Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Lil' Angel

Sadie loved going into town for the kid's fair and the walk through the historic district of town trick-0r-treating. She had never seen so many kids in one place at one time and she was even more surprised that they were all dressed up! There were little princess and little unicorns and one little, scruffy looking pirate that she took a particular interest in and would have followed around all night if we'd let her.

She has also really got the lollipop thing down! She's even figured out that she can chew through the paper on lollipops pretty quickly and spent our trick-or-treating walk up and down Main Street fishing in her bucket trying to sneak another lollipop into her mouth. I'm not sure our fun in town and the pizza we had afterwards (and even watching the almost full moon out the car window on the way home) could compare with what she saw when we got home.

Football. USC was playing Oregon.

Sadie was in heaven and repeatedly made the goalposts sign before collapsing on the ground and giggling. And Grumpa was happy because he always likes to see USC lose and it's even better if they lose by a lot (which was what was happening when we came down to the cabin!). Sadie was just too exhausted to stay up and see who was going to win (and it seemed pretty obvious).

So now the little angel is fast asleep, dreaming sweet little lollipop dreams. Hopefully in her dreams she actually gets to keep the lollipops!

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Football Fanatic

Sadie and Daddy spin around...

and around....

and around...

until they are so dizzy they can barely walk!

Touchdown! This is so much fun!!

Sadie is doing her "touchdown" signal all the time. She loves watching football on TV and we think that's where she picked it up from (because when she's sees football she does it and then collapses on the ground like she's just been tackled).

She was a little disappointed tonight, but was a good sport and kept making her touchdown sign even when there wasn't a game in sight. Nani and Grumpa were going to take Sadie into town to see what we thought was supposed to be the last home football game of the year for our local team. These days Sadie cries when bath time is over and it's time to get out of the bath, but when Nani told her that they were going to see a football game she made the touchdown sign and then held her arms up to be lifted out! On the car ride into town she made the touchdown sign the entire way there, giggling. And then they arrived at the school and it was.... dark...

It turns out the game is next week! So instead they went to Starbucks and Sadie had a vanilla milk (which she loves). Next week though, she'll hopefully get to see the Wolves face the Bears!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

An Independent Little Angel

We are headed towards another weekend and unfortunately Daddy is going to miss seeing Sadie all dressed up as an angel in her cute little costume, because he has class on Saturday. We won't be doing the house to house trick-or-treating. We'll go to a kid's fair in town and then all the kids go through the historic downtown district and every single shop has a table outside with people handing out candy or other treats. Some of the doctors and dentists even do it. Last year Sadie even got a tooth brush (along with loads of candy, which mommy had to eat for her).

Today while I was doing something in the kitchen Sadie started to have a meltdown. She wanted something and I turned around and looked at her and said "what's going on? What do you want to do? Are you about to walk over and visit Grumpa all by yourself?" (Grumpa was over at Nini and Gigi's building their deck. Their house is about fifty yards away from Nani and Grumpa's house and I was teasing when I said it!). She got up off the ground and walked out of the room. I followed her to see what she was going to do. She walked to the front door and opened it easily before I stopped her. She really had been about to head over to Nini and Gigi's by herself to see what Grumpa was up to! We've really got to keep that door locked because she's quick when she opens it and apparently she thinks she's big enough to go out on her own!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Chilly Day and the Pillow House!

I almost forgot how much fun it is to build forts, particularly on days when it's so chilly that we can't go outside for very long. Here's the reason we've been stuck indoors.

Hopefully the pictures big enough that you can see that this tree is frozen solid! It's really cold!

I get Sadie all bundled up to go outside and layer her stroller with blankets, but she's interested in pretty much everything other than staying warm. She pushes her blankets off and rips her hat off her head. In a matter of minutes her nose is pink and her fingers are ice cubes! So it's back inside where she's mastering the fine art of fort building. She's only in the beginning stages of fort building so far (pillow forts), but at the rate she's going they may take over the entire house. Luckily Nani makes beautiful pillow cases, so the pillow houses are pretty to look at. Here's on of the latest pillow houses (with a box we brought home from Costco that Sadie snagged and spent a large part of the afternoon sitting in).

Oatmeal Bear joins Sadie in the pillow house and they plot taking over the living room.

Sadie peaks out to see if she's being watched! It appears that others have noticed her plans of living room domination and are determined to stop her before there isn't a single clear path through the room!

She begins to blow kisses in an attempt to distract us!

It works! Everyone falls under the Sadie spell and she takes over the entire house, filling every nook and cranny with her Pillow Houses!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Daddy's Little Sports Fan

Sadie has a new little thing that she does. I think she picked it up from watching Paul watch sports. Sadie loves to watch pretty much every sport. Football seems to be her favorite, but baseball is a close second.

Today she started lifting her arms up like she's signaling a touchdown in a football game. She does it when we're walking and she finds a pretty rock that she likes and she picks it up and hands it to me. She does it after she picks up a puzzle piece and drops it into my shoe (who knew that finding all the puzzle pieces and putting them all in Mommy's shoe could be so much fun?). And of course she did it when the TV was on and she saw a football player make a touchdown. After the touchdown she collapsed on the floor like she'd been tackled and then jumped up did the goal post sign again and then fell to the ground again and hid her face. I'm not sure exactly what she's thinking when she does this, but she sure seems to be a sports fan! Talk about being Daddy's Little Girl!

She also thinks it's hilarious to push her "breakfast bear" (a toy bear that sits at the table when she eats her breakfast) around the table with her mini bulldozer. This upsets the breakfast bear immensely and he roars at the bulldozer, but Sadie just laughs. It's almost as good as watching football!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Shoe Shopping

Thank goodness for oatmeal bear! Sadie hasn't been sleeping very well again these last few days and I suspect that tooth #9 is thinking about making an appearance. Sadie's sleeping patterns are heavily influenced by teething discomfort.

Today we went shoe shopping and Sadie fell in love with every single shoe that I slid onto her feet. She loved the red puddle stomping boots I showed her and cried when I took them away to suggest that we try on another size. She tried to insist we buy every pair of party shoes in the place (Walmart has quite a selection) but had to settle for on pair of black patent leather shoes for church.

And then there were the sneakers. Nani found a pair of light up disney princess cupcake sneakers (they really don't leave anything out, do they?) and they fit Sadie's little foot perfectly. She now wears a size 8. I can't believe how fast her feet are growing. She reminds me of a german shepherd puppy with giant paws sometimes!

She did also manage to convince me to get the shiny red boots and when we got home she insisted on wearing them around the house. She has some difficulty walking in them while staring at her feet, but finally got the hang of it. I'm actually surprised she didn't bump into more furniture.

She lets everyone know she's ready to put them on again by walking over to wherever they have been left and standing on top of them with a determined look on her face. She's going to have a hard time convincing Nani that they can come into the house though after they get actual puddle stomping mud on them.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sadie's Almost Kiss

Sadie is finally asleep, after putting up quite a fight. She's so afraid that she'll miss something the moment that she closes her eyes, that she would like to be awake twenty-four hours a day.

Yesterday we drove to a winery a few towns over that was having a wine festival. It was a kid's dream come true. They had a tractor pulling a wagon around the grape vines with free rides. Halfway through the vineyard they had created a pumpkin patch and all the chickens and roosters were spending their day at the pumpkin patch in the hay. Sadie was thrilled. She picked out yet another pumpkin (along with the pumpkins she's gotten at other patches and the ones Nani grew in her garden, we have quite a collection) and we hauled it back to the wagon.

After that we ate lunch in shifts, because Sadie was too excited to sit still (especially without a high chair to lock her into place). I took her over to a big lawn area to run around and there she met Billy. Billy was a little blonde boy who is currently 20 months old (although he came just up to Sadie's ear). Sadie was thrilled to see another little kid her size (there were tons of kids running around, but most of them were at least a couple years older) and she kept running up to him. He would run towards her and then change directions at the last moment (usually they would both point at each other then) and he'd run away with Sadie in hot pursuit.

Sadie went back over to visit everyone eating for a few minutes (which apparently gave Billy the chance to miss her) and when we went back he was thrilled to see her. So thrilled, in fact, that he ran up and hugged her and then tried to give her a kiss. Sadie froze when he hugged her and then took of at a run when he tried to kiss her! And then they were back to running around together, like two peas in a pod (and it was quite a lot of work keeping up with that little pod).

Then it was home just in time for a nap and a phone call from Daddy who was at class when Sadie almost had her first kiss!

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Serious Little Eater

Sadie is serious about food and her tastes are starting to take after Mommy's. She loves artichokes (which I think is a funny thing for a little kid to love) and actually took a bite of a marinated garlic clove yesterday and ate it happily. She also loves dill pickles and green olives. Tonight at dinner she was having cheesy noodles and the rest of us were having pork ribs (she was sharing my artichoke with me). She started pointing over and over again to the ribs and making her little "ah" sound which is the sound she makes when she sees something she's interested in or wants. I wasn't sure she would like the ribs because they are a little spicy (and slathered in barbeque sauce). She ate a piece off of the bone and then sat next to me saying "yum, yum, yum." After that she continued to point to the ribs and even got Grumpa to give her another piece after everyone had finished eating.

Here are some Sadie eating pictures! She looks serious but lately she really does seem to love everything we put in front of her. I like this phase!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Running 'til Nap Time

Sadie has so much energy that I took her outside today and let her run around the track near our house. It’s a dirt track that is a third of a mile and Sadie ran around it twice today. It really seems to help her burn off the excess energy that would otherwise be used to chase down the cats and pull their tails (never a good scenario).

So this morning we went out and she did her first lap and then I let her explore around the houses. She slept much better at nap time than she usually does and after her nap woke up and seemed happy with the idea of going outside, so Nani and I took her on another walk (this time pushing the stroller just in case she got tired). Instead she raced around it again, stopping multiple times to look at rocks and trees and little piece of dirt.

She also has decided that she wants to “feed“ us. She thinks its very funny to pretend to scoop up food and then to pretend put that food into the mouth of whoever happens to be sitting next to her. We have to watch her though to make sure that it is actually pretend food (air) and that she hasn’t picked up an cheerio that fell down into a crack in her high chair at breakfast and is squeezing it between her grimy little fingers. It is a very real danger and Sadie would think that was even better than feeding Mommy or Daddy pretend “food.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ewwww! Baby Feet!

Sadie and I have this little game that we play. It started months ago when she was nursing and started to take her foot and pull it up and put it next to my face. I would make a face when she did this and say "ewwwwwww, yuck, baby feet" and pretend to try to blow her feet away from my face. She would immediately start to giggle and put her foot back down until a few minutes later when I would see her foot sneaking back up next to my face.

We hadn't played the baby feet game in a while, but yesterday when Sadie was sitting on my lap she stretched out her flexible little leg and put her little foot right next to my cheek. This time instead of saying "yuck baby feet" I pretended to sneeze and said "oh no, baby feet, I must be allergic!" This, in Sadie's eyes, was even funnier than "ewwww, yuck, baby feet!" She laughed hysterically. As soon as she stopped laughing I would grab her foot and pretend to sneeze again and repeat "baby feet, I must be allergic, achooooo!"

Now she spending quite a bit of time trying to sneak her feet as close to me as possible to see if I'll sneeze and then laughing hysterically if I do.

She also figured out how to blow bubbles in her milk with a straw today at lunch. I'm hoping she forgets this new talent for a little bit longer!

I also purchased a monkey backpack "baby leash" today. Sadie has no problem racing off into a crowd on her own (or trying to jump into the ocean) so this may be handy. Sadie may not like the monkey quite as much though when she realizes what it is....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sadie's New Cousin!

Sadie is proud to announce that she is no longer the littlest cousin! As of today she has a new baby cousin named Ryan, who lives all across the country on the east coast.

Sadie doesn’t get to see any of her cousins very often. Half of them live in Massachusetts and the other half live in Texas. However, we have made an effort to make sure that Sadie knows all about her cousins. Every day, several times a day, Sadie goes over to the refrigerator and demands to be picked up. The front and side of the refrigerator are covered with pictures of family near and far and one of Sadie’s favorite activities is pointing out pictures as we name them. She looks at all of the pictures of her cousins and at the pictures of her grandparents.

These days we all have a hard time competing with the coupons from Chuck E. Cheese that were clipped out of the paper earlier this month (because they have a picture of Chuck E. right there on the front) and Sadie also loves looking at the picture of her sitting on Santa’s lap (we’re hoping that since she’s looked at that picture every day for months and months she may skip the being afraid of Santa phase that so many little ones go through).

Congratulations to the proud parents on their new arrival! We can’t wait to see pictures!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Surf Baby

We found quite a few things out about Sadie this weekend, and first and foremost among them is the fact that, if given the chance she will run straight into the ocean without hesitating. Luckily, we had six adults who watched her and made sure that she couldn't run full speed into the icy waves.

Why would she want to run into that icy water, you ask?

As we walked down towards the water the first time (it was a negative tide and it was quite a hike), Sadie started to look at the places where the waves had washed up foam. First she stared at it. Then she pointed. Then she stomped. When she stomped the foam it disappeared under her shoe. She thought that was quite funny. So she stomped a little more. As we got further down and the sand got wetter she started to notice that it splashed a little when she stomped on the foamy lines. Hilarious. Life doesn't get better than stomping foam on a cold autumn day. Then she saw the waves. They were pretty foamy. She was ready to fling herself in and do a little stomping in the sea.

Mommy and Daddy said definitely not. We're such spoil sports!

She's also becoming quite a good little eater. We think that it may be a growth spurt. The day before yesterday she ate an entire fish stick by herself and this morning she ate an entire egg. She wasn't even finicky. She just gobbled up everything that we put in front of her.

I keep hearing talk about how she'll "slow down" on the growing soon. I presume that this will happen before she's taller than me, which at the current rate will be sometime next year.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Late Day Naps

Today seemed like a long day, probably because Sadie resisted taking a nap all the way until 4:30 pm. She then slept for a little over an hour (despite Pumpkin's best efforts to wake her, which included walking right up to us twice and yowling at the top of her little 18 year old lungs at least a dozen times) and woke up ready to rock and roll. Late day naps are definitely not a good idea, because then the little princess thinks that she should be bouncing off the wall until 9:30pm (which is past Mommy's bedtime and way past Sadie's bedtime).

The high point of the day came when we went into town for the football homecoming parade. Sadie was moderately impressed by the floats and the marching band, but nothing could compare with her expression when a group of red balloons escaped from the freshman float and soared off into the sky. Sadie's eyes were glued to the balloons even when they were tiny and she kept pointing to them because she didn't want anyone to miss their flight into the wild.

Tomorrow morning we head to the ocean. We're shocked to learn that the little motel we're staying at does have wireless internet! I'll finally be able to download the updates for my computer! Yay! And I'll try to remember to bring my camera cord and battery charger (so I can upload some new Sadie pictures).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vote for Sadie for Cutest Bunny!

I can't help it. I see a cute baby contest and my motherly pride gets the better of me and I just have to enter it, even though I know that there are thousands of very cute babies that are already entered and nothing will probably ever come of it. However, I took this picture and entered Sadie in the Baby Gap/Disney contest.

Any and all votes are appreciated. You can click here to go to Sadie's page and vote. They do make everyone register before they can vote, which is kind of a pain, but after you register you can go back and vote every day!

Sadie seems to be feeling a little better every day. She's still snuffly and a little cranky (and extra clumsy at times) but she also felt well enough to walk all the way over to Nini and Gigi's house today without falling. She's been running so much that it's hard to tell, but she's really getting better at walking without tripping over her own two feet.

Tomorrow we are going to pack our bags. Nani and Grumpa are taking everyone on a little trip over to the coast on Saturday. Daddy is going to drive up after his class on Saturday and we should even have time to get some geocaching in. We're hoping it doesn't rain the whole time so Sadie can do some exploring on the beach. She's bringing her little bucket and shovel!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Climbing and Pillow Houses

Sadie is sound asleep right now. She is still stuffy and her nose has been bleeding on and off all day, but at least she doesn’t seem to have a fever.

Sadie is currently in love with making “pillow houses.” She has five pillows and a bean bag chair and she spends long amounts of time rearranging the pillows and so that they completely surround her. Sometimes she lays down and pulls the pillows over her and tried to hide. Hiding usually lasts for a grand total of five seconds (on Sadie’s more patient days), but Sadie thinks it’s hilarious when we act like we can’t find her. Now that the fence is up around the fireplace it has become part of the pillow house. So far when I try to add blankets to create a fort, Sadie pulls them down and laughs, but I have a feeling that she’s going to get the idea soon and want to turn the entire living room into a giant pillow palace.

She is also becoming quite the little climber. She climbs everything. She moves her bouncy horse Robby over next to her playpen and stands on it (until Mommy makes her get down). She tries (and nearly succeeds) in climbing into and standing up in her little shopping cart (until Mommy makes her get down). And she even tries to climb up into the doll stroller (until Mommy makes her get down). Mommy making her get down off of things she has climbed has been a definite trend lately!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Let Go of the Cat's Tail, Please!

Today's Sadie picture is a blur. These days it's hard to catch a picture of Sadie that isn't in motion and the camera lens has a tough time keeping up with her. This picture was taken on the "sports" setting, but it didn't seem to help much. It also doesn't help keep her in the frame, but I guess no camera could be expected to do that. We'd need a five point harness and maybe a couple of bungee cords holding her in place to give the camera a chance of catching her before she sprinted out of the frame.

We have erected a fence around the fire place. If I were one of the cats in the house I would spend all my time watching Sadie sleepily through the fence and demanding that my food and water be delivered. None of our cats seem to have figured this out though and they follow Sadie around and then look scared out of their wits when she wants to play with them. I find myself saying "Sadie, let go of the cat's tail" at least a dozen times a day. I would say it more than that if it weren't for the fact that after a dozen times I think that the cat should have caught on and stopped walking in circles around Sadie and I only intervene if it looks like things are getting serious and we may need a a) vet visit or b) trip to the doctor. So far neither of those things has happened (thankfully).

Sadie is still sick. Yesterday I thought she was getting better but today the cold seemed worse again, although the fever seems to have broken (and that was the part that had me worried). Her little nose is raw from being blown so many times, despite constant Burt's Bee's Baby Bee's lotion, which did the trick for a while. Hopefully she'll feel better by this weekend. We're going to the ocean for a couple of days and she'll need to be well for geocaching and running around on the beach!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Great New Book for Moms!

Over the course of the last year I haven’t had much time to read. Sadie’s little hands are always busy and they keep everyone else in the house busy too. This lack of time has given me a renewed appreciation for short stories. I’ve managed to steal a little bit of time each evening and have just finished Joan Wester Anderson’s new book Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread. Each time I picked up this book I would promise myself that I would just read one story and get back to doing what needed to be done, but most nights I found myself stealing extra time to finish two and sometimes even three chapters.

The collection of stories is perfect for moms. Joan takes a comical look at family life and at her years raising five children. The book begins with “Intensive Training Course” which includes projects that would really prepare couples for marriage, like wallpapering a room together or hosting a dinner for both sets of in-laws. The next chapter “What’s in a Name” gives rules for naming babies that many couples really need to read including 1) Stay clear of weird names that you’ll constantly have to explain 2) Avoid peculiar spellings for the same reason and 3) Consider how the name will wear. Rule #3 reminded me of the summer that I worked as a camp counselor and met an adorable little blonde girl who was going to cheer camp with the given name (as in the actual one on her birth certificate) of Kiki.

From buying a “Handyman Special” and getting it fixed up to the joys of life with a twelve year old in the house Joan takes day to day life as a mom and gives it a fun spin, reminding all of us that it’s important to have a sense of humor when little feet are scampering through the house.

Joan is best known for her books on Angels and has weekly stories on her website.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sadie has had a tough couple of days. It looked like she was coming down with a cold three days ago. She had a stuffy nose and she couldn't stop sneezing. Then the fever hit. We haven't been sleeping very much and there has been a lot of crying and fussing going on (and only a little bit of it came from Daddy after watching ALL of our teams lose this weekend).

Despite being sick over the course of the last few days Sadie has been starting to make a lot more signs (which is funny because we don't watch the DVDs that much. I would say that we turn one on maybe twice a month.). However she seems to remember what she's seen pretty well. She's been making the signs for "more" and "milk" and "want" all day today. "Want" started up when she discovered that we have a cookie jar (although no cookies happened to be in the jar at the time). It is shaped like a cat, which in Sadie's eyes, makes it pretty much perfect. I went and found some Nilla Waffers and put them in the jar so she could pluck one out. That made her feel better for a little bit!

Today her nose was less stuffy, but her temperature still seemed to be raised, at least it was each time the baby tylenol wore off. Hopefully she'll have beat whatever it is that she has by tomorrow. It's so hard to watch such a sweet little bunny be sick!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thank You Kisses

Sadie is having a tough night. She has been sneezing every two minutes, all day long and has a very stuffy nose. Because of the stuffy nose she's having a very tough time sleeping. She keeps waking up and wimpering. We're not sure if it's allergies (which she does seem to have) or allergies. Poor little bunny!

I made a fun discovery today. There's a cute little song on one of Sadie's Signing Time DVDs and I was singing it today. The words are "I say please, please, please when I want it, share, share, share when we play, your turn is your turn and my turn is mine and we say our thank yous all of the time." Each time I said the "thank you" part Sadie would rush over and kiss me.
I think I put together why she was doing this. The sign for "thank you" looks very much like what Sadie does when she blows kisses (and blowing kisses is what Sadie does these days when anyone says "kisses"). This, added to the fact that when Sadie kisses me I say, "thank you" seems to have led Sadie to believe that the word "thank you" means "kisses." It's very cute and now I know how to get kisses!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Her Very Own Geocache!

Sadie put out her very first geocache today. It is at a horsey location and is full of little horse toys.

After we hid the geocache we headed over to the playground. Sadie swung on the swings, played with the steering wheel and practiced stepping up and down over and over again on the little playground steps. She thinks it’s hilarious to step up onto the step and then throw herself off of it, allowing Mommy and Nani to scramble to catch her.

She also went down the slide by herself for the first time today! She thought it was wonderful and would have spent all day on the slide if we had let her.

We also had quite the little tantrum today. Sadie was sitting on my lap, pulling at my shirt. When I told her that my shirt was fine how it was she got a little angry look on her face. She paused, looked at me and swung, hitting me in the chest, with all her little bunny strength. It wasn’t very hard. I told her that we don’t hit anybody. She held perfectly still, with the sole exception of her lip. Her lip stuck out all the way and started to tremble. She seemed to be thinking very hard about something. Then she hit me again. This time I said “no, we don’t hit.” Sadie doesn’t like the word “no.” She threw herself back against me in an all out tantrum and was not having being hugged.

Five minutes later she was cheerful and cuddly and forgot that she was giving me the silent treatment. She can be quite dramatic when she isn’t allowed to do something… And she isn’t even two!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sadie's Day

What Sadie would tell you if she was old enough to write (or even talk)!

Hi Everybody,

This is Sadie and I am the guest blogger for the night. I told Mommy that I should get to tell my side of the story once in a while, since my name is in the title and today I have a lot to say. I talk and talk and talk although sometimes I feel like no one understands what I’m saying!

You are not going to believe what my Mommy did today! We went to town and on the way home I fell asleep. We had gone to a lot of different stores and I was pretty good. I pointed at all the toys, but I didn’t cry at all, even when Mommy and Daddy refused to bring home the giant-real-pony-sized-horse at Costco.

After we got home Mommy decided to “do my nails.” I’m okay with her doing my fingernails, but she knows that I absolutely hate it when she does my toes. Well, I sat perfectly still while she did my hands, but then she grabbed hold of one of my feet. I gave a scream and tried to kick my feet, but she still got eight of my toes (I thought she was going to take my pinkie toe clear off!).

At least we’re finished with that for a while. She shouldn’t try again for a couple of weeks and I’m getting bigger and faster, so maybe next time I see her getting the clippers out I’ll be able to make my escape before she can catch me.

Anyways, then I chased the cats a little and felt much better. I’m pretty good at running up and catching their tails now. It’s good that I’m getting so fast because for some reason they’ve started to run when they see me coming!


Sadie Kate

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One Sore Tooth

Sadie doesn't like to talk about being in trouble. She doesn't like me to tell Daddy when she does something naughty. Today she was in a bit of a mood. She has a very good excuse. Her eighth tooth has finally cut through her gums and she's not feeling great. This has led to a drastic increase in biting (and hitting and kicking and pinching). Feeling grouchy does not help with self control in toddlers. She knows she's not supposed to do these things, but today it seemed like she just couldn't help herself.

She even bit me twice after she fell asleep nursing. Ouch! When she woke up things weren't much better. She got mad at me when I told her not to do something and pinched me. When I told her that we don't pinch she tried to hit me. When I said "no" she sat very still and stared. Her little bottom lip started to quiver. When I didn't cave and say "Oh, it's okay baby, you can do whatever you want" she burst into tears and spent a solid five minutes curled up on my lap in a ball sobbing hysterically while I tried to get her to calm down. She finally settled down and stopped crying. Daddy had come in to see what was wrong (he was in the other room with the door closed with earplugs in, studying Latin and had still heard Sadie's fuss). When I started to say that Sadie had pinched me she burst into tears again. Any mention of the words "pinch," "bite" or "hit" bring the same reaction.

Dinner seemed to cheer Sadie up though. She was excited that we were having spaghetti, her very favorite food. When I put her in her high chair she started pointing wildly at her bowl, her mouth wide open. At least her sore tooth isn't preventing eating. Hopefully it will be all the way through tomorrow and she'll be feeling better. Poor little bunny!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

Sadie searches for the perfect pumpkin. Mrs. Bunny shouts instructions. Sadie gives Mrs. Bunny "the look." Mrs. Bunny pipes down.

Sadie decides Mrs. Bunny may be right. It does look like a nice pumpkin.

Sadie steals the pumpkin from Mrs. Bunny. It is now "Sadie's Pumpkin."

Sadie points when asked "where's your pumpkin?"

Sadie kisses her pumpkin.

Sadie and her pumpkin pose for pictures. Mrs. Bunny sneaks into the shot.

Time to go home after a long day. Look, it's a balloon arch!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Bunny

It's nap time and Sadie is snuggling Mrs. Bunny.

She found her perfect pumpkin yesterday. I was a little surprised. I thought that she would have a hard time picking just one pumpkin out of a pumpkin patch. Instead it was love at first sight.

The pumpkins had been positioned on top of hay bales to spell out FFA (Future Farmers of America) and we put Sadie down inside the A. It was very windy, with a storm about five minutes from hitting), which made Sadie extra giggly. She walked straight up to one of the pumpkins and pulled it down off of the hay bale. Then she sat down next to it and proceeded to kiss it, to kiss Mrs. Bunny and to smile for the camera.

When we were on our way out of the pumpkin patch we passed under a balloon arch, that was blowing around in the wind and Sadie thought that it was hilarious. We had to stand behind it to get a good picture. Now I just need to find the cord to load them onto the computer!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Bundle of Energy

Sadie is napping right now and since there’s no guarantee that I will be able to stay awake longer than she will tonight, I thought this would be a great chance for a Sadie update (because this mornings counted for last night and so much has happened in the last six hours). When she wakes up from her nap we are going to head in to the Pumpkin Patch at the high school. I can’t wait to see her face when she sees the pumpkins. She’s probably going to want to take each and every one of them home! She raids Nani’s pumpkin patch regularly and has one small pumpkin that she carries around with her most of the time (it is covered in teeth marks).

This morning we went into town for the quilt fair and Sadie turned into a uncontainable bundle of energy. Had there been walls she would have been bouncing off of them. Since there was only a fence with out a gate she had everyone running to keep up with her.

She was fine as long as no one tried to direct her running, but when we inevitably had to intervene (“Sadie, you can’t go over the bridge and out onto the freeway”) she would have a meltdown. She is getting more and more independent every day and seems to think that we should be okay with her heading down the road on her own to check out the sights in town. She doesn’t even glance back to see where Mommy and Daddy are. We finally took her over to the park so that she could get her wiggles out in a more contained environment. The fire department, highway patrol, sheriff and ambulance service were having a drill there, which was a major highlight of Sadie’s day. She even took Daddy over to show him the trucks.

After that she had Burger King Mac and Cheese for lunch and played a rousing game of peekaboo with Mrs. Bunny. And that leads us up to right now, with her daily nap. She is exhausted from all the running she’s done, although I’m sure she’ll be recharged when she sees the pumpkins. It’s been a busy day!

Oh and before I forget, this dress is a 3T. She just keeps on growing....

Pinching and Mrs. Bunny

Sadie had a tough time getting to sleep last night, which is why I didn't get a chance to post before bed. She has a sixth sense that applied to computers and knitting (or anything else that might steal Mommy's attention away from her) and wakes up from a sound sleep if she thinks that I'm doing something other than staring lovingly at her (she doesn't want to miss out!).

We have reached the terrible fifteen months. Okay, it's not really terrible, but Sadie does seem to be testing her limits and trying to see if Mommy is really serious when she says "no hitting," "no pinching" and then, just to make sure Mommy's paying attention "no kicking." The pinching is the worst! Sadie has tiny pincer fingers that are perfect for pinching and pinching has become her way of saying "I want to nurse." I think that she's finally starting to figure out that it's not the best strategy.

I was reading a book on sleeping yesterday morning when she was still asleep and it said that fifteen months is a good age to get a baby attached to a lovey. It explained that it's much easier to help them sleep. So we took Mrs. Bunny around town with us yesterday.

I had no idea that Mrs. Bunny was so funny. She hopped all over the place. At one point she started jumping up and down on the back of my chair while Daddy was inside doing an errand and Sadie and I were waiting in the car. When Daddy called to ask me a question it was hard to hear my voice over Sadie's hysterical laughter. We didn't know that Mrs. Bunny was a best friend and a comedian.

Mrs. Bunny even seems to be helping with the pinching. Instead of pinching Sadie sits and strokes her ears. I really hope this lasts.

Now we're off to the Quilt Festival. Down town will be lined with quilts hanging from all the buildings. I'm just glad we didn't get the snow storm that was in the forecast for today (yet!).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Great Deal...

I found out about this great deal today and any mom that's considering breast feeding should go for it! It is an almost completely free nursing cover from Udder Covers. All you have to do is pay the shipping and handling (which is $8.95) and you get a $32 nursing cover for free. Go to the site for Udder Covers, and pick the cover that you want and then put the code "Champion" in the coupon code area. The price of the cover will be deducted and you only have to pay the $8.95 shipping and handling. Since nursing covers in stores usually run around $50 it's a great deal. I picked the "Elsa" style, but there are six different materials to decide between.

Sadie had a tough day today. Her head seemed to act as a magnet, attracting any hard surface and she kept banging into things. She fell off of a chair (a little kid chair that she sits in all the time) and hit the wall. While walking across the room she also bumped into pretty much every single toy and piece of furniture as she zig zagged her way from place to place. We're hoping that she doesn't have another ear infection, but she's been tugging at her right ear all day long. The doctor says that they should go away on their own, but so far we haven't seen that happen. Maybe she'll feel better in the morning...

She also seems to be getting her eighth tooth. It's looked like it's been about to come in for a while, but I think this might actually be it. I can see the little tooth line under her gums. Hopefully when it finally breaks through she'll feel better.

With her little MP3 player she has really started to enjoy our morning walks. It's finally feeling like autumn here and the last few mornings Paul and I have bundled her up and let her hold her music in her stroller while we walk. While she used to fuss, now that she has the music she sits quietly and points to the trees.