Friday, July 18, 2014

Desperately Seeking Snoozin'

Just some tidbits from life around here lately:

On the Clementine front:
  • She learned to say 'no' and how to open doors on same day.
  • Surreptitiously approaches breast pump and turns up suction dial, resulting in a situation not unlike the Princess Bride life machine:

  • When I ask her for a hug, she pauses then runs over to hug Luke. Hugs me upon Luke's instruction to 'hug mommy'. Hash tag daddy's girl hash tag next ten years hash tag not surprised.

What we know about Josie so far:

  • Appears to dislike the swaddle
  • Likes to sleep all day and stay awake from 2 am to 7 am
  • Is not fussy
  • Has a dimple on her left cheek
On the mama front: all of my complaints (congestion, a barking cough that began just before the baby was born and is just now resolving) are non-obstetrical in origin, which is fantastic! Feeling well is making it so much easier to go without sleep.

Dad front: Having Luke at home has been a godsend as I have no idea how I'd manage a newborn (whenever I want to do something I have to think 1) has she eaten recently? 2) have I pumped recently? and if the answer to either is no whatever I was about to do gets pushed back 30 minutes or 4 days) and a toddler gifted at putting herself in perilous situations in our living room. A great big This American Wife shout-out to the Greatest American Husband And Father Ever.

Being at home and immobile for 15 to 30 minutes stretches has meant some time to catch up on shows, podcasts. etc. Been listening to a lot of NPR and I just found a medical podcast Sawbones that I'm excited to listen to. Was devouring early parenthood-focused Longest Shortest Time but then it got too NPR-y and I felt like David Mamet (shut-the-fuck-UP!) and was reminded of Christopher Hitchens' indictment of women and humor:

Is there anything so utterly lacking in humor as a mother discussing her new child? She is unboreable on the subject. Even the mothers of other fledglings have to drive their fingernails into their palms and wiggle their toes, just to prevent themselves from fainting dead away at the sheer tedium of it.
Shows I've been enjoying: Fargo (want to elevate your television experience? Have a baby, deliver a jolt to your hormonal milieu, get three hours of sleep per 24 hours, and THEN watch a gory bone-chilling tragicomedy.) I alternated this with Top Chef Masters to restore equilibrium. Hulu's The High Road with Mario Batali is really wonderful -  Batali talking teddy bear pancakes with Anthony Bourdain is priceless.
For once I'm caught up on the New Yorker and have been reading Edward St. Aubyn's Never Mind four pages at a time. But I'm really enjoying those four pages!


This post has been brought to you by lanolin nipple cream and the 3 am Google searches 'cluster feeding when does it stop' ; 'birth control right for me' ; 'airline tickets two adults SAT to Montreal'.


  1. Caroline must be empathizing with her new pal Josephine because she has started waking every 90 minutes from 11pm - 5:40am, at which point she's up for the day. Yay motherhood!

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