Friday, August 29, 2008
Thanks to my awesome, beautiful, wonderful, giving, loving mom for watching the kids this week so John and I could go to the Open Houses together. My mom is the best and has always been there for us when we needed her (my dad too of course). I have been blessed with wonderful parents and can't thank them enough for doing what they do.
Mom and Dad...you guys ROCK!
We also attended Abby's Open House last night and are once again very pleased with Abby's teachers. We have had wonderful experiences with the Learning Center and look forward to Lucy attending there in a couple of years. I took Abby yesterday afternoon to meet her teachers and they were great with her and although Abby didn't really talk to them much she seemed to feel very comfortable and had a great time playing. Several of her classmates from last year are in the same class so I think that will make a huge difference!
Max started football practice Wednesday night...yes it has been a VERY BUSY WEEK! His first game is on the 18th. Abby keeps reminding us that she wants to play football this year too so as soon as registration through the YMCA begins we'll sign her up. I can't wait to see our little "princess" running up and down the field :)
Lucy is doing great and is going to be turning 1 year old on the 16th! YIKES! She is walking great as long as she is holding onto something and will walk behind her push toy very steadily. Of course as soon as she runs into something she bangs the toy against it and screeches until someone comes to help her...very Abby like...UH OH! I have started weaning her off formula and onto organic whole milk. The milk also goes into a cup instead of a bottle so when formula is gone that means NO MORE BOTTLES! Max and Abby were both on all milk/cups by their first birthday so that is the goal I have for Lucy as well. I think she is having issues with the temperature of the milk however because I have spent a year heating up her formula for her...now she has COLD milk. Her first taste of it she ended up letting pour out of her mouth. She is interacting more and more with Abby and Max and loves following them around the house and hanging out with them in the playroom. She has also developed a fondness for Abby's baby dolls :) Abby has decided Lucy needs her own dolls for her birthday! Is she looking out for her sister or just protecting her own stuff? :)
John is doing well and is working hard as always. Unfortunately his beloved Wolfpack did not do so well last night against South Carolina :( He is taking it relatively well though. I guess he has too much other stuff on the brain to get too upset about it.
Well, thanks for reading my rambling thoughts. Gotta go scrub something...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We spent some time at the beach on Sunday before Max headed off to school and since I had my dad's camera I took the opportunity to get some pictures...
Just because I haven't been able to post any pics in awhile....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
From this...May 5, 2003...first day of life
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Abby on the other hand...Bless her heart...REALLY doesn't want to take a nap and she hasn't been forced to for a few weeks now (except when we were at Shea's house...nap time was my only sanity). She does pretty well for a few days then seems to start losing her steam and becomes irrational and moody. She has not had a nap since last Saturday when she was with John and she fell asleep on the couch so she was in dire need today. As a matter of fact although she pitched a fit about NOT wanting to take a nap (only stopping her crying fit long enough to yawn) she fell asleep within moments of me leaving her room. The problem with taking a nap however is that she probably will not go to sleep until somewhere between 9 and 10 tonight regardless of how long I let her sleep. This is not conducive to spending any quality time with John in the evenings because if I don't sit in her doorway until she falls asleep then she pitches a fit and we risk everyone waking up (I think she's going through a separation anxiety issue).
I don't mean to sound like I am complaining (because I am so grateful that we were blessed with these beautiful healthy children) but sleep is a serious problem around here...and not because we have an 11 month old in the house. It's Max and Abby. There hasn't been a night in I don't know how long...months probably...that they have slept through the night without waking up or crying out in their sleep at least once. Most nights they are both doing it...at different times of course...so John and I feel like yo-yo's getting in and out of bed several times a night. Getting to sleep isn't the problem (with the exception of Abby napping)...it's staying asleep that our kids haven't mastered yet. I really feel strongly that if they got better quality sleep at night then they may be calmer during the day and the fits might start to disappear. I just don't know what to do to help them get the quality sleep (no I don't want to drug them). I've certainly been doing a lot of praying about it and I am sure we will be given a solution so I guess I just need to be patient. NOW I NEED A NAP! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I had told Abby to stop jumping on the couch or she would have to stay off of it. Well, Max was on the couch and she thought it would be fun to jump and land on top of him. When I caught her and fussed at her she said she was sorry. Before I could say another word Max looked at her and said, " Abby, sorry doesn't solve the problem." I had to turn around fast to keep them from seeing me smile and of course John was behind me cracking up :)
Today I was trying to get Max and Abby to go outside to play since the temperature has dropped to a tolerable 82. Abby, still terrified of airplanes...UGH...wouldn't go out because she heard one. Max, in a loving a protective mood today, told her, "Abby, it's okay, remember that God is always with you." It didn't alleviate her fear but it made me feel good to know that he knows this and wants to share that info with his sister.
Finally, a few minutes later they came inside for the umpteenth time...this time to go potty. I heard them in the bathroom and I heard Max saying, "let me see you try." Seconds later he came out so excited and proceeded to tell me that Abby "did it". Knowing that she has been potty trained for awhile now and capable of "doing it" herself I asked him what she did. Well, Max, ever the genius, taught his sister how to pee standing up! He said he showed her how to just lean forward and she did. I told him that girls don't do that as I rushed in to make sure she hadn't gone all over the floor. No mess to clean up and Abby was proud of herself but I did ask her to make sure she sat down from now on because girls don't stand up when they go potty, only boys should do that.
Kids...whatcha gonna do with 'em?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Believe it or not, no hair products were used on this beautiful baby and she did not put her finger in a light socket. It is all her! Transport back 33 years and this could be her mommy :)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Well don't, I did this because I love my sister and brother-in-law and nephew and nieces and they needed me so what else would a sister do? Friday afternoon though I was SO EXCITED to see my husband come in the door to pick up Max and Abby. He was taking them to his parents house and Lucy and I would head over that evening to spend the rest of the weekend. Two down and five to go, the odds were still not in my favor but oh well :) I really did have a great time and Max and Abby and Jack and Molly (I think) had a blast with their cousins. They didn't have to play with each other all week...YEAH! Lucy was fascinated with Sophie and Macy and I think they got a kick out of having a different baby around besides their own mirror image. I also have to give a shout out to uncle Mark who pitched in when desperately needed.
We are now home and staying put since school is only two weeks away. My little man starts Kindergarten on August 19th. He seems excited and I think he's ready because he's bored being at home. I am feeling some guilt however about not teaching because I always thought I'd be there working at the school when he started and he could come to my room after school, or I'd see his class in the hallway, etc. I do plan to volunteer at the school but somehow it doesn't feel the same.
Before I get too emotional about it...let's move on to the next bit of exciting news...Abby has started swimming lessons! Tonight was her second night. Monday she cried quite a bit when it was time for me to leave her with the teacher but as soon as she got in the water she was fine and kept smiling and waving to us. Tonight she didn't cry at all and seemed to have a great time. She even went UNDERWATER! whoa! If she keeps this up we'll have to keep her in lessons year round (it's an indoor pool).
That's enough for now...I'll post more later and hopefully have some pics to share of Abby's party.