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Monday, August 31, 2009

Blessed








Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Schedule

So I've been thinking a lot about our schedule at home. I have always wanted to provide Kate (and now Addison) with opportunities to expand her knowledge and create fun memories for her. I never just wanted to be the mom who sat around and did not interact with her kids. Adding baby #2 has really been hard with this aspect - there are feedings every 3 hours, diapers, naptime, and fussiness that take away from structured activity time and the ease of going places.

With this all being said, today I made a schedule that I hope to start in September. I must admit, with Chris working nights since the last week of July I have been on somewhat of a survival mode - way too much TV, late nights with Kate and spoiling Addison to death - but we've made lots of memories along the way, I just need a little more structure to my day.

Below is my goal for a regular week. Please leave me advice, helpful blogs, books, etc in the comments. I have the Toddler's Busy Book, which I plan to use and have used in the past. And YES, I know my week will probably never go as planned, but for me if I do not plan, it will never get done!!


7:00 - generally time Kate wakes up

7:00-9:00, TV (while feeding Addison), breakfast, get dressed, free play

9:00 - structured activity - "school" time - learning letters, numbers, etc. I also plan to start teaching her bible verses and stories at this time. We typically do this before bed, but I think it would work better during the day.

10:00- TV time/snack (while nursing Addison)

10:30 - 12:00 - free play/ color/ play dough/ puzzles - things along this nature

12:00 - lunch

12:30 - clean up/read stories

1:00 - 3:00 naptime- yeah!!

3:00 - 4:00- snack, craft acitivity

4:00 - TV time (feeding Addison)

4:30 - free play until dinner

Dinner
Play
Bedtime Routine

I hope to follow this type of schedule on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. On Tuesday's I am going to start attending a bible study from 9:30-11:30, so we will adjust. Kate is going to go to Mother's Day Out on Thursday's (for church members/prospective members only and it is on a drop in basis for $6 - what a deal). I also love to go places, so I hope to do at least one out of the house activity per week. This includes things like the zoo, library, etc. I am sure we will frequent playgrounds during some of our play time when it gets a little cooler.

So, now that I've detailed every hour of my day, knowing I will never be able to completely follow such a schedule, here are my basic goals. Do a morning and afternoon activity with hopes of teaching her letters, numbers, etc. and get out of the house at least once per week to do something fun with the girls. Most importantly sieze the moments I have with the most precious two things God has given me - Kate and Addison.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Big Girl Kate

I've been holding off bragging on my sweet girl Kate, but I can hold back no longer. Kate you are an amazing big sister and have transitioned so well. You have fully embraced apartment life (you periodically ask for a backyard and we tell you we are working on it - you take it) and moving away from friends - much better than mommy!! I am so proud of you. You are speaking in sentences and so clearly. Some of your favorite phrases right now are "I don't think so" and "I don't know". You love to stick your tongue out while your picture is being taken - not sure why- and when being videoed you want to watch yourself. You love Yo Gabba Gabba and Wonder Pets. You "feed" Mr. Bear at night - just like mommy feeds Addison. You are a precious gift from God and I am so thankful for you. I cannot believe how grown up you are.


Your latest accomplishment brings the biggest smile to mommy's face. You have been asking to get your froggy potty out, but mommy keeps putting you off (I didn't have the time or energy - so I thought). Finally last Tuesday I agreed and you immediately sat down and pottied - Kate, you are one amazing girl - you have only had two accidents since then. You've even been waking up dry most mornings. I never ask you about using the potty, you just go - I guess God knew I couldn't handle potty training because GIRL, you trained yourself!!


I love you!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Addison Claire - 2 months

Addison, you are loved. In the past two months you have made me a mommy again, given Kate someone to love on and take care of and given daddy another princess. You are such a sweet baby. You came into this world with a peaceful spirit, but that quickly changed. It was so hard not knowing what was making you cry and look in pain, but slowly we got it all worked out. You smile and coo now, especially at Kate. You enjoy your bouncy seat and swing and like catching a glimpse at the TV - your sister didn't know what the TV was at your age!! You are getting so chunky and round - just the way I like my babies. You moved to a new town when you were only 5 days old, you have already visited the zoo twice and even road the train. You love to cuddle with mommy and get a little nervous when sister "holds" you. I cannot imagine life without you sweet baby. WE LOVE YOU!


First trip to McDonald's. On our way to Little Rock when you were only 5 days old.

Your first bath at home. You love your baths now - as long as sister doesn't get to rowdy!

Your first Sunday to go to church - looking pretty as ever!

First visit to the zoo. You were about one month old and slept most of the time.


You suck a pacifier right now, but you really really try to get your thumb in your mouth. I am guessing that very soon you'll figure it out and the paci will hit the road - you really do not like it that much.
Sleeping Beauty! You would love to sleep on your tummy, but Mr. Pediatrician Daddy says no way (and so do his co-workers)! We are toughing it out, but you are doing so much better. You love to be swaddled when you sleep - you still manage to do complete circles in your bed.

Daddy misses you so much. Looking a little scary here - post call!! Daddy worked nights the last week of July and all of August - it was a rough time for all of us.
I promise your dress has a blue polka dot that matches your bow and socks!



Sister is teaching you how to color while you swing. You love your big sister, Kate - she can always get a smile out of you!



Addison, you will always be loved!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

In the past 8 weeks...

Our family of three became four We moved from our home to an apartment

Chris began a journey that in no way was I prepared for There has been lots of cuddling Many, many sleepless nights Looking rather scary here and no I do not advocate co-sleeping. I must say I was so exhausted one night I was standing straight up holding Addison and almost fell flat - Chris saw me. There is a point where sleep is a necessity and at that point I guess I did what I had to do - see above! Thankfully we are doing better now.

Complete happiness and joy!
Tears of frustration and doubt and tears of happiness
We celebrated a special someone's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!
In the past eight weeks God has brought me to my knees many times. This journey is by far the hardest I've ever traveled and in no way could I make it without Him. I have shed more tears in the past eight weeks than my entire adult life probably -feels that way anyhow. I have learned that your circumstances cannot determine your happiness and that God never promised easy. Life is finally looking brighter. Hormones are leveling out (I hope ) - : ) I'm adjusting to "single" parenting - Chris is totally involved when he is around, but life of a resident is hard - seems like you might be married to the hospital at times : ) I feel so blessed to have two beautiful, healthy girls. I can finally say I am genuinely happy, the adjustment has been made - well until the next meltdown anyway - ha! ha! just kidding!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Update

Thanks for all the encouragment and advice. I felt like I should give you all a quick update on our progress.

Addison seems to be feeling much better without dairy and today I decided I am going to need to cut out chocolate - oh, the chocolate, can I let it go???? YES, after several "large" spit-up episodes that could only be related to chocolate I will let it go!

Kate's "paci" broke while she was sucking on it and it no longer works for her. She has asked about it various times, but I just change the subject or remind her it broke - oh to be two again!

After I find the camera cords, etc. I'll be uploading pictures - can't wait to share with you my beautiful girls!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A whole lot of random...

Here I sit with an almost 7 week old precious little girl on my lap sleeping while I catch up on some blog reading and email. Today I've been thinking and decided to do a post on a little bit of everything....


at 6:52 pm my entire house was in bed sleeping (minus me) until Addison woke up around 7:20 - the girl is not a good sleeper!!!

I never want to complain or come across as ungrateful for my children, so often I just don't mention the difficulties occuring with the kiddos, BUT.... Addison has been very colic-y and overall super fussy. Crying A LOT - basically when she is not sleeping. The doctor put her on medicine for acid reflux and that helped some, but she was still super duper unhappy - could not figure it out. FINALLY, last week I decided to quit dairy for a few days and see what happened (I had already cut back on dairy a ton, but I quit it all). She seemed better, but I love me some DAIRY, so I tested it by eating a milk shake - bad idea - the next morning she emptied her stomach - not a pretty site!! Hopefully this solves our problem - only time will tell. She seems to be doing much better, so maybe now we can work on sleeping in our own bed for more than 20-30 minutes!!

My 2 year old Kate never took a pacifier and only sucked her thumb until she was 4 months old, so tell me why is she sucking on a pacifier now?????? She found one of Addison's pacifier's - Addison hates them - and began playing with it, which turned into her sucking on it, which has now turned into her enjoying sucking on it, which is now going to turn into mommy taking it away - NO FUN : ) I told her it was going to be gone tomorrow.

I can finally upload pictures and let the world see us again - Chris hooked up the desktop while I was away! Pictures soon - lots to share!

Chris and I were both teary eyed (well I was crying and Chris was choking up) today as we talked to Kate about our old house - the space, the backyard with a playhouse, the walking trails, the playground, the.....

Chris is exhausted - he has mentioned more than once that if he knew what he knew now, he would not be going into this career. He loves it and knows this is what God has for him, but the time away from us is killing him - he HATES that part! The night shift has been truly difficult on all of us - I know it will get better!!!

We are learning to Love life in Little Rock. The people are friendly, the town is a great size, and the terrain is breathtakingly beautiful. This is where we will call home for at least the next three years. This journey has been much harder than we expected, but God has a super mega plan for the Robertson's! I get a gut ache everytime I think about the past, the friends, the comfortable house and all that went with it. God has moved us out of our comfort zone for a reason. Chris has already seen things that I feel certain he would not have if not in this program. He has had the opportunity to PRACTICE medicine - he truly loves the program and people. I have met some SAHM and feel certain will develop friendships. God has provided us with a church that seems to be a fit and will be great for our family.

I am reminded of how blessed I am. In my previous post I mentioned a friend from college and her little boy. Take the time to jump over and read the story about little Ridge - http://www.crazydaycary.blogspot.com/. God will bless you through Alisha's testimony and faith. Thank you Jesus for my beautiful little girls and their health!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pray...

Just asking you to pray for little Ridge Cary, born in April. His mom and I went to college together and he has been hospitalized with internal bleeding and has been receiving blood transfusions. You can donate blood in his name if interested. For all the information on how to do that follow the family blog at www.crazydaycary.blogspot.com