Oh man, you guys. So much to say.
I am pregnant. We found out pretty much at the same time that we were preparing to list our house. So I haven’t really been focusing on selling our house or being pregnant because there is just way too much going on right now. But we close on the 24th and then I can just be a pregnant lady who lives in her parents’ basement and that will be a nice change of pace.
With that in mind, can I just say that everyone who is pregnant (especially if they have a toddler) should live with their parents? I am just not kidding when I tell you MOM COOKS DINNER FOR US AND IT IS HEAVEN. It is! Heaven! And I don’t have a whole house to clean. Miracles. All of it.
Pregnancy so far has been a total party. Basically, I felt super nauseous for eight weeks and that was just a holly jolly time. Hip pain set in at 6 wks so I have been sleeping on my memory foam mattress topper like a real life princess and the pea. My doctor was pretty much like well since it has really only been a year since you were last pregnant, everything is going to hurt sooner, more and longer. Me: Ish.
I am somewhat of a blogging fraud – I did cook all of the meals I shared in the Friday Food Round-Up over the last month and a half, but I’d say at least 1/3 of the pictures are of Marcus’ plate and not mine since I have had a fraught relationship with chicken and food in general. I am sure you can understand
This week I caught a cold that I thought was on its way out for a few days and then it turned into full-on plague because I have the immune system of a newborn at the current moment. I just want to do a shout-out to Marcus, my Mom and my mother-in-law for caring for Critter so I could just be…sick. And sleep. And watch some Real Housewives.
It is true. Baby #2 is on the way! We were so happy to share the news with Marcus’ grandparents at Critter’s first birthday party. I am 13 weeks into this adventure, the Little Critter is due September 18th.
How is this week going?
Well, we are moving ourselves out of our house this weekend and I am still just not really thinking about it so that is where we are at I think.
But the sickness has passed! So that’s not nothing! And none of the molars have fully broken through yet so we are surviving!
We accidentally put Critter’s little leather shoes through the wash. With the diapers. On hot. I wish I could explain how this happened but the story would be winding and boring. We’re still waiting to see if there is a comeback there or if it’s RIP shoes.
I bought Critter ladypants. Hear me out. He is a super big guy (it is known) and apparently when you get to boys 3T pants you can only buy structured carpenter jeans and whatnot. My baby is 13 months old and is a crawler. So I jetter over to the little girls section and grabbed a couple of pairs of leggings and PRESTO! A baby wearing clothes that looks like a baby.
Critter finally learned how to stack one block on top of another.
Baube taught Critter how to do “so big.” It is super cute but also super hilarious. He now does the hand gesture for any “How _____ is Critter?” question. He is very proud of this.
At Nana’s house he used a toy to climb up on a piece of furniture. 😳
So, that’s where we’re at for today.
This is me, trying to write a normal blog post.
As you can see, Uncle Billy was home this weekend! Critter was still on the mend, but he was happy to sit next to him and play, pet his beard and even gave him a cuddle at one point. It was pretty cute to see.
What else happened? Martha was in town so we went to Bacio for dinner on Friday night with a group of our sorority sisters. I wore adult clothes and my hair down and it felt very glamorous. After a LONG week, it was a great thing to look forward to. One of the mamas in my mama group declared an impromptu wine night on Saturday, so after dinner was finished and put away I headed over to that. It was nice to catch up with those ladies WITHOUT having to keep an eye on the little ones. We laughed so hard we cried and it was a beautiful thing. Since Critter was sick for Zayde’s 60th birthday, we missed his brunch (Marcus went, we stayed behind). On Sunday morning we got to go to breakfast with him at Fat Nat’s.
It was busy.
And the rest of the time when we were not eating, Billy and Marcus were hauling things to the storage unit and re-arranging some things in my parents’ house so that we can move there. In one week. I wrangled Critter and it was just a whole thing. By the time that Sunday night arrived, we were on the couch and done with all of it.
On the 10th day of Critter’s first round of antibiotics ever, his fever returned. And, after another trip to the doctor’s office (on advice of the nurse line) it was revealed the ear infection was going strong in addition to a possible vaccine reaction and also (OMG WILL IT EVER END) very apparent teething.
As the good doctor said, he’s got a lot going on.
We are now going to observe the end of the traditional completely healthy first year by going on a 20 day antibiotics bender.
When I told my family that this was the ear infection without end, my darling brother was quick to respond with the following instruction: Make sure to post on facebook at least twice today, here, just copy and paste this: “UGHHH, another fever on the last day of antibiotics, really? Any other moms out there with advice for how to bring the fever down??”
This is only hysterical because if you know me, 100% the time my fever battle plan is to give Tylenol/Ibuprofen and call the nurse line if it seems hinky. 100% of the time this is what I tell other people to do when they leave similar status updates on Facebook. None of this should be surprising.
Someday we’ll all be healthy again.
I am pretty sure that Critter just made it through another one of those growth spurt/leap-things because the Crankypotomus has gone away and we have a very charming toddler in our house. He gives hugs (or his version of them, anyway) and is starting to cuddle a bit and it is really quite lovely to be around.
- Critter took three steps today!
- Critter and I tried out tots yoga at Blooma for the first time two weeks ago. I would say even though it is for 9 mos – 4 yrs, we probably won’t be back again until he can walk somewhat competently, just because there wasn’t much he could do as a crawler/sitter. It was more of a song and playtime than actual yoga but still…in a few months, it will be better.
- I keep forgetting to write this down, but it needs to be captured for eternity: the kid loves spinning wheels. If it has wheels, my tiny engineer is getting on their level and spinning them to see if they are good wheels or bad wheels and constantly re-arranging the object to determine if there is a better way to get them spinning. This can go on for 15 minutes if there are a variety of wheels to choose from.
- He had his first public/real temper tantrum at our Tuesday playdate a few weeks ago. It occurred because I would NOT let him touch the glass on the gas fireplace that was running and it involved back arching, foot kicking, diving at the ground and many, many tears. What a time to be a one year old, right?
- We survived cloth diapering for a year! At this point, any additional diapering we do saves us money and if we just stop entirely, we break even.
- Critter’s 12 month appointment was last Thursday. He is 26 lbs 4.5 oz (97%!), 2’8″ (98%!). So, still our adult baby! Less interesting but his head is 19.29″ (98%!). His 12 month molars are also coming in on top. It’s a hoot.
- In the last week we introduced him to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and let me tell you He Is A Big Fan. He’s also getting much better at eating three meals a day, and I am oddly proud of this. Probably because I felt like it took him a little bit to “get” food and now he is a tot-expert!
What a year it has been.
Happy birthday to the nicest boy. Our favorite only son. My best creation.
Also, have you ever eaten a piece of cake that was so good you just had to roar about it?