Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Road Trip!

This weekend we went to our favorite house on the Guadalupe River to break into . This year, however, we didn't have to break in, but were invited by the homeowners daughter, the sister in law of David and Francie. We had a great time and were terribly jealous of the beautiful home. We want it.

The weather was great, the river was nice and cold, the custom built waterfall (spring fed into the river!) was beautiful, the hot tub was cozy, the pool was fun, the hammock was comfy, and most of all, our friends are awesome. Special thanks to John and Catherine for their hospitality and to David and Francie for thinking to invite us over.

John and Catherine have a 6 year old daughter and 5 year old son. They were both fantastic with the Girls, and very sweet kids. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so couldn't capture any of the tons of fun we had.

I did overhear a funny conversation between Ava, the six year old and Maddie...

"That's Brooke."

"Oh, well, he sure is cute, but I'm not really sure why your little brother is wearing pink."

"She's my sister."

"He looks like a boy."

Sunday, June 24, 2007

So pretty!?

Maddie and I were cuddling on the couch after breakfast today, and I sweetly said, "Maddie, you are so pretty."

She replied, "Yes, I am, but I have boogers."

Friday, June 22, 2007

Stickers

Maddie found a sheet of tiny little smiley face stickers in a multitude of colors. We used these stickers for her potty chart (that wasn't ever effective....candy works better).

She put these stickers all over her body. There were probably fifty of them on her legs, face, arms AND a few on Brooke's arms and legs too. I'm sorry that I didn't take a picture!

When it came time for her bath, and the stickers to come off, we had a little situation. The stickers are meant for paper, which means that they were EXTRA sticky.

As we were pulling them off, we discovered that we were pulling her hair out too! She laughed and cried at the same time as we pulled each sticker off. Needless to say, she got a free wax job on her legs and face!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The last twelve hours

There is nothing more that I would love to have right now than several (preferably eight) hours of consecutive sleep. The last twelve hours have been rough....

10:30 p.m.--went to bed, fell asleep right away

12:00 a.m.-- Brooke wakes up to eat. She's been asleep since 7:45, so she is likely very hungry and wet.

12:30 a.m.--back to bed

2:00 a.m.--Brooke wakes up and is crying. I walk to her room, tell her to go to sleep, give her the pacifier.

2:10 a.m.--Just as I doze off again, Brooke begins to cry. I refuse to feed her because she ISN'T hungry and will just fall asleep as soon as she latches on. Zak gets up to give her the pacifier.

2:15-2:49 a.m.--Still crying. We let her cry it out after I get up two more times to soothe her, but not picking her up. SHE MUST LEARN TO SLEEP. We blame it on teething. She finally stops crying at 2:49. I'm still half awake, half asleep. I feel guilty...thinking that I am going to cause abandonment issues for not responding to her cries. She'll then be a grumpy hateful teenager who will remember the times that I let her cry it out. She'll pay me back by dating zitty bad boys who drive vans.

5:00 a.m.--Brooke is awake again. I feed and change her.

5:30 a.m.-- I am back in bed, and just drifting off...

5:45 a.m.--MADDIE WALKS INTO OUR ROOM! She is wide awake, ready to start the day. It is still dark outside. She is very sweet and happily asks to watch "the monster movie." I check out her head, which is not nearly as swollen (or purple) as yesterday.

After I whine and complain about my lack of sleep, the psychological effects of not sleeping, how much I resent the fact that I have the only pair of boobs in the house, and then threaten to pump and make Zak do one feeding per night, he sighs loudly.

6:00 a.m.--Zak's alarm goes off. He has an early morning meeting.

We argue about "rewarding" Maddie by showing a movie for coming into our room so early. We've done this for the last week. I tell him that if we do this, she will continue to arrive in our room before dawn. He asks what we should do instead. I tell him we need to send her back to her room. I know that would only cause a tantrum, which would wake Brooke, and am not sure that is a battle I want to fight. She will semi-quietly lay in our bed watching her movie, but is chatty every 15 minutes or so needing her doll, to potty, or the book she left in her room. The problem is that I can't sleep through that, but Zak can.

During the last week, I slept in Brooke's room (there is a bed in there) after the last feeding to catch some more Zzzz's while he and Maddie both get ready to leave. It's their time together, and it's fun for them both. She watches him shave and get dressed, matches socks, reads books, plays in my make up, etc. The problem is when he has to leave extra early for a meeting and SATURDAY AND SUNDAY we have an unwanted guest in our room.

I feel guilty because the girls are always so sweet and playful in the morning, and I'm just so annoyed to be awake. Maddie tries to comfort me and asks if I'm okay and why I'm so sleepy, Brooke gives me the biggest smiles because she's so happy to see me (or my boobs). Zak works all day and says that I can "make up the sleep during the day" which is semi true, but it's not the same. PLUS, I am supposed to be working from home...kinda.

At this point, I've only gotten five hours of sleep, none in blocks longer than 2 hours.

7:00 a.m.--Zak leaves the house. Maddie is getting restless and probably hungry.

7:20 a.m.--Brooke wakes up again. All smiles, wide awake. Sweet, beautiful baby girl.

7:30a.m.--The Girls and I go downstairs for coffee and breakfast.

8:00 a.m.--I drive Maddie to school...my saving grace.

8:30 a.m.--Even after one giant mug of coffee, I crawl back into bed with Brooke. I nurse her while we are both laying down. We both sleep.

9:30 a.m.--A huge thunderstorm rolls into town startling us both awake with thunder and hard falling rain.

We're awake and I make another pot of coffee.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Header

Maddie crashed into the wall, full speed, HEAD FIRST. It was in slow motion, and OHMIGOD I thought I was gonna die in sympathy for her. She crashed HARD.

Zak and I were still eating dinner, and Maddie had been excused from the table. She was running around, being silly, like an airplane when she simply tripped on her own two feet. She flew head first right into the wall, her airplane wings not around to block her face from impact.

Zak saw the whole thing, but I only witnessed the end when her HEAD RAMMED INTO THE WALL. There was a huge pause, Zak telling me that she was okay (like he knew!), and Maddie doing a silent sobby inhale scream that had yet to be released.

I ran over to her and she jumped into my arms, and it took at least 15 seconds before she let out that scream. Her forehead (above her left eye) immediately swelled....it is HUGE, the knot, and is purple.

It definitely hurt me more than it hurt her. She only let me ice it for about 30 seconds before she asked to watch more Shrek (you thought I was gonna say Dora!) and for "some medicine to make it feel better." I gave her some Tylenol because that girl is gonna have one major headache. She took a bath and got ready for bed in her normal way, not complaining about her GIANT KNOT on her head once. Zak kept reassuring me that she was okay and it was not as bad as it looks. Did I mention how HUGE and PURPLE it is? I'm afraid to take her to school tomorrow because they may think I hurt her!!

HUGE. PURPLE.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Rolls over!

My baby girl is getting so big. I've been packing up her baby clothes that don't fit her anymore, and it's TWO boxes worth. She's now wearing her summer clothes that Maddie wore during her first Chicago summer.

Anyway, she also reached another milestone...rolling over!! It's not the most graceful move ever performed, but I'm still proud.




Tuesday, June 12, 2007

First Haircut

Madison has the finest, thinnest blonde hair that does nothing except go forward into her eyes. There is not much I can do to make it go back, and it's not heavy enough to go to the side yet.


A few months ago, Grandma Mary, gave Maddie her first haircut with real haircutting scissors, not the kitchen scissors that I would use to hack up her bangs. Mary snuck up behind Maddie, grabbed her bangs and chopped them off in a split second, and she was also able to trim the sides a bit.




Just last week I took Maddie to a real "sit in the chair and be still salon" to see if they had any suggestions. The hairdresser recommended to just keep letting it grow and it will eventually begin to fall to the sides. She told me to stop cutting it because I was making it worse...well, she didn't say those words, but that's what she meant.



We had a lot of fun getting the cut. Maddie was so excited! I told her it would tickle so she laughed the whole time. The before and after shots are not much different. We basically just trimmed it up. Thank goodness it was only nine bucks, or I would have been annoyed!


I'm trying a new thing where I embed the video directly into my posts. It should appear below...let's see if it works. If not, watch the video here.





Saturday, June 09, 2007

Swim, Maddie, SWIM!

For the last five months, Maddie has been taking swim lessons with Zak every Saturday morning. We did it for lots of reasons, mainly for her to learn to be comfortable in the water and obtain some basic swimming skills. We also did it for her to have something that she can do solo with her dad that doesn't involve Brooke (0r me.)




The class began in January and just ended the last weekend in May. Brooke and I went to see them during their final lesson. I was amazed to see her going under, sliding face first into the water and getting water poured on her head. It was especially endearing to watch her and Zak together. He was the only dad in the class of six other kids!

Maddie and Brooke are lucky to have such a fantastic dad.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Dude!

Maddie walked into our room this morning at 6:30 (way earlier than her normal wake up time), and with a smile in her voice and pep in her step said, "Hey DUDE! Whatcha doing?"

Umm, sleeping?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

4 months

Dear Brooke,
You are four months old! You have had a busy month. We had your first professional photos taken (above) and you went to the beach! While you didn't even get out of your car seat, and barely kept your eyes open, you appeared to...er, have fun?

Even though you were in your car seat, in the shade, with a blanket over your seat blocking the sun, I still covered you with SPF 50. That' is what a good mama I am how much I care about your skin.

You had you four month check up last week and weighed in at 12 lbs, 7 oz. and are 23 inches long. You had one bazillion shots and you made sure I was the one who felt the pain with your fussiness after the next 48 hours.


When strangers ask how old you are, they are surprised to learn you're just four months old. Apparently, you look much bigger, and you also seem very big to me too. However, you are in the 30% for weight and 15% for height. That is pretty little, but big enough to give me a back ache when you are in this contraption...


You've got the strongest little legs, and can support your weight with just a little help from us to balance you to be sure you don't fall into the sink.


Just last week you moved into your own room, which we've nearly finished decorating. This means you are no longer making monkey noises in my ear all night long. You are still, however, making those same monkey noises in the baby monitor all night long only now I can't reach you to shove the pacifier in your mouth. The transition into your own room has been not as smooth as I hoped. I thought that you would sleep much sounder on your own (without having to listen to your dad snore all night). You are back to waking up every 3 hours to eat/annoy me. You are perfectly capable of sleeping at least six hours in a row because you've done it before, and I really, really want you to keep trying.


In addition to the waking up in the middle of the night more than you should problem, you're not much of a napper. You take puny little 45 minute cat naps, but only twice a day if I'm lucky! Occasionally you'll doze off in the car or after nursing for one of these naps, so I get absolutely nothing done all day long. Sleep is a wonderful thing, baby, trust me!


I love, love, love how much you like to play with your sister. It is the cutest thing. You look at her with absolute adoration and she can always make you laugh. Sometimes you two just stare at each other and burst into giggles. I'm sure there will be years of this type of sweetness, as well as years of me hearing, "Mom! She's looking at me!" I tell Maddie, "Sisters are forever and ever" just to remind her that you two will always have each other.

loves,
Mama


Monday, June 04, 2007

The rhythm is gonna getcha

Zak still occasionally bangs on plays his congas to entertain Maddie. It almost instantly takes her from a bad mood into the disco queen. She usually runs around, shimmies, shakes her booty, and spins in circles when he plays. Here is a quick video of the action towards the end of her routine where she nearly sits on Brooke.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Apples and Bacon Bits

Tonight Maddie ate apples and bacon bits for dinner, and went to bed with an old garage door opener clicker and a laminated street map of San Antonio.

Parenting rocks!