Monday, June 29, 2009
I didn't just leave my baby in her crib the ENTIRE naptime even though she wasn't sleeping several afternoons this week. I didn't turn off the monitor so I didn't have to hear her fuss about it. What kind of cruel mommy would do that. I also didn't secretly curse the roofing crew next door every time they hammered away at our neighbors house--its not their fault my kids won't sleep through that.
I also didn't leave the spray park in Rocky Mount on Thursday because my oldest child was being a tantrumy mess. Nope--I just put up with that kind of attitude in hopes of encouraging its regularity. I also didn't cringe when the mom (who was letting her one year old drink a Dr. Pepper) said that she couldn't believe I was leaving when he was just being a little bad since I'd driven all the way out there.
I didn't, in hopes of tiring out my wonderful children, take them to the pool several days this past week and let them swim and swim and swim. I also didn't let Lydia swim under the water and freak out the other mothers. Nope--not me! I also didn't secretly enjoy watching the other mother's cringe when my 15 month old dunked herself and swam to the steps, coming up with a huge smile on her face.
I also didn't dance a small dance of joy when my parents offered to keep both children overnight on Friday night. I love my kids and want them with me every minute :) I didn't clean my house, scrub the floors and showers and baths, organize closets, clean out from under the beds and more when I should have been using that time to rest and recharge. No--I am a super lazy bones and I just laid around eating chocolate and watching movies. I also didn't tell my husband to get out of the house and do yardwork so he was out of my way. Nope--not me.
Yesterday, we didn't leave church early in hopes of napping the children before the annual family reunion. Where would that put our priorities?? We also didn't push the kids way past their limits when said children didn't nap and we took them to the reunion anyway. We really enjoyed the scortching heat for two hours and I had a blast peddling the paddle boat around the lake. Elijah and Lydia didn't enjoy the smallest baby pool on the planet with their cousin Bradley--I mean water on a hot day--where the fun in that :)
After the reunion we didn't come home, change clothes and then head over to my parents house to cookout with my cousins from Florida and their new baby girl Callie. No--that would have been insane with exhausted, hot children who hadn't napped. I also didn't secretly turn green with envy when I heard that Callie was sleeping through the night at 5 weeks and has been ever since. Nope--not me--I really enjoy spending time with my kiddos around the clock and getting up 5 times a night is the best thing for me I am sure. I hope they never sleep through the night so I can enjoy this special time until they leave for college. Sleep is for wimps!
I am also so not glad its Monday. I hate getting the kiddos back on routine and being able to rely on a good afternoon nap to get me through the day. I love to just fly by the seat of my pants have have grumpy irratable children who won't sleep--don't you?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Elijah now only wants to be in the big pool swimming to me off the stairs. He does his swimming arms and kicks and he can make it about 7 or 8 feet. He is so proud! I can't believe how well he can hold his breath.
Lydia, after about a week of watching Elijah, decided that going under looked like a LOT of fun so she is going under on purpose too. The only problem is that she can't get herself back up. She only wants to be in the baby pool so that she can walk around, dunk under and wait for me to pull her up. She comes up grinning. I can't take my eyes off of her for one second because she is constantly dunking herself.
Yesterday we were at the pool for an hour and a half and she was really crabby because of not sleeping well. I let her play in the baby pool for 5 minutes, then I would play with Elijah in the big pool and just hold her for 5 minutes. She was screaming because she wanted to go under and swim to the stairs like he was doing. I let her do it a couple of times but some of the other moms freaked out so I stopped. She was FINE--happy and smiling--but something about pushing a 15 month old under the water made the other moms nervous. I caved to the peer pressure :)
Thankfully, one of the other moms took pity on me and held her and fed her large amounts of snack on a chair while I devoted about 15 minutes to Elijah alone. After that he was pretty much content to play in the baby pool with his sister.
It was a good morning but tiring. I tired water aerobics at the YMCA and the 1 hour class was no match for my time at the pool with the kiddos. I am WAY more tired after keeping the two of them safe at the pool :) I guess I will just stick with my recumbant bike and weights.
Monday, June 22, 2009
She's been saying "Mamen" with us for a while now, but now she is praying independently. Good habits start young!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I though Lydia would be tired too, she was up from 2am-12pm without a nap, but she only napped an hour and has been up there messing around since. I don't know what her problem is lately but I am ready for it to end!! She is currently sleeping from 7ish-2am and then 1-2pm. That's it. No matter how much I lay her down or let her fuss she will not nap more during the day or sleep at night. She'll just mess around in her dark room and keep herself awake. I am longing for a swaddle blanket that won't make her sweat to death and that she can't wriggle out of--maybe immobility would be boring enough that she'd sleep :)
I am not sure what we're going to do for dinners the next couple of days. We were supposed to be on our anniversary trip to Banner Elk resort but our reservation was never confirmed so we aren't going. It is a long and horrible story about how terrible customer service is. Needless to say we were disappointed that our getaway didn't happen and now I am scrambling for dinner ideas. I am not really keen on dragging the kiddos to the grocery store but we don't have much in the pantry or the freezer to draw from . . . if you would like to bring us a meal we will happily accept anything except chicken--Justin doesn't eat chicken. Strike that--if you want to bring us a meal bring it on, Justin can eat a peanut butter sandwich if he doesn't like it :)
Baby Denton #3 is shaping up to be a boy by my guesses. Apparantly it hasn't gotten the memo that the morning sickness should a) only be in the morining and b) end after the first trimester. I've got 1 day left in my first trimester and I am getting sicker and sicker. Reminds me of the unrelenting nausea I had with Elijah. It will be nice to have another boy though--we can't seem to agree on a girl name but we already have a boy name picked from Lyddie's pregnancy. Elijah really freaked this morning when I couldn't stop throwing up long enough to talk with him. It was about 15 minutes of me sick. He kept coming in and yelling at the baby to stop kicking my stomach so I would stop throwing up. It was cute. Later he asked me how I was going to put the baby on time out for kicking me and making me sick. Too cute and such a man of justice!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Anyway--Elijah painted two pumpkins--a orange and green one on the bottom and a green one up top. He actually said that he was going to paint a pumpkin and did it. I was pretty impressed. He is very excited because he has a pumpkin growing in the garden. Its about the size of a large cantalope at this point. It should be HUGE by Halloween time.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
In true little sister fashion, after watching Elijah go under again and again, Lydia decided she too was going to go under and proceeded to dunk herself numerous times. She hasn't got the whole holding her breath thing down yet so she drank a lot of water, but she didn't get fussy and kept dipping back in for more. Its killing her to not be able to do it like Elijah can but I bet she'll be swimming under the water by the end of the summer--especially if we keep averaging three times a week at the pool.
EJ loved jumping into the baby pool. He'll also jump into the shallow 2 ft. deep part and "swim" to the ladder to climb out.
Lyddie laughing at daddy. He was trying to teach her to blow bubbles out when she went under. She thought it was funny he kept going under.
Here's a video of the little mister swimming over and under daddy's legs. He's got the breath holding thing down pat!
And no--in case you are wondering--we don't use any kind of floatation device with the kiddos. We took baby survival swimming and it advises not allowing your kid to get used to water wings or other floaties until they ALREADY know how to swim. It gives them a false sense of security around the pool and you are tempted to be less cautious. I know this is true because there are tons of kids at the pool that are Elijah's age swimming ALONE in water over their heads because their parents have water wings on them. I prefer to have my hands on them at all times and let Elijah realize the hard way that he has to stay in shallow water or learn to swim. Its a lot harder on me but my kid is way farther along than 90% of the other 3 year olds that I see swimming. He is great at holding his breath, he can swim to the side and kick off the bottom if he falls in and he knows how to get to the ladder.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Right before we left--with one minute left to go--Elijah went to go and jump in a sprayer, lost his footing (even with NONSLIP WATER SOCKS!) and smacked the back of his head on the concrete. He didn't lost consciousness, his eyes are equal and reactive, he isn't nauseous and is feeling fine except when you touch it. I watched him like a hawk for the past two hours and he seems fine. Here are some shots of the bump once we got home.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
We went to the pool for the first time yesterday. Despite waiting until mid-June, the water was frigid! The kids braved it though and enjoyed their purple lipped selves. We stayed almost 2 hours. I don't know who was more tired-me or them! They both fell asleep at 7 and I was out by 9. I didn't take the camera because I had enough to pack without it! Snacks, towels, change of clothes, toys . . . whew!! It was fun though and now that the bag is packed we're set!
I don't think I've taken pictures in a week--highly unusual but we've been so busy! Maybe tonight at the party for Uncle Cody but probably not. I have to leave mid-party to teach my cake class at the tech so I probably won't even remember to take the camera :)
Well--both kiddos are down, the cake is decorated, the blog is updated and I am tired! We went to the park before the gym, then to the gym, then made the cookie then had lunch with great-grandmama already today. That's a lot with two little munchies. Hopefully well all get a good nap and have our "sleep-energy" to go to Uncle Cody's bash tongiht. BBQ ribs here I come!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Anyway--we had tons of energy today so I tired the kids out in the baby pool. What a blast!! I don't have editing for the photos on the computer so if you want to see them bigger just click on the picture. The kids faces in some of these are just priceless. Lyddie didn't mind being splashed at all. She kept trying to copy Elijah when he went under except that she didn't hold her breath very well so she ended up drinking 1/2 the pool I think. She shook it off though and kept going back for more--that's my girl!