Single parent for two days
Julian and I are solo for two days while Dan is on the East Coast for business. I have a million things to get done, but it's harder when I'm the sole caregiver. Right now I have Julian napping in his Moby Wrap on my front while I clean up the house and do little tasks. He can sleep for hours in there sometimes. I can't do dishes very well (can't get close to the sink, hard to do squats over and over to unload the dishwasher), but I can do lots of other things. We need to take Bugs for his daily walk pretty soon. I got a shower today while Julian watched Baby Neptune, so I'm doing pretty well.
I take back what I said about the Baby Einstein series of videos. Well, partially at least. I watched Baby Van Gogh and Baby Neptune, and those aren't toy porn. At least not as bad as Baby Bach, for example. I think Baby Bach is the one that is just nonstop images of different toys, like a video toy catalogue. But the others have real-life images of animals and fruits and stuff like that. Baby Van Gogh teaches colors, it's not bad. I just saw Baby Galileo and Baby Beethoven, hmmm....I thought we had all these videos. Didn't even know those existed.
Julian is getting so big. He is morphing into a different baby. Not different, but an expanded version of what he was before. He looks a lot like me all of a sudden too. He has more hair, and his head is much bigger, his body is longer...kind of remarkable. I mean, obviously babies grow, but it's just shocking how fast it happens. He weighs over 15 pounds now, so he has almost doubled his birth weight.
I need to start carrying him on my back. The Kozy Carrier that I ordered a few days before Julian was born is STILL not here. The owner is a stay-at-home mom who sews the carriers herself, so I knew it would take a while, but come on..he is 3.5 months old now! This is supposedly my last sling. Well, maybe when he is older I will get an Ergo, but that's it, we are pretty much set. The Kozy Carrier is custom-made of a beautiful silk Asian-print fabric. I hope I can get it in time for Lisa and Ray's wedding in Mexico...it will be nice to have something beautiful to wear Julian in for the big occasion. And I can wear him on my back, which should be much less tiring. Having him on my front is *way* easier than holding him or having him in a carseat, but as he gets heavier it makes me lean backwards to support his weight, not good for my back. Plus I can't see my feet, so I worry about falling sometimes. Definitely will be better to have him on my back.
Oh, I forgot to say that we finished the back patio project, it's all tiled and beautiful, We are just waiting for the plants to grow now. Went to Scott Creek Beach yesterday near Davenport and collected some really cool stones, and I have to get a trellis for one of the vines. We are going to build two mosaic fountains, just need to get frames constructed and buy some concrete, otherwise I think we have all the materials. It's going to be a really lovely space once those fountains are in. I can't wait to get started. Must get that finished before I go back to work.
On the way back from the beach yesterday we got stuck on Hwy 17 coming over from Santa Cruz for THREE HOURS. There was an accident in Los Gatos that blocked the beach traffic up for at least twenty miles. There's nowhere else to go, no side roads, nothing to do but just hope that they clear it as soon as possible. It was so bad. We had the dog and baby in the car, I was in the backseat with Julian in a tiny space smaller than an airplane seat, and no aisle to walk in. Everyone started to go a little stir-crazy after the second hour sitting in traffic. I was glad that I got the windows tinted so dark (my Hybrid Limo, yeah!), I could take Julian out of his carseat and nurse him and try to amuse him on my lap without anyone being able to see me from outside. Thank god we were all together. I kept thinking, what if I were with the baby in traffic like that by myself, and he had to sit in the back seat in his carseat for three hours while I was trapped in front? Awful to even consider.
And finally, a cute potty training story. I took Julian into the bathroom yesterday to see if he wanted to go potty, and Dan was already peeing in there. Julian was watching him, so I told him that someday he could stand up and pee like Daddy, but for now he could be a big boy and pee in his potty *next* to Daddy. And he started peeing right after I said that, it was so funny. Right on cue. Then a big smile. That baby is just so adorable. ;-)