Sunday, March 14, 2010

Karma Squared

Hannah started babbling on Friday. I was feeding her lunch and instead of her usual squealing and grunting, she started going "mumumumumuh." I interpreted that as "mama" and yelled for Eric to come downstairs and listen.  Lucky for me, she repeated it again (but has not repeated that consonant/vowel combo since). He immediately upped his efforts in the "dadadada" campaign.  I assured him that I haven't won yet since it doesn't really count until she can both control her voice box and understand WHAT she's saying.  So anyway, the weekend has been a constant babbling of fun new baby sounds and zerberts and of course, the usual squeals and grunts and screams.

Sleeping took an interesting turn when I awoke at 2:00 a.m. last night to find her standing in her crib....Sigh. Up until now I was complaining about how nap times were quickly becoming extinct with her new standing power, but I was grateful that she was at least still sleeping through the night. Hopefully last night was a fluke.  As far as naps are concerned, I'm waffling between being a lazy mom and saying, "Whatever, don't nap then. No skin off my back," and being the overachiever mom (more my OCD style) that re-reads the books I've collected on the subject and begins the re-training process complete with Team Kellogg t-shirts and cheerleaders standing by to cheer me on when I start nearing the finish line but am so exhausted that I think I might throw in the towel.  Which side will win out....This morning the lazy side won out but I have a good reason: I had no idea that today was the day we lose an hour.  So I put her in her crib at what I thought was 9:00 and about a half hour later I looked at the cable box and it said 10:40.  I did the classic double-take, wiped my eyes, and then checked my computer.  Then it dawned on me that it was that time of year. Since I don't leave the house often, I didn't overhear anyone talking about this year and I never once thought about it.  So since nap time is supposed to be from about 9ish to 10:30ish and since she was still standing up screaming at 10:45, I decided to call off the morning nap.  Then at noon she fell asleep nursing....Not bad though. Afternoon nap is usually at 1:00 so falling asleep at 12:00 isn't too far off. No skin off my back...

Since she's gotten so big so fast, sometimes I forget that she's actually quite small...So I took this picture of our bathing suits drying together on the back of the bathroom door. I hung them there Monday after swim class and promptly forgot about them until a certain trip to the bathroom left me more in the moment than usual and observing my surroundings.  Crazy thinking about how Hannah will one day fit into a suit my size and be as big as me and having babies and stuff....It trips me out to think about how my mom went through all this a few decades ago, and Hannah will be going through it a few decades from now. Circle of life stuff. Unless, of course, she chooses a different path that does not involve babies which is also fine except that I can see how being a grandma would be a grand role to play, and I would like the opportunity to be one, especially the grandmother of a baby who is every bit as high maintenance as Hannah so I can tell the future mommy Hannah what my mom constantly tells me which is:  "you get what you gave." And I would stifle my chuckles when Hannah came to me complaining about HOW MUCH her daughter screams, but I would put on a sympathetic face and come over to snuggle my screaming grand-baby so that my daughter can take an hour to clean the house (HAH!) or take a nap or go to the gym and the screaming wouldn't stress me out because it wouldn't be MY baby screaming and I wouldn't think that it was ALL MY FAULT and whip myself mercilessly with the bad mommy whip.  And that, my dear readers, is karma squared.

3 comments:

  1. But then again, she could have babies that are fun and easy going (like her dad) and that would be karma something. Heehee!
    You are not a lazy Mom. Give yourself a break from perfection!
    By the way, how was the second swim lesson? Hi Eric, how are you?
    xoxo

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  2. If Hannah ends up with easy babies, she's just lucky!

    The second swim class was a ton of fun! There were fewer people there so she was less overwhelmed plus it wasn't at nap time. She loved it and did really well and was flirting with a little boy who kept mimicking her facial expressions (which meant he was mostly just sticking out his tongue). She loved it! We even stayed extra and played for a while. Class number 3 is today!

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  3. Hahahah, lucky! That tickeled our funny bones. :)
    I can see Hannah staring at that little boy who mimicked her and sticking her tongue out even further (just kidding).

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