Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jonasism #3

Sun. Aug 1, 2010

Getting prepared for bed.

Jonas: Oh, hold on Daddy. I need to go potty.
Daddy: Jonas, you just went potty. It's time for bed.
Jonas: But, Daddy....I really need to go!
Daddy: Are you sure?
Jonas: Yes, Daddy I really, really do need to go.
Daddy: Can you hurry?
Jonas: No.
Daddy: Then, no Jonas. You can't go.
Jonas: I really do need to go Daddy.
Daddy: Can you go fast? Straight to the potty, then back to bed?
Jonas: Um, yeah I guess I can...hurry.
Daddy: Okay..hurry Jonas, straight there and back, you can go.
(Jonas runs down the hall)
Jonas: Okay...but it's going to take a long time for me to do that.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jonas Bedtime Chat (Fruit Punch)

Jonas was having a pretty silly conversation with Dad before bed - I caught just a bit of it on film!

Life in 4.0!

I am so excited! I just got the new iPhone 4.0! Marin and I stood in line for 6 hours to get this new phone and I am anxious to uncover all that it can do.

I went to the mall totally unprepared to wait for that amount of time. I had pre-reserved one, so I thought it might take close to 2 hours max. I had Marin in her carrier, but after about 30 minutes I was really wishing I had chosen to take the stroller. No worries though, she seemed to prefer the carrier.  (Dare I say ENJOY it).  She was the most pleasant, well-behaved baby. The most she fussed was for about 10 minutes, but I was able to soothe her, and she actually managed to nap the majority of the time!  Thankfully I had the best line-friends. Since we were all pre-reserved and guaranteed our phones, getting out of line and back in was not as much of an issue as it could have otherwise been. They let me leave twice over the six hours to nurse Marin - what a lifesaver!

I was a little surprised that Apple - a company so known for streamlining, efficiency and ease of use....made us wait in line for so long - in such an inefficient manner. Once we actually got into the store they had plenty of staff and the process went VERY quickly, but the line I stood in wrapped completely around the mall. Not the picture of efficiency. I'm going to recommend to them that they use some sort of cueing system in the future. They are dealing with cell phones after all. Send me a text. I'm fine with waiting an hour if I need to - but that was a little out of control with a baby.

Clint had to come home a bit early to pick up Jonas from school & they met me to wait it out for the home-stretch. It was great to have the whole family there to celebrate! ;) Now I have HD video, 5.0 megapixel camera, video chat, multi-tasking.....all on an interface that's reliable and extremely user-friendly.

I can't wait! Or...maybe I can....after 6 hours of standing in line...I'm exhausted. I guess playing around with my new phone will have to wait until tomorrow....for now I'm just too tired to operate! I did manage to get some footage of the kiddos though, which I'll share. They are the main reason I'm so excited about this new phone, afterall!

1st lesson learned - can't switch to vertical mode. oops! I probably have a lot more to learn.

Monday, June 21, 2010

DAD You're the BEST!

We've Searched the whole-wide-world around, a better DAD could not be found!


Thank you for being such an amazing Dad. You are a leader, a lover and a friend. You have unwavering integrity and are a dynamic teammate in life.  You are such a wonderful role-model for our children, and I am so thankful they can call you DAD. We love you! Happy Father's Day!!



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Jonas' Mealtime Prayer

When Jonas was a little guy - his Nazarene daycare used this "Meal Prayer". I knew the beginning, but wanted to post it here so that I had the ending recorded somewhere for the future.

Meal Prayer
God is Great,
God is Good,
And We Thank Him for Our Food.
By His Hands,
We are Fed,
Thank Him for Our Daily Bread,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Monkey Business

What could evoke these reactions from my kiddos? This is genuine excitement you're seeing!
Marin was thrilled too!

Okay...maybe she was slightly less impressed. How funny is that expression? She just doesn't know how much fun she's going to be having in a few short years...thanks to Daddy & the grandparents!

A couple of weekends ago, near the end of May 2010, we finally installed the swingset that Mimi & Papa Roger got for the kids last Christmas.  Clint's mom and dad graciously took some time away from their own huge project...a new home(!!!) to help us get it up and running.  Nonna, Jonas, Marin & I went hung out & and went sink shopping while Bapa & Daddy built the playset.  It's huge, sturdy & so much fun. (Just ask Jonas!)

The swing set came from & is made out solid redwood. It's not stained & not treated, but virtually splinter free & it comes with an excellent warranty.  I an really pleased with how sturdy & well-constructed every piece seems to be.  Kids Creations staff were very helpful & had excellent, quick and efficient customer service. I have been really impressed & pleased with our entire experience with them so far!  Thanks Mimi!

Jonas' favorite part for now is the rock wall. I think once he grows an inch taller, his new favorite feature will be the swings. ;)  Now that summer is in full-swing, I imagine Jonas will be logging quite a few hours on his new set!

Above you can see the guys hard at work. All-in-all the set only took them 4 hours to construct.  We were expecting it to take a couple of days, but installation went very smoothly. We left the quality control testing to the expert himself.....
And...he's off!
Verdict? Two thumbs up! This is going to provide countless hours of entertainment at our house!

Big Thanks to all involved!!!  (22May10)

Love - CMJM

Laugh Out Loud (LOL)

We've been getting grins and little giggles here and there for a while, but today (Saturday June 5, 2010) was the first day I've gotten honest-to-goodness belly laughs.  I was walking my fingers up Marin's belly to her chin & tickling under her little chin while playing with her. I was laughing & then she started laughing too. Her laughs were loud and rich. I loved every second of it.

Pretty soon she'll be able to spend those adorable laughs on her big brother's hilarious Jonasism pearls. Or maybe she'll just create some of her own!

Jonasism #2

5 June 2010

Jonas with mouth covered in brown, or what looks like chocolate.

Dad: Jonas what did you eat? Did you find chocolate?

Jonas: Yeah...chocolate

Dad:Where'd you get it?

Jonas: I don't know.

Dad: Ok, I guess we're going to have to do time-out to help us remember. (Note: There was no known chocolate in the house).

Jonas: Oh, just kidding.  Now I remember. Takes Dad to trash can & points in.

Mom: What was it?

Dad: He found a Pepsi One in the trash can & drank it.

Mom: Are you sure it wasn't on the T-A-B-L-E?

Jonas: Yeah, it was on the table. That spells table.

Dad, Mom & Sarah - Look of shock

Mom: Yes, Jonas, that does spell table. How did you know that?

Jonas: Because Mom. I know my words.

(Note: He had taken a drink of my Pepsi One from the table, and thrown away the evidence in the trash can.)

Jonasisms #1

This is the first installment of "Jonasisms" 5-4-10

Yesterday, at dinner, during normal conversation....

Jonas: Well, I've got good news and bad news.
Dad: Oh, yeah? What's the good news?
Jonas: Toys.
Dad: And what's the bad news?
Jonas: (Pause to contemplate for .5 seconds) NO toys.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Marin 6-8 weeks

Growth spurts & the squirts - Oh my!

Week six was a little tough sleep-wise.  Marin had a major growth spurt and as a result, some wacky feeding behavior during late week six and early week seven.  She kept me on my toes by sprinkling in a few normal nights of one four-hour stretch of sleep and eating about every 2.5-3 hours with intermittant days of eating every 1-1.5 hours.  The days she ate more frequently, she also ate less, and she was more fussy (or seemed to be).

It looks like we're back into a rhythm again approaching week eight with 2-3 hours between daytime feedings, a fussy period  for about 2 hours of crying/pain - but she is able to be soothed - between about 8:30pm - midnight, followed by about 4-5 hours of solid sleep, then 2-3 hours of sleep for the next two cycles. I pump after our early-morning feed, following the long sleep stretch. After feeding her, I still pump between 8-16oz. I know this is not typical, and I'm thankful to be able to store some for later, even though that means sacrificing some sleep to do so. I don't think I could sleep being that uncomfortably full anyway, though. It's pretty painful.

The days she cluster-feeds are more difficult, because they are unpredictable, and feel like they may not end. Thankfully, they do & although I don't really ever get to "catch up" on sleep, I at least feel like I'm getting a little more for now. 

She doesn't spit-up too often, and when she does, it's usually not enough to warrant a change of clothes (hers & most definitely not mine).  Though she still does spit up several hours after laying down to sleep. This is a welcome change, because with her big brother, we were both constantly covered in spit-up, due to acid reflux. :(  I have been curious about whether she does have acid reflux too, however. She does seem to have bouts where she is in immense pain, and no amount of burping can give her relief. Then, she'll "spit up", and it will come through her nose. She acts as though it's very painful. I always hate seeing babies in pain.

Friday, May 7, 2010

More Noise, Please.

Clint just wrapped up an extremely busy Finals week, and we're thankful to have iur "Daddy"/Husband back. The kids have been really desperate for more time with him. Marin scans the room & when she sees Clint, her eyes light up & she grins his way, for as long as he'll give her his attention.

Marin is cooing & gooing, gurgling & blowing raspberries like crazy.  She loves to be vocal & is starting to show preference for people she recognizes with gorgeous eye-twinkling smiles,She is also a magnet for her sweet big brother's attention, which helavishly gives her. Jonas is a wonderful helper & the best BIG brother imaginable. He loves Marin so much. He loves to be next to her whenever possible & tells her how pretty she is & how much he loves her.  He's anxious to teach her about the world, but is satisfied just cuddling her, [rotecting er, translating for her  & watching her grow for now.  Marin is also able to reach out & grab toys with more coordination now & sit up with little support. She is such a sweet baby & is content most of the time...but if she is unhappy - everyone knows. ;)

Jonas celebrated his 3rd birthday at the zoo this year.  About 10 kids & their parents  made it out to join us.  The kids donned tails & visors with ears & rode the Cenenniel Choo-Choo around like little leopards.  I wrote a whole post about it, if you need to know more. It turned out ot be a great party.

Jonas has been really asserting himslef lately. He feels very independent, and wants to do everything by himself. He also has learned to say N..O...a lot, much to my dismay. He 'll tell me "No, I'm not going to do _____ (Insert whatever I just asked him to do here). " Then he'll wait to see my reaction.  He's getting into trouble a lot & is at the stage where whatever is in his reach is fair play. If we go out to eat and there are cabinets, he's into them. BBQ bottles, at eye level....what a great toy! YIKES!

He is really testing me lately with tantrums and BIG displays in public places. He likes to see how far he can push me. Mom said not to touch the tv, but maybe I can touch the frame around the this okay?  At the dentists office during my exam the other day, he kept raising and lowering the chair I was sitting in, as the dentist was consulting me & Marin was screaming. My doctor was very understanding, but after asking Jonas 15 times to stop politely, I was getting embarrassed because he just ignored me. Jonas is really showing me that he makes a choice to behave....or not to.  He loves preschool, and although he is presenting his teacher with the same "listening" challenges, he is doing very well there.

Jonas started group swim lessons at our gym. He's doing well, but I'm not sure he's ready for the group environment yet. In order to get him to focus (even minimally) on what the teacher is saying, I have to sit right beside him & block him from the pool toys - which are irrresistable to him. The teacher bypasses him several times during the course of the lesson, because he's not participating & is not ready for his "turn".  She suggested that I look into private lessons. I'd love to do that, but they are pretty expensive. I may just wait until Jonas and I can spend some time in the pool together over the summer. Maybe I can help him some.

I've been sewing up a storm lately.  After I sent Jonas to school in his "tie" t-shirt, they commissioned me to make them for the pre-K end-of-year program,  I also have a few t-shit dresses to make....which I have no clue how to do. Better get busy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ConGRADulations Dad!

Yeah for Clint! He finished wrapping up a successful 2 years Master's program, and graduated with his Master's in Forensic Science from UCO on May 7th.  He still has to do a practicum - before everything is official, but he did very well & was one of the top students in his class. Jonas, Marin & I are VERY proud of him, and we're excited to have more time with Daddy very soon!

Things have been so busy around our household. It feels like we've been moving 100 miles an hour and like we've been being pulled in many directions.  Marin is finally sleeping more consistently overnight, and Jonas is still eagerly exploring his new independence.

I also had some exciting things going on on May 7th. I had my 19th Molar extracted....yep...removed. That means on Clint's happy day, I was in excruciating pain...not the best planning on my part. I had a cap that was holding my bridge in place. It had been loose since I had Jonas, and I popped it back into place, but after having Marin - it was loose again. This time, it was also painful, so I finally got it checked out. Unfortunately, the tooth was not fixable, so I had to get it removed.   I am opting to get implants instead of getting a larger (less permanent) bridge.  I feel like such an old lady having a gap in my teeth for now, and eventually 2 fake teeth, but at least I'll be able to eat on both sides again!

I had the surgery done early in the afternoon on Clint's graduation day. His parents were gracious enough to come watch both kiddos while I went in for my appointment. I only had local anesthesia, which was just fine. My doctor was really good, but no matter how good - pain is still involved at some point. Thankfully, things healed up pretty well, and after about 10 days I felt like I was back to my normal "self".

The kids grew a little restless at the graduation. Marin started screaming minutes before Clint actually walked, so we had to step outside, and I missed it!  I did get to see him stand and get recognized for his outstanding grade achievements though. We're so proud of him! We are anxious to see what God has in store for him (and us) next! 

Great job love - you did it in stride. We're proud of you & we love you!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Uno, Dos, Tres!

Jonas is 3! I can hardly believe it. Tuesday we celebrated in style with just our little family. Jonas got a refurbished iPhone from Clint & I (Thanks BaPa!!) We loaded full of fun games, and he loves playing every single one of them. We chose to go that route because they are so versatile. We can also load interactive books & audio books - which is on our agenda soon!

I've been busy all week sewing tails and making cute foam visors for Jonas' 3rd birthday party this week. I know you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but I promise there will be pictures to come from the grand event. We're having a party at the OKC Zoo & I wanted all of the little party animals to get to play in style.

My mom (Mimi) is making the cake again this year. Last year she made an entire train & I'm sure she will outdo herself this year. Jonas is already looking forward to it. Nana is making goody bags for the kids & I've been instructed to bring the birthday boy! The forecast is looking good so far, so God's been tasked with bringing the sunshine & the kids have been tasked with bringing the fun!

Jonas is such a BIG boy. I am so proud of him and all he has accomplished so far. He is bright and handsome - with a million dollar smile. Although at lunch he talked me up to $5 million with some encouragement from Dad. I can't disagree. He is counting up a storm and is inexhaustible with his voracious appetite for books. The library is a good friend to us & I'm sure this trend will continue.

He loves being outside and will ask anyone within hearing distance to "go for a little walk". I love seeing this side of him develop.  I hope to encourage him with a love for outdoors and exercise. Clint and I love being outdoors, but allergies tend to curb our enthusiasm. Thankfully, this year, we have someone to mow our LARGE lawn for us & we can spend our little time outdoors together enjoying the nice weather...while we have it.

Marin is gooing and cooing up a storm. She is getting so big & is constantly active. She is batting at her toys, reaching, grabbing, smiling, and bicycle kicking.  She loves her BIG brother & he loves her! He is so sweet with her & he melts my heart when he sneaks in to give her sweet hugs and tell her that she is "so cute".

If you're free & want to join us at the zoo...come on out tomorrow! If you know my little guy at know that to find us will be easy-cheesy. Just look for the train tracks.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Rawhide!


No real raw hide to report, but today during "tummy time" Marin rolled over onto her back! She only rolls to the right, but it was no fluke. She did it twice & let both Mommy & Daddy see! Woo-hoo!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Things

I made some Spring Chick & Egg Peep Cupcakes for Jonas' 1st birthday a couple of years ago.
(YIKES! Has it already been that long!) He is a Spring baby, so I wanted to share my little creations with you. I used noodles and melted marshmallows to create nests similar to "rice krispy treats". Then I perched a Peep marshmallow chick on top, along with a few Malted milk eggs.  Then I placed them on top of a frosted cupcake.
For his first birthday cake I used the edible grass, which is actually kind of tasty, and formed a nest for the peeps and eggs with that. I used Angel food for the cake and cupcakes, because it was his first time to encounter sweets and I thought that would be an okay transition for him. It served its purpose well, but under any circumstance, I would probably recommend a firmer cake recipe.

My mom brought over a lot of fancy party food and it was devoured by guests - as usual. She is an amazing hostess and can whip up some amazing food in no time. She even cut out the sandwiches to look like little ducks. So cute!
I made a center piece with a Springy window flower pot and some floral stems, snipped from a different project. I mounted multi-colored balls to the tops for fun & interest and used moss to cover the foam holding the stems in place. Thank you Dollar Store.

Please enjoy the pics and ideas, but if you repost my pics please let me know! ;) Unfortunately - we didn't have a good camera at the time, but you should be able to get an idea. ;)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Busy Day 3_23_10

So, today was an A+ day to sum up an A+ week.

Clint has been out of town for the week for work. Now before everyone starts to feel too sorry for him, let me tell you where he had to go on business.  For all of the LOST fans out there, during tonight's episode he said, "I was just there!". In other words, Oahu, Hawaii.  He did not have a vacation there though. Rest assured he worked VERY hard.  Anyway, yesterday he came home! Woo-hoo! 

We've had Nana staying with us for the entire week - which was AMAZING! She is just incredible. She never rests & is such sweet company. She really helped this week breeze by. I wasn't stressed, as I had prepared to be in Clint's absence. Actually, Nana helped it become a productive week, rather than just a week of meager survival. She organized things for us & cleaned seveaal things that had been neglected for a while. Namely, my fridge, stove, kitchen sink & washer & dryer.  She also allowed me a few excursions out of the house without the kids in tow. We even managed a trip out of town, along Route 66 - all the way to Quartz Mountain Lodge & Altus, OK. We stayed in the lodge there overnight and Nana visited her aunt in Altus - then we headed back home, stopping briefly in Shawnee to meet up with Sarah & our cousin, Julie, for dinner - then in Seminole to see Julie's beautiful home - then back to our own home sweet home.

Before leaving today, Nana managed to help me tie up several loose ends literally & figuratively.  She also did her magic on a few hundred stains in Jonas' infant- 3T clothing. She removed stains from 90% of the garments, ironed them and hung them according to size for me to label for a "Just Between Friends" Spring consignment sale. We had a freak blizzard the day of drop off, so I got to drive about 75 items in the snow and ice to the State Fairgrounds on Saturday evening. I arrived just in the nick of time and hope my items can bring in some $$, as I've already spent some back on the sale!

Jonas had his first day of pre-school today. He is attending Pathways Preschool in Edmond. Things seemed to go very well today, and we got to hear several stories about digging in mud, play laundry machines that needed to be fixed, slides and houses.  He ate a box lunch, packed by yours truly, and said goodbye this morning as if he'd been going to the school for ages. He really fit in and handled himself like a champ!  I am so proud of my BIG boy!  He's not even 3 yet, and they were more nervous than I was about how he would manage, but I knew with his intelligence, sociability and advanced language skills, he would thrive. I was right. He came home and took a nap after class without a fight too - which was a welcome surprise!  His new school is twice a week from 9am-3pm. I'm excited to see what new things he learns and it's going to allow me some time complete some things on my "to do" list as well.

The fun doesn't stop there! Marin had her two-month check up today with Dr. Maschino. They were amazed at how much she had grown since her two week appointment. We got some great measurements then it was time for some shots. She had 3 shots and one oral vaccination today, and it was so sad to see her cry. ;( She also bled more than I expected, and I'm curious whether she also might have VonWillibrand's like her brother. She didn't cry for long though, and hasn't had any adverse reactions so far to the shots. I did give her Tylenol at the doctor's office & I think that helped her some.  She was 12lbs.15oz, before a feeding, putting her in the 90-97% for weight. She measured 23.25in, putting her in the 75-90% for height and her head circumference was 40cm, putting her in the 90th% for head circumference. So, although she's a little round, she's a perfectly proportional baby! ;) She's still got a lot of gorgeous nearly black hair and deep blue eyes. Her skin is beautiful, and she's getting beautuful thick long eyelashes. She still has a light heart-shaped birthmark on her upper lip - which perfectly complements her little cupd's bow lips. She's so pretty, I could stare at her for days on end! Then again, I'm a little biased about both of my precious & beautiful kiddos. What Mom isn't?

She has a touch of cradle cap, which our doctor told us we could clear up with about a dime sized amount of Selson Blue or other dandruff wash & her baby brush. She also has a nodule just above the top of her neck on her lower head on one side. After feeling it, the doctor told us she thought it was just a little growth of the bone, and that she was not concerned as it did not move and gave no indication of being a cyst or anything of that nature.  She also has a small grayish spot on her right wrist, on the arm just before her hand. The doctor examined it closely and said she wasn't concerned about the looks of that either. She's had both of these things since birth, so it made me feel better to have them examined.

Marin has also been sitting up in her Bumbo seat this week for several short periods of time. Her neck support is outstanding and she's very strong in general. Today at the doctor's office, the doctor exclaimed as Marin pushed back against her hand, then when rolled onto her stomach, Marin supported herself with her head lifted up and both arms down. I was proud. I guess her "tummy" time is paying off. She is also cooing and gooing a lot lately. If you have a quiet moment with her and talk directly with her, she will not disappoint. She loves these quiet conversations.

Some other even better news...Marin slept through the night for the first time last night!  Yes, she did - but I did not. I kept waking up hearing her squirm around. Then I'd patiently watch as she fell back asleep - thankful & amazed - but a little sore! ;) She went to bed around 11:30pm and woke up at 7:00am!  She actually slept a lot the day leading up to that, so I was surprised, but excited that we're heading in the direction of more regular sleeping patterns! Woo-hoo! Becky came up last week & I was able to give her about 6 bags of 40oz of milk & was really excited to contribute! I think I'm going to be pumping less soon, and am also okay with that development. ;)

Lastly, before leaving, Nana took a look at my sewing machine. She and I did some trouble shooting and figured out the problem with my machine's tension and bobbin. The thread was getting stuck on a plastic piece under the bobbin box. After some tweaking - my machine is backup and running!!! I can not even begin to express how much this thrills me. She also showed me how to do a basic hem, and to applique with a zig-zag stitch.  She even showed me how to do a basic gather - on a tea towel. So now, I can make ruffles!!! Get ready for a lot of ruffles my friends. The possibilities are endless!!!  I finally finished the t-shirt tie applique for Jonas. This has been pinned and ready to go for a millenium, but it only took about 10 minutes once the machine was working! My tea towel is also super-cute, and I'm gearing up to make a ruffle-butt onsie for Marin. I see many ruffled and appliqued Christmas gifts in everyone's futures.

So now, without further adieu, here is my "big" little guy in his (semi)serious work shirt! ;) ha!

Here's to endless good weeks like this to come! (I hope)!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jonas 2.9-2.11 years

Most people have read my post on my other blog about the fun times we're having with our almost 3-year-old.  The truth is, Jonas is way too intelligent for his own good.  His curiosity about how things work and why -  both inspire me and scare me to death at times. We've run into several "fun" moments at home lately.  He's been more adventurous, and getting into more and more things around our home and outside of it lately.  I am going to have to toddler-proof my home very soon. 

Some scary stories for your reading pleasure: While I was nursing Marin the other day, actually, most of these stories start out this way. It's the only time Jonas really has free reign of the house, and he uses it to his advantage.  Anyway, while I was nursing Marin, Jonas went into his bathroom, asked me to "stay out here" and closed the door (this is NEVER a good sign).

I heard him potty, then running water. I was giving myself pats on the back for his great hygiene.  Without me even reminding him he was washing his sweet little hands. Or not. He came out and started playing with his toys and then told me, "Look mommy, I wiped my face off." "Good job sweetheart, " I said, preceding more pats on the back for myself.  Then he said proudly, "Yeah, I scraped it like this, like Daddy" and proceeded to demonstrate a shaving motion on his sweet little cheeks!  Stunned I said, "What do you mean? Show mommy what you used, " in the sweetest least-terrified voice I could muster. 

He dragged me to the restroom, where he pointed to the guest toothbrush holder, and pointed to a razor hanging in one of the holes. EEEEEEK!!!!!!!! Are you serious? How did that get there!?!   I snatched it up immediately - again trying not to act shocked. He said, "Yeah, that's what I used," beaming in total un-cut innocence.

THANK GOODNESS - the plastic protector was still in place on the razor. He had used his foaming hand soap and shaved his face like he saw Daddy do - only the plastic protected him. Whew!  Catastrophe averted, no thanks to me.

His new stepping stool has gotten us into many dangerous situations. Thankfully - nothing has caused real problems yet. Yikes! If my house wasn't so neglected in terms of being clean right now - I might actually be catching things before they happen. These "safety violoations"  need to be a thing of the past.

On a happier note, Jonas is the sweetest BIG brother Marin could ask for. He loves her and tells her so constantly. He watches out for her, pampers her, cuddles and kisses her. He includes her in everything, and has counted her part of our family, even before she "cracked out" of my stomach - according to him. 

At 2 years, 9 months he's 3ft. 3 in., wearing a size 11 shoe! He's so tall and handsome. His vocabulary rivals that of most 4-5-year-olds, and I am constantly getting comments from friends, colleagues and even strangers about his mastery of language. He speaks in complete adult-form-sentences and can carry intelligent conversations with adults. Yes, he's still a child and thinks and acts like one, but he is one smart-cookie.  I often have to remind myself that despite appearances - he is still only 2 years old. I can't expect him to act older, because he isn't. Even though he does act older most of the time.

He is in a phase where he has really started testing his boundaries. He will yell at me, and tell me "no". He can be defiant when asked to do something he doesn't want to do, and has mastered the tantrum. He especially likes to pull the tantrum card out when we're in a very public place - to test mommy's reaction. Ugh. He knows it really bothers me when he throws himself on the floor, but thankfully he reserves this for only REALLY special occasions.

99% of the time he is sweet, polite and acts well beyond his years. He keeps his room cleaned and organized (with some help). He's also started imaginative play on his own - today his room transformed into a submarine.  He can recognize all capital and lower-case letters, can spell his name, and recognize letters 1-10, and count much higher. He loves being read to, and will re-tell some stories (and correct you when you've misspoken while reading to him.)  He can draw circles and lines, and has begun to draw other creations (like the bumpy cracked dinosaur egg he just showed me).  He likes cutting and pasting - new skills we're still working on.

 He was potty-trained at 2.5, but still has accidents very occasionally. Usually when playing is more fun than stopping.

He is also VERY active. He loves to run, jump and climb. He would play outside all day, every day if I would let him. I should let him more often. I don't have the stamina to keep up with him all the time. He's so curious, creative and fun-loving. He wants to discover everything and is afraid of less than he should be.

I think we are starting a Pre-K class within the next few weeks. I'm excited to give him some social time and also to see how many new learning opportunities this presents for him.

I'm very proud of our bright little boy. He's really a joy & I just pray for the patience and energy to keep up with him as he continues to grow & learn. So thankful he's our baby!

Fixn' Chicken

It's official.
I'm no longer a Chicken Virgin.

It's amazing, but up until this point in my 30 years of life...I've somehow managed to avoid cleaning, stuffing, tying or prying chickens, turkeys or any other poultry for that matter.  It's true that I have eaten my fair share of fowl, but I have managed to avoid the dirty details of fixing most things that look like they do in life...until yesterday.

We purchased some frozen organic chickens a while ago, and he carved one that we made several meals from about a month ago. With freezer storage space at a premium, we decided it was time to cook some more chicken. In all honesty, I've only been avoiding it - because it kind of terrifies me. After my encounter with it yesterday - I understand why. Even though the insides have already been cleaned out - it still kind of grossed me out. I know once it's cooked, I'll feel much better about things, but here's to you little (er..big) chicken.

We found this blog which gave us ideas for 1 chicken, 17 healthy meals at  - check it out here:  So, we're giving it a try.

I'm cooking Marcella Hazan’s Roast Chicken with Two Lemons  (recipe at the above site) for dinner tonight with roasted potatoes and carrots.  I'm excited about the rest of the meals to follow later this week. I guess if I'm going to fix my first chicken - I might as well do it right.  Our chicken is a whopping  9.5 lbs!  I am curious to see how long it takes to fully-cook.

I'll let you know how the recipe turns out later! For smells DE-LIC-IOUS! I feel so gross just discussing my carnivorous ways. Oh well ;(

Dear Lord: Please bless this food!
Amen & Happy cooking!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Beautiful Babies

They are the sunshine in my day. ;) Things have been much smoother the past few days.  Thanks for all of your sweet comments & encouragement. I know so many times incidents like the one I mentioned happen to others &  and go unmentioned. Thankfully, I was forgiven in full the night of the event, but it did serve as a wake-up for me - just a friendly reminder of how precious my 2 little gifts are. I cherish every minute of my time with them.

Anyway, I had a couple of goodies to share. I played with picnik photo editing today for the first time, and LOVED it. If you have not tried it really should. ;) 

I'm thinking of using the following photo for Marin's birth announcements. I's a little late, but it might still be fun. What do you think?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Typing one-handed

Marin is now 6 weeks old. She's gorgeous, healthy & strong. No cradle cap yet, no baby acne yet and she's gaining weight like a champ. She's holding her head for long periods of time when being held, and has been doing this since we brought her home. She can also lift herself up with her legs, when supported under the arms. She's also making more baby noises as of late, which I love to hear. 

I decreased my intake of dairy products and other typical gas-inducers and found that she is a much happier baby at night. This means not too many beans, onions or spicy foods. She is still getting a four-hour sleep period at the beginning of each evening. When I get to bed on time - this definitely helps, but I'm still feeling very sleep-deprived. She's been spitting up less since I decreased my dairy intake as well.

I've also been avoiding peanuts & tree nuts - due to a spike in allergies in kids I know. There has been no proven correlation, but I just want to do what I can to help prevent a peanut allergy. I will include a link to an interesting article on the subject if I can find it again.

I had my post-op appointment this week, and have been given the all-clear to go ahead with "recreational" activity. I am still feeling some pinching, and pain when I urinate, but this has been a smoother recovery than I had with my episiotomy.  I am still leaking some, but I'm down to liners. Can't wait until that is over!

Managing two little ones at these ages has been VERY difficult for me so far. More on this later.

I'm still waiting on a smile!

Holy Sleep Deprivation Batman!

Yeah...I'm tired.

Yesterday I had a meltdown as I arrived at the Just Between Friend's Consignment Sale in Norman. We had driven about an hour and both kids were relatively easy-going for the trip. It had taken another hour for me to wrangle my 2 year old into the car, and of course my 5 week old eats every 2 hours. So, we had to feed upon arrival.

I got out my amazingly useful nursing cover, pulled my little one out of her infant carrier, unbuckled my 2 year old from his car seat and instructed him not to push any buttons. He had a dvd player loaded with "Franklin" and "Thomas the Train" (some of his favorites - now all we need is "Little Bear"). Unfortunately, he decided not to watch a show, but to explore my car while I fed his little sister. Ugh - not my choice.  The feeding went relatively quickly & smoothly, then a quick diaper change. As I was pulling off her diaper, I heard a small voice say "Uh-oh, I need to go potty".

Oh no! I asked, can you hold it for just one minute, while I put on baby sister's diaper? Yes was the response. Then I heard Oh no! I need to go potty! With a little more emphasis this time. I turned around and my little guy was standing on the middle bump in the back seat floor. I said, "Are you already going?" He said, "Um, yeah." I looked down, and the stream of liquid snaked longer and longer down his leg - over his socks and shoes - and onto my car floor. I screamed, "NO! How could you? The building is right there!!!! I can't believe you! The building is RIGHT THERE!!!" He cried. I win the horrible parent of the day award for yesterday for sure.   I freaked out, thinking that after driving about an hour to get somewhere - and believe me getting out of the house at all was a feat of it's own - this had happened, and now I didn't have a change of clothes. Was I going to take my 2 year old inside in his undies in below freezing weather?  Or turn around and drive home?  I was so angry, and with my sleep deprivation I was a little less inhibited with my emotions than I should have been.

After cleaning everything up, I discovered  that I thankfully had another pair of pants in my car, but we had to take off the socks and wear the wet shoes inside. I had to apologize to my guy, and pray that I didn't cause too much damage!  ;(  I felt horrible. I have been wound pretty tightly lately, and I know I am not being fair to my 2 year old. I am not managing the lack of sleep and 2 babies gracefully.

It ended up being a pretty fruitless trip, and chasing my guy up and down the aisles was NOT fun. I had a major emotional breakdown not too much after we got back into town. How do people do this? My guy is acting up a lot, and is bored out of his mind during the day while I am basically strapped to a chair feeding his little sister.  The weather has been dreadfully cold, so we aren't getting out much at all, and our yard is not safe enough to let him loose to explore on his own. We are watching a lot of cartoons, and reading some books, but I have nowhere near the time or ENERGY to give to him like he deserves.

I need to find a MDO program for him soon - to allow him to get out of the house and give us both a break. I am feeling like such a bad parent. Thankfully, my little guy forgives me, and by the evening I was feeling a lot better about yesterday.

I think I just need some sleep & a BIG dose of patience. Mother's of more than do you do it? How do you get anything done? How do you get out of the house in tact? How do you discipline? 

I feel like my guy is being a lot more defiant than ever before. He actually tells me no when I send him to time-out and tells me he doesn't want to. He also yells at me, or speaks gruffly. This behavior is not something I'm used to from him.

I love my kiddos so much and want to be an excellent mom - full of love, patience and support. I don't want to react with anger or frustration. Please tell me it gets easier. How do you manage when they both rely on you so much? How do you carve out time for yourself?

What does your schedule look like?

Thanks!!! (Prayers appreciated!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Play group

We joined a play group yesterday with Heather from "Mommy...I will call you Noodle"  We had such a good time. After being cooped up inside for so long, time with friends was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Jonas really enjoyed time with new friends. It had been way too long since we spent time with the Hughes' household. It's multiplied since we last spent time together.

Heather scored some amazing pictures of the kids playing. They were making the craziest noises, so she rushed in to see what was wrong...and found this:
How hilariously adorable are they?  Here's another!

Thank you Heather for capturing this moment. We (obviously) had a great time! Can't wait until next time!