Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Oh Canada, Our Home and (temporary) Native Land'

Well the boys and I  have been up in The Great White North, The Frozen Tundra, The True North Strong and Free, Canuck-astan or whatever you fancy calling Canada for about a month now and it has been pretty pretty great!

I love being home, I have so much family here, a great group of girlfriends, there is so much for Everett to do and my parents and siblings are so helpful but of course we miss Ben sooo much. Poor Everett comes to the realization about once a day that he misses his dad and starts to cry and it breaks my heart so I basically just give him whatever he wants for those few minutes, which is usually an ice cream sandwich to cheer him up. I imagine one day when he is in college or something and bites into an ice cream sandwich he is going to get a strong nostalgic feeling of missing his dad and call home immediately.

We basically swim all day with cousins. We all bring treats and swim and chase babies and chat and and it is the best. It doesn't get dark till at least 10 pm and Everett goes to bed every night with warm skin smelling like sunscreen and I hope he remembers these Canadian summers.

We also celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. I haven't been home for Canada Day in so many years and I am always so homesick. This year though, I got to take the boys to the famous Raymond Parade where the tractors are plenty and the candy is hard, but I still teared up when those Mounties marched by with the tiny marching band playing Oh Canada behind them.  I am reminded every time I come home how much I love this country.

So anyways, thats about all I have to report from up here other than ketchup chips are still amazing and I still have no tan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Patrick: 8 Months

This has been a big month for Patrick. We came up to Canada, he started full on crawling, doing some major sleep training and popped his first two teeth. He really grew up this month, he seems like such a big boy crawling around wherever he wants, pulling himself up on anything he can get his hands on. He is so smiley right now and will flash those {two} pearly whites to anyone who looks at him.

  • Crawling, sitting, standing, cruising.
  • Really getting more into solid foods. He prefers table foods and what I am eating as opposed to baby purees. Really likes watermelon, pasta and bananas.
  • Still loves nursing but such a distracted eater these days.
  • Still in the middle of sleep training. It is SO hard for me. We are six days in and it has been pretty terrible but he is improving, sleeping for way longer stretches and hopefully the crying will be less and less and he will learn to love sleep.
  • Usually naps 3 times a day
  • A little more clingy to me this month and since we have been in Canada.
  • Had his first real swim in my parents pool and liked it for about 15 minutes and then was DONE.
  • Slowly getting some more hair, looks to be very blonde.
  • Loves to babble and talk and hear himself, especially during quiet times at church.
  • Still wants to be held a lot but now that he can crawl, he is getting a little more independent
  • Carseat=Satan
  • Pants really hard like a puppy when he is excited.
  • Poor kid is almost always in his pajamas
  • Gives big open-mouthed kisses
I really love this age and love this sweet cheeked baby.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

You Can Fly You Can Fly

I have decided there are two types of people in the world. There are the people, like myself, who love Disneyland, appreciate the magic, the enthusiasm, the shows, the details, the cleanliness and sparkle that Disneyland has to offer. And then there are the other group of people who, like my brother, would rather spend the day at dirty, trashy six flags because it has more thrilling rides.

Guys, I am the president of the first group. I LOVE Disneyland. I don't even have to go on the rides, I am happy to just walk down main street, look at all the details and I LOVE the parades and shows. This is the second year we have taken advantage of living in southern California and made a trip and this time we did two days and it was, I'll say it again MAGICAL!

We spent the first day at Disneyland and the second at California Adventure. Everyone told us we were crazy to go with a 7-month-old but I was so surprised at how many rides all four of us could go on. It was SO exhausting. I don't say the word literally lightly but my legs LITERALLY gave out on the walk back to our hotel at the end of the second night and I had to (with Patrick sleeping on my chest in the carrier) lay across the second seat in our stroller so Ben could push all of us the rest of the way! Totes worth it.

Here were our highlights.

-Just basically watching Everett the entire time. He was so excited about everything. I screenshotted his face so many times in my brain.
-Having Ben to ourselves for two days straight.
-Watching this video Ben took of Everett on Gadget's Go Coaster.  I cried laughing when he showed it to me.
-Soundsational parade (so many tears) and Paint the Night Parade (so many tears)
-My favorite rides at Disneyland were Dumbo and It's a Small World. I don't know why, I know they are lame but I love them. Although we didn't do Splash Mountain, Matterhorn or Space Mountain. Hashtag kids.
-Everett LOVED the Haunted Mansion. When we first got in there and he was scared we were like 'uh oh this was a mistake' but when we had time for one more ride at the end of the night, he chose The Haunted Mansion again even against our urging, he insisted the ghost ride was his favorite.
-Ben taking Everett on Star Tours and Everett's vivid description after.
-While both boys were napping, Ben and I took turns with our fast passes and went on California Screaming roller coaster. I have not felt feelings like that in a LONG TIME. I couldn't catch my breath and screamed the whole time. I'm too old for that but it was actually SO FUN!
-Favorite rides at CA were The Little Mermaid (we went 3 times), Radiator Springs (so so fun) and California Screaming.
-As someone who has watched Cars more times than I can count, I loved Cars Land and just walking around there. So detailed and cute.
-Eating! Favs were the Matterhorn Macaroon from Jolly Holly Cafe, Corn Dog from Little Red Wagon, jalepeno and cheese Mickey pretzel and the Mickey beignets.
-World of Color is my favorite part of both days and I will never not be absolutely blown away by it. (so many more tears) it is incredible and an absolute must-see in my opinion.

I really think we are on our way to be a Disney die-hard family. Can't wait till next time. Hakuna Matata friends! Eat your heart out Six Flags!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Patrick: 7 Months

This little sweetie peach pie muffin nugget pop is 7 months! This last month we have been in California and Patrick has adapted well! He is full on crawling and getting into everything and although he can sit up, he won't sit longer than a second before he is on his tummy moving around! To me, he is a chubby little monkey although still under the 15% percentile for his age, but he has got the best bulldog cheeks and some mean thunder thighs. He is more serious in general than Everett was but he is also more social. He doesn't really have stranger danger and lights up when anyone smiles at him.  He LOVES his Everett. If I could somehow pay Everett to entertain or even just look and smile at Patrick all day then my life would be so easy. They are really interacting more and it makes me heart tingle. He loves to be held and so he is in my arms a good amount of the day. Like his brother, he doesn't really entertain himself. I didn't want to spend the money on one of those huge exersaucer bouncer things but finally caved because I was so tired of holding him all day, the day it arrived I thought our lives were changed, after 3 minutes he was screaming and even me trying him every day after that, the bouncer is going back to amazon....

He still thinks his car seat was sent here to destroy him. A couple weeks ago I drove to Long Beach to meet up with some girlfriends. With traffic it ended up being about 2.5 hours and he didn't stop screaming bloody murder for even one minute. I kept calling Ben because I was losing it telling him I was going to turn back around and Ben kept telling me 'keep going, he'll eventually scream himself to sleep' Ben was wrong. He didn't let up even once for the whole trip. Soooo....that is hard but hopefully one day he'll grow out of it? I don't know, he's obviously proved us wrong before.

Since we have been here, he has not been sleeping well, I don't think I have gotten longer than an hour of sleep in a row.  I had a feeling he might have an ear infection, but he was mostly happy during the day and he didn't have a fever so I dismissed it as teething or just him being a really bad sleeper as usual. Well finally, a month later at his wellness check, the doctor told us he had a bad double ear infection. Ask me if I have ever felt more guilty?! Poor babe is now on some antibiotics and hopefully it can heal up and he can start feeling and sleeping a little bit better.

Some other things I want to remember

  • He loves Sophie the Giraffe and pacifiers (to play with not actually to pacify)
  • He broke his first little tooth through
  • He loves the Bjorn carrier and will actually fall asleep in it if he faces in
  • He likes solid food but not crazy about it. He loves watermelon and puffs, HATES avacado and green beans.
  • He is so hard to bathe because he won't sit, just wants to launch himself forward in the water
  • Currently sleeps in a closet in our one bedroom apartment here in California.
  • I dipped his toes in the pool and he acted like I dipped his toes in hot lava...should be an interesting summer
  • Plays this game with Everett when I am putting them down for a nap.  Pattrick will go to eat and then Everett will make a noise and he will pop up and they will both laugh their heads off because I pretend to be mad because they are supposed to be going to sleep.
  • He still has 3 naps a day that are very short unless I hold him for his nap then he will sleep 1 hour +
He is hard and there are days I am really tired and get easily frustrated but I wouldn't trade him for anything. I absolutely adore him and his little personality coming through. Love love LOVE my pattycakes!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

FriYAY on a Saturday!

Oh hey strangers. I know I've been neglecting this space a little, but not for lack of desire. It has just been busy lately, and I have been using all my alone time during naps to just lay down and stare at a wall or eat a meal sitting down.

We are in California now and have been for over two weeks. It has been a rough transition for me with many late night confessions to Ben telling him I think the boys and I need to go to Canada earlier than expected. Ben is working 12-14 hour days and he usually doesn't get home till long after the boys are in bed, we are all in a one bedroom apartment and I don't know a single soul here. That's the hardest part, it is lonely. The group Ben works with here are all single guys and so there are no wives or other kids for us to bum around with. That, combined with Patrick still waking up at least 6 times a night and I feel like I'm losing it out here a little!! It's just that after days on end with no break and no adult contact I lose my patience and become a mom I am not proud of. It's been hard on Everett too, he misses home and his stuff and he gets sick of only seeing me after a while too. I feel silly thinking that this is a trial of some sort, there are so many worse situations I could be in but at the same time it's been pretty hard. WOMP WOMP

We have done this the last three summers and they have been hard too, but when I look back I mostly remember the good stuff, like going to the beach, finding 'our' new pizza place, exploring new parts of California and getting lots of time in Canada with my parents and family! So I'm trying to focus on the good right now and make more memorable moments for us. I want Everett to remember blueberry picking with me and his little brother close behind him, grabbing a Mcdonalds cone on the way to the park to run around before bedtime and him and his dad burying each other in the sand at the beach.

My mom is coming at the end of the month for a quick visit and to fly back with us to Canada where we are going to spend June which we are all SO looking forward to. AND I bought our tickets to Disneyland yesterday and me and Everett sat and watched youtube videos of the rides and picked which ones look amazing and which ones are too scary for his 39 inch self. I mean they call Roger Rabbit a kids ride?! creeepiiiooo

Now onto a regularly scheduled FriYAY post! (On a Saturday)

++I finished Gilmore Girls. I only watched it sporadically in high school and then started at the beginning when it came to netflix and took a year to watch it all. I loved it, it was my calming, feel good show but I felt sad at the end, like it was rushed (apparently it was) and I just really really loved Logan Huntzberger and wanted them to get married on a mountain top. Another one of my very favorite shows ended forever, The Good Wife,and the finale was so un-finale-ie and I just felt robbed and everything I love is ending. Did you hear Nashville is ending too? The world is robbing me of my JOY PEOPLE! If they don't end it with everybody happy and everybody in love with who they are supposed to be in love with I'm not going to be happy! Also bring back Parenthood. Make better showwwwssss!

++Do you guys follow the beyouty bureau on instagram? You should. She is doing drugstore DUPES this week and has the best products, I have screen shotted like every thing she posts and I just want to go into Ulta and hide until they close and then spend an entire night trying every product. Is that anyone else's fantasy?

++We have recently learned that Everett is incapable of walking. He stomps, jumps or runs only. We would have never made this realization on our own but thanks to our new downstairs neighbor lady who has told us how many pairs of ear plugs she has had to buy since we moved in, we are now aware of this fact. Working on the stomping before 9am Maria don't you worry!

++For Mother's Day this year Ben watched the kids and I drove by myself (so invigorating after you have kids for some reason), I went and had lunch by myself at the cheesecake factory (sat at the bar like an ADULT) and then shopped by myself for 3 hours. IT WAS GLORIOUS!! I am beyond obsessed with E + P + being a mom but some alone time was so good for the soul. I think I'm going to try and go see a movie by myself tonight after they go to bed. Dream Big.

++I recently got some of these Sweedish Lotta clogs off ebay like the true Swede I am (not at all) and I love them. I didn't realize they are like legit wood, like a fancy two-by-four real wood. I'm loving this trend and hope that Ikea starts selling them soon for super cheap.

++This carpool karaoke with James Cordon is amazing!! It will make you happy, start at 6 minutes if you don't love Gwen Stefani! Also these two are goals, just the sweetest.

++I absolutely loved this article about blaming yourself for your difficult baby. I cried. I have had two and still do. Patrick is so sweet when he is happy but he likes to be held at all times and in all things and in all places and he screams in the car seat like it's killing him and he doesn't sleep. I have been blaming myself for these things. I got him in these bad habits, I spoiled him too much, I don't have him on enough of a schedule etc etc. This article says "You get credit for the happy affectionate child, you get blamed for the one who isn’t. You blame yourself, and other people blame you...As a pediatrician, I need to acknowledge that your job as a parent is to love and cherish and civilize the particular child you were given — not the child you had planned on, not the child your own parents were sure you would get, not the child in any particular parenting book...Some wrote to say, well, as long as you have a healthy child, you have nothing to complain about. That’s true, in a certain sense. But you need to pay attention to your own trials, even if they aren’t mortal, and acknowledge the energy and dedication and love and good humor that get you through the difficult days of parenthood, which can be truly difficult, even when you have a lot to be thankful for."

Have a good weekend errrbody! We're off to watch a travelling fairyland group of actors put on a play in the park titled 'Cinderella Meets the Avengers' hmmm I'm sure that will be memorable for all of us!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Patrick: 6 Months Happy Half-Birthday!

Happy half birthday little buddy! Six months sounds so short to me because it feels like you've always been here! Ben just said to me the other day "I love the age Patrick is at, so much better than when he was a newborn" (the newborn era is hard for us) He is a pretty happy little camper, sometimes it's hard to remember that because he screams like a banshee in his car seat and we're in the car quite a bit. It's impossible not to compare the similarities and differences between Everett and him at this age. He is a little more serious, a lot rounder and wants to crawl and get moving a lot earlier.

  • He is giggling a lot more regularly and it is beautiful 
  • We started some solids with him but not as often as we probably should. He doesn't love it, doesn't hate it. 
  • He gets up on all fours trying to crawl and then faceplants and then just army scoots a little.
  • Still wants to be held all the time (my arms are so strong right now)
  • He's way more into toys and rattles and loves Sophie the Giraffe the most.
  • We attempted sleep training this last month, he had one good night and we weren't consistent enough and kind of failed. He still wakes up 4-8 times a night (yikes) I know one day he and I will sleep again but it feels far away. Luckily I'm pretty used to getting by on little sleep so I don't feel as zombie and affected by it as I did with Everett in the no sleeping years (yes years)
  • Still loves to be talked to and smiled at 
  • Has no desire to sit up, only wants to stand and will push back the second we try and have him sit.
  • Instantly stops crying when Everett gives him attention
  • Sleeps only on his tummy now 
  • After six months of trying, Ben got him to take a bottle! This bottle was the winner for most boob-like.
This last half year has been pretty dang hard but also really special. I know he belongs with us and he feels so naturally a part of the family. I think it will only get easier as him and Everett can start interacting more and entertaining each other! He is so high maintenance but I couldn't love or be more obsessed with him! Happy half birthday my littlest love.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Photo Photo Dump Dump

In my need to apparently post every picture I take, I give you a photo dump post!! And I know the pro-fesh blogs have all their pics the same size, I just can't bring myself to resize every one. 
Not legit 2 quit!

These are from the last few months and already give me tinglies in my toes to look back on-I LOVE PICTURES! Look at how much Patrick has grown already just since February. These days with young kids are long and tiresome but holy moly they are good.

^^^From Everett't third birthday party!
^^^Birthday boy, cute shirt made by my mom!

^^^Not an unusual scene 

^^^My Easter dumplings

 ^^^Date night-Valentines Do-Over
Arizona! Got to meet up with Jordan and Wesley at the park
 AZ hangs!
 ^^^Coloring book party with the guuurrrllls for The House That Lars Built
^^^Bachelor finale viewing party with Jennica for LARS! #Benthebachelorforpresident

^^^Everett at swimming lessons, it was pretty stressful for me but I'm glad we did it! 
^^^My crew, how lucky am I?

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