Saturday, December 27, 2008
It was truly a wonderful Christmas. It was our first year as a family of four, and I feel blessed beyond measure when I think back now. It didn't get off to a flawless start, however, when Coley got an ear infection the Sunday before. Three days of scary high fevers, sleepless nights, and needy cries made things a little tough. But I know that it is just part of the parenthood journey. My children manage to find inconvenient times to fall ill. Last year, when Chris went to Orlando and the ice storm hit, Mia got really sick with a bad virus. With no power at our house or the doctor's office, we just toughed it out. Oh yeah, and I was 8 months pregnant with Coley too. So, when Cole got sick and we had to take him in on Christmas Eve Eve, I was not surprised to find the after-hours clinic closed for the Holiday a day early, and we ended up in the ER. The doctor reassured us that he did not have pneumonia (which was a fear of our pediatrician's, and why we took him in that night), and we went home. But, I digress. This was my post about Christmas!
This year, our church had a Christmas Eve experience, and we were so happy to get to attend. That was after a frenzied morning of cooking for dinner and wrapping presents, and it was a much needed time of re-focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas Eve is traditionally spent at Momo's house.
Kenny, Alyssa, Ana, Helen, and my Dad all joined the four of us and Momo. We ate a delicious dinner of smoked turkey (Chris had to go to her house at 3 am to get it started - and it was worth it!) and ham...plus a bunch of other great items. Then, after the dishes were cleaned, we started into the presents!
The highlights for us:
Chris - his helicopter from Brookstone - he and Kenny flew it all over the place, even hitting Ana in the eye
Mia - her Princess tent from my dad
Cole - his ride on/push train from Momo
Me - my new purse from Momo
After all of that plus dessert, we headed home...for Santa had a busy night ahead of him! We left Santa cookies and chocolate milk (according to Ruby from "Max and Ruby," chocolate milk is his favorite) and we left the reindeer food on the front lawn. We put the kids to bed, and Cole stayed in his long enough to let us fix the breakfast for the morning, assemble his train table and train, and wrap all the presents for the kids and each other. Of course, we got into bed at 1:15, and he was awake at 1:30 - still with a fever, and still really fussy. We brought him down with us and slept off and on until about 8:00.
Christmas morning was so wonderful! Mia was SO EXCITED to see if Santa had come. All she wanted was a singing Sleeping Beauty doll, and her little face was so thrilled to see it sitting there on the fire place. We opened all our presents and ate breakfast pizza. My parents came by for a brief time, and we spent the day playing and playing and playing.
The highlights for us:
Chris - I think it was his thin wallet
Mia - the singing Sleeping Beauty, of course - with the princess dress-up shoes a close second place
Coley - his dump truck - he will have to grow into the train table
Me - my earrings from New York - Chris had Megan pick them up for me when she was there :)
That evening, we went to Faye's house to see Tim, Jenn, and Sarah. It was a great day and a great evening. Even better, Cole slept all night in his bed (although not without an hour and a half of crying first - me going up every 15 minutes or so). Since he was finally fever-free, we knew he just had to tough it out.
The next day brought our third Christmas celebration. The Poseys all came over and we opened presents with them.
Cole slept through the opening ceremony, and awakened just in time for lunch of smoked pork tenderloin. Then, he had his own present-opening time.
The highlights for us:
Chris - I am guessing his gift cards
Mia - her Sleeping Beauty barbie
Coley - his much-needed clothes
Me - my gift cards, of course
After all of that was over, all four of us rested for quite awhile. It was an exhausting three days, and we needed some down-time.
All in all, this Christmas has been the best one I have ever had. Mia is at the age where everything is so exciting, and just having Coley here makes it feel complete. I know that this post is lengthy, but it is more for me and my memory. Sorry if I bored anyone! :) I just know that Christmas is supposed to be a time of togetherness and worship for our wonderful God. This year, it was exactly that for the Posey family. I hope that yours was just as remarkable.
Monday, December 15, 2008
On a positive note, however, the weekend trip went well for Daddy and the kiddos. I got home on Saturday night, and both kids were in bed fast asleep. And it was wonderful to spend some time with friends and away from the house.
Right now, Cole is asleep in his bed for his second nap today. Mia, on the other hand, is throwing a fit in her room. She is still required to "rest" most days for at least an hour. It lasted about 5 minutes before she started yelling for me. Thankfully, Coley sleeps through her yelling. She will remain up there for the entire time regardless, so I may just go into the bedroom, shut the door, and fold laundry.
Oh, and a few more random things. Recently, I asked Mia what she wanted to be when she grew up. I knew that she might not even have a concept of the idea, but I wanted to see what she'd say. Her reply? A gingerbread man! :) HAHAHA! And for the record, I love the Oxford comma. You know, the one that is used in lists before the and. Reading sentences without it makes me feel weird, and even though it is grammatically acceptable, I don't like it.
That's all from the Posey household for now. On to fold some of that glorious laundry.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Well, here I am! I know that you have missed me, and I have missed you too! I have been reading, but not writing lately. I have been formulating blog posts in my head, but not taking the time to put them down. Anyhow, I am now.
Coley is a Momma's boy. I have always heard about the special relationship between mothers and sons. And I believe it now! I am sure that my working at the preschool has much to do with it. The fact that I am in there with him all the time (when he cries or eats, or when he won't sleep, or when I want to see him) probably also contributes to it. I often carry him on my hip, making copies or delivering things to classrooms. Most of the kids know him (although some can't get his name quite right..."Cool" is what one little girl call him), and he is happy to be my helper. He is truly a joy, and seeing his little not-so-toothless smile (4 teeth now) makes me happy in ways I never knew.
But having a Momma's boy comes with some strings. I can't miss bedtime. He will not go to sleep with a bottle. He also will not (usually) calm down in the middle of the night for anyone but me. Dinners out (I have only had two, I think, since he was born) are often ended abruptly, with my having to return home to feed him and put him to bed. And I don't mind it all in the grand scheme of things - it was my choice to be a nursing mom. But there are times when a glass of wine and an adult dinner with my husband would be awfully nice.
And all of this makes my over-night trip to Oklahoma City this weekend a little more than nerve-wracking. I may come home to a sleep-deprived husband and a son who has not slept or eaten in 24 hours. It should be really fun!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
But I think that I have the perspective to understand both sides of motherhood. For working moms, it is hard. Really, really hard. Not being with them all day and leaving them in someone else's care is uncomfortable and disconcerting. What if one chokes? What if one gets so upset that he can't sleep, and only mommy can comfort him? The good side of working is how thrilled you are to see them afterwards. And, even if it is not always pleasant (remember, I taught 9th graders), work gives moms a break. All moms need a break. Sure, the house cleanliness may suffer, but the time you do have with your children is quality...in order to make up for the lack of quantity.
Staying home is also tough. There were days this summer, with a 2 year old and a newborn, that we didn't even make it out of the house. And Chris would come home, and all I would want to do was go anywhere...go get gas in the car in 105 degree heat...just to escape for 5 minutes. There are times that you become resentful of the fact that you can't get a shower or a nap or a meal. Kids are needy, and your one, sole job is to fulfill their needs. So, I get that staying at home is a job. It is not not working. And many of the parents at our preschool are stay-at-home moms who bring their kids a few days a week in order to get a much needed break.
And then there is the third option - working with the kids. It is, like I said, a complete gift. And I would not trade it for anything right now. But, I also realize that it does not allow me the chance to miss them. It is just a part of adjusting to a new lifestyle and a new normal. And we are getting there...but I sure could use a trip to the mall (with money to spend, of course) solo! :)
Monday, September 22, 2008
2. I wanted DeAnna to choose Jason.
3. I can still kick my face. Did it recently, and was very sore the next day.
4. I don't like steak.
5. Although I had fun in high school and college, it was nothing compared to the joy in my life right now.
6. I procrastinate.
7. I like sugar and cream with a little bit of coffee in the mornings.
8. Aside from my family (and not all of my family), there are only 2 people with whom I can completely be myself.
9. I do not cuss.
10. I get angry at smokers.
11. I tip well...usually.
12. I am insecure around new people.
13. I love to shop for my kids.
14. I can sing the entire intro song to Max and Ruby.
15. I wanted Will to win, and Katee to be runner-up. So, Joshua was a disappointment to me.
16. I am obsessive about having my nails painted. Since Coley has come along, that often doesn't happen as much as I want it to, and it drives me nuts!
17. I love to read.
18. I judge people. And I know that I shouldn't, but I do.
19. I do not think I am good with kids in general. I do OK with mine, however.
20. I know that I should want to exercise, but I don't want to.
21. I like to be in charge. I am a self-proclaimed "Bossy Pants."
22. I would go to Starbucks everyday if I could.
23. I am pretty darn excited for Thursday - the prospect of a new Office and a new Grey's makes me smile.
24. I prefer to write in a calendar as opposed to using my phone's calendar.
25. My favorite food is Italian.
26. I have never liked my legs.
27. I can hardly remember my life six years ago.
28. Medication works too well on me (unrelated to the fact that I can hardly remember my life six years ago - I am talking about small-time stuff like Tylenol PM or cold medicine).
29. I believe that a kidney stone is more painful than labor (with an epideral, mind you).
30. I hate buying/wearing jeans.
31. I cry at almost every episode of Grey's Anatomy and ER. And at almost every novel I read.
32. I tend to over-commit.
33. I want to read the bible, but I am overwhelmed. (I hope my devotion book will help with that feeling.)
34. I don't know how anyone could not believe in God after experiencing the miracle of children.
35. I am happy - genuinely happy.
Friday, August 29, 2008
In the course of my first two weeks of school, I have hired three teachers and fired (sort of) one of those three. She didn't show, so I take it she was quitting anyway. It was a blessing, believe me! I have helped more children use the bathroom that I have ever thought I would help. And I mean really help. I have rubbed backs and patted heads, in an attempt to help sleepy babies take their naps. I have answered a million calls and emails - most of which amount to nothing. And I have conducted a fire and tornado drill - a difficult feat with 40ish children under the age of 5.
But I have also peeked in on Mia while she is in class, playing and oblivious to my watching. I have hugged and kissed her many times - in fact, every time I see her in the hall or outside. I have fed Coley everyday. I have rocked him to sleep and sat on the floor playing with him. And those things make it more than worth it.
Some other recent happenings...
1 - Mia started dance class. I will post pictures soon. But she is really enjoying it and I am too. She is taking from my dance teacher, which is pretty neat.
2 - Cole is sitting up alone. He loves for me to turn his tub of toys sideways so he can just dig in.
3 - Cole is almost crawling. He gets on all fours and rocks back and forth.
4 - Mia is singing all the time. Some of her favorite songs are "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid and "Mama Mia" from the movie. She also sings "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" with a twist...
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily life is butter dream.
It makes me laugh every single time.
That's about all from us! I am so looking forward to the long weekend. Happy Labor Day!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Look at that belly! Seriously, he is a solid guy and getting so heavy. At six and a half months, he weighs almost as much as Mia weighed at one year.
And here's a classic paci face.
Napping in the swing with Cookie Monster. C00kie is dressed as a bunny - it was for Easter.
My two favorite guys, hanging out at Uncle Kenny's pool.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I am transitioning into my new job as a preschool Director. I think it will be wonderful once I get the hang of it all. Like any new job, it is overwhelming and stressful right now...especially since I need to hire three teachers by next week! But I am so excited about the year getting started and getting into our new normal.
With that, it is also so weird to not be going back to teaching. It was a little sad when I cleaned out my room. I will miss the kids and the other teachers. But this is a new opportunity, and I am completely embracing it!
This past weekend, our upstairs AC went out. Of course, it happened on Saturday afternoon. So, Saturday night was an adventure with Cole sleeping in the pack-n-play in the computer room, and Mia sleeping in bed with us. Coley did great, but Mia did not settle until almost midnight. Sunday night was worse. Cole woke up at 1 am, and would not go back to sleep. We had only been asleep for about an hour when he awakened, so 3 am brought all four Poseys in one bed. Yep - we slept like that until about 8 am. Thankfully, the AC was fixed on Monday and we resumed our regular sleeping locations. :)
And now, it is Wednesday night...a little bittersweet because it is the last Wednesday night of SYTYCD! And tomorrow is the finale! What am I going to do when it is over?!?!?! We do have tickets to the tour, but that is not until October. I am just so in love with that show!
So, I hope life settles a little bit. I am sure it will.
Monday, July 21, 2008
You turned 6 months old on Saturday, and I can't believe it has been half a year already. You are such a joy. Here are some recent discoveries:
1. You have started blowing raspberries, and you think you are pretty funny. You especially like to blow them when you have a mouthful of peas or carrots.
2. You have eaten a variety of veggies (green beans, peas, carrots, and sweet potatoes) and desperately want to drink from a cup! If you see one, you start wriggling around and reaching our for it.
3. You laugh and smile all the time, and your favorite person is still your big sister.
4. You spend time in your saucer and your jumper. Those chunky legs will slim down in no time at the rate you jump!
5. You weigh 17 pounds, 3 ounces. Mia, at her 1 year check-up, weighed 18 pounds. :)
6. You roll quickly and are trying to crawl. Oftentimes, I find you under Mia's play-room table or under your jumper.
7. You are sensitive. When Mia's upset and crying, you start to cry. When you hear a loud noise, you pout that lower lip and the tears start to fall.
8. You are still a cuddle bug and I love it!
I love you more than I could ever explain. You are my precious son, and I thank God for you every single day.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
1 - My freshman year at Kilgore
2 - Moving - each and every time I do it
3 - The first few weeks at home with a new baby
4 - The latest home rennovations at the Posey household
We are FINISHED! Well, we have been finished with our part for awhile, but the floors are not completed and all is back to normal. Well, except for the fact that I have to call Lowe's on Monday due to the carpet in our closet that is coming up. If I can just ignore that fact, then I can pretend that we are finished.
And a recent Mia-ism...
Mommy: Mia, please do not take off your shoes in the middle of the store.
Mia: Mommy, don't get fustrated!
Yep, she knows the context of frustrated.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Mia: Mommy, you have a bar?
Mommy: Yes, do you want a bite of my (granola) bar?
Mia: No, I'm good with my muffins.
Mommy: What's Mommy's name?
Mommy: What's Daddy's name?
Mia (on the 4th of July - much later than she is usually up): The fireworks are making me so HAPPY!
Mommy: Mia, do you want to talk to Momo (on the phone)?
Mia: No, I'm busy.
The girls all had fun swimming and eating.
And here's a view from the other side. :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
1 - I dislike the color of the walls in every room except our bedroom, our bathroom, the kids' bedrooms, and their bathroom.
2 - I really dislike the fact that there is carpet in the breakfast nook, the entryway from the backdoor (dogs?!?! wet paws?!?! carpet?!?!), and the kids' bathroom (really? potty-training with carpet?).
3 - I did NOT want Cole learning to crawl on the disgusting, old, stained carpet.
4 - Ultimately, before we move out (not that there are plans for that, but some day), we will have to change the flooring. Why wait and then let new people enjoy it? Why not change it for us to enjoy now?
So...the rennovations began. We planned ahead of time. We ordered the flooring, and Chris took last Friday and Monday off from work. We bought the paint (in total, we used 4 gallons of ceiling paint, almost 5 gallons of primer, and 10 gallons of colored paint) and prepared things. When Friday rolled around, Chris's first job was to paint the poorly-painted ceiling in the living room and kitchen. He did that in about 5 or 6 hours while I tried to entertain the kids while taping off the area to be painted throughout the rest of the weekend. On Friday night, we spent from 9 pm - 3 am Saturday morning priming and painting one coat in the living area, breakfast nook, and kitchen. I will save you the play-by-play of the rest of the weekend. It went pretty much like that.
Here are some things that I really don't love about any house project:
1 - The MESS! My husband knows this and really tries to minimize it, but it is inevitable.
2 - The stinking blue tape! It takes hours to put on and then I realize that I have not really started doing anything.
3 - Working into the late night hours - I like to go to bed at 10, thank you.
4 - Have I mentioned how the mess stresses me to the point of near insanity?
5 - Feeling like I am putting my life at risk - standing on the ladder in the tiny half bath trying to reach over and above the toilet cabinet is not fun.
6 - Trying to entertain a 2 year old and a 5 month old, while being productive at the same time. Honestly, it was often better for me to take them out of the house and just let Daddy work.
But I do love:
1 - Good friends and family members who help (thanks Momo and Mike) in some way, either painting or babysitting.
2 - Working into the late night hours, having hushed conversations with Chris (we didn't want to wake the kids), and watching Scrubs/The Office episodes.
3 - Putting it all back together at the end, and admiring the finished product.
So, now that the painting is done, we just have to wait until next Tuesday when the flooring is installed. Yea! :) Officially, every room except the laundry room has been painted in the one year we have lived here. And now, we have an organized playroom for the kids separate from our living room. With toddler and baby toys everywhere, it is nice to have it more contained. I will post after pics once we have the flooring.
After the long weekend of working, I felt like we needed to get out of the house! Yesterday, I took the kids swimming with some girls from our Life Group. They had a great time and Mia actually swam. I wanted Coley to swim, or at least let me hold him in the water, but he did not want it to touch him at all. He started huffing and sticking out his lip anytime his piggies touched. So, we sat on the edge of the baby pool and watched the girl "swim." Then, we met Zum the Mum, Karson, and Campbell at Pump it Up this morning. The big girls played, and Mia really enjoyed herself after getting used to it. She told Daddy on the phone "I was a little scared of the big slide, but I did jump!" After a wonderful lunch at Pei Wei, we are now home and both kids are napping - which is why I am finally blogging!!!
Some other recent highlights:
Cole and Campbell had another "date."
We attended Chris's 20 year Reunion and had a great time!!!
We celebrated Momo's birthday. As you can see, Mia loved the cake and Cole loved watching her!
Mia is peeing AND POOPING (the first time was today, after Pei Wei) in the potty much of the time. And wearing big girl panties.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The next morning came too quickly, as a result of the pantry-time. Mia spent some time dressing up in her princess outfits...Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel, respectively.
That evening, Chris and I went out to eat to (finally) celebrate our anniversary.
It was wonderful! Friday night was another great night of sleep for the kids, and a momentous one for Mia. She officially gave up all her pacis. She "gave" them to Cole and fell asleep without one, just like a big girl. We were worried that she would not sleep well as a result, but both kids slept fabulously!
Saturday was fairly uneventful. Some errands, another nap for both children at the same time (which is definitely the exception and not the rule), dinner at Hideaway. Cole reverted back to his norm, however; waking up in the 4 o'clock hour. He is fairly easily put back to sleep, but it still makes for an early morning.
We went to church on Sunday. The current series is One Prayer, and it is pretty awesome. This afternoon has brought some napping struggles with both kids (currently Cole is asleep on our bed and Mia is going on an hour and a half in her bed, not sleeping). This evening, we have Life Group and that's about it for the weekend!
Monday, June 2, 2008
4:30 am - Cole wakes up. Now, he is sleeping upstairs in his own bed. And this was the first awakening of the night/morning. We are trying to break the habit of bringing him to our bed in the early morning hours, so I go upstairs and try to give him his paci without picking him up. It works, but I know it is temporary. I lay down on his floor to rest my eyes until he cries again. Believe me, laying on the floor is much better than trudging up and down the stairs four times. I re-paci him three times (I think - it becomes a little blurry in those wee hours of the morning), and finally head back downstairs to bed at 5:40 am.
5:50 am - Cole wakes up, and he is hungry. Since I always feed him between 6 and 6:30, I change him and bring him down to eat. Now, after the 6 am feeding, he does stay downstairs and hopefully sleep a little longer.
6:15-7:40 am - Cole, with a full tummy, is cooing and squirming and smiling and spitting up...and I am laying next to him trying to go back to sleep.
7:40 am - He gives in and falls back asleep.
7:50 am - Mia starts calling "Mommy! My tummy is sick!" Now, we think this simply means that she is hungry and her tummy is growling. Because she usually says it at meal times and she has yet to actually get sick.
7:50-8:30 am - Mia eats Cheerios and drinks her milk. She tells me that the milk makes her tummy better. :)
8:30 am - Cole is awake. Mia has her first meltdown because I will not let her eat fruit snacks so early in the morning. I offer her actual fruit, but she wants fruit snacks.
9:00 am - Talk to my dear zumthemum friend for the first time in a long time. I enjoy, again, the feeling of NO SCHOOL!
9:20 am - I shower, while Mia and Cole watch Max and Ruby on our bedroom TV. Cole intermittently cries, and Mia shoves his paci in his mouth. It is pretty funny, and Cole laughs at her when she does it.
9:45 am - Cole decides he does not want to wait until 10 am to eat. But he has to, so he is getting angrier by the minute. Mia has meltdown #2 because I will not let her use my actual makeup. I offer her a brush or two, but she wants to use the eyeshadow.
10:00 am - While feeding Cole, I get up three times to assist Mia with various things. First, she wants to color. Then, she wants to color with her colorwonder markers. Finally, she decides that she wants to eat the oranges that I offered her with breakfast. When I tell her she must sit at her table to eat the oranges, she has meltdown #3. She is really being two today!
10:50 am - We all go upstairs because I am determined to get Cole on a regular nap schedule in his bed.
11:10 am - Cole is asleep, so Mia and I come back downstairs. I feel very accomplished.
11:20 am - Momo calls and I ask her to come sit with sleeping Cole while Mia and I run to Target.
11:30 am - I feed Mia lunch - peanut butter and crackers and cheese. I know it is not much, which is why we desperately needed to go shopping.
11:50 am - Momo arrives and Cole wakes up. The two are not related, just coincidental. I, feeling sure that this is just a minor intrusion on his sleep, go upstairs to comfort him back to slumber. Wailing, screeching, and fit throwing ensues.
12:00 pm - While I am trying to calm a crazy Coley, Mia has meltdown #4 because I won't/can't "ring around the rosy" with her.
12:30 pm - Still throwing a fit, Cole finds a little comfort in sitting outside. At this point, I have missed my window of opportunity for the store, since 1:30 brings naptime for Mia and another meal for Cole. So, we stay outside for a bit while Mia golfs and draws on the sidewalk. She can almost draw an "M" and can draw an "I."
1:00 pm - We all come back inside and Momo leaves.
1:20 pm - The three of us go upstairs to read a book before Mia's nap. Since Cole is pretty hungry and unforgiving at this point, I am practically yelling the book so she can hear me. Mia (remarkably) goes immediately down for her nap.
1:30 pm - I feed the baby boy and both of us crash.
2:15 pm - He wakes up, but I am able to coax him back to sleep. I know that he is overly tired at this point. I watch "Bringing Home Baby" on TLC and say a prayer of thanks that we are not at that stage right now.
2:45 pm - Cole wakes up and is smiling and being super-sweet.
3:00 pm - I put him in his swing so he can watch Baby Einstein. He loves it! It will occupy his little brain for 30 tear-free minutes! I empty the dishwasher and start the dryer.
3:15 pm - I sit down to do this blog. Now, I know it is not terribly interesting, but it feels good to write it all down! :)
3:30 pm - Mia will be up any minute, and I think we are going to go look for a swim-float thing for Cole since we are going to the pool with some friends on Wednesday.
The rest of the evening's plans are to go find new cell phones (YEA!) and eat dinner at Momo's while Chris mows her lawn.
Tomorrow brings school and swimming lessons for Mia! She is really excited. Chris is taking her and Cole and I will observe. I am hoping to actually make it to the store with Cole while Mia is a school. We will see...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Cole has just been getting bigger...
all the time! He has had a few nights of sleeping the entire night...and more than a few nights of not.
We took our first family trip to the zoo, and Mia absolutely loved it!
Cole seemed to enjoy himself too.
We have been spending many hours outside, where Mia enjoys drawing and blowing bubbles. :)
Mia has also learned all about dressing up (thanks to her cousins).
And she enjoys dancing around the house in interesting attire.
Chris and I celebrated our 4th anniversary with a fabulous Couples' Massage. We went to a Memorial Day picnic with our Life Group and had a great time. And I only have 2.5 more days of school until I am home with the kids!!! I can't wait!