Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lately I've been wondering about how I should be spending this last stretch of my maternity leave. Soon, much sooner than I care to acknowledge, I'll be back at work and life as we know it will change. Again. It's hard to imagine. H and I have never been apart for more than a few hours. And even that has only been a couple of times. And yet, in two months I will be leaving him for 13 hour stretches. Eeek! How will that even be possible? And more importantly, how do I prepare us for that separation?

I feel like this is my job over the next while. As much as I want to spend every single minute together, maybe it's time to start to wean us off each other a bit. I know that in the long run independence is a good thing for both of us, but how do you help to cultivate it in a way that feels loving and secure? And that's not a rhetorical question. Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The best part about having my parents back from vacation?

Free babysitting! Honestly, living close to grandparents is amazing. Today my dad came in to town in the afternoon, spent the day at the park with me and H, then stayed behind while James and I went out to a movie. My mom came over after work to keep them both company. It felt so fun to go to a movie without a baby. What's this? I get to sit through the whole movie and don't have to worry about rushing out of the theater when my baby wakes up (hello movies for mommies). And while we're at it, I don't have to rush out of the theater to pee (hello pregnancy). Amazing-sauce.

But the best part of the evening was arriving home to find out that H had gone down no problem and had been sleeping soundly since 7 pm. As nice as it's been to be able to sneak out of the house after H's bedtime on a few occasions, being able to go out before his bedtime opens up a whole new world of possibilities. This also makes me feel better about my impending return to work, and the fact that soon I won't be able to be here for every bedtime.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More fun with sewing!

So I took a sewing class last night at Spool of Thread, which is this sewing 'lounge' with the most beautiful fabric in the city. It was a tote bag class, and in 3 hours it took you from never having touched a machine to finishing a cute little bag. A lot of the intro stuff was review for me, but it was nice to get some formal instruction rather than just. my usual winging it approach. Of course now I'm just dying to buy more fabric and sew sew sew. Too bad I have so much knitting to do.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


So, as I was reading some books to H this morning it occurred to me that a vast majority of his books seem to be dedicated to teaching kids about animals. Here's a horse, a horse says neigh. Here's a cow, a cow says moo. Like, really? Is this just a hangover from our pioneering days, or is it really vital that kids learn identify all the animals and what noise they make. Because, H could go a really long time without seeing a horse or a cow in the city. Seems like there could be some other skills we could be teaching him... like 'here's a telephone, it goes 'riiing', here's a taxi, it goes 'HONNNK'. Or is this just me?