...speaking of. She's officially been "big girl bed" kind of girl for over a month now! SO so proud of her for giving up her crib to "La-La" (Her name for Clara) She feels all special that Cheyanne gave her "her" bed. IDOLIZES her big sister!
2. Clara on the other hand has turned 5months and has gotten way too big for the bassinet and is a "big baby crib" kind of girl now.
We wanted Ava to feel "promoted" to her new bed/room not "evicted" from her crib (which she LOVED), so we didn't move Clara in right away, so she wouldn't feel like she'd been forced out. She's accepted it really well, now and though sometimes she still longs wistfully for her crib and even hangs out in there with Clara at times, she's moving on up.
Ava was the perfect sleeper, so I knew we couldn't be that lucky twice, and Clara takes after her Mom who can fight sleep like nobody's business. Still no real complaints because she's SOoooo much better than she was a couple of months ago. All I have to think back on is going to sleep at 4:30 every morning for "The night" and I'm so grateful for anything. She's typically in no later than 10:30, but as early as 8:30pm and sometimes she's up a couple times, but the air conditioner in Ava's room helped cool off the temp in Clara's room (which is across the way and if I leave the doors open it helps a little), so she slept like... a baby ...last night and woke all smiles this morning.
3. Speaking of smiles. "La-La" is the smiliest baby! Ava was totally right when she dubbed her "happy baby" and she's a Sanguine child if ever I saw one. Wish you could meet her and pinch her little legs... Ok, I'll do it for you.
4. Clara's crawling officially! She JUST turned 5 months on the 11th and has been working on it all of her 4th month getting ready. I was talking to Colleen recently and said she'd be doing it by 5mo. Who does she chase after? Ava of course!
She tried to stand up the other day and face planted on the wood floor (poor thing) and all I could think is "WHOA girl! SLOooow it down!"
5. Ava may or may not be "Potty training". She's not quite 22 months yet (on the 22nd) but is definitely showing interest and has gone pee-pee on the potty already (to the excitement of ALL family members).
I wasn't totally ready to potty train right now, but if she's ready... I'm going with it.
6. This may be due to the fact that about a month and a half ago we started Cloth diapering. I was shopping for diapers and saw some "one size" ones on Clearance (don't you just love that word?) at Target for about $7 a piece. I knew this was wicked cheap as far as cloth diapers go (these ones were originally between $14 & $18 a piece) and picked up a few to try on Ava. She's a big drinker, so I figured if they didn't leak, that'd be amazing.
They didn't leak.
It was amazing.
I did a little math and figured out that we would save about $2000 if they potty trained at 2yrs old and figured even if it was more work (which it is) it was worth the savings.
I bit the bullet and went back to pick up enough diapers while they were on clearance to be able to cover both girls. I started with just Ava because I had some disposables to use up for Clara and then just switched over to Clara when we had finished em' up. I like that they both wear the same size. They've been working out great and in about one more month I'll have evened out what I normally would've spent on diapers at that point anyway.
SO... here we are! I take all the diapers from the day and toss them in a stainless steel bin throughout the day (helps with odors). At the end of the day when everyone's in bed I throw a load in the wash of all the diapers from the day (and in case you're wondering, it's not as gross as I had expected) and if I'm up doing stuff when it's time to throw them in the dryer, great, if not I toss them in the dryer in the morning and fold them when I'm sitting on the couch throughout the day. I keep them upstairs and down and haven't run short at all.
I heard that Cloth diapering sometimes leads to earlier potty training because they can "feel" it more. I definitely notice that Ava's more "aware" and lately she's been saying "diaper off" to sit on her potty chair. She went pee pee a couple of days ago and we all did a little dance, gave her some chocolate chips and praised her up the wazoo.
Now she asks a bunch of times a day to sit on the potty, but it seems that it's right AFTER she's pee'd, so she hasn't quite realized to ask before hand. We're not pushing her, just encouraging and trying to give her lots of opportunities. She's still really young.
7. I must really love my kids.
Today Shaun called and asked if I wanted to go with him to see a Bon Jovi concert tomorrow night. Someone he knew couldn't use their tickets and offered them to him. We talked about it and looked at the time of the concert and realized that it was way before the girls bedtime and neither of them have been going to bed "easily" in this heat wave. Clara also doesn't drink milk from a bottle except every once and a while, so I couldn't chance a "nightmarish" night at home for my Mom, so that we could go to a concert.
We found out later they were premium box seats with all you can eat drinks and food, free parking, etc...
Actually, this is the online description:
- Exceptional sightlines and clear view of performance
- VIP parking and private access*
- Plush, padded and wide seats
- Flat screen HD TVs, video walls
- Upscale food and beverage options
We laughed about our "loss" later and said, "Well, I guess we're no worse off than we were in the morning." Bummer, though.
Instead he took me on a nice date night tonight and the girls did us the favor of being on their most PERFECT behavior for Nana while we were out.