Thursday, November 4, 2010

High Hopes

When I started my blog last October, I had high hopes.  It was kinda like when I was in college and assumed that just because I was at a top rated journalism school and was semi-cute, I could just bypass the normal progression of working your way through small town TV stations and just be the next co-host of The Today Show.  Yeah, no.  Same as when I was waiting to get "discovered" in my early years as the next child movie star prodigy.  Guess they were looking for someone a little taller?!?  I just assumed that my blog would gain instant popularity.  In reality, I guess you actually have to, you know, write...on a regular basis.  Not sure once a month is gonna fly.  

I've been giving myself a lot of grief about my sub-par blogging efforts.  There's so much I want to say and remember.  Sometimes it's hard to put my feelings into words, other times I think things are too silly and trivial to put out there and other times I'm just downright lazy.  Then tonight it hit me that the thing I started as an outlet, a keepsake and my personal therapy was turning into just another thing to feel guilty about for not doing.  So, moving forward my promise is first cut myself a little slack and be proud of the days I DO post. And, second try to do a better job updating -- not for any other reason than I know I'll want to remember and relive these memories as the kids get older!

So, here is what has been going on in my world for the past month:

1.  We had our first (and g-d willing last) trip to the ER with Lulu.  Why, you ask?  Well, my darling daughter put a dried blueberry up her nose.  Oh yes, she did.  I couldn't get it out -- you try telling a 20 month old how to hold one nostril closed and blow out the other.  I figured it would come out on its own and it didn't seem to bother her in the slightest.  Just in case, I called the pediatrician and the nurse told me I needed to take her to the ER immediately.  Really?!?  I guess because the back of the nose and the airway are connected, you can't mess around.  I obliged and after an hour of sitting in the waiting room, it came out on its own.  (I couldn't believe how much a dried blueberry reconstitutes with snot...yes, the mental image is just as gross as the real thing).  Thank goodness it did, because I couldn't decide which was worse, the heartache watching all the families coming in with very sick kids or worrying that I had my perfectly healthy child around all those germs.  And, I also wouldn't be me if I didn't admit that I was slightly panicked because my baby was an hour past her bedtime. 

2.  On the same subject, my Mom rocks!  My hubby wasn't home during operation-blueberry-extraction-so-we-don't-have-to-go-to-the-ER.  When I realized that we had to go, I couldn't reach AMB on his cell.  So, I called my Mom so she could come over and stay with MDB.  A few minutes later, I heard from the hubs, so I called my mom back and told her not to worry.  She evidentially heard that ever-so-slight panic in my voice and even though she was SO tired and was just getting home from work, she came with me to the hospital anyway!  She never ceases to amaze me, with her deep kindness and calming presence.  Thanks Mom!

3.  Oh, and I come to learn that someone's big brother (not naming any names) had spent lunch that day teaching his baby sister, who mimics EVERYTHING, how to stick food objects up her nose.  The big brother in question acted so innocently when informed of his sister's misgivings...

4.  One of my very best camp friends came to Chi-town for the weekend.  It was so incredible to see her and spend quality time just the two of us.  It was also so heartwarning watching her interact with my kids and how they took to her instantly. 

5.  On the doula front, I've officially joined the ranks as a volunteer doula with the amazing Chicago Volunteer Doulas group.  It's perfect for me since I can pick and choose my 12 hour shifts monthly.  And, to do it for women in need, I can't imagine anything better and more fulfilling than that.  I'm hoping to get on the schedule for December and I honestly can't wait to be a part of my first birth. 

6.  MDB has reached an epic infatuation with Disney Pixar Cars.  Our house has been taken over by little cars with eyes and his ongoing Chanukah/Christmas list will keep The Disney Store in business for a long time to come. 

7.  Halloween was a big success for my pirate and my ladybug.  Unlike every other child in America, MDB wasn't very excited about putting on a costume and trick-or-treating.  He was finally coaxed out of the house in costume with a mini Milky Way bar and seemed to enjoy.  And, Lulu...well, she loved every moment!

8.  Speaking of Lulu, it seems we have a girl with a serious sweet tooth.  Her new favorite words are cookies, cake, candy and cream (for ice cream).  She starts every morning by opening the freezer, grabbing the "cream" and climbing into her highchair.  I try to explain that ice cream isn't appropriate at 5:45 a.m., but I'm not sure she agrees. 

9.  We went to Vegas in early October with four other couples -- just like last year.  We had an incredible time and, after a weekend of losing, literally on the way out of the hotel to the airport I won $1,000, hitting a spin on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine.  What a way to end an alreay perfect vacation!

So, that's it for now.  'Til next time...which could be tomorrow or could be next month! 

1 comment:

  1. Love u. Love this blog. So honest. And for those fools who didn't discover you, I discovered you at the age of 13 and immediately stole your heart and your sweatpants. Because that's how I roll. And I know real talent. As for your mom being amazing-How do you think you learned to be amazing? Oh, and you are by the way. and so is AMB, Lulu and MDB.