Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time Passing Quickly

My pre-baby to do list is long (44 days to go), but we are settling back into being home.

TO DO:

  • Clean bassinette (kitty turned it into his bed for a while)
  • Clean out front entry closet and find yard sale items
  • Clean out master bedroom, hall, guest bedroom and utility closets for yard sale items
  • Clean out kitchen cupboards of unused appliances, etc.
  • Organize DVDs into a binder
  • Paint the kids' table and chairs
  • Massive pile of laundry and still growing

SO FAR DONE:

  • Put away a mini-van full of belongings
  • Emptied, vacuum and bisselled the mini-van
  • Massive menu planning and grocery shopping
  • Cleaned out the kids dressers: Alex and Kristiana are now sharing a dresser and moved the second dresser into baby room
  • The put newborn – six month baby clothes in the dresser and stored the rest of the kids clothes.
  • Took the kids out to the museum and the spray park (on the same day)

Just one day after arriving home we decided to buy Krisitiana a full-size bed.  She has been sleeping in a pack-n-play for four months.  I was starting to feel guilty she does not have a legitimate bed.  The first night she slept in it she was immediately scared and was out of it running into the hall three seconds after the lights went out.  We put up the baby gate in front of her door.  I laid down with her and she settled.  But, minutes later Andrew had to go get stern with her so she would quiet down. That night she fell out of her big bed three times.  The next night we put a bed rail on the side.  She was not at all scared and went to sleep without trouble.  At 2:00 a.m. I heard someone crying.  I went to go check and it was Kristiana.  As I slid onto her bed to comfort her and asked her what was wrong, not expecting an answer.  But she sobbed, “I poo-poo.”  In disbelief I went to smell her hiney.  She thought I was trying to lay her down and she said, “No, no, I poo-poo!”  Then I replied,

“Okay, let’s go downstairs and change your diaper.”  Kristiana was in complete compliance and calm.  After her diaper was changed she toddled out of the powder room, looked into the dark abyss and said,

“Turn on light.”

“No Baby, it’s bedtime. We have to go back to bed.”

“No, no, turn on light and play.”

I laid down with her until she settled again and then went back to my bed.  I was just so tickled that I had this full-fledged conversation with my 20 month old in the middle of the night that I had to share.  Further she did not give me a hard time about going back to bed.  Here is to hoping that there will be no more disturbances in the night.

I’m not the kind of mom to obsessively follow the kids around with the camera, so these are the best shots of our spray park visit, I obtained from a far off distance before the batteries died.  It was Kristiana’s first ever visit to the spray park, so I did want to commemorate it.  While I was at the museum today, I saw way too many moms toting around these massive, professional style cameras.  I wasn’t sure how to feel about it.  I mean it’s nice they want to capture their kids’ lives in a quality fashion.  But, my life is too complicated to have a camera that doesn’t fit inside my purse.  Further, do I miss out on participating in quality moments if I am too busy trying take a quality picture?

Kristiana splash park 100_2701

Word of the day: Massive ;-)

1 comment:

Anne said...

ah, photography questions. But first, those two you got at the spray park are FABULOUS! well composed, great lighting, fun action. Well done :) I love point and shoot cameras!

Second. It's a delicate balance between capturing moments on the camera and enjoying them in person as well. I don't have a whole lot of pictures from my visit w/ Ray's family because I was "in the moment" so much :) (i.e., cooking, being exhausted, holding babies, etc.) But, on the other hand, I can take lots of pictures when I'm at T's house because there are so many people to do anything and everything--there's less of a demand on my time, I guess. It's weird.

My strategy is that, while I'm shooting other people's kids, I'll learn enough about my camera to be able to get good shots in short bursts of time w/ my own kids, if that makes sense. In the meantime, I get practice, you get pictures :) Not a bad deal, really.

Good luck on there rest of your list! SuperMom!