Thursday, April 30, 2009

She IS naughty!

Addie did not nap today, and while she is often still pleasant during her sleepless days, today was not one of those days. She got spanked for hitting Ryan, got a stern talking-to when Ryan mysteriously fell over, got her toys taken away for throwing them, and has just generally been in a foul mood.

Tonight at the table, she did manage to make us laugh twice. Once, we were squeezing out the last of the ketchup for her to dip, and it of course made a farting noise. Addie looked up, suprised, and said, "Excuse you, ketchup!!" The second time was not officially funny, but it made me laugh. She was acting a little bratty, and I said, "Addison, you are being very naughty." She screeched back,"NO! DON"T tell me I'm naughty, DON'T tell me I'm naughty!" It cracked me up a lot, but I managed to not laugh in her face.

End of April

I’ve had Addie in panties all week, except naps and at night. So far, so good! I just got tired of the diapers. Addie will sometimes tell me when she has to go, and I also ask her many times a day. Sometimes she’ll say no, and sometimes yes. She did have an accident while sitting on Matt’s lap reading books (he was thrilled), but otherwise she has been very good. I started a long time ago giving her tiny M&M’s as a reward, but we are going to quickly make the transition to a neat My Little Pony sticker chart, since she goes so many times during the day.

Today we had playgroup at my house, and Addie’s friend Caroline is also potty training. Check out this picture of the two of them:

We’ll be sure to show it at their high school graduation party.

Ryan is officially crawling, but he is not very fast and much prefers to lay flat on the ground and whine. He is a big whiner! But cute. He’s also quite chunky, but I think he’ll slim up once he starts moving around more. Not sure what is going on with his sleep habits – some days he naps good, some not, and some nights he’ll sleep all night and sometimes he cries two or three times. Last night, he was up cooing and gurgling and talking to his animals for almost an hour at 3 a.m. So were Matt and I. =(

Tomorrow is my last MOPS meeting of the year. I’m sad! I loved having a whole morning with lots of food and friends, and it was good for the kids as well, to spend nearly 3 hours away from me. Oh well, it’ll start up again in the fall.

Matt had a good time with some old friends last weekend. They went up to Bryan/College Station and hung and walked around A&M and just did guy stuff together. He also got to spend a day fishing with his dad on the farm.

I’m going to talk to the insurance agent today about more term life insurance for Matt. Once we get a good policy in place, I can begin plotting his demise!

Obviously there is nothing else going on that is interesting right now.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

April news

Ryan is still rocking and squirming, but no actual crawling yet. He is always just about to sit himself up, or move forward, but he will twist the wrong way at the wrong time and collapse. I guess that's ok, though, because that means I can put off babyproofing just a little longer. Addison never got into my computer cables or books or cabinets or anything, so I didn't have to get all the fancy gear to secure things. I wonder if Ryan will be totally different.

When Addison is playing with other kids, she tends to be slightly naughty. Not in the way she plays, but in terms of her responses to me. She doesn't listen, and will deliberately do things that I just asked her not to do. Normally, we can tell her things like, "Addie, no, we don't touch that, it's just to look at," and that will do the trick ,but if there are other kids around, I can see her mind working and she is inspired to test the limits. Not sure where this is coming from, but I'm sure it's all normal for a 2.5 year old.

Ryan has been sleeping great at night for the past several nights, after a few LONG nights of waking and crying due to ear infections. We've kept up the antibiotics and ibuprofen. I keep waiting for teeth to pop through, but nothing so far. Addie already had 3 teeth at this point.

We are going to Bryan today for my old roomate Maria's daughter's second birthday. I've been telling Addie all week that on Saturday we are going to Mia's party and we will sing Happy Birthday to her, and Addison has been having a great time randomly repeating this information to herself, and sitting in the backseat saying, "We go to Mia's party today? No, not today, Saturday!! And we sing Happy Birthday, and we eat cake, and we get presents."

Easter was fun. We had a big family picnic with friends from church, and got to hang out with some of the other young couples were are brand new parents or getting close to having kids. Addison really got into the egg hunt. Ryan even got one egg, and then he chewed on it for the rest of the morning. My mom came down and helped keep Addison entertained during her first-ever church service on Easter morning, since there were no classes for the kids. She did very well. I'm glad that normally this church has classes and separate services for kids, because I remember very well being so bored in church! I didn't understand 90% of what was being said and just zoned out and tried to keep myself occupied. I haven't done a lot of checking into what the kids' program is really all about, but I am hopeful that it will be meaningful and applicable to Addison's life. Oh, and Ryan's too. =)

Ok, gotta run and start getting things ready for the hike up to Bryan. We also have free tickets to the Aggie baseball game tonight. I've never been, but have always heard they are super fun. We'll see how fun it is with two kiddos, and it may even get cancelled depending on what the weather does, but oh well. We'll spend tonight at the farm, and then home tomorrow.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ready for Easter!

Check out my haul from freecycle yesterday – all of this was from one person!

Dress up clothes

Cool Princess chest to store clothes in

Yay! All parts are here and working!

Misc. Strawberry Shortcake bags, hair dryer, Barbie computer

Tools for Ryan, placemat, alphabet computer game, keyboard with microphone

Addie: Couple of hits and misses with the potty lately…I have mostly tried to catch her going and put her on the potty, but there is still no real interest on her part. Today at church, I hid and watched as her class let out into the playground to hunt eggs. There were a few older kids and the teachers were calling, "Go find eggs, pick them up and put them in the bags!". I watched Addie come out the door in a line and was really expecting her to kind of stand, maybe get jostled some, and slowly walk around trying to get to an egg while other kids snatched them out from under her. Instead, I watched her trot around with the rest of the kids, find eggs, and put them in her sack. I still think of her as about 15-18 months old in that regard, but she is a big girl now and understands directions. When we got home, I asked her what she did and she thought and said, " I get eggs! I counted them, one, two, three!" She told me there was candy inside them, and told me about a craft she did too. Going through this phase is remarkable to me. I could sit there and ask her questions all day and just listen to what she says. Witnessing her daily transformation is the absolute greatest gift anyone can be given. I hope I never forget this feeling. Also, I cut her hair in the back since it was getting long and stringy. It’s probably not super-even, but it curls a little naturally and looks really cute right now.
Ryan: Rocking on hands and knees all the time, and digging in his feet, making an upside-down V shape with his body (downward dog for you yoga people). He is really trying to sit himself up from his belly. He’s been waking up crying a LOT in the night for the past couple of weeks, and ran fever earlier and has a runny nose, so I am positive that teeth are in our near future. None yet though. He is getting better at eating solids, and fusses if we’re eating and he isn’t. We went for his 6 month checkup, and he is 17 pounds 11 oz, which is 55% for weight. However, he is only in the 30% for length, so he’s in the 80% of weight for his length. If that makes sense. Bottom line, he’s a little chunky for his height, but normal for his age. I know he will be crawling any day now.
Me: Trying to find the time to spend with Ryan and work on getting to know him more, instead of just shuffling him around from place to place. I was used to having more time to do things for myself (well, not for myself, but keeping the house a little cleaner, being involved a little more in things outside the house, etc.), since Addison was becoming more self-sufficient and predictable, and I have been having trouble reducing my activity level since I have a baby again now. A baby is a lot of work on its own, without other kids or outside obligations, and add in a 2 year old and you have a full day, every day. I have been feeling a little bit guilty about not having as much time to spend with Ryan. Some wise friends pointed out that I shouldn’t feel guilty for Ryan’s sake, because he is loved and cared for and is able to experience lots of things that Addie didn’t, like having the constant entertainment of an older sibling, listening to her talk and read and sing, watching her play pretend with her animals and taking baths with her. Although I am not the one to do as much face-to-face with him, he is getting lots of stimulation and playtime. My problem is more internal – I don’t feel like I am getting what I need, which is more one-on-one with him. So I can work on that to help ME feel better about my role as his mother, rather than worry about HIS development or well-being.
Matt: Recovering from his surgery well, but facing some rounds of steroid shots for the bulging disk in his lower back that has been bothering him constantly. He’s planning a trip with some friends back to College Station in a few weeks to hang out, relax, and utilize the dining halls and rec center at A&M. That was one of the most fun times of his life, the good old college days, so I’m glad he’ll be able to sort of revisit the fun of college life without the workload! The engineering department at A&M is having a reunion of sorts in a few weeks too, with dinner and free tickets for all to an Aggie baseball game, which should be a lot of fun. I have never been to a baseball game there, but I have heard they are a blast! I wonder what the kids will think?
My mom is coming down for Easter, and Addie will have a grand total of 4 Easter egg hunts this year! She should be an expert come Easter Sunday.