Friday, February 29, 2008

You can't fence her in

I gave Suzi a bath today (she was past due). When we were done I wrapped her in her piggy towel which was warm from the dryer. She's so content right at that moment, but when you unwrap her and try to put clothes on... She gets upset.

Then there were a few things I needed to do (dishes, laundry, etc) so I put her in her baby prison (see How to Catch a Baby) and she went nuts! Sometimes I can wear her in a baby sling, but it's hard to do that when I'm leaning over to pick up laundry and working with hot water. I got so fed up with trying to do chores while being screamed at I decided I'd finish babyproofing the living room TODAY. She had to sit in her crib while I did the major stuff. I dismantled the prison and put the small part in front of the TV so she can't push buttons. The larger part I used for blocking the entrance to the dining room and kitchen. I also covered the coffee table with two blankets. Now Aiden can come over to play without worrying about busting his head on it! It may look funny but it's safe now!


I put away any paperback books from her basket so we'll know she's not tearing them up and eating them, and now Suzi can help herself to some literature. We can finally let her crawl all over the living room as long as we're watching her. This made things a lot easier, and I was feeling so good after getting caught up on the laundry I decided to make a little baby food: mashed potatoes and carrots.

Then things went downhill. First, I peeled off a little of my finger while I was peeling potatoes. When it was finished and I tried to feed it to Suzi, she HATED it! I'd figured she would like it so I made a ton. It was in a baby food book! She was trying to be nice about it. She'd take a big mouthful and then lean over the side of her highchair like she was bored and spit it onto the floor like I might not notice. I don't think she meant to hurt my feelings but it ended with me scraping the bowl of food down the garbage disposal, feeding her rice cereal and then running upstairs crying. Reminiscent of the episode in which my newlywed mom made pineapple cake, but forgot to add the sugar and, even though my dad swore it tasted great, ran outside with the whole cake and hurled it into the green garbage can. I'm hoping Jordan can add some things to it that might make it work for her.

At least I got the living room babyproofed.

7 comments:

Beth said...

She is so sweet! I love the piggy towel. Are you guys going to the babywearing meeting this week? I was considering it. I have a water sling that I was never able to figure out last summer. Maybe we'll see you guys there.

Theresa said...

You are too funny - and a great writer! I love reading your blog, it makes me laugh!

Cakies said...

she is so cute! babyproof... oh i so need to do that! and books those need to go away... she (Brave) has ate a few pages!!!

Beth said...

I'm sorry to say that we won't see you at the babywearing meeting in the morning...Elaina has been running a fever for 2 days and spiked at 104.3 today :-O So needless to say we went to the pediatrician and she has tonsillitis...I'm pretty sure everyone wouldn't like me much if I spread that around!

Beth said...

Well, since all immunizations are a dead or weakened form of the virus there is always a chance of getting sick. A lot of times they won't feel good after their shots, but I feel that the benefits outweigh the negatives (of getting whatever illness the vaccine fights). I was afraid of the autism part for the longest time...but there's never been a proven link (it's never been proven that there isn't either)...but I guess it's just a risk I'm willing to take. I don't think her fever was related to her shots...but it could be...they said the MMR could cause a fever 7-10 days after the shot. This site actually explains why they get the fever after the MMR shot http://www.mmrthefacts.nhs.uk/library/mmrsideeffects.php

Theresa said...

omg, have you gone to cakies lately? Cakies for Mommies!!!

Theresa said...

In reply to your question about the yarn - yes, I use a spinning wheel! I have a drop spindle, too, but it takes too long to spin up yarn for me!