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Busy weekend with the baby!

Monday, November 18, 2013

My niece's husband was in Las Vegas last week for a work thing, so she joined him Tues. - Sun. Since my sister (baby's grandmother) works weekends, we got to watch great-nephew (GN) Friday - Sunday. My sister dropped him off on Friday evening with all of his stuff!

He's a very good baby, but very active. Since our house is not "child proof" anymore, I couldn't really take my eyes off him (even though we put a lot of stuff out of "harms way"). You also forget that a baby can't do anything for themselves, so if was a lot of fun, but I'm exhausted!

So on Friday, after I picked up DD#2 from vertical training at school, my sister and GN were there. DD#1 had to work, DD#2 was going to dinner with her BFF (16th Birthday) and DD#3 has no interest in the baby (a little jealousy), so after we got GN's stuff set up and him fed, it was already 8 pm and we were just eating dinner. Thank goodness DH was home - he loves babies, so he was a big help!

Saturday was GN's 1st Birthday (yes, his Mom & Dad were out of town for his birthday, but we're having a big party this Sunday). He sleeps through the night and slept until 8 am. I got up early to get some things done since DD#2 had a basketball game @ 11:30 am. DD#1 took her to the gym early (they had to be there @ 10 am to watch the Freshman game) and then DD#1 met up with friends and was going to be gone all day/night - a bunch of them were celebrating 5 friends that had 18th Birthdays in November (DD#1 was one of them).

So that left me, GN and DD#3. DD#3 warmed up a little to the baby and was actually helpful with him when I told her she could bring a friend to the mall later. We were taking GN to the mall to Build a Bear" and to just get out of the house (it rained all weekend!).

I took GN and my Dad to the basketball game. GN has been to the gym quite a bit since he went to a bunch of DD#2's volleyball games and he was at the basketball game on Thursday. He was ready to "go" when we got there and did not want to stay in his stroller! There's a big track area around the gym, so he wanted to crawl or push his stroller around that (he doesn't walk on his own yet, but can walk pretty fast with a "push toy" and crawls really fast), so I spent the majority of the game watching him and walking around the track!

DD#2 is feeling a little better about basketball - it helps that they won both games so far! She's still disappointed that she's not a "starter", but she does get a lot of playing time. She would probably get more, but they won both games by a pretty big margin, so the coach put in the "3rd string". It's still early in the season, so we'll see how things go. Again, she maintains a very good attitude and works really hard!

She really enjoyed volleyball so much more - the coaches, the girls, etc. The basketball girls have their cliques and are kind of mean to the girls' not on varsity (even some that are)! DD#2 said her friend that plays basketball with her was surprised that the volleyball girls were so nice - they would say "hi" in the hall. Saying "hi" is so nice, really?! I thought that was just being courteous. Ah, teenage girls!

Anyway, they don't have a game again until after Thanksgiving and only practice 3 days this week and I think they only practice once during the Thanksgiving break.

It's kind of a "double-edged sword". DD#2 is disappointed that JV has such limited practice (varsity has a game tomorrow and practices all week and is in a tournament over the break), but she will want to work on her own (or with some other JV girls), so we'll be going to the rec. center quite a bit over the holiday week so I'll get in some exercise!

That's another difference between volleyball & basketball - all the focus is on varsity with this basketball program and the other girls are "disposable" if you aren't working with varsity. This is how DD#2 feels based 0n playing both volleyball (at all 3 levels) and basketball (Freshman & JV). It's a shame because she really loves basketball - ok, enough of this, I'm getting my "menopause" all worked up!

So, after GN had his nap on Saturday, DD#2, DD#3 & friend and I took him to the mall. I couldn't believe how crowded it was - but is was a very rainy Saturday. DD#3 & friend took off and DD#2 and I took GN to "Build a Bear". He was really too young for the "experience", but he enjoyed playing with all the stuff in the bins (I did a lot of bending over picking stuff up after him), while DD#2 "built" his puppy. After that we walked around the mall and met up with DD#3 at the food court. They all rode the carousel and then we ate dinner.

When we got home, DH had fixed up a "party" for GN - balloons and a "smash" cake. My sister came by (Crazy Granny Kathy - that's what my girls' call her!). GN wasn't too sure about the cake at first, but he got into it!

Sunday was another rainy day, but I was going to run at the rec center with DD#2. DH & DD#2 both were coming down with a cold, so she didn't feel like running. We all ended up taking a long nap on Sunday (while GN took his nap)! I had a comment on my blog last week about my menopausal depression and that it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder. Even though I live in the south and we have pretty mild winters - the fact that it gets dark so early really affects me (since I'm in an office during the day and not in the sunshine). I was feeling it Sunday - it was so dreary - all I wanted to do was sleep and eat crap! I'll have to ask my doctor about this when I go for a follow-up on Thursday.

Anyway, with DD#2's limited practice schedule this week and I'm on vacation next week, I'm hoping to get back into a exercise, eating schedule. I need to really get back on track and get some motivation - I haven't weighed in a couple of weeks and my pants are tight!

On a happier note - pictures of GN's 1st Birthday!


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