Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
This was the same day that Tyler asked that I would please refrain from adding beans (black turtle, kidney, and garbanzo) to the spagetti sauce. The men just don't appreciate the additional fiber, nutrients, completed protien with the whole wheat noodles and how the beans make the meat and sauce go farther for a fraction of the cost. Oh, well. Amanda likes my cooking.
She's been staying dry when we've gone out and about to church, the neighbors and the chiropractor. And I've been struggling with keeping her protected but convenient for potty breaks. So, I decided since it was summer, I would put a waterproof pad in her car seat and bring an extra change of clothes. She's no more likely to have an accident or miss, as they are called in elimination comunication, than any two or three year old who is being potty trained.
I've ordered some pull-on training pants from the EC Store to use at fancy places like church where somebody else might be holding her. But for the most part, she'll be diaper-free when she's awake. She still wets her diaper at night and nap time, but I'd have to sleep with her in order to catch her before she wets when she wakes up. That won't be happening anytime soon.
By the way, Mike said we could adopt again when Amanda was out of diapers! Hee, hee, hee!
Friday, June 20, 2008
*Notice the sound of the pneumatic nailer in the background? They're building a new deck. I know it disturbs the peaceful lake scene. We'll enjoy it when it's done.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Elisa and I reminisced about my mom hitching up our Morgan mare Schera to our two-bench buggy many summer evenings for a ride in the fields with all the cousins. Jake is the same color, but much shorter. What a sweet life we've been given.
The owners of the farm used to own a resort and they would bring their guests to the farm to see the animals. One night a little boys, who was about five, was there with his mother. A fly landed on his hand and he said, "Mamma, what's that?" She replied, "That's a horsefly. You see, they have horses and so they also have horseflies." A while later a dragonfly flew near the little boy and he asked, "Mamma, what's that?" "That's a dragonfly," she answered. He looked at her with wonder and exclaimed, "Do they have dragons, too?!"
Quote of the day: After dropping her rice puffs on the floor Mari said, (in toddler speak) "It's okay. A little birdie will eat them." She was right! The little birdie's name was Amanda.
Tony and Joshua had a great time playing with legos.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
when I crashed into the playpen." -Mike
Amanda was sleeping in her playpen in our room because he had been running a Bobcat outside her bedroom window. In the few minutes I had seen him when he came in, I had neglected to communicate the temporary change in sleeping arrangements. See Elisa, we still have communication problems!
There she's smiling! She loves to hang on our legs when we're working in the kitchen. Those are Tyler's legs. Every time we catch her eye she smiles at us, but when she meets new people she can be very shy. She will furrow her brow and give them a very serious look or tuck her chin to avoid eye contact. We are teaching her to wave and blow kisses which usually gets a smile. Tony can always make her laugh, no matter where we are. He sits next to her in the van and brings her endless entertainment, too.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
She nurses about 4 times a day, loves to drink from a sippy cup and loves to eat. I've been grinding whole grains in my blender and cooking them for her. It's called Super Baby Porridge. I grind brown rice, millet, red lentils, rolled oats, and great northern beans. Very nutritious!
She pulls herself to stand on everything and occasionally stands for a moment. She'll walk if you hold her hands, but she thinks crawling is much faster.
She has four teeth and we can see two more coming in on top. She sleeps from 6 pm to 5:30 or 6:00 am and she takes three naps a day. She uses the potty regularily and often stays dry when we are out and about.
She is a very happy, lively and loud little baby! She seems to enjoying yelling just because she can. Can you believe it's been ten months already?
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I love this little red gingham dress. The minute I saw it, it reminded me of Amanda's foster family. They keep a photo of each foster baby in an outfit and blanket of red gingham on their wall. When I have time, I'll take a good picture of her to send to them.