wildflowersoul: (strawberry shortcake)
What a fantastic weekend!

Friday night my brother took me to see NIN and Godspeed You Black Emperor at the Garden. It was a great show! Though I'm old and I wish I could just watch a show sitting down in my hundred dollar seat. Everyone stands up when the show starts, and sometimes I am still 16 years old at heart, so I stood because I didn't want to look like a poseur. Though given that I haven't really listened to any NIN albums after The Fragile, I am probably now the definition of a poseur anyway. Do people even say poseur any more? Is that a relic of the 90s? Anyway, we put rock music into our ears. I really wanted to catch a glimpse of Trent Reznor in town before the show, mostly because I just want to see him wrangling a toddler or holding a baby. Dude has two kids now!

Saturday West had swimming in the morning, there was a crazy street fair in Salem to check out, and there were bouncy houses on the Common in which he bounced delightedly. That night we went down the street to a neighbor's house for a pumpkin painting party for the kids. I need to get my act together and put more effort into making parent friends in the neighborhood, we have so many kids around West's age on our block.

Sunday I took West to the Franklin Park Zoo to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] incandes_flower's family. West had tons of fun (and I did, too, but damn that kid is exhausting!). He has been ENRICHED this weekend. That afternoon we made a second foray to the bouncy houses. This time West beelined to a giant bouncy slide that he totally went down several times on Saturday, but on Sunday he got to the top and just... sat there. For like 15 minutes. While we cajoled him and tried to convince him to come down, other children also tried to get him down, and eventually I had to go up and go down with him. Otherwise he'd probably still be there right now. Sunday night we had one of his daycare teachers come over to babysit, and we went into Boston for a live show of Comedy Bang Bang with [livejournal.com profile] starflow and [livejournal.com profile] cosmicserpent. It was super funny, Paul F. Tompkins is hilarious.

Yesterday we kept things low-key. [livejournal.com profile] tenillypo came up for lunch. I discovered I am seriously lacking in crafting skills and slapped together some Labels for Education collection boxes for daycare that look like a five year old could have done a better job. Whatever, I am not a crafty person. I am a get-it-done person, and that's gonna have to be good enough.
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So this past weekend we had a big Maine weekend and had a blast. Friday we went up to Monmouth to drop West at my dad's house for his first grandparent overnight (which went amazingly well, kid slept until 7 am Saturday morning, that's later than I slept Saturday morning!!). Drew and I went to Portland, checked into our B&B, and walked through the Old Port. It is just such a cute, cool little city. There are multiple bookstores and actual record stores! Plural!

We stopped at The Old Port Sea Grill so Drew could get an oyster fix. I had a Pimm's Cup to kick off the night. We then moved along to The Wine Bar, which was super cute and just what I want from a wine bar. Unpretentious, generous pours, the bartender even gave me a taste of another bubbly because I was having some Domain Chandon. I could have stayed there all night, dangerously since wine really goes to my head, but we had other bars to crawl. Next it was on to The Thirsty Pig. They have a fantastic back patio, and they make tasty sausages. You can't go wrong. Finally, we headed to our ultimate goal, Novare Res, our favorite Portland bar. We snagged seats on the patio and settled in for an amazing evening of Belgian beers. Ok, I enjoyed the evening a little too much and spent most of the night in drink regret when I was trying to sleep later, but it was worth it.

Saturday we walked around a giant art festival in Portland for a while, then slowly made our way back north. Collected West to head to our friends' pig roast on the other side of Monmouth, and had a great evening hanging out with folks, eating delicious bbq foods, and getting bit by many angry mosquitos.

Finally, made it back to Salem in record time Sunday morning and had a regular old Sunday doing chores, hanging with West, the usual.

A fine, fine weekend.
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Our weekends tend to be so busy that West's afternoon nap is usually in the car or stroller. When I get an actual afternoon of blissful quiet at home it's really nice. Just made a batch of blueberry zucchini muffins and am ready to get some zucchini raisin cookies into the oven. I know, my baking ambitions a few days ago were a bit different, but this time I wanted to make some things that could be sent off to daycare, so they had to be nut-free, and I wanted at least a pretense of healthiness. Yay, quiet house, yummy smelling kitchen!
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Such a great lazy weekend. Yesterday we had a West swimming lesson (private lesson for the past couple of sessions because the only other kid in class has a broken wrist, woo-hoo fancytown!), and we took West to the local mall because it was too dang hot outside to do a playground, so he got to run around at Mall Tots (greatest storefront invention EVER), then we rode the train that goes around the mall (seriously, a lady dressed up in a train conductor outfit, a decently sized train with an actual smoking whistle), and we looked at dogs in the dog store. Banner day for West! He was ridiculously cute for all of it. Today we were going to go to Davis Farmland until we realized how far away it actually is. So we found a farm in Wellesley that has a train, a "petting zoo," and a playground, did that for about an hour, then went in search of the Natick Mall for an indoor play area. Got lost, found the mall, got conveyor belt sushi, and West ran around the play area. Got home and West and Drew went to the driveway for some sprinkler and hose water fun. Not a bad way to spend a weekend at all. I am going to ignore the fact that five years ago "not a bad way to spend the weekend" meant I was drunk for most of it. It's a different scale now. Just finished making a batch of hidden-squash mac & cheese for West, which I'm sure he won't actually eat a morsel of. It smells really good, though. Did manage to get him to eat some "pudding" today that was plain yogurt, avocado, banana, and pineapple. Rediscovering my Tyler Florence baby/toddler cookbook and remembering how amazing and easy his recipes are.
wildflowersoul: (Jim & Pam laugh)
What a glorious weekend. We took West to the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, and it was exactly as fun and whimsical as I'd hoped! He had a fantastic time and was smiley and non-fussy the entire time, it was bright and sunny, and he turned up the cute dial past 100. He went absolutely bonkers for the alligator, I think seeing one in real life actually blew his mind (he has a fisher price zoo and loves the toy alligator). And he saw giraffes and went "ha ha!" (because that is, according to West, the sound giraffes make). It was seriously such a great time. Got a last minute new babysitter for the evening and it went totally well. Sunday I got some girl time and Drew took West down to the beach to look at the ocean. Yesterday we dropped the little dude at daycare and had some time for ourselves. And I stopped in a local shop on a whim, found a cute dress suitable for an upcoming wedding, tried it on, and it fit! ZOMG. That seriously never happens. Now I have to get serious business about not eating desserts so the dress continues to fit in a couple of months.
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Not to be "that mom" or anything, but West is really getting into gear lately. This weekend he added a bunch of new words- diaper, Elmo, cracker, banana (said as "nana!!" with the biggest smile ever because this kid loooooooves bananas). He also claps and says "yay!" at the end of songs and is generally just adorable. It is fascinating to watch him become a little person. Finally got him trying a bunch of new foods, too- apparently watching other people is the key, he sampled a bunch of stuff from our plates at Gulu-Gulu yesterday.

Drew's mom was up this weekend, so we had a lovely visit with her, and we had an amazing night out in Somerville sans-child. I really needed that. Sometimes Old Life seems so far away and impossible to get back. It's so nice to have some moments of not being on mom duty.

Also: A Feast For Crows... wtf, that is not a way to end a book! So glad I don't have to wait 5 years to read the next book.
wildflowersoul: (Buffy & Spike)
Today is just... one of those days. Terrible night curtsey of West last night. This morning he dumped a bowl of baby yogurt on my work pants and the floor. Then I dropped a bowl of kiwi on the floor after painstakingly peeling it and cutting it up into West-edible sized chunks. Argh. So tired. So on my last nerve. Hoping to leave a few hours early today to grab a quick nap before the usual evening dinner shenanigans start. Feeling like a terrible mom because I must have said "stop it" so many times last night (he spent most of the night, when not screaming, kicking/hitting/pinching us), this morning his new word was "stop." At least it wasn't "you're the most annoying baby in the world," because in the middle of the night when I am delirious from sleep deprivation and bruised from kicks, yes, that's what I say to my kid. I am a real class act.

On the plus side, we took him to King Richard's Faire this weekend, and while it wasn't a golden day of wonder and whimsy, he handled it pretty decently and seemed to mostly have a good time. As with anything, I think by the end he was overstimulated and over tired. Hell, I was over tired by the time we left. But it was fun and was a gorgeous day for walking around and eating fried foods.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny Cookie!)
We think West did the sign for "all done" tonight! Holy crap!

This weekend was exactly what I needed- took Friday off to head up to Maine for our 10 year Bates reunion. It was lots of fun, and I got in some good family visits, too. Today I had jury duty- I was almost impaneled, but was excused during a round of attorney challenges. Good thing, too, because it was looking to be a week long trial, and I would have had to do work from home in the evenings to catch up, so now I don't have to worry about that.
wildflowersoul: (conchords- crying)
Mondays are hard. I usually have a strict "don't look back" policy at daycare drop off, once I'm at the door I keep moving, to minimize the chance of West being upset at the transition or me being sad. Today I totally looked back, and he was sitting on the floor looking at something, then he looked up and looked right at me. And now I've been missing him more than usual this morning. Some days it's easy, some days it's hard. It probably doesn't help that I'm a sleep deprived zombie today, last night did not involve nearly enough sleep.

But hey, we had a great weekend! The butterfly house in western Mass. was a hit, and we had a fantastic lunch at the People's Pint. Good food, good company! Showed [livejournal.com profile] thiswakingdream & wife around Salem yesterday. Everything a weekend should be. And next weekend is reunion! I'm wicked excited for the trip to Maine. The book I just read had a few oblique Bates references, as the alma mater of the main character.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny!)
West is totally into clapping, it's super, super cute. Yay for cute baby tricks!

We had a really great long weekend- visit with the fam in Maine, a dinner out with friends at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell (with free babysitting from Grampy, woo-hoo!), and lunch with [livejournal.com profile] thiswakingdream & wife in Portland. Portland is so cute! We really need to get up there when the weather is nice to walk around.

So West officially became too big for his infant car seat (he still is under the pounds limit, but is too bulky for the seat to be comfy), we moved him up to a Britax convertible seat. I miss being able to pack him into the car seat inside the house, though- it's a bit of a pain to wrangle him into the rear-facing seat in the car, and to dig the straps out from under him once he's in.

Last night I made salt-free baby chicken stock (because a bunch of recipes in my baby food books call for it), but it was kind of a pain to do it, so I think any other stock making is going to be veggie stock. I also tried giving West some frozen blueberries in one of those mesh feeder thingies, but he is not a fan of frozen things. He makes some hilarious faces when presented with food he doesn't like.

Also, yesterday I lost my wedding ring and spent a while searching for it and being glum about probably having lost it forever to the wilds of the Market Basket parking lot or something. In the late afternoon I remembered that I needed to feed the bunnies (sorry, buns!), and lo, there was the ring, sitting in the bunny food drawer in the fridge. Must have fallen off when I put the groceries away. Or it was Grendel's psychic revenge for having such a late breakfast.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny!)
Trying to wind down from a busy, busy weekend. Yesterday we ventured into Cambridge for a great brunch, I met an absolutely adorable new little baby, and we even got to walk around in the sunshine for a bit. West started losing it in the car when we got close to home, so I guess we called it a day at just the right time. Today we ran some errands, took a nice long walk outside, and grabbed lunch at Gulu.

This evening I got on the stick about making some more baby food, and now have cubes of peas and corn in freezer food stash. West tried pureed cantaloupe tonight and really liked it. So now he's had apple, pear, cantaloupe, carrot, sweet potato, squash, banana, avocado, rice cereal, and oatmeal cereal. I feel like I'm lagging behind in the baby food department and really need to be better about introducing a new food every 4 days, just to make sure we get lots of different foods into him. I should do some meat sometime soon, but quite frankly I'm a little nervous about making meat baby food. I might buy a thing of pre-made stuff just for the first try. It's really hard to find time for solids during weekdays, it's been working out well to send a his solids to daycare every day. I do feel like kind of a bad mom for relying on daycare for that, but by the time I get home in the evening he wants to nurse and I need him to for my own comfort, then there's play time and dinner to make, and before I know it it's bedtime.
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Ah. This weekend I've had two girls' lunches and just took some time for a bath with a Lush bath bomb. Am feeling much more human than I was at the beginning of this day. West was sick for most of the weekend and was super fussy the past two nights. Crossing my fingers for tonight.

The Borders near our house is going out of business and has started their liquidation sale. It is bananas in there. A 20% discount is so not worth standing in line for at least half an hour. I'm sure the people working there must be a little bitter thinking that now all these people are buying books- where were they a year ago? I may buckle down and buy the Barnes & Noble rewards program card, but I really dig my heels in at the idea of paying to save money, especially when I can get so many books on the Kindle for even less money.
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We took West to the Peabody Essex Museum this weekend to check out the "Treasures from the Forbidden City" exhibit, and he was an absolute joy the entire time. I put him in the Action Baby Carrier and he just looked around wide-eyed at everything. Barely a peep until some lights overhead coaxed a coo out of him, and he even took a nap for a while when he got tired. That baby carrier is awesome.

His teething is really bothering him, though, yesterday afternoon was awash in tears until I gave him some baby tylenol. And lo, it worked like magic. He also slept super well last night, was only up twice and didn't fuss after either feeding. I really hope he starts a sleeping better trend, I desperately need to start working out in the mornings, but to do that I need to wake up at 4:45 or so, and I can't wake up that early if I'm getting up more than once a night. I can't wait for spring, it would be so much easier if I could just put West in the carrier or jogging stroller and go out for a walk in the evenings.

Oh, and he totally rolled over this weekend! We think he used a velcro strap on his play gym to leverage himself over, because we couldn't get a repeat performance without some assistance, but still- he was on his back playing, I turned around to dig some clothes out of storage, and when I looked again he was on his tummy!
wildflowersoul: (I'm a Monster- Ar. Dev.)
Yikes. Apparently waking up unable to breath is a big enough problem that the doctor makes time to see you the day you call. If it's sleep apnea and I have to get one of those stupid gas mask things to sleep in I'm gonna be pretty ticked at my body.

Had a lovely Saturday in Monmouth at a great housewarming party, and as a bonus, it was about 10 minutes from my dad's house. And there was a roasted pig!

West is definitely smiling now, and is the cutest baby ever.
wildflowersoul: (Jim & Pam laugh)
This weekend was totally the best. [livejournal.com profile] tenillypo and [livejournal.com profile] incandes_flower threw me an amazing baby shower. I seriously would have cried a lot of hormonal happy tears if I hadn't been nervous about being the center of attention. All of you ladies are just the best ever! And [livejournal.com profile] doplar made a surprise appearance!! I am not feeling guilty at all about chowing down on all the leftover Lyndell's cupcakes, either.

Yesterday we went on a tour of the maternity ward at the hospital, which was good to do but absolutely terrified me. It really hit me that this is happening, and it's happening soon (ok, after yet another hot and miserable walk from North Station this morning, the sooner the better!). Then we met up with folks at Eastern Standard to celebrate the doctoring of [livejournal.com profile] bunnyroo. Fun!

So some baby gifts have started to roll in from the online registry, but Amazon unhelpfully does not include any information about who actually sent the items. I am extremely neurotic about sending thank yous notes, so I'm just throwing out into the internets the fact that if you do not get a thank you note for something you sent me, it's because I have no idea who it's from.
wildflowersoul: (Grennie)
Day off from work to pack/clean the house before we head to up Maine for a weekend wedding. It felt really good to not wake up at 4:30 this morning (well, I woke up then, but then I went back to sleep). This is basically our summer vacation trip, and I am looking forward to getting away for a couple of days! I may finally fulfill my craving for a Sam's Italian sandwich, because apparently you can take the girl out of Lewiston, but Lewiston is implanted in my DNA.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny Cookie!)
Alright, work closed at 2! I have a hot mug of Ovaltine, a blanket, and a hefty tome on the history of the middle ages. I am ignoring the urge to chow down on pickles. Life is pretty good.

Has it been days since the weekend already? Since we actually did, like, stuff, I should probably get it down. Saw Patton Oswalt on Friday- that man is hi-larious. Very fun times. Went to Sleep No More on Saturday, and I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. In retrospect, it was really, really cool, despite my tepid response at the end of the night- I was sleepy and my feet hurt and a lot of people pushed me around all night. The crowd issues were annoying, but the experience was pretty spectacular. Sunday was awesome Super Bowl party. And despite the amount of fried foods (and bacon chocolate chip cookies!) I shoved in my face, I found out yesterday that I've actually lost a few pounds since my weigh-in last month. Yay for not getting weight scolded by the midwife! I live in fear of that, because I've been advised that I should only gain 15 pounds with this baby, and that seems... overly optimistic. I do need to hit Old Navy this weekend for some new pants. Not maternity, but definitely up a size or two. Everything is getting snug. And by "snug" I mean the top button is not really buttoning anymore.
wildflowersoul: (Geek!)
This day was exactly what I needed. Shutting ourselves up cozily inside to avoid the rain. Catching up on Thursday night comedy tv shows. And then totally ruling my NaNo story. I am cruising along at 31K words, have come up with a bit of a sketch of where I'm going with the next 5K or so words, and really enjoyed spending the day writing. Now taking an internet break and busting into some beer, but I'm hoping to get out another 1,000 words if I can, before giving my brain a rest for the night. I've got a laptop set up in our red room to face the windows, so I can look up and see the North River from my seat. I think I just really need to implement an output graph for all my writing projects, because I am obsessed with the graph on my NaNo stats page, it is the greatest motivational force ever.
wildflowersoul: (I love lamp)
NaNoWriMo is coming up in less than a week! Argh. I have competing story ideas in my head and am totally not sure what I want to focus on. I need to make a list of all the things I like to think about and pick just one or two (for instance, I am only allowed two of the following elements: time travel, spies, historical mysteries, Nick Hornby-esque music ramblings, ghosts, capers, 90s nostalgia). Actually, seeing that written out like that, I'm thinking that I could definitely write 50,000 words involving the badassery of all those things.

We had a really great weekend, suckiness of the HarvestFest in Salem aside (the company of friends was fabulous, it was just the crowds and the lack of enough proper food that was the problem). Salem is totally awesome right now, and not just because of the booths set up to give me delicious fried foods and hot apple cider. We are also in the home stretch of trying to get ready for an epic Halloween party. Or at least, it better be epic given the lengths I am going to on themed foods.

Finally, a brief tangent into tv: White Collar on USA is totally adorable. It does feel a bit like a show that's trying very hard for our approval, but that works ok for me. Funny, endearing, and caper-ific. I'm watching Skins from Netflix, and it is superb. British teenagers with loads of angst. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been striking out more than hitting these days, but I'm holding out hope they'll hit a mid-season stride.

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