Saturday, March 29, 2008
At the end of April, Andrew, Kate, and I are all going to go camping down at Kodachrome Basin State Park for our fifth year anniversary--yay! It will be our first time camping since we've had Kate; I think she is going to love it. Andrew is really excited to be able to take some new pictures, too.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I decided what I needed was a way to exercise at home after Kate was asleep. After talking about it for weeks, today I FINALLY went out and bought a stationary bike. It's not the one above (as it is still in a box in the car), but it's somewhat like that one. I mostly just wanted something that was very small (we have ZERO space) and affordable. The smallest one was also the cheapest--so there it is. I am so excited to get started on a daily exercise routine. I can't believe how much weight I've gained. My goal is to lose 50 pounds--yikes. I'll just take it a week at a time, though. I'm not going to go crazy with dieting because I just get discouraged. I figure if I'm exercising every day, then I can probably just eat normal foods. So...here we go!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Hmmm...so, I looked online for what wheat bread is supposed to look like when it's done. Yeah...not too similar. Funny, I guess it's supposed to actually look like a loaf of bread. I didn't let it rise long enough because I didn't want to be up until 1 am. The recipe I used used whole wheat flour and white flour, and it still sank to the bottom of my stomach. Andrew did say it was the best bread he's ever had, but he was also extremely starving at the time. No, it did taste pretty good, actually. But now I have to work out a few kinks.
I have to say--I felt like I was really accomplishing something when I was kneading the dough. I felt like a pioneer woman or something. I had an electric wheat grinder and stove--but still--I could relate. :)
The only thing is--how do I make grilled cheese sandwiches for Kate using this stuff? It would never work.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Andrew is a distant relative of Joseph Smith, and he kept asking, "Does it look like me?" I guess he's been told a lot that he looks like the statues and things of Joseph. I can kind of see it... Funny, though, because I sent this picture to my dad and one of the first things he said was, "It looks like Andrew." It must be him then! ;)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My family is WAY ahead of me on all this stuff, and I'm sure all of you are as well. I've just been so excited about it, thought I'd share a little!
Monday, March 17, 2008
She's started refusing diaper changes lately. She's never given me any hassle about changing her diaper before. But now, when I ask her to lay down for a diaper change, she'll sit right in front of me where she used to lay down, and scream if I try to get her to lay down. The only times she'll let me change it is when she is drinking a bottle or after bath time. So, the changes have been much less frequent. But when she has a messy diaper, what can you do? You have to change it! I don't want her getting diaper rash or anything.
You're probably thinking, "Just hold her down." Well, that's not as easy as it sounds. A 20+ pound baby is a lot stronger than I realized. Even if both Andrew and I are holding her down, it's really hard and the diaper is just thrown on as best we can. Besides, I don't want to spend the next year or so giving forced diaper changes. What to do?? I tried distracting her, of course, with animals and songs--nothin' doin'. So I pulled out two of her animals, asked them to lay down (which they did very obediently), and proceeded to change their diaper. Kate was fascinated and giggling and even clapped when it was over. Great! So I try again with Kate--yeah right--not happenin'!
Luckily, my sister is a "Love and Logic" instructor and always has great advice. Her kids are some of the nicest, most well-behaved kids I've ever seen--so I listen to what she has to say! For this, she recommended (if I wanted to try it) "holding therapy" where you just hold the kid (lovingly) and don't let them escape. You hold them for as long as it takes for them to settle down, and by the end it creates a bond between parent and child. She said that when she used it on her youngest, and she finally calmed down, she was stroking my sister's face and being super loving--amazing!
So I tried this. I'm so weak! After just a few minutes of thrashing and screaming (her--not me), I let go. After picking her up and trying over and over, she eventually got tired and laid down on her stomach. I had to change her diaper in that position--not easy! Especially because it was a messy diaper!
This has been going on for days. I decided that I would hold her again when she freaked out. So I tried again yesterday when she had a really stinky diaper that I wasn't going to let go for very long. I had enough time before church started that I could spend an hour holding her if it took that long to calm her down. She was just wearing a diaper because I had been in the process of changing her clothes, when she realized I was going to attempt a diaper change. And so it began. I held onto her tightly so she couldn't wriggle away (but not hurting her at all, obviously). She squirmed, pulled my hair, tried to bite me, etc. Her little head was covered in sweat. Her diaper had begun to loosen. She howled and raged. It was horrible! I began to worry and stress that Andrew's grandparents would think I was abusing her or something! 10 minutes of this passed. How long would this take?? 15 minutes....20...I finally let her go. She sat down in front of me on her blanket. Then I noticed that the poo juice was getting all over the blanket! Argh!
She was exhausted and laid down on her stomach again. I changed the nasty diaper upside down again and put her down for a nap. Afterwards, I was really distressed. I didn't have the stomach to do it for as long as it would take. The books my sister had read said that for the first time it will usually take a long time.
I was worried that she would need a diaper change at church and wondered what would happen. She ended up leaking pee out of her diaper and all over me (because I've been letting the time between changes stretch out due to the fight that ensues every time). I took her to the changing room and plopped her on the counter. She was so freaked out by being on the counter that she held perfectly still. Hmmm....the lightbulb went off in my head.
I didn't try it until just now, though! She had a messy diaper a few minutes ago and of course, started to freak when I picked her up. So, I took her into her room and put her up on her dresser. She froze! I quickly changed her diaper as she played with some stuffed animals. A miracle! I don't know if she'll always let me change her up there (if not, it'll be back to holding time--which I'm sure will eventually work if I could just hang tough)--but it gives me hope!
PS Woah--this is a LONG post. Thanks for making it this far (if you did).
I love that her leg takes on a dance of its own. She even looks at it like, "What are you doing?"
She's just in her diaper because she's about to have a bath. I usually let her have fun for a little bit in her diaper before the bath. She LOVES it.
I'll explain why her diaper is so huge later.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
So, that's cool that they want to hire me, but kind of a bummer that it may not be for a while. That means Andrew may have to get a job this summer. We'll see what happens.
Okay, so last time I mentioned American Idol not very many people commented--does no one else watch this or what? I had missed a few early weeks and had completely missed Brooke White altogether until last week when she sang a Pat Benatar song. I really enjoyed her performance, and she became my #2. Then I found out she's LDS--bonus! After last night (she sang Let It Be), she is my favorite. I love the whole Carly Simon thing she's got going. David A. totally choked last night, but I still like him. He's got the talent, but I'm not so sure he's going to win. My other two favorites are Jason Castro (really loved last week's Hallelujah--one of my all time favorite songs) and David Cook. I'd be happy if any of them won. I know everyone loves Carly Smithson, but for some reason, I just don't like her that much. There is quite a lot of talent this year. I'm probably getting way too into this! :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
In addition to her all-around fussiness over the past week, she has stopped eating everything except for bread, fruit, and Graham crackers. I tried rolling a green bean up in a piece of bread to trick her. It fooled her the first time, and she let it pass (not without a glare, though). But when I tried to feed her again after that, she wouldn't let anything by without a thorough inspection first. She unrolled the bread, promptly tossed the green bean overboard, and shoved in the bread. She used to be a great eater--green beans, peas, broccoli, you name it--she loved it. I hope it's just a teething thing and her appetite will come back. Not sure how healthy she'll be if all she eats is bread and fruit. I don't want to get into the habit of fixing something else that we're not already eating. Anyone have ideas for a picky eater?
Poor thing. I do feel sorry for her--I think she must be in pain from her teeth. She's still a sweetheart, though. She'll be screaming bloody murder one minute, then she'll wrap both arms around me, lay her head on my shoulder, and give me a consoling pat. It's as if she's saying, "Don't worry, Mom. I'll be back to normal soon."
It will be a relief, though, to see those new pearly whites break through--then I can breathe easy!
Friday, March 7, 2008
She did ask me what I might struggle with in the job, and unfortunately, I was honest. I said that not knowing how much work it would be, I was a little concerned about being able to get it all done. What was I thinking?? Argh. I just don't want to accept a position (assuming I'm offered the job) that I can't meet expectations because of Kate. She said it might be between 20-30 hours a week, but it may not even be every week. If it was 30 hours, that may be kind of tough. But if it was only twice a month, I could do it. I just hadn't thought it would be quite that many hours...
Maybe I will email her to thank her for the interview and clarify what I said. Trying to get a job is so stressful! Especially when it's a job you want!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I don't want to get my hopes up, though. But this job would be absolutely perfect for us! Not to mention great experience for me. Andrew wouldn't have to get another job and could just focus on getting done with school. And I could get a little brain stimulation while Kate is napping or after she's gone to bed. Of course, that would mean less time for cleaning...and blogging. But it would really help us out.
There's one problem, though. I agreed to baby-sit a family of four kids this weekend (Thurs, Fri, and part of Sat), which of course, overlaps with the interview. Andrew will be at school, so I will have to find someone to watch a bunch of kids for me for a couple of hours. Hmm...
I'm sure it will work out somehow. I'm excited/nervous for the interview. We'll see what happens. Wish me luck! :)
Monday, March 3, 2008
On the second floor, there was even a landscape/nature photography exhibition going on. Andrew will have to enter next year.
I would definitely recommend it to everyone in the area!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Kate loves to hug everything--my leg, my arm, pillows, DVD cases, stuffed animals, and even pictures of animals. She'll lay her head on whatever it is and give it a good pat. It is so cute!