Mommy needs a nap

I am listening to my daughter rummage around in the kitchen and wanting it to be nap time right about now. I am so tired.

It was a really good weekend, but I am definitely feeling it this morning. Tim left early with Mary on Saturday morning and took her to my mom's house for the day, so he could get my Mother's Day surprise ready for me, which was really sweet. About a half an hour after he left (with my cell phone, because his was lost/stolen and I didn't want him driving hours without any means of communication), I got in the car to go to work and realized it wouldn't start. I wound up walking the two or so miles in...which wouldn't have been so bad if there weren't a somewhat nasty hill along the way and for the fact that it was raining. Wow, that sounds really lazy, but there you go. Got in looking like a drowned rat, did my thing for the shift, and Tim picked me up afterwards.

He drove me home and I came inside to find a clean house and that he had made me (cooked) sushi for lunch, which meant he had bought me a rice cooker. He promised to make me sushi all the time, which made me a happy girl. Then we hung out for awhile, I got called into Retail Job for a few hours, and afterwards, we drove to Connecticut to get Mary. We wound up spending the night there, which was nice, except Mary was far too excited that Mommy and Daddy were sleeping in the same room as she was and kept waking up. Woo hoo! (As a side note, she now sleeps in her big girl bed at home - go Mary! Very proud of her.)

Sunday we woke up, had breakfast and went to Massachusetts to surprise Tim's mom. We wound up staying there the whole day, which was good. I got Mary some summer clothes and Sue and I picked out fabric for her quilts for her big girl room. :0) I can't wait to start working on those! Okay, so she'll be doing most of the work since I am not exactly crafty, but I am excited to help!

Got home, watched True Blood on the DVR and Sweeny Todd (LOVE Sondheim, by the way...he's ridiculously talented), went to bed far too late because I am apparently totally unable to keep track of time, and Mary let me sleep until 6 a.m. That sounds sarcastic, but it's not - since the birds have been out she's been liking to wake up at 5 or so, so that was a welcome treat.

Now we're just hanging out (she looks adorable, but I am still in my pajamas). It's probably going to be an at-home day today, because we are waiting for Verizon to send his phone overnight, and I will need to sign for it. Grilled cheese for lunch because I am not feeling anything fancier, but that's okay. She has two playdates this week, so I'm not a totally lazy mother. Baby 2.0 is doing well, as far as I can tell, and not giving me any grief. She may even have a name, but that's still a matter of meeting her.

Woohoo!

Four days until NYC! I cannot wait. At first, I was a little concerned about walking all over the city all day, but then I remembered I did it for two straight days when I was about as pregnant with Mary, and then I got excited.

Things on the personal front have been going great. Mary is growing like a weed and saying more and more every day. I am feeling great. It seems weird to be almost 24 weeks already. Everyone warned me this pregnancy was going to go fast, but I guess I didn't understand HOW fast.

On Thursday, I have an appointment and they are going to check the baby's gender again. I'm not telling anyone, though. My mother is ready to kill me over that one, but I mostly want to know for nursery purposes. I know, that's weird.

I wish I could say work was going as well as everything else, but it's not. My manager has decided she has it in for me. Fortunately, HER boss likes me, so I'm not too concerned for my job. I'm just counting the days until I can go on leave and have a break from that place.

Because this is the only blog you check

It was a completely crazy weekend. I had taken a vacation day from the bank on Saturday, and the store just randomly gave me the day off (not that I'm complaining, you understand), but I had no plans. Somehow, the weekend still flew by.

Talked to J last night, and they have tickets! Months and months ago (like December, I think?) we planned a day trip to NYC, along with her mother in law and some of her family. I'm along for the ride, but we're going to see Wicked and apparently J's MIL was able to get us a bunch of really good seats together. So, April 4, I will be seeing Wicked fourth row center. I am massively excited about this. I've seen Wicked on Broadway before, but not that close. (I am a total snob and refuse to pay for balcony seats...if I am forking out a day off, plus train/bus ticket, plus meals, plus theater ticket, it is going to be a darn good seat! Might as well hang for a sheep than for a lamb and all that.)

I do not know WHERE my daughter got her sleep gene, but I want to tweak it. :) She sleeps great at night, but, no matter when she goes to bed, wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. I would like to negotiate 8 a.m., if at all possible.

Speaking of bed, Mary is getting a big girl bed soon. This makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

Bad blogger, bad!

Also, I am an AIM slacker, and don't even get me started on the Twitter account I created and updated exactly once. Yes, I've been doing...whatever I said I was doing on there...since around Halloween. Aren't you excited?

So, in updated news, I got to hear the baby's heartbeat last week! That was amazing...I wasn't expecting to hear it so early, because with Mary, it wasn' t until the 16-week appointment that they could pick up anything on the doppler. But this time, the baby was co-operative...he/she also kicked the doppler, but I can't exactly blame the little one. I'd be curious, too. The heart rate is strong, between 150 and 160 bpm, which, if you go by old wives' tales, makes this another girl. But we won't know for sure for a few more weeks. I am excited to find out!

Part of me wanted to be surprised. This is our last baby. At the same time, if this is a boy, I need to paint and do some shopping. I am on pink overload, and while I don't have an express issue with boys in pink, I think little jumpsuits with "Daddy's Little Girl" on them might not rest so well with Daddy.

Today, Miss Mary threw an absolutely amazing temper tantrum because - ready? - I refused to let her eat a who-knows-how-old bit of waffle she unearthed from her hiding place beneath the radiator behind the hamper. I have NO IDEA how it got there, because she is not allowed food in our bedroom, but there it was, and you should have HEARD the drama when I took it away from her. Both Tim and my mother are getting a good laugh over the fact that I am, apparently, raising myself.

Still have not found a new church. I need to start expending more effort in that department, I really do. It's hard, though. Mostly because I don't feel like I can get a feel for any new church right now. Mary will not sit through an entire sermon, which means bringing her to the nursery. And I am not comfortable just leaving her with total strangers, which means *I* would wind up in the nursery, too, and boy, what a way to pick your church! 'Well, the changing tables were nice, but I'm just not sure about the pack-n-play/infant ratio...'

Yeah. Bedtime.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2009, everyone! Tim and I had a quiet night in, watching The Twilight Zone marathon on SciFi. I tried to make an oyster stew, but it didn't go so well. Tim was a good sport about it, though, and I had some shrimp out, so it worked out.

Mary is 15 months old tomorrow. We're "celebrating" by taking her to meet Logan (Katie's baby) at a play place. That should be a lot of fun. She loves babies and little kids.

There's a particularly creepy Twilight Zone episode on right now, the one called "It's a Good Life," with the little boy Anthony who has telekinesis.  Creepy! But no one wants to do the kid in. Good times. "Kick the Can" is my absolute favorite episode.

"He was a bad man. So I turned him into a Jack In The Box."  I have customers at work I'd like to try this on...

It's all good

I ought to be in bed, but it's too nice here right now. The Christmas tree lights are on, I just got some amazing Christmas music, the baby is fast asleep and it's just a good place to be right now.

We always said we wanted two kids. When we tried, it turned out to take a lot longer than we thought it would - about two years, in fact, to have Mary. I didn't talk a lot about it to a lot of people, mostly because most of our friends weren't at the same place we were - they were doing other cool things - and I figured a lot of people wouldn't really get it. So we figured, two kids, and whenever it happens, it happens.

As it turns out, apparently I've figured out how to do this whole thing and this will be Miss Mary's last Christmas as an only child. :) We have confirmation that the baby  a) is in the right place and b) has a good, strong heartbeat, so I feel like I can tell people. We are very excited. Sometimes I think we're nuts, too, but in a good way. :)

And that's all the news that's fit to print right now. But if y'all were wondering why I wasn't drinking and about to fall asleep at the housewarming, well - now you know. (Which was still a totally excellent party and I do feel bad I wasn't able to come back. But if you leave the baby alone in the house, they call the state on you. Or so I've heard. Yeah, even if she's asleep. I know, nuts, right?)

What's 20 or so days between friends?

It's close enough to 2009. :)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Start working in a bank. So exciting.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a couple of people, actually. Kim had Brodey and Jen had Macy.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
This one.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Career advancement. I don't regret taking the job, but it's not quite what I was hoping for, either.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 2, 2008...Mary's first birthday, which seemed like quite an achievement.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting through an entire (mostly wonderful) year of parenting.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing all the weight I had hoped to. I lost all of the baby weight, but wanted to do more.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My camera.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Tim's, to be honest. He went through a layoff, a crazy wife ;) and getting a new job with tremendous grace.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
You know...I'd rather not go there. End the year on a good note and all.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage. So fun!!!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Mary's birthday, the election.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I'm going to have to give that more thought.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- i. happier or sadder? Happier
- ii. thinner or fatter? About the same, give or take a couple, actually.
- iii. richer or poorer? Again, about the same. Making more but taxes went up, so...about the same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Relaxed. You can all laugh now.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stressed over stupid stuff.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Traveling all over the place over three days.

21. Where will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
Probably at home or with close friends.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Not with anyone new. :)

23. How many one-night stands?
Oh, tons. Why not? It's not like anyone's reading this far, anyway. ;)

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I got into Scrubs this year (I know, really late in the game). As far as new shows, I am really liking Lipstick Jungle for junk food. But I heard it's not being renewed, so there's that.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think I hate anyone. There are people in whom I am rather disappointed, but I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?
Much like the music, I have no idea. I read a lot this year, but nothing is coming to mind.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The CD that puts Mary to bed each night. Then I left it in Jay and Jess' camper, and realized the replacement CD is much more annoying. I need to get that back! 

28. What did you want and get?
A new camera, a job that would let me be at home all day with the baby and still pay the bills.

29. What did you want and not get?
Superficially, as thin as I'd have liked. On a more normal level, a job that I find fulfilling.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Did Juno come out this year, or late 2007? Either way, I enjoyed it.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to the zoo. Because even though chronologically I was 25, I guess I was 12. Then Tim arranged for some good friends to take me to dinner, which was a lot of fun.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Winning the lottery and getting to be a stay at home mom? 

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Casual. Very casual.

34. What kept you sane?
Other moms who totally understood when I felt a little nuts. My family. My faith. Water.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No one comes to mind.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Bailouts, to an extent. The election in general.

37. Who did you miss?
Several friends who have moved away. We're still friends, but we don't see each other nearly as much.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Several of my team members. I also have gotten a lot closer to a couple of people, and that is very rewarding.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
People come in and out of your life at really random intervals, so even when person A is hurting, try not to bash person B to make them feel better. Then when person B comes back, you won't feel bad about what you said (does not necessarily apply if person is nuts. But I am glad I behaved myself, because I like this person).

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"If only I could learn from my life, I would see I am happy with me. And I'll be perfect/ perfect I'm gonna get it right. I'll be perfect/perfect in the next life...."

Good weekend

This was a nice weekend. I only had to work one job and had Sunday off. On Saturday, Sue was here watching Mary while Tim was in class. Then my parents (and their weird little dog) came to visit later that afternoon, and we hung out. Mom brought me lasagna, bananas (long story) and reduced fat Cheez-Its (because they just taste BETTER than the originals, they do!). The lasagna was awesome. :)

That night Tim, Mary, the dog and I went to Massachusetts. Sue watched Mary (and the dog, I guess ) while Tim and I wandered around the mall and went out for dessert, where he got ice cream and I ordered enchiladas, because it seemed like a good idea at the time (and it was!). Sunday we had Jenny's baby shower, and Tim went over to Brian's new place while Sue, Becky and I sat through (literally) two plus hours of straight present opening. It was funny to sit there and think "yup, loved that...yeah, registered for that and never used it...does that bib say HOTTIE on it?!" :-)

it was just a really nice, relaxing weekend. I needed it because this week has been nuts so far!

All is -

I swear, Miss Mary has a sixth sense. My title was going to be "all is calm, " because it's almost midnight here and it was, and as soon as I got my cursor onto the subject line, I heard a thump from her crib. Now I'm just hoping that was a mere shift and not her deciding it would be super fun to hang out right now.

That, and now I can't remember what it was I was going to write. My daughter decided it would be great to grab a candle off a display at Yankee Candle and take a bite out of it because it smelled like a cookie...good times. Once we determined she was okay, my friend Kristen and I could not stop laughing about it. I mean, I saw her playing with it and didn't even think about the fact that she would think it was food. Don't worry, all my cleaning agents are well out of reach, I'm not THAT incompetent, but that was a lesson learned. Poor kid could not understand why we were making such a fuss over getting that votive away from her, either. :) I think those are Tim's genes at work...if it's not nailed down or on fire, he'll probably eat it. And maybe even if it is.

What else? Things continue to go well here. I am super excited about Christmas. I am less excited about my weight loss plateau, especially since this looks like it will be about as good as it gets for awhile. No one ever tells you that you might lose all the baby weight (I'm actually lower than  I was when I got pregnant with Mary) but your body is going to look totally different. Or maybe they did and I just didn't pay attention and/or believe them. That sounds more like me.

This is getting way too random and boring. Plus, I am getting hungry, but in an effort not to turn into Shamu, will put the ferret babies away and go to bed. And possibly delete this entire thing. It's like drunk posting, but even more stupid. Woot!