Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1 roll of children's wrapping paper and
1 pkg. of tissue paper
4 baby's first Christmas picture frame ornament
Lance's shopping trip to Target was successful yet he came home with a HUGE bag from Hallmark. At first I thought he had purchased me a sentimental present. However, I was shocked when he pulled out four identical Baby's First Christmas ornaments from the bag.* Why in the world would I want four units of the same ornament?
Taking the advice from Elder Wirthlin, we laughed until we cried. If husbands could only read our minds.
*For those who suffer from the same misguided interpretation skills as Lance: I intended him to exchange the ornament "for" a baby's first Christmas picture frame ornament.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
- Can hold her own bottle.
- Eats three meals of solids a day - rice cereal and fruit for breakfast, fruit/veggies for lunch and meat/vegetable for dinner.
- Drinks water from a cup
- Started officially teething and has her two bottom front-teeth to prove it
- Can "scoot" like a little worm across the floor
- Started taking swimming lessons
- No longer wants to be rocked to sleep. Prefers to be put in her crib with her soothie blankie and fall asleep on her own.
- Give us kisses on our cheeks (Okay, she actually chews on our cheeks when we ask her to give kisses, but close enough for go, right?)
Grandma Bev says Elisabeth is the happiest baby she has ever taken care of. Beth's big smiles and giggle are pretty contagious. She does have her occassional "mental breakdowns" (as her papa calls them) and fussy times but is usually happy-go-lucky. Life would not be the same without our little ladybug who loves music, singing, reading books and pulling the puppy's ears.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I have never, ever been more excited to loose a 1/2 lb. in my life. Whoo hoo!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sadly, I have decided that I must gracefully withdraw my political registration as a Democrat. There is such a disparity between my conservative social views and the Democrat party that I feel like being a card carrying member doesn't quite fit anymore. Being a Democrat here in CA is A LOT different than being a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Laborer party in MN.
But, before all of you GOPers holler for joy that you won a Democrat over to your side, I must admit I can never be a registered Republican either. Those that know me well will also attest to the fact that I do *not* see eye-to-eye with the Republican party either. I will join my husband as being a completely independant voter - voting according to my conscience for who I think will be the best candidate for the job. And luckily, the Democratic party will still allow me, as a "decline to state" party member, to vote in their primaries.
I was listening to NPR today and am excited to hear that this decision - to become an independent voter - has made me a "swing voter." All parties will have to do their part to win my vote. I may have lost my "Minnesota Democrat" identity but have gained a new one of the "Swing Voter."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
- Rolls both from her front to back and vice versa
- Sleeps about 11 hours each night, uninterrupted
- Sits up without support (2 minutes is the longest stretch so far)
- Loves eating rice cereal in her high chair
- Has a keen interest in our dog. In fact, the sight of Sofi can make her tears stop
- Her favorite book is Snuggle Puppy
- She wakes up with a huge smile on her face (She has her mama's mouth, that is for sure!)
- Gives the most expressive looks, including the sassy look, the "stink eye" and the "I am pretending I am shy" look
- Is very social. Loves to stare people down until they smile at her which she responds with an huge smile.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Of all days to go to the store wearing my comfy clothes and tennis shoes without taking more than two minutes to get ready, last Thursday had to be it. (I usually don't wear make-up or do my hair really nice these days unless it is 1. Sunday or 2. I am meeting up with some fashionable friends.) This situation reminds me of how my mom used to tell me to always wear clean underwear just in case I got into a car accident. I guess I should always make myself look presentable just in case the local newspaper photographer is around to take my picture.
Notice, however, that I am being very environmentally conscience with my reusable grocery bags, was able to successfully grocery shop with a sleeping infant in a stroller AND talk local political issues with a city council candidate. I may not be the cutest mother around, but I am doing my part to contribute to the betterment of society.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I always felt so blessed growing up to have three grandmothers. One grandma, Grandma Earl, wasn't my biological grandmother. In fact, she was my mom's ex-husband's mother and some people may have thought my mom was nuts for visiting Grandma Earl often after the divorce. My mom, who always taught us family did not have to be blood-related, maintained a close relationship with her ex-mother-in-law until Grandma Earl died when I was a teen. Grandma Earl was an important part of our lives and I miss her as much as I miss my biological grandmas - Grandma Cookie and Grandma "On the Farm." Family is family. Half brothers, step fathers, adopted grandmothers - this did not matter to us. My brothers and I freely gave love to important people in our lives. The love we received in return was priceless.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I opened my mailbox two days ago to find a package from my good Finnish friends, the Patomos. I love hearing from my adopted Finnish family and especially love getting surprise packages from Äiti Patomo, (a.k.a. Patomo Mom) as she always sends me a few Fazer Sininen bars. (Translation: Fazer Blue Chocolate bars. The BEST chocolate I have ever eaten in my life.)
Monday, September 29, 2008
- Her own crib. Yes, I moved her into her own room, into her own crib and do not turn on the baby monitor at night. She is right across the hall and we can hear her cries quite well from our bedroom. I think we all started to sleep better after the move.
- Weight/Age - She is almost five months old and weighs a nice, hefty 17 lbs.
- No more feeding in our bed - When Elisabeth was a newborn, learning how to feed her in our bed while I was laying down saved me from complete exhaustion. However, I more and more frequently fell asleep while feeding her and would wake up two hours later with a baby still in my bed, enjoying the all-you-can eat buffet. I could tell Elisabeth enjoyed this arrangement, thus making her night-wakings quite rewarding for her.
- Elimination of late-night snacks - I figured her need to nurse in the middle of the night had more to do with comfort than with hunger. (Let's face it - Chunka Munka isn't going to waste away from hunger anytime soon.) So, we used Richard Ferber's suggestion on how to wean out night-time feedings. If she woke up four hours after we first put her down, I would make her wait 4 1/2 hours before I would feed her. The next night, she woke up 5 hours after I put her down and I made her wait 5 1/2 hours. It only took me two nights of making her wait an extra 1/2 hour between feedings to eliminate her need to night feed all together.
- Setting of a Schedule - Elisabeth seems to thrive on a schedule, routines and transitions. We tried to let her "cry it out" a few times but I found, through much prayer and anguish, that this was hurting her more than helping. Elisabeth would cry for three hours straight if we let her and refused to fall asleep. As long as we stick to our routines, we have a baby that falls asleep quite quickly and sometimes completely on her own.
We still have some work to do when it comes to taking longer naps but I am not complaining. So, thank you Elizabeth Pantley, Richard Ferber, Marc Weissbluth , Tizzie Hall, and Sonya Moore (a.k.a. my local baby whisperer). This well-rested mother and father (at least for now) salutes all of you for your sleep advice.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Anyone else having a hard time understanding why our government is bailing out these banks/companies who have made very poor ecomonic decisions? Lance came home yesterday and told me that we, as tax payers (and I might add we pay A LOT in taxes here in CA), are now proud owners of the largest insurance agency in the country. I was a little miffed. NO one consulted me on this purchase. Shouldn't they have? I am feeling the need to write some strongly worded letters to our government representatives. I hate to say it, but every day I become more and more disillusioned with those we have chosen to lead us.
I guess here's to hoping for a better future. Or at least for leaders with a little better economical sense.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
She also reached two important milestones these last few weeks. First, she learned how to roll over from her back to her stomach. She doesn't know how to roll over again to her back but I am sure that will come soon enough. Second, she decided to notice the puppy and vice versa. As soon as she sees her furry friend, she erupts into smiles. Likewise, Sofi has discovered that our baby produces some interesting smells and needs to be greeted with a customary lick when we return home from an outing.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Between trying to set a daily schedule, figure out sleep routines, doing without what I consider to be adequate sleep, figuring out how to get Elisabeth to like her carseat, and all the diapering, feeding, and cuddling that is necessary for raising a baby, I have these small, cherishable moments where I feel an amazing, indescribable connection with my little girl.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Can you overfeed your breastfed infant? I didn't think you could. However, at the rate our little peanut is growing, I am beginning to wonder if it is possible. I decided to try to spread out her feedings every four hours these days. She definitely isn't going to waste away!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I know you are all loving my multiple posts today. I just wanted to forewarn you that I will be taking a break from blogging as I am returning to my home state for a good long visit- Land of 10,0000 mosquitos, the great MN State Fair, Garrison Kellior and most of my extended family. Here is one last picture of our blue eyed girl to tide you over until I return!