Saturday, November 29, 2008

Naky BehBEE

I'm writing this down partly because it's hilarious and I want to remember it, and partly because I want to remind myself to ask Braden about it.

When I went to get Jenna up this morning, she was sitting in her crib wearing nothing but a diaper (this is by far a first).  There were no clothes in her crib, and there were a couple of things on the floor that she *could* have been wearing, but it's tough to say.  She's not yet adept at removing her clothing, I would say, although she's making progress.  I wouldn't have thought she'd be able to completely remove her outfit by herself, whatever it was. 

I asked her where her clothes were, but got no response.  It is a mystery...until Braden gets home.  Then we shall find out if my hubbin is down with putting his toddler in her crib with no clothes on when it's almost December.  :)

Friday, November 28, 2008


I have to go feed the Katienator, but here is a really cute pic of Jenna and her "earrings" from yesterday:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Party At My Crib - 3 AM

Yesterday Braden lost track of time in the morning and forgot to get Jenna up until it was like an hour and a half past the time she usually gets up. If we don't get her right away when she wakes up, she usually will chatter away and entertain herself somehow. However, sometimes that source of entertainment is not quite what we would like.

So this is what Braden found upon entering Jenna's bedroom yesterday morning:

In the last picture, you can see a Pampers box right next to the crib. I had put a bunch of stuff on there that I've let her play with in the past; I was just trying to clean up her room a little bit. That stuff has been there probably for a few weeks with no mishap...until yesterday! She grabbed some books, the Huggies wipes holder, and more! Most importantly, she also got ahold of the nursing catalog on top and proceeded to tear it to shreds in her crib.

Fast forward to this morning, and this is what Braden found when he opened her bedroom door:

Quite the fashion statement, don't you think? She's done this before with other shirts.

Never a dull moment at our house, I tell you. :)

Happy Belated 1 Month Day, Katie!

Katie turned 1 month old yesterday! She is growing so fast. One thing I have noticed about her is that she really is so much more alert than Jenna was at that age. Katie notices people, and she realizes when you stand in front of her, move or make a face. She is quite social, I think. She likes to be around people. Jenna was completely oblivious to people until she was 4 or 5 months old - I was actually starting to worry that something was wrong, but then she finally started becoming more social. On the other hand, Katie has been alert and aware almost from birth. It's so interesting to see the differences (and similarities) between siblings.

She slept like this for hours yesterday

She has superhuman head and neck strength and has from birth; it's amazing


On the way to the store for the first time

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Paid Blogging

So I just read this post, and it got me thinking.  I know it's only $1 per post, and that can be lowered if you don't get a lot of traffic after a while...or you can be "fired" if you stink, but hey, $1.  I mean, my brother will pick up loose change on urinals, so a dollar that hasn't been on a surface in a public restroom is pretty cool.  :)  (I tease, I tease)

Anyway, I was just thinking about what I could blog about that would be of interest to others.  What topic would generate the most interest and is also a topic that I am either good at or interested in?  Hmm...

Let's see.  I like the following:

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom
Certain shows on TV

I'm not saying that I totally have time to do this.  I mean, hello, I'm still trying to get used to taking care of two kidditos.  The idea just interests me, though, and I'm wondering what I would post about if I were to do it.  I could do a music trivia one, but that's pretty specialized.  Or it'd be fun to do a quotes one or weird news one.  The original post is from a blogger who blogs about nonfiction books she reads, and she recently expanded it to include happenings at the library where she works.  I think it would be cool to also do a book blog, but that is a lot of work.  I don't know that I could commit to reading that many books, although I do love to read.  I should do one on TV shows...I sure have been watching a LOT of it lately while I feed Katie!  The problem with that, though, is that if you limit yourself to one show, then...well, just that, you limit yourself.  And if you review a bunch of shows, then that takes up a lot of time, plus you pretty much have to watch them as soon as they air, because people want to read about it that night or the next day.  I have shows from 3 weeks ago recorded on our DVR that I still haven't watched yet.  There would be a lot of pressure to watch them right away, and that's pressure I don't need. 

All in all, if I were to do this, it would really have to be something that I enjoy doing and would do anyway regardless of payment.  And, if it's a review blog, it certainly wouldn't be once a day; it would be more like once a week. 

Anyway, it's something to think about.   

Friday, November 21, 2008

Diaper Emergency

I thought you all might want to see what my husband does when faced with a diaper emergency.

Okay, now here's the situation: My parents went away on a...oh, sorry.

Okay, now here's the real situation: Braden was at his parentals' with Jenna on Sunday. They went to church down there and ended up staying for a bit to visit. Jenna poops, as she is wont to do, and Braden discovers that there are no Jenna diapers in the diaper bag. Katie diapers up the ying yang, but no Jenna diapers. (Note: this is why we need two diaper bags now. Additional note: I have been made fun of repeatedly for the diaper bag being too heavy from all the stuff I put in it, but *I* have never run out of diapers, ha HA!) Anyway, Braden calls me around 4pm and says he's going to come home because of the aforementioned situation. I go down for a nap, and I hear Braden come home later and put Jenna straight down for a nap. I get up later, along with Jenna, and Braden asks me to change her diaper. Perplexed and, dare I admit it, a little bit annoyed that he would let her sit in poop for hours, I go to change her diaper.

Folks, may I now present to you what I found upon pulling down her pants and then unsnapping her onesie:

"What in the sam hill is that??", you may ask. Or, in my case, "WHAT THE CRAP IS JENNA WEARING?" Turns out that Braden had in fact changed Jenna's poopy diaper at the Grandparents E's house, and he had used....duh dun dun: one of Granna's old diapers. Braden just wanted to see my face when I undressed Jenna. After I got over my shock, it *was* pretty funny. Nay, hilarious. In the last picture, you can see how high up on her it was. Geez, that must have been sooooo comfortable, especially to sleep in!

The lengths Braden will go to in order to see the look on my face...he will make his one-year-old sleep in Depends. :)

Wide Awake Katie

I thought I'd take advantage of Katie being wide awake to take some pictures of the occasion. You know, so you can see what she looks like with her eyes open. I'm starting to see more and more Katie and less Jenna in her, but they still look a lot alike (when Jenna was that age, I mean).

Yes, Katie?

Okay, okay! What's your question??

Here are some other recent pictures:


Fourth of July outfit in the middle of November


Maybe I'll get some more traffic to the blog this way.  Just kidding.

I just read a couple of reviews of the movie "Twilight".  Eric D. Snider gave it a B-.  Rotten Tomatoes gives it 44%.  It seems like if you're a diehard fan of the books then for the most part you won't be disappointed.  I dunno.  I want to see it, but I will admit that the trailers I've seen have a certain cheesiness to them.  It'd be some good Mommy time for me, I think.  Braden has zero interest in seeing it, so it's a good one for me to see without him.

I'm a big fan of the books, but there are some juvenile elements in them.  They don't stop me from liking them, but you can really tell sometimes that they're meant for a teenage audience.  I actually didn't get into the books until maybe May of this year, but I'd been hearing the hype for a while.  I didn't even know that the author was Mormon until I read the jacket. 

So...bottom line: I will most likely see the movie, but I'm prepared for it to be cheesy.  I just hope it's not so cheesy that I feel cheated when I walk out of the theater.  :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


-Jenna does not need surgery!  The doctor said sometimes when kids are 4 or 5, they may need it at that point, but for now, Jenna's eyes look good.  The prescription is the same, but we ordered some new glasses.  In case anyone is wondering, it's a bit difficult to find an optical place that sells glasses that are small enough for Jenna.  We called numerous places and ended up having to go to a pediatric optical store and special order the glasses. 

-Katie is sleeping much better at night lately, which I of course love.  I hope I'm not jinxing myself by mentioning it.  :)  Her thrush is still around, so I'm going to call the doctor.  I don't think the Nystatin medicine is working.  I hate, hate, hate medicine that you have to take multiple times a day.  I am horrible about remembering. 

-Jenna says "Kaydee-Gaba, Kaydee-Gaba" a lot these days.  Translation: "Katie-Grandma".  The two are forever linked in her mind, since they both came to our house around the same time.  We're still having to tell Jenna that Grandma went bye-bye.  This morning, we were pointing out her knees and mine, and she said, "Gaba knee?"  So Gaba will have to show some knee the next time we're on Skype.  ;)

-Ryan and Vicki and fam come up next week for Thanksgiving.  I'm looking forward to some company.  Braden has had a few days off this week, but when he works, it gets pretty lonely 'round these here parts.  I miss being able to just hang out with my mom and watch some "Snapped!". 

-We've been going to the dentist this week...ugh.  One of those things in life that needs to be done, but everybody hates doing it.  Here, bite down on this film that jabs into your cheek and gums...mmm.  :)

-We have an appointment at the pregnancy center tomorrow.  No announcement!  We just get to go once a month until Katie is a year old.  I'm excited to get some used fall and winter clothing for Katie.  I had Jenna in April, so my 0-3 and 3-6 clothes are mostly spring/summer-y.  I just don't have a lot of long sleeved stuff, and I have *one* sort of coat-ish item for her.  It's really just a light jacket that is part of an outfit.  Katie is currently dressed like a boy, because that's one of the long sleeved outfits I have for her.  Who cares, really, but it's nice to have people think she's a girl.  I imagine she will probably run into the same problem with that that Jenna had...EVERYONE thought she was a boy, sometimes even when she was dressed all in pink. 

-Jenna saw a picture of herself on the computer today and actually called herself by her name!  She has always said "Baby" when she sees a picture of herself, but she said "Daba", which is her word for "Jenna".

-About a week ago, Jenna started to string words together.  She has
said things like: Shoe light (her shoes light up when she walks), Daddy
coat, Katie milk, Jenna milk, Katie cry, Mommy laugh, Mommy cough, Daddy dance.  She
also has started to tell us what to do, like pointing to us and saying,
"Daddy kai?", and Braden has to pretend to cry.  It's pretty cute.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Jenna has her gah-bee appointment today, otherwise known as her eye doctor appointment.  Gah-bee is Jenna's word for glasses.  Anyway, I'm home with Katie and waiting to be informed how it goes.  I of course hope that she won't need surgery, but, then again, if it will help her in the long run, I want her to have it.  If she does need it, at least she's older now.  Anyway, she desperately needs new glasses.  Hers are all scratched up from back in the day when she would take them off and throw them around.  I have no idea how she sees anything through them, but her eyesight is better than mine.  She can see the tiniest picture of Elmo from across the room and scream, "AH-LAH!!!"  Anyway, I hope we can get her glasses soon, but who knows, since our insurance company sent us a bunch of bills saying that we owe beaucoup bucks, because "oh, by the way, Katie's delivery and the hospital stay wasn't fully covered, and I'm sorry that you misinterpreted the plan, but pay us anyway."  Complete and total bull.  We specifically chose the plan that we did because this stuff was fully covered.  It says something when two pretty intelligent people read a plan and come to the same conclusion.  There must have been some fine print in there or something; I'm not sure.  Braden's impassioned phone call to the insurance company yielded no results; they won't budge.  We're both pretty mad.

Anyway, here's hoping that Jenna's appointment goes well.  I'll keep everyone posted.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You Are Getting Very Sleepy...

Katie will not stay asleep. She is waking up every hour or hour and a half. I keep doing all within my power to meet her needs, but she is not really getting into a deep sleep. At least it's during the day. On Tuesday night, she woke up every hour at night and in the early morning. I was miserable. It's a good thing my mom was still here. I begged her for a nap, and she obliged. Now, however, I'm adjusting to not being able to take a nap during the day, unless the stars are aligned, and I can get us all down for a nap at the same time. Let's just say that the stars were definitely NOT aligned yesterday, and I was draggin', baby. Katie was not with the program and did not understand that when I put Jenna down for a nap, that's her cue to fall asleep for 3 hours straight. :)

There's no reasoning with a newborn.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


No, I didn't spell it wrong. It's Spanish.

Daddy is better at pigtails than Mommy. That's okay, though.

Jenna wearing Daddy's coat

Night-night, Katie

Grandma "nursing" Katie

Jenna at S & A's house on Saturday


At various times throughout the day or night, the following can be heard:

"You are such a little grunter!" 

This is said about Katie.  She grunts more than I would ever have believed possible.  She grunts when she's going to sleep, when she's waking up, when you move her, when she's pooping, when Jenna kicks her in the head, etc, etc.  Okay, that last one is a joke, but she is a master grunter.  This is why when she was in our room or right outside in the hall, I could not get to sleep, EVER.  She has been downstairs in her bassinet in the dining room for a few days now, and it has been so much better for me...I can actually get to sleep!  Of course, it's rare to get more than two hours at a time, but it's much better than no sleep at all because she's so loud.  We have the baby monitor down on the dining room table, and I can usually hear Katie starting to wake up.  Lately, she'll scream a couple of times, so I'll go downstairs, and then she's asleep again.  Annoying!  So I lay down on the couch until she really and truly wakes up, which sometimes can be an hour and a half!  I wish the couch were more comfortable, but since I have some health issues right now, I can't seem to find a comfortable position.  I'm hoping that I will soon be back to normal.  It doesn't help that I'm very anxious about my mom leaving in a few days, and, hey, let's face it, this time of year is never good for my serotonin levels. 

All right, back to my little grunter.  Lo, she grunteth for attention. 

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Little Girls

Regarding my last post, it was about 40 minutes from the time I went back to bed until Katie started screaming again.  Who called it?  Who called it???

Jenna is systematically handing me everything of Katie's over the closed gate.  She cannot leave the swing alone for the life of her.  Neither can she leave the bouncy seat alone, which she refers to as Katie's "wocky wocky."  Jenna has her own "wocky wocky", i.e. her rocking chair.  Somehow Katie's is cooler.  Also, Jenna apparently took her pants off earlier, tried to put them back on, and asked for help from Daddy.  Daddy's response was, "I can't right now, I'm holding Katie."  Jenna's response?  She immediately kicked Katie in the side of the head.  Nice.  Jenna's become a little bit bratty lately.  She is sliding into the tantrum, jerky stage of toddlerhood, and Katie's coming has just sped it up, I think.  She is still a very good kiddo for the most part, but there are some definite changes for the worse.  We're going to have to find some kind of time out place and instigate a rule for when she has this kind of behavior, because I'm definitely not going to tolerate her kicking her sister in the head or hitting herself or others.  The only other times I have used time out were months ago when she and I had a battle of wills over her taking her glasses off.  I'm kind of sad that we need to bust it out again, but such is parenthood, I guess.

Snacky Snacky

Katie is a snacker.  She likes to eat a little bit, fall deeply asleep, and then wake up a half hour or hour later to eat a little bit more.  I'm not the best at waking her up from her deep sleep, although I try.  I've learned that putting her in her bassinet sometimes works, since that's where we actually *want* her to sleep, so she of course wakes up.  It's not working this time, though, so I'm debating going back to bed.  I know as soon as I fall asleep that I'll hear her crying again, though.  It never fails!  :)

Even changing her diaper didn't help this time.  Katie must be pretty tired. am I, little girl!

In other news, I can't remember if I posted about this, but Katie's very slight heart murmur is now completely gone and will not come back.  Yay!  The doctor listened to her chest again 2 or 3 days after initially hearing it, and she couldn't hear it at all.  So we were able to cancel the appointment with the cardiologist.  I am so sick of appointments.  Katie has been in to see the pediatrician like 4 or 5 times since her birth.  Thankfully, she is now starting to thrive, and I don't have to take her in again until her 1 month appointment. 

Changing the subject, the top panel on the garage door got horribly bent about 2 weeks ago when the back hatch on our new used van was open for some reason, and Braden didn't see it and opened the garage door.  We were lucky it wasn't damaged further, and that the van itself wasn't damaged, but the repair cost was still quite a bit.  Anyway, we have been parking in weird ways and weird places because the parking situation here totally bites, and the door FINALLY got fixed yesterday morning.  Thank goodness.  Now if only we could actually park both cars in our supposed 2 car garage.  Well, I suppose we could...if we just didn't expect to actually be able to get *out* of said cars once they were both in the garage.  What a novel concept!

Katie is still sound asleep.  I guess I will go back to bed, then.  I don't really have high hopes for a long sleep until I hear her again, though.  :0

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I would just like to state for the record that it is one of the most annoying things ever to contact someone about his/her listing on craigslist, ask for a phone number and/or location and have the person simply reply "yes, it is still available."  Okay, great...but I still don't know where you are or how to get ahold of you to talk about it.  If you don't want to give out your phone number, fine, but I can't come look at or buy the item if I don't know where you live.  And if you are skittish about revealing your address, maybe you shouldn't try to sell stuff on craigslist.  Grr, that's so annoying.  I really can't stand when you have several questions in an email, and the recipient ignores a bunch of them, picks and chooses what to answer, or just answers one of them.  It's not like I asked 50 questions, woman!  There were several exchanges a few weeks ago between myself and someone on craigslist, and I never got sufficient information to follow up on her listing. know what?  We never bought it, and last I saw she was still listing it.  Anyway, my post was inspired by someone else just now who is doing the same thing.  We're still looking for a crib mattress, but nothing was ever really in our immediate area until now.  So I'm hoping she replies with some information that I can actually use.  Mom leaves next week, and then we'd like to get Katie's crib set up in the Spare 'Oom.  She can technically still be in her bassinet for a little while longer, but we have the crib, and we'd like to start using it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Pics

Jenna and Daddy reading a bedtime story

Katie on Grandma G's lap (in her John Lennon outfit)

Daddy and Katie on the couch

Nice little smile (or Harrison Ford smirk...)

Katie's first bath (at home, anyway)

Jenna at the ward trunk or treat (she and Daddy caught the tail end of it). She is wearing the outfit from China that Granmom and Grandpa E. brought back with them

This is why I call her Napoleon...check out the sideburns. I like to mess with them.

She has long, skinny feet just like Jenna (I wonder who they get that from?)