Monday, April 28, 2008

Something New...

Between Max and Luke, every day seems to bring us something new. This weekend Luke discovered his feet. It is just so adorable to watch him play with his toes - and like his thumb, they are often finding their way into his mouth. It's just so cute!

Not too much to add today - just trying to keep my head above water right now. Hey - only 32 days of work left! If anyone has found a way to add an extra hour to the day, share the secret...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Tulip Fields...

I'm a real sucker for any holiday/seasonal adventure - pumpkin patches, blueberry picking, cutting down Christmas trees, anything that you can only do at one time a year is a good time for me. And in spring, that means a trip to Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. I think I have drug Dan down to the fields for the last 6-7 years - and now that we have kids, I use them as the reason we just have to go.

Most years we have been very fortunate to have semi-decent weather. But this year the unusually cold spring has really affected the tulips. They were very slow to bloom this year, and made going to the farm much less desirable. But I was determined (read: stubborn) that we had to go, no moatte how long we stayed. So, on our way back from Kyah's first birthday party, we decided to stop by, despite the dark sky and intermittent hail and rain.

Max had fallen asleep about 30 minutes before we got there, and was not sure he really wanted to get out. After a little persuasion and promises of playing with the duck troughs, we were on our way. It was going to be a quick visit - the dark clouds were quickly headed our way, it was cold, the fields were closing, and our stomachs were empty. We ran from the duck troughs to the pipe slides to the fields and back to the car just in time to miss a MAJOR hail storm. The pictures aren't our best, but it was just what I needed to remember what I love about spring.

And now that we've been to the Tulip Fields, we can cruise through the rest of spring. Bring on summer, baby!

Monday, April 21, 2008

First tooth...

My normally laid-back and happy babe has been a little grump the last couple of days. Now, it's all relative, but he did want to be held a lot more, and was less content to hang out playing with toys. Along with the fussiness, yesterday the tell-tale red cheeks, additional drool, and endless gnawing added to the signs.

Today, Luke's first tooth popped through! You still can barely see it, but there's a definite sharp little edge in there.

There's another thing that is growing in our house. As Luke gets older, the relationship with his daddy continues to get even better. They are starting to really amuse each other - laughing and grinning together, and cuddling when that's what is wanted. I love to see the two of them together these days. Dan is just so great at playing - it is when he really shines as a daddy. And Luke is starting to get it - Daddy's funny!

So, some great new things around here. Love it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Please watch....

Ok, I'm a movie junkie. But rarely do I find one that I recommend to everyone. And to let you know how serious I am, I forced 60 middle school students to view it today. And they recommend it to you - so it must be worth it.
Iron Jawed Angels is the story of Alice Paul and the women's suffrage movement. In two hours you will be reminded in a way that you won't soon forget just how important it is for us to use our right to vote. I've always been a little peeved at the statement that women were "given the right to vote" - this movie showed just a snippet of how little these women were given and just how hard they had to fight. To think that sometimes we are just simply too lazy is a disgrace to our grandmothers and great-grandmothers who gave so much.

Really, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie. Ok, enough politics for now - you don't want to get me started, I promise!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poem in my pocket...

Go to sleep,
I won't stop breathing
suddenly in the night

Go to sleep,

I won't climb out of my cot
tumble downstairs

Mum, I won't swallow

the pills the doctor gave you
put hairpins in electric sockets,
just go to sleep

I won't cry
when you take me
to school and leave me:

I'll be happy with other children
my own age.

Sleep, Mum, sleep.

I won't
fall in the pond, play with matches,
run under a lorry or even consider sweets from strangers.

No, I won't give you
a lot of lip,

not like some.

I won't sniff glue,
Fail all my exams,

Get myself/
My girlfriend pregnant.
I'll work hard and get a steady/

really worthwhile job.

I promise, go to sleep.

I'll never forget
drop in/phone/write

and if
I need any milk,
I'll yell

-Lullaby by Rosemary Norman

Today is National Poem in your Pocket Day. I asked my students to participate and share their poem in some way during their day today, and I figure I better do the same. I found this poem this morning, and could really identify with it. How often do I wish that Max and Luke could give me some guarantee that they were going to turn out ok, so I wouldn't lay awake at night worrying about it. So, what do you say, boys? You gonna make your mama some promises?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Slow down!!!!

I'm sure I've said it here before, but time is just simply going too fast.

This last weekend, time came to change out all of Luke's 3-6 month clothing for the 6-12 month clothing. Each time I do this, it gets harder. After all, Luke is probably our last baby. I won't ever have a little teeny tiny one again, and that just breaks my heart. I am one of those people
who have always dreamed of being a mama - and in my head, that picture includes babies. Before I know it, we'll be out of the baby stage.

It doesn't help that my babies are giants. At Luke's 4 month appointment last week, he was 16 lbs, 6 oz, and 26.75 inches long (90th and 95th percentiles). He is cruising through the clothing sizes, and quickly getting too big for the bouncy chair and swing.

It's to the point that I felt depressed when I woke up this morning and realized that Luke slept through the night. What kind of sick mom am I? But all I could think was how I'm not ready for him to move out of our bed just yet. As I've written about before, sleeping curled up with your slumbering infant feels better than eating chocolate chip cookies in a hot tub while getting a massage. But if he's sleeping through the night, then there's no good excuse to have him with us.

I know that it doesn't do any good to be sad about all this - it's inevitable. And truthfully, I look forward to the things that are ahead of us when the boys are older. But it still makes me a little sad. Unfortunately for you, this is where I come these days to vent about all these extra emotions that motherhood has brought into my life.

So that's that.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

So great....

Weekends, by definition, are good. This one was great. One of those rare combinations of relaxing and getting all the things done that you wanted to - and with great weather to boot!

The weather offered Dan some great time to do some much needed motorcycle riding - I am so happy that he has this passion that offers him such release. The boys and I did the grocery shopping (not usually my favorite thing), and found some great strawberries, which makes everything wonderful. We played outside all afternoon yesterday, planted some lettuce, cilantro, baby bok choy, and summer bulbs, and made chocolate chip cookies after dinner.

Today my parents returned from Canada and the birth of my beautiful niece. They hung out and played with the boys for a while, and as typical when my dad comes to visit, helped us get some long-overdue chores done. Dan and my dad put together a bookshelf that I bought from IKEA ages ago to be used as a toy shelf in the living room. And this afternoon I got the chance to do some sewing (a couple of pouch slings for my cousin who is due with twins very soon).

Just a couple things:

- I want to totally recommend this book. I've only done the master recipe, but it's been great to have fresh homemade bread so easily! It's also been a big hit amongst my NCB group.

- Work has been going well - in fact, it's Sunday evening, and I'm not even crying!

- I'm looking to learn to knit. If anyone has great recommendations for classes/books, please leave me a comment with that info! Or, if you think I am nuts to try and tackle one more hobby that I don't currently have time for, let me know that, too!

Hope that you all had a great weekend, and that the change in weather tomorrow doesn't stick around too long! After all, I want to go to the Tulip Festival next weekend...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

It happened....

Today was the day. As a working-outside-the-home mom, you know it's inevitable. You are going to miss things - and sometimes you may miss the big things.

Luke rolled over for the first time today. At daycare.

Yup. I'm bummed. But you know what? It's ok. With Max, I would have cried, and probably not just a little. But this time around, I am trying to take it all as it comes. Just because I wasn't there the very first time he rolled over, I will get to watch him roll over a million times to come. I am the one that gets to hold him in the night, nurse him, cuddle him, and love him more than anyone else can. And that is pretty great. I have to let it outweigh the other - or I'll go crazy.

And right now, he's laying here with me, babbling away. And rolling over.

So, Luke, buddy, promise me I won't miss everything...

She's here!!!!!

In the wee hours of Monday morning, my beautiful niece Savannah Jane entered the world. She and her mama and daddy are all doing well, and all is right in the world. I am just so happy for them - there's nothing like that time when you change from being a couple to a family.

Now if only I didn't have to wait until June to meet her!

Sunday, April 6, 2008


A few hours ago, we received the call we've been waiting for - my little sister is headed to the hospital to have her baby. Apparently her water broke while she was out grocery shopping with my mom. I can't wait to hear the whole story. But in any case, my fantastic brother-in-law called, and they were getting ready to start pitocin to help her begin active labor. Within 24 hours, my niece will be here!

I can't even begin to express how excited I am! While things between my sister and I weren't very smooth growing up, as an adult, she is probably my best friend (apart from Dan, of course). She is the person I feel safest being completely truthful with, and I know that she will love me no matter what snide comment I make, or petty complaint I have. She is making me an aunt for the first time - something I have always wanted to be. And this baby is a girl - a break from the snips and snails and puppy dog tails around this place. Wow - it's all just so cool!

It's going to sound silly, but since she won't read this until after the whole thing is over, I am going to go ahead and put it out there. I am just so proud of her. She is a wonderful human being who is going to become only more selfless and giving by becoming a mom. The challenges she faces as a mom are only going to give her more strength, more patience, and greater faith in herself. And as much as I hate being so far away, I am glad that she will get to experience it all without her big sister "helping" a.k.a. telling her the "right" way. I can't wait to see her find her own way around this whole adventure, and have no doubt she will do it with grace.

So, kiddo, fingers are crossed, prayers are being said, and we're waiting. We love you!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Saturday bliss...

You know, it's not so bad. We're a week in, and things have gone just fine.

I really appreciate all of the support that you have all given me this week. My amazing sister and brother-in-law sent me flowers on my first day back, and my parents sent some once I'd made it halfway through the week. The emails checking in on us have been great, too.

The boys seem to be adjusting. For Luke, it's easy. Max appears on the surface to be doing great, but some ornery behavior tells the truth - that this is an adjustment for him, too. We'll see how things go this next week, and if the newness of his new daycare wears off.

One thing that has happened is a renewed appreciation of the weekend. We hardly left the house today, and just laid around - but it felt heavenly. There's not a whole lot better than a mid-afternoon nap with a beautiful baby. And tonight we're watching a movie (No Country for Old Men - really cheerful, right?). Tomorrow will be the cleaning/getting life reorganized day.

So, once again, thanks for just thinking of us this last week. I feel so fortunate to have people that care about these changes in our lives. It means more than you know....

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

So far, so good.....

Two days in, and I'm still alive.

First of all, my students have been so wonderfully welcoming. It makes it so much easier to have these wonderful young people that I adore (many whom I've had the good fortune of teaching for a couple of years now) greeting me every morning. They've made me feel so appreciated, and it's been a great reminder that I do love my job.

Secondly, Max has woken up the last two mornings excited to go to his new daycare. He seems to have a great time there, and when I picked him up this afternoon he barely noticed I'd arrived. Luke is eating just fine, and seems to be doing well. Both boys are getting positive reports, and I'm still feeling comfortable with them there.

So far, we are doing well. The mornings haven't killed me yet, and I am surviving the pumping sessions that take up both my lunch and planning time. Dan's been a great help, and my students have been fun. You know, I'm not even faking that things are ok!