Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lake Las Vegas

For Valentine's Day/President's Day/we had 60,000 hotel points burning in our pockets, we went to Lake Las Vegas! I'd never heard of it, but it's this beautiful resort area in Henderson that was built right before the economy crashed and is just now coming back to life. We spent our days swimming in the pool and walking to the village on the lake. Mostly we just basked in the warm, sunny weather. It was a great family friendly place, perfect for a little getaway.
The Logistics of Traveling with Baby
This was our first trip with Oliver's new carseat, the Clek Foonf. I know, wtf who named that. I had my eye on the Nuna Rava for his "big kid" carseat, but the salesman at Baby Cubby was doing WORK. I love that the Clek is super slim, doesn't have flame retardants, and sits up enough to allow him to see out the window. It's also got a built in safety guard that absorbs 70% of the impact of a crash once forward facing. Hopefully Baby Cubby gives me a commission for this plug.

The best thing about this trip was Ollie's sleep! We sleep trained Oliver at 6 months with the Taking Cara Babies program, so as long as he has his "sleep cues" he does great. We brought all of the favs: his sleep sack, blanket, sound machine and monitor. We borrowed the hotel's pack n' play and luckily it fit in the bathroom so he got the blackout treatment he's used to. He slept through the night all 3 nights and it was wonderful! And lucky for us, the hotel allowed you to sign into your Netflix so we could watch our shows once we were in for the night.

He has been doing so well with traveling and it's making me realize how old he's getting. We love our little traveling buddy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Walking Contradiction

We were in the THICK of it. Nap time was still hours away and we had already exhausted all the entertainment available downstairs. Oliver and I were just bored of each other. We went upstairs to the office (the last ditch effort before I go to screentime) and I decided to bring the DSLR camera and take a few pictures of him while he played. And I don't know what it was, but looking through the physical lens of the camera made me realize how magical motherhood and childhood are. He was so cute trying to balance on the floor cushion and laughing, falling and getting back up once he stumbled. A sweet handsome boy discovering his abilities and limitations.

Before I pulled out the camera, I was so frustrated. I feel like Oliver's theme song right now is Katy Perry's Hot and Cold. He's just a walking contradiction, where his emotions are at an all time high but his ability to regulate them is incredibly low. His attention span is increasing, but he still gets bored very easily and likes to run around and play with every toy for .2 seconds before moving onto the next. He's hard to keep happy if I want to do anything without him. His vocabulary is improving and he does a great job understanding us, but we struggle to understand him most of the time which ignites those intense emotions. And ohhh he loves being held. Every night I'm begging Tayler for a shoulder massage from lugging my cute 25lbs weight around all day.

But I am grateful for the perspective I have already acquired from my brief experience of mothering. I look back on the "1 year ago today!" timehops on social media and realize that this stage will truly be a small blip. In just a few months his cognitive skills will increase and we will be at a new (probably more difficult in some ways and easier in others) stage.

Just for my memories, Ollie's Current Vocabulary:
  • More
  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Shoes
  • Hot
  • Food
  • Eggies
  • Dog-dog
  • Neigh-neigh
  • Wa-Wa
  • Juice
  • No
  • All Done
  • Ball
  • Turtle
  • Shush
  • Light
  • Book
  • Bee-Boop (Tayler's bike)
  • Grandpa/Grandma (more like gracaw)
  • Various Animal Sounds: baaa, pffff (elephant), moo, meow, pants like a dog, quack, rawr 

St. George Weekend

This weekend we escaped the cold to somewhere slightly warmer, St George! We invited some old friends and had the best time. Tayler got to try out the mountain bike he got for Christmas (and he survived!), and Ollie and I got to hang out with our friends Jayme and Carson. We went on a hike and then played outside in the sunshine. The boys loved throwing rocks and sharing their snacks.

Oliver was an amazing traveler this trip! Usually he gets sick of his carseat pretty quickly, but he slept and played so well in it this time. Maybe a sign of increased attention span? Fingers crossed. He even slept through the night both nights, which I was not expecting since he was in a Pack n Play. It gave us a lot of confidence for an upcoming 2 week trip we are taking in May.