My little family!

My little family!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

51 weeks!!!

51 weeks (plus one day) - ready for the pool!
Another week, come and gone.....
ONE more week until Miss Layla Jules turns the big O-N-E!!! The chance to face forward in the car, eat chocolate, drink milk, try peanut butter and assorted other fun and exciting adventures!! We are days away from toddler-ville and I'm so excited to step into the next adventure!!!

Our week became MUCH better then last week...

Thursday, we had our weekly dinner at my parents. Poor Josh was still mega-sick so Layla and I went alone. It was great to see the family, including Mom-Mom Millie & Mom-Mom Rose!! My cousins were also there along with Aunt Karen & Uncle Brad... I loved seeing everyone! Allison made this AMAZING video full of pictures as a surprise for Mom-Mom Millie's upcoming 90th birthday. It was so sweet and so beautiful... I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!

Friday, I decided it was time for the sleep training to begin. That night, Layla woke up twice (a random 11:30 PM wake-up and again around 4:00 AM). I let her cry it out and had to go in twice both times (without picking her up, just laying her back down and rubbing her back). It was hard but both times she managed to put herself back to sleep. I was very proud of her. That day, Josh's sickness remained so we took it easy and relaxed.

Saturday, we woke up to find Layla had slept from 7:30 PM - 6:10 AM. YES!!! It took ONE night of sleep training and our girl was back.... I felt like an idiot for not sleep training earlier but whatever, it worked and I was happy. ALSO, Josh woke up feeling BETTER! WOOOOOOOOO! My husband was BACK! I felt so bad for him, he was completely out of commission and missed playing with Layla so much!! That day, Layla and I headed to Masons Mill where Layla had a PHOTOSHOOT! My awesome sister in law Danielle has really become an amazing photographer and was gracious enough to do a huge photo shoot! It was sooooo much fun. Layla did great despite the HOT weather and I can't wait to see the pictures!!! We are going to do a second photo shoot indoors complete with a cake smash, wahoo! After that, we spent the day relaxing and cleaning. That night, we went to our favorite local Italian place as a little family, it was yummy! We were going to hit up the local carnival but thunderstorms took over and instead we went home, put the babe to bed and watched "We Bought A Zoo" (loved it).

Sunday was spent cleaning some more and lots of relaxing. After the babe's afternoon nap, we went to Rachel's dad's BBQ (sooooo good to see my BFF, home from NYC and looking gorgeous as ever). Afterwards, we went to a BBQ at my sisters house - a blast per usual.

Monday was Memorial Day - so fun! We went to a BBQ at Jaime's casa and it was great to see everybody. Layla played with the other kiddies there and after getting over her initial shyness, she was crawling all over the house and attempting to cruise along every piece of furniture.

Yesterday, Layla and I spent the day at the mall - she's SO much fun and loves looking around and yelling "HI!" and "WHAT'S THAT??" while pointing to anyone and anything. It's so sweet. After her (2 hour) afternoon nap, Melissa & Addison came over for a play date!! The girls haven't seen each other in a little while and it was SOOOOO sweet to see them "playing" together. They kept touching each other, exchanging toys and giggling. I love it. It was super hot so we set up the baby pool for them - I thought Layla would HATE it (as the bath isn't her favorite place in the world) and it turned out (after the addition of some warmer water) she LOVED ITTTTTTTTTT! As in, splashing, drinking the water, playing, standing, crawling, dunking her head... who was this baby??? I was so proud of her and can't wait to play with the pool again!!!

Better run - until next week - the ONE year letter... wow. wow. wow.

My little water baby!


Drinking the water.. what a weirdo!

All smiles!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

50 weeks.

Look close, you can see her right eye is still half-swollen shut. Never stops her from reading!

The letter of this week is S.
The number of this week is 4.
Why, you ask?
S stands for SICK & SLEEPY!!!!
… The past few days have been really rough. Josh came down with a horrible case of something resembling the flu+strep throat+assorted other horrific sickness. He was completely bed ridden when he was being pumped with medicine. The doctor confirmed it was a nasty bug and prescribed an antibiotic on Monday which seems to be doing the trick. He had been sick for the past couple of weeks with a cold and it seems to have manifested into this nightmare. He’s heading back to work today and I finally saw signs that my normal husband was back (instead of the sick, sad, coughing man that has been living in my house the past few days…).
…to top that off, on Monday, Layla woke up with her right eye completely crusted shut. Now mind you, SHE has been sick off and on with a cold for the past few weeks as well and apparently her sickness turned into PINK EYE? Yes. I kid you not. SO… off we were to the doctor Monday afternoon. Her ears, lungs, mouth and everything else appeared fine so the doctor prescribed eye drops (4 times daily for a week uh) – they seem to be working. Within 12 hours her eye looked better and by today she looked completely normal.
And 4?? The number of the week?? (OR the number of the past TWO weeks?)
That’s the time Layla has been waking up. Anywhere between 3:45 and 4:30. It’s been a nightmare. I think I’ve created a horrible sleeping habit. I thought long and heard and I realized what happened…
Back when we were in Florida (the first time, April 20-25th) – she had a really rough time adjusting and woke up several times. Of course, we rushed to comfort her and rocked her back to sleep. This was the start of her waking up. The second trip to Florida she slept great but woke up around 5:15-5:30 every day. Still too early (although at this point I’d love for a 5:30 wake up). I think between being sick and getting used to us coming to rock her back to sleep, she’s having a hard time putting herself back to sleep. We’ve pushed her bedtime from 6:45/7:00 to 7:15. I’ve stopped breastfeeding. It’s been a rough month for her, I know. And I feel bad but something has to change. Due to lack of sleep at night, her naps have been affected – ranging from 45 minutes – 1 hour. (She used to do around 90 minutes). SOOOOO… long story short, we will be sleep training her beginning Friday morning. It has to happen and it’s going to stink but my sweet girl NEEDS to sleep and her mama is possibly going insane from severe sleep deprivation. This morning I somehow managed to get her back to sleep from 4:30 – 6:00 AM. In our bed. She literally hasn’t slept in our bed in MONTHS. I was so tired, I was unable to properly realize I could be setting us up for a horrible new habit (haha).
… BUT… luckily, Josh seems to be better, Layla’s eye is better… and we will get Layla BACK to sleeping good and normal!!!
In other news… (hahaha)
We had a great weekend. Friday, we saw the Avengers (so fun). Saturday, we went to the park where Layla’s birthday will be (AMAZING!! I’m obsessed) and Sunday we celebrated Mom-Mom Millie’s 90th birthday. A perfect celebration to honor one of the most wonderful women in my life.
I’m in awe that Layla will be one – 2 weeks from today!!!!
I’m excited. Nervous. Ready for the party.
I’m tired.
BUT – on an exciting note – I think I lost another 2-3 pounds this week. I’ve been really concentrating on weight watchers and its working!!!!
Also, we’re going to join the Ambler Y this summer – a huge, gorgeous outdoor pool, a gym (with free childcare) and more... I am excited!!
This was the brain-dump of all posts. Hahaha. I blame lack of sleep.
Giggles at the park.

Layla & Remi playing at the park. BFF!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

49 weeks!!

My sweet girl dancing and clapping at music!
Sorry two days late.... lack of sleep and keeping busy has made me a bad blogger.

Another fantastic week, despite the major sleep regression we are currently facing. For some STRANGE reason, Layla has decided her new wake-up time is around 4:15 AM. And one night she woke up around 3:30 AM but luckily went back to sleep. WHAT IS HAPPENING? I'm exhausted, Josh is too, and Layla's lack of sleep is beginning to catch up with her causing a bit of my usually happy girl to be cranky and clingy beyond words. I don't know if it's all the traveling we did, teething, the end of the cold, a growth spurt... what is it?? :( It's hard but i know this, too, shall pass... and I'm trying to see the silver lining (middle of the night cuddles, sloppy wet kisses, lots of love) - I'm beyond thankful for Josh and his willingness to take the baby downstairs during the early morning hours so I can catch an extra hour of sleep but this is tough!

Also new... separation anxiety. Layla has become shy when meeting new people at first (although after 5 seconds usually flashes her toothy grins and is willing to go to any woman that is willing to play with her) - men are a different story. She keeps a safe distance and cries at the sight of facial hair :( Poor Uncle Matt. I think it's a sign of maturity that she is dealing with separation anxiety -- apparently when Josh gives her to Brooke, our nanny, she cries - heartbreaking because she LOVES Brooke. I know she'll pass this stage but it's so hard.

On to the GOOD stuff.... (and i don't want to seem like I"m complaining. I'm so lucky that Layla is SO easy going, SO happy, so calm.... it's actually commented on EVERYWHERE we go... she really is happy and this is just a small rough patch)...

We had such a great weekend.

Last Tuesday, on a random complete whim, my sister & decided to take Layla for her first haircut at Wiggle Worms (and Max needed one too). I was completely nervous - after the LONG wait, we were seen. Of course, despite a fever and runny nose, Layla was an angel. She sat perfectly still while the stylist worked her magic. Of course she looks beautiful but I semi-regret getting the haircut... she doesn't look the same to me!! It's growing on me... an adorable little pixie cut and Layla can finally see. She no longer has the mullet in the back. I know it'll grow fast and it was exciting. She got a little certificate with her first pieces of hair :( So crazy. (I'll post pictures from it soon)

Friday night, Josh surprised me with tickets to see Rent at a tiny theatre near our house.. it is a 300 person building and completely incredibly fun. This was my 4th time seeing Rent and was SERIOUSLY good. I was expecting a high school performance (judging by the size of the theatre, the price of the tickets and the fact that the cast only rehearsed for three weeks) but it was soooooo good! The voices, the set... all perfect. It was a great date night. Kelly babysat for us - she's 16 and she watches Layla for us every other Friday so Josh and I can go on a date. It's so nice and easy. Poor Kelly never gets to see Layla as she is always sound asleep by the time she comes but at least all she has to do is watch her on the video monitor and watch movies :)

Saturday, we woke up to discover Josh's laptop wasn't working. We decided to change our plans and headed to Suburban Square (outdoor shopping, food and the Apple store) - the weather was perfect and we had a great day. We had a yummy lunch outside, did some shopping and got a new plug for the laptop (phew, money saved there!). That night, my sister & I met up with Jaime & Melanie for a yummy outside dinner at Honeys and we saw Ingrid Michaelson. It was a great night and I'm really, really glad my sister came out. It was her first night out in forever - a great chance to escape for a few hours :)

Sunday was mother's day! Josh allowed me to sleep in until 8 AM (glorious) and got me breakfast in bed (dunkin donuts, my favorite). After Layla's morning nap, we got dressed and went to brunch at Cheesecake Factory and did some shopping at Nordstrom Rack (wowza, love the new store). I got a new dress for Layla's party - I need to look good because I hired a photographer and I hope to get some new family pictures. We came home, napped, and headed to my sister's house for a fantastic BBQ. it was great to be with my family and enjoy some yummy food (despite counting points on weight watchers, haha).

A fantastic weekend, for sure!!
Monday was our usual and always fun music class - followed by lunch with my dad, Kim, Remi & Josh. Yummy!!

Yesterday, thanks to an AWFUL night of sleep, was a complete stay at home day. I had to cancel our play date with Addison because I was too sleepy. Huge bummer. Layla and I really bummed around playing with her toys - we made one quick trip to Target and that was it.

And now here we are! I went this afternoon to put a deposit down on a 6 foot privacy fence - I'm so excited. There is SO SO SO much I want to do to our new house and it feels great to (slowly) cross things off our checklist.

Very much looking forward to the upcoming weekend - lots to be thankful for.

Layla's birthday party is fast approaching - the only thing left to do is figure out the main dish we will be serving (most likely pizza) and getting the plates, cups, silverware and napkins.

Lots of fun - until next week!

BABY EVOLUTION! haha.. Layla, Remi & Samantha. I love this.

Mother's Day 2012!

Me and my favorite.

ALL 9 BABIES! IN ONE PICTURE!! *From top left - Max, Abbey, Layla, Ava, Marley, Justin, Samantha, Andrew & Remi

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

11 months and 48 weeks!!!

11 month stats:
Weight: If I had to guess, close to 21 pounds? 
Height: NO idea? Maybe 30 inches?? 
Eating: 3 meals a day, puffs and Cheerios for snacks, 4-5 bottles a day of formula and officially weaned off of nursing :(   
Clothes: 9 month (small), 12 months, 12-18 months and even some 18 month!
Diaper: Size 3. Size 4 at night.  

My sweet,
11 MONTHS - what?! Where did these past 11 months go?? Are you SURE you're going to be one year old next month? Are you sure you're my talking, crawling, almost walking, always smiling, beautiful, sweet little toddler-to-be instead of my squishy, blue-eyed newborn?? 
If it's possible, you're prettier then ever. Your big, blue eyes glimmer in the sun and your ash blond/light brown hair is SO long, I think it's time I finally take you for a haircut. Your whole body is changing - your fabulous rolls and chubby hands and feet are slimming out too quick for my liking - I guess all the moving you do is really burning some calories!!
You have so many tricks, I can't even keep track - you yell, screech, giggle, growl, fake cry, throw tantrums -- you randomly learned how to blow bubbles with your mouth while we were in Florida - too funny. You can walk holding on to furniture or pushing anything that moves (toys, high chairs) - you pull up on everything and you're the fastest little crawling lady, it's hard to keep up!! You give hugs and kisses like a champ and make a kiss noise all the time. You love to squeeze your stuffed animals - huge hugs for everyone from Mr Bear to Kyle to Wubba! You can also switch the lights off and on, your speciality! 
Of course you still love TV and music - Sesame Street still leading away with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in a close second. We listen to music all day, everyday and you clap your hands right in rhythm - too cute. You love the music class CD's we listen to in the car. You giggle and sometimes move your lips to pretend you're singing along - the best. 
Sleeping is great - I'm so proud of you for sleeping SO well this past trip to Florida - the trip 2 weeks ago was a lot rougher and you slept horrible, but you got it together and slept great for grandma - HUGE RELIEF!! My only wish is that you'd sleep a LITTLE later - your wake-up time is 5-5:30 AM and I miss the day of 6-6:30 AM - but you sleep through the night and you continue to nap twice a day for 1-2 hours at a time. How can I complain?? You love your nap time routine and you especially love teething tablets as it appears you've been NONSTOP teething since the age of 3 months. My poor girl - but we swoon over your mouth of pearly whites, too cute for words. 
You never stop talking - your favorite word is HI - but you also shout mama, dada, mom-mom, ball, uh-oh, byebye, wubba, dat (cat), dog, and more - incredibly smart and clever. 
Although sick a few times this month (including right now, sporting a lovely fever and stuffy nose), your love of food has rarely dulled. You LOVE all fruits and veggies, you can't get enough of meat, chicken and turkey, bagels and all bread - you didn't like spaghetti and sauce (BUMMER!) but you will eat plain pasta. I literally can't believe how much you love all different foods and I hope it continues -- I think the days of pureed fruits and veggies are probably coming to an end as you love to feed yourself. You continue to drink a lot of water - a few cups a day! I won't be introducing juice anytime soon. OH - and I do believe you are a lover of sugar. The few tastes of whipped cream and the one taste of chocolate shake I gave you had you swooning!! ;) I can't wait to see you eat cake at your birthday party!!
You still love music class - we would probably go everyday if we could!! I'm so glad and it's such a fun bonding time. 
It's been an exciting month for you - you're a professional traveler!!! You had your 5th and 6th trip to Florida and experienced the best of the state - Orlando AND Fort Lauderdale!! I felt so guilty leaving you for 4 days but you could NOT have done better - you loved spending so much time with your Florida family and I was so proud of you. The moment I got to hug you after those 4 days away was pure bliss. The first time you saw Daddy & I your eyes lit up and my fear of you not remembering us was quickly gone. We are a family :) 

I am officially done nursing you. I miss it already. The last time was on Thursday - you sweetly touched the side of my face and I knew that part was over. I loved every second (even the painful, sleepy ones) of breastfeeding and I will ALWAYS remember those moments. 

The invitations are sent, the RSVPS are rolling in, I'm getting all the decorations in order -- it's official, your 1st birthday party is fast becoming the biggest drain on my wallet and the most fun I've ever had planning anything, perhaps even my wedding ;) I want this party to be one you'll look back on fondly and realize how very special, important and loved you are. 

Until your 1st birthday,
Your mama

Scared of dogs -- but learned quickly Max and Lucy are the cutest, friendliest pups around!! 

Grandma & L - take note of Layla's bruise on her forehead - uhhh

Mama & Layla ready for some sun!!

Excited much?


Monorail fun!

MMM Puffs at Breakfast with the Characters!!

Didn't HATE the characters, but didn't love them either... maybe next time she'll love them more!



Dada and Bunny

Goofy.. she wasn't sure he was a nice guy.

We love Minnie!

We love Mickey!

We love Pluto!


Our rings on our wishing star at dinner in Cindarella's Castle

talking on the phone!

Getting SO tall. 

Playing in her room and looking at the birds!

Our view from the balcony at the Fountain Bleu in Miami!


Double Relaxed

Great-Grandma, Grandma, Bunny and Max!

Sharing with Shluffy!



At the beach in Miami!

Dinner at Gotham Steak - YUM!

My handsome man at the pool.

Celebrity sighting!!