Baby Makes Four!

If we’re friends on Facebook or Instagram, you already saw our big news, but I thought it would also be a good idea to update my blog followers!

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We’re expecting again!

We are so excited for this news, but it definitely means we need to expedite some things – specifically, finding a new house and selling our current one.

We were planning on moving anyways because we knew we wanted to grow our family, but now it’s a priority. We LOVE our current house and I wish it were just a bit bigger. It has so much character and we really like the location, but we’re starting to spill out of it and honestly, being on a separate floor from children is not what I want, which is what we currently have.

It’s going to be really sad when we move, but hopefully the next house has some of the conveniences I’ve been missing – like a garage that I can actually park in!

We are hoping to list our house in the next few weeks. Timing has not been on our side this year so far. Jed was gone for 6 weeks to Texas for training and when he returned, they informed him he needed to go for additional training in New Mexico for what was originally supposed to be two weeks, but ended up as three weeks because of miscommunication. So he was gone for six weeks, home for barely three weeks and is now gone again for three weeks. Not ideal when you’re trying to get your house ready to put on the market and try to look for houses.

I really hope he doesn’t need to travel again for a long time as he’s been gone for so long over the past almost two years. Plus, as I get bigger, I’m going to need a little more help with our very active toddler.

As far as pregnancy goes, the first trimester was not very pleasant. Jed was gone and Charlie and I were passing illnesses back and forth every week. I was probably a little more susceptible than usual because of the pregnancy. I was also extremely fatigued and had little motivation, which was difficult when you’re a working mom with a husband that’s away. Apart from fatigue, I didn’t really get morning sickness. I got nauseous once, but it didn’t last too long. All my symptoms (apart from getting sick) were pretty similar to when I was pregnant with Charlie.

I’m feeling much better now and have a lot more energy. Hopefully it stays that way because it’s going to be a busy summer/rest of year for us!

Charlie is still a little young to grasp the baby, but when we ask her where the baby is she’ll point to me or my tummy (sometimes her own tummy). I think she is going to be an awesome big sister and she’s already a great little helper (so far)!

It’s a little hard to grasp the idea that we’re having another child. Maybe it’s because it’s still early in the pregnancy or because I’m so preoccupied with everything else in life, but it hasn’t quite hit me yet.

Anyways, that’s all I got for now on the pregnancy. I’ll be doing another post shortly about our update on Charlie and her food allergy since we went to the doctor last week.

18 Month . . . errr . . . 19 Month Update

So I’m a little behind on posting Charlie’s 18-month update, but we only just had her well-check appointment last Monday, Feb. 23 (because of her vaccination schedule). So I’ll get to the “stats” later on in the post, but thought I would give a little update on her personality and our life with a toddler!

Vocabulary
She seems to have really taken off lately with her vocabulary. She’s trying new words every week, sometimes every day. Sometimes they come out very clear and other times it’s not so clear, but it’s mostly there, and of course, as her mother, I understand most of the half-words.

So what does she say? New words include: Snack, milk, book, hat, go, Tank (although it comes out more like Tek), boot, shoes, and cookie (she says this exactly like Cookie Monster does, which is hilarious). She also tries to say her cousin’s name, Ariella, and it comes out ella-ella, which is adorable as well.

Other words that she has been saying for a while include: Please, thank you, more, mommy, mama, daddy, ball, baby, bubbles, eat, puppy, no, yes, and then animal sounds like meow, woof, etc.

In between actual words, she gabs up an incomprehensible storm.

Her comprehension is very good (in my opinion). We can ask her to do something and she knows exactly what we’re saying and usually does it. She knows most of the farm animal sounds and if you ask her to find a specific animal, she is almost always correct.

Mobility
She is crazy. She doesn’t stop moving. She really has no fear and loves to climb on anything she is able to, including the coffee table. She loves to run. Let her go in a wide open space and she’s the happiest kid you’ll ever see.

Personality
She is definitely a mix of Jed and myself. She is cautious with new people at first, but warms up quickly (a mom trait). She is a funny girl – loves to laugh (a dad trait), along with her daring nature. Her favorite activity is still reading books (Thank goodness!). We introduced the iPad this past month when she was sick every other week, and while it’s something we limit, it’s amazing at how quickly they pick things up. We downloaded the PBS Kids app that has all their shows, and she can work that app over like no one’s business. She mostly just likes to play the show intros to listen to the theme songs (over, and over, and over again).

She loves observing people. She will watch others closely and mimic their actions. It’s easy to take her out because she’s excited to get out and just watch whats going on.

She has started to show that toddler rebellion, testing her/our limits. She will do things we specifically tell her not to, such as throwing food down for the dogs. Her tantrums are quite funny as she’ll get on the floor on her back and just whine, but she’ll watch us to see if we react, which we don’t. We just let her do her thing and she gets up pretty quickly and finds something else to do. Distraction seems to be the best solution to those situations.

We did find out this winter that she is not a fan of snow – at all! She won’t even stand on the sidewalk if there’s snow on it. She freaks out. So hopefully she gets over this fear, otherwise she’s going to have some miserable winters.

Eating
We were supposed to go to the allergist last week to get her re-tested for her milk allergy to see if it’s improved at all, but her and I were sick so I had to cancel it. We have it rescheduled and will see if she’s starting to grow out of it or not (I really hope so). So still no dairy, eggs or peanuts. The eggs and peanuts are just because we have a family history, but when we go in, I’m going to ask them to test for those as it would be really nice to make scrambled eggs for her, since we’re already pretty limited with food. We’ll also be talking about diagnosing her with asthma as this past week marked the fifth incident of her wheezing/having difficulty breathing due to getting a cold.

She loves to eat and is a good eater. Vegetables, fruits, meat – she eats it all. Spaghetti is probably her favorite, now along with cookies (which are really Annie’s Bunny Grahams). She drinks enriched rice milk and water. We’ve never really given her juice, but have tried a couple of times and she’s not into it, which is fine.

Well, that’s the long and short of it. There’s so much more that she does every day that amazes me, but I would have to write a novel to cover that. All in all, she’s a happy-go-lucky toddler that enjoys the company of others and interacting with people.

Here are her “stats”. I have a feeling it’s not going to take long for her to surpass me in height.

Charlotte Mae – 18-Month (and 19 days) Update

Weight:
2 Weeks = 9 lbs., 2 oz. – 75th percentile
2 Months = 13 lbs., 11 oz. –  97th percentile
4 Months = 15 lbs., 15 oz. – 90th percentile
6 months = 17 lbs., 10 oz. – 78th percentile
9 months = 19 lbs., 3 oz. – 55th percentile
12 months = 21 lbs., 12 oz. – 60th percentile
15 months = 22 lbs., 8 oz. – 43rd percentile
18 months = 23 lbs., 9 oz. – 36% percentile

Height:
2 Weeks = 21.3″ – 81st percentile
2 Months = 24.5″ – 97th percentile
4 Months = 26.5″ – 97th percentile
6 months = 27″ – 86th percentile
9 months = 29.8″ – 97th percentile
12 months = 30″ – 77th percentile
15 months = 31.6″ – 79th percentile
18 months = 33.3″ – 85th percentile

Head Circumference:
2 Weeks = 36.5 cm – 61st percentile
2 Months = 40.5 cm – 86th percentile
4 Months = 41 cm – 48th percentile
6 months = 43.4 cm – 74th percentile
9 months = 44 cm – 49th percentile
12 months = 44 cm – 20th percentile
15 months = 46.6 cm – 68th  percentile
18 months = 47 cm – 60th percentile

 

In other news, Jed got back from his six weeks of training on Feb. 27. And guess what! He gets to leave again on March 15 to warmer weather again! He has to go for an additional two weeks of training to New Mexico. So, I guess life as a single parent isn’t quite over yet. I really hope this is the end of training and travel for a long time. It’s not necessarily harder, but there are differences now that Charlie is older and understands that Daddy isn’t around.

Now on to the best part of the post – pictures!

Round and Round We Go…

So one of my New Years resolutions was to blog more. So here I am, trying to keep somewhat consistent with it.

I wish I had something exciting to tell you or interesting, but honestly, the past few weeks have been pretty tortuous in our household. Jed left on Jan. 6 for additional training down in Texas and ever since he left, Charlie or myself have been sick. And not just a small cold or virus sick, but down and out sick.

The weekend after he left, Charlie started getting sick and ended up with the flu and a 104.7 temp! I felt so bad and she had a rough couple of days. I got her in and they gave her Tamiflu, which worked, but she was really out of it.

Then, about a week and half later or so, I started to lose my voice and then pretty much completely lost it. I ended up with tracheobronchitis. I’m sure the dogs and Charlie were relieved at not having to listen to me for three days, which is about how long it lasted. It was so bad that I had tried to call the doctor to make an appointment and I was pretty much “yelling”, but they hung up because they couldn’t hear me! Luckily, the voice part was really the worst.

Then last weekend, Charlotte started getting some cold symptoms and it triggered her undiagnosed asthma. I say this because she is still too young to be diagnosed, but my mother and I have pretty severe asthma and this was the third incident in about 4-5 months that Charlotte has had “asthma” symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath when she gets sick. So she got a bad cold and then all of a sudden was short of breath and wheezing. We went in and they put her on nebulizer treatments, oral prednisone and then an antibiotic to help with whatever may have started it, which she is still on. Come Wednesday, I started to feel crappy as well so I started an antibiotic to hopefully catch it, which is working, but a little too slow for my liking.

All in all, I cannot wait for Jed to get back (only two more weeks!). It’s so hard trying to take care of someone else when you’re sick and of course, with just the two of us, we keep passing it back and forth because there’s no “back-up” relief to step in and stop this vicious cycle. It doesn’t help either that I have everything else to do, like take care of the dogs, the house, still try to get work done, etc. It also didn’t help that we had about a foot of snow last weekend and Des Moines is NOT anywhere near experienced at snow removal.

On a more positive note, I thought I would give a quick update on Charlotte, apart from all the illness.

She turned 18 months on Feb. 4. We don’t have her well-check until the 23rd because of her vaccination schedule, so I’ll give an update then for her stats. She is picking up on so much and trying to talk a lot more.

She’ll say “Please” and “Thank You” and even say “Bless You” when you sneeze. Cutest thing ever because she won’t even be in the same room and you can hear her say it. She’s close to saying “Book” and “Read” as that is one of her favorite activities, as well as coloring. She would color all day if you sat with her.

She’s a mover. She does not sit still for very long unless you are reading to her. She loves to climb on anything she can manage to get up on. She likes playing with the dogs, sharing her snacks and getting them riled up. She likes when they chase her, which is usually only when she has food in her hand. She’s pretty good at telling you animal sounds – mostly woof, meow, ba ba. She actually snorts for a pig and sort of spits for an elephant.

She’s getting more teeth in. She recently cut her 13th and is about to get her 14th in very soon. She’s been gnawing on her fingers a lot this week (it’s her canines). I need to make her a dentist appointment!

Apart from being sick and teething, her appetite is very good. Although she still doesn’t like banana. Spaghetti is probably one of her favorites, but she’ll eat a whole variety of vegetables, meats and fruits.

Next on our list is getting her scheduled for a follow-up for her milk allergy. They said to come in after a year from diagnosis to see if it’s gotten better or not. They will do a baked milk challenge, which should help them tell if she’ll grow out of it or not. That will probably be sometime in March or April as we went in last March.

And for your viewing pleasure, some recent photos!

And now, I must go to bed as there is no sleeping in for this mama!

Life as a Single Parent . . . Again!

As you may or may not know, Jed is back in Texas for training. He left on Jan. 6 and finishes Feb. 20 + some travel days. So I am back to being a single parent for six weeks to a toddler and two fur-children.

The timing on these training courses is always awesome (add hint of sarcasm here)! Of course it’s in the middle of winter (again) during the coldest months (remember that Polar Vortex last year?!). I really wish I would have asked for a remote start for Christmas seeing as we don’t have use of a garage.

I was thinking back to when he was gone for his initial training and wondering how much different it was going to be this time around. The answer: A lot different!

First off, I am working four days a week, which is much more than I was working when he was originally gone. Charlotte is also now a toddler and is 17 months going on 13! She couldn’t walk before so it was easy to sit her in the pack n’ play or on a blanket and not worry about where she would end up. Now she is climbing on couches, chairs, stools and whatever else she can pull herself up onto.

She can (mostly) feed herself, but my meals still tend to be cold by the time I get to them as she needs help getting food onto her utensils or gets frustrated very quickly. But I guess it’s better than having to feed every 3 hours!

While she will play independently, she has recently been VERY clingy to me. To the point that she literally bawls and has tantrums if I don’t pick her up. I seriously hope this is just a phase and part of this new transition, because it is hard to listen to and manage, especially when I’m trying to make dinner. I think it’s been difficult for her because we’re trying to get back into a routine from the holidays and she craves attention and interaction and I’m the only one at home that can give that to her, so she literally demands it. I do think she misses daddy as she says “daddy” a lot and points at his pictures around the house. Breaks my heart, but we FaceTime with him whenever possible.

Of course to make things more interesting, she came down with the flu this past week. I felt so bad for her. She had a temp of 104. 7 at the doctor’s office! Luckily she did not have vomiting or really any other symptoms, but she tested positive for the flu and was given Tamiflu which we ended today.

In addition to being a single parent to a toddler, I have our two fur balls to take care of as well, which has proven difficult as they can be just as demanding. Plus, I’m now in charge of having to give Tank his insulin shots twice a day. He’s pretty good at it, but it makes it difficult in regards to going out as we need to give them to him 12 hours apart (or close to).

We also now have a new neighbor (yay!), but she has a dog, so when they are all outside at the same time, its pure chaos and the most shrill barking you’ve ever heard. Not annoying at all.

I was also all excited to get projects done around the house, but to be honest, by the end of the day, I’m usually exhausted and ready to hit the sack. I definitely do not take for granted all that Jed does when he’s home.

Hopefully the rest of the time Jed is gone is illness-free and joyful! I am definitely counting down the days and dreaming of being able to sleep a little bit more and have an extra pair of hands around again!

I would post some recent photos, but I’m too tired to upload them, so those will come at a later date.

 

 

 

And We’re Back!

Happy New Year! Seeing as I mentioned in November that I would start blogging more often and that it’s the New Year and time to make resolutions I figured what better time to get back into the groove!

This year has already started out with a bang, but not in the best sense. I was sick on New Years Eve and day, and the next day, and then Jed was sick after me until Sunday evening. On top of that, Jed had to head back down to San Angelo, TX for an additional six weeks of training. He sure leaves at the most convenient times, like when it’s supposed to be -30 degrees!

The good news? We’re all on the mend and feeling better. I’m actually looking forward to getting back into a routine after the holidays and the craziness and fun that ensued. Check back later for a post about our Christmas vacation.

Back to New Years. I don’t usually make (stick) to resolutions, but I figured it would be good to start making some somewhat attainable goals this year. So without further rambling, I give you my Top 4 Resolutions List of 2015:

1. Read one book a month or 12 books throughout the year (No, I will not be counting the endless books I read every day to Charlotte, although I feel I should get credit for memorizing most of them)

2. Go on more dates with my husband – where we actually leave the house and not just watch movies at home. We do not get out much and this needs to be a priority for us this year as it’s important to grow our relationship together.

3. Keep in better touch with friends and family. We do a pretty good job of this, but there’s always room for improvement. Watch out, you may even get an actual birthday card from me instead of a post on your Facebook wall!

4. Lastly, try to focus on me a little more. This sounds selfish, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others. We’ve been good about meal planning and eating healthy (Charlotte’s milk allergy sure helps with that!), but I can be better. I can also try to learn not to stress out so much.

So they aren’t anything extraordinary or difficult, but they are still things to strive towards.

If you’re a resolution-maker, I wish you good luck in your new goals and if not, good luck anyway.

Bring it on, 2015!