This smiley little girl has been rolling over from her back to her tummy. The problem is that she can't roll back. She doesn't enjoy being on her tummy for long so I have to keep rescuing her, and that is how we have been spending our days. She rolls, and I rescue!
Keep growing sweet girl! Before you know it you'll be bouncing along right beside that big sister of yours.
Today is day three of a very relaxed and inconsistent potty training attempt. There are a lot of theories out there on potty training and I'm sure they would all work wonderfully if I could actually devote every waking moment to the task. If I could hire a maid, chef and wet nurse to take care of all the other details of day to day life I'm sure that, even I, would be able to pay constant attention, and actually recognize that little glimmer that other parents claim to see in their child's eye when they need to go. It's not going too badly! We tried the potty training boot camp but I soon realized that I would get bored and frustrated about three hours in and that was when we would reach the tipping point. Everything would be going well until I stopped paying constant attention. The minute I tried to do some dishes or fold some laundry she would have an accident. As the day wore on I would get more tense and she would respond by flat out refusing to use the potty! The whining and screaming would make me angry and by the time josh came home from work Elise and I were both really really grumpy. So here's the method we are practicing: if I'm in a good mood we take off the diaper put on the underwear and go to the potty every 20 minutes. The minute I start to feel annoyed by little accidents or want to do somthing else we put the diaper back on until I'm in a better mind frame. It may take longer than three days but hey everyone is happy, meals are being prepared and the laundry and cleaning is not being completely ignored.
Since becoming a mother there is one task that I just can't seem to get right. Yep, doing the laundry defeats me every time. When I'm not forgetting to put the clothes in the dryer, I'm forgetting to turn the dryer on. When I'm not spilling detergent on myself, I'm pouring detergent into the fabric softener dispenser. Today I managed to dye all my white towels a lovely shade of pale green. Oops! And what were my lovely daughters doing while I was folding my new green towels? Well, Elise was giving Tori books and demanding that she "read!" And Tori was doing her best at balancing the books Elise gave her on her belly.
For all of you who are feeling a little concerned while reading this post, don't worry! I always manage to remember to empty the lint trap.
It was immunization day for both girls today. So far there are no fevers to report. Elise has gotten a fever every time she has been immunized in the past so we are hopeful that this time will be different. Tori has been really fussy but that's to be expected. The only highlight of immunization day is having the girls weighed and measured. Here are the results...
Miss crazy hair weighed in at a whopping 20 lbs. She's 32.5 inches tall and her head is 47 cm around. That puts her in the 3rd percentile for height and weight and 50th for head size.
Miss not-a-lot of hair weighed in at 11 lbs 2.5 oz. she's 22.5 inches tall and her head is 40 cm. that's 50th percentile for height and weight and 89th for head size.
There was a trade fair in Eston today, so we braved the blizzard and spent much of the day at the sports complex. We enjoyed: hotdogs, doughnuts, specialty coffees, pie, Chinese food, and lolly pops (the only thing Elise would eat.) There was a kids area set up on the curling rink with bouncy castles, a petting zoo, pony rides, snakes to touch, lizards, ferrets, bunnies, and a gigantic turtle to look at. Elise was a little nervous at first but after some bouncy castle fun she was willing to get a little closer to the animals and even touch a big white snake. She looked terrified as she rode Dusty the pony around in circles but she was whispering "giieee up" and "more" under her breath. Tory got to meet the donkey and even got a few cuddles in with her Uncle Caleb who was in town for visit that was much too short! My camera wasn't cooperating so many of the pictures turned out a little blurry but these ones capture the fun well enough.
Elise's favourite part of the day: getting to take a helium balloon home! It's gonna be a heartbreaker when that thing pops.
Tori was all smiles today despite the fact that her big sister was obsessed with giving her high fives. Elise loves Tori, and takes great pride in helping care for her. One of Elise's favourite ways to care for Tori is by forcing a soother into her mouth and then immediately pulling it out again. Tori is one patient baby! It is exciting to watch these little girls bonding already. Elise can't go to bed at night without giving her sister a goodnight kiss, and Tori is mesmerized by her whirly twirly big sister dancing all around her.
Josh went for an unexpected trip to Saskatoon today, so It was dinner for two. I always find it more challenging to muster up the motivation to make supper when Josh isn't coming home to enjoy it. Although it wasn't a "stall until Elise is screaming with hunger than give her cereal and cookies for supper" kind of night, it wasn't a "blissfully prepare a culinary masterpiece even though Elise will likely feed most of hers to the dogs" kind of night either. So we had pizza pops and salad! Easy, and actually, a little bit delicious.
Today was the first day that Elise showed any interest in choosing her own clothes. First, she picked out some white leggings, then was very excited to discover she had a shirt with a kitty on it. I convinced her to wear a skirt as well just so the outfit would look a little less white. She then discovered her kitty hair clip and even some kitty shoes. The beginnings of a good day!
But all this excitement about kitties sure didn't stop her from having some quality time with her favourite furry friend.
She even picked out a nice pair of shoes for her little sister! Haha my little big foot!
Our tiny Tori has been loosing her socks lately. She certainly kicks her feet a lot, but I'm not sure she kicks them quite hard enough to send them flying into the bath tub, between the stuffed animals, or into her big sisters sock drawer. It's hard to say exactly who is responsible, but I must ask, does this look like the face of an innocent bystander to you?
Tonight we made muffins! I did most of the work, but Elise was a very good help when it came time to put the muffin paper in the muffin pans. These muffins are excellent! When Tori was born, a woman from our church delivered six of these beauties to me and they were so delicious that I had to get the recipe.
You will likely want to give them a try so here's the recipe:
by Faye McLean
1 1/2 c. White sugar
1 c. oil
1 398 mL can pumpkin Puree
1 1/2 c. finely grated carrot
3 c. flour
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 bag skor bar bits
1 c. raisins - bring to a boil in some water, drain and then pay dry.
Stir all these dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin puree very well. Add dry ingredients and carrot and mix well.
Line muffin tins with paper baking cups and fill about 3/4 full. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until done.
I did make one mistake. When I put my baking soda away I put it in my lower baking cupboard instead of up out of Elise's reach. I gave Elise the muffin papers and asked her to put them away. She listened immediately, but not without spilling a nice pile of baking soda on the kitchen floor. I decided that it would be a waste to simply sweep it up, so we showed Elise the magic of vinegar poured on baking soda! What fun! Her aim was a little off but we made it work.