Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here is a video of Lydia shaking her head no. It is too funny to me that she does this.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I asked her if she wanted more crackers after she had already signed finished and she looked right at me and shook her head no and screamed. OK--I get it--you don't want any more crackers.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
#2) Our Rat infestation at the dinner table. Apparantly flying squirrel has a friend . . . "Happy Rat" as EJ has dubbed him. The eyes glow red and it looks rabid to me but Elijah thinks its a hoot. I was kinda punchy tonight. Here's a video of EJ and his rat at the table and me cracking up in the background. Normally we don't allow toys at the table but it was a long day and Elijah had set the table and rat ended up on the table so we just went with it.
We also are pulling out all the stops when it comes to EJ. I made up a sleeping chart with a Curious George movie as a reward. Every night he does a good job sleeping we check off a box. After 10 nights he gets the movie. We also sprayed "Squirrel Repellant" on the bushes outside and on his windows (its just Method air freshner--I normally don't use that stuff but this an emergency). We also set up Shiloh (his beagle stuffed animal) to guard the window and scare away the squirrel. Justin said he got up about 3 times last night and two of those were coughing fits. He didn't complain about squirrels at all. Maybe we have eradicated the problem.
Keep praying--they have got to eventually start sleeping!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
My friend Leanne told me this FABULOUS quote today--after last night I really appreciated her humor:
"There are many ways to lose your mind. . .parenthood is just the fastest."
I made 11 trips up the stairs last night. I was sleping on the couch to avoid smacking my snoring husband and because I figure if I have to be up all night anyway I might as well get some exercise!
Elijah is having nightmares. When I asked him what was waking him up he said:
"A Flying squirrel is tapping my window and he yells 'Wake up Elijah' so I wake up."
Ummmm--I don't think Rid-A-Pest takes care of imaginary flying squirrels but I sure would like to know how to get rid of this pesky critter that keeps waking my little boy up at night.
Lydia joined in on the fun last night too. We gave her some formula that we hadn't tried before and she broke out in a horrible rash all over her butt and legs. The girl screams like a banshee every time she pees. I guess that serves me right for trying to supplement instead of letting her be a breast only gal. We're back to the breast only and she is already looking better. Hopefully the little miss will be back to her normal cheerful self soon.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Last night went much better--Lyddie got up twice and EJ got up twice. I got a lot more sleep but still feel exhausted . . .don't know what's up with my body. I guess it takes more than one OK night to recharge.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The sleep sack seemed to keep Lyddie warm last night. At least it kept me warmer when we nursed--no more little ice mitts up my shirt at 3am!! Unfortunately the kids got up about 9 times total :( I keep saying it is going to get better . . . only 17.5 more years until Lyddie leaves for college . . I think I can make it! Seriously though--praise God for the energy he gives me to get through each day on less than 3 hours of sleep! We actually had fun and kept busy today--I went to exercize this morning, we went to Stroller club and I walked over 3 miles pushing the stroller with both munchies and we played at the park for an hour. I didn't get a nap :( but we had fun this afternoon playing dress up, playing memory and then I even braved a trip to Walmart to pick up Lyddie's portraits I had done.
Elijah has now been accident free for over a week and we have finally made the switch to normal underpants during naptime. We are still wearing diapers overnight but I have no doubt those will be gone by the time he turns 3.
Monday, October 20, 2008
We headed home in pretty good moods and decided to put the spider webs on our front bushes to make it spooky. We had a pretty good time doing that.Sunday was busy as always. Saturday nights are almost always awful. I can rmeember a handful of times that I have actually been rested on Sunday morning since EJ was born. Anyway . . . it was my Sunday in the nursery so I was in there and there were 2 babies for every person. It was CRAZY!! After being up all night with the children and spending all morning around screaming babies I was ready to throw in the towel!! I took a nice nap--almost 1.5 hours, then we took EJ to Nana's house.
We think Lyddie is waking up because she is cold. That is our newest theory anyway. So Justin and I headed to Target in search of the sleeper sacks with arms. We had borrowed one when EJ was born but that family now lives in Ohio. Well Targetr and Belks didn't have it :( So we headed home with nouthing but a couple of pairs of frilly socks for Lydia (Belks had some and she had none so we went ahead and got them). We enjoyed a nice steak dinner at my parents, picked up EJ and got the kids in bed for another sleepless night.
Now after last night I was determined to find something for Lydia to make sure she stays toasty at night. EJ is hot natured, Lyddie isn't. I searched high and low online and found that they don't make the long sleeved sleepers anymore because the babies were overheating. What do they do in ALASKA?? For pete's sake!! I want my kid toasty at night. Anyway, after I dropped EJ off at preschool we went to Walmart and got some polar fleece and I made this during Lydia's morning nap. I think it turned out well--one hour of labor and $6 in fabric and a .99 cent zipper and I came up with it. I even embroidered a bow and her name on it. I gave it those little cuffed sleeves so we can pake her hands in or out. It's a little too big and I want to change the cuffs on the next one I make but as you can see from the second picture this fits the bill. Her hands were nice and toasty when I got her up from her nap this afternoon. Here to a good nights sleep tonight!!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We're changing the kids' doctor :( I love the pediatrician we have in Clayton but the 2 hour round trip drive makes me tired and he is leaving the practice in December. We're switching to the docs here in Wilson. I don't think much of most of the docs but one of the newer ones there is the pediatrician for a couple of local doctors and she seems really knowledgable. I can always refuse the stuff she suggests though if I think its crap--mostly the Hepatitis shot for babies and giving antibiotics for every little thing. Since we don't plan on having anymore kids and therefore no more homebirths I don't mind going to a doctor that doesn't support homebirth. Switching docs though is a huge hassle--everything has to be in writing. UGH! I am sending a letter to the old doc today and hopefully they will send or fax the records to the new docs and I can take the kids for a checkup next month or in December. Lyddie is due for her 9 month checkup in December.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Anyway--Last night I had it. At 3:00 I went in there and told him if he didn't hush then he was going to get a spanking. He proceeded to scream at me as I left and I gave him 5 minutes to calm down. I went in there, took off his PJ bottoms and spanked his leg twice. He started wailing and woke up Lydia. I nursed her and he was still screaming so I went in for spanking #2. I spanked his leg 2 more times and he cried for about 5 minutes and went to sleep. I hate spanking him but I need him to sleep. He is only napping about 1 to 1.5 hours a day so he isn't sleeping so much that he doesn't need to at night. In the past I have tired snuggling him but he just rubs and rubs and rubs my arm and keeps himself awake. He doesn't sleep in our bed either--same thing, rubbing. Any suggestions? Tonight I am tempted to lead with the spanking in an effort to get some relief.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Hopefully tonight will be better but with sore legs and coughing I doubt it.
I think I need to auction off my pj's on Ebay and use the money to buy Jolt cola or Starbucks extra bold coffee :) If only caffeine didn't bother Lydia . . . that girl gets wired on caffinated breastmilk.
-this linked to Elijah sleeping naked as a baby
weird pregnancy cravings
-I don't so much have weird pregnancy cravings as weird nursing cravings. I could eat a whole jar of vlassic sweet midgit pickles every day. I limit myself to 2 jars a week :) I also LOVE raw potatoes while I am nursing. They are WONDERFUL for preventing and treating heartburn. If you want to try them I recommend yukon gold--peel them and add a bit of salt-YUM!
hippo made out of fondant
-That would be easy if the hippo were small, a whole cake would be a bit tougher but wouldn't it be cute!
fish drinking milk
-This led to Elijah's last year's halloween costume and he was holding a bottle. Can you believe last year he still drank bottles??!!??
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
With the kids gone I enjoyed a full 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I slept in EJ's bed and Justin slept in ours. I wanted to sleep together but about 10 seconds after we went to bed he started snoring and the bed was shaking so badly I couldn't sleep :)
I guess it was all that sleep but this morning I was MOTIVATED to act. I switched out the kids clothes--EJ is now in 3T stuff and Lydia needed some more long stuff down out of the attic. I put that away. When we picked up the kids my parents said they had some metal shelves they weren't using and would bring them today so I could organize my laundry room. My kitchen is tiny so I store most of my big stuff like my crock pot and skillets in the laundry room. WHEW--talk about motivating. I got in there and started attacking the mess to make room for the shelves. It looks AWESOME now ( I should have taken a before shot) !! I took the pile of stuff to goodwill and went to the grocery with Elijah.
Meanwhile . . .Justin set about pulling up fence posts and the fence that surrounds our garden area. We put it up when we had Sadie and now that she isn't here to dig up the stuff decided mowing around it was much more hassle than it was worth so we took it down. Elijah helped him by bonking the fence posts with a rubber mallet to "loosen" them. then he was helping with a "scoop" and digging the dirt back in the holes. That lasted about 20 minutes then he and Lydia were mine. Justin just doesn't have the patience or the skill to keep EJ entertained and actually accomplish work too.
Justin kept the kids busy while I threw together a quick dinner--mashed sweet potatoes (yum!!) wildberry muffins (thank you Martha White!) and a "MEGA" salad. It was good. Elijah inhaled the salad including the spinach greens and about two bites of muffin but he refused to touch his mashed potatoes. He did take a taste when we told him they were Hallowween potatoes and I think he liked them but just wanted to be stubborn :) He had yogurt for dessert. We aren't going to be as good--I got us Haagen Daas!! We earned it!!