- He is still in a crib. The girls were both in twin beds by 18 months old. I think I'll keep Grady in until he tries to climb out. He likes his bed and I'm not messin with a good thing.
- Like Teagen, he only breastfed. The doctor says, go away for the weekend, he'll take a bottle. I did. He didn't. He was pretty hungry by Sunday.
- The little bugger decided to quit nursing on my 30th birthday. Way to make your mom feel all old and dried up.
- During my pregnancy, Jason worked 2 FULL TIME JOBS. I was so lonely. He was just really tired. The prospect of 3 mouths to feed must have scared the Hell out of him.
- Grady's been a bit behind physically but way ahead verbally. This kid gets his point across!
- He's a bully.
- Me and my sister and both Jason's sister and sister in Law were all preggo together. We all had boys!
- Grady is the cutest;)
- He is the only one of my kids who has learned to open the ancient doorknobs to all the rooms in our house before turning 2.
- Like most boys, he loves motorcycles,cars and trains. Unlike most boys, he has a thing for Polly Pocket.
- Grady knows when a Hannah Montana Song comes up on itunes and screams "nontanna! nontaana!"
- He is always dirty. Always. I give up.
- Grady calls me "doge-y" He also calls me Mommy, but prefers to call me that.
- He calls Summer "Dora". Again,he is aware that that is not her name, but continues.
- He has taken to pretending that each mac n cheese noodle is a tiny telephone. he holds each noodle in his hand and pretends to dial a number. then he smashes it to his cheek and says, "Hello? Whats up? K, Bye."only one side of his face is covered with cheese at the end of the meal.
- Grady is warm and loving to everyone, gives out lots of hugs and kisses and says hello to everyone who crosses his path(seriously, everyone.Even the scary ones) Happy Birthday Baby. You are a blessing to this family. I am beyond lucky to have been chosen to have you. Now, about those terrible twos...
Friday, August 29, 2008
So I still have the issue of Teagen only nursing, and me unable to eat. MY doctor says to keep on nursing as long as I want, she'll want to stop because my milk will change. TEAGEN'S doctor told me to stop nursing her. She'll be fine on food and a cup, but the 2 babies feeding off me will suck all the calcium from my bones. OK, I stopped! So I was so sick until about 18 weeks. I mean SO sick. I lost 20 lbs. Thank the Lord for Zofran.It is truely a wonderdrug. Piss on insurance companies for not covering the $30 per pill price. And thank God for Kristin who was amazing help to me in this area. I surely would have been hospitalized if it weren't for you. I did however permanently damage my upper GI with all the vomiting. Nice.
At 20 weeks we had the 4D ultrasound. We left the girls with Rachael(who was by now also preggers) and discovered immediately that we were having a boy! I was certain it was a girl. Everyone I know with 2 kids of the same sex have a 3rd of that same sex. I actually found out that baby #3 had an 88% chance of being another girl. We couldn't believe we beat those odds! Neither could Rachael when we got back and told her!
I think was due Sept 10th, but the baby was growing well and since I had to have a c-section(wanted to: I had had it both ways and I will take the surgery any day over natural delivery) after Teagen's, They scheduled me several days earlier. Which, it would seem obvious to normal people, ruled out Wheatland for us that year.(Wheatland is always the weekend following Labor Day)The year before, Kelly had her son on the 29th of Aug and still brought him to Wheatland. All I would have to do is convince my Doc to take the baby a bit earlier. Lucky for me a doctor in the same office has been going to the festival FOR-EVER and put in a good word for me. My doctor agreed to Aug 30th.
Perfect birth, didn't get sick(this time!) and I was totally with it. The nurses in recovery couldn't believe it. I was so happy and ready to jump in to this new adventure. I kept moving and was healing so fast with hardly any pain at all. 8 days after he was born, with my family claiming my insanity, we left for wheatland!
We were able to get tickets at the gate(yippee!) And borrowed Bob and Joan's trailer. It was a cold year so I kept Grady bundled up really tight, and he loved all the music. I stayed close to camp, only making the walk to main stage a couple times. It couldn't have gone better. It was a great opportunity to bond with our little guy while his sisters were off having fun with Grandma. I know its a total cliche, but I knew right away, that our family was complete. Our little party of five.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yeah!!! Thanks Jodi! You were RIGHT! I am so happy that I can post as MANY pics as I want:) And to anyone in my family who wants copies of the shots of the kiddos, just right click on the photo itself and "save picture as..." and then its on your computer for you to do as you please.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So Saturday I decide that I am getting everyone up early and we were braving the sale at Old Navy. I got a tip from my friend(thanks Amber!) that they had that $7 jeans sale and I just couldn't pass it up. Jason had to work but was going in a litter later so he actually(thank goodness) kept the 2 little ones and met me at the store with them once I made my way through. I needed Summer with me to pay for some jeans because it was only 3 pair per personand I wanted 6 pair. That place was NUTS!!! I got there about 20 minutes before they opened and people were lined up to Barnes and Noble. Rachael was there too, so we made a plan. since she also needed little girl and little boy sizes, she got the ones I needed too(she was WAY ahead of me in line and had her MIL there to help)I had to get to my size and Summer's size(that was interesting, lots of moms in that mob!) So I grabbed what I needed and got the heck out. That was enough excitement for me for one day. So Sunday Teagen and I went grocery shopping and then we all spent the rest of the day at my Dads. BTW-Meijer in Norton Shores is a total mess. Its going to be so nice and is HUGE but I couldn't find a darn thing. Then I bought like 15 Box Top products and was supposed to get a bonus 120 Box Tops at the checkout but the dudes machine was broke so the manager had to RESCAN my 15 box top items which were in various bottoms of my lovely reusable bags. She gave me girt card for my trouble. So I guess I still like Meijer. Anyway, my Dads was fabulous as always. Water was still plenty warm. So beautiful. Grady loves the Kayaks, Teagen loves the Beach, and Summer loves the water.
Jason only worked a couple hours(while we were asleep)on Monday and we had free tickets that Grady won from our credit union for Michigans Adventure! Teagen had no clue what to expect. I love this shot of Summer checking on Tea and the look on Teagen's face!
Summer was a GOOD sport riding all the "baby" rides with the littles. How shocking that Grady loved the motorcycles best! Summer was tall enogh for some of the bigger rides and went on the corkscrw for the 1st time ever. She says she did NOT like it. Says she bumped her head.
Yeah, I don't do carousels. Cant go round in circles anymore. Teagens favorite though!
I hate that blogger wont let me add anymore pics to this post!! I shoulda cropped the strangers out of this one and just focused on my little Tea-Tea!
Teagen, Grady and I hung out in the little kids pool area while Jason and Summer did the water slides for a while. It confirmed that it was a good idea that Grady did not go to Great Wolf. It was a nightmare for me to chase after him and he kept running and slipping. Finally I got him to just practice going up and down a couple steps into the pool. He did it for like 20 minutes. Then he sat in the sun with me and Teagen to warm up.
It was fun, I am glad it was free, and it will be easier next year. At least I slept so good that night!
After a very musical visit with Jason's Aunt Barbara and Uncle Paul from Cali, we decided to jump in to the world of the Ukulele. Seriously, we got on ebay that night and started hunting for good deals.Since Jason already plays guitar, he caught on rather quickly and can already play a few of my favorite Jack Johnson songs. He is teaching me, but I am a lefty so he has to teach me the chords upside down. If you were wondering, mine is the sea turtle one;)
The kids are wild about them. Look who else is a Lefty!!!
Summer has a few chords down. Right now she's into writing her own music.
Don't worry Teagen, You'll get your turn. (Don't tell, but Daddy is getting each of you your own for Christmas!)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Pretty cute! Used some old Doodle Bug paper that I've been hanging onto for-ever! The "tea" is flocked(fuzzy) and is so much cuter in real life.
The next three I did at the crop I went to last Friday with Mya and Miranda. I really like this crop, it was at Scrapbook 101 and they do a $5 crop every Friday. Very relaxed and fun. Great new owner of that store. If there is anything you want, he will try to get it in for ya.
As always, my photos do not do these papers justice. There is a lot of shimmer and sparkle that just doesn't show up. I need some pointers on shooting layouts!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
After the appointment, we went school shopping with the $$ from the Yard Sale( $300 thank you very much!!!) I need to keep school shopping pretty simple. If I buy too elaborate outfits, I never let her wear them and then its like a total waste. Go for the basics. OK, so I know there are a few Momma's reading thing and please tell me if ya'll are having the same troubles I am. Summer wears a 6x-7. What I find are appropriate clothes up to size 6 and skanky streetwalkers apparel for the 7-16 crowd. Ugghh. How many Hannah Montana shirts does one girl really need? Penneys ,Yonkers, even Sears...like 4 racks of all Hannah garbage. Listen people, if I wanted any more of that junk, I would go to Walmart where I can get one of her crappy tees for $6.(I know this because we have several)
So basically, I bought everything at the Childrens Place. Any other fed up mothers will have also gone there and I will know because they will be dressed the same as my girl. (kinda small selection) At least its age appropriate. My other favorite is Gymboree and their sale starts Thursday. So might try to find a total matchy-matchy outfit there. Again, their clothes are suited for young children. According to my sister-in-law (Laura) it only gets worse. She has an 11 year old girl and is running out of options. I want my girls to look their ages. Not like miniature teenagers. I don't really even want my teenagers to look like teenagers, but thats for another worry-fest.
However, we did come home with 3 pair of satin undies for Summer and proceeded to give Jason a bit of a heart attack....:)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
And I just ordered this:
I know, funny, right? Now if I had 3 martinis at a playdate, I would probably forget where I was and possibley who my children are. But actually I have heard some great reviews on this one. I just couldnt resist.
And since summer is winding down I leave with some cute photobooth shots from Great Wolf of the fam minus the G-Man. Goofy people!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Anyway, aside from blueberries, we are trying to enjoy the last weeks of summer. Working on a yard sale for next weekend. Jason is working the next 26 days straight, so that puts a little damper on things but what can ya do? Enjoy what we got, right?
And for the music fans, I added a bunch more songs that I have been loving on my ipod lately. Got a few winners in there! Check it out....
Monday, August 4, 2008
The Ingham County Far was going on right down the road and summer (and Amy and Kristy) got free passes from the library's summer reading program. Even though it was HOT, we had fun going through all the 4-H exhibits and petting zoo. Summer spent 20 minutes talking to an MSU Vet student about xrays and instruments. I know lots of kids want to be Veterinarians when they grow up, but Summer is serious about it!
Amy, Summer and Kristy lovin' a Llama.
And sweet Lisa took one for the team and rode the Himalaya with Summer. I cannot go in circles like that anymore without being ill. Lisa's 18, she can take it!