>> Sunday, June 26, 2011
1. That I have become spoiled by my husband's scratch-made bread to the point where I pass rather than have a slice of store-bought.
2. Playing baseball in the front yard with my three boys, even though I'm a crappy pitcher and my two year old freaked out and ran away with the bat every time his turn was through.
3. The fact that we are done with diapers. Oh yeah, baby. Not much cuter than tiny little spiderman undies on an itty bitty booty.
4. My husband. I told a friend the other day that I'm hard on myself as a mother, know I could always be doing more at work, but that I actually feel like I'm rockin' it in the marriage department these days and that feels really, really good.
5. Dropping by a friend's house to check out the remnants of her garage sale only to let the visit morph into a backyard catch-up while five boys ran around feeding chickens and eating watermelon and climbing treehouses and aiming wooden weaponry at each other. And leaving with a freshly laid egg and some tasty garlic scapes.
6. Garlic scapes and goat cheese in my scrambled eggs.
7. The guy rocking out hard while holding the "9.99 Car Wash" sandwich board outside Octopus Carwash. I love that guy, and he makes my day on a weekly basis.
8. Attending a baby shower with a bunch of strangers and realizing that I am so over defending my parenting choices. It feels really damn good to get to the place of not caring what other people think about how/where/when your baby sleeps/eats/etc.
9. Realizing, in the company of strangers at a friend's baby shower in the 'burbs, that I live in a very comfortable bubble and that I like it that way. I forget that many of my parenting/lifestyle choices are not exactly mainstream because where I live, in my little subculture in this city I love, they are. My eyes were opened to the criticisms and challenges that many (new) moms face about the way they raise and care for their babies - even just the assumptions that come up in casual conversation -- and I am grateful to be part of a supportive community.
10. Another short work-week ahead. Taking off Friday to celebrate my Middlest turning 5 (!!!) and a weekend of sunshine and fireworks.
BONUS #11. That feelings of inadequacy and half-assery, worry and anxiety, and general melancholy are usually fleeting. And that a change in attitude or perspective, coupled with the practice of selective memory can go a long way for a girl.
Enjoy your week, friends.