potty words


D's vocabulary has been growing lately, in both good and bad ways. He has now discovered "potty" words. A few weeks ago, his teacher pulled me aside after class and and informed me that he had said "holy $hit" a few times that day, which led to some of the other boys saying the same thing. When asked where he heard that word, D replied, "my dad."

It's amazing how great of a listener he can be when he wants. He will be engrossed in watching his iPad and Scott and I will be having a conversation and one of us says "oh my God" and he immediately yells "bad word!" He's also constantly asking us if certain words are bad, such as "darn it," "shut up," or "f." By the way, it's quite shocking to hear your 4-year-old say the F-word.

send coffee and cough drops

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Oh my goodness. That past two weeks have been trying, to say the least. About a month ago, K came down with a fever that lasted for a couple of days. The fever then turned into another cold and her cough started two weeks ago. Once again we started the daily routine of her coughing so much that she would throw up after some of her bottles and even after eating some solids. Her sleep has also been interrupted because of coughing fits.

I decided to take her into the doctor this past Wednesday (12 days into the cough). The doctor took one glance into her right ear and proclaimed that she had a pretty bad ear infection. Although I felt horrible for not taking her in earlier, I was somewhat relieved that we could at least now give her something that should make her feel better. We started her on amoxicillin, but she's still been throwing up. Since I'm in charge of getting the kids up and ready for daycare, there have been some mornings the past two weeks where I've almost lost it.

K has generally been waking up around 5:30 coughing nonstop and crying. This is in addition to occasionally waking a couple times a night crying. I'm lucky if I'm able to get a shower in. Her coughing and crying usually wakes D up early, so between trying to get myself and both of them ready, plus cleaning up K's puke and changing her outfit and mine after she's vomited all over us, I really don't have a moment of peace until I get into the office.

On top of all of this, last Friday I came down with some sort of sickness that kept me in bed all day with a fever and body aches. I'm feeling better now, but I'm congested and have been snoring at night (lucky Scott.)

I'm so thankful it's Friday and I'm hoping that K's antibiotics really kick in tonight. I am sooo tired of hearing the poor little girl cough.

first sickness strikes


It's been a very rough week and a half around here. K's first cold hit with a vengeance. It started off with a fever, but then turned into a horrific cough. The worst part of it all (besides the lack of sleep) has been that she will often cough after drinking a bottle, which then results in her vomiting everything back up. After 5 days of the cough, I took her back in to see the doctor and they diagnosed her with bronchiolitis, so we started breathing treatments.

I don't think there is any worse feeling than when your child is miserable and there's not much you can do about it.

There's been a few times this last week when I was on the brink of losing it all. One particular night, Scott was gone at a work function so I was home alone with the kids. I fed Kressa and then she threw up all over me. I finally got her to sleep and was pre-heating the oven to cook a pizza when the smoke alarms went off and she woke up crying. The only solace in all of this is that D has been such a good boy lately and he was quietly entertaining himself while I was tending to cleaning up vomit.



I'm glad to say that she is finally on the mend, just in time for Thanksgiving!

bumpdate / 17 weeks

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do here on the blog! Thought I'd take this opportunity to post a little pregnancy update so I have something to record in baby #2's baby book. This pregnancy was planned and I decided to take a test on September 3rd, basically the earliest possible time a test could tell me I was pregnant. Of course, it was positive! My first trimester was a bit rough...rougher than I remember with D. I wasn't exactly nauseated, but I felt "off" most of the time and the fatigue was unbelievable. I really struggled to keep it together at work for a couple months there and it seemed like nothing I ate tasted good. I'm so thankful for Scott...he really handled everything while I was pretty much worthless! We got our first look at baby on October 9 and learned that my due date is May 18, 2014.

On November 5, I had the first trimester screening and got to see the baby again. Everything with the screening went great.

I finally started feeling more normal around week 14. I felt the baby's first movements during week 17. I will start week 19 tomorrow. The main thing I have noticed is that I started showing much earlier than with Decker. My allergies have been out of control, as well as my poor itchy skin. I've gained about 4 pounds so far.



My bump at 17 weeks (looking more like 25 weeks.) Pictures of the baby at 8 weeks and 12 weeks.

adventures in potty training

2013-11-16_0001 D has been wearing pull-ups and sitting on the potty at school for months now, but we weren't getting anywhere with his potty training. 5 weeks ago we finally decided to get serious, so we employed the bare-bottom method. The first day, I told D that he was a big boy now and wasn't going to wear diapers anymore. He hung around the house wearing nothing but a t-shirt and amazingly, he used the potty all day long with no accidents! Since then, he has done pretty well with a few accidents here and there. At school, he wore sweats without any underwear. We tried underwear after the first week, but he started having accidents instantly, so we held off for a couple more weeks.

This past week, he had no accidents at school and even went without wearing a pull-up during naptime! It's amazing how fast he picked it up. He loves to repeat "no more diapers!"

One thing after another

I have been a very bad blogger lately!  I need to do a few separate posts to get caught up totally, but sadly I have to report that Decker is sick (again.)  It has been a challenging month.  Once he got healed up from his wrist injury, then he got a stomach bug that gave him diarrhea and made him throw up one day at school.  This bug lasted for about a week, but then got passed to both Scott and me.  We all finally healed up from that (just before Jason's wedding.) A couple days later, we noticed there was a huge red boil on his butt, which made him cry whenever he sat down.  The boil is a whole 'nother story, but let's just say I know what it feels like to get sprayed in the arm with pus from my baby's butt.  Sorry, TMI.  Moving on... So, this created about a week of a tender butt for Decker.

He FINALLY got over that and he was literally a brand new kid...laughing, happy, and running around; not demanding and crying to be held or cuddled all the time.  We realized we had been missing our real little boy for the last month.  We had about a week of total health before today, when he woke up with a fever and a cough.  Scott stayed home with him today and I'll be staying home with him tomorrow.  At least his current sickness is probably something that can be cured quickly by some medicine from the doctor.

Hopefully we will have our happy boy back soon!

A proper Mother's Day post

Gosh, I realized my past few posts involve a lot of complaining and make it sound like I can't stand being a mom!  I figured I better make a post about Mother's Day so I can get something more positive on here.  We spent Mother's Day in Moses Lake with my family.  Decker was pretty fussy all weekend, but looking back, we think there is a good chance his wrist was hurting him already.  :-(  Anyways, on actual Mother's Day, we went to brunch with my family, which was great.  After getting back home, Scott treated me to a nice foot rub, some cherry cheesecake and wine.  It was a wonderful end to a fun weekend. A few pictures.

Yeah, so this was very typical of Decker all weekend.

Mom, Dad and me (minus screaming toddler, who was pulling at my hand)

The following would probably show up when you look up "don't take pictures in the bright sun" in the dictionary.

All the men (and boys.)  I just love Reece's face here.  Everybody was saying "try not to squint, Reece."

Mom, Jason and Traye