Thursday, January 31, 2008


After spending weeks trying (unsuccessfully) to convince Sydney to go to bed at a normal hour, I finally decided to change the routine.

For about a week, I would take Sydney into her room around 8:30 and rock her to sleep. We would sit in the rocking chair and while she finished her sippy cup of milk, I would wrap a blanket around her tight and rock. It seemed to work out okay and she never lasted very long. After 10 or 15 minutes I could lay her in her bed and leave. The only problem was that since all of the lights were off, sometimes I would rock myself to sleep too!

Everything changed two nights ago when Sydney decided that she could rock herself to sleep. So I take her into her room, she climbs into the chair, I hand her a sippy cup of milk and a blanket, and she rocks herself to sleep. I turn off the lights and go out and about 10 minutes later Donnie goes in to her room and moves her into her bed.

I just kind of miss rocking her to sleep myself. maybe our next child won't be so independent...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sydney's 2nd Birthday

Last night we celebrated Sydney's second birthday. I can't believe she is already two! It seems like just yesterday I was cradling her in my arms in the hospital, and now she runs around all day, talks a ton, and really has a mind of her own.

She has grown so much in these past two years and we have been so blessed to be a part of that. She is an amazing little girl!

We took Sydney to Build-A-Bear, only she decided to build a cat. She loved looking at all of the clothes and accessories. We bought a princess t-shirt for Stripey, but we probably should have bought a hairbow or something too because she still looks very masculine.

Sydney did not want to leave the store, but we bribed her with a trip to the candy store. She really likes those Valentine hearts - ya know, the ones that taste like chalk. After the candy store we went to dinner and then returned home for cake, ice cream, and presents.
When she saw the cake (we wanted an ice cream cake, but Dairy Queen was all out, so we settled for a store-bought cake) she was so excited! She wanted to eat the entire thing herself, but after a few bites she realized that wasn't happening!

She really likes presents, but I think she enjoyed the bags and tissue paper the most. She received a Disney Princess DVD, a Dora DVD, two new shirts, and about 5 books. We bought her a couple of books about new babies coming to families to try to get her used to the idea.

It was a fun night - even if it was just the three of us. Luckily, she is not old enough to want a lot of people around, but maybe next year we can live close enough to family that she can celebrate with her cousins (and grandparents, and aunts, and uncles...)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Last night

We took Sydney to her first NBA game. Donnie found $40 tickets for $5 each on eBay, so we decided to go.

The game didn't start until 8:30, but Sydney is a night owl like her daddy, so we thought she would be okay. She was a little fussy before the game started, but we just bribed her with popcorn and peppermints.

Once the game started and there was some action on the floor, she absolutely loved it! She had such a good time clapping and yelling, "Go Jazz!" She kept telling Donnie, "That's awesome!"

She really liked the cheerleaders/dancers and the bear mascot too. Every time she saw the bear she would growl really loudly.

Even at the end of the game she was still full of energy and yelling. Thankfully, when we arrived home she went straight to sleep.

All-in-all it was a fun night and since Sydney had such a great time (and the Jazz killed Phoenix) we decided we would try it again before the season ends. After all, this will be our last season in Utah - which is really hard to imagine after spending almost 10 years here.