Dusting it Off

I dOn’t really have time tO dO a lONg pOSt tODay, such is the stORy OF my life these days and why the blOG is sO neglected!!

Life is status quO here, mamas wORking, kiddOS playing and grOwing at warp speed. We nOW have a 6 mONth Old whO is trying very hard tO crawl and a sweet, but crazy 2.5 year Old.

We are lOving the new hOUse and neighbOrhOOD despite sOME issues with drainage in the yard. We finally gO arOUnd tO getting Addy the swing set she’s been wanting and nOW we have tO drag her in nightly in tears when it’s time tO stOP playing.

We are heading Out tO Griffins 6 mONth appOINtment in a few minutes sO that’s all I really have time fOR. I did want tO put up sOME pictures since pOOR Griffin has never even made it ON tO The blOG yet!!

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Is anyONe still Out there?

WOw. I haven’t written a blOG update in 4 mONths. I cOuld honestly give yOU a laundry list OF excuses. We have a secONd child, I wORk a crazy schedule, we’re still trying tO settle in tO a new hOUse, my daughter spilled beer ON my laptOP and fried it, and it tOOK us a mONth tO get the Other laptOP Operational, Only fOR her tO spill water ON it, which has made randOM letters shOW up as capitals and irritates the crap OUT OF me when I type. SeriOusly, life has been sO crazy and the keyboard is annOYing, but I want tO spill sOMe updates here. I’m gOINg tO Try tO keep it brief.

  1. We welcomed a fantastic little man in tO Our lives On November 11. That’s right we nOW have a 10/10 and an 11/11. He gave his mamas a fit getting here after ONE scheduled and cancelled c-sectiON, an induction at 41 weeks which led tO an actual c-sectiON birth when he failed tO tolerate cONtractiONS. He came Out screaming, with blonde hair with sOME red highlights. A healthy 8lbs even (much smaller than we anticipated) and 21.5 inches lONg. We named him Griffin David. He has fit seamlessly right intO Our little family. Adelaide adORes him and he is fOR the mOSt part an easy baby. He dOEs have reflux much like his sister, and eats with such gustO that he grunts and arches his way thrOUgh his bOTtles because the milk simply dOESn’t cOme Out fast enOUgh. He HATES tO be tired and will lOse his mind befOre dosing Off, but Once he is asleep, he is an awesOME sleeper. He was sleeping mOStly thrOUgh the night by 2 mONths Old. He is an extremely happy, smiley guy. We saw his first smiles at just 2 weeks Old, and he was giggling at a little Over 2 mONths. He is alsO gOIng tO be a talker like his big sister. He lOVes tO babble and shriek, and cOO. He makes his wants known and dOESn’t like tO be left alOne, he’s a sOcial guy fOr sure. He sO far shOWs the same affinity fOR babas (paci’s) and blankets his sister has. His face lights up when yOU hand him a muslin blanket, which he promptly pulls up Over his face and snuggles right in tO. He is grOWing like a week, but mOSTly in length. He is gOIng tO be lOng and lean, which is a quality the rest Of girls Only wish we had! We can’t wait tO see whO this little man becOmes.
  2. Adelaide is cOMing up hard and fast ON 2.5. She is fully potty trained during the day nOw,  and thOUgh we still use pull-ups at night, she is 95% OF the time dry in the mOrning. She is unfORtunately still using the baba at night after the OCcurrance Of night terrors, but we figure it’s her Only vice and we aren’t pushing it. She sleeps in a toddler bed nOw tOO, althOUgh mOSt nights she appears sOMEtime between 3-6am tO climb in tO Our bed. She speaks at the level Of a 3-4 year Old and understands concepts beyONd her years as well. She is alsO very funny and clever and keeps us ON Our tOEs. She is incredibly sweet and sensitive tOO, always ready tO hand Out kisses and hugs and checking ON everyONe. She coOs and swOOns Over her baby brOther tOO. She lOVes tO play pretend, pretending tO be a teacher, playing babies, gOIng tO the market, making meals etc. She is Often leading us in sONg and dance, while we are her students. She started tap class in January and lOves it. Any excuse tO wear a tutu and march arOUnd with nOIsy shoes is a winner in her bOOk. She can dress herself in mOSt easy tO put On clOthing and lOVes tO pick Out her Outfits and shoes fOR the day. She just mOVEd up anOTher level at schOOl and the transition has been great fOR her. After almOSt a year in the previOUS class, she was getting bored and was crying at drOP Off almOSt every schOOl day. She is back tO part-time nOW that brOTher is enrolled tOO, and we lOVe Our 2 days Off a week tOGether.
  3. We bOught and mOVEd intO Our new hOMe in NOVember. We were SO happy tO be Out OF that tiny apartment and appreciate all the space we nOW have. We mOVed tO a smaller tOWn OUTside OF the One we were wanting tO buy in. We simply couldn’t affORd the hOUSes where we wanted tO Be, but we aren’t tOO Far Out and lOVe where we are. We are alsO clOSer tO Ashley’s family, which has been great fOR Addy as she gets tO See her cousins mOre, and wONDerful fOR us as Ashley’s sister helps us with the kids fairly Often. We nOW have a bedrOOM fOR everyONE, a playroom, and a bONus rOOm. We alsO have a fenced in backyard, but unfORtunately we’ve discovered majOr drainage issues since mOVing in and the seeing as the yard is a swamp, we’ve yet tO be able tO enjOY it. Once the weather warms up fOR gOOD and the grOUnd is thawed, we will be placing sOME french drains with hOpes tO use the yard we’ve dreamed OF having this summer! We still have bOxes randomly abOUt and nO pictures ON the walls yet, but we’re slOWly getting there. I’m trying tO fOcus ON One rOOM at a time ON my days Off, sO it’s slOW gOIng. Adelaide handled the mOVe well, and lOVes the new hOuse as well. Our neighbOrs have a 2 and 3 year Old, sO Once the weather warms up and the kids are Outside mORe, we hOpe they will get tO play mORe.
  4. Christmas was wONderful and Addy was spoiled rOTten. We made the rOUnds tO see bOth families again, which is exhausting, but alsO nice that we can dO it. DOn’t want tO gO intO full detail ON all that nOW, but just knOW we were blessed as always.

I think that’s a gOOD quick update fOR nOW. HOPefully I can return sOONer rather than later tO give mORE detailed updates and mORE details ON Our new little guy. HOPefully sOMeONe is still reading Out there! I dOn’t even have pictures ON this Other cOMputer yet tO shOW him Off, sO I will wOrk ON that tOO!

 

 

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Two birthdays for 2 years!

This year, we did two separate parties for Addy’s birthday. My family had come down for the shower and knew they would be back when baby boy was born, so we didn’t want to make anyone feel obligated to come down again, plus in 96 sq ft we have no where for anyone to stay!

We went up to my parents house in mid September to do a joint birthday party with Addy and her cousin Maira who is 4 weeks older. It was just a family affair, with the aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. We went with a Sesame.street/Elmo theme since both girls like the little red guy. We mostly just let the kids run around and play like cousins do, but we also threw in an Elmo piñata. We chose the kind with the ribbons and let all the kids pull, that way the little girls could be more involved since it was their day. We have found anytime there is a piñata to hit, the big kids kind of just take it over and destroy it. We also didn’t want two crying two year olds when Elmo ended up headless. Both girls love the piñata and took turns dragging it around and “feeding” it etc. It was adorable. We filled the piñata with a little toys and candy, again geared toward the littles mostly, but the big kids had some things to enjoy in there too.

My mom and sister made a big italian lunch with ziti and chicken parmesan and we followed it up with of course, birthday cakes! Both girls had a mini cake with the same Elmo topper, and my mom made a larger cake to ensure we had enough to go around. She also put my name and my brother’s girlfriends name on the cake since we recently had birthdays that got kind of missed as well!

Addy did well in the gift department as usual. She got a doctors kit, Anna and Elsa stuffed dolls, coloring book and markers, enrollment in her school soccer program, and an Anna dress. We gave her a backpack style baby doll carrier. She was very pleased, and wore the Anna dress the rest of the day, and to bed. We had to peel it off the next morning!

The next birthday party came on the actual day. Unfortunately with a birthday in Mid October the weather is always kind of crummy. We had planned to just use the grilling patio at the apartment complex and let the kiddos run around. Unfortunately it rained all day and the whole family ended up in our itty bitty place. The kids still had a great time. Addy requested a Froz.en cake this time and after one round of burnt sugar glass, I think it turned out pretty good. I couldn’t get the damn thing out of the pan, but she was pleased nonetheless. This go-round she got a bean bag chair, play dough, a dress and leggings, and a N.abi jr tablet from us. She again was very happy!

We sent Elmo/SS themed goodie bags to school the following Monday along with some primary color cupcakes (funfetti with blue icing anyone!?). That was what she picked and I felt it went well with the Sesame street theme.

She thoroughly enjoyed her birthday this year and while she doesn’t know she’s “aging” she gets that it’s a big deal and relishes in the attention and birthday song singing. I can’t believe my girl is 2.

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Addy turns 2!!!

Adelaide turned two last week and I just can’t believe how fast 2 years can go when you’re having fun and are so in love! I keep getting flashback pictures of her as a newborn on my time.hop and Facebook memories feed and it brings me right back.  Words can’t express how much happiness and joy this little girl has brought to my life in the past two years. I’ve never loved someone so completely and entirely that I would do ANYTHING for them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife, but the love a child is like no other. This girl is something else too. She is smart, sweet, funny, sassy, wild, and a charmer. She is well known all around her school, all the teachers love her and often here from the director that she is a “favorite.”

Adelaide at age two:

Weight: 26lbs- 40th percentile

Height: 33 inches – 25th percentile

Language: This little girl talks up a storm, but I have to admit she gets it honest. I was an early talker and Ashley and I are both pretty chatty too. She speaks in full sentences, and can tell a short story, use directionals, sing full songs, etc. She constructs sentences using two different ideas. “Mommy’s at work. She will come home later.” She has a slight forward tongue lisp, likely a result of the pacifier, but we feel she will outgrow it. Everyone is still able to understand her at this point, and she will be evaluated by speech next year at school and we can pursue therapy if needed, but we’re really not that worried at this point. 

Likes: She still likes her baby dolls. She’s very good at pretending and role playing and likes to make us food and put us down for naps! Playing outside is still high on the list. Swings are a huge favorite still. She likes the baby swings and the big kid swings equally and I usually have to drag her off them to get her to do other things at the park. Drop off for school goes best when her friends are on the playground. She LOVES to jump in her bed. Since moving to the apartment, her rocking chair is now by her crib and she can climb in by herself (luckily not out!) so she gets in her bed multiple times a day to jump like a mad woman. We will be talking to Santa about a trampoline this year! She still carries her blankets around with her everywhere, and has been stealing her baby brother’s blankets too. She jumped on the Froz.en train about a month ago, and while it seems to be dying down some, she is still pretty into it. She also is on a D.ora kick right now unfortunately. It’s not my favorite show, but she loves it. She also still enjoys doing art projects, though we can’t do as many in our currently living environment due to space constraints and no table.

Milestones/Skills: She can jump with two feet off the ground. Kick a ball and dribbles with good ball control. She can climb ladders mostly independently at the playground. She can stand on one foot. Gallops. She knows most of her shapes and colors, can sing her ABC’s, and count to 10, sometimes further. She can use an open top cup fairly well. She knows how to hold up 1 and 2 fingers when asked. She can put on most shoes and socks and take all off. She can get her pants on independently, with some help still needed for shirts. 

Behavior: She is still pretty outgoing, but is beginning to get a little more shy with strangers. Depending on the situation though she will still often smile, wave, and say hi etc. She is very funny/silly and enjoys making people laugh. We do see some of the typical “2” behaviors of saying no, throwing tantrums, and hitting/throwing. Often if you tell her to go to time out, she agrees and goes to sit down, well aware she was wrong. Sometimes if she is having a mean temper tantrum, it won’t go so well and a real battle of wills can ensue! She can turn a deaf ear if she doesn’t want to do something too! She is great with her manners though, we even hear from her teachers that she always says “no thank you” and “please.” She is getting a little clingy with me these days and often chooses me over Ashley. This hurts Ashley’s feelings some, but we think it’s partly do to my more frequent absence and Ashley’s inability to carry her much right now. She is WILD. This girl has so much energy. She runs everywhere she goes, can jump for hours in her bed, etc.

Potty training: This comes and goes in waves. She does really well for a few days, and then not for a few days. I think we also get a little lax some days. Her pediatrician feels she can be in underwear now. She said that maturity and language development are good indicators of readiness. We are working on underwear at home now on my days off and we are doing pretty well. Most accidents happen in the car seat (ugh!) or when I’ve gotten busy and forget to remind her. We aren’t ready to send them to school yet as she doesn’t tend to have success at school very often. I’m thinking too many distractions! Surprisingly, she does better with poop than pee, which I’m very grateful for!

Baba: So after her second birthday we decided it was really time to ditch the nighttime baba (pacifier) use. It took three nights to get her to accept that it was gone and fall asleep without it. We used the Baba Fairy and she woke to find a little treat of bubbles and a dollar the next day. She went for about 4-5 nights with no baba and unfortunately she was waking several times a night unsure how to get herself back to sleep. She was also waking up an hour early every day. We just stuck with it figuring it would all work itself out. Until 6 nights in, she began having night terrors and confusional episodes. She would scream bloody murder “no no no no” and would be in a state of partial wakeness. She had 2 Saturday night and another only 30 minutes into nap on Sunday. Sunday the screaming went on for almost 45 minutes, she was gagging and about to make herself sick, she was hysterical. We tried everything and couldn’t get her to calm down. We gave in and tried the pacifier and in a couple minutes it was over. We read up on night terrors/confusional events and their two main causes are change in sleep habits (ding) and exhaustion (remember all the wakings!?). We decided she wasn’t ready yet. We have a lot of big changes coming up (new baby, new house) and don’t want to cause any undue stress. We plan to try again after the holidays.

I will post a separate post with pictures about her two birthday parties and some other exciting news!!

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SBL, Baby Showers, Apartment life

So as planned we did get to take Addy to the zoo a few weeks back and complete one more thing from the SBL. She absolutely loved it and we wish we had a little more time. We didn’t get there until noon figuring 5 hours would be plenty of time, but honestly we still didn’t get to see all the animals we wanted to see and Addy was still having a blast when it was time to head out. We would love to go back and are hoping we can squeeze in one more visit before it gets too chilly. We didn’t get a ton of pictures as I took a lot of video with the video camera showing her reactions to animals, but I do have a few shots. It’s a really great zoo. Her favorite parts were seeing a mama and baby gorilla wrestle and play and getting to see the polar bear swim RIGHT in front of her face, he even used his big paws to push off the tank wall right in front of us! It was very cool. She also liked the elephants and giraffes. She said “wow” a few times when looking at the giraffes and said “that one is taller!!” We made the mistake of not packing a lunch and paid a metric ton for very mediocre food, so we will make sure we don’t make that same mistake again.

We ended with a little drama courtesy of pregnancy hormones. We hit the gift shop on the way out which stays open 30 minutes past closing time so we could grab Addy a tshirt and souvenir. While looking around I heard a young college kid whining about people still being in the store to a coworker and was a little miffed. I called Ashley over and told her to listen to him. Then he began emphasizing to his coworker that it’s “always people with strollers” which we were a people with strollers. Cue pregnancy hormone rage. Ashley confronted him and basically told him that the store was still open and we had the right to be in there with our stroller picking out our merchandise and if he had a problem he should find a new job. That speaking about customers in ear shot was inappropriate and he needed to be happy he had a job.  When he tried to counter back and say he wasn’t saying anything, she demanded to speak to his manager.  He again denied saying anything and immediately walked off to another part of the store and no manager ever appeared of course. Ashley felt a little guilty later for making a scene, but his behavior was unprofessional and rude. I hate when I see young folks not appreciating their job because there are adults out there that would give anything to get paid minimum wage and be “inconvenienced” by customers in their store.

Aside from the zoo our summer has wrapped up slightly uneventfully. I took Addy to a jumping place for my birthday. I wanted to spend a fun day with her and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We then had a friend over for chicken chili and a little birthday cake, it was a small affair which was fine by me.

Ashley and Addy took a weekend trip the weekend prior to my birthday to the beach with her family. I had to work so I missed out on the adventure but it sounds like they had a great time. Addy loves the beach and loves playing with her cousins even more. I missed them terribly but luckily had a busy work weekend so I didn’t have much time to miss them.

We are getting settled in to the apartment and after some issues with roaches and mold in the AC unit being resolved we are feeling more content to ride this out. We are still always looking at potential houses but in reality we know it’s best to stay until after the 1st of the year, when the little man is here and Ashley is back at work. We are living very small, but we are making it work. Addy really loves the apartment because all of her things are so close by. She can play with her toys and go in her room and it’s all on the same level and she doesn’t need her mama’s to go with her. I will have a separate post on Addy and how she is doing and her new found independence and other exciting news. I really am worried about how we will fit baby gear and baby stuff and then when Christmas comes there is no place for a tree. I plan on making it work one way or another though, that’s one of my favorite times of the year and I refuse to let Addy miss out on such a special fun time of the year just because we’re in the apartment. She may have to say goodbye to a few toys for the month, but I think she will be happy with what replaces them!

Ashley is getting BIG and rather uncomfortable. She is now 34 weeks-6 weeks away! It’s hard to imagine we are going to have a whole other little person living here in as early as a month. Little man is actually measuring a little big, but they say not alarmingly so. Ashley is already panicked about giving birth, so the thought of giving birth to a 9 or 10 lb baby is terrifying to her! We’re hoping he will level out in the next few weeks and end up average. She is starting to have a bit of swelling as well but her BP is remaining normal so no worry there. Sleep is elusive many nights and she is starting to need the support of a belly band. Baby is very active and spends a lot of time moving and kicking and rolling around. He has found her ribs which is not so much fun for her, but we both get a kick out of feeling him move around in there. She definitely has the pregnancy waddle now and her boss seems to think they baby looks to have dropped some. We’re both a little hopefully he comes somewhere between 38-40 weeks and not late. I don’t think Ashley would be comfortable at all much past that time since she is so big already.

Speaking of the little guy, we had a baby shower this past weekend. It was a great time. My family was all able to make it down except my middle brother and we had lots of friends and Ashley’s family as well. Marie (ashley’s mom) did a great job with all the planning and everyone had a lot of fun. My mom and I helped with some mini diaper cake decorations, but otherwise Marie really outdid herself with the food, games and decor. We got some really great gifts and got a stock pile of diapers and wipes started-woohoo! We now have his carseat, stroller seat, some clothes, and bottles. We are pretty much ready for him to come when he is ready. I do need to wash his clothes and organize those, but I still have some time for that.

My mom graciously bought us a new dresser for the kids room. Unfortunately the dresser we had bought for Addy secondhand, just didn’t survive the move. It was collapsing in the middle and was extremely unsafe and unstable. We were terrified for her to go near it! Mom also helped me put it together, and if you’ve ever put together ikea furniture, you know the adventure that can be!

We’re headed up to Virginia today as soon as Ashley is done with work. Addy is currently at school so she didn’t miss her Tumble bus time, but I will be going for her shortly. She went everyday this week, so I’d like her to get to be home today. When she naps I’mgonna pack up the car. We’re going up to have Addy and Maira’s 2nd birthday party with my family. We’re doing an Elm.o theme and they’re going to love it. Addy loves the idea of it being someones birthday and getting to sing to them and bringing them cake. She brought me “happy birthdays” for several days after my birthday. I’m so excited to see her face when it’s her turn!

My birthday fun!

My birthday fun!

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Me and my girl on my birthday

Me and my girl on my birthday

She wanted to wear her cousin Abby's headband.

She wanted to wear her cousin Abby’s headband.

Trip to the new splash pad in the next town over. She was a little "off" this day and only sort of participated.

Trip to the new splash pad in the next town over. She was a little “off” this day and only sort of participated.

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Zoo fun

Zoo fun

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Singing and dancing about the "monkeys on the bed" while looking at the monkeys at the zoo.

Singing and dancing about the “monkeys on the bed” while looking at the monkeys at the zoo.

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Making s'more's with our friend Felicia. This is Jen's fiancé and Addy loves them both!

Making s’more’s with our friend Felicia. This is Jen’s fiancé and Addy loves them both!

mmm chocolate

mmm chocolate

Climb Addy climb.

Climb Addy climb.

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I love to see her little feet when she jumps!

I love to see her little feet when she jumps!

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Dear sorry neglected little blog

This blog has suffered this summer. I’m never the greatest at writing and updating as frequently as I’d like but I really did intend to try to keep up with the SBL and our summer happenings. Then the house went on the market and off the market in 3 days and we had to be out of our house and into an apartment in 4 weeks with a vacation, pregnant wife, and full-time work weaved in there. We started getting the house ready in the end of June, and here we are mid-August and I feel like the summer just disappeared from us. I’m saddened by this. Our summer started out so strong. We were going to the pool almost everyday, Addy and I did some fun crafts/sensory activities, we played outside A LOT, and then rather abruptly the summer became a hurried affair of how much we could get done in each unplanned minute. Our trips to the pool were majorly cutback, we only went to the splash pad one time, no museum visits, no noodle boats, no zoo. I had big big plans and I feel like I dropped the ball big time. Mostly I feel like I cheated Addy out of a great summer I had planned for her. She has ended up in school more often as she is now enrolled full-time. It just made more sense rather than panicking with who was going to care for her on days when Ashley and I both had obligations and it’s allowed me to vary my schedule some. In addition, school has picked up the slack where I left off. They hold “summer camp” which basically means fun activities nearly everyday of the week in the summer. She has had water days, seen puppet and magic shows, painted ceramics, done gymnastics, made extra fun art projects, and had special treat days. I think she will be disappointed when school goes back to regular mode after next week!

Then the week we moved in, Ashley and I were struck with a terrible stomach bug. It appears to have been a communicable form of food poisoning we got from Addy. She tested positive the week before. I was already having to do most of the moving myself, and this solidified that. Ashley was completely out of commission on moving day, attempted to help me the next day and ended up having contractions and by Wednesday she found herself a ticket to the maternity ward for IV fluids and Abx. She did about a 24 hour stint and was feeling much better on discharge. During that time I was still trying to work some due to a shortage of PTO, tend to Addy and visit my sickly pregnant wife in the hospital. Ashley’s family who is usually nearby was also unable to help out with Addy/Ashley tending or moving, as she had a cousin pass suddenly the Sunday before the move. She had stage IV cancer that was only found 2 weeks prior to her passing. It was her mom’s sister’s daughter, so obviously her mom needed to be with her sister and assist with funeral planning etc. It was definitely a Murphy’s law week and of course I caught it while she was in there and suffered a couple of additional days past her discharge. I think we’re all clear of it now and we’re pushing the probiotics now to get everyone’s guts back to tip top shape.

Don’t get me wrong, we have still done lots of playing, and we spend the better part of a week at the beach with my family, and she’s off to the beach for the weekend with Ashley’s family as I type this blog. Now that we moved we are back to playing outside a lot since our apartment backs up to the area greenway and ends in a fantastic park. But unfortunately she has also had enough time to get addicted to El.mo and learn how to play pretty efficiently with the apps on our phones and tablets. The positive side of things is that she is young enough that even small things thrill, and she has no idea that she has missed out on anything! I have caught her trying to sneak pasta to play in and begging to paint though so I think she is missing some of her sensory/art activities. Hoping I can get those unpacked and we can dig in to that soon.

I’m hoping now that we are mostly settled in here at the micro-apartment we can take advantage of the last couple weeks of lingering summer. Since we don’t technically have “back to school” I’m going with the seasonal summer here. I’m off work next weekend and I’m hoping to get her to the zoo or a splash pad for some fun. I’m also off M/T when she gets back from the beach so her and I will find something fun to do hopefully.

As I mentioned above my girls left this evening for the beach with Ashley’s parents until Sunday. It’s only 2 nights, but it’s 1 more night than I have ever spent away from Addy. We have done 1 night during holidays and short trips home to Ashley’s moms house, but two is new. I miss her terribly already.  I know she will have fun as she thoroughly loved the beach a few weeks ago and Ashley deserves the mini-vaca after the past couple weeks we’ve had. I have to work so that’s why I’m stuck at home alone. At least I got my Bailey dog!

Here photos of what we have done! Many are from our trip to the beach with my family including a children’s museum, and the rest are from area parks and fun at home!

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Moving day. We have TOO MUCH S%#T!!

So today is the big day. Movers will be here in a few hours and for the moment the house is quiet. Ashley’s gone to work and I’ve sent Addy to school for the day. I will be bringing Bailey to daycare shortly.

To say this has been a stressful weekend is an understatement. Due to summer vacation, full time work schedules and Ill admit it, procrastination, there was still SO much to do. We gained access to the apartment Thursday and much to my dismay, the apartment was even smaller than we had banked on. We knew the square footage but until you actually see it, it’s hard to know. I lived in these apartments once before, different layout and in my single life, it felt huge. Now it feels like a shoebox we’re all going to suffocate in. Cue instant panic. We can’t even fit our bedroom suite in the master as it’s an older style very bulky king size set. Our storage unit is already chock full of stuff and we have 4 days to figure this out. We called and upsized the storage unit but about 5 feet, definitely not much, but it’s all they had. We’re hoping and praying it will work out. We haven’t moved in to the storage yet, as we want the big furniture in first, the smaller boxes etc we can always weed through and throw stuff out.

Speaking of throwing stuff out. WHERE DID WE GET ALL THIS SHIT!?! Pardon my French, but I feel like our house is throwing up junk everywhere I look. We already had a yardsale and made two donation trips to the local rescue mission and STILL there is an abundance of stuff. We’re terrible about getting rid of clothes especially. We have so much stuff we have never worn. But there are also boxes upon boxes of just “stuff.” Where does it all go in 972 sq ft when we can’t fit BEDS!? However as I’m complaining about this I realize it’s a 1st world problem and a sign we are spoiled. We honestly don’t buy things that often, but once we buy, we never purge. I’m hoping the storage unit has a very large dumpster at my disposal this evening because things will be ending up there if I can’t get them to donation.

Ashley and I have taken turns having emotional breakdowns this weekend. Why did we do this!? Were we stupid to do this now?! But its TOO LATE!! Why did we procrastinate!?! She’s pregnant and emotional, I’m drained and trying to do the bulk of the moving/packing myself to not stress her body. We have a toddler who doesn’t understand why we aren’t paying attention to her and all her stuff keeps disappearing. We should have done more along.

I’m happy the movers come today. The furniture and boxes will be out of the house and I can see what junk/cleaning is left to do and how much we can fit in the apartment/storage. Once I can see what fits, I can begin the process of offloading what doesn’t. I have one more day off work and closing is Friday. This evening will be spent swapping storage units and then heading to new apartment to unpack so we have places to sleep tonight. Tomorrow I will be back at the house to meet a handyman for the remainder of the contingency repairs and do the final cleaning and making sure we have all our junk out.

Then the real fun begins, figuring out how to get all of the remaining items into the apartment and still have it be a safe place for everyone to move around. We could definitely downsize toys, but the guilt of moving her to a new place, having no more yard at all, and a smaller space to run around in, has me feeling like I can’t take anything else away from her now.

We are planning to put our bedroom suite into storage and bought just a plain metal frame for our mattresses. The upside to this apartment is for an apartment, there is an abundance of closets. They aren’t huge closets, but they will get the job done. there are two in each bedroom, two small in the hallway, and an outside storage closet, which if you’re counting makes 7 closets. Awesome.

Wish us luck that all goes smoothly and the sale finalizes Friday with no further issues and the move goes off without a hitch. Heading now to to bring the dog to the kennel then back here to prepare and finalize for the movers. Time to officially stop procrastinating and get MOVING.

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Our house sold….in THREE days!

So in June we got in touch with our old realtor and told her there was a house we really wanted to see. We weren’t sure we were ready to buy, but this particular house was a steal in the area it’s in so we wanted to look. Unfortunately because it was such a steal, it went over night and so we never got to go look. During the conversation though our realtor asked what our plans were. We said we thought we would move in the next year, no rush but we would need more space soon. She then said if we wanted to sell, now would  be the best time. She said if we waited until fall/winter to list we could be sitting on it for 6 months and struggling to get what we wanted. We talked it over and decided to go for it, if it sold quickly we could rent for a bit while we found our next home, and if it sat a while, that would be ok too. The process moved quickly so we could catch peak market. We got the house de-cluttered and cleaned top to bottom in under 3 weeks and had it on the market.

It was put online on Wednesday the 8th around 5pm and we had 3 showings Thursday and an additional showing Friday and TWO offers by Saturday. We countered once and took a great offer. We got list price with some closing cost assistance for the buyer, so overall we are pleased.

Panic ensued immediately after though since we thought we had more than 3 days to figure out where we are gonna move! We searched around to find a short term rental so we wouldn’t be stuck for a year, but they’re few and far between and VERY expensive. We managed a 10 month lease, the shortest and most affordable we could find. We will be living TIGHT. We are moving to a 2bd 1000 sq ft apartment with a new baby not the way. We’re figuring we can stay until at least tax return season and maternity leave is over, hopefully have more of a downpayment and both kids in a routine before we uproot again. We also got an exactly 30 day closing date, meaning we are now scrambling to get our house packed up and since my 6 month pregnant wife is no help with moving things, we will be hiring movers to actually move the items. I can’t say I’m not pleased to have an excuse to not do it ourselves because I hate moving!

We are able to get into the apartment a week before closing so we will spend that first weekend, introducing Addy to our new digs and moving some smaller things, including her toys over so she can see the process. Then that Monday, the movers come to do the rest. That gives me 4 days to make sure everything is out of the house and it’s cleaned up and ready for the buyer on Friday.

The upside to this move is we will now be THREE minutes from the kids school and 10 minutes from Ashley’s work. This will make mornings so much less hectic, knowing I can literally wait until I get a call to bring them if it’s a bad morning. Getting a 2 year old and a newborn out of the house will be tough enough, not feeling rushed about it will be a definite blessing. We even figure Ashley can take the baby and I can take Addy when we are ready since it’s so close. We are going to end up spoiled and are praying we can find an affordable house in the same area when we are ready, or else it’s going to be a big change when we move and have a commute again!

I’ve got a few other things to update on, but honestly things may be quiet here for a bit while I try to continue to work full time and get all our things packed up in the next 2 weeks!

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Surprise! First dentist appointment…

So this past Sunday I had to go in to work for a few hours for an inservice. Ashley was home with Addy and my inlaws were there as well. They came in town so Ashley’s dad could help us finish some house work things. Since they were in town we also planned some birthday/Father’s day things Sunday afternoon with Ashley’s family for a niece, nephew and of course the dads.
Therefore we had a mattress on our living room floor and Addy was having a blast jumping and climbing on it. She was jumping on it while I was at class and apparently lost her footing, falling forward and landing with her mouth on Ashley’s knee. She had her pacifier in, which compounded the injury and resulted in a chipped front tooth. Luckily no loose teeth or bleeding etc. She texted and asked me to call ASAP, followed by “no biggie.” What!?! I stepped out and called her and got the news. I of course was initially both furious and upset. Those are her BABY teeth!! I love her little teeth and her precious little smile. Then I realized that anger was useless and it was obviously not intentional and Ashley was already pretty upset herself. We immediately began asking around and calling dentist to ensure she didn’t need to be seen right away. It didn’t seem to be bothering her and since it was a Sunday, we were left with just waiting until Monday!

Monday I called and got her an appointment for Tuesday. They let me know on the phone that they very likely would not repair the tooth unless it was absolutely necessary. I was heartbroken because I wanted them to bond it back or fill it. I still help my hopes a little.

Tuesday we talked about the dentist and she was open to the idea of someone counting and cleaning her teeth. The dentist office was GREAT! Their waiting room was full of toys and a huge fish tank with beautiful salt water fish. Addy loved it. Then when we were called back, she walked back without hesitation! They had put a big butterfly pillow on the dental chair to make it more snug for her and she climbed right up. She allowed the hygienist to use plaque finder and then brush and check her teeth for soft spots. She was PERFECT. I was floored. She laid back and just let her work. The hygienist said her teeth looked great and there were no soft spots or issues. She did mention some plague on the front teeth and we discussed her slight resistance to us brushing them. She said she has a tight frenum, which likely makes it uncomfortable and showed us another way to brush them to avoid bumping that sensitive area. Then the dentist came in and confirmed our suspicions. It’s a baby tooth on a baby, no point in repairing it. She said it likely would break again and be a waste of money. She used a file and filed it down to make it so it wouldn’t cut her lip and left it as is. Of course we discussed the pacifier and bottom line is, it’s gotta go. It’s pushing her teeth forward and increasing her chances of bumping and breaking her teeth. She said it should have been gone at 1, not 2 like the pediatrician has said. Ugh. I have to admit, I’ve let her hang on to it partly bc I don’t want it to go. It’s the last bit of her babyhood and I love that she has something she finds that much comfort in. However, we have committed to really working on it now. We are gonna go to pacifier in the crib ONLY for a few weeks, then eliminate altogether.

As soon as we left the dentist she asked for her “baba.” I explained that the dentist said she is a big girl now and we can’t use it anymore. She needed to give them to the babies that needed them. She was initially upset and said “mommy take it!!” and cried. But she was quickly over it. She asked a few more times and each time she would talk herself down by saying she was a big girl and dentist said “no no no.”  We did great for a few hours, until I met up with Ashley and she got into Ashley’s car to head to the grocery store. She found one in her other carseat and popped it right in. Ashley took it from her, but eventually gave it back because Addy was crying so hard she was about to vomit. Once at the grocery store we got it away again and she managed to go without until bedtime. Then this morning when i pulled her out of bed I reminded her it stays in the crib now. She got very mad at me and again said “no mommy, no take it!!” But I held strong and left it in the crib. She cried for about 5 minutes or less and moved on. She asked for it one more time this am and I said it was in the crib and we couldn’t have it since it wasn’t bedtime and she moved on. It’s going to be a challenge, but I think definitely doable. I know I will miss seeing her with it though.

After the dentist we made a little trip to get frozen yogurt. Yup, sugar on those nice clean teeth….oops! But she had done SO well I couldn’t help but treat her. She had chocolate with sprinkles and loved it. We then went the playground for a bit. This particular playground has 2, 2-story high tube slides. They are BIG and scary. Last time we went she made me go down with her. Well apparently now that she is a big girl she can do it herself! She began to climb the stairs and I asked if she wanted me to go and she said “no mama, I got it.” She climbed all the way up, and then yelled down the tube “Addy coming!!” And then I heard “whee” and there she was!! I was shocked. She came down smiling and ran right back up to do it again. I swear, my baby is leaving me way too quickly!

Alas, the no baba was on the SBL, so I guess you can say we are definitely checking that one off!

This chip. At this angle it actually looks better than when you see it straight on!

This chip. At this angle it actually looks better than when you see it straight on!

You're gonna do WHAT?!

You’re gonna do WHAT?!

Hey mom, I need another pillow!

Hey mom, I need another pillow!

All clean!!

All clean!!

Her collection from the snuggle box. She took full advantage of all the lovies!

Her collection from the snuggle box. She took full advantage of all the lovies!

After dentist treat!

After dentist treat!

The two story slide!

The two story slide!

Wheeee! There she is!

Wheeee! There she is!

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Little catchup and SBL!

I haven’t written  decent update on Addy etc in a little while so I figured now is time.

On our SBL we have advancement in potty training on the list and I am happy to say she has gone pee in the potty 3 times! Since the last time she’s been refusing to sit, but we are still pleased that we have had SOME interested and progress. We’re back to using cloth diapers some at home, and hoping that will allow her to feel wet more often. They are also having her sit on the potty at school when she asks and anytime she is dry. So far just attempts at school, but I know it will come!

We also have a goal of hitting up the neighborhood pool A LOT and we are definitely doing that! We have been going several times a week. It’s been too HOT to go this week though, the water feels like bath water and is not refreshing at all.

We hit up one of the splash pads yesterday for a more refreshing attempt. She had a great time and will definitely be going back and trying some of the other ones soon. We still got in the pool some while we were there, but the splash pad was the big hit. It was a small one, but perfectly adequate for her!

Some quick Addy updates since we have a large gap between 18mo and 24 mo appts:

I swear this kid is 20 months going on 20 years old. She frequently tells me she wants “five more minutes” hand up and everything. Also “no mama, I do it” is happening a lot now and “no help you.” She is little miss independent!

She LOVES to sing. She sings frequently and is often heard marching around to one of her favorite tunes. Current faves are 5 Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle, ABC’s (sort of!), and I’m a little Teapot.

She talks up a STORM. She’s always been a talker, but I continue to be amazed when I hear thins come out of her mouth. She speaks in 3-4 word sentences typically and has no problem saying exactly what’s on her mind or what she needs. This morning I awoke to her yelling “mama? Mommy? Ashlweeee? Where are you?!” Are you kidding me? I was cracking up.

She involves her babies, Bailey and any other toy in all her activities and conversations. If something cool is happening, or she has something to eat, or even has a boo boo, baby or bear (whoever she has) must watch, look at it, or pretend to eat it too. It’s so endearing to watch her hold her her bear and say “see bear, see the book?” I know they’re inanimate objects, but this just seems like such a sweet, kind hearted gesture and I’m hoping a glimpse in to the big sister she is going to be! She also has conversations with them and asks them “how you doin?” This goes for toys, bugs, people, animals, even non-toy items! This morning she said bye to the shower and told it she would see it later!

She has some serious attitude lately too. The 2’s are in full force even though we’re still a few months away. The tantrums are actually laughable and we have to try to not let her see us giggle when she runs in a circle, arms flailing and screaming! Luckily they don’t happen much in public so we can just let them play out without disturbing anyone! She doesn’t handle no very well at all, but we’re working on it. She still responds well to “show me you’re listening” and then she will typically say “listening” and then begrudgingly do whatever she is being told to do or not do! We do timeouts very rarely, only when the behavior is harming someone (herself or us). We also have been working on setting time limits etc. She has no real concept of time, but still saying “1 more time, 1 more piece, 5 more minutes” etc seem to at least give her a forewarning that something is going to change and she handles it better, except when she says it to me after the 5 minutes is up!

On the flip side she is incredibly sweet. She tells us she “lubs” us all of the time. Bailey too. She also tells us that she misses us and offers up hugs and kisses all the time. She wants to sit in our laps and snuggle more now. She often shares her “ba ba’s” and blankets with us assuming that was comforts her would be nice for us too. If you are hurt she offers a hug and a kiss and asks if you are ok.

She loves art. She is constantly asking to paint, color, draw, etc. She also enjoys playing outside, going to the pool, and serving/preparing pretend food. She is getting into playing with duplo blocks too. She has been talking about a bike for a while, so my mom and I got her a balance bike last week. They are at 1.5 years and older. She has a love/hate relationship with it, but I think eventually she is going to LOVE it. She just has to trust herself and the bike a little more. It’s hot pink and adorable how little it is! She has a new obsession with socks too, but not on her feet, on her hands! Socks of all sizes are snatched up and she puts them on her hands and runs around as “Addy fock hands!” Sometimes she is a monster, other times it’s just for fun. She takes socks in the car, steals them off our feet, doesn’t matter, any sock is game!

She has impeccable manners which we are incredibly proud of. Nothing bothers me more than a rude child. She says please, no thank you, thank you, and yes please constantly, even when we change her diaper or wipe her nose! She says excuse me which is absolutely adorable. She also doesn’t have a shy bone in her body, so she always says Hi to everyone she meets and greets them with a smile. She gets lots of attention and compliments wherever we go on her sweetness and good behavior. She takes after me as a kid according to my mom. Willing to THROW DOWN at home, but an angel in public. I will take it.

Lastly, the school update. She was beginning to adjust to her new classroom and had started to ask to go to school again. Running to the door, leaving my side without any problems etc. Then her favorite teacher left and she never really seemed to care for the other one. Now we are back to her saying she doesn’t want to go, screaming NO when we get to the parking lot, and this morning, absolute hysteria when we arrive. It doesn’t help that our friend/director is out of town this week and that is her one regular comfort there, but it started last week when Jen was still around. I hate leaving her there knowing she isn’t comfortable. I know they take good care of her, and her friends are still there, but I think she doesn’t have attachment to any of these teachers and for a kid her age, the adults in your life are the most important things. If she isn’t comfortable with them, who does she trust to comfort her when she is hurt or sad? It breaks my heart. I’m hoping she will warm up to the new teacher just like she did with the other, but in the mean time, its rough! Luckily with the new iPad program, we can see pictures of her day when they have time to send them, and seeing her playing usually makes me feel better!

All her teeth except 2 year molars are finally in. She is wearing 18-24 months clothing and size 5.5-6 shoe depending on brand. Her hair is halfway down her back so she is usually sporting a pony tail or 2 half pony tails. ( My signature look as a tot!).

Here’s some pictures of our summer fun so far!

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Wagon rides are a summer favorite

Wagon rides are a summer favorite

Playing outside at school

Playing outside at school

This girl is always getting creative with the sopping cart.

This girl is always getting creative with the sopping cart.

Shaving cream, a slide and a pool=FUN!

Shaving cream, a slide and a pool=FUN!

Added the tarp for even more slipper fun!

Added the tarp for even more slipper fun!

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Playing with cloud dough!

Playing with cloud dough!

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Whoa!

Whoa!

Splash pad fun

Splash pad fun

Getting ready for water day at school!

Getting ready for water day at school!

Queen of the cart!

Queen of the cart!

Pretzel break at the mall

Pretzel break at the mall

Climbing hills

Climbing hills

Exploring on one of our daily walks around the block.

Exploring on one of our daily walks around the block.

Painting with squid!

Painting with squid!

Being silly in the cart

Being silly in the cart

Drying off!

Drying off!

She wanted to have a "picnic"

She wanted to have a “picnic”

Children's museum fun!

Children’s museum fun!

Cousins came to visit for a couple days!

Cousins came to visit for a couple days!

Addy sock hands!

Addy sock hands!

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