Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As I got it ready she screamed and screamed. She screamed until I was ready to put my own head down and scream. But I pushed on and got some of the food in her mouth. At first glance, it worked. She thought to herself, ahhhhh; food. But that's when she realized that it wasn't food; it was the dreaded green mixed veggies and she wasn't havin' it.
She cried and cried and I stuffed and stuffed her mouth full of food. I learned a lesson today. If a baby is crying too hard to swallow, don't fill her up with green stuff. You will end up wearing it. All of it. But I stupidly hoped that food would cure her sadness especially when I diluted it with applesauce. This was not the case. We both ended up putting our head down and crying. It was one nasty meltdown on our behalf.
But I swallowed hard, put on my happy face and wiped us up. I picked my baby up and sang her a song and danced her around the kitchen. I let her chew on her washcloth and put her down in the bumbo to watch me cook dinner. All this while Dustin was at Walmart....and he thought he was getting the raw end with a 5:00-in-the-afternoon trip.
So, lesson learned. Sometimes the baby just needs her mommy to shake it off and give her a little love. Sometimes the mommy needs to put her head down and cry. But never ever stuff a mad, teething baby with green baby food if you aren't sure it will be swallowed.
Monday, June 28, 2010
This baby of mine makes my life light up. She laughs and giggles and I come running. She plays with her toes and sticks out her tongue. She blows raspberries like it is her job. She puts her head on my shoulder when she gets up from a nap and falls asleep in the car. She loves to be read to and feel on the pages. These little things add up to one thing.
How could anyone not love this little girl? This girl is my pride and joy. I watch videos of her hour after hour and laugh and cry and feel so much pride. I feel the Mama-Bear come rising to the surface during times of distress and I know what it feels like to want to throw yourself face first in to danger just to protect the Michelin Tire Man Legs. I look at her face and my cup runneth over. Motherhood is the greatest of all journeys. And a journey it is, it is not all heart-two-sizes-too-big kind of adoration. It is laundry and dirty faces. It is screaming and sleepless nights. But it is beautiful and perfect in an imperfect way.
And speaking of ....a girl could use a little peace once in awhile. There are so many rewards to being the Mommy; but when you find yourself needing a break when you wake up in the morning, only to be spit up on, screamed at, and shoved away by an unhappy, un-napping, teething baby, you begin to think about what peace really is. Peace can take on many forms. It can be a day at the spa, a mani/pedi, or a simple head scratch by your husband. It can be a 5 Star Restaurant, a candlit dinner for two, or a Happy Meal. It can be a quiet mountainside at dawn, and meditative sunset or a book on tape. But the important thing is; don't forget about the peace. Peace makes the love stronger. It makes the happy happier. And it makes the Mommy feel better.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Next, her bracelet. Again, another special gift. This from my Grandma, who was most excited to get her something pretty to wear on her special day. She can't be here and we are really going to miss her, but she will be with us in spirit and I know I will always be reminded of her when I see this bracelet.
And finally a few of my own little things. The first is the cross I got as a gift for my baptism that I really love. The next is a crystal pitcher from my own Godmother, Marcia, who I reference in another blog as well. She received one for her own baptism and then gave me one too. I am so glad to be able to use it tomorrow, it's very lovely and definitely perfect for a special occasion. And finally a painting I made for Reese to commemorate her big day. It's not much but a special little reminder that we were thinking of her.Tomorrow we will have a special day for Reese, it will be marked with family and some special friends. We will be busy talking and eating too much and hopefully enjoying the nice weather. But one day when we are quietly looking through some old things we will cross the path of these sentimental reminders and smile at the reminder of Reese's baptism day!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So now all I can think of is what else needs to be done. I'll wake up in the middle of the night and think things like, "when was the last time the string on the attic door was wiped off?" Or "I really should vacuum out the closet door tracts." Seriously, it's getting ridiculous. Last night I even brought a notepad to bed so that I could write down my random thoughts. And I do have to pat myself on the back when I say that all of the 10 things on the list are done minus 1, hence the "Tired Tuesday" title of this blog.
And now, it's 7:45 and I am really wondering if it's socially acceptable to go to bed when sunset is still an hour away. But, it's not as if I'll rest because I'll just be thinking of all the things I could get done tomorrow. So if you see a tired, sweaty, dirt-covered lady muttering lists to herself at the grocery store (to which I have been 3 times already since Sunday), just turn and walk the other way. I probably won't be coherent enough to carry on a conversation anyway.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
After we went out all day, we then had a wedding to dance it up at. I had my dancing shoes on (okay, my flip flops, but I was excited). We headed out there and enjoyed some time with some friends we don't see nearly enough.
Our weekend was really fun and it made us sad that we don't live closer to some of our best friends. But it also helped us remember to enjoy the time we do have with them.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Here are some wonderful blogs I must nominate:
1. Ramona and her Mother It is beautifully written and usually I learn a lesson.
2. Sunshine in the House: Another beautiful blog about a creative mom and her family's fun adventures.
3. The Kingz: a family's journey of new motherhood and dealing with the stresses of a preemie.
4. Big Girls Small Kitchen: A Quarter Life Cook sharing her social life and the food that goes with it! They're also getting ready to publish a book, check them out for some yummy food!
5. The Kazmaier's: A phenomenal photographer and her crazy adventures with 3 kids!
Now for the juicy details of my so called life:
1. I don't really like when people send me flowers, I think they can be wasteful. But if someone sent me some peonies I sure wouldn't turn them away!
2. I love a well-picked out card. There is something about someone standing around in an aisle reading all the cards and picking out the perfect card that sounds like me makes me smile and feel so special.
3. I love writing this blog and taking pictures. But I also feel a little narcissistic talking about myself all the time.
4. Having the windows open letting sunlight come through the house is one of my favorite things. My allergies really prevent this but I still love it.
5. I used to hate when people would get lazy and say "your mom and dad" when they were talking about Terry. But now I love it and feel really proud when he introduces me as his kid.
6. Old '80s movies turn me into a sucker. Cocktail, Adventures in Babysitting, Dirty Dancing, I just love them all.
7. I love The Pioneer Woman Cooks, cookbook. It has great pictures and I love her stories!
8. I do NOT enjoy reality TV. I'm sure you are all ready to throw tomatoes at me for this, but I just usually end up getting so embarrassed for the ass they are making of themselves that I have to turn the channel.
9. Watching Reese on the Jumperoo is 20 times better than TV!
10. I think google is the finest invention of the technological age.
Thank you, Jenny for making my day! I am so excited about you thinking my blog is beautiful!