Saturday, January 31, 2009

Morning B'Hat

I take the morning shifts with Jack on the week ends mostly because I am better at mornings than Rich is and he's better at nights than me. But I have to say that even though I don't get to sleep-in at all, I have my favorite moments with Jack at this time of day.

That makes it worth it. That and knowing that someday when I do get to sleep-in, I'll miss this special time.

This morning we watched Peter Pan, played toys in his room and in the living room, we sang songs, called PawPaw, ate breakfast, danced, and now he's sleeping.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Trading Spaces

I never thought it would happen.. Okay, I sort of knew that it might. And it did. Despite my best efforts, Baby Jack has taken over my living room in every possible way.
That is, Baby Jack and Woody Allen have taken over my living room in most semi-expected ways.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

7 Months

Dear Jack B'Hat,
This has been such a busy, busy month! You are seven months old today, and as always, I still love that you're here and I love that I get to be your Momma. This was a month of firsts for you and a time of learning for me. Here are some things that happened:

* You had your first Christmas! You really didn't care about it other than you got to see all the pretty lights and I sang some extra bad renditions of Christmas carols played on a poorly tuned piano. I knew you were perplexed by by your reaction to what must have sounded like the four horsemen of the apocalypse landing a big red jingly sleigh in our livingroom. Really it was a 'non-reaction'.. unless drool counts as a reaction. Sorry, kid.
* You had your first really bad cold - the type where breathing is way difficult. The type that meant Momma and Daddy had to hold you upright through the night so you could kind of sleep. It broke my heart to see you have such trouble breathing.

* You have your first measurable fever now. Down with sickness!!

* You met your great grandfather whom you absolutely adored. I think he was fairly fond of you, too.

* You've started to chatter. You keep saying Abba, Abba, Abba. But when we rented Momma Mia, you didn't really want to watch it. Or maybe you didn't want us to watch it. I suppose I can see why,the cheese factor being super high and all. But you have to give props to Meryl Streep. She can do anything!

* Nanny Delaney has been out with her daughter who is having a baby. That means you haven't seen her in one whole month, and I can tell you miss her. What's worse is you don't really like to go to the new nanny's house. That means I don't like for you to go there, either. But we only have to go there for one more week.. unless your fever doesn't break today. Then you may get out of it. But don't get any ideas. Mommas know when their kids are faking sick to get out of going to school. It won't work in this household, mister. That is, it won't work all of the time..
* You have learned how to splash in the bath. We have to move all of the stuff on the kitchen counter at bath time because either a) you will soak it all, electronics included and/or b) you will grab it and pull it into the bath with you. We usually have to mop the floor and change clothes after bath time. The only thing keeping me from moving you to the big kid bathtub is that it is easier to freaking move everything off the counter, mop, and change clothes than it is to lean over the big bathtub to bathe you! This is why people should have babies in their 20's and not in their mid-thirties.
* You are now fond of the "hot potato" method of playing. If you get anywhere close to anything, you grab it and then immediately throw it. Fun for you. Not so fun for us. Especially when you are grabbing eye glasses and things of that nature. Especially because you don't have time for soft plush toys. You go for the plastic ones that make a ridiculously loud noise when they are thrown on the floor. We may have to go back to carpet for this reason..
* You discovered your daddy's Rubik's Cube. I thought, "Hey look! That's adorable! He wants to do puzzles like his daddy!!" Your daddy thought, "Hey!Don't mess with my toy!" He took it away from you! (sigh) It looks like I'm going to have to teach you both about how to share..

Overall, the holidays have proven to be much more busy and less restful than the routine of everyday. I hope this isn't always the case since Momma needs for her breaks to be restful! But we made it through! I think that counts for something.
I love you, Jack B'Hat. I am so glad that you are growing strong and healthy. Even the sickness makes you stronger. We are more than halfway through your first year of life! I can hardly believe that. But I'm glad, too. I love you, sweet baby!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I was sitting in a coffee house when Rich brought Jack in to pick me up and go to dinner. One of my former students is the barrista at the coffee house. She was my student when I was hugely pregnant but, like all of that class, she had never seen the baby. So I introduced them. Instantly her hands flung to her mouth, hiding a huge smile. And she gasped and said, "Oh. My. Gosh! Look at all the roundness! He's so cute!"

This was one of my favorite reactions! :)