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29 weeks

9 May

A good thing about this pregnancy is that for the time being it’s made thinking of blog post titles easier.  I’m going to miss that. So 11 weeks to go!  This week Zap is the size of a butternut squash.  He’s been pretty active this week although he’s still not quite big enough to really disrupt my sleep so I’ll enjoy this time while I can.  I had my one hour glucose test last Friday (no news is good news, I figure).  They scheduled the rest of my OB appointments so I’m in there every two weeks for the next 6 weeks then weekly.  They asked about Eli’s due date and when I told them he was almost 2 weeks late they went ahead and scheduled appointments for me well into August (due 7/24). 

Eli’s doing a pretty bang up job of disrupting my sleep lately.  Andy’s been on nights and Eli has gotten into the habit of sneaking into my room at some point in the middle of the night.  Since he’s had a cough and hasn’t been sleeping well, I’ve not been so strict re: making him sleep in his own bed.  The other night, he came in my room about 11:30 complaining that he could not sleep in his room.  I let him get in bed since Andy was working–we have a king sized bed so I thought there was plenty of room. 

How a three foot tall person can take up virtually an ENTIRE king size bed is beyond me.  He was pretty much glued to me all night long and had a particular talent for putting his bony elbow in my back.  He actually started out on my side of the bed and I was sort of in the middle/Andy’s side.  By the end of the night he had managed to chase me clear off Andy’s side and I got up and went BACK to my side at which time he then started inching me off that! 

The next night, he was in my room about 30 min after he went down complaining he couldn’t sleep in his bed but he was turned down.  He was up at midnight and 3 AM, once because he dropped Ted on the floor and couldn’t find him and the other because he had a nightmare.  Then at 5 AM he came in my room again and I was just too tired to go through the process of kicking him out.  Last night, he tried to come in about 12:30 AM but I put him back in bed and noticed his sound machine was off.  I turned that on and got the first 4-5 hour stretch of sleep out of him (and me) in several days.  I woke up at 5 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep which is just as well because sure enough, at 5:45 he comes right back in my room and crawls in bed.  Yeesh.

The really sweet thing about all this is that whenever he comes to get in bed with you he brings his teddy bear and he always brings a stuffed “buddy” for me, too.  This morning since Andy was in bed as well he brought one for him. 

I got all the baby stuff out of the garage and we’re doing pretty well with what we have.  We do need some new stuff, a lot of the footed sleepers for Eli were meant for winter and so they’re fleece instead of plain cotton which likely will not work for a late July/August newborn.  I’ve already started ordering boxes of diapers to have on hand, wipes, etc.  This kid will do the same 4ish month stint in our room and then he will share a room with Eli until Will’s room opens up.  At first we thought we’d do something with the guest room but we both want to preserve the guest room. I’m not too crazy about either of the little kids being downstairs so figuring Will will likely be here another 2 or so years, at that point Eli can move downstairs since he’ll be a big six year old.  I will probably be more comfortable with it then or they can just continue to share a room as long as they’d like.  Most of Eli’s toys/train table will go to the downstairs living area and that will just be an office/playroom for the time being.  None of this will be set up for months, certainly not until after my parents leave, preserving the William Massey Child Free Zone of course 😉

No real progress on the name front.  Will has two band camps this month and then he moves to Oregon in June and will be gone most of the summer.  At this point he plans to reapply to Cornish and see what kind of scholarships he gets.  If it’s not as much as he likes (not sure what he has in mind), he plans to go to the community college and eventually transfer to UW.  I don’t know what he plans to do about his job but I know he’s quitting for the summer, his boss has left open the potential to come back part time once he is back in Seattle. 

Cute videos:

Three little monkeys (rhyme from Berry Patch):

Jamming out to some Old McDonald on his microphone:

26/27 weeks

23 Apr

26 weeks and all is well.  I went to a prenatal yoga class two weeks ago and I won’t be going to prenatal yoga.  It was fine and stretchy and whatnot but booooooring.  Toward the end of class, she instructed us to lie down in comfortable positions, dimmed the lights, turned on some “soothing earthy” (sort of indian-ish twangy nature music) music and LEFT THE ROOM for about 10 minutes then class was over.  I am paying money for this?  So mostly I am just not working out other than what I normally get during the course of a day (I have a lot of stairs at work).  I should walk more on the treadmill but oh well.  I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  I will likely sign up for a half marathon in the spring so I will get back into shape and I really miss running anyway.

Eli watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time last night.  I tried showing it to him 6-9 months ago but he wasn’t really into it.  He’s been watching the Charlie Brown DVDs we have and there’s an ad for TWOZ at the beginning, the part that shows the green Wizard head doing the “I AM OZ!  THE GREAT AND POWERFUL!” bit and so he’s been asking to watch it since.  He really enjoyed it last night and was more afraid of the mean old lady on the bike rather than the witch and flying monkeys.  His face was pretty awesome during the scene where Dorothy opens her house door to Oz for the first time. 

Now it’s a week later and 27 weeks.  All is still well although boy, I overdid it a bit this weekend.  Lots of getting the house in order–we got the basement den area organized for the computer and associated desk/computery needs as well as a chair delivered and a reading nook set up for the William Massey Kid Free Zone.  That required one long trip to IKEA, lots of power tools, and lots of moving things about and let’s be honest, I never wait for Andy to do all the moving of things and I do as much as I can on my own.  Which is great really but then in my 27 week state leaves me pretty tired and achy.  Oh well, I feel fine today so Saturday didn’t do me in too badly.  

The weather was WONDERFUL this weekend (sunny and 73!) so we also spent a lot of time at Carkeek Park.  Andy was off work so we loaded up a picnic, our kite, and beach supplies and it was so nice to be warm and in the sun!  Eli and I got a little pink but it’s good for us and already mostly faded today.  It’s nice today as well then tomorrow gets rainy again. It will still stay in the 60s for the foreseeable future so I’m not complaining!  It’s just nice not to be cold.

Eli’s first swimming lesson was Friday and he did great.  We went to the Mountlake Terrace Pool for the lesson, it’s a really fabulous pool.  The lesson was 30 mins long and for small kids who aren’t really familiar with the water so it’s just getting used to being in the water, blowing bubbles, learning to float, that sort of thing.  I wondered if he would be hesitant to get in by himself or how quickly he would warm up to the teacher/other kids (there were three others in his group) but as usual, he surprised me and was fearless.  He went right in the water, participated like a champ and really seemed to be enjoying himself.  The pool has a huge area for small kids and after the lesson the kids get to play in that area for about 20 minutes so he was nice and tired out afterward.  We went to the toy store and he got to pick out a coloring book for his bravery. 

 There’s a new kid at BP, we’ll call him O and O is just past two and in a bit of a hitting phase.  A few weeks ago Eli was complaining when I picked him up that O had hit and shoved him so we talked about little kids not having enough words and sometimes that’s a phase they go through.  I reminded him that he used to do the same thing but now that he’s big he can say when he’s angry.  I asked him to be patient with O and teach him how to respond by not hitting him and reminding him to use his words.  The next day Eli climbed into his car seat and let out a big sigh.  I asked what was wrong and he replied “O hit me again because he is still in that hitting phase, I hope he gets out of it soon”.  Such understanding at three years old 🙂

BP reported Eli is very into saying things lately to see what sort of reaction he gets out of people and it’s often just sort of fantasy, nonsensical statements but then he’ll also fib about things to see what will happen.  He does this quite a bit at home, particularly when it comes to washing his hands after using the bathroom.  I ask to feel his hands when he says he did wash them (and I have not heard any sink running after the flush) and there’s no way water came anywhere near him.  I usually try not to react but just send him back in there to take care of it.  He’ll often say weird stuff just to see what I’ll do.  While waiting for his swim lesson to start, I sat down on the bench next to the pool.  He sat on it but made a big point of scooting down a few feet away from me.  I asked if he wanted to sit next to me and he said, “No, I don’t want to sit next to you because you hit me all the time.”  I pointed out that I most certainly DO NOT hit him all the time (but thinking to myself maybe I should start if I’m going to get blamed for it!) and that he could sit down there if he liked.  He stated again “You hit me all the time so I’m going to sit down here.”  I told him I didn’t appreciate him fibbing like that but he was welcome to sit there.  Punk!  The weird part is that we were totally fine before that happened, all talking about swimming and his exciting lesson. 

He can be pretty moody lately–all sunshine one second then collapsing into a whiny fit of despair the next.  There’s not much telling what brings on the frustration and whininess other than it seems to happen for a few days at a time.  He does well for weeks then we’ll get a three or four day stint of whiny, “I want you to do it!” (put his arms in his sleeves for him was the Whine of Choice this morning), fit throwing behavior.  He is generally smart enough to knock that mess off when we are in public but it was bad enough over the weekend that we escorted him out of two restaurants and had him sit on the curb in time out until he declared “I am done making a fuss and want to go eat my food” and then he was fine after that.  He seems as unclear as to why he throws a fit most of the time as well so we try not to make a huge deal out of it and roll with it. 

As much as we love the BP, we’ve been touring preschools for him.  At BP there are two groups of kids–those Eli’s age and up (and the closest in age to him in the older set is 8 months older) and those 8 months younger than Eli and down.  He tends to hang with the older group and they’re all his best buddies.  Well, all those kids are well past four now and I found out a few months ago that they were ALL leaving to go to preschools this fall.  Eli refers to the younger set as the “babies”.  So his four best buddies will be going and we thought it might be a good time for him to move to a larger setting anyway in preparation for kindergarten.  He’ll have the opportunity to (1) get used to being around more kids than the usual 6-8 at BP which will more closely resemble his experience in kindergarten (easier transition to the small fish in a big pond) and (2) he’ll also have the opportunity to have a LOT of interaction with kids his own age instead of having to deal with a wide range.  He misses the cutoff for a Fall 2013 kindergarten start so will likely start kindergarten when he is just shy of 6.  Most of the preschools are already full for Fall 2012 but he is on waitlists (3 so far and we tour another this Thursday). 

I am hoping one in particular comes open and we might have a shot at it this year.  We had originally toured it as a daycare for Eli but they are very popular and have a HUGE waitlist for daycare and we ended up finding BP instead.  The BP owners actually left work there to start BP and the daily routines are almost IDENTICAL, down to vegetarian diets, etc.  So talk about an easy transition and expectations!   They have a Challenge for 5 group specifically for the kids with late birthdays so that “extra” year that they are in preschool basically waiting to start kindergarten is spent in more academically challenging tasks instead of the kids just spending another year in preschool spinning their wheels (this sounds a lot more rigorous than it is–it’s still basically all just fun and painting and whatnot).  The other upside of this particular school is that they still offer daycare starting at 1 year old and siblings have preference so we’d be able to put Zap there when I go back to work (he is already on the waitlist for one year old daycare).  It’d be nice to only have one preschool/daycare!  At that point, we’d just keep Zap there for the whole time instead of switching to the BP at 2 years old because then we would just likely need to switch BACK for preschool and that makes no sense. 

If I haven’t mentioned it before, the baby is called Zap.  Still no progress on a name…we haven’t even talked about it much.  I have a feeling he’s going to be called Zap for some time since we have all latched on to it pretty well.

Whew!  That’s all for now!  New pictures were up last week!

Preparations

12 Mar

We’re not quite advanced enough to actually be preparing for the new baby but rather we’re preparing in the sense that we have suddenly felt ALL SORTS OF URGENCY to get a lot of house projects done that we’ve been procrastinating on for the last year or so.  We’re finally almost done refinishing Andy’s dresser, I’m almost done repainting an old end table that has been repurposed as a nightstand for Eli’s room (it will match his dresser), then I’ll redo the shelves in his room to match.  I had started the shelves a good two years ago but hadn’t put a seal on them so what little I had done was invariably chipped and scratched by books, toys, etc.  I need to repaint them entirely and seal them this time so they won’t look beat up after about 30 seconds in his room.  We also need to repaint the crib for new kiddo but we have to decide on bedding first.

Last week Andy repainted the bathroom upstairs.  Our landlords (? maybe it was them) painted it this awful beige color that didn’t go with the yellow/gray tile AT ALL and they also didn’t paint it with bathroom paint–all of the paint was cracking and peeling from the moisture.  Andy had three days off in a row from work and he went to town and completely repainted it and it looks great!  In retrospect, the white we chose is TOO white and makes the yellow tile look a little dingy so we’re going to go get a small jar of a softer white and just do one more coat over it to tone it down a bit and then we’ll call it done.  The rest is tiny stuff–redo some seals on doors, install some door alarms, etc.

I figure it will probably be a few months still before we do anything about making an official baby’s room.  Since Eli didn’t even have a room until he was about four and a half months old, I’m not in too much of a rush since this kid will be camping out with us for the first few months anyway.  Also, a lot of depends on Will–is he going to college?  Will he be in a dorm and therefore his room will be freed up?  Will he ever come out of his room?  So we don’t really know how the space issue is going to play out at present.  We do plan to keep Eli in the same room–I don’t like the idea of the mobile kid being downstairs and I certainly don’t want Eli to feel like he’s being ousted from his space.  We’re both reluctant to give up the guest room so I imagine this is a decision we will figure out as we go along.

We told Eli he was going to be a big brother last Wednesday.  Our good friends are also pregnant–about three weeks from delivery and Eli and I have talked a lot about their baby.  Once I told Eli that we were going to have a baby, he seemed to think we would be getting OUR baby by stealing THEIRS.  “I do not think we should take Tante and Kristen’s baby, that is their baby.”  We had a chat about how this baby would be ours and theirs would be a totally different baby.  Then he liked the idea of a baby but said that the baby would have to get his own house.  Another chat.  Then he just seemed to be pretty happy about it, especially once we presented it as he would be the all knowing big brother.  He really liked that.  We had the 20 week ultrasound the next morning and told him we were going to see pictures of the baby and that he was coming along.

The next morning, he woke up and told Andy, “I had a dream that we went to the doctor and saw a picture of the baby in Mommy’s belly.  It was an AWESOME dream!”  He was great at the ultrasound and declared the baby to be “so cute” and watched for about a minute then decided puzzles on my phone were more interesting.  Since then, he points out babies on TV “those are babies like the baby we will have!”  and he also asks if he can kiss my belly and give the baby a hug.  It’s almost TOO MUCH CUTENESS.  About a week before we told him, out of nowhere he declared he wanted “a baby and I will call him Zap”  so needless to say, this kid gets referred to as Zap pretty much all the time now and I have a feeling it will probably stick.

Physically, things are fine.  Running probably two miles at a time now and doing about 30-45 min of strength two or three times a week.  No significant aches or pains to speak of, I’ll have some hip achiness here or there but nothing is constant and it’s usually only a few hours or a day at the most.  I’m still sleeping great even though I’m already at the point that lying on my stomach or flat on my back is uncomfortable.  I can still carry Eli around without a problem at this point and the back pain I was getting from hauling him around doesn’t seem to be an issue.  Granted, I really don’t carry him around much anymore, mostly just pick him up for hugs or to carry him to his room for bed if he’s being sweet, etc but I’m feeling pretty good.

Andy had another fencing tournament this weekend and had fun.  Eli and I went for a while and watched a few bouts, then left to go to his buddy’s birthday party, then went back and picked Andy up.  He’s been working a lot of overtime in order for us to save up for my year of unemployment so I’m glad he’s getting some fun stuff in as well.  Will is playing in the pit for the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Oklahoma this weekend and he seems excited about it.  Admittedly, with his weird work schedule we don’t really see him that often.

2012

31 Dec

Today’s post brought to you by iPad keyboard! Think my mom is dropping hints? What about the idea that three different people were going to get me a keyboard? In any case, it’s nice to have one.

Tim, Jocelyn, Erin, and Nathan just left this morning after a trip up here. They stayed with Jocelyn’s parents for a few days then came to Seattle and stayed with us. Erin and Eli got along as famously as ever and although he’s 99% okay, he’s pining a little bit for her. I think right now he’s just too tired for anything. We did a ton while they were here–the aquarium, lots of eating out, the Hyak Sno Park–hopefully they will send us some good pictures because I forgot the camera for the Sno Park.

Eli and I are just taking it easy today, lots of movies and staying curled up on the couch–I think we’re both pretty tired from what was a pretty fun week.

In lieu of original thought, I figured I would do the Q&A from the last few years for consistency’s sake!

I just noticed that I did this meme on last New Year’s Eve as well. This either means I am rather timely or I have no life. It’s Andy’s fault, he keeps picking up OT shifts on NYE.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Hmm. I have no idea. Wow, maybe nothing new? That’s kind of sad. I gave Andy a sailing lesson as a present so we went sailing. Granted, it was February and SNOWING but it was fun all the same. I even steered for about .5 seconds. I’m fine at assisting but I’d rather not be in charge, thanks.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Two years ago: “I want to challenge myself more in the coming year and do things that make me nervous because it’s putting me outside my comfort zone. I’d like to do a triathlon, maybe run another half or two, and I also need to study and get my licensure done. I’d like to make some decisions regarding my career and my goals around that.”

I didn’t do much on any of these goals last year. I did another half in July this year and improved my time. Although I haven’t done many races, I feel like a much stronger runner and I am a lot faster. I passed my test and was licensed in June, woohoo! No real decisions about my career other than it’s time to leave my job and there’s some work around that going on and you’ll know more in coming months.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Emily had a baby boy, Nicholas, in November. Christine had a baby boy, Oscar, in January. It’s a baby explosion around here.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?
I think for future iterations I’m going to change this question to “What vacations did you take?” because let’s face it, with a young child, I’m not going out of the country anytime soon. I also want to make it a point to take more breaks, even if it’s just camping in the forest or driving to Oregon and renting a hotel for the weekend with the family–little trips here and there to look forward to and enjoy that don’t necessarily require gobs of money, planning, and time.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
I’d like to be more mindful in the future and learn how to shut my brain down some.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Eli’s third birthday. He finally got the idea behind presents this year and seeing his excitement at presents was just too great!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing the license exam! I was very nervous about that test.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Less than stellar parenting moments during which I just get way too frustrated and yell or just react really poorly. I am way more susceptible when I’m tired so I try to stay aware of that.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing significant, thank goodness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The iPad. Everything that moving into a house entailed. Yard equipment! We got a lot of family time out of working on the yard. My treadmill!

12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, daycare, car payments, the house.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I got pretty excited about living in a house again. I was also pretty excited about Christmas since Eli gets it now and was pretty excited himself!

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
ELO “Don’t Bring Me Down” An oldie but a goodie, Eli and I jam out to some ELO in the car.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? probably about the same.
c) richer or poorer? richer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Making the most of my time. Cultivating hobbies. I dabble in redoing furniture here and there but now that I have the garage space, I really have no excuse not to finally get a few projects done.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being too lazy to do the things I need to do. I’ve fallen into the trap of zoning out when Eli goes to bed even though there are a lot of (enjoyable) things I could get done between 8 and 10.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent it at our house in Seattle and friends came over for Christmas dinner.

19. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Not with anyone new, nope.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
The Walking Dead, Up All Night, Parenthood, American Horror Story.

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I got no time to hate. (same as last year)

22. What was the best book you read?
The Hunger Games trilogy was a mighty fine set of books. Quick reads but very fun.

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I’m not the music discoverer, Andy is. I pretty much listen to whatever he puts on.

24. What did you want and get?
Probably go with the iPad on this one.

25. What did you want and not get?
At this point, a kid who will get out of his own bed! I know everyone says to be careful what you wish for but it’s been 6 months now and he STILL will not get out of bed unless we come get him. It makes potty training awfully hard, you know? I think we’re just going to have to fly without a net and lose the pullups for sleep since that might make him get up. He still will just play in bed for an hour or more even if he hears people up and about, just waiting for someone to open his door. So weird.

26. What was your favorite film of this year?
Crazy Stupid Love was hilarious.

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Not a lot–just dinner out the weekend before. We had just finished the move so we were pretty tired from all of that. I turned 37.

28. What’s the one thing that made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Netflix streaming.

29. What kept you sane?
Running, good friends, great family, a comfortable bed. (same as last year)

30. What political issue stirred you the most?
Congress is making me want to go stick my head in the sand. It’s embarrassing.

31. Who did you miss?
My parents. My brother. Oscar. My faraway friends, Megan, Carrie, Wendy. (same as last year)

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Same thing I tell my clients–if you’re feeling on edge, run the list: HALT-Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired? See how you’ve been treating yourself lately and pay attention to what you need to. It stops a lot of bad moods before they start.

33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Oh, I’m terrible at this one.

What Do You Do As A Parent, incident #48572364

16 Jun

From Eli’s weekly report:

“Weekly Themes and Concepts: Clothes!

Eli has not been swearing at the BP!”

And here’s where I explain that. Eli is big lately on making up nonsense words and several times Andy engaged in a little game where Eli says something, Andy repeats it in a different tone, Eli alters the “word” a little, Andy repeats it, and it goes on from there. Eli thinks it’s hilarious. The other morning I was still in bed when Andy got home from a night shift of work and he heard Eli playing in his crib so he went and got him up. While Eli was on the changing table (I was listening to all of this on the monitor next to my bed), Eli started talking gobbledy gook words. He said something that sounded like “FUP!” and Andy stopped repeating because let’s be honest, the kid’s Ps are easily confused with Ks, Ds, etc. Andy then started ignoring him and continuing to try to dress him and Eli started to press the issue, perhaps to get a rise out of Andy: “FUP! FUT!”

Here’s where I would like to point out with my VERY STRONG PARENTAL DENIAL that he was NOT SAYING THAT WORD. However, I guess he was amused how Andy just sort of went into zombie mode and he chose to keep yelling it. It really did sound like my sweet little toddler was dropping the F-bomb. I heard Andy try to continue on, his voice a little higher now, trying in vain to distract him: “Eli, do you want to wear the stripes shirt or the dinosaur shirt?” Eli screams “I WANT TO WEAR THE FU** SHIRT!” Andy says, “Ok! Dinosaur!” Then he asks Eli to put his legs up for his diaper and Eli starts screaming “Fu**ing up! Fu**ing down!” over and over. And then about 20 “Fu**!” in a row. At this point I heard Andy put him down on the ground and he told him to go to the kitchen to get some milk. I was almost in tears from laughing so hard and at that point Andy bursts in the room frantically whispering, “WHAT DO I DO!! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO! DO YOU HEAR HIM??” And we had a little bonding freak out about how to handle this.

Meanwhile, Eli is off drinking his milk, eating his cereal bar and enjoying some Sesame Street. We knew that we should just continue to ignore it but then wondered if just zoning out was egging him on. It goes without saying that we made our most honest promise TO NEVER EVER PLAY THAT GAME AGAIN. I was dying and wondering if he would be a little Tourette’s kid at his daycare that day, dropping the F-bomb over and over and tainting all the other little kids. When Andy dropped him off, he warned Veronica and Nicolie of what had happened that morning but thank goodness it didn’t happen there and it hasn’t happened since. Since then, whenever he starts making up words I’ll tell him that that is a fun game but let’s use REAL WORDS to talk.

Funniest thing ever. Anyway, the rest of the report:

“He’s been making lots of noise–especially at free play and meals (sounding like a monster or a robot). He was quite stubborn (“no!) at the week’s start; he was on a short leash with Nic and I. Wednesday and Thursday were more pleasant. He was into the idea of asking questions about clothes: “What’s your favorite shirt?” and then stroking people with statements like “That’s cool!” when they gave a response. He seems curious about A (new kid)–but giving her a wide berth. We had a training session with Diane–he thought she was so cool with her water play toys (we washed trucks with paintbrushes!)”

Life goes on swimmingly in the household. Will graduated and is enjoying his first days of no school. His goal for the next month is to get a job and Andy and I have been trying to educate him in what it takes to do so. He’s applied three places so far and I have high hopes for him. Apparently he got one of his friends to take him to the apartment to get his computer so that explains where he is a good bit of the time (I didn’t realize this for a day or two). He had a great time on graduation night–the school or the senior class (not sure which) organized all these planned activities for the entire night called SPREE. They bus them around to various things–they went and played laser tag, they bowled, they arranged a hypnotist show for them. Julia came over the night after and had dinner and she and Will were cracking up while retelling what happened at the hypnotist show. It sounds like they had a great time.

Eli is a great help in the garden–he loves to water the plants so that is his official job. Once I pointed out that I water the big stuff and he waters the little stuff, he didn’t battle me over the watering can anymore. He waters my herb garden every few days and is very proud of his plants. We play kickball in the yard almost every night before it’s time for pajamas. I so love having this house.

My half is next weekend and Andy has to work nights–originally the plan was that he would take it off but so much has been going on he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. I have to be in Tukwila (about 20 mins south) at 7 AM and although I have great friends, nobody was volunteering to be here at 5:45 AM to drive me, drop me off, then watch Eli and come pick me up when it was done. I was text-complaining to Mike about not getting to do the half after all the training and lo and behold, he volunteered to do it. He’ll just stay here the night before (seeing as how we have a guest room and all) and I think he’s looking forward to some one on one time with Eli. Eli drew a picture of his family at Berry Patch and Mike was on it! I mentioned that to Mike a few weeks ago and dare I say I think that might have influenced his decision to volunteer!

Once Andy finishes his six pack next week (three days on, three nights on) and has recovered from that, we’re moving Eli to a toddler bed. He’s still not trying to get out of his crib but it’s just time to do it. I think if we wait until he tries to get out he’ll be six years old before that happens–just like when I was waiting to have him, Eli tends to be comfortable where he is. I’ve been talking up the “big boy bed” for a week or two and Eli’s excited. It’ll be on a week where both Andy and I are off so any sleep deprivation can be more easily dealt with.

Tomorrow we let Andy get some shuteye to recover from his night shift and then we’re off to IKEA yet again. We misjudged the amount of track we needed for the living room drapes so we need to get a few more. Then we’ll hang those and the rest of the window stuff that we have. Mike is coming over for dinner Saturday night and Saturday morning is the yard day at Berry Patch–the yard at their new place is kind of shabby and needs some work so all the families are getting together to put some hours in to clean it up. Sunday will be a day of rest (sort of–I have a 10 miler scheduled) and I’m looking forward to it! Such a great weekend ahead of us!

Settling In

11 Jun

Tonight marks one week in the new house. We’ve gotten a lot done, maybe not always what we wanted to get done but it’s coming along. A week in and no window treatments are up at all. We found one rug for the living room and that took us two days and three different stores. I really don’t know how I would have survived that much rug shopping–rather, I don’t know how ELI would have survived that much without the iPhone. We let him walk for as long as he could take it and once he started getting tired we would plop him in the large part of the shopping cart with some Fireman Sam and we could take our time. We did manage to find window treatments for the living room but we must have been rather brain dead when doing the math for how many rods we would need because we only got enough for half the length in the main room. So those will wait until I can make another run. All of the tvs are up. No boxes left on the main floor. We’ve been getting off work and working steadily for several hours every night. I took Thursday off of work because I was so tired from the previous week I was starting to border on weepy. I slept about 15 or 16 hours and everything felt a lot better. We haven’t touched the apartment to clean it and there’s still probably about 3 or 4 boxes of random odds and ends still there.

We mowed the yards (again!) and got a weed eater since it was impossible to do the ditch without one. I weeded every bed. I did put the herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, chives) I already had in this morning and might buy a few other things. Most of the planting will have to wait until next spring (except for bulbs this fall) since it’s already too late to plant many things.

I am seriously feeling all of this yard work. I was scheduled to run 5 miles yesterday and my legs bonked at 4. Granted, my diet the previous week wasn’t great but I’ve never really just had my legs tap out on me like that. I am scheduled for 9 tomorrow and have been careful with my diet although I probably overdid it in the yard today–at one point I walked upstairs and my quads felt beyond fatigued. We’ll just see how it goes tomorrow. I probably won’t push it if I can’t do the full run. Better safe than injured!

Eli just loves the new house. This morning we woke up and he enjoyed his morning sippy of milk and I had my usual coffee while we watched My Neighbor Totoro. Then we started to work in the yard about 9:30. He’s not really the best helper in the yard since he has a very specific idea of how the wants to do things (mostly seems designed to work against me, really) but he’s very enthusiastic so I try to roll with it the best I can. I think the only meltdown we had was because he likes to rip the flowers and pretty things off of plants. He then shakes them and makes it “snow” with petals, etc. I think this is a side effect of all the cherry blossoms each spring. Anyway, I gave him some pruned azaelas, etc and explained we can only do this with certain ones but then he attacked the hostas and things got ugly. A few minutes later he was fine and back to “gardening” which mostly seemed to consist of wielding the push broom like a weapon and swinging it around the yard, occasionally injuring himself and/or getting stuck on a tree. Then I remembered we had colored chalk and he entertained himself for a long time drawing on the sidewalk–I got down and drew some too. We came in and had a very nice lunch of turkey, apples, carrots, olive oil crackers, cheese, and strawberries before his nap. I LOVE HAVING A HOUSE AND A YARD! He went down like a ton of bricks for nap since he was so busy this morning.

Now I am in bed with a heating pad on my back and trying not to think about 9 miles tomorrow. I found some tylenol PM in the cabinet and took two since I was a bit uncomfortable last night from all the yard work–I think I bought these when I was pregnant. Here’s hoping for a good night sleep!