Cheers to Sleep Again

Monday, April 27, 2009

Since Isabella was four months old she's been sleeping through the night. That is until four months ago when she began experiencing fear for the first time. It's hard to imagine what a kid goes through with their new wild imaginations and vivid view of the world. Since this turn of events our sleep has been disrupted. Isabella would wake up in the middle of the night and walk down to our room. We're on a different floor and she still would wind up in our bed. Then she became difficult to say goodnight as she was anticipating our departure she would start to cry. The crying became more theatrical as the weeks went on. She was so worked up it would take an hour to calm her down.

Ed and I caved little by little. At first we'd let her hang out with us after we said goodnight and after she fell asleep we'd take her to her room. When that stopped working, we'd lay in bed with her until she fell asleep (annoying when it's 8:30-9pm and you haven't eaten dinner yet, let alone cooked anything). I got fed up and we finally found a solution. My doctor told me another parent held the door closed until the kid fell asleep on the floor. And he continued for the next few days. I tried this and it didn't work to hold the door. As soon as she woke up because it was uncomfortable she'd try to open the door again and if I weren't holding it she'd get out. It was more tortous on us.

Side note: we have lever handles with an unusual decorative plate and no door safety lock has worked and I tried them all.

So I finally got Ed to reverse the lock on the door so we could lock her in. Wow, why didn't I think of this months ago??? I did, but eh-hm...I couldn't get a certain someone to help me out.

Anyways, she cried for an hour the first day and slept on the floor all night. The next morning she said, "High five mommy. I slept all night."

The second day she cried for 45 minutes and took herself to her bed and fell asleep. On the third night she cried for 2 minutes and got up to check the door once. And ever since she hasn't cried or even gotten out of bed to check the door. It has now been a little over a week and we have our bed again! And we don't need to lock her in anymore now that she stays in bed.

Free Car Wash

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Seriously, at least 20 cars kept circling around and under the water. One RV went through three times.

In the Sink

While I was feeding Ethan (seems to be a pattern here) Isabella brought the stool over to the sink to get to her bubbles.

Oh Wait...Vail

How can I forget about my trip to Vail last month? I had so much fun hanging out with Chris and her new fiance Chris. What a fun group to hang with. I went snowboarding for the second time and was up and having a blast. Only came home with a few minor bruises.

Yep, that's me on the left!!! Woowoo!

Playdate at Roxbury Park

I joined a playdate group to meet other moms with kids of similar ages. So far the meetups have been great. Isabella already has made some friends. Izzy hangs out with Nathan the most.

BTW, we're waiting for her hair to grow out of this funky stage. We keep putting it in ponytails, but she'll pull them out and her hairs looks even worse.

Chuck E Cheese

Ed's been in New York and Jersey for work and then to visit family. While he's out I didn't want the kids to be cooped up in the house so I decided to take them out to Chuck E Cheese...cause it's where a kid can be a kid! Though, you'd think by now they'd have a few healthy choices on the menu besides a side salad.

Catching Up in March

I'm more than a month behind on some pictures so enjoy.

We took the kids to Sesame Street presents The Body at Hollywood and Highland. It was a small venue, but it was fun and educational. I'm not sure Isabella understood anything yet, but it was entertaining. Izzy is really into Elmo so we thought taking a picture with him would be fun...maybe not.

Grandma came over to watch the kids while Ed and I went out for an adult dinner for my birthday.

Ed and I went out to eat at Osteria Mozza. Despite our late reservations and eating at 11pm, the food was good. The best part was the mozzarella bar. Mine was delicioso.

I decided to surprise Ed and dress Ethan up for the first Red Sox v. Angels game. If Isabella had an Angels outfit I would have dressed her up too. I'm trying to keep the rivalry between the boys and girls in our household.

I let Ed sleep in so as I was feeding Ethan I noticed how quiet the house was only to see Isabella walk in looking like this...yikes!

Since neither of us are religious, we took the kids to our local village for an Easter egg hunt. It's nearly impossible to take pictures of Isabella smiling. But look at her face as she's about to devour her first Peeps. Yummy...

What you're not seeing in these pics was the scare we had on this day. Isabella, the rambunctious and listening-challenged, decided to try to play chase and run out and into the street. I had Ethan in my arms thankfully Ed ran caught up and caught her right as a car stomped on the brakes. Our hearts stopped. Will she learn...doubtful.

It seems no kids like adults dressed up like animals. Funny, this bunny had bright pink lipstick and decided to belch as we sat down next to her. Thank god she didn't smell of alcohol.

When we got home Ethan was tired and conked out in the middle of our laundry (yes, it is clean).

Ethan went on the swings for the first time and loved it!

Not My Friend

Saturday, April 25, 2009

So it has been a long time since I've posted anything. This morning I told Isabella to eat her yogurt in the kitchen. I had to take it away because she kept trying to take it to the living room. Anyhow, she says "mommy, a not my friend."

And so it already begins.