The HOUSE Project: The longest month…

July 1, 2014

It’s only been about a month since we settled on our town house and it officially became our “old house” (Caelan calls it the “empty house” or the “dirty house”, not sure why). We’ve been settling into our apartment and things are going well. The kids are sharing a room and there is plenty of space for both of them. We did run into a pretty significant sleep regression with Leah and as much as we didn’t want to have to do this in the apartment, we had to do a sleep training refresher. Thankfully, she’s back on track…sort of…some days. Sorry neighbors :/

In the past month, we’ve been unusually busy with moving and unpacking, birthday parties, new babies, and family time. Usually when you’re really busy, time flies by and we’d sure love that since all we’re doing right now is waiting for our house to be built. But somehow, the past few weeks have draaaaaaaaaaaaaagggged on forever! It’s only been a month?! Really?! And we still have 2-3 more months to go :(

They ARE making significant progress on our house though. Here is what it looked like at the end of May…

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The framing happened fast. It took about 3 weeks. I took the picture below after they had already moved on to the mechanical work inside.

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Day #46

And speaking of inside…It’s hard to take a meaningful picture because unless you’re familiar with the floor plan, it really just looks like a lot of 2×4′s everywhere. But this picture actually includes quite a few of the rooms in the house.

A view of the inside

At this point, they are working on “boring” but important things like installing duct work, plumbing and electrical. We’ve already made super important decisions like which light switches control which outlets and where the recessed lights in the kitchen will go (“Here-ish,” I said, drawing an imaginary line in the kitchen with my finger. The builder did not hesitate to tease me about my precision :) )

We were more precise with our decisions on the kitchen cabinets which have also been finalized and ordered!

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Kitchen

In the next month, they should be finishing up the mechanical work, putting up drywall, and installing the kitchen. We will really be getting close by then. Here’s hoping July moves along at a reasonable pace!


Caelan Conversations, Part 12

June 27, 2014

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Caelan has built a train track on the floor and Leah-zilla grabs it.

CAELAN [to Leah, grabbing the track]: You. Are. Devious.

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SARAH: Caelan, what’s your favorite word?

CAELAN: “Dang it”

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Leah is trying to bite my knee.

CAELAN: Dang it, Leah! Mommy is not food!

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SARAH: Caelan, do you have water days at school?

CAELAN: Um…sandwich.

SARAH: ???????

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Caelan throws a stack of blank envelopes on the floor.

SARAH: Caelan! Pick those up!

CAELAN: No, I want to make a huge mess!

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CAELAN: Daddy, I have an idea. I’m gonna flick you.

BILL: You’ll get a timeout then.

CAELAN: Okay, I won’t. I don’t want a time out.

SARAH: Good decision!

(Sigh. If only he made such sound behavior decisions all the time!!)

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CAELAN [singing]: Old McDonald had a farm, ei ei o! And on that farm he had a Count, ei ei o! With a “ah ah” here and a “ah ah” there, here an “ah” there an “ah” everywhere an “ah ah”. Old McDonald had a Count, ei ei o!


The HOUSE Project

June 6, 2014

In mid-January, Bill texted me a link to a builder’s website. That’s how it all started…

By mid-February, we were meeting with that builder and another.

On March 1st, we signed a contract for our “forever home”.

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In mid-March, we hired a realtor.

In mid-April, we put our house on the market. 10 days later, we were under contract with a buyer.

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In mid-May, they broke ground on our new house.

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On June 1st, we moved out of our house and into an apartment where we will stay until our new home is ready. Today, we are closing on the town house.

“Whirlwind” doesn’t even cover it. It’s been insane. The whole house selling experience was … well, I will be very happy if we never have to do that again, however, I am glad that it happened so fast.

While we’re excited about our new home and all the much-needed extra space, leaving the town house is bittersweet. We have a lot of memories there.

Bill built this deck.

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And this basement.

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He was sitting here in the kitchen when I told him I was pregnant with Leah.

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We built a nursery, and then a bedroom for the kids.

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Caelan took his first steps in the living room.

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We brought both of our kids home to this house. We took countless walks around the neighborhood, to the “wing and the loid” (swing and the slide), “around the circle”, “to the big houses”, and we watched for the ice cream truck.

It’s unlikely that Caelan will remember any of this and Leah surely won’t. But Bill and I will always be able to look back fondly on the house where our family was born. Bye bye house.

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Caelan Vaughn, 3 Years

June 2, 2014

When I started writing this post, I had to go back and read Caelan’s 2 1/2 year post to see what he was up to back then and to see what’s changed since then. I sort of forget, until I look back and see that Caelan was a little toddler a year ago, but now he’s a preschooler. Really, A LOT has happened in Caelan’s 3rd year!

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1, 2, 3!

Caelan’s speech and language skills continue to blow us away. He tells stories, talks about past and future events, and speaks well enough for anyone to understand him. He uses pronouns and words like “probably” “either” and “maybe”. We’re finding that the days of us putting him off with a “maybe later” are rapidly ending. He pushes for definite answers from us now. He’s also much more observant. He’s on to me now about how I mix water in with his juice!

We were surprised to discover that Caelan knew his lowercase letters as well as the uppercase ones. We kind of skipped teaching him about the lowercase ones, but he must have learned at daycare. Caelan knows all of his letters, including nearly all of the sounds they make. He’s learned to spell a few very simple words (including his name) and with lots of help from us, he can sound out new words (“Daddy, let’s spell ‘mechanic’”). He recognizes his own name and Leah’s name in print and he often asks us about other words (“Mommy, what does this spell?”). As we’re helping him learn how to spell, I find myself frustrated with the English language. I can’t really explain why there are two M’s when it seems like one would suffice or why a Y makes an E sound.

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Laughs at dinner

We’ve been working on counting but for some reason, Caelan is reluctant to count past 10. He knows most of the numbers between 10 and 20, but a lot of times he gets angry if you try to keep going after 10. Usually he can get to 13 and then things get messy :)

Caelan is big on the repetitive questions, much to our dismay. “Can I watch a show? Can I have your iPod? Can I have a snack?” It doesn’t matter if we answer him the first time, he just keeps going. He also asks questions he absolutely knows the answer to. Apparently, he’s testing us to make sure we’re consistent (or something??) but I think we’ve passed the test already, let’s move on!!

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Typical Caelan-y smirk

He’s also kind of hysterical. He reasons with us now. He has a personality (of the smart-ass variety, not surprisingly) and something of an attitude. He’ll casually tell us how things will be. (“Can I watch a show after dinner?” “No, we’re not going to watch a show tonight.” “I think we’ll probably watch a show after dinner.”) Bill and I will usually vent to each other at the end of the day about things that Caelan did that frustrated us, but we always seem to end up recounting something he did that made us laugh as well.

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Crazy

The terrible 2′s or horrible 3′s or whatever it is that turns your sweet baby into a demon child is here. Oh it’s here BIG TIME. I’m still wondering if anyone in our neighborhood was looking out their window when I was chasing Caelan down the sidewalk and screaming at him one morning. Usually he waits on the sidewalk while I get Leah in the car, but that day…he grinned and BOLTED. Not my finest moment (or his). Sometimes, at the end of the day, I realize that all I did all day was yell at him. And then I feel guilty about that, but I also feel TIRED. I’m so sick of yelling at him. I don’t want to yell at him and I don’t think it’s effective given that he laughs and runs away, but at your wits end…you’re much quicker to yell. Honestly, some of the things he does make me wonder what I’m doing wrong as a parent. The answer, I tell myself logically, is probably nothing – he’s just 3. But wow, 3 can be ugly – and it’s just started!! When I’m NOT at my wits end, I try very hard to stay calm and engage or redirect him because that almost always stops the bad behavior. But the truth is that I can’t give him that kind of undivided attention all the time.

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Tantrum and recovery

Caelan started to get into more and more trouble at daycare. He’d have tantrums, he’d hit, kick and push the other kids just because he was angry or frustrated. We’d come pick him up and learn that he’d spent most of the day in timeout. We had tentatively planned to move him to preschool at some point this year but when his behavior began to deteriorate, we thought it was better to make the move sooner, rather than later. Caelan had really thrived in daycare up until then, but now he needed something more – more structure and instruction, more kids his own age. The last 2 weeks of daycare were kind of a disaster behavior-wise so we were glad that we weren’t waiting until the Fall for preschool.

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First Day of Preschool

Caelan started at his new preschool the first week of April. The first couple days were great. He had a good time with his teachers and the other kids and didn’t seem to be anxious about it at all. Until the 3rd day. He had a massive meltdown at drop off and that was followed by meltdowns of varying degrees the rest of the week and into the 2nd week. This was a major change for him so I can’t say I’m surprised that he had some trouble adjusting. However, we’ve never had to deal with any separation anxiety with Caelan, so leaving him at school sobbing was not something I was really prepared for. By the 3rd week, things were easier. He likes school (and particularly likes his teacher) so we hoped that all he needed was a little time.

I didn’t anticipate that I’D have a hard time adjusting to Caelan being in preschool, but I guess I did a little bit. I’m excited and happy for him to be there. I love that he’s learning new things and making new friends. But it was A LOT of change all at once. After about a month at school, there was a field trip to the zoo planned. I had a rough time with not being able to be there when Caelan went to the zoo or rode on a school bus for the first time and Bill and I were a little anxious for him to go without us. But Grammy went with him and he had a great time.

Caelan at the zoo

Caelan at the zoo

After 2 months in preschool, Caelan is ready to move up to the next class. We’ve noticed his speech actually regressing since he is around younger 2-year-olds. He really thrives when he’s around older children, so we’re hoping they’ll move him up soon.

We’ve been working on things like dressing and undressing and Caelan can put on his jacket and shoes with little to no help from us. This is something that both daycare and preschool have worked on with him. Getting dressed is a SLOW process when we let Caelan do it all by himself, and there is always the risk of an exaggerated meltdown (“I can’t do it Mommy!!!”), but I’m sure he’ll get better in time.

Oh yeah…and he’s potty trained now! Another perk of preschool! They potty trained Caelan by the end of the first week, practically!! By “they”, I mean his teacher – Bill and I reinforced it at home of course, but we can’t really take any of the credit. He wore Pull Ups at night up until about 2 weeks ago. That transition was a non-event. I’m really stunned at how well he’s done. We tried so hard to talk him into potty training before school and we had NO luck. I suppose it was peer pressure that finally did the trick.

While Caelan’s bad behavior is really bad, his good behavior makes up for it (mostly). He makes sure bedtime always ends with him telling us “Night night, I love you!!” and blowing kisses. And he’s completely in love with Leah. The first thing he wants to do every morning is to see her. He shares his toys with her (usually), he rushes to comfort her when she cries (“You’re okay Leah! Shh, shh, shh…”), and they have “conversations”. He’s such a great big brother and now that she is getting a little bit older, they are starting to be able to play together. They seem to have so much fun – I love watching them play! Of course there are also accidents and “no that’s mine!” etc, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Sharing Cheerios

Sharing Cheerios

Caelan possibly has an imaginary friend. We’ve been hearing about “Caba” for at least 6 months now. At first we thought he was talking about an actual person, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m not positive Caba is imaginary – he may just be a sort of “default” person. We don’t overhear Caelan talking TO Caba, but he mentions him sometimes. We’ve asked questions about Caba but haven’t been able to get too much information other than that he is a boy and he has a yellow helmet.

At this age, I think Caelan is more high-maintenance than he’s ever been. He *isn’t* a high-needs kid – he’s generally independent and easy-going – but his age coupled with lots of changes in the past year and he has had more tantrums and more bouts of clinginess than ever before. Still, he handles everything really about as well as we could expect.

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Big boy car seat

More changes are coming for Caelan (and our whole family) in the coming months. We are moving out of our house this week and living in an apartment for a few months while we wait for our new home to be built. Then we’ll be moving again this Fall. At the apartment, Caelan and Leah will be sharing a room. I honestly think it’ll be great. They are both so enamored with each other at this stage and I think they will really enjoy sharing a room. Of course we may run into a few bumps, but hopefully it will be great.

I feel bad that Caelan’s birthday this year is coming at such a chaotic time for us. I wish we could have a big party for him, but as it turns out, we’ll be having at least 3 separate celebrations for him – one with family, one with friends, one at school, and at least a cupcake with a candle on his actual birthday. We aren’t even going to get to spend his birthday with him since we’ll be moving.

Now that we’ve got 2 kids to juggle, sometimes I worry about keeping things “even”. I realized recently that most of the pictures I’ve taken lately have been of Leah. That makes me feel a little guilty, but then I remember 2 things. One, Caelan got 2 whole years to himself before Leah came along, and now it is her turn for us to gush over crawling and standing and whatever else 10-month-olds do. And two, I have a crapton of pictures of Caelan anyway! He’s into selfies lately.

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Selfies!

Happy Birthday Monkey Monkey!! Mommy and Daddy and Leah love you so much <3 I promise your birthday will be less hectic next year :)

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Happy 3rd Birthday!

Caelan’s 3 Year Stats

  • Wearing 3T tops, 24m-2T pants and still some 18m shorts
  • No more diapers :)
  • Weight:  30.5 lbs
  • Height: 37 1/4 inches
  • Loves Thomas and Friends, Cars, playing ninja, playing catch, running, making Leah laugh

Caelan Conversations, Part 11

May 14, 2014

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CAELAN: How many is Pop?

SARAH: How old is he? Um, let me think…He’s 71.

CAELAN: Okay then he gets a sticker cause he’s 21.

SARAH: He’s 71.

CAELAN: 71? He gets a sticker.

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CAELAN: I have a boo boo.

SARAH: Where?

CAELAN: [points to a freckle on his arm]

SARAH: That’s not a boo boo, that’s a freckle!

CAELAN: I have a freckle?! Who put a freckle there?!

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CAELAN: [hands me a plastic egg] Don’t open it, Mommy. The Grinch is in there.

SARAH: The Grinch?! You’re mixing holidays, but okay.

CAELAN: [singing] The Grinch is in there, the Grinch is in there!

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SARAH: Don’t jump on me, Caelan. You can sit on me, but no more jumping.

CAELAN: Yes I can jump, Mommy. It’s my job.

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As we are driving one day, Caelan spots some horses…

CAELAN: I see a elephant!! NO, I SEE A CHEETAH!!

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CAELAN: [singing to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus] Can I have more milk, can I have more milk, all through the town!
SARAH: What do you say?

CAELAN: Please, all through the town!

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Caelan wants to sit on my back.

CAELAN: One more time?

SARAH: Yes.

CAELAN: How’ bout…10 more times?

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Caelan is playing with his trains and they fall off the track. He gets down eye to eye with them…

CAELAN: DON’T FALL OFF THE TRACK!!! YOU HEAR ME, PERCY?!

Then Thomas did the same thing and got put in timeout.


Leah Caroline: Months 6-9

May 2, 2014

As expected, the past few months have been fun and eventful! I must admit that I’ve been a little impatient in waiting for Leah to learn certain things. And it’s a little ridiculous of me to be impatient because she’s not even late on anything! I try not to compare her to Caelan, but it’s difficult because he’s really my only frame of reference. I know that all children develop and learn new skills in their own time, and Leah has made lots of strides in the past few months. Really what it comes down to is that I was EXCITED for her to crawl, babble, etc and she is in full swing now :)

So, since 6 months…

We got a late start with Leah on the purees. And while we were meticulous about it with Caelan – gradually moving towards 3 meals a day – with Leah, we were all over the place. Some days she got 3 meals of purees, and some days she just got 1. She started out as something of a picky eater but squash was a definite favorite and apples and green beans were tolerated. She also loved rice cereal. By 8.5 months or so, Leah was eating 2-3 good meals of purees a day (we figured out that she’d eat most any puree as long as we mixed in a tiny bit of rice cereal to thicken it up). She also LOVES puffs. We’ve started her with a few finger foods like squash, blueberries, Cheerios, pasta, and ham (and whatever else she’s been sneaked at daycare!). We’ve also given her a sippy cup of water, but she’s got to learn to tip it up :)

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Got off to a picky start, but now loves anything!

Up until about a week ago, Leah was still taking 6 bottles a day. I wanted to start cutting her bottles and beefing up her meals, but I wasn’t sure how to make the transition. Then, as it usually has been with both of my kids, she made the transition on her own :) She’s still erratic, but now she’s taking 4 or 5 bottles a day and she’s not getting one at dinner time anymore. 3 more months till we can start phasing out formula for-ev-errrr!!

Full tummy :)

Full tummy :)

Sleep training. Just after Leah was 6 months old, we decided it was time. We had been putting Leah down for bed when she was already asleep. It worked out fine except that rocking her to sleep was sometimes difficult and we knew that it was important for her to learn how to fall asleep in the crib on her own. She was also waking up in the middle of the night, anywhere from 1 to 5 times and that had to stop! She wasn’t hungry or wet or anything, she just couldn’t fall back asleep again. As soon as we’d go into her room and pat her back, she was out again.

We used the Ferber method again since we had had such good luck with that with Caelan. Leah cried for 20 minutes on the first night. The next 2 nights it was 2-5 mins of crying and by the 4th night, she was going down without a peep. When we trained Caelan, he continued to cry for 2 mins or so for about a month. But Leah’s issue was never really the initial going to sleep, it was the wake ups. She would still wake up at night and cry but only for a minute or two and she was back out. We’ve had a few minor setbacks due to illness or teething, but we managed to get back on track after a couple of days. Just recently, we realized that most of the time Leah falls asleep drinking her bedtime bottle so while we intended to put her down awake, she’s already asleep. This has a caused a few blips in the sleep training process, but we’re making more of an effort to make sure she goes down awake.

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Snoozing

For awhile, Leah was really inconsistent with the duration of her sleep. At 6 months old, we were giving her a bedtime bottle around 9pm and putting her down shortly after. Slowly, we backed that up and by 7.5 months, she was going down around 8:30pm. She would sleep anywhere from 8.5-10.5 hours. The unpredictable wake up time was really frustrating to me because it made our morning routine such a crap shoot. Leah is not very content to play in the crib by herself while I get ready in the morning, so if she wakes up before me, I need to find a way to keep her entertained while I get ready. This results in a lot of ponytail-and-no-make-up days for me :(

Crib full of toys and still not happy!

Crib full of toys and still not happy!

But once Leah and I are both ready for the day, we go into Caelan’s room to get him up. Oh she LOVES Caelan!! He must be her favorite person in the world (with Daddy a close 2nd). She squirms and kicks and grins as soon as she sees him and he is equally excited to see her.

So happy to see each other in the morning!

So happy to see each other in the morning!

Around 7 months old, Leah really got the hang of sitting up on her own. Something just clicked one day and she had it down. It’s been very convenient because she seems to prefer to sit up rather than laying around on the floor. However, it did cause quite a few diaper explosions :/

Sitting pro!

Sitting pro!

Leah is a roller. Caelan never really did this so despite Leah being our 2nd, it was new to us.  By 7 months, she hadn’t yet learned to crawl, but she was still completely mobile. She could purposefully pivot and roll around the room to get to wherever she wanted to be. Finally, a week shy of turning 8 months, Leah managed to army crawl. A week later, she was doing a weird combination of army crawling, push ups and the worm thing that Caelan did. She even threw in a stride of normal hands-and-knees crawling. I love watching the evolution of it. She works so hard to figure out how to get where she wants to go. Now, at 9 months, she’s a crawling pro. She can also get from a crawling position to a sitting position and back on her own which has gone a long way in keeping her happy.

On the move!

On the move!

Despite her new-found mobility, Leah still loves her Jumperoo. She can REALLY jump in that thing!! Her other favorite toys lately are anything she can put in her mouth which means we are having to keep a close eye on Caelan’s smaller toys. When she was younger, we didn’t leave her alone on the floor very often for fear of her being trampled by Caelan. But now that she’s bigger and Caelan is more used to her being around, she’s on the floor pretty often. She follows us around, follows Caelan into the bathroom, etc. We have to be careful not to step on her! She’s starting to pull up now too and she loves to stand (provided that we hold her up). Who knows, we may get another early walker :o

When Leah was about 8 months old, I started thinking “hey, shouldn’t she be babbling by now?” At that point she was still just sticking with the vowel sounds (“ahh ooh ahh”). But, as is often the case, out of the blue one day she just started up with “dadadadadada bababababa” and she was off! She also learned how to clap and she’s working on waving, but at the moment it’s still a little random. She and Caelan have “conversations” which basically consist of yelling nonsense sounds at each other but it is pretty cute. I can’t wait until they can REALLY talk to each other!

First time sitting in the cart!

First time sitting in the cart!

Leah has her cranky moments, of course, but she is the smiliest, happiest baby! People are always commenting on how much she smiles. She LOVES to have her picture taken. Whenever she sees the pre-flash on my phone, she turns and flashes a huge grin! You can kind of see her 2 little teeth in this picture. She still just has the 2.

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Smiley

We’re still kind of in “divide and conquer” mode when it comes to parenting both kids. Maybe we just got used to it when Leah was a newborn and we never transitioned out of it. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will start to alternate bedtime routines. I’m also hoping that we can start giving the kids their baths together and we can streamline the whole bedtime process.

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My favorite picture to date of Leah!!

There have definitely been a few times recently when it’s been really overwhelming with the kids. Maybe they’re both screaming at the same time and I just have to close my eyes for a minute to try and tune them out so I can figure out what I was doing. Caelan has been a handful lately and now that Leah is older, she’s into everything. Add to that, one house on the market, one house about to be built, packing, apartment searching, emails, phone calls, and oh yeah, work and kids…It’s been stressful. But the kids keep us laughing we we need it most. And since we moved Leah’s bedtime up, we have our precious 2 hours or so in the evenings when both kids are sleeping. We’re finally into something that resembles a schedule and that makes me happy!

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Leah and Caelan at 9 months old!

However, I’m sure our schedule will implode in the next few months. It’s going to be crazy. In just 3 short months, my last baby will be a toddler. It’s terribly bittersweet and exciting all at once. Leah’s beautiful personality has come out so much in the past few months and I can’t wait to see more. She laughs spontaneously, she “talks” to Caelan”, she objects if a toy is taken away from her…She’s becoming a REAL girl, lol. But nothing is better than picking her up out of the crib in the mornings and having her snuggle into me – even if she pinches my neck at the same time.

Happy 9 Months Leah Bug <3

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9 Months Old

Leah’s 9 Month Stats

  • Wearing 9-12 month tops and bottoms, and 9 month sleepers (only until I can get her some 12m ones)
  • Size 3 diapers
  • Weight:  19 lbs  4 ozs
  • Length:  26 inches
  • Usually takes 4-5 bottles a day, 6-8 ozs each plus 3 meals of purees/finger foods a day
  • Loves rolling/crawling, chewing on anything and everything, puffs, and, as always, her brother

A (Satur) Day In My Life With An Almost-3-Year-Old and An 8-Month-Old

April 22, 2014

Our days are not too exciting, but I do like comparing this post to my post last year when Caelan was 22 months old and I was pregnant with Leah and then the year before that when Caelan was just 10 months old. I only wish I had posts from the year I was pregnant with Caelan and especially the year before that when we weren’t expecting yet. Our days now revolve so much around the kids that it’s hard to remember what we did on the weekends before they were here! I’m sure it was much quieter in our house back then :)

Re-reading this post was exhausting in a weird way. We didn’t do much of anything this day, but every few minutes, somebody wants/needs something. We get to spend lots of time with our kids on the weekends which is great because we DON’T get to see them much during the week. But still, I love when 8:30pm rolls around and we get a couple hours “off” :)

7:05am

I hear Caelan and Leah on their monitors at the same time. Caelan calls for Bill who goes in to get him and takes him to the potty right away. I let Leah talk to herself for a few minutes before I go in to get her.

7:10am

I get Leah up, changed and dressed, and we go back into our room where Caelan and Bill are watching a show. I plop her down on the bed with them and go to straighten up the bathroom and the kids’ rooms. I don’t normally bother with this on a Saturday morning (or any morning) but our house is on the market, so we have to keep it tidy.

7:30am

I run downstairs to feed the cats and then join everyone else on the bed in our room, still watching whatever is on Nick Jr.

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7:40am

Leah is getting fussy so I take her down to the kitchen and make her a bottle. She goes from zero to feed-me-now SO fast!

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7:50am

Leah is done with her bottle and I leave her to play in the highchair while I change some laundry around, sift the litter box, and wash her bottle. I make a cup of coffee and Leah and I go into the living room to play.

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8:10am

Leah gets a diaper change and Caelan and Bill come down from upstairs. Caelan gets his usual breakfast/pre-breakfast snack (pouch and breakfast bar) out of the pantry and sits down to eat it. He seems to be in a growth spurt now so he’s been extra hungry. He has some oranges too.

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8:25am

Caelan is finished eating so he comes into the living room where Leah is playing on the floor and I’m folding laundry. Bill feeds the cats and joins us.

8:50am

I get Caelan some juice and Bill retrieves some toys from the basement. We had to put all the kids’ toys down there while our house is on the market.

9:00am

It’s time for Leah’s breakfast and she has pureed peaches and some puffs. I eat my own breakfast while Bill supervises a potty break for Caelan. After breakfast, I do the dishes.

9:20am

After Leah’s breakfast we go back in the living room to play for all of 10 minutes before Caelan says he’s hungry again.

9:30am

Caelan, Leah and I go back into the kitchen to get Caelan a bowl of cereal while Bill runs out to get his own breakfast.

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9:55am

Leah was practically falling asleep in the highchair while Caelan was eating breakfast, so I figure she’s ready for her morning nap and I take her up to her room to rock her. Suddenly she was wide awake and had no interest in a nap, so I took her back downstairs.

10:00am

Bill is home. Caelan and Leah play in the living room until Caelan spots a baby book that we’ve hidden (because he wouldn’t stop chewing on it). We tell him he can’t have it, a tantrum ensues, and eventually he gets put in timeout for screaming.

10:25am

After a potty break and plenty of time to calm down, Bill brings Caelan back downstairs. I put away the kids’ laundry while Bill watches them downstairs.

10:40am

I make a bottle for Leah and this time, after the bottle, she is ready for a nap. I put her down in her crib.

11:00am

I put in another load of laundry and go back to hang out with Bill and Caelan in the living room. We don’t have any plans today, and since our house was just listed yesterday, it is still tidy so there aren’t really even any chores to do (besides the never ending laundry) so we are just relaxing.

11:30am

Caelan has a snack (Cheerios) and I make up a grocery list and a meal plan for this week. Caelan and Bill play.

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12:10pm

I start making lunch for Caelan and Leah wakes up from her nap at almost the same time. Bill goes up to get her. Caelan and I eat lunch in the kitchen while Bill plays with Leah.

12:50pm

I give Leah her lunch (more purees and puffs) while Caelan is finishing his. When he’s done, Bill takes him up for a nap.

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1:05pm

Leah is done with her lunch so I change her diaper and put her down in the living room to play while I do the dishes (again!). When I’m done, I play with Leah and listen to Caelan chatter away on the monitor.

1:30pm

I fold some more laundry and then put it away. I poke around online looking for some free fonts and images to make a birthday party invitation for a Bumpie. Leah is still happily rolling/crawling around the living room and chewing on whatever she can find.

2:25pm

Caelan has not slept this whole time, so we give up on a nap today and Bill gets him up. He comes down the stairs saying “I took a nap, Mommy!” Um, no you didn’t! Bill and Caelan join us in the living room for more playtime.

2:40pm

I give Leah another bottle and then she and Caelan play.

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3:10pm

Bill takes Leah upstairs for another nap and I get a snack for Caelan and then put on a show for him. After a little while, Bill comes down to watch/doze with us.

3:55pm

Leah is up from her nap. Her afternoon nap always seems to be super short. I change her diaper and bring her downstairs where Bill is sleeping and Caelan is still watching a show. He’s lucky – he’s getting to watch a lot more TV today that usual!

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4:30pm

Caelan’s show is over and Caelan involves us all in some kind of wrestling game where he climbs on our backs and then dives over our shoulders.

5:10pm

Caelan had been playing with his trains when he couldn’t get 2 of them to connect (the magnet poles were the same). Normally when this happens, he doesn’t miss a beat and just flips one of the trains around so the magnets connect. But today – holy tantrum. He completely loses it and sobs for about 20 minutes.

5:30pm

Finally, Caelan calms down. Leah takes this as her cue to start fussing, so I make her a bottle and then order a pizza for us for dinner. After Leah finishes her bottle, we all go back to playing. (Caelan reversed the magnets on his trains, no problem. Sigh.)

6:00pm

The pizza arrives and we all go eat dinner in the kitchen.

6:40pm

We’re done with dinner and decide we’ll go for a walk since it’s nice out today. Naturally, leaving the house takes forever. I change Leah’s diaper, Bill gets the stroller out of the car, then the ice cream truck drives by and Caelan has to go to the door and watch. Then he needed a potty break, and then FINALLY we all got shoes and hoodies on and went outside.

6:50pm

We take a walk through the neighborhood across the street from ours and visit “the big houses” (single family homes). At the end of our walk we stop to chat with our next door neighbor and Caelan is happy to pet their dog.

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7:30pm

After our walk, Caelan sits down with some juice. We normally go up for bedtime at 7:45pm but Caelan says he’s ready for bed so we go up a few minutes early.

7:40pm

Bill takes Caelan to the potty and to brush his teeth and then I get him in his pjs. All of this takes lots of coaxing, threatening, and counting to 3. Finally, Caelan is ready for bed and I read him a story. Normally Bill puts Caelan to bed, but this is a nice change.

7:55pm

Caelan is in bed and Bill has gotten Leah ready for bed while Caelan and I were reading. I make her a bottle and put some sweet potatoes in the microwave so I can start making the sweet potato casserole for Easter after Leah is down.

8:00pm

I give Leah her bottle and put her to bed.

8:15pm

I realize that we have absolutely no butter/margarine in the house (how does that even happen!?) so I can’t make my casserole. I cook the sweet potatoes and whip them up and figure I’ll run to the store for butter tomorrow morning. After those are in the fridge, I start putting together the kids’ Easter baskets and hide some plastic eggs around the living room.

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9:20pm

The rest of my evening is more dishes, a shower, and then Bill and I watch the last hour of Man of Steel. We started watching it the other day but apparently I can’t stay awake through a whole movie anymore!

11:00pm

We check on the kids (who both routinely sleep through the night now – woohoo!!) and go to sleep ourselves.

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