Emily goes to bed at 8 p.m. every night. It's still light out when she goes to bed but she doesn't complain. Today had been a pretty warm day but by 7 p.m. the temperature cooled down and there was a nice breeze outside. Molly had fallen asleep for what I think is a nap (she hasn't woken up yet, it's almost 10 p.m.) at around 6:30. Audrey went to bed at 6 p.m. So that left Emily. A great time for us to have our own time together outside to play.
We decided to start up the bubble machine and have some fun. I think it meant a lot to Emily to have me to herself.
Today was mine and Jeremy's 7th wedding anniversary. It's been a great 7 years. Last night we celebrated by having a wonderful dinner at The Foxfire Restaurant. There were many courses and great wine. We dined for almost 3 hours. THREE HOURS. Much different than our speedy meals at home with the kids. One who barely eats and is done within 5 minutes, the other who decides that about 5 minutes into dinner is a great time to have to run to the bathroom and poop. Nothing more appetizing that having to wipe a poopy butt during dinner. I can't really complain though. It's our life that we've made together and there are so many good things about it all. Jeremy and I both agreed last night that we've weathered a few storms that probably would have broken some marriages. Luckily, it made ours stronger. Teaching the both of us that we can lean on each other when needed.
Molly will be 6 weeks old on Sunday. This is also our 7 year wedding anniversary. How time flies. I still haven't been able to get the top of Molly's hair to stay down. I need to get a bow or a barrette and tame the mane.
I decided to call Early Intervention to have Audrey evaluated for speech. She still isn't really talking. If she does say a word it doesn't "stick" and she never uses it again. I haven't heard "mama" in a really long time. She is definitely trying to talk, making conversation with inflection to her babbles. I'm hoping for the best. I've been reading that the earlier you address speech problems the better, so I didn't want to ignore the situation.
Even though Audrey hasn't been talking and she's still our tiny Mighty Mite, she is big on personality. She has decided that she is the Binky Police and any time she sees Molly without one she is sure to place one in her sister's mouth. At first I was really worried that she would be too rough but she's been surprisingly gently and has only shoved it up Molly's nose a few times.
I don't have any pics of Emily because she won't sit still long enough for me to take a picture. They are so BORING. Emily loves playing outside and is extremely outgoing. She's made a lot of new friends in my parents' neighborhood (we don't have any kids near her age in our own neighborhood). Emily spends at least one night a week at my parents' and loves all the playtime she has with other kids. I'm hoping to use other children to motivate Emily to want to go to Kindergarten. Just think of all the new playmates there will be!
Emily did it at 2 months, Audrey did it at 6 weeks, and Molly has done it at 1 month. Sleeping through the night, yay. This morning I woke up at 6 a.m. feeling very full in the boob area. I got up and started pumping like I normally do around this time in the morning. About a half hour into pumping I realized that Molly never woke up for a feeding like she normally does around 3 a.m. I ran into the room to see her sighing in her sleep. What a turkey.
I can't remember the exact time I put her to bed last night. I think it was between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. I'm sure no later. EDawg, what time did we stop chatting? Your brain is better than mine right now :P Anyhow, I know it wasn't later than 11. So I watched a little bit of tv while I watched Molly settle into sleep and then I went to sleep myself.
I'm not sure if this is a fluke or not. Once Emily and Audrey had their first through the night sleep they continued. We'll see...
Emily had some highs and lows this week. Her low was Tuesday when she received her 3 booster shots, a TB test and a finger prick to check for anemia. She was very brave and got through them a lot better than I thought she would but she had a bad reaction to the tetanus shot and it got really swollen and hot to the touch. It's been that way for 3 days. Hopefully it will be completely gone soon.
The high point of the week was graduation! Emily officially graduated from preschool. I have so much to write about her teachers and therapists. Hopefully I'll have the time for that soon. Emily looked so cute in her cap and gown (will upload pics soon). She told me that her cap and gown made her feel like she was in China. I was confused as to what that meant but then realized that she was comparing her gown to a kimono. I didn't tell her that she should feel more like she's in Japan.
Molly is now 1 month old. She's starting to wake up a little more and has figured out the difference between day and night. We're getting 6 hour stretches of sleep during the night and I'm very happy about that. Not much else to share as life is all about eating, pooping, sleeping and not much else. Here are some recent pictures...
Molly has some interesting hair right now. It all lays flat except for a patch right on the top of her head. There isn't anything I can do to keep it down.
Today Audrey had her first full blown public tantrum. It was so much fun, not really. Molly is usually asleep around the time that I need to pick Emily up from preschool. I've been taking Audrey with me to go pick up Emily. I've been leaving a half hour early so that Audrey would have some time to walk around outside and have fun while we wait for Emily. Today Audrey wanted to push her stroller across the playground, which was fine with me. When I tried to direct her back towards Emily's class she kept shaking her head "no". Audrey still isn't saying any words so we get a lot of nods and gestures for communication.
After another failed attempt to lure Audrey towards Emily's class I picked her up, put her in the stroller and pushed her to the classroom. Audrey was so upset she started to cry very loudly. I took her out of the stroller and told her she could walk where we were standing. She just stood where I placed her crying her little heart out. Keep in mind that Audrey never makes a peep when we go to pick Emily up. All of the other parents waiting were absolutely shocked that Audrey was so upset. They kept asking me if she hurt herself and I said, "Nope, she's just mad at me." They wouldn't believe me!! haha. They kept making up all sorts of excuses as to why Audrey would be crying. I just told them all that whatever the reason was for her to be so upset, I was happy that it would tire her out enough for a nice nap by the time we got back home :P
This evening, during dinner, Audrey began choking. Real choking. Turning blue, no air coming in or out kind of choking. I know the whole incident lasted for a very short time but it felt so much longer. I really don't know what else to write. I never want to go through that kind of fear again. As I put Audrey to bed tonight I noticed she had broken blood vessels on her skin around her eyes from struggling to breathe. What a crappy day.