Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sending out an SOS

OMG. I have a threenager. “They” weren’t kidding when they said two is a cake walk compared to two. And we are only two months into it. I am waving the white flag. Oy.

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Photo from Lindsay McDaniel Photography

Anyway, this leads me to this post. At three I told Emmy she could have a big girl bed. You can guess how well that is going.

Anyway, once she moved to a big girl bed, sleep went from 11-12 hours a night to not going to sleep, awakenings in the night and the most frustrating – rising between 5 and 5:30.

We actually thought we were working through this because the evening struggle and night awakenings stopped and she at least slept until 6, but we seem to have had a regression.

I am all ears because I spend about 80% of my morning frustrated with her because I have been up since 5. And the early mornings mean she’s super cranky by 11. Ugh.

I have tried putting her back in bed without talking to her, putting her back in her crib, giving up her nap (which is only an hour to an hour and a half anyway), earlier bed times, later bed times, rewards, punishments, Santa calling her, but nothing works. Silver lining – maybe her tenaciousness will serve her well in the future.

Other than her growing out of this (or waiting for the time to change), any ideas?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Holden

I can’t believe my baby is one! Truth be told, I had no idea what to think when I found out I was having a boy. I only have a sister and my nieces far outnumber my nephews. But like everyone said – little boys steal your heart. He really is a sweet, lovey baby. Now, it isn’t all sunshine and roses over here, but overall, I couldn’t ask for a more precious little guy. 

This month he started taking a few steps, but still crawls mostly. He’s been nicknamed speedy because he’s so fast.

We also had a stretch of about 3 weeks where he was super fussy, clingy and waking up at 5 a.m. daily. We were wondering where our happy baby had gone. Once his molar popped fully through, he was back to his old self.

Other milestones include, Holden knowing where things go and following commands. He will put glasses on his face, use a tissue to wipe his mouth and has even taken my moisturizer out of my hands to put it on my face.

For Holden’s first birthday we did a family party with a Woodland Onederland theme. It really wasn’t terribly exciting, but here are some pics for documentation’s sake!

I am not sure why my shirt is riding up in this picture, but hopefully my shirt wasn’t up this high all night. Grr.

The man of the hour:

I got my invitations and printables on Etsy and they were so cute.






My cake lady was booked, so we just did a Nothing Bundt Cake and I got the topper on Etsy.

The cake wasn’t a huge hit. He liked it just okay:

However, he loved the cookie cake I gave him on his actual birthday. (I knew he was a mama’s boy!)

Can’t wait to see what year two brings!

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