Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Luke...10.5 weeks old

OK so I know I post a ton about Addy so I thought I would dedicate this post to my little man, Luke!
Before Luke was born I was really nervous that I was going to have another baby like Addy. Not that that's a bad thing but Addy cried straight for the first four months of her life and did not really sleep through the night until she was 10 months old ( I tried everything with her!). I just didn't know how I would deal with a challenging baby and a challenging toddler. Since he has been born though I have come to realize that the Lord has blessed me in ways that I could have never imagined. Luke is the most delightful, happy, lovable, cuddly baby. He came into this world with some challenges and endured them like the stoic that he is. He has gotten himself on a great schedule, goes to sleep at 7pm every night and only wakes up once to feed. I don't even mind getting up with him at night because he is always happy and smiling at me when he wakes up. He eats and usually goes right back to sleep. I love those moments that I can steal away and just be with him. Unfortunately, we don't get much one on one time (that's just the reality of having more then one child I guess). Last night James took Addy to her Little Gym class so I got some quiet time with Luke before he went to bed. It was so nice to just soak in his smiles and coos. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful children, unique and a blessing in their own individual ways. 

Monday, February 25, 2008

Family Time

Mom and me
Our family photo with the camera timer and my new tripod. It was tough to get Addy to smile.
Isn't he so cute!

My boys!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sticker Time

First of all I have to say we are all making a slow recovery. I am feeling pretty good just a little congested still but I can live with that. James is in the midst of the killer cold now. Hopefully it moves out of our house soon. Just thought I would post some funny Addy sayings:

Lately Addy has a phrase for everything she does..."its finger painting time," "bathtub time," "Nursery (church) time." "making cookies time." Everything is a time. I wondered where in the world she would get the idea to add "time" onto everything she does but then I realized that's what I say to get her to do something. I will say enthusiastically (like its the coolest thing EVER) "Addy, its getting dressed time," "its playing in your kitchen time...etc." So funny! Like mother like daughter. 

Also, Addy is repeating everything, I mean EVERYTHING anyone says. We were at the mall looking at this huge fish tank. There was another little boy there and he said to his mom "that fish is huge!" and Addy turned to me and said "fish huge!" It was so cute! Tonight as I was feeding the baby she picked up the orange crayon and ran to the wall. You can only imagine what happened next...lets just say the words out of my mouth were "Oh my gosh Addy!!!" and of course she repeated me running her hand along the wall all over her big orange circles "oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" It was enough to make me smile, even though I was burning up inside.  Thank goodness for magic eraser!

One more story...yesterday (Sunday) James spoke in church. I had the duty of controlling our little toddler during the meeting. At one point Luke started to stir from sleeping in his car seat. I turned my head for a moment to meet his needs. Addy decided at that moment to brake free from our seats. She ran as fast as she could up to the front of the church up the stairs to the pulpit where James was speaking. I turned and saw with shock and horror Addy up on the stand. I didn't know exactly what to do because I didn't want to run up there and get her and make a big deal out of it because James was in the middle of his talk. I saw that the bishop (who was sitting up on the stand) got her and had her sitting with him. Phew...all was well...not for long though. Addy then started to wail when she could not see me. I ran up to the stand and tried to discreetly get her to come to me. James then realized what was going on behind him, grabbed Addy, gave her a sweet kiss, and handed her to me. I then of course ran out of the meeting missing the rest of James' wonderful talk. I was so frustrated and embarrassed. I was reassured by the bishop (who is the father of 5) afterwards that it happens to everyone! I will say at the time I was really embarrassed but looking the situation now I realize that "these things happen." 

Addy you are so crazy!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Are you kidding me???

Today was one of those days that I wish I could forget. So we woke up this morning all still sick. Luke had his two month check up today. Everything went really well. Unfortunately we had to get his two month shots. Four huge shots in his two little legs. It was not fun! My poor little guy took it like a champ though. Thanks to my dear friend Heather, I did not have to handle both kids at the Dr. again. Last time it was a disaster! Anyway, we all came home and I put the kids down for a nap...all is well, not for long. At 3pm I had a dr. appointment for myself, sickness still lingering after 10 days, yuck. Since I have not had to go to the Dr. since we moved here I did not have a PC picked out. I decided to just look on the Internet under our insurance company and see who they listed that was local in the area. I chose a Dr. that was right down the street from where I lived. I called and the secretary told me that he could see me four different times today. That should have been my first clue... I picked 3pm and worked it out for James to watch the kids while I ran over there. Thinking it would be a quick and easy visit. He could prescribe some medication or at least tell me what I needed to do to kick this cough/cold. When I pulled up I had an uneasy feeling. Lets just say that the office was not the most up to date. I though that I would go in and give it a chance. I mean who can judge by just the outside of the building. As I walked in to the waiting area I should have turned right around and ran! Who knows why I didn't? I felt like I was walking into a goodwill store. It was a bunch of mismatched chairs and couches. All pilling up. I didn't want to touch anything. When my name was called I was taken back into the office and was appalled at what I saw. I could not believe that this was actually a real doctors office. I was taken, weighed ( who knows how old that scale was) and placed in a room with the nurse. The patient room was a smaller version of the waiting room. Dark, dingy and smelling of smoke. The nurse looked like she was 15 years old. She asked me all of the standard questions and then asked me if I was breastfeeding. I told her "yes." She then proceeded to tell me that the Dr. would not prescribe me any medications because he did not believe in prescribing medications to nursing mothers. I was shocked at her statement to me and asked her what I was supposed to do. She told me that the Dr. would just tell me I need to suffer through it. I could not believe what I was hearing. Figuring, she didn't know what she was talking about I told her I would talk to the Dr. When he finally came in the room I could not believe what I was seeing. This man was the anithesis of what you would think a dr. would be. He was a large, unkempt man, wearing dirty jeans and a tight tee shirt with his belly hanging out. He had a large bushy red mustache and gray/brown greasy messy hair. This man was one of those you think might be in trouble with the law or perhaps you want to keep your children far away from. I know I am being judgemental here, but when a man tells you that he is sexist and makes a comment that your last baby must have been an accident, I have the right to judge. He was just downright creepy! I wanted to run out and probably should have but I endured the torture. He asked me what I wanted and I told him my symptoms and stated to me..."So do you want a prescription for something?" I asked him if he thought I should have one or if I needed one, I mean he is the dr. right? He then quickly said well I will give you some antibiotics but just know that its all going to go to your baby ( like I was doing something terribly wrong here). I said I understood and he wrote it up and said to me..."we'll just say that your diagnosis is...Oh I don't know...bronchitis" OK sure, whatever! He handed me the script and then walked out or rather limped out of the room. I walked slowly behind him and then when he turned the corner ran as fast as I could out of the building to my car. Ahhhhhhh.....seriously did that just happen to me? Anyway, I was not really sure what to do. Should I fill the prescription or not? Luckily I one of my best friends is a Doctor (thanks Kate!) and she confirmed that it was ok to take the meds he prescribed. So hopefully in the end of that crazy experience I will be able to finally turn the corner and get healthy again! I started the antibiotics tonight so hopefully in the next couple of days I will be as good as new again. I will keep everyone posted.

If there is one thing I have learned today its this.... NEVER go to a doctor with out the referral of a friend or someone you know who has been to that Dr. before! Also, if you have an uneasy feeling about something you should probably trust it!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Still Sick

Ok so what is the deal? We are all still really sick. Addy seems to be getting a little better.  She has all of her energy back and then some, but still has the cough and congestion. I feel like I am going to hack up a lung one of these days! It is so annoying! So its back to the Dr. again tomorrow. This time for me and Luke. We were there on Friday as well. Seriously can we just get better already? The worse part is James is now coming down with it. I hope it does not get as bad for him as it has been for me and the kids!  If anyone has any suggestions for medications, or herbal remedies for the following symptoms please feel free to comment. I need all the help I can get now! It is so hard to be a mom when your sick.

serious cough
major congestion
annoying itchy throat
overall fatigue!

Hopefully by my next post we will all be on the fingers are crossed.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love Day

I had all the ambition in the world to take cute pictures of my kids dressed in their Valentines Day garb but alas it was not to be. We are all still really sick here at our house. I wish so badly we wern't. I can't wait for the day when we all feel better. 

In honor of Valentines Day ( "Love Day" )...

I love my AMAZING husband James. He is everything I am not and more! He works so hard to provide for our family in all areas of our lives. I could not ask for a better father. Today James is working late so we had our Valentines Day celebrations yesterday. Of course I got the most beautiful roses (pink my favorite) and a wonderful night out to our favorite restaurant! It was GREAT! It is not often that we get alone time without our kids. Thank you James for making me smile, laugh and feel more loved then ever!

I love my WONDERFUL children. What blessings from heaven they are. I can not tell my children enough how much I love them. Recently Addy learned how to say "I love you." So now she comes up to me and gives me big hugs and says I love you! It is the BEST!!! Luke fell asleep on my shoulder tonight. I love those quiet moments with him. He was smiling a ton more today which always makes me smile. 

I love my SUPPORTIVE friends and extended family members! I am so blessed to have such a great support system. We miss all of our family and are so happy when we get a chance to see them. We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends here and away who love us and we LOVE them.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cupcakes, finger paints, and washing dishes

Well we are feeling a little bit better here in our house. I caught what Addy had so this virus is on its way out hopefully. I just hate being up all night coughing. Today was a fun day. Addy and I made cupcakes today which was an event in itself. She threw a big tantrum because all she wanted to do was eat the batter. I gave her a small taste but knowing Addy she wanted "more, more, more." It was a battle after that. Good thing she was happy with the final product. Addy has been obsessed with finger painting and washing dishes lately. Here are some new pictures from our events of the day. 
Luke had a great day as well. He took some great naps and was not too fussy (with his gas and reflux issues). He is such a sweet baby, so easy and content for the most part. He had a sweet moment with his dad tonight. Luke would not take his eyes off James. They sat there for a while staring at each other. I watched them and just took the moment in. It was so beautiful.

my cutie
Finger painting...sometimes addy thinks its body painting.
Addy's valentine to her Daddy!
Our yummy cupcakes
Washing dishes...yes she is my little slave child! (he he he)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Crazy few days

Well...these past few days have been filled with the following...crying, vomiting (by both children), more crying, popsicles, videos, no sleep, and a house in chaos. Luckily Addy doesn't have strep (hopefully its just a virus that lasts a few days.) Needless to say I am beat! At least I got my new camera lens today and was able to shoot a few good shots. Enjoy and wish me luck for the next few days. 

PS: There is nothing worse then having your child throw up on you. So sad and so yucky!

Cute quote from Addy:

Addy: "Mommy watch baby Noah?"

Me: "Addy if you want to watch baby Noah you have to ask Daddy nicely"

Addy (turning to her dad): "Daddy nicely watch baby Noah?"

Addy (answering her own question): "OK"

Me and James: Laughing hysterically
the only thing Addy will eat these days...but who can blame her. When you have a fever of 102 I would want something cold to eat too.

My sweet little boy...oh why won't you sleep? I am struggling to figure this one out. He was such a great sleeper but now...not so much! I am hoping its just a phase. If anyone has any tricks to helping an 8 week old sleep please PLEASE comment.

Oh yes these are the dishes in my sink...for the past three days! James promised me that he would do them tonight though! I LOVE my husband!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Snow Day

Yesterday we had the pleasure of having James home with us all day! It snowed close to 8 inches on Thrusday night so Friday school was closed. We had a great time! James, being the sweet husband he is let me sleep in with the baby for an extra hour and he took care of Addy (got her fed and dressed!). What a great man! Addy had been asking to play in the snow since it started the day before so we went over to our great friends the porters house for the kids to play in the backyard in the snow. We had a fantastic time. Heather cooked Chili (yummmmmmyyyyyy!!!!) and the boys played ESPN Sports edition of "Seen IT." It was so much fun! In the afternoon we all took naps. Luke even went to sleep at 8:30pm last night. I just wish he had had a better night then he did (woke up every hour with major gas pains...poor thing). Overall it was a fantastic day                           Addy getting ready to go out in the snow. She was sooooo excited!
              All she really wanted to do was eat the snow. We made sure it was clean don't worry!
Daddy and Addy in the snow!

Luke is also reaching a few milestones. He had his first smile. I have been trying to catch it on camera but he seems to be too preoccupied with the flash to actually smile on cue. I am sure I will get it some day though. He has also been lifting up his head great also. Here are a few cute pictures of our little guy! Oh I love this kid!
Sort of a smile. Its the best I can do for now.