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!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Matching!!!

I'm sure the kids will want to kill me for this later on, but look at these adorable matching shirts! I ordered the iron ons from Giggles to Go on etsy and they look great! She had amazingly quick delivery and is really sweet!!!!





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mama said there'd be days like this... Uh, no she didn't!

This stage of my life has been a bit difficult. Parts of it are better than ever when I have help with the kids and we take them to do fun things. But the rest is harder than ever.

Paisley is in full swing on the terrible twos and is giving us a glimpse at the tumultuous threes. I hoped that everyone was wrong that three is harder than two, but she gets more difficult with every month. She throws fits and demands everything be exactly her way. She is a tiny Hitler. Thank goodness she's cute.

And she just potty trained fully and moved to her big girl bed so there are just so many changes with her right now. And I think her jealousy of graham is kicking in causing her to want to love on him one minute and "fight him" the next. She actually asked me for permission to fight him the other day. :). I had to decline her request, even though she asked in a sweet voice.

Graham is becoming mobile and busier and awake more. He's learning to eat solids and needs more stimulation. His mood is still ├╝ber pleasant and I know I'm lucky there but it's still another human needing me all the time.

And he's in a big mommy separation phase and freaks out if I'm not touching him at all times. I had made a mental note to myself to not let that happen again this time...

Also, I get less sleep than ever with a night owl toddler who does everything in her power to keep this party going past 11 pm and a baby who just can't seem to stop nursing a few times a night and gets loud and restless between 4-6 am. He finally falls back asleep about the time sister wakes up. Perfect.

My husband and I spend our quality town giving the kids baths and gagging over the diaper genie. One of us often sleeps in the Hello Kitty bed with P while the other enjoys the king size all alone. We consider ourselves really lucky if we have an hour of time at night before we have to go to sleep when the kids happen to fall asleep "early".

I would love to go back as a part time PA but I can't even find time to brush my hair most days so who am I kidding. Just wish I was using my knowledge and training for some good. I think I may start volunteering one night a week at an inner city free clinic to keep up with everything and make a difference to people who need it.

No one said it would be this hard!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Picture Time

I decided it has been too long since you all have seen any pictures of my previously perfect babies. So here ya go!!!p













Sunday, April 14, 2013

Is there a pill for that?

Paisley has been in her big girl bed for about 3 weeks now and once she falls asleep, she sleeps through the night without any issues. The key is ONCE she manages to fall asleep. And this is becoming a big production.

I would say it was because of her switch from the crib but the last month or so in there was the same way. Lots of crying and overreacting and piddling around.

The child hates bedtime. No matter how busy we are during the day and how hard we try to wear her out, she can fight sleep like nobody I've ever seen. Her daddy said he's waiting on her to pull her first 72 hour stretch of no sleep. It will happen.

So one of us frequently lays down with her thinking it will help. She turns in 360 degree circles like a spinning top, rolls the full length of the twin bed, covers up and then uncovers about 150 times, puts her feet on her pillow and then my face and then my belly, snuggles up to me and then plays with my hair, talks in her sweet voice, gives Eskimo kisses, plays peek a boo, talks about our day and what she looks forward to the next day, asks where Graham is, asks to go pee-pee, requests water, requests milk, says her teeth are still dirty, kicks the wall, crawls off the end of the bed...

The list goes on for long enough to keep her in constant motion for two hours before I finally pass out. Not always sure when she goes to sleep because I'm fairly certain she outlasts me most nights. She's been in there for 90 minutes this afternoon "taking a nap", yet she is still talking and playing. Wow. She just never stops amazing me.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Progress?!?

Paisley decided last week that she wanted to sleep in her "big girl bed". I thought it was just crazy talk so I tried to ignore her. But she persisted and I decided to try it out. She has done great! She doesn't get out on her own as if there is some imaginary fence around the bed or alligators on her bedroom floor. And I'm not interested in telling her otherwise.

Also, she potty trained herself four days ago. This kid has been peeing on the potty for 9 months and has even had some really good attempts. But this time was different. She suddenly woke up and decided it was done. I didn't have to ask her to go anymore, she just goes on her own. And she refuses to wear a diaper now. So she's only had one accident in the past four days, including overnight!!! I am so hopeful that the potty training craziness is coming to an end.

We were really proud of her this weekend when we took her to the medieval fair for four hours and she held it the whole time we were there because the port a pots were GROSS!!! So she squatted in the parking lot before we left and peed a ton. Every kid needs to know how to go outdoors in a pinch but now she always wants to go outside...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wish these kids came with a manual

When you get a new car or appliance or toy, it comes with instructions on assembly and parts and operation. And most importantly, it has troubleshooting. This is what I need in order to raise these kids. A guide to troubleshooting.

Paisley decided she would start sleeping in her big girl bed this week, right after I decided to get a 2nd crib. She has done it three nights now and is sleeping through the night really well. I am thrilled with this and graham is now sleeping in his room which is great instead of in the Hello Kitty room. :)

But as easily as bed transitioning happened, potty training is making me crazy. I would love to be back in diapers 100% at this point but she frequently takes them off and either goes commando or puts on her panties.

Great right? Not so much. The kid is great holding it all night long and through naps. She even does well at baby gym and other outings. But she has taken to peeing on my carpet. I feel like she just doesn't care.

She used to start to pee and get upset and hurry to the toilet. Now she just lets it rip and then acts super offended when I make her change clothes because they're wet. Like I peed in her pants. So I try to explain that big girls don't pee on the floor and she'll start with the same questions every time. "How about poop on the floor?" "How about pee-pee on you?" "How about pee-pee in the kitchen?"

Ummm, no. How about you just use your determination and stubbornness to sit your tiny tushy on your potty and let it rip?

And this isn't because she gets too distracted to go. She could be bored to death and still just pee when we're at home. She remembers when we're out somewhere having fun. Go figure.