Thursday, January 31, 2008
So here's the dilemma: do I cut it or let it grow? I would like it to be longer (hello!? pigtails!! I want to do pigtails!!), but I don't want it to look scraggly in the meantime. And I hear a rumor that if you cut it, then it will really grow in. Is this true or just Hair Mythology? And if I decide to cut it - do I take her somewhere or do it myself? I don't have the first clue about how to cut hair (well, I do cut Brian's, but please, that hardly counts).
I've also tried putting "pretties" in her hair (little barrettes), but she takes them out the moment we get in the car and I can inevitably only find one of them. Any advice on taming the toddler mane would be appreciated...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Once upon a time, Brian was a kid in Small Town, Kentucky. And there was a family who lived next door, whose kids were the same age as Brian and his brother, and they grew up together. They played, they traveled, they did scouts, and they crashed the neighborhood pool. Then they went away to college, got married, and had 2.2 kids. So now that everyone lives in Ohio and Kentucky again, we all met up in Cincinnati at the Children's museum for a reunion yesterday. It's really nice to spend time with people who were so influential in Brian's life, and to see how everyone is raising families of their own now. And of course, Katy had a BLAST. Including her cousins (some of her favorite people), there were 6 kids in attendance, and she loved the museum. She could've stayed there for days. Here are some highlights: (in the photo above, one family is missing. We were bummed that they had to leave early, but 'tis the season for sick kiddos)
I think it's a rule that every Children's museum has a place where it's impossible to keep your kid dry...
Katy's cousins Kimmy and Leah were at her side the entire afternoon, helping her through every adventure...they are very good cousins (and will be good babysitters someday??!)
Mmmm...sketties...we only had a brief meltdown, but I expected we wouldn't get through the day without one.
And this was the highlight of the day: Katy kept saying "more side, more side..."
Friday, January 25, 2008
On the Money Saving Mom blog that I mentioned the other day, the author talks alot about CVS, and how she basically "works the system" to get all of her toiletries and some groceries for FREE. I'm not kidding, you should see some of the stash she gets - huge piles of stuff for 75 cents, etc. So she teaches people how to do this in a little thing she calls "CVS 101" on her site. So I read it, and I decided to try it for a couple of months and see if it works for us, and if it's worth the effort. It's a lot of work and planning and thinking ahead about stuff that you may need in the next 6 months, etc. And to get it for free, you do have to do some coupon clipping, of which I am not in the habit of doing. But even without coupons, you can get some really good deals. So last night I went and felt like I had succeeded in working the system. The cashier told me that it was like organized crime. Here's why:
6 12-packs of Diet Pepsi
1 8 oz. bottle of Purell hand sanitizer
1.5 liter bottle of CVS mouthwash plus extra small bottle
1 stick men's Speed Stick deordorant
This is a total of $44 worth of merchandise at regular price. I paid $10 out of pocket, and I got $15 in Extra Care Bucks, which is like cash to spend at CVS on your next purchase. So it's kinda like I made $5 on the deal. And seriously, some of the women over at the MSM blog would've gotten all this for about 15 cents and somehow made $30 in Extra Care Bucks, but I'm still learning. Isn't it intriguing?
So yesterday I met this dad of 2 young boys, and upon noticing my belly, he asked me when I was due.
"March," I replied.
"Oh, really? March what?"
"Oh...(sly grin)...so maybe March, maybe April."
Ok - why would someone say this? Okay, yes, technically, this baby could be born in April. And the thought has occurred to me. But would you say to a pregnant woman, "Hehehe...you might go more than a week overdue...you sucker."?
Finally, I was just looking over my posts for January, and it appears that I've been doing a lot of rambling and not as much reporting about my cute little toddler. So sorry about that, I will make a concious effort to capture some good material over the next week. More to come!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
In case you are as interested in good deals as I am, here's a sight I've been reading lately. It's a frugal woman's dream.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Four places I have lived:
2. Mommy and Daddy's room (in the bassinet)
3. In the mechanical swing (seemed like it)
4. The nursery (not for long - Big Girl Room, here I come!)
1. Oprah (I like all the clapping)
2. Curious George
3. Sesame Street
4. Sports (my favorite is "ooo-bah" i.e. football)
2. Norris Lake, TN
3. all over Ohio visiting friends and family (especially Grandpa and Grandma Sue's house and my cousins')
4. Oma and Opa's house (Pittsburgh) and Grammy and Papa John's (KY)
Four people who E-mail me regularly:
2. ecard from Oma
3. I'm 20 months old, folks, that's the only email I've ever gotten...
2. "nilk" (milk)
3. "Sketties" (spaghetti, especially Fazoli's)
4. "bips" (chips, which really means anything snacky and crunchy that mom and dad are eating)
2. Target (as long as they let me run around)
3. anywhere there are other kids
4. any Grandparent's house
Four friends I think will respond:
3. Cousins Kimmy, Leah, and Carrie
Four things I am not looking forward to this New Year:
3. inevitable hours spent in the car seat
4. getting out of the bathtub many, many times
Four things I am looking forward to this New Year:
2. sleeping in a Big Girl bed
3. going back to the pool this summer (if baby brother allows it)
4. Disney cruise with Grammy and my cousins at Thanksgiving
The other day I was fixing lunch and I went into the dining room and took the tray off of the highchair and said, "Come on, Katy, it's time to eat lunch." Then I went into the kitchen to grab our plates. When I came back, I found this:
Beyond the fact that I can't believe she climbed up into the chair, I can't believe she turned herself around (without falling) and got the straps in the right place to buckle herself in! What in the world?!?!?
Brian and I are having more conversations about the D word: discipline. I hate to admit it, but my sweet angel is becoming more defiant by the day. She waits until we aren't looking to do something she knows is not allowed, and as soon as she is caught, she backs away, saying "no, no..." And our biggest battle at this point: throwing her plate of food on the floor when she's done. She knows not to do this, but at this point we haven't implemented serious enough consequences to make it less desirable. Ugh, I'm not looking forward to this part of parenting. (I'm sure every parents feels that way)
On a random note, I had an ob checkup this week, and it went well. But I found out that my doctor is going to be on vacation the entire week surrounding my due date. Boo. Not that I'm super emotionally attached to my doctor: I think she was in the delivery room for about 5 minutes before Katy entered the world (they actually had me stop pushing because she wasn't there yet and she was going to miss it). But for me, in the hours (okay, it was days) of early labor leading up to the delivery, she knew what was going on and I was in touch with her, and that was nice. I just hate to think that she would be totally gone for the whole experience. Of course, what are the chances that I'll deliver that week - 40% maybe? Just guessing...
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
29 weeks with Katy, with our new glider chair, in which we would spend countless hours
29 weeks with New Baby, hard to imagine adding 11 weeks to this!
Monday, January 07, 2008
On another note, today, Katy informed me that she was Stinky. As I took her to the changing pad, she then indicated that her new babies were Stinky, too. So I asked her if they needed to be changed, and she said yes, and proceeded to get out the supplies. So my mind jumped back to when I was a little girl, and I remember that I so desperately wanted diapers that would fit my baby dolls. I remember looking for them at every store we visited. Recently, friends of mine gave me the newborn size diapers that their daughter had outgrown so I could save them for New Baby. The little girl in me just couldn't resist donating two of them to the cause.
Although they look big on Katy's dolls, these things are SO tiny. I found myself marveling that Katy ever wore this size of diaper. Look what she wears now!!
I guess she has grown a little bit since she wore them...
Friday, January 04, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
First pregnancy: On any given day during the pregnancy, I could've told you exactly how far along I was. Ex: "I am 21 weeks, 3 days" or "I'll be 14 weeks on Thursday."
Second pregnancy: I keep losing track of my progress. When someone asks me how far along I am, I just tell them my due date. I know right now I'm somewhere between 28 and 30 weeks, which I think means I'm in my third trimester. Hm. How about that?
First pregnancy: Brian came with my to almost every doctor's appointment. We always went with a written list of questions, most of which could be answered with "That's completely normal" or "Don't worry about that."
Second pregnancy: Brian comes for ultrasounds only. For the others, after the headache of finding someone to watch Katy during my appointment, I'll be driving to the office and wonder, "wait, do I have any questions?" Sometimes I think of one, but most of the time I don't. I'm curious to hear my weight gain and the heartbeat, and then I'm on my way.
First pregnancy: I couldn't wait to start showing. I wanted everyone to know that I was pregnant as soon as possible. I wanted to be big. Soon.
Second pregnancy: I'm embarrassed when people ask when I'm due, especially when they look at Katy with wide eyes as they ask. Because I know they are thinking either, "woah, she's huge, how can she have 3 months to go?" or "wow, those kids will be close in age." Not that I care what people think, but I'm not anxious to get bigger sooner.
First pregnancy: I was so worried about every ache and pain. I was truly a nervous wreck. I was reading everything I could get my hands on about pregnancy, birth, and newborns. I took 3 different classes at the hospital before I delivered.
Second pregnancy: I'm much less anxious, assuming that most aches and pains are just par for the course. Brian says he hears about this pregnancy a lot less from me. I haven't read a thing, and the other day it occurred to me that we should probably take a hospital tour sometime, since our insurance is sending us to a different place.
First pregnancy: There was so much to physically get ready for the new arrival, and so many decisions to be made. What kind of car seat, stroller, crib, glider, nursing pillow, bottles, diapers, and pacifier will we use?
Second pregnancy: Those decisions are all made, and I hope New Baby is ok with it. We have some clean up and organization to do to get ready, but mostly we have what we need, it's just a matter of digging it out and dusting it off.
First pregnancy: I was so completely overwhelmed with worry about what life with a newborn would be like (and was truly blindsided by the reality of it when it came) that I didn't really enjoy the anticipation of meeting my firstborn child.
Second pregnancy: Having had the experience of falling head over heels in love with my daughter, I can't wait to meet my son. I can't wait to see what he looks like, what position he likes to be held in, what kind of eater he is, whether he likes to be swaddled, and what makes him smile the biggest. I know it will be hard again, the newborn stage. But I think with a little more perspective this time, I will enjoy that short time a little more.
First pregnancy: I think that if were truly honest with myself, I wanted to go into labor early. Not dangerously early, of course, but I really think that I was hoping for 3 or 4 weeks before my due date. I was completely ready, twiddling my thumbs for the last several weeks.
Second pregnancy: I hope I go until my due date, or at least within a few days of it. I want to enjoy the precious time I have with just one kid, and they will be close enough in age, it doesn't need to be any closer. Plus I want to have as much time as possible for nesting! I love nesting!
First pregnancy: Speaking of wanting to go early, it seemed like that 9 months dragged on and on...
Second pregnancy: I can't believe it, I'm in my third trimester! This baby is due in March! That's the month after next!! Must go clean and organize!!