Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lessons Learned

Well tonight I learned a few valuable lessons.

1) Don't put potato skins down the garbage disposal. The disposal might can handle a few, but definitely don't peel all of your potatos, and wait to grind all of the potato skins in the garbage disposal at once! You may be out both your disposal AND dishwasher.

2) Wait to carve your pumpkin until a night or two before Halloween! It may rot within a few days.

I came home from work today to a rotten pumpkin =(, but the repair man was able to fix our disposal and dishwasher.

Here is the documentation of our fun with the pumpkin before it croaked:

Showing Caroline the insides of the pumpkin. We picked out the seeds and roasted them that night - yum! Oh and look at how good she is sitting up!

Adam carving the pumpkin.

Posing by the pumpkin in her flower costume.

Posing by the pumpkin in her Carolina Panthers gear. This is how Adam and I compromise between Clemson and USC. Caroline wears neither - haha!

So it really was fun while it lasted.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Guess who got 2 teeth this week!

This kid did!

The pic was taken on Monday. The first tooth (bottom right) came in on Wednesday night. The second tooth (bottom left) came in Friday.

I'll try to get a pic of the actual teeth up here soon. Caroline won't let you look at them long. She puts her tongue in the way so getting a picture of them seems impossible right now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

5 Months

This post has been ready to go for a while, but I haven't been able to upload my photos from our camera. The pictures off of my phone will have to do. Caroline turned 5 months on October 13th so Happy 5 months Baby Girl!

Guess who's five months old! I can't tell you how much I enjoy and love my little girl. Adam and I love hanging out with her. Most days we argue over who gets to bathe her, change her, read to her, hang out with her etc. Every day she changes and I am constantly amazed at how I cannot put her in a box. I've learned I can't say "She's a thumbsucker" or "She loves the mirror" or "She loves sleeping on her back all sprawled out" - all of these things I have said on this blog - because that all changes in a matter of days.

This week, Caroline loves to suck both of her hands at the same time. Every finger is in there. I can't believe they all fit - it kind of looks painful, but she's having a good time. And this week, Caroline is terrified of the mirror - seriously - huge tears and frantic screaming! "Why are there 2 mommys!! Aaaaahhhh!!" And this week, Caroline rolls over onto her tummy every time we put her down to sleep - naps and bedtime. So we will see what she does next week, but for now she is keeping her options open and not committing.

Caroline is "standing" and "sitting" all of the time now. Both are supported hence the quotation marks. She gets so excited when we stand her up. She is so proud of herself. She is also rolling over like crazy - back to tummy! It's the first thing she does when we put her on the floor. She rolled over back to tummy for the first time a few days before she turned 3 months old, but it was completely by accident. Now it is intentional, though I have no idea why she does it if she is going to get so mad when she gets there. She gets mad after she is on her tummy because she wants so badly to go somewhere. She even gets carpet burn on her cheeks from trying so hard to move.

It seems she has forgotten how to roll from her tummy to her back. This is the roll she was awesome at doing. Has this happened to other babies out there? I think it is because she has grown so much the last couple of months and she is having to reteach herself how to maneuver her body. But maybe she just doesn't want to turn over. I'm not really sure.

Caroline has become more affectionate with us this month. Not that she wasn't before, but she's so much more intentional about it. She will often caress our arms and when she is tired she will rub her cheek against ours. It's really sweet. I have to be a lot more careful about my hair and jewelry now though. She pulls on those all the time!

Our big girl is mostly wearing 3-6 month and 6 month clothes, but she has donned a few 6-9 month outfits. We have packed up everything else to lend to a new a little friend due to arrive very soon. She is still in size 2 diapers.

This month Caroline started sleeping from 8:30 pm to 6:30 am with no feeding in between. Adam and I have our evenings again! It's so nice to be able to hang out together after a long day.

Caroline is still eating between 4-6 ounces 6 times a day - finally something that has stayed the same =)

So here is this month's run down:
1 - She found her hands! (meaning she is bringing them together now) I love it when she folds her little hands - so ladylike!
2 - Sitting up in the bathtub
3 - Intentionally rolling back to tummy - she's a rockstar at it!
4 - Trying out the Doorway jumper. She would much rather spin in it though.
5 - Creeping backward
6 - Baby Dedication! (a whole 'nother blog post)
7 - She found her legs?? (meaning she is grabbing her legs all the time) I'm not sure if this is a big milestone or not - but I'm putting it in here. I have a sticker for "Finds Feet" in the baby calendar. She hasn't "found" her feet, but if she's anything like her mom then she won't be flexible enough to reach them so finding her legs may be as far as she gets =)
8 - She pulls the handle to play music in her bouncy seat without any assistance. She plays the music to her heart's content.
9 - She intentionally splashes in the bathtub.
10 - She remembers certain toys and looks for them. For example, we have a specific toy in the bathtub and as soon as I put her in the tub, she looks for that toy.

Back when mirrors were a good thing:

In a 6 month outfit!

Guess where these are going!

It's raining outside!

Daddy is an excellent reader.

She's very nonchalant about her excersaucer.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Me

There is a new me ladies and gentlemen. Everyone says that having a baby changes you and I completely agree. I have always enjoyed kids. I like getting on my hands and knees and playing with them, but take that and multiply it by 10 and you have the new me.

I love hearing other parents talk about their kids – what they are doing, how they are growing. It’s exciting. I get excited too when their kids do something new – no matter how small. My stingy, frugal heart has become generous to kids selling stuff. I’ve reread blog entries about friends’ kids from before Caroline was born because I have a new appreciation for them.

I even get emotional about babies I don't know. I used to hate those baby stories on TLC, but now it's the first thing I look for on TV. AND, when the baby is finally born to this woman I don't even know...I cry - haha!

It’s really cool that Caroline is so young and she has so much to learn and yet SHE is the one teaching ME so much about life!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I ran over my badge

A couple of weeks ago, I drove my husband’s truck to work. I don’t even remember why, but I did. My husband drives a stick shift. I’m not the greatest a stick shift especially in my husband’s truck. The stick is awkward and on the floor of the truck. It is also difficult to shift.

In my parking garage at work, you swipe your badge at the card reader and the lever lifts to let you in. You immediately have to drive up a very steep incline.

On this particular morning, I was multitasking – shifting gears and talking to my dad on the phone. I drove up to the lever and told my dad I needed him to hold on and I placed my phone in my lap – I was going to need full concentration. I thought about my next moves. I would have to swipe my badge and immediately drive straight up this big incline before the parking lever went back down again. Of course there was a long line of cars behind me of coworkers so my thoughts are also “Please don’t stall out, please don’t stall out, please don’t roll into the car behind me, please don’t stall out.” Stalling out or rolling into the car behind you is embarrassing enough when you DON’T know the people, but when you know them it is awful. I rolled down the manual window and got everything ready – left hand holding my badge to swipe, left foot on the clutch, right hand on the gear shifter, right foot on the brake ready to move immediately to the accelerator. I held my badge out the open window to swipe my badge with that the lever was up and I was going – move this, shift this, etc. In all my hullabaloo I forgot the part where I pull my badge back into the car and set it on my lap. Instead I simply let go of my badge while my hand was still out the window. It was as if I thought “Well, done with that.” As my tires spun out of control up past the lever and up the incline, I heard the cracking of my badge – I was running over it.

(If you don’t drive a stick shift, then you don’t know that sometimes your tires can spin out when you give too much gas before your other foot is off the clutch. This happens to me often when I’m going up a hill because I am so worried about stalling out that I gas it early.)

After I heard my badge cracking, I knew I couldn’t stop. A car behind had pulled up to the lever and there was no way I was going to roll backwards down that incline. I would have to park the truck and then walk down to the parking garage entrance to find what was left of my badge. Sweetly, the woman in the car behind me had leaned out her door and picked it up for me. She then followed me to where I parked to give me the broken badge. I’ll never forget her look as she approached me. She looked puzzled. Why had I let go of my badge? It wasn’t like a dropped it – I let go of it. Why had I fled the scene like I had committed a crime? “This girl is strange,” is what her face said.

I couldn’t stop laughing at myself. I was incomprehensible to my dad over the phone. We had to hang up.

The Excersaucer

So Caroline has been playing in her Excersaucer lately, but "playing" is a relative term. She really could careless about the cool toys. She's enthralled with the cloth seat. She loves rubbing the cloth and looking at it. She even likes to try and taste it. When Adam or I try to play with the toys on the Excersaucer she looks unamused and looks back at the cloth seat. I must be missing something because I think the toys are way cooler.

Singing herself to sleep

One of my favorite things Caroline does is singing herself to sleep. She doesn't do it every time, but probably half the time. She even does it for naps. The video is completely dark since the lights were out in her room and my iPhone doesn't have a flash or anything like that, but you can listen to her sweet voice.

Bouncy baby

One of Caroline's tricks is that she bounces herself in the bouncy seat. This video shows it the best, but its kind of dark - sorry about that.