First Trip to the Zoo
Yesterday Maisy and I went to the zoo with some of the in-laws for my nephew’s second birthday. We walked through all the exhibits, rode the train, and rode the merry go round. While I was busy enjoying the animals and telling my niece all sorts of fun facts about each one, Maisy was busy enjoying watching the kids. At least one of us actually observed the animal part of the zoo.
Confession From Your Average Mother
Yesterday evening I resolved to take Maisy to the park for a ride on the swing. When this stubborn Swede resolves to do something you better believe it’s going to get done, even if it’s by tooth and nail. So, when we show up to a partially busted baby swing I plop Maisy in anyway. My strong 10-month-old latches her killer grip onto the chains and off she goes smiling and laughing successfully for several minutes. Now, this next moment I’ve played over and over again in my head and I still can’t figure out how it happened, but suddenly my secure little girl has flipped over the front of the swing, done a front flip, and landed flat on her belly. I’m frozen like a deer in headlights for a split second waiting for her to scream. She doesn’t make a sound. I pick up my baby girl to find her working on a mouthful of sand. She doesn’t even look upset, just perplexed at this new in-mouth phenomenon. As I’m cleaning her off and trying to help get the sand out of her mouth I realize she’s getting mad that I’m trying to help. So I let her eat the sand, she deserves to eat sand if she wants after tumbling off a swing.
Mama Bear to the Rescue
Last night I’m hanging clothes on the line (yeah I forgot to do the load when I could benefit from faster drying by the sun shine) when I spot Sam in the garden. Now that it’s warm out one of my goals is to train the dogs to stay out of the garden, so I start commanding him to get out. Instead, he does this dance. I command again as I start walking towards him, getting more furious by the second. He does his dance again. I command him yet again though I’m slowly realizing something else is going on. He does a dance again. Then I’m upon him, I scoop him up and plop him out of the raised bed. My eyes settle on a patch of downy fur. Sure enough, the dance that signals Sam has happened upon an unknown source of movement was legitimate. I see the area surrounding the fur rustle. Once. Twice. Three times. I’m trying to glimpse what I have here thinking that some of the rustling will reveal a little more. No luck, so I grab a nearby small planter to act as a shovel to help me investigate – don’t want my fingers nipped by whatever is in there nor do I want to get diseased bird germs all over my hands. I’m ruffling through the leaf and fur debris expecting to happen upon a wounded bird. Instead, I uncover a whole pile of baby bunnies. These cute little buggers are nestled right next to the row of carrots I just planted. Of course. If only Maisy were old enough to at least enjoy these cute little pests. Instead, the animal enthusiast and mama bear that I am, I am standing guard over these little babes every time I have to let Sam out to pee. Please grow up fast little bunnies.
Confession of a Sleep Deprived Mother
Just before dawn Maisy wakes to nurse yet again. I doze off as soon as she gets to work only to wake moments later to an odd warm sensation on my leg. In my half dream state my mind bounces through the possibilities. Did I wet myself? No, that’s not possible from the outer side of my leg. Did my water break? No, I don’t have one of those. Is a really hot Maisy leg touching me? No. Did she throw up. No. Is my breastmilk leaking all over? No, my breasts are too far away from my thigh (at least for now, talk to me after more babies and maybe I’ll be whistling a different tune). Did Maisy pee? Did her diaper fall off? That’s an awful lot of pee to be coming from her.
I root around in the dark. Maisy feels bone dry. And then I feel just under the side of her rump that’s nestled in closest to me. Soaking wet. I have two choices: one, wake my now sleeping baby and change everything from her diaper to her sleep sack to my clothes to the sheets; two, embrace the warmth and go to sleep. I chose the latter.