Mish Mosh of Random

Time really does fly when you have kids.
Cliche but true.
Little miss is almost four months old and I haven’t even done her three month wrap up OR picture.

::shaking my head::

I haven’t just been busy with the kiddo either. But she adds a whole ‘nother layer of busy to everything else I do around here. An unpredictable layer.

For example, she’s taking a very long nap today. Long for her. Long ever. Almost two and a half hours. But I wouldn’t know she’d sleep so long and so can’t plan for this blessed amount of time to get things done. Because typically she cat naps for 30 minutes at a time. So I usually run around the house as fast as I can throwing laundry in, folding, taking a shower (maybe), doing dishes (quietly), and/or making up the bed.  Today, she catnapped around 9am and then fell asleep on me around 10:30. Here we are, two + hours later…

So I thought I’d take advantage and write a bit since the laundry is just about caught up, the kitchen is clean and the trailer is set up for our next set of visitors.

Happy summer time everyone! Our “heatwave” isn’t nearly as bad as our neighbors to the east (specifically Seattle/Tacoma) but it’s been pretty warm.  Hopefully, we’ll be back to our normal 60ish degrees by the time September rolls around.

We go back to school officially the Wednesday after Labor Day but we have a few days of inservice the week before our first day. I’ve been sketching out physical changes I want to make to my classroom as well as curricular ones.

I have things to paint and rearrange in there. Files to empty and set back up again. Boxes to be packed and cleaning to be done. My notebook to set up. The Mister and I are shooting for next week to get both our rooms in order. We’ll pass the baby back and forth. I may even have one of The Mister’s former students come in for a bit to watch her while one or both of us work.

I’m not really ready to go back to work. Well, I am but I’m not. I’m looking forward to focusing just on my Alternative kids this year. I’m looking forward to only working three days a week. But I’m not looking forward to little miss being in daycare. At least she’ll be with us more than she’s in care. And she will have a little friend who’s six months older than her there too.

I just have a feeling the first day is going to be tough. Like tears tough. For all of us.

But we’ll get through it. I’m not the first working mom ever to leave her child with strangers. And our daycare has come highly recommended by many people. So that’s reassuring.

So what else didn’t you want to know about my thoughts on leaving my baby in daycare??

Anyway.

I’ve also been researching and cooking more vegan and vegetarian meals these days. Little miss seems to have an aversion to dairy and beans and I’ve been avoiding meat. That makes for some interesting meals. Lots of veggies, some eggs, and a protein shake supplement just to be sure I’m getting enough protein while I’m still breastfeeding.

I do feel lighter eating so many veggies. My stomach, while no where near the flatness it was 10 years ago, feels flatter without dairy. I still have lots of work to do on tightening up the muscles but it’s good to not be working against the bloat of processed foods.

I really like Happy Herbivore and Bold Vegan recipes. Also, Post Punk Kitchen has some fun recipes as well. But like I said, it’s really interesting trying to find recipes that don’t use lentils or beans. Hopefully once little miss starts eating solids, I’ll be able to at least add those things back into my diet. I’ll have a much wider recipe base to choose from.

Have you ever cut out dairy or meat before? What happened?

Karma

As I type, I’m sitting in my classroom, listening to a whole hoard of elementary school children file in the auditorium (above which my classroom sits) and a little irritation rises up inside me.

Don’t they know we have classrooms up here?

Can’t their teachers keep them quieter?

Why are little kids SO loud?

And then it hits me.

My kid is probably going to be the loudest of all someday.

I’m only saying that because I wasn’t a terribly loud kid but The Mister and I can get into some loud conversations about nonsense that sounds like something dramatic but it’s not.  On occasion.  Nothing earth-shattering or vow-breaking, just… we’re loud sometimes when we’re talking to one another.

Plus there’s that whole “paybacks are a B&$#H!” karma/divine retribution thing.

I can only imagine what our kiddo will pick up from us.

Changing the subject just slightly, we are just about ready to meet this little one.  Like I mentioned before, the nursery is done.  My DIY project is done (both with much help from my lovelies.)  The car seat base is in the car, as is the hospital bag though I keep adding to it.  Lip balm anyone?  We heard first hand at our last birthing class that having your favorite lip balm handy is a top priority because the hospital-provided balm is crap.

What’s the first thing The Mister grabbed when I texted him last week and told him my midwife thought that my water broke?  My lip balm.  He’s so good. (P.S. Obviously my water had not broken or I’d have posted Peanut pictures already. False alarm! But The Mister was ready!)

As we creep closer to 38 weeks (seriously, this last month is taking forever to get through!), I’m sad, happy, excited, and nervous all at the same time.  The sadness is reserved for my students.  I’m sorry to be leaving them next week, three months shy of the end of the year, and six weeks before their AP exam.  They’ve been really wonderful and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to teach AP this year.  I may not have this chance again.

At the same time, I’m really excited to meet this little bug that’s been growing inside me for the last 8 months (truly, finding out we were pregnant at roughly four weeks makes for a long pregnancy but so worth it.)  I’m also nervous because, well, I’m a first time mom.  And I don’t want to be super paranoid first time mom or lax either. I can’t believe the hospital sends brand new babies home with newbie parents!

And because of that whole karma thing, Peanut will probably be late, prolonging my elephant ankles and waddle even more.