Sunday, August 28, 2011

time flies

when you are totally exhausted by a newborn who refuses to sleep at night! I can't believe I have been off for 3 weeks and never got the house completely cleaned or posted anything on this blog! So bad. I also haven't gotten a full night's sleep.

Violet is a chow hound. She was back to her birth weight by 4 days old and at 14 days had gained 6 ounces. I think she might be my first child who is actually ON the growth curve. haha.

Lilianna had so much fun at her camp. She went to Camp Crestridge, which is the girl's camp associated with the Ridgecrest Center in Ashville, NC. She loved it. She wanted to go back next year for a whole month...that is a little bit too long for my baby to be away so we registered her for a 2 week session next year. I told her that she could go for a month the summer after next if she wants to. Lilianna also started dance classes 2 weeks ago. She goes from 430 until 830 on Tuesdays and is taking Jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She is going to be in the Nutcracker in December which is going to involve a ton of extra practices I think (there is a nutcracker packet that comes out in November...that is ominous! haha. She has been doing really good (as far as I can tell) She really likes it and noone has called me to complain about her behavior so that is good!

Alex started back to school at the public school here. We have a meeting for her IEP on Tuesday. Right now she meets with her assistant for 30 minutes a day and has been expected to complete 4th grade work in all her subjects...ummmm...right. Everyday we asked her if she had homework and she said no everyday the first week. Then on Thursday she brought home a calendar and said "my teacher said you should sign this"...what do you think was in the calendar...all of her homework that she never did because either she is that much of a space case or she was hiding it from us so she could play. As a result, she didn't study for her spelling test on Friday until Thursday night.
On Friday we picked her up and asked her how she did on her spelling test and she excitedly told us she got 4 right. Lilianna said, if I only got 4 right I would cry. So this week, she has been a lot better about telling us her homework and she got 100% on her spelling test...yeah!
Of course next week she has a math test on division, multiplication, math terms and commutative and associative properties and she can barely add...and a test on a story they read in class that is testing nouns (proper, common, possessive) narrative styles and 8 vocabulary words that she "forgot to bring home" all week. She also forgot to bring home the story so we could help her study for her test. I don't know what is more frustrating her NOT bringing home the material she needs to study "on accident" or the thought of trying to study subject matter that is so far beyond her academic abilities right now that there is truly no hope. Oh well, we will see what happens at her IEP meeting.

We took Zebby to his 4K orientation this afternoon...it was fun. Zebby is sooooooo excited to be in 4K. All summer Benjamin has been sure that he is going to 4K too...even though we keep telling him he can't because he is only 3. Today, it finally sank in that he wasn't going to 4K and boy was he pissed. it was very sad. It is going to be difficult for them to be apart. Benjamin has never been apart from Zeb...literally. They have been at the babysitters, and in preschool together since Ben came home from the hospital. I suppose it will be good for them to be apart a little bit...but they are soooo good together (except maybe at bedtime).

Zoe is doing good...nothing to really update on her. She has been going to speech therapy for a couple of months now and has made such huge improvements in her speaking...I am very proud of her. She is really a smart cookie. I think she has some problems self-regulating a little bit, but she is really bright.

OK I go back to work tomorrow and yes...I do love my job...but it has been ssssooooo nice to spend so much time with my husband. Our anniversary was Friday. We have been married 4 whole years (and added 5 kids in 4 years...is that a record?) He is totally amazing. I am pretty darn lucky.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Violet Joy



Yeah....baby time. Friday afternoon I went to the dr and I was dilated to 4, 80-90% effaced and NOT in labor. I was supposed to be on call this weekend but luckily had found someone to cover for me on Friday and Sunday but was still scheduled to work on Saturday...and boy did I NOT want to work. I was definitely feeling miserable and pregnant. After my dr's appointment she told me to rest in the office for a minute because I might go into labor right then. Of course I didn't!
I ran home and did laundry, packed Lilianna for camp and tried to pay bills and balance the checkbook. Around 930 when I was almost done paying bills....so close....I started with some wussy contractions so off to the hospital we went.

I was having contractions when we got to the hospital but they were sooooooo wussy - they didn't even really hurt but I was so dilated and sooo miserable I wasn't going to take no for an answer haha. Luckily, my OB was here doing a csection so I got my epidural (yeah epidural) and we augmented those wussy contractions with some pitocin...all that got kicken around midnight. Around 4:20 Saturday morning I was still only dilated to 4 and almost completely effaced so they did an amniotomy and literally in 10 minutes I went to complete and we had Violet at 518. She had some buising on her face because I went to complete and she was delivered so quickly. She weighed in at 6pounds 12 ounces...a whole pound heavier than Lilianna!

I felt soooo terrible yesterday because I had been up all day and night and I was cramping so much worse than after my other 2 kids. One of the post-partum nurses told me that mom's always complain more about that the more kids they have had. Seriously, I don't remember the cramping being so bad...and it was really bad while breastfeeding yesterday. I feel SOOOOOOO much better today!

As usual I have been a terrible patient. Yesterday morning I threw up after a cup of morning medications...so I proceeded to call one of my friends while the nurse was standing there and ask him to talk to the nurse and give verbal orders for iv toradol and zofran. Then I refused my labs today (seriously, those numbers would not affect my care plan at all), and I also pulled out my iv today..it was kind of annoying me and I don't need it. Proven once again....dr's make the worst patients! I am sure I would have left yesterday (a day early) if I hadn't been feeling so terrible!

I already posted that LIlianna headed off to camp today. Keith brought her by the hospital to see Violet before she headed out. No one else has seen her yet. The parking at the hospital is a mess right now and I am sure my mom is at her wit's end with the other kids! It was soooo nice to not have to worry about somehow taking care of them and being in the hospital at the same time......THANKS MOM! I know it is tough for her because grandparents like to spoil grandkids and while my kids are great and mostly well-behaved. If you give an inch they try to take a mile and they can smell the opportunity for boundary pushing a mile way and turn into frenzied sharks ...especially at bedtime! haha.

Home tomorrow and 3 weeks off.....yeah!!!!!!!

The cake


this has cake wreck written all over it! But I gave it a good girl scout try! haha. I was covered in powedered sugar, frosting and sweat by the time it was finally frosted! yikes.

Lilianna loved it though...anyone want to buy a slightly used Wilton's powerpuff girl cake pan...cuz it won't get used again! haha

Lilianna's Birthday




I think this might be my first official cake wreck! boy will I NEVER make this cake again! There were like 100 different frosting colors and every single one of them needed the same decorating tip and I bought black in a can that was totally impossible to control and made all the black lines completely funky.

I can't believe my baby is 8 years old. She went to camp today and is sooo excited about it. She is growing up so fast!

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