(2) Fri Sep 08 2006 09:06 Food for thought:
Just like Jenni, I have some random thoughts going through my head lately. Some of them being :
Why is Lily having such a hard time going to sleep lately? The other day she would not take and nap and finally after 3 hours of her playing in her room I let her out. And last night, she sat in a dark room playing till 11:00PM by herself and not going to sleep. How can a 2 yr old enjoy 3 hours of talking to herself? After I went in once to check to see if she was poopy or something I told her to lie down and go nigh-night. I heard her two minutes later yelling at her doll, "lie down....no, no, no, lie down! nigh-night, no talking, no!".
It finally rained here. Even though the lawn still looks bad, it looks better than it did. I wonder if I put weed and feed on it now if it will hurt it?
Am I mean to go to the mother-daughter campout without my daughter? I am going with my mother...but I really don't want the responsibility of watching Lily run wild making sure she is not walking through hot coals or diving head first into the river. I can think of other ways to bond with her. I will just look at it like a daddy-daughter night.
Was I this uncomfortably big with Lily this early into the pregnancy? And I have how many more months of this getting worse each day? I swear I can not stretch any bigger.
I like bunnies, but I don't like bunnies that eat our entire vegetable garden that Aaron worked so hard on. Now he is discouraged from planting next year. He is going to have to build a wire fence around the garden so the animals can't get in. We seriously had about 30 tomatoes on the vine ripening and all of the sudden we were like down to five in one week. And all the new plants Aaron put in for the fall, the rabbits completely bit off. Some of them they didn't even like and left all the carnage of leaves on the ground for Aaron to see. Those were the green beans, and it was literally a day after he built an arbor or whachamacallit to grow up on. The only things they won't touch are the banana peppers, and we are getting loads of those still even with the drought. We just put them in the pickle jar or jalapeño jar and they are so good.
Why do people hit and run on our car? In the 5 years I have owned that car, it has been hit 3 times where it has caused scraps and dents not to mention all the bad door dings, the egging that left marks, and last summer when I got hit by the guy with no insurance. That poor car. The latest hit and run was last week in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I came out and I saw a big scratch going vertical on our trunk. I know it wasn't there before because I walk by it every time I get Lily out of the car. It was definitely in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Argh. It is pretty deep too. It must have been a trailer hitch when a truck was backing up because it was so high. Nothing on the bumper. Took the paint right off. It is so ghetto to hit someone’s car and not leave a note. Like I have said, it has happened at least three times to that car that I can tell.
What is Lily going to be for Halloween? We went to the mall last weekend and Disney store had totally cute tinker bell costumes but the dress alone was $40, then the wings, shoes, hair things, and everything else was too much. There was a cute chicken costume at Children's Place for $20. I think Lily would love being an animal seeing how she loves animals and hasn't really gotten into the princess phase.
Note to self: Buy Halloween costumes for next year, this year when they go on sale.
And that's all for now.
(2) Mon Sep 11 2006 18:33 Camping:
I went on the mother-daughter campout again this year. Yet again, I opted not to take Lily. And again, this year everyone asked where she was. If only they understood that Lily would not be fun to go camping with. She doesn't stay put, she is very curious and onto the next thing. I am sure she would have run into a fire or drown in the river 20 feet away. Plus it rained and it would not have been fun trying to keep a 2 yr old clean. Not to mention she would not have gone to bed without a fight. She is like her father, cannot sleep when everyone else is having fun. Always the last one to go to bed. I will for sure bring her next year. Then she will be able to listen and follow directions I hope.
Mom, Lorna, Louise, and I went. Lorna was forced to go, but I think she had an okay time. It started raining while we drove up there and it didn't stop pretty much. We had tarps up and stuff so it wasn't so bad. We shared a camp with the Lunts which was fun. Aimee and Natalie were in town. We had steak and potato dinner and smore's. I didn't stay up as long as I normally do talking to people and stuff. It seemed like everyone went to bed early. It was ok though because I need my sleep.
I had an air mattress so I actually had a decent night's rest. The big drama was the next morning when we woke up to find that the hot breakfast that the stake provides in the morning every year was just muffins and juice this year. We were all hoping for eggs, french toast, sausage, and hash browns but didn't happen. Luckily, I talked my mom into making her homemade cinnamon rolls that I had been craving. We ended up leaving a little early, around 11:30. All and all it was fun.
We celebrated Jenni's birthday Sat night. I hope she had a good one. Today it rained pretty hard all morning. Our lawn is actually looking like it won't die off all the way anymore. That is relieving.
I swear at my next appt they are going to tell me that I have a 6 pound baby cooking already. I seriously feel so big and stretched so early this time. I don't know if my back can handle it. He is starting to kick up into my ribs already and doing jumping jacks. I guess I just forgot how uncomfortable it really is to be pregnant in the end. I was spending all my thoughts dreading the first trimester. It feels like I ate Thanksgiving dinner, twice. I just feel full and I can barely move. I guess I just have less than 13 weeks left. Hopefully more like 10 or 11.
I better go and stretch out on the couch now, my back is killing.
(5) Tue Sep 12 2006 13:27 Slap in the face:
Literally, that is what has been going on around here. Today I hosted Midweek's play group at my house. I know Lily really enjoys the interaction and getting to play with friends, but I seriously am so frustrated with her. She made 60% of the children here cry by pulling their hair, hitting them, or slapping their face. I really do not understand why she is so violent. I never hit her, so where is she getting all this from.
I know that the other children were not hitting her. I just don't understand why she expresses herself this way. I am trying to nip it in the bud before the baby comes because from experience with Luke and Austin, she is mean and can really hurt babies. I have tried everything. I have put her in time out, I have tried staying really calm and explaining why we don't hit, I have tried being upset with her and showing her I am mad, I have even showed her in books where someone got hurt and that it is not nice to hurt others, but nothing seems to work. I just don't know what to do.
I mean when your child pulls another girl's hair so hard she has strands in her fist what are you supposed to say? I have just come to the conclusion that kids come with their own personalities and just because some kids are brats doesn't mean the parents are bad. You think your kids will never act like that, but then you have them and they do. I guess I will be the mom of the smallest girl bully ever until we can get this hurting thing under control.
(2) Mon Sep 18 2006 17:26 On the road:
This past Thursday and Friday I went up to College Station with my mom and Lily to visit Michelle and see her new place. I knew from the first hours of the trip that it was a mistake to have thought this would be a fun get-away trip with Lily. I knew that life is not there for me to enjoy when I am in a non-baby proof house. Nope, life is actually endured from the time you walk into that store, house, restaurant, church, etc. when you are with a two year old.
I did have some good times with mom and Michelle after the monster was in bed. For the most part, I never want to leave the house with Lily again. It was good to see where my sister was living, plus I never have been to College Station. To tell the truth I was not impressed with College Station though. The drivers are maniacs. I think all college towns, the drivers are maniacs. They do however, have something that San Antonio does not. A Jamba Juice. Now, I am not obsessed with JJ like Jenni is, but I have been craving their fruit smoothies since I have been pregnant. I really wish that they didn't close down the JJ we had here. You would think they could stay in business anywhere they are.
After the craziness of being out of town and sharing a twin bed with Lily, I was so exhausted. I barely dragged myself out of the house for the Elder's Quorum social Friday night. The next morning I had Super Saturday. I love Super Saturday's. I enjoy making crafts, and since I can't come up with cute ideas on my own, I like copying them. Saturday night Joe and Louise took me to Macaroni Grill for my birthday. It was great. I am glad today was low key because I was tired. Especially since Aaron and I have been staying up late watching Lost: Season 2. We finished it and I can't wait for Season 3 to resume on TV. I'm ready.
(2) Tue Sep 19 2006 09:34 Last leg:
I'm into the third trimester and last stretch. It seemed like the 2nd trimester went by fast. In some ways it didn't though. I am not only excited to finally get into the month of Dec, but I am so ready for the fall season holidays. I am so ready for the pumpkin scented candles to be burning and for the oranges, golds, and browns to be brought out with Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations. Probably after Halloween, I will be freaking out with all the things I need to get done before the baby comes.
Hopefully I can keep up my energy and be able to do the deep cleaning and organizing that needs to be done just before the baby comes because you can't really get to it afterwards for awhile. I remember when I was pregnant with Lily, just cleaning the bathroom would make me sick the rest of the day because it wore my body out so much and I was more prone to getting sick with her.
I am a little worried though, that I am not going to feel like putting any Christmas decorations up because I will be in the process of having a baby hopefully, or just had a baby. I guess if it doesn't get done this year then worse things have happened. It is so fun to be in the spirit of Christmas all month long. I need to get Aaron onto painting the room and fixing it up. It is a pretty nice excuse that I can't do it with the fumes being bad for the baby and what not. Every time I think about not being able to do things on my own and I think Aaron can do that like put the tree up, I am so grateful because I think there are a lot of women out there that are alone and have no man or person to help them through the very tiresome process of growing a human being in your body and sucking the life out of you, and taking care of the helpless baby afterwards making sure it lives to see the next day. It is all you. Having help makes me so grateful that I don't have to do it alone because that would be one of the scariest and hardest things for a person to deal with. It is up there with getting a divorce, being betrayed, or losing a close loved one.
I am not sure how I went from being in my third trimester to getting divorced but there you have it. I will be glad to finally meet this baby boy whose foot has certainly been acquainting itself with my bladder and ribs.
(1) Fri Sep 22 2006 09:20 Happy Belated Bithday Susie!:
Sun Sep 24 2006 21:17:
Tomorrow I had an appt with JC Penney portraits to get Lily's two-year-old pictures taken. It is a shame I had to cancel it after church today. Apparently, Aaron picked her up from the nursery and she and another child got into a fight and she has a claw mark on her cheek. Supposedly, Lily did not cry though. It makes me sad that she got scratched but it makes me laugh inside a little. Two-year-olds getting into a cat fight. What am I going to do?
(7) Tue Sep 26 2006 13:39:
Today at the grocery store Lily really wanted tomatoes while I was in the produce section. Since I want to encourage her healthy eating choices, I decided to just let her eat the tomato right then and there before paying for it. She then proceeded to eat the entire thing, brown spot from the vine and all. She subsequently asked for another and another. Girl likes tomatoes. She ate three whole roma tomatoes while we strolled through the isles. It kept her happy and occupied and pretty much covered her lunch. They say not to go grocery shopping while hungry but in this case it was great.
I have been known to open the fruit snacks box too or a package of M&M's or some strawberries to pacify Lily as well. Obviously, I can't wash the fruit but I suppose it is good for her immune system, right? Does water really wash all germs off the skin of a fruit or vegetable anyway, I wonder? The confusing part about tomatoes is it doesn’t come in a box like fruit snacks or strawberries. So when we got to the check out stand I just told him to weigh them and then take out another three to weigh since she ate them already.
Some of Lily's favorite past times lately have been watching “Dora”. For some reason she loves Dora now. It is interesting to see where her interests take her, but why are little girls so attracted to Dora? I don't know how many times I have commented to Aaron that I don't understand why they made her hair so blocky and ugly.
Lily also loves to color in her new coloring book and with her new jumbo crayons. It has been really helpful for her in learning her colors. I think her favorite color is orange for a couple reasons. When she was little, every time she saw her orange jacket she would demand that I put it on her. She points out random things that are orange. It was the first color she really recognized and knows. She even went as far as wanting to carry around the orange crayon while she was playing and while we color she frequently picks that one up. She has this outfit now that has orange lilies on the skirt and an orange shirt. Every time she sees it, she wants to put on the "cute". We have had fights over putting on this outfit on after she spots it in the dirty clothes basket.
Aaron and I went out to buy Lily's Halloween costume this weekend. There was the chicken costume at Children's Place that I wanted to get but also wanted to get Aaron's ok, so I waited to buy it. It was sold out at the store, so we bought the lion one instead. They only had 6-12 month for the biggest size so we tried it on her to see if it would fit. It did, barely. Snug, but I think it is cuter that way so the costume doesn't swallow her up. We put her up to the mirror and told her to say "roar". It was too cute. She loved it and of course was upset when we took it off her to pay for it. I am going to try another location and see if they have the chicken costume though.
(3) Thu Sep 28 2006 14:02 Falling into the Season:
To celebrate the cooler temps and now we are officially into Fall, I made a pumpkin pie. It has been the first time I can really bear to have the oven on, and for some reason pumpkin pie always sounds good in the Fall/Winter. I don’t really crave it in the Spring/Summer. I have already eaten about half of it now. If you forget about the crust, pumpkin pie is really not the worst dessert for you. Pumpkin after all is a vegetable with fiber. But I am sure it can't be healthy to put a big gob of Cool Whip on it.
All I have to say is thank goodness I am going to be pregnant throughout all the holidays, so I can eat guilt-free and worry about shedding baby pounds in January after all the food temptation is over.
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