Monday, March 29, 2010

Bathroom Blunder

I'm wondering today, as I'm in the bathroom at Meijer, how any woman is supposed to use the bathroom with a child in tow. I can't even imagine how mom's with more than one child can juggle it! Let me give you the mental picture...
I'm shopping at Meijer today and it hits me, the ever pressing urge to use the restroom. Unfortunately, I am not like my husband in the fact that he can hold it for hours, even days before he goes. When it hits me, I must go immediately, or else be doomed to go in my underwear. So, Avery and I make our way up to the front of the store. I park the cart, unbuckle Avery, grab my purse and at last, head into the bathroom. Thankfully the handicap stall was open, otherwise this would have been even more of a struggle. I go in, lock the door and stop. How am I supposed to get my pants down? Even more to be thankful for, I had on sweats. If jeans were involved with zipper and button...yikes I can't put Avery on the floor...as laid back of a parent as I am, I call it at public restroom cleanliness. I can't put her on the changing table because she would roll off. I'm pretty sure my cart won't fit through the door either so that's out. What? I somehow manage to get my pants down and out of the way, all while jocelling Avery. It's sort of awkward too with a child 2" from your face the entire time you're going to the bathroom. How is that even sanitary? Oh, and I forgot; how are you supposed to lay out toilet paper over the seat while holding a child? You sure as heck can't hover holding one! And Meijer doesn't have those toilet seat covers either, but even so, try putting one of those on! It's like a circus act in this stall!
Needless to say, I did my business and got out of there, all while Avery got a first hand view of how big girls go potty. I don't understand how no one has invented some sort of chair for the handicap stalls for kids to sit in while mommy goes potty. Is that too much to ask?? We have sham wows but no holding tank for kids in the restroom. I thought we lived in America? How has no one invented such a contraption?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March Mayhem

Avery, I believe, is teething. What a terrible time f0r baby and parents. She has a runny nose, coughing a bit, refuses food, and wakes up constantly at night! Last night, she was up every 2 hrs, then cl0ser to evey 30 min. UGH! I know she's just a baby and it hurts and I got up loads more often when she was firstborn but this getting up all the time business sucks. I'm not used to it anymore. Plus, I am a big fan of sleep so these interruptions aren't nice. My body gets used to waking up like that after some time so then I find myself waking up at 2am just because?!
She still hasn't walked yet. I'm begging it happens before we go on vacation. I just don't want to miss it! However, I do think it might be awhile before she does on her own. She now occasionally will push something and take a few steps. But then she figures it out and would rather crawl since it's much faster.
I'm struggling with breaking her of the bottle. I've tried giving her formula in every form of a sippy cup and she won't drink it. She takes a few sips and then discovers, this isn't the bottle. She'll drink juice from the cup, but not her formula. I bought some milk and have been putting that in the cup to try and get her used to it too. She still doesn't like it much so I don't know if it means she isn't ready or what. I can't just not give her her bottle...she'll be hungry. Plus, she doesn't understand me withholding the bottle because I want her to drink from the sippy. I just don't know what to do to get her used to not drinking from the bottle. I've tried giving her 4 oz in bottle then 2 oz in cup; I've tried mixing formula and milk...it's just frustrating.
Still no mamma either. She says dadda, a word that sort of sounds like dog, sorta ball, and sorta sock. Oh and ba ba for her bottle. I know though once she figures out how to talk, there will be no shutting her up. She'll be just like me in that regards, and I'm sure Chris too.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Madness

Clearly it's been awhile since my last post. I feel like my life is an endless pile of laundry, that just never seems to get done. I think this is the closest I'll ever feel to how it was when Jesus fed the 5,000. I know now what those never ending baskets of fish and bread must have been like.
At any rate, things have been busy with Avery. She's still "cruising" as some call it; walking along furniture and basically anything she can hold on to. She can stand on her own, but only for a few seconds before she falls down. Chris claims she took her first steps a couple days ago. However, I think it was more falling gracefully. She tries though, but I just don't think she's strong enough yet. We'll get there. Although it had better happen soon because we leave for vacation in a few weeks!
I'm trying to feed Avery more human food and less baby food. This is very easy in the fruit and snack department, but veggies and meat is more of a struggle. I'm looking forward to the whole milk switch too.
I also must say, as much as I hate the pacifier, I've lapsed and given it back. She did great for a week, then got really sick. I felt horrible and so did she and I thought it would be something to make her feel better. So I caved and gave it back. However, only at bed time, none other. I at least feel good about that.
I just love all the new sounds, noises, consonants and all that she does. It's so exciting to see her grow. Hopefully she'll say mamma soon enough. For now, all is dadda.