Friday, February 27, 2009

We like to move it, move it!

The boys love watching Madagascar and shaking their hineys to this song!

Mallory's Week

Mallory's nights have not been fun-filled this week! Here's a rundown from the last few days:

Monday - woke up around 2:30 am, then 4:30 a.m., then five min. after I got her back down
Tuesday - slept until 4:45 a.m.
Wednesday - woke up at 3:45 am and cried/fussed/talked until I fed her at 6 am
Thursday - awake from 2:30 am until Bryan picked her up at 5 a.m.

The past 7-8 days she has gotten up around five every morning (whether she got up at other times during the night or not). At first, I tried to get her back to sleep, but I quickly saw that was pointless. So, once she makes it to 5, I pick her up and sleep with her in the recliner. She's been pretty restless, so I don't know if she's decided she needs to eat then or what. A month ago it wasn't unusual for her to go until 7 or 8 until eating, but I guess it's possible she's had a growth spurt and can't make it that long anymore. Anyway, the last two nights I let her cry but that has gotten me nowhere - she didn't go back to sleep and I don't get any sleep, either. The silver lining is that she still has a happy personality during the day (for the most part!) - it's not making her cranky, although I can't imagine how! But, I've been careful not to be out too much, knowing that she will need a nap and won't really take one in the carseat. Cross your fingers for some improvement over the next few nights...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekend Fun

Oops... I was trying to be helpful! Mommy's first thought was, "Well, at least it's not a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuck in there." Thankfully, the vcr was not injured in this particular instance.

Giving the dogs a bath for the first time in ages! They already stink again :(

Allie - she is two months older than Mallory and already all over the place! Reminds me of Drew...

This is what Mallory enjoys doing with her bows - I take them off while we're in the car because she has a bad habit of grabbing them and they either get stuck around her neck, or, if it's convenient, she chews on them instead.

We were busy all weekend visiting friends. Saturday it was my college roommates, and Sunday we went to Pearland to visit one of Bryan's childhood friends and his family (his daughter is the baby above). Then, Sunday evening I had three girlfriends over to watch the Oscars. The four of us are going to Las Vegas in a couple of months, so we watched the show and talked about our plans, too. Good times!! (more for me than Bryan, I guess!)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oscar Assessment

My thought on the Oscar nominated movies we saw:

Slumdog Millionaire - loved it
Curious Case of Benjamin Button - loved it, but cried a lot!
The Reader - didn't love or hate it, but definitely enjoyed the performances
Revolutionary Road - sucked! VERY depressing!
The Wrestler - also sucked, but not as much as R. Road

We missed out on Doubt, Milk, and Frost/Nixon. I also saw the Dark Knight and enjoyed it, but much earlier in the year. Anyway, my guess is that Slumdog Millionaire will win for best picture and several other awards. Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet are my choices for best actor/actress, and there's no doubt in my mind that Heath Ledger will win best supporting actor. If he doesn't, my jaw will hit the floor! I personally don't care one way or the other about Mickey Rourke winning, but he seems to have won everything else, so that's why I picked him. I would love for Kate Winslet to win, but it's always tough to go against Meryl Streep. I'm disappointed we didn't see Doubt to at least see her performance in it.

Trip to the park

I took the kids to our park yesterday after school. I learned/relearned a few things... it's been quite a while since we've been over there - between the weather, Bryan working all the time, Mallory being so young, and the fact that the boys get to go to the playground everyday they're at school. So, this was Mallory's first outing at the park. She loved the swing but didn't get to try much else since I was the only set of adult hands for most of the time (Julie did show up with Zack for a little bit). Here are some of the things I learned: 1. it's too hard to go with Brady riding his bike. He doesn't ride well enough and isn't comfortable enough yet. 2. Drew is a very different child (in some aspects) than Brady. He ran over, climbed on the big toy, and went down the slide without asking for my permission or my help. Brady didn't do that until probably last summer! 3. Drew likes the "big boy" swing. Last time I took him, he only swung on the baby ones. 4. You have to take a lot of crap just to go over to the park - water, sunscreen, blanket for the baby, jackets if it's windy, kleenix, etc. I was going to put Mallory in the carrier and then realized I might as well take the stroller for all the other stuff I was taking.

Doesn't Brady look old here??

Happy girl!

Also, we had an incident once we got back to the house - like a three ring circus, and not in a good way! We were headed up the driveway and Brady got stuck because it slopes down and he wasn't peddling fast enough. So, I was trying to push him and hold the stroller with the other hand. Somehow, Drew went down and the helmet he was carrying got caught on Brady's tire. So, he was getting drug along as Brady was moving forward. (Why he didn't let go of the helmet is beyond me!!) Anyway, I let go of the stroller to save Drew, not thinking that we were at the end of the driveway and, as I said, it's sloped downward. So, as I was trying to get Drew untangled, Mallory started rolling backwards into the street. Thankfully, Bryan was right there (he had been mowing the lawn) and caught her. Boy, did I feel crappy, though! Lesson learned.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doctor Visit

Today was just supposed to be Mallory's six month check-up. My plans changed a bit when I went to change Drew's diaper this morning - he had a rash over all his legs, some on his hand/arms, and a few bumps on his ears and face. So, instead of taking him to school, I called the doctor to see if I could bring him in, too. Turns out he has hives. The doctor said it's probably just something in the air he's allergic to - she acted like she'd seen a few cases recently. I was just happy it wasn't anything contagious! I missed exercise all last week because he was sick, so I wasn't happy about missing it again this morning and certainly didn't want to miss anymore this week...

As usual, Mallory is doing well. She weighed 17 lb. 12 oz and was 26 1/4 inches long. I'm not sure about her percentiles, but my guess is she's still on the upper end - it was pretty hectic with both of them at the office, so I didn't realize until after I'd left that I hadn't gotten the usual booklet with her measurements and things to expect for her age. Anyhow, she did very well with her shots - she didn't cry for more than 10 seconds or so, which was great (esp. considering I had to wake her up when the nurse came back in to give them!).

Just for grins - I think this pic is hilarious!

Recent finds

Mallory's new hat - I bought the swimsuit to match (to have a good reason to get the hat!) and a cute little crochet dress that also goes

Her St. Patrick's Day bow - Kelly & Fran always have a party then, so we needed this!

Monday, February 16, 2009

6 Months Old!!

I still think Mallory & Drew look a lot alike... they are developing very differently, though. At this age, Drew was already getting up on his hands and knees and would be crawling within the month!

Brady at 6 months - Mallory is enjoying the exersaucer in the same way!

I guess for every milestone you're required to say, "I can't believe it's gone by so fast OR I can't believe she's that old already!" But, it's true. This month Mallory tried a lot of new foods - rice cereal, pears, squash, bananas, and sweet potatoes. The cereal didn't go over well, but she will eat it when mixed with something else tastier... go figure! She is finally interested in playing with toys, esp. on her exersaucer. Anything else goes directly in her mouth - including her feet that she just discovered. That's really her thing, though, to chew on anything and everything! As I've talked about, we've been working on sleeping thru the night this month. We've had our ups and downs, and we're not there quite yet. We have had several good nights, but never more than four days in a row. Last night was particularly rough, but I'm blaming it on her not feeling well. We'll see how tonight plays out! She has her six month check-up on Wednesday, so we'll see where she is on the growth chart - she's definitely got some chubby thighs.

Crappy Coupon

So, I went to Kroger's today to go grocery shopping. That's fairly unusual - I normally go to HEB. But, I had some good coupons I wanted to use. Mary had also given me a coupon for buy one, get one free for Enfamil Lipil. Mallory normally gets the generic HEB brand, but I thought I would try the Enfamil for half price (which is basically what the generic costs!) Anyway, I picked up two of the bigger containers, but as I was looking at the coupon again, I realized it said that the value couldn't be higher than $13.85. So, I picked up the smaller can, only to see that it was $15. What the hell?? If I had been by myself, I would have gone to customer service to ask what the point of the coupon was, but I had Mallory with me so it didn't think it was worth my time!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

I can't tell you how happy I was last night that we hadn't made plans to go out for Valentine's Day!! I was around Baybrook mall late afternoon and not only was it pouring down rain, but the traffic was awful on I-45 heading north. We had an uneventful day around the house. The boys made me breakfast, we opened a few presents, and then I picked up dinner. Mallory has a touch of the stomach bug that Drew has dealt with this week, but she wasn't too cranky... Drew is still complaining of a sore hiney (diaper rash!), but he is much better and will definitely head back to school tomorrow!

Brady was excited to help Daddy make the french toast I requested
Getting ready to open presents - look at that smile on Drew's face... he LOVES to open presents!

Mmmm... chocolates!

Mallory enjoyed the new bubble maker that Drew got

Fun with Mallory

I finally got out Mallory's jumper that hangs from the doorway. I've been meaning to try it out with her for at least a month and somehow it never happened. I think it might be, in part, because there are no doorways out in the living room/kitchen/playroom area that are framed out, so you have to use it in one of the bedrooms. Anyway, I pulled it out yesterday and I think the boys had as much fun with it as she did... I did have to tell Brady to settle down a bit, but they didn't go too crazy bouncing her up and down.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mmmm, that's tasty!

Too bad we aren't all this flexible!

Mallory has just found her feet in the last few days...

This is not an unusual sight! We go through many bibs, shirts, and dresses because she drenches them... a couple of people have told me she's teething, but she's not drooling, so I guess we'll see.

Brady's artwork

Brady is really into drawing these days. He loves to draw pictures of his family doing different things together. He makes some for us to keep and some for himself, too. Drew also likes to sit at the table and color. It's funny because he makes some scribbles on the paper, and what he says he's drawn just depends on when you ask - it might be a shark, a rocket, Batman, a dinosaur, etc.

A volcano

A valentine he drew for his best friend, Zack

A rocket ship with many stars in the sky, not sure what the animal at the bottom is!

A pirate ship

Brady and Daddy at the movies

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Pleasant Morning

Unfortunately, I say this with much sarcasm... Mallory woke up at 4:45 a.m., although I was able to get her back to sleep within 10-15 minutes. However, both boys woke up between 5:20-5:30, and even though they pretty much stayed in their room, it still kept me up. I knew I might be able to go back to sleep once Bryan got back from working out (he usually gets back around 6 when Brady is getting up), but then Mallory decided to get back up a few minutes before 6 a.m. On top of that, I wasn't able to go to exercise because Drew has a bit of a stomach bug. He cried and cried this afternoon because his "hiney is sore" (his words). I lathered on the diaper cream, so hopefully it will be better in the morning. I suspect he won't be able to go to school tomorrow, though.

On a positive note, Mallory has slept much better this past week. I started putting her to bed at night awake, although I will go in and pat her back if she gets herself too worked up. I don't know if that's been helpful or just a coincidence that she's been sleeping better. She hasn't sleep through the night every night, but a lot more than ever before so hopefully we'll continue to head in the same direction! I am amazed some days, though, by how little sleep she can get by on. Two days in a row, it was 4 p.m. in the afternoon and she hadn't even sleep an hour since she got up at 7 or so in the morning. That's ridiculous! I let her know that, but she didn't seem to care...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Construction, construction, and more construction!

Bryan and I went to Jones Hall last night to see the Houston Symphony. Many of you know I bought him these tickets as a Christmas gift - it was one of their "pops" series and was the music of John Williams, who wrote all the music for Star Wars. We really enjoyed it and plan on going back. I think next time we will see one from the classical series, though. Anyway, the actual show was THE good part of the evening... We left the house right at 5 p.m. and didn't make it in our seats until 8 p.m. The plan was to go to dinner at a restaurant right across from the hall - we had reservations at 6 p.m. However, that was not to be! Around 6:20 when we were sitting in traffic, I called to say we wouldn't be making the reservation, and then we stopped to grab a sandwich. I would say we were out of the car maybe 20 minutes (definitely not longer). So, other than those 20 minutes, it took us from 5 until 7:45 p.m. to get to the parking garage. We practically ran to get to the hall, and literally sat down less than a minute before it started. For those of you unfamiliar with the drive, it normally takes around 30 minutes. All of this was due to two different spots on I-45 pinched down to one lane. Needless to say, we were quite irritated by the time we got there, but at least grateful we had planned on dinner or we would have missed it altogether!

Friday, February 6, 2009

A Trip to the Dentist

Today was Brady's first cleaning at the dentist. He's been once before, but the dentist just looked over his teeth and said he didn't need a cleaning at the time. This time, I opted to take him with me to my dentist, and that worked out well. He decided I should go first, but when it was his turn, it wasn't an issue at all. He was concerned about having a cavity, but thankfully that wasn't the case. Of course, I have TWO, but whatever!! He was proud of himself because there was one little thing the hygienist did that she told him he did well at - that other kids were sometimes afraid when you close your mouth around the thing that sucks the water/spit out of your mouth. Anyhow, he was happy to hear there would be a sticker and treasure chest at the end of the visit. He was also happy with his new toothbrush and flosser and was excited to try flossing his teeth for the first time tonight.


I put a lovely dent in the van today... this is particularly upsetting if you consider we've only made ONE payment on it!! I thought it was a long scratch (at least a foot), but once I got home I realized most of it was paint, but there was still a dent underneath. I was trying to leave Jason's Deli at about 12:30 p.m. (which tells you it was crazy crowded!), and there was a truck parked on the corner. When I turned the corner, I caught his bumper - obviously he was sticking out farther than I thought. There was someone trying to back out, someone waiting for that spot, etc. and I was just trying to get out of there. Clearly, I misjudged - I should have had enough room because I wasn't THAT close on the driver's side... The ironic thing is that I was complaining earlier this week because someone left a small scratch on the passenger sliding door - maybe an inch long. I figure it happened at school, who knows? But I was esp. irriated since the van's still so new!!

It's hard to make out the dent in the picture, though it's very obvious in person. But, if you look a little above the piece that's sticking out on the door, you can see a line that might look like a reflection from the driveway. It starts there and goes all the way back to the tire - like I said, probably a good foot.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Good Night

Mallory finally slept through the night again. We've had several rough nights where she was up for a few hours and I've been very frustrated! But, tonight was nice, and I'm grateful even if she's up again tonight. Drew has been doing well without his pacis - he hasn't forgotten them yet, but the few minutes he's cried at night or naptime have gone down to just a little bit of whining. Of course, Brady was up last night asking for water for his cough, but it was only for a minute and he went right back to bed. That's about as good as it gets around here!

If anyone was wondering, Bryan didn't end up camping out with the boys this past weekend. He ended up getting on the roof to fix some shingles (yes, from the hurricane!) and it took longer than he expected. So, camping was postponed for a while. Thankfully, we hadn't mentioned it to the boys because, of course, if Brady had known there would have been no calling it off - or if we had called it off, he'd make us wish we hadn't!!