Thursday, July 31, 2008

Have you ever?

Have you ever been secretly glad that the sheets aren't completely dry, so you have to run them through the dry cycle again, and you don't actually have to make the bed for at least 15 more minutes!!! No? Oh, me neither.

A year later, and I'm still adjusting to a lot of things about motherhood, particularly the part that resembles the movie "Groundhog Day". The part where nothing ever stays off of my to-do list for more than 2 seconds before it is added again. This is sheer torture to a person who loves to cross things off a list and who has trouble relaxing if there is work to be done. Maybe by the time he's two I'll be doing better with this.

I made the mistake of logging on to my work email this morning even though I knew I didn't really have time to read the email or deal with any issues, since Ethan was in the midst of a crawling all over the living room mood. Unfortunately, I logged on anyway and discovered that we were in crisis mode. A client sent a change for a publication that is going to press tomorrow, and the only other person that could make the edits was on a ferry in the middle of Lake Champlain (yeah, she had to trump my chasing a baby around the condo story). So I spent an hour this morning trying to get the paper semi-fixed while blocking access to the printer and computer cords (Ethan's favorite new toy) with my foot. Then we quickly ran errands, so as to tire him out, and I flew through the rest of the changes during his nap. I'm going to not read the paper when it's published, because I do not even want to know if there are mistakes in there. Ignorance is bliss.

Oh, and did I mention that the Blue Angels were flying (fairly low) overhead while I was trying to do the footblock/baby entertaining/paper edits? I like to watch the Blue Angels and all, but the noise!!! During their second practice session we went out for a walk and were able to watch them fly overhead and do their tricks. I was impressed. Ethan watched briefly, then went back to his usual task of trying to make every person that walks by smile at him. He gets very worried when they don't and just stares at me in confusion. Someone is getting a little too used to being adored all the time!

I'm still in shock about this whole first birthday thing. Cannot believe it's only 11 days away. Last year when we saw the Blue Angels we were out shopping while we waited for a room in the L&D wing to open up for me (for my first induction attempt). It seems like a whole lifetime ago. Honestly, I like this age better than the whole newborn thing. He's a handful, but so much fun too!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Trying to come up with the energy to remain seated

So...tired....Ethan...has...so...much...energy....

Have I mentioned how in awe I am of you who are home every day? Seriously? Ethan and I went downtown this morning on the monorail. The bus is cheaper and closer to home, but I had a stroller full of stuff that I didn't feel like juggling on the bus. So we rode the monorail with multitudes of tourists to downtown. Bought theatre tickets (we're going to see Shrek the Musical when my parents are here!), went to the post office, enjoyed story time at the downtown library. Then back home, where Ethan crawled around the condo at speeds that I never imagined he could move.

My uncle dropped off a bunch of clothes and toys today too (his kids are 5 and 2.5). We inherit stuff from them every so often. Half of it is back in a pile to go to Goodwill. We just don't have the space to keep everything. And I don't want Ethan to have too many toys. Especially since he would rather play with the cats/their pillow/cords to the lamps. It was fun to see him play with some new things though. They kept his attention for a few minutes before he was off to crawl under the table and get the cat pillow.

Now I'm in that bad stage, where I'm too tired to stay up and too tired to come up with the energy to get ready for bed. This often leads to hours of playing on the computer :) Ah, logic.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Not such a good wife today

This morning I made it to work more or less on time, determined to get an entire day of work in without any drama from home.

What was I thinking.

My phone rang at 8:20 this morning. It was Daniel. Wanting to know where his keys were. I saw mine lying on the office chair, and very nervously went and looked inside my purse. Guess what was in there? So, Daniel was at home with Ethan, and needed the condo keys (on the keyring in my purse) to lock up and take Ethan to daycare and needed the car keys (on the keyring in my purse) to drive to work. I don't work far from home, but it takes at least 30 minutes to get from here to there, whether I'm walking or taking the bus. Daniel needed to be at work (remember, second week on the job!) by 9.

No time to panic. Must think of plan!!!

Thankfully, my coworker who drives to work was here and had some time before her first meeting. I asked her to drive me over to our condo and back and she kindly did. Daniel was only 2 minutes late for work. Crisis averted. Blood pressure may recover eventually.

I'm going to have to be nice to him tonight to make up for this! And guess how obsessively I'm going to check my purse from now on!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I'm not even sure why this is weird

My last boyfriend pre-Daniel is getting married in two weeks. I'm really happy for him, he's a great guy. But it's still weird. I found out a while back about his wedding, and I've been trying to figure out why. And I think I've figured it out.

I met John when we were both missionaries in Ukraine. I'd been there for 9 months when he showed up, and I had spent that time hanging out with my single female Ukrainian friends and married Americans. And people kept joking about John and I ending up together. I was determined that we would not, but when he arrived, he was a really nice guy, and we enjoyed spending time together. After a few months of being friends, we decided to give a relationship a shot. But it was a weird relationship, because we had different ideas of what we wanted, and because I was headed back to the States fairly early in our relationship. We were determined to make things work though, and made plans for our future and my permanent return to Ukraine, and our lifelong missionary work.

When things finally fell apart after I'd been home for a few months, and we finally broke up during his first visit back to the US, I found myself a little lost. Because we'd had all these plans, that seemed to fit in with what I wanted. And the death of those plans meant I had to figure out who I was as a single person and where God was leading ME in my life. I hate change and uncertainty. It was a hard time after the break-up, especially since it coincided with my moving to Seattle and starting grad school. Fortunately, grad school is too much work to allow much time for wallowing, and I recovered and moved on with my life.

And I married the man of my dreams and had the baby of my dreams and have a life that I always dreamed of. So why is this all weird? Why is it a little glimpse of the heartbreak that it was 7 years ago? I think it's because he's gone on living the plan that we had. She's going to be living the life that I thought I wanted. And even though I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't have been happy in that life, it's still a little weird to see someone else living it.

Old emotions are weird- they hang with us for so much longer than we think they should and come up at the strangest times!

Off to snuggle with my wonderful husband and thank God for guiding me to the life that is really right for me. Past heartbreak be damned.

** Edited to add- the reason for this post is that it's the topic of the day over at www.absolutelybananas.com Go read everyone else's posts too!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Movie review

Too much went on today to post about right now, but just wanted to say I LOVED MAMMA MIA!!! Grab your girlfriends and go. It's totally silly and sweet and fun and will leave you smiling and humming ABBA songs. Best movie I've seen in ages. Well worth theater prices, the scenery is amazing and the dancing is so fun to watch on the big screen. Go, seriously.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Yeah, he's going to regret telling me

My beloved (who I have barely spoken to all week, since he's busy with his new job), made the colossal mistake of telling me that he uses Skype chat at work. He even said that I should download it at my office so that we could talk.

BIG mistake. Did I mention I've hardly spoken to him all week? He's been busy, and they have a switchboard at his office, so I'm scared to call, because I have a fear of talking on the phone to strangers/people I know (long story).

I keep sending him questions and random comments and emoticons. He's probably starting to feel sort of like I did this morning when Ethan was following me around the condo and tugging on my pant legs and being generally cute but a little clingy.

He keeps ignoring my chat messages. He's "working" or something. Whatever. :)

It's really Friday?

Today so does not seem like Friday. But I'll take it. I actually have managed to stay at work for longer than 45 minutes today- hopefully Ethan will stay well all day and I'll be able to get stuff done. It's been such a busy and crazy week that it's especially nice to sit in my quiet office and be productive.

Ethan LOVED swimming yesterday. He kept trying to launch himself out of my arms into the pool. I had to keep pointing out to him that 1) he does not know how to swim and 2) he's too skinny to float well. It was a lot of fun. Despite the fact that I blinded about 20 people with the glare shining off of my unbelievably pale legs. They have not seen the light of day in a long, long time.

I'm really excited about tomorrow- my best girlfriend and I are having a girls' day- we're heading down to the newly renovated mall south of Seattle to see Mamma Mia at the fancy movie theatre and then to shop at the first H&M in the Northwest! I've shopped at H&M in NYC and Boston, but was pregnant at the time, so couldn't indulge in all the cute clothes. I'm so excited! And I got a bonus today- so I can actually buy a few things without feeling guilty. Fun!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I could get used to this!

Ethan was never a good napper as a baby. He still doesn't really nap at daycare, but on his home days, he naps for two whole hours!!! People told me that he'd probably nap well once he started crawling, but I was scared to hope. But they were right! It's so totally lovely. This morning I actually got to work for an hour, finish a bunch of baby shower invitations, and clean up the condo. What a blessing! Especially after the last few days...

Yesterday I got to work a little later than usual, dragging myself in to the office at 6:45. I finally got going with work at 7, then my phone rang at 7:45. It was Daniel, calling to tell me that Ethan had projectile vomited his breakfast all over the living room. So I packed up and headed back home, where Daniel had (thankfully) cleaned up the vomit, but a distinct odor lingered. Ethan was mostly okay yesterday, just very cranky. It was a long day. This morning I had little energy left for chasing him around (how do you full-time stay at home moms do it?) so we went up to the discount grocery store and dollar store to work on getting stuff for Ethan's birthday party.

When I got home, I realized that I had a sleeping baby, a trunk full of groceries and stuff, and no way to get everything up the elevator, down the hall and into the condo. So I spent the next 10 minutes standing next to the back of my car and triaging my purchases into "must go up now", "would be good to have in the house now" and "can wait until tonight". Never had to do that before. There are definitely a few drawbacks to living in a condo building where my car is far from my home.

Then Ethan napped! and I got stuff done! Now I'm just waiting for him to wake up and eat lunch, because we're driving out to Issaquah to go swimming with a friend and her daughter. I have to put on a bathing suit. Something I haven't done since my honeymoon (2.5 years and 20 pounds ago...)

Oh, and on the weight loss front, I've gained 3 pounds. Wrong direction. Must get self back in gear, since I do not want to get pregnant again while I'm still this large. Vegetables=good, massive quantities of chocolate=bad.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Not quite Sophie's Choice, but close

This morning I had just finished feeding Ethan his morning yogurt and was getting him out of his highchair when the smoke alarms in our condo and the fire alarms in our hallway started going off. LOUDLY. Fortunately I had morning plans and so had already changed out of my way-too-small-for-my-post-baby-body-pjs and had put on makeup and combed my hair. But there I was, with alarms going off. What to do? What to grab? Our cats went running at the sound of the alarm, and I knew that 1) we only have one cat carrier and have two cats, 2) I really didn't think that this was a real fire, given the lack of flames or smoke anywhere around and 3) if it was a real emergency, I needed to get shoes on myself and grab a jacket for Ethan and GET OUT OF THE BUILDING and not waste time trying to convince the cats to come out of hiding. So I did. Feeling like a terrible kitty-parent all the while, especially when I got outside and saw a bunch of my neighbors (seriously, does no one in our condo building have a job?) standing outside holding their dogs and cats.

The fire trucks came roaring up pretty quickly and we made small talk while we waited outside. I mentioned to one person that I'd left my cats upstairs. She'd left one cat in her condo and grabbed the other. That made me feel better. She said that I should be sure to tell Ethan 20 years from now that I chose him over the cats.

The fire was nothing. I think that some construction being done in the back courtyard and stairway probably set off a smoke detector. The cats were upset when I got back, but were calmed down with the help of treats. Thankfully it was all just practice. But it did reaffirm that we need a plan of action should a real emergency happen. Cats included.

Monday, July 21, 2008

I forgot

During Daniel's 6 weeks off work I was able to work normal human hours, since I didnt have to do the daycare pick-up. But now he's back to work today, so I'm back to my 6:30-3 schedule. I forgot just how darned early 6:30 is on a Monday morning. Need...more...coffee...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The weekend, in short summary form

Things we did this weekend: Went and celebrated the Seattle Art Museum's 75th birthday (where I ate cake!), went to the Bite of Seattle (where I ate great food and yummy tiramasu), went to church, went to Mandarin class (where Ethan was licked by another baby, seriously!), dragged myself to the grocery store, cooked food for this week.

Things I tried not to think about: that Daniel will be going back to work tomorrow and leaving me alone with the baby on Tuesdays and Thursdays! and that we have a birthday party coming up in a few weeks.

Things we purchased: a lot of groceries, and a baby superyard (I would feel guilty about putting my son into a play-yard, but apparently everyone else uses them too. We spent the weekend trying to find one on Craigslist, only to discover that they get sold within MINUTES of being listed).

Things we shopped for but did not purchase: A Swiffer wet-jet (since Ethan has discovered the kitchen, so I have to keep the floor much cleaner), and a portable DVD player (for our long plane trip back east in November).

It was a busy, busy weekend. When are they not, really. Ethan's trying to stand up- he does something resembling downward-facing dog position when he's crawling. He has stood up a few times, while leaning on a play table or such. We're predicting walking within a few weeks.

Tomorrow is a return to our routine, including me getting to work at 6:30 AM. I have not missed that at all. Hopefully we'll figure out our new schedule fairly quickly and without much stress. And hopefully Daniel will love his new job! I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

In which my family becomes part of a media day and I obtain brand name shoes

Since Daniel had surgery on Tuesday, I had no idea what the end of the week held for us. So I had two sets of possible plans for today. One plan was to go to the wading pool with Maggie and FINALLY get to meet her and her adorable son. And the other plan was to go be part of the press at AMC Media Day down at the new movie theatre at Southcenter Mall. Daniel decided yesterday that he was feeling fine and that he wanted to go check out the new movie theater and eat Chinese food at the Great Wall Shopping Center. So, plans with Maggie were postponed, (seriously- one of these days!!).

So we trekked down to Southcenter this morning, found our way to the sparkly new theater and met up with several of the AMC media people. Ethan was intrigued by the press packet, but we decided against letting him eat it as a snack. The theater opens tomorrow, so there was still a good bit of last-minute activity going on around us, but overall they look ready to roll. Our tour started out in one of the largest theaters, where we sat on the very comfy seats. The seats there have the type of armrests that can be raised for snuggling and lean back for comfort. Ethan was very intrigued by the movie playing in front of us, especially since he isnt allowed to watch TV at home. The AMC theater is all digital, so the picture was very impressive and clear, and projected onto a nice 3 story screen. We got a tour of the projection room, which was very high-tech and fun to see.

I think we're definitely going to have to go see a movie at this theater. They have some nice cost-saving ideas, combo packs for snacks and such. The thing that we were most excited about was the AMCinema program, which has $6 movies on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, for the movies starting before noon. They also have a rewards program where you can earn points for buying movie tickets and food.

After we were done being part of the press, we headed off to dim sum at the Great Wall Shopping Center. Ethan, as usual flirted with everyone in sight. At one point we had 4 dim sum carts stopped in front of our table while the servers cooed over Ethan. If our next kid is shy, we're not going to have a clue what to do with him! On Tuesday, when Daniel was being prepped for his surgery, the nurse spent most of the time talking to Ethan, and at one point carried him off to show him around the center and introduce him to the other nurses. No stranger anxiety there, for sure!

We also made a quick shopping trip, during which I got a cute shirt and some Esprit brand shoes . I'm pretty sure that I would have been ecstatic about Esprit brand clothes back about 18 years ago- I'm still pretty excited about the cute shoes!

In other news, it is SO time for Daniel to go back to work. He's watching Dr. Phil right now and making comments about the people on the show. He just got done watching People's Court. It's going to be quite the adjustment for all of us next week- he's gotten used to relaxing, and I've gotten used to having him around helping out with Ethan. Keeping track of a crawler is definitely a two-person job.

Oh, the munchkin is up! Gotta run!

Monday, July 14, 2008

His idea of relaxing

Daniel has to have a little medical procedure tomorrow. Nothing serious, but it does involve anesthesia and needles and pain, things that he does not particularly enjoy. So I told him that he needed to relax and watch some TV while I did a little more work.

I'm really having to restrain myself from asking him why he cant relax by watching a rerun of "Big Bang Theory" or "Antiques Roadshow" instead of "American Gladiators". Ugh.

Baby fever

Seriously people, my husband has baby fever. It's kind of scary. He actually really likes babies and misses Ethan's younger stages. I DO NOT get it. Yesterday, after we spent 2 hours in the church nursery (quite enough time with other peoples' kids for my day), we were eating lunch at church. Ethan fell asleep mid-lunch, and after a while, I convinced Daniel to let me hold the baby so that he could eat. Which he VERY begrudgingly did. Then he quickly ate his lunch and went over to our friend who was sitting holding her 3 month old son, and asked to hold her baby. That would have never ever crossed my mind. He almost dropped the baby, since he's forgotten how floppy they can be at that stage, and the baby cried and didn't want to be held, so Daniel had to return to his seat sans baby.

We had our first Mandarin class yesterday. We're taking classes at the Sponge School. Yesterday's class was fun- it's sort of like a normal play class, but it takes place in Mandarin. Who knows if it'll actually help Ethan at all or not, but we figured it couldn't hurt. The class is a little expensive, but I think it's something we'll try to budget for in the future if we like the rest of the classes in this series.

So that's about all the excitement from my weekend. The sun is shining here and it's a lovely day. Hopefully work will go quickly, so I can get home to my boys!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Yesterday...

Yesterday was fun! Had a good weigh-in at WW. Not entirely sure how that happened, but I'm thrilled. Especially since I haven't been sure duper hard core. I'm trying to stick to my points and count and be careful, but I do splurge a little bit here and there. So I feel like this is a eating style I can stay with long-term, which is the whole point of WW, and why it worked for me before.

Then I went to the gym and did one of the world's saddest workouts. Having not eaten much (I had to weigh-in!), I was really hungry and not terribly energetic. And we'd been up most of the night before with Ethan, who's going through some weird growth spurt and insists on getting up at 3 AM.

After the gym and WW, I was walking back to the office and passed the downtown mall. And I realized that Daniel was downtown for lunch with friends, and I didn't really have anything urgent to do at work that afternoon, so we should go see a movie. So I used a few hours of PTO (a date with my husband is about the best use ever!) and we went to see Wall-E. It was a cute movie and it was a lot of fun to be out on a date. The rest of the afternoon was typical stuff- picking up Ethan at daycare, reading the mail, the usual. BUT- we had a nice steak and mashed potatoes for dinner (my big splurge meal of the week), and watched PS I Love You in the evening. It was a good movie and not nearly as sad as I thought it would be. Ethan got up in the middle of the movie and ended up falling asleep in Daniel's arms, which is just the sweetest thing in the world to see.

So, an all around good day.

Today I have to take Jenny the cat to the vet. She loves her cat carrier, so has been sitting in it since I took it off the shelf. We're not leaving for an hour and a half, but she likes it in there, so whatever.

Off to give the baby a bath now. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Things I am trying not to think about

This past weekend, when we were up at my in-laws place, I looked over at Ethan sleeping in his pack n' play, and realized "my baby is no longer a baby!" And that's pretty much been thought #1 since then. And today he turned 11 months old, which means... in 24 minutes, it'll be LESS THAN ONE MONTH UNTIL MY BABY IS A YEAR OLD!!!

Yeah, everyone talks about how fast it goes, but it's hard to understand until you're living it. I came out here to the living room and turned on the computer to try to distract myself, but made the mistake of opening my email, where the helpful weekly email proclaiming "Ethan is 11 months old!" was waiting. Great.

Which brings up thing #2 that I am trying not to think about. What to do about planning for baby #2. We've talked a ton about adoption, but Daniel started wavering on that idea back when Ethan was about 3 or 4 months old. After we got through the crappy pregnancy and scary delivery and those first few months when he was so very tiny and eating every hour and a half and honestly, fairly dull. I managed to not get baby fever until much more recently. But now it's there. I still really like the idea of adoption, but I'm not sure if it's something that we should even contemplate doing if we aren't 100% committed to the emotional energy it would take. And there's the whole fact that we really wanted to adopt from China, since Daniel's Chinese, but now the waiting list is so long, and we don't really like the idea of 1) waiting 4 years or 2) jumping the line (as we could, since Daniel was born in Hong Kong) and taking a spot from someone who has been waiting a long time and who might not have any kids at home.

And let's round off the middle of the night musings with thing #3- I am so grateful that God blessed us with a new job for Daniel so quickly and it's going to be great, but what the heck am I going to do without Daniel home all the time! I've gotten so spoiled so quickly, having such a helpful husband around who has taken over so much of the housework and baby care. I do not have the energy to deal with my little crawler on my own! I'm going to have to seriously stock up on coffee and diet coke, that's my only hope!

Okay, I'm going to go play computer games and veg now. Enough deep thoughts for one night.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Boy's toys

This post is actually not about Ethan's toys (which seem to multiply all on their own...), but Daniel's.

You see, when we started dating, Daniel had a house with a pool table and a stereo system and a BMW and a red Honda motorcycle. Now... he lives in a 900 square foot condo with no stereo system and no pool table and drives a Mazda and a off-brand scooter. And, worst of all, now that he's going to have a car commute, he's getting ready to sell the scooter. His idea, not mine. But it does make sense and this is the time to sell a scooter, with gas prices so high and all.

But I feel badly about this. Mostly because he never expresses any desire for anything. I've totally given up on buying him gifts, and instead just give him carte blanche to buy himself something expensive every so often. Like his incredibly tiny computer and his scooter. And now he's getting rid of one of his toys. But I really want him to have things that make him happy- I just cant figure out what those things are!

If anyone has any advice on how to spoil an incredibly sweet, unbelievably unselfish 40 year old man, please, let me know.

So, we came to a decision

Daniel emailed the company and asked for a slightly better salary, and the company came through. Still not quite what he was making before, but close. And it's something we can live with. No more expensive haircuts for me, but that's quite alright :) He's going to drop off the signed offer letter tomorrow and start in a couple of weeks. He'd already scheduled a bunch of doctor's appointments for next week, so it's best to start after those.

Phew. I'm so glad that this job worked out. Daniel thinks it'll be one he'll enjoy, which is most important. The only drawback is that the job is in Bellevue, which is a driving commute from downtown Seattle. So I'm going to be carless most days, which is fine 4 out of the 5 weekdays. I'm not sure what we're going to do on Thursdays, as I tend to have activities going on that I need to drive to. We'll figure it out though. We've been spoiled by not having to drive for a long time, and we knew it couldn't last forever!

Now, off to shower, as it's all sticky and hot in the condo this evening and I am wilting.

Monday, July 7, 2008

So glad that it's Monday night

Usually I'm not a fan of Monday nights, but this week we have a FREE Tuesday! Daniel has a phone interview in the morning, but other than that- we're gloriously free. Which, after such a busy weekend and hugely crazy day at work- I am so so glad.

The job offer letter did come through this afternoon. And it's low. Not so low that he's going to reject the offer immediately, but low enough that we've had to drag out all our spreadsheets and checkbooks to see if it could possibly work. And I'm not sure if it could. Which, honestly, is not a scenario I was prepared for.

I'm too tired to think about that though. I'm just telling Daniel that I'll support him in whatever he decides. It's his career and we will figure something out, whether he takes this job or not. I did say that I will not return to work full-time and sell the condo so that he can stay home with Ethan. Thankfully, he said that he wouldn't like being home in the winter, so it's really not an option :)

Seriously, adulthood is so darned complicated!!!

It is so nice to be sitting in my quiet office today

I have really enjoyed seeing so many friends and relatives over the last few weeks. Seriously. It was fun! But I am now completely and utterly exhausted. Physically and mentally and emotionally. I am totally loving the fact that I am sitting in my quiet office, with only one other person here, who is down the hall enjoying her own quiet office and not talking to me.

We had a pretty good trip up to Canada, despite the rain and Ethan not feeling well. His fever/feeling yucky meant that he was not too energetic, which is a fabulous thing when you're planning a 3 hour car trip.

We did stop at Peace Arch and take some photos:

Daniel and Ethan in front of the Peace Arch
Ethan tries to crawl back to the United States, where he knows he should be spending the 4th of July
We had a slightly good date on Friday night (the restaurant we were planning to go to was closed, I got annoyed at driving around trying to figure out where to eat, etc), saw a bunch of Daniel's friends and family on Saturday, and a good friend of mine on Sunday. I got congratulated on our second child (there is no second child, I'm just fat), which is funny when it happens to Kathryn, but less funny when it's happening in real life, especially when you're the only white person at a Chinese restaurant and have recently realized that you are fatter than every woman in the room and most of the men as well. AND!!! I got to have the annoying maternity leave conversation no less than 5 times (seriously, I thought we were done with that!) as all of Daniel's/his parents' friends asked when I would be returning to work, now that Ethan is almost a year old. By the 5th time a Canadian expressed shock and horror at our lack of maternity leave, I was ready to jump up and say "Yes- but we have better TV and cheaper shopping, so there!". I restrained myself.
Ethan got to play on another swing yesterday- and had a great time. We really need to start taking him to nearby playgrounds, now that he's big enough to enjoy them a little.
So, now it's back to real life and piles of work to be done. And I'm also very busy checking Daniel's email, since it looks like he might be getting an offer letter from a company. We have no idea when or what they're going to offer salary-wise. I wish they'd hurry up and write, as I actually do have a lot to do today and need to focus!
Hope you all had a safe and fun 4th and got lots of sun and rest!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today I caught vomit with my bare hands. On purpose.

Ethan's having a bad day. We're betting on teething. He seems to have some sort of 6th sense for when we have a trip or major event or visitors and then promptly transforms from the really easy baby that he is 99.9% of the time into screaming, mad baby. Today it was actually comical, we had Oprah on TV, and Donald Trump was on the show. For some reason, Ethan started screaming when Donald Trump waked on the stage. Then he'd look away for a minute, look up at the TV again and scream louder. We had to laugh at him.

During lunch he decided to pretty much fall asleep when I was feeding him his potatoes and applesauce, but at the end managed to come up with enough energy to vomit up the last half of what he had eaten. I heard him gagging, stuck out my hands and then sat there with handsful of baby vomit. Thankfully Daniel was home and brought me a towel and the mess was very contained. These are the things that they just cant prepare you for in parenting/childbirth class :)

We were supposed to have a playdate today, but canceled that because of the crankiness and the thunderstorms going on outside. Which is too bad, as I haven't seen this friend or her little girl in ages. Now I need to spend my afternoon packing for Canada. Daniel's on the phone now with his third phone interview of the day, and then he's off to meet with a company for a second interview right after that. Did I mention that this has been a very busy few weeks?

I doubt I'll blog again before we take off for Vancouver, so have a great 4th of July and enjoy the fireworks for me! And belated Happy Canada Day to my friends in the north!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We need a vacation

I would describe the last few weeks of our lives for you, but I'm afraid it would wear you out. But here's the big picture. We've seen, at various times in the past two weeks, 3 friends that I worked with when I was a missionary in Ukraine (two different sets of people, who randomly came to Seattle at the same time), 9 friends of Daniel's from Canada who randomly happened to come to Seattle the same weekend as my friends from Ukraine, and 21 relatives of mine who are all in town at the same time and who we've been trying to meet up with as often as possible.

This weekend we're going to Canada so that we can see Daniel's parents, brother and his future wife, as well as meet up with Daniel's friends whom we havent seen since our wedding. Oh and then meet up with a dear friend of mine; we saw her last at our wedding and she's randomly going to be in Vancouver this weekend as well.

*Blinking with tiredness.* In the midst of all of this, Daniel's been looking for a job and has gone on 3 interviews, with 1 more today and 1 scheduled for next week. I'm not sure where exactly he would have time to work if he did get a job though. I cant see how that would work with our schedule.

The weather here is glorious though, which is nice to be able to finally say. Yesterday Ethan and I walked over to Seattle Center for lunch with some of my relatives, then went to the Children's Museum for the first time. It totally is the coolest place, so we're going to have Daniel's parents get us a membership for Ethan's birthday. He doesnt need more stuff, really, so this will be a great alternative. And we went for a walk around Green Lake in the evening and let Ethan play in the wading pool for the first time. He wasnt sure about it at first, but then tried to dive in once he figured out that he liked the water.

Today is going to be a quiet workday. I hope. Thank goodness for work. It's the only chance I get to relax :)