Monday, September 26, 2011

Scared of Bugs

Steven likes to tease Hailey, be it when Hailey is afraid of a caterpillar on the flowers or when she's jealous of Daddy giving Mama hugs and kisses (I guess she feels like she has a monopoly on her mother's affections).

Busy Hailey

We have ivy growing on our house and Hailey loves to pick the leaves off.

She likes to pick out what clothes she wears.

Sometimes we go through several outfits in one day. She also likes to bring shoes to Steven and me when we are barefoot.

If I am not watching her she will pick all my flowers.

Every time we see flowers she has to smell them (if she doesn't pick them off first!)

Here she is sitting on her new potty. We decided to start potty training her after she started pooping in the bathtub a few days in a row. She does extremely well if I take her to the bathroom and have her try to go. On those days we can get through a whole day with no accidents. If I just leave in her panties hoping she will go by herself I end up washing 20 pairs of panties in a day. She is funny; we bought her a special jar of potty treats... skittles. She just isn't interested in them. I stopped giving them to her because she would just throw them in the toilet. She just wants praise instead. She thrives on being praised. Just goes to show you different things work for different people.

What a sad, little face.

Don't make me go to bed!

She is happiest outside exploring in other people's yards.

If we don't help her use silverware she just goes back to using her fingers.

She loves to play with her dolls.

We have had caterpillars hatching like crazy on on these saliva plants in our front yard. Hailey is super scared of them for some strange reason and hates it when we bring one close to her.

Monday, September 12, 2011

House Sorting

A week ago I received my welcome email into Pottermore. I was so excited and it's been so neat to explore Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with all the added information that J.K. Rowling developed but never found a place for in the book. The key moments of each chapter are beautifully illustrated and are interactive.

I was especially excited to receive my wand from Ollivander's: Alder and Dragon Heartstring, Twelve and a half inches, Unyielding. Then I was sorted into Gryffindor House, where the bravest and boldest end up. It's all so exciting! I've been loving this whole experience connected to the book.

Jeni just got her welcome email today and was sorted into Ravenclaw House. I've been teasing her over the last several weeks because we took an online sorting quiz and her answers aligned her with Hufflepuff, but that's not the house she wants to be in.

Well, now she got her wish and is in the house where all the cleverest witches and wizards end up. Oh, and her wand from Ollivander's is Hazel and Phoenix Feather, Ten and three quarter inches, Hard.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Hailey has starting counting. She hasn't quite gotten the hang of "one" but she will count "two" and "three" when prompted. We've been working with her on it since she started saying "two" about a month ago; "three" is now her 16th word.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Love our CSA (community supported agriculture)

Once a month we get a huge box of organic produce (CSA) from a local farm. We have definitely become more open minded to eating fruits and vegetables we wouldn't normally buy.

Yum, squash!
I love it when they send squash.

I have never cooked eggplant before.
Hailey thinks it is more fun to throw it than eat it.

Look at the cool yellow heirloom tomato!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


For the past few weeks Hailey has been obsessed with wearing this dress. She wants to wear it all the time.

She loves bananas.
Friday she ate 2 bananas.
Yesterday she ate 3.
2 so far today.

Yesterday we went to Trader Joe's to buy some more (actually 12 of them). She had a fit when she had to wait for us to pay for them before she could have one.

Don't you love her crazy hair?

We try to make sure she doesn't go to Church looking homeless.

She loves nursery.
She loves to eat the play dough.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Not a stubbed toe

Last night Hailey tripped over a blanket and we could tell that she had hurt her foot. She takes a lot of falls, and usually she forgets about it 20 seconds later. Last night she cried for a long time while clutching her left foot. She refused to walk or put any weight on it. Steven didn't think it was a big deal and told me "Oh, she probably just stubbed her toe. Let's see how she is in the morning." We iced it for a few minutes and gave her some Tylenol. This morning she still refused to walk on her foot and wouldn't even crawl to me for a treat. She just cried and cried while grabbing her foot.

Recently a little girl from Church Hailey's age hurt her foot on a trampoline. She went to the emergency room only to be told it was just sprained. After not doing so well at home they took her to a different doctor who looked at the x-ray and saw that it was actually broken. I took Hailey to my mom's to ask her what she thought. She would tell me if she thought I was overreacting. She watched Hailey limp and said I should take her in. Then she told me how when she broke her foot the doctors at the emergency room told her there was nothing wrong with her foot.2 days later she went to the orthopedics who looked at the same x-rays they identified where it was broken. When she was done my sister Gillian told me how her YW leader just broke her arm and the emergency room people told her she was just "bruised". Come to find out, from a different doctor, that indeed it was broken.

So off to the emergency room we went. The first thing the doctor told me when she walked in was that "children rarely break their bones." Yes, I did give her the "are you stupid" look. How can you say that when you work in an emergency room? I wasn't suggesting Hailey's foot was broken, but I did want it looked at and x-rayed. Thankfully it isn't broken; she just has a bad sprain, and I'm glad it was nothing worse. Moral of the story: don't believe everything the doctors tell you. If you think something's wrong get it checked out and sometimes it worth it to get a second opinion.