Monday, April 27, 2009

Sleepless Nights, Happy Days

It amazes me how a 7 month old can get as little sleep as is possible and not be grouchy the next day. Raziel woke me up every 2 or 3 hours last night, grumpy as could be, and ready to kill the world with anger. He cuddled and slept on my chest for the better part of the night, and would wake up every time I tried to put him back in his room until I finally just gave him a little 4 oz bottle of formula and put him down with it. I know its a huge no-no to put him down with a bottle but by 5 in the morning, it seems to not matter anymore. I think he was just congested because he was coughing some and would wake back up. I think that he should be better tonight. 

Alina, however, was an angel going to bed. I told her that it was time to go night night and she was just adorable about it. We went through her little pj's and rocking routine, and then I laid her down and she just smiled the biggest little smile I've ever seen on her and told me that she was going to go to sleep. I told her to tell me when she woke up in the morning and she just said "okay mommy, love you." She woke up all smiles this morning, too, and was ready to read about rubber duckies and the like first thing in the morning with daddy because "mommy go to work today" 

I've decided being a Mom has got to be easier for me than other people. How could parents ever hurt their kids? I'll never understand that. My precious little angels are just amazing and even when we have a bad night with Raziel, Alina makes it all up for him. 

OOOOH and Alina is getting so big so fast! She can now count to 8. Me and Brent were walking up the stairs to our porch with her and she counted the 4 steps and then just kept counting past until she got stuck at 8. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. I was so excited. She's not even 2 and a half and she can almost count to ten!!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Beautiful Coordination of Illness

I have decided that my babies being sick before Brent and I getting really sick was really a great thing. Alina and Raziel are 99% over their colds.  (I still hear some coughing at night). They were both absolutely precious this morning. Alina wanted to wear Kermit the Frog instead of Larry (this is a first!) and Raziel has started sleeping until about 8:30 after I give him a bottle around 7. It's really a wondeful thing. 

Today's blog is not long. I am very busy at work. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reading Books

So Alina has become quite the educated 2-year-old. All day yesterday, she and her daddy would sit on the couch reading books together. She decided she was a big girl and so she got her books and he got his and she'd sit and read next to him. When I got home, she was so excited. She wanted to read her book to me. Apparently, 2-year olds can have favorites. I didn't know that she'd have favorites this early. Her favorite book was a gift from "BaBa" and it was my favorite as a kid too -- "There's a Monster at the end of this Book." It's a Sesame Street book featuring Grover. She sat down and read it to me -- most of the words being blabber, but there are 3 pages where she knows what they say. It's so cute. "blah bla blah blah blah," turn the page, "You Turned the PAGE!!!" and then, again "blah blah blah blah blah" and then "All right All right All right!!!"
It's absolutely priceless and quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. She's so proud of herself because she knows she's reading the words.

Raziel is starting to feel better -- he had a nasty cold for ever. He was so sweet this morning. He woke up at 6 and Brent made him a bottle but he fell back asleep before Brent got in there with it. Then, he woke back up at about 7 and I gave him his bottle. He drank the whole thing and had conked back out as soon as he was done. Even after my shower at 8, I went in to check on him and he was snoozing away. I guess he's a tired little guy after all this trying to crawl that's been going on. He's got his knees up under him and moves them as a joint limb and he sort of scooches forward. It's very frusterating to him because he's gotten so much tummy time lately that he gets worn out and lays down and cries. It's really sad. But, it's all a learning process and I am excited to see them growing and changing so fast.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Life in the Haley House

So I have always wanted to have something pointless to waste my time on and so I've decided to share this little blog about my children as they grow up. People always ask me about what is going on in the lives of my babies so I think this will be the solution.

Alina is 2 years old and is absolutely beautiful. She has become incredibly verbal and very intelligent for her age. She has recently learned the words "breakfast", "lunch" and "dinner." Breakfast means cereal and lunch always means a sandwhich. Dinner simply means that she in hungry and it is evening time.
She is also very excited about the recent additions to her wardrobe. She went to visit "BaBa" and "Papa" in South Carolina for a week and a half and came back with a bunch of character shirts that they made for her including Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Blue, Po, "Cookie Monisner" (Monster), Bob, Larry and Larry boy. It took me a whole week to figure out that she was saying "Larry Boy" instead of "Bob" when she wanted to watch veggie tales. And, it took that same whole week to discover that "Ice Age" was being said with the correct name instead of "Fish." (No idea why it was ever fish though...)

Raziel is getting big as well. He's almost got the crawling down pat but isn't quite there. He gets up on all fours and then lays back on his stomach and reaches. If he could just get em done at the same time, we'd be in business. But, the more time he takes, the more time I have to keep up with my babies. Only one being mobile is enough for now.
He also has learned a new ability -- thanks to my mom and his sitter. He can feed himself a bottle. This is wonderful. I get up in the morning, fix a quick bottle and give it to him, then go get his sister up so I can change diapers and outfits and do morning chores without worrying about feeding him.

Life is good.