Monday, March 23, 2009

Time is Marching On

Annabeth will be seven weeks old tomorrow.

Sister is getting too long for her gowns. Luckily, Curtis brought home a ton of sweet baby gifts from the office and I found all kinds of super long gowns from the Southern Siestas. Thanks, y'all! She's so sweet in them!

I'm also having to turn her sideways in her crib because her feet and head both touch the bumper if I don't. (Scratch that. I just put her down and she has several inches before that's true.)

She's sleeping five and a half hour stretches for me. And she's starting to fall into a somewhat predictable pattern in her days and nights.

The pedicure I got before Annabeth was born finally had to come off. It was replaced with some summery hot pink polish.

My huge bottle of cocoa butter from the Body Shop has been retired. I kept using it simply because I didn't have anything else, but on Saturday I treated myself to a new bottle of lavender lotion from Bath and Body Works. I started to throw the cocoa butter away and say, "Good riddance!" But I paused and savored one last smell before tossing it. It will always remind me of my babies. And junior high.

I also got some new soaps from B&BW for all my sinks. (I'm loving the pineapple and the peach.) I'm so relieved to have these new scents. The old ones made me queasy every time I washed my hands because I got them when I had morning sickness. It's funny how morning sickness can ruin so many good things. Like pasta milano from Macaroni Grill. What a shame.

I'm not seeing the numbers drop like I want to, but my waist is making a comeback. Thank you, aerobics. I got another pair of old jeans buttoned today. Not that they're presentable yet.

I think the post-partum extravaganza of shedding is about to start. I'm already noticing it around my forehead.

Annabeth is starting to lose her hair too. The headbands are not helping her cause.

I've already had to go through her drawers and take out things that don't fit. I also tried her in some 3-6 month onesies and they weren't that big on her.

Her Trumpette Mary Jane socks fit. You have no idea how much joy they give me.

I'll leave you with a couple Jackson stories. Today I caught him trying to pry open Annabeth's little fist so he could give her one of his Hot Wheels. He is suddenly so eager to share! Later he got his little toy stethoscope and put it on her head like he was a doctor. I was cracking up. He is really sweet with her. When she's eating he likes to snuggle up next to us sometimes.

The most surprising moment of our day occurred when he got up to poop for the third time during his rest time. I let him close the door for some privacy. When he was done, I saw that he had thrown one of his toys into the potty and it was swimming in poo. I promise you he will never do it again because I did indeed make him fish it out with his bare hand. I thought that was my best move all day, but Curt was horrified. This from a man who puts underwear on his infant daughter's head.

56 comments:

3girlsmom said...

Awww. You're about to get baby bangs for real! My youngest was 2 in November and mine are STILL growing out. Except mine only fell out on the left side. I was (am) HOT, let me tell ya.

And if you think that will be the last time J will have to fish something out of poo, then you're totally mistaken. Either that, or my kids are just unique. :)

Monica said...

My daughter wants to help her baby brother with toys too. She's so concerned b/c he's been chewing on his fist (teething). She keeps trying to stick his chew toy in his mouth, telling him to "chew". She loves him so!

Marla Taviano said...

Let the punishment fit the crime!

I'm sorry your baby is growing so fast!! :(

bethany said...

The worst part is I bet Jackson really didn't mind fishing the toy out of the poo water. My Jak would think that was cool....
Isn't is amazing how time flies? You're just in the hospital and then suddenly they are crawling....

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

Better fish than flush, I always say.
I think we have a train lodged forever in one of our toilets and it will never flush right again!
And I thought my velptuous hair and *ahem* chest would last forever. BOTH times I was convinced. Not so. Good luck with the Baby Bangs!

Sarah said...

Oh yes...the joys of fishing things out of the potty. My two potty trained kids went through the "fill the toilet with toilet paper" phase. We're talking whole rolls of tp. Like I had just put a new roll on. Let's just say taht mommy was one very, very un-happy camper. DH would make them reach in and take the tp out by the handfulls. All the while saying to them, "Yucky. That is disgusting. There is poop in there. Gross, gross, gross." Unfortunately, that had to be repeated several times before they finally got the picture to not do that anymore.

Mandi said...

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Your Awesome!
Mandi
p.s. I'm addicted to celebrity gossip too...

Ashleigh (Heart and Home) said...

Every time I see a baby in those Mary Jane sock I melt and decide I'm ready for a girl. Until, that is, I remember the in-between stage that comes after the baby. I hate to break it to ya, but it seems that second baby just shoots the mama's metabolism right outta the window. I'm at 16 MONTHS post-partum (and at the gym six days a week) and still--STILL--am holding on to most of my baby weight from #2. It is crazy. Insane. Ridiculous.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Amanda,

I never tire of your sweet baby stories. And oh how I love little boy stories. Just rocked my sweet 1 year old grandson, Jack, to sleep. I have Celine Dions lullaby tape playing by his crib and all is right with the world.

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Valerie said...

You have me laughing out loud at the poo fishing. Potty training was one of the worst experiences of my life (I am not kidding), and poo fishing would have been the straw to break this camel's back, the one to set me completely over the edge. But of course, now I can sit back and completely guffaw out loud at some other poor soul's poo fishing experience.

Heather said...

Morning sickness AND stomach viruses can ruin lots of good things!! In my case, Quesadilla Explosion salads from Chili's. We ate there yesterday, and the guy at the next table ordered one, and I promise I threw up in my mouth a little! Why do they always ruin the things we LOVE???! Why can't they ruin the VEGETABLES or something?? :)
I must say,I've had 3 babies and can't remember ever NOT putting them down parallel to the rest of the crib. This way of putting babes down is new to me. Must be my OCD!
Enjoy that sweet girl, b/c way too soon she'll be counting down the days until she turns 13!! Trust me! :)
And since I have 2 boys, I'm not betting that Jackson doesn't ever do that again. However, he could be the exception! ;)

AKat said...

That is so great - I will have to remember this amazing parenting technique. It reminds me of the story of Sunni catching poo...
And oh, my goodness, THANKS for the facebook message! That was very helpful!!!
7 weeks. How on earth does time go by so quickly?!

Moose Mama said...

It's tough being a woman...whose small son has just thrown his toy into the poo.

Do you ever wonder if this is really what was meant by....For such a time as this!?

Melana

Fran said...

Getting things out of a poo toilet is just sick...but in a good way! Ha! I bet he's really careful next time.

Have a good Tuesday. I'm wide awake at 4am. Should be an interesting day. ;)

Big hugs,
Fran

Rachel said...

That's so funny! I don't know if I could've gotten my son to do that.

Lauren Kelly said...

hahahaha! I LOVE your mommy stories, lol!!!!! ;O)

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

I think that potty move was brilliant. I would have been steaming if I had to get it out!

Rachel McPhillips said...

My baby girl is almost 10 weeks old, and I feel like she is about to go off to college! P.S. My baby bangs didn't make their appearance until about 6 MONTHS after I delivered my first. I thought they had slipped me by, boy was I mistaken!

Teri~Facedown said...

Haha! Just for the record, that last story...I probably wouldn't have thought of making my son fish out the toy...but I wish I would have! Good job mom! (Hey, that's what all those fancy anti-bacterial soaps are for right?) ;)

Ang baylis said...

You are going to love this to look back at one day. I wish I would have had a journal like this! Do you know how to get a written copy of your blog? You don't have to post this, I was just wondering. You seem like one who would know for sure!

Thanks and take care, keep enjoying those little ones! :)
Love,
Angie

Sarah said...

I love this post! The Mary Jane socks are still in Addie's drawer because I can't bear to give them away--I also can't eat pasta milano, thanks for ms with Caiden (8 years ago--still can't eat it!)--and I'd completely, with no guilt, make my boys fish toys out of a dirty toilet. Oh, and my jeans don't look good on me yet, either. (The baby is almost 3, though, so that could be more my fault than hers.)

So, see? I identified with everything in this post! :)

VanderbiltWife said...

We had a pumpkin-scented diffuser in our downstairs bathroom...every time I smell pumpkin, I feel the need to throw up. Morning sickness-induced trauma stinks!!

Katie said...

Hahahahahahahaha! The fishing out the toy in poo story is hilarious! I have been just waiting for Amelia to figure out she can put stuff in the toilet...I am hoping to goodness she never figures that out, but I'm pretty sure that day will come. And I just LOVE that he was trying to pry her little fingers open to give her a toy! How precious is that?! I wanted to cry when Amelia outgrew her Trumpette MJ socks...and I was totally in love with her Trumpette Pixie ones with the tee-tiny bows.

(Oh, and when you mentioned that freesia lotion from B&BW...wow! Hadn't thought about that in forever...wow! Funny how scents can take you to certain places/times...)

Traci said...

Good work mom- fishing the toy out was genius. Have a great day!

Mindy said...

That is way funny about making Jackson fish it out. I think that was a very good parenting move. I will have to keep that in mind because I'm sure the day is coming!

Mindy said...

That is way funny about making Jackson fish it out. I think that was a very good parenting move. I will have to keep that in mind because I'm sure the day is coming!

Allison said...

So cute...I know your waist is looking fine my dear....just fine!

tiggerdaisy said...

You are cracking me up!!!! I was a little horrified by the whole fishing expedition, but the punishment fit the crime for sure! :) hehehehehehe And I'm sure Jackson's hands smelled really good afterwards since Mommy bought some new soap!

Rebecca

Tara G. said...

I was called in to see what looked like a viaduct bridge. Because I'm so giddy that he is not using his pants anymore, I completely agreed. Please, Lord, don't let my boy throw toys in the potty!

Angela said...

How funny...love the stories. I can just see it! Have a great rest of your week.

Shelley said...

I am with you on the morning sickness smells. I still can smell Pleasures perfume or B&BW's cucumber melon scent from a mile away and want to lose everything in my stomach. Fun times :)

Angie said...

Sounds like things are rolling over there! I am a shedding disaster over here. I swear I've lost more baby weight in hair than anything else (and my Brody is SEVEN months old now).

And do you know what morning sickness ruined for me? Applesauce. APPLESAUCE! That's like a staple when your a mom to tots.

HappyascanB said...

My niece is sporting the precious maryjane socks, too! They're perfect! Love the fishing the toy out of the poo commode, too!!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

What a wonderful update. Your posts are really making me anxious for my pregnancy to speed up so we can meet our little one and be a family of 4!

Longmeadow Mama said...

11 years later I can not listen to Avalon's "Testify to Love" without getting sick to my stomach. That song was really popular when I was going through many months of morning (til night!) sickness. It's a great song but I can't listen to it without being taken back in time!
I know you hear this often, but thanks for sharing your life with us. You are a blessing!
Kelli

Cheri-Beri said...

Ahhhhhhh, Jackson! A boy's boy if there ever was one :-)

Taylor said...

not the pasta milano! that is a shame. :) and i'm sure Jackson will recall that one for a while...gross, gross! how funny. have a good day, amanda. oh, and those little socks you were talking about for Annabeth...so cute! the little girl i babysit has some and i cant get over how cute they are!

::Taylor

Tammie Head said...

Cracking up about the "fishing"! I would have done that too!!!

Love you ♥,
tammie

Tara said...

7 weeks old already?!? Time really does fly!

Way to go on getting your jeans buttoned and your returning waist line! For me, I didn't see the "numbers" drop until I stepped breastfeeding and the Bs of doom shrunk...

And I think that was a brilliant parenting move. Sometimes natural consequences are the best reinforcers...Plus, you didn't want to start a game of you having to fish it out of the potty!

Superchikk said...

There's some reality for ya' - fishin' your own toy out of poo. I think that's a good lesson in "reality discipline" right there!

(And I totally would've done the same thing!)

JayCee said...

L.O.V.E. your stories....you have the gift to write, like your mother!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I love that someone else looks like she is going to match me in poop stories.

ThirtysomethingMom said...

I got a chuckle over your Jackson story and then I laughed when I read 3girlsmom response on "fishing".

I am off work today with my 10 year old. She had to get her eye's check. She just had a growth spurt and she said she couldn't see the board at school. Sure enough...need new glasses. Got those picked out...after a great debate. Finding a pair that satified...that's a whole comment on its own. Needless to say, I used one of my mother's parenting lines...you know one of those that each of us say we will never say to our kid...but it just comes out! Yeap...

Got to go! Have a blessed day!

Marc and Charity said...

I can't wait to stock up on B&BW soap in April!!!

Thanks for the link to the mary jane socks, they are so cute. My sis in law sent me one pair and I was wondering where to find more! Cool!

And I'm convicted about excercise since you are going to aerobics so I better reintroduce myself to our gym. Ugh.

R said...

i'm with ya on the smells, sort of. i never had morning sickness with any of my three babies, but i was very sensitive to scents in general. i've never been able to use BBW stuff because i'm allergic, but i can't stand Dial hand soap anymore since having babies! and "lovely" perfume by sjp is forever out now, too. :0)

i did have some fun side effects, though! i never liked pecan pie before i had kids, but since they've arrived i LOVE it! :0) funny how our preferences change...

R said...

oh--and jackson fishing the toy out of the poo was absolute brilliance! i wish i would have thought of that when my 3-year-old dropped her pink bow in the potty last week! my husband slapped on the ol' rubber glove and got it out himself. :0)

Maggie said...

Amanda,

I was guided to your blog the other day through BooMama. I felt totally blessed by your post on being real. I, too, have been struggling with disciplining my almost 3-year-old daughter. I have felt very alone in it lately, but I just talked to a friend about it today and she shared similar problems. I want to be transparent and open for other people. Thanks for a little inspiration.

BTW-(I also have a 5 1/2 year old daughter and a newborn. In fact, my son was born the same day as your daughter, just a few hours later. I just love reading how your little one is changing.)

katiegfromtennessee said...

I love reading about your world:) The world of motherhood:) A little crazy and unpredictable, but it works in His strength! That is sweet that Jackson was trying to put his toy in her hand! He will be a good older brother-protective maybe?? That's a good thing:)

Love in HIM:)

katiegfromtennessee

Heather said...

Hilarious about the toy falling in the toilet! At least he got it out, I think my child would have had a nervous break down! I wish we could keep our babies younger for longer, it goes by too fast. You write such great posts! You make me laugh out loud while reading. I am ready to see numbers come off my weight too!

RitzFamily said...

It's great to hear your Jackson stories! My son decided to put a whole roll of toilet paper in the toilet, and you bet I made him fish out every bit of it! :) The hubby was shocked at first, but he graciously held open the bag while my son cleared the toilet of all paper goods.
He hasn't touched the toilet paper since. Lesson learned!

It's amazing how much hair you lose! My little girls is 15 weeks and I'm shedding like crazy still. At this rate I might be bald by May.

Keep the work outs coming, you'll get back in shape before you know it!

Janette

Emmy said...

Can't believe she is 7 weeks! So precious! Love the story about the Hot Wheel! Hysterical! : )

I still can't watch the movie Fox and the Hound... it takes me back to morning sickness (I know I am old... you all probably don't watch that movie nowadays) but every time I hear "I'm a hound dog" I swear I gag... so weird how that works...

Davis said...

It is so difficult being a mother...from training potty to educating children to be human.This is a good lesson to be kept in mind by all moms and would be moms.

balmingilead said...

Excellent...love the closing two sentences.
Amy

Amanda said...

The Trumpette Mary Jane's were a staple for my baby girl...a gift from a friend. Hardly a day went by without a pair on her feet! :) AND all of the "Cute!" compliments b/c the really do look like shoes. I was stretching them so they would fit on her 6mo old feet, and then they were retired. Oh, the fun memories!

twinkle said...

You make parenting do-able! So many times it seems to be impossible!
And so glad you like the gifts from the Southern Siestas...we love you! And that new pink bundle of joy you have!

Emily said...

Oh my stars!! I just laughed out loud at picturing Jackson getting his toy out of his own poo! That's a good one! Carter accidentally dropped one of her toys in while she was going potty, and you would of thought someone lit it on fire. She was so upset!!! I'm sure Micah will be on Jackson's side. :)