So, you think your baby is cute enough to model?

If you answered yes then you’re in the right place.

** I am located in the San Diego area, so most of my advice is for the LA modeling scene, but can be applied to other areas. **

I have gotten a lot of questions over the months about how to get a child into modeling. I’ve repeated myself to different mommies looking for information more times than I can remember. I figured that I might as well write it all down so I can just point you all in this direction.

I’d say the hardest part is taking that first step. Let’s dive in…

STEP 1 GETTING STARTED

Ask yourself:
– is my baby photogenic? Does he/she do well in front of the camera?

20130626-232621.jpg
– are people always telling me how cute my baby is ? (relatives not included… Especially grandmas!) 😉

20130626-232423.jpg
– does my baby have a happy-go-lucky personality?
– am I willing to drive to LA for auditions and jobs?
– does my baby/toddler do well in the car on long drives? (Very important!)

20130626-231459.jpg
– can I commit to driving up to LA a few times a month or weekly?

If you answered yes to most of these questions then congratulations! You can move onto step 2.

STEP 2 SEEKING REPRESENTATION

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There are a few things you are going to need before you can start crashing auditions and opening up that college fund.

1. You will definitely need an agent for your son/daughter.

Tip: agents will NEVER ask for start-up fees. They only make money when you make money. Don’t pay anything up front.

Search online for different modeling agencies in your area if you don’t want to commit to the drive to LA. If you don’t live near or are able to commute to LA or New York than your work will be limited to local jobs.

My son worked with San Diego Model Management and LA Models.
Here are a few others that I’ve heard good things about:
-Zuri
-Paloma
-Osbrink

Follow the instructions each agency has posted online. They will either require you to email pictures and stats or mail them in. Sometimes they require a resume and cover letter. This is usually the case for older kids.

I only applied to agencies that accepted email applications. I sent my son’s recent head shots and full body shots to LA Models on a Sunday and heard back the following day. They booked him for work THAT week. Be ready to start ASAP! However, sometime it can take up to 2 weeks to hear back, so don’t get put off.

20130626-231553.jpg 20130626-231741.jpg

Here is the ad that he shot the SAME week that he was signed on to LA Models

2. Bust out the photo albums

Your child will need a few RECENT head shots and body shots.

20130626-231314.jpg

P.S. — ASHLEY DUCHENE photography is awesome. She is part of the reason we got represented so QUICKLY 🙂

20130626-231214.jpg

Tips: You don’t HAVE to have professional pictures for your little one, but I personally think they help your kiddo get more work. Don’t let an agent tell you that you need to spend money on professional pictures. They aren’t required.

3. Stats, please!

Make sure to include your child’s statistics. Agencies want to know age (In months for babies) current weight, height, clothing size, and shoe size. They may also need to know if your baby is crawling or walking.

And don’t forget your contact information!

Later on, agencies may ask you to set up a LA casting networks account where you can update pictures, stats, and your child’s resume.
Just make sure to follow their instructions (on their websites) on how to apply for representation and they will guide you through the rest.

Once you get that email or phone call that someone is interested it’s smooth sailing from then on out!

STEP 3 CONGRATULATIONS!

Your baby can now join the workforce and receive W2s
😉

Obviously your agency will give you the rundown, but here’s what you need to expect:
1. Your child YOU will be filling out a lot of paperwork
Get the paperwork back to your agent ASAP so your child can be available for work ASAP

You’ll need a computer, printer, and scanner.

2. Your child needs an entertainment work permit

Yep, you’re starting him young 😉

Read about it here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse-cl.htm

3. $$ “I’m in the money!” $$
Well, it’s not YOUR money. It’s your kid’s money. 🙂 Just be sure to handle it properly.

Set up a savings account & Coogan account for your child.

Decide what you want your child’s money to be going towards. It’s always good to set up a savings account for your little one. College is dang expensive now-a-days!

Coogan accounts are also required. These accounts protect a portion of your child’s money. A percentage of his/her pay will automatically be deducted and placed in a secure account that cannot be accessed by you or the child until they are 18 years old.

Your agency will deal with payment and cut your child a check after they take their cut. You can then deposit it into your child’s checking account.

Wait, I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. You’re little one isn’t getting paid yet. I’m pretty sure you all are still on step 1 of this journey 😉

More to come later. I don’t want to overwhelm any of you !

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^^ This could be your baby 🙂

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So, you think your baby is cute enough to model?

If you answered yes then you’re in the right place.

** I am located in the San Diego area, so most of my advice is for the LA modeling scene, but can be applied to other areas. **

I have gotten a lot of questions over the months about how to get a child into modeling. I’ve repeated myself to different mommies looking for information more times than I can remember. I figured that I might as well write it all down so I can just point you all in this direction.

I’d say the hardest part is taking that first step. Let’s dive in…

STEP 1 GETTING STARTED

Ask yourself:
– is my baby photogenic? Does he/she do well in front of the camera?

20130626-232621.jpg
– are people always telling me how cute my baby is ? (relatives not included… Especially grandmas!) 😉

20130626-232423.jpg
– does my baby have a happy-go-lucky personality?
– am I willing to drive to LA for auditions and jobs?
– does my baby/toddler do well in the car on long drives? (Very important!)

20130626-231459.jpg
– can I commit to driving up to LA a few times a month or weekly?

If you answered yes to most of these questions then congratulations! You can move onto step 2.

STEP 2 SEEKING REPRESENTATION

20130626-232003.jpg

There are a few things you are going to need before you can start crashing auditions and opening up that college fund.

1. You will definitely need an agent for your son/daughter.

Tip: agents will NEVER ask for start-up fees. They only make money when you make money. Don’t pay anything up front.

Search online for different modeling agencies in your area if you don’t want to commit to the drive to LA. If you don’t live near or are able to commute to LA or New York than your work will be limited to local jobs.

My son worked with San Diego Model Management and LA Models.
Here are a few others that I’ve heard good things about:
-Zuri
-Paloma
-Osbrink

Follow the instructions each agency has posted online. They will either require you to email pictures and stats or mail them in. Sometimes they require a resume and cover letter. This is usually the case for older kids.

I only applied to agencies that accepted email applications. I sent my son’s recent head shots and full body shots to LA Models on a Sunday and heard back the following day. They booked him for work THAT week. Be ready to start ASAP! However, sometime it can take up to 2 weeks to hear back, so don’t get put off.

20130626-231553.jpg 20130626-231741.jpg

Here is the ad that he shot the SAME week that he was signed on to LA Models

2. Bust out the photo albums

Your child will need a few RECENT head shots and body shots.

20130626-231314.jpg

P.S. — ASHLEY DUCHENE photography is awesome. She is part of the reason we got represented so QUICKLY 🙂

20130626-231214.jpg

Tips: You don’t HAVE to have professional pictures for your little one, but I personally think they help your kiddo get more work. Don’t let an agent tell you that you need to spend money on professional pictures. They aren’t required.

3. Stats, please!

Make sure to include your child’s statistics. Agencies want to know age (In months for babies) current weight, height, clothing size, and shoe size. They may also need to know if your baby is crawling or walking.

And don’t forget your contact information!

Later on, agencies may ask you to set up a LA casting networks account where you can update pictures, stats, and your child’s resume.
Just make sure to follow their instructions (on their websites) on how to apply for representation and they will guide you through the rest.

Once you get that email or phone call that someone is interested it’s smooth sailing from then on out!

STEP 3 CONGRATULATIONS!

Your baby can now join the workforce and receive W2s
😉

Obviously your agency will give you the rundown, but here’s what you need to expect:
1. Your child YOU will be filling out a lot of paperwork
Get the paperwork back to your agent ASAP so your child can be available for work ASAP

You’ll need a computer, printer, and scanner.

2. Your child needs an entertainment work permit

Yep, you’re starting him young 😉

Read about it here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse-cl.htm

3. $$ “I’m in the money!” $$
Well, it’s not YOUR money. It’s your kid’s money. 🙂 Just be sure to handle it properly.

Set up a savings account & Coogan account for your child.

Decide what you want your child’s money to be going towards. It’s always good to set up a savings account for your little one. College is dang expensive now-a-days!

Coogan accounts are also required. These accounts protect a portion of your child’s money. A percentage of his/her pay will automatically be deducted and placed in a secure account that cannot be accessed by you or the child until they are 18 years old.

Your agency will deal with payment and cut your child a check after they take their cut. You can then deposit it into your child’s checking account.

Wait, I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. You’re little one isn’t getting paid yet. I’m pretty sure you all are still on step 1 of this journey 😉

More to come later. I don’t want to overwhelm any of you !

20130626-232323.jpg

^^ This could be your baby 🙂

Priced to SELL

This weekend was pretty eventful. Our Open House was on Saturday, we drove up North to house hunt, found an awesome community/city, and had Father’s Day on Sunday.

The prepping for the Open House was very labor intensive, but well worth it. Here are some pictures that I took during the process:

before after home

This is the BEFORE & AFTER of our home over the past 5 years. The house itself looks pretty much the same, but the curb appeal has definitely improved!

DSCN1565 DSCN1587 DSCN1584 DSCN1588

Thanks to Martin, we have done ALOT of landscaping! We couldn’t have done it without him.

DSCN1583 DSCN1575 DSCN1589

I think I will miss this house when we move because so many memories had been made here. It was our first home and the first home for our two boys.

Anyways, I did a lot of cleaning. I wish I would have found out about Old English sooner because it improved our gross cabinets immensely. They were so dry in the bathrooms and some were partially sanded down.

BeforeAfter cabinets Before DSCN1551

Some staging:

DSCN1553 DSCN1555 DSCN1572

Some decluttering:

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& some finishing touches:

DSCN1552 DSCN1567 DSCN1568 DSCN1569

Overall, the realtor said Open House went very well and that she expect offers this weekend and Monday.

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This is the note she left on our Calendar.

Well, she was pretty accurate because on Sunday we got two offers WELL above our asking price. We just have to wait for more offers and review their loan terms. It is crazy house fast this is going. AND WE DON’T EVEN HAVE A HOUSE TO MOVE INTO YET.

Speaking of moving, we went up to Canyon Lake to meet with our realtors. My mom took care of Austin (ALL DAY) and we took our littlest. Thanks SOOOO much mom! It was a nice break (more on Austin’s newest behaviors later). Hopefully I can get some pictures to post of Austin’s adventure from my mom.

DSCN1580 DSCN1581

Luke was great.

Anyways,

We weren’t originally going to consider Canyon Lake area. We (I) just wanted Temecula and Murrieta. However, the amenities available there and the low tax rate was so appealing. It is a lake community that is so large that it turned into a city. It is gated and has TONS of activities for the boys. Even though there were no houses for sale this weekend, we were basically sold on the area. Hopefully some houses become available soon!

I’d say we had a great weekend that ended with a relaxing day at home for Father’s Day and a nice dinner with the Pops.

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I am truly blessed to have the life I do. I couldn’t ask for more.

Priced to SELL

This weekend was pretty eventful.  Our Open House was on Saturday, we drove up North to house hunt, found an awesome community/city, and had Father’s Day on Sunday.

The prepping for the Open House was very labor intensive, but well worth it.  Here are some pictures that I took during the process:

before after home

This is the BEFORE & AFTER of our home over the past 5 years.  The house itself looks pretty much the same, but the curb appeal has definitely improved!

DSCN1565  DSCN1587  DSCN1584  DSCN1588

Thanks to Martin, we have done ALOT of landscaping!  We couldn’t have done it without him.

DSCN1583  DSCN1575  DSCN1589

I think I will miss this house when we move because so many memories had been made here.  It was our first home and the first home for our two boys.

Anyways, I did a lot of cleaning.  I wish I would have found out about Old English sooner because it improved our gross cabinets immensely.  They were so dry in the bathrooms and some were partially sanded down.

BeforeAfter cabinets  Before  DSCN1551

Some staging:

DSCN1553 DSCN1555  DSCN1572

Some decluttering:

DSCN1579  DSCN1573

& some finishing touches:

DSCN1552  DSCN1567  DSCN1568  DSCN1569

Overall, the realtor said Open House went very well and that she expect offers this weekend and Monday.

IMG_1995

This is the note she left on our Calendar.

Well, she was pretty accurate because on Sunday we got two offers WELL above our asking price.  We just have to wait for more offers and review their loan terms.  It is crazy house fast this is going.  AND WE DON’T EVEN HAVE A HOUSE TO MOVE INTO YET.

Speaking of moving, we went up to Canyon Lake to meet with our realtors.  My mom took care of Austin (ALL DAY) and we took our littlest.  Thanks SOOOO much mom!  It was a nice break (more on Austin’s newest behaviors later).  Hopefully I can get some pictures to post of Austin’s adventure from my mom.

DSCN1580  DSCN1581

Luke was great.

Anyways,

We weren’t originally going to consider Canyon Lake area.  We (I) just wanted Temecula and Murrieta.  However, the amenities available there and the low tax rate was so appealing.  It is a lake community that is so large that it turned into a city.  It is gated and has TONS of activities for the boys.  Even though there were no houses for sale this weekend, we were basically sold on the area.  Hopefully some houses become available soon!

I’d say we had a great weekend that ended with a relaxing day at home for Father’s Day and a nice dinner with the Pops.

DSCN1582

I am truly blessed to have the life I do.  I couldn’t ask for more.

Getting Our Home Ready to SELL

We are selling our home!!!

(pictures to come ASAP)

So, I mentioned in an earlier post that we were planning on moving to Temecula soon. Well, before we move we need to sell our own home (and buy one up there). Basically, we are in the beginning stages of this whole process even though it seems like we have been prepping for this for a long time.

We have realized that we need what is best for our growing family and our boys. We need a bigger house in a better neighborhood with better schools. Unfortunately, we cannot afford that here in San Diego. A condo is just not an option for us. So, North it is.

We have been looking in the Temecula and Murrieta area for a while now and just recently decided to put our house on the market this month. We are actually working with the same people who sold us this home. We went through Realty World West with Shun and Shuzo Wakita. Since then (2008), the Wakita duo has opened up their own company (Wakita & Associates). We are so lucky to have met them because their team is awesome. Claudette is our agent now and has been a wealth of knowledge.

We bought this house as a foreclosure in 2008 and closed on the house on Thanksgiving Day. It took 6 months for us to find this home. The inside of the home was nice and move in ready. The outside, on the other hand, needed a lot of work. Even though the backyard was big, it was still unfinished.

Since then, we had a huge paver project (driveway, retaining walls, walkways, staircases), a new garage door, fans in every room, landscaping, new carpet, and other countless improvements that we made along the way. The inside is not “updated” like most people would like (new cabinets, stainless steel appliances), but it is still pretty nice on the inside.

Now that we are listing (TOMORROW) and having an open house on Saturday we have been working like crazy to get things as perfect as they can be to make a good impression to potential buyers. Thank God for my mom’s boyfriend because he has been helping out A.L.O.T!

The goal of our open house is to generate interest and get buyers to remember our home.

Here is a list of things we did to get ready for the open house:

1. Decided on a list price

The house down the street listed for almost $350,000 and has been on the market for a while now. We knew we couldn’t list for that price because a) we didn’t have an updated kitchen like them and b) we didn’t want to be on the market that long and lose buyer interest. We listed at a lower price in hopes of bringing in more people and hopefully evoking a bidding war. Our house will list tomorrow at $329,900. Statistically, listing at $329,900 and not $330,00 is more appealing to buyers. Hopefully we can get enough extra money from the sale to pay off our paver project loan and have at least $30,000 to put on the new house. More money would be a bonus.

2. Listed on a Friday

Again, we decided to list on Friday because, statistically, you draw more interest if you list on a Friday. Most people work during the week and check out homes on Friday to see which ones they want to look at on the weekend. Hopefully the open house will bring in a lot of people.

INSIDE

3. Declutter

No one wants to look at all of our junk so we boxed it up and took a minimalist approach.

4. Ditched the abundance of kid toys

People want to be able to picture themselves in your home and maybe some of the potential buys don’t have kids or don’t plan on having kids. It would be harder to envision it as their home if my son’s toy cars were thrown about the living room.

5. Took down personal photos

Personal photos are distracting. People want to see themselves in our home; they don’t want our faces staring at them.

6. Thoroughly cleaned our home

A clean home is a happy home.

7. Touch-ups and improvements inside

We made sure to give our cabinets a face lift with some Old English wood polish. It helped a lot. Justin also did some paint touch ups around the house. Especially in spots where our dog liked to scratch up (like the windowsill).

8. Staging

I have heard that staging a home could really help get top dollar so I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t going to go all crazy, but I decided to try a few things. I set the dinner table and put a little breakfast tray on the bed. I am also going to buy some flowers for the table. I also moved around our planter boxes in the back and added a watering can and some gardening tools to the area to give the illusion that they could someday envision their own garden growing in its place.

9. New Homeowners Binder

I put together a little (actually big) binder that included all of the owner’s manuals for the appliances that would be coming with the house. I also added all of the flyers, brochures, and handouts that we got from home shows and research we did while looking for different home improvement ideas in hopes that the new owners could use it if they wanted to get new windows, paint, or landscaping ideas.

10. So Fresh & So Clean

We made sure to pick up the house and make it squeaky clean before the open house. We will also be lighting candles in the bathrooms, and plugging in the kitchen Scentsy. It’s said that smells in a home will help home buyers remember our home and associate it with that good smell.

11. Refreshments

I plan on having a basket full of water for our “guests.” I also bought some M&Ms that I poured in a nice bowl that I am leaving on the table. We will see if those even make it to the open house on Saturday.

12. Light and Bright

We will be sure to open the windows to air out the house, pull the curtains back to bring in some natural light, and turn on the rest of the lights to brighten up dark places.

13. Hide the pets and kids

Hopefully we can find temporary homes for our furry friends because not all buyers will think of them as cute and cuddly. Some may be allergic or not like pets. We don’t want to drive away buyers with our pets so they will be staying with friends for the day. They same is true for our little ones. Austin will be hanging out with Grandma all day and Justin, Luke, and I will be out of the house as well.

OUTSIDE

14. Weed and trim over-gown bushes and plants

15. Replanted old/dead plants

16. Freshened up the backyard grass

17. New garden flags

18. New Annuals for landscape

19. Declutter and organize

20. Sweep walkways

We tried to stage our home as much as possible without spending any extra money. I’ll let you know how the open house goes on Saturday.

In the mean time, Luke turns one month tomorrow! I need to take our customary monthly picture and get some little hand and foot impressions.

I have a LONG list of things to do tomorrow! Wish me luck.

Getting Our Home Ready to SELL

We are selling our home!!!

(pictures to come ASAP)

So, I mentioned in an earlier post that we were planning on moving to Temecula soon.  Well, before we move we need to sell our own home (and buy one up there).  Basically, we are in the beginning stages of this whole process even though it seems like we have been prepping for this for a long time.

We have realized that we need what is best for our growing family and our boys.  We need a bigger house in a better neighborhood with better schools.  Unfortunately, we cannot afford that here in San Diego.  A condo is just not an option for us.  So, North it is.

We have been looking in the Temecula and Murrieta area for a while now and just recently decided to put our house on the market this month.  We are actually working with the same people who sold us this home.  We went through Realty World West with Shun and Shuzo Wakita.  Since then (2008), the Wakita duo has opened up their own company (Wakita & Associates).  We are so lucky to have met them because their team is awesome.  Claudette is our agent now and has been a wealth of knowledge.

We bought this house as a foreclosure in 2008 and closed on the house on Thanksgiving Day.  It took 6 months for us to find this home.  The inside of the home was nice and move in ready.  The outside, on the other hand, needed a lot of work.  Even though the backyard was big, it was still unfinished.

Since then, we had a huge paver project (driveway, retaining walls, walkways, staircases), a new garage door, fans in every room, landscaping, new carpet, and other countless improvements that we made along the way.  The inside is not “updated” like most people would like (new cabinets, stainless steel appliances), but it is still pretty nice on the inside.

Now that we are listing (TOMORROW) and having an open house on Saturday we have been working like crazy to get things as perfect as they can be to make a good impression to potential buyers.  Thank God for my mom’s boyfriend because he has been helping out A.L.O.T!

The goal of our open house is to generate interest and get buyers to remember our home.

Here is a list of things we did to get ready for the open house:

1.  Decided on a list price

The house down the street listed for almost $350,000 and has been on the market for a while now.  We knew we couldn’t list for that price because a) we didn’t have an updated kitchen like them and b) we didn’t want to be on the market that long and lose buyer interest.  We listed at a lower price in hopes of bringing in more people and hopefully evoking a bidding war.  Our house will list tomorrow at $329,900.  Statistically, listing at $329,900 and not $330,00 is more appealing to buyers.  Hopefully we can get enough extra money from the sale to pay off our paver project loan and have at least $30,000 to put on the new house.  More money would be a bonus.

2.  Listed on a Friday

Again, we decided to list on Friday because, statistically, you draw more interest if you list on a Friday.  Most people work during the week and check out homes on Friday to see which ones they want to look at on the weekend.  Hopefully the open house will bring in a lot of people.

INSIDE

3.  Declutter

No one wants to look at all of our junk so we boxed it up and took a minimalist approach.

4.  Ditched the abundance of kid toys

People want to be able to picture themselves in your home and maybe some of the potential buys don’t have kids or don’t plan on having kids.  It would be harder to envision it as their home if my son’s toy cars were thrown about the living room.

5.  Took down personal photos

Personal photos are distracting.  People want to see themselves in our home; they don’t want our faces staring at them.

6.  Thoroughly cleaned our home

A clean home is a happy home.

7.  Touch-ups and improvements inside

We made sure to give our cabinets a face lift with some Old English wood polish.  It helped a lot.  Justin also did some paint touch ups around the house.  Especially in spots where our dog liked to scratch up (like the windowsill).

8.  Staging

I have heard that staging a home could really help get top dollar so I decided to give it a try.  I wasn’t going to go all crazy, but I decided to try a few things.  I set the dinner table and put a little breakfast tray on the bed.  I am also going to buy some flowers for the table.  I also moved around our planter boxes in the back and added a watering can and some gardening tools to the area to give the illusion that they could someday envision their own garden growing in its place.

9.  New Homeowners Binder

I put together a little (actually big) binder that included all of the owner’s manuals for the appliances that would be coming with the house.  I also added all of the flyers, brochures, and handouts that we got from home shows and research we did while looking for different home improvement ideas in hopes that the new owners could use it if they wanted to get new windows, paint, or landscaping ideas.

10.  So Fresh & So Clean

We made sure to pick up the house and make it squeaky clean before the open house.  We will also be lighting candles in the bathrooms, and plugging in the kitchen Scentsy.  It’s said that smells in a home will help home buyers remember our home and associate it with that good smell.

11.   Refreshments

I plan on having a basket full of water for our “guests.”  I also bought some M&Ms that I poured in a nice bowl that I am leaving on the table.  We will see if those even make it to the open house on Saturday.

12.   Light and Bright

We will be sure to open the windows to air out the house, pull the curtains back to bring in some natural light, and turn on the rest of the lights to brighten up dark places.

13.   Hide the pets and kids

Hopefully we can find temporary homes for our furry friends because not all buyers will think of them as cute and cuddly.  Some may be allergic or not like pets.  We don’t want to drive away buyers with our pets so they will be staying with friends for the day.  They same is true for our little ones.  Austin will be hanging out with Grandma all day and Justin, Luke, and I will be out of the house as well.

OUTSIDE

14.   Weed and trim over-gown bushes and plants

15.   Replanted old/dead plants

16.  Freshened up the backyard grass

17.   New garden flags

18.   New Annuals for landscape

19.   Declutter and organize

20.   Sweep walkways

We tried to stage our home as much as possible without spending any extra money.  I’ll let you know how the open house goes on Saturday.

In the mean time, Luke turns one month tomorrow!  I need to take our customary monthly picture and get some little hand and foot impressions.

I have a LONG list of things to do tomorrow!  Wish me luck.

Officially 2 Under 2

This mommy business is NO JOKE.

boys

I was lucky enough to have help for these first three weeks. Justin had 10 days of leave, Auntie Dani stayed with us until the 20th of May, Grandma and GiGi helped out last week. And this week… Well, this week I had my first taste of being a mommy of 2.

grandma & luke GiGi grandma

Let me tell you, it is a juggling act.

First of all, let me catch you up on Pfeffer Family News.
We are currently in the process of being pre-approved for a new home loan. That’s right, we are selling our Spring Valley home and looking at moving somewhere in the Temecula, Murrieta, or Menifee area. Riverside County here we come. Justin got his orders to work with the LCACs up in Pendleton.
Honestly, the drive will be the same as if we stayed down here, but we would like a house we can grow into. We already feel at capacity in this three bedroom home with 4 people, 2 cats, and 1 dog.
As if having a newborn and toddler weren’t enough we plan on making a big move soon.

Adjusting to New Baby

    Big Brother

austin and mommy

Austin wanted NOTHING to do with baby Luke the first week of hom coming home. He insisted that he was just a visitor and kept repeating “bye” and blowing him kisses. Basically, this is my turf and you gotta go in sweet little Austin manner. Anyways, he has since adjusted (somewhat) and will now ask to hold him and bring Luke toys. Obviously this will take some time and adjusting. I still feel he hasn’t quite bonded just yet.

    Daddy

daddy & luke

Second time Daddy has been VERY helpful with wrangling the toddler and holding the newborn. He helps our with baths and bedtimes and lets me sleep in a little on weekends. So far, it has been a team effort. Luke seems to want to snack all day, so it is hard to chase around a toddler and get things done when I have a baby attached to the boob. Daddy has been awesome taking over at times.

    Luke

luke

In the world of Luke his needs are as follows: Eat, poop, sleep, repeat. Sometimes he switches it up and adds an extra poop in there to spice things up a bit. He likes to be held and does not really like his swing. He prefers sleeping a little upright or in the bed next to me. I tried to put him to sleep in his own bed last night, but FAILED. He woke up every 10 minutes. I caved and took him out in the living room with me while I read Baby Wise. I usually have to nurse him to bed and he sleeps in his co-sleeper next to our bed. I REALLY would like to get him on some kind of schedule because feeding on demand and co-sleeping is not for me. I read Baby Wise with Austin and he was on a schedule, going to bed by 6pm and sleeping for most of the night after he was 8 weeks old. Hopefully Luke will follow big brother’s lead. But I am starting to see how different they really are, so who knows how this plan will pan out.

    Mommy

bonding

Holy hell, adjusting to meeting the needs of two little people is tough. I am, however, proud to say that Austin has pretty much transitioned into wearing cloth diapers 90 percent of the time. Woot Woot. I make him wear disposables at night though. I like avoiding the morning poop in cloth diapers. We will start Luke on cloth diapering once I run out of sposies.
Austin has been getting into more trouble then I’d like to admit and it’s hard disciplining when I have Luke in my arms. I have been trying to keep Austin in line, but it seems this little regression is inevitable. I know he wants attention and ANY attention is good attention for Austin, even the bad kind. GiGi and Grandma have been coming over to play and it helps me out a lot. Austin loves it because he gets to do whatever he wants and I like it because I get a little Luke bonding time.
Today I had planned on a trip to target by myself and then a lunch date with Grandma. Well, Target never happened.
It took us almost an HOUR to get out of the house!

Here is a rundown:
6 am wake-up for Mommy and Luke for feeding and diaper change
7 am wake-up for Austin & playtime in his crib (so mommy can have 30 minutes of mental prep time before hurricane Austin is released)
7:30 am diaper change & breakfast
8:00 am play time and show time for Austin
8:30 am Mommy shower time
9:45-10:45 Try to leave the house
– Change Austin’s diaper
– Put on Austin’s shoes
– Nurse Luke
– Change Luke’s diaper & clothes
– Take Sara out
– Try to get Austin to come back inside
– Change Luke’s diaper AGAIN
– Put Luke in the car seat
– Smell more poop… decide to change the diaper later
– Go downstairs with Austin & diaper bag
– Put him in the car
– Pull out the car because I can’t fit Luke in on his side while it’s in the garage
– Grab Luke and put him in the back seat
– Realize it just took me an hour to LEAVE the house!
– Forget about Target and order items from Amazon.com

I think it will take a little time for me to get the hang of things and become more efficient!

Until then, I will do the best I can and limit myself to one goal a day for myself. I’m not supermom, you know! Tomorrow’s goal is to do Austin’s bedtime routine on my own.