Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Crush is Upon Me

This is when things start to get crazy.  I don't want to have to get an extension on one of my papers, but I'm afraid I might have to.  There is so much that I haven't been able to get done, even spending most of the time Z is in school.  Oy, I'm not freaking out yet, but I'm probably going to get there.

That said, Thanksgiving was so much fun!  We had it at my uncle's and his wife's parents were cooking about half the meal and my grandmother the other half.  I threw in a couple of pies and everyone was pretty much wishing for death after stuffing themselves.  It was amazingly delicious, everyone had a great time.  It was filled with good family stories, lots of Kinect Dance Central 2, tons of food and kids playing outside.  A major freakout was avoided on my part while I was downstairs taking my Kinect turn and Z was upstairs with about half the adults and all of the other kids. The kids outside opened the screen door that Z was leaning against and she got a face plant into a pile of leaves and mud.  It wasn't serious enough for anyone to call me, so I heard about it about 10 minutes later after the grandmothers had cleaned her off.  She didn't have any cuts or scrapes and when I saw her again, she was sliding across the hardwood floods and chasing her non-walking older cousin.  She didn't seem at all upset, so I just rolled with it.  This kid has a noggin made of steel.  She bumps her head about 5 time everyday and just keeps on going. I take my cues from her and if she doesn't cry, I don't make a fuss!  So far, so good.

So back to school, the end is near and the ominous tone is starting to play in the back of my head.  At least Z's incisors have broken through on both sides, so I think she's over the worst of her 3 hours of sleep per night.  Next week, she's in school 4 days per week, there isn't a crazy amazing holiday involving more food that any human should consume at once and I can really get down to business...or sleep.  I'll try to balance both urges.  2 exams, 1 project and 2 papers (possibly 1) to go.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Talk about productive

I have a phone call with my externship "boss" and have completed almost 30 hours of work on my project in the past week.  I'm only required to do another 25, but I think I'll end up spending a bit more.  It's a really open ended 50 state survey assignment, so it's just jumping from state to state trying to gather all of the info, nothing too terrible.  I'll be glad when it's over because then I can really hunker down for my papers.  40 pages in 20 days (not including weekends).  That's totally doable, if I keep up all of this work.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I'm so excited.  This will be my first non-improvised Thanksgiving in about 5 years.  All of the ingredients I need will be here, I can just go out to buy something last minute and not have to remember to try and bring it with me months before so I can have it on the day.  We're having it at my uncle's after I promised his wife there would be help with the clean up.  They have the best set up, most room, and her mom is a caterer!  I'm going to bake two pies, probably pumpkin and apple.  I think I'll go to their house early and bake it there, we'll see.  I was kind of hoping to make my own pie crust like I usually do, but given the decreased amount of counter space/oven space I'll probably just end up buying pre-made dough and baking ahead of time...or buying the pies!  Have I said how excited I am!!! It's going to be so delicious, everyone will be there, we'll have a great time eating until we're stuffed, laughing, maybe playing a little Dance Central and then my mom and I will be gearing up to go shopping.  I don't plan on going crazy, but I do like the fun of Black Friday shopping.  I'll pickck up a couple of things I've seen and then back home to pass out/eat more leftovers.  Oh the leftovers, talk about the best part.  Can't wait.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Any Double Stroller Suggestions?!

Since we're going to have 2 under 2 we're going to need a double stroller.  I've been trying to do some research and some of these things are just ridiculous! We are not going to pay $450 for a stroller.  Something that works for an infant as well as a toddler would be ideal.  I keep scoping out the ones I see in the mall that look really cool, but I think they are probably the $450+ models.  It needs to be something that we can actually travel with since we'll be flying every so often.  Any suggestions? Or should I just go with an umbrella stroller and the Graco we have now and never take the two of them out on my own.

A Better Day

Thanks for all of the pep talks after my last post.  I'm doing a lot better now.  The countdown to Liam coming back has begun, Z is going to be in school for 4 days, I have a good schedule for getting my papers done, they have started playing Christmas music already (would normally annoy me, but I needed a pick me up) and the Hunger Games trailer just came out.

If you haven't read the Hunger Games series, do it!  I know it's supposed to be a young adult book, but I found the subject matter pretty grown up and have gotten about half of my family to read it.  I can't wait for the movie! And they better not screw it up.

I didn't realize how much I'm looking forward to next semester until I started to realize just how uninterested I am in some of my classes this semester.  I am not going to be a regulator, it doesn't float my boat and requiring what seems like 5 credit hours of work for a 2 credit class isn't cool.  International mergers, negotiations, things like that are fun to me!  Next semester is all of that stuff.  Yay!

I'm taking off one day in Nov, so I only have 1 more day of class to go.  Things are starting to get a bit hairy and people are starting to freak out, but I'm just trying to be very calm about it and not freak myself out.  It helps that I'm not around all of these people all of the time.  The study timeline is 4 days/wk of 8 hours of intense studying/writing/researching.  I'll also try to squeeze in some studying on the days Z is home with me, but I usually try to reserve nap time for nap time for me, doing/folding laundry, washing/making bottles, cleaning up our room and the rec room or just taking a little time to veg on the couch.

She's 11.5 months today and turning into such a little person.  She's running, great at saying "bye bye" and "thank you".  She's getting better at family names and does now seem to say "mama" to me specifically and usually when she wants something.  I'm trying to keep her from associating fake crying with I get what I want, so I try to let her figure things out so that she'll do it herself.  Her new favorite fake cry moment is when she puts something into her crib like a marker/plastic hanger and tries to pull it our horizontally and not vertically.  She figures it out pretty quickly, but still likes to give a little "you gonna help me" cry.  It's amazing how quickly I was able to discern the "I just fell and hit my mouth and might be seriously injured" cry from the "I fell off of one step onto my butt and I'm a little scared" cry.  I love that Z is an independent kid, she'll just sit and play on her own even with a house filled with people and then all the sudden just run into the room and start playing peek-a-boo.

Her level of comfort with people really makes me happy.  She isn't afraid to just walk up to a person, check them out, maybe ask for a pick up and then get down and run off to do something else.  I like that she isn't afraid of people and under my watchful eye I have no problems letting her wander around,  interact with people and do her own thing.  I think kids are actually really good at trusting their own instincts until we practically beat it out of them with stranger danger and things like that.  If she can learn now to start following her instincts when it comes to people, I'll feel a lot better in the long run.  So far her favorite strangers of choice are: women with kids, pretty ladies in general, men with kids and other little kids.  It's really funny to see her interact with other people and their reactions to her.  While I'm usually only about 5 feet away I think a lot of people are a bit surprised I let her interact with them, especially the men.  It kind of makes me feel bad because men, especially dad's have to feel so afraid when they go out with their kids that other people may be wary of them just because they are men, but that's a talk for anther day.  Wow, this post is a lot longer than I intended, but I guess that's what happens when you're sitting in a class that doesn't even make sense!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Bad Day

I've been away for a big because Liam was here!  He was here and now he's gone.  It's really difficult for me to not cry while writing this.  I think part of it is hormones, but the majority of it is that he's gone.  Having him here was so great.  I didn't realize just how tired I was until I had someone else that I could fully share parenting responsibilities with for a bit.  Now that Z is running around like a mad woman the reprieve of having him here has just made it harder for him to be away.  I really don't know how military families do it and we certainly reflected on that on Veteran's Day.

Things I know about the last 7 days.  1) I probably didn't make the percentages I needed for the MPRE 2) Z can do about 2 hours in the car before she starts to get pissed off 3) Z is not adjusting to the time change well and has been voicing her opinion very loudly during the night 4) I'm so behind in school work 5) I need to start napping more while Z is away because I'm dragging pretty much 24/7.

I've put Z into daycare for 4 days a week until Christmas.  I'm hoping this extra day will help me get more done, nap more and hopefully just give me more of a break.  Being pregnant again while in school certainly isn't bringing out the overachiever in me!  I'm praying we have a good night and she'll sleep, take a bottle and go right back to sleep and not have a fussy crazy night like the night's before.

The semester is winding down and I'm so ready for the beginning of the end.  I'm very excited for classes next semester.  I was able to merge my schedule requirements with ones that would actually interest me.  This semester was so much more of a crapshoot.  Now that the end is nearer we're really starting to think about our future, things we'll be able to do together and what our life may look like once we're all back together.  We get 3 months together as a family of 3 before we'll add another little one.  It's still so crazy to think back to where things were only 4 years ago.  Liam and I hadn't even met.  The first time we met was 3 days from now at a party thrown by a friend.  While it was our first meeting it wasn't the first time we probably walked by one another and didn't even notice.  We later found out, after we'd been dating a while that we were at another party about a month earlier (appearing in the backgrounds of each others photos), but didn't even see each other.  Trip down memory lane sponsored by raging hormones and separation anxiety.

Tomorrow begins crunch time until Christmas.  I'll make the best of it, stick my nose to the grindstone and make it work.  I sure do wish I could have a nice margarita though!