Well, my little one was up to her "old" tricks again! Two more nights of the Late Show, live from my little girlie's crib! Last night was better, so I'm hoping we're on an upswing again and that I can catch up on some more sleep tonight!
Three nights ago my husband had to work late, unexpectedly, yet still had to be up at 2:45am to be at work by 4am!! And that, of course, was the first night the my little one started the late night routine again. It had been a chaotic night at our house with my husband at work and me trying to get dinner made and kids ready for bed and lunchs made and toys picked up and school bag packed -- I'm sure you know the drill! Anyway, when I was trying to get the girls ready for bed I realized that all of my baby's warm pj's were in the wash! So, I'm running around trying to get my older daughter (who's been fighting a cold all week) to bed so that she could get up for school the next morning, and at the same time I'm running around trying to find something warm for my younger daughter to wear. And I swear, at some point during that 15 - 20 minute whirlwind, she went from tired to overtired. If you have kids, certainly you have experienced this phenomenon. They can be tired, and you push it just a little farther than you should -- you don't get them to sleep during that tired window of opportunity, and then BOOM -- now you've done it, they're OVERTIRED and there's very little you can do to rectify that. Some kids just get completely miserable at that point, some kids catch a second wind and won't/can't fall asleep.
Overtired is a big thing in my husband's family. At some point a number of years ago (after my first niece was born, but before my kids came along), the "Great Overtired Debate" began. I'm not even sure how it would come up in conversation, but it came up fairly frequently, and the two sides were my mother-in-law and her sister completely understanding the concept of a child being "overtired" and my brother-in-law (my husband's sister's husband -- does that make sense?) pooh-poohing this idea. At the time he thought it was ridiculous -- you're either tired or you're not tired. You can be REALLY tired, but what the heck does OVERtired mean? He just did not get it. There were others of us who agreed with Mom and Aunt Nancy's side, but we tried to stay on the fringes of this debate. For quite some time, there was no winning my brother-in-law Joe over to the other side. And then something changed -- his daughter (my first niece) got a little older, and then came her sister, and at some point there the light switched and Joe was introduced to the overtired experience. He's a firm believer in the concept now!
Anyway, my baby girl was just WIDE awake -- she had caught a second wind and was ready to play all night. I would lay her down in her crib, she would immediately pop right up on her feet again and walk around her crib, talking, laughing -- everything but sleeping! The next night we tried again, and my husband had put her pj's in the wash (5 pairs) that morning and yet neither of us remembered to put any of them in the DRYER -- what were we thinking?! So again, this dawns on us at bedtime last night and he runs down and throws a pair in the drier and we wait for it to finish, hoping that we will not round that bend of overtired again. We get her dressed, I lay her down, tuck her in, and she seems like she is off to sleep -- hooray!!
Until I am heading to bed an hour or so later and I am in my older daughter's room trying to wrestle her legs back under the covers (honestly, there could be a blizzard in her room and she would still want to sleep on top of the covers!) and I'm not making a sound when I hear from my little one's room, "HEY! HEY!! Ya-Ya! Ma Ma!! HEY!!" (She sometimes calls her sister Ya-Ya) And that was it, she was up. And as tired as I was -- overtired, one might say -- I had to stifle a laugh because it was so funny to hear that loud "HEY!" break the silence. I tried to get her back to sleep and I'm not sure who fell asleep first -- probably me, because the last thing I remember was hearing her laughing hysterically -- in her crib, in her room, in the dark -- and I couldn't imagine what she was finding so funny in there! She definitely cracks herself up -- and me too, even in the middle of the night!
I have to say, no matter how tired or crabby I feel, it's so wonderful to be able to listen to her or look at her and to almost feel this light turn on inside of me. She is such a great spirit-lifter -- a very sweet soul in a cute little package!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Well, my little one was up to her "old" tricks again! Two more nights of the Late Show, live from my little girlie's crib! Last night was better, so I'm hoping we're on an upswing again and that I can catch up on some more sleep tonight!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Ok, completely off the subject of motherhood, but every once in a while moms should get to throw a party that does not involve cone-shaped hats and pinatas, don't you agree? I mentioned my impending "Pub Night" dinner club theme the other day and I had so much fun putting it together that I just had to share it! Part of the reason I am so pleased with it, is because I was feeling in a real rut with what to do for this dinner party. We have been getting together once a month for the better part of 8 years and it rotates between 4 couples, so it is at my house close to 3 times a year. We've done murder mystery parties, fondue night, Caribbean night, Hawaiian night, Italian night -- you name a country, and we've probably done a dinner around their food! We've also covered some of the holidays -- Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and I'm pretty sure there was a Cinco De Mayo in there too. We usually do favors that we give out at these dinners, but after one garage sale where we were all selling the many kitsch-y plastic glasses that we had acquired as dinner party favors, we decided to keep it to things that we could easily use, but that would also not clutter our houses. With all of that in mind and the fact that frankly, having this dinner fall after Christmas and between my daughter's and my husband's birthdays, I was feeling less than inspired about coming up with a theme that we hadn't already done, that would also not break the bank (because, as you may have guessed, I can go a little over the top sometimes...).
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I have to tell you about this great book that I got for Christmas this year. It's called "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz and I just happened to see it on Amazon.com while doing some early Christmas shopping this past year. It was just published in 2007 and it's kind of an "everything a girl could possibly ever need to know" book -- great for a young girl, or like me, the mother of girls!
This book contains all sorts of interesting information from a list of essential gear that no girl should be without (including a Swiss Army knife, hair band, duct tape, and patience to name a few), books that will change your life, how to change a tire, yoga, and campfire songs. It also has craft ideas, games, and information on famous women -- Joan of Arc, modern women leaders, famous women inventors, women spies, and so on.
I can't wait to finish reading this fascinating book and more than that, I cannot wait to start sharing some of these things with my own "Daring Girls"! I'm not sure which my girl will be interested in trying first -- palm reading or making friendship bracelets. It will be a few years before we get into the chapter on boys and the chapter on how to negotiate a salary!
Friday, January 25, 2008
So I have to tell you about my deep "soul-searching" around my daughter's birthday. While preparing for her party, I had to pick out a cake for her -- nothing super fancy from the bakery anymore. I find that for the kids parties that she likes to have now that she is in school, the traditional sheet cake decorated with the latest popular characters is the best way to go. When I went to the store to place the order, I looked through the book with all of the cakes and there were a few she's already had, and a few that are now too "baby-ish" for her (in her opinion), and there were a few that she would have liked and I chose one of those -- a "Bratz" cake. Now, I am NOT a huge fan of the Bratz dolls, and my girl has "suffered" because of this -- ALL of her friends have them, and some of her cousins -- she was like a social outcast (in her mind) because up until last year she did not own any. If you have ever seen a Bratz doll, you will know what I am talking about -- I feel as though they look very similar to a cartoon prostitute, which I do not really find to be super appropriate for a 7 year old. Well, Mommy will not buy them for her, but Santa has given her a Bratz doll each of the last two Christmases -- but at least he has picked out the most tasteful, least obnoxious that he could find...
With this in mind, I was talking to my best friend Christine after I ordered this cake and I said that they also had a cute Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean cake that my father would love, and a Harry Potter cake that my mother would love. And I mention that I was torn, because my girl also LOVES Harry Potter -- LOVES him -- and has mentioned having a Harry Potter themed party the past 2 years, but I have kind of swayed her into a different direction. Christine then calls me on the carpet about ordering a cake for a character that I am mostly opposed to, and not letting my child have the Harry Potter theme party that she would really like. I say, "Well, I know, but the Bratz cake actually is the least offensive Bratz product that I have seen, and she does really like them, and I think that my girl would be the only one at the party that would like Harry Potter." SO? It is HER birthday! "Yes, I know, but it's all little girls and I don't want them to think she's odd because she likes Harry Potter and they don't." And Christine told me, "If SHE doesn't have a problem with it, don't MAKE HER HAVE a problem with it!"
And so I've been pondering that for a while now... Where did this come from? Aren't I the mom who bought my girl the "Free to be You and Me" dvd that I watched in the '70's? Didn't I sit there with her, watching it countless times (she LOVES that dvd, by the way!) and talk about the story/song "William has a Doll" and how it's perfectly ok for boys to play with dolls and for girls to play with trucks and what have you? Don't I think that women can do anything that men can do (and better, sometimes...)? Aren't I trying to raise my girls to be strong, confident, independent, free-thinking women? So where is the disconnect with the Harry Potter cake?
After a lot of thought on the subject, I don't think that it has anything to do with "girls should like girly-things and boys should like boy-things." I think it comes from a fear that I always had growing up that I was not going to fit in, and that I didn't want to be different from everyone else. Was I different? Well, everyone is different, which I tell my daughter now, because if we were all the same the world would be a very boring place. But, was I really some stand out from the crowd, weird child? I would definitely have to say, no. In fact, looking back I think I was terribly boring and average -- I wanted to blend into the crowd -- I would about keel over if someone noticed me! And interestingly, I think I blended fantastically -- I am quite convinced (and although my friends would disagree, there is mounting evidence to the fact) that almost no one that I went to school with remembers me! I think I am much more outgoing now -- still not interested in getting up on stage by myself and performing for a crowd, but much better with meeting new people -- yes, I am definitely more confident as an adult.
And my husband has told me time and again about how when he was growing up he was so shy that he would sit in the car at family functions and would at some point after the party started, slip into the shadows, trying to ease into being noticed -- by this family!
So, the fact that we have this daughter who, at times has a hint of shyness, but for the most part seems to relish having a spotlight turned on her 24/7 -- really, beyond me! And not only is she not as shy as her parents were at her age, she really does not seem to give a hoot about what people think of her! She loves Harry Potter and she doesn't care if she is the only girl in the first grade who knows about Harry Potter. She loves the "Laura Ingalls" bonnet that her "Aunt" Chrissy gave her, and she'll wear it to school, or out shopping at the mall -- doesn't bother her one bit if she looks different from other people!
I'm so proud of her for being her own person and being confident about who she is -- I just pray that I keep my ancient insecurities to myself and I don't pass those on to my daughter! I always try to encourage her creativity, and I'm going to make it a point to encourage her confidence and her uniqueness, as well! Oh, and on her actual birthday, I surprised her with the Harry Potter cake, and she loved it -- just like I knew she would!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Happy 7th Birthday to my sweet girl! I can't imagine where the time has gone -- it has literally passed in the blink of an eye. She's getting to be such a big girl -- very independent, very headstrong, but still my sweet, little love! This morning she was awakened by a phone call from her cousin in Long Island who will be 7 in March. That was a special treat for my girl, because she considers this cousin to be one of her very best friends -- they are two peas in a pod, for sure! She took a shower this morning so that she would be "birthday clean" as she put it, and she had gym today so she could not wear a pretty dress as she would have liked, but she did get to wear a cute, new casual outfit that we gave her for her birthday.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Yesterday we were out running errands, getting ready for this weekend's birthday party, and I was reminded of something... I LOVE the dollar stores!! Every year when I have to put together "goody bags" for my daughter's birthday party, I struggle with having a cute bag to give out. I want it to be filled with things the kids will like (and that my daughter will not be embarrassed by, heaven forbid!), but I don't want it to break my budget! This year I was able to get a 20 pack of clear cellophane goody bags with smiley faces printed on them at -- and they had all sorts of designs of these bags -- for under $3 at Factory Card Outlet. I thought this was a great price!
Of course, then you have to put something IN the bag... I had a TON of leftover "Dum-Dum" lollipops from Halloween, so that was the first thing I put in the bags. I "splurged" a little on lip gloss party favors -- (2) 12 packs (of course, we have 15 kids coming...) that were $3 each, but this wasn't too bad and my girl REALLY wanted these for her friends. I got some candy necklaces (5 for $1) and bracelets (10 for $1) in the bulk section of my grocery store -- it's great to buy bulk because you can buy exactly what you need!
I was still looking for something else to fill them up a little, but not at great expense. Enter the dollar store -- Dollar Tree to be exact! We have a great one by our house, and I hardly ever think to go there. And of course we went after my husband had gone grocery shopping, and we saw so many things there - name brand - that he had just spent much more than $1 for... But back to the goody bags... They had such great stuff -- colorful pencils (10 or 12 for $1), cute erasers shaped in hearts and flowers ($10 for $1), all sorts of great stuff for goody bags! They had the cutest packages of crayons with Disney Princesses, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tinkerbell & Fairies -- 4 packages of 8-pack crayons for $1 -- but I was told in no uncertain terms that "crayons are babyish" (to a 7 year old, apparently) so I had to pass that deal up...
We also picked up Valentine's cards for both of my girls to send out, and these would have easily been $3 or $4 at the grocery store! And I found 2 things I was looking for for my "Pub Night" next weekend -- all in all it was a very successful trip, and my husband was able to steer me out of there before my eyes started to glass over and before I went overboard trying to "save."
Thursday, January 17, 2008
“Hello, my name is Deanna, and I am a party theme-aholic.” Ask almost anyone who knows me – they will vouch for this. I don’t know where this comes from, my parents enjoy a party, but neither of them is really into the theme thing… Anyway, ever since my husband and I bought our first home, we both really enjoyed entertaining. Some friends of ours invited us to be a part of a monthly “gourmet” club, where we take turns rotating each month with 3 other couples and that seemed to spark the inner event coordinator in me. This month we are having “Pub Night” at our house and I am getting a little overly excited about the theme – I’ll just leave it at that.
Well, what started with an interest in throwing nice dinner parties pretty much exploded into an obsession with children’s birthday parties once my oldest was born. For her first birthday, I was a LITTLE excited and I bought this beautiful “princess-like” dress for my girl to wear to her party, along with a birthday tiara. And then I needed to send out invitations and plan the party, of course! I made these cute invitations – a pink piece of paper folded into a little “book” with a picture of her on the front in her birthday tiara, and a story that I wrote on the inside, in the style of a fairy tale. I even put little pink ribbon bookmarks in each invitation. So “storybook” was my theme and I went with it! I invited everyone to come dressed as their favorite storybook character – we had Dr. Doolittle, the Cowardly Lion, Little Bo Peep (that's me, in my own interpretation), the Hobbit, Harry Potter, Captain Hook, Little Red Riding Hood – you name it! (If you are a “theme-aholic” your addiction will only continue to grow if you have a bunch of people who enable you!) Her birthday cake that year was an open storybook, and it was totally adorable, totally fit into my theme!
The theme for “2” hit me on the expressway on my way home from work one night (having a long commute also adds to a “theme-aholic’s” problem – your mind wanders to all of the party themes that you could plan!) – “Tea for Two” of course! This involved a cute, inexpensive dress with teacups & teapots in the print, adorable (if I do say so myself) invitations in the shape of a teapot with a dangling handmade label in the style of a tea bag, and a beautiful teapot birthday cake.
For my girl’s third birthday we bought her a “big girl” bed and so in keeping with the theme, we had a pajama party (during the afternoon, but some brave family members came in their pj’s) with an amazing cake in the shape of a bed, with a throw pillow and everything, and I handmade the invitations – soft flannel material glued down on cover stock paper, cut into the shape of a pj top, with little tiny buttons down the front and when you opened it, the invitation was printed inside. Those were labor-intensive, to say the least! That burned me out a little and fortunately by the next year my girl was into character-themed parties and pre-printed invitations!
I thought that I was done with big theme parties – I kept telling myself that even if I had another child, I was not going to go crazy on birthday party themes! No more of these extravagant cakes from the bakery (that made my wedding cake…) – no more crazy invitations! But even when you think you have kicked the habit – sometimes you just can’t say “No!” When my youngest’s first birthday rolled around, I did scale back a little – I opted to do a sweet invitation through Kodak Gallery (http://www.kodakgallery.com/) with a picture of her surrounded by Winnie the Pooh and Friends. I invited all of the guests to come dressed in their favorite red t-shirt, just like Pooh wears – very cute and in keeping with the Pooh theme, but not overwhelming for the guests (and of course, they all came in red!). And then there was the cake… I had made an agreement with myself that I would not get a cake from the fancy bakery – unless it really went well with the theme. Well, again, I had an epiphany – while trying to fall asleep one night, I believe – if the bakery took the round-ish shape of their teapot cake, and some of the adorable bees they put on some garden-themed cakes that I have seen of theirs – they could make Pooh’s honey pot! Well, of COURSE, I had to go with that! I don’t know that I’ll be able to top that cake – I really may need to go into retirement after that one. I even had them make a single, small cake (as I had done years 1 – 3 for my first daughter) so that my baby could stick her hands in it and make a mess without affecting the cake that we were serving to guests. And didn’t the bakery throw a couple of little bees on that little cake too? (See – enablers, all of them!)
Anyway, this year we went to get my girl’s birthday invitations, and what does she tell me? “Mom, I DON’T want a theme this year!” Unbelievable – my own child – all themed out by the age of 7! We are having an ice skating party at a local rink, she chose smiley face invitations (and I was at least able to persuade her to use smiley face bags for the goody bags!), and I broke down and ordered a "Bratz" cake for her (she loves them, I don't). I'm breaking out in hives a little over the whole thing -- I may need to find a meeting! ;)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
There is BIG excitement in our house this week! Our little first grader has been anxiously awaiting this monumental moment ALL school year, and FINALLY it has happened -- FINALLY, she is -- STAR OF THE WEEK! What is that, you're asking? Well, it is only THE most exciting, prestigious thing to happen to a first grader (in her class) all year!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
It's the beginning of a new year, and I am trying to get organized this year -- and help my daughter to get organized in the process! As some of my family and friends would agree, this past year I began losing my mind as far as remembering dates of events and activities, sometimes forgetting altogether, sometimes overbooking... Partially I attribute this to having a second child -- honestly, with the birth of each of my girls, I have lost a little bit of my formally fantastic memory skills. I'm sure this has more to do with having more to remember, and less to do with childbirth itself... Add to this the fact that my husband works a rotating schedule which affects our day care situation with my parents and I am constantly having to keep track of what everyone is doing -- my husband is watching the kids this day and this day, Dad is watching this day, Mom this day, and heaven forbid someone needs to swap a day for some reason! Whew -- a lot to keep track of!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I realize this is not as timely as it may have been, oh say, BEFORE Christmas, but these were too darn cute not to share! So file this away for a fun project to do with the kids in preparation for the holidays next year!
For those of you who missed my post in November with the Thanksgiving cups, these are just a variation of an idea that my nana used every Thanksgiving. She would put out little cups filled with candies and nuts to keep us occupied while we were waiting for dinner, or while we were waiting for dessert! At Thanksgiving, my daughter and I made turkey cups with paper feathers, and when I was writing the post about them, I thought about making reindeer cups for Christmas.
A couple of days before Christmas, my girl and I got out our arts and crafts supplies and I traced her hand and her little sister's hand, and we used cut them out and used them as templates to make all of Rudolph's antlers. We taped a set of hands (little hand on some, bigger hands on others) to each cup and then cut out brown squares which we folded in half to make a triangle. Then we took a red circle that we cut out for a nose (could have used red pom-poms if we'd had them!) and glued that onto the the brown "face" and taped that to the cup as well. My girl drew on the eyes and wrote each guest's name on the back, so that we could use them as place cards as well as treat cups. And, being resourceful, I used styrofoam cups that I already had on hand, and after discovering we were out of brown construction paper, we got out brown lunch bags and used those for paper!
These were really cute and everyone got a kick out of them. And once we were done with them, I took a set of each girl's handprints to add to their baby books, for a keepsake.
Here is a great recipe that my friend gave me for homemade play dough. She swears by this – says it is great because it does not stain, and best of all does not stick to your carpet! And my “frugal friend” will love this – it’s very cheap to make, because most of us have these items in our pantry!
HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH
3 cups flour
1-1/2 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups of cool water
3 tbsp cooking oil
Mix together the dry ingredients. Add food coloring to water (you can easily cut the recipe in half or thirds and make different colors at this point). Stir water and oil into dry mixture until smooth. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until you can pinch mixture and it does not stick to your fingers. Knead material while warm. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Keep in the fridge – just take it out 20 minutes before you are ready to play!
My friend said that she has had two containers of this in her fridge for at least 8 months and it’s still in great shape! Enjoy!
As I mentioned earlier, before Christmas I was busy working on a “secret project”, which was really a gift for my grandmother. My grandfather passed away in January last year and this was our first Christmas without him, so I wanted to do something extra special for Gram. I got this idea from my older daughter, who is constantly doing projects – each week she is on a different kick. Currently she is in a writing and illustrating phase – she creates her own books almost daily (I’m trying to recycle paper from work instead of throwing it out, because the child could easily take out a small rainforest with her paper consumption!). But, before Christmas she was doing what she called “Mommy & Me” books and she would make little books from one dolly to their “mommy” dolly, recounting some special memory of time spent with the “mommy” dolly.
My parents, who take turns watching my girls while we are working (God bless them!), are frequently recruited to participate in her projects, and I think it was when she made my father put one of these books together for his mother, that I thought, “What a great idea!” I enlisted help from all of the members of our family – great grandchildren up to Gram’s four children, and I asked spouses and soon-to-be spouses to join in as well. I asked each person to e-mail me a little write-up of a few of his or her favorite memories of time spent with Gram, and to send any pictures they would like to share, as well.
I gathered up all of the stories that the family sent me and then I found pictures that would go with each person – black and white photos of my dad and his siblings growing up, pictures of my cousins and I when we were younger, family wedding photos, etc. I scanned these in and inserted them into the write-ups. I wrote up a cute little story from my toddler about her great grandmother, and my older daughter wrote out her own memories in her handwriting and she also drew some pictures. Once I had the whole book – with memories from everyone in the family – I printed it all out and put it into a binder that would be easy for Gram to flip through. I even added a cover page that had a picture of the whole family that my father took on Mother’s Day this past year. We gave it to Gram on Christmas Eve at our annual family celebration, and a few of us were even brave enough to read our stories out loud to her in front of the family. I could tell that she really loved it and I was happy to have taken the time to make it for her.
It took some time to gather all of the stories, but I think it’s a great idea for a gift for anyone, at any time! Also, you can make it as simple or elaborate as you’d like – if I were into scrap booking, I could have gone crazy with this!
I am thrilled that Gram enjoyed this, but I have to say that it turned out to be just as much of a gift to me as it was to her – I had the opportunity to read some great stories that I had never heard before! The time my grandmother drove my dad and his date to the prom, got pulled over for having a broken taillight and was let off without a ticket, but in her nervousness, she ended up backing into the police car! My father was mortified, needless to say! And the story of my grandfather taking my cousin out “to the bank” but going to Dunkin’ Donuts instead and swearing my cousin to secret about the 2 donuts he (Grandpa) would eat! There were some really funny memories and some really touching memories and sentiments and it was such a special gift not only for Gram, but for all of us. And, of course, it will be a wonderful keepsake to share with my girls. In fact, my sweet girl would get so excited every time another relative sent their story in – she loved reading them just as much as I did!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
So, today was my first day back to work after being off for about 2-1/2 weeks. I had it all planned out yesterday -- if my little one was up for her late show again, I was going to pass "baby duty" on to my husband! He did not have to go in until 11:00am today. What do they say about the best laid plans?
Saturday, January 5, 2008
One of the many funny aspects of parenthood, is watching your children from a young age and musing on what they will be when they grow up. We see our kids do almost anything and we start wondering, hmm, maybe she will be (fill in the blank). With our older daughter, she has always loved playing with water -- pouring it back and forth into cups, mixing up water and shampoo concoctions in the bathtub, etc. So my husband and I would look at her and wonder, "Maybe she'll be a scientist! Or a bartender..." She likes to save EVERYTHING -- she can look at anything that you are trying to throw away -- candy wrapper, napkin, empty box, you name it -- and she will want to save it "for a project." Well, we of course are wondering if she will grown up to be an antique collector, a garbage person, or one of those people that end up on Oprah because they won't throw anything away and they can't leave their home. And our imaginations just go on and on!
Our littlest girlie has been a little young for us to really start forecasting her future career, although recent events have me wondering if she may have a burgeoning career as a late night talk show host... We have had quite a few instances lately, of her waking up in the middle of the night, apparently feeling well rested and ready to put on a show!
From time to time my little one seems to get a second wind during the night -- after bedtime, and after sleeping for a few hours -- she will be WIDE AWAKE holding court in her bedroom. I'm not sure what triggers these late night antics -- sometimes it could be that her nap ran late and then we tried to put her down to bed at her usual time. Or maybe we've had a hectic day out and about and we were unable to get her down for an afternoon nap, and perhaps her body thinks that bedtime is really naptime... This past week I think it's because she has been sick with a cold and an ear infection and her sleep schedule is off, or maybe the medication is keeping her up -- hard to say!
Regardless of the cause of this, when she is up like this in the middle of the night, she is not crying and fussy -- she is pretty darn entertaining, until her mother is so exhausted that she wants to collapse, that is. In spite of the exhaustion, it's difficult to keep a straight face and and not laugh at how cute and funny she is!
For example, the other night, she was awake from about 12:00am until at least 1:30am! Lying on her back in her crib, feet up on the slats of the crib, chattering away, singing, laughing, you name it! It's like she's a late night talk show host entertaining her dolly audience!
So, who knows, someday our little girlie may be the next Letterman or Leno! We'll have to wait and see!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Ugh -- I put my sweet girl on the bus this morning and felt her pain as she trudged out of the warm, cozy house and out into the cold January morning. She did not want to get out of bed this morning, after a week of sleeping in (not always late, but she enjoyed not having Mom or Dad rustle her out of bed in the morning!), and then that struggle was followed by the memory of Daddy telling her she couldn't bring her new "Webkinz" dog to school! She likes to bring some stuffed animal or doll with her on the bus each day, an last night she was gearing up to bring one of her favorite Christmas gifts from Santa - a Webkinz bulldog (for those of you not yet familiar with the Webkinz phenomenom -- they are simple stuffed animals that come with a tag that has a "secret code" and your child can register their pet online and then play with them in a virtual world. She played with this dog online all weekend and it's quite cute, quite harmless.). But, her dad made the point last night that these things are SO popular with the kids right now, that he would hate for her to take it to school and something happen to it. He compared it to her Game Boy, another toy that will never take the bus ride to school...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I just love Oprah -- I don't always get to watch her show, but from time to time I TiVo it, if I see a topic that looks interesting. I enjoy the fact, that from what I have seen, mostly her show is about real people -- yes, she has celebrities on her show, publicizing their latest book or movie, but even then, she talks to them more about their real lives -- they always seem more down-to-earth than on other talk shows. Also, I love that her show is often about giving things to people in need. I can't tell you how many times I have watched Ellen's show and seen her give this lovely, but ridiculously expensive pram away to some expectant celebrity -- someone that could certainly afford to buy their own baby supplies... Not that other shows don't give things away, or do charitable acts, but not like Oprah!