Friday, February 29, 2008

Let's go to the movies!!

Last night Rob and I took Austin to his first movie at a theater. "Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything". It wasn't nominated this year for any awards but I don't know how it was missed. It was riveting. The whole experience went well. Austin was in awe for the first few minutes. The movie started with some hero type music and Austin jabbed his pointer finger into the air and said "To Infinity and Beyond!" (which didn't come out that clear) because he was all of the sudden Buz Lightyear from Toy Story. I wasn't sure if he would be able to sit still for the whole movie (85 minutes). And just as I thought, with about 45 minutes left, he said (loudly, as that is the only volume he has) "I want to go home now." But, once I explained that the movie wasn't over and we had to watch the whole thing (that and Rob handing him a piece of candy every once in awhile) he seemed ok. When the movie was over Austin let everyone know by yelling "The End!" As soon as we got out of the theater he assigned us all characters from the movie. We had to address him as Larry. I was a Monster Rock and Rob was a Cabin Boy.

It was nice to go on a weekday evening because there were only two other families in the theater. I'm not sure if we'll be repeating the experience anytime soon though. It would have to be the perfect movie to hold his attention and definitely not something longer than 85 minutes. For his sake and mine.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I jumped the gun

Turns out we don't have a new Ellie on our hands. She's back to normal. Which means she back to spitting up around the clock and having a generally unhappy disposition. It sure was nice while it lasted though. So, now the trick is find out what happened in those three days that made such a difference. The only thing we can think of is that we weren't feeding her much because she was vomiting from a virus she had. And what we were feeding her was diluted 1:1 with water. But, a child her age should drink between 21 and 32 ounces a day and she is at about 25 so I don't think feeding her less is the answer. Maybe she has an allergy to soy and has had it all this time (she's on soy formula) but we just attributed it to her acid reflux. But, since she was eating less she wasn't getting as sick because she wasn't getting as much soy? Obviously we are stretching for any ideas here because we desperately want that happy child back in our house. If you have any super ideas, or any ideas at all, send them our way!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Introducing.....Ellie Kathleen Runchey!

I'd like to reintroduce Ellie to everyone. She was previously known as our adorable second child. Along with that description also came the description of chronically crabby. I know many of you disagreed with me and would say "nooo....she's just cute as can be" whenever I mentioned how crabby she was (mom and Patti, I'm talking to you) but we knew the truth. All the pictures I post of her smiling are a result of my undivided attention, silly noises, and funny faces. However, on Friday she flipped a switched and decided that life isn't so bad and might even be more fun to tackle in a good mood. We are crossing our fingers that this new improved attitude is a permanent change. She spent Friday playing by herself, watching Austin and his friends play, giggling and talking to no one in general, playing with me without wanting to be held. It was amazing. I thought about calling Rob and telling him to hurry home so he could witness her new found bliss. Surely it wouldn't last. But it did. He returned home around 5pm and she was still sitting up and chatting away and she was all smiles once he came in to say hello. We were slated to go out with some friends that night and I jokingly said we should probably skip it and enjoy Ellie while it lasted. But, let's not get crazy. A night away from the kids was still a night away from the kids. We dropped them off at my sisters house and said this was the happiest day of Ellie's life so far and to enjoy it for us.

Ellie's contentment continues! It's now Sunday, only two days later, but feels like an eternity and she is still happy! She still smiles and giggles, and chit chats and plays by herself. Best of all, she doesn't spit up every hour. So, it must have something to do with her stomach but that remains a mystery. In the meantime, we are enjoying Ellie's new attitude. Now when I post a picture of her beautiful smiling face it will hopefully be the real deal and not a result of crazy faces and silly noises.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Well, well, well...

Since the day Austin arrived in this world I have heard, on an almost daily basis, how much he looks like his dad. I'm not denying he does, but I just don't see it to the extent that everyone else in the world does. In my head, I've compared it to a mom of twins. She can instantly tell them apart because they are such different people and she sees them everyday. So, Austin and Rob have such different characteristics to me, that I really have to concentrate if I want to see a resemblance. And, now I have scientific proof that everyone else in the world is wrong. Using state of the art face recognition technology, it appears that Austin actually looks more like me by 10%. I'm sure this is completely accurate. As I've stated before, I'm sure everything on the internet is true.

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Search for family tree for free - Roots

For good measure, here is Ellie. No one has pointed out to me who she looks like. I win again.

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities - Collage - Morph

That 10% and 11% makes the nightmare of pregnancy and labor all worth it!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Unforunately, Valentine’s Day hasn’t been Ellie’s best day. She has had a bad cough for about a week and last night she started vomiting. Today has been okay, but she is pretty whimpery. She just took a nice long nap so Austin and I decided to make some Valentine’s Day treats. We decorated cards for his friends, stuffed some bags with candy, and baked some cupcakes. I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to deliver any of these Valentine’s but it was fun to make. When Ellie woke up, I wanted to take a picture of her in her new sleep sack to send my mom, but Austin said “Please take Austin’s picture too!” so I had him lay next to Ellie and here’s the result:

Then he started giggling, which made Ellie giggle. She loves her big brother! Too bad he isn’t as captivated by her (yet) so she doesn’t get near the amount of attention from him she would like. But, I love this next picture so I had to include it as well:

You'd never guess Ellie is so sick today. Back to the sleep sack! I bought a sack for Ellie at a garage sale before she was born. I figured even if we had a boy, he could show his feminine side at night and use the pink sleep sack. The idea is that they stay warmer at night, but that you don't have to use covers which is a big no-no when it comes to SIDS. So, Ellie has been using this sleep sack since the miracle blanket is gone. Our upstairs seems to get pretty chilly some nights. However, like every other item of clothes for my kids, she outgrew it in length to quickly. To buy one is $25 plus S&H. I found instructions on the internet and recruited my mom once again. The following is what she sewed in one hour last night. Amazing. And a quarter of the price. This one should last a long time. It's kind of silly actually because the whole point is that we don't have to give her a blanket and risk suffocation. However, our dear little girl sleeps best while holding onto a blanket. But, she doesn't keep the blanket on her, so at least the sack is still doing it's job by keeping her warm!

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Miracle(s) Continues

Many of you may have heard Rob and I promote the Amazing Miracle Blanket. Maybe even some have received it as a baby gift. It's a swaddle blanket I bought out of desperation when Austin was about 3 months old. He just would not sleep at night and, like a little Houdini, worked his way out of any type of swaddling we attempted. I read about this somewhere and it came with a guarantee so I had nothing to lose. The first night we used it he slept over 6 hours through (about 3 hours longer than he was doing). After two weeks he was doing 8 hours, and it just continued from there. So, of course we busted it out when Ellie came home. After she was about 2 weeks old, we decided it was time for her to be introduced to the miracle. By three weeks old she was sleeping about 6-8 hours per night. However, it's a "one size fits all" product. When your kids are above average height, it doesn't fit for very long. We recruited my mom to sew a replica in a larger size for Austin and it wasn't long before Ellie was using that as well. But, at 6 months she was rolling over easily. She would roll over in the middle of the night and become very frustrated and agitated because she was pinned in this blanket and couldn't move. So, we knew it was time to get rid of the blanket. Our first attempt was over nap time about 3 weeks ago. It wasn't pretty. But, just this past weekend we committed to getting rid of the blanket. Cold turkey. Friday night she woke up quite a bit, but would fall back asleep too. Saturday naptime was cut short about an hour, and by Saturday night she was back on track...maybe better. Sunday night she didn't wake up at all! She slept from 7:45pm to 6:45am. So although the blanket was a lifesaver in the beginning, the miracle of it all continues even though she isn't using the blanket. To prove she is getting a good night rest, here's how happy she was at breakfast:

So, the blanket is in storage. We'll dust it off when our third miracle arrives in August.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Daily Grind

I know it's been awhile since I posted so I tried to think about what it is that has kept me from updating our website. Could it be that nothing is going on? Nope, because nothing is really ever going on here and I still seem to make news of that. Then I thought, maybe we've just been really busy lately. But, I don't feel extra busy. But as I sit here with Ellie on my lap and Austin asleep, it dawned on me. Darn kids. Ellie has been fighting naptime. So, I no longer get a nice 2 hour break in my day. Austin still goes down like the napping champ he is, and always has been. He would sleep for over 3 hours a day if I let him. I usually cut it to two hours in hopes of him someday becoming so sleepy that he decides 7am is a good time to wake up instead of 5:30am. And I guarantee that as soon as he wakes up, Ellie will decide she wants to nap. So, no breaks in my day = no posts.

We had the camcorder out the last couple nights. Ellie has been mimicking us a little bit and I wanted to get it on tape. Turns out she is camera shy but I thought I'd share a typical night in our house anyway. Enjoy. Hopefully the kids get back on a nice nap schedule and I can get back to updating you about nothing.

p.s.--"Mr. Noodle" is a character on Sesame Street. He sings opera style.