Another year older

All of my babies are July babies.

 

May 2014
May 2014

It’s hard to believe that I now have a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old (our dog, Bailey), and a 9-year-old! How is this even possible? I’m not old enough to have two human babies that are 2 and 9. Summer is in full swing and A has already been on multiple away-from-home vacations. She started with her second annual trip to Georgia, then met us in Pennsylvania at Hershey Park to celebrate her and J’s birthdays, and is now in PEI with her mom. I’m tired just thinking of all the car time she has had but also excited for all of these adventures for her. Continue reading “Another year older”

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Alyx and Jude sporting headbands
A and J sporting headbands

My kids are growing faster than the speed of light.

So much has happened during this past month-ish that it is hard to keep track. A is quickly wrapping up third grade…THIRD GRADE!!! Didn’t she just learn to walk? How is this even possible?

Lots has happened over these fleeting weeks. J’s vocabulary is out of control. Sometimes I can’t help but laugh at all of the things that come from this tiny person. He has said everything from “uh oh, spaghettio” to “no way Jose!,” but my favorite is “I love you Mama.”

In April, we went on vacation!! We traveled down to Savannah, Georgia to visit Husband’s Dad and step-mom. I won’t lie, I was super nervous about flying with J. I wasn’t sure how he would do with his ears, etc.  But he was AMAZING. I mean…I have a super awesome kid. He was a PRO. Continue reading “Who is this little person?”

Hi, have we met?

Well, hello there stranger. Every time I think “holy hell, I need to do a blog post” something else happens that steals my time and then more time passes. Damn. Well, I’m getting back on the train: pre-New Year’s Resolution. I don’t know what is happening but my family has entered some sort of a time warp where things are just FLYING by. Then other days I am just staring at the clock until it’s time for the kids to go to bed.

Goofing Off
Goofing Off

Here is the lowdown: J is 16 months old. He started walking at about 13 months and I am doing everything in my power just to keep up. I know that when you have more than one child chances are they will NOT be carbon copies of each other. And why would you want that? But life is SO different with this toddler than our last experience. With A, we never had to baby proof the house. We put a hair tie (seriously) around the doorknobs of the under-the-sink stuff, told her not to touch, and that was it. With J, we have had to bolt everything down. All of the cabinets have those lock things on them and I think our under-the-sink supplies are now parent-proof too. Can’t ever get the damn thing open!

Plus, he will not. sit. still. A, you could sit and read a story with, do a puzzle, or just snuggle. The moment little man’s eyes ping open in the morning he is go. Go. GO! But man, is he funny. He has such a personality and knows when he is making you laugh. He does nothing but love (in between the hitting) and just wants to be where everyone is. He is such a joy and I am a better person and a better mom because of him. Continue reading “Hi, have we met?”

I have a toddler.

This has been a big week in our household. Jman was moved into the Toddler Room at day care. How is that even possible? Miss Kelly has been talking about it…but I didn’t think that the day would ever actually come.

Usually, kids there are not moved from the Infant Room to the Toddler Room until they are pretty steady on their feet. J still isn’t walking. He has taken steps…but only when he doesn’t realize what he’s doing. Or, he’ll take steps holding onto only one of our hands. But at 13 months and the oldest in the Infant Room it was time to move him on up.

Am I ready for this? Generally speaking, I am not that sentimental. As opposed to being sad about him not being as tiny anymore, I get excited to see all of the new and exciting things he is learning. With each new tooth that comes in, he is able to eat more and more independently and is so proud of himself for doing so. Am I sad that he isn’t as small and snuggly anymore, sure…but it literally lasts a split second. I am so excited to learn more about him. He has such a hilarious personality already and I cannot wait to help him grow into the magnificent person I know he is going to be. Ok, ok..not trying to rush it…but I’m enjoying every moment without spending too much time being sad about the past or pressing on to the future.

So as of right now, I have a toddler. A funny, loving, incredible hug-giving, toddler. One thing I wish is that time would just slow down for a second. I am so fortunate to have this life and am trying to suck up and enjoy every minute of it.

I’ve been doing poorly at keeping up with this blog, and I apologize…but I’m living life. I still need to write about the amazing “Calvin and Hobbes” birthday party we had for the kids…but I’ve been too busy enjoying my kids. I’ll get there…I’m not worried about it.

This is the way I envisioned life for myself and my family. So here’s the rundown: Jude is growing like a weed…A is fast approaching third grade…Husband is mad because he just found out that I do like Cinnamon Toast Crunch after years (literally, years) of protesting against sugary cereals. Always an adventure here.

Our life is full of love and a lot of laughs…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sleep training – Night # who the hell knows?

Well, doctor lady can be proud of me for being consistent. If you didn’t know, we are currently working on sleep training. Who knew when entering the world of parenting that sleep is actually a learned skill and not something that babies miraculously start doing on their own. Ok, that sounds funny…yes, babies sleep, but the training part comes in with helping them fall asleep and here’s the kicker, STAYING asleep. That seems to have been the hurdle in our household. The Jman generally falls asleep with no problems. The “staying asleep” part is where we’ve had trouble.

morning nap time
morning nap time

But, for the past month(ish) I have found the plan that works for me and have been sticking to it. I’m happy to report that in the wee hours of the morning when he rises, I have stuck to my guns and he does NOT end up in our bed. The funny thing is, I feel that it actually may be working. All of the books and articles that I’ve read talk about when making a routine/switching a behavior, it can take seven to 10 days. I was thrilled with myself when I made it to the seven day mark! WOOOHOOOOO. But, he was still waking four times a night. So, doctor people, what’s the deal with that? Made it to the 10-day mark….still wasn’t seeing much of a difference.

However, I stayed strong and stuck to the plan. I must clarify that when I say he is waking four times a night, it isn’t a full on scream-fest. It is usually only for a maximum of 10 minutes…and that’s on the long end. When I go in, he’s usually sitting up and rubbing his little eyes. So, I find the binkie, lay him back down, paired with a couple of pats on the bum, and he’s out. But, that means that we are still getting interrupted sleep…even for that short time that he’s waking. And it needs to stop. Mama loves sleep and after a year (almost 13 months now), is ready!

Something happened over the past week though. It started on Tuesday. I rocked him until just about asleep and laid him in the crib. Out at 6:30 p.m. Then, I checked on him before we went to bed, repositioned him so he wasn’t so smooshed and covered him with a blanket. Next time I heard him was 4:30 a.m.! What was this???? Continue reading “Sleep training – Night # who the hell knows?”

Sleep training – night 4.

Too cool to be one
Too cool to be one

J is a year old. Wow. And with each day that has passed since, I still cannot even believe it. Well, being one also means that he had to have his wellness check up. So Friday morning, Husband and I loaded him up and away we went! Husband had to come because I knew there would be vaccinations and I am a wuss. I am not a fan of having to hold him while he gets poked.

Our doctors office is great..always starting the visit with any questions/concerns we may have.  Our first question: can we switch him to a forward facing car seat. Well, he only weighed in at 19 lbs and 4 oz so until he hits 20 lbs he has to stay backwards. He is 29.5 inches long and growing strong! He eats everything in sight…so we will see what we can do to boost up his calories even more. Continue reading “Sleep training – night 4.”

A Hillbilly No More

 

tubby time!
tubby time!

It’s official. Little man is no longer rocking the “hillbilly” smile. That other top front tooth has finally cut through (after lots of high fevers/no sleep episodes). I’m thankful that part is over…but am missing that little lopsided, toothy grin.

And with this new tooth comes even more developmental milestones: he is “crab crawling” all around the house. Last week my mum laughed when she saw him scoot around because, apparently, it is EXACTLY the same way that I got around. Is crawling-style hereditary? Poor kid….might mean that he will tie his shoes doing the “bunny ear” method too. Don’t judge me…that’s still how I tie mine.

As I look at today’s date, it is hard for me to believe that in two weeks, Jman will be one. How did that happen? There have been lots of giggles, hugs, tears (both his and mine), and sleepless nights. Would I change any of it? Absolutely not.  And, my dear A has completed her second year of school…now officially a third grader. Where did that time go? When my husband and I started dating, she was a mere seven months old. Now – she’s off gallivanting in Savannah, GA visiting “Nannie and Pop.” We miss her, but she is having the time of her life! So excited for her and for her to be able to have this experience. Continue reading “A Hillbilly No More”