Okay, okay, so you are not tired of pay-it-forward updates yet. Contest-entering is way down (bloggers were emailing me saying, "Could you remind people again? because only, like, four people have entered even after you posted about it") and so I thought maybe the blush was off the rose, if that's the expression I want and I'm not at all sure that it is. Well, all right, never mind then, I'll keep posting updates. I think I'll start doing them once a week, on a weekend day maybe. Perhaps if they're in a clump rather than scattered randomly, that will help?
Here are the promised before-and-after first-haircut photos of Henry:
My friend May says it is time for updates on a few subjects.
Weaning: Done. We went gradually down to once a day and I wasn't sure when that was going to stop, and then one day I woke up and felt Done With It, so I tried skipping it and Henry didn't mind either, and so then we were done. That was about a month ago.
Hormones/emotions: I am a little berserk right now, I hope from the weaning and/or from the Pill I started this month, and not because this whole motherhood idea was a terrible mistake. I called the OB about switching to something else (other than the Pill, not other than motherhood), and the nurse said it often takes a few months to adjust to the hormones. Isn't life just a CONSTANT MESS OF HORMONES when you're female? There aren't enough of them with pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, weaning, regular cycling, and menopause---no, we also add them for birth control.
Diet: Hee hee hee!
Whether I'll be doing NaNoWriMo this year: I did NaNoWriMo two years ago when I was pregnant with Henry, and it turns out I dislike writing fiction, and also that I'm bad at it. Genuinely bad, not comically bad. But it was a great distraction from the queasiness at the time, and I recommend it as an absorbing activity for anyone who is trying to take their minds off something else.
Dining room: We got the flooring samples and we were like, "Hey, this is great! ANY of these would be good!" Then days went by, and uncertainty grew. Last night we spent some time looking online at projections of how various samples would look in fake houses, and we're getting closer but also feeling even less certain.
How summer went with 5 at home: Sometimes it was total chaos, but I spun that to my advantage. For example, the younger kids lovvvvvve chaos, so if the two older boys were all giddy and crazy, I'd send them all to the playroom together. I'd shut the door and sink down into my computer chair. Ahhhhhhhh. Also, the big kids can be set to work. They're like Roombas: they're not very efficient, but they get the job done without me having to do the work.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...