Cutting cucumbers and ice eggs

I feel like my last post made it seem as if we are on the go go go and always doing something fun or exciting, which is definitely not the case. We have quite a bit of down time where we are just at home playing with Legos and other toys or outside in the yard and nearby areas. With 8 weeks of no daycare for Paxlet, we’ve got to find something to do to keep him entrained and not destroying the house.
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My little big boy, Paxlet, is 2 years 10 months. My little girl will be 3 months this weekend. Today was the first full day alone with the two of them. We had our challenges and a few unpleasant scenes, but overall it went decently well. I am however exhausted. Not that that is new.

In the nearby park this morning we made sand cookies and cucumbers.

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After lunch, we prepped a little something for tomorrow’s hot day: dinosaur and spider ice eggs. I saw this idea somewhere on the interwebs and just knew I wanted to do this once we got some warm and sunny days.

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Keeping Paxlet entertained

Paxlet is on holiday (from daycare). A fact that he tells anyone who will listen to him. He is also on strike from naps most days. He’d tell you he did sleep at nap time though. When I In fact he’s only had two naps in almost two weeks. It’s rough, because he is tired, but just won’t let himself mellow out long enough to doze off. Instead, I’ve been trying to find activities, quiet and action packed, to keep him entertained and occupied.

So far, we’ve played with homemade play dough, played outside in the yard and nearby surrounding areas, gone to a mom and child group a couple of times, taken a boat trip to an island for a windy and cold day, watched the construction work across the street, went to an amusement park, rode the bus just for fun, went to a jungle gym,  gone to some new parks, went to a birthday party, explored a (junk) store that he’s never been to, read books, visited the cousins, watched a tiny bit of youtube videos and played with rain water and from the hose.

We still have more parks to explore, arts and crafts to do, sidewalk chalk to draw with, friends and cousins to visit (again), animals to check out at a local-ish farm, more youtube to watch, and whatever else we can come up with to keep busy. Some of the things that we’ve already done will be done again.

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#MicroblogMonday – Collections

Over the years, I’ve collected many things.

When I was in elementary school I collected stickers. I had tons of them! And still have a few. Garfield anyone?

In elementary school and junior high, I collected pins and stored them on my curtains. I had some from when I watched a space shuttle land in the ’80s and some that were my grandmother’s after she passed away. I wonder if I still have some tucked away at my dad’s house somewhere.

In junior high and high school I collected movie ticket stubs. I’d write who I saw the movie with on the stub.

I also had tons of Native American and wolf stuff during high school. I even went to a few pow wows.

I collected business cards and match books for a while. I had no criteria for them, I just collected what I came across.

During my junior year of high school frogs became my thing. They still are, but I don’t have nearly as much frog items as I used. I still have some cards, stickers, stuffed toys, dust collectors, etc. Paxlet now has my froggy bank and loves it.

While in Finland I started collecting my used contact lenses in a small jar. I would tell myself that someday I would turn it into an art piece titled “lost vision” or something like that. I should just toss the whole thing.

But the thing that I seem to collect the most and continually is bruises. At this moment I have some “pretty” ones on my right upper thigh from walking into the corner of the bathroom door frame.

What do you collect?

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

Finally a name for Tadbit

Tadbit finally and officially has her names. It only took us two months to come to it (and another 2 weeks before we had the reveal “party”). We had been pretty sure for some time that we had her first name, but we could not figure out a second name to go with it. And yes, we wanted a second name. At one pine we even tried a different first name (Nina), but I just couldn’t see my little girl with that name.

I love the names we chose. I hope that as she grows it will continue to suit her as we feel her brother’s name does him. Her name isn’t so common here in Finland (2437 girls ever named this, 178 of those in the last 5 years). Even if we had gone with the more Finnish way of spelling Tadbit’s name, it isn’t anywhere near the top 10. In the US though, it is more popular, but again not near the top 10.

Everyone we’ve told her name to has liked/loved it. I also announced her name on FB (a picture of Tadbit with the letters of her name laying next to her on the floor). Some people commented that it was worth the wait and that it was a name fit for a princess, etc. It made me laugh, because would anyone actually tell/write that it was a horrible name choice and that they didn’t like it?

Recap: Doula, Child’s Play and Dentist

Ugh, I just suck at blogging on Mondays. I meant to write this on Monday, but by the time I actually had both hands free and a second to breathe without a baby wrapped on me or a toddler talking my ear off, I was just too exhausted to do anything. Last night was the same, however I did manage to at least get this started so Iwouldn’t forget what I wanted to write. Yeah, I do that a lot. I think of something I want to blog about and then don’t write it down so I forget what the topic was, but not the fact that I had a great idea. Such is life.

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The doula finally had time to come by and discuss my labor and delivery with Tadbit, among other things. On my hospital notes the midwife said I pushed for 24 minutes. The doula said she calculated 10 minutes. That seems more along what I remember. The doula also said the midwife was saying that “it” was taking too long. Neither of us could figure out what could have been taking too long, as my active labor was less than 3 hours! Mr Siili doesn’t remember the midwife saying anything like that. In any case, I don’t remember much of what anyone was saying to me. Especially not when there was a contraction.

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After Paxlet using his word-sounds for play, I realized I do the same in English and must have done the same growing up. Because I caught myself saying “sweep sweep sweep” and “brush brush brush” the other day. I guess what struck me as interesting was hearing it in Finnish.

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I went to the dentist twice last week. On Wednesday I was there for 30 minutes to get a cavity/lost filling fixed. While I was in the dentist’s chair, Mr Siili was outside in the car with Tadbit. All went well, even if my tooth is still a bit sensitive (as to be expected).

Friday’s visit was for the root canal tooth. Again, Mr Siili was outside with Tadbit. This appointment was scheduled for 75 minutes. However, I didn’t even get called back until an hour after my appointment started. Mr Siili was not too happy.

The dentist thankfully numbed my tooth very well and I only felt pain/discomfort towards the end of the procedure. However, since the gum (and inside the tooth?) was infected and where she was working started getting painful, she couldn’t finish the root canal. I have another appointment this Friday. My tooth area and jaw was hurting when the appointment was finally over so the dentist was going to give me a Burana (ibuprofen) right then and there and then write me a prescription for it. But because I am nursing I told her I couldn’t have that and asked for Panadol (paracetamol) instead. In the confusion of it all, she forgot to write down the medicine name on the prescription form, which in my addled state I didn’t think to question when I looked at the paper and thus wasn’t discovered until I went to the pharmacy. So, I had to buy a box of 15 1G Panadol for 7,45€, when a bottle of 100, via prescription, cost me about 1€. (Even though I don’t need the bottle of 100 anymore, I took it anyway because this bottle will last me/us for the next 4 years. *big grin*)

Mr Siili is quite upset that I have already been into the dentist 3 times now and still need to go in again before the tooth is fixed (we hope). He has never had a cavity and thus never had a filling. Lucky him. I have tried to tell him that they have done something, what they could, to my tooth each time I have gone in, but that it was too painful and infected to actually do much the first few times. Anyway…I have my next appointment on Friday. This time I have booked a babysitter via the city’s services for Tadbit. Let’s see how the dentist appointment goes and leaving Tadbit home with someone completely unknown to us and for the first time.

#MicroblogMonday – Child’s play

Paxlet has been doing more and more imaginative play. I love watching and listening to him play. Some things I can tell he is copying from the boys at daycare and others could well be his own imaginations. But what has me and Mr Siili laughing recently is some of his word choices. Sometimes instead of using onomatopoeias (beep beep, Clickety-clack, plop, plop, fizz, fizz, etc) when playing, he’ll just shorten the word of the action he’s doing.

Leik leik leik – He was either cutting (leikata) something or the item he had was playing (leikkiä) with something.

Omm omm omm – Paxlet was sewing (ommella) something. (I recently had my sewing machine out.)

Por por por – He was drilling (porata) with his Lego drill that he made

Kor kor kor – Paxlet was fixing (korjata) a chair in our house with his tool set.

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“Oh! My! God! Bensa loppu! (The car is out of gas!)

Mr Siili was sure Paxlet copied the English from me, but I don’t say that! And, Paxlet only used this phrase in specific places in play. In addition, the tone and inflection with which he said it, I could definitely hear the voice of one of the boys (who has an older brother) at daycare.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.