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The Caleb Times: He comes in Peace

I have officially decided to create a category for all future Caleb posts:  The Caleb Times. Hope you don’t mind hearing Caleb’s “old news” (this post will be on week 7, he’s now 10 weeks). It usually takes me a few weeks to read the newspaper anyways!

Starting at 6 weeks I went back to work 2 days, at 7 weeks I worked up to 3 days of work…I’m holding 3 days in week 8. At 9 weeks I’ll be working 4 days per week until 12 weeks, inevitably 1-2 days a week end up being 10-12 hour days, which allows me to take some of that time back on a different day.  Thankfully I love my job and have some flexibility, so the adjustment has been better than I expected. I’ll admit I have SERIOUSLY thought about switching to part-time, since work has thrown me for a loop and the last thing I want to do is sit down at a computer and update my blog.  I digress…

Caleb has been a Mr. Busybody since about 5 weeks.  His hands are usually exploring the world around him. While I totally adore his curiosity, it makes feeding time a bit more difficult.  He has learned to put his hands up to brace “the bottle” on occasion, however usually it’s more to grab a necklace, wiggle his way out of a blanket, or to catch the handle of his Nuk and send it across the room.

Recently he’s learned to flash the Peace Sign

And while his hands found his mouth starting at birth, he now spends countless hours chewing on his fingers.  It’s not uncommon (I know double negative-so it is common) for him to have both hands in his mouth, or for him to extend his fingers while in his mouth and gag himself.  The facial expression are quite hilarious.  You’d think that unpleasant experience would render a change of action, but he’ll do it repeatedly within a half hour time setting.  Here’s an attempt at a 2 handed mouthful….

We have also noticed the amount and complexity of his expressions have changed.  He’s beginning to mimic our actions, facial expression, and respond to inflections in our voice.  He’ll hear my voice and watch me as I walk around he house.

For the first time I decided to bring Caleb to bed with me in the morning after a 5 AM feeding.  Brent and I were pretty persistent of having him sleep in his own bed each night in his own room, which with my responsive gallops is literally 2 giant steps from our bed.  I am usually a heavy sleeper, but I can hear his every coo while sleeping.  One night, Brent, Caleb and Diesel were all snoring on just a different pitch and you would’ve thought they were conspiring against me.  Strangely I find the little man snores relaxing.  While the wake up calls have been very seldom all along (He’ll maybe wake up once a night since about 2-3 weeks), when they do happen I cherish them.  I love sitting in the dark with just he and I in complete silence, bonding together without distractions from the outside world.  However going back to work put a kink in our morning routine, thus for the first time I decided to bring Caleb to bed with me in the morning after a 5 AM feeding for some added co-sleeping time.  Bed time has also been designated as cuddle time with Diesel, so going to bed and wake up times we usually allow our 4-legged child in bed with us.  Once you get all 4 of us in bed, the bed gets pretty small. (Please don’t judge me and my 5 AM appearance)

Towards the ends of his 7th week of life we added a new adventure to his life list.  We packed up the car with Caleb and Diesel in tow to make the 5-hour trek to meet the rest of the family and have one more baby shower. Diesel has yet to make a long ride with a car seat invading HIS backseat…that’s a separate post entirely.   Either way, the kids did really well.  A few more stops were required for feeding and exercise, but we did it!  Brent’s parents retired last fall and initially down-sized, but after moving in his mom recognized the little storage space she had.  In January they found “the big house” for sale just a few miles from their retirement home and scored.  So we were living large with a HUGE guest room and king sized bed, Pack-n-play and Dog bed all in one room.  The Western side of the state (family and friends) joined us on Saturday to meet the little man.  Needless to say, there wasn’t a moment that he wasn’t held all day!  Gma O couldn’t get enough of him and I bet is counting the days until Memorial Day when we do our annual camping trip.

Amazing the 5-hour trek back on Sunday went smoother than the way up.  I think everyone was a bit exhausted.  Little man managed to sneak in a few smiles between naps.


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perhaps I’m annoyed beyond belief that Martha Stewart just shared 400 pictures of wedding dresses and clogged my google reader… they were all ugly as sin. PS real people don’t look like those runway models. I also unsubscribed!

Perhaps I saw the first snow flurries and went into an evil rage on the inside

perhaps I’m ready for the nightly news to consist of more than the Packers and the Campaign trail, even though I appreciate them both

perhaps I could be home cooking 2 more sinfully delicious apple pies

perhaps it would just be easier to not come back to work after 3 partial weeks of work and play and just wait for all the playing to be done, or just not come back to work

perhaps it would be easier if someone just sent out a memo letting EVERYONE know that I was married and I changed my name. I would really appreciate to not spent a full day at the Register of Deeds, Social Security, DMV and benefits office, only to follow that up with phone calls to all the companies of which I may owe money.

perhaps we shouldn’t have to pay extra for checking our first bag of luggage this week as we gallivant to the west coast for our first honeymoon….we are on our honeymoon after all- be nice!

perhaps I need just a few more IV drips with caffeine

perhaps we aren’t planning on having kids right now, regarldess of the fact that 10 of our friends are expecting- we AREN’T!

perhaps there should be rules that you can only receive candy while trick or treating if you are all dressed up.  NOTE: Parents it’s NOT okay for you to carry a bag and collect candy for yourself- selfish, overweight, indulgent jerks!

perhaps someone should remind you when making travel arrangements after you are married…THAT YOUR NAME IS changing.  Might have been a good thing to remember seeing how the DMV confiscated my old identity and will mail it back to me…I’ll receive it in a few weeks.  Makes it a little difficult to travel,  and I shutter at the amount of documentation I’ll need to carry to prove I am who the ticket says I am. the rules don’t allow for name changes of passengers.

perhaps I’ll be a better person for voting early 


perhaps I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow!

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Oh, the Places we could go?!

Hello World…I just returned to my blog after a month of survival mode (moving, puppy, new job)…but I found this post and a few others awaiting my approval from several months ago lost in my DRAFTS.  More to come 🙂

I figured it was time to check in, just for an update as to the daydreams I’m having today. 

Amidst packing the apartment for the big move into the new house next week, wrapping up things at the old job, making all the required arrangements for the new job, and non-stop meetings with the Realtor, insurance companies, mortgage companies, etc…. pause…

I’ve been asked several times today how the wedding plans are coming.  
“Fine,” I shruggishly reply.  You do realize that it is still 5 months away and my mind is completely consumed with all the elements stated above (not to mention the fact I agreed to scrub the shower and make a home cooked meal for dinner tonight).

“What are the honeymoon plans?”

::Sigh:: the idea of a vacation is makes me drool a puddle of saliva right into my lap.

But since you asked, the orignal plan was to take up the offer that we “won” an all-inclusive trip to Costa Rica.  Off Course by all inclusive we mean that we still need to cover airfar to and from the location, and any attractions we will most definitaly taking part in outside the resort would still need to be coverred by your’s truly (me).  And while this looks comepletely tantalizing

Cosata Rica can’t be justified in the measly 4 days that the fiance gets to be away from work (Gotta love teachers). 

So, we might have to savor the idea of Costa Rica, all-inclusive luxurious vacation for a time when there is enough time to be luxurious and all inclusive.




Well, if Costa Rica isn’t the plan (which I might add, I may or may not have completely slacked off on getting passport application materials situated in a timely manner), then Where oh Where shall we go?

Originally I was thinking this:

 Sin City- Exciting, plenty to do, lavish yet can be budget friendly.  What could be better than Vegas? Well considerring we have both been a few times, maybe something to be somewhat more romantic, mysterious, adventurous yet relaxing might be the ticket we are looking for. 

Hmm.  Back to the bible of bridal planning book Bridal Bargains. Which notes ways to save money in the process of planning a wedding, and subsequently a honeymoon.  Much to my suprise I realize that September and October is Off Season for Wine Country…can we say Romantic and warm Napa Valley, with friends close in San Francisco that we could possibly have a bit of everything we desired?!?!

 I let you know in a few months where we truly end up?!?!?

Don’t you love the suspense I leave you in 😉

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“Oh the places I need to go!”

According to my travel Map I have only visited 6% of the countries in the world. Guess I need to jump on it! Check out my Map!

A warm tropcial location might be nice right about now (seeing how it’s snowing in Wisconsin…in April!)

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