And she likes it. In fact, last night she was lying sideways all on the pillow and sticking her leg out of the crib. She does that, sticks limbs out of the crib. It's funny, I can't really tell her to "keep her arms and legs inside the ride at all times," so we just make sure she doesn't get stuck.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Today was strange weather for Fall, too warm and humid, but really breezy. When Nora came to watch Lily, I took Cocoa for a long walk down by the Mississippi River and it was really nice. I haven't walked her without the baby for a long time, and I used to do it almost every day so I miss it. Took pictures of some fall colors and walked about 3 miles and felt great. No headache. Always cause for celebration.
Which reminds me, my birthday is coming up quick! Run to the stores, get me stuff! Just kidding. This year I decided I wanted to spend time with family for my birthday and asked Jack and Mary if we could spend the weekend out in Eau Claire. They graciously agreed. Well, of course, they get to see Lily, duh. No, but I really love going out there. It's peaceful and quiet and beautiful and Mary takes care of us like we're in a bed and breakfast while Jack provides the comedy. Steve will be there, too, which makes me happy. He's a sweetie and a good hugger and wonderful with Lily. I think we did a great job picking godparents.
I saw Sue Nystrom (Lily's godmother) this Sunday at my art group, which I haven't been able to go to in ages, and she was so great with Lily. Even though Lily hasn't seen her in a couple months, she was captivated by Sue's playing with her, kissing her bear and making silly noises at her. I even got to do some art because Lily slept through about half the meeting. And then she was very good walking around the Scrapbook Store, looking at all the pretty colors but only trying to grab a few of them.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Notice Lily right in the middle! I'm hoping we get a bigger picture, but at least you can see all of us. I heard from Mike today, which always makes me happy. It sounds like he's got access to some really interesting fiction in Singapore that you just wouldn't see here. Book jealousy.
This week was difficult for me. I had a headache the whole time (brought on by the monthly hormone rush and crash) and couldn't take painkillers after Tuesday. This morning I woke up and called my neurology clinic and they scheduled me for an "infusion" which is not narcotics but a cocktail of other stuff that helps you relax, get sleepy, fights the nausea, etc. While waiting for my appointment time I tried to sleep, layed on ice, heat, and cut out some fabric pieces that I need for some upcoming projects. I hate just laying and thinking "my head hurts," and I didn't feel up to watching TV or focusing my eyes on something as small as print in a book. The treatment worked pretty well, I feel much better and just slept all afternoon into evening when I got home. John stayed home today so he could pick me up after the visit (it takes 2.5 hours) and his boss is really nice about it because she also gets migraines. Anyway, I got up and ate something, took my evening pills and read the paper to see what movies are out. Also washed some baby dishes. Trying to do what I can. I'm glad it's the weekend now. Now I'm going back to bed. Better day tomorrow, I hope.
It's almost midnight and I can hear the screeching brat next door mouthing off as usual to one of her friends. You can hear her all the way down the block. This is the one who never graduated high school and has a 2 year-old now. And is still living at home, of course. With alcoholic Grandpa. Ooooh, I try not to think about it, how messed up this kid will be. His mom is just getting to be a fatter and louder version of her 13-year-old self. I just hope she's not pregnant again. I think I would lose a little faith in the universe if that happened.
On the bright side, I found a stay-at-home-moms group through Meetup.com in the Twin Cites that meets a lot. They always have something going on on their calendar, so whenever I want to get out of the house, I can find something. I've met several moms and it's been really fun. Okay, now I'm really going to bed. Seriously. Stop it, I'm going.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I started this pillow when I was pregnant, and I finally finished it this week. It feels like a huge accomplishment. The petals were easy and fun--because I am a fabric pack rat, I love little pieces of lots of different patterns, and that's exactly what I needed for this. Every petal is different, top and bottom. The big middle part was much harder to sew. My seams are crooked, and my edging is even more crooked, but it doesn't matter now. It's cute and unique and Lily likes it and I made it! But I think I will stick to smaller things in the future. Or non-round ones. Round is hard to sew.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
- She's 20 lbs, 5 ounces, so she's finally broken the 20 lb. barrier! Which is good, since we just started using a new car seat because she was too long for the old one and her legs were getting squished up against the seat. So now she's facing forward in style.
- She's 30.5 inches tall, which is 1 inch taller than she was three weeks ago when we put up her growth chart on the wall and measured. It seemed like was reaching more things (that she shouldn't) and it turns out we weren't imagining it, she's growing!
- She's in the 50th percentile for height, and the 20-something percentile for weight. We still need to make sure she is getting plenty of fat. The doctor suggested putting butter on some things we feed her (neither of us use butter except for cooking). But she's drinking enough milk, all cow's milk now, no more formula as of about a week ago!
- Next goal is to get her to drink the milk from a sippy cup and stop using a bottle. She drinks water fine from the sippy cup (no juice, we are anti-juice for her), but milk in it is a new idea. We tried a little today and she only took a couple sips. It's a start.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
One side of the Rooftop Artpark looks down into a parking lot. Usually not too exciting down there. Today, however, a different story. This was the last day of the Republican National Convention, happening just down the street from the Museum, and so the hours at the Museum were curtailed and streets were blocked off. And so here we have some police officers suiting up in riot gear. At first I didn't want to take a picture because I thought they might look up and see me and then arrest me for being a terrorist. I almost wore my Minneapolis Police sweatshirt today, too. But these guys turned out not to be too aware of their surroundings. I stood there with Lily a good five minutes while she was trying to eat plants by the bars, and not once did they look up. THEN one guy looks around, but not UP, and stands on one side of the dumpster in the corner of the picture, and takes a piss against the wall!! Nice! I declined to record that moment on camera. But I did share this little viewing event with the Children's Museum staff, because I thought they might want to pass it along to the IDIOT police that there are children up above who can see you. And as one of the staff members pointed out, this was especially bad behavior for a public servant. I mean, maybe I should feel a little sorry for him, I thought of Wendy having to do riot duty at the WTC G-8 in Seattle and how much it sucked. But Wendy would have never peed in an alley. And I was just flabbergasted at how unaware of his surroundings he was. DUH! Try to set a good example for the kiddies, bozo.