Sunday, August 25, 2013

Can't believe my little buddy is 18 months!

This is a little belated, (as we are creeping closer to Grant being 19 months old) but I can't believe he is already a year and a half old! It seems in the last couple of weeks he has really been doing so many more things, and acting more independent. I love the little personality coming out him. Its scary and exciting that when Grant is 21 months old (which is about in two months! ekk!) he will have a little little sister!

Look at me such a little man!

Here are things that Grant is doing at 18 months:

  • He know all his body parts if you ask him, and can say "eyes" while he points to them.
  •  He knows how to throw things away. (The right things) When he eats his fruit snacks, he throws away the wrapper, I don't even have to ask him.
  •  He knows how to put his dirty cups and spoons in the sink. (This one I didn't teach him, he must have figured it out on his own, and I must say I'm impressed!) I love how he likes to clean up behind himself!
  •  If you ask him or if he sees a picture of a monkey, dinosaur, bear, or dog, he'll make the sound that goes with it. I love hearing his little "ROAR!"
  • He says "eww" when he gets dirt in his diaper, (which happens a lot, he is such a boy) or when I am changing his diaper. 
  •  He loves tractors, dump trucks, and other big machinery. He likes to take a ride with Matt in the skidloader. Matt will put earmuffs on him, and the seat belt over him, while he sits on his lap. Grant loves it and he feels like such a big boy! Yesterday, the neighbor was working on tapping onto the sewer and water, and Grant just stood by the door watching all the heavy machinery move dirt. 

  •  He loves playing with his megablocks, and making big towers with them. He is really particular about making sure they line up perfectly. 
  • His favorite food right now seems to be mainly fruit. He has been going through a picky stage but loves eating blueberries, grapes, and watermelon.  
  • His new favorite dvd is Curious Buddies. Because he knows how to take it out of the DVD player and put it back in, it's all scratched up and stops about 8 minutes into in.  He will hand me the dvd case, and get all excited when we watch it.
  •  Grant has a new obsession with climbing on things. His favorite thing to do is climb on the bar-stool  (and now knock the bar-stool over) and get things off the counter. Like the markers and pens that I have in the pen-holder. He also likes to get candy from the candy dish. Yesterday, I had to hide the candy dish in the cabinet, because he kept getting skittles. That kid has a sweet tooth. He is so much my child!
  •  I ended up buying him a toy broom and dust pan, because he loves trying to sweep with a broom that is three times the size of him. He really impressed me when I had some dirt in a dustpan, and I walked about to get something, and I found him dumping the dirt from the dustpan into the trashcan! He is such a smart little buddy.

Grant is such a funny little guy. He has so much fun everyday in his little life. He impresses me at least once a day with the things that he picks up. I love my little buddy and I can't believe he is already a year and a half old! Before I know it,he'll be two!

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Innovative baby products redux

    I've been browsing around at my previous blog entries, and I've been laughing at some of the things I've said on there. Like the blog entries about my pregnancy with Grant, I seemed to complain a lot and I was really whiny about pregnancy. Now going through pregnancy the second time around, I realize that pregnancy is not as dramatic as I made it out to be in my previous entries. But in my defense I was experiencing it for the first time and to me it was dramatic.

    Now having 18 months of parenting under my belt and on my second pregnancy, I feel so much wiser than I was two years ago on parenting. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to claim that I'm a parenting expert especially since I'm still a new parent. But I feel wiser and more comfortable as a parent than I did before I had Grant.

    Going through my blog entries, I feel there is a blog entry, that is in need of serious editing. At the time for those who read it you (and were the experienced parents) you probably found yourself biting your tongue by my ignorance, as I claimed that you should not waste you money on certain baby products. But now looking back I laugh at it because I've used half of the products mentioned or wish I would have used them. So I find it sill now that I was claiming that those products were dumb considering when I wrote the blog entry I was only like two months pregnant, so obviously my view on parenting was still extremely new.

    Here is the blog entry I'm talking about: Latest gadgets for your baby

    So here is my revised opinion on this blog entry-
    The Belly Buds- Ok I still agree that these are weird, and probably a waste of money. The baby hears so much anyway in the womb that do they really need belly buds to hear sound? If someone can convince me otherwise that this is an awesome product than maybe I'll change my mind. But if you want your baby to hear sounds, play some music, talk to your belly. You don't need special belly buds to do that.

    The Moby Wrap- I laugh that I even put this as something that is a waste of money. The moby wrap is great! I will say it was a misconception of mine that this was an odd product. It just looked odd to me when I was no a mother and had a baby of my own. But once I had a baby, I realized the regular baby carriers just don't do the trick. It's nice carrying the baby around in a comfortable cloth wrap. Once I had Grant, I realize how practical a moby wrap is. I actually ended up having my friend make me a wrap (because I'm too cheap to spend the money on the actual Moby Wrap), I can't wait to use it on my newborn. When I got the wrap for Grant he was around 6 months old. I think the wrap is going to come in handy especially while trying to hold the baby and chase Grant around. I cringed that I even dissed the Moby Wrap. Sorry. But in my defense, my ignorance got the best of me.

    The Booby Trapper- Ok the name of this particular product is still weird. But in general nursing covers are wonderful! I realize how hard it is to try to nurse in public with a blanket, that I ended up buying a nursing cover. It's nice to have a cover strapped around my neck while trying to maneuver everything to breastfeed. It's especially helpful when you baby starts moving around a lot. A blanket doesn't help. But a nursing cover is great!

    The bouncy shirt thing or whatever the name is- Still looks weird. It doesn't look safe, nor would I ever put my baby in there. I like the regular jumpers that you can hang in the doorway, but this one looks like the baby could get his or her head stuck funny in the contraption.

    The Nose Frida- While it looks weird, and the concept still kind of grosses me out, I almost want one of these. After having so many problems with trying to get boogers and snot out of Grant's nose when he was younger, I realized that a product like this would have been helpful. The regular nose suction thing, just doesn't cut it. It would never get out the snot completely, which I've heard the nose frida does a great job getting it out. So I will say I wish I had this product. And sorry I dissed it.

    Here are some products I will stand by that I think are strange and/unsafe. Hopefully I will not write a blog a year later about how I was wrong about these products. But then again who knows.

    Head snuggler- I've seen variations of this product and this makes me cringe with how unsafe this looks. The idea is good. I get the idea of wanting something to keep a baby or toddlers head up while in the carseat. I always feel bad when Grant's little head falls forward while sleeping in the car. But this product looks so unsafe! What is going to stop a baby from suffocating or getting strangled in the strap or snuggler? This freaks me out that these things are actually sold. One website I found with a similar product they had these sold out!

     While this product is innovative and I'm all about multitasking while using the bathroom, do we need really immerse small children with technology in everything they do? I really hope I don't find myself saying in a couple of years that I wish I had this product. But then again who knows. I just hate the idea that a small toddler needs to play on an ipad in order to use the bathroom.

     Poor babies! While this is an interesting concept, I feel like it would be more of an hassle to get them on the bathroom stall door. Not to mention what is the hooks gave out and the fell? I rather take my chances with holding Grant on my lap while trying to use the restroom. It's hard to do, but one handed bathroom usage can be mastered.  I rather do that than hang my baby like a shirt on a coathanger.

    So there are my fun baby products for now. I'm tired and need to go to bed. Hope you enjoy my edits and my new ones!

    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Naming Woes Version 2.0

    When I was pregnant with Grant, we had a really hard time coming up with his name. You can read about it in my previous posts:  Naming my child and  Naming my child part 2. Matt of course wouldn't even discuss baby names until we knew the gender of Grant. And the same thing this time around. I had a lot of boy names I liked but of course I had so many girl names that it ran off the page. So when I found out I was having a boy, I thought this is going to be so hard! Surprisingly we came up with Grant's name very quickly after finding out he was a boy. It's especially funny that when anytime it's mentioned who came up with the name Grant, Matt will say it was him that came up with the name. When in fact it really was me. Though, He did come up with Grant's middle name, which is Taylor. But if that is what it took to get Matt to like Grant's name is think that he came up with it, than fine. Hahaha... The truth is one day I read a list of names to Matt, Grant was on that list. He didn't respond to any of the names. And acted as if my list has a bunch of reject names on it. Then a couple days later, at dinner all the sudden Matt said he really liked the name Grant. I ended up looking at my list to realize it was on it. The power of suggestion. He likes to claim to this day it was him that came up with Grant's name but really I was the one that planted the idea in his head.

    I really think we did a great job coming up with Grant's name. Though it's slightly annoying when people say "Did you intentionally name your child after civil war generals with it being Grant Taylor Sherman".  And when people say "Maybe he'll be a civil war reactor with that name". Despite those annoying comments, I love how strong sounding Grant's name. I think we did a good job naming him, which is why it puts naming this baby on a higher standard. I feel like we need to make sure this baby's name is just as good as Grant's name. Which is why it makes naming thing this time around is becoming so stressful.

    When I found out we were having a girl, I thought "Well naming a kid this time around will be so much easier." Boy was I wrong. I have so many girl names that I like, (way more than boys) that I thought we would be able to able to come up with something within a week. The thing is it's easier for me to come up with names I like, but getting Matt to like them is a different story. Which now at this point trying to find a name that he likes, is making me hate every name I look at. Mainly because I start over-analyzing every name. One thing I'm starting to realize is it's actually A LOT harder to name a girl than it is a boy. And maybe it's harder naming the second child because you want to make sure it sounds good with the first kid's name.

    So here are my reasons why I find naming a girl and a second child is harder:

    1) There are so many more unique girl names than boy names. But the problem is most of these unique girl names sound off the wall, crazy. And it seems everyone wants to name their girl an unique name, so unique names are no longer unique. It's funny because I was reading an article once that people are more likely to name their boy a traditional name verses an unique name. Though they are more apt to name their girl a more unique name.I want to name her an unique name, but at the same time I don't want her to have an off the way wall name that will affect her adulthood.

    2) It seems that girl names have more stereotypes to them than boy names do. When I've been going through names, or even suggesting some to friends, I get some negative stereotypes to them. For example some names sound like a stripper, some names sound like the girl may be trailer trash. Some names sound like the girl will be a rich snob. Don't get me wrong, just because a girl is names a certain name doesn't mean she will be doomed to those stereotypes. But everyone seems to have certain girl names that they stereotype. The more I got the thinking there really isn't any boy names where people have certain stereotypes about them. It's sad that as a society we seem to hold female names to a high standard. Which puts more pressure on me making sure I pick the right name. I don't want to set her up for failure or stereotypes before she is born.

    3) Because of my job and working with only girls, I've encountered so many different girl names. Some of the experiences I've had with these girls and in my past teaching experience, has tainted my view of certain names. Some girls have ruined a name that I use to like for me.

    4) There are so many girl names that I like that are on the top 100 names. I want to name our girl a name where she doesn't have 2-3 girls in her class with the same name. I may not be able to avoid that completely but I want to try to have a name that is semi different than the trending names.

    5) Making sure a name flows good with three names is way harder than making sure it flows with just two names.It's important that the kids' names sound good with the parents' name. Right now I love the way Matthew, Megan and Grant flow together. Now I have to continue that nice flow and make sure the fourth name goes great with Matthew, Megan, and Grant.

    I'm hoping we can come up with something soon. We still have some time, but I just want to have our name figured out. It doesn't help that Matt is dead set on a name, that I am just not fond of. Hopefully we can agree on something! Naming a child is a lot of stress. Hopefully we can find the perfect name that meets my ridiculous standards.

    Regardless of what we come up with, we are keeping the name a secret until the baby is born. Hopefully I can keep my big mouth shut. :)

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    It's a girl!

    I am a bad blogger, and have not written in here at all in the month of July! Sorry! July seemed to fly by so quickly! I got a new phone and we went on vacation, that I kept pushing my blog back. Bad me. But on July 12th, we found out the gender of our second baby.

    I'm happy to announce that we are having a girl! I am so excited! I seriously was convinced that I was having a boy. When we first got there and the tech was doing the ultrasound baby girl was being shy and crossing her legs. But finally she decided to reveal that she is a girl! I was so excited.I had tears of joy!

    She was breech when they did the ultrasound (at 22 weeks) but I think and hope that maybe today she decided to flip the correct way. She has always kicked in my lower stomach. She did that this morning, but suddenly this evening I feel movement above my belly button. I'm hoping she flipped. That or she is just punching me in the stomach right now. lol.  I'm really hoping for a VBAC this time around, so I'm hoping she'll stay the correct position until birth. I get an ultrasound on August 15th, so I find out for sure if she is in fact no longer breech.

    I'm still confused as to when my actual due date is. Based by my last period it would be November 13th. But the doctor measured her at behind when she was 8 weeks, and pushed my due date to November 22nd. At this ultrasound the tech said she was measuring at the Nov 13th due date. But when I saw my doctor last week, she was saying they were going to keep the Nov 22nd date. So who knows, at this point I guess the baby will come when she wants to come.

    I'm excited to have a little girl. I've been already been going crazy buying stuff. It's so fun buying girl clothes! I can't wait to dress her up in cute girl clothes and bows. Now that we know we are having a girl, the next hard part is coming up with a name. Right now we have NO idea what we are going to name her. We have some time. I thought it was hard naming Grant. But this time it seems harder to come up with a girl name. That will be another fun blog entry coming soon about figuring out a name.

    Here are some ultrasound pics of baby girl!(Sorry they are crooked, they were all wrinkly and it was hard to scan them)

    You can see her little face!

    Hopefully I'll be a better blogger and start writing in here more often. I do have a lot of things to blog about!