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!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Crib Monkey

Paisley is a crazy little climber and isn't afraid of anything. She loves to walk across balance beams at Gymboree and swing by her legs at the playground and leap from our couch straight to the floor pretending to fly.

Yet she hadn't ever climbed out of her crib, much to our surprise. Until yesterday. I went to get her out in the morning when she began hollering for me and when I walked in the room she said "Paisley do it" as she swung a little leg over the side of the crib. She quickly scaled the wall and dropped to her feet on the other side as I watched in amazement.

I actually clapped for her because I was so proud of my big girl. And the happiness on her face was just too sweet to ignore.

Then the period of time formerly known as "nap time" arrived and I laid her down hoping for a nap even though she has been cutting them out all together for the most part. After thirty minutes of laying her down, she was still making a bit of noise so I slowly peeked into her room to check on her.

I was surprised to find her standing at the side of the crib and she squealed with delight at me and once again, climbed out with grace and efficiency. This time she let me know that "Paisley no need nap today." Okay then.

It is crazy how much she is changing lately. I love the language development but her attitude can be pretty horrendous at times. And she's just now starting I be mean to Graham occasionally which breaks my heart. He doesn't seem to notice that she takes everything away from him and gives him dirty looks. He just grins admiringly at her and giggles hysterically when she talks to him.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Anonymous riff-raff

To the people who warned me that I would get spam comments after turning off my annoying security captcha: you were right.

I get several a day now. However, I have found two positives in this. The first is that it boosts my comment numbers so I look more popular. Don't scroll through to see that half of the comments are spam, just look at the grand count. Wow, you'll say, she has such a great response to crappily written posts.

The other thing I enjoy is how funny the comments are. The broken English is hilarious. I had one yesterday that said "you managed to hit the nail upon the top" which is just comic genius. Great spin on a saying that I thought everyone knew.

The comments are 90% compliments which who can't enjoy more of those... "I do not know who you might be but you certainly will be a famous blogger in the event that you are not already." My confidence just soared.

And then there are those with constructive criticism which all of you real commenters are afraid to dish out. "In the course of that point my little one has endured with pain, skipped university, shed pounds, and amplified likelihood for scarlet fever. Are these motives not more than enough to take care of?!?!?" Brilliant question. I couldn't have said it any better.

Sometimes they are a bit confused: "I don't even know the way I stopped up here but I believe this post used to be good." And sometimes philosophical: "your favorite reason seemed to be on the Internet the easiest thing to be aware of." Deep thoughts.

And all they really want is a friend or teacher. "I need a specialist on this house to unravel my problem. Maybe that's you!" OR "I would like to apprentice while you amend your website". How sweet.

So, for now I will allow the comments and deal with these because it makes it easier for my real peeps to comment and I get good comic relief from it. :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Big steps

Our kids have been competing this week for the title of Most Awesome Kid Ever. And I don't have a clue who to award the prize to.

In one corner, weighing in at a dainty 28 pounds, with sass like no other, we have Paisley. This week, despite her consistently crappy attitude and horrendous toddler mood swings, decided to POOP on the potty. You heard it. She's been peeing well for a long time, but yesterday she just hopped up there and took care of some business.

When she was done, she said "Paisley pooped on potty. M please." School gives M&M's for potty training and she responds well to that. So she asks for them here too. Funny thing is that I'm not nazi mom about treats so she could have some anyways....

In the other corner, tipping the scales at 18.5 pounds with chubby thighs and an unquenchable love of breastmilk, we have Graham. This child has been sleeping worse and worse for the past few months until I decided he needed some ferberizing when we hit the point he was waking every hour.

But I am weaker when it comes to what I know will be my last baby and couldn't help but nurse him to sleep and avoid cry it out all together. And it worked anyways. I put him in his own crib and each night he has slept more than the night before.

Last night he slept from 9:30 to 6:30 at which point I had to go get him up and nurse him and he is still asleep now at 8:15. Which sister is too, yet I lay here marveling over it instead of sleeping!

This is a wonderful week of breakthroughs that I am sure like anything else have a great chance of disappearing while the kids take four steps backward. But for this moment, I will lie here in my quiet house after more consecutive hours of sleep than I've had in 7 months and just feel proud of my little people.

Monday, March 11, 2013

I don't need a binky, I've got my mom

This week marks the beginning of the end to breastfeeding. Because homeboy bit me. Three times. My left nipple (Graham's apparent nemesis) is so sore I can barely wear a bra. Those two tiny teeth are pure evil.

Problem is he doesn't like sippy cups yet and refuses bottles still. Sooo, my tender parts must be risked. Other thing is he wants to nurse every 2-3 hours all night still. And I get the strong suspicion that he's using me as a binky.

Paisley took a binky so when she woke up, I replaced the binky in her mouth. Other kids use thumbs. What do you do with a kid who likes neither?!?

If you take the time to look up "titty baby" in the dictionary, you'll see Graham's smiley face in that spot. He still loves nursing. His little eyes go rolling back in his adorable head and peace just washes over him. So sweet.

But this must end at some point. By a year at least. I am not an "extended nurser". You get one year and then it's time to move on to solids and milk. I need my body back. And my nipples will be lucky to survive that long.

So how do you get a nursing enthusiast to sleep at night?!?!?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Pot Called the Kettle Black

OMG. What a hypocritical turdhead I am. Thank you ever so kindly for pointing out that I, in fact, require captcha in order to post on my blog. I had absolutely NO idea!!! I could have sworn I clinked emphatically on the "hell no" option when asked if I wanted to make my poor, sweet readers enter mumbo jumbo in order to leave me a comment on my crappy blog!!! I have done what I think I needed to do to remove that from being a problem. Can someone let me know if it worked?!?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Parenting 101

Let these confessions serve as a learning tool for all of you out there striving to be a better parent or as comfort to those of you making your own mistakes. Here goes Round 2.

I locked both of my kids in the car on a very warm summer day when Paisley was barely two and Graham was no more than two months old. I had to have Aaron bring his keys home from the clinic 10 minutes away so I could get them out. Luckily, Paisley thought I was just being silly and Graham slept through most of it. They were super sweaty when I got it unlocked finally and I felt terrible!!!

I sometimes skip baths if we get home late and the kids are already asleep or very tired. Even if they did get really dirty. And sometimes I can't recall when Graham's last bath was so I baby wipe him down.

My kids have both rolled off the couch as babies. For some strange reason, they always learn to roll for the first time while laying on a piece of furniture that I have temporarily walked away from. Not excited about that milestone and it always happens too early!

They have both chewed on rawhides while teething. Sounds gross but it works really well. Both have found them without my help and then decided they love them. I swear the dogs bring them to the babies.

I have let them wear the same clothes two days in a row. My excuse for Paisley is she has a major opinion on her clothes and it becomes a Pick your Battle situation in taking stuff off. So she wears it again if we won't be seeing the same people. :)

On numerous occasions, I have let her pull all of her wipes out of their container just because it takes her awhile. This kid has SO much energy it's ridiculous. And I'm not 20 anymore.

Worst of all, I gave my newborn son meningitis. I was unlucky enough to contract a virus at 38 weeks pregnant, infect the rest of the family, go into labor and have my c-section while recovering from said illness and then give it to him.
He could have even gotten it while in the "safety" of my uterus. He had to have wished for a better family from the start. :)

Please share more of your awesome mom moments. I have loved reading them and I have gotten a lot of feedback from people who enjoyed them too!