Also, it's strange to think that I still get worked up about each. Sad to say, I still feel some level of anxiety about the next day's events. It's like I'm still working - I mentally go over my next day's activities and plan my day. Except for 'client at 10am, hit the bank, dry cleaners, grab lunch, back to the office until 6pm,' it's 'wrangle baby, try to make banana bread, go to grocery store, bath child.' And, as previously mentioned, this is exactly what I did the day before (give or take the banana bread.)
I'm also finding that since becoming a Mom, I move at lightening fast speed. Gone are the days of dawdling over lunch or casually reading the newspaper. Since learning that babies are ticking time bombs, waiting to go off at any moment, I can now eat a sandwich in five bites flat. I can down 16oz of liquid in four gulps. I made banana bread today in 9 minutes, and that includes the mashing of the bananas. Multi-tasking has taken on a whole new meaning. I am going to need serious chiropractic care since my cell phone is permanently glued to my left shoulder as I attempt to pump, baby-wrangle, clean, and email, all at the same time.
In non-baby news, how good was the season finale of Mad Men last night? Wow. (spoilers ahead). It is by far my favorite episode of the entire series - and, as usual, it sparked some serious discussions between Brian and I. I couldn't believe the first scene with Conrad Hilton; not only was it shocking how quickly he fired Don, but Don's reaction surprised me so much. I always tease Brian for having a 'man crush' on Don Draper (what guy does not? He was voted 'most influential man in America' recently. President Obama came in second. I'm not joking.) But Don's reaction to Connie was SO similar to something that Brian would have done - it was like art imitating life.
And then the whole Peggy storyline? She just reminds me so much of what it was like to work on the mountain, back when I was a County employee. (minus her horrible taste in men). Being a female in a good ole boys' club really stinks - and her reactions remind me of how I tried to buck the system (and ultimately lost). During the four am feeding today, I found myself thinking about Don and Peggy's relationship; it really is the heart of the show. More than Don and Betty (gag), Don and Peggy are what make the show tick. And I love that she finally stood up to him. It's interesting, but I found myself thinking that if Don had just put one ounce of effort into his relationship with Betty that he did with Peggy, they probably would not be getting divorced. But yet again, he put energy into his work relationship, not marriage, and we all know how that ended. And Betty and Henry Frances? Is it surprising that she goes for a guy like that, so soon after losing her father? She is so in need of someone to take care of her. I can't believe what a horrible mother she is, leaving the kids with the baby-sitter for SIX weeks. Horrible. Did CPS exist back then?
The real star of the show, however, is baby Jean. I just love him! I squeal everytime he is on screen. I know, most people probably don't care, but he looks so much like Scotty (age and size-wise) that I literally start clapping when they show him. So cute! He was so adorable in the final shot of he and Betty on the plane. I told Brian Scotty could be a baby Jean stand-in, but then he pointed out that they are probably already filming the next season and Scotty isn't big enough. Bummer. I can't believe we have to wait until NEXT SUMMER for more Mad Men. Double bummer.
I want to leave everyone with this random conversation I overhead tonight, as Brian was playing with Scotty on his mat. I was pumping downstairs and Brian had just put the baby on his tummy. He burst into cheers when Scotty picked his head up and then started talking to the baby.
Brian: Good boy! What a good baby! You are going to be crawling soon!
Brian: You know, you have to crawl before you can walk.
Brian: And you have to walk before you can run.
[I tilt my head to hear better, thinking I was eavesdropping on some wonderful, philosophical father-son moment.]
Brian: And you better run fast, because Daddy isn't paying for college.