Thursday, December 30, 2004

Best Christmas Card of 2004



I hope its ok that I am blogging about this card. I don't have permission from the senders, but I figured, 1. They are my cousins, and 2. if they weren't proud of it they wouldn't have sent it. and 3..not many people read my blog anyway. So if anyone passes word along to them, that I did, tell them that I think they are pretty funny, and I hope they come check it out on my blog and leave a comment :) hehe

This card has to be, by far, the best one I got this year. I copied what it says below in case you can't read it.

Its that time of year, when good friends gather around
Where mugs of hot cocoa and Christmas boxers are found
When men of mid twenties, lacking a "Mrs" per se'
Proclaim to their familes, No we're not gay!

I saw this and could NOT stop laughing. I just can't believe they are wearing boxers and socks..I mean come on! that has to be the biggest fashion no no ever. ;) Shelton and Josh, I am getting worried about you two. hehe Was the poem written by Shelton? That was my guess, it sounded a lot like that one poem you wrote about Santa Claus. Goodness boys, Merry Christmas to you too...and I hope you have a great New Years. Hope it's not too crazy!

9 months stats are in. Ok so he is 10.5 mo..

So we were a little late getting in. But if the stinker would have been BORN on time, then he would be 9 months as of the 25th. So..anyhoo. Stats are stats and they are always nice to have.

Easton finally tipped the scales and is now 19lbs 4 oz! He is also 29.5 inches long. His head was 18 whatevers. I was finally happy with the way she got the numbers, normally there is dispute and for the first time she did these things correctly. She must be getting better. Easton is all caught up on shots, which I find strange since they sent a letter to me, addressing Haley, stating that we were in need of one shot and well check. Knowing they messed up and meant Easton, I was surprised he didn't need one of his series vaccinations while we were there. But you don't get to leave the doctors without getting a shot..sadly he got his other half of the flu shot. He cried only for a few seconds then had a big pouty lip. So far he seems to be handling it well.

The Dr, pushed his tummy, moved his legs, opened the diaper. Then asked me 4 questions for the well check.

Dr: Can he crawl, and pull up on things?
me: yes

Dr: Is he sitting well?
me: yes

Dr: Can he pinch with his thumb and first finger?
me:yes

Dr: Is he saying any words that you can understand even if they aren't directed at anything?
me: he has said mama, dada, baba.

Dr: OK that is great. Sounds like he is doing just fine. We won't need to seem him until he is 12 mo and he will get shots then. You all have a nice new year. Buh bye.

If felt kinda weird knowing that I won't be going back to that office ever again. The office I have been going to since I was a little girl. It made me sad. It even made me a little sad knowing that even though I can not stand this new doctor, that when they said "see you next time" and when the nurse who is so annoyingly stupid was gushing over how cute Easton was and how much he has grown and how time is flying and she can't believe he is going to be one...and couldn't wait to see us in another month or so. Patheticly, I felt quilt, that I had this little secret and would never see them again. I felt like I should I have said "bye we aren't coming back".But I didn't. I just smiled and said buh bye. We even saw a questionaire, asking how they are doing, Kyle looked at me like ..HAH! we should fill it out. Its on the website to fill it out as well. I will be doing that.

So hopefully in 6 weeks when I see the new Dr we pick, I can have a rave review and gush over how much we like her. Its so hard finding that trust you need in someone to make sure your children are healthy. I need to find that trust. Hopefully I do.

I am happy my little man is getting bigger. I figured all that new weight had to be the turkey, stuffing and potatoes he can't get enough of. :) We aren't far from getting him out of that infant carseat! Not too many ounces more :)


Wednesday, December 29, 2004

New thoughts...

So, I finally realized why sometimes my kids wake up at 8:00am. Or even as early as 7:45am! (ya I am sure a few of you out there are screaming "what?? They get up that late...!!" mine are up at 6 or 7!which I am sorry for you) but my kids like sleep. And I like it. I am not a morning person and hope never to become one. I think they know that and choose to wake up later for me. I was worried Easton would be my early bird, but he too is following his big sister and sleeping late.

But sometimes on the weekends, like this last Sunday, we skipped church and no one in the house got up until 11:45 am. Almost noon people! You know how nice it was? ohh to sleep in like I use to! I was a little paniced since, they were all sleeping. But all was fine. We all needed some extra sleep after Christmas. There are other days that they don't wake til 9, 9:30. Sometimes Haley sleeps til 11am. Its nice.

To my point and my new thought and now I know why my kids wake up so early. Its their father. He leaves for work at 8:30...his alarm goes off at 7:15am, 7:20, 7:25 and so on till he decides to wake up and get ready. If you have ever heard his alarm, You would want to hit him with something really hard to wake him up instead of listening to his stupid alarm one more time! Once up, he takes a shower, gets dressed, gathers his things, like he is the only person home and is so incrediably loud that I have trouble even sleeping once he is up. As soon as he slams the door to go to work, slowly within minutes, each child is awake. Hummm..I see a connection. Today he is home from work. He is off the next 3 days. Today we got up at 10am.

Now on, the alarm is going in the garbage.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Want an invite to Gmail?

I have lots of invites for the new email by Google. If you are interested just let me know some how and I will send you an email :) Here is some info about if you dont know what it is..


Monday, December 27, 2004

A Christmas Card for you..

Click Here for your holiday card.

Another photo card for your enjoyment. So enjoy :)

I got a job!

No, its not what you are thinking. I am not leaving my wonderful job as a stay at home mom. I am working from home. Well. I don't know if I would call it that either. Anyhoo, I just got my first check in the mail!! a whopping five dollars!! hehe. I am doing surveys online for cash. Its a cushy job, I complete the survey on my own time, in my jammies, and as often as they send me one. I tell them what I think, and they might even send me samples to try out. All confidential of course. I am really looking forward to this. If I save all my checks, maybe I can get a pair of seven jeans. ok, so maybe I wouldn't, just because I don't think I could actually pay that for a pair of jeans that will get holes in the knees by crawling on the floor with my kids, getting puke on them, and color crayon washed with them..instead I could get 4 pairs of old navy jeans instead...hehe. (But they do make my rear end look like a million bucks..so it could be worth it) Either way, I could save the money up or use it at Dutch Bros. ooh better idea :)

I now have a way to make money while staying home... even if its only $5, not bad :)

Kids say the darndest things...

So, I have been meaning to blog this. This has to be an all time funniest thing Haley has done/said so far(I am sure not the last).

So we went to the mall before Christmas. It was Wednesday or Thursday..I can't really remember, but it was last week. We were going in and out of stores, and decided to go into Ladies Footlocker. I push Easton in the stroller closer to some shoes and start examining when Kyle who is holding Haley, suddenly turns around facing looking out of the store..and goes "OHH" ..Curious, I turn to him, and ask what is going on...as Haley is going "Arrgh! a Pirate!" complete with arm motions as pirates do. He is ultimately embarrassed and whispers, "turn around" so I did, there a young gentleman in stripes, stood with a big black eye patch. I chuckle... knowing now why my daughter was so giddy there was a pirate in the store. Not certain he heard her, we continued looking at some shoes, and then gracefully left the store, with our little girl in tow.


All aboard the Polar Express..

We took the kids to see the Polar Express yesterday. It was such a cute movie. Haley was perfect the entire time. She sat in her daddys lap the whole movie and didn't wiggle at all. She was very in to it. Easton on the other hand... I had to stand by the entrance at the start of the movie because all he wanted to do was stare and smile at the people behind us, climbing up me to do so. So he spent some time crawling on the floor poking at the lighted walkway. Gross I know. He was very ready for a nap so I took him in the hall area and rocked him while he cried and finally fell asleep. I went back in and sat down with a sleeping baby on me. Which is always a nice. :) He woke with about 10 min left and Kyle got up with him and stood by the entrance, while Haley sat in my lap. It was a very fun family outing. :) We haven't taken the munchkins to the movies in a long time. That was actually Eastons first time going. Haley hasn't been in quite some time. I think she earned the right to go more often now after yesterday :) She was SUCH a good girl :)

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone in blogland :)

We woke up at 8 am to find out little princess on the couch...laying down, tossing and turning. Waiting for us to get up..we turned on the tree..and she jumped up and goes."ho ho ho! Merry MisMis!" It was so cute! of course the video camera was on the other couch..gggrrr. But she had lots of fun opening and playing. The little prince even had alot of fun, playing with the bows, the paper, tearing it off the packages..playing with his toys. He is down for a nap already..since I had to wake him up for the festivities. :) The little princess is getting ready to crash too I am sure.

She was very excited to see that Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk.

Here is a picture from last night :)

Hope you all have a very wonderful day! I will update more with pictures later :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Let the bake off begin...

So tonight I started off making Easy Toffee Candy. Ever make that before? It has saltine crackers in it...NOWAY. I have never had it. So I made it. It was simple enough and now its cooling before going into the fridge for 30min to cool some more. I can't wait to taste it.

Next up, Rolled Sugar Cookies. You know, the classic Christmas shaped oodles with sugar sprinkles. yumm.

Then, I think I will go with another great classic, the Chocolate Chip Cookies...

Then maybe followed up with some fudge or almond roca...it depends on how far I get with the above.

Do you hear what I hear? buttons popping and belts loosening..oh the holidays :)

Been a little slow

I am doing some last min shopping and of course..who wants to be healthy for Christmas? We are all sick AGAIN. When will this end? The kids seem to be handling it much better then I am. They just have a cough. I, on the other hand, feel like a truck ran over my face. Pleasant isn't it? Here's hoping we can pass quickly through this and be semi healthy on Christmas day. My Christmas cards are finally going out today. How slackish is that? At least they are going out, I have 75 photo cards from last year that never made it out. Anyone want last years picture? hehe


Monday, December 20, 2004

T-r-o-u-b-l-e. They are gonna be such trouble together.

Check out this photo album...

Trouble
(there are captions so you may have to scroll down a little)

I put them there when they are bad...haha! just kidding..this was all by their doing..and they think they are hilarious.. especially when I say.."no...thats icky guys..get out". They just laugh and screetch :)

My little monkeys...


The prince gets a haircut.

I had to cut it. I didn't want to. But I did. It was hanging over his ears..the back was even longer, he was starting to sport the baby mullet. So it was time. He did really well, I sat him in the high chair and buzzed him. Daddy helped hold his head still.
This is before..


this is after. He wasn't crying because of his hair. He was crying because he just got taken out of the bath after the hair cut, put in pjs then in the car seat. He wanted his bottle and to go to bed, and we were making him stay up to go look at Christmas lights. Which he fell asleep before the car left our street. So I don't know what he was complaining about..haha But his hair is shorter :) and he looks so cute crying ;) Such a sad face!


Santa's House

We took the kids to see Santa yesterday. He is in a little house complete with snow at 6pm. Easton was not pleased...not only is he having separation anxiety he had a little stranger anxiety as well..hehe he is looking at me like...MOM! get me!. Haley tried to escape the first time, and he grabbed her and put her on his lap anyway. She then was fine and was happy sitting there. You give her candy and she is good to go :) We took so many pictures..haha Haley in the one of the two of them, she was trying to tell the Elf, who was taking pictures that her brothers name was doush doush.






Saturday night we met our friends at the outlets (where Santa is) and were going to go look at lights, when my friend said..Santa is still here you want to take them real quick. So I said ok! We get in there and Haley was very shy, she wouldn't get near him with out me holding her. Easton on the other hand, sat in his lap fine..he wasn't completely sure what was going on and was in total AWE of Santa.. this picture..I think is going in a frame :)


Friday, December 17, 2004

Tonight's movie pick: Supersize Me.

Supersize me was a pretty good movie. It was entertaining for the time we spent watching it since nothing else was on TV. Its not run out and buy a copy good. Just netflix good. It was crazy what happened to his body in 1 month. Although the results that happened to him were extreme since he ate McDonald's 3x a day. Who does that really? Actually, I am sure someone has. Overall it was good, it made me rethink eating out so much. But man, I can't give up those fries. Or the quickness of the drive through when we are busy busy.

A few things we pondered:
  • We won't large size/supersize so often ;)
  • I am packing the kids lunches when they go to school
  • I am going back to doing Slim in 6 more then once a week
  • I am going to drink more water.
  • I will think twice about eating nugget parts and feeding them to Haley. Although, the nuggets don't have sugar.
  • I do feel happier when I eat fries, nuggets, and cheeseburgers. Drinking the soda along with it, makes me even more happy.
  • I still really love the fries, and I crave them when I am pregnant. That's the first thing hubby asks when I say "I need some fries". Did I mention they make me feel happy? They also have no sugar. So I think a medium fry will be ok here and there. :) as long as I did my slim in 6 and drank some water. It all evens out right?
I wish they delivered, I want some fries now after watching that movie. Oh well, I am sure I can pick some up tomorrow ;) while I am out Christmas shopping, 6 days before Christmas.

Yes, I am just now starting. Can you feel my stress from there? Stores are running out of toys..yikes. Good thing Haley hasn't asked Santa for anything that is sold out. :) She hasn't sat on Santas lap yet though, so she may surprise me and understand the concept of telling him what she wants..then I might be in trouble. But her answer is usually "puppy" and we have that covered...she already has a dog, and stuffed puppies aren't too hard to find :)


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Christmas Ears for Easton..

By the way..in the first picture..thats not a tooth hanging down its some shine of spit. There are four up there but they aren't that big..

Christmas Ears past & present

2002


2003



2004


Don't blink they grow up fast!

Monday, December 13, 2004

3 strikes! you're out!

I will no longer buy Beech Nut baby food. Today I opened the 3rd rancid jar!! It was peaches, oatmeal and bananas. I smelled it, like I do to all his baby food now, and it smelled sour. So I tasted it and spoiled it was!! I am so angry. More of disbelief that in a month we have had THREE jars that are bad. The other one was the Vanilla Custard that I bought the same time as the other one, I opened it before I sent the other one off and it too, was spoiled. BLAH! I really hope they check into this problem. I sent them another email telling about this jar and that I hope they are looking into this issue a little further then sending me a few coupons to make me happy. The jar I opened today came from Walmart. So It can't be the stores. All jars were closed and did that "pop" sound. So it wasn't of my doing. I also told them not to send coupons this time because I would no longer be purchasing Beech Nut baby food. That I am going back to Gerber. Well I think I am going to start feeding the little man our food, because he likes everything and eats alot of it. Yesterday he ate more pancakes then his sister. He also ate bacon, hashbrowns and toast. He ate our dinner the night before,I ground it up in the baby grinder my parents used when I was little. :) So I think I will just feed him jars at lunch and when we are out. Until he can eat peanut butter and jelly, which I think will be in no time at all :)

Friday, December 10, 2004

The learning continues

They always say you learn something new everyday. I don't know who "they" are. But its been said. Its true too. Even at my age, I am constantly learning something new all the time. ;)

Like today for instance. It's kinda funny that my child's cartoon just taught me something I didn't know. A cartoon. I was watching the Backyardigans with the princess, it was the pirate episode. The one where my princess runs around the house going "arggggh" while swinging her left arm..so adorable. While Uniqua is singing the verse "The Jolly Roger is the pirates flag. A skull and some bones on a big black rag." and draws the skull and crossbones in the sand box. Did you know I did NOT know that the flag was called a Jolly Roger? Where have I been? I haven't studied pirates extensively or anything, but that seems like it would have been common knowledge. I watched Goonies, and Peter Pan. I also watched Pirates of the Caribbean, and been on the ride at Disneyland. Seriously, have I lived under a rock? Why haven't I heard that before?

So I thought maybe they were lying, something they made up. I googled Jolly Roger and sure enough, that's the name of it! So you really do learn something new everyday :) Did anyone else not know that? And they say cartoons don't teach your kids anything. IF they are teaching me, my children are getting something out of it too :) haha

Testing Spaghetti

Tonight, I made spaghetti for dinner. The noodles were cooking and it was time to test one to see if they were done. So I pulled one out with a fork and then threw it at my kitchen wall to see if it would stick. Why? Why do I do this everytime I make spaghetti noodles? Who did I watch do this when I was younger and told me if I threw it at the wall and it stuck, then it was done. Mom, did you do this? Was this a joke? And for the last 10 years I have still kept that in my mind everytime I have made it and do it to test the doneness of my noodles? Is someone laughing at me somewhere..thinking..she still does that?? :) Or is that really how other people test to see if their noodles are cooked? It doesn't say on the back of the bag, to check if done, throw at your wall. If it falls off then cook longer..and if it sticks then its done. Where did I get this from? Does anyone else do this? Or am I just weird like that? :)

Cookies on the brain

I was so involved with making Grandma's sugar cookies, that I forgot about dinner. Eh, who needs dinner. Sometimes you gotta have some fun! Cookies for dinner kids!! Oh wait, that is all the princess ever wants for dinner, wouldn't that make her day ;)

Impressive

I just got myself ready, both kids ready,(we even look nice!) the bag packed, antibiotics administered, dog put away, and a few min to spare for the blog before I leave. I did all that in 45 minutes. Impressed? I am. I normally have Kyle here to help.. so this is pretty cool. I don't want to make this an everyday habit though. ;) Time limits are harder. Today I am going to a Mom 2 mom leaders breaskfast. We are going to discuss some stuff for mom2mom then just relax and have fun. We have been cramming trying to make this group a go, when the person who was in charged stepped down, and they just figured we would let the group go. Nope. Sorry. Its too important to us, and its too important to the moms who come. We don't want to just give up. So the first half of this year even though we started late has gone very well. I am looking forward to the months to come. Ok gotta run :)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Thank you Freecycle



See that nifty gate around my tree? Its a supergate. I have been wanting something to put along our living room/kitchen or to put Easton in, to keep him out of trouble. I have been looking at the One Step Ahead site since Easton became mobile, drooling at the gates, just not being able to justify the prices. I have been looking on ebay as well. So I decided, I will check out freecycle. (Freecycle is a group on yahoo that you offer up your "goods" aka junk or see if someone else will offer up what you need for free) So it was worth a shot. I sent out an email, and lo behold, I got a response. We went and picked it up two days ago. Its perfect condition, with all the sides. Yes, so that $70 gate, I got for FREE. Free.

What can be more fun?

Then driving your dog crazy by playing barking jingle bells :) hehe

Can it be?

One week without a bottle for my princess. Its been a week! It wasn't even hard. I thought when this time came it would be torture! I was dreading it for so long. The last time I tried getting rid of it, she ended up wanting it all the time. So this time I thought we were in for it. So last week I went with the Doctors advice and put chocolate syrup in it. Just a little to add some flavor. Well it worked. She only asked for a bottle once, and I told her that she could have a cup. She agreed. She teased with one of Eastons, and I said...no thats the babys, you can have a cup.. she agreed. So now the bottle has been replaced with the cup..and we have no complaints!! Its wonderful! Now, I wont get the "your toddler has a bottle still?" look anymore. And advice for those of you with little ones.. The home nurse told me to put formula in Eastons cup before 1 year, so he gets use to drinking it in a cup..because if you wait longer then that, then they get use to milk/formula in a bottle and associate it with the bottle and won't take it from a cup.. Thats what happen with Haley. So guess what I am going to do differently this time? :)

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Its all about the diapers, baby.

So the topic lately is how mommy blogs are boring. Who says? They say. "They" don't seem to think us mommies are interesting, have personality, or a sense of humor. All we talk about is diapers, babies, and puke. Well "they" are wrong. Erin says it perfectly. I always thought of myself as funny. Guess I was wrong. ;) There are a lot of great mommy blogs out there, I read several a day. I wish I had time to read more.

Anyways..who cares what they say. By the way, on the topic of diapers, have you ever seen a baby's diaper who is on the antibiotic Augmentin? Lets just say the odorless, coffee grounds in my childs diapers aren't pretty. It also takes several wipes to get the tiny amount left on the skin, off, the poop seems to hide or something. They also seem to come without warning, and quite frequently. When the pharmacist says, "may cause diarrhea"..they aren't kidding. Poor guy.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Christmas pictures

Here is our Family Portrait for Christmas 2004 :)


If you want to see more, there are lots more :) Click here.

Let the good times Roll...

I went to Bunko tonight, I walked away with 2nd most punches :) Yay me! Tonights gift was 35 smackeroos. We also had an ornament exchange..and I got a very cute snowman :) good times. good times :)

My dad watched the kids for me for a little bit until Kyle could get home from his game. My dad told Kyle that they kids were fine. But I guess after I snuck out, so the kids didn't see me leave, Haley went into the kitchen, asking for me. Then went down the hallway looking and calling for me. Then she went to the door and started crying.. I feel so bad for her. I guess maybe I should tell her I am leaving from now on, and deal with her being upset then making her think I left her. Geez, how mean of me. :(

Monday, December 06, 2004

2004 Christmas Tree

Warning what you are about to see may cause extreme sadness or mass hysteria.

Angle one:


Angle two:


and the front angle..the one and only angle that looks half way decent.


Here it is lit up. Still not better huh?


Please feel free to comment honestly. :)

How to get plump voluptuous lips.

Have you ever wanted lips like Angelina Jolie? I have the perfect solution with out the cost and injections..


Ask your toddler to throw a bottle* at your face. Most likely it will smack right into your mouth, and from the impact, you will bite your lip and it will become nice and plump. If you don't believe me, I have proof :) Although the big purple bruise isn't as appealing.

* corrected, I was informed it was a bottle not a remote..It must have done more damage then I thought..

We cut our christmas tree down yesterday

I have one sentence for you on that subject.

"Next year and every year after, Kyle is NOT allowed to pick it out."


Saturday, December 04, 2004

On our first vist to Urgent Care Clinic, our lovely Dr gave to us,

5 ear infections. 4 prescription slips, 3 coughing fits, 2- O2 stats and one case of pink eye!

thats my sad way of bringing humor to our day. (if you couldn't tell it was sung to the 12 days of Christmas..haha)

So I hitched a ride to the urgency care clinic with my dad since we passed on to him whatever we had at thanksgiving and he was going to go in. The kids cough has been worse and I can't seem to shake mine. Easton had a bad episode yesterday afternoon he was turning blue when he was crying and coughing.

So my dad went first, he has pink eye..that he must have got from his other grand-daughter...then he has two ear infections. So he got antibiotics.

Then it was my turn, I have bronchitis and an ear infection, I got antibiotics. She said my lungs sounded horrible.

Then Haley went and she has an ear infection, and her lungs sounded really really bad. She did an o2 saturation check on her and she is at 95%. Told me to keep watching her, but the antibiotics should clear her ear and lungs up.

Then Easton went, he has an ear infection as well, and his lungs didn't sound as bad as Haley's but he is retracting. So she wants me to watch that and said the antibiotics should help that as well..if its anything. But to keep an eye on him in case its RSV..but that she didn't think at this point it was since his lungs sounded ok. His o2 sats were better then Haleys. So its just a wait and see.

So today has been great. Kyle has been gone all morning reffing stupid basketball games and I get to deal with being sick and sick kids :) its fun stuff. We have been going on 10 days of this crud. I am hoping the antibiotics help out :)


Oh what lovely present Jack Frost has brought to our family. I hope Santa doesn't drop off a case of the stomach flu. hehe

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Unknown Caller

Seriously. Who are you? We have caller ID, and it annoys me to no end, when UNKNOWN CALLER comes up. So, what do we do? Don't answer it. I wait til they leave a message. Do they? of course not. So then I take the chance and I answer it, and who is it? no one.. I say hello 2 times, and nothing. So I hang up. We get so many of those in a day. If they just said who they were on the answering machine, I would call them back, if I wanted to. If I didn't then they need to take the hint, and stop calling.

Just now, unknown caller called again. So thinking it could be the drs office, (trying to switch the kids to a new one) I answer. A few seconds go by, and finally a lady asks "Is Kyle or Bree there?" I of course start thinking of a fake name and why I am at the house, and say, "no they are not, can I take a message?" and she goes, "yes this is just a courtesy call from the March of Dimes ,I will call back at another time." UGH! Well then say so in the first place..when someone says hello..say Hi my name is Sally, I am with the March of Dimes, may I please speak to Kyle or Bree? Then I will say, yes this is Bree, and we can talk. Because I like the March of Dimes. They are important to my family and we give them money. I mean come on. What do they teach these people in telemarker school? If you want to talk to people, and not just listen to a baby screaming, or being spun on the kitchen counter..or sat down next to the chair and listen to the tv for a few minutes.. then just say who you are..or why you are calling, or for goodness sakes leave a message. The thought is just so beyond them. So instead we get 10 unknown callers a day. And each one, I randomly decide how to annoy them because they annoy me.

The NICU days..

Well since I told the birth story, I will share the nicu story. Haley was in the nicu from May 26 to August 16th. Kyle and I stayed with her everyday. We lived in guest housing across the street which we were only there to sleep, and left our apartment empty 45 miles away. We got up in the morning and were in to see her by 10 am, and we left for 1 hour to eat lunch, and then 1 hr between 7-8 pm when nurses schedules changed to eat dinner. We came back at 8pm and stayed til 2 am or so. One night we left at 6am, and came back at 11am. We were always by her side, watching her every breath and every movement. We only went home for Ashlyns service, my nieces birthday party, my baby shower, and to paint Haleys room. We may have gone home a few other times, to grab more clothes or something else we needed to have. But the trip was always quick and we came back within hours. Kyle didn't have a job, since he graduated from college that May, while I was on bedrest in the hospital actually. So he didn't have time to look for a job. I honestly think it was nice he didn't. We needed each other, as much as Haley needed us.

Haley had surgery at 5 days old, to close a valve between her heart and lungs. Its called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). When a full term baby cries that valve usually closes. We tried medicine to help it close, and that didn't work, and she was getting sicker. So on the 31st of May she had it fixed. The doctor said its like putting a stitch in a piece of thread. She has a scar across her shoulder blade. Its about 5 in long. She was on a ventilator until June 28th. Then she was put on Cpap. Which is a bubbly machine that has continuous pressure in her lungs. She was on that until July 5th. She then moved to a nasal cannula and was on that with a small amount of oxygen, until 2 weeks after she came home. She came off O2 on her due date September 3rd. :) I didn't get to hold her until June 6th. Even then, I could barely move, because I had her tubes and wires taped to me in various places. I held her for maybe 10 min. Each time we held her could be days apart from the others. Kyle and I took turns and it was minutes at a time, until she could handle longer amounts of time. It also depended on the nurse if she would allow us to hold her. We would get the excuse she wasn't stable enough, just because it was a lot of work to get out of her open bed. Some days we only held her once. Others days, we both got to hold her, once in the morning once at night. In the beginning her skin was so transparent, she was covered in Aquaphor and they put plastic wrap across her bed. To keep her heat in. She use to press her little foot up on the plastic wrap. It was cute. Little do people know, but the isolettes you see on tv, those are for babies who are stable and need "less" care. They are in those for a quiet environment so they can just grow. Babies who are critical are in an open bed. That way they can get worked on as quickly as possible, if the situation arose. Like one night, Haley stopped breathing. The nurse, and Kyle, ran to her side and rubbed her chest, flicked her feet. She froze up, and would not take a breath. She was the worse shade of grey. A second before the nurse almost called the Code Red team, she took a breath. Her stats came up and she was fine. It was a glimpse into how stubborn she was going to be. :) The nurse was impressed with us, she said normally parents run for the door when that happens. We sat at her bedside and yelled her name, and did what we could. We weren't going to let her go. Haley went from an open bed to a pediatric crib, July 19th. Normally, they go in the little tubs newborns are in, but her reflux was bad, so she was in a big giant crib, with a 45 degree angled green wedge she laid on..we created a "swing" that was safety pinned to a blanket to hold her in. That created edema in her legs and bottom. If it wasn't one thing it was another. She was moved to the "Feeder and Grower" side of the unit. We fed her in CC's. 30 cc's are in 1 ounce and for the longest time she only ate 10-15 cc's. Most the time, her food was given to her via gavage. Its a tube they put down her throat to her tummy. We bottle fed what she would take..and if she didn't take what she was suppose to, the rest went down the tube. She had IV's for 22 days. They were in her belly button, then moved to her wrists, legs, arms, and got a PICC line. That way they didn't have to change sites every 2 days. She has many tiny scars from each IV site. She never had one in the head, thankfully, those look so horrible, it was threatened, but she came off her fluids before they had to do it. They were running out of places to use. We learned what each wire was for. What each alarm meant. Which there were a lot of those. Haley had apnea, and bradycardia(heart slows), her alarms went off a lot, usually just enough, that when the nurse finally got up to check on her, when they got to her she woke up, or took some breaths to make it shut off. She was a stinker then :) We bathed her in the little pink tubs. But not too often, because she would get too tired and then have a rough day/night. She was jaundice and was on photo therapy two different times for a few days. She had 7 blood transfusions or platelets given to her. She had a Grade I and a Grade II brain bleeds.(Grade IV is the worst) Both resolved themselves. She had several eye exams, all to show her eyes were wonderful. Most preemies suffer from ROP, which is a where preemies get too much oxygen and the blood vessels grow abnormally. It can cause blindness and other problems. She was on many medications.. Surfactant for respitory Distress Syndrome, Caffeine for apnea, Prilosec for reflux, Iron for anemia, Vitamin E & A, Diuril & Lasix for fluid in lungs, Tobramycin & Ampicillian -antibiotics, Vancomycin antibiotic for Serratia, and Indomethacin (Indocin)–which was used to try and close her PDA. She had to take her feeds from a bottle, stay warm without burning too many calories to not gain weight. And be able to correct herself when she had apnea. She came home weighing 5 pounds 1 ounce. She had to pass a car seat test before coming home, which she passed. She was on an apnea monitor for 4 months once we were home. We never did have an alarm once home. (again, I think she did it to bug the nurses.. :) hehe) Went to the Doctor often, she needed weight checks, and synagis shots monthly to help lessen the affects of RSV if she were to get it. When people asked her age, and we said 6 months, we would get funny looks, because she looked like a 3 month old..we had to adjust her age so they understood. Most days I said her adjusted age, if I didn't want to answer questions. Others, I said her real age, which was followed by..why is she so little? to be followed with, why was she so early? which resulted in me having a 8 min conversation with a stranger, on how she was a surviving twin and was in the hospital..yadda, yadda, yadda. It depended on my mood.

I think that is most of the 3 months of her hospital stay, I could go on I am sure, and I left out some. She has never been hospitalized since. Its a common thing for preemies to go in and out of the hospital. We are lucky. She made many friends in the hospital. There are nurses, that we still keep in contact with, and visit when we go up for evaluations or reunions. There are other preemies that were in there as long as she was, that we have kept in contact with through email. Its amazing the stories they have as well. Each preemie is a miracle of their own. Not all outcomes are the same. Some babies born after 28 weeks have more complications then those born before, just as some born at earlier gestations like Haley, have many complications, where she doesn't. There are so many factors. And we were told that she would most likely experience most of them. She hasn't. It was so often called the "rollercoaster" everyday had its ups and downs. One step forward, two steps back. The nicu is a very special place. So many people have no idea what a different world it is. Which for that, I am grateful. Its not someplace to want to be thats for sure. But when you are there, you learn so much, some experience heartache or you see others experience it, everyone has a story, and everyone has something in common. We have so many memories, and stories we could tell. It was a part of our life, we will never forget.

**edited***
here is the link to pictures of Haleys NICU Journey.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Part 3

I am getting all this off of my website..I don't remember when I wrote it, but editing it, realizing I should re do it. Here is the last part of their birth story. I want to add a *warning* may bring on tears, so grab a kleenex.


I was then pushed out of the NICU faster then I wanted. And I sat in my room. I ended up getting a fever and wasn’t allowed to go see them again until it went down, I was then put on antibiotics I had some mysterious infection. The girls were both doing great though, I was so happy, my prayers were answered, to have them born so early, and doing so well. Kyle kept going in to see them and bringing me pictures. Well that night, Ashlyn wasn’t doing good, a Dr came in around 2 am and said that she wasn’t doing well, but she is doing a lot better now, and is stable. So don’t worry too much. Things are fine. Well they weren’t. At 8 am the new shift Dr came in and said that she had a rocky night and that she isn’t doing very well, that if she starts crashing again that we need to come in. I wanted to go in to see them and I had been on antibiotics long enough that I could go in, so they nurse was helping me up, not long after that the Dr came running back in and said we needed to come now. Well she wasn’t doing well at all. When we got in there her heart rate was getting lower and she wasn’t breathing well at all. She had Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema (PIE), they could try to give her more steroids, but by the time they would work, she probably would not make it. The way they explained it was that the oxygen in her lungs was just flowing right through it wasn’t staying inflated, it was like she had little holes in her lungs. We were told they could resuscitate her, and she already had a severe Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH) that it would probably make it even worse then it was. With possible no quality of life. So we made the hardest decision in our lives, and that was to let her go. I still sometimes feel like I made a mistake, but we will never know. By going with what the Dr was saying, and quick judgement, we made the right choice, she didn’t have much of a chance at this point. We then took her over to be with her sister in the other warmer, Haley held her hand. She then went back to my room with us. Haley spent the next 3 months on a roller coaster ride in the NICU. We never did really find out what really caused my Preterm labor. The Dr told me it was due to “twins” and having a incompetent cervix because of that. I believe that it was due to a chain of events and one thing lead to another, and that it was all unfortunately, meant to be. Ashlyn is always in my heart, not a day goes by that I don't think of her, and I know that the bond between identical twins is never broken, whether they are on earth or in Heaven.

Haley Ashlyn *note-daddys hand and ring on her arm


Ashlyn Grace wearing daddys ring


Sisters



Part 2

So in April 2002, Kyle had to go Ohio for an all star football game, I got clearance to go with him. I was only 21 weeks. At this time my belly was so big I was already wearing a belly belt for back support. I noticed in the airport as we were walking, I was having tightening sensations, figured I just had to go potty. They continued that whole trip, on the way home, we had very bad turbulence with a horrible storm and the plane dropped from the sky a few thousand feet. The inside of the cabin dipped and everything, I was hysterical. I cried the rest of the way home, and just wanted off that plane. I spotted that next day, Monday , my ultrasound was scheduled for that Wednesday, So I called and they didn't seem worried, my US was cancelled due to a "tech emergency". So they moved it to the following Monday. I slightly spotted again on Wednesday, saw my Dr on Friday and was put on bed rest for the weekend. Monday at my ultrasound, I found out I was having two little girls, and they were almost certain they were identical. ( I was shocked, I thought I would have fraternal) That next day, Tuesday, I started having more tightening. Saw my Dr and I was monitored, she said I was having slight contractions but they weren’t consistent, they were called Braxton Hicks. So I continued to have them that night and next morning so I called the Dr and she wanted me to go to the hospital for observation. This was now Wednesday, May 1st. I was monitored, then admitted. I was put on Magnesium 4 mg/h, and my contractions were under control and stopped by the next day. I was off mag. That night, they took out my IV, my arm started to get red and hot, and swollen. I told them and they didn’t seem to care. A few hours after that I started getting a fever. And my back started hurting and I was really uncomfortable. So they gave me Tylenol. They said it was because the labor bed was uncomfortable. Well the next morning I had a fever of 102.4 and was having contractions every couple minutes, each1 min long. And I was starting to dilate. I was then transferred up to a high risk hospital 45 miles away. They thought I had an infection in one of the bags of waters. So I was going to get an Amniocentesis done on each sac as soon as I got there. I arrived and the Amniocentesis were performed, I was told if there was an infection then I would deliver in 12 hours, If not we would see how long my body could stay pregnant. That was the longest two hours ever! The neonatologist came in to talk to us and told us what the chances of 22 week infants surviving were, and what would happen if they did survive. And we need to make a decision on what to do. I prayed I didn’t have to make that decision. The results came back, negative. My girls were infection free! I was then back on Magnesium and Indocine. Contractions under control .I was given antibiotics to stop the infection in my body that threw me into labor. (I think to this day it was the IV site) my test never came back saying what I had…odd. I then stayed in the hospital for the next 3 ½ weeks. Complete bed rest, no getting up, except to go potty and shower, which I only showered three times I think, and the potty chair became my friend. I was on magnesium all but three days. And those three days I was on Indocine. My mag levels were set really high, until the end I was usually at a 2mg/h. Even at my highest levels, I did really well ,they couldn’t believe I was so mobile and coherent with that much in my system and no reflexes. I just sat in bed and prayed everyday that my girls stayed in. To clarify some dates, the Dr had changed my due date to Aug 28 instead of the orginal Sept 3rd, a week later. So that made me 23 weeks instead of 22 when I went into labor. I tried to argue it, because I knew when I got pregnant, they didn’t listen. I then got my steroid shots at 24 weeks(23weeks), cause I was told they didn’t have enough proof that they made a difference in the outcome of the baby if I got them at 23 weeks so they wanted to wait till it would , meaning 24 weeks.. And I would get another set at 28 weeks if I made it. They don’t believe in multiple steroids. Well I was 23 weeks when I got the shots. So they didn’t make a difference. I should have gotten another round at 24-25 weeks, to be safe. But the Dr was pretty sure that the dates were right. I was trusting. I should have demanded another steroid shot. I was dilated to 2-3cm and Ashlyn’s water bag was bulging every other day. During my 26th week, (actual 25th) I started to feel different, felt like something was going on. Ashlyn didn’t seem right to me, she was moving a lot more then usual(she was pretty calm normally). Well four days later, Sunday May 26th, at 10 am my Dr checked me and I was at 4 cm, he said if I got any further this was the end. I was praying it wasn’t. I started having more contractions and my nurse kept moving up the mag, I told her it wasn’t working anymore. It wasn’t, my body got to use to it, I was building up a tolerance, that’s why higher mg didn’t make much of a difference the last week or so. I told her to call my Dr back, it was 1 pm. He already went home, it was his anniversary. So she called him and he came back in. He check me and I was at 6 cm , he said it was time, so they did a quick ultrasound to see where they were…Haley was up high and breech and Ashlyn, who was always head down, and if that was the case he was going to have me deliver vaginally, and then just pull Haley out by her feet. I did not want that to happen so I was worried, well, my baby girl Ashlyn had gone breech for me, So I got my C section. I was very happy. I guess she had her bottom in the opening, kind of like a plug. She didn’t want to come falling out. At 2:43pm Ashlyn Grace was born weighing 1 lb 14 oz and was 12 ¾ long and at 2:44pm Haley Elizabeth (later to be changed to Haley Ashlyn) was born weighing 1lb 13.8 oz and was 13 ¼ long. They were in fact identical little girls. They were both rushed to the NICU. Both put on ventilators and both doing well. Apgar scores of 8 and 8 for Haley and 6 and 7 for Ashlyn. I got to go see them after recovery, they were so little but so cute, I fell in love instantly. They looked so alike, so adorable.

Haley and Ashlyn's Birth Story (part one)

I was asked to blog the story...I sometimes forget that not everyone knows. So here is the very beggining. I will post more later today..


When Kyle and I were 22 years old. We decided we wanted to start a family at the beginning of 2002. We thought that it could take awhile to get pregnant so we tried early part of December, when we were planned on waiting for January, but figured, who gets pregnant that quick? Well I did. I started feeling like something was different in the middle of the month. I was suppose to “start” the day after Christmas. I thought it would be fun to take a test Christmas morning to find out and give it to Kyle as a present. (I had a feeling I was pregnant) So I woke up at 6 am, (I never can sleep when it’s Christmas! hehe) I went into the bathroom and started looking for the test, I couldn't find it anywhere! I looked for 30 minutes! I tore the bathroom apart! I was so upset, by then I had to go potty, so I went. Then went back to bed. I laid down and Kyle said, "what have you been doing in there?” and I said “nothing, going potty,” and he said what was all the noise? I said "I don’t know", and then he said, "were you looking for your test???" I said "yes!!" And he told me how he decided to put it in my stocking so we could open it and go take the test together that morning, I was so upset! I wanted to take it and surprise him , I started bawling!!! (Sure sign of pregnancy huh?) So we got up and opened presents and he said lets go take the test, and I said I can’t I already peed. (I read that for best results you have to take it with the first pee of the day..lol) So I started crying again. I drank some water, and called my sister, and explained what happened, (she already knew my plan) She told me to just take the test and then get over to our parents house. So I did, and sure enough it was positive! We were so happy! And it made for such a special holiday, as we told our families. A week or two later, I got morning sickness, I was really nauseated, and only a few things “looked good enough” to eat. I lost 10 pounds instantly, which I didn’t understand, because the things that looked good, I ate all the time. When I went into my first appt I was 8 weeks, my doctor said that I was carrying really high or that I had twins.( I have fraternal twins in my family) So she scheduled an ultrasound. I found out 2 weeks later that I was in fact having twins! We were so excited! I always wanted twins since I was a little girl and now I got the chance! I was so happy beyond belief! The first part of my pregnancy went really well, I was sick here and there, but I loved every minute of it, I was so happy being pregnant.
Here I am at 11 weeks..

18 weeks

21 weeks

The first picture of our twins...

To be continued...

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Evaluation update

Well today. went. Smoothly. ha! It actually wasn't too bad. Kyle went with me, thankfully. :) We got there on time after leaving almost 20 minutes late thanks to not getting out the door on time and noticing the tire was flat. Did I mention the appt was 45 miles north? HA!
So she spent 3hrs with 3 doctors, who told us she was FINE! Amazing. She said that now is the time we don't really need to correct her age much anymore. We can keep it in mind, but there really isn't a need. She is 25lbs, which on her adjusted chart, she is like 25 percentile, and on her corrected chart she was at 5%. Height, she was at 36 in which was 90% for adjusted and hum...I can't remember what it was for adjusted. Too many numbers..you didn't think I could remember it all did you? haha. Everything checked out well from the doctors perspective. She said the weird little tan mark on the inside of Haley's hand was probably some sort of owie from tape or something that pinched it when she was itty bitty in the nicu...said it wasn't anything to wory about. She told me to kick the bottle habit, and if she doesn't drink enough milk during the day, to try using instant breakfast to flavor it, or even herseys syrup, she said there are worse things to do ..so adding that wasn't horrible. But if I can't get her to drink it, then she needs to eat her calcium/protein. So cheese, yogurt, beans. So we are starting to wean off the bottle. This will be interesting....hopefully it doesn't take long and is painless. :)
After having a meltdown during the speech eval, and not doing anything she asked of her, and us having to answer questions for her, the speech therapist said she was at a 24-30mo level. (she is 30 mo) Said there wasn't anything to worry about there but would like to see her back in one year to make sure she was progressing. She gave us some tips and tricks to help her speech continue coming along. She graduated from occupational therapy. Said all was fine there :)

So the overall evaluation from all 3:
Your daughter seems to be doing very well for a former 25 weeker. Its amazing. She seems to be VERY independent, VERY determined, VERY stubborn, and VERY strongwilled. She needs lots of structure, and she may not listen to you at home with that structure, so its a good idea to get her in preschool next year. She needs to model other children. You need to get some resources on how to handle a child like this, such as Love and Logic, or 123 Magic. We will see her next fall just to make sure she is still on track. She looks great!

So could they have told me something I didn't already know??? I guess she showed her true colors today. It was reassuring that they said she was a typical toddler :) And after my husband shared that I was the same as a toddler, they said the apple doesn't fall far from the tree..and jokingly said it was paybacks. :)

Monday, November 29, 2004

Tomorrow, Bright and Early...

we are going to Haley's possible *last* developmental evaluation up in Portland. She is seeing 3 different Doctors starting at 9:30 am, each is scheduled for an hour. One is her regular dr that she has seen for all the evals, she checks everything... Then she is being seen by a speech language pathologist, then an occupational therapist. So wish us luck(and * be good* vibes, for Haley and Easton) I am really curious to hear what they have to say about Haley's speech, about her getting enough fats if I take away the bottle(she won't drink milk out of a sippy cup)...the cyst that was left behind from one of her brain bleeds...the list goes on.
Oh, the life of a micro-preemie. :) She has tested at her age level since 6 months..which is a miracle, but there is always plenty of room for "mommy worry". I do have some concern with speech..although I didn't talk well until I was 3. So I may have no reason to be concerned. We will just have to see what they say :)

So I will update when we get home...wish her luck!!

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Long Weekend

We survived Thanksgiving. It all worked out, we were late to my parents and it was meltdown time for the kids after a long day. But we survived. It was nice to be with family and I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life. Friday, not alot went on, we ran a daycare for about 2 hours. :) Kyle and I watched our friend Becca's 2 children, same age as ours, and it over lapped watching my 3 neices and nephew. So at one time we had a 7, 5, 3, 2.5, 2.5, 9mo and a 7 mo old :) It was fun! I could so do 7 kids :) It wasn't so bad in those 2-3 hrs. I am sure if I had them for a week it might be a different story. hehe

Tonight, I went with my parents, grandparents and sister to the Manheim Streamroller concert. Their music is so wonderful! What a super talented group! It really got me in the Christmas spirit...as if I needed any help in that area. We had great seats too, and we are very happy we didn't pay the extra 30 for the floor seating. All they had to eat was cheese and wine. For an extra 30 bucks! We so had better seating.. :) We were the first row, so we could watch them all eat it. And watch the lady shove what was left into a napkin into her purse. :)

Ok here are a few pictures :)
Haley on Thanksgiving.

Best Friends what perfect angels...

Ok, So this is how it normally is...


Thursday, November 25, 2004

Say What?

Exactly, I can't. Last night I slowly felt the oncoming of my voice going away...by 1 am..it was gone. This morning, it feels gone and I know it is gone, so why talk to confirm my thoughts. Only the kids are home right now, and I don't have to talk to them. I can whisper and they won't think I am a fruit loop. Kyle is gone until he says, 12, I say 11. He is playing football. Its the millionth annual Turkey Bowl. It feels like if I clear my throat just right, it will come back. But sadly this has been happening most everytime I get a cold so I know better .It will be gone for a few days. :( I like talking so much, and so of course, I never let it rest and just make everyone listen to me as I speak through the hoarseness. My Inlaws are coming to my house for lunch. My MIL is bringing everything since it was a last minute decision to have it here. My house will be so crowded. I am not looking forward to this. We have a living room, that goes into the dining room and kitchen, like a great room..we don't have another room people can go sit in. So we will have 14 people sitting in chairs staring at each other, because my furniture only holds 6..and my kitchen table holds 4. This is gonna be interesting, then I need to get to my parents at 5 pm...what a day what a day. Let the festivities begin!
I think I am gonna go drink something hot to help my throat and watch the parade. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Well its that time again.

I have been neglecting my daily exercise. I did so well 6 months ago. I worked out in my living room while Haley napped and my little Easton sleep quietly in the rocker next to me. I did it for about 2 months. I lost quite a bit of my baby chub, and was starting to get toned up. I was measuring my thighs, tummy and arms. I was losing inches. I repeat inches. Well, then life happened and I slowly stopped doing it. To where now, I feel depressed and with the holidays, I am dreading all the foods I love to eat. Last year this time I was pregnant and so I had every excuse to eat as much as I wanted. This year no excuses. So I figured it I work out while I coast through the holidays..then it will even out right?

So Debbie Siebers here I come. (again) Today was Day ONE of my Slim in 6. I had already mastered Ramp it up, but figured I should start back at Start it up. (I know I will be sore tomorrow! This is an awesome work out video!) But I want to see Debbie do this while holding a 18lb baby in her arms, because today, the baby doesn't want put down. So there I was holding him while doing lunges, (just like if I had weights right?) and then I had the dog in my face while doing push ups. Bonus to that? he crawled under me, so I couldn't cheat and go down to my tummy between each one. hehe Don't these exercise people realize we are real..and don't have a nice studio to do this in with out kids? I think I will tape myself and then mass produce them to sell, It would go like this:

Picture the "studio", its a living room, kick a few toys out of the way...Your instructor (me) is wearing pjs, because who has time to shower and get dressed? I look like a normal mom of 2..thats a bonus right there..none of that, 'I have 4 kids and look like a super model in my short tight sports bra and stretch pants'.

Ok and now its time to start..so lunge forward..one, and two...go pick up the screaming baby, and 3 and 4. Put the screaming baby down, and 5 and let the dog out, 6, get the phone, 7 and 8. Now kick your leg forward and one, and give the baby some gerber puffs, and 2, let the dog in and 3 and 4, pick up the baby hold the baby and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8..now collapse on the floor and drink some water. :) Repeat doing multiple other squats, twists and situps.

I bet it would sell :)

Two is different. Not harder.

I always get asked from a mother of one, if having two is hard. Well I always answer them with, "its not harder, its just different". They look at me with a puzzled look and we go on talking about other things. So to explain why its different, here is example # 23.

When having two children, its preferred that you get them to nap at the same time to get optimum quiet time for the mother. Napping at the same time is hard to accomplish, but it can be done, and when it happens, its cause for a celebration. It is hard when you can not pick the time the infant wants to take a nap, especially when the toddler does not respond well to being told to stay in their room for nap time. So it becomes more of a challenge to obtain this afternoon nap simultaneously.

Today I was looking forward to taking a shower when both children napped. So that way it didn't have to be taken with the princess in the shower with me, and the prince crying in a rocker outside my curtain. The princess has a new routine which works just about everytime, and that is the sleeping in the chair while watching Space Balls, or The Grinch. (Something less stimulating) We began at 1:30..which was later then I had wanted but she was not ready to have quiet time yet. The prince already decided it was time, even after I tried to hold him off, and he went down at 12:30. Knowing he would take a few hour nap, I thought I had time.So I waited for the princess to fall asleep. I talked on the phone to my wonderful Canadian friend, and peeked on said princess and she was napping. Right when I was about to take her to her room, I heard some noise from the princes' room. One down, the other is up. That my friends is what I mean by different. Its not harder..just means that now I have to take a shower while the prince cries outside my curtain, and I can forget shaving my legs today. :)

Its ok to strive for that optimum simultaneous nap everyday..and when it happens...jump for joy ;)

Beware of bad Beech-Nuts

Let me start off with saying, that I am a horrible mother. I can't believe I fed my child rancid baby food. I plop down on the floor and began to feed Easton some Vanilla Custard Pudding with Apples. I was excited because this was the first time for him to try this kind. OK, so maybe I was really excited because this one tastes really good and I couldn't wait to eat some. So I opened it and I heard the all familar "POP" as I twisted it open. I smelled it, why? I don't know. I just did. It didn't smell particuarly good..but I didn't think anything of it. I sat down next to him and began feeding it to him. He made a funny look with the first bite. I figured..eh. New flavor. I gave him a second bite, he didn't seem to care. So I went on to give him a few more bites. The smell just kept bugging me, so I smelled it a few more times. I decided..I need to taste this. And OH MY! It was sour!!!! just like sour milk! I could NOT believe I was feeding it to him even if it smelled funny. I can't believe he was trusting enough to continue to accept spoonfuls, he should have said.."gee mom this food SUCKS! I don't want to eat this!" I should have tasted it immediately or not given it to him at all if it was making me have second thoughts. I feel so bad. So I got up put it on the counter and got him a jar of Peaches n Bananas. He was much happier. So guess who got an email from me? Yup. Beech-Nut. We will see what they have to say about racid baby food! BLECH. So its my turn to step up for the worst mommy award.

Monday, November 22, 2004

1 am...whats the deal?

Easton is not happy. He isn't extremely unhappy, not angry. He is just complaining. When I go in to his room, turn on the mobile, rub his back, he stops...I leave, lay back down in bed, and he whines again. I go in, turn on the mobile, rub his back and he stops...see the pattern? The usuals aren't working, doesn't want to eat, doesn't really want held, doesn't want anything but his backed rubbed..well my arm will fall off if I stand there any longer rubbing his back. It takes it 2 min for it to fall asleep. I am afraid it will just fall off if I stand there with my arm over the rail for longer then 5. Gotta go back in....I will be back.

Its not the diaper, its not the mobile, because he is fussing with and without it playing. He has his towel, his blanket, a bottle...those aren't helping. But what did I forget, it had to be something you ask. Yes, my friends, I forgot something. Teething Tablets. I just gave him some, and he is quiet..he has calmed down. I tell ya, they are the wonder drug. Minutes have gone by, and I sit here blogging about the fact that he has calmed down and sounds as if he has gone to sleep finally after about 30 min of this..so what am I doing still up? Exactly..I am gonna take advantage of this silence... Night :)

PS. Dear Tooth Fairy,
Easton, my little prince, has two teeth coming up on the bottom. He seems to be in some pain and they are taking awhile to come in. So I don't know if its in your job description to help teeth pop up..but If it is, please help them :) If not, could you forward this memo to Mr. Sandman?
Thank you so kindly :)

Sunday, November 21, 2004

What a fun day :)

Yesterday we were invited with a friend of ours to go see Monsters Inc on Ice with them. Kendall and Haley are the same age. It was so much fun and the girls were so good. They sat and watched the whole time. They got antsy at the end but that was to be expected. Here are some pictures. While Haley and I did that, Kyle took Easton with him to the baby expo here in town. He has a Country booth there and got to sit for a few hours with the little prince. He is so cute, it helped draw people in :) So today, the whole family is going to go sit for a few hours after church at the expo. Kyles company is giving away a Graco travel system, and we got JcPennys studio to offer up a membership and some coupons, so if you are in the area, come on by and sign up to win!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

What to say.

I am kinda at a loss right now to write about something..and I know that later, I will go..."OH! I should have blogged about that" but right now, my brain is blank. So I will just tell you whats going on. I am getting my hair colored today. I am so excited, it hasn't been colored since summer. So it comes at a good time, since tomorrow is christmas pictures. Hopefully it doesn't turn out blue or something..eek! I also have to finalize the craft for tomorrow's mom2mom. I don't think I realized I would be doing this much work, but I am so excited because this an awesome craft. I feel bad that we won't have time to finish it there, but at least they learn how and can finish at home, or we can all get together with those who want to finish it. This is the craft, Quilted Ball Ornament . If you get the hang of it, they are beautiful presents :) So tonight I need to count out 240 little tiny pins for each person...about 30 sets..YIKES!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The little boy in the house.

I have seemed to be preoccupied blogging about my little miss terror, er I mean princess. :) But there is a prince in the house, and he is just that. My little prince. He is makin leaps and bounds, and going through a fussy stage at the moment, according to Erins blog he is right on schedule at 34 weeks(corrected age) to be fussy. Depending on what age you go by, which he hasn't "caught" up to his actual age, so I consider him in between. Which according to the book Wonder Weeks, he is in a grey area of fussyness until week 37.5. SO heres hoping he is ahead and we are almost in the calm stage :)

He is learning something new everyday. Today was crawling then, going into sitting. Crawl, sit, crawl. He is one fast crawler too. Kyle said they should have baby olympics, because he thinks Easton would win. New last week? Standing. He stands in his crib, he stands at the toy basket. Stands at the couch. Its so fun to watch him discover these new things. Practice makes perfect. And boy does he practice.

Here are a few pictures in an album for easy viewing :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Knock Knock

Whos there?

I would love to know who my readers are. So if you get a second, please comment on who ya are, where you come from, if you have kids, or if you have pets. :)

I hope you all are having a great day!

** Update**
Thank you for letting me know who you are. Its nice to meet you :) Its great to see a comment or two from those who read. :) I appreciate you all visiting this blog, makes writing more enjoyable knowing someone is reading it :)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Sleep with one eye open..



This is what was found on our carpet, about 10 min ago. It is now dead as dead can be. But you see, this is not just your garden variety spider. This is what one would call a Hobo. This is a female Hobo. I immediately took several pictures while it sat motionless, because it knew it was being stalked. Of course my digital 5x zoom did its job, there was NO WAY I was getting closer then I had to. I called my dad while telling Kyle to cup it in a baby food jar for Identification... now that was funny, as he was refusing because the jar was too little and he would have to get close..hehe All of a sudden without warning the spider made a break for it, and we freaked, while Kyle was searching for something to kill it with and I was threatening that he better not let that sucker hide! My dad agreed that it was indeed a Hobo after viewing the pictures I sent him...

A
Hobo. That is scary. I don't like spiders to begin with, let alone ones that SIZE! and ones that are poisonous and their bites will leave big open holes in your skin...I have children who are on the floor and playing! I think there was another in the garage a week ago that I had Kyle kill. I joked it was a Hobo, I now don't think it was a very funny joke. It probably was. We are bombing this weekend..which does have its downside, since it will kill the ones who kill the Hobos, but you know..lets start out with no spiders first, then the good ones can come and kill the new hobos. All I know is that the Hobo's better not mess with this momma's babies!!

You wouldn't believe it!

Today..a monday of all days...Haley took a nap. She put herself to bed and layed down. Of course came out 5 min later. She wanted to watch a movie. So I said ok, get in the chair. She did, with towel, mimi and puppy. I put in her new favorite movie. She calls it "puppy". I was hoping she would fall asleep while watching it because I am not really enthused that this is what she is wanting to watch. I was so amazed...she fell asleep!


I was so happy because I really don't think a 2 year old should be watching Space Balls! She thinks Barf is a puppy! She doesn't understand what a mog is yet. ;) haha I am sure it was so boring thats why she asleep!

But she napped!! YAY! Tomorrow: Chair and Space Balls it is.

PhotoBlog

Here is a site that I found to hold many pictures. Its a photoblog. Please check it out, and it might be easier to view them as a slideshow. Or I think you can click on the picture to make it bigger. Just let me know if you found it easy :) FallBLOG

Enjoy :)

*** UPDATE***

Did you find it easy to look at the pictures on that site? or is it better just putting them in the post? I don't know how to thumbnail them..anyone know how?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Where the wild things are...

Haley had a harder time going to bed tonight, probably since she had a nap. Go figure. I went in to check on her and I couldn't find her. I listened quietly and I heard her snoring...I walked to the other side of her bed to this I found....



Notice the border is missing in spots...I love that border. It amazingly matched her pottery barn bedding... but I guess she is tired of it!

It's a Fluke

Today, after a week of no nap, Haley took a nap! We went to church and as soon as Kyle put her in the car (at noon, he was waiting for me, I had to go look at decor for mom2mom real quick) she fell asleep by the time I came out! So we got home and put her in her bed. She slept for 3 hrs! We couldn't believe it. She took a nap! Hallelujah! I think its a fluke thing though, so we will see what happens tomorrow.

Also, tonight Haley asked for tuna fish. I didn't think that was what she was pointing at, so I lifted her up to show me. Sure enough it was the can of tuna she wanted. She doesn't like tuna, she won't eat it. So I decided that maybe she changed her mind about it. She ate it! I put mayo in it..and she ate it with a fork. Not alot..just a few bites and liked it. It was pretty funny. Again, another fluke. I doubt she will ever try that again.

She also sat quietly in our laps today. She doesn't sit still, she doesn't cuddle. This evening she has cuddled the whole time. In my lap, in her daddys lap. Its so wonderful. These are the moments that make all the tantrums worth it this week. (well sorta, pretty darn close though..hehe)

I also won a bid on Ebay tonight. 2 super cute holiday OshKosh dresses that were barely worn. It comes with a cute onsie underneath. I got it all for 8 bucks! amazing. What a fluke.

Ok one more fluke. She ate dinner. That has been a struggle as well. She eats like a bird but somethings and every once in awhile, she chows down. Tonight was that night. She loved my pineapple chicken over rice. But of course wanted to eat it out of daddys bowl, and I am sure she won't like it next time I make it. haha

Ohhh so today was a day of flukes..strokes of luck. :) Here's hoping that they were more then just luck!


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Sleep Journal 11/10

Today is day two of no crib. Well we took the front off of it and its now a toddler bed. Which she likes.

Last night, Haley went to bed well, Daddy put her down at 7:30. She got up once and he told her to lay back down. She went to sleep. She woke at 3:45 and came out crying asking to watch Monsters Inc. Kyle told her no, and put her back in bed. Then she came out at 5:30 and I put her back to bed. Which her screaming woke up her brother. nice. But she didn't wake until I woke her at 9 to go to bible study. So, I guess that was do able. I can handle that.

Todays nap? it was non exsistant again. It almost worked, but she pooped shortly after being in bed, so then I had to change her diaper, which interrupted the whole idea of a nap. So then I tried a few things to help her go to sleep and they failed. I played music and rubbed her back. She was almost asleep until the classical station threw some loud percussion into the song. Can I sue for something like that? ..I thought it was soft music..when I listened and heard nothing but relaxing music I left it on that station, then all of a sudden in the middle of it they put in loud craziness. It perked her attention..thats for sure. Shouldn't that be illegal?So then they talked for what seemed like forever and it lost her interest and her stuffed animal begain to fly around her head. Finally she came out and I told her she had to be quiet and lay on the couch. She watched Shrek 2. Almost the whole thing. She tried to get up, but I was stern and she stayed on the couch for most of it. I was satisfied. She took it easy, which is what I wanted. She needs some down time, for being such a busy body.

On our way to Awana, at 6:20, she fell asleep. She had hit her max. She was cranky, tired, and started coughing. (We went to church Sunday, and you see, 48-72 hrs is about the correct incubation period of a cold. Therefore showing up today. Nice. I wish people stopped taking their sick kids. Its a rule, come on!) So I kept her with me as I chased my Cubbies. And she tried to play games with the kids.

Bedtime. 8:30 pm. She went in willingly. Daddy tucked her in. She stayed. She fell asleep. She is still sleeping. I put her clothes back into her drawers, un folded of course. So we will see if they remain in the morning. I hope they stay. I like dressers. They serve purpose, trying to find clothes on the floor is hard...why was it so easy as a teenager?

Now its time for me to go to bed. Its hard having a toddler moving into a big girl bed, and an infant still not sleeping consistantly through the night. Maybe I should have tried this before he came? Nah....she wasn't ready. Note to those of you with infants/toddlers. Cribs are good. Keep them in as long as possible. :)

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

How do I Discipline?

That very question was asked on a board that I have been a member of since I first found out I was pregnant On Christmas Day of 2001.(ok so maybe a few weeks later) But we have all been together for almost 3 years no less and the 40 or so of us that broke off to form our own group a few years ago have a very wonderful relationship. We are all dealing with 2 year olds. The question of discipline came up since we are starting to deal with terrible twos in one form or another. This is how I answered it, and you can tell what kind of day I had today. I will add, The Princess has learned the art of climbing the past couple weeks and gets out of her crib. We have managed to keep her in it still until today. But this day was soon to come, and today it was. She now has a mattress on the floor.
My answer to discipline:

Discipline??? whats that? I have decided to throw out disciplining and let Haley do whatever the hell she wants. Why? because Kyle was checking out my new hair cut..and then goes..is that grey? I think you have some grey hair.

So thats why! No more. I am getting grey hair.(I havent looked yet) but I guess its better then pulling all of my hair out. but I have decided to forget the discipline. she will grow out of it right? I now lay down with her on the ground and laugh my evil laugh. I tell her she can do it all she wants..that I was the master of evilness at age 2, 3 and 4. That she won't do anything that I haven't already done and that she can have at it. I tell her that Mommy was the Queen of tantrums, fits and screaming. She is only my little Princess and has much to learn still. Kyle referred to her the other day as my evil spawn (my parents were telling him that Haley does just as I did) and he corrected himself..he said..forget the evil..she is your DIRECT SPAWN!

So you see. I give up. I turned out ok, and so if I just teach her what to do right instead of fight it, we will be happier and I won't have grey hairs. So at a resturant, I need to show her how to rub ketchup handprints all over the nice old ladies that wave to her in the next booth, and I need to show her the proper techinque to throwing yourself on the floor at the grocery store to ensure the trip to go sit in the car. I need to show her how to throw toys galore at me or her father while we sit on a stool drinking a pepsi in her doorway. I should probably start teaching her how to bite as well, and how to do it right, so you leave a scar. (yes these are all things I mastered)

So from here on out, I refuse all forms of discipline! It really is overrated. We are also on a first name basis now. She calls me Bree, I call her Haley..we now have a mutual level of respect. We treat each other as equals..thats how it should be right?

Oy! ;)

Monday, November 08, 2004

This just in...

I just got these two pictures from my grandpa, he took them on Halloween, they were just too cute not to share :)


Hanging out with Ah-pa on his Goulish Birthday :)

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A story about a puppy.

This is no ordinary puppy, this is Haleys puppy. No, we aren't talking about Bear, her stange looking, lick your face, steal your food-puppy. We are talking about a tan little pup who is stuffed with white fluff. This puppy was picked out at Target. She got so excited when she saw him, you would think they were separated long long ago. They have been inseparatable since. He goes everywhere with us. Puppy has been on many adventures, until a week ago, he was lost. We couldn't find him anywhere! I blamed daddy, because he took the kids from me the night I got my hair cut, and he was never to be seen again. We thought he dropped him in the parking lot at work. He asked around at work, we looked around the house. Haley was so sad, and no other puppy or stuffed animal would do. Not even the one she was attached to before this new one. He was ok. He was acceptable to sleep with, but that was it. So then Haley and Easton went with Nana Coo Coo and Ahpa Coo Coo last Wednesday. Nana CooCoo was going to see if Target had the same puppy, which was so thoughtful. They had a few that were similar and they just weren't "puppy" so Haley threw them aside and chose a kitty instead. Nana CooCoo aplogized. A few days later, we had to go to Target, and decided to look again, maybe they got more in. This time, Haley loved two of the puppies that she tossed aside the last time, and we tried to get her to pick one, and then we would get another identical to that one, so we wouldn't have this situation again..and that wouldn't do. She had to have both. Since she was so heartbroken about tan puppy, we agreed and she got both. Staying with me? So far, we are at 1 kitty, 2 puppies, to replace 1 puppy. Then we saw NanaCooCoo again and she surprised Haley with another puppy, this one was different, but tan no less. Haley hugged him, but wasn't real attached. So now, the count is 1 kitty- 3 puppies. We also had to take 2 puppies with us everywhere we went, its hard enought keeping track of one..let alone two now...

Today something very special happened. After a week of being missing, we found tan puppy. Yes, he was rescued. I put Bear(alive, hairy type dog) in his crate, and noticed tan puppy was hiding out in there, along with a dishtowel. Guess who had been playing in the crate with them a the day after I thought he was missing. Yup Haley. She was playing 'doggy in the crate' and put them in there, we remember seeing her. But we never thought to look in there. Bear also discovered tan puppy and had been sleeping with him all week, and chewed off his nose. So I took tan puppy without a nose and threw in in the washer. Then puppy had surgery while Haley napped. I sewed his nose up and created a new threaded nose and mouth since he looked funny with out. We surprised Haley when she got up...You should have seen the smile on her face! There he was! It was him!! she was confused by his nose, and I explained he had an owie and mommy had to fix it. She was ok with that, and grabbed her other new puppy and put both in the stroller and took them for a ride. It was as if he was never gone.
Here is tan puppy with a new nose :)

This is the group of animals that we tried to ease the heartbreak with..she now has 1 kitty and 4 puppies. not to mention the rest of the zoo in her room :)


She just loves tan puppy. Now if anyone is at a Target and you happen to see tan puppy(who was in this weeks ad...he was stuffed inside a backseat hanging activity center thingy), let me know and I will pay you for him and shipping..I think we need a spare. hehe Good thing is, he and the kitty and the 2 other similar pups are only 2.99.. Thats a great price :) for how many we bought..haha
We are so happy tan puppy is back! Now hopefully we can just take one puppy with us again :)


Is there an off switch?

or at least half energy button? I don't know where she gets it. The princess has now decided to refuse all forms of transportation regarding, being held, carts, or strollers. She wants independence. She wants to run, jump, lay down on the big yellow circle at Best Buy. She wants to push the cart, or stroller. Holding hands? forget it. You put her in the cart, she now climbs out, while its moving because that doesn't stop her. Nothing stops her or slows her down. Pushing the stroller would be ok, if she had a license to push one, she is all over the place. Hitting ankles, displays, bushes. What happens if we "help" her push it? She says" No momma push, Hadey push!" while pushing your hand away, and running into a tree at the same time. Poor brother. I am afraid one day the stroller will end up on its side. Good thing for seatbelts right? Have you ever held a child that does a 360 in your arms? and says "Let me down momma" then starts screaming and kicking your legs and stomach? Its fun, I tell ya. Independence. She wants alot of it. It would be ok, if she understood to stand by our sides, or hold on to the cart/stroller. Or if she stopped before entering the street or parking lot, waiting for a hand. Is this something she will ever learn? I hope so. Soon.

Speaking of switches. I wish there was a calm mode button, that you could press when in public. Oh, to have a calm child sit in a cart and just be still. She can be Princess Energyoplenty at home, in public I wish she would be Princess of Calm-a-lot. Kyle and I discussed this yesterday. I guess we just need to be thankful and remind ourselves that its good she is determined, strong willed, and stubborn. Thats what helped her be where she is today. So maybe I need to find a book, that helps me focus those qualities, direct them into something positive. Anyone know of a good one?

This last week we have also had an explosion of vocabulary. Its still difficult to understand some words, but she is stringing 4-5 together. She is making sentences. Some include:
I want some more momma.
Let me out, please momma.
I want some more deda(cereal) please.
Help, let me out.

There are a few others but I am spacing. Blame the mommy brain. :) We got Shrek 2 today. I love Shrek. I am gonna go watch it, while both child have pressed the off button (napping). :)


Thursday, November 04, 2004

We saw Doctor Crazy

Today we went to the Doctor. Which was another reminder why we need to find a new one. Haley had dry cracked feet, so I wanted to see what it was. He wasn't sure..but said to use Lotramin if it was fungal. Thought it could be athletes foot. Gross. I guess thats a note to self, to not let said child play in mud puddles at flag football. I guess wet soaking squishy warm feet have a tendancy to cause fungus. Even at age two. Then I had Easton's rash looked at. I swear this Dr likes to say things that don't make sense. So get this, he looked and said it looks as though the rash was clearing, that it could have been scabies. Ok Seriously! Does he know what those are? those a bugs in your skin, I don't believe they just go away. I asked where he could have gotten those, and he said from someone else who has them. Ok, again..seriously! Wouldn't someone else in the family have them, if he had them, thats all Easton is around. But he goes on to say, that since he had a cold last week, it was probably viral, and rashes so often come with a virus. Ok, that makes more sense. Especially since I have done my internet medical research, and the pictures of scabies DO NOT look like what he has. It also says they go away with lotions. So he tells me, that if they don't go away in a few days, to call back. So now, if you thought they "could" be scabies..wouldn't you want to treat it or test it, instead of letting days go by to then infect the whole family? Seriously. OK, so again, I think this guy is insane. Now, if he thought scabies, then quickly decided it wasn't. don't speak. Because then he goes on to say, (after I mentioned fifths disease) that..hummm, ya it could even be that. But there is nothing you can do for that..just run its course. So basically, I walked away not really knowing, but assuming it was viral and went along with the symptoms they had last week.

So, I get my kids checked out, which makes me feel really gross that they have a rash and fungus and I am telling you all this. haha We really aren't dirty people. We are quite clean actually. ( Whenever I think of scabies, I think "ewe gross". ) So it really bothered me that he would suggest that. Especially since I don't think it is, and if it was, he would test it or prescribe something. yuck. What a dufus.

Haley weighed 25lbs and was 33 in
Easton weighed 17.9 lbs and they didn't do his height.

BUT, I think that Easton's weight is wrong, since the nurse doesn't know how to read the scale and she drives me crazy. I think he weighs a bit more.

Only thing good from this appt was that they BOTH got the flu shot. Easton qualifies for age, but I was worried Haley wouldn't . But she did, since she was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and BPD, she qualifies. Even if she hasn't had one issue with her lungs since we walked out of the nicu with her. Now that is a miracle in itself. She is so very very lucky. Sometimes being a preemie has its advantages to get what you want. So I am thankful for a smaller practice Doctor, who agreed to let her have the shot. So now, hopefully we can keep them both healthier this winter. And change doctors :)

*Side note* Why did my pediatrician have to retire? The first Dr we saw, (since my PED wouldn't see Haley when she was first home since she was on oxygen) said the day she came off oxygen and was finally 40 weeks gestation(almost 4mo old). That we could treat her like a normal full term baby. I said not exactly and we changed Drs. So then I saw my childhood PED for 3 months until he retired. We then went to his backup. His name was Dr "Freak". We saw him the longest. I pumped milk for Haley. He knew that. She did not nurse. After each round of shots, he turned off the light and said I could nurse her, because it would help with pain. This was 10 min after telling him that we fed her pumped milk. he also told me that we might want to use protection when having sex, then after her 12 mo appt, that it was ok to try again for another baby if we wanted. Later he also told me that it might be a good idea to start working out! I told him I was 12 weeks pregnant, and he asked if I was sure. ya. pretty sure. So we went to the current Dr. who took over my childhood peds office, my whole family and family friends started going to him, and he seemed alright. Then the whole ecoli thing happened, and he failed to run tests..and it seems each appt after that..he has gotten worse. Besides, we are the only ones in the office today it seemed and it still took 1 hr start to finish, with a whole 5 min with him.

I am calling to have a consultation with a Dr that I had wanted after the first Dr, but they wouldn't let me switch within the office. (which still doesn't make sense. ) I hope she isn't a nut. I have heard great things about her, where as the others, I have never heard positive comments.

Did you know my son has ears like a bat?

He can hear so well. (Do bats have good hearing? I have heard they do..hehe) Well its good and bad. Bad, because at night when I check on him, he usually hears me...how? I have no idea. I am so quiet. Well, last night, I went in, noticed his bottle was empty, and filled it up with breast milk. (new game plan with sleeping at night, and it works like a charm, we have slept through the night the last few days, we are talking not waking up until 8:30 sleeping through the night..since he can hold his own bottle, I leave a breastmilk bottle in bed with him..and he wakes up, finds it, and drinks it. :) hehe so maybe that isn't right, but he seems to enjoy it and so do we :) hehe) So anyway, I hear him stir, and I dropped to the floor. I then crawl to the dresser and reach up to grab the pumpers. I bring them down, I open one quietly, and dump..it was too loud, because I heard him roll over..knowing he is looking around to see me..I stop. He lays back down and silence. So I open the other one, and tilt it this time so it doesn't make noise. I put the nipple back on..and crawl back to the crib. I peek under his bumper, and see his precious face, his eyes are closed. I jump up, put the bottle next to the side of the crib, and dash out..quietly closing the door. Phew! never knew I would learn army manuevers when I became a mommy. I have gotten pretty good. :) The silly things we end up doing..I am sure if anyone saw me crawling around his room I am sure they would laugh their heads off. :)

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election time, Bunko & Rashes.

I am so happy this day has come. I am tired of all the media. Now the only question still remains..who will be President. *sigh* why can't things ever be easy.

Tonight I had Bunko at my house..again I know. This is the last time until next year sometime. Yay! Its nice to have everyone over, especially because not all of them have been to my new house :) But its so much work to have people over, to clean, to cook. I didn't win. I came close. I have been a big loser at the game in both groups for quite sometime now. Maybe thats what you get for being on a winning streak for along time. Although, I am wanting the winning streak back. Its hard having your husband tell you that you suck at it. I mean come on..is there really skill in rolling dice? Its rolling dice for goodness sakes. You just roll. Sometimes you can get rolling and get multiple numbers you need..but still. Its all luck. To get 3 of the same to get a bunko..luck people. Now there are techniques...but seriously no skill.

I am debating going to Bible study in the AM. Two reasons. 1. Easton now has a weird rash. He has like 6 spots on his tummy and 5 on his right buttocks..he also had reddish cheeks this last weekend, that came and went. Using my internet medical degree, I have decided it looks like it could be Fifth Disease..since it is going around at church, and some people don't leave their sick kids at home. Its not anything to worry about..and once there is a rash, usually they aren't contagious. But there is that word...usually. When do you know if they are? I have never seen a neon light on my children that blinks saying 'CLEAR'. Or 'OK'. So now what? 2nd reason, ok, so I guess there is just one. Do I take him or not. Bible study is important, but not important enough to possibly get others sick. But if its fifths, he may not be contagious and it would be fine. But, since I have never seen what this rash looks like..it may not be. So then I could be infecting kids with some rash I don't know what it is. Although, probably got it from them in the first place. I didn't go to bible study last week either, since they both had snotty noses. So now that is two weeks in a row.We also missed church. So after re-reading this. If this was someone else debating bringing their child..I would hope they would stay home..so looks like I should take my own advice. This sucks. I will survey the rashy boy in the morning to see if its still there.

Oh, on the development milestones. Easton is now pulling up onto things as best as he can. Today he pulled up to his knees holding on to the book shelf and pulled several toys off. He is getting so big..he will be crusing soon.

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