Friday, October 22, 2010

A Parrot and Poop

After having such a bad day yesterday (with terrible dreams mixed in last night), this day has started off much better. This morning, (which begins around 9am these days--Jack is sleeping in Big time and Connor has to sometimes be woken up at 9:30am after 10 1/2 hours of straight sleep-Connor you really are baby.of.the.year!) started off much better! :) And this mommy needed it!

Jack--you pooped on the potty today!!! Yea! We have just started putting you on the potty and you have been telling us for the last 2 weeks if you have pooped or not. I will ask "Jack, did you poop?" and you will either say yes or no! And so far, you have told the truth! So, this morning, after some sweet cuddle time with Connor, we went and got you out of your crib and I asked if you wanted to go sit on the potty. For the last month or so, your favorite books have been your potty books. So, we went and sat on the potty and at first I walked away from you to try to finish getting ready for the morning. That failed because you just followed me. Then I sat down with you and not long after, I heard your typical "grunting" and voila! There was poop in the potty! I was so excited that I was jumping up and down and screaming! Not a good idea. You thought something was wrong with Mommy and instantly started crying. Your big, dramatic cry where you have trouble breathing! I came to my senses and calmed down and calmed you down, but continued saying "good job" and "you pooped on the potty, just like Michael in your book". We both started clapping and I think you started to catch on that this was all a good thing! Poor Connor was in his bouncy seat probably thinking "What in the world is going on?"! We then went and called Daddy who was just as proud! We are going to take our time since you are only 20 months old and I don't want to set you up for failure, but I think this was a great first step!

Now, onto to the parrot part. Apparently, I say "Oh Geez" all day long because you have started to repeat it every time I say which is turning out to be a lot! I never realized I said it at all! Ha Ha! At least I am not swearing!
You have really started to say more words in the last week or so and I am so excited to hear everything you have to say. This morning, at Walmart, you even said "More cheese" which is the first phrase you have said!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The best things in life aren't always FREE!

We had a fun weekend, but we learned a few lessons this weekend as well. Saturday, Dave went to help some friends move their mother into a nursing home. He basically moved their furniture. On the way there, he picked up a fisher price basketball hoop that someone was getting rid of along the road. I have been looking for one for Jack at garage sales, etc. and he did a great job because this one was in near perfect condtion and FREE! We then went to a Family Hayday at Hartwood Acres. The park has two entrances and we picked the wrong one to go to and ended up following a bunch of other lost people --which put us about 45 mins behind. I was forwarned that it gets busy so that is why we wanted to get there early. That and Jack's nap was looming. There were hundreds of people there and the lines were already long. Jack would of loved riding a train called "Timothy", but we opted for the petting zoo with Daddy. Mommy isn't a fan of them, so I just walked around with Connor. So that free thing was so great. The positive of that day is that I realized I love my new BOB stroller! We just got the car seat adapter, so we took it out on its "maiden voyage" as Dave said.

Sunday we met up with our good friends Kelly and John for breakfast at Pamela's in Shadyside. Yum! I have never been disappointed there! We then headed to the Pittsburgh Zoo for Jack and Connor's first trip to the zoo. It was free admission through RAD days and it was packed. I actually thought it was going to more busy than it was. It was good for Jack to get a taste of the zoo and Connor slept the whole time! The polar bears were the highlight of the day! We headed home around 2pm and put Jack down for his nap as soon as we got home, only for him to skip his nap completely! He has never done that before! He was in his crib for about 1 1/2 hours before I gave in. He was grumpy, but no where near what I thought he would be like. Connor and I headed to mass Sunday evening.

So....the lessons learned were
1) Make sure to pick up the like new, FREE basketball hoops along side the road.
2) Pay the money to go a local pumpkin patch (which we are still planning to do!) instead of the county wide free day!
3) Try the free zoo day, but don't stick around too long! We did decide we want a family pass the year to the zoo!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Connor Lee McCool

Since it's been a few months, I'm just going to start from today. I really want to document our lives, so instead of backtracking so many months, I will start from today! Connor Lee McCool came into our lives on July 5th, 2010 at 2:13am weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces and 20 inches long. I will document his birth story sometime on here.
Connor, you turned 3 months old yesterday! Wow, time flies. Mommy also started back to work on October 4th and you were baptized on October 3rd. You've had a busy week!
Here's what you are up to:
You are sleeping about 10 hours a night all night long! (And you have been a wonderful sleeper from day 1!) You go to bed between 10-11PM and wake up around 8 AM. You will nap in car in the morning if we are out and about and you will take another afternoon nap usually. The last 2 weeks, you have been skipping that afternoon nap! Growth spurt maybe?
You are still nursing and really aren't a fan of bottles. You will only take a bottle from Daddy and you give him a good fight in the beginning. You are nursing on demand, probably every 1.5 hours. You also cluster right before bed. You have always done this and I think you will continue until you get cereal in a few weeks!
You are really trying to roll over! You can roll over from your belly to your back since you were 5 weeks old and you are so close to going from your back to your belly!
You are still wearing 0-3 months clothes, but depending on the brand, you are ready to go to 3-6 months. I just bumped you up to size 2 diapers!
You are quite the talker! You will coo and talk for 5-10 mins a day several times a day! You are always smiling and it just melts your momma's heart. I think you are going to be a momma's boy--you always are looking for me when someone else has you and you are quite the snuggle bug, unlike your independent big brother! I secretly love this!
Connor, you are such a joy in my life! I love you with all of my being and I am enjoying every moment we have together. I know it will go too fast!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our First Post

I set up this blog months ago and never actually got around to using it. I've been "following" some blogs now for awhile and caught the bug! I'm hoping this will be a good way to document our lives as a family of three, soon to be four in July! Happy blogging to me!