24.07.2013 15:05

Mom Brain. It’s real.

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I’ve been tired for three years.  Ever since I started law school I’ve lumbered through the week, dragging ass, and becoming a zombie on Fridays.  It’s like reeeaaal attractive.  But before Max, I could catch up on sleep over the weekend, and when I shut my eyes at the end of the day they wouldn’t open until my alarm went off…or after I sleepily hit snooze forty-two thousand times.  But with bebe…I’m like at a whole new level of tired.  Like psychedelic tired.  And I officially have Mom Brain.

I hate phrases like that because they make women seem inferior.  Like we are moms and therefore stupid.  But yall, I AM stupid.  Like du-uh-umb.  Sometimes I lose my train of thought in the middle of talking.  I trail off like some sort of stoner.  And the other day I tried to put my car in reverse before turning it on.  The key was still in my bag.  It’s sort of funny, but like sad at the same time.  I feel alert when I’m driving and I haven’t fallen asleep while watching Max or anything, but I make stupid little errors that bug the crap out of me.

I’ve been making mistakes at work too.  I screwed up on something that I totally should have caught and almost wasted thousands of dollars.  Luckily I was able to fix it, but the stress kept me up at night.  And believe me I am already up at night with Max so I don’t need work stress to keep me up too.  Earlier this week I decided to get organized at work.  I thought if I cleared off my desk and made a rockin’ to do list I would be able to wrap my head around everything and see a  little clearer.  And then I tried to pay an invoice where we had a credit listed, not an amount due, and threw out a document my boss had marked up for me to use on a project.  Gah, I was so embarrassed.  I feel like people are just shaking their heads at me wondering if I can really handle it all.  At this point I am clearly not handling it all, but I will get it together…eventually.

I’m on a break from school…I believe they call it summer break.  Whatever, I haven’t had a “summer break” since 1997 but I ain’t complainin’ about not having to go to class.  Anyways, so I’ve decided to clean out my house.  Max has already outgrown two full boxes of clothes and lots of the early bassinet, play mat kind of stuff so it all needs to go somewhere…else.  I want to get the house cleaned out and put together so I can focus again.  I’m hoping that with an organized home and a new study spot for me in the master bedroom I can better prepare for that pesky bar exam thang.  Right now my study area is right off the TV room and well, I can’t possibly study when there is a Honey Boo Boo marathon on TV.  I will be really embarrassed if I fail the bar exam because I could only focus on trashy TV shows.  So I’ve decided to turn my current study into a playroom for Max.

And I’m making his playroom everything I would have wanted in a cool creative space for me (because it’s all about ME apparently).  I’ve already bought him an incredible reading chair.  It’s an exact replica of the 1950′s egg chair.  I LOVE it.  I’m going to add book cases and toy storage and eventually a little table where he can draw or run Matchbox cars all over.  I’m a big fan of kids’ stuff staying out of the adult rooms so I’m hoping this playroom will help with that.  Although I realize at 8 months old he’s not really into reading, crafts or playing by himself!  Maybe I should focus more on baby-proofing our house of glass tables and breakable stuff, but designing a playroom is waaaaay more fun.

Hopefully with all of this organizing I will find my way out of the fog of doing too much on too little sleep.  I know being a mom means never getting rest, but it’s hard to actually prepare yourself for that.  Although, going to law school and working full time was a good start.  I give all of you other moms credit.  The job is tiring on the brain.  But damn, it’s awesome too.

13.06.2013 13:27

I always knew Leo would be famous

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When I wrote this post last spring I never thought a year later I’d be talking about it live on the web.  But tonight I’ll be a guest on Nancy Redd’s show on HuffPost Live to discuss the wonderful lives of modern-day pets.  Hopefully I won’t come across like a total idiot.  Tune in here at 8:00 p.m. CT for the live show!

12.06.2013 15:13

Um…hi

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It has been over seven months since my last post.  Wow, that sounds like a long time.  And yet, it has gone by like the blink of an eye.  I would go on for a few paragraphs about why I haven’t blogged, but it can be summed up in four words, two commas, and an exclamation point:  work, school, and BABY!  Yep, pretty self-explanatory why I’ve been MIA.  So let’s get down to business, shall we?

Everyone thought I was crazy when I decided to work full time and go to law school.  It was a tough transition, but like whatever not the end of the world.  And then can you imagine when I told people I was adding a baby to the mix?  They thought I was INSANE.  My mother-in-law cried…not of joy mind you.  I knew it would be tough, but never having had a kid before I didn’t know what I was really getting myself into.  Um yeah, it’s pretty insane!  But luckily I have a lot of support.  The key to having babies is to have lots of help.  I don’t know how single moms or people who don’t live near family manage it.  I have a supportive husband and a mom who would drop everything to come squeeze on my baby.  Although I have to keep an eye on my mom.  She would totally steal that baby a la Amber alert style.  Thank goodness she can’t lactate.

Ahem, so here is the quick and dirty on my current life.  I hope you’ll continue to stick around for more law, life, and baby stories!

  • I gave birth to Max the day after Thanksgiving.  I started having contractions Thanksgiving morning around 6:45 a.m.  This means I got no Thanksgiving dinner.  You NEVER deny a pregnant lady Thanksgiving.  It’s like our holiday.  I will hold this over Max’s head until the end of time.
  • I was in labor at the hospital for over 18 hours.  It was so f-ing painful and my epidural did not work very well.  I was shockingly calm and nice during labor.  I still can’t believe it.
  • I have the cutest baby EVER.  No seriously.  I know what you’re thinking…”every mom thinks their baby is cute.”  No, I’m sorry, his cuteness has been confirmed by major baby skeptics.  Max is definitely cute.
  • I have the sweetest, happiest baby ever.  He does not get this from me.  ALIEN BABY.
  • I’m STILL in law school.  Yes, this has been the longest three-plus years ever.  I have one semester to go!!  December 13th cannot get here soon enough.
  • I took fall semester’s finals two weeks after Max was born.  He was a few rooms away with my mom during my tests, and I took breaks to feed and check on him.  I did really shitty on those exams.
  • I wrote a 32-page research paper this spring.  Omigod I still don’t know how I did that.  At one point I put Max in the front carrier so I could use two hands to type.  I’ve learned what multitasking truly means.
  • I’ve been back at work full time since early March.  I miss Max all day, every day.  Leaving him at daycare that first day was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.  Being an adult is tough sometimes.  Thank goodness for wine.
  • Having a baby has turned me into a huge hippie.  We don’t baby-wear or co-sleep, but we’re doing baby-led weaning and I am obsessed with all-natural and non-toxic.  And I totally get why some women breastfeed forever.  It’s pretty awesome.  Again…thank goodness for wine or I probably would breastfeed forever.  Twelve months is my goal though.
  • So yeah, still breastfeeding.  Which also means I’m pumping.  Sigh.  Pumping sucks.  Although I do enjoy the short breaks with my office door closed.  Don’t mind if I do play me a little Candy Crush…

Okay, that about sums it up.  There will be more crazy life to come.  I’m back, bitches.

03.10.2012 07:34

Sleep-Deprived Thoughts

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These are just some of the thoughts I’ve had this week.

  • Maybe the electricity will go out at work and we can go home.
  • Maybe this elevator will get stuck for a few hours and I can lay down and take a nap.
  • Maybe our office will decide to close for Columbus Day.
  • Maybe our office will decide to close for a State Fair Day like the schools.  (Yes, the schools in the DFW close one day during the fair so the kids can go…as if the kids need more time out of the classroom.)
  • Maybe my class will get cancelled tonight.
  • Maybe I’ll skip class tonight.
  • Maybe my boss will notice how tired I am and send me home.
  • Maybe no one will notice if I fall asleep at my desk.
  • Maybe my alarm clock will decide not to go off in the morning.
  • Maybe we’ll get so much snow tonight that we can stay home…even though the temps are in the 80′s.

 

02.10.2012 12:42

Nesting 2.0

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I’m almost to 32 weeks!  I can’t believe it.  And while I can’t wait to meet my little baby, I am praying he stays in the belly till the end.  I’ve had so many friends and acquaintances go into labor early.  Makes me so nervous!  But I’ve made him promises of mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese if he’ll stay in eight more weeks, so I think I’m okay.

On another note, I’ve had a bunch of people ask me if I’ve been nesting at all.  I was out with a close friend this past Saturday when her other friend who I didn’t know well asked me this question.  My friend started laughing and said “She has always nested!”  And it’s so true.  I am a total organizer, decorator, home-maker.  Always have been and always will be.  I’m constantly looking at furniture and accessories for our condo, and organizing my closets.  Doesn’t mean my closets stay organized, but it just gives me another reason to do it again.  Craig is constantly telling me to relax and sit still.  I just can’t.

So what does a natural nester do while pregnant?  Sadly, I nest in overdrive.  I didn’t even realize I was doing it until this weekend.  And I blame October because this month is awesome and so inspiring.  Cooler temps, fall foods, and HALLOWEEN!!!  I started getting the itch on Friday.  I ran into a craft store on my lunch break to look at Halloween stuff.  I bought two Halloween magazines and bunch of goodies for a friend’s kids, and I suddenly became the Nest Monster.  I got up Saturday and ran to four different stores looking for decor and items for my Halloween costume.  I was exhausted when I got home, but couldn’t stop.  I dragged out giant rubbermaid containers full of Halloween decor, while Craig yelled at me for lifting too much, and decorated a few areas of the house.  I helped Craig hang a mirror and then we finally rested before heading out to dinner for a birthday party.  Sunday we worked in one of the closets, I did five loads of laundry, and baked two homemade desserts to take to work and school.  The day was literally non-stop.  We finally sat down to dinner at 8:15 that night and I could barely move.  Everything ached.  That’s when it hit me that I had turned into some crazed nester.

I was pooped yesterday.  And I decided to calm the freak down!  I can control my need to decorate and organize and apparently BAKE.  So I backed out of an event for next Saturday at school and I’m only going to bake one thing next weekend, not two!  Yes, these are baby steps.  But for a control freak like me they are huge steps!  Next weekend will hopefully be filled with homework and resting wth my feet up!  (Did I just say I hoped I could do homework?  I really am crazy.)

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