Boo. I have some sort of fun news (on theCT front) but mostly I feel like crap because we have to have our angry old man cat, Bean, put to sleep on Thursday. He is 16 years old (and yes, named after Frances Bean Cobain) and has had a wonderful life. I got him as a kitten and have had him over half my life. He had escaped death on numerous occasions, swam across a river to make it back home to the old house wehad moved from, and lived life as the cat version of the angry old man shaking his cane at you and yelling at you to get off his lawn. He regularly goes on “walkabouts” and is gone for days on end (his second-last one was when I was in the hospital with Lyric so that was a huge added stress on top) but after his most recent walkabout a few weeks ago he hasn’t been the same. He used to weigh about 15-20lb but now is about half that and I picked himup yesterday to find that one of his canines had fallen out while cleaning himself and was stuck in his tail fur. He also keeps falling down when he tries to stand and can’t keep himself clean. I feel horrible to have to make this choice for him, but I would hope that if I was in pain and by all appearances wanted it to end, that someone would help me out. We’ve decided that on Thursday afternoon, after giving the boys tomorrow afternoon to come over and say goodbye, that my mum, James and I will go have him put to sleep. We’ll take him to the mountain that overlooks our town where two of our other kitties are buried (Tonks and Bison) and lay him to rest there. I’m going to miss him dearly and I hate to do this, but I know that he is suffering right now and I don’t want that for him after such a wonderful life.
On the plus side, we are starting to get our Connecticut trip sorted out. We were originally supposed to move Dec 6 and James was going to be working on college football for ESPN but now it looks like we are going to be going to Ft Lauderdale in March for 6 weeks of baseball spring training and then move to CT after that. James is crazy excited because baseball is his favorite sport and he wasn’t really looking forward to covering football. I am excited because we get to be around our family for Lyric’s first Christmas and I don’t have to be in CT for the winter! Sorry folks, I am just not a winter kind of gal! Two other bonuses are that 2 of our really good friends are expecting a baby at the end of November so we’ll definitely be around for that, as well as James being the birth partner for our friend Meredith who is a surrogate for a family in TO. I am so fucking proud of him for doing this (he attends all the midwife appointments, texts or calls her daily to make sure she is drinking enough water and taking her vitamins, and is taking the “Birthing from Within” class with her) and she is not due until the end of December. He was going to have to fly back at the first sign of labour and this works out a whole lot better for him. This also takes us closer to the end of the school year soif one or both or the boys come with us, it will be much easier.
On the Lyric front, things are fabulous. I feel blessed because she is such an easy baby. She just turned 5 months yesterday (how did that happen???) and every day is a blessing. She gets funnier and funnier all the time. She plays peek-a-boo now and giggles when I pretend to eat her thighs and give her raspberries on her belly. She is so smart and constantly pays attention to what is going on around her (to the point of making people uncomfortable when she watches them!). Having her has brought me even closer to my mum (we were already super close before) because it makes me realize just how much she loves me and for her she gets to see her baby all grown up and taking care of a baby on her own. My dad on the other hand, is not something I care to think about right now, maybe I’ll write about it later when I’m not so pissed off. Lyric is 21lb already and about 27″ long. She’s wearing all 9-12 month clothes with a few 18 month things thrown in!
We have been cloth diapering full time now for a couple of months. It has certainly been an ordeal as I have tried (and failed) with 3 detergents finally to settle on the one that costs $20pkg (Rockin Green Soft Rock)!! She grew out of her prefolds and fitteds and we just received 10 new pocket diapers from Kawaii Baby in the mail today. They are a great company to deal with (free shipping over $70) and their diapers are cheap and awesome! She also looks ridiculously cute in her leopard print diapers so that’s a huge bonus.
Anyhoo, she is starting to stir and I want to get to her before she wakes up so here are some pix to keep you all happy. xo