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A Big Boy

Z is growing up so quickly. Two weeks ago, he was still in diapers. He has been diaper free even when we leave the house. It’s so easy. As long as he is not playing Wii he will let me know if he needs to use the potty. It’s awesome.

M splurged and went to IkEA to buy him a big bed. It’s actually a bunk bed that is two single beds that can be attached together. He slept in it for nap time today and is now in bed all cozy. He also has a duvet that is warmer than his little blanket. Poor thing, m didn’t know it was going to take so long to assemble the bed, so it took until almost 2:00 pm for him to nap. He ended up sleeping for 2 hrs still.

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Z has loved water ever since he has been little. He has been to the beach 2x when he was under 2 yrs. the bath tub is just like a little pool. We put a nonslip bath mat from IKEA in his tub but he has discovered that it would be fun to slide around in it when the mat is off. He gets such good giggles out of it. Z will often just lie there, his hair all spread out in the water, long and beautiful.

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I always love seeing sleeping babies. Something about them just makes me feel peaceful and content. When’re V sleeps in the wrap, I get to glimpse at her angelic face, with soft smiling
expressions that are mixed with short little chuckles of laughter. So cute.

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We were out all day from 10 am. We met our friends at the zoo and stayed for an hour and a bit. On the way to lunch, Congee Queen, both kids fell asleep and I had to carry and hold Z for 30 minutes. When V woke up input Z down in her car seat. It was funny to see him in it because he has outgrown it and even V was staring at him funny. This is Z’s favorite way of eating raspberries.

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We’ve been very lucky to have so many pass me downs and loaners for Vs clothing. We have not had to buy much for her at all. The nice thing about loaners is you never know what you’re going to get. In the most recent box from my friend Phuong, I found this set by Applebottoms. It is so cute and lavender. The zipper pull had a golden apple.

Calm After the Storm

After the chaos from the morni

ng, V finally settled. She had that 20 min nap that drove me insane. While Z was napping I let V play for a little and nurse her. Then I wore her in the wrap while I watched Lipstick Jungle. She fell asleep calmly. I missed that. I’m sure she did as well.

I know that having time to play with Z was important and that was the main reason why I started napping her in the swing. It lasted for only a week She loves being close to me and I just love the look on her face when she wakes and looks up at me.

She ended napping for 30 min that time and once more at 430. I felt much better. For bedtime though, she only wanted me and M couldn’t settle her down so I had to leave Z and go to her. While I was out she didn’t wake.

Only at 10pm did she have a cry that was mixed with screaming and I went to her. I let her nurse because I was getting too full. She’s back in the crib now.

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I’ve become better at coming up with things/games/activities to keep Z stimulated at home. Z was playing with this first but I let V play while Z was napping. The water play really tired her out. M came home to his 2 naked children playing in the kitchen.

Diarrhea?

While choosing his books for bedtime, Z said something that made me laugh. For bedtime he is entitled to 3 short books (ie, Sandra Boynton books) or 2 long ones (picture books for 3 and up).

The first choice was For the Love of Soccer by Pele. He was having some trouble choosing his second one so I redirected him to the pile of librtary books. He spotted Diary of a Worm, and said, “Diarrhea?”. I had to correct him. As he was lying in bed getting ready to shut down, he was still saying, “Diarrhean diarrhea”.

Ranting About Sleep

Ok, I’ll admit it, i have had it. Last night I was planning on NOT bringing V into our bed, determined to keep her in hers. But after being in her room for 30 min and holding her before I put her down, I finally closed my eyes only to wake up to her crying less than an hour later. M slept on the couch last night while V and I took over the bed. Apparently this happened with Z as well. Why do I not remember. One would think that something like this would be engrained in ones memory forever. Maybe not.
Many times M and I wished our kids would just fall asleep anywhere anytime. It takes so much effort to put them to sleep. Even Z, it has taken over 2 yrs for us to ease up on all the things we have to do to get him to sleep, like rocking and singing to him, including nap time. I really want V to be sleep trained soon, before we go to Amsterdam, for sure.
Today, she woke up at 5:30am so I stuck to the plan of napping her between 8 and 8:30 and so she did, with some struggle. Then I let her stay up for over 3 hrs, playing and having lunch. I could tell she was tired when she was satin because she was zoning up while I was feeding her. Again, I had to let her cry a little before she would be ready to go to sleep. And she slept for 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes. It took half that time to get her to sleep. I’m pooped. It just feel like she has been up all day.
Another problem I have been having in the past week or so is her refusal to nurse. Partly because she is so distracted. I even have to use the nursing cover on her while nursing in our own living room. And even then, she only nurses for a few minutes. It’s annoying. If we are in public, I.e., outside the house, forget about it. It ain’t gonna happen! Sad but true.

It All Fell Apart

Everything is off today. A woke up screaming at 5am, waking us and V up as well. M was able to nap V, thankfully, which gave Z and I time to spend together. Z had a huge poo and it was very messy as well. I offered for him to come in the shower with me and he agreed. He used to hate the shower because the water would spray in his face and eyes. Today, he enjoys it very much.
Our Thursday plan is to go to Bayvisw Village for SB.

Time for Change

Today, I’ve decided to make some changes to V’s napping schedule. I’ve been doing some research on sleep at her age and learned that on average, they sleep about 12 hrs a night, with 2-3 hrs nap during the day. Well, she is not at this point. In fact, she sleeps about 10.5-11 hrs and has 1-2 he’s nap.
I’m currently in her room on the rocker just sitting in the dark, waiting to see if ahe will fall back asleep. I was supposed to catch her before she woke but I missed it. So now, after rocking her a bit, I put her back down. She complained at first but I shushed her and she stopped. She is playing right now though I doubt she will go back to sleep. I don’t know. But what I know is that I don’t want her napping in the swing anymore. I want her to get used to the crib again.

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Z, patiently playing on one of the cushions while I attempt to nap V in her stroller. He was so good I felt bad keeping him waiting. I bought him a Playmobil set from Chapters. He deserved it.

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Just before I out her back in the stroller for a nap. She was mesmerized by the circular patterns on the furniture.

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