Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Déjà Vu in the Middle of the Night

I can't even count the number of times that I have woken up in the middle of the night to take care of Jaina and been so confused that I have flash-backs to when Joelle was a baby!  It is the weirdest feeling in the world!  Jaina has been sleeping through the night for several months now, but lately, she has been getting up again, and I think the culprit is little teeth trying to break through her gums.  Unfortunately, since she is a light sleeper, teething pain causes her to wake up more than usual. 

The kids have been thoroughly enjoying spending most days outside playing in the yard and riding their bikes!  Even Jonas, my fair skinned blonde boy, is getting a sun tan!  These last two weeks have been pretty rainy, which has been great for the grass that Steve is trying to grow, but not so great for busy toddlers.  We are trying to keep busy inside, but they have been dying to get back out to play.  Jonas has found a new love of puzzles, and even if it takes him a whole day, he will finish a puzzle that he starts!  His new favorites are a Spider Man puzzle that he got for Christmas, and 'The puzzles that you got when I was in your tummy' as Jonas calls them.  Back when I was pregnant with Jonas, I had about 2 or 3 weeks before his birth that I was not longer working.  I started getting pretty bored around the house, so I bought a set of puzzles!  I told Jonas the story, and he refers to them in detail every time he wants to play with them!  It's fun to watch his little brain work as he builds a puzzle! 

Joelle has been so excited these last few weeks, because I finally got up the courage (and energy!) to potty train her!  I think she has been pretty much ready (or at least kinda ready) since her 2nd birthday, but every time she showed interest, I was busy taking care of Jaina!  So I delayed and postponed, and finally decided that I needed to get myself into gear!  Last month, she started removing her diaper and successfully using the potty on her own.  That was my "It's Time" moment, and we have made lots of progress since then!  It will be nice to be back to only one kid in diapers again! 

Jaina is quite the little stinker these days.  She loves attention, and she loves to demand attention too!  I think some people would call her a fussy or a high-needs baby, but I kinda think that all babies are to some extent.  Jaina is just on the high end of the scale!  She is starting on baby food and really enjoying it so far!  Her favorites are Sweet Potatoes and Bananas.  Since she was born early, I tried to hold off as long as I could for baby food.  After about a week of a trial period when she was 4 1/2 months, I decided to delay.  She is now 5 1/2 months old and we are trying again!  I think her little tummy is old enough to handle it now.  She is definitely a messy eater!  But she is doing really well figuring it all out!  Jaina loves to roll around on the ground playing with toys.  And Jonas and Joelle are doing much better about being careful and gentle around her.  Jaina loves to jump in her jumpy toy and is figuring out how to get going really fast!  She is very smiley these days, too!  With 3 little ones, my baby carrier (I have an Ergo, for you baby wearing lovers who are curious!) goes pretty much everywhere with me.  I can get her onto my back and that makes grocery shopping much easier!  And, yes, I am well aware that grocery shopping with 3 kids 3 & under is absolutely crazy - I get told at least half a dozen times how full my hands are when I am out and about with them all.  And yes, I roll my eyes (internally) every time someone says "Wow, you sure have your hands full!!"  Haha!!  I know people mean well, and they are probably just purely shocked by the number of kids that I have, but for anyone who is curious, that isn't particularly something us moms enjoy hearing, especially when one, or all, of our children are screaming and or pitching a fit throughout the store!  Ok, stepping off my soapbox now...

Needless to say, we are busy, but we are doing so well and enjoying our family!  Here are a few pictures to enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!

Jaina at 4 months old

Jaina at 5 1/2 Months old

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Steve

You are Handsome.  I love you eyes and your smile.....and other things too, but we'll keep this G-Rated. 

You are Hardworking.  In the past 5 months, you worked your butt off for your company, putting in sometimes nearly 60 hours per week.  It's incredible that you still have a brain left after all of that crazy coding! 

You are Smart.  Even the craziest of questions, you have an answer for! 

You are Kind.  You go out of your way to help your friends and family. 

You are Canadian Born.  Sorry babe, you will never live this one down!

You are Dedicated.  When you commit to something, you stick with it the best you can, even when it isn't very fun. 

You enjoy quite afternoons in the sun.  Specifically at the beach. 

You are Funny.  When I'm having a bad day, it usually drives me crazy that you try to make me laugh, but then eventually I get over myself and I'm grateful for your goofy ways of pulling me out of my bad mood. 

You are Bilingual.  Don't even try to tell me that computer languages don't count, cause I know you know like 4 or 5 of them!

You are Patient. Sometimes I feel impatient for you because you are being so patient. 

You are a Gamer.  If you don't know what a gamer is, then you probably aren't married to one!

You are Sentimental.  You probably will never admit this one, but you are, deep down inside! 

You are a Daddy.  And a darn good one! 

You are Sleep Deprived.  One of these days you will catch up on your sleep.  Or maybe, like you always say, "You'll sleep when you're dead."

You are Particular.  I think it still bugs you that we haven't touched up the paint spots on the ceiling when we painted last summer. 

You Don't like it when I reorganize.  Sorry, It's a habit of mine to find new and better places for things, but then I usually forget to mention where I put them. 

You Love Steak.  No explanation necessary!

You dream of owning a fast car, but you settle for one that gets you to and from work.  Someday we will get you that fast car.  It will probably be red or black.  And really, really fast.  And it won't be allowed to have any carseats in it.  Sorry kids.

You push me to be a better person, and I am grateful for that even though I usually don't say it. 

You are my Best Friend!

You are my Husband of 6 Years! 

You are incredible.  I hope you know how much you mean to me and the kids. 

I love you Steve.  Thank you for 6 Wonderful years!  Here's to many more! 

6 Years ago!  May 17, 2009