Archive for January, 2013

Even though Carter is still being his not-at-all-sleepy self, I am really loving this phase he’s in.  Now that he can sit up, it’s so nice to be able to sit him on a quilt on the floor with his basket of toys and let him pick what he wants to play with.  As long as I’m sitting next to him working on my laptop (we are currently looking at getting some local car magnet printing done to advertise our business, so I’ve been price checking, among other things) or folding laundry and talking to him, he’s happy to play for over 30 minutes sometimes.  I can’t explain how much I love being able to get some things done before 9 pm every day.  I know exactly how short-lived this phase will be, though.  Before I know it, he’ll be crawling around and I’ll never get a second’s peace again.  So I am loving every second of this!

I touched on this in a post the other day, but I just want to make sure everyone fully understands the crummier aspects of Carter’s routine that he’s finally developing.  Let me say it again….HE GETS UP AT ONE AM EVERY MORNING AND STAYS UP FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR.  Every night for the last three nights.  So, so, so uncool.  Gives me loads of extra time in the middle of the night to do things like research the best coin dealers …or something else I would never have the time to do during the day!

He’s not upset or in any kind of pain.  On the contrary, he’s super happy.  He talks and coos and laughs at me.  The first two nights I stayed in bed with him when he did this (we co-sleep).  Last night, though, I was still up when he decided to pull his little stunt.  So he got up and folded laundry and watched Private Practice with me.  Probably not the smartest decision (letting him be up), but I wasn’t waiting until he finally decided to go to sleep and THEN folding laundry!

Fun times.  Now please excuse me while I go refill my coffee cup…..

Let me tell you something about myself.  I’m a control freak.  And a perfectionist.  Maybe you already knew that about me.  Depends on who you are, I guess.  😛

So when we picked up Cake Pop kits on clearance at Aldi for $0.99 each, I knew doing those with the kids would streeeeeetch me.  And I was right!  The kids wanted to do them immediately as soon as we got home from the store, but I convinced them to wait until Mommy was in a better state of mind.  When we get home from the grocery store, I’m typically feeling stressed and frazzled and not at all calm and patient like I need to be in order to do projects.

Anyway, we decided to do one of the kits today for a potluck we have tomorrow.  I’m super proud of myself that I let them do a lot of the decorating and didn’t try to “fix” any of it.  It required lots of deep breaths and by the time we were done, I was the best-oxygenated person in the state.  But they had fun, and that’s what matters, right?

I’m going to consider us MOSTLY recovered.  We still have these stupid lingering coughs and my voice is still tired at the end of the day (whose wouldn’t be when they’re talking to 3 kids all day?!), but we’re up and around and doing our normal stuff.  We went grocery shopping today.  At two stores.  That was just a blast and a half, let me tell you.  I had it arranged where we could go to Aldi one week and Walmart the next and never have to go both places in the same day.  Well, with being sick for a week, that went out the window and we NEEDED things at both places.  Fun times.

Since Ava and Kelvin are close in age (18 months apart), it’s to be expected that they get into it with each other pretty regularly.  I was 4.5 years apart from my closest brother and we fought like cats and dogs when we were little!

But every once in awhile {just when I think they’ll hate each other for life and one will live in Pella Virginia and the other will live in California just to get space between them}, they do something sweet that reminds me that they DO love each other!

Kelvin had to get his iron checked this week.  It’s just a simple finger poke and he was totally, 100% cool with it.  But as soon as Ava saw the drop of blood she freaked.  “There’s blood!  You made him bleed!  You’re NEVER doing that to my brother again!”  The whole time Kelvin was telling her that it didn’t even hurt, but she was on a mission to protect her little brother!

Little Bean has started developing a little more of a routine.  Some of that is good, like taking a long-ish nap in the middle of the day.  Some of it is not, like waking up at 1 every morning and talking/cooing/purring at us for an hour.

But afternoon snack time is a mommy-approved addition to his routine.  While I’m doing school with the kids, he sits in his high chair and has Gerber puffs.  I bought him some other Gerber snacks today too.  In the picture he is trying out a Banana Cream flavored Waffle Wheel.  We may stick with puffs for awhile, though….he was able to get some pretty big bites off of the waffle wheel and I had to fish them out of his mouth before he gagged on them.  I also bought some bananas and avocado’s for him to try self-feeding, so I’m going to let him try those after they ripen.

Every January, I interview the kids and record their answers.  I can’t remember where I got the list of questions that I use, but they work well for us.  This is my interview with Kelvin this year.  I thought I did an interview with Kelvin last year, but I’m not finding it on here.  So I guess this is his first interview!  {I actually think I did do one last year, but maybe never got around to posting it?}.

Any responses or prompts from me are in quotation marks.

What is your name?  Peter Parker.  I mean, Tony Stark.

How old are you? 1,2,3,4.

When is your birthday?  March 21st.  “That’s Ava’s birthday.  When is yours?”  I don’t know.

Who is your mom?  You.

What does your mom do during the day?  I don’t know.  Talk.

Who is your daddy?  The guy who goes to work.

What does Daddy do during the day?  Go to work.

What is your favorite color?  Blue.

What is your favorite song?  I don’t do songs.

What do you want to do when you are a grown-up?  Throw people in the trash.  Hahaha.  “What is your job going to be?”  Motorcycle jobs, because I’m going to be a motorcycle guy.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?  At Florida

What is your favorite food? Pancakes and waffles and green beans and hot dogs and popcorn.

What is your least favorite food?  Bananas.

What is your favorite animal?  Elephants….all the animals.

What do mama and daddy do when you go to bed?  Play with our toys.

Who does our family love the most?  Me.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate.

Where do you like to eat?  Here and Sonic.  The Sonic with the sand.

What is your favorite book?  Playaways.

What is your favorite toy?  My monkey.

How do you like to spend your time?  Build robots and play with our toys.

What is your favorite thing that happened last year?  You mean in my dreams?  Mom, can you not ask that question?

 

 

Every January, I interview the kids and record their answers.  I can’t remember where I got the list of questions that I use, but they work well for us.  This is my interview with Ava this year (and here is last year’s and the year before’s) .  Any responses or prompts from me are in quotation marks.

What is your name?  Ava

How old are you? 4.  “You’re 4?”  NO!  5!

{Insert meltdown because she saw me write 4 on the paper}

When is your birthday?  March 21st.  You know that.

Who is your mom?  Mom.

What does your mom do during the day?  Nurse Carter.  Sweep the floors.  Clean the house.  Play with me.  Do school with me.  Play with me outside.

Who is your daddy?  Chad.

What does Daddy do during the day?  Go to work.  Go to church with us.

What is your favorite color?  PINK!

What is your favorite song?  That’s a hard one, Mom.  “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes.”

What do you want to do when you are a grown-up? Work at a zoo.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?  Wisconsin

What is your favorite food?  Cake.

What is your least favorite food?  Peas.  Blech!

What is your favorite animal?  Totally a panda!  I love pandas!

What do mama and daddy do when you go to bed?  Watch movies.

Who does our family love the most?  Me.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate.

Where do you like to eat?  HuHot.

What is your favorite book?  Red Hot Rider.  “You mean Little Red Riding Hood?”  Yeah.

What is your favorite toy?  Dolls.

How do you like to spend your time?  I really like to be by my own.  I don’t like playing, because Kelvin always tried to play with me.  I really like playing with Mom.

What is your favorite thing that happened last year?  Disney World!  Seeing the alligator farm!  Mini-golfing!

 

 

{For the record, Disney World and the alligator farm were in 2011}  🙂

The fevers are definitely gone.  {I hope!}

But the coughs are lingering.  And refusing to leave.  Yayness.

I haven’t been out of the house with all three kiddo’s in a week, due to the germies.  But today we had a quick appointment we had to go to, so we bundled up and got through it.  Seriously, it is so cold out there, which is probably part of the reason we’re sick.  You’d need a fur coats for women at madisonavemall.com to stay warm out there!  The kids were less than thrilled about getting dressed when they still weren’t feeling 100%.  {Side note: Laundry day is so easy when no one wears anything but pajamas for a week!}

Here’s hoping we’re all back to full health tomorrow!

Carter just turned 6 months and I’m already planning his first birthday party….is that crazy?!

I *LOVE* first birthday parties, because I get to decide everything.  LOL  A 1-year-old doesn’t care what the theme is, what flavor of cake they have, or anything….so it’s kind of like throwing a birthday party for myself.  😛

Anyway, I decided he’s going to have a rainbow theme, because he’s my rainbow baby.  Since he was born right before the 4th of July last year, our fireworks were rainbow-colored and his 1st birthday party will be, too.  🙂  {Side note: I am really looking forward to watching the fireworks in person this year….I remember watching them from the window in his NICU room last year.  It was really depressing}

ANYWAY…

He is for-sure going to have a rainbow cake (a big one for everyone and a smaller smash cake for him).  And there are so many rainbow-colored foods we can do….veggie trays, taco salad bar, fruit kabobs.  I haven’t even started thinking about decorations yet….but I feel a pinterest board coming on!

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