Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Discovering gifts in her stocking.
Whenever we say, "Smile for the camera!" she opens her mouth wide and grins.
Adam had to coach her through the process of ripping paper off of presents. Once she got the hang of it, she really liked it. After her first present she tried to stack the paper neatly but gave up very quickly. I like how really young kids are so happy to receive gifts and would be content to play with the first gift all day. They're too young too be greedy!
Shoes! Katrina loved her new sneakers and protested whenever we removed them for diaper changes. She also got some Sunday shoes, so she no longer needs to wear her pink sneakers with her dresses.
A little chef's hat from my parents, as well as some other kitchen things. She loved the hat and wore it for at least an hour.
How did my mom know that Katrina loves measuring cups? She must be psychic. Katrina now has her own set, which is great.
And this was where Katrina spent most of the day. She got several other great toys and books and while she loved those, the kitchen was the most fascinating. Several family members pitched in for food, dishes, and pots and pans, so she is all decked out. Along with the kitchen stuff from my side of the family, she's all set!
She can finally play with the microwave to her heart's content.
It was a great day. We headed down to Jersey midway through the day and joined them for their traditional eggs Benedict and more gift opening. Now that we're home we're both exhausted. Tomorrow we may head back down there but we may also just stay around here and relax. Or maybe I'll send Adam and Katrina there and "relax" here with the baby. The whole house needs cleaning up from gift packaging and several loads of laundry need to be done. Laundry's my favorite chore though, so that's not too bad.
Wow, I need sleep. As soon as Daniel wakes up and eats, I think I'll join him for an early bedtime. I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and that you continue to have a great holiday weekend! To all of my family--I miss you tons and thought about you a lot all day!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We spent the evening in New Jersey. This was our first visit there since the baby was born, and it went quite well. I was very nervous of how Daniel would do and thought that I would end up nursing him in another room all evening and trying to get him to sleep. Well, we just ended up holding him a lot and he slept in our arms, so that worked out. Adam's sister made a wonderful meal. Adam took Katrina to the Grove, which is a neighborhood of small homes. A group of them have this lights display every year that's a lot of fun. They put together these life-size diorama sort of things with Santas, penguins, elves, toy soldiers, etc. Adam said that Katrina loved it.
I mentioned awhile back that I had just a couple more gifts to make for Christmas. Well, I put them off until this week, but they are finally done. I made some books for one of my nephews with pictures of his family and of Jesus. For his brother I made these puzzles of his two favorite characters:
Monday, December 21, 2009
Yesterday we made it out of the house for church, though we were almost defeated by the snow. The roads and parking lot were plowed, but there was a snow drift all around our car. Adam tried to scrape away some of the snow with our snow scraper, but it didn't work. I got into the driver's seat and he pushed the car and after several tries, we were able to get out of the parking spot! I enjoyed going to church and both Katrina and Daniel did well. Katrina started yelling as soon as we started singing each hymn, which was weird and funny. Maybe she was singing along? She was definitely trying to imitate the conductor, who is also one of her nursery leaders.
Today we braved Walmart for our grocery shopping like we do most Monday nights. We live near the King of Prussia Mall and the traffic was pretty horrendous. Daniel doesn't like stop and start traffic, so that was no fun. We split up and Adam took the grocery shopping while I took the babies and tried to find shoes for Katrina. That was a little difficult, picking up Daniel and calming him down, then putting him back and trying shoes on Katrina, and then picking him back up... She really didn't like trying on different shoes. She's pretty attached to her Stride Rites. Unfortunately they are getting too small!
So Katrina is pretty cute with Daniel and also with her baby doll. She likes to put the doll in the swing or in the carseat. Today she picked it up and was holding it and patting its back like I do with the baby. She also likes to pretend to put diaper rash cream on its bum. She likes to pat Daniel or give him high fives and kisses on the head. Today she grabbed his feet, actually just the feet of the pjs, and wiggled them back and forth while saying, "Deedeedeedeedee!" I laughed at that.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today and last night were really hard. We can't get Daniel back to sleep without a huge struggle. He spent a good amount of the day like this, but usually screaming.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Katrina seems to have permanently cut her naptime in half and Daniel requires cuddling constantly in order to sleep, so it was a long day. Katrina only climbed on the shelves of doom once. Two nights ago she climbed up them in the dark, and then cried for us. Ahh! We will likely borrow a dresser from Adam's parents so we can move our lower, non-stairstep dresser into her room. She also likes to climb on our coffee table with a glass top, so we're considering some alternatives there.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
So, anyway, she was crouched on top of that and the picture of Jesus on the wall had fallen down. Now, while I find it endearing that she likes that picture so much that she wanted to get it off of the wall, I don't want her hanging out four feet above the floor!!! I removed her, but was of course too nervous to let her stay in there by herself. So naptime failed, and trust me, the rest of the day was pretty miserable. We put her to bed an hour early.
Adam and I tried to figure out what to do. Finally we just decided to move it over a half a foot so it's directly next to the ledge, and then maybe if she climbs up she'll just keep climbing down. Lame solution, especially because she's more likely to fall off of the front. But we aren't sure how to fix this. Today she went down for a nap and I was extra careful to listen to what she was doing in there. She started crying and I immediately went to check unlike my normal wait-and-see approach. Sure enough, she was stuck at the top. So I took her off. It happened again. I took her down, and I think it was that time that I warned her if it happened again she would get spanked. Oh, and I don't think I mentioned that she was crying this whole time because I was mean and wouldn't let her leave the room. So the third time, I spanked her. She doesn't get spanked very often, usually only when she's doing something dangerous and abusive, like trying to kick me and dive off of the changing table. She cried and dribbled snot and immediately wanted me to hug and comfort her, which definitely made me feel better/horrible. Oh, and I had just gotten Daniel to sleep in his pack n play, but he had woken up and was crying in the background. So I was a bit stressed out. Luckily, after the spanking, Katrina voluntarily got into her bed with her blanket, and after I fetched her a sippy cup, she stopped crying and has been silent ever since. Miraculously, when I got back to Daniel, he had stopped crying and was fast asleep.
Juggling two kids makes me feel good about myself and my abilities, but situations like this are so draining! Yesterday the lack of nap was awful. Daniel isn't too bad to take care of. He rarely just cries for no reason. It's pretty much always because he isn't falling asleep and so gets upset and then wants to nurse more. Nights vary in how well they go--if I can get him back to sleep after each feeding, then it's good, but if I can't, then one or both of us spends awhile walking with him and sometimes even sleeping with him on our chest.
Oh, and one more thing. We went to the doctor yesterday to check up on Daniel, and he had gained 18 ounces in 8 days! I had felt a little bad when I had to tell the nurse that he only nurses for ten minutes at a time on only one side, but once I saw the scale, I didn't feel bad anymore! Somehow his lazy nursing still gets results. It's such a relief to have a quick nurser, as opposed to Katrina, who would nurse for a total of 45 minutes sometimes. The doctor heard a heart murmur, but said that, first of all, with that much weight gain she's not worried, and second, these things come and go. So we'll be back in two weeks to check on his heart.