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So today I think I drank 2 TONS of water. Needless to say, my toilet has never had so much company. I also did squats while cooking dinner, push-ups while Kayla brushed her teeth and a few crunches while holding Ava in airplane position (an have completely convinced my children that I’m one screw loose). I didn’t have time to get a walk outside today, Kayla had occupational therapy and we had to finish cleaning up after the mess we made while spring cleaning (yes, somehow cleaning made our house messier then before…NEVER MESS WITH THE SHIT IN THE CLOSETS!).

I felt kind of sad today, saying goodbye to a lot of our old baby stuff. A lot of those items hold so many precious memories. We gave Kayla’s favorite swing to my bro and sis-in-law. Ava never really cared much for swings but Kayla LOVED hers. I remember seeing her little baby chubb all tucked into it, fast asleep. I used to put her in it and set in in the bathroom while I took a bath. She would coo and babble at me and every once in a while I’d splash a little water at her and she’d laugh.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to realize that the objects don’t hold the memories, I do.  Perhaps why I’m still holding onto the burned chandelier from the dining room of our old house (It burned down in the San Diego wildfires last October-if you’re new to my blog). It’s terribly charred and distorted and looks nothing like it used to when it hung over our dining room table, but every time I see it, it’s feels as though I’ve lost this huge chunk of me. The hubbs was trying to convince me to throw it out yesterday while we were doing our spring cleaning, but I just don’t think I’m ready for that. Maybe next Spring.

I guess another reason it was so hard for me to part with all our old baby stuff is it just seems so final. Like this means for sure I am not having anymore children. If we did then we’d have to go out and buy all new baby stuff! I don’t want to be done having children. I loved being pregnant, I love kids! I just can’t have anymore right now. Now, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d be singing a different tune! I’d be knocked up by summer! But sadly, due to money problems (and the fact that I already have my hands full with a disabled toddler and clingy 7 month old) we just can’t live out our dreams of having a large family now.

I loved that baby stuff, but it’s just stuff. And even though I could still smell what Kayla smelled like as a baby on it’s cloth, that doesn’t mean I can’t smell it forever in my mind.

Okay…I’ve gone and made myself cry over a baby swing now. What a turd. Anyway, moving on…I know it’s going to hold my little baby niece or nephew in a few months and I know all of it will be appreciated. Then one day when their little one has grown and they have to get rid of it, they’ll know what I’m talking about now and won’t think I’ve just completely lost it!

Blah. What a weird post this is. Now going to get back to watching my Tivo’d shows like “The Bachelor.” Don’t be jealous. Haha!

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Spring Cleaning

The Hubbs and I are spending this Saturday Spring cleaning. We have moved almost every box out of our closet and sorted through bags and boxes of various things we have decided to keep for some unknown reason.

*coughs* Pack-rats! *coughs*

Most of it is old clothing of mine. A collection that has objects dating back to high school. Also, bags of ‘skinny clothes’, ‘fat clothes’, maternity clothes or any other kind of clothes I hang onto because “You never know, one day I could be really skinny again! Or maybe I should hold onto these for the next time I get pregnant!”(…however far off that is, something I don’t even want to think about at this point.) But I have decided all of them are going BYE BYE. I also strangely encountered several bags of damn near brand new baby clothes (some of them have never even been worn) that had once belonged to Kayla. Unfortunately, most of them were sizes NB to 6 months. If I had only done this half a year ago, there would have been a lot more clothes for Ava to wear, but apparently we missed our opportunity. Damn!

While sorting through various things in our storage we came to the realization that we have enough baby equipment to start our own daycare. Baby equipment in our possession follows (but is not limited to):

  • Three fullsize CRIBS (only one is assembled and in use by Ava)
  • 2 play yards/pack n’ plays
  • 2 mini cribs/travel cribs
  • 2 high chairs
  • 1 toddler booster chair
  • 3 baby bouncers (one pink, two blue)
  • 4 baby swings (one new boppy brand, one winnie the pooh, one with bumble bees, one tall swing with rotating ducks)
  • 1 changing table (that we never ended up using because it’s quicker to change them without it)
  • 1 large box of baby boy clothing (we never used because we DON’T HAVE ANY BOYS!)
  • 4 boxes of baby girl clothing
  • 3 boxes of toddler girl clothing
  • 12 teething rings (who needs 12 teethers???)
  • 4 infant car seats
  • 2 toddler car seats
  • 1 bassinet
  • 1 full size tandem stroller
  • 1 full size regular stroller
  • 1 umbrella stroller
  • 2 baby slings/carriers (one of which looked brand new and I had NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE)
  • and about 789,650 billion toys (I may be exaggerating one that one…but that’s what it feels like.)

For one, where did all this stuff come from?? Some of it I didn’t even recognize and told hubby that perhaps there is a baby *crap* fairy out there and every once in a while she drops by our storage closet and deposits various objects while we’re sleeping.

Not only that, but many of the things we own we rarely used because our children disliked them. i.e. Swings and bouncers, Ava has a serious dislike of being out of my arms for longer than 30 SECONDS AT A TIME, so obviously swinging or bouncing is out of the question. We also never used the pack n’ plays because our children refuse to be enclosed in any contraption. We actually only started using one of them in the last three weeks for Ava to sleep in while we are visiting Grandma and Papa.

Many of these objects we will be so gratefully donating to my expecting brother and sister-in-law. (Thank god!) Who I am pretty sure do not know what they have gotten themselves into by agreeing to accept some of our baby hand-me-downs.

Now before my husband flicks me in the head for taking a break mid-cleaning to blog, I must get back to work.

Next stop? The top of the refrigerator! Old prescription bottles, here I come!

 

 

 

For dinner tonight; an order of complete an utter chaos with a side of total insanity.

Never try to care for two small children at the same time while putting together a toddler bed. Screws will be lost. Tantrums will be thrown, tears will be shed, and yes, you will lose your mind.

 
Thirteen Reasons I am excited to be an auntie!

1. Because little babies are cute, and even though I just had one you can never have enough babies around.

2. Because this will be my first niece or nephew on my families side.

3. So my two youngsters have a little cousin to play with, close in age.

4. Because my brother will make an excellent father, and his wife will make an excellent mother.

5. Because there is a good chance there will finally be a boy in the family! (but I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket!)

6. Because I get to be there for the birth and I get totally excited about people birthing babies! (I know, I’m weird. I could watch a baby story and birth day live for hours on end.)

7. There will be another baby for me to focus my attention on so I won’t focus on my other need to incessantly make babies. Hahaha.

8. I will get to babysit a lot. They may not know this yet, but whether or not they like this, it’s true.

9. I can’t wait to see how cute their little chubster is going to be.

10. We will have way more in common with them (my brother and soon-to-be sister in law) and they won’t get so bored with talk of diapers and babies.

11. I can’t wait to see how pale in the face my brother is going to get during the delivery.

12. I have an excuse to buy cute new baby stuff!

13. I can’t wait until they get to feel that strong loving bond parents feel with their babies, that no matter how much you try to imagine during the pregnancy, always ends up amazing you beyond belief.

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I can’t stop saying it! My little brother and his fiancé ARE 9 WEEKS PREGNANT! I JUST found out…I am going to be an AUNTIE and my babies are going to have a cousin!!! OH MY GOSH!

Oh and my Wordless Wednesday is below…

Today was Kayla’s evaluation for occupational therapy. We have had so much grief with referrals, primary care doctors and insurance I was glad to just have it over with. Now we have to wait for them to “score” her evaluation and submit it to the insurance to see if they’ll cover it. Ugghh.

She loved going though, she got to color and play with blocks. OT has now been coined the “fun dodtor.”

She brought her new troll doll with her because she has this new obsession of bringing her toys with her wherever we are going and then making me carry on conversations with them in public. All the toys refer to me as ‘mama’ and they usually want to tell me they are hungry or that they want to go to grama and papa’s house or try to convince me to take them swimming even though it is 60 degrees outside. It must be pretty interesting to see me in the grocery store telling a troll doll, “I’m sorry but we only go over to grandma and papa’s house on the weekends but I will be more than happy to take you on Saturday.”

At the doctors office, Kayla forgot her Troll doll in the waiting room while we went back into the office for her Eval. When we came out I had to finish filling out some forms so we sat in the waiting room for a while, during which Hubby noticed that Troll doll was entertaining another child waiting in the waiting room. It was no big deal, Kayla was playing with something else and I still had another page to go so I just went back to filling out the paperwork. Not long after that, a woman came out and called the child back for his appointment. We sat there and didn’t say anything (Kayla has SO many toys it wouldn’t make even the slightest difference) but as they were wheeling his stroller back the mom said “Honey, you’ve got to leave that out here for the other kids to play with.” The child set down the toy on the nearest chair and the woman calling them back snapped back “Oh, he can do whatever he wants with that, it’s not ours. We don’t buy toys like that.” After that we had to sneak over, grab he doll and stash it under one of Ava’s blankets. We wouldn’t want to be seen carrying one of those toys.

Am I missing something? It’s a doll.

When we got home we had lunch (I’m not even going to tell you what because it was so deliciously good and so deliciously bad for you I cannot even say it out loud.)

Okay, it was KFC. But damn it has been so long since we got KFC and it is so tasty. I just worry that my arteries are clogging up as we speak.

Once we had eaten it was time for nap time and since my husband works nights we decided to all take a nap together (which never happens, so it was totally awesome). Ava, however had other plans and decided she was going to be a fuss bucket and kept whacking me and hubby in the face. I could tell she was tired, but she just kept fighting it and fighting it unil it dawned on me; she wasn’t wearing her favorite jammies! These jammies. I don’t know what it is about those fleece jammies but she refuses to sleep AT ALL without them. I keep the heat at 74 in our apartment (I know, I’m not doing my share with the energy crisis! Sorry! I have two small children and a husband that is like 130 lbs. He is like a chihuahua, if I turn the heat down to 72 he will shiver and shake until I feel sorry enough for him that I go turn it up.) So I know she can’t be cold! She just loves those jammies! After I put them on her it took about 2 minutes for her to pass out completely. I’m talking like 120 seconds people. I have to solicit my mom for the remaining two pairs she told me she would make. If you’ve got small children, I suggest you do the same. They will sleep like, well….babies.

Earlier, I was preparing mine and Kayla’s breakfast (Turkey sausage and strawberries, mmm…) and I decided I needed a cup of coffee. As I started cleaning out the coffee pot the baby started crying. She has a sort of sixth sense for when food is about to be ready, she starts crying right as I’m about to eat. Why? Because she wishes me to starve to death so that she can roll about the house freely to search for every single one of Kayla’s toys small enough to fit down her windpipe.

Just as I finished cleaning out the pot and filling the filter with coffee grounds, Kayla snuck up behind me and grabbed my leg. I startled, throwing the filled filter into the air like I threw the bouquet at my wedding, spewing the coffee grounds in every which direction.

You know how they make wrinkle creams with caffeine in them now because caffeine is supposed to stimulate collagen or something?








I don’t think this is what they had in mind…

 The Coffee Incident of 2008

And yes, I got some up my nose.

    My little baby isn’t a baby anymore. When did that happen?? I demand someone bring back all he time that has somehow disappeared! Right now!

    Kayla will be three year old in April and this month is finally starting to act like kids her age. Today I was making egg salad sandwiches for lunch and I decided she should come help me. I set her up on the counter and she cracked the first egg, poured in the salt, pepper, and milk and stirred. When she was finished she ran over to daddy and said “I help Momma wif the eggss! I did iiit!” Back in August she couldn’t put two words together, she could barely speak,  she has come so far so fast thanks to the seizure meds. I just can’t believe how fast she is going from a child severely behind her age group to a child just like any other!

    When we met with her Neurologist on the 9th, she decided it was time to get her into some occupational therapy. She wants me to continue the speech therapy as well even though she is doing so well, but the occupational therapy is to catch her up in other areas. I guess kids her age are supposed to be able to remove their own clothes (the only things she can remove is socks) and be able to partially dress themselves which isn’t even close to happening with her. She can’t zip or unzip her zippers or button or unbutton her pants (which I guess her age group should at least be attempting by this age). But she said they should definitely be able to pull up their pants by now, or at least pull them down. Which she can not. It’s not that she lacks the physical capability to do these things, she has never been behind in her motor skills or physical abilities (she can run, jump, climb, hop, crawl like the best of them!), she simply seems like she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to do these things. She just seems to lack the ability to grasp the concept as a whole even after I show her over and over.

    So I am really looking forward to what this occupational therapy will do for her and SUPER excited to see all the new things that she will be able to do. I am a little scared now, though, because my little girl is going to grow up a lot faster than she has been which has already been too fast for me!

    Ava is getting bigger. Not in weight but surely in height. She is 12 lbs 10oz. and she will be five months old on the 23rd. She is in the 75th percentile in height [at 28 inches] and in the 9th percentile in her weight. Sounds scary, huh? Well, doc assured us she is okay, actually almost exactly like her sister and just like her dad; tall and skinny. If she was below the 5th percentile in her weight we would have to worry, but at the moment I am not. She nurses 6-7 times a day not counting at night (although she did sleep through the night one random night last week, but after that she resumed previous schedule of waking mom up at night to eat) and she eats rice cereal once a day and baby food (right now we are only doing squash and bananas) once a day. So I know she is getting PLENTY to eat, if not more than she is supposed to especially since now they are recommending once again to hold off feeding babies anything but breast milk until 6 months (rubbish, my child would starve to death) and I have no clue when they will make up their minds. 

    It’s bizarre to have a baby that is so completely aware and interactive with her surroundings. I guess I always assumed the way Kayla was was normal compared to other babies but that was just because she was my first baby and I didn’t know what things were supposed to be like. Now that Ava is here I always assume she is some sort of genius because at four months old she can hold her teething keys and shake and investigate them like it’s nothing. Turns out that is normal baby stuff. I’m just used to everything happening at least 6 months late because of Kayla. I think I am getting the hang of it though.

    Not too much longer and I know Kayla will be completely caught up with other children her age. She just needs a little extra push. I am so proud of her! I already think she is the smartest baby little girl in the world and it will always be that way, no matter what! ♥ ♥

I missed the last TT at the begining of January due to a serious lack of internet. So I am making up for it now with my TT # 6-Thirteen Things that have happened since the ball dropped!

 

 
Thirteen Things that have happened since the ball dropped!


1. Went to Disneyland with the whole family!

2. Found out I’m probably a diabetic! Yay! Fun! (Fasting blood sugar 176…not so good)

3. I had my first “tea party” with my 2½ year old.

4. Got rained on. Heavily.

5. Spent two days freaked out of my mind when a mysterious lump appeared on my husbands testicle and we had to wait to find out if it was cancer. (It’s not! ; D)

6. Decided to start a diet/way of life that will be much better for me.

7. I enrolled my first born in speech and occupational therapy.

8. I slept in a couple times.

9. I took a bath with both my babies.

10. I gave my youngest rice cereal for the first time!

11. I stopped biting my nails!

12. I scheduled 5 doctors appointments in the first 3 weeks of the year.

13. I lost 6 pounds! (Probably the effects of uncontrolled diabetes, so not sure if this counts as good or bad!)

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Rockabye Baby!

A good friend of mine told me what she was getting my kids for Christmas this year. She said she was buying a CD that had lullaby’s of mine and my husbands favorite songs. I asked her what the name of the CD was and she said Rockabye Baby! So I went to their site and thought I would check it out myself.

I am in love! Not only can you impose your music on your tiny tots little ears, but you can do it in a way that you don’t blow out their eardrums. Your favorite songs are tuned down to a still recognizable melody, but it’s soft and soothing enough that it had my three month-old zonked out in a matter of seconds!

I liked hearing the songs myself. I hope to soon have the whole collection which includes musical renditions of The Cure, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Radiohead, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tool and The Eagles! Go to their site and check it out, I think this would be the perfect gift for any music lover with a tiny tot!

While decorating the Christmas tree Ava decided she was hungry and wanted to be fed. I brought her close to me and began nursing while hubby continued adding ornaments.

Me: I heard that skin-to-skin contact is really good for young babies. It sends some sort of message to their brain, like endorphins or something.

I said tripping over my words, not able to remember where I was going with that…

Hubby: Like e-mails, brain e-mails.

Me: Sure. Like brain e-mails…

…Men.

On a side note, what did I do in life to deserve the elf name “Freckles Blinking Bum?”


Your Elf Name Is…


Freckles Blinking Bum

What’s Your Elf Name?

Yay! She did it! She went pee pee on the potty! Wow, I didn’t know I would ever be this excited about it! Haha. We have been trying for months now and since she was nearing three I was worried because all the kids her age were completely trained already and she had yet to even go on it a all. I thought she would never be trained at the rate we were going and due to the learning delays, but she is so smart! Now we just have to get her to do it every time on the potty.

Wish me luck!

Here is a picture of my first baby girl and my second, both taken at 3 months. The one on the left is Kayla who is now 2 and a ½ and the one on the right is a current picture of Avalynn. As you can tell I have SERIOUSLY upgraded in cameras.

Ever since Ava was born I thought she looked almost exactly like her sister, but now that I actually look at them side by side, I was pretty shocked at how different they look. (And I guess Kayla was the chunky one! Ava is tiny compared to her at the same age! We all thought it was the other way around!) Click here for full size view.

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