Monday, April 18, 2016

The Struggle is Real

   I don't like to complain... really, I don't.  I know a lot of people are going through harder times than I am right now but since this is my little piece of the internet... I'm going to allow myself a mini vent session.  We're all entitled to one once in a while, right?

   So, our house has been hit with some type of crazy lingering virus that is super annoying and energy sucking.  I'm 22 weeks pregnant and I've been coughing like an 80 yr old smoker for the past week and a half and sick with a sinus infection for at least 2 weeks before that.  I've been on a couple antibiotics and steroids and nothing is kicking this mess.  I've taken Maddox to the doctor several times for his cough and he has been on antibiotics for ear infections.  Darren has the mess now too.  I just need someone to come in and fumigate my house and get the ickies out.

   There are so many things I want to do but haven't had the energy or brain power to get any of it done.  So here is a list of things I need/want to do in the next coming weeks.

~We are going to put our house on the market in June (which is creeping up very quickly) and move in o my parents' basement for a little while to pay off some debt (and have some help with the baby... selfishly).  So there is lots of packing and organizing and cleaning to be done. 
~I want to do a couple of posts about Maddox because he's growing so fast and there are so many things I want to remember but then the task just seems daunting to me because I haven't done one in so long so there are lots of pictures to do something with. <insert eye roll emoji>
~I haven't even started a registry for baby #2.... our sweet little boy that has yet to be given a name.
~Take some updated pictures of Maddox and WITH Maddox.

   Really... with all that is going on (Darren working 2 jobs and going to school, me 5.5 months pregnant and trying to keep up with a busy toddler and working part time), that's all I can really allow myself to focus on. 

   I'm actually glad that's "all" we need to focus on.  It could be worse and has been worse.  My mind has definitely been the freest it has been over the past year or so than it has been in many years so I'm grateful for that.  I'm going to try not to think about the fact that we are moving from a two bedroom to a two bedroom place so baby #2 will be bounced around a little.  But... it's only temporary and he won't know the difference.  We are really only planning on staying there for a year or so and then we will either build or buy something.  It's a good plan in theory :)  We'll see how it plays out for real.

Anyway... that's all I have for the moment.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maddox {15 Months Old}

Fifteen Month's Weight: 32lbs
Height: 31.5in
Size: 18-24 months clothes.  Size 5 diapers. 

It's pretty bittersweet that I have a full blown toddler.  He is non-stop all the time.  

I didn't want to make this post one big long paragraph so here are a few things about Maddox that have happened in the last couple of months or that I just want to remember for myself.

~He started walking on November 11... just 2.5 weeks after his first birthday.  I'm posting a video below.  The video is of his second set of steps as his first ended up with him face planting into the ottoman (oops!).  But I love it anyway and I've watched it numerous times.  I especially love the expression on Darren's face :)  He's a proud papa.


~Words: Ball
               Bottle ("bobble")
               Water ("wa wa")
               Nana (he will say this for his Nana but also a banana lol we'll have to work on that)
               Kitty ("kiki")
               Hello ("hewwo")
               Bye Bye
               Gin Gin (we call his stuffed giraffe Ginger and that's how he says her name)
               No No No (mmhmm....)
               Quack (doesn't exactly come out like that but he knows a ducky says quack quack quack)
               Thank you (doesn't happen often but I have heard it enough to claim it lol)
               Book (sounds like "bookt" lol)
               Bath ("bat")
               Dis? (hah)

~Favorite toys: balls, blocks, books, anything that shakes and makes noise, his remote control car (he hasn't figured out the remote part but he likes to push the buttons), remotes (ANY remote), telephones.

~Has 10 teeth, including 2 top molars.

~He'll hold something up to his ear and say Hello or Hi like he is talking on the phone.

~He's definitely attracted to technology.... any technology.

~Had his first double ear infections (first ear infections period) in December.  Has another double ear infection now along with hand foot and mouth disease.  Thank you child care....

~He likes to be chased and giggles so hard when you are chasing him.

~Had to put our stair barrier back up.

~Moved up to the next class at school this week.  It was definitely bittersweet for momma but I think he really enjoys it and they actually do things like playtime, storytime, songs, art, etc.  (When I say school, I mean the 4 hours of child care he is in at my work while I work down the hall.)

~He'll bring me a book and turn around for me to pick him up so I can read it to him.

~He jabbers all the time and really sounds like he has something to say.  I think he's going to be quite the talker.  Not sure where he gets that from.

~He smiles at himself in the mirror.

~He has the best laugh and giggles when you tell him you can see his belly.

~Favorite books: touch and feel books, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, abc books, finger puppet books and a couple other random books (he has lots of them).

~He always takes his shoes off in the car and most of the time, his socks too.

~Rolls over on to my chest after his night time bottle and falls asleep on me (and I let him because I love it).  Thankfully he's not hard to lay down after he does that.  Although the whole bottle weaning thing is a little daunting to me.  He's off of all of them except night time.

~Wakes up talking to his animals and playing until one of us goes to get him.  Unless he's waking up from a nap and then sometimes he wakes up hangry :)

~Hears the back door unlock and immediately says "Daddyyyy" with a big grin on his face.

~He loves to eat but is a little texture picky.  He spits out most chicken, scrambled eggs, and meats in general.  Loves bananas, cheese, crackers, most all fruits and lots of other stuff.  Still working on some good finger foods. Also doesn't like tortillas or pizza.

~Sometimes when I'm feeding him, he'll grip the spoon with his teeth and grab on to it with his hand.... making quite a mess by doing so.  Have to work on my patience with that one.

~When you lean your head in close to his he'll lean his the rest of the way.  Sometimes he'll take his hands and touch my face.

~Will give me random hugs and kisses and I eat them up.  When he hugs you, he lays his head against you and pats you on the back.  Seriously.... your heart explodes.

~Ask him if he wants to play with his toys and his response is "ball" lol

~Loves being around people and watching other kids but also plays awesome by himself at home.

~Likes to dump the blocks out of their box and put the box on his head (silly boy).

~He does this little dance bounce thing and throws his head back like he's just really enjoying the moment lol

~Chunks blocks across the room out of the box.... everyday.

~Social butterfly.  Everyone loves him and he loves almost everyone.  We've been to the park a few times and he quickly makes friends (usually with the girls that are 4 or 5 years older lol).  His social-ness has made me have to step out of my comfort zone and make small talk with strangers who comment on his adorableness.

~When you sing twinkle twinkle little star to him, he will hold his hands in the air and open and close his hands like he's making twinkle stars.

~Will sometimes tell you what a cow, lamb, and horse says but not consistently yet.

Here are LOTS of iPhone pictures from the last couple of months.  I forgot to write down some of the dates before I threw them away.... oops.

October 31

October 31

November 3

November 5

November 8

November 8, 9, 10

November 13, 13, 15

November 15, 18, 19

November 22, 23, 24

November 25, 27, 28

November 29, 30, December 1

December 1, 1, 2

December 4, 5, 7

December 12, 12, 14

December 16

December 16

December 16

December 16, 21, 22

December 23, 24, 25

December 26, 28, 30

January 2
January 3 and 4
January 10 and 12

January 14

January 16 and 19

January 21 and 22

January 27 and 28

January 29, 30, 31

January 31

February 1

February 2 and 5

Snow fun... well the only kind of snow our area NC really gets (ice with a little snow mixed in)  Maddox's first "real" snow. January 22 & 23, 2016

 He took a tumble when he ran off down the driveway.  He wasn't a big fan.

Of course the only time I get a good smile out of him, there's a trashcan right behind him lol oh well... take what you can get sometimes.

He doesn't take good pictures with me.  boo.

These are some of the pictures I took for our announcement.  He is such a happy kid.

This one is my favorite :)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Surprise! Two Under Two

Surprise! We are so excited to announce that we are expecting baby #2 in early August, 2016.  Maddox definitely doesn't understand that he's being promoted to big brother but he's learning to say Baby so we'll get there :)

I found out I was pregnant on December 18.  I was definitely a bit shocked and in "holy crap, what have we done" mode lol  I had a few hours to think about it on my own because Maddox was napping and it was the middle of the afternoon.  I knew I wouldn't be able to keep it from Darren long but I wanted to do a little bit better about telling him than I did with Maddox.  As soon as Maddox got up from his nap, I drug him out to several stores in search of a Big Brother or just Brother shirt to change him into so Darren would see if when we got home.  But you know how it goes when you go after something specific.... you never find it!  I went to 3 different stores and started pushing my luck with Maddox so we headed home empty handed.  Darren was already home so I ran upstairs and wrapped up my pregnancy test (original, right?) and put it in a gift bag (it was Christmas time after all lol) and told him I saw something I couldn't pass up when I was out.  He guessed what it was before he unwrapped it.  Then we both sat there in shock (nervous, nail-biting shock).

I told a couple of friends because I just had to tell someone lol but other than that, we decided to tell our parents when they came over for breakfast Christmas morning (already planned.... conveniently).  When I was pregnant with Maddox, we didn't want to tell our parents until we had already gone to the doctor for a confirmation and we didn't announce to everyone until we had the ultrasound.  We decided this time around to go ahead and tell our parents even though it was early.  I knew I wouldn't have my appointment for another few weeks but it was just perfect timing with Christmas and both sets already coming over.

Fast forward... We made it through Christmas Eve festivities without spilling the beans (somehow).  We had ordered Maddox a shirt (last minute... thanks Amazon Prime) that said "Keep Calm, I'm the Big Brother".  Maddox was wearing his cute Christmas jammies when everyone got to the house.  We had a yummy breakfast and nice time together.  Then Maddox "needed a diaper change" so Darren took him upstairs to change his clothes.  We were all sitting in the living room when they came back downstairs and Darren put Maddox down to walk for himself.  He toddled in and Joy (Darren's mom) read his shirt OUTLOUD and they laughed and just went on like it was nothing at all.  I was recording it the best I could on my phone and Darren and I just looked at each other like "what in the world?!" and laughed.  Everyone was like "what?".  I said "You just read his shirt!"  We gave it a second and they got it! lol it was so funny!

So here we are now.  Confirmed pregnancy at the doctor's office and saw a sweet little moving and already kicking baby at our ultrasound.  Now bring on the anxiety lol oh wait.... already have that! hah We have decided to sell our townhouse because I'm really not the most graceful person and the thought of carrying a newborn and getting Maddox up and down stairs just really doesn't sound fun to me.  And we only have 2 bedrooms and I don't want to disrupt my amazing sleeping toddler any more than I have to.

So far, nothing crazy going on except being exhausted like I was with Maddox.  I got a really bad stomach bug a couple of weeks ago and thought it may be the beginning of some super horrible morning sickness.... but thankfully it went away after 24 hours because it was debilitating. Whew! With Maddox, I craved anything and everything sweet.  So far, this time, I've wanted really flavorful, savory foods.

That's about all for now ;)  We will find out the gender toward the end of March or so.