Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
On the up side, Hannah is super excited for Christmas this year. And we're getting our first real accumulating snow tomorrow. So we should have a white Christmas for her. I can't wait to see her open up her stocking and her gifts this year. It's so exciting for me to watch her having a good time.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
2. A remote car starter. Dang it looks cold, I don't want to go out and START the car.
3. One night of totally uninterrupted sleep in a huge bed ALONE!
4. New snow boots
5. A personal shopper
6. Four extra hours in each day to finish all my christmas sewing
7. Patience, 3 is so trying I'm losing what I didn't already have
8. Soup for lunch, it's too cold to take Hannah to school without soup first
9. To be less evil. Scaring a 3 year old is hilarious, but probably mean.
10. A life. Clearly there's a problem if I'm sitting here at not even 9am when I could be sewing.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Then we're on our way to the fruit store and we drive by Emma's house. Hannah yells to Gary "Look it's Emma's house... HI EMMA. See, I TOLD you I have an Emma!"
Yeah, it's going to be a LOOOOOONG 15 years
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
1. I love BEING a mom, I hate SOUNDING like one.
2. I could eat ice cream every day
3. If I could justify turning the heat to 72*, I would
4. I met my best friend on the internet
5. I hate 99% of the pictures of me out there
6. I leave facebook open most of the day, even when I'm not here
7. I love to take pictures, but rarely have time.
8. I have lived in Massachusetts my whole life, minus 9 months
9. I have been proposed to many more times than I have been married.
10. I spend all summer wishing it was fall, and the rest of the year wishing it was summer
11. I hate children's television
12. I hate Laurie Berkner because she's perky and annoying
13. I have boxes and boxes of old papers and pictures I can't bear to toss
14. I don't keep up with people enough, though I do mean to
15. I wish I could cosleep again, I miss it
16. I don't just use cloth diapers for the environment, they're pretty cute too
17. If my day doesn't start with coffee, you don't want to talk to me.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We did pictures for Christmas cards yesterday, and let me tell you that taking pictures with a 10 second delay on the camera doesn't work so well with Norah. I'm lucky she was even looking at the camera, and while Steven and I look pained at the idea of being IN the picture, it looks decent, so I sent it off to be printed and picked them up an hour later. So, check your mailboxes if I have your address, you may this scary christmas card coming to a mailbox near you!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So after another night of sleeping and staying in bed later than is normal for my early bird, I checked inside her mouth, and I'll be darned if there wasn't a tiny sharp edge poking me from the top instead of just the bottom. She finally got one of the two teeth working their way in. She's MUCH happier for it, and truthfully so are we.
I hate to even say it, but she's so sweet that I didn't even mind that the only afternoon nap she got was 20 minutes on me because we weren't home. She wasn't even miserable when we got home. It was amazing and wonderful, and the next time she's teething and driving me insane, someone remind me to come back and read this.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Yesterday I was finally back to myself. Norah was good Wednesday after a night of pedialyte and rest. Last night though, the one who NEVER gets sick came home just as violently ill (if not worse) than I was. He was absolutely miserable all night. I know just how he felt, so I really had no reason to be so snippy with him. HOWEVER the reality is I am very annoyed. It is so unfair that he can come home and lay around and be sick and miserable and complain about how awful he feels and how noisy the girls are, but when I was so sick tell me "Oh, well you know I have no time off so I'll see you when I get home"
And men wonder why we have no sympathy
Monday, November 17, 2008
Norah had her appointment with the specialist. The one because she hates solid food and gags on it constantly. Silly girl ate just fine for her and didn't gag on a single bite. So of course she's fine and dandy. Still not eating, but apparently there's nothing I can do.
Both girls are sick right now and Norah's teeth still haven't come in, so needless to say living in my house is NOT a joy in any way. Norah isn't happy unless she's being held, and Hannah is only happy when she's whining and driving my totally insane.
The good news is it's almost Thanksgiving, which is my very favorite holiday. I have a turkey in my freezer, and will be stocking up on everything else this weekend. Hannah has a new shirt to wear to Meme's on Sunday for her dinner, and the girls have shirts I made them for the actual holiday we'll be having here.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
It did make me sad to think two things.... Norah is nearly 8 months old, that means in a little more than 4 short months we'll be doing the same thing. However it will be different because I somewhat doubt that Norah will be eating cake. She's still miserable about eating, and at this point she won't even take a bottle happily. I fight with her every time its feeding time. She won't take a spoon, she isn't coordinated enough to feed herself, and the bottle makes me want to throw myself screaming off a bridge for all it takes her to eat. Her GI said the meds she is on are enough, but I really don't understand. She has an appointment coming with the oral/lingual therapist, but I'm not sure I can make it another 2.5 weeks. I'm sad that eating has to be so awful for her, and in turn awful for me. I cried with her as I fed her this morning. I don't even know what to do anymore. I want to cry at the fact that I have to feed her and it clearly isn't something she wants, but I have to MAKE her eat because otherwise she'll starve. I feel like a failure and a bad mother because clearly she associates eating with pain, but I make her anyways. I knew that having babies/kids wasn't easy. I knew there would be up's and down's. I didn't know that I'd want to cry every time they do, and that it would be a daily occurance. I didn't know that making a baby do what's best for them could make me hate myself.
Friday, October 24, 2008
"No Mommy, no snow, just frostering"
I love that! I love that she knows what she means and can't quite say it right. I'm ALWAYS sad when she finally gets something right and suddenly the former word disappears. She used to always ask for "Peetchup" for her french fries, but the first time she actually said "Ketchup" I made her repeat it about 12 times because I couldn't believe it. Same with cucumber. I love watching her grow up and change, but sometimes I sort of hope that one or two of them will stick with her.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
She's gaining well, still on her 50% curve, so she is 17+lbs now, and just as cute as a button if you ask me. I think it's the little smirk and the big blue eyes that do me in... because I'm not happy to see anyone at 5:30, but for her I get up anyways.
The girls did not get their second dose of flu shot yet, they were due to go Thursday, but Hannah threw up and was running a fever, so I rescheduled for next week. Hopefully that all goes well.
Hannah had picture day at school yesterday and she said she took a nice picture and said cheese. We'll see when we get them back, though I forgot to ask how long. And a funny thing. Yesterday I was running late to pick her up (slow people driving) and was the last mom to get there. Her teacher said that she was wonderful and that it's great how she knows when it's time to be loud (outside) and when it's time to be quiet.... um, someone needs to come home and show her those!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Norah is also sick though, which is sad because she hates having her nose wiped, and she's so stuffy that I've even resorted to using the "nose sucker" on her poor congested self. I'm thankful for whoever invented Vapor Plugs every night lately. It helps them sleep better, and bonus that we only have to use one since they're in the same room!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hannah was a somewhat difficult child. She was hard to please, and easy to upset or frustrate. She had a huge mommy phase that lasted a VERY long time.
Norah started her mommy phase earlier than Hannah, which means she's already screeching at me if I walk out of her sight, or even in her sight but into another room. HOWEVER, she's almost exceedingly happy whenever we're out somewhere. I get loads of comments about how she's such a happy baby, and so calm and laid back. Ok, I can buy that, because she mostly is. But now the question is, is she that way because that's her personality, or because whenever we're out somewhere I have her in a sling so she's comforted by being close to me when strange people talk to her. Well, I think I know the answer to the question, at least involving Norah. The answer is nurture. She's that way because I wear her and she feels secure. I think I know this because of what went down last night at McDonalds.
Last night I took Hannah and Norah (by myself) to McDonalds for something to eat on the way to Gymnastics. This was an every week occurance when Steven came with us, but with the new job he can't attend anymore, and the last few weeks we've been hanging out at Kat's beforehand. So as usual, I get a highchair for Norah because it's really hard for me to hold her and eat while she grabs at everything. So I passed her a fry to play with (because everyone who knows her knows she won't EAT it) and coerce Hannah into eating and drinking while I finish. So while I'm talking with Hannah some woman who works there comes by to sweep the floor and comment on how cute Norah is (insert eyeroll, she has to say it EVERY time we're there). So she sweeps what she can get at, and then PUSHES NORAH'S CHAIR AWAY FROM THE TABLE. Norah screams immediately because she is now farther away from me(by like 3 inches, but that's huge to her) and is VERY upset. So of course I took her out and held her while I finished because she needed some reassurance. And I will say that woman made me very angry. Why would you sweep a floor while people are still eating? Why would you physically touch another persons child AND move them away from their comfort zone.
Then she had the balls to come back and ask me if I was still using the highchair. Um, no... she probably will refuse to go in one ever again thanks to you.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Also in new news, we've discovered something about Hannah we never knew. It happened when we switched the girls into the same room to sleep at night. So now they share a room, and have an expansive toy room that will soon also house our family computer. There was good news and bad news the first night they slept together. The good news is, apparently Hannah can sleep through a party going on in her room. The bad news is that I know that because Norah had a party *yawn*. Norah didn't sleep well the first couple nights, but she settled in like a champ last night and slept from 7:15 until 5:15 when we (and by we I mean Steven) tried to convince her it was still sleep time and turned on her mobile for her. Normally she could do this herself, but we dropped her crib mattress to the low setting, because in theory she'll be mobile and able to sit on her own in the somewhat near future. So she can't reach the buttons anymore. So after a few minutes she was still chattering away, so Steven got up with her.
Monday, October 6, 2008
sister wearing Norah on Saturday night. She was fussy and I was eating, so Auntie Sara obliged her, and was surprised at how easy and comfy it is. I spy a future babywearer!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Yes she's ultra cute with that ginormous smile, but man that outfit. Good thing her friends can't talk or they'd tell her that her mama dresses her funny. Ok reality is I wouldn't NORMALLY dress her that badly. In fact the only thing that could possibly have made it worse is putting this hat on her.
Oh yeah... I did that too when we took Hannah to school *blush*
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Hannah's first day was yesterday, and apparently she had lots of fun. She was too thrilled to leave Norah and I in the hallway and go into her new class. I didn't get a lot out of her, but apparently she colored, played on the jungle gym and heard a story. Sounds fun. I got some sewing done in my quiet house since Norah napped as soon as we got home.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Some other good reasons for ordering new pictures. Oh wait, the best one! Steven needs new pictures for his NEW TOOLBOX at his NEW JOB!!! Steven accepted a new job on Friday afternoon. He'll be getting a payraise, better hours, and better benefits. Can't say no to that, or if he had I would have had some kicking to do. His last day at this job is next tuesday(I have jury duty wednesday so he was off then anyways) and he'll start his new job on Monday the 22nd. So congrats to him!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fast Forward to 12:15am. I hear crying.... I assume it's Norah and head downstairs only to realize as I'm halfway there that it's HANNAH screaming like someone's hurting her. So I race into her room, and she stops when she sees me and says "I can't find my binky" Ugh, ok so we tear the bed apart, find the godforsaken binky and go back to sleep. Until 4:30.... which as you will note from my previous post, is the same time Norah gets up nearly every morning. The feeding her at night only helps sporadically, so sometimes she sleeps until 5:30 or later, and sometimes she wakes up at 4:30.
I love my girls, but I'm waiting anxiously for the time when I'm not sleeping because it's TOO QUIET.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Ok so I've spent the majority of my week complaining to various friends about how I'm at the end of my rope with Norah waking up at 4:30am. Every.Single.Day. No matter what time she'd woken previously, 4:30am came, and she was awake.
Finally my ultra intelligent friend Joanna said "Maybe you should wake her earlier and feed her to break the 4:30am habit" Um, right because I haven't been feeding her.... she CAN sleep through w/o eating, but does that mean she's not hungry? Hello, this is your brain, I'm working again.
Yeah, so last night when she woke at 1:45, instead of rocking her back to sleep, I fed her. And shockingly enough, she slept until 5:15.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Hannah and Norah spent Saturday night away from home together. It went shockingly well, even though I was the paranoid mom calling to make sure things were fine. Norah didn't eat well, but she slept wonderfully and wasn't too much trouble. I think she'll definitely be going again, though possibly not until she gets more into eating solid food.
Steven and I had a very nice time hanging out together. We did errands, started our Christmas shopping, had dinner, played mini golf, and got ice cream. We also got to sleep uninterrupted and just be together alone for the first time in darn near six months.