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Month: September 2006

Check Up Time

Did I mention how things have been, um, busy around here?  Seriously, when I can’t even find time to blog, something is just not right in my world.  Screw work, I need to blog.

Yesterday Granny and Papa brought Zach over and met me at his doctor’s office, which saved me about an hour round-trip driving.  Zach had his 15-month check up and is doing absolutely splendid.  The doc said that he is a little bit ahead developmentally (I already knew that but hearing it from the doctor made my overachieving self very proud).  He weighed in at 27 pounds, which totally made me laugh when I watched Survivor lastnight and saw the girls struggling to carry their 15 pound bags of sand.  Ha!  I tote 27 pounds around all the time with very little effort and have a nice protruding bicep on my right arm to prove it!

It was funny to watch him at the doctor’s office because I could tell that it was a very different experience for him this time.  He was much more aware of what was going on around him.  He made the funniest face when I sat him down on the scale and I wish I could have taken a picture of it.  It was an expression I have never seen before, a combination of goofy and a “what in the heck am I doing up here?” look.  He ran around the exam room exploring things and flirting with the nurse.  He was having a great time until the end of the visit when he got his immunizations.

He had to get three shots this time.  I gave him his pacifier ahead of time (now used only for sleeping and church usually).  I put him up on the table and he watched with fascination while the nurse got everything ready.  He barely flinched when she gave him the first shot, but the second one must have hurt a little because he started crying.  Then came the third and it was an all out screamfest in the exam room.  It was the kind of screaming cry that just cannot be comforted.  I felt so bad for the little guy.  After what seemed like forever (but was probably less than 5 minutes), I got him settled down and dressed and we got out of there.  Just as a comparison, previous to this he has rarely even cried when he got his shots.

He was pretty unhappy for the rest of the evening.  After dinner, I took his pants off to start getting him ready for his bath.  He kept pointing at the band-aids on his thighs and crying.  Since I know he isn’t very fond of band-aids (although I’m sure that will change in the near future) I decided to take them off.  After the band-aids were off, he still kept pointing at his legs and crying.  I thought perhaps it was hurting where he got the shots, but he didn’t even flinch when I touched the spots.  I really think he was just trying to tell me that he didn’t like what that nurse did to him.  I think for the first time he actually had a memory of getting the shots.

Now I know that the immunizations are important and are protecting him from some pretty yucky stuff, but it just about broke my heart to see his reaction this time around.  I can only guess what the next doctor’s visit will be like if he remembers this by then.

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To The Point

  • Lots of people have been asking me how things are going with the in-laws.  One week is almost gone and I haven’t even wanted to kill anybody yet!  I would say that’s pretty good.  I am sort of missing my evening tv/quiet time with hubby though and then there’s the whole sharing my baby thing that I’m still not really liking.
  • Zach has his 15 month check-up at the doctor today and I totally forgot about it.  The automated reminder call came lastnight while I was giving Zach his bath.  Hubby answered the phone and said, “Does Zach have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow?”  Um, I guess I forgot.  Really, I knew it was coming up but I still thought it was a couple of weeks away.  Oh well, its a great excuse to get off a little early.
  • Work is BUSY and I am BEHIND.
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Hey Jealousy!

Is it wrong of me to be slightly jealous of my in-laws?  They get to stay at home with my baby all day.  They get to take him on little shopping trips, play with him outside, help him build towers with his new mega blocks, watch him dance, listen to him sing, teach him new words, and just be with him.  Meanwhile I’m at work, making money so I can feed and clothe him and so he has a roof over his head while he lays in his crib dreaming at night.

I know that they only see him a few times each year and that they will cherish these few weeks that they have with him forever.  But I can’t help but be jealous.  I want so badly to be with him and judging from the grip he had on my neck this morning when I tried to leave, he wants me to be there too.

I wish I could be one of those working moms who actually wants to work.

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Fifteen Months

Dear Zachary,

A few days ago, your day care provider gave birth to a beautiful little baby boy. As I sat there in the hospital room holding little Andrew, I again was amazed at how quickly time passes. Only fifteen months ago I was sitting in the hospital holding my own brand new baby. I could have never guessed back then just how much of joy you would bring into our lives.

This last month has been nothing but fun. You have become quite entertaining. If I need something to cheer me up, all I have to do is turn on some Laurie Berkner music or Jack’s Big Music Show and you will start dancing, singing, and clapping to the music. I could watch you forever. I love that you are so into music because music is one of my favorite things. I really hope that you will continue to enjoy music throughout your life.

Every day you are learning more and more about how to express yourself with words. You tell Mommy and Daddy when you want to watch Blue’s Clues, when you are “all done”, and when you “poopoo”. You also say “bye bye” but only when you want to, “come in” (like they say on Jack’s Big Music Show), “diaper”, “away” (as in to throw away), and you pretty much try to repeat anything that anyone says to you. A lot of times I can’t really understand what you are saying, but you are really trying hard to tell me something. I really wish I could understand you. I can’t wait until we can sit and have a real two-way conversation someday.

You are also starting to learn some really exciting things. You can point out your nose, eyes, mouth, and head. You also know that your shoes go on your feet (and you know where your feet are). You have started calling everything that is the color blue, “Blue’s Clues” showing that you recognize that they are the same color. You also love to help me and Daddy out by throwing away your dirty diapers and anything else that we ask you to put in the trash. It is fun to see you get so excited about such a simple task.

Sometimes when you get angry or don’t get your way, you throw a little tantrum and throw yourself on the floor. Tonight you got angry at me for making you get out of the bathtub, and then for putting your diaper and pajamas on. When I finally let you loose, you decided to get mad and threw yourself on the floor. Unfortunately, you threw yourself on the floor right beside your rocking horse and slammed your head into it. I could tell that it really hurt, but you were so mad at me that you wouldn’t let me hold and comfort you.

This month you got your first real boo-boo. I looked down as we were playing with your new puzzle and found that your thumb was bleeding. I still can’t figure out what you cut it on, but it was quite a shock to me. I covered it with a band-aid, but you didn’t really care for it, so I took it off as soon as it stopped bleeding. You also gave me a pretty good boo-boo a few days ago. We were playing in the floor when you reached up like you were giving me a big hug. Before I knew what had happened, you chomped down on my arm and left two little teeth marks in my skin. You bit down so hard that I was actually bleeding and it still stung a couple of hours afterward.

I quickly forgave you for the biting, but let’s just make a deal that you aren’t going to do that anymore, okay? It really did hurt, but I think it may have hurt me even more when I had to yell at you about it. It breaks my heart to see your little face crumple up and your bottom lip come out and know that I made it that way. I suppose I’ll toughen up eventually. Either that, or I’ll be crying with you.

I love you,


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Catching Up

As usual, I’m scrambling to catch things up here on Monday morning (or is it afternoon now?).  Friday turned out to be a rather fun day.  Zach’s day care provider had her baby Friday morning so Zach got to come to work with me.  He was actually amazingly good while we were here at the office.  I finished up the absolutely necessary things and then took off early. 

After we left the office, we made a stop by Target to pick up a few things that I needed for Hubby’s birthday party.  I also splurged a little (knowing that we don’t have to pay day care this week) and bought Zach a few things he didn’t really need and a couple things he did need.  By the time we got out of Target, he was exhausted and very much ready for his afternoon nap that should have started a couple hours earlier.

We arrived home to find that Granny and Papa had arrived and were extremely anxious to see their grandson.  I let them have a little time with him before making him go down for his much needed nap.

When Zach woke up, we took him to go visit the new baby at the hospital.  He was a little unsure of things there.  I’m not sure whether he was more confused about seeing his day care provider in the hospital setting, or seeing the tiny baby.  He also seemed a little unhappy when I was holding the new baby (who is teeny, teeny, tiny and absolutely adorable in every way).  He did, however, keep trying to give the baby a toy, which I thought was pretty cute.  I think we’ll definitely need to make a few visits before Zach goes back to day care so he can get used to not being the baby in the house.

Saturday was the big 30th birthday party and it went pretty well.  I was hoping a few more people would show up, but it would have been pretty crowded if they had.  Hubby had a good time, although he did mention that he didn’t get to spend any time with me all night.  I was running around trying to make sure that I had a chance to talk to everyone that came at least for a few minutes.  Everyone that attended brought a side dish or finger foods for us to munch on and everything was delicious.  I even scored a new dip recipe that I can’t wait to try out.

Sunday was a lazy day.  We all slept in, including Zach.  Zach and I got up around 9:00 and made breakfast for Hubby since it was his birthday.  Then we lounged around for a while.  After I put Zach down for his afternoon nap, I pulled out my new sewing machine and tried it out.  I haven’t actually used a sewing machine since about 8th grade so I was pretty proud of myself for figuring it out.  I fixed a pair of Zach’s shorts that had a ripped seam and then my MIL helped me make some curtains for my kitchen window.  The curtains weren’t exactly what I wanted, but since she did most of the work, I’m not going to complain.  We’ve lived there for three years now and I’m just starting to get curtains hung.

Sunday evening Hubby and I took advantage of the fact that we have live-in baby-sitters and went out for a date.  We went and watched a movie and then stopped at Old Chicago for a super yummy pizza.  Even though I really wasn’t in the mood to go anywhere, I did have a nice time just hanging out with Hubby with no other distractions.

And now it’s Monday and the first full day that Zach will be at home with the in-laws.  I’m feeling a little better about it than I was last week.  Four weeks do go by rather quickly and hopefully it won’t be all bad.  Plus, Zach really loves his Papa.  I can’t believe the way his face lights up when he is around him.  We did have to get onto them about feeding him too many snacks between meals (because he hasn’t been eating very well the last few days) but otherwise things have been okay.  Only 26 more days to go.

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Things Causing My Brain Turmoil Today

  • The in-laws will arrive sometime either today or tomorrow.  They are not sure if they are going to stop overnight or not.  They very well could be at my house when I get home from work, which means that I don’t get my evening to myself with Zach and Hubby like I had planned.  I’m really hoping that they will stop and not arrive until Friday (like they said they would).  I really hope that they will understand (and not be offended by) my need to have a little bit of Mommy and Zach alone time while they are here.  I only get about 2 1/2 hours a day with him as it is during the week and I don’t like the idea of sharing that time.
  • Hubby’s birthday is Sunday.  He’ll be turning 30 this year and since he claims that until he met me his birthdays were always bad, I always try to make it a special day for him.  This year we agreed to no gifts for birthdays or holidays in order to compensate for some traveling that we will be doing in the near future.  Hubby is going to Pittsburgh in November.  I’m going to Portland in December.  Then, we’re all going to Hawaii in January.  I kind of look at his trip to Pittsburgh as a birthday gift to him, but I still feel bad not having anything to give him on his birthday.  We are having a few friends over Saturday for a party, but I feel like he just needs something special from me that says I love you and I got this special thing because you mean so much to me.  I would just give him a card and some extra special lovin’ but his parents will be in the bedroom about 5 feet away from ours and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to have to listen to the celebration.
  • Speaking of the party, my mom was supposed to watch Zach and my sister’s kids so that we could have a kid-free evening and enjoy the free-flowing booze without having to worry about waking up the babies and changing poopy diapers.  However, there may end up being a little problem with that as my mom has been sick since Saturday and isn’t really showing signs of getting better.  She has some mysterious illness that may or may not be some kind of cruel virus.  She went to the doctor, had a bunch of blood drawn for tests, and still has no answers.  She sees the doc again tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be able to tell her something.  If she’s feeling better by Saturday, she still wants to keep the kids, but she’s been feeling very week and I’m just not sure that she’ll have it in her to chase around two toddlers.  The older nephew will be fine, it’s just the little guys I worry about.  If she’s not feeling better, I guess we’ll just have kids at the birthday party.
  • Another joy that goes along with my mom being sick is that she’s been out of the office all week.  I actually don’t mind that so much, but it does leave me with even more work to do (and we all know how fond I am of work).  So, being the good employee that I am, I procrastinate.  I don’t know why I do it, but I seem to try to avoid actually working at all costs.  I really hate this part of myself yet I can’t seem to make myself change.
  • My son, the sweet little innocent guy that I love with every ounce of my being, has started biting.  More specifically, he’s been biting me.  He doesn’t do it to anyone else.  The worst part of it all is that he bites under the disguise of love.  He’ll act like he’s giving me a hug or kiss and then chomp down.  He has bitten me three times in as many days.  The first time (that I briefly mentioned in yesterday’s post) he actually broke the skin and made me bleed.  Then lastnight, as we were wandering around at Sam’s Club getting a few supplies for the weekend, he bit me again, this time on the shoulder.  And then this morning, when I dropped him off at day care, I bent down to give him a kiss before I left and he bit me on the lip.  He has done this a few times before but I personally think this is getting a bit excessive and I don’t know how to get him to stop.  I also have no idea why he only bites me.  He is getting some more teeth in, so that could be part of the problem, but I just don’t really think I taste that good.
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