Last night was another good night from Meghan. We were at a friend's house for dinner, and she fell asleep around 8:30 or 9 after I had nursed her there. We left maybe half an hour later, and when we got home, I had expected she would wake up and I'd have to nurse her back to sleep (which is more mommy friendly than the alternative, which is letting her cry until she falls asleep), but it turned out that it was as easy as bringing her in the house and putting her in her crib! (She was already in her PJs -- her Red Sox ones :) -- as we had changed her when she started getting tired after dinner.) EASIEST BEDTIME EVER, YAY! I'm not used to just setting her down and going about my business! Anyway, she slept until around 4:30, so another 8 hours from her, more or less! I was fairly satisfied with 6 hours in a row; 8 is a dream!
Unfortunately, I didn't get the best sleep in the world. I went to bed at 12:30, but woke of my own accord at 3:30, because my throat was bothering me (either allergies or the very beginning of a cold; jury's still out), I had to pee, and my left boob was painfully engorged because Meghan hadn't nursed a whole lot on it before conking out. I was too tired to go and pump, and I didn't want to pump out milk that Meghan was sure to want later, so I managed to fall back asleep, but I was hoping she'd wake up fairly soon thereafter, which she did. She ate off the engorged side, but didn't manage to empty it completely (she was so stuffed that she kept turning her head away and turning back again in the hopes that she could suck herself to sleep, only to find that she kept drawing milk when she did that!), and she didn't even eat off the other side at all, so I went to pump (and got 3 oz, yaaaay!). Then I was freakin' STARVING, so I ate a bowl of cereal, after which I let the dog out and fed her and cleaned the pumping supplies. By the time I went back to bed, it was after 5:30. Meghan got up again at around 7:45 or 8, and I nursed her in bed (I love that I can simultaneously nurse and sleep!) and then pawned her off on Jack so I could try to sleep some more...which didn't happen, so I gave up and got up. Which all begs the question of why I am still awake. Yeah. Bedtime will happen very soon.
Anyway, then it was off to the newly renovated National Museum of American History with the several brave souls from hp_dcmetro who fought the terrible Boston-style frigid wind to meet up. We had a great time
Also discussed during the outing: My absolute need to make or buy a onesie that says, "I solemnly swear I am up to no good." And quite possibly "Mischief managed!" on the back. Meghan needs some HP threads, man! One of the activities at my baby shower was making puffy paint onesies, which is why she proudly rocks clothes that say things like, "That's what SHE said!", "Made in China" (which is a snark at Jack's parents, who hate China -- they are Taiwanese -- and go on and on about how you should never buy anything made in China), and "The results are in... You are NOT the father!" Although these onesies just might be the best Maury onesies ever. Anyway, the onesie activity was really fun, but nothing HP related came out of it, and this must be rectified.
In other news, I'm hosting Meghan's playgroup tomorrow (well, Monday, so today) at our house, which I'm pretty excited about. I was sort of against the playgroup idea for a while, just because I didn't like the idea of randomly getting to know strangers just so our kids could play together. I've got a few friends with kids Meghan's age, more or less, in this area, so I was just going to stick to them. But then I realized that I need to provide her with regular activities and opportunities for social interaction, and it's good to get out of the house and meet people. Our days go by so much faster when there are activities involved. So I joined this local mom's Yahoo! group that a good friend had recommended, and the people there seem to be really cool so far. The playgroup is a teeny, tiny subset of that; last time, which was also the first time, four of us met up at a nearby mall (since no one was able to host it at their house that day) and got to know each other. The kids didn't get to play much, since it's hard to do that at a mall, but we moms got to chat, and that was really nice. So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. My house isn't all that babyproofed, but that didn't seem to phase the others, so I'm trying to relax about that and just enjoy the interaction.
OK, it's 1 already, so off to bed!