Sunday, December 28, 2008
That afternoon we spent with my husband's family, immediate and extended. It was a quieter affair, but that is largely just a result of numbers.
The sheer amount of gifts given and received were phenomenal. Kiddo made out like a bandit, with many more books, clothes, and toys. My husband and I were also the recipients of serious generosity shown to us by our families. We are so blessed.
Did I mention that Christmas is more Christmas-y when surrounded by family?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Christmas is more Christmas-y surrounded by families from near and far, especially when we don't see them very often, so we're glad to be here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
She moved as soon as her door opened, and looked at me. Shoot! I picked her up, and hoped I could rock her back to sleep. She felt pretty hot though, so I decided to give her some Tylenol first. As we were sitting in the rocking chair, trying to get the Tylenol bottle open, she coughed, then coughed some more, then threw up all over me. I called out for my husband, and then she got the rest of her dinner out on me. Why does this always happen at night?
We were all up by this point, so we cleaned the baby, her carpet, me, threw the clothes in the washing machine, and took her temperature. Definitely warm, but not enough to wake anyone. I assume this is a response to her vaccinations, and all I can think is how grateful I am we're doing this now, and not in three days on the plane for Christmas.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
1) Forced air heating keep air circulation up, which is important to reduce the risk of SIDS, which was a constant low level concern for me last winter with my newborn.
2) It also provides A/C in the summer, which most duplexes in my row do not have.
3) Our heating bills are significantly less than our neighbors.
4) It serves as a white noise generator when I'm putting my daughter to sleep.
And then yesterday I was visiting my neighbor with her 10-month old, and realized the real reason I love it:
5) The old system was vents on the floor, which get hot. She spends all day making sure her boy doesn't touch them. My daughter can't get any where near our vents, so there is no danger there.
I have enough things I'm trying to keep my daughter away from without adding that to the list.
I love my heating system, and will miss it when we move. (which is not for many months, but I continue to dream.)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
(no surprise, she seems to be taking it all in stride, and is still having a great day)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's also taxing her clothes, since she's not as good with her hands as I am with a spoon. Where is her bib? you may ask. They are too small, and she just takes them off any way, so I've stopped fighting for a while.
This is the one that is three months younger than her.
This is the one that is 10 days younger than her.
There were also three-month old twins, and the aforementioned 2 year old. The 2 year old was particularly helpful, and soothed Kiddo to sleep one day when we were having no luck in getting her to nap. He took the initiative for helping all by himself. I am grateful for his help, although I would not have thought to solicit it.
It was a great weekend, and a welcome break from conference prep, conference attendance, and the general activities of our life. Family is really what it's all about.
I made him a cake, and we opened presents together as a family. I didn't have enough candles, so he did it in binary. Clever.