7.07.2007

Going mobile...and other bits of randomness

Journey is crawling! Yikes. I was hoping she would put it off for as long as possible...but it looks like we are venturing into a new stage in our lives. I say "lives" because not only is it an AMAZING new thing for her...but it also changes things for me...and Asher. She can now easily gravitate toward the toys that he just moved out of her reach, and this my friends, is incredibly disturbing for him. My life is changed forever as well. Because she is now able to move to anything she wants to...and what does she want, you ask?? Well, it seems that every small piece of "something" that is lying on the ground is a treasure that pulls her in and causes her to place in her mouth where she then, more likely than not, chokes on it. A splintered piece of wood...in the mouth. An old band aid...in the mouth (I'm not joking). A handful of faux horse tail...in the mouth. Any piece of leftover granola or crumb of anything really that has made it's way to the floor...why yes, in the mouth. You can see the problem here. The poor little one has no idea how to swallow these things when she tries and we end up in a situation that is really quite stressful for me and I am sure less than ideal for her as well. This has whipped me into mama bear mode and my life hasn't been the same. No really...I am happy for her. And this gives me one more reason to kick myself in the pants and vacuum the floor more often than usual (as if there really needed to be ONE more reason). And although I am extremely confident in the fact that she knows HOW to crawl to wherever she would like to go...no matter how shaky or stumbly she may be...she still mostly prefers to sit and pivot and stare at her hand in wonder while she twists her wrist in the air (it really is amazing if you think about it). She also knows that it is more efficient to sit in place and yell for someone to come get her rather than crawling over to them. But...don't let her fool you...she is crawling...I am protecting and Asher is desperately trying to "teach" her what is ok to play with and what is not. Oh my. She's gone mobile. And I have...done the opposite, actually. Somehow I managed to toss my cell phone into my cup of iced tea on fourth of July while I was driving. The kicker is that I didn't just toss it in and then pull it out after noticing. I tossed it in...let it marinate in there because of the LACK of noticing and then pulled it out in horror after, oh, I'd say a good thirty minutes or so. So if you were thinking of trying me on my cell phone...don't bother. I don't think I was meant to have a cell phone. I am really no good at them anyway. Either that, or I need to stop drinking iced tea...which in 115 degree weather...is not going to be happening anytime soon. Which brings me to my next bit of randomness. I think I drink way too much iced tea. Southern sweet iced tea to be exact. I can't get enough of this goodness. But I am afraid that it has not only been the reason for my life with a cell phone to be cut much too short ( I just got that cell phone for my birthday...with a LOCAL number, nonetheless!)...but I am quietly contemplating if it might also be the reason Journey is just saying NO...to sleep. I will remind you...I am quietly contemplating this...as in I am not saying anything out loud...because I don't think I would be ready to admit this and give up my sweet iced tea. Does anyone know how much caffeine is in this stuff? I guess I could do a trial and error. You know, give up the tea and see if she sleeps better? Oh...that sounds so painful. But it might give her (and me) a few more hours of shut eye...and THAT right there....that just might be worth it...maybe.

7 comments:

Jme said...

I think there are very few things in life that warrent giving up sweet iced tea...or any type of tea for that matter. :) However, I am quite fond of my sleep as well. That's a tough one. However, Journey might be upset about it too...ever think of that?? :) I can't believe she's crawling without me!! I was trying so hard to get her to do it the last time I saw her...she was SO close. I can just picture the struggle this new movement is creating for Asher. "No nurney...asher's!" :) Oh to be in the midst of such wonderful "new" adventures. Don't ever take these things for granted Jess...they are priceless. :)

Simplicity Wins said...

Yeah Journey! Congrats on your new found crawling ability little love. You are so cute and cuddly. And yes Mom is right, it is pretty amazing the way you discover and stare at your own hand and watch it move.
However, Mom's been holding out on me with that new, local cell phone number! I guess it doesn't matter now that it drowned! But if she gets it replaced, ask her to give me the number this time, okay? :)

Debbie said...

Congrats on moving (no pun intended) to the wonderful next stage of childhood. Hopefully the transition for Asher with a moving Journey eases soon. Good luck with the sweet tea dilemma. A well deserved treat in the day vs. sleep....that is a tough one! Good luck on both. Good luck in your exciting adventures of more motherhood craziness! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't really know how much caffeine is in tea - but I think it's a lot! I managed to stay awake through a whole movie last night and that's a first in a long time!! I would hate to think of you giving up tea altogether - it's so refreshing - maybe make it a little weaker and not so much at night. As for dunking the cell phone - try a sippy cup??
Good for sweet Journey! She's keeping mom and brother on their toes!
Auntie Vee

Sara said...

Hey Jessamyn, you know I have been reading for a while just haven't left any comments, but you have inspired me to start my own blog, love it, especially with our family scattered all over the country. What an amazing family you have!!! About the tea thing, just because I can say I am addicted to tea, is that one 8 oz. glass of tea has as much caffeine as a 12 oz. glass of diet coke, about 47 mg per serving. I have as well thought of cutting tea out of my daily routine, but when you can't take your kids outside because it is just too hot, you need to have a little comfort in the enclosed spaces indoors!

Jessamyn said...

Hi Sara! Welcome. I am so happy to know you "lurk" about here and that you started your own blog! I will be checking in there for sure. Thanks for the info about tea. Yikes! I better minimize my intake a litle. Just a little! :)

kristjana said...

Jessamyn, I feel for you in the heat, sister! My husband and I "escaped" Arizona for the summer to come back to Maryland, and yesterday and today it was over 100 here, with nearly 90%humidity... sauna, anyone?? Try brewing some decaf tea! Put a big jar with fresh water, sugar and several decaf tea bags in the sun for a few hours, and it will be the sweetest, yummiest tea ever...

As for the recent mobility of your adorable Journey, I can clearly remember the day my Kenny started crawling.. jubilation was immediately overcome with horror as I realized the grime on my kitchen floor under the fridge that he could now reach... Good luck, and remember that Merry Maids is only a phone call away... ha ha ...