This week was a tough one. Many sleepless nights, lots of crying, and two very exhausted parents. Eliza continues to be more of a challenge than Nolan but he also has his toddler meltdown moments. Fortunately he is sleeping well at night but he did skip a nap one day this week. By Thursday and Friday, we were both so worn out. One thing that made me feel a little better was reading my mom's journal from when she had a two year old and a five month old and was having similar struggles. I definitely underestimated how much changes going from one to two children especially ones close in age. I knew it would be hard but I don't think I expected it to be this challenging. I also think I forgot the 4-6 month sleep regression. Eliza's become much more active which often wakes herself and also realizes when we leave the room. She has definitely needed extra snuggles lately many of which are in middle of the night. Through the sleepless nights and the crying, I still like to focus on the positives but I also like to share the struggles.
This smile makes it worth all the sleepless nights!
She loves her feet lately.
She's got the baby yoga thing down.
I am so glad it is the weekend. It makes such a difference having Jeremy home to help. Being able to tag team everything makes the day just run so much smoother than when I'm outnumbered during the week. I often miss the days of just being able to hold my baby for naps and snuggle all day long. With a second baby, you unfortunately have to put them down more frequently to tend to the toddler. With one unpredictable child you eventually get a break, with two kids some days there isn't really a break. Every day is different, and every moment is different. No matter how predictable I try to be, the unpredictable often happens.
I'm also finding their naps are tricky. Eliza no longer can just nap on the go as easily since she's more active and alert. The days we stay at home lately are honestly more enjoyable. Sometimes a morning outing and missing her nap in her crib isn't the best idea. When I get home from the outing, I have two tired children to feed and to get down for naps. Some days it goes smoothly but other days it doesn't. I can definitely relate to this article when it comes to have a baby and a toddler who both need naps. Click here to read it. I felt like I could have written that article myself.
And these cheeks! Love this sweet girl even though she isn't the easiest baby! I'm going to miss these chubby cheeks, baby smiles, and giggles. I'll probably even miss the middle of the night crying. More soon!
Weight/height: not sure since we haven't been to the pediatrician since 18 months. I would guess around 30lbs. He's definitely getting taller too.
Hair: It is light brown. He has a little swirl type spot in the back and a cowlick.
Eyes: They are light blue.
Clothes: Mainly 2T but some 24 month still fit.
Diapers: size 5 and still using the extra pad at night
Sleeping: Nolan continues to be a great sleeper! He typically sleeps 8:30pm-8:30 am with a two hour nap from 1:30-3:30 or 2-4. Sometimes his nap is a little shorter or a little longer depending on how tired his is from the morning.
Likes: reading, learning, puzzles, playing in his play kitchen, his slide, organizing/sorting things, playing outside, walks in the stroller, Daniel Tiger, eating especially when using a fork or spoon to eat, Mega Bloks (bigger Legos), his little sister, when people praise him
Dislikes: getting his face and hands cleaned before or after eating, getting his teeth brushed and flossed, getting his diaper changed and getting dressed (sometimes he doesn't mind but when he's playing he doesn't like being interrupted) walking after getting out of the car (he prefers that one of us carry him)
Eating: Nolan has continued to be a great eater for a toddler. He can be particular sometimes but he has general favorites and will usually try just about anything. I notice he isn't a fan of green veggies though. His favorites are yogurt, cheese and crackers, applesauce and eggs. His favorite fruits are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, grapes, and bananas. His likes tomatoes, avocados, and mushrooms a lot. He likes salmon and chicken but generally isn't a fan of red meat. He likes deli meats, cheese, and bread sometimes. He likes pasta too. Lately he has really started to understand what snacks and treats are. Nolan will open the panty door and ask for a snack. Goldfish, graham crackers, and peanut butter crackers are his favorite snacks. We still try to limit sweets but he does get a cookie at the grocery store since Publix gives those out for free.
Milestones/activities: Nolan is a little sponge lately and repeating lots of words. He's saying two words at a time and starting to say three and four word sentences. Some of the sentences he likes to say are, "I don't know", "I dropped it", "stop it". My favorite thing he said lately was "baby sad, be happy!" He is saying people's names much more clearly too.
Nolan's learned most of his letters. He seems more interested in reading than math but does like to count too. Often he says two, seven when counting. Not quite there yet but we practice counting to ten and beyond often. We could read all day long. I feel lucky to have a little reader and a boy with a long attention span. I can identify basic shapes (circle, triangle, square, star, and oval). He can say most color basic color words (red, yellow, blue, green, purple, orange) but is inconsistent when identifying them.
We have been practicing lots of two year old skills. He can walk backwards and forwards. He goes up and down stairs pretty easily now, throws and kicks a ball, and runs pretty well. We've started to work on riding his tricycle but he isn't quite there yet.
His challenges continue to be sharing mainly with kids his age. He's usually great about sharing with adults. He doesn't like it when people touch his things at times. He can be very happy one minute and cranky and melting down another. Meltdowns often happen when I ask him to walk down the stairs or hold my hair and walk. He seems to be in a carry me type phase.
Last Sunday my friend Kira was driving through Atlanta and stopped by to visit us for lunch! Thanks to Facebook for keeping us in touch all these years! It was great to see her 10 years later. This picture is from Australia in 2007 on the top and 2017 in Atlanta on the bottom.
Loved having Kira meet my family!
Jeremy and I had a dinner date to Muss and Turners. The burger and fries were delicious!
Nolan's been enjoying learning his letters and matching them on his board. He knows almost every letter with the exception of a few. I'm finally organizing my teaching materials and pulling out the activities that he seems ready for.
Nolan is a little reader. We often spend much of Eliza's morning nap reading. I like to try to give him lots of one on one time during her morning nap.
Nolan loves to run and find his sister in the morning, and he gives her hugs and kisses. He also helps let Sydney out of her crate.
Nolan enjoys playing with him shadow and mine too.
We've been working on Eliza's napping and sleep at night. We just still aren't quite there yet. I remember a friend telling me it took six months to get her second on a schedule. That's proving to be true for us too.
Valentine's Day photo shoot!
Eliza is starting to roll a lot. Not on the blanket anymore where I put her down.
She still prefers the sleep suit over just pajamas.
Nolan enjoyed his junior tumble bears class more this week. He seemed more comfortable from the start.
We had a play date with my friend Liz and her two little ones. Nice we both have two now!
We tried their first bath together. Works well if you want to give them baths at the same time. Usually I do one of their baths and Jeremy does one of them. For nights one of us isn't home this is a good option.
Nolan was wearing Jeremy's PSU hat in honor Thon weekend!
10 million for the kids! Hard to believe it's been 11 years since I danced in Thon. I still love to donate to pediatric cancer and watch the webcast each year.
Eliza is tall enough for the jumper now. She seems to like it for short periods of time.
Nolan is not really that interested in the potty. We are still trying to get him interested in it but no luck as far as him using it. Sitting on it is the best we get. It's a start.
I love the saying on this card that Jeremy got me for Valentine's Day. It is a great reminder that after years of marriage it is the little things that add up to all the love we have for each other.
Love this card and the note inside.
Pretty flowers from my sweet husband!
We've had a tradition the past few years where Jeremy cooks for me on Valentine's Day. This year we ordered a Blue Apron meal. It was delicious. Eliza took her catnap during dinner so we had a nice meal just the three of us.
Barramundi (white fish) with potatoes, broccoli, and leeks Tomorrow February 18th marks 5 years since we got engaged. It still feels like just yesterday but at the same time so much has happened during that time. Because I love reflecting on past experiences, here is a little summary of what's happened since then. We spent 14 months being engaged, bought a townhouse, got married in 2013, honeymooned in St. John, spent a year trying to get pregnant, took a two week trip to Thailand and Cambodia, got pregnant with Nolan shortly after that trip, had lots of date nights before becoming parents, welcomed our little boy in April 2015, got pregnant with Eliza in December 2015, built house in 2016, and welcomed our little girl in September 2016. Of course there have been some challenges a long the way (trouble getting pregnant, job changes, family illnesses, etc.) but through it all, I really believe we have come out stronger. I remember the days when our marriage was just us focusing on each other. Now, our marriage is not only about us but about our children as well. I often feel like Jeremy gets the tired version of that bubbly, energetic, wife that he had pre children but he still loves me just the same. I'm thankful he is there to listen to me complain about a tough day, and he is also there to share in our greatest joys in life. Can't wait to see what the future has in store for us!
I had so much fun today taking their Valentine's Day photos! I will say it is not easy to get two under two to both look and smile but we did pretty well! My neighbor was sweet and picked up these outfits for them!
This was the closest I got of them somewhat looking!
Eliza loves to smile for the camera!
Eliza's first Valentine's Day!
We had fun playing outside this afternoon. We are loving this February Tshirt weather.
This one makes me laugh. Serious business!
Hard to believe this was only one year ago! Twice the love this year! Also thankful today and everyday for my loving husband!