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Month: July 2007

Up and Down and All Around

Zach has been a bit challenging since we returned from vacation.  I suppose most people would look at him and say he’s just being a two-year-old, but his two-year-old attitude is wearing me out.

He wanted to get back in the poolSomehow while we were on vacation, Zach’s sleep schedule got completely out of whack.  We’ve never really had that problem before.  Even when we went to Hawaii for a week, he didn’t get that off.  My little angel who normally goes right to bed at 8:00 is now turning into a monster who screams and throws a fit until about 11:00 before he will finally give in and goes to sleep.  Getting him to go to sleep also involves me having to lay down in his bed with him until he nods off.  Not only that, but the little monster doesn’t want to wake up in the mornings either so we struggle all morning, resulting in many tears and lots of stress.

The other struggle we’ve had since vacation is with the pacifier.  Before vacation, he was only using it to go to bed at night.  He rarely ever asked for it at other times.  However, while riding in the car for hours upon hours, he asked for his "noonie" and I gave in and let him have it.  It was difficult to say no when he was crying and watching his baby cousin suck away on his own pacifier.  Now he wants it all the time.  Every time he gets the least bit upset (which seems to be about every 2 seconds) he is begging for his "noonie" and gets really angry when I tell him no.

Still tryingIt’s not all bad though.  In between the tantrums and melt-downs some good things are happening with him too.

Potty training is still going well, although I haven’t seen a lot of progression over the last couple of weeks.  He is staying dry for longer periods of time and telling me when he has to go occasionally, but we’re nowhere near getting rid of the pull-ups yet.  I wish I had a way to stay home with him and really work with him for a week or so, but that isn’t an option.

Zach’s language skills are really developing right now too.  He’s gone from saying 2-3 word phrases to trying to put sentences together.  One of his favorite things to ask right now is "What happened?"  The first time I caught on to what he was saying he asked me, "What happened hot dog?"  I had thrown away the stick from the corn dog he was eating and he wanted to know where it was.  Now every time he can’t find something it is "What happened _____?"  He is learning how to carry on conversations with other people and has also learned to tell his first joke.  He keeps coming up to me saying, "Mom, mom, mom" until I respond with "What?"  Then he says "Dapada" (whatever that means) and starts laughing.  It is quite funny because he gets such a kick out of it.

He really, really, wanted to get back in the pool!The other big change right now is that he started his new school/day care on Monday.  He handled the first day pretty well, but I’m guessing it won’t go as well the rest of the week.  His teacher said that he did really well.  He joined in with the other kids during play times and was helpful at lunch and snack times.  She said he had a couple of times that he looked really sad and cried once, but overall it was a good day.  It is a really big change for him going from a home day care to more of a preschool type setting.  I am hoping that he adjusts easily.  I really think that he will be much more stimulated and challenged in that type of environment.  The whole thing is a little scary even for Mom though, so I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling.

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Vacation and Babies and Beanies

july_07 166I’m a little embarrassed at how long it has been since I’ve posted here.  My goal is to post a minimum of once a week and I’m not really keeping up with that.  I did go on vacation for a week though, so at least I have an excuse.

While I was on vacation, I successfully completed the Grace Beanie!  I made both of the hats to the left while riding in a car and they both turned out well.  The pink one on the right is the gorgeous Grace Beanie.  I used Red Hearts Baby Clouds for both hats.  Now I just have to figure out which lucky babies on my list are going to be the recipients.  I’ve got another Grace Beanie on the needles now in a lighter weight yarn and it is turning out really well so far.

Speaking of babies, I found out last week that I am expecting again.  We are very excited to bring another little monster angel into our family.  I also found out that a good friend of mine is expecting as well.  She’s just a few weeks ahead of me, so we’ll get to experience everything together.  How fun is that?

I’m guessing that I’m going to be knitting a whole lot of baby stuff in the near future.  I might even try a baby cardigan if I start feeling really brave.


So We're Having a Baby

I’m not quite sure where to even begin.  I have so many thoughts racing through my head.  I’m pregnant.  Every time I say those words in my head I want to let out a little squeal.  I still can barely believe it.  Just last month I visited my OB/Gyn because it had been just over a year since we started trying for another baby.  She put me back on Glucophage to help with my PCOS and here I am pregnant a month later.  I have no idea if that’s what did it or if God just decided the timing was finally right.  Either way, I am beyond thrilled.  I really didn’t expect it to happen quite yet.

When I can find a spare moment when I’m not squealing from joy, the reality of the situation hits me.  We definitely want another child, but when I think about having to actually take care of a newborn and an almost 3-year-old I get a little scared.  I know when the time comes I will handle it just fine, but right now I’m not so sure.  Zach can be such a challenge sometimes.  I’m just hoping that by then we will have worked out some of the power struggles that seem to be happening now.  Plus, he should be fully potty-trained by then so I won’t have to have two kids in diapers.

The really scary part is the financial responsibility.  Babies are expensive and we’re struggling now.  Somehow, things will work out.  I know this.  But it is definitely scary to think about how we will pay for day care.  The other costs are minimal.  We’re used to buying diapers and we won’t have to worry about extra food for a while, but day care is going to kill us.  We may end up selling everything we own, but as I said, somehow we will manage.

For now, I want to put all of those thoughts in the back of my mind and just enjoy the fact that I’m going to have a new little baby to cuddle and love.  I’m sure Zach doesn’t quite get the reality of the whole baby thing yet, but for now he’s excited.  I don’t think he’ll be as excited when the baby actually arrives and he realizes that his whole world is getting turned upside down.

It’s still very early in the pregnancy.  By my calculations, I’m only about 4 weeks along and should have a due date around March 30, 2008.  According to the BabyCenter bulletin I got in my inbox yesterday, the baby’s organs should start forming sometime in the next week or so and it’s heart will start beating.  Even though I’ve been through it once before, I am still so amazed at how the human body creates new life.

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A Nice Little Surprise

So, first I must apologize for not being around much this week, but I do have a good reason.

A Nice Little Surprise

I suppose this explains why I’ve been feeling so tired and overwhelmed this week.  We’re all very happy and excited and maybe just a little in shock.  It is still quite early, but Zach has already decided that it is a baby sister in my tummy.

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Home Sweet Home


We’re finally back from our whirlwind vacation to the South.  When we headed out Friday evening, we had full intentions of stopping halfway at a hotel for the night.  Sometime between about 1 and 2 a.m. we hit Memphis and tried to find a hotel, but everything we could afford was booked up.  So, we decided to just keep driving.  I was running on about 4 hours of sleep from the night before, but managed to stay awake for the duration of the drive.  We finally arrived at my in-laws’ house (near Mobile, AL) around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and all went straight to bed for a nap.

The first two days in Alabama it rained so we didn’t do a whole lot.  We visited with Hubby’s family, went to some church functions with Hubby’s parents and ate a lot of food.  Once the rain stopped, we made several day trips.  We toured the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL, drove to Dauphin Island to enjoy some time at the beach, and then left the kids behind while we headed out to New Orleans for a day.  Thursday, we packed up all of our stuff, took the kids for one last swim, then took off for Hubby’s home town to visit more family and some friends.

Saturday we spent all day in the car again driving home.  We finally got home around 1:00 a.m. and crashed.   It was a great trip, and even though I’m happy to be home, I wish it could have lasted just a little bit longer. 

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I Got My Invite!

I’ve been sitting around patiently waiting for an invite to Ravelry for a while now.  I kept thinking surely my turn would come up soon.  Lo and behold, during a quick e-mail check last night I saw the invite sitting in my inbox.  I signed up right away, but I don’t have much time to play there just yet.  I have a feeling I could get sucked in for hours before I notice.

I’m really impressed with the site after getting just a quick look around.  I think it will definitely be a great resource for me as I learn my way through the knitting basics.

Speaking of learning, I’m still working on that darn Grace beanie.  I started (and actually finished) another one during a car trip this weekend.  It was coming out perfect until I got distracted by a toddler and let my stitch count get off.  I went ahead and finished it out anyway as it was just a test with some spare yarn.  I’ll be starting another one soon to go with the blanket I recently finished.

I also knitted up another quickie infant hat over the weekend that I have yet to take pictures of.  It may be a while before I’m able to post pictures though as we are heading out of town on vacation on Friday.  I’ll have a very limited internet connection while we are gone unless I can find some free wi-fi somewhere.

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