The other day we walked across the street to say hi to our three horsie neighbors. They were out for some exercise, so we didn't get to see them, but we still had fun looking around and playing in the grass. Thaya just loves animals, and she will say "hi!" and wave the whole way to the fence. It is so cute! She also has a new little squeal she does when she sees something exciting. She says "Oh!" but it is all high-pitched and surprised sounding. Very sweet.
There is also a great basic Deviled Eggs recipe up on Pinch My Salt that I tried out this morning. It was a good starting point for the eggs. I personally like mine with a lot of mustard so I added an extra squirt or two :P Believe it or not, I've never hard boiled eggs before, never mind adding a little devil to them, so this was a fun adventure. It went fast and they are yummy :) I used these instructions for hard boiling, and it was perfect (except for the one that I mangled - I just took the yoke out of that one and threw the rest of it away. It wasn't pretty).
I also found out that my husband apparently has "a yoke thing" and is particular about how his eggs are prepared. This is very good news for Thaya and me - more yummy eggs for us!
Just a side note, I've been visiting the chiropractor and it has been going well so far. He promises to take me right up to my delivery with a healthy happy back. I'm all for it!
I can't get that Jack Johnson song out of my head now. I don't know whether it is this page that got it in, or the fact that I've watched the Curious George/Jack Johnson video of it a gazillion and one times on youtube. Yea, all those views are from me.
This is for a scraplift challenge at weeds & wildflowers. It will also be nestled in the March pages of Thaya's book :) All the credits for it are on flickr so click the picture to see!
These pictures are a serious walk down memory lane for me. It is so nice to look back and remember all the moments of Thaya's baby time. I really can't believe how fast it went. I know she is still a little girl, but she just seems so much older than when these pictures were taken.
I'm glad I'm doing this before Aubrie comes (yes, we're back on Aubrie - after calling her that for 3 weeks, we can't seem to call her anything else!), it seems to be a nice little exercise to prepare me for what is to come. Of course these pictures don't reflect the sleep deprivation, occasional frustration, defeat, or even the sense of helplessness that we would feel once in awhile - instead they seem to be bringing up the memories of bonding, forming an attachment, responsibility, love, affection, and overall admiration for such a little being - a fresh and new soul.
4 down, 10 to go :)
Sorry, no knitting updates because I haven't been knitting. Ok, that is a total lie. I have been knitting but I'm too darn lazy to take pictures of it. Ok, that is a lie too. I'm not lazy I'm just in a lot of pain from my "PGP". We'll call it that for now.
I got a referral from my midwife today to see a chiropractor and a physical therapist. I will have an exam and adjustment on Friday with the chiropractor, so we'll see if that helps. The midwife seemed to believe that my spine is causing all the disruption. We'll see.
My body is trying to compensate for the pain in my pelvis, so now I'm having problems elsewhere. Today I started feeling stress fractures in my right foot (something I had a problem with about 5 or so years ago), shin splints, and sciatica.
Let's just hope the doc can help. I'm telling yah - then next 10 weeks are going to go reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaallllllyyy slllloooooowwww if I can't efficiently take care of Thaya. She is a busy bee and doesn't like being cooped up. Poor bear isn't going to have much choice if Mama can't make it up or down the stairs (up or down the stairs? How about in and out of a chair?!)
Sorry if you are sick of these, but I know some family members out there are enjoying them and may not see the completed book for awhile, so I'm going to keep them coming. Other updates will follow, I promise :)
This is the first milestone page I did, and I love it. I used bhg ScrapbooksEtc. magazine for the layout. DH got me the page planner issue, and the thing already looks like it was thrown out the window of a moving car on a rainy day (on a highway. During rush hour.). They have this layout and then a gazillion ways to edit it. I think I may use the basic layout for all the milestones and just use different colors, alpha, etc.
It is hard remembering back that far, I'm glad I took good notes. I'm going to have to make sure I keep up with these on #2 because you sure do forget quickly!
TGIF - Enjoy your weekend :)
And let me know if you've heard of PGP (Pelvis Girdle Pain) during pregnancy. I think I have it and I would love some advice/pointers!
Starting to go back through our gazillions of pictures to make a book of Thaya's first year. I'm hoping to get it done before #2 arrives in September. I'd like to have a milestone page for each month followed by a couple of pages highlighting some of the things we did with her during that month. We'll see if that actually happens :)
One more thing, have any of you ever heard of the Buddha Board?!
Well, all my mommy friends (and non-mommy friends alike), this is something YOU HAVE TO BUY for your child. Thaya is seriously obsessed with hers, it just isn't getting old.
The Buddha Board is a "wet-stone" like board. It isn't really stone though - it is probably just treated cardboard or something. Anyway, it comes in a little laptop-like case. You open it up, and the case doubles as a stand (v. cool). There is a little trough at the bottom of the holder that doubles as a place to store the brush and pour in water. Once the brush is wet, you can write/scribble/draw all over the board and the board darkens in the areas that get wet.
But that isn't even the best part. The best part is, in like 10 minutes the whole thing will evaporate and be back to where you started so you can do it all over again!
Trust me, BUY THIS BOARD. Thaya will play with it for about 20 minutes at a time. She is, however, very interested in writing, and has been drawing/coloring on her easel and on pads of paper for almost 2 months now.
I don't know if it is my PreK teacher background/ M.Ed. coming through, but this board is seriously a must-have for emergent readers/writers. Just make sure you have a camera ready to document their beautiful master pieces because it is short lived. I can't wait to have a series of pictures showing her as she gets older and older using the board and watching the progression of her skills. SO COOL!
I'll try to upload some of the pictures of it for you guys. It comes in a bunch of hot colors - we went with red. Thanks Granna, our little artist LOVES it!
Hope I haven't bored you too much with all these pages I've been doing. I just got a couple of albums from Michael's (yay for 20% off coupons in parenting magazines!), and after I figure out where I'm going to have them printed, I'm going to start sticking them in a book.
I'm immensely proud of them, and I'm sort of building an attachment to some of them. I think this may be my favorite one so far!
I can totally see Thaya coming up to me in a couple of years saying, "Mom, let's look at my book again!" and asking me to tell her about each page. I've got a lot to live up to for #2!
We spent a good deal of time at the fountain, letting you splash with your hands and feet. Your smiles and squeals were contagious! At one point you had a crowd of people watching you play. Right at this moment you are leaning in to take a drink. You are almost there, just a little more...