Sunday, September 30, 2007

Merry-go-Hell

I'm kind of embarrassed to post this but what the heck..it's slow. A couple of weeks ago we went to the mall and Cady lit up when she saw the merry-go-round in the food court. Last time Rob took her on, this time he suggested I take her on. Sure, no problem. So I do.

I've taken her on the Merry-go-round at the zoo a few times. No problems. It's slow and stable. This one was kind of fast. Not super fast, but since it was smaller it was just faster than the huge one at the zoo. The thing takes off and I have a mini-panic attack because it's spinning and Cady's pole is going up and down and my equilibrium was all off and I felt like I was going to either fall off or be unable to prevent Cady from falling off. So I'm gripping on to her (death grip!) while standing next to her horse and her pole is going up and down. Since that is what I was using to hold on, the movement of the ground below me, helping Cady try to wave to her dad as we passed and the up and down movement of the pole made me break out in a sweat. The last three go arounds I couldn't even watch anymore as I was doing everything I could to NOT throw-up. When the ride was over, Rob came to help me because he said he could tell that I was turning green. We had to sit in the food court for about 20 minutes before I cooled down and the spins went away. Looks like dad will have to take her on the faster merry-go-rounds and I'll save myself for the large pokey ones.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

For those that are wondering

The Hoarding Corner is in fact alive and well. It was in use just yesterday morning in fact. I was getting ready and the gate was down so Cady immediately went to the cat food and took it to the hoarding corner in the hopes that I wouldn't find her. Photo evidence!



Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jellystone...what a blast!!

Friday after work the three of us headed to Jellystone Park in Estes Park. The weather was beautiful and the drive up was relatively easy. We were meeting three other couples up there for the weekend. Rob, Cady and I scored because we went in on a bigger cabin with our friends Gretchen, Jerimy and their baby Emma. The cabin had two bedrooms, a large kitchen and living room and a pretty decent bathroom. By contrast, the other two couples had cabins that didn't even have enough room to put a pack n' play (playpen equivalent for our non-baby friends) and still walk around. They were really glorified tents.


When we pulled in, they were doing the flag lowering ceremony so Cady got to meet Yogi Bear. Yogi Bear is terribly scary so all we could manage was a distant wave. And the wave was between me and Yogi because Cady was too busy clinging for dear life. We settled into our cabin, built a campire, and waited for our friends to arrive. They arrived around 7ish and the girls stayed up late squealing (okay, Cady did ALL the squealing) and chasing each other around the cabin.






It was a rough night. Our bedrooms shared a wall and so the girls took turns, the ENTIRE night, crying. At least Emma slept in until almost 10 the next morning whereas Cady was up at her usual time of 6:45. We showered and then headed out for the "All you can eat French Toast breakfast." Our friends Debbie, Courtney and their daughter Makenzie were there so we dined together. After breakfast they had tattoos and a flag raising ceremony that we missed because we "thought" Cady was ready for a nap. Instead she "rested" for about 15 minutes and then we all went to the 11:00 Pumpkin Painting. After the Pumpkin painting we visited the park and the kids had a blast (okay, the adults did too).






We went back home and the girls both took a nap for a couple of hours while the adults layed around watching t.v., reading magazines and napping. Then the girls were up so we peeled our bodies off of the couch and got ambitious. Rob and Jerimy went outside to try and start the charcoal without fluid, and the more ambitious of the group (Gretchen and I) took the girls and went in search of the ice cream man who was supposed to be around at 4. We managed to locate someone with a radio who then scheduled us our own personal visit from the ice cream man down by our cabin!

Everyone came over at 4:30 and we had a big BBQ/Feast! We ate ourselves crazy until it was time to get cleaned up. To ensure that we could get out the door on time, we threw all four kids in the bath for some Four Toddler Soup. Well, I call it Four Toddler Soup because it was evident that there was something tasty in the broth since all four of them spent their bathtime sipping bathwater out of small cups.







After bathtime, we dressed them all up and headed out for Trick-or-Treating. WHAT A BLAST!!! I've never seen anything like it. Hordes of kids. Campers who went all out decorating their cabins and RV's. A Haunted Hike Trail, A Dance Floor, it was so much fun. We didn't even hit all of the RV's before Cady, who had already ingested an Almond Joy AND a Tootsie Roll, hit her wall.













We headed back prepared to get Cady ready for bed. But then the sugar hit and the three girls chased each other around the cabin for a good hour-and-a-half while the guys drank beer by the camp fire and the mom's held a prayer circle in hopes that the girls would wear down sooner rather than later. Eventually they did and we were able to get on with the adult activities...making Smores and playing games.

Another long night followed by All you can eat pancake breakfast...whoopie!!! :) Then we cleaned up and headed out.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I've got it rough...



Because being the mom of the most beautiful baby in the world isn't easy, ya know? :)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Oh boy...new trick!




There just aren't enough gates to stop her!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Crabby Cady Returns

Oh my!!

Since we returned from Ripley last month we have had this charming, sweet, little girl. She has been on a regular routine, easy-going, and just all around sweet.

And then the lower molars!!

Tonight was Cady's first music class and it was not fun. She had several really fierce tantrums. The loud scream, tighten the body and flail kind of tantrums. And of course we are sitting in a circle so everyone is watching when she has these tantrums. It's hard to act casual when all eyes are on your child screaming and flailing.

And then the throwing. In her agitated state, she decided that throwing musical instruments is better than playing musical instruments. She nearly hit an infant with an egg shaker...twice, and she DID hit the music teacher in the head with her rhythm sticks. I wanted to crawl under the rug.

After class, I told Rob, "that was not fun" and Rob answered, "no, it was not".

Then my stupid mommy moment. Rob went to meet his friends and I thought that it would be a good idea to take Cady to McDonalds for dinner. We never eat fast food and I thought change of scenery+fun food=light-hearted child. WRONG!!

Within the first couple of minutes she was screaming and flailing when I wouldn't let her carry the tray. As soon as I took the cap off her milk jug she screamed and swatted it and spilled the entire contents onto herself, the floor, the high chair, and splashed the woman in the booth next to us. I'm grabbing stacks of napkins trying to mop some of the milk up and she's now onto her next tantrum because she realizes that her milk jug is empty. We packed up and headed out.

Molars are NOT fun!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Oh, the joys!!

Cady is absolutely fascinated with putting her whole hand in her mouth and seeing how far it goes. And any chance she gets, she tries to catch me off-guard (usually in converation with someone) and shoves her fist in my mouth as well. She started doing this on her last day in Maine. I talked to some friends about it because it is always reassuring to know that your toddler is not any weirder than other toddlers, and it seems as though Cady is not alone. There are at least a couple of other toddlers her age that share the same fascination.
Tonight I was making a nice pasta dinner for the three of us. Cady was in her high chair drinking her milk and munching on random things I brought her way. A cucumber here, some watermelon there, a piece of blue cheese, a couple of noodles, a whole glass of milk. RIGHT as I was putting the finishing touches on our meal (mind you, we were ALL starving), I look over to see her with her whole fist in her mouth emptying the entire contents of her stomach. As she started to vomit, one would think that she'd take her hand out of her mouth, but no. She left her hand there until she pretty much emptied the ENTIRE contents of her previously full stomach.
So, no hot dinner for us! Rob took the high chair outside to hose it off while I took care of putting the food away for the moment. Then he changed her while I dried the high chair off and brought it back inside.
Approximately 20 minutes later we all sat down to enjoy our nice meal. Oh, the joys of parenthood!