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Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Kid Beds!

Over Thanksgiving break Brady and Chloe both caught a relatively mild form of a stomach bug that was going around at the time.  It involved a lot of not eating much with the exception of Pedialyte freezer pops (bless those things!) and one middle of the night incident with Chloe.  This is exceptional because I can count on probably one hand the number of times Chloe has gotten up in the middle of the night since she started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks old.  Girl loves her sleep.

We knew something was up when we heard her stirring the night before Thanksgiving.  I went to her room and found that she had been sick in her crib.  It took both Chad and I working together to get everything cleaned up and in the washer with new sheets changed and Chloe into some clean new jammies.  We got her settled down and let her come back to our bed with us for a little while, but eventually decided it was time to return her to her crib when she showed no signs of being sick again.  I placed her in her crib like always, but she hiked one of her legs over the crib rail, and before I knew it she was up and over the side of the crib and on the ground, like a ninja!  

Needless to say, that night marked the end of Chloe's crib dwelling days.  Chad was hopeful that maybe it was an isolated incident and she would forget that she'd climbed out of the crib the night before.  That was definitely NOT the case at nap time the next day, so we knew it was time to convert the crib to a "big girl bed" with toddler rails.  Everything we read said that if you saw your little one get out of bed, go into their room, pick them up, and put them back in bed.  Do not talk to them or engage them in any way.  Do this as many times as necessary until they fell asleep on their bed.  We had to do this about 5 times per night for 2 nights with Chloe, and on the third night she just slept in her new bed with no problems for naps and night time.  We are very proud of her and thrilled at how well she transitioned!  

A picture of our big girl in her "new" bed:  

Way to go Chloe!

Once Chloe was established with her new bed situation, we considered when would be the best time to switch Brady to a "big kid bed" too.  He seemed happy and comfortable in his crib for the time being.  He usually gets up before Chloe in the morning and also at nap time, so he always came in her room with me to say hello to her when she woke up.  He saw that she was sleeping in a "new" bed and would even climb up and play with her on it every day.  By Christmas we decided it was time to say goodbye to his crib as well.  We figured it would be a good time to do it since Chad would be off for several days and he could help me during the nighttime if Brady had a difficult time adjusting.  We were concerned it may be harder to switch him over since he hadn't tried to leave his crib on his own yet, and also because he has always been not as avid a sleeper as Chloe.  He still is a great sleeper (and we thank our lucky stars we have two great sleepers!) he is just more prone to have the occasional middle of the night wake up and is always an earlier riser than she is.  

Well, we switched over his crib to a bed with toddler rails and held our breath.  That night at bed time he saw his new bed, went over to it and crawled right in.  He tossed and turned a little, but never left his bed and didn't wake up at all that night once he fell asleep.  He has been in a big kid bed ever since with no issues.  The switch for Brady was even less difficult than with Chloe!  I think it helped seeing his sister in her bed for a few weeks ahead of time.  We were relieved and happy to have successfully moved past that hurdle of babyhood!  

Mr. Brady in his "big boy" bed:

So proud of my big kids!  I cannot believe that soon we will be celebrating their 2nd birthday!  Can we just freeze time please???  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Like Christmas Exploded All in One Blog Post

Oh my word, I have neglected the poor blog since November!  I am so sorry about that.  I wish I had some brilliant reason why, other than life is just busy with two very busy toddlers and two parents just trying to keep our heads above water.  A major part of my recent neglect of the blog is our ongoing pursuit of becoming healthier and losing weight.   We have been working on this weight loss and fitness goal since June.  As a couple, Chad and I have lost over 100 pounds and counting.  When we are not spending time with Brady and Chloe, working, or catching up on errands and household chores, more than likely we are in the gym.  This leaves two very exhausted parents with very little free time for blogging.  Excuses aside, I want to be able to connect with friends and family that may not have Facebook and that want to keep up with what we are up to.  So I am going to try and check in with the blog more frequently than I have been in the last few months!

The month of December was very busy with many fun holiday activities.  I want to share some of what we did last month with some family pictures, so here we go!

We decorated our tree

We hung our stockings by the chimney with care
We added an ornament every day to our beautiful Advent calendar made by my talented friend Jessie
We adopted our Elf on the Shelf, Cookie, given to us by our wonderful friend Carlea and he got into all sorts of  shenanigans
We decorated the outside of our house with lights

Chloe called Rudolph "Dodo"
The kids LOVED playing outside and seeing the lights every day!  
They called this tree "BALLS!"  
We decorated sugar cookies!
Fun decorating our sugar cookies!
We visited Santa, not once, but twice!  We were thrilled, can't you tell?
Brady was actually more fond of Santa than Chloe was

This was at our neighborhood event where Santa came for a visit, I love this picture of Chloe with her Daddy!
Christmas cutie!
We wore Christmasy pjs
Chad and I went on a date to see The Nutcracker by the Houston Ballet
It was beautiful and we had great seats!  Can't wait to take Brady and Chloe when they are older!
We set out cookies and milk and a note for Santa
Daddy read us The Night Before Christmas before bed on Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful holiday season and we started many new family traditions that we hope to continue for years to come.  Christmas this year was a lot of fun for us, because Brady and Chloe were more interested and aware of everything this year and it was a joy to see their faces light up when experiencing different events and experiences associated with the season.  

Our family sends our best wishes to you and yours.  We hope that you had a joyous and peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year!  

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