Tuesday, January 27, 2009

No he didn't!!!

Since we were snowed in today I decided to clean out Austin's closet, the guest room closet and the hall. I was using a black sharpie to label some of Austin's clothes that we plan to loan out and stupid me left the sharpie on Austin's floor when I went to make lunch. It appeared to be really quiet and I just had a feeling he was into something he shouldn't be into. I walked into the guest room and found black marks on the carpet. At first I thought he was riding his car and something had got on the wheels and then I couldn't find him I so proceeded to his room where I found the lid to the marker. I then started to panic and found him behind the rocker in the guest room/soon to be baby sisters room. He had not only drawn on the carpet but all over his hand and foot, the window sill, blinds, wall, 3 riding cars and on the back of the rocker. You would think that I had left him alone for more than 5 minutes but no, he did all of this in under 5 minutes. His Nana told me he gets his drawing skills from his daddy.
Let me know if you any suggestions for how to get sharpie out of carpet. I have tried spot removers, nail polish remover, wipes, hairspray and will try Windex. I found all these suggestions on a sharpie remover website and nothing has taken it out so far.
After he realized he was in trouble.
The carpet...still can't get it out

Window sill...I used a Mr. Clean eraser to get most of it out but you can still see it. Any suggestions?

Wall...we have to paint the new nursery anyways so I didn't really care about this one.

Lessons in Potty Training

I was reading my friend Emily's blog and saw that she had a post on potty training so I just had to do one myself. Here goes....

Things I have learned from trying to potty train Austin

1. Patience, patience, patience

2. You don't necessarily have to pee or poop to flush, a good pooty (fart) will do according to Austin.

3. Bribery is okay...chocolate (M&M's), stickers, Cool CARS pull-ups....whatever works.

4. Producing a "big one" is cool. Austin gets this phrase from his daddy and Uncle Kev.

5. Telling him that Mama, Dada. Nana, Mimi, Papa and all his friends go potty on the big potty doesn't necessarily help. He just continues to say, "Mama poop, Dada, poop" and so on.

6. Let's not pee every time we get in the bathtub!

7. Don't push it...it will happen when they are good and ready.

8. Jumping up and down, clapping and dancing is an acceptable form of positive encouragement.

9. Demonstrating is okay whether it be a stuffed animal or mom or dad.

10. Having 2 kids in diapers won't be so bad will it????

For more helpful advice see The Potty Boot camp

Moms little helper

So the doctor has confirmed several times that we are having a baby girl. Nick and I were finally brave enough to start washing some of her newborn clothes. As you can see from the pictures below all we had to do was put the soap in. Austin loved looking at all the baby pink clothes. He is going to be such a good big brother.

Daddy using the fry daddy....outside

So Nick loves to fry french fries in his fry daddy but lately I can't stand the smell of the grease in the house! I prefer mine baked but he won't go for that.
I walked into the kitchen Sunday after church and Nick was standing there with his coat on. I asked him why he had his coat on and he told me he was cooking fries on the back patio. I thought it was the funniest thing to see him out there in 20 degree weather cooking fries. At least I didn't have to smell them! :) Thanks for cooking them outside, Nick.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Austin pics

So Austin was all decked out in his OU gear for pre-school this morning! I just had to take a picture when we got home. There is something about these pictures that make him look so grown up! He is starting to get into posing for pictures and wants to look at himself on the camera afterwards. As his mom this makes me really happy because I have struggled the last 2 1/2 years to get him to just look at the camera. Enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Company Winter Party

Nick had his company work party on Saturday night. Last year it was scheduled in December and we had an ice storm so it was re-scheduled for January. I guess they liked it in January so much they decided to have it in January again this year. Anyways, here are some pictures from the party.
They had Tulsa Party Pics there so Nick and I braved it up and got in the photo booth. It looks quite different from the one we took when we were 16!
1st pregnancy picture taken....29 weeks
Can you say purple grape?

Me and Nick before the party

Austin pics

Austin playing Rockband...looks like his daddy here!
My mom came to visit this weekend. Austin loves his mimi. He practically wanted nothing to do with me when she was here. I am here she needs a break now.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Baby Tag

Baby Tag
1. Were you married at the time? Yes
2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant? Couldn't believe it!
3. How old were you? 25 when I took the test, 26 when I delievered
4.How did you find out? Umm....peed on a stick.
5. Who did you tell first? Nick first, and then everyone else that would listen
6. Did you want to find out the sex? Definitely..you know me I am a planner
7. Due date? April 7th
8. Did you deliver late or on time? early....2 weeks early
9. Did you have morning sickness? no sickness
10. What did you crave? Chinese....chicken fried rice
11. Who/what irritated you the most? Anybody that was skinny
12. What was your first child's sex? a boy
13. How many pounds did you gain throughout pregnancy? 30
14. Did you have any complications during pregnancy? pre-eclamsia
15. Where did you give birth? Duncan Regional
16. How many hours were you in labor? 18 or so...stopped counting
17. Who drove you to the hospital? myself
18. Who watched? Nick
19. Was it natural or c-section? natural
20. Did you take medication to ease the pain? Without a doubt
21. How much did your child weigh? 7'6
22. Did your child have any complications? Not really
23. What did you name him? Austin Nicholas
24. How old is your first born today? 2...growing so fast!

I was tagged by Devin, so you should check out her blog to read about her adorable daugther Skylar. I tag Jessica, Tammy, Sarah, and Erin! :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

April and Nick Needs.....

This is a fun activity my friend Kayla did on her blog. I thought it would be fun to adapt for my blog. What you do is type [your name] needs (i.e. April needs) and do a Google search, then type in the top 10 phrases. Here's mine:

1. April needs a pancreas transplant.....this is scary!

2. April needs our help. This is true. I could use a personal assistant, cook, maid, and trainer.

3. April needs to stay....all I got out this one was maybe that I needed to stay at a really nice resort and get pampered?

4. April needs to be kissed....doesn't say by whom but one from Nick and Austin is always nice.

5. April needs your vote...hmmm not sure on this one.

6. April needs to be IP banned.....what????

7. April needs 1 million dollars.....all I can say is heck yeah!

8. April needs to bounce

9. A few days in the big barn is all April needs in order to start to feel like she belongs with the older cows....this is not my fav!

10. April needs Jen....my best friend is Jenn

Nick Needs:

1. Nick needs meds
2. Nick needs a poo
3. Nick needs to learn alternatives to insulting others
4. Nick needs a modern makeover
5. Nick needs help
6. Nick needs linkedin
7. Nick needs your support
8. Nick needs a girlfriend....any suggestions?
9. Nick needs a reminder
10. Nick needs to shave his 'stache.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Jardine Cribs Recalled.....GRRR

What a pain to find out that your baby crib, which was bought 3 years ago, has been recalled. Austin slept in that crib for 2 years! My mom had told me about a recall at Babies R Us and being the awesome mom that I am, I completely forgot about our conversation until I received an e-mail saying........Entrapment and Strangulation Hazard, Wooden crib slats can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers!!!

With a new baby on the way I definitely need to get a new crib. Jardine is issuing vouchers for the full retail price....$362 to buy a new crib. So all in all baby girl will get a brand new crib that hasn't been chewed on by her big brother and won't cause strangulation/entrapment. But you guys know how anal I am with wanting all her furniture to match. The changing table and end table will NOT match but I guess I just have to say oh well at least my kid is safe until the next recall.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Snot Your Average Wipe....Boogie Wipes

As most of you know, I am sucker when it comes to cool products for Austin that AREN'T a necessity. I found Boogie Wipes on a friends blog and just had to have them. You can buy them at Wal-Mart, Babies R Us or Toys R Us in Oklahoma. I favor the grape scent over the fresh scent. Austin even loves using them and has to smell them every time he uses one. If you go to their site you can get a $1 off coupon. Here are some cool facts about the wipes....I know I sound like a sales ad but the majority of my blog readers are parents....

Made with Natural Saline
Alcohol Free
Moisturize with Vitamin E, Aloe and Chamomile
Lightly Scented
Gentle Enough for All Ages
Phthalate & Paraben Free

Friday, January 2, 2009

Baby bedding

As some of you know, I have had the hardest time picking out baby bedding for baby girl to be. I am not sure why I had such a hard time deciding except that there were several that I liked. Oh and of coarse Nick wanted whatever was cheapest!
In all decisions of my life I seem to make the simplest of decisions turn into what seems like huge life decisions. Today I finally ordered her bedding! I was so relieved after finally making my big girl decision....only after asking everyone elses opinion :) Anyways, here is a picture of what her room will resemble.