the sprout and the bean

i love my bean.

my smiling, milky, squishy, wiggly, joyful ten pound bean.

we’ve had a great couple of weeks. the weather has been so spectacular. its hard to believe that people have babies in november… we have been so totally lucky.  yesterday we drove to julias house in the 80 degree weather with all the windows down, pants-less  (i had leggings), barefoot and blasting otis redding.

the good life.

i’ve said it before but jolene is just so awake. she is really looking now, studying faces, other babies at mom group, smiling at her toys.  she doesn’t miss a minute, just goes and goes all day. meaning practically no naps, but seven or eight hours at night!! i feel like a terrible person at my moms group, hearing the laments of the sleep deprived parents whose babies are up every two hours. i shut my mouth whenever anyone mentions sleep because i mention again how long j sleeps for i think i might get kicked out.

so my new moms groups are  fantastic. man it is so nice to talk to other people about plugged milk ducts and poop and all that fun stuff that most people can’t relate to/ get mad when you bring it up while they’re eating. these ladies are eating lunch, feeding a baby AND bragging about how long they went without scrubbing the spit up off their berkinstocks. its bad ass. moms are so cool.

jolene has started staring at the other babies and its amazing to think that all these kids will be in the same class at school even though some of them can push up and laugh and some are still crinkled little rasins. it makes me want to stick around here. don’t tell yaya. i want to buy her this just to see if she’ll wear it out of love. i’m also going to make my brother a “whoa i’m just the uncle t shirt” (i dont think they sell those on zazzle) because he says whenever we go for walks together or to the grocery store he gets those “knowing” smiles, like “oh good for you” “or aww look at that hot young dad.” awkward.

what else is going on? i’m going back to work at afterschool next week super part time. hunting for something for the summer then its back to school in the fall! crazy. i have to take 11 credits outside smith to come back as an ada comstock scholar (non traditional student…basically i can get a smaller course load, family housing and not count my parents income in my financial aid) so i’m looking at GCC (Greenfield Community College) for a semester. i’m actually pumped. i can start a little slower with this whole student/ single mom life. if teen mom is any indication, its not easy. but necessary/ worth it/ fun (i think!?).

on that note, i read a great post a while back on probably my favorite mumma blog ever, earlymama.com . it really changed the way i look at being a young mom (or early mama, i like that better). she does this great series called “why i love being a 20- something mom” and Reason #12 was Sharing Your Accomplishments . Heres a little blip:

In fact there’s something to be said for showing your children exactly how you accomplish goals — with perseverance and patience. There’s something to be said for watching your parents go from Point A to Point B, building a life from the ground up. Watching mommy study for her exams and then cheer as she accepts her hard-earned diploma. Seeing mommy and daddy pledge their livesto one another and blissfully dance around the dance floor, giddy with excitement. Hearing mom’s tiny seed of an idea at the dining room table one night, only to watch it blossom into a full-grown business over the next 5 years. Seeing it all happen right before your developing eyes.

freaking cool, right? so instead of telling jolene “this great thing happened before you were born and this great thing happened before you were born and then you came along and i turned boring,” it can be “remember when we sprouted tomatoes for the first time? dang lady we are so awesome”

of course she is the best sprout of them all…

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