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Ok.. so I know we were still a few days away from the end of 2013.. but with the way my blogging has been this month, I might as well do it now..

I started the year with a rambunctious one year old with an ear infection.  She had a rough Christmas, ended up on antibiotics, and rang in the new year wide awake and partying with the rest of us..  she was a bucket full of words and started experimenting with 2-3 word sentences.. she was full of energy.. full of happiness.. full of love..

The year went on…

We enjoyed ourselves tremendously this year..

We took a trip to Hawaii.  We spent 6 out of the 10 days playing on beaches.

We went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving.  Both M and I got sick right after, but thankfully, we are both recovered..

We went to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park.. M LOVED it..

We recently visited the Birch Aquarium and purchased membership passes.. I can’t wait for a whole year of tide pools and aquarium exhibits..

Things weren’t always so pleasant.

This year provided me with the scare of the lifetime.  While M was battling roseola, she had a very scary febrile seizure.. since then, I haven’t dealt with her colds and sicknesses the same again.

There weren’t a lot of sniffles this year, until we got to fall and winter.  There weren’t a lot of ear infections either.  That’s a GREAT thing.

Hubby and I had a great year.  We celebrated 5 years of dating and 3 years of marriage.  We celebrated small, but with out little family, it was totally worth it.

M’s obsessions started with Masha and The Bear videos on Youtube in Russian.  Throughout the year, she’s added surprise egg videos on Youtube and Play Doh product reviews.

Her television obsessions still include Dora the Explorer, but she’s added on almost all other Nick Jr shows.  She loves Lalaloopsy, Go, Diego, Go, The Wonderpets, and Paw Patrol.   Paw Patrol is her newest favorite show.  She can quote all the episodes we watch On Demand, and she knows every single character and will pretend she is every single character.  She’s also discovered My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and some Barbie cartoons on Netflix.

We end the year with a very different M than what we started with.  I guess it happens.. she’s very communicative now.  We can have a conversation.  She can talk in sentences.  She can follow directions.  She’s still very happy and energetic.  She is also hilarious and our endless form of entertainment..

The one thing that I love that has grown in her during the year is her affection.  She has grown to be very affectionate and loving.  I cherish every random hug and kiss I get from her because I know it may end at any moment.

2013 had been nothing but blessings.  I’m so very thankful that we had been showered with non-stop blessings this year.  Looking back and thinking about 2013 has shown me how much M and our family has grown and matured in just one year.

2013 flew by faster than I could have ever imagined, but allowing myself to look back has shown me that we have accomplished a lot in this blur.

Can’t wait for 2014 and it’s adventures!

 

Christmas could not have come soon enough this year.  I think you can tell by my rare blog entries that it’s been a real challenge to keep from drowning in my “to-do list.”

It’s been a definite struggle to get everything ready.. between M and I getting sick.. and all the other obstacles we had to get through.. I’m exhausted!

But M is totally enjoying this holiday season.  It’s puts things into perspective having a kid around..

She LOVES Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas songs..

I love the way her eyes light up when we drive through neighborhoods with the awesomely lit homes.  I love the amazement in her eyes as she looks up a gigantic Christmas tree.  I love her reaction to seeing Santa Claus at the mall.  I love how she continually finds her “hidden” Christmas gifts in the closet and gets so excited knowing that she has those toys..

I love the way she appreciates the Christmas lights hanging in our apartment and the little 4ft tree that only has lights as it’s decoration…  I love how she always asks to turn “Christmas on” when ever we are home…

She helped me feel the Christmas spirit again.  She’s helped me feel the warmth and joy of the simple things that Christmas is about. 

It’s my job now to teach her WHY we have Christmas.  I know that at this age, it’s all about the lights and the presents.. but as she gets older, I hope to really instill in her the reasons why we have this holiday and that it will help her appreciate this season even more..

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers.  May you be blessed during this holiday season!

M decided to autocorrect some of her pronunciations..

Oh-denge” has now become “orange.”

Yeh-dow” has become “yellow..”

One by one her words are changing..

At least she still has “floots” as “fruits..”  but who knows how long that will last..

I weighed myself this morning…

136.4 lbs

I’m almost there.

I have to admit that battling this cold has helped a lot.  My appetite is very minimal.  My meal sizes are considerably smaller.   I do get full much faster.

I’m definitely NOT fighting it.. I’m letting be.  If I want to eat less, so be it. 

Chasing after the toddler helps too.  We dance around.  It’s a mini-workout.   My weight training comes from carrying her when she asks me to..

I started the year at 143.2lbs.  Sometime during the year, I went up to about 151.0 lbs. 

Now, I will end the year at around 136lbs.  I’ve got a little over a week left of the year, maybe I can bring it down to about 135lbs.

My goal is to be at about 130lbs. 

I’ve pretty much gotten down to my pre-prego weight.. YAY!

Before the pregnancy, depending on my eating habit and activity, I would weigh anywhere between 128-133, maybe even 135 during times I really let myself go..

I still plan on getting down to 130 lbs…

My jeans feel so much looser, hindsight being 20/20, I really shouldn’t have gotten rid of ALL my pre-prego jeans.. I just never thought I’d get down this far..

I probably WON’T buy smaller jeans unless they look really bad.  It’s only because I know baby #2 is a strong possibility this coming year and I don’t want to buy smaller jeans only to wear them for a short time. 

I do want to enjoy my goal weight for a while before I get pregnant again…

I’m almost there.. almost there.. just a little bit more!!!

This Christmas, you can definitely say I’m drowning..

There is so much to do and there always seems to be a reason to get distracted..

Preparing for Christmas with a two-year old is definitely harder than preparing for Christmas with a one-year old or an infant.. She’s everywhere and wants to get into everything.  She also wants my attention. 

She always picks the perfect time to want me to read to her.  Right when I get everything set up to start a Christmas task, it’s “Mimi, read book.  I sit on lap.”

Sometimes telling her, “Let daddy read,” works.  Sometimes, I get, “No.. Mimi read.”

Another issue I’ve been dealing with is M finding her presents! 

Hubby made the mistake of hiding M’s Christmas presents in plain site. 

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When she went to play with something else, I quickly grabbed the gifts and shoved them in the closet in her bedroom..

I thought we were in the clear, but I forgot that she knows how to open the closet door. 

Several times, when we are in the bedroom, I’ll hear the sound of Dora and Boots singing.. when I turn around, M is deep in the closet playing with her toys.. When I take her out, she cries out, “Dora, guitaaaaaaaaar!!!”

I’m going to have to wrap those soon so she can’t see it anymore…

I am trying so hard to get everything ready before Christmas day.. but I’m totally willing to accept that some of our gift recipients will probably just get their gift handed to them unwrapped.. I hope not!

M’s vocabulary is really developing in leaps and bounds.  This past week, my parents and I have seen a definite growth her her communication skills.

She can definitely tell me what she wants, or what she wants to accomplish.  She’s also getting really good at telling you what to do!

The cat at my parents house is mainly a house cat.  She does love going out into the garage, and will sometimes try to sneak outside completely.  Usually, she stays inside.

While the family was packing up and getting ready for a small outting, the cat was hovering near the door looking for an opportunity to step out into the garage, but because we were going to use the garage to go outside, we weren’t allowing her to go.

M notices the cat trying to go outside and says..

“Oh no, Mittens!  Not poh-toh-go outside!”
Translation:  Oh no, Mittens!  Not supposed to go outside!

It really was the cutest thing.. she was saying it with so much conviction and passion.  Mittens the cat was really not supposed to go outside and she was adamant!

I wish I recorded it.. but you just never know when these moments happen!

Getting sick after having a febrile seizure just isn’t the same.

Before her seizure, I felt that I had her little colds and sicknesses under control.  I was calm.  I wasn’t too scared about her being sick.  I was worried, of course, but I always knew that they were simple viral infections that would run it’s course and leave.

After her seizure, I feel like I see it all with a different set of eyes.

There is definitely a fear now.  There is a fear that washes over me whenever her temperature goes any higher than 101.  There’s a fear that her fever will shoot up higher than her little body could handle and she’d get hit with another seizure.  The fear of another seizure is very real. 

Luckily, her fevers during this cold weren’t super high, nor did they sky rocket out of control.  She responded well to the fever reducer and eventually the fevers went away.  I know that this fear is something that I will have to deal with for a long time whenever M, or whatever future child, get sick. 

It’s definitely NOT fun. 

 

It was a loooong week last week.

When we got back from Las Vegas, both M and I got sick.

And when I mean sick, I mean sick!  M had fevers all day for about two or three days, nothing too high, but after her febrile seizure, any fever is scary.. but that’s for another blog entry to talk about.. I am still battling a cough and some congestion.

It was pretty yucky.  I just had no drive to do anything, so blogging was definitely out of the picture.

It was pretty rough.  This was the first time since M was born that I was completely floored by a virus, and it was very hard on me.  I was exhausted, but I couldn’t stop to rest.  There was no “sick day” in parenting.

Needless to say, this week will be full of catching up.  Catching up on blogging, catching up on life, and catching up on Christmas preparations..

I’m regaining my bearings.  I’ve got lots of stories to tell.. I’m back!

When we were in Vegas for Thanksgiving weekend, my mom and I decided to let Hubby and my brother watch M while we spent a couple of hours having some fun in the casino.

When we returned, M was in Hubby’s lap and my brother was playing with her.

Once she saw me, she ran to me exclaming “Mimi and Ama came back!”

Then, after she gave me a huge hug, she tells me, “I hit head!”

Apparently, while Hubby and M were playing, she got up and ran away, tripped and bonked her head.  It wasn’t too hard, and she got over it quickly, but she totally felt the need to let me know.

It was the cutest thing and now Hubby knows he can’t hide anything from me so easily anymore…

 

Yes, I know I said that I wouldn’t be counting months once M hit two years old, but I just can’t help it.  It helps me keep track of what she did at what time in her life.  It’s not like I say it when people ask me how old she is..

But M is twenty-seven months today.  Also, M was baptized 2 years ago today.

Time is just flying and she’s growing and developing in leaps and bounds.

We now have conversations.  She tells me stories.  She tells me what she wants.  She definitely knows how to say, “no.”  She loves to play.  She loves to laugh.  She loves to sing.  She loves to dance.  She loves to jump.  She loves to reenact scenes from videos and television shows. 

She loves to give me hugs and kisses.  She puts her arms around my neck so tightly.  She gives me the best kisses a mother could ask for. 

She’s called me her best friend.  She’s told me countless times that she loves me. 

She makes my long, tired days just disappear with a single smile. 

She doesn’t like spending more than 5 minutes on my lap anymore.  But in those moments when she gets tired and just wants to snuggle in my arms, I take full advantage!  It still reminds me that she’s still my baby, no matter what age.

I love this little person M is growing up to be. 

She doesn’t tantrum as much (knock on wood!), and she’s returned to the pretty easy going, flexible person she’s always been. 

I’m loving this age and I can’t wait for what else life has in store for us.


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