Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm Back Up!

Well how's this week going? Let's see.

We were supposed to have a busy weekend doing an egg hunt, seeing the Easter Bunny and going to my nephew's 6th birthday party. All of that was canceled due to us being sick. Luckily (not for him) but my nephew was sick as well and his party had to be postponed so we do get to go to that this coming weekend. Bob picked up some slack around here while I was down and I am grateful.

Since Monday I am feeling back to normal, BUT now I am sporting my first ever black eye compliments of my daughter. Kaylie was just horsing around on the couch and did a free fall backwards on what I think she thought was a pile of pillows. Well, instead it was my cheekbone. It hurt pretty bad and I actually heard a crack when she hit me. I was scared to look in the mirror fearing the skin on my cheekbone had broken open. (This happened to me in second grade and I needed stitches after a collision with another classmate so I am always brought back to that moment. ) Anyway, no broken skin...just a bruise. I did cry and double over in pain and no one really cared.

I'm still wiping noses but Ryan & Kaylie are getting better each day.
We met with Early Intervention and came up with a plan and goals for development. I should be hearing from the therapist any day now. I can't wait to get that rolling. Although, I still wonder what they will do that I can't or haven't been doing. I'm a little skeptical. Maybe it's the teacher in me.

We played outside today and took a ride to the outlets to get new shoes. I'm thankful for this warmer weather and the daffodils I'll be cutting soon.
Have you ever watched a toddler try to jump and they just can't quite do it? It's the funniest thing and it will surely lift your spirits. Ryan & Kaylie have been attempting to do this daily. One day they may get some air, but for now I will secretly enjoy the show. Here's Ryan trying to jump outside. The pictures of course don't do it any justice.They must have tired from all the jumping and dancing they were doing. Ryan laid down first and then Kaylie copied.

We tried painting with water for the first time Thursday. They did well although I have dubbed this activity, "Drink water from paintbrush time."
I was able to get my hair cut.

They received an early gift from the Easter Bunny--a new kitchen. It kept them busy while Mommy was down. They seem to like it and the box too!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mom Down, Mom Down!!

Sorry it's been awhile...

You know in those military movies when one of the soldiers gets injured and everyone yells, "Man down!, Man down!"? Well last night, I was saying, "Mom, down!" I had the worst sore throat I have ever had, chills and overall feeling of yucky that lasted into today. I just needed to get to bed. I woke up at 2 o'clock in the morning thinking I might need to go to the ER. My throat felt like it only had an opening the size of a pea. (I even got a flashlight to shine down my throat while looking in the mirror!) I took some Tylenol to help inflammation and sucked on a Chloraseptic lozenge. I wouldn't have won any Mom of the Year awards today, being that I laid on the couch, floor, or bed with the kids and had them bring me books and the like. I even got out some toys that are supposed to be for Easter to keep them entertained. A lot of TV was watched, which really only entertains Ryan. Kaylie could care less if the TV came on at all during the day. I'm not proud but what are you going to do? At present I feel a bit better but the sore throat and yuckiness feeling is still there but not as strong.

Some happenings this week:
We took our weekly trip to the library. I've been taking them into the library by holding their hands. They are doing really well without the stroller. This is the only place I have tried it because the parking lot is not busy. Ryan climbs right into the minivan--Kaylie needs a boost. Although I did notice at Target the other day, they have carts where two kids can sit. I might test them out one day soon. We went to Home Depot last weekend and the kids got to ride in a two seater racecar cart. Pretty cool! They didn't want to get out. So for a cheap, thrilling outing check out your local Home Depot. :) (I have a picture but it's on Bob's cell phone and he is busily working at the moment to be bothered.)

Ryan has started another cold so we had to cancel two playdates this week. Not fun! He is showing interest in wanting to walk down the stairs so we have started practicing as much as we can without Kaylie wanting to have her turn. She's just too little. He also is starting to walk upright up them. Ryan has become even more interested in books which is a good thing. For awhile I definitely saw Kaylie being more interested. Must be the difference between boys and girls. Ryan is a climbing fool and has moments where he just tries to look around to see what trouble he can get into. I tell him that his horns have come out during these moments.

While Ryan has the physical down, Kaylie is a genius...might be biased but I witnessed it for myself! While I cook dinner I sometimes give her a sticker book to play with to keep her busy. You peel the stickers and then put them on designated pages. Well, I saw her busily peeling off some numbers and placing them on the floor. Went about cooking and looked back and she had actually found the right page for where the stickers go and placed the 4 and 5 where they should go! Amazing right?! This girl is recognizing letters and colors, making amazing connections, and yet barely utters 20 words. I just needed to gush. Go girl!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Some Firsts

We took Ryan & Kaylie for haircuts. This was Kaylie's first one! She was so good. She sat there and let the lady do her thing. I am hoping this haircut helps to thicken up her extra-fine, flyaway hair. We'll see.
Ryan was first. He's a pro at this now and just sits and lets the person do their thing.Kaylie anxiously awaiting her turn.
She sat very still and was serious through the whole thing (what else is new?)

Other firsts included their first lollipops!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Damage

Yesterday I felt like the chip was worse than it looks today. Can you blame me? My baby has a chipped tooth!! I know it could actually be worse, so I have to take comfort in that. I suppose I will be able to handle the, "It's hardly noticeable," comments. But still, it is there and I don't have to like it.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Good & The Bad

The good: We are back to being healthy. YAY!

The bad: Unfortunately we just discovered that Kaylie chipped her front tooth this morning and we have no idea when or how she did it! There was no crying or screaming so we are pretty stumped. I suppose we have to take her to a dentist to get it checked out and maybe they will file it down? Poor girl will have to live with this until she's 6 or so. I have read that preemie teeth are sometimes weaker than full term babies. I've read that the enamel is not as strong for some reason. I'm not sure if that has an impact on why it chipped. I'll see if I can get a picture for you all and post it. Right now they are napping and we just discovered it before then. I feel so bad.

This is how close Kaylie is willing to get to Pooh. She went into near hysterics when I held her and just stood next to him. The Easter Bunny should go over well don't you think?!?!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's Been a Long Week

Both Ryan & Kaylie have had colds this week. That just makes for some rough days with two toddlers. Kaylie had a short-lived cold including goopy eyes, runny nose and a slight cough but she is fine now. Ryan has had a runny nose, cough, some lethargy, and now his eye is red. I fear it might be pink eye so I hope to take him to the doctor tomorrow. He has been pretty whiney and grumpy this week. Oh and I can't forget Thursday morning we awoke to find Ryan covered in throw-up. That was fun! He must have thrown up sometime during the night and rolled around in it. Yeah, right into the tub he went.

I was sick yesterday. I had a HUGE headache and ended up throwing up. Luckily Bob was able to come home at naptime and be Mr. Mom for the rest of the day. I feel better today. I am still left wondering what it was--just a bad migraine or a virus.

Ryan & Kaylie were both evaluated by Early Intervention this week too. They have both qualified for speech services so I hope to get their therapy underway. We have a meeting on the 30th and then after that I suppose therapy will start. Although this week Kaylie has begun to say a handful of words which is a good thing of course. She has said hot, "ack" for snack, uh-oh, and cheese. Finally, she said the best word of all---Mama. I was on the bed in our room and she pointed to our wedding picture and then to me and said Mama. I melted.

We started the week out with getting about 8 inches of snow and now we are enjoying 65 degree weather. It's starting to feel like spring!! I see crocuses and the daffodils are coming up! Thank goodness!