Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

Tonight we went trick-or- treating at David's work. 
He works as an aid at the Homestead, an assisted living facility. 
The main house common area was lined with old ladies passing out candy from their wheel chairs. 
It was precious!! 
Remington was a little hesitant at first but when he figured it out he started grabbing candy by the handfuls. 
The old ladies were doting over Olive in her skunk costume and kept pinching her cheeks. 
It was fun to see how much they loved David too.
 He introduced us to his favorite resident and her face totally lit up when she saw him.
 He is so perfect for that job. 
After we finished there we wanted to try and hit a few houses in our neighborhood but the babies were clearly done for the day. 
Note Olive's red screaming face in the background and the half eaten tootsie roll in Remington's hand.
 I love these two.
All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful Halloween. I'm so happy it's finally over...

(.... and cue the Christmas music. :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Olive's newborn pictures

While going through my draft posts, I found these precious pictures of Olive at 1 week old.
 Look how small she is! 
On a side note, taking photos of newborns is no joke. 
It is SO much harder than it looks. 
That is why she is in the same pose for every picture haha!  
Why oh why do my babies have to grow up? 
It is the hardest thing for me as a momma to come to terms with... 
and that is why I will have 12 kids. 

Halloween Party-Roommate Reunion Style

Four years, four weddings, and six kids later, the roomies of Summer '09 reunite! 
Thanks for coming to party ladies-


Thursday, October 24, 2013

4 things

1. I've been so anxious to shed the rest of this baby weight so I joined a CrossFit gym and I LOVE it. I look forward to the one hour of "me" time and getting my butt kicked every workout. It is very humbling to see how out of shape I really am. One workout I had to modify push ups from my knees...(omg i'm so not kidding) and another workout literally had me in tears. Every muscle in my body aches. Also, I'm still learning how to deal with post-baby body. During the workouts I have to tuck in my loose stomach skin into my pants, my butt cheek flaps hit me in the back of the head (once again, not kidding), I pee every time I jump rope, and my nursing boobs (...I wont even go there..). So yah, there is a lot to get used to. Despite all that I am excited to go back every day because I've already noticed that my energy has increased significantly and I am a much happier person when I stay active. Go figure.

2. Sunday night I pulled a muscle in my back. (Not from CrossFit but from a particular squirmy toddler who likes to sneak into my bed at night). It is so bad that today was the first day I could finally stand up sorta straight. The pain sucks and I've been miserable (and grumpy) all week not being able to do ANYTHING. I might be going to the ward halloween party as a 90 year old grandma..

3. A few months ago I joined a carseat safety group on Facebook. Holy cow I have learned a TON. Turns out extended rear facing has been PROVEN to be the safest for the babies, even after they have reached 20lbs and 1 years old. I found out that my car seats where installed wrong too! Now that I know better I see friends making the same naive mistakes I made and I don't want to say anything because I don't want to be "that mom" (you know who I'm talking about) but I want everyone to know what I know now. So seriously, check out the page and do some research. Your child's life is at stake. And if it happens to comes up in play group, I will jam facts down your throat. You've been warned. 

4. Lastly, when David forgets to take the trash out I get really irritated. Like reallllly irritated. It's one of his TWO chores and he forgets a lot. I understand he's busy and works hard and blah blah blah. So to get back at him I give Remington his toothbrush. It gives me a good laugh and makes me feel better. Maybe you wont forget next time honey ;)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Remington's big boy bed

Remington LOVES his new bed.
We made the big switch about a month ago and it was a lot easier than we ever imagined.
Remington has co-slept with us since he was a wee babe.
It was the only solution for everyone to get a full nights rest.
But as my belly quickly expanded with Olive we started to rethink the sleeping arrangement for when she arrived.
We could not imagine another baby in our bed.

So for the next few months we put him to bed is the crib and he did totally fine.
He would only wake up once in awhile and want to nurse.
I'd nurse him back to sleep and David put him back in the crib.
As Olives birth date drew nearer we started to get lazy and kept him in our bed.
With our busy school and work schedules we were completely exhausted at night and I was very heavy with child, so It was just easier to keep him with us.
(Plus, I secretly wanted to cuddle him for as long as I could before I had to share my time with the new baby)

One day the crib became a punishment for Remington when he did something wrong (whoops) and it literally scared him so much that he would start to shake if we threatened to put him in there haha!
So now, the crib was no longer an option.
Olive came earlier than we expected and we made the family bed work for a few weeks.
It was pretty cozy....
Olive was on one end, then me, then Rem and David on the other end.
We were snug little bugs.
I'd wake up to feed Olive and Remington's leg would literally be wrapped around my neck.
(The kid sleeps in the weirdest positions.)
I was getting fed up.

I finally decided that it was time to kick him out of the bed.
For reals this time.
We settled on a twin bed mainly because we couldn't fit in a toddler bed if we wanted to lay down with him.
It worked out nicely that David's parents had an extra bed laying around and they brought it up for us on Olive's blessing weekend.

We made the bed a huge deal.
"Look Remington! Your very OWN big boy bed!"
He was thrilled.
And I think the toy story sheet set Grandma Olsen picked out for him sealed the deal.

His first night was amazing.
His nap the next day was even better.
After one week we were genuinely surprised at how stinking easy it was to move him over.
Olive, you are next!

Occasionally he does wake up and come into our room in the middle of the night.
When that does happen Dave takes him back to his bed.
If it happens on the weekends when David works overnights I let him stay with me.
I love waking up on a Saturday morning to my two dreaming babes snoozing on either side.

My favorite part about Remington being in his own room has to be when he wakes up from his naps and moseys into the living room with his bed head and sleepy eyes and blanket dragging behind him.
It is sooooo cute.

Oh man, I can't believe how independent my little boy is becoming.
I am loving this toddler stage so much.
Every day he surprises us with a new word or something he has learned.

Next big step, saying goodbye to the diapers! (if I can ever muster up the patience and energy that requires)
I'm mean really, the poor kid is practically begging to be potty trained...

Until then-

Thursday, October 10, 2013

2 months

Dear Olive,
My squishy little bundle of joy!
At two month old you are cooing and interacting with everyone around you.
It is so easy to get a smile out of you. I love it!
You giggle ALL THE TIME.
You are the happiest early in the morning, when your first wake up.
Nursing is pretty much your full time job.
The boob juice is your favorite.
You've already doubled your birth weight tipping the scale at 18lbs 7oz (100+percentile).
You're tall too, 25.3 inches (100+ percentile).
Currently you are wearing 9 and 12 month size clothing.
At two months you rolled over for the first time from your tummy to your back.
You still are the best sleeper ever!!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
You refuse to take the binky and get upset when we swaddle you.
Your eyes are turing the prettiest light blue and your fuzzy hair is slowly starting to thin out.
Thank goodness for headbands.
Tummy time is getting better every day.
You still lovelovelove the swing, going for walks and taking baths.
I love watching you kick your legs and splash in the water.
It's been so much fun to see your sweet little personality shine over the past few weeks,
I am loving every minute I get to spend with you.

Love you so much,

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