Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May Madness

There have been a lot of things I have wanted to update lately, but I never seem to have the time. I'll open the page to start a post, but never get it started before I have to close the computer again.

We've had some exciting things going on in our lives the last couple of weeks. R and B and I went to TN for several days to visit my fam. J was on 12 and 14 hour night shifts last week, and since we're all still living in one room, the kids and I left to give him a chance to sleep during the day. During our trip, R. weaned! he nursed for 2 years, 8 months, and 22 days. We'd been working on gradually cutting out the bedtime nursing since I had B. First he had to learn to fall asleep without nursing, which was really the biggest challenge. But without daddy there to help with B during bedtime, R wasn't able to nurse at all. There had been a night or two before when he hadn't been able to, and what we did was offer "big boy milk" in a cup or a drink of water instead of nursing. Plus snuggles and a story of course. So while we were in TN, he got his drink of water and some snuggles and that was it. He's still asking at bedtime, even though he hasn't nursed in 10 days. But he's not sad about it, he doesn't cry or beg. And best of all, he falls asleep on his own now. And for the last 3 weeks, he's been sleeping through the night. This is HUGE! I'm so proud of my big boy, and so thankful that he's finally sleeping. It's a little sad for me that our nursing days are over, because that was the last little vestige of his baby days. But mostly I'm glad our bedtime struggles seem to be at an end, for the time being anyway.

B did really well on our trip too. She smiled and cooed at everyone, and was good in the car most of the trip. She had her 1 month check up yesterday, and she's 11.2lbs and 21in tall. She's ENORMOUS! Off the growth chart on weight and 95th percentile for height. She's gained almost a pound a week since we came home from the hospital, which is absolutely phenomenal. It's not a bad thing though, she's just a big healthy girl! R's growth was similar. He chunked up until he hit about 20lbs then stayed there for a long time. The other good news is that her ped. will allow us to delay her vaccinations like we have with R. I was worried they wouldn't continue to see her if we didn't vax on their schedule. Big relief there.

We should be closing on our new house on Friday, hooray! And be able to move in on Monday. I wish we could move in over the weekend, but the sellers are moving out then. I'll be so happy to have all my things out of storage, and leave this transient life style behind. It's been hard on us all to be living in this motel room for two months now. Tempers get short quickly. R. gets bored and watches way, WAY too much PBS Kids, and gets way too little time to play outside. We eat the same 5 or 6 meals every week because my cooking options are limited. We have no oven, and two tiny burners. And the laundry... oh the laundry. It's the very worst part. 4.50 (in quarters, mind you) to wash and dry a single load. and it has to be lugged down there to the room and back.

And now the baby is awake again :) love this little girl to pieces!


  1. Sounds like life is going really well for you all...a bit stressful, but good. ;-) Congrats on R weaning and sleeping through the night! That's a huge milestone and I'm sure it is bittersweet. We're not there yet, but slowly working towards it. Congrats on the new house, you're almost there! :-)

  2. Wow, props to you for living in a motel for so long. You are super woman!