The Soother Fairy

Kitten was a very sucky baby. She loved her soothers, right from the beginning. We were always comfortable with having her take a soother – it gave us a break and we knew that you could confiscate a soother, but not a thumb (well, at least not easily). So we let her have her soother.

Eventually, we limited her soother time to at night and during her naps only. She was allowed this comfort for some time. I found it pretty hard to deny her, whether it was a form of laziness (in not wanting to break her habit) or feeling like it was the wrong time (“she’s potty training!” “there’s a new baby!” or another form of change) or what… I’m not sure. I felt as though it didn’t matter – she wasn’t going to take it to college with her… or grade 1, for that matter, but yeah. I was very lenient on it.

However, in October I was starting to get annoyed with the soother. Annoyed with cleaning it. Annoyed with her losing it in the night and calling us for it. Annoyed that people were (assumably) judging us for allowing our 3 and a half year old to have it. So I declaired “The Soother Fairy is coming!”

We talked about it for a few days. The Soother Fairy is coming! She comes and takes soothers and leaves a present! We get to decorate the tree in front of our house! It’s going to be AWESOME! Some times Kitten would be very excited about it… and others, she would be pensive or uninterested. Eventually, she agreed that I should call the Soother Fairy and that she should come and take Kitten’s soothers. So I did (thanks, Mom).

The evening of the Soother Fairy’s visit, Kitten was VERY excited. I had to work, but as soon as I got home, Kitten was all up in my grill to get the tree decorated. I pulled out our old Christmas decorations that we don’t use any more. We hung up some blue ornaments, strung up some blue garland, and then hung her two soothers on some blue ribbon from the tree. I took lots of pictures, and Kitten posed like such a ham. Watch out, Canada’s Next Top Model! My daughter is fierce! Heh.

The Soother Fairy Tree

After all the decorating, and picture taking, Kitten went inside to bed. It was a little hard for her. Boy howdy, did she try to bargain! She just wanted one little soother! Couldn’t we go outside and get one? Just one? And then it was “The Soother Fairy will bring me a new soother!” ::sigh:: But we made it with fairly little fuss. I think it helped that she was a little tired from staying up a little bit late. I was just grateful that she didn’t wig out in the middle of the night – she slept right through.

In the morning, I snuck downstairs before she got up to cut off the soothers and put out her present. I also wrote her a little note from the Soother Fairy, thanking her for leaving the soothers out for the new babies. I also put in how the soother fairy remembers how she brought Kitten her first soothers, and all that. Kitten was SO EXCITED to go out and get her present! I wasn’t sure if she was expecting a new soother or not, but she seemed happy with the present and the note.

Post Soother Fairy Visit

We got her a Barbie with a walking horse. What a waste! Ha ha ha. Seriously. Kitten won’t let us turn on the horse, I think it freaks her out. But she does love the Barbie and the horse, I just wish we could have bought her one that wasn’t so “fancy” (and thus $$$).

Unwrapping

I think she played with it exclusively for a solid week. These days, it still gets some play but not to that extent. I’m glad she likes it, and frankly, I’m always happy to foster her love of the equine. It’s kind of funny, she didn’t even touch the Barbie for the first day, I think.

The Spoils of War

PS – If you were a purple Barbie riding boot, where would you be hiding?

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Weekend Round Up

This post will be disjointed as all get out, so stick with me!

QUILTING!

I got my new rotary blade, and managed to get two fabrics cut up.¬† But only two ūüėČ

All our squishy fabrics!

The start of Birdie's Quilt

I do intend on getting some more done… but just never seem to get there. ::sigh:: Soon. I think. Maybe. Anyway, I still have to decide on whether I am going to use the aqua colour as the binding, or if I should use one of the patterns. I’m a little lost about that. I did get the extra white fabric to do all the sashing in white, though. Oh, and I have no idea what colour thread to use for the top stitching. I love the variegated stuff, but I don’t think there is one that would look good with these colours.

KNITTING

I have a couple of things on the go these days. I was working on some very complicated pants for Birdie, but decided to rip them out. They were really hogging the yarn, and I wasn’t going to have enough to finish, so I ripped them out. I did take a picture of the fabric first, though.

Cross Stitch Longies

I am also working on a pair of socks, my first pair of actual Three Irish Girls socks! Yay! I haven’t worked on them in a little while, though. I started up a pair of pants for Birdie, instead. She’s outgrown all her wool, and isn’t big enough for Kitten’s hand-me-downs yet. I got a few rows done while we were away, but really didn’t do much. I don’t like to knit in the car.

Dragon Fish Socks

SASKATOON WILDERNESS FARM AND ZOO

As part of our trip out East this past weekend, we stopped at the zoo in Saskatoon. It’s mostly deer (seriously, like 8 different types of deer), but they had some cool other stuff, like a lion, cougar, lynx, and grizzly bears. We went after supper, so the animals were up and wandering around which was so nice. The best thing were the pygmie goats. There was this little one that would cry out, and would make Birdie (she was sleeping in the sling) either start to cry or giggle in her sleep. I wonder what she was dreaming about! LOL!

With the bears

Rob & Kitten

Rob & Kitten

Us girls

WEEKEND WEDDING

My brother got married this weekend, and it was just lovely. Kitten was totally enamoured with the bride, as well as with dancing. Ha ha. She did her “highland dancing” all night at the reception (which consists of her hopping from foot to foot in a circle). It was so hilarious, and adorable. Birdie decided that she was starving and exhausted just before the wedding started, and was just inconsolable. I tried so hard to get her to stop crying, but there was no soothing her. So I ended up nursing her during the wedding (something I had NOT planned on doing). I’m pretty sure that no one really noticed, other than I wasn’t standing during the bridal entrance (I can’t nurse and stand without things falling out of place, if you know what I mean). Rob joked with me later that I was going to have to ask the photographer to photoshop my boob out of the pictures. Ha ha, Rob. I can’t wait to see our family pictures, though! And I just realized that I didn’t get anyone to take some pictures of the four of us as a family. CRAP!! ūüė¶ Oh well.

The girls were in perfect matching outfits, though. They were so adorable! Kitten kept hugging Birdin in every picture I tried to take of them! LOL!

Daddy & his Girls

Kitten loves her sister

I did do a “costume change” for the girls for the reception. I thought they’d be more comfortable in pants and shirts. They were still adorable, though.

Birdie and the Bride's Bouquet

Kitten

Birdie

So there you go. In the end, we spent 24 hours on the road, but really enjoyed our trip. We played some serious “Road Kill Bingo” along the way, and the amount of road kill we saw was just… wow. Seriously. The only thing that I expected to see on the road that I didn’t was bird remains. Yeesh.

Pictures of Knitting

Ok, here’s a few pictures of some things I’ve finished.

Here’s a lightweight cowl and fingerless gloves, knit on Three Irish Girls Adorn (fingering weight), the colour is Lysander.

Spring Leaves Cowl

Spring Leaves Cowl

Spring Serpentines

Spring Serpentines

Here’s a striped market bag I did up. I had hoped that it would be longer, but I guess my guage wasn’t quite right. It’s still great for books or smaller items. I hope that it stretches quite a bit with use (it’s cotton). It’s knit on Handicrafter Cotton Stripes and the colour is Mod Stripes.

Striped Market Bag

Striped Market Bag

Here are some random shots of Birdie ūüôā The second picture is her under about 5-6 days worth of (clean) diapers!

You want some, Mommy?  SO GOOD!

Birdie and her Diapers

As for the quilt, I haven’t made time to go to the fabric store to pick up some plain cotton, as well as pick up a new rotary blade. Hopefully I’ll get to it either Friday or next week. We’ll see. I still have to do a little bit of math… but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. I’ll update more when I have more! ūüôā

Yet Another Project

Did I post about the beautiful fabric I ordered for Birdie’s baby quilt? No? Let me fix that! I ordered this gorgeous set from Fabricworm.com about a zillion months ago.¬† I instantly fell in love when I saw it, mostly because three or four of the fabrics have birds on them.¬† Yes, I am that literal.¬† Anyway!¬†¬† I got it and hugged it and squeezed it, then put it away.¬† Frankly, I just didn’t have time to do anything with it, and needed to find a pattern that I loved so I could use it (yes, I bought quilt fabric without knowing what I was doing with it.¬† I am that crazy.¬† I also do that with yarn, by the way.¬† I understand if you need to step away from the madness.¬† Ha ha).¬†

So!¬† I found a pattern.¬† I am going to do this quilt with it, only I’ll make it 40″ (ish) by 66″ (ish).¬† I haven’t really figured it all out yet.¬† I have to do a lot of math, still, because this quilt is much smaller than I was hoping to make.¬† I think I’ll know what size I can make once I start cutting it all out (is that a bad idea?¬† Ha ha).¬† Or at least once I do the math, I’ll be able to figure out how many squares I can make, and thus how long it will be (max will be 44″, as that’s the max width of the fabric).¬†

I still have to buy a new rotary cutter blade (mine is all dull and such), and I really need to find some backing fabric. ¬†I’m considering buying a giant piece of some of the owl related fabrics in the front of the quilt, but I had really wanted a nice grey minkee or similarly soft fabric.¬† I just don’t think that anyone makes grey minkee, though.¬† ::shrugs::¬†

It is my intention ::cough:: to update my progress here as things go along.  I do have some knitting to show you (after gifts have been recieved, of course), but in the meantime, I will distract you with what it looks like to stick crayons in your pants (you may or may not want to bring your own crayons if you come to play Рha ha).

Crayons in her Pants

Our first family portrait, as drawn by Kitten.

Family Portrait

Ready for a party. Strangly kismet dresses – We purchased the baby dress before Kitten was born (we got it for $2. Can I get a Woot! Woot!). A couple of months ago, my mother in law shows up with a size four dress (the one that Kitten is wearing) saying “I’m not sure that you’ll like this, but I found it new, with tags, for really cheap at a garage sale”. And I was all YES!!! PERFECT!!! And I likely frightened her with my enthusiasm for an otherwise mediocre dress. BUT! It is fantastic because it perfectly matches the teeny dress for Birdie (which we always called the bubble dress, for some reason).

Matchy Matchy!

Kitten’s Birthday Party

I’ve come bearing gifts.¬† Or at least .gifs (see what I did there?)¬† Pictures of Kitten’s birthday party!¬† These are only a few, as she was literally surrounded by family the whole day.¬† And I don’t “own” my family, so I try not to post pictures of my family without their permission, etc. so you’ll (sadly) get only a small view of the festivities.¬† But!¬† Pictures!¬† Yay!

Here’s Kitten when we got to the park grounds. She was so excited to wear! the! Tutu! I had let her try it once once before, but otherwise denied her requests to wear it around the house. So it was super special, come party day. She’s also sporting her #3 shirt (made by me), a pair of Abby Cadabby Pony-O hair streamers (bought from etsy) and a pair of Abby Cadabby running shoes (I had a bit of a problem, leading up to the party. Ha ha).

Kitten all dolled up for her party

Here’s a picture of us decorating the picnic site. We got stopped by the park police, because they were wondering what was going on, as they don’t usually allow people to set up tables and stuff (we only had one). They let us off the hook though, as it was a kid birthday party (and we obviously were NOT drinking). I loved our balloons and the few decorations that we did have.

Getting Set Up

We had three games for the kids to play, an egg race (where you race across the grass with an egg in a spoon), a cotton ball race (where you blow through a straw to push a cotton ball across the ground – we used a blanket), and a pinata. Most of the kids had a probelm with the egg race, but it was still fun to do. I dyed the eggs before hand.

Kitten having a run around the grounds

We did have a pinata, which was totally fun. It was a pull-string pinata, which totally failed. Kitten’s uncle ended up ripping it open so the kiddies could get the candy. I think that they enjoyed it, even though it didn’t work quite right. You can’t see it, but Birdie had an Abby Cadabby outfit on too. ūüôā We’re all about the matchy-matchy. For those who are curious, I am wearing Birdie in my new Ergo, in Galaxy Grey. She likes it most of the time, but sometimes she just wants to be FREEEEEEEEEEE…

Pinata, ready to go

Candy scramble!

Pinata Grab!

We had cupcakes for cake (for ease of eating outside). I ended up not doing anything fancy or Abby Cadabby themed. I really wanted to do faces, but couldn’t figure out how to do the eyes. Well, I could have ordered candy eyes, but didn’t have time to get them in. Anyway, it’s no matter. They were fine, and gorgeously coloured inside!

Cupcakes

Cupcake insides
(the inside picture is from an earlier batch, but very similar to how they turned out.

Anyway, now Kitten is three, and SOMEONE told her that 3 is apparently much more dramatic than two ever was. ::sigh:: Oh well. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Only Half a Woot

We had a follow up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Monday.¬† Birdie came home with only one cast.¬† Yay!¬† It’s far easier to handle her this way, and she really kicks that leg quite furiously.¬† She’s obviously making up for lost time AND making up for not being able to move the other one.¬† Ha ha!¬†¬†The only negatives to the single cast are that she has to wear pants now (it’s been too cool to be pantless, so one leg would get cold), and that her uncasted knee likes to pop out of her Miracle Blanket all the time.¬† Dude, those Woombies cannot get here fast enough!¬† I’m also worried about writing all over the cast in Sharpie because now that she’s wearing pants, I’m concerned that she’ll end up with sharpie all over the inside of the pants, you know?¬† Oh well.¬† It’s not a huge big deal.¬† I also feel like the cast is smaller/thinner this time, so it fits under clothes better.¬†

So, in short, her left foot responded very well to treatment, and is pretty much perfect.¬† Yay!¬† The doctor thought that it would be fine to come off yesterday, and it was.¬† So that makes me think that she’s good with guessing her dates.¬† Hurrah.

Here’s what I know from asking the doctor when we were there:¬† Birdie has metatarsus adductus, which is basically being pigeon toed.¬† Her’s, specifically, is the curve of the foot itself, not due to twisted leg bones (this is a good thing, actually).¬† Pretty much everything I’ve seen online says that the doctor will do serial casting and that usually takes care of it.¬† Nothing¬† I’ve read indicates that any one does surgery for it.¬† I asked the doctor, and she said it would be very unlikely that Birdie will need to wear any kind of braces or special shoes after the serial casting is done.¬† So yay for that, as well.¬† I¬†also asked if this would be considered a mild form of club foot, and she said no.¬† Apparently there are three things that need to be wrong for it to be club feet, and Birdie only has one (metatarsus adductus is¬†usually a part of the problem, but there are¬†two other issues as well – I think one has to do with the heels and the other has to do with the ankles, but I didn’t ask).¬†

We weren’t able to get a pink cast because the¬†fiberglass materials that they use for this type of cast is¬†considered a “soft cast”.¬† The¬†coloured casts are hard casts – assumably for broken bones or whatever.¬† It’s possible that¬†the soft cast stuff is available in different colours, but this hospital only has the white.¬† ::shrugs::¬† Disappointing in some ways, but I’m ok with it.¬† The coloured cast would have been nice, but whatevs.¬† I’m not going to be all mopey about it.

The best news, though, was that we go back again next¬†Monday, and¬†the doctor suspects that we will be casting her foot one more time.¬† So it’s looking like a little over 3 weeks total.¬† She can’t say for sure – it’s possible that we’ll get a¬†fourth cast (she’s on her second, so next Monday will be her third, and the Monday after that *might* be her fourth), but we’ll see.¬† I’m hoping not, but I’m not getting my hopes up too high.¬† Even better news is that in the morning before our appointments,¬†I’m supposed to take her cast off so I can give her a bath, clip her toe nails, and just let her have some free, mobile time!¬†¬†Super Yay!¬† ¬†Her feet were really stinky (well, technically the right one still is stinky, as it’s back in the cast already), so this will be awesome!¬† I’m so excited.¬† The casts are pretty easy to take off.¬† You just pick up the edge of the fiberglass (like the end of the tape roll) and unwrap it.¬† It takes a bit of effort, but it’s not too bad.¬† The worst part is you feel like you have to apply lots of pressure when you’re holding the cast while the other hand is ripping the cast off.¬† Birdie doesn’t even squirm that much, so it mustn’t hurt.¬† But yes.¬† VERY happy about it.¬† Rob and I got to remove her casts when we were there the other day, and let me tell you – it’s rather cathartic!

In other Birdie related news… She’s become very attached to me.¬† I don’t know why, exactly, but she has.¬† When she was very little, she wouldn’t take a bottle.¬† Then she would, and now she wouldn’t again.¬† We’ve tried both breast milk and formula, and a variety of bottles/nipples… including the Adiri bottle, which I refer to as the Boobie Bottle.¬† To be fair, when I tried to give her the bottle today, I don’t think it was quite warm enough and I am not entirely convinced she was hungry at the time.¬† I’m very grateful that breastfeeding¬†has been so easy on me this time, don’t get me wrong.¬† I don’t want her to take a bottle because I want to wean or anything… it would just be nice not to have to worry about her if we go out¬†or whatever.¬†¬†At this time, I wouldn’t be able to go out for more than about 5 hours without having to come home to feed her.¬† She’ll take a little bit from a bottle, but not enough to¬†fully skip a feeding, you know?¬†¬†On Monday night, I went to knitting night, but ended up having to come home early because she wouldn’t stop crying.¬† And wouldn’t you know it?¬† She stopped very shortly after I got home.¬† Grrr… This isn’t something I was expecting, or am used to experiencing.¬† Sure, Kitten was attached to me as a baby, but never minded if I went out without her.¬† What a different little character this Birdie is!

She’s not really doing much developmentally.¬† She really hates being on her tummy, and the cast(s) don’t help.¬† I try to put her in her ladybug toy (similar to this)¬†as often as I can, but she ends up scootching back to far because her legs aren’t comfortable.¬† She can lift her head up when she’s in it, but won’t lift her head up when she’s just laying on her belly.¬† It’s very much about her terms.¬† She’s not showing any signs of trying to roll over (Kitten was at this point), nor pushing up with her arms.¬† ::shrugs::¬† I know that one day she’ll just decide to do it and shock us all… but she’s really not trying.¬† I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the casts, but I have a feeling that she’ll reach some significant milestones once her therapy is all done.¬†

She is talking a TON though!¬† She’s rarely quiet unless she’s sleeping or watching TV.¬† Not that we let her watch TV in the sense that we allow Kitten to watch TV.¬† More like Kitten’s watching TV and I’m changing Birdie’s diaper, and the change pad is near the TV and thus she looks at it.¬† Anyway, she loves the TV.¬† But yeah.¬† She is constantly vocalizing and jabbering on.¬† Oh, and she learned to suck her thumb.¬† She has a definite preference for her left thumb, though.¬† Actually, she does most things (reach for toys, etc) with her left hand, so we’ll see if that’s any kind of sign about her future preferences ūüôā

We’ve started to put her in the crib in Kitten’s room at night now.¬† So far, so good.¬† Kitten usually falls asleep before Birdie goes to bed, and Birdie typically gets up to eat before Kitten wakes up for the day.¬† After I feed Birdie, I put her in the bassinette by the bed instead of back in Kitten’s room… just in case Birdie doesn’t settle well (like this morning), or in case Kitten wakes up early and starts fooling around/yelling that she’s awake/etc.

Birdie’s favorite things right now are sleeping while holding my fingers (nap time only!), and having a conversation with Rob and I.¬† She’s a very social baby – she already gets upset if she’s left alone too long or if I leave the room when she’s watching.¬† She’s going to be veeeeerrrrry interesting as she gets older.¬† She is pretty enamoured with Kitten as well, and I hope that bond grows stronger as time goes on.

Kitten is well – she’s half way potty trained, which is a huge success, in my mind.¬† She rarely has pee accidents, and is not night or poop trained yet.¬† She can nap without a diaper, but night time is too long.¬† We’ve had a bit of a regression recently, but we’re trying to ride it out and get her back on track.¬† Tonight, Rob was informed that “peeing in a diaper is fun!”¬† Yeesh.¬† You would think that peeing in the potty for M&M’s is fun… but no.¬† I think she’s realizing how independant she is, and is missing the closeness that comes from having people tend to you.¬† We’re trying hard to get her ready for preschool by having her learn how to dress herself, and hopefully she’ll be able to use the potty by herself by September.¬† I know that the helpers do assist with bathroom breaks in the 3 year old class for sure, but it would be nice if Kitten was able to do things like pull up her undies and pants by herself.¬† One step at a time, though!¬†

All right.¬† It’s super late again, and I really aught to get to bed.¬† Birdie will be up at the ass crack of dawn again to eat, so that doesn’t leave me very many sleeping hours left!

One cast off and one cast on...
Birdie, Monday morning after getting her right cast re-done.