in my post about surviving JR's absence i should've specified that i was managing quite well in large part due to my parents' help. not only did they feed us (hence my not having to cook all week) and comfort maya during her teething pain spells, but my mom picked up ian at school, my dad read to him, and in general they were just a huge help to me. so, thanks mommy and dad! (yes, i still call my mom "mommy" -- do you have a problem with that?!)
also, a special thanks to my in-laws who fed us on tuesday night at lawry's for my father-in-law's birthday.