Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sarah's Six

Between the holidays and birthdays, we always have reason to celebrate around here. Last week was no exception. It was Sarah's birthday. It can't believe she is six. Especially since I was 29 when she was born and according to my measures, I'm still 29. Despite my own dreams of 20-something, it is truly hard to believe six years have passed.

As is tradition, we celebrated most of the week. We enjoyed cake and presents on her actual birthday at home. On Friday, I surprised her as the "mystery reader" and with cupcakes at school. On Saturday, there was her birthday party. Drawing from Sarah's love of science (or is that my and Scott's love of science?) we hosted her party at Wonders of Science. The kids did some pretty neat experiments. Think back to your days in the school science fair and you'll have an idea of what was on the agenda. Things like dry ice and the old vinegar and baking soda volcano were crowd pleasers.

By the time Sunday rolled around I was exhausted. Forget trying to party like a college student, I can't even party like a 6-year old. I guess I'm definitely not in my 20's anymore.

And last week wasn't only Sarah's birthday, it was Mimi's too. Here's a shout out to Jan with belated birthday wishes. Next up, Scott. He is turning 29 again next week. Like I said we always have a reason to celebrate.

That's life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Four Months Old - I Found My Thumb

Is sucking your thumb a dominant gene? We are three for three on thumb suckers in our house. I guess you can blame (or thank) me for that - since I sucked my thumb as a baby.

Michael Perry is now four months old and he has found his thumb!!! Like all babies, he changed a ton this past month. He giggles, grabs toys, and loves watching his sisters. The big milestone is finding his thumb. Finding his thumb means he can self soothe, and self soothing is a wonderful thing. As for last weeks' grumpy day, it passed. The rest of the week went (thankfully) much smoother.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Why is this so hard?

Why is being a mom so hard? Humans are supposed to be the smarter species, but other animal mamas never seem stressed about parenthood. Look at a cat with kittens. That mama cat is just cool as a cucumber and she has a whole litter of babies. I have mineone at a time and they still stress me out.

Yesterday was that day. Jaley didn't have school and apparently her morning Cheerios were laced with adrenaline. Michael Perry was just in a mood. They say moms can translate each of their baby's cries - the hungry one, the tired one, the dirty diaper one. Michael's cry was simply 8-hours of the "I'm in a bad mood" one. No naps, no playtime, just I'm in a bad mood.

Yesterday being a mom seemed like the hardest job in the world. There were the multiple diaper blow outs and the subsequent baths for Michael. Mixed with some "oops I broke Sarah's toy" by Jaley. Swirled with a little "I don't want to do my homework" by Sarah. And topped with a bit of "I have a late meeting" by Scott. By the time the kids were in bed, I was spent. I didn't care that the laundry I started at 8AM hadn't even made it to the dryer.

Yesterday is done. I made it through the day without having to dial 911. Depending on my measure it was a success. As for today, I may not be as calm as that mama cat, but it off to a much better start. Plus, happy hour is only 5 hours away.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prima Ballerina? Not Quite Yet.

Watching 3-year-olds in dance class is better than any stand-up comic. Today, there were flying shoes, crashing bodies, squealing laughs, and general pandemonium as Ms. Maggie tried to turn Jaley and 15 other kids into prima ballerinas. It is a good thing that Ms. Maggie has a great attitude and a laid back teaching style. While Julliard may not be ringing yet, it sure is fun for the kids and parents alike.

Outside of dance class, we are just plugging along - hoping it will warm up soon. We haven't hit 40 since 2009 and my Florida blood is pretty well frozen. Auntie Em and Uncle Marcus, we have no idea how you survive Chicago winters.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So Far So Boring

Happy New Year. We are 5 days into 2010 and so far so good. As hoped, life thus far is pretty boring - we are enjoying the regular routine.
  • Sarah is back to school and counting down the days to her birthday (it's 16 if you're interested). She is fully expecting to receive every gift that Santa didn't deliver.
  • Jaley started dance lessons today. She twirled and plied around the house all morning and was worn our before the class even started.
  • Michael Perry is currently refusing to go to sleep, but I know he's tired. Otherwise, he is still the world's cutest baby (along with his sisters).
  • Scott, after a week off, is knee deep in work. He has a meeting until 8PM tonight, which is definitely interfering in his Orange Bowl watching, Ga Tech cheering preparations.
  • As for me, I am in the middle of doing laundry, cooking dinner, and then headed to the dry cleaners.
Like I said, life is boring - which is mighty fine. If we wind out the rest of the week without any drama, we will be off to a smoother start than last year.

That is life in the Stroller Lane.