Friday, March 30, 2012

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Rodeo is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Houston. This year I went three times. First, Jon and I went to see the Eli Young Band.  Thank you GiGi for watching the munchkins for us!
Date Night

 Reality :)

We stopped and said hi to Ben, who was part of the Directions and Assistance committee.  He said his favorite question he was asked during Rodeo season was from a group of high school girls: "What beer booth doesn't check ID's?"

My sister Maria was also at the show.  Out of 75,000 seats hers was only 6 seats down from ours! 

The next week Madeline and I went to the Livestock Show with our friends.  We were there nice an early, but not early enough to beat out the school field trips.  All of the moms (and 2 dads) were exhausted by the end of the day, but the kids had fun.

Madeline sporting her cow outfit.  Andrew has a matching cow longall but it doesn't fit yet.  :)

Maddie and Brock on the bus.  They thought the bus ride was almost as cool as the rodeo.
 As Madeline would say, "Brown cow, white face"

The petting zoo was her favorite part.

Riding the pony was her second favorite.

Later that week we braved the rainy weather to go to the Livestock show with my family and Jon's mom.  As usual, I just have a bunch of kiddo pics and none of everyone else. :)

Madeline's shirt says, "I make dirt look good." haha.  I bought Andrew's western shirt before he was born especially for this occasion.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


At Andrew's 2 month check-up, our usual doctor was sick (the irony) so we saw a new doctor instead.  She walks in, says, "Hi, I'm Dr. Schmitt" and shakes my hand.  Madeline steps in my way, holds out her hand to the doctor, and says, "Madeline" until the doctor shakes her hand, too.  Dr. Schmitt compliments Madeline on her manners and looks at me and smiles.  I was very proud. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Last month we got to visit with alot of our extended family.  First, we had a brief but fun visit with my Aunt Julie who was in Houston for work.  She lives in New Orleans so we don't get to see her nearly as much as we would like. 
Maddie and JuJu having a tea party

The next weekend we drove to Jon's Grandma's house in Grapeland to spend the day with the Kleckley family. 

Grandma and her newest great grandchild

This was the first car purchased by Jon's grandparents in 1948.  It hasn't been driven since the early 70's but Jon's dad and brother Luke are going to restore it in an Aggie Maroon color to make it a game day car!

The boys loading the car onto a trailer.  Well, most of them.  Paul was video taping the entire thing in hopes of getting something good for You Tube. 

The Kleckley boys, Grandma and the car

Maddie and Grandma

I would like to add that I was NOT present when this picture was taken.

Four Generations

Our branch of the Kleckley family

The next week, we had visitors from my mom's side of the family: my grandparents, Aunt Dianne, Cousin Ann Marie, and her two kids Evan and Gavin. 

We kicked off the fun at one of my favorite places to entertain small children, Lone Star Bounce Town.  Madeline was in school so we showed up with seven adults, two kids and a baby.

Grandma holding Andrew for the first time

One night while they were in town Madeline spent the night at my parents' house with everyone.  She had so much fun having a sleepover with her cousins! 
 (I promise, they did more than play with the ipad :)

We had so much fun with everyone.  I wish we all lived closer.  These 3 turkeys would be best buds, and I'm sure they'd have Madeline dressed in camo!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy 2 Month Birthday Andrew!

  • Stats: Height - 22 1/2 inches (31%); Weight - 11 lbs 13 oz (51%); Head - 14.76" (6%)
  • He's wearing a size one diaper and 3 month/3-6 month clothes.  This boy is growing FAST!
  • He eats every 2 1/2-3 hours during the day.  At night he'll usually only wake up once to eat, around 3 or 4 am.  We switched him back to the miracle blanket from the sleep sack, and it's helped him sleep longer.
  • Poor kid still isn't on a consistent napping/eating schedule (second child syndrome).  My goal is to have some sort of schedule and have him napping in his pack n' play in the next month(instead of the swing, bouncy seat or while being held)
  • Since he started taking Zantac for reflux, he's a much different, happier baby. 
  • He loves to sit in his swing and stare at the mobile on it.
  • Around 6 weeks he started smiling.  His happiest smiley times are in the morning and around dinner time.
  • He still doesn't cry much, but will make a squirly whining noise when he's not happy
  • He loves to lay on his play mat and stare at the pictures on it.  He'll wave his arms and kick his legs when he's happy.  He will also follow toys and the sound of your voice.
  • He loves to take baths and will smile and kick his legs during bath time.

Friday, March 16, 2012

My "helper"

Little babies are quite the time suckers.  In an effort to make Madeline feel more included with baby related activities, I'm trying to let her "help" with some things.  When changing Andrew's diaper, I'll ask her to hand me a new one while I'm changing him.  She'll empty the diaper holder and carefully go through all of them in order to select the perfect one (even though they are all the same).

Whenever she finds a paci, she'll always bring it to him, always picking it up by the part he sucks on rather than the plastic part.  Occasionally I'll find her trying it out herself before she tries to give it to him. EW.

Against my better judgement, I told her she could help me burp him (with his reflux I feel like I spend 4 hours a day trying to get him to burp).  I should have shared this info with Jon, because this morning he tells Madeline, "Stop hitting your brother". 

Now that Andrew will tolerate his swing, it's my new favorite place to put him while I'm trying to get something done.  I was cleaning the kitchen the other day while he was in the swing, and I hear Madeline say, "Go baby Andrew!"  My oldest child had wedged herself in between the wall and the back of the swing and was trying to PUSH him.  I guess she thought the swing wasn't moving fast enough.  We had a nice little chat about not touching the swing (which I'm sure was perfectly absorbed in that mischievous brain of hers :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Little Dude Update

Weeks 3-6 with the little dude were much more challenging than the first three.  Shame on me for thinking that dealing with two kids was easy!  After three weeks he "woke up" and became much more aware of his surroundings (aka: I realize I'm not being held every waking moment so let me cry).  His "I need to be held upright constantly" antics got so specific and extreme that we thought he might have a reflux issue.  We started letting him sleep in the bouncy seat at night and it helped some but not enough.  I brought him to the doctor at 6 weeks and she agreed with the reflux diagnosis.  A week and a half on Zantac later, and we have a MUCH happier baby, mommy and daddy!  He will actually sit in his swing and happily lay on the floor for a decent amount of time.  He's now back to sleeping in the pack and play.  He was also gagging on spit up throughout the night, and the Zantac has helped with this as well.  Unfortunately it has not helped with the grunting. :)

The 3+ weeks (and even some days now) where Andrew needs our constant attention at every waking moment were very humbling.  There *might* have been one or two or ten hissy fits with tears that my poor husband had to endure because of my frustration.  I like to have my house clean and things orderly around me, but there's only so much you can do while wearing a baby bjorn.  I have a list of 15+ things that would take no more than a few minutes a piece to take care of, yet none of them get done.  When Madeline was born it was a hard lesson in not being selfish, in putting her needs in front of my own.  Having Andrew has doubled that.  If that means spending my afternoon putting together Sesame Street puzzles and holding a fussy baby rather than fold the clean laundry that's been sitting in my room for four days, so be it.  Twenty years from now I'm sure it won't be happy memories of laundry I'll be holding close to my heart. :)

Anywhoo, when I took Andrew to the doctor at 6 weeks he was 9 lbs 6 oz and 21 1/4 inches long.  This child is growing like a weed! This is one of my favorite outfits that I bought in a three month size before he was born (it says "Brave Little Brother").  Check out the onsie length.  It's supposed to be hitting his ankles instead of his knees.

6 1/2 Weeks old.  He's changed so much! 

A few weeks ago I took both kids on a public errand running outing for the first time by myself.  I took them to Wal-Mart to get jeggins for Madeline (WM has them for $5!).  They were being so good that I wandered around for 30 minutes finding all sorts of stuff we "needed."  Andrew was sleeping and Madeline had an iphone, but I was still pretty pleased with myself. :) 

And finally, because I think this picture is so sweet:

Monday, March 12, 2012


This morning's conversation went like this:
Me: Madeline, let's get dressed.
Madeline: No get dressed.  I'm not changing my mind.

At two years old.  I'm so in for it when she's a teenager.  Ugh. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What's that sound?

Madeline has turned sounds into a game.  Anytime she hears a plane/train/dog barking etc. the conversation goes like this:

Madeline:  What's that sound?
Me: I don't know, what is it?
Madeline: It's a plane/train/dog etc.

This morning the sprinkler system went off in the backyard.

Madeline: What's that sound?
Jon: I don't know, what is it?
Madeline: It's the letter S!

Get it?  It took us a second.  The sprinkler makes a "ssssss" sound.  Haha.  Thank you, Sesame Street.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

One Smart Cookie

What some of you may not know is that I was pretty much a career Girl Scout.  I was in Girl Scouts throughout Elementary School, dropped out in 6th and 7th grade because I was "too cool", and re-joined from 8th-12th grade.  (Yes, Girl Scouts exist other than cookie time and yes, you can be in the organization past 10 years old).  I even earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent to the Eagle Scout.  Considering the anti-nature high maintenance person I am this may seem ironic, but it was loads of fun.  My friends Stephanie, Lisa, Allison and Stefanie were also in the troop.  We went to a Girl Scout Camp with air conditioned cabins where the meals were catered.  We took workshops like "Stress to Success" where we learned how to meditate and do yoga.  The year they made me do an actual workshop like "woodworking" was a disaster.
I elaborate only to show you my appreciation for this next story.  Three years ago we had a little Girl Scout come to our door. I ordered cookies, gave her my info, and 6 weeks later we got our glorious boxes (yes, boxes) of cookies.  The next year I get a CALL from the same little girl, who had saved her customer's info from the previous year, to take our Girl Scout cookie order.  Isn't that genius??  She called again this year and I ordered extra boxes (or maybe just because I'm obsessed with Samoas/Caramel Delights).  This girl is going to have a serious future in the business world.  When I was her age, I would have been terrified to make those phone calls, but I am sure she's reaping the benefits! 

To all the haters who want to poke fun at my Girl Scout experience:  Girl Scout cookies sent me and my other scouting friends to Hawaii.  Yup, you read right!  (I'd post the pictures to prove it but that was in pre-digital camera days and I'm too lazy to scan some in.) A few years before high school graduation our troop realized we had built up quite the bank account over the years and had to find something to do with it.  With the help of our troop leaders, we figured out how much $$ it would take to send 10 of us to Hawaii.  We made a goal, sold lots of cookies and two years later we had a nice trip to Hawaii!!  So next year when you're buying your cookies, remember that not only are you padding your waistline; you could be padding the bank account of girl scouts to send them to camp or a luxury Hawaiian vacation. :)