Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

As the Baby Turns

We had an appointment at the hospital on Thursday to talk about doing a "version" which is where they manually punch you in the stomach and push the baby around so that it's facing the right way. I know. I sounds awesome. I have an aversion to a version. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to do that because it was possible I could have had to have the baby that very day if things didn't go well. But then the alternative was having the baby via scheduled c-section, which I wasn't all that hip to either. Plus it was Christmas Eve and who wants to think about such things on the day before Christmas? Not me! At any rate, we showed up and it was as though all signs pointed to no that day. The doctor didn't know we were scheduled, none of my records were there and the ultrasound people had gone home for the day. All we could determine was that the little lady was lying horizontally across the uterus. So, we made an appointment to return on Monday.

Well, today my entourage (Dustin and Kathy bff/doula) and I show up nice and early and they send us off to ultrasound where they discover that...she has FLIPPED herself! Hooray!! Looks like all of the cajoling, chiropracting and acupuncturing has worked! She had her head down and backwards just like she is supposed to be. So, no need for that nasty-sounding version thing nor for scheduling a c-section. PHEW! We decided that she just needed one last look around to make sure she grabbed her purse and the iron was off before she heads out the door. They still did a complete u/s and determined she looks great and is about 7 lbs....for whatever that's worth since it seems they are usually off by several ounces with these predictions. We'll see.... br>
So now..we wait...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rubyisms

Christmas is just around the corner and Ruby is really getting into it. It's so fun! We had a fun and delicious dinner with our friends Matt, Danette and Hank (mmm...Indian!) and then went and looked at Christmas lights. Ruby loved singing Jingle Bells and pointing out "Frosting the Snowman." Ruby's got a few other little sayings that she's been throwing about lately. A while back we were driving home and I said that we were going home to have some dinner and she said, "Let's go straight to the eat!" We've investigated but have no idea where she picked this up but we love it!

Last week, Kathy asked Ruby how she spells her name. Ruby replied, "YMCA!"

Her new favorite word (by her own admission) is "buttocks" which she got from Joel, who's 4. I try not to laugh and encourage it..but it's funny so I am not successful. Especially when, last week, my doctor said hi to her and she replied in a faux British accent, "Hallo Buttocks!" I figure if that's the worst word she says, we're doing ok!

Ruby also likes to play the "Don't you kiss me!" game where we tell her not to kiss us and she runs at us saying, "I'm going to kiss you!" It doesn't sound all that fun written down but it sure is fun in practice!

In baby news -- I'll find out tomorrow if Baby Miller has flipped herself over yet or not. I've had two acupuncture treatments and today, I went to a chiropractor who adjusted my hips. I've never been to a chiropractor before and she was much more woo-woo than the acupuncturist but I figured, why not give it a shot? We'll see how this goes...stay tuned.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Breech of Contract

So, we had our 37 week appointment today and it seems this baby, though in the correct position 2 weeks ago, has flopped herself around and is now in a breech position. Oblique breech to be exact. We had a quick ultrasound to determine where her head is and lo and behold, it's pointing to my left side. Hmmm...this is not where you are supposed to be little baby!! This is not what we agreed upon!



Evidently, there are many techniques to try to get the baby to assume the proper position...some include different ways of sitting, acupuncture, manually pushing her around, and sitting over a flashlight (not even kidding). These are just the few that my doctor mentioned...I haven't had the courage or the patience to google this to see what other things to try but I am guessing that I will find a plethora of information about this.



Because I live in Seattle, I was able to get an acupuncture appointment this very afternoon. I have never had acupuncture before. I am fascinated by it and I know many people who have used it and had great success with it and, get this, my insurance covers it so, I figured, what the hell? Turns out, it's quite lovely. As lovely as having pins stuck in your feet and ears can be anyway. Actually, just getting to sit quietly for 20 minutes in a dark room with soft music playing would have been worth it regardless! Plus it is just woo-woo enough for me to enjoy but not so much that it makes me crazy. Perfect balance!

So, now we wait and hope and send messages to the baby to get her head going SOUTH! Breech babies are auto-C-Section babies in these parts so we want to avoid that if at all possible. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cookies and Crafts

Well, despite not getting to do near as much baking as I normally like this year, we have squeezed in a few little things here and there. We have managed to find a couple of recipes that are ideal for 2-3 year olds.

Today, we made butter mints from a recipe that I found on-line..somewhere. Anyway, it's an easy recipe and easy to do with kids of this age. Plus it's like play-doh so it keeps them busy! However, it does make more than pictured here. Seems Ruby takes after her mum and likes to make sure the dough isn't poisoned and has the right flavor and samples it throughout the process. Hmmmm...

Butter Mints

1/2 stick butter (room temp)

1 lb powdered sugar (4 c)

Ice water

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

food coloring

  1. Cut butter into sugar with two knives, pastry blender or your fingers.
  2. Add tbl of ice water, pinch of salt and the peppermint extract.
  3. Press mixture into a ball. Add water a tsp at a time if it seems to crumbly
  4. When it's in a nice ball, knead it for 3-4 minutes until it's smooth and satiny. Then divide into parts and add food coloring.
  5. Roll into 1/2 inch balls and flatten slightly (or make whatever shapes you want).
  6. Set uncovered at room temp for 3-4 hours and then keep covered in a cool place to ripen for 2 days. Will keep at room temp for 2 weeks or in the fridge for a month.
In between, we made a Christmas tree project. Ruby did ok with this one but she is currently obsessed with scissors so after she made this creation, she cut it up. Oh well!
The other recipe we made together last week, courtesy of my friend Shannon, was a perfectly easy little recipe to do and had lots of little things Ruby could help with...though again, there was a LOT of sampling!

Easy Peasy Cookies

1 tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough

Mini Reese's peanut butter cups and/or Hershey's kisses

  1. Cut slices of cookie dough and cut in half. Roll into balls and press into mini muffin tin
  2. Bake at 350 and immediately upon taking them out of oven, press unwrapped chocolate into cookie.
  3. Let cool and remove from tin. Tip: use the mini liners -- it'll be a lot easier that way. I'm also thinking it'd be fun to dye the cookie dough for holiday colors....
Ruby doing the unwrapping (and sampling)
With the finished product!


Maybe I'll get to do some real baking this year..but probably not so this will suffice. Either way, we had FUN!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santa!

Though nowhere near as entertaining as last year's photo, visiting Santa was an event this year. We went with Monica, Steve and Ari and though Ruby did not want to sit on his lap, she did manage to tell him she wanted slippers which was more than I ever said to Santa. Here we all are trying to convince Santa we are nice. I hope he bought it!

Grandma Visits

We had a wonderful visit from Grandma Genie last week. Ruby's last visit where she gets Grandma ALL to herself -- ha ha! She took full advantage and had grandma reading to her at every turn. Grandma made Ruby some super cute monkey (moan-key as Ruby says it) and brought her the book "Olivia Forms a Band" which Ruby LOVED and insists upon reading nightly now. We also decorated our Christmas tree. Ruby loves the idea of having a tree in our house and was a great little decorator. Well, she did put all of the ornaments in one spot. Every time I would ask her, "Where do you want to put this one?" she would reply, "Down LOW." So we kept our decorating on the downlow this year, as they say. We also took the opportunity to talk about Santa and our imminent visit with him. When we asked what she would say to Santa she said, "Please?" She does know what to say! However, when I ask if she would tell him she was naughty or nice, she invariably says 'naughty' so there you have it. I told her she'd only get a lump of coal and she said, "Ok!" Yeah.. I think we might be missing something but that's ok. Our other highlight during Grandma's visit was visiting our friends Tammy and John and their new little baby boy. Ruby was very interested in feeding him and trying to give him toys. Then, while John was changing him, he peed and some got on Ruby's foot. For the rest of the weekend, the answer to "What did you do this weekend?" was, "Elliott peed on my foot." I assured her that this was a less common occurence with sisters than with brothers. Anyway, we were sorry to see Grandma leave but we know we'll see her again in a short while!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thank You For....

Ruby is starting to figure out different and better ways to say things. For example, sometimes, instead of shrieking like an unholy banshee from hell, she says, "Please can I have a turn?" In fact, she's really got a handle on the whole taking turns thing and willingly will give something up for someone else's "turn" and then politely asks again for her turn. Granted, it doesn't happen every time but it's a work in progress. She has also started saying, "Thank you for...." as in "Thank you for moving the black chair, Mommy," or "Thank you for loving me too, Mommy" (melt melt melt).
Kayla and Ruby enjoying December sunshine. Love love love this photo.
Some other sayings Ruby has going on lately are, "That's a funny noise!" and "No, YOU do it!" when she doesn't want to do something I have asked her to do. I am trying to get it on video but she gets a really indignant look on her face and tells you, "That was rude!" if she doesn't like something you've done..like step on her toe. Oops. She's also got a fascination with potty humor which given her family ties will last well into her late 30's if not longer. What we're reading:
  • "Ruby Sings the Blues" by Niki Daley which, if you look closely at the cover, you can see that the parents of Ruby in the book look very similar to our Ruby's parents. Anyway, she enjoys that this Ruby is loud and will tell you that, in fact, that is her in the book.
  • "Shades of People" by Shelley Rotner Ruby loves to look at and mimic the photographs of the children in this book. I liked it when I read it but underestimated how much she would like it. She also likes to compare her hands to the photo of all the hands at the end.
  • And she's still obsessed with Koko the gorilla and pretty much ANY book that features a gorilla.
Still zero interest/inclination towards the potty. We are trying very hard to not make it a power struggle but she resists it so strongly. Dr Phil (ugh) said that you just need to find the child's "currency" to which I say, no freakin' kidding Dr Phil! If I knew what that was, it wouldn't be a problem. However, all I have heard is that she shouldn't be doing it just before a major change so I am just letting it go at this point though I can't help but comment when she complains about cold wipes. Me, I am growing a wee bigger every day. Work is getting interesting especially as I attempt to touch my toes during "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" and I have taken to asking kids to help me pick things up off the floor. This little miss is quite active and has taken to kicking me in the lungs around 5:30 am. Delightful. Not sure if this bodes well for the future or not! Ruby enjoys helping the doctor hear the heartbeat and will point out her sister if asked. Other than that, not sure she's really full comprehending what's going to happen in a month. That's the news! More soon!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving

Well, we were filled with gratitude this thanksgiving -- thankful we had not one, not two but THREE dinners, thankful we are healthy, thankful for our wonderful families and friends... The festivities began with a delicious lasagna dinner on Wednesday with several of Dustin's bandmates from The Riffbrokers and The Small Change and their partners. Ruby helped make the lasagna and set the table and then, after dinner, as we sat and chatted, came over and began taking everyone's plate and putting it in the kitchen. Completely unprompted. That's right. I said, unprompted. Turns out, she's actually paying attention to things we teach her. Who knew? On Thanksgiving proper, we woke up bright and early to make pies. Ruby helped with the crust: That day, we went over the Magy's family's for a delicious dinner and wonderful company. There were lots of kids so Ruby had a wonderful time and Dustin and I enjoyed getting to visit with Magy and Ian for an extended period of time. Then, on Friday, we had our annual dinner at The Anderson's where Ruby and Ari cracked each other up. Ari is getting close to walking and Ruby decided to show her how it's done, saying, "See Ari. Walking. Do it like this," and then proceeded to do an exaggerated walk. Of course it's times like these that the video camera is no where near. Ruby, above, is celebrating in her FAVORITE coat of all time. I don't know why but she loves this coat. The weather was actually really beautiful for much of the weekend so we got to go to the park and spend sometime outside. Oh joy! Our week of gluttony and good times over, we settled in to get back to our routine and, of course, get ready for Christmas! My favorite time of year!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fun in the Fall

Ugh..I cannot believe we are already half way through November! Last I looked it was August... Anyway, the weather has turned and we've had some really beautiful fall days as well as some incredible rain storms. We try to get out of the house as much as possible but some days it's really too cold. Ruby, of course, has all the right gear! Ruby has begun using more complex sentences like, "I need to do this because this is what happened," etc. She also uses some incredible intonations and uses her hands to talk and if I could ever get it on video you would die, it's so cute. She's also incredibly helpful, feeding the cats when their bowls are empty, taking her dishes to the kitchen and helping with the dishes (I do have a video of that to soon follow). She really loves to do whatever it is that I am doing so I have to find ways for her to help without making an even bigger mess. Ha ha ha! Well, I try anyway.... I am mostly just concerned with her continuing to want to help so I try not to be too bossy. Then again, this is me we are talking about and there are some areas where I just don't like to share (i.e. cooking) so it's a good challenge for me to be more flexible. Ruby is also working on her independence and doesn't shy away from telling you to get the heck away from her. "Don't touch my hair, Mommy!" is often the reaction I get when I try to pull it away from her face. However, she is starting to get the hang of the whole sharing thing and with a little encouragement will willingly take turns with toys. She also likes to share her snacks, "Can I offer you a cracker?" That being said, we still are working on her flipping out and screeching when things aren't going quite her way vs saying what she needs or wants. Ah..the 3's...definitely ramped up from the 2's. We are busy getting ready for the new baby, organizing, cleaning and list-making. I have been doing as much nesting as I can tolerate in addition to trying to get ready for the impending holidays. At the end of the day, I am TIRED but still have 25 more things on my list for the day. Typical. Some have requested a photo so I am including the rare picture of me and my gigantic belly at 32 weeks. Before you ask:
  1. NO, it's not twins
  2. No, it's not triplets
  3. No, the baby isn't already 10 lbs
  4. No, I am not due any day now
  5. Yes, I am sure

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tis a Wee Garden Gnome!

Ruby was a Garden Gnome this year. I made the costume and finished it about 3 weeks ago. I know...it's like Haley's Comet and will only happen again in another 37 years. At any rate, I thinkit turned out really cute. Ruby didn't want to wear it at first until she learned that with it, she could get copious amounts of sugar. Once she figured this out, she wouldn't take it off.

We joined our pals at Glow Bowl (bowling with black lights - fun!) and took 2nd (that's right!) in the costume contest. We lost to Hank the Alien and couldn't begrudge him too much because...well...look how cute he was!!I was a half-blind pregnant cat (I lost a contact this week) and Dustin went as a hockey player. Not the most creative but it's all about the kids, right? Then it was back home for dinner with the aunties and Ari and off to Trick-0r-Treat. Ruby was WAY into it and went running from house to house shouting "trick-or-treat!", "Thank you!" and "Happy Halloween!" At one point, after leaving the fourth house she suddenly burst into a spontaneous squeal of joy. Yeah...she was loving it! She also enjoyed seeing the dogs at the houses, of course. Now I just hope she doesn't think she can do this every night!
Knocking on doors

The three ladies, Ari Bumblebee, Ruby Gnome and Kayla Ladybug Girl ready for a night of fun.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Carving

Ruby was very excited about the pumpkin carving and had many questions!
video
Here she is with the finished product:

Eat a Lime!!

Ruby and Kayla dancing to everyone's favorite pirate band, Captain Bogg and Salty! video

Friday, October 23, 2009

Firemen

October is Fire Safety Month so the library hosts a Firefighter Story Time at many of its branches. We didn't have one at the branch where I work but we did have one at the branch by our house on our day off so we threw on our rain gear and headed over. The firefighters read a story and then put on all of their gear to show the kiddos what they'll look like if they have to come in a smoky house after them. Ruby was a little nervous at first but she did give the guy a high five. Then we got to go outside and sit in the truck. This was Ruby's favorite part.
Hurry hurry...drive the fire truck!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sing...Sing a Song...

Ruby is really throwing herself headlong into childhood and saying adios to babyhood. Oh so sad...sniff... Ok ok, I'm better. Anyway, what sorts of things is she doing? Well, she loves coloring with a passion. Everyday is the request to color. She likes coloring books, blank paper, chalk, you name it. Just recently she started drawing pictures of faces and people where she painstakingly draws two circles and a line with a big circle around it and then announces who it is. She's very intent on her art and often covers herself with whatever it is she's using to create it, as you can see here. She's also really into singing lately and can be heard singing her greatest hits album as she's falling asleep and singing every single song she knows. Story time is awesome because she is now an active participant, singing along to all the songs. Up until now, she's either roamed around the room or just observed all of the other kids. I read Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root (a favorite at our house) the other day and could hear her enthusiastically chanting along, "..chocolate marshmallow fudge delight!"



Some of her favorite songs are Slippery Fish, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and anything with a Twinkle Little Star tune. She's also learning "La araña pequeñita" (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and "Que Llueva" a Spanish version of the "Rain Rain Go Away" song.



Another funny thing is that she's been listening to the Let it Be album by the Beatles at night before bed. Now when it's on, she sings along at the top of her lungs.."Let it beeee!" On Monday, I heard her innocently singing, "Nothing's gonna change my world! Nothing's gonna change my world..." as she dressed her baby doll. My heart kind of broke a little when I thought about how much her world IS going to change in 2 1/2 months. It was tragic and awesome at the same time. Sweet girl.



Oh and another bright spot to our week was when we visited our friends Jane and John and their three chickens. John has built the most awesome of chicken coops and Ruby loved peering into their window and talking to them. "Oh hi!" she says. Here's a peek at the coop: Well, those are the updates for now. More soon!

Fall Festivities

On Sunday, a church near our house had a fall festival. We walked down to the festival along with Dara and Kayla and Ari and Monica to check it out. Our pal Karen was there leading the pony rides so we stood in line and waited to see if Ruby would fare better with this pony ride than the last. They had a smaller pony at this one and they buckled her in so it was less scary. Kayly also got her turn with Princess as did Ari. Here's our little cowgirl, happy as can be on Princess the pony: After checking out the other things the festival had to offer, we headed over to Dustin's boss's house for some old fashioned apple cider pressing. The girls picked up some delicious apples. I don't know why, but I love to see Ruby eating an apple. There's just something about it.... The girls also tried their hand at working the press and then...fresh hot apple cider. Delicious!! Given that we were all feeling pretty tired, we took the bus back home. Ruby hasn't been on a bus since she was a baby so it was an exciting experience and we had to sing "Wheels on the Bus" of course! Aren't they a sweet little bunch? Ruby passed out when we got home. We know how to wear a kid out!

Weekend Shenanigans

Weekend before last, Sofia and Joel spent the night and Ruby was beside herself with joy at having two of her favorite people all to herself. We made cookies (licked the beaters natch) and watched movies and played in the park. The kids all slept together in Ruby's room with Joel and Sofia in their sleeping bags. When they got up we had a big breakfast of pancakes and orange juice. I think Ruby wants them to move in.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Swimming!

Ruby started swimming lessons this week. She's in the same class as Joel and I hear she was great at blowing bubbles! Go little fishy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Like Mother Like Daughter

We may not look much alike but Ruby and I share some similarities. For example, we both loooove to do the Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper...
...and we both know that if you get a little dressed up, housework can be a little more tolerable.

Play Ball!

The mama was working on Saturday so Ruby and her Dad had a "Daddy Date" and they headed out to see the Mariners play on the last weekend of the season. They hopped the light rail and had a wonderful evening cheering on the M's!
Getting ready to catch a foul ball
Is that Ichiro Daddy?
A nice lady gave Ruby some chips and a cookie. Arguably her favorite part of the game.
LOVING the train ride to the stadium.
Sweetest picture ever!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

First Haircut

Well, it was bound to happen. I got sick of watching the poor girl wipe the hair out of her face and even more sick of washing food out of her hair. I finally took the scissors to it on Tuesday morning and cut the girl some bangs. Even though I told her what I was doing, I think I may have traumatized her a little bit. She started to cry and got a little freaked out to see how different she looked. So did her dad. But they both got over it and, if I do say so myself, she looks even cuter than before.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Farm Kids

While I worked, Ruby hit the farm with her pals, Kayla, Hank and Eva. They learned about butterflies, got to pick some kind of leafy thing, pet goats and go on a hayride. Even though I missed the outing, I did get some awesome pics including this one. I hear it was quite the exercise getting these 4 together and looking at the camera but it's all worth it to me. Just look at those sweet faces!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mommy, That's RED!

Ah, we are squeezing the last bits of life out of summer. With at least 3 more beautiful days on the horizon, we are trying to build our store of Vitamin D and spend as much time out of doors as is possible. Ruby looooves the merry-go-round at the park and I am grateful that there are at least a few of these still in existence since they've apparently been deemed "too dangerous" by some. Whatever. If you haven't flown off of one of these things you just haven't lived nor have you learned first-hand about centrifugal force. The Dad is trying to teach Ruby other important lessons in physics such as "pumping" on the big swing. It's a lot of coordination but to give her credit, she does work really hard at it! Children of this age seem to get fixated on one or two things. One of Ruby's current obsessions is her flower light above her bed. This is a big pink flower (about a foot across) that lights up that was purchased at Ikea. It's not very bright but bright enough to bathe her bed in a hot pink light. She insists on having it on every night before she goes to sleep. When we go to turn it on after she's sleeping, we are reminded of this episode of Seinfleld. Her other obsession is with naming shapes and colors. She is constantly letting us know when she sees triangles, squares, crescents and semi-circles among others. She's also become quite the backseat driver now that she knows that the lights change colors. I am often prompted from the back, "Mommy it's GREEN!!" or "Mommy, that's RED!" She also likes to sing this little ditty she learned from Grandma Genie:
Red means stop
Green means go
Look at the light
And then you'll know
I am looking forward to seeing what the next round of obsessions will bring!