busy times

This morning I was nursing Sophia and I thought about how old she is.  It occurred to me that 13 months have already passed, and I’ve still been saying “one year.”  The thought really surprised me.  Is this how it’s going to be?  Months tick away and I often forget her months-age?  Oh well.  We’ve been super busy lately.  My mom came for a visit this weekend which was great.  She treated me to some new clothes–yup, I’m officially in maternity pants (insert sarcastic woot).  And, Sunday we had a pitifully sad day of teething…but, Sophia now has both front teeth and is on her way to a less goofy smile.  😉

So, right now we are anxiously preparing for and awaiting the arrival of a few Czech friends of ours who are coming to visit–a married couple that we’ve become great friends with.


They fly in on Wednesday evening and are staying about two weeks.  We’re so excited to see them and spend time with them!  We’re planning to take them camping in Colorado for 5 nights!  We leave Friday morning.  Woah!  The five of us.  Yes, we’re taking the baby.  And, we are pumped!  There’s a lot of preparation to do, though.  I’ve been precooking meals, cleaning, washing, shopping, list-making and organizing.

Two things scare me about this trip: 1) a one-year-old in the car, trapped in her carseat for an 8-hour drive… and 2) naps in the tent during the day…  We WILL SEE!  Does anyone have any travel tips for one-year-olds?  We’re thinking of hanging a sheet around her in the car somehow so that she can nap… We haven’t figured out how that’ll work, though…  My hope is that she’ll be on her best behavior with new faces around…

100_5675 We’re practicing for the new baby.  Isn’t that sweet?

a long video

Hey Sophia lovers.  Below is a super long video of Sophia doing normal baby stuff–learning to walk via a push toy, hollering when she can’t maneuver it, playing with a baby doll, and putting the rings on her toy…  You know baby stuff.  Anyway, the video isn’t wonderful quality.  It begins sideways, and I eventually turn it.. Sorry.  But, if you have an affinity for this little girl, and you haven’t seen her in a while, you may like to watch this.


I feel accomplished.  I just installed a “decorative” curtain rod, the first of its kind in our house!  You know, not just the wide U-shaped metal one… the real one with balls on the end!  So, I feel accomplished–complete with drilling, screwing, mounting and the like.  Husband wasn’t home.  I figured it out.  Call me proud.  I’ve been excited to do some different projects in the house, but I haven’t been able to get to them very quickly.  I’m thinking that tackling one room at a time is the way to go.  I started with Sophia’s room, the smallest and easiest.   I just found an adorable cribskirt for $1 at a garage sale.  Yes, she’s 1 and I finally skirted her crib!  And, the new curtains just went up in her room.  Adorable, bright and cheery.  I have two ideas left.  One is a better storage solution as her changing table is only shelves and no drawers.  So, I’m on the lookout for some brightly colored, modern looking storage bins.  They’re out there but pricey.  The next thing is a creative project.  I want to paint a twin canvas to match the little girl I painted for her room, but this one as a little boy–same size, same color scheme.  The other thing I’m thinking of  is making some flower cutouts for a blank wall above her crib.  There’s so much white in her room now…  white walls, white crib, white changing table, white chest of drawers… Rather than paint, we get creative!  Sounds fun, now for the time… It’s there.  I just need to work for it.

There’s another project in the works.  This one, maybe more imperative, less fun.  It involves cloth diaper repair.  So, in case you don’t remember, we have been exclusively using cloth diapers.  We have about 15 bumGenius all-in-one diapers and about a dozen all-in-one of the homemade variety (thank you sister-in-law).  They have all been great, except that the bumGenius’ have long since begun deteriorating.  The laundry tabs (soft spots to keep your velcro in place through the wash) have worn out, and thus the velcro tabs (those tabs that keep the diaper securely in place) have curled up in a nightmarish fashion.  This has resulted in Baby’s easy escape from the diaper, with just a flick of the wrist… or Mommy’s crafty solution: always a onsie and always a pair of bloomers.  Yes, we’re running out of little bloomers and shorts.  I was going to make bloomers… but, what if I fix the diapers instead?  I’ve thought about crazy velcro solutions, but with a baby on the way, I thought I should fix them for real…  Guess what I found out!  It turns out that cottonbabies.com, from where I ordered the bumGenius diapers, will send you a “tab fix kit” free of charge if you simply ask!  They sent me 15 tab kit sets and 15 sets of laundry tabs.  Now, it’s only up to me.  It shouldn’t be too hard if I can just get started… And, I’ll feel so empowered saving $17.50 per diaper.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

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Fun Little Snippets

Sophia has done some pretty adorable things lately.  Yesterday, she crawled up to me, sat down, grabbed the diaper between her legs and said, “Dup!”  Dup is sort of her all purpose word for lots of things–a word meaning to acquire the attention of an adult. Well, I said, “Did you poop?”  She grabbed her diaper, tried to look down in it, and again said, “Dup!”   Sure enough!  Poopy.  I think she’s trying to tell me something…  We looked at training pottys at Wal-Mart, yesterday.  Do we really need one that sings and celebrates and plays music?  My toilet doesn’t do that.  And, if it did, that’d be weird… She’s already fascinated with our toilet: flushing it and trying to put toilet paper in it and splashing her hands in it.  New rule in our house: Toilet seat is ALWAYS down!  What do you think?  Should we just buy a cheapy?  Those of you toilet training experts want to give advice?  I’d appreciate it.

More fun stuff: Sophia is always bringing us objects around the house.  She’ll quietly crawl up to us and hand us something.  She loves to bring me sunglasses to put on, her stuffed animal to kiss and hug, a book to read her, or crackers to give her.  Yesterday, she found her hat in a pile of toys.  She brought it to me to put on her.  Then, she went into our coat closet, found Daddy’s hat and took it to him!  He melted!  And, of course, wore it for the rest of the day!  A happy Father’s Day it was!

Some of Sophia’s words are sounding more like words instead of just “Da-da,” her all time fave excitement word.  We have a picture book that she likes to open and find the “dog-ee.”  It is sounding more like doggy all the time.  A few days ago I asked her to point to the doggy, and I absolutely couldn’t believe my eyes when she did it!   I can hardly keep up with this development!  She keeps doing this free standing thing out in the middle of the room.  She’ll stand up, look around for someone to be excited and grin so hard that she nearly falls over.  She’s starting to free stand with objects in her hand.  This morning she free stood with a cup of milk!  She drank a few drinks while standing and politely sat back down.  What a joy it is to watch her do the simplest things!

One of the more scarier things she’s been doing is trying to make necklaces out of any and all string or cord-like objects.  The worst is Daddy’s tennis shoes!  She’ll take one of the long shoe strings and wrap it around the back of her neck like a necklace.  Then, she’ll shrug her shoulders to keep it in place and crawl all over the house with Dad’s huge New Balance tennis shoe dragging beside her!  What a crazy child with her fascination with necklaces!  And, the thing is that I never wear one!  She must have acquired her love of jewelry from Will’s side of the family!

So, chasing around Sophia, trying to save her from falling in the toilet, getting strangled by a play necklace, or getting stuck between two objects… is my FULL TIME JOB!  I have so many objects to put back in their right place that it’s hard to imagine getting “finally moved in” or even organized at all.  The overwhelming pregnancy fatigue doesn’t help either…  Things are going well, though, and I’m just trying to live day by day, enjoying as much of the day as I can, and having very small goals like–as long as the kitchen is clean by the end of the day, then it’s been a successful day.

slow and steady wins the race

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