Day 7

Nov. 10th, 2012 01:34 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I skipped posting Day 6 yesterday. Bad me!

Yesterday, Corwin's school had a Storybook Parade, where all the kids dressed in a costume and carried a book that their costume was from. Corwin went as the "stalking and lurking adventurous cat," Slinky Malinki. Essentially, this means he wore the black cat costume that Ian wore for Halloween -- and Ian put up such a fuss about Corwin wearing the cat ears that I had to go dig out some old Cheetah ears I still have from a costume I wore in college for Ian to wear.

Ian was quite the sight yesterday -- he was wearing a Cars shirt that is really a pajama top of Corwin's. It was size 6 when I bought it last year, but has shrunk so much that it now fits Ian, who normally wears 2T these days, just fine. And the cheetah ears. I took some pictures on my ipod, but I haven't bothered to try transferring them to the computer yet to see if they're worth posting. Maybe tonight.

Since it was just Ian and me who needed to get up to the school yesterday morning for the parade, we went on the bike. That was a good decision both logistically (avoided the whole trying to find a parking place in the street and cajoling Ian to walk instead of staring at trees, bugs, and cracks in the sidewalk) and in that it got me a little bit of exercise. :) I haven't been doing too well with my exercise regimen lately. Motivation has been lacking, and being sick this week hasn't helped.

I went to bed at 10:15 last night, which is late compared to what I had been doing this week (9-9:30ish). Fell asleep just fine, but then spent a couple hours awake in the middle of the night coughing. I contemplated just getting up, but I really wanted the sleep. I finally found a position on my stomach that alleviated the coughing...and then Ian started coughing. Fortunately, he didn't cough for long and I was able to fall back asleep after that. Ready for my family to be healthy again!

Today I'm at work all day, so doubtful there'll be much of interest for me to post about tonight. But you never can tell!
cifarelli: (Ember)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] geognome4 was kind enough to babysit for us while we went out to dinner at Pappadeaux to celebrate our (10th!) anniversary. We have in the past gone to Brennan's, but decided this year to skip the long drive into downtown and go somewhere closer to home. We haven't been to Pappadeaux in a long time, and it was where we had the rehearsal dinner when we got married, so that was what we went with. It was yummy! And nice to get out by ourselves for a little while. We really need to make an effort to do that more often.

After dinner, we came home, and found that a very sleepy Ian was still hanging out with Judith, as he did not want to go to sleep without his parents. We suspected that might be the case -- thus part of the reason we decided to stick closer to home this year. However, as soon as we got home, Andrew took him from Judith and put him to bed, and he was asleep within 5 minutes. I didn't have to do anything at all -- so I count it a success. He went to bed without Mom, at least. :)

After Judith left and Ian was asleep (from Judith's description, it sounded like Corwin went to bed about like he usually does -- no crazy extraordinary requests or efforts to stay awake longer), Andrew and I sat down and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on blu-ray, which we had borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava and [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami a few weeks ago. So we're finally caught up on Harry Potter movies and could actually go see Part 2 in the theater....if we could find the time and babysitter to allow us to do so, which is always a tricky proposition -- the time part more than the babysitter part.

Turns out our blu-ray player has some issues with skipping though. It's been skipping when Corwin watches Cars, but I thought maybe the disk was just getting worn because he watches it every other day. But Harry Potter was skipping something terrible, and I somehow doubt that Tim and Jamie were watching it anywhere near that frequently before we borrowed it from them. ;) So that leaves our player as the culprit. Andrew looked online and said that it might need a firmware update, but checking this afternoon showed that we are up-to-date on that already (though the most recent update was back in February). So not sure what's up with that.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my evening yesterday; it was nice to have some time to enjoy and reconnect with Andrew. :) A VERY BIG thank you to [livejournal.com profile] geognome4! :)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Ian's sleep is all off today. *sigh*

He didn't get up 'til nearly 8:00 this morning. So after we dropped Corwin off at preschool camp at 9:30, we headed off to Target for some shopping, since I knew Ian wasn't going to be ready for a nap as soon as we got home. We got home around 11, I nursed him, and put him in bed. He was quiet and seemed like he was going to nap....and then the lawn guys arrived and got started.

So Ian didn't nap....just woke back up and fussed. So I got him up, and by the time the lawn guys finished (because they do our yard and the neighbor across the street at the same time, it takes them almost a full hour) it was time for lunch. But he was too tired to eat -- just swatted at me and cried when I tried to feed him. So I gave up on lunch and put him back to bed -- figured I'd feed him lunch when Corwin has his snack after camp.

Well, he fussed for a bit and then finally fell asleep. And now I have to go wake him up to go get Corwin from camp. *sigh* I think he's been asleep for MAYBE 30 minutes.

Ian update

Oct. 7th, 2010 09:52 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Ian had his 2-week checkup today (even though he's not two weeks old yet; he's actually only 10 days old). He's already grown an inch (and has outgrown the first of his 0-3 month footed sleepers, to boot!) and is up to 9 lbs, 7 oz, so already over his birth weight.

We had to go over to the hospital after his checkup so he could get his blood drawn for his second "newborn screen" (the first was done before we left the hospital), and THAT was rather a disaster. Basically, they stick his heel and then he is supposed to bleed onto a card, and fill up 5 circles on the card completely with blood. After the screen, we sat around for about 10 minutes so I could nurse him to help him calm down after the traumatic experience, and just as we had packed everything up and were walking toward the exit, one of the lab techs stopped us and said that the circles on the card had not been completely filled in, and that the card would likely be rejected. Our options were to let them send it off and see if it was accepted or rejected, and likely have to come back on a subsequent date to redo the blood draw....or just let them redo it before we left. So Ian got to have his OTHER heel pricked and the blood draw repeated, which none of us liked at all. But it was better than coming back another day, especially since my mom is here right now and was at home with Corwin, which might not be the case for a subsequent test.

Ian is a much better sleeper than Corwin was, fairly consistently sleeping anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours at a stretch at night. Corwin never slept more than 3 hours at a stretch for months, so I'm feeling rather spoiled. Ian is also sleeping a lot of the day away, but tends to be awake in the afternoon, except on days like today, when he had a stressful morning and slept all afternoon to make up for it. He's awake this evening (currently sitting with his grandma), so I'm hoping I'll be able to nurse him around 10:00 and go to sleep after that, but we'll see.

Ian's also just pretty laid back in general. He doesn't fuss or cry much; most of his fussing occurs when he's having a difficult time pooping. He doesn't really cry when he's hungry. Of course, I'm pretty good at reading and responding to his rooting cues, but Ian never really gets to fussing about being hungry, while I remember Corwin fussing about that a lot.

My mom is staying with us this week and next week, and having her around is helping a lot with the juggling of two kids. Andrew has also been at home for the last two weeks, but he goes back to work on Monday. It's gonna be a new adjustment next week not having him around. I'll get less sleep, as this week I've been able to sleep in some while Andrew has taken Corwin to his morning destinations. Even though Ian is doing pretty well at figuring out this sleeping at night thing, I'm still having to get up 2-3 times in the middle of the night for approximately 30 minutes each time (and occasionally longer than that if Ian has trouble going back to sleep or poops repeatedly), so it's been nice to not have to get up at 7 or 7:30 a.m. to get myself and the boys ready to be somewhere by 9 (especially as Ian will happily sleep 'til 10 or 11 if left alone). But once Andrew's not here to get Corwin ready to go and chauffeur him around, I'll have to get up even though I'll really want more sleep. I'm guessing I'll have to train Corwin to allow me to take a nap at some point during the day. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. :)

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