Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hillary's Tears and New Baby Fears

Look! I made a rhyme.
*I have to say that I wrote this post a couple days ago and then when I was ready to post my Internet connection was LOST. I sat there looking at the blank screen and felt so alone . . . actually, it gave me a great reason to catch up on all my DVRd shows and my reading!

Anyway, a lot has happened in the world of politics (elections, specifically) since I first wrote this--Fred Thompson has risen from the "dead." I didn't catch the debates, but did catch the pundits talking about it. In summary--There is no clear front runner. Wow, the media is genius! Finally, let's not hold the elections IN the media--maybe they have now learned that predicting our new president this early is like predicting the winning numbers of a mega million lottery.

OK, here's the start of the post I wrote a couple days ago . . .

Let's get Hillary's tears out of the way first. Did you hear? Apparently, the woman, Marianne Pernold, who asked Hillary the question that prompted the tearful moment, the moment that may have very well won her the NH primary, didn't vote for Hillary--she voted for Obama. Want to know why? I can't help to think that once again the media jumped the gun on this one. Right after Hillary's tearful comment she went right back to "the Hillary we all know" and began her assault on Obama. Pernold was so turned off by Hillary's tone and rhetoric and impressed to tears with Obama that she decided to vote for him instead. Had everyone been able to see the few seconds after the tears then this vote might have turned out differently. I guess this is why we have to stick with the facts. What are their positions? What are their track records (not just in politics, but in life)? What are the foundations of their character? The tears, the savvy speeches, the cutesy jokes, the bashing, the sucking up will tell us very little as it is all just an illusion. I have to do this, but "Just the facts, ma'am." Sorry for the Dragnet line, but I couldn't help it.

Can't wait for next Tuesday!

*Click here to learn more about Hillary's tears and the woman who voted for Obama.
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My baby brother and his wife just had their first baby--Baby L, I'll call her. She was born with a mass or curly dark hair (which is so odd because J was born looking like a little blond, wrinkly monkey--who at times resembled Donald Trump--yikes!), 7 lbs, and 20 inches. She was well done (mine was a month early). Baby L and J are cousins--the first ones! They are only five months apart (almost to the day--missed it by five minutes). New baby--woo hoo. My little bro has no idea what he is in for--and a girl to boot!

I explained the sleepless nights. The constant smell of sour milk. The drool that seems never ending and at times stretches for so long you'd swear there was rubber in it. The diapers . . . oh the diapers. He didn't believe me when I told him how many diapers we went through (I think it was close to 100--though I could be exaggerating). Hee Hee!!! (rubs hands together gleefully) And if you read my last post--wait until she becomes bipolar! In all truth, as we all know, you just can't imagine it all until it happens to you. During the last phone conversation he was nearly incoherent. "I want to sleep so bad," he moaned. (I laughed a little inside--I can't lie). "I wish it were 198 . . .when I was little. I'd climb into my bunk bed, under my rainbow sheets and go to sleep." Awwww. "Then, I'd wake up and watch cartoons." Bingo! "Well," I replied, "You'll get to do that, at least, eventually . . . if you're awake enough." He responded with another moan, or maybe it was a groan, and then a thump . . . not really, but I swear I thought he was going to doze off right there on the phone. One day down and about 6575 days to go (yes, I did calculate that)!!!

All that aside, there is something more important I need to talk about. I'd give my left arm to have my little brother back as that little baby he once was. I miss him. I miss his cheeks, his smile, his hair, his toes. I miss him. I was seven years old when he was born. I had no idea what a sweet little baby he was. When my two sisters came along, I still had no idea. Yet today, as I hold little J in my arms, I'd give anything to just have those moments back. I just want one more day to . . .
play airplane with them high on my feet, flying through the air.
tickle their toes, their sides, and blow on their bellies
run after them and swoop them in my arms
carry "Little Bro" around on my back until I could barely stand
watch them as they slept peacefully in their beds (me, putting a hand on their bellies to make sure they were still breathing--I was a worrier--as was my little sis)
cuddle up to "Angel Baby" (little sis) as she went down for a nap
show "Sugar Baby" (baby sis) around the house after my mom had just given birth to her (home birth--I was there!)
brush and put up their hair
scrub them in the tub
sing them songs
act like a goof ball and get them to do the same
play school with them--I was always the teacher
kiss them everywhere when they were just J's age
hug them . . . and now, I wouldn't ever let go . . .

I know I am "just" their sister, but I can't help but wish to have those moments back. Those little babies . . . Although it is sad to think that those days are gone, they gave me one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive. I thank them for teaching me how to appreciate every single moment with J, from his cries and tears to his smiles and giggles. I will take each moment and breath it in and hold it in my memory. I will soak in his babbles, his attempts to roll over, the way he waves his arms, the smile that creeps across his face when he sees me coming. I won't let a moment pass me by. And most of all, I will hug and kiss him until I can't stand it anymore because I know it won't last . . . Thank you Sugar Baby, Angel Baby, and Little Bro. You all mean everything to me and I can't imagine a life without you. I miss your "little-ness," but am so thankful to have you in my life today.

Sorry for the sappy post. I'm hormonal.

15 comments:

Pam said...

Congrats on the new niece! Good luck to your brother! It is tough and as you said, you just don't really know until you do it. Glad you are able to enjoy your family so much!

just jamie said...

Very sweet post (and catchy title, too). Thanks for visiting my blog...I'll be back to enjoy yours.
Jamie

Pam said...

I added you to my blog roll--so I can remember to stop back and visit often...hope that is okay!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I wish the media would start focusing on the issues and quit with the useless nonsense already. How many people know Obama's plan for Iraq? How about Hillary's? Isn't that more important than whether or not Hillary cried real tears? Gah! It drives me crazy.

Congrats on the new niece!

LaskiGal said...

burgh baby's mom, I agree! It would be awesome if they would help us all out and focus on the real issues. They want the drama--the "stuff" that will draw in viewers, or so they think.

This is why it is SO important to be a savvy citizen and an informed voter. You have to read, listen, research, and ask the important questions. It will be a challenging year . . .

Kathryn said...

Bah! Make me cry, why don't ya? I went from laughing to crying all in one post.
So sweet!!!
What a fab post.

RJTrue said...

It could be just a feeling but I think I'm right in saying that your brother and sisters are quite lucky to have you as their big sis. You may want to relive those moments but let me tell you... I am sure that the time you spent with them has done a LIFETIME of good. You can just tell with you. Lucky baby, lucky family for having your around.

Beth is wfg said...

"Laughter to tears all in one post"...that says it all...I was six when my baby sister was born, but what I remember most is the rivalry! Lucky you to remember all the sweet baby moments from back when!

Congrats to your brother and your family!

Misty said...

My brother and I are 13 months apart. He truly is one of my greatest blessings and best friends. Although I wouldn't wish to journey through child hood with him again, as it was much too painful, I am so grateful to have had him (and my sister) to carry me through.

LaskiGal said...

Misty . . . I don't know if I could journey through it all again. I remember the hair pulling, the name calling, the tattling, the yelling/screaming and that was just yesterday! Seriously, I think I miss them as innocent infants now that I have one of my own. Thirteen months . . . heck, you were nearly twins!

And Kathryn and Beth--I'm such a sap!!! And rjtrue--I am the one who feels lucky to have them . . .

Manic Mom said...

Ah!!! I'm skipping all the Hillary stuff cuz I am so not politically inclined.

But the little bro and cousin stuff! How fun! I loved it when my little bro had his kids (who are now just almost 2 and two months). He is FINALLY getting to see what I went through, and he is finally understanding that all the comments he made are coming back to haunt him. And he is finally understanding (maybe) why it is so worth it to have babies to love and be loved by them! (ANd I finally get the revenge of knowing he is now getting sleepless nights and poopy diapers and whiny kids! Bwhahahaahahahah!

PS-You had me CRACKING UP with your "But I'm BREASTFEEDING!" as your response as to why you ate so much and all that food you described at my blog made me sooo hungry--especially those potato wedges!!! YUM!

LaskiGal said...

Manic . . . last night I spent an hour on the phone with baby bro talking about the sleepless nights. He said, "I had NO idea!" Yeah, somehow he thought he had a magical baby that would never cry, and never poo, and never fuss . . . He realizes that is what we call a "prop baby" and that he now lives in the real world as opposed to Fantasy Land. There is just a little glee in it for me!

tommie said...

congrats on the new baby in the family.

As much as I love that new baby stuff, I am so glad they are toilet-trained toddlers now!

Nap Warden said...

I am very sick of the media in this election...They affect how people vote, and all they want to do is sell it. I sure would like to hear more facts, plans...There is a lot broken in this country, you rarely hear "how" any of these cantidates are going to fix it. Great post!

abby p said...

Oh . . . how sweet. You can really tell the love you have for your sibs and the great connection. That is so rare. Congrats on your new niece and J's new cousin! How great that they are so close in age.

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