Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Life Lately.











This is life the past few (very hectic) weeks:
 
Two weekends ago, Billy and I and a large group of our friends/family competed another mud run! This one wasn't nearly as long or intense as the Savage Race we ran almost a year ago, but still fun none the less. We scaled walls, got filthy and added some shiny new medals to our collection!
 
Abigail took her first selfie and it's pretty clear she's a natural ;)
 
We celebrated my nephew, Nathan's 7th (what?!) birthday last week at Kobe!
 
And while we were digging into onion volcanoes and scorpion bowls, Abigail was having a PJ party with her best friend!
 
I've been getting my butt kicked at work for the past couple weeks. A couple of days over the last week or two, I've left work at 5pm only to come home and start working again until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. One of those nights, I ate cookie dough for dinner because, duh.
 
Speaking of cookie dough, this past Saturday, it was just Abigail and I all day and we had time to kill before heading off to Nathan's skating rink birthday party so we decided to bake ourselves some cookies, instead of mama just eating the cookie dough. Abigail was SO excited to be my little baking partner.
 
And while the cookies were in the oven, we painted our nails and toes a color she deemed 'mermaid blue'.
 
Three cookies and zero naps later, we got ourselves ready to head to Nathan's party and walked over to my parents house for a ride ;)
 
The skating rink had an area sectioned off for beginners/smaller kids and Abigail couldn't have gotten her skates on faster. Actually, she could have... because putting roller skates on a two year old should be an Olympic sport. Phew!  
 
She totally rocked it on the rink floor! She wanted nothing to do with holding my hand and loved saying 'wooooooahhhhh!' every time she would wobble and then eventually fall on her butt ;)
She rewarded all of her hard with a slice of pizza (or two) the size of her head.
 
I just love this girl so much!
 
Does anyone else get insanely jealous of their baby's eyelashes?! Something I'm not jealous of... that uni-brow ;)
 
 
 
And that's life lately!
Between work and home, things have been so, so busy! I'm so ready for life to slow down a bit, but I suppose it being October 1st and officially the start of all things holidays, that might just be wishful thinking! I'll breathe again in January ;)  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Abigail's Toddler Room & Sleep Training


I've been hesitant in writing this post because I didn't want to jinx it, but I feel like we might be in the clear now.
The big girl bed transition is going so well!
 
I mentioned in this post that I threw a minor hissy fit after I originally put together Abigail's bed and went to Target to, more or less, give her a brand new room and I swear it made all the difference (for both of our attitudes toward the whole thing)!
 
The Sunday we took the crib out of her room and introduced her to her new twin sized bed, nap time didn't happen. All she wanted to do was jump on the bed, but sleeping wasn't happening. After deciding that the whole room needed to change, we immediately began hyping the new 'big girl room' up to Abigail, telling her how great and exciting it was and getting her totally pumped up about it! We also promised her a special treat if she went to bed that night and stayed there and slept.
All of that must have worked because she fell right to sleep that night! She woke up twice crying (which we figured was because she was disoriented with a new bed and new surroundings) but it only lasted for about a minute and she was able to put herself back to sleep without us going in. She slept until we went in to wake her up for school the next morning!
 
We made sure to make a HUGE deal out of how proud we were of her, how she was such a big girl and telling her to make sure she told her teachers and all of her friends about it at school that day. That morning, she also told me that it was 'so much fun' to sleep in her new bed :)
 
Since that night, things have only gotten better! Occasionally she will cry because she drops her baby doll; for whatever reason she will not get out of her bed once she is in it. The only barrier she has between her and getting out are the two pool noodles on either side, underneath the sheet, and during the day she gets in and out without issue. So, at this point, that's the only problem we are having, if you would even call that a 'problem'.
 
We still continue to sing her praises every morning when she wakes up and give her the occasional special treat (apple juice one morning, her favorite babysitter coming over to watch her one night, etc.) to reward her.
 
Here are a few pictures of her new toddler room, featuring the world's worst lighting - compliments of the icky yellow wall color:
We decided on a twin bed rather than a toddler bed just because she will be able to have this bed well into her teenage years, just like I did when I was a kid.
She used to have a huge white dresser in her baby room (you can see that here), we decided that was just too big and wasn't going to work so, we took this brown dresser out of our master and replaced the white one, which is now in our room which I absolutely love!
We also finally took her changing pad out of her room, which was surprisingly emotional for me. Everyday it seems like she is growing up more and more and it was starting to get to me.
This portion of her room stayed the same, mostly because we had no interest in all that was involved in moving it ;)
 
And there you have it!
Sleeping toddler, new big girl room and a slightly unbalanced mother!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Life Lately/Photo Dump

There's so much to get to in this post, I think I'll just jump right into it, cool?
 
This is life over the past 3 months of non-blogging lately!
 
We traveled to Virginia to watch some of our most favorite people get married!
Billy was in the wedding, as well as just about everyone else that I knew, so I was flying solo for a lot of it. Thus resulting in hotel room mirror selfies.
 
Abigail was an absolute nightmare on the trip. Like, didn't even want to bring her in public, nightmare.
It all started with an unfortunate incident at Orlando International Airport where I sent Billy on the plane (with our diaper bag) to make sure there was room for his tux in the plane closet and Abigail deciding it was prime time to shit her pants and leave a trail from Gate 28 to the bathroom, where I had to throw out all of her clothes in the bathroom trash, wrap her in paper towels to get on the plane and handed the gate attendant our boarding passes with poop on them, only to see the look on Billy's face when he saw I was getting on the plane with a naked toddler and tears in my eyes. It was totally cool though guys, because when I looked over and saw that his tux was shoved underneath the seat and not in the non-existent closet, I definitely didn't lose my cool. Nope.
Can I get a holler for the worlds longest run-on sentence up there? Thanks.
 
This face...
 
& this sass...
 
I was over at my parents house one night a couple weeks ago and they had pulled out a picture frame from my grandmothers old house. They opened up the back of it and all of these were in it.
A few things... I was clearly big into florals for a while, bangs were never a good idea, purple velvet and white eyeliner. Woof!
 
I love this girl so, so much!
 
My sister and brother-in-law are having another baby!
We set up a super simple gender reveal for them one night.
They had the sealed envelope and gave it to my dad and I. We filled squirt guns with paint, set up an easel and white canvas and had them shoot the guns to find out they are having A BOY!
And they can keep the canvas forever! I suggested putting an ultrasound picture in the middle of it, as well :)
 
We are so late to the game, but Abigail is finally obsessed with Frozen.
She HAS to wear her Elsa dress while watching and on this day, requested a princess-like headband. She stepped it up a notch and asked me to take a picture of her, as well.
 
more sass...
 
Back to Frozen...She doesn't like the part where Elsa gets mad and yells at Anna and then freezes the town. She climbs into my lap and covers her eyes every time. I try not to laugh, but it might be the cutest thing in the world.
 
We have spent so much time at the pool this summer and she has loved every second of it! We have been so spoiled living so close to my parents (8 houses away!), who have a pool. Abigail has gotten so confident at jumping in by herself, has started trying to swim and loves to float by herself on the pool noodles!
 
She was giving her baby  doll some fierce eyebrows.
 
& I'm throwing this one in for good measure because it is the last documented photo of our favorite Hello Apparel shirt, as it was involved in the above mentioned 'poop gate'.
 
And there we have it.. all caught up on our lives!
I've got a lot of posts coming up, so stay tuned!
 
XO!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Our Weekend.

How about a little weekend recap to jumpstart myself back into blog land? Sound good? Great!
 
|FRIDAY|
It was Parents Night Out at Abigail's daycare Friday night (the kids get to stay at daycare until 11pm and have a sleepover with their friends, eat pizza and watch movies) so I made plans with my family to go to dinner and see a movie. Well, THEY made the movie plans. They chose to see 'The Visit', which if that doesn't ring a bell, the preview that keeps getting shown on TV has a sweet, little grandma asking a little girl to get in the oven to clean it... sound familiar yet?! Scary movies aren't really my thing, but I went along with it. I also went along with several bevies beforehand, as well.
I had super low expectations for the movie, but I actually didn't hate it. It had a perfect mix of humor and scary and there was a good twist to it! It definitely wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen!
|SATURDAY|
I booked my sister and myself a fun Saturday morning spa activity in Baldwin Park and was SO excited for it! I'm going to go more into detail about it in a separate post because it definitely deserves it but we had 10:30am appointments at East Coast Floats for a 60 minute Sensory Deprivation Float. It was absolutely amazing and we left feeling so relaxed and so rejuvenated. After a quick lunch at one of our favorite cafes, we headed home.
I ended up being so relaxed that once I got home, I took a two hour nap (while Abigail was taking hers)! I don't remember the last time that happened!
The pod that I was floating in for an hour :)

We spent the rest of the afternoon/night relaxing, going to Target and then to my parents house for pizza!
 
|SUNDAY|
After our whole house slept until well after 9am, we were seriously dragging our feet all morning. I decided that it was the perfect morning to put together Abigail's new big girl bed, which took about 2 hours to do (thanks Ikea and your four billion parts).
I took this picture right after we showed Abigail her new bed. She immediately jumped on it and laid down. But when it was actually her nap time, she didn't want much to do with it. She was scared and uncomfortable. So it was a no nap Sunday.

I loved the bed we picked out for her but something about the way it was set up, the sheets/blankets or a combination of both just didn't feel right. So I spent the rest of the afternoon completely gutting her room and making it feel more like Abigail. I went to Target and bought new sheets and a new comforter, pool noodles (!!) for bumpers instead of that hideous mesh contraption and a special treat to entice her to sleep in it. I replaced her massive dresser with a smaller one we had in our master bedroom and it all fits so much nicer now. And I think Abigail agrees too, because as I'm typing this Sunday night, she is sound asleep. Let's hope she keeps it up!

This is more of what it looks like after I got done tearing it apart ;)
 
It's going to be a busy week around here, with a mid week concert and a Saturday mud run on the books, but we are most definitely looking forward to the fun!
 
XO!