In keeping with my temporary time warp, I’d like to announce that this is [my post for] Friday, November 2. Got it? Good.
It has been a long, long week. We were out of town last weekend, and a certain baby I know, who usually goes to sleep by 10:30 and sleeps for 12 hours, was awake until 1 a.m. last Saturday night and up by 8:30 Sunday morning. Add several wrong number calls during the night and a really noisy heat/AC unit, and you have one really groggy Mommy. I am only now starting to recover. Needless to say, I am really glad it’s Friday. (See there, how I can just pretend with such ease that it’s a full 24 hours ago?)
It has been a tense few weeks here at Pod HS*. Last week we had a fire in one of our buildings. It was set intentionally, discovered and contained quickly, and arrests have been made, but it caused a great deal of chaos and anxiety considering its proximity to the anniversary of that other fire. We’ve come a long way in a year. Every morning I watch the large expanse of earth where the school used to stand look more and more like the foundation of something permanent. A year ago today I sat in shocked silence and watched the footage of the inferno on television. Today I watched our students on the news at 6 a.m. where they did the electric slide and cheered on our football team at a pep rally hosted by a local news station. A year ago I dreaded going to work because of Principal. New-and-Improved Principal is a welcome change. I won’t lie to you: we still have our problems. Those kids I bitched about all last year? They are still with us, and our administration, while much improved, is still often at a loss where
flogging and torturebehavioral prevention and maintenance are concerned. At least Principal is elsewhere, bringing down the status quo of some other high school, spreading her own brand of crazy over some other area of the state.
As for me, I try keeping my eyes focused on the bright side. Being in the library has been, and continues to be, an adjustment for me, but I am grateful for the change (read: glad I don’t have to spend all day with 14-year-olds). I have made some new friends at work, something I find very hard to do (Look! It’s 7th grade!). The new school that’s currently a flat piece of red dirt is going to be a beautiful, state-of-the-art structure, and maybe they won’t cut my position so I can work there when it’s finished.
But enough about work.
I have been searching the internet and reading all the books I own about The Baby and How it Works, but I have some unanswered questions about food (or should I say, questions I can’t seem to get a straight answer to), and I’d like some input from you Mommy people.
- About eggs. According to my ped, “they” are moving the egg green light to 18-24 months. I get that: no straight up eggs for the kid. But what about things cooked with eggs? Does this mean no taste of my nonfat muffin from the coffee shop? Does this mean no pancakes? Does this mean any product that contains eggs PERIOD is off limits?
- When did you give your kid fish? Not shellfish, just regular, run-of-the mill white fish? There is much conflicting information on this topic.
- For those of you who eat tofu, can you give me some recipes? I want to try it, but I don’t know what to do with it.
- I feel like Mia’s menu is a bit of a bore. I know, I know, she’s only 10 months old, but really, how many servings of pears, bananas, carrots, and sweet potatoes can one girl eat? What did your 10-month-old like to eat?
Fire away, girls.
*I have no idea if I’ve described our temporary school here or not. It’s made up of 10 modular buildings called “pods,” which are way nicer than they sound, and the source of myriad jokes about the “pod people” who inhabit them.