January 11th, 2007

stolen from a friend's journal

You are the World

Completion, Good Reward.

The World is the final card of the Major Arcana, and as such represents saturnian energies, time, and completion.

The World card pictures a dancer in a Yoni (sometimes made of laurel leaves). The Yoni symbolizes the great Mother, the cervix through which everything is born, and also the doorway to the next life after death. It is indicative of a complete circle. Everything is finally coming together, successfully and at last. You will get that Ph.D. you've been working for years to complete, graduate at long last, marry after a long engagement, or finish that huge project. This card is not for little ends, but for big ones, important ones, ones that come with well earned cheers and acknowledgements. Your hard work, knowledge, wisdom, patience, etc, will absolutely pay-off; you've done everything right.

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Wow. That's kind of cool.

But very implausible.

gearhead mama, disneyland planning

And of course the usual: bitching about child care not showing up. Yesterday, the dog was throwing up. Oh well. Teddy and I went to Hampshire Hills and played in the pool. Then, on the way out, he saw the windows on the nursery and asked to go in and play. So I got to get the chlorine off me in a real shower. Woohoo!

I napped with him today, because I was tired. I feel better now, and he's still asleep. We went grocery shopping this morning.

Gearhead mama: ordered the Kinder Jacket after all, since I finally found someone who had one in stock in XL. The toiletries bag from eBags arrived and is quite nifty. Dunno if I mentioned it, but the Cable Stable also arrived; it, too, is cool. I'm slowly assembling all the fiddly things that usually take hours to track down the day before departure. By dint of buying duplicate toiletries, I'm hoping to be packed well in advance of the trip this time. Ha! Like that will happen.

D. is going to be joining us in Disneyland! Flies in late late late on the 3rd and out on the morning of the 6th, so only three days in the park, but that means R. gets to work at least one full day, and probably some half days. Plus, the kid will have extra special fun seeing D. again. I bought plane tickets and shuttle spaces for D. yesterday. We have a suite so he'll fit in there nicely with us. Still need to get him ParkHopper tickets. And I should probably tell the rest of the group there may be one more adult for lunch at the Blue Bayou.

And I think I've figured out why all the panicky Must Buy BabyWearing Clothes gearheadiness is going on. A year ago, first in Leavenworth while xcountry skiing with R., and then in Seattle, when O. took the kid out for a long outing, Teddy got really chilled when someone had bundled themselves up and then strapped the kid on outside all those warm clothes. No radiant body heat to keep Teddy warm, and Teddy wasn't bundled well enough (and probably you can't bundle a baby that small up well enough) to stay warm. That was the beginning of me and trouble trusting child care. So I think what I've been trying to do with the credit card is acquire enough babywearing outerwear that no matter who straps the kid on on a cold day, they have an appropriate choice to put over themselves AND the kid so everyone stays happy, healthy and toast warm.

gearhead missed post

I just realized that I hadn't even mentioned several of the recent BabyWearing acquisitions.

The BabyWearing Poncho, because I remember being in Disneyland in huge rainstorms:


Wind makes umbrellas iffy there sometimes. I remember.

The fanny pack diaper bag, because of the jacket and vest -- they probably won't be compatible with the Ergo backpack strapped onto the back of the Ergo carrier:


The jacket, that I had a helluva time finding in XL:


The vest, which is what I think will be most appropriate for D-land, with the poncho:


And for those who may or may not know about what I already have, they are all Ergo products.

I have the wool coat, which is the same shape as this, but not the same fabric:


The carrier (which is the only carrier that has worked consistently for me; the Kozy worked for a while, but then the kid started fussing):


The backpack, which attaches to the back of the baby carrier:


And the front pouch, so I can reach my keys, wallet, cell phone, lipbalm ...


That velcro belt thing velcros onto a regular belt quite nicely, so you can avoid losing it if you take the carrier/backpack off.

I think I have now spent about as much money on carriers and baby wearing gear (when you add in the Kozy, two Sutemis and that Kangaroo thing that was such a dead loss) as a Bugaboo would cost. Which strikes me as beyond stupid, but if you ever wondered where I just fritter money away, here it is.

I had _no idea_ this market category (baby wearing clothing) even existed until a month or so ago. I had heard about the Amautik (which Native Alaskans use) and went looking for someone selling them on the web. Which I found.


But I also stumbled upon the Papoose coat, and that's when I took the dive to buy the whole Ergo package, since I knew someone who swore by them (R.'s former coworker T. -- altho she definitely steered us wrong on the Kangaroo thingie, it seemed worth a shot based on all the other reviews I read) and I hadn't tried a new carrier in a while so I felt cocky again. After I bought the papoose coat, I stumbled across the Suse's jacket, one of the few choices that might be big enough for me (a lot of the mama-baby coats top out at size 12 or 14). The papoose coat worked well out here, but the D-land trip gave me pause. I was going to need something, and the wool cloak was going to be too warm. Back to the internets to see what I could find. The big problem then was coming up with a coat/carrier/diaper bag solution; no point sticking everything else on my back and then carrying the damn bag in my hand.

I think it's a pity I never knew about this stuff. It makes babywearing a lot more possible. Of course, there is still the learning curve of getting the kid up there on one's own, and then getting the coat on over the kid (I can do this with the papoose coat, but it is tricky).

Because we do still use the stroller (and you can't really jog with a baby on your back, at least, I understand it's not very good for the baby, and I can't imagine it would feel that great to me, either), I've also picked up a stroller bag. We'll see if that makes it possible to still go out for a walk/jog when it's below freezing.

kid using language!

Wow! He says zzuus now when he wants juice. Very cool! And ateh is water.

He's been awesome about understanding what we say to him for a while now, and mostly compliant. Sometimes he really really really wants to do something else/not to do what we ask him, and that leads to tantrums. But that is not a failure to understand what he wants. It's just that we are thwarting him.

He had been pushing away stuff we offered (food, drink) that he did not want and starting to point (whole hand) towards the stuff he did want, which is ambiguous a lot of the time. But this whole word thing is new and very exciting. He had been saying bu (bubble, usually), ba (ball, usually) and a bunch of other stuff, but not as a request, more as an observation.

Altho now that I think about it, one the ways I get him to get out of bed and hang out with his papa is by suggesting various things he might like to eat or drink. Ketchup usually gets him gone, and he'll often repeatedly say tetcha, which may have qualified as a request (but he never said it completely spontaneously).

It isn't that I was worried, so much, as I was wondering if I was going to be worried. I am no longer worried about becoming worried. Well, other than to worry about whether this qualifies as neurotic.