Monday, October 17, 2016

Jayden [7 months]

I'm a little behind (4 days to be exact) on Jayden's 7 month post. Not on purpose but the past few days flew by!

Jayden loves to see us, be near us, and snuggle. He loves baths. Today he kicked his legs so much he splashed the water I felt as wet as he was!  His cheesy grin is contagious.  He loves sitting in his bouncy seat watching Momma in the kitchen.

He adores "tags" and his Taggie blanket is his favorite "toy".  He has just recently noticed he can grab my hair or my necklace.  He loves the feel of fabric so falling asleep he gets a lovey and his pacifier.  Out of the house the rainbow blanket and Taggie blanket are usually surrounding him. 

A couple weeks ago we gave him the pacifier back in his crib because the sucking help soothed him and he can find it when it pops out.  We were struggling with him staying asleep at night, and Jon has helped find something that works! After I nurse and put him down, if he wakes up again Jon goes in first and works his Daddy magic! Once he sees me all he wants is Momma milk. Daddy will rub his head and back for a couple minutes and he goes right back to sleep. :)
He does not have a typical routine. He's so unlike Ellie and that certainly has given us a huge adjustment. However days that mess up his sleep don't phase him compared to Ellie. He is capable of catnaps and it doesn't interfere with his night sleep. (Example: 8hrs at orchard he wasn't a mess like Ellie would have been!)

His cries and whimpers all mean something different. And I feel like I'm starting to catch on to what they all mean! Some days are really hard with my two kids, but other days are so fun! Jayden has such a sweetness about him. His grins or laughs melts my heart.  Ellie is also becoming more helpful. She hands him a pacifier or offers him a toy. Letting her pick has given better results. ;) The other day while putting laundry away I found her reading a book to him when he was sad he couldn't see me.

Jayden doesn't sit up unassisted yet, but can do the tripod sit for a decent amount of time. He just loves chewing his toes too much! 

As much as we're thinking he's a Momma's boy....he still loves it when Daddy walks into the room! I love the way he looks at his Daddy! It's so nice to have a husband who engages with our kids to build long-lasting relationships with them. The benefits are always overflowing.

He's only 3 weeks younger than his cousin, but you would think much more than that. I make long, lean babies... ;)

Jayden is in 6 month onesies. 3-6 mos short sleeve still fit him for days like today where's it's super hot! He's in 6 mos pants, 3 mos are just a tad short but can get by for fall weather.  Size 3 diapers. If tired he can fall asleep in car on interstate, as long as car keeps moving at constant speed.  He gets sweaty easily, and his head especially since he loves snuggling fabric.  He grasps his hands a lot like he's trying to hold something even in the air. I love it. He's also starting to roll around a lot to get to what he wants. Short naps are 20-40mins. Long naps are 1-2hrs. 2.5-3hr naps are very rare, while Ellie's naps were always 2-3hrs.  🤔

**We got our family pics done this past weekend, so those of Jayden will be much better to post here anyways!!**

Friday, October 7, 2016

Freedom in Parenting

Dear Momma's, it's been a hectic week.  I know it has... especially in our house. Not napping well, whining, and frozen meals cus I don't have time to cook today.  I've felt uncomfortable with my days and discouraged about my baby who thinks sleep is ridiculous.  Trying to decide what can make me not feel this way as a Mom?  I pictured staying at home with my kids differently. I knew it was going to be tiring, hard work, and short showers (wait, have i taken one?).
But today I took a deep breath. Put clean clothes on, did something with my hair (Momma, where we going?), and put some make up on to trick people into thinking I'm not a zombie for Halloween.  Then I got Ellie ready and the baby. Loaded us all up and headed out (1.5hrs after that original thought of getting OUT).

It was the time I usually put the baby down for a nap.  It was usually the time I do some laundry or give Ellie a decent lunch.  By the time we arrived at the first destination, it was Ellie's nap time. Before going into Aldi's I gave her the Mom pep talk. I expect xyz kid, help me help you! We're doing something fun, so let's make the best of it. After a decent shopping experience, we went to Walmart. We sat down with McDonald's (I know we're super healthy over here.) I needed some things at Walmart, so that's what we did. While sitting there I'm watching Ellie enjoy her meal and tell me how thankful she is for it. Then I see Jayden about to fall asleep.

I can do this. I felt this freeing feeling.
I shut down my barriers of MUSTS as a mom with young kids and nap schedules and did something rare for us. For me. I could breathe. It wasn't the best cheeseburger, but my kids were not making me go crazy. After bathroom stop we got things off my list and Ellie grabbed everything pink.

As I loaded up the car to go home I thought let's do a park after kids get some rest.  I finally felt freedom in my decisions.  I finally felt like the burdens I was carrying were lifted. I didn't feel stuck.

And my 4yo....willingly went to lay down for nap/rest time. And i got dinner prepped. I got groceries put away, and a load of laundry going. I did things i wanted to get done today, AND I got to do other things too. I found JOY and delight in parenting again. Maybe because it's Friday and it's beautiful outside. Or just maybe, maybe I didn't feel like I had to control my kids all day. I was able to just let us Be.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Birthday Questions with Ellie #4

For Ellie's 4th birthday I thought I would ask her some questions.  Some answers were very random, so I'll add my input. 😉

How old are you? 4
Favorite color? Pink, black, just purple, just red (aka I love pink then those other options too)
Favorite toy: pink bear (something i let her get at dollar store while getting bday party stuff)
Favorite fruit: apple (banana for breakfast everyday, she also likes peaches and strawberries. Honestly most fruit)
Favorite food: apple and cheese quesadillas (you can tell we just picked up some yummy apples yesterday)

Favorite TV show: Clifford & Daniel Tiger
Favorite outfit: gray dress (Aunt Liz Flug gift for her 3rd bday)
Favorite game: Animal Game (Sequence)
Favorite snacks: fruit snacks
Favorite animal: lion and elephant (very surprised she didn't say dog)
Favorite book: Color book (those books they can color that the marker only writes on those pages $5!)
Favorite breakfast: spaghetti (whhhatt? Her usual is banana, applesauce, and eggs or toast

Favorite Thing to do outside: playing with garden toys
Favorite drink: juice and milk (lemonade too)
Favorite thing in bed with you: pink bear (or something else she's attached to this week)
Favorite dinner: spaghetti (again what?? Cheeseburger and ketchup)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Scary bear *RAWR* (yep, that's our Ellie) 😜
Best friend: Lydia (neighbor) and Abraham (her cousin)
Favorite thing to do: just everything

Favorite thing to do with Daddy: play horsey together (Daddy in the room: what's that?) 🤔😂 I would say she likes to go outside with Daddy
Favorite thing to do with Mommy: play horsey together (what? Play games is what she has said before)
What does Daddy say a lot? Brush your teeth
What does Mommy say a lot? Go to bed
(We were getting her ready for bed...)
Favorite place to go: Hickory Park (her favorite restaurant) and the park (playground)

Typical day with Ellie:
8:00 wakeup
Breakfast/morning with Daddy
9:00 Mom with kids
11:00 lunch
12:30 wind down
1:00 nap/quiet time
*Mondays 3:45-4:30 dance class*
3:30/4 chill time (Clifford show)
Help prep supper, laundry, etc
5:30/6:00 Supper
7:00 family time
8:00 bedtime routine