Thursday, May 17, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

My first Mother's Day was great! Howie got up before I did to feed Aislinn. When I got up he had flowers and balloons waiting for me in the living room. He had my coffee ready for me and then he made me pancakes. After Aislinn took a nap we all went to New Canaan to walk around and shopped a bit. When we got home Howie grilled some steaks and for dessert he had a huge chocolate chip cookie with "Happy Mother's Day" written on it. It was exactly what I wanted.

I also packed up Aislinn's 0-3 month clothes. I was a bit weepy because she's not that tiny little newborn baby that I brought home anymore. My little baby is growing up quickly. I do love seeing her do new things and grow, I just wish I could also rewind just to hold on to my itty bitty baby. Putting the next size clothes in her drawers and closet was a little bit exciting too. There are so many cute things for her to wear I just can't wait to see her in everything! Now I'm talking about her like she's a doll. Oh well.

I am still slacking a bit with my posting. I can't seem to get things together here. I had a routine that recently changed and I need to get back on track. We just finished doing a lot of cleaning last night and finished putting pictures in frames so that we can FINALLY put pictures up on the walls. I've only been trying to do that for 3 1/2 years! Now I should have more time to post since I'm not trying to clean up.

Well, my mother and brother-in-law should be here soon so I should probably wrap this up. My MIL is bringing baked ziti! YUM! Here are some pictures from Mother's Day and one extra of Aislinn with Eeyore.

For some reason Picsa's red eye reduction won't work so it looks like Aislinn has devil eyes. I was also looking at the way I'm sitting and wondering why that didn't hurt my knee.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

No, I Haven't Been Kidnapped By Aliens

I have just been super busy. A lot has been going on. I had my bloggerversary and didn't blog, Aislinn has had her Jewish baby naming (Jewish name is Ayelet Malka), reorganized the house like 100 times to fit in all of her new things, and I was let go from my job. Yup, lost my job because they've lost their funding and can barely pay the HR manager. I know that my boss didn't want to let me go. Now I need to find a new job. I would LOVE to continue working from home but I don't know if that's going to be possible. My last day is the 31st so I have been trying to get things wrapped up while spending every single moment I can with Aislinn because I may not be home with her much longer. It breaks my heart to think about that so I don't want to talk about it anymore.

Updates on Aislinn:

She's drinking about 6 oz. per feeding now and is just a few weeks away from starting rice cereal!

She has rolled from her back to her belly.

She held her bottle on her own once. She actually took the bottle in her hands and took it away from me.

Still breastfeeding but I'm trying to catch up the 6 oz. she wants per feeding.

She laughs and smiles all of the time.

She loves to "talk" to me when I change her diaper or even during breastfeeding. She also talks a lot to herself while she's in her swing or playing on her mat.

Her best friend is her lamby (blanket with lamb head attached to it).

She loves to push herself around from place to place with her feet while still laying on her back.

She loves to lick everything. Sometimes suck on things, but mostly licking. It's very cute.

My sister has gotten me into scrapbooking. All I did was buy some supplies and I think I already need a 12 step program. DON'T get into scrapbooking if you have recently been let go from your job because it's a horrible addiction that sucks all of your money from your bank account. Just say no! I have stuff to scrapbook for events that have yet to happen. Not only am I taking on a scrapbook for myself, but two grandparent scrapbooks. It's too late to save me, just save yourself. Don't start!

Howie and I are going to take a short trip to VA to see our old co-workers and friends. With the exception of my brother's girlfriend and my BFF, Brenda, I haven't seen anyone in VA since August of last year. They barely saw me pregnant and have never seen Aislinn. I can't wait to see my snarky fertility buddy, Les. She said she was going to start writing in her blog again so everyone should keep an eye out. She's about to go through an IVF cycle soon so everyone try to be there to support her. I really do miss DC/VA. I think about it all the time, but I am still happy that we moved to CT. I just wish that CT and DC were closer together so that I could easily see all my friends.

But we are making new friends now that the weather is warmer. All of the condos in my complex are in a circle and there is a grassy courtyard area between all of the condos. We have a big tree with two swings on it by our unit so all the kids and their mothers hang out by us. Yesterday, while Aislinn was taking a nap, Howie put together our new patio furniture and I did some gardening on the side of the condo. Howie and I ripped up some ugly bushes and I planted some flowers my father gave to me. My dad grows flowers for a living. Anyway, everyone was outside and came over to talk to us. When I finished planting the flowers we heard Aislinn crying inside so I went in because Howie still had some stuff to do out there. I went upstairs to change out of my dirty clothes before picking up Aislinn. I put on some striped pj pants and a t-shirt that wouldn't be too offensive to go outside in. I picked Aislinn up and thought that we would just sit outside and watch Howie finish putting the furniture together but when I went out there was a circle of children outside holding the baby boy that is 3 weeks younger than Aislinn. As soon as the kids saw me they were like "ANOTHER BABY!!!" I sat down in the grass with the kids and all the little girls wanted to hold her. I let a couple of them hold her but they are kids and it was awkward. Aislinn kind of got freaked out when all the kids were pawing at her and kissing her so I took her back and told them that they could talk to her while she got used to them. The kids are cute and it was fun to see all the neighbors out in the courtyard or on their porches. Everyone is going to get together and have a party in the courtyard next month. It's nice living here.

Aislinn was conceived one year ago today. I can't believe it has been a year! This weekend will also be my first Mother's Day. I can't really wrap my head around it. It'll be Mother's Day and I'm actually the Mom this year. I don't know what we're going to do. I would be happy just walking around Westport or New Canaan. I just like to spend time with Howie and Aislinn. I promise to post again by Monday to let you know how the weekend went. I won't disappear for a month again.