Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Random pics

I only took 2 pictures on our trip. This one, of Katie (right) and me (left). Yes, my bikini days seem to be over. Twin skin has made sure of that!

And another one, of awesome mexican food and margaritas.

My little princess. She loves her crown! She calls it her, "pincess."

Gorgeous boy! I die for him!

And him!

We are leaving tomorrow morning. Pray for safe travels and that the kids have a good time with their grandparents.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Girls weekend comes to a close

Girls weekend was so much fun! Pool, shopping, and good old fashioned girl time!

We got to our hotel (The W) around noon and hit the pool! Lots of sun, beer, and fun! We went shopping around 4 and ate dinner in a trendy little Dallas district. Since we are not 21 anymore, we went back to the hotel to go to sleep after that! We saw all the young hip people headed up to the club and we were all like...PASS! Lets get in bed and watch a movie! It was heaven - we slept until 8:30.

We got up, shopped some more, went to Whole Foods, tried to go to In n Out burger (but didn't want to wait an hour...), found another burger place, and headed home! Got back to the 405 around 6. I got to bathe my boys and put them to bed. I missed them!

David was so happy I got some time with girls. It was much needed for me. I'm lucky I know my kids are well taken care of with their daddy when I'm gone. They had a great weekend.

It was amazing getting home to my kids. After we put the boys down, we played outside with Paige for a bit.

Playing airplane with daddy.

Silly girl!

Paige becomes more amazing every day. David and I are crazy about her.

I am beat! And not sure I'm quite ready to take on the next few days: Memorial day BBQ with my family, packing, getting my hair done, organizing the kids for a week with their grandparents...

I am off to get some sleep!

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kicking off summer

David took the day off work today. To play golf. All day.

But it was okay - our summer nanny has started and she is awesome! She came this morning to stay with the boys, and Paige and I headed up to the Peake to work out. She played at kids corner, I did boot camp and got to shower! We then hit up the mall for some new shades, a new swim suit, and some lunch! I love having these little dates with Paige.

We came home, naps for all (boys napped for 2.5 hours! Wahooo!!!!), then some backyard fun. Well, fun for most. Paige has decided she hates bugs. "Yucky bug! Yucky bug!" She freaks out at every fly or ant that crosses her path. And she and I both freak out if we see a wasp.

But we still had fun. Ethan and Michelle came over for a baby pool date yesterday, so when we went out to the pool today, she was running around the yard yelling, "Ethan! Where are you?"

I love having a helper water the flowers!

6 months is such a fun baby age to me. They are so happy. Everyone who meets Jack tells us that he is the happiest baby they have ever seen. You literally just need to glance in that boy's direction and he is giddy. He laughs at everything! Smiles constantly. He is such a joy. I am crazy in love with him.

Braley is pretty serious. He likes to be in his jumper. I get some squeals out of him when he is in there. But other than that, he likes to lay there and such on his thumb or feet. He is a momma's boy and I love it!

I'm leaving tomorrow morning for a mini girls trip in Dallas. A few girlfriends and I are hitting the road bright and early for some shopping, laying by the pool, cocktails, and eating! I am so excited I can't hardly stand it! I'm thinking David is going to have a deep appreciation for me when I get home : )

Have a wonderful Memorial weekend, friends!

xoxo - Megan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

6 month visit

Braley was not happy to be going to his 6 month visit.

We are so blessed with healthy children. Both boys are hitting their milestones and them some. She used the word "perfect" with me several times. Music to a momma's ears!

Jack: 17lb 6oz - 75% He is in the 50% for height. Head - 50%
Braley: 16lb 7oz - 50% Also 50% for height. Head - off the charts. Meaning, greater than 100%. Sweet boy has a big head. He'll grow into it, right? LOL!!

Their legs seemed a little sore from the shots and they were fussy on and off yesterday afternoon/evening. Of course, they could have been feeling my tension from the tornados. I'll tell you, having small kids at home makes those sirens blaring a hell of a lot scarier than they used to be. But we were safe, thank God. I have 2 friends at CHK who lost everything. I mean - house totally leveled. Pray for all those who lost their loved ones and homes. There was a 15 month old who perished in the storms, and a 3 year old is still missing. I can barely type that without feeling sick. Can you imagine?

We are blessed, no doubt about it. And God is good.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thank you and an update

Thank you all for the responses! I got some great advice in there. I am wondering if it is just in his nature to take short naps. Perhaps things will get better when he takes one nap a day. I sure hope so.

I had a terrible moment today. I was SO frustrated, I threw the baby monitor against the wall and broke it. Like some drunk frat guy who is pissed at a girl. I felt stupid after it happened and was glad no one was there to witness my meltdown.

I need to just calm down about all of this and realize that it isn't that big of a deal. I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, for my own good...is it really going to matter 6 months from now how Jack napped as a baby? No. I need to chill the heck out.

Today was just as bad as usual, though he ended up getting about 20 minutes of solid sleep in his swing. The evening was fine, and he was asleep in his crib by 7:45. Thank God he is a good night time sleeper.

We see the pediatrician tomorrow for their 6 month visit, so I'll be discussing this with her for sure. I'd like her advice.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

cry it out

I admit that I have always judged sleep-training. Why on earth would you let your baby cry just so he/she can fit your schedule of when you think they should be sleeping. After all, parenting isn't a "sometimes" job. It is 24/7. And I have seriously questioned a mother's instincts who can sit and listen to her baby cry. It is unnatural and lazy.

Well...I've changed my tune. I have a six month old who won't nap unless he is being held, you are rocking him in the dark blaring white noise, and holding a pacifier in his mouth. It doesn't work. I guess if I had only him, I could do that. But this can't go on. He gets huge bags under his eyes, fusses in the evenings...I know he is tired and needs his sleep.

It dawned on me yesterday that I am doing him a disservice by not helping him learn how to get good daytime sleep. I was being a lazy parent by not buckling down and doing something about this. I Have been taking the easy way out by going in there and rocking him. It seemed like the natural thing for me to do, but it isn't getting either one of us anywhere. I have only 1 goal: teach Jack how to get good, meaningful daytime sleep. That is all. I don't care when or where he does it. I don't care if all 3 nap at the same time and give me a "break." I just need him to learn how to sleep.

So yesterday I started. With his naps, I rock him to sleep (I know Fer.ber says drowsy but awake. Doesn't work for Jack). When he wakes up crying (less than 5 minutes in), I let him cry for a few minutes, see if he will settle himself. He never does. Go in, pat his back, settle him back in, leave. With his next waking (normally 10 minutes or so later), let him cry again, a little bit longer than the first time. Go in, pat his back, settle him back in. This went on for 2 hours yesterday.

And right now, I'm in the middle of doing it again. I don't pick him up when I go in, just pat his back. It normally takes just a few minutes of me patting him for him to settle back in and fall asleep. But he isn't getting MEANINGFUL sleep. 10 minutes at a time with spurts of crying over the course of 2 hours is not meaningful sleep. It isn't helping him.

I can't understand why he just won't stay asleep like my other children will. He is comfy, fed, dry, clean, in a soft and cozy place, dark, white noise, cool but not cold...I just don't get it.

Am I doing the right thing? Will going in and patting him make things worse/better?

Anyone is welcome to chime in. I need help.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Braley sits!

I guess Braley heard me fretting about him not sitting up yet. I put him in the sitting position today, expecting him to flop over like a limp fish again, and much to my surprise and delight, he stayed there! There was no warning for this. He didn't almost sit up until he fully sat up.

Proud of himself!
I can even look to my right

And to my left
And stick my tongue out!

Oh wait - what was that over there?
Jack made sure I didn't forget about him!

Mr. Jack standing up on the ottoman.

And sweet boys who are all about their hands these days.

And no, I haven't forgotten about Paige. She just doesn't like to sit still long enough for me to take her picture! Many a funny scene of me chasing Paige around the backyard trying to get her to look at the camera. As it is though, this is what I have.

She had her last day of school today. Summer school starts in 2 weeks. This is going to be a looooong 2 weeks!