Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Dairy Cow and Miss Piggy go to Sea World




This is a long one...sit back and relax!


I've had a little bit of a rough couple of days. They haven't been too bad, just bad enough to think "what was I thinking" having 2 kids! Ha! I remember fondly the days and weeks after Elijah was born "sleeping when the baby sleeps" and cuddling all day with my newborn. I actually thought that was tough. I was what I considered sleep deprived and now I look back and just laugh at my ignorance.

Yesterday I was awakened at 9am by Elijah coming to "check on Mama". You may think getting to sleep into 9am sounds great, but let me assure you its not considered sleeping in when you were up for an hour at a time at 2am and 6am and now its time for yet another "feeding". Sadie has a very distinct cry when she's hungry. (side note: if you have a newborn or are pregnant you need to look up the baby whisperer. She was on Oprah once and it got erased off our DVR just before Sadie was born, we saved it from when Elijah was born, but when we switched to Uverse it was erased. Anyway, this lady explains what each cry means from your baby - like they're talking to you and I swear it worked perfectly with Elijah and now Sadie.) she squeals and snorts like a pig when she's hungry. Its pretty funny. She only does it when she's hungry. As soon as we got up at 9am Beau had to leave, I made Elijah breakfast while I nursed Sadie, then threw some clothes on us all and jumped into the car just in time to make it to McDonalds for Elijah's playgroup on the playground. I know what you're thinking...why did I go to playgroup? Well, Elijah is in serious need of some interaction. It took me almost the whole hour and a half to wake up enough to formulate a sentence with the other moms. When we're home I'm either nursing Sadie or too tired to play (and lately the mosquitoes have been too bad to even think about playing outside) so I am taking every opportunity to get him out of the house and stimulated. I have looked into taking him to Mother's Day Out at the Methodist church in town on Tuesdays and Thursdays - it ends in May though, so he would only make a few. After registration and supply fees and the cost per day it comes out to about $30 a day for 6 days. I think, for the sake of mine and Elijah's relationship it will be worth the money. He is just bored and knows exactly what to do to get my attention - good or bad. Anyway, yesterday Sadie ate about every two hours (she normally goes at least 3). I'm starting to feel like a dairy cow! After I finally got both of them down for a nap and paid some bills online and wrote some thank you notes it was 3pm and I thought "man, I'm already hungry! I need to get up and get a snack!" Then it hit me! I never ate lunch! That rarely happens. I would normally have my children go without food before I would! (just kidding, sorta)

She was up again 3 times last night. When I got up this morning I was exhausted. I woke up to her squealing to be fed and Elijah telling me I "better go check on Sadie". I tried to drink a cup of coffee, but can't remember the last time I was able to finish one while it was still warm and today was no exception. Elijah wanted a snack and I asked what he wanted (dumb move number 1) and he said strawberries. I told him we didn't have any. That was dumb move number 2. He got very mad, yelled "stop saying that! Yes you do, they're at Frobergs!" I told him we could go get some if he wanted (what am I thinking!) and he got all excited. I called Aimee and begged her to come along and thankfully she agreed. I was, of course, nursing Sadie so as soon as we were done I threw some clothes on us all (the same clothes they wore yesterday because they're still laying in the floor of the living room) and we headed to Frobergs. That went well.

As soon as we got home I hurriedly fed Elijah and I since Sadie was off schedule and for once I could eat lunch at noon too (I'm usually feeding Elijah and nursing her at noon and I don't get to eat until 1 or so - if I remember to). Well, she started crying just as I was finishing eating as fast as I could. I picked her up...poop explosion!! CODE BROWN! CODE BROWN! POOP IS EVERYWHERE! I tried taking her onesie off...now poop is even in her hair. I threw her (gently) into the sink for a quick bath while Elijah is yelling "I'm done, I want down!" (I'm yelling in my head "JUST A MINUTE"!)

I redress Sadie, nurse her and try to put her down for a nap. I go and put Elijah down for a nap. He insists on sleeping in his sleeping bag on his bed...whatever. I lay down on the couch (its about 1:45) Sadie won't fall asleep. She is now snorting. Are you kidding...I just fed you. I nurse her again and put her down. I rock her in the cradle till 2:15. I lay down again. I finally fall asleep...Elijah is crying. I think "oh, he's just crying himself to sleep" (he does that some times). I try to fall back asleep but for some reason I can't sleep thru my kids' crying (I've tried). I finally get up to check on him. He's crying because his diaper has come apart on one side. SERIOUSLY! I scold him again for not being a big boy and wearing big boy underwear and using the big boy potty. He doesn't care...now he wants up. We go to the living room and he wants to watch a show. I think "hmmm...maybe I can get 20 minutes of rest while he's watching a show". He chooses Dora. Has anyone ever tried to sleep thru Dora...impossible. So I get up and try to straighten the house (which includes my daily chore of gathering the 87 diapers we've accumulated since this time yesterday in the various trash cans around the house and throwing them in the garage trash). Now Sadie is asleep again and Elijah is getting the special treat of watching another show (2 in one day really is a lot for us).

We are leaving on Friday afternoon for San Antonio for a whirlwind weekend trip. We are taking 4 of the Juniors and Seniors to Sea World and the Magic Time Machine Saturday for their "Prom Alternative Weekend". I wasn't going to go originally then my parents said they would go and take Elijah and Brooklyn to Sea World with them Saturday. Then I thought I would go ahead and go and hang out at the hotel Saturday. Then my mom called and said Jon and Katy wanted to go, so they were bringing Cale too. I started thinking I might go with them. Then mom called again a few days later and said Lya, Zac and Heather found out about the trip and wanted to go too. So now its gone from my parents going to help with Elijah to being Erica's Family Reunion at Sea World. I haven't seen my brothers since Christmas, and no one but my parents have met Sadie so I decided I would go. I'm sure taking a newborn to Sea World will be totally easy (not to mention, I probably won't have to pack much for a weekend away with a newborn and 2 year old). I am seriously delusional.

So we'll be gone this weekend, home Mother's Day weekend, in Rosebud for a wedding the next weekend, in Stephenville for Memorial Day weekend. Wow! If I survive May (and both Beau and the kids do) it'll be quite a feat!

Here are a couple pics of Elijah enjoying his new Thomas the Train Sleeping Bag/ Air Mattress. Thanks Pawpaw and Juju!


Monday, April 27, 2009

Little Bunny Foo Foo

When Mom was here after Sadie was born she taught Elijah the song "Little Bunny Foo Foo". He loves to sing it. This morning he found a pair of bunny ears in Sadie's room. I had bought them for her before she was born (not thinking logically about how small her head would be). Anyway, Elijah put them on and was dancing around the house singing the song (he does throw in an extra line having something to do with bushes). Here are a few pics of that...



See the "bunny ears" on both his hands? He's singing "Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping thru the forest"...

And, of course, guess who's watching?


She already adores her big brother...




Saturday, April 25, 2009

My sweet baby girl

I was holding Sadie at her photo shoot and the photographer asked to take a pic of us. I originally said no since I wasn't dressed for pics, my hair wasn't fixed and I still have quite the "muffin top". But he insisted and it turned out being one of my favorites.


Elijah was picked up by John and Bibby this morning to spend the day with them. It was so nice of them to offer to take him so I can rest and get some things done around here before Beau comes back tonight. We are blessed with such sweet friends. When they picked him up this morning they were headed to McDonalds for some breakfast and playground fun then they were off to the car show. I'm sure I'll have quite the time dragging him away from them tonight, but I'm also sure he'll sleep well. More later.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sneek Peak

Here is a sneak peak of some of the pictures from Sadie's session this morning. I don't think any of these are the pictures we actually bought (I got the CD), but please don't upload and copy any pics...if you like it let me know, if its one of the ones we bought I'll send it to you...we have PLENTY of pics to give away.


Here is a peak...







How much longer?...



Sleeping Beauty...






There you go! I'll post the more of the ones we actually bought later. We're off to Gary and Aimee's...we were invited to dinner since the kids and I are sans Beau tonight. More later.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Random Thoughts

This morning we went outside for a little while to get some fresh air (and make me get us all out of our pjs).

Sadie lounging in the shade...


Of course Elijah wanted to "swing on the blue one"...




We go to have Sadie's first pictures taken tomorrow. I wanted to have some made in a tutu so I made her one today. I hope the pictures turn out cute...

As for Sadie's MD appointment yesterday...they were really impressed about her weight. She was 8 lbs 7 oz which is over a pound in just 2 weeks! She's our little Miss Piggy. When she gets hungry she starts snorting, its really funny. Her length was 21 inches. I'm not so sure that's accurate, she was 19 inches when she was born, but oh well. Her weight was in the 50th percentile and her length was in the 70th. Everything else was "perfect" according to the Dr. We go back at 2 months for shots.
I'll try to post Sadie's pictures tomorrow when we get home. More later...


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

An EGGcelent Day

Yesterday I got an Evite for MOM's club for the recipe exchange happening today. We were supposed to make an Egg dish. I only had 4 eggs and didn't want to load up both kids and go to the store so I had to get creative. Stay tuned for what we made.

We made some sugar cookies. Elijah had a great time...




Sadie started getting fussy so I decided we would take a small break. She was in her chair by the dishwasher. I said, "okay, just let me start the dishwasher and I'll get you out of your chair."
I started the dishwasher. If you've ever been to my house you've still probably never heard our dishwasher running. Its not because its a new, fancy kind that is so quiet you don't know its running. Its because we usually only run it while we're gone because its SO loud. Well, apparently it sounds a lot like the womb because it hadn't even been running 30 seconds and Sadie was OUT!


So Elijah and I pressed on. Here is a picture of what we made...
Did you figure out our Egg Dish? Can you tell the ones in the middle are "Fried Eggs"? The other moms got a kick out of my creativity. We had a good time.
When Beau got home Elijah was telling him about how he got ant bites on his foot. (it actually happened the day before) When Beau saw Elijah's foot he got so mad and went straight to the garage to get the ant killer and marched out to the backyard to save the day. He said seeing Elijah's foot made him want to go all vigilanty on those ants. The bad thing is Elijah's foot looked much worse yesterday. This is the best picture I could get. He really has a reaction to fire ants!
His foot is twice the size of the other one and is beet red (thats the part the picture doesn't really show) Poor boy!
So we woke up this morning and I was really tired. I don't mind Sadie waking up every 3 hours to eat during the night, but she's been flipping back and forth sleeping 4-5 hours in a row one night and only 2-3 in a row the next night (which is what she did last night) and my body just can't get regulated. Anyway, I wasn't going to go to the recipe exchange because I was just so tired, but decided we should since we did RSVP. After we arrived I was really glad we did because the hostess had a 2 year old daughter and Elijah had a blast playing with her. They had a great play room right by the kitchen...

Sophia and Elijah talked Christian into reading them some books...
After we ate our brunch we had the boys clean up!...
I couldn't resist this picture of Sadie the other day. She was down for a nap and just looked so comfortable...

We have Sadie's MD appointment in the morning so I'll let you know how that goes. Then I scheduled her first pictures for Friday morning. Beau is going to Austin for the weekend (Friday and Saturday) so I will be alone for the night for the first time. If you want to come by and hang out or hold a baby or play with a toddler let me know...I'm sure I'll be tired! :) More later.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My Motto

I just saw a quote on a friend's blog that totally sums up my life:

"Life's too short for uncomfortable clothes."

If you know me at all you know this is all too true for me. You will rarely see me sitting around the house in something other than gym-style shorts and a t-shirt. I also hate having shoes on!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

You asked for it...you got it!

You asked for pictures of Sadie and here you go!!! I took these yesterday after our tea party.


Fat Girl Face...




I put her bow that she wore to the party back on, too cute!


Elijah was singing to Sadie...



Unless she's just way too worked up she will always calm down when he talks or sings to her...


I got a few pictures of her face when she was listening to him...


She loves her brother.



Fat Girl Face in a bow...



My pretty girl...



I brought home some extra dessert from our party and Beau and Elijah split it. This is Elijah after he finished his Chocolate Delight...




We finally gave Sadie her first "real" bath last night. Every night I would put her pajamas on and start feeding her and realize she hadn't had a bath in 1, 2, 3 days! Anyway, I thought if she belongs to me at all she will love to lay in warm water and soak...but no!
"Ummm...not so sure about this, Mama"



"Really don't think I like this"



"Okay, I REALLY don't like this."



Pretty upset, trying to get her thumb in her mouth...she was hungry.


"Is it okay to look now?''

Hope everyone is well. We have Sadie's 2 week check up on Wednesday so I'll let you know how that goes. More later...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Baseball & Birthday Parties

For Elijah's birthday he got a bat and ball, but we have just now been able to buy him a tee so he can learn how to hit (apparently you have to wait until baseball season to even be able to buy a tee). Anyway, Beau brought one home and Elijah LOVES it! Here are a few pics...



Beau trying to teach him how to hold the bat...


First you place the ball on the tee...


Then you swing (paying no attention to how Beau taught him to hold the bat)...




Today we went to an April Party with MOM's club. It is the party to celebrate all the April Birthdays (Sadie's first Birthday Party). We had it at a local park and although it was windy we had a great time.
Elijah pushing Grant on the merry-go-round...



"Okay, Grant, my turn...you push me"


There is a pretty big pond and we got to feed the ducks. The kids had a blast.




Elijah really wanted the ducks to eat out of his hand (I think he was remembering that the goats did that at the Rodeo), but the ducks weren't understanding the concept...


The best thing was there were even baby ducks! So cute...





Now chasing the ducks to get them to eat out of his hand...still not working.











Aimee took this picture. She said it was a look into my future (3 kids).



Me and the kids (Sorry, Mom, I know you want some actual pics of Sadie and I'll try to get some really soon).



After feeding the ducks we finished off the celebration with lemonade...



and cupcakes!




"Mmmm!"

We had a great time! I really will work on getting some pics of Sadie this weekend!