Friday, February 27, 2015

Nap or Blog...

Apparently I have turned into a really, REALLY bad blogger.  I haven't been keeping up with reading blogs and I most definitely haven't been writing either.  I have scanned my blog reader a few times, to somewhat know what's going on in my bloggie friend's lives, but that's it.  Things have been busy and hectic, and I am TIRED.

This morning, Rylee missed her morning nap.  She decided to poop instead.  At first she just played and talked to herself, but then she started to fuss and cry.  After about 45 minutes of waiting for her to go to sleep, I gave up and went in to get her.  That's when I discovered she had taken a grumpy.  Ayden was sleeping, so I had the brilliant thought that I would give Rylee a little milk and try putting her down again.  While I was getting her milk, she took off down the hallway intent on waking her brother.  I caught her just before she entered his room.  Rylee then proceeded to scream her head off because she got caught, which of course then woke up her brother.  Sigh.

I spent the rest of the morning listening to both of them alternate between being cute little innocent toddlers playing together and then being cranky butts.  Mostly they were cranky and whiny.  Particularly Ayden.  He has now mastered the art of throwing a temper tantrum. He buries his face into the floor and then kicks his feet when he doesn't get his way.  He did that the other day in front of Tony and I and we couldn't help but just laugh at him.  It is pretty funny, although I'm sure we won't always see it that way.

Finally, it was time for afternoon naps and both of them went to sleep fairly quickly.  Thank goodness.  I debated on taking a nap.  I really would love a nap, but then I thought I should write something because I've also really been missing out on blogging.  So here I am, but wouldn't you know it, but Rylee is now crying.  Sigh.  She's only been sleeping for about 35 minutes.  And now she's woken up Ayden with her crying.

This is why I don't ever have time to blog anymore.  I'm thankful for my babies of course, but I sure would love to have good nap days again.  It wouldn't even be so bad, them skipping out on naps, if they wouldn't be so cranky the rest of the day!  Oh, and they also have been struggling to sleep at night lately too.  Did I mention how tired I am? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Microblog Monday: Eliminating Bottles

Whelp, today is day 1 of Operation Bottles No More.  I decided it's time to start the elimination process.  They've been drinking water out of their sippy cups like champs, and now it's time to start adding milk to the sippys.  We are dropping both midday nap bottles and their bedtime bottle*, but are keeping the first thing in the morning bottle for now.  They both want that first bottle immediately, and they always cry and whine until they get it.  I decided to tackle the others first, get them used to drinking milk from the sippy, and then I'll take on the battle of eliminating the first morning bottle at that point.

We've managed to make it through the first nap without a bottle this morning.  Ayden drank his sippy cup of milk without blinking an eye.  Rylee could have cared less.  She took a few drinks, but wasn't really interested.  I put it in the fridge for later.  Hopefully, she'll catch on and drink enough to still get her necessary milk consumption.  I just may have to work a little harder and keep after her to try drinking it more throughout the day.

Wish us luck for the rest of Operation Bottles No More!

*Just to clarify, they always got bottles before naps and bedtime, but never WENT to bed or fell asleep with their bottles.  

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


Here I am!  We finally got internet hooked up again, and both babies are actually napping at the SAME time!  That seems to be a rarity these days.

We are officially out of our old house and moved into our new house.  We signed the closing papers for the sale of our house yesterday.  It's not quite official yet as there is still one more thing that has to go through, but we are getting close!  I can't wait for that chapter to be behind us.

I also can't wait to finally be all settled into our new house.  We love the house and the extra space.  It's actually bigger than our old house, which is nice.  However, it wasn't very clean when we moved in.  The previous renters had a dog and there is dog hair literally everywhere.  It also had a very definitive dog smell, and I still get a whiff of it over a week later.  It has reinforced the fact that I am so not an animal person.  I still can appreciate a good animal story or your cute furbaby pictures though. The owner swears they had the carpets professionally cleaned, and I believe that he thinks they did, but I think he was taken to the cleaners (pun intended).  When I vacuumed again yesterday, for the fourth time and still got a ton of dog hair which I could clearly see in my Dyson.... Yeah, I'm not convinced.  I told Tony that it will be worth it for my own peace of mind to pay for the carpets to be cleaned ourselves so we KNOW it has been done.  Besides that, Ayden has decided that the carpet is the very best thing in the world to eat.  I can't even begin to tell you how many little pieces of carpet I have pulled out of his mouth already.

Eating the yummy (GROSS!) carpet

In addition to the carpets, I've been scrubbing down the walls, windowsills, and cupboards.  We hired someone to come in and clean our old house.  I made so many day trips back and forth with the babies to just get things packed up, that I also decided it was worth it to have someone else do the cleaning there.  I was just too overwhelmed to get it all done by myself.  Tony's dad delivered the last load of stuff from our old house here last night.  Now our garage is a mess of stuff that needs to be organized and put away.

While I've been working on cleaning and putting stuff away, Tony has been baby proofing like crazy.  All the cupboard doors and drawers within baby reach.  Every time we think there is a spot that doesn't need it, Ayden proves us wrong.  I finally broke down and had Tony baby proof my china hutch.  I didn't want to drill into it, but unless we want to leave it empty, it had to be done.  I put 2 things in the very back of the cupboard and Ayden crawled inside to get them.  Sigh...  

Tony has a 4 day work trip to Texas next week.  My Aunt D will be coming to stay with us so she can help with the babies and getting our house put together.  It is near impossible to get anything done with two toddlers running around and getting into everything.  Plus, my Aunt D is AMAZING at getting things done.  She also cooks for us.  I'm also just excited to see her.  One of these days, I'm hoping she can come for a visit without me putting her to work!  Haha!

Well, I should actually be getting some unpacking done while the babies are asleep.  I've been dying to get back to the blogging world though and we finally have internet!  I'll leave you with some pictures from this last week.

They like the new seating arrangement!  

Moving problems.  He got himself stuck!  haha!

These double doors push open from the outside, but not from the inside.
He found himself stuck again!  Rylee came to the rescue.

They love having their own little play corner.

She LOVES sitting there reading her books

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Belated Birthday Post

It feels a little silly to do a One Year Birthday post over a month after the fact, but I can't NOT do one!  It will just be a very abbreviated post with lots of pictures to make up for it.  I already did a post about their birthday party, so I didn't completely miss the boat.  I just didn't do a 12 month update post.  Or a 13 month one for that matter.....  Okay.  I just suck.  I know!

I now have toddlers.  There is no denying it, but I'm still going to call them my babies.  At some point, I'm sure that will change, but not quite yet.  They are still my babies.  At their last weigh in on 1/12/15, Ayden was 24 lbs, 10 oz and 30.75 inches tall.  Rylee was 19 lbs, 10 oz and 28.5 inches tall.  Ayden is exactly 5 lbs heavier and over 2 inches taller!  He is still wearing size 4 diapers and mostly 12 month clothes, but some 18 month tops.  Rylee is all over the board in sizes.  She still fits some of her 3-6 month clothes, but also is wearing some 12 month items.  I will never understand sizing in baby clothes.  Ever.  Rylee is wearing size 3 diapers.

They are both walking all over the place now, although they weren't taking more than a step on their actual birthday.  It's amazing to see them toddling everywhere!  Rylee walks a little bit like Frankenstein.  She kind of rocks side to side with each step and has her shoulders raised.  It's very adorable, if I do say so myself.  Rylee claps ALL the time and waves.  Ayden has started to clap a little, but he's pretty content to sit back and watch everyone else instead.  They both now dance to music, which is really just bouncing up and down, but it's fun to watch them get excited.  Ayden makes all sorts of sounds: mama, dada, baba, nana, yaya....but no actual words yet.  Rylee says dada constantly.  When I ask her to say mama, she says dada.  That's pretty much what she says all day long.  She has finally started to say yaya though, so at least there is another sound in her.  And she says cheese, to go along with her cheesy face :)  That's our first actual real word: cheese.

My mom came over on their birthday and went to their doctor appointment with us.  Not very nice to have to get their 12 month shots actually ON their birthday.  They still had a good day though.  Here's the promised pics from the big day that my babies turned ONE:

When your birthday is 2 days before Christmas, you get your presents wrapped in Christmas paper.

There's that cheesy smile!  Roar!!!

Ayden just wanted to eat her shoe.

Yep.  He's eating her shoe.

Rylee's says "See ya later!"

He has such a beautiful smile.

Best picture of the day.

They got a zebra from Tony's parents!  When you bounce up and down, the zebra moves forward.  It's really cool.  They'll have to wait a few years before they are actually big enough to operate it though!

They also got a car from them.  However, it also has been put up for the time being, until Ayden can stop trying to eat EVERYTHING!  He's quite the little beaver.  He thinks the horn on this car is a teething toy, and it's too nice a car to have him chew the horn off already.

My mom got them these fun little bikes.  They can ride them like a motorcycle, or they can convert into a walking push toy.

There's that face again!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bullet Point Update

Things are way too hectic around here for me to be able to sit down and keep up with my blogging!  I am over a month behind on my blogroll.  I'm trying to keep up, but I am so far behind.  I haven't even done the babies One Year post yet, and they just passed their 13th month.....

Here's a quick bullet point update of what's been going on in our neck of the world:

  • We all had colds over the Christmas holiday.
  • Once we got over the colds, Rylee had some sort of stomach virus that included a 3:00am full on puke in her pack n' play followed by 2 weeks of extreme diarrhea.  Oh the joy!  We were going through 3-4 outfit changes every day there for awhile.
  • The babies have colds AGAIN, so we have lots of fun, slimy snot.  Rylee likes to lick hers if I don't catch it in time and she's got a good stream going.  Ayden on the other hand, wipes his by rubbing both of his fists across his nose and all over his face, resulting in snot covering both hands and his entire face.  Disgusting.  Ayden also has a cough this time around, although it's not all the time, so I'm not sure it's anything to worry about yet.
  • Last week I looked at 6 potential houses to rent in 2 days.  Between Tony and I, we looked at 11 houses over the last 2 weeks.  What a stressful process!  It was race trying to get our applications in before anyone else!  We finally did get a house that we both like and will suit our family.  It's actually bigger than our house now.  The best part is that it is only 18 minutes from Tony's office rather than the hour and a half+ that we currently are.
  • So now I am busy trying to pack, which isn't going very well with two babies that aren't napping well.
  • Our official move in date is February 1st, but if the current renters are out sooner, we may get the keys sooner.  That's what we are hoping for, so we can have the next two weekends to move instead of trying to get it all done in one weekend the following week.  Super Bowl Sunday kind of gets in the way for Tony this weekend on Feb. 1st.
  • The sale of our house is set to close on February 13th.  Looks like it's actually going to happen!!!  Yay!
  • Oh!!  We have TWO walkers!  Ayden started walking a day earlier than Rylee, but she has passed him up by being a little better at it than him.  She is also coming to a stand without the aid of a piece of furniture or person now.  Ayden still needs to climb to a stand by holding onto something.
  • Speaking of climbing...Ayden is starting to figure out how to do that.  He is keeping us on our toes!
Okay, I think that's the major things going on around here lately.  I may be behind in my blogging, both writing and reading, but I wanted you all to know I'm still here!!

Here's a few pictures of the kiddos:

Our big boy!

She is so proud of her new walking ability!

We took advantage of a nice day for a walk

Friday, January 9, 2015

We Have A (Almost) Walker!

Whelp, Ayden is now taking steps!  I posted a video on Facebook and Instagram, and everyone says he IS walking.  I hesitate to actually call it walking though.  It's more like taking steps.  He took a record 5 steps on December 27th at my family Christmas gathering, but then he didn't do it again until the past few days and it was sporadic.  As of last night, he is now trying to walk everywhere!  He's very unstable and wobbly, but he has gotten as far as 7-8 steps now.

I am learning that this new stage also comes with more bumps and bruises.  I'm fairly certain that he gave himself a black eye this morning when he fell into a chair.  We'll see what it looks like when he wakes up from his nap, but it was a huge welt when I put him down.

Rylee isn't too far behind.  Now that Ayden is taking steps and trying to walk everywhere, she is also becoming more brave.  She hasn't taken more than 2 steps though, as of yet.  I'm sure that will change very, very soon.

And the next stage begins.....


I am going to look at a house this afternoon for us to possibly rent.  Online it looks like it could be the perfect house for us!  It's 400 sq. feet bigger than our current house, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large laundry room, garage with shelves and workbench, covered patio, huge kitchen with lots of counter space, central air conditioning!  It's not available until February 13th, which would be PERFECT timing!  The closing on our house got pushed back about a week or two (don't know the exact date yet), so the timing is perfect for us.  

The only problem is there are other people looking at the house today as well, so we already know we have competition for it.  Fingers are crossed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Microblog Monday: House Update

Talk about busy lately!  I still need to do the 12 month/one year update for the babies!  It's coming soon.  I promise.

Here's the scoop on the sale of our house:

  • The inspection went well with just a few minor repairs requested that have pretty much been done as of today.  I asked my mil (our realtor) if it was normal to have such a short list of things asked to be fixed after an inspection.  She said absolutely not!  Usually people have a whole list of things they ask for, but the couple buying our house know what a great deal they are getting.  
  • The appraisal was done on Friday and the gal said everything looked great!  She didn't see anything to note that was wrong with our house.  
  • We spent a day in Eugene looking at different neighborhoods and checked out an apartment complex. We've officially ruled out the idea of apartment living.  There just wasn't enough room for our family of four.  It gave us an idea of what we would be looking for - nice neighborhood that we could take the babies for walks safely in, preferably a fenced yard, minimum 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and close to Tony's work.
  • We will actually start looking at possible houses to rent next week, with the hopeful goal of moving February 1st.
  • Closing date on our house is February 13th.

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