Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have my quilt finished except for the outside binding. I think I'll save pictures until that is done. Meanwhile, here are three cute videos of Katrina. The first is of her turning pages during storytime. The second shows her recent success with spoonfeeding (though I am afraid to try with anything other than applesauce because of the mess), and the third is our new game every naptime. See her teeth!
Monday, March 30, 2009
And I think I have an ear infection.
I promise to be happier in a few minutes, but for the next five minutes I'm going to let myself hate life.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I think I am finally over the hump. Katrina varies from day to day. She has been miserable since waking up from her nap an hour ago. I fed her dinner, tried desparately to entertain her, and just barely put her back in bed. So yesterday, when I checked on her before going to bed, she was asleep on her stomach. That's pretty unusual, but she also had her legs curled up under her so that her little rear end was sticking up in the air. It was pretty cute. She woke up briefly and rolled over to stare up at me, but then rolled right back and stuck her rump in the air again.
Today we made it to church! It was a little rough sometimes, since she has to go so long without a nap, but Adam and I made it through. He's happy too because he now has as many as six deacons when they all come, and the two new ones seem really enthusiastic. I made it through Primary, which was surprisingly difficult, actually. I've even been playing piano more at home lately, especially song #100, Baptism ("Jesus came to John the Baptist, In Judea long ago..."), but today I really struggled through it all. Oh well. I will just keep practicing. The chorister wants me to eventually play it incredibly fast, but I just don't think I'll be able to get those triplets up to the speed she wants.
For a Sunday drive we went out to look at a house we saw online. It's a foreclosure and definitely a fixer-upper, but one that is very liveable and has a whole acre of land. We definitely will keep it in mind if we ever decide to make the plunge and buy a house.
Well, I don't have much to do with Katrina in bed and Adam at a meeting, so I think I will work on my machine quilting technique so I can start on the actual quilt. Fun!
Oh, and Adam took some decongestant before he left. I think he might be sick after all. His mom suggested some medicine that she takes to shorten colds and I think we will definitely start him on it tomorrow, just so he doesn't have the horrible experience that I've had.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Last night Katrina had a hard time getting to sleep again, so we were a little slow to respond to her each time she cried in case she would stop soon and fall back asleep. But one time her cries were very sudden and seemed especially urgent. I walked in to see a kind of funny sight: her legs were both sticking out of the side of the crib up to her thighs and were obviously stuck there. I felt bad for her of course, but it was a little amusing too. I bet it hurt though; one of her legs was jammed in pretty tight and I had a hard time getting it unstuck. We have these breathable bumpers that are really nice for some peace of mind about SIDS (if she gets her face stuck in the side, she can still breathe through the bumpers), but the one on the side that drops slides down really easily. I'm just glad that I decided to respond right away instead of leaving her like I was tempted to do.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I woke up with a cough. I guess I really am on the exact timeline that she is. At least it's not the worst cough that I've ever had, and it's mostly after I've been lying down, which I do less than the baby, so I'm affected less. I've already asked someone to sub for me in Primary on Sunday in case I have to miss church again.
But anyway, want to hear something that's not related to congested noses and whiny mommies, I mean babies? Katrina was so happy when I went to get her from her nap, like usual. She always rolls around a lot and squeals. I opened her blinds, found some clothes for her to wear, and turned around to see her sitting up in her crib! Now Katrina can already pull herself up to a sitting position with our hands, and if she's lying on a pillow or a boppy she can muscle her way to a sitting position. But going from full-out lying down to sitting up? I've never seen her do that. She seemed pretty proud of herself too, and relished the new perspective. Seeing that I have one of the most unmotivated babies of all time when it comes to gross motor progress, I was thrilled. Hopefully she develops this new skill further and it inspires her to try grander pursuits, like, hmm, walking? I fully believe that she could walk right now if she weren't so scared of standing without holding on to something.
I really wish I had the stroller today, because the weather is nice and I think the fresh air would do us both some good. I'll have to go tomorrow while Adam is off fundraising with the Scouts.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Bleh. My life, two words: still sick.
Adam's mom came over today and helped me out. I'm so thankful. She also got me real Sudafed instead of the knock-off brand I had been using, and it seems to work a bit better. Adam took care of Katrina and cooked up dinner with the chicken that I optimistically put in the fridge last night thinking that I would cook it today. Pretty much all that I can do now is keep taking the Sudafed and maybe put my head over a pot of boiling potatoes (it's a Russia thing. Why potatoes? I don't know, but that's what they do.)
I think Katrina figured out that "nana" is the name of her, well, Nana. She said it several times today while cruising to her Nana today. And then after she left, I was laying on my bed with Katrina next to me. She started to get bored and started yelling out "Nananana!" I really think she was hoping her Nana would come and save her and make her life more interesting!
I'm off to go finish off the orange juice and attempt to get some quilting done. Adam is enjoying playing our new Harry Potter Wii game. It's the first actual game we've bought. The only danger is that I always try to watch what he's doing and then stab my finger with the needle.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Katrina is about the same as yesterday, though with a better appetite. I took a nap yesterday after my last post, and then went to bed early too, but it wasn't enough to stave off the cold. So I'm sick now too. Adam was nice and went to the store to get me decongestant and orange juice before work.
I am having a hard time taking care of myself and Katrina. I'm hoping that she will be happier now, after her nap, than she was earlier. If not, this will be a miserable day. At least I can breathe out of half my nose, other wise I would feel even worse. What's killing me is the nausea that comes and goes too. Right now I'm good, but during her nap, I had to lay down because sitting up was too hard.
Well, she's throwing peas and cheerios now, so I need to go clean up and start playtime. I was planning on showing a pixture of my quilting attempt from last night, but I'll save it for later. I'm making coasters and practicing my machine and hand-quilting on them before tackling the real deal.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
But then I think I made things worse by not going home right away. I wanted to finish the errands that were the reason I drove Adam today. I got a church key copied, and then I could have gone right home, but I decided to do the other errand, which was to pick up an Eagle Scout award packet for Adam over in Valley Forge. Katrina fell asleep on the way, but stubborn me wanted to stop by JoAnns since it is right next to the BSA office, so after getting the Eagle packet I went to JoAnns. Katrina was making whining noises from the beginning but I tried to be quick. Then I had a massive internal debate about whether to get a rotary cutter/mat/ruler, which would make life so much easier. It would have been only $20 with my coupon, but in an effort to not use all our discretionary money up right after payday, I finally passed it up. Then foam-woman and special order-woman slowed things up while waiting for one yard of fabric to be cut, all the while Katrina had sprung out in full-out wails. As I started to go up, one woman asked "Aren't we supposed to have numbers?" and I said "I only have one yard and my baby is crying, so I'm going." I did not finish my thought, which was "And I was here first, and this was the second time I waited because of foam-woman, and you have a cart full of about ten bolts, so deal."
Katrina fell asleep on the way home. Luckily she fell asleep in her crib too, which sometimes doesn't work after she's napped in the car. I am ready for a nap too, especially because my own cold symptoms, which have been very mild versions of Katrina's, are starting to get stronger. Oh, and I rushed off to the doctor without eating lunch, so besides the apple and peanut butter I just ate, I've only eaten half a bowl of cereal and a little bit of homemade Butterfinger and cream ice cream (it's yummy, I don't care how unhealthy it is). I told Adam he gets dinner.
Why am I blogging instead of napping? I think it's because I'm afraid to lie down because then I'll fall asleep, wake up a moment later to find that an hour has passed, plus Katrina will be crying and Adam will be calling for me to pick him up. Bleh.
The good news is that this illness is pretty much what I though--a cold. But I'm still glad I went in and crossed off the possibilities of an ear infection and stuff in her lungs (she's also breathing funny). Our copayment is low (until May, when it will shoot up. Having coworkers with large medical bills affects our insurance, unfortunately).
Oh, and I bought fun metallic gold thread for the quilting part. So, that's cool.
Here is a picture of my first quilt top progress.
(Okay, brief explanation of why I use poor quality cell phone pictures so often when I have a perfectly good camera. We have a desktop and a laptop. The laptop has no battery and so always has to be plugged it--turning it into pretty much another desktop. We just don't have a desk for it. So if I want to use it, I have to find an empty power outlet--difficult--, put it on the floor or somewhere away from Katrina--also difficult--, and use it that way. And my camera has a memory stick that only works in the laptop. Explanation over.)
It's a little difficult to see, but you can kind of see where I patched different pieces of fabric together for each strip. All the pieces are sewn together except the light strip and medium strip on the far right. And it all needs to be sewn to the horizontal dark strip, which unfortunately, is 1" too short. That's all right. It'll work.
My biggest difficulties have been with the triangles. My first method ended up with a lot of funny angles and measurements. My improved method ended up with good angles and measurements, but the corners of all of the triangles are cut off in the seams. It still looks all right, but mostly because the quilt is so patchwork-y, and I will be embroidering over the whole thing. We'll see if I can improve my methods for the second quilt.
I'm really enjoying the project, and the experimenting is all very beneficial. So what if I have to learn by mistake? That makes it fun.
Monday, March 23, 2009
It's only been, like four or five months since she first said "Dada." :]
Sunday, March 22, 2009
So I'm home and trying to figure out what to do to get some spiritual nourishment for the day. Speaking of that, you may have noticed the button on the side of my blog for The Bucket Filler. A friend of mine asked me to join her in a scripture-reading blog, along with another of our friends and three other women who, until now, I did not know. We are finishing up our second week and I am really enjoying it. Each of us takes a chapter a day (we're starting with the Book of Mormon), and we read it, analyze it a little, and write a post about it. It's like our own little Institute class. :] So if anyone wants to pop over there, you are very welcome to read along with us and certainly to comment with your own insights.
I cut out the pieces for three of my quilting strips last night. I think I will go start sewing them together. This will be when I know whether my measurements worked out or not. I'm slightly nervous about the triangles. I added a quarter inch for seams to the side measurements hoping that that works for the diagonal sides too. At least the colors all look nice together. That's a start!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Other than that, this should be a nice Saturday. I have a Primary Activity this afternoon and then Adam and Katrina will join me after that for Stake Heritage night. There will be food and displays, etc, from other countries.
My newest project (since I always have to have one these days!) will be a quilting one. I read the blog SewMamaSew and a few weeks back they had a tutorial for a doll quilt. I thought that might be a fun way to try out quilting. But quilts really aren't my style, if that makes sense. Other than my 16th birthday quilt that my grandma made, and which I love to death, I don't really like them. So what would I do with a quilt? I thought about making a small one to hang on the wall in Katrina's room, and make it all pastel-y green and yellow. But then Adam's grandmother showed me a quilt she has been working on for awhile. It's done in an Impressionist style. She used 2 inch squares for the whole thing and created a picture with them. It's so cool to see these little squares, which are all of different fabrics, blend into each other to create garden, sky, and the occasional little cat peeking out. It's amazing.
That inspired me to see what other kinds of quilts are out there. I searched "watercolor quilts," which is what she made. I also searched "art quilts," and I loved what I found. I found the website of Carol Taylor, an award-winning quilter. One of her styles especially struck me. Look at this quilt! Isn't that amazing?
Here is the detail:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
(Sorry that some of the videos go on longer than necessary. I used to try to make all of my videos short so that I could easily blog them, but these days I video more so that Adam can see what she did all day. I could edit them shorter, but, well, I'd have to figure out how, and I am squishing this into her naps and meals)
Witness Katrina's first attempts at crawling--really crawling. Well, scooting. It's lucky for us that she wants the camera so badly.
Here's another angle the next night. About halfway through she gives up, but this gives a better view of how she sticks her head in the ground, extends her arm and leg on one side, and then switches.
We brought home some balloons from Jordan's party. Katrina really liked them. This one is long and I should have shortened it. Skip to the end for a cute moment.
Playing with her bowl. For some reason Katrina often puts objects like this on her face and breathes into them. She sounds a little Darth Vaderish sometimes.
And lastly, a game she plays that I call Attack the Cheerios.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
There were a bunch more varieties, but these were especially fun. I so want to make Mii cupcakes now.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So I'm really sad because Katrina doesn't want to nurse anymore, except in the morning. And I know that if I offer it during the day, she's likely to take me up on it sometimes. But it really is stressful to fight to get her to pay attention. So I think I just need to let it go. I've always wanted to do baby-led weaning, and I kind of feel like this is more mommy-getting-sick-of-nursing-weaning, but at the same time--she didn't notice a difference yesterday. So I think that that indicates it's alright to stop nursing her during the day. (Though to be honest, I'm having enough of a hard time with this that I might keep trying during the day, at least until she's closer to a year, when she can drink cow's milk.)
However, it does leave me with a desire to call my mom and mope to her. But she's on her mission, so I'll have to wait until the weekend or just email her.
On a happier note, I just posted a bunch of pictures and videos. I tried to narrow it down to the cutest, but it was sure difficult!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Magnetism- she has some magnetic blocks and hemispheres that I got her last month. She finally figured out not only how to take them apart, but how to put them back together. Yesterday I caught her trying to get one to stick to a non-magnetic ball.
Balls- she is getting really good at rolling balls. She also really likes it when I bounce them.
Sharing- I gave her something yesterday and she smiled and gave it right back. I said, "Oh thank you!" and returned it. We proceeded to pass it back and forth for awhile. I found out when we were playing the same game with my cell phone that she definitely expects it to be returned to her, but hey--it's progress. Oh, and when she takes it back, if she gets too grabby and violent I just tell her to be more gentle and she takes the object more carefully.
Pattycake- she loved it when I tried to pat her hands during the game. Of course, it was right before bedtime, and she's the most giggly then
Hi- she's been doing this for awhile, but when we tell her hi she waves her hand and says "huuuuuuuuhhh," which I interpret as "hi." Adam says it doesn't count as her first word. (By the way, she still doesn't say "mama", just "dadadadada" and other syllables. She sometimes says "Nuhnuh," which should make her Nana happy!
Shrieking- okay, this isn't new, but it has reached epic proportions. I can sometimes get her to quiet down, but rarely. She likes to make little fast, loud shrieks on her changing pad and that echoes in her room. It's an awful habit, and possibly dangerous, since she screamed next to Adam's ear on Saturday or Sunday and he still can't hear properly out of that ear. That worries me a lot.
Walking around the table- she can cruise around our entire dinner table, going from chair to table leg and so forth. She gets there from her lion by way of the high chair, and when she gets all the way around, she cruises back to her lion and is off!
I think that's all that's new. Here's the recipe, which is what she and I are currently eating.
Enchiladas (adapted from my mom's Chicken Enchilada recipe)
1-2 packages of corn tortillas (flour works too), ripped in half or quarters
Ground meat, cooked (I used turkey)
Family size can of cream of chicken soup
Can of chicken rice
Lots of grated cheddar cheese (just don't grate your knuckles, like I did. Ouch, and yuck)
A package of taco seasoning
Cook up the meat. Throw in half of the taco seasoning. Mix together meat, cream of chicken soup, a little water, chicken rice, onions, and the remaining taco seasoning.
In a 9x13 dish, layer tortillas, mixture, and cheese. Cook at 350 for 45 min. Optional--turn oven off and leave in for another 30 min.
My mom usually uses chunks of chicken and puts in green chile instead of taco seasoning, but Adam doesn't like them, so I use this variation. Also, I wanted ground turkey last night and not chicken, so that's why I made that choice. I used the chicken rice mostly because I had it and will never use it, and I wanted to have enough liquid. I ended up only putting the rice part in and next time I think I will just add rice separately, since the chicken rice has a funny, strong flavor that added a little bit of an undertaste to the dish. Other than that, it's delicious. Katrina loves it too, which is impressive, since new food these days goes in her mouth, then somehow happens to fall off of her tongue into her bib. Every time.
My parents are on their mission in Salt Lake City! They are working in the Translation Department. My mom sent me an email last night telling me about their first couple of days and it sounds pretty awesome. General Conference for them should be intense, since they are overseeing 16 languages, including a bunch from Micronesia. We all wondered why they ended up there, since they only speak English, but apparently my dad's IT skills and my mom's willingness to use computers and learn a new language were helpful deciding factors. Now that I think about it, I bet a lot of senior missionaries wouldn't be able to use computers the same way my parents can.
Shrieking and babbling baby alert--"Ayayayayayaya!" Better go get her, she's done eating.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Obvious solution? Have another baby, STAT. Don't want to let this little girl get too spoiled, right?
Judt kidding. But still, it makes you feel awful when you realize your wonderful perfect baby is becoming a normal, imperfect toddler, and you are responsible for teaching her better behavior. And she really is seeming older all the time. This weekend we discovered we can hand her an entire sandwich or cheesestick and she will happily eat the entire thing, so no need to rip them up into small pieces anymore. I fed her peas from a bowl today and the bowl did not end up on the floor until after she had eaten all of the peas. She chases me around the coffee table with maniacal laughter and no hesitation. She gives us kisses when we ask and often kisses us without us even having to ask. She seems to respond more when we ask her to do things. (Though one of my baby newsletters this week said that she's at a stage now where she may pretend not to hear you if she doesn't want to do what you say--I believe that!). She also did amazingly well with babysitters yesterday for about two hours while we were at the temple. We were the only couple to use the ward-provided babysitting, so she had a sister from the ward and two young women to watch her. Two of them were probably familiar, but I still was a little nervous. Turned out she loved it and did great.
Yesterday was a horrible/really nice day. The temple was great, as well as visiting Elise, but all the driving and the awful traffic sure made things miserable sometimes. We were happy to be home. We relaxed today, went on a walk, went on a nice drive, and then weren't able to get Katrina to bed until after 9. We'll see what Daylight Savings Time does to our schedules. I just hope to be able to sleep in tomorrow! Oh, and I loved the spring-like weather. It's shortlived, since snow is in the forecast this week, but I loved loved loved how nice it was this weekend.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
It's also been a tiring week because Katrina is going to bed later and waking up early. Every night she goes to sleep at 7 or 7:30, but she's cranky for a good hour before that. And then she wakes up at 6:00 every day, 6:30 if we're fortunate. Getting one less hour of sleep has really made my energy and motivation lag during the day. I can't even get up the motivation to exercise most days, which means that along with my poor eating habits, my body is suffering from my abuse of it. It's been a tough week. And I'm doing my best to not call Adam and ask when he's coming home because I don't want to hear the inevitable answer of "not for awhile." I might get lucky and he might pull in any minute, but when I talked to him earlier he was having a really busy day, so I doubt it. He's making dinner tonight, so I don't really get a break from the baby, but at least I don't have to cook!
Katrina has made huge progress with her assisted walking. She went from walking in straight lines to being able to turn around at obstacles to now being able to easily circumnavigate her lion and change directions at any point. In fact, today I watched her walk in circles around the lion for over five minutes. She never actually walked anywhere. She also doesn't run into things anymore, that she can see, at least. If she's approaching a wall or couch or shelf, she automatically circles around to the other end and switches direction. On the other hand, she figured out that if she sits down any time I try to put her on the floor, she can avoid my efforts to make her stand by herself. This is frustrating when I just want to walk somewhere with her, or even put her next to her lion. I have to persuade her every time that I'm not going to let go. My own zeal on Sunday has backfired on me! She never cries, she just sits down, or she lifts her legs up and refuses to put them on the ground. Smart baby. We still hope that she'll be walking on her own within the month. Oh, and I swear I walked in on her trying to crawl in her crib today. Practicing so she can surprise us, maybe? :]
Oh, and she has two more top teeth that just appeared, with the other two teeth approaching soon. She took three naps yesterday, was cranky, and had a low fever. I think it was directly related to the teeth.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Well, that's all. She's getting bored and it's getting close to bedtime.