Monday, November 28, 2016

Day in the Life - 23 Months

Just a couple weeks until Emmett is two, so another day in the life is in order!  As an update to the last post, E's Halloween costume was SO cute. Unfortunately, he did NOT want to wear it. We got him to put it on for a photo and then he just went out in jammies. He had a blast though, so we'll consider it a win!

One of Emmett's latest obsessions is his red tricycle he got for his first birthday. The reason it has surged in favor is that he finally wears his helmet, so we take it out in the neighborhood! He loves going "fast!" and is good at slowing down/looking for cars, and has only tumbled twice. He also loves hanging (there are some hanging bars like on playgrounds on our neighborhood greenway that he learned it from, and now he wants to hang on EVERYTHING). He wants to see everything (whenever I finish a meal, he demands to see the inside of my bowl to ensure it's empty like I promised it was - ha!). He's also showing lots of interest in potty training, so we got a second option for downstairs (we have a stand alone kid potty upstairs, so I got a lid with little stairs for the downstairs) and will need to put a potty training book in my amazon cart I guess. I'm not ready yet really, but it'll be nice to get our feet wet (ha!) over the next few months.

We had a busy November including a trip to Grandma and Papa's (Emmett decided to call him that all of a sudden) and the San Antonio zoo. Emmett LOVES "telling the story" about our visit to the zoo and still perks up whenever he gets to tell it.

We also had a delightful visit out to Barton Hills Farms near Bastrop for his friend George's birthday party - he loved the baby pigs and goats, pumpkins and jump spot and tells that story too :)

We traveled to Houston for my nephew Ben's birthday and also go to stay with our friends Christine and Nate (and their darling daughter Aurelia). It was a whirlwind weekend and a great chance to see my sister one last time before she has baby boy #2!

Thanksgiving week was full of family and fun. Luke's brother and his girlfriend came for a visit from Raleigh, and his parents joined in too. Then his extended family came for a belated celebration on Friday. Luke fried the turkeys and I made this cheesy corn casserole from Bon Appetit and they brought a slew of sides.

7:30 a.m. I hear Emmett making happy noises in his crib. I'm thrilled he slept in this late since we were spoiled by grandparents hopping up when he wakes up and letting us sleep in all week. I come in and he says "grandma? papa? dada?" - sorry to disappoint kid, just plain ol' mommy today! Luke stayed up late playing video games with his bestie in Corpus Christi, so I let him sleep in. We head downstairs and I start the coffee, then Emmett wants me to read him several books. Then I change a dirty diaper and he asks for breakfast. He's super into pumpkin yogurt (half canned pumpkin, half Greek yogurt) that he then dunks cereal in. And, he's mixing up his fruit loves (apples are always #1) and recently also really likes pomegranates and raspberries.

8:00 a.m. Luke comes down just in time to sit down with us for breakfast. I have my bowl of PBJ oats with raspberries and blackberries and a nice big cup of coffee. No pic - sorry!

8:20 Emmett is all done and (shocker) wants to play. I throw some shoes on him and Luke takes him in the backyard to play while I tidy up from breakfast a bit and pack up our hiking gear for a morning outing. Then we swap and Luke gets himself ready and does a bit more kitchen cleaning while Emmett and I play at the sand box.

9:15 a.m. We hop in the car and drive towards the Turkey Creek Trail, about 25 minutes away from our place. Emmett happily watches Daniel Tiger (and I think he missed it since he didn't really watch all last week).

9:45 a.m. The parking lot is bumping, but there's room for us - woohoo! So many hikers and their dogs out today (it's a gorgeous off-leash dog trail and I don't think they allow bikes, so dog lovers frequent this place big time). Emmett wants to start out hiking and we happily oblige him. But I think he's a little tired because after two mild "tumbles" he wants to go "up!" on Dada. Luke wore the Onya so we could easily put Emmett up and down and not have the bulky hiking pack for when Emmett was walking - it's perfect especially when we're both there so I could wear the backpack with snacks/water/diapers. We do a mile adult paced then Emmett wants to get down and hike again. He has so much fun hopping over the rocks and roots and figuring out the best way to get places. Eventually the pace slows and we near lunchtime, so we throw him back up and walk (/run! He wanted a fast pony ride on dada, so we were the weirdos galloping down the trail). That brings us to 75 miles so far this month for the Hike It Baby 30 Challenge - sweet! Beating our September 65 miles, I'll take it.

12:10 p.m. Back in the car home, more Daniel Tiger for E (don't judge me!). Then the guys horse around in the front yard playing with chalk while I warm up Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch. We finish up all the sides but still have plenty of turkey left for some dishes I'm making this week (score!).

1:00 p.m. Emmett wants to go back outside to play, so I pour his milk and we head out. With the nice weather, he's taken to enjoying his milk outside to watch squirrels and have me read to him. I totally love it so we do that again. He's FINALLY OFF THE BOTTLE! We got him to use a transitional bottle a Hike It Baby friend passed down to me, but we accidentally left it in Houston last weekend, so on our drive back we picked up a hard spout cup and he's been using it no problem. At last! He's not tired at all yet and we run around and party for a while, playing basketball, running in circles and having tickle fights (kid LOVES tickles). I sneak upstairs to take a shower because it is NECESSARY.

2:00 p.m. I emerge from the shower as I hear the guys brushing teeth, so I make it in time to help tuck him in and read his book, then we say bye bye. Luke and I have a whirlwind naptime where we put up our Christmas tree and inside decor, install our new TV (Luke found a black Friday deal and pulled the trigger since some of the pixels were failing on our old 65 inch TV), I finished the last installment Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and I worked on this blog post. I also whip up some beet hummus to take to our friends' house later this evening.

4:45 p.m. Geez this kid is STILL asleep. He must be growing/teething because I swear his sleep has been epic this past week. I'm also certain come Monday it'll be back to normal, so I'm embracing what I have while I have it. I go up to wake him and we get right in the car to head to our friends' house.

5:15 p.m. It's paella night! Our friends do an annual paella night to kick off the holidays. They live in one of the beautiful Mueller courtyard homes so Emmett loves to run around with the other kids there (and they had a super cute dance party too). The paella was SO FREAKING GOOD, we were all raving about it (did I mention she's 9 months pregnant? #myhero). Emmett was being picky unfortunately, so he loved the salmon in the seafood paella and some crackers, but no rice or anything else.

6:45 p.m. E has decided he's all done with being there (and oops, that's usually when we start bedtime nowadays) so we say our goodbyes and head home. E is still hungry and asks for broccoli, so I whip him up a bowl that he munches on -score! We check out the Christmas tree and he puts as few ornaments on, then we snuggle and tickle on the rug.

7:30 p.m. We all go upstairs to start tubby time. E enjoys playing with toys and helps scrub himself down. Then we sing the shark towel song, put on a diaper and let him select his jammies. (He screams WEEOOO WEEEOO on the top of his lungs looking for fire truck jammies - they're all dirty so he settles for construction truck bottoms and elephant tops). He enjoys some milk while we read him books. Then it's time to brush teeth and get in bed. We read him one last book and all say goodnight!

8:15 p.m. He went down a little later than usual (and we hear him talking to his animals on the monitor another 10 minutes) but we'll take it! We sit down to watch Designated Survivor and admire the new TV.

9:45 p.m. We head upstairs to get ready for bed. I get through one chapter of my book and lights out by 10 after 10.


E woke up at 6:45 the next day which wasn't bad, but only had a 45 minute nap which NEVER happens. It all evens out I suppose :)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day in the Life - 22 Months

Let's be honest, we've practically got a 2 year old on our hands. It certainly feels that way 95% of the time. E is so fun and affectionate right now and loves doing all.the.things. by himself. And he's actually pretty good at it! It takes a little longer to do things like walk down the stairs, get in the car and brush teeth. His vocabulary is out of control, and I'm using the opportunity to encourage him to use his words (otherwise he just chants MAMA MAMA MAMA until I do what he wants).

E is still loving school. Since the last update we made a trip to Houston so Luke could run the MuckFest MS race with my brother in law (which they ROCKED and Luke raised about $300 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, so proud of him). My sis and I were planning on bringing the boys to play in the kids' mud pit area, but it was waaaay across town and looked like it would made for older kiddos based on the photos the guys sent, so we switched gears and went to a pumpkin patch west of Katy. It was HOT as all get out and E was not a huge fan of waiting in line, but we all enjoyed the patch, food, animals and play area.

Luke and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last week with 20 other families at a Hike It Baby camping trip out at Palmetto State Park. It was Emmett's first time camping and he loved getting be outside all weekend and sleeping in the tent. The weather was beautiful, we went on some awesome hikes, and we enjoyed cooking our food over a live fire.

In less bright news, my grandma Lehfeld passed away. Luke's mom came up to help watch E so I was able to fly up to Iowa to celebrate her life. It was nice seeing family, laying my grandma to rest and visiting a few favorite spots from all our summers in Iowa. And it was great getting home to my guys :)

6:40 a.m. It's still pitch dark out, but Emmett is up, so it's time for us to wake up too! I've been struggling with waking up before the sun and can be a little, ahem, unpleasant until after a cup of coffee or two. Luckily I'm feeling perky today and welcome E with a big smile. He climbs into bed with us and requests books, so we read for 15 minutes or so. Then Luke hops in the shower and we go pick out Emmett's clothes and head downstairs. E plays with his new train set and I make coffee and start breakfast.

7:15 a.m. Breakfast time! I'm feeling eggy after the delicious campfire eggs and bacon, so I scramble some eggs to enjoy with toast and fruit. And we scoop out some of the Confituras lavender peach butter - yum! E is enjoying a mix of pumpkin and Greek yogurt with his cereal lately, but today he starts scooping up the mixture and eating it before we even add the cereal. He eats the first 1/4 cup I served him so I mix up some more and this time get him to include some Chex in the mix. Luke and I debate the difference between jam and fruit butter, and I mention applesauce texture and E requests applesauce. Okaaaay. He hasn't had applesauce in months, but I have some on hand and he eats half. Cool!

7:35 a.m. Breakfast is over and the boys play. I clean up the kitchen while they enjoy blocks (E loves a good tumble tumble!) and Luke builds a lego llama. We hear the garbage truck moving around the neighborhood so the three of us hang out in the front yard waiting and in the meantime examine an industrious roly poly.

8:10 a.m. We say goodbye to dada and leave for a toddler led walk. We pretty much always take the same route, but E is mixing things up lately, so we have a good time exploring some new territory. We see lots of neighbor friends and dogs and trucks and airplanes. The best part is that I only carry him about a minute the whole 1+mile walk - go E!

9:40 a.m. Wow, that was a long walk. I change E's diaper and get him ready, pack the hiking carrier and we hop in the car to head to our Hike It Baby hike. The weather is great and there's a big group there - lots of friends! We head out with the adult paced group and enjoy a fun, lively 2.5 mile hike, exploring some different turf than usual. I'm proud one of the dads who joins us braves his first tandem wear with his 4 and 21 month olds - baller! I offer to carry his camelbak pouch on my front so he doesn't have to carry it, because hello! He's got enough going on. E enjoys meeting back up with the walking kids group at the playground and we play for a while.

12:25 p.m. We pull in the driveway the same time as dad. I start warming up lunch, but I'm doing it in the toaster oven for the best texture, so it takes a little while. The guys play more blocks and I run upstairs to power shower. We sit down to eat roasted balsamic chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower. E's not a mashed potato fan (so NOT my kid) so he has some quinoa and edamame along with what we're eating. He's not super into it though (except the chicken, which he loves after he tries it). He prefers white rice to quinoa though, wah wah.

1:10 p.m. Bye bye dada! We tumble blocks for a few minutes and then I suggest milk and he's game. We head upstairs and he surprises me by asking to drink his milk in the chair by himself instead of in my lap (I later learn he did that with Luke last night). We read books and brush teeth and he goes to sleep around 1:45.

1:45 p.m. I clean up lunch and check email. Got a fun assignment from Whole Foods that involves some Pinterest Thanksgiving research. Then I spend time working on Emmett's Halloween costume - a turtle! I've been dragging on this for a while and determine to finish today. I have the last of the coffee from the pot and a remaining lactation cookie (I baked some for my friend getting induced tomorrow. They're basically oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with some brewers yeast and ground flaxseed added and sooo good. You don't have to be nursing to enjoy them!).

3:05 p.m. My friend Aubrie and her 16 month old William are here! We used to bake together before William but it's gotten more difficult with toddlers and busy lives. But I offered to make little white chocolate covered pretzels that look like pumpkins for Emmett's preschool class party tomorrow and she LOVES Halloween, so they came to make them together! I hadn't seen William since he started walking, so it was super fun having him explore around our place.

3:40 p.m. Emmett's up! I head upstairs to grab him and he's in a BAD mood. Crying hard and not into anything. I eventually get him to come downstairs and he's still having a rough time. Luckily William rolls with the punches and keeps doing his thing (he's so chill and happy) and after a diaper change we all head to the backyard and Emmett perks up. The boys enjoy toys, running around and playing with the garden. Then we head in to start the pumpkins. They happily play with toys, for the most part, in the kitchen (amazingly!) and we bang them out surprisingly quickly. Emmett tries one and loves it, so I let him have a few for a snack.


5:00 p.m. Aubrie and William head out. E takes his last pumpkin to his "snack throne" in the living room to watch an episode of Daniel Tiger. I take the chance to make dinner - Supercrunch Tofu Tacos. After a meat-heavy weekend camping, we're focusing on veggies a lot this week.When the episode is over we read books together, then we play with chalk in the front yard waiting for Dada.

5:56 p.m. Luke is home - hooray! I plate up dinner while the guys play and then wash hands, then we sit down to eat.

6:24 p.m. All done! I was considering heading to a Sha'bam class at Golds, but it's been a busy social week (Body Jam Monday, and I brought dinner to my friend last night, Luke is going to a mutual friend's birthday dinner tomorrow) so I stay home to have more family time. We go on a walk and enjoy sunset. E has a great time for the  most part (lots of running!) peppered in with a few tantrums ;)

7:10 p.m. We're back home and the guys read a book while I rinse off dinner dishes, then we head upstairs to start tubby time. E is super giggly tonight and we have some fun! Jammies, bottle, book, toothbrush and night night!

8:05 p.m. E is asleep and we head downstairs and chat/clean up the kitchen. Then Luke grabs a beer and heads upstairs to work on his racing game wheel (it had a glitch) and I sit down to write this post and work on Emmett's costume some more, with a glass of wine ;) I have How to Get Away with Murder on and then The Mindy Project. And I bag up the pumpkin pretzels and glue on the decorations for E's turtle shell.

9:20 p.m. I head upstairs and check on Luke's progress - not going as well as he'd hoped :( He opts to keep tinkering and I climb into bed to read.

10:28 p.m. Oops, I fell asleep with the book in my hand and the light one. I roll over and turn it off and sleep peacefully until E wakes us up at 6:30 the next morning.