Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Many Faces of Little Miss Penelope.

The last few days have seen me hectically trying to get all my stock organised, paintings finished and displays figured out for the fete that I have a stall at on Saturday. Miss Penelope has been kept amused watching me, in between naps of course! So today she had been asleep for a little while when I heard her start to stir and 'talk' to her self. I figured she was happy so I'd leave her there while I finished a few things off.

When I went in to see her a few minutes later, I was greeted by the biggest smile I could possibly ever have asked for. She was grinning away, arms waving around, legs kicking and it was the cutest most adorable thing. So I got the camera and the little miss obliged me with some cute, some funny and some just plain adorable faces. So I figured I'd share them with you because well....who doesn't love to see photos of Little Miss Penelope and her many facial expressions!?

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Monday, 25 November 2013

I'm Not A Morning Person...

The Awesome One is not a morning person either. So you'd think that mornings might be a bit tough here in our crazy household. But actually, they're really not that bad!

I am a routine kinda girl. I love predictability in my life. I can cope with things when they aren't, and I like a bit of spontaneity every now and then, but for the mornings things need to be done the way they're done or it kind of irritates me. Not emotional meltdown like the Little Dude when he tries to deal with stuff that isn't in his routine, but still. I can get  a bit cranky!  
I know, you're so surprised right?! Me, cranky?! Never! ;) 

So this is what happens in the mornings here, and it works for us, mostly that is anyway. I get up with Little Miss Penelope at somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30 usually for her bottle. I sit on the couch in a sleep deprived daze, waiting for her to drink her milk so we can go back to bed. She's pretty quick at that time of day, usually drinking what she needs in about 15 minutes. Then I put her in bed and kind of crawl back in bed myself passing out pretty instantaneously.

Then the alarm goes off at 6:55am. Except for Mondays when The Social One has early start for soccer at school and so the alarm goes off around 6:30am. Snooze is hit a couple of times and then it's time to get up. The Awesome One (who really lives up to his name on Monday mornings and leaves for work early so he can take her to school for her early start) gets up and takes a shower. I get up, go to the kitchen and make coffee. Then I make lunches for everyone and put all the stuff out for their breakfast. The Boy is usually up if not before me, then pretty much at the same time I get up, so he keeps me company while I do this. He chatters a little and gets grunts from me in return. He doesn't mind. He has learnt that Mummy is not very lively or vocal in the mornings, so he seems quite ok with essentially talking to himself while I make lunches.

Without this, I could not function.

His job in the mornings is to get his siblings up. They (mostly) share his passion for cheerfulness in the mornings, but they do take a few minutes to wake up. He stands at their door and says "get up" in the same way every single day. He doesn't wait to see if they hear him, he just says it and moves on. Occasionally I have to send him back a second time because one or more of them either don't hear or just plain ignore him. He's okay with that too.

He's such a cheerful kid in the morning.

Little Miss Penelope varies in whether she is awake or not at this point. If she is, she gets plonked down on her mat on the floor, nappy off to let her air out so to speak, and she is quite happy to see her brother and her toys. Especially Grover. So she chatters away, looking around in baby happiness at the goings on around her. By this stage I have finished making lunches and The Awesome One is out of the shower. So I get coffee and he gets breakfast. Then I get to sit down and drink my coffee and check emails etc... The children have all learned that in order for me to be a happy camper, I must must must have my cup of coffee. They do sometimes forget that I'm not a morning person and try to talk to me, asking me about stuff they forgot for school or whatever. But they quickly remember about my non morning joy and decide to talk to their baby sister instead. She is much more receptive to their chattering. She seems to very much enjoy it actually. Except for The Eldest One, they are all annoyingly cheerful in the mornings. It reminds me of my Dad. When we were growing up he would always be so damn happy in the mornings. I don't get it, but apparently they understand perfectly. 

The Awesome One goes to work about now, and I need to put a nappy on the baby and usually dress her. Sometimes she gets to stay in her pj's for a bit longer, but that's ok. And then she gets passed around from child to child while they talk to her and play with her and generally make her very smiley! I get myself washed and dressed during this time and start to organise stuff, like put a load of washing on, or make myself lists of what needs to be done. Sometimes I come across notes that The Eldest One has left me, and that makes me smile.(Of course I keep these notes to remind me that she IS a wonderful lovely girl, during those not so lovely and wonderful teenage moments.)

Then we know it's time to get in the car and go to school when Little Miss Penelope starts objecting and wants her bottle. She seems to have impeccable timing that way.

So off we go and get in the car to do the giant loop that is the school drop off. First the older two at the high school, then off to the primary school. I'll admit that the occasional day when Miss Emily and The Boy forget to give me a kiss and then wave to me after they've gotten out of the car makes me sad. Luckily it doesn't happen much. They are very affectionate children really.

And then we go home, and the Little Miss has her bottle and almost always goes straight back to sleep. And I have more coffee and what do you know? I'm suddenly a human being again, capable of actual conversation with someone. Being that there isn't anyone here, I usually end up talking to myself.  But that's ok, I'm a pretty good conversationalist. :)

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

A little bit of chaos!

It's been almost a week since I posted on here and the reason is simple: this week was chaotic!

We discovered that despite enjoying it very much, baby rice cereal does not agree with Little Miss Penelope!! And that meant everyone was unhappy.

She already has a few digestive issues - nothing major, just a little bit of pooping trouble thanks largely to the extra iron in her formula. (Although to be fair, she had pooping issues when she was still breastfed too!) So apparently when silly Mummy decided to give her rice cereal she didn't take into account the extra iron in that as well, and factor in what that might do to her already delicate digestive disposition!

So by the end of Wednesday I had figured out what the problem was and why my lovely little baby girl was so inconsolable all week. She has cried and cried and cried, and only wanted to be held. Which is all well and good, except for the fact that 1) she's heavy and it's a killer on your back, 2) there is so much stuff that needs to be done and 3) she doesn't want you to sit and hold her, she wants you to stand- more back killer right there!

She wouldn't even settle in her sling that she normally loves being held in. So this week has been a long one! And to top it off, my ankle has been killing me, so combine a cranky sore tummy baby, with a sleep deprived and in pain Mummy, and you have a very unhappy household!! Nobody was safe from the wrath; there was yelling and arguing and built up frustration coming out from all angles! (Not to mention the state of the house - it's so messy right now!)

But she finally pooped and she finally settled and so yesterday evening we took the younger children up to Ikea to get a cot and a highchair for the Little Miss. The oldest two were off with friends for the night, so the little kids thought it was a wonderful excursion to go to Ikea and have dinner there! We got home late and everyone was cranky again, but after a good sleep we all feel much better! Well, aside from The Awesome One who is at work so probably doesn't feel so awesome right now. :)

And Little Miss Penelope is asleep in her new bed for the very first time! I have been kind of sad that she's too big for her bassinet at 4 months old, but when I put her in that cot and saw how tiny she really is, it kind of made me feel better! She is still such a tiny little baby and while she's getting bigger every day, she is oh so little in the grand scheme of the big wide world (as they all are really), and that's perfectly ok with me. :)

Oh, and just as a side note, we have now held off on the rice cereal and I think we'll give her some avocado or banana next week instead!

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