Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Potty Training

I hope no one clicks on this post expecting to find great advice on the topic of potty training because I can promise you, it won't be here.  In fact, I would recommend avoiding my blog for all helpful tips on pregnancy and child-rearing, and certainly on conception, since let's face it.  I suck at all 3. 

Yeah, my kids are healthy and happy and very loved.  But am I doing things that follow any book ever written even loosely?  Not a chance.  We're paving our own way and enjoying it for the most part.  So potty training is the same thing.  I haven't read a book or asked much in the way of advice or even brainstormed on it much.  No clue what Pinterest says on this topic.  Shocking, right?!?

But anyways, here's our story in a nutshell.  Paisley got a potty chair right before her 2nd birthday.  I sat it out to let her get "curious".  She got interested and wanted to sit on it and play with it which I found disgusting.  One day, she wanted to pee on it.  And she did.  Which I thought was pretty darn impressive considering she wasn't even 2 yet. 

Then she'd ignore it, then she'd love it again and want to pee on it, and then hate it with passion.  Now, she still goes through phases where she'll only pee on the potty for 24-48 hours straight and then refuse to use it for the next 4 days.  And she's only pooped on it once and it was an accident.  Trust me.  She was freaked out by the experience and obviously thought it was "only a fart". 

With that said, she loves to poot on the potty.  Thinks it's hilarious.  And sadly, so do I.  We giggle together and celebrate like that's a good thing.  Back to not taking my parenting advice.  See what I mean.  My child also sings, "Hey, sexy lady...ooh..oooh..ooh.ooh.ooh" while waving her arm like a cowgirl.  Gotta love Gangnam Style.

So, we're about 5 months in to this very unofficial potty training that we're doing.  And honestly, I don't really care if we continue this for another 5 months.  It's easy-going and non-stressful.  I love the security and convenience of diapers.  And we're traveling to Vegas in February so I'd kinda prefer her in diapers on the plane.  Last thing I need is her deciding it's absolutely positively time to drop a deuce during take-off when we're 30 minutes from being able to "move about the cabin". 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Santa Claus

We took the kids to Bass Pro last night to meet Santa. They have such a great setup for kids during the holidays. Their Santa looks authentic and he's super nice, they have fun games to play and the decorations are adorable.

I was pretty certain that Paisley would like him again this year since she has this strange love of all grown ups in costumes. The Chick-fil-a cow, a giant mouse at a local game place, etc.

And as expected, she happily jumped on his lap for pictures after talking to him briefly. Graham was asleep when I handed him over but woke up as soon as I made the transfer. He just drowsily glanced up at the giant white beard. Looks like that might have scared him, but apparently mom and Santa look just alike. ;)

You might recall that I am a humongous holiday Scrooge, but I have to admit that these kids are bringing back the spirit for me!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Way we Spend Our Week

It occurred to me today that all parents have a very different routine with their kids.  For us, we stay busy.  Busy kids are happy kids and then sleepy kids.  Which is good.  Paisley and Graham are both more content if we're running around and doing things rather than staying at home.  She gets bored with her own toys and would much rather be exploring the world she lives in.  And I'm glad because I feel the same way!  Aaron and I were never home-bodies before children and it makes me panic a bit to think about ever being snowed in the house with these 2 kids.

SO, I thought I'd post about what we do to pass the time during the typical week.

Monday:  Kids wake up about 8:30 am (they don't go to sleep until about 10ish) and we typically go to the vet clinic in the mornings.  Getting ready takes us about an hour though because Paisley is NOT a morning person and it takes a bit of warming up before she's ready for the general public. Typically we all snuggle on the couch while she drinks her "mo" (milk) and I nurse Graham.  At lunch, we head home and eat lunch and then they take an early afternoon lunch for a few hours.  We play in the afternoon until Dad gets home. 

Tuesday:  Story time at the mall by us from 10-11 am and then Gymboree in the evening from 5:45 to 7:30. She does both Play and Learn class and then Art class while we're there.  I LOVE this day because Paisley has so much fun.  I don't usually make it into the clinic on Tuesdays.

Wednesday:  Aaron's day off.  Paisley goes to Mother's day out and we spend time with Graham.  This is a good day for us to spend time as a couple since he still sleeps some (unlike his sister) and get errands done. 

Thursday: Mother's day out for Paisley again and Graham and I go to the clinic to catch up on all of my bills and work there.  Much easier to work with just one child!  We got to Gymboree from 5:45 to 7:30 in the evening.

Friday:  Day 3 of Mother's day out for Paisley.  Graham and I go to a baby class at Gymboree from 12:30 to 1:15 which I adore because we get lots of great bonding time.  I like to hang out at home on Friday nights when possible because P is usually exhausted from 3 days of school. 

Saturday:  Graham and I work at the clinic from 8-noon while my mom keeps Paisley.  They go to Gymboree (notice a pattern here?) for music class and play time.  Then they meet us for lunch and whatever fun we have planned.

Sunday:  Used to be church until I had two kids who are less than quiet.  I don't love our church nursery until they go to sunday school at 3 so I keep them with me when we do muster up the courage to go.  Then we love to plan fun kid activities on Sundays like the zoo, park, science museum, etc.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Funny Paisley

It's official. Paisley has inherited our sarcasm and sense of humor. She knows when to use it and how to use it. And she thoroughly enjoys herself.

This little girl makes me laugh all the time. She's feisty and silly and independent. I know she enjoys her life and that makes me feel so fulfilled as her mom.

Her language has been exploding lately and she now strings together as many words as she can come up with. She still favors "Paisley do it", "Paisley fix it" and "Paisley get it". Miss Independent.

She now calls us cuckoo and waves her finger in a large circle. She'll say "dada cuckoo". :)

She asks for her "blue mo" which is milk in her blue sippy. Or whichever color she decides it will taste best on that day.

And she loves to recap the day with me before we fall asleep at night. He'll remind me of all the things we did.

She knows all of her colors, with ridiculous ones like fuchsia and seafoam falling under their larger, better known categories. She can pretty much count to 12 with some variation in the order of 1-5 at times.

And we're starting to sing songs! Her favorite is five little monkeys and she loves the line "no more monkeys (mumble, mumble) bed." It's adorable because she shakes her little finger and gets this sassy face. Too cute.