Sunday, November 30, 2008
I've discovered that it is really hard to not buy everything I come in contact with for my children. I really need an edit button when it comes to them. There are just so many things I know they would love, and I would love to get for them. I found myself just having to walk away in the store today....otherwise Dan would really be mad at the insane amount of money I would be capable of spennding on the girls! lol But I did get toys, and matching Christmas pajamas and Christmas ornaments for each of them which are both traditions.....well the matching jammies is a new tradition since this is C's first Christmas. Oh, and I also got some stocking stuffers.
On a non related subject, I am finding that I am just a wee bit tipsy. Hopefully I won't have any fatal spelling errors, but if I do, please forgive me. I can't tell you the last time I've had wine and I am a serious light weight now since I don't ever drink.
I think that we are going to get our Christmas tree on Wednesday or Thursday.....whichever day we have less stuff to do. We've talked about getting a small tree (real or fake, we're not sure) for Maddie so that she has something that she can deccorate and hopefully she will leave our big tree alone. I know of another family that does this, and it seems to work out pretty well. I'll give her non breakable kid friendly ornaments and she can be in charge of putting them on and more than likely taking them off too! lol I'm not really worried about Charlotte and the tree because she isn't mobile and I would be shocked if she learned how to crawl before the festivities are over.
Well, I best be off. I think the squash is cooled by now, and I need to get to bed at some point. Have a good week.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
With that said, I do not have any photos to post because my laptop does not currently have anything stored on it, and our wireless router isn't set to arrive until December 2nd which means I can not access our desk top computer which is where my photos are stored.....all 12,000 of them. Yeah, I know.
But, if I had access to my photos I would post at least one of Maddie looking like a very grown up girl, because today she was one. She went pee pee on the potty not once but twice!!!! We've tried this before and all that was accomplished was Maddie screaming like a banshee while on the potty not going and then getting off and peeing all over the living room floor. I don't know what made today different although there were similarities in that she did cry for the first couple times we put her on the potty but she eventually got over it. We put her on the big toilet with the little kid insert cushy seat and we picked out books to read while she sat there. She doesn't quite get the idea that she actually needs to perform to get a treat which today was little suckers (she picked, and I am getting something different for the future because they are too sticky) and she threw a fit when she got off the pot after not going and then didn't get a sucker. But tonight when she did go she got a big ol' song and dance and jumping around and yelling from Mama and she seemed to really like that lol maybe she doesn't need the candy at all?? I doubt it.
I don't know if she is quite ready to be potty training full time....she is only 26 months old, but I feel like we might be getting over the screaming bloody murder when put on the potty stage which is good. I was really scared that she was going to be "afraid" of the toilet forever and be in diapers until she was 13. We'll keep trying to put her on the potty and see what happens.....maybe she'll catch on quicker than I think. I must say that she looks really adorable in her Dora underwear. Such a big girl! I really don't want to use any type of pull up diaper type contraption so I've been looking at waterproof training underwear which should hold most of the pee in, but make her feel wet and uncomfortable.....which is the whole idea! lol
Many parents have told me that potty training is by far the hardest and most consuming part of parenting.....I can see why. I'm not necessarily looking forward to this journey (twice) but I know it's a part of life. Surprisingly, or not surprisingly.....Dan is much better at this than I am. He is more consistant and Maddie seems to be calmer when she is dealing with Daddy. If only he was here everyday.....I would totally let him take over! Oh well. Wish Maddie (and me) luck!
We had our Thanksgiving celebration yesterday instead of Thursday. We drove up to Dan's sisters new house (which was lovely) and spent the day there amongst turkeys cooking and cousins running around yelling and exactly 5 pies. It was a nice time to be with family and the food was top notch!! I have a few pictures, but not many, and even less that are actually in focus, so we'll see if I can get around to posting them. The only downside to the day was that I had a cold sore the size of a house attacking the crease of my lip which hurts like heck and looks even worse....yeah for that, and when we were leaving last night, I tripped and fell (while holding Charlotte) on a 2 inch step going from the garage to the driveway and twisted my ankle and scraped my knee. Fun. My leg hurts and my face is being eaten. Bleh.
In more exciting news, Charlotte officially has a tooth. Well, at least a very teeny part of a tooth. Sometime between Thursday when she was using my fingers as a gnawing toy, and Friday evening when she was using my fingers as a gnawing toy, a tooth broke through. I've suspected that it was only a matter of time because we've been dealing with teething behavior for weeks now, but it never ceases to surprise me when the little buggers just show up. You still can't really see her tooth, but its her bottom right one, and I'm sure that the bottom left will appear very shortly. I need to get a few more toothless grin shots taken because once babies get teeth its never the same. You can never capture that mouth full of gums look again. Sad. She is growing up so fast. They always do.....and although it makes me a little sad, I am mostly happy, because as the time passes she seems to be growing out of her fussiness and that makes life a lot more joyful. Oh, I almost forgot. At Thanksgiving yesterday, Charlotte was totally stranger wary. And the weirdest was that she cried when her Grandma held her whom she has seen the most of anyone else and she loved being held by her Aunt Erin whom she hasn't seen since August. Very strange indeed. Hopefully she outgrows this and doesn't turn into a clingy child.....I don't think this will last though!
I give props to anyone who went out shopping yesterday....you are brave indeed. When people start getting killed on black Friday because of sheer greed, I make sure to stay home. I can't believe that people are getting mauled and killed by strangers trying to get a good deal on a big screen tv. Is it really worth it? I would tend to think not. So, I stayed home.....or rather went to eat turkey, and have no Christmas shopping done, but hey.....at least I'm alive right? Sounds like a deal that I can live with. Get it?? Live with. lol. I'm so not funny! I will probably do what I've done the past 4 years and order everything online and let it show up on my doorstep. No circling the parking lots looking for a space, no standing in line waiting for a cashier, no lugging bags around......just me in my pajamas in the comfort of my home clicking my way towards Christmas cheer. The older I get the less capable I am of dealing with all that is Christmas shopping. I hate it. Much easier to let everything come to me. Now I just need to figure out what I want to buy.....that really is the eternal question, or maybe it's goobers or raisinettes. Becky should catch that....or maybe I'm just old. lol Anyway......
Hope everyone had as great a Thanksgiving as I did!! Enjoy your left overs.....we didn't take much because we are starting the South Beach diet, but more about that later. Gobble gobble!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This is blog number 101 and its not gonna be a big one either. But it will have pictures which I know you like more than my blathering anyway!! These pics are from a couple weeks ago.....one of the last warm-ish days we had here. I kinda feel bad for the girls that we now have to get totally bundled up to go outside and play. The other day I thought it was warmer than it was, and we went to the park. I didn't put a jacket on Maddie, but she did have two shirts, a short sleeved one layered over a long sleeved one. But one we got to the park and the wind picked up, it was COLD and I felt like the bad mother. I doubt any of the other moms even noticed, but the diologue in my head was saying that I was that mom.....the one who doesn't put a jacket on her two year old when its really cold and windy outside. Even though Maddie was ovlivious to how cold it was while she was playing, we didn't stay long because......well it was really cold. No one died or lost any limbs, but I leanred my lesson and now I keep a set of jackets and hats and mittens in the car just in case it feels warm outside my house and ends up cold at the park.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I am going to the library this afternoon to return my finished books and get new ones. I only read 5 out of the 6 that I took out the last time because one was so horrible I had to stop after the 2nd chapter. Normally I can push past a slow start and still get through a book, but Cold Case by Kate Wilhelm was just too dull. And with a name like Cold Case you would think that it would be thrilling or at least good. Sorry Kate, but I hated your book.
On the flip side of hate, I LOVED a book called The Divide by Nicholas Evans. He is the same author who wrote The Horse Whisperer, which I have not read, but The Divide was a fantastic read and I devoured it in a little over 24 hours. I highly recommend getting a copy....and I highly recommend using the library......its much cheaper than buying.
Another good book in my bunch was Sea Glass by Anita Shreve. She is the author of The Pilot's Wife which was is also a very good book. Her books are generally short (around 300-400) pages and very easy reads. Sea Glass is placed in the 1920's and it's fun to read old school words and 1920's notions of relationship roles. It's a fun book.
The last couple of visits to the library I've milled about trying to find books that I might like which takes a long time and can be frustrating, but this time I went on line to Borders.com and looked at their top 100 lists for inspiration. I made my own list of authors and I'm gonna use that this afternoon. My most favorite author Jodi Picoult has a new book out, but they probably won't have it yet at the library and I've already gone through all of her older stuff that the library actually carries. If you like suspense and or courtroom dramas, check her work out....Perfect Match, Plain Truth, Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper are my favorites!!!!!
Well.....wish me luck.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Anyway. I want to get the rest of our trip to the mountains posted. We woke up on our second day pretty early because noise travels well in the cabin. Dan made breakfast which is his specialty. We had pumpkin pancakes, eggs and sausage......yummy. We putzed around and eventually got stir crazy so we got dressed and went outside. It was really cold out but we played for a little while until our hands were freezing and then we went inside. We had lunch (sandwiches) and took naps. Later in the afternoon we were a bit bored so we went back outside. This time while we were outside it started snowing a little bit which was fun for Maddie to be able to see. I walked over to another cabin in the area that was for sale and peeked inside all the windows. It was brand new but too much money. If anyone wants to go in on a cabin in the mountains with us, email me and I'll give you the details! lol Maddie played in some sand and got so dirty and cold that we had to strip her before we went inside and had to wash her off with cool water as to not cause a burning sensation. Her poor little hands were bright red!
That night we ate dinner and put the girls to bed which went well since neither had taken good naps, and while Dan and I were reading it started snowing heavily outside. We peeked out the windows and it was so beautiful. Dan decided that we needed to go in the hot tub while it was snowing which I thought was insane, but agreed to. The water felt nice and hot, but the snow was really coming down and plastering on our hair and face which made us cold. Neither of us stayed out there too long.
The next morning I got to sleep in....ahhh. Everything outside was covered with a blanket of snow and although we had to get packed up and outta there by 11:00 I wanted to take Maddie outside to play in the snow. We got bundled up and headed out. The snow was still coming down but not as hard, and at first Maddie really liked it, but she took her mitten off (we had to improvise with a sock since we forgot her mittens) and was playing with the snow and then apparently was too cold and thus unhappy and crying. It was still fun and she still talks about the snow even now. We got everything in the car and headed home after cleaning the cabin a bit. The ride home was a little hairier than the ride up to the cabin and the girls barely napped. When we were about 4 minutes from home we drove through some really dark clouds and amazingly it snowed on us. I thought it was a really weird fluke, but when we got to the house and were getting the girls out of the car it started snowing some more. Crazy.
So that was our trip. Sorry the blogs were so boring. I think I was even a little bored typing it. But I like the pictures and the experience was fantastic.
P.S. I have some other great shots, but I think I'm gonna use them for our Christmas cards this year, so I won't post them so everyone can be surprised.
On an amazing note, we haven't been to the doctor in over a month! It feels weird not having my calendar all marked up with appointment times. Charlotte is still fussy, but I think that is just her personality.....God help us when she's a teenager! But, she seems to be doing so much better in the digestive area. Which makes me happy for her, but sad because we are starting the process of weaning. I don't know what was the cause of all the gas pains and not pooping and screaming for months and months, but since we started her on one bottle of formula a day, about a month ago, things started to get a little bit better, and then last week we started giving her one more bottle a day before her afternoon nap and things have gotten a little bit better still. Combat that with the solids that she is getting once every other day, and she is pooping every other day like a normal baby. She hasn't had painful and horribly stinky gas that makes her scream in I can't tell you how long.....probably about a month! lol I don't know why formula makes things easier for her, but it does......so we're going with it. I'm still going to continue nursing her in the night if she happens to wake up, and in the mornings when she first gets up, and throughout the day if she wants to for comfort or what not, (it doesn't really sound like we're weaing when I say all that lol) but the rest of the time she will get bottles. And already she seems to not want to nurse during the day, she gets frusterated because it isn't instantanious and then she just cries. It could have to do with my supply, but I'm pretty sure its because she is getting lazy because bottles are easier. I'm actually feeling quite good about this decision. We have lived with the digestive issues since the day she was born and it almost drove me over the edge at times, and I'm ready to be done with it all. That may sound selfish and maybe it is, but I don't want our lives to revolve around doctors appointments, or how many days its been since Charlotte pooped, or supositories, or mylanta.....I don't want her to be uncomfortable or in pain anymore and this seems to be the answer. So Im'm being selfish. And only 5% of me worries about what it will mean for her immune system and intelligence if we stop nursing, but I can almost guarentee that my 15 year old bio-mom didn't nurse me, and I'm damn smart!!! lol
Anyway. Thats it for now. Hopefully we are making the right decision. It feels like the right decision, but only time will tell.
Both of the girls woke up at the same time. I went in and got Charlotte because she is closer to my room, and then as I am walking down the hall to get Maddie I notice that the runner rug we have going down our hallway has a HUGE wet spot on it. I steer around it and get Maddie out of her room and try to steer her around it as she walks into the living room which didn't work and she walked right through it in her socks. I am still in a sleepy daze (those who know me know I wake up slowly lol) and put Charlotte on the couhch so that I can investigate Huge wet spot on the carpet.
It's dog urine.
What the heck?? I called Dan at work and asked him if he let the dogs out when he got up this morning. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't but it usually doesn't make a difference.....they can hold it for a VERY long time. Dan tells me that no he did not let them out, but thinking back, he probably should have because Henry was out of his bed which he normally doesn't do in the mornings.....he likes to sleep in like me! Sometimes Henry will stay in his bed until close to noon before he wants to go outside, even when I call him and whistle at the door etc. While I had Dan on the phone I went to check on the dogs and there is Henry cowering under our dining room table looking guilty. Tyson was sleeping in his bed. It was obvious to me that Henry was the culprit.....plus Tyson went out before bed last night, Henry did not (which is also normal), and when Henry does go, he's like a camel and has like a gallon of pee. I know, this is pretty gross!!
So I go over to the rug again and inspect it to see how bad the situation really is and when I roll up the runner and lift it up there is a pool of urine on the floor, kinda seeping in between our hard wood planks. Gross!! I get a towel and mop it up and finish rolling the rug up to take it outside. There was no way that I was going to be able to clean a soaking wet rug....honestly I still don't know how we are going to be able to clean it because its way too big to fit in any washer, but there is no way that I am going to allow that thing back in the house unless it is THOROUGHLY cleaned. We just may have to dump it. Can you imagine babies crawling down the hallway on that rug. ick. Anyway, I got the rug outside and I'm hoping the dogs stay away from it.....mainly Tyson because he is big on marking his territory and I don't want any more urine on the rug.
That was how my day started and all of this was before I even had a sip of coffee. I am hoping that the rest of the day is better, but it's been so cold outside that we haven't really been outside much and Maddie is bouncing around like a crazy woman, she is getting on my last nerve and not listening and has already been in timeout once, and its been a LONG time since she has had to go in timeout.....we'll need to go to the park or something this afternoon. I don't know what the deal is with Henry and peeing in the house, but it can't happen again. We're going to be dealing with urine when we start actively potty training Maddie, we can't have the dogs peeing around the house too.
Oh well. Here's hoping my day gets better. Happy Sunday.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I've been complaining since we left the mountains how I wish it would snow. How I wish we lived in a climate where it snowed more and the snow actually stuck. Right now outside my window it is snowing. It probably won't stick because the temps haven't been cold enough to freeze the ground, but it is SNOWING, and it is a whole week before Thanksgiving which never happens. Maybe this means we will have a really cold winter with lots more snow. Here's hoping. I'm gonna take my coffee and my tired butt and sit by the window so I can watch the snow fall. It's the fat and fluffy kind of snow which is my favorite.
Maddie keeps saying "It's snowing, it's snowing." and "oh boy, snows." and for some reason "snowing Christmas," I don't know how she put those two together, but its cute.....even in my fog!
3 Cheers for snow!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We left for the mountains on Sunday around noon so that we could time both Maddie and Charlotte's naps. It mostly worked with Maddie taking about a 40 minute nap and Charlotte getting two hour long naps, but broken up......so good planning on our part if I do say so myself. And I do. Both girls were really really good the whole way there which was such a blessing!! We get to the end of our journey, its around 4:30 and there is one last road that we have to take to get up to the cabin and it is a very steep and narrow, rocky and muddy road. To the right the road falls off about 30 or so feet to a creek. We get about 3/4 of the way up and our van won't climb anymore. The tires are just spinning in the mud and whenever Dan lets off the gas we slide backwards. Freaky!!! We end up getting stuck in the muddy ditch directly on our left that hugs the side of the hill which we didn't know was there because it was filled with leaves and the undercarrage of our van is stuck on rocks. Dan guns it and we get unstuck but the result of all of this tire spinning is that our tires are now bald. (we needed new tires soon anyway) We back the rest of the way down the steep hill and head to the nearest place that will sell us tires.....granted it is now after 5:00 on a Sunday in a small mountain town. Yeah. The local market dude tells us Wal-Mart is our best bet and their service station closes at 6:00.
One hour and 4 new tires later (and a run in with the Cuddle and Coo baby doll) we are headed back up the mountain to our home away from home ready to tackle the dreaded hill with new tires. I don't know if it was because it was now dark out and our headlights caught the reflection of the street sign so that we could see it where before it was invisible to us, but we realized that we were supposed to turn left 500 feet before we even got to that steep hill!!! So we didn't need to drive up it in the first place.....getting stuck, slipping backwards, driving to Wal-Mart.....totally unneccessary! So we turned left and wound our way up the side of the mountain on a much smoother and easier to navigate gravel road.
We got to the cabin right in time to feed the girls, put charlotte to bed and eat dinner ourselves. Not exactly what we had expected, but we were very grateful to be there safe and warm. The cabin was really small. Enough space for what we needed, but very cozy indeed. The main living area, kitchen and dining area were all in one room and about the size of our living room at home. There was a bedroom and bathroom off the livingroom and stairs that went up to a loft with a full size bed. Thats all folks. It was a bit tricky to figure out who was going to sleep where because the bed in the bedroom was the nicest one (Dan and I should have), but the bedroom was the only room that had a door (the girls should have), and the bathroom was inside the bedroom (Dan and I should have) and sound traveled everywhere so no where was really quiet for sleeping babies. So needless to say there was a lot of whispering on our part while the girls were sleeping.
We spent a lot of time indoors becuase it was really cold outside. The warmest it got the whole time we were there was 40 degrees and I don't think that thermostat was acurate because we went outside while it was so "warm" and it snowed on us. We watched Dumbo many times and colored and played with poker chips (kids are easily entertained) and went outside for little bits of time. The property had chickens which were fun to visit and of course sticks and rocks are always a good time for Maddie. Day one was pretty relaxing although nap time was hairy and neither of my girls really got enough sleep the whole time we were at the cabin. Neither did I though......I think its just being in a new place, and a different bed.
Stay tuned for part 2.
Part of the steep rocky hill. See how the ditch to the left is disguised by leaves? Tricky.