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(Wow, I can’t believe this is my 100th post for the year. We are 1/3 of the way through already…well, almost.)

The morning was rough for all of us. Z woke up screaming and crying at 5am. He never went back to sleep because he had done #2. V was also up early and neither M nor I got a good night’s sleep either. Breakfast and dinners have been a struggle lately with Z. Couple that with V screaming because she wants to eat our food instead of hers, it makes for a crazy meal time. It is stressful. So I decided not to take the kids to Roywood and stay home instead.

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Google is great for finding things. So I found this activity that would engage him for at least half an hour. We had all the supplies at hand and he loved it. Thank goodness he did because V was asleep in the wrap and there was not much I could’ve done to play with him.

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This is a warm, happy baby after a wrap nap.

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For the last week now, Z has been more and more inclined to wear underwear during the day. He manages to hold in his pee and in fact, we have to remind him to pee so he does not have accidents. It’s great not having to clean up after him for #2’s. They are super messy. I’ve been doing the same with V and putting her on the potty for #2. So far, it has been successful. I think he is going to be diaper-free before he turns 3 for sure. Yaya! /p>

Sleepwise, naps for Z are still easy – as long as I’m the only one home. If M is home, too, it changes things. After he brushes his teeth, I kiss him and tuck him in his crib and walk out. Night time is a little different. He wavers back and forth between me and M. But the screamings in the mornings are gone now. A sleeps for about 10.5 hrs and has been napping for about 1.5-2 hrs during the day. V naps in the swing and I try to watch the time to make sure she is not overtired – I.e, not staying up for more than 2.5 hrs at the most. Today was a great day for her – 3 naps for a total of 2 hrs 50 min altogether. I feel great.
Another development is with Z’s tooth rushing. Ever since we let him use the kids’ fluoride toothpaste, Bucky Beaver’s cotton candy or bubble gum, he has been so enthusiastic about brushing his teeth. He even takes his time to brush and spit. Z also stopped biting the bristles so I think we will not be buying replacement toothbrushes as often.

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Our little girl is so proud when she gets the chance to stand. I let her hold on to the walker and she was able to stand for a minute on her own. I think shel’ll be an early walker for sure.

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Old toys are so much more exciting when they have not been out in a while. It’s like having a new toy! Z was pretending to fix something here.

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V loves to drink from a straw sippy cup. I gave her some water and when I took it away from her, she started screaming and complaining. So I switched it to formula (which she never took to in a bottle), and she drank happily, sipping more than she can swallow. She was on sitting on the potty at the time. She only peed though.

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I bought Z flip flops with sports balls on them. I made him put them on after his nap but hester complained that the astir between his toes was hard and hurting.

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Grandpa came for a visit and stayed longer after lunch. M had to run an errand so I was home with three sleeping people. As i heard Z’s little footsteps, I walked over to the stairs to meet him. V woke as soon as she heard his voice. Then we checked on gramps in the spare room and he had just woken, too. They were all happy.

It takes V a while to warm up to people but when she does, she is the sweetest little girl. She even went to gramps on her own and sat on his lap. So cute.

First Family Road Trip

Our road trip started out a little rocky- we weren’t as organized or prepared as we usually are when we plan for trips. It was a big rush to get out of the house because we were trying to get on the road for Vs nap. We even forgot Peso 1 and 2 at home.

I drove first. Getting over the border was a long wait – an hour. M had to do an emergency bottle pee for Z because he had to go. V had fallen asleep for an hour but woke up in tears. I think she was having a bad dream. We stopped at Target in Buffalo for a break – food and shopping.

We didn’t shop for long because we thought we would stop by and shop at another Target with more time. We got a jug of milk, some Mac n cheese (for dinner last night), chocolate marshmallows, and milk straws. After lunch was the rest of the drive to Rochester.

M drove this time and it took less time than we thought. We were thrilled to be out of the car and unpack in the hotel room. I have to say that the hotel is very clean and we really liked the fact that our room rate came with dinner on the week nights.

Immediately, Z wanted to go swimming he’d been so excited about it that I think it was part of the reason why he didnt nap in the car. Neither did V, actually. So as fast as we changed, we went down to the pool and stayed for 30 minutes, before Z quickly announced he had to do #2. And we were out and up in our room.

Dinner was on the house and both kids, unfortunately, had Mac n cheese. M ran to Wegman’s to get salad and veggies. Both kids were starving so I let them eat. V fed herself from the bowl

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That night, both kids were asleep by 7:30pm. It was a little rough because both kids wanted me but we also only had one bed to sleep on. M and I had some quiet time once the kids fell asleep to just sit and plan our next day. We lwent to bed around 8:40pm since that was Vs first nap.

Sadly, both of us kept waking up throughout the night because it was our first night. Subconsciously we were also checking to make sure neither one of the kids, especially V, was getting close to the edge of the bed. At one point, she was sleeping across the lower half of the bed, on top of Ms legs.

It was one of those, “OMG, it’s only 12:30 am?” nights. Those nights when the time just don’t seem to move fast enough…if you know what I mean.

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March Break nub

Sleep Success

Ok, this weekend will officially be Violet’s 2nd week since sleep training started. Knock on wood, so far, she’s doing well. This whole week, she slept straight till the morning (about 5:45-6:00am) for 3 days. I’m so thrilled.

Poor girl is congested though. I think it’s this damn teeth that are making her snotty. It can’t be that she’s sick again – or maybe she is. She so stuffed up she doesn’t want to eat sometimes. And when she nurses, especially this morning after I picked her up, all I could hear was her mucus moving back and forth.

Still, at almost 20 months, she only has 10 teeth. When she’s feeling well she has a great appetite. I’m only hoping that spring will bring in more teeth – like the plants and flowers. Lol

Z, on the other hand, wakes up every so often, crying, for different reasons. Last night it was because he got all sweaty. The other night, his knee was hurting. And another, he wanted socks. We never know when he will wake up at night. Hopefully he will sleep through since he was exhausted to the point of crankiness tonight.

DIY Dry-Aging Beef

Dry aging meat removes excess moisture, thereby concentrating the meat’s flavor. I came across this video from America’s Test Kitchens and decided to try it. I won’t have 4 days to age my prime rib roast but just a little under 2 days. It’s worth a shot.

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Date Night

When it comes to date nights, we’re kind of new at it.  We didn’t start until a year and a half ago.  Our kids don’t trust a lot of people other than us.  We got lucky when we found a babysitter that they’d be willing to be left with. 

Polly is young and fun.  She used to being my student and she also knows the kids from Hillcrest camp. She plays, eats dinner, reads books with them and puts them to bed.  It’s great and Michael and I get our time. 

Our date began with a visit to Lee Valley Tools. We just picked up a can of General Finishes milk pain in antique white and a can of satin top coat.  I’m so excited.  We have been wanting to do some renos on the kitchen but are tight on funds.

 Dinner is at Sushi Legend. Our favourite sushi restaurant of all time. Great service and food. They recently upgraded their menu to an iPad menu where you select items and send your order in on the iPad. So awesome!!!

We ate a lot more than what’s shown as we were starving.  Nevertheless we really enjoyed the dinner.  And as much as we love dining out with our three kids, it can get very hectic and it’s hard to enjoy it. This way, we ate slowly and talked. 

I have to say though that one caveat with date nights is that it DOES cost us money.  It ain’t cheap – but sanity is priceless. 

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