Friday, April 22, 2011

The Schwartz's vs the 16 Month Old

Sarah, you are 16 months old today.  Here's what you've got going on.

Major Developments:
    The main thing you're growing right now is your vocabulary.  From the cute things like animal sounds to actual words that mean something life is getting a little easier now that you are starting to communicate better.  Dr. Catherine said you needed at least 5-10 words to be on track and you have that (as long as we count animal sounds) so I thought I'd make a quick note of what words you do know for my own memory's sake.  Sounds you can make when asked: cow, cat, elephant (with hand motion), duck, rooster, owl, bear (sometimes), pig (but it sounds a lot like the duck), and train (with cute hand motion).  Words: up, more, outside, whee, shoe, bow, no (with finger waggle and head shake sometimes), car, Belle, uh oh, baby, please, cookie (which doesn't actually get you a cookie, it gets you a fruit bar).  Phrases: "I see you", "hi dad", "help please", "more please", "up please", "where did it go" (which doesn't come out clear but thanks to your hand motions I know that's what you're saying).  And you do try to repeat things when I ask you to say stuff.

* You still sleep 7pm to 7am.
* You take one nap a day in the afternoon.  You typically go down around 1 pm and will sleep from 1.5 hours to 3 hours (getting more rare for the long naps).
* You want a cup of milk as soon as you get up.  It need to be in my hands when I walk in or you give me the stink eye.
* You are very social and like to wave hello and goodbye to people and will blow kisses when asked.
* You are pretty obedient.  When I find you with something you shouldn't have I tell you to put it back and most of the time you do without any melt down.
* You are obsessed with shoes, your shoes, my shoes, daddy's shoes.  You don't care whose, but you want shoes.  You talk about them a lot.  You go to your closet door and point and say "shoes".  However, you undo the velcro and still try to chew on them when we are driving.  Sometimes that leads to me taking your shoes while I'm driving to prevent this bad behavior.
* You love your hair bows.  As soon as we put shoes on you say "bow" and walk over to the bow hanger.  Sometimes you have a strong opinion about which bow you should wear and cry if I don't pick the one you want.  Yet you still pull your bows out of your hair, so even though you like them it's not a perfect world yet.
* You brush your teeth with tooth paste now.  For the the most part you're just licking the toothpaste off the brush but I think it counts.
* You like to try to wash your hands and your body and will start to rub the washcloth on yourself in the tub when daddy says "scrub, scrub, scrub".
* You like to play the "where did it go game".  You'll hide something in the hymnal at church and then put your hands up and say "where did it go" and then open it and say something like "there it is".
* You recognized the I'm So Glad When Daddy Comes Home song and walk to the front door to look for him.
* You know the sound of the garage door and go running when you hear it.
* You've started signing "more", you also say the word too.  I think this is an odd development.  I tried to teach you sign language 1 day about 8 months ago and you wanted nothing to do with it.  It was so frustrating that I never did it again.  About 2 weeks ago you started signing that while saying it.  It's cute.
* You still love books and puzzles.  My favorite book to read to you is "Moo, Baa, La, La, La" because you fill in the animal sounds you know.
* You love things that are your size so we bought you a picnic table and some deck chairs.  You'll carry the deck chair around to various locations to sit and relax.  You also seem to prefer the blue chair to the red one and got angry when a friend tried to sit in the blue chair.  We need to work on sharing.
* You tell Sophie no and push her away if she's rubbing on your toys.  (Again, sharing may be an issue.)
* You get really upset when you are told no.  You'll cry and drop to the ground.
* You tell us no a lot.  It's still cute because it's not defiant (yet).  For example, we'll say "do you want to watch Little Einsteins?" and you'll say no and shake your head, while walking to the couch to get ready to watch your show.
* You don't know opposites yet.  You say "up" whether you want up or down.
* You don't say bye bye, you only wave.
* You have 4 teeth coming it.  It hurts.  I'm sorry.

It seems like every day you have learned something new which I'm not sure who's more excited about that, you or me.  We love you sweet girl.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Schwartz's vs Chef Natalie

My mom does what she calls "survival cooking".  She claims she's no great cook, but I don't remember not liking anything that she served us.  Wait, scratch that, I didn't like her pork's were always much better.  But please, one thing of many meals she served us is all I have to complain about.  She's a good cook.  In fact, I think going to my parent's house is the ideal vacation because I don't have to cook.  I get to enjoy having mommy serve me.  It's especially nice to have that retreat now that I'm a mom.

Anyway, if my mom is a survival cook, then I'm a few steps lower than that I'm probably a minimal cook.  I've mastered a few of the basic meals: spaghetti, mac and cheese, skillet chicken cooked in various marinades because it's quicker than baking and doesn't involve me having to figure out how to start the charcoal grill, and a few select recipes that I've gotten off of  When I look at a new recipe it needs to have no more than 7 ingredients and take no longer than 45 minutes to make.  Otherwise, it's not getting made in this house.  I'm sure our meal calendars seem monotonous because my cooking abilities are so limited.  But my dear husband is always a good sport.  He's come to terms with my minimal kitchen abilities.  For example, a few weeks ago we had some grape tomatoes that were about to go bad so I cut them up and put them on freezer garlic toast with some cheese and popped it in the oven for some semi-homemade bruschetta to go with our spaghetti for dinner.  Chris was so impressed he talked about it for the rest of the evening.  That's right, cutting up some tomatoes makes my husband think I'm a gourmet cook.  Ha!

So anyway, sometimes people tell me about some "fool proof" meals or I hear about something someone else did that sounds really good and I give it a try and then turn out disastrous.  My friend Susan told me about the most delicious chicken dish her mom makes with just a can of cream of mushroom soup, some chicken, and dumping it in the crock pot.  I tried doing just that.  It didn't work so well for me.  In fact, it was pretty nasty.  Sunday, I was making a pork loin roast and I'd been saving some of Mike's delicious pepper jelly to use on it because I thought I remembered hearing Mike say something about how he used it on a pork roast before.  So I get the roast all slathered up with the pepper jelly and put it in the oven with some peppers and onions and potatoes, and zucchini (the veggies turned out great).  Then I turned to Chris and said, "I'm not sure this is going to turn out good."  I'm use to marinading pork roast, not glazing it.  And my dear sweet husband says for probably the millionth time in our marriage, "Eh, there's always ranch dressing."

I looked over at the table where the Cricut is still sitting out from the last time I crafted.  And said, I'm putting that over the kitchen door.  So today while Sarah was napping I used up the rest of the white vinyl I had laying around and put up my cooking motto above the door.  I think it turned out pretty great!

I feel like I've reached a new level in my stay-home-mom status.  I've used a craft machine to cut vinyl and put in on my wall.  Is there a check list that I get to mark off or a sticker I get for this?  

The Schwartz's vs the Teethin' Heathen

Don't let this adorable face fool you.  She has not looked or acted so pleasant the past week and a few days.  I know I say this every time, but seriously, this round of teething has to be the worst!  

Sarah you cut teeth at a pretty young age.  I think your first teeth started coming in around 3 or 4 months.  And like most children you do get them in pairs.  (Your bottom 2 came in together, then 2 on the top came in together, then 2 more on the top came in together, and so on.)  So we're use to you cutting multiple teeth at once.  I thought the molars were the worst because of how big they were and how slow they moved.  It took a few weeks before they were completely out.  But your i-teeth, or canines, or whatever you call them have made me want to reach in and pull them down for you.  You are getting all 4 at once and they seem to be moving slower then the molars.  They're not quite out yet and your gums are pretty red and swollen so I hope they will pop out soon.  Unfortunately this round of teething has given you all the symptoms that we've avoided every other round.  You had the crazy acid poo which gave you awful diaper rash.  You've had the fever, and the snotty nose that turns in to drainage when (and if) you sleep that gives you the 2 packs a day smoker cough.  You are back to chewing on anything you can get your mouth on which has led to some pretty funny things.  Your gums must itch because you've been chewing on the corner of your bath tub book putting it right where those teeth should be.  I've also seen you chewing on you baby Belle's hand in a manner that looks like you're trying to scratch your teeth with it.  

There are times when the pain is awful and you start crying for no reason (other than that) and come sit in my lap and lay your head on my shoulder.  The other day when daddy was feeding you dinner, you were eating lima beans and just started crying.  It breaks my heart to see you in such pain, but thankfully motrin works well on you.  Unfortunately it does take a little while to kick in so I just apologize and tell you the pain will go away soon.  I think you understand the motrin makes you feel better because you willing take it and sometimes when I've seen you chewing excessively you point at it up on the counter like you're asking for it.  

I hope these come out soon, but I've got bad news for you baby girl you still have your two year old molars you're going to cut and based off your trend of cutting early I'd bet they'll start coming in when you're around 18-20 months old.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Schwartz's vs Sarah's "Wii"

Chris and I bought a Wii about 3 years ago.  We love it.  But I'm pretty adamant that at this stage in Sarah's life she has no idea what it is.  So we don't turn it on while Sarah's awake.  That's not to say that when she's older we won't let her play.  We definitely will; one of the reasons why we bought it was to play games like bowling and what not with the entire family.

So when Sarah's walking around the house saying "whee!" she's talking about her new swing set that Grandma and Grandpa Smith bought her.

She loves it and it's definitely made this beautiful weather we've been enjoying a lot more fun.  If it's not raining, then we're outside playing (hence the lack of blogging).  Her love of her swing set has also added a new word to her vocabulary.  She now says "outside" and "outside, pleeeeese".  It's adorable.  I was trying to only take her to her swing set from the back kitchen door hoping that she wouldn't connect the front of the house to the back of the house.  Unfortunately, my child can't be tricked.  So the other day she was supposed to be playing with her balls and her car in the front yard while I was weeding the flower bed I looked up and she was gone.  (Not in that scary oh my gosh my child has been abducted kind of way, but in the oh crap, she realized the front yard is connected to the back yard.)  And so I start walking behind the house following the sound of "Whee.  Whee.  Whee.  Wheeeeeeee!" as she goes running to the swing set and starts patting the swing saying "up, pleeeese".  She even goes down the slide all by herself now.  Well, she needs help being put at the top of the slide but she'll sit there and push herself down when she's ready.  It's so cute.  

We're trying to get the most use out of it now before the crazy million degree heat and 200% humidity of summer kicks in.  We'll still go outside and enjoy it every day, but for shorter time spans.

So thanks Grandma (and grandpa) Smith!  We support your addiction.  =)

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Schwartz's vs the New Car

Make room in the garage Saab, the Schwartz's have replaced you as the new car in that spot.  Thankfully, this is a sporty one seater so there was plenty of room to add it in the garage with our two cars we already have.  I know, can you believe how lucky we are...a 3 car family!  And this one we were able to buy outright, paid cash even!  Actually, I'll tell you a secret, we bought it on Craig's List for a fraction of the cost.  And since it was so cheap, we decided it was ok to go ahead and buy Sarah a car!

It still needs some work done.  I'm going to get out the handy dandy Cricut and personalize it a bit for her with some vinyl flowers and her name on the door.  But she loves it!  Of course, the day after we finally put it together (it's been sitting up in our attic for 11 months) the weather snapped back down into the 50s and it was grounded to the garage for a week. 
So when the weather finally was nice again this weekend, she squealed with delight when I got her car out again!  She mostly goes backwards for now, and turns circles.  And a lot of the time she just likes to sit in it and open and close the door but it's about the cutest thing ever.

This weekend while the weather was nice, Chris built Sarah's Easter present from Grandma and Grandpa Smith.  Of course that means that the weather snapped back to being cold and gross and we had tornado warnings for most of the day.  Plus, the pictures I took didn't turn out so we'll have to wait until next weekend when the weather is good to show you what she got.  

But for now, here's a video of Sarah's maiden car voyage: