Friday, February 24, 2006

Cat in the Hat

Big ups to Sandeep, our cat, for being such a willing fit model. He's modeling a hat I just finished for el Nino.

Now is this not the face of a proud Papa?

Eat Your Wheaties

Before I announced el Niño was on the way I wrote a post about weird dreams (linked here). Now that I’m sooooo much wiser as a 16week pregnancy veteran I know that progesterone is the culprit to my wildly vivid dreams. Last night's, was…well.... doubly weird.

I’m sitting on the grass with a friend and she says, let me see your chest and she lifts up my shirt and I have stalks of wheat growing from my nipples. We begin to pull them out and she says, “oh ya, I had that too, I just wanted to check.”

Um okay, does this mean I’ll be a bountiful lactate-ress, that I'm the personification of the harvest land?

Monday, February 20, 2006

Bring on the snails & puppy dog tails because....

This here baby is a boy!

Now, Sir Mallet just has pick one of the two names we've narrowed it down to. I'm ready to call this kid by name, but for now he'll be el Niño.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

No Honeymoon

Question: If this is what I look like at 14 weeks 4 days, how big will I look at 40 weeks?

Statement: The second trimester is commonly called the honeymoon period of pregnancy.

Realization: The above statement does not apply to me.

Explanation: The 2nd trimester has brought with it aches & pains from stretching body parts, awkward walking, crankiness and an anti-nesting, no-cooking instinct .

By comparison the first trimester was great for me. I had no morning sickness, wasn't all that tired and food tasted really good which moved me to do all sorts of cooking. Now when I present dinner choices to dear Alex, it goes something like this: "What do you want for dinner, eggs or macaroni and cheese out of a box?" To which Alex replies, "How about some protein with that macaroni and cheese?" "Okay, how about a side of bacon?"

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tacky Pants

Remembering this little sidebar from this week's New Yorker, has brought on random outbursts of the giggles.

From the Boston Globe:

Because of a reporting error, Dr. Arleigh Dygert Richardson III, former teacher at Lawrence Academy in Groton, was described in his obituary yesterday as favoring tacky pants with tweed jackets and Oxford shirts. Dr. Richardson favored khaki pants.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Rights-Managed Me

My images managed by Age Fotostock have finally been uploaded to their site. There are 10 of them, each very carefully code-worded for super-duper exposure and saleability. Have a look if you're so inclined.

Bold Browned Susan
Zen Rock Garden
Mt. Rainier
Alex on the diving board
Chloe Swinging
Dreamy Alex
Botanical Claire
Worn Tools

Monday, February 06, 2006

A Cat Lady's Transition to Kid Lady

Sandeep and his Mom, by Steph Dav

I’m far from really comprehending what's going to happen when MiniMallet comes into the scene, but I think I'm starting to get closer. Recently I’ve been introduced to some of the realities of parenthood and I'm totally freaked out.

My photog friend Stefanie came across her feeding and diapering record for her daughter Madison and happily shared it with me. I was not prepared for what I saw, which looked something like this:

12:00am feeding
1:40am feeding, poop and pee
3:00am feeding
4:50am feeding, poop and pee
6:20am feeding, pee
8:00am feeding
10:00am feeding poop and pee
2:00pm feeding pee
4:20pm feeding poop and pee
6:50pm feeding
8:45pm feeding, pee
10:30pm feeding, poop and pee
(start at the top again, different day, same routine)

Sure, I know there’s a lot time spent feeding and diapering but I had never actually seen hard data proving the frequency of this scenario. I'm starting to understand why so many people are telling me to enjoy sleep now, while I can.