Saturday, January 31, 2009

Paci update

Drew did really well last night. He asked for his pacis MANY times during the day, but by bedtime it wasn't too much of an issue anymore. When Bryan put him to bed, he didn't even ask for them. A few minutes later I heard him whining a little bit, but it was short-lived. He slept through the night and hasn't asked for them at all today. Mallory, on the other hand, had another bad night, so hopefully we are due for a much better one tonight! Bryan is actually planning to camp out with the boys in the backyard tonight, so it should be interesting to see how that goes...

Squash

Hmm... let's see what I think about this squash stuff.


Well, it's definitely better than that cereal they've been trying to feed me!

Friday, January 30, 2009

A Tale of Two Criers

Drew and Mallory had a contest last night for who could cry the hardest and longest... hard to say who won. They both cried themselves to sleep, but at different times. Drew was distraught because he gave up his pacis yesterday afternoon, but probably didn't quite understand the reality of it. Brady negotiated him a pretty good deal - all his pacis in the trash can in exchange for a cookie and a sucker. We've been talking to him about this for the last week or so, and he agreed to do it last night without any complaint (at the time!) So, when it came to bedtime, he cried and cried and said over and over, "I want my paci, I want my paci!" I felt really bad for him and did go in his room several times to pat his back and tell him it was ok. He fell asleep after 45 minutes or so. My real fear was him waking up in the middle of the night and wanting it, but that didn't happen. He did get up early, though - around 5:45 a.m. He was also asking for it this morning, even though Brady and I reminded him a million times where the pacis were. We even looked in the trash can to prove to him that they were gone! Hopefully tonight won't be quite as traumatic... as usual, I won't hold my breath on that one.

Here is a pic of him with his goodies - I think he was very proud of himself for throwing them away on his own.


It was another long night with Mallory, too. She cried almost as long as Drew did when I put her down - they were both in their cribs wailing away (it felt like a Calgon moment to me!). I'm not sure what her problem was because I put her down asleep and normally it's not an issue until she wakes up in the middle of the night. But, last night she was having no part of going back to sleep, so I finally picked her up around 10 p.m. After she was sleeping soundly, I put her back in the crib around 10:30, and she made it until 4:30 a.m. I'm so sick of having to let her cry! She cried until 6 a.m., when I finally went in to get her and made her a bottle. She ate, and then fell back asleep until it was time for us to leave the house. She had 3 pretty good nights in a row, so it's very frustrating to be back at this again! She's been fairly erratic during the day, though - sometimes she can take a good nap in the afternoon without interruption, and then some days she gets up several times. I'm just holding onto the fact that Drew didn't get catch on overnight, either. Frankly, I don't know what else to do, anyway. I was teary-eyed myself this morning - of course, having been up since 4:30 didn't help. But, it's clearly starting to get to me so I hope she figures it out soon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oscars

Kelly and I have seen two Oscar-worthy movies so far - Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I didn't have high hopes for either. I knew little to nothing going in to Slumdog Millionaire, and even though I'd seen the preview for Benjamin Button like 50 times, I wasn't that gung-ho about seeing it. Having Brad Pitt helps, but it was mainly all the buzz it was getting that convinced me to see it. Anyway, both movies were great!! Slumdog Millionaire actually had a good ending. You need a stash of tissues to see Benjamin Button (and a big bladder, considering it's 15 min. shy of 3 hours long), but it is well worth it. Next week, we have our choice of Revolutionary Road, Frost/Nixon, and The Wrestler. I don't have high expectations for any of those either, esp. since the two we've seen already were so good!! Either way, I enjoy seeing what all the fuss is about and deciding for myself whether the movies and performances are worth all the accolades.

Mr. Stubborn

Who did you think this post was going to be about?? Drew! He's definitely showing his age these days. His teachers put it this way - they said, "His personality is definitely starting to come out - it's fun!" Every day when I pick him up from school, he expects a sucker. The teachers hand them out to the kids if they have a good day, so he, of course, always expects it. Today there wasn't one in his cubby, so I asked. When his teacher went to give him one, I reminded him to say thank you. Little stinker wouldn't do it! We literally sat there for five minutes trying to coax it out of him, knowing he would throw a fit once we left if he didn't get it. Finally, he gave in.

Last night was a different story. He stayed at the dinner table for a good half hour, if not forty-five minutes because he wouldn't eat his apple (the same kind of apple he's been eating for the past three months or so). Finally, Bryan got him down and put him straight into the bath. We told him he would be going to bed afterwards if he wouldn't take a bite. Yes - that's right - ONE bite! Rather than take one bite of apple, he chose to go to bed an hour early! Needless to say, I knew he wasn't going to finish his apple, but I didn't think one bite was asking too much...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sleepy girl ?!?


We were doing so well... I had hoped we were forming a routine. Last week, for four days in a row, she did pretty much the same thing for napping - 1-2 catnaps early in the day, then a long nap in the afternoon. But, Friday she decided to change her strategy. She was up from 2 p.m. until bedtime (about 8:30 p.m.). Saturday was the same. As I posted earlier, she slept through the night on Wednesday and kept up with that until last night. I got very little sleep because I had a hard time going to sleep, and then she was up from 3-5 a.m. She still got up at 7 a.m., and by 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, had slept about an hour all day. I got her down for a nap around 2:45 p.m., so we'll see what she does the rest of today and tonight! I guess it's good that I wasn't expecting this to go smoothly just yet...

New pages

Stayed up way too late on Friday working on these... I got the two Halloween ones finished, and then finished up the Cars layout yesterday. I was proud of myself for staying simple on the ones with Tasha's pics - I really didn't want to take away from them. I was also proud that I didn't spend way too much time on any of them. I guess the more kids I have, the more I realize I don't have the kind of time I would like to work on my layouts! This is one of the reasons I really want to learn how it do scrapbooking digitally. That gives you the freedom to work on a layout on the computer without dragging all of your stuff out. Then, if you want, you can always go back and add more after you've printed it out to give it some dimension.









Playdough

I think yesterday was the first time Drew has actually sat down and played with playdough. Bryan was remarking later how much he hated playdough as he was picking up the pieces off the floor...LOL. However, Brady sat at the table for almost 3 hours playing with it, so I can't see any reason to complain!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sleep update

Mallory slept through the night last night... needless to say, I was thrilled but I'm not holding my breath that this is a permanent change yet. Seems like it's normally three steps forward and one step back with my babies! I caught her sucking her thumb 3-4 times today, so I wonder if she's going to take to that instead of the paci. Guess we'll see!

Mallory's Scrapbook

This is what I've been working on getting current... I have not done anything with my scrapbooks of the whole family since the summer, so I have a TON to do! I'm hoping to pull my stuff out this weekend, and I'll probably have to leave it out a couple months to get close to catching up.
















Wednesday, January 21, 2009

To sleep or not to sleep...

I've been letting Mallory cry herself to sleep for four nights now. It's been rough and very traumatic (for me and Mallory, at least!), so I've been hesitant to post anything and jinx any progress we've made. The first night I hadn't planned on it, but she kept getting up so many times that it seemed like we should go ahead and do it. After Bryan had been in there somewhere around 10 times, I let her cry for about 45 minutes before she fell asleep. The second night it was 2 hours, the next night around 1 hour, and last night she only woke up twice briefly - I would say less than 15 minutes of crying the first time, and not even five the second. However, I was just looking back at Drew's scrapbook yesterday and here's what I wrote in month eight - "We're letting Drew cry himself back to sleep at night. It seemed like he caught on pretty quickly, but we've had many setbacks." So, I'm not too confident that I'm on easy street with Mallory yet! The good news is that the next month, I wrote that he was indeed sleeping through the night, so I know things will smooth out eventually... As with my other two, it's torture while she is actually crying, but the next day she's as happy as can be, so I know it's more traumatic for me than for her!

Weight Watchers

Went back to weight watchers today... I became a lifetime member after losing 25-30 pounds when Brady was a baby. Then, I went back after I had Drew and had to take off around 22 lb. to fit back into my clothes again. Unfortunately, I knew this time would be no different! I decided to give myself the holidays and that I would go back once Bryan's work schedule went back to normal. So, today was the day. I'm right in the same spot as last time. Ideally, I would like to lose 23 - but at about 15, I should be able to fit into almost all my old clothes. After I lose 11, I will be within two pounds of my "goal weight" (which is the number I set, but not my actual ideal goal), so it will be free for me to attend the meetings - therefore, that's what I'm working towards for now!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New shoes

I was wandering around Old Navy and happened upon these... love them! I can only hope they will stay on her feet.

Dinner


Mallory tried cereal for the first time today. She did about as I expected - not terribly interested, but didn't mind it either. Drew was awful with baby food at first - always pushing his tongue out so I couldn't get the spoon in, so this was a definite improvement over that!
On a different note, Drew apparently had too much food in his mouth at dinner tonight and proceeded to throw up on his plate... lovely! However, apparently this didn't upset him too much because literally two seconds later the first words out of his mouth were, "I need candy." This goes to show how different he and Brady are... if Brady threw up, it would be the end of the world!! He is SO dramatic about stuff like that.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Five months old


Our little girl is five months old today! This month, we discovered she loves when you sing to her and that she is becoming ticklish. We got a lot of comments this month about how big she is getting - esp. from friends and family that see her every few weeks. What I notice is that her hair is really starting to fill in on the top, although the back is still looking pretty terrible! Mallory has also found her voice and loves to "talk" to you. She is getting more aware of her surroundings - she watches the dogs, her brothers, the t.v., and will track me as I walk around a room. She will chew on anything she can get in her mouth, whether it be her hands, her bib, or her dress... makes no difference to her! As I've mentioned recently, she's not sleeping through the night yet, but we're working on it. She is very good-natured, so it's hard to complain too much. She really only complains when she's hungry, tired, and sometimes in her car seat - just to let me know someone should be paying attention to her :)

Mallory (with no bow - better for comparison) at 5 months

Drew at the same age...

and Brady
















Knock Knock jokes

For those of you who don't know, Brady loves knock knock jokes. He's got a couple of books that he likes us to read, and there are a few that are his favorites. One of his current favs goes like this: Knock, knock. Who's there? Spain. Spain who? Spain in the butt! Because he tells this one SO frequently, Drew has picked up on it. But, when he tells it, he leaves out half of it so it makes no sense at all! He's so cute, though :)

video

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Disappointment

I was SO disappointed for Brady today!! Bryan got him out of school early because some of the Astros were going to be signing autographs at an Academy in Katy. They got there about two hours before the start time and were numbers #290 and #291. Bryan wasn't too discouraged, though, because some of the people around him had been to these types of events before and talked about how fast they went since they don't allow photos or anything else - just autographs. Anyway, to make a long story short, they only made it to #130-something... Bryan said there were probably another 300 people behind them in line, too. It was particulary dissapointing because Brady's favorite player (Hunter Pence) was there, so he was VERY excited about seeing him and getting him to sign his picture. We probably should have prepared him more in advance for the possibility of disappointment, but I honestly didn't think it was going to be such a big affair, considering it's the off-season. Shows what I know! Bryan said Brady almost cried when he told him they weren't going to make it, but that he seemed to bounce back fairly well. It just irritates me to think that some of the people in front of them in line were probably only getting autographs to turn around and sell them, whereas Brady wanted it purely for his love of baseball and his favorite player :( I did try to go online to see if I could find an address for fan mail, but I guess the days of that are over - you just email them instead!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My week

My week has been fairly uneventful thus far. The most exciting thing is that we officially sold the tahoe on Monday - yea!! Well, maybe that's the second most exciting. The most exciting might be that Bryan is FINALLY back to a regular work schedule. He is actually taking tomorrow and Friday off, so life is good. What's been going on with me? I've been working with Mallory to sleep in her crib during the day, as I discussed. She cried quite a bit yesterday and was exhausted by the end of the day... many days, she doesn't sleep much even with me holding her, so you can imagine that she didn't get a lot of sleep with me trying to force the issue. Today seemed a little better - definitely less crying, but I wasn't at home as much to work with her. She did stay asleep in her car seat for almost 45 minutes, which has been almost unheard of lately, so that was good. We'll see how tomorrow goes. I hate to even discuss it, because saying things out loud generally doesn't produce good results in the future - not related to my kids, anyway! I've been working on adding pics to Mallory's baby book. The info is up to date, but I hadn't gone through and added any pictures until now. Next, I will work on her month by month scrapbook, and then I will start in on our family scrapbooks. I'm also considering taking a class to learn how to use photoshop. I bought it for myself, but haven't made a lot of progress in getting comfortable with it. I found some tutorials online I liked, but I seem to run out of steam by the time I can actually sit down and utilize them! So, I think taking a class would solve that problem - it would force me to take the time and there would be someone to ask questions of, too. Oh, I know what else I did - I went to dinner and to see a movie on Sunday night with a couple of friends. We had a good time, and I think we are going to try to make an Oscar run again this year... go once a week to see a movie that is nominated for an Oscar. They generally aren't the most uplifting of movies, but I enjoying having seen the performances before I find out who wins!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My kids

As babies, sleep has always been the biggest issue for my kids. Other than Drew for the first 4-5 months, they have been good-natured, well-behaved, and definitely healthy - for those things I have been very grateful! Considering Drew didn't sleep thru the night until 8 months old, I tried not to have high hopes for Mallory sleeping well. For the first month after we brought her home, we were pleasantly surprised - here was a baby that actually slept most of the day as a newborn! We'd heard of such babies but never had that experience ourselves. As the months have gone by, we've had our ups and downs just as I would expect. But, given how she did in the beginning, I wouldn't have expected to still be getting up in the middle of the night with her at almost five months old. We seem to be headed in the wrong direction... She rarely goes down for naps during the day, and if she falls asleep in the car seat, it doesn't last once we get home. At night, she starts out in the crib (with her arms wrapped, not a true swaddle), and then I put her in the swing after the first or second time she wakes up - just depends on how early it is and how many times she's been up. Maybe I should break out my miracle swaddling blanket, but I don't want to do that at this point because it will be another thing to break later on. Anyway, we've tried sleeping in the swing, crib, and bouncy seat. We've tried sleeping wrapped and not wrapped. We've tried on her back, side, and tummy. We've tried putting her down as she's just fallen asleep, when she's totally asleep, and when she's drowsy. Now that she's learning to roll over, I'm trying to work with her at naptime - sleeping on her tummy in the crib. I know that's not ideal, but I feel a lot better about it now than even a month ago. I figure if I can get her to sleep that way during the day when I can monitor often, then I will be willing to remove her bumpers and let her sleep like that during the night. With both boys, the only way they finally started to sleep thru the night was to let them cry... I hated that, and am really hoping to avoid it this time around. However, pretty soon I know I will get to the point where I have to do it for my own sanity. I have to remember that a well-rested, happy mommy is a better mommy.

Then, my next mission will be to take away Drew's pacifier and get him potty-trained... good times!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Potty update

The past few days, Drew hasn't been asking to go to the potty anymore. So, basically I've not worried about it during the day - out of sheer convenience for myself. But, Bryan is still putting him on the potty right before bathtime. Yesterday, he told Bryan that he went, and sure enough, there was enough for Bryan to see he was telling the truth. Of course, we were all very excited and praised him, and he got the treat he'd been waiting for - since Mommy told him from the beginning that if he peed in the potty he would get a treat. Anyway, I wasn't sure what to make of it, but tonight he went again. It's so precious because he is so proud of himself! It helps that Bryan and I are encouraging him, but I think Brady getting excited for him is the biggest motivator (other than candy!). I don't want to get too excited, but the thought that he might be potty-trained without all the drama/trauma/etc. that came with Brady learning would be awesome!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Leather seats

Today I've discovered the first benefit of my leather seats.... if they get rained on, the water doesn't soak in! It was raining when we got to school, and after I got Mallory out on my side, I asked Brady to close the door. Both boys love to close the doors right now - I guess because it's so easy and it's still a novelty. Anyway, I guess he didn't hear me because it didn't get closed. I dropped him off at school, dropped off Mallory and Drew at the babysitter, and went to jazzercise as normal. An hour and a half later, as I'm walking out to get the kids, I hear someone asking about a Sienna van. Apparently the door had been open that whole time, and someone that saw it in the parking lot had called the office to let them know. Now, I'm blaming this on Brady - but, of course, I should have checked to be sure it was closed. It will be interesting to see what he has to say - he probably won't have a clue what I'm talking about... Why couldn't this have happened in the garage or one of the many times I drop them off and come straight back to the car?? Frankly, I can't complain, because I hadn't left anything valuable like my purse in the car, and the van was still there when I went back!

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Good Day

Today was so nice! I dropped the boys off at school, and Mallory and I went to lunch and ran to the mall. She actually slept through lunch (which is rare!), so I was able to enjoy it - although I wish I would have thought to bring something to read... Anyway, we went to the mall for an hour or so, and she was cooperative there, too. You never know with her because she's not terribly fond of just sitting in her car seat. But, I got done what I wanted, and then it was time to get the boys. When I got home, the house had been cleaned, so that was an added bonus. Also, three people today called or emailed about the tahoe, and one came by to take a look - SOLD! Well, I don't have the check in my hand, so not quite yet, but it's looking good. I'm kind of afraid to see what tomorrow will bring...

Intervention

I watch that show Intervention on A&E - if you're not familiar with it, it's basically a documentary of a different family each episode dealing with someone who is addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, etc. They contact the show, then an interventionist is sent to help them get their loved one into a treatment center. Anyway, there's several things that fascinate me about the show. One is that most of the time, these families seem "normal" from the outside, but there is always SOMETHING that leads to the addiction - whether it be a medical condition, abuse, depression, non-acceptance from family members, etc. etc. Today's episode was different, in that there was no addiction. The issue was a diabetic who basically refused to take care of himself, and kept ending up in the hospital due to complications. What really struck me was that he didn't have any friends. This was an issue for him from early childhood on. How do you deal with that as a parent?? They tried to get him involved in sports and anything else they could think of when he was growing up, but really to no avail. The mother in the story was so angry at her son for the way he was treating himself, but then a few hours later she's crying her eyes out because he went to meet some "friends" (people from work) for dinner, and none of them showed up. I really felt for her and wondered how she could deal with that from day to day. You can love your kids to death, but how can you make others love them, too? I hope I never have to find out... Although, on a lighter note, I already know Brady is a lady's man, so no trouble there :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A new bow

Yes, I realize this bow is quite large... but, I don't care, I love it!! I'm definitely obsessed with bows... Pretty surprising, really, if you consider the fact that I'm not a "girly" girl. But, I know that the time I can dress her as I please is limited, so I'm doing what I want while I can! Drew wouldn't wear anything on his head from about 7 months on, so I'm hoping that by wearing bows/headbands all the time, she'll just be used to it. I realize that's probably grasping at straws, but it's my only hope!




The boys wanted to get in on the action - it's hard enough to make Mallory smile while holding the camera, so throwing the boys in the mix and getting her to smile is out of the question! But, I think with two people we're almost getting to the point where we have a prayer's chance of getting a picture with all of them smiling :) I can't wait for Tasha to get back into action so she can take some more pics of my kiddos!


Friday, January 2, 2009

Potty time??

Drew is starting to show interest in going on the potty. We've been asking for several weeks if he's ready to start going on the potty like Brady does... his response has always been no. But, a couple of days ago he decided he needed to try. He told me, "pee-pee on the potty." So, I sat him up there, but he didn't do anything. Today, we did it again, and he sat there FOREVER... seriously, it felt like punishment for me! But, I certainly don't want to discourage him, especially given how long it took Brady to show any interest. We'll see how it goes. I went ahead and bought some pull-ups because having to hassle with a diaper is a pain in the rear. Maybe if I send him to school in one, they will do half the job for me!

Naptime

Bryan actually had the day off yesterday, and this is what he spent a good portion of the morning doing... but, later in the day, we did get the tree taken down. He got all the xmas boxes down from the attic, so my goal is to get everything put away by Monday. I dread it, though, because the house is going to look so bare!