Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Less Than Relaxing Vacation

Ricky and I added to our parenting experience points this last week. We again tried to do something fun with two kids, but things just didn't pan out. But who would expect us to know everything? Most of my fears, unfortunately, came true.

My Dad did try to warn me. He told me not to force it, but we did anyway.

So back up a ways; we planned a trip to California with Daniel and Mandy back while I was still pregnant. As the date grew closer, I knew I didn't feel comfortable enough with Taylor to go anywhere far from home. Seemed like too much work with both kids, especially when one needs to eat every 3 hours. I continually pushed those fears to the back of my mind and told myself that we could do it and I was just being irrational. But lo and behold, it was a bit too much. A baby needs a lot of attention, so it's not easy to try to go out and do something fun, like a theme park or even go to the pool. She has to be held and changed (try finding a diaper changing station in the middle of California) and fed and napped. There's no break from that at the theme park. Essentially, you are doing all the same things in a new unfamiliar and less comfortable place.

Judah did get some fun pool play time, but even he was too young to look forward to it, or be super excited about the pool. And then Ricky and I couldn't be in the pool together very much because someone needs to watch the baby. So it was either Ricky or I babysitting the baby, and the other entertaining Judah. That doesn't leave much "family bonding time."

Of course, we'll try again. But we're sure we won't plan another vacation like this until 2-3 years from now. Until then, we'll stick close to home. Short camping trips, or day trips around the state. Not anything big until the kids can pull their own weight.

So for now, we're glad to be home.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Judah's Newest Cute Things

Judah is a cutie.

Today he has been doing all kinds of cute things. He has been driving his Hot Wheels car around on everything - ground, walls, stairs, couches, baby sister. And now the cars will talk to each other from time to time by saying, "Hi, how are you?" They never answer, but definitely care about each other's well being.

Bailey was sleeping on the couch, and Judah leaned over and said, "Gimme a hug!" Bailey rolled over to expose his belly in hopes to get a quick belly rub, but after his hug, Judah was on his way again. Poor cat. Judah also shared his carrots with me during lunch today. I ate a few in hopes that I could convince him that carrots are fun to eat, but it was too late when I realized that the kid had outsmarted me. By sharing with me, he didn't have to eat hardly any. I'll have to remember that one.

Now he is walking around with his Hot Wheels bag saying "G'bye! Seeya!" (Imitating me leaving with my purse.) He's a darn cute kid.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Trying to Catch a Break

I have been trying to blog for quite some time now. It can be quite difficult with 2 kids constantly needing attention. I sit down at the computer everyday, and I get just enough time to check emails and facebook (darn facebook) and bank accounts, and then Judah has found me and I can't do anything else. Even now, I locked Judah out of the office to get some time to myself, and it only took him 2 minutes to go upstairs and wake up his sister. She still needs to sleep, so I'll just leave her there, and now Judah is locked downstairs to play by himself, which he is not happy about. I am determined to blog, so even though this is also not a good time to blog, I will anyway. I wish I had more time to blog about all the funny stuff that the kids are doing and learning. I am going to try and catch up a bit.

Ricky and I took Taylor to her 1 month doctor appointment, as well as Judah's 2 year appointment. On the way home, Taylor started crying. Both the kids were in the back seat, and Judah told Taylor "What's wrong, Tay-er? Don't cry, Tay-er," and it was the cutest thing you've ever heard. He can't pronounce his "l's" so he calls her "Tay-er" instead of "Taylor." At about 6 weeks, Taylor finally started smiling, and she would only smile in the morning right when she woke up. She'll smile more now, but it's hard to get her to. She's sleeping about 9 hours at night, so that is good for me. Unfortunately, breast feeding sucks, so I am still tired/exhausted all the time. I wish I could hire a wet nurse. Judah is putting lots of sentences together, so his speech is doing phenomenal.

We had his 2nd birthday party a few weeks ago, and it went fairly well for our first large hosting at our new home. We had both sides of the family over for a big BBQ, and Judah got more toys than he knows what to do with. The day after, he had another breathing attack and we had to take him to the hospital. He and Ricky spent the night there which sucked really bad. I stayed home with the baby, of course. Judah was being such a good kid despite the doctors not allowing him to sleep and continuously messing with him. He's pretty resilient.

His favorite movie is Toy Story which Ricky bought for him. We have watched it everyday. His new favorite toys are his Hot Wheels that he got for his birthday. They include a battery operated track with a jump that he will ask to play with every morning. "Play cars with me?" are often the first words out of his mouth. He has also moved into his "big boy bed" and Taylor has been given the crib. He loved the new big bed (bunk beds from my parents) and had no problem transitioning. So far, he has only climbed out of bed once in the middle of the night. He is also enjoying hanging out with his Uncle Luke who just moved in last week. They are going to be pals, and last night, Luke spent a lot of time showing Judah some football throwing techniques, as well as catching frogs.

Well, the baby is STILL crying, so I guess I'll attempt another blog entry sometime soon.