May 29, 2012

10 Months!

Ahhh....double digits!  We're so close to the big first birthday.  It's so bittersweet.  {And I realize this post is late, but when the 26th falls on a weekend, it's always harder to get the post done, and this was an extra busy, long weekend.}

These pictures are getting so incredibly hard to take....that one was the first and only great shot I got yesterday.

Riley is taking after her big brother in the peanut club.  She was doing great in her growth until recently and has dropped in the percentiles, so it's just goes to show that Jarrod and I just make little babies.  She probably weighs about 17.5lbs right now and is wearing mostly 12 month clothes.  Her sleep has gone downhill majorly thanks to tooth #7 and #8 that are making their appearance.  She is still putting herself to sleep most nights, but is back to a lot of night wakings and usually needs us to help her go back to sleep.  For a while, we were only having 1-2 wake-ups through the night; now we're averaging 3-4.  Poor little girl.  Poor Mommy and Daddy! 

She's eating mostly table foods now, and while she's not gagging as much as Gavin did, she's also not eating as much as I'd like.  A lot of food ends up on the floor for Shirley.  Most mornings include a breakfast of Cheerios and bananas, or toast with Mommy.  Some of her favorite foods right now are ham, bagels (or any bread, really...wonder where she gets that from?), yogurt (but only with fruit and cinnamon mixed in), sweet potatoes, and cheese.  She loves some of the 'snacks' made for babies - puffs, yogurt melts, etc. - and Mommy loves the pouch foods for when we're out and about.  Feeding her purees is harder now since she likes to feed herself.  She loves to drink water out of a straw, but isn't a fan of drinking formula right now from a cup.  I'm curious to see how she does when we transition to whole milk.

She's doing an amazing job at trying to walk.  Not only is Riley using her push toy like crazy, but she will now walk when I'm just holding one hand.  She crawls all around this house, and even outside in the grass....something her brother never did when he was her age.  She LOVES to play with her brother.  She'll pull herself up to him, usually pulling his shorts down as she does, and loves to lay her head on him and wrestle.  They're so friggin' cute together!  One of her most favorite things to do is bug Gavin when he's eating at the little table....she goes right up and tips his cup over or steals his food.

Riley's very vocal these days.  She's in a huge screaming phase - so much so that she sounds hoarse right now because she's lost her voice between screaming and her crying fits.  She makes this funny sound right now that is really high pitched, almost sounds like she's gasping for air, but she does it when she gets really excited and has a huge smile on her face.  She's also been covering her ears up lately, which we think is funny because it looks like she's telling us she's had enough of all then noise she's making.  Most of the time, she'll wave bye-bye, and she gives lots of kisses on demand.  She loves tipping the chairs over from the little table and uses it them like a little climber - she'll crawl under the legs, stand on it, push it across the room, etc.

It seems like more and more, we have little signs of how she's inching her way closer to toddlerhood.  We switched her to her big convertible seat last week and it makes her seem so much older, even though she looks tiny in it.  We had to install locks on all the cabinets, because she was regularly emptying out all the food from the kitchen cabinets and all the extra shampoo/soap/etc. in the bathroom.  Riley knows when she's doing something she's not supposed to be doing, because she will look right at us and smile while she's doing it.  If we walk toward her, she books it the opposite direction. 

Our baby girls is growing up so quickly.  I love how she's becoming more of a Daddy's girl...she loves playing with him on the floor and he gets in the big bathtub with her (and Gavin) and they all play together.  She's such a fun little girl...she makes us all so very happy.

May 25, 2012

So much excitement!

I'm just having a good day.  First of all, this week has been a looong one.  I really want these two teeth of Riley's to pop through so we can go back to sleeping and not screaming!  Last night, I fell asleep on the couch at 8:00, and my dear sweet husband took over the bedtime routine for Gavin without waking me so I could catch up on some sleep.  Even though Riley still woke up through the night, it wasn't as much.  Jarrod ended up going to work super early, and after he was already gone, Gavin came in to my room to tell me he had a bad dream so he climbed into bed with me, then Riley woke up and I just brought her back in bed with me, too.  Normally, I wouldn't have them both in bed with me, but sleeping for a couple hours with one of my babies on each side of me was awesome. 

Now, it's the start of a long weekend.  Jarrod's coming home early and is off Monday, so I'm so excited for lots of family time.  I love our weekends together.  We're 99% sure that we're joining a golf club for the summer for the pool access.  I'm so excited about having a pool we can go to anytime we want.  It's going to be fun to buy some pool toys and spend some days at the pool this summer with my kiddos.  

I'm also SO excited that we're just 8 days away from my parents visiting!   YAY!!!  

And lastly, I'm really excited for some of my best friends and their new baby, who will be arriving any day now.  I can't wait to find out if Baby M is a boy or a girl.  :)  Thinking about you both!

Everyone have a great weekend!

May 24, 2012


I know there are a ton of you that read this blog with iPhones, so I'm going to throw out a few questions and see how you all handle some things.  There are some things that I just don't know if what I'm doing is the best way or is what's 'right.'  Sometimes, technology makes me feel so dumb.

My phone has almost no storage left on it.  I have soooo many videos and photos so I need to clear them off.  I have iCloud set up, but only my photos transfer, and even when I plug my phone in to sync, my videos still don't transfer. 

So - am I doing something wrong?  Is emailing the video to myself the best/only way to hand this?

Also, does anyone know why, when I play the videos that were from my old phone that have been transferred to my computer, I can't hear anything?  I can see them, but there's no sound.  Any ideas?

May 22, 2012

A Visit with Dr. H

Last week, I took the kids into the doctor.  Gavin had to have his 4 year check-up, and while we were there, they wanted to do a weight-check on Riley. 

Gavin, I think, only gained like a pound this past year.  I love our little man....all 32lbs of him.  Since Gavin's been falling asleep later and later each night, I asked about how much sleep he should be getting, and in our conversation, Dr. Harvey mentioned that some 4 year olds still nap for like 30-60 minutes a day.  Um, how about 2-3 hours a day????  Gavin still naps most days, and he naps well!  So, I think we're going to start opening his door after an hour so he might start waking up a little earlier.  Part of me thinks this is a good idea - maybe he'll go to be a little earlier at night, but it will help him prep for when he has to drop that nap all together; but part of me sure will miss that nice break!  

Then, the dreaded shots....I told Gavin I wasn't sure if he'd get shots or not.  I was going to see what his reaction was and then decide if I wanted to do them this year or wait until next year.  When I told him, he just said, 'Ok, we'll just ask Dr. Harvey and see what he says.'  He didn't seem concerned at all, so we just went with it when the doctor said said yes, that he'd get THREE shots.  FYI - shots for a dramatic four year old are WAY worse that for a baby.  He screamed like I've never heard him scream before, and cried, and cried, and cried.  We got up to checkout, and there was another mom in front of us so I tried to talk to him to calm him down.  I asked him if he wanted chocolate milk for lunch (a huge treat in our house) and, in between sobs, he said, 'I just want a toy.'  Silly boy.  He definitely milked it afterwards, too.  Not only did he talk me into an extra movie that afternoon, but I had to carry him to the bathroom when he had to pee!  It was really funny the next day though - Riley wanted to play with him, and as she tried to pull herself up to him, she pulled his shorts down and with them, came the bandaids.  Cue the tears again.  The kid that won't put a bandaid on freaked out when they came off.  He cracks me up.

Speaking of that little sister...she had her weight check, and in 2.5 weeks, gained 3 ounces.  After her last appointment (May 1), we stopped using purees so much and introduced her to table food.  Some nights, I pick her up from her high chair and the majority of her dinner is in her seat, so I don't know if it's helping her gain weight, but it sure is helping Shirley!  Oh well.  Our little kids are perfect just the way {and weight} they are. 

May 21, 2012

After-Bath Hair-Do!

 Someday she'll have more hair, but for now, we're loving her mohawk.

May 18, 2012


 I love you, little girl, even if you are into EVERYTHING!

Riley does the cutest thing now.  She knows exactly when she's doing something she's not supposed to be doing.  If she sees us coming toward her, she giggles, turns quickly, tries to crawl away as fast as she can...  It's hilarious!  Such a little mischievous little girl. :) 

May 15, 2012

Preschool Graduation

Gavin's graduation ceremony from his 3 year preschool program was this morning.  Where in the world does time go?!?!? 

We had a great time this morning listening to Gavin and his friends sing songs for all the parents.  Just as I expected, Gavin was very quiet in his singing.  All the kids picked one song to sing as a solo, and while Gavin did actually sing, you can't hear him on the video.  He kept looking at us through the program and smiling...he was acting very shy!  :)

Riley enjoyed watching her brother and listening to the songs, too.

We took a bunch of pictures, but they all look basically the same! Lol.

Singing his solo, Autumn proud!

Getting his diploma from Miss Linda

After the graduation, we headed to Chickfila to get some lunch from the drive-thru and went to a local park for lunch and to play with friends.  It was very surreal to me.  I can remember end-of-the-year parties at Ault Park with my elementary school friends.  I can remember end-of-the-year gatherings with my own classes at Shaw.  And now, here I am, the mom of one of those students!  It's so crazy to me.

Bring on summer vacation!  We'll see you next year, Miss Linda.

May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

What a great Mother's Day weekend I had.  It started on Thursday actually, when I picked up Gavin from school and go this cute little sheet and a flower he planted.    

Then, on Friday, Jarrod came home from work with two bouquets of flowers, one for each child.  So I have a mixed bouquet in my kitchen and some roses on the mantle.  

On Saturday morning, I had my team meeting at the house so Jarrod took Gavin out.  They went to the mall and came home with a gift card for me to go to a local salon/spa to have my hair done.  I haven't had my hair professionally highlighted or colored since I stopped teaching, and as much as I don't want to deal with the upkeep, I do miss my highlights, so I think I'm going to jump into it and start getting them again.  

On Sunday, we woke up and went to our new Bob Evan's for breakfast.  It's been soooo long since I had Bob Evan's!  It was yummy.  We came home and did some work around here and after nap, headed back out for Mama Fu's for dinner.  It's become a tradition to go there for dinner on Mother's Day, since 'mamas' eat free.  And, it's an added plus that it's in the same plaza as Yum Yos, so we of course had to hit up Yum Yos for dessert.  Gavin also drew me this family picture...and he only wanted to use blue because I was letting him use a permanent marker he found in my drawer.  {And I asked...he didn't scratch out Shirley, he was giving her fur...just in case you were wondering, too.}  

It was such a great weekend.  Of course, it would have been better had I been able to give my mom a big ol' hug, but just 19 more days until I see my parents again so she'll get a hug soon! 

May 10, 2012

Back to lesson planning...

No, I'm not going back to teaching.  But I am really excited to be lesson planning for this summer.  Gavin essentially has 4 months off this summer and I already notice that he writes his name way better, for example, on Wednesdays and Thursdays than he does on Mondays, because he's been in school on Tues/Thurs and Miss Linda practices with him.  We haven't done 'Tot School' like I used to do with him since Riley was born, and I decided it was time to step it up for the summer so he continues to practice his writing and also because he's showing so many signs up pre-reading that I was to take advantage of.  So, we talked about it and Gavin decided he wanted to call it 'Fun School' for the summer.  I'm really excited to make a Word Wall with him and do some pocket chart activities.  It's the little things that make the teacher in my happy.

May 8, 2012


Two things have crossed my path recently that really spoke to me.  First, I turned on The Doctors yesterday while I was filling out some paperwork.  I'm not sure why I turned it on, because I don't usually watch the show, but I just wanted some background noise and it was the most interesting thing on at the time.  But the first half of the show focused on distracted driving, something that most of us are guilty about.  I've read many articles and heard news articles about the dangers of distracted driving, but this show went beyond that.  They showed a simulation of a car accident and then having to tell his wife that he'd been in an accident; telling him the passengers in the other car didn't survive; telling him he'd lost his ability to walk; and telling their kids what happened.  I was in tears (which, yes, isn't hard to do for me, but still...)  I'm always on Jarrod about using his phone while he's driving to read messages, especially while the kids are in the car, but I'm just as guilty because I talk on my phone.  It's something that I feel like needs to change.  It's something that I want to talk to him about when he gets back from Florida and make some new rules.  My biggest thing is that when I get in the car in the morning, I always call my mom to say good morning.  It will be weird, but I think I need to stop that, too.  I'll just have to call you before I leave the house, mom! :)  There are too many distraction as it is when driving with two kids in the car, and my phone shouldn't be one of them.  
Speaking of phones, the other thing that really touched me was this blog article:  How To Miss a Childhood  Talk about getting the tears flowing.  I don't want us to miss our babies growing up, yet we do spend so much time, like so many people do, with technology.  I'm already working on new 'rules' for the house this summer regarding tv and computer time because Gavin's in a phase where he loves playing on the computer.  While most of the games are educational in some way or another, Jarrod and I still decided it was time to set better limits on technology and I think the same needs to be said for our phones. I think it's a good read for all my mommy friends.  Check it out, and let me know what you think.