Tuesday, April 17, 2012

much a-post about nothing

Subtitle: My Cleverness is Negatively Correlated to My Tiredness.  I Am Very Tired. 

(1) As of last week, I've lost 29 pounds... thank you, breastfeeding.  I'd like to lose another 29 pounds {the rest of the baby weight and then a chunk}, but I'm a-bettin' I'm not going to be able to rely on the boobs to get 'er done on that entire sum.  I'd like to go back to Pure Barre, but, alas, no childcare.  I'm toying with rejoining the fancypants gym, but am concerned that any training program I start wherein I'd be "getting my money's worth" will hurt my milk supply.  And I'm too undisciplined for workout DVDs.  So basically I'm Captain Negative Pants about any fitness regimen that is not Me + Jogging Stroller + Pretty Day Outside.  First World Problems, I'm aware. 

(2) I am addicted to Friday Night Lights.  This comes after silently judging all y'all FNL lovers for years.  I mean, come on... I was already forced to read the book in high school {some plot to show all us School Spirit Types the perils of football worship by way of example, re: The Permian Football Dynasty of the Late 80s}... and we've all seen Dawson "Penis Head" Van Der Beek and his brush with the whipped cream bikini on the big screen*... was a teeny-bopper television series really necessary?  Answer: YES.  I've watched three and a half seasons in 2 weeks {it's my new nursing entertainment} and I'm probably averaging tears every 1.3 episodes.  Don't you just want to kick that JD McCoy's teeth in?   And wrap Matt Saracen up in a snugly blanket?  And brush Tammy's hair?  And have a makeout competition pitting Tim Riggins against Jordan Catalano?  Good TV, ya'll... good TV.

*ETA: I'm aware this is Varsity Blues... which was based on the book... on which the show was - obviamente - also based.  Just clarifying so I don't lose my Pop Culture Cred!  {insert smilie face here because I fear this note makes me sound like an asshole}

(3) We started cloth diapering last week, and it's safe to say I'm slightly obsessed {full post on the topic forthcoming}.  After all the incredulous comments I received during pregnancy, I just feel so damn smug whenever I slap one of those suckers on L's little hiney - I'm sure my face must look akin to that of Tracy Flick. Even the laundry element of the whole shebang gives me great satisfaction.  Surely there is medication for this particular brand of crazy. 

(4) I really used to hate it when moms would refer to breastmilk as "liquid gold" and to the video monitor as "my favorite channel."  I've caught myself saying both in the last week.  Cue inward groaning.  I have yet to blame spazzy or flightly behavior on "mommy brain" though so perhaps there's hope for me yet. 

 (5) It really chaps my hide that square stationery requires an extra 20 cents in postage. It really chaps my hide harder {darker? chappy-er?} that the only 65 cent stamps available within a 15 mile radius of my home are either (a) Labradors of various colors or (b) fugly wedding cakes.  Neither Labradors nor fugly wedding cakes go very well with birth announcements.  Can't a gal get a flower or a watercolor mountain scene or, hell, even a liberty bell up in this piece?  

40 comments:

  1. Have you checked to see if there is a Stroller Strides (or similar program) in your area? I have done that since my son was 6 weeks old and it is an amazing workout. Plus, I've made a ton of SAHM friends through it. Just a suggestion!

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  2. Dawson "Penis head"??? AMAZING. Can't believe I've never heard that before--so fitting and hilarious.

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  3. C'mon, the Whipped Cream bikini is Varsity Blues, not Friday Night Lights, but I guess they are basically the same! I also silently judged but am also slowly becoming addicted to the TV series!

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    1. Yep, I know it's Varsity Blues... but Varsity Blues was based on the (nonfiction) book Friday Night Lights, which, of course, the show is based on as well!

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  4. YOU. make me laugh. I think I need to bite the bullet and watch FNL-- EVERYone is doing it, so it seems! I'm sure I'd love it. Breast milk IS liquid gold. Whoever said, "don't cry over spilt milk" never pumped an ounce in their life. HA!

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  5. You are too funny. Re the stamps - could you order some online, or are you under time crunch to get the announcements out? I've ordered from USPS.com before to great success. And you could always do the custom Zazzle stamps, though I think you'd end up paying way more than 65 cents a pop.

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  6. Tracy Flick reference = 2,000 bonus points for you.

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  7. My husband and I are completely obsessed with Friday Night Lights. And, I won't spoil anything, but I think it has one of the most satisfying finales I've ever seen. I think I'd rather make out with Coach Taylor than Tim Riggins, but that's just me.

    Just wanted to thank you for your awesome reviews of products for baby. I had my kid about a month after you had yours, and have frequently heeded your advice and been happy I did (see: My Brest Friend and Motherlove Nipple cream). Thanks!

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  8. I can't wait to see your post about cloth diapering. Your CD post and your baby stuff post are bookmarked as I prepare for our little chica in August. And like you I hope to have the same smug smile on my face when it comes to CD-ing! I can't tell you how many people have told me not to do it (and none of them have done it) and how much MORE it makes me want to prove them wrong :)

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  9. Whip Cream bikini= Varsity Blues, but given your use of "penis head" to describe Dawson makes it a forgivable offense.

    Looking forward so much to your CD post. Your "baby crap" post is like my bible.

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    1. See reply to comment above, re: Varsity Blues & FNL :)

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    2. Aha! I never knew, I thought maybe you had confused the big screen FNL with Varsity Blues.

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  10. FNL is the best!! My husband (yes, he really liked it too) and I watched the series in the fall. I think I'll probably need to re-watch it this summer :)

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  11. I have not stepped into a post office in years when I discovered you can buy stamps via their website - for a buck they'll send 'em to you. That dollar is worth the hassle of NYC post offices and, for you I'd imagine, the hassle of finding nearby stamps!

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  12. Okay... kind of postal nerd alert here. But, I had a shit ton (shit-ton?) of experience with them while I was working as an event planner in Dallas:

    1. The main post office is actually really close to the HP area. It's on 30 right past downtown. And they have all of the stamps to be had.

    2. f you hate leaving your house. You can also buy stamps online at usps.com:

    https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=catBuyStamps&categoryNavIds=catBuyStamps

    3. Zazzle will make custom stamps for you. Even if you don't want L's squishy little face right on the front of the card you can put prints and designs. Perhaps a favorite free printable? Or a sweet etch of a cuddly animal?

    Okay. Postal nerding over.

    Will you show us your pretty paper? puhhh-leeeze?

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  13. P.S. ohhhh! But, little trick of the trade! When you want to send off your invites drop them off at the post office and ask them to "hand cancel" them. They will actually stamp each one instead of just sending it through a machine which can rumple and stain your beauties!

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  14. I'm so glad that you are finally on the FNL bandwagon! I had my major doubts, but was instantly hooked. I watched every season over my summer vacation last year.

    I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one with crazy stamp issues. For our summer wedding the post office only had polar bears for their postcard stamps. I had a meltdown in the post office, and ended up buying full price stamps because I refused to go with the polar bears! The lady thought I was absolutely nuts that I overpaid on my postage because of the picture!

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  15. All we have around here is the boring forever stamps that have the liberty bell or eagles and stuff. Can't a girl get some cute stamps?

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  16. You are hilarious! After a 12 hour work day, I highly enjoyed this post. I can't wait to hear about your adventures with CDs, my husband is dying for me to hop on this wagon when the Bebe comes.

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  17. Cloth diapering scares the bejeezus out of me, so go ahead and feel smug about it - it's much deserved.

    And, don't get me started on the $.20 extra postage for square stationery... This bride missed that piece of research (and was misinformed by her postmaster), and had to slap extra stamps on an entire box o' wedding invites in the lobby of the post office. The stamps I got? A very wedding-esque bust of George Washington. Romantic, no?

    Love the pics of little L. She's adorable!

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  18. I echo the Stroller Strides! I did it after each of my pregnancies, until I had to go back to work. I was back to fighting weight in no time. It's a safe haven. You will even feel comfortable enough to nurse in the middle of a workout. It happens!

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  19. Your writing is one of my favorite things. Ever. Thanks for making me quite literally LOL whenever you type:-).

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  20. oh oh-- I'm the postnatal workout nerd to meredith's postal nerd above.

    you definitely CAN workout without interrupting supply as long as you aren't severely cutting calories. this is what I do for work (I run ohbabyfitness.com), and know how scary it can be to start a program not knowing if it's going to screw up breastfeeding, something that is so often really hard to get to work in the first place. I absolutely second finding a moms workout class- that'll be sure you're doing safe exercises (this is primarily about ab work, but also protecting your joints, as relaxin can still be an issue if you are breastfeeding) while also giving you other moms to meet and talk with. I'd be more than happy to talk more about any of this stuff if you want or need any advice or encouragement!

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  21. Huge FNL fan here; can't believe you're just now getting into the show! I would have assumed with your great taste in movies and TV shows that you would have been on that bandwagon ages ago! Regarding the Varsity Blues reference, though: Friday Night Lights the show is based on Friday Night Lights the movie (also starring Connie Britton), and the non-fiction book of the same name. Varsity Blues has nothing to do with any of it, well besides the whole Texas and Football thing... Obviously, I'm a little too into this show.

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  22. Given that he is meant to be 17 on the show, I have had some very inappropriate Tim Riggins daydreams. Like when he comes to clean my rain gutters...

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  23. Makeout competition with Tim Riggins vs. Jordan Catalano??? OMG, a thousand times YES!!! This is the stuff sweet dreams are made of...

    Kuddos on the quick post bebe weight loss and continued sucesss/patience with BFing & CD! You deserve a pat on the back!

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  24. I want to smack every person that makes a negative comment to me about our plan to CD, including my mother. I am REALLY hoping it works out so I can have a smug smile too.

    We flew through FNL during my first trimester. We didn't know what to do with ourselves when I was sick and we couldn't do our usual dine and drink at night. (Sad, but true)

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  25. FNL, love! Cannot wait for the post on cloth diapering!

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  26. I'm six months postpartum, and I still have not committed to a fitness regimen outside of walking/jogging with the baby. But, hey, it's good for both of us to get out in the fresh spring air. And, honestly, it's really all that I have time for these days.

    Also, I miss FNL. Savor it!

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  27. I can't wait to hear how the cloth diapering is going! Our little one should be here any day now ( due date was yesterday) and we are planning on cloth diapering and I am probably a little too excited about it! Your past posts about CD have been so helpful for me, so thank you!!

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  28. I have a 4 month old and after losing some weight breastfeeding and just not being pregnant, I also wanted to get back to working on my fitness, but damn it's hard with a little one! Also, like you, I don't want to compromise my milk supply-especially after working so hard to get the gold flowing. So I joined Weight Watchers and it's been great! Nursing moms get extra points and one month in I'm down another 15 pounds with no supply issues thus far (knock on wood). I hope to incorporate exercise again soon, but in the meantime I feel like at least I'm doing something. Oh-and if you just do the online program, the WW app is awesome. Whatever you decide, good luck!!

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  29. Yay! for L's little bum in fluff! I swear the only laundry I don't hate is the diapers. I feel like I'm saving money and making her cuter.

    And, seeing the diaper drawer full of clean dipes is quickly zooming past a clean car on the "things that make me happy" list. (And, that's saying a lot!)

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  30. Yay for cloth dipes!! We love it for Carter and yes, even the laundry part isn't bad! Its so fun and fulfilling stuffing those dipes and putting them away! :) And I too hated paying more for square birth announcements. I wish I could've traded you, I had butterflies on Carter's announcements and felt it didn't go with a boy birth announcement. I would've rather had dogs! Maybe you can order the 65 cent butterfly stamps online!

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  31. I must have the same brand of crazy with the cloth diapers. They make me feel like super mom. And when I can match a diaper and the outfit? I'm pretty sure I want everyone to see my sons butt so they can marvel at how awesome I am with him all coordinated

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  32. I highly recommend Stroller Strides. You get a total body workout, you play with your baby, you meet other moms and their babies, you get out of the house so you feel like you have accomplished something, and you have an excellent reason why you did not shower or fix your hair each day. I started with my first daughter when she was 4mo old (who is now 2 1/2 years), and my 2nd daughter has been going since she was 6 weeks old. My 2 1/2 year old still sits in the stroller, sings all the songs, and we play Stroller Strides in our living room daily. Winning.

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  33. I knew you'd join the FNL train eventually...I promise season 4 and 5 get better and better (but it in a different way!).

    Also? LOVE the Tracy Flick reference.

    AND...will you be my personal cloth diaper guru when I'm ready to jump in?

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  34. Can't wait for your cloth diaper in action post! I feel sometimes as if I'm cheating on my husband when it comes to my love of cloth. It's turned out to be one of my favorite parenting choices so far. Poor girl though I'm always hyping cloth so her poor bum is eternally on display!!

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  35. Look at all the cloth diaper LOVE! My little one will be a week tomorrow and we start cloth again a few nights ago. He looks so stinking cute!

    On another note, kuddos on the weight loss. Keep it up momma.

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  36. I have FNL just waiting in my Netflix queue. Of course to get to it, I have to finish the Parenthood series which Twitter also pumped in my brain. So there's that.

    I so want to cloth diaper next time. I remind myself why every damn time I buy diapers (freaking potty train yourself already child!).

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  37. Fond memories of watching fnl's while nursing my baby. That show really draws one in...would've HATED watching it one episode a week! You will be depressed when u finish the last season! I waited a year, but am about to re-watch.......

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