Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekend Review

We had a nice weekend.  I love when Patrick doesn't have to work and we can hang out as a family.  He had to work Friday night so Barrett and I hung out at home and watched Toy Story 3.  Well I watched it, Barrett wasn't very interested in watching anything.  He went to sleep without crying which was a big change for every other day last week.  
Saturday we had plans to go down to John and Hope's house and hang out on the Ski lake with them.  It rained all morning but we decided to go ahead and go anyway.  I'm glad we did because it turned out to be a beautiful day.
The lake has this nice beach area where you can swim and hang out.  We didn't really know how Barrett was going to feel about the sand.  We've been telling ourselves that he was going to hate it and be miserable.  We were wrong.  He loved it.  He played in the sand with his dump truck all afternoon.  He would walk out in the water and just smile.  He was so happy.  
He watched the boys throw the football.
So content pushing his truck around.
Seriously, he had the best time.  We went back to the house and the boys grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob.  It was all so good.  We had the best time just hanging out with them.  We hated to leave!
Sunday we went to Mass and then to my parents house for lunch.  As usual Nana had something sweet for Barrett.  He loved the ice cream but he wasn't a fan of the cone.  
One of his favorite toys.
We came home and ate watermelon outside.  He's a fan for sure.  
We also met some of our neighbors (we're terrible neighbors and have only met a handful of them in the almost 7 years we've been here.)  They have a son that is 17 months old and he and Barrett played together while we visited.  It was fun.  It was one of those things that really made me feel like a grown up.  (I know I'm a dork.)  
Monday I had a full day of work at a school in Irondale, hanging vinyl.  I worked 8 hours up and down on a ladder.  I'm not used to that much physical activity. Barrett stayed with Brittany for the afternoon and he did so good she said.  She said he didn't cry at all and was very sweet.  I was so worried how he would do.  It probably helped that Patrick was the one who dropped him off and that we were just with Brittany and the boys last week so it was all still familiar to him.  Today I had to run back over to the school to fix a couple things and Barrett went with me.  He did so good.  He wasn't shy and played with some of the teachers.  He even stayed with one of them while I walked out of the room and he didn't cry.  Hopefully we're making some progress with the separation anxiety.  
We've got a laid back rest of the week and fun weekend ahead.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Separation Anxiety

We've had a hard week this week.  Barrett has developed separation anxiety and it is hard on my mommy heart.  I think the reason it's so hard for me is because I know when he's crying all he wants is for me to stay with him and hold him, but I also know that giving in to him is only going to make things worse.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the extra snuggle time.  I breaks my heart to put him to bed and him just cry for me.  He usually only cries for a few minutes but it still hurts.  He also hasn't been sleeping good.  He chewed the end off his wubanub paci and I'm trying hard to not give in to buying him another one.  I did give him another paci but he doesn't love it.  I just want to hug and comfort my baby without making him overly attached and making it worse when I do have to leave him.  It's emotionally exhausting.  Patrick kept him a couple mornings this week and he cried when I left, which made me sad.  Then the days I had him he cried when I put him down for a nap and then again when I put him down for bed.  When he's not crying he's terrorizing the dog.  I feel like I've said "no" about a million times this week.  I'm not trying to complain or sound whinny.  It's just that this is one of the hardest weeks I've had lately as a mom.  
We had early intervention on Tuesday.  We were very pleased with his progress.  He sat for an entire book.  He's playing appropriately with toys and not throwing toys as often as before.  We also had our first session with the speech therapist.  She was pleased with how much he's babbling but she gave us a few things to work on.  We'll see them both again in two weeks.
Monday I let him use the spoon with his yogurt.  I think he needs a little more practice.
We've had an unusual cold front come through and it felt amazing this week.  So we've played outside and cooked with the doors open.

He looks like a little hoarder sometimes.  He gathers all of his animals and his cup and stacks them up on this push toy like it's a little cart.  It makes me laugh.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the extra snuggles I've gotten this week.  It's all been so bittersweet.  I want him to want to snuggle but then I also want him to be comfortable enough to not need me.
We also went and toured the "school" where he's going to start Mother's Day Out in August.  It's been a busy, fun week.  Looking forward to the weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings have become a favorite this summer.  We sleep a little later usually, eat breakfast and sip coffee.  I love the slow pace and just watching Barrett play.  This past Saturday Patrick was off work but he made plans to go to the hunting club with his brother and nephew to work. 
I treated Barrett to donuts. 
We watched Mickey Mouse and cuddled for a long time.  Longer than usual.  As I was holding Barrett, it occurred to me that it won't be long until Barrett will be going to the hunting club with the rest of the boys.  (We've still got a few years but as fast as these past 18 months have gone by I know it will be here before I know it.)

I know i'll miss these sweet, slow mornings at home with my boy. 

He was a fan of the donuts.  He wanted to taste each one.

It was a sweet morning with my boy.  I don't ever want to take this time for granted.  I know he won't be little for long. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend

We had a wonderful, laid back weekend.  Patrick had to work all weekend and that always stinks but Barrett and I tried to make the best of it.  
We went back and forth about what we were actually going to do for the 4th.  My parents were at the lake but I didn't really want to spend the night up there.  It's just so much work with Barrett now that he's walking and I didn't want to take him away from Patrick for the whole weekend.  (We decided we would go up for the day on Saturday since my sister and Clay were going to be up there then.)  Then we thought about going down to John and Hope's neighborhood since John had to work.  They have a little beach on one of the lakes where we could hang out but since I was going to go up to the lake on Saturday I wanted to hang out at home for most of the day Friday.  Barrett went down for a nap around 10:00 Friday morning I did some housework and made a list of things I needed to get when Barrett woke up.  While he was napping my friend Lauren texted me inviting us to her inlaws to hang out at their pool.  Her nephews were going to be there so Barrett would fit right in.  It was close enough to our house that it was no big deal if Barrett had a meltdown and we had to come right home.  So after I ran errands we put on our red, white and blue and headed over for the afternoon.  
Barrett was so good.  He enjoyed the pool while I was holding him and then he floated on a raft for a while.  Everyone commented on how quiet and laid back he was.  When he wanted out he just played on the deck for a while.  Then he found the cookies I'd brought and he ate one (or four but who's counting).  They grilled a big spread and everything was wonderful.  Barrett made his self at home and played with some toys.  The boys shot fireworks and Barrett never even flinched.

I love this picture of him just chilling watching everyone in the pool.  It was a fun, last minute adventure for us and I was thankful they let us crash the party.   Barrett stayed up way past his bedtime but he did great!
Saturday he was up bright and early.  We ate breakfast and instead of putting him down for a nap, I loaded up the car and we headed to the lake.  I thought he would sleep all the way up there.  I was wrong. He was awake the entire time.  So after a long night the night before and no nap I was worried how our day at the lake was going to go.  
He wanted our cans.   
Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Clay took him for a ride in the canoe.  He loved it. 
Nana took him swimming, which he also loved. 
He got cranky in the water so his Granddaddy took him to the swing and got him to sleep.  He took a long nap.  So sweet.
Dad made a picture of margaritas and Barrett wanted some.  I gave him my empty glass to play with.  He was so happy.

My dad with my babies.  (Ignore my dad's hair, he had a mishap with some hair color this week.)

I loved this sweet shirt I made for Barrett.

My sweet babies in their red, white and blue.  Ally's been avoiding Barrett lately but I was happy she cooperated for the picture.  He loves her so much!
We came home and Barrett took a bath and went straight to bed.  Ally crashed too.  She was pooped.
Today, we went to Mass and then grabbed some lunch on the way home.  We took long naps and then I cooked dinner.  After dinner we played outside.  I let Barrett push his toy up and down the street.  He was having so much fun.  He pitched a fit when it was time to come in and take a bath.  
We had such a fun weekend.  I hated that Patrick had to work and it sucks that he was on second shift.  If he had been on day shift he could have at least enjoyed the afternoon with us each day.  But I'm so thankful for his job so I try not to complain to much.  We missed hanging out with our regular fourth of July crew but we still had a blast.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Weekend Review

I know it's Tuesday but better late than never.  
While we were at the splash pad last week I noticed Barrett was walking funny and kept falling down.  Well turns out his little swim suit was to tight, so he got some new swim trunks and I went ahead and got him a puddle jumper to wear when we go swimming.
I thought he looked really cute.
He's been loving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I cut it in triangles for the first time.  It was one of those surreal things that I can't believe I'm doing for my son.
He was so proud, he climbed up there all on his own.
Saturday morning we had a fun play date with Jackson and Cruz.  We went swimming at Jackson's house.  It was so fun seeing these cuties together.  Barrett is so laid back, he just floated around the pool in a float watching the other boys.  
After swimming we went home and took naps then Barrett and I got dinner at Chick-fil-A before we went grocery shopping.  I've always loved CFA but they won me over again Saturday night.  It was just me and Barrett, I ordered our food and walked to find a table and get him situated in the highchair since I knew I wouldn't be able to carry him and the food.  Before I could turn around to go get the tray the sweet young guy was at the table with our food. (I apologize if you follow me on instagram or facebook because you've heard this story already)  It was such a small gesture but it meant so much to me as a mama.  We had a fun dinner together.
This little girl has not been herself lately.  Nothing big, she just whined sometimes when we picked her up and she was avoiding Barrett like the plague.  She also wouldn't jump on and off the furniture.  Monday I took her to the vet and she just tweaked her back a little.  They gave her some meds and she's already feeling better.  We've got to watch her like a hawk around Barrett to make sure he doesn't hurt her.
He will sit and play like this for the longest time.  (ignore the ugly linoleum)
This morning we went to the splash pad for a little while with Keegan.  It was fun.  It takes him a little while to warm up to the place but then he enjoys it.  He only plays at a couple of the little features.  He hasn't gotten brave enough to venture into the middle yet.  
We're excited about a short week.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

18 Months

Yesterday was Barrett's half birthday.  I can't believe he's 18 months old.  He has grown up so much these past few months.  There's definitely no baby left.  He is all boy and busy all day long.  So far this age has been fun.  A little trying at times but mostly fun.  Getting your picture was a nightmare!
  • You weigh 26lbs (75th percentile)
  • You are 32" tall.  (50th percentile)
  • You run everywhere.  
  • You love to give kisses.
  • We started the Early Intervention program to teach us how to teach you.  We've been so pleased so far.

  • You're wearing 18 month clothes.
  • Size 4 diapers still, although I think we'll be moving up to 5's soon.
  • Your size 4 shoes are getting a little tight.
  • I feel like you outgrew your clothes over night. 

  • You say three words consistently.  "hey", "yeah" and "no".
  • You've said "Mama", "Daddy", "work" and "cookie"
  • You're trying to talk all the time.  
  • You really try to imitate us when we ask.
  • You can wave "Bye-bye" but don't do it on command.
  • You sign for "more" and "all-done"

  • You sleep great at night.  12 hours if I get you down early enough.  You really need that but sometimes it's hard to get you to bed at 7:00 and you don't sleep late.  You're almost always up by 7:30 unless it's storming or dark out.  You're down to one nap a day it needs to be from 10:00-1:00 but sometimes you don't get it until later.
  • You're so sweet and love to "love on" your stuffed animals. 
  • You also try to "love on" Ally but she's not a fan.
  • You still love anything that rolls. ball, car, bottle you don't care as long as it rolls.
  • You play so well by yourself.  You can entertain yourself for hours.

  • You are loving the water this summer.  
  • We've been to the splash pad some and I love watching you interact with other kids.
  • We've also been to toddler time at the library once and you liked it.  We'll be going back more 
  • You like books.  You'll bring them to us to read to you.
  • You love to be outside.  We've been playing outside in the evenings and you just can't get enough.

  • You love to eat. You would eat all day long if I let you.  You're more picky but still not to bad.  You'll try anything we put in front of you.  You pretty much eat whatever we're eating.
  • Some of your favorites are blueberries, french fries, bananas, chicken of any kind, sweets of any kind, raisins, grapes, goldfish and any kind of bean. 
  • You're drinking 2-3 cups of whole milk every day and you love it.  You also drink water.
  • You love to people watch when we go out to dinner 
  • You've had your first haircut and it's time for another one.
  • You've also started getting upset when we leave.  Just a little separation anxiety, completely normal but still makes me sad.

I can't believe that you are 18 months old.  A year and a half.  Time is surely flying right by us.  I find myself stuck in this limbo of loving watching you grow into each new stage and missing my little baby.  You are so much fun right now.  I love hearing your little voice try to repeat us.  I love the big sloppy kisses that you love to give.  I know that all too soon it won't be cool to kiss your Mama and I'll be heartbroken.  Some days bed time can't get here fast enough.  I feel like I say "no" about a thousand times a day.  It's hard work.  You're constantly testing your boundaries and it can be exhausting.  For every exhausting, boundary testing moment, there's something adorable that you'll do.  You love to sit on the hearth and just look at us to see if we're looking at you, when  we are you just smile and giggle!  You have starting spinning in circles to make yourself dizzy.  Its so cute to watch.  You get so tickled.  Watching you discover the world around you is so special.  You are so laid back and go with the flow.  You have brought us so much joy.  It's hard to remember life without you (I have vague memories of sleeping late on the weekends but that's about it.)  I hope you always know how much we love you and support you. 
Thank you for making our lives so much brighter over the last 18 months.
I love you!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

LIVE with the Characters

I've  We've been looking forward to this weekend for a while now.  I'd been hearing about this event for months and I couldn't wait to take Barrett.  I've been begging Patrick to take us to Disney World, so far he's not giving in so this was the next best thing.   A local non-profit, Just Keep Smiling, put on a fun, family oriented, affordable event right in our community.  It was called LIVE with the Characters and it was adorable.  Our favorite characters were there including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto. Plus Dora and Diego, Jake and Captain Hook, Doc McStuffins, the Princesses and Princes, the Chipmunks, some minions, Cookie Monster, Elmo, some superheros and Anna, Elsa and Olaf.  It was a star studded event.  I wasn't sure how Barrett was going to like it.  I was afraid he would be scared.  He loved it.
This was before the show started.
The Clubhouse gang.  
Patrick took these of Barrett's face during the show.
He wasn't sure what to think. 
We sat with some of our playdate friends and it was so much fun to see how the boys reacted.  We also sat with Lorie, Joseph and Elise.  Elise was not impressed with anyone other than Elsa.  She loved Elsa, she also informed us that "Princesses don't dance."
The show was so cute and had some interactive songs and I loved seeing all the kids and families have such a great time.  The kids sang there little hearts out.  After the show they had pictures and autographs with all the characters.
I loved the Chipmunks.  Probably because I knew who was in the costumes, which made it even more hilarious.  They did a fun routine and were so much fun to watch.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie. (Which it turns out I knew them too but didn't know who they were at the time) 
I didn't want to be in the picture with Mickey and Minnie but Barrett wasn't real crazy about letting a giant mouse hold him.  I took him up to see if he would just stand with them but he was more interested in the balloons. 

The best picture we got with the Mice.  They had a professional taking pictures too so I'm hoping it's good. 

 Now's i'll let you in on a little bit of my crazy...you all know I'm super emotional, especially when it has to do with Barrett and my little family.  When the show finally started and Mickey and Minnie came out on the stage.  I just had these huge tears in my eyes.  Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money.  My family never took a trip to Disney World (we've all been at one point or another except for my older brother and dad but er never went together).  The only time we went to Disney on Ice was when I won a trip.  We just didn't do a lot of those kinds of things. So to have this fun event right in our community that families didn't have to take out a loan to afford made me so happy.  Looking around and seeing all these families enjoy the morning together just overwhelmed me.  Seeing the look on little Elise's face with Elsa came out to sing "Let it Go" almost made my heart explode.  I was literally fighting back tears.  (Yes, I am a lunatic) But I think the thing that really got me was knowing so many of the people that volunteered to be a part of the event.  I knew so many people in those costumes that could have been anywhere else on a Friday night (rehearsal) and Saturday morning but they chose to be there and so many of them commented on how much they enjoyed getting to be a part of the show.  They all worked so hard and it really showed.  We had so much fun.  Even Patrick enjoyed it.  We're already looking forward to next year's show.