Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daily Stuff

Last night I figured out how to knit Entrelac. Yay! Go me!


Cortland's new slogan is Why Sleep When You Can Stand! He will fall asleep when I feed him, but as soon as I put him in his bed and walk out the door he's standing up crying to be let out. I know his screams translate to say, "It's too much fun to sleep! What if I miss something? Please oh please let's play some more! I wanna walk around the coffee table again!" I wonder what he thinks my screams translate to?


Years ago I worked in a mens clothing store with a guy that said he was allergic to the formaldehyde in ties. His hands would get tons of tiny blisters in-between his fingers and on the palms of his hands. One day he came to work with little white gloves on - the kind a housekeeper uses to check if her staff is dusting above the door frames. The manager wouldn't let him wear his gloves. He said that it looked like the guy was trying to not get cooties from the customers and it just wasn't seemly.

I have the same reaction to baby powder as glove guy had to ties. Wonder where I can get some of those gloves...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Go Go Go



Cortland is scooting all over the house and, like any new stage, it's taking me a little bit of time to adjust my schedule to his new schedule.

My mom came to visit last weekend and we had lots of fun. We played on the floor and walked around holding baby's hands and ate lots of mushy food. We also got 9 month pictures taken. Cortland's Grandma C will get to see Cortland in biggie boy clothes for the first time ever. He looks so grown up. Those pictures will be ready for pick-up on Aug 10th and I'll be mailig out little hellos after that.

Cortland loves to take baths.

Tanya caught this picture of C with his nose pressed up against the glass.

Practicing walking with his Papa.

Grandma makes the best fruit smoothies! (and p.s., blueberries really do come out the other end blue)

My mom is doing good. At her last appointment the Dr. said she was improving.......

***** There is this ringing I keep hearing on and off. Remember the little camper that came to the elementary schools for hearing tests? It sounds like a tone used to test your hearing. It's sooo annoying! Grace doesn't seem to be bothered by it, though. Wonder if it's in my head?***

....improving on schedule. Her memory is still sometimes a little fuzzy, but not on important things. She doesn't have to put post-it notes on her forehead or anything like that.

Let's see, I've been spending lots of time knitting. I made a few scarves and a stroller blanket so far this summer. Right now I'm trying to learn Entrelac and it's kicking my butt. I'm bound and determined to figure it out. If anyone has any tips please let me know. I'm stuck on square 5.

Fan and Feather pattern with Noro yarn

Stegosaurus Scarf

Pattern is Circles and Stripes Stroller Blanket from itty-bitty nursery by Susan B Anderson

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Graduation from Mommy & Me

Today was the last day of Mommy & Me for the Christensens. Cortland is officially too mobile for the M&M group. I'm kind of relieved as I like an outsider lots of the time.

I would get some strange looks when I pulled out C's favorite toys; a shoehorn and the pacifier clip sans a pacifier. Some of the other parents would look at him like he was this poor neglected thing and try to hand him real toys to play with.

I'm also, apparently, very lax when it comes to a schedule. Cortland's schedule is that he's in bed by 9:30 most nights. The other stuff just falls into place. He naps and eats at about the same-ish time each day and ta-da, that's our schedule.

Half the time Cortland doesn't make it into bedtime clothes after a bath. If he does, then it's the onsie he'll be wearing the next day. After all, all he's going to do is scoot around on the floor, dragging his belly through drool and spit-up that I can't wipe up before he's on the move again. He's fast!

Which brings us to the final reason we're saying goodbye to Mommy & Me; Cortland is a mover and a shaker and I can chase him around our house just as well as the meeting room and all without having to pack a diaper bag. And also because he tried to scoot over another little boy today to get to a toy. Twice. The baby cried.

The supervisor was nervous when I let him scoot under the tables and chairs. Nervous about what I don't know. Sudden death? A little head bump? Licking a metal bar? Heaven forbid Cortland scoot too close to a shoe or the wheel of his stroller. The woman moved him herself when I didn't. A little dirt isn't going to kill the precious darling. Why deny him a taste of a shoelace if that is what makes him happy?

I think a baby should explore his surroundings. I get down and look for hidden dangers like paper clips and hair bands. And yes, Cortland has tried to eat a random missed piece of dog food, but how will he learn otherwise?

I will miss the group, differences and all. It's always interesting to get a glimpse into other peoples lives and see how others interact. But it's much nicer when you interact the same way and don't feel like such an outsider.

Another group forming with kids who are a little older and active. So far it's been fun and the moms seem to be a little more laid back. One mom held her son upside down by the legs as he laughed and laughed. I think we will get along just fine.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just Stuff and Pictures

I want to live in a hotel forever. I love having someone make my bed for me everyday. And towels are the easiest thing to fold, so why are they my least favorite thing to wash? Guess what? Someone washes those for me, too!

Now I'm not sure how Cortland feels about the situation. He has been sleeping on the floor (on a blanket of course) for almost a week. But Grace told me she is enjoying playing with her cat cousins and her Uncle Darrell at night at her Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Grace celebrating the 4th of July

Grandpa and C having a serious discussion

Cortland with his favorite toy

Grandma and C hanging out

Random Cortland taking a bath picture

Friday, July 3, 2009

Playing the Piano

I think Alan would be a much better piano player than me. He hears music as a whole piece, where I hear music as each individual piece of a big pie. Now the bonus of that is that I know the words to songs. I hear the story. But it's so entertaining to hear the Alan Version of songs. 

PS - it's so cool that I'm posting in the car. I love my new phone!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Little Green Frog