Friday, February 15, 2008

Eternal Sunshine of the Postpartum Mind

Um, hi. Remember me? It was nice to take a six-week blogging maternity leave, but it's good to be back. I'm feeling a bit rusty, so bear with me. There's lots of news and a birth story to share, but I'm going to ease into things with a meme. Thanks, Mommy Daisy!

Da Rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you. (See above.)
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog. (I'm going to do seven facts about the past 6 weeks.)
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
5. Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.

1. While I was away, this blog turned one year old, Eli turned two years old, and Helen turned six weeks old. Time is speeding by.

2. I received so many wonderful comments and emails--both baby and non-dairy related--while I was away. Thank you all so much for your good wishes and kind messages and for your patience with my lack of blogging and emailing. I will be writing back/catching up with all of you as soon as I can.

3. While I am very vocal with hospital personnel and pediatric nurses about soy vs. dairy ("Do NOT give my baby formula supplements--especially not dairy ones!" "Soy milk IS calcium fortified, you Nimrod, therefore my son and daughter DO get enough calcium!"), I am a big chicken when it comes to being honest about sleeping arrangements. ("Yep, the baby always sleeps in a bassinet or crib. Uh-huh. All the time.") Even though I truly believe that whatever NSSP works for your family is best, as evidenced by the co-sleeping/musical beds thing we have going on here.

4. It hurts my feelings a little bit that SO many people have asked if Helen is a family name. Like, "Dude, the only way you could have come up with that name is to pick it off your family tree." It is a family name, AND we think it's pretty, and it's not as if we named her, I don't know, Ethel or Dotty or something. (My apologies if those are the names of any of your present or future children.)

5. We received so many wonderful meals during our first few weeks home, and almost everything was dairy-free. I am collecting recipes as we speak, and I can't wait to share them. Mmm... meat pie.

6. I really cannot think of an instance where it is appropriate to ask someone if they are done having children or to say, "Please tell me this is your last one." Unless maybe you are their doctor and another pregnancy would kill them.

7. Oh, the birth? The baby? After a day on Pitocin, the delivery was mercifully, miraculously short. (Extended birth story still to come.) And Helen is an angel--a good sleeper and eater who is blissfully unbothered by her siblings' love and attention and overenthusiastic head patting.

I tag whoever hasn't done this meme yet, which I'm guessing is no one. But I'll have to read all of your old blog entries to make sure.


  1. Yay for a new photo of Helen! She is a doll!! And I think it is a beautiful name, as well as the name of my favorite great aunt who used to make me delicious non-dairy peanut butter cookies when I was a severely allergic child.

    Missed you, hope to hear more soon!

  2. Yay, you're back! Glad you're easing back into things.

    Look at that gorgeous little girl - such a perfect face!

    I hate that "I hope you're done" question almost as much as the "You do know what's causing this [pregnancy]" question. It's just rude. As if you've just single-handedly overpopulated the planet.

  3. I actually checked my Google Reader the other day thinking that I had accidentally deleted your feed. I am glad you enjoyed your well-deserved break.

    How are the preparations for the Pillsbury event going?

  4. Thanks for doing the meme. Helen is an adorable baby! I'm glad she is so good for you. Baby bliss.

    Ha, I did the same thing about sleeping arrangements. When my husband came to an appointment or two, he would whisper to me on the way out "Don't worry I won't tell". :D

    People are stupid. Don't listen to their dumb comments! :P

    I can't wait to hear the Helen's birthday story. Tkae care, and we'll look forward to hearing more from you soon.

  5. Welcome back! Helen is a beautiful baby and a great name. It really bothers me when people are rude about names. Don't they realize that this little tiny baby will have this name for the rest of their life???

  6. 1) I love the name Helen. It's on my girl name list. I think it's beautiful. And I agree that "Is it a family name?" sounds rude.

    2) Speaking of rude, "Please tell me this is your last one" takes the cake. I hear a lot of "Are you CRAZY???" No--but THANKS FOR ASKING.

    3) Oh, yes, the NSSP! I need to change the name, though, since I'm still doing that even with toddlers.

  7. Happy Blogiversary! And happy birthday to your little one!

    I love the name Helen. My first grader's dear friend is named Helen. It is such a gracious and beautiful name. After all, think of Helen of Troy..."the face that launched a thousand ships".

    And your Helen is beautiful. Hope you've all adjusted to your new addition.

  8. I'm glad you are back! I absolutely love the name Helen .