Will it ever slow down..?

October 31, 2007

Work’s been crazy. Home’s been crazy. I’ve got a post on Post Partum Doulas that I have been working on for a couple days. Hopefully, I’ll have that out soon. In the meantime, here’s a quick post about my daughter’s environmental conservation education.

Why we don’t waste toilet paper – “It will make the trees sad”
Why we don’t waste water – “It will make the fish sad”
Why we don’t waste electricity – “It will make the robots sad”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go participate in a Robot Parade.

Weekend Quickie

October 28, 2007

At least 2-3 times a day, I have the following conversation with my daughter…

Daughter: Daddy, could you put this dress/these shoes/this something on..?
Me: I don’t think they’ll fit me, sweetie.
Daughter: No, on me!

I wonder how long before she tires of this joke?


October 26, 2007

At breakfast the other day:

Daughter: Daddy, are swamp creatures and sea monsters the same thing?
Me:  Uh…

Where do they get this from? I’d like to say I had a great answer, but alas, I had just a plain ol’ answer (basically, “No”).

NEW BABY UPDATE: Ms. Kaz has been getting no sleep lately. Last night, I suggested she take Tylenol PM. Therefore, I had all overnight duty. Today, I am tired. Very very tired.


October 24, 2007

Wow. Two posts today, and I still managed to miss my Blogging for ACT post.

I wonder how long I can play this “I have a new baby!” card?

Anyhow, I don’t have time right now to post anything more insightful or lengthy, but I wanted to point out that post-partum depression effects more women than I had previously realized, and there are probably many more women who go undiagnosed.

If you get a moment, check out the MOTHERS Act Bill, which seeks to increase education, awareness, provide support for women suffering from PPD. If it is something you wish to throw your support behind, please contact your Senator and ask them to support this bill.

For more info, including what you can do, check out this Blogher post.


Big Sister

October 24, 2007

They say Big Sister and Big Brother Parties are good for making sure the older sibling doesn’t feel neglected and helps them to bond with the new baby. This is probably true. We had a party where my daughter got her “I’m The Big Sister” shirt, had a cupcake, got presents (including one from the baby) and generally had a good time.

Then more Big Sister gifts kept coming – shipped from distant relatives, brought over by neighbors, given by teachers.

I really think my daughter enjoyed this aspect of being a Big Sister.

But maybe it went a bit too far. Last night, at dinner, we had the following conversation:

Daughter: I want a Big Sister party.
Us: …
Daughter: I like Big Sister parties.
Me: You already had a Big Sister Party.
Daughter: But I like them…
Ms. Kaz: Sorry, sweetie, you only get one.
Daughter: Mommy, I want you to have more babies.
Ms. Kaz: Uh…
Daughter: I want lots of babies! Mommy, I want 16 babies!
Ms. Kaz: Well, then you’re gonna have to have them yourself!

I’m sure she’s in it for the gifts.

Words you hate to hear

October 24, 2007

Good morning!! It is 5:20a, and I’ve been up, oh, about an hour and a half now. No sense in going back to bed now. But that’s not what I am here to talk about.

No, I am here to talk about some words you hate to hear from your kids. There are a lot of them. And I am sure there are some I won’t hear for many years still. But these ones broke our hearts.

My daughter was playing with an old cell phone (texting friends, I am sure), and appeared to pinch her finger a bit. There was the usual moments hesitation, then the bawling.

I picked her up and asked her what was wrong, expecting to hear about her finger. Instead, what I heard was, “Nobody at school will play with me!!!” We asked her again what she said and got the sobs and the “Nobody at school will play with me!!”

It broke our hearts.

After a bit, we learned that might have been a bit of an exaggeration, but it still broke our hearts that something caused our daughter to feel that way. I have a feeling the stress of a new baby and the fact that it is manifesting itself in her not being kind to some of the other kids may have played a part.

But she’s a good kid, and she tries hard, and, perhaps most of all, she’s our kid, and we hate to see her feeling bad already about friends.

Phil & Ted’s Sport … oh, and transitional issues

October 19, 2007

Our Phil & Ted’s sport stroller arrived yesterday.

The doubles kit, however, has not arrived yet. But more on that later.

The first thing I have to say about the Phil and Ted’s is this: the assembly instructions could use a little clarification. There are not a lot of steps to assembling this stroller. Often times, however, I had difficulty figuring out what they were asking me to do. Oh, they had pictures, but they were small. And they used a dark colored stroller in the example. They could have used a lighter colored stroller so the black pieces stand out more. Heck, they could have used orange — that’s what we bought — it would have made my life a lot easier.

I’m still not sure I have the hang of (a) folding or (b) converting from a baby stroller to a toddler stroller.

But, to be fair, I’ve only played with it for a couple hours.

And besides, this thing is a dream to push. After years of hard rubber tires on the Maclaren, these inflated tires of the Phil & Ted’s make this an awesomely smooth ride. My daughter seemed to love it, as well.

Ah, yes, my daughter’s ride in the Phil & Ted’s… Read the rest of this entry »