Monday, August 25, 2008

Free time

Grace is asleep and Nolan is watching an annoying show on TV, so I actually have a free second!

Grace has been to 2 check-ups at the doctor. Her last visit was Thursday. She was up to 7 lbs, 10 ozs, and 20 inches long. She loves to eat. She is about 35% for weight, and 50% for height.

Nolan has started noticing Grace more now. He is usually pretty good around her. He has had a few times when he would be playing by himself perfectly happy until he saw me with Grace in my arms. Then he would turn into a jealous, whiney, 2-year-old. He rarely does that and it's just for a few seconds - it usually happens right around nap time. From 10-11am is a very hard time. Nolan's tired and doesn't want to take a nap, I'm tired and am very ready for a nap, and Grace will want to eat and have awake time. She doesn't know that when Nolan goes to sleep, everyone is supposed to go to sleep.

I didn't know that everyday I would have to decide if I want a shower, to clean the house, or take a nap during Nolan's nap. The shower usually loses. The nap usually wins. The house gets cleaned after Nolan goes to bed at night - if I can stay awake past 8 pm.

Grace likes doing this thing were she'll eat a full 4 ozs then cry for an hour becuase her belly hurts. That usually happens right after Nolan goes to sleep. I'll rock her and burp her and beg her to go to sleep so I can go to sleep.

Nolan has started his 2's. He is really trying to push us. He will start to do something he knows he's not suppose to do. He will look at us and say "no, no" and smile and do it anyway. I really don't know what to do when his like that, especially since right now all I want to do is curl up on the couch and take a nice long nap.

Grace is up. Time for me to go back to mom-duty.


Hedda said...

You know I'm just sitting here shaking my head about Cary.

I know you are tired, but it's not going to get any better. If you don't get up and discipline Nolan in some way now, he's going to be a handful because he won't know his boundaries. Welcome to the 2's.

I talk big and bad for someone who only has one at home.

Anonymous said...

Yep, MEN.
Somehow, mine always thought I'd get plenty of rest with the naps, or else he didn't realize how much breastfeeding takes the energy out of you.

Hedda is right, you have to keep your boundaries clearly defined. More than difficult when you need sleep so badly, but worth every second spent.

Jeana said...

Sounds like you need to discipline Cary too. He has the terrible "mens". LOL! Some men have no idea how much energy it takes to take care of a newborn and a toddler. They expect us to be SuperWomen. I feel your pain. Things will get a little easier as Grace gets older. Having two toddlers is definitely easier than a newborn and a toddler.
When you feel up to it, I have zoo passes. You can leave Grace with Daddy and take Nolan to look at some animals. He'd have a blast with my 2 rowdy boys (and Alyson's girls....she's been wanting to go too.)

Alyson said...

You deserve to be appreciated. Your husband of all people should recognize that, so it's an unfortunate situation. Hang in there though. You'll be back to work soon and get a break. What a crazy will provide you with a break...Ah! :-)

Zoo sounds fun. Keep me posted. The nice fall weather would probably be perfect for the zoo.

moo said...


And Gray is doing the same thing ... if he knows he isn't supposed to be doing something (like throwing the end table off the balcony -- true story!), he'll do it FASTER when we come after him.


Alyson said...


Yeah, 2 years old!! Wow!!! See you Sunday.

Marie said...

Happy Birthday Nolan!! You are a cutie-patootie! Come back and see us at lunch some time. We miss you!