I love you little boy.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Our baby is growing up! When the 9th rolled around this month I couldn't believe our little girl had been with us for 7 months.
Posted by Dana D at 6:43 PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
A sleeping toddler is a priceless thing to witness! I love when I sneak in after Vann has fallen asleep and I can watch him rest peacefully. I take that time to say a prayer and thank God for my son.
It was at my door 2 days later and I made a BIG deal out of it. I told Vann how this little "friend" was there to help him sleep and he would light up green when it was ok to come see Mommy and Daddy in the morning. At naptime it can also be set to turn green to notify him he can come out of his room. I was STUNNED the next morning when he waited until his clock turned green to come out. I think it had a lot to do with the big deal I made out of it and that excitement has lasted! I love that it was a simple solution to help him rest, help us get that extra sleep, or allow us to get ready before he was up!
Here's how we use the clock:
Setting up expectations: The first week we had the clock we gradually set the alarm clock closer to the time we wanted him to get up. My goal for him was 7 am. He was waking up anywhere from 545 am to 645 am. I started out at 6:30 am. Before he fell asleep I let him know the clock, his "friend, would turn green when it was time for him to wake up. I explained that the clock was really smart and knew exactly when to turn green. The next morning I watched on the monitor as he sat on the floor in his room and waited for it to turn green.When it turned green he ran to find us and wanted us to come see. We made a huge deal about it and told him what a great job he did waiting for the green light to come on. That week we continued to move the clock back by 5 minutes each night. By the end of the week he was coming out of his room at 7 am and we were ecstatic! I even changed it to 7:05 a few months ago and he continued to follow that routine until the recent time change.
Naptime: I use the nap timer with the light feature. I set the timer for the amount of time I would like him to nap. It is set for 2 hours. Typically it takes him 20-30 minutes to fall asleep at naptime, so the light turns on after 2 hours and he sees it when he wakes up.
Time Change: Time change has made me so grateful for the Ok to Wake! Alarm Clock. I changed his clock to fall back, but I didn't reset the alarm to transition him to the time change. On Sunday morning, I saw on the monitor that he woke up about 6:15 am. BUT he waited until 6:45 am to come out of his room. He didn't realize the time had changed so it felt like 7:45 am to him. He said, "my clock is broken because it didn't light up!" I love that he waited 30 minutes for the light to go off. It shows me that he looks forward to the light and it is making a difference in our morning. I have now started going through the process of training him to get used to the new time and moved his clock back to 6:45 and increased it by 5 minutes each night and we are back on track.
**There is an alarm instead of the light, but for our purpose we don't want to wake him. I can see how that will be useful when he begins school and has to wake up earlier.
I am impressed with this invention and share with all my friends who have an early riser! You can buy it several places. I bought ours on Amazon and it's currently on sale at Target!
Posted by Dana D at 12:42 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
This post is for you! If you are friends with me on Facebook then you know I share a blog called "Scissortail Silk" quite frequently. The author is my friend Becky Thompson and she shares wisdom about being a wife and mom on her blog and in her book "Hope Unfolding". I came across the book and it hit my heart deep. It was like we were sitting on a couch chatting with one another while I was reading. I have shared it with so many mama friends and they have all loved reading it and finding they're not alone while listening to God's voice in the crazy midst of raising a family.
So, when the news came that she was publishing a new book and I could apply to be on the launch team, I jumped at the chance! After waiting a few weeks an email that I was selected was chosen. Then her new book showed up in my mailbox! Each launch team member got a copy a few months early and started reading as a group of about 200. The tagline for the book is "Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood" and Becky truly helps each of us do that. It's the most perfectly designed book with a daily challenge (simple but meaningful), reflection, and prayer (collectively about 2-3 pages) that helps you focus attention and rediscover your marriage all while being a mama! I literally read it when I sit down to feed Maggie in the morning and I start my day. I can't give away the details of the challenges, but I will say they are working in my marriage and the other members of our group. It's incredible what these simple steps can do!
Another really cool thing about this pre-order are the gifts Becky is giving away just for ordering. *Advanced Reading Copy of Love Unending
while waiting for your ARC
Posted by Dana D at 1:10 PM
Thursday, September 1, 2016
One reason I blog is to help me remember the day to day. I have the worst memory, so blogging really helps!
Vann says funny things all of them time, but they seem to be getting even more humorous!
Here are a few:
Several weeks ago I talked Ryan into buying one of the wire head scratchers. We love it! Vann had it and I told him not to bend it because it was mommy and daddy's
Vann: It's not yours, it's mine.
Me: No, it's mine but we can share.
Vann: No, it's not because it has my brain and my germs on it.
On one of our car rides we began talking about what to do if one of our friends got hurt or needed help and this led into a "stranger danger" conversation. This is a hard concept to teach.
Me: Strangers are everywhere. Some are nice and some can be mean.
Vann: I've seen a stranger before at the "flea waxer".
Me: Really, what's the flea waxer?
Vann: You know, it's the doctor's office.
After Ryan gets Vann in the bed, I go in there and give him a kiss and a hug. He always wants me to "way wif me for a wittle bit". So I do because who can resist "waying wif him"?
Vann: I have stems on my neck.
Me: you do, what are stems? Do I have any?
Vann: (touches my neck) Yes, you have them.
Stems are the little muscles that pop out of your neck when you clench your jaw.
Posted by Dana D at 1:00 AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
It's back to school for you! Daddy, Maggie, and I dropped you off this morning. Your teachers Miss Erin and Miss Leisa greeted you in your classroom. You went straight in and I had to grab a quick kiss because you were ready to play. You did tell me and Daddy last night that you'd miss us while you were gone.
You had a great first day at your new school, made new friends, and enjoyed learning!
Posted by Dana D at 12:27 PM
You are 4 months! You are so happy and such a sweet joy to all of us!
You SMILE so big and it gets even bigger when you see your brother. You think he is so funny.
You are a little more than 12 lbs, getting longer, and eating like a champ! You are nursing, but we get to add in cereal, an orange veggie, and a green one for now!
You have found your voice and use it lots. You love to squeal and giggle. You copy us and mimic sounds to "talk" back to us.
You are strong and can pull your self up when I give you my hands. You like to bop around on your legs.
You are sleeping in your crib now. You've done a great job with the transition. You like to be swaddled, but manage to get your arms out. Last night you had rolled onto your side and slept like that for a bit.
You stayed overnight at Mimi and Papa's and did a great job.
You will finally take a bottle from us. We were afraid you weren't going to drink one while we were gone to TX, but you did! Mimi and Lolli had the magic touch!
You roll from your back to tummy and tummy to back!
You wear 6 month or 3-6 month clothes for the most part. You've been enjoying wearing some of Ava's clothes that she is letting you borrow. Your cousin has some good style going on, so you get the benefit!
You LOVE bath time. You can be upset/done for the day and I give you a bath and all is right in the world.
We love you to the moon and back beautiful girl!
Posted by Dana D at 12:13 PM