Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A whole new world....

So it has been good long while since I have written on here and allot of changes have taken place to keep me busy. From the last week of September our entire world has been completely upside down, we packed up the last of the house and moved from Nova Scotia to B.C. "Little miss" (L.M from here on out) has become the babies new nickname "Buggitto" no longer seems to fit. L.M handled the long flight rather well, Daddy put Tangled on the ipod for her and between naps and her movie she flew across Canada like a trooper. When we landed she took well to my Mom right away and seemed to be just fine with a new change of scenery. Thank-goodness!

(all packed and ready to go, little miss crashed while we were getting things ready for the trip!)

The month of October we stayed with my family and lived out of suitcases while we looked for our own apartment which was a bit of a tight squeeze. L.M got really sick that month, she was feverish off and on for the month and full of mucous. It was her worst cold to date. We also had a stroke of bad luck as little miss pulled my hot hair straightener off the bathroom counter and burned the top of her hand. We rushed her up to the children's emergency and they wrapped it in a silver bandage. After a few days when we went back for her to have it looked at they felt confident it was healed enough to come off. Her little hand did end up healing quite quickly and there is now barely a faint scar on the top which I am sure will fully fade with time. I also finally cut Little Miss some bangs as her hair was starting to take on a life of its own.

At some point in October L.M met some of our friends with twin babies and was very interested in them. It was pretty cute as she has more experience with animals than babies/ small children her first response was to go up the babies with her palm up towards their face to let them sniff her. It made me giggle, she knows at least to be gentle when the babies are so small. I have taken L.M to an indoor play center at the mall a few times and she seemed to really enjoy herself there which was good. She got pushed once by some horrible little brat dressed like a firefighter when she tried to play with him. Luckily the kids mom gave him shit immediately and saved me from losing my cool. She has played a few times with little ones at the bookstore and seems to be more interested in interacting than she used to be.

October heralded the start of tantrum mode for Little Miss it started with high pitched screams when she didn't get her own way but thankfully they came down in pitch over time. Some of it may have been due to teething, it appears almost all of her teeth came in full force over the last few months. This October Auntie helped sew us a sweet blue furry flying monkey costume so L.M and I could go as the wicked witch and her flying monkey for Halloween. Trick or treating was a blast, once L.M discovered that people would open their doors and give her something when she knocked she was happy to walk on her own and go about her business. She was having a ton of fun shaking smarties boxes like rattles and even tried letting herself into a few houses once the door was opened. By the end of the night we knew it was time to go home when she stood knocking at a door and her little body was swaying with fatigue. Daddy scooped her up and she literally yawned once and her little head dropped to his shoulder in a dead sleep. It was the first and probably the last time we will the see the likes of that happening again, she didn't even flinch when we stripped her out of her costume, changed her diaper and put her to bed.

The start of November had us moving into our own apartment where I was able to turn the dining area into a play space for Little Miss. We had a few issues of tantrums and climbing things she was not supposed to so I set up her playpen and she received time-outs in it until she calmed down. It only took a few days but the Tantrums eventually tapered off and while naturally we still get them, they are not nearly as bad as before....most days. Little Miss and I spent a good deal of time exploring the neighborhood, she loves going to Chapters to play with other little ones, we have a good park nearby and she enjoyed many lovely stroller rides in the beautiful fall/winter weather we were so lucky to have this year. For a few weeks while we were walking down the sidewalk Little Miss would stop in her tracks and cover her eyes if she saw ANYONE walking towards us, She would also hide her eyes if strangers tried talking to her. Now that crowds are not so foreign to her she has become a bit more confident. She even went so far as to start a big fake laugh at the lady behind the deli counter today when she peeked over and said "Hi" to her.

Towards the end of November we set up our Christmas tree, knowing how grabby L.M can be I only put up Styrofoam fruit ornaments, a monkey art doll, ribbon and the topper this year. Little miss had a blast gathering the fruit ornaments off the tree and hiding them all over the house, I was finding and rearranging ornaments on an hourly basis. At one point during a spaghetti dinner she walked right up to the tree grabbed my glitter ribbon gave it a tug and used it to wipe spaghetti sauce from around her mouth. Despite her interest in the tree decorations she never once went for any of the wrapped presents that sat under it for weeks. Although most of my special ornaments remained in storage this year, I did put up my Christmas carousel. Little Miss LOVED it! As you turn it it plays music and L.M loved dancing to the song it plays. I tried moving it and putting it out of reach as she tried to steal the carousel animals a few times (which gave me the idea to get her some rubber animals for Christmas this year) . One morning I awoke with a start to hear the carousel music playing loudly and L.M dancing at the foot of my bed. She had woken up at 6:00am and reached up to my vanity to spin the carousel and have an early morning boogie.

Because of her love of the carousel we decided to take her to Burnaby heritage village before Christmas to see and ride the real carousel. When we got to the carousel she was excited to watch it go by and was pointing and saying "WOW", we were sure she was going to love it. I made sure to get her the prettiest pink and white horse, we were not allowed to ride it together so I rode the horse beside her and Daddy held onto her and stood beside her for the ride. At first she liked it then as it went along her opinion of the ride began to change from pleasure to fear. I think maybe it went on for too long or maybe Daddy was holding her to tight (he was pretty nervous about the whole thing). She wouldn't let me put her on another carousel horse when my sister and I went to the German Christmas village downtown, but when we sat down on the sleigh bench she had fun going around. I tried putting her on her rocking horse right away after Christmas and she was still to afraid to try to sit on it. A few weeks later that opinion changed drastically!! so minor trauma overcome!! yaaaaaaaaaay family fun!

(Daddy and Little miss at Burnaby Heritage village!)

(sometimes their facial expressions look so similar to me)

Christmas eve was fun we Skyped with Chris's family in Saskatchewan and were able to do presents and visit them through the computer for awhile. Little miss was laughing so hard most of the time, she loved having people in the screen talking to her and saying her name, it was pretty funny how excited she was. Christmas was very good to Little Miss, she got spoiled by Auntie and her Grandma's as well as by Santa, Mommy and Daddy. She got a rocking horse, a wheelie bug, two little tables one white and one Disney princess, blocks, a drum, a doll stroller, some stuffed cats, a small circus tent, rubber animals, a tea set, lots of books and much more. She had fun, I think she was a bit overwhelmed by all the people and presents but she did enjoy herself.

New years was a quiet night grandma came over and we all said happy new year then Little miss went to bed. The next day we took her to Maple-Wood petting farm and she had fun seeing all the animals. She really liked feeding the ducks and rabbits the best, I think she was not too sure about the goats as she kept making faces at them. It was a nice afternoon and We had fun with Grandma that day!!!

So there is a super long over due update of the last few months!!!