Still house-bound

By Moriah on December 30th, 2007

We’ve got a little break here, both Drew and Madeline are blissfully sound asleep. It was one of those long nights of continually interrupted sleep. (Makes for zombie parents, I’ve heard.) Madeline finally ended up in our bed, so I could hear her breathing and coughing – which, any parent knows that a toddler in the same bed basically amounts to the worst nights’ sleep ever.

This kind of sickness is so frustrating. There is little you can do to treat the symptoms and really, the virus just has to run its course. And that takes time. Meanwhile you have to try and comfort a cranky toddler who doesn’t understand why she feels badly and why we don’t just clap our hands and make it all better.

However, the fact that she went down for a nap so easily hopefully means she’s turned a corner.

In other news, Adelaide just started pulling up and standing. Andy and I stared open-mouthed this morning as she crawled over to the printer (not really sure why it was sitting in the middle of our living room floor other than the fact that we just pulled it out of the box) and stood up. Later she pulled herself up on the coffee table. (I guess she’s not my tiny baby anymore.)

Although, she’s not very steady yet and has bumped her head a few times. Comes with the territory, I suppose.

And, to change the subject again completely, it’s hard to believe New Year’s Eve is tomorrow! Any big plans?

Dashed Plans

By Moriah on December 30th, 2007

Today started out normal. (I realize that is a completely relative term.) After I helped Andy get a project done, (which later I forgot to mail) I was going to get ready and take Madeline to her first bona fide princess birthday tea party she’d been invited to.

We’re talking about milestones, here.

I may have been more excited than she was. But, as we were getting ready to leave, she was crying about something or other so I picked her up and she felt hot to the touch. I took her temp and, sure enough, she had a low-grade fever. So, sadly, she didn’t go to any princess birthday tea parties; she just went straight to bed for a nap.

(It’s a good thing two-and-a-half-year-old memories aren’t terribly keen, I think she’s mostly forgot about the whole thing. Except right before bed she did tell me she was supposed to go to Maddie’s house. Nevermind that it was, like, 10 p.m. And, before I get all kinds of comments about how late our kids stay up, let me just say that it’s usually not quite that late.)

With Drew and Madeline safely down for a nap, Adelaide and I left to run some errands. I know I’ve said it before, but one kid out and about feels like a vacation when you’re used to the battering it is with three. So I took my time.

It’s a good thing I have an internal sense of direction. Otherwise I might be somewhere in Delaware right now. (Heaven forbid.) I do, however, need to get a road map for my car. Just in case.

And, for now, I’m off to tend to a crying, slightly-croupy little girl that is probably going to breathe her germs all over me. But, what is a mother for?

A Quick Visit

By Moriah on December 28th, 2007

Erin and Micah were here! (That’s my brother and his wife, in case you didn’t know.) They flew in to pick up a car she got for Christmas and the dealer just happened to be in our area. So, lucky us! We don’t seem to keep up that often since we’re all slightly busy, but we had a fabulous time catching up. They’ve headed down South again today. Our time with them was short but sweet.

New & Improved

By Moriah on December 27th, 2007

In which I declare my love for the-day-after-Christmas sales.

I decided not to buy a tree skirt this year, hoping it would still be at Target (where else?!) the day after Christmas. There was one left, so of course I gobbled it up.

Same thing for stocking holders and some cheery stockings for the kids.

Everything is even better when it’s 1/2 off.

Christmas in a (Very Large) Nutshell

By Moriah on December 27th, 2007

Christmas with three small children is a slightly crazy time. I think one of the best things we did this year was to do things in stages. (Last year the kids opened all their gifts in one sitting and we ended up in a gigantic mess and they were too overwhelmed to even move (okay, not really). Borderline sensory overload, it was.)

After this year’s Christmas Eve service at church (and I finished Madeline’s dress in the nick of time, by the way. It was last year’s dress and I just let out the hem),

we ate dinner and then the kids opened the boxes from my parents and grandparents. It was perfect; they got to enjoy that first set of gifts until they went to bed and they were more than pleased.

[That last picture was taken Christmas morning; Adelaide had slept through the Christmas Eve festivities.]

The thought even crossed my mind, ‘hey let’s just return everything we got them and save us some money! They obviously don’t need any more toys!’ (Which wouldn’t really be possible. A couple of weeks ago a friend tipped me off to a local toy store closing so I had bought everything from there, marked down and final sale.)

We had Andy’s parents over here for Christmas morning breakfast and coffee. (That coffee got Andy and I through the day. We may have stayed up until 2 a.m. the previous night wrapping and stocking stuffing and cleaning and getting everything ready. I felt like I was back in college pulling an all-nighter. But not.)

The kids were allowed to have their stockings first thing – another set of gifts that they actually got to spend time enjoying.

After breakfast (hello, old friends),

we did the bulk of the presents – our stuff to the kids. Here are some highlights:

She’s trying to wiggle out of the sling I made for her. I also made her a doll blanket (shown with the doll pack n’ play I found at that closing-toy-store sale).

Isn’t it hilarious? It also serves quite well as a makeshift toy box, apparently.

Toy shopping cart: yet another thing to fill up and push around. Those are always a hit.

And then we flew around cleaning up the mess(es) and getting our food contributions for the Christmas feast ready and heading over to Andy’s parents’ house. The kids opened their final set of gifts – the ones from them – while we were there.

And we ate. And ate. And then went home and took a much-needed nap.

And left the mess for… another day.

9 months

By Moriah on December 27th, 2007

Can’t hardly believe it!

We start ’em early on the veggie dip

By Moriah on December 24th, 2007

Today I was washing and cutting celery sticks for our Christmas Eve lunch, and glanced over at the table and noticed the veggie dip had been sampled by small fingers and smeared across the table. Madeline, however, was nowhere in sight.

And then I realized. Adelaide was sitting in the booster seat, and I had no idea she would be able to reach that dip. I looked down at her and she was COVERED in veggie dip. Hands, face, jammies – all smeared in a healthy layer of savory yumminess. And she was going back for more.

So, she’s had baby oatmeal and applesauce, some rice puffs, sweet potato puree, a taste of peas that she gagged on, and veggie dip. Not the usual progression to table food.

But then again, she’s my child and they like to do things backwards.

A Very Merry Christmas Eve Morning

By Moriah on December 24th, 2007

It promises to be a busy one! We’ve got a to-do list a mile long. And near the top, I’ve got to finish hemming Madeline’s dress. I won’t mention the fact I started it in August. Tonight’s Christmas Eve service is true motivation. I mean, she won’t be needing a Christmas dress for Valentine’s Day, afterall.

Well, time’s a waistin’. Merry Christmas Eve!

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