Friday, February 26, 2010

Warning: Mommy blogging ahead!

Joseph recently had as assignment at school to write an essay about his family. I know this is the sort of post that only my mom will be interested in but I'm going to post the essay here. I'm doing it partly because I find the whole thing so utterly adorable and partly because his descriptions of Jesse and I leave me wondering if he's ever actually met us.

So, without further ado I present:

My Family

by Joseph

My family and I have lots of fun together. It seems we have something planned every week. These are the members of my family.

My mom's name is Jennifer and she is 32 years old. She's very organized and she loves cooking. She stays home and does housework and watches my sister. She is also very creative and loves using her craft room.

My dad's name is Jesse. He is 34 years old and he is very athletic. He loves spending time with me. He works at the [business name removed] office building and he does a lot of computer work.

My name is Joseph and I am 9 years old. I am creative and very fun. I am a big brother other my little sister.

My sister's name is Elle and she is 4 years old. She is very silly and kind of bossy. She likes to make up games.

My grandma's name is Karen. She is very organized and very neat. She is very fit and in shape. She works at [business name removed] in an office. She loves to invite me over for sleep overs and play dates. She also does that with my sister.

My grandpa's name is William but his nickname is Bill. He likes working on projects. He is very funny. He also like me being there for sleep overs and play dates, same for my sister. He works at [business name removed even though he got it wrong] in an office.

I love my family and there is still so much to come. There are so many members I didn't list like Nana, Ted, Matt, Amanda, Becky, Beany, Shyla, Nikki, Abby, Cole and so many more! The best part is there are so many more adventures to come. That is why I love my family.

The end

One year ago today I broke something awesome and started doing this "One year ago today" thing.
Three years ago today I told you not to take Zicam while you're nursing.
Four years ago today I made fun of a shirtless man.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The good, the bad and the ugly

The Good:
All is well with the babies. They are busy and bouncy and everything babies are supposed to be. Last weeks ultrasound showed them practicing breathing and the little girl was sucking her thumb. The ultrasound tech estimated their weights at 4 pounds 3 ounces and 4 pounds 5 ounces. Elle was 8 pounds 8 ounces when she was born so with every day that passes I'm carrying more baby than I ever have before.

The Bad:
The little girl is breech, with her head planted firmly under my ribs. Unless she flips (and I'm starting to give up hope on that happening) I'll have to have a c-section. I'm less than thrilled about that. I don't like the idea of surgery and I really hate that I'll have to miss out on the whole birthing experience. I know it will be ok but I'm still a bummed.

There is a silver lining to a c-section though. Right now I'm having horrible, burning pain by my lower left ribs. Everything in that area is stretching and expanding and the pain it's causing sometimes just takes my breath away. When I have a braxton-hicks contraction the pain gets about 10 times worse. The idea of going through labor and delivery with this pain is pretty scary. At least with a c-section I can avoid laboring with this rib pain. See? There's a bright side to everything!

The Ugly:
Augh! Look away! It's a nightmare come to life!

Oh, wait. It's just my stretched out belly button complete with a gall bladder surgery scar. You still probably shouldn't look directly at it for too long. It has soul damaging properties.

Man, my camera phone takes disturbingly detailed pictures.

One year ago today I was worried about Joseph's hand writing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Direct quotes from me

Before I got pregnant: "I can't wait to be pregnant again!"

When I got pregnant: "I love this! I could do this ten more times."

At the height of morning sickness: "I think I'll do this one more time."

Two months ago: "Yowza! I can't believe how big I'm getting!"

Two weeks ago: "Ok, I'm starting to get a little uncomfortable now..."

This morning: "I am never getting pregnant again. Ever. I hate this, I hate this, I hate this."

I think it's safe to say that the boredom of bedrest, the aches and pains of pregnancy and the this cold (5 minutes after I got rid of a sinus infection!) are all starting to wear on me a little bit.

One year ago today I conquered my neti pot.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Woman's Last Stand

If you watched the Super Bowl you probably saw this horrible ad suggesting that men have been so emasculated that the only way they can assert themselves is to drive a great big manly car.
Oh my god! Some woman is making them do things. Horrible things like cleaning up after themselves and sorting recycling!

Here's a brilliant response to that ad. (Be aware it's not exactly safe for little ears or at work.) (Be especially careful if your co-workers have little ears.)

One year ago today Joseph was weird.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

If I ran the world...

...the first thing that would change is that "That person did not follow the established protocol in the school drop-off/pick-up line" would be a legal defense for dragging someone out of their car and slapping them silly.

year ago today Elle to-got-for something.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Brain Damage

My poor children.

They are battered and bruised.

Don't feel too bad for them though. It's their own fault. At some point you would think they would learn not to stand so close to me.

"Mommy?" Joseph asked.

I turn to give him my attention and my stomach hits him, sending him flying into the wall.

Elle runs up to me just as I'm bending over and she collides with my rear end and then then ricochets around the kitchen.

Joseph tries to walk next to me in the hallway and my hip knocks him into a door frame.

Elle asks me to lean down and give her a kiss and I just about end up smothering her with my boobs.

I feel bad for all the injuries that I'm inflicting on my children but I'm also waiting for the day they realize I need a wider berth nowadays.

Although maybe all the times I've knocked their heads against counter tops are starting to take their toll.

years ago today my babies were adorable but some people were not.
Four years ago today I liked Appliance Direct.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Blog apathy

My poor blog. It's really suffering through this pregnancy. I don't mean to neglect it. I have a lot of stuff I want to say, a lot of stuff I mean to say. But then I get myself all situated and comfy in bed, with my laptop poised and ready to publish my latest words of brilliance and I think to myself "Eh. I'll just watch this episode of Golden Girls and then doze off instead."

I am huge and I am uncomfortable and I know that if I start posting here all I'm going to do is complain and who wants to hear that and after all I signed up for this is and I knew what I was getting myself into and women do this all the time without turning into giant babies so why can't I and by the way am I ever going to cook for my family again or are we just going to live on take-out for the next seven weeks?

So I'm not even going to go down that road.

I will show you how I'm not joking about how huge I am though. It's hard to really get a good idea of it when I've got a shirt covering my tummy but there's no way I'm showing you a picture of my bare belly. Between the stretch marks and the gall bladder surgery scars and the pure acreage of white flesh, it's really not a pretty scene. So I'll show you how I look when I lift up my shirt and expose the top of my maternity jeans sporting the world's largest support panel. Seriously, these jeans are insane.
And can I just say in my defense that I have a sinus infection and have not been able to sleep, really sleep, in days? And that this might not be the best picture ever taken of me but at least I had the presence of mind to crop out all of the crap that was sitting on the bathroom counter?

I'm going to go now. There's a Golden Girls on that I really don't want to miss.

Three years ago today I had some words for Woddy Guthrie