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May. 22nd, 2009 06:55 pm Belated Mothers Day thought

On Mothers Day, someone asked me what I was most surprised to find out about motherhood first-hand. I didn't have an answer then but it got me thinking. My answer would be that I didn't realize how much physical pain was involved after the fact (not involved with giving birth).

There's hair-pulling, pinching, head-butts, back-aches from carrying and lifting, pointy toes digging in, sore breasts from being kicked, scratching (from finger and toe nails that should be too small to hurt but aren't), and stiff joints from sitting still with a sleeping baby in my lap or arms. I'm sure I forgot a few more. They're all little things that add up over time and that I notice when I'm particularly tired.

But it's all worth it for the big smiles and the giggles. And presumably it gets better once the word "no" is understood (and hopefully obeyed). Ben is just coming up on 9 months old now and is often a little lamb.

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Mar. 18th, 2009 06:38 pm Techno Fashion book

I wish I had time for "sewing" and soldering irons. This book looks like fun. Maybe by Xmas.

Article about book and photos:


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Feb. 25th, 2009 01:11 am Yoga DVDs anyone?

Due to our current financial situation, I won't be going to the Mother and Baby yoga class that I was hoping to get to. Does anyone have any DVDs (or VHS tapes) to recommend or lend that would be a good substitute? I'm looking for something that shows exercises/stretches that include the baby in the activity.

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Jan. 27th, 2009 10:43 pm Feedback loop

Ben was crying but did something kind of funny that made me laugh. That made him laugh at me. His going directly from crying to laughing made me laugh harder. That made him snort. Which made me laugh even more. We wound up with him laughing and me having a total meltdown from laughing so hard. I'm in trouble if he learns how to do that on purpose.

I think jtidwell has met her match!

Current Mood: amusedamused

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Jan. 1st, 2009 03:19 pm Happy baby in 2009!

I don't want to post about Ben too often since this is my blog, not his, but I have to say that once he started smiling, laughing, and "talking" life got much easier. Here's looking forward to a great 2009. I hope everyone reading this has as much to look forward to this year!

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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Dec. 19th, 2008 11:16 pm Childhood Fun or Deceipt?

So, we've been discussing whether to tell Ben that Santa comes to visit each year and eventually have to tell him it's a lie, or start off that way and deny him the fun of Santa. We don't want him to ruin the fun for other kids and make other parents upset at us but we don't want him to think we're deceiving him either. _opus_ says this wouldn't even be a question if we didn't have different religions.

What have other parents found? Non-parents' opinions are welcomed too.

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Nov. 14th, 2008 08:11 pm Novacaine

I haven't had a filling in 17 years until today. Novacaine doesn't last nearly long enough. And it lasts too long at the same time. It's hard to drink when my lip is still numb.

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Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:47 pm Ben is two months old.

At his checkup today, Ben weighed in at 11.8 pounds and is 24 inches long. He got his first shot today, too, and boy did he scream. We got flu shots but didn't scream nearly as loudly as he did. Ben's got a sore leg this evening and is rather cranky so I nursed him to sleep and put him in his crib. He's sleeping like a baby now :-) It's gonna be a long night.

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Nov. 2nd, 2008 01:40 pm Ben's first Halloween

We took Ben to his first Halloween party yesterday. We only used two of the three costumes he was given, that fit him this year. His special, custom made costume will have to wait until next year.

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Nov. 2nd, 2008 01:50 am Ben's Birth

This is a continuation of the post _opus_ put up about the birth of our son. His post is more fun and has photos. This one has more details about the next few days after Ben's birth.

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Life's gone uphill since then.

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