Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Last night, we carved pumpkins - one for each of us! Tonight, we head to the Gophers football game and Mia will be wearing her Piglet costume!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Getting Into EVERYTHING!

Things Amelia has managed to "discover" in our house recently:
1) our HDTV in the basement (and proceeds to hit it)
2) the DVD/VCR player in the living room (which she sticks her fingers into)
3) a basket of her books and small toys that I had on a shelf (which she repeatedly pulled down on top of herself until I removed the basket and just tossed the items on the shelves)
4) the plant (we had spanish moss on top of the soil which I removed earlier, then added river rock to cover the soil until my husband reminded me that she could choke on them, and so we were down to uncovered soil until Saturday, when she ate two handfuls...the soil is currently under a couple of towels, but now she's started pulling up on the pot and starts pulling on the leaves!)
5) a box of cliff bars and two boxes of pop that we keep on the floor in our dining room (she pulls out the bars and the pops and distributes them across the floor - thank god she hasn't figured out how to pull the blanket off of our tailgating tub - she'd be in the Vodka in no time!)
6) the pantry, but only when I leave it open for any small amount of time (and then she likes to toss around the two cans of chicken that are laying on the floor due to lack of shelf space, or she manages to stick her hands into the bag of pigs ears for the dog, which requires a thorough hand washing!)
7) the stairs - she pulls up on the bottom steps, but may figure out how to climb up after the kitty soon!


I knew that we'd have to make some adjustments around the house, and had even started the process prior to her mobilization, however, I was not prepared for the total rehaul that we're going to have to do in order to live with a crawling, and eventually walking, baby! At this point, our main floor living room is the main issue. I had already removed all of the DVDs from her reach (mounted wall shelves for some and the rest went into the drawers of our new TV stand in the basement), and had found a large basket that fit onto the lowest shelf of our ladder bookshelf that could be used to store blankets so that she wouldn't hurt herself if she pulled it down on top of herself (the basket, not the bookshelf, which is another story entirely). I had also removed all of the framed pictures from the lower shelf and replaced them with another smaller basket, which I filled with some of her books and toys (which I mentioned above). But, in the last week, I've had to remove everything from the next shelf up, and we have to be careful what we put on the lower few stairs, since she found daddy's work phone and pager and proceeded to toss them across the room last night!

I realize that I'm going to have to let go of a little bit of control when it comes to the house (and already have as she continually leaves little disasters in her wake...), but I need some easy, creative, and SAFE ideas on how to "decorate" or simply organize my house in a way that is still baby-friendly without being a constant play area. So, I'm posting a few pics of (her getting into things) areas that need some help, and I'm looking for any ideas that you may have!

Here you can see our (now empty) bookcase that has acted as a TV stand for the past five years. I know we need a new stand, but due to space limitations and the fact that it has to remain in a corner, we haven't found anything that has fit the bill. So for now, it stays.

The plant. I know I could (and probably should) just move it, but we don't have a lot of spaces that would be safe from her and still allow the plant adequate sun. I've had this guy for 8(!) years, so I'd like him to stay healthy. I already removed the peace plant from our dining room into the office (which is off-limits to everyone at this point since it's been taken over with extra baby stuff!). We have another, smaller version of this guy in our bedroom, which I had to elevate to keep her from getting into it (it's small enough that if she pulls it down, it'll do far less harm than the one pictured below, which virtually cannot be elevated).

We also have a built-in shelf that I've removed everything from the bottom two shelves, and will eventually have to remove the top shelf pictures from. I think I may get some bins or a magazine holder that fits in here, but am a little concerned that she'll just pull it down on top of herself (and if it's holding magazines, that would be pretty heavy!).

Meanwhile, we're working on moving our homemade wine (90 bottles now) down into the basement onto a wire shelving unit that can accommodate the weight. She has already discovered the 60 bottles we have on a pew in our dining room, but until she can actually reach the top bottles, she can't do too much to them. We spent most of the weekend bottling the new 30 bottles, reorganizing our storage area in the basement to make room for the additional wine, as well as David's multitude of bikes (3 and least for the ones that need to stay in the house), and then our garage, to make room for the things that we moved out of the basement to make room for the wine and the bikes.

Obviously it's time to just move into a bigger house. Surely, that would solve all of our problems, right?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Big Girl

Our little girl is growing fast! At her 9 month checkup, she was 29.5 inches long! That puts her in the 95th percentile for length!! Her weight of 18 lbs 4 oz puts her right in the 50th percentile (by age), which is good. Although she was all up to date on her vaccines, she did get a flu shot for the first time - and since I got mine the following day, I can attest to the fact that this round is making your limb a little bit more sore than previous years! Ouch! Here's a quick look at the last three months in her car seat.

7 months

8 months

9 months

I haven't taken a shot of her in her new fancy big girl car seat yet, but it's much more comfortable for her (and for us - since we don't have to haul her around in the infant seat any longer!). For those of you that care, we ended up with a Britax Marathon car seat (not one of the next generation ones that just came out, one of the previous models). So far, so good! I really like the seat, although it does take up quite a bit of space (I have it in my Jeep Compass, so it fits, but there's not a ton of room for anyone that sits in the back next to her). She sleeps really well in it, since it has such a high back and sides. We did have to roll a small towel up and place it under the front to tilt it back a bit (as suggested in the manual) to get the right angle for the rear-facing position. We also originally had the optional versa-tether hooked up, but the only place to hook it into my Jeep is behind the back seat, so that meant that we had straps going from the back of her seat (facing the front of the car) all the way across the back seat, and then attaching behind the back seat. This meant that I had to actually lift her over the straps to get her into the seat, which in my car, was not exactly easy - I ended up hitting her head on the ceiling a lot. So, I took the versa-tether down. I'd feel better about having it anchored a bit more (even if it is just optional), but can't handle the extra hassle. Now we're just trying to decide which seat to buy for the Xterra once she's completely outgrown her infant seat, which is in there now. I think we'll probably end up with another Britax, though!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Amelia's grandpa Don turned 60 yesterday, so we traveled down to Iowa to surprise him this past weekend for his birthday!

Showing off her clapping skills (and her Buddha belly)!

Outdoor picture time has turned into "how-many-leaves-can-I-stick-into-my-mouth-at-once?" time!

Grandpa's girl!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Game on!

So excited!

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL! Miss Amelia will be rocking her Moss jersey onesie! We're super excited to see what this new Vikings lineup can do!!

Photo originally found here, and taken by Adam Bettcher at Getty Images North America.

Monday, October 04, 2010


Our baby girl turned 9 months old on Saturday! Things have been so crazy that I almost forgot to take her 9 month photos (still haven't taken her car seat photo, come to think of it...), but we did toast her birthday with mimosas and beer out in the Gopher tailgating lots (which I think she probably appreciated). The last month has been absolutely mind-blowing in how much she's grown and learned! She goes in for her checkup next week, so you'll have to wait until then for her measurements, but we can tell that she has grown a ton this past month! In addition to that, she sprouted two more teeth! Her two main front teeth are coming through, and these teeth have wreaked havoc on us! She slept horribly the entire month of September, and after the two teeth finally broke through in the last couple of weeks, I thought (hoped!) we'd be back to normal (up only once a night), but this past weekend she decided to regress and get up even more! Ugh. Here's hoping she passes out of this phase SOON!

Other than the teeth, in the past month she has learned how to clap, sit up from a crawling position (or maybe that was last month? who knows!), and pull herself up to a standing position.

She's starting to high five, but still hasn't figured out waving (or just refuses to do so). The guys that sit next to us at the Gophers games are trying to teach her how to bump fists, so we'll see how that goes! She moves all over the house - she's figured out how to truly crawl (although still enjoys army crawling from time to time). In the past week or so, she's starting "talking" to herself - all of the time! When she gets tired or wants to nurse she makes one set of sounds (na-na or possibly ma-ma?) and she just started saying da-da. We of course got excited when she did it and was looking straight at David, but for now I think she's just trying to master the sound. She gets to move into a big girl car seat (hopefully tomorrow, if we can manage to get it installed tonight!). I'll post on that more later, but she's close to outgrowing her infant seat at this point (she's long!).

She LOVES the pets - she goes up to the patio door and looks out the window at Jonas and she tries to chase Sydney throughout the house. Lucky for him, he's still faster at this point, but it won't be too long before she can catch him! Lucky for us, both pets seem to understand that they can't be too aggressive around her - Jonas gets to see her when we go on family walks, but he just likes to check her out in her stroller and then leave her alone, while Syd will let her pet him without swatting or biting (which is pretty impressive for him!).

That's all I can think of for now! Enjoy the photos! Mia refused almost entirely to look at the camera (oh no!) and was more intent on finding and eating the leaves and grass around her.