Monday, March 30, 2009
Anyway, I digress. So, I finished that one, and now I have to get back to the parenting book I got, because Scott is OUT OF CONTROL. Seriously. I think to myself at least a hundred times a day, 'I shoulda learned how to take care of the first two before I had another one.' Makes me feel very irresponsible. For those of you who think these kids so close together was an accident, not even close. We chose to do it this way!
Ava is a typical three year old- sassy, defiant, stubborn. She has a particular aversion to me, but she obeys Nick slightly better. At least seems to understand the need to obey, even if she has a hard time most of the time. She's finally stopped mouthing off, for the most part, but now, when we are being stern with her, she flings her hands at us. It's hard to explain unless you've seen it, but trust me, it's VERY disrespectful. She also continues to grab her brother and like, wail on him! She slaps his hand, spanks his butt, just goes crazy. Now, we do spank in this house, but not like that! And I know her sitter doesn't spank, so I don't understand where she's picked this up, and I don't know how to stop it. One night, she did it in the tub, so I yanked her out, told her she'd been naughty and was going straight to bed, then didn't speak to her while I got her ready and put her in the bed. Then I got Scott out, got him ready, and read him a story while she screamed in her bed that she wanted a story too. Then we talked about it, she apologized, and I got her out to read a quick, short book. For a while after that, whenever she got that look in her eye, I reminded her about that night, and she stopped. But by now, she's over it.
And Scott. Ohh, my little boy. He's not trying to be disrespectful like her, he just wants to have fun, he wants to do things his way, and he wants everything RIGHT NOW. He will not listen, he will not obey...he has terrible table manners, he throws food at all of us, he refuses to use a spoon...and then he just smiles and crinkles up his eyes. Now what am I supposed to do with that kid? Seriously, what I am supposed to do? All suggestions welcome, please!
And Warren, my little baby. Slept till three thirty this morning!!! Hooray! I'm still a little hurt that he didn't sleep thru at four weeks like Scott, but hey. He didn't do it on purpose. I'll take one night feeding, no problem! Well, actually, Nick took that one. But I think in a sleepy haze of confusion, I promised that I would do it from now on if he would please just do it tonight because I'm exhausted. Maybe that was a dream. I hope so. Promises made while half asleep shouldn't count!!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
So here's some pics. Yes, I dressed Warren and Scott alike again. No, Ava has not gotten over her aversion to the camera. And just for the record, I'm not actually wearing just a tank top. I was wearing a sweater twinset, but I didn't want Warren to vom all over it, and I wanted to get some sun! Tan fat looks so much better than pasty white fat, right?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Anyway, I did find some bargains today. Got a new razor (a real one, not the disposable kind) for 0.99 at Walgreens, along with two canisters of Similac powder (full 23oz size) for 16 dollars each. That was huge, as Warren is now eating four ounces every three hours, sometimes every two! And then at Harris Teeter today, I got two bottles of Lysol kitchen cleaner spray for 0.74 each, and two bottles of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner for somewhere around 0.54 each. Truthfully, I don't even know if we use that. Nick takes care of both bathrooms for me.
Speaking of Nick, what a guy. I am officially a plus size mama now, and I had to go to Lane Bryant for the first time and buy a giant pair of pants. Apparently my butt and thighs didn't want my belly to feel bad for getting so huge during my pregnancy, so they beefed up in support. And Nick went with me to the store and waited while I tried on the giant pants, and told me that I looked great. And he sounded really sincere. So instead of crying all afternoon, I just felt blessed.
Warren will be four weeks on Wed, so that leaves me two more weeks until I start Weight Watchers. Yuck. But, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Here is Ava with a (fake) snake at the little river otter exhibit next door to the aquarium. The river otters were all sleeping under this pile of sticks- we couldn't even see them!!
Getting ready to pet sting rays... naturally, Scott REALLY enjoyed this.
Friday, March 20, 2009
When you go there, it will ask for a user name, which is JENNIFER ENGELBRECHT
I ordered a TON of pictures (I had a great coupon!) and I pick up next Wednesday, so those will be in the mail by next weekend, maybe. And of course, they'll be up here too. Now, I know I'm biased, but come on. Aren't these the abosolute cutest kids you've ever seen?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So there's that. I really miss scrapbooking! I just have so much stuff now that it's a pain to drag it all out just to scrap two or three layouts, which is usually all I have time for while the big kids work on a 'project.' I did a lot while Michelle was here. Man, we miss you Michelle!
And now, I'm going to watch Jeopardy. That is how big of dorks we are. It's the tournament of champions, and tonight my two absolute favorite contestants EVER should be matched up, Aaron and Larissa! I'm so excited! Hey, everyone else my age gets all ga-ga for this American Idol crap, I get excited about Jeopardy. And I'm not ashamed to admit it!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
7. How much it hurts when I leave my husband and tiny three week old in the car so I can run in to Walgreens and the clerk asks when I am due.
But I guess it's worth it. I mean, look at this face!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I know EVERY SINGLE WORD to the original Broadway soundtrack. Now I know a lot of people say that they know all the words to this CD and that CD, and they're usually lying, but, faithful readers, I am not lying. I really do know every word!!! And Ava knows a lot of the words to 'Popular' and 'What is This Feeling?' I spent many many hours waiting in line at the tunnel in the mornings after work, volume all the way up in my mini van, screaming along to 'Defying Gravity' and 'No Good Deed.' Man, I am so excited! Have I mentioned that yet? I wish wish wish I had some sort of musical talent! I need to be a composer or something!!!
I just hope that I don't get super disappointed. I went to see the Phantom once in Atlanta, and, after listening to Sara Brightman for so many years, that girl in Atlanta just totally bummed me out. She just wasn't anywhere NEAR Sara Brightman! But (deep breath) I'm sure this is going to be amazing. I'm obsessed with the music itself, so even if the voices aren't up to par, the orchestra should be.
Ryan and Melissa graciously agreed to babysit (thanks guys!!!) but let me just tell you that if something happens and that plan falls thru, Nick will be stuck at home and I'll be at the show all by myself, probably singing along with no one there to shush me, and everyone around me will get mad. But it'll be worth it! HOORAY!!!
Here is Ava holding baby Easton, who was born Jan 6th. (too tired to do the math to figure out how old he is in this pic)
And here is Easton versus Warren.
We took Warren in for his two week check-up yesterday. He weighs 8lbs, 15.6oz and he is 21.5 inches tall. I don't know about you, but to me, that's a LOT of growing in two weeks! No wonder he's so tired and hungry!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Here's Ava giving him a kiss while I try to get some lotion on him. Now, he didn't cry in the tub, but man, he screamed and screamed while I dried him off and got his nightgown on! Hence Scott playing with his shape sorter in the background, trying to ignore the entire situation.
And the finished product, a (finally!) clean baby boy!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Me and both of my little guys. I'm still SO SO SO impressed at how well Scott is handling his little brother! He hates it when Warren cries, but other than that, he's so great!
And the big kids on a snack break. Man, my kids can eat a lot.
2. How "fluffy" my belly is. How big was I? I mean, I didn't expect to loose all fifty pounds in the delivery room, but come on. The only shoes I can wear are my flip flops, and I can't even get my wedding ring on my pinky.
3. How sore my belly is. No more explanation necessary. Starting to seriously rethink my idea for a tummy tuck once I'm done with this havin' babies business. This pain wouldn't seem worth it without this cute baby as a reward!
4.How much crap you have to pack in a bag for a brand new baby. With Ava potty trained and Scott being older, I could just toss a diaper and two sippy cups in my purse and head out. Not so much anymore.
5. How much I miss the feeling of a baby moving in my belly. I know you think it's crazy, but I just love being pregnant.
So that's my list. And you know what? It woulda been the same after Ava, and the same after Scott. I guess that's part of the mommy amnesia. But now I have it here in cyber space to forever remind me.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
War Eagle! We start 'em early in the Engelbrecht family.
Here are the big kids at the zoo...
Eww, I don't know why kids like to feed the animals. They smell so bad! And they lick your hands!
Here is Scott pointing out the littlest monkeys you've ever seen...
And Ava noticing the peacock who wandered into the wrong exhibit...
Warren and his Daddy...
And our first shot as a family of five!
All right, this blog is sucking up all my sacred nap time and I'm supposed to be working on my scrapbooks! And, last thing, I swear, but how cool is it that last night at two thirty when Warren woke up to eat (he's SUCH a great sleeper, by the way) Clueless was on TBS when I turned on the TV! I mean, how cool is that?!?! All right, to the scrapbooks!