Tuesday, March 31, 2009
When Carter and I went to Target today I saw bunny ears. I want to say I walked passed them...I want to say I realized that putting bunny ears on a boy is just wrong wrong wrong...I want to say that I had the will power...
He wasn't happy about these ears what-so-ever. He ripped them off multiple times. I literally put these ears back on his head 10 times to get an ok photo on my phone to send to Chad. And Chad just sighed. He has to know that I am bunny crazy. And Easter time is a dangerous time to leave me alone with Carter.
It is taking ALL of my willpower to not dress him like a bunny. I want to SO bad.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
And really - what harm is it for him to get a little messy here and there? He has a bath shortly after dinner anyways.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Uncle Lee sat down next to me at the dinner table and started talking to me. I asked where he lived and he said, "I live in a nursing home, but it's ok with me because nursing home chicks are easy."
From that day forward - Uncle Lee was pretty awesome in my book.
I took this picture on the way to the cemetary. Right after I took the picture - I sent it to Chad and he responded, "Who's kid is that?!"
We're sad that Carter never had the chance to meet uncle Lee. But we know he would have liked him - a whole lot.
We also bumped up his bedtime some (thank you Wendy) since I guess babies get overly tired and then can't sleep. Who knew?
Another tactic we're trying (which I was a freak about at first) is - letting him sleep with his blankie. He has a green blanket that he LOVES (thank you great grandma Mee). I have been following the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on babies and blankets in cribs (they state that infants cannot have blankets or toys in cribs while they sleep until they can roll, sit up and grab things with their hands). But - he is officially allowed to have a blanket at night now. So the blanket went in and he cuddled with it all night.
Other Misc tactics: Our happy faces are still up on the wall, we have the baby aquarium running in full force and we use lavender baby massage gel at night to help calm him down.
Now - I am not saying he's sleeping through the night. BUT he is sleeping more throughout the night. Which is a huge step for us. Thank you to everyone for helping us with this. Some of you have heard about Carter's sleep for months now and calmly still listen to me rant about it. We have friends that have given very helpful advice, have offered to watch Carter so we can get sleep, have brought us beer when we are pulling our hair out, still love us when we look like crap from not sleeping, you name it.
Thank you to everyone. Now, just remember how much you loved us and Carter when he's 16 and just smashed your mailbox off it's stand with a baseball bat.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Not because we hated our house or because we wanted to leave that bad - but because every Realtor we talked to said we should lower our price, expect long waits on the market - and some even said we should renovate our house - but still accept less money. Nope - 11 days on the market and it went pending - and at asking price. So shove it realtors!
We're actually moving because of Chad's long commute. He drives to Canton (near Akron) every single day. Which is a little over an hour in the car ... each way.
Now, I would like to tell you that we have another home lined up. But...we do not. We had a home lined up - but the company that owns the house (a relocation company) refuses to negotiate with us because our closing date is too far out still (they will only accept a 30 day close) and in their minds...buyers are falling out of the sky...all with 30 day closes in mind.
So, the saga continues...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Needless to say - I called the Doctor again today to beg for any bit of advice that he may have been holding out on me before (in the 500 times that I had asked the same question). I have tried every sleep training method, every piece of advice from family, friends, doctors, books, random internet people, ANYONE. And nothing is working. We have been trying to sleep train him for months now. M-O-N-T-H-S
The doctor said, "Wow - you have a fighter on your hands!" So needless to say - we have our work cut out for us. We are now trying some far reaching/last resort (before we go nuts) tips.
Last resort tip 1: Put pictures of us on the wall. So that when Carter wakes up and wonders where we are - there are the freaky 1-D mommy and daddys staring at him. I can't make this stuff up - the doctor actually recommended this.
Last resort tip 2: An aquarium. Carter likes his crib music toys - but the musical ones only play music for about 2 minutes. The aquarium has fishies floating around while music (or water sounds) play for (what seems like) forever. And then the fish stop and the music and lights slowly fade out.
Yup - there are our smiley faces....freakishly staring down at Carter. I am contimplating adding word bubbles...that change weekly. If there were current word bubbles right now...mine could say, "remember these pictures Carter so that you can explain your parental paranoia to your therapist someday."
Lesson 1: Foosball is an important part of a male's life.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This is SO being returned.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have been trying to catch it with the camera...but I am always seconds short. This is as close as I have gotten so far.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Me: The news just had a segment on blue herrons nesting in the metro parks - maybe that's why all of those people were pulled over watching the trees when we drove through the other day
Chad: people pull over to watch birds nest?
Me: I guess
Chad: How fun could that be?
Me: And how long would it take?
Chad: Look honey - a blue herron is flying in with twigs in it's mouth
Me: Aww..and now it's weaving the twigs together with grass to build a nest
Chad: And now it's flying away to go get more twigs - wonder how long before it comes back
Me: What a boring process to watch
Chad: Maybe it would be better with beer
Me: So, we'd be sitting in our car..pulled off to the side of the metro parks, drinking and watching birds build nests?
Chad: Yea - that sounds awful
Me: But you would watch it, and maybe even DVR it, if it were on planet earth on tv
Chad: Well then it would be in HD
Me: So it would be clear enough that you felt like you were there?
Me: So we wouldn't watch it in person - but we would watch it on tv..in HD so it felt like we were there
Chad: But we could do it from our couch...while drinking beer
Me: Makes sense
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So today (during a mini-meltdown) I went on a binky search. And lookie what I found behind the crib (ignore the dust bunnies..I cleaned those up too).
Carter has added the word "DaDa" to his baby babble vocabulary.
He doesn't seem to know what it means just yet. But whenever Chad gets home, walks into a room, or calls I say "DaDa!" and he gets excited and smiles really big. So at least he knows he likes the word.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Judge Carter thinks that Pooh's "It wasn't me - it was catherine cow" excuse was pathetic. He isn't havin' the bro's before ho's crap in his court.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
So we checked out two places this weekend. The first place had a lot of potential - and we may do a trial run with them.
The second was not as fun (we did our trial run). Plus, they made us wear name tags (Carter had to wear one too). Which, just seems goofy to me. "Hello - my name is stop talking to me...i'm playing"
We did have fun though. Carter liked the toys - and always enjoys blankly staring at other babies.
So, to sum it up - thanks a ton trad and michael...it looks like we may have to buy our 7 month old an iphone. What do you plan to introduce him to next? A bentley?
Friday, March 6, 2009
We actually had to leave the baby section in Target and go to the shoe section where we learned that he's in 18 month sized shoes and he's 7 months old!
But seriously...how freaking cute is this mini shoe box?!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I am attempting to use Chad's old (ridiculously slow) computer right now to just get a little bit of a blogging fix before I start to shake. I don't think I have any pictures to post either. I'll see what is on Chad's computer...but even that thought makes me nervous.
So, the photo options on his computer were either the kentucky derby from a million years ago, or St Pattys Day from a million years ago. So here it is...Chad and Wang from St pattys day a million years ago. Wang - you betta' appreciate that I didn't post the wig pictures.