What I’ve Been Doing

Well, summer is constantly hectic, somehow, and moreso when there’s another whole human involved (see: it’s our first summer as Elle’s parents). Not to mention the changing of jobs (and lifestyles, as a result) and let’s just say that I’m slowly finding my way into some type of habitual way of life, but it’s a slow and steady evolution. Herewith, my thoughts on a few things:

 

Blogging: Does it even have a place in my life at the moment? How else will I capture the day to day banality of my life so that my daughter can cringe in her teen and adult years at the minutiae I cataloged on her behalf? I don’t trust myself to do a scrapbook or send emails (like that one Google commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vkVHijdQk). So, I’m kind of sticking with this blog for now, until I figure out if this is the best route to go. I’m feeling like I’m not doing a good job of keeping it up, but…well, I suppose this is a mother’s dilemma, is it not?

Walking: Mine and Elle’s. I have not been walking, except for when it comes to work. Elle has been walking most of the time now. She’s not terribly steady (the rise from the hardwood to the rug can quite literally trip her up) but she seems to enjoy the hurrying from place to place. She can stand herself up from sitting or kneeling on the floor, which, quite frankly, I wasn’t terribly confident she’d figure out. That one little thing seemed to me to be so hard to translate, but she’s a smart cookie and has figured it out. She is certainly mobile.

Attitude: With that mobility has come this new little diva attitude. Of course she’s still awfully cute and terribly delicious and she is just funnier than I know what to do with, but ca-rap, she is a stinker/pistol/shit sometimes. I have taken to just letting her cry it out when I put her to bed, because between being a light sleeper and getting over-tired most day, it’s just become sort of a battle to see who outlasts the other if you try to rock her to sleep. Jon’s Mom was over last night and I don’t think she liked that I just let her cry it out — that’s what Grandma’s are for, right?! — but for our sanity, we have to just let her cry it out sometimes. I set my time limit at 10 minutes when I’ll go back in and check on her, and so far she’s not lasted past the 7 minute mark. Knock. On. Wood.
She is definitely set in her own mind. She wants what she wants. I can see tantrums in our relatively near future. And I feel like thus far I’m handling the onset pretty well. So far, I’ve been able to laugh about it. But it does begin to wear on one’s nerves and when you start thinking about how you could possibly introduce another small human and manage two personalities as they travel through these early stages of life…ugh…daunting task. I don’t know how Andrea does it!

Joslinn: So, Andrea & Frank (our dear friends, if you’re just tuning in) have Devyn (who’s 9…I think), Drew (who’s 14 months) and Joslinn, who was born July 16 (nine months after Elle!). She is such a sweet baby and Andrea got her girl. We did pictures, here’s one to whet your palatte:

Clear Lake: We spent last weekend at Clear Lake. Jon had to work on Saturday and Elle and I got up on Friday night after work. I was racing the sun, trying to get my cousin Logan’s Clear Lake senior picture session in. We did. Here’s a picture of Logan:

I was the first person to babysit this guy when he was three weeks old! Can’t believe that he’s nearly 18 and this cute and such a great guy.

Our original intent was to head upnorth to the lake on Friday after work, stay overnight and be back home by the time Jon was home from work. But then…well…the weather was so nice that I just couldn’t resist. So, we stayed another night. Which was good and bad. I had only planned – and packed – for a day and a half. When you stay for another full day, it means that you’re hoping that the final diaper lasts for the full ride home (it did). But, I will be much better prepared this weekend.

Labor Day Weekend: My birthday weekend! This year, my birthday falls on Wednesday after Labor Day weekend, which seems about as far from Labor Day weekend as I ever get for my birthday. So, I’m heading to Clear Lake for my birthday…or something. Anyway, we’ll be there. We’re heading up on Friday after work and then we’ll be home on Sunday at some point, depending on the weather. That leaves us Monday to just veg and play around the house. I’m glad that Jon is finally going to be able to go up with us. I love it there so much and I just want to spend my time there. Now that I don’t drive for work, that drive to the lake hasn’t seemed quite so bad. Though, it never did seem bad.

The New Job: I didn’t realize until I started this new job how much the old job was stifling the ME that I knew myself to be. I guess I just have felt as though I liked what I was doing well enough before. But, it didn’t really SUIT me. This job SUITS me. I know people, I get to connect with people, building relationships with people locally is a key part of the job and it means a lot to me personally. I just really feel so much like myself now – like I shed whatever shell I’d had to grow to exist in the old job and now I get to really thrive. It’s refreshing.

 

Ok, that’s a quick run down.

 

I’m certain there will be more soon.

 

Night.

 

L

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