Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dog Wearing



Even though I haven't been the best example of a baby wearing momma, Jaina seems to know instinctively that her dolls and stuffed animals would much rather be carried next to her than in their Graco babydoll carseat. Because what is a carseat for? To ride in the car, of course! There's no danger of one of HER babies developing plagiocephaly!

This back carrier (that can also be worn as a front carrier, kinda like a mei tai), was made for me by my mom when I was four or five years old.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jayce and his Shadow



I Have a Little Shadow
I HAVE a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow— 5
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way. 10
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head, 15
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
-
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894)


Before and After



As long as I've known Brian, he's never looked like this before. I have to admit, the process was painful to watch. But I ended up getting used to his longer hair and thought he was a tad bit sexy in his superman baseball cap. I've always had a thing for a guy in a hat :)

Why did my husband do this, you ask? Because he was "proving" to his company that he was so busy working 24/7 for them to get their project completed by deadline, that he didn't even have time for a haircut. Or a tie, for that matter. Or a dress shirt. Or sometimes, even some slacks. (He did, however, wear jeans instead of just his boxers :) )


So, on April 21st, Brian's first day off since Christmas, he took advantage of the Great Clips $2.99 special and went and had ALL his hair chopped off. Thank goodness!

A Girl and her Dog






Oh yeah... Jaina LOVES her doggie. Alli isn't a really great dog to have around kids. She jumps, she whines, she begs for food, she eats chapstick, sweettarts, and goldfish. She knocks over drink cups in case they have juice in them. But Jaina loves her anyway.

Serial Blogging

Let's see how many blog entries I can post before Jayce wakes up? Ready? GO!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My baby turns THREE!

My little man, at two months old:



5 months old:


8 months in the bathtub:


First birthday party! Dodi made a Baby Einstein caterpillar cake:


15 months old, at the park. He had just gotten a swing pushed into his head, hence the big bump!



20 months old! I remember how hard it was to catch a picture of him smiling during this time!



Happy 2nd Birthday! Dodi made us a teletubby cake!


Just turned two in this picture, first week in our new house:


2 and 1/2 years old, with crazy hair!


And here he is currently, the week before turning the big 3!!!




Caught up

The "brian side" of me wishes that I was sitting here this Sunday afternoon blogging about our very fun weekend. Instead, I have about 3 groups of pictures that deserve posts chronologically before I even upload this weekend's pictures. So, you'll just have to believe me that my friend's baby shower was a fun success, and that Jaina is enjoying a weekend full of "Courage the Cowardly Dog" marathon episodes. Oh, and that I had fun at Mom's Night Out, despite poor attendance on Saturday night.

Tomorrow is Jayce's birthday, so I will have to interrupt our regular scheduled blogging to post pictures of my birthday boy :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Caterpillars



Jaina has become caterpillar obsessed lately! I guess its just that time of year for them. We've been doing some yard work (like killing miniature rose bushes) this past week so we've found a bunch. We agreed that observing them for a little while is okay, but then the caterpillar needs to be let go because we do not have caterpillar food to keep it alive.




What do caterpillars eat, anyway? According to Eric Carle, they eat: apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, ice cream, pickles, lollipops, muffins, and leaves. Honestly, I don't know how the caterpillars are surviving in our yard if they need that much vitamin C.

Anyway, we went to a little park by my Dad's house last weekend and found even more caterpillars. I personally can't wait to see more butterflies :) They make nicer photography subjects!


Thursday, April 24, 2008

A very brown thumb

Take a good look at these beautiful miniature roses:




Yeah, cause they don't look like that now, after I planted them. How on earth do you work in a plant nursery for year, take two horticultural botany classes in college, have a stepmom that can grow anything, and end up with a brown thumb?

I planted the miniature roses exactly like the card said. The exact depth. In full sun. I even got some bone meal and organic soil conditioner to mix in with our cement-like red clay yard. I have watered faithfully every day this week.

And still, they pretty much look dead as doornails :(

Monday, April 21, 2008

Some ME time

I've never been that great at setting aside "ME" time since Jaina was born. But I guess I've learned over the past 6 years that stress= mean mommy and balanced= happy mommy. And I have to be honest. My kids kinda stress me out a lot. So, I've decided to do something about that.

1. I joined an informal "walking club". Just me, Jessica, Jeanne, and Dana from MOMS Club. We walk 4 miles MWF either at the mall or on the walking trail. At first it sucked because I was so out of shape I couldn't even make it the whole 4 miles on level ground. But now? I love it. It doesn't even feel like a chore anymore. I've also made friends with a new local neighbor and will be walking 1 mile in our extremely hilly neighborhood on Tuesdays and Thursdays. THIS is killing me, but I know I'm just working those muscles!

2. I joined a Book Club. Its mainly comprised of moms from MOMS Club, but has a lot of other members as well. We read one book a month, then get together at someone's home to discuss it, sans kids. Everyone brings either wine or an appetizer and we let loose for a few hours :) Not a whole lot of talking about the book gets done, but its fun nonetheless. This month we are reading "Plain Truth". I'll let you know how it goes :)

3. I've been attending Mom's Night Out faithfully in our MOMS Club. I'm now budgeting money for it so I have no reason to skip. We eat at a restaurant, then usually end up back at someone's house to talk until Midnight. Or 1:00 AM. Or 2:00 AM (Or, like last month, 2:30 AM!)

4. I've been scrapbooking again :) I've only got a few albums started, none of them complete. I've done Jaina's birth until her first birthday, so that is my current goal with Jayce's album. Here's some pages:





Sunday, April 20, 2008

Matchey-matchey

Jaina's idea, not mine!! I'm surprised we even had anything in our closets that matched! We took pictures to commemorate our matching day :)








Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sun Party

Jaina got it in her head that we needed to throw a party. Hmm... well, it wasn't Pink Doggie's birthday. That's not until October. And it wasn't cabbage patch kid Megan's birthday... that's in July. So, Jaina decided to have a Sun Party to celebrate the sun. Sounds good to me!



We even ate Summer Vegetables!



Okay, so I'm stretching it a bit. We had cheesy tuna helper for dinner because it was the only thing I could find that was orange. Oh, and just so you know... we hardly EVER eat boxed dinners anymore! But we made an exception in the name of the party :)



Happy Birthday, dear Sun!



Yum! Those cupcakes are good!



Brian plays "Pin the nose on the Sun" blindfolded by one of Jaina's scarves. Jaina won the game, by the way. It helps to be the same height of the picture!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another Milestone for Jayce!





Ta-Da!

He can now comfortably go down an inflatable slide at an indoor playplace.

I know it doesn't seem like much, but it was such a relief for Jayce to be comfortable at birthday parties and other inflatable activities that we attend with Jaina :) The kids had a great time!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dancing Virginia

I'm posting this just because I can :)

Although I mainly write about my children, this blog is MINE, too :) And I love me some Old School Jump, Little Children, back from their Irish days. Maybe you will too!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Big Sister



My Jaina. My sweet Jaina. Oh, sometimes I really worry about her. More accurately, I worry about how I parent her. I know she had me to herself for 3 years, but I can't help feeling guilty that I can't devote as much time and attention to her. Even though she is older and more independent now, I think I take for granted that she IS only 5 years old. My mother often warns me of doing this. Sometimes I forget that she's still a little kid. I find myself losing patience with her just because I've just spent 30 minutes trying to calm down her brother. She comes home from school every day, excited about a new project that she wants to start with me, only for me to be so mentally exhausted from the day's therapies and activities to even deal with her.

Instead I hand her the remote, tell her to watch whatever she wants, then I come find solace on my computer while Jayce naps in his room. I find that I am using breaks from Jayce for myself, not for Jaina. So, that results in Jaina not getting much one-on-one attention.

She plays so well by herself. She is just like me when I was little. Like her, I preferred having friends over or having my mommy play a game with me, but if neither option was available, I could entertain myself for hours with my dolls and stuffed animals.

But just because she *can* play so well by herself, doesn't mean I should shirk my parenting responsibilities either. Its so hard to find a balance, you know?

How do moms with multiple kids do it? I would love to know their secret! I definitely have enough love for both my children to share. I just don't have enough time it seems like :(

I really try to not make things all about Jayce. Yet, that's what seems to occupy my mind and time each day. It really saddened me to discover that my number one reason for feeling like I couldn't successfully homeschool was because I was too busy carting Jayce around to his various therapies. Doesn't she deserve more than that? So, we put her in a school that would teach her what she needed to know to free up my time for Jayce. That still does not sit right with me.

Anyway, I am sure it will all work out. I'm just feeling a little depressed right now about our situation. That's normally not me, Mrs. Optimistic, and I take comfort in knowing that by tomorrow, I'll have a sunnier outlook on life.

Oh, and I am not happy with my blog layout. Expect lots of wishy-washy changes before I get satisfied with April's layout :)