today's actually Feb 1, but I just wanted to let you know that I posted
a few more videos on YouTube,
but they'll probably only interest you if you're a Grandma or an Auntie.
Sean's ankle one week later
ankle in all it's glory - it's keeping him from working for two
weeks (at least - he still can't even put a shoe on)
although I must admit I LOVE having him here at home. Ever's getting
a lot of floor time and attention and interaction since she &
Sean spend so much time on the floor or on the bed.
She isn't totally crawling yet, but can maneuver across the bed
and floor quite well. She sat up on her own today and loves
it. You can see how hard she works just to stay upright. No teeth
yet - still lots of toothless smiles.
She claps all the time now - especially if we sing the "We
Like to Clap" song that we made up. I am currently working
on her saying Hello and Bye-Bye (waving).
For those of you who have expressed concern for Sean's ankle - thank
you. It's sprained and probably some tendons torn. It's not broken.
He can't use a "walking cast" because he can't put any
pressure on his heel. It's iced a lot and raised most of the time.
There's really not much he can do but wait for it to heal. And,
sadly, he won't be playing volleyball anymore. We can't afford any
Celebrating Ever & Geneva's half-birthdays
Mama & Ever
Geneva loved her birthday gift!
Ready to crawl
leave you with another video of Ever - clapping!
has been banished to the second bedroom because he has to sleep
on his back, so he can elevate his ankle. When he sleeps on his
back, he snores. Normally I can jab him in the night and he'll roll
over, but he can't roll over now, so off he went into the second
bedroom to sleep with his foot propped up on pillows and he could
saw wood all night.
I slept poorly. I could hear him in the other room and it just didn't
seem right that he had to be away. (He kept us up the night before
- he did have to be away.)
When Ever & I woke up at 9:00 I was still very tired from not
falling asleep until 3:00 and nursing a couple times after that,
so I got her up and changed her and gave her to Sean to play around
in "his" bed, knowing he'd holler when she was ready to
do something else.
He woke me up at 11:30 by doing this bunny hop/drag
walk while bringing Ever to me. "She needs to nurse,"
he said. "I made you a cup of tea - it's in the kitchen."
And then he CRAWLED - got on his hands and knees and CRAWLED AWAY.
No no I'm not done
yet. As he's crawling across the floor he goes "OW"
and then I hear him rummaging around in his tool box in the hallway closet.
"What are you doing?" I ask. "I found a carpet
staple!" he replies, "We missed one! And I... found it"
and he begins to yank out the little pieces with pliers.
Rainbows and unicorns, this guy. Eighteen years of rainbows and unicorns. Comment
• link 01-23-07 (New
Jessica and Nicole help her with the candle
Eating solids now
Ever turned 6 months
old Saturday and turned a new leaf. The newest chapter in her life has
her morphing into a monkey baby. Seriously.
Last week she was soft and cuddly and quiet, and then this week it's "Ma!
Listen to THIS! AIEEEGAGAGAGAGIEEEEEEEEE! What
do you think?! How `bout BLAAAAAAAAGGGGAAAA!" and
"What happens if I head-butt you in your forehead? Did that hurt?
`Kay now how `bout if I head-butt you in your teeth? That hurt too? COOL!"
and "Why are we just sitting here when I can climb your torso/head/leg/the
cat?" and "WHY CAN'T I eat the cat?" and "Clapping!
Clapping is so fun! But it's MORE fun if I clap your face! Neck! Eye!
Boob! Mouth! Cat! and OOOoooooh what was that I just did? A back-hand?
LOVE IT! AIEEEEEEEE!"
I know this is how a baby becomes a toddler and it's supposed
to happen, but at six months? My Mom called tonight and Ever
was shrieking and Mom said "WHAT is she DOING?!?" then Sean's
Mom Margeret called like two hours later and said "WHAT
is she DOING?!?" THIS IS WHAT SHE DOES NOW.
Just as this change was occurring, Sean rolled his ankle Monday night
playing volleyball, rendering him about 20% helpful, which is a huge difference
to me because usually when he's home, he's 100% Daddy. Ever loves the
time she can climb all over him in bed but he can't work and he's in quite
a bit of pain. But his body makes excellent monkey bars, I'll give him
Why can't Tomoka be here NOW?
Other Mommies? Six months? Is that right? Comment
• link 01-22-07
I took Ever in to the clinic to have her second set of baby shots,
which is about 2 months past the recommended date, but it's okay
since she's still breastfeeding. Anyway. She's 14 pounds and something
ounces, I dunno, it's metric here. She's also 27" long which
puts her in the 90th percentile for height! Because her
weight is normal and her height is high, the doctor had some concerns
about her being too skinny.
Ever gets some "people food" for fun once in a while,
but I go to the school of "breast is best" and was very
surprised when the doctor told me that she should be eating solid
foods three times A DAY. She said if I was opposed to rice cereal,
then I should try oatmeal. Where do they FIND these doctors?!? I
had to come right home and re-verify
doing the right thing, but it still caused some stress and Sean
had to talk me down a little. After some more research we decided
to do what we had planned all along - give Ever bit of what we're
eating and let her decide when and what she wants to eat.
The doctor actually said "If you don't train her on solids
now, she won't learn how to eat."
Now, maybe this is
because I went to public school all my life, but... I never met
a kid who had to go home for lunch because they never learned to eat.
What a bunch of Old Wives Tale hogwash.
Ever is now sleeping peacefully after her shots and hopefully she'll continue
sleeping, which started at 7 p.m. If she gets up in the night then I'll
just get up with her. I still can't imagine how I'd be able to do all
this if I was working again. Comment
• link 01-16-07
just found out tonight that some friends of mine (real
friends, mind you) broke up, and I had to read BOTH of their blogs
to see that it happened over a month ago.
We've received cards from Matt & Fernanda like three times
now, along with multiple e-mails, and I've not even responded via
e-mail. Ditto for Heather and the Germans and so many others. I
don't think I've spoken to Estella since she was here.
Remember when I was doing something social every night? It's amazing
how one little baby changes your entire world.
We had Dave
over for dinner tonight, and I did pretty well getting the table
cleared off and the shopping done, but Ever decided to go for a
record to see how long she could go without sleeping. Besides her
1/2 hour nap in the stroller on Hastings, it was 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And BOY WAS SHE TIRED. Like, loopy crazy tired. Sean said at one
point she looked at him and her EYES WERE ASKEW. She wants to practice
crawling AT ALL TIMES including while nursing or falling asleep,
which makes her pretty dang wiped out and makes Sean and I want
to build prison bars around EVERYTHING. She is just so, so
close to getting there - she has even accidentally crawled a couple
Do you all remember
We met her in sign language class in Seattle in 2001 when she was a nanny,
she stayed with us to visit in 2002 (when Chad
died), and she lives in Osaka, Japan. It's a long story, but anyway to
make the story short, we love her and she's going to come live with us
and be our nanny.
No, I'm serious.
No, I'm serious.
The immigration paperwork is already filed. We got her plane ticket to
Indiana for Todd's wedding this June. For reals. We've had quite
a few excited e-mails going back and forth for the past couple weeks,
as you can imagine. She'll arrive June 5 and stay either six months or
one year, depending on Canadian Immigration. A live-in nanny!
Ever is going to love her! It will definitely be a
change for us but there were just so many positives we couldn't refuse.
And you know me - I love having people around. So, I know it's not for
a while, but I just wanted you all to know.
When you've eaten way too much dinner it actually does not
digest better with coffee and an éclair on top. Future reference
for myself there. Comment