It's a work in progress.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Me: "Payton, where did the sun go?"
Payton: Very matter of factly "It's behind the clouds Mom."
Me: Laughing "Is it hiding?"
Me: "I wish it would come out and play."
Payton: "Don't worry Mom, I'll blow the clouds away"
And has since been asking all morning to go out and blow the clouds away!
During night time prayer,
Me: "Is there anything you would like to thank Jesus for tonight Payton?"
Payton: Thinking a moment "Fries and chocolate milk!"
And we did.
Monday, March 26, 2007
That Spring really is here!
Sunshine, flowers peeking their heads out, and Hummingbirds!
I'm still here and I'm still mostly sane!! haha! Adjusting to having 2 is quite difficult. I haven't figured out how I'm going to make everything run smoothly around here but I'm working on it. Samara pretty much runs the show at the moment, she went from sleeping well during the day to not wanting to sleep, well in your arms she might but not in the bassinet. That makes it rather difficult to get anything else done and my house is suffering. I was frustrated last night because Rod really pitched in and helped me on Sat for a couple hours and we got a lot done, but the clutter was still around and by last night everything looked like we hadn't done anything...Sigh....
Our company postponed their trip as they are concerned about driving through the mountains because the weather is still unpredictable. It's probably good, although I was disappointed because we had such a rough week last week we would have all been tired and that doesn't make a good visit. Hopefully in a month things will be running a little smoother!
So I won't be blogging nearly as much because my spare time is limited, HAHA who am I fooling? What spare time??
Sunday, March 25, 2007
To my friend Kay!!
Love you girl!
We had a little better night. I tried to let Rod sleep as much as I could and Payton slept in so Rod's feeling pretty rested. Samara and I were up before everyone and they were getting up as she was ready for a nap. So I went back to bed as well. slept from 9ish until 12!! It's amazing how a few hours sleep can feel so good!! Now if we can get Pay down for her nap(Samara is sleeping again) we can attack the house for a bit.
For your(and my) amusement I've pulled out some early Payton pics to compare with Samara pics. Can you tell who's who? I'll post answers later. Some are easy, there are clues if you know what to look for. Have fun.
5. Payton (it does look like me when I was newborn though)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Payton has a cold. She's being a stinker and not trying to sleep. Then when she did give in and go to sleep(for all of 10min), her cold woke her up!! ARGH!! She is finally(after 10) sleeping again but from the sounds of her breathing will be up again.
Samara decided she didn't want to go to sleep in her bassinet tonight, then when she finally did. She pooped...and she pooped big. After I got her changed ect, she was completely awake again and doesn't want to sleep in the bassinet again. She is now over tired...sigh.....and soon I will be. Rod is trying to convince her the bassinet is good at the moment. She is so little I can't let her cry it out, so we go back comfort and put her back. There has been A LOT of trips to the bedroom tonight, and none of them involve sleep for us! I was seriously hoping for a 9 o'clock bedtime tonight. HAHA dream on girl!
When did bedtime get to be so hard?
It's 11:30, she's been out for 15min, Payton is asleep, and I will be as soon as I hit publish and crawl under the covers. Any of you still awake out there please pray for no more pooping! LOL!!
And not in a good way!
Samara didn't have her afternoon nap yesterday and man did she make us pay for it! I'm having a hard time with making sure she gets the sleep she needs(she doesn't sleep well, if at all, when we are out), and making sure Payton gets the activity she needs. Right when Sam is sleeping(mid morning and mid afternoon usually) is right when I would have been making sure Pay was getting outside or out somewhere to play. She needs the activity, she needs the interaction. Sigh.....
New bedtime routines starting tonight to hopefully help save my sanity. Rod's new job started this week, and he will now be getting home an hour earlier!! YEAH!!! We can actually have dinners as a family!! I'm very excited. So bedtimes will be stricter and include both girls. We'll see how it goes and adjust accordingly. I think Samara will be a routine baby like Pay was, like most babies are. Just have to get started on it. I was going to wait until after our company left but there's no time like the present! Needless to say, I won't be going out much in the evenings for awhile!! Call me a homebody!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Only 4 brave guessers on the guessing game? That's sad....
Very tired today. Think I'm going to fold some laundry and go to bed(baby permittng). Shoot! There she is, oh well.
Good night everyone.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We are getting company!!
My mom told me last week that my Aunt Wanda and Uncle Jim were coming out from Alberta for a visit around Easter! Yeah!!
My Aunt Donna just called and said that her, her girls, and my Grandma are coming out for a visit too, they should be here THIS WEEKEND!!! Its going to be a short visit but I'll take what I can get!
I'm SO SO SO excited!!! I miss them SO much!!!
Driving in the car, waiting to turn left:
Payton, "Go Mama Go!!"
Me, "I'll go as soon as I can hon, I have to wait for the cars to be out of the way. You don't want to me to hit anyone do you?"
Payton, "Don't worry Mom, they'll move"
Me Using the washroom,
Payton, "Are you going pee Mom?"
Me, "Yes Payton."
Payton, "Are you going to poop Mom?"
Me, "Maybe Payton."
Payton, "In the potty Mom?"
Me, "Yes Payton."
Payton, "Good job Mom!! I'm so excited! You get potty treats!"
Getting ready to go out,
Me, "Come on Payton find some shoes so we can go."
Payton, "ok Mom" fiddles about
Me, "Payton, get your shoes, don't you want to go see Ethan?"
Payton, "Soon enough Mom, soon enough."
Friday, March 16, 2007
Guess I should have edited these a bit but as both the girls are asleep I'm going directly to bed after hitting publish. I can always edit later.
Posted by Michelle at 12:53 pm
Payton would poop every 7-10 days. I was fine with that. Samara on the other hand is easily 7-10 times a day. The actual changing of the diaper doesn't bother me, it's the fact that even when she would have slept 3-4 hours between feedings at night she will be woken up after an hour or maybe 2 because she needs to be changed.
10:30- she was(finally) down for the night
11:00- I decided she was finally staying down and went to bed.
11:30- Still awake because I couldn't sleep(what's with that)
12:45- Samara needs a change, then of course wanted a top up, then took about 30min to settle back to sleep.
1:30ish-back to sleep
2:30ish-Samara needs a change, I had her laying on the bed in front of me to give her a minute to finish, I am drinking a glass of water when suddenly I just drop the glass(how I managed to simply drop it is beyond me), cold water all over my lap, and the bed. I somehow miss the baby thank goodness. Clean up that, change the baby, feed her.
3:30ish-back to sleep
6:15-Samara needs a change again, then as I'm trying to feed her back to sleep Payton is up.
Anyone else out there had a baby who would poop almost every couple hours? How long will this keep up? I am easily more tired now than a couple weeks ago, it's starting to catch up with me I guess.
On another topic altogether, today is Rod's last day at his current job! Scary but very very exciting. I pray this is the right move for him, that this is where he is supposed to be for now.
Going to go get changed so I can take Payton for a play date, maybe I'll get a good nap out of her today(unlike yesterday).
Have a good day everyone.
Posted by Michelle at 7:59 am
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I could sleep all day. Only I can't..whine whine....complain complain....
Samara didn't get a good nap yesterday and consequently was way overtired last night. It was a late late night. Today I am hoping for a nap. The mess can wait.
Samara is a month old today!! She weighed in at 9lbs 12 ounces yesterday so she's growing very well!
EI messed up on processing Rod's parental leave. They got the start day wrong even though he told them the 15th, and for some reason Rod's new job is complicating things as well. I don't see why because when he applied he hadn't taken the job yet, and it doesn't start for a month after his claim. Grrrrr.......we need that money for things like rent......very frustrating!
Yup, I'm really not interesting today, just tired. Maybe it's time for some pictures.
Posted by Michelle at 9:23 am
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This has been how many days in a row? Excellent!
Nothing to exciting today. I'm tired, very very tired. You know the tired when all you can think about is how your going out today and are not going to get even the opportunity to try to nap so are forced to count down the hours until bedtime.
As we were putting Payton to bed last night Rod noticed the floor was wet. Oh dear. The water was coming in through the floor? Wall? I don't remember but from somewhere it shouldn't to torment me. It happened once last year and I thought they had fixed the problem, I'm guessing they thought they had as well. Oh well, so we tried to dry out the carpet some and had to move the bed as it's press board and the wet would ruin it. To move the bed somewhere dry we had to move the bookshelf which involved taking everything off it and so on and so on. There is an even bigger mess around here than there was now.......Sigh........Anyways to make a long story short we all got to bed very very late, then Payton was up early. Today's going to be fun, oh well we'll have to make the best of it.
On a good note, the carpet seems to be drying quickly! We have a midwife appointment this morning and we are all fed, brushed, dressed and ready to go! Accomplishment I tell you big big accomplishment......
And just for laughs Damomma has a great new post here.
Posted by Michelle at 9:31 am
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Feeling rather dry in my faith lately, been feeling a gentle prodding or rather a swift kick back in the right direction. I feel different these days and have to re-evaluate myself, and my relationship with God. I feel excited though, like I'm discovering how much I really missed and loved an old friend and am so glad they are still around. Something is in the air lately, a shift, a change, I'm not sure what this year holds but something is definitely in the works. I pray that I can grasp hold of what I need to and hang on for the duration.
Found this today, made me think. For the whole post go here.
Galatians 4: 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
I turn back because it’s easier….I turn back because I forget that THAT is my wetness, like a fish in a goldfish bowl I forget that I am even wet, that I am that prone to sin, I don't even see it as sin...??…..and in the forgetting I get further and further away from God…He doesn’t leave me, He knew I was wet in the first place... but in my forgetting I get further away from Him……I turn back because it’s just easier to live in my wetness than to see how WET I am…..a faith walk is HARD WORK but the benefits far outweigh the work of it…..it’s just easier to BE WET……
Posted by Michelle at 3:18 pm
Monday, March 12, 2007
I've been concentrating on just getting by, on being the best mom I can be and figure out how everything is going to work now. Between not being able to do anything for awhile, being sick, migraines, and plain old fatigue my house is a disaster. Yet it's not the end of the world, it won't be like this forever(maybe until we have more space though). I've got a lot on my mind, emotions are very present, here comes the amazing part. I feel peace.
I haven't been good with bible reading, or praying even, but I have been trying to feel God. Feel him in my life and let him touch me, let him guide me, and show through me. He's there. I still don't know how everything is going to work out, where what we need is going to come from but right now at this very moment I know it will. And that's enough.
I was blog surfing earlier as I was grabbing some lunch and came upon this quote "Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the realization that there is something more important than fear." here. Very powerful, thought I would pass it along.
Posted by Michelle at 1:21 pm
Another migraine this AM. It sucks. At least I caught it early when Samara woke to eat and was able to take drugs and go back to sleep. But still, it's crazy annoying.
Samara does WAY better sleeping in her bassinet, it blows me away. After Payton who thought you were killing her if you put her in the bassinet and probably only slept all of 10min in it at a time. Everyone has been a lot happier around here the last couple of nights now that we are figuring out what Samara wants and needs for her own specific personality. It re-enforces that everyone is born with such different personality. I remember thinking so many times when Payton was little that I was doing something wrong, that it was my fault she was fussy. It took a long time to believe I was doing a good job!
I started Payton in panties(AGAIN) this morning. She more than capable of peeing on the potty, she just hasn't wanted to. Now she has no choice! I bought chocolate eggs yesterday for a special incentive(the stickers just weren't doing it) and she's currently eating #3, and has tried more times than that. She really wants those eggs! I think she's going to be on a sugar high today.
I have more I want to write but the brightness of the monitor is hurting my head so it will have to wait.
Happy Monday everyone.
Posted by Michelle at 9:28 am
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Well, good news and bad news. I was up almost all night again last night. The good news was it wasn't Samara keeping me up. I was sick, I had a very upset stomach. It was annoying to be up when Samara was sleeping, I was so thankful to have Rod there to help me.
Samara was so overdone last night. She couldn't figure out how to get to sleep. I knew I couldn't let her cry and decided to see if I could help her get to sleep another way. I made sure she was fed, changed, and ready for sleep. I wrapped her up, cuddled her for a few minutes and put her in her bed. Every few minutes she would complain, I would go immediately to her pick her up, comfort her until she stopped complaining(usually a minute or less), offer her the soother, re-wrap her if she needed and put her back in her bed. And surprise surprise, it only took about 30-40min and she went to sleep. It was fun when Payton woke up and I was going back and forth between the bedrooms. I can't imagine having multiples! After she went to sleep she woke about every 3 hours to eat and immediately went back to sleep, I re-wrapped her and put her in her bassinet. I actually thinks she sleeps better in it! One time when she needed changing she just kinda dozed through it and was fine when we put her back to bed. I was amazed. Today for her nap I followed the same procedure and it was a pleasant experience. I know it won't always go smoothly but at least I have a game plan now!
Of course it wasn't long after going to bed that I woke in pain but you can't win them all! At least I seem to be over whatever it was now. Here's to hoping for good sleep tonight!
Posted by Michelle at 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Who is overtired. We had a hard night. A very very hard night. 4 people, very little sleep, it did not make for a happy morning.
I had a fabulous afternoon though(thank you thank you thank you)!!
We are gearing up for another hard night. I have a headache already. Samara has hardly slept at all today, she was wide eyed and observant. Now thinks she needs daddy to be carrying her a certain way, moving a certain way to even close her eyes. Then says SURPRISE every time we think she's dozing. She's overdone, and very soon, so will we be. I think from spending the last couple weeks observing Samara that she's very observant and aware of her surroundings, light, movement, noises, all seem to keep her from sleeping. With Payton she always wanted to be moving, with Samara she's more aware of movement around her. I think maybe even my movement when she's in bed with me has been disturbing her. I'm not sure if I'm making any sense of this so I will stop rambling and move on.
We will be figuring out a schedule, a gentle one because she is so young, to encourage her to sleep. I feel mean even considering letting her cry, even for a minute or 2 because she is so little. I don't think I could do it. I think something more like a bedtime routine so she knows what to expect and going to her when she fusses but being consistent with putting her back to bed afterwards. The frustrating part is that she usually takes good naps in her bassinet, just not at night.
The good thing is that having already gone through this with Payton, I know it's only temporary and I know I CAN do this. So often with Payton there did not seem an end in sight, but there was. Really this newborn sleeplessness that seems never ending is only a very short piece of parenting, and thank goodness for that! I'm very tired but so much more relaxed than last time.
Sigh.....we'll figure it out eventually.
Posted by Michelle at 11:04 pm
Friday, March 09, 2007
I got Samara smiles today! I'm so excited!! 4 or 5 full on grins at Mom, one accompanied with a happy noise! I love it!
Posted by Michelle at 9:49 pm
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Samara is sleeping.
I just put Payton down for her nap.
Was going to clean, need to clean, want to clean.
Vision is going, a migraine is coming....AGAIN. Second time this week. First one took 3 days to be gone completely. This morning was the first time this week I though to myself I feel good.(Then my kid was a stinker all morning but that's another story)
Off to find the T3's and hope my girls sleep for a bit.
Posted by Michelle at 11:15 am
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
We've been doing pretty well. Trying to adjust and figure out how everything is going to work. Had a migraine yesterday, a really intense one. I still have a headache left from it today. Payton has been really whiny and pushing her boundaries, and has started this fake crying thing which drives me bananas. I'm trying really hard to be patient but at the same time not let her get away with anything. It's really difficult.
I'm not quite sure how I'm going to keep this place neat for the next little while. I find I don't have much childless time and the few minutes I steal just don't stretch far enough. When Samara is sleeping I try to get some stuff accomplished but Payton needs some Mommy time as well. If Samara will sit in the swing for 10min it is usually used for dressing/cleaning Payton, or feeding her or myself. Naps very rarely overlap. Which at the moment they are both sleeping, I will very quickly be getting off here and trying to find my floors.
I haven't been on the computer much and when I have been there hasn't been time to leave comments but I have still been reading. Actually I tried leaving a couple comments over the last couple of days but the visual verification on those particular blogs hasn't been letting me(it won't display the letters). So I gave up since I don't have time to fiddle with it and figure out why.
K gotta run before my girls wake up, maybe I'll have more time tonight for more specific updates. But no promises!
Posted by Michelle at 12:47 pm
Friday, March 02, 2007
Today is the first day at home without Rod. It's actually going pretty well(I should bite my tongue!).
Payton just went down for her nap(I think she is finally asleep). Hmm....I think that is the baby I hear, it figures! Oh well, at least I can feed uninterrupted!!
Posted by Michelle at 1:12 pm