Saturday, September 26, 2009
In short, mommy is very, very tired. More later this week with pictures and video
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Multiples and More asked us MoMs to share the lesson we have learned in our first year with our kids...well, our year one is not quite up yet, but here is something I do know...
I have learned that nothing can make me as happy, or as tired, as taking care of my children. At the end of a long day, sometimes I can't wait for them to go to bed at night, just to get a moment's peace...but by the morning, I can't wait to see their little faces - so happy to see me.
When they have the moments where they genuinely 'need' me, being able to fulfill that need and see them become happy and whole again with the touch of my hand or at the sound of my voice makes me feel like a truly amazing person.
They are the best thing that Jon and I have ever been a part of.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
He is still in the hospital and has been diagnosed with a treatable heart condition, but he continues to amaze everyone and has shown himself to be a real little fighter.
He will be two weeks old tomorrow and he is no longer on any machine support. His parents are even talking about a not too distant day when he will be able to go home! I've seen pictures of him and he looks healthy and beautiful.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. They mean alot to me and my family.
Baby K was born only 8 gestational days earlier than the boys and the trials he and his parents have faced make me mindful of how lucky I was that my boys were so healthy and hearty. We were and continue to be truly blessed.
Ok, ok, so they are practically the same, but considering historical weights and measures, Bonny had a serious growth spurt this quarter.
They are in the 75th percentile for height and 25th for weight. The doctor says they are doing great.
I am so proud of my boys and of me and Jon for doing a great job!
For those of you who don't know...this is the time of year where my job takes over my entire life. I've cut back my overtime hours since the boys came, but I'm still terribly busy so my blogging has slowed. I'll post when I can, but just know that things will pick up here again in a few weeks after my projects are done and I am able to come up for air.
Monday, July 20, 2009
He's in the hospital (been life-flighted 2x in 3 days) and because of her own complications from the birth, his mom was just able to join him today. He's having trouble breathing and has fluid around his heart that they are draining.
I want to be respectful of putting too many details out on the internet, bc I haven't asked permission from my brother, but baby 'K' is the son of my brother and his wife. He has 2 older sisters who are 12 (twins), and many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who love him very much.
Please keep him, his family and those caring for them in your prayers. I pray his mother's voice is just what he needs to help him be strong and get better.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Today, I did get alot done around the house, including cleaning out the fridge, which was deceptively and amazingly full, considering that once I cleaned it, it was bare and I had to go to the grocery store.
I also cleaned out the notorious stacks of mail and dealt with alot of open paperwork items...renewed registrations on cars, made a folder of pix for my digital frame at work, etc. And tonight I went and restocked the fridge. Much more to do, but this was certainly progress.
I also met the newest addition to my boys' 'gang', my friend Christie's son, who turned one week old today...he is adorable - a total doll - and a long-awaited blessing. He's our fifth little buddy to be born this month. I am so excited that my boys will have so many pals whose parents I already like. I may never have to widen my social circle ever again if things keep working out so famously. (Bad, Lisa!)
We also had a fun time with the boys this weekend - especially today!
We played on the splash pad in the morning, Bonham figured out that the seat on the Quattro Rider opens and closes (and opens and closes and opens and closes and opens and closes and....), and Brew played in the tub after our first ever 'fake-out' by the boys...amazing how much it looks like a blow-out if you can get your brother to puke his sweet potatoes down your back!
In the evening Granny and Grand-dad watched the boys so we could go to church. Then we met the family for dinner and went for sno-cones after. Wow - I get tired all over again just thinking about it.
I think everything else I want to do will have to wait for another day. I am off to join Jon, who has already turned in. G'night all!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Pictures of the kiddos from the 4th. One of the boys in all their adorable glory and another with their twin cousins, Kendall and Kourtney, and their singleton cousin, Lili.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Brewer - modeling the latest in chicken and vegetables (by Gerber) - and practicing his baby pteradactyl sounds...hear mommy egging him on in the background and chastising him (kindly for his uncharacteristicly 'unkempt' appearance at the dinner table - oh let the comparisons between the twins' behavior begin...
It goes without saying, but this clip makes my monday! Join Cheryl at Twinfatuation for 'Makes My Monday'!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We went with the entire family and it was a great way to beat the heat. The boys enjoyed sharing cherry sno-cones with Daddy and me. We all had a great time and we met not one, but two other sets of twins while we were there! It was hilarious - Sunday night must be 'twin night' at the sno-cone stand. It was a wonderful experience - everyone we met was lovely and it actually was not too unbearably hot.
Thanks, Grand-dad for buying us sno-cones! We really enjoyed it. And just so you know, the boys did go down right after their baths, so you and granny wore them out really well this afternoon!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Unfortunately. It has been hella hot here. Every time I think about taking the boys for a trip to the park, I change my mind. It can't be good for them to be out in 100 degree + heat. Oh, well. I guess tomorrow evening before bedtime we'll play on our water pad - that was a big hit last weekend.
Also on tap tomorrow - a haircut for me - YAY. If it turns into something special, we'll post a picture!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My Way-Back When-esday this week is a picture from our pre-mommy/daddy days back when we used to travel. This is from our vacation in May of 2007 when we went to London - that's the Tower of London in the back...
Our big vacations were our between-in-vitro breaks and were a great way to blow off steam and remind ourselves that we were 'us' first, no matter what happened. This trip, in particular is the source of many fond memories for me and Jon.
London is high on my list to take the boys back to someday, but I will wait until they are out of the stroller!
Play along with Way Back When-esday with Cheryl Lage at Twinfatuation!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
A very special Father's Day to my sweet husband. I never would have made it down this path to parenthood without him and he is the best dad - even better than I ever imagined. I can see the love in my kids' eyes when he walks into the room. It's amazing. I know he would do anything for us (and he often does). We love you, honey!
This morning, Jon received gifts from me and the boys, including a handpainted platter done by me and the boys, which I will have to photograph for uploading.
We brunched with the extended family, including Jon's parents. The day had a couple of firsts...Among them - Bonham finally ate puffs today at brunch! He was so analytical. The puffs were star-shaped and at one point he studied one, picked it up, bit off one of the points, put it back down and re-analyzed it before eating it. Ah, my little studious one.
Another big hit today was the boys' first 'pool'. I got them this Splash Pad (my Super Sunday pick) on www.diapers.com for $19.99 last week. Today was our first chance to try it out.
As you can see, it was worth every penny!
Jon says he had a wonderful day! I hope all you other dads out there (including my own) did as well.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We're sad, we lost about 2 weeks of pictures, but we know it could be alot worse. We gave in and ordered a new camrea so I am sure the old one will show up any day now.
Until the camera comes in, I am wishing I could press a 'pause' button on my babies.
They have been teething like crazy, poor little guys. Brewer is starting to pull up now, too, and he now LOVES the jumperoo. We need a second jumperoo-like toy, but I don't want to get anything too similar - I want two different things so the boys don't get bored. I'm thinking of getting this...any recommendations?
It called the Chicco 4 in 1 - it starts out as a rocking horse type of toy, with a seat that goes around the waste and eventually converts to a push and then a riding toy. The beginning age range on it is 9 months and the boys just turned 8 months, so I think it will be a great fit. Anyone else have something they like even better? We'd love ideas!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My sweet Boo-boo came right up to me and crawled in my lap to cuddle - playing with my necklace, his head on my shoulder, arm wrapped around mine.
Bonham - standing (again, more, still...) in the corner of the baby-jail, grunting and yelling to get my attention because the world will end if you don't watch him stand every possible second. LOL.
After snuggling Boobear for a bit, I helped Bon cruise over to me to get his cuddle time. He tried to climb me..succeeding of course...roaring the entire time. This earned him a new nickname - Bonzilla!
A quick bottle and fresh diaper for each and they were both nighty-night.
Sweet dreams, boys. You made your mommy's day.
(Daddy, thanks for making dinner. You're pretty good stuff, too.)
Monday, June 8, 2009
On another note - I am sad. My camera is missing. The good news - I downloaded pics on May 17th, so I haven't lost my kids' entire lives...but I'm sad about the pix I have lost - Bonny's first pull-up to a stand among them. I had it last when taking the boys to visit their great-grandmother. I used it there on Saturday and haven't seen it since. It's not at her place. Jon thinks it MUST be in my car. I think it's just gone and I am BUMMED. Hope and pray that we find it...(even though I am sure God has much better things to do than to help this scatterhead find her camera)...
To bridge the gap...some mobile uploads from my sis...
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I'm not plugging a product tonight...instead I am bragging, yes, straight-up bragging, about what smart, strong, lovely little boys I have.
Today was a big day for Bonham - he pulled up to a stand from crawling. He did it all by himself, several times. The first time, I was laying in bed with a sleeping Brewer as part of our usual lazy Sunday morning ritual. Bonham had gotten a little overactive so Jon put him in the play area (baby jail) on his way out to mow the yard...so I hear this crying - and crying. I realize Jon is outside, but I am hesitant to leave Brew...so I block him in with pillows, praying he won't wake up while I am in attending to Bon. I walk in, thinking Bon's just needing a paci, and there he is...fingers wrapped around the plastic of the play area wall...STANDING UP! My father-in-law speculates he was crying because he didn't know how to get back down - entirely possible, I guess..
I was lucky enough to get pictures and video, which I will post later. Jon was outside, but he got treated to a repeat performance later in the day.
At breakfast, Brewer was eating for me and started paying alot of attention to Jon instead...I asked him 'Stop looking at him, please. Pay attention to me.' he bowed his back and looked behind him toward Jon, pointed his finger out and said, 'Da Da'...you should have seen Jon's face. No other babbling before or after, just 'Da Da'! I said 'Yes, that's your daddy!'...and he laughed...so cute! Jon has 'called it' as a first word...I am tentatively tempted, but I am waiting for a repeat performance first. :) Way to go Brewer!
Fastforward to lunchtime and Brewer, our big boy, finally picked up his puffs on his own!! He's fine holding his food - his 'wagon wheels' and his bottle - but he has to have them handed to him or put into his mouth first. Not today! At lunch Jon had some puffs on the table that he was feeding B. Well, he got impatient and reached down and grabbed a handful (which for him is 3)and judiciously put them in his mouth one at a time until he had eaten them all! Again - way to go, Brew!!
After dinner, I put Bonny down to play. Just for fun, I set him down in the sitting position to see what he would do - he stayed that way!!! For a long time he sat there - I had time to snap several pix and Jon called his mom who came down to check out all the action.
WHAT A DAY!
Mommy is so proud of you boys...you had such a big weekend. It's so funny how different my two little guys are! Both so smart and sweet, though! Jon and I are such blessed parents.
We love you guys!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I am so thankful and thrilled that we took care of his ear issue before anything happened that could cause permanent damage.
He was such a good boy at the doctor, too. He got oodles of compliments on his blue eyes, flirted shamelessly with the ladies (of ALL ages) and laughed his little baby-butt off at 'Kung-Fu Panda' in the waiting room...I think we'll have to get that movie.
I had such a fun time spending the morning with him. I love it when I get to steal a couple hours alone with just one of the boys.
I am so happy for my little buddy - I love him sooo much!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It's a fuzzy picture from the iPhone, but you get the idea...
Jon calls it baby-jail, but by the time we put in the 2 extensions we got, it looks like baby-jail is bigger than grown-up jail AND has cooler toys...the boys are having great fun with it - they don't seem to even notice the walls.
Other than that, the big news around here is that Brewer has officially mastered holding his own bottle and eating 'Wagon Wheels' himself. Way to go, Brewer!
We went to the Baby Expo this weekend and got our weight in cereal puff free samples. I also signed up for a bunch of giveaways, so hopefully I'll win something!
On the weight loss front, this was week 2 and I lost 2 lbs this week. That takes us to 5 in total. Only 37 more to go! (ugh).
Until next time, here's a new pic of each of the boys to tide you over! Forgive the picture quality - daddy is a much better photographer...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I got a great card from him and one from the boys. The boys got me a pretty beaded necklace and Jon got me another beaded necklace with earrings. The earrings coordinate with both necklacs, so that is pretty cool. I have some awesome sons and a wonderful hubby!
We had lunch at Jon's parents with the family and then Jon watched the boys while I went out and dawdled around town and got some things done.
It was a quiet, simple day, but I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to giving Jon a great Father's Day.
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there and a special 'I love you' to my own mom, who passed away almost 15 years ago. Love you, mom.
I hope you all had a great day!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I've worked a few late nights this week, but I also took the boys with me to my dentist appointment and had them accompany me to lunch on Wednesday, so I guess it all balances out, right? Ok, maybe not exactly, but you do what you have to do...besides we had a blast on Wednesday at the dentist - before he did mommy and daddy's cleanings, he made plaster molds of the boys' feet for us - I can't wait to pick them up! Thanks, Dr. S.! You helped us make a really special memory!
I'm looking forward to a great weekend with the boys and especially to Sunday! Ok, so technically it is my 2nd Mother's Day, but I am so looking forward to seeing my little guys giving me that "I love you, Mommy!" smile on my special day!
I wouldn't trade this life - with all it's ups and downs - for anything!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
He did it - not scooting - not creeping - honest-to-God - hands & knees!
We saw it for the first time (so naturally it WAS the first time, right?) on Friday. He was 6 months and 3 weeks old that day! Way to go, buddy!
Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you and we love you bunches, buddy.
Here's a picture from this weekend - it doesn't show the crawling, but it is a cute one of the boys playing together.
Have a great week - see ya when we can!
The Sanuk Flip Flop...these come in all sizes for every member of the family. My friend Megan got me a pair for my birthday last year and I LOVE them. They are made out of Yoga Mats and are SUPER comfy.
If you are a fan of flip flops, you will think these are fantastic.
They are available in a variety of places...try your local REI store, or go to Amazon.com.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
a) 10 years
b) 2 more kids (LOL!)
I think I will just spill!
42 is the number of pounds I am going to lose. I officially started a program on Monday. I'll keep you all updated on my progress. With a little luck and alot of discipline, I am hoping to be at my goal weight in 14 weeks!
Wish me luck!
I'm so glad you moved back home where you belong - I can't wait to see you and your family!
If you're still confused about the '42' post from Monday, look at this picture, it is a hint - hopefully what was here, will be again... :)
I'll put you out of your misery tonight if no one guesses.
Join Cheryl at Twinfatuation for Way Back Whenesday...
Monday, April 27, 2009
Drop the hint for your sweetheart on an event (or series of events -- dream big) that you would like to go to...make sure he knows he'll need a sitter if it's not something you would take the kids along for.
I did this for Jon last year for Valentine's Day. I got him tickets to a concert that I knew he really wanted to go to, but the twist was that I got him FOUR tickets instead of just two - I know how social he is, so I got him extra tickets to bring along the friends of his choosing - it was a hit!
So, spill the beans, what would you guys like tickets to?
Besides, I will have kind of an important post to make tonight (can you feel the suspense building?)so that way we can all just catch up at once - including me!
See ya tonight!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
That little monkey is making all kinds of sounds now that he has his tubes in and his tongue fixed...I'm thinking these are very positive signs.
His latest is the 'b' sound...he is loving making the 'b' sound and blowing raspberries...I'm betting with all the 'b' words we toss around that one of the boys is bound to have 'buddy' or 'bubba' as his first word..
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I clapped my hands today, not even thinking about it, as I asked Brewer if he was ready to go to school. He had his eyes closed - and he TOTALLY jumped, startled, when he heard (yes, HEARD) the loud clap.
It was the best thing that happened to me all day. :)
Manicure/Pedicure/Massage - Spa Gift Cards!
My hubby got me a hot stone mani/pedi and a massasge for Valentine's Day. I cashed in the mani/pedi this week and I'm still looking forward to the massage. Thanks, sweetie!
A gift that doesn't cost anything but your time - what are the 2 or 3 things around the house that you do that you hate doing the most - get a 'free weekend' where dad takes over these chores for the weekend - we've done this before at our house for each other. It's how I spell H-E-A-V-E-N...
One thing I am seriously considering - a Wii and Wii Fit package. Several of my friends have them and seem to love them...it would give me something active to do while Jon is at the gym in the evenings after we put the boys down...it is time for me to take getting the IVF weight off seriously (baby weight is gone, but I still have over 30 extra pounds hanging around from the IVF days)...and a fitness related gift is ok...as long as YOU want it. (NO hint-dropping, guys. That is NOT cool.)
Hope you enjoy the belated gift ideas. I promise this Sunday will be on-time. :)
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
We got to the hospital on time and Brewer's ENT - Dr. Jones (Very caring British gentleman who is extremely good with the parents and kids alike if you need an ENT in my area) met with us, along with his nurse and anesthesiologist. Brewer charmed them all, of course, and tried to eat the anesthesiologists stethoscope! Brewer also reached out his big, slobbery hand and touched Dr. Chinh (the anesthesiologist) with it, several times, which made Jon and I laugh - that boy is NOT shy. :) They whisked him away into surgery and just about 30 minutes later, it was all over.
We met him in recovery and he came out of the anesthesia yesterday without a problem in the world - except that he was starving! He downed 3 of the hospital's bottles of pedialyte. Then he slept. Alot. At one point, all three of us fell asleep in the recovery room. Wish I had a pic of that.
When we got home, Brew drank another ANOTHER 6 ounces of pedialyte and took a LONG nap. He is doing really well, but we can tell his mouth hurts when he tries to eat solids, so we are doing bottles w/cereal in them for about 24 hours until his little tongue feels better. On the bright side, he is now able to take medicine orally and keep it down without trying to push it out.
Our doctors and nurses did an outstanding job. Thanks to them and to all the staff at Children's who took care of our Brew-bear yesterday. Also, big thanks to Granny, who kept Bonham overnight for us the night before the surgery, and to Grand-dad and his great big truck, who made sure our Bonny-love got home safely when the streets were flooded last night.
I am off now for a busy day of preparing for the Christening tomorrow - wish me luck!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I'm going to feed him right before the food cut-off tonight so hopefully he won't be too starving.
They are doing his tubes and also clipping his frenulum so he'll be able to eat and form sounds properly with his tongue.
Poor little guy. I will let you all know how it goes.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The other night someone asked a question on one of the bulletin boards I visit about the timeline for an IVF cycle, so I went back to my journals to check some dates and here is what I found. It's a letter I wrote back in October of 2006 after our first failed IVF cycle. We had transfered one embryo - the only one we had - whom we affectionately dubbed 'punkin', it being Halloween season and all. I wrote this letter after I found out that I wasn't pregnant - that punkin was gone.
I had no idea at that time just how long our journey to parenthood would be or all of the places it would take us. I only knew that for a brief time, we had punkin, at last - and then no more.
I read this letter while holding Brewer in my arms and it made me cry, a sad thoughtful cry, and I hugged Brewer tighter than ever. I knew as I read it that what I wrote about punkin being our special angel is true. I told Jon when he got home that I had found this and read it - he remembered it, and he teared up. Punkin will always be with us and when I thank God for my boys, I thank him for Punkin and every other child we tried for that was not to be.
I wrote a letter this morning to my punkin. I'm going to tuck a copy of this letter and our u/s picture into our family bible so we'll always have it to remember by. This was very hard to do, but I hope it will make me feel better.
My dearest lil punkin,
You probably won’t remember me the way that I remember you, but I do hope you know who I am. You never saw me and I knew you only very briefly and you were very small. I am your mom. Making you with your dad was one of the most amazing and hard and wonderful things that I ever did and I am sad that I know now that I will never see you as a little person with big blue eyes and blonde hair (how your dad and I both looked when we were little – it was pretty much a guarantee), but in the few days that I knew you were living inside of me and the days that followed when I hoped you still were, I came to love you more than I ever imagined possible.
Even though I did not know you, I imagined you….sometimes you were a boy, sometimes you were a girl…I thought about how you would laugh and smile, what you would feel like, how you would smell, how I would sing to you and comfort you when you cry…what your room would look like…how much fun you would have with your dad…all the things your granny would do to spoil you and all of the tall tales your grand-dad would try to make you believe. I so hoped I would get to spend the rest of my lifetime watching you grow up into someone wonderful and helping you to learn and become the amazing person I knew you would have been, but it was just not to be…I’m sorry for that. I’ll always be your mother and you’ll always be my first baby and I miss you and love you more than I can ever say.
Your dad says you will be our family’s special angel now. Your dad’s a pretty special guy. He wanted to teach you how to build things and how to play the guitar and drive a tractor and he wanted to play with trains together with you – all of the fun things he used to do with his daddy when he was little. If you had grown into a little boy, I had the feeling that I would never see you because your dad and your grand-dad would have had you with them all of the time. If you had been a girl, your daddy’s entire world would have been wrapped on the end of your tiny little finger. He’s a push-over with the ladies. He is also the kindest person I have ever known. I know he misses you and that he hurts very much because you can’t be with us and he, too, had his heart set on a lifetime with you. He also understands though, that you are with your true Father now, and that it’s just how things were meant to be. (He’s a little bit better at being at peace with things than mommy is – he takes care of me that way.) You would have been crazy about your dad. He was so in love with you, even before you were ever made. We hoped you were our lucky “one” - and maybe you are, just not in the way we had planned. I am sure your dad is right and that you are now watching over us.
I hope you have found your Gramma in Heaven. That’s my mommy. Just like how I feel about you, I miss her and I love her and I think of her every day. Please take care of her, and let her love you, and watch over your dad and me together with her.
There are so many things I want to tell you, that I just can’t find the words to do right now. Perhaps I will write again sometime.
I want you to know that your dad and I aren’t the only ones who loved you. You have aunts and uncles and grandparents (I mentioned them) who all loved you so much and were cheering for you to stay here with us and be a part of this world. We all have heavy hearts that it was not meant to be. Many of mommy and daddy’s friends feel the same. We all understand that it was just not meant to be, but we had hoped and prayed, and now we grieve. Someday we will feel better and we will remember you fondly always.
I need to tell you again that making you was the most wonderful and difficult thing that your dad and I have ever done. Your existence gave us hope that someday a child will come to us and that it will stay and we will have a chance to do with it all the things we dreamed of doing with you.
We love you always, little punkin, and we thank you for being in our lives, even for just a moment and so small we couldn’t even see. We knew you were there, living and growing – a little bit of me and a little bit of your dad. That means everything to us.
Please watch over us and know that we love you. Take care of us and hear our prayers along with our Father in Heaven.
For posterity, and in keeping with the 'Way Back Whensday' tradition...here is a picture of me with all my 'loot' as we embarked on our first IVF cycle - almost three years ago now. It was the one that brought punkin our way.
Observe the ridiculously hopeful grin of someone who had not yet experienced an IVF failure. I am pretty sure that after my first failed cycle there were no more cycle 'kickoff' pictures - go figure - makes me glad I took this one - now that the boys are here, I recognize this girl again.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Dr. S. was very impressed with all the things they are up to...reaching for toys and people, pushing up on their hands, laughing out loud. They are doing great. Brewer weighed 16lbs and 4oz and Bonham weighed 15lbs even. They measured 26.25 inches and 25.75 inches respectively.
Brewer was in the 30th percentile for weight,the 40th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for head circumfrence.
Bonham, my little guy, was in the 10th percentile for height and weight and the 5th percentile for head circumfrence.
When the time came for shots, Bonham went first and he didn't make a peep - I was SO proud. Brewer pitched a fit when it was his turn - he was even angry about drinking the drinkable medicine, and then when he got the shots - OH MAMA - Once he calmed down, he shreeked when I tried to put him back on the table because he was afraid I was going to hurt him again...poor little guy - we had to put his clothes back on him while I held him. I guess we know who the tough guy is now.
The nurse (who does their shots everytime) even said we should do Bon first from now on because she thinks he only cried in the past because we had done Brewer first and so Brewer was already crying so it encouraged Bonny to get upset. LOL! My two little boys could not be more different!
All in all, things were great at Dr. S.'s and he eased our minds about Brew's surgery on friday. He even said to call even if I just feel anxious about the surgery - what a doll he is! He wanted to know all the details - where, when and who was doing the surgery. He is so kind and he REALLY loves these boys. Thanks, Dr. S.!
And now, fun videos from yesterday. One shows Boo being soothed by the magic squeak ball. The other two show the boys in all their snotty glory...it's kinda gross actually, but they were so hilarious and I know that other mommies will be ableto relate. Try to look past the mucus to see how adorable the boys are, ok?
Monday, April 13, 2009
I got some cute video, which I will upload tonight if I have time.
Now, it's naptime again and I've got some stuff to check on for work.
Tomorrow - 6 month appointment! YAY!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I will try to make sure that there are both practical things and more extravagant items mentioned here in these Mother's Day suggestions, but mostly, I will just be randomly showing things that I think are sweet, or things that I would love to receive myself for Mother's Day (cough, wink, nudge-nudge, honey, if you are reading this)...that being said, there will ALWAYS be a jewelry pick each week, because, well, I LOVE jewelry, and that's just the way it is.
All right - off we go...
First, a bag that I've been drooling over for sometime now - especially since I've gone back to work and have occasion to carry a purse again rather than a diaper bag.
It's the Butler Bag and it is spectacular. It has compartments on the inside for holding virtually everything and keeping it organized. You wouldn't believe how many things will fit inside of it - just check out the pictures shown here. One place I know that you can get it at is The Organized Parent.
It's a little spendy - $165 - but practical as far as its uses. Plus, if you sign up for The Organized Parent's newsletter, they often send out coupon codes that you can use for merchandise on their site. The most recent one I got was for 34% off - now that is a discount!
And now a jewelry pick - I am usually a little more unconventional in my choice of jewelry (you'll see in future posts), but I found these very reasonably priced stackable birthstone rings at Zales (online only).
They are currently only $33 each and I would love to have one for each of the boys, and perhaps one to put in the middle for the month we were married - sorta like the birthstone of Jon and I as a family. They are a great practical gift for mom because they are sterling silver and crystal. They'll look pretty, but buying them won't break the bank. (That way you don't have to be heartsick over their cost if your favorite little one knocks it down the drain of the bathroom sink or decides to play 'dress-up' without mommy's permission and can't quite remember where they took it off...LOL)
And last, but certainly not least (cheesy)...how about one of those "...of the Month" clubs? Seriously,hear me out!
The one that piqued my interest was the Beer of the Month Club. To some it may sound like a Father's Day gift - we'll do those here, too - but, hey, what can I say? I like beer. The club memberships are available month-to-month and in 3, 6, 9, and 12 month increments, so dear old dad can choose the price that suits your circumstances best. And if beer doesn't suit your fancy, they also have clubs for chocolate, wine and cheese - there is something for everyone!
Well, I hope that is enough to get your creative juices flowing about Mother's Day gifts until next week's recommendations. Be sure to comment and let us know if you plan on asking for anything we show here OR if you have an idea for something that would make a great gift for next week's feature.
Oh, and if you decide to do your own Super Sunday - please grab my button for your blog and post a comment here so I can come check you out!
I am going to head on to bed now (to watch the latest Tudors episode!). Good night!
The boys had a restless morning in church - it was their usual naptime and breakfast time - so it was rough. Plus we were sitting in the chapel and they had it at 40 degrees in there, I swear!
We came home and rotated between sleeping, playing and watching 'Deadliest Catch'...it was an outstanding day! The boys got presents from the Easter bunny and they were adorable in some little bunny ears they got. Granddad took some great pictures of them when we walked over there for dinner. Hopefully he will send us copies soon.
While we ate, Granny fed the boys and bathed them! The poor little guys were tuckered out and went right to sleep afterwards. Thanks, Granny!
We did miss out on taking a trip to our uncle's place out in Navasota to see the extended family, but between the bad weather and all that time in the car - I just didn't want to do that to the boys when they've already been not feeling so great lately with their little colds.
All in all, it was a wonderful Easter! I hope everyone else had a great one. I'll add pictures hopefully in a couple of days.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tomorrow, I will post a birthday message to my sweeties, but for now, mommy is going to learn a lesson from them and get some much needed sleep.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Many thanks to Granny who picked up the boys and bathed them (and cut Brewer's nails - God Bless You!) and fed them so Jon could just pour them into bed when he picked them up from her house. We love you, Granny.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Today I came up with an idea! I'll use Super Sundays from now till Mother's Day to suggest great Mother's Day gifts!
So, keep watching for great ideas for yourself, your mom, your sister, etc...and more importantly, tell your husbands, dads, brothers, etc., to check in on here, too!
Leave the page pulled up on your browser as a hint...this'll be fun!
Feel free to grab it and join me for Super Sundays. I use my Sunday post as a day to tell everyone about a product/service that makes my life better in some way - so far it's been everything from baby gear to Zofran to television shows...If you do Super Sunday, please post a comment or email me to let me know you did it so I can check it out! Thanks all!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I am SO excited - thanks so much to Magpie Designz - the maker of the necklace. Here's a picture from the giveaway site...I can't wait to see it IRL!
I hope Jon doesn't think this gets him off the hook for Mother's Day! LOL! I guess it could be deemed 'from the boys' since I wouldn't be an MoM without them...
Thanks again to Magpie Designz and Lani & Amanda over at m'n'm!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Hey come on mama, my mouth's open wide,
Where's that bottle - in your hand- it' 3:25...
It's cry, cry, all I do is cry...
I'll flow the tears and scream till your eyes open wide...
I'll cry, cry, cry and cry...
You're gonna be awake till I'm satisfied...
Cry all night long, its what I do, cry all night long...
Till the break of dawn, what you think, it's our own thing...
OK - that's all I've got - I'm headed back to bed.
Thank you boys for the midnight concert, boys - sponsored by Similac...it's what's for dinner...(and breakfast, and morning snack and lunch and afternoon snack, oh and the all-important PHANTASTIC 3 am snack)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Made with Love...or glue, whatever!
If you would like something handmade by yours truly, leave me a comment here and send me your address. First 5 people get a Phabulous Life original.
But there is a catch! You have to post this on your blog and agree to make something for the first 5 people that comment to you.
(This was copied from another blog and I just changed it up a bit, but here are the rules..)
I get to choose what it is and make it - just for YOU.
Here is the deal:
1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! (although I'm hoping you do!)
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It will be done this year. (before December 31, 2009)
4- You have no clue what it's going to be, but I am decently crafty :) BESIDES since its free, you CAN'T complain :P
Oh, and don't forget the catch is that you must re-post this on YOUR blog and make the same offer to the first 5 people who respond on your blog entry, thus continuing the fun!
If you will accept this challenge - please agree by commenting now :)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
1. I am thankful for Brewer's laugh. He greeted me with it this morning - it's not a giggle, it's more of a 'HA!'...it's hilarious. We played 'what does the Brewer say?' for about 10 minutes this morning, with him answering 'HA!' every time.
2. I am thankful for Bonham's sweet nature. Not to be outdone, my other little boy has the kindest disposition. He is always joyful and looks at you with the sweetest little face. His eyes just seem to say, 'I love you soo much' every time he looks at me. He wants to play and laugh and be right in the middle of everything. He's so wonderful.
3. I am thankful the boys have so many people who love them. I don't know what we'd do without all of the grandparents and aunts and uncles (both actual and surrogate). You guys are the best!
4. I am thankful for Jon. I couldn't have dreamed of a better husband. He is so kind to the boys and cares so much about their happiness. He's working so hard to be a great dad and to get healthy for me and for the boys. I am so proud of him and I love him very much.
5. I am thankful to have a good job and a safe warm home. We have so many blessings in our life - I can't even count them. Our life is truly PHABULOUS!
Join Nicole over at What a Trip for Thanksgiving Thursdays!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Now that the boys are eating more, we are really starting to notice Brewer's tongue giving him problems. I am glad the ENT told me about it so I can bring it up at our 6 month appointment. Ideally, they'll be able to cut it(if need be)while he is udner the anesthesia for his tubes.
Jon is taking the next couple of days off work to take care of our ever-mounting to-do pile...it won't be fun, but he is up to the task.
Thanks for stepping up sweetie! I love you so much - and YES you may go out with your friends on Friday as a reward!
Sigh...my hubby is a doll.
There's alot going on over there - today its product reviews (think 'Super Sunday' on Wednesdays) and they are giving away a great looking DVD to help teach your babies to sign. If I don't win it, I am going to run out and buy it.
If you have multiples or know someone who does - check out this site. There are featured blogger days, giveaways, other contests and just generally a wealth of information and alot of fun.
Thanks, Amanda and Lani for starting a GREAT site!
Monday, March 30, 2009
He woke up crying and had leaked through his diaper, so I got him some clean jammies and fed him a bottle to help calm him down while Jon changed his bed...I'm sure it was all a show, put on entirely for my benefit - to remind me I AM important (read: still the mommy).
Way to get in some late-night snuggles to make your mommy feel better, buddy!
Mama loves you!
Hopefully we won't get charged because it was our first offense. I guess I will be doing the walk of shame tomorrow when I do the morning drop-off.
Continuing to work late tonight after I heard what had happened and coming home to sleeping babies gave me my first undeniable dose of 'working mom' guilt. I've worked late and come home to sleeping babies before, but for some reason it really bothers me today, given the chain of events.
Jon says it's all fine. We got them and they are home and safe and everything is fine. So why am I still so miserable about it?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This helped me frame all our prints from Studio One (they came in!!!) that are going in our house, as well as frame the pix we have to hand out as gifts to our god-parents for the Christening...G-parents, if you are reading this, sorry to blow the surprise.
In addition to getting all the framing done today, Jon and I spent a lazy Sunday morning hanging out in bed playing with the boys after their morning bottles. It is a tradition that we just love - especially now that the boys are really noticing each other. It was a really great time this morning.
I LOVE Sundays...
Friday, March 27, 2009
He only cried a little when Dr. Jones checked his ears, which of course had fluid in them.
The diagnosis was something like 'persistent effusion'. Basically, Brewer is prone to ear infections. Given the large amounts of problems he has had in such a short span of time at a young age, it looks like we can either do the tubes or we can basically have a revolving door to the doctor's office.
First we saw the doctor, who examined little Brew. Then we went back out in the waiting room until the audiologist called us for a hearing test. The first test was one where they blew air into his ears to see if it moved his eardrums...No dice. Not to hard to understand, given that he had so much fluid behind them. The second test was to check the movement of his eardrums given different frequencies of sound. His right ear failed miserably. His left ear barely passed. The audiologist said that he probably passed in his left because that was the ear that had ruptured, so it had less fluid in it than the other. She said he can hear, but that its really muffled so to make sure that he is looking at us when we talk to him, because if we have his attention visually, we know he is trying to listen to us. Poor baby fell asleep in the middle of the screening. He was just 'spent'.
Then we saw the doctor again. He reassured us that because Brew passed his newborn screening, his poor scores on the hearing tests are likely to be temporary and that his hearing will go back to normal once his tubes are in. We'll find out at a follow-up testing four weeks after his tubes go in.
After we met with Dr. Jones, his nurse came in and scheduled the surgery and the follow-up appointment. All in all, it was a really good experience and the people couldn't have been nicer.
Brewer's surgery is three weeks from today. In the meantime, they want to keep him comfortable, so they said if he starts to look like he has an infection, to let them know and they'll call him in a course of antibiotics - SO nice.
One thing Dr. Jones mentioned when examining B's throat and mouth is that his frenulum (the underside of his tongue) is extended. This can sometimes cause issues with speech and with feeding. I'm going to ask the pediatrician about it at their 6 month appointment.
So, that's the update. All in all, I'd say it went well. I'm glad to be home for the weekend now so I can stay home and snuggle my little sweeties.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
As a little background, poor little Brew has had 3 ear infections and a ruptured eardrum in the last 2 mos. Since he is not yet 5 mos old, all that activity has earned him an express trip to the ENT....
Well, stories anyone?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Ironically, that's the last time he threw up. For me, I was darned sick a short 24 hours later.
On to this Sunday's products. I have been living on Zofran and Gatorade, and I try to talk about something every week that makes my life better, so this is what you are going to get - LOL.
If you haven't been prescribed Zofran for the nausea and vomiting associated with your tummy bugs, ask for it by name next time! Zofran and I got up-close and personal while I was pregnant and now I know the Z and I will be friends for many years to come. Bon's doctor prescribed him liquid Z when we took him in last week with this bug - Dr. S. is good people. :)
When it comes to Gatorade, well I can't say enough about it...I think you already know how great it is. It tastes way better than the Pedialyte poor Bonny had to drink.
Lastly, Johnson's Bedtime Bath...I just took a long soak in a warm bath full of it. We are about to find out if it works as good on mommies as it does on babies.
In other news, Brewer finally started flipping backward and forward today like his brother, so we now officially have two little acrobats. Bon is also a certified creeper. He is a riot. We'll have to get video of it posted here soon.
Jon's been a lifesaver, taking care of me and being a auperdad with the boys - I guess he knows how miserable he was just a few short days ago...I really appreciate it.
Granny was awesome today, too. She helped with their solids at lunchtime and made sure they had a bath this evening. Thanks Granny!
Wish me a good night's sleep, everyone!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Mommy will provide an update this weekend on how her and Daddy's picks are panning out...so far, Mommy regrets not picking Michigan over Clemson - I was really tempted to, but I let the rankings sucker me in...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
No, not on your beer bottles like the old-bygone college days. On your soup cans!
I made the Chicken Pot Pie recipe on the inside of the Campbell's Cream of Onion Soup can's label tonight and it was great. Now mind you, I did change the veggie mix to match what I had on-hand, but otherwise I followed it and it was simple and FAST! (think 30 minute meals)
I was telling one of my online pals about a recipe book made up entirely of recipes from the sides of boxes and cans and decided I would look it up exactly and post a link to it here. Looks like it is in short supply...
Keep in mind that other similar books specific to certain products like Bisquick or Campbells Soup are just a google search away!
Hopefully this will help some of my readers who aspire to do more in the kitchen!
Happy Cooking! If you make something awesome, come back and let us know.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
After pictures, we went out to lunch and then went home. I fed the boys while Jon went to pick up our new TV...our other one had 'had it' and I agonized over pulling the trigger on buying one for a year - well, we finally got a good enough deal on one, and I have to say...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
They are so much fun and getting better everyday.
On Monday, we spent the day with Aunt JennJenn and her girls, the boys' twin cousins. We went shopping and out for cupcakes and the boys were perfect angels ALL DAY...Aunt JJ says her friends and Uncle Kevin will never believe it when she tells them how good the boys are. They got alot of OOOhs and AAAAhs, but hey, what else is new!?
The boys are really getting bigger - FAST - they are enjoying eating baby food, though it looks like Brewer is not going to be a green bean fan any time soon.
Brew has an appointment with the ENT week after next. I just hope he stays well until then - he is teething like crazy.
Bon is adorable, as always, and the picture of health. He totally mashed his bottle for me tonight.
Right now, the boys are both asleep, Bon in the bouncer and Brew on the floor. Daddy is at work and mommy is enjoying having her babies in the room with her.
Encouraging poor sleep habits? Maybe. Selfish? Definitely, but I don't care. The are only this little for a little while and I want to enjoy my babies. On that note - catch ya later! I'm off to snuggle on the Brew... :)
Join Cheryl at Twinfatuation to play along with Way Back Whensday!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I was busy with my family visiting from out of town...and guess what? We went to the zoo. again. We had my sister and her husband and my Lili-pie (their daughter) along with my sister-in-law and my two nieces and we all went to the zoo on my membership...we had to pay for one person - the rest of us were all covered on our membership. I won't bore you with how smelly the petting zoo was or how cute the prairie dogs were or how we took our picture in front of the Komodo Dragon. again.
I guess my point, if I want to turn this into a belated Super Sunday post, would be to strongly endorse season passes to family friendly activities like the zoo or your local children's museum. It's great to have a pre-paid activity you can go do that doesn't mean extra money out of yout pocket when you are tired of staring at the four walls of your living room or doing laps around your local shopping mall. These passes are also so economical - our Zoo membership has already paid for itself, and it's only March! I can't wait to go back to see the Red Panda when that exhibit opens!
The most fun part was sharing the zoo with Lili - she had never been there before and she was so cute, running around as fast as her little 15 month old legs would carry her.
I promise I will get back in the groove of our regularly scheduled Super Sunday post this coming weekend. I will give more updates on our weekend and my visit with the family tomorrow. Today I took the day off and we spent the day having fun - me, the boys, my sister-in-law and the girls. Needless to say, I am EXHAUSTED. Jon is already lying here next to me...snoring like a freight train.
Much love to all of you, and as a tease....something to look forward to....BUNNY PICTURES next weekend.
See ya tomorrow!
Friday, March 6, 2009
As a condition of the award, I am to blog the following:
the rules:1. admit that ONE thing you feel awful about involving being a mom. get it off your shoulders. once you've written it down, you are NO LONGER allowed to feel bad. it's over with, it's in the past. remember, you're a good mom!
I feel bad that the boys are often asleep or nearly asleep when I get home during the week. I know I get up and spend hours with them in the morning every morning, and that they don't get home too much before I do, that one day they will stop going to bed at 7 pm, blah, blah...but right now it is just hard. Don't know if just writing it here will make me feel better, but I will give it a shot.
2. to remind yourself that you ARE a good mom, list SEVEN things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you. these are the things to remind yourself of EVERY DAY that you rock!
1) I love Brewer's giggles. They melt my heart.
2) I love watching Bonham 'work out' on the mat. He is SO strong for such a little boy. It cracks me up.
3) I love hearing myself say 'my sons this' and 'my sons that'...at one point in life ( a very very long point in my life) I was afraid I would never be able to say those words...
4) I love that my kids seem happier when I come into the room.
5) I love it when people tell me what gorgeous boys they are.
6) I love that the boys have special attachments to me and their dad.
7) I love listening to Jon talk to them. It's hilarious and so sweet at the same time the way he relates to the boys.
3. send this to FIVE other moms of the year that deserve forgiveness and a reminder that they, too, are the best moms they can be!!! remember to send them a note to let them know you've selected them, and add a link to the person who nominated you!