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Things I should remember

It occurred to me the other day that I need to work on Simon’s baby book. Although some of the things on this blog could probably go in a baby book, I do keep another one- one that has our wristbands from the hospital and his little eye goggles he had to wear..along with the details of my extended family and whatnot. While I was thinking about the baby book, I thought I should probably update on here some things I want to remember that somehow get lost in the midst of a week when remembering things that DON’T matter (like laundry and grocery lists) cloud my head…

(wow that was a long sentence)

Books we’ve read:

Guess how much I love you

On the Day you were Born

Sandra Boynton’s books: Pajama Time and The Going to Bed Book and The Belly Button book

Gallop

ABC An Amazing Alphabet Book!

I have to admit that I am terrified that Simon will not like books. It would figure, since Gabe and I both collect them and love them- that our son would naturally not like them. So far I’ve gotten him to listen to me read only a few- the ones listed above. But someday- I want to read Peter Pan with him and maybe the Harry Potter books- and definitely Toby Tyler (or Ten Weeks with the Circus). So I’m trying with all my librarian might to embed the early literacy skills in the boy. I wish I didn’t have to work during  the Read to your Baby Festival or else I would go to that, too!

Yesterday when I picked Simon up from the sitter’s she showed me how he really can sit up in the exer-saucer. It’s crazy how strong this child is. He seems to really want to get-up-and-go. When I let him stand up on my lap it’s almost like he gets frustrated that he can’t run. It’s nuts. So we brought up the exer-saucer from the basement and I let him try it out last night. He only lasts 5-15 minutes in it but at almost 12 weeks, I think that’s pretty good! Plus he hates tummy time so this is a good way for him to exercise his muscles without having to be on this tummy.

"Hm, this is cool."
"Hm, this is cool."

I have kept each note from the sitter every day that he’s been with one. It’s funny. They list how much he ate and when and when he was changed and anything else that he did that was moderately worth writing down. On my late nights this week I called Gabe after he had picked him up to find out about his day and see how he was doing (Simon, of course- not Gabe). Gabe says, “He’s fine- you worry too much!” But I’m not worrying I tell him. I’m interested. Two totally different things. If the sitter wrote down the consistency of the boys’ $hits I would be excited for the details. I want to know what he’s doing. Did he seem easy going? Fussy? Funny? Did he do anything cool? I just wonder, that’s all.

I have no idea how much the boy weighs but he seems remarkably larger than other babies his age.  I wouldn’t say he’s gigantic, but then again, when I see him next to other infants I think- maybe he is. I love this fact, and I swear he’s already grown longer and most of the chubs is in his face- when he stretches out people mention how long he is. I think you can get a good idea in this picture:

Gabe's 6'3" or 6'4" or something
Gabe's 6'3" or 6'4" or something

And that was from a few weeks ago.

He still loves his swing, but doesn’t need to be in it to nap. He falls asleep without a Nuk, his giraffe OR being swaddled at the sitter’s- which I think is really interesting. I like seeing how other people take care of him so I’m aware of what he’s capable of doing. Like last night, I laid him in bed (swaddled with his giraffe) awake. I said, “Good night, I love you,” and went downstairs. He slept until 2am. Pretty good right? Most of the week he slept until 3 or 4 but on days I don’t have to work the next day- he can get up at 2, I don’t care. I’m just impressed he can make himself fall asleep in his own crib. But as I was crawling into bed later on, I did tell Gabe- “I kind of miss cuddling with Simon in the mornings like I used to…” And he said, “Yea- but it probably wasn’t a good idea to keep doing that…”

So I guess our terrible horrible flu that forced us to put the baby in his own room earlier than I had planned, probably was a blessing in disguise.

Well I’m going to try to get some things done before he wakes up from his nap and Gabe gets home. We’re going to try to go to the pub and watch the game (yes- with the baby) after Gabe gets off work. Cut us some slack- it’s a restaurant too! 🙂

Ever have one of those days?

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel incredibly awkward all day long and can’t really explain why? Like your skin doesn’t fit right and everything you say comes out wrong and your ears turn red from being embarrassed for the weird $hit that comes out of your mouth? And then it just gets worse with each passing hour? And you keep thinking about all the stupid stuff you did, or how you rolled over on your ankle in the parking lot of CVS because you’re not used to wearing shoes that aren’t flip flops or crocs….

That’s the kind of day I had…an awkward feeling one. One where I get all paranoid about my job and start thinking of all the things I should/could/want to/will do in it. So bizarre.

Anyways- WE FOUND A SITTER!!!!

A friend of our neighbor who has watched Simon the last two days has offered to help us out on Wed. and Thurs. and she’s IN GRANDVIEW and I met her today and just really liked her alot. I felt really good about her. AND she will have Simon only one day a week- that’s like pure one-on-one sitter/baby time. The other day she has 2 other little ones who come and I met them and they are adorable and fun. I’m so relieved. And she fell right into our price range. So even though it will be a “weird” schedule for Si, I feel good about our two sitters. One close to home, one close to me at work- and both of them make me feel like they really could fall in love with Simon– which is what moms want. I want someone to fuss all over my kid. Sorry, I just do.

So that was a good start. What preceeded the good start was SLEEP. Simon woke up at 4:30am and 7:30am. He woke up so late (I get the second + feedings) that I didn’t have time to shower this morning. So tomorrow I work again- and I have a lot to do before getting out the door with both of us and that’s a little stressful- BUT…then I have two days off in a row. And friends are coming into town. And we’ll have successfully made it through our first week of full time working parenthood.

Which I think should call for some sort of celebration in the next few weeks. Anyone up for a happy hour??? hehehe