Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Halloween is upon us yet again, which to me means that the Holidaze are creeping up as well. This year, however, we have a little baby in our house to share them with. How cool is that? Hayden actually won't have a damn clue what is going on. I'm sure the next couple of months will come and go without her so much as giving a second thought as to why mama and daddy are dressed like a black-eyed pea and a hunter who had a run-in with a nasty bear, or why there is a dead bird sitting in the middle of the Thanksgiving spread, or even why a huge man (papaw) is trying like hell to get her attention while shouting ho ho ho at the top of his lungs. Now, next year at this time...look out!

We are having a little post-Halloween party at the crib this weekend. My mom is planning it, I admittedly, haven't contributed very much. I do know that there is going to be a chili cook-off, some bobbing for apples and a costume contest. The winner will receive an all-inclusive getaway to nowhere. I desperately want to win. I so want to go nowhere, you know, just so I can say I've been there. No, I am pretty sure the lucky winner will get some free lottery scratch offs. Those always go over well. The only gimmick: if you win you must pay forward the winnings to the host of said party before departing for the evening.

The weather has been down right fall-like, chilly in the shade, warm in the sun. We have had a couple of cold days but nothing that will make breaking out the long johns worth while. Hopefully, the nice weather will hang around through this weekend. This year the change in season, from summer to fall, seems more gradual. I am not left wondering what the hell happened to fall? The leaves changing is taking weeks, not days. No complaining out of me. I love autumn...a second spring.

I have started making Hayden a transitional object, a small blanket made from her outgrown clothes. It is shaping up quite nicely. I only have one side pieced together and am not sure how I am going to go about finishing the other side, as a solid, soft piece of fabric or individual pieces. I think it may be a bit larger than I intended it to be. Things like this end up taking me much longer to complete than expected, not sure why. I do have time at night to work on something but I end up going to bed early. If I pushed myself to stay up until 10 every night I would have the blanket finished in a few days. Maybe I will try and do that, see what happens, live on the wild side. My purpose for making her this blanket is to try and convince her to give up her pacifier in exchange for a new and improved soother. I'll see how that goes, I'm sure she will be thinking...to hell with your purpose woman, give me that paci! We shall see.

She is quite the character nowadays, but I will save that for another post.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hayden...Why? Because Life Revolves Around Her!

Good News: Sandy gets Hayden back starting Monday!

Not that Chip doesn't love being with her, he wants to find a job, make some money. He has successfully put his time in with Hayden, bonded with her, realized the hard work that goes into taking care of a 7 month old baby girl. He has done a wonderful job, he should be proud of himself, I am. Sandy is thrilled to be able to take Hayden during the day again. Hopefully, Hayden doesn't wear her out too bad. She is quite the mover and shaker nowadays.

Hayden, sweet, sweet Hayden...growing so incredibly fast, faster than lettuce makes Ann haul ass to the bathroom to blow one out. In the past week she has sprouted two more bottom teeth and is on her way to having two top teeth as well. She is up and on the move, not quite walking, but so damn close, closer than two butt cheeks being clenched in order to hold in a fart. She scares the shit out of me, has for awhile, what with her standing and trying to walk nonsense at 7 and a half months old. I am terrified she will fall and not catch herself and crack open her head on the tile floor. (Must get pad this weekend for under rug!) However, she is fearless. Seriously! She has no reason to fear anything, nothing bad has ever happened to her (other then the trip down the birth canal). I wonder when fear does start to have meaning to a child. There are things she doesn't like, hates!, but she doesn't fear them. These things include: her Jeep walker (loved it at nanny and papaw's, hates it at home, go figure), carseats (why should she have to sit facing the back seat, strapped down while us adults are able to look at the fascinating scenery while breaking the seat belt law), getting dressed (prefers nudity, has yet to realize that fall is here and winter follows, cold weather = warm clothes, hell, any article of clothing will do), and her highchair (no clue why), to name a few. I would be irritated by this, simply because most of the things she hates are necessities to babyhood. However, her like of so many other things far outweighs the negative response we get occasionally (should we have to feed her in her highchair, OMG! the hell). Following is a list of the things that makes Hayden smile: pulling up on anything and everything, standing, letting go and falling, the oo, e, oo, ah, ah song (sang by mama of course), crawling over to something in order to stand, being startled, standing, trying to walk, walking with help (do you see a pattern here)? She makes this breathing noise with the sides of her mouth when she gets excited, along with flailing her arms. It is adorable, it makes me smile. May she spend the rest of her life making the strange breathing, sucking-air sound, may she always be excited by life.