Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pacifier Envy

I think I must have pacifier envy.  Wouldn't it be nice if us adults had one thing we could use to make us instantly feel better if we're upset, grumpy, sad or otherwise put out by anything going on around us?  Something that would help use drift off to sleepy town while wrapped in a soft blanket?  Or give to someone to shut them up when they're being loud, obnoxious or just plain annoying?  I'd suggest a margarita but that would probably just make the loud, obnoxious, annoying people more loud, obnoxious and annoying.
It was time to cut Jimmy off and now a month later we're doing really good.  He's never tried to take Joey's, he doesn't ask for them anymore, he's learning how to cope without it and falling asleep is going much better.
Joey will be 9 months on Friday and for the past month he's also been weaning himself off the pacifier.  Strange kid.  For the past two weeks I haven't even bothered sending one to the sitters and I definitely don't keep up with where any are.  They are some floating around the house but it's official – no one in our house uses pacifiers.
Every now and then when Joey gets really crabby for no apparent reason we'll search for one and offer it to him but he's not interested in the slightest.  And the strap attached to it, that Jimmy was also addicted to (I think it was his one and only lovey), has never interested him except as an extra accessory to chew on.
There are so many things to keep track of with when you have little ones so one less thing to worry about is nice.  Pacifiers will make a return in approximately 4 months but how long they'll stick around remains to be seen!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Junk Drawer – Of The Ages

Okay, not really of the ages but I just needed to spice it up to make myself feel better.
My List
This list is more for me than for you. I need to write this down otherwise I'll forget what's coming out that I want to watch.  We watched A Good Day to Die Hard Saturday and approximately 75% of the movie was previews and mostly good previews.  So here's my list of must see movies.  Notice I didn't say WHEN I must see them but as long I as watch them before I expire I'll consider it a success.  You might call this my 2013 Movie Bucket List.
FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (thought this deserved caps)
I thoughtfully provided the links to IMDB for you so you can read about them or watch previews…whatever. 
Note these are only the ones I've actually seen the previews and that I actually remember that I want to watch.  I'm sure there are others.
Another Note, after Fast and Furious 6, which I WILL watch in the theater, even if it's the $ theater, I will probably be a maniac on the road.  Just warning you.
Are you kidding me?
My mamma's intuition tells me my kids are sick.  Again.  For the third time.  Since January.  The end of January.  Except for the runny noses, painful sounding hacking and inability to stay asleep at night I bet you wouldn't be able intuit that they were sick.  It's something only a mamma could know.  Well, daddy too since he told me last night Joey was getting sick again.  Joe Blow on the street probably could have told me too but Mamma's Intuition is a real thing, dagnab it!  And I won't listen to any blathering on about it not being. A real thing.
It's Been 21 Weeks
And 2 days.  Over half way done but while it's flying it's also dragging.  But really it's fly dragging.  I've got to start planning another first birthday!  It's going to be here before we know it and I'm not going to be ready.  And approximately 2-4 weeks (ish) later I'll go into labor and have another one (whose sex has yet to be determined, dang you work/Dr schedule!) who'll have a first birthday approximately 2-4 weeks after Joey's 2nd birthday.
Which leads me to another question, has anyone seen my brain, my mind or my nerves?  My brain and mind has fled the scene and I think Jimmy and Joey (a little) has stomped my nerves into non-existence.  Maybe all three will regenerate in approximately 4 -18 years.  By then I'll have dementia.  It's all good.  Life is more exciting when you're not sure if you peed in the toilet or the fish tank.  I'm talking about me, not Jimmy, and we don't even have a fish tank.
Happy Day After Jump Day Folks!

Monday, February 18, 2013


I just love him so much I want to squish him.  And sometimes I want to squish him because he's so onery.  How can a little person be so cute, sweet, loving, thoughtful, funny, perceptive, observant, cute and cute but also be stubborn, onery, stubborn, and really just plain stubborn?
First the sweet, helpful, observant Jimmy:
I think some teenagers I know could take lessons from this two year old.  I was cooking dinner and trying to finish up the laundry at the same time and without me saying a word to him he came and started unloading the washer for me.  Blew my mind. 
Onery, stubborn Jimmy though – boy is he a doozy.  No videos or pictures of that side but yesterday was about the worst day we've ever had with him in his 2.5 years.  He was in trouble from the moment he got up until he went to bed – with some sweet moments sprinkled in to be sure.  I'm pretty sure it's all normal behavior for a two year old but it was a rough day for the ol' parents and for Jimmy.  He stubbornly refused to be obedient even with much discipline and whined all day.  Usually whining means "I need a nap" but he'd wake up from his nap whining and throwing a fit.
To top the day off while watching Dora in his room he apparently decided to check out his diaper.  Took his shorts off, then his poopy diaper and somehow or another got it smeared on his hands, foot, floor and the pillow.  After the day we'd had with him that put me over the edge.  I didn't even punish him since I was pretty sure he was just curious and maybe even trying to help out by changing his own diaper but the whole time I was cleaning the floor all I could think was "I DON'T OWN A DOG FOR A REASON!!!!!!!!"
I guess the day he'd had really wore him out though, as much as it did us, because right after I was done cleaning his floor I combed his hair out and he asked to go to bed.  He was out almost before I got out of the door.  I hope for his sake and ours that we don't have too many more days like that.  I told his daddy that his stubbornness could serve him well one day if he learns how to harness it but right now it's a pain to deal with.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Junk Drawer 2/15/2013

Matters of the Heart
Yesterday was Valentine's Day and for some people it's a really important holiday, it's even the measuring stick by which they judge the success of their relationships.  Some people are disgusted with it and feel it's a holiday created by Hallmark and wouldn't dare lower themselves to indulge in the chocolate-y decadence.
For me it was always more important to me when I had no one.  A day to be sad and miserable and for throwing pity parties, crying that I wasn't special enough to have someone to spend the holiday with.  Now that I'm in a wonderful relationship it's not nearly as important to me.  I do enjoy that we have an extra day each year to use as an excuse to get a babysitter and have some alone time but even if that doesn't happen every year it's more than enough that I have that special someone with me every day.
We didn't celebrate this year in the traditional Hallmark way.  No flowers, some candy, no romantic candlelit dinner but the focus of the day was still on the heart and the heart of the family.
How fitting is it that my dad had heart surgery on Valentine's Day?  Sure it was a little rough on the nerves as we waited but we were so thankful that he was finally having the surgery and getting that infection cleared up so he can get on the road to healing and a complete recovery.  And he started on Valentine's Day.
He pulled through like a champ and we were treated to dinner by my brother and sister in law at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and stood as the example for all the mushy couples imbibing on a Thursday night with their partner of choice for the evening.  A table for 9 complete with THREE highchairs.  This is what you're in for lovers.  Of course our babies were on their best behavior even though they were Two, Sick and Teething.  So I don't think we really scared anybody off of their intended course for the evening.
Speaking of Two, Sick and Teething
Toddlers are disgusting.  But they don't know they are.  In fact God probably created them to be as gross and nasty as possible in order to help develop their immune systems.  So in a way they're functioning perfectly when they dip their hands in the toilet bowl cause you said they needed to wash their hands.  !!!!  They aren't misfiring or have a screw loose…we should probably be encouraging this type of behavior more often so that they'll never be sick as adults.  I think I'll start serving Jimmy's meals on the floor…the one I rarely mop. 
Sometimes though they take advantage of your failures as a mom (parent) to be even more disgusting than they normally would have been on their own.  I left the thermometer I used to check Joey's temp (you know, where the sun don't shine) on the end table.  I should have known that it would be the most interesting thing on the table this morning when I sat Jimmy on the couch to watch Dora while we finished running around like chickens with no heads.
Daddy came to put his jacket on him and, yep, he was holding it.  In his mouth.  Like a lot.  Daddy almost puked and my heart sank.  First of all it's disgusting to even think about.  Second, my faint hope that Jimmy wouldn't get sick with the stomach bug Joey has was shot dead.  It's almost a guarantee now.  Unless, possibly he's already done so many disgusting things in his two years, that I probably don't even know about, that his immune system is already so strong that sucking on his brother's rectal thermometer means nothing to him.  But as my brother likes to point out Jimmy is a Virgo and as a Virgo Jimmy is the cleanest little disgusting toddler I know. So he's probably gonna get sick.  Maybe I'll get to sleep next year.
Baby Daniel is teething and so is Joey.  It's one reason I thought Joey's stomach bug wasn't a stomach bug for 24 hours or so.  Teething brings on some wonky symptoms/side effects.  But while teething isn't fun for anyone to endure you're unbelievably proud of those pieces of enamel that finally poke through.
So to recap:
Jimmy is Two and unwittingly disgusting – just the way God made him.
Joey is Sick and Teething and the best little sick baby ever.
Daniel is Teething and a doll.
I know this is at the end and the picture is at the top but I just had to share.  Jimmy fed himself a cup of pudding and only dropped a tiny bit on his clothes.  Of course his face and hair was a different story.  He was so proud of himself and we just had to capture the moment.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Long, Long Night

An exerpt from an email to friends:
"Joey developed a fever last night before bed out of the blue.  I'm a bad mom and don't actually check their temps unless they're so hot they scare me.  Even then I'll hurry and put them in the bathtub and give them meds to help bring it down and completely forget to check.  So I have no idea how hot he was last night but while he was hot he wasn't burning.  So I gave him the last of the Ibuprofen while Daddy held him and he immediately threw up.  So that probably didn't do any good.  I went ahead and put him to bed anyway hoping it was just because he was teething.
1am: he woke up so I gave him a bottle and went back to bed.
2am: he woke up and didn't want the rest of the bottle that he hadn't finished.  I felt his forehead and he was pretty hot.  I took him to our bed where he stopped crying magically and Daddy watched him while I ran to Walgreens in the middle of the night to get some more Ibuprofen.
2:45am: Finally get home and he's laying in our bed happily so I give him some medicine.
2:46am: Jimmy wakes up – like really wakes up and laying next to his bed wasn't working to get him to go back to sleep.
3:00am: Took Joey back to his bed since he seemed to feel a little better and put Jimmy in bed with me.
3:15am: Joey starts fussing.  He doesn't want the bottle.  He doesn't want a pacifier.  He's not really that hot anymore.  So I set him up and he pukes.
3:20am: I take only the puke affected clothes off and take him into the living room and lay on the couch with him hoping he'll go to sleep.
4:00am: He's finally asleep after tons of jiggling and patting.  I lay him in his bed.
4:05am: It actually feels good to curl up with Jimmy and try to sleep.
4:07am: Joey's hungry.
4:12am: He dropped the bottle and I have to go give it back to him and now he doesn't want it.  I stand there and pat him and try to get him to take the pacifier.  He finally drifts off.  I turn off my alarm.
4:45am: Jimmy starts kicking and being annoying.
5:00am: Joey wakes up and is pissed.  Nothing works.  So I turn the tv in their room on, let him get distracted with that.   Then set him in his bed with a few toys and hope he doesn't notice when I go back to bed.  It works for 15 minutes.  Repeat 3 times.
5:45am: Joey is finally out for a little while and Jimmy is alternating snuggling up to me and kicking me and Daddy.
7:00am: I managed to get a little sleep between kicks.
I'm so tired!"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Long Time No See

Tomorrow is officially the halfway mark in this pregnancy with Bonus Baby.  20 weeks pregnant…again.  For the third time.  Wow!  I don't know about you but it's hard to believe sometimes.
The internet at work situation just plain sucks.  Sorry for being so crude but it's the truth.  It has nothing to do with the quality of it – more so that we're being monitored and not allowed to use it pretty much at all.  It really puts a crimp in my style.  Crimping was only cool in the '80's.
So that's why you haven't seen me much lately.  I have a little to catch you up on with this pregnancy but nothing really earth shattering.
18 Week Appointment
The 18 week appointment was less than stellar to say the least.  For starters it was way too short, I didn't get an ultrasound and my blood pressure was up.  On the plus side I only gained something like 3.5 – 4 lbs.
My BP was 146/90 at 18 weeks.  It didn't get that high until the third trimester with Joey.  So that was a little concerning to me too.  We saw the midwife for a total of maybe 5-10 minutes and she basically said my BP was high and she wanted to schedule me to see an OB after my anatomy scan. She said more than likely he'd put me on blood pressure meds and that would help with the need for bed rest and an induction.  Nothing like driving 2.5 hours each way to see your health care provider for 5 minutes.
So we scheduled the anatomy scan and OB appointment for the 15th (this Friday) and now I'm having to reschedule it because of other scheduling conflicts.  But now we're looking at the 20th so that's only 5 more days.
Reasons It Could Be A Girl
-           My uterus seems significantly smaller this time than with either Jimmy or Joey.
o   I wore non-maternity jeans yesterday that I zipped and buttoned and was comfortable in – besides the unfortunate muffin top effect.  I couldn't wear those pants past 15 weeks with either Jimmy or Joey.
§  I wish I had taken a picture but if you had seen me in those jeans and that oversized t-shirt you would have thought I had a nice spare tire working but would have never guessed I was pregnant and especially not 5 months pregnant!
-          A small uterus may not mean anything other than the baby is small right now but it's DIFFERENT from the other two times.
-          I've had MINOR acne.  Didn't have any with the other two.
-          At least 4 people are certain it's a girl this time.  Most of them said Boy last time.  Different!
-          My belly is wider this time.  LOL  Only because I still have baby fat left over from Jimmy AND Joey but no one needs to know that.
-          Mercedes says it's a girl and that's probably all the proof I need considering how much she doesn't want it to be a girl.
Is that it?
Yeah, I think that's it for now.  Except that I checked my BP at home on Saturday and it was 114/71.  Makes me wonder if I get so anxious about my BP reading at the Dr that it makes my BP go up.  I'm keeping a log though so I'll show it to the OB and we'll see what he says.  I'm actually looking forward to the possibility of BP meds and maybe being able to go into labor on my own.  I'd rather avoid an induction at the hospital if at all possible.

Friday, February 1, 2013

It Was So Sweet I Didn't Even Notice

Have you ever noticed how some things sound so sweet and precious and when they happen to you, around or with you sometimes you don't even recognize that it's sweet and precious until afterwards…or maybe never?
I've been crashing for the night around 8:30 or 9.  I just can't go anymore.  My brain shuts down and my body feels heavy and I have to get in bed or I'll fall asleep wherever I am.  I haven't even been putting the babies to bed much the last week or two.  I've literally slept in my clothes the last two nights and both nights Jimmy has come and gotten in bed with me, mostly to play, while I struggle to keep my eyes open enough to make sure he doesn't fall off the bed, jump on me or get into something he's not supposed to.  By the time Daddy comes to get him to put him in bed I'm barely aware of what my name is and where I am much less where Jimmy is and what he's doing.
Last night he ran to his room, got his new "counting" book and came and got in bed with me so we could read it.  He laid down next to me and got all comfortable and we read it together.  Then he snuggled down in the covers and read it to himself.  Then he moved around, bumped my belly, then had to pull the covers down, pull my shirt up and kiss my belly and then said "okay" and covered me back up again.  Then snuggled back down again with his book.
Does that not sound like the most precious thing you've ever heard?  It is but while it was happening all that was going through my head was "…dos…cinco…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….caballos….Tres…zzzzzzzzzzzz".  It wasn't until this morning when I was thinking about it did I realize how sweet it actually was.
*email post*