Squirmy Sunday #5

Yet again, it’s been far too long since I last gave a Squirms update. Three months, apparently, which is quite a long time when you’re less than two years old.

She’s gotten quite good at feeding herself with utensils.

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…but often convinces one of us that we have to feed her.

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She got to go on a train ride. Well, toy train. (Though she had been on the metro before.)

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She’s in a big girl (convertible) car seat in both of our cars.

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She has her own rocking chair. A great yard sale find.

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She loves going to Barnes and Noble, both for their books and toys.

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She’s gotten to play with her cousins (at a family reunion a few weeks ago).

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She really loves being outside and finds orange buckets especially fun to play with.

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And she’s gotten really good at selfies with me.

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Squirmy Sunday

Man, oh man, where to begin?

She’s back to wearing glasses again.

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But, of course, doesn’t always keep them on her face.

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She’s now walking all over the place, including outside, occasionally. (But I have zero photos of this so here’s one of her standing with her Cheerio cup.)

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She’s happy to sit on the stairs.

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Or an adult chair. (We got her one her own size but I haven’t gotten a picture of her in it yet.)

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She’s still pretty snuggling first thing in the morning.

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She celebrated Easter, complete with a fancy Easter dress.

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Old. New. Borrowed. True. #4

(It’s been awhile since I’ve done this so pardon the tons of very short responses I came up with.)

Old: Squirms is high energy. I continue to be a test engineer. I’m writing lots of letters (over 100 so far in 2015). I lost a total of 25 pounds (but have forgotten my diet entirely the last two months or so).

New: Matt started a new job a few weeks ago – he’s really enjoying it, especially their beer + video games happy hour. on Fridays I’ve switched from knitting baby stuff and sweaters to socks, in accordance with my usual spring transition.

Borrowed: We tried spaghetti squash – it’s disgusting. I took an off-handed comment from a coworker to heart and am going to take a software development class or two this next year (maybe as soon as this summer).

True: I really should get more sleep at night – there is really no need to stay up as late as I do. Writing makes me happy. I need to buy more work clothes and fewer supplies for yet another craft I won’t stick with. Coffee is awesome and cheap if I make it at home.

Oh, uh, here’s…a recent photo of Squirms to tide you all over until a big update coming Sunday.

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Rest of December

I’d had all of these plans to blog later in the month but my flurry of Christmas-related posts basically zapped all of my energy. Plus the whole thinking about and reading about my memoir. (Haven’t exactly done any writing for that yet, other than a first draft of an introduction.)

But, the month and year are now gone and lots happened so, yeah, a blog post is in order.

First, there was Christmas here in Virginia.

Christmas was about as calm as you can hope for with a one year old. She slept in a bit so I got some more sleep than usual (Matt was up and wide awake at seven, as he can no longer sleep in.)

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We took advantage of the fact this is probably the last Christmas we won’t have a kid running around, demanding to open presents right away so we waited for Matt to prep part of breakfast (sausage gravy and biscuits) before we did them. I got Matt a Nintendo 3DS so he has something else to do when I drag him shopping or Squirms doesn’t need tons of attention plus some clothes and candy and a new chef’s knife (a cheap one that Cook’s Illustrated rated very highly from Victorinox). Between Squrims and Matt I got a wine fridge, Jungle Book on Blueray, and some candy. We got squirms a toy box as her big gift then some clothes and books.

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(I took this photo just yesterday but it’s a good shot of her with her toy box. She LOVES trying to climb into it to get her toys out.)

We basically relaxed – okay, I relaxed, Squirms was a busy baby, and Matt worked to prep dinner – most of the day until his parents arrived in the afternoon. Matt basically made Thanksgiving dinner for Christmas dinner which was great to me as I love turkey and the traditional sides. He also made lots of Christmas cookies and his mom brought down more so we had plenty for dessert. Then we took advantage of the grandparents to get everything packed for the trip without having to worry about Squirms either getting in the way or waking up from us, erm, loudly discussing what we did and did not need to bring with us. We got his mom a bunch of books and some earrings and his father a subscription to Netflix (with the implied gift of assistance to get them all set up – I’ve already got a queue started for both of them but have yet to get their TV which may not actually be wifi enabled to stream). They got us a date night with babysitting (my mother in law’s idea) and a set of flannel sheets (my father in law’s idea). And Squirms got her first puzzle, a book, and a few other toys.

Second Christmas was the day after Christmas, when we headed to Florida to see my parents. We went out to a really nice late lunch / early dinner in Celebration (yeah, the very fake Disney-created suburb) and exchanged gifts on the street by where our car was parked. My parents got Matt some clothes, me a bag I’d wanted, Squirms some toys (which they’d brought down with them when they came for her birthday and had us wrap up for her), and we all got two days stay at a hotel in St Augustine. My brother got her some cute socks and slippers and a Minnie Mouse toy. His future mother in law got her a little beanie baby moose. My parents got from us a Dust Buster (for my mom, by her specific request) and a new gas grill (for my dad, joint give from us and my brother). We got my brother a Home Depot gift card and one from Ulta for his fiancee.

Then we were in my hometown for a few days where we did some shopping, some walking around town, and lots of football and TV watching (including a horrible show about cruises with a narrator who not only pronounces words incorrectly but also states totally obvious things like “but we must return to the ship as the captain is preparing to move to the next port”). Squirms went to the park for the first time and wasn’t a big fan of the swings or the slide but really enjoying the bouncy whale.

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Then it was off to St Augustine for two nights before we headed back. I’ve always loved St Augustine, though it’s very Disney-fied touristy. But there’s history and a great historic area with shopping and restaurants. My brother even drove over for a day to have some more time with us. Squirms had lots of fun getting pushed around in her stroller but, if her behavior out to eat there was any indication, our days of taking her to dinner out with us may be at an end (we’re chancing it tonight, we’ll see how it goes).

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Squirms screamed most of the flight down – it was nap time and she really, really hates being held for naps at this point – and was pretty happy on the way back up, as long as she was getting fed. She got dragged all over on the trip but was happy most of the time, though she was struggling with teething something fierce the first few days. She now has my parents fully wrapped around her fingers.

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We ended the year exhausted from our trip back home (and my father in law somehow going to departures then leaving the airport entirely before finally getting us). We ate far too much junk food that Matt’s mom had prepared and probably drank a bit too much wine so were in bed before 11. I woke up from the fireworks from somewhere nearby (Fairfax City?) but quickly went to bed. Staying up until Midnight is for people without children.

So, that was the rest of our December. And now it’s a new year but I’m not feeling the new year spirit yet, just that it’s still my holiday break (okay, I extended it a day as no one was going to be in, anyway). Maybe it’ll hit me that it’s now 2015 on Monday, when I return to the usual routine.

Squirms’s First Birthday

Squirms had a fun first birthday party.

She got a dollie and a talking farmhouse and a bunch of clothes from her Grandma Hall.

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We got her some Duplo which she was nice enough to share with Grandpa Hall.

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She got to play with tissue paper and shiny wrapping paper.

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She destroyed her own layer of cake (from Matt’s third attempt at making a cake as our baking soda is off) after family and friends sang her happy birthday.

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What more could a one year old want?

Squirm’s Surgery – Done!

After a last-minute cancellation before the last attempt, Squirms had her surgery on December 2nd. We got up bright and early and quietly did our morning routine, only waking her up to put her in the car seat just before we headed out. She was surprisingly happy, especially as she had to skip breakfast (NPO after Midnight – and sure as heck didn’t wake her up for another bottle and/or food).

We checked in a little after arriving at 6:30 and were called back into pre-op a little before 7. They had us change her into the smallest size of hospital gown they had, took her vitals, got the final OK from the anesthesiologist, and waited for the surgical team to be ready for her. I was very happy that they let me go back with her and wait until she was asleep which only took a few seconds.

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The surgery took a little over an hour and a half, most of which I spent playing games on my phone. I was surprisingly calm, even as the surgical status board didn’t update her assigned number (it remained in pre-op from the time we went back to the waiting room after she was asleep until we were heading home). Her doctor came out, told us everything had gone well except that there was a bit of mucous on the breathing tube. After a bit longer, the nurse came to let us go back to see her. We could hear her before we could see her, screaming from the pediatric PACU. The nurse handed her to me and she immediately fell asleep.

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She was asleep for about 30 minutes then woke up, had her bottle, and, her having kept it down, we were allowed to go home. She slept on and off all day which, apparently, is perfectly normal for someone so tiny who’s had anesthesia. Her eyes were horribly bloodshot but, suddenly, they were straight.

Her follow-up was last Friday and her doctor deemed everything great in terms of healing though it’s still too early to tell if the surgery was successful as the eyes will adjust themselves over the next few weeks. But, I can’t help but get excited at how amazing they look. She looks at you fully with both eyes and her eyes have yet to wander to center. I love modern medicine!

Cutest Little…

…..Yoda!

As soon as Squirms was born, Matt started to brainstorm ideas for their father/daughter Halloween costume. One of his first ideas was the one that stuck – he as Luke Skywalker and Squirms as Yoda, especially from that one scene in Empire Strikes Back. His costume never went anywhere, so we’re left with just Squirms.

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I found a pattern via Ravelry for the Yoda ears hat then adapted another for the cloak portion. I think it turned out really well for only a few days work.

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And, yes, we did take a few dozen photos between my iPhone and Matt’s camera – these photos are all from my iPhone because I’m impatient. Here is an outtake.
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