On my own again.

Today is a sad day. Today is my first day in over two weeks without my mom. So I spent it reading the parenting books that she left behind for me. Here is a list of some of the things my mom did while she was here:

* Made lots of meals, including lunches and breakfasts, and some freezer meals.
* Organized my freezer and stocked my fridge.
* Organized the bathrooms and cleaned them.
* Laundry. Again and again and again.
* Sewed covers for my pillows so that I can have a more wintery living area (my pillows were too spring/summery).
* Helped me to overcome my fear of hanging things on walls.
* Sewed a boppy pillow cover.
* Helped organize the office.
* Organized the laundry room.
* Organized the under-stairs storage.
* Knit most of a blanket.
* Watched some fun movies with me.

I'm sure there are many things that I'm forgetting---not the least of which was to give me advice on the baby, to take over care of him the first couple nights when I didn't get any sleep, and to talk to me and teach me about being a parent.

It was really wonderful having her here, and a little strange to think that she went through all of this with me when I was the infant 28 years ago.

And the real test of whether or not she was good to have around---at the end of it all, Murray said that he's ready for her to move in with us permanently.

Here are some iPhone pictures of him, so that you can see what he's been up to lately.

(Murray would like to be clear on the fact that it's an arm, not a boob behind him.)


C. said...

Thanks for the arm/boob clarification. It's an important one to make.

P.S. He's so cute!

Rachie said...

Man, next time your mom's in town, send her to my house!

I, too, am grateful for the arm/boob clarification. Mostly because it would have been traumatizing to see a baby's head supported by a freakishly long boob. (Dude, you're going to get mad hits now from my "freakishly long boob" comment!)

hannah said...

Moms are the best.

Good job on gestating that kid! He is cute!

Sarah said...

I thought it was a boob too. Not that that would have bothered me, but well, it was nice to know it wasn't.

I just have to throw my 2 cents in --- you mentioned the boppi. I just have to say that if you're using it for breastfeeding, it doesn't compare to the My Brest Friend. Yes, that's the name of it. But the My Brest Friend offers back support, is flat for the baby, and attaches around your waist. It's the number one thing I used the most with both my girls. I did nurse each of them for a little over a year without supplementing so the "my brest friend" really became "my best friend". Ha!

Brinestone said...

He's beautiful! And yeah, isn't having your mom take over all the daily tasks of managing a house both wonderful and humbling at the same time?

Jonathon said...

That's sexual harassment, Cicada. I guess it's a good thing we don't work together anymore

AzĂșcar said...

He's so sweet and new! Lucky girl.

Kristeee said...

What a handsome little boy! It's great that your mom was able to stay and help you get settled and started in on the whole parenting thing.

Your next best friend will be the after hours service your doctor most likely has. Love those nurses!

KJ said...

He is divine. You are lucky to have such a helpful, enjoyable mom--even after 2 weeks. Mine, well, not so much helpful but more like kryptonite to superman, sucking the life and energy out of everyone and everything. I'm glad you had some help, some advice, some TLC and some sleep! You deserve.

Nemesis said...

Awwww . . . so cute. And now I'm going to make the entire Internet jealous of me when I tell them how I got to hold that little morsel while he made gas grins at me.


DEAL with it, everybody.

The Holyoaks said...

It does look like a boob (the arm, not the baby). He's adorable as I'm sure you know!!!