Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Not sure I would go so far as to call it dislocated ... more like pulled ... I mean it was out of the socket, but not to the point where it looked funny ... I could just tell that she was hurting. Once we got her arm immobilized, she was totally calm ... and by the time we got to the doctor's office she was even smiling! The doctor just checked her entire arm - very carefully - and then bent her arm so that her hand touched her shoulder - there was a tiny pop and that was it ... she didn't cry at all, and she's been using her arm like normal. But it's good to know that it's actually quite common - especially once they start walking and you hold their hands up over their head. And I feel good about the ultimate outcome because I feel like Natalie did a good job communicating with me, and I was able to maintain my composure ... good to know for future and more serious situations - mommy instinct just kind of kicks in :)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
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Clearly, love was in the air ;) And the thought that Natalie will - one day - fall in love fills me with mixed emotions. And I find myself wondering what was it like for my mom and dad to watch me fall in love with Chad? Life is just one big circle, isnt' it?!
The rest of this "holiday" was spent with the stomach flu. Natalie had it last week, and I was lucky enough to get it just in time to ruin my romantic dinner plans for Chad. The heart-shaped meatloaf and German chocolate cake had to wait until Saturday night ... better late than never! More than anything, this day of L-O-V-E reminded me just how blessed I am to be a wife and mommy; does it get any better than this?
After much practice and coaching and cheering (what is this little league?) and much to my delight, Natalie is now rolling from her tummy to her back. Not consistently, and not with much proficiency, but she's doing it! It's such a wonderfully choreographed movement ... straighten the arm, bend the opposite knee, and tilt the head back - ever so slowly. It's really the weight of that cute noggin that makes it all possible - at least in Natalie's version of the tummy-to-back waltz.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Here are a few other blogs with the same name:
- "How motherhood has made me smarter" http://www.bradyhq.com/
- "It happens to the best of us" - http://mommybrain.net/
And here's a poem I found entitled, "Mommy Brain" - imagine that!
If you've left the crayons to melt in the car,
And forgotten just where the car keys are,
There's a perfectly good way to explain:
You see, you've come down with "Mommy Brain."
When you're not sure where the past 8 hours went,
Or whether the phone bill check's been sent,
If you've left the laundry drying in the rain,
It's just--you guessed it--Mommy Brain.
If you find yourself chatting for hours on end
About diaper prices with your cyberfriends,
You've just caught a particularly virulent strain
Of that affliction known as Mommy Brain.
If you left your bags at the grocery store
Or completely forgot what you went there for,
If you called the cat by your baby's name,
You can bet that Mommy Brain's to blame.
And if you know the words to "Goodnight Moon" by heart,
Or you study your sleeping babe like a work of art,
If you're always surprised by how time is flying,
And the thought of that first birthday starts you crying.....
It's unavoidable girls, and I feel your pain,
For I, too, suffer from Mommy Brain.
But I'll admit one thing--of this I'm sure:
I hope they never find a cure.
©1998 Carlotta Stankiewicz