Friday, August 6, 2010

Catching Up on the Chaos

Things have been a bit chaotic at our house. First, though, an update on the girls.

Sandy loves to sing! She is always asking me to sing a song with her. Some of her favorites are "house" (The Wise Man and the Foolish Man), "bees", "peas", and "bus". She sings on her own, too, and the songs are recognizable even if the words aren't always: The Alphabet Song, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. She is really good at knowing her colors, too. I keep meaning to pull out the video camera to get her singing and naming colors.

She is fascinated by the dog's food and water and is always getting into one of them. Lately she has been very carefully pouring Sage's water into her food bowl. I've tried reasoning with her, sitting her on her bed, shutting the door to the kitchen... no matter what I do, she manages to do this at some point during the day.

Finally, Bill figured it out. "What human food does dog food most resemble?" he asked me recently.

So, at least now we understand why she does it. Sage eats the wet food just fine, so I guess maybe I should just let this one go... (just in case you didn't guess, we think Sandy thinks dog food is cereal for dogs)

Sandy also loves to clean. She is always wiping up something or putting something away. Here she is wiping off a chair.

I appreciate her help and I am very hopeful that someday she will clean up more messes than she makes. I also hope her choice of cleaning supplies improves.

Sandy using the dog's water dish as mop water

Sandy has recently developed a phobia of baths. She pooped in the bath tub a couple of weeks ago. We cleaned it up and I didn't get upset or anything, but she freaked out and ever since then she has a meltdown if I even suggest a bath. Luckily she doesn't mind taking a shower with me so at least she is still getting clean.

The girls have had colds for about a week. A couple of days ago, Sandy climbed into bed with me and Abby when she got up in the morning. They both looked sick, and I said, "My poor girls, you both feel yucky, huh?" Sandy looked at me very intently and said, "Daddy, blessing." I said, "You want Daddy to give you a blessing?" She said, "Yes." Bill was in the room and came over to give her a blessing. She folded her arms and closed her eyes for the blessing. As soon as she was done, she said, "Abby, blessing." So, Bill gave Abby a blessing. I'm amazed at what she picks up on, I wouldn't have thought she even knew what a blessing was. Bill has given Sandy blessings before when she was sick, but I can't even remember the last time, but I guess she does.

Abby is almost 3 months old! She wore a 3- to 6-month outfit yesterday for the first time. I'm just not quite ready to put away her 0- to 3-month clothes.

I think Abby has amazing hand coordination for her age! Here she is chewing on her clothes because I didn't get her a binkie when she wanted one. She has been doing this for a couple of weeks now.

She likes to pull the blanket up over her eyes. It made me really nervous the first few times I saw her do it! I was scared she would suffocate under the blanket. She's been doing this for a couple of weeks, too, I just never think to pull out my camera.

She is perfectly able to pull the blanket up and down as she wants to. Peek-a-boo!

Abby is quick to smile. She loves to watch Sandy. She also loves to sleep. I'll set her down for a minute and she'll be content watching Sandy and then after a few minutes drift off to sleep.

The paint in Sandy's room started to bubble. She was picking at it and we were worried about the possibility of lead paint underneath, so we decided to scrape and paint her room. But we scraped and scraped and it just kept coming off.

What a disaster! We are hoping to get the primer up tomorrow and then move stuff back into the room. Sandy's in the guest bedroom tonight.

So everything from Sandy's room is now in the front room.

Bill has been having a problem with ringing in his ears the past couple of days. He went to the doctor today, but the doctor didn't know what was wrong and suggested he come back in a few days if it is still happening for a referral to an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Your girls are sooo cute! I love the "blessing" story. Jared's wondering if Bill has been exposed to loud noise recently (i.e. power tools) and/or if the ringing is in both ears or just one. Sorry you've had such a crazy week. Hope things get back to normal soon.