Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Eli - 1 year, 10 weeks - Becoming a Big Boy

This week we've been making some changes around our house and to our schedules.  Eli is quickly becoming a big boy and soon he'll have to be even more independent because he'll be a big brother.  So on Sunday morning, he had his last morning bottle.  We enjoyed our usual cuddle time sitting on the couch watching TV while he slowly woke up sleepily taking his last morning bottle.  It was really nice and I miss our slow morning wake-up and cuddle time a little already.  It was definately preferable to the whining and fussing I'm getting without it.

Monday morning I let him sleep in an extra 15 minutes (partially postponing the fit I was expecting when he realized he wasn't getting a bottle).  He did protest a little, but it wasn't anywhere near the epic temper tantrum that I expected.  We survived and made it out of the house without too much incident. 

I had intended that this week we'd stop the morning bottle and then next week we'd tackle the bedtime bottle, but Monday night we ended up not doing a bedtime bottle either.  I had Brian get one ready and leave it in the fridge until Eli was ready for it.  Usually he'll get really cranky and irritable then just want to be held.  But Monday night he played in the floor right up until bedtime.  We tried a sippy cup with milk a few times but Eli just squirmed away to get back down and play some more.  Right around the usual time that he goes to sleep (7:15 or so) he came over to me wanting to be picked up.  When I picked him up he laid his head on my shoulder and whined a little, but he was definately trying to go to sleep.  So we never even broke out our bottle.  He was asleep within 10 minutes and slept through the night fairly peacefully.

Tuesday morning I had to wake Eli up from a sound sleep.  Again I simply didn't offer a bottle though once he got his eyes open he reached out looking for it.  Showing him his sippy cup made him angry and he pushed it away as if he were saying, "That is not what I want and you know it!"  It's hard to have to tell him that he can't have his bottle, but I try to let him know how proud I am that he is being a big boy and drinking from his big boy cup.  In any event, Tuesday morning he protested a little more than Monday, but by the time he got his eyes open he was a little better. 

Tuesday night didn't go as well as Monday night, but we survived.  Eli ate well and played pretty good up until a few minutes before 7:00.  Then things turned a little ugly.  He climbed into my lap and screamed while he tried to go to sleep for 15 - 20 minutes.  It wasn't too bad, but he was definately protesting the lack of bottle in his life.

This morning Eli's Grammers (Brian's Mom) is on spring break and came to spend the day with Eli.  We left for work early and Eli was still sleeping.  I hope he doesn't put up too much of a fight when he gets up.  Maybe getting to sleep in will help. 

Last night (Tuesday) I did manage to get a few pictures of Eli while we were playing in the floor.  He was almost too interested in the camera for me to get a real picture of him, but I did manage to get one decent shot. 


There's that camera again!  Can I see it, Mommie?


Hey! You caught me off guard while I was playing with my barn door.

We'll keep you posted on how the bottle transition goes.  I'm hoping that by the end of the week it isn't as big a deal.  Fortunately this is only big hurdle I see in front of us for a while.  Eli's never really been much of a paci user and pretty easily goes to sleep most nights.  He's even been doing really well going to daycare the last month of so.  The bottle is the only thing that he's super attached to so if we can get past this we should be fine for a while. 

I hope that whatever you are doing this week that it is going well and that you are looking forward to seeing the Easter bunny this weekend.  I know Eli is!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Eli - 1 year, 9 weeks - What's that on your Pants?

I mentioned yesterday when I finally posted last week's pictures that it had been a couple of crazy weeks around here.  Well last night and this morning were no different. Last night we had our pick-up rehersal for the 50's show.  Once we got home, I rushed to finish supper, play with Eli, and get back to town for practice.  I was there about 45 mintues and rushed back out the door as quick as I was done hoping to get home and get Eli and myself in bed a little early.  But Eli had other plans and a nice second wind thanks to the Monster Trucks on TV.  Around 8:20 I knew it had to be bedtime or we'd be in trouble this morning.  So we went into Eli's room and he jabbered through his bedtime story and then kept jabbering through his lulliby.  Eventually he went to sleep and I don't think he moved much through the night. 

But just to prove me wrong about bedtime Eli was up and ready to go again right on time this morning.  I had hoped to have an extra 10 minutes of him sleeping to get my bag for tonight, Eli's diaper bag, and lunches ready this morning, but of course I didn't.  So we had to get ready for the day together. 

While we were on the couch so Eli could have his morning bottle, Eli had a diaper leak and I had a big wet spot on my last clean pair of jeans.  So I rinsed them out and put them back on a little wet because there was no other choice.  It's the end of the week and I only have so many maternity clothes.  The pee-pee jeans still look and smell way cleaner than the dirty pair from the bottom of the hamper. 

Then Eli decided he wanted to eat a banana so I pealed one and gave it go him.  While he was eating it he managed to get it all over his hands (not a big deal) but then he had to grab my shirt and then a big handful of my hair.  On the way to work I had to use baby wipes to get the mushed up banana out of my hair and off my shirt and pants. 

So today I'm wearing pee-pee pants with touches of banana.  My shirt probalby still has some banana smears that I have yet to discover, and I'm still finding tangled spots of hair now sticky with dried up banana.  It probably sounds like one of the worst parts of motherhood but, truthfully, I've reached the point where that kind of thing isn't too big a deal.  You'd probably never even know all of this just looking at me but that is every mom's little secret (the things she's cleaned off her clothes that day).  I did start a load of laundry this morning so that I'd have clean pants tomorrow. 

We ran about 15 minutes late leaving the house and when I got in the car I realized that I had yet to take Eli's picture.  So we grabbed the camera and got a couple of pictures in the car on the way to daycare.  It's probably appropriate since I feel like I've practically lived in the car for the last couple of weeks. 

This is the last weekend of 50's show.  I hope you have a great weekend and if you're in the Fayetteville Lincoln County area that you make time to come see the Fabulous Fifties Show.  That's where we'll be anyway (hopefully without the pee-pee pants). 

Good Morning! I'm on my way to daycare!

I like to look for cows and tractors on the way.
  

And when I get there Ms. Pam always has some yummy breakfast ready for me!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Catching Up - Eli 1 year, 8 weeks

So I told you last week that things were crazy and I had every intention of posting pictures late in the week.  Well here I am a week later and still no post.  I did take the pictures, but I couldn't get everything together to get them off the camera and on the internet. 

So here are last week's pictures.  I took these last Thursday night after supper and before bathtime.  You'll notice the baby food covering Eli's shirt.  Lately Eli has decided that sometimes he wants to feed himself.  Since I can't convince him to leave a bib on, we ususally end up with food everywhere.  I'm getting really good at getting babyfood stains out of clothing though!

I hope you had a good week last week and I hope to take a few pictures tonight or tomorrow morning so that I can still post this weeks photos before the weekend.



Monday, March 11, 2013

Eli's Big Weeekend

Eli had a big weekend!  The Fabulous Fifties show is coming up so I needed some time to rest up and prepare myself for the two weeks ahead. Brian had drill this weekend so Eli went with his Daddy to have a boys weekend and visit some of Brian's family. 

They left early Saturday morning and didn't get home until around 6pm last night.  I was worried that I wouldn't be capable of making it through 2 whole days without my little man around, but I stayed super busy and made it just fine. 

Eli had a big time and I got lots accomplished.  Saturday morning I got this picture.



Eli had found the cabinet with all the plastic cups and was having a large time.  Saturday afternoon they went to a Birthday party and Eli got to play outside some.  By the time they got home he was worn out and went to bed right on time. 

Sunday Eli spent the day playing with his Grammers (Brian's Mom) and visiting Granny Reba.  Brian said he did great on the ride home.  I was excited to see him and he gave me a big grin when we met at the door.  We ate supper and played hard for a while then Eli was worn out and ready for bed. 

When I went to change his diaper and put on his PJs I found this.


Apparently Eli came home from the big city of Birmingham sportting a new baby half-thong trend.  In actuality, this is what occasionally results from trying to change a very squirmy 13 month old. 

I'm in training the next couple days so I won't get to post more pictures until later in the week, but I'll be back soon with our regular update. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Eli - 1 year, 7 weeks

This week has just been crazy.  (I say that a lot more often lately...) Spring is coming quickly and we are almost at 50's Show time again which means even more craziness.

Last weekend Eli had another tummy bug.  It wasn't as bad as the last time, but I still spent 4 days just trying to keep up with the massive ammounts of laundry and diapers.  That combined with trying to soothe a sick cranky 13 month old and being 7 months pregnant pretty well wore me out.  Eli was better by Monday, but he's still taken almost all week to get caught back up on rest.  Most nights this week, he's needed to be in bed between 6:30 and 7:00.  Unfortunately, with our busy schedule, we weren't able to accomplish that every night.  But by last night, Eli finally seemed back to his usual self.  He played really hard from the time we got home until he went to bed around 7:45.  It was really nice to see him happy and throwing the folded socks all over the living room even if it did mean that I had to pick them all up and resort them this morning. 

Needless to say with a cranky little man most nights of the week and something to do after work almost every day this week, it was this morning before I realized that I hadn't taken Eli's picture this week.  Wen we got outside to the car, we gave it a shot but Eli was way too busy looking at the neighbor's horses and pointing to pay attention to anything.  Plus my camera battery is almost dead so the camera kept trying to turn off.  
 
What's over there???


Look... Horses!
 Eli is going to be a little boy who loves to be outside.  On weekends I bet we spend at least a couple hours a day standing at the window looking at the neighbors horses, the dogs, the birds flying by, or anything else we happen to see.  On the ride to and from daycare every day we have to point and talk about all the animals and things we see.  Eli's favorites are the cows.  He likes to try to moo at them, but it's really more just "Mmmmmm".  On second thought, maybe he's trying to tell us he'd like a nice steak dinner!

Once we got Eli strapped into his car seat, it was a little easier to get a decent (not good, but decent) picture (mostly because he was tied down and still). 



I hope your week has been a good one and that you are looking forward to the weekend.  I'm hopeful that the forecasts for pretty weather this weekend are true so that Eli can get some play time outside.  Heck, I'm getting spring fever myself.  I'm ready for flip flops and warm temperatures.