Monday, August 31, 2009
the most random post ever
today is the last day of august. for some reason, i have been feeling something like relief to turn the calendar page over to the glorious month of septmber. i think it has a lot to do with the weather we've been having lately...temperatures in the 100's is something i'm SO over. though i know full well that autumns in southern california do not guarantee cooler temperatures, every year i hope that this will be the year that that i'll be able to pull out my sweaters and jeans in september or october...instead of having to wait until november or december.
speaking of clothing, i cannot tell you how annoying it is to me that i am still wearing maternity clothes. i dropped a lot of weight straight after giving birth to samuel, but i've still got a lot of weight left to lose. (breaking your leg, rendering you basically immobile while 7 months pregnant won't help the pregnancy weight issue, i've learned from experience). i found a box in the garage a few days ago filled with all of my "fat clothes" that i wore when tristan was an infant. i shuddered while pulling out each article of clothing, then reluctantly hung them up in my closet; they fit perfectly.
am i the only person who finds it difficult to write (or read for that matter) while the television is on?
i've had a long and somewhat difficult day. josh has been helping friends of ours move and today he was gone for the whole day, coming home for a short while so that i could go to my chiropractor appointment and then he headed back out until the boys' bedtime. i have yet to perfectly choreograph the evenings when i'm alone....making dinner while attempting to help a fussy baby stay content, while keeping tristan out of mischief (and keeping him from squishing poor samuel while giving him one of his "hugs") while answering the phone, while remembering to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer so that tristan's bedding will be dry in time for bed, while keeping dinner from burning... i have a lot of respect for single moms on the days my husband is gone a lot.
we've also been having a few issues with samuel's morning naps. he has the most amazing, long midday nap (2-4 hours long) which totally makes his short (30 min) morning naps worth it, except that he gets really fussy and grumpy and out of sorts before that long nap simply because he is over-tired. this doesn't happen every day, but he seems to be settling into a routine and making it a habit and now that i've written it down and read it to myself, i'm realizing that i have absolutely no right to complain because his long nap is so divine. so forget i said anything at all.
i had never visited a chiropractor until one week ago. i had heard that some people don't think they do any good, that they're not "real doctors" and i had no opinion either way because i had never been to one. now i have an opinion: my chiropractor is an Unearthly Worker of Miracles. i have suffered from whiplash for the past 5 months. this has only been aggravated by holding and feeding my baby, carrying his car seat and diaper bag, even wearing certain bras causes me blinding pain. the physical therapist i saw for my leg injury gave me a few exercises for my neck, which were pretty much a joke. all it took was for my chiropractor to "adjust" me in several areas (certainly a strange and somewhat scary experience for a chiropractic virgin like myself), followed by some deep tissue massage (apparently my neck was so seized up, it felt like a brick wall), and now i am not only sleeping better than before, but i can actually turn my head to strange angles without feeling as if a lava-hot metal rod is being shoved into the back of my head. blessed relief.
is this not the most random post ever?
thanks for all of your comments on my last post. jill, josh and i got a huge kick out of yours :) for now, we're keeping everything really straightforward, no cajoling, coddling or punishment, simply "get back into bed, its time for sleeping." and we leave his room immediately. so far, its working well. he still gets out of bed about once per nap/bedtime, but after that he's sound asleep. neither josh nor i are ready to let go of the nap yet, and we don't think tristan is either. he doesn't sleep as long at night as most kids his age, so we're hoping that he'll keep napping for awhile yet.
as much as i love my kids, there is nothing quite like the time after both are in bed, asleep, when josh and i sit down in the living room and just chill. i've got my glass of wine next to me, josh has a dvd on and i think i'm about to see if i can get a foot massage out of him before i head up to bed. goodnight!