Thursday, October 21, 2010

fingers crossed

The sleep situation has gone from bad to worse here. Worse meaning waking every 30 minutes. And not wanting to sleep in his crib. He spent last night in the swing and in our bed. Thank you Mark for taking the early morning shift. I haven't had 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a while. And Morgan tried to join us. Three times. For real? Dear God it has been 6 weeks, when is this going to end?

Speaking of the hubby, he's been greatly missed here at home. Poor guy has been working his tail off, especially this week, and I feel like I'm lucky if I've seen him an hour a day. But I am crossing my fingers that tonight is the last late night for a little while. In my fragmented sleep induced haze, I blew up at him yesterday for something he didn't even know about. A conversation I had with him in my head. Eck! Not cool Nicole. And again, I'm sorry, bub.

Ok, rant over (applause). In fact, I think I'm going to take a little blog break next week. I'm falling behind and I need to adjust my priorities. I need to get me and the kids ready for a little road trip on Saturday. Plus lots more renovation work to so we are ready for drywall in a little over a week. Yea baby! Tomorrow, this mama is getting a teeny break for a pedicure.

So, happy weekend to you. I'm going to go enjoy the final minutes of silence while the kids finish their naps.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

speaking of coffee

My mother-in-law really knows how to take a hint!
I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago - asking if anyone used a french press instead of a regular coffee maker. And I got a lot of positive feedback. I had to have one. So I mentioned it to Mark and he looked at me with a bit of a sad face, saying maybe that would be a good Christmas gift idea. Damn - I was hoping not to have to wait that long. And I didn't. When Linda came down the weekend we took Morgan to see Yo Gabba Gabba, she came bearing gifts for all of us and guess what I got?!?
I made my first pot of joe with my new french press on Saturday and it was delish. And so easy. Put a few scoops of coarse ground coffee into the pot. Add hot water. Stir. Sit 4 minutes. Press down the plunger and pour into the mug. Fun, huh? Thank you again, Linda!

Anyone have a favorite ground coffee to share?

I've already consumed my fair share of coffee today due to two very early waking children. No one wanted to sleep in their own bed and no one wanted the lights on either. Well, sorry Charlie. Parker was taking his first nap by 8am and both he and Morgan are rather happy right now. It must be the sunshine because it's working for me too. Weird but true. I'm not sure what we are going to do to fill our day and keep it from feeling so long, but I think we'll go outside for a while once it warms up. I should probably get up and get motivated.

Monday, October 18, 2010

coffee, stat!

Another great weekend here! I got some time out of the house and was otherwise rather unproductive, which actually was a nice change of pace.
  • I had lunch with Jeanette, and Morgan inherited her son's Fisher Price Little People (which she LOVES) and Lincoln Logs (which Mark loves!).
  • I made Bakerella's Congo Bars. They were awesome and I will be baking these until we are congo-bar'd-out.
  • I bought some coffee at Plum Market so I could try out in my new french press over the weekend (more on that later) - Zingerman's Roadhouse Joe and Mountain Country Coffee's French Roast - both Michigan coffees. Both very good.
  • I had a fun day on Saturday with my mom and Kristin. I finished my pregnancy (with Parker) album but I think I want to redo the cover. I will post some pictures when it's done. While I was gone, I got a call that a certain little girl wanted me to come home. I forget that I'm never really away from her. I know she had a fun day with her daddy, but it was a nice feeling to be missed.
  • Kristin and I zipped out to Elephant Ears to take advantage of their weekend sale. She scored a double stroller and car seats for 20% off and Morgan got new kicks.
  • I went grocery shopping at the very last possible minute (note to self: don't shop on Sunday evenings unless you are okay with empty shelves and poor selection). I about peed my pants when I saw more Strawberry Milkshake Oreo's. I grabbed two packages and ran.
Today: the bare minimum. My only goals are clean dishes, clean laundry and baths. Parker is particularly fussy and in no mood to play today. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it is because of the shitty sleep we both got last night. Morgan is running around the house in her Hello Kitty undies and new mary janes. Cute. This week I just want to work on getting the house back in order from the past weekend and for the coming weekend. Time to get back into our routine. No more late naps and late bedtime and no errands if I can help it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday (Grand)ma!



Hugs and kisses from all of us, mom!
Hope you have a great birthday.
Love you!

Friday, October 15, 2010

TGIF

Even as a stay-at-home mom, I still get happy about Fridays. 

Short and sweet post today - I've got a busy day and weekend ahead of me. Target, lunch with a girlfriend, packing up for a fun birthday-celebrating/scrapbook-making day with my mom and Kristin, grocery shopping, one more drywall quote, planning our weekends now through the holidays, finishing my pregnancy album, and visiting with my soon-to-be-a-daddy brother-in-law, Nick and his girlfriend, Cortney.

Happy (early) Birthday Mom! See you tomorrow! Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

jump jump jump, it's fun fun fun

Last Friday's Yo Gabba Gabba Live! show was awesome. Mark and I were really excited about our afternoon date with Miss Morgan. That morning, Mark asked Morgan "What are we going to do today?" and she said "We're going to visit Gabba!" 

After Grandma Goulding arrived, we chatted and ate a quick lunch before flying out the door.  I think Morgan would have been pretty happy just driving downtown. She loved all the big buildings and for the entire drive, kept asking us (over and over and over) what our favorite color building was. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get a good parking spot, walk around, take pictures and check out all the goodies they were selling in the Fox Theatre.
That morning we found out that our Canadian friends, Dory and Nadia, were taking their daughters to the show too. So we met up with them in the lobby before the show to play catch up. Those luck-outs had orchestra pit seats - sweet! We had good main floor seats, but until we were actually sitting in them, I thought that we'd be too far back and Morgan wouldn't be able to see. No worries, she was able to see and hear everything. Especially since she was sitting on daddy's lap most of the time. The kids around us were either freaked out or too young to care so they didn't stand up much.
Morgan wearing her DJ Lance Rock glasses!
It was like a little rock show for kids. Loud, dark and lots of flashing lights. This video was mostly just to catch Morgan's initial reaction to the Gabba gang coming out. The look on Morgan's face was very oh-my-gosh-I-can't-believe-they-are-right-there! Like I said, it was dark and loud, but you can kind of make out her voice ("Muno!") when DJ Lance is introducing the characters.
The performance was pretty much an hour-long version of the TV show, complete with a Dancey Dance, Super Music Friends Show and even Biz's Beat of the Day. Biz Markie, who I'm guessing most of my generation knows for his song, Just a Friend (you, you got what I need, but you say he's just a friend, and you say he's just a friend, oh baby, youuuuuu - see, you know it, right?) is on the show a lot to give beat boxing lessons. Of course, all of us parents went nuts when we saw he was really there. Kids got to line up to come on stage and copy him. It was very cute!

Before the intermission, they sang a song about balloons and we anticipated the two large nets full of balloons on the ceiling were about to be released. There were hundreds of them falling to the floor but since we were a little off center stage, the balloons never really made it our way and boy, was Morgan bummed. She said "Daddy, I need a balloon!" Yes, that's right. She needs a balloon. So during the break, Mark walked up and down the center aisle looking to pick up a stray balloon, with no luck. Thank goodness the show started up again shortly after Mark returned to his seat and she seemed to forget all about it. We hung around after the show to say goodbye to Dory and Nadia and the girls and found a ton of balloons under the now empty seats. So, Morgan was able to take home one of each color. Phew, crisis averted!

The show was just over an hour long and, of course, during Morgan's usual naptime. Not only did she not doze off in the car on the way home (I was shocked) but she ran and ran and jumped and bounced off the walls until bedtime. What a day! And every day since then, Morgan tells me, "I need to see Gabba again." Well of course, you need to!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

lean on me

Parker and Morgan's beloved bear, Clancy, watching the Red Wings game last night.

Lots of randomness from the last 24. Scheduled another drywall quote (thanks sis!). Edited the journaling for my pregnancy album (need to print tonight). Storytime at the library. Slides and swings at Shiawassee Park (before the rain, thank goodness).  Lunch.  2-hour afternoon naps by both kids. Put on my coziest hoodie and socks and just enjoyed the silence for a bit. Scrambled around the house looking for chocolate. I'm trying to stop eating so much (crap) and it's not going well. I resorted to making chocolate milk the old-fashioned way - milk and Hershey's syrup. Watched Parker starting to play (his reaching and grasping gets better every day). Ate Kashi crackers and string cheese with Morgan. Brainstormed my December Daily album and started consolidating my Christmas scrapbook supplies. So happy I don't have to make dinner tonight. We are having leftover enchiladas and rice...mmm!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

don't cry over stinky milk

Bummer! A couple weeks ago when Parker started giving Mark such a hard time about taking a bottle, we also realized that some of my thawed frozen breast milk stinks. Like metal. Of course, it's the really good milk from right after he was born. I'm reading up on it again and it's actually pretty common and not bad for baby. I remember this now from when Morgan was little, but she never seemed to dislike the taste. But Parker,  forget it! Even if it's mixed with fresh milk, he says no way, Jose. All of my milk from June is likely going to go to waste. At least 30 ounces worth. Poo!

In other fun news, we made a mad dash to the GAP last night after dinner and bought a whole bunch of clothes, mostly clearance stuff, for an additional 40% off. That means I got more jeans! Yippee. Leave it to me to get excited about jeans. The kids and I drove halfway across the state and back, trying to stay busy, while Mark stood in line (for nearly an hour) to pay for our goods. Totally worth the late bedtime.

I ordered Morgan's Halloween costume this morning. She will be FOOFA, of course!! :) I'm glad I got that taken care of. I was totally on track to wait-until-the-last-minute like last year. Internet shopping has really become my friend now that I'm home with 2 kids all day. Not because I'm bored and just want to buy stuff. But because they aren't always easy to shop with and we have to work around meals and naps and fun stuff. Another to-do checked off.

One of the builders that I used to work with came by this afternoon and is getting us a quote to drywall our living room. As much as Mark enjoys doing it, I'm so glad he's agreed to leave it to someone else this time and concentrate on another project. They could easily hang, tape, mud and sand in a week, while he is at work. I'd like to get a couple more quotes first, just to compare. I'm taking referrals if you have any!

Monday, October 11, 2010

weekend update

I'm in a bit of a brain fog this morning, but I thought I'd try to get a few things out:
  1. Yo Gabba Gabba was awesome and there will be a post all it's own once I get a chance to look at all the photos and videos. Morgan loved it and of course, it only encouraged her obsession.
  2. Mark and his mom had an incredibly productive weekend. They removed all of the old warped wood flooring in the living room, the carpet in our little sunroom area, and the nearly impossible slate floor from the entry and replaced it all with new subfloor. It's all pretty much ready for new bamboo floors. But first,
  3. They also started to remove the wood on the walls in our living room. We were just going to remove and drywall one wall, but I don't think we'd be completely happy with the look. So we are going to bite the bullet (assuming the drywall quotes aren't outrageous) and drywall the entire living room. It's going to look so nice and bright in there when it's done.  Here are a couple during and after pics:
We moved all of our furniture and toys into the family room for the time being.  It's nice and cozy over there. Last night though, Morgan came out of her bedroom looking for us. She is probably so used to hearing us talk and the tv on at night. It's so quiet on that side of the house now.

Today: we are contacting a couple of people to get drywall quotes this week. Plus a trip to the library to return and loan out more books for Morgan. A day long nap would be fantastic. This one-hour here, one-hour there sleep thing is really wearing on my nerves. And my patience. deep breath

Friday, October 8, 2010

looking forward

  • to a long weekend with my family, starting today. It feels like Saturday with Mark home.
  • to taking Morgan to the Fox Theatre this afternoon to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! She is going to freak.
  • to talking and visiting with my mother-in-law (thanks again for watching Parker, Linda!)
  • to Pancake Saturday. Mark and I have been trying different recipes so we can move beyond the Bisquick. I made these last weekend. Alton Brown's pancake mix got 5 stars and like 500 reviews. Definitely worth trying.
  • to running up to The Scrapbook Zone with Kristin and preparing to scrapbook next weekend.
  • to saying goodbye to our living room carpet and warped hardwood flooring. Or saying hello to a functioning master bath. The project of the weekend is still up in the air. As of this morning, I am the new self-appointed project manager for our renovations. Mark is actually excited about it and says it's just what he needs! Wish me luck as I start making lists of things to do and things to buy. And hope I don't get fired.
Have a fantastic weekend

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Parker: four months

     So many changes in one month. It's like Parker became a little boy overnight. Here's the latest:
    • tipped the scales today at 16 pounds 5 ounces (75th percentile) and 27 inches long (97th percentile). I guess that is what happens when you are eating around the clock. He is wearing 6-12 month clothes! 
    • is so damn happy. He rarely ever cries. We really lucked out...again!
    • was randomly rolling back to belly while swaddled (!) at the beginning of the month. That's when the I-just-want-to nurse-all-night-long fun began.
    • not a big fan of being bottlefed. We are experimenting with different bottles, nipples and positions. So far the Adiri bottle has been his favorite, but he still only take a couple ounces. Last week he wouldn't drink his bottle unless he could see me, which was kind of pointless.
    • is reaching for toys put in front of him and overhead. Now he is using both hands to grab objects (and of course, put them right in his mouth).
    • loves to look at his reflection in the mirror.
    • has become more vocal - happy, tired, frustrated or hungry - he's not shy about letting us know how he's feeling. The little dude can be loud!
    • graduated to baths in the kitchen sink and loves the extra room to kick and splash.
    • his moro reflex has finally disappeared.
    • started sucking his thumb and gnaws on his fists so hard he gags himself.
    • his hair has really started to grow this past month, nice and thick.
    • pumps his legs so he can bounce himself in his bouncy chair. And he loves the activity bar that attaches to it, especially the frog that plays music.
    • in fact, he loves all of those blinky-light-music-playing sensory overload-type toys.
    • enjoys walks in the stroller with the canopy back so he can look up at the sky and the trees.
    • loves to take his afternoon nap in our bed. He looks so cozy and will sleep for a good 2 hours, it's hard to not let him doze off there. Plus I can get a little rest too.
    • pulls. hard. Morgan and I have both been victims to his hair pulling and now wear ponytails almost all of the time.
    • sticks his tongue out when he is trying to do something new.
    • LOVES to watch Morgan run around, play, eat, sing and dance. He is completely mesmerized by her.
    • and last but not least, Parker rolled belly to back this past Sunday! I was so excited and he just looked at me like "what?" and did it 3 more times.
    Parker's 4 month doctor appointment was this morning and everything is great.  More vaccinations and the pediatrician gave us the okay to start giving Parker cereal if we want. He laughed like a maniac during his hip check again. And again, no camera to capture it. I can't believe how much he has grown and changed. Man oh man, do I love this little guy!

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    fall want-to's

    The kids and I met up with Sue last Friday (complete with Pumpkin Spice Chai, of course) and after she mentioned how fast September went, I started to freak a little in my head about how quickly the next three months are going to pass. There is so much happening and so much I want to do:
    • take Kristin and my mom to Elephant Ears in Ann Arbor.
    • the renovation continues but with no particular goal before the holidays. As much as I would like to say anything would be finished by Christmas, I suppose all that is important is that it's clean enough for company. I need to find my patience and accept that 'it is what it is'.
    • a trip to the zoo on a nice but cool day where the animals will be out and about instead of hiding in their caves.
    • visit my Grandpa Frahm and see my Grandma's gravesite.
    • celebrating my mom's birthday.
    • Halloween - must think of costumes. Anyone want to take a wild guess what Morgan would like to dress up as?
    • making time to scrapbook - I'm especially looking forward to making my first December Daily album. I think Ali is going to blog about it this week.
    • finding out the sexes of the twins
    • celebrating Mark's birthday.
    • Thanksgiving - thinking about going to the parade this year. I haven't been since I marched in it in high school.
    • exchanging Secret Santa names with my family.
    • I have this hairbrained idea to make Christmas ornaments. As if I don't have enough to think about. It's still an idea.
    • and of course, other customary fall activities like burning fires, drinking hot cocoa, popping popcorn, and hitting up the cider mill before they close around Thanksgiving.
    • and holiday related stuff like picking out a Christmas tree, decorating, making cookies with my mom and Kristin, taking the kiddo's (at least Morgan) to see Santa, designing and sending out cards, and oodles and oodles of gift buying.
    This week is a pretty big baby week. Not for us, but for 2 sets of very good friends of ours. I think this is the week that Tim and Andrea find out the sex of their little bean. I'm rooting for a girl so they have one of each. Dave and Angie will be welcoming their little princess, Aubrey. They too will have one of each. Plus, last week Mark's brother, Nick, found out he is going to be a daddy to a girl!! Yeah!

    Damn, I have some planning to do. But first, we are heading over to Morgan's school to visit some old friends and say hi. I asked Morgan if she'd like to go see them and she said "no thank you, mommy"  Uh oh, let's see how this goes.

    Monday, October 4, 2010

    What I Am

    We saw this on Sesame Street last week. Pretty good message for kids and adults alike. And it's one kid's song I don't mind having in my head all day long!

    Today: The sun is shining and my head is screaming. I have a sweet little girl on my lap that is telling me all the letters on the computer screen and wants mama to play Legos. So, I'm off! Happy Monday.

    P.S. Last Saturday was only 12 weeks until Christmas!

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    counting down

    Morgan took a shorter than usual nap yesterday, so to keep her quiet while Parker was sleeping, we made a "Countdown to Gabba" poster.  I printed the character coloring pages from nickjr.com for her to color while I punched out 8 circles - one for each day until we take her to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live.  I trimmed them, Morgan glued down their faces and we added "___ days 'til..." in the center.  Right now it's hanging in her room and we'll change the countdown number every morning until next Friday.  She's starting to understand more now and has been telling me "we're going to visit Gabba next week!"
    I think I'm as excited as she is!

    Today: we going to try to keep ourselves busy because it's just the three of us and it might feel a bit looonngg. Mark is going to see Thom Mayne lecture at UofM tonight after work (good luck getting in, babe), so we've planned to meet him for lunch this afternoon. Maybe a nice long walk to the park if it is as nice as it's been the past couple days. And we'll definitely be eating yogurt.

    Happy Friday!