Saturday, January 30, 2010

Potty time



Just practicing, cause nothing is happening yet!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New duds





We have been feeling like it's time to start 'finishing' the rooms throughout the house. We have yet to hang a single picture, set out accessories, and all of those other things that make a house feel like a home. We purchased these new chairs and a side table for the living room right after the new year. You can see the fabric we picked out for the upholstery draped over the top of the chair, the dark color is navy blue. My personal decorator, Matt, found the swatch among the other choices and I love it. Everything should be delivered soon, and I am ready to get them in the house and see how everything looks together. I am also so excited to continue working on and personalizing our house. It's really feels good to be here, at home.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monkey Buds




In early January we were able to catch up with our old friends the Forebaughs. They lived right above us in the condo building in Chicago, and they moved to the suburbs about the same time that we did. Lucky for us they are only 10 minutes away, but it's just not the same as just upstairs! They brought Lindsay's PJ's over to get her ready for bed before heading home that night, and Anna happens to own a matching pair! We couldn't resist a few pictures of these goofy girls.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

We've got a roller!



Elsie rolled over for the first time from her tummy to her back last week!

Catch Up

We have lots to catch up on, it's been a while since I posted! First things first though...dun dun dun. I have to back to work tomorrow. TOMORROW people, tomorrow. I have been busy this weekend getting myself and the house ready. Just doing a good cleaning, finishing up laundry, organizing myself, and those sorts of things. I know that life is going to be pretty busy in the coming weeks as we all adjust to the new schedule. I just want to be as 'ready' as I possibly can be...which is a joke in itself, who's ever ready with two kids? I will say that I am much more calm this time around than I was when I went back to work after Anna was born. I've already done it before, and I already know Niki so well. Plus, I feel like I know what to expect. Don't get me wrong, it's still a huge bummer. I have a feeling the folks on the morning train might see a few tears from me!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Big Girl Bed!




I've been stressing about how and when I should transition Anna to a big girl bed. I mean, is there ever a good time for this sort of thing? She clearly loves sleeping in her crib, but Elsie is super ready for a bed of her own. The last few weeks of December I started talking to Anna about how we would be taking her crib down. I wanted to explain it, and give her the opportunity to process in that little brain of hers what was about to happen. As luck would have it, she transitioned beautifully. PHEW. I spent NYE day with my mom shopping the outlets, and when we returned back to her house it was time for Anna's nap. I purposely did not bring the pack n play with me that day with the thought that she could try to take a nap in a bed. I figured if her crib wasn't right there...she wouldn't have a choice. So we waiting until she was good and tired and put her down in the late afternoon. The first few pictures above are from that day. She fiddled for a little while, but fell asleep quickly and I eventually had to wake her up around 530pm that evening to take her home. I guess that bed was comfortable! When we woke up on New Year's Day I decided it was THE day. Matt and I spent the morning disassembling the crib and then reassembling it in another room for Elsie. I made a big deal of making Anna's bed and setting it up for her. She had all morning and early afternoon to see it and prepare for her nap in her new big girl bed. Once again, she did great. So now, she has been sleeping in her big girl bed for a week and she continues to do so well. We've had a couple of little things come up, like emptying bookshelves when she's supposed to be napping, but nothing major. She did ask to sleep in her crib one night, but thankfully Elsie was already asleep. I was able to take her in and show her how Elsie needs the crib now, and explain to her (again) what a big girl she is and that's why she gets to sleep in the big girl bed. Worked like a charm!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Christmas at home







We arrived back home from Denver on Christmas day in the early afternoon. My mom came over and brought a super yummy casserole that we used to eat all of the time growing up. We dubbed it 'chicken surprise' as kids, and I promise you the name makes it sounds so horrible when it is actually so delicious. Matt's parents arrived later that evening, and we treated that night as our Christmas Eve. Following a tradition from Matt's childhood, Anna was allowed to open one gift that night. Well she actually opened one from us and one from Matt's parents and one from my mom. We got her put down for the night and awaited Santa's arrival. The next morning, she woke up and we had to divert her from the living room while Mike ran out for milk. She was super excited when she finally saw the tree with everything underneath it. We had a wonderful and lazy day opening presents, watching the snow fall ALL DAY LONG, and enjoying the fireplace. We prepared a wonderful meal that evening of beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green beans with shallots, bread and salad. I am so glad that we were able to celebrate at home this year too. I'll remember Christmas in Denver and in Chicago for a long time!