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Christmas Parade!

Last Sunday was the Christmas parade. Charla’s first parade was the 4th of July one this past summer. She really loved it so I figured the Christmas parade would be just as fun. Tim had to work, so just this was something just Charla and I were going to do. She had seen some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV and really loved the dancing. I thought she would really enjoy the cheerleaders and pom poms.

It was in the upper 20’s on Sunday, cold but not unbearable. The parade was supposed to start at 11am so we got to our sitting spot a little after 10:30am. I had brought her some snacks so she munched on those for awhile while we waited. Finally we could see the parade coming down the street. Charla loved it. She got to see big firetrucks, people dressed up in costumes, marching bands and dogs. There was a lot of candy being tossed out. Charla is still a little young to understand running out in the street to get candy, so the two little girls we were sitting near would give her some that they had collected. It was very sweet!

About 3/4 of the way through the parade, I started to get cold so I knew Charla was probably getting cold as well. Sure enough, she soon told me her hands and feet hurt. I figured the parade would be over soon and asked her if she wanted to leave or stay. She wanted to stay. About 5 minutes later she started fussing and whining, so I knew we had to go. She was not happy about leaving though.

I started packing up our chairs and she cried because she didn’t want to leave the parade. When she’s upset, she likes to be held and carried. However, because I was alone, carrying my bag and two chairs, there was no way I was going to be able to carry her back to the car. I felt horrible about ending our fun morning like that, but I ended up taking her hand and dragging a crying child down the street.

All in all, we had a great time at the parade. Once we were in the car and starting to thaw, we talked about all the fun stuff we saw in the parade and Charla was very excited to tell daddy about what she had seen. I learned some things about taking a kid to a winter parade though. Next year I plan on dressing her a bit warmer, bringing along some blankets and, if possible, not going by myself!

Add a comment November 30, 2010

The Holiday Season

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Charla was so excited to go, had a great time and then didn’t want to leave. Getting to see and talk to the entire family was wonderful. After the dinner, we made these darling little turkeys out of Oreo cookies and candy corn. I got to play a card game, Tim got to play an iPod game with my oldest cousin and Charla watched Snow White. Now, we have entered the Christmas season.

I have gotten a little of my shopping done. I’m such a last minute person, I really think I work better under pressure. In my mind, I know what I’m getting most people, it’s just a matter of getting to the store and purchasing the items.

After dinner tonight we will be putting our Christmas tree up. Charla has been looking forward to this for days now! Last year she got to help but she was still so little that there wasn’t much she could do besides hand us ornaments. This year, she’ll be able to help hang the ornaments on the tree. I can’t wait to share this experience with her. This is the kind of stuff that makes me love beingĀ  a parent. Sharing new experiences and creating traditions.

She’s still a little young to entirely grasp the concept of Santa this year. She knows Santa will come to bring her toys. We will probably have her set out some milk and cookies. However, I think we’re going to wait one more year before having her “write” a letter. I wonder if she will have trouble falling asleep Christmas Eve because of excitement? I wonder if she will wake up early Christmas morning wanting to see what Santa brought her? I can’t wait to see the sparkle in her eyes when she sees all that she’s gotten!

Add a comment November 26, 2010

Past Thanksgivings

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just 2 days away and November is almost over. I remember Charla’s first Thanksgiving. She was only 6 months old. We went to my cousin’s house that year. I don’t remember what time of day we arrived but dinner was running late and Charla was getting tired and overstimulated. After trying to settle her for an hour, Tim and I packed up and left. We hadn’t even had a chance to eat! We came home and made frozen pizza. Charla had fallen asleep in the car on the ride home so of course was in a fabulous mood. I cried and cried. I was mad at Charla for being so fussy and mad at myself for failing as a parent.

Last year’s Thanksgiving was much better. We had dinner at my grandparent’s house that year. Charla was on one nap. We had a late lunch early dinner and then Charla slept for a couple of hours. She was in a good mood and by the end of the day was going by everyone.

I don’t know what I’m expecting this year. Charla won’t be having a nap. Even though she is still a good napper at home, there’s no way I’m going to be able to get her to sleep with so much activity going on around her. This may mean we will be leaving early although this definitely won’t be the first (or even second, third or fourth!) time she’s went without a nap.

She knows all of our family members now but is still apprehensive about going by some of them. She gets overstimulated relatively easily but at the same time she knows how to be the life of the party and center of attention. If she initiates contact, she’s fine. However, not all of my family members are patient enough to wait for her to come to them.

All in all, I hope it will be a fun and relaxing day. Holidays sure get easier the older your child gets!

Add a comment November 23, 2010

Those Pesky Pounds

Things are finally settling down from when Charla was sick. The high fever lasted for about 4 days. I ended up taking her to the Dr and he said it was just a virus and to keep giving the Ibuprofen. Once the fever broke, she ended up with a cough and a rash. The rash lasted a good 24 hours and the cough is just now getting better. This virus had pretty good timing though because now we should be able to get through Thanksgiving virus free (I really hope I didn’t just jinx myself)!

I decided about two months ago that I was going to go on a diet. Before getting pregnant with Charla, I was a healthy weight. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy. Shortly after delivery, I lost about 20 of those 30 pounds, not too bad. However, then I stopped watching what I ate and life stresses got in the way so I gained those 20 back plus another 10. UGH!

Anyway, I decided enough was enough and I needed to do something about the extra weight. I was the heaviest I had been my entire life and not happy about that. So I started to diet. Nothing too drastic, just counting calories and some exercise here and there when I have time. Well, after 2 months I have lost 12 pounds! I’m already feeling great and I can’t wait to lose some more and feel even better!

Add a comment November 23, 2010

Sick Beaver

The last few days have been hard because Charla has been so sick. It started off as a cold last weekend. Around Wednesday she started sounding a little hoarse but her cold seemed to be getting better so I didn’t worry about it too much. I sent her to preschool on Friday and she did great. Saturday morning she ran some errands with daddy while I cleaned the house a bit and got some work done. Then Saturday evening, after dinner, she felt really warm. I took her temp and it was 101F.

Sunday we had plans to go to my mom’s house to bake some cookies. The women in my family do this every year before Thanksgiving. We all get together and bake Christmas cookies, drink some wine and have a good time. Charla was really excited to go. So, I gave her some Ibuprofen and took her along. She lasted about 2 hours and then I called Tim to pick her up.

Last night she woke up around 4am and felt really warm. Her temperature was 103.7F! Gave her more Ibuprofen, held a cold washcloth on her forehead for awhile and gave her some water to drink. She fell back asleep after about 30 minutes and ended up sleeping in until 8:15am, so a 13hr night! She seemed in better spirits today but every 6 hours, after her Ibuprofen wears off, she’s back up to 102-103F. If this continues tomorrow I’m going to give the Dr a call. I have a feeling though that she caught the flu and since that’s viral, there’s not much the Dr can do.

I really hope her fever breaks tonight and she starts feeling better. Tomorrow she was supposed to go to school, but I’m pretty certain she’s going to be staying home with Mama.

Add a comment November 16, 2010

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