Bug,  Slow News Day

sicky mc-sicky

I am so boring. All I do all day is stay inside. I haven’t gone out on a walk since Saturday. I didn’t even get dressed yesterday until five in the evening. I wouldn’t have gotten dressed at all except a friend was coming over. No shower, no lotion on my legs, no fresh hair do, no nothing. Just sicky-mc-sick with the ever running nose that makes me crazy!

Sick posts are boring so I’ll just move along. I made some lemonade from the lemons my Grandpa brought over from his back yard last week. Real home grown lemons are the best. Especially when some of the leaves are still left on. These lemons were very ripe (maybe last year’s crop?) so I had to juice them right away. That’s not very exciting except I finally got to use my cool little silver juicer thingy from Paris! I miss Paris. I can’t wait until I can go again. When Baby Bug is ten or eleven maybe?

Did I ever tell you that I wished for Baby Bug as I was going under a bridge on the Seine in Paris? It’s one of those things that I tend to repeat over and over so skip the next two paragraphs if I’ve told you already.

We were riding on a boat on the Seine at night and the microphoned narrator lady was droning on in this thick accent that put me right to sleep. Maybe it was jetlag, I don’t know. I felt like my eyelids weighed ten pounds. I think it was her voice. Kinda like that Economics professor I had in college. But then near the end of the water tour I woke up enough to hear her say that legend had it that if you kissed someone as you went under this bridge for the very first time, (like a virgin bridge go-er-under-er) and made a wish, your wish would come true! (ack! where are the commas supposed to go in that sentence?!!) I didn’t have anybody to kiss but I made a wish anyway.

Of course I wished for a baby! That’s what I wished every time I ever had a chance to wish anything. A penny in a fountain, my necklace being on backwards, blowing out candles, etc. etc…

I had no idea that Baby Bug was already conceived and growing her little cells in my womb at that very moment! It all just makes my Paris trip that much more wonderful. Someday I’ll have to take Baby Bug back to that exact same spot and let her make a wish. Of course by then she’ll be so sick of my wish story that she’ll be trying to ditch me to go hang out with cousin Rapunzel somewhere else.

There, it’s not a completely boring post just about baby stuff. I think I’m thinking I’m boring because my friend that came over last night told me that he doesn’t really read my blog anymore because he just doesn’t relate to all the boob talk, no offense or anything. Of course I didn’t take any offense but I did start thinking that maybe I need to get out a little more.

Soon! Soon I will be released from House Arrest!!! This is really big exciting news and I hope I don’t jinx it by writing about it before the deal is sealed and delivered. But I’ve sold a bunch of my pregnancy illustrations and with the money I receive, I’m going to put a down payment on my new car!!!! It could happen in weeks! I’m so excited. Toby was going to buy it for me anyway (we’ve long had a new car in the budget) but I feel so much prouder knowing that I earned the first payment all by myself! See! Stay At Home Mom’s can do it ALL!!! Well, not really but almost. As long as I don’t have to go to any meetings with eye goop on my shoulder and a spit-up rag tucked in my waste band.

So what’s the deal with the house arrest anyway? I was going to write about that but then I got some feedback from a few people that said Toby’s requests weren’t as freaky as I thought they were. You see, Toby really doesn’t want his precious little girl around air conditioning vents that blow skin cells and germs all over the place until she’s big enough to fight infection without having to go to the hospital. This means no Target, no stores with dirty rugs, no going to Old Navy to get some cheap “fat” clothes that I am desperately in need of now that my maternity clothes are falling off me… I pretty much can’t go anywhere. Add to that the fact that he won’t let me drive my unsafe car anyway. He’s a tyrant! Just kidding. He just worries a lot and I try to humor him. But sometimes in my attempts to humor him, I feel like I’m in prison.

The irony is that this cold I’m fighting right now… I got it at the birthday party of HIS friends! Actually they are my friends too and I totally would have gone anyway but the point is I’m so glad I got sick on one of his shin-digs instead of one of mine because if it had been one of my shin-digs, I would have never heard the end of it.

Rambly Rambly Rambly! And I thought I had nothing to say!

Here’s some pictures for those who need their Baby Bug fix of the day.


  • Jenn

    Last winter, I was sick all the time and I swear it was because I very rarely left the house, and when I did, somehow I caught the germs of everyone within a 20 mile radius. Does never leaving your house = immune system doesn’t get practice? I dunno. But this year, I’ve been out quite a bit and haven’t been sick yet. Perhaps I am just a freak!

    Hooray for a new car! Baby Bug will be traveling in style! :)

  • whoorl

    You’ve made your feelings clear about your own carpet in this blog…is Toby not worried what’s lurking in there? :D

    Get well quick, SAJ!

  • Jenny

    She is so frigging cute. I love the baby updates, and I’m not a Mom, or even ready to be a Mom. I’m just a hopefully spectator. Keep ’em coming!

  • mike

    I read your blog daily, even though it has gotten so umm…female lately, that there is little I can relate to anymore. As a male (a single, childess male) I very naturally enjoy viewing the female body as a thing of beauty, a marvel etc, and not primarilly and only as a medical phenomenon and cosmetic nightmare, which is how most women seem to tend to present it and discuss it when not on their very best behaviour. I like to hear how the dynamics of the marriage go, I like to see that even guys who are strong-willed, particular and maybe even closed-minded can have loving, tolerant women who put up with them anyway.

    When things get too estrogen-laced, I just remember that..well, we’ll always have Paris…

  • BeachMama

    Hope you feel better soon.

    And those new sparkling wheels look great! Once you are able to get out driving you will probobly realize you don’t actually need to go to anywhere inparticular (like target or Old Navy), just getting out for a drive sometimes saves your sanity!!

    I can understand Toby’s request and concern, but I have to admit that J was only three days old and we made our first trip to Home Depot. Hubby wanted his first trip to the store to be a manly store considering I would be shopping in all the girly places for the most part ;).

    Congrats again on the new wheels!!

  • pixie

    oh my goodness, this is such a yummy post!!! i love that audi, we drove it before we bought our volvo (the v50 turbo wagon) -what a modmommy car. i loved them both. you are going to be such a hottie.
    i’m with toby on the germ cells business too. miles got his first real cold at about 4 months or so and keeping him inside the house (except little sunshine jaunts) with steamy eucalyptus and thyme in the kettle got him better in about one week. it could’ve dragged out forever if we’d taken him even to the germy doctors…i was so very, very tired and poor miles hated the nosey sucker thingy. i could go on forever, but i’ll spare you. its no picnic, a baby being sick…i hope that you feel better soon.
    my mouth watered pavlovian-like when i read about your lemons and looked at the juiced picture of them.
    you are not boring-i love coming here for humor and your brilliant cartoons and to feel myself saying under my breath, it gets better SAJ….hang in there….

  • lei

    Baby Bug is adorable :)

    Although it’s impossible to protect babies from everything, I can understand Toby’s concern. When my little one was 10 weeks old, he was admitted into the hospital for possible infection. Babies’ immune systems are more developed past 6-8 weeks of age, but I think as long as they’re under 3 months, they tend to treat high fevers more seriously. In our case, baby was admitted for three days’ worth of antibiotics. Despite the ocean view (we go to the same hospital as you), it was not a fun experience :( Anyway, I’m not trying to scare you or anything–I’m sure Baby Bug will be fine! She’s already 2 months old and you guys have got that clean ocean air to breathe in :) Hope you are feeling better, soon.

  • Dallas

    She is such a cutie–your blog is giving me thoughts of wanting a girl! I still cannot believe the odds I beat in having three boys, maybe fourth time’s a charm?? Those little black shoes (are those Mary Janes? Gah, I don’t even know but I can name every action figure on the shelves at Target) are kiiiiilllllliiiiinnnnnggggg me with girl envy.

    And congrats on your SAHM doing it all-ness. I love to hear about moms making their lives work for them…work to live instead of live to work. We’re lucky to be able to find ways to, if not have it all, at least have a little taste of everything. Keep on rockin’!!

  • Ande

    Those are Mary Jane Socks, Dallas. Trumpettes, probably. We have them too and aren’t they SOOO cute?!?! =)

  • Lin

    What a doll the wee buglette is! You know, with my daughter’s first babe they kept the wee one isolated from shops/strangers/freaks/germs and she has always been a strong, healthy little girl. Baby #2 was at Disneyland before she was a month old. She’s already had a bad cold and she’s not quite three months old. Who knows if it’s from her germy big sis and all the other four year olds who traipse through the house or from her exposure to everything else.

    I can understand Toby being cautious. It’s a big, wide world filled with all sorts of pathogens. Why should his little one be exposed to it if you can avoid it? Trouble is, second time around, you can’t avoid it.

  • Kristine

    I love coming to check out how Baby Bug is growing. She’s beautiful! :) And for some reason I thought you had known you were pregnant in Paris (and just not told us, yet). I love the story of you wishing for Baby Bug on the Seine. Dreams come true. :)

  • RooRoo

    I have been a lurker forever… and I have to break the silence today to tell you (something you already know) that your baby is absolutely beautiful!

  • Kristina

    I’m a little surprised at Mike’s comments. I think you have a wonderful blog, and the fact that this is a “Personal” blog means that you’re going to blog about what’s going on in your life. And my goodness, if there’s anything going on that’s more exciting or important than your life with Toby and Baby Bug, I can’t think of what it is! Speaking of which, I can’t get over how CUTE the picture of Baby Bug holding Toby’s fingers is. And those adorable little shoes! GAH – the sweetness!! :)
    I’m going to London and…

    …Paaaaaaaris! in a couple of weeks. Anywhere in particular I should go while in Paris? I may only have a couple of days…but it’s better than nothing, right?

  • josephine

    Dear commenters, what would I do without you? You make my day more liveable. I guess I’ll save that for the next post. But I just wanted to for once participate more in these comments and give you my heartfelt thanks. I actually really appreciated Mike’s comment. And yours too Kristina. You guys make me check this site all day long. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

  • josephine

    Oh yeah, what to do in Paris. If I only had a couple of days I would definitely shop the Marais again. So many cute little shops and alleyways with cafes that I felt like a local in instead of an over-comercialized tourist. I’d have a picnic on the Seine and drink wine. I’d have an ice cream on the island… what was the name of that Island? The one in the Seine. I’d make it to Giverny–since I didn’t last time. I’d skip up Rue Mofetard (I know I’m spelling that wrong) and pretend I was Amelie. I’d have lunch at the top of Sacre Couer again… and a glass of Bordeaux. And I’d definitely visit the Seven Lezards again for an amazingly intimate jazz concert.

  • Laura

    You make me feel guilty that I’m going to Paris a month from today (we just decided to go like oh, 2 days ago?). I also went in August, 2005. To me going to Paris isn’t a big deal anymore. It was when I lived in the USA but since moving to The Netherlands the novelty has worn off. It’s a 4 hour drive for us as we live in the very south of Holland. I’ll think of you while I’m there. Want me to pick anything up for you?

  • Andria

    Love your site, you have an adorable daughter!

    As far as the house arrest is concerned, my doctor told me that I would be exposing my son to more bacteria and germs while riding in the wheelchair leaving the hospital than I would if I took him to the mall every day for a month. She also said that it was just an old wives tale and one that should’ve only been taken seriously for babies that were born with some type of problem that suppressed their natural immune system. She said exposing him to various things and people actually made him stronger because it encouraged his immune system to grow and get stronger. I think she was right. I took mine everywhere with me from the very beginning and he never got sick. Come to think of it, I think that it wasn’t until he went to daycare when he was 2 years old that he caught his first cold.

    You have to decide what works for you, just thought I’d pass it along.

    Best of luck!

  • lynne

    I’ve checked the book and it’s perfectly ok for you to be all gaga over your new baby on your blog. In fact it’s mandantory! Isn’t this the most weirdest , spectacular thing that has happened in your life you so far and now you have fully functioning boobs. I’m sure if men had babies they’d be just the same.

  • jane

    Who needs Cute Overload when there’s Baby Bug?!

    My $.02 on the germ issue (and I have three healthy kids):
    The mantra of parenthood is “Everything in moderation.” Staying in all the time, especially when you are ill, isn’t totally healthy. Going out everywhere exposes her to stranger’s germs. However, a little exposure will help build up her immune system and make her less likely to become ill in the future. I know so many new parents who kept their babies in a bubble until they were 3-4 months old, and as soon as they ventured out, the kids got RSV because they had built up zero immunity. While you’re home sick, crack the windows and air the place out as much as possible.

    Also (not to nag), but exposure to second-hand smoke is one of the greatest contributors to respiratory illnesses in kids. Sorry, Toby!

  • Carmen

    I’m so sorry that you are sick. yick. Hang in there, SAJ!

    And, email me if you want and let me know your size. I’ve been alllllll sizes and probably have a few shirts extra – nursing ones, even. I’m serious, too!

    Baby Bug is TDF cute. I LOVE to look at her pics.