Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Random Thoughts: Cupcakes, Jimmies and Belly Buttons

It's hump day. Not that the days of the week mean anything to me anymore. Heck, everyday is a weekend. Or not. Cause actually, when you have kids, weekends don't exist. You are on call 24/7.

So, last night, when I should be soundly sleeping in between feedings, I was wide awake. Yep. Thinking about random things. And of course, instead of getting up and blogging right then and there to get them off my chest, I laid there. Awake. Then it was time for the next feeding. Ugh. I hate nights like that.

Anyhoots, here are some of the randomness that was going on in my head:
  • Yesterday I ate a cupcake when I should be watching what I eat. Okay, since I am confessing and all, I actually had two. With chocolate icing and sprinkles on top. And if I really want to get honest here, I had two the day before too. Then I had chocolate milk around dinner time. Oh, and a piece of Ghiradelli chocolate for dessert. And I wonder why I couldn't sleep last night?
  • On the east coast we called them jimmies. Not sprinkles. I think the first time I went to get ice cream out here in the desert and ordered "jimmies" the guy at the ice cream parlor looked at me like I had two head and said, "Umm, excuse me?"
  • I am not a huge fan of the infant stage. I am realizing that. If babies could come out about 6 months old, sleeping through the night, ready to crawl with a full-on grill, dude, I'd consider having a small litter. Until then, notsomuch. I think I am done having babies.
  • Ask me in about a year, right around the time I get the "baby itch" and I may have a different answer.
  • That said, I think that I have the two most amazing children. Ever. I'm blessed.
  • This flippin' heat makes me miserable. I really hate to harp on the Phoenix summers, but for. the. love. It really makes me irritable. Even I don't feel like being around me in the summer.
  • My belly button looks really weird now after having babies. I used to have a cute belly button. All small and dainty. Now it has taken on a crater-like existence on my stomach. Ho hum. At least I don't have stretch marks, I guess.
  • I am making chicken enchiladas for dinner. Then tomorrow night I am having Lasagna rolls. Yum-O.
  • Kaiden started this screaming type behavior when he is frustrated or not getting attention. This has thrown me into the actual "parenting" phase with him as I have to start implementing some real discipline. Time outs could be a regular occurrence around here.

Okay. Now that I got that all off my chest, I am hoping that I can sleep soundly tonight. After I take 2 hours to get Maddey to bed. And watch SYTYCD. Wish me luck.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sleep Training

All is quiet in the house and here I am with *gasp* actually a few moments to myself to relax, catch up on my blog reading and research. Yes, research.

See it all happened about two days ago. My once sleepy infant who was beginning to stretch her feedings out to 5 hours at night suddenly stopped sleeping. I know. I couldn't believe it either. I was so excited, thinking that we were moving in the right direction to having a good nap schedule and a full night of sleep when all of a sudden I am hit with a curve ball.

Let me clarify. It's not that she totally stopped sleeping, but now she is awake practically all day long unless I take 1-2 hours to try and get her down for a nap. Then at night, when you would think the little bugger would be totally exhausted from barely sleeping all day, it takes me at least 2 hours to settle her down and get to sleep. What person in their right mind doesn't want to sleep?

As I think back to Kaiden's infant days I seem to remember (in my foggy sleep deprived state) that he went through the same pattern. He was a great sleeper then POOF, stopped sleeping. So this really makes a stressed out Mommy even more stressed out as I am totally a schedule-a-holic. Not to mention, that I would love to grab a few minutes of sleep during the day myself when (cue fantasy music) both kiddos are quietly snoozing at the same time.

I am a big believer in the "cry it out" method. We used it with Kaiden when he was 4 months old and after 3 nights of him crying less and less each night he finally slept through the night. Ever since, he has been an amazing sleeper. He was one of the last of his friends to give up his two nap routine and still sleeps 12-13 hours a night even after taking a 2-3 hour nap during the day. I don't have to rock him to sleep. Although the first year I did rock him each night before bed after we read books, and even still do, before bed for a few minutes before putting him in his crib. Even with that, he has never had a problem going right down to sleep.

Madelyn is now 6 weeks old and from the "experts" view point (as I have read on the Internet) recommend establishing a stricter routine closer to 3-4 months old as they can tolerate longer sleep patterns at that time. So, although I have not given up on having an infant that goes down for naps without a fuss or a full night sleep sometime soon, I guess I need to get used to the fact that it may happen a little later than I once thought. In the meantime, I guess my sleepless days and nights will continue. I suppose it's nothing that a strong pot of coffee can't cure.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Newest Treasure

I am so excited about getting the mail today. I's the simple things in life that keep me going, eh?!

No really. For my birthday this year hubs bought me a pearl necklace. It was a beautiful necklace that would have looked just lovely on my neck when we actually got a chance to go out for an evening amongst adults. But, being the fashion disaster that I am, and rarely getting a chance to dress up these days I told him that I would rather him spend the money on something that I would get a lot of use out of and had sentimental meaning to me. I had a seen a gal that had a hand stamped necklace with her kiddos names on it earlier in the year and knew that once we had our little Madelyn then I would be itching for one as well.

I mentioned this to a friend of mine and she forwarded me Amanda, of Queen Bee Designs, name and blog site to check out. She had ordered a necklace for her mother and was very pleased. After visiting her site and comparing her to a bunch of others, I decided to order a necklace from her. Her worked looked good and her prices were extremely reasonable compared to some others out there.

Well, today I opened my mailbox and there was my necklace! I opened it up and was so pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful piece to wear! Here is the finished product. I am more than pleased and will be wearing this for years to come.

This picture doesn't fully give it the justice it deserves, but if you are looking for something special for a friend, grandmother, or even to spoil yourself, check out Amanda's blog site for more pieces that she offers.