Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2u2 Tuesday

How old are they?

A. Austin - 4 months 1 week and 2 day
B. Allyson - 20 months 

What activities are going on this week? It's the last week of summer. Aubrey starts kindergarten a week from today!! Trying to squeeze in any last fun in. The normal stuff too, grocery shopping, library and Friday night pizza. 

What challenges are we dealing with this week? 4 month sleep regression. Ugh.. I seriously can't wait for this phase to be over. Allyson is becoming such a picky eater. She used to be my good eater. I could feed her anything. Now all she eats are bananas, yogurt, cheese, applesauce and toast. 

Any milestones reached this week?

A. Austin -  Nothing major

B. Allyson - She's using her signs more. I'm in a tough spot because I want to teach her more signs but I want her to actually use her words. Any signs she knows she won't even try to say. She will just keep signing. It can be pretty frustrating.  

How are you feeling about having 2u2 at this point?

Likes: Austin lights up when he sees either one of his sisters. Smiles from ear to ear. I love it!! 

Dislikes: I swear there are days when all I'm doing is changing poop!! 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Splish Splash!!

Friday we headed to a waterpark/pool. I thought the kids would like that. Boy, was I wrong!! 
We got there and Allyson was so mad that she had to wear her bathing suit. She was trying to hard to take it off. 

Here she is crying in the grass.

My mom and sisters came along too. There was a big picnic area with tables. There was a grassy area to set a  blanket and chair out and have a picnic lunch. It was really cool.

This place has this really neat water play area. My girls love splashing in the bath so we thought this was going to be a blast. Both girls HATED the play area and wanted to just go in the pool. Seriously girls?? We could have gone swimming at Papa and Nana's. Allyson was just as happy as can be in the pool.

 They had a snack bar and the girls got Otterpops. Allyson wanted nothing to do with it. She's so crazy with the things that she likes and doesn't like.

Playing in the water area but not ON the cool equipment

My little stud muffin!!

We had a lot of fun in the pool but won't be going back there again until next year. Hopefully by then the girls will actually enjoy the play structure. 

Jelly Belly Factory

Last Wednesday we headed to the Jelly Belly Factory for a tour. We had to start our trip off with some yummy Starbucks. Aubrey enjoyed a yummy chocolate muffin and a chocolate milk with whip cream. 

Nannie and Allyson.
Austin just chilling before our drive s
About half way to Fairfield Allyson fell asleep. She never falls asleep in the car but it's now becoming more common.  I swear in the last month she's fallen asleep in the car 3 or 4 times. The funny thing about this time is it wasn't even near her nap time. She was trying so hard to keep her eyes open, poor girl.
The big girls
When we got to Jelly Belly my little guy needed to be fed so I said down in the cafe and pretty much missed the whole tour. Pictures weren't allowed in the factory part so I just heard about it. Kinda a bummer.

Aubrey had a great time trying all the Jelly Bellys. She got to pick out a few and she also picked out a cute little jelly belly key chain.
She saw a blue pencil and she asked if she could buy it so she could take it to school. I had to let her get it, I couldn't resist.
Look how happy it made her!!

Allyson thought it was hilarious to run away from it. She'd get close and turn and run.

Playing with her shadow

Being goofy on the  way home!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

School Shopping

The time has come to go school shopping. YAY!!!

When I  think of back to school shopping I always think of this Staples commercial with the dad super happy and the kids slowly walking down the aisle behind him.

This year wasn't like that. Aubrey was probably more excited than I was.

Backpack, water bottle, and all the paper stuff. Crayons, markers and pencils. I love all of that kind of stuff. Clothes for munchkin too. Shirts, shorts, and shoes. We didn't have a class list of stuff to buy but we did pretty good. I'm sure Aubrey won't mind going back and shopping for more school stuff. We had so much fun on Thursday shopping until we dropped. We did a lot of shopping that day. Target for supplies, and then the mall for clothes. We went with my Mom and sisters so we spent a lot of time at the mall.

Aubrey showing off her new backpack

Allyson being her goofy self

Ally did pretty well. Austin slept for most of the time only waking up to eat. He'd look around for a bit and then doze off. Typical guy :) I can't wait to see little Miss Aubrey to put all this school stuff to use.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Austin is 4 months old!

1) How old is your baby? 4 months 

2) Stats 

Weight: 19 pounds (my scale)
Clothing size: He's wearing 9-12 month. 

Hair: Blonde 
Eyes: Blue
Anything else you want to add:

3) Are they 

Teething: He's a drooling monster 
Talking: just the cutest noises ever no words though.
Rolling: He's sooo close to rolling from back to belly.
Crawling: No
Walking: No but likes to stand holding Mommy's hands.

Anything else you want to add: He's not sitting yet. He has NO interest at all. 

4) What they like

Toys: He just found his feet so that's his current favorite. He also likes to jump in the jumper.
Books: He could care less. 
Song: He doesn't have a favorite but he likes being sang too. 
Anything else you want to add: He loves bath time. 

5) What they dislike: 
Ways they like to be soothed: binky, being rocked,cuddled,patted and shhh-ed. 

6) How are they sleeping? Yesterday he refused to nap all day. Today he has had 3 one hour naps. He's sleeping pretty good at night. Wakes up just a couple times at night. 

7) How are they feeding? Great. He's still EBF. 
8) Nicknames – Brother, bubbas, monkey boy

9) What are you looking forward to the next month? Looking forward to watching him grow into his little personality. He's such a happy little guy!! 

10) How are you handling Motherhood? I think I'm doing a darn good job. At the end of the night they are fed,bathed and happy for the most part. 

Likes: I love cuddling with him. He's sooo snuggly. 

Dislikes: Trying to get this little guy to take a bottle. Ugh it's like pulling teeth. We've bought 4 different times of bottles and nipples and nothing. On Conrad's birthday he did take a bottle that night but hasn't since then. We think that was Austin's present to Conrad.

I have his 4 month picture but for whatever reason blogger and FB will not let me upload them. UGh! 

***and here it is!! 

don't you just want to squeeze him?? Gah I love him!! 

2u2 Tuesday

How old are they?

A. Austin - 4 months and 2 day
B. Allyson - 20 months 

What activities are going on this week? Grocery Store yesterday. I want to take the girlies to a water park thing that's near by but not sure when that's going to happen. Clean out my crafty space, it's such a horrible mess. I have some stuff in the garage I need to go through too. 

What challenges are we dealing with this week? Just dealing with the heat. I really don't like hot hot weather. I'm good in the 80's maybe low 90's... but this 100+ stuff? No thanks.

Any milestones reached this week?

A. Austin - He found his feet a few days ago. It's his new favorite thing to play with. He has such a death grip on those babies it makes changing diapers impossible some times. 

Yesterday Austin refused to nap. He went all day with only a 20 minute nap in my mom's arms. You would think he would be super duper tired and sleep all night right? Nope, he was up 3 times last night. 

B. Allyson - I'm so happy to type that ALL of Allyson's teeth have broken through her gums!! Poor thing. They were looking awful for a while. She says a few more words and it just mumbling more. My favorite thing she says? Sissy. So sweet. We are working on getting her to say bubba or Austin but she just will wave and say to him. 

How are you feeling about having 2u2 at this point?

Likes: Things are getting much easier. Austin is such a good little guy. He is happy to play in his jumper or lay on his playmat. He still dislikes tummy time unless someone is laying down there with him. Allyson is getting less attached to my hip. It's still pretty bad but I can tell it's slowly getting better. 

Dislikes: Nap times that are not at the same time. Ok kids of mine we have to work on this! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Giving Blood

I've always wanted to donate blood but have been too much of a chicken. For whatever reason the needle freaks me out. It just sitting in your arm. Ugh just thinking about it now makes me shiver. Since being in the hospital and being poked 50 times a day, I think it cured my fears of the huge needle.

On Wednesday my Mom said she was going to go donate and I asked if I could go with her. My Mom goes all the time. Conrad donates all the time too. One of those mobile blood banks comes to his work every so often and he always signs up. Anyway my Mom said that they have a playroom for the kids to play in and I was sold! My sister came along and helped watch the girls.

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It did hurt like a beast. My mom and I started at almost the same time and my mom finished in no time at all. I took her picture right after she started and in a blink she was finished. The nurse told me that some people it only takes a 5-10 minutes and other people it could be up to 20 minutes and I was more on the 20 minute side. Lucky me, more time with that needle just sitting in my arm. *shudder* but I survived.

Here I am donating, YAY!!

Aubrey had held up a sign that said Go Mom in magnets. So sweet!

Enjoying some cookies with my little sweetie

And here is my adorable Austin James!! What a freakin' stud huh?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Tea Parties

Aubrey went to Princess Tea Party / Swim birthday party on Saturday

She went as Princess Aurora or Briar Rose (depends on when you ask her)

She asked if I could put some makeup on her since she was a princess. I couldn't say no to that! 

Sunday she asked if we could have our own tea party. I was pretty excited to get out a teapot and some teacups. I was informed that at the birthday party they had apple juice and grape juice instead of tea. They also had heart shaped PB&Js at the party and she wanted me to make those too. We had literally just finished eating lunch when she wanted to have a tea party. Instead of heart shaped PB&Js we enjoyed some goldfish. 

I remember when I bought this teacup and its matching teapot. I bought it when Conrad and I were first married. I had hoped that one day I would have a little girl and we could have tea parties. Here I am years later and having my first tea party with Aubrey. She was dressed as Snow White today. She looked so grown up. Where is my little squishy Aubrey I brought home five years ago?

Allyson was napping during our party but I can't wait for our next party and maybe we will let Ally join us.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Austin's birth story part 2

I was thinking the other day that I didn't finish writing out what happen at the hospital after my little man was born. I also realized I had never posted any pictures from my hospital stay with Austin. I have so many emotions from Austin's birth. A big part of me is angry. Ok that's a lie most of me is  really angry about it. Angry things didn't go as "planned". Angry that I didn't get to savor the moment where the doctor said it's a boy and watching Conrad cut the umbilical cord. Instead I remember the doctor freaking out because the cord was wrapped around his neck and head, really tight. He freakin came out blue and not breathing. I don't remember hearing him cry at all... because he wasn't. Angry I don't have a picture of my big guy and I cuddling after birth. Or doing skin to skin after he was born. A picture of him on the scale. Heck I don't even have a memory of that! I didn't see him get his first bath. I'm angry that I didn't get to hold him until later that night. Mad that I have such a horrible memory of his birth. 3 months later, I'm still angry about it. I have anxiety when I drive past the hospital, get a headache for too long or when I have to go to the doctor. I'm still upset about the whole ordeal. I spent 5 days in the stinkin' hospital. 

So back to my hospital stay. Things are already starting to get blurry but then there are somethings that just stands out so clear as day. 

I woke up Saturday with a headache. It's wasn't too bad but it was in a weird spot on my head. I don't think my head has ever hurt there. I had to tell the nurse and of course it worried the doctor. So I tried to get rid of it with Tylenol. 4 hours later and it wasn't any better. I won a trip to have an MRI done. Within a few minutes a transporter person came with a wheel chair to take me to have my MRI done. So we got to this building outside the hospital and the tech is asking me a bunch of questions. The last one he asks is if I'm claustrophobic. Umm kinda. He said if I survived the CT scans I should be ok with the MRI. During the CTs I had my eyes closed and I had 500 million things going through my head. This time my mind was more clear. So I was crazy nervous. I got strapped in and the tech give me ear plugs and he says that it's going to be crazy loud and just to let him know if it's too much. The machine sucked me and the loud noises begin. Holy smokes the noises were loud, did I mention I had a headache? There were a sequences of tests that they did some were like a minute long and the longest was five minutes .. FIVE minutes of the weirdest noises while I'm stuck in this tiny tube. I was going crazy. I finally finished and was wheeled back to my room to wait for the results. I didn't hear anything right away which we were assuming that no news is good news. Hours passed and we didn't hear anything. The nurse was constantly checking the computer each time she came into my room. We finally heard that it came back clear. Yay! Such a relief. The headache finally went away. That day was just spent holding and cuddling with Austin trying to make up for Thursday and Friday. I think I held him all day. I only put him down to eat and use the bathroom. 

Saturday was the day that I got to take a real shower too. I had an IV in each hand. One was hooked up and giving me fluids and the other just had a port in it. My nurse was super awesome and unhooked me from the fluids and helped wrap my hands so I could a shower. It was freakin amazing not to drag that stupid thing around. I took a shower and felt like a new woman. I got out of the hospital gown and put actual clothes and makeup on. Man oh man did I feel like a million bucks. 

The girls had came to come visit us Saturday too. I did not have the energy I needed to deal with them, oh my goodness!! Aubrey was going a million miles an hour. Talking, taking pictures, talking to Austin in a high pitch voice and getting on and off the bed. She was little fireball of energy. Allyson wanted nothing to do with me. Nothing. Which was really weird for her. Usually she was attached to me. It really sadden me. I think she felt like she was being replaced. She isn't of course! She is still my little baby!!  They weren't there that long and I feel like I needed a nap to recover from their visit. 

We talked with my doctor and we all felt like it was going to be best to stay in the hospital until Monday. That way my vitals and everything was still being monitored since the offices aren't open over the weekend. As much as I didn't want to be there until Monday, I knew it was for the best. 

Sunday I think Conrad and I just hung out with our little guy. A few family members came to see the big guy and check in on me. We had lots of cuddles. We were released on Monday a little bit after noon. 

I guess I gave people quite the scare that night. It was such a crazy experience. The doctors never really said WHAT happen or caused it. Just a bunch of maybes. They said something about an amniotic embolism. Someone mentioned something about my epidural. I was sent home with papers for pulmonary hypertension. My potassium was low and it wasn't like crazy out of the ordinary low. It was just low. Other than that all the tests and everything came back normal. After all of it was over Conrad said he'd never been so afraid to lose me. He thought that I was seriously going to die. I felt like I was dying when it was all going down. I feel so torn because I had an awful time after delivery but I'm still here and able to take care of my kids. I'm perfectly fine. I am lucky. I know God was watching over me and that's why I have trouble being angry sometimes. I'm lucky and I'm angry. I know things could have been a lot worse. Why am I still feeling so bitter about it all? Because this isn't what people dream of when you think about the birth of your child. 

Another thing that I'm struggling with it more children. No one said to me that I probably shouldn't have more kids. None of the doctors or nurses. Conrad did though. So did my Mom and Kathy. They don't want to go through that again and I don't blame them at all. The part that I'm struggling with that we planned on having 4 or 5 kids, so this wasn't going to be my last pregnancy. I didn't enjoy every kick, roll and hiccup. I didn't embrace my gigantic baby bump. So I'm in the place where I'm just sad. Sad that it was probably my last and I didn't know it. I won't feel those flutters and wonder if that was a baby or gas. The kicks and punches. The leg pushing into my rib. *sigh* 

I am thankful that Austin and I are both here today and are healthy. I know I'll be able to move past these feelings but it's just crummy being in it now. 

Here I am with Austin in the ICU.

 It was seriously the best moment ever. Holding my sweet Austin James. It was the hardest thing ever to give him to the nurse and not know when I was going to see him again. Ugh and now I'm crying ... ugh... time for me to stop typing and go clean my house while the little ones are sleeping.