Monthly Archives: November 2010

sorry…

Before having kids, I never realized how many toy commercials crop up around the holidays. But, these days (when it seems that every other sentence from Danger-man starts with ‘I want’) I’m well aware of this phenomenon. And let’s just say it drives me bonkers. 

Last year it was easy enough, we’d just remind him to ask Santa and he’d forget all about it by bed time. This year, we’re not so lucky. This year, he drags up to the toy section to admire every toy that he has ever seen star in a commercial.  And this year, he has big plans for Santa. You should have seen his meltdown over Pillow Pets. (Really, kid?) It was rather pitiful. He saw a commercial and started sobbing because “everyone else has one so, why can’t I?” Umm..first of all who is this ‘everyone’ you speak of? Second, I really thought I had a few more years before I’d hear this argument. (Can you say unprepared. Yikes.) Then he pulled out the big guns:  “and my baby sister needs the unicorn one  too!” (oh boy… thank cheese and rice for Granni, who pulled through with pillow pets for their slumber party–just sayin’.)

So, at the risk of sounding corny, my goal this Christmas  is to teach the Danger-man more about the real joys of the season.  Meaning: we’re giving handmade christmas gifts this year. Perhaps, if he doesn’t see mama and papa stressing and wrapped up in the commercial side of the holidays, it’ll be easier for him to ignore it too.  Plus, it’ll give us more time to spend together, with the tv off. And more time to spend experiencing the awesome holiday goodness that our city has to offer. (Like Peacock Lane! eeee!) 

So, basically, this is my public apology to our family for the ultra-cheesy but totally heart-felt gifts you’re gonna receive this year.  Umm, sorry!

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night weaning: try it, you might like it

Breastfeeding is hard. Like really hard. And frustrating.

I don’t like to complain about it because I know there are tons of women out there who really want to breastfeed but can’t. I’ve had my own difficulties as well and I know I’ve been lucky to be able to breastfeed both my children for any time at all. But, that doesn’t make it any less hard or frustrating.

 Nobody ever prepared me for the fact that my son would ween himself at 5 months. Especially since we got off to such a great start: he latched perfectly right away. I never had a sore nipple much less a cracked one. I always had enough. (If you know what I mean.) Then he weened himself at 5 months.  I was devastated and tried pumping for a while. But, it was frustrating and it hurt. Plus, I was bummed and hurt that he didn’t want ‘me’ anymore. So, I gave up. (Which I still feel guilty about.) 

This time around, with the Pea, I’ve been super committed to make this work. I even willingly gave up our weekly date night because I was so not willing to let her have a bottle.  The good news: we’ve made it nearly 4 months longer this time around, so far and we’re still going strong.  But, I think my efforts may have backfired on me a bit.

 The Pea will not use a bottle. She won’t even take a sippy. (Although, she is learning to drink from a straw and likes to drink water from my cup.) And (here comes the frustrating part) she started nursing all night.  It might sound like an exaggeration but, I’m not kidding. The kid has been attached to me all night long (by that I mean ALL FREAKING NIGHT!) As you can probably image , I’ve been getting no sleep, at all.  It’s weird because she has already been sleeping through the night, for months now. It’s been so difficult at times that I’ve thought I might need to ween her.

Thankfully, Eric is amazing. He lets me sleep in every morning and tries to help me out in the middle of the night. But, the Pea is a maniac. If he tries to move her away from me she freaks out! Screaming, crying, struggling to get back to me and general tantrum like behavior. (Basically, the works.) And if that fails, she’ll just stare at me. It is quite the sight to see. And the kicker: she not actually eating and she doesn’t want to. She’s just wants to latch on and stay latched on.

So,we decided to give night weaning a shot. We moved her into her own room. Eric spent a week sleeping on the couch so he could be close by when she woke. (I mentioned he’s amazing, right? I’m a lucky lady.) But, would you believe she did not wake up once? Not once. She’s been in her own room for over a week now and she has slept through the night, every night. (Again! Finally!)

And Mama and Papa have gotten to sleep through the night too. (Again! Finally!) Well, at least for the most part.  The Danger-man still likes to wake us up super early.

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happy halloween

Around here, we love Halloween. Quite a bit.  This year was no exception. We strung lights and decorations up outside. We went to the pumpkin patch and had our carving party. We made Halloween cookies and gobbled them up just as soon as they were decorated. And we eagerly anticipated the big night with our very own count down witch. But, this year we loved it even more because the Pea is here to celebrate with us. (With a tiny exception at the pumpkin patch. The Danger-man was none too thrilled that his little sister stole his spot on Daddy’s shoulders.)

This year I was adamant about choosing a family theme for our costumes. (I know, I know. It is a bit nerdy.) To avoid the fiasco that happened last year, (Eric and I got a little too excited about a Ghostbusters  theme and our smallish dictator put his foot down and insisted on being a werewolf…) I decided to let the Danger-man pick the theme.  

He really wanted to be Peter Pan. And the Pea “can be Tinkerbell because she would be the most beautiful Tinkerbell” -quote courtesy of the Danger-man. (The sweetest big brother you’ve ever heard of? I think so.) He also wanted Eric to be Captain Hook so they could fight and I could be Wendy lady. Pretty great theme, right?  Amazing in my book.

But, can we find a Peter Pan costume any where? No. (Seriously? I really thought that was the classic boys costume of all time.) Tons, of sexy costumes for little girls? Sure.  But, no Peter Pan.  

So, we made one.

It was actually really easy, the perfect choice for making my first ever costume. I found two green polos on clearance at Target a few sizes bigger than his normal size and some brown fleece pants. I cut up one shirt and Eric made a hat with the other. I couldn’t find a red feather anywhere  so made one out of paper. And stuck him in his rain boots.

 Okay, he looked a bit like Robin Hood. So what? He was happy!

We hope you had a fun and safe Halloween.  

Now we get to start looking forward to next Halloween.

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