Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Precious Moments

I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. The lack of sleep and the demands of a new born baby and a two-year-old is catching up with me. I'm so use-to doing what I want, when I want it. Being a new mom again is a reality check. There are no more quick trips to the grocery store, relaxing play dates, long drives in the car, afternoon naps for mom, sit-down dinners or longs talks in the phone. But as hard and difficult as this time is, I have to remind myself how precious each moment is and how fast it will go. Exhausted from the week and with a pounding headache, I canceled my afternoon plans with my sister and I tried to relax and be in the moment, with no expectations or goals for the rest of the day. Morgan was asleep so I took some Tylenol and managed to get a short cat nap with Alex before Morgan was up. After nap, I was happy to see a little sunshine. So we put our shoes and went down to play at the lake. Here are a few of our precious moments from the afternoon. I didn't even mind when Collin texted to say he had to work late.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Growing BIG Together

Geana and I found out we were pregnant together and first came the girls... Morgan and Josephine

Next came the Boys...
Martin and Alexander

Before Pictures

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpa (Papa)

We love you Grandpa Clark!!! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.
Collin and Ashley
Morgan & Alex

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I'm A Big Girl Now

This has been a BIG week for Morgan. She has really started to become a BIG GIRL... no more Baby Morgan. Here are a few of the milestones that ALL happened this WEEK.
(On July 4th Morgan will be 2.5 years old)

Wants to wear her own backpack stuffed with little goodies.

Started potty training! Morgan went to the potty own her own this week. Even carried her little potty all the way upstairs before taking off her diaper to go with no assistance from mom. I guess she is ready?!?

Loves wearing sunglasses and hats. I have never been able to get her to wear sunglasses before. Now I can't get her to take them off!

She loves dressing up in her ballerina outfit. Last Halloween she screamed when I tried to put a tutu on her. Mom still has to help her put it on but no screaming this time.

Walking in flip flops. She also started putting on her own shoes this week. Most of the time she gets them on the correct foot.

Sleeping in her BIG GIRL bed! Each night she brings all her babies to bed with her. She wraps them up in little blanket and sleeps with them all. It's so cute.

Way to go Morgan!!! It is crazy what one week can do.
Mom and Papa are very proud of you.

We are still working on Morgan saying her own name. It's funny but she has yet to say her name out loud. She can say other people's names but not her own.
The other thing is saying goodbye to the nini (pacifier) . The harder we try to take it away the more she wants it. However she keeps biting through them and "breaking" it, so soon she will have any "working" ones. Maybe then she will give up the nini.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Night Owl Nursery

It's a tiny room (or cubbyhole) but it's home to Alexander's night owl nursery. Morgan finally moved into her big girl bed so we could move Alex upstairs to the "kid’s loft". The bedding is called Alphabet Soup from PBK. It's from years ago but I love it. We got it when I was pregnant the first time and before we knew the gender, with the goal to reuse it with each child. So far so good. I love it as much as I did when we first ordered it.

The transition upstairs has been great. Alex is on a regular schedule so feedings are predicable. Bed time is at 11PM, feeding 3:30 AM and 6:30 AM. It's almost clock work. He takes 3 naps a day, first one around 8 AM (just as sister is getting up) and another nap short nap around 3PM and again at 7PM. Between Morgan and Alex someone is always feeding or sleeping with lots of diaper changes in-between. So mom and the video monitor are getting a workout. But with Alex out of our room, mom and dad are getting a lot more sleep and that is always a good thing.

Big sister also loves having her brother upstairs with her. Morgan is a heavy sleeper so when Alex cries at night she almost always sleeps through it. Once I found her at the crib saying, "don't cry buddy, it's OK." It was so cute.

(it really is a small room. Note: the little t.v. is not for Alex. It's for Morgan to play her old VHS Disney movies.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Big Sister, Little Brother

It's bath time for little brother and big sister is more than happy to help. She adores her baby brother and he seems to adore her too! It's so fun to watch.

But not "little" for long. Alexander is already getting very good at holding his head up. This 7 week old has some serious strength.