Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Anyway. Lacy likes to talk on the phone. She often successfully makes phone calls using the last number redial function on my cell phone. I had just talked to Dave and read an email about my nephew Turner going to the ER. I wanted to call my sister Leslie to get a status update, so I told Lacy to get my phone. I said to her that I needed to call Leslie. She wouldn't give me the phone and told me she was calling Leslie. I was certain she was calling Dave since I hadn't called Leslie last. The phone was ringing so I took a look at the display-- it said LESLIE HOME on it! How the heck did she do that? She's 2 1/2-- she can't read! At least I don't think she can read, I'm not so convinced now!
I am just blown away that she said she was calling Leslie AND she correctly dialed her number. What a funny kid!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
What an eventful evening! Tonight, Christmas Eve, we spent the evening with Dave's family. We gave Rose her first bites of solid foods. She thought it was pretty... interesting! Anyway, she only got a couple bites before she started gagging and I decided mealtime was over. So pears were her first food, on Christmas Eve when she was exactly 7 months old.
Rose also learned how to play Peek-A-Boo tonight! It was pretty funny! I put her in her carseat, right before we were going home, and played peek-a-boo for a minute. When I was done, Rose reached down and started pulling the blanket up to cover her face and then brought it down again, playing peek-a-boo with me! It was so funny! She did this for a few minutes!
The girls got some really awesome gifts that I am so thankful for. From Chris and Kelly: Lacy got a Learning Bunny and Rose got a set of stacking rings (that plays music and lights up). They also gave us some cookies. From Papa and Brenda: The girls both got matching Santa dresses with fur trim. Lacy got a very cute doll with hair you can braid, and Rose got a pink stuffed bear. Mom and Dad also got a gift certificate to Olive Garden (and an agreement from Brenda to watch the kids for an evening! Yay date night!). Grandpa got us each gift certificates to Wal-Mart: Lacy and Rose both get $50 and Dave and I get $25. I'll probably get fabric with my certificate, and I'll probably get a double jog stroller for the girls with their combined $100. My mom is supposed to get us one, but I don't see one yet so I guess I'll just have to go out and get one myself! From Jeremy and Melissa: We got a book Heidi and a beautiful framed drawing of Kathleen holding Lacy.
Well, it's Christmas Eve and my little ones are still up. Better get them to jump in bed and cover up their heads, cause SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
One of the benefits to elimination communication when you have an infant and a toddler is that it encourages your older child to be better and more consistent about potty training. She doesn't regress to be like little sister, since little sister goes on the potty, too. We have a variety of potties to choose from, and sometimes she chooses to use her little sister's potty. It's fun for her to get to choose. She does like having her own, though! Anyway, I thought it was pretty cute when they were going potty together one Sunday after church. Lacy's very sweet about "helping" her sister go potty.
Lacy's probably going to kill me for posting these pictures to the blog years from now (and actually, Rose probably will too!), but I think they're pretty darned cute. Another cute thing-- Lacy insisted on getting Curious George panties yesterday. I'm relived that it's Curious George she loves, not Barney or Dora (who isn't so bad but Dave can't stand her). I guess it's a little bit nostalgic for me, too.
It seems that Lacy may have allergies. She's had a cough and a runny nose for about a week or two now. Dave talked to the pharmacist at Target yesterday, and after he described Lacy's symptoms, her opinion was that it was probably seasonal allergies. Which makes sense, since allergies run in both sides of the family. So we've put her on Claritin and Benedryl. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like Lacy gets the side effect from Benedryl that it makes her sleepy! I might give her half doses from now on because she was up until 10 last night. And she was TIRED. Cranky and naughty from about 6 pm. The Claritin will kick in in a couple of weeks so I have to help her allergies somehow.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to give her allergy medication so it doesn't interrupt her sleep and change her attitude?
In other news, we will be starting Rose on solids this weekend. Dave and I have decided that Rose is definitely ready to start! She's grabbing at food and looks at us longingly as we eat. She's 7 months old so I guess I'll relent and give her food. I just hate the whole spoon feeding thing. I might just give her the mesh feeder right from the start so I don't have to spoon feed her! I honestly don't understand how people can look forward to starting their children on solid foods. So messy and tedious! I just want them to do it themselves darn it! They'll eat when they need to! Until then, I'm perfectly happy to provide milk for them.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
We're still out of power at my house, so we're staying at my folks again tomorrow. Church was cancelled so I'll be going to Lacey 1st ward tomorrow. Perhaps I'll see some of you there!
Friday, December 15, 2006
I tried to send this remotely about a week and a half ago. The Saturday I'm referring to is December 2nd.
Today I'm sending this remotely from work. Windstorms knocked out our power, phone, cell towers... pretty much everything. Over a million people are without power. I'll probably keep my pumped milk at work so it doesn't spoil without refrigeration! I have to break down and buy some diapers because power is not going to be on soon enough for me to wash up a load!
On Saturday all four of us went up to
We got our picture taken with Santa while we were there, too. Rose was more than happy for a total stranger to hold her, but she’s really easy going when it comes to that. She just wants to be held, darn it! Lacy, on the other hand, was extremely apprehensive about him. She sat down with Santa when Mom and Dad sat down there as well. I’ll have to scan the picture in so I can post it soon, but I’ve never used my scanner so I’ll have to see if I can get it to work!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
"Went to Abigail's school Christmas concert (no "proper" Nativity this year ). Each class did a little something followed by a song or 2. Anyway, Ab's class did a Nativity scene, with Ab as Mary ( How proud was I?). A few mins into their bit Ab promptly lifted her dress & shoved baby Jesus up it. The script then wandered away from what they'd learnt & goes as follows....
Joseph: "What are you doing?"
Mary: "I'm feeding our baby"
Shepherd: "Have you got a bottle up there then?"
Mary: "Don't be silly he's having milk from my booby"
Joseph: "That's disgusting"
Mary: "No, that baby milk they have in Tescos is disgusting. My baby's having proper milk"
Shepherd: "What's a booby?"
Mary: "Those sticky out bits ladies have"
Shepherd: "They're not boobies, they're nipples"
Mary: "No they're not, they're boobies"
Joseph: "So why can't Jesus have milk from a bottle then?"
Mary: "Because I haven't got a breast pump with me - you forgot to put it on the donkey"
Shepherd: "Can't you ask the teacher for a bottle to feed Jesus with?"
Mary: "No because this is the best way to feed Jesus. Anyway bottles haven't been invented yet & even if they were I've just had a baby so if you think I'm faffing about round Tescos to buy baby milk when I make proper milk in my boobies you can think again"
"I felt a teeny bit sorry for their class teacher - she did try her best to steer them back towards their proper lines but she was laughing so much she didn't really stand a chance. The line about Joseph forgetting the breast pump finished her off - she slid to the floor & couldn't get up for laughing...."
I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did! I about started crying from laughing when I read this!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Yes, BOTH my girls are sick. So I'm staying home.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Me: (noticing her tights are off) Lacy, are you still wearing your panties?
Lacy: No. I'm wearing bum bum!
That just made me about fall out of my chair! Thought you all would appreciate it!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Today we went through my mother-in-law Kathleen's things, who passed away a year ago August. It was tough for Dave to do it, but we got some really nice Christmas things. We have to finish up within the next week or two but it's hard for us to get out there with both of us working, Dave working in Seattle, and the little kids, too. We got some of her art which I'm grateful for.
Anyway I've gotten a request for more photos so I'll try to post a photo every time I post an update. One from tonight. I went down to find Lacy snuggled up with her cousin Jared (age 9) on the chair downstairs at Papa's house. The other is all of us dressed up for Christmas at cousin Allison's blessing yesterday.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Also I've made some changes to the blog so now anybody can post a comment. Sorry it wasn't set up that way before, and hope everyone's enjoying the blog!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
So my baby has a tooth (or at least will soon). I'm sad that tiny babyhood is officially over, but excited for older babyhood!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
My sweetie Rose is a sick little girl tonight. I'm probably staying home from work tomorrow to nurse her back to health. She has a mild fever (but it's hard taking a baby's temperature you know) and has had a stuffy nose for the past 3 or 4 days. It's been hard for her to nurse and I'm engorged because she's just not eating as much as usual. I think she may be teething (my mom would say, "that's what you always think is wrong!"). The timing's about right, the symptoms are there... we'll see in a week or so I guess. I gave her tylenol and some teething tablets and hopefully she'll sleep well.
And on a totally different subject... Lacy calls me Mama, but I'm a mommy. Like my name is mama, but my title is mommy. So she calls other mothers "mommy" but only I am mama. I just thought that was cute.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Well, the store was packed and the lines were way out into the isles. The deli was also opened but they were only allowing people getting deli items to check out. So Dave got the cheapest meal he could and bought the evaporated milk, a soda, and the meal. The total came up to only $5. When Dave questioned the cashier about it, she said, "Ooops, my mistake, you have a nice day!" So we have Chinese leftovers in the fridge that we got for free! Woo hoo! So he saved a lot of time and he got free food in the process.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
My Lacy is so sweet! I'm incredibly blessed to have such a sweetie for a daughter.
After recovering from this traumatic event, Emily Gillette filed a complaint with the human rights commission. She also went to the media. The full story is here.
This spurred a small nurse-in in Vermont. Paul Skellon, a spokesperson for Freedom Airlines, responded to the incident: "A breast-feeding mother is perfectly acceptable on an aircraft, providing she is feeding the child in a discreet way," that doesn't bother others, Skellon said. "She was asked to use a blanket just to provide a little more discretion, she was given a blanket, and she refused to use it, and that's all I know."
This proved to be an unsatisfactory response to all of us nursing mothers and activists who were watching the story. Because what is discreet to one person is not discreet to another. Discression is such a hard word to define. To some it means using a blanket to nurse. To others it means going off into another room. And to me, it means trying not to flash your neighbor, but not using any particular gear and not going to another room to seperate yourself from everyone else.
So this response spurred a national multi-city nurse-in in front of Delta ticket counters. And here is the story of the national nurse-in. I really wanted to attend but since I am a working mother, I wasn't able to. I wanted to say bravo to my lactivist friends out there! Keep fighting the good fight!
Unfortunately Washington does not have legislation protecting a woman's right to breastfeed her baby in any place she is otherwise authorized to be. Washington only has laws stating that nursing and pumping are not considered indecent exposure. I plan to write my local representitives closer to the next legislative session to let them know how concerned I am that we don't have this legislation in place.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Today is a really lazy Sunday. We went to church but we probably wouldn't have if I didn't have to lead the music in Sacrament meeting. Lacy had a runny nose so we went home right afterward. Now Rose is nursing on my lap, not wearing a diaper, Lacy is playing Jack Johnson (she actually put it on herself), and Dave is watching football. I decided I need to start a blog rather than to email everyone all the goings on in our household. It will be easier to catch everyone this way! So welcome to our blog!