Sunday, November 22, 2009

Meal Plan-11/22/09

Recently I have been all out of sorts with my weekly meal planning and, once again, have found myself on several occations trying to come up with a meal at 4:00 in the afternoon. It's not fun. I am recommiting myself to weekly meal plans to make my life simpler.

Sunday-Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Stew
Tuesday-Lasagna Roll-ups
Wednesday-Tilapia, rice and veggies
Thursday-Thanksgiving! Eating copius amounts of food at a friend's house.
Friday-Salad with crab cakes
Saturday-PF Changs Lettuce Wraps

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spell it Out

Conversations in our house have turned into a spelling B challenge. No longer can hubs and I freely discuss any topic without worrying that little ears are listening. No longer can we talk about dinner menus without possible meltdowns prior to when dinner is actually ready to be served. I actually had a conversations with him the other night that went something like this:

Me to hubs:

"I am making S-P-A-G-H-E-T-T-I for D-I-N-N-E-R. While I am making it can you maybe take Kaiden O-U-T-S-I-D-E to ride his B-I-K-E? He has been asking for it all day and he is obsessing about wanting C-R-A-C-K-E-R-S right now and I don't want him to ruin his D-I-N-N-E-R. Or you could get his C-R-A-Y-O-N-S and let him C-O-L-O-R for a bit...Everyone will need a B-A-T-H tonight as well if you want to give Kaiden one now or wait till after we E-A-T. By the way, do you want garlic B-R-E-A-D?"

Kaiden is picking up on everything, repeating everything and understands pretty much everything we say. Especially anything about food, baths, cars, trucks, bikes, etc. I actually have to laugh at myself sometimes cause I feel like I sound so ridiculous spelling everything out. But, for my sanity, it's a must.

I guess this will work for now until he can actually spell words. Then what will I do?

Monday, November 16, 2009


Is it wrong that I am openly a Twilight fanatic?

Is it wrong that I have been known to put my kids to bed early just so that I could lose myself in the world of Vampires?

Is it wrong that I want the 4 book collectors set for Christmas just so that I can have the books readily available to read over and over and over again?

Is it wrong that I have been sending my just-as-fanatical-friend countdown text messages stating, "30 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes until the New Moon premiere."

Is it wrong that I have a box of limited edition Sweethearts candy with Jacob's picture smack dab on the front in my cubbard?

Is it wrong that I am on a quest to find just the right "Team Jacob" t-shirt to wear to the premiere?

Is it wrong that I actually considered going to the Twilight Marathon at the local Harkins that starts on Thursday night showing the first movie at 9:30pm then showing New Moon at midnight and I actually tried to convince myself that I could probably survive on 3 hours of sleep the next day and it would probably totally be worth it?

Is it wrong that I have dreams of Jacob saving me from all the bad Vampires in the world and sweeping me off my feet?

Is it wrong that I cut my errands short last Friday just so I could make it home in time to catch Stephanie Meyers on Oprah?

Is it all just wrong?

Cause if acting like a lovestruck, pimple faced, metal mouthed teenager is wrong, then my friends, I don't want to be right.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


So we have hit a few milestones here in our house recently:

1. Madelyn is sleeping through the night! After a little crying last Sunday night, she slept each night this week without making a peep until 6:00am. Can I get an AMEN?!?!?!

2. Started Maddey on solid foods. Well, I don't know if you would consider rice cereal a food really, but she is now eating rice cereal in the morning and then again in the evening. We are gearing up for the real food starting in another 2 weeks or so when she turns 6 months!

3. Sitting up unassisted! Sure there are times that she goes to grab a toy in front of her or looks up to see mom and topples over, but for the most part, Madelyn is able to sit on her own!

We are looking forward to the next couple months which should give new meaning to the word "crazy" as I have two little ones on the move!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sleeping Through the Night

So my little goober pie is 5 months old and, at this point, is still not sleeping a full 12 hours though the night despite my best efforts. Kaiden began sleeping through the night at 4 months with the help of the cry-it-out method. He cried one night for 2 1/2 hours and the next night for one hour and ever since he has been an amazing sleeper, hardly ever fighting us going to bed and/or naps. He still sleeps a good 10-12 hours at night and takes a 2-3 hour nap each afternoon.

So here we are at month 5 and at a major decision time with regards to Miss Madelyn's nightly sleeping habits. For the most part she is a good sleeper at night. Usually going to bed at 6:30pm, waking for one feeding anywhere from midnight to 4am, going right back to sleep and sleeping until 6 or 7am. So, all in all, she is getting a good nights sleep and isn't too much of an issue. The only problem is that this Mama is ready for a full night's sleep without interruption. It seems like forever ago that I actually woke up feeling rested, charged and ready for a full day ahead of me.

At our last doctor's appointment (her 4 month check -up) the pediatrician indicated that there is really no nutritional need for her to be feeding at night and is certainly able to go the full 12 hours. And I know this to be true since she has actually slept 12 hours on her own a couple times, few and far between, but she has done it none-the-less. So now that we are back from PA, readjusted to our time zone, back in our own beds, and back in our routine we've decided it's time that Madelyn learn to sleep through the night.

I decided Saturday night was the night I was going to let her cry-it-out. I was mentally prepared to endure what could potentially be a few hours of screaming, I was geared up with my ear plugs and ready to pray my way through a night of crying. Well, wouldn't you know it, that little bugger went to bed at 6:30pm as usual and didn't wake up until 6am! I, on the other hand, woke up at 2:30am in disbelief that I still hadn't heard a peep from her and continued to do what any sleep deprived mother would do in my shoes. Stare at the ceiling and keep myself awake for the next 3 hours with random thoughts shuffling through my mind.

"I can't believe that she hasn't woken up yet. So, if she wakes up now and, God forbid, starts crying for the next two hours then that still gives her about an hour and a half of sleep cause I am not going to get her before 6am. But wait, maybe I should go and check on her. What if she isn't breathing? Oh, stop. I am sure she is fine. But maybe, just maybe, I should go check on her anyways. I should really get back to sleep. I am wasting the gift of a good night's sleep by thinking...Kaiden sure did have a good time on those go-carts today at Jack's birthday party. I would love to have a piece of land like that so we could ride some SUV type things. I have to remember to get air in my tires tomorrow. It's only been a week since the stupid light in my car went on. Maybe I should just get up and blog about all this so I can go back to sleep. Wait. Was that a peep from Maddey? Nope. That was just Paco barking at someone in his sleep. I sure wish that Christian wouldn't snore every. single. night. I really need to start my Christmas shopping. Nothing like waiting till the last minute every year. I always say I won't do that and every year it's the same scramble to get packages in the mail. I am really uncomfortable. Got to flip to the other side. I need a new body pillow. This one is too flat. What if Madelyn wakes up at 4am? Do I just let her cry until 6am then go and get her?...

...and on and on went my mind.

So, you see, although everyone else in my house got a wonderfully sound night of sleep, and although I was handed that gift of ZZZzzz's, I didn't cash in because my mind was in overdrive. Holy frustrating.

But, little one didn't let that one full night of sleep last too long as last night she woke up at 10pm. She cried for 10 minutes and settled back down. I thought, "that's it? That wasn't so hard after all!" But, 20 minutes later she cried for a half hour, settled down for a half hour then started back up again. I don't know exactly how long she cried cause I put my ear plugs in my ears and turned off the monitor. Luckily, I was able to go back to sleep probably because I was so sleep deprived from the night before. I did wake up at 2:30am (apparently that's my witching hour to awake) and didn't hear her crying. She continued to sleep until 6:15 this morning in which I rushed in at the first little cry and rescued her from the torture!

Hopefully tonight she won't cry too much or too long and hopefully this is the beginning of some much needed sleep for the whole family cause, boy, do we need it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Back to Reality

So I am back from a month long excursion to my old stomping grounds. Otherwise known as Phoenixville, PA. And let me just start out by saying (if I may pat myself on the back a bit) I traveled home all by myself. On a 5 hour flight. With a 2 year old. And a 4 month old. Yep. I must have been totally off my rocker to agree to that, but we survived it none-the-less.

Anywho, we had a lovely time with G-Ma and G-Pa. We were able to do all the Fall activities that I remember doing as a little tike. Jumping in the leaves, taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch, getting homemade ice cream at the local farm, taking long walks, snuggling up on the couch when it rains for days upon days instead of just minutes like here in Phoenix. Yep. We did it all.

It has been a little over a year since we have been back to Pennsylvania. So, it was wonderful to spend so much time there and get to see a bunch of family and friends. Kaiden didn't remember them from last year (since he was only 7 months old when we were there) and almost everyone hadn't had a chance to meet little Miss Madelyn yet. Besides, most of my friends have gone on to have their first or second kiddos which I hadn't had a chance to meet. I can't even begin to express how wonderful it was for all my friends and relatives to go out of their way to come and see us while we were there. It was like no time had gone by and we just picked up right where we left off.

We also got the chance to celebrate Kaiden's 2nd birthday. I know, right?!?!? He's two! Just yesterday he was learning to walk at his 1st birthday party and now he is running and jumping and talking and getting into everything!

Here we are singing "Happy Birthday" to Kaiden
And blowing out the candles...

Daddy and Kaiden at the Camden, NJ Aquarium
Playing in the leaves with Grandpa
Visiting the pumpkin patch

Kaiden and his buddy, Jack, at Elmwood Park Zoo

Tummy time

Madelyn meeting her cuz'n, Noah, for the first time and visiting with Trish
Meeting up with High School friends and their kiddos
Madelyn @ four months old. I mean, honestly, can you get any cuter than this?

Thanks to everyone that I got to see. And thanks Grandma and Grandpa for putting up with us for so long! Now back to reality!