Saturday, October 31, 2009
I have been pretty clueless about Halloween costumes, so today I hit up the internet and found some great ideas for pregnant costumes. Do you like what I picked?
I was a Magic 8 Ball! I made a little pouch with two circles of white fabric and if people asked me a yes or no question, I pulled out a little triangle with the answer. Fun, huh?
We used our morning to organize Katrina's clothes. Next weekend will be the storage closet. We went to the ward Halloween party, then skipped out on the trunk or treat because Katrina refused to nap today and by that point she was running around at full speed laughing hysterically. We headed to New Jersey (she napped fitfully on the way) and joined them for a Halloween dinner. It was fun, though there wasn't a single trick or treater all night! Crazy.
Friday, October 30, 2009
So here was yesterday's project. There is a sister in the ward whose baby shower I missed. I don't really know her at all but Adam is their new hometeacher, so I feel a desire to do something for her. I got the idea for these online and thought that if they turned out cute, I could give them to her. Supplies were $2 for some bells and some more felt. Here they are. I like them (mostly).
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I arrived home tonight to Adam watching the Phillies game while Katrina was still awake in her room (she actually fell asleep and then woke back up). Apparently she is a Yankees fan, since whenever they cheered on the tv she cheered and said "Yay!" in her room.
So tonight I went to a meeting with my doctor and a bunch of other pregnant women due in December. It was primarily for first-time moms, but intended to help all of their patients. I was pleasantly surprised. I get a calm sense about this birth. I liked my last birth, but you never know what to expect with a new hospital and a new practice of doctors (with six doctors!). This particular doctor was rushed and very business-like in my one appointment with him but I felt much better after this meeting. They also seem more open to different birth plans that my last doctor.
Then I went to the craft store for supplies for several Christmas presents. I got some awesome deals! That put me in a great mood. I came home to find a clean house and a cleaned-out pumpkin, ready for me to carve. Have you ever used those pumpkin carving kits? Those tools are so much easier to use than a kitchen knife and a spoon. We had already picked a design and I went to work. Adam prefers scooping and I prefer carving, so we're a good team.
And as I write this, the Phillies won the first game of the World Series! Awesome.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The other night I dressed her in some of her cute new pj's from eBay, and I decided it was a good night to have a photo journey of bedtime.
After she gets changed into pajamas she gets her teeth brushed (to the tune of the ABCs).
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I forgot to mention how horrible the rain was on the way home from New Jersey. Imagine torrential sheets of rain on the highway in the dark. We had to pull over for the worst of it. By the time we got to the heavier trafficked freeways, luckily it had calmed some, but was still very heavy. I'm just glad we made it all right. We saw one truck stuck in a puddle under an overpass.
Sometimes after 11, we were heading to bed when Katrina began crying. I thought at first that I had woken her up because I was scrubbing the tub in her bathroom. Yes, I am proudly sharing the fact that I scrubbed the tub, because at 7.5 months pregnant that's a serious accomplishment! Anyway, she cried and cried and first Adam and then I went into to comfort her and put her back in bed. But when I went in she kept screaming and climbing out of bed. We tried singing but nothing was working, so we took her back to our room and sat her between us while we read scriptures. She kept crying but it got worse when we turned the light off. So we took her back to her room, found the nightlight, and sang to her for awhile until she calmed down. When we left, she didn't make a peep and apparently fell asleep quickly. So she was afraid of the dark! That's a first. I'm interested to see whether tonight she will want a nightlight or not.
Sacrament meeting was difficult but we made it. Then the circus began. I asked the Primary President if they needed a pianist. She said the stake primary presidency was in charge, so she didn't know. We went to drop Katrina off at nursery. There were a bunch of other parents there trying to do the same thing and no Nursery Leaders. We went together to Primary, where it was already kind of crazy (remember how I said there were essentially kids from three units all being thrown together) and neither the stake nor the ward presidents knew what was going on for nursery. No teachers had been called. I stayed to be available on the piano and Adam went back, where luckily a few people volunteered for nursery duty. There was another sister that showed up who could play the piano too, but she was the former primary chorister, so she did the leading while I played. The stake had prepared singing time and sharing time. And nothing else. So the primary president was left to figure out what to do with all of these kids for the third hour. They split them up as much as possible, found volunteer teachers, and sent the kids to various rooms. I was given the oldest kids and told to play an introduction game. I managed to get them all sitting in chairs (harder than it should be for 10-11 year olds!) and then someone came back to teach, so I went to nursery. Two other ladies were there and about ten little kids, so I stayed to help. Unfortunately, Katrina turned into a whiny-faced crankypants for the rest of the time, so I spent most of the time trying to hold her at the same time as helping out with the other kids. It was chaos. We attempted singing time, books, coloring, and bubbles. It all worked out, and the other ladies were great with the kids, but it was still barely organized chaos. One lady came in to get her kid at the end and about five of the kids had just started screaming at the top of their lungs while popping bubbles and Katrina was wailing because I had put her down. She must of thought it was nuts!
Anyway, I am exhausted now and my body aches all over. It's not usually this bad until nighttime. I'm taking a nap very soon.
Oh yes, Adam's calling. He is the Assistant Scoutmaster and Assistant Advisor for the Deacon quorum. So, almost the same as what he was before, but the assistant now. Because they are combining youth programs with the other branch, the branch is in charge of picking a second counselor, and Adam will be his assistant. We are very nervous of how this combination thing is going to work out. It's already causing tons of heachaches for the YM presidency and the bishopric. I hope I get a calling soon, but after today I sure hope it's not Nursery Leader! All that getting up and down, hauling around crying toddlers, and pacifying Katrina constantly might just send me into early labor! :]
Saturday, October 24, 2009
While we were there we picked up a Halloween costume for Katrina. Do you like it?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We have to turn Adam's valet backwards because Katrina can reach the drawer and pull it out.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
If I ever hear "Ooo-weeee!" coming from Katrina's room, I can be pretty sure what she is doing. She got this rocking horse from her Nana for her birthday and has always liked it, but now that she can climb on and off without any problems, she loves it. It used to have a necklace of greenery and blue flowers but she pulled off the flowers one by one and littered the floor with them. Oh, and it's really a unicorn and not a horse, but I haven't gotten around to reattaching the horn.
We're having a good week. Yesterday I decided to stay off the computer as long as possible. That's easier for me if I have a book to read or something to do. But I had nothing. So first I tidied up a bit, and that felt good. Then I played with Katrina. Man, she is exhausting when I actually try to sit on the floor with her! The main reason is that she insists on sitting on my lap and I have very little lap left, so she constantly is adjusting and trying to shove my belly out of the way with her rear end! I had to retreat to the couch finally and just watch or let her bring the books to me. I think my no-computer thing would have been easier if we hadn't stayed up past midnight to watch the Phillies game. We only watch sports occasionally, but if the Phillies have made it to the post-season then we definitely watch. At least it was a good game! They pulled ahead at the very bottom of the ninth inning and it was quite exciting. But anyway, I was so sleepy that I couldn't bear to do any more cleaning and just ended up taking a cat nap while Katrina played with the DVDs. I decided I'll wait until another more well-rested day to try to wean myself off the computer. Last night we stayed up too late again, so today is not that day! :]
Today I am participating in a challenge on the LDS board that I frequent on Babycenter. They always have lots of cleaning threads and I ignore them because the women on there are just too efficient and amazing. But this one is fun. You take a before and after picture of your assigned room and then post them. So I have incentive to clean the kitchen today because that is the challenge, and I already posted my before pictures!
Katrina keeps doing cute things that I want to share, but then I forget when I come to post. Let me try to remember them. She likes to fake sneeze. After she sneezes for real she follows it with a few fake sneezes. She is getting very neat about eating. If I give her oatmeal in a bowl with a spoon she makes a valiant effort to eat most of it with the spoon, though her other hand helps out a lot. One thing that we just recently discovered that particularly impressed Adam was that she has a very good memory for where she left her books, and she knows them by name. We experimented with asking her to bring us different books and she without fail ran back to where she last dropped it and brought it to us. She obviously understands us very well and that makes it easier to accept that she is going to call everything that she loves "Deddy" or "Daddy." For instance, after I took her out of her crib the other day, she ran back for Deddy. I handed her the blanket. Then she ran back for Deddy again. I handed her the crocheted blanket. Then she ran back one more time calling for Deddy and I handed her the stuffed cow (I'm very good at discerning which Deddy she means). Oh, that reminds me of one more funny thing. Yesterday she ran into the hallway yelling, "Deddy! Deddy!" I looked over to see her dragging her laundry basket into the hallway. Unfortunately, she saw her blankie in there. She has two and we rotate and wash them about twice a week. I was able to console her by giving her the other blanket, but later on she kept trying to crawl in and get it, so I ended up just throwing it in the washer. Today she keeps going to the laundry basket and looking inside suspiciously. Oh, and one last thing. She has enjoyed flipping through my old books as a kid for awhile now, but when she hands them to me to read to her, she doesn't have the patience for the whole book. But in the last couple of days she has given me Peter Pan and The Jungle Book and sat through the entire book, not just the ultra-abridged version I usually have to give. I'm pretty impressed by that. Those are the only two that she will sit through currently, but it's still cool.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Katrina enjoyed her time at our friends' house so much that we had to drag her away kicking and screaming. Luckily we have a few weapons in our arsenal, and "The Wheels on the Bus," "Old MacDonald," "Pattycake", and "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" calmed her down. Have I mentioned that Katrina has signs for when she wants me to sing her favorite songs? Fingers together for the spider song, random waving of arms (in a way that I'm sure only I could interpet) means Pattycake, and pointing at her cheeks indicates "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." It's cute.
Today she refused to take a nap. That was exciting. However, she spent a couple hours in her room, part of it playing and part of it in her crib. So I guess I got some break after all. I sure hope she doesn't make a habit of this. Maybe that means she'll fall asleep quickly tonight. I can hear her banging around in there now. I'm not really sure what she does at night. During the day she empties out drawers and plays on her rocking horse. At night she usually moves everything on her bed, blankets, pillow, stuffed animals, onto the floor in front of the door. If we leave any toy near the door we can hear her playing with that. Sometimes it takes her over an hour to fall asleep. You'd think it would be boring but she seems to entertain herself pretty well.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
So there are lots of changes! We'll hopefully get calls this week letting us know what we'll be expected to do next week. Adam is hoping to stay in as Deacon Advisor and Scoutmaster. I like my calling a lot and it's very comfortable for me, so I would be quite happy staying there, it's just a little difficult to juggle with having a baby soon. I feel for our new bishopric! I bet they'll be meeting practically every night this week to discuss things and figuring everything out. Not only do they have to figure out callings for our expanded ward, but they have to work with the other branch because we'll be combined for certain things. Crazy. I'm actually very excited. I like ward changes. When I was ten our ward split and after that it split again every two years with regularity. Sometimes it was harder than others but it was never a tragedy. There was a young woman today after church crying on everyone's shoulders because she had been stuck in a different ward. Also, we had a Primary meeting and the Stake Primary President and one of the high councillors were reassuring us that life would go on, things would be normal, the church is still true (okay, no one had to tell us that!), and that we shouldn't feel lost without our calling. I just kind of nodded and thought,"What? This is fun! This is new and exciting!" I can see how people don't feel that way, but I'm not torn up about the change.
Yesterday was a fun, relaxing Saturday. Today feels weird because we got home at the same time as normal but started church two hours later, so it feels like we didn't go to enough church! Katrina was pretty challenging during the meeting so it's a relief to be home. We were squished between two other families and that made taking her out really hard, so we just desperately stuffed food in her mouth and tried all sorts of tactics to entertain her. She figured out that she can crawl under the benches, so we had to grab her and drag her back several times. Coincidentally, we ended up sitting right next to the family that was behind us at Stake Conference and Katrina remembered them, so she spent a bit of time sitting on that sister's lap and playing with her jewelry. Note to self--find some of my old jewelry and add it to the Sunday bag.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I also burned myself making the cake. Luckily it stopped hurting finally but I was sulky for several hours because the little burn on the web between my forefinger and thumb was stinging so badly. I read recently about a woman who was in a plane crash and had burns over 80% of her body. I can't imagine how she would endure that pain. I think burn victims must have to deal with some of the worst pain imaginable. Makes my little tiny blistery burn seem laughable!
I did find the blog that I got the I-Spy bags from. Here it is. She has a bunch of tutorials down the left side of the blog and I might give some more of them a try. They are all cheap and fairly easy--my kind of craft!
Adam's mom came to visit today and I enjoyed spending time with her so much. I love that I have great in-laws, and I'm pretty sure Adam likes my family a lot too. How many people can say that? I'm a member of a forum with a bunch of other women giving birth in December and it seems like every day someone posts a mother-in-law vent. I'm always just very grateful I have a wonderful relationship with both my mother and Adam's. Makes life so much more enjoyable! Katrina loved the visit too. She loves her Nana and she loves having an audience, so she was pretty happy (when she wasn't displaying her drama queen tendencies).
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well, sometime today while blog-hopping, I came across a cute idea. I've heard of it before but it didn't appeal to me until I saw it done on this blog. I would provide the link but I don't remember how I got there! Anyway, here are some "I-Spy" things I made for Katrina. They're too small to be called pillows. I'm not sure what to title them.
My goal was to only make them if I could get the supplies for $10 or under. The priciest part was the poly-fil microbeads that the original blogger used. I checked them out and they were almost $20 for a huge bag. I checked out the idea of using clear beads instead, but even on sale those added up. So I gave up that idea in favor of using rice. She warned that rice sometimes leaves a film of powder on the clear window, so I will have to keep a watch out for that.
The clear vinyl for the windows was really cheap. I used felt instead of fleece like suggested because you can get sheets of felt for 4/$1. That left me to buy the things to go inside. I bought some alphabet beads and several packages of buttons. The total ended up being a little over $12. If I had bought one less bag of buttons I would have hit $10. That's all right. I wouldn't have had enough for two if I hadn't bought it. As I was making them I was actually wishing for more beads, so if I make these again I'll have to make sure to buy enough.
We'll see tomorrow if Katrina likes them. If so, I think I will add one or both to the Sunday toys. They might be a little beyond her but I'm sometimes surprised by what engages her interest. Speaking of Sunday, we just got a weird email saying church on Sunday is combined with four other wards and is at a later time. Strange, since we just had Stake Conference. We suspect a ward boundary change. Should be fun! We probably won't be very much affected except for some possible leadership changes.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Anyway, I'm also tired of being tired. Right now, I can't figure out what to do. I have a good two hours left of Katrina's nap. I'm tired of being on the computer. I have some books to read but they are mindless romances and they don't keep my attention very well. Actually doing something productive sounds so nice, but in a wistful way, not an I'm-actually-going-to-do-something way. A nap? That sounds the best, but then I won't fall asleep easily tonight. Cleaning? I cleaned something yesterday. And Monday I cleaned several things. :]
Anyway, I wanted to relate something cute. A few days ago I decided to try naptimes in the toddler bed with Katrina. It works, but she falls asleep in front of the door, like she does most nights. There's a big gap under the door and I figured out that I can see most of her room if I get down on all fours and look underneath. Today I peeked under and couldn't see her, so I figured she was on her bed. I checked a few minutes later and she was padding around playing with different things. That was really cute and funny to watch. I think she would have fallen asleep on her bed eventually, but then she heard me talking on the phone and ran to the door to bang and call out "Daddy!" (that's me, remember?). Then she fell asleep there. When I checked a few minutes ago I could see her body laying on the floor, so I opened the door. She was asleep the length of the door with her head resting on a packaged of baby onesies she pulled from the dresser. I laughed and then had to shove her away. That woke her up, and she sat up and leaned against the door, trapping me there. But I finally shoved and squeezed my way in and put her on the bed.
With my computer time I've been eBay-ing and looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for Katrina. I entered a giveaway the other day for a play kitchen and ever since I've become obsessed with the idea of getting her that for Christmas. They're pretty pricey though. But wouldn't it be cute to have her playing in her kitchen while I cooked in ours? :] I also finally managed to win an auction of clothes. Katrina has two long-sleeved shirts and I think four pairs of pants, so every day I just alternate which top she wears. But today I won a clothing lot of several outfits and pajamas, so that will increase her wardrobe. Kids don't care what they wear, so it's really not that much of a problem to only have two shirts, except I only like to do laundry once a week! Katrina is a pretty clean girl (She insists I wash her hands after I use the bathroom and also wants to use hand sanitizer after I change her diaper. She meticulously eats up all of the crumbs on her high chair tray. She runs to me any time she has a hair stuck to her hands so I can remove it.), but she likes to do things like taking her used plate and rubbing it on her head, or drinking her applesauce out of a bowl, or eating yogurt with both one hand and one spoon, which gets it everywhere. So I will be happy to have more clothes for her!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It didn't start out well. We slept in, had to rush to get ready, and walked in during the opening song. Katrina was cranky because she didn't get put to bed until 9 last night and then she still took an hour to fall asleep. We had to fight to keep the blanket in the car and so forth. The only empty pew when we got to church was the very front one, which made me nervous. Sure enough, she made a beeline for the stairs the minute she saw them. Luckily, it took her the entire meeting to get up the courage to go all the way up the stairs. Most of the time she climbed up, stopped at the top, and then just leaned over and watched the Bishopric. Then she would slide back down.
Nothing made her happy, she was whiny, and I ended up taking her out for several minutes. We tried again. I pulled out her Sunday bag but she didn't care. Then I remembered the books I made. The book about Jesus got flipped through and discarded. Then I remembered the other book I made last night with pictures of her family. Oh man. That was too much of a success. She loves it! Her favorite page, which makes sense because we spent all of yesterday in New Jersey, was the one that had Nana, Poppop, Great-Grad, and Gigi (the shitzhu). She pointed at each and let out shrill squeals. The rest of the meeting we kept her entertained quite well with toys and that book, but the main trial was to get her to keep her voice down.
After that, I was much more nervous to leave her in nursery. She cried when I left. Adam stayed with her for a few minutes and then snuck out and sat in the foyer working on his lesson. He heard her cry once, followed by another little girl who is 3 1/2 saying, "It's all right Katrina." It's pretty cute, this little girl likes to mother Katrina. Adam stopped by Primary to give me a progress report and was noticeably weirded out by not having to take care of a baby for the first time in months! I went and stuck my head in partway through the last hour. The leaders waved and said she was doing great! Oh, and when the music leader came back into Primary I interrogated her on how Katrina did, which apparently was great as well! The first day of nursery would have been perfect but I guess in the last 20 minutes she got tired and kind of lost it a little. Then Adam took away her chalk when he picked her up and so when I arrived she was pretty much sobbing. Oh well. I still consider the day a success, and hopefully next week I'll be able to play in primary without jerking my head up to look and getting a little nervous every time someone comes in one of the doors.
Friday, October 9, 2009
She loves reading her books and I will often turn around to see her sitting on the floor by the bookshelf, flipping through her board books or my old books from when I was a kid. The ability to climb up on the couch is still a pretty new one for her, so it always surprises me to look over and see her sitting there. In this picture she is reading her favorite book, a Duty to God pamphlet for Deacons. I have no idea why she loves it so much. It's a church pamphlet with only a few pictures! But she loves flipping through it.
We discovered a fun new game with Katrina. We have a game called Rummi-O, which I've seen called Rummikub and other things. It's just gin rummy with tiles. The sheer amount of tiles is heaven for a little toddler! She loves taking things and piling them in different locations and then moving them all around, so it worked really well. We first pulled it out last night and then tried it again today. It was a good way to end bubble time without complaint. She even helped me put the tiles away. Maybe eventually we'll use the tiles to teach numbers.
I have to go figure out a way to transition out of tv time without a tantrum. Maybe playdough. She likes to eat it, so I have to watch closely, but it's fun for a few minutes. Currently she's going crazy on the couch because Fireman Sam (the tv show) has a dalmation on it and she loves dogs. She keeps standing up and dancing around and I have to remind her to sit down. It's pretty cute.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Katrina seems to be picking up on colors better. She likes playing with the markers that I just bought and they have made a difference.
And now, for this video, I just thought I would show you how we are trying so hard to raise our daughter as a mild-mannered, non-violent individual.
Do you think we are succeeding?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Katrina was put to bed an hour ago. She's been off and on talking and being quiet. Just a few minutes ago she started pounding on the door. Finally, I got up and went to the door and stood outside talking to her. I told her several times to go to bed. She just kept jabbering and banging. Then I recognized what the sound was--her sippy cup being banged against the door. I told her to stop hitting the door a couple of times but she kept doing it. So I said, "Honey, if you don't stop hitting the door I'm going to take your sippy cup away." I heard a muffled scratching sound as she rubbed the cup against the door but didn't bang. Then she yammered something at me. I told her to go back to bed. She said something else and I repeated myself. I think I told her a third or fourth time to get up off the floor and go back to the bed. Silence. Then I hear the mattress and bed creaking a little as she went back and climbed in! I was laughing so hard but trying to be silent.
It wasn't exactly a victory since as I'm writing this she is back next to the door banging sporadically, and Adam just pulled up, so I bet she'll start yelling for him when she hears him come in. But it was still pretty funny.
Have I mentioned that my name is Daddy and Adam's name is also Daddy? She refuses to say Mommy and when we were at the store yesterday she kept turning around in her seat, looking at me, and calling out "Daddy!" while grinning. She also identifies me as Daddy whenever I point myself out in a picture.
One more thing--our car should be done this week! It's been over a month! We are very happy that this is almost over.
Yep, she started yelling for Adam as soon as he walked in. Oh well. If she won't fall asleep then she'll just sleep late tomorrow and I'll get to sleep in too.
My blank board books arrived in the mail and I have been having fun making them into books for Katrina. Two have pictures of Jesus and other church themes for use on Sundays. One has pictures of family members because she really likes to look at photographs and have me identify everyone in the picture. That leaves me with one left and I'm not sure what I'll do with that one.
Naps have been crazy around here and I was happy today that Katrina went down with no problem. She also was surprisingly mild all morning. I've been sick with a mild cold for several days and she had a runny nose before I got sick, so maybe she's been feeling sick too. Who knows. I'm off to go eat something and enjoy hopefully another two hours of peace, though I wouldn't be surprised if it's shorter. It's cool enough these days in the afternoons that maybe we can go on a walk!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
This was my project for this week. I delayed for a few days because I thought I needed to buy more paint. But it turns out my little tubes ended up being sufficient. I painted the fronts and sides of each canvas, and then waited a few more days to get up the guts to paint the designs on them.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Anyway, when Adam came home from work he asked me where one of the shelves was on the shelf unit where we keep the DVDs. I had no idea and figured it was underneath the piles of DVD cases that Katrina had thrown everywhere. Adam spent all evening looking for that shelf! Under the couch, in Katrina's room, in our room, in the toy chest. It had disappeared! When I came home I looked too. It wasn't until later that Adam was staring at it and said suddenly, "I know where the shelf is!" I looked at him and said, "It's on top of the other one, isn't it!" It was. She had pulled it off and put it on top of the one underneath. Maybe she was trying to camouflage it by hiding it in plain sight, like on the tv show she was watching while I made dinner. :]
At nights Katrina likes to sit against the door in her room and bang her head backwards against it. It's really distracting and occasionally I'll go in and move her to her bed just to stop herself from killing off brain cells. Last night she banged against the door so much that she got it to ricochet open (we never close it all the way). We peeked down the hallway, saw the open door, and waited for the inevitable. Sure enough, a moment later she came running out with her blanket, a huge triumphant grin on her face. It was cute. She fell asleep on the floor again. We definitely have to check each night before we go to bed. I just tried to get her to take a nap in her bed and not the crib, but after about 15 minutes of playing she got bored and started banging on the door, so I moved her to the crib and she is quiet now. It sure is nice that we can still corral her somewhere!