Thursday, December 31, 2009

What About Bob?

Bob is here and he has a name! It's Charlie!

Charles Hammond Wagner was born on December 29th at 3:16am and he weighed in at 7lbs 11oz and was 19 inches long. This was perfect because Alyssa is such a planner and he came just a few hours after the end of his official due date.

Alyssa is one of my first really close friends that lives locally to have a baby and I'm so thrilled! I'm so happy for Alyssa and Rob and I know they are so happy to have their new little guy in the world. I love little Charlie!

--Pictures to come later or on Alyssa's blog. Rob has taken hundreds already so I'm sure we won't miss out on seeing lots of pictures of Charlie!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Tis the Season

A computer virus last week, a flat tire this week...what could be next?

'Tis the Season to add to my stress...it could be worse I guess...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Pillow Pet Fiasco

This year is the first year that Lexxa really knew what she wanted Santa to bring her...a lady bug pillow pet. I thought this would be such a simple gift to buy, until I realized that this was the most popular item right now. They have the little kiosks at the mall and were completely sold out of the lady bug pillow pet. So I decided to look online and they were sold out too!

So, our next plan was to look on ebay and there were quite a few, so we thought we would have to go that route. But, apparently, there is the authentic "My Pillow Pet" brand and then there is an imposter brand--I had no idea what the difference was and I was nervous to buy a fake!

So, my mom went out to Valley Fair last weekend and I asked her to look for them. They had one lady bug left and she got it! My mom saved the day!

I felt like one of those crazy parents this year searching all over for my kids gift!
P.S. Logan got a pillow pet too, but he just got the dog one, which wasn't as popular...he won't care :-)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Palm Desert Mini Vacay

This has taken forever for me to finish and post...sorry it's so long!

I took the week of Thanksgiving off and we decided to take a little trip somewhere. We wanted to keep it kinda mellow so that we could relax a bit and also do some things with the kids. Here's how it went down:

Day 1: We were on the road by 8:30am which was pretty impressive since we had to get up, get ourselves ready, get the kids ready and fed and get the car loaded with what seemed to be half of our house! Of course, we had to make a quick stop at Starbucks and we were on our way. The kids did much better than I expected on the car ride. We made a few stops to stretch, go to the bathroom and get a snack...but it was still about 8 hours until we reached our destination.

Lexxa was watching her DVD player when we were driving over the Grapevine which wasn't a good idea because she looked pretty pale (I know she's already pale, but this was worse) and she seemed car sick. After a bit of fresh air and some water she was fine. I was so nervous that she was going to throw up in the car just to start things off right! But thankfully she didn't.
We finally got checked into our room around 5pm. It was a nice Villa inside of a little resort area. We just wanted to get situated and get something to eat. Unfortunately, there were no on site restaurants that we could really grab "to go" so we ended up heading to the nearby grocery store. We finally got back to our room with our food and started to get settled. But, the kids had a field day in the room...it was someplace new and there were like 5 doors in the place--leading to the bathroom, the bedroom, etc. They were running laps around the place and opening and closing all of the doors. I'm sure if anyone was below us, they were completely annoyed by the little footsteps coming from above them.


We got them ready for bed and of course neither of them fell asleep too easily.

On the first night I asked myself the following questions:
1. Why would I pay money to come to this place if my kids would actually be sleeping at home?
2. Is this an indication of how the rest of this little trip would be?

Day 2: Since none of us got much sleep and the kids were awake by 6:30am, we decided to lay low on day 2 and just head over to the pool(s). They had a little wading pool for small kids which was nice because Logan could stand on his own in it and then they had a few other pools for us to choose from all in one little area (they also had those giant floor chess and checkers games).

Anyway, once we got in the water Logan liked it for a little while and then he was over it. In the mean time we were trying to get Lexxa to understand that she can swim on her own with floaties--she is still so terrified...she will not let go of me in the water! Oh well, we still managed to practice some kicking in the water and I just held on to her under her arms. Needless to say, the pools didn't last long for us. The weather was nice, but it almost seemed like it should have been a little warmer so the kids weren't cold in the pool.

So, there was a little poolside "restaurant" called The Grill that we decided to eat at. Actually, we ordered the food to go so that we could just eat back at our room. Since it was one of the only options for food that was inside the resort area, we thought it would be at least decent. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich that was nasty...the chicken was really dry and just had no flavor at all. Lexxa ordered a cheese pizza...she is the picky child and she saw that the cheese on the pizza looked burnt, so she wouldn't eat a bite of it (and, I must admit that I thought it looked kinda gross too). Brad ordered some nachos that were made with stale chips and some random cheese and sour cream and he also ordered a BLT which was just ok. For Logan we got a hot dog that looked pretty wrinkled and blah! So, this place called "The Grill" that we thought would be decent was a waste of the $40 that we spent!

Enough about that. So, for the rest of the afternoon we relaxed and let the kids nap (I napped too since I didn't get much sleep the night before!). Then we headed into a little town close by for dinner at a restaurant called The Crabpot. I had every intention of taking pictures of the place and the food, but I ended up getting distracted with the kids so I didn't get very far. This is what I have instead.


But, all of the food was really good...much better than the yummy Grill for lunch (I know its sad that a lot of our trip was about food, I can't help it!). I had a seafood cioppino and Bread had clam chowder and some deep friend feast with shrimp, fish, calamari...you get the point.

After dinner, an eggnog latte sounded good. So, I got my handy-dandy phone out and looked up the closest Starbucks on my GPS. The first one that came up was telling us to make a u-turn, so I told Brad we would just find another one (because I thought there had to be one). Well, it turned out that the only one close was inside the JW Marriott (which was in the same resort area as our room). But, when we pulled up, we were informed the the Starbucks had closed at 6pm! Ugh! At this point, I just really wanted my eggnog latte...so we just decided to go back to the one the originally came up on the GPS. This meant driving back past our hotel to pretty much the same place we came from! Keep in mind that these places were no more than 10 minutes apart, but it was still a pain to drive back and forth...thanks Brad for letting me get my eggnog (which was like the third one of our trip already--i have issues).

Day 3: On Day 3 we went to the Living Desert & Zoo in Palm Desert. The weather was really nice and we had a lot of fun. They had giraffe feedings (which Lexxa would definitely not do, so we just watched others feed the giraffes) and Zebras and a bunch of other animals. It was nice because it wasn't too busy and the place was pretty open so it we took our time walking around. They also had a lot of plant life and a butterfly exhibit. Lexxa really liked everything and she even got to go on their brand new Merry-Go-Round. Logan didn't like it very much though. They also had a really cool model town with trains, bridges, waterfalls and more! The place wasn't too big so we were ready to go by the afternoon. We headed back to our hotel so that the kids could nap.


After that we didn't have much planned, so we decided to head to the mall so that I could do some "birthday" shopping! That was exciting for me, but other than that it was pretty uneventful. I can't complain, I got to buy myself a few things which doesn't happen too often. Then, we just headed back to our room to pack up the massive amount of stuff that we managed to bring with us. We actually got it all together pretty quickly and we were ready to head out the next morning.

Day 4: We were on the road by 8:30am so that we could get home at a decent time. Of course, we had to stop and get an eggnog latte before we hit the road. It was an interesting experience and Starbucks because the girl in the drive through window was trying to be friendly and all, but it just came off as weird. She asked how we were doing which was normal and then she started asking us what we were doing for Thanksgiving and whose families house we were going to...it was odd...maybe you just had to be there to understand what I'm talking about.

We managed to have a pretty successful trip home, the kids did really good! Lexxa even took some pictures of the windmills that we drove by. Everyone was exhausted by the time we got home and the kids were so happy to sleep in their own beds that night!

So, some parts of our trip were a little random, but all in all, it was nice to just spend time as a family. And, the great thing about it was that we got home on Wednesday and I still had two more days off of work!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday Anxiety

At breakfast on Sunday, us girls were talking about how everyone has issues. I definitely have many issues, but here's one of the ones I need to deal with...Sunday night anxiety.

I never sleep good on Sunday nights. I stay up way too late and I can't sleep and then I am tired all day at work the following day. This makes for a long Monday. My problem is that on the weekends I totally get into the groove of spending time with my family and taking care of the kids. So, when Sunday nights roll around, I start feeling major anxiety--anxiety about all of the things that I should have taken care of on the weekend, how I'll miss the kids when I go to work and how much crazy stuff I'll have to deal with during the work week and of course, how exhausted I will feel at the end of it all. And guess what? The cycle happens over and over again each week.

This must just be the mom in me feeling guilty about not doing enough for my kids and my family. But, I have to work...so it is what it is and I have to suck it up and deal with it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Out of shape...

Holy crap, I actually got on the treadmill today. We'll see if this was just a one time thing, or if I actually got myself a little motivated to do this regularly!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Special Mommy Moment

Lexxa was sitting quietly at the table coloring tonight and she brought me this special picture. It's Mommy and Lexxa. She said I could take it to work with me. These are the moments that melt your heart.



The picture is a little blurry, but you get the point :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

The "To-Do" List(s)

Written last night:

It's 9:50pm and I'm sitting here on my Blackberry making lists of things that need to get done or that I would like to get done. I have this memo pad on my phone and its full of little notes which include work stuff. Why is it that you think of so many things you have to do at work when you're at home? And why are you too busy to think about those same things while you're at work?

I find that I have a bunch of lists at work: a task list in Outlook, a group project list on my whiteboard, a list of things to do today in my notebook, a list of things to ask my boss about when I get around to it, a department project list saved on our shared drive, a list in my small notebook, a list of things that need to get done for a specific project...and the list of lists goes on! Maybe I should put it on my list to consolidate all of my lists...it seems so simple, but it's just not. And no matter how you look at it, the list will never end.

I should be thankful that I have a job and it keeps me busy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I'm a Big Kid Now!

I can't believe that my little girl just turned 4 this past weekend. It's crazy to me how fast the time flies because I feel like it was just yesterday that I found out that I was pregnant with her. But anyway, enough of the sentimental stuff--Lexxa had quite a busy birthday weekend.

First, we had her birthday party at Pump It Up in Morgan Hill. Everyone seemed to have had a great time. There are so many reasons that it's great to have a party at Pump It Up...let me give you a few:

1. Adults can also jump in the bouncy houses and play on the slides and obstacle courses. This makes it fun for everyone. It's a pretty good workout too, I might add.
2. The party coordinators help with setting up everything for you. This includes balloons, decorations, cake, plates etc.
3. The party lasts for only two hours.
4. The party coordinators also clean everything up...including loading presents and leftovers into your car so that you can still say goodbye to your guests!



I would definitely have a birthday party there again.

After her birthday party, we had another party to go to for her cousin Bella's birthday (her actual birthday was on the 31st). We took her other cousin Jada with us and it was very hot outside! Luckily, they had an inflatable pool/slide for the kids to play in. They could stay cool by getting wet. After that we came home and everyone was exhausted. The same night, my parents came over for a "birthday dinner" with Lexxa. Unfortunately, she didn't join us for dinner because when she started to eat, she was so tired that she almost fell asleep in her food. Brad would have let her so that he could get it on video, but I would let him :-)


On Sunday, Uncle David and Angela (David's girlfriend) took Lexxa to the batting cages as part of her birthday present. Angela just got her a new bat and helmet so she was ready to go! They got back from the batting cages and we had some time to relax and hang out until they took her to a San Jose Giants game that evening. She was a little nervous to go to the game, but she ended up having a really good time. She wasn't too sure about their mascot and she couldn't stop talking about him, but she got over being so scared. I'm sure it helped that she got to eat pizza, churros, ice cream--and they even had a jumpy house there!

So, she had a fun filled and exhausting weekend. To top it all off, she started preschool (or Kinder Readiness they call it) on Tuesday. She got to go with her cousin Sofia and she had a great time. But, I guess all of the activities caught up to her because she got sick and didn't get to make it to school on her second day. Hopefully this does not indicate how the rest of the school year will be for her!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Deep Fried and Delicious?

So, on Saturday we took the kids to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. It was a nice day and there were a ton of people there--I thought maybe it wouldn't be so bad since the Garlic Festival was happening on the same weekend, but I was wrong. Brad saw the deep fried Twinkie on some Food Network show and just had to try it, so that was pretty much the first thing on our agenda.

I thought it was good, but not totally fabulous. The powdered sugar and chocolate sauce definitely made it taste better. Brad was pretty impressed. I think next on his list will be the deep fried oreos...sounds pretty interesting? The day was filled with eating way too much bad food including corn dogs and garlic fries, but it was sooooo good!

Lexxa and Logan had a good time too. Lexxa was excited to go home with a big Sponge Bob, but she was afraid to go on the Merry-Go-Round :-(



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First Words

Logan has been talking more and more lately and while he knows how to make the sounds “mama” and “dada,” he doesn’t really connect it with either of us yet (ok, maybe dada a little more). But I think his real first word was “up.” We sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and he tries to sing the “up above” part…so cute! So, now, he’s constantly saying the word up and I think he’s finally starting to figure out what it means. But, here’s the other one—UNCLE. Yep, you got it, UNCLE. David has been trying to teach him how to say it for a while and he comes out trying to say it once in a while and he’s gotten pretty good. But, yesterday, my brother walked in the door and Lexxa said “Uncle!” and Logan followed saying “UN-KLE” almost perfectly and knowing exactly what he was saying and who he was talking to. What the heck? How come he learns Uncle first? As much as I wish he was saying “Mama” first, it’s too cute to be that bothered by him saying “Uncle.”

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rock and Roll

Ok, I'm way overdue for a post...so I thought this video was worthy. Not only does Lexxa know how to Shake her Groove Thing, she belt it out with the best of them. You can't really hear what she's saying in this video, but you get the point! And, the video is pretty dark, but again, you get the point :-)


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Don't Inhale

Brad and I went to San Francisco on Friday night to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. We went to a seafood restaurant and the food awesome! First, we got calamari. When the waitress set it on the table, we ate all of it an probably less than 3 minutes. We are so used to inhaling our food that we had to tell ourselves to slow down. Usually with two kids, we just eat as fast as we can before, during or after the kids have their meals, so we didn't quite know what to do with ourselves when we're alone at dinner. After the calamari, we ordered our dinner and since the waitress highly recommended the crab cakes, we decided to get those as well...even though we already had an appetizer. The waitress even asked us after we ordered "How hungry are you guys?" I think she wanted to know if we were really going to be able to eat all of the food we ordered! So, when the crab cakes came, there were only two on the plate and I think it took us less than 2 minutes to inhale those as well. For the main course, I ordered halibut and Brad got filet mignon and even after two appetizers, none of the food went to waste. To top it all off, we got an espresso creme brulee for dessert and it was fabulous.

Ok, so we splurged a little, but to make up for it we walked all over the city and I was wearing heals! I should have known to wear flats, but I think I was trying to look cute especially because we don't get out alone too much :-)

Anyway, next time we just have to remember that it's ok to take our time eating when we don't have the kids around. Don't inhale.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Quick Video

Ok, I lag because I haven't posted anything on my blog since the beginning of May. I have thought about it many times, but I never seem to find the energy to get on my computer at home (that's the lazy factor when you have a Blackberry to check your emails and Facebook on!). Anyway, I thought I would post a quick video for your entertainment. The quality of the video isn't that great since it's from my phone, but the audio is the important part. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

This Mother's Day was awesome for me. Saturday we took a drive to Monterey to have lunch and hang out for part of the day--it was a little chilly there, but we had a good time. Today we just hung around the house. Brad made us sandwiches so that we could take a little walk to the park and have a picnic. Lexxa is such a big girl and she rode her new Dora bike with training wheels instead of her tricycle! She is so good at it. We hung out under a tree and had our lunch and Lexxa played on the playground for a little while.
Logan just started walking and he became a pro at it over night it seems (I'll post a video of him walking soon)! It's so fun watching him grow up and watching his personality develop more and more every day. He's very inquisitive and just wants to check everything out.

Lexxa told me on Wednesday: "Mommy, we went to the paint place and made you something...it's a surprise." She was talking about Glazed Creations in Morgan Hill, similar to Petroglyph. So, she kind of killed that surprise which Brad expected. It turns out that the gift wasn't ready by Mother's Day anyway, so I have yet to see what it looks like. According to Lexxa "We can't take it home yet because they have to put it in the oven first." So, I thought what she actually made would still be a surprise until yesterday or the day before she told me "we made you a cup and plate." Oh well, I'm still really excited to see it when it's ready! She's too funny.

And, even though Brad is the one who is home with the kids every day, he did such a great job of making it all about me this weekend...you gotta love him for that!

I have so much to be thankful for this Mother's Day. Do I have to go back to reality tomorrow?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Memories Courtesy of Facebook

So, I won't use specific names on this post (at least I'll try not to). I recently connected with an old friend on Facebook and he is friends with a guy I went out with a couple of times (and my ex-boyfriend, but that's beside the point). I wouldn't have noticed that they were friends on Facebook until one of my girlfriends mentioned that she saw this guy's picture and that he was completely bulked up and owns a gym now. I couldn't believe she even mentioned his name because it brought back some crazy memories! Of course I had to log on to Facebook as soon as I got home to just see the picture of this guy. Yep, it sure was him (I never knew his last name by the way), and he looked hot!

It all just made me think back to a time before kids and before marriage, when I was completely care-free. I always went for what I wanted with no fear because it was fun! What's the worst that could happen? I would get rejected and move on. Those of you that knew me back then know that I had a lot of fun during that time...of course I felt much hotter and thinner then too! I only went out with this guy once or twice and nothing really came of it, but he was smokin hot (amongst other things, but this is a family blog!) and I couldn't help but think back to how crazy I was. I met Brad shortly after that and sure enough, the guy called! Doesn't that always happen? The guy calls you up after you find someone else.

I guess everything happens for a reason. But, it's fun to think back to those fun and crazy memories from the past! Maybe I should have a Flashback Friday just to talk about the crazy stuff I've done...or not, but maybe I'll make it a point to post some of my crazy stories once in a while.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lexxa Quote of the Day...

Lexxa and I were driving home from San Jose tonight and we were near where 85 merges onto 101. There is a big wall on the side of the freeway and here is what she said:

"That's a huge wall...is that China?"

Priceless.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Shake Your Groove Thing!

There's not much I can say with this post...just watch the video. It's a little long, but it's worth watching because it's complete with some booty shaking and break dancing. I'm trying to figure out how my daughter who isn't even 4 years old yet knows how to shake it like this...a little scary! She loves to rock out with her Uncle David (and he's not thrilled that he's in the videos that I'm posting, but it's cute because they are having so much fun!). She just feels the music and goes with it.

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Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Day at The Museum

To piggyback on Melissa’s Target story (see A Needed Exorcism parts 1 & 2 here: http://randomthoughtsbymelissar.blogspot.com/), if you want to go to a place where you don’t feel like such a bad parent, go to the Children’s Discovery Museum! We decided to go on Saturday and Lexxa was being a holy terror before we even went inside. For some reason, she did not want to go in—I don’t know if she was scared or if she just felt like being difficult. So, needless to say, we were pretty frustrated before we even went inside, but we were there, so we weren’t going to turn around and go home! But once we were in there, everything was going fine and we saw a full array of what I’ll call “interesting” kids and parents. Let me run through the list:

1. While we were walking around, we noticed a child around 3 years old strutting around with bottle in-hand! If you can cruise around with a bottle with no problem, is that a sign that you shouldn't have a bottle anymore?


2. Ok, I don't know how you all feel about leashes or a maybe a more proper term, a harness for your children. I've always been against them, but as a parent of a 3 year old that likes to do her own thing so much, the prospect of her running away from me or getting lost in a large crowd has definitely made me think a leash would be convenient. However, I just can't bring myself to buy one...its my job when we are out and about to make sure that no one runs off and I've always got my eyes on the kids. With that being said, we saw a dad with a kid on a leash. This wasn't one of those cute harnesses with a monkey backpack, it was wrapped around the child's wrist and the dad was holding on to the other end. Ok, on to the story--we were in the bubble area at the museum, so things were a little messy and wet in the area. The child was laying on the floor on his stomach while the dad was holding the leash and talking to the older child. I don't think he looked back or even attempted to get the child up off the floor. At one point he even let go of the leash and the kid was trying to work his way up the stairs without his dad or the other sibling...yikes!

3. While in the bubble room, Lexxa was playing nicely in the bubbles when another little boy was playing next to her. He accidentally splashed her and it was really no big deal. The dad was very irate with his son and he scolded him and apologized profusely to me. After that, he walked over and brought me a towel to clean Lexxa up. The thing is, we were in the bubble area so it was expected that we might get a little wet and messy, but it was easy to clean up so no biggie. I appreciate that the dad was paying attention and that he cared, but it wasn't necessary to get so worked up about a little bubble splash in the bubble room.

4. Ok, last story, I promise. There was a closed off area for kids 4 and under. Lexxa wanted to go into the craft area and do some painting. She put on her fancy little apron and did some painting. After that, it was time for her to wash her hands. There was a small kid-sized sink in the room. There were probably three kids in front of her waiting to wash their hands. While she stood there patiently waiting her turn, one little boy went smashing through the line and squeezed his way in to wash his hands first, with no regard for the other children in line. The mother finally got to him and pulled him away after a minute or two. Then another little girl was using the sink before us--she wanted to play in the water and didn't want to move. The dad kept telling her to stop and dry her hands (and some other stuff in another language, so I'm not sure what else he said). So after all of that, it was Lexxa's turn...she washed her hands, got a paper towel and we were off! The funny part about it is that she just stood there staring at the other kids while waiting patiently in the line. I swear, she looks sweet and wonderful and she can be very polite and sweet when she wants to be, but sometimes the little devil in her comes out.

Here is Lexxa the way we love her to be--sweet and wonderful while painting.
And then there's Logan who is pretty much like this all the time...the mellow boy who just goes with the flow! So, the bottom line is that I know I'm not perfect and I know my kids aren't perfect and I'm sure there are many parents out there that might judge me for my ways, but sometimes it feels good to know that others aren't perfect either. It's uplifting for those of us that are parents and it's probably birth control for those of us that aren't!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Time to Act Your Age?

I have a friend at work who is a few months older than me. He is a total party animal still, single and living it up. I joke with him all the time about how he is older than me and he needs to start acting his age. He knows deep down that he needs to be a more responsible adult, but apparently he's having too much fun, which I can totally understand. He jokes back with me and says that since I have kids I'm automatically older than him. Is this true? Does having kids make you older? Or, does it make you feel young again because you get to see the world through your children's eyes. I guess it's a little bit of both. You're forced to grow up and change your priorities, but at the same time, you get to have fun, be silly and enjoy your children (or feel like pulling your hair out, it depends on the day!).

As we were having this discussion, another co-worker chimed in and asked why he needed to act his age. She stated that she doesn't act her age either. So, I guess the question is--when is it really time to stop trying to act younger than you are and act your age? Is there a cutoff? Does it all depend on where you're at in life? Does it contribute to where you're at in life? I'm not saying that we should stop living life because we're getting older, but are people in denial as they get older and try to act like they are 10 years younger? And why not enjoy each stage we go through in life whether it be age 21 or age 50, just to embrace it?

The other funny thing is that I have two younger girls that work for me (26 and 24, so not that much younger) and they didn't know me before I got married and had kids. I think they definitely think of me as the "mom" or "grown-up." I always laugh because I wonder what they would think of me if they knew me before I "settled down." Perception is such an interesting thing as we come across new people who didn't know us in our previous life!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Life Before Children?

It's hard to remember what life was like for Brad and I Before Children (BC). Our kids are only 3 and a half and 9 months, but we honestly find ourselves lost when they are not around sucking up all of our energy. Last night, Lexxa went and stayed with my parents. We had dinner with friends, and it was really nice to just relax and hang out with them without worrying about her. Logan was asleep by 8pm, so he's easy in that way and we didn't have to worry about him much either. This morning Logan went down for his first nap and it was so quiet in the house that Brad and I looked at each other and didn't even know what to do next. My first thought was to go back to sleep! Is that bad? I figured I might as well take advantage of getting some extra sleep since it doesn't happen often. Brad of course defaulted to watching crappy movies on Saturday TV--which he is still doing by the way, but the kids are both up and on the move. How is it that men can block out everything around them when they are watching TV? Ok, that's a whole separate post, so I'll stop! I guess I should give him a little credit since he is home with them every day, so he deserves a break.

Anyway, we do fine if we have date night and go out to dinner and a movie or something, but if we are at home in a quiet house, we're not quite sure what to make of it. I guess my point is that life BC seems like so long ago!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weighing In... And Dropping a Deuce...

It's hard to believe that Logan is 9 months old already. Brad took him to his 9 month appointment today. My little man (who is not so little) weighed in at 21 lbs, 9 oz, and 29 inches long. This puts him in the 66th percentile for his weight and the 85th percentile for his height. His head only measured 17.24 inches around which put him in the 11th percentile for head size. But, I can attest to the fact that his head really isn't all that small...it's just more egg shaped than being wide and round.

Moving on to Lexxa...potty training. All of a sudden it clicked to her that she could go pee-pee in the toilet and wear big girl panties. Ever since that day she's been a champ. She tells us when she needs to go and that is that. However, #2 is a completely different story. I've heard a lot of parents say they have trouble when it comes to potty training and #2. So, every time she needs to go, she decides she wants to put on a pull up and hide behind the couch to go. Sometimes she doesn't go for a day or two because she just won't go in the toilet. So, moving on to tonight--we took a little family walk and on the way back we stopped at Starbucks. Of course she wanted a kids hot chocolate. So we went in and ordered our coffees and while we were waiting she wanted to go to the bathroom (I think she wants to go in every public place just to check it out and see if the sink is low enough for her to wash her hands on her own). So, I took her to the bathroom. She sat on the toilet, didn't go and then wanted to wash her hands and go home. So, we gathered up our coffees and made the walk home. The first thing she did when we walked in the door was put on a pull up. So, she goes to the bathroom in her pull up and she's ready for me to change it--I open it up and it looks like an adult-sized poo and even smells like one too. As I'm wiping her and gagging (normally stuff like this doesn't gross me out), she's laughing histerically. So, that battle is still on to get her to go #2 on the toilet...I know it will happen eventually.

Ah, the joys of kids growing up so fast!



Sunday, March 8, 2009

Everybody's Doing It...

So, everyone seems to have a blog these days. And, I must say that I find them all interesting and always try to find time to catch upon everyone's latest posts. So, I figured I might as well start my own blog, if for nothing else but to make notes on what's going on in my life. It may not be very interesting for everyone, but at least it might be a place to keep a journal of things that are happening in my little family...the 4 D'Amicos.

Stay tuned...and, I should say that I may not be as on top of making new posts like some of you (Alyssa and Gale!).