Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Good thing I got the kids dressed up on Sunday and took some photos outside because today is pretty dreary! Mia really wanted to be princess Sophia (a new Disney Junior show, for those of you without a young girl), so we got her the fancy Disney costume, complete with tiara and amulet (which, as you can see below, is missing!). Sophia can talk to animals with her amulet, and she has a friend bunny, Clover, so guess what Fynn got to be!  He isn't too sure about the whole costume thing! Today they're actually dressed up as pirates for daycare (Mia had a pirate costume and I had originally purchased one for Fynn, so I decided they could do that for the day.) I tried to get some photos this morning, but my camera battery was dead and the phone doesn't capture things fast enough to deal with their constant motion! Regardless of the bad photos, they're pretty cute. Hope you all have a happy Halloween!

The "real" princess Sophia and Clover!
 Mia kept saying "Arrh!" instead of smiling!

 Fynn was not excited about this whole Halloween thing.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Roseville's New Fire Station

Today was the official grand opening of the new fire station in Roseville. They had TONS of people show up for the event - hundreds even made it out for the opening ceremony - in the 50 degree cool weather. Then they piled into the new station in droves to check it out, eat some fire truck shaped cookies, watch all sorts of training demos, and climb on the trucks. Mia enjoyed playing on the fire pole (at the bottom only!), climbing on the trucks, playing in daddy's office, and chasing around with Tommy. Fynn hung out in the stroller taking it all in and then fell asleep in grandma's (and then grandpa's) arms. He woke up to take a few quick photos before we headed home. We actually lasted almost 4 hours, which I thought was amazing (and was only possible because grandma and grandpa B were there - thank you!!). Here are some shots from the event:

Mia's new room!

After a valiant attempt to have the kids share a room on the same level as us, which resulted in many sleepless nights (Fynn would wake up Mia as she is a light sleeper, she would wake him up when she had a bad dream or would talk in her sleep, David and I were constantly waking up to one or both of them crying!), we decided to move Mia into our "spare" room on a separate level of our house. We didn't make the decision lightly - we were concerned about her getting up and 1) wandering outside or 2) simply deciding it was time to get up for the day and playing or finding the ipad and watching cartoons - at 4am or so. Plus, we didn't want her to feel like she was being displaced out of her room because of Fynn. However, after a full week of no sleep, which happened to coincide with my first week of classes, we spent the weekend cleaning all of the office stuff out of our spare room and moving her bed in. Everything was in a state of transition for awhile, as we wanted to get the carpet redone in that room and the corresponding hallway, so we hadn't moved the elliptical out of the room she was now sleeping in and we hadn't moved all of her stuff down. We survived another week of sleepless nights as everyone attempted to adjust to the change (we contemplated moving her bed back upstairs a few times during that week as it wasn't going so well!). Finally, I decided we needed to finalize her room situation a bit for things to really settle in for her, so we spent last weekend officially putting her new room together (sans new carpet since we couldn't get a hold of Carpet Bob, the guy that put in new carpet for us in our basement and over at the pit).

Here are some shots of the spare room before the initial transition:

The spare room contained office furniture that we received from David's parents 8 years ago upon moving into our new house, the elliptical, some of Mia's toys (which we moved into there in an attempt to give her a play area separate from where Fynn would be), craft stuff, and the big stuff for Fynn that we weren't currently using (but may be using soon, so we had it on hand instead of stored away). It was a disaster. Initially, we purchased a smaller desk for our bedroom, moved the essential office and craft stuff upstairs to our room, and then sold the office furniture that we were no longer using. Mia's bed went into the room, and she slept there, but it wasn't really her room

Last weekend, we had to move everything out of the room in order to move the elliptical upstairs (into the room with Fynn, which is bigger than anything he needs at the moment). We then rearranged the bed, brought down her dresser and a bookshelf from upstairs, and organized things so that she had storage for her craft stuff, play doh, and small toys in her closet. We also hung her name above her bed, a new picture that I had picked up, and she picked out Princess Sophia wall decals at Target and got to stick them wherever she wanted. During that process, she said, "My room is getting awesome!", so I knew we were on the right track! Here are the after photos of miss Mia's new room! 

I think it was finally a successful transition for the kiddo and everyone is adjusting nicely. Fynn is doing well on his own (at least when he wakes up at night it's of his own accord!) and Mia, for the most part, is sleeping well downstairs. We haven't had to deal with her getting up and wandering around in the middle of the night - she generally comes to the bottom of the stairs and hollers for us if she wants something. We have had to deal with her getting up a bit too early as her room is right next to the bathroom and she sometimes wakes up when David is getting ready for work at 5:15am. Luckily, she does go back to bed (at least until I get up at 5:45-6am). 

Since we moved Mia out of the nursery, and only moved the elliptical up there in her place, we had plenty of extra room up there to create a new play area for the kids. We ended up moving all of the kitchen/grocery store/food stuff up there, along with Mia's doll stuff, and placed it in one corner of the room. Fynn's side basically stayed untouched, and now the kids (mostly Mia) have a new place to play with toys that had been scattered between the dining room, spare room, and basement. I think that will be extremely useful in the coming months as we become sequestered inside for winter, once again!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

6, then 7, months!

The past month has flown by - the fall semester started and my new job was immediately in full swing. Things haven't exactly slowed down, but at least I'm getting used to the pace. Meanwhile, the hubby is busier than he's ever been as he has moved his entire fire department into their brand new, beautiful station. Thankfully, the kids are handling the insanity pretty well. Except for that 2 week stretch of absolutely no sleep for any of us. Okay, so maybe they aren't handling things so well. We're making it work, let's just go with that.

6 months:

Regardless, Mr. Fynn hit the big 6 months at the beginning of September, and as of Thursday, he is already 7 months old! So, as of 6 months, he had his first two (bottom) teeth, was scooting all over the place, and was (and still is) growing like a weed! He was 19 lbs, 6 oz, and was somewhere around 29 inches long! In the past month, he's definitely started to fill in all of that length. He's wearing 9 month, and some 12 month clothing already. One piece outfits definitely need the extra size up for the full body length. He's still scooting and rolling all over the place, and has started getting up on all fours, so he's due to start crawling any day! He loves watching his big sister, and will readily laugh at her antics. We went to the park the other day and he just started all-out laughing as he watched her play. She's such a big help with him - making him happy, getting his pacifier, letting him play with Pig (sometimes). I couldn't believe how much I relied on her help with him until she went to visit Grandma and Grandpa B at the end of August and I wasn't sure how to shower with just him around. Fynn is eating more and more solids - he's had most all veggies and fruits without any problems. He's mainly eating at night for us - his favorites are oatmeal cereal with bananas, pears, or squash. I've tried getting him to eat some small puff snacks, but he's not really interested in those yet. He did give us a scare right around his 6 month birthday - one night he wasn't using one of his arms, and he still wasn't using it the next morning, so I took him into the doctor. Of course, in the office, he started using the arm, and the doctor sent us home and told us to just keep an eye on it. By noon, he was back to full function, which was fantastic, but it was so worrying to watch him just let his arm hang there!

7 months old:

 Up on all fours!

The sleeping situation has not been good in our house for the past month, including the aforementioned 2 weeks of no sleep, in which we moved Mia's bed down to the main floor extra room (our former office, turned sewing and craft room, turned workout and play room for Mia). This weekend, we finally moved the elliptical up to the extra space in the nursery, then moved the rest of Mia's stuff into her new room. We were hoping to get the carpet redone first, but ran into issues getting a hold of our carpet guy, so we're putting that on the back burner for now. She's currently asleep in her new room, so I'll have to try to post some before and after photos later. Amongst the chaos, we've been able to enjoy a few Gophers games with both the kids (and one without). The kids are doing great at the games - Mia is enjoying our new seats, which include 2 seats for her to spread out between David and I. We're looking forward to continuing to enjoy Gopher football as a family.