Monday, July 18, 2011

Baby Boot Camp: Potty Training Edition

Okay, so it's day one of potty training boot camp and I am happy to report that Myla is doing pretty good so far! We went to the store together today to pick out her big girl panties and a little doll that goes pee-pee so that she could train her, of course, and a few other things needed for the day. She was so excited to pick out which pair she would wear first. But then it really didn't matter all that much because she peed through 3 pairs straight in less than 45 minutes! I have been giving her lots of water/juice and salty snacks so she'll drink more to help her go. Poor girl didn't figure it out until the 3rd accident. BUT after we cleaned up, tried to go again we decided to go color in her new coloring book until we needed to go again. Before we could open the marker box, she said. "Mommy, pee-pee!" So we ran to the potty and she sat for about 20 secs before she went. Yea! She was so excited and is so proud of herself. We called Daddy, who was on the golf course with Papa, Granny, Jido and Aunt Kimmy to share the news. Nana has been here all day helping out with Noah and she was so proud of her too. All of this happened within an hour and a half. She has told me two more times she has had to go since then and it's been a success!

I put her diaper back on for her nap and she did NOT want to wear it. She is becoming quite fond of her new Dora panties. We will see how the rest of the day goes. She is becoming such a big girl!

Now if I could only get Noah to nap longer than 30-45 minutes. Any advice??? We are still swaddling him. We lay him down with some white noise that helps calm him. He won't take a paci. I have to walk around the house with him to get him sleepy. Since he is used to sleeping in the swing, he needs motion to put him to sleep. Looking forward to the day when I can just put him in there wide awake. Share your ideas if you have any!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Guess who's almost 3 months??

So I thought it was time to post Noah's 2 month pics!

He is such a happy boy!(really! except for this first pic!)

He did not want his picture taken...

Then he shaped up pretty quickly...

Myla wanted to join the photo shoot

Look how long I'm getting

Happy Boy

He really smiles a lot!

Having fun!

We are still in the trenches with Noah and his naps. After he dozes off he sleeps just about 30-45 minutes in the bassinet before he cries and wants to get up. :( Maybe I'm expecting too much too soon? Just can't wait for him to go down easier and sleep longer. Maybe next month?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Boot Camp: Nap Edition

Now that there is just about a month before school starts again, there are a few things I want to accomplish before getting back to work. The first thing: transitioning Noah to sleep in his bassinet instead of his swing. I know, it's all my fault for starting him in the swing so early. It was so easy just to put him in there for naps since he would sleep for hours! I could get things done around the house, play with Myla etc. It was great. But now that he has woken up from his newborn coma and is more active, I know I need to make him nap in the bassinet to get better sleep. I have tried to put him down several times during his newborn stage and he would wake up after 20 minutes. But it's time to buckle down and start the sleep training. His pediatrician also agreed that this is the best time to start as it will only get harder later. I also think Noah is close to sleeping through the night. The past 2 nights he only woke up when Jeff moved him from swing to bassinet at 4:30am! Yesterday we started Baby boot camp putting Noah in the bassinet for 3 of his 4 daytime naps. He got anywhere from 30-45 minutes naps each time. His pediatrician said that it is normal for babies his age to just be getting three 45 minute naps/day and anything more is an added bonus. So we will see how it goes!

The other major thing to accomplish before school starts is getting Myla potty-trained! She is showing signs that she is ready and I would love to help my mom and mother-in-law out who will watch them next year to already have her trained. Plus she starts her preschool in the fall! Yesterday, I wasn't even planning on starting yet but Myla insisted to go pee-pee on her potty. After about 10 minutes she went a teeny tiny bit and also went poo-poo! I will spare you the details but not all made it into the potty but at least she is getting the idea!

Oh the joys of parenthood! These are the fun times, right?!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Family Road trip to Steamboat!

As nervous as I was about making the long 17 hour drive with a 2 year old and 2 month old, I was pleasantly surprised at how well they did! The way there we left around 11:30pm and drove through the night. We stopped once for gas around 3:30am and both kiddos stayed asleep. We stopped for breakfast in Hays, Kansas which we figured out was about half way to Steamboat. We had plenty of movies to keep Myla entertained and Noah was content dozing off and on the whole way.

As always, we had such a great visit with Dad and Cindy. It was so nice that this time we were their only guests so they got lots of one on one time with the kids. The days were relaxing and beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer. Here are some pictures of our time there.

On the road...

Just coloring with Jido...

Playing on the iPad

Early morning fun with a view!

My handsome boy

Ready for a hike!

Jeff explaining to Myla what to do if we see a bear...

Standing on the bridge Jeff built 2 summers ago

On the trail

Miss Myla

Me and the little man

Noah listening to the Jido's words of wisdom...


Here she is saying "Big Mountain!"

Waiting for the fireworks to start

My handsome boys

Myla wanted to be high on Jido's shoulders

Love Noah's face here...(at Fiesta Jalisco enjoying some mexican food)

Sweet kisses from Nona...

I'll never get tired of this view.

The drive back to Texas a week later was actually 2 hours shorter but seemed so much longer! Myla didn't sleep as well and grew pretty cranky after awhile. Noah did pretty good but he didn't sleep as well either. It's as if they both knew we were leaving vacation. :( I still have to say that the long road trip was definitely worth it, to spend time with Dad and Cindy and have our one summer vacation.

We were sad to learn that they will be selling their home in Steamboat as it is so much work! Dad is working way too hard managing the upkeep. They know it may take some time to sell. They plan to build a spanish style home in California within 5 years. We look forward to many visits to their new home in the future. In the meantime, we hope to spend more time in Steamboat until it sells!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Can't believe it has been five years already! It has been a fun-filled five years blessed with 2 beautiful children. I love you babe! When I think of our marriage, the first thing that comes to mind is BALANCE! We seem to balance each other out perfectly and when the going gets tough we always seem to find that peaceful balance again. Loving you today and always...Here's to the next 50!!