Friday, April 29, 2011

Mission half way succeeded...

So, our mission was not exactly a failure. We put Evan down at 7 and he slept until 4am. When I think about it I have no idea what I was thinking. He sleeps 8 hours every night (I know that is 9 hours, look at my big boy sleeping 9 whole hours!!). Anyways, he has been sleeping 7-8 hour for about a month now. I guess I thought wishful thinking would magically have him sleep from 7 to 7! HAHA. I really must be going crazy! Here I thought I was getting enough sleep. The good news is he woke up at 4, I change his diaper, fed him, and then he went right back to sleep until 7. I can live that!

Since we were up at four you would think we watched the wedding, but we didn't. I figured I would get enough of the details watching my talk shows...yeah the life of a stay at home mom! Evan did tell me he loved Kate's dress. It was just like he though it would be! Silly, Evan! :)

As good as last night was, we tried a different plan tonight. We put Evan to bed at 9:30. We were aiming for nine, but sometimes it just takes a little while longer than expected....kids! He is down and asleep. We are going to "dream feed" him. Supposedly, he will basically eat in his sleep and it will help him sleep a few extra hours because he won't wake up hungry. We will see how this goes. I am really nervous because I hate messing with a sleeping baby, but my cousin, Andrea, swears by it and I trust her! It is worth a try. Worst case, I am up rocking a baby to sleep. I can handle it! So we will see!




My happy boy!



Elvis lip!

Dog-gone adorable!!




My clothesline.



It was finally sunny!




It isn't fancy, but it gets the job done.



Thanks Mark!!




He was outside helping me with the clothes line.



He likes to taste the wind!




Alright a quick update for me. We fed Evan at 11:30, two hours after we put him down. He only drank 1.5 ounces of milk, but we will see if it holds him any longer. He should sleep past 5:30....on a normal schedule! Strangely, feeding him asleep worked. He was completely asleep and drank his milk. Very odd, but neat!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We are on a misson...

Mark and I are trying to get Evan to go to bed earlier. Evan usually takes a nap around 7 or 8 and will stay asleep until 10:30, eat, then go to sleep. Well, we just wanted to see what happens when we put him in his crib at seven, ready for bed. So, that is what we are trying tonight. I don't have much confidence, but it is 9:50 and he is still sound asleep. Plus, I figured if he wakes up early, I will have the royal wedding to watch.

In addition to putting him to bed early, we have started a bedtime routine. I'll feed him and burp him, Mark and I will change him and put on his nighttime diaper, one of us will read him a story while rocking him, and then we both put him to sleep in his crib. It worked well the past two nights. We got him to bed a little earlier. I think about 10 or 10:30. Hopefully, soon enough we will have normal bedtime hours. It has been really nice tonight because Mark and I get to have us time. Granted we aren't doing anything exciting, just wanted the Mav's!!


So Happy!

I'm so cute I'm Dangerous

Fun times!


I just woke up and I had a great nap!!


He is yelling and daddy....in a fun way!



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

13 weeks!

Not much to say, well no time to say it right now. I just wanted to post Evan's 3 month picture. He was actually sitting mostly by himself in these pictures. My growing boy!!


3 months!

Curious about the camera!

"Mom, I'm tired of all these pictures!"


Chillin' in bed!


13 weeks!


He fell asleep this morning and I didn't have the heart to move him!


Still sleeping!

Guess he had a good nap!

My mister smiles!


13 weeks again!


Smiling!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

A joyful day!!

Happy Easter and Happy, Happy Birthday day to my oh so old brother, Bobby!!! HAHA! Love ya!

So, our Easter started out VERY eventful! We came home from bunco last night, yes it was SUPER fun, and got surprised by a low tire. We figured the tire just needed to be aired up, so we drove home on it. As we were coming home, the tire went from low to flat. Luckily, we made it to a gas station and Mark aired it up. For some reason, we thought this would fix the tire. By the time we got home, not five minutes later, the tire was completely flat. We knew then the tire had a hole in it. Mark was a champ and changed the tire at about 1 am. We knew if we didn't fix it that night there was no way we were getting to church, on time, in the morning. Once we had the spare on, we went to bed. We woke up and got ready for church. Once church was over, we went straight to get our tire changed. We didn't want to drive 45 minutes with a spare on! It took about 45 minutes, maybe an hour, but we had it fixed and were ready to head to Arlington.

We went to Arlington and spent a wonderful Easter with Matt, Pops, and Grammy! Evan was a little ball of delight, smiling and giggling almost the entire time. We had a delicious lunch while enjoying wonderful company!! Unfortunately, we had to leave to beat the weather home. We made it safe and sound!

To the rest of my family I didn't get to see, I love you and hope you had a VERY happy Easter as well!!

Last minute add, but there are a few things I have been wanting to say. One, I have always heard if you are calm, the baby is calm. Well, this true. I always feel like I am a calm parent but the other day I was holding Evan and Troy stomped on my foot. It hurt so bad! I yelled at Troy and in agony. Well Evan just started wailing. I guess he could feel my pain. I felt terrible for making him upset, but I was amazed because the second I got upset he did too! I guess it is not a myth!!

Second, we had our first baby melt down. Hooray for being at almost 3 months!! Evan has been such a blissful baby. I know a lot of you think I sugar coat things, but really he is a wonderful baby. Well, tonight he had a screaming hour. It probably only lasted, 15-20 minutes, but it felt like forever. We have never had that moment with Evan where we didn't know why he is crying. Usually, we go through the sleepy, hungry, wet diaper routine and one of them makes him happy. Tonight we tried all and nothing helped. As a last resort I tried holing Evan in front of the fan. It worked!! I guess he was just hot! Here I just want to say, for those of you with difficult babies, you are amazing! I have a wonderful baby, yes I am tooting my own horn, but when he is difficult at least I know it is short lived!

Last, I just want to say, enjoy every single moment. I got very upset the other day because Evan wanted to stare at the tv, which requires me standing and rocking him there. After about an hour of this, I was frustrated. Then, as I was standing there rocking him, I realized, I won't get to do this much longer. Soon he will be moving around and I will be lucky to hold and cuddle him! So moms, I know you are out there, but as hard as it is, cherish every single moment!!!


Evan after a bath!

I love my Mavs!

My first Easter!


"Is that the Easter Bunny?"



My cute feet!



Bunny tail and mommy!



Daddy and Evan!



"It's Easter!!!"


Is that not the saddest face?





Evan can talk...


video

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Great Cloth Diaper Change!!

So, we went to the great cloth diaper change. It was a big event around the US where mamas get together and we all changed cloth diapers! This was an attempt to set a world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. Also, a chance to get the word out about cloth diapers. Most people still think about pins and folding flats, but cloth diapers have come a long way. Of course, some mamas still used pins, but I am a fan of the modern cloth diapers. I could go on an one, so anyone interested, let me know. I won't bore everyone else with that!


We were behind schedule when we left because Evan was hungry at ten, right when we were going to leave. That put us fifteen minutes behind schedule. Grr. We get in the car and are racing towards Lewisville because we have to be there no later then 10:50. It is about 10:35 at this point. We get to the area at about 10:45 and are thinking we are going to make it. Well, we can't find the place. We drive up and down MacArthur searching for this place called 'Going Bonkers.' At 10:55 I tell my Mark we should give up. It is no where in sight. I was VERY dissaponted to say the least. Mark was nice enough to look on last time, so we take one last trip down MacArthur and see it. We race inside but figure we are going to miss it. We are late. They are packing up the registration table. We asked if we can still go. We can! We just had to sign a quick consent form and we were in! We walk inside 'Going Bonkers' and there are a ton of people there to change diapers. There is barely room for Evan and me. Luckily, we find a small spot near the entrance and get ready. Then we find out that the change isn't actually until 11:30. It was advertised to be at 11, but I guess they know there are a lot of people with kids you make their own schedules. :) We have thirty minutes to kill. Unfortunately, at this point Mark was not allowed in, so he took pictures from the border of chairs. There were a lot of restrictions put in place by Guinness to make us qualify for the change. They were annoying, but nothing we couldn't manage. Anyway, the time finally came and at 11:30 all of us changed our kids diapers. There was a grand total of 66 kids being changed! I think that is fantastic!



Evan and me before the change!

Getting ready for the change.


Let the change begin!


We are done!



Other half done!




Yah, we did it!

Exhausted after the change!

We are home and someone had a good nap!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Miss me?

I feel like I haven't posted in forever. Days are a little different now as Evan gets bigger. He used to sleep a lot during the day. Now don't get me wrong, he is still sleeping a lot, but instead of hour long naps during the days he will take 3o minute cat naps. It was a lot easier to get things done when I had hours, but we are making it work.

We have had a pretty good week.

Tuesday was Mark's 28th birthday. I had a surprise all set up for him. I just told him to get home from work as early as possible. He thought I was planning a surprise party...hehehe! Anyways, I had tickets to the Rangers game. He got home and I had his presents and cards waiting for him with a nice cold beer. After he opened his cards and gifts, I gave him the red velvet cake I made him. Now this wasn't a work of art, but I am still proud of it. It was my first layer cake and I did it! We were getting ready to leave, but then the storm hit! It was thundering and lightening. We figured we could drive through it and it looked like the weather was fine at the ballpark. Well, then the hail came. First marble size, then dime, and finally quater. It was actually pretty neat to watch! Sadly, we knew it was not safe to drive in the hail, especially with Evan. So, we parked it on the couch and watched the weather for about 30 minutes trying to time our departure. Unfortunately, the weather got so bad, out satellite went out. I started tracking the weather on my phone and of course as soon as it cleared up at our house a new storm was forming right at the ballpark. We just decided at that point we would drive as far as we could and hope we wouldn't hit the weather. Well, we made it. Lucky us, the game had been delayed due to weather, so we only missed about an inning. I would love to say we had a fantastic time at the game, but the stupid Rangers decided they wanted to get their butts kicked. 15-4...that's not even a game. We did have a nice time visiting with Matt and Lindsey, but the game was a total bummer.

Wednesday, Grammy came over to eat lunch with Evan and me. We took a quick trip to Jason's Deli and had a great lunch. Evan was up most of the time, so Grammy got some good time with Evan.

Thursday was a great down day. Evan and I just lounged around the house, read some books, watched some tv, and relaxed.

Tomorrow is our errand day, so here hoping that it all goes well.

Saturday will be a very excited day because we are going to be part of THE GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE. We are setting a world record and are going to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Cool, right? Then, that evening we are going to play Bunco with some friends. I know how old are we??

Sunday, of course, is Easter and we can't wait to celebrate with family!

12 weeks old.



My two-layer red velvet cake.


Someone is old...haha!

"A true fan begins in diapers"


Not so sure about the game..


"Mom, what are you doing to me?"


One of his many funny faces!



Ready for lunch! 12 weeks and 1 day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I love horses..

Evan and I had a very uneventful week. This is good and bad. It is nice because I feel like I don't have to make him eat. I hate trying to put Evan on a schedule. He is just too young. It is bad because I feel so bored. The days are so long when you get up at 5 and don't go to sleep until 11. The good news is most of the time he is up at 7 and will eat then go to sleep again (for mommy's sake). We enjoy reading a lot of books during the week. His new favorite book is: Rangers 101!!

Friday, we went to the dermatologist for me. I have had stubborn skin since Evan has been born and unfortunately it looks like it is from birth. The dermatologist told me since I have sensitive skin it will just take a few months for it to regulate. BOO!

Saturday, Mark finally put up my birthday present. A CLOTHES LINE! SO excited. I put my diapers out the other day! I meant to take a picture, but I forgot. Maybe next blog!

Sunday was Evan's first day at the races. He had a great time. He was awake for about half of the time which was nice. He even helped us pick some horses, but was wrong. Unfortunately, we don't have the next genius horse predicting baby. So bummed, I know!! It was neat to watch him watch the horses trot by. No idea if he could actually see them, but he still cooed about certain horses. Mark was the only one to win. Oh well! It was still nice to enjoy the weather and watch the beautiful horses!

Evan playing on Friday night!

"Whoa. Is that me?" "I love my Daddy!"
So tired after Friday!
Going to BWW on Saturday to watch the Rangers.

Boo we lost!
At the track and oh so happy!!
Mommy and me and the track!

Daddy and me at the track!

Hmm. Which horse will win?

Tried to watch the Rangers (I am a Legend in Training)

BUT fell asleep!