Sunday Coffee

Why a Sunday Coffee post so late in the day, you may be asking yourself….Well, my 18 month old thought it best to get up around 530 today. With getting up earlier than normal also came a cranky and clingy little 18 month old. Then, I thought to myself…I’ll write a quick post during nap. THANKFULLY, he did go right to sleep at nap but I was also exhausted. BUT unfortunately, I could not pass out in 2 minutes like my son. Nope, I laid there thinking of everything I have to do and thinking about how gosh, if I fall asleep now he will be up in 20 min…ugh. So FINALLY, I got up…still no nap for me, and the little stinker is still sleeping…going on 2.5 hours now. GREAT!

**Seriously though, it is great he is sleeping he obviously needed it. My child has been throwing us off his game the past few weeks…some days he is up super early, no nap or bad nap, other days he sleeps in good (I’m only talking like to 630 here people), and takes a great nap….hot and cold this one is all of a sudden. Hopefully, it’s just a phase.

**Speaking of sleeping….I GUARANTEE the little man will sleep close to 7 tomorrow, which means I’ll have to wake him to get to daycare/work on time (which by the way I HATE waking him up). He only likes to sleep in when mommy and daddy can’t….I’m on to you little man, I’m on to you.

**Again…speaking of sleep (It’s pretty obvious whats on my mind)….I can’t help of think of my two close friends that just recently had babies and the lack of sleep they are probably getting. I guess him sleeping 11 plus hours a night isn’t such a bad thing afterall. 😉 I remember those days…every two hours feeding…then pumping…then washing…then sleep oh wait it’s time for another feeding….Power through guys you can do it! 🙂

**Ok, enough with sleep. HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY! Grayson is blessed to have two wonderful sets of grandparents. Each spoil and love on him whenever they are around him. We are so thankful and lucky to have such wonderful parents!! You guys rock!

**Today I read this article while I was supposed to be napping….I really liked it and so far in all my 18 months of parenting I thought it was pretty spot on. I will say we don’t have a DVD player in the car yet….and Curt and I go back and forth on it. But that’s a conversation for another day. 🙂

**Speaking of DVDs….Grayson actually doesn’t watch a lot of TV. We don’t let him…unless he is sick or we need to do something so it keeps him busy we will turn on Netflix kids for 30 min tops. He LOVES Baby Genius…and he LOVES Elmo. But turns out Netflix just got rid of Sesame Street on Netflix…WHAT THE HECK NETFLIX!!!!!? Anyone know what that’s all about and where is a petition for me to sign to get that back?!

**We are powering through Dawson’s Creek…STILL! I’ve lost interest…they are now in the college years and I REALLY don’t like when Joey and Pacey aren’t together. But I did find out Netflix is going to be getting rid of Dawson’s Creek in a few weeks too! So power through we will! But, seriously Netflix…get your stuff together.

**It has been BEAUTIFUL here in Iowa. I LOVE Fall! And while I wasn’t napping I was thinking how I should be getting out all my Fall decor! I think it’s just big fail all around for me today in the production department!

**And one final note to hug and kiss your little ones and loves more and more. A colleague of mine told me a good friend of her’s little girl unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE! And my thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends that knew her. A reminder of how lucky I am….I have a wonderful, happy and healthy family…we are truly blessed and lucky. Now, he is getting up so I’m going to go give him lots of kisses and snuggles!

With that, I’ll leave you with a few grandparent photos in celebration of Grandparents Day!!! PS. These were taken on Grayson’s 1st birthday….poor little guy had a bit of a cold so was a tad out of it!

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15 months…and then some…

I thought it would be fun to do an update on Grayson. I used to do the monthly posts until he hit a year. Actually, I think the last one was 11 months…anyways  he has changed so much in just a few months I thought I’d share some of his updates.

Grayson is actually 15.5 months…he will be 16 months on July 4th. He started walking a few days shy of his first birthday but only a few steps here and there. Then about a week or two after he turned one he started really walking…now at 15 months he is FLYING. He is running everywhere!!! And boy does this kid have an attitude…he knows what he wants and usually wants it 5 seconds ago. 😉

First, some stats….

Weight: 26 lbs (91st percentile)

Length: 30 inches (10th percentile)

Clothing size: 18-24 months and I have some 2T. It’s all a little big on him but I feel like the 18 month is just getting too tight. This way he can grow into the 2T stuff for longer.

Shoe size: 5…I struggle a lot with shoes. I feel like the 6 is WAY to big but I feel like on a lot of brands the 5 is too small. It really depends on the shoe. And can someone please tell me why kids shoes have to be $20 or more? I mean, even at Target I’m finding the shoes to be around $22.

Teeth: Ugh..this poor kid seems to teeth FOREVER. I feel like I hear all the time from other mom’s “Oh my child was fussy for maybe a day or two is all then what do ya know over night one just popped out!” Not in our house! The kid drools, fusses, holds his cheek etc for what seems like WEEKS! I feel so bad for him! So he has 7 teeth I believe…I THINK/HOPE/PRAY he is working on his molars and they will come in any day.

Talking: Grayson can say mama, dada, nana (banana), doggie….he usually says them if we ask him to he “talks” a lot but it’s still just babble. He has started saying some animal sounds too. He can point to almost all his major body parts if asked…head, eyes, arms, hands etc.

Likes:

LOVES being outside. We are outside A LOT so we apply lots and lots of sunscreen and wear a hat all the time. This is the sunscreen we use and love, it is a little rough to rub in well but it gets the job done.

Singing “I’m bringing home a bumblebee.” Please tell me you know this song? I feel kinda bad singing it but we sang it in Elementary and I’m not scarred! He is so stinking cute he does the actions with us. So doesn’t really sing but loves when we sing! 🙂

Speaking of singing…he loves dancing. I can sing anything..what I’m doing, a book, humming whatever and this kid will drop everything and dance! I think he has Curt’s musical side because it seems he can actually dance to my off beat tunes!

Looking at animals. He LOVES looking at animal books, seeing animals on TV, seeing animals outside…birds, squirrels, chipmunks you name it he will find it and point and grunt. 😉

Still loves being chased.

Still loves reading. I hope this never changes.

Loves going to the Public Library.

Dislikes:

Hates being told no, or being re-directed to something else. He has learned to throw the best fit. We usually just keep re-directing him and ignore his tantrums and let him have them.

Hates getting clothes on/changing clothes etc. I’m literally sweating in my nice work clothes when I finally get him dressed. It’s like a freaking work out. Haha, he is just too busy to sit still for me!

Hates putting his shoes on. Now we have these tie shoes (WORST IDEA EVER). I need to get new ones but I have A LOT of trouble finding good shoes for this kid, so when I do I jump at it. These tie shoes are doing the job now but I’m not gonna lie, it’s a bitch to get them on him.

That’s about it for dislikes! 🙂 He is just a normal, active 1.5 year old…with mood swings every 2 seconds. Haha.

Grayson is right on track and it’s so fun to see him grow and experience new things…which to him is EVERYTHING. I feel like a broken record as I always say that but it’s so true. To have a small child to watch him explore something as simple as tupperware, or dirt, or trees, or socks is so exciting. One thing that Curt and I did when Grayson was born is created an email address for him. We write emails whenever we feel like it and when he is 18 we will give him the address and the password. I know it’s a tradition we will do with all our kids! It’s the perfect medium to share our thoughts/pictures/development etc. of what is going on right now. I really think/hope he will love reading through them all! So that’s his 15 month and then some update!!

And now a few pictures of the last month or so.

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Sunday Coffee

**Oh what a week it has been! Grayson has been sick with something which has caused him to have a high fever. It was the first time he has had a temperature over 100, and it was not fun! For three days he had a fever….I know that a fever is a symptom and that it’s the body’s way of getting rid of whatever is attacking his little body…but we felt so bad for him. We think he is on the mend…at least he hasn’t had a fever in 24 hrs. What do you do when your little one has a fever? We did sponge baths, we did use Ibuprofen when it was really high, and lots of love!

**On top of him being so sick, work has been crazy and we have both been very busy. It has been an exhausting week juggling work, no sleep, a sick child, and normal every day things. Being a working mom is so tough on so many levels, I am thankful I have a husband that is willing to jump up in the middle of the night, clean up puke, do laundry etc. I am lucky.

**Am I the only mom that let’s their child hang out in the crib in the morning or after nap time for 10 to 20 minutes? He isn’t crying, usually talking or jumping etc…but sometimes I need that extra time to finish cleaning, wake up myself, change clothes etc. Please tell me I’m not alone?

**When Grayson was a baby baby I felt Ike he slept all the time (and he did), and I felt like I had a lot of free time but at the same time I didn’t because I would be washing pumping pieces, showering etc. Now, however I realize back then I had WAY more time then I do now. Grayson is always on the go getting into anything and everything, demanding my attention 24/7 when he is up. therefore, the only time I have to do ANYTHING around the house or do myself consists between 12 and 2 during a nap. Phew! That’s just with one kid….I think when we have more I may be doing more cleaning at midnight or not at all!

**But like my husband said this morning, there will be a time soon enough when he will be playing alone and want to play alone and when he will tell us to leave him alone. So I will enjoy this time now, the house can be messy, the laundry can be dirty, the dishwasher can be full.

**Now, that I talked about Grayson this whole post….I will move on! My garden is slowly growing! I see some lettuce and peas growing! Today in going to go buy some tomato and pepper plants, it’s 2 for $5 at Lowes today!

**In a couple of weeks Curt will be completely renovating our kitchen/upstairs living area! It’s going to look so different and I can’t wait to see the finished project. I will be sure and take pictures!

Well, it’s going to be a lovely day here in Iowa,so I better get going! Whatever you do I hope you have a great day! Enjoy friends!