Mia was born on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 am. She is doing wonderfully. Kylie is curious about her so we have to encourage her to be gentle, but otherwise she is a great big sis.
I don't check Lj to often anymore so I completely forgot to post this here. We're expecting again. The kid is due in late January and Monday we find out if it's Joshua or Mia.
Spending it with the family. Not much different than any other day. If you're a believer, then you don't have anything to fear from the end of the world anyway.
I hate it when people call Kylie chubby. I know they don't mean anything by it, and the doctor says her weight is just fine for her height, but it makes me paranoid that I'm doing something wrong. I've had weight problems my whole life, and the last thing I want is to pass them down to her. But I also know that obsessing over her weight can cause problems of its own. I just need to take a deep breath. She's healthy and adorable and there's absolutely nothing wrong with her. Babies are supposed to be a little chubby. Her doctor will let me know if there's a problem. It's ironic; the first few months of her life we were worried because she wasn't gaining enough weight. I'm babysitting Zach for the day. It's fun to watch him; I get to spoil him as an honorary aunt and I get a taste of what I might be in for if we decide to have another one. Plus hopefully Aaron can get some packing done since he has one less kid to worry about. We went to Chuck E Cheese. I let him play a few games, and I got in a few rounds of ski ball. I love ski ball. Why can't we have a Dave and Buster's around here? Zach surprised me. He pointed out the water tower and explained to me how it works. Pretty impressive for a four year old. Now he's watching some Disney channel. I actually enjoy watching kid's shows every once in a while. I suppose that will change when Kylie's begging to watch Cinderella four the fourth time in a row.
Kylie took her first steps last week! She's a little on the early side, but that's cool. She's getting so big! She's got a new tooth too. It's been a busy month. I was in a dinner theater for my church last week. I got to play a bridezilla. It was mostly ab-lib, and I'd never done any acting before so it was an experience to say the least. I had a great time, and I'd do it again. If someone had told me a year ago that I'd volunteer to be in a improv play in front of 75 people I would have died laughing. I've changed so much in the last few years that I hardly recognize myself. Thankfully just about all of the changes have been good ones. I've got to get up at 7 am for the food pantry. Oh my gosh, I hate getting up that early. I guess I should get used to it though. Kylie's not going to sleep till 9:00 forever.
I feel kinda bad for neglecting posting here, but it seems like hardly anyone posts much now, and I don't often have an internet connection. Things are going pretty well. I'm going to physical therapy to address an issue with my back. It seems to be helping, and since the main remedy for my ailment seems to be push-ups I will have strong arms by the time I'm done. Kylie is doing great. She's eating solids, cruising, crawling, and using a sippy cup. I can't believe how time has flown. I wish I knew more people who were home during the day. I love staying home with Kylie, but it gets lonely being the only grown-up around. I've been doing MOPS, but while the people are nice, I haven't found anyone I really click with. I can wait for the weather to get warmer. At least then I can get out of the house more often. I'm reading Bait and Switch. It's by the same women who wrote Nickeled and Dimed, but it's about finding a white collar job. In some ways it makes me feel better, b/c she shows how difficult it is to find a job even if you have the education, but it makes me feel worse, b/c I might try to work again when Kylie's in school.
How do you feel about standardized tests? Do you think they accurately indicate a student's knowledge or ability?
I don't think they are a good indication of knowledge or ability. That being said, they got me a scholarship to college, so I would be hypocritical if I complained too much.
Kylie and I are at the library. She was being good, and I was going stir crazy. Tim goes back to work full time on Monday, so I start my job as full time Momma. I'm more than a little nervous. I've waited so long for this, but I'm also having to find a new normal. I'm glad I've been able to ease into it. Tim's working today so I'm learning what it'll be like. It's easier than when my parents left. Then it felt like parenting without training wheels. I know already from being home when I was pregnant that I'm going to seriously miss socialization. At least I'm not housebound anymore. It's so nice to be able to get around without pain. I'm going to try joining a Mothers of Preschoolers group, but I'm not sure what it will be like trying to fit in a group where the only thing anyone has in common is that they have kids.
Just wanted to keep the journal active since it might be awhile before we can role play again.