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February 14, 2011 ~ Irish Princess Edition

My daughter loves this song.  She thinks he says “knock knock” when he’s saying “good luck!”  She’ll sing along to the “Mow, mow, mow,” and is getting the arm motion down.  Stu played different versions of this song for her on Saturday and she asked for it on Sunday.  LOL.

This version is the one that Stu and I prefered.  She didn’t care much which version we played, as long as there was “moarr beeeze.”

I’m not sure why Stu decided to play “deedle dee” music, as he likes to call irish folk music, when she pointed to his laptop and asked for “dance*, beeze”.  But she loves it.  He should have known she’d be asking for “moarr beeeze” the rest of the weekend.  LOL!

* “Dance” with pointing to the laptop means she wants one of us to play some video.  Sometimes she asks for the Irish Hand Dance, sometimes it’s a Fresh Beat song, but mostly it’s Irish dancing.  Yes.  Riverdance.  I have a feeling that we’re going to be learning all about “competition hair.”

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January 21, 2011

So, we finally let Teagan out of her cage.  LOL.  We’d get home from day care, give her dinner.  When she was done, she’d get sent to the “cage” and she’d go right to the blocked off area in front of the sofa.  She usually didn’t try to escape either.  It was great!  Worked for us for a while, especially for the little bit she’s awake during the week, and at times when we’re home on the weekend.  She does have the entire living room, (it’s really her toy room!) that’s baby safe, and we’d let her have access to the kitchen and the rest of the room while we were there supervising her, but we’d been holding off on finishing the family room and lowering our supervision – hovering – a bit. 

Well, I finally got extra-wide gates and set them up, blocked off one tiny area at the end of the large sofa, moved all the grown-up books and stuff out of the side table/bookcase, off the coffee table.  Now, she has run of the family room.  We still need to move the coffee table, but I haven’t found a cabinet that’s tall (and thin and heavy) enough to put the lamp on.  There’s still time though.

So, anyway.  She loves pulling all her books out of the side table.  Today, she did help put them back, but that could be seen as a bribe for a bath.  Day care says she’s a great cleaner-uper.  We have yet to see the “great” part of that, though she will help if you ask.  She’s having a great time testing the boundaries of her larger area too.  It’s fun to see her go up to one of the gates and rattle it, trying to see if she can get it open.

We do have to get used to her having so much”freedom” now.  Stu still doesn’t know what to do with his tea – hot – when she’s still awake.  Or his laptop when he’s not there using it.  I need a new hiding place for my iPod (the sofa arm is no longer out of reach).  The remote needs a new place to hide as well.

I know we’ll figure it out. 

She’s loving it.  It’s worth it.

PS.  She loves her hop-hop shoes :)

PPS.  I’ll have a Teagan’s Tunes – One Year up shortly.  I might even get links to audio samples of the songs too :)

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January 20, 2011

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The snow hasn’t started.  I’m sure it will soon.  The question is whether I’ll be awake to see it or not. 

With all the roof collapses locally, I am getting very worried about our roof.  The weight of all the snow and ice we have on the roof just can’t be good.  We had a spot in the kitchen that got wet during the ice storm, but I couldn’t find where it started.  It was in what I’m assuming is an extension, and you can’t get into the attic space there to see how the shingles and plywood are holding up.  We also should check out the main attic to see if there’s any buckling or bending of the plywood there.

For the record, you can order a roof rake on Amazon.com.  Maybe tomorrow, after the additional 6-8 inches of snow we’re expecting, I’ll order one from there.  It’s impossible to find one locally.

Not sure how much it will help with the cold weather we’ve had anyway.  From what I remember of the winters growing up, they really only work on the fresh snow.  The ice we have on top of just too much snow will be too hard to use it with.

 Anyway.  Teagan seems to be refining her musical taste.  Tonight, Stu said she absolutely flipped over Katy Perry’s song about Peacocks…  Last week, it was Pitbull‘s “I Know You Want Me.”  LOL.  Both are a bit inappropriate for a 20 month old.  Still.  Some could consider them better than “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”  She also likes Elvis Costello‘s “Oliver’s Army.”  I should start a list.


January 7, 2011

[resolution revolution]

Image by RHiNO NEAL via Flickr

Still playing catch-up with my internet reading.  Soon enough, I’ll be all caught up and scrounging for more things to read.


One of the “mommy blogs” I like reading had a post with a great list of parenting resolutions.  Some of them really hit home, some not quite as much.  Maybe because I’m not quite there yet – her kids seem older than Teagan.  Some are how I’d like to be. 

Anyway, her list without her comments, gives you a basic idea:

1: Yell less.
2: Listen more.
3: Savor the small moments.
4: The little things matter. Show them how much you care.
5: Acknowledge that some battles on are not worth fighting.
6: Parent as if no one is watching.
7: Parent as if everyone is watching.
8: Unplug.   
9: Play.    
10: Enjoy. Enjoy your kids more. Enjoy your life more.

Having traveled recently with a toddler who’s just beginning to start acting out, not quite tantruming, but still exhibiting behavior that’s less than enjoyable, the yell less (though we really don’t yell, we will raise our voice to get her attention, and as soon as we do, drop to conversation) struck a note.  As did the Parent as if no one is watching, as I’m sure that we would have done things a little different – not give in as quickly (ie. pacifier) – if there weren’t people around.  We prefered to stop her from ramping up instead of holding our ground.  I’m sure that if we’re in places other than a plane, we would make different decisions, react differently.  I hope we would.

Unplug is another one that I need to work on a bit.  Sometimes I get caught up in the iPod or checking mail or something, and not playing attention to the piglet.  We get so little time during the week with her, that I try very hard to not get distracted.  sometimes, especially weekends, it’s not easy.  She’s so fun right now, and soon enough she won’t want my attention, I should focus on her now, and not other things.

One of the other articles I read was about Gerry Rafferty.  He, unfortunately, died recently.  I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since he (Baker Street!) was an answer to the pub trivia game that Stu and I won, or did we come in second?  I can’t remember now.  I remember that Stu chose to have Smirnoff Ice, while I got another pint :)

Oh!  And there are more vacation pictures up!  I may have too many of Teagan – eating peanut butter, chasing pigeons, splashing – than I should.  I just couldn’t pick.

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January 4, 2011

So we were watching Nick Jr. last night with Teagan – She really loves The Fresh Beat Band – and after it was over, this song came on.  Stu said “Hi Steve, so there you are.”   I was a bit confused at first, seeing the shaggy beard and shaven head.  And a tattoo.  But he was right, it was Steve from Blue’s Clues. With a tattoo!  And the guy from the Flaming Lips.  LOL!  I don’t think Teagan was as taken with the song as she is with Steve and Blue.

I’m pretty impressed.  And a little sad that it looks like his hair has gotten thin on top.  But he still has those big brown eyes :)


Teagan’s vocabulary is just bounding!  Today at day care she said “Hi Katie” (or attempted to) to the little girl that was already there.  She keeps trying to say snow, but it comes out as nooo.  She had a blast last night reading “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” repeating after dada about not letting the DUCK (still!) drive the bus.  She strings three and four words together, almost always remembers the Beezz (please) and about half the time will say, not sign, thank you.

Somewhere in the past two weeks, the little girl I’m carrying has hit viability.  I’ve had a conversation with Stu that was just odd:

“My uterus is the size of a soccer ball”

“What size?  A 3 or a 5?”

“Does it matter what size?  It’s a soccer ball!”

“Well, they are different sizes.  A 4 is for beach soccer, I think.”

LOL!  I swear the conversation went very much like that.  I must have just gotten a weekly milestone mail.  It’s not every day that I would bring up the size of my uterus.

So, viability.  A nice milestone.  I’m now just shy of 26 weeks, which is almost 30, which is not far from term.  Yikes!!


PS.  If the video doesn’t play – go here to see it


November 30, 2010

"Shine a little love on my life"

Musical Taste Meme

Patrick tagged me on Facebook for this meme.  It seems that these have migrated from blogs to Facebook.  Anyway, as I have very limited access to Facebook, but more to the net, let’s just move it here :)  No tags, no pressure :)

If I tagged you, it’s because I genuinely think you have some interesting musical tastes…and because it might be entertaining to see what your MP3 player finds in your music collection. So please do this and share, even if I didn’t tag you! Just don’t forget to tag me in your post. :)

1) Turn on your MP3 player or iPod, or music player on your computer.

2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.

3) Write down the first 20 songs that come up — song title and artist — NO editing or cheating, please!

4) Choose 25 people (or however many makes you happy) to be tagged. It is generally considered to be in good taste to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I’m betting that your musical selection is amusing.

To do this, go to the “NOTES” tab on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 20 shuffle songs, tag 25 people (under the post) then click Publish.

Ok, here goes!

  1. Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
  2. Hed Kandi – Late Night Alumni – no idea where this came from…  Free Discovery Download?
  3. Hair of the Dog – Big Strong Man
  4. Real Life – Send Me An Angel
  5. Josie Cotton – Johnny Are You Queer?
  6. International (English) Beat – Head Man’s Plan
  7. Hair of the Dog – Black and Tan (do you think my iPod knows that we didn’t go to the Black Friday show?)
  8. Shane MacGowan & the Popes – Spanish Lady
  9. Seven Nations – Our Day Will Come
  10. Sum 41 – In Too Deep
  11. EMF – Unbelievable
  12. Sting – Hounds of Winter
  13. Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
  14. Billy Preston – Will it Go Around in Circles
  15. The White Stripes – The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
  16. Otis Redding – Sitting By The Dock of the Bay
  17. Rhett Miller – Come Around
  18. Ozomatli – Can’t Stop
  19. English Beat – I Confess
  20. The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

Man, it almost looks like I had my Irish play list selected.  LOL!  I had to check to be sure I was indeed on “Songs.”  The way the shuffle was working this afternoon, I think I’m glad that I haven’t transferred over any Christmas music yet!  So, let’s throw in a bonus 10 songs, as this has been so much fun :)

  1. Orleans – Dance With Me (ok, maybe not)
  2. ELO – Shine a Little Love
  3. Fatboy Slim – Magic Carpet Ride (remix)
  4. Marvelous 3 – Every Monday
  5. Hair of the Dog – All of the Hard Days Are Gone
  6. Boy Kill Boy – Suzie
  7. The O’Jays – Love Train
  8. Letters to Cleo – Cruel to Be Kind
  9. The Format – Wait, Wait, Wait
  10. Enya – Anywhere Is

Fun.  It was nice having music playing at work this afternoon.  I need to remember to turn it on more often, when I’m doing stuff that allows a bit less concentration.

Tomorrow:  A post about my daughter and her love for hats!  Maybe I’ll throw Halloween and Thanksgiving in there too. :)


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September 8, 2010

So, we took the new car and went to the Hooley this weekend.  The new car drives soooo nicely.  It was a fun drive.  I really like the new car.  We played a bit with the satellite radio (it came with free Sirius for three months as well as the iPod hook up that I had put in.  Fun stuff.

Anyway, we ended meeting up with friends and then walked down to the Hooley.  It was much more crowded than I remember, although it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to go.  Still, delicious food choices (OMG Salt Potatoes!) and good music (Seven Nations!).  Teagan had a blast, it was hard to contain her, she wanted to dance dance dance!


Teagan was dying to get on the stage – she almost did for the second set of dancers, but my friend kept her off during the show.  We let her up after the girls were done, while they were still changing band set-ups.  It was so sweet that one of the girls came up to dance with her.  Shame that the other kids crowded Teagan out, but that didn’t put my kiddo off, not one bit.  She just clapped to show her appreciation and went on to dance by herself.


February 12, 2010

This makes my baby happy.  She smiles when it comes on, bounces and kicks along :)

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February 2, 2010

 Finally.  This  will be a catch-up post…  So many things to discuss, so little conscious time…

  • Teagan is doing well.  She got over her double ear infections as well as the trauma of taking another antibiotic that she didn’t want to take.  This is a good thing :)
  • She decided to share the plague with the rest of us.  Definitely not fun being sick while taking care of a sick baby.  Stu and I needed someone to come in and take care of all of us.  We’re better now, thankfully, but for a week, it was not an easy thing.
  • We put our house on the market on Monday.  After talking about moving closer to work for over a year now, we finally did it.  Ended up spending the week doing a panic unclutter and clean to have it ready to show.  It’s amazing how much stuff got jammed into this house.  I don’t remember it getting as cluttered as it is.  Granted some of the clutter is because of the baby, but still!  I have way too many books, if that’s even possible. :)
  • Although I’m not sick any more, I still find it hard to stay awake past 9:30.  It could be work ramping up and Teagan becoming more demanding during the day and evenings…
  • I saw a fox run through the yard several days ago.  That brings the wildlife sighting up to 12:
    1. turkeys
    2. rabbits (yeah yeah, but still)
    3. hawk (comes and hangs out in the hickory tree in the afternoons)
    4. turkey vulture
    5. musk-rat
    6. coyote
    7. skunk
    8. opossum
    9. ground hog
    10. fisher cat
    11. american bobwhite
  • Does anyone else laugh at the Aciphex commercials? Or is it just me?  Maybe I’m just reliving my childhood.  Fart jokes anyone?  :)
  • Speaking of reliving, I thought it was cool that the third season promo teasers for Chuck used Billy Squire as the background music?
  • We might have sold the house already.  I signed a contract of sale today.  There isn’t a deposit yet, but I guess that’s on the way.  Second showing Saturday was the sale :)  We didn’t get the asking price, but got enough that we can move.  That’s all we really need.
  • We need to find a house.  Fast!
  • Teagan has four teeth coming in.  One is almost cut through, the other bottom is a bit behind, and the top to further still, but on their way.  Poor piglet is miserable.  She’s very snuggly and quite a bit whiney.  Motrin is a good thing :)
  • We’re off this weekend to see friends and play games.  Rescheduled from the MLK plague weekend.  We’ll probably stop playing Talisman and Last Night on Earth to watch the Superbowl, but only because we have to :)
  • Teagan still isn’t crawling.  That’s ok.  She can pretend she’s superman and flying as long as she wants :)  She did get up on all fours and rock back and forth often today.
  • Piglet is trying desperately to meow and say cat.  She so wants to catch Clio too. :)
  • I am NOT looking forward to packing!


PS.  I hate when my browser eats my posts.  I had just finished the original entry when it disappeared.  I had to re-write it :( This one isn’t as good as the original.  I’m too tired to make it better.


January 12, 2010

Teagan LOVES this song.  She will stop dead and smile when it comes on.  If I sing along it makes her laugh.  If she’s starting to fuss, I’ll sing it and she’ll stop, have her mini-head explosion and laugh.  It’s good that she’s very forgiving of singing ability :)

This is the other song that she loves.  She’ll sing along.  She even knows her part :)

She just stopped jumping in her doorway jumper to smile and sing along.  LOL!

I need to play more Zeppelin and Chili Peppers.