Keeping Up with Ron, Sara, Jackson and Addie

Thursday, December 31, 2009

High Five Dad...

We are raising a brilliant kid!

We took Jackson to his first birthday party last night (pictures coming) at Pump it Up, a warehouse filled with large inflatables for kids to jump in. Since we got the invitation we've had the song Pump Up the Volume in our heads... you know... Dance! Dance! Well we couldn't remember who sang it. After a bit of Googling at the dinner table, the answer: MARRS.

So I say MARRS? Who's MARRS?
And Ron repeats MARRS? Who is MARRS?

It's then that I realize that Jackson has said twice already... it's a planet.

Did you hear that???

Jackson says "Mars, it's a planet"

Ron says "Where'd you learn that?"

Jackson's response "when I pretended to be a rocketship"

High-five dad!

More Christmas in photos...

We spent Christmas Eve at Jan and Joel's. Joel is in transitional care right now at a nursing home, but Uncle Steve and Ron picked him up and brought him to the party. We had a lovely time. Jackson has two cousins that he can play with, Anthony and Baby D, the boys had a good time and couldn't wait to open their gifts so it was one of the first events of the evening!

Jackson and Mom opening gifts

Addie and cousin Jackie

Shannon Kim and June

Steve, Chris, Great Grandpa Jim

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Goals for 2010

Less soda intake. I would like to decrease to drinking one can of soda each day and increase my water intake.

Put more into friendships. I've been spending the last three years growing my family and not putting a lot into my friendships. I hope to put more time and energy into maintaining my friendships.

Pack a lunch. I don't need to eat out to eat with friends. I need to pack my lunch and still get up from my desk to eat it.

Create less food-waste. I want to encourage our family to eat leftovers or to make new meals with leftover ingredients.

Buy in bulk. I'd like to make my Target visits last longer. Why only buy one box of diapers when I know we will go through many, many more? I am needing to go to Target once a week, my goal is to spread that out a little more. Buy a few packages of wipe refills, not just one!

Broaden Jackson's diet. I'd like to introduce a new food every other week and get him to eat a more grown up diet. I've been staying safe and feeding him kid-friendly food which I'm afraid will turn him off to adventurous foods.

Encourage Jackson to help with chores. Currently, to get chores done I send Jackson to hang with Dad or watch a show. I'd like to be better about getting him involved even if it does take longer to do the chore.

Get Addie signing. We did really well working with Jackson to use sign language and it made life easier. I want to do this same thing with Addie.

Heart melts...

Today when I was headed off to work Jackson shouted down "love you." It was so sweet and the first time that he said I love you unprompted. That little boy melts my heart. He can be a monster at times and often forgets to turn on his listening ears, but moments like that make it all worth it.

I have to download photos one of these evenings in order for the Christmas posts to continue, so bear with me.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Christmas posts begin...

We celebrated Christmas with my dad on December 19. We started the day baking cookies. Jackson had a blast rolling balls in powdered sugar, cutting out gingerbread men and mixing frosting. I was surprised at the length of time he was interested in making cookies -- his attention span was longer than I had expected. After cookie baking we moved on to a delicious fish boil and after all of that it was finally time to open up those presents under the tree that had been taunting the boys all day.

Addie slept through most of the days' events but was wonderful to have around, she was such a good baby.

Everyone recieved great presents and Ron and I were lucky enough to open a flat screen tv!! Ron had it set up before we even went to sleep that night!

Photos from the day:

Jackson making Russian Tea Balls

Paul and Jackson playing with dough and flour

Gingerbread! Is that a little frosting I see in the corner of your mouth?

Addie is awake!

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Random updates...

  • Jackson is regressing greatly in his potty training expedition. I don't know what has happened, but apparently we have made far too many changes in his world and it's showing. Friday was one super long day of accidents and by the end of it I was clearly ready for a long winter's nap. However Sunday, he showed some improvements and we are back to using the rewards system. By far his favorite thing these days is the television so naturally that is the key to the rewards system. Which means I can't use the easy way out and put him in front of the television to keep him entertained while I clean, wrap, cook or whatever the case may be.

  • Addie is getting a bit better in her sleep habits and waking at 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. I'm not sure why I don't feel like I am getting more rest. I'm wondering when the need for toothpicks will subside.

  • The girl likes her rice cereal. We tried it for the first time on Sunday after getting the okay from her pediatrician to start her on solids a little early. She is a big girl and clearly ready for more than just breast milk. (Pictures to come soon.)

  • Classes start up again on January 2 for me and I can't even begin to understand how I'm going to fit it all in. I'm signed up for Feminist Literature and Management Communication.

  • The Bug claims he had a dream last night: "I went into a big dark cave and when I came out... I was at McDonald's" I have no idea where it came from. We had fast food ALL THE TIME when we were in the process of packing and showing our house, but since moving to the new place we have had KFC once and Subway once that I can recall. And before today he always insisted on calling it "Old McDonalds" or "The French Fry Store."

  • Joel is back in the hospital again, his kidneys were failing on him. Ron went to help get him off of the floor and he had some kind of seizure so an ambulance was called. We'll have to see what the next course of action is and it's unknown if he'll be home for the holidays.
  • Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Likes and Dislikes...

    Jackson likes: Singing songs, learning Chirstmas songs, swimming, licorice, making Christmas ornaments, hanging ornaments on the tree, frosted flakes, shoveling snow, jumping on the couch, peas and sweet potatoes

    Jackson doesn't like: pizza, using the bathroom, losing the race, playing by the rules and the sound of the vaccuum

    Addie likes: Smiling, eating, her nuk and flying overhead

    Addie doesn't like: being left alone and poopy diapers

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    A family update...

    The House: There are still a few boxes in every room yet to be unpacked. It's been a slow process with two youngins in the house. Jackson makes a mess that needs to be cleaned up before the next box can be one-handily unpacked because I'm holding Addie in the other. The layout of the new house is so different that it's been difficult to find a home for all of our possessions.

    We've ordered window treatments to replace the see-through lace curtains and Grecian drapery. The first thing to go in the new house was the acrylic and brass chandelier that was hideous too formal for our taste.

    And the garage: holy-mountain-of-hoarded-crapolla. If there is one thing I learned in this move... my husband is a hoarder. Screws, pulleys, thing-a-ma-bobs, scrap wood, light bulbs galore. Oh and I can't forget to mention the VHS tapes. Who holds on to a massive collection of VHS tapes? He actually wanted me to categorize them as I put them into the cupboard, he thinks I did, but I didn't. And he won't ever know, because he won't ever watch them.

    Addie: The little monkey is really starting to interact; making noises and faces, smiling and even starting to giggle. We get nervous when Jackson entertains her as he can be pretty rough, but she LOVES it. He snuggles her and gives her toys and she keeps her eyes on him and laughs all the while. She is finally starting to stretch out her feedings to 3 - 3.5 hours, giving me a small break from nursing. So far the nursing has gone well and we have not had to substitute with any formula.

    Jackson: He's really so much fun to be around. On Saturday I dropped Addie off at Grandma Jan and Grandpa Joel's so I could take the boy to the swim-in movie at the community center. We had so much fun together and he was so independent, going into the water to play with his buddy Mason while I watched from outside of the pool for a bit. He knew not to go in too far and had a blast splashing around in the water.

    Childcare: Since going back to work Ron's mom, Jan has been doing our childcare for us at the house. It's been going so well, she enjoys being with them and Jackson is excited about her coming every morning. We go off to work knowing they are in great hands and I never worry about how well my kids are being cared for. And the best part: she comes to our house. So on days like today when it's 3 degrees, we don't have to bundle up the kids and take them out in the cold!

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Addie's Four Month Check Up

    Addie had her four month check up this morning and the stats are:

    Weight: 16 lbs. (93%)
    Length: 2' 0.75" (71%)
    Head: 40.4 cm (35%)

    Sunday, December 6, 2009

    Oh tannenbaum...

    Jackson and I listened to Christmas carols and put up the tree this year all while Addie watched from her jumperoo. I thought Jackson would be far more helpful this year than last, but I was wrong. He was more interested in hitting me with the branches this year. However, the tree is standing (for now).

    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    What's that?

    What's that song?
    Why is she singing?
    What's that say?
    Why are you talking?
    What are you saying?
    What's Dad doing?
    What's at Target?
    What does that mean?
    What is she saying?
    Where is Target?
    What did you say mom?

    This was Jackson's side of a 10 minute car ride. And it's going to get old, fast. Why? Because I said so (Thanks mom).

    Thursday, December 3, 2009

    Sonic the hedgehog...

    The boy learns Playstation 2. I know what you are thinking... but winters are LONG!

    We have a park...

    The previous owners of our new house left us with a play structure in the backyard that Jackson calls his park. This week we went to the park down the block. At the end of our cul-de-sac is a trail that leads to a great park. Jackson was so excited even though we didn't stay long because of the low temperature.

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Our old house...

    From the last days at our old house. There are some things that I will miss, but they are few and am really looking forward to making memories in the new home. It's coming together but it's a slow process with two kids.

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    A tooth...

    It's looking like the girl is gettin a tooth! She is chomping on anything she can get in her mouth. An old wives tale claims that early teething is a sign of intelligence. Here's to our smarty pants...

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Random thoughts...

  • I should take better care of my feet. I wore Birkenstocks for the last 6 mos. and now heels are killer. I've also not had a pedicure -- professional or at home -- in 3 months, it's pretty bad.
  • Will breastfeeding need to come to a hault now that Addie is getting her first tooth? There is an old wives' tale that says early teethers will be intelligent adults, I'm good with that.
  • I would like to go back to reading for enjoyment and now with school starting up again on January 4, it's going to be a while.
  • Now after baby number two, I can't remember anything. I was going to tell you what classes I was taking come January, and now can't even remember.
  • If I unpack one box an evening, my garage will be empty by Valentine's Day... that's not so bad.
  • I wish Addie would sleep better, still three feedings a night.
  • I miss my grandmother, but have missed her for quite some time. She will be buried in the morning, but I will keep her in my memories forever.
  • Jackson told me I looked pretty in my dress and that I should keep it on to give him a bath. I guess he's tired of seeing me in sweatpants.
  • Thursday, November 19, 2009

    My grandma...

    I just got word this morning from my mom that my grandma is not doing well and in what are probably her final days on this earth. While I am sad to think that she will no longer be with us, it is definitely her time (even past her time). However it is a day like today that I can't help but think back to all of the wonderful memories I have of this woman and my grandfather. Over the summer I took and English composition class in which I had to write a short essay about a photograph of my choice. I'd like to share the essay below with all of you:

    More Than a Photograph

    During most evenings while my husband reads to our son at bed time, I head upstairs to my beautiful desk (I say beautiful, because my husband built this desk with his own two hands) to start plugging away at the day’s school assignments. A few months ago, while my husband was reading one of my childhood favorites to our son, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss, a photograph fell from the book.

    Upstairs, I was hard at work on a massive statistics problem and at first did not welcome the interruption of the squeak of the stairs as my son and husband ascended. That is, until my son reached out with a photo of me when I was around seven years old, standing with my Grandpa Otto and my Grandma Irene. I thanked him for the photograph and explained who the people photographed in the picture were, gave him a kiss goodnight and sent him back on his way.

    I stared for a long time at the photograph, tears welling in my eyes. My Grandpa Otto passed away in 1997 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. I missed the funeral because I was a nanny in France and could not get a flight home in time. My Grandma Irene sits in a nursing home today, mostly sleeps her days away and does not recognize a soul that enters her room. What were once two of the most important and vibrant figures in my life are now long gone, but this photograph flooded my head with so many memories it was impossible to contain the emotion.

    The photograph was taken in our hotel room on a road trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills area. There isn’t anything in the photo that would giveaway our location; we are standing in front of a stark white wall, a chain from a hanging lantern visible behind us and a bit of the window drapery to the side of us. Only I would be able to tell you that the photo is taken from our hotel in South Dakota because it is written in my mother’s delicate handwriting on the reverse side.

    In it, I am wearing a horrendous jumper and a pink hat with my name airbrushed on the visor in a bright shade of neon pink, a recent souvenir purchase while on our mighty road trip and a definite clue to the time period in which the photo is taken. The orange and rust drapes covering the hotel room window are also reminiscent of the late 70s, early 80s era. All three are quite tan, having spent a summer outdoors without sunscreen. Protection from the sun was not a concern during this time, hence the amount of wrinkles permanently grooved in my grandmother’s face. My grandma is wearing the same white blouse that she wore for their 50th anniversary party, her brown hair, not a speck of gray, neatly set. My grandpa, his arm around me, is smiling only with his eyes for the camera. I can barely see my grandpa’s hand coming around my waist in the photo, but his hands are committed to memory, long skinny fingers, delicate and rough all in one.

    This was just one of the many road trips we took with my grandparents. Often we would jump in my grandpa’s big red truck adorned with a camper top and arrive in another state by morning. My grandparents owned their own business and my mother did not work full time until I was in school, so it was easy to be spontaneous and get away for a few days. I remember these road trips very vividly, not always remembering the location, but the experiences I will never forget. All four of us in the front seat of the big Ford truck, two adult smokers with the windows barely cracked and not a seatbelt to be found. This was not a healthy environment for a growing girl, but the people beside me couldn’t have loved me any more.

    Since the night my little guy reached out his arms with this particular photograph in his hands, it has been taped to the side of my desk where I can gaze up at it when I am lost in another statistics problem, pondering the effects of the Civil War, or for moments like these, when I am assigned to write an essay about a particular photograph. I look up, I see the photo of me and my grandparents and know instantly that this is the photograph I will most enjoy writing 750 words about, though knowing 750 words will never be adequate to describe the love represented in this photograph.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Likes and Dislikes...

    Jackson Likes: The Backyardigans, using glue, getting his own snacks out of the fridge, singing songs with dad before bed, going for walks with Grandma Jan and Addie, fruit snacks, macaroni and cheese, helping to give Addie a bath, Dr. Seuss books, Tarantula by Bob Schneider and playing Memory.

    Jackson Dislikes: Going to the bathroom (with the move and going back to work I think we've had a set-back).

    Addie Likes: Being walked around, fish at the aquarium and a morning nap in the swing.

    Addie Dislikes: The jumperoo (for now)

    Monday, November 16, 2009


    Jackson is really trying hard to be a good big brother. Sometimes he is much too rough with Addie, and he doesn't realize that she will wake up when he covers her completely with a blanket. It's obvious though that he loves her and is just trying to be sweet. I do notice when all attention is on Addie he gets a bit melancholy and sometimes even bows his head, it breaks my heart in two. Addie is so needy right now and our free time is spent packing, so I know that Jackson is missing out on a lot of the one on one attention he is used to. Once we move into the new house I have to make a better effort to spend some quality time with him. (The shirt that he is wearing in this photo is one that Ron brought back from his recent trip to Texas, the guitars glow in the dark!)

    On Sunday morning, we did just that: Jackson and I went to the grocery store together and really had a good time. I think he appreciated getting all of mom's attention. We picked out donuts for breakfast and ordered coffee and best of all Jackson got his own hot chocolate and helped me to carry the groceries to the car. I had a very nice time spending the morning with the boy.

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Bed head...

    Jackson is really a great sleeper, we are very lucky. He falls asleep after a long routine of book reading and singing songs around 8:30 or 9 p.m. He sleeps through the night except for an occasional waking to go to the bathroom which he lets us know by whining and jumping in his bed. He sleeps until 8 a.m. and lays in bed awake singing and talking until we go in his bedroom and tell him he can get up. I hope Addie is as good when it comes to sleeping.

    A particularly wild bed-head.

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Addie, just shy of three months...

    Random thoughts...

  • Sesame Street is brought to you today by the number 40. Which reminds me... my husband is 40!
  • Michelle Obama was on Sesame Street today talking about growing vegetables from seed.
  • Yesterday I was asked to add a bit more to my plate at work. When it rains it pours.
  • Addie's poo smells like buttered popcorn. Jackson's smelled the same way when he was a baby. Why buttered popcorn?
  • I am going scrapbooking tonight. I can't wait.
  • I am now completely sure that working at MPR is far easier than staying at home with two kids.
  • Having the ability to get coffee whenever I want is my favorite part about going back to work.
  • I met Joanna for coffee this week. We fit more conversation into a 15 minute coffee break than we do in a 2 hour play date with kids.
  • Addie sucks on her hands a lot.
  • I think I SHOCKED my dad when I told him not to talk about biting your own toenails, because Jackson has a problem with that. He didn't believe me.
  • Jackson asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him a hug and a kiss. Then I asked what he wanted for Christmas. His response: A boy with a penis on his head. Ummm... wha?
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    One Word...

    The rule: Answer with one word.

    1. Where is your cell phone? purse

    2. Your Hair? brown

    3. Your Mother? Pam

    4. Your Father? Ed

    5. Your favorite food? pasta

    6. Your dream last night? forgot

    7. Your favorite drink? pepsi

    8. Your dream/goal? degree

    9. What room are you in? office

    10. Your hobby? scrapping

    11. Your fear? loss

    12. Where do you want to be in six years? home

    13. Where were you last night? garage

    14. Something you aren't? refreshed

    15. Favorite Muffin? banana

    16. Wish List Item? wardrobe

    17. Where did you grow up? Maplewood

    18. Last thing you did? coffee

    19. What are you wearing? sweater

    20. Your TV? off

    21. Your Pets? none

    22. Friends? missed

    23. Your Life? hectic

    24. Your Mood? exhausted

    25. Missing Someone? husband

    26. Vehicle? Hyundai

    27. Something your not wearing? jacket

    28. Your favorite store? Target

    29. Your favorite color? Orange

    30. When was the last time you laughed? morning

    31. Last time you cried? awhile

    32. Your best friend(s)? mom

    33. One place I could go over and over? beach

    34. Favorite place to eat? home

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Keep Austin weird...

    On Friday Ron turned 40 and celebrated by jet-setting off to Austin, TX for a weekend of fun with our friend Bob. He was able to meet up with Brandon and Steve while down there and came back with many tales. They took in a Bob Schneieder concert and had many coctails to celebrated. I'm glad he was able to get away and have a memorable birthday celebration. I'll admit I was a bit bummed that I couldn't join him, but the idea of staying out all night having drinks and seeing concerts is not my idea of a good time right now. Give me two days away from my household duties and I would prefer a secluded beach!

    Instead stayed behind with the kiddos and managed to pick up a cold to make matters a little more difficult. However, with the help of grandmas, we were able to make it.

    On Saturday we took a trip to the MN Zoo with my friend Jamie and her boys since the weather was so beautiful: 60 and sunny! Jackson and Bodhi had a great time playing in the big playground and really enjoyed the aquarium. To our surprise the babies loved the aquarium just as much as they were mesmorized from their strollers.

    We are happy to have Ron home again and ready to take on another busy week!

    Thursday, November 5, 2009


    I never got around to writing a Halloween post, so I will share with you a few pictures from the events. We celebrated Halloween a lot this year, attending Spooky Splash at the Maplewood Community Center and Zoo Boo at Como Zoo. We also spent an evening carving pumpkins and one trick-or-treating.

    Carving pumpkins. Jackson would not stick his hand inside saying it was too gross!

    The bunny with Grandma at Como Zoo's Zoo Boo

    Showing off his horse

    My little cowboy

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    A South Dakota visit...

    Our great friends came from South Dakota for a visit over the weekend. It was so nice to welcome our friends and have them stay the night with us. It was a busy household and the quarters were a bit small for all but we really enjoyed the company. We had loads to catch up on and enjoy each others' kids. Here is Jackson welcoming Liam to our home:

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    So far today...

    I have...

  • taken a shower.
  • talked to my mom on the phone.
  • emptied the dishwasher.
  • loaded the dishwasher.
  • changed three poopy diapers and one poopy outfit.
  • cleaned the kitchen counters and floor.
  • read He Bear She Bear, Marvin K. Mooney will You Please Go Now! and The Best Nest.
  • built several "animals" out of duplos.
  • watched Go Diego Go!
  • folded two loads of laundry.
  • put Addie's clean laundry away.
  • brushed my teeth.
  • wiped Jackson's butt.
  • made chicken noodle soup for lunch.
  • checked my email.
  • fed Addie, twice.
  • picked up duplos, twice.
  • Friday, October 23, 2009

    An update...

    Adeline: The baby girl seems to be pretty laid back and isn't making things too difficult on any of us. She is waking up around 7:30 for a feeding and then heads off for a morning nap around 9-10. Another short nap around lunch time and another unpredictable afternoon cat nap. She is still eating every 2 or 2.5 hours which is probably how she got to be in the 90th percentile for weight. She'll eat again around 8:30 and nap on and off until 10:30 p.m. when I feed her again, Ron works to get her to sleep after that feeding and she makes it until around 5:30. We've tried a couple of bottles now with her so that she will be a pro when I head back to work, but she isn't adapting well. This will be a priority for the next week, as I get ready to head back to work.

    Jackson: Jackson is doing great with potty training, besides a day of accidents last week when he had a playdate with his cousin Luke. Other than that day we've had just two small accidents in four weeks. I am so proud of him! Mornings he's been getting up with a dry pull up because he cries out for us when he has to go potty. Sometimes I wish he'd just go in his pull up and let us sleep! What's weird is that sometimes to tell us that he has to go potty he says "my butt hurts". Strange, I know. He's really been a joy to be with while at home with Addie. He has his moments, and doesn't listen all that well, but when it's just the three of us, he's really been a great little guy.

    Sara: The last 11 weeks have been a roller coaster. I have really loved being home with my family, but it's exhausting. In the 11 weeks I have been a way from kids for a whopping 10 hours or so. Addie likes to be held and on the go, so I spend a lot of time pacing the house with her. Jackson wants to interact and it's tough to do when I can't sit still for more than five minutes. Add on the selling of the house, cleaning for showings and looking for a new home and it's a recipe for disaster. We've made it though and if all goes well, we'll be moving to our new home on Nov. 23. I head back to work on November 2 and am looking forward to taking on some new challenges that don't involve moving all or our belongings or taking care of kids.

    Ron: With the selling of our house came a lot of "projects". Painting, electrical work and plumbing which has kept Ron busy every waking moment. He has still found time to play on his volleyball team and is looking forward to his birthday present this year. Ron will be turning 40 on November 6! For his birthday gift I am sending him along with his friend Bob to Austin, TX for a boys weekend with two of his best friends that live there. I can't wait to hear the stories when he comes back.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009


    Growing up fast:

    Random thoughts...

  • If I were Jackson I would think that all of my toys come to life after I left or went to sleep. It seems that this is a common theme in childrens shows.
  • I feel empowered after coming home from a successful Target trip with two children.
  • It's looking like our family will be a bunch of little Canadians.
  • I don't think I've ever been so tired... EVER. I fell asleep sitting up during Addie's last feeding last night.
  • My son is the cutest cowboy on earth. He's been wearing his Halloween costume so much at home, I bet he will be sick of it by the time Halloween comes.
  • My kid can roll his Spanish r's... I'm so proud.
  • And this is all I have time to write: Baby and Husband need me. Thank you Diego for at least occupying the boy.
  • Monday, October 19, 2009

    The house is sold...

    Our house was on the market for 17 days and it sold! We were very excited, but now finding the next place to live has proved a bit exhausting. I'm surprised that two people ever agree on a house, but indeed millions of couples do it. Ron and I have different ideas of what the perfect house should contain. I'd really like a separate master bath, Ron desires a three car garage. He needs a place for his wood-working hobby and if we have a garage, I'm not willing to park outside in the winter (Yes, he did ask me if I would).

    We spent the weekend looking at houses and painting our garage for the inspection. It's been a bit overwhelming, and the thought of packing up all that we own in the next five weeks makes me feel... well, a bit dizzy actually.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    Random thoughts...

  • I am so proud of Jackson, he is potty trained during the day and at naptime... we'll work on night time later.
  • Jackson has a wonderful imagination: Last night while downstairs he brought his stool up to a bench in the downstairs bathroom that is slatted and pretended to play the piano.
  • Addie doesn't hate tummy time as much as her brother did. This morning she fell asleep during tummy time, and she is still sleeping.
  • The last two nights Addie has only woken at night twice, once at 2:30 and at 6:30. That's not too bad, it took an hour to get her back to sleep the first time and right away the second time. I'm still tired.
  • Yesterday I read Jackson 9 books, his dad read a few at bedtime and his grandma read him at least one while he visited. I'm so happy he loves books. Right now he is "reading" a book to his alligator.
  • I am going out to dinner tonight with two girlfriends!! This is the first since Addie was born, I can't wait!
  • I stepped in poop this morning. I'm going to leave it at that.
  • I did make the Moroccan Chicken Soup and it was super tasty.
  • We are hoping to hear of an offer on our house this afternoon. I am trying not to get too excited, so that I don't get bummed out if it doesn't happen, but it isn't working.
  • I think that is great. It's an online textbook library. You borrow a book at half the cost to buy the book, they plant a tree in honor of you not buying the book new and cutting down a tree, send you the textbook and you return it when you are done with your semester on their dime.
  • has tons of games and coloring projects that Jackson and I enjoy doing together.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Addie's two month check-up...

    Addie had her two month appointment today with Dr. Mayrand. She is a good eater, much like her mother and her stats show it:

    Weight: 12 lb 9 oz (90%)
    Length: 1' 10.75" (69%)
    Head Circumference: 38 cm (33%)

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Snowman season...

    Ron and Jackson built the first snowman of the season this morning:

    Thursday, October 8, 2009

    Random thoughts...

  • I'm wondering how to get my boy's feet measured without having to go to Stride Rite. I'm not a fan of spending $50 on shoes he will outgrow so quickly.
  • Why is Jackson sporting fighting moves so often? They don't do Karate kicks on Noggin' and it isn't like I exercise to Tae Bo... okay, exercise at all!
  • Who is Jackson talking to all the time?
  • So far we are on day three of dry underpants!
  • You are at Como park, baby is finally packed in her carseat and the boy tells you he has to go to the bathroom. What do you do?
  • I hope letting him pee in the parking lot is your answer.
  • If it isn't... it's not what I would do either.
  • It's not a meerdog Jackson, it's a meercat
  • Mylicon drops are helping, thanks Joanna.
  • I'm thinking of making Moroccan chicken soup this weekend, sounds good doesn't it? Now let's see if I get to it.
  • Sleep number bed...

    I'm not sure how she sleeps this way, but she does, all the time!

    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Random thoughts...

  • Trying to sell your house is an emotional process
  • Our house can go from clean to not in 2.2 seconds
  • My husband's motto: What's mine is yours, except for my pumpkin pie
  • Last night we paused the Wizard of Oz to search for the hanging person. Is that really true?? And no one actually died in a James Bond movie because they were painted gold, and that's the truth.

    I will leave you with one of Adeline's first smiles:

  • Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Look out ladies...

    Uh... shouldn't the girls get these kind of lashes?

    Random thoughts...

  • We just taught our kid to pee in the woods... when you gotta go, you gotta go.
  • I was right that Joan Cusak is the voice of Peep!
  • I wonder how many other famous voices voice tv cartoon characters?
  • Is putting a bow in Addie's hair ridiculous? Yes, but I just did it anyway.
  • It feels kind of sad to have a for sale sign in our front yard. This house has a lot of memories but I'm glad we had a showing already even if it didn't end up in a sale.
  • I have eaten a lot of Jimmy John's and Baja Sol this maternity leave. Last time it was Little Oven, Davanni's and Culvers.
  • I don't love that the boy went poo and asked me to "look at this big log!"
  • I just realized that my blog is now loaded with words like poo, pee, potty and penis.
  • And lastly: I could really go for a McDonalds sweet tea!
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Jackson and the potty...

    We have been having success with potty training lately. We've had a few accidents, but he is able to go an entire day keeping a pair of underwear dry, with the exception of nap time and bed time. Just now I was busy on a telephone call and Jackson stopped what he was doing, ran to the bathroom, went pee, flushed the toilet, pulled up his pants, and got up on the stool to wash his hands entirely by himself! We need to put the taller stool in the bathroom because the only thing he can't do is reach the facet controls by himself. I am so proud of this little boy!

    Speaking of bathroom moments:
    Yesterday while he was helping me to give Addie a bath he told me to wash her penis. I told him that Addie didn't have a penis, she is a girl. I thought I made out pretty easy because that was the end of the conversation. However, later in the day when I went to the bathroom he asked if I had a penis. I told him I did not, because I am a girl. His response? "Let me see!" Uh... not right now. :)

    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    All about Addie...

    Addie is just over a month old now and is really showing personality, we have witnessed some of her first smiles. She is still sleeping a lot of the day in between feedings and really likes to be held. All total means I'm not getting a lot done. She's still nursing about every two hours, though some nights she does make it three or a little more, I'm considering adding a formula bottle before bed to get a little more sleep out of her. We've had luck with sleeping by allowing her to spend the night in her bouncy seat, she seems to do much better when she can be sitting up a little bit.

    When Addie is not in our arms or sleeping she does a fair share of tagging along in the Baby Bjorn where she is content to hang out and go along for the ride. This is how I unload the dishwasher, vacuum the floor, go shopping, for walks and have occasionally thrown in a load of wash with the Addie girl attached to my front-side. We are enjoying the newest addition to the family though the lack of sleep is testing us all.

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Random thoughts...

    Another post filled with my random thoughts from today:

  • Why pay someone $200 for a break job when my husband can do them for free? I think that's pretty cool.
  • I'm struggling to find time to eat. I don't want to use what little free time I have cooking.
  • On average I don't brush my teeth until 10:00 a.m. every day.
  • Jackson thinks everyone that comes to the door is the mail carrier. The Jimmy John's delivery dude told Jackson that he's the sandwich man. I wonder now if we will switch from mail carrier to sandwich man.
  • I am embarassed that Ron figured out the mouse features on the new laptop before me.
  • I need to look up my Spanish vocabulary. Jackson keep asking: "What's this in Spanish, Mommy?"
  • Addie has gas.
  • I think it might be my high consumption of dairy that is contributing to her gas problems. I don't think I can live without dairy.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Happy birthday grandma jan...

    On Monday we visited Grandma Jan at her new workplace and took this photo while hanging out in the orchard. Today is Grandma's birthday, Happy Birthday Grandma Jan!

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Renaissance festival...

    On Sunday the family ate soup out of bread bowls, made magic wands, got heckled by pickle sellers, rode ponies and left with the king's nuts all at the Renaissance Festival. Addie cried for most of the car ride there but after that she snuggled in the Baby Bjorn and fell fast asleep for much of the morning and the car ride home. Jackson had a blast people watching and dancing in front of minstrels.

    Captain underpants...

    Jackson wore big boy underpants all day today and did not have an accident. Yay!

    Sweet little sister...

    I have been amazed everyday by Jackson's instant love for his baby sister. There are moments of jealousy of course, and he finds it entertaining to wake her when she's sleeping with high pitched screeching noises, but he loves her. When it's time for Jackson to give hugs and kisses before bed he always includes his little sister, giving her a peck on the cheek and a hug, sometimes an all too aggressive hug, but he means well. I can't wait to watch these two grow up together and hope that they are forever friends.

    Monday, September 21, 2009

    I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs...

    This is what happens when you drink the milk from your cereal BEFORE you eat the cereal:

    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Random thoughts...

    I imagine there will be many posts of this nature: random thoughts from the day compiled haphazardly. There just isn't time or brain power to write meaningful posts anymore, but I don't want to lose track of what's happening in our world by not posting at all, so forgive me.

  • Ron has pointed out that I have an obsession with bags and referred to me as a "bag lady"
  • I hope that this is just a bad case of baby acne
  • I wish the library wouldn't supply my kid with a play area filled with pretend plastic food.
  • My child does not understand "pretend to eat"
  • In the days of H1N1 I almost had a melt-down while watching my child lick the plastic pineapple!
  • I am tired of watching Go Diego Go
  • I want Jackson to appreciate music and don't think it's crazy that I bought him a drum at a garage sale today
  • Jackson ate the corn dog outside, skipped the hot dog and ate the ice cream sandwich and I don't mind
  • My kid can pee standing up and now it's a battle to get him to sit down to poop... this could be a real problem
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Baby care...

    Jackson is adjusting to life with a baby sister, some moments are better than others. He does enjoy helping to give Addie a bath, he gets her bathtub and brings it to the kitchen sink for me, climbs up on the stepstool and is in charge of using the rag on her. On Sunday I caught him trying to put one of Addie's diapers on a doll, so I just had to take a picture.

    Occasionally there are moments of jealously, like when I bring Addie into his room with me to wake him from sleep he will sometimes say "put her down". But overall Jackson is really taking to being a big brother and always remembers to give her a kiss on her head when he's off to bed at night.