Weekly Mom Blog Week of 4-21-2008

My Happy Monday

Monday April 21st

So this morning I woke up around 6 or so to Justin’s babbling from his crib…He usually wakes up and talks to his little animal toys in his crib. So CUTE! I usually get a bottle ready and go get him; it helps to keep him occupied while I change his diaper. Once were clean we head to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Even though he only has three I still think brushing them is important, plus he loves it. When I put the toothbrush close to his mouth he just opens wide and lets me brush his teeth. Then we head downstairs for breakfast. Since about 9 months Justin has swore off canned baby food, he won’t touch it anymore, why this happened…who knows. I can take a guess (It tastes like CRAP) so I went out and purchased a baby/toddler cook book to see if I could just make him breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the recipes are so tasty! I looked up some recipes for breakfast this morning and thought I would make him some eggs with tomato and cheese, he liked it! He never seems to eat all of it though but I’m sure the taste of it compared to jarred baby food was so much better. I can’t imagine being a baby and eating that stuff!! He went down for his nap and usually our first nap of the day is the longest, about an hour and a half. That gives me time to take a shower, do my hair, makeup, wash dishes, wash some clothes, work and TRY and straighten up the house a bit…and a ton of other things…which I never get to. I don’t think I’ve done things so fast in my life; my showers are the quickest they have ever been! My water bill shows it too! But once he wakes up I usually try to give him some lunch. My son is an eater but he seems to get so easily distracted that he just doesn’t want anything to do with the spoon coming towards his face. It usually turns in to a fight with him to get him to eat half his lunch and by then I give up. He loves snacking though. Today he snacked on ham and cheese…and so did I. I wish I had more time to cook myself a healthy meal but with him climbing out of his highchair, I can’t get much done. I’m always afraid that he’s going to be one of those kids that will never just sit and eat his meal. I hate to force him to eat but I know it’s important for him to have something other than milk. He loves that bottle let me tell ya! He gets a little overly excited when he sees it so I’m not looking forward to the day I try to wean him off it. After lunch we took a walk, went to the local park around the corner and I put him on the swing for a bit, he loves that. I think it’s important to take your kids out, get some fresh air. He loves to look around at the cars, trees, birds. It’s like a whole new world and I love to see life through his eyes, it’s so new to him.
After that we came home and he played in his playroom for a while. He’s now getting in to trucks and cars so he spends a lot of time pushing his trucks around the playroom. The other toys he really enjoys playing with are NOISY toys. I think all kids like playing with toys that are annoying to their parents! I don’t mind it so much anymore; I’ve learned to block it out! He played for a good hour or so and then went down for his second nap. That nap only lasts around an hour so at that point I really try and work. I do as much as I can and hope he sleeps a little longer! His room for some reason is always cold; I’m always covering him up with his blankets to keep him warm because no matter if the heat is on it doesn’t warm up his room. My sister recently let me borrow a small heater so last night before his bedtime we put it in there to warm the room up and it worked. Once he went to bed we turned it off and unplugged it and it kept his room warm most of the night. I’m too paranoid to leave it plugged in all night. I don’t know how many other parents still use their monitors but I still do. He’s almost a year but he’s a daredevil and tries to climb out of his crib. I think I still use it for peace of mind. It’s definitely paid for itself! Last night he woke up once, he usually not a good sleeper but he did pretty good. I’m yearning for those nights where I sleep all night long…every night! But sadly I know those days are long behind me. At least until he’s 18!
I think I’m done for today, I’ll write again tomorrow.

Tuesday April 22nd

So last night I got about 3 hours of sleep…I wouldn’t really consider it sleep because I could hear my son the whole night moaning and whining. His top right tooth cut through last night and it must have been very painful. Even with Motrin and Tylenol it still caused him a lot of pain. I felt bad for him and I wish I could take that pain away from him. I put him in my bed at around 4 A.M. with a bottle and he slept till about 7. He woke up in a good mood though, I think both of us were just so tired from the night that we both woke up almost in a daze. I’m not really looking forward to the molars that will coming soon, I think those nights will be accompanied by lots of coffee and late night TV shows. Some of my friends that have kids say they had no problems with their kid’s teeth, I’m not that lucky. I wish I could say my son sleeps through the night and is always happy…well he is mostly happy but he for sure does not sleep through the night. I’ve come to the realization that sleep is gone, for a very long time. But it’s still hard at 2 A.M. when I’m sitting in room rocking him to sleep; I wish I was cuddled up warm in my bed…
He didn’t have breakfast this morning and I honestly didn’t feel like fighting him to eat so he had some crackers and milk. I managed to eat some oatmeal and eggs though which is big! Right now he’s napping his first nap of the day and should be up soon. Today I plan to work a bit, it’s supposed to rain so I won’t be going to the park. We’ll hang out inside and play for most of the day. That’s it for today; I hope I can get some sleep tonight!!

Wednesday April 23rd

So today was a long day. I woke up once to put Justin back to sleep at around midnight and then Rhod took him at around 3 when he woke up again. Justin woke up in a really good mood at around 6 or so and went right to having a bottle and then a little later brushing his teeth. As far as breakfast, he didn’t want to eat anything so I gave him some crackers and he ate all of them. I didn’t get to eat breakfast today, like most days. I know it’s the most important meal of the day but since I take care of him by myself a majority of the time it’s really hard to do anything for myself. You would think I would have lost some weight but nope! Still hangin on to all the baby fat. I have a hard time doing a lot of things during the day when I’m taking care of Justin. I don’t know how some mom’s can clean, cook, do laundry and take care of a child all at the same time. I have some friends whose houses are spotless! They don’t have maids or help. Why can’t I do this? I think I’m just overwhelmed with this whole mom thing. It’s not as easy as some people might make it look. It’s hard but it’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I don’t get any thank you’s from Justin, nor do I get paid for it but I’m ok with that. His smiles and giggles are thank you enough for me!
As for the rest of my day, I worked while he napped and then went to the gym. I really need to get this baby fat off so I’ve hired a personal trainer in hopes that one day I can wear a swim suit again…..I came home and he went down for his afternoon nap and I did some more work and then tried to nap but it didn’t last long, he was up and ready for a bottle when I started to doze off. We played for a while, he did not want lunch so I just fed him a little bit of chicken and some carrots. One day he will eat! He will! It’s his bedtime now and he’s slowly winding down, rubbing his eyes and getting a little fussy. I can always tell when his nap or bedtime is coming, a lot of eye rubbing and he likes to rub his face in whatever is close by, the couch, a blanket, my leg..He’s so cute…so right now he’s rubbing his face in his little frog pillow so I see bedtime coming soon! And once he’s out, so am I!! Until tomorrow……

Thursday April 24th

So I woke up early this morning at 7 A.M. and looked at the baby monitor and saw that Justin was still sleeping…STILL SLEEPING! And even better he slept through the night! I’m so glad to because of my gym experience yesterday I was so tired! We woke up and did the usual, tooth brushing and bottle. We headed downstairs and watched some cartoons while I made breakfast for us. He managed to eat some eggs and bananas this morning which is a good thing. He woke up in a great mood which I always like, the day seems to go a little smoother that way. After breakfast I got him ready for “Bring your child to work” day at my husband’s work which I was looking forward to taking him in to see everyone. Unfortunately my husband was not in the office which was a bummer but we had fun none the less. Everyone was so surprised to see how big he’s gotten in the last few months. Last time I took him in he wasn’t walking and this time he was running all over the place like a crazy man! We hung out for just a bit and then I headed home to get some work done and he slept all the way home which was nice, I was able to get some stuff done when I got home. Nothing really exciting happened today, it was a pretty normal day, we had fun though and it was beautiful outside. Tomorrow is Friday so we’ll make a trip to the park if the weather stays nice and maybe visit the grandparents!

Friday April 25th

So I woke up early this morning at 7 A.M. and looked at the baby monitor and saw that Justin was still sleeping…STILL SLEEPING! And even better he slept through the night! I’m so glad to because of my gym experience yesterday I was so tired! We woke up and did the usual, tooth brushing and bottle. We headed downstairs and watched some cartoons while I made breakfast for us. He managed to eat some eggs and bananas this morning which is a good thing. He woke up in a great mood which I always like, the day seems to go a little smoother that way. After breakfast I got him ready for “Bring your child to work” day at my husband’s work which I was looking forward to taking him in to see everyone. Unfortunately my husband was not in the office which was a bummer but we had fun none the less. Everyone was so surprised to see how big he’s gotten in the last few months. Last time I took him in he wasn’t walking and this time he was running all over the place like a crazy man! We hung out for just a bit and then I headed home to get some work done and he slept all the way home which was nice, I was able to get some stuff done when I got home. Nothing really exciting happened today, it was a pretty normal day, we had fun though and it was beautiful outside. Tomorrow is Friday so we’ll make a trip to the park if the weather stays nice and maybe visit the grandparents!

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