Friday, May 30, 2008

Letting the cat out of the bag!

Written 4 weeks ago.....

OK I can't take it anymore. I have to let the cat out of the bag. Jeff and I are expecting baby number two in December. Our family knows and a few other friends who have been praying for us, but I was waiting to post until we got through the first trimester. I am only 8 weeks along so I'm still not in the "safe zone." But I keep telling myself, why wait? If something were to happen wouldn't I want the support of all my friends too? Of course! Why would anyone want to go through something like a miscarriage in secret. So there you have it. I am pregnant and we are very excited about it.

I have been having morning sickness with this one that began about 5 1/2 weeks but so far it has not been NEARLY as bad as it was when I was pregnant the first time. I have been given some meds for the nausea when I feel like I can't handle it anymore and they do take that feeling away where you feel like you are going to puke at any moment, but they still don't help me feel completely normal.

We have had one ultrasound and found a good heartbeat with that ultrasound. The baby of course looked like nothing more than a white blob on the screen, but it was our little healthy white blob and that's all that matters.

We have told Kadyn but I'm pretty sure none of this makes any sense to her. I'm hoping when I get bigger and the baby starts moving around that it will start to sink in a little with her.

So there you have it. Our big news for the year. Now that I typed this I feel much better. Perhaps I will just save it to my drafts and wait another 4 weeks to post. I don't want to make bad luck (sp?) by posting it too early. Ha!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Good weekend

We had a good weekend with my parents. They flew in Friday night and left yesterday morning. A short, but pleasant trip. I will post a few pics later. We got to attend a show in Branson called The Shanghai Circus. Kadyn freaked when the curtains opened and the drums started. We were in the second row, so I suppose that didn't help. She spent the first half in the back with Daddy and the second half in the back with me. Apparently, she did much better the second half with me.

We also went to visit the Fantastic Caverns which we bought season passes to as a cheap way to pass a few hot summer days. The whole weekend seemed to be swamplike weather. I assume one of the most humid weekends of the year; unfortunate considering that is what my parents dislike most about our neck of the woods. We also spent part of an afternoon having a picnic at a park by a pond and flying kites. Kadyn enjoyed that and my mom loved the scenery.

Kadyn took to Kama and Papa after only a short time (the last time she saw them was 6 months ago in Garden) and gave mommy and daddy a break from having to put her down each night. It was so nice to see her bond with them after only a short amount of time. I so wish they were closer to us, but we have plans to fly out for labor day to Colorado to see them again which is only a few months away. Then they will be flying out close to Christmas once again to see us.

The Bilberrys (Bama, Baba, Tamra, and her two kids) will be visiting next weekend so we will have another family filled weekend coming up. I think our plans are to ride the ducks in Branson and perhaps attend the caves once again since it will be free for us now.

I have decided not to grow my hair out entirely after our wildly hot and steamy weekend. I have a feeling because of our climate and my lack of time to primp and preen it wouldn't be long before I chopped it all off again so why bother. I hate growing it out. It looks so bad during the whole process. I mine as well quite torchering myself and get a cut that is cool, comfortable, and stylish. I was thinking about going for the doo on the mom from "Jon and Kate plus 8." I've been eye balling her doo for some time now. Looking forward to liking my hair again.

OK now I'm rambling. Toodles for now.

Corn starch wins the battle

Almost 8 days ago Jeff and I noticed a horrible rash on Kadyn under her arms, on her sides, and eventually a little spread to her arms and tops of her legs. We were baffled as to what it was or what caused it. I had a sneaking suspicion that it might be a heat rash for she got very hot the day before when we were playing outside. Anyways, after multiple cortisone treatments, and a few doses of benadryll, I finally got something that seems to be working, corn starch. I had read about it in my "What to Expect the Toddler Years" about being a good way to dry up a heat rash. I smoothed some on her this morning and it looks like it may be starting to clear. How weird. You really would have thought that kind of thing would have cleared on it's own by now. Well anyways, wanted to share my new knowledge in case anyone else ever encounters such a thing.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Managing her own torture


Fun at the mall and favorite stuffed animals

Top things I've learned after a year...

Top ten things I've learned after doing a year of daycare:

1. Kids need to work out 90% of their own squabbles or you'll go nuts trying
2. Most falls, bumps, and scrapes usually end up in tears not serious injuries
3. Boys poop more than girls
4. Kids really can learn to sleep ad mist other kids crying
5. If left to cry, kids can figure most things out on their own without you rescuing them everytime
6. Binkies are a HARD habit to break
7. Try, try, again and eventually they will eat other foods
8. You don't have to entertain them 24/7, make them learn how to play without you
9. Kids really do yearn to be around other kids
10. "That kids toy has got to be cooler than mine, give it to me!" "mine, mine!" "no, no"
11. It doesn't matter what the project, if it's art, it's going to be messy
12. Kids can eat sand, playdough, and dirt and still live
13. You better have ample kleenex for all those snotty noses and it never gets any less gross
14. All kids love to be read too, even if only for a short time
15. Trash trucks and the ice cream truck truly are exciting things to watch
16. Be prepared to answer the same question or comment 10,000 billion trillion times
17. Be consistent with discipline, it's the only way to survive
18. Kissing ouchies has magical powers
19. There is no humanly way to keep all like toys together unless you have too much time on your hands
20. Kids can pick up their own toys
21. A baby doesn't have to eat the entire bottle
22. Toddlers figure out how to open doors quickly
23. Weiner dogs are fascinating to toddlers and are in fact toddlers themselves
24. Kids do learn the concept of taking turns and sharing if you work on it
25. Kids can learn to say sorry, even in sign language, and give sorry hugs to others
26. Messes are also known as a four letter word in my mind, that's all I do some days
27. Sometimes a kid just needs to be held
28. They will eventually figure out who is their real mom and dad
29. Kids say the darndest, cutest things
30. The worst punishment is being separated from your friends
31. I love watching kids dance
32. They sure do learn a lot from each other
32. Even though some days they fight like cats and dogs, they still love each other at the end of the day
32. Time changes everything

I could go on and on, but this has been a crazy year. I definitely feel more laid back as a parent after doing this for a year, maybe too laid back at times, but all in all I think doing this daycare has been a good thing for me. I don't want to do it forever, that's for sure. But I can honestly say it has taught me a lot.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A role reversal

After two whole years of always wanting mama, Kadyn has made a transition. She is so enamored with the only man in her life, her dada. Just recently she is insisting that dada do things for her, give her a bath, take her potty, and put her down for the night. I must admit, it is a nice change of pace and so relaxing at the end of the day to not worry about all that stuff after running the daycare and caring for 4 kids all day long. At the same time, I'm a little jealous of not being her one and only. I know it's a completely normal phase that many kids go through and probably a necessary one so that the responsibilities can be shared when there are more kids in our family. So congrats dada to moving up a notch in Kadyn's list of favorite people. Last night he kind of sighed and rolled his eyes as Kadyn asked for his assistance in the bathroom. I think he finally realized how much work mama has been doing for the last two years. Ha!

He made it!

He finally made it! My wonderful husband finally caught up with me. The big three O! I love you honey bunny! I am so proud of you. You make me so happy. I couldn't ask for a better father for my daughter and man to spend my life with. Here's to 30 more wonderful years with you!



Friday, May 2, 2008

She wants them already!

Kadyn was laying next to me in bed after her nap. We were watching Curious George to kill some time before the other kids woke from their naps. She looked at my chest, reached out and squeezed one of the ladies, and said, "I need boobs." My reply, "You don't need those yet." She said it a couple more times and I just had to laugh.

The newness has worn off.

I think the newness of potty training has worn off a little for Kadyn. She is still good at always telling me when she needs to potty. The only wet accidents she has are when she's outside playing or when she's upset in timeout. However, the last couple of days she seems to just go number two no problem in her panties. Yikes! I really need to start asking her more often if she has to go. I guess dangling the M&M carrot in front of her for number two in the potty isn't as effective as it was. Oh well, I know this is normal and to be expected. Just a little disappointing.