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Sunday, April 08, 2012

10 Weeks + Athena's First Easter

This week was not all fluffy bunnies and unicorns. Athena's fussy time is midafternoon. The timing varies daily, but it makes doing things in the afternoon a challenge, but it's also the most likely time we'll be out doing something. Add to this a propensity to spit-up and it can make for long days. On Wednesday, this meant inconsolable crying on a walk and lunch with the Moms group, then more crying in Moms group, then more fussy and crying and spitting up when we got home. Eventually, I just gave up on making dinner with the girls.

Friday we thought we'd try to take her to Friday Night Waltz, but a Friday afternoon was fussy and spitty-uppy, and when she spit up on me again around 8 p.m. (requiring clothing changes for both me and her), I decided that Erik was right and this was not the week to take her out. Instead, it was time for pajamas rather than a new outfit for going out.

But there were good things too. She's regularly sleeping from around 11 p.m. til just before 9 a.m. This is fabulous. Then, when she wakes up, I turn over and give her morning greetings. She smiles back with a big goofy grin. I release her arms from her swaddle and she stretches and waves them about with glee, directing her morning thoughts. This usually lasts for 10-20 minutes before she starts to squirm a bit more and it's time to change her diaper and get some food in her belly. Now that Erik's morning class is done, this means that I press go on the coffee machine on the way through the kitchen, and he lounges in bed for another 15 minutes, then puts together my morning cup of coffee and sets it down next to where I'm nursing Athena. It's a morning routine I'm going to savor for the time I have left. I've got less than a month til I'm back to work, and that fills me with a certain dread and anxiety. It will have to work somehow, but right now, I'm not quite sure how to be sole food source, work 40+ hours a week, commute 10 hours a week, and sleep something near 8 hours a night. The math just doesn't work when it's only a 24 hour day.

We also started contemplating future housing this week. Sometime in the next five years, we need to relocate to a better school district. Fundamentally, we can do that, or pay for private school, and private school doesn't build equity, so if we're going to be in pain financially, a house is a better investment than private school. We talked with our favorite mortgage broker and figured out what we could conceivably afford and started looking at what that would buy near better schools. The take-away message was Save Save Save for the next down payment. It seems like I'm always saving for a down payment for a house. Meanwhile, browsing real estate listings is fun and we triangulated a bit on what we really value in a home. We spent a bit of time on Saturday touring some Open Houses. We've got a good idea of what we want. Now it's time to save up for it.

This morning, Athena got her first Easter basket from the magical wild foxes... er... bunny. Full of wonderful things including a Peter Rabbit board book, a bunny sippy cup, the required hollow chocolate bunny, a pinwheel, and a Darth Vader plush toy. No really! Look!
Easter basket is awesome!

Darth is my new friend.

But I LOVE the pinwheel!
 
  
Leeloo thinks it's pretty cool too.  

We spent the afternoon at CKP Manor having Easter brunch, catching up with friends, and enjoying the lovely weather. Now Athena is asleep on Erik's shoulder, so it's time for us to go to bed.


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