‘Scuse me!? Is that mine?

Confession…  I might like the baby pears more than she does.

Oh, come on.  Admit it.  You taste test your kid’s food too.

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I Interrupt

…this one-month birthday celebration ( letter coming later today, I hope) to bring you this confession…

Sometimes, when I’m taking a bath with Baby Girl on the floor, securely belted into the bouncy seat and she starts to get fussy… I take a few extra moments rinsing the shampoo out of my hair, keeping my ears under water to muffle the sound.

I’m going to Mommy Hell.

Oh boy….

I’m a lists person…. I like to make to-do lists. They keep me organized, they keep me focused and most important I feel like I’ve accomplished something when I get to cross something off. However the current looming list of things that need to be accomplished before the baby arrives has me feeling a bit… um…. choked. Actually it’s the same feeling I get at work when there is SO much to do that I just don’t know where to start.

So, let’s look at the list, shall we?

– Pick up baby furniture
– Set up the nursery – including putting together the crib
– Repaint the nursery
– Pick out a new color of paint for the nursery (clearly this list is in no particular order)
– Buy a boat load of stuff – car seats, stroller, bottles, clothes, blankets, toys, teething rings, diapers….
– Buy a new car (my lease is up in July)
– Buy Craig a new car (soft-top, two-door Jeep Wranglers are not exactly baby friendly)
– Make a final breast feeding vs. bottle feeding decision
– Finish up all the ‘house’ projects that are still unfinished – including but not limited to the basement, the sidewalks, the pool, the patio, the driveway.
– Figure out a plan of action for my maternity leave – much more on this subject later, but I need to figure out how to not be at work for 6 weeks and yet not be forgotten or left out of important meetings and decisions.
– Figure out how to balance the working mom thing

So, maybe the list isn’t that overwhelming and in theory, I do still have four months. But in reality, I have until the beginning of August before I lose my husband to football season. Which means that other than the work stuff, most of that jazz has to be done in the next 2 months.

BUT there’s so much of it that I can’t do yet. I can’t do anything with the furniture until it comes in. I don’t want to buy a lot of stuff until I see what we get at a baby shower. The house project stuff is all underway but the contractors move about as fast as grass grows. I need to meet with my boss to talk about maternity leave but I refuse to do that until after he rewrites my job description and reanalyzes my salary. So, maybe it’s time to break out the Sherwin Williams color wheel again…

Confession: I Pimped my Child this Weekend

Working at the restaurant Saturday night (yes, Valentine’s Day – curtains for the dining room trump dinner with my husband!) I was waiting on two of my favorite customers… they are just really sweet, nice, people who first came in the day after Craig proposed and since then if I’m working, I wait on them. We just really click… Anyway, when the husband asked if I was still married, I asked if they could keep a secret and told them about the baby. They were super excited for us and then left me a FAT tip with a congratulations note on the back of their receipt!
This goes down as the first time that I shamelessly used my child to get money. Sadly, it won’t be the last!! 😉