Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sneaky Little Devils

J got in trouble at school on Friday for stuffing paper towels in the sink and making it overflow. Or stuffing the paper towels up the faucet and making water squirt out everywhere. Either way, it was bad behavior. I am not one of those people that tries to pass the buck when my kid does something wrong, but I have to admit, my first thought was, "How is a 3 year old given the opportunity to do something like this when someone is supposed to be in there watching him?" It would have taken more than 30 seconds to complete such a task, which is way too long to not have your eyes on a 3 year old in a bathroom.

Little Miss gave us a full night of sleep the other night! Well we would have had a full night of sleep if we went to bed at 7 like she did. Instead, we were up late and then up early when she did decide to be fed. We'll get it right one of these days. Last night was interesting, though. She fell asleep at 7:30 and stayed asleep until around 2. That's technically sleeping through the night too. Then she was up for 2.5 hours. She ate and then she squealed and talked to herself for the rest of the time. I couldn't believe it. She was actually having that little crib party everyone always jokes about on baby bibs (Party in my crib, 2 am). I don't know what she was thinking, but I hope this doesn't repeat itself tonight. We are way too old and lame to party at 2 am and she needs to get on board with that ASAP!

Let's see, what else? I made chocolate chip cookies out of rice milk and dairy free/ soy free mini chocolate chips. Let's just say that they are fine and you would never know the difference if you'd never had a real chocolate chip cookie. But, I've had real ones. Oh well. They'll do in a pinch. I also discovered that I can have my decaf chai concentrate mixed with rice milk and it pretty much tastes the same, so that's good. I was missing my morning hot beverage since I like cream in my tea or coffee. This will do just fine. Oh, I think I forgot to mention that we're also not doing soy anymore. The dairy thing was taking too long to show a real improvement and so I decided to be proactive and eliminate soy as well. I figured it would be better to do that than wait for the doctor to say to eliminate soy, so when the time comes, I'll add that back first and see what happens. So I am eating little more than fish, salads, fruit, and Annie's graham cracker bunnies. This elimination diet has made me so aware of what is in packaged foods (soy is virtually in everything and pretty much, so is milk). Hopefully we won't have to do this for too long, as babies usually grow out of their intolerances by 6-9 months. In the meantime, the pre-preggo skinny jeans are buttonable, but I still won't scare anyone by convincing myself that they are wearable yet.

It's a beautiful day here in Austin and we're hoping to have some fun outside. J and B are at soccer/t-ball and I'm waiting for Little Miss to wake up from her nap. We'll see if she sleeps longer because of her antics last night. Later!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Promised You Pictures..

From our trip to NY...

She has such an awesome smile!

Uncle M loved playing in his pajamas before 10 am!

J and his cousin R, who gave J a giant inflatable baseball bat and ball, which he LOVES!

Rocking out with Tante L, who was in NY bringing Cousin L to college. Good timing!

I love my play mat!

And my Baby Bjorn! Slobber, slobber!

We went to a glasses party for a friend. J wears his every morning to help see his cereal better.

L also came to the party

Little Miss also sported the look.

One of the best pictures of the cousin visit. Simply awesome.

The house is very quiet now. In all, we managed to get most of the kids to bed at the same time. It was chaotic and fun all at the same time. I can't wait to get them all together again soon. Next time S will be more mobile! Ahhhhh!

Keep your fingers crossed for us over here. She's now going to bed at 7 and staying asleep! Not sleeping through the night yet, but only waking once or twice. We're slowly getting there!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Three Months+

I've been neglecting you again. Sorry. We went out of town and I still haven't uploaded my photos yet. The trip was to NY to visit my parents and "help" them (aka take all the crap we could load into a pod and have it shipped to Austin) get ready to move. The kids did great on the plane. S even kept it together for a car trip to Philadelphia (we left J with the grandparents to spare him the crying). I sat in the back and kept her occupied. It was fun. The rest of the week was spent having lots of wonderful people come and visit us, which was awesome. My brother was even in town for a wedding, and B's Aunt L was in NY taking Cousin L to college. I promise pictures, I promise!

Today we are starting Day 1 of the dairy free challenge. S has been congested pretty much since birth. That can be a normal part of life in Austin, but her diapers have been pretty gross. I'll leave it at that and if you want more details on what I mean, let me know and I'll give you more info. What it all means for me is cutting out milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, and anything else that has milk or a milk derivative in it. Hopefully things will clear up on her end and we'll go about our business, and slowly add things back to my diet as she gets a little older. Worse case scenario is she has a true milk allergy, but I doubt it since it doesn't run in the family. It' s most likely a milk protein sensitivity that most kids grow out of by their first or second birthday.

The other bummer about that is I will most likely have to throw out a whole bunch of frozen milk that I have pumped because I wouldn't want to reintroduce milk by accident. Pumping a bottle is like pumping gold and it kills me to throw any away. I think I have a few days stashed in the freezer, so that will be tough.

But it's not like she takes a bottle willingly anyway! My mom babysat for us on Friday night as B and I went to Fogo de Chao for a meat-fest. S completely refused to eat anything until I came home. On Saturday, we went to see Wicked and she would only take a bottle while laying on my bed on her side. I would say the girl's just a little bit picky.

Tomorrow we pick up Feathernester, Cousin L, and Uncle D. They'll stay with us for the next week. Lots of playtime for J and L, and three different nap schedules and bedtimes for us all to figure out. That should be enough birth control for all of us. Again, I promise pics.

I'm off to finish the closet cleaning project that began yesterday when I was trying to organize S's 3-6 month clothes. It's turned into a 4 closet reorganization. I'm sure she'll wake up just when I get started. Later!