Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Towels are BAD

I put the baby down in his crib so I could take a much-needed (at least psychologically-needed) shower after he had the sort of diaper-related incident very little babies have. He was fussing when I got out, not liking having been left alone so long, so I went in to pick him up with my hair still wrapped in a towel. He stopped fussing as he heard me and I picked him up, but then he looked at my face ... then up at the towel ... and stared at the towel for a loooooong minute ...

and then BURST into tears and could not be consoled until I got rid of the towel.

Now my hair looks funny. And now I know better than to wear a nasty evil towel on my head!

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Blog

In accordance with thoughts I expressed during my campaign, I've started a new blog at http://petelle150.wordpress.com/ (at wordpress largely for the greater ease of comment moderation) for communication with constituents about District 150 issues. It's bare-bones right now but I wanted to get it up and running; I'll pretty it up and get a better handle on the wordpress dashboard as time goes by.

I ask that you keep District issues to that blog; this blog is really my personal blog full of cat blogging and chronicling my son's every fart. :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Sulphurous Bowels of Hell

The baby was baptized yesterday, and as we always do in my family we were joking about the exorcism and going all, "Satan begone! Get out of the baby!" Today he's farting the stinkiest farts in history.

"Phew, his farts smell like the sulphurous bowels of hell!" I complained to my sister.

"Oh, he's just getting out the last of the Satan," she replied.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Some Cool Baby Stuff

I've been neglecting my blog because I've been exhausted (and busy), so I thought I'd do a quicky on neat baby stuff we've found particularly useful, since pretty much everyone we know is pregnant, men included.

We got an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper, which is a bassinet where one side folds down and it attaches to an adult bed (still leaving about a 4" high barrier between the baby and the adult bed). This allows the benefits of co-sleeping -- having the baby handy for nursing, being able to watch and touch the baby all night, etc. -- without the terrible risks of having a baby in an adult bed. It was particularly helpful while recovering from the C-section so I didn't have to get out of bed to get him. We got the mini (in blue gingham).

If you get an Arms Reach, the Mighty Bright book light perfectly fits on the bar and makes a very nice nightlight for checking on the baby or nursing without waking up the non-dairy parent. I think this would be my new trick for any bassinet, finding a book light that clips onto it!

I had one of these color-changing light balls that I picked up at Cub Foods for $5 a while back, because I'm weirdly fixated on lights that change color. This thing turns out to be BABY CRACK. He will stare at it for minutes on end. I'm getting another to use as a nightlight in his room.

One of the neatest things I got is a Milkband (front page cycles through pictures, one of which has a nursing woman in case nursing boob is disallowed for your workplace surfing). This is a bracelet of the "live strong" type, with two little sliders and a series of numbers so that you can mark the last time you nursed, and on the outside it says "Left" and the inside it says "Right" and you flip it inside out so you know which side you last started on, instead of mucking around with paperclips on your bra or whatever. The "left" is lowered (debossed into the bracelet) and the "right" is raised, so you can even tell in the dark. This was perhaps the coolest $6 I spent, since the first few weeks I was waaaaaaay too tired to remember when I last nursed (let alone on which side), but writing it down after the first pediatrician visit just seemed tedious. (Also, Milkbands had a computer hiccup so my order went out late ... so they sent me five of them instead of one!)