Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This design is from Uppercase Living, a newish company that has independent consultants who do parties in homes. My friend Kristen sells it. Their designs are so cool! I had to restrain myself and buy just this one last time. And I'm not even paid to say that! I'm going to host a party soon--in my house, but maybe I'll advertise on the blog so people can buy online if you want. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"I wanna play games on the pooter."
In the bathtub:"Whoa, Mom. I have a funny pee-pee. It's like a hot dog!"
Almost every night at dinner, spoken like a grown-up:"So, how was your work, Dad?"
"You always say 'shhh' and I don't like it."
Two weeks before Sydney was born: "Why you always going potty?"
Carson: Dad, are you a grown up?
C: Mom, are you a grown up?
C: No, you're just a big girl.
Mom: No, I'm a grown up!
Carson, Well, do you mow the lawn?
Mom: [stumped for words]
"Mom, you're legs are too scratchy."
Mom: You need to go potty, then you can have a popsicle.
Carson: Yeah......I don't think that's gonna work.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I used the "blur" tool on this one to make it blog-appropriate.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Fishing with his new pole and new life jacket!
Safety first--thank you, Auntie.
Then on the 4th of July they went down to Harrisburg for the parade and lunch with the fam. The highlight was that Trent and Carson got to ride (and kind of drive) a BIG TRACTOR!
Here's a video of the two getting their ride. I'm not sure who had more fun---Carson or Trent! The quality of the video doesn't come across very well on the blog, but Carson is steering and he had a huge grin on his face.
Monday, July 07, 2008
I'm not sure why her little chin is all red, but if you look closely, we think there's some red in her hair too.
So, usually a blog is for posting opinions, thoughts, stream of consciousness type things: events of one's life at the current time; stories and anecdotes, etc. Well, the thing is, many of the events and details about the end of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and being a postpartum mother are not exactly appropriate fodder for a public blog. After going through this a second time, I've decided that this process is one of the most vulnerable times in a woman's life. So, although I am now issuing a disclaimer that some semi-private issues are going to be discussed, I will attempt to avoid total disclosure and embarassment of blogger and reader by avoiding certain taboo topics. However, there are some things that are fair game.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Wow. So, getting used to 2 kids has been fun and challenging and interesting. Carson has been doing pretty well. We have good moments and bad moments. The good moments are when he wants to hold her, kiss her gently, bring her toys, play peek-a-boo. The bad moments are when he comes up and slaps her on the stomach, shakes her pack 'n play violently (while she's inside), tries to pry her eyes open b/c he's decided she's done sleeping, literally crawls all over both Sydney and me while she's eating, and generally disobeying and pushing the limits in many ways.
As previously posted, I, personally, have kind of been dreading the logistical side of having a newborn. For me, it is all about the sleep people. I am tired and cranky if I get 7.5 hours instead of 8-9, so you can imagine how I do on 4-5 in short spurts. However, Sydney's personality and sleeping pattern, like her entrance into this world, have been the opposite of her big brother. She sleeps a LOT. The doc thinks it is partly due to the fact that she is a little early. This sounds like a dream, but I've spent much of the past 9 days in a building frustration, trying to wake this limp, peaceful child so she will eat and gain weight. (Carson didn't gain his birthweight back until almost 6 weeks. It was a kind of a dangerous thing, and I am not willing to risk that with Sydney.) So we are pretty consistent about getting food into her. As with many newborns, she didn't get the memo about OUR sleeping schedule and wanted to party and eat all night and sleep all day; but the last few nights, she's done pretty well. In fact, I've had to wake her a few times at night too.
One really nice thing is that when she is awake, she has lots of times when she is awake and content. Those two adjectives didn't go together with newborn Carson--probably because he was starving! When she does get worked up, she's fairly easy to calm down so far too. I'm just crossing my fingers that the mellow Sydney we've met this last week is the Sydney that is here to stay. I know these things can change in a day.
Here's a great video of a "good" moment between C-dog and Syd. Here he is telling her a story. Just a little background: each night Trent or I tell Carson a story with the main character(s) of his choosing. Lately he's been asking for the 4 main characters he uses here. Also, he calls the swingset in the back yard the "play park." We've found ourselves here many mornings lately...all of us lounging around in a tired stupor on the unmade bed, enjoying the cool air before it gets warm. Even though Sydney was dead to the world, it didn't stop Carson from wanting to be on camera.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Now we're down to the business of learning how to live with a 2 year old and a newborn. It has been interesting, to say the least! I will surely be posting more soon, but now I need to take advantage of toddler sleep time!