Thursday, March 30, 2006

Isabel = Animal

My daughter is basically an animal in many forms. I've decided that she is very rarely human and very often some other mammal. For example:

When she breathes through her mouth instead of her nose, she sticks out her tongue. = Puppy.

When she grabs the pieces of bread I tear for her off her high chair with vigor. = Duck.

When she stuffs all the rice puffs in her mouth at once and almost chokes. = Chipmunk.

When she looks at her mother and smiles. = My beautiful daughter!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Miles has arrived!

My sister had her baby last night! His name is Miles and he arrived around 7 pm. She had a home birth assisted by a midwife, and everything went smoothly. I am an aunt again! This is my sister's third baby, and I am thrilled that Miles is close in age to Isabel. Hopefully they will be friends and not just cousins. It will be strange to hold a little baby again. Isabel will feel so big! So here's a shout out to my sister and my new nephew, Miles!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Isabel's new best friends

Isabel's other front tooth is finally coming in. Hooray! Snaggletooth no more! Unfortunately, it's been a very painful and prolonged experience for my daughter. This is the first time I've given her tylenol when she's teething. The other three weren't too bad. This one is a monster! She's cranky, won't sleep, and her nose is all runny. I hope today is the day it breaks through. I'm ready for this agony to end. All she wants for Easter is her two front teeth!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

It SEEMED like such a good idea......

My friend Bonnie has been here for the past few days to visit. It has been great to see her; I don't get to spend a lot of time with her. We decided a couple nights ago to drink some wine and watch movies. (Specifically "Reefer Madness, the musical" which is hysterical!) Instead of pouring out our wine into glasses, we conveniently drank from the bottles. NOT the best idea. A bottle of wine, a glass of rum, a white Russian and yet another glass of rum later, I have become intimate friends with the toilet. INTIMATE friends. I think I am still hung over two days later. Ah, the price of being too old to drink a lot and too stupid to know better!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Better buy some more books!

I'm just putting this picture up because it's cute. It makes me laugh.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Next stop....Everest!

Isabel shocked me yesterday. She had been ignoring the stairs quite predictably for months, showing no interest in what lay beyond the steps. So it was completely out of the blue when, yesterday, she crawled right up to them, gave them a good look, and climbed every step right to the top. There was no practicing, no slow pace, and no stopping! What a determined little thing! It's amazing what she learns from day to day. A new era in the Kitchel household has appeared. Time to buy a few more gates!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away!

I am so ready for spring! It's driving me nuts that it is so warm outside. I hate that the rain is keeping me in the house. There is a great walking path near my house and I am itching to take Isabel for a stroller ride. She LOVES being outside. The sights and sounds work wonders on her. She gazes out of the glass windows in our house and watches the cars and people go by. It will be so much fun when summer comes and she can explore the world beyond the inside of our home!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Suicidal baby

My daughter has a death wish. She has reached the age where she wants to explore EVERYTHING!! She is no longer satisfied just to sit back and take it all in. She wants to crawl to it, touch it, then eat it. She is pulling books of shelves, going places she shouldn't, and has been eyeing the stairs with a devilish gleam in her eyes. We have to watch her every second. The picture I posted says it all- we are trying to prevent her from being hurt and she is happily trying to kill herself. Life is getting very interesting around here!

Thursday, March 09, 2006


My life is currently on hold. I sit around all day and wait for the phone to ring. Will I get the assistantship? Will I get a job? Will we go thousands of dollars in debt putting me through school if I don't get the assistantship? It goes around and around in my head until I start to go crazy. I've never done well without a plan. For some reason I must know what I'm going to be doing 3 years in advance. Not being sure what I'm going to do in a few months is maddening! I can't sleep, I'm grouchy, and my diet has gone the way of the dodo bird. Whoever said, "patience is a virtue," is a liar. Patience is actually one of Hell's demons who is currently residing in my house. I hope this ends very soon.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Great Day!

Isabel had a great doctor's appointment today!! She had her 9 month checkup, and after so many appointments where I left feeling depressed, I finally heard the best news! Her ears are completely back to normal! No more fluid, infection, or swelling. I am so happy! Plus, she's getting really big. She was 20 pounds today. No wonder my arms are getting tired! I'm carrying around 20 pounds! All in all, it was a great day.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Snaggletooth Kitchel

In most respects, I believe my daughter to be an adorable child. She has nice blue eyes, her hair is growing in more and more every day, and her skin in soft and smooth. There is, however, one flaw in my daughter's race to beauty pageant status- she has a snaggletooth. When her bottom teeth came in, they were together and straight as an arrow. We became certain that would happen with all her incoming pearly whites. NOT TRUE! She has one front tooth that is quickly descending it's way into chewing position while the other front tooth is shockingly absent! This leaves my daughter with one tooth hanging down allowing her to look a bit lopsided. My husband and I lovingly named this her "Snaggletooth." I'm sure there's another front tooth in there somewhere and it will arrive any day now, but for the meantime, Isabel's cuteness factor does not apply to her gums!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Conversations with Isabel

Isabel and I are starting to communicate. We can now have full blown conversations! They typically go something like this;

Me: "Good Morning, Isabel!"

Isabel: "Na!"

Me: "Would you like some yogurt for breakfast?"

Isabel: "Na!"

Me: "Oh dear. Is that another dirty diaper?"

Isabel: "Na!"

Me: "Mama loves you very much! Can you say MAMA?"

Isabel: "Da Da Da Da Da Da!"

End of conversation.