January 02, 2006


The holidays flew by. I'm lucky in that I had the ability to take a week off so I could hang out with Mia and Beth. But, sadly, I have to return to the real world tomorrow.

The week off was invaluable. Mia grows so quickly, changes so fast. Before having a child myself, I often heard people throw around the cliche they grow up so fast. I don't think you ever really understand the gravity of that statement until you have kids yourself. It's so true. It's mind-boggling.

Now, it hasn't been all Dr. Seuss, playtime and napping. No, this morning, for example, you'd have found me pacing the living room with a tired baby refusing to sleep on my shoulder between 3:00 and 6:00 AM. When I wasn't pacing, well, I was watching infomercials with the closed captioning on, to avoid waking the baby. Mia seems to be of the mind that, when she's sleeping, the rest of the world breaks out into a giant, three-ring circus with dancing bears and juggling elephants. She hates to miss anything. Sleep isn't her favorite thing to do.

It's been a wonderful vacation. Tomorrow, it's back to the grind. That whole job and income thing. Anyone have any sure-fire strategies for winning the lottery?

Posted by Chris at January 2, 2006 10:30 AM

I'm contemplating the same thing as you, having been off over a week has been HEAVEN. Now I am returning to work tomorrow sans cigarettes (!) and my solution for that was going to be toting a tune-filled pod to keep the world out my return-to-work space. Sadly, the pod is empty and I'm still trying to figure out the lottery thing. I will think of you tho' in the morning when I drag my butt out of my comfy, warm bed. We're all in this together.

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at January 2, 2006 10:36 AM

Wednesday, I go back to the office for the first time since December 14th. I wonder if I'll remember how to get to my office.

It's so nice that you got to spend a lot of time with your family this holiday season!

Posted by: cas at January 2, 2006 10:55 AM

:) Glad you guys had a great holiday!!! Sorry, I don't have any sure-fire way to win the lottery... if I hear of any, I'll pass the news along to you. Hope you guys have a great day together!!! Enjoy!!

Posted by: Corinne at January 2, 2006 10:56 AM

I wish I could tell you that kids always outgrow that stage. Mine never did. They are still convinced that going to sleep is some kind of government conspiracy. And they are soldiers in the War on Naptime, too.

Posted by: ben at January 2, 2006 11:06 AM

Those long "vacations" are always good but they also make going back to the "real" world so much more harder. Maybe Mia knew that Dad was back to work soon so she refused to sleep to catch some more father/daughter time!

If you you, ah, find that, uh, sure fire strategy, uh, let me know! I'm so in!

Happy 2006 to you and your family!

Posted by: VirgoJen at January 2, 2006 11:14 AM

Sorry its back to the grind for you, but at least you got the precious time with family. Its great isn't it. Even the fighting sleep parts will fade into fond memories.

Posted by: Angelia at January 2, 2006 11:14 AM

i had to return to the real world today. i find it ... frightening.

Posted by: jodi at January 2, 2006 11:25 AM

fight the urge. don't go back.

Posted by: misi at January 2, 2006 11:32 AM

Last year my husband and I switched places and I went back to work full time while he cared for our toddler. Then I got knocked up again and we switched back.

I did miss my girly.

If I figure out how to win the lotto, I'll break you in on the secret. Pinky swear.

Posted by: Elaine at January 2, 2006 11:40 AM

They do grow up so fast!! Just yesterday my first niece was born and today she's 13! 13!!! Now I have 10 others!!!

Sure fire things to win the lottery. I've been looking into ways to supplement my retirement income. It just hasn't worked out for me yet.

Have a great 2006, Chris!

Posted by: Grace at January 2, 2006 11:42 AM

I know what you mean. I have a beautiful baby niece who I babysit every now and then. Everytime I see her she's like this completely different person, I feel like I'm missing on everything because I don't get to see her every week.

Posted by: Ava at January 2, 2006 12:03 PM

I've been off work since 12/22 - I have no interest in returning to the grind tomorrow. But, at least it's a short week. I agree, there must be some way to win the jackpot!

Posted by: Milly at January 2, 2006 12:09 PM

They sure do! Hubby and were reflecting New Year's Eve on the past year, and what next year will hold for us - I can't believe that the baby on the ultrasound has gone from having arm "buds" to sitting, smiling, giggling, reaching and playing! The next year will be so exciting for you and Beth as you get to know Mia - congratulations and have a Happy New Year!

Posted by: Marie at January 2, 2006 12:17 PM

I'm back to the grind tomorrow myself, and not looking forward to it. The last week has been lovely with no traffic to fight, sleeping in, not trying to squeeze in errands after an 11 hour day and, of course, time with my husband and my hound dog.

Happy New Year to you and Beth and Mia. And good luck with that whole lottery plan.

Posted by: Bad Penguin at January 2, 2006 12:25 PM

Happy New Year!

enjoy your last day off. i had to go back to work today...federal holiday? whats that?

Posted by: steph at January 2, 2006 01:04 PM

If I did, don't you think I would've won by now?? :-)

Posted by: Ginny at January 2, 2006 01:41 PM

If I had sure fire way of winning the lottery I would already have done so hee!!!
I know you don't believe it, but someday you will miss those long nights of pacing with Mia. It IS true, they grow up fast.

Happy New Year :-)

Posted by: Nina at January 2, 2006 03:17 PM

i saw my 10 month old godson a few months ago, and now, according to everyone else, he seems like he's almost the size of his 3 year old brother.

as for the lottery?
4 8 15 16 23 42
(that was stupid. sorry. plus, even if it did work, you'd have to share the money with all the other people who played those numbers too.)

Posted by: denise at January 2, 2006 03:19 PM

They do grow up fast and once they hit a certain age you wish you could revert them back to infancy!

Posted by: Jeff A at January 2, 2006 03:34 PM

Hey Chris. You live in DC right. I am so jealous you get to hang out with Amahla. Is she wonderful. I love her. Do you happen to know where she got her fabulous microsuede couch? Is this email wierd? Sorry I got a little ADD there.

Posted by: Bethany at January 2, 2006 04:06 PM

Glad you had a good week off with your girls! Guess it's true what they say about absence making the heart grow fonder... you'll miss 'em even more next week than you would've. :)

Posted by: Jaime at January 2, 2006 04:56 PM

My baby is 18 today...It really does fly by, but I'm really glad the teenage years are almost over.
Since it's been in the 70's here in Houston, I needed to come back to work (even on her birthday!) to give my back a break from the yardwork.

Posted by: Theresa at January 2, 2006 06:07 PM

I'm all about finding some loophole that allows me to get paid while my ass is at home, shopping, wherever... just not at work.

Ugh... been off since Dec. 6th, even though it hasn't been all fun and games the entire time, it sure is going to be tough come morn. And my cat is going to miss me terribly! (That's like a daughter, right???)

Posted by: ironic1 at January 2, 2006 06:20 PM

AND? I have pants. LOL

Posted by: ironic1 at January 2, 2006 06:22 PM

Well... I've heard it only takes 6 good numbers. And you can't win if you don't play.

There. A few obnoxious cliches to start out 2006. My job here is done.

Posted by: Pammer at January 2, 2006 06:49 PM

I feel your pain, about returning to work and the baby being up. My son, Isaac, is almost 9months, and he's never-not even once-slept through the entire night! We've tried everything. I nurse and most times he still sleeps with us because I fall asleep nursing him back to sleep. If I wake I'll take him back to his crib; but, it's only a matter of time before he wakes again!!

Posted by: donna at January 2, 2006 07:00 PM

How nice that you had the whole week off!
We got out early on Friday and had today off, but I don't want to go back tomorrow either.

I'm proud of myself because this weekend I switched over to my new domain. My only problem is that since I'm using Blogger my blogspot address is still there but is not showing any updates. It's driving me crazy trying to figure out how to redirect everyone from my blogspot address to my new one... Gah. I'll wait till tomorrow to try and tackle it again.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Kitty at January 2, 2006 07:33 PM

Buy a ticket?

Posted by: Heather at January 2, 2006 07:37 PM

I have always wondered why I never win the lottery! Are you sure you have to purchase a ticket to win? Damn.

Posted by: Chris at January 2, 2006 08:56 PM

I think most babies and young children fight off sleep because they think they might miss something of great importance or fun. Altho, the 1st time i told my son it was night-night time and he got up and walked into his room and waited for me to place him in his crib, i about melted. But that has only happened once. :) Oh - and sorry, i havent figured out how to win the lottery yet either.

Posted by: kristie at January 2, 2006 09:08 PM

If you figure it out, let me know...kay? Oh, and a very happy new year to the Cactus crew!

Posted by: feisty girl at January 2, 2006 10:18 PM