Monday, December 29, 2008

The End

Yesterday was our last christmas celebration with family. Everyone was reasonably well behaved, and nearly all the gifts well liked. Hannah got a lot of things this year that seem to be big hits. She's really over the top with her enthusiasm about things she's received, especially anything Sleeping Beauty related (movie, barbie with her own horse, etc). Norah on the other hand was not nearly as interested in most of her toys. She happily played with paper some of the time, and at least yesterday, alternately screamed for no apparent reason. Which is frustrating, since she's newly off her medicine in a test to see how she does without it. I am having a hard time differentiating between what's normal Norah, and what's possibly something else. So hopefully we'll see something to give us a clue.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Two peas in a pod

Though it's now pretty obvious that I never get anything new for me. I love how they're both staring off randomly at the snow, paying no attention to Daddy with the camera

Thursday, December 18, 2008

One week

Man, one week until Christmas. I'm so unbelieveably screwed. I still haven't wrapped a single gift, I'm not nearly done with Steven's stocking, or Gary's if I remember correctly. I know Norah's isn't finished. I haven't even started sewing the girls Christmas outfits, though at least Hannah's is cut. I need to spend some quality time with my sewing machine. Only one problem. It wakes Norah up. So I can't sew while she's awake for obvious reasons. Now I also cannot sew when she's sleeping. Or at the worst, can only sew during one nap so that she doesn't miss both.

On the up side, Hannah is super excited for Christmas this year. And we're getting our first real accumulating snow tomorrow. So we should have a white Christmas for her. I can't wait to see her open up her stocking and her gifts this year. It's so exciting for me to watch her having a good time.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

And because I'm blessed

Things I need

1. A baby whisperer. I want to know what this kids deal is. Seriously, sleep!
2. A remote car starter. Dang it looks cold, I don't want to go out and START the car.
3. One night of totally uninterrupted sleep in a huge bed ALONE!
4. New snow boots
5. A personal shopper
6. Four extra hours in each day to finish all my christmas sewing
7. Patience, 3 is so trying I'm losing what I didn't already have
8. Soup for lunch, it's too cold to take Hannah to school without soup first
9. To be less evil. Scaring a 3 year old is hilarious, but probably mean.
10. A life. Clearly there's a problem if I'm sitting here at not even 9am when I could be sewing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mood Swings

Sheesh, aren't we supposed to have those in the TEEN years? Yesterday I went to pick up Hannah from school, and as usual Dori (Emma's mom) and I chat it up while waiting for the girls to be released. When they finally come out, I help Hannah get her sweatshirt/backpack on to go home, and then assume that as usually she and Emma will grab hands and walk as far in front of us as we'll let them. Only she doesn't. She grabs me, and scowls at Emma. Tells me she doesn't want to hold her hand. Well fine, don't. Goodness knows I won't make you. But you have to walk anyways. So we get about halfway down the hall to the front doors and she says "I can hold your hand if you want to Emma!" and they take off. Did I miss something?

Then we're on our way to the fruit store and we drive by Emma's house. Hannah yells to Gary "Look it's Emma's house... HI EMMA. See, I TOLD you I have an Emma!"

Yeah, it's going to be a LOOOOOONG 15 years

Monday, December 15, 2008

9 Months

Norah had her 9 month WCC today and she is apparently wonderful. She's meeting her milestones for her age, and her doctor is happy with her weight and height gain (Take that WIC psycho!). In fact the only thing she didn't like was that they had to test her lead today, so she screamed at her finger being squeezed, not the poke mind you, just the squeezing.

Friday, December 12, 2008

17 things

Ok so I think Lisa tagged me, but since no one reads this but family I can't exactly tag anyone else. So I'm supposed to list 17 things about me.

1. I love BEING a mom, I hate SOUNDING like one.
2. I could eat ice cream every day
3. If I could justify turning the heat to 72*, I would
4. I met my best friend on the internet
5. I hate 99% of the pictures of me out there
6. I leave facebook open most of the day, even when I'm not here
7. I love to take pictures, but rarely have time.
8. I have lived in Massachusetts my whole life, minus 9 months
9. I have been proposed to many more times than I have been married.
10. I spend all summer wishing it was fall, and the rest of the year wishing it was summer
11. I hate children's television
12. I hate Laurie Berkner because she's perky and annoying
13. I have boxes and boxes of old papers and pictures I can't bear to toss
14. I don't keep up with people enough, though I do mean to
15. I wish I could cosleep again, I miss it
16. I don't just use cloth diapers for the environment, they're pretty cute too
17. If my day doesn't start with coffee, you don't want to talk to me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Frustrated and Angry

Hannah had a GI appointment 6 weeks ago. I commented to him that she wasn't eating well, was refusing, and when I COULD get her to eat, it was much less than normal. He said it wasn't anything to worry about because she was still gaining and healthy. Well here we are six weeks later, and not only is she gaining less than she should be for her age, but apparently NOW it's an issue, not six weeks ago when I thought it was worrisome. And to top it off, not only do I have to worry because the GI is worried. Now I get informed by the apparently UNinformed WIC lady that I should be feeding her solid food. Um, no kidding. Except she won't eat when I feed her, only when she can feed herself. Which doesn't appear to be a problem. She can pick up small pieces of things and put them in her mouth. Problem solved. Except not according to this lady. Norah supposedly lost 25% of her curve, and when she starts walking will lose more. Except she's BARELY crawling, so I don't see walking happening in the next, oh, Month. And she is taking the weight I gave her from the GI, which was NAKED. WIC never weighs naked, so you can't tell me that fully dressed with a cloth diaper on she wouldn't have weighed close to a pound more, which might have shut her up. I should have just let her weigh Norah so I didn't have to let her make me feel like I'm a loser mom. I'm not a loser and I refuse to give her any more bad food associations by force feeding her. But you know what, the WIC lady thinks I should anyways. I don't get it.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The end is near

Or Holy Crap it's December already. Where did my year go? I was JUST pregnant, right? I don't have a 9 month old (ok I don't actually until tomorrow, but you get it)

We did pictures for Christmas cards yesterday, and let me tell you that taking pictures with a 10 second delay on the camera doesn't work so well with Norah. I'm lucky she was even looking at the camera, and while Steven and I look pained at the idea of being IN the picture, it looks decent, so I sent it off to be printed and picked them up an hour later. So, check your mailboxes if I have your address, you may this scary christmas card coming to a mailbox near you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


When Hannah was small like Norah is now, she would try nearly anything. I could feed her baby food of some kind or another, and she had her pincer grasp down to a Tee. Norah is different all together. I always sit her down with us when we eat so she can share in the moment, if not the food. But I've recently discovered that she will eat, but only if I'm NOT feeding her. She had to be coordinated enough to do it herself. Now that she can pick things up and get them in her mouth, she is much happier to try things at mealtimes. Last night she had some noodles and a LOT of a biscuit. She is apparently a carb girl, which just means she really is my child. Today she's sharing Hannah's cheerio's and liking them. I know that at this age solid food is still more for practice than actual eating, but it thrills me to no end that she's got the hang of eating and swallowing without gagging
And now a couple new pictures of my girlies

Monday, November 24, 2008

I should have known yesterday

Norah was such a peach all day yesterday. She was happy and sweet, no crying when I left the room for a minute, No all out craziness about wanting to play on the floor only to realize that means with Hannah. She was just wonderful. I assumed she was having a good day, or that she was a little happier now that she's pretty mobile. Slow, but mobile finally!

So after another night of sleeping and staying in bed later than is normal for my early bird, I checked inside her mouth, and I'll be darned if there wasn't a tiny sharp edge poking me from the top instead of just the bottom. She finally got one of the two teeth working their way in. She's MUCH happier for it, and truthfully so are we.

I hate to even say it, but she's so sweet that I didn't even mind that the only afternoon nap she got was 20 minutes on me because we weren't home. She wasn't even miserable when we got home. It was amazing and wonderful, and the next time she's teething and driving me insane, someone remind me to come back and read this.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Oh and one more thing

PLEASE keep some friends of ours in your thoughts and prayers. He just lost his job, which is a majorly huge deal as she is a SAHM so he is the breadwinner. They have two gorgeous kids who are as sweet and angelic as they come and it would break their tiny hearts if they knew how worried, upset, and stressed their parents are.

Sickness strikes again!

After I updated on Monday I spent the night in my bathroom being violently ill, only to wake up and find I'm not the only one who spent the night vomiting, only Norah wasn't bothered by it apparently because none of us knew until morning. My poor love slept in wet sheets/jammies and I didn't even realize. Just makes my heart break! I spent all of Tuesday being miserable and laying around as much as is humanly possible considering I have two kids and spent the day here alone with them. I was truly thankful that my Mother in Law came to get Hannah and take her to school.

Yesterday I was finally back to myself. Norah was good Wednesday after a night of pedialyte and rest. Last night though, the one who NEVER gets sick came home just as violently ill (if not worse) than I was. He was absolutely miserable all night. I know just how he felt, so I really had no reason to be so snippy with him. HOWEVER the reality is I am very annoyed. It is so unfair that he can come home and lay around and be sick and miserable and complain about how awful he feels and how noisy the girls are, but when I was so sick tell me "Oh, well you know I have no time off so I'll see you when I get home"

And men wonder why we have no sympathy

Monday, November 17, 2008


No I haven't updated in the last two weeks. Yes I'm lame, yes we're busy.

Norah had her appointment with the specialist. The one because she hates solid food and gags on it constantly. Silly girl ate just fine for her and didn't gag on a single bite. So of course she's fine and dandy. Still not eating, but apparently there's nothing I can do.

Both girls are sick right now and Norah's teeth still haven't come in, so needless to say living in my house is NOT a joy in any way. Norah isn't happy unless she's being held, and Hannah is only happy when she's whining and driving my totally insane.

The good news is it's almost Thanksgiving, which is my very favorite holiday. I have a turkey in my freezer, and will be stocking up on everything else this weekend. Hannah has a new shirt to wear to Meme's on Sunday for her dinner, and the girls have shirts I made them for the actual holiday we'll be having here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The change

Ugh, nothing on earth is worse than losing DST when you have kids. They just don't adjust they way you wish they would. Hannah did seemingly ok, though she was at Meema's and was up at 5:30. She was crashing in bed early and slept until a normal hour. Poor Norah was not at all pleased that she was awake at 4:10 and not one of us wanted to deal with that. This morning was only moderately better since she got up at 5. Ugh, someone shoot me now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Tomorrow is Halloween, which gives Steven great joy, because this is Hannah's second year trick or treating. I had told him that she couldn't go until she could say it, and then sadly (for him anyways) she had the language delay and couldn't even attempt to say it when she was 19ish months. We're taking Hannah out tomorrow after an early dinner, and Norah will come with, though she won't be dressed up.

Today however is Hannah's halloween party and parade at school. So we'll of course be taking the camera and getting lots of pictures.

Here's a recap on the last few halloweens :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Birthday Time

Yesterday was the birthday party for my friend's daughter Magi. She'll be 1 on Halloween, but her brother in law is getting married next weekend, so the party was yesterday. Hannah had a blast in the bounce house, and the weather was gorgeous for the end of October. Magi went to town on her cake in typical 1 year old style and was gorgeous doing it.

It did make me sad to think two things.... Norah is nearly 8 months old, that means in a little more than 4 short months we'll be doing the same thing. However it will be different because I somewhat doubt that Norah will be eating cake. She's still miserable about eating, and at this point she won't even take a bottle happily. I fight with her every time its feeding time. She won't take a spoon, she isn't coordinated enough to feed herself, and the bottle makes me want to throw myself screaming off a bridge for all it takes her to eat. Her GI said the meds she is on are enough, but I really don't understand. She has an appointment coming with the oral/lingual therapist, but I'm not sure I can make it another 2.5 weeks. I'm sad that eating has to be so awful for her, and in turn awful for me. I cried with her as I fed her this morning. I don't even know what to do anymore. I want to cry at the fact that I have to feed her and it clearly isn't something she wants, but I have to MAKE her eat because otherwise she'll starve. I feel like a failure and a bad mother because clearly she associates eating with pain, but I make her anyways. I knew that having babies/kids wasn't easy. I knew there would be up's and down's. I didn't know that I'd want to cry every time they do, and that it would be a daily occurance. I didn't know that making a baby do what's best for them could make me hate myself.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm always sad when they go

This morning it was VERY cold here. Like in the teens and 20's, so clearly when we got up it showed. Hannah asked last night if there would be snow when she woke up, and I told her that it would be very cold so she'd have to check in the morning. So this morning I asked her if she saw any snow, and she ran to the front window to look outside at the grass. Then she turned around and said

"No Mommy, no snow, just frostering"

I love that! I love that she knows what she means and can't quite say it right. I'm ALWAYS sad when she finally gets something right and suddenly the former word disappears. She used to always ask for "Peetchup" for her french fries, but the first time she actually said "Ketchup" I made her repeat it about 12 times because I couldn't believe it. Same with cucumber. I love watching her grow up and change, but sometimes I sort of hope that one or two of them will stick with her.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Call me shocked

Ok so Norah had her GI appointment yesterday. She's still refusing solid food 90% of the time, so he's setting her up for an evaluation with an oral/lingual specialist to find out if she's just stubborn or if there's an actual problem with her tongue function or something.

She's gaining well, still on her 50% curve, so she is 17+lbs now, and just as cute as a button if you ask me. I think it's the little smirk and the big blue eyes that do me in... because I'm not happy to see anyone at 5:30, but for her I get up anyways.

The girls did not get their second dose of flu shot yet, they were due to go Thursday, but Hannah threw up and was running a fever, so I rescheduled for next week. Hopefully that all goes well.

Hannah had picture day at school yesterday and she said she took a nice picture and said cheese. We'll see when we get them back, though I forgot to ask how long. And a funny thing. Yesterday I was running late to pick her up (slow people driving) and was the last mom to get there. Her teacher said that she was wonderful and that it's great how she knows when it's time to be loud (outside) and when it's time to be quiet.... um, someone needs to come home and show her those!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

And the sickness returns

Yes it's been a while since I updated. Hannah came home from school on Thursday looking flushed and generally miserable. About 3 minutes later she threw up everywhere. She hasn't done it since, but has been under the weather even still today. She does seem better every day, and she even spent the night at Grampy and Mimi's over the weekend.

Norah is also sick though, which is sad because she hates having her nose wiped, and she's so stuffy that I've even resorted to using the "nose sucker" on her poor congested self. I'm thankful for whoever invented Vapor Plugs every night lately. It helps them sleep better, and bonus that we only have to use one since they're in the same room!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Nature vs. Nurture

Yes it's an age old debate.

Hannah was a somewhat difficult child. She was hard to please, and easy to upset or frustrate. She had a huge mommy phase that lasted a VERY long time.

Norah started her mommy phase earlier than Hannah, which means she's already screeching at me if I walk out of her sight, or even in her sight but into another room. HOWEVER, she's almost exceedingly happy whenever we're out somewhere. I get loads of comments about how she's such a happy baby, and so calm and laid back. Ok, I can buy that, because she mostly is. But now the question is, is she that way because that's her personality, or because whenever we're out somewhere I have her in a sling so she's comforted by being close to me when strange people talk to her. Well, I think I know the answer to the question, at least involving Norah. The answer is nurture. She's that way because I wear her and she feels secure. I think I know this because of what went down last night at McDonalds.

Last night I took Hannah and Norah (by myself) to McDonalds for something to eat on the way to Gymnastics. This was an every week occurance when Steven came with us, but with the new job he can't attend anymore, and the last few weeks we've been hanging out at Kat's beforehand. So as usual, I get a highchair for Norah because it's really hard for me to hold her and eat while she grabs at everything. So I passed her a fry to play with (because everyone who knows her knows she won't EAT it) and coerce Hannah into eating and drinking while I finish. So while I'm talking with Hannah some woman who works there comes by to sweep the floor and comment on how cute Norah is (insert eyeroll, she has to say it EVERY time we're there). So she sweeps what she can get at, and then PUSHES NORAH'S CHAIR AWAY FROM THE TABLE. Norah screams immediately because she is now farther away from me(by like 3 inches, but that's huge to her) and is VERY upset. So of course I took her out and held her while I finished because she needed some reassurance. And I will say that woman made me very angry. Why would you sweep a floor while people are still eating? Why would you physically touch another persons child AND move them away from their comfort zone.

Then she had the balls to come back and ask me if I was still using the highchair. Um, no... she probably will refuse to go in one ever again thanks to you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I used to be a photographer

Before I had kids. I'd love to get back to it, but Norah can be less than cooperative when she's not on my back. Which is where I should have put her yesterday when I took these!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Wow, Just Wow

Hannah on the left, Norah on the right. Wow. They're related, that's for sure, but wow on Norah's hair and chunky cheeks.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I have apparently neglected to mention that Norah has finally got some teeth. Two to be exact, the bottom front two, which when they come up far enough to see (rather than feel as she chews your finger) will be completely adorable.

Also in new news, we've discovered something about Hannah we never knew. It happened when we switched the girls into the same room to sleep at night. So now they share a room, and have an expansive toy room that will soon also house our family computer. There was good news and bad news the first night they slept together. The good news is, apparently Hannah can sleep through a party going on in her room. The bad news is that I know that because Norah had a party *yawn*. Norah didn't sleep well the first couple nights, but she settled in like a champ last night and slept from 7:15 until 5:15 when we (and by we I mean Steven) tried to convince her it was still sleep time and turned on her mobile for her. Normally she could do this herself, but we dropped her crib mattress to the low setting, because in theory she'll be mobile and able to sit on her own in the somewhat near future. So she can't reach the buttons anymore. So after a few minutes she was still chattering away, so Steven got up with her.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Busy Weekend

We had a super busy weekend, for a change. With Steven's new job he won't be working weekends unless he chooses, so basically we can go and do whenever we want. Saturday we took a trip to Grampy and Mimi's house where Hannah was, as always, the center of attention. Grampy even took her to the park to play. Norah took a lovely nap, and cooperated when we got home and went to bed.

Sunday we took a trip to our friends Kerry and Colin's house for a BBQ and a lot of fun. Last year they had one the same weekend, and Kerry and I were both pregnant. This year the house was filled with babies and kids and it was a wonderful time. Hannah had an absolute blast, and we basically did not see her all afternoon. Norah cooperated and smiled and was generally sweet, even sleeping in my sling for a while. Despite not napping, she was lovely, and passed out hard on the way home.

Here's a picture of my

sister wearing Norah on Saturday night. She was fussy and I was eating, so Auntie Sara obliged her, and was surprised at how easy and comfy it is. I spy a future babywearer!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Yesterday morning we took a mini road trip to New Jersey. One of my super awesome friends is having a baby SOON and we had to have a shower for her. There was food, lots of craziness (there were 5 kids that were 3 and 4, and Norah), cake, presents and fun! The girls were superb on the drive (both ways) Here is a picture of all of us :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's not true

You know how everyone tells you "don't worry your baby won't starve themself" Um, not so much. Hannah and Norah spent the night at Meema's on Saturday, and from the time I left until I got there at 9:30 Sunday morning Norah ate about 10oz. Just enough not to tear her hair out screaming. She was a handful for my poor mother. Cranky, non-napping, non-eating. You know all the things that people wish babies are not. My mom of course handled it like a rock star, only calling me to ask the dosage for tylenol because Norah's teeth were bothering her. However, Norah will be staying home for a while, at least until I can break the bad habits of hers. Like being rocked to sleep (well she IS my last baby*blush*).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Oh the Horror!

Yes she's ultra cute with that ginormous smile, but man that outfit. Good thing her friends can't talk or they'd tell her that her mama dresses her funny. Ok reality is I wouldn't NORMALLY dress her that badly. In fact the only thing that could possibly have made it worse is putting this hat on her.

Oh yeah... I did that too when we took Hannah to school *blush*

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Six Month Visit

Norah had her six month well child check today. She was quite the trooper, showing off her sitting up skills and cooperating with being poked and looked at. She was pretty upset about her shots, but hey, what can you expect from someone so little. Poor girlie. She got no nap and then has to get woken up to go get Hannah soon, so she's expected to be totally miserable all day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

First Day of School

Hannah's first day was yesterday, and apparently she had lots of fun. She was too thrilled to leave Norah and I in the hallway and go into her new class. I didn't get a lot out of her, but apparently she colored, played on the jungle gym and heard a story. Sounds fun. I got some sewing done in my quiet house since Norah napped as soon as we got home.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Second Child Syndrome

You know, I swore things would be the same. That Norah would never have to worry because there would be tons of pictures of her... and well there are tons that I've taken, but sadly I've slacked in the professional picture department. Hannah's were done at 3 weeks, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. So far Norah is almost a week past 6 months and we still only have the 3 week picture up. I took a lot of pictures of both girls yesterday, so I went ahead and ordered some to hang on our walls. So at least OUR living room will look like we have a baby who is older than 3 weeks.

Some other good reasons for ordering new pictures. Oh wait, the best one! Steven needs new pictures for his NEW TOOLBOX at his NEW JOB!!! Steven accepted a new job on Friday afternoon. He'll be getting a payraise, better hours, and better benefits. Can't say no to that, or if he had I would have had some kicking to do. His last day at this job is next tuesday(I have jury duty wednesday so he was off then anyways) and he'll start his new job on Monday the 22nd. So congrats to him!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Air Show!

We hit the Air show this morning, and Hannah was in her glory. Here are the pictures.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

6 Months has passed

I find it nearly impossible to believe that I have a 3 1/2 year old and a 6 month old. Yesterday my last baby was half a year old. It seems like it goes faster and faster. Unbelieveable really. In 6 more months we'll be having a birthday party for my girls and I won't be able to comprehend having a toddler and a preschooler.

In the news, Norah is seeming to be working on some teeth. Drooling, fussy, ugly diapers... you know the drill. She's also sitting up now, and scoots around on her belly, though we try to discourage that on the floor because our cats shed like it's going out of style. She's still not into solid food really. A few bites now and again, but nothing she's digging right now. She's been sleeping better the last couple of nights. She wakes up early in the morning (yesterday 3:45, this morning 2:30) chattering to herself, but falls back to sleep on her own. I'm thankful for that since my neck is stiff and sore for some unknown reason.

Hannah had her first gymnastics class of the school year last night. It was her first class where she went in alone with the kids and instructors instead of with one of us. She seemingly did very well, though I think the following in line concept is beyond her still, so we'll work on that. Thursday is her preschool orientation where she'll meet her teacher and her new classmates. She's VERY excited to start school next week and asks every day if she's going to school, riding a bus, etc. I'm really glad that we can give her the opportunity, since she seems to thrive in those sorts of situations. She's really becoming less shy and wary of people she doesn't know well. It's amazing and nerve wracking all at the same time.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Today I love my Husband

Other days not so much, but this is what I came home to this afternoon.

For you who are unaware, my dining room has not always been green with such a pretty border. It was formerly striped wallpaper and apple border courtesy of my Mother in Law when she lived there. Nothing wrong with it, just not my thing. This is much more me, and he did a fantastic job :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Some pictures

I have shamefully not posted many pictures lately, it's in this tired fog I'm walking around that I've forgotten. Accept my apologies.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Man, you think to yourself

Why do people have more than one child? Don't get me wrong, I'm so in love with my girls I wouldn't trade them for anything.... but can we get some sleeping going on here? I swear when it's not one it's the other. Monday night Norah refused to sleep. I don't know what her deal was. I rocked her, I patted her, I tried feeding her AGAIN, I turned on her bear and her mobile... and finally I gave up. If all my effort wasn't helping, then obviously it was something she needed to work out on her own. So I went back upstairs and waited for the meltdown. She fussed on and off for probably 15 more minutes, and then apparently fell asleep. Which is fine, she wasn't melting down, Hannah wasn't awake, and we were ready for sleeping at a semi normal hour.

Fast Forward to 12:15am. I hear crying.... I assume it's Norah and head downstairs only to realize as I'm halfway there that it's HANNAH screaming like someone's hurting her. So I race into her room, and she stops when she sees me and says "I can't find my binky" Ugh, ok so we tear the bed apart, find the godforsaken binky and go back to sleep. Until 4:30.... which as you will note from my previous post, is the same time Norah gets up nearly every morning. The feeding her at night only helps sporadically, so sometimes she sleeps until 5:30 or later, and sometimes she wakes up at 4:30.

I love my girls, but I'm waiting anxiously for the time when I'm not sleeping because it's TOO QUIET.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Second Babies

Yeah, so you think you have it all figured out because you already had one?


Ok so I've spent the majority of my week complaining to various friends about how I'm at the end of my rope with Norah waking up at 4:30am. Every.Single.Day. No matter what time she'd woken previously, 4:30am came, and she was awake.

Finally my ultra intelligent friend Joanna said "Maybe you should wake her earlier and feed her to break the 4:30am habit" Um, right because I haven't been feeding her.... she CAN sleep through w/o eating, but does that mean she's not hungry? Hello, this is your brain, I'm working again.

Yeah, so last night when she woke at 1:45, instead of rocking her back to sleep, I fed her. And shockingly enough, she slept until 5:15.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Life is good

Because even though you don't always feel like it is, it still is.

Hannah and Norah spent Saturday night away from home together. It went shockingly well, even though I was the paranoid mom calling to make sure things were fine. Norah didn't eat well, but she slept wonderfully and wasn't too much trouble. I think she'll definitely be going again, though possibly not until she gets more into eating solid food.

Steven and I had a very nice time hanging out together. We did errands, started our Christmas shopping, had dinner, played mini golf, and got ice cream. We also got to sleep uninterrupted and just be together alone for the first time in darn near six months.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


So it's Thursday, and what am I doing. Sitting here worrying about Saturday. Why you ask, because most people look forward to the weekend. And I am, but I'm worried. Saturday morning I am taking both girls to my Mom's for an overnight visit. Hannah will be fine, to be sure. She asks to go to Meema's house daily. Norah on the other hand is a handful and it makes me worry. She still fusses about eating from anyone but me. She sleeps unswaddled, but not fabulously. And Hannah and Norah will be sharing a room. So I'm nervous. But so far not nervous enough to cave to it and keep her home. I'm tired. And I want an uninterrupted night of sleep, my first in a VERY long time. Selfish? Yep, but I think I'm entitled now and again.

Monday, August 4, 2008

My baby grew up

Last week Steven called from work to tell me that Szetela had a spot for Hannah and that she could start preschool on September 8. My baby cannot possibly be old enough to go to school. When did that happen?

She's so excited, she asks every day if she's going to school today. When we go to the van to go somewhere, she tells me I'm taking her to school. So I guess despite my misgivings about having a baby old enough to attend school, she's ready.

My "baby" also got a new bed yesterday. A real big girl bunk bed, in anticipation of the girls someday sharing a room so we'll have somewhere for their toys and the computer. She insisted on sleeping up on top, even though no one will need the bottom for quite a while. She is thrilled with her new bed, and I must admit it certainly looks nice in her room.

And a quick picture, because I can