A Child’s Christmas Spirit

This is the year that it truly dawned on me that for my kids, the anticipation of Christmas far exceeds anything that will be opened on Christmas Day.

The activities and family fun leading to the big day is what it is all about.

Kind of like Halloween, they love the idea of dressing up and going door to door, seeing how much candy they can collect, but by the next day they could really care two craps about the pumpkin bucket full of candy.

So though opening presents on Christmas morning is exciting and fun, in the end it can be the five dollar Barbie in only a bikini, and a new bag of socks under the tree and the girls will have had a great Christmas season. Why?

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Our family trip to Texas

With my husbands job it is really hard to get time off, but he was able to somehow get a few days after I convinced him to take me on vacation to his parents. So to Texas we went!

It was baby Max’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept both during take off and landing. The girls had a blast getting to take a trip on a plane instead of the usual car ride.

While being around family the husband and I took advantage of it. The girls and baby Max had a sleepover with their cousins while he and I spent the night in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. We got to meet up with some long time friends and enjoy the evening kid free.

I was so excited the next morning to get back to baby Max, so when I saw him and got no special reaction I was a bit disappointed. My husband had to remind me that he is only four months old and is not the best at showing emotion, which of course I know, but my silly mom hormones wanted smiles and hugs.

The next couple of days were spent just letting the girls enjoy time with their cousins and celebrating Independence Day.

The day before we left we took the kids to downtown San Antonio to the Alamo and the Guinness World Records museum. The girls loved it! It was very hands on and had lots for them to do. While walking around in the heat we had the girls wearing their camelbaks. It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated and they do not mind wearing the backpack to hold water, but you know if they had water bottles I would be carrying them on top of Mr. Max and the diaper bag. So many people noticed and commented on what a great idea the camelbaks were, you never think to have your kids just wear a water source around town! Usually they are used for hiking but they are best for even around town!

 

That was pretty much it! By day six we were all ready to head home and be back to our stuff and our routine. The girls were so happy to be back to mom’s way of making food. You would be surprised how good your kids will eat mom’s cooking when they don’t have it for awhile. ;p

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Now it is time to start getting ready for back to school! My kids start back in the beginning of August!

Happy Father’s Day!

I gotta good one….

After a twelve hour plus day at work my husband comes home and without skipping a beat gives all the kids kisses and hugs, as the girls climb all over him like a jungle gym. Then without hesitation takes Max into his arms and snuggles him close realizing he needed a diaper change, with no complaints or trying to get out of it, changes that stinky diaper, maybe freaking out if he gets poop on his hand. 😉

We sit together at the dinner table together listening to Adalynn talk about the most random things while both my husband and I take turns telling Emily to eat her food and shoving bites into her mouth, Max sits next to the table in his bouncer gnawing on his stuffed robot.

Once dinner is done it’s time to get the kids ready for bed, my husband still in uniform with no time to change takes Max upstairs and sings to him while babe splashes in the tub laughing so hard at his dad’s singing and dance moves, once baby is squeaky clean he get him dressed and ready for bed. Sits in the peace and quiet of Max’s room feeding him his last bottle of the day before kissing him goodnight and laying him down in his crib.

The girls have gotten themselves ready for bed and wait not so patiently for dad to make his appearance by their bedside to read them a story before bed. Not minding that they picked the longest book they can find, he reads the story to them with such enthusiasm. The story is over and each girl doesn’t want to let go of him after wrapping their arms around his neck for a hug before they sleep.

I’ve made it down the stairs before him and begin folding the pile of laundry that has been sitting on the living room floor all day. After finally rinsing off the day and getting into sweats he comes down the stairs to help me fold what is left.

Finally he pours me a glass of wine and we snuggle on the couch till he falls asleep next to me which he denies when I nudge him saying let’s got to bed.

The love and patience my husband has for our children, his family, makes this mama so happy that I can call him mine. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

How I get baby to sleep all night.

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Please note that I am not an expert in sleep training babies. I do not co-sleep. Also, I may just have been blessed with babes that like to sleep, and last but not least, every night can be a total hit or miss.

Now that all of that has been put out there I wanted to write a blog post about what I have done to get all three of my kids to sleep most of the night early on.

Ever since Adalynn was born I’ve believed in giving babies and kids a good daily routine especially when it comes to bedtime. Once babe is home from the hospital and we are settled in after the family visits, getting that milk supply in and somewhat regular breastfeeding is happening our daily routine starts.

First things first, pick a bedtime. It’s not necessarily when you want babe to be asleep but a time you just want baby to be to bed. No matter when babe woke up from their last nap put them to bed every night at the same time. Now like I said, doing this doesn’t mean they will fall asleep immediately but they learn this is bedtime.

With the girls part of our bedtime routine was a bath. With three kids it’s just gotten tough having that time every evening so Max gets a bath every other night but still, it’s only right before bed and not any other time of the day. It’s an adjustment to our previous routines but it’s still routine.

Once again no matter babe’s last feeding I always try and feed them one last time to get that little tummy nice and full. I do that after bath time and putting baby in jammies. I do the feeding quietly in their nursery even if baby is still sleeping in my room because it’s usually the most quiet peaceful place in the house.

Now this I think is truly the key to teaching babe that it’s bedtime and not just nap time. We only swaddle at night! During the day when baby naps we never swaddle. With the girls I just used the easy Velcro swaddles like these and that’s what I started out using with Max but he grew out of them super fast and we had to put him in a good ole’ fashion swaddle blanket which is good if that’s what you have and like. Max was getting out of them too easy though so I went on a search and found Star Sack. I contacted the owner to give it a try and let me tell you it’s a game changer!! It helps when the basic swaddle gets too small and or baby gets too strong and easily busts out of the traditional swaddle folds.

Another thing we’ve added since Max is a mobile! We use this one, it gives baby entertainment while they slowly drift to sleep. We have a video monitor and watch him lay in his crib for an hour quietly before falling asleep so I truly think the mobile works!

Like I said most nights this has worked for us but there are times babe still gets up. When they do, unless they’ve pooped, I don’t take them out of the swaddle! I just let them eat and immediately but them back in their bed.

Give this a try and good luck! May peaceful nights be in your near future.