Sunday, February 17, 2013

Squeaky, My Snuggle Bug

This post is about my little snuggle bug.  Tim calls her squeaky because of all the little squeaks she makes.  I think they are more like grunts.  She is a really good baby.  I was worried since I thought Willow was so good I was in for it with this child.  She sleeps through the night and has been since she was 2 months.  I was greatly surprised since we had to work Willow into that habit and she was just over three months.  Charlee took the lead and did it all on her own too.  The worst part of the day with her is about 5:00 p.m..  She cries a lot and want to EAT.  Many times we sit through dinner with her screaming.  the best part of the day is morning when I go in to get her up.  She is awake just laying there giggling and smiling. 
She is nothing like her sister though.  Charlee has blue eyes for now, whereas Willow had gray that turned brown.  Charlee has really pale skin.  Willow is naturally tan and tans really easy in the summer.  I am afraid for Charlee and sunburns, especially in the desert.  Her skin is super dry and sensitive.  I had to get special soap and lotion for her.  The doctor prescribed hydrocortisone for the dry skin, she had spot on her legs that were eczema. 
I took pics to show you details of her and basically how she looks right now.
 This is her little fuzzy hairs on top.  She doesn't have much hair lately.  She has some longer brown strands in back but it is slowly falling out.

 She has a blocked tear duct that is oozing yellow goo.  It gets worse when she crys.  It has always been yellow but we just got some eye drops in case it is a little infected.  It should go away with a some massaging in the corner of her eye.  If it does not get better then we will have to see an eye doctor to have it cleared out.

 This is her only birth mark.

 Her cute little kissing lips.

 She developed a herniated umbilicus.  This too shall go away on it's on but if not years on down the road it will have to be taken care of. 

 She has the normal cradle cap that babies get.  This is by far worse then what Willow had. 

 This is her stork bite she had a birth.  She has one on her forehead which is not as noticeable.  You can see her brown hair in this pic too.  Her ears stick out some.  I know she gets this from my side of the family.  My dad and great grandpa had big ears. 
Great grandpa

My dad

 Just chillin.
Taking in the day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Princess Beast

Yes, this is what we call Willow now.  She has been very trying lately to the point I feel like a bad person/mom.  Last Friday I gave my 2 week notice to Tim on my stay at home mom job.  I just had it that day.  To top it off I don't have my mom close by to "drop" her off for awhile. 
Going to bed for nap or bedtime is something I seriously dread.  She drags it out for over an hour.  She keeps getting up and coming to see what we are doing.  I have tried locking the door but she just farts around in there for hours.  She will try on every shirt she has, ripped up board books, taken off the sheets and tormented the dog.  Yes, I locked Beans in the room with her one day.  Oops.
Feeling so down on myself I reached out to a friend who has two girls to see what she has done to cope with these issues.  I felt so much better about my feelings.  She told me that she had the some feelings, and most mom's do.  She gave me some ideas on how to handle and fix these problems.  Her ideas were that we should just ignore Willow when she gets up.  Pretend she is not there, she just wants our attention.  Then to do a reward chart.  She gets so many stickers for staying in her bed then she get a present.  Here is how that is all going.  She has yet to earn a sticker, I gave her a free one to see maybe what it was like to put it on the chart.  I have the pretty presents waiting for her on the fridge but they don't tempt her in any way.  The ignoring her was funny the first night and I seriously thought she was going to outlast us.  She will chase the cat around which she knows is a no no.  Last night Tim found her and the poor cat locked in my closest.  She was chasing him around the shelving unit in the middle of the room; remember my closet is the size of a bed room.  She will put on Charlee's clothes.  One day it was a newborn onesie, last night was a 6 month onesie. 
I guess this is something we have to keep working on and don't give up.  Russ and Cassie's advice have never steered us wrong in the past in dealing with children.  Some days I just want to duct tape her to the bed but I know that would be totally wrong. 
Now the part that makes this little beast a princess is that when we say the prayer before we eat she belts out "MEN" when I am finished.  Not sure why she doesn't get the "a" in front but oh well.  When it is time for bed she has to give us all a kiss even the dogs.  Ah how sweet is that, poor dogs though.  She just wants to love them and doesn't know when to stop.  I think, no I know, they get annoyed with her. 
The potty training is going and that is just what it is.  She will go when we sit her on there but she will not tell us when she has to go.  I will leave her in her panties for nap and she will not make a mess so that is good.  So not ready to do that at night, her diaper is SOAKED in the morning.  She did surprisingly well and went poo in the toilet.  We'll see if that happens again. 
We have stopped the swim lessons for awhile until she does two things.  One is that she is fully potty trained.  She has pooped 2 times in the pool.  She has a swim diaper on but certainly does not contain poo.  Tim has had the pleasure of having that embarrassment.  The other thing is she needs to listen a little better.  I guess she will not listen to what is going on and follow instructions.  I had to go and cancel the lessons and they needed 30 day notice.  I did it on a Tuesday and when Tim went to class on the following Saturday they already took her off the roster.  The instructor said they went ahead and did us a favor.  Sounds like they did themselves a favor by getting the pooping pool bomber out of there. 
Yes, this whole post was about the princess beast.
Found her sleeping in her tent one day for nap.

Always has to cover up Beanie.

This is her favorite top, even though it is not a "top" but a vest.  So don't be surprised if you she a lot of photos with it on.

Her new favorite thing to do, color. Also the chipmunks catch her attention.