Monday, December 30, 2013

The Christmas Season

So there's been some radio silence over here on the blog and my facebook and everything else social media like and that's because my husband had the flu, which subsequently turned into bronchitis.  The day before Christmas Eve is father actually took him to the hospital because his fever hit 105!

Crazy huh?

You know what else is also crazy...trying to take care of two kids, wrap presents, cook, bake and assemble a 50 million piece train set by yourself.  Also, when you're hosting Christmas dinner and people hear the word "flu" they scatter like sand in a hurricane.  Can't say that I blame them, the flu is a nasty business that had Andy shivering, sleeping, coughing like mad which sent me into Lysol overdrive after I quarantined him in the basement.

Taking care of a 7 month old and a 4 year old by yourself is not easy.  Forget the house it literally looked like a Toys R Us exploded in here for awhile and there was one dreadful night when Isabella, my four year old, was up for almost 2 hours in the middle of the night for No Good Reason!  Then the baby was up 30 minutes later and I drank coffee like it was my job.

Now he's finally better and I am so happy to have him back and to make up for some lost family time (this is my winter break after all) and to catch up on putting all of the loot we got for Christmas away.

Christmas Day was amazing, aside from him being sick and our extended family not being here.  Christmas is magical when you see it through the eyes of a child who truly believes and Arya was good as gold.  My parents and sister were here and we opened gifts, had a long breakfast, played with toys, drank wine, ate a nice dinner.  It was wonderful.  Andy came up and watched the girls open presents before he went back into his pit of sickness.

He was so sad to have missed it!  But Christmas is more than just a day...It's a season.

Here are some highlights of our Christmas season (I'd edit them to make them purtier, but I have neither the time or the inclination)

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Sesame Place

Sesame Place

Oscar the Grouch

ginger bread house
Ginger Bread house making

7 month old baby
7 Months Old!

Christmas pajamas
PJ day at school

Polar Express Train Ride



Waffle Cone Christmas Trees

Making reindeer footprints






My secret elf

Secret Santa girls dinner










Things might be a bit slow around here for the rest of this week.  I'm trying to enjoy what's left of my vacation before I go back to work and now that I have an extra set of hands I might actually get to relax a bit.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and have an amazing New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Isabella Update

Every month my littlest gets her own update, but now it's time to update on my biggest.  The girl who made me a mommy and who amazes me everyday.

Isabella is 4 and half.  Shut up right?  I can't believe it either.  She's a spitfire.  She loves to dress up and the only time she wears regular clothes is when she's going to school or when we're leaving the house and it's cold.  Other than that, she's in a dress, tights, fancy shoes, and a tiara.  She loves to play pretend and has a crazy imagination.  She loves arts and crafts and handles a scissor mighty well.  She would color and draw and paint all day if she could.

She's doing awesome at school.  In the beginning she was painfully shy and would cower by the teacher, which is so unlike her giant personality at home where she demands to be the center of attention, but Andy and I have been working with her teacher and she's opening up and playing with the other kids.  My bestie's daughter is in her class and they're little BFFs too, so she always has someone to play with.  She's starting to sound out words and recognizing some sight words, she's great with numbers and loves to write letters to her cousins.  She's so smart with the things she says and the things she remembers that she blows my mind.  The other day she told me her favorite color was crimson.

Isabella is a great big sister when she wants to be, singing and reading to her sister.  Other times she just can't be bothered.  I thing she's still struggling with having to share the spotlight, especially now that Arya is smiling and babbling and more interactive.  Isabella thrives on attention.

Some of the things that we're struggling with is her listening and cleaning up her mess.  Isabella likes to do things on her own time frame and she's very very sensitive and dramatic.  More than once she's stormed off to her room and shut the door.  I have to really remind myself (often) to be patient with her because even though she's smart, she's just a little girl.

She loves anything with sugar, especially tic tacs and ice pops.  Eating can be a battle sometimes but we're pretty consistent in having her at least taste things.  She's bizarre sometimes.  She'll eat raw corn muffin mix but not the cooked muffin.  Drives me bananas.

She's a typical four year old, excited everyday to find her elf, pushing us to our limits, "forgetting" to clean up her mess, and loving her family.


This is the dress she wore when she was 2

Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas with her cousins


Reading to Arya

With her BFF the praying mantis

Monday, December 23, 2013

T'was Days Before Christmas

2 days until Christmas and I've officially hit panic mode.  The shopping is 95% done, I just have to pick up one present from my girlfriend and hit up the liquor store.  The wrapping is 75% done and I hate wrapping presents so I'm really dragging my ass on that one.  The food shopping is 0% done and again I'm really not feeling dealing with the mad house of the grocery store.

And then there's the best part...Andy is sick in bed with a 102 fever.

I swear to God you just can't make this shit up.  I was so looking forward to a long leisurely holiday break where Andy and I let each other sleep in and we got to spend some good time together as a family, now I get to take care of 2 kids and a husband.  Grrrrrr.

I really am all alight with Christmas spirit I just need to vent a bit.  I know that it's not his fault that he's sick, but I really really wanted this break to be a reconnecting one after the hecticness of the holiday season.

Currently I'm stuffing him full of medicine and orange juice and saying prayers to the powers that be that no one else gets it, especially my littles, and that it's not the flu.  Maybe it's like a 24 hour bug.

I hope that all of you have a very Merry Christmas and that it's full of health, happiness and laughter!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Monday, December 16, 2013

7 Months

Weight: unknown


Height: unknown (Her next appointment isn't for a few weeks)


Sleeping Habits: Arya is a keeper, not a sleeper.  We're still not sleeping through the night.  She still needs to be nursed/rocked to sleep all the time.  She goes down around 7 and will either wake up once at three to eat and then go back to bed until 5:30/6 or she'll wake up twice, once at around 11 and then again at around 3 and still up at the ass crack of dawn.  Then there was that one super fun week where she was up for 2 hours in the middle of the night for no good reason, not crying, just up.  Hanging out.  Thank God that's over...at least for now.  I did make one attempt to let her cry it out and then broke after about 30 minutes of crying.  Not sure what we're going to do, but I'm open to suggestions ::yawn::  Her naps are awesome at least.  2-3 naps per day 1.5-3 hours long.  Woot woot!

Eating Habits: We still EBF and she takes bottles of pumped milk when I'm at work.  She eats every 3-4 hours.  She'll take 4-5 ounces in a bottle. She's eaten sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, bananas, peaches and apples, some purees, and some table food. Sometimes she loves her food and other times she's only about the boob.   

Milestones: Sitting like a boss.  She's got it down pat.  We also have two razor sharp baby teeth poking through on the bottom.

Best Thing This Month: All the Christmas festivities.  She went to see Santa, decorated the Christmas tree, and went on the Polar Express train ride.  I love this time of year. 


Challenges This Month: It's still sleep, it will probably always be sleep.  

Looking Forward To: Christmas.  I'm loving everything about this season.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stupid Internet Quotes

The internet is a dark and creepy place with stupidity lurking in every corner.  I've decided to debunk some really stupid internet quotes.  Partly because it's fun and partly because I don't have a whole lot to write about.  


I beg to differ.  I've had a lot of conversations with both students and adults that revolved around really stupid questions.

Me:  You can put your backpacks on the back of your chair and come to the rug.
Student:  Where do I put my backpack?  (30 times a day for a million different things!  No one listens to me!)

I also had to listen to my mom ask me about a bajillion questions on how to cook tatertots before I told her to just look on the bag. 


Thank God not all moments last forever.  If you've ever stepped on a Lego or bit into a scalding Lean Pocket you know that some moments need to expire as quickly as possible.  


Aren't we all a little nuts sometimes?  LOL sorry I couldn't resist. 


Obviously the person who wrote this has never tasted a cupcake or pizza or wine or anything with melted cheese.  Yum!


Is this one even for real?  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bedtime Battles

So Arya is 6 and a half months old (crazy right?) and she's still not sleeping through the night, which I'm kind of ok with.  I mean I don't love it because who loves getting up in the middle of the night?  No one that's who.  But I understand it.  She's still little and she still needs to eat.  She is usually only up once to eat around 3 and then right back to sleep.  And, if I'm being honest, it's not too tough on me, Andy gets her, changes her diaper, brings her to me where I nurse her lying down, and when she's done he takes her and puts her back in her crib, so I really don't ever have to actually get up (except when he's on midnights and then I'm on my own).

It's the going to bed that's driving me bananas.

Arya goes to bed around 7.  She's had the exact same routine since she was pretty much born:  books, bath, nurse, bed.  I nurse her to sleep and if Andy or my mom is doing her bedtime, they give her a bottle of breast milk and rock her to sleep.  She is also rocked to sleep for naps.  She has sleep crutches.  So she still won't put herself to sleep.  Sometimes she does.  Sometimes I put her down drowsy but awake and she'll fuss to sleep, but only sometimes.  Most time her fusses turn into cries and I go in and help her fall asleep.

I know it's bad habits and she needs to learn to fall asleep on her own consistently, not just sometimes.  Andy wants to start sleep training her over my Christmas break.  She'll be 7 months old.  And even though I did it with Isabella and it made a world of difference, I really don't want to with Arya.

Well that's not true, sometimes when I'm in her room for the third time trying to get her to go back to sleep I totally want to just be like "eff this crap, let's do the training." So right now I'm just biding my time and hoping that she "gets it" before Christmas break, because he's all armed with his research and junk and it is really annoying to have to rock her and walk her and nurse her to sleep for every nap and bedtime, but she's still just my wee little baby.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy

I'm happy.  Like deep in your bones, glowing happy.  I'm tired because we're still not sleeping through the night.  I still can't keep up with the housework.  Work is crazy busy.  The scale has crept up significantly since I decided that leftover pumpkin pie is a nutritious breakfast.  It doesn't matter.  I'm happy anyway.

I'm happy that the house is all lit up with Christmas lights.  I love that Isabella wakes up every morning so excited to see where her elf on the shelf is.  I'm happy that we were able to host Thanksgiving and instead of it being stressful, we all pulled together to make it an amazing holiday.

I'm so happy to be in this house and to be creating memories with my little family.  I'm just so happy for all that is happening and all that is yet to come.