Saturday, May 04, 2013
The sweetest little baby I ever did see
It is a fitting theme for our week, because Uliana went from crying all the time to laughing her head off at EVERYTHING Nikolai does. He totally hams it up for her in a way that reminds me of The Three Stooges, and they both fall apart in fits of giggles.
It begs the question of what happened? Where did my crying baby go? She did not get a tooth and is still a teething monster. Regardless, the change in her behaviour between this week and the past month is dramatic.
So, what happened is that I went to the chiropractor (holding a screaming baby for hours on end wrecks your back). As per usual, Uliana screamed through my entire appointment. So the chiropractor asked to look at her, and while she was maneuvering up Uliana's back she hit a spot mid-back that made Uliana YELP in pain. After about 15 minutes of gentle maneuvering Uliana was much calmer.
I was taught how to massage the sore spot (and I can feel the knot of muscles, as it is very noticeable). So now we'll just do a monthly check up and I'm responsible for massaging her. Meanwhile Uliana is much happier, and consequently everyone else in our house is much happier too!
(Apparently quick births can be tough on little bodies, and Uliana was out in 4 pushes even though I was only 6 cm dilated, so it was epic on the scale of fast births. The reason why it wasn't a problem earlier is because it didn't bother her until she started sitting and moving around.)
In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo we have spent the week crafting a pinata. So today's recipe is a DYI instructions for a pinata. We made a simple one, but I'm sure you could get creative with multiple balloons and cardboard shapes, etc.
1. Make a simple, no-cook paper mache paste out of 1/2 cup of white flour and 1 cup of water. Mix until smooth.
3. Allow the form to completely dry, then either paint it or glue on coloured tissue paper. We added tissue paper using watered down glue (about 1 tsp glue and 2 tbsp water) which we used to paint the tissue paper onto the balloon.
4. When the top layer is dry cut the balloon and remove it from the form. Then cut a small hole in the top of the pinata and fill it with whatever you want (Nikolai stuck in a random assortment of toys and I added some treats).