Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So, remember that time I told y'all everything was all hunky dory and how I knew I was jinxing myself and that the bottom was going to fall out next week......

Well, it's that next week.

WILL.I.EVER.LEARN.

The rest of last week was a good and then Saturday night it started....and it hasn't stopped since.

Amelia has pretty much cried since then.

Saturday we had our first "going all day" day since she was born and Saturday night I paid for it.  We have learned that the Mabrey children for sure have overload when it comes to being around people. They don't do well around a lot of people.  The night after Olivia's first birthday, she literally screamed for hours.  David, my mom and I could do nothing to calm her and literally watched her scream from 8pm till 2am that next morning.  She only stopped because she finally passed out from exhaustion.  I still remember that night vividly even though it was four years ago.

This past Saturday seemed to be a repeat of  that night.  She was over stimulated and I couldn't get her to calm down for anything.  Finally around 2am she passed out from exhaustion.  I'm noticing a trend here in our household....

Thankfully Olivia is growing out of it.  At a friends birthday party Monday night, one of our friends even commented on how they noticed she seemed to be doing better around large groups.  That's how noticeable it is.   I totally get it though because I am not a large group person either. 

Sunday evening she started getting a little fussy, but thankfully, I had already had plans, so I didn't have to deal with it.

Then Monday came and she pretty much hasn't stopped crying since.  She's only happy if she's being held or on her tummy.  Two straight days of crying gets old.  Fast. Olivia walked around Tuesday evening telling our neighbors "it's loud at our house."  Today I could tell it was really starting to wear on her.

We switched her formula yesterday evening to "sensitive" and we're praying it helps.  We tried "soothing" formula last week and she refused to even drink it, so we went back to the original stuff we were using. We're going to give it a few days and today seemed a little more of an improvement and she seemed much less gassy all day.  She didn't start screaming till 3pm instead of screaming ALL.DAY.LONG. 

Oh and I know your not supposed to put a baby on their tummy so for the record, we rush ordered from Amazon one of those baby breathing alarm monitors and we still swaddle and put her on her back at night.  I don't want people sending me hate comments. Thanks.

Lessons of the week....

1. Don't ever tell blog readers "things are just wonderful."

2.  Mabrey kids do not make good babies.

Today I'm thankful for grandparents who live two doors down and come take a screaming baby away for a couple hours to give us all a break.  Now we  all know why God aligned the stars for us to move two doors down.

Prayers we quickly get over this crying stage, if not, we all may be going to the nut house.



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

School Pictures 2013

I'm sure you have pretty much figured out by now that we're trying our hand at homeschooling. 

Oddly, I've only just recently become comfortable with saying it out loud to people.

I actually have a whole post about where I share our decision about it, but it's been sitting in my drafts for probably six months now and I haven't gotten around to finishing it still. 

It's honestly hard to put in words a lot of the time, but soon, I will try my best. 

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Yesterday was our first official day of our new school year.


Currently, we are doing school year round with week long breaks every other month or so.  We did take a month long break around the time Amelia was born but started back doing light work about two week after she arrived.
 
This year I decided to go with a bought curriculum and I'm really excited about it.  I will have to supplement some things to keep Olivia happy because the kid begs me for more work, but the curriculum picks up in areas that I have come to realize I have a tendency to kinda slack in.

Oh, and it means less planning on my part....Hallelujah!!!


 I'm happy to report the first "official" day back went pretty well.

And I had to post the outtakes from our photo shoot....
Obviously we are also majoring in modeling this year.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Life Lately...

I cannot tell you how many times I've sat down at this computer to blog, but I can never seems to get any words out.  I guess the way to get back into posting is to just post something, so here's my attempt at "something."

When you stop posting for awhile, people start to assume things are going rough, but I'm happy to report that things are going well around here.  


In fact, so well, I'm afraid things are going to coming crashing down at any moment.

Welcome to how my mind works.

Right now our biggest issue is that we have an almost four week old who has her days and nights mixed up a few times a week.  That means when we're ready to crash, she is just getting started and can party till 2 or even 3am and she has a sister who likes to start her partying at 5am.  It makes for some long days. 


Surprisingly, I'm either still going on that "new baby adrenalin" or I've just gotten really used to not sleeping over the past four years.  See...insomnia can be good for something.

Amelia is a good baby and completely opposite than Olivia, so thankfully it's made the adjustment from one to two pretty easy.  In fact, I even told someone the other day I thought it made things even easier.

Cue the bottom falling out next week. 


She is still in that eat, sleep, poop, repeat mode so things are pretty easy.  Rumor has it that is how babies are supposed to act.  Since the first one came out acting like a three year old, I never knew how babies are supposed to act.  It's kinda nice.

For those who have asked...Olivia is doing well.  The first week or two we had some major attitude issues, but we realized that's because she had been spoiled by the grandparents for the first two weeks of Amelia's life.  After life settled down and we were on our own, she's done awesome.  Though she can be a little rough at times....gentle means nothing to her....she's a really big help with Amelia.  She's really loving with her and tells me at least once a day how much "she loves her baby sister."


It's really sweet and it gets me every.single.time.  

It's funny because for so long I wanted her to have a sibling closer in age, but now that we're here, I'm glad for the age difference.  I know a lot of moms who can juggle multiple small ones close in age, but it's ended up working out well for us.  Now looking back, I'm honestly not sure I would have been one of those who could juggle two small ones close in age.  I would have probably had to been sent to the nut house.  Kuddos to those moms who do.


We took it easy the first couple of weeks, but we're slowly getting back into active life.  We've spent a lot of time at home lately and it's been nice.  A new baby is always a good excuse to stay home.  It's funny how much we've become homebodies over the past year, but I'm not complaining though.  At home with my people is my favorite place to be.

That pretty much brings you up to speed on where we've been and how things are going.  


Today we're going to try to "officially"start school work, so say a prayer or two.

Promise to try to write again soon.