Life is going fast right now. I cannot believe it really has been almost two weeks - our Seabrook trip - since I’ve written a blog about life. Sure I wrote a longer one about Baby-Led Weaning (it took about a week to write) and posted some photos but I haven’t captured our fun day-to-day activities.
Let’s start with right now, this very moment I am home alone with Viv who is a teething wreck! She is down in her crib screaming because she won’t stay asleep. I’ve tried a few different things to help her out and the one that works the best is nursing her to sleep. Unfortunately it is short-lived as she has now woken up twice after 30 very short minutes.
The blur you see in her right hand is her Wubbanub pacifier being violently shaken as she screams.
So, after trying and trying, I am resorting to the cry-it-out method and I figure nothing like sitting down to write with classical lullabies playing upstairs for me to keep my mind off her sad squealing and raspy crying (she is starting to lose her “voice” it seems).
Since I decided to start with right this moment, I’ll go ahead and work backward for a change.
Today was a beautiful day here in Seattle. Viv woke up at 11:50am for the day because she would not go to bed last night and stayed up till 11pm (looks like we are on track for that again tonight… joy). She didn’t sleep through though which would have been awesome, but woke at 7:30am for a midnight snack.
Ok… time to go down and soothe my kiddo. She keeps putting the pacifier in and out of her mouth which calms then angers herself. I think I will throw a wet washcloth in the freezer before I head down so I am prepared for later.
Going into the kitchen made me see my tea that I made myself about an hour ago and haven’t touched. It’s now luke warm but that’ll do. Viv was able to calm down for the moments I was down there stroking her head and back but the minute I walked away all hell broke loose again.
So back to my day I go. After Vivian woke up today we along with Glory drove into Seattle to meet up with Ali to go for a run along Lake Washington. It was near 80 degrees and sunny so it was beautiful for running. On our way back I let Glory jump into the lake to cool off. After our run we stayed at Ali’s for a bit and played with her puppy.
Yesterday was Vivian’s first Father’s Day… Hold that thought - going to give Viv some more teething tablets and put her into the baby swing to see if that will help since she just needs sleep and I don’t care how at this point! Ok. Not sure if she is sleeping but she is quite and calm.
A hand and footprint embossed growler
and hand stamped card just for daddy.
Back to Father’s Day.
Earlier in the day, Vivian and I got up before Tyler and set out his gifts and got his breakfast ready. After hand dipping some strawberries in chocolate to take, we went over to our friend Marissa and Kyle’s house for a BBQ with our Vivs and the Rivs bunch. It was a wonderful day for an outdoor party. It started off sunny and warm then in the afternoon some thunder rolled in while staying warm and dry.
Vivian, River, Vivian, River
Finally it did start to rain but it was wonderful and relaxing rain that wasn’t at all a party killer. We all enjoyed each other’s company and the babies were so cute interacting with each other. They are really starting to get to that age where they are interested in exploring everything including other babies.
Can you tell both the Vivians are wild women?!?
At the summit!
Saturday, we went for a hike with Nora, Adam and River at Rattlesnake Ledge before we went over to Katie and Brandon’s house to help them organize their giant new three-car garage.
Annnnnd she is crying again. The swing stopped. Why in the world would it stop if it is plugged in. It has a timer function and if I don’t set it that means I want it to swing forever! So I got it going and then sat with her until she calmed down and drifted back off then I quietly and stealth-like rolled away out of view then proceeded to crawl to my stairs… if you know my downstairs, the swing is at the middle window to help with that visual. Gosh I just wish her teeth would pop through already! Does anyone know how long teething pain lasts when it starts clearly bugging the baby until the tooth makes its appearance?
So now I’m at Friday. I did a bunch of nothing while enjoying a rare day where we stayed home all day. Thursday was jam packed with my usual few hours of work then a playdate at a friend’s house followed by Viv’s six month check-up and more work. Wednesday was the last day of my mom’s week visit. I almost made her stay a bit longer because we got to the airport a tad too late (luckily her flight was actually delayed 20 minutes which caused her to make it). After dropping her off Viv and I headed to the Zoo with some friends and we finished the day by attending a music class at Happy Nest Play Center. Viv was entranced. The instructor was like she was right off of Barney - perky, cute, upbeat with a high-pitched voice. The class was free for the first time but I would definitely go back and pay because I kid you not, I have never seen Vivian so interested in something.
Snoozing while checking out the penguins.
Viv staring up in awe.
Tyler is now home. He decided to check on Viv… doesn’t sound like it is going so well. His turn.
M.E. and Viv getting silly and playing during a mid-walk break.
Tuesday my mom, Vivian and I went swimming for the second time during her visit. Vivian is getting really good at being dunked. Afterwards we went for a nice long walk along the Sammamish River Trail and us gals also went out to dinner while Tyler was working on Taptitude with his brothers.
Monday we had Vivian’s professional six month photos taken - which we still need to choose from. They turned out great!
Last weekend we went swimming for the first time with my mom and then had a low key babysitting little Vivian on Saturday. Sunday my mom and I stopped over at Katie and Brandon’s new place to catch-up and let Viv play with the cousins a bit.
Friday was my mom’s first full day in town after arriving really late the night before. She could hardly wait to get Vivian up in the morning! Lucky for my mom she hadn’t entered the stay-up-late-sleep-in-late phase yet…. Oh speak of the devil. My husband and child have arrived in the living room. Sigh. Good thing I kept the lullabies playing and now out comes the frozen washcloth.
Thursday I think I mostly worked but I don’t honestly recall. Wednesday Viv and I started the day with a picnic at the park with my coworker/friend who also is on a flexible schedule. It was a beautiful day to meet up at Marymoor to hang out at Zachary’s playground.
I’m pretty sure it is impossible to get two infants and two [twin] toddlers to look at the camera at the same time let alone smile! Ha!
Wednesday night we hosted a birth class reunion for the second group we attended. It was a beautiful evening and we were able to BBQ and all enjoy our patio. Tuesday Viv and I went to Alyssa and Leah’s place to join Angelica, Victoria and Joy for a girls’ day. I also stopped by the beach afterward to say hi to some other friends.
Finally we made it to Monday two weeks ago. I worked a long time and then rewarded myself with a nice long walk with Marissa and Vivian. We started at Redmond Town Center and walked to and through Marymoor and back around to Redmond Town Center. It’s a nice five mile loop. We ended the evening with dinner while the Vivians slept (for the most part).
Now, this post is ending the same way it started except with Tyler running the show. Vivian is still awake (two hours later) and fighting bedtime. It looks like she will be having yet another 11pm bedtime. As long as she is awake in time for her vaccine appointment tomorrow at 1:40pm I guess that will have to do.