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Topie just learned how to tie a bow!
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Yep, he just buttoned his first button!
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Philip just signed "milk"! His first sign!

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Dec. 15th, 2008 02:47 pm
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Last week Philip started standing up unassisted for a second or two at a time. Today, he's standing for maybe 5 seconds at a time without holding on to anything. He's relentless about it, stand up, fall down, stand up, fall down. Over and over. He seems so proud of himself. He's also starting to take steps while holding on to things. I can't believe this is happening already. Where is my tiny baby?? Today his hair is sticking straight up in the back and it will not be smoothed down. Rather hilarious.

Topaz. Oh, Topaz, she's such a big girl. She's built like a dancer, and just as graceful. I wanted to record some of the cute things she says before I completely forget--so many I've forgotten already, but I'll try to do better writing them in here. For tomato she says domato, avocado is bacado--it's weird because she's so completely articulate with most things. Only occasionally do I realize she still has some little kid-isms. Napkin is nakmin, pumpkin is punkmin. She's seriously into toilet humor these days, which is entertaining but somewhat horrifying. She loves rhymes and will go on and on with rhyming made up words. Big fan of Dr. Seuss.

Philip appears to have more teeth than I realized.

Topie loves to sing and do finger plays--Here is the church, here is the steeple...

She has a wicked sense of humor and delights in the ridiculous. I can joke around with her, and she makes her own jokes. It's lots of fun goofing off with her.

She's still as bossy as ever and unbelievably fierce.

Philip loves banging on Topie's drum. He is very vocal. He says guh guh guh, and Topie says it to him because it's funny. Also has mastered D and now V I think.
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I'm trying to consciously grant myself permission to slack off today and not even look much at my to-do list. We've had such a crazy and stressful few days that right now I need to do nothing and decompress.

So we had this incident that turned things upside down around here. Jake was painting the window sills/frames upstairs and at some point came down in a panic saying that he had been sanding old paint off and did a lead test and it was positive. We had thought it was a non-issue because even though our hose was built in the 40s, the upstairs was added on in the 90s well past the use of lead paint. So they probably used old windows or old paint or SOMETHING up there. Anyway, being Sunday we had a hard time finding any experts to talk to, so we basically quarantined the upstairs and started living downstairs. We took Topaz in for a blood test (I had JUST gotten a doctor's note to get her a bunch of blood work, including the lead test), and she had a horrible time since she had never had blood drawn before. We had to hold her down while she screamed, poor little thing. We took her out for a hamburger after, and I gave her chlorophyll and nettle tea to build up her blood. ANYWAY, we slept downstairs (still are) and then on Monday Jake stayed home in the morning while we got some answers. Pretty much, Jake was beating himself up for the whole thing and had no idea what kind of a problem we had on our hands, if any. The EPA told Jake that those OTC lead tests you can get at lowes are unreliable and don't necessarily provide any useful information. He got a list online of places certified to do lead tests. So I called around and talked to environmentalists and lead experts and scheduled a comprehensive lead assessment and healthy home inspection for yesterday morning. So I sent Jake off to work because he was freaking out and driving me crazy and there was nothing more he could do. So yesterday we had the inspectors in our house for a few hours checking our air and water and looking for lead and general home inspection stuff. All in all they gave us a discount for doing all of it in one day so it cost $575. Ugh. But I'm glad we did it. Anyway, we won't get any results on the lead test until Friday, and we're waiting on Topie's blood test results. The inspector did say that all our windowsills are full of lead, and every time we open the windows on a breezy day, we're blowing in lead dust all over our kids. FABULOUS. Could I be a better parent? So horrified. The whole house had been painted before we moved in, and for some reason we didn't think it was much of an issue. I have no idea why but that seems crazy now. So yesterday after the inspection, Jake and I had an appointment with a family doctor recommended to us by our pediatrician, so we now have a family doctor. She didn't think there was any reason for us to be checked for lead, but after we get Topie's results, we'll probably get Philip checked too. Poor baby, it kills me to think of him getting poked. But it kills me more to think that our "green home" could be so toxic to our kids.

Also, when I got my car back from being repainted/lock replaced, the inside of my car smells very strongly of paint. It's really bad. I would really rather not put the kids in it at all, and I find myself holding my breath every time I'm in it. So here we are, extremely paranoid about toxic this and toxic that, and our home and our car are TOXIC. Ironic? Fitting? I'm not sure. But this certainly knocks me down a peg and I'll be shutting about about how great I am making my kids' lives all pure and safe.

Philip is crawling. Did I ever mention that? He has been for a few days now. I can't deal with it, soon he'll be walking, then he'll be in college. He was just born like a week ago! Where is the time going???
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I set him down on the couch for a second and I looked back at him as he was flipping over to his tummy. What? I'm not ready for this yet!
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So this has been a big week for the Topester. In NC, she finally mastered stepping up and down small steps (previously she got on the ground and crawled up or down). She has also mastered throwing things, which has me excited because I read a while ago just how many different skills have to be worked out just to THROW something. Now she throws her toys into the toybox. In the future she'll probably figure out that she can throw things at my head. She's also running now. Full blown running. It's so cute. Also in Durham, she got another molar. So that makes 11 teeth in her head, plus one more molar almost out.

Right now she's in my lap dialing random numbers on the cell phone and holding it up to my ear.

She's also been very kissy/huggy lately. She wakes up and looks at me and Jake and gives us both a kiss. Often, the actual sound of the kiss comes a minute later, but she's getting there.

Her favorite toys are the little mini magna doodle I got her for the car, and the little baby keyboard/xylophone Jake bought her. Yesterday she and I made Jake a Valentine's Day card because I was bored, and she "helped" me cut out hearts out of construction paper. She scribbled on it when I was done, and kissed it, then handed it to Jake.

She's suddenly outgrowing a lot of her clothes and shoes. I'm not upset because it means I get to shop. We're possibly going to Boston for the weekend, just for the hell of it and because we're so thrilled that Topie is not the limitation she formerly was, and Boston has great thrift stores. Can't wait.

I got Topie some snow boots but have yet to put them on her. The snow is a couple feet high in our yard, and there are piles that are at least 3-4 feet tall. So I'm not sure what the point of her having boots really is since she'd pretty much be entirely covered in snow anyway.
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Holy crap! I just walked into the living room and there was Topie eating a cracker and walking across the room! She's been taking a couple steps here and there, but this was all-out walking! Woohoo milestone!
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Topie said mama two days ago. Of course, now she's saying it all the time, like mamamamamamama, so I don't think it really meant anything. Still, it was funny because she was looking at me and reaching out for me when she said it. So who knows.

Yesterday she managed to pull herself up to standing, hanging on to the couch. Then she took a couple steps forward. All by herself!

I'm at the Johnson City library today, which is a big old house. I had never been here before, but it's a lot closer to home than the downtown library.

We're officially looking to buy a house. Our credit card should be paid off next month, and we're going to start shopping around for a mortgage. Lots to think about, not the least of which is ARE WE INSANE FOR STAYING IN BINGHAMTON? The answer to that question is obviously yes.
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Last night Topie laughed for the first time. I about died. Cutest thing ever.

Damn thrush is officially keeping me up at night. I'm ordering this package from to try and get rid of the yeast altogether. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but at this point I'm beginning to be afraid I'll never be rid of it. I definitely noticed it got worse with all the sugar yesterday.
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I seriously got some great comments on my last post. Later on I plan to address each of them, and probably write another monster post on the subject.

I got a reasonable amount of sleep I think, but I won't argue if Topaz wants to take ten naps today.

I've got all this gorgeous yarn sitting here waiting to be made into soakers and longies. And finally, I really want to knit. I haven't been interested in months, but now that old itch is coming back.

I bought Topie some footed pajamas, size 6 months, and it's too short for her. Also, most of her outfits like this are too small for her long feet. Shopping his weekend for sure.

Milestone alert! This morning I left Topie on the floor without a diaper, just to air out and play. Yesterday she rolled over to her tummy about 7 times, so I was just waiting. So a while ago, she turned all the way over, from back to tummy to back, first time ever. And I got the whole thing on my camera.

I'm getting nervous that she's got to be close to being mobile. Like, in the next few months. This place is going to be really difficult to childproof, because so much is on the floor all the time, and so much is right at baby level. I'm not sure how to handle it. I was expecting to be in a house by the time she was crawling, but that's clearly not going to happen. She'll be walking in this apartment. We're about to sign a new year-long lease here at the end of the month, so that's that.

Also, we'll probably have to get a crib. She's going to be able to fall out of the cosleeper long before she meets the weight limit, I suspect.


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