Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gizdich Ranch Apple Picking

Today we went down to Watsonville (about 50 min. south) to go pick apples. We went out to the orchards with Oliven's 2010 South Valley group. Vander did lots of apple picking. 
He was really good at it too. I think he managed to eat 3 apples while we were there and he didn't seem to discriminate between the types of apples. He liked them all.He really enjoyed himself. They also had strawberries still in full bloom, so we picked some of those too. He also ate several strawberries...I think he ate more than went into our basket. ;) Both of the boys really enjoyed being outside in nature and all the pretty colors.
Vander, Mia and Oliven
It was really fun, but I think next time we will make daddy come with us cause 2 boys and bags of fruit are a lot of work for one person!

Happy Hollow Zoo

Vander, Ollie, and me with a cow.
Vander, Ollie and I took the plunge and went to Happy Hollow Zoo with Vander's South Valley 2008 group. Vander had a great time. He really enjoyed the animals. Even more than that Vander enjoyed running around the park with his friends. He played on the big kid playground with his friend Hunter. He even got to go on a couple of amusment park rides. The only down side to the day was that it was 100 degrees by the end of day.


Vander on carousel


Monday, September 27, 2010

Uncle Freddie comes for the weekend

I would like to start out by saying that 3 adults to 2 kids is a great ratio! Freddie came into town Thursday night and left Sunday evening. What fun it was to see my brother.
On Friday we went to SwaRay and played with balls and oversized legos. Saturday we all ventured over to the grocery store and Vander got to run wild with his uncle. He is usually in the cart, so he really enjoyed the freedom. Freddie and I went jogging in the evening, and I really enjoyed having him to talk to and keep pace with- 3.75miles. Sunday we went to Ruby's 2nd birthday party in the afternoon. The rest of Freddie's visit he hung out and spent quality time with the boys. This included a bike ride to Baskin Robins where Vander got a brain freeze, and a ride to the park.
Vander and Uncle Freddie also spent a lot of time in the backyard, singing, swinging, chalking, and playing in the sand. We also took a walk over to the doughnut shop for breakfast on Saturday. We also took the boys over to a neighborhood fun fair where Uncle Freddie spraypainted Vander's hair pink and his own hair blue. Vander played games, bounced in a bounce house and even won cookies in a cake walk. I don't see how we could have fit any more fun and quality time into 3 days...it went too fast.
Uncle Freddie also really enjoyed the toddler food. Justin and Freddie shared the "sampler platter" (taquitos, chicken nuggets, mini corn dogs, tater tots, dumplings).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Leaps and bounds

Oliven has made leaps and bounds of changes this week. He has been gaining a lot of balance and has started to sit up balancing on his hands. He also had 2 teeth (bottom front) pop through yesterday. I can't believe he already has teeth! He isn't even 5 months old yet!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

working out and weight watchers- my rant

In order to avoid getting diabetes (I have a 50% chance since I got gestational diabetes) I have been working out 3 times a week (if not more) and doing my best to eat very little sugar...I wish it wasn't taking up all my evenings, but what choice do I have? I need to make sure that I do everything I can to avoid a miserable disease...so now I'm doing weight watchers as well since I have plateaued on the weigh loss front. It's nothing to scoff at of course...I have lost 30lbs since Oliven was born (yes that includes what he weighed), but still. I am still not down to my pre-Vander weight, and even that is not my ideal weight. It's an uphill battle, but I'm really working on it. My stomach will NEVER look decent again with the excessive "worst case scenario" stretch marks that Oliven gave me...hopefully someday I can look in the mirror again without being discusted at what looks back at me. Maybe I wouldn't feel so down if I could get some sleep...well, Vander slept through the night when he was a year old, so that means I only have 7 months to go. It feels like an eternity since I have slept or had any patience. I miss being a human being and not a zombie. Right now Oliven tends to sleep from 8pm to 1:30am and then gets up again around 5 or 6 and sometimes stays up for the day at that time. Then, of course, the really hard part is that he doesn't nap and wants constant attention all day long. I'm just having a really hard time dealing with the lack of sleep and constant fussing. I know it would be hard on anyone, but I feel like I'm drowning right now...it has to get better soon...for sanity's sake!

Stepping stool and play dough

   Recently Vander has decided that there is a world of things that are just one foot higher than he can reach...so he goes around carrying his stepping stool. He is getting himself into all kinds of trouble because mostly he is messing with things that are not his to touch, but he is enjoying the new found freedom. He has also been pulling hair recently...we're working on curbing that one.
  The fun activity that Vander has really been enjoying is playdough. He has been creating fun things and figuring out new ways to manipulate the play dough. It has been a joy to watch him and help him try new things with the dough. Yesterday he was so into it that he played in the morning with me and in the afternoon with Justin!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Why?

Why, oh why is Oliven such a fussy baby? He wants to be constantly entertained from 7am to 8:30pm with NO nap ever and he won't sleep through the night. I seriously am not doing well mentally. I need help...I just don't know what to try.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We took Vander for his second visit (and Ollie for his first visit) to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We took him last summer and he liked it, but this time, he LOVED it! He especially enjoyed the jelly fish...the babies, mommies/daddies and the grandparents. He would see some and say, "there's more, I'll show you." He would then grab our hands and lead us to the next exhibit. Rachel got us free tickets (she is volunteering there Sunday evenings), so that was really cool. Both boys had a great day and saw lots of sea life.

Oliven's updates

For the first time since Oliven was born we have been able to get accurate measurements all around. His weight is 14lb 12.2oz (39%), his height is 2'2.25" (85%), and his head is 16.54" (36%). The height measurement was a shock to me, but the other two measurements make sense. I just can't believe Ollie's on the tall side...he did just have a growth spurt. He also saw his specialist doctor who said his feet are looking great and are right on target. Overall, Oliven is a healthy kid, who will be a joy as soon as he stops being so fussy all the time...I mean spirited. He is just very demanding at all times and refuses to nap. If anyone knows how to convince a baby to nap I would love to know. Vander was a good napper. Ollie is wearing me out!