Monday, April 26, 2010

"Happy" Update

Bum bum bum bum~announcing our little boy is now a big boy who doesn't use a "happy" :)

I am happy to share that ever since our last post David has not used his pacifier AT ALL. That very next day was a little difficult, he asked for "him" at nap time and bed time and a tear or two was shed along with a puckered lip, but we made it through (sleeping with Mommy helped a little bit) :)

Now, he is sleeping in his own bed, naps and night time without the pacifier! We are very proud.

David still has a handful of different comfort objects, but as far as we are concerned, he can keep those forever!

On one hand though I must admit that for a brief, very brief, moment I was sad to see "Happy" go forever. My baby really isn't a baby anymore. : ( But the truth is I have enjoyed every step of his growing up so far and Lord willing it will only continue to be the best moments of our lives. I can't believe he is almost 3 1/2! I thank God for our precious boy. Way to go David!

Friday, April 16, 2010

My BIG Boy!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? David slept through the night without his "happy!" (aka pacifier). For anyone who knows David well enough you will know how big of a deal this is. I thought potty training would be hard, but compared to losing the beloved "happy" I was way wrong!
Over the last few months, Jim and I have tried a small handful of different things which seemed to work here and there (honestly we weren't too consistent either, well I wasn't that is for sure). We designated a "special cup" that Happy went into after David woke up from sleeping, that worked pretty well. We tried to get David to give them away to babies we know, that only worked hypothetically, we never actually delivered them and/or David found another one and said THAT one was his.
SO, yesterday we were out shopping (what else is new) and I found 2 Cars characters that David didn't have and I picked them up thinking perhaps we could have a "rewards" talk later that evening. After dinner David and I had a little talk and mutually agreed that "happies are for babies and not for big boys and that David is a big boy." So as we got closer and closer to bedtime I would ask him "When it's time to go to sleep and you want blankey what else are you going to say?" and he would answer, "I don't need happy anymore, happies are for babies and I'm a big boy." (He told me this a couple of times throughout the evening)
We also celebrated with some fun Sesame Street plates with dinner and a popsicle during bath time to make it more exciting. Then after dinner David went and found his Happy and actually threw it away into the trash can! (Just FYI I did take it out later and boil it and put it in a ziplock just in case, I know I know I can't help it. He doesn't know that though). I took pictures of him throwing it out on my phone, so as soon as I figure out how to get them on the computer, I will post those too.
When tuck-in time came we said our prayers and got hugs and kisses from his two stuffed dogs (he calls them Bailey & Russell like his real doggies) and his Shamu and a snuggle from Blankey and he went to bed!!! I was so proud of him! I still am.
I can't even express how much of a big deal this is for us. I pray that it will continue to be a smooth transition for all of us :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What's new in VA

We have had lots going on here in the last few weeks. We celebrated Jim's 29th birthday and attended an Easter EGGstravaganza at a local church where David had his very first horse back ride-He totally surprised me and actually wanted to ride and LOVED it! His sweet little smile didn't leave his face the entire time.

So I'm sure you are now asking, where are the pictures?? Well, this past week over Easter weekend our beloved friends the Paynes were here and we spent the entire day on Saturday in Washington DC and somewhere between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, we lost our camera :( We backtracked and checked and rechecked 4 times and still no sign of our camera. I was mostly disappointed in myself because I had put on my weekly to do list to upload the past week's pictures, but ran out of time so it didn't happen. The good news is that Rosa and the girls took tons of pictures in DC so we do have those memories captured and I'll post those on our Easter Weekend blog posting.

After losing the camera, I was pretty bummed, but I know it could be way worse. Then on Monday David and I were suppose to go to his first dentist appointment, but as we were pulling out of the garage a little voice from the back seat said, "Mommy I have to go potty" and of course it wasn't just a quick trip. So...we get on 95 and surprise, surprise it is moving like a snail, so needless to say, we didn't make it to the dentist appointment. Since we were already on the road, I thought we should at least go shopping to make the trip worthwhile :) So David and I went to Ikea. It was my plan to let David bring in his brand new Percy train to the dentist so he would have something to hold while they checked his teeth, so he had Percy in his hands when we went into the store. Long story short...we lost Percy : ( Again, I can almost tell you exactly where we were when he had him last and only about 20-50 feet later he was gone. Poor David was crying and saying, "I miss my friend Percy!" It was not the most fun we've ever had. After that we decided it was time to go home, we were done with the day.

Life has moved on without our camera and without Percy, I am still calling the DC Park Police every couple of days to see if someone turned in our camera and we left my name and number with the lost and found at Ikea, so we will see. What fun we have! :)

The weather here in the last few days has been HOT! I think we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer! Yesterday we got together with about 12 different families in our neighborhood and had a picnic in the park across the street. IT WAS A BLAST! I am pretty sure one of my friends took some pictures so once I get some of those from her, hopefully I can post those too.

All in all things are going very well here. We are still enjoying our time here in Quantico and appreciate all that we've been able to do as a family. Today Jim is suppose to be home really early so we look forward to spending time with him outside!