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


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


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


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!