Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Lost Symbol: Book Review

My third book of the year was Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. The main character, Robert Langdon, is the same as in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. This time, the fast paced thriller takes place in Washington, DC, and involves the history of the Masons.

I know a lot of people look down on Dan Brown as an author but, in my opinion, his books are fun, exciting, and even educational (at least for me, who knows very little about symbolism and such).

This book was just as good as the others in the series. It was fast paced, the content was really interesting, and the mysteries remained that way until the end. All this made it very difficult to put down and, though I started it a month ago, I read the last 80% in the last 3 days.

The one complaint I have is some of the conversations between the characters are a bit unbelievable. When someone is in a time crunch to pass information on, they wouldn't speak in code or wait until their companion figures it out themselves. This made it a bit clunky in parts. Because of this, I give the book a 4 out of 5.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I'm having minor surgery done today. Nothing serious, but something I've been dealing with since last June. I couldn't have the surgery until after Evan was born, because I have to go under general anesthetic. Hence waiting until now.

I'm nervous. I hate the idea of going "to sleep" using drugs. I hate that I have to pump and dump because of the drugs. I also hate the fact that I can't eat or drink anything before the surgery. Anyone that has breastfed or pumped knows how hungry and dehydrated you get! All I can think about right now is WATER. Good thing I'm scheduled to go in at 10am, so it's not insane.

Please send good vibes my way for a fast surgery and recovery!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

4 Months

Evan is 4 months old today! What's new this month:

- He can hold on to toys and actively plays with them now.

- He has great head control now, and is starting to work on sitting. When we put him in the corner of the couch, he'll bring himself forward so he's not resting completely on the arm. He does this if he's sitting in our laps too.

- He still hates tummy time. Every time we make him do it, he just squirms around, cries, and keeps his arms by his side. I'm sure he'd pound his fists on the ground if he could and/or knew what that meant. I don't think he'll ever learn to roll over or crawl because he hates it so much!

- He grew out of his bassinet and is now in his crib.

- He changed his bed time all on his own. He used to go to sleep for the night at about 10pm, now it's around 8pm.

- He sleeps until at least 5:30am, and sometimes even until 7:30am. If he wakes up on the earlier side of that range he'll go back to sleep for another couple of hours after eating.

- He looks at pictures in the books we read him.

- He likes to look at the cats, but doesn't try to do much with them (yet!).

- When we have play dates, he interacts with other babies! They'll look at each other, coo, and smile. It's so cute.

- Like everyone else around here, he's pretty tired of this whole winter thing.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seconds, Comparisons, and Justifications

Three questions or statements that are common among mothers:

Are you going to have another child?
Are you frickin' kidding me? Evan is not even 4 months old yet. I'm still trying to get a handle on this whole new role I've been thrust into, letting alone even thinking about another child. In fact, DH and I are so happy with one child right now that we're contemplating keeping it that way. At the very least, we'll be waiting 2-3 years before we even think about expanding our family.

My baby is doing ___ - Is yours? / Why isn't my baby ___ yet?

I tend to get caught up in this because I look at other babies that are Evan's age and see that he's a bit behind. Of course he is - he was born 5 weeks early! All babies are different. Just because your baby can roll over doesn't make him any more developed than other babies who aren't. Same goes for the other way around. I just don't get the comparisons, and I'm trying to stop myself from doing it.

I do ___...and before you judge the crap out of me, I do it because of X, Y, and Z.
Before Evan came along, I was so worried about every other parent judging us for our decisions. It got to the point where I would justify my decisions to people before they even asked anything: Am I breast feeding? No, I'm pumping. But I tried so hard to breast feed, but he was born 5 weeks early and he wasn't strong enough to latch properly, and, and, and... But, guess what? No one cares! No one cares that I'm pumping rather than breast feeding. No one cares if he sleeps in his swing during the day. No one cares that we put a blanket on him in his crib --- something we learned from the NICU hospital staff, no less (see? There I go again!). And even if someone did care, most people aren't rude enough to say something, and what's it to them anyway?

I'm starting to become much more laid back about these things because it's just way too stressful and tiring to care.

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentine

DH and I, in our 4.5 years together, never really go all-out on Valentine's Day. We get each other a card, maybe a box of chocolates or a home-made coupon book, and have a nice dinner at home.

Each year I think to myself that maybe we should do more. But, then I realize that the way we celebrate is us: simple and low-key.

We're both fairly introverted, and that really works for us. We love hanging out in our house, just watching TV or movies, playing with Evan, talking over a home-made meal, or working on the house. I think that's why we've put so much time, money, and energy into making our home very comfortable - because we love spending time here!

I am so happy to have found someone who likes being at home just as much as I do. This year, we'll be doing it again. But, we have the wonderful pleasure of adding Evan to the mix!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I've seen a number of other bloggers do a wordless Wednesday - where they just post a picture. I thought this was a great idea, especially when I am at a loss as to what to write about.

So, here is my first Wordless Wednesday (umm, with words, as Liberal Arts Lady points out)! I hope this feature is enjoyable for my readers, and I'll try my best to do it every week.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Today, I screamed at the top of my lungs.

Not at Evan --- I went into another room to do it.

The past couple of days have been awful. Evan has been crying and screaming like I'm frickin' torturing him. I had a meeting today with someone I'll be working with when I start my new job, and he screamed pretty much the whole time. I fed him, I changed him, I held him, I bounced him, I burped him, I walked him...NOTHING.

I love the guy to death, but give a girl a break!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011


One of my resolutions is to get some style before I head back to work. So, I'm considering getting a personal stylist to help me out with my look a bit.

I think I dress pretty well (especially compared to a lot of people in physics!), but I would like my wardrobe to be more complete, polished, and versatile. I would like to have a wide range of outfits - not just a top and bottom, but adding jackets, cardigans, belts, and accessories into the mix as well.

Here is my predicament though: hiring a personal stylist is pretty expensive, so I wouldn't be able to afford a color analysis, AND a body analysis, AND a hair analysis, AND to have the person look at what I currently have, AND have them come shopping with me.

So, here's what I'm thinking: if I go for either one of the last two (looking at my current wardrobe or getting them to shop with me), they would obviously end up letting me know what colors look good on me and what styles are best for my body type. Thus, negating the need for those two services separately. I'm happy with my make-up, and I can just go to a hair stylist to get a new cut.

Which would be more useful and fun then? Getting someone to go through my current wardrobe and then figuring out what pieces I need to make it more functional, or getting someone to go shopping with me to get main pieces to build a wardrobe around?