Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'm taking some editing to bed with me now. *sigh*
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
The good news is that it is going well. She's been night weaned three nights now and not too much fussing about it. I wish I would have given it a shot earlier, but I was afraid. The first night was tough, but since then, she hasn't been very upset about it. She wakes up now and then, but often puts herself back to sleep quickly. I've occasionally had to go in and reassure her, and that usually gets her back to sleep within minutes. Whew! I'm hoping she starts waking less frequently over time and is soon sleeping through.
The complete weaning is a different story. Today was the first day Grace did not breastfeed. I guess it didn't go that bad, but she did kick up quite a fuss at nap time today. I'm hoping the days will get progressively easier, just like it worked with night weaning. Grace has shown me this past week that she's a very fast learner, and I'm pretty sure she understands a lot of what I say. Although it was a tough day for both of us, she's doing great. She's also taking the cow's milk better and better. She'll only drink it cold, and from my glass, but I don't mind. She drank a lot today, asked for more, and even pointed at a milk carton in one of her books.
She's growing up! Hopefully this time next week she'll be on a good sleeping/eating schedule and my sleep deprivation is a thing of the past. Please, cross your fingers for me!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I think this time I'll do something for myself. But I have to be careful not to pick something too involved that I won't finish in time. I've always wanted to do a wrap or shawl, so maybe I'll give that a shot. It won't be a very intricate lacy one, given the time limit, but something cozy would be nice.
I had intended to include a poll in this post to see what item my blogger friends think I should take on, but many patterns are only viewable through ravelry, and you need to be a member to see them. Oh well, I will post my final decision soon since I will have to choose the yarn.
This is one of the three possibilities.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
In other news, Grace did the sign for "sleep" today, totally unexpectedly. A baby on TV was sleeping, and she looked at me and did the sign. It was cute. Somehow I don't think she'll ever use that sign to tell me she wants to go to sleep.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
So I asked to borrow a nanny, and within one day, I was feeling 100% better. House clean, laundry clean, some cooked food in the fridge, baby getting better. Aahh... Today I even went for a walk by myself. It was super cold out and I was freezing, but it was so nice to get out and be with my own thoughts.
The only downer is that Grace is seriously attached to me...She doesn't like it when I leave her sight, and is taking it out on the nanny. The nanny said that after I left, she cried, and then went from room to room looking for me. Poor thing. But I have to work again soon, so she's going to have to get used to another caretaker(s). I have a meeting at the publishing company in a week, and I'm actually excited about getting back to work. I think it's going to be hard on Grace, though.
I'm also thinking of doing some classes from the apartment here. I kind of abandoned the idea for a while, but I'm rethinking it now. There are an awful lot of kids around here, and even if it's only a few classes a week, it's some extra money.
A rare and funny thing happened tonight. Grace fell asleep in her high chair. She has never fallen asleep anywhere else but in my arms or in her crib. I think she is pretty tired from not sleeping well due to her cold. She's been coughing a lot in her sleep. I was feeding her warm seolleungtang (beef soup) and she dozed off, so I put her to bed. She woke up a while later and I fed her some yogurt with her medicine mixed in. She perked up and seemed to want to play.
S: No Grace, it's time to go to sleep. (doing sign for *sleep*)
G: (smiles; sign for *eat*)
It was too cute...and scary. This kid is trying to fool me already.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Anyway, the purpose of this post... Time really does fly. Little Grace is already one year old. It doesn't seem like that long ago she was born. She's so much more interesting to care for these days. Of course, some things are getting more difficult, like keeping up with the messes, and making sure she doesn't get into trouble, but it's much more rewarding. She really wants to communicate with me, so there's lots of babbling, and completely random sign language being thrown around. It's really fun!
We're going to have a few friends over next week to celebrate, but I wanted to get her dressed up and have some cake on her real birthday, too.
That is my attempt at a birthday cake. It wasn't too bad, considering I had to use my tiny convection oven and limited ingredients. If I want to do any more baking, I think I'd better browse the home baking category on gmarket. It's a waste of time to go from super to super around here!
Did I mention that Grace continues to get cuter? It's hard to resist buying even more cute girly clothes and accessories for her. What am I going to do? Her accessory drawer is almost full already and her hair isn't very long yet! Oh, no!
I'm looking forward to celebrating many more of Grace's birthdays!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Holy cow, this kid is digging the signs. I've been doing them with her all day today, and she's lovin' it. She did the sign for "eat" today at breakfast. Fast learner. She must really want to communicate. I feel dumb now for not starting them earlier with her. What else should I start early? Toilet training? I wish.... Although Mama Seoul makes a good case for elimination communication.....I haven't bothered to try it yet. Maybe I should.
Oh, I made a cake today, complete with pink icing and sprinkles. It was not easy. I think I got the last bit of butter in Uijeongbu. I went to three supers to find it and he only had one pack left. Why are Koreans so anti-butter? I also want to make some banana bread and apple cake, but I need supplies! I think this calls for a gmarket order.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Then I realized it -- when I shower or take out the garbage, I put on this Baby Einstein My First Signs video for her, to distract her. She doesn't even realize I'm gone when I put this video on because she loves it. I think she's been picking up signs from this video, or at least mimicking the people doing the signs.
After I had this realization, I put on the video for us to watch, and sure enough, she's putting her little fingertips together as the people demonstrate the signs. She's especially enthusiastic when the ball comes up, because as I mentioned, she loves balls. I showed her some of the signs, and I think she tried a few. She gave the sign for "play" an honest go.
I thought it was so cool that she was trying to do a sign. I haven't taught her any signs myself, and really had no intention to. But she seems to want to do it, so maybe I'll start using the useful ones as we go about our day and see if she can pick some up. Things like milk, eat, more, SLEEP, mommy, etc, would be useful for her to know.
Seems little Grace taught me something today!
Here are some photos from today. I think Grace was a little confused. Haha... I got her all bundled like this to go outside for a matter of 5 minutes!
Also, I'd like to address this:
Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as
good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it
up! - Anonymous
It seems I did not take as much offense to this comment as some others....I approved the comment. Perhaps Anonymous has been following my blog for some time and read through all those really boring posts about Grace's sleep. I really dwelled on that subject. Even though Grace's sleep is still an issue in my life, I do not write about it much here because I realize it is boring. I can't even read those old posts, they're so boring. Haha! Anyway, I don't think he/she meant to be hurtful.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here it goes: She got up to a standing position, balanced a few seconds, and then took one tiny step to get to the play yard wall.
I know this doesn't necessarily mean she'll be walking around yet. When she saw me take out my cell phone, she quickly sat down and did her one-legged crawl over to me. But it was cool to see.