I Bet I'll Regret It Later

I have allowed Alexis to create a bad habit. Normally I'm good about kicking these things early, but this time I'm totally screwing up. Alexis has taken a liking to having a drink or two or three of water before bed. And tonight, we graduated to taking the sippy cup into her crib. Right now, she's totally happy to be chugging water or milk right before going to sleep. But in a year, when she's getting potty trained, it won't be such a great idea. I guarantee I'm going to regret giving in to her demands.

The regret will probably rank up there with the day I decided to give her a pacifier. It was a beautiful (and quiet) year while she had it, but once I took it away, I really wished I had never given it to her. Tonight I got my reminder of that mistake. She found a pacifier somewhere in the dining room (I swear those things are like bunnies and just multiply when you aren't looking). She instantly popped it into her mouth and was as happy as a lark. That is, she was happy until I took it away. Then it was meltdown time. This water before bed thing is going to turn out the same way, I just know it.


Happy Mom's Day!

So another Mother's Day has come and gone . . . I hope everyone had a good one. I spent mine consoling a miserable one-year old. Alexis has never been fortunate enough to only get one or two teeth at a time, and it seems her streak is continuing. I knew that two had broken through last week, but it looks like their counterparts are trying to make an appearance as well. The fact that four teeth are ravaging the little one's mouth was deduced after a very sleepless night and a miserable morning.

First Alexis woke up at 1:30 and wanted no one but me. The way that she could assure that she had me was to refuse to sleep anywhere except my arms. I actually thought she was just cold since she was only wearing a t-shirt for pajamas. I was mistaken. That became clear after Alexis cried for nearly a solid hour later in the morning. It took a hit of Tylonel, teething tabs, and Orajel for her to feel like her old self. And I could tell you the exact moment the Tylonel wore off. That would have right around the time Alexis woke up from her nap in a brand new miserable state of being. Poor kid.

Jasmine tried to cover up Alexis' legs when I took a picture of her wearing just her t-shirt, but it didn't work for long.


Living up to Expectations

The Pirates, as expected, had their butts handed to them by the Braves tonight. And Alexis, as expected, was tough to keep entertained for the three hours it took for the Braves to finish off the Pirates. I took her to the playground inside PNC Park for over half an hour. She had a great time there playing on the slide, climbing the ladders, and chasing other kids. But then some random kid (probably about 3 years old) decided it would be fun to start shoving Alexis. There was no parent in sight to scold the little hooligan, so I had to scoop up Alexis and go back to our seats. From there it was basically Wrestlemania for the remainder of the game. Alexis is really good at cheering though. Sometimes she says "Yay" and claps for the wrong team, but her heart is in the right place.

Here's Alexis hanging out with our friends Mark and Estee.