Nov 2005
12

That Little Stinker

Declan must have felt the loving vibes I was sending through cyberspace just now and said “I’LL SHOW YOU.”

I heard several thump-dee-da-dee-dumps upstairs and I went to investigate.

As I entered his room, there was Declan. On his new bed. With about 50 Band-Aids spread around him. Obviously, not sleeping.

The little stinker. I had to turn my back as I put the Band-Aids back into his dresser drawer and sternly told him to GO TO SLEEP – because I was actually laughing my ass off.

Nov 2005
12

Big Boy Bed

Well, it’s a monumental day. At one day shy of 3 years and 2 months old, Declan is now sleeping in a BIG BOY BED (insert Darth Vader theme music). We set it up just now and he was very excited. Let’s hope that excitement also means he will actually sleep in it. As I type this, I hear him rustling and breathing deeply through the monitor, so I am optimistic.

But what a crossroads.

I took pictures (duh) and, of course, I will add on to this thread later.

The funny thing is I am not as upset as I thought I would be. Rather excited actually. Many of my mom friends transitioned closer to 2yo, but Declan was just not ready (I promise I was not holding it back, in a vain effort to hold on to babyhood!). Even though this still surprises my mother to no end, Declan never tried to climb out of his crib and really has been content there these past 3 years. But lately he has been getting too big for the crib and, more importantly, shitting his pants during nap. 🙂 So we decided to just go for it.

And in his usual Declan way, he is totally taking the whole thing in stride. I love that kid.

Nov 2005
12

Surprise Party

Last night we attended a surprise party for our good friend Jenny, as thrown by her husband Jeff. The party was very fun and it was neat to meet Jenny & Jeff’s friends.

However, it came so close to not coming together for many reasons, the last of which was their babysitter for Lily fell through. Luckily our babysitter was a teacher from Declan & Lily’s school – so it was a no-brainer to just have Lily come over here (since, wink wink, Bryan and I magically already had plans to go out).

The great news is, the kids did awesome… and when we got home, Lily was peacefully slumbering in our bed. Jenny and I practically rubbed our hands together in devilish glee, thinking of the nights that they could now hang out past 8pm, since the kiddoes could just zonk out here. Hooray!

Nov 2005
11

In the Home Stretch

I have a bad habit of overscheduling myself and this week was a killer.

Mon: babysitting
Tues: massage
Wed: evening playdate
Thurs: quick pit stop at the pottery studio and then a work dinner
Fri: party (more on that later)
Sat: workout, set up Declan’s new bed, dinner with best friends
Sun: take down Halloween decorations & put up Xmas lights, see Pride & Prejudice in the afternoon
Mon: appt with new diabetes doctor, which means fasting for blood tests in the AM. Yick.

What the fuck was I thinking?

Nov 2005
11

Meat & Potatoes Kind of Girl

I am pretty Plain Jane when it comes to food. Good German girl in that respect. Meat and potatoes, etc. My business partner always teases me that I think ketchup is spicy (she’s right). But sometimes I will be at a restaurant, see something adventurous and go for it. Last night I had “Canadian salmon with spiced red onion marmalade, quince brown butter, smashed sweet potatoes.” Holy shit, it was so good. I want to go back to the restaurant, call the chef in and make them fix it for me for breakfast. I almost went with my standard steak… but I decided to take a walk on the wild side. Yes, I realize salmon isn’t exactly c-r-a-z-y, but I am trying, OK???