Monday, September 29, 2008

Trip to the Zoo

Bryan had to work again yesterday, so I met my mom and two aunts at the zoo. As usual, Brady was thrilled to be going anywhere out of the ordinary, and Drew didn't know what he was in for - frankly, he was just happy to put his shoes on and know that he wasn't getting left behind! Both boys did very well... Drew held onto Grandma's hand most of the time and didn't really have any meltdowns - pretty good considering we were there well into his usual naptime. By the end, he was even warming up to Aunt Jean and Aunt Joyce and let them lead him around a little bit, too. Of course, Brady's main concern was whether or not we would go to the gift shop - typical Brady! Grandma assured him that we would, so at least I didn't have to field that question the entire time we were there.

I added some pics below - more to come when I send out my album at the end of the month (or whenever it is that I find the time!).
Checking out the meerkats - this was the first time Drew had been to the zoo since he's really starting talking, so it was fun to see his reactions to all the animals.
The little prairie dog in front was so cute. I waited to try to get both boys popping up, but apparently Drew wasn't too keen on the idea...
Sharing some cotton candy with Aunt Joyce and Aunt Jean. Drew didn't want any part of it - even after I brushed it across his lips to let him know it was full of sugar! Why we were all trying to get him to eat it I'm not sure! I should be happy he doesn't jump all over sweets the way that Brady does... now, if it appeared to have chocolate in it, that would have been a different story. I asked for a picture with me and Mallory - to prove she was in fact there with us!
Enjoying the train ride - esp. the breeze that went along with it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some cute pics

Karen and Brooke came over last week, and Brooke kept asking to hold Mallory. She let Karen hold Mallory long enough to feed her, so I was impressed. Then, it was her turn to hold her - which didn't last nearly as long!
Attempting to get a good picture of our lil 'ags...
Mallory enjoys her bathtime - as long as she's not hungry at the time!
Daddy insists Mallory is crying because she doesn't like the headband. Mommy doesn't agree - or is it doesn't care?? Her head's too small to wear it anyway...
Sleepy girl - this is after I pulled her out of the swing, unwrapped her from the blanket, and set her down on the changing table.

10 years

As I mentioned in my profile, Bryan and I are celebrating our ten year anniversary next month. We've just briefly talked about gifts and how we should celebrate. Bryan mentioned that White Christmas would be at the Hobby Center sometime in the near future - he knows I love a good musical. I told him that I'd rather go see Metallica :) Doesn't that sound like a great way to celebrate??

Monday, September 22, 2008

Back to Normal

I am so ready to get back to a routine!! I was hoping that school would start sometime this week, but that's not going to happen. Maybe Monday if I'm lucky... With the summer, Mallory's birth, and the hurricane, it's been a LONG time since I've had any real routine. It's nice occasionally to step outside of that, but it gets old pretty quick! Especially with how early Brady (and sometimes Drew) gets up in the morning... today he and Drew were up at 5:30 a.m. I know this because I put Mallory back in her crib at 4:30 a.m., only to lay in bed and not be able to go back to sleep until almost 6. Of course, by that time, she needed to eat again in less than an hour. This was not the start of the day I was hoping for! I knew it would be easiest to get out of the house while it was getting cleaned, but wasn't sure how it would go since I really haven't ventured out with all three kids on my own before. Thankfully, Mallory was kind and sleep in her car seat while the boys and I ate lunch and shopped at Target. We found some things to put on their xmas wish lists, and Brady found something he wanted to buy with his allowance. So, everyone was happy for the time being! By some miracle, all three of them took a nap at the same time this afternoon, and I finished up the rest of Mallory's announcements. I guess it wasn't such a bad day after all...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One month old

Mallory was one month old on the 16th. On one hand, it's hard to believe it's been a month already! On the other, it's hard to remember what it was like before her. With all this hurricane stuff, we've been glad that she decided to come earlier than expected...

If you can't tell from the picture, she is definitely filling out and loves to eat. I'm pretty convinced she would eat 4 oz. of formula every two hours if I let her - which is definitely too much! It's not unusual for her to stay awake an hour and a half or two hours after a few feedings a day. Of course, she still doesn't do much, but I think she will be smiling pretty soon because she laughs and smiles quite a bit when she's sleeping. She sometimes has one stretch of 4-5 hours between feedings, but normally eats every three. And, that longer stretch doesn't necessarily come at night as we would like! But, she's still sleeping some in the crib and sleeps well in the swing, so we are definitely better off than we were with the boys at this age... Not that she doesn't like to sleep with Mommy or Daddy on the couch or recliner, too! She wants to take the pacifier but still hasn't quite gotten the hang on it. Drew was the same way, and really didn't figure out how to keep it in his mouth until he was about three months old.

Both of her brothers are still happy she's around, so Mommy and Daddy are happy about that. Mommy will be even happier once school starts back up and she has a little more time to enjoy Mallory on her own.

Hurricane pics

Grandma had cookie dough ready to bake for when we arrived...
Getting ready to cheer on Grandpa's Green Bay Packers... we were lucky enough to already have electricity back by then.
Grandpa Dinkel celebrated his birthday the day we left to come home. Unfortunately, none of us had done any birthday shopping before the evacuation! Brady did make him a nice card, though, and we found a cake at a Baskin Robbins that was open a few days after the storm.
I obviously didn't put these pics in order - this is Brady helping Grandpa get ready for the hurricane.
And here is Drew helping with the clean-up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Heading Home

We got our power back last night at the house, so we are heading home this afternoon. It looks like Bryan will have to go back to work Thursday at the earliest - the refinery still doesn't have power, so we'll see what happens with that.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Another hurricane update...

We are still at Bryan's parents' house, and are not supposed to return to League City until Monday at the earliest. We are very fortunate in many ways - one is that we got our electricity back last night. Also, our friends in the neighborhood were able to take a look at our house and didn't see any signs of damage, other than a few missing shingles. They do not have power yet, so I don't see myself and the kids returning until we know the power is back on there. The school district has cancelled school all week, so I assume Brady and Drew won't have school either. There is some flooding in the area this morning, but it sounds like it is from the rain this morning, rather than the hurricane. We haven't heard of any damage to the refinery where Bryan works, and things are still up in the air as far as when he will go back.

The best way to reach us is to email either myself or Bryan or text us on our cell phones. It's still spotty when it comes to making or receiving a call on them.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Update

We made it to Bryans' parents yesterday morning - it took us about an hour and a half, not too much longer than the usual hour or so. Bryan got the windows boarded up, and I packed a few precious things - mainly my kids and my scrapbooks! Bryan and his dad are working on the windows here this morning, considering the way the hurricane seems to be headed our way. Brady seems pretty excited about the prospect of the hurricane and losing power. Little does he know how quickly he will tire of that... Mommy and Daddy will also tire quickly of trying to entertain him, I'm sure. As usual, Drew is oblivious, and Mallory doesn't care as long as someone feeds her!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Brady's preschool will be closed Thursday and Friday, and Bryan has been released from work until Monday. So, it looks like we will pack up and head over to his parents' house, which is on the NW side of Houston. Brady has his first soccer practice tonight, so the plan right now is to leave in the morning - mainly to avoid the traffic, if possible. Hopefully this is all for nothing and we will be back shortly!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Halloween Preview

The boys' halloween costumes came in the mail today. I knew Brady would be excited, but I was quite surprised at how excited Drew was, too! I really didn't think there was any chance that he would wear the Robin eyepiece, so I was a thrilled to see how happy he was with it. He was even interested in trying on Brady's headpiece, which was hilarious because he took off running around the house shouting, "bat! bat!" (which is his version of batman).
Brady was kind enough to let Drew try his on, and took the opportunity to try the Robin one on, too.
I wish Drew would come up with some other facial expression when he says "cheese" - this one is not cute!

One of THOSE days...

I thought today would be a relaxing day around the house. Julie was going to take Brady to school and bring him home, since she is now teaching in one of the rooms at Brady's school.

I guess I should have known what type of day it would be when I got up with Mallory at 3:15 a.m. Most times, she will eat and pretty much go back to sleep. Not today, though! I was up with her until 6:00 a.m. She wasn't wide awake, just wouldn't go back to sleep enough to be put in her crib... When she got up again at 7:00 a.m., I opted to sit with her in the recliner after I got her back asleep for the twentieth (or so) time. Not surprisingly, I fell asleep and woke back up at 7:55. No problem, I thought. I just have to make Brady's lunch and make sure he gets dressed. However, when I went into the kitchen I noticed that there was a message on the answering machine. Guess who? Julie saying that Zack is sick, so I will need to take Brady to school. Needless to say, having enough time to get Brady ready is NOT enough time to get Drew dressed and fed, myself dressed, and Mallory fed. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate to be late, even for a good reason, so I was rushing around trying to do a million things at once.

I got Brady off to school and came home - Drew was plesant enough, but Mallory was pretty fussy this morning, and the few times I was able to put her down didn't last long. Then, she proceeded to spit up most of one of her bottles down the front of my shirt...literally. Her mouth must have been perfectly positioned over the opening at the neck and I could feel it running down my chest... so disgusting!

Thankfully, the rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We'll see how she does tonight!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Some cute pics

Mallory is still doing well... sometimes she will stay awake for an hour or two after a feeding, and sometimes she falls right back to sleep.
Bryan and I agree that she definitely looks more like Drew as a baby than Brady. I can see the resemblance between Drew and I in this picture... exact same nose, if nothing else!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Drew's first day of school

Drew really had no idea what he was in for today... but he was excited to take his new backpack! He was happy to go into his classroom with me and sit down with the toys. But, when I told him I was going to leave, he grabbed my hand right away and said no. I tried to get up but he stuck with me, so I handed him off to the teacher closest to the door. As I handed him off, she said "Run!", and I did. He was crying when I came to pick him up, but I figure that was because other Mommies were already there and he hadn't seen me yet. His teacher said he did ok - was happy for short periods of time, but would then get upset again, esp. when some of the other kids were crying. I tell you one thing - you couldn't pay me enough to be one of those teachers! When I dropped him off this morning, at least three kids were wailing and one was throwing up in the corner. God bless 'em!
Why is he standing like that you ask?? Because I was behind Bryan playing peek-a-boo to get a good smile, and apparently he was imitating me.
This pic cracks me up... I told Brady to put his arm around Drew. Drew wanted no part of that, and tripped himself in his eagerness to get away!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First day of preschool

Brady was looking forward to his first day, so dropping him off this morning was not a problem. This is what I learned when I picked him up (without asking any questions):
1. If you get 5 greens (5 days of good behavior), then you get to pick a prize from the treasure chest. This is the first thing he told me as we were leaving his room.
2. He has his own square to sit on, and it happens to be next to his friend Seamus (who was in his class last year).
3. He felt that he needed some rest time once we got home from school. His plan was to lay down on the couch and get some "peace and quiet" since he hadn't had any today yet... he asked me at least three times to make sure that Drew left him alone once we got home.

It was a good trip picking him up because Mallory slept the whole time - what did become obvious is that I need to get familiar with all our baby "stuff" again, i.e. putting her in the carrier, putting the carrier in the stroller, using the sun shade on the stroller, etc. If you're out of practice, everything takes longer! Plus, Drew insisted he help push the stroller inside to get Brady. Anyone that has a 2 year old knows how "helpful" this really is!!

We made it home around 2:30, and Bryan got home about 6:00.... it seemed like much longer! I may have to rethink my plan of Brady not taking a nap after school. Drew and Mallory had a competition on who could cry the longest and/or loudest. I think Drew won, but by a small margin. He is just starting to understand that Mommy can't get up immediately to get what he wants... not that I did before, but it's magnified with the baby. I handled the afternoon pretty well ( in my opinion) and think my blood pressure is probably back to normal. Good thing I'm still "taking it easy" after the c-section.

Tomorrow is Drew's first day, so we'll see how that goes!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day

I would like everyone to know the reason the hurricane is not coming our way is because Bryan and his dad spent the majority of the day yesterday cutting plywood for our windows... the wood has only been in our garage since last hurricane season, so I guess it was about time! Grandma also came over and spent some time with Mallory and the boys. She tried her best to keep them quiet the few times I almost nodded off in my chair, but to no avail. Honestly, I'm not that fond of naps, although I'm sure I could use one. But it seems like I wake up worse off and then have trouble sleeping later that night. Anyway, Bryan got to sleep in this morning, and then I layed down on the bed and fell asleep for another two hours after he got up. I've been sleeping in the recliner since I had the c-section, so maybe I am finally ready to try the bed again. I've woken up with a headache the last two days and am wondering if it's because I'm done taking vicodin... my doctor gave me another prescription, but I was going to try to just take the motrin and see how I was feeling. So far, so good. Mostly I'm just tired of not being back to my normal self and being cooped up in the house all day!

Tomorrow is Brady's first day of school, so I'm excited about that. It looks like Bryan will take the morning off, which will allow me to take him to school by myself - sounds good to me, because I'm a little afraid of what Drew's reaction will be when Brady gets dropped off and he doesn't!