Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Day 58 - February 27

Buzz Lightyear came with us on our little walk this afternoon. And she wanted to be helpful and actually hold Fred's leash.

(For the record, I'm pretty sure Fred realized the difference and took a much slower pace. The few times I took the leash to cross roads and stuff, he was his normal crazy self. Otherwise, he was really gentle, even though he wandered like normal. That dog is the best dog in the world.)

I wonder what the neighbors thought as they saw us strolling by.

Day 57 - February 26

I took both girls grocery shopping this morning. Normally I would go after dropping Michaela off at school on Monday morning so that I only have one kid to deal with, and so that I'm done nice and early. But it was raining a deluge on Monday morning, so I decided to postpone until Tuesday. I figured two kids was less of an issue than loading groceries and a baby into the car in the downpour.


I got a later start than I wanted to (no surprise there), and I was a little slower than normal because I had the three year old with me. And I needed to find her a rolling backpack for our trip next week (kid can carry her own carry-on stuff!). That was a process. Yikes.

Anywho.... the trip ran into the 10 o'clock hour, which is becoming naptime in Cate's world. The little one's head started to bob as I stopped in the cosmetics section to get the mascara that was the last thing on my list (had to use that coupon before it expired!). And then it sank to the side a little more, and then she was face down in the cart.

And then she was even further face-down by the time I got out to the car. And this was after trying to pick her back up a few times. I felt terrible!!

The worst part, though, was that she woke up when I moved her to the carseat, and never really went back to sleep. That made for an interesting afternoon and evening. I should've just put her in the Beco and worn her like normal - then she would've slept the whole time we were shopping! Lesson learned on that one!

Oh, and it's a good thing I finally remember the rings to attach toys to the cart cover. Totally unnecessary.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 56 - February 25

At one point today, between all the rain, the light in the living room was absolutely perfect to snap a few quick pictures of Cate playing in her exersaucer. I got a couple of Fred, too, but I had to stick with Cate today. One of the pictures had me running for the photo album of pictures of me my mom put together for me when I graduated from high school.

A little back story - lately, one out of three people makes a comment to me about how much Cate looks like her Daddy. I guess for a little while there, she was looking a smidge like me, but everyone thinks she's looking more and more like Jason. I can't say I disagree, but, every once in a while, there's a glimpse of the Waitt side of the family in there.

Today was one of those days.

So we have Cate at 7 months and a week. And then we have me (a picture of a picture, so not great quality) at somewhere around 8 months judging by the Christmas things in the background.

Who looks only like her Daddy??

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Day 55 - February 24

It was a matching dress day around here today. I know it's hard to tell, but I'm really not generally a fan of the matchy-matchy thing with siblings. Of course, the more I do it, the more I think it's adorable.

Anywho... today was matching dresses for church, made by my friend, Jana. She makes and sells children's clothes at J.Marie Designs and she's super talented! She made these dresses quite a while ago, but it's either been too warm or too cold for the girls to wear them. Today was finally just right.

I'm pretty impressed with myself that I managed to get pictures before we went to church - and we were still on time. And I did it alone!

The girls got so many compliments on their dresses. Aren't they adorable?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Day 54 - February 23

I bought a container of baby kale this week. The idea was to put it in turkey and cream cheese wraps for lunch. I did that once and then the rest of the week wasn't that great and I ate Amy's burritos for lunch almost every day.

So there's this kale and I needed something to do with it.

The color looked more or less like poop brown with some green flecks, but it tasted good... my first attempt at a green smoothie.

Mango, strawberry, baby kale, a little honey flavored Greek yogurt, a touch of raspberry honey, and some water. Not bad!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Day 53 - February 22

So I said I would try to get a picture of myself up here every few weeks on a Friday.

It's Friday and the only picture I took today has me in it. Well, at least half of me.

This is how I spent my morning (and yesterday afternoon, and yesterday morning, and the afternoon before that).... cuddling a sleeping baby. I don't know what's up with her, but she hasn't wanted to sleep during the day unless she was sleeping in my arms. This afternoon she finally slept in the swing again for a nice, long nap, though, so maybe we've turned a corner.

I had other plans for things to do this morning while Michaela was at Mom's Day Out, but, oh well. These days won't last forever. Might as well soak up the cuddles while I can and I can always do the dishes tomorrow.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Day 51 - February 20

Michaela had some quality time on FaceTime with Daddy tonight. It's so fun to watch and listen to how her phone conversations are now versus how they were just a few months ago. And FaceTime makes it so much more fun!

Day 50 - February 19

The pictures are from the 19th... the post is from the 20th. I need to make a note of that for myself because of some of the stuff in the post.

Another month, another post about Cate’s world. I’m pretty sure no one cares about these posts as much as I do, but I love that I’ll have this record of her first year, month by month. I’m really not that good at keeping up with the baby calendar (we don’t even have a whole book, just a calendar and I can’t seem to manage it!), so this is perfect.

So what’s going on in Cate’s world? Well, as of two days after turning 7 months, she is rolling again! She seriously hasn’t done it since right after she turned 3 months. The irony of it is that Jason was gone when she rolled for the first time. And Jason is gone now, too. I’m happy she’s getting it, though. At her 6 month well-baby visit, the doctor said, “So she’s rolling both ways?” and I had to say no! Of course, the reason she wasn’t is because she spends no time on her belly or her back anymore. She only ever sits upright if she’s playing on the floor. So I’ve been forcing the issue a little more, mostly by not picking her up immediately when she falls over reaching for a toy. It seems to have worked. She falls forward, ends up on her belly, and then rolls over onto her back. She’s close to going the other way, too, mostly if there’s something good to chase after just over her head. That’s about it in the area of locomotion. Just like her big sister, it doesn’t appear as though she’s in any hurry to learn how to crawl – Michaela was 9.5 months old when she finally crawled… I’m not holding out hope we’ll get there any earlier with Cate.

One area in which she’s completely different from Michaela is food. By 7 months, Michaela was eating a lot of different things. I don’t think she liked anything with texture right at 7 months, but I know that, shortly after that, she was eating beans, pasta, etc. She also was eating yogurt pretty much every day, and trying bits of whatever we were eating. Cate, on the other hand, has finally swallowed some steamed carrots and some avocado. That’s it. She’s an expert nurser, though, and can eat a full “meal” in less than five minutes now. Sometimes I wonder if she’s getting enough when she’s that quick, but she’ll still wait anywhere from two and a half to three hours to make it known that she’d like some more, usually by grinning a huge grin at me when I sign and ask her if she wants milk, and sometimes by wiggling with anticipation as well. We’ll get around to the solid foods eventually…

On the sleeping front, things haven’t changed much, except that Cate’s daytime naps have fallen into a routine. And, blessedly, the afternoon one almost always coincides with a good portion of Michaela’s nap, too. It’s WONDERFUL. Now if I could just get her to nap in a place that is not the swing in the middle of the living room, the naps might last as long as they need to as well. She’s still sleeping well at night, and we can pretty much guarantee one 5-6 hour stretch. If we plan it right, it’s even in the best 5-6 hours for us.

The only other new development in her 7th month is that Cate is just developing more of an awareness of EVERYthing around her. She sees things she wants and dives for them (thus the need to learn how to roll over better – which she has now done from back to front since I started typing this earlier today), most notably remote controls, cellphones, iPads, and anything else we don’t want her to have; recognizes Daddy as soon as he walks in the door and gets mad if he doesn’t come over and say hi immediately; follows Michaela around with her eyes as Michaela runs through and around rooms; and you’d think her head was on a swivel with how she tries to see everything around her at the store when I have her in the Beco as I’m doing my grocery shopping – she’s going to get whiplash one of these days.

I almost forgot… the poor baby marked turning 7 months old by getting the worst cold I’ve even seen in a baby before. So we gave the makers of Hyland’s products pretty much all the money we could and found that both their baby cold tablets and their baby cough syrup work really well. But mostly cuddles and sleeping upright were the best remedies. Thankfully Jason was home for that fun so he could take the “sleeping upright in a chair” shifts at night. I hope that’s the last one of those we see in a loooong time.

That’s Cate as she turns 7 months old. I say it every month, but I don’t know how 7 months have gone by already. My little baby is forming her own little personality, making a stink when she doesn’t get her way, learning how to do new things every day, and stealing another piece of my heart every single day. I’m so lucky to be her mommy!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 49 - February 18

I'm going to be a day late with real 7 month pictures. But at least today's picture is still Cate.

I think I may have finally found a food she'll tolerate. She may have even liked it a little. Avocado.

I gave her an avocado spear and she actually nibbled some pieces off of it. When the chunk got too little, I cut it up into non-choking sized bites and handed them to her. She put some in her mouth herself, and opened up for me to put others in for her. She even got mad when one piece was almost gone and another wasn't ready for her!

We've been trying to give her food since a couple days before she turned 6 months old. Now, on the day she's 7 months, we've finally found something. Because she definitely could live without sweet potatoes (steamed and packaged puree), pears (puree), applesauce, bananas, and apple. Though she also likes whipped cream. A lot.

So I'm glad she seems to like avocado (since it's healthier than whipped cream). I'm still in no hurry for her to eat a bunch of real food, but I'm glad to see we might actually get to a point one day when she won't get it all from me!

Day 48 - February 17

Well, at least she's getting some use out of some of that Mardi Gras loot.

Day 47 - February 16

It's that time of the year. The time of the year when the surf is the right condition for training in Astoria, OR, so Jason gets to go out there and teach pilots how to fly on cliffs and deploy swimmers in heavy surf.

Which means I get to do the solo thing for a couple weeks.

This used to be a lot easier before we had kids. Part of that is because I really miss the help with the kids, but the other part of it is because it breaks my heart when Michaela gets sad when her daddy is gone. I can deal with my own sadness at missing him, but it's just so hard to watch her deal with it.

So we made a paper chain. Apparently we're going to do this for every trip from now on. I'm glad he's an aviator and not a ship guy... we'd need some really long chains if his trips were normal big white cutter trips. And I'd be making the chains myself since 14 links is about the length of Michaela's attention span.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 46 - February 15

She sleeps.


Flat on the bed.

For the first time in 3 days.

This was this morning after she ate around 9. I nursed her laying down in bed (Jason was home so I got to sleep in) and she fell asleep after she ate. I was able to leave her there and slide out of bed, and then she slept until sometime after 10. It was beautiful.

Now my fingers are crossed that she'll do it tonight. But I won't feel guilty in the least if Jason has to cuddle her all night again - he leaves tomorrow for a trip and will be sleeping through the night alone in a hotel room for many more nights in a row than I'll get to for a loooong time. So I'll sleep soundly, knowing he's got it and I won't feel bad! (Sorry, honey.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Day 45 - February 14

Happy Valentine's Day.

Today, Cate's lucky I love her.

Ok, maybe that's not fair, but after two nights of little to no sleep and not being able to put her down at all today, I'm tired. And I hate seeing my poor baby so sick! It's *just* a cold, but it's the worst cold I've ever seen in a kid. I know Michaela has never had one this bad.

So after two nights of no sleep, I finally decided to try some Tylenol earlier today (we don't do medicines for the most part, not unless the kid is really miserable). It seems to have worked a little, but when I posted about it on a mommy facebook group I'm in, there was some discussion of a link between Tylenol use in children and asthma. Since we don't use it often, I'm not too concerned, but more than a couple people recommended Hyland's baby cold and cough remedies. We love their teething tablets, so I figured they're worth a shot. So far we've only used the cold tablets.

It's possible they're working; Cate has now been sleeping for over an hour - the longest stretch we've gotten from her without a scream or cough in two days.

So tonight's picture is of the remedies that will hopefully get all of us some sleep tonight. Jason and I need it so as to not be walking zombies and Cate needs it so she can fight the rest of this off and hopefully be able to clear the rest of the crud from her head. She's so sad and pathetic as she tries to deal with not being able to breathe; it's just breaking my heart.

Please work. Please work. Please work.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 44 - February 13

I took a photography workshop this past weekend with Amy Earle of Simply b Photos. Amy has taken all of our family pictures since shortly after Michaela was born, right from the beginning of her business. She is so incredibly talented and I love that she's pretty much self-taught and takes pictures not just as a professional, but as a mom. Although I've taken a photography course already that taught me the basics of shooting in manual, it was nice to have it all reinforced and to get another perspective on the art of taking pictures.

All that to say that two of the things Amy talks about are catching the little moments and catching the details. I try to do that a lot anyway, usually with my ever-present iPhone armed with Instagram, but I think I'm going to push myself to do it more. I'm good about it with Cate, but I need to catch Michaela's details, too.

This morning I caught some of Cate's details, though.... a moment when it was just the two of us out in the living room after a restless night of sleep. Her fever broke sometime in the early hours of the morning, but her stuffy nose kept her (and me) from sleeping well. I think we both gave up trying so we came out to the living room while Michaela rested in her room (I love that she recognized she was too grumpy to get up yet).

This was the moment when, although she still wasn't feeling very well, she was trying to get back to herself, playing with her wubbanub and doing the usual - trying to get the tag into her mouth. And I caught the details of her dimpled hands, her chubby cheeks, and her steely concentration on such an important thing in the little world of my almost-7-month-old.

Day 43 - February 12

On Sunday, Cate woke up with what looked like pink eye. Not wanting to expose anyone at church, I put some breastmilk eye drops in it, got ready, and took Michaela to church with me, leaving Jason at home with her.

It cleared up really quickly, we went about our business on Monday, and then, BAM!, woke up to a really sick girl this morning. She had a fever, was super stuffy, and then nicely threw up on Jason (literally on Jason) twice. Thank goodness he was home for the holiday (Mardi Gras, ya'll), so he got the brunt of it instead of me.

After cleaning himself up, he headed out to the last of the season's parades with Michaela, and I stayed home with Cate, where I proceeded to just sit in the rocking chair and cuddle her for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Poor baby was so miserable, I had to even wake her up to feed her (and she never misses a meal).

So this was my view for the better part of the day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Day 42 - February 11

Cate has raised the bottom lip curl to an art form. She doesn't get upset often, but when she does, she uses the pouty lip to her full advantage. I've been trying to get a picture of it for months and finally succeeded tonight.

Every night, she takes a short nap just after dinner. Tonight, we were having fun dancing and watching Michaela put on her nightly dance show, so I didn't think Cate would nap. Then she got sleepy all of a sudden, and I apparently was not quick enough to pick her up.

Don't worry. Just after I took the picture, she got her cuddles and then fell asleep for about 20 minutes or so. I HAD to get the picture, though, so she cried for a couple seconds longer than usual. I just wish I'd gotten a better representation of her pout. This is good, but it's not even the best one I've seen. Her Daddy will never be able to say no.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 41 - February 10

More matching jammies.

And Michaela flipping out (though you can't tell) because Cate kept leaning back into her and she thought she was going to push her over. I had to tell Michaela that she's bigger and stronger and Cate and that she wouldn't be pushed over. Silly girl.

Day 40 - February 9

I don't think there's anything I need to say about this one.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Day 39 - February 8

We've had a Wubbanub since Cate was only a few weeks old. To get the Wubbanub, we made an emergency trip to a local boutique (rather than ordering from Amazon) because I was sure we needed it right away and couldn't wait for it to get shipped to us.

She's six and a half months old now and I think we're finally getting our money's worth. For some reason, I took the Wubbanub out of the drawer yesterday and gave it to her for the first time in months, and she seems to have figured out how useful it is. In the car today, she even managed to put a pacifer back in her own mouth. I'm a happy mom.

She's a happy baby.

Day 38 - February 7

It was absolutely gorgeous today (and by that, I mean yesterday since I'm late with this again). But, the day started off with storms, torrential rains, and the feeling that you need to stay in your jammies all day.

We chose yoga pants instead of jammies, which was helpful since it meant we didn't have to change when it cleared up and we decided to go for a walk after lunch and before nap time.

Besides the fabulousness of just wandering along wearing the baby in the Beco and holding Michaela's hand while she told me stories about everything under the sun, she also made me smile through her excitement at blowing the seeds off the puffy dandelions.

We found one early in the walk and then spent most of the rest of the walk looking for more.

Entertainment is easy to come by when you're three.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 37 - February 6

It's not a Friday, but I guess I can sneak in a picture of me whenever I want.

It was dark in the living room and the girls were both squished on my lap on the floor, but I think this is worth it anyway.

Me and my girls.

Day 36 - February 5

Yesterday I brought the girls to Target to go look for an outfit for Cate to wear for our family pictures on Friday. This is not at all out of the ordinary - as evidenced by the fact that I have now gone to Target every day for the last 3 days.

What was different was that Michaela asked if she could get flowers for Daddy while we were there. I just thought that was the sweetest thing in the world. But there's a chance she realized that if she got flowers "for Daddy," she'd be able to enjoy them, too.

And, of course, if you have a bouquet, you should also wear your dress-up Barbie bride dress.

Daddy's in trouble with this one.

Day 35 - February 4

Success! The kid finally actually ingested some of the food we gave her! We've been trying all kinds of stuff and she's just had pretty much no interest. No worries since the "bewb juice" (as we like to call it) will stay her primary food until she's one, but it's always fun to watch them try new foods and see how they react.

I have two pictures to show off our girl eating pieces of a hunk of steamed sweet potato (next time I'll roast them). I'm almost 100% sure that she actually swallowed some of it. You can't tell by the pictures that she was actually enjoying it, but she was. And the second picture cracked me up because it was an accidental one. I was trying to start videoing, but I still had the phone set on still pictures and I got that one.

I laughed all over again tonight when I saw it again. She doesn't look very smart!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Day 34 - February 3

So there's talk of some football game on TV tonight. I wonder what that was all about?

We were too busy doing our taxes. Well, not the whole time, thanks to Turbo Tax. But I'm pretty sure we used our time more wisely than watching the game.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Day 33 - February 2

I think I might be Mardi Gras'd out. We went to two parades last weekend, a parade Thursday night, our ball last night, and then we hit up two (really more like one and a half) parades today.

Shortly after I took this picture, Cate fell asleep and stayed that way through the whole rest of the parade. But at least she enjoyed some sunshine and a cool breeze for a little while!

Day 32 - February 1

One month down, only 11 to go!

So I said I'd try to get a picture of me on the blog once every few Fridays... this is my effort for this week. I didn't take the picture, but I'm in it and it was taken with my camera. That has to count for something.

Unfortunately, the lighting wasn't great in Maryanne's hotel room, but this is me and Jason just before we headed down to our Mardi Gras Ball!

Day 31 - January 31

Mimi got into town on Wednesday night (after all kinds of travel delays) so we had to find some fun things to do on Thursday, of course.

While Jason was off at work, we headed to the Mobile Botanical Gardens to scout out a location for a photo shoot with Amy (of Simply b Photos) next Friday.

Besides looking for flowers (which were easy to spot since the camellias were in bloom), I also managed to get Michaela to sit down for two seconds and let me take a picture of her with Mimi. It's not fabulous, but we take what we can get!