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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Paci

A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Facebook with a caption something like "We're in trouble when we try to break the paci habit!"


I got a handful of comments with advice (which I am going to take eventually) on how to kick the habit.  For now I'm seriously not worried about it, it was more just a funny moment to me when I checked on her and this was what I saw.  I was really happy over the summer to get her down to just sleep time, carseat, and stroller.  I know that might seem like a lot, but I targeted the key times it is helpful for her to be content and hardest to distract with other things.  We were really doing well towards the end of summer, and then her incisors started to come in and that little piece of rubber was all she wanted to gnaw on for relief.  We caved to the cries for the paci and suddenly she was totally hooked again, and with starting back to school and her being cranky in the evenings it has just been easier to give in when she asks for it.  I'm starting to realize that the paci addiction has reached new heights though.  

A few nights after this picture was taken when I put her to bed, she wouldn't settle down until she had one in her mouth and one in each hand ready for later.  At school when I pick her up she doesn't get excited because I'm there, the first thing she calls out is "Paci!" because she knows we get it out of her box to take home and she gets it in the car.  (They are much better than we are about not giving it to her unless it's naptime at school.)

This morning I decided it's time to use the paci addiction to our advantage.  When she was rolling around and giving me a hard time on the changing table, I pulled it out of her mouth and told her she couldn't have it until she turned over to be changed.  She rolled over so quick and was perfectly still for the entire change.  There will come a day sooner rather than later when it will be time to kick the paci habit, but until that day comes, I'm going to use that sucker to my advantage as much as I possibly can!  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CHIRP!

Steve is away for the weekend, so last night when I checked on Evelyn before going to bed I whispered, "Sleep until at least 7:00 for Mommy.  7:30 would be even better!"  It was not meant to be.

Wake up number one occurred around 1:00, when she started crying and calling for Mommy.  It lasted about 2 minutes until she found her blankie/buddy/paci and fell back asleep.  If that had been all I dealt with last night it would have been fine.  But 3:45 rolled around, and I was awakened by the deafening CHIRP of the fire alarm.  There was one beep, that was it.  There are 7 fire alarms in our house.  One in each bedroom and one on each floor.  That was seven possible low batteries, even though according to the one I took off the wall first, a low battery would be signaled by a beep every minute.  Not that I wanted a beep every minute, but at least I would have been able to figure out which one was beeping and that it was really a low battery.  By the way, in my sleep deprived brain I was convinced that we were going to die of carbon monoxide poisoning, not that I was dealing with a battery problem.

I started wandering between the bedrooms because I was pretty sure that the beep had definitely come from upstairs based on the volume.  The bedroom alarms were blinking red, and I would put money on the fact that before this morning they blinked green.  I started to think that they were maybe all connected, and when one goes, they all go.  It's 3:45 remember, and my brain was not thinking clearly that if they were all wired together there would be no battery problem at all because they would be running on electricity.  About 20 minutes later there had been no more beeping, so I decided maybe it was just a freak incident and I should try to go back to sleep.  Try.  Not that I would actually sleep, still being convinced of carbon monoxide taking over my house.

At some point I must have dozed and in my dream an alarm went off and I jumped out of bed and ripped the battery out of the alarm that I left sitting on the night stand.  It wasn't even a fire alarm noise in my dream, I was just that on edge.  At 6:00 there was another chirp and I made the decision to take down all of the bedroom fire alarms and remove the batteries since they were the ones blinking red.  In the process of going into Evelyn's room she bounced up in her crib, "Hi Mommy! Up!  Bookie!" And that was the start of our day.  She was up and could not be convinced that it was still night time.  We got into my bed and did a few bookies.  At 6:30 there was another unholy CHIRP!  At which point, I ripped the last alarm off the ceiling in the hall, tore out the battery, loaded my kid in the car and went out for breakfast.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Half Birthday

One of the troubles with having a winter baby is that both Christmas and birthday happen in the same season.  The gift giving all happens at one time.  Steve and I discovered a week or so ago that Evelyn has really outgrown most of her toys.  They just aren't engaging to her the way they were 6 months ago when she got many of them.  So, she lucked out this year and got some half-birthday gifts.  We got her some building blocks and some new doll accessories, among a few other things.  It's really amazing to see her actually using her imagination and playing.

My mom even chipped in with an early, early birthday present and ordered her the Disney Little People Princess Castle.  It arrived the other day and I spent nap time dealing with the miniature screws and precise application of stickers.  It was totally worth it though because when we walked down from her nap and she saw it sitting there, her response was "WOW!"




Building the Princess Castle reminded me of a similar struggle back at Christmas.  For those who may have missed it then, read about the last time I had to put a toy together!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pool Party

Here are the steps to an awesome backyard pool party!

  1. Spend a ridiculous amount of time at Target in the seasonal aisle pondering all of the pool choices about 3 months before pool season.  Seriously contemplate a mini-waterpark sprinkler system.  Finally settle on a pretty basic inflatable:
  2. Receive inflatable pools as gifts a few months later, including the mini-waterpark sprinkler system:
  3. Decide that today is the day to use the baby pools.  Decide to start with the basic pool, get it out of the box, rolled out, and look for the pump.
  4. Realize you forgot to pick up the pump when you stopped at your parents' house this morning because you got distracted by a new container of bubbles.  
  5. Take a selfie blowing up the pool manually.
  6. Decide that there will only be one pool today.
  7. Let your child play in the pool without any water because she's getting irritable waiting for this party to happen.
  8. Get out the hose and start filling.  Elicit help from your child to hold her attention.
  9. Your child's attention fails and she finds something better to do in the meantime.
  10. Plop your kid in only to discover that she won't go in unless you're in. 
  11. Risk dropping phone in pool to get cute pictures.
Pool's open!  Come over!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cousins

Cousins are awesome.  I grew up spending every July in Maine with tons of cousins.  It was the greatest thing ever.  I was lucky enough to have two cousins very close to my age who were basically my best friends, and we've done some amazing things together.

I was kind of jealous that many of my cousins lived in the same town, went to the same schools, and saw each other on birthdays and holidays.  The point I'm trying to make is that in my family, being cousins is more than being cousins.  We are cousins and best friends all rolled into one.  Most of my favorite memories are with my cousins:

Playing games...
4th of July parades...
Supporting the right team...
Being together in good times...
And harder times...
The best part so far about this summer was getting to spend about a week with each set of Evelyn's cousins. Similar to me growing up, Evelyn doesn't live very close to any of her cousins, but we have seen them all this summer!  We spent a week in New Hampshire with the Lane cousins, and even though they are a bit older than Evelyn is, they really had the best time!  She kept up with the big kids with no problems, and really just had the best time playing with her new best friends!


Then, to make for the best summer ever, we also got to see Marshall and Baby Andrew!  They live in California, and it was only the second time Evelyn has met Marshall and the first time meeting Andrew.  Evelyn is right in the middle of these guys.  It was great spending some time with a cousin closer to her age who likes doing the same things she does, and Evelyn loves babies!  It was a great couple of days with them! 




I'm so hopeful that Evelyn's childhood continues the way mine did: with amazing summers spent with her cousins...I mean best friends!  


Friday, July 11, 2014

Updates

For the first year of Evelyn's life I religiously documented monthly milestones.  I kept lists, I took her monthly pictures to show how she was growing and changing.






For a month or two after she turned one on the 14th of every month I felt like I was forgetting to do something.  And I suddenly stopped keeping track of all of the amazing things she was doing.  I think part of it was because once she turned one it started feeling like she was doing something new every day, and it still feels like that.  And at this point it's really less about the milestones and more about just the funny things Evelyn does that I want to remember down the road.  I follow another blog called Mommy Shorts and she must be feeling the same way because a few days ago she created a list of things she wants to remember about her daughter at this age.  So, I'm going to do the same thing.  Just document some of the things I want to look back and remember.

  1. Evelyn suddenly is doing this not so awesome thing where she wakes up at 4:30 in the morning.  Ok, she has done it twice.  But she also has on a few occasions just NOT taken a nap.  Steve calls her the Bionic Baby when she does this.  I know that for many parents 5:00 is a regular wake up time for their kids.  These few REALLY early morning wake ups make me very grateful that we usually make it to 7:00.
  2. While we're talking about sleep, my kid goes to bed like a champ (9 out of 10 days!).  Read her a book, snuggle a little, and sometimes she's so ready she even points to her crib and says night night.  You put her down, make sure she has her blankie and buddy (the super cute nickname she gave her bunny), and she's down.  And I realize I just bought myself a summer of not going to bed easily and waking up at 4:30.  I would like to remind everyone that my kid took a really long time to sleep through the night. 
    Doesn't have to do with sleeping, but that's her crawling under her crib, and it's pretty darn cute and funny!
  3. Evelyn's favorite thing right now is MO-TOH-CYCLES!  She cheers, she points, she claps when she sees one.  And if you want to see something adorable, take a look at the tough guy on the motorcycle who is loving every second of the little girl making a big deal about his motorcycle.  It's actually anything on two wheels that she loves.  A bike will get her excited and pointing, but the noise of a motorcycle approaching will have her looking all over the place.  
  4. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10!  These would be Evelyn's favorite numbers.  Everything is about counting.  Counting the steps, counting the fish on the wall, everything.  Between the motorcycles and counting the cars going by, we passed 10 minutes of time waiting in the car today.
  5. Kisses and I love you.  I don't think this one needs explaining.  
  6. The way she pats your back when she's hugging.  
  7. We started time out.  It's mostly just holding her in our lap for about 30 seconds while she screams and then asking her to say sorry after.  It's often 2-3 time outs in a row because she really still thinks that it will be okay to climb on the table or hit mommy the next time.  Oh, and there's really a difference between a Mommy time out and a Daddy time out.  One she screams through, one she's just like, this is a nice little snuggle.  I'm going to leave it up to you which is which.  
  8. Every morning, after calling out MOMMY, DADDY, MOMMY, DADDY, MOMMY, DADDY! the first thing Evelyn says when she is picked up is bookie!  She loves a little snuggle with whoever got her up and a book or two.  This is followed very quickly by a demand for breakfast.
  9. Video?  My child has never watched a second of television in her life, but suddenly this is the new demand.  And I'm ashamed to admit that it wasn't because I haven't tried.  There have been a couple of times when she was sick or when I just really needed to get something done that I tried some Arthur or that new one on Disney about some little girl princess, but it lasted a solid 1 minute before she was ready to play again.  When Evelyn is calling for a video, she wants me to whip out my phone and show her a video a kid doing something.  It can be her cousins, or even some kid on Facebook, but if it's her, even better!
  10. Fake crying.  That's right.  We have a little actress on our hands.  
  11. SHOES!  About 2 months ago, Evelyn became very aware of shoes.  They have a special spot in our kitchen and she will get them when you ask her to.  Along with her own shoes, she is very aware of where Daddy's shoes are.  Opening up the closet so she can get at Daddy's shoes will buy us about 5 minutes of get ready time.  But for the longest time it was only Daddy's shoes.  Finally last week Evelyn became aware of every one's shoes...especially flip flops!  She likes putting them on and shuffling around.  If you don't have your shoes on she will go find them for you.  Although she is going to call them Daddy's shoes the whole time.  
  12. Condiments.  Ketchup, BBQ sauce, she even goes for hummus, which I know isn't exactly a condiment.  And like basically every other kid she only eats the condiment.  Licks it right off of whatever carried it to her mouth and hands it back to you for more.  
  13. And when it comes to food, Evelyn will eat anything.  Peppers, beans, anything.  As long as it's on someone else's plate.  The minute you put that pepper or bean on her plate, not so much.  
  14. I have to mention the talking.  She's learning a new word every day.  Dusty Crophopper (thank you big cousin Marshall for that one!), trolley, flag.  It's awesome to be able to talk to her more and for her to express her ideas.  If she could only learn how to tell me why she woke up this morning at 4:30...I'd be a really happy momma!  
So nap time is about to end according to the noises coming from the monitor.  I know I could come up with more things about Evelyn, but that's all I have time for at the moment.  Maybe in a few more months I'll remember to do this again.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Clingy

I said I was going to try to blog every day, so here goes.  This is going to be a quick one.  My poor kid doesn't know if she's coming or going.  My normally independent, loves new people, little girl has been so incredibly clingy for the past 2 days.  I think she's worried I'm going to leave her.  I wasn't with her last weekend, then I brought her right to Maine from New Hampshire without Steve.  I think she's really confused about what's going on and it makes her worried that I'm going to leave next.  I guess it doesn't help that she's in a completely different place, surrounded by people she doesn't know very well.

Yesterday I couldn't even walk into another room and she was crying hysterically.  I had to take her with me to the bathroom.  She was nervous to go to any new person.  By this afternoon she had calmed down a little.  She's getting more comfortable being at Grammy's house, and even walked around with her for a minute when we went shopping today.  I actually got to eat my lunch at the counter, and watched her play by herself in the living room.  Serious progress!

She also really misses her Daddy.  She asks for him every morning when she wakes up, and I have to tell her that he's not here.  At various points all day she asks for him.  Thank goodness she understands the phone and likes to talk to him.  I'm really looking forward to him getting here on Thursday, but I'm nervous that he's going to leave again on Sunday and we'll stay for another week without him.  Hopefully she'll be okay because Nanny, Grampy, and Aunt Kelly will be here to help distract her!