Friday, March 16, 2012

More William

I took this video of William today. He was hilarious! I was just smiling at him, and this is the reaction I got:

He eventually sat himself back up and kept laughing.

He's such a funny little guy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

William at 8 months

Oh, William. I hope you will not look back at pictures of your first year and feel slighted. I hope you won't think we didn't love you as much as the twins. Or that you were forgotten.

Because, I promise, you are most definitely not forgotten around here.

You are typically the first one up in the mornings. (Although I wish you would sleep a tad later - 6:30ish is still too early for me - I do enjoy the alone time with you.) Your whole face lights up when I walk in your room to get you out of bed. You sleep wrapped in a Woombie, so you look like a little GloWorm. It's adorable.

You watch me make your bottles and usually like to play with a piece of paper or whatever other random thing I can find in the kitchen to keep you occupied.

You get so excited when it's finally time for your bottle! Sometimes it's hard to keep you from putting it in your mouth before we get to the couch. After your bottle, your good mood generally continues. You are most content in your jumpy thing in the mornings.

But you like to know that I'm still close by. You get very upset when I leave the room. Sometimes I can trick you, though, and leave while you're not looking. :)

When Ellen and Cole get up, they walk right over to you and "talk" to you. I assume y'all are talking about your dreams or scheming about how to drive me crazy entertain me that day. Ellen especially loves talking to you throughout the day. They both like to "help" me change your diaper, feed you, and just take care of you in general. Ellen has also started helping me burp you.

You love watching them play throughout the day, and now they are able to bring you toys. Sometimes they're a little sneaky and take a toy from you and replace it with something not nearly as fun. You are generally not amused by this. You love playing with their sippy cups and know how it works.

You used to be most happy in the Bumbo seat, especially with the tray on it, but lately you have gotten so good at sitting up. We put the Boppy pillow behind you just in case you tip over. I assume you like being on the floor best because it's easiest to interact with Cole and Ellen. You do NOT like the playmat. At all. You hate being on your tummy, but I make you do it so you'll hopefully start crawling soon. You have started rocking on your hands and knees lately, so I don't think it's too far away. You're not a big fan of being on your back on the playmat either.

Napping is the only issue causing discord in our relationship. Over the last 4 or 5 weeks you have started napping longer stretches in the mornings, about 1.5-2 hours. I really, really, really want you to nap for about 2 hours in the afternoon, but you almost never do that. Instead, you want to nap for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Even though napping isn't your best thing, you are a champ at night. You consistently sleep 11-12 hours every night. Some days you are so tired you go to bed at 6, but most nights your bed time is 7ish. You do pretty well when we push you past 7, but you are clearly tired. You rub your eyes and randomly cry for about 5 seconds at a time every 10 minutes or so.

You are taking four 8-ounce bottles every day. Plus, you eat at least two containers of baby food (Stage 2). So far, you like every kind of food we've given you. You like to try to take food from Ellen and Cole's trays at lunch, but you have not seemed interested in puffs.

Overall, you are a delight! You have been an incredible addition to our family. We can't wait until you are truly interacting with Cole and Ellen and can show even more of your cute little personality.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Anna vs. the alarm clock and CrossFit

Yesterday marked the end of my second week of CrossFit. Last week was a bit...bumpy, we'll say.

Monday was easy; I practically jumped out of bed at 5 AM. It was the first day, and I was excited. The workout was great. I was sore after, of course, but I felt great about myself. I accomplished a TON (more than I usually do in a whole day) before 9 that morning. I unloaded the dishwasher, started a load of laundry, and made dinner for Monday night all while entertaining William and feeding the twins.

Be very impressed.

BUT, Tuesday did not go so well. It actually did not go at all.

The short story is I overslept.

The long story is long and explains that it wasn't exactly my fault. ;) I have a terrible history with alarm clocks. We have a mutual hatred for one another. It never rings loud enough to wake me. And if it does, it makes me so mad that I must turn it off. This time I woke up and hit snooze - one of my favorite things to do in the morning.

(*It is important to note here that I have not used an alarm clock in the morning for 2 years. And I have NEVER used one at 5 in the morning.)

This was my first time using the alarm clock on my iPhone, and I didn't realize that there is a 9 minute snooze. Yikes! So, I thought I would get to close my eyes for 5 more minutes, but I got 9. Then I hit snooze again. Double yikes. I thought it would be 5:10 when I got up, but it was 5:19.

Too late. It was too late to go. I was mad. But there was nothing I could do.

There is no morning class on Wednesday, so Thursday was my next shot.

The exact same thing happened. I was livid that morning and in a bad mood all day long.

Thursday night, Cole and I devised a plan. He would set his alarm then kick me out of bed.

It worked, and we've been doing that ever since. (Yes, he does get extra brownie points for technically waking up at 5 AM so that I can work out.)

I really, really like CrossFit so far. It's a little difficult to explain to people what the workouts are like because they are different every day. Suffice it to say, they are difficult but doable. I've done lots of squats, situps, pushups (I try, anyway), and weightlifting. And I've done lots of other random things (rope climbs, rowing, etc.). One day I'll do a post about some actual workouts we've done so you can get an idea of what I do so early in the morning.

I think I would prefer not to go at 5 in the morning, but that's really the only time that works for my life right now. It makes me feel so much better about myself AND I get to talk to adults. About something other than babies. It's pure 5 AM.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Oh, hello 2012

Somehow, I think I'm still stuck in 2010. (When I originally wrote the title for this post, I wrote 2010.)

Yet, here we are, 13 days into 2012.

Today Ellen and Cole are 18 months old. That is completely unbelievable to me. They are seriously growing up so fast. (Some days seems to draaaaaaaaag on and on, but that's another post.)

Looking forward to 2012, I've been thinking about my goals for this next year. Yes, I suppose "goals" are the same thing as resolutions, but my word sounds better. :) One of my goals this year is to focus on my fitness. Not weight loss necessarily, but fitness. I want to feel good about myself. I want to be in shape.

Last December I was just starting to get serious about getting in shape again after having the twins. And then I found out I was pregnant with William, so I quit working out and watching what I ate and started focusing on surviving. I told myself that when William was 6 months old, I would revisit getting in shape.

William turned 6 months on December 24. I'd been thinking for a long time about what kind of exercise routine would work best for me. I would love to be able to work out in the afternoons, but it's so hard (and expensive!) to get a babysitter every afternoon. Early mornings were going to be best, sadly. I am NOT a morning person. I tried to get up and do a DVD by myself a few times, but every single time something stopped me from getting a full workout in. After that, I knew I would need to leave the house.

I decided that CrossFit might be my best option. The location closest to me offers a morning class (5:30 AM! Yikes!). They have a trainer there telling you what to do, helping with all the moves, and offering encouragement. PLUS, there are other people there...other adults. I desperately need some interaction on a regular basis with adults.

I have now completed the first of two beginner classes, and I think I'll be able to start regular classes Monday morning. I can't wait!

I'll post more about our workouts and how getting up in the mornings goes later. And I promise to do a Christmas recap. I have some FUNNY pictures of the twins (especially Ellen) to share.