Friday, September 25, 2009
As we drove off Josh said "You looked like a mom standing there answering their questions."
I laughed. "And how is that?"
"I don't know...you just held yourself well. And you looked like someone who had more important things to do. You know, bigger fish to fry."
I found this amusing.
So here's to looking like a mom at the cleaners. And to Frazier, my son, my "more important something to do," my "bigger fish to fry." :)
To Whom It May Concern (aka, the children that may follow Frazier):
I have come to the realization that there is a definite possibility there will not be as many pictures of you as there are of your brother. As a matter of fact, you may be certain that even if there are as many pictures of you as there are of him, they will not be as well organized or as diligently edited. Because I can't think of any possible way that with more than one of you I will have that kind of time. I barely have it now. I want to apologize for this in advance and assure you that neither organization of nor the number of pictures we may or may not have of you and/or your siblings...should be taken as any indication of how much you are loved. Or of how cute we think you are. ;)
And now- ANOTHER slide show of Frazier. (Song: Sometimes by Frances England) It is my new hobby of sorts, to sit and click away for several minutes seeing how many expressions I can illicit...and capture.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Like everything else, I put a lot of thought into it. I'd go to Brookshire's because it's less than five minutes from home, you can almost always park VERY close to the store if you don't go in the evening or on weekends, and someone brings your cart out and puts your groceries in the car. Wednesday was as good a weekday as any to avoid a grocery store crowd. So we got dressed, I packed his little diaper bag and I decided we'd just go get the stuff to make fajitas for dinner.
Then I googled putting the carseat/carrier on the shopping cart. Everyone I see with a baby in a store has their carrier up on the child seat section of the cart, but I didn't want to get there only to find mine didn't fit safely or something so I thought it best to prepare ahead of time. I'm very glad I did, because EVERYTHING said you shouldn't do it...period. Even if your carseat said it was safe to do so. And apparently, the majority make no such claims and don't actually fit even remotely snug.
Undettered, I considered my options. I could take him in his carrier and just set the whole thing in the bottom of the buggy, I could wait until Josh got home, get another type of carrier and go tomorrow, or I could try my sling.
Now, I'd purchased this sling thing (mine's a Munchkin Jelly Bean Reversible Sling) because there were so many positive reviews and moms everywhere just raved about their slings. However, the one I bought was too small (even the first time I tried it when Frazier was really "small") so I returned it and got a larger one. I'd tried it again just a few days ago and had all but decided to give up. It was just too difficult to get him in and out of it and keep it folded right, etc. But as I researched how best (and safely) to carry your baby in the grocery store today, I found so many praises for the sling I had to believe they couldn't all be wrong.
So I broke mine back out, determined to practice until we got it right. And we did! Much to my surprise it didn't take long before I was much encouraged and decided this was, indeed, an ingenious option for baby toting. See picture below:
(*note: there are several different ways to use it...Frazier fits this way best right now, but you can use them for babies and toddlers up to 35 lbs)
I got it all ready before we left and just wore it in the car on the way. Then when we got there, I parked right up front, took him out of his carseat, slipped him in and went to get a buggy. I was able to get in and out with not only him, but also my purse, his diaper bag, and two reusable shopping bags. And my hands were free for shopping. He just relaxed and hung out (literally) the whole 25 minutes we were there. He kept looking up at me like he was checking to make sure I was still back there even though I talked to him the whole time.
It was great. There were, maybe three other people there the whole time and one of the girls who worked there stopped and watched as we passed and said "Oh my gosh, how cute is that?" And we got everything we needed to make fajitas and guacamole. Which I'm going to make now.
So that's the story of mine and Frazier's first grocery trip. I felt empowered and not a bit anxious. And Frazier was perfect. I won't do it often, probably, but having done it once makes me happy. :)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Then he came...almost in size 1's right out of the womb. And it knocked the whole diaper system askew. We were able to use up the few newborns we had (though by the middle of week 3 when they finally ran out they were a bit snug). And then we began a race to use up size ones before he outgrew them! Alas, it was not to be. I realized, with like seven and a half packages of size 1's left, that we were fast approaching size 2.
I sort of felt gypped. He started out so far ahead of the curve that we didn't get to wear the newborn clothes but for a few days, and he was so large and strong that he really didn't feel like a newborn for long at all and I think even people who know how old he is, forget he's still a new baby...because he doesn't look like one. He grew so much so fast we'll never get to wear all the cute clothes we got. He's in some 6 month clothes now...at nine weeks. I feel like when people see us keep him with us during the church service they wonder why I can't leave my four month old in the nursery. I just want a sign for him that says "I'm only nine weeks old".
So, okay, I didn't really feel gypped...I'd much rather him be big and strong than to seem little and frail. I was pleased if anything. He's just a healthy, happy, big boy. And he feels good to hold. Like, solid or something. Anyway, I expected a big baby (hence very few newborn diapers) but I didn't expect to be out of size one diapers before the end of month 2, thus, the diaper dilemma.
I wasn't entirely sure what to do with all these surplus diapers. Who knew where they'd come from and when and whether those places would take them back? We decided we had too many not to try to return some or at least exchange them for a larger size, so I wrote down all the packages of diapers we had and went on a diaper scouting mission. I went to Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us with my pad and paper comparing diaper packages. Huggies Naturals 56 Pack, for instance, might be sold at Wal-Mart, while the same brand in a 44 pack might be sold at Target. Anyway, I was able to match all of the unopened packages of diapers with a retailer and Josh, darling that he is, volunteered to try to return them.
And he succeeded! He was able to return every single one to one of the three places I mentioned and came home with over $100 in gift cards. Which, when we use up (or outgrow) all the size 2 diapers we have, we'll use to buy size 3's!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
You may remember this post: 9-15-08
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Pictures aside, it really was great to get back to church (and to see friends and show off the baby and all that stuff!) I hadn't realized how much I'd really missed being there regularly. We weren't able to go to an E&E class (our church's answer to Sunday school) and that was a little disappointing. I'm just not ready to leave Frazier at the nursery. It just so happened, though, that our first Sunday at church to worship as a family was also the first Sunday of a new sermon series about creating healthy families! It seemed like the perfect Sunday to have returned!
Friday, September 11, 2009
So that's the second half of week 8 in pictures.
Have a happy weekend!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I've just been to howmanyofme.com- you should go, it's fun. I found that there are 23,051 people in the U.S. with the first name Randi making it the 1,219th most popular name. 99.9% of people with the name Randi are female. There are 868,628 people with the last name Anderson making it the 12th most popular last name. Frazier, however, is the 314th most popular last name with 100,632 people who have it as their last name. There are only 8 people in the U.S. named Randi Frazier so marrying Josh made me considerably less unique. There are 670,026 people named Joshua in the U.S. (the 72nd most popular name) and 1,894 Joshua Andersons + 100 people who are just named Josh Anderson. There are fewer than 1537 people with the first name Frazier and 4 or fewer Frazier Andersons..though there's a disclaimer with his name that says the estimates for it are not absolute and there may be fewer or no people with that name in the U.S. So, basically, the chances of Frazier meeting someone else with his name? Slim to none. Mission. Accomplished.
So bring on the boas.