Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jenkins Weekly!

I should be taking this time to shower, clean up, or something productive...
But I find blogging about my cute family more important! Plus, it is a lot more fun. Right now, Lexi is watching Dora and Maya is asleep in her swing. It was a long night last time, so I am very tired. I am looking forward to nap time. Maya had a hard time sleeping. Her poor little tummy has been bothering her. We think it might be the formula so bright and early, before 9am I made a trip to Walmart with both of the girls. All of us still in our pajamas. I decided to get Soy Formula to try. Lexi ended up having to do soy as well. Newborns are so tough because you don't know what is wrong with them. Everything is trial and error. Maya seems to be a bit worse than Lexi was with tummy issues. She just cries and grunts when she is in pain and it is so sad. So anyway, let's hope the Soy works!
Back to the blog, here is a bit of our week. 

Broc is such a good daddy to the girls. He snuggles his little girls.
 Lexi loves to read books. I caught her looking at a new book Grandma Great brought her.
 I am big on sleep training and kids sleeping in their own beds. I'm sure its annoying sometimes. But I believe a kid who knows how to put them self to sleep and knows that their bed is for sleeping in, are better off.
Lexi slept in our room with us up until a year almost. She started off in her crib, but always ended up in our bed. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the snuggles, but knew she needed to learn to sleep on her own. So we did the cry it out method. It worked for us. She has been such a great sleeper ever since.
We have had our set backs of course and we still let her snuggle with us or sneak in her room and snuggle wit her at times.
A little snuggle never hurt anyway.
So, I am trying to start good sleeping habits early with Maya.
So far, it's not working.
Don't worry, I don't make her cry it out. She is way to little for that.
This little stinker just likes to be cuddled.
We have tried a few naps in her room, but nothing seems to last longer than 30 minutes. 
Short and sweet. We will just have to keep working on it!

 Lexi doing her cheeser
 (horrible photo, but only one we took)
We made a trip to the splash pad with some friends.
It is good to get out of the house.
I hate staying home everyday and it is so good for Lexi to get out.
I have decided to start a daily routine...of course we already have some what of a routine, but I want one that is beneficial and teaches Lexi.
I'm not 100% sure what it is going to be yet, I am still deciding on what to do, but the one thing I know it is going to involve is getting out of the house.
10am is a good time I feel because it gives us plenty of time to get ready and eat breakfast. 
We can go out for about 2 hours and then come home and each lunch.
If you have any ideas or have a daily routine, give me some tips! I don't plan on leaving the house every day, but even just going on a walk, letting her play in the back yard, or maybe even a trip to Walmart will be that daily activity!
 With Maya tummy troubles, sometimes this is the only way to get her to sleep and be calm. She loves to lay on her tummy. Example. Last night she is so fussy and as soon as I laid her on my chest she was out in 2 seconds.
 My little Lexi. This past Saturday I told Broc I wanted to take Lexi to the splash pad to get get out of the house. I decided to try and do something with her hair. It turned out pretty cute!

 Lexi loves the splash pad.

She got up on this rock and started dancing.  
 Doing her pose

 After the splash pad we grabbed some lunch and went home. 

 Afternoon snuggles
 Sunday was Father's Day. We had Broc's family over to our home. Before everyone came over Broc went to go get a power nap with Lexi since she didn't get a nap that day. My heart melts anytime I see them cuddle.

 Then this little lady slept while I finished cooking lunch.
 Brittany (Broc's sis) had a baby 9 days after I did. 
Little Decker.
Although, little isn't the best word. 
He is a pretty big baby, pretty adorable too!
He was born June 12 at 1:10am.
8lbs 8 oz and 21.5 inches long!
Pretty much 2lbs more than Maya and 3 inches bigger!
I hope they become great friends!
 More Father's day loves/snuggles
 So grateful for Facetime.

 Giving little sis some loves

 On Monday, we decided to go feed the ducks with a friend. After we did that I wasn't ready to go home and wanted Lexi to go burn some energy. I decided to take her to a play place and just let her run.  We will probably end up doing this quite a bit.

 I am always still asleep when Lexi wakes up.
She runs into our room and says
and jumps into bed with us and then says
"a show?"
I turn one on and get a bit more sleep. This one morning I had Maya cradled in on arm and Lexi in the other.
It was perfect.

 Okay, time for a creeper moment.
We have this hole in the wall between the girls room.
Lexi had no idea I can see her through there. After I put her down for a nap I usually sneak over and see what she is up to. She is always dragging toys into her bed to play with.
I love watching her to see what shes doing, she is so funny. She will play and then just pass out! I should just get a video monitor, but this is free.
 size difference

 We went to Britt's house yesterday to let the kids play. They had not really played together since the babies were born!

 It has been a "cooler" week this week. We have enjoyed a few mornings the deck.
 Overall, I think we had a great week. The rest of this week will involve a doctors appointment tomorrow where the girls will get a PKU (Maya) and shots. (Lexi) The the week I will be getting the house ready because my mom is coming next Friday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I can't believe it has been a week since our sweet little Maya has joined our family. What an adjustment it has been for everyone. Lexi has done so well and I couldn't of asked for two better girls. Lexi loves her little sister more and more each day. Broc was home for most of Maya's first week and went back to work yesterday. I have had two full days alone with the girls. 
The first day was a tough one for sure. I was expecting it to be. Broc left for work and our day began. 
Before Maya was here Lexi would come into our room and snuggle with me in bed while we watched some cartoons. Then we would take Tito to the bathroom and get some juice and breakfast. Then we would either go down to the basement and snuggle on the couch with more cartoons or I would shower.
Yesterday, a shower didn't happen. I finally was able to brush my teeth and wash my face by about 11am. 
With Maya here, usually when Lexi wakes up I am feeding Maya. She comes into our room and plays with her toys and were dragged in there through out the previous day or sits in bed with us. I do miss snuggling with Lexi like I used to. Yesterday was just stressful because Lexi really wanted me to hold her most of the morning, but for some reason Maya took 3 hours to finish a 2 ounce bottle. Then by that time it was time for lunch. 
After lunch, was nap time. Well I knew that the air guy would be coming between 2-4. I was praying that it would be closer to 4 so Lexi could get a good nap in. 
Lexi didn't get down for a nap until 1 and he showed up at 2. (Since when do they show up first thing?)
Banging around in the attic woke Lexi up of course. I tried to get her to go to sleep after he left, but that wasn't happening. By that time I was loosing my cool because I was tired and knew she needed a nap. Plus I really needed to get some dishes washed that in been in the sink for.... a number of days. 
Lexi had asked me to lay down with her and I really wanted to, but couldn't. I felt so bad.
What a sweet little girl. I miss my naps with her.
I told Broc that now when I snuggle Maya at night, I feel like I am cheating on Lexi. I already miss the nights that Lexi would come into our room and snuggle in bed with us. But now that we have a new born in our bed, it isn't safe for Lexi to be in there.
Anyways, by the end of the night I was determined to make the next day better. I told my self that we were going to get out of the house. I checked the weather to see how hot it was going to be. I planned to take Lexi to the park in the early morning before it was to hot. 
It worked.
Today was much better! I wanted to be at the park by around 9 so it would be really cool, but we slept a little later. (which I needed, after only 3 hrs of sleep.)
So we were at the park by around 10:30 and stayed for about an hour. It wore Lexi out for sure. We came home, had lunch, watched two episodes of Bubble Guppies and took a nap. 
After our 3 hour nap we were all happy :)
Each day will get easier and we will figure it all out! I am just so thankful that Lexi has been a trooper. I just feel that I am not giving her as much attention. I still try and hold her when I am holding Maya on the couch or as much as I can. We I'm feeding Maya I go and sit on Lexi's bed and watch her play or read books to her. Hopefully she still knows that Mom loves her!

Enough rambling. Here are some photos from our week. 
She was smiling. Lexi loves when she gets to lay next to Maya.

 We her Maya Papaya
 On Saturday, June 7 we went to Lexi's little friends second birthday. 
 She was cold

 We had a lot of visitors through out the week. Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins were some of them.
 Poor Tito. 
He has been set on the back burner. He isn't getting much attention, but still seems to be really protective. 
 Sunday, June 8th was my birthday.
It didn't feel much like a birthday with all that was going on.
Broc went to a homecoming with his family that morning and took Lexi with him.
With those two out of the house for a few hours I was able to get some MUCH NEEDED house work done.
Those dishes just pile up so fast.
and laundry
and diapers
and toys
and everything!
When they got home, and before nap time they enjoyed some cartoons together.
We really don't watch as many cartoons as it sounds like I promise.
She isn't a TV kid. 
 That evening we had the family over for a hot dog roast and cake/ice cream.
We fall in love with our backyard every time we are able to have everyone over.
 Lexi was so sad when everyone left, especially her cousins. 
She went into the kitchen and finished her cake...must of needed some comfort food
 To cheer her up, I told her she could take a bath.
This girl LOVES baths. 
She obviously couldn't wait.
I went to go get some toys while the water was running and she hopped right in.
 The next day (Monday)
Broc returned back to work.
Lexi cried and cried when he left. They bonded pretty great over the last week.
She found dads hat once he left and she felt better.
 Maya slept most of the day.
 A melt down of course.
This is why naps are so important in our home!

 The result of less than an hour nap...
crashed at 8pm.
 Maya seems to go cross eyed. Lets hope it doesn't stick

Today was a better day. Tomorrow, will be a crazy one. Brittany (Broc's sister) is being induced to have her third baby! Chloe and Madden will be coming over to play for most of the day. At least Aunt Joclynn (Broc's other sister) will be over here and we will conquer it together!
I am so happy with my family. I hope to update my blog more so I can remember things! We will see how that goes.