Friday, June 30, 2006

The Lamp Shade Is In!

Well the lamp shade arrived today! Dad will install it and we will have to place the lamp where Madam N cannot reach it :)

Today when she woke up, I took her to the living room to hang out. Right away she crawled to the window and opened the drapes in order to look outside. She understands now that there is something behind the drapes. That brought a smile to my face.

Then she decided to torture her pets. Poor guys. One of them lets her do whatever she wants, which consists of yanking their hair and rolling all over them with a giggle. The other one RUNS. Doesnt even give her a chance to get near. I don't blame her! Madam N has a strong grip and can deliver pain with a yank here and a pinch there.

This weekend its off to the 4th of July celebrations! Her first parade and carnival. Hopefully there will be age appropriate rides for her. I will buy her a flag because she likes an old little flag we have at home. Its all faded and broken now but she swings it this way and that way. I think she will be asking for flags every 4th of July, just like uncle N :)

Will she cry during the fireworks? We will have to find out if its a thumbs up or down. I'll have to keep you posted :)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

First Broken Item

Madam N has broken her first household item. It happened this past weekend, while cruising around the futon. She went over to the lamp near the corner of the futon and either tried standing while holding on to it or just simply pulled on it. I was leaning on the futon and saw her fall in slow motion. Yes you do see things in slow motion - Trust me! (ghetto slip and slide memories when I think if seing things in slow motion, another story for another day)

Anyhhoo, I sort of remember getting up to go towards her while at the same time the lamp crashed on the floor. The glass top of the lamp shattered completely and Madam N began to cry. the lamp post was on top of her but didnt really land on her because she was caught in the gap between the lamp and the carpet. But I think she got scared thats all. So I picked her up and comforted her since she was crying. Her Daddy woke up at this point (catching up on sleep after a long work week). I took her to him in the bedroom so he could keep an eye on her while I vacumed the pieces. But then the vacuum cleaner broke! My thong undies got caught in there somehow.

Now I know what your thinking and no! They werent hanging out in the living room after some nightly escapade with the hubby :) My mom jokingly thought of that! double anyhoo. They were clean and most likely got sucked up after cleaning in the bedroom where two piles of clean laundry still sit with no more closet space to go to. Well long story short, we had to run to Lowes and buy a new lamp and vacuum! Well thank you Madam N...I needed a new one anyway. This new one is great. I emptied out a whole canister of dust, like 2 cups full! along with cat hair and dust bunnies.

Prior to heading over to Lowes, we put Madam N on a time out. Well it was for her own good so we could get ready to go out the door and couldnt leave her crawling around so her crib served as a double purpose for being a bad little girl. She cried so much. I think she knew it was also time out and not just "hanging out at my crib"... Gee that sounded like ghetto talk but I meant it in the literal sense :)

Oh tidbit to this....apparently, someone took the vacuum from the garbage bin, probably our next door neighbors. Great! our neighbor is always fixing his car such as installing whole engines and anything else his car needs. Get what i'm getting at? Hes the type that will sit and pull things apart and fix them. Oh lord. I realllllly do know they were clean (agg or hoping for sure now).

Friday, June 09, 2006

My baby is growing up :(

Today, Madam N crawled to her baby car seat (the portable one we sit her in around the house), and sat in it and fell asleep all by herself! Considering it is only the 3rd time she has put herself to sleep since she was born, it was a surprise to see her A) sit herself in it and B) for the purpose of taking a nap. I had seen her trying to grab on to it and manuever herself in it this week but didnt think she would actually do it.

A couple of days ago, she was able to get out of it safely. She turned and did a backup and sit on the carpet maneuver. Now, I wonder if she finds comfort or some sort of attachment to her car seat. I mean it was the one item from home we first sat her in (while still in the hospital) the night we brought her home. Since then, we really havent used it much, other than our trip to Mexico last month. We use another one instead in our vehicle which feels more secure and less wobbly and so this one just kind of got stored in any corner of our apartment.

I brought it out this week because we are both sick and she has been very clingy and doesnt want me out of her sight. I figured I could sit her in it and she could fall asleep, seeing that I was nearby and wouldnt leave her. Now that it gives her another reason to feel more independent, I will definetely leave it out for her to sit in.

Other accomplishments that took place this past month:

This week she started cruising. She will crawl to the futton, get up and stay standing. Then, if I call her to the other end of the futon, she SLOWLY moves her feet side to side until she reaches me. A stumble here and there but she understands the coordination it takes to get from point A to B.

Last Wednesday (6/31/06), was when she made this leap from the carpet to her feet. She stood up and stayed up while holding on to the futon. She had been grabbing on to the railing of her crib and standing up for over 1 month and a half but would stumble down rather fast. Now, she stands up like its cool! I hope she starts bouncing to music in this position soon. That will be so cute.

Further back, around the week 6/7/06, she just sat up on her own without me even helping her learn this new trick. At first I wasnt sure if it was intentional but she sat up 2 more times that same night and I knew she had taught herself how to sit. Somehow, Madam N would push herself backwards (while on her tummy) but her feet wouldnt move. She would then use one of her legs to lift her butt up a tad so her legs could move forward and tada! The foot lever thing was cute. It looked painful the way she would sit up but I guess babies really are very flexible and acrobatic at times.

Just a couple of weeks after that new trick, she began crawling. Her papi credits himself for this since she started crawling during a play session with him. No credits for me who stays home with her all day! :) I have to admitt however, she gets excited a lot more with him and very playful. What a flirt.

I am so proud of her for sitting up and crawling in her sixth month. Just two days before, I had called her auntie and was worried my baby was no where near crawling (I was trying to find out how Madam K got started). A bit of a weird crawl at first (using that lever leg to push herself off the carpet while her other leg crawled). But now she crawls the typical way and this week started following us from one room to the other.

My baby is growing so fast now. Its sweet yet bitter. Only 7 months into her life and I can already say "remember when...". I picture how tiny and new to the world she seemed and its nostalgic. This week I realized that I see her as a toddler now and not an infant any longer. As a new parent you really don't realize how fast that infant stage goes away and by the time you get the hang of it, its over and time to move on and learn how to care for an exploring toddler.

I wish I could have enjoyed my pregnancy. I wish I could have prepared for our baby's arrival earlier than I did. I realize now that expecting is part of the infant stage. Buying baby things, sewing, crafting, preparing the nest, etc. all that time you spend doing these things combined with the first 6 months of a baby's life means you get a year+ of that stage. At least that is how I see it. And I knew it would be this way -- that I would want to go back in time and do things differently. Yet, I'm also realistic and know that my situation was as difficult as it can get and it would probably replay itself the same way over and over again no matter what I think or know now. I guess I just wish life hadnt played such a wicked game on me during the most important few months of my life. Some timing! Anyhow, I can't think about those months too much or it brings too many emotions to come about. So many.

For now I better enjoy every day, and yet I know tomorrow and the day after that I'll say the same thing..."I wish I could go back to a couple of months ago" or "A couple of years ago" and of course although my baby will always be my baby, she will always be growing up.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Shopping Cart Cover

I finished my 2nd cover and I Love it! It looks way better than my first prototype for Madam N. I hope Madam K likes it :) I made it with Hello Kitty print on the top and a hot pink print on the bottom for her.

I deviated from the original pattern (great home made pattern by the way at:
I used 2 layers of extra thick batting, omitted the leg flaps, used the quick release belt material for the toy loops, added a front pocket (in addition to the side ones also with loops) instead of the front toy loop and gave it a square pillow instead of two round ones. Looks like I'll be known for the cover gifts from now on :)

This other one with butterflys is my first prototype. I think the print is beautiful. I should have used more batting on this one so it wouldnt be as floppy and maintain its shape better like the Hello Kitty one.

I use it on high chairs, and shopping carts. I have not tried it on public swings yet but I know it will also work.

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