November 29, 2011

For Grandpa Nyman

I had to think of your "love" if broccoli as Kaidrei snuck broccoli from my bowl as I was making dinner tonight and shared some with Malea. They didn't even seem to mind that it was still frozen!

A Migraine and a Rant

This is totally a rant...but if I dont' get it out in words I may snap've been warned...

Why is it that the day I have a migraine is the day that Kaidrei decides to go back to screaming any time she wants anything? Not just moaning, but full on screaming throw herself on the floor tantrums with no forewarning. We went from 0 to 200 on the tantrum scale in under 10 seconds. She has been doing so well at using words the last couple weeks to communicate and I now realize how nice it is to have her talking.

I was glad when Brian got home from work to help and that it was almost bedtime. Instead of a nice peaceful bedtime, Kaidrei has thrown another epic fit waking up Malea to join in the fray. Brian and I both have earplugs in and can still hear her just fine, luckily Malea has fallen asleep again in my arms.  So now almost two hours later after having stories read, songs sung, special dolls being pulled out to be a buddy in bed, hugs and kisses, more hugs and kisses, she has screamed to the point of vomiting, finally fallen asleep by the door, and has two royal upset parents.

I'm sure that both of us getting over being sick plus my migraine doesn't help our patience tonight, but her antics at bedtime have become more and more drawn out over the last few weeks.
We've tried stopping naps during the day, which hasn't helped.
We've tried singing to her...
We've tried laying on the floor next to her bed...
We've tried leaving the door open...
We've tried shutting the door...
We even bought a new sippy cup for her (after she chewed through the nipple of the last one we had and we'd both agreed that it was going to be the end and we were just going to deal with the battle of no more sippy cup) because we hoped it would help calm down the nights since she started going to sleep with a bottle last year when Malea was born. I've wanted to stop the habit since it started, but getting up with Malea every few hours made it hard to break a habit that helped everyone in the house sleep, so we let her keep the sippy cup.

Still we have massive battles at bedtime? What do we do?

The one thing that has come from tonight is that Brian and I have both decided with a renewed vigor (that will hopefully still be there in the morning) that the sippy cup is going to disappear tomorrow - for good. It's not helping with the bedtime fits and I feel like taking it away at bedtime and letting her have it during the day will just confuse and frustrate her. If she is going to throw royal fits, then we might as well bite the bullet and do what we've been avoiding because of the royal fits we knew we'd have to face.

So to my neighbors I apologize for the fits that you will be able to hear tomorrow in advance and offer you earplugs if you'd like (we have a good supply of them!). I just hope that it will be a couple of rough days and then we can move on with life...minus a sippy cup addiction ;)

November 21, 2011

Daddy's girl

This little girl adores her Daddy. She wore his hat most of the afternoon.

I love it

When my two sweet girls are content to play with each other.

November 18, 2011

Christmas wish

All I want for Christmas is Malea's two front be in that hopes that when they are in I'll get to sleep longer than two hours between screaming fits. It is making life grumpy for everyone in the house. I guess the saying, if mama ain't happy, nobody is happy is true.

November 17, 2011

Smiles and Giggles

 What can make Malea smile and giggle like this?

 Playing with blocks!

 She was absolutely giddy at her ability to know over towers of bricks!

 Kaidrei was a good sport about having her towers knocked over time and time again.

 Eventually she got tired of the blocks and moved over to read a book.

In the meantime, Kaidrei found a horse and a unicorn and was pointing to the horse and saying Daddy and then to the unicorn and saying Mommy. I thought she was pretty spot on since the unicorn had more hair than the horse!

6 months

I found this post hanging out in my drafts folder so I figured I'd put up the pictures. These are some from our 6 month photoshoot for Malea back in June.

Kaidrei helping Malea get picture ready...

and of course I can't be on the floor taking pictures without being jumped on.

Malea's 6 month stats...
length 26.25 inches 68%
Weight 16 pounds 11 oz 64%
Head 43.5 cn 77%

4 Months

So behind, but found this hanging out in my drafts folder so I might as well put it up.

Malea at 4 months

length 25 in 77%
Weight 14 lbs 7 oz 69%
Head 42 cm 75%

November 16, 2011

Halloween Fun

Halloween fun at last. We had quite the fun week of festivities. It started Thursday with a party at preschool.

There were lots of games to play. Pinning the nose on the Jack O'Lantern, pumpkin bowling, a ghost toss, and feeling ooey gooey guts (aka peeled grapes and cooked spaghetti - which Kaidrei tried to eat!).

Minnie Mouse was not so sure about sitting and watching the action - I think she wanted to be a part of it.

We decorated sugar cookies, had treats and fogging root beer.

Our Cute Minnie Mouse watching as we broke open a pinata.

Kaidrei enjoying the pinata spoils.

I thought Malea was too far away get any of the candy from the pinata, but I was so wrong. She snatched a lollipop and went to town!

She was thoroughly enjoying her first lollipop.

Little G was Woodstock (he is about 3 months older than Malea) and thanks to the sharing of the older kids he had three lollipops.

Tinkerbell relaxing after the festivities.

The crew: Woodstock, Batman and Malea (the younger siblings) and then Snoopy, Army guy, Buzz, Tinkerbell, and Thomas the train and Cinderella had already left.

I sadly don't have any pictures from the rest of the whirlwind weekend. On Saturday Night, we went to the ward trunk or treat. As we were getting in the car, Brian explained where we were going and what was going to happen to Kaidrei. She got the biggest eyes, full of excitement and started clapping. I guess you can't go wrong with costumes, other kids, and candy in the life of a child. It was a chilly night, but it was fun to see everyone all dressed up. Malea helped Brian pass out candy. Kaidrei was a little bit intimidated by asking for candy but loved walking around with all the other kids.

On Monday we had a long fun day. We rode to Provo with Brian when he went to work so we could go to his work party that afternoon. We spent the morning playing with Char and Chayla, then met Brian for lunch and ran some errands. We came back for the party and Kaidrei and Malea trick or treated around the office. Kaidrei really liked this. Malea was a little overwhelmed by all the people. Then we ate at the potluck. There were lots of yummy foods, but Kaidrei seemed to think the best thing (and only thing to eat) was the filling out of Oreos. 

The drive home took about 2 hours and when we got there their were kids trying to trick or treat from us as we were getting the girls out of the car. Kaidrei immediately wanted to go out trick or treating and it had to be RIGHT THEN! 

I took her around to a few houses, but she didn't want to walk and she didn't really want to knock on doors unless there were other kids there already. After trying to carry her while I was wearing an inflatable costume, I decided I was done and it was time to go home. Kaidrei was having major fits and didn't want to go to bed and didn't want to be awake either! 

We have learned a few important lessons of being a parent on Halloween. Naps are matter what! Must eat real nourishing food before any candy and no oreo filling does not count as this!

It was a good holiday. I'm excited to see how much different it will be next year as the girls get older.

November 14, 2011

Story sleeper

More often than not this is how I find Kaidrei after a nap!

November 13, 2011

Mystery Shopper

Yesterday Kaidrei  was getting ready to come to Walmart with me and this is how she considered herself ready to go. She took the hat off once we got inside but wore the mask until we were leaving and it wasn't a short trip!

November 9, 2011

Popcorn Palooza

Today for a snack Kaidrei wanted popcorn. We have an air popper and Kaidrei loves to pour the kernels in and watch them bounce around. To make life "easier", I put the popper on the floor by the table with a bowl to catch the popped corn. Malea was watching from the living room as Kaidrei and I were getting set up. She was very unsettled at being left out, so I helped her stand up and as soon as she had her feet under her she was walking over to Kaidrei. As soon as she was by Kaidrei, Malea sat herself down and was perfectly content. 

So Kaidrei poured the kernels into the measuring cup and dumped them into the popper. I plugged it in and we all sat and watched the popcorn pop. Malea was intrigued by the noise and kept trying to reach it so I scooted her back a little bit, then turned to check on what Kaidrei was up to. Then I hear a clattering of plastic and popcorn is exploding everywhere as Malea has scooted herself back in range and has knocked the top off the popcorn popper! We were all in awe for the few seconds it took me to register what was happening and unplug the popper.

I just sat there and laughed as both girls started picking popcorn up and shoveling it in their mouths. The looks of surprise on their faces was worth the second sweeping of the floor today - I only wish I had a picture of it.

It's the little moments like this that I hope I can remember forever.

Cloud Dough

Today was one of those days where Kaidrei needed a distraction to forget what a miserable thing it is to be a little kid. So while Malea was napping we made cloud dough. I'd seen the idea online and decided today was the time to pull it out of the rainy day file. Cloud dough is a lot like wet sand in that you can squish together to build/shape things - like a sand castle, but it is a lot softer. To make it we (by which I mean Kaidrei did it while I looked on because she wasn't going to relinquish the spoon) mixed 4 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of baby oil. It smelled great and really had a cool texture. I'll admit that I played in it and enjoyed it just as much as she did.

Diving Right In

It falls in cool patterns on the floor!

We built a tower which was about to be knocked down.

Kaidrei made a ball - one of her favorite toys.

Squishing the ball is fun too.

I asked Kaidrei if she was having fun, she nodded and gave this smile.

I wanted to get a better picture of her smile so I asked if she could show me a happy face and this is what I got!

Kaidrei wanted to try eating some. I told her not to eat it because it would hurt her tummy. Then I went to wash my hands, when I came back she had pulled up her shirt and was testing out the theory to prove to me that it wouldn't hurt her tummy! I guess in that way she was right - but she never did eat any.

We added in some spoons and measuring cups to the fun. I was really wishing I had some sand toys - maybe next summer I'll have to find some. She had a spoon packed with the cloud dough and couldn't get it out. She started shaking it and was quite surprised when her head ended up covered when it came loose.
It was a fun experiment and the 45 minutes of entertainment was worth the two minutes it took to sweep the floor (and table and chairs and child) after the fun was over.

We are definitely going to do it again.