Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vacation in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Get there

We decided that leaving at the girls' bedtime would be ideal.  They would sleep most of the way, wouldn't need to stop to eat, no potty/diaper changes, and we would avoid traffic.  We knew we would be tired, but we had knew that Gram and Grandpa would be waiting in the driveway to waiting to squish the kids while mom and dad collapsed in a heap of exhaustion. 


It went a little more like this:

Prior to leaving, Mini Me had been constipated for several days.  She was complaining of being in pain and having a tummy ache.  I'll spare you the details, but needless to say, we tried to remedy the situation with only a small success.  But, thinking that we were at least headed in the right direction, we piled everyone into the car, and off we went.

After a very short time, we ran straight into strong thunderstorms, complete with torrential rain and wind, just as it was getting dark.  Sweet.  So, we were crawling along, unable to see very much.  Mini Me was in and out of sleep.  Finally, a break in the weather.  And then, I heard it.  Mini Me started to puke.  I had a blanket on my lap, and immediately lept into the back, holding the blanket in front of her to puke into.  So, Hubby finds a place to pull over and I send him inside for extra napkins.  Thankfully, the blanket caught most of the nastiness, but some was on her, the carseat and the car.  I carefully got her out, cleaned the carseat and car, and then stripped her right there in the parking lot.   While I was doing all this, another storm was approaching.  Lighting, thunder, wind.  I was hurrying, but still ended up getting soaked.

Finally the skies cleared and we were on our way.  The girls' finally fell asleep and all was quiet.  Except that every time we stopped for gas, they woke up.  They did go right back to sleep, but still.  We arrived the next morning, with 2 tired kids, exhausted parents and a back of puke-covered stuff.  We were a sight to see (and smell).

Step 2:  Have fun

Despite being slightly off schedule, and all the excitement, the girls' did really well.  There was only 1 night that Sweet Pea had a really rough time, and that was because she had fallen asleep and gotten woken up.  Other than a few accidents and some normal 3 year old moments, Mini Me was fine.  We were able to leave the kids with Gram and Grandpa for a couple of days so that we could go away.  We had a great time and from what I hear, sounds like the girls' had fun too.  Sweet Pea also got a new tooth on vacation.   Grandpa knicknamed Sweet Pea 'Sparky' and their cousin calls Mini Me 'Dragon' (not because of anything in particular, but she's almost 2 and that's how she pronounces Mini Me's name).

Step 3:  Get home

We decided that since driving overnight had not worked out so well for us, that we would try driving during the day.  That would have been OK, except that we got stuck in traffic, at the border for almost 2 hours.  Our kids are fine in the car, as long as its moving.  When we're stopped, it's not so much fun.  We had left just before 8:30am and we arrived home at midnight.  Thankfully, the kids had not slept all that much, and went to bed fairly easily.  And, they have done a great job of settling in and getting back to their routine.  Mini Me has not had a single accident since arriving home (nor any in the car, for that matter).  So, yay!  Great vacation all around, but happy to be home!

No post about our vacation would be complete without a ton of pictures.....

Casa Loma
A pretty fountain outside Casa Loma
A museum dedicated to shoes.  We did not go in, but I saw that they had a special exhibit on socks.

Is Lady Gaga missing her shoes?
CN Tower  Only 58 seconds to the top.  Um, no thanks.
There are just certain angles you should not take pictures from...this might be one of them.
Amazing Toronto skyline

The Flatiron Building
Creepy Sculpture in the Distillery District
There was a motorcycle in the middle, bottles stuck to the ceiling and my feet stuck to the floor.  Good times.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Uh Oh! We've got a climber...

Remember this picture?

Well, Sweet Pea is getting her climbing practice in a bit early:

Look!  I can see out the window from up here!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Magic Word

Sweet Pea hasn't really had an official word yet.  But, she's been playing with the ba-ba-ba and da-da-da sounds for quite a while now.  And, despite my constant efforts to get her to say ma-ma-ma (knowing full well it won't really mean mama yet), she has refused.

Until, tonight.

I was changing her diaper and getting her ready for bed.  Without any prompting at all, she smiled so sweetly, looked at me and said in a really soft tone, "ma ma ma ma" then reached up and stuff her finger in my mouth.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Our (most recent) Duh! Moment

Shortly after Sweet Pea was born, Mini Me decided to finally take the dive into daytime potty use.  That was awesome and other than a few minor regressions (the last one being the worst), she was doing great.

Around her birthday, she even stayed dry for several nights.  We thought we were on our way to night time training.  And then, one morning after about 4 days, she was wet.  Then EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING since then she has been wet.  So, following advice from other parents here on the interwebs, I ignored it.  "When she wakes up dry for a couple of weeks, then it's time to ditch the pull up" was the general consensus.  Makes sense-who the hell wants to be changing a wet bed in the middle of the night, right?

Well, here's the deal...my kid is smarter than I am.

I know she is usually awake pretty early because I hear her playing in her room.  I've never really minded, because it's early, I have to get Sweet Pea changed and fed, and all that.  So, whenever she's ready to come out, she does.

The other night, I was tired.  It had been a long day and I was just trying to get through bedtime.  At 5am, I hear Mini Me yelling for us.  At first, I think about ignoring it-it's 5 am for Pete's sake!  But, I thought better of it, because she sounded like she needed something.  I go to her room and she says to me, "Mommy, I need a pull-up so I can pee."

I was confused and asked her why she didn't have a pull up on (thinking she had taken it off during the night) and she said, "you forgot to put one on last night"  Oh.  So, I took her to the potty then back to her room.

The past 2 nights, I haven't put a pull up on her.  And, what do you know?  She comes out of her room sooner, and is dry.  Hmmm... Me thinks the kid was just hanging out in her room and peeing in her pull-up in the morning and really has been "dry at night" for some time. 


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Can be be an attention whore for a moment?

I've been going to the gym a couple of times a week.  I've been doing classes and running and more classes.

At first I was feeling guilty because Sweet Pea was not enjoying the nursery so much.  But, now I am SO glad that I stuck with it.  Not only are Mini Me and Sweet Pea doing well in the nursery, but I am feeling confident that I could rock a bikini this summer. (Well, I still have a bit of stretched out excess skin around my tummy...but I'm starting to think the only solution for that is plastic surgery.)

Y'all, my size 10 jeans are too big!  I stopped into a store today, just for fun and tried on 8's!  And, they were comfortable!!!  I haven't worn size 8's in, well....at least 8 years.  LOL  In fact, I don't even own any size 8's, so I see some shopping in my future!

OK, you can all hate me now.  :-)

Independence Day!

Happy 4th everyone!  Here are some pics from the first half of our holiday weekend:

Put the damn camera down and pick me up!

No patriotic event is complete until Thomas the Tank Engine does a fly over

Gotta love the cheesy scrunched face smile

Adams, Franklin and Jefferson reciting the Declaration of Independence on the steps of City Hall

Thursday, July 1, 2010