Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Games and Dancing!

Sadie came up with a new game last night. She wanted Mommy to sit in the middle of the kitchen floor so that she could race around me in circles. Then she would stop behind me, giggle, wait until I said “oh no, where’s the baby,” giggle a little more and run back around so that I could see her. I would catch her as she raced by and tickle her and then let her go so that she could make another round.

We also had a little dance class yesterday. We went upstairs and put on classical music and then danced around in front of the mirror. Sadie liked pretending to be a tree and a bird and skipped around bringing one knee up high when she pretended that she was a horse. After pretending to be an animal she would run over and throw her arms around my neck and hug me and then start dancing again. When I told her we were going to dance like a bear she ran over to the mirror and made a “roaring” face with her hands up like claws!

I can’t believe how fast she’s growing!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sadie's New Game

Sadie has a new game. There are no windows in the downstairs bathroom at Nani and Grumpa's house and the only light that comes in as a small strip of light along the bottom of the door. Sadie, however, is totally fearless.

She goes into the bathroom, closes the door, sits down on the floor mat in front of the sink, and giggles.

Last night the game had a twist. She would grab Nani's hand and bring her into the bathroom and shut the door, then she would open the door and run out and look around to see if anyone was watching her. Finally I got the message and decided to play along. I snuck over and sat outside the door and when Sadie opened it I said "booo." I heard hysterical laughter as the door slammed shut. Then a tiny crack opened and I saw a tiny eye peering out giggling. After about fifty rounds of this game (quite literally) Sadie was laughing so hard that she couldn't open the door. She would run out and hug me race around and see Daddy and then run back to the bathroom giggling.

I'm not sure why this game is so fun, but Sadie thinks it's absolutely hilarious! The bathroom is her new favorite room in the house! It was not however, conductive to bedtime. It took her a little while to settle down, but then she passed out for the night!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sadie's Second Christmas! (pictures!)

Here are the Christmas pictures! Sadie had a lovely day!

Checking out the presents under the tree!

A Sesame Street coloring book?!?!?

What is THAT?!?!

Kitties!!! I love kitties!

Are there trucks in here?!?!

Look! I found a bow!

Giving her baby a bottle!

Sadie's new Red Sox hat! It's pink!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Getting Ready for Christmas!

There are no Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. They are all in hiding. They will appear on Christmas Eve night so we only have to wrangle Sadie for a short time before bedtime (and protect the presents from being promptly opened by cute little baby hands). I think that she's definitely ready this year to open her own packages.

We did put the boxes that arrived, still packed up from the post office, under the tree to see what Sadie would do. She dragged them out, pushed them around the living room and tried to avoid Nani when she said that Sadie could not stand on them to reach things that had been raised up above "baby level."

Last night I asked Sadie to show Daddy where the baby is. She leaned over and rested her head against my stomach and then lay that way for about five minutes with a little smile. She looked like she was listening. I wonder what she'll think in a few months when she can feel little kicks!

Sadie and Daddy also watched the Church get decorated for Christmas today. She would have liked to help, but the jobs were all just a little too big for her little hands. She did get to ring the bell up in the choir loft though. So far I think that was the high point of her day! Now it's nap time!

Monday, December 21, 2009


There was one part of Sadie's disaster prone day this weekend that I forgot to write about. This one ended up much better though:

After we decorated the Christmas tree Sadie was racing around the house in giggle mode. She ran right past where Daddy was sitting on the couch and stumbled over his feet. His right hand shot out and he managed to catch her back just as she was about to fall into the chair next to the couch. And what did she do? She looked up at him and said, in a very exasperated tone, "Daddy!" as if he'd ruined some fun thing that she'd been trying to do by being over protective. It was a tone that I can imagine little Sadie using as a teenager when Daddy says you have to be "____ (30?) before you can date!"

Sadie and I are both doing great this morning! I was a little sore for the last couple days and Sadie had a bruise on her poor little leg from the fall, but I think we're both recovered (and I'm being much more careful AND wearing flat shoes...). Now to go weigh in at the health department. I wonder if I'll hear "you've gained a lot of weight for this early in pregnancy!" Is that a sign that this is going to be another almost 10 pounder?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Day of Disasters! (And one fun Christmas Tree)

Sadie had a dramatic day yesterday and was surprisingly cheerful after the crying stopped from each mini disaster. We were alright up until nap time ended and we were about to head into town to do a little food shopping. I'd run over to see everyone at Nini and Gigi's house and was coming back down the stairs holding Sadie, thinking to myself, "don't fall, don't fall, don't fall" as I came down the stairs because I had stumbled on them on my way up.

And then it happened. I have no idea how. The next thing I knew we were falling through the air and I was trying to figure out a way, in the split second between take off and impact, to keep Sadie from hitting the ground. My shoulder hit the ground first, which slowed us down a bit, but Sadie did end up in the mud too, terrified, but mostly unhurt (she did bite her tongue, but that seemed to be her only injury... we had EMT Grumpa check her out to be sure though...). After deciding that my arm was not broken (just very swollen) along with my hip and a gash on my hand we headed back over to Nani and Grumpa's (I did manage not to hit my stomach though! Yay!). Sadie was up and running around within ten minutes and we were back on schedule to go to the store. While I blame pregnancy clumsiness which already seems to be setting in, Paul blames the heels on my brown boots, which are now in a closet and have been banned for the duration of the pregnancy.

Later in the day she reached up on the counter for the big beautiful red globe that she saw. It had a picture of a polar bear on it and Sadie had been eyeing it all day. Nani and I were chasing an amazingly huge hairy brown spider around the kitchen and didn't turn to see the disaster until it was too late. Sadie pulled the special holiday coke bottle down on her head and it splattered everywhere (it was plastic... but it was open). She fell to the ground covered in Coke (and hysterical). It was everywhere. And that led to the third disaster of the day.

Bath Time. While Sadie loves her baths she does not love washing her hair (anymore... this is a fairly new fear). But with a head full of Coca-Cola we had no choice... the poor little bunny was definitely having a tough time.

Then we went back down stairs and Sadie saw the beautiful Christmas lights again, on the Christmas tree, and everything was better. She smelled the pine when we came in the house after Nani and Grumpa put up the tree and decided that the lights must make the pine smell, so she went from light to light smelling them. Then she helped Nani carry the ornaments one by one from the kitchen into the living room, where she would hand them to Mommy to put on the tree. While a few bells were yanked down at the start, she seems to understand that the ornaments are supposed to be on the tree (and when she'd pull one of she'd try to rehang it herself). And she "waters" the tree (this must be from watching Nani garden this summer). She gets out her little toy milk carton from her shopping cart and brings it over to the tree and "waters" the branches with milk. Christmas is so much fun with a little bunny running around!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Present Finder

Sadie found her Christmas Present. I really hadn't thought much about really hiding them and her main present (the Wonder Pets School House) ended up in Nani and Grumpa's room on it's side. You can hardly see it with the bottom facing out and the bookcase on one side. It really is barely noticeable. Unless you are a tiny Wonder Pet seeking Bunny.

Sadie, who apparently only talks when it's convenient (and she has something VERY important to say) walked over to the box before bath time a couple of days ago and gave it a once over. Then she half turned looked up at Nani, pointed at the box and said "What's that?" Nani was so surprised she wasn't sure she'd heard her correctly at first. I do wonder if she'll open Christmas presents herself this year or if she'll be too distracted by everything that's going on... she does seem to love tearing up bits of paper.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


This whole night weaning thing was way easier than I thought it would be. That's not to say it could have happened earlier. When we tried a few times in the past there were uncontrollable hysterics that went on and on and I've found that after forty five minutes of heart wrenching sobbing I tend to give in. So I think this smooth transition is a good sign that Sadie was ready for it. On the other hand, it's made me realize how out of whack my sleep schedule is! Before I could go to sleep at eight and wake up with Sadie at six, because I was waking up every single hour in between. Now that she's sleeping through (more or less... She still wakes up, but when she does she hits the button on a Winnie the Pooh toy and it lights up and plays what feels like really loud music, which somehow lulls her back to sleep instantly.) I'm getting more sleep! The big problem is that my body still thinks it's time to go to bed at 8 (or 7) and I'm wide awake at 4am every morning (I think the whole pregnancy thing may be making it a little more difficult too to stay awake in the evenings). Oh well, the second trimester is only a few weeks awake and I remember that energetic-I-could-be-pregnant-forever feeling that replaces being tired all the time.

The early bed time is also why I haven't been posting as regularly. I promise myself I'll stay up a little later each night, but by the time Wheel of Fortune rolls around at 7:00 my eyelids are closing. When Sadie starts to get fussy at 7:30, I usually decide it's bedtime for both of us. I am definitely ready for the second trimester energy boost.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sadie the Cheese Thief

We've found yet another thing that Sadie thinks is hilarious. The other day she was standing near Grumpa in the living room and Grumpa said "Sadie, can you go get me a piece of cheese." Sadie turned around, ran into the kitchen and hung on the refrigerator door (which she thankfully can't open by herself yet). Nani followed her in and asked her if she wanted to help get Grumpa a piece of cheese. Sadie helped Nani get the cheese out and then watched while Nani cut it into slices. Then she handed Sadie a little piece. Sadie gobbled it up. Next Nani took a slice, handed it to Sadie and said "Sadie, can you please go give this cheese to Grumpa."

Sadie sprinted into the other room cheese in hand. She walked over to Grumpa. Because one of the pillows from her pillow house was in front of his chair she didn't get too close. She put out her hand with the cheese in it for Grumpa to take it, but when he reached for it she snatched it back, put it in her mouth and started to giggle.

The next day Nani did another demonstration for me of "Sadie getting cheese" and the same thing happened. She ran out happily, pretended to hand a piece of cheese to me, and then put it into her own mouth and started to laugh. This reminds me of a certain Binkie incident that happened months ago... I hope she doesn't start stealing Binkies again when she's a big sister! That could cause some major tears.

Monday, December 14, 2009


I'm Back!

I have been in bed by 7:15 these last two nights and asleep before 8. Since my Sadie blogging usually happens after that time I haven't posted! And I have so much to write about! It's been a busy couple of days.

First off, Sadie's 10 nightly wakings finally convinced me that we need to night wean. That means she'll still be nursing during the day. She nurses in the morning, which I always counted as at night, for her nap and then to go to bed, which I also counted previously as at night. Those three feedings can stay. The ten other feedings in the middle of the night are being cut off. And the new rule is no feeding in bed. We sleep in bed. And I'm hoping that there will be a lot more sleeping going on.

I explained it to Sadie after she got out of the bath. I figured that if she can understand step by step instructions and carry them out, she could understand it when I told her that she wouldn't be having milk again until we got up in the morning. She frowned, but didn't cry. And while there was some whimpering (and a great deal of Glow Worm cuddling) and a few tears, the night went pretty well. She seemed to sleep more soundly. I hope that the trend continues. And my main Christmas wish: that she starts sleeping through the night by Christmas!

It's been 17 months since I slept through the night. I'd like to sleep through the night for a few months before I start staying up all night again!

We've also discovered that Sadie is not afraid of the dark. The other day she followed Pumpkin (or seventeen year old, not too sweet tabby cat) into the bathroom and shut the door on the dark, windowless room. Nani finally opened the door after about fifteen seconds because she was afraid Sadie might "accidently" lock herself in but Sadie and Pumpkin seemed content to hang out in the dark. She has no problem wandering off, into a dark part of the house at night either. She's so independent!

And now it's bath time... Hopefully tonight goes at least as well as last night! I'm cautiously optimistic!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sadie's Winter Walk

Poor Sadie. It's been so cold that we've been cooped up inside all week. Sadie just doesn't understand why we can't go out when the sky is beautiful and blue and the world looks so sparkly and fresh. So what if it happens to be 11 degrees out? She wants to run and play! Especially since she can see the deer eating and playing outside. They've finally started to come back down out of the high country following hunting season and Sadie is pretty sure they could be friends (Mommy is pretty sure that's not going to happen).

But today it started to snow early in the morning. When we came out of the cabin we were surprised to see that the whole world was white (or was at least on its way to it). And since snow means clouds and clouds mean a slight increase in temperature, we got bundled up after breakfast and headed out.

Sadie could hardly believe her luck. It took a few tries to get used to walking in her new boots in the snow, but by the time we were halfway down the hill to the flood plain she was running and squealing. At the bottom of the hill she was shocked to learn that snow can be edible. After that we had to stop every three steps for her to pick up a handful of snow. After taking a bite she would hand it to me to "share."

"Would you like some snow?"

Once we were down on the flood plain she started running around so quickly it was tough to get a picture of her. She would charge at Daddy, who had the camera and throw her hands up to signal "touchdown!" Then when Daddy would try to snap the picture she would put her arms down and sprint off. She was too fast for our camera to catch most of the time.


And then we headed back to the house to get warmed up. Sadie definitely would have stayed outside all day if she'd had the chance, even with her cold pink little nose and icy fingers. I need to find some toddler, waterproof mittens.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I'm keeping me fingers crossed. Our cabin and the water pump for my parent's house have the same power source. Today we added a horse water defroster to the mix and apparently it was just a little too much for the circuit (there's also a heat lamp on the pipes to keep them from freezing... it's way better than having Grumpa defrost them with a blow torch). Suddenly we had no water up at Nani's house (the first clue was when the water started having little pieces of dirt in it). Not a good addition to bath time. Now the fear is that the circuit will blow again tonight and we will wake up when the temperature in the cabin approaches freezing. Hopefully we can turn a few things off at bedtime so the heater doesn't put it over the edge. I really don't want to wake up to freezing cold inside the cabin.

Baby Bunny is thrilled that we discovered a cookie monster doll that her godmother Kehli gave her a while back. She wasn't sure about cookie monster at first (she alternated between loving him and being afraid of him) but now they are best buddies. This is all because Paul did the Cookie Monster voice while reading Sadie a Sesame Street Book of Shapes and now she thinks it's the funniest voice in the entire world. I'm not sure who she likes more now: Elmo or Cookie Monster. It may be too close to tell.

Elmo and Cookie, however, still can't hold a candle to the Wonder Pets. Linny, Tuck and Ming Ming are still Sadie's favorites and we've been hauling them everywhere with us. I live in fear that we will someday forget one of the Wonder Pets in a restaurant or store. So far so good. I triple check to make sure that we have everybody!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Big Shopping

Shopping in a Walmart Super Store is no small task. Our Walmart was only recently transformed from a normal Walmart into a sprawling giant with everything you could possibly think to need. There was a time, that feels oh so long ago, when I would have listened to my (wealthy) college professors and gone somewhere else. These days I find myself excitedly looking at the soup cans in the soup aisle thinking "this is a dollar cheaper than at Food Max and the soup at Food Max is two dollars cheaper than the ones at our local store." That is an insane markup.

Sadie had reached the end of her rope midway through the food shopping portion of the trip. If it wasn't a three hour round trip drive the shopping might have been something that took two days. Instead we combined toy shopping, random things we need shopping (which apparently include Princess Snow Boots for Sadie) and food shopping for one very, very long trip.
Thus I should have expected the meltdown that occurred in Produce, when Sadie, who was more than a little overwhelmed, decided that she just couldn't take it anymore and started shrieking at the top of her lungs. Let's just say checkout was not the high point of the day. But, Sadie was thrilled when we got home and she learned that she could actually wear her beautiful boots (I'm not sure what she thought they for, but I don't think that she recognized them as shoes right away. They are so different from the shoes she has! So much taller and shinier!).

So today's pictures are of Sadie wearing her new boots. It took several tries before she could even stand up in them and then walking was a little wobbly, but I'm sure she'll get the hang of it! And her toes will be toasty warm!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sadie Loves Kitty

Sadie was so happy to see Delilah when we arrived home from Mass yesterday!

The climb begins.

It's not all that easy to climb in a dress. Especially not one this fluffy.

Half way there.

Moving in for a kitty kiss.

Hi! I missed you!

This was, yet another time, when we talked about not throwing things at the kitty. Sadie wants to show her toys to Delilah and doesn't understand why Delilah doesn't enjoy having things dropped on her or shoved at her nose. It's definitely a learning process, but thankfully there has been improvement. 90% of the time. I say the words "gentle. Gentle. GENTLE!" a lot.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Teeth!

Sadie has been up and down today, giggling one minute and bursting into tears the next, but I'm not hopeful that it may not be an ear infection. I hadn't even thought of the other cause of ear pulling (since she's so prone to ear infections): teething. Sadie was having an unusually difficult Mass this morning and just like during the rest of the day she was going back and forth between giggling and crying (she usually sits like an angel, or at least allows Paul to hold her like an angel). Today she wasn't having it at all.

At one point when the giggling started she threw herself back in my arms and smiled up at the lights in the ceiling (we had finally emerged from the room that is usually used for confession, but that I slip into when Sadie goes crazy since our church doesn't have a cry room). It was then that I saw what might be the problem. Sadie's third set of teeth on the top are coming in. The left one is halfway through and I think I've heard somewhere that eye teeth can be pretty painful.

I hope it's not an ear infection and that it's just teething! A few times we have had both going on at the same time, but it would be nice this time if it were one or the other (and since we know teething is happening, I'm hoping the ear infection is not!). If it doesn't get better once the tooth breaks through I'll be calling the clinic just to make sure.

She's feeling well enough now to sleep though and she was feeling well enough for most of the day to play with the cats. I took a bunch of pictures of her with Delilah today that I'll try to remember to download to post tomorrow.

Oh and then there are the dancing pictures. Sadie dances like an elephant stomping around the room throwing in an occasional twirl. I'm not sure the pictures do the dancing justice, but they definitely make me laugh!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Not Again!

I am afraid that we are, once more, in the midst of a double ear infection. I remember thinking during my pre-baby days that we wouldn’t be dealing with ear infections. After all, breastfed babies, just don’t get ear infections… Right?

I didn’t.

There must be some truth to that. I mean, a lot of people have repeated it to me, looking surprised when I say that she gets them pretty regularly and has since she was born.

A few days ago Sadie started pulling at her ears. Then she started doing this little jerking movement with her shoulders so that they would touch her ears when she shrugged. Not a good sign at all.

Finally this morning she woke me up at 5 am to tell me in no uncertain terms that she was unhappy. And when a seventeen month old is unhappy no one in the house is going to be happy (or more importantly, asleep). A few hours later when we made it into Nani and Grumpa’s living room she had a dose of Tylenol and clung to my legs to let me know I should not leave the room. Curious George finally helped calms her down so that I could slip away and get ready to start the day and when I came back…

She was back to her giggly self (mostly). You can still tell she’s not feeling great because she’s a little fussier than normal, but it was an improvement from her mood when she first opened her little blue eyes.

The doctor says that these ear infections should go away on their own, but if she’s still having a hard time on Monday I think we’ll go in to the clinic. There’s no point in her being sick for this long if she doesn’t have to be.

When I asked the doctor what we could do to prevent the ear infections he said she just has to grow… he explained something about the tubes getting more vertical as they got longer, so that they drained better. I hope that happens soon. An ear infection every two months is not fun!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

We've had a busy couple of days! I planned on writing a post last night, but Sadie nearly stayed awake longer than I did and in the end I was too tired to even pick up my computer and type a few sentences. So here is the Sadie update:

We had our first doctor's appointment today for the new baby. Sadie went along and LOVED the OBs waiting room. It has one of those typical bead toy trays and she sat playing with it for at least half an hour until we were called back to an exam room. Over the course of this half hour she taught herself how to whistle (which was quite a surprise, when I first heard the sound I thought she couldn't breath, only to look more closely to see what she was choking on to find that her little lips were puckered and the sound was intentional. Since yesterday she's done it quite a few times, so she seems to be remembering how to make the sound!).

When it was time to go back in the room though, things took a bad twist. Sadie looked around, recognized the doctors office for what it was (all it took was the sight of a scale) and made the leap that she was there for shots. Things got very loud before Paul took her outside to play in the leaves.

On the up side there was a backhoe loader outside and she got to look at that before the appointment. And we got most of our cousin Christmas present shopping out of the way!

Sadie also has a new word. It is "Ditty." Ditty is a cross between "kitty" and "Delilah" (her favorite cats name). Ditty gets chased, cuddled, kissed and giggled at quite a bit. And for some reason, which completely baffles me, she continues to follow Sadie around the house adoringly. I would run and hide if I were her!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I know it looks like Sadie's in a cage in this picture, but she's really outside the cage. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a very long time may remember our struggle to keep Sadie away from the wood stove and the stone hearth that the wood stove stands on. As soon as she learned to crawl it was like an accident waiting to happen. She would crawl over and use the little stones to pull herself up and toddle around on the brink of disaster. We tried time outs (she giggled). We said "no" (she cried). But she still kept toddling over and trying to climb up to touch the wood stove.

So before fire place season started we brought her outdoor playpen inside and set it up around the fire place. Soon it will be expanded so that it can protect our hapless Christmas tree (although with the level of determination Sadie is going to bring to the table I'm not sure that anything will save any tree in our house from total destruction). The cats enjoy the fence too, because, in times of extreme Sadie stress they can take refuge in the cat bed on the hearth and try as she might Sadie will not be able to reach them (although she may resort to throwing toys at them).

Tomorrow is the first OB appointment! I'm only 8 weeks and since I didn't go to the doctor with Sadie until closer to 12, because we didn't find out until later, I don't know whether we'll be able to hear a heartbeat yet. I hope we will! If not it's only a few weeks away!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Nativity Set Comes Out for December

The little monster/ bunny is asleep! She was gunning for Pumpkin this evening who, at five pounds and eighteen year old, might not survive an enthusiastic Sadie encounter, even if Sadie's intentions are just a quick cuddle. I ended up stationing myself in front of the cat to keep either of them from losing a limb.

The big excitement of the day came when Nani pulled out Sadie's Fischer Price Nativity Set and the Reindeer and Santa and put the Mayflower and Pilgrim set away. We came home and Nani had cleaned the house and set up the toys in a cute, orderly little area and Sadie spotted it from across the room. It was like Godzilla attacking a city. Reindeer flew through the air (I found one in her little toy oven later on). The angel was ripped off of the top of the barn (repeatedly). And somehow the Wonder Pets became central figures in the Nativity story.

She is such an energetic little bunny!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Stacking Cups and Other Super Fun Games

I've been so exhausted lately that I've been having a tough time staying awake to post on this blog! It's something that I usually do right after Sadie's fallen asleep, right before my bedtime. Lately though, with the first trimester sleepiness, I've found my bedtime slowly creeping earlier and earlier. There is no way I'm going to make it through a television show that starts at 9pm and apparently 8pm is a little too late to start working on my blog without falling asleep on the keyboard. So today I'm starting a little bit earlier.

Sadie discovered the joys of "stacking" yesterday. We don't have any blocks, because every single set of blocks that I found in the stores say that they are for "3 and older" and Sadie thinks that her stacking rings make better bracelets than stackers. Last night though, she pulled out all of the toy measuring cups that came with her kitchen set and started stacking them. She added one of the teacups from her teacup set and thought that it was hilarious.

Grumpa added to the fun by bringing over three plastic milk glasses and the fun multiplied. Sadie was building towers. She would then carefully take each tower apart and try a different combination of cups to see which was the best. She'd frown when the cups fit together too well, because then the towers tended to be shorter and she was thrilled by the yellow cups that don't fit together as well, because they each add a good five inches to a tower.

She also loves to stand her Wonder Pet figurines in the cups and can spend a ridiculous amount of time holding perfectly still moving the Wonder Pets from cup to cup! I don't understand the rules of this particular game, but Sadie seems to think that it's a LOT of fun!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Looooooooooooooong Day!

I am not sure how one little, tiny person can go for so long without sleep! We tried out best to do everything right today. We went to a Christmas show (lots of dancing and singing) and the show started at 3pm. Sadie's usual nap time is between 12:30 and 1:30 these days, so we figured she could sleep on the drive in to town. At first it seemed like it might work out perfectly. I fed her lunch and changed her into her beautiful red velvet dress and then nursed her until she was asleep. And then I made the transfer to the car seat.... except that her nap didn't make the transfer. By the time we pulled out of the drive way she was wide away and pointing out every thing that we drove past with a loud "ah" sound (which is the sound she makes when she wants us to look at something she thinks is interesting).

Then she stayed awake.... all the way to the show... which was an hour and a half drive.

The show was in an old theater with beautifully ornate gold and bronze walls. There were lots of kids dressed up in their Christmas best and the theater was filled with chatter. Sadie was reenergized. She sat on my lap (and squirmed, but otherwise did pretty well... she didn't cry at all!) for the entire two hour show (I explained to her before hand that it was going to be like going to Mass, because she knows she's supposed to be quite during Mass). She saw giant dancing penguins, a belly dancing hippo, a line of reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a ballerina elephant and quite a few other dancers (the show was a mix of costumed dancers that the kids loved and more traditional dance scenes). Sadie would get so excited during the animal numbers that she'd almost start to cry, so I actually liked the traditional numbers a bit more, although the animal costumes were awfully cute.

With less than five minutes left in the show Sadie fell asleep. Disaster!

I waited until the theater had emptied and very carefully carried her down the stairs. After all, we couldn't stay there and we were headed to Grumpa's birthday dinner. It was 5pm and Sadie had not yet had a nap.

The moment I put her into her car seat she was wide awake. She giggled through dinner and then played happily through a quick trip to Target to pick up a few things since we hardly go to town at all these days (I was getting nervous because the happiness had a sort of hysterical edge to it and I sensed she was close to snapping). And snap she did! When we got back in the car she was quiet for a few minutes and then began to cry. Then the screaming started. I tried singing, and I tried reciting one of her favorite books (The Big Red Barn). Nothing worked. I finally started to sing a little song I used to sing to her when she was tiny. She quieted down. Fifty repetitions of the song (it is short, but still, we'd nearly driven through a county!) later she finally put her head to the side and fell asleep. It was 7:30 pm. What a day!

Friday, November 27, 2009

You Want Me to Sit on Who's Lap?!?!

Poor Sadie! She's been looking forward to seeing Santa since last year. Last year she sat on his lap and smiled for the camera and glowed at everyone! We put the picture of her on his lap on the fridge and she looks at it every day. We had hoped that that might make it a little less scary this year....

Let's just say that it didn't work out exactly as we'd planned. And pictures probably tell the story a little bit better than my words!

She started out happy...

Then started to look a little nervous...

But she was really okay until they got near Santa...

And then the hysterics started...

No picture on Santa's Lap this year...

One Terrified (and Very Silly) Little Bunny...

But at least she got a candy cane!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sadie's Second Football Game

Sadie got to go to her second high school football game tonight and she made it all the way through halftime before we went home. She would have made it longer, but between the morning sickness and the cold I wasn't feeling great and we decided to call it a night. Sadie may have been a little disappointed! She was excited to drive home with the moon roof open on the car though so that she could see the moon. It's been so foggy around here at nights that the moon has rings around it and while Sadie's already pretty obsessed with the moon as it is, the rings make it even better.

Sadie had an appointment down at the Health Department today, where we got our H1N1 vaccines and they weighed her and checked her height again. She's still 30 lbs (the same weight she was at her 1 year appointment but now she's 31.6 inches (we think she is at least, she could be taller, because she was not thrilled about the measurements and fought tooth and nail to get off the measuring machine). The people at the Health Department are so nice and I'm definitely going to think about taking Sadie and the baby there for future vaccines (which would save a ton too). Now it's time to get a little sleep before the baby bunny wakes up again!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Silly Daddy and a Fun Walk

Sadie thinks that Daddy is pretty hilarious. He does an amazing impression of cookie monster (and we don't watch Sesame Street but we have some Sesame Street books and Paul was doing the voices and Sadie was practically falling over from laughing so hard). Even better he was wearing a fire shirt today (from one of the summer forest fires that pop up near our house on a nearly yearly basis) and Sadie loves to look at the tractors and fire trucks that are on the back of the shirt. Which is what I think she was doing when she started hiding from Paul, behind his back. She would giggle for a second and then run around on his left side and squeal and put her face right next to his to make sure he'd seen her and then she'd sprint back around his back and dive across in front of the other side, landing in a pile between his leg and my leg since I was sitting right next to them. She did this about twenty times, laughing uncontrollably the entire time. I think she's definitely feeling better today! I'm also hopeful that she might sleep fairly well (only 3 night wakings?) tonight.

Sadie also walked an entire mile today outside! Our walks take a bit of extra time, because while Sadie practically runs when she's moving, she also has to stop and pick up every pretty rock and leaf that she spots. And right now there are a lot of pretty leafs on the ground. There is one particularly rocky patch of earth that we actually have to carry her over, otherwise our walks would be at least a half hour longer. After she picks up a rock or leaf she hands it to one of us to carry for her. Our walks take a lot of extra time these days!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Baby Bull

Sadie and I are sick today. We're hoping tomorrow will be better but if it's not I think we'll make an appointment at the clinic because it hurts to swallow and has for a couple of days. I was hoping it was just because the hotel air was so dry with the air conditioning, but I'm afraid that was just denial. We have caught a bug. And it is a sore throat type of bug. At least we know we have already had the H1N1 vaccine. That does make me feel a little bit better (actually it makes me feel a lot better).

Sadie did have a lot of fun acting like a little bull yesterday. She got the idea from playing with one of her cousins with his sweatshirt and now whenever she sees someone take off their sweater or sweatshirt she starts to giggle hysterically. She'll head for it full speed like a bull running after a matadors cape, giggling non-stop and closing her eyes when she runs by. We have to stop her from running into furniture constantly, because she gets so excited. The first time she did it to Nani, Nani wasn't sure what she was doing and was just trying to put her sweatshirt away and Sadie kept trying to pull it down with her hands while shrieking and running circles around Nani trying to run past her shirt.

Speaking of running in circles, that is another favorite Sadie event. She thinks that it's hilarious to run around in circles until she falls down. And she's been trying to do somersaults (no idea where she got the idea for this and I don't like it because she's so little it looks like she's hurting herself, but she puts her head down like she's going to flip over and giggles). She just never stops moving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We're Home!

It's good to be home! I expected to be able to post here while we were down south, but the hotel charged $9.99 a day for internet access and that was a bit steep for me these days! While I was very tempted I just couldn't justify it and so my blog and email got put on hold.

Sadie had an amazing time on our trip. She was excited to meet more of her cousins and second cousins. My sisters kids, ages 16, 15, 13 and 10 were there and my cousins three younger kids were there too (the youngest is 2 and a half and Sadie was thrilled to have someone her size around). And I took a ton of pictures, which you'll be seeing here over the course of the next few weeks.

We did discover on the trip that Sadie is most definitely the most sea worthy member of our family. Both Mommy and Daddy got very sick on the boat. There were 9 foot swells and it was pretty bumpy. We were all okay until they killed the boats engine for the memorial part of the service and then the bumpiness got to be a little bit too much. Sadie is the only one who has a chance of being a sailor in this family.

Sadie was relieved to see that all her toys were still her when we got home. She always seems to worry that they'll disappear when we're away and has to check every one when we get back (even when it's just a day trip shopping). Now it's time for sleep! Sadie has been bouncing off the walls all day and I'm worn out!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Long Day of Driving

I just have time for a quick post. I'm so sleepy these days that my new bedtime seems to be 8:00 and it's almost half past eight right now. Sadie is finally asleep, she had a tough time drifting off and seemed preoccupied with where each of her stuffed animals was, probably because we're in a hotel room.

We left the house at half past nine this morning and headed south. We're headed to Point Lobos for my grandmother's memorial service on Thursday and decided to take the long drive down in two parts for Sadie's sake. Sadie managed to stay awake for the first three hours and after a gleeful lunch at KFC (gleeful because there was a pack of feral cats outside the window) she got back in her car seat and fell asleep, just before we got to the gas station we'd planned on stopping at. After quietly getting gas we were back on the road...

Less than an hour later, Sadie was awake. I don't know why, but she's only taking one very short nap these days (please don't tell me she's outgrowing them and that our napping days are drawing to a close!). We had made it to Stockton by then, but we were hoping to get even I pulled out Grumpa's portable DVD player and popped in a Wonder Pets DVD. Bingo. Sadie's eyes were glued on the tiny screen. She sat silently for the next sixty miles and probably could have made it all the way to the ocean. Instead we stopped for the night in the Central Valley. Tomorrow we'll head over to the coast. We should get there pretty early! We're only an hour and a half away right now.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Not So Awful Day (Unless You Ask Sadie)

From Sadie's Point of View:

Today was a pretty fun day, but then Mommy had to go and spoil it with a trip into town tonight. I thought that the trip into town was going to be fun. Mommy let me bring Ming Ming, the Wonder Pet duck that says "this is serious" and I sat in the back in my big girl seat and tried to kick the back of Nani's seat, which doesn't work because when she drives the seat is further forward than when Grumpa drives. I can always give Grumpa's seat a good kick to make him say "who's kicking my seat!"

We got to a building that I recognized and it seemed like we were going to have some fun. There were a lot of people there and most of those people had kids with them. I knew exactly where all the toys are in this place, so I headed over to the table with all the toys and showed a little blonde boy how they worked. He just watched me though. Mommy was standing in a line, but Nani came over and helped me play and kept me from making the little boy cry by taking the toys in front of him (he was older than me! but I was quite a bit bigger). More and more people kept coming into the room and standing in the line and pretty soon it was filled all the way to the door! Then a door at the other end opened and Nani said we had to go and she took me over to stand by Mommy.

This is where things get bad. All the sudden I heard it. Kids crying. Babies crying. Then the big boy in front of me started panicking and screaming. I started wondering where Mommy had brought me! What did these kids know that I didn't know! I was rightfully concerned. We finally get to the front of the line and Mommy, who is usually pretty smart, looks at me and says the craziest thing. She says "okay Sadie, now watch Mommy, she's going to get a shot." And that's when I realize why we're here. Mommy smiles while she gets her shot and then tries to roll up my pant leg and I realize she thinks I'm going to get a shot too! So I start to scream to let her and everyone else know that she's crazy. And they give me the shot anyway!

To make matters worse after dinner (which was mac and cheese, which almost made up for the whole shot debacle) Mommy announced that tonight we're going to wash my hair! She knows I hate washing my hair! Tomorrow is definitely going to be better though! There's no way Mommy could top taking me to get a shot and washing my hair in one day, EVER!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sadie brought Robbie into the pillow house today for a ride. She doesn’t seem to realize that stacking pillows and putting a giant rubber horse on top of them, with the intent of riding him, could be a potential danger. She just knows that it’s a little more bouncy. I had to stage a rescue after she face planted, on purpose, into the pillows and was pinned by Robbie (and the fact that she’d gotten her arms behind her). I really hope she would have been able to get out on her own, but she seemed pretty stuck!

Sadie also got to see Taylor, the little deer that was born the same month as she was, hanging out on the lawn between our cabin and Nani and Grumpa’s house. He has certainly grown. He has little spikes now and you can recognize him by his fluffy white nose. Sadie stood at the window and watched him for at least ten minutes, hardly moving a muscle. His older brother, Tucker, has been spotted around too, and made it through hunting season safe and sound, now that he’s got forked antlers.

And in super happy news: The whole family now has health insurance! Yay! What a blessing!

And here's a Sadie Flash Back Picture!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sadie Meets Her First Bully

Sadie met her first play ground bully today. I think she was a little shocked. Particularly since the girl had three or four years on Sadie and probably should have been in school. Instead she was at a playground with her dad (so maybe she was a tall four year old...).

Anyways, the first thing I have to say is that I was the only parent at the playground actually watching my child. ALL of the other parents were too busy text messaging on their blackberries to so much as glance up and see what their little ones were up to. I think there could have been a brawl in the pre-school play area and some of the parents would have sat, eyes glued on their phones, clicking away, without so much as glancing up.

Our little playground bully in particular was running wild. She was climbing up on all the little kids' toys and then launching herself through the air, nearly knocking the littler kids over with each swoop. Sadie mostly stayed out of her way as she sprinted back and forth from one side of the playground to the other, giggling. Then the little girl climbed to the top of a slide, stood up and started dancing (these are little, soft slides for little kids. Sadie stopped next to it to watch. And the little girl turned around, looked at her and said "Hey little kid, get away from this slide! I'm playing on it!" I was already headed over, worried that she was going to slip and come crashing down on Sadie, and I convinced Sadie to come over and play on the big soft bear toy. Sadie was still pretty happy and was about to give the bear a big kiss when the little girl followed her over to the bear to claim it as her toy too. And that's when we decided it was time to leave the playground to play on the Bob the Builder Tractor.

Nothing is better than riding the Bob the Builder Tractor, even at 75 cents a ride. Sadie completely forgot about the playground as she steered her tractor "around" the mall (okay, it stationary, but she really thinks she's driving it around the mall)!