Friday, April 25, 2014

It's Getting Better

Thanks for your thoughts on the Jude sleep issue.  Things have been going a bit better, 8pm seems like a good bedtime and I've been trying to up him down earlier for naps and wake him up if he is napping too late.  We have also made a more solid bedtime routine and have a plan as far as what to do when he is crying and not wanting to go to bed.  It's still a struggle, but I'm hoping it will get better and better.
 A quick cute Jude pic

In other news, I have two new paintings up at the etsy shop.  Check them out! and visit the shop at and you can like the Facebook page at

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bedtime, more like scream time

Does anyone else have issues getting their little one to go to sleep?  Sigh, of course you do.  Things with Jude and bedtime had been going ok, but in the last two weeks it has taken a nose dive.  Last night was no exception.  We did our normal bedtime routine and put him in his toddler bed right on time, at 8:30.  It was 10 pm before he was actually asleep.  He spent the whole hour and a half screaming and crying and throwing himself to the floor and it is making us crazy.  Like CRAZY.  We go in and hold him, rock him, put him back in bed time and time again, try to get him to sleep on the floor, talk to him about bedtime and sleep, sing songs, let him cry, threaten and yell.  Everything.  Nothing works, nothing helps.  We leave the door open, we close the door, we sit in the room, we leave the room, we turn on and off his night light, nothing works.  And he only finally goes to sleep once totally exhausted, really not even going to sleep so much as passing out.  It's ridiculous and has to stop.  Oh and once he does go to sleep he is waking up at least one or two times.  And then he is back up for the day between 6-7am.  Naps have been hard too, but not nearly as hard as bedtime.

So our only plan today is for me to try to run him ragged all day and to try bedtime at 8pm.  I'm also thinking about cutting his naps out, but dear lord I don't want to do that if I don't have to.  Anyone have any advice?  I'm about ready to call Nanny 911 on this!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from our little bunny

He had fun hunting for eggs, but the candy was not nearly as exciting as the cars!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Van Goo Goo is open!

My etsy shop is officially open for business!  Please go check it out and let me know what you think!  The address is
Here are a few samples of what is available on there.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Biting and Scooting

On Jude's second day of "school" aka Mother's Day out, I picked him up and hand to sign a discipline form about him biting another kid at the program.  Apparently the kids were going somewhere in their giant 8 kid stroller and the kid next to him wouldn't stop touching his arm and so he bit him.  I hate this.  I felt so bad that he did that and bad that he was being hurased by another kid and just bad.  I teared up talking to his teacher about it, I just want him to be good and fit in.  She didn't make too big of a deal out of it and he isn't going to get kicked out or anything.  She thinks and I think that being there is really good for him, so he will continue on.

In other news, we got Jude a scooter the other day.  He is a big fan and just looks so grown up scooting down the street.  It was getting dark when he went out for the first time, so please excuse the grainy pictures.
Also, I have been having a hard time commenting on everyone's blogs recently, so please don't think I'm not reading because I am!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Day of "School"

Jude started a Mother's Day out program this week.  He will be going Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-1.  I think it's going to be really good for him.  It will give him a chance for some socialization and hopefully get him talking more.  It was hard dropping him off for the first day for me, I don't like leaving him with people I don't know.  But he loved it and was so excited to go.  Here he is on his first day.

This is a nice little break for me as well.  I'm using the time away to paint and my goal is to open my etsy shop by the end of the month.  I'm making small paintings for nurseries and kids rooms and it's going to be called Van Goo Goo.  Here is my cute little banner.  I'll post a link for you guys to check it out once it's up and running.

We also have taken two different sessions of bluebonnet pictures.  They are in full gorgeous bloom here right now.  Here are a few pictures
Grumpy boy!