I was writing a post about robots, and I realized that I haven’t properly introduced the ‘cast of characters’ of my blog. The robots will have to wait. Over the next week or so, I’ll be introducing the people in my life that make their way into my blog, cataloged on the ‘Cast’ page that I will create starting with tomorrow’s post.

I’ll start with my beautiful wife.

Who, incidentally, just had a route canal today. She went in for fillings and the dentist found more serious problems going on in her lovely mouth which required immediate attention. Ow. I stayed home babysitting our girls, dropping off and picking up the three-year-old from preschool, and hanging out with the one-year-old playing Keep the Baby On The Changing Table While Changing Her Diaper (I almost lost), Don’t Lie On the Puppy, and Get Incredibly Dirty In Thirty Seconds Flat. Ah, fun games. BW (beautiful wife) is really glad that the one-year-old and I have finally established a solid connection. It was harder to bond with her as a breast-feeder – it was difficult to juxtapose myself between her and the source of all life and goodness. Spending time alone with her has definitely helped me get closer to her.

Who, incidentally, is STANDING NOW! Yay! She’s been pulling herself up for a while now, but she’s actually able to stand up from a sitting position. Sometimes she’ll stand up and forget she’s standing, and start playing games. She’s very careful to sit back down when she’s done, and we know she’s going to start walking any day. BW got a shot of her yesterday at the park, doing her thing.

It is polite, or good blogging etiquette to have a cast? Should I (anonymously) introduce the people in my blog? I have no idea. I can’t seem to find the daddy blog rulebook anywhere. Most of the people in my life are my immediate family, our pets, and a few fictional characters who may or may not be introduced. I guess I’ll just go with it; if the internets doesn’t scream at me to stop, I’ll introduce all the people and animals in my little life to you :).

But no robots. Yet.


Weaning, on a Jet Plane…

My beautiful wife is from Germany. Someday, I’ll tell the story of how we met and fell in love. But for now, I’ll just say that she is a native German speaker, and had not had any experience speaking American. She’d learned English English in school in Germany, so she learned a lot of what she knows now by living here. To my credit (I think), I only blatantly took advantage of this once.

One day she was singing Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver. I sang along, but munged the lyrics to be leaning on a jet plane, and made up a story about how the guy singing the song was waiting for his flight to leave a hangar, and was just leaning against the plane while he was waiting. I kept a straight face, and she bought it. I walked funny for a week or two after she found out, and I swear my coffee tasted like saliva for a month or two after that. You don’t wanna mess with my wife. She’s nice. But she gets even. And she’s sneaky.

IB is still breast feeding. She feeds once in the morning, at nap time, and bedtime (and sometimes during the night). It’s definitely less than she used to, but she still depends on the boob. Specifically, it’s the right boob (just in case anyone was curious). During the day, she drinks watered down juice, and eats pretty much what we do at mealtime.

My beautiful wife is done. Our beautiful toddler is not.

So the question is, to wean or not to wean? When should it happen? What’s a good way to go about it? IB does not drink milk at this point. Even chocolate milk goes in, and then comes right back out. Do we just endure a few months weeks days of screaming until she’s over it, or should we just let it happen naturally?

I should clarify my own position in all this: I really don’t have one. I’m happy to have my wife’s milk duds (her words) converted back into her former maidenly bosom, but for me, the holy bond of breast feeding is non-Dad territory. Baby blanket? No problem. I can even dispose of binkies. But breaking the bond between child and mother at this most basic level is where I draw the line. I will support my wife, of course, but we’re both curious to know what you think.

I can’t blame you if you don’t have an opinion, seeing as I don’t myself, so here’s an alternate question: what’s your favorite John Denver song? Everyone has one, right?

Guest post from my beautiful wife

I haven’t blogged all week. I’m not sure this post counts for me – my beautiful wife is stepping in with a meme she did on Facebook. I’m not going to tag anyone with this, but feel free to take it if it appeals to you.

Quick status update: I don’t have any pending job offers or likely sources of employment. I’ve gone back to school at the University of Phoenix. Today marks 1.5 months of unemployment.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. Jeff and I never dated until after we were married, we married just three months after first meeting, and our 6 year anniversary is coming up next week.

2. I try to raise my children bilingual, but sometimes it is so hard to explain something in German, that I just end up it doing it in English.

3. I always wanted two little girls, blond, blue eyes, and curly hair, so I got my wish, well mostly, no curly hair.

4. My husband is my best friend. He makes me laugh so hard every single day.

5. After having Amanda, the first night home was so horrible I wanted to give her back, to I don’t even know who.

6. When a very good friend left her husband, I felt like a child whose parents were divorcing. Stuck in the middle.

7. I run a website for a friend, I take the pictures, and photoshop them, and put it all online, and I really enjoy doing it, I just wish we would sell more.

8. After my husband got laid off, I stopped believing in Adobe Photoshop (I still use it though).

9. I miss my family terribly, but to be honest America is my home now and when I will be offered citizenship, I will definitely do it, can’t wait! This is my home now.

10. I read a lot, I read at least two books a week. I read in the evening, before getting up in the morning(even if it is just for 5 minutes), and I love reading on the elliptical, The kids have fun and are safe and I get to work out and read, yeah!

11. I drive a minivan, I know, nothing new, but I never thought I did, and here I am a sucker mom driving her minivan, sometimes I imagine people looking at me and saying: look another soccer mom!

12. I used to have a horse, His name was Adriano. I miss horse back riding,

13. Today is Amanda first night without a diaper, She is growing up so fast, I can’t believe I have a four year old.

14. I could never imagine loving any other child as much as I love amanda, but it is possible, my kids make me laugh every day, Ianna I think has an even better sense of humor than amanda,

15. My husband is my absolute favorite person. I love to do stuff with him more than anyone else, like watching a movie, sitting at the computer together, playing cards, throwing a ball(we did that alot last summer), but I can’t stand working out with him, he gets so irritable when working out, really annoying. So we stay away from each other if we ever are in a gym together at the same time.

16. I hate having to think about what to make for dinner, and then when I do finally have dinner figured out and on the table, I usually already start to think about what I could possibly do tomorrow. Any good, easy ideas?

17. Having step children is harder than you think!

18. I have a license to ride a motorcycle, in Germany, but I don’t think I could even start it anymore, it has been so long.

19. Ianna is 16 months old and I am still breastfeeding, now that doesn’t sound so weird, but with amanda and until I had Ianna, I was absolutly against nursing, because it hurt alot, like really, alot, but with Ianna not a problem.

20. I love baking, but I don’t always want to eat what I make (not because it doesn’t taste good), so I usually only do it when we have company, or Jeff takes it over to josh,

21. When I was a teenager, I could sleep forever, sometimes I would go to sleep in the afternoon and not wake up till 3 o’clock in the morning, now I don’t even remember sleeping for longer then 5 hours at a time, something always wakes me up, children, pets, bathroom…

22. I am addicted to a new website I found in September, a book trading site, I have about 30 books in my bookshelf just waiting for me and I keep trading more books, it is so fun!

23. I had my first boyfriend when I was 13 and he broke my heart,and I think you could say that I stalked him a little, but not like Rose from Two and a Half Men. I didn’t really get over him until I met my husband.

24. I think I have a great sense of humor.(No explanation needed.)

25. I don’t really like to talk about me or draw much attention to myself, so you might be able to imagine how hard this was for me.

Beautiful Wife Saves Me Again

Julia graciously offered to host my blog post today by disclosing tons of really personal information about me. Naturally, I thought it was a great idea. My job search is still grinding on (I received a call from a recruiter today looking for someone with experience in something I hadn’t even heard of). I’m meeting with our clothing wholesaler on Thursday as we prepare for Flea Market Madness. I finished my first University of Phoenix class last night, and today I start my second on Technical Writing. I believe it will teach me how many electrons make up the dot of an ‘i’. I hope.

My husband

1. He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Scifi Channel

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Blue Cheese

4. You go out to eat and have a drink, what does he order?
Diet coke

5. Where did he go to high school?
Spokane, WA

6. What size shoe does he wear?

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
Star Trek Stuff

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Cheese Bagel, cooked ham and Gouda

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Lucky charms, but I don’t think he has had that in a looong time

11. What would he never wear?
long hair

12. What is his favorite sports team?
He doesn’t watch sports

13. Who did he vote for?

14. Who is his best friend?
I am

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Nothing, at least that what he keeps saying, I am sure there is something though

16. What is his heritage?

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday:
German Cheesecake

18. Did he play sports in high school?
nope, he was a band geek

19. What could he spend hours doing?
sitting in front of the computer, blogging, playing WoW, any other RPGs

20. What is one unique talent he has?
Being funny, he can make a joke out of almost anything!