..Summer of Fun..

I love summer.  I love waking up to the sun shining, birds chirping and the smell of flowers.  Know what else I love?  Sofia sleeping in.  It’s 8:56 and where is my 5 year old?  Still in bed.  WOOT!  Best morning ever.  Both Fi and baby are sleeping, leaving me to enjoy my morning coffee and Gossip Girl addiction all by my lonesome.  Ok, ok not entirely alone, Mya is snoozing beside me on the couch.  Looks as though I’m the only one not sleeping.  For once, that is a-ok with me.

..Summer of Fun..

While the kiddies sleep and I’m being entertained by Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen (which btw, after the 5th season the acting and story plotlines just get cray cray!!  I still watch for some reason that I’m unsure of) I’ll entertain you with my ‘Summer of Fun Must-Bring List’..

During my first few park outings I discovered you need to carry essentials with you everywhere/every time you venture out.

Summer of Fun Must-Bring List

Snacks:  Because even though you may have eaten breakfast/lunch before heading out, kids are always hungry.  Always.  Actually, just bring your fridge and pantry with you.  No matter what snacks I bring alone, the child will inevitably want something I don’t have.  Or something others have. Like ice cream or sno-cones.

Blanket: This one I’m still having issues remembering but it should be the first thing I pack.  It’s so handy to whip out and lay the baby down on.  Without one, things like this happen.. at least he was protected from the weeds, right?

..Summer of Fun..

Sunscreen: I’m crazy about sun protection, applying and reapplying it during the day.  It’s become a staple item in the diaper bag these days. The thought of developing skin cancer scares me and I don’t care if that means staying nice and pastey white.

Water: This seems like a given but I’ve been known to have forgotten it. This must must must never happen as chaos is bound to ensue.. and not just by the kids either!

Diapers, change of clothes, extra shoes: These seem like no brainers as well but trust me, even on little walks they need to be with you.  Guaranteed ‘someone’ will decide it’s poop day and it’ll get everywhere. We MAY have had to dress Gabe in Sofia’s clothes, a pair of panties, and a woman’s pad in the past..you know, because we forgot.  Poor guy!

At any rate, we try try try to make sure all items are present on walks.  Ok, I try.  I like to think it’s a group effort but it’s mainly me.

Let the summer of fun continue on!

..Summer of Fun..

..One Month..

Gabriel is officially one month old today.  We survived!  And life with two kids?  In a nutshell…  Busy.  Tiring.  Interesting.  Some days I want to run away and others I am so happy I could split at the seams.  Not to say that it isn’t hard, because it is.  Having an active 5 year old going through Mom withdrawal and a baby attached to your hip sometimes makes me long for the single days.  The other day Jordan and I went to Superstore sans kids and we couldn’t believe how easy and fast leaving the house and shopping was. We were gone for less than 40 minutes and managed to shop, pay, and drive there and back.  It was amazing and surreal!  I also miss having time to shower and eat in peace, but we’ll get there eventually.  Give it 18 more years, right?

It’s also crazy how different two babies can be.  Gabriel is ALL about Mom, poor Dad is left in the dark.  And will NOT sleep alone.  It’s like pulling teeth! He finally took the soother yesterday as well, but will spit that baby out if things don’t go his way!  Sofia on the other hand?  Was sleeping in her crib, in her room at one month.  She wouldn’t take the soother and would go to both Jordan and myself.  But she was a crier!  Partly likely due to the sans soother problem. I’m hoping to curb Gabriel’s crying habits with a baby carrier (as well as soother…wish I had done this more with Sofia, but oh well).  I can only carry the little gaffer so long before my arms start to give out.  He’s also gaining weight like crazy, so if he keeps this up the arm pain will only get worse!  Another difference?  Gabriel is a GREAT eater.  Prefers breastfeeding to bottle and we haven’t had to supplement, whereas with Sofia I was pumping, nursing and supplementing to maintain her weight.  It’s so refreshing to not have to really worry about that this time, except for the non-stop feeding spurts that Gabe has.  The boy wants to eat all.the.time.  Wears a girl out!

We’re also still dealing with jealousy issues with Sofia and working on establishing new routines and traditions with our family of 4.  It’s difficult when she can remember a time when she was the only one and can reference specific events and dates.   I know it’ll get better but it’s challenging, especially early in the morning when she just doesn’t want to listen.  Also frustrating when she dotes on her little brother, but then carries around a picture of the 3 of us , kissing it, saying…I miss when it was just us 3…

I’m happy to announce that despite the big changes we’ve gone through, my depression and anxiety have so far been under control.  There are some days where I’m not sure I can handle everything as I seem to have forgotten some things about babies and newborns, then adding in another kid on top of it, but I’m feeling MUCH better than what I was back in October.  The big thing I’m dealing with is lack of sleep, especially since Gabe likes to get up at 3/4 am after getting to bed around 11/midnight.  Sometimes I can’t fall back asleep so that mixed in with endless morning cries makes me feel a little crazy some days.  Then add in Sofia’s daily morning meltdown because I wasn’t able to help her get dressed and I’m done before the day even begins.  Looking forward to sleeping again one day!  Just hoping it’s in the near future.  Must remind myself not to compare Gabe to Sofia in case he doesn’t sleep 12hrs come 6 months old…:p

Here are some updated Sofia quotes to end off my post.  One thing I’ve started working on again are these, so hopefully I can keep writing them down before my lack of brain forgets.  Enjoy and Happy Friday!  😀

Holding Gabe..

I’m saving him from you.  Muhahahaha!!

Just an FYI, Mya..

I know you love him but you have to be good [for the record, Mya was sleeping on the couch at the time, lol]

One more thing..

Mya, when you scratch I can see your bum

On crying in the car seat..

Brother just cries in there.  I never hear him say, ‘it’s okay, I’ll be alright’.

Valentine’s from a boy [it read that he thought Sofia was pretty]..

Why does he say this and then calls me stupid?  That doesn’t make any sense.

..One Month..

..One Month..

..One Month..

* Family and sibling photos are credit to Lisa with O’Snap Photography, who is absolutely fantastic!!*

..Sofiaisms, the big sister..

So as many of you have probably noticed, well at least I’d like to think that you have, I haven’t been blogging as often as I once used to.  As in none at all.  I mean, after ALL my counting down I have yet to blog about our trip to Sasquatch!  Just been too tired and sick to write.  Why’s that?  Well, we finally decided to come ‘out of the closest’ and reveal why… mainly because we couldn’t keep it secret any longer and too many people were guessing/finding out/people telling other people in secret – but not really secret.  Know what I mean?  Are you confused yet?

Well, the reason for my tiredness and sickness (aka constant, all day nausea) is this…

..Sofiaisms, the big sister..

That’s right, Sofia’s going to be a big sister!!  It’s exciting and a little scary at the same time.  We’ll be going back to square one again.  All night feedings, no sleep, diaper changes, all with a 5 year old to also take care of.  One word: Frightening!  At least Mya will no longer be a puppy (saving grace?).

At any rate, we’re excited and we’re not the only ones.  Sofia has been talking for ages about being a big sister (before this even came into light) and she’s finally getting her wish!

When we first told Sofia that we were having a baby..

Mom is having a baby!  Today?!?!  No, not today.  Tomorrow?!?!  No no, not for awhile.  Maybe for our fifth birthday.  Oh.  When I’m FIVE?!  And believe me, her facial expression was NOT impressed that this was to be her birthday gift (insert laughter here).

Her first choice of the baby’s gender…

If it’s a girl I will change it to a boy

Sofia on size…

Mom, you’re looking a little fat

Changing her mind…

Mom, will you tell the baby to be a sister?

Cuddling during a movie one night…

I REALLY hope it’s a sister!

When Sofia was in my belly…

When I was in your belly, did you want me to be a girl or a boy?

On baby names…

Sofia, what should we name the baby?  Poopers Mya!  *once again, bad choice on dog nicknames!*

Just to give you a sense of how things are for me right now, this post took over a week for me to write (a week!!  Pre-preggo I used to write posts in under an hour.  Ohhhhh, how I miss those days!).  I apologize if you don’t hear from me too often over the next little while!  I’m probably laying on the couch sleeping, eating doughnuts, or hugging the toilet…

..Sofiaisms, day twelve..

Sofia’s been on a role lately with her silly stories and comments on anything and everything.  The girl literally never stops talking.  She talks so much it’s almost too difficult to write it all down!  She goes from one thought to another in less than a minute.  The girl’s got skill!

Here are a few of the ones I’ve managed to document…

Pretending there’s tea in a cup, in the tub…

There’s a little bit of tea in it and when you drink it, it’s tasty

Yelling at the rubber ducky…

Float!  Stop falling over and float!  I’M SERIOUS!!

Glasses wearing…

Mom, why you wear your glasses?  You look nicer without them

Tucking her skirt into her skirt…

It looks pretty this way, like a dress.  Why everyone ask me why I tuck it in?  Why you tuck it in Sofia?!  [exasperated sigh]

All the muffins went moldy…

It’s ok Mom, Mya did it

Monster!…

I must wear a cape and scare people.  It’s my destiny!

fia

..A Little Of Me..

My finger hat.

It’s difficult to hide the fact I’m a ‘paper pusher’ while sporting one of these all day…

..A Little Of Me..

Where I work…

..A Little Of Me..

and sit, read, and write at lunch while sunning my white-as-rice legs…

..A Little Of Me..

My Target dream finally came true this week…

..A Little Of Me..

How I stretch out the joints…

..A Little Of Me..

The mess I clean up after Mya’s separation-anxiety-from-Dad tantrum…

..A Little Of Me..

Less than two weeks of freaking out and preparing for fun…

..A Little Of Me..

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

The last few Sofia posts (here and here) we were battling crazy colds that wouldn’t take a hike.  It seems the colds have decided to leave and a virus take over instead.  You know, because one sickness just wasn’t enough for us.  The only difference this time around is that the weather has taken a nice turn.  I mean, real nice.  July nice.

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

Yes, we have our air conditioning set up in our room already.  It’s glorious!  Of course this wonderfully warm day was the worst for Sofia.  The fever started late Saturday night and continued until early Monday morning, ranging in the 39-40 degree ranges.  It involved negotiations to take tylenol, eat popsicles, and apply a cool face cloth and she wanted nothing to do with any of these things.  It was torture trying to administer anything.  Luckily she did keep drinking water, which was vital in keeping her hydrated.  The only thing I was able to convince her to do was take a bath, until she realized the bath didn’t feel great on her skin.   Oh, and sleep as well, which is a rarity in our house.  Sofia will NEVER voluntarily take a nap or just go to bed.  Never in a million years.  It likely won’t happen again for a very long time.

IM..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

A couple times on Sunday I began to wonder if she should go to the hospital. She would wake up disoriented, not knowing where she was, and would scream and cry uncontrollably.  I had to hold her tight against me, which is tough when your kid is hot like an oven (Sofia was even blowing on her skin to cool it down, she was so hot).  It was tiring and a little scary at times, for all of us.  I think even Mya was exhausted as she was unbelievably good for me on Sunday.  Oh, did I mention that Jordan worked all Sunday as well?  So it was just me and Sofia and the virus.  Fun times.

Mom, I feel like I’m melting

I will have to say, despite feeling awful, the girl didn’t forget about my promise to plant our sunflower.  Last year my Mother-In-Law gave us a sunflower pellet from The Enjoy Centre and I figured it was time to finally grow it.  On Friday I promised we would do some planting while Dad was at work on Sunday, so low-and-behold while in her feverish stupor Sofia begged to help me.  It was difficult for her to be outside for too long with the heat, but we huddled in what little shade my front lawn provided and made it work.

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

We then planted some wildflowers that will apparently produce flowers by the time Fall comes around.  One come only hope they bloom sooner, but who knows?  I’ve also had these seeds for a long time, so time will tell.  Regardless, it will be fun to take care of our plants together, she’s quite excited to see how they turn out.

..Sofiaisms, the sickness prevails..

Sick and crying..

Sometimes when you’re sick you cry

Jordan stayed home with Sofia and got to watch my little pony all day.

Asked him if he is now in love with the show…

Actually he’s in love with you!!

Who’s more fun to stay home with…

Mommy, but Daddy’s number two.

Still has her sense of humor…

I think my nose is running

Well let’s go downstairs and see if we can catch it

Oh Mom, that was funny

I’m very happy to announce that Sofia is finally coming around and feeling better.  She’s still more tired than usual and irritable  but hopefully by the weekend she’ll be back to normal again, just in time for Mother’s Day!!