I curse you, jelly donuts!

When I was pregnant with Chippy, I got into the rather bad habit of running (driving, actually) down to the bottom of the hill on a pretty regular basis for a jelly donut.  Some mornings I resisted, but usually those little suckers beckoned to me relentlessly.  In retrospect, I should have ignored them, but boy were they good.  I am fairly certain the jelly donuts accounted for at least 50% of the 45+ pounds I gained while pregnant.

Maternity pants are really comfortable, but I am definitely ready to say adios to the elastic.  To take the baked goods analogy a little farther, the bun has been out of the oven for a while now, but the muffin top still remains.

Several weeks ago, I started going for walks with the kids, both for exercise and sanity reasons.  We live in a really hilly area and, as I quickly figured out, pushing two kids in a double stroller up and down semi-mountainous terrain is a great workout.  Not to mention that between scheduled feedings every 2.5 hours, making sure Bobo gets fed, I’ve found I’ve often gotten the short end of the stick (timewise) when it comes to feeding myself.

So, imagine my delight to find the other day that I could fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.   With no small amount of finagling, I can even manage to zip them up. 

Sitting while wearing the skinny jeans… well that’s another matter entirely.

Smiles… or gas?

Chippy smiled for the first time today.  I am 95% sure it was a true smile (at me!), and not just gas.  Although, as my cousin pointed out, maybe it was gas, and he’s already laughing at potty jokes.  If so, this kid already blends right in to this family.

I really don’t care one way or another; either my kid already has a great sense of humor, or we’ll be seeing a lot more of those toothless little grins that melt my heart.  No matter how I look at it, I see it as a win-win situation.

Aah, beer. I missed you, my friend.

I discovered a new kind of decadence today.  They have this new lime-flavored Bud Light, and I have to say, I am hooked.  Seriously, it’s the best thing since… well, regular Bud Light.

Living in Portland, the home of the microbrew, I often get strange looks when I go to a pub and order my regular.  I usually skip over the 12 different kinds of locally fermented brews they have on tap and go right to the domestic beer section.  What can I say… I’m a simple girl.

Drinking beer was one of those guilty pleasures I really missed while pregnant.  For me, there’s nothing better than cracking a cold one open after a long day of work and snuggling into bed with a chick flick and some knitting.

Tonight, I had just settled under my comforter, Bud Light Lime in hand, when I hear Chippy’s little wails in the other room.  I had just fed him a little while before, so I knew he wasn’t hungry, but I trotted down the hall anyway to his nursery.

I picked Chip up and started rocking and bouncing him.  The bouncing must have knocked out some gas that was lodged in there; he let out a tremendous belch, and his cries immediately subsided to little whimpers.  “Well, that was easy,” I thought to myself, as I continued to rock him.  I leaned down to give my sweet one a little kiss on the nose, which was when I heard the gurgling.

I have heard of projectile vomiting before, but I had never, thankfully, experienced it firsthand.  They definitely call it “projectile” for a reason; this was not your average urpage.  Unfortunately, my first experience with projectile vomiting was at close range and, even more unfortunately, when my mouth was open.  Fortunately, very little actually got on the baby, which was amazing considering mom’s face was dripping with half-digested breast milk.  All I can say is “Eeew.”

Gagging, I scrambled for the nearest burp cloth to try to sop up my son’s blow.  Meanwhile, Chippy gave a little sigh and snuggled contentedly into my arms, obviously feeling much better.

As he drifted off to sleep in my arms, I thought about my friend Bud waiting for me in the other room.  It sounded pretty good right about now.  Right after I get some mouthwash, that is.