Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Weather in the Winter

The past two days have included temperatures in the 70's, which means we've been getting more outside time than usual. And I love it! (Aside from when Noelle complains about it being too sunny and how's she's so sweaty.) Yesterday the kids didn't even watch TV until 7:00- huge win for us in the winter time!

After we dropped Noelle off at school yesterday, Jonah and I headed to MOPS at our church, where thankfully he didn't cry when I dropped him off in MOPPETS, and I got some time with a few of my mom friends. Once we picked Noelle up, we took our picnic lunch to a nearby park and enjoyed the playground and sunshine for a bit.

After a quick stop at home, we headed to the library for a library time play date with our other MOPS group. The librarian who lead it read some silly books, sang songs, played with bubbles and shaky eggs, and we made a kite for the craft. I loved hearing Noelle and Jonah laugh at everything- I want to remember their little voices and laughs from this stage of life!

After checking out some new books, we headed home to meet our neighbor getting off the bus. The kids ate popsicles and played outside for over an hour until dinner time. I am most definitely looking forward to being able to do this daily in the spring and summer!

And we had Holden with us on Wednesday and got to enjoy some time outside with him. I love that little baby SO much!! So thankful for this little nugget!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sharing a Room and Weekend Fun

The littles have now been sharing a room for a week and a half. And not only that, Jonah was evicted from the crib and now sleeps on the crib mattress on the floor. He now has a lot more freedom, and a partner in crime to stay up late with. And an older sister to emulate on everything- including the whining and phrases she uses ("you're taking too long to come check on us", "actually mom, I'm going to miss you".)

We're hoping that 4+ months will be enough time for them to get used to sharing before the baby takes over Noelle's old room.

It seems that if one of them goes to sleep, the other is still awake. Last night, Luke and I were both in bed super early because that's normal for me and Luke's been sick. Jonah wandered in and just stood there looking at us. When I walked him back to his room, Noelle was conked out. Another night last week, Noelle kept coming into our room while I was reading and eventually she said "mommy, Jonah's not talking to me when I say things to him because he's asleep. I'm going to go wake him up." I quickly told her no, but of course she went into their room and started yelling his name. Thankfully, he slept right through it, and she eventually went to sleep!

Their typical stall tactics and excuses for not being asleep: cold water, I miss you hugs, we need a flashlight (how they seem to have misplaced all 10 they got for Christmas, I do not know!), the sound machine is too loud, Jonah took the night light out of the socket, using the potty, too hot, too cold (Jonah's been requesting to wear his Thomas the Train robe to bed), and Jonah's nightly request- "I need something from downstairs."

We keep telling ourselves the novelty will wear off eventually, they'll get used to it, and will hopefully be getting to bed at a decent time by the time baby gets here!

The last two weekends have been full of fun things! This past Saturday, Noelle had a birthday party for her little boyfriend at school at a trampoline park, and then more fun and food at his house afterwards. When we first got there, she played shy, but once the kids were all out bouncing, she joined right in with her pre-k buddies. Meanwhile, Luke stayed home with Jonah and attempted potty-training. All six pairs of underwear were soaked through in the first part of the day, and the next morning, Jonah wanted a diaper, so that was the end of pushing that for now.

The Saturday before, Noelle and I had a date with some other mommies and their girls to see Disney on Ice with all the princesses. We carpooled into Baltimore with one of our friends, found our seats, and pointed out all the princess dresses that all the little girls in the audience were wearing. Noelle chose to wear a little pink dress she has with Belle, Tiana, and Cinderella on it.

The show was well-done and incorporated some of our favorite songs from the different princess movies. Most of the second half was devoted to scenes from Frozen, and you could tell that Elsa and Anna were the most popular princesses in the room. Noelle was cheering and clapping her hands, and you could hear so many little voices singing along with all the songs. I enjoyed it, and was thankful for some one on one time with Noelle!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day started with the kids waking up just as I was finishing getting ready for the day. I hugged them tight while saying "Happy Valentine's Day!" And that was just the reminder they needed about it being a "holiday." Noelle said, "you know who I love mommy? Aunt Lyd!" And then Jonah chimed in and said he loved Aunt Lyd, too. I love the little moments of hearing their hearts.

They told me they wanted to go to Chick Fil A, and since I'd been planning on taking them somewhere and we hadn't used our Chick Fil A calendar deal yet (which happened to be a breakfast item this month), I told them we could go. We got them dressed in their Valentine's Day outfits and headed out for breakfast (chicken minis and lemonade!) We had fun sitting and eating, and then they played in the play area for a bit.

After we were done, we headed to Walmart to buy our supplies for the day: chocolates, flowers, balloons, strawberries, and streamers. At one point I knelt down and asked Jonah if he wanted to "buy" his sister some flowers, which of course he went and picked some out, and then wanted his own little bouquet. Hopefully he'll grow into loving on his sister as he gets older! Once we got everything home, Noelle was so excited to help me decorate. We strung up pink and red streamers, threw a pink tablecloth on the table, and made heart shaped sugar cookies to give to our neighbors. I also used a cookie cutter to cut their peanut butter sandwiches into the shapes of hearts. Not super creative, but they liked it!

Luke picked up some Frank's pizza for us on his way home from work, and brought roses for me and carnations for Noelle. So sweet! We sat down to our yummy cheese (and tomato- don't tell the kids!) pizza, with a carton of strawberries to split between us. The kids were excited to eat their Paw Patrol Valentine's Day chocolates, and they ran around the house with their heart shaped balloons (and continue to do so!) Definitely a successful 2017 Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

20 Weeks! And some other fun stuff

We got to see baby at our 20 week ultrasound on Tuesday! The little heart was fluttering away at 145 beats per minute, and baby was head down, knees to nose, and wouldn't budge to let the sonographer get a good look at everything. She did measure the legs, and got a cute profile shot of the head, but she couldn't get a good enough angle to look at the face/lips, the brain, kidneys, heart, and diaphragm. Everything on the lower half looked great though! She had me pee, drink juice, lay on my side, poked the baby with the doppler, and baby just wouldn't shift positions. If we have another lazy one on our hands, I'm leaning towards girl. But there's also a chance it's a boy. :)

And how are we already at 20 weeks?? I think the first trimester felt slow because of how awful I felt, but things are flying now. After my appointment yesterday, we scheduled 3 more appointments which takes us to the third trimester. We'll have another sono at the next appointment to finish looking at baby, and then the glucose test at the appointment after that. I'm trying to just live in the moment and enjoy Noelle and Jonah, and relish being pregnant.

19 week bump and my messy closet
Noelle came with us to the appointment because she wanted to see the baby (she didn't quite understood what that meant), and she spent most of the hour of the sono holding my hand, telling me she loved me, and drumming her fingers on the paper covering I was laying on.

Earlier this week we had a MOPS play date at the Rainbow Play Systems store. Noelle cried when she got to the top of one of the play sets and was scared to come down the slides, and Jonah ran around from one thing to the next. The most popular item for them: the air hockey table.

Holden joined our craziness on Wednesday, and it ended up being a gorgeous day! After picking Noelle up from school and eating lunch, the kids ran around out front for awhile and Holden just sat there watching them. After his nap, we all walked to the playground along with my neighbor's daughter. It felt wonderful having an over 60* weather day in February. Of course we had a winter storm warning for the following day, which amounted to a slight dusting of snow, but at least we had some warmth for a little while!

Last weekend was the Sykesville Ice Festival, and even though there were a bunch of ice related activities (ice sculptures, ice skating, food), Noelle and Jonah spent the most time playing at the train table. They know what they like!