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Monday, September 25, 2006

Three and counting...

Sophia is now three. When I look at her, she is definitely a little girl and not a baby. We celebrated her birthday on the 17th. It was a good deal of work, but totally worth it to see her so happy. The party was held at a park, so the kids were able to get out and play together. We also did a craft and had a pinata.

Pinatas for whatever reason never seem to work for me. Last years pinata was so packed with candy that it was too heavy to hang properly. This years, while lighter and able to hang, would not let go of the candy. Bob and I ripped it and the candy started to fall out and then we had more candy on reserve which we threw in on top of the kids (I didn't want all of that candy in my house). Kids love being able to take home a big bag of candy, but I am sure that their parents hate it. Sophia never really picks up a bunch of candy, because she is selective as she picks up. She went to one party where she was busy lining her candy up while other kids were still collecting.

While in the middle of the pinata mayhem, two kids who are notorious fighters, got into a brawl. All I know is that at one point everything is fine and the next these two were throwing punches. And to top it off, they are girls. Girls are so competitive that I should not be surprised by this and these two are particularity bad. They are very good friends and one on one they are fine, but mix them with other kids and they are impossible. They try to figure out ways to exclude each other and in this case the one little girl spent most of the day crying. Apparently, she was crying to the point that she was literally making herself sick. I have spoken to each of the girl's moms since the party and they more or less blame it on the other kid. I have my opinion on the matter, but I let it slide. Some of my guests were horrified about the fight and confusion, to me it was just par the course for these two kids.

Sophia got what seems like a whole room full of presents. She had fun opening them. We did not give them all to her yet, because we just don't have the room to put everything out right now. We are in the process of building her new toy room, so she will have everything once we move her stuff in. We got her this really neat kitchen set for her birthday. She has loved playing with it, but I keep stressing to her to pick up the pieces, because they are the perfect size dog toys for Vinny the dog. Thankfully, I have only had to take something away from him once.

Sophia is doing pretty good in preschool. She is an ADHD poster child, I think. While I know that she is too young to be diagnosed with something like that, I do know that she is more active than most kids her age. I look back at my own childhood and after being told what's Bob's childhood was like, I think we both would have been classified as hyper. I am hoping that school will help her calm down. On Thursday, they told me that she did better. She goes to an Episcopal Church for preschool and is fascinated by the chapel at her school. Her teacher told me that they bribe her with being able to see the chapel if she is good. I had to laugh, most kids hate going to church, but Sophia can't wait to get in there. To me it is whatever it takes, of course when we take her to mass on Sundays she is horrible. I am thankful that her teachers are young. I think they have a tendency to be more forgiving than older teachers. New teachers are so excited about the job that they seem to be less worried about the problems that occur.

Our basement renovations are finally underway. Bob has been working very hard to get everything done. He says that we should have the work completed by the end of October. That will leave us a little over four weeks to get the kid's rooms done. Other than painting and actually moving furniture around, the rooms upstairs will be much easier to do. I say this, but I am actually not doing much of the hard stuff. I try to keep up with the every day housework, while Bob is stuck with the difficult stuff.

By the way, happy fall. I am so glad that fall is here. I hope that everybody is doing great!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

No, I am not dead...

I have just been busy. We actually went on a mini vacation over the weekend. It was so nice to get away for a few days.

Sophia's birthday party is on Sunday (her actual birthday is 9/21). We rented a pavilion at a nearby park and are having about 40 people. She wanted a princess theme, so I have spent part of my evening making castle shaped chocolate lollipops for her goody bags. I have so much to do before Sunday. Thankfully, Bob's parents are taking her overnight on Saturday, which will give us time to get a few things done. She is getting very excited.

On the baby front, things are going very well. I had an OB appointment today and my doctor is again very pleased. I also found out today that since I am having a repeat c-section, I do not have to have internal exams this pregnancy, for those of you who have ever been to the OB/GYN, you will certainly be able to appreciate this, for those of you who have not, I will spare you the details. My c-section is scheduled for 11/28 (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving), so at least now I know when the new baby will arrive. We still have no names picked out.

We are still working on the house. I hate this sort of stuff. It seems to take forever. I will just be so glad when it is done. I will probably end up spending a few days at my in-laws to avoid paint fumes. Sophia will love this.

Ever since before I was legal drinking age, I have attended the Maryland Wine Festival. I have only missed one year in about 16 years and that was the year that Sophia was born. The festival is this weekend and I would love nothing more than to throw back many glasses of wine, but that is not in the cards this year. Hopefully, next year. One strange thing with this pregnancy is that I am actually craving mixed drinks. I don't really drink that much and especially mixed drinks. I am more of a beer person. Just the other day I was at breakfast and I got this urge to drink a spicy Bloody Mary. Keep in mind that I won't drink, only think about it. I will miss the festival. We have a really fun bunch of people that we usually go with and we all get toasted, except for Bob. He does not drink and is our designated driver. My friend Jen and I are usually toasted enough that we eat raw oysters. This is the only time that this usually happens. I can take sushi, but raw oysters are a completely different ball game.

Sophia started preschool today. I did really well. I did not cry, but tears did well up when I left her there. It was a very strange feeling. She stills seems like a baby in so many ways. The one teacher said she did very well, but got really crazy at the end, which I figured would happen. I had a hard time getting her out of bed this morning. The first thing that came out of her mouth was, "can I sleep just a little bit longer?" I was floored. I did not say that kind of thing until I was much older. She was so exhausted in the afternoon, but would not take a nap. I picked her up from Bob's parents house and she fell asleep in my car around 5:40. I stayed in the car with her and let her sleep for 40 minutes. I knew if I moved her she would wake up. Hopefully, she will get better schedule-wise over the next few weeks.

So that about sums it up. I hope that all is well. Thanks for hanging in there!!!