Jake has been notorious for waking up between 5:45 and 6:02 basically since he was born. I mean, like up and wanting to play outside- not like let's go and just lay on the couch and watch tv. When our child wakes up he WAKES UP and is ready to GO! I just assumed that I had an early riser and that there was nothing we could do about it... until he became a teenager- ha! I just couldn't wait to be able to teach him about the number 7 on a clock!
A couple months ago my friend Emily posted on her blog about this clock and how it "rocked their world." I immediately went to the site and ordered this clock. Without thinking twice. :)
So how it works is this... you set the "alarm" for when you want or when it is ok for your child to get out of bed. When the bunny is sleeping you have to stay in your bed. But when the bunny is awake and playing it's time to get up! We gradually (a few minutes at a time) set the time for later and later. And now, drumroll please......Jake successfully stays in his bed until 6:50!
We seriously can't believe it has worked! And we have just 10 minutes to go. :)
We hear Jake in his room go "bunny's awake! bunny's awake! mooooommmmmmyyyyyyy. daaaaaaaddddddddddyyyyyyyyyy. bunny's awake"
It's been a serious life changer! Thank you Emily and One Step Ahead!
And an update on the sleeping habits of my youngest... Pierce is shaping up to be an excellent sleeper! He is taking 2 naps (2+ hours in the am, 1+ hour in the pm) Goes to bed around 7 and sleeps till between 7:30 and 8:30am!
I turned 32 years young on July 1. I had a great few days celebrating with some fun friends and family. The day before, I was "kidnapped" by 3 great friends for a day of fun in San Francisco. The fun included makeovers, tons and tons and tons of shopping, including a very private shopping experience behind closed doors at Nordstrom (so fun!), and a great dinner! I feel very blessed by each of those girls and am blessed tremendously by their friendship.
So, the next day, my birthday, I was greeted by my 2 year old storming through my room saying "happy birfday mommy, happy birfday momma. sweet dweams momma. nite nite." My men let me sleep in just a little. :) I headed to bible study and was greeted by the yummiest cupcakes made by my mother-in-law. Afterwards we had a celebratory picnic at my friend Patty's winery, C Donatiello. Everyone brought something to share and it was delicious! We decided to lay low that night so Mark grilled some tri-tip. It was a perfect evening at home with the men in my life.
The next day, we celebrated by having dinner with Mark's family. Janis made a wonderful meal and even more wonderful dessert. I am so blessed to have such a great relationship with my in-laws. I couldn't ask for better ones :)
A few days later, I had such a fun day!!! Several other "wine industry" friends and I went and celebrated 3 of our birthdays by doing some wine tasting... but it wasn't just wine... it was sparkling wine- aka champagne! My absolute favorite!!! My favorite stop... Roederer. www.roedererestate.com Their bubbles are like heaven to my mouth :) (Sorry, but that totally sounded so cheesy... but seriously, my favorite champagne!)
Anyways, I had a great several days celebrating with great friends and family!
Here are just a few random pictures :)
I'm definitely looking forward to what the Lord has planned for me this year!
Here are some pictures of my boys at 9 months! The first 2 are of Jake. He just looks so much older than Pierce does right now... I think it's because of ALL his hair :) The last one is of Pierce. It's funny to me looking at these 3 pictures that they actually look alike. When in reality or in person, they are very different. But you can tell they are definitely brothers. Anyways, thought it would be a good comparison for me to look back on.
Little brother turned 9 months last week. I really just cannot believe that he will be ONE in just a few more months!!! Time has flown with this little guy. I'm trying to relish each and every day with him. Treasuring every moment. Some of my favorite times are when I get him all to myself on the rare day that the boys don't nap at the same time AND when I actually get the chance to rock him to sleep (he usually reaches for the crib and doesn't normally like to be "rocked"- so sad to me!).
Some other random facts that I want to remember whenever I get around to working on his baby book! :)
Month 8 proved to be a little hard on Pierce. He got a black eye, a bee sting and a busted lip. Yikes.
He weighs exactly 20 pounds. (one whole pound heaver than Jake at 9 months)
He is a great eater. He has started eating some cheerios and other non-baby food food. I even gave him a sippee cup the other day and he took right to it.
Has his 2 bottom teeth only still. But he's definitely working on a few others. I don't remember Jake being as uncomfortable teething as Pierce has been...
He's a good sleeper. Taking 2 naps- usually from 9-11 or 11:30 and then from 1-3. Goes to sleep between 6:30 and 7 pm and will sleep till 6:30 or 7 am. So I really can't complain much :)
This past month, he has really found his voice. Babbling ALL THE TIME.
Still is wearing size 2-3 diapers during the day and size 3 for nights.
Loves to be doing whatever Jake is doing. Pierce has sorta skipped the "baby toys" and has gone straight to hotwheels, trains and tractors :)
"Cruising" all over the place! Standing and letting go for a few seconds too. I have a feeling that he will definitely be walking before his birthday!
I read this off my sweet friend Katy's blog a few months ago and every once in awhile I just like to go back and reread it. I think it's just plain GREAT and inspiring and such an encouragement to all us women. If you have a minute or two read it. I know you will also love it just as much. Thanks Katy! :)
A couple of weeks ago, Mark's parents rented a boat for the afternoon. We spent time soaking up the sun, swimming, eating, throwing sticks and rocks, fishing and enjoying the company of family. I hope that we will be able to do this several more times this summer because we really just had so much fun. The weather could not have been anymore perfect either but the water could have been just a little bit warmer... in my opinion! :) I didn't take very many pictures with my camera since it is big so I'm still waiting for pictures to come off of Tatiana's camera. But here are a few to enjoy.
(Can anyone tell me why I can't write anything under my pictures??? I have some kind of new format and don't know how to do it now...)