Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yes, No, Maybe

This is a strange topic...it is about pee. Not just any pee, but my daughter's pee and what is going on lately.

Three nights ago Mackenzie half woke up crying and complaining around 2am. I went into her room to find that her night time diaper had become so full that it not only leaked but it SOAKED her, her pajamas, her stuffed lamb and her bed. So I stripped her down, cleaned her up, changed her diaper, put on a clean set of pajamas and took her to Daddy to snuggle with while I went in to change her sheets and clean up the rest of the mess.

After the whole ordeal Mackenzie was so awake that she had trouble falling back asleep, so I then had to stay up another hour getting her back down in her bed.

But wait, that's not all! This has happened EVERY NIGHT for 3 nights now. Just when we have her sleeping really well this starts happening.

So here is the 'Yes, No, Maybe' part. Do I stop giving her liquids before bed? What time to I stop? Can I just give her less? How much less? This is hard because Mackenzie LOVES to drink water and milk and I don't want to tell her, "I know you are thirsty, but I can't give you any water even though it is good for you and keeps you hydrated." Duh, seriously! And she will not stop asking for a 'drink' or 'thirsty' until I give it to her, and if I don't give it to her she will cry which will make her more thirsty and will dehydrate her. Where is the balance? We must find one, and soon!

Reaching New Heights

Yesterday was a day of 'Reaching New Heights' for Mackenzie. Well, also for Wayne and I considering how Mackenzie reached those heights.

This far in her one and a half years of life, Mackenzie has shown no interest in climbing or jumping off of pretty much anything. That is one reason I have been comfortable with leaving her bed in crib stage for now. All of this came to a screeching halt yesterday when I stepped into the study for just a moment and when I walked out there was my daughter standing backwards on one of our dining room chairs playing with our golden window treatments. Of coarse, this horrified me and I wanted to say something to her, but I didn't want to scare her and cause her to fall, so I did the next best thing. I ran and got my camera. I took a few pictures then I took her down off the chair and explained to her that chairs are for sitting not standing.

Well, all day she kept trying to climb up on her glider or the sofa or her car that holds her block on the exercise ball...you name it, she tried it. Uggg.

So because of how tall she is and this new found interest in climbing I thought it must be time to covert her bed to the toddler setting. So that is what I did, and much to my disgust and dismay this was MUCH WORSE than the crib setting. First, for an 18-month old the toddler rail looks like it needs to be at least 4 inches higher (right now it is only about 2.5 or 3 inches higher than the mattress). She could just roll right over that rail at her age. I think a two an a half or three year old would be just fine in the toddler bed setting, but eighteen months? Hum? But that is not the bad part. As soon as Mackenzie saw her 'new bed' she climbed up on it and began RUNNING up and down the mattress and giggling. Very unsteady and ready to plummet head first into the toddler rail or the floor. I was so horrified that I changed her bed back to the crib setting and am going to wait on the toddler setting until she is older. So YES DOCTOR...I am waiting. Mackenzie seems to think that in the crib setting she is not allowed to climb out or act crazy. She simply accepts the bed for what it is and sleeps in it and waits for us to come get her when she wakes up.

So that was our day yesterday. How was yours?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Camp

Wayne and I have not been on a vacation alone in our entire 7-years of marriage (except for our honeymoon), and neither have we been on a family vacation. More recently we have been feeling the effects of not only wanting to get away, but needing to get away.

Just this last week we received an e-mail that many of the families at our church are trying to go to 'camp' together. Each family would get their own small cabin with a queen bed and a private bathroom, and the cost would be less that it would cost to even drive somewhere these days and it includes 2 nights and 3 meals. I really hope we can go on this camping vacation. There are pony rides for the kids and paddle boats, fishing and hiking; and there is horseback riding, zip lines and other great stuff for the adults. All-in-all, a great family time together. Plus the famous hay rides and bonfires. This trip would be at the end of October and it is less than a few hours drive from home.

Now all I need to do is get Mackenzie those hiking shoes in a larger size :) If we go I will blog all about it and post pictures :)

Not only height and weight

Good Grief.

Mackenzie is not only growing in height and weight, but her feet keep growing as well. I feel like she was just wearing size 4 toddler shoes, but somehow she is now in a size 6 toddler shoe. We bought her some nice new casual but cute denim converse type tennis shoes just about 2 weeks ago (size 6) and I can't believe that her toe is ALREADY at the very end. We are going to have to get some size 7 and size 8 shoes at the rate of her feet's growth. Hey, at least she is healthy.

Nights 5 & 6 - I Think?

OK, so I have lost track. I think I am suppose to write about Nights 5 & 6, but there is not much to say. Both the nap times and the bed times have been going GREAT. Last night was the best of all the nights so far. Mackenzie went down at 9:00 with no fuss at all and woke up this morning around 7:30. About 30 minutes longer than she usually sleeps, w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l. What is that, ten and a half hours? Wow!

I think I will stop posting about her sleep habits until there is something new to write about; like transitioning to a toddler bed :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Projections

And I don't mean Economic Projections or Forecasts. I am talking about my daughter's growth and clothes sizes.

I decided to project Mackenzie's height and weight up through age 3 based on how she has been growing thus far (especially considering the fact that she has ALWAYS been 95%+ and has not wavered at all).

Why? You ask why?

Well, that is a good question and I have a good answer.

Sometimes my Mother or I like to purchase clothes in advance for Mackenzie when they go on sale, and almost every time she has outgrown them before she gets to wear them. For example, Mackenzie was wearing a 2T (that was a little large on her) this summer and we thought that because a child's rate of growth slows down that a 2T would be big enough for this winter. Nope, she is in a 3T now and is slated to be a 4T by December. Thus the growth projection using her doctor's growth chart.

Here is what we have:

December 09 (Winter months): 4T
March '10 (Spring months): 4T
June '10 (Summer months): Tight 4T or Girls XS or Girls Size 4
October '10 (Winter months) Girls XS or Girls Size 4
March '11 (Spring months): Girls XS - S or Girls Size 4-5

The sizes are based on The Children's Place size chart at Katy Mills Mall. So anyone that is looking to get clothes for Mackenzie for Christmas or her birthday please look at the chart above and include a gift receipt. My child is GROWING :)

Procrastination

That's right, I said procrastination.

Do you ever get so behind on something that you truly dread doing it? For me it is downloading and uploading pictures. I have fallen so behind on this that our camera has over 450 pictures on it; some of them as far back as Mackenzie's first baseball game (Go ASTROS). So here I am downloading the pictures onto my computer so I can upload some of them to Facebook and this Blog and Shutterfly later. Hopefully later doesn't become months from now. Ugg.

Nights 3 & 4

So Far So Good.

Nap time on days 3 & 4 looked pretty much identical to the nap time on day 2, so nothing new to post there. Bed time is where the real difference occurred.

Bed time on night 3 was pretty much the same as night 2, but on Night 4... Wow, what a difference. We did our usual bed time routine, but she was wet so I also changed her diaper. When I was done with that she said, "Rock" which means she wants me to rock her in her glider. I told her, "OK, but in 5 minutes you will be going to bed." So with the lights off I rocked her then I gave her a 1 minute last call for enjoying the rocking so she would know what came next. She said, "NO." So I said, "OK, 2 more minutes then off to bed." That is what we did. I rocked her for 2 more minutes then I laid her in her bed and tucked her in. She didn't make a peep. She just quietly snuggled down and drifted off to sleep. This is very excititng.

I think I will wait to change her bed over to the toddler setting until she has been sleeping well with this routine for at least a week. I hate to mess up a good thing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Night 2

Night 2 (last night) went GREAT.

Nap time was about the same on Monday as it was on Sunday, but again, she was not upset and slept just over 2 hours.

Bed time was different. We did the same routine with the 5 minute last call for snuggling. She again threw a tantrum, but that only lasted about 5 minutes. I again checked on her every 5 minutes, and she was asleep in about 15 minutes. She slept all night until 7:00am. That is very very good. I am so proud of her.

I pray that today's nap time and bed time go really well.

Once she just lays down and goes to sleep for both (I am hoping this only takes a week or less) we have to change her bed over to the toddler bed conversion and put up a child gate at her bedroom door. The doctor says she is WAY TOO TALL to be in the crib even though she is still young. She could fall out or climb out and hurt herself. So, with the toddler bed she can climb down if she wants to, but she won't hurt herself; and with the child gate she can't just wander around the house. Humm, pray that all of this change goes well and that she chooses to sleep instead of climb out of bed over and over again. Thanks.

Night 1

Sunday night was NIGHT 1 of getting back on the good ol'e sleep routine. I have learned that when sleep is involved you must be consistent not only at bed time, but also at nap time. That way they child (in this case lovely Mackenzie) can distinguish how to fall asleep no matter what time of day or night.

So nap time naturally came first today. That meant laying her in her bed wide awake with her blankie (named 'Bunket' by Mackenzie), her lamb (named lambie) and her bottle of milk (YES, I still give her a bottle of milk). I told her it was nap time and that Mommy was going to go take a nap also; to which she replied, "NO." I then replied, "Yes", tucked her in, gave her a kiss and left the room. She wasn't crying, but she was AWAKE so I went in to check on her and lay her back down and remind her that it was nap time about every ten minutes. It took her about 40 minutes to finally fall asleep, but when she did she was out for over 2 hours. Not bad, especially since there was no crying involved.

Bed time was a little trickier, but went very well also. After dinner, tooth brushing, hand washing, pajama changing, night time prayers and kisses Mackenzie was given her 5 minute last call for snuggle time before bed (I like to give her a 5 minute last call so she knows what is coming next). Again, when I put her in bed she said, "NO." And proceeded to throw a tantrum in her bed. I went back in to her room every 5 minutes to calm her down and remind her that it was bedtime, and it only took her just under 30 minutes to fall asleep. AND...she slept all night until 6:00am. Good job, Sweetie. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Just When Things Were Going Well

Just when things were going well with Mackenzie's sleep routine and sleep habits it all cam crashing down. Remember 3 weeks ago when she was sick for 5 days, then I was sick for 5 days; a total of 10 days thrown off our routine? Well, that did it.

Before then Mackenzie had been going to bed on her own every evening and sleeping through the night. No problem. She even enjoyed the routine. It was wonderful.

Since then, she S-C-R-E-A-M-S, throws tantrums, stays up ALL NIGHT screaming for Mommy to hold her or to sleep with Mommy. We went to the well-baby exam and everything was great. The doctor said there was no physical sign for her getting up at night, so it is a terrible case of the 'I Want's' that was reinforced when she was sick (because Mommy held her and she slept with me during those 10 days. Uggg. Apparently that was a mistake on my part). So her old bedtime routine makes her mad and she just throws a tantrum; that is until today.

Yes, today is a NEW DAY. That's right. We are going to do what we did the first go round and get Mackenzie sleeping in her own bed all night again. It only took 2, almost 3 nights to accomplish her new routine last time, so I am PRAYING that it only takes 1 or 2 nights this time since she knows what we are doing and where we are going with all of this.

I don't believe in the full Cry-It-Out method, but I do believe in a very structured routine that starts at the same time and ends with her in bed at the same time every night. Also, if she cries I believe in allowing her to cry for up to 5 minutes then reassuring her that we are here and we love her, but everyone is sleepy and it is bed time.

PLEASE PRAY with us. We need all the help we can get.

Friday, September 11, 2009

18-Month Well Baby Exam

Today was Mackenzie's 18-month well baby exam and it went GREAT! That is, after we waited two hours to see the doctor and having Mackenzie S-C-R-E-A-M while the doctor attempted to look in her ears and mouth. She looks wonderful...perfect.

Height: 35.5 inches (just under 3 feet)
Weight: 30.5 pounds
Percentile: 95%-100% for both

Teeth: 16 teeth (all but her 2-year molars)

According to the Doc Mackenzie is ready for her bed to be converted to a toddler bed because of her height...falling out of the crib is NOT and option. She will also be ready for a small tricycle at Christmas (Mackenzie was happy to hear that).

One precaution, everyone must know how old Mackenzie is before they watch her. Because of her height and her advanced vocabulary and her trying to potty-train she is on track with average 3-year olds (kids twice her age). Because of that people could treat her like she is older and reprimand her as if she is older, but she's not...she is only 18-months. So listen up, if you are hanging out with my kid, she is ONLY 18-MONTHS OLD, please treat her accordingly; just like you would treat a child half her size. Thank You.

A Loving Mom,
Natalie

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Terrible Two's

Can a child go through the Terrible Two's early?

Seriously!?!??!?

From the time she was born Mackenzie has always been very even tempered and did not get upset easily, but that has changed as dramatically as switching a light switch from OFF to ON in the middle of the night.

Just over a week ago now Mackenzie began throwing tantrums. Not just little, "Umm, I'm upset" things, but full out throwing herself onto the floor, kicking and screaming. And she will not quit, no matter what I do, for anywhere from two minutes to an hour straight. And better yet, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the tantrums. I am not telling her, "NO" or stopping her from doing something. I am not refusing a request or ignoring her. Actually, I spend most of my time just giving her love and care and concern as I always have and in the middle of doing something as simple as walking down the hall she will visibly become mad and throw herself on to the floor. The rest is history. I can talk to her, offer her various things (toys, snacks, drink, hugs, kisses, read book, go potty...), I ask her to tell me or sign what she wants, and NOTHING works. She simply has to get it out of her system. Then, when she is finished, she is happy as a lark; almost as if nothing ever happened. And, this happens 2, 3, 4, 5 and even 6 times a day! Uggg.

I really do hope this IS the Terrible Two's because that means there is an end in sight, and maybe she will be done with this stage of life BEFORE the other kids start their terrible two's, or before she is 18 years of age; whichever comes first.

For now, I just have to love her through it.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

18 Months

I was going to write this yesterday when Mackenzie hit her 18-month milestone, but time just slipped away from me.

Wow...Mackenzie is 18-months old. That is 1 and 1/2 years; ALREADY.

There are moments when I feel like she was brought into this world just yesterday, and other moments when I feel as though she has been with us forever, but no matter how I look at her life with us I still find it hard to believe that my precious baby is already 18-months old.

She has turned our world upside down in the most wonderful way imaginable. Almost as if life before her was actually upside down and life with her is now right side up.

Anyway, we have not taken her to her well-baby check up yet, so I don't have height and weight statistics, but if she is still on the same track as before we know she will be in 95%-100% for both. I will post after that visit. :) I think about how I was almost always the shortest and smallest person in my class at school, and I realize that there is a good chance that Mackenzie may almost always be the tallest person in her class...lol, that makes me smile. Especially because I always wanted to be the tallest, and I had it in my mind that I would be at least 5' 10" but maybe closer to 6' as an adult. Hahaha, all 5' 3" of me.

Here are some updates. If Mackenzie is not teething she sleeps through the night in her own bed without any problems. She is trying to cut her final tooth before her 2 year molars, so we should have a teething break for a while. When she wakes up in the morning the fist thing she asks for is "bunket" which is her blanket. She LOVES playing with the dog, and giggles the entire time. She also enjoys a riveting game of Peek-A-Boo as long as you act like you have no idea where she is when she is hiding under her blanket, then she can pull out the big reveal with a HUGE SMILE on her face. She loves to eat, but has definitely lowered her food intake some. Last night she found that she really enjoys using chop-stix. That was a sight to see :) She runs at an amazing speed for such a little tyke, and she enjoys spilling her blocks out on the floor so she can then lay down in the middle of them and roll around. Pretty funny if you ask me. She loves to pray and always closes in a loud AMEN. She is a typical Girlie-Girl: loves SHOES, JEWELRY, MAKEUP, NAIL POLISH, and PURSES. She also wants a bike and a baby doll. She hugs and kisses all of her toys and rocks her glow worm to sleep on a daily basis. Oh, and when no one is around or she has warmed up to whoever is there...she is a jabber box; talk, talk, talk.

All in all, I LOVE my sweet little girl and couldn't imagine life without her. Happy 18-months, Mackenzie.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

FLU - Yuck

Sorry I have not posted in a while, but we have had the flu. Or at least something like the flu. I will post again soon, but for now suffice it to say that Mackenzie is better and I am trying to get better.