Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Random things causing some mild sadness and woe.

So, despite an annoyingly excessive (for me) amount of begging and pleading, combined with an absurdly adorable picture of my precious little dude, I did not win the photo contest over at Parenting By Dummies. Sadness and woe. I shall have to get the canvas out of my own pocket. BUT! The picture that did win is awesome and ridiculous, so I'm totally cool with losing. Thanks so much for your comments!

We've been looking at a few day cares around. I'm thinking to go back to work (I've discovered that I miss being me - don't look at me that way). I'm in a quandary: the ones that I want to send my kid to have waiting lists, and the ones without waiting lists are places I don't want to take my kid to. A waiting list wouldn't be such a big deal if it weren't for the fact that I don't have a job lined up. This leaves me in a funky spot, because I can't afford to have him in daycare until I find a job, but I have to have him on a waiting list to be able to get him in ever. Sadness and woe. Anyone want to help me bridge the gap between starting a job and getting him into one of the good day cares?

In touring the various day cares, my precious little darling managed to catch a virus of some sort. I have a snotty, rashy, coughing, sad little piti-toddler. Sadness and woe for all of us. He's leaving slug trails all over the place, and most notably on the front of my shirts. I love being Mommy-Kleenex. That should be a t-shirt design. You wear it only when your baby is sick. Kind of like this:

This isn't a t-shirt! It's the ultimate in portable facial tissues for your kid!!!
It should be long sleeved, and have a pocket for spare tissues (for those lovely nasal blowouts). Note: I gacked that biohazard symbol from here.

This week I officially stop calling him a baby. He doesn't look like a baby, he doesn't act like a baby, and he's huge. He climbs into and out of his toy box. He climbs up the side of his toy box and over the arm of the couch. He's almost figured out how to climb out of his pack n play, and GF and I acknowledge that his crib cannot possibly be far behind. We've actually started talking about kid proofing his room and installing his (just purchased) toddler rail on his bed. Sadness and woe. Maybe we'll have another one - once he learns to blow his nose.

Lastly, I can't knit - I have tendonitis in my left wrist and it needs some time off, and it's making me cranky. Sadness and woe.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The beach will be lots

ETA: Important, self promoting note: if you like this picture (or even if you don't but you were curious and clicked the link someone had on Twitter), please post a comment below. I'm entering a photo contest* and I'd love to get a canvas print of this pic! Hey! You! Person looking at this post! I know you're there! Please make a comment below? The more comments I have, the more likely I am to be a finalist in the photo contest! I really want that canvas print (the cash won't hurt either)! You don't have to be witty and stuff. Just an "aww, how cute" will do. Please? Pretty please? Just a little tiny comment? Just think of how much N will LOVE staring at a 16x16" print of himself.. :-)  KThnxbye.

We took N to the beach a little late this year. Instead of taking him during the balmy days of July, life intervened and we didn't make it until August, when the water was a bit colder. It wouldn't have mattered. While he loved the pool earlier this summer, the beach was the anti-hit. He was freaked out by the waves. He didn't like walking on the sand. He clung to Daddy while Daddy swam. Then he clung to Mommy while she waded. More freaked out clinging to Daddy while Daddy played in the surf. He cried, fussed, and flapped his hands. A very short reprieve from his ill temper was granted when the kind people next to us made their son share his sand toys. Then he realized he'd have to touch the sand - it was a no go. Finally, after about an hour and a half, we decided to give it up and go home. GF placed N on his shoulders, and we got the only true smile of the day. It was a doozy, and I was relieved I hadn't packed up the camera yet.

*Contest messaging: This photo is being entered in the Goodbye Summer, Hello Snapfish photo contest sponsored by Snapfish at parenting BY dummies.  If voted the best summer picture I will win a photo canvas and other prizes from Snapfish & pBd.