In fact, I do not feel very guilty about the fish oil. Partly, I’m not especially convinced it does so very much good for teh bebe (see here), and partly, I think it’s of some import to my delicate psyche not to get too far down the road of “perfection” in this whole parenting thing. I put perfection in quotation marks because I don’t believe there is such a thing in this arena; I think that the sooner and more often I remind myself of that, the better. I don’t think that not taking vitamins is bad parenting. I think this is bad parenting.
As for slippery slopes, it turns out that the one I should have been keeping an eye out for was lurking in my kitchen the whole time. After a slow, v.e.r.y careful trip home from the coop on Thursday, carrying just slightly more weight than was wise, I stepped into the apartment, pleased with myself for not falling on the snowy/icy broken pavement. One step onto the kitchen tiles and I went down like the proverbial ton of bricks, if said ton had gained 30 pounds and weighed itself down with organic produce. The good part is that I landed on my knees, so no belly worries. The bad part is I landed on my knees. Except for the parts of my legs that hit my clogs first. Related: is there anything so annoying as being badly beaten up and having the bruises barely show? Or is that tipping my drama-queen hand a bit far?
What with the bashed up knees and accompanying jarred back, I have been less than no help this long weekend, as Sugar has begun Project Nest, aka, Project Babies Don’t Sleep On Bookshelves. Great masses of furniture and boxes have been moved around the house or into our Fibber-McGee-esque storage locker. IKEA has been braved; flat rate delivery fees have been efficiently taken advantage of. Flotillas of boxes have arrived, heavy with flat-packed Swedish design, and, emptied of their cargo, have sailed away to the garbage room. Today, Sugar set up a new bookcase (just because babies don’t sleep on them doesn’t mean we don’t have need of another; this will replace two shorter ones) and a chaise (Operation Maximum Sleep — the chaise means an adult can sleep in our bed while another dozes by the crib). Still to come: crib, massive wardrobe for our bedroom to make up for some of the lost storage space, and our knock-off of Shelli’s genius changing table hack.
The end result in the Bean’s room — which, things being how they are, will still have to include several non-Bean pieces of furniture — should be something like this:
Progress so far has been monitored by Inspector Orson, who has given preliminary approval to the chaise (shown here with side A of the play-quilt “we” (mostly Sugar) made over Christmas.
He does not, however, extend his approval to the camera’s autofocus light.