If any of you like heist flicks and haven't yet seen Inside Man, you really should. I watched it yesterday and was quite impressed at how well thought out it was, for that genre. There were still a couple things which I thought were less than plausible, but many fewer problems than I normally have with movies of this type. I consider the time spent watching to be worth it.

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So much stuff going on with you all. Lots of joy and pain and enthusiasm and snarking and thought provoking stuff. I wish I had another three hours in the day just to respond to you all. I try to read and keep up, but I'm finding it difficult. I am interested, though.

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Yesterday I went to MnM and the lady who created the Sling-Ezee came and demonstrated proper sling wearing techniques and answered questions. She used Drew for some of her examples an he was, as always, the perfect baby with other people. Didn't make a peep once even when I handed him to her for the first time, and came back to me with a cheerful grin and then promptly fell asleep. Cool. I was so confident after watching her presentation that I was inspired to finally use my Maya Wrap (from Keely many moons ago - thanks again, K!) for my Target run today. As part of my must get out of the house more doing things I like resolution, I visited a sales center for new town-homes in my area (we're not looking to move, but I love seeing floor plans and whatnot) and then went to a nice park and walked with Drew in the stroller for a couple of miles.

I'd like to make walking with him a frequent occurrence. Living in this climate means there's no excuse why I shouldn't - it was in the mid 60s today, with a gorgeous sky - and I'd like to get in shape as well as modeling a non-sedentary lifestyle for Drew. I'd not been to that particular park before but I think I'll go back soon. Each lap in this park is just under a third of a mile, and there's a well-kept restroom on the premises as well as shady benches for nursing, a very nice playground, and a huge field of grass so green you'd swear it was spray painted.

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Drew seems to have a clogged tear duct. I don't see any redness and he's not bothered by it, so I'll just keep it clean, massage the corner of the eye a bit, and mention it to his pediatrician if it hasn't gone away by his next visit. He also seems to have a touch of diarrhea. It's not an excessive amount, he doesn't have a temperature, and he's his usual self, so I'm just going to go let it pass (heh) by itself and avoid the Dr's office. Perhaps I shouldn't be so cavalier about not taking him into the Dr, but considering he's nursing on demand exclusively and isn't dehydrated I can't see what they could do about fluids, and since he's not exhibiting any other problematic symptoms I'd rather not expose him to a waiting room full of kids with the flu only to hear that I should just keep doing what I'm doing and monitor the situation at home. 
After my post complaining about Drew's sleeping habits he went and gave me the bird by sleeping for 11 hours last night, while only getting up twice to nurse and then immediately going back to sleep. Given a bit of luck he'll prove me wrong again tonight.

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About three weeks ago a gal came into my Mommy-n-Me session saying she was a casting rep for Baby Einstein and handing out flyers asking for photos of 2-5 month old babies so they could consider them for a new video shoot. I didn't take a flyer, as Drew was only 5 weeks at the time, but the lady encouraged me to take once since he'd be 2 months by the time of the shoot (And let's face it - Drew's a cutie. Not that I'm biased or anything. But I so totally am biased). I took the flyer and thought about sending a photo, but time got away from me and I never got around to it. Today I found out that TWO babies from our MnM group are in the new video. And one of the moms, whose daughter is just a couple of weeks older than Drew said she thought she was chosen since there were so few young babies to select from. Damn! I should have sent in the photo! And the gal is somehow also in the video herself, which meant that they paid her baby and her for their appearances. Double damn. Ah, well. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

I'm cracking up a bit that the gal had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about what was filmed. What, are there competitors out there just ITCHING to snipe their babies-playing-with-toys idea? Is there a Baby Aristotle group that is trying desperately to pull the rug out from under the Baby Einstein clan? She sort of violated her non-disclosure agreement and told us what the new video is about, but I'm not telling. So nyah.
Meant to post it earlier:

At Drew's well baby appointment last week he was 12lb8oz, and 23 inches (though I think that's a shorter reading than what he actually is. I'd guess more like 24in). And that was last week, so he's probably almost 13 pounds now if he's not there already. What this means in a practical sense is that he's already outgrown a good portion of his 0-3 month clothing. Every day I pack away more little outfits. So, so sad. Especially sad considering that he doesn't have nearly as many 3-6 month outfits. Got to go shopping soon, methinks.

And how did Drew go from being a relatively uncommon name to ranked #96 nationally in 2006 by the Social Security Administration? Bother.

of birth Rank
2005 198
2004 211
2003 222
2002 217
2001 219
2000 188
Omigod. Drew is propped up in the boppy next to me on the couch. He's staring at Scout and cooing at her, and she's sitting on the arm of the couch staring back at him. I don't think I've ever seen anything cuter in my entire life.
So a few posts ago I mentioned that Drew was eating every 2-2.5 hours and waking frequently at night to nurse. Ha. That was only the beginning. It progressed quickly to eating every 1.5-2 hours. All day. Every day. So between getting him ready to nurse, nursing, and diapering I had basically no time to do anything. I had hoped that it was only a growth spurt and would pass when he was around 6 weeks. Hallelujiah - it happened. The last two days he's gone back to being hungry every 3 hours or a bit more, and he's slept for a 6-hour stretch each of the last two nights, eaten, then gone back to sleep longer, and he's gone back to being the mellow little man that I'd come to rely upon. My days just got significantly more pleasant. Joy!

That being the case, I actually have time to post the pictures that I'd promised last week. ;)



Tell me, does he look like a 1 month old to you? I mean, he was 5.5 weeks in the last photo, but to me he looks like a much older baby.

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