Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nursing to Sleep

I have nursed Jeffrey to sleep ever since it worked at a few months old. It was fail-proof, and I just had to sit there. Why wouldn't I do it?!? Two nights ago, however, the unthinkable happened. He didn't fall asleep. I was terrified. What do I do? He was extremely relaxed, so I just rocked him a bit and then put him down. He let out a little peep when I laid him in his crib, but a few back pats and rubs (along with Mr. Seahorse, of course) and he was out. For the whole night. Unsure of what to think about what just happened, I wrote it off as a fluke. Until it happened again last night. Same exact thing, except that he didn't even make a single peep when I laid him down.

I never thought we'd be able to get him asleep without nursing him completely down. I guess we can. I'm so proud of him, but I'm terrified. No doubt this is that next step towards being completely weaned. Thank all that is good that he still nurses all the way down for naps!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pictures: Before and Day 2

Before: Notice the lovely blue tiles with pink walls and PINK GROUT! Everything is kinda yucky and low quality.



After Day 2 of Demolition. Not as much done over the weekend as we hoped, but you do what you can with a toddler and his naps.

no more counters and all the drywall removed
tiles on their way to being completely gone
toilet/tiles gone



Bathtub= useless, currently

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Great Bathroom Adventure

After months of talking about it, planning for it, and walking around home improvement stores countless amounts of times, it is finally upon us. We are remodeling our guest bathroom (Jeffrey's bathroom). It is so lovely now (gag) with it's blue cloudy tile and pink grout. Yup, the previous owners took the time to paint the grout in the whole bathroom pink. That's the walls, bathtub AND floor. People had too much time on their hands, apparently, to go along with their complete lack of taste. It's going to be a fairly extensive project, but we're DIYing it. Jony is very handy, and I take direction well. I'm pretty excited about having a bathroom I won't be embarrassed to let guests use!

Yesterday marked Day 1: Demolition. It started off a little shaky, but we got on track in the afternoon. We weren't able to get as much as we'd wanted to done since Jeffrey took an epic nap and then I had a MNO planned already, but we did a good amount. We'll be pretty close to finishing up all of the demolition tonight. I plan on taking a picture every night to track the progress.

As for our plans, this is what we'll be doing:

  1. new floors
  2. drywalling the wall/paint
  3. new counters/sinks: 2 instead of one (involves plumbing work)
  4. re-tiling the bathtub
  5. refinishing the closet
  6. new light
  7. cutting mirrors into two
  8. new toilet
  9. getting a linen shelf/closet thing
  10. all new bathroom accessories: shelves, hooks, toilet paper holder, towel racks, etc.
I'm excited to see the finished product! By our timeline, it should be complete by Easter. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Agreement

With the return of Aunt Flow and the potential of being fertile, the concept of having a second baby has been on my mind a lot. It's hard not to when you know you want another one, the timing works, and you have to go to the bathroom every so often to change your tampon (ie: reminding you that your body is now ready to get pregnant). At this point, if I was to get pregnant today, Jeffrey would for sure be two years old when #2 was born. Exactly what we wanted. That means it was time for an official talk with the Baby Daddy.

Jony's thoughts? He's 100% on board with having another baby. The actual aspect of getting pregnant and having a second child is not scary to him in the least (or, at least, no more than is normal!). The only thing he has hesitations about is our sex life, and he's afraid to shake it up again with another pregnancy. I completely agree with him on this point, and I know that I have not done my best to "hit the sheets" nearly as much as I could have. So, we reached an agreement (I wouldn't say compromise because we both had the exact same idea):

We will be trying for #2 as soon as we use up all of the condoms left in the house. It should be just the kick I need to seduce my husband much more often. My biggest issue with sex is that I just don't think about it. Another baby? I think about that all the time. Now, when I do, I'll remember the agreement to be able to get that second baby. The more I think about it, the more often it will occur. Makes sense, no?

In case you're wondering, the magic number is 20. I plan on making it 19 tonight ;)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

16 Months!

Whoa. Didn't he JUST turn 15 months? Time has been flying by. Jeffrey has been keeping us on our toes, and we've been super busy with lots of activities. 16 month olds are super fun and are always up for new experiences! It is so much fun watching him explore and learn all on his own. He's either extremely active and all over the place: running, climbing, jumping, etc. or super calm and just wants to sit on your lap and read books. Both are equally awesome, although I prefer the ladder to take place a little more since the active part of him is very exhausting!

Personality and stubbornness have been the key words for the past month. Boy has opinions, that's for sure.

16 Month Stats:

  • 22 lbs 4oz and about 31 inches
  • wearing 12-18 month clothes
  • sleeping all night and having good, consistent naps (providing teeth are behaving)
  • 7 teeth! A big jump from last month: we have the top top ones through (finally) and a "friendly" new molar. We've got another top molar coming through and there's a spot getting a bit swollen where a bottom molar belongs. Yikes.
  • can use both a fork and spoon all on his own with relatively little mess (sometimes)
  • is adding a new word at least once a day. His favorite new word is "that?" when asking "what's that?"
  • spins in a circle
  • can dunk a ball (as well as chunk it full force at your face...)
  • can climb up a ladder and go down the slide on his own 
  • starting to jump on his own (as in get some air time instead of just pretending to jump)
  • knows how to wait to 3
  • favorite food: fruit gelatin cups (got us through the teething hell we just went through)
  • favorite activity: jumping off of anything holding onto our hands

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy BFP Anniversary (some say St. Patrick's Day)!

St. Patrick's Day has always been a fun holiday to me since I'm part Irish (as is Jony), but it will forever hold a special place in my heart for seeing that beautiful second line and then, later that day, the word "pregnant" pop up on those pee sticks. Amazing. I was so excited, and it's so amazing to see how far I've come since that day. Now, I'm loving life with my little St. Patty's Day red-head: a sweet, hilarious, silly and smart almost 16 month old!

It doesn't seem like it was two years ago, and I'm reaching that point where I want to experience that excitement again and add the same feelings I have today to another awesome holiday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

:( She's back.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Diagnosis

A sprain and molars.

We already knew about the molars (those things are HUGE! How could we not have noticed them before yesterday?!?). I'm so relieved about his ankle. He's doing so much better about walking today, but he's not doing it very often. Why? He's a pitiful little thing today. We're having to keep right on top of the ibuprofen (he literally woke up from his nap at the 4 hour mark to get some more; it's that bad), giving him a teething tablet two hours after the motrin, and major snuggles. It's definitely one of the most miserable I've ever seen him. Thankfully, we don't have to add a cast to the mix. Let's just hope they come on down as fast as they appeared and let us move on with our lives. Until the next ones come in. Sigh.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rough Times

Today will not be ranked in the top 10 of Jeffrey's best days in his life. Nowhere near. Poor kid has all sorts of stuff working against him:

1. a borderline sick mommy. This means a mommy that is not really present and able to give as much of herself as normal because she's just too exhausted and feels crummy

2. a limp: Jony was helping him jump down some stairs on Saturday night when Jeffrey decided to take the bottom two on his own. He landed on the side of his left foot, and he's been limping ever since. Makes my heart hurt to see him walk, poor kid. He has an appointment tomorrow and is supposed to stay off of his feet as much as possible.

3. teething: Just randomly, I decided to take a plunge into Jeffrey's mouth and found one molar that's already popped through and another one right on the verge on the other side.

4. a fever: see #3

5: a runny nose/congestion: see #3

Poor baby. I hope the week ends better for him than it's started.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, March 4, 2011

Time For A Change

My closet is pathetic. It's truly one of those cases where there is a ridiculous amount of clothes but nothing to wear. It's time to change that. Since I had planned on being in the education field (and was for a short time), I have a decent amount of professional clothes. It's the everyday wardrobe that kills me. You could call my style "college chic," but it's really not chic at all. I haven't really gotten new clothes since I was in college (maybe even before, really). So,  very little of it is age/life point appropriate. My plan is to completely purge everything I don't wear/want/need a la "What Not To Wear" and start over. I'm hoping to be able to sell at least some of it back to a consignment store. The rest will go into a garage sale. I'll then use that money to go towards a new wardrobe that's more fitting for my current life. I might need some help with that, though. Fashion and I don't really get a long. I need a personal shopper!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

#5 has Arrived!!

Finally. After about two months of being right freaking there, the fifth tooth (top left lateral incisor) has actually broken through the gums and is on it's way down. It seems like the other side is following quickly in it's footsteps (it's also been laying there dormant). These mean teeth have been torturing Jeffrey forever, and it was driving me insane that they wouldn't just pop through! So, here we are with five teeth at 15 months! He hasn't gotten a tooth since October! There are no signs of any more after the other top lateral incisor, so maybe we'll have another four/five months until the next ones? At this rate, he'll have a full set of teeth when he's 10.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday