Friday, July 27, 2007
Now around here, in my small town of 32,000 folks, preschools fill up fast. It's hard finding a good one, and even harder getting into the programs. I'm a stay at home mom. I don't want a daycare that doubles as a preschool. I have nothing against daycares. Jackson was in an awesome daycare for the first year of his life when I was still working. But my job now is my children, so why would I want to send him to a daycare with a pseudo-preschool-curriculum?? I want a preschool curriculum. I want the curriculum I signed him up for 7 months ago!
Sooo...knowing that about 100 other moms would be scrambling for preschool this afternoon, I got on the horn and started calling. I talked to a few different schools, almost all filled to capacity. However, fortunately the 2nd preschool on my list had one opening for afternoon preschool starting next month. I didn't want Jackson in afternoon preschool. I wanted to send him to A.M. preschool, bring him home and feed him lunch, and then put him down for nap. I was hoping preschool would help bring back the naps! But alas, this is where I am. At least I found a spot. I raced down to the Rec Center, where the school is, and signed him up immediately so we wouldn't lose our spot. Both boys were cranky and sweaty and hungry but I didn't have a choice. I had to beat the other mothers to the punch! After we secured our spot I nursed a very hungry Holden and bought Jackson an ice-cream cone. And a much needed fruit smoothie for me.
I wish I could have spiked it with Vodka.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
All the best Diane. I hope you'll pop on when your world settles in a bit and share your news with me. Little boys are the best. (That's why we had two of them!) Welcome to the world to your little man!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
So we got home from our errands today and I immediately put Holden down to nap. He was so tired. Jackson and I ate lunch. Then I read him a few stories, and kissed him good night. He was asleep in less than 5 minutes... at which point, I hear the youngest child crying for me. ARGH!!! Why?!? Why was he awake? He napped for an hour max and was grouchy. I tried nursing him back to sleep. No-go. I tried letting him fuss himself to sleep. No-go. So he is up. Jackson is asleep and Holden, my super-napper, is awake. He's watching me type and whining. I better go entertain. WHY!?!?!?
Saturday, July 21, 2007
OK, let's see. Anything witty, funny and/or poignant to write? Nope. Not really. I did manage 2 hours of me-time this morning, getting a mani and a pedi. I haven't done that since I was pregnant with Holden....who is 9 months old on Wednesday! Time is flying. What else? Shawn and I had a pseudo-date last night. We put the boys to bed early-ish and I made us a yummy dinner. I even dressed up in a cute new skirt I bought last week and acted like we were out on the town. We polished of a 1-1/2 bottles of vino so it was as close to a date as it comes when you can hear your 3 year old get out of bed and flush the potty upstairs.
Speaking of flushing toilets, hearing the potty flush cracks Shawn and I up these days. Well, not when we flush it, but when we hear the pitter-patter of Jackson's big old feet upstairs, and then the sudden swoosh of flushing an the running water washing little hands. It leaves me in awe to know my little "baby" isn't such a baby anymore. He doesn't even need my help using the potty. He goes like an old pro. The first time I heard it I was startled. I was home alone with the boys and heard a rushing water sound. I was downstairs and the noise came from upstairs. Then it dawned on me it was the toilet. Who was flushing the toilet? An intruder?? Nope, just my potty trained little man. I giggled to myself that first time. And still do each time I hear it. I love his independence.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
First and foremost, Jackson's room is without a baby gate! He has busted out of his cell at last! Ever since Jackson learned how to climb out of his crib and transitioned to a big boy bed, we have had a baby gate over his door. We did it for two reasons. 1) We had just moved to this new house when he figured out the crib climbing. We worried he would wander around the house at night if we didn't gate him in. It being a new house, he wasn't familiar with the new stairs or where all the rooms were. So a gate seemed necessary. 2) We didn't want him wandering into our room at night. I know, cruel, but we worked very hard to get Jackson to become a 1/2-way decent sleeper, and wandering into our room at night did not fit into this scenario. Thus, the boy has had a gate on his door every since. It was opened during the day, and closed at night. It was also closed if he was put in his room for repeatedly breaking rules. Sometimes that meant a prison sentence as long as Paris Hilton's. Well, almost as long.
But, alas, Holden is just about to crawl and I really need to move the gate to the staircase....so, the gate had to come off Jackson's room. We made a big production out of it last night. We cheered when we took it off. Jackson kept running back and forth between his room and the hallway. And surprisingly he stayed in his room the entire night -- even calling out to me when he needed a drink of water. I assumed this would mean a free for all for him, but so far that has not been the case. He's in there right now for "Quiet Time" and hasn't attempted to leave...yet. Of course we threatened to put the gate back up if he leaves during the night or naps except for using the potty, so that probably has something to do with it!
As for other Jackson developments, here's what else is new with Jackson James, age 3:
- He doesn't use the little potty anymore - strictly the big potty (woo-hoo! This means I don't have to clean out his little lime green potty chair anymore!!)
- He doesn't need potty-prompting - he goes on his own and even washes his hands!
- No more pull ups (except at night)
- He brushes his teeth without complaint (his first dentist appointment is scheduled for next month)
- He starts Pre-school in a month
- He uses very descriptive adjectives such as: amazing, strange, beautiful, weird, pretty, and silly
- He occasionally hugs his brother without being told to
Now for Holden...drum roll please...Holden slept through night for the past 3 nights! I don't want to get cocky, but WOO-freaking-HOO!! At last the sleep fairy is back to visiting us. She left our house shortly after Holden's hospitalization earlier this year, and never came back. Until now. Though I can't give her all the credit. We did a couple of nights of heart-breaking CIO (Cry It Out) to get to this point. But it was so much easier than when we were at that place with Jackson. Holden would wake up and fuss/cry for a short while and then go back to sleep. Eventually stretching it out to around 5AM for his first wake-up. This is HUGE! He goes to bed around 6PM, so this means 11 hours of sleep. And at 5AM I nurse him and he has gone back to bed for another 1.5-2.5 hours! That too is HUGE. I am sleeping more than 2-3 hour stretches at night, and I'm feeling like a happier mommy. Holden seems happier, too, if that's at all possible. He's already the happiest baby on the block!
And so, here are some other developments from Holden Charles, 8.75 months old:
- He is pulling up on furniture
- He is almost crawling... so close!
- He no longer naps in his swing
- I can lay him down in his crib "awake but drowsy" for naps and bedtime and he actually goes to sleep without fussing - I guess those baby books had it right after all
- He no longer uses his Exersaucer (he didn’t like it much anyway),
- His crib was lowered a notch this morning because he can pull himself up
- He is nursing less often - about every 3.5-4 hours
- He is eating more solids - three meals and day and snacks
- He waves,
- He claps
- He said bye-bye once, mama once, and dadadada (Dadda?) often
- He is sitting in a big boy car seat (still facing backwards though!)
And so, that is the update for the little men as of today, July 18, 2007.
Oh, and Shawn has a goatee. That's his update.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I responded, making sure I heard him correctly "Did you just say I looked pretty??"
"Yes!" he replied, bashfully.
He took my breath away in that single moment. I teared up and hugged him close. It was a cheesy little moment, but man oh man, that little guy just melted my soul. Even if I never have occasion to wear my pretty new outfit, the splurge was worth it just to hear those words come from my sweet son's mouth.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
...Lisa -- thank you so much for braving the week with us. Thank you for putting up with the drama and the craziness that his our household sometimes. Thank you for helping me get through a tough week without my usual partner-in-crime. Thank you for being the friend you always have been and always continue to be. And Adam, buddy, I hope you'll be brave enough to come back and visit us again one day. Jackson hasn't stopped talking about you since you left, and cried half the way home from the airport after you left because he missed you. You are one cool dude.
We love you both.
Jackson, ready for the pool...check out the shiner on his left cheek.
He met his match with some sidewalk at the park
Good times at the pool
Lisa doing story time with the boys during a moment of truce
Monday, July 09, 2007
Tonight T and D (well, mostly T) gave birth to their 3rd gorgeous daughter. Grace Ann....Gracie... I'm teary-eyed typing this. I'm so happy for them. Being one of three girls myself, I know what a wonderful ride their family is in for. Lots of pink. Lots of dress up clothes. Lots of Barbies and ponies. Lots of drama. Lots of love. I have to chuckle a bit -- T and I will have such different experiences raising our children. Three girls for them. Two boys for us. But through it all, and through the distance (which also makes me cry) I know we'll ride it out together.
Congratulations T, D, Sydney, Mia and Gracie. We love and miss you guys so much, and are so happy for you.
Amy, Shawn, & the boys