dear brain, I miss you

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When you’re pregnant and are forgetful, it’s fun to finally have something to blame – preggy brain! Your body is working overtime to grow a human, and sometimes your mental capacity takes the hit.

What they don’t tell you is that it doesn’t go away! In fact, I think it’s gotten worse!

I used to be able to plan things like the Gerig reunion in my head. I tried to do so with this past reunion, and messed up a few details. I really think I need a spreadsheet to keep track of everything!

I also feel like I just don’t have it together anymore like I used to. I’m disorganized, forgetful, and easily overwhelmed. I feel like I spend all my time looking for lost things. My shoes, my wallet, my phone, Savannah’s shoes, the diaper bag, the list goes on.

A few weeks ago I lost my keys. It was a horrible day – had to cancel a chiro appointment, get Paul to come home from work, etc. Then today I was about to walk out the door when I realized my keys were not in my purse. I looked in all the usual spots before calling Paul and he remembered that he had stuck them in the glove box in the car. Yes, the locked car. And we don’t have a spare key.

So I had to call and cancel my doctor’s appointment, cancel the childcare I had arranged, and was stuck inside for the rest of the day. I never used to do things like this! I was so frustrated.

I don’t know if mom brain ever resolves itself… Probably just turns into old age brain. I miss my mentally sharp days. :-( And I guess I’m going to have to figure out a new normal expectations for myself. It will probably involve writing everything down!

a bit of a blogging slump

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Things have been happening here, and I have to be honest that I don’t even think to sit down and blog them. This is a sad turn of events. :-( I really don’t want to stop blogging, but I do wonder at this dry spell lately. Part of it is the things on my mind are things that I have chosen not to share in this public forum. (I’d prefer one-on-one with friends.)

My friend Joanna told me a few weeks ago that I need a safe place to write. She suggested I keep a journal. I like her suggestion, but I do love writing for an audience, so… I don’t know. :-)

I have a post half written about our trip to Savannah a month or so ago. I should finish that soon. Pictures are also posted on my Flickr page, which I need to include in my post.

Yesterday was Father’s day, and I hope Paul had a decent day. Savannah has been teething I think, and has been really fussy as of late. She woke up around 6:30am and was up and down all morning until we got up for good at 9am. She was really loud during church so I ended up spending the whole worship part of the service in the nursery. I did get to go back into the service for the sermon, since that’s when the nursery workers came, but I was too tired to really concentrate. Afterward we went to our favorite Mexican restaurants, but halfway through our meal Savannah started throwing rice so we had to leave. I think our days of being able to take her to a sit down restaurant have ended. :-( After her nap, I ended up laying down for several hours while Paul took her to the park and the mall to run around. So I guess he got to be a father for father’s day, but didn’t get to hang out together as a family, though I think it was good that I got a nap. I just feel so tired lately… I really need to go to bed earlier. :-)

We bought a pantry from Ikea a few days ago and worked on it over 6 hours yesterday and didn’t finish. I hope we can finish tonight so I can get all the food put away! I hope this helps keep Savannah from reorganizing the spices and canned foods. I’ll probably put up pictures on my house blog when it’s finished.

Speaking of house blog, I would really like a new name for it. I haven’t come across any that really “grab” me. And I’d like to write in it more regularly – if for no other reason than to force myself to take care of projects around the house.

Rats, Savannah just woke up from her nap. I guess this blog post is over. :-)

Gerig Hall Reunion!

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We just got back on Monday from our annual trip to Indiana for the Gerig Hall Reunion!!! We had a wonderful weekend. This year, one of the couples hosted at their house. This gave us a few rooms inside for the non-campers, and a lot of space outside for people to pitch a tent. They also had a pool and a fire pit which we all enjoyed. I think it worked out pretty well, and I think most everyone agreed with that.

The group

This year, we had 19 adults and 6 kids attend! (1 adult and 1 kid not pictured above) It was a really lovely weekend, and it’s fun to see people looking forward to and making the effort to come and spend time all together. As we’ve aged, our conversations have moved from reminiscing about Taylor to talk about houses and parenthood, and other grown-up-y subjects.

Here is where we camped:
Our campsite

We had 5 tents outside. It worked out well, aside from the severe thunderstorm we had on Friday night. It was so scary – I laid awake in my tent from 2:30am until 4am, praying furiously and watching with concern as the wind really tested the tent. The storm passed within a few miles from us. That was an experience that really shook me up and I would care never to repeat! (Next time, hotel room is worth the money!) Savannah slept through the whole thing, then as soon as it was over she woke up and started wimpering ad wanted in our sleeping bag. Go figure!

It was fun to get Savannah and Timmy (two days apart) together now that they’re old enough to play together.
More hugs!

One of the things they did was both lay their heads on the towels and say “Night night!” Savannah does that all the time, and it’s so cute to see Timmy doing the same thing. :-)

We enjoyed some card games…
Playin a card game

And cooked on the fire pit…
Cooking dinner

And did a lot of baby passing around (neither person is holding their own child :-))…
More kid passing

My favorite picture from the weekend was this one, of the four moms breastfeeding their babies.
Nursing mamas!!!

One of the moms and her baby had already left by the time we took the picture, or we would have had 5 breastfeeding moms! I realized at one point that all of us are breastfeeders, cloth diaperers, and babywearers… How fun to have those similarities! And we really missed the member of our group who pioneered all these things for us – Beth. (She moved to San Diego! *sniff*)

Fun weekend was had by all, and we’re already looking forward to next year! (See all my pictures here.) Go here to read Joanna’s post, and be sure to scroll down to see an awesome picture of Savannah!!