The reason it's been deja vu is because over the weekend the building was at about the same level that it was last summer before Hannah arrived, and looking at it brings back all the memories of pre-Hannah life; before I was bipolar, before I spent 5 months pumping, before I was so tired, etc etc. The night before I was emergency-induced, I was sitting in there with the floors unfinished as they are now, while J was doing some wiring, and I posted on facebook that I was craving whoopie pies, and I read magazines on my ipad, and I felt Hannah kicking. Now the building is back in the same shape, and we have a Hannah, and life is completely different, and the building is coming down rather than going up.
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Hannah's birthday is this week, and I may have gone just a tad crazy on the toys. But here's what I figure. I figure that she won't really be getting more until Christmas, so this lot is going to have to do her for four and a half months, which, in baby time, is like forever. So I got stuff that may be a little advanced for her (like a my first leggo-wannabee set of giant blocks, and organic edible crayons) because I figure that by November she might be totally into it. She also got some more normal age appropriate stuff like shape sorters, pull toys, bead mazes, pounding things, some bath toys, and baby musical instruments. We went to Ikea last weekend to get a baby duvet set for her crib (now that she's a year old, she can have blankets, and I wanted to make her crib more friendly and cozy looking than just the gross white sheet that seemed to always get stained with her drool). But anyway, I had no idea that Ikea had so many kickass toys in their baby department. I bought one of everything. Even some things that she already has one of - like a ring stacker thing - because with toys like that, it's good to have variety (so she says, justifying it). She's also getting some German baby books and I heard a rumor that her Opa (originally from Leipzig) has purchased some German cartoon kids' dvd's from Amazon.de, which will play in our playstation. And she also got her little duvet and sheet set, which I gave her early, and she adores. She still moves around too much to actually sleep under the blanket; I just put her in her little sleep sack on top of the duvet, and then in the mornings sometimes I catch her kissing it. It's very sweet.
To celebrate her birthday on Saturday (2 days late) we are doing a 10k at the lake (the Run Through The Pines, which they have every year) and then the grandparents are coming up, and maybe her little friend Neil (baby of Jason and Katie, born about 6 weeks after Hannah). I'll get some pre-made food at Costco to pop in the oven, and we'll have a nice meal, but I refuse to do a cake smash. I got her a brand new sweet birthday outfit, and I'm not ruining it with a cake smash. It is one tradition that I am not going anywhere near.
In fact, I am not baking a cake at all. I have enough issues with food, and J has enough issues with alcohol that the chances are pretty strong that our babygirl is going to grow up with some addictive tendencies of her own. I'm not going to start a precedent that happy occasions mean sugary crappy food, and so we will be having a nice healthy meal (post 10k) and perhaps the adults will have cupcakes. Maybe.
And that, my friends, is how we do birthdays in HeatherWorld. At least, it's how we're doing brithdays this year. Next year it might not be so easy. For one, I probably won't be able to keep her presents in a big Ikea bag next to her crib without her catching on to them being there... There's pros and cons to every age, I'm finding. Right now she is teething and fussy, so that's crappy. But I can keep her presents in her room, 3 feet from where she sleeps, and she has no clue. Plus I don't have to wrap them. Pretty awesome.