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Today’s Topic: Boogers

January 12, 2009

Baby Boogers, to be exact. And what a pain in the ass they are.  I can see all you mom’s out there in Ennui-land nodding your heads. If you don’t have kids, well, read on because this may affect you someday.  The reason for this post is because Princess has a cold (so do I, but that’s besides the point, I can blow my nose). It’s her second cold, so I know the drill of all the stuff I’m supposed to do. I have one end of her crib mattress elevated and we sit in a steamy bathroom for a few minutes before bedtime every night. We have a cool mist humidifier in her room, though, truthfully, she seems to sleep better the nights I don’t turn it on, so I’m skipping it. Maybe I’ll put it in my room. It’s less work to clean than the warm humidifier we have in there. And, last but not least, I squirt saline up her nose and suck out all the boogers with a nose bulb. Princess absolutely hates this. She acts like I’m sucking her brains out. I don’t know if it’s the messing with her nose or the fact that I have to hold her still. She doesn’t like being held still. She hates having her nails clipped for the same reason (and I don’t want to hear that you should cut a baby’s nails while they’re sleeping – I’ve tried and it just wakes her up).  But, I use the nose bulb religiously and every night we go through the screaming wriggling routing while I attempt to clear out her nostrils so the kid can breathe. I usually give up after several times. I’ve realized since becoming a parent that I have much less patience that I thought I did. Another mom I talked to suggested I get one of those battery-operated nasal aspirators. It plays music to distract the child and gets all the boogers out, so she said. So, I ordered it off of Amazon and it will hopefully be here by tomorrow. After I use it, I’ll review it here and let you know if it worked or not.  Well, I’ve gotta go. Snot Child has managed to push all of her toys out of her reach, so I should give her a couple back. Later!

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Writer’s Workshop

December 3, 2008

The Prompts:

1.) Tag! Post and write about the 6th picture from (the 6th folder of?) your Flickr account and then do the same for the 6th picture of the 6th folder on your computer.

2.) Are you still friends with you high school friends? Describe them.

3.) If you had to star in a reality tv show, which one would it be and why?

4.) Describe a time when your pet caused chaos.

I’ll do numbers 1 and 4 because I’m only doing half of the first prompt. My pics are on my other computer and I’m just too lazy to go downstairs, find the 6th pic in the sixth folder and continue writing this post. Besides, I’m holding Princess. So anyway, the first part of numero uno: the 6th image in the sixth folder of my photobucket account is…


Tee hee

It’s a pic of Princess back in September when she was 3 months old ( I can’t believe she’s going to be 6 months old in a couple of days). We had her on our bed and were attempting to get a photo of her and our cat, with little success. My mom was visiting us at the time. I don’t remember if she was the one making Princess giggle or if we were trying to get the baby to smile for pictures with the kitty.  

Number four is a bit harder. I mean, our pets are the very definition of chaos at times. I’ll tell the story of our dog when we first got her, though. We got Maya from the Humane Society as an adult dog, somewhere between 3 and 6 years old, they didn’t really know. It was in the first few weeks after we’d gotten her and we were still developing the pet/owner bond and hadn’t taken her to obedience class or anything yet. Well, Hubby got bit by a rattlesnake (yes, a rattlesnake – I don’t recommend it to anyone. If you want to hear the full story, say so in the comments and I’ll write a separate post about it). So, he was in the hospital for about a week and I was with him most of the day since I wasn’t working at the time. Our dog had a bad habit when we got her to go running our the door full tilt and we’d then have to go chase her. She did this several times. The first night that Hubby was in the hospital, I called our friends to let them know what was going on and they came over to keep me occupied so I wouldn’t go down the anxiety trail. Well, they didn’t close the front door well, and, before we knew it, Maya (the dog) went running down the street. Maya is a mostly black dog. It was night time. It’s hard to see a black dog at night time. So, we all went running after her and eventually caught her and dragged her back home. We were at least lucky and she didn’t go far that time. Another time we had to get the neighbors to take their dogs out to see if it would attract Maya (it did) and another time I managed to corner her when she went into someone’s backyard. Now she’s content to stay with us and we can have the door open and she usually won’t even go out of it, unless she’s really excited cause there’s someone at the door, like the pizza delivery guy. I guess she was just doing her part to take my mind off Hubby in the hospital. Such as good puppy dog. lol

I just thought of another pet chaos story. When Hubby and I were first living together way back when, we got two kittens from the Humane Society. They were from the same litter and were as cute as can be ( We still have one, Rowan, but the other, Lovelace, died a few years ago). Well, as responsible kitty owners, we took them to the vet and got them spayed. The vet used staples to close the incisions. This was done about the time Hubby and I graduated college and all our family were there. This was the first time I was meeting Hubby’s parents because they were living in China at the time while his dad worked over there. So, we were all going out to dinner after graduation, and Hubby and I went home quickly to change and check on the kitties. Well, Lovelace had licked all her staple right out. So, we called the vet and I had to go take her in to get restapled while Hubby went to the restaurant and explained what was going on (this was in the days before cell phones – hard to believe there was such a time). I eventually joined up with everyone at the restaurant, but it definitely was not the way I imagined meeting my future in-laws for the first time. lol



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What I did on Saturday (and Friday, and Sunday)

November 3, 2008

We had a busy weekend.  Friday, I dressed Princess up in her costume and headed off to hang out with a mommy’s group.  I figured, since she wouldn’t be going trick-or-treating, and by the time people came around for candy she’d be in bed, it was the only chance to dress her up and show off.  Everyone liked the costume and thought she was very cute.  It’s always nice to have a little ego boost when people like something you’ve made (I suppose that applies to both the costume and the child, lol).  We met at a coffee shop and then walked down the block to a little park where hte older kids could run around and toddle.  It’s so fun seeing little kids in costumes.  We had a couple of monkeys, a ninja, a duckie, a pumpkin, and a white tiger.

Saturday, I went for a massage at noon.  I realized that it’s been 2 or 3 years since I last had a massage.  And boy did I need it.  I think I still need another hour or more just on my shoulders.  They are always the worst.  All of my stress goes there, plus, it’s where all the weight goes when I carry Princess around.  My lower back’s pretty bad, too, but I’m being cautious about having too much pressure there, since the nerves and everything is still healing on my stomach from the c-section.  I also had to ask the guy for an extra towel to place under my boobs, just in case I leaked. lol.  Thankfully, he’s a nursing student, so the request didn’t really phase him.  After my massage Hubby and I (and Princess, of course) went to look at gps units for our new car, because I’ve realized I’m a really bad driver when I’m trying to look for something.  We’ll get one off of Amazon, since it’s usually waay cheaper (Hubby and I were wondering how the regular stores stay in business anymore – I figure there are still a lot of people who are nervous about buying online) but I wanted to see them in person to compare.  We also looked at digital pianos.  I really want a piano, and traditional pianos are just too expensive and bulky, not to mention, you have to get them tuned all the time, so I figure a digital piano is fine.  I was supposed to get one when I got my Master’s degree, but life kind of intervened in that endeavor.  I unfortunately do not have the willpower and drive to do something when it’s not needed and when I’m tired from work, etc.  And, though I’d like to finish it, I think at this point it’s past the point of no return.  But, I’d still really like a piano, and I’d like Princess to grow up with a piano.

On Saturday, since it was a really nice, warm day out, I also dressed Princess up in her costume and we had fun taking pictures of her outside with the leaves.

Sunday, Princess and I headed out to a friend’s house for a jewelry party.  princess wasn’t too bad.  I think she ran through her entire emotional gamut in the few hours we were there, and she had a melt down on the way home.  I realize now it was probably because she was all off from the time change.  GO figure – the first night she actually slept through the whole night and didn’t wake up until 7 am, we realized we had to turn back the clocks and it was only 6.  Oh well.  I’m hoping she’ll sleep through again.  She’s definitely learning to self-sooth and her naps are starting to get longer, which means I actually have time to do stuff during the day – like make Christmas presents.  I can’t discuss them here, since some of the recipients read the blog, but I’ll post pics after Christmas.

Oh, and we sold the piece-of-shit beater car.  A guy gave us $700 and towed it away.  Yea!!

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tutu dress 101

October 29, 2008

For Princess’ Halloween costume, I decided to make a tutu dress for her to be a little woodlands fairy.  First stop, lots of web sties to see if I could figure out how the heck to make one.  I found some really pretty ones on Etsy.com, but I figured I could make one for cheaper than the $60 they were charging.

Next, I went to the fabric store.  The good news: netting is really cheap.  SO I picked up 1 yard each of the colors I wanted to use.  I also picked up a yard of tulle as an overskirt and some cute green fabric with iridescent dots on it for whatever else I might want it for.  I ended up using it on the wings.  I also got some elastic.  After experimenting, I fount that the thing elastic is easier to tie the netting around, so if you’re going to use the no-sew method, get thinner elastic.  I also picked up ribbon for the neck tie.  

Fabric

Fabric

So, in list form, that’s:

1 yd. each, various colored netting (I used three, you can use however many you want)
1 yd tulle
elastic (measure your child’s waist, cut elastic an inch or 2 shorter, depending on how much it stretches)
ribbon

Other supplies I had at home:

wide sheer metallic ribbon
bias tape (Its used for hems, goes around the edge of the fabric to seal it – looks like ribbon)
various trims
felt and fur for the wings
iron-ons
thread
sequins and small seed beads to match
18 gauge wire

To make a basic no-sew tutu:
cut elastic to desired length.  If you’re making a tutu dress, the band will fit around the waist in the back and go up to the chest in the front, so measure accordingly.

Cut your netting into strips.  You can make these however thick you want, depending on the look you want.  I used approximately 3 inch wide strips.  THe length will depend on how long the tutu or tutu dress will be, but each piece will be doubled over, so keep that in mind when cutting.  The length of each piece will be twice as long as you want the finished length to be, plus an inch for the know.

Next, fold over a piece of netting and slip the loop under the elastic.  Then pull the loose ends over the elastic and through the loop and pull tight.  Warning, I found it difficult to work with the materials because the netting kept getting caught in the elastic, but be patient and you’ll work it out. Continue this for all the strips.  If you just want a simple tutu, you can finish it at this point by simply sewing together the ends of the elastic.  I also put on a few strands of a wide sheer metallic ribbon I had.  Ta Da, a tutu is born.

Net tied around waistband

Net tied around waistband

Princess modeling a basic tutu

Princess modeling a basic tutu

Shit.  I just wrote a whole post and somehow deleted half of it.  Sigh.  Here goes again…

I don’t do simple, so, of course, I had to do a more complicated thing.  I took the tulle and made it into an overskirt by folding it in half lengthwise, then cutting a petal pattern.

Tulle overskirt cut out and hemmed

Tulle overskirt cut out and hemmed

I ended up folding it over the waistband of the dress, so one folded side went below the net (to keep it from being scratchy) and the other went on top of the net for decoration.  THe below side, I just folded over the edges twice and sewed for a hem (There’s a technical term for this, but I have no clue what it is – blind hem, maybe?). The top side I used bias tape along the edges.  THen I folded it over the waistband and, stretching the elastic as I went, sewed it to the dress.  Difficult to do with all that tulle and netting, let me tell you. Then I sewed a ribbon to the waistband to finish it off.  I lost a little elasticity by doing this, since I used such a small elastic, but, I figured it would be okay, since it’s a dress and will be held up by ties around the neck anyway.  I folded a piece of ribbon in half lengthwise (the length depends on your child) and sewed it to the middle to make the tie (like a halter-top).  

halter-top tie sewn onto waistband

halter-top tie sewn onto waistband

THe last major step is to sew together the ends of the elastic and tulle.  For extra decoration, I sewed a flower to the front (it also hides where the tie is sewn on) and put some iron-on flowers and a butterfly on the “petals” of the overskirt.

 

sewn together seams

sewn together seams

Side note: Princess is trying to help mommy type. lmao.  She’s got a hold of my hands as I type this.  I have a feeling we’re going to have to teach her pretty early to leave mommy and daddy’s computers alone (yes, plural.  We have my iMac (Mac’s rule) and  PC, which we don’t really use much, plus Hubby has a laptop and I have a Mac laptop up in the nursery.

Back to the costume:

Wings:
I used some sheer fabric and leftover tulle for the wings.  First, bend and cut the wire into whatever shape you want the wings to be. THen, I glued the fabric  to the wire.  THis was kind of difficult, since the glue didn’t want to stick to the sheer stuff, but I was persistent.  Then I glued on some ribbon and trim.  I took a piece of the tulle I used in the dress and used it as a backing.  I glued this on, then sewed around the edges of each wing to hold everything securely in place.  THen I cut out a diamond/oval shape out of some fur and some felt.  I glued the fur to the front of the wings, in the center, to hold the wings together. I cut four horizontal slits into the felt, two on each side, for the arm bands to go through. I measured on princess the length for each armband, then cut some elastic a little shorter than the measurement, and some wide ribbon twice as long.  I sewed together the long edges of each piece of ribbon (one per armband) and turned it inside out to form a tube.  THen I pulled the elastic through and pinned it.  THen, I slipped each end through a slit and sewed them together and to the felt to help secure the band.  Repeat for the second band.  THen I glued the felt onto the inside of the wings.  As a final touch, I sewed on some sequins. Pull the thread through the fabric, then through the sequin.  String on a bead, pull the thread back through the sequin and back into the thread.  This also helped to hold it all together.

back of wings

back of wings

costume front

costume front

back of custume

back of custume

 

Fairy Princess in mommy-knitted sweater

Fairy Princess in mommy-knitted sweater

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catch-up

October 28, 2008

Sorry I haven’t been posting much.  Life with mom visiting is hectic.  She’s home now.  My dad is in the hospital.  They found colon cancer at his colonoscopy a few weeks ago and had to bring him in for an operation to remove a small section of his colon.  My mom said he did fine in the operation and everything is looking good for now.  He’ll have to be in the hospital all week, though.  Hospital stays are not fun.  I remember my stay when Princess was born.  It was a few days longer than normal because of the emergency c-section and my preeclampsia. So, please say a prayer or thought or whatever to whomever that my dad heals quickly and well.

Now for some good news.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Princess.  While my mom was here, she started turning over from her back to her tummy.  I’d been practicing with her, rolling her over on her mat, but she started doing it on her own, and a lot.  Of course, she’s not always quite sure what to do once she gets on her belly, but she’s figuring out how to get her arms up under her.  I guess I’m going to have to really be careful where I leave her now when I put her down.  Now she just needs to learn to flip the other way and she can roll around to her little heart’s content.  I’m still waiting for the day she can sit up on her own and I can put her on a blanket with some toys to play.

Today’s big breakthrough was Princess has learned to self-sooth!  Yea!!!!!  This is doing wonders for my productivity.  Previously, she was only doing 45 minute stretches per nap.  So, basically, by the time I got her sleeping (plus the 10 or so minutes staying in the room to make sure she STAYS asleep), I had about 30 minutes to eat, nap, do laundry, work, etc. etc.  She naps about 4 times a day.  It doesn’t add up to much.  So, today, I was in the basement and I heard her wake up, so I went upstairs to the nursery to get her.  By the time I got there, to my great astonishment and joy, she was happily sucking away at her thumb (the pacifier had long since fallen out of her mouth), sleeping away.  I couldn’t believe it.  She did this at all of her naptimes today.  now, the real test will be how she sleeps tonight.  Of course, I am also re-starting the unswaddling process.  I tried when my mom was here, but stopped because she kept waking herself up around 1, 1:30 am.  But now that she’s turning over, she really needs to be unswaddled.  So, I’m hoping if she does wake herself up, she’ll self-sooth and go right back to sleep.  Cross your fingers.

Oh, and since she had such great naps today, I managed to finally finish her Halloween costume.  Tomorrow I’ll try and post pics and instructions of how I made it.  Till then, good night to all.

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What I did on Saturday, really

October 19, 2008

Hubby and I took advantage of my mom being in town to babysit and we went for a nice dinner and then went to see Lewis Black (a comedian).  It was nice to be out without Princess.  It’s been a while.  I was even able to have a drink, since I wouldn’t be feeding her and didn’t have to worry about the alcohol getting in my milk.  I had the bartender make me a surprise drink.  I do this a lot because I don’t really have a favorite drink.  I tell the bartender to surprise me with something sweet.  Usually they just make some kind of standard drink, but this guy had fun and completely made something up.  It was very yummy, too.  Dinner was nice, though, I realized that I don’t really have a lot to talk about anymore.  I guess that’s an indicator that I need to get out more.

After dinner, we went to see lewis Black.  He was playing at Hubby’s school, so we got the tickets at a really good price.  If you don’t know him, he has a very acerbic sense of humor and goes from normal speech to yelling in mid-sentence when he really gets going.  He’s on The Daily Show a lot and has his own dhow on Comedy Central, too.  We really like seeing him there, so we had high hopes for show.  The Opener wasn’t too bad.  He had on and off moments.  Lewis Black started really well, but towards the end of his act he started getting really serious and the funny moments got farther and farther apart.  Hubby said he got a bit preachy.  He was talking about the political situation.  Overall, though, it was a good time.

We got home and my mom said Princess was fine, though she was a bit fussy when she fed her.  Princess has issues with the bottle sometimes.  She blamed the nipple and said she switched to a different one and it was fine.  I thought Hubby was using different nipples to get Princess used to them, but apparently, he’s still using the newborn ones from the hospital.  Sigh.  By the time we got to bed it was pretty late, after midnight.  So, of course, Princess decided to wake up around 1:30.   I was so exhausted.  So I fed her and thankfully she dropped off really quick back to sleep.  I mean, as soon as her head hit the mattress, literally.  I went back to sleep, then she was crying again around 4:30.  I went to check on her, but her eyes were still closed, she was just very fussy and squirmy.  So, I popped a pacifier in her mouth and she dropped back to sleep.  Whatever.  I certainly wasn’t going to complain.  She woke up a bit early this morning – 6:30, but that doesn’t really surprise me since she fed at 1:30.  My mom was nice enough to take her in the morning so Hubby could sleep in a little, too.  Of course, princess pooped then and had to be completely changed.  So my mom put her in something she bought for her. lol.

Today’s plan – looking at cars so we can buy a new one nad get rid Hubby’s piece of shit car.  Yea!!!

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Ugh

October 14, 2008

Sorry it’s been a few days since I wrote last.  It was a long weekend, and not in the vacation day sense.  Friday we took Princess for her Four month well visit and next round of vaccinations  I made Hubby go with us this time so he could hold his little girl while they stuck her with needles.  Thankfully, she recovers pretty quickly from the torture.  Her official stats are 16 lb, 10 oz and 25.5 inches.  SHe’s in the 90th percentile.  We have a big kid. Afterwards, Princess and I went to the fabric store to buy the stuff for her costume.  WHat is it with fabric stores that the lines are always really long and the sales people don’t seem to get the idea that they can call for help? I was waiting in line to have the fabric cut and one of the employees was helping two ladies figure out the answer to a question they had about a pattern.  Well, this took forever, and I’m not exaggerating. She was helping them before I even started to gather the fabric I needed and was still helping them when I got to the cutting counter.  SO, I told the other lady there she might want to call for someone else because there was a very long line.  Duh.  SO she did and the line started moving much faster.  WHy don’t people think of this?  Sigh.  Anyway, I’ll document my making of the tutu dress for you.

Saturday Hubby had a meeting, though he did give me my morning mini-vacation (he takes Princess for a few hours in the morning so I can sleep in) which is always nice. Then we went to our friends’ house for dinner.  Only problem is they eat dinner very late, so we didn’t end up eating until 7:30, which is usually when we feed Princess and put her to bed.  So, needless to say, she was a bit grouchy.  I fed her quickly after I ate, but she didn’t last very long and we went home.  THe food was good, though.  Grilled squash and salmon (I had chicken, though – I’m not a huge salmon fan). My friend’s aunt was in town. She’s from West Virginia and is apparently used to a more “county Southern” type of food – basically, everything fried.  You could tell she didn’t really like the food but was trying to be polite.

Princess was a little fussy all weekend.  I assume it was hte aftermath of the shots and her schedule being so off.  Oh well.  SHe did sleep in until about 8:30 one morning this weekend, though.  That was nice.  I woke up and looked at the clock and told Hubby to go check on her.  SHe was awake, but just playing in her crib, no care in the world.  THis morning wasn’t so nice.  She woke for her feeding around 4 and didn’t take too long to go back to bed, then I jumped in the shower really quick, since Hubby has to get up early and I won’t get a chance otherwise.  Around 6:15 (according to Hubby) she woke up.  He was already awake and ready, so he took her and tried to get her to go back to sleep, but she ended up only sleeping about 20 minutes and woke up around 7, so I just got up at that point.  I took a nap when she had her first nap, but she only naps about 45 minutes in a stretch, so by the time I got to sleep, I didn’t sleep very long.  Thank god for the days I can sleep in.  Till then, I am just sleepwalking through the day. lol.  I have no idea how to get her to sleep longer.  I tried yesterday to get her to go back to sleep after she woke up, but she fell asleep and woke up a few minutes later – several times.  After the third time I just said screw it and picked her up.

Speaking of short naps, Princess is apparently awake again and letting me know she’s done with being in her crib.  Later!