Every other day or so, I think…I should blog. Then I go on doing what I’ve been doing and don’t get around to it. Yep, story of my life. So, instead of a one topic post… how ’bout a run down of what’s been goin’ on?
1. I saw the ever anticipated, teen obsessed, Stephanie Meyer flick Eclipse last weekend. No, I wasn’t with all the teens sporting the heavy eyeliner and I heart Twilight T-shirt at the 12:01am showing. I actually refrained myself since…you know…I’m a MOM and I have to show some semblance of restraint since I’m almost (but not quite) old enough to be Edward’s Mom. I know that didn’t hold back some of you…and that’s okay. I don’t judge. I LOVED the movie. Unfortunately, I can’t compare it to the book since I only got through the first two chapters of Eclipse. I read the first two books in its entirety, but then I got pregnant, and all of my books consisted of how to prepare for delivery, baby, and the end of life as I knew it. I’m still team Edward…Oh yeeeeah! That’s right. No team J here. She belongs with Eddie (can I call him that?). He’s untouchable. Being with Jacob would be easy, and Bella wouldn’t have to change for anyone, and she could be warm and live a normal life. But you know what, Bella isn’t normal. She’s cold, depressing, sarcastic, difficult and wants to take the path with the most resistance. I can relate to being a bit hard headed and going against the grain a bit. Not to mention, I totally get her attraction to Edward. He’s so mysterious and unique. Seriously, who can resist his smirk? GORGEOUS!
2. We were sad to find out that they decided to cancel the little forth of July parade outside of our subdivision. Yes, it was a tad lame, but it gave us a chance to meet up with the peeps in our ‘hood and wear patriotic outfits. Dan’s Mom came for a visit and we enjoyed catching up with her, grilling out with the neighbors, and setting off some fireworks. Yes, you heard me right. We have a nine month old, and my husband insisted on setting off fireworks in the front of the house, while listening through our trusty audio monitor for sequels from Parker. Boys…what can I say? Fortunately, Parker was in dreamland, and the noise it didn’t bother him one bit. Hopefully, our neighbors felt the same!
3. I’m giving MAJOR props for Moms that work from home. Part of the reason that I haven’t had time to blog as much as I’d like is because I’ve been helping with a major relocation project … from home. I don’t want to downplay this, because I love helping out (and getting paid!), but it is quite the challenge trying to juggle replying to emails, update spreadsheets, import data, during Parker’s nap and ALSO clean bottles, wash diapers, and all the other household mess I usually do before that little sneeper wakes up. It’s hard, I ain’t gonna lie. That combined with the fact that my husband is gone all week is enough to make me STRESSED! It’s kicked me in the ass this week, and I’m actually REALLY looking forward to the girl’s night planned this weekend for the much needed break!
4. Parker is great. There’s not much to complain about with him. He sleeps REALLY well. Two really good solid 1.5-2hr naps a day and a good 11.5-12hrs at night. He’s a jewel when it comes to sleep. He’s curious about everything and Dan and I are convinced that he’s super smart, because most of his toys bore him in only a few short minutes, leading us to believe that he’s just WAY too gifted to be bothered by that little blinking, singing, repetitive toy. Attention and Stimulation is this boys middle name. He can’t get enough of it. It’s pretty exhausting too, taking him from room to room, place to place, from new toy to old, just to keep his interest. He’s got an abundance of energy! I guess he should, he sleeps enough for the both of us combined. And while I’m being all open and honest with my little booger, I mine as well mention our latest struggle-meal time. Let’s just say it’s not our favorite time of the day. I don’t get it really. Just this last week or so he’s begun to be super fussy getting into his highchair, and all during meal time. Which, has made going out to eat next to impossible. He’s really good at self feeding, but apparently doesn’t like being confined. He LOVES to throw his greens on the ground all while shoveling in the sweet potatoes and butternut squash. He doesn’t mind the fork mashed foods, but occasionally lets me know he’s completely over it by blowing raspberries of food all over my face. LOVELY! I don’t get it. He gets the best food. I pre-make most of his finger foods ahead of time and freeze it. The few exceptions are green beans, peas, and beans come from a can (I wash them thoroughly) because steaming them soft enough to eat isn’t possible. I thought that would be easier because since Dan isn’t home much during the week, I end up making myself a turkey sandwich or salad most nights which doesn’t translate into finger foods for Parker. So, to make a long story semi-short, Parker isn’t really diggin’ his foods. I don’t want to go prepackaged, but I’m running out of ideas for finger foods that he likes. I always try to make meal time a positive experience for him and if he does something that bothers me, I ignore it most of the time so we can keep that “positive experience” but that hasn’t seemed to change anything unfortunately. Mom’s out there, if you have some tips/suggestions, email or reply. I’d love to hear them!
5. I am officially a full-time pumper. Yes, pumping my boobies six times a day makes me a full time pumper for sure. May I go on the record by saying that it totally sucks (insert funny pun intended comment here)? Three things I keep telling myself: A)Parker gets the best nutrition when I pump B) I loose calories when I pump and C) Formula is friggin’ expensive. My supply has taken a big dip (yet again) since I’m exclusively pumping so I’ve had to supplement with formula. After some research and checking with some Crunchy Mamas on the best formula, I decided to go with Baby’s Only Organic formula. I’m going to try my best to make it to a year with giving him at least some breast milk each day. Why the hell do I have to be so ambitious?
6. I can’t believe that I’m already starting to think about planning Parker’s first birthday party. Fortunately, September is a beautiful time of year, and I can hopefully plan for a party that will be in really nice weather. I went ahead and reserved our pavilion at Will’s Park, which is a beautiful park in Alpharetta where we go twice a week to walk and have also have the occasional family picnic. We wanted to have it at Webb Bridge park, which is a nicer, smaller park, but there wasn’t a way to reserve the pavilion, and with me being the paranoid planner that I am, I couldn’t risk it. Not to mention the pavilion was pretty small there, and we would have to rent an extra table. I’m getting excited about the planning, decorations and celebration. We are planning to have a photography session with Tracy Adams Photography, which will be great, because I’m sure I’ll be too busy enjoying the celebration to remember to snap those precious photos.
And that, my friend…is a Run Down.