Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sleeping Tents

Maddie and Izzie at Grandma's house last night.

The new pop-up tent I bought used (that's why it's blue camo) and the princess pink one I bought when the girls were itty bitty. (Maddie & Izzie)

I'm trying to decide if I'm sick or not. The past two days I convinced myself it was sinus issues, even going out and buying sinus medicine for the first time in my life. Today I feel like I got hit by a train and I don't think it's sinus. I think I have a head cold, but I'm still in denial. The girls were pretty good this morning. They were playing a lot by themselves but they turned into human tornado along the way. For the most part Maddie and Izzie know to only play with a few toys at a time, cleaning up as they go. It's something I've been trying to teach them since before they could walk. Today they took that and threw it out the window. They dumped out all their toy bins, they emptied out my pots and pans, they got out all their magnet letters and animals, books, and more. I wasn't feeling well so I didn't care. Luckily though, with a bit of help from John and me, they did end up cleaning most of it on their own. The good thing is that it seemed to wear them out because they are upstairs sleeping peacefully. (KNOCK ON WOOD!)

I can't be sick because I'm looking forward to this week. We have a new free gym class to try out on Monday and a playdate on Wednesday. Since we are missing story time on Wednesday, we'll probably go to the library on Thursday and then we go to visit Mema on Friday! That is why I bought a new (used) tent for the girls. They are too big for the pack n plays. The last time we tried to use them they looked pretty uncomfortable in them. I figured having a tent that they can take to Mema's, Grandma's or Nanna's house would be a fun way to travel. Back in the olden' days I slept on a sleeping bag on the floor, but that just isn't nearly as cool as having a tent! So anyway, we'll see how it goes this weekend. I have them out right now so they can get used to them. I keep telling them that they get to sleep in the tents at Mema's house. Hopefully all the talk will work!

Maddie and Izzie playing peek-a-boo.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kidney Ultrasound

Maddie after getting an ultrasound on her kidney.

Today was Maddie's ultrasound on her kidney. I guess because it isn't common to have a UTI at this young of an age, if a kid gets one docs recommend the ultrasound to make sure there isn't a problem. It's one of those things that can go hidden for a long time but cause bad damage if undetected, so it was better safe than sorry ordeal.

Mom was going to watch Izzie while I took Maddie in, but I decided to kidnap mom because I knew that Williams Sonoma was really close to the ultrasound place and I had a gift card burning a whole in my wallet. Then after shopping I knew it would be close to lunch, so we'd need to find a place to fill our tummies. My evil plans worked out great!

Mom, Izzie, Maddie and I braved a very rainy, cold morning and got to the ultrasound place without a hitch. Lately it seems like I can't get anywhere without getting lost but I got there on the first try in the rain, I was impressed! The procedure was simple. Just like getting an ultrasound when you are pregnant, which I have to admit was a bit weird comparison for me when it was my two year old on the table...

Maddie was a SUPER DUPER TROOPER. She laid on the table and just kept talking to me. Every few sentences she'd squeeze my hand and say, "Momma, right here." Like it was all okay as long as I didn't leave. It wasn't traumatic at all for her. We got the results back at lunchtime and everything was perfectly normal!

I got my new All-Clad Griddle that I've been eye balling and was on sale for like half off, I got to eat at one of my favorite lunch places and spend time with my Momma and my girls. I say, it was a nice morning, even in the wet cold!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Putting on a Show

Izzie and Maddie putting on a show for Momma and Daddy.

After dinner tonight, I asked the girls to put on a show for Daddy and me. They were very happy to oblige. They did a variety show that included some singing, dancing, signing and even some yoga poses. Seriously one day I need to do this when they are wearing cute outfits instead of scruffy jammie's but let's just pretend it adds to the cuteness. I mean, this wasn't planned, it was a spontaneous show!

I love you and you and you!

Signing Food

Singing our ABC's.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Making Snack Together

Not the best photo of Izzie and Maddie eating the snack they made.

The girls actually took a nap yesterday. I was thrilled. The only problem was that Maddie woke up before Izzie and I don't think Izzie was done napping. She woke up very slowly. Instead of rushing them downstairs; which I have learned the hard way will ONLY lead to crying/fussing and bad tempers all around. To avoid this, I took them into my room. Maddie crawled up in my bed and played for a bit while I just sat with Izzie and let her wake up very slowly. Maddie noticed a banana that was on my bedside table that was on the ripe side. She said she wanted it for snack. It was a bit too ripe to just let them hold it and eat it so I quickly told her we would make a dip out of it!

That piqued Izzie's interest and they were both ready to go downstairs. We sat at their little table and they helped me mush up the banana and add the other ingredients. Izzie exclaimed she wanted cinnamon in it! (I add cinnamon to their applesauce and oatmeal among other things so she is always hearing me ask, "Do you want cinnamon in it?")

I was going to put some graham crackers for them to dip but they were missing... (uh hum... Daddy....) anyway, I made some toast and they got to dip the toast sticks. It was super yummy, they ate the rest up with a spoon. For the complete recipe visit The Frickin Chicken!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Heavy Banana

Yesterday turned into a bit of a pajama day for my girls. We didn't have plans to go anywhere so I was planning on just putting them in "stay around the house" scruffy clothes. But they told me they wanted to stay in their nightgowns. Why not? Sounded fun to me! After changing into a clean diaper and heading downstairs to eat breakfast I went into my normal robotic routine of getting them breakfast on the table. I give them a banana almost every morning for breakfast; or actually half of a banana. Well as I was getting the banana peeled I hear Izzie say, "HEAVY banana!"

They used to get the words Heavy and Big mixed up. Makes sense, because a lot of BIG things are also HEAVY especially to a toddler. But we've been talking about the difference using big balls that aren't heavy, etc. Basically I didn't really think about it too hard when she called the banana heavy. I started prattling off, "No, bananas aren't heavy but the couch is heavy. What else is heavy?" To which I hear "Heavy Banana!!!" At which point I break the banana in two, and Izzie screams, "NO, HEAVY BANANA!!" Then and only then did it dawn on me she wanted a big (or whole) banana! I told her that she could have a whole banana, and I put the two pieces on the plate. Then I got Maddie a whole banana and put it on her plate. After putting their pancakes and O's I gave the girls their breakfast. Izzie was not amused. To a toddler, 2 half bananas do NOT equal one HEAVY banana. Math teachers, you might want to update your text books, now that you know.

Izzie and Maddie playing with dried beans.

It was quickly moved to the floor because the beans were falling off the table and bouncing around the floor. It was still a mess, but we got to learn how to use hand brooms after we were done playing beans!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tents & Tunnels

Maddie and Izzie playing shaving cream before naptime yesterday.

Maddie playing in her tunnel (She was trying to read a book, but couldn't figure out how to see it through the tunnel!)

Izzie playing peek-a-boo.

Izzie and Maddie wearing them like dresses.

A snapshot into their secret hideout tent where they are reading books that they gathered up and brought in there with them. (Maddie, Izzie)

Yesterday was a much better day for me. The girls actually took a 45 minute nap, which is the longest in over a week, so that was thrilling. When they woke up after 45 minutes (that was the other amazing thing, they fell asleep almost immediately!!) I went up there and told them it was still quiet time and I gave them 2 board books each. I told them they could read or go back to sleep. If they threw their books out of the crib they would not be getting them back. They stayed up there (mostly quiet) for an additional hour!

I made two trips to Walmart yesterday. Once in the morning without them to get groceries and once in the afternoon with them to return stuff. I bought them swimsuits with floaties built in. Last year I waited unitl "summertime" to buy their swimsuits and then there was nothing on the racks (except for the winter coats they were starting to stock.) So this year (in January) when they put out the swimsuits, I snagged two. I'm glad I had the foresight to try them on the girls because they fit just exactly perfectly. Which won't be good when they need them in 6 months. So I took them back in the afternoon for the bigger size. I'm not one to buy ahead so I hope my early swimsuit buying works.

After dinner (I gave the girls pasta with olive oil) they were covered in a nice sheen. I decided the easiest thing would be to strip them down to their diapers until bathtime. This is something that sends my girls into a wild frenzy of giggles and running (if used sparingly.) The next 20 minutes were filled with shrieks, screams and fun. Just as they were winding down, I pulled out their tent and tunnel*. This gave me another 20-25 minutes of running silly fun. They were playing peek-a-boo, wearing them like dresses, and even using the tent as a secret hideaway for reading books. When all of that was about to come to an end, it was time for bath and bed. It was a perfect way to end the day.

*There must be a typo on the price of my link. This is the tunnels and tent set I bought, but I only spent around $30, not $310 for it!!! I'll try emailing amazon to let them know there is a mistake on their pricing.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sleeping Update

The paci fairy came on Thursday and this is now Saturday night. Luckily the nights have been better than the naptimes, but it still hasn't been a cake walk around here with sleep lately. I'm feeling more sleep deprived than I have in a long while. I forget how lucky that I am that my girls are normally great sleepers. I think there are two issues going on though. I'm hoping the lack of naps we've had in the past week are due to a "phase" and that one day VERY soon I'll take the girls upstairs for nap and they will lay down and go to sleep like they used to do.

This is how I keep my sanity people! I need those naps. I put the girls upstairs at about 1pm every day and on the days they don't sleep at all I bring them down at 3-3:30. Most days they are up there singing, jumping and carrying on but mostly happy. The problem is I don't want to turn off the monitor and go about my business because a couple of times things have gone wrong. Like poopy diapers being thrown on the floor, or a dress that got stuck coming off and Maddie was freaking out. So I keep the monitor on. But the constant NOISE for the 2-2.5 hrs grates on my nerves and I get NOTHING done. I need naptime. I need to be able to play on my computer, work on my computer, clean house, do laundry, prep dinner for the night. Whatever I normally do during nap is not getting done. John says that I should tune them out and go about my business but I CAN'T. I stress that they are going to be grumpy during the evening, I stress that I can't concentrate, , I stress that they aren't getting enough sleep, I stress that I'm not getting things done that I normally get done, I just stress. It isn't pretty. My house is falling down around me (it feels like.) I can't believe how I took those easy naptime days for granted.

As for the paci, I really think it is a separate issue and not one that relates to the no-napping. They've done a lot better than I thought without it. They aren't asking for it back. They completely understand that the Paci Fairy took their pacies and gave them to Lucy (their baby cousin.) But they are focusing on other things like wanting their socks on and off. Last night they had a party in their crib at 3:30am. I'm not sure if this was paci related either, because we finally figured out that they had leaked their diapers and were laying in wet clothes. Once I got that cleaned up they went right back to sleep.

Life is good. My girls are darlings (especially in the morning.) I shouldn't be complaining. But I REALLY REALLY REALLY like sleeping (them and me). I knew the first year with them was going to be hard (and it was.) But then things got really good. They were terrific sleepers and I got used to that. I want my good sleepers BACK.

Okay, rant, vent, whatever... is over. I really try to keep things positive here and honestly it isn't as bad as it could be (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!!!) But it isn't as good as it was, and that is why I am whining.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Momma and Maddie

Photo that my friend Mig took of me and Maddie.

Daddy's Work

Isabelle, Daddy and Madeline

Playing with boxes that were in the back room.

Taking a look out the window at the freeway from one of the conference rooms.

Izzie and Maddie drawing on a stack of white boards while Daddy watches.

Maddie and Izzie (left to right)

Izzie and Maddie chillin' in the reception area.

CSR Dallas was having a bit of an early spring cleaning today. The plan was for everyone in the office to go out to lunch and then spent some time sprucing up the office and doing a bit of organization. John said it would be a perfect day for the girls to come up to visit him at work. We got there a little after 10 and the girls rode the "alligator" (Elevator) up to the 10th floor where Daddy's Work is. Currently one entire side of his office is empty, so it's rows of cubicles. (It would be an awesome place for a 5-6 year olds game of hide and seek!) There was some empty boxes and they had fun playing with them and stacking them. Then they climbed in a couple of office chairs, wrote on a white board, looked out the 10th floor window to the freeway below and did lots of running in the empty space.

Then we went over to where John's desk was and said hi to everyone. The girls had fun playing with a couple of balls that were desk toys. They found an empty tube mailer and we showed them how to roll the ball down the tube and watch it roll away. Izzie was having so much fun chasing the ball, she ran back and forth over and over. Maddie got shy when Mig started taking photos of them playing but I know she had a good time too. S

Shortly after 11 am we all headed out to The Twisted Root a local hamburger joint. I figured out what the name was all about. They had curly fries, which are from a potato which is a root vegetable.. The Twisted Root. Love the name! The food was so-so and it was SUPER crowded. I do have to say the curly fries, I mean Twisted Roots were much better than the limp onion strings. While we were waiting for the food, I gave each of the girls half of a banana and half of a box of raisins. I ordered them each a kids grilled cheese & fry. When it came out I was surprised at how big the serving was. I went ahead and put the entire plate in front of each girl, thinking they would eat some of it and leave what they didn't want behind. They are seriously in a growth spurt because they packed away the food. Izzie left a tiny part of cheese sandwich behind and Maddie left a little bit of hers behind too. I couldn't believe my eyes. Growing girls, that is for sure!

They had such a great time visiting John's work and I hope they can continue to visit for years to come. Some of my favorite childhood memories is visiting my mom at work when she worked as a research librarian for Exxon. She had this HUGE office/library. She had a light table (so the engineers could work on maps), she had these really cool special markers, and the bookcases were on tracks, you had to turn this huge dial to get them to roll back and forth. There was usually empty boxes that I turned into forts and played in. An office to a child is just a huge playground. I had so much fun the days she took me to work.

(Here is a previous entry of a visit to daddy's work)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A visit from the Paci Fairy

Maddie and Izzie finding the presents the Paci Fairy left behind.

A frog, bunny, Winnie the Pooh, bracelets and some pencils.

Opening the boxes.

Unlike the Tooth Fairy, The Paci Fairy is very special. She only comes to visit you once in your entire life. When a toddler gets old enough that they don't need their pacifier anymore, the Paci Fairy will deliver a letter and an empty box. The toddler puts their pacifier in the box after listening to the letter and they go take a nap. While they are asleep they Paci Fairy takes the pacifier (she delivers them to babies that still need them) and leaves a surprise and a new lovey in the now empty box. Our Paci Fairy left the presents in our oak tree in the front yard.

I was going to have the girls put the boxes outside for the Fairy before naptime, but it didn't work out that way. I've been putting off this entire pacifier process because I didn't want to deal with the crying that I fear will happen. Today during naptime, another day in a string of days where there was no sleep actually happening, Maddie dropped her paci on the floor. When I went in to check on the girls, I noticed that the paci was ripped almost in two. I didn't want it to break off all the way and have her chewing/choking on the rubber. I made a quick call to the Paci Fairy pronto! (It's so neat that now that I'm a Mom I have the numbers to all the important people in life....) She came very quickly. I read the girls the printed letter that she wrote them and then they deposited their pacis in the boxes during naptime. I was hoping that they would still lay down for a bit of a nap, but it didn't happen. So about an hour later I finally got them down and they went outside to see their present. Both girls were very excited to see their presents hanging from the tree. They got some bracelets, pencils, a small stuffed animal and a new lovey (Winnie the Pooh.) My thought is to have Winnie the Pooh in the crib with them tonight, so if they wake up in the middle of the night wanting their pacies I can remind them that they traded it for Pooh. We'll see if that works!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pajama Day at Storytime

Today was pajama day at storytime. The girls were excited to wear their house shoes out of the house. After storytime Lila and Zella came over for a playdate. At times all the girls were actually playing together. There was some chasing going on at one point, but it may have involved a stolen toy and not so much an actual game of chase.

During nap (yeah, right) my Mom came to watch the girls and Chris and I went to Ikea. This time around I bought some of the PAX closet storage system. Yes, I finally have started my closet storage system project that I've wanted to do since day one of when we moved in the house!! I'm SO thrilled. Now it means I have to actually clean out my closet, that part is WAY less thrilling.

Izzie and Maddie, both looking at the camera at the same time! I love how Izzie's hair did little pom-poms!


Maddie and Izzie playing Ring around the rosie with Lila and Zella.

And we all fall down!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dress Up Bin

Today I pulled the dress up bin out. Much fun ensued.

Izzie and Maddie


Izzie trying to put bunny ears on an unwilling Maddie.






Maddie's toes.


Maddie and Izzie


More toes.

This was taken earlier... Maddie built this tower all by herself and she was VERY proud.

First Breakfast Party

While I was getting breakfast ready for the girls this morning, they were running back and forth to the toy room. I asked them what they were doing, and they said, "Baby Eat-a Cake-Cakes Too!" (translates to: dolls want pancakes also.) But then instead of plates they gave them books to read while eating. Anyway, I thought it was too cute!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wylie Firestation Tour

Maddie and Izzie in front of the truck.

Most of the kids that were at on the tour. Maddie and Izzie would not get in the photo. There were only a couple of girls, the rest were all boys doing the tour!

Maddie (left) and Izzie hung back a bit but they were listening for parts of the presentation.

This morning my Wylie Mom's Meet Up group met at a local firestation for a grand tour. I'm not sure if I ever went on one when I was a kid (I don't remember going on one) so I was probably more excited that Maddie and Izzie. Considering they have no idea what a fireman really is. They have seen firetrucks before and I think they liked seeing the BIG truck up close.

We got the tour of the inside of the firestation first and then headed out to see the trucks. The Fireman was showing us all the hoses and gear when a 911 call came through and we had to get out of the way so the firemen could head out. It was neat that they got to see the firetruck leave the station. We all hung around for about 15 minutes to see if they would come back but then decided to leave. We didn't get to finish our tour this go around, but it was still a nice morning out.

Fire Truck leaving the station.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our second visit to Acute Kids

Maddie and Izzie curled up on the couch today watching a show after getting back from the doctor.

Izzie and Maddie at their new table I bought at IKEA. It's the Norbo table and it folds flat to the wall when not in use.

A few days ago I took the girls shoe shopping and out to eat by myself. They wanted to wear their hats and mittens even though it wasn't that cold out. I thought they looked so cute!

Today started off pretty good. Well actually very good. John let me sleep in and he got the girls up and gave them breakfast. I was laying there in bed reading, not really sleeping, but reading in the morning is a super luxury! I was waiting for him to ask me what to give them for breakfast. Not that he isn't capable, he totally is! It's just that I knew we were out of a lot of our "normal" breakfast stuff. Sure enough, I he called up the stairs, "Is there anything special you want me to give them for breakfast?" I sometimes give them bagels with peanut butter on them, so I told him to do that this morning. As he was getting a bagel out, Izzie shouts out, "Daddy, Put Peanut Butter On It." (For some reason, toddlers sentences all start with capital letters, I'm not sure why, but that is how she talks.)

Breakfast was served, eaten AND cleaned up before I headed downstairs. And then things got interesting. Maddie started crying for what appeared to be no reason at all. We finally got out of her that she wanted a new diaper. When I checked it out, it didn't look like it needed to be changed, but I changed her anyway. About an hour later she starts screaming again. Now, I start to suspect that she may have a bladder infection. Sure enough, during lunch more screams. As we are going to put them down for nap, I got a final scream and I said, I'm taking her into Acute Kids. (An emergency room just for kids!)

I put Izzie down for her nap and told her she would be all by herself because I was going to take Maddie to the doctor. Surprisingly enough she went right down. John said she slept for 2.5 hours! (That's amazing for the naps we've been getting lately.)

I picked up my Mom and we took Maddie to Acute Kids. Since we got lost on the way (I was trying a different location than the one I went to on Jan 1st.) Maddie got a nice little nap in the car. We finally made it there and got right in to see the doctor. Since Maddie isn't potty trained yet, she had to have a catheter. That was NOT fun, for me or her. Especially for her! It didn't go so well, and the nurse actually ended up collecting the urine as she peed on the floor! Poor baby girl! Turns out she does have a bladder infection and she will be on antibiotics for a few days. I'm just glad that we probably caught it early.

The doc wanted to say she might have been crying because sometimes as kids learn that they are starting to pee in their diaper it makes them uncomfortable and that it is time to start potty training. Yeah, no, I don't think a kid who wants a diaper changed because they are wet cries like my poor Maddie did! I'm glad I listened to my Mommy-intuition!