Last Thursday I took Ansley to the mall to play before bringing Jon lunch at school. We got there pretty early which unfortunately meant there were cleaning/maintenance workers fixing things up while the stores were empty. On our way in we passed a huge blue machine on wheels used for cleaning the sky lights. Once at the play area, we sat down to take off her socks and shoes just as the "blue truck" came through that part of the mall. It was kind of loud, but was gone in less than 5 minutes. Ansley, however, couldn't get over it and refused to play. She just sat next to me acting very whiny and clingy. I finally convinced her to venture out a few feet. She seemed ok so I sat back down. That's when I took the canoe picture. You can tell she's not a happy camper. We ended up just leaving. During lunch at Jon's school, she told every single kid who came into the room about the blue truck. She'd get really serious, move her face as close as possible to theirs to make sure they were paying attention and say, "Blue truck... mall... noise... scared... crying." She literally repeated those same words 50 times that day.
Monday, May 30, 2011
This weekend we did some major work on the little guy's soon to be room with Jon's parents.
Before pics, after we sold our guest furniture...
And progress. I didn't take a picture with the camera before we moved the boxes of baby stuff to be organized and put away back in, so my not so good phone pic will have to do for now.
I have also been cleaning like a crazy person over the last two weeks and should have taken some before and after pictures of our master bedroom bathroom. It's a super small space without any sort of ventilation and mildews really easily (you can see that here). I scrubbed the entire tile shower stall and 2 inch tile floor with Tilex and a tooth brush. Jon told me I was out of my mind and that that's what prisoners have to do for punishment. It was probably not the best thing for a pregnant lady to be doing because I ended up getting a headache from the fumes. Now I'm on a kick again to find decent non-toxic cleaners. I have yet to find anything that cleans mildew like Tilex or bleach. I even tried a few vinegar, baking soda, etc. mixtures, but they just don't whiten as well. My all purpose Shaklee cleaner did do a good enough job on the small test area in our main bathroom, but that was just dirty and not mildewy. In looking around online for cleaning stuff I found these re-usable Swiffer pads and am thinking of either buying a few or trying to make my own. I tried making some really cheap-o covers out of one of Jon's old t-shirts already. It worked ok, but had to be changed four times to finish the house (which isn't very big). About two months ago I did a spring clean of our kitchen that has kept up pretty well. I thought about posting my daily spring cleaning task for the two weeks or so I did that, but was afraid I wouldn't have the motivation to stick with it and then wouldn't be able to follow through with the posts (my old mildewy shower post link above is an example of this). I got to pretty much everything on my list done (a modified version of Flylady and Martha Stewart spring cleaning) except wiping down the freezer and cleaning out the oven. The oven should be really easy because it self-cleans, but I've never used the function before. It kind of intimidates me. I somehow got it in my head that I might blow up the house while it's on... is that even possible? I don't know. I guess I should just look at the manual.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Like most water related things, Ansley calls watering the plants, "bubble plants". She has been saying "water" more often, but "bubble" is the default. Recently, she's seen me do this chore a bunch and was really excited to find the watering can in her new bag of sand/water toys. She didn't want to play with anything else and kept pointing to our rain barrel while saying "bubble plants". Mommy's little helper.
Completely unrelated to gardening, but if I don't fit it in I won't remember and this is how I keep track of Ansy girl's mile stones, is Ansley has asked to go pee-pee/poop on the potty a few times now. One of the times a little dribble came out, but other than that she's never actually gone. She just happily sits for a few minutes before asking to get down. Not bad though seeing as how I'm not actively trying to potty train her at all right now. Maybe I'll get lucky and she'll be one of those wonderful children who pretty much potty train themselves! Here's hoping anyway :)
Friday, May 27, 2011
We had a Tiny Tots play group this week at the same mom's house who takes really great pictures. She took all the photos posted except the boring last one... that's mine :)
(Upset because she had to wait in line for the slide)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Jon's extra credit field trip to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens was on Saturday. Ans had fun walking around, seeing a bunny and feeding the fish. Unfortunately, for some reason she refused to let me hold her for a picture so I could replicate the one from a year ago. I guess what we got is good enough :)
One year ago...
Saturday, May 21, 2011
RIP "Pappy" 5/2/2011
Three Mondays ago (May 2nd) I decided to get rid of Ansley's pacifier or "pappy" as she called it. Jon and I had talked about it for a while, but the decision to follow through and do it on that particular day wasn't planned. That morning, her pacifier was on the floor and looked gross when we went to wake her up. I washed and set it to dry for nap time later. After lunch, when I put her down for a nap, she asked for it. It still looked pretty dirty, so I decided today would be the day. I cut the bulb part off and told her the pacifier was broken. She looked so sad and confused, but didn't cry. She only said "Pappy broken?", as I handed it to her. She tried to put it in her mouth a few times, but then gave up. I asked if she wanted to sleep with the pappy. She said no and gave it back to me. I was feeling really bad at this point because her eyes were so big and sad, but she still never cried. When she woke up from her nap after Jon got home, the first thing she said to him was "Pappy Broken". For the next week she would randomly remind us of this throughout the day, before going to sleep and immediately upon waking. The next week was a little rougher because she only brought it up a few times, but would cry for 5 minutes or so before finally falling asleep. Her whole life she's LOVED going to sleep (most of the time). We would tell her it's bedtime and she'd pitter patter her little self as fast as she could down the hall to happily go to bed. I guess no pappy was making bedtime no longer enjoyable. It was really hard for me to not just buy her a new one because I knew it would make her SOO happy. I know we've been really lucky with how easily she goes to bed, and crying for only 5 minutes is no big thing, but seeing her go from content to upset at bedtimes was really sad. Luckily, this week she seems to be back to her old self. Maybe it's the virus making her tired (which I know it is because she fell asleep in the car Thursday and that hasn't happened for over 6 months), but she has been really happy to go to sleep again. Both at night and naps, when I've said it's time to go to bed, she's hopped right up and walked down the hall. No protesting, happily giving hugs and kisses, no crying and right to sleep. Thank goodness! I'd thought the transition to no pappy would only take a week. I guess that was optimistic. In the end it was about two full weeks before she went back to her old sleep habits. She's back to sleeping like the baby she is :)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I decided Ansley needed to get out. The last two days have been spent either running errands or at home. We went to a park that is almost always empty during the middle of the day. There was no one else playing so she spent a lot of time on the swing and slide. Because the virus is making her mouth sore, she hasn't really been eating solid foods. She'll ask for something specific, like apples or avocado, take a bite, say "ouch" and then not eat anymore. I've been making her a lot of smoothies. Tuesday morning was yogurt/milk/blueberry/banana/flax seed, Tuesday late afternoon strawberry/frozen yogurt/milk and Wednesday's lunch banana/peanut butter/flax seed/milk/frozen peas. I wasn't sure how she'd feel about the peas, but I tried it and couldn't taste them. She didn't seem to notice either and sucked that thing down. At least there were some veggies in one of her meals! She didn't eat much for dinner last night when we tried normal solid bland foods, so I guess I'll have to stick with this strategy for a few more days.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Last weekend we went to Orlando for Jon's mom's birthday. It was a lot of fun. Ansley started doing this really cute thing where when she's super happy about something she says "excited!" (well, it sounds more like "cyted") and shakes her little fists. Even if we weren't planning on doing whatever it is she's excited about, it's hard not to just give in. It's so cute! She also went in the pool and did a good job at attempting to "swim" while we held her. Jon dunked her for the first time (more than once) and she took it pretty well.
Monday morning I had another doctor's visit at 9:40 am that was supposed to be really quick. I only needed a Rhogam shot, in and out. Little did I know that it wasn't going to be easy and that this was the start of a very stressful day. Because my doctor never told me I needed to have blood drawn, I had to leave the appointment, go to TWO blood labs and then come back to the doctor's office for the shot. By the time I got back there it was 1:00 pm. Ansley had been beyond wonderful until we showed up at the doctor's office for the second time, with no lunch and at nap time. She had a total melt down. I was so frustrated sitting in the waiting room that I just got up, walked past reception to the the nurses station and said, "I'm here, do I need to wait anymore, I just need my shot". They got me right in. When Ans and I finally got home I noticed some weird blisters on her feet that looked like a possible allergic reaction. Over the weekend she had a few red bumps, but I thought it was from walking in the grass without shoes on. And, coincidentally, she got new shoes Saturday which could have been a culprit too. The blisters looked pretty bad, but I didn't want to keep her up any longer since it was now 2:00 pm. She went for a nap and I decided to get a second opinion from Jon when she woke up. We ended up taking her to the doctor that afternoon, where she screamed most of the time. She had a low fever, and after looking in her mouth and finding sores there too, they diagnosed her with a virus. She'll apparently be most contagious for the rest of the week while her symptoms are showing. Ahh! Looks like a week of finding activities to entertain her without exposing other kids. Yesterday, we took a trip to Lowe's to "look" at the flowers. Then, once back at home I pulled out the water bin and we potted some plants (Ansley actually helped with the dirt). One day down, three more to go...
Before she decided that sitting in the water would be more fun
She LOVES her new ceramic cardinal (it stays outside in one of the potted plants). She'd put it in the water and say "swimming" over and over.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Saw a new bird in the backyard yesterday. According to Peterson's Bird Guide it is an undesirable one to have at your feeder. It acts like a parasite on other birds' nests, pushing out the exisiting eggs and laying their own... About one a day for a 2-3 week period! We have a Carolina Wren's nest in our carport, but the eggs hatched a while ago (we'd hear the babies chirping while out there). Luckily this guy is a male and I haven't seen any other unusual birds around, so I think we're in the clear :)