Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weaning...Allegedly

So I've come to the conclusion that I'm never going to be able to wean Arya.  Like ever.  The girl is a nursing fiend.  I get home from work and she's practically tearing at my clothes.  She doesn't take a pacifier, never has, and I think she's mostly using me for comfort since she eats three meals a day plus snacks.  I think that search for comfort is aiding and abetting her night waking habit.

But I love nursing...most of the time.  I love her milky smiles and how she plays with her feet when she eats.  And how she giggles when I stick my tongue out at her.  But I'd really love it if we could keep the nursing down to maybe just morning and night.

When I'm working I just nurse her when I get home from work (even though she's not hungry) and at bedtime, but on the weekends it's still on demand and I'm not sure if it's going to stay that way throughout the summer or if she won't miss me as much since I'll be home.  We'll have to see.  I don't plan on making any drastic changes over the summer since I'd like to enjoy my time off without any major upheaval, but we'll have to see about making some changes by the time I go back to work in September because as much as I love our nursing sessions I'm very quickly approaching my "DONE" limit.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

5 Years Old

On Thursday June 19, 2014 Isabella turned 5 years old.  Can you even believe it?  I've watched her grow from a tiny little blob into a smart, sassy, fresh, creative, beautiful little girl.  She pushes me to my limits every day, sometimes more than once a day.  But she really is just pure joy.

Just Born


One Year


Two Years


Three Years 


Four Years


Five Years




Monday, June 16, 2014

A Frozen Birthday Bash

Isabella is pretty much like 90% of young girls in that she's obsessed with Frozen, namely Queen Elsa, so we decided to have a frozen themed 5th birthday party for her.  Although I absolutely love party planning and conceptualizing, Arya's Onederland pretty much tapped me out, so I decided to have the party out.  You know...just write a check and everything is done for you.

We had it at a place called Bella Princess and it was just beautiful.  Everything from the decorations to the activities to the favors was detailed to perfection.  Queen Elsa painted faces, had a royal coronation, special dances, and she even shared her magic and let Isabella make snow.  It was nice to see Isabella as the center of attention since her little sister thinks that she's the show stopper.

Isabella had a great day!























Thursday, June 12, 2014

School Stickers Review & Giveaway

So you all know about Arya's sleeping issues, as in she's still not quite sleeping through the night.  However, she's really cute so we'll keep her anyway.  But what you probably don't know is that Isabella has been giving us a really hard time as well.  She was up once a night as well and getting up super early in the morning.  Being a teacher I know the power that stickers have over small children (they're like kiddie crack) and how well positive incentive charts can work to alter a behavior.  So when School Stickers, the place for customizable stickers, contacted me and asked me to review their product the timing couldn't have been more serendipitous.

The farm animal themed stickers and reward chart were the perfect fit for my little animal lover.  They were bright, had large print, and were really beautiful.  Isabella was in love.  The first night we used them she slept straight through the night.  She still woke up a bit earlier than I'd like but she was super excited to put the sticker on her chart.  I promised her that after 10 nights she could have a special treat and we just hit that milestone so we're going canoeing.




These stickers and rewards charts really are so adorable.  They have tons of themes, like sports, fairy, and space creatures.  It's a teacher's and parent's dream with tons of ways to personalize your creations. I'm thinking I might have to hit up School Stickers for my new class in September.

The prices are beyond reasonable, there are tons of options for under 5 bucks or you can just enter to win here.


School Stickers is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a set of personalized stickers and reward chart.  Pretty sweet huh?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Good vs. Evil

In all of us there is a battle of good and evil.  My littles are no different.

Arya

Good:

1.  She really is just the happiest little thing ever.  Everything makes her smile.

2.  She's so silly.  She loves to just roll around on the floor making silly faces.  She likes to laugh at everything.

3.  She is the best little dancer shaking her booty.

4.  She's a great eater.  She'll eat anything you give her and she loves her veggies.

5.  She's a great napper.  Goes right down and sleeps for an hour and a half and wakes up happy.

Evil:

1.  That baby still does not sleep through the night.  She needs to get her shit together asap.

2.  She's up my ass.  Seriously every time I turn around that girl is pulling on my pant leg or following me around the house.  She needs to be touching me or seeing me at all times.

3.  She bites.  If you piss her off, she'll really go to take a chunk out of you.

4.  She wants everything her big sister has.  If Isabella picks it up for a second Arya's on it like white on rice.

5.  She poops like 4 times a day.  While that's not necessarily evil, changing 4 stinky diapers a day is no fun.

Isabella

Good:

1.  She's so smart.  Her mind is like a sponge, just learning and remembering everything.

2.  She has an amazing imagination.  She creates the most amazing story lines for her games and shows.

3.  She's really creative.  She loves to do any kind of arts and crafts or project.

4.  She's so innocent.  She really is such an innocent little girl.  She doesn't know any popular songs on the radio because she always wants to listen to the Disney station.  She always tries to find the best in people.

5.  She's a great big sister.  She tries to comfort Arya when she cries and she loves to play with her and dance with her.

Evil:

1.  She's a huge cry baby.  Like she cries if you're telling her she's having chicken for dinner.  She cries at the drop of a hat.  Loud, obnoxious, screaming crying and I. Just. Can't.

2.  She doesn't want to eat anything.  If it's not cheese, a carb, or sugar she's not interested.  Dinner time is a battle.

3.  She holds her pee until the last second.  Just go to the damn bathroom!

4.  She procrastinates.  It takes like a thousand years to get her ready to go anywhere.  Get your little butt in the car!

5.  She only wants to wear dresses.  She has such nice clothes and she only wears half of them.  Sometimes I can convince her to wear skirts...sometimes.

Two little monsters!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mommy Daughter Date

Arya is a clingy little leech sometimes and more often than not she monopolizes my time with her incessant needs: feed me, change my diaper, make sure I don't choke on a rock, blah, blah, blah.  But I still need some quality time with my big girl.

My big girl who loves all things princesses and dresses, so I took her to a Royal Princess Ball.  It was hosted at an actual wedding hall.  We were greeted by Anna, Elsa, Tink, Rosetta, and Jake from the Neverland Pirates.  Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen were the emcees.  It was a Tangled themed event so once we were seated there was a little skit with Rapunzle and Flynn Rider.  It was so cute.  Then we had a really yummy buffet brunch, took pictures with Rapunzle and Flynn and then it was off to the stations.

The first one was a hair braiding station, then we went to decorate the braid with flowers,  we made a crown, and threw apples to Maximus, but the best part was the dance party.  They had a few organized dances like learning to fly in Pixie Hallow with Tink and Rosetta and some big circle dance with Tiana.  The freestyle dancing with the princess was the funnest.  She was following Elsa around like it was nobody's business.

It was such a fun date for the two of us to do together and she had a royal ball!









Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feeling Like Summer

I can taste it.  Summer is just around the corner.  I'd say it's here, but I still have about 3 weeks of work left.  Boo!  But the sunshine is here. I've finally packed away the last of the sweaters and mittens and boots.  We've been enjoying lots of fresh air and sunshine and water.  There's just a more relaxed feel to summer living.







Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Frazzled

Did you ever have one of those days?  A day where you are worn out, touched out, overwhelmed and buried up to your ears in "have-to's" and "need-to's" and "shoulds".

Man was today a frazzle dazzle day for me.  I woke up exhausted.  Arya was up for an hour in the middle of the night last night.  No reason.  She nursed.  She cried.  She fussed.  Then Isabella wakes up at 5:45 am screaming "grandma" at the top of her lungs, which of course woke up the baby and got my day off to a grumpy, grouchy, tired start.  I was so aggravated with Isabella for waking up at the ass crack of dawn.  I was definitely short with her for screaming down the hallway too.

Work was fine.  We had our dance festival and then teachers had a clerical half day to do our paper work.  By this time I was practically sliding into a coma, but I got out of work and the sun was shining and I made it home early.  Andy's on a midnight rotation so my mom is here and she watched the girls so I could get my P90X3 workout in early.

After that brief reprieve I just got slammed.  Rushing to get dinner on the table.  Arya whining for me to pick her up.  Isabella begging for snacks.  Arya wanting to be attached to my boob.  My mother asking me 50 million questions.  Trying to get the house picked up.  Getting ready for Isabella's graduation from Pre-K.  Attempting to take a shower.  Trying to wrangle up both kids for baths and bed.

You know when you can feel the feeling of being overwhelmed crashing over you like a wave, threatening to break.  I tried to hold my shit together just until the kids were in bed, but I could definitely hear the terseness in my voice even as I tried to disguise it.

I just wanted to sit in a room by myself with no one talking to me, touching me, crying for me, or needing me to do something.  But I obviously couldn't.  I also know that I'm in desperate need of some alone time, but it's hard.  Andy's been working so much so the time that he's off we try to spend it as a family.  And my mom helps out so much during the week while I'm working that I feel too guilty to ask for a Sunday afternoon to myself and have her watch the kids again.  I know she would do it, but I feel guilty asking her and I feel guilty having her watch the kids again.  If Andy didn't have her watch them so he could work every overtime shift known to man I might be able to, but he doesn't get that.  I don't think he'd give up an overtime shift for a mental health day for me.

Today was just a rough day all around.  Some days are like that.  Some times I know I take on too much.  Worry about too much.  Try to make everything too perfect.  Every once in a while that catches up to me.

The worst part is...I'm hardcore dieting so no wine tonight.  Herbal tea just ain't cutting it!