Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rece 3.5 years

Rece turned 3.5 on August 14th. He is my favorite little boy ;-)

-He is the king of one liners, always cracking us up
-He can identify all of the alphabet and numbers 1-10.
-He can write many letters
-He has begun to make up stories and pretend a lot more
-I won't say he "lies" but he does tell you what you want to hear a lot.
-For instance: everyone at school is always doing bad things, but not him, oh no, not Angel Rece...
- A sure sign that he is doing something that he shouldn't is when he busts out with "I am not picking my nose" insert any other no-no item.
-He loves playing with cars, trucks, trains and superhero's.
-He remembers EVERYTHING
-He loves to say "I missed you" whether we have been at work or home with him all day.
-His favorite food is any meat
-He busts out some funny dance moves - at the weirdest times
-He loves his baby sister and told us the other day that he wants more babies....sorry son, not gonna happen...
-He is a big kid, tall and lean but muscular.  I have had many people ask me if he is in kindergarten this year...
-He tests our patience all the time, mostly at bedtime or first thing in the morning when he does not seem to listen to anything you are saying - he can be incredibly focused on things that are interesting to him, there is no point in trying to tell him something when he is working on something else, you just have to let him show you, or finish what he is doing, then he will be all ears.
-The other night at dinner I told him to eat some of his banana's and he looked me straight in the eye and said "You aren't the boss" - I choked back the laugh and looked seriously at him and said "Oh yes I am" and we had a stare down until he said "Ha Ha I was just joking, some times jokes are funny ha ha".  That's right....

Ava 3 Months

You would think for as many times as I have looked back at my blog posts when Rece was a baby to see when he was hitting milestones, what he weighed etc etc. that I would be better at posting updates for Ava.  But then again, you probably wouldn't think that having two kids would somehow be multiplied and feel like the work of 4 kids, but indeed some days that is how it feels.  I chalk that up to 2 kids + 2 jobs.  Anyway, I digress... Here are some Ava updates from 3 months.

- Sleeps through the night - actually has since about 9 weeks....
-Is running true to size in 3 months or 3-6 month clothes although she doesn't wear much other than onsies with her brace.
-Is napping much better - we let her CIO at 10 weeks. Which I NEVER imagined my self doing so early, but to be honest she was screaming bloody murder all day anyway because she was so tired, so what is the difference.  Cry in the living room vs. Cry in her bedroom.  Either way, she cried for about 15 minutes the first day and since it is a couple of minutes at worst. And she is so much happier now that she is sleeping during the day.
-Isn't gaining weight like she should so we have to up her ounces during the day - since she droped the night feedings
-Sill in her brace - appointment coming up soon
-Because she is in the brace any belly and hence rolling over practice time is limited
-She is a smiley happy chatterbox
-She LOVES her big brother - watches him as he runs all over the house and smiles any time she can hear him talk
-Has started daycare and the sleeping isn't going as bad as I thought it might there.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Craigslist App, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

First came my iPhone and now that I admit I am fully addicted to the crack they call "apple"- I can also admit I am addicted to what I call Garage Sale-ing from your couch. Or in my case the recliner I nurse in. And lately I have had A Lot of time to shop at this Garage Sale!
At first I lost out on a couple of items, I think because I asked too many questions about the item and didn't move fast enough. But now I have the hang of it, as you will see documented with the picture evidence below.

Here are my reasons for loving the State College Craigslist app:
1. I can peruse by category, no need to look at clothes, or knick nacks or farm equipment if I don't want to!

2. It has allowed us to furnish rooms in this much bigger house on the cheap!

3. I feel creative b/c we are taking someone else's crap and making it "cool" for us!

4. Reduce, reuse, recycle!

5. Did I mention this is an app?!? I can make these purchases on my phone, with my thumb, at 3 am if I want too!!

6. Jeremy goes and gets the stuff for me!

7. Some of the post descriptions are hilarious, for instance it may be the only time you see exquisite and Ikea used to describe the same item. And why do people say "one seat sofa" - it is a chair people! My fave is the posts that are willing to "trade" their item for "guns or ammo"....yikes!

8. My new kitchen table

9. My new kitchen chairs

10. My new coffee table

11. My new end tables- still need to paint

12. Our new King Bedroom set

13. Did I mention Cheap??

14. Pottery Barn Kids Butterfly decor for Ava's room

15. Fishy decor for kids bathroom

16. Four shelf toy organizer with bins for kid toys

17. And finally - CHEAP!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ava updates

Wellllll..... I don't know if we have some late onset colic or what, but this little lady has been a crank pot. Refusing daytime sleep and the more tired she gets the worse it gets. We thought we had it solved yesterday when we started swaddling her arms, she had a great day of sleep, and then came today - no dice. At this moment she is sleeping on my chest and I have a feeling we may be doing this more often so I thought I might try blogging from my iPhone.
Anyway here are some updates at the 7 week mark:

- At about 5 weeks she was 9 lbs 10 oz, right now she is starting to out grow of 0-3 months

-She has really long feet!!

-She eats about every 2.5-3 hours during the day, but usually goes at least 4-5 hours at night, and a few times she has gone 7!!

-Bfeeding has gone way better than with Rece, and I plan to continue when I rtw.

-Daytime sleep is a struggle, see above mention of attempt to blog on cell phone while holding napping baby.

-She smiled around 6 weeks and will coo softly

-I like to call her Aves ;-)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ava's Birth Story

Perhaps baby number 2  updates will make me a more reliable blogger....time will tell.  Anyway, at the moment I have very sleepy baby in her swing so figured I would draft a couple of posts.

Being that all of our family is 7+ hours away the whole idea of going into labor at 2 am on a Tuesday started to freak me out on a daily basis around 6 months pregnant.   One of Rece's preschool teachers lives in State College and agreed to be our backup person whom we could call and would take care of Rece until family could get here from Michigan. I also worked with my doctor with planned induction date at or around 39 weeks if I was already progressing enough on my own.  There are 9 doctors in my OB practice so not only did the induction allow us to plan for family to be here with Rece it also allowed me to have my own doctor that I know deliver Ava just like she did Rece.

So at my 38 week visit my doctor checked my progress and I was 2-3 cm and 50-70% effaced.  At that point she scheduled me for the following Thursday to be induced.  So we checked in to the hospital at 7:30am on Thursday June 7th.  After about 90 minutes of check in, admin, paperwork stuff they gave me Cytotec to start contractions - we walked and waited - I really wasn't feeling much in terms of contractions even though I was having them.  About 4 hours later they checked me again and I was 4cm and 80% effaced.  At that point they decided to break my water around 1:30pm.  Now when they broke my water with Rece he was born less than 2 hours later - of course with him I had already been in labor 21 hours at that point.  After they broke my water the contractions started coming every 2-3 minutes and became instantly intense.  At 2:30 I decided it was time for my epidural.  I am a big fan of epidurals. Huge fan. This time the epidural man did a much better job and both sides were pretty numb.  At about 5:10 pm the doctor checked my progress, I was feeling good, feeling some of the contractions but overall not feeling much.... she had already told me if I wasn't progressing more on my own they would put my on pitocin. (booooooo) But I was at an 8 and completely effaced so I escaped the pitocin. (yay!).  On the very next contraction after she checked me I thought the baby might shoot out....Holy lord.  One minute after that on the next contraction I was asking Jeremy to "push the button!!" so he thought I meant for the epidural, but I meant the nurse button because I was sure I was dying.  The nurse came back in and called for the doctor.  Long story short.  I pushed through two contractions for about 3 minutes total and Ava was born at 5:23 pm.  Did I mention I am a big fan of epidurals?  Yeah.   She was 7lbs 3oz and 20 inches long.  And she looks just like Rece did when he was born...

Then came the interesting part....All was well, Ava was all cute and nursing right away and I was having a granola bar because I was starving after not eating all day.  And the nurses were doing there thing where they press on your belly to make sure your Uterus is cooperating and hardening up or whatever it is supposed to be doing.  Problem was everytime they pressed on me I was losing a ton of blood.  This went on and on to the point where I was sure my stomach was not going to survive any more "pressing".  I knew I was in trouble when the nurse told me she had called the doctor back in and told me that I couldn't eat anything else because I might need to go to the OR.  Grrrreat...... I will spare some of the less than pleasant details but basically they stopped doing CPR on my uterus and the  Doctor came back, did an inspection which was completely awful, and decided it was something internal that was causing me to continue bleeding.  At that point I had lost 1200 cc's of blood so they weren't messing around.  So I got prepped for surgery.  Thankfully, the anestigioligist decided to do a spinal rather than the general anestesia.  The prepping for the procdure was no joke, everyone was flying around like I was dying, eventually they wheeled me down to the OB OR and I got my spinal, still half numb from my epidural and they did a D&C.  If you don't know what a D&C is - google it. They found a rouge piece of tissue that was causing my body to panic and my uterus not to contract properly, removing it fixed the problem. By this point I was basically as white as a ghost and weaker than weak. 

While I was in the hospital they measured my blood levels several times to make sure I could go home safely.  Thankfully my blood levels were high when I came in - 12.1 because after the whole ordeal I left the hospital at 7.4 - which was low, but not as bad as it could have been. So glad I spent my pregnancy eating iron rich foods! I have to take iron supplements now for a few weeks to try to get back to normal. 

I am feeling pretty good overall.  Tired.  But I would be tired anyway.  I have a newborn. I am also feeling so much better mentally than I did with Rece.  It helps so much that Jeremy and I are both home this time around.   I hope to give lots of Ava updates via the blog.  Here's to more sleepy afternoons in the swing....

Friday, March 2, 2012

My baby is 3...

Wow. Rece is 3!

I can't believe my little man is 3 years old. He is the light of my life. He is such a smart little guy - what I love most about him is how great he communicates - we can have complete conversations and we really have been able to for a while. And yet there are still a few words that he says in a cutesy baby way like: "grill" for girl, "coughcloth" for washcloth, and "aminal" for animal. I don't correct him because secretly I don't want him to say these last few words right just yet. He talks like a the born and raised Pennsylvanian that he is - he pronounces his "O"s like "A"s - cracks us up.

He is such lover. Hugs and kisses and "I love you's" that he closes his eyes for when he hugs you - showing real little people emotion and not just saying words. He likes "family hugs".

He is getting to the "don't help me, I can do it myself" phase. I have to remind myself that this phase means things are going to take longer and I am learning patience.

He loves trucks, trains and dinosaurs.

He is getting closer to being potty trained - please let him be potty trained by May....

He already loves his baby sister to be - Ava. He kisses my belly and talks about her says "My baby is going to be so cute!" I can't wait until he becomes a big brother, he is going to be great at it.

He loves his new preschool room and is doing fantastic. Although he often informs me that "Writing R's is hard"

I have to admit I am trying not to think about what it will be like to add a baby into the mix. I feel like we have just gotten to the point with Rece where we things have calmed down, we are in the grove with this parenting then there were two....