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

Daddy!

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

Sleep!

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

Awake!

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.

"Touchdown!"

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

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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

Caged?!!?!

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!