Posts Tagged ‘shopping’
So I starting thinking about gifts early… like a month ago.. but did I buy anything? Not so much… And now I’m officially competing with all the crazies since it’s after Thanksgiving.
Luckily, I’m doing most of my shopping online. And I’ve spent some “mental time” on the process… that has to give me at least a partial leg up on the task.. Right?
She’s officially 11 months old today, so here’s my hurry up and post about it already for baby A’s 10th month.
It is amazing how much of personality can fit in such a small body.
I can’t say I know that many babies, but she is by far the most curious of all her baby friends. Her inquisitive nature makes feeding her almost impossible when something else is going on in the room.
She’s also turned into a little copy cat. After her baths she gets lotion, and we rub our hands together, in a lather motion, before applying it, which she loves, and just last week she is able to do it herself. She gets her own tiny dab now.
But by far, the biggest news for baby A at 10 months is two part:
1.) She’s walking!
2.) She’s letting her parents sleep through the night – thank you, thank you, thank you.
She’s an early walker and it makes me both proud and a little sad – life is changing all the time, and I love her at this age. She loves practicing walking around outside now, and purposefully turns away from me, her minder! – the nerve I must have to follow her around!
The sleeping through the night (most of the time) is rather fabulous. I actually have the energy and motivation to be preemptive again, if I choose. So sometimes the floors get cleaned before you know, you can see debris rolling in the breeze.
She also loves to climb the stairs when we forget to place back the security gate back right away – she’s training us pretty fast.
Also, just last week, she started to wave bye-bye and actually said “bye-bye” to papa. It was seriously adorable. It could just be my imagination, but she seems to be focused a bit more on other things now, like talking and hand motions, now that she has the walking thing mostly figured out.
We were at shoe store in Aachen a couple of weeks ago for D, and along with some great finds for him (2x pair), they had some perfect little baby shoes there. The sales woman said that babies should be able to run in bare feet before buying lauflernschuhe (learning shoes), which sounds a bit backwards to me, but okay, I’m not in a rush. We checked her size anyway and she’s a EU size 19 but will probably be a 20 by the time she’s running. For now I have her in some Tip Toey Joey’s, that are considered “prewalking” shoes – she has to wear something when she’s outside (and I think they are sweet):
Emphatic head shaking
D and I do this to her, when she’s acting silly so I have no idea if she really gets that a head shake means no. Still, she does this, vigorously, when she doesn’t want to eat something, or when she’s done eating. She also does this when I ask her if her fruit is good, or if she’s ready to get out of her high chair, so who knows.
First face to object infraction
This week, while I was 2 feet away and strapping on the baby carrier on so we could take out the trash, she walked over and fell into the stand for the neighbor’s big sun umbrella. And then back onto the floor. There was a little blood. She has a cut/scratch under her lower lip. Sigh.
We went blueberry picking in Belgium last Friday. I can’t say this is a 10 month old friendly sport but it was fun anyway. Baby A liked the blueberries straight from the bucket.
About a month ago I wrote about how complicated it could be to find the right stroller. And about how we had bought a travel stroller and infant carrier combo to start out but we still needed an everyday stroller. I also mentioned I was worried about how this stroller would handle the cobblestone in some parts of our neighborhood.
Turns out that the
Quinny Zapp/Maxi-Cosi carrier
This cobblestone covers a small bridge that we must cross to leave our apartment’s courtyard, and it is disturbingly rocky with the Quinny Zapp set-up. To be fair, most strollers would find this stretch challenging.
So within two days of our first outing, we bought the stroller below, a Teutonia, which is a well known German stroller company:
Although still bumpy crossing the bridge, with this stroller we can go for a walk without worry. Besides the bigger wheels, the removable bassinet, which though we thought we didn’t need, has proven to be quite useful.
I just had a conversation with my mother this evening about how we should not “go crazy” on gifts this year. I think she was already thinking similarly because she immediately agreed. It’s not really that the economy has hit us hard, luckily, but just a general feeling that we’ve overdone it a little in the past.
The same thing goes for other side. D’s sister has been talking with him about a budget, which we are all going to adhere to this year. It also avoids a potentially dangerous phenomenon:
Other families or groups of friends that don’t have small children to buy for, are doing gift exchanges. Each person randomly draws one name and has only one nicer present to buy. It saves everyone time and money.
I’m not quite ready yet to not buy everyone a gift, but I did hear recently about a principle for gift giving. Some are crediting it to the Victorian era; I couldn’t verify from where it comes but it goes like this:
– Something you want
– Something you need
– Something to wear
– Something to read (or do)
Great idea? I really like it, I added the (or do) on the last line since not everyone likes to read.
I’ve made a little commitment to myself not to buy any new books until I read the books I got for Christmas. And they are all great books (a couple are even borrowed, how lucky am I to have two sisters and a Mother that all read interesting stuff?), but it’s hard to resist the urge when you see books you have on your mental to-be-read list, go on sale, online. I really want to read The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, AND it’s on sale right now for £3.99 on Amazon.co.uk. Sigh. I can usually talk myself out of books, I mean, they aren’t a scarce resource, but still, it does take a fair bit of my will power sometimes. I would think the antique/rare book buyer has bigger contemplations.
Happy Christmas Eve!
Part one the family visiting tour is nearing completion. It’s funny how time moves slower AND faster when you are outside of your normal routine. It’s been a good trip to Florida so far – seeing family, the beach and awesome weather, basketball game in Orlando, seeing more family, and everything else we’ve done (that I can’t think of at the moment). We even got in trips to Vallarta’s for Mexican and Bahama Breeze for Calypso shrimp pasta. We stopped into the company office in Tampa on Thursday and visited some friends and saw how some of the projects have been going since we left.
Now we are in Inverness (since Saturday evening), so we aren’t going out here and there like we do in St. Petersburg/Tampa. Yesterday Dan, Liz and I wrapped presents. The dogs tried to help, but really just stamped on the paper and got in the way, per usual. Today we are finishing last minute shopping while the stores are open, Mom’s at work, but I think Amanda, Liz, Dan and I will get some lunch out somewhere.
The boots I ordered for myself in October, that have been sitting in the laundry room here along with the small mountain of Christmas gifts I ordered online, fit great, yay! They are basic black, come to a couple inches under the knee, from La Canadienne (made in Canada!). I think they will be warm enough, considering they aren’t snow boots, and they are supposed to be waterproof.
I also bought a long-sleeved wool undershirt, that turned out thinner than I had hoped, but cuter than I expected. You never know for sure what you will get when you order online, but I am really happy so far. I was thrilled with the Colombia fleece jackets – I ordered one for my father and one for Dan and they were an awesome find. Good colors in person, good quality, and most importantly, good sizing for long arms. This denim Vera Bradley purse I found on Amazon was perfect for my grandmother, she really liked it too. We don’t exchange gifts here until tomorrow, then again on the 26th with Dan’s family – I hope the snow is still around!!!
It’s hard to post with so much family here, but I hope everyone out there is having a nice holiday, whatever you are up to today!
with my Christmas shopping. I think. I had some good fortune last night with Amazon and found quite a few things I was thinking about about getting for the people on my list – and it’s all there to place in one virtual shopping cart. Of course, since it was Amazon, I ordered a book or 3 off one of my lists.
Speaking of which, I just noticed Amazon seems to have read my mind recently. It’s one of my common complaints that every book on the site has a 4.5 star review. Great if you wrote the book, not so great if you are trying to narrow down your selection. But now, if you view the second page of reviews on a particular book, it give you the option to read 4 or 5 star ratings OR 3, 2, or 1 star ratings. Sometimes when you are in the balance about buying a novel, a good 3 star rating of a book can tip you in a direction. Anyway, I like this added feature.
The only bad thing about Amazon is that you get the hit at check-out if you are buying anything other than books/music/movies. Each merchant charges shipping and that can make quite the difference when you add that to the price.