Sunday, October 28
Friday, October 26
Kala the Ghost Bride (costume winner) and Tim the priest (our youth minister)
Our pals Nate and Naph were Ring Bearer and Flower Girl.
Marcus and Rachel were "City Slicker with knocked up Country Girl (she is prego)."
Baby Aurie with her mom Sarah. What an adorable pumpkin!Brian and Glenda!
"Mom, oh good its you, get me out of this frog suit...please!"
Thursday, October 25
Wednesday, October 24
in other news...my toddler has been possessed by a demon and is now going thru the "terrible 2's" in full force. More on that later. She also may have asthma and allergies (like her Mama) which is a bummer. Below are pics of us at the doctor. after one of those days (like today unfortunately) that he WOULD NOT SLEEP/NAP. Then he could no longer resist. :)
Above: the "Pollinator Parade" :) Daisy was a lady bug.
Tuesday, October 16
On to Daisy. Sweet Daisy. She is going to be 3 in January. She is pretty much potty trained. She tells us when she needs to go. Except yesterday when she was dressed up for Halloween in her costume. I will refer to her now as a "Poop Fairy " for Halloween. I guess she didn't wanna take it off to go. She said, "Mom, I was downstairs putting on my shoes, when all of the sudden, I pooped. " I saw the signs...and second guessed myself...and trusted my 2 year old that she "didn't have to go" just moments before. Shame on me. :) Anyway, as far as the potty training goes we used a chart, surprises and candy. But she decided on her own it was time. It took about a week or maybe less. We are still asking her and making her go at times. And not to say she doesn't have the occasional accident (as mentioned above). BUT I am not afraid to take her into public with big girl panties on...and that's HUGE. :)
She is still cracking us up with stuff she says. Last night I was actually beginning to choke on a big bite of non toasted PB sandwich I had made for her (thank you God for the reminder I could kill my child with too much of this stuff!). And as I finally cleared my throat with water (after several failed attempts) Daisy said, "Mom, maybe next time you should just use a little bit of peanut butter." Yes, thanks Dais.
We went to the "Butterfly Patch" as Daisy would say (actually festival...getting the pumpkin patch and this mixed up). It was a ton of fun. While we were there Daniel and Daisy watched some ballerinas dance in a little show. She was loving it...till she spotted the lone GUY dancer/ballerina in the group. Then she pointed and shouted over and over from Daniel's shoulders, "HEY DAD! That's NOT a BALLERINA! THAT'S A BOY!! HEY! THAT'S NOT...." Daniel said everyone was turning around and laughing. He tried to hurry and acknowledge her comment so she would hush!
Daisy's life is a musical. She sings all the time. She loves to color and glue. She loves to play outside. She still loves her little friend Sofia with all her little heart. Today her teacher told me that all the kids wait for her to come. And she said even the parents ask if Daisy is coming today. HA! She only goes Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Maybe I will sign up for more days to please the masses. :)
She loves Isaac and wants to kiss, hug, squeeze, play with, cover up, pat his head, help with everything that has to do with him all the time. She will say, "It's ok Isaac, Mama will feed you!" or "Aww, don't cry. Here you go!" (plugs in the paci). The age span has been great. She is so helpful! Only once has she covered her ears in the car and said, "Would someone PLEASE put Isaac's paci in??" while he was screaming. :)
It's helpful that she can dress herself and potty alone is HUGE. She is super opinionated about what she wears. She says she wants to look "Cool"...I really don't know where she gets that.
She loves to play with baby dolls and be the mama. She will set them all up on the couch and conduct a class. :)
She is counting great and is recognizing groups of things and how many there are without counting each thing. She will say, "Look mom, 3 pumpkins!"
She is also the master repeater....like I said, "shut up!" (in disbelief) to my sister on the phone...guess who repeated that immediately?
She loves to watch "Bideos" (videos) and her favorite colors are red and pink. She also likes, "Lellow" (yellow). She says 's' instead of 'th'...so it goes like this, "I sink I want somesing to drink, I am sirsty!" :) And she made up a word..."Non't." A contraction of "no" and "don't"? I guess. "Mom, Non't say that!" ???
(Daisy and her friend Reid)
She still sucks her first two fingers...maybe that's not helping her speech. Lucky for us we know a great orthodontist who can hook us up with free braces if she continues this into her teen years. :)
And as for Isaac...he is just a sweet precious baby boy! Especially since we have started implementing "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth MD. It's amazing. Here are the main "baby rules" we go by that we have gotten from several different sources:
1. Babies should not be up/awake longer than 2 hours or they get over tired/stimulated and have a harder time settling to sleep. (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child) Watch for tired signs before the crying or eye rubbing.
2. Be sure your baby is not eating too often so he is not "snacking" instead of getting full with each feeding. (Baby Wise)
3. The 5 S's (swaddle, shushing, side/stomach position while held, sucking, swinging) are essential in the first 3 months to simulate the "4th Trimester". (Happiest Baby on the Block)
4. Babies have to learn to soothe themselves to sleep and not have to rely totally on you to get there. (Healthy Sleep Habits and Baby Wise)
***disclaimer: I know that each baby is different. I am NOT saying this is what everyone should do...I am just sharing what has worked for us!
This not all, but it's all I can think of right now. :) All this to say that Isaac has been really responding well to the "sleep training" technique of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. He seems much happier, not as fussy and nurses SO much better now. He will go for longer stretches between feedings cause he is getting some great naps in!
He loves his bouncy seat. He likes laying on a blanket on the floor, looking at toys or just chillin'. He also loves to be outside. At his 2 month check up (where he was 6 weeks old) he weighed in at 13 lbs and 8 oz. He was 22.5 inches. He is a big boy. I know the weight is like 98% of the babies his age. :) He still has dark blue eyes. But they are the dark blue that look like they will change (Dan has hazel and I have green). He "talks" and smiles a lot. It's just so sweet. Lately he has been not pooping much but when he does it's a doozie. So much that I decided to go up a size in diapers to catch more of it and hopefully stop ruining all his outfits. The "Shout it out then soak it in a basin of Oxyclean water for a week in my bathroom till I get to do laundry at the laundry center" deal ain't working! Can't wait for my very own washer! He loves to be held out where he can see what is going on. My back is feeling EVERY bit of his almost 14 lbs. He has some adorable dimples on the unreal chubby cheeks he has attained since birth. He hates his car seat. The minute I strap that kid in he starts to wail! I mean really? My bad, just trying to save your life kid. Sheesh. :) He takes a paci and sleeps well at night. He will usually give us a 5 hours stretch initially and then every 3-ish after that. Thankfully he is going right back to sleep after eating.
Tonight is our first night of him sharing a room with Daisy. I am so tired of the bassinet in the hallway. We will see how this goes...stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 9
Dad going for it...
Rachel and Me posing with Osama.
The funniest target you could buy. This was hilarious. How shady can you look? So we had a little competition where we had to pick up the gun and fire 5 shots like the guy had just taken her hostage. Then we could see who was really accurate. Well, when it was my turn I got up there and just unloaded 5 shots pretty fast. I turned around and everyone was laughing and then there was an announcement on the PA, "only 1 shot per second allowed"...oops. And after evaluating my shot...I hit the hostage...in the crotch...but she deserved it....look at that nasty hair/watch/pair of jeans/belt.... :)
Greater Atlanta Christian School Class of 1997. 10 years...really?? It was really great to see some old friends and laugh together. I was glad I went. Daniel was bored out of his mind! But he took one for the team and smiled and met everyone. I was bummed that several of my close girl friends didn't come. But it was still a good time.
Then here are my kids...after all that is why you visit this site, is it not? Quick update: Daisy is doing GREAT with potty training, Isaac has been fussy, I am still trying to handle 2 kids (gettin better but not great yet!) and it's kickin my tail!!! Daniel is still in school and looking forward to being done for good! ...and I guess that is it for now. :)