Nov 30, 2011

Dr. Seuss Projects

I've gotten all of the material I ordered to make Max's room a Dr. Seuss theme. I've made two blankets so far, and I've almost finished one curtain. Next on my list is going thrift store shopping for picture frames and covering them with Dr. Seuss material. I also want to make a diaper stacker, crib skirt, and carseat cover. If I have any material (or motivation) left after those things are done I have some other ideas too.

Kins modeled for the pictures of her little bro's blankets.





Nov 27, 2011

ABC Song Duet



I think I see a daddy daughter band forming in the future. She loves singing and music. She often requests that the radio be turned on, and she can recognizably sing maybe 10 songs. She sings just the first couple lines of each, but at least a few words per line. I can tell what she's singing anyway, although maybe not everyone could. She wakes up singing, goes to bed singing, and she bursts into song multiple times per day.  The songs she sings most are Twinkle Twinkle, ABCs, this song, Elmo's song, The light song from Tangled, Wheels on the Bus, The Rhino Song, and I Won't Stay Inside (Sesame Street). Singing to her is one of the best ways to calm her down if we're driving and I can't actually hold her. Tim has a pretty good ear for music, he remembers lyrics really well, and can pick out songs on the guitar fairly easily. I, on the other hand, can barely even sing a song Tim and I both know perfectly well and have Tim recognize it. I can never remember the words, and my tune is always terribly wrong. In my head it sounds just right, but I can't make it come out that way. Luckliy, I think Kins is taking after Tim musically.

Nov 19, 2011

Playhouse

Tim built Munchies a playhouse. It's an early birthday present. She loved her cardboard box, so I suggested that he build her a playhouse so we wouldn't have to keep a cardboard box in the living room for the next 5 years. He was excited about the idea. We both figured out how we wanted to decorate it, and I did a lot of the fabric picking and wrapping up the interior panels of wood with the fabrics. It was a lot more work than we anticipated, as these projects always seem to be. The good news is, she's built sturdy. Maybe it'll even end up getting used by Kin's kids one day.

 I love the heart window, but unfortunately until we move and have a bigger living room, it's blocked off by furniture. Maybe once day it'll actually be accessible.

Nov 16, 2011

Locke!

After watching a few videos of Locke yesterday, Kins only wants to watch videos of him. Nothing else will do. Usually, while she eats I'll put on her youtube playlist of various kid songs. Now, when I put those on, she grabs my hand and demands to watch Locke.

Nov 13, 2011

19 Weeks

It's crazy how much faster my belly is getting big this time. I've got strangers mentioning I'm pregnant, which never happened until around 26 weeks with Kins. I'm not wearing maternity pants yet, but the rubber band trick on regular pants probably won't last a whole lot longer. I feel Max moving probably ten times a day now. Tim hasn't felt him yet, but there have been a few times that he would have been able to if he'd been feeling at the right time. Little guy is getting strong already. 

Max is supposed to weigh around half a pound right now. I, on the other hand, have gained 10 pounds. My midwife said that puts me on track for a 25-30 pound weight gain, but with Kins I had gained a few pounds less at this time, and still ended up with a 30 pound weight gain. I'm a little frightened to gain more than with her, because it didn't seem necessary since I had to lose 15 pounds of fat after. You're only supposed to really need to gain around 5 pounds of fat. I've instigated a 3 part plan to keep fat gain more under control this time. Part 1: I'm back to working out just about daily now, so that should help. It's felt good to get back into it, getting out of the routine I forgot how nice that extra energy feels after a workout. Part 2: I'm making an effort to not eat dessert too often. Most importantly, I've been making sure there's no dessert in the house most of the time. I don't have any self control when it comes to eating huge amounts of dessert. Part 3: I'm trying to eat semi-healthy. Like, not a huge amount of pizza, mac n cheese, or sugary cereals. Seems like a plan that will work okay. And it should be healthier for Max too. 

After finding out Max is a boy, I started looking around at nursery ideas. I fell in love with a Dr. Seuss theme right away. But, all of the Dr. Seuss nursery stuff is really expensive. So, I ordered the material I wanted, and I'm going to attempt to sew the things myself that I think should be fairly easy. A few blankets, curtains, a carseat cover for the carseat he'll use which is pink, and if I have extra material and time I'll work on a hamper cover and maybe covering some picture frames. There are lots of cute ideas out there for projects to accent the nursery. His room is already painted tan/brown, so nothing much needs to be done with that.

I've started to get attached to the name Max. If I keep calling him Max for another 5 months though, I'm not sure I'll be able to call him anything else after he's born. It's true that the name is a compliment if anything, but is it bad that it might make people giggle? 

Nov 7, 2011

23 Months


After her incident refusing to nap and my finally resorting to letting her cry in order to get her some sleep, Munchies likes her crib a lot more than she ever has. Instead of rocking her to sleep and laying her down totally out, we can now lay her down awake and she won't cry. She always sits up after being laid down so that she can arrange her blankie just so, and then she'll lay her head down on it and drift off.

She loves singing, and knows the tunes of maybe 5-10 songs as well as a smattering of words throughout each song. She knows every letter except for N in the alphabet. Z, N, and M were all tough for her after learning W. She was confused by how similar they all are I guess. She can identify the numbers 1-10 and often will count to ten correctly, although she doesn't quite get the concept of counting objects. She can identify star, moon (crescent), square, triangle, heart, and circle shapes. She often grabs my hand when she's drawing and puts it over hers saying, "heart". She wants me to help her draw a heart. It seems to be her favorite shape, but she gets a kick out of having me draw any of the shapes/letters/numbers she knows using her hand. She especially loves when I draw something on her hand. She is obsessed with coloring. Markers are the tool of choice, these are better than crayons, because they have lids you can put on and than take off again when you turn each page. I have notebooks for her and she loves flipping through coloring some on each page. I think it keeps her occupied better than anything else. She likes to notice what she's scribbled too, if it looks like a letter or shape, and announce it.

She's really starting to get that she can communicate with me. She'll grab my hand saying, "hep!" (help) and lead me over to solve problems for her. Usually, it's to open a door, get a tight lid off a marker, or get down from a high place. Today, Bears had a cup of cheerios that was hers. She looked at it, and at first she looked frustrated, and I thought she was going to start complaining. Instead, she looked up at me, grabbed my hand, and said, "hep!", pulling my hand over to the cup.

She calls Tim by several names. Tim, Timmy, and Dada. She'll run into his office yelling, "Timmy!" She calls to us across the house if she hears us. I'm just mama, no fancy names. Guess Tim is more consistent than me about calling me one thing. She also learned Laura's name this month. She is obsessed with Laura. Whenever Laura comes over, Kins is always hugging her legs, wanting to be picked up. She then just sits in Laura's arms for extended periods of time, totally content. Today she heard Laura calling downstairs when Laura got here, and when I told her who it was, she goes, "Yaya!" She then began screaming in excitement. After Laura and Bears left, she ate lunch. When she went back into the living room, she looked around, and yelled, "Yaya?" I heard her identify Locke today too, but she pretty much says his name correctly, so no fun nicknames there. They had fun both riding on pony friend. Also, playing in Kin's new playhouse, which I need to post pictures of. Here's a sneak peek.


And here are her and Bears enjoying a stroll.

It's fun starting to really be able to communicate with her and taking her on adventures. Usually, it's just the library, a walk, the park, or a playdate. But, I try to bring her new places too, like Wheeler Farm and Gardener Village this past month. She's still just as sweet as when the day she was born. She showers me with at least 10 hugs every day, the occasional kiss, and she lights up when she sees her daddy come up from work. Here they are snuggling in the morning. I usually go get her and we all hang out in bed for a few minutes while she is extra sleepy and snuggly. Then she decides she's ready to rumble and we get going with the day.

Nov 4, 2011

Mr. Stork


I had my 18 week ultrasound today, and it looks like Mr. Stork has a boy delivery in mind. We decided that after shamefully calling this poor little boy Shanaenae for the past few months, we now need to change his name to something masculine enough to make up for it. We've decided on Maximus. I actually really like the name Max, but it just doesn't jibe with our last time... or it jibes a little too well. Either way, we won't be considering Maximus for his name when he's born.

Maximus looked healthy and perfect. He has been wiggling around like crazy lately, and it was fun to get to see some of it on screen. Last night Tim was trying to hear his heart with the stethoscope and he was able to see my stomach moving as Maximus wiggled around, it was fun times. We can't hear his heartbeat quite yet, but should be able to soon.

Here are our first videos of Maximus:



Nov 3, 2011

Halloween

I wanted to take Kins to the truck or treat in my neighborhood, but foolishly didn't realize it had happened the Wednesday before Halloween. We drove around to see if we could find another one Halloween night, and we did, but by the time we got back from buying candy so we could participate, it was over. So, we decided to trick or treat like old times. Kins had fun carefully selecting a piece of candy and putting it in her pumpkin at each house. We couldn't convince her to say trick or treat, but that's not too surprising since she won't even say hi to strangers up close. We had a great night, the weather decided to be kind, it must have been at least 60 out. It was nice just wandering around looking at people's decorations and pumpkin carving feats. One couple put up a tarp to make a mini haunted house in front of their door complete with fog. The husband was laying bloodied on the ground in a pile of leaves, ready to scare any older kids, while the wife handed out king sized candy bars. Other people sat out on their porches to hand out candy, because it was so nice outside.

I forgot to take a picture, so this old one is the best I can do. The hood had little antennas on it and the outfit came with black pants. I decided not to get more elaborate than that this year, since she doesn't really understand costumes yet. She was very cute carrying around her pumpkin, but I'll just have to remember without pictures.


The only bad (sort of...) part is we ended up with lots of candy, since we didn't get to take what we bought to the trunk or treat, and since people insisted on being very generous with Kins. I already weigh 115, which is what I weighed 3 weeks from now when I was pregnant with Kins. I'm trying to cut back a little on the gain, since it would be nice not to have to work as hard as I had to last time to lose the weight after this little one's arrival. Since I don't possess willpower when it comes to candy/dessert consumption*, I had Tim hide all the candy from me, and I am only allowed to select 5 pieces to eat each day. It's working out nicely so far.

* My yummy spot seems to have expanded back to it's regular size since around pregnancy week 14 or so, before which it temporarily shrunk down to normal person size.
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