Louise’s big girl room update

There were a couple of things I have been wanting to update/adjust in Louise’s room, and finally did them. So here we are!

First, I framed the Britt Bass prints. At first I ordered frames I thought held 8×10’s matted, but they were really 8×10 frames that held 5×7 matted images. I was bummed and did not like the way the prints looked without matting, so I finally sucked it up and re-ordered frames that were 11×14 with 8×10 matting. I think it was worth it!

I also transformed her book nook into a dress-up corner. We moved the book nook to Celine’s room and put the dress-up rotating stand Grandma and Papa got her for Christmas in that corner, and used the bar I had a quilt hanging from to hang her favorite princess dresses. Since she has a bookcase on the other side of her room, removing the book nook didn’t reduce her reading!

Finally, I put a pinboard above her dresser. There wasn’t really anything going on there and I’d been just throwing her school stuff in a drawer in the living room, so I thought it would be nice to highlight a few things she’s been working on.

Her room is aaaaalmost done. I have just a few things I’d like to add before moving on to putting together Celine’s big girl room:

  • Put box springs under her mattress. I left that part out intentionally to keep the bed low to the ground, but now that she’s comfortable with the setup I’m going to prop it up a bit.
  • Move our mirrored nightstands to her room. They have turquoise knobs and go with the overall vibe of her room.
  • Get a couple of sheepskin rugs for the sides of her bed.

Fall goals

Now that things have settled down a bit with the new jobs and the girls in school, I’ve started thinking about what I want to accomplish before the end of the year.

  1. Exercise
    1. My sister and I ran a half marathon in 2007 and it really helped us both get in shape. In fact, I can’t remember a time I was more proud of my body than when I ran that half marathon. We’ve been throwing around the idea of running another one, even though we’re significantly older and have significantly more post-baby weight on us. We found one in Dallas in January that might be the perfect fit so I think we’re going to go for it. If I could get in half the shape I was the last time I will consider it a success!
    2. I’ve started running in the morning, which I love except for the fact that it’s in the morning. I am NOT a morning person, but being able to run when it’s not 100 degrees outside and getting it over with before the day starts are two major benefits. I know I’ll move to evenings the second it cools down, mainly because I love running with the girl(s) in the jogging stroller.
  2. Diet
    1. Michael and I have both not been doing a great job with our diet, particularly when it comes to alcohol. We decided to cut back on alcohol intake; specifically, not drink during the week unless there is a specific event. It’s helped us feel better every morning and reduce our daily caloric intake.
    2. I also have been monitoring what I eat which has helped. I am on semi-permanent birth control called Nexplanon which makes most women gain weight, and I’ve definitely seen the scale creep up. I’m adjusting my diet to hopefully counteract this. I also might be removing the Nexplanon soon…#spoileralert #butwhatamIspoiling #morekidsornomorekids?
  3. Travel
    1. Now that I’m with Hotels.com, my travel bug has increased dramatically. The company encourages travel (of course), and there are some serious travel perks. We’ve managed to fit in two trips to the Lost Pines resort this summer, along with Pensacola and Massachusetts vacations with family. Ideally we’d hit up New Orleans again (we’ve been for Juliette’s baptism, Mardi Gras, and a summer wedding so far) before our Christmas trip, but there’s also an event in Austin in early November I’ve been playing around with attending.
  4. Read
    1. One of the benefits of traveling more for work is that I get to read SO MUCH MORE. It’s kind of amazing, actually. I am so excited to finally get caught up on some reading…I’ve already added eight or so books to my Goodreads account.
    2. I’m stuck on Wolf Hall currently because it’s interesting but not a page-turner, and it’s over 600 pages long. I’ve made it over the halfway hump though so hopefully I’ll finish it soon because I want to get started on The Nightingale!
  5. Personal time
    1. It’s been kind of crazy lately, however, Mike and I have done a really good job of making sure we each have personal time (either alone or with adults) so we don’t go crazy with the kids. He and I both can tell, especially with me, when we feel overwhelmed or when we don’t have enough time to recharge.
  6. Documenting
    1. This blog is mainly a journal for me to remember things, versus something I post for others to see (except family members). So much is happening with my girls right now, but I need to do a better job of documenting, because it goes by so fast (cliche alert!).
    2. I put together a photo book for each calendar year, along with a separate photo book for each year of Louise and Celine’s lives. I always procrastinate and then am overwhelmed with the amount of work I have to do to complete the books at the beginning of the year. I haven’t started my 2016 book yet, and though typically I try to complete one month of their lives each month, I haven’t started either of the girls’ “Year 5” and “Year 3” books, even though they’re both almost halfway through their years. I would really like to put a big dent in the 2016 book and get a few months knocked out of each girls’ books in the next month before the holidays hit.

Doctor visits

Now that I have real-person insurance that actually covers the girls’ checkups, I loaded both Celine’s 2.5 year (apparently that’s now a thing) and Louise’s 4 year (only 4 months late!) checkups into one week.

Somehow, through no manipulation of my own, my girls both recently decided they LOVE going to the doctor for a checkup. They chattered about it nonstop the whole week of the checkups, and once Louise even had a meltdown in the car because she thought we were driving there when we were going to school.

Once we arrived, the girls bounced around the room in excitement. Celine fell off of a rolling chair; they “hid” under the examination table. Fun stuff.

Celine’s checkup went swimmingly and Celine was on a mission to be the perfect patient.

As Dr. Yaeger was chatting with me, I mentioned that Louise had not yet had her four-year vaccinations – mainly due to laziness but also the knowledge that insurance would now cover it versus having to go to the health clinic. He said that they could give them to her right then, along with flu shots for both girls. I told Louise she was going to get two shots in each leg and she seemed pretty ambivalent, so I was optimistic.

Louise ambivalence shifted to anger right about when both needles went in her leg and I was holding down her body and arms. Celine, on the other hand…I couldn’t tell you if she even noticed that she received her flu shot. She was mainly annoyed at being pinned down.

Louise tried to milk her injustice but quickly recovered when the nurse provided crowns and bracelets. Coupled with the stickers at checkout, both Haydel girls made a blazing recovery from the Great Betrayal of 2016.

Celine: 2.6

Height: 36.5 inches (75th percentile)
Weight: 27 pounds (30th percentile)

She’s transitioned from answering with “yeah” to saying “yes” about everything, which is super cute because she’s very definitive in her delivery and stresses the “s” a bit. “Celine, are you excited about school today?” “Yess.”

I was filling out her 2.5 year development survey and she is definitely above and beyond with language, which her pediatrician also pointed out. She is speaking in full sentences with 7-8 words and can articulate feelings and desires shockingly well. I think it pays to be the second kid!

She has made a friend at school…Colin. She also likes Mia, who is Louise’s friend Nico’s younger sister. She seems to be thriving in her new school environment which makes me really happy.  She comes home singing songs, talking about her friends and teachers, and telling me the things she did during the day (“I didn’t cry and I played with my friends and I went up the steps”). Yesterday she gave me a very detailed summary of the sea creatures she learned about, including what whales say.

Louise: 4.4

Just hanging out, being a big girl in Pre-K!

Louise is nearly 40 pounds and keeps getting taller and taller. We are trying out a booster seat in the car  versus a toddler car seat but so far we’re sticking with the car seat.

She is so happy to be back in school and is already making new friends in addition to her friends from last year. She is still loving Circus and Art, and we added Soccer this year just to see if she has any interest. No musically focused after-school activities this semester but I’m sure we’ll do that next semester.

She’s started testing out little lies here and there…like “my teacher said I could have doughnuts after school” or “I saw a frog in that pond but he jumped away.” It’s interesting to watch her start to test her boundaries!

Labor Day at Lost Pines

Approximately six seconds into my new job at hotels.com in June, I learned that we get discounts on hotels. Approximately two seconds after that, I was searching for the Lost Pines in our system to see if we got a decent discount. After learning that we did, Michael and I invited Sawyer’s family, along with the Tantinarawats and McDonoughs, to join us at Lost Pines for Labor Day.

We finished up work a little early on Friday, picked the girls up, and headed down. We definitely hit some traffic and the whole trip took about 4.5 hours, but around 8pm we finally pulled in to the resort.

We saw Sawyer as we were checking in and Louise was ecstatic!

They didn’t have any cribs which was a bummer, so we ended up with two rollaways in our room. Each night pretty much looked like this as we tried to get the girls to go to sleep (and why daytime naps were so imperative):

I had grand ideas of what we could do once we put the kids down, but our camera ended up not working (after lots of phone calls to the front desk…whoops), so Mike stayed in the room while I had a nightcap with the ladies. Well…the ladies and a 23 year old dude who had to endure our mom talk!

The next day we headed out for pool time. We started with a few laps around the lazy river and then hit up the pools.

We then headed inside for nap time. Whenever Sawyer and Louise would be in a hallway together, they would just bolt. We had to run down multiple hallways to get them more than once.

Nap time turned into a 4 hour affair…all of us ended up napping. We needed it!

We woke up and took showers before heading to Michele’s room around 5pm to celebrate Grayson’s birthday.

Then we went to dinner…all 24 of us. 12 adults and 12 kids! Things got a little crazy but luckily it wasn’t too busy.

After dinner we headed outside to play on the playground and then set up for the movie, Inside Out. Sawyer’s mom Tiffany brought glow bracelets and necklaces and we had some popcorn (and adult beverages of course). We made it through about half of the movie before we headed upstairs to sleep.

This is what parents do when your kids are asleep and you don’t have a working camera…lol. It was fun until we were yelled at by another guest!

The next day was also chock full of activities. I took Louise and Sawyer to see the horses and alpaca, stopping at the bounce house and Hummingbird Trail along the way. I was impressed at how interested the two were in the bumblebees, dragonflies, and butterflies we spotted.

Louise and Sawyer were so cute with each other the whole weekend. If Sawyer got upset because Louise was walking too fast, Louise would return and give Sawyer a hug. If Louise asked to hold hands, Sawyer would grab hers. It was just too cute.

We rounded out the morning at the pool!

Celine took another marathon nap, but Louise wasn’t as interested, so we wandered around and ate a push-up pop until Celine woke up. Then we headed to some indoor bounce house action before dinner.

Nat had the great idea to make shirts for the kids! Everyone donned theirs the last night, and although we were all doing our own thing for the most part, we got together to get a group kid pic. Then we finished watching the UT-ND football game in our room and went to sleep!

Sawyer and Louise had a good time…and the rest of us did too.🙂