And her oh so patient puppy.
Weather-wise, it was the best day we've had in awhile. I was glad to get out one more time and enjoy the sunshine. I've already been trying to come up with things to do this winter with her inside. I usually love winter - this may change things!
And Eyeball RacesAnd a Mummy Game
But most of all, there was family. And lots of it! That is why I love my Mom's Halloween party.
The last bullet post I wrote, I got several comments that it was peoples favorite post ever. I have a lot of cute little stories or milestones to jot down but nothing that is worth of an entire post. So here ya go, in all it's glory:
- I remember the infamous "Why?" stage from when I babysit in high school. I think we may have our work cutout for us with Tylee. She is inquisitive like her Daddy and at this point, I'm so sick of hearing the words Moo, Ball, and Baby, I can't even imagine the "Why?" stage. My response is always, "Good thing you are here Tylee cause I would've forgotten that was a baby from the 12,345 other times you've told me that today. Thank you!" Tj bought her a ball at the arcade last night and between getting the ball and leaving the mall, I think we heard "Ball" over 100 times. As I put her in her car seat and handed her the ball I said, "You know what you just did to us, Daddy?" Tylee promptly points at her ball and says, "Ball, Dada." We had over an hour car-ride in front of us home. Ball. Ball. Ball. Mama. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Thank goodness she fell asleep.
- We've also added some new words. Eye, flower, and puppy being the only ones that I can remember at the moment. This amazes me though...hang on, I'll get there. Part 1: I ordered Tylee a sign-language DVD on eBay when she was 5-6 months old. I was so excited to get it but something happened with the transaction and 3-4 months later, it all fell through and the money was put back in my account. For some reason, I never got around to ordering another one. Therefore, I've never done the sign language thing with her, although I had planned on it. Part 2: We moved all of Tylee's toys into a tote-type toy box and put them all in her room. When you walk in my living room, it's 100% kid-free. Yah! Each night after work, we make our way into her bedroom and get a tote. Before bed, we pick up the toys and put the tote back in her room. Part 3: Although the toys are in the bedroom, her books are in a cabinet/end-table shelf in the living room. Some nights, although we get the tote, it remains completely full with every toy untouched - because she is too busy reading and playing with books. Her favorite book is this Farmer Brown Golden book. I guess she likes it because it has cows, puppies, and kittys and she knows those words. Part 4: Although she enjoys the inside of the book, she likes the cover and back also. Each night we go around the objects on the back naming them. Book, balloon, bunny, flower, boat, elephant, ect. When we get to the lion, I always say, "Lion. Raaawwwwr." And tickle her chest. When we get to the train, I always say, "Train. Toot-toot." And raise my hand like I'm pulling on a whistle. Now - whenever you see a lion in another book, her automatic response is to pull her hands up to her chest and wiggle her fingers. Whenever you see a train? Her hand goes out to the side and up and down. She won't say "Lion" or "Train" but its a sure thing she knows what they are.
- Bathtime has really taken a turn for the better! She enjoys bathtime so much now, I drain the water and she continues to play. I know she is freezing but she throws a fit when it's time to get out. The key? Bubbles! What was I thinking? Every kids dream come true.
- I know every parent thinks their kid is the cutest dancer ever and I'm no exception. I cannot believe the moves this girl has. She cannot control herself when she hears music. And sometimes she'll dance even when she doesn't hear music. We had some technical difficulty with our video-camera so I have no videos. We need to get out and buy a new one soon because I don't want to miss out on anything. This stage is so fun!
- Time to tell on Daddy. He took Tylee to St. Paul the other day to get my oil changed and then back to town to switch vehicles. They got in his truck and headed to Pittsburg to get Daddy's tires rotated and when they got there and got out, Tylee was missing a sock. They looked for it to no avail. In they go to the tire shop - one sock on, one sock off. Then he tells me that Tylee proceeds to play at the desk, eats a lot of popcorn, and was really good - which I interpret as: They were there for awhile and Tylee was obviously walking around the tire shop, not only without shoes, but with only one sock. He told the lady at the desk, "I lost her sock. Her Mom would kill me if she knew." The lady promised, "I won't tell."
I took Tylee to the park yesterday before we had to go get flu shots. A little bribe before I hurt her, I guess. I would've much rather taken her after the shot but you guessed it, NAP TIME. I cannot believe how big she has gotten just from the last time we were at the park. I guess it's been awhile - it seemed to have went from 100+ degrees to 50 degrees in a matter of days. She just climbed and ran like a big girl. She even backed up to the slides and went down them backwards on her tummy. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we will make it to the park a couple more times this fall. I can't imagine what she'll be doing next year. This year baby swings - next year monkey bars.
You know what these cues mean? NAP TIME.
Me and all 5 of my layers.
Tj and I go to at least one game every year and last year was the first time we'd ever left Tylee. After the game last year we were looking for somewhere to go and have a drink and we discovered this awesome bar. It was two stories with a balcony looking over the stage. They had a bull to ride and a really great band. We organized the trip this year to go the same weekend that the band was going to be at that bar. The drummer is Chris Ledoux's son and the name of the band is Dustin Evans and the Good Times. I don't think they are big time but they do play a lot in the Midwest. We've been hoping to go see them when they were in Manhattan but it just hasn't worked out. Within 5 minutes of them starting, I remembered why we loved them. The band itself is great but those country dancers in Lincoln, whew! I could watch them all night long. They just float across the dance floor. Most of them are older couples who have obviously has years of experience dancing together. Hopefully one day, Tj and I can dance like that. We have a long ways to go before we do...it doesn't matter though, we sure have fun trying!
- We fought horrible diaper rash for a good 6 weeks before I went on hiatus. I switched detergents, rinsed the diapers 4-5 times each wash, changed her more often, bought different natural creams, used liners .... NOTHING worked. I finally used 1 (of the 2) disposables left in the bin with a huge hunk of Budreaux's Butt Paste overnight and voila, the rash was gone. Went back to cloth and sure enough, the rash was back. It wasn't just your average diaper rash - it was like a bleeding, blistery rash. I'm too lazy (and cheap) to take the time to order several different detergents off the internet and find one that doesn't break Tylee out. Her excezma got the best of me. Part of the convenience in doing this was that I could use my regular washer, regular detergent, and just do an extra load of laundry every few nights. It became WAY more than that and was no longer fun.
- My pocket diapers stink and I cannot figure out a solution. This is a common fight that some CD'ers have. Some don't have it at all. Again, way too many variables to try to get to the bottom of this and I wasn't having any luck. Detergent build-up? Hard water? Brand of diapers? I dunno. But I really feel like I exhausted all my resources and I wasn't going to win unless I shelled out the cash for a Water Softener. I tried Vinegar, washing more often (nightly!), rinsing more (which brought me up to like 3 extra cycles of just plain water each load), Dawn dishsoap, RLR, sunning...I dunno. I just ran out of time and energy.
- Although I went crazy buying GM's, I just feel like Tylee is too old now to go around in just her diaper. I was using my pockets more and more and my GM's less and less. I only had 12 pockets so I was washing like crazy, staying up late to restart the washer and setting the alarm for 5am so I could get up and get them in the dryer. Fun? No! So I sold a few GM's to fund part of my camera and the plan is to buy a few more pockets so I'm not washing as often, can soak longer, and treat one load with RLR without having to worry about having diapers for the next day.
I dunno if those are reasons or excuses. I feel like they are reasons but it probably depends on your interpretation. After talking about this at length with some friends, I decided I just needed a break. Once I figured out night-time diapering, I left the last couple disposables in the bin and never looked back. Whether we were at the lake, Eureka Springs, or when I left her in Chanute, we were 100% cloth. I think I just got overwhelmed. So as of now, I'm on cloth-diaper hiatus.
I felt really guilty for awhile but was lurking on some forums the other day and another Mama posted that she used disposables for something or another and it commented that it was just so easy! A few Mama's posted about filling up the landfill or something or other but most of the other mamas were very supportive. Even the lady that has over 700 diapers said that she uses disposables now and then and she always finds her way back to cloth. And hey, MckMama even openly admits using cloth only sometimes. So after hiding in my guilt and realizing that I have to do what works best for me, I'm coming clean! And hoping I find the cloth love again soon. But for now, I'm enjoying my break - and my washer is too!
Today, we woke up and Tj requested a Pumpkin Pie. I think my response was, "Are you serious?" Of course he was serious. And he wanted some turkey to go with it. So we loaded up and went to the store. He got the turkey on the grill and I made homeade noodles and the pies. The meal was great but more importantly, I love the way my house smelled all day! Welcome fall!
Jumparoo - Tj wanted to set this thing up from Day 1. I think we got her in it around 3 months and it was fabulous. She was always content and I could shower, cook dinner, put away laundry...basically, I could leave the room and know she was safe and wasn't going anywhere.
Then, of course, there are the basic necessities. Don't worry though, they accumulate quickly and you will have plenty of time to pick up the little things that you realize you don't have. Blankets, books, onesies, Q-Tips, Lotion, Shampoo, Wash Rags - and if you have a traditional shower, you'll have more than you know what to do with.