Thursday, October 30, 2008
Our neighbor came over tonight and said that our water heater was leaking into his closet. He used to work for the maintenance here and was able to shut off the correct knobs and give us the number to call to get someone over. Luckily nothing got wet, and we currently have a carpet blower in there drying off the carpet. It turns out that it was really our upstairs neighbors' water heater. This was the first maintenance issue that we've had, so it's nice to know that in case of emergency, someone can be over right away.
After that little adventure, we had fun making fried wontons for a party tomorrow. It was lots of fun cooking together. Adam is the one that really loves making new recipes and experimenting. I just like to cook fast and get it done! I made some tasty cous cous and chicken and carrots for dinner, but I think it took only fifteen minutes to make. Anyway, we enjoyed our evening.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Second, the results are in for the photo caption contest at Babycenter involving the picture I sent in of Katrina staring down her stuffed penguin.
Baby: “I’m bashful around new people.”
Penguin: “It was hard for me to come out of my shell, too!
Cute, huh? There were something like 55 or 60 entries, all chuckle-worthy, some cuter than others. I keep trying to come up with a good caption for this week's photo but my creative juices aren't flowing.
Third, we went to the eye doctor today. Katrina did so well with the long wait, the examination, the eye drops and more waiting, and even more exams. She also flirted with a seven-month-old and impressed everyone with her darling smile. The consensus...
She has pseudostrebismus.
That's a long word which basically means nothing at all is wrong with her eyes, they just look cross-eyed because the bridge of her nose is wide. We were told to come back in two years.
Isn't that great?! Even in the month and a half since I made the appointment, her eyes have been getting better and better, so I wasn't at all surprised. But with her family history, I thought getting it checked out now would be the best. So a big sigh of relief that Katrina won't have to go through major eye surgery where they take her eye out of her head and fix the muscles, like Adam had as a toddler. Whoo-hoo!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have never really been a fan of any baseball team, so I have adopted the Phillies because Adam loves them so much. They are currently playing in the World Series against Tampa Bay. I have watched more baseball in the last two weeks (NLCS, ALCS, etc) than probably the rest of my life combined. Other than a few BYU football games, we've never really watched sports. But it's all right. At least Adam lets us watch other interesting shows (House, Scrubs) during the commercials. :]
So anyway, game 5 was rained out last night. They suspended the game in the middle of the sixth inning. If the Phils win this game, they win the series. Here's hoping the rain stops, they win the game, and I can start my goal of going to bed by 11 every night! Besides, we got Indiana Jones 4 in the mail from Netflix, and I really want to see it!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yep, I'm playing violin in the Messiah! I have the 1st Violin music because my grandparents gave it to me years ago, so I am already familiar with a lot of it. I played through the five pieces last night, and I was pleasantly surprised that even though I'm rusty, the 1st Violin part won't be too difficult for me. Katrina cried, like normal, when I practiced. Then I kept playing, so she just sent me a few whimpers, and finally she just ignored me and jumped in her jumperoo without complaint. Maybe she doesn't like how shrill it is? I don't know, but it sure feels nice to play. I am nervous to play in an orchestra, though, because my school district only had band and I haven't had many opportunities to play in orchestras. Orchestra playing and solo playing are a lot different. Though there was this one time that I thought I was playing in an orchestra for a musical, and then it turned out I was the only one on the part, so it was like an orchestral solo... That was crazy. I sightread 70+ pages of score for A Christmas Carol. And then I got stranded at the theater. No fun.
Anyway, I also committed to singing in the ward choir. I was pleasantly surprised today at the first rehearsal to sing with two other very good altos. Sure, we all made mistakes, but we were all fairly strong. Plus, the sopranos sing in tune and we have at least one strong tenor and one tenor who can masquerade as a good bass. How awesome is that compared to some ward choirs?! :]
Oh, and I agreed to play a violin solo for Christmas. I'm not sure yet what I'll be playing. I don't have much Christmas music. I do have one medley, but it's a little boring.
Lastly, I volunteered Adam to sing bass in a men's quartet for Thanksgiving. It was with his permission, and he doesn't mind, don't worry! He doesn't really enjoy singing regularly with ward choirs, but he does enjoy singing on occasion with other talented people.
Katrina shrieks and squeals and yells out "Dadadada" during the Sacrament, but we have yet to figure out which instrument she prefers. It looks likely that she will at least play the piano though, judging by how much she loves to bang on the keys.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Adam is at another campout, so I have found fun ways to entertain Katrina and myself today. Well, they are fun for me, at least. I have been trying to get Katrina to roll again from her back to belly, which she first did two months ago, did for a week, and then stopped. She can sit up pretty well now after a week or so of me coaching her, so I'm hoping for the same results with rolling over. Some people may call it "teasing" or "tormenting," but I call it "learning." :]First of all, there's this video. I really am not sure what's going on here, but I think we're communicating. (Hint: some of the noises are me behind the camera. It's hard to tell the difference, sorry.)
Second, there is this video. I was quite frustrated at this point, but I decided to try once more before giving up on the rolling practice. Maybe only Adam and I find it captivating to watch her trying to roll over, but I'm sharing it here because I'm excited!
Friday, October 24, 2008
One of the coolest costumes I've ever seen. Do you recognize the trashcan-like robot from Star Wars? The crazy thing is that that is an adult in there! He's all hunched over. His sons went as Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, so they had a fun family theme going on.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This picture was taken a couple days ago when I took Katrina on a walk. It's cold enough that I really have to bundle her up. I thought it was cute enough to share. :]
Oh, and if you look carefully you can see that her eyes seem to be slightly off. I have an eye appointment for her next week. It's so slight that I'm not sure what the doctor will want to do. Maybe her eyes are actually fine and I'm just seeing problems that aren't there. If that's the case, I will be very happy. Oh, and her breathing problems seem to be all better. Today I only heard her having problems once. I'm very grateful for that too!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So last night I went to Adam's Court of Honor for Scouts. I enjoyed getting out of the house. I also took Katrina for an hour-long walk yesterday on a nearby trail. Even though it was chilly and rather windy, I think we both enjoyed it. I plan on going again later on today. I have a tradition every fall that I got from my grandmother of catching a falling leaf. Yesterday I kept trying to catch one, but the wind was too strong and I kept having to stop my efforts and continue pushing the stroller casually whenever other pedestrians were near. Katrina seemed to think it was funny. She just started babbling with consonants and has been "talking" and blowing raspberries like crazy.
Last night we thought we had actually gotten Katrina to sleep through the night for the first time in a couple of weeks. She didn't wake up three hours after going to bed like she has been. This morning I was awakened by her crying. In my drowsy state, I went to get her, thinking that it was about 7 am. I noticed that the light from outside was rather dim, so I turned on her lamp and changed her. (I think I am going to leave a note on our upstairs neighbor's door apologizing for the bloodcurdling screams coming from my daughter in the middle of the night lately. Katrina has issues with me changing her diaper when she wakes up sometimes.) I took her back to the bedroom and realized it was 3 am, not 7. I'm just glad that my body reacted instinctively to go and get her even though my brain was way behind. Anyway, I hope she starts sleeping through the night again, like she was doing for three whole months before this crazy new stage.
In closing, here are some pictures of Katrina's new sitting up skills. She needs me to prop her up initially and still topples without warning, but we are in whole new territory now! I sit her up and give her a basket of toys to dig through and she's set for like half an hour.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We also tried to put Katrina up on our shoulders for the first time. She loved the new perspective!
Then we carved our pumpkins that we got on Saturday in Jersey. I decided to try one of the patterns that came with our carving kit. By the way, those kits are definitely worth the few dollars they cost. It was so much easier carving with those tools than with a steak knife, like I'm used to.
Adam carved an angry pumpkin.
And Katrina's pumpkin features one tooth, which we thought was appropriate.
It's been years since I carved a pumpkin, so this was lots of fun. We're also going to be dressing up on Friday for the Primary Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat. I definitely will take pictures!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Seeing bubbles for the first time.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Remember, have a baby for love. Not for German engineering.
She's already bitten me once. It wasn't very hard, but I kind of froze. Do I flick her? Do I pull her forward so she can't breathe and unlatches? I ended up just saying "ow" and while I was debating, she unlatched and grinned at me. She bites me all the time with her gums and just grins when I show any sign of pain, so I think I'm in trouble.
I also have bruises from her on my right arm. As I write this she is pushing as hard as she can with her foot into my upper arm while nursing. I have no idea why she does this. Maybe she doesn't like me being on the laptop? If I try to restrain her feet she'll get mad. She definitely pays more attention to what I'm doing while nursing her than she used to. I can't eat or she'll stare up at me and grab at the food or drink. If I watch tv she turns and watches too. If I talk on the phone she stares at it and tries to grab it too. She also likes to put her arm behind her and bang on the computer keyboard. It reminds me of that commercial where the guy reaches a long arm behind him and plays with someone's iPhone or something in the booth behind him.
Katrina also likes to bang on the piano keyboard. I can't play piano with her on my lap at Primary anymore or she'll interrupt the song with her own banging. She is also fascinated with all of the knobs and buttons on my keyboard. Hey, maybe she'll be a musical prodigy!
So tonight I am going to JCPenney to look for red dresses. My sister found one there that she really likes and I found one online that I'm tempted to get. Adam's mom and I came up with a design that she's willing to make for me as well. She's a really good seamstress and has the ability to make wedding dresses even (she did my alterations, actually), so I have a really great resource there. I also bought Katrina a fun red dress for a few dollars on eBay and some silver shoes as well. So fun!
Anyone have any good ideas about how to make a baby learn to roll over and crawl? Katrina has completely lost any interest in rolling over from her back and hasn't done it for weeks. I put toys just out of her reach and she ignores them or gives up after a few tries. I stand behind her head so she'll look at me until she gets bored and goes back to playing with her feet. I put her on her belly and she immediately rolls onto her back, but if I try to hold her there she gets mad. She's getting a flat spot on her skull, so I'm trying to get her more interested in other kinds of movement. I also try to get her to sit up by herself but she's not very interested. My solution there has been to sit on the floor, have her sit between my outstretched legs, and put her toys in front of her. She'll play that way for awhile, and I just have to brace her. But today especially she's grown really impatient when I do that. All she wants to do is stand or lay on the floor and play with her feet! Oh, and she likes to hit me really hard repeatedly and pull on my hair. I'm finishing up this post with her yanking on my hair with both hands like I'm a marionette. At least she's having fun, right? Ouch. Okay, gotta go save her from eating my hair.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is from my three-month Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia two years ago. The sign on the wall says: "Attention! During an airstrike this side of the street is more dangerous!" The plaque underneath says: "In memory of the heroism and courage of the Leningradians during the 900-day blockade of the city, this inscription was preserved."
First of all, I am impressed that I was able to read and translate that after not studying Russian for two years! Second, I think that is a kind of funny sign. Of course, the 900-day seige of St. Petersburg was definitely not amusing, but the sign is a bit quirky.
Good memories! I got to look at a lot of my pictures from Russia. Here's a really funny one:
The plaque says something like, "In memory of the female parachuter who fell here." Don't take it too seriously. Just look at the tree closely and you'll get it. :]
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Teacher: "Does anyone know what month it is?"
Teacher: "On Sundays we don't labor. What does that mean?"
Child: "Laborhead." (What the heck?)
Teacher: "Have you seen the scripture videos?"
T: "Could you watch those?"
T: "Could you look at pictures from the scriptures?"
K: "No." (Seriously, kid, you're being rather uncooperative.)
Teacher: "What else can we do on Sundays?"
Girl: "We can go and get food if we run out."
Teacher: "Well, no, shopping is one of the things we don't do on the Sabbath."
Teacher: "What are some quiet games you could play with your brothers and sisters?"
Kid: "Duck duck goose!"
Kid 2: "Candyland."
Kid 3: "Tag!"
Kid 4: "Wii!" (Hmm.)
Anyway, that was all. It's enough for a little chuckle, at least!
Senior primary was another matter. Between junior and senior primary I was playing the piano and all the teachers and presidency had somehow vanished. Two kids were throwing paper balls at each other and I asked them to stop. They didn't, and I almost let it go, but I really felt like they should be reverent and have some respect for my authority, so I stopped playing, went and asked them again, and requested that they think about how to keep the Sabbath day holy because that was what our lesson was about. That worked.
Later on during sharing time, I had Katrina and was in the back. The older class doesn't have a teacher right now and they were wild in the back. Two boys were wrestling and causing a disturbance in the back and I really felt like I should do something even though every other leader was ignoring it (I hate how unruly everyone lets the older class act). I tried to separate them, but then they shoved past me forcefully to throw something in the trash can, and then again on their way back. I was holding a baby and it was really inappropriate. I only knew the name of one of them, so I grabbed him, held on tight, and made him look me in the eyes while talking calmly. I told him that I noticed he was having a hard time concentrating today, and that he needed to concentrate on the lesson. I was treated to a lot of "But he did this, but he was doing this!" I calmed him down, told him I would look for his pencap in the garbage, and directed him to sit back down, but not by the other boy. He ignored that part, but at least he was paying attention. When the other boy went to the back of the room to get interviewed for something, I told him that he was going to help me look in the trashcan for the other boy's pencap. "But he was spitting at me through it!" I really tried to emphasize to both boys that they are responsible for their own actions and reactions, but seeing that most people in the world don't understand that concept, it's no wonder that these 10-11 year old boys don't either. Together we found the other boy's pencap (yay, fishing through the garbage). I really felt good about the whole thing and how calm I had remained even though I had been ignored, talked back to, and worst of all, shoved repeatedly. But there was still one thing missing. In the Doctrine and Covenants it says we should show for an increase of love after disciplining someone. I have no relationship with these boys other than as their pianist. I don't want to be some mean lady who makes them do things. After primary I went to the boy that I had had to talk to twice, once for the paper balls and once for shoving me and fighting. I thanked him for being reverent for the rest of primary and said I was sorry I had had to talk to him. I'm not sure he paid much attention to it, but it made me feel good.
This may not be a big thing to anyone else, but it is to me. After all, I have virtually no experience with little kids, and I don't think I've ever successfully disciplined a child. (Normal scenario is: "Hey you, don't do that!" and then the kids ignores me). It gives me hope that I won't be an awful mother! I hope that I can keep the Spirit with me as I discipline my children and that I can teach them how to make good choices. Oh, and here's the kind of funny part: I finally found out the other boy's name--and they are brothers! Everything makes more sense.
One last unrelated note: Today Adam was calling Katrina's name and she would look at him each time. We thought, hooray, she knows her name! Then instead of her name, he called, "Flubbernutter!" And she looked. She gave the exact same reaction. So I guess she may not really recognize her name yet.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Things I can do now that I couldn't while pregnant:
-Go several hours without eating
-Go several hours without peeing
-Get hungry without getting nauseated
-Walk faster than 1 mph without getting leg cramps or abdominal cramps
-Roll over in bed
-Sit through church without getting lightheaded
-Stand for awhile without getting lightheaded
-Walking without worrying about whether I'm waddling
-Not hear my heartbeat constantly because my heart is beating so fast and hard all the time
-Cuddle on the same couch as Adam
-Take showers without getting lightheaded (sensing a theme?), or throwing up
-Tie my shoes easily
-Stay on my feet and not getting swollen ankles
-Wear whatever shoes I want
-Wear my wedding ring (sometimes. This is still a work in progress)
-Do situps (kind of)
-Do any kind of movement without having to mentally prepare for it first or take several tries
-Fit into the same clothes from week to week
-Walk up and down stairs without dreading the crunch of the baby's head into my pelvis
Things I miss about being pregnant
-My hair never fell out, so I wasn't always picking hair off of everything
-My taut abdomen
-However I looked or felt, I had an excuse--irritable, fat, frumpy, tired
-My excellent calf muscles
-Being able to leave the house with Adam whenever I wanted, not just before Katrina's 8 pm bedtime
-Being completely selfish and not feeling guilty!
-The sense of empowerment because I was working, going to school full-time, working at the temple, and pregnant, all at the same time
-Pants without zippers or buttons
-Being able to lay on the couch with my feet up and have Adam get everything for me (he still gets things for me, but I'm sitting and nursing, not relaxing)
That's a pretty comprehensive list, but I'm sure I could think of more. It's so easy to forget what pregnancy is really like with the baby to take care of. It's been long enough that I don't marvel whenever I walk because it's so easy! But I was also surprised at how many things I miss about it too.
We took some pictures of the baby last night that should have been way cute but weren't. In one her drool is hanging wildly and in the other my underclothes are showing obviously. So no pictures. But thanks to everyone for their comments on my previous post about which formal dress to get. If you haven't looked at them yet, please do and let me know what you think!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Anyway, other than that, life is pretty fun right now. I am helping someone with wedding plans. (She hasn't announced it to the general public, so I won't either). I have discovered that I have magical skills on the internet. She sent me links to dresses she likes but are a little too expensive, and I sent her back links to those same dresses cheaper. She also has given me some other assignments and I have been able to find some pretty good deals. I have also been looking for a bridesmaid (bridesmatron?) dress for myself. I haven't looked for a formal dress for years. There are actually a lot of options for modest dresses, but they are mostly out of my price range. My biggest quandary is that I don't know what styles would look good on me. I need to go out shopping and try things on. I'm still a size larger than before I was pregnant, which is depressing, but oh well. I have found several options online so far that are either modest or could be easily made so with a jacket and some fabric from the hem.
What do you all think?
Dress 1 -sleeveless chiffon
Dress 2- halter
Dress 3- ruffles in skirt
Dress 4- criss-cross bodice
They have all received a "ooo, that's pretty" from the bride. I am waiting for the other bridesmaid to go out shopping to really decide what style to go with. If she ends up going with something satin-y and shiny, then I will likely do so too. That way we will be the same level of formalness. Also, I want to go out shopping myself and see if there's anything I like in person. Buying something off the internet is scary because it might not fit or be the right color. I bought my wedding dress off the internet, from eBay, actually. That ended up being the best eBay purchase I've ever made!
I just put Katrina's socks on five minutes ago and they are already off. Stubborn girly. Her toes are going to freeze.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This is Katrina, being the cutest baby ever. I decided to go to Acme today, even though I didn't have the stroller and my baby wrap was in the car (with Adam). It was pretty chilly, so I got to put her in a jacket for the first time. So cute! She doesn't weigh much, but my back still got sore super quickly. Of course, I have a really weak back, but still. I also found out that she can now sit in the front of the shopping cart! This means that grocery trips no longer have to be a two-person affair with Adam pushing the stroller and me pushing the cart. Or with her carseat in the cart, taking up all the room. I think she was pretty fascinated with the whole experience. The exercise was good for me.
Anyway, I woke up in the middle of the night with an awful cold. It made me pretty miserable and I slept fitfully after that. Luckily, once I got up, I've been a little better. I haven't taken any medicine or anything. But my lymph nodes in my neck are really sore and I'm fairly congested. My whole neck is stiff, which often happens to me when I am sick. (Isn't that a symptom of meningitis? Don't worry, this is normal, I don't have meningitis). I hope I don't give this to Katrina or Adam. Adam has been getting a lot of migraines lately, which is how his body reacts to not getting enough sleep or eating well. He often doesn't eat anything except sometimes a bagel until he gets home and has dinner. And we've been really bad about going to bed before midnight. It was better when the baby was sleeping until 8 every morning, but she's pretty much settled into a 7 am wake-up schedule. If we are at all responsible, we will get our act together and start going to bed by 11.
Life's pretty slow this week. I have a project that I'm working on for Christmas, and that's about all. Pretty much every day I try to cook dinner and get one cleaning thing done. Today I scrubbed the bathroom tub. It would be nice if I could manage to cook dinner, keep the kitchen clean, and do one cleaning thing, but that's a little beyond me. Oh well. :]
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This is Adam as a baby. Can you see where Katrina's chin came from?
And I'll post this picture of me again. I think my daughter and I look a lot alike, don't you?