Saturday, March 31, 2007

Random Monday

So seamonkey had his first swimming session. What a hoot. We changed him into his little swim shorts and were hanging around the pool waiting for our time to begin. We met the instructor and handed him over. I was a little disappointed in how they handled the first session – I would have hoped that he would have gotten out of the pool and talked to us first, but we just handed him down into the pool. Made me wonder how they assess the needs of new students. He clearly wasn't expecting a new student, let alone who was 6 months old. It ended up okay though. When we first handed him over the kid (the instructor can't be more than 19 years old) said “Now I’m going to warn you, he’s going to cry”. Uh yeah chief, that’s pretty much a given. And he didn’t just cry, he screamed, and I mean SCREAMED bloody murder for 10 minutes straight. I timed it. During those ten minutes another mother walked by me and said with a scrunchy face “Too young!!” Who asked you and mind your bidness!! But after 10 minutes, he seemed to suddenly realize that he was in one big giant bathtub, and oh hold on here people I LOVE THE BATHTUB. Much splashing and giggling ensued and we breathed a sigh of relief.


Anyway...., I’ve been meaning to tell you about something Melissa over at Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters is doing. She has created an “Emoblopedia” (emotional blog encyclopedia) – which is a big collection of blog posts grouped by category – that deal with all the emotional issues surrounding infertility(and adoption) When you are feeling like you are crazy or alone, you can go to this reference guide and hear from all the folks who’ve been there-done that-bought the t-shirt- and have an opinion on the matter. I think it’s an awesome thing. I have a post or two in there (you just ask Mel to add one of your posts, it’s a snap) and I have already read through some of the amazing entries. Just one of the many great resources from this blog. So check it out. Submit an entry for inclusion. Tell your favorite blog authors which posts you think they should submit (any you think I should submit?). We all know that blogging has gotten us through the worst of times...this is another extension of that. A one-stop shop for your emotional bloggy needs!

And while you're there, check out Melissa's entry in the International Infertility Film Festival.

One last thing - the Feds are proposing a increase on filing fees for our beloved adoption paperwork. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous - the rates are going up a whopping 66%. Your beloved I171H will now cost you $670. Carrie was nice enough to post about it, go here for more details. The deadline to make comments is today (Monday the 2nd), so if you have a chance, go tell them how ridiculous it is. This really burns my ass. All day I am exposed to young single mothers that have money practically THROWN at them from the federal government to have and care for their babies. Makes me ill.

Happy Monday.

10 comments:

The Town Criers said...

Woohoo! Thanks for the shout out. I actually just moved all the emoblopedia stuff to its own space because it has been growing. All those old links work too, but I copied all the entries and such into a new blog: www.emoblopedia.blogspot.com.

So, everyone, send links :-)

ruth said...

Glad to hear that Sea Monkey enjoyed his swimming lesson (eventually).

Chelsi said...

I think it's cool that you are doing swimming lessons so early. I can just see swim teams in Seamonkey's future :) What that other Mom said to you is bunk!!! I'm curious how often random women give Mom's unsolicited advice. That's pretty annoying!

Anyhow, I LOVE the emoblopedia, too. I think it is such a fabulous idea and I've already resourced it a couple of times!!

Lauren said...

Yeah for him enjoying the swimming lessons after a bit. And I have a few choice words for that busy body mom who was so rude to you. I hate when strangers think they know what is up and feel the need to comment. Gets me all fired up...

jeneflower said...

He gets cuter with every picture! You are smart to start early with the swimming lessons. My eight year old still doesn't know how to swim because the price of swim lessons around here is out of control! Now he is way older than the other beginners, so how can I begin?

That is very upsetting that they are raising fees on the 171H. Grrrr

MMrussianadoption said...

I just wish people would keep stupid comments to themselves. One of these days I am going to let one of them have it.

Lori said...

This has nothing to do with your post. I haven't checked in, in a long while and wanted to just say hi and I think your little guy is adorable!! He reminds me of my Nico who is also from Colombia!! Congratulations on bringing him home!! I love his eyes!

Amy said...

WHAT?? Here take my baby 19 year old boy. You're brave - 10 minutes of crying must have seemed like an eternity. That baby is so precious, I would have jumped in - street clothes and all.

Amy Lane said...

Okay...having taught some of those kids getting money thrown at them, that ticks me off too...

Amy Lane said...

OKay...I pressed send too early...what I wanted to say was that there's nothing like rewarding willful stupidity and penalizing good will under adversity.