Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

Christmas Cheer = Family, Friends and FOOD! December 26, 2008

We had ham, and Hammy had sweet potatoes. Yum! It was his first official big boy meal and did he ever love it! He probably would have eaten a six pack of sweet potatoes if baby food was packaged that way. Check him out!

First bite.

First bite.

Second bite.

Second bite.

Licking the spoon clean.

Licking the spoon clean.

Cute and messy.

Cute and messy.

Demanding another jar.

Demanding another jar.

And back to spoon licking.

And back to spoon licking.

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4 Month Shots December 16, 2008

Filed under: Family,Henry — H. M. @ 3:07 pm
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We took Henry in for his 4 month check up yesterday. He is now 15 lbs. 11 oz. and 25 3/4″ long. I thought he’d be heavier but I guess I’m just weary from carrying him around all the time 🙂  Still, he is in the 80th percentile for his weight and 75th percentile for his height which means he’s a big boy.

Henry’s regular doctor was on vacation so we saw another one in the practice. She was FABULOUS. We’ll probably start making our appointments with her, hope doc number one isn’t offended. She gave us the green light to go full steam ahead with solid foods. She said he needs it because of his large size and superhero strength. She was very impressed with his ability to push up and blow bubbles. I have a genius kid!

After all the good news he got five rounds of vaccines – four shots and one oral. Within about half an hour he had sad face and an overall lethargic disposition. Thanks to that, Justin and I were able to have a meal in a restaurant without having to bounce him on a knee or swing him in the carseat. Just a regular old meal. I forgot how awesome that could be!

Later in the evening he started feeling very crummy. He was inconsolable. He didn’t want to sit up or lay down, didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to play, didn’t want to watch tv. He was just not feeling himself. We gave him a hit of Tylenol which brought his spirits up a bit. Enough to eat all his oatmeal cereal, at least.

He slept like a bear in winter, going six straight hours in the first round, then two hours, then one more. He’s a good boy.

Unhappy Hammy about half an hour after his shots.

Unhappy Hammy about half an hour after his shots.

 

Play Hard, Sleep Hard December 12, 2008

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Eye booger and all

Eye booger and all

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Which Words Can You Live Without? November 30, 2008

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I recently read something entitled “Which Words Can You Live Without?” I thought about it and the word that’s making my brain burn these days is TRANSPARENT. As in, “We need our policies to be transparent,” or “this administration needs to be as transparent as possible.”

Is “clear” too dumb sounding? Like, “Am I making myself clear?” That’s so yesterday. Today, I’m making myself transparent.

That being said, enjoy a new picture of Hammy and his first egg nog latte!

Starbucks!

Starbucks!

He doesn’t understand that licking the cup isn’t the fastest way to the beverage.

 

Hammy + Bear = True Love November 28, 2008

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The Senator – The Oldest Cypress Tree in America November 18, 2008

Just half an hour north of Orlando in Longwood, we took a jaunt to Big Tree Park to visit The Senator and his mistress Lady Liberty. The Senator is the oldest cypress tree in the U.S. celebrating 3,500 years on the planet. At the base it measures 35 feet around and it stands 118 feet tall, down from 165 before the top was taken off by a storm. Lady Liberty is only 2,000 years old but just as majestic as The Senator.

Justin in front of The Senator

Justin in front of The Senator

The Senator

The Senator

Henry slept through the whole thing.

Henry slept through the whole thing.

Lady Liberty. A youthful 2,000 years old.

Lady Liberty. A youthful 2,000 years old.

After we got home it was Jammy Time. Exhausted from his expedition, Henry fell asleep on his play gym.

After we got home it was Jammy Time. Exhausted from his expedition, Henry fell asleep on his play gym.

 

They Should Revoke My Wings November 15, 2008

Filed under: Henry,Traveling — H. M. @ 9:20 am
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2009 will be my seventh year working for The Airline. In that time I think I’ve seen just about everything from drunken arrests to poop on the floor to abandoned children. When I worked on the ground, it always amazed me when after making repeated announcements about gate changes there would inevitably be someone who didn’t hear it an miss the flight.

“You didn’t hear any of my announcements?” I’d ask.

“No. No one listens to announcements.”

“You didn’t notice no one else was waiting in the boarding area?”

“No.”

I would mock these people for heir gross lack observation skills.

Today, I became one of those people. I checked in at the gate for my boarding pass and stroller tag an hour and twenty minutes before departure. I then went to the companion care bathroom to go to the bathroom (duh) and feed and change the baby before the flight. I went back to my gate, took a seat and played with my son until it was time to board.

They say time flies when you have kids, and that doesn’t just mean in the day to day or month to month sense. Apparently, it applies to minute by minute because I felt like I’d only been sitting there for ten minutes before i heard something about “Mark Family” and “Pittsburgh” and “Last and Final Boarding Opportunity” on the PA.

My flight was moved three gates down. I don’t know why I never heard a gate change announcement. I doubt it was the agents who forgot, they’re usually pretty on tp of making those announcements.  Which means one of thwo things happened. While I was enjoying the silence and privacy of the companion care restroom, the announcemtn were mad about the gate change. Or I was so busy playing with Henry that I just didn’t  notice the time or hear  the announcements. Boy am I the dummy!

Live and learn, I guess. This is my fourth time flying with Henry, but the first time without Justin to help. Next time I’ll know not to lose myself in playtime wiht the baby. And, yes, I did make the flight with seconds to spare.