Monday, December 31, 2012

My favorite moments of this year- reflections in pictures

2012 has went by so fast! I can't believe today is the last day of the year.  2012 has been a wonderful year. I feel so blessed to have Grant in our life. I'm looking forward to what 2013 will bring. Here are pictures from this year that best highlight 2012:













Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby's first Christmas

Grant and his first Christmas has been so fun! Grant has been so fascinated with the joys of Christmas. The first thing he fell in love with was the Christmas tree. He has a fascination with yanking the the ribbons on the tree. I can't tell you how many times I had to run to the tree in fear that it will fall on his head. He loves grabbing the ornaments off the tree. Good thing most of the ornaments I have are mostly plastic (thanks to Marco breaking all the glass ones over the years). Grant did break one ornament though. Even though I usually keep the tree up until New Years, I am getting very close to taking the tree down now, because Grant won't stop messing with the tree. When I tell him no, he laughs at me. Ironically even though Grant has tons of new toys from Christmas, the ornaments off the tree are still more exciting.

I also have a little bowl of ornaments on the coffee table. I can't tell you how many times I have takes the ornaments off the table, because Grant wants to mess with them. I will say I have learned it hard to have pretty Christmas decorations with a baby. 

Look me, I'm not messing with anything
It's bad because today I wanted to get the house clean, but Grant was being very clingy, and his toys were not entertaining him, so I gave him a the bowl of ornaments. He had a high ole time playing with them and I was actually able to get things done with cleaning.

I love ornaments!
Grant also has a fasination with the end table of Christmas joy. As you can see in the picture below there, is a lot of neat things for a baby to get a hold of.

This table is pretty much what encourage Grant to learn how to pull himself up. It seems like a week after I put all these cute snowmen on the table, Grant started to figure out how to take all of the stuff off. Now the snowmen look like they have been through a battle, because they have fell on the ground so many times. One of the snowmen lost his nose, and part of his hat. Once Grant became really good at pulling himself up, he then started grabbing the coasters of the table. When I first put all the stuff on the table, Matt told me Grant would probably get to it. I told him there was no way that Grant couldn't reach it. Grant proved me wrong. hehehe..

Grant's other Christmas fascination is with wrapping paper. Wrapping presents was one of the things I could get done if I let Grant make a big mess and play with the bows. I quickly discovered that I had to keep tabs on the scissors at all times. Grant had a big infatuation with sharp shiny objects. The fun part was being able to wrap Grant's presents with Grant watching. He had no idea what I was doing and he enjoyed playing with them, while I wrapped them. As you can see in the pictures, Grant had quite a bit of fun with wrapping paper.

I used the changing table as my wrapping station, so Grant wouldn't mess with the scissors and ribbon. As you can see Marco wanted to be part of the action.

I love bows!

Having Fun!

I really enjoy playing with empty wrapping paper rolls

Grant surprisingly did really good with opening presents. Sometimes he would start losing interest and start playing with another toy or chase other pieces of paper around. It was so cute watching Grant open presents. Out of all his presents, it seemed like he liked Marco's toy the most. Marco didn't like that Grant played with his new toy, so he took it away from him. lol.

Had fun opening presents
All the toys Grant got from Santa and from family. So many things to play with but the tree is still more exciting.

That's my toy not yours!

It was also great making gifts for Daddy and getting a gift from Daddy as well!

Here is a gift that Grant made and we gave to Daddy:

 Daddy and Grant have me this amazing bracelet, it has a heart that says mom on it, and then it has my birthstone, Matt's and Grant's, I love it!

Grant had so much fun this Christmas. He loved playing with his cousins and play with there new Christmas toys. We still have Christmas to do with Matt's parents. I can't wait to watch Grant open more presents! Christmas has been enjoyable this year and I love watching Grant explore the joys of Christmas. I can't wait for what 2013 brings, and watching Grant get bigger and bigger, and learn new things! Merry Christmas, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas my Friends!

December 2010

December 2012

I can't believe it is Christmas again. I was just thinking that I have already received the best present and that is Grant. When I was pregnant, the anticipation and wondering of what Grant would look like and how he would act made me like a kid eagerly waiting to open her Christmas presents. I must say a marvelous present Grant turned out to be! He is so adorable, and he is so funny! I am glad to have such a wonderful husband and an adorable baby to experience his first Christmas. I am happy to have such a wonderful family as well. As you can see in just two years, our family has gotten bigger! My sister inlaw and brother now have another child, and another one on the way just in the last two years! I can't wait for Grant to meet his little cousin.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas. Enjoy spending time with the family,  and savor the joy of your little ones in your life!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My misconceptions about motherhood

Aw.. I've been so busy I barely have time to even blog! But I was delusional and thought that now that Grant is getting a little older, I would have time to do things like blog. Boy was I wrong. Now that he is mobile he is constantly getting into trouble, that he is keeping me on my toes! Especially with the Christmas tree up. His favorite thing to do is crawl to the Christmas tree and yank the ribbon, practically tipping over the tree.Grant pretty much gives me a heart attack once a day. He finds everything but his toys more exciting to play with and pull down. I thought now that he is older, he would entertain himself with his toys and play. But boy was I wrong. Toys aren't exciting. Pulling ornaments off the Christmas tree is exciting, playing with the TV remote is exciting, trying to slide down the stairs is exciting. What the hell was I thinking that it would get easier now that he is older?

I'm not sure why I thought that. Now that I almost have a year of motherhood underneath my belt, I'm starting to realize I had many misconceptions about what motherhood would be like. Maybe it's TV or books that skewed my vision. Or my false perception of people I know and how they things are for them as a parent. I guess I never realized that motherhood isn't a one size fits all. What works for one mother may not work for another. Babies are all different, and all have a mind in their own.

So here are the misconceptions I have had so far as a mother:

1) All newborns sleep, all the time. 
The other day, Amy who watches Grant was asking me if I missed the days when Grant slept all the time, because now he is getting into things and moving all over the place. And I probably am missing that stage tremendously and wish he was little again. Well, I don't miss that stage considering I never was in that stage with Grant. He probably slept good for the first week of his life. And then he pretty much decided to hate sleep, and that being awake was more exciting.I really don't know what it's like to have a baby that can sleep for more than 6 hours in a stretch of time or take a 2 hour nap. I'll get lucky if Grant takes a 10 minute nap. I thought during the newborn stage I could actually get stuff done, and have a lot of time to myself, because he would be sleeping all the time. Yeah right.

2) Babies actually go to bed at 7:00 p.m -8:00 p.m.
For a shower present, my sister in law gave me this book: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child .
I started to read it before I had Grant. Before I even understand what it meant to have a baby that doesn't sleep. I started to read this book, and freaked out when it was saying how you should put a baby to sleep at 7:00. I thought if I work all day and get home at 6:00 and put him to bed at 7:00, I would be so sad because I wouldn't get to spend time with him. I know my sister in law swears by this book, and she puts her kids to bed at 7:00. I remember freaking out about this, but then understood its all about scheduling the appropriate number of naps, having consistency, and a daily routine, to get to the point where a baby would go to be at 7:00pm. The problem is, this wonderful book, which in theory is a great book (and maybe I should give it another try, but at this point I feel like it's too late to even try) doesn't work in Grant's case. Grant doesn't take naps. He thinks he is missing something important. He takes 10 minute cap-naps, and then is somehow re-energized and ready to go for another 4 hours. And he isn't cranky, he is happy as can be. And he never goes to be sooner then 9:00. If he does go to be sooner then 9:00, he ends up waking up 40 minutes later, and then we can't get him back to bed until midnight. Most nights he goes to be at 9:30- 10:00. My child seems to hate sleep. I know I've heard of other mother's get upset when their child is under the care of a sitter, grandma, etc, and the baby takes a late nap, and then is unable to go to be at their normal time. I laugh not because it's a funny situation for that person. But rather, it's never that way for Grant. I wish I had that problem. For Grant, no matter what he goes to bed around 9:30, and never takes any naps after 4:00 pm. (It's a rarity.)

3) By the time a baby is a year old, they won't wake up at all during the night.
Little did I know there is a thing called sleep regression. If Grant didn't get enough sleep as it is, it just get's worse. Apparently going through the milestones like sitting, crawling, standing, etc, makes it hard for a baby to go to sleep and stay asleep. I thought by 9 months, Grant would sleep through the entire night. And maybe this is true for some babies, but this is not true for my baby. He still wakes up usually around 4:00 in the morning, and then at 6:00 in the morning, and will sleep for another hour or hour and half at that. I was hoping now that Grant is 10 months old, I would finally get a straight 8 hours of sleep. This has only happened like once, since Grant was born, and it was pretty much a fluke.

4) The older they get the easier it gets and you'll have more time to get stuff done.
Maybe this happens when they are like 5-6 years old. And if this isn't the case, don't tell me. I have a feeling it's one of those things where it never gets easier. I thought since Grant is getting older he may want to play more independently. Yes, he does want to play more independently but with things like laptop cords, snowman figurines off the end table. Why play with toys, when you can play with things you know your can't have.

And I'm really starting to believe I'll never have time to get stuff done. One of my volunteers that I work with in my job, was telling me how a mother was unsure that she wanted to be a co-leader because of the training she had to do and didn't have time to do it. I didn't understand this considering the training is pretty easy, it can be done within two hours online. I told my volunteer to work her magic and explain to this parent that the training is easy to do, and easy to find time to do it. And then my volunteer slapped me with a dose of reality. She told me that even when you're kids get older, you still don't have time to get stuff done. Instead of changing diapers, and chasing after a moving baby, you're going to soccer practices, helping with homework, and pretty much running around town. She said I may have a baby, and think I may not have time to get stuff done, but it doesn't get any better the older they get. The joys!

5) It's easy to let a baby cry it out, and that is the only way to get a baby to sleep if they wouldn't go to sleep.
Maybe it is easy for some. And I know the CIO (cry it out) solution is a sensitive subject for some. Considering some think it is a great method to use while others do not agree with it, and think it's cruel. I'm not here to lecture or judge on if a parent does use CIO. But I will say I always thought I would use this method to get a baby to sleep. Because I know this is the more old-school way of parents doing it. I think my parents did it, and I know of other parents who have done it. And I turned out OK. So I thought I could do it, especially considering my child HATES sleep. But I discovered that I simply could no let Grant CIO. I've tried on a few occasions, I let him cry for 20 minutes, and it was dreadful. I think he probably would have cried for over an hour if I would have let him, and I think he would have still been crying. The crying breaks my heart, and I realized that there is no such thing as a baby "playing me" usually when they are crying, it's because they are in pain, upset, want attention, etc. I discovered that I can do CIO, it's not for me.

6) Teething isn't THAT big of a deal.
I never understood how terrible teething is, until I became in the mist of it. Poor Grant, has had two bottom teeth for over 3 months now. And there is no other teeth in sight. I keep thinking his top front teeth will pop through but it still hasn't happened. Amy who watches Grant used a great analogy with me that I never really thought of with teething. Her example was when you have a toothache or get your wisdom teeth coming through, you're in a lot of pain, and may complain or cry about it. Imagine what it's like for a poor baby, when he or she has five-six coming in all at once. Look at all the teeth they get in just the two years of their little life. They have to go through so much pain and agony to get all those teeth. I can understand now why Grant cries and fusses over his teeth. Before I never really understand why teething is so terrible, until I actually have seen Grant go through 8 months of teething, and he only has two teeth so far. It's rough. He has a good reason to cry!

7) I would never do half of the stuff I've seen other parents do.
Before I had Grant, I had my "ideas" on how to parent. Mainly I based this other what I saw from how other parents parent their child. I told myself, I would never do that with my own child. I thought I had my own ideas on what makes the perfect parent. The thing is there is no such thing as a perfect parent, and now I know why parents do the things they do with their children. I never thought I would never get my child formula but I did. I never thought I would give my child a cookie in the morning. But it's the only way to make him happy when getting ready for work. (In my defense they are Gerber Arrowroot Cookies so I'm not giving him pure sugar.) I let Grant play with my makeup when I get ready for work, because if I didn't, I would be unable to get ready for work, because I would have a crying baby at my feet.  Bottom line, what parents let their children do sometimes may seem strange, or others may not understand if they don't have kids. But now that I am in the other side, I get it, and I get why parents let their kids do the the thing they let their kids do.

Yes, I play with mommy's makeup, don't tell daddy

Grant has opened my mind to parenting, and really has eliminated many of my misconceptions as a parent. It's definitely not easy taking care of a baby, but seeing his cute smiles and face brings joy to my heart, and makes it totally worth all the hardships. :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Nine months Grant!

I am a little belated on this blog entry, considering Grant is now 9 and 1/2 months, but it is impossible to find time to even blog. But regardless I can't believe Grant is 9 months already!Grant has grown like a weed! I feel like it was yesterday when I was pregnant with Grant. It's funny seeing a side by side comparison of myself. My face was really fat when I was pregnant!


Grant weighs 18 pounds and 13 oz. And he is 28 1/4 inches long. When he was born he was 5 pounds and 13 oz, and only 20 inches. So he has grown 13 pounds and 8 inches since he was born! Though he has grown quite a bit, he is only 25 percentile for his weight. But 55 percentile for his height. And 75 percentile for his head circumference. (It's all those brains!)

Grant is at such a fun age right now. He is babbling up a storm, he loves crawling all over the place and getting into things. He is such a ham. I love this stage. So what can Grant do right now at 9 months?

  • About a month ago he started crawling. He does an army crawl. And he can move fast! The baby gate is now up. It's funny to watch him crawl, he uses mainly his left hand to drag himself. 
  • About 3 weeks ago, Grant started pulling himself to sit on his own.                                    
  • This past week Grant started pulling himself in the standing position. We had to lower the baby bed to the third lowest notch. 
Look at me! I'm a big boy!
  •  Grant is a cheeseball, and I think he knows to smile for the camera now, because everytime I snap a picture, he gives me a big grin
  • Grant can say Dadda and Dad. He says it all the time. I keep trying to get him Mamma, but no such luck.
  • Grant can shake his head no when he doesn't want anymore baby food. I'm not sure where Grant learned that one from! I'm assuming at Aunt Amy's house who watches him during the day. I thought it was a fluke, that he just discovered to shake his head. But I started to notice, he only does it when he is eating, and when it's towards the end of the baby food jar. 
  • Grant only has 2 bottom teeth, but his two front teeth are so close to popping through! Grant has been kind of fussy because of it.
  • Grant makes the funniest sounds. He likes to make raspberries when he is mad. He likes to click his tongue on the roof of his mouth, and he likes to exhale his voice, and go "Ehhhh".  He does this when he gets excited. The funny part about that, is I discover is I do the same thing when I get excited. I didn't even realize it until randomly one day at work. Grant is like his mommy :)
  • Grant still hates sleep, he takes quick cat naps during the day (like 15 minutes) and he usually goes to bed around nine, and wakes up around seven everyday. I never get to sleep in anymore. It's pretty sad sleeping in for me now is sleep until 8:30
  • He has a fascination with dvds and cds. He somehow gets a hold of them off our tv. I can't leave any sitting on the tv stand. 
I'm not messing with anything!

  •  Grant has been eating table food and he loves it. His favorite are chicken noodle soup, turkey, and spaghetti and sauce.
  • Grant likes eating everything off the floor. I could sweep the floor 10 times, and he would still manage somehow to find a crumb or cat hair on the floor. I had this stage of him wanting to eat everything in site. I have to keep a close eye on him.
  • Grant is already throwing temper tantrams, if I take something away from him that he isn't suppose to have.
  • Grant is now in a convertable cart-seat. We got the Evenflo Trimph, and I love it.
Happy 9 months to me!

 I was just thinking today how I need to start preparing for Grant's 1st birthday. I can't believe he will be a year old in 2 and half months. It's crazy to think I'll need to start thinking about invites in a little over a month! Wow! Little Grant is so cute! Happy 9 months to you Grant. You're getting big quickly!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grant and his daddy

About a week and a half ago I had to go to a work conference in Chicago. I had to be gone for 3 nights and 4 days. I originally agreed to go on this trip early in July, when Grant didn't hit his severe "I love my mommy, and I want to be attached to her hip at all times stage". I figured by the time he hit 8 months, he would be ok to be without him mommy for a couple of days. Well then he hit the stage, where he didn't want to be with anyone but his mommy. Even Matt trying to calm him down or console him didn't work. So as I got closer and closer to the beginning of November, I began to have anxiety I feared the worse. I started to panic, and worry that Matt was going to hate me for going on this trip. That Grant would be so inconsolable and upset that Matt would have to call me in the middle of the night BEGGING me to come back.

Not only was I going out of town, but Matt was going out of town to a wedding. He was going to St. Louis for his cousin's wedding. So the thought of traveling with a baby on a six hour trip also worried me. Matt's mom and aunt were going to ride with him, but I was still worried Grant was not going to corporate in the car ride. Preparing to pack for a baby for Matt was a difficult task. According to Matt I packed way too much. But better be prepared than not have enough clothes, diaper, or food for a baby. So I had everything very organized. Grant's suitcase, had a specific listing of where everything was in the suitcase, whether that be in the front compartment or the main compartment. I also gave a list of things to remember to take with him before he left. I was prepared.

But not emotionally prepared. It ended up being rougher on me to leave Grant than it was for him. Surprisingly Grant did really well in my absence. When I left Grant with Matt, Grant was sleeping, which I think helped make the transition with being with just Matt easier. Throughout the weekend, I called on the trip several times surprised to hear that everything was going perfectly fine. I can't tell you how many times I would check my phone waiting for Matt to call in sheer panic, telling me "Why in the hell did you leave me with Grant all weekend?" Surprisingly those calls never came in.  I was the one calling every five seconds, making sure everything was fine. And it was fine. Grant had really good nights of sleep. When he did wake up, Matt gave him a bottle and he went right back to sleep. Which surprised me, because that never happens with me. Grant ends up  waking up and crying as soon as I put him back in his bed. Apparently Grant slept the entire car ride to St. Louis and back. Which also surprised me considering the last trip, it was really hard to entertain him. Really the theme of the weekend was Grant sleeping, and being very clingy to Matt.

I was so impressed that things went so well with Matt and Grant. And so happy to that Grant has such a wonderful Daddy to take care of him. Since Grant has been born, Matt has blown me away with how loving and nurturing he is towards Grant. My heart lights up every time I see Grant and Matt interact. I don't know what I was expecting how Matt was going to be when Grant was born. I wasn't expecting he was going to be a terrible dad. I knew he was going to be good. I guess I just didn't realize how good. With Matt as a parent, I see a side of him that I didn't even knew existed. And I absolutely love him more for that. It was reassuring to know that Grant didn't have a traumatic experience in my absence. He was perfectly content when I was gone, and acted as if I never left.

One of my favorite first pictures of Grant with his Daddy
 I was more of a baby when Grant was gone, I had a ridiculous meltdown on Sunday when we were shopping in Chicago, when I realized that we weren't getting home until really late. I missed Grant so much I just couldn't wait to see him. Ironically when I got home, he was sound asleep, and didn't wake up until the morning. But when he saw me, he gave the biggest smile, and it made me so happy to see him finally after four days.

Of course when I came back Grant went back to his not sleeping very well, and very clingy to me. Matt kept telling me that Grant didn't do those things when he was with him. But it's a little different when Grant is with his mommy. I am just so glad that everything went well, and that Matt is such a wonderful father. I am so lucky to have a great husband who is a great dad. Grant and Matt will have some great father son bonding throughout the years. Even though Grant is attached to his mommy, like most babies are to their mothers, his daddy holds a special place in his heart.

I love my daddy

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Crafting with Baby

Yesterday we went on a train ride in Lebanon to a pumpkin patch. Grant had a lot of fun on the train-ride, especially since his cousins were there.

When we were are the farm, we got to pick out a little pumpkin for each of us, since that was part of paying for our train ride. We ended up picking out a baby pumpkin for Grant, a medium size for me, and a bigger one for Matt.

So today I decided that since I had these adorable family size pumpkins, to make a little pumpkin family out of them. Those who know me I love making things, and I love being crafty. Since having Grant, I've rarely done anything crafty. I just don't have time. So tonight, I thought I venture with trying to decorate pumpkins. I guess I could have waited to do this when Grant was asleep but the problem is, Grant takes small naps, and usually I'm napping with him, and the time he goes to bed, I'm ready to go to bed. So I decided to attempt crafting while having a very mobile baby. Boy was that an adventure. I got out my bag of feathers, ribbons, buttons, glue gun sticks to make my pumpkin family. Within seconds, Grant started getting into it. I thought I had the feather bag sealed. Boy, was I wrong, I turned my head for a split second while I was gluing a broken stem off the pumpkin, and the next thing I knew, there were feathers everywhere.

I didn't make that mess. I'm innocent

Grant also got a hold of my bags of buttons and then spilled some out. He was trying to eat them.  That is when I gave him to daddy in the other room, so Matt could deal with him. But 5 minutes later Grant crawled back to the other room, with my feathery mess. I was luckily able to get my project done. But this was something that would usually take me 15 minutes to make, ended up taking me over a half hour to make. It's definitely not easy crafting with a baby!

Here is the finish project! Matt said I should have gave Grant red hair, which if you look closely I put a red feather underneath the blonde feather. Since it's still in question what color Grant's hair will be. It looks really red in the sunlight, but indoors it looks really blonde. So maybe it will be a strawberry blondish. Not sure. My favorite pumpkin is Matt. And I really like my hair on my pumpkin:

So there is my fun little crafty project. And I didn't even need Pinterest to inspire me. I came up with the design myself. Now if only I had time to do other projects, like work on Grant's scrapbook! I love making fun things, but never have the time to do it. Now I've learned that a bag of feathers are not only exciting to cats, but babies too. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hard learned parenting lessons

So while I was wasting time on Pinterest the other day, I came across this blog entry-
 50 Hard learned Parenting lessons

I must say most of these made me laugh, because they are so true and such an honest insight of parenting. While most of these things don't apply to my parent experience yet with Grant, just in general working with general pretty much half my life, I can totally relate. Kids are fun, unpredictable, and parenting is no easy task. I've learned that in the small amount of time I've been a parent. Everyday is a learning experience. I never realized how much parenting would change my life. And how much wiser it has made me. I thought I would be the perfect parent, but reality check, there really is no such thing as the perfect parent. Everyone makes mistakes as parent, you learn from them, and do what is best for YOUR child. So in my 8th months of being a mommy, here are my hard parenting lessons I like to add to this, that are more relevant to having a baby currently:

1) Every daily normal task you do, add an extra 15-20 minutes to it. (At least)

2) Never say never... You may say you'll never do something you've seen other parents do that you didn't like, and then come later, you find yourself doing it.

3) Babies are cute when you can hand them back to their moms when they get fussy, but when you are the mom, there's no one to hand the baby back to. They are still cute, but baby is pretty much attached to his or her mommy at all times .

4) Not all infants sleep all day, not all babies take naps, and not all babies sleep for over 12 hours straight.

5) Wiping off bodily fluids becomes second nature.

6) Babies grow at different rates, it's not a contest or competition if they can walk, crawl, sit, stand, before another baby that is older than he or she.

7) Every random sounds starts to manifest into a baby's cry

8) Don't get baby toys that sing annoying songs, you'll find yourself singing it out-loud ALL the time.

9) Giving baby medicine, is painful and tedious.

10) Mommies make every thing better. Sometimes daddies just don't do the trick.

11) A little dirt and germs won't hurt a baby

12) Babies are pretty durable and resilient.

13) Patience really is a virtue, and a must have as a parent.

14) It never goes as plan, go with the flow.

15) Enjoy every second of it, time flies. And babies grow pretty fast.

I would say my mommy is a good mommy and I'm pretty cute!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Grant verses Kitty

In my blog that I wrote in May, Now that there is a baby, pets are second fiddles I talk about how my furchild Marco is no longer the one who gets all the attention now that I have a baby. And I mention my fear of what it would be like when Grant starts being mobile with having a cat. Well the time has come, Grant started crawling this past week. But even before he was crawling, and when he started to figure out how to roll around all over the place, Grant discovered kitty. Poor Marco now gets his tail yanked on, his fur pulled out, and the top of his head messed with.

Right now I would say Marco and Grant is at the same intelligence level. Soon Grant will pass Marco up. Though one think Marco knows that Grant does not, is he understands what no mean and when he is doing something he is not suppose to be doing. Like going on the table and trying to drink tea, as soon as I discover my bad cat on the table, he instantly gets off and knows he has been caught. Now that Grant started crawling he has a fascination with crawling over to our end table and trying to grab my ceramic pumpkin. As soon as I move him away from it, he starts crawling back to it. We say "No, No Grant," but he just laughs at me.

Now that Grant is a crawling, he does things like kitty. When I make dinner, sometimes Marco likes reaching for my leg, and trying to get my attention. Grant does the same thing. I made dinner tonight, and there goes Grant crawling to my legs and reaching out for them. It's funny, I feel like I have two people to have to worry about getting into trouble. Kitty and Grant.  Grant and Marco are also interested in each others toys. I am constantly taking away Grant's toys away from Marco. Apparently Marco finds Grant's toys more fascinating. He loves playing with Grant's shapes with his shape's box. Marco also likes to hid Grant's toy's. I keep finding a collection of Grant's toys in the basement and behind the TV.

It's my toy, not yours!
Marco likes hiding Grant's toys

Grant has loves pulling Marco's tale and his fur. Luckily Marco doesn't mind much. He just lets Grant do it. I think deep down inside Marco enjoys Grant torturing him. Sometimes it seems like Marco intentionally gets near Grant just so Grant will annoy him.

I like to annoy kitty!

Grant and Marco are fun friends. They definitely keep me on my toes. It will be interesting when Grant is bigger than Marco, and when he starts walking. Right now it's funny because they are about the same size, same level crawling around, and same intelligence level. How I love my cute little buddy and my furry little guy!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Traveling adventures with a baby

So this past weekend my husband was a groomsman in his cousin’s wedding. Problem was this wedding was in Kansas City, Missouri. Which is about a 9-10 hour drive away from where we live. Traveling with a 7 month old on a 10 hour trip is not an easy feat. 

This year is the year of the weddings. All three of Matt’s cousins have gotten married this year (one of these cousins has yet to get married this year). They are all from the same family. So it has been a big year for Matt’s aunt and uncle considering both their two sons and one daughter is getting married all in one year. The first wedding was in May, this wedding was in St. Charles. This trip wasn’t bad at all considering Grant was only three and a half months old, and the trip was only a six hour trip. Plus we didn’t have to spend the night at a hotel. Since the wedding was close by to where Matt’s aunt and uncle live, they so graciously let us spend a couple nights at their house instead of a hotel, which worked out really well. Grant was really good during this trip. He only fussed a few times; we only had to make about 3 stops. On the way home he ended up pretty much sleeping the entire 6 hour ride which made the trip so much easier. This trip blindsided me and made me think, wow if it’s this easy to travel with a baby, it probably will be a breeze with the next wedding when Grant is 7 months old. I was warned by other people that this probably would not be the case. Apparently babies are easier to travel with when they are really little, under the age of four months. 

And boy was I in for an eye-opener. Definitely babies when they are older are very unpleasant to travel with. I had my worries and suspicions that Grant would not be very good during the car ride considering in the last month Grant has been going through the “I hate being in my car seat phase.” I do not like this phase. I know it is a matter of time that this phase will pass. But only if it could pass a wee bit faster.  With this phase, every time that I put Grant in his car seat, he starts screaming bloody murder, he arches his back and becomes stiff as a board. It’s extremely hard to put his little arms through the straps when puts up the biggest fit to resist it. And not only that, small trips are the worse. Last week we came from Matt’s sister’s house for a birthday, it was only a 30 minute ride, we had to stop twice, and even sitting in the back with Grant, he was inconsolable. He pretty much screamed bloody murder the entire half hour ride. And it just wasn’t one ride, he would be like that. He would be extremely upset in any ride that would take more than 20 minutes. So you can why I was freaking out with this trip considering, car riding is the enemy. I could barely take a half hour of gut retching screams, let alone 10 hours.

As my apprehension of this trip how this trip was going to grow, I started to get advice from many people in my life on how to make the trip easier for everyone. I got the “give him Tylenol an hour before the trip and he’ll sleep the entire ride”. And the “leave right when he goes to bed and drive through the night when he is sleeping.”  While I appreciated others’ advice, I just decided to to endure the trip without drugging my child to sleep or driving the trip half asleep ourselves.

Teething biscuits keep me entertained too.
Surprisingly the trip wasn't as terrible as I thought it was going to be. Grant was actually even better on the way home to Ohio. But compared to when he was 3 months old when we traveled, I had to keep Grant extremely entertained. And it seemed like we had to bring twice the amount of baby stuff then we did last time. This time I had a giant bag of toys to entertain Grant. None which really entertained him. I discovered that anything that wasn't a toy, things that Grant knew he could have, entertained him more. These toys included: My plastic key card on a lanyard that gets me in and out of the office, a magazine, paper coffee cup holder, my car keys, Pringles can and more. Yes, you can shriek that I let my child play with my car keys among other terrible things. But when you are desperate to keep a baby happy, you find yourself resorting to anything, just so you don't have to hear a crying baby for 10 hours. 

With our trip, we left the house at 8:45 am, and didn't get to Kansas City until 8:30 pm. We had to stop about every 2 hours. Grant would start getting very anxious, and fussy. He would get so excited to be able to get out of his car seat. At one rest stop, he got a blanket out put it in the grass, and let Grant roll around. He was so happy to be free from his restraints! And he tried to eat the grass too. 
Woah Grass! This is so much better then the toys I can play with in the car.

I also kept Grant entertained with movies. I bought a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD and Thomas and Friends dvd. I popped it in my laptop and set the laptop near Grant so he could watch DVD. Yes, I know it's terrible that I'm already using television as a way to make my child happy especially when he is only 7 months old. But it really did calm him down. He was crying, and as soon as I put Thomas and Friends, he instantly calmed down, and then started banging on my laptop with excitement. 

Loved watching Thomas and Friends!

My favorite part was when we got to the hotel, and Grant was so excited to be no longer in the car, that when we put him on our bed, he started kicking and moving all over the place. 

So happy to be free!
The only bad part of staying in a hotel with a baby, is Grant didn't have much space to roll and move around. So we used the big king size bed as his playing field. And I felt bad when he started crying, because I didn't want to disturb other people in the rooms. Also I learned when you are in a small room and don't have a diaper genie, putting a dirty diaper in the trashcan makes the entire room smell terrible!

 Overall the trip was great. And the long 12 hour drive had its moments. But we survived. And I'm glad I don't have to make a 10 hour trip with a baby anytime soon. But in about a month will be an interested adventure. Which is the third wedding in Missouri. But this one is in St. Louis, so it will only be a 6 hour drive. But the interesting element to this one, is I won't be there. It will just be Matt and Grant. Though they will probably drive with Matt's parents. I'm going to Chicago that same weekend for a conference at work. I'm starting to have my regrets, and I'm starting to freak out a little. I just keep telling myself, it will be fine. But it doesn't help that Grant is attached to his mommy. So we'll see how trip #3 goes. Hopefully it goes well. Grant will be 9 months by then! Woah where has the time gone? I don't know. How time flies! And I now feel like a traveling with a baby professional.