Double Occupancy

Every morning for the last 18 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days, Hazeline has woken up screaming.  But who’s counting?  Oh wait – Me.  Okay, there have been a handful of mornings where she’s woken up and quietly played in her crib, but I can count those occurrences on one hand.  So not kidding.

When she was a newborn, I expected the screaming and crying.  In fact, I would have considered it odd (and outrageously lucky) if she woke up happy and cooing all the time.  But by the time she hit 6-9 months I thought it would stop.  By then babies are sleeping more regularly, eating solids, and can play alone for short periods of time.  Around 8 months old, Greenleigh would wake up and spend 15-20 minutes in her crib, happily playing with her toys before I went in to get her in the mornings.  It was blissful.

I’ve waited and waited with Hazeline, but that blissful moment hasn’t happened.  Morning after morning, she wakes up in a state of absolute panic, screaming and crying.  And make no mistake, by “screaming and crying”, I mean losing her ever-loving mind.  Each and every single morning.  In the old house we were all on the same floor, so I’d run to her room on the other end of our townhouse, grab Hazeline from her crib, and bring her back to our room to (hopefully) get some more sleep.  In our new house, the sprint to get Hazeline includes running up a flight of stairs and leaping over obstacles that Greenleigh has put in the way on her late night jaunts through the house now that she can leave her room (thanks, toddler bed) – humidifier water tanks, stuffed animals, books, and occasionally Greenleigh, herself.  All to get Hazeline before she screams so loud that she wakes Greenleigh up.

I’ve tried tons of things to stop the screaming – putting her favorite toys in her crib, taking everything out of her crib, getting her a sippy first thing in the morning, and even waiting a bit before going to get her to see if the crying would die down.  I can assure you that the last one does not work.  In fact, nothing has worked.  Nothing.

But this morning as Hazeline started crying I was downstairs drying my hair and I didn’t hear the monitor.  Greenleigh came running into my bathroom telling me that Baby Sister was up.  She then asked if she could go into Hazeline’s room and see her.  My hair was only halfway dried (and it tends to frizz if I leave it wet for too long) so it sounded like a fine idea.  Over the next 15 or so minutes, I watched and listened to the girls play and laugh through the monitor.  Hazeline was in the crib, but Greenleigh brought her toys and books for them to play with.  There were also lots of knock knock jokes – Knock knock.  Who’s there?  Knock knock.  Who’s there?  Knock knock.  They had an absolute ball together.  When I finally got up there, Hazeline in her crib reading a book and Greenleigh on the floor beside her crib, singing and playing with some dolls.  I reached to grab Hazeline out of the crib, only for her to look at me like I was disturbing her.  She was clearly having fun (and surrounded by a crap-ton of stuffed animals).

And then I had a thought – What if the girls were in the same room?  What if they had the company of the other?  Would Greenleigh feel compelled to leave the room if her baby sister was in there with her?  And would Hazeline wake up screaming if she wasn’t in a room alone?  What if they could play in the mornings together while I get ready for work?  Greenleigh’s room is plenty big enough for Hazeline’s crib.  And Greenleigh seemed pretty excited about the idea when I asked what she thought about Baby Sister sleeping in her room.

If you had asked me last week if the girls were going to share a room, I would have responded with “eventually”.  But now I’m seriously thinking about moving up that time frame.

Lots of my friends have (older) kids that share rooms, but it’s normally an issue of space.  That’s not our problem.  We have the space for each of them to have their own room.  And yet, this might be the only time when they might appreciate sharing a room.  My sister and I shared a room from the time I was 7 until I turned 14, and trust me, sharing a room was not welcome at that point in my life.  We constantly drew lines with masking tape down the center of the room dividing who got what.  Unfortunately, one of us always ended up without access to the bathroom so that never stuck.  But maybe this is an okay time for them to share a room, even if it’s based on preference and not necessity.

Do you have or have you had two young kids sharing a room?  How did it work out?  Did you do it because you had to (due to space) or because you wanted your kids to share a room?

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Bed Head

There are so many things I don’t want to forget about this time in Hazeline’s life.  One of the cuter things – baby bed head.  My bed head may look ridiculous, but my “baby” can rock it.  Seriously, how cute is this?And while I’m concerned that she may be stuck with frizzy hair forever, the curls in the back are even more adorable. It takes a while to tame her hair before we leave the house in the mornings.

One day she’ll be mortified that I posted these pictures on the internet.  But I’m okay with that.  Because I never want to forget these moments.

The Pre-Photo Shoot, Photo Shoot

Today we were lucky enough to get a professional photo shoot for free.  One of the ladies in my mom’s group is a photographer, and in celebration of her anniversary with the group, she offered everyone the opportunity to have photos taken.  The stage she set up was adorable, and I can’t wait to get the pictures back to share them with you, but until then, here are a few pictures that I took while we were waiting our turn [Read: While I was running around like a crazy person trying to keep the girls clean and away from anything that could rip their clothing.].

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I Was Caught Doing an Impression of My Baby…Who Doesn’t Talk

Yesterday when I was picking the girls up from daycare, I had to go to Hazeline’s classroom to pick up her diaper bag.  I walked across the daycare and through the series of doors into the toddler room.  Little did I know, Hazeline was toddling along behind me.  I grabbed the diaper bag from her cubby and just as I started to turn around, I caught sight of her beside me, reaching for a toy as if she owned it.  I stood there looking down at the expression on her face and started to laugh.  And then, in my best Hazeline voice, I said, “Yeah Mom, this is where I hang out.  These are my toys.  You know, when I’m not sick…”  We’ve had a lot of illness in our house lately so that last part only seemed fitting.

I then picked her up, put the toy back on its shelf, and turned all the way around to find another mother breastfeeding her baby on the far side of the room (the infant and toddler rooms  share the same room, partitioned by a small half wall).  As her eyes caught mine, she began to smile, obviously having witnessed my impression of Hazeline.  To which I replied, “well, I’m guessing that’s what she would have said”.  At that point the other mother burst out laughing.  Okay, I was a bit embarrassed that she had heard my “Hazeline voice”, I mean the whole thing is a bit silly, but we’re both parents.  Surely, everyone does this…right?  She then stated that she doesn’t have a voice for her son who is about 10 months old.

My “Hazeline voice” isn’t a baby-talk voice or what I think she’s going to sound like when she gets old enough to start talking on her own, it’s just a voice different from my own.  I often find myself wondering what she’s thinking and sometimes I feel the need to narrate for her, guessing at what she might be going through her head.   It should be noted that the very same voice used to be my Greenleigh voice, but she started talking and well, that messed everything up.  Good thing Hazeline came along to inherit the voice.

When I started asking around, everyone seemed to think it was odd that I spoke for my child…who can’t actually speak.  Is it really that strange?  I kinda thought everyone did this, but apparently not.  Maybe I just need more adult conversation in my day?

Do/did you ever “speak” for your infant or non-speaking toddler?

 

 

Hazeline’s Farm Themed First Birthday Celebration

Hazeline’s first birthday party this past Saturday was absolutely perfect.  I could relive it 100 times and it might not be enough.  As promised, I wanted to share a few pictures from the party.  I didn’t take very many pictures myself, but a friend took some pictures with my camera and I was able to get a few from others that uploaded theirs to Facebook.  Thank goodness for Facebook!

It all started with the invitation designed by Becca at Jumping Jax Designs.  (Please don’t ask why my child is outside in pajamas.  Turns out the only time I can get a picture of Hazeline without Greenleigh in the frame is if I do it at the crack of dawn and Greenleigh isn’t up yet.  Go figure.  This picture was taken at 7am.)My original thought was to have a pink farm theme, but as we got closer to the event, I realized that it was going to be extremely difficult to get farm themed supplies from the store in pink.  I considered having everything made custom, but I was running out of time, so after the invite we went with red with other primary color accents.

For entertainment we had a bounce house, petting zoo, and ponies.  The petting zoo was a total hit.  All the kids stood and watched as the animals arrived and they put the animals’ pen together.  The petting zoo was supposed to start at 11:30am, but they arrived a little early.  At that point the kids were all pressed up against the pen with such excitement in their eyes, I asked if they would start early.  The petting zoo people were super nice and agreed.I started by carrying her through the petting zoo, but she wanted to get down and explore on her own.  How could I say no?  It was her party.She was remarkably gentle with all the animals.  She just wanted to touch them all.  This one is probably my favorite picture:She’s like, “Um, Mom?  Are you sure this is okay?  What is this thing anyway?”  Oh, and that shirt she’s wearing was made by Cynthia at Baby Chichi Boutique.  That woman can make just about anything!  I was nervous to approach her with such a custom order, but she didn’t bat an eye and had something put together in a few hours.  The shirt was sent out a day or so later and arrived in no time.

She also got her very first pony ride ever.Big sister couldn’t get enough of the ponies, but was terrified of the petting zoo.  Every time I turned around, she was on a pony again.The bounce house was also a hit.  We had the bounce house on one side of our park pavilion and the petting zoo and ponies on the other side.  The kids just ran between both attractions, loving every minute.  And yes, that is my child pressing her self against the side like she’s a caged animal.  Oh my.I may have bounced in the bounce house myself…I had to test it and make sure it was safe…

Then came the best part – CAKE!  I just loved her cake.  It was made by Shannon at Cups & Cakes in Plantation, Florida.  Her cakes (or cupcakes for this party) look great, but taste even better.  Her vanilla cake is divine. 
I was always kinda “meh” about cupcakes for a party, but in this case it worked perfectly.  We didn’t do the cake until after the petting zoo closed at 1:15pm, and a few people had to leave before that.  Having cupcakes allowed us to give people their cupcakes “to go”.  Remember, a solo cup is a perfect cupcake carrier!Then it was smash cake time.  That large cupcake on the top tier was actually supposed to be her smash cake, but Hazeline is not big on cake.  She’s had it before and likes it, but there was no way she would even put a dent in that huge cupcake, so I decided to give her one of the regular size cupcakes with sprinkles on it.  She was a little unsure while we sang to her -Did I mention that it’s hard to avoid photographing Greenleigh – well, she even got to her sister’s smash cupcake!She finally got a chance to eat a little and seemed to enjoy it.  (Also, in case you missed my high chair birthday banner tutorial you can check it out here.)
This was about as messy as it got.  She’s so dainty compared to Greenleigh, who I had to hose down and put in all new clothes!Greenleigh enjoyed her cupcake too.

“Okay guys, I ate my cake.  Can I take a nap now?”So that was it – an amazingly wonderful perfect day.  Great friends, beautiful weather, and memories to last forever.  I know lots of people don’t do much for the first birthday, but I’m glad I went crazy on this one.  She might not remember it, but I will.  And it will always be in her scrapbook (when I finally get around to making it).  All the planning and work was so very worth it.

Hazeline is One! {Glittery Giveaway!} ***Giveaway Now Closed***

Wow!  What a year it has been!  It’s almost hard to put into words, actually.  She went from this little baby in the hospital a year ago to a toddler who loves to accessorize (the beads in that picture were her idea).  She’s standing and walking on her own, getting faster by the day.  Pretty soon she’s going to be able to chase down her sister.  She very clearly says the word “uh-oh”, on the rare occasions when she falls.

The thing I can’t get over is how different my kids are – Hazeline is quiet, calm, and thinks about every move.  Greenleigh acts first, and thinks later.  Greenleigh sleeps in; Hazeline would get up with the sun if I’d let her.  I can’t get Greenleigh to sit at a table for a few minutes, yet Hazeline will sit for hours as long as I keep her high chair tray full of food.  I love how different they are and how much they love each other.

When we first became a family of four last year, I remember wondering how it would go.  I was scared and nervous.  How we would adjust?  Could we manage?   But what I never could have imagined is how wonderful it would be.

Here are some pictures of Hazeline celebrating today:

We’ve been celebrating her birthday all weekend, and I just hate to have the celebration end.  So why not have a little party here?  In honor of Hazeline’s birthday, and since aquamarine is the birthstone for March, I’m giving away one of these 2.50 carat natural aquamarine and diamond pendant in sterling silver, valued at $219 (sale price $149, but it’s currently out of stock).  You can get all the details about this necklace by clicking here.

 The Rules:

Want to win?  Since this is my online birthday party for Hazeline – Just leave me a comment letting me know your favorite type of cake.  That’s it, you’re entered!

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But hurry, entries for this giveaway close on March 31, 2012 at 11:59pm.  Giveaway is open to the US & Canada only.  Winner will be selected using Random.org and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Good luck! Congratulations to Nickie with Comment #199 – they are the winner of this beautiful necklace!  If you didn’t win, don’t be discouraged – Greenleigh’s birthday is coming up and I think I might just have another Glittery Giveaway up my sleeve!

Lazy Weekend Mornings

Our weekends are busy, so it’s pretty rare that we get to lounge around in our jammies.  Lucky for us, we had a pretty quiet weekend so I was able to get some pictures of the girls hanging out in Greenleigh’s crib.  Greenleigh just loves when I bring Hazeline to visit her in the mornings.  And yes, you read that right, my nearly 3 year old is still in a crib and I plan to keep it that way until she wants a big girl bed.  Hasn’t happened yet, so she’s staying there. This picture actually started out pretty harmless, but when Greenleigh wouldn’t let go, Hazeline freaked out.  That look of fear is pretty constant for Hazeline when Greenleigh is around.We read some books…We ate some books…Hazeline is out of focus here, but check out that tantrum!I finally got a picture of her teeth (well, 2 of the 4 of them).

We had a great time playing with stuffed animals, reading, singing songs, and enjoying each others company.  I’m glad to have had this lazy morning and a few pictures from it.  Sometimes it’s nice to have nothing to do.

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