Saturday, May 19, 2007

Blessed Quietness

I'm just home from work, Baby G is at Grandma's, Aaron is at work. I'm at my laptop doing homework (technically I'm posting here and not doing homework, but Word is open and I have an outline for my paper written), the apartment is wonderfully quiet! Ahhhhhh! That was a happy sigh. I have been so stressed out trying to juggle everything. 40 hours a week at work that are all over the place - 7 to 330pm one day 11 to 730pm another day and 230 to 11pm on another day and it's different from day to day and week to week (I so need a 9 to 5 job), a baby (need I say more), school (ditto), and a fiance that needs some attention sometimes. I feel pulled all over the place with no time for myself. Hobbies? What are those? Aaron and I have our work schedules set up so that there is a very small amount of time that we need care for Baby G and so that we are working on the days that we can get care for him. This means that we are working opposite shifts and have opposite days off. We have pretty much no time together, which is not great for a relationship, especially one where there are new roles that need to be established after bringing another person into the relationship who needs all of our attention. I'm trying to hang in there with school because I am so close to being done. I have less than 30 credits left, some of those will be wiped out with some exams, and then I will finally have my bachelors degree. I don't want to give up on that. I need to prove to myself and others who think I can't do it,or am not worth it, that I am worth it and can do it. I'll be the first person in my immediate family to get a degree higher than an AA. It's taken a long time for me to figure out that I am worth the good stuff in life. If I can just hang in there for the rest of this year, I will have some free time again. I will have free time, I will have free time, I will have free time.
Anyway, I'm so happy to have this quiet time right now....

Thursday, May 17, 2007

5 Months

Baby G is 5 months old today! Time is flying and he is growing so fast!

5 Months

He's eating solid food now. So far he eats rice cereal, barley cereal, avocado, banana, and carrots, yum.

He giggles a lot. He still screams all. the. time.

He has finally started to roll over from his tummy to back.

He loves his feet.

Feet Are Yummy!

Daycare is still somewhat of an issue. Most places we've called have not called back or are full, or do not have a schedule that meets our crazy retail scheduling needs. He spends Wednesdays with a friend and her baby. He loves babies! He is very social and just loves to interact with others. He can also sit by himself and play quietly for a short period of time, which is great when Mommy needs to get homework done.

Baby G is still so precious and full of joy. I feel so blessed to have such a happy baby!
Happy Mother's Day Mom

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cinco de Mayo Pedicures

So, last Saturday, the 5th, Aaron and I both had the time off to visit my sister. She only lives about an hour and a half away, but we usually have to time visits for when Aaron and I are both off of work because I don't drive. Anyway, we went to spend time with my Sis and nieces and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. How do you say "a great excuse to drink tequila and eat lots of cheese" without being offensive? I drank Mikes Hard Lemonade and ate lots of chips. Anyway, I was admiring my sister's pedicure. She exclaimed "A ha! I've been trying to figure out what to get you for Mother's Day. This is perfect! Wanna get one? Now?" Exclamation points were included. My sister is awesome!

So off we went to get pedicures. I wasn't expecting this; I wasn't prepared. I hadn't shaved my legs in about a month. I was mortified, so totally embarrassed. I've been through worse enbarrasment though, so I just tried to relax and enjoy the experience while trying really hard not to feel sorry for the girl that was rubbing down my hairy lower leg. It was my first professional pedicure, and I loved it. The results are beautiful:

Thanks Sis, for one of the best Mother's Day gifts ever!

Oh Jeez!

Just visiting my blog here to see who has stopped by and noticed that my header still says April 2007! Today is May 10th! Guess I better get busy. I have to be at work at 11am and I have homework due today that I haven't finished. I have like 2 or 3 posts that I have been wanting to get up as well. At least I got some sleep last night. As soon as Baby G's eyes closed, I went to sleep myself and got a full 8 hours. So nice.

[Update: Finally got the May header up today, 5/11/07. Better late than never I guess.]

Friday, May 04, 2007

More Tummy Time Blues and Being a Slacker

We are still battling through the Tummy Time Blues. This is one very happy baby I have, but tummy time brings out the raging, fussy beast. I can't really blame him though, I hate being on my tummy too.

That toy is one of his favorites. I call it Mr. Flashy. It looks like a Zebra that dropped a little too much acid back in the day. But, Baby G loves it. Yesterday, before I took the above pictures, Baby G finally rolled over. He's been fairly advanced in almost everything else, but that rolling over from tummy to back has been a hard one for him. I got out the camera in hopes he would do it again, no such luck, all I got was more screaming. So we'll try again this morning after he wakes up and has his morning bottle.

Right now, I'm supposed to be writing a paper for class, I have one due every week. I got up early just for that purpose; to have quiet time to write while Baby G sleeps, but instead I'm here...bad Nancy.

What was nice about this week was that I had our new sitter come by a couple days this week to watch Baby G so I could get things done around the house. That is the epitome of indulgence for me right now. I got my laundry room and kitchen spic and span, got dishes done, got clothes folded and put away, and was able to vacuum. My apartment is livable again, *sigh*.

And Baby G is waking up now....

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Seven Years

On April 22nd, Aaron and I celebrated seven years together. For our anniversary date we got a sitter and went out to dinner. It was a very short dinner because Baby G was having a really bad time due to having tried oatmeal that day and it wasn't agreeing with his system. So we came home a little early. But I got to have a strawberry margarita after not having had any alcohol for a whole year!
This past Saturday we had our traditional celebration in which we relive a fabulous day we had very early in our relationship. On that day seven years ago, we decided to go up to Mt. Tamalpias.We had a great time walking the trail around the mountain

Mt. Tamalpias

and seeing the view of the Bay Area.

Mt. Tam

We walked more trails and I ended up with a really bad sunburn because I am always to lazy to cover up my extremely fair skin with lotion, blah. Anyway, when it was time to head back home, only around 2 in the afternoon, we left; but Aaron took a wrong turn and we ended up on a very long, but beautiful, road trip through redwoods. We ended up in Fairfax. Neither of us, with our long history in the Bay Area, had ever been there. We fell in love with it right away. It's a nice small town with small family owned businesses; a very artsy atmosphere. This is the home of Anne Lamott and according to Wikipedia, also Van Morrison, Frank Herbert, and Dian Fossey.
Well, by now we are starving. We've been walking all day and haven't had anything to eat. Nothing is open. We spied a pizza restaurant and noticed that we had an hour before they opened. So we got a newspaper and a soda and sat down on a bench and watched the residents and goings on. Once the restaurant opened we ate and then headed out to find the freeway exit and head home. It was a great day, one of the best I've ever had. I love getting lost and finding new things and this time has become a memory that Aaron and I treasure. So every couple of years we go relive it. We did this again this past Saturday. I look forward to doing it again with him in a another year or so, and continuing for years to come.