Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Bloggers, Ian and I just got home from running some errands. We're watching Glee for the second time. I love it. It's so awesome. Don't judge me. This blog will be on random topics because I can't choose what I want to write about.

UT - Emergency Alert System
As most of you probably know, there was a suicide on campus yesterday. I really refuse to call it a shooting because there was tons and tons of opportunities for him to kill people and he didn't take them. He randomly fired at the ground and through the air. Even according to the eye witnesses. However, this is about UT's response.

I'm really pleased with their quick response. I was driving to work and I was maybe a block away from the incident. I was sitting at a read light, minding my own business and I got a text from UT. It said there was an armed person around the PCL. About 10 seconds later, I see cops cars rushing towards campus. I saw more and more as I was driving to work, so apparently I got that message pretty quickly if emergency vehicles are responding.

Way to go UT! Nice quick text response. I got messages throughout the day pertaining to lockdowns and everything this. This was really helpful because many of our students have parents who are affiliated with UT, as well as employees. Anyways, I just wanted to give UT two thumbs up for a quick response.

Ian's Walking Ability
Stephen and I caught Ian yesterday...

Wait.. what's he doing?

Oh, nothing ma'. Just walking on my cast. He has about a week and a half left with this thing on. The doctor thinks he'll 'forget' how to walk again when it comes off. We'll see, I sort of agree.

Mila and Practicing Impulse Control
I went to Target today to buy my dad's birthday present (TODAY IS MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY!) and I had my basket full of baby things for Mila. I practiced good self control and only put this in my basket:

I got the pink one. I got a newborn size. It's awesome. She'll be born in January so I feel it's really necessary.

Blog out.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I am doing this with one arm while Ian snuggles in my lap. No Sharpie Liquid Pencil review today, you'll have to wait one more.

1. Growing up, what was one favorite item that you had to have with you at all times?
None. I never had a lovey or anything of the sort.

2. Being an adult, what is one favorite item that you have to have with you at all times, and what happens if you do not have it with you? Do you lose your sanity or just go back home to get it?
Ian. Does that count? If I left him at home, I'd definitely go back and get him because he's only 2. Other than that, my cell phone. No, I don't go back to get it if I leave it at home. I just live without it.

3. Where is your favorite place to be to just hide away from everything and breathe for a moment?
In my bed? I don't know, I don't really get the chance to hide away from everything. Is that bad? Before I was pregnant with Mila, I would wake up before everyone, make some coffee and sit in the big comfy chair and relax with my coffee for a little bit. I'm too tired to do that right now and I can't drink coffee. Maybe after she's born.

4. What is your favorite thing about your partner? (If you don’t have a partner, then someone who is very close and will always be in your life)

I only get to pick one thing? I guess it'd be his ability to read my mind. Yes, I'm being serious. I really don't have to do or say anything (that I'm aware of) and Stephen knows just what I want or how to fix it. It's an awesome quality.

5. What is your favorite thing about your job? (If you don’t have a job, then what is your favorite thing that you do during your day?)
Man, today's questions are tricky. I think the best thing about my job are the little things the kids will say or do. Like, if you've been working on something and one day, it finally clicks and they get it. Or, when they say things like "Mrs. Amanda, you make my day." That is definitely the best part of my job.

6. What is your favorite lesson that your parents taught you growing up? Looking back, is it something that you want to use to teach your children when they reach that age?
"If you can't tell me about it, you probably shouldn't be doing it." I love it! As I got older, it was "your grandma" or "your family" but it was always the same. And I completely agree. I hope we get that across our kids. :)

7. What is your favorite song, that will always bring a smile to your face and make you think of something happy?
Currently, that Bruno Mars song, Just the Way you are. I have lots of songs that bring a smile to my face.

8. What is your favorite things about being an American? (If you not American, what are you proud of in regards to your country)
Gee, a whole lot of favorites. My freedom to do what I want...

9. What is your favorite meal that reminds you of being a child?
Reminds me of being a child? I don't know, my mom still makes similar/same meals. But, I did love when I was sick and my mom would make us a grilled cheese and chicken soup. It still makes me feel better.

10. Name 3 things that other people would say are their favorite thing about you.
I'm brutally honest (good and bad I guess); I'm always there for my friends and family (unless I'm pregnant and forgetful, but I still try); my good listening skills (I may not always active listen though, because it drives Jackie insane, but I'm listening)

And that's it for today! Now, time for Ian and I to get ready for our day.

Blog out.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Mommy Goggles

Waffle with peanut butter and banana is super tasty. I know why Ian eats it all the time now.

He is doing wonderful! And just in case you haven't seen my new facebook picture:

He's basically a grown adult now. Time has flown by! He desperately needs a hair cut. Can you please express this to Stephen? Thank you.

Leg breakage: going good. He still only crawls around and scoots on his behind, but I must say, he's starting to just randomly stand up in the middle of the room. The other day, I took him to play with the train set at Barnes and Noble and he'd walk from the table to the books. I don't think he realized he was walking. It's much like the cartoons where they can run in midair until they realize that they're in midair. As soon as he realizes he is walking he stops and falls to the ground to crawl. In two weeks, we get to go for a check up and hopefully get the cast off!

Ian has been getting skinnier and skinnier. I'm sure the doctor won't be too happy with this. I mean, he eats. It's still super healthy, minus the chocolate milk that I force him to drink every day because of his leg. People, the kid has a four pack now and he isn't even working out. It's ridiculous. I think that Stephen and Ian are going to go get their flu shots at the end of the week. I already got mine. My doctor was appalled that I had a kid, was pregnant, worked with kids, and had yet to get it. So, I went ahead and did it. My arm was sore for about a day.

I made a statement that I didn't want this cast to have signatures all over it. So of course, my brother stole Ian and got a sharpie and wrote "Aaron loves you" on it. Thanks. It's still the only thing on there. I guess I'll have to have people write on it.

I think she's doing fabulous because she's been moving a lot lately. Mostly at night, when I'm trying to sleep. Big brother still calls her "ila" and it's adorable. Speaking of which, we bought him a big brother book and he really enjoys reading it.

24 weeks, 2 days. Wait... really? Yes people, that is correct. I'm 6 months pregnant. And guess what, at the end of this week, I'll be in my third trimester! How ridiculous is that? She is the size of an ear of corn. I believe it, she's huge. I think at this point, she's getting fatter rather than taller. I'm sure it's going to be that way for the rest of the pregnancy. She's been about a foot long for a long time now.

That is all for today people. I have to call Franny today because I'm a terrible friend and forgot to call her last night. :( Sorry!

Blog out.

ETA: Expect a review of the liquid sharpie pencil tomorrow! :)


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Losing It

I've sort of been out of it for a while this pregnancy. I do things like mix people's names up, etc. Well, I've decided that I've officially lost it. This morning, I forgot an entire conversation from yesterday. Then, I promptly walked into my bathroom to make breakfast. People, I don't make this up. I literally just walk around the apartment until something clicks and I remember what I was doing. Not only that, but the pressure on my pelvis is horrid this morning as well. So, I'm waddling around in pain, into the wrong rooms, not really knowing what I'm doing.

This is just another day in the life.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I was really debating not doing today's post because of some news that I got yesterday, but alas, I'm trucking along. No, it does not directly involve me, no worries people. Please visit Chelsea's blog to participate and read other Ten on Tuesdays.

1. What’s the one thing you always do when you’re stressed?
I bite the insides of my checks. I've always done it, I don't know why.

2. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for a friend?
Weirdest? I have no idea. Um... probably calling a friend's boyfriend when they weren't talking or something. Yes, I have stalkerish friends. It's been a long while since then though.

3. What cleaning supply could you not live without?
Any sort of spray cleaner. I love spray cleaners. I use a green cleaner. Occasionally, when the baby isn't here, I use a bleach cleaner to get a real clean, but I don't like using it around the kiddo(s). 

4. How long do you plan on living where you currently reside?.
Hopefully for only a few more months, even though our lease isn't up until April. Anyone want to sublease? Don't get me wrong, I love our apartments, great location, amazing pool, gym, etc. But, we want to move on soon.

5. Do you usually vote straight party, a mixture, or not at all?

6. What’s something that you love to do, but seem to never make time for?
Read! I need to do that more. Also, anything artsy. And photography. Everything seems to have slipped once I got pregnant... EVERYTHING. Hopefully, it'll come back though.

7. What’s your favorite store to buy things for other people?
Probably Target because they have a little of everything and I can get a good idea. But, it really depends on the person and age. Babies?! I'll shop around baby stores!

8. What’s the weather like around you today?
A little humid and muggy, with a possibility of rain. Thank you news.

9. What’s the worst book you’ve ever bought and read?
I have no idea. I wouldn't say I've read a 'bad book.' At least I haven't gotten to the point of having to put it down and find another one. Given, I always ask my parents and friends for some book references. I only pick the ones I think I'll like. Minus the ones my dad suggests, I read all of those. He's always been right about whether or not I'd like it.

10. What’s the closest thing to you that is yellow?
A block. Yes, Ian's toy.

That's it for today. Thank you for bearing with me.

Blog out.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mommy Goggles

Just in case you are wondering why I'm writing at post at 4am, it's Jackie's fault. I was sort of sleepy at 9 last night and she told me that if I was tired early, I should definitely go to bed early. Now, here I am, awake, at 4am. I should probably clean, but I'll probably read our birthing home study book instead.

Quick update on rain sounds: wonderful. I think that everyone slept better, I know that I slept really well. And most importantly, I was able to fall asleep quickly, which never happens for me. Thank you pregnancy/insomnia. If you're thinking about getting a white noise machine of sorts, go for it! Thanks Aunt Mary.


is doing much better! I don't know what I've written and what I haven't. Ian had three doctor's appointments last week. Two of which, my wonderful mother took him to because I had to work. Turns out, Ian had a double ear infection. Today is the last day of his antibiotics and seems to be doing amazing. He was doing better after 24 hours of antibiotics, so that was nice.

Yes, his cast is still on, and it's still orange! He sported it with a nice orange onsie during the UT football game to... he also stayed awake for the entire game. He has started this huge attitude when he begins to get tired. He just screams and yells at us instead of using his words. We are really working on that. I am not a huge fan of getting yelled at all the time.


is huge. Or at least I'm assuming that she is. Right now, we are 23 weeks, 2 days along. She weighs as much as a large mango! Though, if you were to ask me, I'd say she's much bigger. It is my bladder she enjoys smooshing and pelvis she enjoys nestling in. We have a doctor's appointment this week, that should be exciting. I haven't had any cravings lately, probably because I can't taste. Though, Stephen took it upon himself to dust our bedroom because of mine and Ian's congestion. I did sleep easier last night, though, I'm still congested.

Back to Mila, I think I'll have more to update after the appointment. I will say that so far, Ian is a great big brother. As part of his bedtime ritual, he now applies lotion to the baby belly and kisses Mila goodnight. I really like this ritual, it's super cute. I'm trying to lessen the blow of bringing a new baby home. I still think it's going to be a little bit traumatic.

Anywho, that's it for today. Don't forget that How I Met Your Mother is on tonight! Don't forget it!!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekend Update

This weekend has been a pretty good weekend so far.

The Longhorns won, despite their terrible offense.

We've been cleaning out our closet. So far, we've donated two garbage bags full of clothes and thrown out another bag of ripped and ruined clothes. We aren't even done yet, but it is what we're working on for the rest of the day/night when we get the chance.

I got my hair cut yesterday. As I was sitting in the chair, I showed her how short I wanted it. Right before she started cutting it, she noticed that my hair was really, really long and asked if she could measure it to donate it. She was a little bummed out because I still needed a few inches. I told her to go ahead and cut off the required length... and she did! I now have really short hair, Stephen says that I look like a "mom" now. But I like it. My head feels lighter and I'm not as hot. And, I can wear it in a tiny pony tail, curly, or straight, it's pretty nice.

Remember my last post about Ian needing to be in the shower to sleep? Well, funny enough, over the weekend he was crying again and he ended up sleeping on the bathroom floor with it on, don't worry, I got him pillows.

Anyways, my aunt wrote me after that post and suggested that we try a white noise machine for the wee one. I have never thought about it. I did find one that I really like, but I'd have to wait to have it, and well... I'm all about instant gratification. After asking my parents, I did some research and found out how to make my own shower sounds. This nerdy dad explains how he made his own sounds for his child. I did the same thing.

But then my dad sent me another link: White Noise 247. It has music that you can either stream on your computer or download. I downloaded "Rain" and "Calm Sea Waves." We'll be listening to it tonight and see if it helps. I don't know which one yet. I think I may prefer the rain sounds, but I also really like the waves sounds too. I'll post about it tomorrow. Hey, and who knows... we may actually use the one I made! But probably not, I think it sounds a little funny. I'm going to make it anyways.

Completely off topic, but Stephen has been getting into this amazingly awesome ritual where he makes me breakfast every single Sunday. It's like Heaven.

Um... how tasty does that look? Ian had a strawberry (and I had a few bites of omelet) before I decided to take out my phone and snap a picture. Doesn't it look good? It's a tomato and bacon omelet and was quite tasty. It is even more special because Stephen loathes eggs... I mean really, he hates them. Yet, he's learned to cook them just right for me and it's wonderful. What a great way to wake up on the weekends. :)

I know that you want an Ian and Mila update, but you're going to have to wait until tomorrow for that.

Blog out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have one of those jobs that doesn't allow me breaks or a computer or anything... so I literally have to be awake at obscure hours to fit a blog into my day. I've been up since before 5 this morning. It's really not a big deal. The little dude and I seem to have developed allergies, though I'm beginning to think that Ian needs some serious medicine or something for his.

Alas, I'll be calling today to make him a doctor's appointment in hopes that they'll fit him in without a problem. Though, I know for a fact that every child is oozing boogers and coughing right now. I'm also sure that I have been awake nearly all night because Ian wakes up crying. I had to pick him up and walk into the bathroom and turn the shower on, much like I used to when he was younger and had colic. It was all too familiar. I think that the shower sound is really soothing to him, I can see that.

I almost feel like a terrible mother because Ian has been to the doctor, for one reason or another, just about every single week for the past month. And it's not even like I'm overreacting (which is shocking), there is legitimately something wrong every. single. time.

Oh, in case you didn't get the memo, Ian got his cast wet. Do you like how I say Ian did it? It was in fact a parent, Ian didn't intentionally to do. But, we did have to go to the doctor yesterday and get a new cast. Don't worry, I kept the old one that has all of the signatures. His new one however is a different color:

Doesn't he just look sick? It's really sad. The doctor's office needs to hurry up and open so that I can call. Back to the cast. I like this one better because I can see his toes and play with them. They really need to get cut. Maybe I can do that today.

Also, my new hope is that if the doctor decides to weigh him with his cast on, he'll be on the growth chart. Though, I doubt it. Whereas he is catching up a lot in height, his weight is still pretty far off. I can dream though, right?

Well people, that's all you get out of me this morning. Now, I'm going to make some breakfast, get ready for work, and watch the news. And yes, I do plan on being interrupted before all of this is done, but that's okay. Stephen was making fun of me because I can't sleep when Ian is sick. I literally sit there occupying myself surfing or something while he sleeps and I check on him every 10 minutes. I may have to go get a decaf coffee this morning (as I do on mornings when I need to trick myself into getting some energy).

Have an amazing day! It is Thursday after all, this week has flown by!

Blog out.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I'm doing the Ten on Tuesday!

1. Favorite way to travel (plane, train, automobile, etc.)
automobile, but i must say, the train in chicago was pretty fun.

2. Where’s your favorite place to travel to that you’ve been to?
it's a toss up; california, prague, or canada.

3. Where’s the place that you want to go but have never been?
um... so many!

4. Do you deal with traffic well?
a lot better when i'm not pregnant.

5. Ever had an emergency while traveling?
not personally. but my little brother got pretty sick when we were in california.

6. Do you have a passport? What countries have you been to?
yes, czech republic and canada, i dont know if france counts bc it was just a stop.

7. Are you’ve light packer or do you pack everything but the kitchen sink?
according to stephen, everything but the kitchen sink. i don't think i'm that bad though.

8. Do you take the fastest route or the road less traveled?
whatever google tells me...

9. Do any activities on the road? (like road games, reading, sleeping, etc. )
drive.... and sometimes sleep or try and entertain stephen. i use to do homework, but not anymore. :(

10. Use a paper map or GPS?
... gps on my phone, if i need. i usually print a map.

ok, sorry for lack of capitalization but i'm on my laptop and well... you've heard stories.

blog out.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Mommy Goggles Monday

Ian decided to wake up early this morning. That means I have had no 'mommy' time and we're currently watching the news. Ian doesn't seem to mind too much.

Yesterday we stopped by to see our cousins for a little bit. It was nice. They wanted to sign Ian's cast. (Granny and Grandadoo also came up this weekend and signed said cast). Now, it looks beautiful! And Marissa also decorated it with several beautiful pictures, you can see some of them in the pictures.

He still isn't walking on it, but he's getting around really well. And he has his dermatology appointment tomorrow and it looks like he may have a scar (because he picked his scab) but overall it looks wonderful.

Ian's top canines are coming in. He is constantly chewing on his hand. That's really weird because he didn't do that with any other teeth. I guess that these hurt extra bad.

I was feeling really under the weather yesterday (apparently I've developed allergies? I'm hoping it was just the storm and I'll be back to normal soon). Anyways, I was very tired so my wonderful husband took Ian out for the day. Then, he dropped him off at grandma and grandpas and ran errands. That was a nice break. Ian had a great time too and even napped over there which is unheard of.

Mila is doing good (I think). She seems to like to move most at night, which is fine by me, for now. We are 22 weeks, 2 days right now. I can't believe I'm that far along. She is about the size of a spaghetti squash (11 inches) and a pound-ish.

We have another check up next week and my blood work should come in today about the exposure to an illness thing. So, we're good there! We did find out that in October, my visits will start going to every other week. That's pretty frequent!

Blog out!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Waiting on some Blueberry Muffins...

My friend, Jackie, is bringing me some blueberry muffins this morning. I'm pretty thrilled about it. So here I am, eagerly awaiting her arrival with my tasty breakfast.

I know, you're probably wondering how I'm sitting here typing this blog when it's nearly 8am. And let me tell you friends, it's because Ian is sleeping. No, he doesn't normally sleep this late, but I figured I'd let him today for one reason: he woke up around 3:30 this morning and didn't fall back asleep until 5:00 this morning. I'm a little tired myself now. He wasn't in pain or upset or anything like that. He was just telling me "hi!" and giving me kisses and just being awake. Finally, I picked him back up and was able to rock him back to sleep on the bed.

Back to my muffins, they just arrived.

I know that you want some. Maybe you should find a Jackie too. I really hope that I don't eat them all and Stephen gets to have some too. But, I make no promises. They are pretty tasty.

Yesterday, my wonderful grandma had to make an emergency trip to the city to come fix me. I stupidly wore flipflops while it was raining and I slipped. No, I didn't fall, but when I caught myself, it hurt my back really bad. And as you know, I'm already having lots of back problems. (Which we decided was from my back fracture in 8th grade). I stayed up that night and had a few back spasms and just could not get comfortable.

Long side note: I was literally laying in bed on my laptop and I refused to move (unless of course I had to pee). I would send an e-mail to Stephen's phone asking for things. But I kept forgetting. So he brought me chocolate milk, pretzels, and water on three separate trips. He was one room away in the living room and never had to leave, but I still felt bad for asking for everything. But, he brought it all without a complaint.

Back to my story. My grandma came in and worked her magic, plus some. I was even able to get my sinuses cleared up. And my back felt 100 times better by the time I had to go to work. She has demanded I start taking vitamin C and that I'd probably be sore. But man, I feel so good! And I did buy some vitamin c... finally.

If you haven't seen a chiropractor, you really should. I'm telling you, they work magic! My grandma has adjusted me since I was tiny and I love it!

Blog out.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Is it really THAT bad?

Um, I've decided both yes and no. You probably don't even know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about Ian's leg again. Why? Well, I finally got to see the x-rays, so I'm going to share it with you.

First off, I had to go to the hospital to get a copy of the x-rays. Am I the only person who wans't aware that they'd be giving me a copy of them on a CD?! I think It's totally awesome. I was pretty shocked, and I got to keep it too. Sadly, I had to go to work, so I wasn't able to look at them. My mom sent them to my phone with a phone call consisting off "He definitely broke his tibia and it looks pretty bad." People, I could see it on my phone. Without further ado, here it is:

Isn't his leg so cute? I mean, nearly the entire thing fits on here. I think it's adorable. Anyways, do you see right under the knee, that nice break? I have another zoomed in image:

Please take notice that it goes at a downward angle, jags up, then jags back down with a very little amount of space left before it goes all the way through. Ian almost broke his leg all the way through by jumping off of a couch. It is shocking.

We decided to go to a pediatric orthopedic, and man am I glad that we did. We met with the physician assistant and never actually met the doctor, but it looked like a busy day, so I'm fine with that, she was super sweet. But, I'm really here to brag about the amazing technician dude that casted my baby. He had a helper come in with him and he told my mom to hold Ian in his lap. Then, they were talking to him about how neat it was going to be. He let Ian touch the cast every step of the way. I mean, it was the furthest thing from traumatic. I think it's even safe to say that Ian enjoyed it.

There was a little bit of a debate as to what angle they were going to put his cast at. This nice walkable one, or a very uncomfortable 90 degree angle one. They went with the walkable one, thank goodness! He even got this adorable little shoe that isn't ugly and black. And yes, my mom, dad, and I all signed it. Ian was sleeping by the time we saw Stephen, so he can sign it today.

He looks pretty rad and the ladies are definitely giving him sympathy. He only has to wear it for 4 weeks, which is pretty neato burrito. I remember having to wear my casts for 6 weeks, I guess kiddos heal really fast.

Anyways, now I have to go wait to call my OB because I've been exposed to a disease. Parents, keep your sick kids at home because no, you don't know what they have and they could be hurting babies that are still in utero.

ETA: I hurt my back at work yesterday. So my wonderful grandma is coming in today to look at it. Thank goodness. Back spasms are terrible!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Good Tuesday

Good Tuesday Bloggers!

There is no Ten on Tuesday today because Chelsea had her baby! Go check him out in all his adorable-ness: Roots and Rings.

I'll just give you some fun facts today, ten of them.

1. I've been asked about how to say Mila's name. It is pronounced Mee-la. Stephen's mom reminded me last night that my soon-to-arrive niece's name is Lela, so that'll be adorable! We'll have to get a picture of them together sometime. :)

2. Stephen found these cinnamon roll cookies and I'm going to make them one day when I get the change. Not only will my taste buds be exuberantly happy, but it might also give me a heart attack. I think it's worth it.

3. My friend Jackie started a blog: Hungry for More. It's really cute. She writes about food and shopping and such, it's muy interestante, if you're into that thing.

4. It's raining. Apparently a tropical storm or something hit and now we have rain! I'm so happy right now, it's not even funny!

5. I'm calling the orthopedic in 4 minutes to try and schedule Ian an appointment.

6. This is my first full day of work. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

7. I paid rent on the 1st of the month and my apartment still hasn't made it go through. This drives me insane. I pay online too, so I figure it should go slightly faster, but it does not. Sometimes, it takes them two weeks and we're already being paid again. HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT?!

8. I wish I could drink coffee. I'm super tired this morning and could really use a pick me up.

9. Ian is watching Curious George. Also, he crawled out of bed this morning, then asked for help. I don't know what he thinks he was going to do. I bet that by tomorrow, he'll be walking, or trying to walk. I sure hope that the orthopedic can fit us in today.

10. I just found out that the doctor doesn't open until 8:30. It would have been nice if they had that yesterday. However, they apparently left their phones on when they were in fact, closed all day long. Isn't that great? And no, their hours aren't posted online.

Okay people, that's it! I'll post something tomorrow, hopefully substantial, or maybe pictures of a colorful cast that's signed by Ian's loving family and friends?! Or maybe a jubilant baby in a walking cast? Though, I doubt that'll be feasible, but a girl can dream, right?

Blog out.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mommy Goggles

I'm here to post today! YAY! I know, you're very excited, just like me.

Yes, my baby is still in his cast. Obviously. I'm going to try and call an orthopedic today, though I'm sure they're closed. Ian hasn't had any pain medicine, including Motrin, in almost 24 hours now! I think it's safe to say that he's feeling a lot better. I'm glad. This was him yesterday morning:

He was a little out of it. But, he still ate most of his breakfast, which is awesome. (Side note: Stephen's making breakfast right now, how I love the holiday weekend!) Ian is also very aware that he is allowed to be more bossy now:

Do you see how he is ordering me around? I mean, it's nothing new, just a little more persistent now. Ian is already using a weird crawl to get around. Both hands and one leg. He even kept asking my dad down to walk yesterday when we went to the park. I don't know how I am going to keep him from walking for so long. I hope that the doctor is able to find a happy medium with me, but probably not.

Yesterday, we took Ian to the park and we fed cheetos to the birds. I know, I forgot the bread and it's all we had... Ian even threw some to the birds, he had fun but was really tired.

He promptly feel asleep in the stroller on the way back. He was worn out. He slept for about 2 hours. His injury naps have been at least 2 or 3 hours. It's ridiculous. I have a feeling those long naps will end soon.

Other than that, he's been doing amazing. I still can't believe my not-even-two-year-old broke his leg. Who does that?! I bought this carrier to make it easier for me to carry Ian around.

It's a pretty neat carrier. You can front, side, and back carry. We'll buy a newborn insert for when the new baby joins us (I'll be revealing her name in this post!). Right now, I'm really digging the back carry. It evens me out really well: one baby in back, one baby in front. It helps my back too. I'm sure I look ridiculous.

Notice in Ian's pictures, he's wearing a onsie. We also bought 6 onsies. We figured it would be a lot easier to change is his diaper that way. So, he'll be wearing them a lot. Not to mention easier to move in because the cast goes up to his mid-thigh.

Fun Fact: If/when Ian gets a hard cast, we will all be signing it because I think it'll be awesome.

The End.

Yup! That's her name! Mila! We love it. It was also our favorite name with Ian (if he were a girl). And we really tried to like other names. But come January, we will be welcoming Baby Mila into our family. I had to reveal it because every time I mention her, I type her name than have to delete it, so it was only a matter of time.

This week Mila is the size of a carrot, length wise. And it says she's nearly a pound. But, given that she was nearly a pound at her check up, I'm assuming she is a pound now.

Ian still loves to give his baby sister kisses. We're teaching him that baby's are awesome. So awesome in fact, that he'll pick up a stuffed animal and call it a baby and then smother it with hugs. He has no idea what is about to happen, but we're trying to prepare him as good as possible. I think he'll be a great big brother.

Blog out.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Broken Bones

Here I am laying in bed with Ian while he sleeps with his leg propped up on a pillow. My poor little guy. Honestly, I feel a little guilty... well okay... a lot. But we'll get to that in a bit.

Tonight, we got some Pei Wei and were eating in the living room. It was almost time for bed and Ian was crawling on me while I was laying on the couch, then he'd jump off. He did it like 100 times, making Stephen and I watch. I thought nothing of it really, I mean I always hate him rough housing, but what am I going to do. Then we start getting him ready for bed, I change his diaper, Stephen gets his water. Ian gave me a night night kiss, then proceeded to climb onto the couch and jump off. (I'd already told him no because it would hurt). Then, I heard a snap and he was screaming.

He really didn't cry that much and I was able to console him. He wouldn't put any weight on it and Stephen felt his leg, so we knew a few places it hurt. I called my mom and said "I think Ian may have broken or dislocated something." She said "on my way" and hung up. We took him to the emergency clinic, but they wouldn't see him because he's under 10, so we went to the ER at the closest hospital.

It was a long wait and pretty traumatic.

This is after they x-rayed it (I had to leave the room because of Baby2 and heard all the screaming). I'm glad I wasn't i there. Stephen said the lady grabbed his leg roughly to move it and then he started screaming. What  a bitch... pardon the French. I would have punched her in the face. At this point, we knew it was broken and we were excitedly awaiting the social worker to come talk to us.

Then the nurse came in to put a temporary splint/cast on it. He was really nice and worked with Ian really well.

He didn't get any pain medicine until after this. So, you can imagine all of the screaming that occurred. When I finally picked him up, he clung onto me for dear life. Poor Ian. :(

My parents waited in the ER the whole time, so that explains this next picture:

We are having to forward face Ian way sooner than I'd like to, he's only 22 pounds. But because of that cast, we didn't have much of a choice. He seemed to really enjoy it and actually got a little silly when the pain meds kicked in. We stopped by the pharmacy for meds and bought him an icepack and some cars.

Now, here we are at home, sleeping.

Needless to say, it has been one traumatic week for Ian. See the marks on his face? The worst part is where the bandaid was, it looks bad. But, the part they removed is healing nicely.

That's the start to our holiday weekend, how's yours going?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear Glorious Blog Readers,

It is raining today.

I feel like it has been at least 2 months since we've gotten a good rain here. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about the rain. If Ian didn't have a wound on his face, we'd definitely go outside and play in it today. Instead, I think we'll stay in and clean. Sounds like super fun, right? Sure.

People, do you remember over the weekend when I made quiche? For those of you who do not believe me, I thought that I'd post a picture for you.

Delicious! I can't wait until this one is all gone so that I can make another, more tasty one. I was pretty nervous making this one because well, I've never made it before. The next one will have asparagus and mushrooms and more! I must eat my fill of asparagus now because when I'm breastfeeding, it won't be allowed. It makes the milk taste funny. TMI? Probably. But, it's my blog, I do what I want!

Next thing is next, here is Ian this morning watching his morning show:

He's also eating his usual breakfast and sitting in his usual seat. Am I a bad mom for letting him watch TV? I think not. The kid isn't two yet and he knows his entire alphabet. Thank you Word World for being so educational and extremely entertaining. I'll take credit for teaching him A and B and my parents for buying him an alphabet magnet board. The funny thing is, if you hold up a number, he just says "number," however, if it is a 9, he says "nine." It must be his favorite number.

Dear Word World Makers,
I think you need to invent a numbers, shapes, and colors Worlds as well so that Ian will learn all of these things. That would be very helpful. I would greatly appreciate it and I'm sure Ian (as well as other children and parents) would too. I'll be patiently waiting for these shows on PBS during the next few months.
With Great Hopes,
A Hard-Working Mom who is 100% serious

I think that'll be it for the blog today. I'll try and update tomorrow about Baby Girl's progress and maybe even... a name reveal!

Blog out.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is it fall yet?

Stephen has been going to sleep super early lately. Then, I'll get bored because there's nobody to talk to, so I go to bed early too. It's okay though, Stephen's alarm will wake me up (though Stephen still snoozes 100 times) and I come out here to relax some before the boys wake up. Currently, I'm drinking some chocolate milk to get a sneaky hint of caffeine and about to start cooking my slice of quiche for breakfast.
I really need to start posting pictures again. I've just been so tired that I hardly ever take out my camera anymore. I'm sure the blog would be much more interesting if I did, right?
Last night on the way home from the spaghetti dinner at school, I drove Ian. I would say, "Do you want music?" Ian would enthusiastically say "NO!" Ok? I waited a little bit, then I turned it on and he'd yell "NO!" and shake his head back and forth in his car seat. It was a quiet ride home. He didn't talk much either. He's pretty demanding these days.
**Side note: Stephen just woke up and he's stumbling all over the apartment. It's adorable. I don't understand how he's still so tired because he goes to sleep earlier than me and wakes up later than me. I'm pretty sure he gets 9-10 hours of sleep a night. When he works summers, it's always a 'no fun' time because he's always so tired. I can't wait until the weather cools off and I get my more energetic husband back.
**Fun fact: Stephen broke glass in the kitchen yesterday. After he locked Ian in the other room to keep him from getting hurt, he cleaned it up and also, sliced his foot. The only bandaids we have are Cars bandaids. Stinking adorable.
Ian just opened the bedroom door, so I got to go now!
Blog out!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010


People keep asking how Ian's dermatology appointment went yesterday. If I had to use one word to sum it up, it would be "traumatic." It really was. First off, the office was beautiful and had amazing views. That was a nice touch. We meet our doctor and she's pregnant! That was cute. She decides it wasn't a hemangioma. It was something that was two words long and started with a P. Frankly, I don't remember because of the events soon to follow.

Basically, she knew that it needed to be removed. The thing bled anytime anything happened, if Ian rolled over in bed, it would irritate it and bleed. And we found out, it grows when it's irritated. Hence, the sudden double in size after he last hit it. Secondly, it was ridiculous to keep a bandaid on it all the time. We also found out that bandaids irritate Ian's skin pretty badly. She excused herself to go ask for a second opinion to insure that she really had to do it.

Yes, she really had to do it. She has me assume the position: Ian is in my lap, my legs over his, one arm holding both of his arms, and the other holding his head back against my chest so that he can't move it. She starts the numbing shot and Ian is screaming louder than I've ever seen him scream. I am looking away and have my hands over his eyes because the thing is right next to his eye. The doctor has to call her assistant in because apparently, Ian is very willful and strong.

It was very traumatic for me. I had tears in my eyes. (Yes, my mom was there for moral support). During the whole process, I could tell that the doctor felt terrible. She reassured me so many times that he couldn't feel it and was just upset from being restricted and didn't know what was going on, that I was sure she was reassuring herself. She even started trying to calm him by calling him his nickname. She really was very sweet (it wasn't a pediatric dermatologist, but we'll go to her in the future for any family needs).

After it was all over, Ian refused to open his eyes and I had to pass him to my mom so I could get off of the table. Of course I didn't watch because I was sure it would hurt me, but my mom watched and thought it was pretty neat. He may get a scar from it. It can also grow back. /sigh.

When my mom was holding him, the assistant kept trying to get Ian to open his eyes so he could get an airplane and an airplane sticker. He finally did after a while.

I was sweating, Ian was sweating. I'm sure we were all disheveled when walking out of the room. Everyone was oohing and ahhing as we passed. I'm sure they could hear him in the next city over.

We immediately took him to Target and got him some gauze and paper tape to try and lessen the reaction the bandaids. Ian was also awarded an icee, popcorn, and 3 cars for being so brave. And yes, because my mom and I felt very guilty.

We go back in two weeks for biopsy results and to insure it is healing fine.

I really hope that it doesn't grow back because I don't know if I can handle it.

Blog out.