Friday, June 30, 2006


I've had this secret little pleasure for several years. Every couple of weeks I go online to visit the site IllWill Press and watch a cartoon with 'Foamy the Squirrel.' He is freakin' hilarious and has had me ready to wet my pants on several occasions from laughing so hard. Foamy says the things that everyone wants to say, and except for a few of us, never do. He has a punk witch sidekick and the toons are just hilarious. I encourage anyone who needs a good laugh to visit the site and after watching the current Foamy cartoon, click on the "toons" button in the bar at the top of the page and watch as many of them as you can get away with. I actually have a CD with the first series on it ... they are that funny.

Please ... go watch ... laugh like a loon. And then remember to go back when you are in a funk and need something to make you smile. Foamy will do so 99% of the time!!!

More pictures of Sage this weekend. I promise.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The morning after

I now dread the morning after well baby visit day. Last time Sage wasn't feeling well for a couple of days and ran a low grade fever. I gave her tylenol before bed last night and she actually slept from 8:30 - 3:00 am but she woke up this morning with a fever again. She seems to be in good spirits though and played on my bed this morning while I was getting ready for work. She was laughing at some show called "The Wiggles" on Disney channel.

What ever happened to old school cartoons? I searched and searched on Saturday and Sunday morning trying to find Bugs, Taz, Daffy ... any of the Looney Tunes characters, to no avail. No Looney Tunes, no Jetsons, no Flintstones. Nothing. All of the new cartoons are hideous. She will NOT be watching Rugrats. I'd like to take that little Angelica monster and shake the shit out of her! No Barney ... he's the anti-christ, I'm sure of it. I'm not even Christian and I believe that Barney is the anti-christ. The cartoons when we were kids were cool and I didn't really like cartoons. Nowadays, they are hideous. I think I'm going to try to find them on DVD and buy some of the older cartoons for her. I've just joined the Disney movie club and ordered some movies for her, so I may as well try to find the older cartoons as well. There has to be a market for them. I can't be the only parent out there that dislikes the cartoons that are out for children!

I'll try to get some pictures of her in her little "Princess" hat this evening. It is SO cute on her. She actually left it on for at least half an hour on Saturday night when her MawMaw gave it to her. I realized that she really does not have much hair once we put the hat on her. It's growing, but she seems to rub much of it off with her head rocking thing she does when she's tired.

Monday, June 26, 2006

A zombie ...

... that's what I am. Sage had a horrible night sleeping last night. She woke up almost every half hour crying for me. I actually had to put her in bed with me and she still kept waking up crying. I think she was feeling a little under the weather but it could be teething. It could also be the onset of separation anxiety. For the last week and a half, every time she is tired, she wants Mommy to hold her. She'll fall sleep laying against my chest and as soon as I try to put her down, she wakes up immediately and starts crying.

Today we went for her 6 month well baby visit and she's growing good ... already knew that but it's nice to have it confirmed by the doctor. Even though she was cranky and tired, they still commented on what a happy baby she is. She is now 17 pounds 12.2 ounces and 26 inches long. She has officially gained 10 pounds since she was born. Those shots have got to be the worse thing on earth. How can we not have a better way to vaccinate a baby with the modern medical advances we have. Stupid ... and really a risk to those foolish nurses lives. They have no idea how close they were to having some kind of bodily harm to their persons.

Here are some pictures of her playing on Friday night. She's growing so fast.

Her MawMaw came home from her conference on Saturday evening and we went to visit since my mother was going through baby withdrawal. She got her an adorable little hat that says "Princess" on it. I have to get some pictures of her with it on soon. She also got her a new rattle and stuffed animal, a crab that makes a clacking noise when you squeeze its' claw. She LOVES her new toys! My parents also took her shopping on Sunday and got her some outfits and more toys.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Yeah, I know ... I go forever without posting and then have two in one night! I gave Sage some banana in her safety feeder and she was having such a blast with it that I had to take some pictures. Her face, hands and exersaucer are now covered with banana mush.


I just suck at this, don't I? I have every intention of posting things and time slips by and I don't get around to it. Sage now has TWO teeth ... the second one came through a couple of days after my last journal entry. They are so cute and she likes using them. I just can't wait until she gets her top ones in and really goes to town on biting Mommy whenever she gets a chance.

Sage now loves eating her baby food and is trying many new things. She also has this thing called a safety feeder that has a little handle and a mesh net. You put fresh cold or frozen fruits or vegetables in it and she can chew on the food through the net and suck the juices out. She makes a complete mess with it but she absolutely loves it. She loves banging it too and accidentally smacked herself in the forehead with it the other night. I think that is the first time she has hurt herself and cried over it. She was not a happy girl for a few minutes. She also got her very first sippy cup yesterday with some pear juice in it. She got frustrated with it and then decided that I gave it to her to look at the really cool stuff inside that moves. She drank a little from it this evening but she was hungry so I had to take it from her and give her a bottle. She had just eaten two hours before but that's all she seems to go without a bottle in the evenings during the week. She'll go 4 or 5 hours without one at the babysitter ... and she'll barely drink anything on the weekends, but during the week, it's all about drinking as much as she can.

Friday night she decided that the occasional rolling over from stomach to back or back to stomach wasn't enough. I spent much of the evening chasing her across the floor trying to keep her on the blanket I had laid out for her. And, she can roll across my bed faster than I'm comfortable with. She also decided on Friday that she no longer wants to go to sleep at 9:00pm. You could set your watch by the length of her naps and her bedtime. She now falls asleep somewhere between 9:45 and 10:00pm and she is waking up around 2:00am fussy. I am hoping it's those top teeth trying to come through and she will get over it. She also won't sleep on her back anymore. I put her in her crib on her back and she rolls over within 15 minutes or so, in her sleep. So, I had to take her comforter out and that may also be the reason she isn't sleeping through the night. She's a girlie girl and has to have something soft to sleep on. I'm just not about to take a chance that she will get something fluffy bunched up around her face so I am going to have to deal with her waking in the middle of the night.

She turned 6 months old on Sunday ... Father's Day. We didn't do much and hung out around the house all day. She got her daddy some Dungeness crab legs and he was quite happy! I can't believe she is already 6 months old. It seems like I was pregnant a month ago. Of course, I still look like I'm pregnant on occasion. Disgusting. My incision site has finally stopped giving me shooting pains when I move quickly so I have picked up a Mommy & Me exercise video ... it's actually power yoga. Now I need to find my VCR and hook it up. Do the chores never end?

I got her a new exersaucer yesterday to keep at her babysitters house. It's a lot different than the one she has at home but Phyllis says she seems to love it just as much as the first one I got her. This one has a bunch of goofy looking animals around it, like a purple and pink rhino with black spots. She's happy, so who am I to think the rhino is weird.

Mom is out of town for her annual Skills USA competition. She actually forgot to take pictures of Sage with her and was on the phone Monday night wanting the address for the journal so she can show off her beautiful granddaughter. And, she was jealous that Dad got to spend an hour and a half with Sage without sharing. Tee hee ... Dad was quite happy about it.

Monday is her 6 month check up and round three of those horrid shots. I'm already feeling ill to my stomach at the thought of it but I guess it has to be done. I always thought that when I had a child, I wouldn't vaccinate because of the possible issues that could arise due to vaccinations. Now that I have a child, I think of all the things that could arise if she doesn't get the vaccinations! I've succumbed to modern medicine in that area, although I'm not entirely comfortable with it.

I think that's it ... not much else going. So, without further ado, here are the new pictures that some of you have anxiously been awaiting. I promise to start making more of an effort to get them up here more frequently. I don't really need to sleep, do I? At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Still no second tooth!

Well, Sage is still cranky and fusses when she's tired because her second tooth still hasn't broke through. She's chewing on things constantly so I am hoping it breaks through any time now!!!

Here are a few pictures of her from over the weekend ...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Teething ...

... it's a mixed bag, isn't it? When Sage's first tooth came through sometime from Sunday night to Monday morning, it was no big deal. She hadn't acted any different all weekend and spent a lot of time, as usual, chewing on something. I think that is one of the reasons I was so surprised when I saw it ... other than her continuous drooling and chewing indicating that "teething" and the eruption of a tooth through her little gums was imminent, there really wasn't any indication that it was in the process of happening already. Since Tuesday night, she's been cranky and miserable. Tuesday evening, I chalked it up to her being tired and fighting sleep because she didn't take her evening nap when we got home. She finally fell asleep at 8:15 and was down for the count. When I picked her up from the babysitter yesterday, Phyllis said she didn't have a good day. Huh? Sage? She ALWAYS has a good day. So, I thought maybe she had another tooth coming in and she wouldn't let me look. I popped my thumb in her mouth and she chewed on it long enough for me to THINK that I felt a bump in her gums next to her tooth. When I was slipping my thumb out of her mouth, I pulled her little lip down far enough and just long enough for Phyllis to confirm that there is another tooth just under the gums. My poor monkey ... she's miserable.

I took her exersaucer with her this morning and I am hoping that she will spend much of the day chewing on the teething star on there and get that tooth to break through. I am pretty sure the constant chewing of that star on Sunday and Monday is what helped the first tooth break through. It wasn't often that I looked at her that she wasn't in the process of pulling the thing into her mouth or she already had it in there! In the meantime, we have the infant tylenol handy to help alleviate the soreness and I am currently winning the battle against rubbing alcohol on her gums to numb them. I don't know why I am so set against doing it, but I don't want to. Other than the fear of it making her gag which could cause her to vomit, there really is no logical reason for my not wanting to do so other than the fact that I am just against putting alcohol on a babies gums ... and I don't care how many people do it or have done it in the past! My baby, my rules ... 'nuff said. I'm going to make a trip to Toys R Us at lunchtime and pick up those mesh bags that you can put frozen fruit or vegetables in and see if they help her this evening. I'll have to pick up a bag of frozen peaches or something if I plan on using it as soon as I get home.

I've been searching for a little bedtime prayer or something for her ... something that speaks to me, and it's been a hassle. I have wanted to extend our bedtime ritual that I started a few weeks ago. I've been taking her upstairs to put her down for the night about 15 minutes before I know she is going to fall asleep. She almost always goes to sleep at 9:00pm exactly! I lay her on my bed with one of her stuffed animals and a receiving blanket and we play. When she starts to yawn and her eyelids get heavy, I rub her belly for her and she pulls her blanket up around her face. I know it's only 15 minutes and we don't do much, but it's my time with her where I don't worry about anything else and I get to watch her drift off to sleep. Yesterday, I found a cute little night time poem that I think I will start saying every night as she falls asleep. It goes:

Faery bless, and Faery keep
Faery watch her while she sleeps
Protect her hearth, protect her home
Protect her spirit as she roams
Faery guide her through the night
And keep away the shapeless fright
Faery bless, and Faery keep
Faery watch her as she sleeps

I am sure that someone will take offense once it gets around but I really don't care! Again ... my baby! I'll raise her as I see fit.

I promise to post some more pictures soon. I just downloaded a bunch to the computer last night from the weekend.