Seventeen Months

Posted March 4, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Monthly Update

The second nap, she is gone.  One nap a day = mama tied to the living room to closely observe the toddlers, and zero blogging time on the antiquated desktop ‘puter.  (Fear not – a new laptop is due to arrive late April.  And not a moment too soon.)

Chloe took her first independent steps on February 28th.  Emma still thinks that walking without assistance is pretty risky stuff, and is holding off to see how it works out for sister.  They both cruise all over the place, and are getting more confident at standing up in the middle of the room with no assistance.

They’ve fallen in love with the WonderPets this month, as well as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I find myself wandering around at work singing to myself about animals in trouble/mousketools.  Could be worse.  The common denominator is singing, lots of singing.  Which leads to toddler dancing while standing in front of the TV.  Hysterical.

Apparel:  12 month clothes, with some 18 month thrown in.  Size 3 shoes.  Size 3 diapers.

Sleep:  11-13 hours at night, one nap for 2-3 hours, usually in the afternoon.

Food:  Everything.  Newish foods:  peanut butter, bacon (not together.)  They continue to consume amazing amounts, and we have no earthly idea where Chloe puts it all.

Nursie:  2x/day.  Once when waking up, and once after nap.

Teeth:  Chloe – 14, Emma – 6.

Dimensions:  Emma was 23#4oz and 29.75 inches at their doctor’s appointment, and Chloe was 20#14 oz, 29.5 inches.

Words:  Chloe – bye, hi, go.  Emma – ‘kay, whee, hi.

Likes: Chloe – eating dog food, ducks.  Emma – the red triangle block, long may it reign.

Dislikes: Chloe –  not being allowed to press the TV buttons.  Emma – being left alone (or with Chloe).


Scarlet Polyhedron

Posted February 24, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Emma

Emma has become absolutely irrationally attached to the red triangle block from the shape-sorter toy. (You know, the plastic one found in every toddler’s playroom.)

She carries it everywhere. Meals. Diaper changes. I just heard it fall out of the crib (where she’s been asleep for the last hour without a peep) followed by 30 seconds of pitiful wailing. (I didn’t go in, because that would just prolong the wailing, and as a bonus, wake Chloe too.) I’m planning on letting her take it to college, at this rate.

Crackberries Away!

Posted February 12, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Random

Testing the posting from the Blackberry function. What do you think?

Super Cake

Posted February 7, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Recipes

Starbuck and I got together (with the urchins) for a tiny Super Bowl party.  Starbuck was going to either celebrate her Colts’ victory, or agonize over their defeat, so she needed chocolate.  I’m still doing the old Weight Watcher thing, so it needed to be low-cal.  So I made chocolate cake, with diet pepsi.

Simplest.  Recipe.  Ever.

10 oz diet soda (we used diet pepsi)

1 box cake mix (devil’s food here)

Combine, bake per package directions.  Eat.  The end.

4 WW points per serving, 12 servings per recipe.  Yum.

Verdict:  A little chewy, but much less lardolicious than regular cake.  B+

Sixteen Months

Posted February 4, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Monthly Update

Busy.  That’s the key adjective these days.  Busy busy busy busy BUSY.  Chloe’s over here, Emma’s over there, Chloe’s trying to sneak the remote from behind my back while Emma’s crawling over to the dishwasher to “kiss the baby” (her reflection) while Chloe’s given up on the remote and is now headed for the dog dish to play in the water.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  (There’s a reason I’m actually posting this over three weeks late.)

They crawl, and cruise beautifully.  They can stand independently for a few seconds, and are close to standing up from the middle of the floor (without a table/etc to lean on.)  They like to look at their board books by themselves, and love to be read to.  The Wiggles are close family friends.  They both sing in the car, and are picking up new words by the day.

My grandmother (semi-demented) gave them horrendously tacky singing/dancing animals for Christmas.  One’s a sunglass-wearing moose that sings “Shout” and flaps its ears, and the other’s a dog in a Christmas box that sings some other Christmasified hit of the 60’s (I can’t remember which, and I’ll be damned if I’m waking them up by playing the stupid thing.)  The girls, of course, think they’re woooonderful.  They dance.  Shake their booties.  Chloe taps her foot like she’s going to a hoedown.  Sadly, Grandma didn’t give these with earplugs for Mama.

Sleep:  11-12 hours a night.  3 hours during the day, in two naps. (Both of which are preceded by several minutes to an hour of play.  I can smell “one nap” coming.  Woe.)  Emma could use about a half hour or so more a day than Chloe, but damned if I know how to make that happen when they share a room and wake up/screech if the other is absent.

Food:  Anything and everything.  They’re drinking more milk these days, and love the broccoli/cheese/rice/chicken meal that I whip up from time to time.  Nutritious, easy *and* apparently delicious.  That and bananas and the odd vanilla wafer would probably hold them indefinitely.  Breakfasts are bagels (blueberry or cinnamon raisin, generally), or if we have time pancakes and bacon.  (Big hit.)  Grilled cheese sandwiches are also a big staple.

Nursie:  3x/day.  The bedtime nursie is officially done.  They just weren’t terribly interested.  I think that’s a combo of not having it 3 nights per week when I work, and going to bed pretty quickly after dinner so still having full tummies.

Teeth: Chloe has 12, Emma 6.   Further proof that a) they are not identical and b) there’s a wide range of “normal” teething.

Apparel:  12 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 3 dipes.  And lots of traction-bottomed socks for cruising on the wood floors.

Dimensions:  I’m guessing Emma’s around 22 lbs and Chloe around 20.  Plus-minus.

Words:  Chloe – duck, quack, diaper, uh-oh.  Uh-oh is BIG.  Everything is uh-oh.  (For both of them, but Chloe foremost.)  Emma – Piper, dog, diaper, giraffe (jaff), uh-oh uh-oh uh-oh.  And the jabbering, heaven help us all when they’re four and these are real words that I’m supposed to be attending to.

Likes: Chloe – anything involving cheese, taking off her shoes, the dog dish.  Emma – her little people giraffe, her taggie lovey, graham crackers.

Dislikes: Chloe – diaper changes, being restrained in any way from her very important missions.  Emma – meat-type items (she’ll eat them, but always last), parental disapproval.



Resolutions Revisited

Posted January 31, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Random

January Edition.

I figure if I check in with these each month, it will help me figure out where I need to make improvements.  (vs waiting until December and going “oh, crap, that was a resolution?”)

Goals for 2010:

1) Physical:

a) 300 days x 30 minutes on the Wii Fit. 6/31.  Craptacular.  Am shooting for 30 in February (have a few make-up days from illness I can use, based on Elaine‘s rules.)

b) 350 days On-Plan with Weight Watchers. 31/31.  Go me.  Down 18 lbs.  14 to go to get to pre-baby, then it’s time to lose the TTC weight.

2) Parental:

a) 30 minutes of quality time with the girls each day.  I’m working on this.  I’d say we’re there about 75% of the time.

b) 1 good photo shoot of the girls per week. Zero.  Totally forgot about this one.  Going for 4/4 in February!

3) Personal:

a) 50 grown-up, non-work books. I’ve finished one so far.  Need to report it to count it, though.  1/50.

b) 50 movies. 2/50.

4) Domestic:

a) 1 room de-cluttered and deep-cleaned per month. The living room is 75% done, and will finish that and do the dining room in February.

b) 1 laundry day per week. Humongous zero.

5) Creative:

a) 50 new recipes. 0/50.  Do I get points for the two I clipped at work from someone’s magazine and the one that’s been on my fridge for weeks?  No, sir, I do not.

b) 12 finished knitted objects. 1/12.  Need to post about it.

c) 1 finished cross-stitched item this year. The kit’s purchased, and hasn’t yet been started.

d) 50 finished scrapbook pages. Zip point nada.

6) Financial:

a) 50 weeks under budget ($100/week) for groceries. 4/4 weeks in January!  Only spent $25 on groceries this week.

b) 100% paid off credit card and student loan. Work in progress.  I should be able to make a nice dent this month with the childcare flex spending and some cash for work on my aunt’s (now sold) disgusting house.

The House On Tradd Street

Posted January 26, 2010 by elowyn
Categories: Books

My first book of 2010.  Only a leeetle behind the power curve.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

This is a fun ghost story/mystery/romance combo, with absolutely no Harlequin touches (i.e. throbbing manhood, dewy flower, etc.)  Set in Charleston, which ranks right up there on my list of favorite cities of the USA.  (Watch out, Chicago, you have competition!)

All in all, a good read, and I’m looking forward to borrowing the sequel from my mother if she ever gets it finished.

Grade: A