Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy 8 Month Birthday!

Happy 8 Month Birthday to our sweet and beautiful Finley! How is it possible that you are already 8 months old already? I never knew time could go by so quickly and it's kind of scary in a way. You've changed so much since we were in the middle of your fussy first months. For example, we went to dinner last night with our dear friends, the Kelly's. They have an adorable little boy, Lands, who is a day younger than Ella and a precious little bug of a daughter, Lyla (love the name), who also happens to be our goddaughter. Finley sat in her high chair the whole time, enjoying a dinner of Puffs, applesauce, and ground chicken and stars. She did great and smiled and giggled the whole time. Ella and Lands had fun together too.

While I'm on the subject, can I mention how gross baby food is? Well, not all of it. The fruits are ok, but anything involving some form of meat makes me want to vomit. I'm trying not to gag as I type this because the thought of it makes me sick, but we mixed one of Finley's favorites, yogurt, and ground turkey the other night for dinner. I had to breathe through my mouth the whole time I fed it to her and she just housed it like it was nothing.

I'm going to try and post a video that we took of Finley last week. I'll be highly surprised if this works...

I think it worked! Maybe John isn't the only one in the family who has the tech brain.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Toddler and Baby Sleep

It's 3:30 in the morning. I'm wide awake because my almost 3 year old woke up about 2 hours ago, crying for her mommy and daddy. I hear her before David does, which is shocking because I'm able to sleep through just about anything. I go into her room and what does Miss Thing say to me at 1:15 in the morning? "Mommy, I need a Kleenex". Seriously. I give her a Kleenex and the head back to bed, only to toss and turn for the next 2 hours.

Ella has always been our rock star sleeper. She started sleeping through the night when she was about 2 months old. She loves taking naps, though she does have her days where she won't take one. The big transition of moving her to a big girl bed last summer was flawless. She gets her sleep habits from my side of the family. The Pellys are known to be amazing sleepers. We started doing a weekend family movie night a while back and it's so much fun. We fix one of Ella's favorite dinners, alternating between tacos and tacos and we set up camp in her playroom. She gets so wrapped up in the movie that we have to remind her to eat her supper. But, we've noticed that when Ella does wake up in the middle of the night, it's usually a night when we've watched a movie. It's not like we're watching anything scary or inappropriate like "Goodfellas" or something similar (though David has tried). So far, we've seen "Toy Story 3" (so funny), "Despicable Me" (loved it), "The Incredibles" (good, but a little much for her), "Finding Nemo (her favorite), "Land Before Time" (old school, but really good and free on cable when your "Marmaduke" RedBox dvd has a boo-boo and won't play) and many more. Normally, when she does wake up, we're able to get her to go right back to sleep, which makes for a much happier toddler and mommy and daddy the next day.

Now Finley is a bit of a different story. For about the first 4-5 months of her life, she was not a napper. One would think that having a full belly and clean diaper is all a baby needs to take a long nap. I know I don't need much of anything, other than to be still for about 10 minutes (sometimes 5) and then I out for the count. Not so much for Finley. My sweet precious baby would cry and scream and make noises that I never knew existed. I'm of the mindset that if I let her go long enough, she'll fall asleep eventually. I mean, she's not going anywhere and is safe in her crib. Well, that worked for about 25% of the time and then the other 75% of the time, I would cave after about an hour or so and go get her. The second I peeked over her crib, she would stop crying and start smiling. But, now she's a great napper and will take a long nap for me in the afternoon. Despite her issues with naps, she had no problems sleeping through the night starting around 3 months. When my babies get a full night's rest, it's a win-win for everyone.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Twins 2 Years Apart

Can you tell them apart? It took me and David a couple of minutes to figure out the newborn pictures.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Long Time, No Post

Ok Friends and Followers (of which I don't think there are any)--we're back. It's been what, over a year since our latest post?? And I know you must be asking yourself "Why are the Metzners" starting their blog again"? You have probably been losing sleep since our last post in 2010. Well, I don't really have an answer for you, other than why not? So, here's a recap of what's happened over the last 12 months.

1. We welcomed a beautiful new daughter, Finley Ashley, on July 31st. We love her to pieces and she looks just like her older sister. Like, as in twins born 2 years apart. The only way we can tell their hospital newborn pictures apart is by what we are wearing or what is in the background. Finley was a born a big baby, 8lbs, 3oz and 21 inches long. We are totally in love with her and feel truly blessed to have two healthy little girls. God has blessed us in so many ways and we are forever grateful.

2. So, you are probably asking yourself, what kind of baby is Finley like? Well, David and I like to joke that if we had Finley first, we might have only had 1 child. To say the least, it's been a tough 8 months, but we are at the light of the end of the tunnel. After countless bouts of thrush, reflux, which was diagnosed at 6 months, colic (which is a Dr. Mom diagnosis) clogged milk ducts, and mastitis, we are over the hump. However, despite all of this, we could not love her more and love watching our babies play and interact with each other. Nothing brings a brighter or bigger smile to Finley's face than her big sister. It's so much fun to watch.

3. Finley has mastered the art of sitting up and we know that crawling is not too far off. I don't think I'm ready to have 2 mobile children. Every time Ella pulls out a toy from her playroom, I ask myself if it's a choking hazard for Finley. Luckily, I think I've cleared out all the knives, scissors and other sharp objects so I think we are safe. I'm kidding, but I never know what a curious little 8 month old will try and put in her mouth. She also has 2 bottom teeth, but they came in a few weeks apart and she looks a little bit like a cute jack o lantern right now. I think it's the cutest thing ever. Ella is hilarious, sweet and so cute. She talks up a storm and will say just about anything. She LOVES her daddy, pink ice cream, craisins, our dogs, picking her nose, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, books, her little sister, music, the Green Bay Packers, and the park by our house. She LOVES her preschool and her teachers and friends in her class. She's also really good at stalling before nap time and bed time and telling us "2 more minutes" when we tell her it's bed time. She's becoming more independent which is bittersweet for us. She goes to the potty by herself sometimes and she loves to "brush" her own teeth and buckle the chest strap on her car seat. It's hard to imagine there was a point where she could not even hold up her head.

4. I am now a stay at home mom and have been since Finley was born. I definitely miss the social aspect of working because I worked with really great and funny people. But, I would not trade staying at home for anything. It's a lot of work, but I love and feel blessed to be able to do it. Thank you to my amazing husband for working so hard to support all 3 of your girls. We love you!

5. I will try and post some pictures over the past 8 months. But, given that it's taken more than 1 year to update this, pictures might be expecting too much.

Anyways, that's the update for now and I promise I will be back soon with more edge of your seat type stuff.