One Second Everyday: January

I’d seen a few videos around where professionals took a one-second video every day of the year and compiled them, and I though they were pretty cool. Around late December a coworker posted her own video and said she made it using an app. I must have this app, I thought. I must do this.

So I started my own compilation in early January. My idea is that I will do one each month all year. It’s fairly easy to get interesting video with two kids in the house but I am trying to mix it up so it’s not all kids because, hey, I do other things too. It’s been really fun to take little videos each day. It’s also nice to see that despite my complaining about the cold, this month hasn’t been all that bad. (The cold never bothered me anyway?)

Anyway, here’s January, please enjoy. (And yes I started two days late, and yes one of the videos is actually just a picture because I didn’t take a good video that day.)

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Winter Blues

I hate the winter with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns. This winter is the WORST, isn’t it? The only good thing I can think of is that since Elena and Zoe are in daycare and not in school, the place where they spend their days has not been closed due to cold weather and I can still take them there.

(1) I haven’t been outside for more than 15 minutes in over a month. This makes me miserable.
(2) Conversely, Ben is outside for multiple hours almost every day of the week. This makes him miserable.
(3) I am so tired of boots, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets for three people every time I leave the house.

I used to get more depressed in the winter (I don’t know if it is to the level of SAD, but definitely some version of that) but since Elena’s birthday is in January, that’s actually helped a good bit – nothing to snap you out of a case of the blues like a good party planning. We have a few other family birthdays in January, so January USUALLY goes a little more quickly than it used to…but not this year. I can’t believe that it’s STILL January. This month just won’t die.

February is short but somehow it manages to be the most depressing month ever. So I don’t know why I’m excited to see the backend of January

First we forgot where we planted those bulbs last spring
Andthen we forgot that we planted at all
Then we forgot what plants were altogether
And I blamed you for my freezing and forgetting

AUUUUGUH WHEN WILL IT END.

Sleep Training

At Zoe’s four month checkup, our pediatrician gave us the green light to start working with Zoe to get her to sleep for longer periods. I would say “through the night” but that’s a bit of an overstatement when you go to bed at 7:30.

Zoe was doing pretty well getting through to about 4 or 5, but then she was sick for a few weeks and got off that schedule. While sick she realized that if she cried at, oh, you know, 11PM, she’d get additional mommy snuggles time. Unfortunately for mommy, additional Zoe snuggles time translated to ENRAGED SLEEP DEPRIVED SANDY and we’ve had a couple of days in recent memory where everything is awful. So it’s time to start working on Zoe’s sleep again.

We did not really have to deal with this with Elena because Elena took the binky. Whatever your feelings on binkies may be, I promise you that at 3AM they are the best idea ever. We loved the binky so much that she was about 9 months old before I realized that most of our pictures of her she had a binky in her mouth.

It's a good look

It’s a good look

But Zoe generally refuses the binky, so we’ve been working on letting her put herself to sleep.

Why can't you be more like your sister?

Why can’t you be more like your sister?

It’s funny, two people have the same conversation with one doctor during the day and you think everyone understands everything that needs to happen. Then 1AM rolls around, you’ve got a crying baby, and everything is a hate-fueled disaster. But we worked it out and got Zoe to stop crying and eventually put herself back to sleep.

I subsequently had a dream that Zoe had hurt herself in some unidentified way and was just lying there all calm about it because, you know, CRYING WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE MY PARENTS HAVE ABANDONED ME.

WHY AREN'T YOU GIVING ME WHAT I WANT?

WHY AREN’T YOU GIVING ME WHAT I WANT?

She was of course just fine this morning.

(We’ll only have to do that once, right?)

Fitness Update

(1) After the initial post-baby recovery is complete, it is significantly – SIGNIFICANTLY – easier to work out while you are on maternity leave than when you are back to work.

(2) I ambitiously signed up for at least 1 5K that I did not participate in as a result.

(3) I have only been to my gym one time since August. (I really should quit.)

(4) However! My work has a little gym, and I’ve been working out up there sometimes during lunch, and I have also been able to fit in workouts at home.

(5) I was going to work out today but I only got 5 hours of sleep last night so I decided it was a bad idea.

(6) I entered a lottery with a group of local people to run the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race on April 6. Our group was accepted! So I am signed up for this race.

(7) Elizabeth is also signed up for the race. We are going to have a bit of a girls weekend! Different Elizabeth is also running the race and manages the blog. I know all the best Elizabeths.

(8) The course is supposed to be beautiful and I am looking forward to the run (even if the cherry blossoms are unpredictable and may or may not be making an appearance). However, I might be more excited about the possibility of attending Perry’s for drag brunch than I am about the run. I keep telling myself I need make this work for me by visualizing going to brunch as my end goal.

(9) So despite my general exercise failings and inadequacies outlined about, I need to start my Training Program not next week but the week after. I think it will be easier to motivate myself to exercise with specific goals in mind (i.e., not collapsing at the race, Perry’s for drag brunch afterward).

Knock Knock

Elena and her school friends seem to have a new obsession with knock knock jokes. Listening to them tell their jokes is like taking part in an absurdist play.

Mollie: Knock knock
Elena: Who’s there?
Mollie: Boo
Elena: Boo who? [so far so good, right?]
Mollie: Chicken noodle soup!

Elena: Knock knock
Me: Who’s there?
Elena: Dinosaur
Me: Dinosaur who?
Elena: Dinosaur ate a house!

All of which is fairly hilarious. I had a friend in high school who told literal absurdist knock knock jokes and I always got a kick out of them.

Kevin: Knock knock
Me: Who’s there?
Kevin: Ice cream
Me: Ice cream who?
Kevin: That’s why the garage door won’t open.

I’m paraphrasing here (I mean, we’re talking a joke I heard literally over 20 years ago) but I’m pretty sure it involved ice cream and a garage door. Who knew that Kevin (affectionately referred to as “Kevin Phillips-Bong” from the Slightly Silly Party) had the humor of a four year old? (Probably a lot of people knew this, actually, but I didn’t.)

Anyway, Elena enjoys cracking herself up telling ridiculous knock knock jokes, and even though I’m not sure why SHE thinks they are funny, they ARE funny.

Random Thoughts and Pictures

(1) This is the second year that Ben (remember Ben?) has played ice hockey with some friends on New Year’s Day. It seems like everyone who went had a pretty awesome time. Last year Elena and I went to watch but this year, after thinking briefly about the logistics of taking two children to watch hockey (even with an indoor viewing portion) I decided “naaaaaah” and so we stayed home and ate candy.

Winter Classic 2014

Winter Classic 2014

(2) I don’t do ice skating and hockey together because, terrifying. (Even if I didn’t have to use duct tape to hold my helmet together.) I’ve never been a strong skater. However, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Ben would be gone for a big chunk of the day, thus owing me, and I signed up to take a spin class for once he got back. It was awesome. I haven’t been spinning since July and I really miss it.

(3) I’m scheduled to play my first post-baby dek hockey game on Tuesday. Wish me luck! Hatty tells me it is just like riding a bike and but I’m still slightly terrified.

I don't even know where my equipment is.

I don’t even know where my equipment is.

mad skillz

mad skillz

(4) Since Elena was born, January has been an extremely busy month for us. We have four family birthdays in January, plus we always end up doing our various “let’s wait til after the holidays” activities. Which is totally fine with me because I hate winter with a fiery and burning passion, so anything to make it go more quickly is a good thing. I’m taking one-day-a-week vacation days to spend some time with Zoe for a few months, sort of like an extended maternity leave. I also take a day to celebrate Elena’s birthday with her.

Elena's first birthday

Elena’s first birthday

(5) We have the soundtrack to Frozen and Elena won’t stop listening to it and OMG I ALWAYS HAVE THOSE SONGS IN MY HEAD ALWAYS ALWAYS. Love is an open DOOOOOOOOOOOOOR.

(6) Finally, here are pictures of Elena and Zoe because I know that’s why everyone reads this blog.