Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First Day of Kindergarten (8.19.19)

Ella had her first day of kindergarten. She was a bit nervous. She had a few weeks off after preschool and before kindergarten. We had a few kinder playdates in the past month to get to know a few other people from school.  There are 4 classrooms of kindergarteners. We know a few people at the school. She happens to be in class with 1 kid we met at a playdate and with 1 we knew from preschool.

Class postings were on the 16th.  Then orientation was on the 18th. The first day was on the 19th. It was all so late and last minute.  We didn't even know that the first day was a minimum day until the 18th. It was crazy.

Ella was a bit nervous.  We dropped her off at 8 am.  The first day was a minimum day so it was 8:00-11:55.
Walking over to coffee for the parents, Miles saw Aurelia. He asked if we could go say hi. He ran over and they hugged. I could barely get the camera on my phone for a picture.
Ella is on the far side of room sitting on a purple square.
Ella had a good day. She said it was fun. She drew pictures, sang, played, ate snack, and did a scavenger hunt. Maybe they did more but that was all she listed or at least all I remember from what she listed.
Ella biked to school. The rest of us walked with her.

After school we went out for pizza and then ice cream.  We ended up going to Target after to buy some black out curtains and Ella got a few things.

At Icicles, someone left a backpack full fo school supplies. I opened it to try to find some identifying information. Ella was yelling at me not to go into someone else's bag.  There was not enough to get it back to the kid but I was able to get it to the school and they said they would get it to him.

So many moms I know were very emotional about their kid's first day. I wasn't like that at all.
I printed a sign for Ella to hold up but she wouldn't hold it up. Here's the best I got of a pic of Ella with the sign I made. She wanted no parts of my sign.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Week 30/52 Photo

Liam is just being cute in his little chair.

Photo Taken July 27, 2019.
Miles loves his baby brother and often tells me this. Look how huge Liam looks compared to Miles. Liam is getting so big too.  Miles is always giving Liam gentle hugs. 

Photo Taken July 27, 2019.

I put Liam in his car seat but then ran to the back of the van. I came back and he had sat himself up. He was so proud of himself. I guess it's time to be more carful and buckle him right away. He's getting too mobile.

Photo Taken July 28, 2019.

Well I included 4 pictures from 3 occasions.  Maybe I just need a photo of the day.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 Week 32/52 Photo

I had trouble deciding again. I narrowed it down to two pictures. I was cleaning up and walking around. I had Liam on the play mat.  Ella lied down next to him. He rolled over to see her and was so happy smiling at her. I might not have believed he did that but as I was walking into the room I saw him rolling over.  Sometimes the kids are just so cute. Ella loves him so much. Sometimes too much and she smothers him a little so I loved seeing her just a little bit away from him and he moved to get close to her.

Photo Taken August 9, 2019.
Miles didn't nap. He tried. He lied in bed over an hour.  Then a little before 6:30 PM he fell asleep in his chair watching TV. 

Photo Taken August 10, 2019.

 can never seem to narrow down these photos of the week. Maybe I should just narrow it down to allow each kid to be included.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8.6.19 Instastories

My dad's last day visiting us and then we went to Happy Hollow.

Liam was so cute playing with his new toy. We took my dad to the airport and then went to Happy Hollow. It was so hot.  I was miserable. Miles was bright red.  The employees were even encouraging people waiting in line to stand in the shade.   We left a little after 2:30 PM.  We were so hot and I got Liam to sleep.  Then we went to the very end of a Kinder play date but I didn't take any pictures or videos of that.   Late at night I worked out.

I'm unsure why saving the compilation some of them are smaller in the corner.

The first little clip is from a year ago but I left it on just to see a year ago.

Anyone else just use instastories to compile videos for them?  Do you ever save your compiled stories?

Friday, August 9, 2019

2019 Week 31/52 Photo

Well I had about 100 pictures I wanted to pick so I guess I should do a few more blog posts from the week.   Liam was starting to teeth and I was talking about getting teeth. So Miles said that meant he had to start brushing his teeth and went and got his tooth brush. It was so cute how caring he was.

Photo Taken August 1, 2019

Liam liked my dad to hold him like this. He liked to look at him. He did look at me when I went around to the back to get a picture.  So I don't have a picture of him looking at Pap-Pap but I know how it was. Even when he was given a bottle, he liked to sit like this.
 These photos were also taken on August 1.

Cleaning Video (7.28.19)

Late at night, after I was really tired, I had to clean up. I needed to do because the cleaning ladies were coming at 9 am and if you don't have to pre-clean for the cleaning lady you are lucky.   I spent 70 minutes cleaning on this video. I cleaned some first but didn't think to start recording. I ended after midnight.  I was so tired that my pace slowed.

I spend longer pre-cleaning than they take to clean. Then after they leave I spend forever fixing things and finding things they put away. I spent at least 3.5 hours this last time trying to find 3 missing things and also checking every kitchen cabinet to put stuff in it's rightful place.  Our kitchen is huge and it's easy to just throw containers in a cupboard even though that is not where I keep them. I really wanted to have everything put away first but I just cannot get to it all with dealing with 3 kids and especially with all the delays while I nurse.

Does your kitchen island just accumulate stuff like mine does?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

7.27.19 video

Google often makes videos of my day. Here's a video it made. Liam rolled over back to front and was so close many more times so I started recording. He never did it on his own but you can see the fun he had. Then he got so tired.

Miles was running in the kitchen. He was dancing and I went to record and he started running around. You can see the messy kitchen too.

Miles likes to hold Liam (when he's not crying) and Liam likes it when Miles holds him because he doesn't move him all around and just holds him so nicely.

The clips at the end on the blanket doing tummy time that is the first time Liam rolled over front to back. I didn't get his first roll on camera but did his second but google didn't grab that video of him actually rolling and I didn't edit the video at all.

I thought wow who does this rolls over front to back and back to front on the same day for the first time.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Happy Hollow Video (8.2.19)

 We went to Happy Hollow. My dad was in town and we coordinated and went with friends too. It was a good time until it was too late and too tired and then it all went to horribleness.  I like to try to upload to instastories while I'm there so I don't spend time later trying to compile videos. I take horizontal videos and then do nothing with them because who has time to compile.  I also never end up making blog posts for most things.  I took lots of pictures that probably won't get used for anything. I wish I was made of time.

Google made a compilation of some pictures and videos so I added that too.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

2019 Week 29/52 Photo

After preschool on Friday, VBS had their closing party. Preschool could attend. We never have before. The kids loved the bounce houses. Then we had food. They actually liked it.  Ella asked why we didn't have a blanket but I didn't even know they had food since we never went. We made it work and we still had fun.  I was able to put Liam down on his ring sling and we sat in the grass. We had some food and played and then went home.

Photo Taken July 19, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

Fun Run 7.21.19

Ella and Miles both had a fun run.  This is Ella's third time and Miles's second for a race I organized. It was at the same location as last year but different than 2016.  But the older kids were separated out this year with running 2 loops.  Ella got upset and ended up not running her loop and ran with Miles's group.

Ella told me days in advance she was going to tantrum and not do it. She always gets overwhelmed when I'm in charge.

Miles woke up the morning up at 5 am coughing so hard he couldn't stop. He kept asking why and how to fix it. He didn't know how to cough of phlegm.   He ran his race but wishes he was not sick.

Both kids did the bonus 30 meter race at the end. Miles did that himself and didn't need to be held. Dave took Miles home after so he could rest while Ella stuck around with me while I had to clean up.

Ella's age (ages 5-7) was to run .4 miles but she didn't run that.  Then Miles's age (ages 1-4) ran .2 miles.
the junk i took to organize the race
The photobooth, snacks, and water were a hit after. Ella seemed to feel better once she was playing and getting balloons.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Miles and Liam

Almost every morning Liam and Miles lie next to each other in bed to hang out. It gives me time to get dressed and they both like cuddling with each other. I don't take pictures of it every day.

One time while doing this, Miles tells me "I like my baby brother. Can we keep him?"
Sometimes they are just lying there and other times Miles is holding an iPad.
making sure he's covered
All photos here were just taken in July.  It started in June I believe.  I also don't take pictures everyday.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Liam 3 Month Update

  • Weight: 14 lb 1 oz - 93rd percentile 
  • Height: 27" - 99.5th percentile
  • Head Circumference: 41.4 cm - 80th percentile
  • Weight/Length Percentile: 10%
  • Diapers: Size 2
  • Clothing: 3 month or 6 month clothing 
  • Shoe Size: N/A
  • Teeth: 0 
I guess sleep is slightly better now than when the month started.  He has had more 5 hour days recently. Then he wakes up and nurses and back to sleep for 2-3 hours 2 times.  He's so happy when he wakes. Sometimes it's 6:30 and sometimes 7:30  But almost no matter what he has his first nap at 8:30. Depending what is going on for the day, his routine varies.  I wake him up from naps a lot to make to to places on-time. I feel bad. Some days I wake him 4 times.

He is sometimes awake for 2 hours between naps and other times he wakes up and I nurse and he's back to sleep.

Right around 7, he wants to go to sleep and becomes miserable. He either has a good chunk of sleep once he falls asleep or he wakes up 4 times by midnight.

I feel like he nurses less often but each time he nurses, he is nursing longer.

He still spits up a lot but mostly minor amounts.
Sample Schedule:
Around 7:00, he likes to start nursing to go to sleep. He will wake up in the night 2-3 times and go back to sleep after nursing for just a few minutes.   It's usually around 7 when we are done nursing and he's not going back to sleep.  The only consistent nap seems to be that he wants to nap right at 8:30 which really messes up his nap or the drop off to preschool.  Throughout the day it's so scattered based on how long naps are and if we have to leave the house.  My app says I have 7 sleep entries a day and in June it was 9. (So that's how many times he wakes up and back to sleep counting at night and during the day. He naps better on days Dave is home and I can get more done but then I feel like Dave secretly judges why I can't get work done because he sure naps long.  School pickup, dinner, and bed are so rough with nap/sleep timing.

If we are home, I nurse every time before he sleeps. I nurse a lot when we wakes up but sometimes he's only in the crib 18 minutes so he's not getting a nursing session after that.   There are times he will nap, wake up, I nurse, and then he falls right back to sleep.  He sometimes is awake only 45 minutes before he wants to sleep and other times he's awake 3 hours.

Special Moments:
On June 16, Ella gave Liam 2.5 oz of milk. And he would have had more!
On June 17, Ella hurt him. She bent his neck backwards. It was a bad time getting to sleep. Lots of crying. I got him to sleep but then he woke up. I gave him Tylenol. He spit up a ton all over.It even came out his nose. Ella hurt him by diving on him. Miles was sort of moving and jumping and I said no jumping while I was on the ground holding Liam. And Ella seems to always do the thing we just yell at Miles for so then she dove over and pulled on Liam. She got in trouble and still did not understand how bad it was and how much she hurt him for a long time.
On June 19, I changed Miles on a changing table at gymnastics while Liam was in ring sling.
On June 25, every time Dave sings Liam frowns. Dave finished a song and Liam shed a tear. We never tried this again to see if he would frown every time on a different day.
On June 28, Liam spit up so much. This was the day that way more poop started each time he pooped.
On July 1, I did a dream feed since I slept in the chair so long. He definitely has cradle cap.
On July 2, he pooped on me (pants and shirt and ring sling) during interview for new school manager position. I wonder if the person we were interviewing noticed.
On July 8, 2019, Liam woke up and cried. When I got in there hew as on his stomach. We had his mattress tilted because it helped him not split it up but I got rid of that.
On July 10, I forgot to turn on baby monitor. Then I slept with laptop on me all night. Who knows if he woke. But I had a 7 hour break of not going to him. And I slept 5.5 straight hours!!! Liam got so excited when Miles woke up. And I asked Miles if he wanted to lie down next to Liam like he does everyday and Liam smiled so big. We had a Google hangout with my parents. Liam didn’t really understand looking at the screen but would look at me.
On July 13, Liam grabbed a bib and put it in his mouth. This is the first time I noticed him put something in his mouth.
On July 14, I did a dream feed after I slept 2.5 hours in chair. He didn’t want to latch. Finally did. Put in crib. He was awake and moving. But he put himself back to sleep?!

He grabs his hands now. He just started grabbing and holding onto toys on his play mat.   He smiles when people talk to him. So far he has let anyone but me hold him if he's not tired.  He smiles more and more. He can lean against pillows propped up in bed longer without falling over (but he still falls over eventually.) He can follow something with his eyes (me or the camera or a toy).  Sometimes it takes him a bit to actually find you or find something. He makes a lot of sounds and tries to talk a lot. He will be on his play mat and rotate to a different position. 

Other Tidbits:
He likes to lie beside Miles in the mornings.
He likes to sleep swaddled.
He likes his new toucan play mat.
He likes to just look at himself in the mirror on his play mat for awhile.
He likes to coo and smile.
He likes to take a bottle.
He likes it cold.

He hates when anyone holds him but me if he's tired.
He does not like it hot.

Fun Facts
Longest time sleeping: 7 hours 14 minutes 
Days with a sleep greater than 5 hours: 13
Days with a sleep greater than 6 hours: 5
(According to the internet sleeping through the night is considered sleeping 5-6 straight hours.)
Days with sleep greater than 7 hours: 2
Days with sleep greater than 8 hours: 0
Diapers used (from July 1-14): 10 per day 
Time spent nursing (from July 1-14): 3:03 per day  
Time spent sleeping (from July 1-14): 15 hours 5 minutes per day
Doctor Visits: 0
Illnesses: 0    

Favorite Toys
Toucan play mat

Favorite Songs
none yet
not Row Row Row your boat

Favorite Books
none yet

Other Tidbits
Liam developed cradle cap this month. He doesn't spit up nearly as often and not as many huge spit ups either. Tummy time still sucks and he barely lifts up his head. 
My recovery
I have about 40 lb to lose. I have gained 10 lbs the past 2 months.  I'm still going to PT for my back even though I feel like I don't need to. I don't do my exercises at home a lot. They take well over an hour to complete and I can't get to it all so then I just don't start. I also started pelvic floor PT.

I'm sleeping so horribly. I think I only slept a 4 hour stretch once and every sleep is shorter than that. The exhaustion is wearing me down. But then sometimes I try to nap and fail because of everything that needs to be done and my mind won't let me nap.

After sleeping for a few hours in the chair in the nursery, my ankles finally don't seem to get swollen.

I take forever to write this then forever to edit photos and make collages. So I'm just including less pictures or he'll be 4 months old before I post this.

Ella's Birthday Party (4.15.18)

Ella's birthday is in December. We like to do half birthday parties for her to avoid the Christmas rush. But she didn't know her preschool friends in June 2017 so missed a party. Then we were moving so we'd miss a party. So we awkwardly did a party when she was 4 and almost 1/3. So weird. Most people didn't know her actual birthday so it was like she was turning 4.  We decided to have it at a place that one of her friends had a party.

Ella had a lot of fun. We had it just days before moving so she didn't get to play with everything. 

We invited the entire preschool class (18 kids) and had 12 in attendance. I had wrote the invitations and it was so much more annoying than an evite. I just didn't have any of their contact information so I put invites in their cubbies.