Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A New Year, A New Us!

As I type this sitting next to the warm fire my sweet hubby made and drinking the venti soy chai tea latte my hubby went out to get me, I watch Claire dance to Monsters University and Patrick is playing independently with every type of ball known to man. I have a good life. A very good life. This year I am working on writing an update monthly about our family and the milestones we keep hitting. Today is a perfect day to start this because on a whim yesterday (we had a snow day) I put Claire in her big girl undies. She loves the princesses, so it wasn't hard to convince her to give them a shot. We talked about not peeing on Ariel or Minnie & Daisy. After 1 pee accident early in the day and then a poo accident, Claire started pooping on the potty. As I put her down for her nap with a diaper, I crammed with the 3 Day Potty Training PDF guide by Lora Jensen. I then ran around the house and prepared a prize box with lots of trinkets and a few pieces of candy. All were things we already owned and things Claire more or less forgot about (a stamp pad and stamper, 2 bracelets, a hair tie, a special Princess style body glitter spray, a dum dum and a box of nerds). I also created a sticker chart. I clearly wasn't prepared for her to poop EIGHT times in one day because after each poo I had the word PRIZE after the box. She literally pooped EIGHT times. Every time she got a prize. I didn't even have 8 prizes in my box but we improvised. She went outside in the snow one time with daddy and stayed dry the entire time!!! We made cookies and she earned two cookies another time. She also was able to watch Monsters University at the end of the night because she was such a big girl. I decided to try and put her down without a diaper and in her big girl undies for bedtime. We were off on another snow day so I knew I was in for less sleep than normal, but that was okay. She woke at 12:50ish and I rushed her to the potty. Completely DRY, go Claire! No pee, but I put her back down and she woke again at 4:45 am, complete dry. GO CLAIRE. I tried to put her on the potty again and nothing. She even drank some water and milk in the middle of the night because she was so thirsty. As I woke up at 6 am to get in the shower, I was changing Patrick's diaper and Claire was watching Frozen songs on my iPhone. She was standing on the baby potty and the trickle, well waterfall started. I rushed her to the toilet and she continued for a good while, right through Minnie & Daisy. We praised the peeing on the potty and I, moderately disappointed, reminded Claire how Minnie & Daisy do not want to get wet and that's yucky to do that in our undies. So day two begins... In other news, Patrick is our big almost NINE month old BABY! We love him to pieces. He is the calm in our life and reminds us all to live easy, breathe and laugh. He giggles at Claire; everything is funny to him. He's a mover nowadays. Army crawling sitting to crawling, crawling to sitting, crawling to downward dog. He's really, really good at downward dog. Maybe that's the yoga sense of his "live easy and breathe" personality. It's taken him a little longer to do things Claire was doing, but now he talks (dadada, bababba, yayayya, sometimes a maaamaaa), he sits in the tub or swims on his belly, he laughs hysterical if I pour water on him, or if Claire in the tub with him. He quietly goes to bed on his own with his paci and one hand stroking his head. He still nurses, but loves to eat a real dinner too. Last night he ate broccoli, corn, and shredded pork. We are just so thankful and blessed for a little Brady Bunch. <3

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Sunday, June 16, 2013


So Patrick is now a big boy. He slept in his crib for the first time today, for a nap. I was so surprised and am so proud of him. I just put him down for bed in his crib too, fingers crossed he does great!!!! 

I guess he liked his nap! Hoping he enjoys his sleep a lot tonight, maybe enough to sleep 9-3! 

Tomorrow I am leaving Tim with C & P for a STEM meeting and I'm hoping they behave for their Daddy.  He does such a great job with them and I do not tell him enough, how much I truly appreciate him! 

Happy Daddy's Day!

Monday, June 10, 2013


No really my little peanut I SUCH a big girl. She rocks!

Today while she went to Nannette's I put her toddler rail on her bed. I made it nice and pretty and told her all about on our way home. We went straight upstairs, since Patrick was still sleeping, and played in her room ad sat on her new big girl bed.

We went on with our afternoon and enjoyed coloring outside, eating Mac & cheese, and bath time where I searched for "nickels" in her ears (my mom's trick to cleaning out ears- I remover her doing it to me as a child, too). Well talk about belly laugh, deep in our guts, both of us couldn't stop hysterically laughing. Claire started checking Ariel's ears for nickels too and she couldn't get enough of it! So darn funny!!!

Fast forward to bed time. We sat in bed together and I covered her up with three b-lankets! She had 3 pacis in hand, well one in mouth, and we read 5 books: Goodnight Moon, Animals, Bathtime, Olivia (her pronunciation of this is adorable), and Summer (twice). She then read to Daddy and I by herself. I so wish I taped that because she would say the things she knew like and elaborate with nonsense words! So darn cute!!!

I then needed to calm Patrick down so Tim was on charge. I watched on the monitor as he read one more story and she said she didn't want to go down. Well he picked her up, laid her down, covered her and said goodnight. She cried a bit, stood up, sat back down, cried a little, and eventually laid down slowly falling asleep.

Then I get a phone call from my mom on Tim's phone; odd.

Tornado watch meaning one was spotted near us. We had to make a decision wake Claire up for nothing or don't wake her up and something happen. We went to the basement for about 10 minutes. She played with my phone then I took her back up. She went right down! How sweet! Now she's sound asleep- I wonder if she'll call for us when she wakes. I hope so!!

She is such a big girl- she did have her first "beer" last night too! No really it was just apple juice! :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pee Pee

Claire just went pee pee in the potty (not the first time, but it's been a while). You go girl!!! She got two mini m&ms for the tinkle. I only meant to show her one - oops!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sleep Deprivation, what's that?

I very easily may be jinxing myself, but I want to write this post because I am curious as to how Claire was at this age. I remember being EXHAUSTED. I remember wondering and bouncing and swaying and shushing in the middle of the night all night long. I do not remember 2-3 hour chunks of sleep on a regular basis all night long. I only remember maybe sleeping 2 or 3 hours total for the night. Patrick is a sleepy boy and loves to wake up only to nurse. He falls back asleep instantly and stays unswaddled in his bed next to our bed. I began wondering today, if it because he is going to be trouble in the future. Will he be like his Daddy, keeping me up all hours of the night when he's a teenager? I fear this, but I cannot stress over it now, as I am one happy mama since he is letting me sleep soundly every night and I truly am not sleep deprived. Life is really good right now.