Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
So here was my original photo:
Mr. Cob's two best childhood friends are the two fruncles who are visiting right now. Mr. Cob has been looking forward to their visit for months. And now they're here. Today they are home brewing cherry beer while I go to work. They decided to keep the little man at home for the day rather than send him to school. I asked Mr. Cob if he was sure he could handle watching him, brewing beer and doing whatever else guys do. He reassured me that they'd be fine by telling me there were three of them, and one of Lukas, so not to worry.
My first thought was to worry. The fruncles are both single and kid-less. Neither of them have spent too much time around a baby, so I don't know how much help they'll be in the "taking care of baby" part. But Mr. Cob will be home all day. Mr. Cob is Lukas' father. So I shouldn't be concerned at all about Lukas spending the whole day in his daddy's care. But a small part of me is. And I realized its because Mr. Cob has not spent an entire day with Lukas alone yet. I guess I fear he doesn't know what to do with him. But he's a smart man and what he doesn't know, he can figure out.
If I'm really being honest, the problem is that I know they'll be fine, but I'm pretty sure Mr. Cob won't do things with Lukas the way that I would do them. And I need to be OK with that. I need to realize that Mr. Cob is Lukas' daddy and he loves Lukas just as much as I do. He will do what he thinks is best for him. And while his parenting style may be different than mine, that's OK. (And yes, you can have a "parenting style" with a 5 month old. Really, you can.) Lukas won't be harmed or worse off if he naps in his swing rather than in his crib. And his belly will be full whether he eats his cereal at 10am or 11:30am. Or if he doesn't eat cereal at all and just has milk.
I need to relinquish control and give Mr. Cob the opportunity to take care of him. I don't think I do this enough. For instance in the middle of the night if Mr. Cob goes downstairs to try to soothe Lukas back to sleep, I can't help but stare at the monitor and eventually go down there and "help". I'm sure this is frustrating to Mr. Cob. He doesn't even have the chance to succeed. I guess I always think that I'm right and that I know what is best. But in reality, I don't. I'm just guessing most of the time.
But today is different. Today Mr. Cob is on his own. I'm not there even if he does need or want my help. I'm forced to stay away by virtue of distance. I can't step in if I think Mr. Cob isn't doing something "my way". I know they'll be fine, but oh what I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Isn't she precious? She's the new baby girl of one of my best gals from law school. I loved getting to meet her and spend some time with her momma. As an added bonus my two other favorite law school ladies were there too. It's amazing what a relaxing weekend with your girlfriends can do for your soul. All the gabbing and relaxing were so exhausting that my little man decided to start sleeping through the night while we were away! Just another plus to a fantastic weekend.
I wish all my girls lived in the same city, but it just ain't so. But this makes our trips together more meaningful. And the next time we'll be together we'll be 3 bridesmaids and one stunning bride...in just about six short weeks!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Weight: roughly 15.5 pounds (he was at 15.2 like a week ago, so I'd guess he's at least gained 3/10 of a pound in a week, maybe? who knows)
Eats: Yummy brown rice cereal mixed with breastmilk 2-3 times per day...and LOVING it.
Teeth: two bottom middle teeth have popped through
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Ok, where was I? Oh yes, the kiddo. So we're on Day Six of eating rice cereal. He's now eating it at "school" in the morning with his first bottle and then at home for dinner. I'm planning on sticking with just rice cereal for another few days, mainly because I'm heading out of town this weekend with the babe and figure I shouldn't make any sudden dietary changes when an airplane is involved. An airplane pooping incident is not something I want to experience just yet, if ever. I'm thinking next week or the following week we'll add in some vegetables or maybe a different kind of cereal. And on the plus side, Lukas has slept great the past two nights - only waking up once to eat! I'm not sure if this can be attributed to the additional chow, but I'll take it, whatever it's from! (I think the worst of the teething, for now, is behind us - his two bottom teeth have cut through the gums now. If he would open his mouth long enough for me to take a picture I would, but it ain't happening.)
I did snap some pictures of him eating last night. The whale got the worst of it...
|Mama, I might burst...too much cereal!|
|Contemplating the whole "spoon" thing.|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I snapped this pic of him napping last week. He naps just like his mum- on his back, both hands above his head. I've slept like this my whole life. It makes me smile when I see my little boy sleeping like this too. Everyone says he looks just like Mr. Cob, but have no fear, he has plenty of my quirks.
Monday, April 4, 2011
The first occurred last Thursday night. Mr. Cob rarely has to travel for work, but last week he had to fly up to Philadelphia and cover two hearings for one of the partners in his firm. His first hearing was at 9:30am Friday morning, so he had to fly up Thursday night. Which meant Lukas and I would be here alone. Which meant I would have to spend the night alone with Luke for the first time. As I've mentioned before, I'm a little bit of a wimp when it comes to being by myself. I've gotten better the past couple of years, but I still am usually a nervous nelly when Mr. Cob is away and I get a horrible night sleep. So you can imagine how I felt the first night alone with Lukas would go. My sweet dad offered to come into the city and stay with us, but I decided I needed to be a big girl and stay alone with the babe. And to my surprise, I honestly didn't get scared once and slept the entire night (and by entire, I mean in 3-4 hour increments...my little man didn't magically sleep for 10 hours in a row). So milestone number 1 was more of a mommy milestone than a Lukas milestone.
The second milestone to occur has been in the works for a few weeks now and finally came to a head this weekend. Lukas' first pearly white tooth cut through the gums! (I am much more excited than he is about this.) His bottom middle two teeth are coming in, but so far only one of them has broken through. He's been drooling like a madman for weeks now and constantly has either his hand or some toy in his mouth to relieve the pressure. I think his gums are quite swollen and he's in some serious pain, but we're trying to manage it as best we can by switching between Tylenol, Ora-gel and as of today, homeopathic teething pellets (which seem to have worked better than anything). I'm hoping we get through the worst of it quickly. I do not like seeing my little man in pain.
And our third big milestone happened on Saturday. Lukas had his first taste of solid foods! After much internal debate, we decided to go ahead and feed him some organic brown rice cereal mixed with breast milk. He LOVED it and kept banging his hands on the high chair demanding more. I now feel silly for worrying so much about starting him on food. He ended up with about half of the cereal on his face and bib, but I think he did swallow a little cereal as well. We followed up with an encore performance Sunday morning and evening and again tonight, thickening the cereal a little each time. I had hoped that with this additional "substance" he might sleep longer at night, but so far no such luck. He's actually had the worst couple of sleep(less) nights the past three days, but I think that's due to the teething and a growth spurt. My plan is to stick with just the rice cereal for at least a week and then move on to some pureed veggies - perhaps he'll share in my love of sweet potatoes! And of course we snapped some pictures of this monumental event, which I'll upload soon...they're quite hilarious.
- Catch up on laundry - yes, the laundry had gotten so out of hand that this made it to the major to do list. I think we did about 7 loads over the weekend and still have roughly 5 to go.
- Clean laundry room - See #1 for part of the reason the laundry room was out of control. The other problem is that our laundry room doubles as a linen closet, triples as the cat's "home base" and quadruples as our luggage storage closest. You'll be happy to know we got this under control this weekend.
- Clean side of yard with air-conditioner - for lack of a better word, it looks kind of junky right now
- Build or buy doghouse for Wrigley
- Figure out lawn stuff - as in, our front lawn needs some help in the grass should be green department and our backyard needs some serious love
- Fix door holes - Mr. Cob replaced the doorknobs in the guestroom, Lukas room, the downstairs bath and one other door a few months back. In doing so, he had to take out the really old hardware and it left holes in the doors that need to be filled in, sanded and then painted. Not a big task, but big enough that we keep putting it off.
- Fix door jam in basement - we bought a rubber door bottom (and yes, that's its official name) for our door that needs to be attached and the wood around the door may need some tlc
- Get two hose corrals - we've allowed our hoses to lay haphazardly in the yard, but no more. Problem solved this weekend.
- Gravel under deck - I had grandiose plans to tile/brick/stone this area and add a table or something to this effect. Perhaps even a lower deck. This is a crazy idea that would cost too much money than its worth. But we do need to stop it from being the mud pit it currently is. Solution: gravel.
- (long term to do): buy new chair for living room - we have this hand-me-down black leather chair that doesn't match the decor, so I bought a green slip cover for it which does match, but the slip cover doesn't stay put and the cat has ruined it and it's a huge eyesore that I'd like to replace
- (long term to do): new end table for living room - again, we have a hand-me-down wooden end table whose top is somewhat warped and the lamp is never sitting even. It annoys me.
- (long term to do): paint guest room/stair case/laundry room/office
- (long term to do): remove pond - there's this old broken down pond next to our driveway that has got to go. It's not kid friendly, or dog friendly.
- (long term to do): repave driveway - it's cracked and I want to expand it but feel like this is going to be expensive?
- Move coffee table before Lukas starts crawling - it has sharp edges and is very not kid friendly
- Organize Lukas' bookshelves - There is no organization going on with the bookshelves at the moment. It stresses me out to look at.
- Organize office - Our office is a disaster right now. It needs major help. I'm not even sure where to begin, but my end goal is to have a designated place for mail to be opened, bills to be paid, etc.
- Pick out paint color for basement and then paint said basement
- Plan what to do, if anything, with dark area of basement
- Power wash screened porch - DONE AS OF YESTERDAY
- Power wash the back deck - DONE AS OF YESTERDAY
- Rematch front beds
- Steam clean Lukas room and upstairs and then eventually replace the carpet in both areas
- Uproot front bushes - DONE AS OF YESTERDAY