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Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm Back!!

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I last blogged! I know I say that every time I start blogging but really...where does the time go!! We have been extremely busy since we last "talked" and have faced some adjustments along the way that just took some time to work through. It seemed like everything happened at once for Alexis...she turned 2, got her 2 year shots, her 2 year molars were coming in AND she she moved to the 2 year old room at school. It never fails that EVERYTIME she goes to the DR for a well check-up for shots, she gets sick! we battled a fever for a few days and then of course her molars bothered her for a few weeks. Her swollen cheeks, her moodiness and her clinginess were all well represented!
Playing Blocks with Daddy

Her adjustment at school also took a few weeks since the 1 year old room is VERY quiet compared to the 2 year room and she had to make some new friends since most of her friends had not yet moved when she did in January but as you can tell by the video that we have a very LOUD and confident 2 year old now and she is not afraid to speak her mind. We are lucky with the fact that she does listen pretty good for a 2 year old. Lexi has learned some song with an alligator in it and her uncle was giving her a hard time. Notice she is standing on a Wii board as her stage!! Our princess in the making!

We finally decided to break down and get Lexi's bangs cut professionally. We weren't sure what to expect since she has the most unexpected yet not often meltdowns so we just prepared for whatever came out way. Lucky for us...SHE LOVED IT! And it also helped that a big mirror was in front of her so she could stare at herself since she loves to watch her mouth move in the mirror at home after she brushes her teeth.

This lady was SO good with her!

Moving to the 2 year old room has taught her to be more independent. We had bought her a booster chair but we finally had to put it together since she constantly wants to sit at the "adult table" for some of her snacks and all her meals and not in her highchair. So we have retired the highchair until Little J is able to use it.

We are definitely still in our Dora phase so wouldn't you know, we found some Dora shoes at Academy when we went to look for a few things for the yard! Of course this is all she wears right now.
At Papa and Gigi's house..

The weather finally warmed up for Houston so we took the opportunity to go to the zoo and get out of the house on a Sunday since we had been cooped up way too long!! Let me tell you what a difference a year can make in terms of how much Alexis enjoys, understands, engages, plays, and how long she lasts since she doesn't get as tired as fast. The length of time between zoo visits was almost a year!
Checking out the monkeys on Daddy's shoulders
She LOVED this net ladder that she couldn't even attempt last year.
There is a slide on the other side of the net ladder and instead of sliding, she just "hung" out!! Lucky for her, a lot of kids were not around.
She is still not crazy about the petting zoo...TOO DIRTY for her..she has to wash her hands after almost everything she does but they teach her that at school. Lucky for us, there was a kids sink right by this petting zoo with soap.

She had a change of heart about the carousel from last year. She actually told Papa that she wanted to ride on the carousel so of course just say the word to Papa and here we go!
The zoo had a new African exhibit that just opened and she wanted to go and check out one of the huts. Daddy was quick enough to get a pic!
Getting a little help from Papa to help play the bongos with Daddy.

Lexi has also been busy attending birthday parties and most of them for 2 year olds are the "jump" theme. The first one she went to was for a classmate that had a bouncey in her backyard like Lexi did. She gave us a little scare when she fell right out of the bouncey onto the concrete that was right in front of it and scratched her face up pretty good. But once the shock wore off, she wanted to get back in and bounce! Lots of 2 year olds at this party so she liked jumping with kids her age.
The second jump party, which are the pictures you see here, were for her friend Kate. And she just couldn't get enough of this gymnasium sized room filled with 10-12 different kinds of bouncey's with slides, tunnels, little rides in them. It was crazy! Daddy had to do most of the bouncing and climbing since Mommy couldn't fit in most spaces.
She loved this one with 2 slides! She could almost make it to the top but needed a little boost at the top.
It was a Minnie Mouse theme, wearing her ears, drinking some juice and eating some Chick Fil A nuggets. It was hard to get her to come and sit down but we "bribed" her with juice since she doesn't get sugar very often. She is hyper enough!

She has definitely become more curious, testing our limits, more vocal and WOW, CAN SHE COMMUNICATE!! She is learning her months, she knows her right from her left, we can almost dress ourself. She can distinguish and tell you what is different between 2 objects when we ask her to compare. And her memory is incredible! If you tell her she can do something at night, like, see you in the morning for some pancakes, she will hold you to it!! She will remember things that you tell her before she goes to bed!
Hiding behind the couch and she was not thrilled I found her.

So, the million dollar question is: How is the potty training going? Let's just say it's GOING!! She currently is in Pull Ups right now since school requires them and they are helping to potty train her there as well. I do know that I have to make the switch to big girl underpants before anything effective takes place. But we definitely don't want to do a "bootcamp" on her or anything because we have heard of Toddlers that FEAR the potty because it was forced on them. SO, with that being said, she is getting better about telling us when she has to go, the trick is to get her to the potty. She does consistently go before she goes to bed since it is part of her routine. We were cutting her some slack since she had so many adjustments at the first of year. AND, THIS WEEKEND WE ARE PUTTING HER BIG GIRL BED IN HER ROOM!! Yet another adjustment!! So I will let you know how that goes the next time I blog. But she doesn't like being wet and we managed to find Dora Pull Ups so she is adament about wearing her Dora pants and helping us put them on her. So, little by little we are making progress and who knows what will happen when little man comes. She may or may not regress.

Somehow Lexi managed to get her OWN BOUNCEY from Papa and Gigi at Christmas and with the weather warming up, Daddy decided to put it up this weekend and let me tell you, it was not only fun but simply hilarious watching her and listening to her sing and tell us stories.

Crazy jump hair!
She just couldn't get enough of this slide!
Getting a boost from Daddy until we showed her the "entrance"
Socks came off so she could get better grip so she would climb up by herself and then slide down backwards on her tummy and cracking up the whole time.
Not sure what she is doing her but it was a kodak moment
Our monkey likes to be upside down a lot these days.
Mommy and her princess...excuse the no was a Sunday!

SOOOOOOOOOO.....what is the latest and greatest on Mommy and Little J?

Everything is technically going well with the pregnancy and with that I mean John James is growing just like he should be HOWEVER, Mommy's body is taking a "beating"!!! I have A LOT MORE aches and pains and side effects this time with my hips always hurting, muscle spasms in my neck/shoulders and legs, slight migraines and VERY DRY EYES!! But little man is doing well..he is way more active than Lexi throughout the day, he kicks and moves a ton and with room running out, I can REALLY feel it. AND, my belly is WAY out there this time!! We just had a DR appointment on the 9th and everything is good. I always fear weighing in since my previous appointment my DR said my weight gain was too rapid so this most recent DR visit, I lost weight! Imagine that!! I tested negative for Gestational Diabetes...HOORAY, and my DR thinks he may come earlier due to him being TOO big!! She was joking around with me saying that between the 2 kids, I should have an "average" size baby! HA!! But we are every 2 week appointments for the next 4 weeks and then we go to every week. We get to see our little man on March 23rd which is the next appointment! We haven't seen him in 12 weeks so we are anxious to get a look again and the DR likes to start taking measurements at every appointment starting at 8 months which I am right there already! How time flies! Once Alexis transitions into her bed this weekend since we are using her old furniture for his room(not even here and getting hand me downs), I will try to take some pictures of the nursery since the blue/brown combo really turned out good. It's not quite decorated to its full potential yet but I haven't quite decided what else I want on the walls since it is a jungle theme.

Sorry this took so long!
Until next time which will be in 2 weeks since we will have pictures of John James!

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