Sunday, June 21, 2015

Texas Trip

I am documenting this trip for posterity’s sake because it was equal parts super fun and equal parts stressful. I obviously need to learn to just chill, but as a planner by nature and someone who gets overly anxious if the kids are off schedule for too many days, made for an interesting trip! (Notice I didn’t say vacation ;).)

We set off on Sunday on a 5 hour road trip from Tulsa to Tyler, TX for Tommy’s cousin’s wedding. The kids both did remarkably well in the car considering Emmy hasn’t traveled more than an hour and a half in a car seat since she was 8 weeks old and this was Holden’s first trip.  I had packed all kinds of puzzles, sticker books, magnets, etc. for Emmy, but those lost their appeal by about minute 46. So we broke out the iPad and she was a happy camper. Holden got a little fussy when he was hungry, but I fed him and we stopped for lunch and everyone was happy again. Emmy took a nap after lunch and then was back to watching back-to-back Peppa’s and Peppa games on the iPad. She had absolutely zero interest in the other games I loaded. She only wanted the Peppa ones. Can you guess her favorite show? 

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We got to Tyler and went to the wedding, which was interesting with a toddler. She wanted to run and play, so the reception she played on the deck and after dinner, the girl danced and danced and danced. I think it was seriously one of the highlights of her two years.  She had a blast!! Holden had an equally nice time. He is such an easy going baby and it absolutely cracked me up when people would ask if they could hold him and thirty minutes later he was still being passed around the table. Both kids made it until 10:30 and we clearly have a party animal on our hands because Emmy could have kept going!

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We finally got back to the hotel around in bed around 11.  Emmy was soooooo excited to sleep in a big girl bed (she’s still in a crib). And that lasted about 2.2 seconds. First she wanted daddy to sleep with her, then she wanted mommy. We finally got her to sleep and then, of course, Holden woke up at 12:30, which woke Emmy up. There was subsequent crying from Emmy saying she wanted to go home. Then at 1:15 I needed to go to the bathroom, which led to Emmy falling out of bed and more screaming and crying. Sigh. I held her and slept with her on top of me. At about 3:00 a.m., certain she was surely asleep, I moved her lightly so that I could turn over, which then resulted in screaming, crying and wanting to go home. At this point, I was super frustrated and about ready to pack my bags and go home. I think when Emmy told me she was ready to go home, I told her that it was fine with me and we would be packing up to go home tomorrow. Ha. Mom of the year. Once she calmed down, we all got to sleep in until 6:30 when Holden woke for the day. Good times.

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After breakfast, we packed up and made the trip from Tyler to Grapevine, TX to go to Great Wolf Lodge. After waiting in line FOREVER and not being able to check into our rooms, we managed to at least get a pass to go to the water park. Emmy had the time of her life. She seriously played without stopping (I mean not even to eat or drink) for five straight hours. She had the best time. We ordered a pizza and I put her in Holden’s pack n play and went out to Target to buy another one so that they would both have a pack n play to sleep in. This situation worked much better and they both slept with minimal interruptions. (Emmy was up through the night wanting water since she hadn’t gotten enough during the day, but otherwise went right back to sleep.)

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Day 3 we spent at the waterpark and Emmy had an equally great time. Holden wasn’t a huge fan of the water, but was content to sit and look around. Emmy tried water slides and loved the wave pool and lazy river. After her nap, she woke up with what might have been a night terror and she couldn’t calm down until she had her mind set on ice cream. Apparently that seems to help everyone. For dinner that night we went to a Hibachi grill, which she HATED! Can you believe? I thought for sure she would love to see them cook in front of her, but when they did the first fire on the grill, it went downhill quickly. She later told me she was afraid of getting burned. I have probably passed my anxious nature on to her. Poor, sweet girl. She rallied, though, when the chefs left and she was able to eat in peace.  Ha!

The following day we went to eat at the rainforest cafĂ©.  She luckily wasn’t scared of the thunderstorms that happen every 20 minutes inside. She also had a BLAST at legoland, which she and Tommy did together. We moved locations that evening and went to a house we rented in Garland, TX.

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On the only sunny day of our trip, we went to the Dallas zoo. Emmy’s two requests were to see the carousel and train. The train ended up being not on a track, but she couldn’t tell the difference and really liked the dinosaurs. Her favorite part of the zoo was the children’s area where she was able to feed the koi and pet the horses.

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On our last day, the guys went to Top Golf in the morning while the girls took the kids to the park. Then the afternoon the girls went shopping and the guys watched the kids. Before going, Emmy really needed a nap and had a total meltdown. I think she was scared I wasn’t coming back. Poor girl. Later she told me, “you’re back.” She was staying with Tommy, but I think being somewhere unfamiliar was hard for her to get that she wasn’t staying there without me. She has still been a little clingy ever since we returned, too, and it has been three weeks. I took Holden with me and in the chaos, forgot the diaper bag. And guess where he will only go to the bathroom? His car seat. Ha. Fortunately, my sister-in-law had one diaper in the car and Ikea has the most amazing family restrooms. I was also able to meet up with my cousin and her three boys there! She was so sweet to come and visit.

On our way back to Tulsa we met up with my other cousin and kids and had a great time catching up with them! We are so excited for them to come and visit us this summer. The kids did great in the car and both napped.

Moral of the story: We need to get out more or we will not be traveling again until they are 12 – ha!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Holden Six Months

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It’s been a great half a year with this little guy! He is honestly the sweetest and most happy baby ever. He will go to anyone and will give you the biggest grin whenever someone makes eye contact with him.

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This month we started food and it really helped with night sleeping. Holden loves food! We are doing a mixture of puree pouches and baby led weaning. So far Holden has tried and liked:

- Hummus

- Avocados

- Bananas

- Cheese

- Baked Sweet Potato fries

- Roasted squash and zucchini

- Guacamole

- Watermelon

- Orzo pasta

- Yogurt

- Eggs

- Green Beans

- Apple sauce

- Crackers

- Various purees, mum mums and yogurt melts

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Holden’s biggest milestone this month is that he can now sit unassisted. He loves to sit up and play with toys and is really interacting with them more. His sister loves to play with whatever he has, so we are working on having her give him replacements so that he has something to play with. His current favorite toys are water bottles and remotes. Go figure. I happened to keep an extra tivo remote from when we had a tivo. But he seems to know which one we really use.

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This month Holden went on his first road trip. Tommy’s cousin got married in Tyler, TX and he did awesome in the car for the five hour drive. (So did sister, but I hope to do a full post with all of the details.)  The funny thing about the wedding is that the groom’s family absolutely LOVED him. They asked to hold him and would pass him around the table! He just smiled and loved it!iphone pics 060315 194

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We went to Great Wolf Lodge on our trip (if you have a child 2+, you must go. Emmy absolutely LOVED it!). Holden was kind of meh on getting in the water….maybe because it was too cold, but he sure looked cute in his swimsuit and was happy to look around.

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We spent the rest of the week in Dallas and he adjusted well to being off his sort of schedule and seemed to love looking at the animals at the zoo. Well, as much as you can as an infant. Ha.

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I have two cousins that live in Dallas and we were lucky enough for Holden to meet their kids, so that was really fun to watch them interact and hold him.  They were all so sweet with him.

This week we took six month pics of Holden and 2.5 year pics of Emmy. Both were so cooperative (miracle), so I can’t wait to share them!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blow drying game changer

 
Um...sorry if all you saw earlier was this image. I typed and sent a whole post from my phone, but somehow only the picture made it in.
 
Anyway, I thought I left my blow dryer on vacation (turns out I didn't), but was in a hurry to buy one at Target this morning. I did a quick google search for best blow dryers and came across this article on Allure. The only drug store dryer recommended was this Infiniti Pro by Conair. And since I am not in the market for a $300 blow dryer, this $30 one fit the bill.
 
I am telling you, though, I have been looking for a dryer that actually cuts down my dry time and this one actually did. My hair is super thick and usually takes about 8 minutes to dry. This cut it down to 5.
 
I am not being paid to promote this. Just wanted to share my review.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Holden Five Months

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Holden’s last month was full of milestones! It is so funny to see how much different he is than Emmy. I am pretty sure she didn’t roll over from back to front until around 6 months, but little man rolled one night while on his play mat and I thought it was a fluke, but then he did it a few nights later in his swaddle, so we had to do some baby unswaddling boot camp.

Holden still has his startle reflex, so I bought him a zipadee zip, and it works pretty well to give him a full range of motion, but also gives him a little resistance when he startles, so he isn’t awake two seconds later. He actually did pretty well with one arm unswaddled while waiting for the zippy to come in, but for safety’s sake, we moved him to this.  It is not a miracle sleep sack, but he sleeps as well as he did swaddled (which isn’t perfect – ha)! We had some ups and downs in sleep this month – we had a week of sleeping through the night, then another few weeks of waking every few hours, then back to sleeping well and then not. Ha! Luckily, he is super sweet during the day time and will go right back to sleep once he is fed. I would like to break that habit, though.  Mama needs sleep. I will say he sleeps much more soundly when he rolls to his tummy, but has woken the past couple of nights and seems to be mad he is on his stomach. Ha!

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His day time routine is pretty much still eating 6 ounces every threeish hours and napping 3-4 times a day.  We also go through a lot of clothes around these parts because sweet boy spits up constantly!

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Holden had his first Easter this month and got a Georgie Pig (which was quickly confiscated by big sister), some sunglasses, a cute sun hat and some other items that I have since forgotten! (#mommybrain)

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We also had Holden baptized into the Catholic church. He was a perfect angel and smiled and cooed throughout the baptism. Baby boy didn’t make a peep when he got the holy water poured on his head.

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Holden does still love to be outside and big sister is really interacting with him more, which he LOVES. He will give her huge smiles. He also just loves his bath. We can no longer bathe him in his little tub in the sink. He splashes like CRAZY!  I have put his little bath in her big bath and let them bathe together a few times and it cracks me up because she will crawl in too and sit with him. Doesn’t seem to faze him a bit.

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Emmy really is a great big sister and loves to hug him, hold him and help. She is constantly telling me he has spit up (even if he hasn’t) and uses it to her advantage when she needs to go to sleep and then says, “But I just want to give brother a hug.” Ha! When I need her to calm him down, she will go to him and say, “It’s okay, brother” or “What’s wrong?” or come and tell me if he needs me. This was super cute – she got in my bed with him the other day and said, “take a picture of us – we are so cozy.”  I can’t wait to see them interact more.  Seeing them together really is just one big mom clichĂ©.

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Diapers: 3 months

Height: 25 inches

Weight: 15 pounds, 10 ounces

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Emmy Two and a Half

Emmy turned two and a half this week! Her little personality is just developing and she cracks me up. (She is also two and a half and there are the challenges that come with a very vocal and opinionated 2.5 year old ;), but we will focus on the positive here!)

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These past six months we have tried to keep her life as normal as possible with her new baby brother making his debut. We kept her in her crib and did not start potty training or taking away her “momo” (pacifier). I wanted to make sure the transition wasn’t any harder on her than it already was going to be and I am glad we didn’t push anything.

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I just love that Emmy can talk to me now. Her conversations when we eat together are just my favorite.  She says and does some of the funniest things. The child also has the memory of an elephant. She remembers EVERYTHING. Even things from months ago and will randomly bring it up. For example, we were talking about her friend McCord being in the hospital and she said, “Oh, where you get pizza.” (And that is what she remembers about her baby brother being born – that she had pizza at the hospital. Haaaaa!)

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She also has started to mimic everything Tommy and I do. This could be potentially mortifying at some point, but is mostly funny! She has put my mom and mil in the “calming area,” asked if she can make me a turkey wrap, goes “shopping” at Target and LOVES to pretend to put us to bed. She does our whole night time ritual of reading a book, telling a story (hers are hilarious) and putting us to sleep. Her favorite game to play is “monster,” which is basically hide and go seek with lots of yelling when you are found. She hides in the same spots every time and is sometimes in plain view. She also loves to ride the trike that we borrowed from Liam and McCord and go on walks.  She still loves babies and is obsessed with the doll house at Julie’s. It is the first thing she goes to play with when I drop her off. She also loves to drink “copy” with me.

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Her vocabulary is really great and I can understand about 99.5% of what she says.  It cracks me up when she uses big words. They just seem so cute coming out of her mouth!

Emmy’s bedtime is around 8 and she will sleep until between 6:30 and 7:30. 

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Emmy’s favorite show was Bubble Guppies until Tautm had her Peppa Pig 3rd birthday party and now she will watch nothing else!

We are making potty training progress. She can now tell us if she needs to sit on the potty and will go #2.  We aren’t quite there with #1, but I am going to wait until after we go on vacation this summer to really try to potty train her unless she wants to do it herself before then. A road trip and public restrooms with a newly potty trained toddler doesn’t sound that fun.

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We are down to her last pacifier. She has bitten holes in all of her other ones, so I am hoping that we can wean her from it soon. Wishful thinking…probably.

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Emmy is a great eater. Her favorite food is pizza, but she will eat almost all veggies and every fruit. She also loves fruit candy (fruit snacks), ice cream and apple sauce. Those are her go-to sweets.  She loves to go to Chick-fil-a because she wants the apple juice and has taken a liking to Arby’s Roast Beef sandwiches and the cheddar chips. 

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Emmy weighs 28.8 pounds and I am not sure of her height. She is wearing 2t and 3t clothes.

She is such a sweet big sister to her brother and loves to hug him and help. I think she will have so much fun with him when he can really interact with her.  She did have a rough transition a few weeks after his arrival where she threw the most epic fits I have ever experienced.  Also, in the 12 weeks I was off on maternity leave, she came down with two stomach viruses and a heck of a cold. So trying to keep her from touching her brother probably didn’t help with the transition either.  She has always been really great with him…her acting out was more towards me.

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She also has such a wonderful imagination. I love to watch her play. The picture above is the Polar Express (was obsessed!). Today she pushed her friend {imaginary} Jack on the swing. I wish I had the creativity she has! She also LOVES playing with her cousins! All of them! Nothing makes her happier than playing with her sweet friends.

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We just love our sweet and sassy girl!

 
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