Following Up

July 21, 2008

By some miracle, I seem to have avoided a full-blown case of mastitis.  After posting that on Saturday, the very next time BabyN ate, he sucked the clog right out.  It was just tender for a little while afterwards, and now it’s fine.  And Jessica, I’d heard the cabbage thing before, but since I’d never tried it, I’d forgotten about it.  If I have the boob issues again, I’ll definitely have to try it.

We’ve also been working with PJ on keeping the sheets on his bed, but it’s still not happening.  I’m struggling between resolve to stick to my word about refusing to give him any of his comforts for bed and feeling too mean about it.  I can’t decide whether this is a battle worth fighting.  M assures me that it is; we’re both sick of making his bed twice a day every day.  If he knows better–and he does–then he should be able to exert at least that little bit of self-control.

I just feel like I’m bordering on child abuse by making sleep on a bare mattress with no blankets or anything (not that he needs them in this heat).  We relented several times this weekend and gave him back some of his confiscated comforts, although not all of them, and I doubt it was a good decision.  I wish I could find a compromise I felt comfortable with, something harsh enough to teach him a lesson but that doesn’t make me feel heartless.

By the way, tomorrow BabyN turns ten months.  I think it’s high time to retire his nickname I’m using here, since he’s only barely a baby anymore.  I’m having a creative brain fart as to good nicknames to replace BabyN, though, so I’m hoping I can appeal to you guys for some help in the creative department.  Do you have any suggestions for something new and more mature I can call him here?  All suggestions are welcome, and the odds are good that I’ll end up choosing from them, since I have no ideas of my own at the moment.


A Different Sort of Vacation

July 7, 2008

I’m sorry.  I’ve had nothing interesting or unique to write about lately, and I’m even boring myself.  If I don’t care, why should you?  I don’t blame you for my readership declining; it’s the obvious lack of effort I’m putting into this blog.

I feel like I’ve lost my motivation to blog.  I just don’t really want to do it, but I feel like I need to, so I just throw something up there, knowing it’s sub-par at best.  Then I get tired of having that awful post at the top, so I crank out something else pathetic to replace it.  It’s a nasty cycle of one bad post after another.

So I’m bowing out gracefully (if that’s still possible) right now.  At least for the moment, I’m done blogging.  I may still post an update or two on the family blog, but only because it keeps the annoying phone calls from the in-laws to a minimum.  Otherwise, this blog is going to end up abandoned for the time being.

Maybe I’ll come back.  In fact, I highly suspect I will.  In the past I’ve found I can’t stay away for long, but I’m going to try to make it a point to only blog when I have something worth blogging.  With any luck I’ll accumulate some good stuff worth blogging during my time off.  And until then, go enjoy reading blogs by other people that are actually worth reading.

How’d You Get Here?

June 18, 2008

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time and am finally getting around to it.  I don’t know about you, but I find it quite amusing to see what search terms bring people to my blog.  (That’s one great advantage of wordpress over blogger since they don’t make you figure out how to do this yourself.)  I thought I’d share some of the most common search terms today, especially the ones that make me giggle.

–afterthoughts: You’re not surprised?  Oh, well.  I’m just hoping it’s people looking for the store and not people googling me to avoid showing up in any greater detail on my stats (you know, to stay anonymous because I might know them or something).  I’m the first non-commercial site listed when you google afterthoughts.

–two boys in one room (or bed): That gets people to this post.  I highly suspect that this is not what they are looking for.  I’m sorry, creepy people, but my two young boys sharing a room does not have the homosexual undertones that you included in your search.  I can only hope that I’m misinterpreting this and instead encouraging other mothers of two boys to let them share a room.

–elmer fudd sounds: Why do people search for this?  Do they want an audio clip of Elmer Fudd speaking?  I’m sure this is not what they had in mind.

–throat is on fire (or frog in throat): Are they looking for a diagnosis?  Or a treatment plan?  If so, all I can say is GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR.  I can only offer sympathy.

–boobs full of milk (or milk-filled boobs): I really don’t think I have what they’re looking for here.  You see, I’m really not into posting pornographic pictures of my lactating breasts.  Just…ewww.  (By the way, I’m also in the top few hits for these searches as well–just behind Dooce, if you can believe it.)

–many different pregnancy complaints: I wish I had written down some of the more interesting ones when they were still on my blog stats page.  I guess I complained enough while I was pregnant to offer sympathy to women with any number of pregnancy complaints.  The ones on my blog stats page right now are “sore hips in third trimester” and “progesterone shots advice.”  Guess what, girls?  All those complaints (most of them anyway) are totally normal!  And if you don’t believe me, why don’t you ask your doctor instead of just googling it?  Or, if you’d rather, you can e-mail me, and I’ll look it up in my trusty What to Expect book and verify it for you.

–birth announcement etiquette: I think sometimes they’re looking for the etiquette to respond to a birth announcement too.  I’m afraid I’m not much help, since the post they find is looking for advice as well.  Since posting this, though, I have learned that there isn’t really a set etiquette for either sending birth announcements or responding to them, not like wedding invitations.  You send the announcements to people you think would be interested in knowing you’ve had a baby, and you reply however you want.  The new mother would certainly welcome a gift, but the odds are good that she’s forgotten everyone who got an announcement anyway in her post-partum haze and won’t miss a gift from you.

retile a kitchen floor: This is my absolute favorite search term to show up.  It’s also the most popular search term right now.  Why is it so funny?  Imagine that you’re a young husband wanting to impress his wife by retiling his own kitchen floor.  You don’t have a clue where to begin, so instead of going to Lowe’s or Home Depot for advice, you google it.  In the first five hits, you stumble into this page.  Go read it and you’ll see why I have to hide my evil, maniacal laughter thinking of a poor, unsuspecting young husband finding this by accident.  Bwahahahaha!  No kids for you!

I’m Back and Desperate to Blog

June 2, 2008

We’re back from vacation.  Actually we got back yesterday afternoon, but we’ve been busy unpacking and making this place livable again.  We still have lots to do.  Being gone for a week sure makes you notice how cluttered and dirty your house is when you see it again.

Anyway, I have lots of stories to tell from the week.  If I get time later tonight, I’ll start telling them.  Otherwise, they’ll have to wait until tomorrow when normal routines return as M goes back to work.  I promise they’re worthwhile–everything from the frustrating to hilarious to sweet.  Oh, and I’ve already taken the several HOURS to catch up on all of your blogs.  Sorry for the lack of comments (like that’s new), but I was more interested in catching up than saying something about it just yet.  It looks like a lot happened with you guys in the last ten days!

And can you believe I actually stayed away from the computer, e-mail, and blogs for a full ten days?!

Not Intentionally Brushing You Off

April 22, 2008

I’ve got a busy day planned, and the boys didn’t wake me up early this morning, so I’m already behind.  For that reason, I’m going to neglect this blog for now.  I had something kind of thought-provoking to write, but I don’t feel like taking the time to sit down and think it all out for now.  We’ll see; if I finish what I’ve got planned for today early, maybe I’ll come back and write something.  If I’m not captivated by yet another episode of Blue’s Clues, that is.

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?

April 11, 2008

I have a lot I could talk about and kind of want to talk about, but it’s not going to happen.  I have stuff going on that is going to keep me from posting for at least a few days.  I’ll still be around reading like always, but don’t expect any comments or anything.  Sorry.


April 7, 2008

I’m here, but I’ve been distracted today.  Hopefully I’ll be working on something mildly interesting for tomorrow.  Not sure what yet, but I’m hoping for inspiration.