Thursday, September 29, 2011

Website You Must Check Out

This morning as I was browsing through Facebook I came across a post that was pretty hilarious. It had nothing to do with small animals or babies with angry faces or even priests. What was it, you ask? It was a screenshot of a cell phone after an auto-correct texting fail. Who hasn't had one of those happen before? Sometimes they're just so damn funny you can't help but wish you could have shared it with the world. Well, if you have an iPhone, now you can. Apparently we droid'ers aren't good enough for interwebs just yet. Or at least I haven't found one.

Anyhow, here it is. Check it out!

Damn You Auto Correct!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Be Silly

Me and my babies at the park taking a quick sec for a photo op. They wouldn't just take a straight up sweet picture with me so we went goofy with it. Why not? We're not sweet people anyway! ;)

Friday, September 23, 2011


Just a short post today. I've been so exhausted lately! I'm sure the small human growing inside of me has something to do with that, but geez!! I've been having such vivid dreams at night I wake up in the morning feeling like I didn't sleep a wink! I try napping during the day but there's so much other stuff that needs to be done.. though, to be honest, I sit around staring at everything that needs to be done more often than not so nothing ever really ends up getting done anyway before I end up giving in to taking a nap anyway. Agh!

I'm so glad tomorrow is Saturday! That means I get to sleep in! Assuming the kids will .. Please, please children, for the sake of mommy's sanity, sleep in a little in the morning!! Perhaps I'll keep them up a little later this evening just to insure they do.. hmm..

Happy Weekend everyone! Be safe!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

...and my kids turned out fine!

Call me moody, hormonal, whatever.. it's not just the pregnancy, though it may have something to do with the intensity I've been feeling about this situation of late.

I am getting SO tired of hearing how So-and-So did this-or-that and their kid/s turned out fine! Or So-and-So's mom did such-and-such and s/he turned out just fine!


I do not care that your mother had a glass of wine every night with supper and here you are, perfectly "normal". Nor do I care that you ate sushi once a week with your first baby and he is "perfect".

No pregnancy is the same for even one woman, let alone between separate women! Just because something didn't effect you or your mom or your second cousin's ex sister-in-law negatively, it still COULD be harmful to someone else!
Our doctors don't give us guidelines to follow just because they want to see how much we squirm at not getting to drink our normal six cups of coffee every day or not eating our favorite sandwich from our favorite convenience store just because there's something about their lunch meat that tastes better than others. No. They give us these guidelines to follow because over the decades (since your grandma and mother were having kids) they've come to identify problems with certain things in pregnant women. This is not to say that your child is going to be born with a third eye or no left leg because you didn't quit smoking while you were pregnant. But there were a significant enough number of cases where something turned out not-quite-right over the years that seemed to point back to just that in several other people.

If you don't want to follow your doctors guidelines, that's your choice. I'm not going to support or condemn you for it. But please stop telling me (and other people) how it's not a big deal because it turned out differently for you or whomever. You don't know what sort of medical trouble Mommy X is having and as such Baby Y could be effected negatively by your advice that Z is ok because of your personal history.

That said, I will openly admit that during my pregnancy with Mehkaelie I drank tea like it was water. I couldn't actually stand water and it wouldn't stay down and "back then" (wow I'm not old enough to say that yet, right?!) they told me not to add artificial sweeteners to it because they weren't sure how it effects unborn babies yet. So, instead, I took to tea. Which as we all know is mostly water! ;) And yes, she was perfectly healthy when she was born and drinking daily gallons of caffeine didn't seem to effect her poorly in any way, but that does not mean I'm going to suggest to someone else that their baby will be fine because mine was.

Pregnant women have enough to stress about as far as what's good, bad or potentially devastating for their baby without others suggesting that their doctors are paranoid. Even with all precautions being taken and expectant mothers doing their best to create and maintain the penthouse of all wombs for their little ones, something, somewhere can still go awry. So why add to that with unsolicited advice and opinions on how breaking "the rules" worked out fine for you?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Peed On Baking Soda

There are all kinds of old wives tales that proclaim to be able to predict the gender of your unborn fetus. I decided to give a few of these a go.

Test #1 - The Baking Soda Test

What you do: Best to use disposable paper cups for this. Scoop 1tsp baking soda into one cup and pee into another. Pour a little of your pee into the cup with the baking soda.

Results: If the baking soda fizzles (like soda pop), congratulations! It's a boy!
If the baking soda does not fizzle, congratulations! It's a girl!

My results: It's a girl! There was no fizzle for me.

Test #2 - The Wedding Band Test

What you do: Tie your wedding band (some of these say to use your mother's wedding band) to a piece of thread and hold it above your belly.

Results: If the ring swings back to front or side to side, congratulations! It's a boy!
If the ring swings in circles, congratulations! It's a girl!

My results: It's a girl! It only swung in circles above my belly.

Test #3 - The Needle Test

What you do: Tie a needle to a piece of thread and hold it above your left palm.

Results: If the needle swings back to front or side to side, congratulations! It's a boy.
If the needle swings in circles, congratulations! It's a girl!

My results: It's a girl! It only swung in circles above my left palm.

Test #4 - The Chinese Gender Chart

Results: Follow instructions on how to calculate your "lunar age" and follow the chart from there.

My Results: It's a girl!

Test #5 - Based on Heart Rate

Results: If the baby's heart rate is below 140bpm, congratulations! It's a boy!
If the baby's heart rate is above 140bpm, congratulations! It's a girl!

My Results: It's a girl! At my last scan, the baby's heart rate was 160bpm.

So, there you have it. According to five old wives tales, it's a girl! Of course, these are just for fun and I won't start buying all pink just yet. ;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

You Gotta LoL

No one knows Childish Chaos like Anita Renfro! She really speaks "mom". I love watching, reading, listening to her. It makes my life seem a little more ordinary.

Oh Monday, Monday

Good Monday my readers. Whoever you are.

I woke up feeling quite energetic this morning! They say that's what happens come the 2nd trimester. I'm very glad that "they" were right on this little fact because, well, let me just tell you.. my bathroom was in desperate need of a little TLC. It's looking (and smelling!!) so much better now!

The kids were both on top of their games this morning with giving me a chuckle. First two newest entries here will explain.

This is the first week in a while that I don't have anything "extra" going on. No doctors appointments for myself or the kids.. nothing to help out with at the school or anywhere else. Perhaps this house will actually appear clean by the weekend?! One can hope.

I did manage to finish my dinner menu for the week, finally. After much procrastinating and looking up recipes I've decided what I'm going to do each night! Score! Tonight we are going to have Cheesy Italian Tortellini. This looks and sounds amazing, I can't wait to try it and let you know how it turns out! I am tweeking the recipe a bit to suit our tastes. I'm not using the sausage. We are just not huge fans of sausage outside of breakfast here. Plus, since my crock pot is enormous and the "Low" setting on it is equivalent to the "high" setting when it's not very full, I'm cutting the cooking time in half.

One of the gals on the Just Mommies message board I've been frequenting is thinking of starting a 365 blog. Anyone who used to read my blog before knows how much I love those! So I'm definitely looking forward to reading and sharing that with you! :)

It also got me to thinking that I need to start a "30 Days" theme again. I do so miss doing those. I'll think of what I'm going to do and let you know :)

Have A Happy Monday, my friends!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Mehkaelie is having her first sleepover tonight and I am having quite a hard time with it. All of the worst case scenario's are running through my head (and I do mean WORST) as I'm laying around the house trying to get some rest. I met the parents, I saw the house, I saw all the other little girls there with her so I know logically she's going to be just fine.. I just can't help missing having her here. The house feels so different without her presence and dramatics surrounding it.

I had Mehkaelie just 12 days after my 17th birthday. Since then, she's rarely been out of my sight for any large period of time. She's had one other "sleepover" her entire life and that was with her auntie and she was barely two. I suppose I'm having some separation anxiety with her spending the night with her friend now. I know it's part of growing up, and I remember being just a year younger than her when I had my first sleepover at a non-relatives house. I'd probably feel a little more comfortable if she'd have stayed overnight with family more often. I wouldn't feel like something was she was missing.

Oh, my little girl. From the tiny baby that I couldn't put down because I was afraid she wasn't real, she was so tiny and so perfect and so..mine.., to the nine year old young lady I dropped off down the block today, who barely hugged and kissed me goodbye, so eager to go play with the other little girls.. My heart isn't going to feel full again until I pick her up in the morning and get a real hug and get to hear all about her sleepover.

Is that silly? Am I way too attached to my little girl?

Ah, well.. if I am, I am. I can't help it. I just love her so much.

I can't even begin to think about Cole's first sleepover and much later on down the road the new baby's. Oh my.. It's true. I get older every year they do. Yikes!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cool, Rainy Days

Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely, positively LOVE rainy days. I'm not sure what it is but for some reason, when the rain is falling and the wind is blowing, I feel like nothing in the world is such a big damn deal anymore. The weather has also gotten a lot cooler of late and that is just fantastic by my standards! I was getting tired of running the air and staying inside because it was so disgustingly hot out! With Fall on it's way quick, fast and in a hurry, we seem to be staying around 65-80*F and it's gorgeous. A little chilly in the mornings, but gorgeous!

So my first meal tribute to the Fall is "firing up" the crock-pot and making some homemade vegetable beef stew! I enjoy using the crock-pot for cooking. I love how it makes the entire house smell so delicious all day (although that's also a bad thing because it makes me so hungry!!), I love how when it's ready there's not a lot of additional "doings" - you just scoop, plate, and go! I'll be making corn muffins about half an hour before time to eat so we'll have those to go with it!

I still need to make my dinner menu up. Gosh, I was supposed to do it yesterday and never did. Oops! I must, must, must get it done today because I'm not sure we have enough groceries in the house to get through the weekend to be honest!

Well I think it is the perfect kind of day to curl up with a blanket and a good book, sit by the window so you can listen to the rain fall and just relax. Too bad I'm not going to be doing that. Perhaps I'll open a window so that while I'm making my menu I can at least listen to the rain!

Here's to a lovely weekend my friends...

Mood: Pleasant
Listening To: Rain fall
Eating/Drinking: Diet Cherry 7up
Updating From: Home

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Little Letters

Dear Gummy Bear In My Belly,
I already think that you have a beautiful head and that's just from an ultrasound image. That may sound, weird, but you'll grow to love my strangeness. Oh, and if you could, I'd really enjoy eating today and having it stay down. I love you!

Dear Cole,
You tickle me. Never stop being you.

Dear Mehkaelie,
I know you're trying to grow up and that means making your own decisions, but baby, those jog shorts under that gorgeous, poofy dress just don't make sense. That's ok, as long as you know you're beautiful and feel beautiful, you can wear whatever you want.

Dear Laundry Detergent,
Could you maybe NOT smell so awful right now? I'd appreciate it.

Dear WoW,
I have not forgotten you, I swear. It's just that your awesomeness has caused my morning sickness to get worse when I play you. I am missing you dearly and hopefully will be back to playing SOON!

Dear Weather,
You rock. That is all.

Dear Joe,
I'm sorry you have to work six days this week, at least the weather isn't as bad, right?! Thank you for everything you do, I know it's not easy.

Dear Adults,

Thank you for your time and/or cooperation. It is much appreciated.

Mood: Meh
Listening To: Pandora Radio - Pink "Who Knew"
Eating/Drinking: Nothing
Updating From: Home

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baby Update

Well I had my appointment today to make sure everything was going well with baby and me. Baby is doing wonderful, kicking around in there free from harm and worry with a beautiful heart rate of 160! Mommy, on the other hand, is still having some bleeding and high blood pressure. I also have some placenta bleeding according to the ultrasound and because of these things I am being scheduled to see a high risk OB for a 3D ultrasound and some testing. My OB said "Hey, maybe they'll be able to tell you the sex of the baby!" which brightened things up a bit :) I'm very much looking forward to finding out!!

Here's my little gummy bear. Not so gummy bear like anymore! Now s/he actually looks like a baby!

I can't wait to show the kids when they get home from school!

Mood: Nervous/Happy
Listening To: nothing
Eating/Drinking: nothing
Updating From: home

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We skipped Monday

We had quite an eventful Sunday.

This first part may be TMI for some of you, feel free to skip to the next part.

It began early. Six AM early. Both of my kiddo's decided that there was no use in sleeping in on a Sunday. (Of course not, what am I thinking?!) Cole decides to sit up in bed with me just chatting away. I try to just lay there thinking if I don't respond and try and seem like I'm sleeping, he'll stop. Hah. No such luck. Giving in, I sit up and notice I'm awfully wet in an area that definitely should not be wet. I'm thinking "Ohhhh great, Cole has peed on me!". I jump out of bed and head to the bathroom to get cleaned up and notice it's not pee. It's blood. Once my heart started back up and I blinked the tears out of my eyes enough to focus, I got showered real quick and called Labor and Delivery at the hospital to make sure I should come in. Of course I should! So, I do. Joe and the kids drive me to the hospital and as soon as I'm in there they're helping me out of my clothes and hooking up an ultrasound machine. There's baby, bouncing around with a heart rate of 143. I start bawling. I'm so relieved! After a painful pelvic exam they ask me for bodily fluids. They collect blood and urine and come back to tell me I have an urinary tract infection, booooo! So, I'm started on some medication and told to take it not once, not twice, not even three times a day, but FOUR. Four times a day. Good grief. That must be some UTI I've managed to get! Anyhow, they put me on pelvic rest and tell me not to douche, use tampons, smuggle drugs, etc. Cool, no problem. Nothing will enter the vagina. I'll put up a "NO ADMITTANCE" sign if need be. They also recommend bed rest. Because, you know, I don't have two kids at home. Two kids that need to eat regularly and are constantly getting into something or picking on each other. And that home that they're at won't get picked up, dishes won't get done, laundry won't get clean unless it's me doing it. Suuure thing. Bed rest.

That couldn't have been the worst part of the day, though. Oh no. Cole has to go off and one up me.

I go to lay down in bed with him as I have every day since he fractured his skull at school and he is burning up! I'm not convinced he's sick since he'd been acting just fine all day and decide it's probably just the fact that he's bundled up quite snugly in the blankets.. So, I uncover him to cool him down a bit and he starts having a seizure. This isn't a new development as he used to have seizures when he was much younger, but it's been over 2 years since he's had one so I'm trying my best to not freak out. I roll him onto his side and hold him until the seizure is over and yell across the house for Joe to come help me. We get Cole cleaned up, Mehkaelie woke up, and a hospital bag packed really quickly and head off to Children's. On the way, Cole has another seizure and stops breathing. Now I am freaking out. I'm rubbing on him and leaning him back prepared to do CPR in the backseat of the car if I have to and he starts gasping and breathing again. I start crying again. Eventually (after we've been lost in the city for a good twenty minutes) we make it to the hospital and the emergency entrance. We get a wheelchair since Cole is still so completely out of it and way too heavy for my pregnant self to be carrying around and Joe has to go park the car. We get in, register, and sit. Luckily, not for very long. They get us into triage, get us back to a curtained off room and there we stay until 3am. People come in and out, put an IV line in Cole's hand, give him and Mehkaelie both a Popsicle and push an IV line of Keppra (his seizure medication) to get it in and started. We're sent home with a prescription for more Keppra and told to follow up with his primary physician ASAP.

We make it home right around 4am and Mehkaelie says there's no way she's going to be able to wake up in 2 hours ready for school. I tell her not to worry about it she can stay home with us and sleep. I call the school and leave a message that neither of the kids will be there Monday and we all sleep until after 10am. Cole still doesn't want to wake up by 10:30 but I have to get him moving because we have an appointment with the PCP at 11:40. We leave the house at 11:35. Luckily, it's not very far so we made it there just 2 minutes after the appointment time. She sees Cole, checks him over, and sits to talk to me for a bit. As we're talking about Cole's seizures he starts shaking himself on the table. I almost lost it.. He was FAKING!! He was just doing it because we were talking about it. Little butt. Nearly gave me a heart attack. The dr laughed and said "that's not funny!".

Anyway, Monday was pretty much a blur the rest of the day.. We laid around, not sleeping like I wanted, making phone calls and watching TV, playing on the computer.. basically everything we would have done Sunday had it gone normally. Cole fell asleep at about 6pm and still didn't want to wake up this morning for school. This medication is kicking his little butt. Poor kid. I talked to the teacher and the school nurse to let them all know what's going on with little mister. Now that everyone is on the same page I feel a little better. Still a bit anxious about having him at school, though. Ah well .. mama bear stuff.

Miss Mehkaelie has been pretty wonderful. Very helpful and caring. She's such an amazing young lady already and it just drives me crazy that she's trying to grow up so fast. What happened to that little pink bundle of squish that I used to snuggle and kiss on and blow raspberries on to hear those angelic giggles? Man oh man .. These kids are my world. And we're adding a third to make the world a little bigger and brighter :)

So now, it's Tuesday. Our Monday for the week. And I am exhausted!! But, I can't fall asleep because I'm waiting for a call from the Neurology Department at Children's. *yawn*

Mood: Sleepy/Anxious
Listening To: Pandora Radio - Lady Antebellum "Run To You"
Eating/Drinking: Just finished some Fruit Loops
Updating From: Home

Childish Chaos

I'm not entirely sure what happened to my other blog .. but the interwebs seem to have eaten it since I didn't post on it for so long. So, here's a new one - a fresh start.. Man, I hate restarting blogs!

Mood: Anxious
Listening To: Pandora Radio - Paramore "Miracle"
Eating/Drinking: Diet Cherry 7up
Updating From: Home