msjorje: (sasha)
Once Sasha got up this morning, she got to help Mommy a little in the kitchen. I made French Toast and Scrambled Eggs. Daddy made Sausage. Sasha started with an appetizer of cantaloupe, which she also rubbed on her toes! lol She actually got a glass plate for her own breakfast! She did pretty well with the plate until she was done eating. Daddy gave Sasha her Elmo toy gift from him. She liked it very much and carried it around for a while and several times later in the day as well.

I thought Sasha was ready for a nap after that, but she didn't take her "morning nap" until 1 o'clock. I was making her cupcakes when she went down. I also gave her the Baby Doll gift from me. We wound up with 30 cupcakes! I iced most of them while she was sleeping, but left a couple plain. I also got a shower while she slept. Then she woke up and I took her in for a shower. We had fun playing with the water. Then I let her eat part of a plain cupcake in my lap before getting ready to leave.

Trimmed to an LJ Cut for length, you know how I ramble! )

Overall, a good low-key birthday.
msjorje: (mommy)
Tyler is becoming a little woman. She is trying to wear makeup now, but needs more practice. We got her some makeup, brushes, and a little bag for it all for her birthday. She also got my old phone. She was thrilled! Her old phone had NOTHING, just really no features at all. What she doesn't know yet is that her limits have been raised (possibly removed) on her line now.

She is interested in Gothic fashion and vampires and such. She mentioned sometime in the last year that she always wanted a doll cake. Her little cousin got one. So... I made her a doll cake for her birthday! The cake was dark chocolate fudge. The icing was dark chocolate. When I told her that, she exclaimed "You love me!" I got my friend Brandon to help by drawing little swirls on the dark brown dress with drippy red cookie icing. The doll was also wearing a dark brown (more icing) corset top with red trim. And thanks to Elmo's brilliant idea, she was sporting two tiny red dots (bite mark) on her neck. Tyler LOVED the cake. I don't think it could have been more perfect for her!

We had dinner at Cici's, one of her favorites. Several family members attended and a couple of friends as well. It was a nice little turnout.

cut for size )
msjorje: (sasha)
Sasha turns one tomorrow. At this time exactly 1 year ago, I was timing contractions, trying to decide if I was really, really in labor.

Anyway, tomorrow my father will give Sasha chocolate for the first time. I'm hoping it isn't a fight. He gave my other girls regular sized Hershey bars and they turned a bit green. I've bought mini candy bars, but he was saying the other night that he got one of those monster size ones. Forget it! I know I already went off on this tangent, though...

Sasha likes to drink what we're drinking. She doesn't share Daddy's Koolaid because it's sugar water. She shares Mommy's water. Tonight she has been very interested in my glass of milk (from a cow). I know the reason we wait until 1 year for chocolate is so that baby's digestive system can develop enough to handle the proteins in dairy products. She has had the tiniest amounts of cheese cooked into some things, but not much at all. I had researched even that. Suffice to say, I let her try my cow milk tonight. She took several sips and I suspect she would have had more but I finished it so I wouldn't have to fight with her about it. She recently tried goat's milk but didn't seem to like it. I should have tried it in a glass. I think she liked the cow milk. I'm sure she'll like chocolate. I just hope the milk I gave her goes through her well.

I have a loose plan for tomorrow and, most importantly, took the day off. I want to focus on her through most of the day. I need to bake her cupcakes, so that will actually be time away from her. I have to keep her out of the kitchen because the oven door gets too hot. She'll get to have a cupcake! In the afternoon, I'll take her to see Gran, Serena, and Keith. Then a little later we'll go see Grandpa and Grandma. Next weekend we'll have Tyler here and go see Aunt Tricia and her girls.

It has been strange to plan a low-key birthday after the huge ta-doo that was Tyler's first birthday. However, it makes sense because her family is much smaller than Tyler's family. I plan to bake, shower or bathe with her (she loves the water), play lots!... maybe take a walk. She loves to go outside. We'll probably watch Little Shop of Horrors because it is her favorite! Next week we'll get one-year portraits and have her one-year well-baby visit. I think I may have mentioned all that already, though. :-P

I keep thinking of more things I want Sasha to have, but then we do live in a small space. She loves to sit on our Boppy Cushion, but I'd like her to have a little cushy chair of her own. I've been looking at bean bag chairs as an inexpensive option. I hope the *entire* day is low key and stress-free. For all of us!
msjorje: (sasha)
We put Sasha's shoes that my brother bought for her on her one day to walk to the laundromat here in our apartment complex. They fit perfectly and are made for learning to walk. I'm a big proponent of barefootin' as much as possible. She walked ALL the way to the laundromat, except on the grass where she has to be carried or she'll sit down and eat the grass instead. She loved the shoes! We got home and took her shoes off. She soon wanted them back! I put them back on and then she wanted them off again. They are kind of hard to put on, though.

She liked them so much that we found some new shoes for her today. They are a bit easier to put on and SO cute! They are pink and black OP Skate Shoes with Velcro closures. They have a clear window under the toes... which makes it so you can see if they fit or not! How cool is that?! I suck at checking shoes so I like that feature!

She loved having them on in the store. Then a while after we came home she was dragging me to the front door, so I put her shoes on and took her outside to walk around in the sunshine for a few minutes. I'd really like her to get a little time outside every day.



Sasha raises her hands when she wants up (of course). Sometimes she even grunts. The trouble is, hands up and grunting is now her way to say she wants __________. There is often no telling what __________ may be. She does sign "finished" but it is kind of flailing rather than controlled movement. She has signed more a few times. And she occasionally signs for milk on my chest. I chose the sign for breastfeed which is to tap your chest above the breast.



As we near the one-year mark, she is trying more foods. We went out to breakfast this morning. I ordered the usual sliced bananas so that she would have something to eat. Then our food came and I realized that I can stop special ordering for her now. She ate some banana slices, some of my eggs (I picked around the cheese for the most part), sausage, and a little bit of hash browns. She loves to eat what we eat so it is very convenient to feed her from our plates. The trick is to offer healthy choices... so we need to be eating healthy stuff, too!

Mind you, some stuff she sucks on and then drops. Some things she lets sit in her mouth and then spits it out or pulls it out or just lets it fall out of her mouth. Chicken is a perfect example. We had fish for dinner last night and she'll usually get it down, but last night she was spitting it out.

I'm planning for her first cake. I chose classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I picked up a muffin pan today and party themed liners. I think a cupcake is a much more appropriate size than the small cakes you get at the store. She will also be trying chocolate for the first time soon. The tradition is for Grandpa to give it, but I've already purchased some mini candy bars. I don't want her to have a full size Hershey's. The older girls looked ill by the time they finished them! They literally looked green. I think Dad may argue against me, but why would you want your child to feel sick? I realize they didn't EAT the entire thing, but they still turned green. Forget it.

So... does chocolate frosting count as chocolate? Because I'm planning out her birthday and if she eats chocolate frosting before she eats chocolate, I won't tell Dad. But then Elmo was surprised I was even going to give her frosting. I could give her a plain cupcake. I'm sure she'd still love it! I gave her a nibble of a couple of chocolate chip cookies today, but without the chips. She enjoyed that, too.



Sasha has an appointment for 1 year portraits and then her 1 year well baby visit with the doctor. Both are about a week away.
msjorje: (sasha)
I've decided I want Sasha (and us) to have a wagon. I think it would be great to have for zoo trips as well as walking to the laundromat! I had no idea they came with seat-belts these days! Here are the ones I have picked out that I like so far:

Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon or Step2 Wagon for Two Plus - There are some fancier Radio Flyer ones with canopies and stuff, but either of these more basic ones would be great! They also make ones with less features, but these two are awesome.

This is kind of a continuation on this post.

Birthdays

Aug. 19th, 2010 08:31 pm
msjorje: (mommy 2)
Both my girls have birthdays next month (a couple days apart). When Tyler had her 1st Birthday, I took her for lunch at my mom's. We also took her to Joe's mom's to celebrate that evening. Then we had a huge party for Joe's dad's side of the family and my dad's side of the family, plus his mom I think. I am just not "feeling it" for Sasha. I mean... I don't feel the need for such a huge event and she doesn't have as much local family anyway. I went whole hog with Teletubbies invites, etc. Do I want to go with a theme at all for Sasha? Do we want to do dinner out and have family / friends meet us? Or a picnic? I just do NOT know what I want to do!

Then Tyler... she usually has a big picnic because her dad's family is pretty big. I was involved that first year after I split, but since then I haven't been involved at all. So what shall I do with our family, especially considering that my dad won't attend if my mom is there. Ugh! I'm sure Tyler would be cool with a nice dinner out that her friends could also attend, but I just don't know. My nieces and nephews usually have a dinner / cake / present thing at my dad's place.

I know 1st Birthday is a big deal... she won't remember it, but she'll view pics of it for years to come... I just am at a loss. What is wrong with me?
msjorje: (mommy)
Tyler and Sasha will both have birthdays next month! So... for reference, here are some of the things that interest them (read: gift ideas)

Tyler is turning 12 and is now very interested in vampire books (including Twilight stuff). She likes goth fashion, though she is not at all dark (emotionally speaking). So black / goth clothing / accessories are a great idea. Vampire books and/or books where the heroine is a young girl are also a big hit. She likes dark books and dark movies. She is always thrilled with gift cards to book stores, though clothing stores would also rock. She also loves Repo! The Genetic Opera right now. She has a twin bed plus trundle at my place and would probably like some updated (age-wise) bedding since her Spongebob set. I think she pretty much loves everything with a preteen target audience.

Sasha will be celebrating her first birthday. With little ones, I stand by my statement that any toy with their age in the age range is great and will be loved. Specifically, though, Sasha loves [board] books with buttons that make noise. I prefer toys with some educational value. I plan to pick out Sasha's first baby doll, probably a truck or other stereotypically boy gift, and probably a change bank of some sort. These are just sort of things that I feel she should have at her first birthday. I felt the same with Tyler and she still loves her first baby doll. Any clothing should definitely be 12 months, at a minimum. She weighs over 22 pounds now. As far as character toys, we prefer Elmo stuff, of course. We prefer nothing terribly large since we just downsized our home, though the Elmo couch and chair are both adorable! A toddler bed would be a great item to have! She doesn't have a bed of her own yet.

Perhaps we'll put together wish lists this weekend...

8/22 EDIT: More here.

Birthday

Jun. 25th, 2010 08:11 am
msjorje: (red03b)
Happy Birthday to my love! We're back to only 9 years apart as of today. heh
msjorje: (chatty)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] lisamoe! I hope you had a great one and that SOMEONE got you cake!
msjorje: (Default)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] wilson_lizard!!
msjorje: (normal?)
Oh, and my birthday! We went to our Bradley Birthing Class reunion. That was cool. Heard birth stories and told our birth story. Took lots of pics of 5 babies with an age span of 1½ months. The differences in development were amazing.

Then we went to Target for diapers and Starbucks treats. We went home, regathered (including Veronica this time) and met back up at Red Robin. My GS co-leader brought her family. Viv & Stephen made a surprise appearance! Courtney from work brought her mom, it was cool to see them! (Courtney shares my birthday, too!) And my brother attended, of course. (Dad & his wife and Mom & Serena were unable to attend.)

I got a heavy duty stapler (it was on my wish list) and a card. We set out a big, fancy glass for "Birthday Tattoo Donations" - Elmo started it off with $30. Somewhere along the way, someone added a dollar. I guess the idea wasn't as good as I thought. Still, after we all settled back in at home, I went to see my tattoo guy. We discussed my ideas and he'll have a drawing ready for my approval in a couple of weeks! I put a deposit on the tattoo and will have the work done in April! I'm SO excited to be getting more ink!

The evening was pretty quiet. Sunday was catching up on errands and housework. I picked up a chocolate cake... not my favorite. I still want to get a Boston Creme Pie, dang it!

So, over all... my birthday was nice, though fairly uneventful. I was pleased with the turnout for my luncheon. That was the best and exactly what I'd hoped!

If you'd like to donate to my tattoo fund, you can PayPal money to my jorje-@-verthandi.org account (without the dashes). The tattoo is costing more than I expected, but still a great price!
msjorje: (red03b)
Yeah, I'm old enough that I really have to think about my age to remember it. :-P

Anyway, this is an open invite to my birthday luncheon. It will be held this Saturday at Red Robin in Broken Arrow at two o'clock. No gift necessary, I just want you (yes YOU) to be there! It would really mean a lot to me just to have friends celebrate with me. Think I'm referring to that other person? I'm not. I'm referring to YOU... and YOU. Please join my family and I in celebrating another year of my life.

I don't need RSVP's, I'm not going to keep up with them or make a reservation. I would just stress that too much anyway. So I'm just going to SHOW UP at Red Robin on Saturday at two o'clock and hope for the best. I hope to see you there!

Friends

Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:01 am
msjorje: (starry night)
I've been doing some soul searching lately on the topic of friends. And let me just preface this with saying that I'm headed into PMS week, I think. Soon, anyway.

So... I never get together with friends. Okay, rarely. I have lots of friends that I'd like to see. So I wonder at times... is it my jacked up schedule? does that just happen when you get to be my age? am I just too unavailable? am I a bad friend? is my husband just too much of a homebody? is it because I have a new baby?

I find time to blow of steam at home. But I can't fit in all the chores, projects, and research I want and feel the need to do. We have one friend that has been coming over every weekend lately, so that has been nice. I'm a social creature, though. The girls at work go out together often and one of them finally invited me! I felt so... relieved? It was kind of an open-ended general request that I should come along sometime. But consider that they go to clubs or bars, I have a baby, and my husband works EARLY mornings, so he doesn't stay up late (and therefore couldn't really watch the baby if I wanted to go out late at night).

Does high school really just never end? I never really wanted to be one of the cool or popular people... I just wanted friends. I always had them, even moving around so much. I pretty much made myself an outcast because I wanted to be different. But that doesn't mean I didn't or don't want friends.

My thoughts have really come to a head as I plan for my birthday. I was paranoid that no one would attend my party last year. I invited a LOT of people. I got just enough guests to fill my living room furniture, so I shouldn't complain. I am usually kind of paranoid that when I throw any sort of gathering no one will show. I can't really even count on the woman that has claimed the title of my "best friend" for... close to 2 decades. She hasn't really been there for / with me for quite a while. I've already passed the title along to someone else in whom I can confide. Still, I've been feeling like I should post that I'm accepting applications for that position. And yes, as cheesy as it is, my husband is really my best friend. But you women out there can probably appreciate the need for a female best friend.

Am I *too* TMI? I worry about that, but it is a part of me that I like. I'm open and honest. What is wrong with that? Am I getting defensive? Sigh.

I think I had a lot more thoughts on this, but I generally do my best thinking while driving or in the shower... neither of which I can do with a keyboard handy. :-P

I'm going to be posting a birthday invite very soon. I hope you'll attend. I'm not asking for RSVPs or any other such commitment of attendance.
msjorje: (pregnancy)
no really, this is seriously gross and TMI )

So what does all this mean? Um... that my body is doing gross stuff that inches me closer to labor or at least signals labor... but with no more time line than anything else does. lol So... you read all that gross stuff for nothing. I just wanted reference in my journal. Oh well.

Meanwhile... I don't really want Sasha's birthday to be on 9/11 (too much of a downer date) and we don't want it to be 9/14 (Veronica's birthday). So I'm mostly feeling prepared to wait until next week and see what else the doctor wants to try. I'm scared of pitocin, though, so I don't want to do that! I wonder if he'll break my water or allow me to try any stronger home remedies. I'm not sure I like them, either, though. The home remedies mostly tell you that they won't start labor unless you're really ready anyway.

My mom got me a Pack 'n Play (little playpen) which will be great to use here as well as at her place. It should be delivered today! Elmo can hardly wait to set it up in the baby room. Her room looks rather empty since it just has toys in it. We're also going to hang my Baby Shower balloons in there. One of them is a big Elmo - so cute! They are also bringing some washable nursing pads (I need more of those!) and a booster high chair to use in a regular chair. I know it is early for that, but we needed to round up to get free shipping and it is something I will definitely need. I didn't want a full, regular high chair and these are so portable.

Alright, I guess that is enough rambling for one post. Sheesh! I have stuff I want to do OFF the computer and I need to check in on my "Expecting in September 2009" boards too. So... until the next ramble strikes me...
msjorje: (Default)
I'm tired. I am not sure if I'm legitimately not getting enough rest or if it is 3rd trimester fatigue or even Gestational Diabetes. Mom (& Serena, I hope) are taking me on Monday for my 3-hour Glucose Test. I've been advised that I may NOT leave the building and that, in fact, I will not be allowed out of sight of the lab techs. Wow! Do you think they have much problem with pregnant women cheating their GD tests? I mean, it is in the baby's best interest to know if you have it and take appropriate measures to reduce the chances of side effects.

I am so proud of Elmo. He came to work Tues - Thur. It nearly killed him to do it each day. Today is Friday and he just couldn't do it again. He comes to work and is hurting so bad by the time the sort is over. So he has been working short days on some days. Then he goes home and takes something for the pain and is knocked out. Then he can't sleep at night, so he is overly tired when it is time to go to work. I feel for him. But he has been back all week and his previous absence is "excused" I guess, so they are considering this his first of three allowed unexcused absences. Still... I worry about him. Ten more days and he will have been trying to pass this stone for two months. Mom gave me a suggestion of where else (medical) to take him that wouldn't charge. I've been so busy with move stuff, though... I haven't tried to get him an appointment. I am sure a part of me just hopes he'll pass it anyway and that will be the end of it. If not sooner, I'll be making arrangements after we get moved... though I know we'll then be busy unpacking. We don't have a lot of stuff, so we should do pretty well.

My brother is also going to be moving closer to my mom. I'm looking forward to having us all so close together AND I'll be closer to Veronica, which was also part of the point. I'll be in a better neighborhood, too, so I just feel like she'll be safer when she is with me.

We're moving in 5 days. Yow!

My mother needs a better phone. Anyone have an old phone they don't use anymore? I'm positive that any old phone any one of my friends has lieing around would be better than the hunk of junk phone my mother is using. It needs to be compatible with T-Mobile, but I can check on that myself.

Today we're taking both of Elmo's cats to an in-home pet rescue sort of place. This girl offered to take them for us. Our new lease doesn't even allow for a pet deposit. They do NOT allow pets. We didn't know this until we went to sign the lease. I have been worried that Elmo would regret getting rid of Sam, but he really gave it a lot of thought. He worries a lot about the cats tripping me and later tripping our toddler. Sam really has been running over to get in front of me when I come out of our room, so it is a valid concern.

We watched Knowing last night. We liked it. spoiler warning )

In totally other news, the last few times I've seen Joe he has seemed... off. Like something is weighing on him or he could simply be avoiding eye contact. I'm a little worried about him, but totally understand that it is none of my business. I texted him a Happy Birthday note on his birthday, but never heard anything back. Meanwhile, Britt is actually speaking to me (pleasantly, even!) lately. That has been a pleasant change.

I think that just about covers it. No wonder I felt the need to purge all that... there was plenty to say!
msjorje: (kiss)
I'm so sorry you had to return to work on your birthday, love. Thank you for doing it, though.

I hope I can help you have the best birthday so far!
msjorje: (Default)
I lounged this morning... didn't need to make my lunch because I still had my sandwich I didn't eat yesterday. I didn't really want to get dressed to go. I think it was because Peggy wasn't there. I may decide to work her camp next year, if any. I will, after all, have a baby in tow by then. They don't normally do babies in diapers at day camp, but we had one this year. The Pre-K leader brought her own.

Ms Jan did not, apparently, take too kindly to Serena telling her no when she asked her to do something yesterday. Honestly, I was amused by that. Today I mostly sat, with my feet up. My stomach felt icky for a while. Then I ate some cucumbers and peppers - that helped. It was a fairly uneventful day - for me. It is a big day for campers, though. I didn't want to miss it. I got some flowers (in dirt) as my final thank you.

After camp, I met Ms Jenny (my own co-leader) at Braum's and bought her birthday dessert. It was nice, but I was missing Elmo. I finally made it home and then we went and picked out movies. I let him know I felt like I needed a little cry, so we made sure to get at least one tear jerker movie. The movie store clerks were great suggesting movies for that.

Oh, and I checked the mail... still no camp mail. I am really saddened and disappointed by that.

I'm finally in for the night and showered! I'm tired and sore and glad the week is over, except that I have to be back to work on Monday. Sigh.
msjorje: (Default)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] lisamoe!! I'm sorry your plans for Friday got cancelled, but I'm so glad you had a good weekend. I hope you celebrated all week! If not, consider celebrating all week this week!

I figure that by the time I reach 50 or 60, I'll be celebrating all month! heh
msjorje: (red02)
Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] madbodger & [livejournal.com profile] fizzygeek, [livejournal.com profile] jorjesmom and [livejournal.com profile] tapestry01, I had plenty of beads for my party!!

Elmo and I had the apartment pretty spotless by noon (we do get up early). I had picked up some shrimp dip from Hebert's and I got it into the crock pot by 4:00 (the party was scheduled for 7:00). [livejournal.com profile] jaqueline_ess and David arrived first, thankfully. They brought the Mardi Gras music mix. Elmo got the music started and we put their Merritt's Bakery King Cake on the dessert table. Ms Jenny (my GS co-leader) & James arrived next, with Shrimp Creole. It would need to be warmed back up, but we waited for more food to arrive. My brother, Keith and his husband, Mike arrived next with a cake pan full of red beans and rice to be warmed in the oven. The pan was my birthday gift! It even has a plastic lid for transporting food. I got the oven started. Sean arrived with Spicy Italian Sausage from Hebert's. He had gone in just before they closed and asked for something that could be ready to serve quickly! He also brought a gift; a Black & Decker iron! It is very nice. Once everything was hot again, I texted Rich to let him know we were going to eat (he was running late). We all dug in, the food was all great! I went back for seconds, then remembered that we had dessert, too. Oops. Shortly after we finished eating, [livejournal.com profile] nicfit23 and [livejournal.com profile] henridellik arrived. Rich had some... issues through the day, so he wound up not making King Cake. He picked one up at Hebert's. Merritt's cake had cream cheese (though I can't seem to find any in it) and Hebert's had Bavarian creme. The Hebert's was a particularly big hit! Rich also brought me a very nice gift card for Target, addressed to "Jorje & Co." I probably will spend a bit of it on baby stuff, so that was fitting.

Sean was the last to leave (around 12:30) as usual. I think the party was a success and so I may consider doing this again in the future. The baby was sitting on top of Rich's cake, so I got it... but it doesn't seem to count. I haven't found the baby in the other cake yet, but Becca marked where she thinks it is. So, regardless of the baby, Mardi Gras is a great holiday to share with my birthday, so I'm sure I'll do it again. Maybe not next year (with a new baby), but eventually.

Thank you, everyone that came! It was not the party I had originally intended to have, but pregnancy has its way of changing the way we do things. lol I had fun visiting with all of my guests. I had the apartment clean again before going to bed at 1:30. So today was nothing but vegging out as usual. :-)
msjorje: (starry night)

Today would have been Matthew's birthday. I think about him even more often than I thought I would. And I'm certain I think more of him than he ever thought I would. I think of his wife and hope she is doing well.

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