Caroline's top two teeth totally broke through! What a relief. Sunday night she just cried, and cried, and cried. I felt so bad--ah motherhood. While it was a relief, C's sleep schedule was totally messed up. While I love love love spending time with my baby girl, I prefer to not see her at 12:30, 1:30, and 4:30 in the morning. My preferred view is the inside of my eyelids. We both spent the week struggling to get enough sleep. Luckily, Ben had just recently had a test so he was able to stay at home all day Monday (I even got breakfast in bed!) and most of the day on Tuesday. We were able to trade off naps and keep Caroline busy.
Tuesday we went to Barnes and Noble and I cashed in one of my date night coupons. Ben let me wonder around the store and I picked out a book to read. What a treat. As much as I love Amazon and their cheap prices and free (prime) shipping, there is nothing better than going to a book store and being among the aisles of cookbooks, and chapter books, and picture books. I picked out a book called "A Code Name Verity"--I think that's the title and I'm excited to read it soon! I just finished Allegiant and I am starting "The Book Thief".
Wednesday our microwave quit working. Normally it wouldn't be that big of a deal but lately we love snacking on popcorn and we had just invested in a huge Costco box. The tray table stopped spinning, so order for food to heat somewhat normally we would have to stop the microwave and move the food around. Talk about lame. Luckily, we bought the microwave with a Sears giftcard when we got married and paid 10 bucks for an extended warranty because that was the only cost that was out of pocket for us...lesson learned...just buy the warranty because it comes in so handy. Saturday morning, Ben took the microwave in and it should be fixed by sometime next week. I will take a week without a microwave over buying a new one. Until then we are just looking at our huge box of popcorn.
Thursday, we were still in a lack of sleep coma. Ben's classmates came over that evening (Danyelle, Emma, and Charity) to watch Grey's Anatomy and Scandal--oh and of course, to see Caroline. Ben was the best husband and host ever and popped popcorn and made sure everyone was taken care of. It was so nice to have some girl time. It was also nice because they really liked how our little house felt like a home--I loved hearing that. It was a fun night and Ben got a taste of a full fledged girls night.
Friday Ben was finished with school for a whole week! I really like when Ben is home. Seriously cannot wait until he is retired--I know, I'm going to be waiting a long time--ha! He got out of class early and surprised me just as I had changed one of Caroline's massive poops. Wish we had timed that better. We spent the afternoon together, Ben grilled chicken for dinner, and we watched "Sweet Home Alabama". Also, we enjoyed cheesecakes from Cheesecake Factory! I've missed dairy so much. In short, Caroline is really sensitive to dairy--or has been so other than a brief stint of eating dairy over Christmas break (which was a spitty and nasty mistake) I haven't had any dairy since September. I've been slowing introducing it in small amounts to my diet and we decided to celebrate. Granted I love the Chris' Outrageous cheesecake which is more brownie than cheesecake. But oh, man. It was delish.
Saturday, Ben let me sleep in which I super appreciated. Ben worked at the Temple Open House that afternoon but his shift was done early so he was home by 8. He had a great time and I am looking forward to working there this week. We've driven by the temple so I am excited to see the inside of it...such an amazing experience. As soon as Ben got home he took complete care of Caroline so I could watch the General Women's meeting! Oh, I wish I could have been there in person. I love that all girls 8 and up can attend now and there were so many things that I needed to hear in that meeting. Each talk was so uplifting and I was so grateful that I got to watch it.
Sunday was such a good day. Fast and Testimony meet was really really good. There were so many sweet testimonies shared about the temple. One mom in the ward talked about going to the temple and standing in the mirror with her little girl in the bride's room and hoping and praying that she get to do that again someday. It was so so sweet. Caroline was a doll the entire 3 hours. I've given up feeding her at church--there are too many distractions--and she did super well. The third hours was combined with the priesthood so it was nice to sit by Ben for a few minutes before Caroline got a little too talkative and he went our in the hall with her. We came home and we all took 2 hours naps. Ah! How good it felt! Ben took care of dinner and we spent the rest of the day relaxing. Then Ben got a surprise phone call about choir practice for the temple dedication and went to that while Caroline and I just played.
The Caroline Update: She is a fast crawling, cord grabbing, talking, 4 teethed little girl. She loves playing with anything noisy (paperbags especially) and our shoe basket. I think we've spent hours each day playing and pulling on our shoe basket. She still loves our walks and loves to get out and craw around on a blanket. She's still not too sure about crawling on the grass itself though. But, leaves, yumyum, she loves trying to sneak those in her mouth. Food wise, she devoured pears this week, apples, kiwi, nectarine, and chicken. She loves her chicken and is extremely possessive about it when she gets it. Caroline is definitely aware that at mealtimes she gets to eat. Finally! She is also obsessed with our stairs and our "step down" into the living room. She learned once (and I did too!) that it hurts to go or fall down the step. We are working on baby gates but our stairs are super weird and have wacko measurements so we are looking into lots of options right now. We love this little girl. She makes everyday fun and I love her to pieces.
So far this week has been great and we are celebrating Ben's last spring break and Caroline's first!
Also, I used the DSLR camera--I didn't last week at all. And I think I might need to break up the week in two blog posts because we seriously take about 300-400 pictures of our child a week. Her life is going to be well documented
|Goofing and Playing|
|Gotta get up the stairs!|
|That bum gets me every time! So cute!|
|Where the wild things are...|
|She might be tired but there is no stopping her from playing with the shoes!|
|Making teething look cute|
|Tired and snuggly girl|
|It was freeezing this week (I mean, below 70) so we opted for some patio play time over a windy walk|
|Exploring at the park|
|Melt down (ah! and I'm having one--seriously there is a disconnect between my iphots and blogger)|
|Ready, Set, Go.|