Friday, February 27, 2009

Whiney Pants and a Naggin Cough

My daughter has put on some serious whiney pants as of late. No matter what we are doing, what time of day it is, whether she has napped, been fed, whatever... she whines every time we are not holding her. And does not stop whining... until someone picks her up. (FYI, it is not easy to pack a 19lb baby around when you are trying to do the dishes, fold laundry, go to the bathroom, etc.).
So I can't figure it out. I am not sure if a tooth is coming in- when I look at her gums I can't really decipher what I should be looking for. Her antibiotics have kicked in, so it's probably not her ears. She's well fed, has a clean diaper, naps, etc... it's getting a little frustrating, if you can't tell! Oh yea, and P.S. Missy Pants has decided that waking up at 4AM is now an appropriate time. Fun Times!

... and to add to it all, I have a naggin cough that WILL NOT GO AWAY!!! Sweet!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

List of Thoughts for Today

So my life isn't cool enough to compose an entire post... instead I will give you a bulleted list of what's in my little brain this morning:
  • My BEST FRIEND Rose, is preggo!!!!!!! She's due the beginning of October, and I could not be more excited! Seriously, besides finding out I was having my own, this is the BEST NEWS EVER! I'm going to be an Auntie!!!!!!!! Plus, we went through my pregnancy with her being stationed in Iraq, so having her home in the states will be a much more fun experience.
  • My hubby's basketball season ended last night. And although it is sad they did not make it into the state tournament, it saves us a lot of headache in childcare because my softball season begins on Friday... and we were stressin about the overlapping seasons and what to do with our buggie! Now she will get tons of Daddy time!
  • It has been 40degrees and rainy for the past couple of days, and the snow is finally melting- we can see our back patio- whoo hoo!
  • I ordered a Britax Marathon for our growing girl today... I'm so excited to get it and stop lugging her 19lb buns around in the baby carrier!
  • Poor Baby Girl has a double ear infection; she is teething; and she got 4 shots on Monday. Needless to say, she has not been a happy camper and Momma is a very tired girl! I've got some serious bags under my eyes... it's not pretty!
  • I have ANOTHER cold- Unbelievable! Thankfully this one isn't as bad as the last one- but it does come with a nasty cough that makes my poor husband have to sleep on the couch at night to escape it's wrath.
  • I am totally not diggin my hair lately. I need it highlighted so bad, but I can't get in to have it done till March 30th! (my schedule, not my hairdresser's). I have been wearing it up every day with a clippie and headband, it's not pretty. I think I am going to cut my own bangs to make them bearable until the time comes... wish me luck with that one!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Birthday Weekend Update

So I could not have asked for a better birthday. It started with an awesome massage, followed by 30 minutes of un-interrupted steaming in the sauna. I cannot tell you how.much.I.needed.that. It was amazing how relaxed I felt after it was over- just goes to show me that I carry waaaaay to much stress around. (OR that I need to make massages part of my monthly routine!)
After I got home and showered, the hubs and I packed up Missy Pants and her stroller and headed Downtown to walk on the Boardwalk, which is basically a wood dock over the lake in the town we live in. We had such a great time- it was a beautiful day and the sun was actually shining, so we stayed out for almost 2.5 hours! It was nice to breathe in outside air- Ali had a blast and was a total ham to everyone we met... and the best part was just being with my family. We enjoyed each other so much, and made me remember why my husband is my best friend. Great times!
We capped the evening off with a turkey dinner over at my parents' house... followed by ICE CREAM cake! The BEST EVER!!!!!!! It was such a fun day, exactly what I would've planned had I done it myself.... If the rest of the year goes anything like Saturday...I think 27 will be a good year for this gal!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weeee!~~~ Fun for Friday!

Liz , a super-fun, hilarious blogger, (and one of my favorites) sent me an interview!!! Hooray!
So here we are her oh- so -fabulous questions and my answers....
1. What are you most looking forward to in 2009? Watching my baby girl continue to grow into her 1st year of life... it is so amazing how much they change in such a short period of time! I am also looking forward to (hopefully) my husband making a career change, and possible a move! We need adventure!
2. What are your plans for your birthday? My amazing Momma scheduled me a massage in the morning... then we will be having family dinner (turkey dinner with all the fixins! MONEY!!!!) with my fam, my parents, bro, and his girlfriend. I am crossing my fingers that my hubby doesn't blow it on his end and actually makes my day somewhat special...
3. What's the best part about being a new mom? Every part!
But seriously, it is looking at something YOU created, and loving that little being so much. It is unbelievable how much I have grown in my love for her over these months. I mean, I loved Ali when she was first born, because she was mine. Now, I love her for WHO she is- her little personality and the way she looks at me and gives that big smile... I never knew love like this before she came into my life.
4. What was the last song you downloaded (or CD you bought)?
Beyonce's Single Ladies! I love that song!
5. If you were a superhero, what special talent would you posses (or like to posses, since this is clearly hypothetical)?
I don't know if this is a superhero quality, but I would love to be able to express how I am feeling correctly. I wish I could deliver my feeling concisely and clearly. I feel like I am bad at really communicating what I feel- that often times what I am saying comes out wrong or gives the wrong message or feeling (clearly I'm speaking about talking to my hubster). I feel like I am misunderstood, and it would be nice to have the ability to get my message across- ya know?
...Thanks, Liz, for your questions! This was really fun! Good Times, good times

And if you would like to play along here are the instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. You know, to pay-it-forward and keep this little interview game going.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions and so on and so forth

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ali is 6 months old!!!

You are 1/2 year old today, my little Buggie Boos!I cannot believe how fast you are growing.. and how much you have changed in just a short time! You are really starting to give Daddy and I a taste of your personality: you are demanding, stubborn, pretty laid back, and sooo happy!
Thank you for blessing our lives with your little sweet self. We love you so much, you have taught us just what true love is. We look forward to every single day with you.
... now stop growing!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mr. Un-romantic

So my husband sucks at Valentine's Day. He sucks at romance, period. Now, I am not saying he is a bad husband, at all. He is amazing. We have an excellent marriage, a great love for each other, and a high level of commitment and understanding. But the area of romance? Not so much. Case in point:

On Valentine' Day, hubby had to coach a game. So we made adjustments and went to breakfast. And met another couple, who brought their 1 1/2 year old son. So between me entertaining Ali, my friend entertaining her son, and the guys talking about basketball... you get the idea, no romance. And that was it. We didn't get each other cards, no flowers, no chocolates, nothing. It sucked, and I am partially to blame. You see... I know my husband sucks at doing the "little things", so I stopped doing them on my end. Which is petty, because I WANT to do them. And I should, because I care, not to prove a point.

So, I brought it up yesterday. Apparently when we first started dating, I told KK that I thought Valentine's Day was a bunch of crap. Which I still kind of think it is. It is totally over-commercialised and another way for companies to make money. However, my statement comes with a disclaimer- you should not have to wait for a special day to do something special. If you want to get someone a gift, do it! Don't wait for a holiday or birthday to show them you care. Make every day special! So that's my disclaimer, but KK doesn't follow that either :)
He is a typical male: it has to be s-p-e-l-l-e-d out for him to get it. Seriously. Mr. Straight-Forward, let me tell you.

So I told him. I need him to show me that he is thankful for me. I need to be made to feel special. Not just, thanks for being my wife and taking care of the house and our daughter, but that he still loves me that much- that I've still got it! I need that reassurance in our busy lives. We never slow down and just BE together, not as much as we used to anyway. And that's fine, just as long as I know, every day, that I'm his Valentine.

... and my birthday is coming up on Saturday, so we'll see how he does! Eeekk!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pretty Busy!

Our little Miss has been doing so good! She's back to feeling like her old self- besides the fact that she's working on some teethers. (Which I think she may be taking a break from, because I haven't seen any swollen gums since Sunday, and she hasn't been moaning like she was...)

It is amazing to me how busy she is becoming. She is totally alert and aware of her surroundings these days- EVERYTHING I pick up she has to touch and figure out for herself. I even had to wash out a yogurt cup I was eating out of and give it to her to use while I eat now- so she doesn't feel left out. We gave her a cracker the other night to munch on- they are called "Mum-Mums"- these little rice crackers that dissolve almost on contact. She thinks that's fun and it's amazing to watch her hold something and feed herself! She's getting big so fast- I can't believe how much she is changing almost daily!

... and I have to tell you that I was a bad momma the other day. I was video-taping her sitting up, and I did not set her far enough away from the coffee table... and you guessed, we had a spill. The video-camera all of a sudden was thrown to the ground, and Missy Pants cried her little heart out (no tears, however). I felt soooo bad- I cried with her! Thankfully we don't have any bruises, but she did have a big red mark on her forehead for a couple hours following the incident! I need to be more careful- maybe I should take a tip from her and be more "alert and aware of my surroundings"! Sorry, sweet baby!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tag- you're it!

KDLOST tagged me!! So here we go...

Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people.
1. What were you doing before you started this post?
Grading journals for my creative writing class.
2. What is the last thing you read/are currently reading?
I just finished New Moon , the second book in the Twilight series-- soo good! But I'm saving the last two for when I have more time :)
3. Do you nap a lot?
No, I do not enjoy napping. Therefore, I am tired a lot!
4. Who was the last person you hugged?
My sweet little Wiggles before she left for daycare with Daddy
5. What is your favorite TV series?
I have a few: The Office, Grey's Anatomy, Biggest Loser, American Idol, and Top Chef... I'm also really liking Handy Manny :)
6. What was the last thing you said out loud?
I'm running to the bathroom :)
7. What was the best moment of your life?
The moment I am currently living in!
8. What was the last item you bought?
some eye shadow for my friend, J.O. for her birthday tomorrow
9. What is your most challenging goal?
Right now I would say to quite biting my damn fingernails!
10. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished- anywhere in the world, where would it be?
On Lake Coeur d Alene, in the town I live in. It's gorgeous!
11. Favorite Vacation spot
Either my family's cabin, Europe, or Australia
12. Say something to the person who tagged you: KDLOST, you are an amazing momma and woman! I love reading your blog!
13. Name one thing you just can't resist no matter how bad it is for you: I love cake!
14. What is your favorite item of clothing?
My black vest- it covers the left over baby bump! hee hee
15. What is one thing you wished had known before you became pregnant?
How friggin tired you get in the first trimester! Man, that was a hard couplla months!
16. Name one thing you can not live with out: SLEEP
17. Has a celebrity's haircut ever influenced you on your own hairstyle?
Meg Ryan has the best short hair dues- I've had a few of hers in my time
18. What is your drink of choice?
19. What is something you do every day?
squeeze my baby girl
20. What are you wearing right now?
blue striped shirt with navy blue pants
21. What's your favorite room in your house? bedroom
22. If you were to have a baby boy and girl tomorrow, what would you name them.
I have no idea
23. If you could have any "special power" what would it be and why?
The ability to eat whatever I wanted and be bikini-skinny... and that is self explanatory
24. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I had the best childhood and have so many memories.... but I do remember how fun playing whiffle ball with my mom, dad, and brother was on those lazy summer afternoons, after eating dinner on the porch- good times!

OK- I'm not tagging 8 people because I need to get back to work! (I'm a slacker, seriously)
So I tag:
1. Lindsay
2. Kim
3. Alexa

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Bows!!!

Ali received some new bows from Lindsay yesterday! SO MANY THANKS, HUGS, AND LOVES to Miss Priss and her Mommy!


P.S. We also got a cute, turquoise princes bow... but all the publicity was tiring, and a meltdown ensued shortly  after the flower pic- stay tuned for that one :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

At Peace

My hubster and I had a great conversation about my MIL.. and I am finally feeling at peace about her and our situation.  I have been praying that my heart would change towards her, and I think I finally have a break through.  
**You can see the back-story here and here

She made us dinner last night- which was a very kind gesture because we have been busy keeping Ali healthy- and KK went over to pick it up.  When he got back, he told me that she went to the doctor and that she is doing so much better health-wise. She has been seeing him once a month to monitor her recovery, and this was the first visit the doctor felt comfortable enough to have her come back in 3 months. So on the health-front- much improved!
Her and KK  have also been talking about her remodeling her home- it hasn't had an update since it was built in the 1970s and she is not the best housekeeper.. so you can imagine (pink carpet upstairs, kelly green carpet in the basement, carpet in the kitchen- TERRIBLE).  
So KK is going to help her tear out the carpeting downstairs and scrap the popcorn ceiling off... and it was nice to hear that she has motivation to change and improve her surroundings.  
This is the first time since I have known her that she is working on improving something about her.  I really think she is overcoming her alcoholism and taking control of her emotional well-being.  Her desire to improve  her home is a reflection of how she is feeling emotionally, and things are looking really positive.
I also told KK how I felt about her- something I do not do very often because he is always so defensive about it... but I explained to him that I hold a lot of frustration and anger at how she raised him, and it is so hard for me to forgive her for that because I love him so much.  I also told him that my feelings are still hurt that she did not EVER give any thought or try at all when I was pregnant, and now that Ali is here she cannot get enough of us.  Of course I'm leaving out a lot of details because I'm not a detail oriented person :) but overall it went really well and I think it helped both of us to be on the same page about her. 
One thing I need to keep in the front of my mind is that we are all she has.  KK is her only son and she is a single woman with hardly any friends and absolutely no hobbies.  She is a recovering alcoholic living in a world she has not known in her adult life.  She spent 40 years living under the veil of a functioning alcoholic, and it is unrealistic for me to think she can just pick up and live her own life and leave us alone.  
All in all, I feel at peace with the situation.  I still do not want to be her best friend and hang out, but I do feel more accepting and willing to give her leeway in being a part of our lives on a weekly basis.  My heart feels so much lighter today: We're making strides toward improvement, and it's a great feeling.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...with a little photo comment

Ali does the cutest thing: she grabs my face and pulls me to her with her mouth open (translation- she wants a kiss from momma!)  She ONLY does it to me- I LOVE IT!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Amazing, Healthy Baby

Ali and I visited the doctor this afternoon.. and she is kicking RSV in the butt! She is at 98% oxygen intake: last week she was only at 90% intake. Her wheezing was gone when the doc listened through her stethoscope... and she overall looked 100% better! She does have a little ear infection, but we didn't get any antibiotics because it looked like it was on its way out. So now we are weaning her off the nebulizer over the next few weeks- she will finish up the week with daddy at home and back to daycare on Monday!
KK and I made the decision to keep her home as much as possible for the next month: the doctor explained that her little immune system is kind of beat up right now, making her more susceptible to bacteria that normally she would fight off. So no basketball games for awhile, and we postponed the family pics until the end of the month- but we gotta do what we gotta do to keep our big girl happy and healthy!
We also reinforced the "frequent hand washing" rule that I am always nagging people about- now I have medical backing! If you've got grubby hands, stay away from this sweet baby! (It's amazing to many how many people do not take this seriously... but I digress)
I was so so so relieved and happy to hear she had healed up so quickly- a huge weight of worry lifted off my shoulders.... and the doc confirmed my suspicion- Ali had swollen gums and is looking to cut some teeth in the near future! She seems to be handling it like a champ!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Picture Post of my little sick buggie!

Still happy, even though I've got snot running down my face!

I really want to pet my Jack doggie! But he's sooo far away..

Yes! Thankfully, my doggie loves me, and moved closer!

Even though I'm sick... I still managed to SIT UP BY MYSELF... for the first time on Saturday! 

And, to top off how sick I've been... momma thinks I've got some teethers moving around, cause I'm chewing on everything in site!
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