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I'm at work this afternoon, but since it's the last day of finals for the semester, we're not very busy. Most of the questions we're getting are of the "Where do I return my books?" variety; nothing very challenging. We did have one Ask A Librarian email question this morning asking how to find a particular kind of psychology article, and that caused us to do a double-take: "Really?! It's 8:30 on the morning of the last day of finals and you haven't even found your ARTICLE yet?!" Ah, well, it's their problem. We did answer the question, of course.

This got very long! )

Day 7

Nov. 10th, 2012 01:34 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I skipped posting Day 6 yesterday. Bad me!

Yesterday, Corwin's school had a Storybook Parade, where all the kids dressed in a costume and carried a book that their costume was from. Corwin went as the "stalking and lurking adventurous cat," Slinky Malinki. Essentially, this means he wore the black cat costume that Ian wore for Halloween -- and Ian put up such a fuss about Corwin wearing the cat ears that I had to go dig out some old Cheetah ears I still have from a costume I wore in college for Ian to wear.

Ian was quite the sight yesterday -- he was wearing a Cars shirt that is really a pajama top of Corwin's. It was size 6 when I bought it last year, but has shrunk so much that it now fits Ian, who normally wears 2T these days, just fine. And the cheetah ears. I took some pictures on my ipod, but I haven't bothered to try transferring them to the computer yet to see if they're worth posting. Maybe tonight.

Since it was just Ian and me who needed to get up to the school yesterday morning for the parade, we went on the bike. That was a good decision both logistically (avoided the whole trying to find a parking place in the street and cajoling Ian to walk instead of staring at trees, bugs, and cracks in the sidewalk) and in that it got me a little bit of exercise. :) I haven't been doing too well with my exercise regimen lately. Motivation has been lacking, and being sick this week hasn't helped.

I went to bed at 10:15 last night, which is late compared to what I had been doing this week (9-9:30ish). Fell asleep just fine, but then spent a couple hours awake in the middle of the night coughing. I contemplated just getting up, but I really wanted the sleep. I finally found a position on my stomach that alleviated the coughing...and then Ian started coughing. Fortunately, he didn't cough for long and I was able to fall back asleep after that. Ready for my family to be healthy again!

Today I'm at work all day, so doubtful there'll be much of interest for me to post about tonight. But you never can tell!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I've spent all day today feeling like I might be getting sick. Scratchy throat that has come and gone throughout the day, and pressure behind my eyes for a while this afternoon as well. Hoping it's just allergies, or something mild that I can fight off, since I'm supposed to work tomorrow afternoon and then Andrew and I are supposed to go out to a friend's birthday party after I get home -- a night out *together* with other adults, for the first time in ages. My parents are coming for the weekend to be here with Andrew and the kids while I go to work (since Andrew's not yet supposed to lift Ian) and then babysit for the evening while we're out. Tomorrow is also our 11-year wedding anniversary. We were gonna go out to celebrate that on Sunday, but have decided to postpone those plans until Andrew is a bit more recovered from his gallbladder surgery.

I made pumpkin muffins this morning (with some "help" from the boys), and have so far eaten 3 of them today. They are yummy and I can't seem to stop eating them. Glad my parents are coming tomorrow to help eat 'em, since Ian and I are the only ones here who like them, and I have 2 dozen mini muffins and 1 dozen regular sized muffins (minus the 3 regular-sized ones I ate and the 2 mini-ones Ian has eaten).

I watched the first hour and a half of Olympic coverage tonight with Corwin, and it left me wondering if there were actually any Olympics today. :P The first half-hour appeared to be a Bela Karolyi retrospective, mostly focused on the 1996 women's gymnastics team. Then they showed a bit of women's volleyball, and then a reasonably long segment telling us what swimming events they are going to show at some unspecified point later in the evening. Then a cut back to more women's volleyball. After that was women's springboard diving, and then it was 8:30 and I put Corwin to bed. I've since turned the TV off in favor of computer time -- I think I may just be getting Olympic'ed out after watching each night this week so far.

Andrew's gone off to an RPG session at a friend's house this evening, so it's just me here with the kids tonight. Computer time, then shower, then reading and/or bed sounds like my agenda for the rest of the night, I think. There are some towels in the dryer that I'll have to put away before I can take my shower, too. Yay for housework. :P

[ETA: Also, today makes 2 days in a row that Ian did not nurse. I wonder if that means we're done.]
cifarelli: (Ember)
I've tried a few new recipes in the last week, so should bother to write about them.

First was Mushroom Risotto, which I made last Monday after Andrew & I got home from his afternoon appointment, since the boys were still off at Corwin's karate class with their aunt. It was a hit with all the adults (including Sarah), though Corwin ate two bites before declaring he didn't like it, and Ian didn't even bother to try his. I didn't even mind that it had Spinach in it.

Tonight I made two new dishes:

Low Calorie Italian Baked Chicken
This one was a hit with Andrew and me. The kids seemed to think it was merely OK. They both ate a few bites of their chicken, but didn't finish. Corwin said he didn't like the sauce. Ian just got up in the middle of the meal and walked off, which is something he's been doing a lot of lately, since he figured out how to undo the strap on his chair. We're trying to nip that one in the bud, so once he gets up, he's done. I think he might have eaten more, since he did eventually come back to the table and put up a big fuss when we wouldn't let him have his plate back.

Easy Italian Vermicelli
I made a few small changes to this one as I cooked it. I didn't have either Italian style green beans (couldn't find any) or Italian style tomato paste (the one I found had HFCS), so I put in a teaspoon of Italian Seasoning instead. I used penne pasta, and olive oil instead of cooking spray. And added a little water at the end to try to thin the sauce a little. This one was just NOT a hit. Andrew ate all of his but wasn't crazy about it, and the rest of us didn't finish it. It ended up being a really thick sauce, even after I added water, and the flavor just didn't seem quite right. Not sure if it was the green beans, or what.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm getting more and more impressed with Ian's attempts to do the things Corwin does.

This morning after we got home from The Little Gym, Ian went and climbed into Corwin's chair at the table and made it clear that he wanted to eat the rest of the Cheerios left in Corwin's bowl from breakfast this morning. I went ahead and let him have them (since he didn't eat well at either dinner last night or breakfast this morning). Once he finished eating them, he got down and carried the lid to the bowl to the counter by the sink, and then took the bowl over to the pantry where he stood and reached and eheheheh'd in the direction of the Cheerios box. So I refilled the bowl, and he got back in Corwin's chair to eat those as well. (He did have to get down every time he dropped one on the floor and go throw it away, though.) After the 2nd bowl of Cheerios, he got down and went and stood by the fridge and eheheheh'd for milk. So I got him his milk. When he finished it, he handed me the cup and nodded 'yes' when I asked him if he wanted more. BUT, while I was pouring more milk for him, he got up and ran off to the bathroom. He likes to move the stool to in front of the sink and stand on it to request for us to wash his hands (though sadly he is still too short to reach even with the stool...guess we need to get a two-step stool), and I heard the stool being moved. But when I got in there, I found him not in front of the sink but instead trying to climb up either onto or into the potty (the lid was open).

So I got the old potty seat out and put it on the potty, took his pants and diaper off, and let him sit on it. His diaper was wet, and he didn't pee when I used the old warm-water trick, but he sat up there just fine and looked to be enjoying himself (though he definitely thought the warm water was weird). When he was ready to get down I dried him off with toilet paper and let him help me flush (which he promptly wanted to do a second time....).

So very definitely trying to do things the way he sees Corwin do them. He could stand to stay put a little better while eating in the big boy chair, though. :P

Then at nap time today, I put him in bed with his musical seahorse (which usually sits in the rocking chair next to his bed and doesn't go in the bed with him) because he was eheheheh'ing toward it as I was about to put him in bed. Turns out that was a bad idea, as a few minutes later he started screaming from in there. I went to check on him, and found him standing up, holding the seahorse out over the side of the bed in the direction of the rocking chair. All he wanted was for me to take the seahorse from him and put it back in the chair; once I did that he laid down quietly. In retrospect, I think he originally just wanted to hold the seahorse before he got in bed (as he usually does so while I'm getting his sleepsack onto him) because I had sat on the seahorse today so he couldn't hold it. I was just amazed he was that persnickety about the seahorse's location -- neither laying it somewhere else in the bed and ignoring it, nor throwing it out himself was good enough. Guess he takes after his mother. :P
cifarelli: (Ember)
Yesterday, Ian turned 1!

We had a family birthday party for him on Saturday afternoon; he had a grand time and enjoyed all the attention. I made carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing and sea critter gummies on top for decoration, and they went over much better with Ian than the carrot cake did with Corwin when he turned 1. Ian's birthday cupcake was demolished and devoured (though he was ultimately not allowed to have the gummy on top, after he tried to shove the entire thing in his mouth at one time).

Aftermath: Now if only we could get Corwin to let Ian play with his birthday presents!

As for his birthday itself, it was a pretty low-key day. Corwin had preschool, and we had Ian's class at the The Little Gym in the morning. Ian didn't feel much like participating in class that day, but he did enjoy climbing and exploring the gym, as well as trying to chew on anything he could find that would fit in his mouth. It left me wondering if he isn't working on some more teeth finally, though we can't see anything yet. Ian's buddy Miles came over to play in the afternoon. Nothing special for dinner, but he did get to devour another cupcake for dessert. :) Oh, and he got a runny nose for his birthday. :(

Today he had his 1-year checkup. He is 31 1/4" long (94%), 21 lb 12 oz (58%), and has a head circumference of 46.5 cm (63%). After looking him over his doc says he's a perfectly healthy little boy, but likely suffers from allergies. His runny nose is clear, and he has been sneezing and his eyes were red. So she recommended we try starting him on children's Zyrtec to see if that helps any. I'm not thrilled about him being on a daily maintenance drug already at 1 year old, but I do know that allergy meds help, and if it will cut back on the number of runny noses/allergy attacks that turn into sinus or ear infections, it will be worth it.


Corwin missed all three days of preschool last week due to being sick. When I asked his teacher yesterday if they had covered anything we needed to work with him on at home to catch up, she basically laughed at me and said he's so far ahead of the rest of the class academically that we don't need to worry. Apparently she's been having him read to the class sometimes, and often has to tell him to wait, don't say anything yet, when she asks the class a question so that the other kids get a chance to answer. It's starting already....I really hope he gets a teacher who can challenge him and keep him interested when he gets to kindergarten. I don't want him to skip a grade (because I think socially he is right where he needs to be with his peers) but I DO want him in some kind of GT program with other kids who are on par with him. I briefly looked at private school options and got frightened by the price tag ($13-14k/year)....but that was just a very surface look-see and I haven't gotten any further than that. I'd really rather keep him in public school, though, at the very least so that I can continue to be a stay-at-home parent for Ian while he is little. (Thought: I wonder if private school librarians are also required to teach for 2 years before they can be a librarian...)

Ian update

Jan. 31st, 2011 10:48 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was supposed to be Ian's 4-month well check, but it ended up being a sick visit instead. )

I'm sure there's more I could ramble about, but I need to head off for a shower and bed. Need to rest up so I can stay healthy enough to get Corwin to his gymnastics class tomorrow morning.

Ian update

Oct. 7th, 2010 09:52 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Ian had his 2-week checkup today (even though he's not two weeks old yet; he's actually only 10 days old). He's already grown an inch (and has outgrown the first of his 0-3 month footed sleepers, to boot!) and is up to 9 lbs, 7 oz, so already over his birth weight.

We had to go over to the hospital after his checkup so he could get his blood drawn for his second "newborn screen" (the first was done before we left the hospital), and THAT was rather a disaster. Basically, they stick his heel and then he is supposed to bleed onto a card, and fill up 5 circles on the card completely with blood. After the screen, we sat around for about 10 minutes so I could nurse him to help him calm down after the traumatic experience, and just as we had packed everything up and were walking toward the exit, one of the lab techs stopped us and said that the circles on the card had not been completely filled in, and that the card would likely be rejected. Our options were to let them send it off and see if it was accepted or rejected, and likely have to come back on a subsequent date to redo the blood draw....or just let them redo it before we left. So Ian got to have his OTHER heel pricked and the blood draw repeated, which none of us liked at all. But it was better than coming back another day, especially since my mom is here right now and was at home with Corwin, which might not be the case for a subsequent test.

Ian is a much better sleeper than Corwin was, fairly consistently sleeping anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours at a stretch at night. Corwin never slept more than 3 hours at a stretch for months, so I'm feeling rather spoiled. Ian is also sleeping a lot of the day away, but tends to be awake in the afternoon, except on days like today, when he had a stressful morning and slept all afternoon to make up for it. He's awake this evening (currently sitting with his grandma), so I'm hoping I'll be able to nurse him around 10:00 and go to sleep after that, but we'll see.

Ian's also just pretty laid back in general. He doesn't fuss or cry much; most of his fussing occurs when he's having a difficult time pooping. He doesn't really cry when he's hungry. Of course, I'm pretty good at reading and responding to his rooting cues, but Ian never really gets to fussing about being hungry, while I remember Corwin fussing about that a lot.

My mom is staying with us this week and next week, and having her around is helping a lot with the juggling of two kids. Andrew has also been at home for the last two weeks, but he goes back to work on Monday. It's gonna be a new adjustment next week not having him around. I'll get less sleep, as this week I've been able to sleep in some while Andrew has taken Corwin to his morning destinations. Even though Ian is doing pretty well at figuring out this sleeping at night thing, I'm still having to get up 2-3 times in the middle of the night for approximately 30 minutes each time (and occasionally longer than that if Ian has trouble going back to sleep or poops repeatedly), so it's been nice to not have to get up at 7 or 7:30 a.m. to get myself and the boys ready to be somewhere by 9 (especially as Ian will happily sleep 'til 10 or 11 if left alone). But once Andrew's not here to get Corwin ready to go and chauffeur him around, I'll have to get up even though I'll really want more sleep. I'm guessing I'll have to train Corwin to allow me to take a nap at some point during the day. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. :)


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