Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lydia is Pooing

OK--My little boy is a great talker but often mishears things and thinks it is a word he already knows. One of his little frients is "Emma Cake" (Emma Kate) for example. Anyway, yesterday Lydia was making lots of really cute baby noises and I said to Elijah: "Listen, Lydia is cooing at us."
He just looked at me. About 30 minutes later I put Lydia in her playpen (to protect her from Elijah) and went to go start dinner. Elijah ran in and said: "Mama!! Lydia pooed at me. She pooing now."
I asked if he meant she was going poo-poo. Did she have poo-poo pants. He was adamant and said:
"No mama. She's pooing. Ohhhhh Ahhhhh (mimicking Lydia)."
Me: "Ohh--she's cooing. k-k-k-cooing."
Elijah: "Yeah--she's cooing."

Today, she did it again and he was back to saying "pooing." Too funny!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Our Delicious Dinner!

Tonight we had Elijah with us--its the first time in a while that we've had him on a Sunday. Normally he goes and has fish sticks at Nana's and Papa's and we go out to eat for a treat. Since they didn't have him we decided to cook at home. I looked in the freezer and we had some spare veggies and stuff so I whipped up the following stirfry and served it over whole wheat spaghetti.


1/2 Red onion-diced

1/2 c Pine Nuts

5 slices bacon-diced (this is the pre-cooked kind)

3/4 bag little green peas (frozen)

1/4 c red wine vinegar

1 tsp salt


I sauteed the onions in 1 TBSP olive oil for 3 minutes and added the pine nuts. Once they were toasty I added the bacon and cooked until it was thawed and crispy. I dumped in the green peas and vinegar and salt and put the lid on to heat the peas through. We served it with parmesan "sprinkles" on top. It was delicious and Elijah ate the entire bowl!



So, after that delicious dinner we whipped out the homemade strawberry ice cream that we made this afternoon. It was beyond delicious! We picked berries yesterday and they are so good! Here's the recipe we used (we like this one because it doesn't have any egg in it).


1 cup whipping cream

1 cup sugar (if you use strawberries from the grocery store add another 1/2 cup)

1/3 cup half and half

1 qt sliced strawberries and juice (we chop our berries fine and leave them in the fridge overnight with 1 TBSP sugar to make a good strawberry syrup)


Mix everything together and chill to refrigerator temperature. Put in ice cream maker for 10 minutes. Scoop to tupperware container and freeze 4 hours or until hard. ENJOY!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oh How I love Saturday!

The weather here is wonderful!! My mom and I went to yard sales this morning--we got some cute outfits for Lydia and some sheets and a doctor kit for Elijah. We picked strawberries as a family this monring (oh yum!). Justin did laundry, cleaned the garage and watched Elijah while I took a nap for almost 2 hours. We ended the day with grilled hamburgers, watermelon, sweet potato french fries, sweet tea and strawberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Could the day have been much better?
And here's something I never thought I would say:
(To my whiny toddler)
"Yes, you can have a popsicle for lunch." You like his reaction??
These are homemade banana popsicles--organic yogurt, 2 TBSP sugar and 2 bananas in 4 pops. They ARE healthy :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Better Night and some cute Pics

Here's a cute one of Lydia in the bath. We went to Chick-Fil-A last night after dinner for Kid's night. They were pianting birdhouses for Earth Day. Elijah had a blast until he decided to lift the tablecloth and spilled the water and paint everywhere--I think we may be banned from Chick-Fil-A for good!! Anyway, he was coated in paint and loved on his sister so she got paint on her too. We just threw them in the bath together. She loves a bath now (Thank goodness!!) and had a good 10 minutes in there with her brother. He was so upset when we got her out! He wanted her to stay in with him.

Oops--it didn't rotate--anyway, here's Elijah showing off his "tatoo" like Uncle Cody's.


Well--we have redoubled our efforts to do Baby Wise and Lydia had every single nap yesterday swaddled and in her crib. She was a very unhappy girl from about 8pm-10:30pm and then did wonderfully overnight. She slept in three 3 hour chunks and didn't get up this morning until 8am! Elijah slept through and didn't get up until 7am. Since I went to bed when she did that means I got almost 7 hours of sleep in 2 big chunks and then an hour nap! Couple that with the 1.5 hour nap from yesterday afternoon when I got them both down at once and I feel like a changed woman! Hopefully tonight will go as smoothly. She and Elijah are upstairs napping now and as soon as the washer is donw I am going to join them!










Here's a video of Elijah singing to Lydia. I know the picture quality is horrible, but you can hear him really well.




Saturday, April 19, 2008

Overheard from Aunt Faye

Last night at our family dinner, Justin's aunt told us this joke. It was too funny, thought I would share!

A woman took a baby to its one month baby appointment at the doctor. While there the doctor asked, "Is this baby breastfed or bottle fed?" The woman replied, "Breastfed."
"Lift up your shirt." said the doctor. The woman complied and the doctor began doing a very thourough breast exam, feeling first the left, then the right. After about 5 minutes he finished his exam. He concluded:
"Well, I know why this baby isn't growing well, you don't have any milk. This baby is malnourished!"
To which the woman replied: "Of course I don't have any milk, I am the grandma! But I sure am glad I came!"

Friday, April 18, 2008

This Weather Rocks!

I am cold natured so I always look forward to spring and summer. I don't mind the mugginess much at all! Yesterday I spent 6 hours with my little helpers cleaning off our screened porch. Everything got washed down and scrubbed clean and vacuumed up. The layer of yellow is gone! Elijah took his toys to the car wash and learned to spray the hose. I vacuumed up about 30 lbs of sand from when we had EJ's sand area in the porch instead of outside. I also hung his new swing that I got at Goodwill. We even had supper outside. Ahhhh. Spring is lovely!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mama's Snuggly Blessings

Early Morning Snuggles--one of the best parts of being a stay at home mom to a 20 month old and a 1 month old!!

Head on over to 5 minutes for mom to enter her photo contest and a chance to win $1000!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gator!


Today was a beautiful day but the wind was blowing (so the sand box was out) so we decided to head off to "Free Day" at the Rocky Mount Children's museum. EJ had fun as always. The gator gets fed at 4pm and he loves to watch it. They also added some cool things since our last visit including a bear and mountain lion exhibit. It was neat because the last time we went there was the day I went into labor with Lydia. Some of the staff remembered us and were all clamoring to see Lydia. It is nice they are so personal there.
While I was there a pregnant woman came up to me and asked what the sling I was using was called. I told her (Maya wrap) and she said she was due in July with #5 and she needed to get something like that b/c her 4 year old is really clingy. WHEW!! #5 and all C-sections--OUCH! I was able to tell her about the Maya, my pouch sling (slinglings.com) and the Mai Tai that I use. I told her the positives and negatives of each one. She emailed herself the information and took my phone number in case she had any more questions. I hope I made a sling convert!! I hate seeing babies in those "baby bucket" car seats everywhere. I think one of the reasons Elijah is so social is that I was able to sling him and he was able to interact with everyone.
Lydia and I also successfully nursed in public today for the first time. We had tried at church in the nursery but she couldn't stand the blanket over her head so we wnded up in the nursing room. In the sling, I didn't have to cover up at all because I was wearing a nursing shirt and her head blocked the view. I think I gave a couple of grandpa's a nipple shot while I was getting her latched on, but she sucked away while we played in the ball pit and with the computer upstairs.

Snuggles



After a turly horrible night, the Lord blessed me with cheerful children this morning. How can you not help but smile when this is how you start your day?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Elijah on Ducks

On the way to church on Sunday we had this conversation:

Elijah: Quack, Quack, Quaaaack

Daddy: Elijah, what are you pretending to be?

Elijah: Quack, I am a duck. A RED duck.

Daddy: Oh, would you like some stale bread crumbs?

Elijah: Yeah--no wait, Red duck's like cookies. I want a cookie. Quack Quack.

Daddy: Oh--Red duck's like cookies?

Elijah: Yeah--and doughnuts. Mommy, I get a doughnut at church please?

Happy Birthday Nana

Yesterday was Nana's birthday. Elijah colored her a picture and made her a cake. (The cake required a little help from mommy :)



Here's some movies to enjoy from the night.




Monday, April 14, 2008

Smiling Girl

Lydia smiled at me and then 5 minutes later, smiled at her daddy for the first time this morning. She was awake and cheerful and just gave us this cute little grin.

Funny Elijah from Yesterday

At lunch (while eating cous cous):
Elijah: My hand is sticky. . . This one's sticky too!

AT bedtime after we read in the bible and started to pray:
Elijah: Mommy, mommy, MOMMY! Mommy wake up, we're praying!
(though I was tired, I wasn't sleeping, I just had my eyes closed to pray)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

About Money

Here is last night's conversation with Elijah on the way home from Nana and Papa's house:

Elijah: I need some money.
Daddy: Why do you need money?
Elijah: For my pockets. I need buy it.
Daddy: What do you need to buy?
Elijah: (sigh) Something.
Mommy: Do you need quarters?
Elijah: Yeah--dropped one. Ride gator. (He likes to ride the Harry the dragon at the Harris Teeter and the last time we went he dropped on of his quarters)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ahhh. . . Relief

Well, for the past two nights we have given Elijah Zyrtec and it has worked like a charm. The medicine makes him sleep through his coughing and he is much better behaved in the morning. Unfortunately, the 24 hour effect doesn't seem to work for him so he hasn't been able to nap :( The afternoons are pretty awful with him so tired and unable to sleep. Couple that with Lydia going on a sleep strike--she slept about 4 hours over the course of yesterday, was up until 10pm and up to nurse and midnight and two am--since she nurses for about 30-45 minutes, that meant at most two hours of sleep for me. At three she woke up and would not stop crying--Justin took her so I could sleep. She was up this morning until 6am. I think she is going to spend the night with Sherry and Snookie tonight--I have over 80 oz of breastmilk sotred in the freezer. Hopefully, one good nights sleep will recharge me! Ahhh--I remember these days with Elijah. The doctor thought I was nuts but he really only slept for 10 hours out of the 24 and none of it was a good long stretch. Looks like we are going to have a sequel to his awful sleeping performance.

OK--Enough with the negativity! Guess what I am NOT doing today? Cleaning the house (Friday is normally my day to do it). Why? Because my mother and father, bless her, gave me money to hire a housecleaner to do a SPRING CLEANING on my house. The cleaners came Wednesday and scrubbed and cleaned from 10-5pm. It is wonderful!! They got all the nooks and crannies and scrubbed down everything. It was fantastic. Now all that I have to do is maintain it. Justin got home and said "I didn't know they were bringing a new shower!" With me being nursing or pregnant for the past two years, I haven't been able to use the really good caustic cleaners that totally dissolve soap scum. With the kids out of the house and me not touching it I told them to use whatever they wanted to. The shower is sparkly!

We also went out this morning and bought Elijah some new sandal shoes. They are great! They are "Cars" movie themed sandals and they light up. He loves them! $20! But they should last him the summer. He has really wide feet and it is hard to buy him shoes without him there to try them on. These fit him wonderfully and he ran around the store trying them out for me. He was really obedient in the store, and even though he touched tons of shoes, he didn't pull any down on the floor. At Payless that is sooooooo tempting I am sure! At any rate, except for clothes (see the bar on the right for what he needs if you are a grandparent wanting to buy him clothing), we are set for the summer. I am planning to hit the goodwill this afternoon and see if they have any more cute shorts or shirts and any girly outfits. At less than $1 a piece you really can't beat it. There aren't any good yard sales this weekend to choose from.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mr. Allergy with Attitude!


Whew! The Terrible Two's seems to have coincided with allergy season. My little man is tired from coughing all night and that has turned him into a defiant little grumpmeister! Over the past two days he has tried to get by with less than an hour nap. When you couple that with going to bed at 9pm and getting up at 5 of 6 am and waking up several times a night you get a VERY tired and VERY grumpy 20 month old!


He is upstairs now for an early nap because he dumped a bowl of fruit loops on the floor and when I told him to pick them up (with my help of course) he shouted no, hit his sister, pinched me and ran away. He was discipilined and put in a time out. He then dissolved into a pile of screaming child so I toted him upstairs, changed his diaper and put him in bed. UGH! It was like this all day yesterday too! He would hit me and run away. He would get disciplined again and it would start over again. He really tried my patience!


Lydia is doing OK at night. She seems to understand that she needs to sleep at night but someitmes just decides that isn't what she wants to do. She nurses every 2 hours or so and it takes her FOREVER!! I am averaging about 4 hours of fragmented sleep every night. When coupled with no naps for me over the past two days, I am exhausted. I am looking forward to Saturday when Justin can take Lydia during EJ's nap and I can sack out for 3 hours. It is so sad that I am planning that to be the hilight of my weekend!


Today the weather is BEAUTIFUL!! We are planning to go to the park this afternoon. Elijah's little friend from church, Morgan, is going to meet us at 3:30. I am so looking forward to the next few days! Sunshine and 70's! I LOVE spring! Hopefully the sunny weather will help everyone's moods improve!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sick Update

Well--Elijah isn't sick. It was an allergy attack or something. I think he was probably just aggrivated by the fact that he slept in a house with a dog and a cat on Saturday night and then went to his nana's house with a dog on top of all this glorious pollen. Too much for his little head to take. Anyway--his head was hurting him yesterday--right above his eyebrows--so I called the doctor. The doctor said to give him children's Zyrtec and see if it helped--if it did it is allergies--if it didn't it would at least make him drowsy and he would sleep. I called Justin and asked him to stop on the way home. When he arrived home empty handed I was dissappointed until he said that they didn't have Zyrtec (the pharmacist called all over town and no one had it) and did I know just how expensive it was? Anyway--I decided, at the pharmacist's advice--to try Children's claritin. It in non-drowsy (darn!) but it sure seemed to work wonders. EJ slept almost 12 hours and only got up and cried out one time. It is a miracle! I am going to give it to him again tonight since he is still coughing a little bit today. Thankfully I have my cheerful boy back.

Lydia did better last night too. She screamed with her daddy until 11, ate at 11, 1, 4 and 7. Not bad--she went back to sleep after the 1 and 4am feeds. I am actually feeling human today!

Just to amuse the grandparents--I asked EJ what song he wanted me to sing last night as I rocked him and he said: "ABC song please" So I sang it and he wanted it again. After 4 renditions he said-"Thank you. Finish mommy. Crib now. Good night."

Monday, April 07, 2008

Way to man up honey!

With Elijah, we just assumed it would be like the books said and he would sleep through the night by the time he was 6 months old. Since I was staying home and we were nursing we decided that I would get up at night with him to let Justin sleep. That said, 19 months later, he still doesn't sleep through the night and I have a hubby trained to sleep through the screaming. Well, we (I) decided not to make the same mistake again!! For some reason, Elijah seems to wait until I am nursing to wake up so dear old hubby is getting up with him. Justin is also taking middle of the night turns with the screaming Lydia. We are both tired, but until he is tired enough to go to bed at 8pm like me, I think he is fine! He still has enough energy to stay up late and watch the Heels get clobbered or watch the latest CSI.

Justin is doing a good job of staying calm and not complaining about me poking him awake one or two times a night. Thankfully we can nurse without waking him up so unless Elijah stirs or Lydia is screaming he is getting good sleep.

Last night was AWFUL!! Poor Elijah is having an allergy attack I think. He slept at his uncle Cody's on Saturday night and my mom said he woke up in the middle of the night with a fever but went back to sleep. When we picked him up yesterday he was really puny and mopey and had a fever again. We gave him some Advil before bed and laid him down. He never did fall asleep--he was just up crying until 11pm. His daddy had tried taking him downstairs but he cried so hard he threw up. At 11 I took him in the guest room. I got him snuggled down and asleep and Lydia starts screaming. So I ease out of the bed, run into the bedroom and pop out the boob. I send Justin in with Elijah and we started our dance. Whew!! Two kids screaming is not fun!! Elijah did well with Justin through--every hour or two he would cry out for me but Justin would just hug him and he would go back to sleep. Lydia didn't have any major crying jags but she ended up in the bed with me nursing all night. I didn't sleep soundly but I did sleep some.

Got them both down for a morning nap so I am off to join them!! Hopefully they will overlap this afternoon too!

Say a prayer for the little man. He seems to feel better today. No fever, very little coughing and no runny nose. Just grouchy and pitiful from lack of sleep.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Sleeping Woes!


Who knew that a worse sleeper than Elijah existed. Apparantly we don't make sleepers. After three sleepless nights (I totaled less than 8 hours over the three nights) I left Lydia with Justin and a bottle and slept last night from 9pm-1am until he brought her in to nurse. We are repeating the drill tonight. She is just unhappy with the lights off at night--she wants them on so she can look around and be awake. After she nurses she fusses and frets and then starts wailing. She won't sleep in a nice comfy co-sleeper or snuggled in the bed with me . . . but I lay her on the kitchen floor while I open a snack for Elijah and she sacks out. Maybe she likes a firmer mattress??

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I Hate Newborns and Love Toddlerhood!



I always knew, even before becoming a mother, that I hated the "baby blob" stage. I hated it with Elijah and I hate it with Lydia. What is there to like about a poopy, screaming nip-sucker? Sure she is snuggly, but other than that there isn't much interaction. I find myself really wishing away this time I have with Lydia instead of enjoying it. Of course today I am probably a little more negative because of the extreme lack of sleep last night. She was up every hour and her longest stretch asleep was from 10:30-1:30am. Couple that with Elijah starting his day at 4am and we are all grumpy today! What is it with my kids and not sleeping?? (Justin joked this morning that they still sold ether).
Anyway--I love the stage Elijah is at now. Once they start talking is when I really start loving motherhood. He is such a ham!! Even with the "terrible twos" in full swing, temper tantrums and all. We were playing yesterday and he wanted to play popples. Here are his popple creations from yesterday--what an imagination. From Left to right, top to bottom you have: spider, thinocerous, bicycle, crab, parrot, penis and lollypop.

At any rate, we made it up, had our breakfast, went to the gym where I showered and shaved and ate my breakfast. We came home for a snack and then went to Music time at the library. We stopped at a local bakery on the way home for a treat--I let EJ get a M&M cookie. He didn't want any lunch so I put him upstairs where it seems he has just sugar crashed and fallen asleep. Now to wake up Lydia, get her to nurse and then get her to nap at the same time so I can sleep too! Whew! What a busy day we have and no daddy tonight to help us out :( Wednesday's are tough!