Bedtime Boycott: Round TWO

As I sit here in Austin’s room listening to his binkie sucks and his feet kicking against the crib railing I wonder to myself how long is it going to take him to fall asleep!? Just as I think that, he blows a raspberry. Wonderful, can he read my mind?

(PS- he DID NOT nap at ALL today.  I was in his room for a little over an hour.  He woke up at 5 am this morning.  No morning nap and no afternoon nap.  JOY)

LAST NIGHT

I am so over this “phase.” Last night was horrible bedtime-wise. He has started a whiny-cry that gets on my last nerve. I tried to put him down at 7:30pm because he was showing the signs of being tired. He even went to the bed I lay on in his room and laid down in it and pointed at the crib.

Unfortunately, any noise during bedtime will send him shooting up to a standing position in his crib followed by a whine. If he thinks that he is missing anything fun outside of his room then he is NOT going to bed. Coincidentally, Daddy decided it would be a lovely time to play Halo online with his brother (he is loud). I, regrettably, left Austin’s door open a crack for easy escape. Well, once he heard Daddy playing video games he wanted out of his crib. Cue the whiny cry…

This is no ordinary whine.  It’s a long, drawn out whine/cry hybrid.  It is probably the most annoying thing I have heard in my life.  Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it is very maddening!

I don’t pretend to be a advocate of “gentle parenting.”  So, if my son is whining I am going to tell him to hush up and lay down in a stern voice.  I’m sorry if that offends some of you, but it is the truth.  I could shout obsinities at him, but I know that isn’t appropriate. 😉  He cannot and will not walk all over me.  Sorry.  I am the parent and he is the child.  He can determine when his bedtime is when he is an adult.  I wanted desparately for Austin to just lay down and go to sleep, but WE both knew it wasn’t going to happen.

I grabbed Austin out of the crib (knowing this attempt to get him to sleep was a failure) and I marched out to the living room to shoot Justin a dirty look and grab my phone and his water cup.  After that we tried watching a show to chill out.  Nope, he shimmied off the bed and attempted to go play Halo with Daddy.  Having a little drink? Not having it.  Laying on the floor in his room again?  Forget about it.   Nothing worked. He wanted to be up and WITH Daddy. I am so frustrated with this. He has a set bedtime and he needs to know I mean business and he needs to go to sleep alone. No more mommy or daddy laying on the floor until he goes to sleep. Right now I DO feel like Austin is winning this bedtime battle.  Way to go, mommy.  He IS walking all over you.  Austin- 1, Mommy- 0

Attempt at CIO

Well, last night we decided that we would let Austin Cry-It-Out (CIO). I am NOT an advocate of this sleep technique nor do I ever want to use it again. I am the type of mom who hovers over the monitor until my son is asleep.  This is half the reason why I feel like he walks all over us at bedtime.  I refuse to let him cry himself to sleep.  Have you ever cried so hard that you exhausted yourself.  It doesn’t feel good.  You have a killer headache, your eyes are hot, and your body just gives up.  Imagine that with your baby.

Anyways, we decided to let him CIO since he was whining more than crying.  Well, after laying him down for the night I layed on the floor with him and waited for the whining to stop.  It didn’t.  So, I left the room like Justin suggested and crept over to the monitor.  I watched him whine, moan, and cry for what seemed like an eternity.  I think it was about 10 minutes.  He finally figured out no one was coming in to meet his needs (heartbreaking) and layed himself down in his crib.  His eyes were dozing and his breathing was sort of a cross between whimpering and breathing.  I was crushed and broke down crying as well.  I felt like I had failed to meet his needs.  He was crying out for me or Justin and none of us came.  Yes, sleep is what’s best for him, but at what cost?  I want him to fall asleep with happy thoughts in his head of a great day and of his great parents.  NOT of how he was giving up because his mommy and daddy wouldn’t come comfort him.  What if he was whining because his ears hurt (he has been tugging at them), or because his molars hurt?  I will never know because he can’t communicate in the normal way.

He didn’t stay laying in his crib long before he was up again and crying.  At that point, I HAD to go in there.  I got some dirty looks from Justin (we have different parenting philosophies) as I walked over to Austin’s room.  I lifted him out of his crib and hugged him.  I guess it was my way of saying sorry for putting you through this.  However, once he realized we weren’t leaving the room, he started whining again.  I tried sitting in the rocking chair with him and standing up and rocking him trying to settle him down.  Nope.  So, we layed down on the makeshift bed on the floor and I rubbed his back as he cuddled against me on the small folded blanket.  He fell asleep on the floor with me.  It made me feel better knowing that he DIDN’T go to bed crying.  I’m sure Austin liked this option better as well.  My back ached, but I realized it was worth it.  Maybe things will change when I can have a convorsation with him and reason with him, but until then, I will do what works for him.  (within limits 😉

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Bedtime Boycott: Round TWO

As I sit here in Austin’s room listening to his binkie sucks and his feet kicking against the crib railing I wonder to myself how long is it going to take him to fall asleep!? Just as I think that, he blows a raspberry. Wonderful, can he read my mind?

(PS- he DID NOT nap at ALL today. I was in his room for a little over an hour. He woke up at 5 am this morning. No morning nap and no afternoon nap. JOY)

LAST NIGHT

I am so over this “phase.” Last night was horrible bedtime-wise. He has started a whiny-cry that gets on my last nerve. I tried to put him down at 7:30pm because he was showing the signs of being tired. He even went to the bed I lay on in his room and laid down in it and pointed at the crib.

Unfortunately, any noise during bedtime will send him shooting up to a standing position in his crib followed by a whine. If he thinks that he is missing anything fun outside of his room then he is NOT going to bed. Coincidentally, Daddy decided it would be a lovely time to play Halo online with his brother (he is loud). I, regrettably, left Austin’s door open a crack for easy escape. Well, once he heard Daddy playing video games he wanted out of his crib. Cue the whiny cry…

This is no ordinary whine. It’s a long, drawn out whine/cry hybrid. It is probably the most annoying thing I have heard in my life. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it is very maddening!

I don’t pretend to be a advocate of “gentle parenting.” So, if my son is whining I am going to tell him to hush up and lay down in a stern voice. I’m sorry if that offends some of you, but it is the truth. I could shout obsinities at him, but I know that isn’t appropriate. 😉 He cannot and will not walk all over me. Sorry. I am the parent and he is the child. He can determine when his bedtime is when he is an adult. I wanted desparately for Austin to just lay down and go to sleep, but WE both knew it wasn’t going to happen.

I grabbed Austin out of the crib (knowing this attempt to get him to sleep was a failure) and I marched out to the living room to shoot Justin a dirty look and grab my phone and his water cup. After that we tried watching a show to chill out. Nope, he shimmied off the bed and attempted to go play Halo with Daddy. Having a little drink? Not having it. Laying on the floor in his room again? Forget about it. Nothing worked. He wanted to be up and WITH Daddy. I am so frustrated with this. He has a set bedtime and he needs to know I mean business and he needs to go to sleep alone. No more mommy or daddy laying on the floor until he goes to sleep. Right now I DO feel like Austin is winning this bedtime battle. Way to go, mommy. He IS walking all over you. Austin- 1, Mommy- 0

Attempt at CIO

Well, last night we decided that we would let Austin Cry-It-Out (CIO). I am NOT an advocate of this sleep technique nor do I ever want to use it again. I am the type of mom who hovers over the monitor until my son is asleep. This is half the reason why I feel like he walks all over us at bedtime. I refuse to let him cry himself to sleep. Have you ever cried so hard that you exhausted yourself. It doesn’t feel good. You have a killer headache, your eyes are hot, and your body just gives up. Imagine that with your baby.

Anyways, we decided to let him CIO since he was whining more than crying. Well, after laying him down for the night I layed on the floor with him and waited for the whining to stop. It didn’t. So, I left the room like Justin suggested and crept over to the monitor. I watched him whine, moan, and cry for what seemed like an eternity. I think it was about 10 minutes. He finally figured out no one was coming in to meet his needs (heartbreaking) and layed himself down in his crib. His eyes were dozing and his breathing was sort of a cross between whimpering and breathing. I was crushed and broke down crying as well. I felt like I had failed to meet his needs. He was crying out for me or Justin and none of us came. Yes, sleep is what’s best for him, but at what cost? I want him to fall asleep with happy thoughts in his head of a great day and of his great parents. NOT of how he was giving up because his mommy and daddy wouldn’t come comfort him. What if he was whining because his ears hurt (he has been tugging at them), or because his molars hurt? I will never know because he can’t communicate in the normal way.

He didn’t stay laying in his crib long before he was up again and crying. At that point, I HAD to go in there. I got some dirty looks from Justin (we have different parenting philosophies) as I walked over to Austin’s room. I lifted him out of his crib and hugged him. I guess it was my way of saying sorry for putting you through this. However, once he realized we weren’t leaving the room, he started whining again. I tried sitting in the rocking chair with him and standing up and rocking him trying to settle him down. Nope. So, we layed down on the makeshift bed on the floor and I rubbed his back as he cuddled against me on the small folded blanket. He fell asleep on the floor with me. It made me feel better knowing that he DIDN’T go to bed crying. I’m sure Austin liked this option better as well. My back ached, but I realized it was worth it. Maybe things will change when I can have a convorsation with him and reason with him, but until then, I will do what works for him. (within limits 😉

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Toddler Approved: Whole-Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

I have been on a baking/cooking kick the past week. We have tried a couple new things in attempts to get Austin to eat more and get more from what he eats. Quinoa and Mullet were definitely busts. I have no idea if I am cooking it right, but I do know it does NOT taste good to me. We tried these two recipes:

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Quinoa Recipe IMG_4074 (640x427)

(Neither of these pictures are of MY finished products. They are from the original recipes)

Lemon & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa AND another recipe from Daily Garnish. She is sort of an authority on healthy/Veggie cooking because she is a vegetarian herself as well as a chef. Her recipe looked really tasty. Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Quinoa. The quinoa was just not my thing in that dish either. However, if you like quinoa then these recipes will be awesome. Austin wouldn’t touch either of the dishes I made. Is quinoa an acquired tast? The last thing I made was a Sweet Potato & Mango puree. I was trying to mimic the Sweet Potato Mango & Millet Plum Organics pouch. Apparently my puree was too thick because it wasn’t at all appealing to Austin. I finally gave up and decided to make something I KNEW he would enjoy: Whole-Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Bread.

I substituted a few things in the recipe because I didn’t have the ingredients. It came out WONDERFUL!

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups bread flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (plus more for brushing)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (I had local Orange Blossom Honey)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (dark brown is fine as well)

Directions:

Step 1:

Activate Yeast

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Combine one cup of WARM water (not hot or it will kill the yeast) with the yeast. Add a teaspoon of sugar and let the yeast grow for 10 minutes.

Step 2:

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Combine the wet ingredients (egg, honey, oil, & milk)

Step 3:

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Combine the dry ingredients (flours & salt) then add them to your wet ingredients in your mixer.

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Mix for 3 minutes on your lowest setting, then increase the speed to medium for about 5 minutes. The dough should be soft and sticky (not too dry).

Step 4:

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Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 2.5 hours.

Step 5:

raisins

Soak the raisins for 30 minutes. Dry raisins will take all the moisture out of your bread. They should be plump after 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 6:

Fold the dough

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Transfer the dough to a floured surface and fold the dough into itself for a few minutes. Don’t over work the dough or over flour because it will become dry. Split the dough in half and roll out into 8-inch squares.

Step 7:

Add the filling

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Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray. I broke my glass loaf pan so I used one large glass pan. Make sure the pan is big enough for the dough to spread out without touching.

Add a layer of cinnamon, then a layer of brown sugar, and lastly the raisins.

Step 8:

Form the loaves by tightly rolling each square into a tight cylinder. Place the loaves into your greased pan, seam-side down, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for another 1.5 hours. The dough should spring back when touched.

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Step 9:

Bake the loaves at 375 degrees or 350 degrees for a glass pan. Brush the loaves with canola oil and let bake for 20-30 minutes.

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Remove the loaves and place on a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Step 10:

ENJOY

Sweet Potato & Mango Muffins

So, remember that Sweet Potato and Mango Puree that I made and Austin wouldn’t eat? Well, I decided not to waste it and to put it into a muffin. I used the Bannana Carrot Muffins recipe and substituted the banana/carrots/raisins for my puree. Austin will now eat the puree. Sneaky mommy!!

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Week 28: My Pregnancy Journey

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Whoa, Momma!

How far along? 28 Weeks. I can;t believe I am ending the second trimester and starting the third. Where does the time go?

Total weight gain: Well, I stand corrected from my last post. I have gained a whopping 23-24 pounds already! I went to my monthly OB visit on Tuesday and was surprised to see the number I saw. Obviously I know that it’s not about a little number, but how I feel. Well, let me tell you. I FEEL huge. haha. I knew my scale was off, but I thought I would have gained 20, not 23-24. At lease I started out 5 pounds lighter than my pre-Austin weight. I shouldn’t be complaining because I could be worse off, but it doesn’t help that my doctor said “wow, that baby of yours is getting BIG.” Uh, sure Doc. I know that is your way of saying ‘you’re putting on quite a few pounds. Slow down there Bessie.’ I kid. Supposedly, you’re supposed to gain between 25 and 30 pounds. I gained 30 with Austin. I wonder how much little Lukie will make me gain. << you see that. I made my weight gain Luke’s fault. LOL. Cause heaven forbid it was all those California Burritos. 😉

Maternity clothes? I mix it up 🙂

Stretch marks? We will see. We will see. (please no!)

Sleep: It’s getting better Austin-wise and getting worse belly-wise. This baby bump is making it hard to get comfortable. Every position makes me feel like my skin is stretching.

Best moment this week: This week was the week of presents !

I got my thumbprint necklace from KLM Designs.

Fingerprint Heart Jewelry--heart necklace--thumbprint--Rustic-as seen on kaboodle.com--special keepsake- mom necklace-grandmother

I have been waiting for this necklace since September of last year. Justin “bought” it for me for my birthday. And by bought, I mean I picked it out and he paid for it. 🙂 Austin’s fingerprints weren’t really defined when I got the clay mold, so I waited a few months to see if it would show up more on the mold. Apparently, the older you get, the more defined your fingerprints are. I think it came out adorable even if his fingerprints don’t show up too well.

FLIPCHAIR

We also got a sweet flip chair (chair that turns into a bed- futon like) that my mom surprised us with. It will eventually go into Austin’s room since the rocking chair will be moved to Luke’s room. It is the perfect height for Austin right now. He can climb up and down it with ease. It will also come in handy for all those naps and nights I have to lay on Austin’s floor. LOL. Hopefully Dani doesn’t mind sleeping on it or the couch when she is here visiting. 🙂

Lastly, we got a new (to us) lawn mower! Our grass is in desperate need of a trimming. Thanks Martin!

Miss Anything? Eh, the usual.

Movement: Kicks, jabs, punches, rib pulling. The best one I have encountered this week is Luke getting wedged in between my hips and stretching out. Lovely feeling. Do try it sometime. :

Food cravings: California Burritos. I have discovered Santana’s. Yum

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: B-O-Y

Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: back pain, ligament stretching

Belly Button in or out? In betweenie

Wedding rings on or off? Off. It has been hot then cold then rainy. Apparently, my fingers don’t like the weather change. I actually have to admit that I keep forgetting to put them back on as well.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Unfortunately, for Austin, I have had a short temper this week. I feel really bad and I am trying to work on it.

I also found this great blog post and will be trying to apply it soon.

Looking forward to: Painting the nursery this weekend. Hopefully we can get this project rolling.

Some more pictures from our LOVELY double date night with Justin’s brother and his girlfriend.

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If only I knew how to crop a face from one picture and put it in another. There’s no helping Austin since he is obviously preoccupied with being outside. However, I do wish Justin was smiling when I wasn’t blinking or vice versa. 🙂

Toddler Approved: Whole-Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

I have been on a baking/cooking kick the past week. We have tried a couple new things in attempts to get Austin to eat more and get more from what he eats. Quinoa and Mullet were definitely busts. I have no idea if I am cooking it right, but I do know it does NOT taste good to me. We tried these two recipes:

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Quinoa Recipe IMG_4074 (640x427)

(Neither of these pictures are of MY finished products. They are from the original recipes)

Lemon & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa AND another recipe from Daily Garnish. She is sort of an authority on healthy/Veggie cooking because she is a vegetarian herself as well as a chef. Her recipe looked really tasty. Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Quinoa. The quinoa was just not my thing in that dish either. However, if you like quinoa then these recipes will be awesome. Austin wouldn’t touch either of the dishes I made. Is quinoa an acquired tast? The last thing I made was a Sweet Potato & Mango puree. I was trying to mimic the Sweet Potato Mango & Millet Plum Organics pouch. Apparently my puree was too thick because it wasn’t at all appealing to Austin. I finally gave up and decided to make something I KNEW he would enjoy: Whole-Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Bread.

I substituted a few things in the recipe because I didn’t have the ingredients. It came out WONDERFUL!

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups bread flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (plus more for brushing)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (I had local Orange Blossom Honey)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (dark brown is fine as well)

Directions:

Step 1:

Activate Yeast

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Combine one cup of WARM water (not hot or it will kill the yeast) with the yeast. Add a teaspoon of sugar and let the yeast grow for 10 minutes.

Step 2:

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Combine the wet ingredients (egg, honey, oil, & milk)

Step 3:

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Combine the dry ingredients (flours & salt) then add them to your wet ingredients in your mixer.

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Mix for 3 minutes on your lowest setting, then increase the speed to medium for about 5 minutes. The dough should be soft and sticky (not too dry).

Step 4:

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Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 2.5 hours.

Step 5:

raisins

Soak the raisins for 30 minutes. Dry raisins will take all the moisture out of your bread. They should be plump after 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 6:

Fold the dough

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Transfer the dough to a floured surface and fold the dough into itself for a few minutes. Don’t over work the dough or over flour because it will become dry. Split the dough in half and roll out into 8-inch squares.

Step 7:

Add the filling

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Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray. I broke my glass loaf pan so I used one large glass pan. Make sure the pan is big enough for the dough to spread out without touching.

Add a layer of cinnamon, then a layer of brown sugar, and lastly the raisins.

Step 8:

Form the loaves by tightly rolling each square into a tight cylinder. Place the loaves into your greased pan, seam-side down, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for another 1.5 hours. The dough should spring back when touched.

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Step 9:

Bake the loaves at 375 degrees or 350 degrees for a glass pan. Brush the loaves with canola oil and let bake for 20-30 minutes.

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Remove the loaves and place on a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Step 10:

ENJOY

Sweet Potato & Mango Muffins

So, remember that Sweet Potato and Mango Puree that I made and Austin wouldn’t eat? Well, I decided not to waste it and to put it into a muffin. I used the Bannana Carrot Muffins recipe and substituted the banana/carrots/raisins for my puree. Austin will now eat the puree. Sneaky mommy!!

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Week 28: My Pregnancy Journey

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Whoa, Momma!

How far along? 28 Weeks.  I can;t believe I am ending the second trimester and starting the third.  Where does the time go?

Total weight gain: Well, I stand corrected from my last post.  I have gained a whopping 23-24 pounds already!  I went to my monthly OB visit on Tuesday and was surprised to see the number I saw.  Obviously I know that it’s not about a little number, but how I feel.  Well, let me tell you.  I FEEL huge. haha.  I knew my scale was off, but I thought I would have gained 20, not 23-24.  At lease I started out 5 pounds lighter than my pre-Austin weight.  I shouldn’t be complaining because I could be worse off, but it doesn’t help that my doctor said “wow, that baby of yours is getting BIG.”  Uh, sure Doc.  I know that is your way of saying ‘you’re putting on quite a few pounds.  Slow down there Bessie.’  I kid.  Supposedly, you’re supposed to gain between 25 and 30 pounds.  I gained 30 with Austin.  I wonder how much little Lukie will make me gain.  <<  you see that.  I made my weight gain Luke’s fault.  LOL.  Cause heaven forbid it was all those California Burritos.  😉

Maternity clothes? I mix it up 🙂

Stretch marks? We will see. We will see.  (please no!)

Sleep: It’s getting better Austin-wise and getting worse belly-wise.  This baby bump is making it hard to get comfortable.  Every position makes me feel like my skin is stretching.

Best moment this week: This week was the week of presents !

I got my thumbprint necklace from KLM Designs.

Fingerprint Heart Jewelry--heart necklace--thumbprint--Rustic-as seen on kaboodle.com--special keepsake- mom necklace-grandmother

I have been waiting for this necklace since September of last year.  Justin “bought” it for me for my birthday.  And by bought, I mean I picked it out and he paid for it.  🙂  Austin’s fingerprints weren’t really defined when I got the clay mold, so I waited a few months to see if it would show up more on the mold.  Apparently, the older you get, the more defined your fingerprints are.  I think it came out adorable even if his fingerprints don’t show up too well.

FLIPCHAIR

We also got a sweet flip chair (chair that turns into a bed- futon like) that my mom surprised us with.  It will eventually go into Austin’s room since the rocking chair will be moved to Luke’s room.  It is the perfect height for Austin right now.  He can climb up and down it with ease.  It will also come in handy for all those naps and nights I have to lay on Austin’s floor.  LOL.  Hopefully Dani doesn’t mind sleeping on it or the couch when she is here visiting.  🙂

Lastly, we got a new (to us) lawn mower!  Our grass is in desperate need of a trimming.  Thanks Martin!

Miss Anything? Eh, the usual.

Movement: Kicks, jabs, punches, rib pulling.  The best one I have encountered this week is Luke getting wedged in between my hips and stretching out.  Lovely feeling.  Do try it sometime. :\

Food cravings: California Burritos.  I have discovered Santana’s.  Yum

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: B-O-Y

Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: back pain, ligament stretching

Belly Button in or out? In betweenie

Wedding rings on or off? Off.  It has been hot then cold then rainy.  Apparently, my fingers don’t like the weather change.  I actually have to admit that I keep forgetting to put them back on as well.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Unfortunately, for Austin, I have had a short temper this week.  I feel really bad and I am trying to work on it.

I also found this great blog post and will be trying to apply it soon.

Looking forward to: Painting the nursery this weekend.  Hopefully we can get this project rolling.

Some more pictures from our LOVELY double date night with Justin’s brother and his girlfriend.

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If only I knew how to crop a face from one picture and put it in another.  There’s no helping Austin since he is obviously preoccupied with being outside.  However, I do wish Justin was smiling when I wasn’t blinking or vice versa.  🙂

ESCAPE from Austin’s Room

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Let me just begin this post by saying, “CURSE YOU, MOLARS!”

Austin has been trying to push out his molars for a while now. We had a nice little break in between the bad boys rearing their ugly heads. I attribute much of Austin’s poor sleep habits to his molars coming in. Not to mention the gallons of drool that seems to be leaking from his mouth all day long.

drooly baby molars coming in

We have struggled with nap time and bed time. Recently, I have gone to the length of laying on his floor napping with him. Being pregnant and on the ground is NOT ideal. Alas, I will give you a run down of what Justin and I go through trying to get Austin to nap. Enjoy.

Austin’s Nap Time (A Reinactment)

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This is Austin’s room. It looks peaceful and a nice place to play and occassionally nap.

. . . . WRONG

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This is my cot. My pregnant booty lays on this as a compromise to Austin. I will lay on this bed as long as he goes to sleep in his crib.

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I lay down and look at the ceiling. I think to myelf, how long will this process take today.

Somedays, I like laying there napping with him because I, too, am exhausted. Today was not one of those days.

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I look over at the silent crib. Is he asleep?

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I turn and look over at the door. Can I make it out?

the floor CREEKS–

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My eyes shoot over to the crib.

no youre not

A baby emerges. Austin- “Oh, I heard a noise. You better not be thinking about leaving. I’m dead serious. The answer is no.”

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I shake my head and say shhhhh, go back to sleep, hunny. He catchs on to my plan . . . Austin- “So, you WERE trying to leave. Excuse me while I whine and cry.”

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FOILED by a toddler!

Austin – “Muhahaha, that’s right. You lay yourself back down.”

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I stare at the ceiling again. Damn . . .

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I hear his breathing start to get heavy and his binkie sucks start to become far and few between. Can I make it out?

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[[Army crawl position]] Check. Back . . . Back . . . Shoot, the floor cracked. Body down to the ground! Look up at the crib. Okay, he’s still asleep.

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Back . . . Back . . . OMG, I’m almost there!

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Quietly closing the door. Oh crap, don’t wake up. Oh crap, don’t wake up.

Gently pull the door close. DO NOT turn the handle. It will click and squeek!

YES! Triumph.

& this is what nap time is like.