Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Leap Day

I love Leap Year.  It gives me one extra day with these 2 munchkins.
 Sarah playing dress up.  "Look mommy.  I gotta hat.  I gotta pink hat.  And necklaces!"
Cody hanging out on the couch watching sister play.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Life Lately

Wow!  I don't understand how February is the shortest month and yet it seems to be the busiest.  I'm really looking forward to life slowing down and becoming less hectic.  When does that happen?  (After the kids are grown and gone!  Ha!)

This month during play time Sarah got some new Legos to add to the ones that she got for Christmas.  Daddy can build wonderfully creative things for Sarah when they play legos.  Mommy can only build tunnels.  So in turn Sarah became obsessed with finding and building tunnels.
We can mark "build a structure out of pillows" of the list of classic things to do with kids.  But does it make it any less cooler when I confess that I tried to build a fort and it collapsed so once again the only thing I could build was a tunnel?  Still, Sarah loved it.

In other news, now that Cody is eating rice cereal and he keeps leaning over in the bumbo we moved him in to high chair.

That meant it was time to get Sarah a big girl seat at the table so she can eat with Mommy and Daddy.
We took her to Walmart and got all the booster seats and put them on the floor for her to look at and pick one.  I was quite surprised at the range of prices these things were.  They went from $12 to almost $40!  Crazy.  I really thought she would pick the Princess one since she loves princesses but in the end she chose:

The $12 green one.  It seems I'm raising a penny pinching miser just like me.  I love it!  But in reality I think she picked it because it was so cheap it didn't come in a box.  So she could actually tell what it was and wanted to sit in it.  I guess the pictures on the boxed booster seats don't really convey what they are to children.  Someone in advertising might want to look into that.  Then again, how many parents really take their kids to the store to pick out a booster seat.  

Does it get any cuter than this!  I'm sure I'll regret this later when it's impossible to break but it seems like Cody is a thumb sucker.  Sometimes when I catch him doing this I'll put his paci in, but he either spits it out or pulls it out and goes for the thumb.  I think it's adorable now, so I'll cross that bridge of when it become a problem later.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Cody's 5 Months Old

*  You wear a size 2 diaper and 3-6 month clothes.  Sometimes we'll put you in 6 months but those still seem to be pretty long and baggy on you.  You're just a little dude.
*  You are a huge fan of rice cereal!  You open wide and make nom nom noises.  If we're not fixing it fast enough you start to cry.  And if we're not moving fast enough you reach up and grab our arm hair (poor daddy) and bring our hand to your mouth faster.

*  You are consistently sleeping through the night from about 7:30 to 6:45.  Of course, we also turned the monitor off.  That seemed to help a lot!  (Sorry buddy when you're older and you read this.)
*  You make pteradactyl noises when you get excited.  It's adorable.
*  You've made friends with the monkey mirror in the car.  Y'all talk when we're driving places until you pass out.
*  You've pretty much mastered grabbing.  You practice mostly on hair.  My hair, daddy's arm and chest hair, sister's hair, even poor Sophie has fallen victim to your large opened handed grasps.  But with this now you also pointedly reach, aim, and grab for toys and other items that interest you.
*  You love to play peek-a-boo.  You think it's hilarious and laugh every time.
*  Your cradle cap is still a problem and seems to be making you miserable.  We'll catch you scratching your head on anything that has a texture.  Mostly you like to rub your head against daddy's scruff.
*  You moved into the high chair in the kitchen instead of sitting in the bumbo on the table.  You like it!  You seem to focus more on eating and you can't lean over to a side so you're sitting up better in it too.
*  You don't roll over.  Notice, I said you don't, not that you can't.  You rolled over both directions on different occasions about a month ago so we know that you can.  You just have no interest in doing it.  I don't think you've realized it is a mode of transportation so that's probably why you're not interested in it.  I'm sure by next month you'll be rolling all over the place.
*  You seem to enjoy tummy time as long as you get to play in the same room and with the same things as Sarah.  (But you also spit up every time you have tummy time.)
*  You really are the perfect addition to our family and we love watching you grow.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Schwartz's vs How We Spent Our Weekend (2/3-2/5)

Friday Night
TV Zombies

We've started a family movie night tradition and have done it for the past 3 weeks.  This was the first time though that Sarah actually got to finish the movie.  The past couple of weeks we got started late, as in pretty much at the time she should be going to bed, so she only got to see half of those movies.  (Despicable Me and Rio)  And we Redboxed those too, so she'll never know the ending, but we'll fill her in later since we finished the movie after we put her to bed.  Ha!  We're such awful parents.  This weekend since Cody can't voice and opinion and Chris got outvoted we watched a Princess movie.  Tangled was already down stairs that's what we popped into the player and settled onto the couch to enjoy together.  Sarah loved it.  When we first bought it she didn't care much for it so I was surprised that she sat through the whole thing.

Saturday Night

Sunday Evening

We headed over to the Comb's house to watch the Super bowl.  I don't really follow football, and while Chris is a Dolphin's fan, I don't think he really follows football either.  But we do always watch the Super bowl.  I mostly like the Super Bowl because it's an excuse to eat a bunch of junk food, but there's also a little nostalgia attached to it.  Super Bowl watching was one of the first times Chris and I hung out.  I was trying to get to know Chris better (even though he had a girlfriend, who was at the event) and he mentioned something about having some friends over to watch the game with his parents.  I weaseled an invitation in by going to watch the game with his friend Scott, who was a mutual friend with the person I just broke up with.  (That was awkward...hey can I go watch the Super bowl with you so I can flirt with your friend and then more than likely never talk to you again.  Thanks.....)  That was also the first time I ever met Chris's brother Adam and his then girlfriend, now wife and mother of 4 boys, Melissa.  I guess that was our first Schwartz Family gathering (with a few extra people that we trimmed out).  Ha!

Anyway, the point is look at the adorable cake balls we made for the party!  I think those are my favorite ones we've done so far.  It took a few to get the hang of the football shape so some of them just look like turds but they were yummy!  (For those of you that want to know, the flavor was Devil's Food cake with vanilla frosting mixed in instead of chocolate, and mini marshmallow filling.)  
Super Bowl Cake Balls

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Schwartz's vs the Death of the Paci (Take 1)

I wanted to wait a bit to write about this to make sure it was really happening.

Sarah has been a little ornery during nap times recently.  In the past she played for about 20 minutes and then would fall asleep.  Recently it's been about 90 minutes or more.  We try not to go in her room during nap time but when she's being ridiculous one of us will go in and reset her, retuck her in, and take away whatever she's playing with.  Saturday was a pretty rough day.  We had already taken all her toys away and Chris could still hear her in there being loud.  So he went in and discovered that she had been really naughty.
In her boredom and fighting nap time, she chewed her paci nib off.  Chris was so mad!  He took it away and came into the kitchen and was about to throw it away and told me in a very stern voice, "No More Paci!"  I looked down and saw what he's holding.  Yep, no more paci.  I think he was more worried than angry.  What if she swallowed the nib?  

So he told her she broke it and she couldn't have her paci anymore.  She cried...a lot.  I went in there and asked what was wrong and you could see it all over her face.  But she understood well enough that she knew not to ask for her paci.  Bed time wasn't any better.  I heard her explaining to all her stuffed animals that paci is broken.  When I went in to reset her she was crying and I asked her what was wrong.  She said, "it's broken."  So I asked her, "what's broken?"  She knew not to ask for her paci so she said, "my blanket".  So I "fixed it" by tucking her back in.  

Sunday at nap time she asked for paci.  And I told her "paci's broken remember" she looked at me and said "pink paci.  It's right there." as she pointed to the cabinet where her back up paci is.  I said, you can't have a paci because you broke yours.  Then I went and got the blue paci and showed her to remind her what she did.  It took a while for her to fall asleep, but she eventually did.  And slowly it's been getting a little bit easier each time she's gone to bed.  Monday it only took about 40 minutes for her to fall asleep at nap time.  

I wasn't planning on taking her paci away anytime soon.  Honestly since she kept it to only in her bed I didn't care that she had it.  However, Chris is right with his decision because of the situation and since she understands exactly what happened it seems like this is a good time to break.  
But something tells me she's not quite over it yet.