Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

What a great time!

New bed sheets for the girls and us, various toys, dolls, noise-making games, books, clothes, and a family video.

Life is grand with about 12 days left for our first major family vacation! Woo-Hoo!

Molly was happy with every present and love our family (I think). Gab has a great attitude and sincerely loved every present she opened. Quen was happy to open things. Aside from Gab playing with all of Quen's toys, I know our children feel loved in every way.
Thank you Jesus!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Ups and Downs

So GLH has her ups and downs like the weather.

Four to six months ago, Gabby was temperamental. She often threw a tantrum at the drop of a dime. She exhibited tendencies such as: whining, crying, stomping, pouting, yelling, screaming (a higher pitch), hitting, kicking, and being unsatisfied. These traits surfaced individually and at the same time, sporadically.

Since that time Gab has come of age. She shows her maturity by controlling and almost eliminating the aforementioned behaviors, acting more loving (she is such a cuddler), and she is excited to help out in any way. I love this Gab and look forward to having this one to stay but recently her behavior has been on the decline.

This week Gab has been extra needy and temperamental. She is more selfish, hits and kicks more, and the night terrors are back (thanks for the chat Tak). I pray that God may help her and me get through these tough times. I am sure her cold has something to do with it.

Now to our current day when these same behaviors have resurfaced. This is a mild stone (or so I think) and I believe that she is maturing and moving to that next glorious age when she can go to the potty by herself and can share without her terrible-two-tendencies. Age three here we come and not a moment too soon.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Terrible Two's or Torturing Dad?

My GLH is very difficult for me to be around lately. No matter what I do she is upset, yelling, bossy, argumentative, or throwing a tantrum on the floor. However, this doesn't happen when we are in public? What gives? I mean sometimes I want to stay out all day just so I can have peace.

It started when she sleeps and wakes up at least twice in the middle of the night. What strikes me as weird, is that she never has woken up the same time QNH has. I thank God for that but it is weird nonetheless.

I feel a disconnect between myself and GLH. What is the correct way to dscipline her? If I refuse to hit her am I giving up my main defense and disciplining tactic?

Since I am the main parent that wakes up in the middle of the night for the children, GLH and I have been banging heads. I think I am fed up with her attitude during the day mixed with my lack of sleep and I have very short patience with her constant spats of: "I want to sleep with you and Mommy"; "I want my Sippy cup"; and "I want the blanket [eventhough the blanket is about 18" from her neck]".

Then their is the on-goingn battle of using the Potty. Today, and for the past few days I have asked her to use the potty and she out-right refuses. This is another reason for a tantrum. Instead of asking her I just advise her that I am changing her pull-up. Well tonight I was in for a surprise because it was a little runny with poop in it. SURPRISE!

Why couldn't she let me know that she pooped? Why couldn't I have asked her?

What is the reason for "viva la resistance"?



Sometimes I just get tired. Tired of the dog. Tired of the kids. Tired of working. Ever feel like that?

As I blog this my QNH pulls my cord out of my laptop...

Being a Dad of 3, a husband, teacher, grad student, friend, and future leaves very little time for my imagination and to spend doing nothing important. This isn't to complain, moreover it's to vent.

Ahhhhhhhhhh! That feels better.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lollipop in the AM

GLH asked me for a lollipop after being awake for an hour and a half (approx 7:25am).

I quickly declined and temper-tantrum #1 ensued.

I told her that she must not act like that and that it is not nice to yell (nonetheless at me). She ignored me and looked away. I explained to her that she must apologize and then the bailout happened.

She was bailed out after 2 minutes of her 5 minute time out by sleepy Mommy.

Too harsh? What do you think?


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quentin's 6/9-monther

"My doctors visit went well today. Oh, and so did my Dad's."

Super Dad

Saturday, September 11, 2010


This week I noticed minor differences in Q.

1) He pulled himself up on Mommy's pant leg. Woo Hoo!
2) His left incisor broke skin and is now coming in.
3) He enjoys swinging at the playground.
4) He likes walking with me when I hold his hand.

Other than that he is the same. I love him so much!

Super Dad

Friday, September 3, 2010

Profound Daddy request

Early this morning, Gabby was the first child to wake (as usual). While doing some work on the computer she was talking to me and I would answer any questions accordingly and turn around at leisure. This goes on most mornings but today was different.

Instead of making her usual requests she blurted out, "Daddy, please look at me!" I said, "what did you say?" She said again (which never has a problem of doing), "Daddy, I said look at me!" My theme for this school year. Respect each individual by looking at them while they talk or vice versa.



Friday, August 20, 2010

Gabriella's Wake-Up p1

So Gab wakes up, usually an hour after I go to sleep, in a screaming rage that isn't easily calmed. Night terrors?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quen's tooth update 8/18/10

As of this week I noticed Quen has 5 teeth; 3 of which are on the bottom left, and 2 on the top left.

I am so proud of my boy for bearing the new tooth part of his childhood. I will remind him of is troubles and the difficulty of teeth as they break the skin.

I love my son!

Super Dad

Wednesday 8/18/20

I love the smell in the air that Fall is on its way. And with Fall comes going back to work, routine for my family, graduate school, MPM's school, working out (new for my family), and Quen's birthday.

My son is turning one year old and he has grown well in his first year. I will await his first birthday and all of the aforementioned events that arise and change.

Back to today, I have the children to myself before we go bowling tonight. It is the last three Wednesday's of bowling and I am proud of my children that they have made it this far. It can be boring staying still in the bowling alley for 3+ hours.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

6/23 - 6/27/08

This is the last week of MM's daycare/preschool. She doesn't fully understand but I am sure she will be sad in the long run.

GH has been pretty good. We haven't gone anywhere special except to visit mom twice at her job, to the dentist twice (once for a check-up and another to pick-up our glasses).

Q's First tooth

Well I'm not the best at blogging on time but Q got his first tooth recently. He is the best and I am so proud of him but now he is crank-dified. He is constantly cranky and I have to hide from him in order for me to get anything productive done.

I still love him and pray for all to go well as his teeth continue to come in.
Quen's first tooth 7/2010

Super Dad

Dad and 2/3's Part I

Since my last text made it I must say that I am mighty proud of myself. Today I took Gab and Q to my brother in laws to celebrate a birthday.They both behaved well and made me look like the Super Dad I claim to be. My mother in law came in the nick of time (i.e. when I needed to change Gab's pants because of a little soda incident.)

Q was his quiet self and was fascinated with a water bottle because he's teething. Another day of me loving me as Super Dad.

Super Dad

The Children and company

The day is over and the children are prepared for bed. The day was long but when our company arrived they were little angels. One of the best things about parenthood is when I can reflect on how well our children are growing.

God, thank you for blessing my family and me with love and humility.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shower Time

GLH gives me the most challenging time about washing her hair during our shower time. I guess it's because she resents me not giving her a bath for some time. How long has it been now Babe, 3 or 4 months? I got to get on that.

My little girl is the best about washing up and I promise you, your bath time is soon approaching.

Super Dad

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Poop Time

There is something to be said about the appreciation of a child going to the bathroom (potty) and pooping.

This happened once when GLH was 1.5 months. She was a big girl and had a fluke when we thought she understood the concept of going potty.

Well since then she has been sporadically going to the potty and not consistently at all. To add insult to injury, she would only pee on the potty and was afraid to poop. Until that glorious day came, last Friday June 25, 2010.

GLH had her diaper off around poop time and followed her sister to the bathroom, sat on  her potty and tada, she pooped! I wanted to glorify her as she approached this momentous occasion but waited to see if it would happen again.

As I report here this current day, she pooped on the potty because I took her just in time. I left her pull-up off because she refused to put it back on and I should have read the clues. About 2 minutes later GLH dropped part 2 of the poop in the living room. Maybe she will one day experience another successful poop time.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bonding with Q

I just bonded with my son when he cried out to me. It was 5:45 am and he isn't ready to wake up but he tries to. My other little one does the same thing.

What are they afraid of? What are they looking for?

I don't know but I am right by there side as soon as I can be. I either awake from sleep, rush out the bathroom, or rush up the flight of stairs to see if they are alright.

In this particular instance, Q was fine. He was nestled between a Barney and a PhilaU dog (stuffed animals) and my suspicions were answered. He was awake but in need of a hand so I put my finger out.

With the other hand I covered his moving legs and redirected my attention to my right hand (the one which he was grabbing). With my index finger being gripped, I stroke his little hand with my thumb in a calming and reassuring way of saying, "everything will be alright. I'm here!"

A glaze came over his eyes and he began to fall asleep. He opened his eyes after a few nods but finally knocked out. I had to share this because it just happened and, when I look back at this blog, it will be these times in which I remember my children and the wonderful gift of fatherhood they've given me.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day 2010

This Father's day will be remembered. I received two cards, several phone calls, and some neat pajamas from my family. We went bowling for the first time as a family where GLH and MPM bowled. My wife and I are pretty regular with it so no need to mention us.

All and all it was a relaxing day and I thank God for my family.

Monday, June 14, 2010

June Sickness

This June isn't fun because Q is teething and G notices that Q gets a lot of attention. Challenging for a stay at home mom and a dad who has the most challenging semester in grad school yet.

As I type this, G is put in timeout again as she cries and makes a scene in order to gain sympathy from wherever. I feel like Super Nanny when I punish her but she is very rude and downright mean to all of us. I know it is for attention but she reminds me of those misbehaved children on the Super Nanny show. I am glad watched it when I did because I am using the same timeout-talk in a soft but stern voice-techniques she uses and it works for the most part. It is just heart aching when G cries until she is red in the face. I'll post a photo at the next outbreak.

Additionally, mom has a cold that she hasn't shaken yet and is infecting 2/3 of the children. Argh!

Besides that, all is well and M graduated from Kindergarten. It was a pretty big deal and we went to Olive Garden. The meal was nice, G was allergic to something, and the server/waiter totally wasn't as attentive as he could have been for a family of 5 with 3 children. Our tip just scraped the 15% mark.

Time to change my cloak for the GradDad one in my back pocket.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Late May update

GLH turned 2 almost a month ago exactly. QNH is almost 7 months. MPM finishes school on Friday June 11th. Our children are growing so fast!

QNH can now lean up with his arms. He is crawling much better now but not that serious yet. GLH speaks in complete sentences, is loud, adventurous with her words, independent (can open the refrigerator and all doors by herself) and loves her blocks her God mother/Aunt gave her.

Proud Daddy

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

QNH Cuts Teeth

Today, April 7, 2010, QNH cuts his first set of teeth. While I don't exactly know where, I do know they are coming in and my wife can bear testament to that.


Friday, April 2, 2010

23 months and counting

GLH is doing great! Almost two years old and she started talking with complete sentences about two weeks ago. She received new shoes a few days ago and is as demanding as a two year old can be.

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Quentin Noel Hasty

QNH was born on 11/6/09 and is the third child in the Hasty line in Philly. He is as jolly as he looks and is growing up so fast.

Only about five months, but he is slowly rolling over, following moving objects (like my finger), babbling/cooing, and we just started him on rice cereal about two weeks ago.

He sleeps well but is on the eat every three hour kick and I am the person who gets up with him.

His two sisters love him as well as his parents and I am so proud of having a son finally.