Thursday, April 30, 2009

Paschal slideshow

I am hesitant to post this, because once I put up the pictures, no one will read the part three (or more) of my dissertation on our activities. But oh well!

I highly recommend clicking on it to see it in a new window. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Paschal part two

Okay, flipped her over, replugged, shushed, lay my cheek against hers, begged and pleaded, and I'm back. Where was I? Oh yes, NY.

6. We got to see only a few friends in NY, but we enjoyed them immensely - yay! We also got to the library, where I confirmed that Sroch and I are indeed related, as we wanted one of EVERYTHING* and we walked out with more books than we could carry. She certainly got through more of them than I did, however.

*I said the same thing wandering the aisles in ShopRite.

7. After friends, books, WingWan and Dougie's, we were off to Houston! The flight down was blissfully benign; the flight was only partially full so we had lots of extra seats, both girls napped for a couple of hours, and I learned that a 4 hour flight with children is MUCH better than a 12 hour flight. Remind me to have my parents and inlaws move to, oh, I don't know, Switzerland? Luxembourg? Oh, no, that little one in the 'Princess Diaries' books, for sure.

8. In Houston, we embarked on a mad campaign to both simultaneously help make Pesach and to help get out of the way so Pesach could be made. The girls got to see their greatgrandparents in Houston and we did the first set of family pictures at JC Penny. The girls were cute, but nowhere near as cute as they could have been, which is why our family pictures are not getting blown up into life size images. But we have pics of the girls and their cousin (my cousin's son, which is what, their greatuncle or something? It gets so confusing) with their mutual g-grandparents, and then of the four of us, and Uncle Micah and them - nice stuff. Yay!

9. Yoav and I tried to take the girls to the zoo one day, but after fully 60 minutes of trying to find a parking spot (!), we parked far away, stopped to use the bathroom in the Museum of Natural History - and just stayed there, to go to the big indoor live butterfly exhibit. Fun, right? Sarah Rochel LOVES butterflies!

Correction: Sarah Rochel loves pictures of butterflies. As you'll see in the pictures, she was freaking out. Oh well!

Did I mention we had stopped there to go to the bathroom?? Sarah Rochel wore Pull-Ups almost the whole time in America with stunning success, yay! Mad props to the Savta for getting it started, but BLI AYIN HARA she's still doing very well on that front even now, wearing underwear (!) to gan the last few days and making it to the toilet the vast vast majority of the time. YAY!

Okay, all for now, maybe more later.

At long last, the Paschal post!... part one

Gosh, where to begin? I'll try to review in order...

1. Yoav came home from Poland, and my children started behaving more betterer almost immediately. We refuse to take any conclusions from that except for being happy he's around.

2. It's now 11:47 PM, and Llama is thumping away in her cribby, after I nursed her about twenty minutes ago. But I digress.

3. The flight to NY was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Both kids were really good, both napped (but not enough, so there Mr. Pharmacist with your "Oh yeah, three drops of this homeopathic stuff will put them to sleep" line!). I had not realized (duh) how intense it would be. Like there's no downtime, you know? No play dates. No friends' houses. When I left Yoav with the girlies and snuck off to the lavatory, I wanted to stay there. I easily could have napped, which is actually what I suspect was happening in one of the two lav's on board with a changing table, which was locked almost the whole flight. But anyway...

4. Got to NY - whew! We spent a lovely few days with Saba and Savta and Uncle Boaz. Sarah Rochel the Wise chose to knock on her grandparents' door at 4 AM when awakening with jet lag, where she received a much warmer welcome than we would have given her. In a few days, both girls adjusted, B"H! Of course, to do that, Shulamis kinda moved into my bed for half the night every night, a bad habit I didn't mean to allow, but oops! Still paying for it now.

5. Literally still paying for it, as I hear her start to fuss some more. Shoot, back in a bit...

Friday, April 24, 2009

14 more random things I could blog about if I had the time

1. I have learned that laundry left in the washing machine while you go to America for a month will indeed eventually dry, but may not have the same level of freshness as you could hope for.

2. The last couple times I gave Sroch a new coloring book (on the trip of course) she takes it from me, looks at the shiny glossy cover and says, "Ooooh, how cute!" before she opens it.

3. Number of children who slept in the children's room last night? 0. One in our room (Llama) while Sroch was asleep in her bed until midnight, then, one in the guest room
(Llama) while Sroch was awake for like two hours in our bed until dropping off around 4 AM. My alarm went off at 7:30, both are still asleep now, and I don't know to wake them up or what... gotta love jet lag! Argh!

4. Measure of how delicious Shulamis is, even as she's crying for an hour to fall asleep? (Yes, we were with her, actually holding her laying down in bed for most of that time.) Pretty darn delicious, although admittedly, she is more cute when she's not screaming.

5. Number of times I fell asleep during my chinuch shiur last night? 2.

6. Number of times Shulamis fell asleep during my chinuch shiur last night, because she had taken a nap within an hour of bedtime? 1, and for only ten minutes. What is up with that?

7. Yesterday Sarah Rochel wore a Pull-Up to "two gans," albeit starting her day at 11 AM. She went to the toilet in both places! Yay! Then we went swimming at a friend's house (hi friend!) and she got out of the pool to go to the bathroom - yay! (As I may or may not recall, this may or may not have been my strong point as a child, but I digress.) And then we went home, and as she's playing before bathtime, I notice her 'flowers have gone' (i.e. the indicator on the Pull-Ups that she has wet herself). I ask her what happened?! She says, proudly, "I peed in my Pull-Ups!" But Sarah Rochel, why? "Because I wanted to!" But Sarah Rochel, if you were wearing real underwear, you would have made a mess! "You don't pee in REAL underwear! Silly Mommy!" Oh. May be time to switch to real undies, ya think?

In general, she's been doing great with Pull-Ups while we were in America, especially when you consider jet lag, overstimulation, general excitement, no routine, etc. We have high hopes for completing toilet training before, say, Shulamis walks.

8. I wanted today to be Llama's first day at her brand new metapelet! But she's still jet lagged, she was VERY Mommy-clingy in America, she may have forgotten how to drink from a bottle - oy. Still, maybe for an hour or two, because I am so behind on clocking hours for work that they will be giggling when I get this next paycheck. If they don't fire me. Insert nervous laughter.

9. I am having seminary girls for shabbos this week. What was I thinking?! House is a leeeetle bit disorganized, imagine! B"H they will come early to help. Think they'll scrub my toilets?

10. Why does a toilet get dirty just sitting there being unused for three weeks? Discuss.

11. Name this 80's sitcom theme that's stuck in my head: "Show me that smile again...."

12. I'd like to point out that I just threw away the leftover Pesach walnut oil. From... last year. Well, I thought, maybe I'd USE it!

13. Yoav came home from shopping at 1 AM. Alas, we fell into the classic blunder of sending him shopping hungry, and moreover the larder was bare. That he only spent 819 NIS is actually not too bad. Which leads me to my next point...

14. MAN is food expensive in America! I thought it was bad here, but sake's alive, yikes! I mean, fun stuff is cheaper there - like the four bottles of mustard we brought home. But basic staples, produce, cheese and meat? Ouch!

Anyway, I'm working on the Grande Pesach Overview post and accompanying slideshow. Until then, a couple pictures to tide you over...

Oh - update! Llama DID go to the metapelet today, and did great! Probably, of course, because she was sleeping most of the time. She also refused the bottle (the metapelet said she tasted it - and wasn't interested. Mind you, she was hungry. She just likes her milk genuine draft, as it were. Nu nu, she's starting solids soon anyway). And when I picked her up she was sleeping on her stomach! I think she musta flipped herself, since the metapelet and I had discussed that she only sleeps on her back. So then later, when I was trying to shush her back to sleep at, um, hours 10 PM through 2 AM, I finally flipped her over - and to sleep she went! Hmmmmmmmmmm....

Another update - it's 3 AM and Sroch just woke up because her "tummy needed some food." So I gave her a piece of cheese. Yay! An improvement! Last night this happened at 1 AM!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy happy!

I know, I know, it's eleventh hour, but
to one and all!

Yoav did come home - yay! - and then...

1) We made it to America
2) We had fun in NY
3) We're having fun in Houston
4) Pesach starts in 86 minutes
5) Shulamis is screaming in the other room because I dared to put her in the crib after nursing her to sleep because she screamed when I put her in the crib (MagicAbba (TM) is in there)
6) Never fear, we ordered a new camera :)

Chag kasher vesameach!