Thursday, January 31, 2008
When Gwen gets hungry she lets me know, by taking me by the hand walking me into the kitchen and then climbing up on her high chair. Crazy!
Last night we had spaghetti sauce, peas and apple crisp. Gwen still won't touch the peas, tried the spaghetti sauce, ate up the apple crisp and after Daddy came home we ate some of the wagon wheels. Our first attempt at pasta, we are going to have spaghetti again tonight, what the heck! This has made my life much easier and even though Gwen might still sign for cereal and even say it, I don't care, now I just figure out what to try next. I don't think Gwen is really into caseroles, or any foods that are combined at this point.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Last night's eating wasn't terrible either. Gwen actually ate broccoli, something she hasn't done in months, but I guess based on what else was on her plate it was truly her best option. I do have to admit that since I didn't have time to marinate the chicken it was gross, very dry. She appears to not like potatoes in their baked form. Tonight we are having terriyaki marinated chicken and sweet potatoes with broccoli. Well see how that goes.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Here is Gwen eating cheese off pizza!
Gwen is starting to try more foods, so I have decided to finally stop coddling her and not make her special meals anymore. I guess it will be a couple days of hardship and starving around here, but truly this is the only time I have to do it.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
At first she didn't seem interested in the yogurt, but when she finished the food on her table and noticed I had finished my lunch and started on the yogurt she "begged" for the spoon and ate it as best she could.
We have another thing of yogurt in the fridge, I wonder if she will like blueberry as much as she liked strawberry. Maybe we will be running to the store to get more yogurt, but I don't want get over excited. I don't want this to be like the peanut butter incident...now she won't eat peanut butter. Gwen's still napping so I guess it time for me to get up and get some more stuff started, I am making calzones tonight and I need to get the dough started. YUM!
Then Grandma called and someone decided they would talk on the phone and that in order to talk on the phone she must hold the phone. Yes these pictures were snapped during the conversation!
She has now made up her own sign for phone, I have realized, I don't know how long she has been doing the sign, because Mommy is a little slow. She really didn't have much to say, but she enjoyed giggling!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
PS every project in our house is at the 90% completed state, we are hoping that soon we will actually start having stuff 100% done, but until you try to sell a house do you every get a project 100% completed?
This picture right here shows why we, namely me haven't been able to get pictures of Gwen lately. Every time she sees the camera she runs at me so by the time I get the camera turned on and a picture snapped, this is what we end up with! In your face Mommy!
This weekend as I mentioned, we visited Edie. We don't get up to see Edie as often as we probably should, but with Gwen it is often amazing that we attempt to get in the car and drive anywhere that takes 2 hours, it used to be so daunting because she would scream! But this time she was great in the car, unfortunately I didn't bring her enough books, I had toys, but only 4 books. She was very shy with Edie. Last Monday was Edie's 82nd birthday so we were planning on going up and visiting for her birthday and I was going to bring cupcakes, have I mentioned that I got a cookbook for Christmas that has 500 muffin/cupcake recipes. So I made orange chocolate cupcakes and we went up to visit Edie. We went to lunch and chatted for a while.
This is the closest Gwen would get to Edie, but as you can see she really enjoyed the cupcake! Edie suggested we get pictures of the chocolate face!
Soon after these pictures we realized it was time to go. Gwen started to act crazy, her I am starting to get tired, fall on the floor randomly and cry when Mommy walked 2 steps out of the kitchen and made me stay in the kitchen with Edie and Grandma. We had a nice visit with Edie, on the way home we realized that if we don't get up to Edie's again in the next few months we won't get up there until after June sometime when we will have to contend with traveling with 2 babies! AH!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We don't get the paper, and I don't keep up the news as I should, but I do keep up with some comic strips, you know we all have to have priorities! Last week I could really relate to For Better or For Worse. This comic strip from Friday I think really sums up some of the days of a SAHM. Of course Thursday's wasn't so bad either.
Got some work done last night and usual these things usually spur me on to get some work done, so we are going to try to start a monthly scrapbooking group, I need that so I can get all these pictures of Gwen into a hard copy format. I would really like to have Gwen's pictures in a hard copy so we can look through them together and so when Grandmas come to visit or we go to visit people we can refresh her memory that she knows these people, I hope that will go a long way to help Gwen and her shyness. One of the women last night said it is fun to see Gwen come out of her shell and to light up when she sees people she knows and 'talk' to them. All right, Gwen is finally up after a 4 hour nap. Our poor girl I guess is pretty tired. Oh, have I mentioned that she has started to drink chocolate milk! How exciting is that! Now if we could get her to eat something besides hot dogs and carbs we would have real progress!
Monday, January 21, 2008
We were busy this weekend, It is pretty cold here, hasn't gotten above freezing in a couple days. I hope to upload pictures sometime, but tonight I am going over to a girlfriend's house to scrapbook. Gotta get some work done before the next baby comes. Hopefully I will actually get some work done!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Then we let her play outside. Of course, by then she wanted dinner and wasn't into playing outside.
We made her make a snow angel, can you see it?
In other monumental news, Gwen tried the egg this afternoon. We even had the same meal for lunch...ok not totally the same meal, but she ate the chicken from my leftovers and we split a pear...that's progress isn't it? Ok, so maybe after I took a bite of the pear she took it from me and wouldn't give it back. I even tried to slice her off a piece, but she would rather eat from the fruit itself, so I had to settle for the slice. So tempramental! Well, she is up from her nap now, time to get a move on!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Weight: 23 lbs 3 oz 30%
Height: 31.25 in 30%
She gained 1lb, 30z and 0.5 in.
The CRNP said that she is still on her growth curve so she is growing well and she has more than 3 words, which is what the expect for 18 months. So, I guess it is all good. I told her that Gwen has 10-15 words, I am going to do a count at the end of this post for posterity and for whenever I get around to scrapbooking this age!
Today it is snowing and people are being sent home from work (Eric included!) they are expecting the snow to turn to rain later which would make the evening commute fun, so I am glad for once that Eric was allowed to come home. We probably have about 4in and still snowing. Gwen is taking a nap currently! I was so excited I started to vacuum the whole house. I was told to quit when the husband had to make a conference call from the basement, so I guess after I finish this post I will finish the last room of the house! Go me! Maybe I can get some of this crap out of here/organized that has ventured out of the cave...now that I have finished my puzzle and feeling better about my house time to clean!
- dog (sometimes it is doooooooooog, you know when we are really excited!)
- Da-da/Daddy-whatever we feel like calling DadDY at the moment
- Elmo-finally no more Melmo!
- E=Erin, one of her little friends, I can't quite get what she is saying, but Erin's Mom and I think it is like E.
- O=open, out, on, this word is very contextual.
- noz=nose always accompanied by touching either her nose or someone else's.
- dri=drink this word is always accompanied with the sign for drink
- cereal-she doesn't exactly say cereal, but she does say something almost intelligible accompanied with the sign for cereal.
- Tatie-I think, for her little friend Katie
- Momma-she only seems to say this in the crib!
- hot dog
Eric has the laptop, so I won't be able to post any pictures...if I get to it, until later.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tomorrow Gwen has her 18month appointment, we will see how that goes. I have some stuff to talk to her about. I don't really have much to talk about today, I thought I did, but my child, who has not napped now in 3 days, must be causing my head to lose all thoughts.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
We had the ultrasound this morning. As many of you might know, I am not the most patient person in the world and almost walked out! I really feel like, if you are going to be 1/2 hour behind you should definitely let the pregnant person know, especially when you are supposed to have a full bladder (and apparently have to sustain that for an hour!), and you have a 1.5yr old (who pooped in the waiting room and we had to change her in the waiting room, b/c they don't have changing tables!) Eric walked up there before I was getting ready to leave and asked when we were going back and they were like oh, we are done now. I mean seriously, what is it about Dr's offices that believe that their time is more valuable than mine! What this translates to, is that we didn't get home until 12:30 (the appt was for 11 and we don't live more than 15 minutes away!) Shouldn't they have some kind of system like restaurants to manage your expectation of waiting times. You know when you come into the office, they say I am sorry the Dr is running behind today and give you estimate of your wait. I mean if they just told you up front, you could be much less irritated! Now, if you yourself are late for the appt (which we weren't) then I can understand having to wait. IRRITATION HIGH! I thought we were supposed to keep pregnant women calm! The reason this is important is because Gwen didn't get lunch until 1p, which is when she is usually already in bed, which means as I type this she is still not down for her nap, because she was sleepy in the car on the ride home, maybe I should have just put her straight down when we got home, but I thought she might be hungry (she wasn't). So now, 2 hours later, still no nap and I have to go to the grocery store and I didn't get my vacuuming done...this throws off my whole week people! Just when we are getting our schedule under control. Tomorrow is water babies, TH is Gwen's Dr's appointment! AH!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
These pictures are from last weekend, one of my girlfriends sent me some maternity clothes. Along with it, besides lovely pictures from the girls was a little present for Gwen. It is called a 'pet store' pet, a little dog, with a big head and a little carrier for said dog. She does like to carry around the dog and put other stuff in the carrier.
I'll have more pictures/videos to upload, I am hoping this week. We'll see!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So, today Gwen is 18 months old. When people ask how old Gwen is I can officially say 1.5 yrs. We have been battling sicknesses and food strikes for the last couple of days which has made life not so fun in the last couple of weeks. We had some of the kids over from SS yesterday, everyone seemed to have a good time. Gwen was remarkably well behaved since everyone was touching her stuff! She didn't get mad or pick fights...I was so proud! She did start to lose it toward the end, she was starting to get hungry and kept leading me into the kitchen and trying to get in her high chair. I gave her a banana to tide her over and that worked well. I think she also wanted to be in the kitchen because no one else was in there but us, and that was just fine for her. It is a little overwhelming to have 11 kids running around, ok so 4 of them are not mobile, but Gwen is not used to having that many guests over.
So, what is new with Gwen these days, she is becoming very charming, she likes to wave at people and she will "talk" to people she knows. She is very good with the baby signs and is using more intelligible words, which is nice. We are still working on context though. She knows that when we go up the stairs she says up, but lately she has been saying up also for going down the stairs. I don't know if that is because she associates stairs with up, because she crawls up those by herself (without any help) and often gets distracted, when it is cold outside and I have stuff in my hands I work hard to keep her on task by saying up up up.
She definitely has likes and dislikes and doesn't mind telling you what she wants or needs. Her baby signs are improving everyday. She is so cute when she does the signs and is so expressive. One of these days when she starts talking we are going to be sorry.
The food strike appears to be over, for a little while. I still need to figure out how to get her to try new things, which she so politely hands new foods back to me. I am trying a new experiment with the eating, I will let you know how it goes at the end. We have a Dr's appt next week so we will see how she is doing based on other babies her age. I think she will only have 1 shot this visit, so we are looking forward to that!
Next week we are also starting swim lessons. That should be super exciting! Ok, so I have no idea how she will react to the water and I am not looking forward to being in a bathing suit at any stage of the pregnancy nor do I have a bathing suit that will likely fit and class starts Tues. AH! One of my friends also scheduled for the class said I should wear a 2 piece. Not likely! I have only worn a 2 piece once in public, and that was on my honeymoon.
No pictures or videos with this post. I have been trying to post a video for over an hour and it hasn't worked out, maybe I will post some pictures later, like in the next couple of days, but it seems that I will never get that video posted. Sorry!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Of course, she 'tackled' Daddy.
Gwen also enjoys laying on the floor, mostly on her belly while kicking her feet, but first she had to roll off Eric and lay there and smile at us until she was ready to get up.
I can't believe I just posted these pictures, but, I guess it gives an idea of a day in the life!