Sleepy Mommies

Hey Sleepy Mommies. and Sleepy Daddies.

(Yawwwnnnn)

Can any one of you tell me when we can expect to sleep thru the night again?

I thought baby girl was doing so good. I’ve actually never had issues with her sleeping or staying asleep thru the night…

But now when it comes time for bed, one of us has to stay in the room til she is fast asleep. I mean like passed out sleeping. If you so much as tip toe out when the deep breathing starts (but she’s not actually asleep) she is quick to remind you that your job is not over, you need to lay back down and she does this quite effectively by crying out for whoever is on sleep patrol that night. I’m not complaining, I don’t mind staying in her room til she falls asleep, but on some nights (like Sunday) I spent over an hour laying on the floor while she just looked around the room, sleep no where in sight ! I left, I told her I was coming right back (lies) and I thought she would quiet herself enough to fall asleep on her own.

It didn’t. She opened her door and came out crying for me to lay down with her. That’s not even my biggest issue though. It’s that she doesn’t stay asleep thru the night.

Ever since we took the bar off her crib, and made it more into a daybed, she has the ability to climb out by herself in the morning. But she has taken it upon herself to climb out in the earlyyy morning, and try to get in mommy & daddy’s bed. It’s generally between 1-4 am that it happens and we are so tired we just let her.

Butttttt babygirl is a wild sleeper ! She tosses and turns, lays her hands and feet all over the place and sometimes rolls on top of you. It doesn’t make for very restful sleep, let me tell you. She sometimes finds it most comfortable to roll around til she is perfectly  perpendicular. That means we pushed to both ends of the bed and her feet are in someone’s stomach, and her beautiful big head in another’s.

Last night D took her back to her room for the first time. She went down easily but a few hours later she was back in our room and calling for me.(Probably calling for me and not for daddy cause he made her sleep in her bed hahahahaha)

Hopefully she will remember that she likes a full nights rest soon and stay in her own bed thru the night!

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Traveling with Toddlers!

This past weekend was the Fourth of July.

What a fun holiday to celebrate right? Food, family, fireworks!

We spent our holiday with Ds family in Chicago. Which meant we had to get on a plane with a two year old…

Traveling with a two year old requires a lot of patience, snacks and pre planning in my opinion lol.

First you should make sure your airline allows a two year old to be a lap baby or else you will end at the check in counter trying to catch your flight only to find out you need to buy another ticket on an almost full flight of a holiday weekend. Yeah that happened.

Also I bought the cutest Doc McStuffins mini bookbag, so she could feel like a big girl with her own bag. I put a few coloring books, crayons, some reading books and two dolls in it. I thought it would be great to keep her busy while on the plane and while away from all her usual toys but I didn’t anticipate her wanting to open it at every moment while we were at the airport. She was so excited to have it and wear it though, I don’t blame her.

(This is the bag. got it from target for like $12? They had a few other mini bookbags; HelloKitty, a monkey, a bear. I thought about looking for a leash/bag but D said he wouldn’t talk to me if i got her one hahahahaha)

(This is her wearing it at home the day i bought it. Obviously I need to rethink where I leave things because i didn’t intend for her to see it til we were at the airport 🙂 )

We ended up having to wait at the gate, while on the plane before taking off, and after landing on the runway. This meant a lot of wait time which equates to hungry bellies. Thank God for goldfish. And granola bars. And beef jerky sticks.

She actually did really well on the plane all things considered. And having our umbrella stroller with us was awesome. We left it right before we got on the plane and they give it to you right after you land.

Other than that we had a great weekend.

A lot of D’s family hadn’t had the chance to meet baby girl yet so they were besides themselves with her personality and vocabulary and facial expressions. And she was loving every minute of the attention, all of the kisses, and a break from a regular routine (which meant staying way up past bedtime).

When we finally came back home she slept a good 12 hours! Poor thing was exhausted from all the festivities!

(This is a picture i took while in Chicago. I don’t know if you can tell but the pink truck says “Cupcake Gangsters.”  We thought it was funny)  
I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Teaching by doing

one of babygirl’s presents this year was a big one.

i was contemplating getting it for her for this past christmas but decided to wait, and im glad i did.

i looked at a few for her birthday and found one i liked, i saved it to my favorites so i could find it easier when i was ready to actually purchase it. but when i was ready it wasn’t saved as i thought, so i searched “pretend play kitchen” and went thru the pages of results to find the one i liked again.

but before i found the one i had my eyes set on, i found this beautiful kitchen. it had a backsplash, and a chalkboard on the fridge and was made of wood. the knobs made the click sound when you turn them and there was plenty of space to put things away in the “stove” or “dishwasher” or even to hang on the knobs about the “burners”. don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about the plastic ones that everyone is used to, but this one, it was perfect. it had the look of a good sturdy toy, and the appearance of an updated kitchen i wish i had for myself. yeah it was going to cost a little more but if it would last a long time and make my princess happy, it would be money well spent.

we put it together the night before the party and it did take some time. i’d say no less than 3 hours with all of the pieces and hardware, but the resulting piece was impressive. we hid it in our closet to reveal to her after the party ended. we covered it with a sheet and brought it out to her to reveal for herself. she pulled the sheet off and omg her little face was priceless. she IMMEDIATELY ran over to open all the doors and see and touch everything. she wasted no time in calling over her friend so she could come play house with her. it made my heart melt. one of her other birthday gifts was a basket of pretend food that went perfectly with the kitchen and she knew exactly what to do with it all! She took the broccoli and put it under the “faucet” and washed the greens before placing them in the fridge. It was the cutest thing ever!
And it reminded me that she is really learning by watching what i do. I am teaching her by just doing what i do everyday! It may seem small and insignificant that she “washed the food” but it goes to show how much they take note and emulate what we do. It is why I always try to be a better woman, so she will learn too.

Something that my mom said to me, this past weekend, was that I always try to do so much for my daughter. That even when i am exhausted I still keep going to make things as good as i can for mini, including everything i did to make her party “perfect.” And that made me smile because hopefully mini notices too, hopefully she sees how much i love her and how much i would do and will always do. i hope that she sees how much i try to be better for her and i hope she will emulate that too…

Fairy Fun: Birthday Edition!

we had a blast this past weekend. and i am now officially the mother of a TWO year old; wish me luck as we embark upon the times of terrible twoness and potty training!

but back to party talk: it was a blast! i felt so blessed to be surrounded by people we love, to celebrate our mini. we really had a great time, and all of my party planning and decoration making turned out beautifully ! (does that sound like im tooting my own horn? i just was really pleased with the way everything turned out, and everyone kept commenting how amazed they were with the look of everything and how much of it i made myself)

and the food… it was great! i made a lot of it and i am tired from everything but for that little princess i would do it all over again to see her face light up the way it did. every time she saw some new decoration her little eyes would open wide and she would say “woww” “loook” “want to touch.” ❤

so what did we eat? for a little over 30 people (omg we really fit that many people in our house comfortably) we had:

6 boxes of pizza

10 lbs of chicken wings (that i seasoned in two diff flavors)

2 boxes of quiches (48+72= 120 little quiches!)

a veggie platter (w/ ranch & hummus dip)

a fruit platter

chips & artichoke dip (courtesy of my grandma 🙂 )

white sangria (with strawberries & peaches )

red sangria (with apples and oranges)

mushroom meringues

flower sugar cookies

“2” sugar cookies that i packaged to go

and cupcakes. lots of cupcakes. (carrot, white chocolate raspberry & cookies n cream)

i couldn’t get a shot of the whole food table because a lot of it disappeared before i got a chance 🙂

here’s a part of the dessert table before the food. look at this awesome piece of real tree! its beautiful and was what the cupcakes rested on.

more of the dessert table before the food. i used moss to create the wood/forest theme, and had a whole bunch of other tinkerbell stuff that i added because i believe that the little things really add a big value. 

   here’s a shot of the whole dessert table.  check out my fake log ! 😀           mini cupcakes for the kids !   on the left: fireflies in a jar next to the mushroom meringues! so many people thought these were real mushrooms lol!                                            

and of course: my little fairy 🙂

for her friends i made up little tinkerbell gift bags that had a:

butterfly wand glowstick (or baton for the boys)

tinkerbell bubble thing

tinkerbell candy

fun swirly straw

tink pencil

and one of those suction balls cause they are cool

i printed out tinkerbell coloring pages but really they just played with each other and the balloons and whatever toys that could reach. and thankfully their considerate parents helped put the toys away for me !

Tired

i get off of work so excited to see the light!

after being inside an office during the most enjoyable parts of the day, i am so elated to pick my princess up and see her beautiful shining face!

and i think of the list of things i will accomplish as soon as i get home. sometimes i even write them down on a notepad, so i can feel good about doing them and cross them off as my prize. my list today includes things like find the papers i need to file my taxes, looking into building a website for my  budding side business, finish the laundry so i can have clean dish towels again, get a quick home workout in since I’ve been in a long work training all week and haven’t had time to go to the gym, and get myself ready for tomorrow. oh yeah make sure i eat something for dinner too.

and then i look around my house and i see what a mess it is. dolls are all over my family room floor covered in blankets and the remaining dish towels (because they are sleepy and going “night night”), i have broken crayons all the way from my bathroom to the kitchen, and various other house items strewed in along the way as well :batteries, cards my little one has colored on, pieces of mail she’s retracted from the counters, shoes, a couch throw, and box of things i need to donate to Goodwill.

i can’t find my fuzzy house shoes cause little miss has decided she likes to try and walk in them, and all she can think about when she walks thru the door is crackers and juice. i know she’s hungry so i try to fix her dinner which thankfully i had already prepared last night. pasta with meat sauce. she doesn’t want it. she wants an apple (which is really an orange) only she just wants to play with it. and now its on the floor, if i had known that i wouldn’t have taken the time to peel it so carefully and remove all the little stringy white things. and she wants her elmo books. but i want her to eat her dinner. she doesn’t want it. i take bites to show her its yummy and maybe she will get jealous that I’m eating her food  with her spoon. she doesn’t bite the bait.

i try to warm up some chicken, she’s a big fan of chicken especially fried chicken, like tenders. but she doesn’t want this chicken. i just want her to eat some dinner. i’m getting tired and frustrated, she’s whining, and i haven’t started on any of my list. she’s not eating anyway so i do some laundry. i walk thru the kitchen and try to find something else she will eat, i tell her ill send her to her bed hungry since she’s being bratty but my heart doesn’t mean that. she sees me pull the bag from the freezer and she shouts “pancakes pancakes !” i smile, I’ve been waiting for her to eat something.

after i bathe her, wash her hair and detangle it, i sit on the couch and i am tired. i eat her pasta for dinner. i can’t find all of the tax papers i was looking for, i don’t feel like moving the laundry over, and do a couple sets of squats to try and keep myself motivated. i catch a toe cramp doing jump squats which is like a sign to me that I shouldn’t push myself. i am tired. i’ve accomplished a lot i tell myself, because its true. so i don’t have the same motivation when i got home that i had while on the way home, my baby girl is fed and clean and smiled and gave me kisses, and a headache, but she told me she loved me and looking at her beautiful face is all that matters to me anyway.

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Baby email

I think, I’m going to sign my baby girl up for an email… Don’t call me crazy, there is a method to my madness. I know she’s advanced and seems to be good with technology as young as she is, but I’m not trying to get extra coupons or dropbox storage space I swear! With this email I want to do something special for her.
First, I want to get her a good one while I can ! (I remember when I was trying to get a “professional” email address it seemed all variations of my name were taken which was annoying.)
But really I want to do it so I can write to her. What started out as a blog about her and my pregnancy has evolved into a fun place to tell you about what’s going on in our lives. It’s a place where I show you pictures, and recipes, and share stories about little things that happen, (ok I need to get back on this part but I have been really busy!) But really I want to capture our moments in words and be able to give them to her for when she’s old enough to remember and understand how much mommy and daddy and all her family love her. I want her to look back on all the funny, cute things she did and have her own scrapbook of memories and pictures that I will secretly keep for her. I want to write her stories, that she can go back and read later on and see how much she really means to me, excuse me while I grab a tissue to wipe my eyes right now. 🙂

moments like these

this picture really puts into perspective the way you prioritize your time. everyone is so caught up trying to get this done, trying to get that done, crossing off all the to-dos from the list and trying to get that overtime in at work to look good for your boss. but if you have kids, spending time with them is so important.  interacting with them and really being a part of their development is the most important thing you can do.

i try to remember that when i get home and i’m tired but baby girl isn’t. i try to remember that when she’s spilled her spaghetti all over the floor, on purpose, and has made me upset that i now need to clean pasta sauce out of the tile grout. i try to remember that when she takes all the dvds off the shelf and has spread them all across the living room floor. i try to remember that even when she ripped the newspaper to shreds because she thought it was funny.

i really do love every minute i spend with her, and wish that i was able to spend more of my day with her. but bills. and errands. even when she makes me frustrated i adore her little face and try to hug her and kiss her as much as i can, because she’s mine and i love her and she’s perfect even if she is throwing a tantrum because she wants more cookies. i cherish every single moment i have with her because i am here to witness the beautiful growing girl that she is…

 

 

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lasting effects

so a couple of weeks ago i noticed one of my nail beds looking a little weird. it was right at the cuticle, and it was kind of soft and seemed to be peeling. didn’t think much of it… til i started noticing my other nails doing the same. i told D about it and his toe was undergoing the same peeling.

he, on the other hand, recalled hurting that particular toe this summer and knew that the damage from that incident was causing this nail bed damage. i could not recall an injury affecting most of my fingers and my big toe. i was starting to get a little worried and i looked it up online, as i do with everything. i got results like nail fungus, nail bed damage from some type of blunt force trauma, other random causes that just didn’t really apply to me…

and then D was like “hey, what if its part of that hand rash thing you had?” i looked that up and found that a lot of adults that experienced hand, foot and mouth disease, also experienced this weird nail bed damage which caused their nails to start peeling off from the cuticle. booooooooo. but yeah for figuring out why it was happening anyway.

it kind of sucks, some of the nails are peeling more than others and I’ve been trying to buff and file them down to be flatter, and then paint them so the peeling sharp edges don’t catch on things.. but its not working out as smoothly as i anticipated. i’ve cut all my nails down to pretty short length cause the more advanced stage peeling nails also hurt when you press them too hard. i can see there’s another nail growing underneath but the top damaged nail isn’t quite ready to go yet so i’ll just sit and wait with my short nails for now. in the meantime it has required me to keep my nails consistently freshly painted, which is kind of nice. 🙂

in case you were wondering what they looked like? see below. if not look away LOOK AWAY !

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not pictured are my thumbs, and my big toe which are also suffering from this stuff. but like i said, at least it makes me keep them freshly painted which makes me feel kind of fancy lol.