Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We are happy to welcome Mr Wesley David to the world! I have not talked to my sister yet, but I did get several texts throughout the night. I guess she went into labor and was dialating, so they did the c-section. He is 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 19 inches!!!! Congratulations LeAnne, John, and big sister Madisen!!! I can't wait to meet the little guy.

update: Mom and baby are doing well, no pictures yet. But she will have her laptop to send/post pictures when they get some time.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Biggest F*** Up Ever!

I made the HUGEST mistake at work this morning. I have never ever had a med error, until now I guess. Not just a simple, opps I missed this one. I gave the entirely wrong meds to one guy. They have the same initials so in my way overtired stupor, I got the guys totally confused and gave the wrong meds. I felt horrible when they called me to clarify why I said one guy got his meds, but the other guys were the ones punched out. I had a really hard time trying to sleep today because I was so worried about the guy, and about what would happen to me. So far all is well, everyone makes mistakes; but boy oh boy this was a biggie.

Random side note: You know you are a mom and have no life when you go to Walmart on a Saturday night @ 8:30 to get Swiffer wet jet refills.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

16 Days...

....Until a wedding in Green Lake.

I know everyone has seen those commercials for the Special K challenge, the one where you can lose a jean size in 2 weeks. Well I decided to give it a try. I want to lose about 5 more pounds so I don't have that disgusting muffin top when I where my jeans. I have been working out pretty religiously, but the diet is what gets me. I get really crabby when I restrict what I want/can eat. But I am trying it out anyway.

So here is the plan: I start out with a serving of any flavor of Special K cereal with 2/3cup of skim milk for breakfast. Then I get a snack between breakfast and lunch. Lunch consists of another bowl of cereal or a protein meal bar. Then another snack between lunch and dinner. Dinner is a regular healthy meal. And one more snack in the evening. Snacks are the protein bars, flavored protein water, flavor bites, or fruit. You should also eat a serving of fruit with every meal. I will say that all this protein stuff really does make you feel full. I started today and didn't even have the urge to snack on anything else (even the peanut M&Ms Robin was eating in front of me!) One day down, 13 to go. I am going to stick this out, especially since I invested quite a bit of money on all this Special K stuff.

I am going to be smokin' hot at this wedding!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Great Weekend!

We took the family down to Cedarburg on Saturday for their annual Wine and Harvest Festival. I had a great time. Who wouldn't when you can buy a bottle of wine and walk around the streets drinking it all day. There were tons of little shops to go in, and the usual craft/food stands all along the street. It was around 80 degrees, so we all got a bit sweaty (Again I was glad to have my wine with me!) Lyhna had a blast because there were a couple spots to "mine" for gems along the way. She has quite the collection now. Stephen did really well too despite the heat and being strapped in the stroller most of the time. There were just to many people to let him walk with us, he definitely would have gotten trampled.

After the festival we spent the night at gramma and papa's house.(Probably for the last time, they sold the house) My sister, bro-in-law and niece came over for dinner and nice quality family time. Stephen had a blast running around and jumping with Madisen. There were minimal altercations from Stephen (he is quite the bully these days.) It was great to see everyone, it has been awhile since we all got together. My sister is ready to pop any day. I was secretly wishing she would go into labor that night, since we were already there it would have been mighty convenient. Little Wesley had his own plans though.

Sunday we stopped by my friend Ruchell's for a quick visit. She hasn't met Aria yet, so of course we went over there. It was great to see her too. We definitely don't get to see each other often enough! After Ruchell's we stopped at gramma and papa's "new house." That is were the real excitement took place. After we got the tour of the construction zone, we ended up in the garage. We were just chit-chatting when all of a sudden Robin yells "Stephen watch out!!" I turned to look and in slow motion the old kitchen cabinet came crashing down on him. Robin tried to catch it, but it still crashed down. Luckily the doors opened up and would have missed him completely but I think when Robin tried to catch it one of the doors smacked him. Still, he escaped with out a bruise or scratch on him. I think it scared him more than anything. And with that, we decided it was time to head home where everything is locked up and child-proofed.

It was a great weekend, now I am back to work since Robin is off this week. I am putting in almost 40 hours!! It has been a long time since that happened.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Feet!

I added some new pictures to flickr today. Oh...BTW- Aria is in th 97% for her weight!!! What a porker!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Friendly Neighbor??

So when I opened my shades this morning, I saw my car door open. I thought "did I leave it open all night??" Then just as I was putting down Aria to go out and close it, some old ladies head pops up in my car. I was like WHAT THE "F" IS GOING ON!!!! I watched her for a minute to see what she was doing. I realized she was digging through my car for garbage. WTF?? Who does that? I was about to go out and give her a piece of my mind when I figured out it was the neighbors mom, who has been staying with them and cleaning (I assume to get ready for the new baby). So I just left her to her garbage picking. Super wierd right???

Monday, September 15, 2008

I can see!

So I realized I am horrible at taking my own picture. I think I took about 15 before I settled with this one. Don't mind the frizzy hair and the fact that it looks like I have a cataract because of the flash. So here are the new glasses. I was told when I got my eyes checked, that if they were the slightest bit worse than they are I would be required to have glasses to get my driver's lisence. OMG- I knew they were getting bad, but I had no idea they were THAT bad! Anyways, I love them. Robin hasn't seen them yet, I am sure he won't like them. Oh well!

Hmmmm...What do you think?

Aria 3 months

Stephen 4 months

Happy Monday

It was a pretty low key weekend for us. The weather was crappy, so the motivation wasn't there. I did try to find a dress for a wedding we are going to next month, boy was that a mistake. I didn't realize that every single teeny-bopper in the fox valley was out shopping for Homecoming dresses on Saturday. I only tried on one dress and gave up. At one store the line for the fitting room was at least 20 people long. I will have to try to go during the week sometime, when there is much less people.

Stephen started his swimming lessons on Thursday. It went really well. I was surprised that he actually did the skills that he was being taught. The only thing he didn't cooperate with was the jumping in part. That shocked me because the last few times we were able to go to the pools this summer all he did was jump in by himself. I think it had to do with the fact that the water was over his head (Even though Robin was in the water to catch him). 1 week down, 6 more to go.

We spent Saturday in the kitchen. We (mostly Robin) get these crazy ideas to make things from scratch. He has been perfecting his cheese making skills for a few weeks now. Then I started to make ice cream from scratch too. Our latest culinary adventure was making pizzas. I made the dough for the crust, Robin made the sauce, and of course there was the home-made mozzarella cheese. I may be biased, but the first pizza we made was the best pizza I had in a looooong time. I think we made a total of 5 pizzas with one extra crust in the freezer. I am so sick of pizza right now. We didn't eat all 5 by ourselves though. Lyhna had a friend over for dinner, so they got a special made pizza for them. Some friends stopped by on Saturday, so there went another pizza and a half. Robin took one to work today too, so that leaves 2 that we ate by ourselves. They were delicious!

Sunday we went to a friends house for the Packer game. I always get a little stressed out when we go to some one's house that doesn't have kids. I feel like all I do is chase Stephen around saying "no, no don't touch that." And now that we are potty training, that has a whole other set of challenges. I have a mini portable potty, that Stephen did really well with. But he feel asleep on the couch, and I didn't think to wake him up to put on a diaper. I was just to happy that he was quite and staying in one spot. Well, that was a huge mistake. I went to pick him up when we were leaving, and there was a huge puddle on the couch. I guess those rubber undies don't do much when he is sleeping. There are many days when he wakes up from naps dry, so I thought I was in the clear. Again, they don't have any kids, so I felt really bad. They acted like they didn't care, and it was funny, but I still felt awful. I cleaned it up as best I could, but I am sure it soaked in the cushion pretty good.

How was everyone else's weekend?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

He Did It!!

Stephen pooped on the potty!!!! I was sooo excited, I took a picture with my phone and sent it to Robin at work. He was so cute when we put it in the toilet to flush. He said, "Bye-bye poopy!" I hope that he continues to do it. I just have to keep an eye out for his poopy face.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Karaoke Machine!

Here is a picture of me singing karaoke last Friday! I put a couple other ones on FLICKR.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bye Bye Toys

Well, I am following in my sisters footsteps. Today I took all of Stephen's toys out of his room. The breaking point was when I took him out of his car seat, then went to get Aria out. In a matter of 5 seconds when I took her in the house he was gone. I found him in the back of our building running up and down the hill. Maybe I should have just taken his bike away, but this has been a long time coming. For the last couple weeks nap and bedtime have been horrible. The kicking and screaming, the banging on the wall, the turning on the light and playing, the list goes on. So all of his toys are in our closet, and I just need to get a special bi-fold door lock for his closet to keep him out of Lyhna's stuff. I really wish there was a child-proof light switch. I have searched everywhere and can't find one. If anyone knows of any tricks, please let me know. I am out of ideas. Tape doesn't work, the only thing I haven't done is take out the light bulbs. He has also started to bite and hit everyone (except Aria, thank god). Basically he is totally defiant in every way.

We started to take the kids with us to the YMCA again, instead of Robin and I taking turns. Aria, the one I was concerned about, slept the entire time. Stephen on the other hand, cried the whole time. He was really excited when we first got there. The whole walk from the car to the day care he kept saying "Mommy, I play!" And he took off the second we opened the door. But once he realized we left is when the meltdown started. I kept peeking in the window (they are those mirrors that the kids can't see out, but I can see in) to check on them and every time he was screaming by the door. We are going to try again today, I hope it just takes some time for him to get used to it again.

Also, Stephen is starting his swim lessons this week. They are every Thursday night for 7 weeks. I am sad that summer is over and all the pools are closed. Stephen was really getting the hang of jumping in the pool by himself and even going under water while holding his breath. So I hope he really likes this. I wish I could get him in some form of karate or martial arts to burn off all his energy, but you have to be 4 for those. And unfortunately all the pre-k/toddler classes are at different YMCAs. Maybe more will be offered during the second section of the fall classes.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A sad yet happy transition

Initially my goal was to breastfeed Aria for 6 months, but with me going back to work the weaning has started. Actually, she is doing the weaning not me. I am no longer able to pump enough to sustain her while I am gone at work all day. So she has been getting formula when I am not home. She is so used to drinking from a bottle that she is getting to impatient to nurse long enough to fill her up. I am still nursing when she gets up during the night and first thing in the morning, but that is pretty much it. She will be 3 months tomorrow, and that is pretty darn good in my book.
In other news, I am very excited to get going on the kids halloween costumes this year. Of course Stephen is going to be Spongebob Squarepants. And I am thinking that Aria will be Patrick Star, Spongebob's BFF. I think it will be really easy to make Aria's: Make a giant star of pink fleece or felt, make a hole for her face, stuff the top part so it sticks up, and put in a zipper-Piece of cake. Plus she should be nice and cozy in it. But I am still undecided on how to do Stephen's. There is the obvious cardboard box idea, but will that be to uncomfortable for him? Then I found a picture of one made out of a brown paper grocery bag with the felt over it to make it look like spongebob. The bag was stiff enough to hold the shape (plus I think with the glue and felt it would get a bit stiffer). Here is the link to the paper bag idea. I think It looks good enough for a 2 year old that will probably only wear it for a half hour:

Running on pure adrenaline (or fumes)

It has been a really long time since I went out with friends...no kids or husband. So Friday night I thought I definitely deserved a night out. I had such a good time, and it really helps when you know the bartender at the restaurant. I didn't spend a penny!! And I did something that I swore I would never do, SANG KARAOKE! I obviously had quite a bit of liquid courage. From what my sober friend said, I sounded pretty good too. Needless to say I was in no condition to drive anywhere, so we left my car there and I crashed at my friends house. It was definitely a good night.

Saturday night I had to work a 12 hour night shift. Man was that rough. I got done at 9am Sunday morning, went to church at 10:30, then we had a cookout during the football games. So I did not get any sleep at all. I finally went to bed around 10:30 last night after being up for 37 hours straight. Of course Aria knew I wanted/needed a good nights sleep, so she thought it would be fun to stay up from 2:30am-4am. I can not wait until afternoon naps today.

Great news----Stephen stayed dry all through church!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Time Flies

Where do I start? Aria is almost 3 months old already! Lyhna starts the 4th grade today! And Stephen is almost completely out of diapers!

Last night I realized that it is already time to change out some of Aria's clothes. All the premie and newborn clothes that seemed so big on her when we first brought her home look tiny now. So it is time to get out the bins of clothes from everyone and put back the small stuff and get out a new batch of bigger stuff. She is smiling and cooing more and more everyday. And the best part of all is that she has been sleeping through the night more and more.

I really can't believe that Lyhna is in the 4th grade already. The last 2 years have been kind of rough for her in school. She (like I was) is one of the younges in her class, so her teachers think that she is behind emotionally. I tend to agree sometimes, but sometimes she acts like a teenager. I had a talk with her over the weekend about trying her hardest to have a good school year. No forging signatures in her assignment notebook, no "forgeting" her homework at school most days of the week, basically to take resposibility for her actions and stay focused. I have high hopes for her, she is soooo smart when she wants to be. I think this year will be a challenge to keep her focused since her classroom isn't even a room. It is a section of the library blocked off by bookcases. Only time will tell how things will go.

Now for Stephen. We aren't having as many meltdowns anymore. I think a big part of it was that he couldn't express what he wanted. Now that he is talking so much better, he is able to tell us what he wants or what is wrong. Potty training is going great. We still have some accidents, but he realizes when he starts to go and can stop himself then finish in the potty. We still haven't gotten any poop in the toilet though, but we are getting closer. Over the weekend he was in the bathroom and shut the door so I knew something was going on in there. I left him alone for a couple minutes and when I opened the door guess what I saw. A giant log on the floor! I was very tempted to take a picture, but then I had visions of Jon and Kate Plus 8 so I decided against it. We have started venturing out for little trips in his big boy pants too. He has stayed dry every time so far. So now it is just diapers for naps and bed time. My little boy is growing up!!