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June 29, 2009

Second Week Down

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Eight weeks left with the NYC – DC commute for Matt.  I just sent him packing back to the Big Apple for another week a couple of hours ago.  We were lucky enough to have him home again this weekend. 

Ironically, I haven’t posted much about what happens during the week, and that’s because, well, nothing much happens.  Sure, Karol’s vocab is out of this world, and Patrick is chatting so much now he could have his own radio show, but for the most part we three just sit around here waiting for Matt to come back.  On occasion I’ll try to take the kids on some sort of outing – anything to get out of the apartment – but it generally just ends in tears (theirs or mine; it’s a toss-up) and a ruined bedtime routine.  The best days are the ones where we get home from work/play, eat dinner, have some free play and then read stories until bed.  Occasionally I’ll have the energy to stay up and do some housecleaning, but generally I go to sleep when they do.

The weekends are the exciting time for us.  Not only because that’s when Daddy’s home (although that’s at least 70% of it) but because we can plan activities in reasonable blocks of time.  This weekend we had a great Saturday: pancakes for breakfast, then out for a walk to the market and a picnic with lots of other kids and parents in the afternoon! 

Sunday we actually made it to Mass ON TIME.  We sat in what’s called “The Upper Room.”  It’s kind of like the cry room because it’s sealed off and the Mass is piped in on speakers, but it’s on the 2nd floor and is basically just overflow space.  It overlooks the entire congregation and the alter, like having a balcony seat to the Mass.  Karol behaved marvelously today, and really enjoyed watching the Mass from above.  Patrick slept for most of it, so I got to cuddle and squeeze him the whole time.  I actually got to hear the whole homily!  The rest of the day we spent pretty much in the apartment chilling out.

Here I am trying to catch a pic of Patty's new tooth.  It's barely a nub on the bottom front right.

Here I am trying to catch a pic of Patty's new tooth. It's barely a nub on the bottom front right.

In other news, Patrick is officially cutting teeth, and not thrilled about it.  I can tell it’s pretty uncomfortable and I just feel terrible for him.  He was struggling with it all day, and (stupid mommy) it wasn’t until tonight that I thought to give him any Tylenol to relieve it!  Finally though, after lots of feeding, a pacifier, getting wrapped tight, and turning on the ocean sound machine, he’s out.

Karol had the honor of licking the beater!  Well, Mommy helped...

Karol had the honor of licking the beater! Well, Mommy helped...

 

 

Karol and I had a wonderful time today baking up cupcakes for Matt to take to his office in NYC (don’t ask…or ask Matt, not me!)  Karol certainly likes to be a part of the action, and with my mediocre cooking skills, there’s very little chance she’ll make it any worse!  Actually we whipped up some awesome Irish coffee cake turned into cupcakes.  There was a fair amount of batter left over that pretty much became my dinner.  I feel pretty icky, so I’m regretting that now, however.  And yes, I had to thoroughly mop the floor tonight.

June 23, 2009

Self-Medicating

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With chocolate, that is.  I had two handfuls of peanut M&Ms and a Snicker’s today – and a giant Coke (I asked for a medium but I didn’t realize today’s ‘medium’ is yesterday’s ‘large’).  I’ve gone off the deep end!  

Actually, I’ve just hit the wall of sleep deprivation.  I haven’t gotten much lately, since I haven’t gone to bed before midnight most nights (my fault) and since Patty-poo wakes me up a couple of times a night.  And last night, Karol had a night terror again, for a solid half hour, and I always stay up and feel awful that I can’t do anything to help her the whole time.  I’m having a hard time distinguishing ‘night terror’ from ‘demon possession,’ so I say a few prayers just in case.  Invariably, she woke up this morning much more pleasant than usual!  

So, all that left me feeling more than a little run-down today.  I’m planning to go to bed with the kids tonight, I think.  I’d really like to take advantage of the sun and go to the playground with them, but I don’t know if I have that kind of energy right now.

Only four days til the weekend…

May 26, 2009

Patrick’s Catholic!

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Yay!  I’m always so happy when the baptism is done.  My excitement over the awesomeness of the upcoming dedication is always overshadowed by the anxiety I feel that for some reason they will tell me ‘I’m sorry, we’re not doing baptisms today, you flew out here for no reason.’  You see, I went in March to fill out the paperwork to have Patrick baptized, and asked if they would for sure be having the baptism on Memorial Day weekend.  I pretty much just got a blank stare in response.  The same thing happened with Karol, who was baptized the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  

Anyway, Patrick did indeed get baptized.  Yay!  

 

Patrick in His Baptismal Gown

Patrick in His Baptismal Gown

 

 

We also got to spend a nice long weekend with the Plomin side of the family.  We are working on getting Karol to say “Grandma,” but R’s are really hard for her.  My Mom, who was originally going to be ‘Granny’ has ended up ‘Gee Gee.’  And the best we’ve gotten so far for Matt’s mom is ‘Mimu!’  That came from a conversation that went kind of like this:

Jill: “Karol, who’s that?” (pointing to Carol Plomin)

Karol: Blank stare.

Jill:  “Karol, can you say ‘Grandma?'”

Karol: Blank stare.

Jill:  “How about ‘Mamaw?’ Can you say ‘Mamaw?”

Karol: “….Mi…mu!”

I think what will end up happening is that Karol’s Great-Grandma Ammerman will end up being “Grandma.”  Since Matt, Abby and I all call her that, whenever I say something like “Oh, go show Grandma!” Karol runs after who we call Grandma!

Despite the remodel changing things up a bit, Karol still feels right at home at Grandma & Grandpa Plomin’s.  And there’s so much room to run around!  Patrick got a lot of much needed face time with both Grandma and Grandpa and I anticipate he’ll be crawling through the house after Karol by the time we come back in August.

Speaking of which, we are getting SO excited for Aunt Abby and Uncle Colin’s wedding in August!  Karol will be serving as flower girl.  Poor Aunt Abby didn’t get a moment’s rest this weekend, because she’s Karol’s favorite playmate!  We were so, so thrilled that she could be with us, though, and had bunches of fun treasure hunting at Abby & Colin’s pirate-theme Gourmet Club bridal shower!

Gosh, we did a lot this weekend!  Now it’s time to get busy with the work of preparing for Matt to leave for NYC.  I’m working on a very, very long honey-do list, as we’re still not really fully set up at the new apartment, and Matt’s absorbing as much quality time with the kids as possible.  I’m kind of dreading him being gone.  10% because I will miss him sharing the parenting work, and 90% just because we will miss him so much.  Hopefully we’ll get to see each other often.  I guess we’ll see!  Please keep us in your prayers for the next 12 weeks or so as we push through the summer apart.

Patrick's Family

Patrick's Family

May 12, 2009

My Mother’s Day Angels

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Karol and Patrick were perfect angels for me for most of the Mass at what will probably be our new Church, St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington.  I really liked the atmosphere, as there were plenty of families with children Karol’s age.  I got there a little late and the place was standing room only – 9am is a popular Mass time apparently.  

I saw there was a cry room so I made a beeline for it.  I’m usually anti-cry room, but with no Matt and an unpredictable toddler, I thought I’d rather be safe than sorry.  The cry room is at the back of the Church with huge windows.  You can see straight in and straight out.  To my surprise, the children in there were actually very well behaved.  There were some sitting on laps and others quietly playing with toys.  

Then I realized why they were so behaved — the windows.  Just because the people outside can’t hear your children, they can still see them, so parents still had to be accountable.  Matt and I hated the cry room at St. Michael’s because if there were other kids in there the parents just let them loose and ignored them.  Not cool.

After Mass I wanted to do something extra special with my kids, since it was Mother’s Day and all.  So we went to Georgetown.  At first I almost turned around and went home because of course there was zero parking available, but then I remembered a tucked away spot a couple blocks toward the river I’d found out about while making a video for work.  Yay, free parking and there’s one spot open!  

So I wrestled the monster double stroller out of the trunk and the three of us went on a walk on the boardwalk along the Potomac.  It was beautiful!  Here are an example to show you what I mean.

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We walked all the way up to the Washington Harbor, halfway back, and then over to Georgetown.  I thought I would want to “shop,” but there was no way I was going to maneuver that massive stroller in and out of those tiny doorways, especially since I was only half-hearted about buying anything anyway.  I spotted a Ben & Jerry’s and thought that would be a treat for all of us!  So Karol and I got some ice cream and went back to the Potomac to eat it.  

 

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After that we walked down the River again and back to the car.  This time, Karol walked.  And boy did she throw a royal fit when she realized we weren’t staying – but before that, I got this super sweet picture of her watching the water.

 Karol Water

Patrick was like this the entire trip:

 Pat Sleeping

So we headed home, had lunch, and a half hour nap – that’s right, too many catnaps in the car and stroller, none of which is really quality sleep – and read a few books.  Then we went for a walk around our neighborhood – Karol on foot and Patrick on the Bjorn.  Karol was getting tired and whiny until she saw the playground.  All of a sudden it went from whine, whine, to “SLIDES!!”  And she took off running!  Well, Karol running is just a brisk walk for me, but you get the idea.  

So we spent a full hour at the playground.  Karol did a lot of new stuff.  I’m really amazed at how much she’s capable of, physically and mentally.  She was climbing stairs, climbing up the slides without help.  She even went down the big curly slide all by herself!  That took more bravery on my part.  It’s very hard for me to stand back and just let her play, but as I get more comfortable with the surroundings, and more confident in her abilities, I’m starting to let her run free a little bit.  

Oh, I should note for Matt’s sake – she saw a lovely pink and purple bike with training wheels that she now desperately wants.  I told her that would be Daddy’s department and she needed to talk to him.  So there you go Matt.

After about an hour, Karol voluntarily (after I suggested watching Elmo and taking a bath – 2 of Karol’s favorite activities) left the park.  THAT’S how tired she was!  By 6:30, she was asleep on the couch. 

It didn’t last long though, she still needed to eat dinner and go through the bedtime rituals.  She really went to sleep around 8:30.  Patrick was out around 8, but I kept holding him because he’s just so cuddly and sweet.  After writing an email to Matt, I had to call it a night by 10.

I know it sounds stressful taking care of two babies under two years old all by myself – and it is – but I just loved spending the whole weekend with them.  I can’t imagine a better Mother’s Day. 

We are getting into a rhythm as ‘the three of us’ for now.  I will be so happy when Matt comes home though.  I don’t even want to think about how hard it will be – emotionally, that is – while he’s away.  This weekend aside, the days kind of drag without him here.  And though Karol hasn’t shown any signs of distress, she had a little trouble sleeping last night, and I just wonder if that’s because of the adjustment. 

Ah, well, on that note, I’ll leave you with this:

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May 10, 2009

Lonely

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Matt left Friday for Turkey.  It’s almost 10pm here now, which means it’s like 5am there.  Surprisingly we’ve already talked a couple of times, but we’re trying not to do too much phone since it’s super expensive. 

The kids are doing really well.  Karol hasn’t really noticed yet that Matt hasn’t been home, but at the mere mention of him her face lights up and she gives a breathy “Daddy!”  It’s so cute.  We were hoping to be able to skype, but I guess Matt’s internet connection is pretty bad at the hotel they are at.  Maybe it’s just as well.  Whenever we skype with Daddy or Granny, Karol thinks that all she has to do is open the computer and they will just be there, whenever she wants.  Then she’s disappointed when they aren’t. 

We actually are doing pretty good so far.  I haven’t lost my mind yet, so that’s great, as far as I can tell.  We went to the Reston Zoo today, which was GREAT.  I was totally prepared.  I brought the Baby Bjorn, Karol’s monkey leash, the double stroller (which I had to rearrange the entire car to do — we need an SUV ASAP), the directions to the Zoo, an entire lunch, shoes and socks, in case Karol’s sandals rubbed her feet raw…I brought everything we could possibly need, and then left the camera sitting on the kitchen table.  I really wanted to kick myself for that.  Arg!  But the zoo was so awesome I would mind going back soon to recreate the experience and get a few pics to share with you all.

I would normally stay up pretty late on a Saturday night, but that’s pretty depressing to do all by myself, so I think I’ll head off to bed.  I have one more assignment to do for this week (started a new class this week) and then it’s lights out.

May 5, 2009

Patrick’s New Toy

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Patrick hasn’t shown a lot of interest in toys yet, and I’m not surprised or worried about that – he’s still very young and quite content to play with his own hands.  But Grandma and Grandpa Plomin sent a toy for Easter he’s grown especially fond of.  It’s a cartoon character sea horse (I don’t know what show) that lights up and plays music like a glow worm.  Yesterday he fell asleep with it.  It’s pretty sensitive so if he moves around he can turn it on himself.  I’ll put it in his swing with him and he just sits and listens/watches with a look of contentedness awe.  I caught him cuddling with it this morning:

 

Patrick and His Glow Thing

Patrick and His Glow Thing

 

Patrick Staring Me Down

Patrick Staring Me Down

I’m not ready for teeth!

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So I just got an email – one of my weekly newsletters on my babies’ development – about Patrick and his teeth.  No, he doesn’t have them yet, but he’s a regular drool-monster and the email says they’ll be coming any time.  And then I realized, Patrick is rapidly moving out of the ‘infant’ zone, and he hasn’t been a ‘newborn’ for weeks.  It’s all happening so fast!  Before I know it my baby boy is going to be a toddler like his sis.  How is this happening?  Karol didn’t grow up this fast!  I guess since I have to split my attention 2 ways now, they both grow up twice as fast 😦  Or maybe it’s just a sign we need another baby already…

May 1, 2009

My Handsome Son

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I just have to take a moment to point out to anyone willing to listen how devastatingly handsome and preciously cute my dear sweet son is.

 

So precious!

So precious!

Minus the drool, isn’t he just the cutest?  Those cheeks are to die for!!!

April 15, 2009

The Family Bed

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So this morning Matt had to be in downtown DC by 8 am.  We normally leave around then, so I told him to have fun taking the train!  I was extra tired because we went to bed late last night – we’re still boxing stuff up for tomorrow – and so when Patrick woke me up at 4:47 am, I was not really ready to move. I got him settled back to sleep and thought, I should just stay up and get some work done…What am I saying?  I only went to bed 4 hours ago!  So I curled back up with Matt, who, by the way, totally slept through Patrick’s little episode.  

At 5:42, Patty-poo stirred again.  He’s  way into sleeping and gets so frustrated when his little hands wake him up!  He refuses to even open his eyes, just struggles to go back to sleep.  This time I again thought I should get up; after all, my alarm was going to start at 6, but instead I just brought Patrick to bed with me (he’s been doing very well in his pack ‘n’ play recently though).

As Patrick and I snuggled up, I realized that Patrick wasn’t trying to wake me up.  He remembered Daddy had to leave early today!  So I woke Matt up and said something like ‘hey you should hop in the shower now, you have to leave early.’  He didn’t quite hop out of bed just then, though.  

Lucky for him, Karol woke up just after 6 and Matt went to go check on her.  She wasn’t ready to wake up (thank God) and so he brought her to bed too!  So the whole family of 4 was cozied up in bed together.  As soon as she was out again, Matt got up the will to go get ready, but I didn’t.  I decided since I wasn’t responsible for Matt getting in on time, we were going to sleep in!  And we did.  Matt did get out on time, I think, but not before snapping this photo:

The rest of us rolled out of bed around 7:45 and got out the door around 8:30 (not too terribly late, actually).  Sure, I was a little late to work, but no one noticed/cared.  The whole office is late and usually I’m actually there 1/2 hour before we’re open for business.  I figure being a punctuality rock star 80% of the time makes up for a day here and there of taking it slow.  

But after TOMORROW we will have a whole extra hour in the morning since our commute is gone!  We Matt is moving the vast majority of our stuff tomorrow in a U-Haul and then we’ll officially be Virginians!  We have the Silver Spring apartment until the end of the month, so we have plenty of time to clean and get the little things to the new place.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

April 10, 2009

Tummy Time

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Oh my, there’s so much to report this week!  Let me run down the list:

1.  Patrick didn’t poop for about 4 or 5 days over the weekend.  Lori and I were beginning to get concerned, but I figured as long as it looked healthy when it did come out, it’s probably okay.  He still wasn’t pooping, but he kept getting gassier and gassier and gassier!  Tuesday night I said to Matt, ‘Man this kid really stinks!  He must have finally pooped.’ But no.  No poop!  Finally, Wednesday morning he let it all go.  Lovely mustard-colored poop was overflowing Patrick’s diaper (and they hold a lot), onto his outfit, my shirt, his sheets, his sock…needless to say, it was a mess.  I was happy, however, that it finally came out.  I wondered if it would be another 4 or 5 days before he pooped again.  When I picked the kids up from Lori’s Wednesday night, I found out that a second, equally explosive episode had occurred just minutes after I told Lori he’d finally pooped the big one.  He seems to be back to normal now though.

2.  Karol is learning things faster than we can keep up.  She says all kinds of words now, way too many to list.  And she’s starting to make 2-word sentences.  Some favorites are “Elmo diaper,” “Mom and Dad,” and “letter (whatever letter).”  She’s getting really good at recognizing the letters of the alphabet and can say pretty much all of them.  I didn’t expect that to happen until later, but then again I have no previous example to compare her to.

3.  Yesterday (Thursday) night we had a package opening party.  We’d gotten a box from Aunt Carol, a package from Aunt Dine, and some stuff I ordered online.  Even though two of the three had been here for days we didn’t have time to open them!  Or maybe we just weren’t thinking about it.  Anyway, we decided to make an event of it.  Karol has a truckload of new books, which is GREAT because she’s kind of ‘over’ the board books that we have.  She got some new Dr. Seuss, ALWAYS a favorite in our house, and a whole collection of books about a DOG named Biscuit!  Naturally, we had to read a couple of those right away.  Both Karol and Patrick got some awesome new clothes, too.  Luckily Patrick isn’t too big for them!  He’s wearing a lot of 6-month stuff right now, and I’m gradually weeding out the 3 month clothes as he outgrows them.  The clothes he got were 6 month but they look like they might actually fit him around 6 months, because I think they’re a little bigger than the average 6 month size clothes (thank goodness!)

3.  Patrick found his hands about a week and a half ago, and they’ve been entertaining him ever since.  And just within the past couple of days I’ve been able to get him to laugh.  He has to be in the right mood, though.  He’s starting to get really interested in the kinds of toys you hang above him that he can bat at with his hands.  He also has a little horsey/silky-smoothy thing that he likes to shake and suck on.  I want to get him one of those gym play-mat things this weekend, but we’ll see.

4.  We are finally moving to Arlington in five days!!!  It seems like it’s taken forever to get here, and yet I can’t believe it’s actually happening either.  It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I guess.  I am really worried about how Karol will handle it.  I’ve kind of explained it to her, but I don’t think she will understand until she can see it.  I want to take her to the new apartment on Saturday just to play a little bit, but I doubt it will be open.  Maybe I’ll take some time Monday for that.

5.  This is the last week of the sixth class I’ve taken in my master’s program, I’m almost half-way through 🙂

6.  And lastly, I made a little video of Patrick and Karol enjoying some tummy time together. Here it is!

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