in her bassinet till she was 4 months, then swaddled in her crib till 6 months, then all of a sudden - she out of the swaddle and NOT digging the crib at all. We've tried many things.....mattress on floor, persistent parenting on crib time, but at the end of the day - she sleeps WELL when she's in our bed between Mom and Dad. She actually sleeps well - really well with us. NOT well not withOUT us. I know, you're rolling your eyes. Me too. But you know, this is what parenting has taught me, 13 months into it - don't expect anything. Never say never.

Just be - pacifiers and all.

Time for boots.

I know, you probably already have your boots for this season. I mean, HELLO - it's January 31st! Spring is so close (or at least we hope...) Well, being pregnant in '09 - then full time Mom in '10, I was finally ready to give a little somethin' to Momma - some Black Leather Boots please. Ahh, Nordstroms, you always save the day. I walk in, there is no crowd, no stuffed aisles, no pushy sales person. I love you. And now, I love my new boots.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Everything takes time.

I had a great talk today with a friend and we talked some time about how things that matter - take time and take work. Nothing is easy. I know, you know this - but sometimes, I need to say things/write things out loud to remember things. (so I'm sharing...)

There's no such thing of an easy task - even putting dishes in the dishwasher takes time. So next time I try to rush something, I need to chill and embrace the time it takes to do what ever I'm doing....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I feel like I'm living life with a stop watch

Growing up, I sometimes* I would run/walk along side my Dad as he ran in the neighborhood. He had this stop watch - just like the one pictured. I think he'd time me sometimes, or he'd time himself. Who knows - I do know though I was never fast but that didn't matter. He was always encouraging...

These days as a SAHM, I feel like I'm living by this vintage stop watch. IF I'm LUCKY, I get 3 mins to shower, 1 min to do my hair, possibly 45 mins to do chores while the baby sleeps, 60 mins to drive in the car if she's napping, 120 minutes if it's lucky babysitter day, .... occasionally 30 mins a day to do something alone (which usually ends up doing a chore or watching TV..)

I'm not complaining. I'm just living in a daze again - minute by minute, hour by hour - if that makes any sense. I think it's all due to the fact that the baby is growing, and doing amazing things - and I'm tired and she's not sleeping.

All you lucky parents with sleepers who don't need count the minutes your baby is sleeping, please give your baby a BIG hug and kiss for me tonight!  (wait, do it tomorrow. He/she is probably sleeping...)

Signing off - my 30 mins alone is up.

*=I'm not sure how many times I ran/walked along side my Dad. I'm sure it was only a hand full of times, but felt like a lot. ;)