Thursday, August 30, 2012

LOOK! I wrote something!

I have turned into the most boring person ever.  Seriously.  I swear, I can never think of anything to write about on my blog.  I am completely and totally lame.  The kids were always an easy subject when they were little, but now that everyone is getting SO BIG, it is hard to decide which things to share and which things to keep private.  So instead, I just write nothing.  But tonight, I am going to try to write something for little old you!

I had the second stage of my dental implant surgery done the other week.  I still have stitches in my mouth, which are very irritating to my gums.  It hurts to eat, which is very disappointing.  I love food.  The good news is that I should have my crowns placed in a few weeks.  Super exciting!

We had this whole big trip planned to go back to Kentucky to visit family in September.  I even bought a (used) playpen for the baby to sleep in while we were there.  But everything fell through and now we aren't going.  I am a little bummed about the whole thing. 

I went everywhere last weekend looking for new sneakers.  I couldn't find anything decent looking, which is a sure sign that I am old and boring.  I ended up shopping online and found a cute pair of shoes.  They are supposed to arrive tomorrow and I am super excited, but also worried that I won't actually like them.  If I do like them, I'll post pictures for your viewing pleasure.

So there!  A whole post about me!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Watching him grow...

He is lovely and perfect and little.  I am so lucky to be his mama.  My baby boy is 1 year old. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

One year ago

This was me exactly one year ago.  I almost cried on the way home from the grocery store this morning.  Why does time go by so quickly?  Tomorrow my baby boy will be one-year-old.   How is that even possible? 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Guppy's lastest sleep update

Guppy is sleeping in his crib at night, and he is sleeping MUCH better.  A few weeks ago, we were still co-sleeping.  Yes, I was still sleeping with my 11-month-old baby!  Wow.  Time really got away from me on that one.  I was starting to worry that he would be in my bed FOREVER.  Don't get me wrong, I love cuddling with my baby all night.  I love not having to get out of bed to nurse.  I love knowing that my baby is sleeping safe and sound right next to me.  But with all that being said, I never wanted to co-sleep long term.  The reason Guppy stayed in my bed for so long, is because I just wasn't ready to admit that he was a big boy who needed his own space.  I wanted to cuddle my baby for a little bit longer.

Guppy demanded that I kick him out of my bed.  Seriously.  The kid was waking up every night between 2am-4am, and he was staying awake for HOURS.  He would pull my hair, scoot across the bed, try to pull up on the bed-rail, etc.  Basically, he did everything except sleep.  I was growing more and more angry about the situation, so I decided to make some changes.  At the time, he was also sleeping in his swing for all naps.  Since I was going to fix night-time sleep, I figured I might as well do nap-time too.

John took a week of vacation at the end of July, so I decided to take the plunge while he was home.   I figured I could use the support, since I am pretty bad about backsliding on the sleep front (as you know).  I know it is hard for all sleep training parents, but I just can't listen to my baby cry for very long.  But I was determined to make it work this time, because I was worried about Guppy's safety in my bed.  He was being way too active at night, while I was asleep or half-asleep.

I decided to use the Ferber method of going in to console Guppy in timed increments.  After deciding on my plan of action, I put him into his crib awake for his naps and bedtime.  He cried (as expected), but not excessively.  Most days, he cried for about 15 minutes at a each nap.  On a really bad day, it was about 30 minutes.  Nights seemed to go easier.  He was babbling to himself instead of screaming.  I got lucky internet.  VERY LUCKY.  The whole thing was pretty easy, and I forgot to even mention it on the blog (until someone emailed to ask about the sleep situation).

But it is not all roses over here.  Guppy still wakes once or twice per night.  He usually wakes to nurse around midnight and then again around 5am.  It is not perfect, but it is sooooo much better than it was before.  He was literally waking every 2-3 hours all night long.  So, I am happy with the progress we have made.  But what makes me happiest is knowing that Guppy is well-rested.

If he hasn't stopped nursing at night in a few months, I'll probably use the Ferber method at night too.  But for now, I am happy and excited about all of the sleep we have been getting!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I love buying tables and chairs

The minivan has been repaired and all is right in our world again.  Being able to leave the house is FUN!

In other news, we broke down and bought new patio furniture.  What is up with me and furniture lately?  I just can't seem help myself!  Like our former kitchen table, our patio set only had four chairs.  Because John is a fiscally responsible person, he wanted to wait until next year to purchase new patio furniture.  But everything is on clearance right now, so it was hard for me to resist all the good deals. I convinced him to go look at a few sets, just to get an idea of what we wanted and the price range we wanted to stay in.  Almost immediately we found a very nice set, at a very nice price (50% off!), so we brought it home.  Isn't it lovely?

It is almost too fancy!  It looks like very nice dinning room furniture. I am not loving the bright green umbrella though.  We looked, but we couldn't find anything to match the chairs.  Oh well.  I still think it looks fabulous.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Minivan woes

It never fails.  Every time I talk about how well our debt reducing plans are going, some big financial thing pops up and screws us over.  Yesterday we were supposed to go swimming at a friend's house.  I got the kids all dressed up in swim gear, and we headed out to the van.  It was dead.  Like completely and totally dead.  When I turned the key, nothing happened.  No sounds, no electronics.  Fortunately, our friend was able to come over and pick us up, so the day wasn't a total bust.

John got home from work and tried to fix the problem.  And miraculously, he got the van started again!  But something is still very wrong.  The electronics are all screwed up and nothing is working on my dashboard - no speedometer, no gas gauge, no turn signals.  UGH!

We were scheduled to make a BIG payment on our home equity loan today, but that has been postponed.  We will be needing that extra money to fix the stupid van.  Sometimes it feels like we'll never get ahead.