Friday, May 18, 2012

Paci Weaning

It's that time. I have been dreading it, but at Luke's well check on Monday our pediatrician told us it was time to start weaning Luke off the paci. 
Today was our first day, we are starting with just limiting it to the crib, which means he only gets it when he sleeps (not the car, not when we are out and he is fussing,- just when he sleeps). He did really well, no melt downs and when he asked for it, I just told him that he was a big boy now and didn't need it. He seemed to understand it because he would just look at me and walk off and go find a toy. We even went and ate dinner at a restaurant tonight and he didn't need it at all.
 I think it is harder for me than for Luke. It has been with us since the beginning- we got one at the hospital and ever since we were addicted. So for now we are on the path to no paci and being a big boy. 
I am planning on letting him have it when he sleeps for a while- bc eliminating it while he is awake is a HUGE deal. Maybe in a month or so we will eliminate it at night, but I think that is going to be even a bigger battle because he uses it to put himself to sleep. 

Goodbye Paci It has been fun (and you were a huge help)!

Pray that I survive and stand strong the next few days- I think as he realizes that this is the new reality things might get tough for him (and me)!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Take Me out to the Ball Park

On Monday Andrew came home early (5:00- which never happens unless he has something he has to be home for) and was itching to do something fun. So around 5:30 we decided it would be fun to go to the Ranger game that night (which starts at 7) so Andrew quickly looked around Craigslist and called a guy and since the game was in an hour and a half he made a bargain deal on some GREAT seats. We rushed around the house and got out the door and headed to the Stadium. We stopped off at a shady Valero and Andrew went in and got our tickets and parking pass from a random guy. I am so thankful that he wasn't robbed or shot, you never know what your going to get with a Craigslist deal. We headed into to the stadium and enjoyed the game. Our seats were a few rows up behind the visitors dugout. So anytime a right handed batter was batting you could see us on T.V. We didn't know this when we bought our tickets- but when we were at the game people were texting/tweeting us that they could see us! How funny! Luke did really well for about 4 innings and then he was restless so we went over to the kid area for a few innings and then return for the last 2 innings in our seats. It was Luke's first game and I would say he did really well. He usually goes to bed at 8, but he stayed up till 10:30 that night and was very happy! It was a great family night and Luke can wait to go back and watch 'beeball' and 'wangers'!

Monday, May 14, 2012

What I'm pinning..

Even though I stay at home with Luke, I still don't find the time to do cute things like this quiet book. Somehow whenever Luke goes down for a nap I am either cleaning, sitting down for a minute or occasionally napping. I never have the energy to jump up and start a project- but I am making a promise to myself to do more fun things like this so we'll see what happens. I saw this quote an laughed because that is my exact thought. Maybe someday I'll be super mom.

How cool is this splash pad??!?! I want one in my yard...Luke  (and I) would have so much fun! Surly it isn't to hard to build...Andrew?!    I have been doing lots of 'research' (if you can call it that) into sensory tubs. I think Luke is at the perfect age to explore them and they look super easy to make- you just change them out with different items for different themes and then you let your little one go to town exploring. I love this beach theme! How fun!

This summer we will be a the lake for Memorial Day and 4th of July! How cute are these? I am already thinking of cute ideas for snacks! I am not a strawberry person, but Andrew and Luke would devour these...

In my imaginary dream home I thing these half doors instead of baby gates are so cute. If it was a pocket half door in front of the stairs it would be even better.  Luke is getting into everything now, so gates are a must, but they aren't very cute. I love the doors!

                  These are the things I have been pinning! What have you been pinning??

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Little Fish

Luke has been working on getting comfortable with the water. We have been getting in our pool (and trying to get in the lake) a lot. Luke for some reason loves the pool but is terrified of the lake. Anyways, since we are around so much water Andrew and I are adamant that Luke gets to be comfortable floating and being in the water, so that if something happened he wouldn't be freaking out. We put Luke in the pool when we went to Corpus and he did extremely well, we then came home and have been working on it ever since. Here is a little video of our fish 'swimming'. It is so fun watching him grow and change daily.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Road Trip

Last weekend my cousin got married down in Corpus Christi, and so since it is such a long drive Andrew and I decided to make a long weekend of it and do some other fun things while we were down there. It was a great time to get away and just spend time together as our little family.

One morning we spend time at a park and pier:

That afternoon we went and visitied my memaw who is in a nursing home. My parents and sister met us there. My memaw was having a good day and was laughing and smiling. Her dementia is very bad so she doesn't talk but you can see her smiling so we know she understand and enjoys the company. Luke enjoyed playing with his Pa's cowboy hat.

That evening we went out to the wedding which was at a really neat ranch. Luke was really good and loved quietly playing in the dirt and leaves during the wedding. (If only church was outdoors and had dirt, then maybe we would actually make it through a service sometime :) )

 The ranch had lots of room to run around and had horses to pet. Luke was loving it!

Once the sun went down Luke spent his evening on the dance floor, and begging girls to dance with him. He is so funny..i don't know where he gets it. 

The next day we went to the Texas State Aquarium, and saw a dolphin show and all the fish. Luke wasn't as interested in the fish as he was with the bone dig and splash pad that was there.  He wants things to be hands on. If he can't touch it, he doesn't want to have anything to do with it.

They had the neatest splash pad with all different kinds of water features. Luke couldn't contain his excitement. He was running from water feature to water feature as fast as he could laughing and playing. I need to find something like this around us this summer.

We finished the day looking at a few other animals and the ships coming in, and then we headed back to swim at our hotel pool. It was too cold for me to get in, but Andrew and Luke braved it and Luke actually 'swam' (floated and kicked) by his self for the first time! We were so excited. We actually came home the next day and put him in the pool at our house to make sure he still could do it. (more on that later)

Anyways, we had a blast and it was great little get away. The wedding was fun and I wish all the happiness in the world to my cousin and her new husband.