Yarn winding helper

So a while back I posted about my new yarn winder.  Since then I have been busy getting my entire stash of yarn all nicely wound and put into storage bags so it will not get tangled anymore.  As I was doing that I found out I am not the only one who likes my yarn winder.  Mingli came and started “helping” me wind yarn.  At first he was actually turning the handle to wind the yarn, but then he got tired of that and started doing this.

It was a good thing that ball of yarn was already a tangled mess, he didn’t actually make it any worse.  He loves playing with my yarn, but he doesn’t get to very often.  Since he could strangle himself with the yarn I only let him play with it if I can be sitting right beside him the whole time, especially since, as you can see in the picture, he enjoys wrapping the yarn around his neck.  Since I had many balls of yarn to wind I let him play with this one for a while and did my other one.  He was so happy.

Going out to breakfast

This morning we decided to go out to breakfast at McDonald’s because that sounded really good to me.  On our way out we checked the mail and there was a 25% off coupon to a new diner and we decided to go there instead.  I am really glad we did.  I ordered an orange juice, and when I took a sip of it I was really surprised because it didn’t taste like I expected it to taste, it didn’t taste like orange juice.  I took another sip and I realized that it actually tasted like oranges.  I looked over and I could actually see them squeezing fresh oranges right there.  I had never thought about the fact that orange juice doesn’t actually taste like oranges until I tasted this.  It really tasted like I was sucking the juice straight out of an orange, it was delicious.  I was really happy with the food as well.  I got a country fried steak with a biscuit and hashbrowns.  They gave me extra gravy on the side, so I put gravy on the hashbrowns and biscuit as well.  An entire plate of southern comfort food completely smothered in country gravy with real orange juice to drink.  It was great.  I also realized how funny it is what different people find appealing.  Kaanas has started doing google reviews and will post a picture of his food with his review.  I realized that if I had seen a picture of his food on a review of the diner I may not have wanted to come.  I mean, it looked really pretty, but it did not look good to me at all.  It was an omelette with avocado and salsa on top and potatoes, pepper, and onions on the side.  Like I said, it looked really pretty and was very well arranged, but it did not look like something I wanted to eat.  Kaanas loved it and said that the salsa (they made it themselves fresh) was amazing, but it just wasn’t appealing to me.

Mingli’s baby

Since we have a new baby coming Kaanas and I have been talking about getting Mingli a baby doll.  It has been the subject of a lot of discussion lately because both of us believe more in traditional male and female roles.  We don’t believe that the husband should be able to control the wife, Kaanas and I are a team and make decisions together and we both have an equal say in everything, but we also believe that men and women are different, that those differences are good, and that we shouldn’t try to ignore or suppress those differences (I am not looking for an argument on this, just explaining what we believe relevant to what is going on.  I know people have different opinions about this.  I respect other people’s right to believe and live differently than I do, please do the same for me).  Our difference of opinion was in whether we should get Mingli a doll.  Kaanas didn’t want to because dolls are traditionally girl toys.  I wanted to because I believe that being a dad is a divine role, and that little boys should be encouraged to want to become a dad just as much as little girls should be encouraged to want to become a mom.  I also really want to teach Mingli about being gentle with babies, which is why the topic of a baby doll came up right now, and he loves babies, so I thought he would like a doll.  After many discussions and us each explaining how we felt, we decided to go ahead and get him a doll.  We went to Walmart, and I was a little disappointed because they didn’t have any little boy dolls, but I guess those just aren’t as popular (I saw some online and was hoping to find something similar in the store).  We ended up just getting him a girl doll, and honestly he really doesn’t know the difference.  He really loves it.  It came with a bottle, sippy cup, pacifier, and stuffed animal and he loves taking care of it and giving it hugs.  It was so sweet when I first gave it to him watching him give the baby the bottle, although apparently the sippy cup is for him.

Here he is giving his baby a hug.

Tot school

We have been doing some tot school again.  The book I was wanting to use was in the car with Kaanas at work, and I already had everything prepared, so I just decided to do without it.  We sung a few songs using the new shakers we made recently.  When I get my nausea medication filled they only give me 9 pills at a time, so I am going through 1-2 bottles a week.  I decided that instead of just throwing the bottles away I was going to do something with them and decided to make shakers for Mingli.  I put rice in 2 of them, the cut construction paper to fit around the bottle.  I let Mingli color the paper, then glued it onto the bottle.  I then hot glued yarn onto the lid.  Now it doesn’t even look like a prescription bottle!

After that I taped some contact paper with a picture of a rabbit onto our ottoman.  After I had already taped it there I realize that it was hard to see the picture because of how dark the ottoman was, but I didn’t want the tape to pull paint off the walls.  It didn’t seem to matter to Mingli, though, so we just went with it.  I gave him some cotton balls to stick to the contact paper and he had a lot of fun.  He didn’t really stick many cotton balls to the contact paper, but he enjoyed putting his hand on the contact paper and playing with the cotton balls.  Cotton balls are one of his favorite things, so any time I include them in tot school it is a big hit.

   

After that I brought out some animal touch and feel cards I had.  He wasn’t interested in the touch and feel part, but he loves animal noises at the moment, so we did a lot with that.  We also talked about the animals as we were looking at them.

Our last activity was some gross(large) motor play.  My parents got Mingli a set of tents and tubes that connect together last time they visited and he really enjoys them.  There is not room in our apartment for the whole set, but I got out 2 of the tents and 2 of the tunnels and set them up.  They were up for the rest of the day because Mingli loved them so much.  He brought some of his books into the biggest tent and had fun with that.

 

It was a simple tot school day, but a really fun one.

Big news

So it has been a while since I posted.  Life has been crazy with packing and pregnancy stuff.  I am going to try and catch up, but first I thought I would share our big news.

That’s right, we’re having a girl!  We weren’t sure how long it would take for me to get into an OB after we moved, and I was really impatient to find out, so we went down to the mall and got an ultrasound at one of those ultrasound studios.  We were going to get just a basic ultrasound that cam with a couple of pictures, but there was a coupon for a 3d ultrasound, and it came with a lot more pictures, including some in color, so we got that one.  I was so excited, and honestly a little nervous.  This pregnancy is really taking a huge toll on me, both physically and emotionally, and I am pretty sure I want this to be my last.  The only problem is that Kaanas and I really want at least one boy and one girl, so I was afraid that if we were having another boy I would feel pressured to try again for a girl, even though Kaanas said we didn’t have to.  I would have loved a little boy just as much as a little girl, but I probably would have had to work through some disappointment.  So I was nervous going into the ultrasound, and felt really guilty about being nervous.  When we started the ultrasound the baby wasn’t in a good position and we couldn’t see much, so I poked her.  On the ultrasound we actually saw her stretch, give a huge yawn, and then start moving around.  It was the cutest thing.  We got to see her sucking her thumb and kicking around.  After we got to see her for a while and got some good 2d pictures they did some 3d pictures.  Those were a bit hard, because she had her feet in her face, but actually one of my favorite 3d pictures is one were you can barely see her face, but you get a good view of her feet, including her little toes.

Since we were in the mall already we went to a baby store after the ultrasound so I could get a little pink dress.  I wanted a cute little newborn dress, but when we started looking all they had were sun dresses.  I guess that makes sense, since it is almost June, but this baby is due the beginning of November, I don’t want to put her in a sun dress in November.  I ended up finding this dress in size 6-12 months and am hoping that it fits her in summer/early fall.  At the register they asked me if I wanted the matching headband.  I didn’t know there was a matching headband, but when they showed it to me I fell in love with it, so I got it.

I am so excited that we are having a little girl.  Little boys and little girls are both so special in their own ways, and I am glad we will have one of each.

Yarn Winder

Kaanas let me pick out my mother’s day gift this year, so I chose a yarn winder.  I have so many balls of yarn that are all tangled and the balls are falling apart.  I also prefer center pull balls of yarn, but not all of my yarn comes like that.  The yarn winder quickly rolls all of my yarn into center pull balls.  I have been doing this manually using a paper towel roll, but that takes forever and is very tedious, so I have been wanting a yarn winder for several months.  Today my yarn winder came in the mail, so I have been using it on some of the yarn that is a mess, and I love it.  Depending on how tangled the yarn is it only takes 5-10 minutes to wind it, as opposed to the hour or more it would take me with the paper towel roll.  I am so glad I got finally got my yarn winder and can now work on cleaning up my supply of yarn.

Using meal times

Mingli always takes much longer to eat than I do, but I don’t like to just leave him sitting at the table alone when he is finished.  He likes having us with him.  Up until now this has meant that after I finish eating I just sit there waiting for him to finish.  I got an idea on another blog recently and today I tried it out.  When I finished eating, way before Mingli as usual, I pulled out a book and began reading to him.  I decided to go with a book that he would normally have trouble sitting through, so I pulled out the original Winnie The Pooh book and started reading that to him.  In college I learned that there are a lot of benefits to reading chapter books to young children, but it is only good if the child is enjoying it.  Today was just trying it out, seeing if he would enjoy a long book like that, and he did.  We only got through 2 pages this morning before he was done eating, but he was actually paying attention to the book as I was reading it.  As long as he continues to enjoy it I think this will become a tradition.

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries