Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In case you needed a play-by-play

It happened people. Some big thangs happened this past weekend.

Charlie made some big moves finally graduating from Duke Divinity (thank goodness),

first in line outta there

and it was Mother's Day, my first... but we'll say second because she was still in my tummy for the first one.

The events of this weekend took A. Lot. Out of me. I by lunch time on Sunday I was pooped and ready for a serious nap.

Saturday morning during first nap (we're down to 2 now, so the preciousness of these is SOOOO much more obvious) I went for my monthly re-attempt at being a runner again. Conclusion was that I am just as slug/ogre like as last month. How did I run like 8 miles a day when I was younger??

Then my parents came into town for some old fashioned canoodle with the gradbaby time. That did give me time to pretend I was going to paint my toenails when in reality I just took a nap. Then things really kicked into second gear when our baby-on-the-way friends Tanner and Hannah came over for baby wrangling practice while Charlie did a little thing called GRADUATE FROM DUKE.

We fought the rain and wind over to Durham (that was my 6th trip there this week, save me) a hour before the Baccalaureate to find that there were less that zero seats still available in the whole of Duke Chapel.

at least the heads in front of me where nice. The room was blah

By some twist of fate there were two seats and a chair that some fool had left so we gobbled them up real quick-like. We happened to have more than 3 people in our party, and half of them watched in the airy and comfortable television room where there was a great view and you could talk as loud as you wanted.

After the scholar was done with his scholarly things and hand shakings we rush rush rushed back to the homestead to relieve the saints that watched Mary Margaret and demand they stay for snacks and booze.

Then we all went to bed (Gran and I got to do some mommy-daughter snuggling because Grandpa George forgot the blow up mattress and got the twin bed, which means the scholar got the couch with a large side of Beast Dog) only to have MM wake up ohhhhhhhh 6 times between 4 am and 7 am, for which I then fed her and brought her down to the well slept Scholar who took her to get vitals for the breakfast dish I demanded.

Ohh we got new floors too

Ohh it doesn't end there.

We had Mother's Day brunch at my house too, which meant I made these scones that did NOT look anything remotely like scones (imagine once was warm raspberry dough squares). Gran and Charlie jumped into action an made a quiche and cut some fruit up as I was powering down as hostess with the leastess.

Once MM was down for an amazingly long second nap Charlie and I took naps, to which I never slept.

But, after all that mess and rush and fuss. MM and I played in bed, did some retail therapy, and then came home to take fun pictures such as those below.

Happy Mother's Day all

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oh, I do have a blog. Right

Whoa, I am alive.

It's been way way too long, I get it people. Life has been beyond crazy and also, I was really lazy about blogging. It happens.

 This is a hat for a toddler, always thinking ahead mom

Here is a little run-down of what's been going on

* Mary Margaret turned 6 months old and coincidentally is in the process of sprouting two choppers on the bottom.

* Charlie finished Duke Divinity school and (as of yesterday) made straight A's... Show off

* We have been behaving like we don't have a kid. I went out innocently enough with a girlfriend which we then discarded our plans and then ended up acting like a college kid again (read: was over served at a few establishments). Paid quite dearly for it the entire next day.

* The next weekend we attended a raging good wedding with large amounts of open bar-ness. I then proceeded to float through Mass with a squirmy babe and was reminded why I never drink like that anymore. Also, Thanks David and Kimberlie it was awesome!

* MM has not learned how to crawl yet, thank The Lord. Nor can she rollover completely (she can only get back to front) but she can go in very fast circles which has me worried about the future speed she's going to clip when she gets firmly on all fours.

Wook, I can shop

The real message of this post is not intended to brag, although I am really freaking proud of myself. But more for information because I didn't know it was an option.

I am the proud donator of breast milk. I have been working hard to get a solid "stash" up in the rare case anything happens to my abundance. But then we ran into the little freezer we have being so full we couldn't get groceries into it. I knew I didn't want to give it to a formal milk blank because they make mothers spend obscene amounts for the pasteurization and other testing on the milk. I knew I had a good healthy supply (I didn't give anything to anyone from my debaucherus night fore mentioned) and that if I could share and people would take my milk on the trust that I take care if myself then they are more than welcome to it.

I found a Facebook group called "Human milk 4 Human babies NC" and another mom from a doula friend I knew. One was an adopted family that needed a little more to feed their 10 month old adopted son. The other is a woman (who also is a doula) needed it for her 6 week old daughter. I was able to give 80 ounces to the first and 120-ish to the second. I've checked in with the second and her little girl loves the milk and her stomach is reacting well to it.

I have a journal that I write to MM in periodically and I told her about it today. I hope when she reads it she will have her heart warmed by our efforts as much as I am knowing I can help other little babies get the goodness of breast milk.

And the hippiness continues!!!

This is MM's Great Grandfather CB's first time holding her!!