Sunday, November 28, 2010

Our weekend

Sanaa is still sick. She seems okay at times, but she's still congested and has a horrible cough. We're staying home from church this morning which is a bummer since Sundays are typically the only day I really get to catch up with friends. But I know that as a parent if a child showed up at church sounding like Sanaa does I would be wondering why in the world that parent didn't keep their kid at home. So we'll just spend the morning in pjs and watch Curious George.

Despite Sanaa being sick we've had some fun this weekend. We've been trying to get Layla to take a bottle and even Sanaa has been getting in on the action. Sanaa put her bracelets in a bottle, shook the bottle, and then "fed" Layla.
Day 1: Making Christmas presents.
I'm going to spoil the surprise for my dad because at this point I'm not sure he'll be receiving his hand painted bird house. Sanaa has LOVED painting the bird house and keeps adding to it. She's been working on the birdhouse all weekend. I think I may have to buy a second one so that we can keep one and send the second to my dad. In fact I asked Sanaa if I could send this one to grandpa and she said, "No thanks." Sorry dad.

Day 2: painting the birdhouse some more.
Day 3: the birdhouse still needed some more work done on it.
Saturday since Nate had off we put up our Christmas tree. We decided this year to make our tree primarily red and white/silver. We really like how it turned out. Layla was also fascinated by our tree.
Bath time! Too save time I gave Sanaa a bath and then had Nate hold Layla in the bath so I could wash her. The girls really enjoyed it. Layla loved being with Sanaa and Sanaa had fun washing Layla. I might have to find one of those infant bath seats for Layla and then the girls can take a bath together more often.

Our tree. I took this shot without the flash, so that's why it's so dark. When I used the flash it didn't turn out so well.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving (a day late!)! I would say we had an okay Thanksgiving. We did have fun with Nate's family, but it was exhausting. Nate's brother and his wife drove down from Arkansas on Monday and left yesterday afternoon. So we had a fun couple of days with them. Nate had Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off which was awesome!

The tiring part was the fact that the night before Thanksgiving Sanaa and Layla were up a lot! Layla was up 4 times and Sanaa was up 2 times. Sanaa has had a cold for awhile and I thought she was getting better. However, Wednesday night she was up with a slight fever and a horrible sounding cough (sounded like a seal bark which makes us think she has croup). I have no idea why Layla got up so many times, but between midnight and 6am Nate and I were up every hour.

We let Sanaa sleep in Thursday morning. But ended up waking her at 8:30am and taking her in her pjs over to Nate's parents house so we could eat breakfast with everyone. Most of the morning Sanaa just sat in our lap as we watched the Thanksgiving Day parade. We ate our Thanksgiving dinner around noon and then put Sanaa down for a nap around 2pm. Sanaa slept a good 2 hours.

Layla on the other hand did not want to nap! Pretty much everyone took turns trying to get her to sleep, but it was a long day.

This pretty much sums up how all of us adults were feeling yesterday.
Watching the parade on tv.
Layla was perfectly happy, so long as she was with everyone else and not being laid down for a nap.
Sisters holding hands.
Uncle Caleb and Layla playing.
I'll post more pictures later. Today is a watch tv/rest/relax day with me and the girls. Poor Nate has to work, but he has the weekend off! Tomorrow we plan to decorate for Christmas! Yipee!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Catching up

I have no idea where this week went, but it's suddenly Friday. The girls were sick most of the week. They just had bad colds. I took them both to the doctor Tuesday afternoon since neither was really getting better. By that point Layla had been sick for nearly 5 days and Sanaa had been sick for about 3 days. Neither one was running a fever which is why I waited to take them in. Both girls are doing much better now.

Sanaa doing some painting. I need to find time to do this more often with her. She really enjoys it.
This is what happens when I'm not paying attention (because I'm making dinner) and Sanaa gets ahold of stickers.
(Last week Layla began rolling a lot. She is now rolling from her back to stomach and from her stomach to back. She's starting to figure out that she can get to things easier if she rolls.)
Sanaa's castle. We got a new vacuum cleaner (and it works great! I had no idea how gross our house was.) and Sanaa saw the packaging and shouted, "My castle!" This week I have heard a lot of, "It's my _____." That wonderful little word my/mine has made it into her vocabulary.
And last but definitely not least..... our new mini van! Woohoo!!! It's a 2005 Dodge Caravan. (It's not the best picture, but it gets dark so early and I keep forgetting to take a picture of it during the day.) Our friend Chad found it for us last week and we picked it up this week. It's been a huge blessing and a huge answer to prayer.
Finally, all you moms out there with toddlers, do you have any advice on keeping a toddler in her room at night? For the past 3 weeks or so Sanaa will come out of her room multiple times after we put her to bed at night. I've tried putting her back to bed without talking to her (like you've seen on Super Nanny). I've tried putting her in the pack 'n' play. Nate's tried taking her tiger away. We've even tried spanking her (this makes her cry, but doesn't stop her from trying again). Nothing works and nothing deters her. It's a 2-3 hour process getting her to stay in bed and most nights we're lucky if she's asleep by 9:30pm. I'm exhausted and getting a little fed up. The only upside is that Layla sleeps through everything! I'm amazed that Sanaa's antics at night don't wake her up.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Layla is not a fan of new tastes. I've slowly introduced a couple of new foods. With Sanaa I was so excited about trying new foods and we started much earlier. But with Layla things just get really busy and I don't even think about it. She ate rice cereal for a good month and then I switched her over to oatmeal. She was spitting up a lot and I read that some babies do better with oatmeal. She's now been eating oatmeal for about two or three weeks and doing great. We've had less spitting up. Last night I even had to make her a second bowl of oatmeal.

I also finally decided to start some real food. We've tried pear off and on for a week and we've tried squash off and on for two weeks. I figured the pear would be fine since it's a fairly mild taste. But I am apparently quite wrong on that.

Here is Layla's reaction to pear. I gave her some this morning. However, this is the reaction I've gotten from her over the past week. It hasn't changed.

Squash gets a pretty similar reaction as well, although she seems to do a little better with the squash.

On a side note, Layla is sick. But this is the first time in her short little life that she has been sick, so that's a blessing! She hardly slept last night and we ended up putting her in the baby swing to sleep. She was also running a very low fever last night, but so far this morning has no fever. She's trying really hard to be in a good mood, but you can tell she just feels crummy with her stuffy nose. Thankfully she still has her appetite!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Some lighter moments

It has definitely been a little stressful lately with cars breaking down, but despite all that we have had some fun. The weather has been really nice so Sanaa's been able to play outside and we've spent some time at the park. Sanaa LOVES the slides and Layla loves watching Sanaa.

Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?
(Hint: Sanaa does not have any jean capris)
Did you figure out what is wrong?
If you guessed that Sanaa is wearing Layla's jeans you would be correct. This morning was not a good morning for me and I was pretty grumpy. Layla had been up a lot during the night (she's sick, the poor thing) and I was really tired. After breakfast Nate offered to dress Sanaa and said he would pick something out of the laundry basket where I had placed the girls clean clothes. When I walked into the living I started laughing. Nate didn't understand what was so funny and I told him that Sanaa doesn't have any jean capris and that those were Layla's pants. Nate responded, "Oh, no wonder they were so hard to get over her butt."

I turned my back for a moment and discovered Sanaa had put sunglasses on Layla. So cute!
Layla's attempt to push with her legs.
Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to brush Sanaa's hair. This time stickers worked as a wonderful distraction.
Snuggle time with the girls. On Sunday I really wanted a nap, but 15 minutes after I laid down on the couch everyone woke up. Sanaa wanted to nap with me and Layla wasn't about to be left out.

Monday, November 8, 2010

2 for 2

I am now 2 for 2 with having cars break down on me and leaving me stranded. Yes, it happened to me again. And yes, this time it was the one car we have left. I am having some seriously bad luck with cars right now.

Yesterday the Saturn was a little hard to start, so Nate asked his dad if it was possible the battery needed replacing. (We got the car from Nate's parents, so that's why Nate called his dad.) This morning Nate took the Saturn to Firestone to get the battery looked at. They tested it and the battery was nearly dead. They installed a new battery and Nate came home.

An hour or so later Sanaa and I ran a couple of errands in the car and had no problems. We came home for lunch and the girls went down for a nap. Since Nate was going into work late today I decided to run one more errand. I left and the car was working fine. I quickly made it to the store, got my items, and walked out to the car. I called Nate to let him know I was headed home since he had to leave in about 15 minutes. I hung up the phone, got in the car, turned the key, and nothing.

I tried the key again. Nothing.

What?!?!? Seriously!?!?!

I called Nate back and told him the car wouldn't start and then felt like I wanted to freak out. This couldn't be happening to me again. Not 8 days after the first car broke down on me. But yes, it was happening again. The only positives I could see this time around were that I was alone (the girls were at home) and that I was in a parking lot (instead of along the highway).

Nate called work to let them know he'd be late or possibly not even there and then called his dad. I must say I am very grateful for my in-laws and the fact that we live so close to them! Nate's dad left work and headed up to get me since Nate obviously couldn't get me.

When Nate's dad arrived he tried turning on the car and it wouldn't start for him either, so he took me home and picked up Nate. Then they headed back to our car with jumper cables. Before they jumped the car Nate decided to just give it a try and guess what? The car started. Unbelievable!

Nate took the car back to Firestone and told them what happened. They checked the car out and the battery tested good, but this time the starter had failed. They replaced the starter and Nate made it home. The car still appears to be working.

Nate also made it to work (about 3 1/2 hours late, but he made it).

I'm not too sure I want to drive the car, but it doesn't look like I have much of a choice. Let's just hope I don't get standed for a third time......

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Out with a bang

We heard from the mechanic yesterday. It was not good news. We actually have no idea what was wrong with the radiator because the mechanic never even got that far. He opened up the hood to discover that our the timing belt was broken and spinning freely. The repair cost on that alone was about $500. Ugh. We're not going to repair the Neon. Instead we're donating it to the Texas Can Academy.

Now the problem is getting the title to the Neon. The mechanic said he would take care of everything and that we didn't need to contact the Texas Can Academy as long as we brought him the title. Well...... we do have the title, but it's sorta stuck in our little safe with other important documents. The keys to safe won't work anymore and we can't get it open. Just great. It looks like today I need to figure out a way to break into our safe.

All of this would be really funny, but our ceiling is leaking again and right now I'm waiting on a guy to come look at it and give us a quote on how much that will cost to repair. Does anyone know where I can find a tree that grows money?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pumpkins, hay maze, and costumes

We had a lot of fun on Saturday. We began the morning by meeting Nate's parents at a nearby farmer's market. Sanaa really enjoyed wandering around and looking at all the pumpkins. They also had a hay maze for us to walk through which was fun.

The girls with Nate's parents.
Sanaa walking through the maze.
I took this fun picture of Layla and afterwards she managed to grab a piece of hay that she tried to eat.
I asked Sanaa to turn so I could get a picture of her halloween shirt and this is how she posed. The shirt was a hand-me-down and has Tinkerbell just to the right of the pumpkin that lights up.
After our time at the farmers market, we all came back to our house for lunch and then carved the pumpkin. Gramma Carol scooped out the inside of the pumpkin.
Papa Gene carved the pumpkin.
The finished carving!
Saturday evening we got ready to attend Trunk or Treat at our church. The plan was for Sanaa to wear a flower costume that was a hand-me-down from the family I use to work for as a nanny. However, while Nate and I thought the costume was a dress, it turns out we were wrong. Ten minutes before we were suppose to leave we discovered that the flower costume was more like a sleeper for an infant that wasn't walking yet and had no leg holes. What?!?!

Sanaa was at least able to wear the flower hat.
So.... what did Sanaa end up wearing? She wore one of my old dresses that my mom had given to me. I had shown Nate the dresses a couple of days ago and Sanaa saw this red dress and really liked it. So I pulled it out and we took it to church. Once we arrived, we slipped it over her clothes and off we went to collect candy.
Layla went dressed as a lamb. Her costume was easy since she wore a hand-me-down from Sanaa.
Sanaa's favorite part of Trunk or Treat was going down the spiral slide. She really didn't care about collecting candy and walking from trunk to trunk. She just wanted to go down the slides.

Monday, November 1, 2010

5 months old

Layla is 5 months old today! She is doing great! Her colic is gone and she is a happy little girl. She loves to watch her big sister. She will also "talk" very loudly in order to get your attention. It appears she is learning early on that to get noticed you have to be loud. She has rolled over a couple of times, but is not doing it on a consistent basis. She actually enjoys tummy time and looking at her toys. She also loves being outside. If she gets fussy near dinner time I can just take her outside and she'll calm down.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures from the weekend. We had a fun weekend, but a little 2 year old has finally figured out how to work doorknobs in our house and keeps coming out of her room. It is nearly 9pm and the little turkey just came out again and said, "Hey there!" Guess I need to go tuck her back in......