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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve 2013

Two years ago tonight I wrote this post. In it I had some resolutions and hopes for 2012. I know that was 2 years ago, but let's review:

From December 31st, 2011: 
We had a really great Christmas with just the three of us. I hope that next year I will be expecting another little one on during the Christmas season!

So speaking of next year, I have a few resolutions:
1. I want to be healthier. Ideally I would like to lose 20 lbs before we start TTC, but mostly I just want to be healthier in what I eat and how often I exercise.
2. I want to be more organized. I am sure Pintrest will help me with this.
3. I want to become closer to God. I want my faith to be stronger, so I'm going to work on it.

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We WERE expecting a little one during the Christmas of 2012! He arrived on June 12, 2013! Miles is such a blessing to our family. I love how we planned for him, desired for him to be here, and waited for him. He's amazing. 

Resolution Review: 
1. Eh, I did NOT lose 20lbs before we TTC. Whatevs. 
2. I actually am a bit more organized than I was back then. I DO attribute some of it to Pinterest. I have a few more organization ideas in my head as well. Particularly in the kitchen cabinets. 
3. This is an ongoing process for me. Growing a baby and giving birth lets me KNOW there is a God and I understand to the best of my ability that he loves us even more than I love my babies. I am going to continue to work on this though. Probably forever. 


So, now that we're headed into 2014... what are my resolutions this year?

1. Become more financially smart. I am stupid with money sometimes, and I don't want to be. I want to ask myself before spending, "Do we NEED this?" I would love to have the truck paid off at the end of next year, or even June 2015, and I would seriously love to put a HUGE dent in our student loans. 

2. One sweet a week. Daniel and I are trying this one together. Aside of major holidays (not made up ones by me!), we intend to only have one dessert/sweet item a week. We both want to rid our bodies of their dependence on sugar. 

3. I truly would like to lose 10lbs. Honestly, I'd like to lose 20, but that's a stretch with this tiny baby that I have. Gonna work towards it, and hopefully make it! 


So those are my three resolutions for 2014. I hope that I can attain them, especially the 1st one. I want to build our savings and stop being so incredibly stupid with our money. 

Now I am going to go finish the rest of my New Years Eve. The kids are both in bed, Daniel had his annual party with the kids at the gym tonight, so I am all alone (well, except for Ollie). Going to watch Scandal and eat a puff pastry dessert! 


**Reminders of what to write about:
-Miles is getting tubes
-ANOTHER ear infection today
-Thrush (ugh...ugh...)
-Jana and Dan's visit with the kids
-Christmas 2013! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I'm going to try and update a bit.

I have a little bit of time to write right now, so I'm going to try and update a little bit. Hmm, where do I begin?!

Let's see... Miles is 6 months old now! I posted his stats from his doctor's appointment in my last post. He is doing really well, and he is super chunky! I have made an appointment for his consult with the ENT surgeon so that he can get the tubes placed as soon as possible. As if his ear stuff wasn't enough, Norah's ear infections will not go away. We just saw a ton o nasty drainage coming out of her ear last night. Ugh. I'm so tired of the ear stuff-- I just want them to feel better.

He's some of Miles' likes and dislikes:
-He LOVES baths! My  favorite part about his baths is that he will be sitting, then, with my hand behind his head of course, he throws himself backwards into the water. Once he gets there, he gets the biggest smile on his face that I swear means, "YES! I did it!" Then he proceed to kick and splash with his hands and feet over and over and over again. He smiles and laughs the whole time. It's so precious. When he gets out of the bath, he lets me wrap him up and he giggles. I blow on his belly once he's on his changing table-- he loves it.

-He HATES getting medicine of any kind. With Norah, she would take the medicine with no problem if it tasted good. It doesn't matter what it tastes like, he gags and makes himself throw up every time we give him medicine. We have to put it in the side of his cheek just to get it in him.

-He loves playing on anything piano-esq. We have the Fisher Price Kick and Play piano that we got when he was like two months old. He loved it so much when he was super tiny. Now that he can sit up (yay!!), we switched the piano to be in a seated position, and he loves that too! When we were in Toys r Us shopping for Christmas presents, I handed him a little tykes xylophone piano thing. No batteries, just dinging. He did not stop playing with it the entire time we were in Toys R Us. So of course, we bought it. I still have it in the package, because I really do want it to be one of his Christmas presents, but we still let him play with it too, and he still really gets into it!

-He LOVES Mickey Mouse. Norah did too when she was that age. If he is freaking out in the car, in a store, at home, etc. we can put on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and he is instantly calmed. It has saved us in several situations. We also have a stuffed Mickey Mouse that he looks at with eyes of pure amazement. I swear I can hear him saying, "Oh my goodness, Mickey is HERE!!" We have some Mickey PJs for him that he is so cute in. I need to get a picture.

-He LOVES being naked. The second that diaper comes off during a diaper change, he contorts his body and gets those feet in his mouth. He looks so happy as if he is the freest person in the world. I love it.

-He hates being swaddled. We haven't swaddled him for bed in a long time, but I used to do a loose swaddle on him while I nursed him. He hates it. He wants his arms free.

-He loves the jumperoo and the exersaucer, but only for about 10 minutes, MAX!

-He loves Ollie, just like Norah did. He sees Ollie and a huge smile busts across his face instantly. It's wonderful.

-He has no teeth yet, but he is drooling like crazy. He's also chewing on his hands all day long. I expect they will come in around 8 1/2 months, just like Norah. I hear it is genetic.

-He babbles so much, "Screams", blows disgusting spit bubbles all of the time, and laughs all of the time.

I LOVE this chunky baby of mine!



Norah is also doing wonderfully. She has a Christmas performance at school tomorrow, and I'm so excited about it. She has a speaking part! :) I am so proud of her, too. She is reading and reading! I cannot get over how unbelievably smart, beautiful, and kind she is. That's another post-- I gotta run!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Things I need to write about when I find time...

  • Miles is SIX months old now!!
    • Miles at 6 months:
      18.8lbs- 75th %tile
      26 3/4"- 60th percentile 
      Head... welllllllll.... 93rd percentile. We went up from 90.  

      When his doctor looked in his ears and just sighed while saying, "We're going to need tubes." I knew it was coming. He's already had 3 double ear infections, and she said that there was SO much fluid stuck behind his eardrum in both ears. In her words, "This is all just his anatomy-- just like Norah's was." 

      She expressed concern that if we don't get tubes soon, he may have a speech problem because of the way he is hearing through the fluid. Needless to say, I am scheduling an appointment with ENT asap. 

      Otherwise, he's perfect, and he did SOO well with his shots.
  • I MADE IT TO SIX MONTHS OF BREASTFEEDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • This is HUGE! I had to stop at 5 months 3 weeks with Norah because I got Mastitis so badly, then got thrush immediately afterward. This time I have had both, along with a MILLION clogged ducts, along with having part of my nipple cut off, along with a whole lot of hassle. BUT, I am still exclusively breast feeding. Miles has not had a drop of formula yet. I am trying to continue to my next milestone, which is nine months. We'll see how it goes. I'm just SO happy I made it to 6... I truly never thought I would. 
  • Norah is amazing, wonderful, perfect, and fantastic--- but she also has a huge attitude at times. I guess with any 4 year old that is true. :) 
  • She told me today a few things:
    • "Mama, did you know that if you pull on a cow's wee wee, then you will get milk?! I learned that from The Fox and the Hound." ::cue a talk about udders!::
    • "Mama, I want a princess party for my 5th birthday, but no dragons. They are scary!"
  • Norah still LOVES Miles, and he LOVE LOVE LOVES her. I could not have asked for a better bond. 

I'm sure there's other stuff that I need to write about, but I can't think now. I'm way too tired. Miles doesn't sleep--- that's another thing I need to write about! :)