Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Terrible Twos

For the most part, Mackenzie has not been the typical "terrible" 2 year old. She's had her moments here an there, but she's really been a very easy going child and not needed too much discipline. That is until more recently. I've found myself using this phrase a lot, "you need to change your attitude." Or this one, "Why are you upset?" She's been so moody lately and throwing fits much more often. The other day she woke up happy from her nap and then within 3 minutes she was crying and throwing a fit. Brandon finally picked her up and took her to her room for a time out. After that she was better. Apparently, I just need to be a little more active in my disciplining rather than just threats of going to her room.

Another example of her moodiness is when she woke up pretty crabby on Monday morning, but by the time we got to school she was just fine. Then on Tuesday she woke up happy, but by the time we got to school, she was clingy and crying and I had to leave her at the school crying for me. I hate that! This morning - all was well again both when she woke up and when I dropped her off. I didn't have to ask her to change her attitude at all!

I know most of her moodiness comes from her age and the fact that she's trying to understand her emotions and how to deal with them, but it can still be a little frustrating. Since she's almost 3, does that mean the moodiness will instantly stop then? ;)

PS - She is still a very happy child, it's just the slight mood swings that sneak up on all of us - including her.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The post where I attempt to blog

So, I haven't blogged in over a week. This could mean one of the following:

1. I have nothing to say - bloggers block
2. I have something to say, but I'm too busy to blog.
3. I am too busy, but still have nothing to say.
4. I am too lazy to upload pics in order to have something to say.

The answer is sort of a combination of things, but mostly it's bloggers block. So, I'm going with a list today to help me get out of my slump.

1. Mackenzie is in the "incessant question" phase right now. As in, "momma, what's that?" and "momma, what's that?" and "momma, what's that?" I love it and hate it at the same time. I love it because she's curious, but it can be a little frustrating when she asks about things she knows the answer to. I've started responding with, "you tell me".

2. We had a great "pool party" at my parents' house the day before Father's Day. My dad had 3 of his 4 children and all 5 grandchildren in the pool with him at the same time. My brother was there, he just didn't swim, so my dad did have everyone there with him. My dad taught my 7 year old nephew how to jump off his shoulders in the pool. Something which he hadn't done in at least 15 years! And of course there's always fun to be had with 3 kids in swim diapers! That's all I'm going to say about that! ;)

3. My goal to go swimming very weekend this summer is going well. This past weekend we played in the sprinklers in our backyard, but we at least donned our swimsuits for the 5th weekend in a row! I'm slowly becoming comfortable in my maternity swimsuit. That, and it's just so darn hot outside, that I don't care as long as I can cool off.

4. Some recent Mackenzie phrases are:
- "Ponies are sweaty" - we think she means dirty
- "I have a dinosaur in my belly"
- "I not talking to you, Momma. I talking to Daddy"

Thanks for those who hung on with my lull between posts as well as my long list today. Maybe this will get me going with more posts soon!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hair Color

This past weekend, Brandon downloaded the past 2 1/2 years of videos from our camcorder to the computer and made 2 DVDs. It's been fun to see the videos we made. Especially the ones I did when I was on maternity leave and she was just 2 months old! Anyways, looking back at the videos made me realize how dark Mackenzie's hair once was.

One of our friends always tells us how much lighter Mackenzie's hair is every time we see her, but I never really believed her because I see Mackenzie every day and hadn't noticed. So, here's a progression of her hair color starting from when she was about 5 months old.

Not much hair to look at - but a little dark.

A little darker with a hint of red.It looks very dark here - but I can't really tell if it's just the lighting or not.
A little over a year old - still pretty dark and still seems to have a little red.

Lightening up about 18 months old.Her 2nd birthday - much more blonde, but still has a little darker color to it.

Today (or a couple of months ago) - pretty blonde.

So it has gotten progressively lighter in the last 2 1/2 years. I'm sure it will be lighter this summer as she spends more time outside, but I'm curious to see if it gets dark again to match mine and Brandon's hair. Only time will tell...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Children's Museum

We went to the Children's Museum again this weekend. We love this place and this time, since Brandon came with us, we adventured to some of the areas that we hadn't seen before. Apparently, there are some areas that I assumed were too old for Mackenzie and so I didn't go, but I was wrong. We saw lots of new stuff on this trip.

We made our typical stops in the toddler area and the Kidtropolis area. She stayed an extra long time in the veterinary clinic which I find so funny every time since she's afraid of animals! Maybe she's trying to overcome her fear with stuffed animals first.


But then we found some new stuff. She got a lot of energy out running around on this:
She also enjoyed a "new to us" play area:
Then, she learned to snow board!

And then of course, there were learning activities involved. This was a small light table where you could put different colored plastic shapes on the glass and shine the light up on the ceiling. At one point, Mackenzie picked up one of the pieces and quizzed Brandon saying, "Daddy, what shape is this?" She did it several time and wouldn't put it on the light table until he said the shape. She did a similar thing to me the other day when she folded her straw in half and asked me what letter it was. I thought maybe it was an upside down "V", but she corrected me and said, "no, it's an "A". Then she proceeded to ask me several more times what letter it was until she was sure I understood. ;)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gymnastics

Mackenzie has never been a daring child - never really climbed anything, doesn't really like to sit up high (except for on Brandon's shoulders), doesn't jump in the pool...she just doesn't seem to need that adrenaline rush. I'm pretty sure she gets that from me, seeing as how I'm not daring either...no water sports, no roller coasters, no motorcycles, etc.

A couple of weeks ago we went to that birthday party I mentioned at the Little Gym. I didn't really know what to expect, so I know she didn't either. For those who have never been, it has a big mat on the floor, balancing beams, bars to swing on, and things to climb - all things gymnastic. Surprise, surprise...Mackenzie really only liked running around on the mat and going through the tunnel and the balance beam. She was very good at the balance beam - I was impressed.

One of the activities they did was put a few kids at a time on a small mat and roll them across the large mat as fast as they could. I convinced Mackenzie to do it once, but not a second time.

video
I could not convince her to do a flip over a large round mat that they had. This required the child to lay on their belly at the top of the circle (about 5 feet in the air) and let the girls roll the mat around until their head hit the next mat and they could finish up with a flip. Mackenzie took one look at that and said no.

She also didn't care for the jumping thing until after it was blown up. Luckily, one of the girls running the show noticed that Mackenzie was not liking it being blown up while they were all sitting on it and offered to hold her. Mackenzie gladly accepted.
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So, the lesson learned for this event is...no gymnastics as of yet. I think we'll just stick with dance for now. Although, we will still have to work on stage fright! ;)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dance Recital

Back in May, Mackenzie had her first dance recital. She's been taking dance lessons once a week for 30 minutes and she usually shows us what she's been working on. I was really excited about seeing her dance, but it hadn't occurred to me until we walked in that she might not dance with everyone looking at her. This is what she looked like when all of the parents walked in - about 20 of us.

But then she surprised me and started the warm up which consisted of jumping up and down for several minutes - lots of energy.

Next came head rolls.

And then finally they were ready. Everyone clapped after the warm up and then they started the ballet portion. I was so excited to see her do her plies, but I soon realized I wasn't going to see them. Mackenzie did this for the remainder of the show (about 20 minutes).

She basically watched everyone else dance or looked at the parents. Occasionally, we would catch her eye and mouth "dance", but she would just look at us and shake her head, "no". Half way through they had to get on the floor to start a new routine and she forgot about the people and danced...

...but then she remembered every one was watching and she didn't want to dance, so she stopped and just watched everyone else.

At the end, she received a trophy and certificate for participating.

Since the recital, she has shown us many of her dance moves, but clearly she doesn't like the big crowds watching her!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

10 years!

Yep, Brandon and I have now officially been married for 10 years!!! It doesn't seem like that long ago, but they say time flies when your are having fun! ;)

Look how young we look! We were only 21 and 23 at the time.
Brandon proposed 6 weeks shy of my 20th birthday in 2000 and we were engaged for 18 months. I don't recommend it (the long engagement), but it worked out. Once Brandon graduated from undergrad, we tied the knot a few weeks later!

Look how young our bridal party is?! Brandon is the oldest at 23 and my brother was the youngest at 15!
I've had fun since the day we married...
and look forward to many many many more years!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's hot!

There...Let the complaining begin. I still have 3 more months until Meredith arrives and I AM HOT!!!

I've had a summer pregnancy before. Mackenzie was born in September, so I've done the entire Humid Houston summer thing. I remember with Mackenzie that I had cankles by July and Brandon said my toes looked like "little vienna sausages" sometime in August, but I just don't remember being sooooo hot, sooooo soon. But then again, 3 years ago I don't think we were breaking record highs in the 100's in early JUNE! What is that all about?! When we first announced I was pregnant and due in August everyone said, "oh no a summer pregnancy." My response was, "I've done it before and it's not that bad." I truly believed that. It's not like when Brandon and I were planning our pregnancy I said, "well, what if we have record temps and no rain in May and June?" Plus, even if I was that hot before, I think God has a way of making us forget certain aspects of pregnancy so that it's all a happy experience and we do it again! ;) Maybe this was one of those things for me. (The other was my hip issues - I remember my hips hurting, but I had forgotten how bad until I was pregnant again!)

This past Saturday to try to beat the heat, Mackenzie and I went to the neighborhood pool right when they opened at 9:00am. We stayed until about 10:45 and had a good time. It's not too bad in the early morning and since it's so hot during the day, the pool isn't really that cold first thing in the morning. That's going to be my goal this summer - try to go to the pool in the morning or evening at least once every weekend. Mackenzie really enjoys swimming around and I think by the end of the summer she'll be so much better and be able to float more on her own and not feel the need to never let go of my hand. So far I'm 2 for 2 on the weekends since Memorial Day - off to a great start!

This morning I had to walk the jobsite and so I went first thing and only had to be outside from 7:30 to 8:15 and then I walked the interior of the building. It wasn't blazing hot yet, but it was plenty humid and I could feel my hair sticking to the back of my neck and matting to my head under my hardhat. Awesome, huh? Sometimes this weather makes me want to cut off all my hair instead of growing it out but the problem is, I would never cut it shorter than chin length and once it's that short, I can't pull it back in a pony tail, so it just stays on my neck anyway.

Well as the summer temps continue to climb for then next 3 months, I'll try to keep my complaining to a minimum here on the blog! Although, Brandon and others around me on consistent basis will most likely here more about it! ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Getting Closer

It's getting closer, but yet still so far away. I'll be officially in my third trimester on Sunday and today I had my glucose screen for gestational diabetes. Unlike the last pregnancy, I'm happy to announce that I passed the 1 hour glucose screen and DO NOT have to take the yucky 3 hour test! Woo Hoo! And a double woo hoo for not having gestational diabetes! ;)

I also registered at the hospital today, so we are all set should I have to be admitted early for any strange reason. I'll be delivering at a different hospital this time, so I actually had to ask the registration person where I am supposed to go should I go into early labor. I think I should probably sign up for the hospital tour in the next month or so, just as a precaution.

Meredith is doing great and has really started to show her strength in the last week. She especially likes to dance around when I'm laying on my side. It feels awesome. That was sarcastic, except that it does ease my conscious when she moves around. So I guess I'm excited she likes to dance! It would just be better if she didn't do it as I'm trying to go to sleep. ;)

Now that you can see Meredith move on the outside of my belly, I try to let Mackenzie see or feel the movements when I can. She's kind of funny about the whole thing. I'll sit on the couch, raise my shirt up to show my belly and ask Mackenzie if she want to feel Meredith. Most of the time she doesn't really want to touch my belly but will look for the movement. The few times I've grabbed her hand and pressed it to my belly, she's pulled away. When I ask her if she sees the movement, she focuses on my belly button like she's going to see the movement through a hole in my belly. (I have an innie belly button, so it's kind of like a hole in my belly.) After a few minutes of looking, she looks at me and says, "put your shirt down, momma." ;) I guess we are super modest right now. Or maybe my big, ever growing, pale belly is scary to her! ;)

Almost there! Only 88+/- days to go! ;)
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