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Celebrating Five Months

June 28th, 2005 by Joyce

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Deadly Immunity

June 27th, 2005 by Joyce

Found this article on I have heard a lot of this information before, but have had a difficult time separating truth from fiction because the data on both sides is often flawed, or complicated. I don’t think Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. would risk his (okay, mostly solid) reputation on an article that he could not support, however, so this has me seriously second-guessing my decision to vaccinate C&D.

Deadly Immunity: When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data — and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.

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By the Way . . .

June 26th, 2005 by Joyce

Happy Anniversary to Matt and I. No, we’re not going to do anything special, unless laundry counts.

And David did get to sleep, but then Matt made noise opening the back door (can’t really be helped) while he was with Baby #2. Of course David, who sleeps so lightly that one day he just might float right out of bed, woke up.

So it seems that he’s up for a little while, but Carmen’s asleep.

For now.

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They Said

June 26th, 2005 by Joyce

“Oh, no, Ouch! Oh, no, Ouch!” squeaks the La-Z-Boy as I rock Carmen to sleep. When she is limp and peaceful, I set her down to work on David. The naptime routine is always the same. Feed, rock, then sleep.

“Just put them to sleep,” they said.

Some days the concept of putting the babies sleep goes the way of the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. We want to believe, but really, I suspect it’s nothing but a well-fabricated lie designed to make parents feel like they are doing something useful.

As I begin to rock David he complains, pushing himself away from my body and furrowing his brow. He doesn’t want to sleep. I hold him tight and cuddle his warm, huggable body. Minutes later Carmen is awake, and Matt takes her to the glider.

“Use a glider,” they said. “Puts them right to sleep.”

Matt hugs Carmen to his chest and starts patting her back. Carmen stares at the window until her eyes slowly flutter closed. Realizing she has nearly been lulled to sleep, her eyes blink open, wide. She sits up and looks up to make eye contact with Matt . . . and laughs. And laughs again. Now two giggly, hopelessly sleep-deprived sillies, Carmen and Matt retreat to another room.

Two sleep-deprived sillies on the path to exhaustion.

I still rock with David, who by this point has burrowed into the crook of my arm and is flopping and squirming like a fish out of water.

“Use the swing,” they said. “Works every time.”

I put David in the swing. I turn on the mobile and he wrinkles his nose and smiles. I make myself busy and listen to his concert of raspberries, spit bubbles, and squeaks. Half an hour later . . .

Howdy, mama! Why you lookin’ so tired?

well, you get the idea.

From Friday: Carmen kicking her legs like the girl in the swing at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse.

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A Five Months of Babies Present

June 24th, 2005 by Joyce

Matt bought us a five-month of babies present today. It was something we really needed–a glider. In five months of babies we’ve worn out two rocking chairs. They practically groan from exhaustion these days.

Today we also reactivated my membership at the gym. They have a day care which is rarely used, so the babies will almost always have the caregiver to themselves. They’ve been pretty personable lately (Carmen has a little separation anxiety, but she’s a brave girl), so I think they’ll be okay for an hour at a time. If they fuss, I’ll get paged. We’ll see how they like it. The most exciting benefit to the gym is that the babies are allowed to join me in the water on the weekends. I can wear one baby at a time and we can play splashies, and practice our dive reflex so the babies don’t grow up to be water wimps like their mama. Maybe we’ll go as soon as Sunday. Saturday I have to go to the optometrist for my (year-overdue) checkup, so that will be exciting enough for us all.

I remember that a year ago I was sitting in the dark, watching TV and feeling my stomach turn itself inside out. Today I’m sitting in the dark, watching TV, and getting ready to finish this up so I can settle in for bed with my little girl. My wiggly little boy will join us later. Good night.

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Happy Five Months, Babies!

June 23rd, 2005 by Joyce

No time for celebrating today, though. We did have a relatively good napping day, and then a good trip to Central Market where we got free purple balloons that I worried about the whole drive home.

We’re close to sitting up, LOVE to stand, think our toys are yummy, and add new sounds to our repertoire every day. Pictures will come this weekend.

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Matt’s First Father’s Day

June 19th, 2005 by Joyce

We spent it doing the usual things. Playing, singing, rocking, swinging when the rocking didn’t work. David is the one under the blanket in the picture, but maybe you already guessed that.

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