Monday, September 8, 2008

An Update - Finally

I know, I know! It's been forever since I have updated my blog. I went back to work on August 4th and we've been so busy. I cannot blog at work and my free time at home is very limited. I spend as much time as I can playing with Weatherly and loving on Laura and then there's supper and baths and then bedtime. By the time both are down asleep, I'm exhausted and usually head straight to bed. That is, after I've loaded the dishwasher with the days bottles and pump accessories. Having two is definitely keeping both Brent and I busy. I decided that my house is going to be a mess until the girls are much older. There just isn't enough time in the day for me to get everything done. Brent usually takes the girls to school/daycare in the mornings and I pick them up in the afternoon. He is a big help in the morning getting them fed and dressed. Of course, I help too but I'll have to give him most of the credit because he does most of the work in the mornings. I absolutely love Weatherly and Laura's school/daycare. This is Weatherly's third year there and she has always loved it. They both are doing so good. Mrs. Sharon says Laura has already gotten on a good schedule - she even takes a nap when all of the other children do. Laura is the youngest in the class. I think the next youngest is almost a year old. I'm sure Mrs. Sharon and Mrs. Debbie are spoiling her rotten. Here is a picture of the girls on the first day. Weatherly walked right in and immediately started playing with the toys.

Here are some more pictures of the girls.

Laura has started trying to put everything in her mouth. Sometimes I think she is teething, but I'm not sure. Weatherly didn't get her first tooth until she was almost 7 months old. Here she is playing with one of her favorite rattles.

Weatherly giving Laura a zerbert (like on The Cosby Show). She loves talking to and "playing" with her little sister. She is pretty good with her although we do have to remind her to be gentle. She is so funny - the other day she told Brent to "be gentle with my little sister."

Weatherly loves to put on our shoes. Here is a picture of her trying to come down the stairs in an old pair of bridesmaid shoes.
Here she is again being silly with Brent's shoes on her feet and his socks on her hands.
Laura in her extersaucer. I love her smile. She is mostly a happy baby and will even laugh some. I'll have to put a video of her laughing on here sometime.
WOW! I cannot believe I was able to get a picture of both of them smiling. I love this picture!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Good Times with Good Friends!

Jenny, Mandy, and I went to the beach Saturday night for some girl time with no children. Can you believe it? I left Laura and Weatherly with Brent for two nights!!! Weatherly was almost a year old before I spent the night away from her. I guess I'm just more relaxed with Laura and I really, really needed a break. Brent is a great father and husband! I don't know many men that would keep a two year old and 3 month old. He went to see his parents and sister/brother-in-law/nieces at the lake so I'm sure they helped out, but he was the one sleeping in the room with both girls and waking up to feed Laura. Thanks so, so much Brent! Jenny and Mandy both live out of town so we hardly ever get to see each other. We had a great time and were able to do some shopping yesterday (only because the weather was horrible - we would have much rather been on the beach). It was so nice to be able to try on clothes without being in a hurry and get a honest opinion from a friend. Last night we went to the Market Common and ate at Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe'. The atmosphere was nice and the food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it! Today the weather was perfect! We got on the beach early and just relaxed. We even got in the ocean for a good while too. The water was pretty calm. It has been forever since I have been in the ocean further than my knees. I had forgotten how much fun it is to ride the waves (the calm ones)! Here are some pictures of our fun time. Check out Jenny in her bikini - can you believe she is 18 weeks pregnant??? She looks so good - if you didn't know how small she was before you would never know she is pregnant!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Girly Girl FUN!

Last night Weatherly asked me what I had on my toes. I told her it was nail polish and asked if she wanted me to paint hers. Of course, she said yes. I didn't think she would sit still for me to paint them, but she did. Here is a picture of her with her legs crossed showing off her polished toes. It was so much fun and we didn't even spill any!

My friend Mandy and her little girl Mary Elizabeth came to visit us this morning. The girls had so much fun playing together. Mandy and I enjoyed catching up with each other, too. Thanks so much for coming to see us, Mandy. I wish you lived closer so Weatherly could "go see Mandy" as she says. Mary Elizabeth is a doll!
Here is a picture of them taking a nap.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Juggling Two

Having two little girls only 22 months apart is challenging, but oh so much fun!!! There are definitely times that I wonder why I had them so close together, but I am so happy I did. When things get really chaotic and I think I am going to lose my mind, I just have to remind myself of how very blessed I am to have 2 healthy, beautiful, and precious gifts from God. Weatherly is definitely in her "terrible twos" and can be challenging to say the least. I am amazed by some of her fits. For instance today while in line at Zaxby's she heard me say that I wanted honey mustard dressing with my salad and that gave her the idea that she wanted honey mustard NOW (I don't even think she knows what it is). She whined and begged for honey mustard for at least five minutes. It cracks me up that toddlers think if they want it, then it must happen. I think she thinks that all she has to do is say I want something and say please and it will fall from the sky. After the honey mustard incident she begged to go to the bank to get a lollipop. I have only been to the bank with her twice and she remembers that the bank is where they give you lollipops. It is so cute listening to her express herself even though sometimes she does it at the top of her lungs. She is very verbal and I often have to remind myself that she is only two. She is certainly proving that being two can be difficult, but I really do love this age because she is learning so much and says the cutest things. When she hears a loud noise, she will say "that scared me." Brent loves to hear her say, "Daddy you scared me." I think one of my favorite things she says is, "That's MY mama" while shaking her head yes. She does the cutest thing when she is asking for something. She will shake her head as if saying yes while she asks for it and says "please." When she does something wrong she will almost immediately say "I'm sorry" and if she hurts someone, she will say "I'm sorry, I kiss it" and then kisses where it hurts. Not exactly the best behavior, but at least she says I'm sorry. Here are some pictures of her putting on make-up. This is one of her favorite things to do. She loves to sit on the stool in our bathroom and "put on make-up" and "fix my hair."

Here she is saying cheese.
Angie and Frank came over Tuesday night to eat with us. I noticed that Laura had an outfit that matched Tyler's so I changed her so they would be dressed alike and we took this picture. Aren't they adorable! Tyler is going to be a heartbreaker! Thanks for coming to eat with us, Frank and Angie! We had a great time! Weatherly absolutely loves the two of you.
Weatherly on her bed with her baby doll - She asked that I take her picture "holding the baby." Then she asked me to put Laura in her bed with her and her dolls and take a picture. She is such a girly girl. I think it is going to be even more fun when Laura is able to play with her big sister. I am hoping they will be the best of friends.

Notice the band-aids on Weatherly's legs and elbow. She doesn't have that many "boo boos" but begs me to put band-aids on her. I have learned to pick my battles and this is one I often won't fight. I tell myself, if she wants a band-aid, what will it hurt???

Sweet, sweet baby Laura! I just love the smiles and coos. It warms my heart when I start talking to her and it is evident that she recognizes that I'm her mother and smiles back. It is such a rewarding feeling!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weekend FUN!

Saturday morning we put Weatherly and Laura in the bed with us when they woke up. Saturdays are so nice because no one has to get up to get ready. We can usually just relax and lay around for a while before we get ready for the day. Here are some pictures of the girls.

Weatherly after her bath wearing her "bunny towel."

After going out to eat breakfast we headed to Mt. Pleasant to visit my good friend Crystal. We meet her and one of her friends for lunch. Weatherly was so well behaved at lunch. I think it was because she sat beside Crystal and had someone besides her mama and Daddy to talk to. Thanks for meeting us for lunch Crystal. We had a great time!

Weatherly on her daddy's shoulders. Notice she is wearing her "puppy" aka child leash. Brent didn't want to put her in a stroller so she had to wear this so she wouldn't run from us. Yes, she will run from me. A couple of weeks ago after Mother's Morning out, she darted across the church parking lot. I had to chase her with Laura in the carrier. It was quite a site to see! I was soo upset with her, but she is just so darn cute when she says "Can't catch me!"

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weatherly Year One Video

This is a video Brent made last year before Weatherly's first birthday. She has changed so much! It's hard to believe how fast they grow. I thought time went by fast with Weatherly. Time goes by even faster with the second one. I guess it's because you are soooo busy juggling two little ones. Brent is going to do another video with some pictures from Weatherly's second year. Hopefully, we can post that in the next couple of weeks.

More sleeping adventures!

OK, so Weatherly slept all last night in her big girl bed! Yeah! But.......for her nap today, she didn't. Apparently, she felt the need to do some cooking before going to sleep. After about 5 minutes of being in her room, this is what I found. Notice, she has a hotdog from her kitchen set in her hand. And of course, her paci's. She only has her paci's when she goes to sleep. The paci fairy comes and takes them when she is not asleep and then brings them back when it's time for bed again. We took her paci away during the day at Thanksgiving. Everything was going well until Laura was born and then since Laura has a paci, Weatherly thinks she needs one too. The paci fairy thing seems to be working though.