Austin is sleeping through the night now in his bed, not in the swing, which is the one blessing of the swing breaking. BUT Fisher Price, or Fisher Poop as I now refer to them, was supposed to send a new motor on the 15th. That was Friday. No motor was sent. So I called this morning and they told me that the motor is out till the end of the month probably. It might be even longer than than the end of the month. The very helpful sales lady (insert sarcasm here) told me that if I just give her my credit card number they will charge me for a new swing which they will send in 6-8 weeks, and then at my leisure I can send back the old one. Then 6-8 weeks from the time I send back the old swing they will credit my card back. What!?! Really?? You want me to buy another swing from you? Um, NO! NO, I will NOT buy 2 crappy swings from you, I learned my lesson the first time. I learned not only is the swing a piece of junk (made manifest by your lack of motors telling me they go out often), but your customer service is horrendous!! I will never buy Fisher Poop baby gear ever again. Ever.
So now we will be looking around for another swing, NOT made Fisher Poop this week, and waiting 6-8 weeks for a refund from them. Grrrr! I officially hate you Fisher Poop!
We bought a fancy-shmancy swing for Austin because we had everything else left over from Jackson, so I put some decent money into the swing that I wanted. So we bought the Snugli Bunny swing by Fisher Price. The swing is adorable and Austin LOVES it, he even sleeps in it every night. I'm completely ok with Austin sleeping in his swing. I'm a much more laid back mommy with Austin than I was with Jackson. I figured I would just start sleep-training Austin at 4 months. I don't know what made 4 months the magical age, but that's when I was going to transition Austin from the swing to the bassinet/pack-n-play/crib. Well, Austin's swing broke during his afternoon nap on the 4th of July. Sad. And angry! I was mostly angry because of the money we put into the swing just to have it break so quickly, and I was sad because I just knew the sleep transition would be HORRIBLE for Austin. Making for a rough few nights for mommy and daddy.
Long story short, Austin didn't even really need to "transition". We put him to bed in his bassinet and he slept just fine. We doesn't sleep 10+ hours anymore, but he still sleeps 8 and that's pretty good! Unfortunately, my little buddy is a BIG little buddy and he's already grown out of his bassinet so I cleaned up the old pack-n-play and Austin slept in his new big boy bed for the first time last night.
I'm still angry with Fisher Price because the motor is on back-order (which tells me the motor breaks frequently enough that they can't keep up with their product breaking down) and I won't be able to use the swing at all for a few more weeks, but their poor product was a blessing in disguise. It forced me to take Austin out of the swing and he's doing great in his big boy bed!
Even without the fireworks we had a really good 4th. We took Jackson to the local parade and he had a blast! He got to see horses and heroes, wave at funny people dressed up in costumes, drum daddy's head with the bands, and he even got a little candy along the way. Best of all, Austin stayed at home with Grandma, so Jackson had Mommy and Daddy all to himself. I know just being with Mommy and Daddy was his favorite part because when it was time to go home he started crying, saying, "No baby Austin! No baby Austin!". He'll learn someday how important his brother is, but Austin's not much fun right now, at least that's Jackson's opinion. I LOVE Austin's age!
Daddy and Jackson waiting for the parade to begin.
Mommy and Daddy waiting for the parade to get started.
We tried to get a family picture in, but this was as good as it got...
I do like our family picture because we captured Jackson's "smile for me" face. He's such a nut! Here's another picture that shows his little personality and his amazing sense for fashion.
The Lubbock bands are trying to raise money to attend the Rose Bowl Parade next year. I love the Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day, it reminds me of when I was a little girl. Here's Jackson cheering on the band!
Jackson's clapping and waving at something
Jackson and Daddy watching some drummers go by. Jackson started drumming daddy's head.
After a long day of parade watching, playing, BBQing, and fun with family, Jackson was pooped!
The only sad part of the day is that I didn't get any pictures of Austin's first 4th of July. He and Jackson even matched. So I snapped this picture at the end of day. He's such a handsome boy! Austin slept in his bassinet for the first time in a couple months because his swing broke and he did so well! He still slept just over 8 hours. Pretty good! I guess we don't need the swing after all.