I am supposed to write 5 random things about me, but I daresay I have covered pretty much everything over the years so I will just do random things in general. But should you want some specific "about me" info? How about this pre-kids 100 things about me post from 2008.
1. First we have an update on Oliver and swimming lessons. So you may recall me writing about the fact that he sobbed through his first couple lessons and basically called out for me the entire time and it was HORRIBLE. We have persevered and happily the crying got less and less each week until the past two lessons where there has been NO CRYING! And even better he is making strides and putting his face in the water and all that. We still drop him and Bella off with the teacher and then go and hide but hopefully we can stop doing that soon enough, too. Yay!
2. Lily continues to be a non-pooper, although it's improving a bit. It's the opposite of my other babies so it's very confusing to me. We have had some success by adding in a daily dose of flax oil (which I have to give her in a medicine dropper since she is still anti-bottles and has yet to figure out sippy cups), daily infant probiotics, and regular pediatric suppositories (a few times a week, but they do not always do the trick). I'm also erring on the side of limited/slow introduction to solids, which means she is mostly just getting pears, prunes, or maybe some green beans, until I can get her going at least three times a week. And I also try to do pear juice or prune juice but we have to basically squeeze a bottle of it into her mouth or use the dropper and...lol. No. Any other tips from been-there-done-that parents?
3. Last weekend I finally shredded up all those financial/personal info documents that had been building up for almost a year (or more likely - I would bet they have been building up for 7.5 months...i.e. since Lily was born). It ended up being a full garbage bag full of paper shreds to be recycled. However, Bella nearly wept at the thought of me chucking the bag in the recycling bin as she insisted she needed them for art projects. And no, the option of me shredding paper on an as-needed basis would not do. As I watched her plea her case and amusingly lug around the huge bag of paper shreds over her shoulder a la Santa Claus, I was reminded of just how great and frustrating parenting is all at the same time. KIDS, man.
4. I purchased some actual grown-up winter boots. I had been wearing either some ill-fitting lace-up boots that I bought in 1998 (Candie's brand, mind you) or some crappy faux Uggs from Target that got my socks wet nearly every time. Since winter is obviously going to continue to happen every year (alas...), I decided I might as well make it a little more tolerable this year so that means I'm finally getting proper boots, snow pants and additional pairs of warm socks (and Raj-Max-Husband is doing the same). So please meet my new boots:
They are cute enough that I will probably wear them to all things for the next six months, but they are also waterproof and good for playing in the snow and all that. So! Sexy snow bunny, here I come!
5. A post called "Golden Repair" by All & Sundry about was one of the more brilliant things I read lately. The way she tied it into how her own mistakes have made her better in the end resonated with me very strongly. A mini-quote:
Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The words mean golden joinery, or golden repair.Isn't that so striking and lovely? I want to get some Kintsugi pottery to keep that reminder visible in my life.
Do you see the glory in the bowl’s faults? How nothing is disguised or hidden, but rather brought into the light and made beautiful? How the bowl is stronger, thanks to the cracks that once broke it apart?
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