Monday, April 20, 2009

Work of Art

Look at this! Two days in a row of posting! Lucky, lucky me.

I didn't put any captions in with the pictures, but most of them explain themselves except for the first one, which calls for a little gushing. Anja gets more hilarious and cute every day, and now she's started really playing with her baby doll. She's always loved it and carried it around with her, but now she PLAYS with it. She "straps it into the carseat" by throwing it in, messing with the straps, messing with the visor, and looking very pleased with herself; she "changes its diaper" by throwing it (usually by its head or leg) onto the changing table, and putting a diaper on top of it; she "bundles it" by putting it on the floor, dropping a blanket (or t-shirt, or pair of pajamas) on top of it, then picking up the whole pile and walking around smiling and patting it. IT'S SO FREAKING CUTE. I almost can't stand it. And she spends all of her time doing this. She hardly looks at her books anymore, and she's uninterested in all of her animals. Her life is taken up by this baby doll and caring for it. It's adorable!!!!!! So anyway, in the first picture in my last post, I was keeping Greta happy by patting her across my lap, and Anja promptly joined me with her baby doll. I love it!!

I don't think moms are given enough credit for the amount of bodily fluids they wear on a daily basis. Today Anja took a spill in the kitchen and hit her forehead on a cabinet door. I felt bad for her because we were getting ready for her nap so she was already tired, and it sounded like it hurt. So I picked her up and cuddled her for a long time--not knowing that when she hit her head, she'd bit her lip and was bleeding all over!!! (Nothing shocks like pulling back your baby to check for a bump on her forehead, only to see her whole chin covered in blood!) It was not a bad cut, it stopped bleeding in about three seconds, but her lip is all puffy now. Poor baby. But now I have blood all over the shoulder of my favorite sweater and a small spot on my only white camisole. Does anyone have any advice for getting blood out of clothing????? IT'S MY FAVORITE SWEATER!!!

Last night I looked at my calendar and saw that Greta had a doctors appointment at 9:00 this morning. Whoops!! So at 9:30 at night I called my mom and luckily she was free and willing to come watch Anja while I took Greta to her one-month appointment. Both girls were up by 7:30, making the morning slightly hectic (Luckily Martin and I had woken up early!) and I was five minutes late to the appointment. But when I got there they told me my appointment is TOMORROW! And it isn't even at 9:00, it's at 11:00! I am such a moron! I have no idea how I got mixed up... I came home and checked the appointment card, and sure enough, it said tomorrow at 11. On my calendar: Today at 9. Grrr. I wish I were not so bad about time and days and everything else. I'm one of those people who's going to get mixed up and miss my own funeral.

Last week Greta being awake made naptimes for Anja a struggle. I'm lucky to still have Martin coming home every day at 2:00... last week on the nice days, we were able to take short walks as a family! An hour lunch break isn't much, but when it's from 2:00-3:00 it makes the rest of the day go quickly, and it's so nice to see him in the middle of the day. Today was easy; I think both girls are still worn out from the weekend!

I've been making bread lately, and really enjoying it. Last week I made two loaves, but as soon as I took a bite I realized I'd forgotten the salt. So it isn't very good bread, but my mom suggested I make it into bread pudding! So I've got bits of bread toasting in the oven right now and we'll be having that for dessert after some yummy chicken and noodles for dinner.

7 comments:

Jill said...

I usually use OxyClean for any kind of stain and it works pretty well, especially for blood stains.

It's amazing how much blood will gush out of a tiny little cut in a kid's lip! Andrew has bashed his lip a few times and it always startles me.

reading your posts about Anja really makes me want a little girl! SIGH!!

John said...

The best way to get blood out of things is spit. Yes, I know it's disgusting, but it really works. It has something to do with the enzymes in saliva....

(this is Elisabeth, not John....I was just too "lazy" to sign out and sign back in again as myself)

Joannie said...

I heard that hydrogen peroxide works well, but only for whites. And I've also heard people talking about soaking it in vinegar and cold water?

Elisabeth, you made me laugh out loud. Although I think it would have been funnier if it really was John.

Sarah said...

This weekend, PeterXavier (big surprise)got hit by a swing and had a massivly bloody nose. Hydrogen Peroxide took it right out of my blue hoodie.

Michelle said...

I will echo the peroxide cleaner. When Emily bled all over her carseat and clothes this week after her little hand in the door incident, my mom helped clean everything with peroxide and it came right out.

LauraSuz said...

anja wants to do what her mama is doing! too cute...

Anonymous said...

the key to getting blood out is to NOT use hot water. This "sets" the blood...essentially cooking it in place. Always at least start with cold water.