Saturday, January 31, 2009
While in California we spent most of the time at home-base and had the visitors come to us. We ventured out once or twice to visit those that couldn't come to us, but otherwise it was mostly just a time to be at Grum's house and relax. Ace did wonderfully with all the visitors in and out of the house all day - and also enjoyed playing with his Grammie a lot.
Ace is regularly rolling over onto his tummy and getting frustrated after a bit once he's there because he doesn't realize that he can roll back over - and at this moment I am simply enjoying the remaining days of a non-mobile baby!!! I know my days are numbered. Ace also had a few days of intense teething while we there there and his first little tooth is partially peeking out of his gums. So many firsts this time of year! So far so good in the biting department - I've escaped feedings unscathed to date.
Ace went to my childhood church (were my mom and grandma still attend) with us on Sunday and did very well, but it being a smaller church than we typically attend it was cute to hear the little old ladies in the pew behind us when I took Ace out of his car seat and there was this on cue "awww" - I'm not sure how much of the sermon those ladies actually heard that day.
Grammie and Grum had gotten Ace a Pack-n-Play for him to sleep/nap in while we were down there and he enjoyed many naps in there as with all the visitors he napped way more than he typically does. He also napped often in the sling! Thank goodness I brought that! He was sweet just to sit in there and poke his little head out to see all that was around him.
Also on this trip to Cali I was able to see a group of my friend that we haven't been able to ALL get together in nearly a decade! Over the years we've managed to get 4 of us max in a room at one time, but that was it - so it was wonderful to get everyone together and just spend some time reminiscing of old times.
It was wonderful to make it down to California and visit friends and family, some of whom I hadn't seen since my baby shower last May. I was so pleased that everyone was able to meet Ace while he was a baby, but yet old enough to interact with them as well. It was a wonderful trip! Enjoy the slideshow of our adventures!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
While visiting his Grammie and Great Grum in California my little boy at 5 months old received his first haircut. I don't know why I find this traumatic, it's just a hair cut... but seriously, very traumatic for me. As you'll see in the video I am very distraught. You'll also see my husband and I with differing opinions on how all this should take place :) and Ace who seemed to be very interested in the shiny scissors. And after all that it's still unruly, but apparently it's now more "respectable."
Saturday, January 24, 2009
New firsts over this last month? His first trip on an airplane, his first trip to California, his first theft, rolling over from back to front, his first Christmas, his first new years, his first pair of bell bottoms!
Ace began his fifth month of life on Christmas morning. He awoke to his Grandma Carol and Aunt A and Uncle S and 5 more inches of snow falling for his (and my) first white Christmas. It was wonderful. His visitors headed out to get Pop Pop and Gran from their house in the all-wheel drive vehicle and then we enjoyed Christmas afternoon and evening enjoying each other's company and everyone enjoying watching Ace enjoy his first Christmas. In the evening we enjoyed opening some gifts and received the GIANT Nemo.
The snow began to melt and Ace finally made it to his four month appointment (a week late) and he measured at 25" (76%) and 14.9lbs (56%) a happy and growing baby boy. The doctor agreed his little teeth were starting to make their way in as she noted some swollen gums. To date there are not any broken through, but you can certainly feel them right under the gums now.
New Years Eve rolled around and we had our annual New Years Eve Party and this year it was themed in the 70's! So little Ace enjoyed sporting the tie-dye and bell bottoms. Ace was a perfect angel for his mom and dad. He enjoyed the company of everyone coming in and saying hi to him, and like clockwork headed to bed (in the room with the kitties) right at 11pm. He went down perfectly and was out within 15 minutes. Slept through the new year and woke up for his nightly snack around 1:30am. So mom and dad were able to enjoy ringing in the new year with friends with no fuss! Such a big and cooperative boy.
The first of the year has been pretty easy going after all the holiday hussle and bussle. Ace has enjoyed staying at home with mom and playing on his play mat. He has started to enjoy playing in his Exersaucer now that he is tall enough and has started to sit up almost entirely on his own. He rolled over from back to front for the first time one week shy of being a month old and has continued to do it. Just today he started (when placed on his knees) to start scooching using his toes. He still isn't interested in using his arms... but he is moments away from crawling. Ace still enjoys Kokomo as his soothing agent in the car and just before our trip to California we created a cd exclusively of Kokomo. Whatever works.
On Thursday we took Ace's first trip on an airplane. He did wonderful. He fell asleep before we went up and then was awake and happy. He had a moment of fussing on the initial descent into the airport that caused him some discomfort, but overall he is off to a good start to be a world traveler. :)
Since being in California he has had many visitors from his Great Aunt & Uncle and several other Aunties and of course Grammie and Great Grum. His Grum has been trying to teach him the last few days how to wink. He really is trying to do it and it's adorable to watch his eyes twitch as he's trying to do it. We have a few more days of excitement here in California and Ace is enjoying the warm weather. Ace's sixth month is off to a good start today!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
No menu planning for me this week! Instead I thought I'd participate in a different hemisphere of the blogging world and participate in Not Me Monday. A time where you can blog that you decidedly did not participate or do something during the week. Below are things that I certainly did not do over the last week. Nope not me!
I did not have so little time during the day that when I spilled coke on the carpet I did not clean it up by simply dumping water on it and throwing a spit up rag on top of it. Nope not me!
After losing track on when my son last had a bath, I did not substitute a real bath for my son with diaper wipes and baby powder.
I did not finish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I most certainly did not stay up till 4:30 in the morning reading a book several days to do so.
I do not blog in the wee hours of the morning and I most certainly am not addicted to blogging.
I certainly have not had a fabulous time with my dear friend Carrie and we most certainly did not enjoy several hours of episodes of Sex and The City.
I am not excited to see my family this week!
Check out other Not Me Mondays at My Charming Kids
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I took a quiz regarding book... these were my results.
|What Kind of Reader Are You? |
Your Result: Dedicated Reader
You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.
|Literate Good Citizen|
|What Kind of Reader Are You?|
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Secondly, I would implore all of you to pray for Kelly and her newborn baby, Harper.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Today much of the world got a visual reminder when that plane went into the Hudson River. What a miracle that the pilot was able to guide that plane so skillfully into the water. What a blessing that that pilot was scheduled and flew that flight. How wonderful that all those people survived what could have been a very freak and tragic accident. What an excellent visual example for the world to see God in action.
I hope the world was watching.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So since his opinion was now all over said rattle it clearly was going to become ours. Now, I can be thankful that my son has good taste (ha!) because this particular rattle was on clearance. However, I took the moment to teach him that mouthing toys is tantamount to stealing and that now mommy had to pay for it and that this is not very demure behavior for a well behaved almost-five month old. Or I just laughed hysterically and broke out my camera. I know I know, first Nemo now this. But two impulse purchases in 4 months is not terrible, he just can't learn that every time he mouths something it comes home with us... then I'll be in big trouble.
The little monster rattle came home with us and provided almost a full hour of entertainment. I am not sure what was so fascinating about this little creature, but my boy and it bonded something fierce. Ace sat next to me for almost a solid hour just chewing and shaking this little monster, and of course some photos had to be taken. In the one immediately below, he left it on his face in that same spot long enough for me to walk across the room and get my camera out, apparently it was comforting or amusing him - I'm not sure which, but I certainly am glad I got it on film!
After enjoying such a long amount of time with his monster, once Loving Husband got home we all went upstairs and enjoyed some Jeopardy (I know we have the habits of 80 year olds, ah well!) we got easily distracted when I started to play with Ace on my legs and he started to giggle and laugh up a storm - and so we broke out the camera in the hopes of finally catching a giggle on video. Success and he's such a ham for the camera! Again ignore me and maybe turn down your volume, I'm quite loud. ;-) Enjoy! Happy Thursday, everyone.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
So let's talk about Diaper Genie Refills!
For some reason whenever I'm at Target they are always out of Diaper Genie II refills. All the time. I don't understand it. So often I have to go to Babies R Us to get said items. The only other time I go there is for diapers and do a) I remember to get the refills when buying diapers b) stock up before I run out? Nope, never! So what do you do? Do you simply convert the DG to a regular trash can and just hope for the best? Do you set the DG aside allowing it to collect dust while the room fills with fumes too horrifying to discuss until you can find the moment to get yourself together to get out the door to go shopping? No!
We have found a solution in our house! This actually was my husband's solution but I found it ingenious and again it's possible that I'm quite daft (recall the Mommy Brain) and this is of course what everyone does when they run out of DG refills. Well here it is. Take a standard trash bag and roll it down, then place the bottom through just as you would the refills and tuck the bulk of the trash back where the DG refill should be. Close the DG up as usual and wa-la you have a make shift DG refill that will certainly last until you go to the store. It keeps the DG clean and contains the smell just as well. The only draw back is toward the end - the bag is so much bigger that the old diapers have expanded the trash bag within the DG and the spring board holding the DG closed to lock in the "freshness" tends to sag open, so as the more diapers are added the wider the hole stays open- but it certainly will work for a day or two!
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Monday, January 12, 2009
1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer
2) Select the 4th picture in the folder
3) Explain the picture
4) Tag 4 people to do the same
Success! Last week was my first attempt (via the blogging world) to plan and execute a weeks worth of meals. I've tried in the past but life or myself always got in the way. I think having the list in the digital world helped spur me on to keep on cookin!
To report on our yummy meals, I didn't stick quite to the menu as it was laid out. We had a freak bout of snow on Sunday that prevented the necessary trip to the grocery store (it was only a few inches, but it was supposed to rain away before the end of the day and we were waiting for that to occur... it didn't.) So Monday's meal (a soup) required a lot of prep and my husband (who kindly offered to do the shopping, because with a teething baby, it's less than ideal to shop with him) couldn't do it until after work on Monday. We would have been eating soup on Tuesday early-AM if we had chosen to make soup. So I made Poppy Seed Chicken instead. Yum! Tuesday was our potluck night, got rid of more drinks left over from New Years Eve... and Wednesday I think was my favorite. Steak Fajitas over Mexican rice with sweet potato rosemary and garlic fries. I know it doesn't sound like they go together - but they were delicious! Although Thursday was a close second - the Chicken Tortilla Soup! Yummy again. It was the first time I've ever made a soup from scratch - I'm a pro at taking a soup and adding meat to it but nothing more elaborate than that. Friday was leftover day! Saturday night went off without a hitch and my husband made it while I was putting the boy down for a nap. Sunday as usual unpredictable and was leftovers and McDonald's (I had two dinners, don't judge me!)
This week! I chose to hunt for some inspiration and where better than orgjunkie.com and the links set up by these fabulous bloggers! Yummy! So here's the menu for this week!
Monday: Mini Meatloafs
Tuesday: Potluck style again... we're in charge of bread!
Wednesday: Oven Fried Chicken
Thursday: Campbell's Hearty Chicken & Noodle Casserole
Friday: On Your Own! It's Bunco Night!
Sunday: Unpredictable as usual!
To find out what other bloggers are cooking this week check out Orgjunkie's page and see what's cookin!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
As of late every time they see either Loving Husband or myself move they bolt for the kitchen... for food - Nickolas is a pro at pawing at our food out of our hands (the audacity!) and their table manners (though always poor) are now appalling. Then they get started meowing, and then the baby fusses, and then the phone rings, then there's a dirty diaper.... and sadly the cats draw the short end of the attention stick and so in the interest of getting them to leave us alone we feed them. We've been neglectful kitty-mommas and daddys. It's true. I acknowledged that they're meowing for food because that's when they get the attention - so we try to pet them more. They are getting better (this is an extremely relative term) especially now that I've made the connection between neediness and food. But the truth remains: our kitties are eating their feelings.
* To be fair it should be noted that the "pre baby weight" pictures were taken in the summer of 2006 and they were barely a year old. So they were still spry teenagers and not to their full adult bodied potential... but for comparison and dramatic sake :)
Friday, January 9, 2009
"Pray without ceasing" - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
***UPDATE*** on Sunday, January 11th @ 11:00pm My SIL is through the worst of it physically. She will remain in the hospital for a few days for further monitoring, but it looks like prayers have been answered for her safety. There will be no long term damage to her body. Amen. Please continue to pray for her and her husband's emotional healing.
**UPDATE** on Sunday, January 11th @ 12:00pm PST My SIL has gotten her color back and her blood pressure is under control. Things are looking up. Please continue to pray for her healing and strength as this ordeal winds to a close. She is resting now and finally getting some sleep. Thank you all for your concern and prayers!
*UPDATE* @ 7:30pm PST My SIL is currently being treated for high blood pressure and is in the risk zones of a stroke and damage to her organs. She is on iv drips and being monitored very closely. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Today I ask for you to pray. Pray for my sister-in-law, who at this moment is in the hospital. The doctors are trying to prevent her from going into shock. They just found out the baby she's been carrying for 19 weeks is not viable and is causing her liver and kidneys to shut down. So please pray for her and her husband. Pray for healing of her body and her heart.
I have not had a bubble bath since my second trimester of pregnancy which ended in early June. Once I hit the third trimester getting in and out of the tub was not a graceful nor relaxing experience and thus not an option. So tonight I enjoyed 30 minutes of uninterrupted relaxing in a bath ME time. I had music playing, candles lit and I laid in the tub all to myself. Ahhhhhhh.
I think a nice bubble bath every six months or so is just what I need. I might have to squeeze in another one before June. Perhaps on January 21st which also happens to Squirrel Appreciation Day. Who makes this stuff up, seriously?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Just bold whatever you've done on your blog and let me know so I can see.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (in general)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check -- Ooops!
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (does outside the gate count?)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Being an attorney I know at one point my head was crammed full of facts, figures, laws on all things legal - ranging from torts to civil procedure to security law! Why? Because I had to take the bar exam and in order to be licensed. I had to REALLY know it, because I had to apply it in essays. I feel confident having passed that - cramming 22 subjects into my brain - that I know at least a few things. So I find it really disturbing when I have conversations like this with my husband.
Loving Husband: Where is Ace's washcloth?
Me: It's by the thing.
LH: ::blank stare::
Me: It's by... the thing over by that other thing.
LH: Oh right ok. ::blank stare::
Me: Uuhh uhh by the tv, it's by the thing over by the tv.
This has happened more than once. Don't worry I am not a litigator so there is no quick verbal retorts that are involve "Your Honor, that guy didn't do that thing that someone uh saw? no said... wait. Arg he didn't do it!" In fact I'm relatively sharp witted still - as long as I don't have to open my mouth! Apparently the verbal skills are the portions of my brain that my son has sucked from my being. I hope they grow back. Otherwise my child is going to sound far superior in intellect by the time he's 3 at mixed gatherings.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
He sleeps in our bed still - a few weeks back I attempted to transition him to the cradle next to my bed ... but he's too long for it already and I just am not ready to have him sleep in the other room. Anywhoo - so once both the boy and my husband were O-U-T and had been for at least 20 minutes (I waited for that deep breathing Ace does when he's really out) I headed down to the craft room to work on my GAM, because I'm a born night-owl.
Yes I can sleep in until noon, but I don't have to - I can function on 5 hours of sleep or less. It was a tremendous super power for me during law school when sleep was one of the 5 S's you got to choose to accomplish within the week (study, sleep, support (aka work), socialize, school) on average 3 of these were truly possible within a day if you were going to do them justice. All were possible if mediocrity was all you were aiming for. Sorry for the sidetrack... as I was saying... I don't need much sleep. I'm pushing 30 and have a 4+ month old kid and there is no signs of me requiring much more than I ever have required... I'm sure if we add another kid to the mix my song will change it's tune.
As I was saying... I was in the craft room when all of the sudden I heard my little guy screaming in his highest pitched terrified screaming voice and it really has to be loud to hear him all the way on the basement level of the house! It was hard to tell as I dropped what I was doing and ran up two flights of stairs to see what was wrong. Loving Husband was stirring - he wasn't sure what Ace was fussing was a result of... and there my little boy lay crying very sadly and still screeching (this was all within seconds, I run very fast it doesn't reflect poorly on my husband's actions during this time, as he was waking from a dead sleep himself to address the situation.) I tried to nurse him, worried that he had been looking for a hit off the milk tap and I had been missing, but he was still very sad and very asleep. I picked him up and soothed him and then he finally woke up. He smiled at me and started rooting for a snack - looking at me like why did you wake me up momma? Poor little guy. I think his mouth is hurting him.
Since the banshee scream I've stayed up here to ensure he's doing ok and so that Loving Husband can continue to get some sleep before work tomorrow... and Ace has a few times started to wind up that banshee motor and I've simply put my hand on his chest and said it's ok sweetheart, keep sleeping.
Wow, quite the ramble... well it's true to the mantra of the blog!
I digress! Menu planning for this week. Hmm so many choices and so little time to actually accomplish these type things. I will try to aim low on the expectations bar for this go around.
Monday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tuesday: Potluck style meal - we're in charge of drinks!
Wednesday: Steak or Chicken Fajitas with spanish rice
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Friday: Shredded poppy seed chicken
Saturday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Sunday: Leftovers or Eat Out... or a sandwhich - Sundays are always unpredictible.
To find out what other bloggers are cooking this week check out Orgjunkie's page and see what's cookin!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
While I am not one for an entire New Years resolution, I thought that this challenge would be a good one as it is a month by month situation. Vermillion Rules! set out the challenge to post a goal for the month of January. But as she mentioned establishing that goal is time consuming!
So for the first month of this new year, I think I'm setting my goal to be to get my Etsy shop up and running. That involves primarily creating inventory!! I've created an Etsy shop back in November - Ace Quilting - got it all ready to go with the full intentions of having inventory for Christmas - well that did NOT happen.
I have made significant steps in the last few days for some of my products: lavender eye pillows and sachets for your drawers and closets. I've procured the lavender, flax seeds, and fabric... now I just need to get sewing. I find this to be a worthy (and hopefully) profitable by at least a $1 goal for January!
Before: An empty shop!
After: Links and listings hopefully to accompany my February edition!
Although today my heart wasn't breaking when my nose almost did. Now I say sucker punch and most people would think a right cross to the nose. But let's be serious a four month old's arms don't pack that great of a punch (now his legs are a different story, but we'll save that for another blog) but a four month old, specifically my four month old doesn't have complete control of his arms and still has that *twitch* that young babies have from time to time. Often we refer to these arms as his "airplane" arms. Where he will just start flapping them for no real reason. When he's calm it's adorable. When he's super sad, fussy and downright having a melt down it's potentially hazardous.
Tonight my dear son was teething again and he was just plain uncomfortable, nothing really helped and he was flailing where ever he could, salmoning away at every chance. I finally managed to get him a little calm and he was sitting on my lap... he must have had a surge of pain when all of the sudden he lurches and his little airplane arms start going full speed in a more helicopter motion - fingers sprawled and into my nose ... WAY into my nose did one of those fingers go. Baby fingers are tiny so as we adults have sort of built in roadblocks with our own fingers fitting into our nostrils only so far (ew!) baby fingers have no problem fitting into an adults nostril with full force... to make eyes water. I was convinced my nose was bleeding it was throbbing and my eyes were watering and while I wanted to sit there stunned as if I had been sucker punched - I didn't have time for me, my poor little helicopter boy was very sad and needed to be walked around the room... and we did walk all the way to a mirror to conclude that I wasn't bleeding, but had an oddly shaped nose as half of it was swollen.
Yup, so for my first day of the new year I was sucker punched by a four month old. We're off to an amusing start!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Life has gotten busy and I've come to value our privacy more as the kids get older - but this still is a place I love to come back and relive the tales of when they were tiny. And still from time to time update and log more of our fun, so its pretty quiet here these day, but there are still lots of ideas to find for toddler fun, education, theme parties, and more!
And finally to answer the ever burning question, that I know you all wonder about...
What does it mean to be an A-Priori Mommy? Well... it's a complicated legal term often used in debate and the
Original Goal 10,000 Pages, completed 8/1/08!
Phase Two of Goal 12,000, completed 10/25/08!
Total Pages Read in 2008: 13,001 . 35 books