Thursday, October 29, 2009

All the Things We Can't Do

Here is a list of things that I wish I could do with the girls on rainy days, or any day really just for variety and to get out of the house:

Go to the mall's play area
Go to the Childrens Museum
Go to a Kindermusic class (or similar.  I'd love to do Gymboree but we've already been to a free trial and we can't afford a membership, plus it really is for just one child per adult)
Go to any store/business I want without worrying whether the double stroller can be accomodated

But alas, none of these can be done with just me.  In the first two examples they would be off in two different directions and even though the mall's play area is very contained, it's also quite large and I would worry that while I was chasing down one of the girls the other would be somewhere at the opposite end and maybe push another child or something and I wouldn't be there to prevent it and/or correct her.

So as far as weekday outings go we're pretty much limited to storytime at the library and trips to Target or the grocery store.  Although we really should have more playdates with the neighborhood kids.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Shrinking Nap

I knew this time would come eventually, but oh, did I not want or expect it this early.  The days of the 3+ hour naps are (sniff) over.  Miss Kayley started having issues with staying up WAY too late at night, so I've resorted to waking her up after two hours of nap.  And about every 3 or 4 days she refuses to take a nap at all.  Olivia started not going down as easy at night either, but she seems to be over it now and back to normal.  I miss my nice long 3+ hour break, but most days I still get 2 or a little more so it could be worse.  Obviously the day will come when they won't nap at all and then I'll be really sad, although in a way it will be good because we can do more fun things during the day.  But for now I'm going to soak up every minute of blissful quite that I can!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Last Sunday we took the girls to Jubilee Farms. It was so much fun! We took a hayride to the pumkpin fields where we searched high and low for two (that was all we could carry) perfect pumpkins. Kayley especially loved tromping through the fields examining every squash in her path saying "apple, apple" over and over. I'd correct, "no, Honey, that's a pumpkin" to which she'd reply "apple". Sigh. Everything round is either a ball or an apple, depending on whether it has a stem or looks food-like or not (pears, squash, etc are all "apples").

Olivia, on the other hand, was a little more focused on all the dirt and mud and therefore not as thrilled with the whole pumpkin hunt as Kayley. She let us know it was time to get back to dry/clean ground when I attempted to get a picture of the two of them together with our prized picks. Oh well, back on the hay wagon we went.

After Paul hauled both our pumpkins to the car while I chased the girls around the farm, we took them to see some farm animals. Pigs, chickens and turkeys (oh my). Then it was on to the hay maze which they really enjoyed. We would have let them play there longer if not for all the big kids running wild and repeatedly almost knocking them over. No worries, I'd have been the same way at that age. All in all, it was a great time.


Olivia contemplating...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Night Owls

It's been a rough couple of nights. It seems to have started last week when poop kept interrupting Kayley's naps. After several days of shortened or non-existent naps she slept long and late on Friday, until about 4:40. That night I put her down at her normal time (9:00) and at first she went to sleep (or least was quiet). But a half hour or so later she woke up and would not go back to sleep until 11:30 or so! She still got up at her normal time Saturday morning and I figured she'd take a great nap that afternoon but, no, not happening. I think she went to bed at her normal time or a little earlier that night, but Sunday she had a short nap again and was still up until 11:40 that night. Monday she had a normal nap, Olivia had a short one and they were both up until 10:30. NO idea why Olivia was up that late having had a shorter than usual nap and otherwise being a perfect sleeper. Totally weird. But as for Kayley, I'm beginning to wonder if she's getting ready to drop her nap altogether (please, God, no!). I've never heard of a 19-month-old dropping their nap but it sure seems like she might be heading that way. So far today she's been napping for about 2 hours and I think I'm going to get her up pretty soon to hopefully avoid another late night. I thought about not putting her down at all today to (hopefully) ensure that she goes to bed at a reasonable hour but I decided to try one last time to see if she gets back to her normal routine. I'm hoping it's just a weird phase and that things will return to normal soon. They have a cold, they're teething (molars) and they got some new toys a few days ago so some or all of that could have something to do with it, although this all started before the colds and toys, but they may have something to do with the trend continuing. We'll see what happens tonight. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I Just Wanna Grab a Latte...

I wish it wasn't so difficult to just grab a latte whenever the mood strikes. Today we went to storytime, and then to pick up a few groceries. The store and the library are right next to each other so we were able to walk in-between. Going to storytime is hard enough, because (and this is the case whenever we go anywhere that doesn't have shopping cart returns throughout the parking lot) I have to get one of the girls out, go around to the other side, put her on the floor of the car while I get the other one out, and then juggle them both plus my purse plus the keys so I can lock the car, all the while trying not to let either one run out into the parking lot or street or wherever, then carry Olivia while I let Kayley walk (because Olivia HATES to hold my hand)'s such a pain in the butt. Anyway, after storytime we walked to the store and I put them in a shopping cart and we did our shopping. Then I went next door to Starbucks to get a latte. Turns out it's much easier to take them into Starbucks in a shopping cart as opposed to their double stroller. But now I had to push them in the cart all the way back to the car (which was still parked by the library) and turns out shopping carts are really hard to steer with only one hand (the other hand holding said latte). So I ended up pulling the cart by the back end. No big deal. We get to the car, I put the groceries away, but now I had to return the cart back to the store. So I did, and then I had to walk back to the car holding Kayley's hand and carrying Olivia, who demanded to walk as well, so I let her and she of course fought the hand-holding with a vengence. Then I had to try to keep Kayley from running out into the parking lot while I got Olivia into her carseat. Ugh. All in all, it was a great stay-at-home mom kind of day, going to storytime and getting a latte--the kind of day I used to look forward to before I ever had kids. I just never imagined I'd have to try and do these things with TWO (of the same age). Yeah, I wish it was easier (and one day it will be!) but I still feel incredibly blessed to be a SAHM and get to do these things at all.