Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our Unwanted Roommate

Has been evicted! Yay! Here he is right before his one-way trip to the country:

So long, and no thanks for the memories!

Hamster Dance

Thank you, Nana, for the song of the day!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hand, Foot, Mouth

Oy... hand foot mouth disease is NO fun. I can only imagine what Chicken Pox is like for the parent. Our daughter was sick from Thursday through Sunday with a high fever, heavy drooling, fine rash everywhere, sores in her mouth and throat (so no eating or drinking unless we bribed her or held her down to spray analgesic into her mouth first,) and no solid sleep.

She would wake choking on drool and crying, pissed that she was awake instead of asleep. And I would sit and hold her until she stopped squirming, then rock her back to sleep.... We have yet to have a full night's sleep, but we're down to two wakeups a night.

She's still spotty, but has started eating and drinking again. Hooray!

Thankfully, I had HFM as a child and did not pick it up this time.

On another note, we had our 16 week prenatal appointment last week. Everything is going smoothly. My weight gain is dead center of where they want it to be. The baby's heartrate is 155 beats per minute. We scheduled our anatomical ultrasound for September 22nd. Four weeks! This pregnancy is passing so much more quickly than last time. I think it's because I rarely have a moment to sit and reflect upon it. I'm so busy running around after the toddler.

We also made headway on the kitchen remodel. My husband pulled down the existing tile backsplash. Behind it was a bright red laminate one. Whoo hoo! Behind that was plaster, painted a deep olive green. The plaster is cracking and pulling away from the lathes, so it will be a bit more work to repair that than we expected. We cant' get the laminate completely off until we remove the counter and cabinets because the last remodel involved placing the new counter over the old backsplash. This will mean that I am without a kitchen for much longer than anticipated. Grrrr.... I just keep reminding myself that I will get a dishwasher out of this hassle. Oh heavenly dishwasher!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How do they know?

How is it that infants and toddlers know that exact moment when you are finally starting to fall asleep again after the last visit to the child's room in the middle of the night? How do they know that exactly THAT moment is the one in which they need to start crying again?

I was up 6, count them, 6 times last night with little Miss Potty. Each and every time she wanted to pee once or twice before I left the room. Each time, she needed to be hugged, laid down, covered, kissed, and told goodnight. Each time, she seemed ready to fall back to sleep.

I, however, did not get to sleep.

I finally realized that it was a headache keeping her up when I walked into the room at 2am and was told, "head, ouch." Sigh... Tylenol, water to drink, trip to the potty (again), and rocking for 10 minutes and I was FINALLY off to sleep.

I am truly loving the language explosion that our daughter has been experiencing. I think I might have been up ALL night if she hadn't finally told me that her head hurt! Yay to speaking!!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

a not newly-made doll

Here's just a little review of the very little I have accomplished on the doll-making front. This little fellow was a second draft of my Down Syndrome doll pattern. I made a few technical errors, but he turned out delightful anyway. I sent him to live with a fellow doll-collector. I finished him MONTHS ago, so really, not a new baby!

Monday, August 4, 2008


We have achieved potty trained status! Holy moly, my little girl is in undies now! She's only 20 months old.

I am in utter disbelief and the change in our lives.

I still clean up pee once every two days or so, but all in all, she's trained! I decided to try her on undies and a 30 min potty schedule a week ago just to see how close to ready she was. I thought December would be a good goal for completion. Boy, was I wrong!!! By Sunday, she was down to one accident a day, usually my fault. By Tuesday, she was on her own to tell us WHEN to potty.

She now has Tinkerbell undies, Elmo undies, printed flower and heart undies, and a whole lot of other great bottoms to wear. It's a happy day in our house!