Friday, October 26, 2007

Much miscellany

Maybe I can finally manage a post if I just use bullet points:

  • These are not babies anymore - they’re toddlers. Walking, climbing, exploring. It’s great - and SO exhausting.
  • They can find their belly buttons all the time, and mine too. And ears, and noses. And tongues, which is super cute.
  • At 15 months I’m starting to buy 24mo clothes for B - mostly things like pajamas where they can be a bit long right now, but it’s not far off. And now I have to figure out where they’re going to sleep at Thanksgiving (at my in-laws), since I think he’ll have exceeded the weight limit on a pack and play by then!
  • They are firmly in the pull-everything-off-the-shelves stage. And every day they can reach things I thought were safe, so constant vigilance is necessary.
  • Our babysitter is back, and life on that front is so good. They love her. It’s a good thing I do too, or I’d be a bit jealous. She’s the star attraction.
  • I’m back to some aspect of my feelings of parental inadequacy. In the early days, I couldn’t comprehend managing both babies alone so when anyone else did it made me feel that much less competent. Now I have trouble feeling comfortable taking both babies outside, for example, but the babysitter is fine with it.
  • We’re taking a sort of mommy and me class at one of the local temples once a week. Not sure what I think of it so far - half the other moms in the class are moms from my playgroup, so I already know them and their idiosyncracies. But I guess it’s good to get out and do it.
  • Another of the playgroup moms is pregnant - and the first is due pretty soon. And we recently got three more “second-baby” announcements from other friends. I’m sure I have more to say about that, at some point.
  • I’m working part-time and trying to get my head back to my research so I can finish my degree. It’s been so long since I’ve worked that I might end up with an entirely new topic. Got any good ideas for a dissertation?
  • Our local Moms of Twins club Fall/Halloween party is this weekend. Which is nice since most everything else has been cancelled this week. Have I mentioned that I live in San Diego? The kiddos will be dressing as train engineers (stripey overalls, red bandanas, hats - if they’ll keep them on). They wore them to a pumpkin patch already and terrorized the chickens and bunnies in the petting zoo.
  • That was a longer list than I was expecting. I guess it’s been a while.

I’ve been working on this list for like a month now. I miss blogging. I read, and sometimes even comment, but it’s rather one sided. So I’m going to try. A bit. And hopefully more than just bullet points.I guess I just really needed to get caught up. I’ll try harder - less with the baby updates, maybe, since that gets out of date so quickly and then I just feel lame. I already can’t keep up with the baby books.

If I wait for perfection, I'll never post anything, ever.


  1. Please keep was so much fun to hear about the twins! Mine are finding their belly buttons too, and much to my chagrin, mine.

  2. Bullet points or otherwise, there's no getting rid of your readers!

    Great to get the update. Love the belly button thing, too.


  3. So great to see the updates!

    And there's a weight limit on the pack-n-play? Jeesh, Grady slept in his on vacations til he was nearly three! I'm going to need to go check on that one ASAP!

    They're growing up so darn fast, aren't they?

  4. Yes, we miss you, so please keep posting! I love the updates, in whatever form they come.

    Wow, is your PNP a 30 pound limit? I just looked it up because you made me nervous about Xmas, but I'm pretty sure J's not going to be there by then.

    As for dissertation topics... I know you were just joking, but I am curious about what discipline you're in (maybe you've said before and I've forgotten, sorry).

  5. I do think the trick with blogging is to just write something whenever you can, even if it's just burble, otherwise you get so out of practice! Good to hear from you.

  6. Let's see...

    1) I'm glad I'm not the only one whose kids are in 24 months at 15 months. And I have small kids. Kids sizes are as much of a lie as adult women's sizes.

    2) Dissertation topic: feminism and the current fetishization of motherhood.

    That's all I have. You'de doing better than I am!

  7. 1) I loved the moment when I realized I could take the kids out by myself. It was a major, huge turning point for me. But it didn't happen until they were 20 months old, and it also involved several incredibly helpful friends with singletons.

    2) I miss 18-30 months still. It's a magical age. Except for the screaming, but you know, in retrospect, it's not as loud as they get, and not as whiny, either.

    3) Speaking from my own experience, the longer you leave aside the dissertation, the harder it becomes to go back. I hate it. But on the other hand, there was a brief moment when I knew the time off had allowed me the space to create a tighter, cleaner proposal. If only I'd capitalized on that feeling of possibility more fully in the moment.

    4) Good luck. I mean that sincerely.

  8. I'd love to know, as a fellow momma of twins, your perspective on the whole second-baby-announcements, as we have strong feelings about them as well. I wonder if yours are similar to mine...and I'm betting they are.

    Hope all is well..

  9. gosh, reading this made me realise that we are both suffering in exactly the same way and I take such comfort in that :-)

    I could have written almost every single bullet point on that list (well except for the part where you actually make it to the twin clubs, somehow I have never been able to get my shite together enough to do it!)