Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Charlie keeps amazing us. He is always on the go. You can't take your eyes off of him or else you may find him tring to squeeze behind the washing machine.
He says Dadda, Mumma and Mum.
He has tried some new foods this month: carrots, turkey, chicken, apples, butternut squash. He will eat it all.
We used the BOB stroller for the first time this month when we went on Charlie's first hike. He also went down his first slide and swung his first swing this month.
He's over the pacifier. He has no interest in it. That's for babies, says Charlie.
His sleep leaves something to be desired. His naps are not good and he's still getting used to the idea of putting himself to sleep on his own. He's gotten better but we aren't 100% there yet.
We are convinced he is going to be an early walker but he has not sprouted any teeth yet. We also gave Charlie a sippy cup this month but he doesn't really know what it is yet.
We love you Monkey!
*I'd also like to add that his spit up seems to be getting a lot better!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
2.) You get additional weight watcher points (this doesn't matter though if you have fallen off the bandwagon, not that I'd know, I'm just sayin')
3.) You get off of having to do jury duty**
**this came in handy yesterday
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Rob decided to provide some background music.
Then Carla and Charlie tried to one up Rob with their piano duet.
Carla is hoping this doesn't mess up her manicure.
Nonni and Carla.
And we finished our playdate with a fun read from Auntie Kathy!
Thanks everyone for a great day!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Below is from a Burke Williams spa ad I recieved. Really, I expect better from you BW! Why are there long flowing lock's of woman's hair on this man's head?
And my personal favorite, this girl. I'm not sure what the equipment is that she is selling, but I can't get past the white cloud coming out of her lady parts and her left armpit.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Charlie's grandpa usually likes to love him from a distance. He talks to Charlie but is not typically one of those types that will just go and pick up your baby. Well I guess a month was too long for this grandpa because he reached down and picked up his grandson - this was a first and surprised us all. Charlie loves his grandpa!
Getting loves from Nonni and Grandpa makes for one sleepy baby.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday was bad. Charlie had slept for 12 hours the night before and woke up at 7:00 am. Rob called me at work at 8:20 am telling me he was rubbing his eyes and what should he do (my mom gets to my house to watch Charlie around 9:00 am). I said "I guess put him down if he is rubbing his eyes." Rob put him in the pack n play and he cried for I believe about an hour and my mom and Rob decided to take him out. I noticed Rob had rsvp'd to an evite a couple minutes before calling me to tell me he was rubbing his eyes. This tells me he was in the office holding Charlie and not downstairs playing with Charlie. My guess is with a 12 hour night of sleeping, he was rubbing his eyes because he was still waking up or bored. So putting him down was the wrong decision. FAIL. Bummer. That afternoon my mom let Charlie sleep on her because she felt bad from his bad morning. That night he went down by sleeping on the bottle again, and got another twelve hours of sleep.
This morning it was my turn because I don't work Wednesdays. Charlie woke up at 6:40 am. I was determined to not put him down until at least 9:30 am. I wanted to make sure he was tired before putting him down. I started feeding him around 9:45 am and put him down in his pack n play at 10:05 am. He was content until 10:18 am - then the crying started. He cried on and off and I never went into the room. I've heard that some moms think going in makes the crying worse so I wanted to try this technique. Plus he wasn't wailing or crying really hard (or else I would have gone in there for sure). After a long 57 minutes (3 minutes before I was going to give up), he fell asleep on his own! Victory. He only slept for 30 minutes. Not great but he fell asleep on his own so I'm happy about that.
Then round 2 came - the afternoon nap. I started feeding him at 1:35 pm. He fell asleep on the bottle, I tried to put him down and he woke up. I picked him up, let him finish the bottle then put him in the pack n play. I put the fan on, gave him his seahorse and told him g'nite. He was crying. :( This time he cried on and off for 32 minutes - MUCH better! He slept again for only 30 minutes but again, he got to sleep on his own.
Rob is upstairs now giving him a bottle before bed. I fully expect him to pass out again and have a good nights sleep. Now the pressure is on for Mimi to not surrender to her cutie pie grandson's cries. You can do it, Mimi!
I remember having a chocolate scented ink pad. I licked it because I thought it might taste like chocolate. It didn't.
And one time when we were on vacation, I saw my mom packed the country time lemonade canister (score!). I licked my finger, stuck it in the lemonade powder and licked my finger again. Just so y'all know, Tide laundry detergent does not taste like country time lemonade.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
We don't just put him down awake. He either falls asleep on the bottle (bad, I know) or we rock him/sing him Steve Miller Band (Rob) or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Happy Birthday To You song (Alyssa) for a good hour until he passes out and we slloooowwly lower him into his crib and tip toe out of the room and give each other a (quiet) high five. By the way, I realized after having a baby that I am not good at singing songs if there is no music, I forget the words and have to resort to the few random songs I do know the words to, like the Barney song.
This was working ok for us. The longest it takes us to get him down is an hour but I'd say 80% of the time he falls asleep on the bottle or it takes us (us meaning Rob) less than 30 minutes to get him to sleep. The shitty part has been naps. 1.) getting him down and 2.) knowing when his nap was going to happen. We have no schedule. The straw that broke the camel's back was Friday when Charlie only napped for 30 minutes for Mimi even though he was TIRED. The other crappy part of all of this is making plans. Sure we can make plans to have a playdate or go to lunch but we always disclose to who we are hanging out with that we will be there within +-2 hours from the time we are supposed to meet because when he takes his naps depends on when he gets up and how long it takes to put him down for naps. This is no way to live. That might sound selfish that I don't want to live my life like that but a routine and schedule is good for Charlie too.
So last night was night #1 of letting Charlie cry. We put him down to sleep in his crib and he immediately stood up. He was content for ten minutes. Just standing and looking around, not crying. Then the crying started. We waited 5 minutes then I went in there, rubbed his back and head, kissed his forehead and tried to put him down on the mattress (instead of standing). I stayed in there for about 30-45 seconds, didn't pick him up or talk to him. Then Rob went in 6 minutes later and did the same thing. Then he went in again 7 minutes later while I pumped. Rob had a few drinks earlier and lost track of time. Instead of being in there for 30 seconds, he was hanging out for 3 minutes. I was yelling "Rob!!" for him to come back but he couldn't hear me over the sound machine and I couldn't get up because I was pumping. Finally he came back and he said he didn't realize how long he was gone for. We were going to go back in at 8 minutes but after 6 minutes, he fell asleep!
So in summary, he was content for 10 minutes and cried for about 22 minutes. This was shorter than it would have taken Rob to rock him to sleep. We were happy that it didn't take too long.
This morning when I got him out of his crib, I felt like a huge jerk because he had a poop in his diaper. I smelled it when I went in his room which is saying something because I haven't been able to smell anything out of my stuffed up nose for a week now. He never poos at night and he woke up with a fresh poo on Sunday morning, too. I felt bad but there was a possibility that he had just pooped so I got over it. But this mornings poop was totally dry and crusty and stuck to his butt. I felt awful. What if he had poop during those 20 mins? Poor baby. :( I hope he gets back on his normal pooping during the day schedule.
Wish us luck this week - we hear its a week process of teaching baby that we aren't going to rescue him anymore if he cries and that he needs to put himself to sleep. I feel like an a-hole but I know its best for Charlie.
Its so hard hearing him cry....just look at this sweet face.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My wallet is dying a slow and painful death. I had bought it at Urban Outfitters oh about 3+ years ago. I got it for when I "go out" but I do not "go out." So for the past year, I've been using the clutch as my wallet. In the past week or so, its slowly coming apart. I'm actually impressed this $20 clutch lasted so long.
So now I need a new wallet, bad. I've been wanting to get a Tory Burch wallet for awhile and found a couple on Nordstroms.com that I dig.
I like this one. I first thought for sure I'd want the pink one but then the brown grew on me, and even the green. I typically don't like that color green but it's growing on me.
Or there is this one that is a bit funky. If I choose this one, I'd get the green/blue one.
If you don't hate these wallets, would you mind telling me which one you like best?
Rob - I know for days I've been asking you to buy me a wallet online with no direction - no request for brands or colors so, if you have already bought one let me know.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The first time I did this in front of Rob, we were very early into our relationship. We were driving around with our friends Keith and Dorothy, looking for a place to eat. We drive by this:
In 2 seconds, my brain thinks "wait - what does that say? Oh, I get it, clever!!"
I say out loud: "Want to go to unanimous?"
Someone says "You mean, una mas?"
See in the 2 seconds, my brain came up with this image...
There is a family of four, at home, trying to think of what to have for dinner. They all decide Mexican sounds excellent and they all yell "it's unanimous!" (they yell because of the exclamation point in una mas!).