Monday, March 30, 2009
Andrew is at home with the babe this morning and I'll be there this afternoon. I think she's really on the mend but with the fever coming and going, I don't want to put her recovery or other kids health in jeopardy by sending her to daycare. Better to be at home and "resting" which really means playing like normal. I did call the doctors office this morning, only to find out he is away on a trip. He is scheduled to be in the office this afternoon and I could have gotten an appointment but I told the receptionist that we've waited this long, so let's just wait and see what she's like tomorrow. If she's still running a fever, then I'll take her in, just to make sure her ears are ok.
That's all for now.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In other news: we bought a mower! We have been needing one for several years but we've made due with used and broken down ones (around 20 years old). We've been needing to mow but haven't been able to since both of our mowers are out of service! We decided to break down and use some tax return money for one that will actually allow me to go out and start it and begin to mow. The old one required jumping, tire inflation, deck and blade maintenance, and starting it with a screwdriver to mow each time. Needless to say, I needed Andrew around to be able to mow! It's a nice 46inch (deck) Craftsman. It was last year's model so we got a great deal on it.
Ok, that's it for now. I'm looking forward to warmer weather tomorrow, and hopefully some healthiness!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
She also has a 101 fever. She's still happily playing as I write this but has been a bit extra cranky, which is understandable. We're trying several things to make her more comfortable until her body can get rid of this virus. This is the first time she's really been sick, so we can't complain. I just feel sorry for the poor girl. :(
Friday, March 27, 2009
In other developments, we think that she can now say the word "yes". We've tried it several times this morning and something very close to "yes" comes out every time. She now can nod "yes" and shake her head "no".
Ok, I'd better go finish our breakfast (oatmeal and blueberries for Abigail - oatmeal and honey for me) and her nose needs wiped again. I think we're going to have to make a trip to the store for Kleenex and bread.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
No fever and clear snot, so she's at daycare today. Good mom, I am. Right?! Ha! Nothing like leaving your screaming half-sick child with someone else to make you feel wonderful.
Anyway, thankfully it's not bad. Hopefully it will clear up very quickly because I like to sleep at night.
I was about to write a post about how healthy she has been. Actually, it still remains true. She is rarely sick and if she does catch something it has been minor and brief. I don't want to jinx anything, though, and have her catch something that is a whammy!
Anyway, here is a list of things that I really think lend to her good health.
1) Plenty of sleep. She usually sleeps 11 hours at night and 2 to 3 during the day. Most people think her night schedule is crazy (since she goes to bed at 7 pm) but I'd like to compare her sleeping ability and health to other kids! The sleep does wonders.
2) Breastfeeding. We're still doing it. We're headed towards weaning. She's been getting one less bottle a day and is getting less interested all the time. She still likes her morning nursing session, however.
3) Food. She eats healthy. Seriously, she doesn't eat foods that are highly processed (rarely). Instead she eats, in great quantity, foods like kale, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, organic meats, a wide array of veggies, and the occasional "green" smoothie.
That's it for now. It's funny that I'm including this list on a post where I tell you that she's sort of sick. Ha! Anyway, I'm hoping tonight is better!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is the craziest goose I have ever encountered in my life. Most of us (staff) have started parking elsewhere so we do not have to walk past this crazy goose on our way in and out of the building. A few days ago I was arriving at work, along with another co-worker, when I witnessed, from the safety of my car, this particular goose charging my co-worker. Thankfully the mean ole' goose stopped before connecting with my co-worker but it was still scary to watch. Later that day, my co-worker was returning to the building from his car when the goose flew at him, knocking him backwards onto the pavement. The fall tore his shirt and the goose ruffled his hair.
On Monday, I was leaving for lunch when I opened the door of the building to walk to my car, and witnessed the fluttering of giant wings, a large open-snapping-beak, and vicious sounds coming from this bird flying at me! I hastily retreated inside and went out another door.
I have a slight fear of birds with long pointy beaks anyway. This guy is vicious.
I have been working on my will, living will, and power of attorney but they are not done yet. If I do happen to die because of this silly goose, please note the files can be found on our home computer. Hopefully they will be of use, even though they are not yet signed!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I need your advice! She is in a stage right now that I do not understand. I probably don't understand it because I don't speak whiny! I speak English. Whenever I hear a whiny noise, it makes my head want to explode! :)
Anyway, Abigail is at the stage where she whines for everything. She has yet to say her first real word, although she makes noises that occasionally sound like words. I think she's just plain frustrated that she can't get her point across and I'm trying to help her as much as I can but . . .
where do I draw the line?
What I mean by this is that I want her to understand at an early age that life is not about always getting what you want or doing what you want to do. I'm trying to find a balance between figuring out what she wants (she gets what she needs: she is a well taken-care-of girl) and teaching her that whining is not the way to get what she wants.
I've been asking her to sign if she wants more food at supper or if she is all-done. She will do it most of the time but there is still a very good amount of whining, temper, and crying going on.
Is it just my kid? Is it her teeth? Do all 1-year-olds who don't speak yet whine this much?
I know a lot of this comes with being a kid, temper tantrums, growing up pains, etc, but how much of it is normal? I DO NOT want to reinforce her whining behavior but at the same time I want to be understanding and really help her to express what she wants because that is important too. Just trying to find that balance.
Is anyone else's kid like this (or was)?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I was sad to read this article today. Of course, my point of view is simply that we had so much fun on the Superferry and got to see wonderful sights of Maui and Molokini, that we wouldn't have otherwise gotten to see if we hadn't been able to ride the Superferry. Perhaps I ought to think out of my little world and think about the environment. However, as far as a tourist point of view goes, this is a sad thing.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Oh my goodness. How am I going to resist buying her these shoes? I guess I'll have to wait until she outgrows the ones she has!
Friday, March 13, 2009
My opinions (not that they really matter):
My favorites: Lil (wow she can really sing) and Danny. A close second: Allison & Anoop.
Adam & Alexis were great too, they're just not really my style.
There are lots of good choices!
I'm grateful for:
- our good health.
- a lovely and warm home to live in.
- our bright future.
- fun weekend plans.
- our small group from church (friends).
- our jobs.
- our families!
- the study we're going through at church. Seriously, it's wonderful.
Abigail loves getting cards! Seriously, if you ever wondered if people really read the cards that you sent to them . . . be assured . . . she reads them - Over and over again! She carries them around the house, brings them to us to read to her, and looks at them over and over. So, thanks for all the birthday cards - she is still reading them!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So, can someone tell me how I missed this? How many weeks have I missed?
I'm going to set my "recorder" (not a VCR, DVR, or TIVO - we do weird technology at my house) to record them from here on out!
When am I going to have the time to get caught up on all these shows? I still haven't watched American Idol for three weeks. I'm busy folks and if I'm not busy, the computer IS (which is where the TV shoes are "recorded")!
Since recently purchasing the Dancing with the Stars workout DVD (one of them) - and loving it - I feel I must continue my loyalty to the show. :)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The last two mornings when I have gotten her out of bed, she has laid her head down on my shoulder and really snuggled! She has never been much of a snuggler. Then, when I laid her down on the changing table for a diaper change, she reached up and hugged my neck and didn't want to let go! Oh, so sweet!
She loves any kind of animal and gets so excited to see Dewey laying down. I think she takes this as a sign that he wants to be petted. Sometimes he lets her pet him and sometimes he doesn't.
We just moved her into a big bathtub and she LOVES it. She splashes and plays like it is the greatest thing. I'm looking forward to swimming with her this summer.
She loves being outside (which is great)!
She is learning to feed herself. We have let her try with applesauce (and nakedness) because it can get a bit messy. That is what the picture is of below.
Monday, March 09, 2009
I get to see her for a brief visit at lunch in 1 1/2 hours.
Oh how I love my girl.
(P.S. We spent lots of time outside this weekend. We took advantage of the warm weather. I'll post the pictures of Abigail enjoying hours of wagon riding when the camera gets unloaded. She loved running around on the porch, as well.)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
It was surprisingly. . . .
I thought it might be something Abigail would also like so I gave her a few sips of mine and she liked it! Yeah! The "frozenness" of the berries made it sort of like a slush and it was delicious. I downed mine before I got to work.
I'm doing a bit of Weight Watchers at the moment. It is incredibly motivating to "stay under" my allotted points for the day. Also, I'm paying for the subscription and money is a huge motivator for me. So, I'm making the most of it. Anyway, for those of you who know the points system, I just wanted to share that my berry "green" smoothie was 0 points! Seriously! I also had a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal with 1 tsp of raw honey. That brought my breakfast total up to 2 points. That is seriously low! I'm so excited - mainly because . . . I'm full!!!
And . . . here is a picture for you all. Abigail with her first set of pig tails! The babysitter put them in because I didn't have any hair ties that were small enough. Isn't she sooooo cute????!!! And grown up????!!! Too bad she screamed when I took them out. I guess I need to learn the art of not pulling her hair! :)
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In the mean time, I have been thinking a lot about patience lately. I know this is an area where I struggle. I'm just a person who likes to take action. If something needs doing or something is wrong, my first reaction is to fix it. Abigail has been extra whiny lately, as I have mentioned before, due probably to her teeth and just her age. Needless to say, it has been trying my patience! Ha!
I truly believe that I have come a long way in this area. I believe that it is a step in the right direction to first admit that you need to work on something (patience). However, today I also read something that hit home with me.
"You can't teach your children something that you do not have."
When we are feeding Abigail and she's "begging" for more, by pointing and whining, our current phrase is "please have some patience". I need to step up my game on this and be an example. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to raise this beautiful and lovely girl. I certainly cannot even begin to do things right as a parent. I must rely solely on the strength, power, and wisdom of Jesus Christ!
In the light of this, I am also pondering the fine line between patience and laziness. Any thoughts?
I will remind myself again of the actual definition of this, since I tend to forget things easily!
Patience is bearing complaints or trials calmly or without complaint. Patience is not being hasty. Patience is being steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.
Monday, March 02, 2009
This whole series is (obviously) about relationship building. This is not just about marriages but about all relationships in our lives. I am going to chronicle my thoughts and what I read here because I think it is valuable information to understand. And I would like to remember it in the future! :)
Today's topic was titled "Nothing is More Important Than Relationships". How very true this is and how very easily I forget it. God created us FOR relationships. It is so easy for me to get caught up in "getting things done" such as work, cleaning, laundry, cooking, getting "stuff" I want, etc. While it is important for me to do these things for my family, it is MORE important for me to give the most important thing to my family and that is TIME. (See, I was listening in the sermon yesterday!). I also need to not be concerned with what others are doing or giving, as far as time is concerned, and only focus on overcoming my selfishness.
This chapter was great to read because of its honest. Relationships are both wonderful and horrible at the same time. We are all human. We're capable of a wonderful, deep, enriching love but at the same time we're capable of hurting someone else deeply. Sometimes these things happen within the same day or even hour!
Here is a great quote from the book:
"Your relationships with God and others will last all the way into eternity. Jesus knows full well that the swirling wonder and pain of our relationships tempt us to move them down our priority list. "Who needs this?" we say, and so reduce our lives to simple hobbies, tasks, and entertainments. That is not the answer! When I try to make less important that which is truly most important, it only causes more confusion."
"The path to the greatest life possible and the greatest joy possible is found in the priority that Jesus taught us to keep at the top of the list: Place the highest value on relationships."
I'm still boggled in the brain by how easy this is for me to forget. I need this study now more than ever as I balance lots of relationships (old and new) in my life. How will I relate to my daughter? What will my daughter learn from watching our marriage?
Anyway, good thoughts for me today.
On Friday, my co-worker/substitute/help (I don't know what to call her) called me at about 8:10 am to say that she had a sick kid and couldn't work. It happens. We worked out a solution where I would do 1/2 of the work on Friday and she'd do 1/2 of the work on Saturday. I was originally going to check to see if my in-laws could watch Abigail but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the WHOLE purpose of me having Fridays off is to spend more time with my daughter. It is not enough as it is so I didn't want to give that up, if possible. Plus, there are lots of people from work who were wanting to see her, so I brought her with me.
For the most part, it went well. She played with some boxes and paper. She had fun running around. We headed home right during nap time, so she fell asleep. I drove to the house, got my shopping list, and drove to Walmart so she could have a longer nap. When she woke up, we went grocery shopping. We've been going WAY over on our grocery budget each month so this month we're really going to try and tighten up!
The rest of the day was uneventful. I headed to my girls night out around 6:30 pm. This was, again, so much fun! We had a delicious meal together (I brought corn pudding) and then we scrapbooked and, of course, talked! :)
On Saturday, I went to a place called Dream Dinners to assemble some "pre-made" dinners for our family. There is still some cooking involved in some of the recipes but I hope that by doing this, I'll be able to spend slightly more time with my daughter each evening instead of spending the whole time cooking supper. We haven't eaten any yet (it's dethawing for tonight) but it seems like a pretty healthy and quick alternative to prepackaged meals (not that we ate a lot of those before). It is like a prepackaged meal without all the bad stuff (MSG, transfats, soy products, etc). I know what spices went into each seasoning packet, etc, since I assembled it myself.
We'll see how well we like it and if it helps us hold to our food budget or not.
On Saturday night we went over to my in-laws for an absolutely delicious meal. I think I've been completely initiated into the family because I'm going to write about the food we ate! :) Ha! We had white chicken chili and quesadillas made with this yummy tortilla that is not pre-cooked. I don't even know how to describe them. Anyway, yum!
Sunday: I taught Sunday school, we had lunch, Abigail had a nap, we ate supper, etc, etc.
Abigail has been EXTRA cranky this weekend and is in a state of constant whinyness. I do believe she is suffering from three big molars cutting through her poor gums and . . . the inability to communicate. She suddenly has opinions about things, from what she eats to what she does, yet she isn't talking yet so I think she's is frustrated that she can't communicate these things.
I'm going to try baby signing with her. I hope it works.
Whoa, this "got big on me". I took some pictures this weekend but they're still on the camera. I'll post them another time!