Friday, May 21, 2010


The other day I picked Caitlyn up from daycare.  One of her teachers asks me if when Caitlyn is upset or frustrated at home if she head butts.  Um yeah.  She's been doing this for awhile.  I talked to her pediatrician about this at her 18 month appointment.  She assured me that this is normal toddler behavior.  That because she can't communicate with words she finds other ways to show she's upset or frustrated.  When we went to Waterloo for Aunt Beth's baby shower with Uncle Josh's family she had one of these episodes.  She got upset with me for telling her no (I don't even remember for what) and she hit her head on the HARDWOOD FLOOR!  In front of all of these people that I don't even know.  Hard enough that she had an immediate goose egg on her forehead.  I was so embarrassed.  Miss A (Caitlyn's teacher) said she had never seen this before.  She's seen kids hit other kids, teachers & parents.  But never the head butting.  Great...thanks.  The thing is...I understand the wanting to get the frustration out and not necessarily knowing how.  And I can use words.  But having the use of words doesn't always help either.  It's just how Caitlyn copes at the moment.  And we have to help her learn new less violent ways to vent that frustration. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mommy Brain

When you get pregnant they tell you that you start to loose your memory.  They call it pregnancy brain.  It doesn't get much better once you have the baby.  They just change the forgetfulness to mommy brain. 

Yesterday Jared, Caitlyn and I went to Home Depot to get tomato plant cages.  We get to the truck and Jared starts loading up while I take Caitlyn and put her in her car seat.  I then proceed to get into the truck while Jared puts the cart away.  We drive off.  We get to our next destination...Babies R Us.  Which is when I realize that I left my purse in the cart at Home Depot.  I start freaking out.  I got mad at Jared for not noticing.  He blamed it on the fact that my purse is orange and blends in with the carts at Home Depot.  Had we been at Lowes he would have seen it.  We drive back.  The whole way back I'm thinking about everything in my purse.  My wallet.  All our credit cards.  Our checkbook.  My phone.  My personal notebook.  I couldn't believe I didn't grab it! 

We got back to Home Depot and luckily my purse was still in the cart out in the parking lot.  It took awhile for my heartbeat to slow down.  I turned to Caitlyn and told her that I was losing my mind...she looked at me and laughed. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Vegetable Garden

I'm really excited about my gardening venture.  I decided to start small this year and if it works then next year I'll do even more!  About a month ago I cleaned out the spot that was riddled with weeds on the side of the house.  Jared and I discussed for weeks where the best spot for my veggie garden should be.  The side of the house already had a long narrow place which I think is going to be perfect!  It's got sun light all day long.  And the soil was already perfect for my veggies to grow! 

A couple weeks ago I bought 2 tomato plants and cucumber and zucchini seeds.  I planted the tomato plants right away.  I waited until Mothers Day to plant the seeds.  Thankfully grandpa Rich was there to help me plant the seeds or I would have done it all wrong.  And I would have been attacked by killer bumble bees!  Apparently these bumble bees like to bury their hives in the ground.  That was not a fun experience!   But we got my rows of seeds planted and now we just wait!

Last year grandpa Rich and grandma Kendy brought us veggies from their garden every week.  Caitlyn loved the fresh cucumbers and zucchini they brought over.  So I thought this year why wait for them to bring it for us...when we can just go out and pick what we need when we want it?!  Hopefully this works.  I haven't had the best luck with plants / flowers in general before.  This is why I started small. 

I had meant to take pictures along the way...but got so excited about pulling the weeds (I know crazy thought) and getting started that I forgot!  So before and after pictures with my next post about this will be coming....