Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
My shadow had fun chasing D around and making googling noises at B. I didn't know that shadows add pounds! But apparently they do! Don't take a picture of your shadow unless you are comfortable gaining like 20 or so pounds.
My plan was to see how baby B liked the swings too, but there were only 2 baby swings and that little devil slid in there and started making the eyes at my little boy! ;)
Then it rained all day and night on Thursday and we had a little flooding down the street. Luckily we live on an incline.
And I finally got to visit my new neice on Saturday! She's so precious!
Friday, April 25, 2008
D actually slept all night in his toddler bed!! Even through a thunderstorm! :) I'm so happy! I just hope the novelty doesn't wear off this time.
He got this really cool fire engine toddler bed from his cousin. After I found out I was pregnant with Baby B I intended to get him sleeping in his own bed before she was born. I figured 4 in one bed was too much ;) But of course it just didn't work out and I didn't have the energy to stick to it at the time. He took one nap in the bed and then it became a fancy changing table.
It was the running out thing... I saw a family on one of the nanny shows where this was happening, and the nanny said to keep putting them back in bed. Don't say anything to them, don't even look at them, just put them back in bed and eventually they will stop coming back out. That soooo did not work! I was having to put him back in bed 20 or more times. And I'm not exaggerating. Finally, I put a gate at his door. Then he would stand and giggle or scream at the gate. When I continued ignoring him, he threw everything he could from the room over the gate. I tried everything I could think of to get him to sleep in his bed...
We would have moved his bed into our bedroom, but our bedroom was too small. So we ended up having 4 in bed after all. I had also been determined to have B sleep in the bassinet. Which did not work out. She would stir all night - so all night I was getting up and checking on her. She slept so much better in bed.
In this new place, our bedroom is bigger, so there was actually room to put D's toddler bed in our bedroom. My husband put it together last night and it worked like a charm. No legs in his back last night ;) Everyone slept all night! Yay!! I just hope I'm not jinxing it here.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I finally got my wild child in for a haircut! Believe it or not, it was his 4th (actually I think I didn't count right and it's his 5th)! The boy's hair grows like crazy! It's so beautiful, I hate to get it cut. But it's so annoying to have everyone think he's a girl... He did such a great job! I expected it to be a scream fest from the get-go (as was the last two times Dad and I cut his hair). He was surprisingly calm. For most of it.
Still doing good, but starting to look a little worried... making sure mom is still around.
Did this lady just squirt me with water??
And here's where it starts to get ugly...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
When I was very young I desperately wanted that Rick Springfield album with "Jesse's Girl" on it for Christmas. Imagine my disappointment when I got Bruce Springsteen "Born in the U.S.A." instead. I was quite devastated. I think I was maybe 12 or 13 and had a huge crush on Rick Springfield. And hated Bruce Springsteen. The last names were too similar and my mother had forgotten to take my list. I was crushed. Oh well, I got over it. (Although I'm sure I've given my mom crap about it several times since).
Anyway, I was less than thrilled to find out that Bruce Springsteen was one of my hubby's faves. Luckily he only has the greatest hits CD and I do actually like the songs "Streets of Philadelphia" and "Secret Garden," so it has been on my tolerable list.
That is until we discovered it was a secret weapon. My husband had slid it into the CD changer at some point without my knowing it. We were on our way home from visiting with family almost 3 hours away, when about halfway home baby B became inconsolable. She'd been fed and changed and was still screaming her butt off. Until my husband, out of frustration, turned on the CD player and turned the volume up. It was the Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits CD. About the second or third song into it she went to sleep. He said she liked the Boss. I thought it was a fluke. I took the CD out of the changer.
Last weekend, same thing - baby B became inconsolable on the way home. We've decided that she just doesn't like being in the car in the dark because she will be fine riding around during the day, but once it starts to get a little dark she starts the screaming fits. So anyway, she starts in not too long after we left and my husband pushes the CD #1 slot... and no Boss... luckily I at least left it in the car, so it only took a few minutes to get it back in the #1 slot... and once again 2 or 3 songs into it baby B was zonked out. Now I do not doubt the power of the Boss to calm a screaming infant. It worked like a charm again the next day (as we took trips on Sat and Sun this past weekend). It has made my will stay in the #1 slot in the changer for all of eternity list.
My toot this week goes out to my baby sister :) She just had her (2nd) beautiful baby girl yesterday afternoon! And she is absolutely gorgeous! She looks a lot like her big sister did :) Her big sis is about 2 1/2 and still absolutely gorgeous! :) I can't wait to go for a visit! New babies are always so exciting!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The other day my husband and I were discussing the benefits of having dogs for the children. We'd had this talk many times before. There are many benefits. The best one for me came when D started feeding himself. Several times a day I thank God we have dogs. Otherwise I would be sweeping and mopping at least 3 times a day... The dogs are always right there beneath the high chair waiting to be the clean-up crew. They will even lick his face and fingers... or the seat of his pants - wherever the food has landed when he's done. And wonderfully, our little wiener dog has a taste for spit up. Gross I know, but very handy. (OK, I do try to wipe it up before she can get to it).
Over the weekend my husband said that it was good we had dogs because of the social aspect. D may be well socialized because of the dogs. We spent most of his life living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin - a very remote and isolated area - so he got very little social interaction. And amazingly he is well socialized - the times he's played with other children his age he's done very well. So I absolutely agree with my husband on that point - the dogs have helped him in that area.
But the hazards of having dogs to socialize with?? ;) The very day after we had that discussion we were at a family cook out and D started crawling around like a dog underneath the tables... And the past week or so he has been sharing food with the dogs. He will throw down chips or whatever and then get on his hands and knees and eat them off the floor along with the dogs!
Then Sunday morning we decided to see how he would do eating at the table with the rest of us instead of in his high chair... and this is how he ate:
At least he was eating!! It's so rare that he actually eats anything. So if he must eat this way I'm all for it.
Now you must go read this hilarious post about dogs and kids at Mom-101
Sunday, April 6, 2008
It's been a crazy week. Some highlights??
I see you trying to pretend I'm still sleeping in here! I guess the days of naps in the bassinet are over.
Yay! The King sized bed arrived on Thursday! We finally got to move to sleeping upstairs instead of in the living room! Our Queen sized bed wouldn't fit up the stairs. So we got a King (split box springs) with a hinged mattress. Yes, decided to upgrade the size with the two co-sleepers. We've all been sleeping so much better! Although D still managed to kick Dad last night.
Is that a banana on your shoe? Eeewww! This is what happens when you have a messy eater and the dogs don't like bananas.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
:) You may have noticed that my son's hair is a tad on the long side. He's only 2 1/2 and has had at least three complete hair cuts so far! We had given him bangs only cuts a few times before his first actual hair cut. He did great for his first hair cut. Hair cut numbers two and three were quite challenging. He screamed his head off for both of them. So I want to take him someplace this time - but not someplace that has a lot of customers (especially not in a mall!)... I think he might do better for someone else. And if not, at least there will be plenty of extra hands to hold his head still ;) But yes, he needs a haircut really soon! People are starting to think he's a girl again. Never mind he's always dressed in very boyish clothes... One lady said that girls do wear camoflauge these days... But the worst was when we stopped at a Burger King a few weeks ago and yes, the burger flipper gave him a crown and said "What a lovely Burger Queen." !!! Of course baby B loves his hair (as you may be able to tell by one of my wordless wednesday pics from today). She is constantly grabbing it by the handful :) She really loves his hair.
But the exciting news is that D has been counting! It's so damned cute! OK, so he doesn't quite start with 1 yet and he goes from 10 to 12, but he clearly gets 7, 8, 9, and 10. Those are his favorites. Yesterday he would say them over and over. I would start at 1 and he would come in at 7. And he would say them in order every time! :) I'm so proud of the little booger (or should I say Burger Queen!).