v. v. bad day at work
feel I should fire myself, if no one else does
will force myself to return tomorrow and try to fix things
grant projects suck
Otto is SO PLEASED with himself. He's finally figured out how to move forward in a straight line! He's not quite crawling -- it's more like a fast inch worm movement, a sort of belly crawl that includes pulling with the arms and pushing with the toes.
I'm also pleased to report that I was his inspiration to move. I got home, we said hi and he didn't want me to put him down. But I really had to go to the bathroom... so I put him on the bedroom floor and went to take care of business. By the time I was done he'd crawled into the bathroom with me. He grinned like a maniac the whole time, thrilled that he was able to come and get me all by his little self.
Then Jake had to come see what was going on, I yelled for Jon to come witness the whole crawling thing, and I found myself wondering - since when is my bathroom the party zone?
Last night I got home and the kiddo was sound asleep... he slept until 4 a.m., ate, and slept again until 7. Ah, sleep!
Guess what? We won movie tickets at Jon's party last week. Which means we can afford the sitter to watch the little man so we can go watch the movie. Yay!
And since my birthday is coming up, I get to pick the movie. I pick... Transporter 2 with Jason Statham. Yeah yeah yeah, 40-Year Old Virgin might be funny... but I'd rather see Jason Statham Transport someone.
boy, all of a sudden today I am stressed out
for one, I've had to go caffeine-free. my new thyroid supplement has kicked in and my heart is doing that "jump around" thing, which means I really have to cut back on other stimulants. rats.
for another, I'm so snowed under at work that it's making it hard to function. I know I'm just supposed to do "the next thing," but it's hard to know what the next thing is when there are 5 really important things staring me in the face and I'm always getting called out of my office to be a librarian (go figure).
and last but not least, I had two great weeks where I pretty much worked part-time, and now we're back to the regular grind. Yesterday was spent trying to get a bunch of things done so that I don't have to worry about grocery shopping, etc. during the week.
For example, it sounds silly, but it was important that Otto and I go on the Great Pajama Hunt yesterday afternoon. My son has not only outgrown his 6-month size pjs, he's stretching them out of shape. We've completely skipped the whole 9-month size category. Most of what I bought him yesterday was actually 12-18 month size. Thank God for Baby Gap, since they actually have nice, soft, knit footed jammies in his size.
And then this morning he inched his way across the carpet -- not for very far! -- by digging in his toes, pushing, and stretching his way forward. He's been working SO HARD to do this that I cheered for him.
I guess every thing's just moving a little too fast for me right now. Time to recommence the deep breathing exercises that stave off panic attacks...
I created a photo set of our adventures with my mom and grandma, when we went to Point Pelee and Otto got new jammies and toys.
I created another photo set of our adventures with Jamie and Audrey, when we went to the Detroit Zoo and Otto got his first Bears jersey.
Happy weekend, y'all!
I have a massive box of Milk Duds on my desk today. Not diet friendly, but hey - I like my staff, I want them to keep working for me... sometimes drastic measures are necessary.
Everyone has left and I am blue. It's hard to say goodbye to people when you know you won't get to see them for a looooong time. Jamie and Audrey are so matter-of-fact and optimistic about "going to work" in Iraq, while the rest of us -- well, the rest of us stay home and worry. And plan elaborate gift boxes and "books for soldiers" programs.
Pics will come later - haven't had time yet. I have cute ones of Jamie and Otto, with Otto wearing his new Bears jersey. Heh.
Gotta go work - forgot tonight is Jon's company picnic. I'm going to leave early so we can go for awhile. I like the Vector crowd a lot, so that'll cheer me up.
The last week has been really fun. I'm so confused as to what day it is, it'll take me another 2 weeks to catch up. Otto is loving all the extra mommy/daddy time, plus these people who keep visiting just to play with him!
Yesterday I worked, Jon and Jamie and Audrey golfed, and Otto hung out at day care.
Today we went to the Detroit Zoo, which was really fun. It was very sunny but didn't quite hit 80 today, so it was entirely pleasant to walk around outdoors. Then we went to Royal Oak and had a nice dinner at Pronto. Both Audrey and I got a little too much sun and a little dehydrated though, and consequently got kind of sick and head-achy in the back seat on the way home. I told Jon the girls get to be in the front tomorrow.
It's funny, Otto really does seem to recognize Uncle Jamie in a special way. Something about the nearly-identical faces, similar voices and mannerisms -- he just relaxes completely with him. And while Jamie normally shies away from babies, he's pretty comfortably hands-on with Otto (although he hasn't volunteered for diaper duty).
Audrey has plenty of baby experience and enjoys making Otto laugh. See? All these people are visiting to entertain Otto. What a life!
We won't know what to do next week when we're back to the normal routine. But I'm not going to think about that yet. Tomorrow we're going to visit the Henry Ford and then, for the first time ever (drum roll), we're having a SITTER come over to watch Otto so we can go out to a grown up dinner. Maybe even a movie. I won't know what to do with myself. But I plan to dress nicely, apply lipstick, and try not to call home every 15 minutes.
My mom and grandma left this morning around 9 to start their long drive back home to Arkansas and Kansas.
We had so much fun. Families can be tricky, and there are always undercurrents and rapids and other unexpected complications to navigate. But I've decided that there's something about a baby that brings out everyone's sweet side. We were never bored with Otto to entertain us. We had the perfect excuse to just sit around and talk, waiting for him to nap. We took lots of breaks when we were out and about because he needed them. Babies require a slower pace, which gives everyone else a chance to breath too, I think.
And for his part, he had lots of fun. The second day into their stay he started looking for them when he woke up after naps. "Where's my fan club?" he seemed to say, and then he'd grin hugely when one of them appeared. Otto and my mom made up a game - he'd grab for grandma's glasses, and she'd "punish" him by tickling. He loved it, would keep reaching for her over and over and laughed so hard his whole body shook.
So, a good time was had by all. It was a little sad to see them go this morning because we all live so far apart now and I don't know for sure when we'll get to see them again. But we will work something out. We need regular meetings of the Otto Fan Club!
Jake and Otto and I went for a walk after they left. Then Otto took his morning nap and I showered, and when we were done it was time for Jamie and Audrey to come over. They arrived yesterday evening in time for supper. Audrey leaves for Iraq in early October, Jamie leaves after that, and this is their last big vacation before they go. We ate lunch and I got out the map to show them where my local Target is, and we talked a little about what we'll do this week. They're staying until Friday, and Jon and I get to take a few more days off this week to have fun with them.
The party continues and the Otto Fan Club is growing. I should make t-shirts. Hmm...