Twilight Zone

I kinda feel like I’m in the twilight zone over here.

After fighting Jake with his afternoon nap for almost a month, he is sleeping for the second day in a row.

Do you know how hard it is to come up with 12+ hours of activities that don’t include 12 hours of TV watching?? :) I’ve tried to come up with more creative things for us to do…and on the days it’s not too hot, we spend a lot of time outside. But I think this little afternoon break has been wonderful for all of us! He is just getting tired of doing the same things over and over.

So if you don’t mind, I think I might read a book for the next 20 minutes before someone wakes up!

And I just had to share this. Jake wanted to lay on Drew’s playmat with him yesterday and Drew was NOT having it. I’m afraid it’s a preview of what’s to come in the next few years!!

Magic Chair

Let me just tell you about a little something I like to call…

I know it doesn’t look like much, but this inclined chair is awesome! Our wonderful neighbors let us borrow this for Drew when he started having trouble with reflux. It doesn’t vibrate, play music, or have any fancy bells and whistles but for some reason he sleeps great in this. We went out of town this weekend and I was so nervous how he would sleep without his swing.

Magic chair, I will never doubt you again.

In fact, he’s taking his 2nd nap of the day in it right now and so far so good. Which is great news considering that baby swing looks a little obnoxious in my dining room.

And Fisher Price, if you’re reading this (which, let’s be serious, you probably are), you’re welcome and I will gladly accept a $500 giftcard in return for promoting this product.

The end.

Barely Alive!

Today was easily the worst day of BOTH my children’s existence.

I’m not even sure I can talk about it yet, but let’s just say the day ended at 6:30pm when I put Jake to bed (Seth was at school).

This was right after he’d been screaming about the dog on his pj pants getting “messed up” whenever he bent his knees. He couldn’t take it. I kept having to “straighten” out his leg to fix the dog and then he would completely lose it when he bent his leg again.

Summary: Jake was very tired.

We had a lot of this:

No, he’s not asleep. This is mid-tantrum

And this. Yes, he is on the bathroom floor right next to the toilet. I had given up the fight by this point.

Where was Drew? He was screaming. He screamed all.day.long. He would stop every so often to fall asleep for 10 minutes and then would wake up again screaming.

All.

Day.

Long.

Summary: Drew was very tired and obviously his tummy or something was upsetting him.

Let’s hope everyone wakes up on the right side of the bed tomorrow…

Help!

So I haven’t taken a picture of my kids in a week – that’s gotta be some kind of record, right??

I assure you they’re just as cute as ever. In looks anyhow.

We have hit a terrible, no-good, very bad stage with a certain 23 month old. He all of a sudden decided he wasn’t going to take naps anymore. Or sleep well at night. Anyone want to diagnose this? Who goes from taking a decent 3 hour nap to nothing??? The poor kid has lived the past week and a half exhausted. His eyes are red-rimmed, he cries all afternoon long, he reeallly cries from dinner to bedtime, and then still doesn’t go to sleep right away at night.

I have tried everything in the book. I’ve had to start playing mean mom and constantly stand outside his door saying “HEAD DOWN, EYES CLOSED!!!”. This will go on for 2 hours and he won’t fall asleep. I wouldn’t mind him just laying and resting if it meant he wouldn’t fall apart all afternoon long.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!

This pretty much started when he started preschool. I know he doesn’t do well with change and I’m wondering if this is somehow related. His teachers say he has fun but he just doesn’t act excited to go and is super excited to come home.

So if you have any ideas, besides a double dose of Benadryl, let me know!

Visit with Nana

Nana came to visit us over Labor Day weekend (gosh, has it already been a week and a half??) and the boys were sooo excited to see her! I kinda hate to admit it, but it’s really nice when the grandparents are around because I can actually like…dry my hair without a child pulling on my leg.

They’re good for other reasons too, I promise!

Jake, my mom, and I all went to the mall to shop a bit, play at the playground, and eat lunch at Chick-Fil-A while Drew was napping (Seth stayed home with him, don’t worry). He had a blast getting all the attention and spending special time with us! Plus, he ate his entire kids meal which has never even come close to happening before.

And of course Drew got some love too!

Uncle Michael (“Boy” according to Jake) and Aunt Rachel also came over to see us. They are our new favorite babysitters!!

Coloring with Nana

Jake actually calls both of his grandmas “Mimi”…anybody else have this predicament? I just keep repeating Nonnie and Nana with hopes he’ll eventually get it. It would be a little too confusing to keep up with 2 Mimis! :)

We had such a fun visit and were glad to spend so much time with Nana. I know Jake will be over the moon to see all his grandparents next month at his birthday party!

And speaking of…I finally got Jake to say how old he will be. This kid is just a sponge right now. He has started repeating everything we say. One of my favorites is anytime food gets dropped on the floor he yells, “MAY MAY (Maggie), TUT-TUH (Tucker). EAT!”.

Oops. He may have learned that from me :)

The Great Shoe Debacle of 2011

Y’all.

If I could’ve ever imagined the stress that comes with finding clothes and shoes that fit your child, I might have hired that job out to someone else before I got stuck with it.

For example…I learned the hard way that you cannot buy “sets”…at least for Jake. Because even though he may be wearing a 24 month or 2T top…he is still in 12 month bottoms. At least at Carters. Jake pretty much wears a different size shirt/pants from every retail establishment (or so it seems). So buying clothes for him sometimes seems like a marathon.*

*Yes, this post will have a dramatic flair.

Shoes are no exception. All I wanted was to find him a nice pair of cheap tennis shoes. Because, you know, they grow quickly. This process started last weekend and has finally ended this afternoon.

Shoes.

One week.

In the past 7 days, I have purchased approximately 7 pairs of tennis shoes (from either Academy, Target, or Wal-Mart), returned all 7 pairs (two pairs were returned after one wear), and re-purchased the very FIRST pair we started with last weekend**. I actually think it was the exact same pair because one of the tags I took off was still missing.

**I realize I am psycho.

Seth pointed out on the way home from church that I have most likely spent more on gas than I did trying to save us money on shoes. In fact, it might have been a steal to just go find a $50 pair of shoes in the first place and call it a day!***

***I hope not.

So, lesson learned? You cannot possibly squeeze your wide-footed child into a pair of narrow Wal-Mart shoes, just because they are only $9.99. Because then said child will walk around either pigeon-toed, or on the side of his feet, and other people will wonder why your child walks funny.

And I’m not going to be the one to squander his hopes of professional athleticism (ok or musician-ism) in the name of getting a good deal.

That’ll be Drew’s fate when he gets all the hand-me-downs. :)

P.S.

So what do you think Jake did as soon as he got out of bed this morning?

He opened the closet and grabbed his new tennis shoes. I asked if he wanted to wear his Crocs today and he screamed, “NOOOOO! NEW SHOES!” at me.

Now I know why parents have gray hair.

3 Months Old

Drew is 3 months old! He is getting so big and developing a cute little personality. I have a hard time with newborns because well…they just don’t do anything. But I looove once they start interacting with you and can talk, play, etc. I know we have a few more months for that, but Jake is going to love having a live-in playmate!

In fact, Jake did the cutest thing the other night in the bath. I brought Drew in there and he said, “HI! Hi, Drew! I Jake! Mama! (pointing to me). Hi baby!”

I finally have some hope that they WILL like each other! :)

But I digress.

Drew, at 3 months you are:

- approx 11 lbs and growing by the minute

- wearing 0-3 month clothes but not for much longer! You are just too long, buddy.

-wearing size 1-2 diapers

- very active! (well, as active as a 3 month old can be). When you’re awake, you’re constantly babbling, smiling, kicking, punching, etc.

- a drooler. Jake didn’t drool so this has taken me by surprise. You certainly know how to soak a onesie.

– my Mr. Smiley! You just crack me up. You wake up with a smile on your face, stop crying to flash a quick smile, go to sleep with a smile. You can’t even hold your paci in sometimes because your smile is so big. Everyone comments on this – it is hilarious!

- rolling from your tummy to back and even rolled from your back to your tummy once.
This could be my favorite picture of you so far!


-eating every 3 or 3.5 hours.

- taking 4ish naps a day in the swing. My goal is to have you napping in your crib by 4 months.

- still swaddled for sleep but I also want you out of the swaddle by 4 months. I have some challenges ahead :)

-You have been sleeping through the night for about a month (roughly 10 hours). I have started putting you to bed a little earlier (9 versus 10 or 10:30) and you’re doing great!

-Still sleeping in our room (your poor brother only lasted 2 weeks) but I have decided to move you to your own room this weekend. We tried a couple weeks ago and it was a disaster so since we’re older and more mature now, let’s try again shall we?

Drew, we just love you so much and you were the perfect addition to our family! I love how you light up when you see us and the little giggles you make are to die for. I sincerely hope you and Jake will be the best of friends. I don’t think there’s a luckier mama out there!