Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Busy days...

Seems like everyday is so busy. The days go by so fast and worst of all, I don't seem to get anything done! Let's see I have tons of pics I would love to get printed and put in albums, Simone's baby announcments out to more family, cleaning the house, organizing in the kids rooms, cooking and the one thing annoying me is to finish Maya's baby book..she is now 4yrs old!!! Well, seems like I assumed being a stay at home I would have tons of time to get everything done! Have a spotless house, dinner ready every night and time to do fun crafts and work on learning like abc and reading with Maya. LOL! That is so not the situation! I am a strong believer that I should spend the quality time with the kids and not be stressed about the house. I just wonder if that is the excuse that works for me and the easier route.:) No, I truly want to make sure I spend the time with the kids and not look back and regret cleaning the house and not playing with the kids.

Today we went to the DMV then Maya to ballet class. Came home Simone down for a nap and then had to wake her up to go get the little girl I babysit for from school. Then came back got dinner going and took the little girl I sit for to soccer and hour later back home. The day is then almost done! Not really exciting, but routine. Tomorrow Maya will be going to preschool in the am and then going to stay n play afterwards, so this will give Simone and I some extra time together.

Simone is getting so big! She is almost 5 months old and is such a good baby. So sweet and happy. What a little love! Seems like she is growing up so quickly and I wish I could slow down the time. I need to go get her 4 month pics done somewhere before she turns 5 months, but not sure if that is going to happen. I remember with Maya we got her pics done professionally almost every month and feel bad it won't be the same for Simone. I'm sure she will turn out just fine though.:)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Maya's has glasses!

We finally got around to getting Maya her new glasses. I guess a part of me was not in a hurry, I know she needs them, but wishing she didn't have. She has been really good so far. We will try to have her wear them as much as possible, but letting her take them off during the day too. She says she can see a lot better and she keeps saying Simone looks bigger and bigger!:) She wore them to school today and kept them on the whole time. She did a great job and said her teachers and friends all liked them!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Johnny Appleseed Festival

We went to the Johnny Appleseed Festival today. We try to go every year, it is lots of fun! Very hot out though, I'm ready for the cool fall weather to arrive. We had lunch there and went to Kaleidoscoopes for ice cream.

Maya picked a pink balloon and wanted it in the shape of a flower.
Simone was content, while Maya went and played some games and the little petting zoo.
The only animal she wanted to pet was the pig. Guess why? The pig is her favorite color...PINK!:) She was scared of all the other animals though and still scared of pony rides?? Hopefully one day she will grow out of this?


Simone had her first try at baby cereal today! She liked it, but did tend to keep sticking her tongue out a lot, so we will see. She was so cute, her eyes kept getting really big and she would make a huffing sound like she couldn't wait to get it! I'm trying to load a video clip of it, but it's not letting me, I will keep trying.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This is so true!

Motherhood
Being a mother


We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of 'starting a family. ''We're taking a survey,' she says, half-joking. 'Do you think I should have a baby?


''It will change your life,' I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. 'I know,' she says, 'no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations....
'But that is not what I meant at all.

I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking 'What if that had been MY child?' That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to a primitive level of abear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of 'Mom!' will cause her to drop a souffle or her best crystal without a moment's hesitation. I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood.

She might arrange for child care but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of her discipline to keep her from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.


I want my daughter to know that everyday decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that rest-room.
However she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years -not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I want her to know that a Cesarean scar or shiny stretch mar ks will become badges of honor. My daughter's relationship with her husband will change,but not in the way she thinks..I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.


I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and
drunk driving.

I hope she will understand why I can think rationally about most issues, but become temporarily insane when I discuss the
threat of nuclear war to my children's future.


I want to describe to my daughter the
exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike.

I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is
touching the soft fur of a dog or a cat for the first time.

I want her to taste the joy that is so real, it actually hurts My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes.

' You'll never regret it,' I finally say.

Then I reach across the table, squeeze my daughter's hand and offer a silent
prayer for her, and for me, and for all of the mere mortal women who stumble their way
into this most wonderful of callings.

This blessed gift from God!Being a Mother.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

So can you tell who is who? Which one is Simone and which one is Maya? There both the same age in the pictures with the same outfit. Everyone says Simone looks just like Maya, but I definitely think they both have their own look. Come on, post a comment and see if you can easily get it right!!

Would love everyone who checks in my blog to post a comment, love to hear from you all!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

Will's birthday was today and he turned 42! He looks really excited in the pic above that he is turning one year older, doesn't he? NOT! LOL! Maya helped me prepare his birthday dinner. We had top sirloin, baked potatoes and a salad. We ended it with a snickers ice cream cake, a tradition. We will try to get a sitter and go out to celebrate just the two of us and it will be the first time we leave Simone with a sitter. Hopefully this weekend, but we will have to wait and see. I'm not sure if I'm ready to leave her just yet.
Little Simone loves her daddy, but went to bed, before all the birthday festivities started.:)
Maya took forever to eat her dinner tonight, but funny how the ice cream cake on her plate vanished within seconds.....


So I fed Simone around 3pm and she had a big spit up, which is nothing unusual, but there was dark brown tinge in it. Kind of looked like old blood, so I called the ped and they said to keep a close eye on it. Later, she had another big spit up with more dark brown spots in it. I paged the ped and he called back and said it could be a broken vessel from a aggressive spit up or cough(which Will said she had a really bad spit up/coughing episode on Sat.), so we will see. No other symptoms, but still the thought of her spitting up blood is something I don't want to just brush under the table. The Dr. said to keep her spit up cloths, in case we need to send them to the lab...that is kind of gross, but whatever. Poor little Simone, what a little sweetie she is.
So, I'm really enjoying this blog. I can't wait to get caught up on everything else in my life(who knows when that will be)so I can put more time into this. I would love to have time to blog about more of my life and also random things like celeb gossip, politics and views on crazy stuff that my head goes through daily! I also would love to have the extra time to do reviews on kid products and clothes, I give lots of credit to those moms who do all the leg work and help out others by referring them to websites to help make their lives easier!
One more thing! So what's going on with Obama and McCain? I have not been keeping up with all the latest stuff, but cannot wait for the debates this Friday! Looking forward to hear what everyone has to say!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lovin designer re-sale shopping!

So even though I'm sitting for a family, I was able to hit the a local designer clothes consignment sale. They have it 2 times a year, one in spring and one in the fall. The kids I'm sitting for have a 16 yr old brother, which they are ok if he is there. So in between softball drop off/pick up I went today again and found some more steals! I'm going to admit it..I am a Ralph Lauren freak! I have always loved the little horse since I was a kid? Who knows..I've always loved designer brands, but I don't want to teach my girls that clothes "define" you, I want them to feel confident no matter what they are wearing? Does that make sense? I also have completely let myself go and need to get in shape and start wearing clothes(once I can fit into them again)and be stylish. I swore that when I became a mom that I would not look like a stay at home mom and wear sweats and don't do my hair and makeup. well I do my hair and makeup, but lets just say I definitely am not the hippest mom on the block! OK, so lets get back to the story here, basically I found some good deals and only spent about $70 total. I will post some pics later on the cutest tutu with flower petals sewn inside the tutu and some cute ballet slippers to go with for Simone. The slippers are like pointe ballet slippers and has the ribbons to wrap around her fat little legs! I cannot wait to get her pic in this get up, it is going to be adorable! Enough of this, I need to get to bed! Nighty night!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Do my kids miss me?

I've been staying with a family and watching their 3 kids while their parents are on vacation. I helped them out last year and they asked me if I would do it again. It's a little trickier this year, since I have Simone and breastfeeding. So I brought my pump and bringing milk home for Simone(they live 10min. away). It's working out great and a little break from Maya's "whining" has been kind of a nice thing(I do miss it though, we will see if I say that when I get back home). Even though I still came home 1-3 times a day still, seemed like they both got bigger over the few days, especially Simone. Isn't that funny how when you are with your kids every minute and then away from them, it seems like forever! Will did just fine without me, he is such a good dad. Hands down he would do a better job at staying home then I do. He would even have the house clean and dinner on the table if he was the at home parent! Love you hunny!XOXOXO!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rock Star at the Dr. office

Simone had her 4 month old dr. visit today. She had 4 shots and the rotovirus and didn't cry..what a little rock star! Maya was at preschool, so it was just Will, Simone and I at the Dr. office. What a weird feeling, the 3 of us, not used to that. She was 14 lbs and 15 oz about the exact weight Maya was at 4months, wondering if their stats will be consistently the same as they get older since they birthdays are only 3 days apart?


The Dr. said we could start cereal, so maybe next week we will. I'm in no hurry at all, I'm not trying to rush her getting older and hitting all those milestones too soon and then all of the sudden she is 4 yrs old!!!:)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Into the crib she goes...

Simone has been in the pack n play in our room since the day we came home from the hospital(we did the same with Maya). She is 4 months it was time to move her into her crib in her own room. She did great! We feed her between 6-7 pm and put her down and she sleeps till about 6am and I feed her again and then she sleeps till whenever, I have to wake her up by 8:45 to get her in the car to take Maya to preschool. She is such a good sleeper, just like Maya! YEAH!!! Like I said before that thumb is really coming in handy! I do miss her in our room, but I know she needed to go and her crib is much more comfy!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Straight and curly!

So Maya's hair is very curly and wondering what Simone's is going to end up like? When Maya was a baby it was always curly even when she was as little as Simone is now. When Simone's hair gets wet it does curl up, but as soon as it dries it goes straight? Hmmm...we will see.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maya loves to play with Simone..

Maya is such a good big sister! She loves to keep Simone occupied when I'm getting dinner ready. She likes to play school if I sit Simone in her highchair. Maya usually acts out whatever happened at her preschool that day and then reenacts it out with her as the teacher and Simone as the student. Too cute! Today she put this pink washcloth on Simone's head for whatever reason? Simone doesn't mind she has her hands crossed and acting like a good student.:)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Maya loves to dance....

Maya had her 1st day of dance class today. She is in the Kiddydance class which is tap and ballet for 4 yr olds. She loves her teacher and has lots of fun! This is her first year with this dance studio, she will be able to partcipate in 2 recitals. One if the winter and one in Spring, with full costumes and all! I'm wondering if she will want to continue all through her childhood. My mom made me take ballet, tap and Jazz classes all through my childhood and I hated it. I shouldn't say hate, but there were some years I could of passed on it. :)
I think little Simone will be a dancer too. She looks like she is ready to dance in the pic above. LOL!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thumb or no thumb?

Both of my girls are thumb suckers and I don't have a problem with it. Simone has been so easy to put down to sleep. I'm not letting her fall asleep while breastfeeding either, so I just lay her down and she puts her thumb in her mouth and she is out! What a good little baby. I know I need to get Maya to stop, since she is 4 now. She only does it when she is tired and going to sleep. Yeah, I know it is moving her teeth, but I sucked mine till I was older and got braces and seems like all the kids get braces nowadays anyways. We will see....


Simone is now 4 months old!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!

I finally started a family blog, but I am trying to do catch up. I at least want to go back as far as May 2008 when Simone was born and add pics from then to current and everything in between. This could take some time and I know your supposed to do this daily as it happens, but I want to highlight pictures and events from the past too. If I get all caught up, maybe I will even go back to May 2004 when Maya was born! We will see!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Maya's first day of preschool.

Maya had her first day of preschool today. She was very excited to see her old friends from last year and make new ones. She liked her new teachers and had lots of fun! I dropped her off and they are getting seated for circle time.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lullabye & Goodnight

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Maya loves singing Simone lullabies(anytime of the day)and Simone enjoys listening to them! So cute to watch them together!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Look at me!


Simone is 15 weeks old and full of life! She just got out of the bath and ready for a massage!