Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Morning Mash Up

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!  I feel like I have so much to catch up on, so here's a  long mishmashy post... my favorite kind!



1. I'll start the recap with our 4th of July.  We actually had a pretty lame tame day.  Ashlynn has been in the process of dropping her afternoon nap (yes, we realize most toddlers drop the morning nap), but she's been all off routine, some days sleeping until 8am (!!!!)  She did this twice in a row, was a totally a new record for her.  With that came a later morning nap, since she's usually up around 5:30 or 6am and napping by 8-8:30.  So going down closer to 10am and sleeping to 1pm and then staying up until bed at 7pm.  I'd be on board with this schedule, although it kills any chance at morning activities, if she'd do it daily, but she's been all over the place.  Some days she's taking her usual two naps, some days this new one, and some days just protesting them all.

Back to the Fourth, with this nap unpredictability, we haven't been able to commit to big plans.  I scheduled a few appointments (more on this later) that I had to reschedule because she finally crashed when I was hoping she'd wake up. So for 4th fun, we dressed up in our red, white, and blue, and had my in-laws over for brunch.  I served up Ashlynn's favorite, Asparagus Frittata, and some red, white, and blue donut poppers to keep it a little festive. Nanny and PopPop had a lot of fun playing with Ashlynn before heading out before her second nap.  When she woke up we headed over our friend's who live nearby for a BBQ and Ashlynn got to play with their 6 month old puppy - and the puppy's toys.  She was in heaven and we were in cook-out and cheesecake comas.  She also impressively said "doggie toy" (dah-gee tah) every time she picked one up... looks like we trained her well at home.


2. Friday, my dad decided to come visit last minute for the day which was unexpected and fun! He arrived around lunch and we ate together and then played with Ashlynn at the house.  We were going to head out for lunch, but the heat wave started and it was more comfortable for us all to stay in the cool house.  Ashlynn took a nap and I got some dad/daughter time in and then when she woke and the Husband returned from the gym we all went out to eat, chicken cheesesteaks and pizza, and then stopped for ice cream on the way home - picture of health.


3.  Also, on Friday the Husband got to work from home (awful, who seriously makes people work after July 4th!) so while Ashlynn napped before my dad arrived, I ran to Joann's to pick up fabric to finish off her teepee.  I almost have it completed!  I just need Pete to spray paint the poles, add the final tie backs for the door, and fix a few seams that are tearing from my overzealous pole insertion - wait, what?!


... you're all sick. Clean it up.  I'm hoping to finish it ASAP and get a tutorial of some sorts posted. I can't promise it'll be good, but I will promise to post!



4.  A few weeks ago (two I think) I was finally able to get A's hair into pigtails.  This was one of my top "I can't wait for" moments I listed when we found we were having a little girl.  I die over pigtails, and while hers are still tiny, they are so cute.  Instead of torturing her daily trying to get them in, I usually just let her rock her hair au natural, which these days with the humidity has been a mix of wavy/curly - just like mom, except no frizz, lucky duck.  Thank goodness for headbands for attempting to tame the wild tresses, when she actually leaves them in!



5. Last weekend we took our trek to Long Island for Sophie's First Birthday!  I didn't get great pics of the decor, but her momma did such a fab job decorating the patio in pink and mint and lots of girly nautical touches.  Her cake and treats were gorg, the food was awesome - Sophie's dad grilled, and they had some live music for the kids and of course the pool for everyone to cool off.   Our trip started out pretty smooth with A falling asleep for her nap the minute we hit the road at ten of 9.  About an hour into our drive she woke up, but stayed pretty content for almost another hour... until we hit Staten Island.  Which I get, it makes me want to cry too - kidding, sorta.  Luckily, we didn't hit a lick of traffic, but by the Goethals & Verrazano she was getting beside herself.  I jumped back, with some puffs to the rescue, and she was happy as can be until we arrived.  Unfortunately, we never got another nap from her, but she seemed to hang in there entertaining herself with the water table, sharing my cake, and jamming out to the music act - she was the only one dancing front and center!   I already wrote about our stinky drive home, so that was pretty much our day.  Aside from the dog poop, I call it a major win.  She didn't love being in the car 6 hours, but who could blame her.  She did her best.




6.  Circling back to Ashlynn's naps killing our plans, we started checking out pre-schools.  Crazy right?!  I'm hoping to enroll her part time (2x a week for half days) when she turns 2.  I ended up having to reschedule two tours because of her ill-timed nap-scapades.  I think it'll be a great experience for her to socialize with children her age and adults other than me.  Plus she'll get undivided attention focused on learning and enrichment than I'm not sure I'll be able to give her while caring for a newborn.  It'll be nice for me to have a few hours solo with the new baby and catch up on grocery store runs, errands, cleaning, and just some general bonding with our new addition.  We are taking our time checking out our options, since we clearly have time, but I'm hoping to make a decision by September before my mind runs away with new baby prep.  Spots do go quickly the closer you get to your enrollment date, so I'd like to get our application and deposit in so we aren't running around like crazy after the baby is here trying to figure it all out.  





7.  We are taking a family trip this week, so I'm getting prepped with our packing and making sure we have what we need.  It'll be Ashlynn's first plane ride, but luckily it's not too far, so I'm hoping we have few embarrassing moments. We are staying with family so it should be a fun and eventful getaway.

...filled with lots of head stands, belly button hunts, and hide and seek with her cousins.



Hope everyone had a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. See, I don't get why my husband freaks out on the weekends and me and Emma are up at 5:30 or so. She ends up napping in the morning which works better. He gets so mad during the week, when he watches her, that she doesn't always take her morning nap and makes it an afternoon one instead. I think it's because he forces her to stay asleep sometimes till 7. She ends up in the bed with us usually throughout the night.

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  2. The pigtails kill me!! I can't wait for my daughter to have enough hair to do piggies, especially since I can't get any headbands or hair clips to not be instantly ripped from her head.

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    1. Yeah, clips come out instantly here too.. headbands are hit or miss depending on the fit. If I can distract her and they aren't too snug, she'll forget I put it in and I can get up to hour or so before she realizes and pulls it off. I can't wait until I can do pigtails regularly, they are just the cutest!

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  3. Love, love, love the teepee! It came out fantastic! My husband thinks I am crazy for wanting one.

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    1. Yeah, my husband thought I was crazy when I showed him one that cost $150, hence why I went DIY!! LOL!

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  4. That teepee is amazing!! And so are A's pig tails!!! Dropping a nap is such a transition! It took us weeks to finally get it figured out... And lots of rescheduled activities! But I swear one mega 3 hour nap is worth all the fuss!! A is going to LOVE "school". Does this mean potty training in the near future too (you do it first... I'm dreading it!).

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    1. Thank you! No potty training yet, hoping to follow her cues. Of course it'd be awesome if we could before baby#2 arrives, but she'll still be pretty young (19m) so I dont want pressure the situation and make it a bad experience. At preschool they help teach them in the 2yr class, so that'll be nice and helpful that she can continue habits at home and at school and not get mixed messages about it.

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  5. I am SO excited for the teepee tutorial!! It turned out super cute! And I hear you on the nap problems! I just want a consistent schedule already! And I'm sure A will love going to school! And it will give you a little break...totally a win-win!

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    1. I don't think we got a good nap schedule going until 9months or so, I know it was after we moved in the new house. Then she was awesome with her two a day, now it's hit or miss! At least when she is sleeping she usually stays down longer than the 30min she did when she was baby, that is the worst!

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  6. I am DYING over the pigtails! And the teepee turned out SO cute!

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  7. Can't wait to see the teepee tutorial, it looks so cute! Gotta Love the piggies, She looks adorable in them...Stella wore them for the first time last week too:)

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  8. I need a GREAT teepee tutorial! I'm 100% going to copy your exact plans so take your time on the details ;)

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  9. also we are dealing with the SAME nap time drama as you are...youre not alone! how does anyone schedule anything?!?! sometimes a big nap in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon, but most days we're still rockin two naps. sigh. let me know when you figure it out!

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  10. Love her piggies, sorry about the crummy nap situation. And you could call it 'daycare' instead of pre-school since she is only going to be 2 when she starts! That might help lessen the 'holy crap she is growing up' factor....but probably not by much, since when number 2 comes A is going to seem HUGE all of a sudden.

    Oh, and love the teepee too, obvi.

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