We're off to visit baby Natalie!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We're off to visit baby Natalie!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Handing her the football
After dinner at my parents' house we had to eat and run to get to Brian's parents' meal . We got there and the kids both had a great time playing with their cousins. Wyatt got to ride the Thomas track that was set up at Baba and Mimi's. He had a lot of fun. He also rough housed with his big cousin. They were all over the place tackling each other and bouncing off the couch. It looked like they were bouncing off the ropes like the fake wrestling stuff. Reese got to lay down on the play mat with Piper for a little bit and we let the two girls "talk" to each other. They're all going to have so much fun as they get older. I've never had a girl cousin or family member my age and I know I would have loved to have someone to play with.
The food was yummy. I'm particularly partial to the Chocolate Pie! Wyatt loved his Mimi's orange jello. So much that it was all over him and he needed a bath. When he got in the bath though, Brian noticed a big red welt-like mark on Wyatt's behind. It worried us, but it was gone by the time we got home. I called the pediatrician yesterday to make an appointment and they said the Doctor will call back on Monday. The only problem is that when I changed Wyatt's diaper yesterday afternoon he had three more marks on him. One on his behind and two on his thigh. Brian did some research and we think that they're hives. Neither of us is allergic to anything (well I'm allergic to cats, but I avoid them) so we don't have issues with hives. And we've traced everything he's eaten and there's been nothing new added to his diet. We read online that hives can be caused by vibration and we think that might be it. We first noticed it after he rode the Thomas track and then yesterday he spent a lot of time sitting in Reese's bouncy chair. Hopefully we'll get in to see the Pediatrician early next week
We didn't do any sale shopping yesterday. Wait, I take that back. Brian had to go to the mall for work last night and the kids and I tagged along to buy Wyatt a winter coat and a hat and mittens. Old Navy's outerwear was on sale for 50% off so we got the coat pretty cheaply. We need to keep the little guy bundled up in the cold weather.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Noelle supervising the train activities
Pushing the train into the mountain. Or "house" as Wyatt refers to it.
The train visiting the Christmas village
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
....our two kids! Tonight we were all playing in the playroom and I put Reese on the Rocking Puppy. Wyatt saw Brian get the camera to take pictures of her and he ran over and had to get in on the pictures too. He is seriously such a ham. The camera comes out and he's "on." He was so good with his little sister while he rocked her. He also has started "teaching" Reese things and pointing things out. When he's rocking her you'll see him say "Rocking Puppy" to her and then point out his choo choo train. He does it all the time. At the store he'll point to his little sister and look at a complete stranger and say "It's Baby Sissy. Hey Pieces Pieces." Or if he sees people nearby he'll hold out his arms and scrunch his little fingers and say "Give Baby Sissy a kiss?" He loves to be the center of attention. I have no idea where he gets it from!
I got to catch up on some office gossip (there is always office gossip...and I guess I've missed a few juicy things), I got to see some folks haven't seen in awhile, and most excitingly, my email box wasn't clogged! My super friend cleaned everything out except for the juicy management moves, the completely idiotic emails that people send that should have been spellchecked, and anything that was actually pertinent to my job. Refreshing! When I came back from maternity leave with Wyatt I had almost 900 emails. Today I had like, 70. Excellent.
Unfortunately my low cost providing company replaced my computer (after using the same one for 3 years) while I was gone. Hello! I lost all of my files, all of my favorites and all of my emails. I am not an email deleter! In a company like mine, some people (you know, the ones who want to advance) will throw you under the bus in a second if they can. You need every email so you can say "On June 10, 2006, So and So A specifically said that RV ERS was not going to fall under me and was going to be passed onto So and So B." I was worried, but then I was able to get everything imaged onto my computer. Now I've got my back up, and I've got a new computer.
The kids did fine without me for three whole hours. Wyatt actually threw a fit when I walked in the door and wanted me to leave (he did that before my maternity leave too), but no such luck! I fed him lunch and put him down for his nap, and Reese has been sleeping since I got home. We are now venturing to the store for a few key items (I know, frightening) that we need for the house that aren't Thanksgiving related (we go to our parents' homes for Thanksgiving...no cooking here!). This should be fun....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The trip to see Santa has always been an adventure for us (will Noelle poop in the mall? - Only once, but in front of the AVP of my department at work!), but the kids and Noelle all did wonderfully. The purpose for going so early is to avoid the lines and also so that we could get the Christmas cards made quickly. Wyatt gave Santa Claus a high five but wouldn't sit directly on his lap. Noelle looked at the camera when cookies were flashed in front of her. Reese sat happily on my lap. We were in and out in 20 minutes. It was stellar. The cards have been ordered and are on their way courtesy of Kodak :).
2005 - Noelle and Santa Claus at MacCarthur Center 2006 - Brian, Noelle and I (with Baby Wyatt cooking - I was 5.5 months pregnant)
2007 - The four of us switched it up and went to Lynnhaven Mall. I think the Santa Claus in the top picture with just Noelle might have switched too...I think its the same guy!
2008 - Still to come...but I will tell you we changed to green shirts!
Monday, November 24, 2008
And P.S..... another reason that the Doctor that delivered the kids is my favorite...she released me back to work next week not this week! So I'm not going in tomorrow because I'm waiting on a new note, which should be done tomorrow afternoon. My silly company won't let me back without a note. Nope. So I'm home with my babies for another day! And then I'm at work for a day (and hardly anyone will be there). And then I get a paid holiday (main reason for going back this week). And then I go back to work for a day. And then I'm home for three. Don't push me....I'm easing back in.
While we were at the store Brian found a Minnie Mouse baby rattle for Reesie. She loved it as soon as he started shaking it at her and she grabbed it...so of course Daddy bought it for his little girl. The rattle calms her down when she's crying and she loves to hold it. We were getting ready to make our Sunday morning Wal Mart run yesterday and I was packing the diaper bag and Reese was screaming in the Pack & Play. Wyatt grabbed that Minnie Mouse rattle and started shaking it at her saying "Hey Cootie!," just like his Dad had been doing earlier. Yes, he's trying to call her "cutie" and calls her "cootie" instead. It was so adorable!
We did some more Christmas shopping yesterday for the kids. I wouldn't say we're halfway done, but we're getting there. I even wrapped some presents last night while Brian and I were catching up on our DVR. We missed a lot of TV while we were gone. We also have to finish the shows saved on there before Verizon Fios gets installed sometime in December. Back to my original point, I always end up wrapping a ton of presents on Christmas Eve, so I'm glad I've gotten a jump start. I love to wrap, but not all in one night. When I was a teenager I wrapped all the presents for my Mom...including my own. She taped my boxes shut so I couldn't look in them (9 times out of 10 I knew what it was anyway...we went shopping, I picked out and tried on stuff and then she bought it) and I wrapped them! Fortunately my husband doesn't make me wrap my presents from him!
Tonight we're going to to Pet Pics at the mall to get the family's picture taken with Santa. I also have some projects I've been working on around the house that I'd like to complete tonight before I head back in to work tomorrow. I'm seriously having some anxiety about leaving them. I don't know why, and I know it's ridiculous. I cried and cried the night before I went back to work after Wyatt was born and I know I'll probably do the same thing tonight....I suppose my husband should be prepared for that....he loves emotional breakdowns.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The next few days are going to be a little crazy. We have all the unpacking to do (and just unpacking..the villa had a washer and dryer so I did a lot of laundry there), we want to go see Natalie, we have to get a crib tent for Wyatt (yep, he's a climber now), and we have some straightening up to do before Christmas decorating starts. Brian and I LOVE the holiday season and have a ton of stuff to get out and situated. We're hoping to finish Christmas lists for the kids soon. I also have to start back at work this week....uck! I'm not excited about going back. I'm excited to see my friends, I'm excited to get some work done, but I know that I have my monthly reports right around the corner and most importantly I don't want to leave my kids! I guess the good thing about this new schedule is that I have every afternoon with them from 12:30 on. Anyway, there's a lot pf preparation going on around here this weekend and I'm trying to get these kids back on their schedules before I head back to work on Tuesday!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1. Graco SnugGlider Infant Carseat Swing Frame - okay, this thing is amazing. I wouldn't use this as a regular swing (like my Fisher Price one), but it serves its purpose nicely. I didn't know that this existed when Wyatt was a baby or I would have run out and gotten it. Both of my kids fall asleep in the car, but automatically know when they're inside and wake up. And then refuse to go back to sleep! With this you just plop the car seat in and turn the swing on...and voila, still moving. This week I've used it more as a regular swing because it's small and travels well (good for trips to visit friends or grandma's who don't have big swings). Reese loves it and so do I. If you don't have a kid that has the same problem mine do I wouldn't suggest getting it, but if your kid is as stubborn as mine, this thing is a must!
2. Medela Pump & Style Breast Pump - I couldn't have pumped as long as I did with Wyatt after I went back to work and I definitely couldn't have made it through Reese's hospitalization without my Pump & Style. It's amazing! It's expensive for sure, but my argument to Brian was always that it was the same cost as 2 months of formula...which did he prefer to give our kids? My husband being the excessive breast feeding snob that he is chose to get the pump. It's a big pain to carry in to work everyday because of the long walk in, but I love it! Don't waste your money on the car adapter though...it doesn't provide a ton of power and it takes forever! And if you're not working and just need something to get some relief...get the Swing. It's still Medela and you can only do one side at a time, but its cheaper.
3. Johnson's Bedtime Bath/Lotion/Baby Powder - It really seems to help the kids sleep longer and it smells so sweet. We have definitive bathtime routines for the kids to help them calm down and get ready for bed and this stuff is a part of it. I've always had mixed feelings about it because I like the way the real Baby Lotion smells but it works!
4. Stroll'r Swivel'rs - Love these things! They just pop right onto the stroller and they hold the diaper bag and whatever else you may need to attach. So much easier then shoving stuff into the storage bins underneath.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
1. Stay at a resort. I've stayed off property twice and on once. And my best experience, by far, was staying at the Wilderness Lodge last year. If you watch Jon & Kate Plus 8, which I only do as a form of personal self torture because she drives me nuts, the Lodge is where they stayed last year. It makes everything so easy! First of all, my only complaint (and it's not really a complaint) about this trip is that when you go to the park and leave, you leave the Disney magic. There was absolutely nothing like leaving the park last year and coming back to the Lodge. When you leave the park you're still surrounded by great Disney service and the great Disney feeling. It's really like you leave the outside world the entire week! The second great thing is the transportation. At the resorts there are buses that are waiting to take you to the parks and they take you right up to the front. And even better at the Wilderness Lodge, you get to take a ferry to the Magic Kingdom. It was awesome! With little kids it makes the experience better. There are extra hours for people staying on resorts. Plus it's significantly easier to park hop and to leave the parks mid day to take kids back for naps and stuff. We couldn't have done that if we'd wanted to over the last few days.
2. Get the Fast Passes...they make everything significantly easier.
3. If you're expecting to get the kids to bed "on time" - don't. We're not staying at a resort and I can hear the fireworks every night still! But they're totally worth it.
4. Plan what you want to do. We came here with a pretty concise plan of where we wanted to go and that made it easy. But we've talked since then and figured out when the kids are older we're looking at like, a 10 day trip to fit in everything. Eventually we'll want to go to the water parks (there's two Disney parks and a Wet n' Wild), Universal Studios and Disney of course! With little kids there's some places that will only take a day (like Epcot) and that others that you easily spend two days navigating (like Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom).
5. Make a budget of what you want to spend. Seriously, between the gift shops and Downtown Disney....this place is a cash cow. There is a ton of cool stuff to buy, especially memory related...scrapbooking, picture frames...it's easy to get distracted and spend, spend, spend!
Once we got inside we made our way down Main Street USA to get to Tomorrowland. Brian and Wyatt were able to ride one ride together and then we met Buzz Lightyear! Wyatt doesn't know who he is yet, but whatever! Wyatt then picked the most boring ride in the park to go on next, the train that travels above Tomorrowland. He was SO bored. He kept trying to get off the thing. We told him he wasn't allowed to pick anymore rides!
We then took Wyatt to the car track where he was able to drive a car! Brian was excited. He went on the ride last year with T and Colin and he really wanted to take Wyatt but he was too small. This year he was tall enough to ride with Daddy! He loves to drive, he has lots of experience. Every time Brian and Wyatt go to the Home Depot Brian lets Wyatt sit in the cart with the wheel and Wyatt says he "driving." Wyatt had the biggest smile on his face at the end of the ride and he even got his own driver's license with Mickey Mouse on it!
We went to Toontown next and we rode the train around the park. Wyatt enjoyed it at first because he loves trains, but he was over it by the second stop. We also got both kids Mickey ears. Wyatt has an infant pair that no longer fit him and Reese needed little pink ones...they look so cute!
We got Fast Passes for the Winnie the Pooh ride and went and got lunch. Fast Passes are the way to go. No waiting in lines and you can get other things done while you wait...like lunch! Wyatt was a little scared of the Winnie the Pooh ride though...it's dark inside, but not scary! We opted to skip the Snow White ride...that would definitely scare him. So we went on the carousel, where Wyatt was very excited because he got the horse he was staring at while we waited in line. Reese and I got a cozy little bench! After the carousel we did the Sword and the Stone thing I already blogged about and rode the elephants. The elephants were the first ride Wyatt ever rode! We got Fast Passes for Peter Pan in hopes of returning later.
We skipped the parade and went to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where Wyatt was surprisingly not scared! The second highlight of the day (for the boys anyway) was the trip to Tom Sawyer's Island. If you've ever been around Brian you've probably heard him talk about how one of the best times he ever had was when he came here with a bunch of his buddies and they hung out on Tom Sawyer's Island and had a blast. Brian had fun with Wyatt, but I know he can't wait until he's older and can run around all over the place. I was actually surprised that he let me go over there carrying Reese in the front carrier. I thought for sure that he'd be afraid I would trip or something!
We made it back to Peter Pan and then headed out. Both kids melted down at that point..they were both too tired! They both fell asleep before we made it to the Monorail line, and let me tell you how fun it was getting Wyatt out of the stroller while he was asleep and then carrying him while dragging the stroller. Reese starting wailing in the car and Wyatt slept through it...and he slept through getting his diaper changed, putting his jammies on and being put down. At 12:30 we heard "Hi Daddy" and Brian woke up to see Wyatt standing next to him. Yeah, he can totally get out of the pack and play. He woke up for good at 6:30.....and it was Brian's first day of real work. The original plan was for my Dad to come down here and drive back home with us today, but since we got here and have so much space and there's so much to do, the kids and I are staying until Brian's done on Thursday!
Reese and I walking into the park