Tuesday, April 29, 2008
When we had Grant, I knew that sleep as I had known it in the past was over. He has had ups and downs with sleep, but he's always been a late sleeper just like his mommy and daddy. Since he's been in his big boy bed, his mornings seem to start earlier and earlier, but it's a small price to pay for getting to sleep alone again. Claire added a new twist to things and sleep once again was hard to come by. At around 6 or 7 weeks, she started sleeping through the night and I thought we had turned a new corner. She did that until the week I went back to work. Since then, every night has been a new adventure. The nights she actually sleeps all night, Grant doesn't and vice versa.
It's been a very exhausting few weeks, especially because I'm having to get up no later than 5:20 to get everything that needs to be done done. The upside is that I've discovered mornings are wonderful things. I can be so productive with no one to bother me or mess up right behind me. I can start getting things together for dinner that night, pick up, empty the dishwasher or dryer, etc. etc. Don't get me wrong, I'd still rather be sleeping, but there is something beneficial to being an early riser. One of these days, I'm hoping that we'll all get on a regular schedule and at least I'll know how much sleep I can reasonably expect to get. I know there will still be those nights when someone is sick or whatever, but hopefully they will be the exception rather than the rule!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Grant had Mother's Day Out this morning, so we could leave a little later today than we will most other days. I had to pick sweet Claire up out of her bed to get her ready. She was SOOOO happy this morning. It was precious. I so hated that I didn't have the time to sit and talk to her and watch her smile and coo. I know she's in good hands, and she's probably thankful that I'm at work because it means she won't have to ride in her car seat for at least 6 straight hours! I've been dragging her all over the world lately. I've already called to check in on her this morning, and she was doing great.
Claire had her 3 month pictures taken yesterday. You can see them here. Click on customers, and the password is summar. She did ok, but I think 3 months is so awkward! They can't sit up, but if you sit her down, she immediately tries to sit up. You lay her on her belly and she starts sucking on whatever she's laying on or tries to roll over. It was interesting. I didn't use the same photographer that I used for Grant's panel, but this is the guy we've gone to for Grant since he was 18 months and we've loved everything he's done. He has so many gorgeous outdoor settings, but I'm such a sucker for black and white baby photography, which is what the lady we went to with Grant specialized in. I haven't decided how I feel about these. Some are sweet, but I'm not thrilled. I always just loved Grant's so much. Maybe it was because he was my first... I don't know. Is it crazy that I'm thinking about taking her to the other lady too? I really need to refrain and save my money! I always rationalize it by saying they'll only be this age once.
Only 3 more hours in my day...I'm counting down. Although, it's been nice to have adult conversation and the morning has flown by. I'm getting hungry now though, and I'm missing my stocked home refrigerator. Sonic is across the street and it's an awful thing when you want to lose at least 5 more pounds!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tummy time....usually doesn't last long!Ready for church!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Anywho! It's back to work on Thursday. I'd love to say I can't wait, but I'd be lying. Warmer weather has whetted my appetite for outdoor things right before going back. I knew that would happen! I thought I would have time these last 2 weeks to get stuff together for a yard sale, but it hasn't happened. Maybe I can get it together before the end of the summer. It's such a hassle, but it needs to be done. I've barely been home at all during the day these last few weeks, and it looks like this week will be no exception. We already have lots planned....trying to savor every last minute of my break!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
She still loves to eat but we have gotten on a much more regular schedule. Last month, some days she could go 3 hours and sometimes it seemed like an hour and a half between feedings. I think she's weighing in at about 14 1/2 pounds. I have no idea how long she is, but I do know that she's outgrowing all of her 0-3 month clothes. They are all getting too short. We're ready for warm weather because all of the 3-6 month stuff I have is very summery.
Claire is very attached to her mommy. I have been trying to take her to the nursery at church now and she gives me this pitiful face and sticks her lip out and starts screaming as soon as I hand her off. She doesn't do this anywhere but church or when I hand her to her daddy! I had no idea separation anxiety could start this early. I'll be glad when this phase passes. It's exhausting. She has stayed with her babysitter, nanny, several times and has done great. I go back to work on the 17th, so I hope that it continues when she's there with her brother and for more than an hour or so.
We've been on the go alot these last few weeks, and Claire wants none of it. She seems more content to be at home. She HATES her car seat. She does sleep in it, but if she's not sleeping, she's screaming. There doesn't seem to be a happy content state in it yet. Good thing that we don't have any long trips planned any time soon. I don't think I could deal with it. Her cry is just so pitiful.
This girl loves her big brother. Her eyes follow him every where he goes and she just grins at him. He's not even talking to her most of the time, but she smiles so big at everything he says. I know she'll be following him around very soon! Grant is doing a little better with her, but every day is still a struggle. I'm not so sure if it's just that he's almost 3 and the age is just tough, or if it's the sibling jealousy thing. Several people have said that from 3 to 4 is the hardest year. If these last few months have been any indication, it will be a very difficult year!
I took him to his first movie last Friday. We went to see Horton Hears a Who! He loved it and has already asked me when we're going back. He was very confused that other people were going to see his movie with him. Every time someone would laugh, he would yell at them, "Hey, what are you laughing at?" Then he told me that they were laughing at me. It was really fun hanging out with just him.
This Saturday, we're planning to do some fun things with him, so we should have some good pics of the weekend. He's also been very busy trying to figure out what kind of birthday party he wants to have. It changes every day. We have the place picked out, but the theme keeps changing. We're having it at the putt putt place. I'm not sure how well a bunch of 3 year olds and putt putt mix, but that's what he wants. At least there will be an inside room for cakes, etc. It has been SOOOO hot the last 2 years at his party.
Grant has also learned how to use the computer recently. Pookie showed him how to use the mouse and he's had fun playing games on Sesame Street's website. I never imagined him doing that at this age, but I guess they do everything earlier these days, at least that's how it seems.
Sorry for such a long post. I can't seem to find time lately to do much blogging!