Saturday, August 28, 2010

The babies get their checkups

Monday we had well checks for both Kaylan and Dylan. Kaylan for her 15 month and Dylan for his 4 month. Eric met me at the pediatricians office in Pooler to help me get both of them in and checked out and getting them out. Maybe one day it will be a bit easier to where I will be able to do it on my own. Until then, I am very thankful that Eric is such an involved and helpful husband and father.
Kaylan weighed in at 21 1/2 pounds, and 30.5 inches tall, that puts her in the 50th percentile on weight and height. Dylan tipped the scale at 18 1/2 pounds, and measured 25.5 inches long, putting him in the 90th percentile for weight and between the 50th and 75th percentile on length/ height. It's amazing how kids grow so differently! Dylan is already in 6 to 9 month clothing and even some of those pieces of clothing are stretching to their limit. Kaylan has trimmed down some because she is doing a lot more walking and moving around. She's even been trying to climb lately. I really don't know what to do about that. I want to encourage her to explore and do things on her own, but at the same time, I'm afraid of what she will get into and how bad she could get hurt. We have ceramic tile floors and I'm nervous enough about the next couple months with her attempting to climb and I'm sure Dylan will be crawling pretty soon, he already army crawls. He hasn't rolled over anymore recently, only twice and that was way back like a month ago almost. The doctor said that that was okay, seeing as how quickly he chunked up, it usually takes bigger babies a little bit longer to manuever and push their weight around.
Both babies checked out okay with no major concerns. At the very end though, we had to get BOTH babies vaccinated! I honestly don't know if it would be easier to put them both through that at the same time or separate. But, to me, it seems logical to go ahead and get it all done at once. It was pretty rough, Dylan got his shots first and when he cried, Kaylan cried, then vise-versa. There we were, Eric and me, each of us with one kid. I had Dylan and Eric had Kaylan, both babies still crying, and all I could do was laugh. I can't really explain why, because I didn't think it was funny that the babies got shots, I don't really know why I laughed. Maybe I shouldn't admit to doing that.
The next day, I expected low grade fevers to be a result of the vaccinations, and that's what we got. Dylan's temperment didn't change but I could tell that Kaylan was a bit sluggish and not herself. By Wednesday, her fever didn't really go away and her appetite changed as well. Later that night, the fever got up to 103 degrees, I knew it was time to take her to the ER. I hated that we had yet ANOTHER visit to the ER, but hey, you got to do what you've got to do. I would rather take a trip to the ER at 10 at night than to wait til the next day to sit in the pediatrician's office again. By the time she and I left the hospital it was about 11:00. They gave us a rx for amoxicillin as well as ear drops for her left ear because she had a slight bit of discharge in her ear. The eardrops were to numb the inner ear, causing less pain while the antibiotics did the work to fight off the infection. They administered both medicines to her in one dose each before we left, so we wouldn't have to wait til the morning to get medicine in her system. The ear drops really did the trick. But, even though we were out til 11:30, she only slept til 7:20 the next morning. Oh well, she has been thrown off of her nap routine since then.
My friend Sujeyn has a son, Lamar, that was born just 10 days after Kaylan. She passed a little tidbit of information on to me that kids their age need 14 hours of sleep and to cut down to one nap during the day. We tried it for a couple days (before she got sick) and it seemed to work pretty smooth. The only problem is now, with the fever and irritability lately, she hasn't been sleeping that well at all, and we have broken the rules a little bit and put her down for a second nap. I think by no later than Monday we will try to get back on the one nap a day routine, hopefully once she gets used to that she will train her body to sleep a little longer during that nap and not just for an hour! :P

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Borrowed this from Jacy... ;D

(I saw this on another mom's-blog I follow...)

1. Do you have any nicknames and if so how did it come about?

Tracypooh, my mom has called me this for as long as I can remember.
Trace, short for Tracy, this nickname randomly comes up from different people, I kinda like it.
Skeebo (ski-bo) my Papaw has always called me this since I was little!

2. What is your birth order amongst your siblings?

Middle of 3 girls

3. In a movie of your life, who would play your significant other?

Hmmmm...Ryan Reynolds, or....Dewayne (The Rock) Johnson.

4. What is currently your favorite song?

I can't really name one in particular. The latest from the Zach Brown Band is pretty cool.

5. Are you saving your money for anything right now? Big or small purchase?

I would like to save my money, if we were to have any extra to save. I would save for: Some new ink (I have 3 in mind), a convertible car seat for Dylan, a couple lightweight strollers for each of the babies (the nice kind), a piercing, would like to save up for a new car and a larger house but both of those are waayyyy out of reach right now.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Laugh, Nighttime Woes, and Schedule? What Schedule?

So, yeah, I kinda jinxed myself on the whole "schedule" thing. It worked for maybe a day or two with Kaylan and Dylan both being on the same nap schedule. But, as every mom knows, as soon as you think you have it figured out, they change it up on you! First off, Dylan hasn't been able to wait to take his morning nap around 10:30 or 11. Lately he's been trying to doze off around 9:30 or 10. I tried my best to keep him entertained/ active enough until nap time, but to no avail. If I fight it now, he'll fight it later by being overtired and restless when he should be napping peacefully. The next day, he did the same thing, started getting sleepy-eyed right around 9:30. So, instead of fighting it, I laid him down in his crib and he slept for about 30 or 40 minutes, waking no later than 10:30. He had his noon time bottle and by a little after 1, he started to get cranky and sleepy again. I changed his dipe and laid him down in his crib, and he SLEPT til 4:15!!! He had another very little catnap later the same evening and then by 8:30 he was off to bed for the night. Now, I have yet been able to repeat this! For the past couple days now, his nap times and length of nap times is totally up in the air. Can we say sporadic? The problem is is that he wakes up just after a short period of time and nothing I do helps him to go back to sleep, not rocking, rubbing his back, giving him his paci or anything. And I know he is still tired. Ughhh...
But, I did get a giggle from Dylan for the very first time today! :) I had him laying on the floor on his back and I was looking down at him making silly faces and "raspberry" sounds with my mouth and he started laughing!!!! Eric told him, "Now that you know how to laugh, that's all I want you to do instead of cry". This is true, for a 4 1/2 month old, Dylan sure acts like a grumpy senile old man.
These past few nights have been rough on both Eric and I, last night was almost our breaking point! It doesn't help that I stay up til midnight, but it seems as soon as I crawl into bed, Kaylan starts. I don't want to mark it up to the teething because that just seems too easy. She has been "waking up" crying, sometimes screaming, multiple times during the night. She'll have her paci, she'll be in a what seems to be a comfortable position, but she has been making a habit of crying out during the night and she won't stop crying until one of us goes in there to soothe her back to sleep. It's like she just wants to see us and be "re-tucked" into bed. This has been going on for the past couple weeks now, and I just don't know what to do. Last night was just awful. After Eric got up 4 times within a two hour period, he finally just brought her to bed with us, this was around 2:30am. She stayed up talking and playing (and kicking us) the whole time, until Eric finally took her back to her bed just before 4. She did not like that one bit. She cried for nearly 15 minutes then stopped and went back to sleep (I'm guessing). Then at 5:50 she was up and fussing again. I'm not about to make a habit of getting up at the butt crack of dawn so I let her lay there and fuss, which eventually turned to playing, then it turned back to quiet time. I finally got her out of bed just before 7, when she started fussing again. Sometimes the CIO (cry-it-out) method works, sometimes it makes it worse. Eric and I have been getting pretty accurate on our predictions on whether we should let her CIO or just cave and go in there. Another downside to these nighttime outbursts is that it tends to disturb Dylan as well, making it more difficult to use the CIO method. Then I will have two babies to soothe back to sleep at the same time!
So, with Dylan readjusting his nap schedule, I think I will modify Kaylan's a bit as well. I'm thinking we may need to cut her down to one nap instead of two, because that second nap has been getting later and later these past few days.
Oh, who knew motherhood involved such a science?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is an easy way to go about making some great cookies while using very few ingredients. I know, it's not completely "homemade", but when you are a mom, the love you put into it counts as homemade! Besides, I did add a few extras that the mix didn't call for. You can add these extras as well, or omit however you choose. I was feeling a little bold so I threw in a couple dashes of cinnamon!

1 pkg Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie mix
1 egg
1 stick of butter
Optional Ingredients:
1 (4oz) pkg chopped walnuts (you may want to chop them a little smaller)
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Even if you decide to use the extra ingredients, you follow the simple directions as listed on the back of the cookie mix pouch. We used the "regular" sized cookie cooking time, which was 10-12 minutes. They came out absolutely perfect! Crispy on the outside edges, chewy on the inside! Yum!

The mix is a bit tough to blend. Here's a tip: Leave the stick of butter out to where it is room temperature by the time you get started with mixing. Also, to blend the lumps out, mix then set, mix then set. Doing this over a period of a few minutes helps the ingredients to "settle" into each other in between mixing, giving your arm a break while making it easier to mix.

Kaylan was at my side during the mixing process!

Even Dylan jumped in to help! If he only knew how much I craved (aka: devoured) these cookies while I was pregnant with him!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Recipe for Chocolate Lava Cakes:
*1/2 cup whipping cream
*1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
*1 box devil's food cake mix (with this recipe I used Betty Crocker)
*1 cup water
*1/3 cup vegetable oil
*3 eggs
*Powdered sugar (optional)
*Sliced strawberries (optional)

1. In small saucepan, heat whipping cream over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until thick.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour or spray with baking spray with flour 4 Remekins (more if you have more than four, but you will need to double up on the lava sauce- if you only have 4, there will be batter left over, you can refrigerate and use it for another time). In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Fill each remekin about half way with cake batter. Spoon 1 tablespoon cold chocolate mixture on top of batter in center of each cup.
3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 1 minute. Carefully remove from pan; place on parchment paper. Cool 10 minutes. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with strawberry slices. Serve warm.

Or...if you're like me and can't wait another minute to dig into them, skip the garnishing and dig in! Lol!

These individual cakes are delicious and especially enjoyable after putting the kids to bed after a long day!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Two babies, one schedule?

I've been dancing around, nearly avoiding, the idea of putting Kaylan and Dylan on a schedule. I've never really wanted to be a strict schedule kind of mom. But, it's time to relinquish some control, no more organized chaos! I like the idea of structure with a little room for play.
Kaylan has been on a "schedule" since she was about 4-5 months old. Before then, it was just up in the air, feeding and napping on an as-needed basis. She has been pretty set in her ways since we had developed a good predictable schedule, but when Dylan came along, we kinda got lazy with it.
Now, with two kids, what is best? Two different schedules or one? I choose....ONE! Heaven knows that I need at least a couple hours to get things done while BOTH babies take a nap. It was pretty tough starting out, due to the fact that sometimes Kaylan didn't always want to take her morning nap, making it to where I would always have at least one baby up for me to entertain. In turn, I wouldn't get the opportunity to get chores done around the house. It took a while to figure out if she was cutting herself down to one nap or what the heck was going on. Leave it to me to get scientific about it. Luckily, Dylan was pretty flexible, he could take a three hour nap after his noon time bottle. But, Kaylan has gotten to where now, instead of getting up at 7:30 or 8:00 like she'd been doing for nearly a year, she is waking up at 6 or 6:30. Yeah...I'm not even a zombie that early in the morning, I'm more like a vegetable. So, with her getting up so early now, we are going back to two naps a day, which I think is better for her at this age. The better the rest she gets during the day, the better she is able to rest at night (when teething isn't rearing it's ugly head). And, Dylan, he goes with the flow, he took pretty well to two naps during the day (sometimes he gets a third nap in the evening, right around our dinner time). Once I have Kaylan down in her crib, he's pretty much restless by that point and I rock him to sleep and he'll nap in his crib for about an hour, maybe longer.
I don't know about any other moms, but I breathe a BIG sigh of relief once they are both down for the count, I almost want to do a dance. But, instead, I do laundry, dishes, check emails, etc. It's nice to get some things done without any interruptions.
In other news, Eric and I joined a few of our friends for Parents' Night Out. And, wow, it was a blast! We took the babies over to my mom and step-dad's house and I know they all had a wonderful time. As for us parents, we celebrated a dual birthday for our friends, Joel (Jacy's husband) and Andy (Valerie's husband) at Jalapenos restaurant then followed up with a few games of bowling. It was great to be around such good people, friends that understand what parenthood is like. A lot of other friends I have don't quite understand what it is like to have different priorities such as caring for your kids, because they don't have any of their own yet. You don't understand until you put yourself in those shoes, then you see things a lot differently and enjoy things as they come. Life isn't "go, go, go" anymore, yet, those few moments when you are able to have some time away, you tend to have a new found appreciation for. That's the time to slow down and enjoy. And we definitely enjoyed our night and the company we shared it with!

Side note: I have gotten a request to share some of my recipes. I don't know why I didn't think about doing that since this is a blog and blogging is all about sharing! What I will do within the next few days is edit my previous posts and add the recipes underneath the pictures.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Heart smiles

Kaylan coaching Dylan through tummy time

Kaylan and her Swaddlebee's cow print cloth dipe (and her trail of destruction in the background)

"Take our picture Mommy!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Milestone Mayhem

Between Dylan and Kaylan, we've had quite a few milestones this past week or so. Kaylan must be cutting another tooth because lately we've had some interesting diapers along with some very sleepless nights. Eric has been so awesome, especially since we brought Dylan home, about helping during the night if one of the babies happens to wake. Now that Dylan is practically sleeping through the night (he has been since he was about 2 and a half months old), I figured I would try to get back in the "night shift" routine with Kaylan during her teething spells. It's been so hard though! And Eric still has to get up sometimes. We can't wait for the teething to be over with, my poor little late bloomer. Other babies have most of their teeth at 9 months old, and here Kaylan is, about 15 months old and she may be getting her third tooth. I wish I could take on that kind of pain myself, just so she wouldn't have to endure it.
Kaylan has been amazing us lately with her smarts. She said her first word, besides mama and dada. Can you guess what it was??? CAT! And, now I think she's trying to say 'kitty cat'. Whenever we ask her where the kitty cat is, she will look around and point to one of the cats. She knows where the motorcycle is at (on the back porch), she sees it every day when she sits by her favorite window at the french doors. Oh, and something she has been doing a lot of lately, shaking her head "no". She knows when to use it too, whenever she is done with her food, or when she doesn't want mommy to give her a kiss. I'll sneak one in anyway!
In addition, Kaylan has also become quite the expert on pulling herself up and sitting up from a lying position. She had been delayed in those areas due to the fact that this former first-time-mom (FTM) let her spend a little too much time in her jumper and not enough "floor" time. Without the proper amount of tummy time, it affects delays in crawling along with upper body strength. I am a tummy time advocate now! With Dylan, as long as he is awake during the day, about half that time is spent with him on his belly, practicing lifting and supporting his head using his arms, muscles in his neck, shoulders, and back. In a way, I feel really bad that I didn't do the same for Kaylan. It makes me feel like an awful mom sometimes because I know that her delays are my fault for not doing the proper excercises with her to help her along and to put her more "on track". My friend Rachel, a child-life specialist, reassures me though that "every child is different". It sounds so cliche' but there is truth in that. So long as a child is capable of walking, talking by the age of 4, then there really is no "delay" to be considered. Needless, to say, I was thrilled to see her pull herself up over and over again! I knew she could do it but it just took a little time and she finally got the hang of it and trusted herself to keep at it. It really surprised me when I laid her down for a nap one afternoon and I kept the baby monitor close by, it sounded like she never really went to sleep. I went to her room to check on her, and there she was, standing in her crib! Luckilly we already had the mattress lowered, so she didn't go overboard or anything.
Speaking of tummy time, Dylan ROLLED OVER the other day while I had him on his belly! I think it was a fluke because it was about 4 days ago and he hasn't done it since. It scared him, so obviously he didn't "intend" to roll over. I don't look forward to those middle of the night roll overs. Sometimes babies roll over during the night without trying so it either scares them once they roll or they cant get back over to how they were laying so they cry. Hopefully we won't be having any of that! Dylan has been getting more pleasant bit by bit. I couldn't believe that today at 1:25 am he turned 4 months old! Sometimes it seems a bit longer than that. Hopefully this reflux has reached the point to where it is finally running it's course. By the time their 4th month rolls around is when they start to be more fun. I remember when Kaylan was 4 months old, we found out that we were pregnant with Dylan. Wow, I hardly had the time to enjoy having one baby, then God reaches down and says "Here, have another"! I've always heard that He will never give you anymore than He thinks you can handle. We've handled it up to this point, so we must be doing okay. Nothing beats laying them down side by side, sometimes for simultanious diaper changes, and I think to myself, "Wow, I have two kids already." I like to look at their similarities and I enjoy the way they look at each other. Dylan notices a lot, he's very reseptive to people and his surroundings. He smiles when he sees me or Eric, he even smiles when he sees Kaylan, he will even follow her with his eyes and watch what she does, almost like he is admiring her. And Kaylan adores Dylan. She will sit by him just to be next to him lots of times, she tries to hold his hand and "pet" him all the time. I really can't wait til they can finally play together. We've got to wait for Dylan to be a few months older, but I think that will really be enjoyable for them. I've got so much to be proud of!