Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Random updates

Things have been busy busy busy here in my little corner of the world. And while I like being busy, I haven’t had much time lately to post. So I present a series of random updates in bullet form:

  • Boy child: He is driving everyone crazy with the talking. He never stops. Ever. There is no ceasing of the talking, even when you ask him to please be quiet. In fact, that seems to be nothing more than a challenge to him to talk more. My husband is by far the more patient parent of the two of us, and I have noticed lately that even HE is annoyed. We pick him up from daycare and find notes like “Talking a lot and not listening today” in his cubby. I am ashamed to admit that I have even begun using phrases that I’m not fond of, such as “Please, for the love of God, shut up!” I think telling someone to shut up is disrespectful and it’s not something that I want him to repeat to others, but when being polite doesn’t get the desired result, what else is there? And do you know how I know he will repeat it to others? Because he is a little sponge. The two seconds when he does stop talking long enough to hear what is going on around him, he has heard some doozies, which his little sponge brain absorbed and waited for the appropriate time to repeat. For example, on Mother’s Day morning he stubbed his toe on the banister of the stairs and yelled, “Son of a bitch!” Of course, I immediately felt the stabbing pains of maternal guilt because I know without a doubt he heard me say that when I have hurt myself. My people, we are a clumsy bunch. But other than the talking and swearing, he has been an utter delight. He’s also become rather protective of his little sister. We went to a wedding in Arkansas recently and he got to play with a couple of his second cousins. Kelsey went toddling along after them and one of the little boys took her hand and was walking next to her. Braden yelled, “Don’t touch my sister!” The hubby told him to calm down and said, “They can play with her too.” So Braden turned back to the boys and said, “Ok, you can LOOK at her then.” Something tells me she’s going to have big trouble when it comes time to start dating.

  • Girl child: We have started calling her McScreamy. At 14 months, she can already throw herself down on the floor and have a colossal temper tantrum if something is taken away from her, or if you have the nerve to set her down on the floor while you use the restroom, or cook, or pretty much do anything other than holding her. And y’all, that child is LOUD. She screams and the hubby comes running to see what happened, because with that much screaming, she must have lost a finger. Nope. She’s just unhappy and wants everyone to know it. But in her defense, she has had a lot to be unhappy about lately. She has been on antibiotics 9 times since the beginning of the year, all due to her ears (plus an eye drop antibiotic for conjunctivitis that cost us $60 for 3ml* – WTF???). We FINALLY have an appointment with the ENT specialist later this month to discuss tubes. And I can’t wait. I am so ready for her to start feeling better. And then maybe when she starts feeling better we can work on the whole weaning process. My goal was to breastfeed for a year, but she has a slightly higher number in mind. The only problem is that she nurses mainly for comfort and I turn into a giant pacifier, and she screams when the pacifier goes away. But I think it would be cruel to withhold her beloved pacifiers right now so we’ll work on getting her healthy and then worry about weaning her from the comfort nursing. On the positive side of things, she is just so delightful! She is learning the different facial features, and can point to her nose, as well as everyone else’s. She even tried to say the word “nose” the other day as she was pointing to hers, and it was adorable. She says mama and dada and I think she says ball, although it comes out as “ba.” “Ba” is one of those sounds that could mean just about anything. Oh, and she already has a thing for shoes and purses, which is just unbelievably cute (right now). Here’s a picture of her wearing my insulated lunch tote as a purse:

  • Work: My boss retired and as of yesterday, I officially have a new boss. So far he seems very nice, but it has been hard to get a feel for his management style in the two meetings we have had in the past month. Old boss had the tendency to be a tactless a-hole at times and I am hoping new boss won’t be that way (and so far I don’t get that impression at all). But still, it’s a change. And we have all been working hard to make sure everything was completed before the old boss left. It coincided with end of the fiscal year, so I have been busier than usual (which is good). Anyway, last Thursday we all went out for drinks after work to celebrate old boss’s last day. At the end of the evening we were all hugging old boss and he was giving us a peck on the cheek. We had this really awkward moment because I didn’t know which way to turn my head so we kept doing that thing – you know that thing that happens when you are trying to go through a door and there’s someone coming the other way and you don’t know who should go first so you both start and then stop and then start, until finally one person just waves the other through? It was sort of like that. And he stopped and said, “Well, I wasn’t going to go there.” He actually thought I was trying to kiss him on the lips and that’s why I kept turning my head! EWWWWW! I just laughed and said, “I wasn’t either!” Then I went to my car and wanted to dry heave. So it’s a good thing he’s gone because now I have that memory forever etched into my brain. Hopefully there will be no awkward hugging with new boss.

  • Knitting: I have two items that I am finished knitting, but now need some seaming. And I will put that part off as long as I can because I loathe seaming. I’m not sure why exactly, but I freely admit it. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can eke out enough time to work on those and get them finished. I also have a surprise to show:
    It’s still pretty uneven and has too much twist in places, but it’s the most yarn-like thing I have spun to date. If this keeps up, I will have to get my own wheel…

  • Politics: Ann Coulter is a bitch. That is all.

*$60 was my copay. The eye drops actually cost $71.99. For 3ml, which is just a little over a 1/2 teaspoon. How can they seriously charge that much for antibiotic eye drops??? And if anyone is curious, the drug is called Vigamox.

Have a safe and happy 4th!


Blogger KatyaR said...

YOU LET THAT MAN KISS YOU?!?!?!?!? ARE YOU INSANE? :<0 I hope you went home and did a Level 3 decontam shower.

If Girl had her hair up in a ponytail, she'd look just like the Flintstones' Pebbles--so cute! We need to go shopping for purses and stuff.

I can top you on the RX--the young lady who cuts my hair had to get prescription eyedrops because of allergies--$106 for 0.1 mil (and she has no insurance). Ugh . . . .

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Meira (comments AT voirdire DOT org) said...

It's a lot to comment on! ;o)

Re: Boy Child Talking Constantly: Yes, yes, yes . . . my boy child is going to his aunt's and I'm pretty excited for how quiet the house will be.

Re: McScreamy: Oh, I'm so freaking glad my z-girl has quit with that, although all that drama in a tiny body was pretty freaking cute the first couple times.

Re: Boss/New Boss: that's a big stressor, even if it goes well. Here's hoping it goes well.

Re: SPINNING. The thing I was really excited about!! You're spinning! Woooot!!!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I agree with the other comments, however I'm going to go one further and respond to your comment about Ann Coulter... She IS a bitch!!! She sends the message that she's terribly stuck on herself and she is very hateful. I can't imagine thinking that talking about the death of someone (ANYONE'S) son is a joke. That's horrible!!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Procrastiknitter said...

I hear ya with the kids! My 4.5 y/o will not be silent, not for even a millisecond! Stay dry and thanks for the comments and thoughts for me to stay dry. It was inconveient being stuck in the neighborhood, but I'm glad that that was all! ((HUGS)) and I hope it will work out with the new boss!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I hope I can remember all my comments. As far as boychild: my Niki is a talker too. And I need to watch my tongue too. I haven't sworn in front of him but did tell my husband to shut up in front of him and he promptly repeated it. Even though you were horrified at him repeating SOB, I chuckled because they don't even understand things and just repeat anything. Your girl: so, so cute with her carrying around things. And Niki was a screamer too (poor kid, gets a bad rap)and he has a siren scream to boot. Ugh! I sympathize! Hard to wean when you don't want them to grow up either...
Boss: the kissy thing made me laugh outloud. I would feel the same way and would hope to never see him again. Blame it on the booze...

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missy, honey, you had me at "Ann Coulter is a bitch."

I feel your pain with the chatty little one. I have a three-year old boy (which you know, since you read me) and I feel your pain: "Look, Mama, watch this, Mama, see? See? SEE? Mama, you're not looking. Oh no, Mama, look at THIS! And then, Mama, look at THAT! Oh SHIT, Mama!" (yes, he got that one from me) It makes me want to stick my fingers in my ears and say, "LALALALALALA" Hang in there!

5:11 PM  

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