Lately I am feeling about a thousand miles away from this emotional territory—so far away, in fact, that re-reading those words is almost like reading someone else’s journal. Who was that constantly fussy, pain-in-the-ass baby I was writing about, I wonder. Surely not the low-maintenance grinning butterball *I* know.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but things are going very well at the moment. Dylan is, in many ways, an entirely different creature than he was a few weeks ago. The smiling helps, for sure, but he’s also eating much more comfortably (I’m currently using a soy formula, the turbo-barfing stopped on its own but I think the soy helps with the gassiness. I mean, if anyone’s taking notes on this thrilling subject, or anything), he’s settling into a schedule of sorts, and while he is not sleeping through the night—WOE—he is at least allowing me enough sleep to make it through the day. I’m almost getting used to that 3:30 AM wakeup call at this point. Well, in the same way you’d get used to someone whaling you in the kneecap with a ballpeen hammer, which is to say I don’t particularly enjoy it, but, you know, it’s survivable.

God, those early weeks sucked. You guys, THAT SUCKED. I’m sure there’s plenty more suckage ahead, but thank god I’m standing over here and not back over there. In the dark. With the ice weasels.

(Those of you who gently reminded me that things would get better, thank you. You were right.)

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Lastly: can someone please reassure me that the world does not need pithy one-sentence status updates on the minutiae of my life, and thus it is okay to not have a Twitter account? What is wrong with me that I am all itchy over the notion that I’m missing the boat, even though it’s a boat I have no desire to be on?

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willikat
14 years ago

bah to twitter. i love you but i won’t follow you there. also, glad you are feeling that sunshiny light at the end of the early-weeks tunnel.

ikate
14 years ago

First I have to say that I love those pics of your boys with their blakents. LOVE!

Second, I’m with you on Twitter…I feel like I SHOULD be doing it but don’t WANT to. Right now I’m content with just reading other people’s tweets. And I would so read yours if you ever decided to do it.

annie
14 years ago

I’m glad things are getting better and better as time goes on. Thank God it improves over time or our species would have been extinct many years ago!

Twitter? No way. Just one more thing that can occupy time that I am already running short on. I’d rather catch up on episodes of the Real Housewives of NYC.

Jennifer
Jennifer
14 years ago

Ohhh, those photos! I don’t even have kids (and in general don’t get all ga-ga over baby photos) but the two of them, making eye contact, oh so precious.

So tell, do they do that all on their own (does Riley go stare at his brother all on his own volition) or did you prompt him to pose for the photo? Either way it’s still adorable.

Quiana
14 years ago

I also ponder Twitter, but when you have more than one blog, wouldn’t many of your entries be “blogging” or “child wrangling”. Just as mine would be “staring vacantly into space” or “mocking things”?

I am very glad that you are doing better. I was getting somewhat concerned.

So you’re golden for like 12 more years… you know… when the real hell starts.

Leah
14 years ago

Twitter sucks. Vive la resistance!

brenna
brenna
14 years ago

AVIOD TWITTER. Like the plague. Once you start you can’t stop. It’s like interweb crack.

Jennifer
Jennifer
14 years ago

I don’t get Twitter. It seems like it would only be worth reading if someone was incredibly funny and smart (both of which you are!) but wouldn’t it be a total anchor for the person Twittering? Wouldn’t you have to do it ALL THE TIME to make it worthwhile? Ugh!

On the flip-flop, anyone who would want to devote time to reading about my completely boring existence needs to seek treatment immediately. SO = PASS ON TWITTER.

Glad things have improved with the baby! He sure has grown and is getting cuter by the day!

angela
14 years ago

I love twitter.

wealhtheow
wealhtheow
14 years ago

Wow, now I feel awful about hopping back on Twitter! In my defense, I have local friends who do it too.

That picture of Riley and Dylan makes me want to have another. Then my common sense kicks in and reminds that it would be better NOT to have 2 babies in 13 months.

d
d
14 years ago

i’m gonna chime in on the positive side of twitter, but only if you have an idea of how you’d like to use it.

i think it’s really fun and useful because i’ve roped all my local friends into it. it literally moves people around chicago.

it’s also useful as a tool to build an online brand…something i’m not sure you’re all that worried about (although you certainly HAVE one already).

Andrea
14 years ago

I’m glad you’re feeling better! I so know where you were coming from in that post. It’s such a big life change, so it can’t all be roses, right?

Amen to the Twitter thing. Not interested. I don’t want to feel that chained to the computer since I already sit at one for 8+ hours a day.

victoria
victoria
14 years ago

YAY! I’m so happy for you. You sounded so overwhelmed and exhasuted there for a while.

sweetcheese
14 years ago

Yay for smiling babies! (And adorable brother pictures.)
And I am totally feeling you on the Twitter thing. I barely even use a cell phone for Pete’s sake, and yet I feel practically Amish when I hear that “everyone” is on Twitter.

Stephanie
Stephanie
14 years ago

WTF is twitter? I suppose I’ll just keep my head in the sand. Your post has officially got me thinking about having another kiddo. That and the fact that the moms in my daughter’s playgroup are popping them out WEEKLY. Shit, just as I was getting back into my size 8’s.

Frannie
Frannie
14 years ago

Twitter is not THAT bad. I mean it’s like a condensed blog, without the Google ads. For those who don’t know it’s twitter.com. Update about that Jesus walking his cross “Nice tevas, Jesus!” in 140 characters or less. Be smug in your incredible sense of humor, like I do. It’s not something to take serious, like most of the internet. All these “group” sites are like high school. If you’re not “in”, then you’re just not “cool”. The last thing I need to be is a 27 year old hipster. I personally use it so I can Remember dumb things I saw, did, etc. That’s all. Sorry bout the long as Hell comment.

Michelle in Maryland
14 years ago

I didn’t think I would like twitter, but I do. I don’t have 24/7 access to the internet, so I like to read through everyone’s tweets when I get home from work. It helps me feel like I didn’t miss out on things all day.

Kristin C.
14 years ago

I am totally with you on the twitterless wagon. I was on for a day…and then jumped the hell off. ANNOYING!

Also. Ice Weasels???!!!!
Holy crap.
You bring me much amusement.
Thank you.

Victoria
14 years ago

It’s ok to not Twitter : )
Glad things are feeling better.

erin
14 years ago

Hey, you made it past the first 4 weeks! And then some. I know it sucked to be in it, but look at what was on the other side… a happy, smiley, beautiful baby boy. And toddler. And MAMA. I’m glad things are better now.

sophielovespeanutbutter
sophielovespeanutbutter
14 years ago

Cheers to being in a happy place. :)

*chants with Leah, “Viva la resistance!”*

I mean do we seriously need something to shorten our collective attention spans any further? Next it’s going to be micro-Twitter. with posts that are 20 characters or less.
The only time I feel left out is when I get together with my Flickrite pals at a Meetup and everyone is chatting about crap they heard from someone on Twitter. Count me out, for good. Absolutely no desire whatsoever.

Lesley
Lesley
14 years ago

OMG these photos are crushing my heart. Yep, it’s all worth it.

Kristi
14 years ago

SO GLAD you’re shooting out the other end of that newborn tunnel! Just wait until the awesomeness of interacting, sitting, crawling, talking, walking, and your boys PLAYING TOGETHER! It seriously seriously gets so much better even!

Nobody needs to walk around all day thinking up whitty one-liners – it’s not natural and will make you go mental. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anything else to make me mental! After all, I already have a husband, 2 toddlers, a puking cat and the stupidest yellow lab in existence. Twitter would send me over the edge!

Down with Twitter!!!!

Josh
Josh
14 years ago

I don’t even know what twitter is, and if I don’t know about it, it isn’t important. Unless its some kind of new porn, then it is important. Now THERE”S a boat you shouldn’t miss.

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