Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2 days to go

... and VI and I are heading home. Starting to become a bit nervous about the flight back on Saturday evening. Monday night, VI did not sleep well. She went to bed at 8:30, was up at 12:30, 3:00 and for the DAY at 4:50 a.m. I could barely function and she would not take a nap. I finally got her down at 1:00 p.m. (so I could sleep too) and she slept until 3:00 when daddy called from campus. Last night I took her to playroom and playground at 6:45 for an hour and just chased her around. She went to bed at 8:30 and slept until 6:15 a.m. (Praise God). The Pack & PLay is difficult for her and I can't wait to get back home for the sleep issues.

Today it is super duper humid and of course, one can't drive anywhere since it is Boston and the driving AND the parking are both insane. We walked to campus and then took the T a stop to a CVS (really gross and tons of homeless people outside) and bought more infant formula (hopefully that last can!) where someone had to unlock it from a case. We then met Paul for lunch and they had gluten free food! Gluten free fried shrimp, gluten free croutons, and gluten free garlic bread!! It was heaven. And I have leftovers. Now Vi is napping in the stroller and I am sitting here in front of the tiny A/C unit. When she wakes up, we will head to the grimy playroom (it is air conditioned) for tire-baby-out-time.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nice Weekend

So last weekend we were in Maine. This weekend we decided to stay around Boston. Friday P was off but he really hurt his back lifting Vi all the time. Mine hurts too, but his was so bad we had we to take him to Urgent Care and he received Valium and painkillers. Thankfully, it is okay now. Yesterday we went to the Boston Harbor Island which were really lovely.

We purchased tickets for two islands, Spectacle and Georges, but we did not make the second due to a messed up ferry schedule. We hiked to the top of the island and it was hot and there was no shade! Vi slept most of the time in the shaded stroller thank goodness. We then came back and ate crawfish at "The Barking Crab" restaurant.

Today we went to Harvard University and it was even hotter and more humid. Vi did great as we went into the Museum of Natural History and clunked out for two hours until part way through having dinner at "Jasper White's Summer Shack".
She tried some fish and some cornbread. She was an absolute doll.

I must common on the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I love museums a great deal. I have been so lucky to see many of the word's great museums, but there are many more I would like to see. This is a small museum, but has a fantastic collection of rare skeletons and the Glass Flowers Exhibit. The Glass Flowers are very realistic flowers made out of glass from the the late 1800's - 1935. Fabulously detailed and exquisite.

The Museum also has the only mounted skeleton of the Kronosaurus.
There is also the largest Turtle shell ever found, a skeleton of a dodo bird, and a Coelocanth!

Friday, July 24, 2009

11 months (ok, and 1/2)

I haven't written about V's accomplishments in some time. Frankly, she is giving me a run for my money. She is so, so active! Nonstop, activity.

* She has to touch Everything. All the time. Constantly. Nonstop.
* All she really wants to do all day is pull herself up on things.
* She seems really bored with her toys lately.
* She is a very fast crawler.
* Biting is starting to be a problem for her. Usually it is just random, but I have caught her biting when angry and it made me VERY angry.
* Her eating has decreased. Not hungry and takes actually coaxing to get her to eat. We are still working of foods with texture and she is making progress! She will even eat puffs now. I am trying to get her off of bottles and use sippys. So far it is not working. She will take water from a sippy cup, but that is all, no formula. She still won't hold her own bottle though.
* If one more person tells me what a "big girl" she is, I'm going to scream. I am buying 18-24 month clothes however.
* She can turn the crying on and off increasingly well. Example: She wants to go in the bathroom where Daddy is - we tell her no, and I have to get up and physically move her 5 times where she cries and screans each timne. She stops immediately when I close the door.
* Her verbal ability is realy coming along! She crawled up to us holding a diaper saying, "gaiper", she says "wow", "wawa", "nanana" for bottle, "hi", "mama", Mom-mee", "dad-dee", "dada".
* She does not want to read books that don't have some sort of pop-up, noise button, or lift-up flap. Otherwise, it is boring.
* My back is killing me for lifting her. P's is so bad this week when we are visiting that I am taking him to urgent care this a.m.

She is definately more of a girl than a baby.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tons to write about

I have so much to write about. Vi's 11 month milestones, our adventures here in Boston, and in Maine, the challenges of being away in a small apartment, etc.

The Vister is all over the place and this place is NOT childproof. I've been moving stuff around and going to try to make a baby gate out of cardboard (if I can find some).

Until she naps - here are some pics of her from last weekend.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

We're here

Been meaning to blog but we ended up arriving in Boston ok. The airport was a huge hassle, and VI was a wiggly nightmare on the first half of the flight, but the 2nd half she slept through!

We're in Maine currently, sitting on the deck in a little cottage by the water. Heading back to Boston today. The sublet is tiny, non childproofed and away from everyone on campus. Thankfully there is a playground.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


So I'm definately a bit calmer now :) Things are coming together for my trip.

The upper teeth are now making their way in. The lifesaver has been the "Razberry Teether" - a pacificer like device made of chewy rubber that the babe has been gnawing on like a little squirrel.

My mother was helpful and we had a nice time this weekend. We went to both Sam's Club and Costco. My mom loves Sam's Club and when she discovered Costco was more of the same she was elated. Vi had a blast trying all the free samples. In Costco she had part of a frozen fruit bar, Club crackers (better than puffs really), grapefruit, cherries, and her very favorite - a bagel with cream cheese. She gnawed on that thing the entire time and fussed when it was all gone. I am thinking of buying her some frozen bagels to gnaw on.

Clothes are still not put away. I bought more and now can get dressed in the kitchen.

Packing is coming along. I took off tomorrow and am going to have Vi go to daycare part of the day so that I can finish.

The Boston sublet DOES have air conditoning. Yeah!!

My BOB Revolution Stroller is in. And I love it! (Thanks Christian's mom for the info).

My friend Amy (Stephen's mom) is giving us a ride to the airport on Thursday!

Hired a neighbor boy to cut the grass for $15 until P gets home. He did a great job, was prompt, and must make cash because he was driving around a mustang convertible. Hmmm.

I'm going to make it folks. I'm going to make it!! What a difference a day makes.

Please keep my internet pal Julie in your prayers today as she starts chemo. You can read her journey at

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I may very nearly lose my mind today.

The teething crabby baby.
My husband still being away in Boston.
My mother coming this weekend (believe me, it can be stressful)
Having to get dressed in the basement because I haven't had time to put away the clean clothes.
Being so busy at work that I can't take a minute to go to the restroom.
Packing for a 2.5 week trip to Boston.
Learning the Boston sublet does not have air conditioning.
Calling every day to make the new stroller I ordered will be in before Wednesday.
Trying to find a ride to the airport on a weekday morning at 8:00 a.m.
Working about how the baby will do on the plane.
My 11 year old niece writing a suicide note.
My ongoing intestinal issues.
The long grass I have no time to cut.
The dinners I've had consisting of tortilla chips and cherries.
Wrestling with the baby to get a diaper on her so we can get dressed and I can get to work.

Thank you. This vomiting of words post has made me feel much better.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A night in the life.

Some pictures.....

Mom, mom look at me - I can stand and push this table all over the kitchen.

Is my duck tub ready?

This duck is really tasty.

New pajamas on (18 months!).

Mom! Don't leave me in the living room while you are in the kitchen. I can't get up the step..