Monday, December 17, 2012

Mommy Failure!

Lets describe the situation that played out Friday night. 

My sister-in-law had invited us last year to go with them to Zoo lights (an event at the Fresno zoo that takes place during December).  Ryan grumbled and complained the whole time that our then, 10 month old twins, wouldn't remember a thing. And while he was correct in thinking that, his attitude about it got really annoying, so Candice and I nick named him the Grinch. Of course when we started talking about going again this year....the Grinch came out in full force! For the past two weeks I have endured the Grinch and his comments "are we seriously going?" "It's going to be too cold, they will get sick" "I would much rather stay home in my warm house" blah blah blah.  Friday finally came and while the boys were napping I was busy getting everything packed. Jacob was going to be staying with the my sister so I got him all packed up and over to her house, then I got myself ready and the boys' things all packed up. The plan was: as soon as the boys got up from their nap we would change them, load the truck, drive by my in-laws so my brother-in-law could follow us up there and then we were going to eat dinner somewhere close to the zoo and then ENJOY zoo lights.  We got to Fresno and when we got out to eat I realized.....there were NO JACKETS OR BLANKETS!!!!  In the rush to get things in the truck we left the jackets and blankets on the chair in the living room. As much as I would have LOVED to blame it all of the Grinch, I knew it was my fault. I had put them on the chair and I had forgotten them! Mommy Failure!  It was 42 degrees out and there was no way my little toddlers in their long sleeve shirts could be outside in the cold for a couple hours without jackets. So we decided to go to Walmart. We get on the freeway going south but Walmart was NORTH! AHHH. (let me tell you this is all just fuel for the Grinch's fire!) We get off at the nearest exit and tried a Rite Aid. DUH they don't have those types of clothes. BUT! YES! there is a discount store right behind Rite Aid. They had toddler clothes. The only jackets were furry girl jackets size 2 and size 4. OH WELL. At this point the Grinch would say its not a fashion show! And for once the Grinch would be right. All though he wasn't happy that the two jackets cost us $26 dollars. Finally we are all at the zoo, it's 6:30 and the event closed at 8:00.  We tried to get the boys and my nephew Ethan loaded in the wagon but Vincent was not havin' it! He was already crying and we hadn't even gotten into the zoo. (Grinch is not happy....nor was he happy that we had to PAY to get in. But at least the kids were still young enough to get in for free!)  Vincent was pretty much an emotional wreck the entire time UNTIL we cashed in our ticket for a free cookie. Then he was on cloud 9. I mean really, I'm the mom, I should have KNOWN a cookie would have put V in a better mood! HELLO?!?! Mommy Failure #2!!! Too bad we got the cookies at 7:50 and only had 10 minutes of happy kids. As we were leaving the zoo I told Candice...after tonight I'm thinking the Grinch REALLY won't let us go next year!!

I think this picture pretty much sums up the night! (although Landen had a great time with the exception of the Santa picture)


(Aren't those lovely jackets?!?! A little big...but they stayed warm.  We donated them to the rescue mission. So the Grinch can stop complaining now. We helped keep other children warm this winter.)


Besides Friday night...We have had some great moments these past few weeks.

The boys hung out outside while Ryan put up the christmas lights. They took advantage of him being preoccupied with the lights and decided to make a mess for him to clean up!:


We went to Lights of Love again this year. It's a tree lighting event put on by Angel Babies in Fresno. They were a huge source of comfort and support for us in the loss of Karissa.  I think this is an event we will go to as a family every December and make it a tradition.  My grandparents sponsored two lights in honor of Karissa as did my parents and Ryan's parents.  It is emotional for me to be there amongst all the other people who have lost loved ones but I appreciate the opportunity to remember her in such a special way.



(*** see these nice black and blue jackets the boys are wearing. When I bought them I specifically thought to myself "they can wear these to Lights of Love and to Zoo lights this winter" Well at least they got to wear them to ONE of those two events***)

The boys are saying SO many new things every day. And in addition to an increase in vocabulary we have increased the amount of discipline! Sometimes Ryan and I feel like that is what we do ALL.DAY.LONG! I believe I mentioned last blog post that the terrible twos weren't here yet. Well HELLO there. They have arrived!

Just tonight I was talking to Vincent about why he got the time out for climbing up on the side of the chair (that we tell him not to do, oh like every 5 minutes) And I asked him "what do you say to mommy"? And he said in such a sweet voice "tank yoooou" I mean it wasn't the "shawwry" I was looking for. But it was so cute I couldn't hold back my smile.  At least they make up for all the discipline by being our daily source of entertainment.  They make us laugh all the time.
And I thoroughly enjoy their little personalities and our daily dance party in the kitchen to Carly Rae Jepsen's "call me maybe" Although Landen's form of dancing is really more like running around in a small circle.



Standing on the car is definitely a "No-No" in our house. But this kid figured out how to turn on the dining room light. And you would have thought he won the lottery! Any lights, buttons or doors and this kid is in heaven. "shut it" "push it" "lava-la". Yes Lava-la is his way of saying light. You ask him to say light and he says "white" but when he is talking about a light switch. It is a lava-la. I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine.

Jacob is growing up WAY too fast. He is eating every 4 hours. So only 4 times a day! ALLELUIA!  We will be starting vegetables, fruits and oatmeal with him since he has mastered the rice cereal. He is growing way too fast! He still moves to the swing in the early morning hours. He goes to bed at 8:30 and wakes up around 5:30 so I move him to the swing.  Sometimes he moves to the swing as late as 6:30. And yes, I put him in the swing even if it's just for 30 more minutes of sleep. This momma can not start her day earlier than 7:00.  I'm just not a morning person!  There have been a few nights that Jacob sleeps in his crib the entire night! Few as in I can count them on my fingers....on one hand. So yes, less than 5 times but hey...it has happened. So I know there is hope that he will someday kick the habit of the swing.

Some times when he is fussy Ryan says its because he's teething. NO way! He can't be! But give him a teething ring and he is golden.  Please don't tell me my baby will have teeth soon! 


I take way too many pictures of him

Ryan often says to me "you can stop making out with your baby now" I mean with this face...would you stop kissing on him?!



And my favorite is when I put him in the bouncer to hang out with us while we eat and he stares at us and giggles at the boys being silly at the breakfast table.

Don't pay any attention to the towel bib. The kid spits up all.the.time.
We just ignore the nasty spit up and enjoy the cute face!
He is rolling over ALOT! But he gets frustrated after being on his tummy too long. His favorite spot is chilling on his side with his fingers in his mouth.


Jacob has also started joining his big brothers in the bath! This is a time saver! I just bathe jacob really quick and then while the boys enjoy some play time in the bath, I get Jacob dried off and in his p.j.s and then Ryan takes him and gives him his last bottle of the day while I finish bathing the boys. Vincent and Landen love it when Jacob joins them in the tub!

Rub-a-dub-dub 3 babies in a Tub!

Ryan always gives me a hard time about paying to have professional pictures taken. He says the big fancy camera he bought me for our anniversary a couple years back was supposed to prevent us from spending money on photography. So this year I decided to ATTEMPT taking the pictures for our christmas card. Since I was the one taking them I could not be in them and neither could Ryan. Which he was ALL for!  But that day was a disaster! (not quite as bad as zoo lights...but pretty close)  It took a TON of work to get the kids dressed and looking nice and out the door to a nice out door location. Make sure Jacob had a back up outfit for when he spits up. And I say when because we know he inevitably will spit up. We got them to a nice spot and all sitting up on a log and Ryan gets behind the log to help hold Jacob up. And for the next who-knows-how long, I try to get ALL three boys looking at me. not.going.to.happen.  There were many tears, lots of spit up, lots of dirt, and lots of prayer on our way home, that I got at least a few decent photos for the card.  When I got home I was pleasently suprised there was some usable ones! Of course some of the best ones were after we were done taking the pictures and we took the boys' shirts off and let them run around on our way back to the car.  Note to self for next year...some times candids are the way to go.

I leave you with the out-takes


The 'after the photo shoot' candids



And a Merry Christmas since I'm pretty sure I won't be back to blog until after Christmas.