Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Alex 10months, Nathan almost 3, My first 5K and todays adventure

Alex said his first word last week and has started to do some signs.  Ditty(kitty) is the word of choice, he has been calling friends small dogs ditty too.  Signs he has more, bye bye and clap (ok maybe not a sign).  Alex is standing for longer and longer on his own these days.  He is always up for anyone to talk to him.  He plays by himself when Nathan is napping but is always super happy to see Nathan when he wakes up.  Nathan is less thrilled after nap to have Alex on him.  Alex has started to become very predictable on his sleep schedule.  A typical day looks like this:  6:30am rise and shine (perfect time if I want the kids to nap together), 8:30-9:30 nap or less if we are on the go to a park,  12:30pm-1:30 or 2:30 nap and then off to bed around 7:30pm with one wake up around 2 or 3am, where he is moved to our closet to cry for less than a minute (no feeding either).

Nathan is pretty much daytime potty trained.  We have an occasional accident about once a week but other than that he is doing great.  Now night time is a different story.  Before we started on this potty adventure you could read two books to Nathan and say good night and he wouldn't get up and would be sleeping within 10 minutes.  Now he spends a hour getting out of bed to as us to use the potty, for water, or to find out what we are doing the next day.   Then wakes after wetting his diaper or to go use the potty.  I am ready for this stage to pass. 

This past weekend I did my first 5K.  I had spent 8 weeks training for it and it proved to be successful.  I mean I finished the race without stopping.  30 minutes 15 seconds in the heat.  Can't say I would have done that on my own.  I had a great team of mommies (and a great husband) that helped me with every step.

Today the kids and I hopped in the car and went to JCPennies to get pictures done.  The outing could not have gone any better.  Alex got up from his nap at the perfect time so that I could quickly get the kids in the car and make it there just in time for our pictures. 

Laura's Favorites #16 - Ergo

I am not into lots of baby equipment. I don't have a baby bathtub, the sink works great.  I only registered for a nice small umbrella stroller (I have since upgraded).  But I love baby carries and I hate to admit how many I have.  The Moby is a great for the first 3-4 months of a babies life but the Ergo will take you until your child is 40lbs.  I have used mine on a hike with Nathan at 2.5 years old. It will be a sad day when Alex hits 40lbs and I have to pass on the best baby item I have ever owned.

Laura's Favorites #15 - Cookbooks

I like to cook but more so I like to eat.  I love to get new cookbooks from the library and to sit down and read them.  If I find one I think I will use then I buy it later.  My all time favorite book right now is the American's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.  Modern easy but super yummy fail proof recipes.