24 8 / 2014
Stevie, eat, sleep, repeat (month 3)
Around the time that the sun started setting at basically like 1:30 in the afternoon, Jay was heading into month 3 and I was heading back to the office, part-time. This is when the hours-long crying spells began. This is also when I realized the necessity of establishing Jay’s circadian rhythm, but couldn’t think of a way to try. My energy and patience were plummeting fast, right along with the…
21 8 / 2014
Two-a-days (month 2)
2 large-sized cups of coffee before noon. 2-hour long naps every 2 hours. 2 outfit changes per day. 2 of everything in the diaper bag. And 2 sets of balls, because quite frankly, having just one set (or none, in my physical case) of balls simply wasn’t enough to handle month numero dos.
Did I mention Jay became twice as alert when weeks 5 through 8 rolled around? I had to be twice as quiet when…
19 8 / 2014
The mama bear is born (month 1)
Day 1, month 1: I returned to Coffee.
New moms-to-be, take heed:
You will not know what the Hell you’re doing those first few weeks. (or maybe, ever.)
The two nights we spent in the hospital following birth via c-section was a bit odd, a blur, exhausting, and exhilarating. Reality – that I’d officially become a mom – didn’t set in until the drive home, while I watched Jay sleep peacefully in his…
18 8 / 2014
12 months in 12 days
Four unopened 12-packs of Coca-Cola products are stacked in the spare bedroom downstairs, and a toddler-sized Jake and the Neverland Pirates plush rests on the guest bed, tags still intact. Styrofoam divided plates, plastic forks and spoons, and “Giants blue” napkins are crammed into a Christmas Tree Shop bag beside Jake the Pirate doll, along with a Henry the Hugglemonster…
15 8 / 2014
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Slow the [bleep] down!
Up until my early twenties, I was pretty much oblivious to the fact that neighborhoods are made up of streets filled with tiny children who could dart out into oncoming traffic at any given second. I was not oblivious to speed limits, which, for the most part I obeyed, but putting the two together – the speed limit is slower because there are people around – rarely happened. After all, I had…
30 7 / 2014
He’s much happier exploring freely, pulling up grass and shoving it in his mouth, “buh-buh-buh-buh”-ing at puppies, smiling at things like blowing leaves and dirt. He loves watching cars drive by. He stares in awe…
26 7 / 2014
23 7 / 2014
The mulch plan
Two months ago, I had a really bright idea: line the entire length of my driveway with mulch and pretty plants!
So off I went to Home Depot, where I hoisted 10-$2 bags of black mulch into a couple of carts as my infant son looked on from his stroller. My husband, such a good sport he is, helped me push my bright idea to the check out, knowing his wife would eff this project up somehow. But by…