Monday, September 30, 2013

2 Months Old!

     Wow. I say that a lot. Just wow. Two months have flown past and Lucy is getting so big now. She weighs 14lbs and is 23in tall! I'm amazed at how quickly she has grown. She is starting to try and reach for things now, although she still can't get those darn arms to do her bidding so she just flails around a lot. She smiles and coos all the time. Overall she is a pretty happy baby during the day. Just right about 7pm she starts getting fussy and I'm still up with her until 2 or 3am most nights. I got spoiled and went to bed at 1:30am last night! It was great.

     With Roxas I found myself eagerly awaiting each milestone but with Lucy I feel conflicted. I want her to be healthy and meet her milestones but then that means she is growing up and I want her to stay my itty bitty babe for a little longer. It's the parental paradox.

     We went and saw the ENT doctor in Bullhead just after she turned one month old and he was fantastic. I explained the problems we were having and he simply said "well the proof is in the pudding. If it's causing you trouble we will just fix it now" Hallelujah, a doctor who actually listened. The doctor numbed up her mouth a little and snipped the piece of tissue and it was all over in about 10 seconds. She hated being held down the most. The very first time I fed her after the procedure I noticed a HUGE difference. Now I have absolutely zero pain with nursing and she seems so much happier and less frustrated. We go see the pediatrician tomorrow so I'm excited to tell her how much better things are and obviously she is growing like a little weed!
 This was her tongue after the procedure

     Everybody told me having two kids was super easy, you hardly notice. I call baloney. I've noticed. Lucy is a "Spitter-Upper" so my laundry load has increased at least three times over now. With Roxas going out and about was harder but much more manageable than two. Now if I want to go out somewhere I have to REALLY want to go out. All in all it is much harder but still not as bad as I thought it would be. I had kind of a doom and gloom perspective on it before. Roxas is still doing great as a big brother. He is being a great kid, although he does throw some impressive toddler tantrums every day. Usually over the silliest things, but that's life with a toddler.

     We had a big first this past month, I ran (well... walked) my first 5k. I finished it just under an hour which for me wasn't too shabby. I pushed both Roxas and Lucy in the double stroller through the whole course. It was a color run so it was meant to be just relaxed and fun which it absolutely was. Roxas had a BLAST with the color powder at the end and Lucy slept the entire time. I've never been one for running, even though I ran track for several years in school. I'm starting to get back into it with the inspiration of a few friends who have totally kicked but at it lately. My goal is to run in the Disneyland 5k next year!

     We finally got to meet my best friend, Tashia's, baby boy, Coltin, this past week. Unfortunately it was not under the circumstances I ever wanted to meet him. Tashia's mom, Sherry, passed away on Wednesday morning. My mom and I were on our way up to see her after learning she decided to stop fighting the cervical cancer she had battled for the past 3 years. She was a strong, loving, passionate, hilarious person and I will miss her to no end. She was like a second mom to me and treated me just like another one of her kids. Her passing has placed a huge financial burden on the family, if you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will find a link to a GoFundMe site for "Cure Sherry". If you can donate any amount of money, or even just a prayer please click on the link.
Coltin at 2 weeks old and Lucy at 8 weeks old

     So much has changed in the past month and I know with the holidays coming up it will only move faster. I'm excited for all the fun things the fall and winter seasons bring, especially the cooler weather. I've planned some fun stuff for us to do and I'm excited to make new family memories together and really enjoy this limited time while the kids are still little kids, and not surly teenagers who are begging us for cell phones!

Until Next Time...

 Lucy and Roxas visiting Grandpa Wally for his birthday.

 Definitely our little blessing!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Happy Half-Birthday!

     My baby boy turned 18 months old on the 5th of this month. We are halfway to celebrating yet another birthday. Where on Earth did the time go? He is getting so big and learning so much each day. He has a huge personality and is always doing something crazy that makes us all crack up. He's the highlight of my day.

     We had his 18 month check up last week and he is healthy as can be. A whole whopping 30lbs and he is 35 inches tall! Thank goodness he walks pretty darn well because hauling around his solid 30lbs gets really tiring really quickly. He has almost all of his baby teeth, all we are waiting on now is one canine tooth and then his 2yr molars. He is also beginning to tell us when he needs to be changed which makes me think we will be starting potty training in the not so distant future. I'm looking forward to no more diapers but I'm not really looking forward to the process of achieving that!

     He is a typical little boy who loves to run around, jump off of things, and just generally act like a crazy jungle boy at times. He likes to take pillows off our couch and then body slam them on the floor. He's always doing something too, never sitting still. One of his favorite games is playing tag. We will chase him all over the house as he just squeals with laughter.

      He is the best big brother around and so far we really haven't noticed much jealousy at all with Lucy. He is always eager to bring her a blankie or diaper. At the moment he is "helping" bounce her in the bouncy seat. I love watching him interact with her and I can't wait until she is old enough to really play with him. My favorite thing he will do is give her a kiss, it's just about the sweetest thing on the planet. Of course then he must give everybody withing a one mile radius a kiss too, including the dog.

     We are working on trying to teach him some things but truthfully he is much more interested in playing with his toys and running around to really get anywhere. I try to read him books but most of the time he isn't very interested. I am planning on taking him to a local story time tomorrow and my hope is that he will learn to love books like his mommy. I think it's a boy thing.

      He can point to most of his body parts, and he can identify some people like Lucy, mommy, daddy and grandparents. He doesn't have too many words and they aren't really words persay. He says mamma and dadda pretty well, and sometimes he will say grandma or grandpa pretty clearly but it's mostly just babbling in his own little language with sounds that might resemble words but I'm not entirely sure what he is trying to say. I wish I knew what he was saying.

     He is incredibly inquisitive. I swear you can just see the gears turning in his head while he tries to figure out how something works. It's incredible to see him learning right in front of my eyes. He will investigate just about anything he can and figure out how it works.

     Sometimes it is a bit hectic around here just trying to balance the needs of both kids and I'm thankful Roxas is great at understanding I can't always get down and play with him. 
      Last night, or early this morning depending on how you want to look at it, I was sitting in bed looking at a sleeping Lucy in my arms and I had this overwhelming feeling of joy. It's a feeling of your heart just swelling up with pride and love. I'm so happy and in love with my little family it's beyond words. It's just the best thing on Earth. There is nothing better than a hug from my little boy and a big gummy smile from my little girl. I'm so blessed to have Kenny who works himself to death and allows me to stay home and focus on taking care of our babies. He's my true knight in shining armor, and I love him more and more each day.

    I would also like to share this past Sunday my best friend welcomed her little boy into the world, Mr. Coltin James Brockmeyer. I've been friends with Tashia since 7th grade and we've gone through so much together and shared so many experiences that we are practically sisters. I can tell her anything and know that she will always be there for me no matter what. Seeing her become a mommy makes me so happy because I know what joy a child brings and for her to have that joyful experience is the best thing I could ask for. I wish there weren't 200 miles in between us so I could be there to help her as she recovers but we will be making a trip to visit sometime soon (I'm hoping for next month!).