Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weekend Highlights

It’s 8 o’clock on Sunday night, and I’m seriously considering bed soon.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted.  But…when I look back on the weekend, we definitely had some good moments.  I’m going to think about those 🙂  It was nothing huge, but sometimes it’s good to remind myself of all the little happy moments we have throughout our days.

  • Friday night we went down to Grandma and Grandpa’s.  Chloe’s cousin, Emma, was in town, and Chloe was very excited to have a chance to play with her.  Halfway through dinner, Grandpa started talking about dessert.  Chloe was one happy girl!!
  • When I got home from work Saturday, I got the greatest hug.  Both arms, big squeeze and wet kiss on the cheek.
  • Sunday morning, Chloe called me ‘P U Stinky.’ I (very maturely) reciprocated that she was also P U Stinky.  So then she got the bright idea that we should take a shower.  The entire time, she giggled.  I will never get sick of that sound!!  And we were no longer stinky 😉
  • We had a breakthrough with independent play this weekend.  In other words, Chloe actually played by herself for more than 30 seconds!!  Well, to be fair, she played with Baby, George, Monkey and some of her other friends instead of mom and dad.  But that works for us!!  They played the Goodnight Moon game and after Chloe cleaned up the living room (by moving all her stuff to the hallway) they had storytime and played Tumblebugs, aka – gymnastics.  That’s what I picked up while I eavesdropped on her at least.

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Now on to the craziest day of the year at work.  We’ve already set up utility transfers at over 3,000 locations tomorrow.  Now we’ll get to deal with the additional hundreds of people who didn’t contact our office in advance.

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30 Weeks

At 30 weeks, I can tell this is a different pregnancy this time around.
-My heartburn isn’t as bad as it was with Chloe Mae – I only have to take Tums about once a day, not multiple times a day.
-My hip and lower back pain seems to have subsided – instead I’m having more mid and upper back pain.
-I’m already unable to reach my toes, and being in the heart of summer, I need to have pretty toes.
-I didn’t have a single Braxton Hicks contraction that I was aware of with Chloe, but I’m having them all day, every day with Devon.  The Dr. says this is because I’m a veteran now and my uterus knows it needs to beef up to help me through child labor.  I get it, but seriously – ugh!!
-Here’s my seriously ginormous belly, complete with stretch marks.  Those were also absent at 30 weeks with Chloe.  This time around, the old stretch marks have already gotten some new friends.

I was deemed ‘boring’ again by the doctor at the beginning of my appointment today.  There was one minor exception 5 minutes later when my appointment was over.  I’m still measuring big – 32 cm at 30 weeks.  Since I grew 4 cm in the last 4 weeks, which is the normal growth rate, he wasn’t terribly concerned, but I will be having an ultrasound at my next appointment in 2 weeks.  He says there’s a 95% chance that there won’t be anything wrong, so I’m working on being only 5% worried.


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Another First

Today was Chloe’s first ‘one pair of underwear’ day.  I certainly know we’re not done having accidents and we still have a long road ahead of us, but I feel like we accomplished something at least.  We have several completed sticker potty charts and are working on a third.

Chloe Mae likes getting her stickers, and is getting the idea that she has to fill up all the squares to get a ‘big girl prize’ as she calls it.  We even worked on her counting skills tonight – she needs 5 more stickers.

But the biggest motivation for my strange, adorable, little girl – she gets to wash her hands after she goes potty.  Gotta love her!!

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Mexican – de los Mortvedt’s*

*Ok, so this title might not actually make any sense, but I took German in high school, not Spanish, so cut me a break 🙂

Last week, we had chicken nachos on the menu for dinner one night.  I asked my husband to grill some chicken that had a Mexican-y flavor, but wasn’t too spicy.  Easy, right??  Well, DaddyMort is my hero, because he made it seem easy and we had the most delicious, not too spicy, Mexican-y chicken for our nachos!!  Combined with black beans and grilled corn, I was in heaven and could have eaten the nachos for dinner every night!!  I thought to myself, “I should share this chicken recipe with the world so they can enjoy the deliciousness as well.”

We had some friends over for dinner tonight and decided to make more of the chicken, as well as some steak and veggies, for fajitas.  We also made a Mexican Quinoa Salad and a Sopapilla Cheesecake to complete our meal.  As I’m now in a food coma, I thought I should share all 3 recipes with you – the world!!

Fortunately for me, my husband is an amazing cook.  Unfortunately, that means he often cooks without a recipe, so I can only share the jist of the Not Too Spicy, Mexican-y Chicken preparation.  After poking holes in the chicken, he marinated it overnight in a mixture of tequila, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  If he had to guess, which I asked him to do, he used about a 1/4 cup each of tequila and lime juice.  He added 1T cumin, 1tsp oregano, 1tsp chili powder, 1tsp garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Then he grilled it off, searing it off on high heat and finishing it with a lower heat.

This is the recipe used as an inspiration for the Mexican Quinoa Salad.  Aaron used green pepper instead of red, left out the jalapeno, black beans instead of pinto and added some corn.  I’m not a fan of cilantro, but I had a bit and thought it was still pretty darn good.

And last, but equally as delicious, we had the Sopapilla Cheesecake.  The recipe was so easy, Chloe and I made it together!!  We assume it won’t reheat terribly well, so we halved the recipe and made it in an 8×8 pan.  Other than that, we followed the recipe exactly.  It was done baking when we started dinner, so it had at least a half hour to cool a bit before we ate it.  It was still warm, but not too runny, and was just about perfect.

If you’re working on a menu and need some inspiration, look no further!!  You can have Mexican de los Mortvedt’s 🙂

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Did we survive?

Indeed, we did.  Although we’re exhausted.  I’m going to blame part of this of the fact that while we spent the weekend potty training Chloe, she was dealing with a summer cold.  She was okay during the day, but had a rough time sleeping.  That means we had exhausting days and sleepless nights.  But… our days of potty training were fairly successful.  So that’s a plus!!

Saturday, Chloe made it to the potty about 15 times, including both times she needed to go #2.  We were accident free through the morning, but had 3 accidents in the afternoon.  However, all 3 time she stopped herself and ran to the potty to finish her business.  I was pretty darn impressed!!

This morning, Chloe filled up her sticker chart and got to pick out her first prize.  From all her options, she chose play-doh.

The Prize Bucket

Playing with her first prize.

Ironically, while she was playing with her play-doh, she had an accident.  Overall though, she had another good day with at least 10 successfull trips to bathroom.  We ventured out to Wendy’s for dinner (we wanted to leave the house, but didn’t want to do anything outside in a 100+ degree heat index – including grilling our dinner as planned!).  Chloe was doing well, but she was distracted by all the people in the restaurant and taking forever to eat.  As she was eating the last bite of her dinner, she started peeing all over her chair.  Awesome timing.  I ran her to the bathroom and got her changed, without any toilet paper or paper towels to help.  If I hadn’t just been ready to go home, the restaurant staff would have gotten a piece of my mind.

We spent our days reading books about going potty, sharing whenever one of us us had to go and constantly talking about the potty.  There was much celebrating when she went and lots of talk of how proud we were.  When we changed activities, I’d ask Chloe where the nearest potty was – especially when we changed levels and the location of the bathroom had changed.  I encouraged her to actually run to the bathroom to show me where it was and we talked about what she’d need to do when the time came.  Although we tried not to force her to use the bathroom at any point, we did try to pay attention to the signs and figure out when she needed to go.  We’d then bring up the potty as a reminder to her or ask if she needed to go.  And once or twice we may have reminded her that if she went potty, she’d get a sticker and evetually get a prize 🙂

Now the real challenge starts.  Five of the six misses we had over the last two days were in the evening. I don’t know if Chloe lost interest by that point in the day, if we as parents became less observant or a combination of both, but we’ll obviously need to figure that out. I’m hoping it’s not a sign of what’s to come this week, because we go back to our real lives tomorow.  Chloe goes to MissK’s and we have Tumblebugs (a toddler gymnastics-like class) in the evening.  I’d love it if we could make it through the day with no more than, or even fewer, accidents than we’ve had the last two days.  Realistically, tomorrow is a whole new battle, so I have no idea what to expect.

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Potty Training – Take 2

We gave potty training a go last Sunday.  It was silly to try with only 1 day at home and Monday morning drop off’s with MissK are always extra crazy, so there wasn’t enough communication there.  We took a bit of a breather and we haven’t been going at it with gusto this week, just reminding Chloe to go at specific times – like when she wakes up in the morning, after meals, before/after nap and before bed – but keeping a diaper on and not pushing the issue.  We’ve read books about going potty, talked about it and demonstrated.  It’s really quite easy for a pregnant mama to show her little girl how it’s done, and quite often!!  When she’s asked for a ‘big girl treat’ or ‘n-n-n’ (aka M&M) after a success, we’ve tried to offer alternate rewards if possible.   And I’ve done what I should have done from the beginning – I’ve spent evenings reading up on different strategies on the internet and checked out some books from the library.

This weekend is take 2.  We’re not using any 1 specific method, although I am using many ideas from Fellom’s method.  When we wake up tomorrow, we’ll explain that we need to get rid of her diapers and she’s going to have to use the potty all the time.  Then she’ll spend the day naked from the waist down.  We won’t constantly remind her use the potty, just attempt to catch her in the act, so she learns to listen to her body’s signals.  When there are accidents, we’ll just talk about what we should have done instead, i.e. told one of us or run to the potty herself.  We’ll continue to talk about the potty a lot and I’ll continue to demonstrate.  A sticker chart will be used and can be ‘redeemed’ for prizes after it’s filled up.

Sunday will be much of the same, but with underwear on.  Because, realistically, she’ll need to be covered up on a daily basis.  We’ll try leaving the house, because again, realistically, we’ll need to leave the house on a daily basis.  Nothing major, but a short walk or a quick trip to the park.  (But honestly, the weather forecast makes that seem less than exciting!!)  And speaking of leaving the house, Monday Chloe’ll head to MissK’s.  Hopefully after a couple days at home, we’re having enough success that she can still do well even with the distractions of not being at home.

I know it’ll be a frustrating and exhausting weekend.  But I’m hoping we can stick to our guns, because I know that consistency is the best thing for all of us.  I’m prepared to give it my all for the next week.  If we’re still not having success after that, we’ll take a break until after Devon arrives and we’ve all adjusted to the changes that will bring.  Hopefully, Chloe Mae’s a rockstar and we won’t need to worry about that though!!

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Art Gallery

When daycare started sending artwork home when Chloe was only 3 months old, I figured we better come up with a way to display her accomplishments for the next 18 years. With a couple eye hooks, some fishing line and pretty paper clips we created our gallery.  It’s easy to change our inventory and there’s room for portraits of Chloe and her friends.

We put this up in our dining room and it just so happens I get to spend my meals gazing at it. And it usually makes me smile 🙂


What are you ideas for displaying the never ending artwork your kids produce??

This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.

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