Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bad mommy

I'm guilty. I'm guilty of being a bad mommy and fostering bad habits in my babies. Yes, I have three babies - Dillon and Boulder and Rocky. And what is the bad habit that I am fostering?
Wanting food when I am eating. I am so guilty of eating something and if it's okay for them to have, I will give them a little piece.
So, now Boulder always seems to mill around the kitchen and sort of "beg" when I am snacking.
And Dillon now, as I am holding her, if I am eating, she looks up expectantly so I can feed her a little sampling too. Eeeks!! I am so bad...

It's the Dillon show!

I can't tell you enough how much we loove our Summer Infant Day and Night video monitor! I mean, I love being able to see what she's doing when she's supposed to be sleeping.
We just got back from an activity filled morning/afternoon and G just put D in her crib. She was already asleep in her car seat so the transition sometimes is a little tricky. We have to be very careful or else she wakes up (as she did this time), but she still NEEDS to nap.
So we're watching her. She is now hanging over on top of her plush giraffe toy and smacking the crib with an overhand motion. And now she is sitting straight up and playing with her elephant toy with ribbons all around it. She is grasping it, then forcefully bringing it to her face and biting it. Very funny.
She's now moved all around her crib and her back is now towards us. It has now been 21 minutes since G put her down in her crib.'s not good. You need to nap...
Usually, she'll move around a bit and then eventually fall asleep. We'll see if it turns out such this time. How can she not be tired?? We even had My Gym class this morning - chock full of bright colors and fun activities. Heck, I'm ready for a nap.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yeah won ton!

Can I mention again how much I love the food mill?? Mine's a Kidco Food Mill. I made won tons for dinner last night and ground one up in the food mill for Dillon! She loved it and I loved it!
Hmm, what else can I grind up in there?
Well, actually, she really loves to pick up her own food to eat now so I give her pieces of avocado, cheerios, now will start giving her sweet potato and broccoli, maybe some beans...while I feed her.
She actually even gets mad if she can't pick up her own food.
Which brings me to another topic - her communication skills! Oh, poor dear, if only she could speak so that we understand. There are often times when I can tell she is yelling at us because she is not happy with what we are doing. It's so comical. I love when she gets to that stage. Hehehe.
And when she is bored with her current task and wants to be picked up, she yells out. It's a different yell than when she is reprimanding us which is a string of harsh unintelligible words. She is so funny right now.

Sixth sense?

Does D have a sixth sense about what/how I am feeling?? I swear, that night that I wrote the previous post about loving her so much and not minding waking up in the middle of the night to feed her and snuggle with her, she gave us a doozy!
She awoke at 3am, crying for dear life. I went down and fed her, then rocked her. She was asleep when I started to put her back in her crib but then wailed when I put her down so I picked her up to rock her some more. So, I rocked her some more, put her down but then she started crying again. This time, I left her room to let her cry it out a bit. She fell asleep. But then woke up again not 20 minutes later! Crying for dear life again, which is totally uncharacteristic.
G asked if he should go down to rock her. Sure! So, he went down. Was rocking her for maybe 5/10 minutes before I hear him say, "Babe..." So I head downstairs and he hands her to me. Apparently, his brand of rocking wasn't satisfactory to her this morning. So, here I am again and now she is practically hysterical from crying and hiccuping now. I had to sing to her to calm her down (there's that singing again..) and then rocked her and then just sat and held her for a bit while she slept. Finally, at 5:30am I'm able to put her back in her crib.
Whaaat? Is she crazy? Where's her tooth if she's going to be that fussy??
Yeah..that's what I get for writing about how much I love her to death!! :oD

Monday, September 21, 2009


Am I really that shallow that when Dillon was just an eating, crying, pooping blob (just a few months ago) I wanted nothing to do with her..and now at 7 months I can't get enough of her. Yes, it's true...Her personality is really blossoming and she is so cute now that she is able to sort of communicate, she smiles and starts babbling really loudly and curtly when she is really upset at us which is really funny. Anyhoooo, now when I am holding her at 3am (yes, that still happens once in a blue moon) and rocking her to sleep, I just can't stop thinking how much I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this little child. I tell her silently in my head how wonderful she is and how much I adore her.
Yes, it's ridiculous. Four months ago, I couldn't get her off my body fast enough. Couldn't wait to get her sleeping in her crib and wanted to kill her when I had to rock her to sleep. Now, I just snuggle with her and snuggle with her. Oh I stand around sometimes and practice (what I know of) the cha-cha-cha and some form of waltz dancing that I try to remember from cotillion (back in 5th grade??) because that is what lulls her to sleep. She is back on the I DON'T WANT TO NAP stage..."But it's more fun hanging out with you guys.." "Don't leeeeaaave me in here...I don't want to miss a THING!" That is my baby translation for you of what she is saying when her little face crumbles into a big frown and big crocodile tears immediately squeeze out when we drop her off in her crib. Awww...poor baby. :o)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oh the temper...

Temper, temper this little one has...
She loves to feed herself. But only if it's easy and she can grasp onto things easily. For instance, she's into her Cheerios b/c she can grasp them and get them into her mouth. She is not so into her avocado pieces that I put on her table because they slip out of her fingers and she's not quite coordinated enough to pick them up lightly. And then she gets all frustrated and starts to yell and cry.

I just look at her very blase-like and say, "There's no need to cry..." unfazed by her crying.

G asked me once, "Why is she upset? Is it because she can't get to her food?"

My response was, "who the heck knows why she's upset..." with a casual shrug of my shoulders.

If I were to get upset every time this girl cried, well, then I would just be a little basketcase. I mean, for the most part she's a great girl. She seldom ever cries for real. BUT, she will cry when put down for a nap. She will cry when you put her in the car seat if she doesn't feel like she wants to be in it. She will cry when she can't get to something whether it's while she is crawling or sitting. She will cry if you take something away from her.

But, I just ignore her and then she stops. :oD Hehe! This training thing is kind of fun. I love exercising my power over her. Muaahhh hahaha.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I have been giving Dillon Cheerios on recommendation by a friend. It's to help her with dexterity and picking up objects with her fingers. Just what is it about Cheerios that gives them their addictive quality?? I am now eating Cheerios like it's going out of style. I'm really digging them.
Dillon is doing really well with her Cheerios and it's helping her to chew her food more so now I can give her pieces of avocado and she understands to chew it before swallowing. Isn't that nice??

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Food mill

I am kind of digging my Kidco food mill! It's kind of awesome! It's just this plastic tube doo-hicky that has a funnel and a plastic sieve on top with a rotating metal blunt blade.
You put cooked food into the funnel, put the sieve/blade cover over and then rotate away as you push the food down into the funnel and viola! You have coarsely mashed food!

I love it!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The sleep

I still can't believe that Dillon actually sleeps through the night! She goes to bed around 7:30/8pm and sleeps until 5:30/6am. But when she wakes up at 5:30, she doesn't even make a peep. She plays and rolls around in her crib. Sometimes, she cat naps and then around 6am or more then she starts getting a bit louder. How do babies have such internal time clocks?
Dillon was so funny today. I had plans to go to the International Food Festival at 11am and that usually works with D's nap schedule. She'll go down for a nap around 8/9am and sleep until 10/11am. Not today. She went down for her nap at 8am and woke up at 8:40am.
Sooo, I basically just said, "Well, she's just going to have to adjust to our schedule and just sleep wherever we happen to be." No crib nap.
As expected, she stayed up all morning and then when we got in the car to go to the Fair, she started wailing, going berserko. Me, I apologized for my horrible singing, but had to sing to calm her down. Mary, my friend, then also sang to her and played with her. The thing is, she is just soo tired but doesn't quite know how to fall asleep in the car on her own and of course if someone else is back there, she just wants to play.
Eh, she ended up falling asleep in her stroller for an hour! Yeay! But, then again when I was placing her in her car seat to go home, she's wailing again. Wailed all the way home (it's maybe a 10/15 min drive). This girl...she is somethin' else.
I must work on that. I must work to fix her car problem. Maybe I should stop sitting in the back with her?? Hmmm...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No singing..

What did I tell you before? In a previous post? I said, in order to train your child to sit well in a car and learn how to just chill and enjoy the car ride, maybe fall asleep in the car you should NOT sit in the back with the baby...
Yes, that is what I did early on because I was stupid and G and I had the luxury of both being home with the baby so of course, when we exit the house we are all always together. Awww, what a happy family. Not so much. Not so much good for baby. She now HATES, I repeat, HATES being in her car seat. Sure, she is a good baby so she tolerates it mostly. But, there are days where she just has a major meltdown and goes berzerko for the entire car ride. Really?? Really, Dillon? Are you for real??
So, another thing you should not do, is try to sing to your baby to calm her down. Because that is what I did and now guess what usually can work when she is fussy in her car seat? Yes, singing...That is fine when I am in the car with her by myself...or with G even. I don't care if he hears me singing in my off beat, cat cry sort of voice. But, lordy, sometimes we have guests in the car! And then I have to sit and sing. Mortifying! Just mortifying. For myself and for our guests. Ohh, the things this baby puts me through.
Hmm, next on my list - how to get her to relax in the can I accomplish that? More rides with just me and her? Hmm...hmm...she is always challenging me, this little one.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sitting up!

Yesterday morning, Dillon woke up around 5:30am. As I've said before I try not to let her get up until after 6am so if she wakes up before then, I usually just ignore her. Buuut, since she didn't finish her full 8 oz of formula the night before I thought I'd just run into her room, feed her her bottle and then put her right back to bed.
Well, when I walked into her room to get her, she was sitting up!! I was so surprised and excited that I let her day start at 5:30!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Toe jam

Has any other mother experienced toe jam in her little one's toes? Or am I just the only grossly negligent mother who lets her daughter's toes gather toe jam?
Well, let me tell you then, I am pretty surprised how pungently STINKY a baby of 7 months old's toe jam is! Eeesh..I mean, she hardly even has any toenail, but somehow she is able to gather some stinky stuff under there. I'll have to be more diligent about cutting her toe nails.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I mean really...

Dillon insists on getting up early. She just can't seem to make it to 6am except on some rare occasions. Once G commented on how it's kind of nice to get up early. We certainly get a lot more accomplished.
Sure, but I really would enjoy just having that last half hour of sleep. D, can you please just sleep until 6:30 or 7am?? Take for instance this morning. She wakes up at 5:50am. I get up to tend to her, but then she's decided that - You know what? I'm kind of tired. I think I'll go back to bed...(she's yawning and's 7am)
So here she is, back in bed sleeping peacefully while I then, take a shower, walk the dogs, water the plants and have sent out about a dozen emails and done some Internet research. I mean, by about 7am, my day has to start. I can't go back to sleep.
So, it would certainly be nice if D would be kind enough to let me start my day at 7am and NOT 5:50am. Sigh....