Sunday, July 29, 2012


So lately Kiley has been dealing with Mommy separation anxiety.  She always has done good sleeping.  Saying her prayers, telling everyone night night and then climbing into her big girl bed and going to sleep.  Now it is everything, but being a good girl.  She avoids giving hugs and kisses because she knows that she will have to go to bed.  I tried letting her cry it out, but she gets out of her bed and lately has been falling asleep on the floor.  Totally confused about what to do, I started reading some suggestions on the web.

The web suggested that we start getting her ready for bed one hour before her bed time.  I had been doing this I just take my time with her bath and make sure all her toys are up before bath time.  Then we never talk about night night or sleeping anymore so that she won't have anxiety about being alone.  We read three books in her bed and when those are done she starts getting this worried look on her face.  It makes me feel so bad for her.  I don't see how she could be scared.  The room hasn't changed and I have the t.v. on playing music so that brings light into the room.  Anyways, tonight I sat in her room next to the door and told her it would be okay and to close her eyes.  15 minutes later she was sleeping in her bed with no tears.  They say if you do this and little by little stay a shorter amount of time and finally just don't stay at all that it is easier for them.  The reason why I say Mommy separation anxiety is because if I'm not giving her attention, if I leave the room, if Daddy takes her to lunch without me, etc. she is freaking out! Hysterically crying and continually repeating Mommy!!! Don't get me wrong I enjoy her being Mommy's girl, but sometimes it can be a little too much.  Mommy needs her time too ; )  So I'm hoping the sleeping will only get better from here.  Wish me luck! I made need it!
She will sleep in the car....

She will sleep in the boat...
but not in her bed?!?

We have also been doing potty training.  Last night she went in her potty on her own! I was so excited and happy for her.  She is becoming such an independent, smart little girl and I was so proud of her! Hopefully, it wasn't a one time deal and she will continue to cooperate.  At daycare she goes in her little Dora underwear and most of the time comes home without any accidents, which Mommy and Daddy think is awesome (not only for her but no money spent on expensive diapers).  Now, when she gets home though accidents are happening left and right but I am hoping that after last night we have reached the peak of the mountain and it's only going to get better from there!

We have been going to the lake pretty much every weekend and swimming in our pool.  We definitely have a water baby! Even though she only took 2 weeks of swimming lessons it really has built up her confidence in the water.  Swimming and jumping into the water and having a blast on her playset is what we do during the week and then the weekends we go to the lake.  We are loving the summer for sure!
Miss Boss making sure everything is okay!

Putting her face in the water. 

I can hear her now, "Okay, 1, 2, 3, GOOOO!!!" I love this photo!

She just started making this face this past weekend.  She says "ARGHHH" while she is doing it.  
She sounds like a pirate. 

Until next time, Gig'em & God Bless!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Water Time!

These past couple of weeks we have been living in water.  Kiley loves to go swimming and really anything that has to do with water.  Like I have said before the minute Kiley gets to the lake she is the perfect little angel that never acts up.  Don't want to say it too often or Mommy might be pushing her luck.

Two weekends ago Jason's Aunt Bitsy and Uncle Lynn came and stayed with us at the lake.  We had so much fun and were so glad they made it out again this year! Kiley really enjoys their company as do we! They gave Kiley a bear purse for her birthday while they were there and now she has been inseparable with it ever since! We named the bear Mary and she has to sleep with her in her bed every night.

Kiley loves to get cards.  She calls them a book.  This is the one she got from her Uncle Lynn and Aunt Bitsy. 

Last weekend we spent our time at home enjoying the pool.  Wednesday, our friend, brought her cute boys over Saturday for a playdate.  I told Kiley that morning that they were coming to play and she couldn't stop saying "Where Krush?" "Where Kyson?" She was so excited to hear that they were coming and when she heard she was getting in the water she said, "Mommy, where my suit?"  I love hearing her talk.  It's amazing to me how much this little girl knows in what seems like such a short amount of time to learn! The kids had a blast.  They played in the water, ate hot dogs, and played on the play set.  Afterwards Kiley went down for a nap and boy was she tired.  I figured she would sleep good, mostly because before Wednesday and the boys left it looked like she was fixing to fall asleep in the chair she was sitting in outside. :) She had a bad case of sleepy eyes.  Poor baby!  Later that afternoon Bethany (best friend), Abel (her husband) and their little baby boy, Mason came over and swam and ate supper with us.  Kiley was somewhat curious about the baby and couldn't figure out why he would be crying at times.  Mason went swimming in the pool for the first time that night.  It was great to watch him and see how relaxed he got while in the water.  It reminded me of when Kiley was a baby and we would take her in my Mom's pool.  She always loved it and she always seemed so relaxed and calm.  She would go right to sleep after we would get in the pool.  Loved those days, but definitely enjoying these times too.  She is getting so brave in the water.  She will jump off the side of the pool and when we were at the lake she was jumping off the back of the boat.  Needless to say I'm a proud Mommy!
4th of July morning playing on her playset or like she says, "MY Slide!"

Krush and Kiley having a conversation! They are like an old married couple...

Some funny quotes Kiley said this week:
* Mommy asked Kiley, "What does a cow say?" Kiley responds, "Ummmm, COOOOW?"
*Again Mommy asked Kiley, "What does a cow say?" Kiley responds, "MEOW!"
              Looks like getting down what a cow says is going to be difficult.
*Mommy showed Kiley a picture of when Kiley was a baby with Santa.  Mommy asked Kiley, "There's Kiley and who is that with her?" She looks at the photo.  Thinks about it and responds, "ELMO!!!"
             Mommy couldn't stop laughing about that answer.  Love her so much, silly girl!
* Earlier this week she asked Daddy where Zoe was.  He told her she was outside and could open the door and to call her to tell her to come back inside.  So she ran to the door opened it up and yelled, "Zoe!" Zoe comes running up she told her, "Zoe, no bark! Okay? Go inside!" Zoe went inside and she came in after her closing the door.  I couldn't stop laughing, she looked just like me out there, which makes me realize she is listening even when I think that she isn't!

Sunday it was just Kiley and Mommy.  So, before it rained we went in the pool for a couple of hours, then danced and played on the playset.  This picture is of her busting some moves!

She was letting her sock monkey, Bo ride piggy back! She kept saying, "Okay, Bo, Ready? 1,2,3, Go!" Then she would run as fast as she could. 

Heading to the lake early tomorrow for a long weekend.  Until next time, Gig'em & God Bless!!