Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

Hi all It's Sunday afternoon and I decided to take a quick minute or 10 to update my blog.  It's been so long since I updated we have been super busy and I was waiting to get the first year of my blog printed so I can ideally delete it.  I think by deleting the first year than I will have enough free memory left to upload more pictures.

Not sure when I will be able to do that, but know its on my mind.  Like I said, I have been so busy this month between Christmas activities and working out.  Before December I did a craft with the kids and we made our very own/first advent calendar.  That has been fun trying to incorporate activities into our December, but kept me on my toes.

Also the beginning of December I borrowed an exercise program from my sister in law called Insanity and started it.  You may have seen the infomercial for it.  It is supposed to be the hardest workout ever put on a DVD. And let me tell you it is HARD.  I am 4 weeks in and going to be starting my recovery week on Monday and then it starts up hard again the following week.  But it has been so worth it.  So far in one month I have lost 1 1/2 inches off my thighs, 1/2 inch off my arms and calves and 1 inch off my hips and bra band.  I can't WAIT to see how the next months results.  I am getting stronger and more toned.  Getting the muscles I wanted.  It's a 6 day a week workout and Sundays are our rest days, so today I am taking it easy, which is nice. I am definitely feeling how hard it is and have to ice my knees and make sure I stretch really good each time, but am finding it enjoyable.

K has been working lots of hours. The week before Christmas I think he worked 60 hours.  But he had the week of Christmas and this week off which has been kind of nice.  Well when he isn't doing extra side work for his new business!

The kids are doing well and Grace is my smart big girl.  She loves getting on my computer and doing 'letters', she has been learning to read and sounding out small words.  Sometimes I would write down on a piece of paper the activity we would do for the advent calendar and help Grace sound them out.  She is doing well with it.  She also got a bike for Christmas and although we haven't had a chance to take it outside and ride it yet(too much snow) she has enjoyed it in the hallway.

Aaron also got a bike for Christmas that he enjoys in our hallway.  His is called a Strider bike and it doesn't have pedals.  It's meant for 2 year olds+ to learn to balance before they get a bike.  I think he will have it mastered in no time.  Aaron is also learning to put his shoes on (he got some new Crocs for Christmas) and learning his ABC's.  He is kind of shy about singing them.  He just recently got his haircut again and the blond is fading and getting darker. :( Which makes a mommy a bit sad.  He is still a skinny boy but when he is going through a growth spurt he can really put down some food! He got some Lightening McQueen underwear for Christmas but I think we are going to hold off on the potty training for a little bit longer, he only is interested sometimes.  I think by summer if he hasn't become more interested then we will put a little bit more energy into full time potty training then.

Our little Sarah peanut is a spitfire.  Well both girls are really, I am going to have my hands full in several years.  She is crawling, crawling, crawling.  I think she will be walking soon.  She has the desire to walk and tries often, she just doesn't have the core strength and balance to get far.  She LOVES Grace especially and Grace can always crack her up and make her laugh.  The big kids will play some game where they are growling at each other and Sarah will start growling at them from her high chair.  She loves eating big food like us and is fazing out the baby food.  She loves Cuties Clementines, and french fries and most anything that isn't too hard for her to eat.  Which is a nice change from our learning to be picky big kids.  The only thing I wish was that she was a better night time sleeper.  It seems like the older she gets the less she sleeps during the night and that she is a light sleeper.  It's quite frustrating since she is getting bigger now, I don't want to be getting up as much and she has the LOUDEST, most PISSED OFF scream you ever did hear.  It really is quite terrible. 

So that is what we have been up too, hopefully life is treating you all just as good!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sick and Still Sick

It was decided recently that our family has had the WEIRDEST stomach flu ever. My last post described how Sarah threw up over a week ago right before bedtime and then was fine.  Then Aaron got sick.  Well let see, Aaron continued to be sick once during the middle of the night, last Friday, (not Saturday) Sunday, and Monday night.  On Monday night I was beginning to think something was really wrong with him, because he would be fine during the day.  And I decided after he threw up at 1am on Tuesday morning that I would be taking him to the doctor first thing.  Well then Sarah threw up a ton of breast milk at 7am on Tuesday morning so I realized that it wasn't just Aaron and they must have a bug.

Normally Tuesday morning is playgroup but I text my friends to let them know I wouldn't be there and my girlfriend called me and described how her 2 girls were doing the exact same thing! Fine during the day and then WHAM throwing up at night.

Well I took the kids to the doc on Tuesday and they of course were fine and the doc thought it was strange as well. (As did my friends' doctor) Our pediatrician suggested a pro biotic to kind of help with resetting their stomachs.  (Oh and Aaron also started with the really bad diapers that morning as well) However...he hasn't thrown up anymore and his diapers have been getting better.  But last night poor Sarah had a fever all night she was just burning up and restless and fussy.  I think her teeth were really hurting her and she hasn't really wanted to eat.  You can see pretty clearly her other bottom tooth popping out now, but I think her top tooth receded a bit and it's paining her a lot.  Her fever had broke by 7am this morning and her naps were decent but she hasn't been interested in eating at all and tonight K got her to eat all of her baby food and then some mashed potatoes and then she threw it all up.  :( Poor thing.  Also by bed time she had a fever again and today her diapers have been bad as well.

Grace on the other hand has been fine.  So I pray that she doesn't get it either because it lasts like a week this weird flu bug.  And it's deceptive because you think the kids are all better and then their not! My poor little monkeys.

Grace has been having a blast with the advent calendar I made.  (Sorry no pics, I'm not sure when I will be able to get more up but hopefully soon! I am working on it!) It makes me really think about how my week is going to go. 

I started doing Insanity on Monday.  If you haven't heard of it, it's an insane, rigorous, intense, workout program doing calisthenics.  Google it.  It. is. Insane.  I haven't been perfect at it by any means but...I am doing it and today was day 4. Pure Cardio was the name of the video and despite be the least sore of all the days by the end I was still doing push ups when he moved on to the next move. But I still keep moving and try to keep good form for the whole 40 minutes and it seems to go fast too, which I like.  I am eager to get some muscles and definition and feel strong! And I know that I need to work on my strength training to do that.  (Haven't I been saying that and saying that??? But I finally did it!)

So that's what we have been doing, sick kids=lots of laundry. Tomorrow=more laundry.  (Have I mentioned I would LOVE a new washer and dryer?? Never bothered me before having a smaller washer and dryer, until Sarah was born. Well at least just a bigger washer. Oh and since I am dreaming of new appliances, definitely a new dishwasher as well.  Ours is horrible! It's only 3 brand new appliances, a girl can dream right??? lol)

Ok laundry, Insane workouts, a little bit of house cleaning and I did a lil bit of Christmas decorating today.  Hopefully to finish up tomorrow and Saturday, (maybe we'll get our tree then?).
Time to hit the shower and wash the sweat off!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sick Kids

It's late here, 2am to be precise.  I have been up with sick kids a lot this week. Tuesday night Sarah got the stomach flu.  We had gotten her out of the bath and was all clean in her pj's when I heard Grace say, "Moom! Peanut spit up!"  Except she had more than just spit up.  She threw up some more and had another bath and pair of pj's before she fell asleep in my arms.  Then the next morning she was fine and back to her normal self. She woke in the middle of the night to nurse but no more throwing up. 
She also has been SO BUSY! The week before last she learned how to sit up on her own and then she is getting 2 more teeth. Her other bottom tooth and her first top.  And I wouldn't be surprised to see her second top tooth show up next week at this rate.  And then Saturday she crawled! We baited her with my cell phone and she crawled 3 steps!
On Friday night I had just finished putting Sarah back to bed and I heard Aaron crying and he had thrown up.  We cleaned him up and K went downstairs to sleep with him so I could get the baby and he didn't throw up anymore either.  The next morning we had Grace's dress rehearsal for her recital and we were up early and he kept saying, "I hung-rie" Tried to feed him a light breakfast but by lunch he was back to normal and had a turkey sandwich.  He seemed just fine today as well, although he didn't eat dinner.  But that isn't anything new as he is a picky eater with anything good for him! Rotisserie chicken, green beans and applesauce.
We were in a hurry tonight to get out the door to Grace's recital but he acted fine and played in the nursery while we watched the performance.  Again, I had just put Sarah back to sleep and I heard him throw up and went in there and sure enough. Shower time! Poor kid is sitting here on the couch with me.  I just think it's so weird to go a day in between being sick. I pray he gets better soon and that Grace doesn't get sick. She is supposed to have another performance tomorrow night and family is attending that.
I also pray that Sarah doesn't get it again like Aaron did. Or K or me for that matter.
Well that has been our crazy week so far and looking forward to a new one tomorrow.  Time for me to get off the computer and figure out how to get to sleep with a sick kid.