Saturday, March 31, 2012

reframe the mundane

I was reading this particular blog post the other day on a newly discovered gem, Enjoying the Small Things.  I loved this post.  Sometimes, not terribly often,but sometimes, I wonder if I am falling into the trap of the day to day daily rut.  When there are 8 hours in a day to be worked, a toddler to entertain, a family to feed, and an endless list of house chores to accomplish I wonder what falls off the the priority list first?  Sometimes I worry that it is the "fun" that will drop off.

I started thinking more about recently as we entered into Spring here in Florida.  When you embark on a new year, the sun is out longer, and you know pretty soon you will be knee deep in newborn diapers you begin to wonder how to make it all balance and take advantage of your time.  With a baby on the way I decided early on this year I needed to start prioritizing.  Simple adventures and fun moved up on the list and I have to say I have had SO many amazing weekends (and some weeknights too!) since actively looking for new and exciting things to do.  They're not always grand, but they're different, and I feel like it helps to "reframe the mundane."  It's re-energizing for me and I hope it's helping to create memories for Jamin.

I went to an art class,  finally took advantage of the unique things that Florida has to offer and our close proximity to the beach, tried out my hand at baking and practicing photography, worked on making the house special for holidays, I gave into sports and I enjoyed blogging about the very ordinary things that makes even things like TV nights more exciting (for me at least!)

All I can say is that lately I haven't been too worried that there isn't enough fun going around.  I mean, just look at that face!

What do you do to spice up your day to day grind?

Friday, March 30, 2012

What's on your DVR?

CFC posed a question about my DVR a few days ago. I hesitated to answer because some of it is lame, some  is boring and to be honest- we don't even have DVR.  But here it is- the TV I love to watch, the TV I feel guilty pleasure watching and the TV I feel ashamed to even admit I watch.

No ashamed watching-in-secret here! I've said it before and I will say it again.  Parenthood is worth the watch!  Or at least worth the DVR space. (Or in my case worth watching on a small lap top screen if you miss the original airing!) Also, it doesn't hurt that Adam Braverman is a dream boat.  He is a saint.  Love.

I love the Bachelor and Bachelorette! No surprise here either.  I do know it's bad TV but I like it and I am not ashamed.  Actually, I do have to admit I felt this season was one of the lamest I had seen in a while.  I loved smoldering, broken Ben in Ashley's season because he seemed so real, so normal.  I have to say his persona seemed a little annoying on his own season.  I think he was trying too hard to be Mr. Right for the cameras.  Or maybe he just actually loved Ashley and his real self shined through (I am a hopeless romantic, you know!)- and did the second round of the show for the TV spotlight (chop it up to bad acting?)

OK, maybe here is where things start getting a little bit weird.  During most daylight hours we have Disney channel on at our house.  This way the background noise of Jamin's life isn't filled with talk of Kim Kardashians butt size.  These days I see a lot of So Random, Austin & Alley, Phineas & Ferb, Jesse, Shake it Up, and my personal favorite- Good Luck Charlie.

Yes, I find myself watching episodes featuring the hilarious Duncan family even when Jamin is completely distracted with his blocks or play kitchen.  It's just wholesome and cheesy-funny and brings me back to TGIF Nights and Boy Meets World reruns.  Good Luck Charlie would def be on the modern version of the beloved 2 hour TGIF- which I think they should bring back!  It was integral as a child!

OK, ok so I just mocked Kim Kardashian a few lines ago.  But really, what an addictive family!  Too outrageous to turn off,  too pretty to take, too absurd to be real and so overexposed!  Perfect.  I love the show and all the spin-offs and when Jamin is sleeping it is the background noise that can usually be found playing in my house (yes, I am watching the episode with the butt x-rays again.)  Can I also admit here I love trying-to-be-normal-but-as-crazy-as-them-all Bruce Jenner and  simply over the top Scott Disick?  The supporting males do make quite an ensemble cast.

A few Many years ago when this show first came out Jud said, "what a terrible and mean name for a show!" which still makes me laugh.  Well the show is kind of terrible, and not necessarily mean, but I love it and I don't know why!  I certainly am not inspired by the show.  I often watch it drinking hot chocolate, baking cookies or eating Chinese take out.  But it makes me cry once a week and the finale always gives me those happy feel good vibes.  I'm always so happy for the people that finally get control of their lives and totally  jealous when they end up looking fabulous, have professional make-overs and win lots of money!

There's not much to be said here except I am a traditionalist.  AI has some intense competition on it's heels in recent seasons- but I stay true to what I know.  And what I know is Ryan Seacrest's fake tan and Randy calling everyone "dawg".

Well, CFC, there you have it.  My not-so-interesting list of weekly shows sprinkled in with some quality Criminal Minds reruns and Dateline Mysteries.

splash time at the zoo


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anticipating Owen

Yesterday, I had an appointment with my OBGYN- and today I am officially 37 weeks along (full term!).  She told me I am 4 cm dilated and already technically in labor! Dr also informed me that from the "feel of things" active labor can start any day/moment.  She doesn't think I will make it to the weekend.  This is a lot to take in!

She also told me I have made it through the slowest stage of labor- so when it comes on it could come on fast and furious.  I was advised no "dilly-daddling" when the time comes and just get to the hospital because we want to be sure we have enough time for an epidural.  When I heard that my ears certainly perked up.  I do not want to miss that time window- especially from experiencing some birthing sans epidural the last time around.  Remember when it fell out and the nurse couldn't stop commenting "it was a shame about that first epidural" and the second  felt like it did nothing?  Well, I certainly remember!

This big news got me all riled up.  Jud and I got together for a giddy lunch and I came home and finished packing my hospital bag.  (Only after stopping at the store to buy Owen some new teddy bear slippers- only the necessities, people).   I am constantly waiting in anticipation. I have mentally decided there will not be "back to school" for me come Monday.  I have a million thoughts flying!

As a matter of fact I wasn't able to sleep well last night because I was simply waiting for contractions to begin or my water to break.  Of course, this was a sure way to guarantee none of those things would be occurring and all I ended up with was feeling pretty exhausted when I got up around 7:30.  I did wake up around 4 am once with a contraction that lasted about a minute...then nothingness.  Needless to say, I was so excited that sleep was pretty much a lost cause afterwards!

The fun doesn't stop there!  I decided to take Sawyer for a two mile walk this morning, I ran some errands and picked up the house (again).  Now, I'm really exhausted.

How long does labor usually take to kick in once 4 cm is reached?  Google is a scary place and I read it can take weeks!  Any thoughts, momma's?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter Basket

I spent some time on Monday brainstorming and shopping around for Jamin's Easter basket.  Buying Easter goodies for an almost two year old is harder than you think!  What to get a little boy who still poses some choking risk with marshmallow peeps and hard candies??  I also must say that so much Easter stuff out there is so girly!  No frilly daisy headbands for my little man.  Here is the end result:

  • Classic hollow chocolate bunny (oops, bought too much and he can't fit in the basket!)
  • New Crocs for spring/summer (sadly outgrowing his army print ones)
  • 2 big boy cups (no sippys!)
  • sidewalk chalk
  • those crazy little capsules that grow into giant animals in the tub
  • new Veggie Tales cd (ohh that silly Larry)
  • and the big hit (or i hope will be!) a bubble machine for the lawn.  Jamin loves bubbles.

What do you put in a toddler's Easter basket?

Monday, March 26, 2012

hush little baby...

Nothing can quite comfort a newborn like a fuzzy football.

Boys are funny.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

spring break goals

photographed by Alicia Bock. 

1. Make Jamin's 1st year Shutterfly book.  This has been on my goals list FOREVER. I plan on finally getting it done (just in time to turn around and have to make his 2nd year!)

2. Organize my closet- suggestions needed here- by season and color, just by color, just by season??  What should I do with my jeans?  I can never decide to hand or fold cami's.   Such an ongoing struggle!

3. Clean the baseboards with Magic Eraser (thrilling).

4. Organize the towel closet (towels waterfall down on my head whenever I open it).

5. One work goal is to create an AP binder to pass off to my AP coordinator substitute when I go on maternity leave.

6.  Make/purchase decor for Jamin's going-to-be-amazing camping themed bday party coming up next month (2 already??)

7. Bake this deliciousness

happy spring!

I think adults going out in pajamas is a bit..... much.   But who can resist a toddler eating ice cream on the beach, on the first day of spring, wearing his beloved elmo slippers?

Friday, March 16, 2012

take me out to the ballgame...

Last Sunday we spent some time at a Spring Training game- Yankees vs. Phillies.  Jamin almost loved the game as much as he loved the snacks, jumping on momma, and people watching.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

a week in the life if a bed training toddler (and his tired parents..)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...but I say this one deserves some words to go along with it...

Last Wednesday my husband seemed to be taking a generously long time laying our baby boy down to bed.  Jamin is an AMAZING crib sleeper.  The best.  Sleeps 7-7 most nights. Ok, every night.  I am so spoiled. Well-rested, too.  Don't kill me other moms!

Well, with baby Owen due in 6 weeks the hubby figured it was time to make the transition. We had no plans of buying a second crib so into the big boy bed Jamin must go. Why this life altering transition on a Wednesday?  These are the complexities of my husband I will never understand. Keeps me on my toes, that guy.

Well, night number one goes so smooth.  Jamin is fast asleep within a half hour and all is right in the world.  Our sleep loving baby mastered the transition. Amazing.  He wakes up after four hours.  We are tired- back to the crib.

Morning comes and so does the regret.  We caved.  We will not cave in again.  It's us and the bed vs the toddler.

Along comes Thursday night.  Jamin appears to not be quite as exhausted.  We decide to embark on the supernanny routine.  You know- no eye contact, no "rewards" with kisses and extra cuddles, just put the baby back in bed.  We did it....96 times before he fell asleep. After some tearful "nooooo night night!'s" Jamin finally passed out.  Did he learn something- or was it sheer exhaustion?

Well we learned Friday night and through the weekend that sheer exhaustion is the only thing that can put Jamin down in that bed.  He loves to climb out and run into our room.  Over and over.  He makes a low pitch gurgling/pure joyful sound as he comes flying in. His hair literally is flying back in the wind.  He loves it. I'm too pregnant to play the supernanny game.  I don't think the OBGYN would recommend me wrangling a toddler 96 times a night.  Our new strategy is to quietly sit in the room close to the door with no interactions.  It works, a little bit...somtimes...most recently, not at all.

Its been a struggle all week!  I cant believe it's been only 8 days.  I feel like the battle with bedtime has been going on about half my life now.  The sweet comforts and sleep associated with the crib have gone.  Hours are spent coaxing little one to accept that bed is where he belongs, and where he should stay.

Last night was 2 hours for me.... tonight hubby has been in there an hour (and still going strong).

What to do?  Please, stories & suggestions welcomed!

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