Monday, September 27, 2010

Special Stuff

I resurrected some baby gyms from storage last week to try out with Jessica.

Jessica seems mildly entertained and Jillian loves showing her the ropes!

I even got Jessie to nap while checking this one out!

Headed to the thrift store today to pick up some Halloween costumes, aka, dress up clothes for Jillian. HUGE HIT. "Dress up" is going to be something that Jillian loves!

Seriously, I can get behind this one too. With each "costume" ranging from $3.00 - $4.50, and an additional 25% off, this is a win-win!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Big and Little

I know it's a matter of scale, but I swear my "little" girl grew up so fast in the week she was away.

Seriously...she seems like such a big girl now!

This day last year we were apple picking...

And just what is the newest addition up to you wonder? Well, she does a lot of eating, sleeping, crying, pooping, etc. You know, newborn stuff. And she's found her thumb...though she's not satisfied with it yet - I guess she expects milk to come out of it, too!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I have a feeling that a lot of my blog posts for a while will be pretty random...

This past weekend, Jillian got a special treat and was allowed to help wash the work van, aka, she got to play in some wa-wee (water)!

This picture makes me ask the obligatory question, "How many Tindales DOES it take to wash a van?".

Then of course, we have the Jilly-jumping-in-puddles pictures.

Followed by Jillian hamming it up for the camera for a change...

My mom bought Jillian a new dinosaur, Rex from "Toy Story". Jillian clearly understands how the food chain works.

And lastly, what kind of new mom would I be without posting pictures of a sleeping baby???

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Well, we've been home from the hospital for almost a week now and I've been totally slacking on the blogging front. that I gave it a new look yesterday, I'm going to post.

Let's start with the labor/delivery excitement! As some of you may know, I really wanted to have a VBAC this time around. My labor and delivery experience with Jillian was less than ideal to put it mildly. I was quite concerned that my body wouldn't go into labor on its own by the scheduled c-section date of 9/9/10. Lo and behold, last Sunday, I woke up with some discomfort in my pelvis. I started timing contractions three times during the day, and by around 2-3pm, I decided to give the doctor a call. The contractions weren't earth shattering, but they were about 4 minutes apart and lasting for about a minute in duration. I was SO hoping it wasn't false labor again. And it wasn't! ;-)

We rounded up the kids (we had Josh with us for the long weekend), grabbed our bags, and headed to the hospital; grandparents were en route to pick up the small ones. I was only about 2cm when we got to the hospital, but they hooked me up and monitored me. All I could think was...seriously, we are NOT going home at this point. We had a very nice nurse when we got there, and another nice nurse at shift change. I learned last time that this is pretty important...after having a nurse that didn't listen to me one little bit.

Upon reviewing my chart, the nurse used a term that I hadn't heard before: precipitous labor. Apparently this is what happened last time. Due to the pitocin during induction, or just being the way my body is, they knew that this was a possibility. We had arrived around 4-5pm. I stuck around 2cm for a while, but the contractions got stronger. Then I was 3-4cm. Then 4cm. Then BAM (as Emeril would say), 20 minutes later I was at 7cm. Bye-bye chances for epidural. Hello miserable pain. My doctor came late again, with the house doctor already in attendance, as I had mentioned that I felt like I HAD to push. Yep, 9.5cm. Problem: baby was not far enough down and I still wasn't "open" all the way. But unbearable pain and uncontrollable urge to push (and spew foul, evil things from my mouth at pretty much everyone at this point). And all I can think is...not again. Yep, emergency c-section, general anesthesia for mommy, waiting room for daddy. But Jessica Lynn Tindale was born at 11:50pm; 7 pounds even, 20.5 inches. And she came out healthy and screaming. At least this time they were prepared for the situation and the baby didn't crash. But still. Really? Who does this? Twice? Grrrr.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Unlikely Combination

Well, not really. The buon fresco painting technique is nothing new. And that's kind of what Jilly and Daddy got to do today!

With a former art major and contractor as my husband, we often have a unique mix of things around the house. Jillian has taken to carrying around a bucket of drywall mud. Because she likes buckets.

Daddy was home today and suggested that we cover the coffee table so she could play with it (supervised, of course). And then he added some of her washable tempera paints to add some color. And voila! A masterpiece!!

Jillian adding some finishing touches to Daddy's clouds.

A bit of collaboration.

Jilly painting solo.

Behold...the finished work of art.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Mommy, Play Me!"

This is what I've been hearing for the last couple weeks since Jillian has really stepped up her vocabulary and talking. And I've been trying to honor that request, even when I don't really feel like it, since I know soon we're both going to be making a big adjustment and that our alone time together is going to be cut down considerably. So this morning I promised we'd play. I got out her container of beads, which she could play for hours with, dumped some into a bowl, cut her some "necklace string", and let her go to town. Totally random thought: you can see Jilly's artwork on the easel behind her. I just *heart* that Ikea easel. Totally inexpensive and it gets doodled on almost daily!

She's really quite good with threading the beads onto the string.

Modeling her necklace. No, she didn't want any more beads than this on it. And definitely NO to repeating any of the same big beads. Seriously, if she got two, say, fish beads, she'd say, "too many".

As we were putting the beads away, she saw our pipe cleaners. And immediately wanted to play with one, aka, make another necklace. We started with one to make a bracelet.

Jillian wanted more and more beads on it, so I twisted another pipe cleaner on and she ended up making a second necklace. The letters on the necklace are just random. We have some letter beads in her bead container and these are just what happened to come out in the assortment that I gave her to play with today.

I tried getting her to smile wearing her finished necklaces. The first picture merely indicated boredom. I thought this was much cuter...though not really a smile! This is what we call our sad face...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bowling Fun

Late in the summer, my sister-in-law and I signed up the kids for free bowling. Today we actually took our second trip to the bowling alley, but I didn't get any pictures of Jilly bowling the first time a few weeks ago. It's a great deal, and I anticipate we'll do it again next summer. Two free games of bowling for the kids every day through September 19th. Both times the kids only bowled one game (with a 2-1/2 year old and an almost 4 year old, one game still took 45 minutes). The program is free and Jillian's feet are too small for bowling shoes at the bowling center. So no shoe rental fee. Score.

The "ramp" and bumpers is the way to go with the littler kiddos, though Jillian would probably love to do it without the ramp. We'd just be there for five hours waiting for the ball to get to the pins...

Jillian and her cousin Mariah having fun when we arrived.

Jilly wanted to use both balls!

Approaching the lane...

Lining up her shot...

Ball away!

Jilly broke 100 the first time (with my help "aiming" the ramp) and bowled an 85 today with minimal help from me. Yeah, she comes by it honest... ;-)