Over 40 mama — Adventures in poop, patience, and first-time parenthood

The sweetest day
February 12, 2009, 9:03 pm
Filed under: milestones, notes to self

I do believe there is a day which will go down in memory as the bug’s sweetest day.  

For weeks now, she’s been  getting wiser…learning to stand, crawl over things, assess distance, match two objects with similar shapes, nest one item into another that is larger. She loves music, and cackles with glee when she sees the ASL sign for a word she knows. She is quickly becoming a curious, amazing person in and of herself.  

Somewhere in here – any day now – we will enter into the realm of toddlerhood, and will deal with all the annoyances and frustrations of a being who wants nothing more than to explode into herself. This will be met with some combination of C’s and my tolerance for the aforementioned explosion, and our sometimes-vast differences in parenting styles and philosophies.

I’m sure it will be fine. Ultimately.  But man, I want to put this phase in a bottle and keep it in the attic for later.


February 7, 2009, 7:48 am
Filed under: insanity, milestones

Thanks to some great sleuth work by mama pajama, we’re pretty sure mz bean is teething.  That would explain the tenfold increase in stratospheric screaming, her inability to get to sleep, AND *ta-da* the glistening poo-poos.  Somewhere, ages ago, I remember reading that the copious amounts of saliva generated whilst teething can really change the viscosity of poo-poo.  Isn’t that awesome? Well, not for the kid, really. But it’s awesome that someone figured that out.

‘Course her sleep schedule – the precious couple o’ weeks of 8 continuous hours – is now kaput.

February 5, 2009, 8:18 pm
Filed under: insanity, sleep

Something very strange happened today.  Our little heroine had a super-sized freakout, for no apparent reason.  She is in this major growth spurt – nearly standing, scooching all over tarnation, clapping, putting things IN boxes rather than dumping them all over.  She is also perhaps not coincidently getting totally impatient with everything.  Wants to sit – no stand – no tip over the garbage can – no sit. Lather, rinse, repeat.  She has these insanely sweeping mood swings, wherein she’ll be totally giggly and suddenly – WHAM – she’s a pterodactyl mawing and screeching and yowling at the top of her lungs.  

She screeched  through her afternoon nap today and laid some of the most immense, glistening poopoos I’ve ever seen. (Including one IN the bathtub, that C had to fish out manually.)

I have no idea what happened, but she’s sleeping like a bab  er, uh, log for now. I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus.

February 4, 2009, 8:34 pm
Filed under: milestones

Today ms. little frijole clapped for the first time.  

She’s been a little pistol all week – scooching maniacally around the floor and standing with the help of whomever happens to be sitting nearby.  And today, she clapped to the beat of an old John Digweed track.  I guess we know where she’ll come down on the house vs trance debate.

Power of 2
January 30, 2009, 10:09 am
Filed under: feeding

The bug really likes to have two of one thing.  Two rings, two spoons, two blocks. One in each hand.  She tries to mash them together – or fit them together – or otherwise map one to the other.  You can almost see her brain working to integrate how “likeness” works.  

This morning, as I was feeding her, she grabbed the spoon as she normally does.  I got another spoon to continue on my way (as I normally do) but this time she grabbed that spoon too. I thought, hmm. I snuck the first spoon away from her, filled it with food, and gave the spoon to her – instead of trying to feed her – to see what she’d do with it. At first, she flapped it everywhere, spilling peaches and oatmeal all over the place.

 The next time, we did it again. This time she flapped it a bit more gently before putting it in her mouth and eating it.

Go bug go!   

Now she’s flapping my door open and shut.

January 29, 2009, 6:20 am
Filed under: sleep



*runs through the house, screaming*

January 23, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Okay, I admit it.  I am completely blown away by Facebook.

Not the stupid pokes, or super pokes, or tests or quizzes or “gifts” or any of that crap.  But the genuine connections you can make with people who – in a pre-Facebook universe – would have fallen off of your map.  I have made some incredible reconnections with folks who I’ve not spoken to in 20 years – let alone shared daily updates about dentist visits, or favorite wines.  I know about their kids, their work trials, and their caffeine addictions.

It is particularly satisfying to reconnect with someone you WEREN’T close with back in the day, and to overcome whatever mishigaas kept you from getting to know them better then.

So, yeah.  I’m hooked.