September 13, 2007

Serious Daddy's Girl

So last fall Rene had discovered that Ruby would become mesmerized by the TV whenever a football game was on. We laughed and thought it was probably just the small, fast movements and colors. Here we are a year later and she is hardly an infant anymore tricked by flashing lights. This kid actually likes football! Being that her first Padre game was at 6 weeks old, it's not surprising that one of her first pseudo-words has been "baseball" (pronounced "bay-ba") but to see her love of football is uncanny. She will actually sit there and watch an entire set of downs (whatever that's called). One day a few weekends back she actually stole the remote control from Rene, started flipping through the channels (yes, she knows how to do that already) and when the TV hit a football game she looked at Rene with surprise and threw down the remote - DONE! Naturally Rene can't be happier to have a child who is as into sports as he is and it's great for me because he has full on daddy time with her on Sundays. We'll just have to keep her beer guzzling down to a minimum for the next 18 years or so.

September 1, 2007

Craigslist rocks!

So, I'm having a really sappy moment right now. We are looking for a stroller and don't have a lot of money. Naturally we turn to craigslist and find a plethora of choices. To be able to so freely share phone numbers and emails with strangers is really refreshing in this isolated world we live in today. I just spoke to a woman (a fellow mother) about coming to look at her stroller and we spoke of nap times and car rides. I'm just totally in awe that I can call up someone I don't know and have her completely get me and my challenge with nap scheduling. It's so comforting to know that I am not alone!!! I actually got mildly choked up at the thought that through this online site of bartering I connected with another person. I've also been a huge subscriber to freecycle here in San Diego - truly a place of give and take without any "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." I've had the opportunity to help people out with things that they need that I have (and don't need). In the process of bringing some maternity clothes to a women in need I got a chance to sit and visit with her. Ruby got to play with her son and a friend while my new friend and I talked about motherhood and pregnancy. Once again, a random connection of like people who probably never would have met if it weren't for these forums. She now keeps me posted on her pregnancy and I have started a collection box of Ruby's hand-me-downs for her (it's her first girl - with 3 boys). For those of you who know my dream of having a mother-to-mother exchange, you know how rewarding it is for me to connect like this.