Thursday, November 15, 2018

Catching Up on Life

Whew, I'm sort of back in business.  

When I posted about Molly Anne being sick a few posts ago, I literally took her to school last Monday and when she was washing her hands in the bathroom before we went to her classroom, I saw two tiny spots on her hand.  Yep, she had hand foot mouth.  She was fine but had spots on her hands, in her mouth and on her feet.  It honestly ended up not being completely terrible thank goodness!  I was just a maniac making sure Grady didn't get it and he didn't.

Anyway, I kept Molly Anne home with me all of last week.  Grady stayed at Becky's more than usual to keep space between them.  There was a cold going around Becky's that Grady got by Friday (when Molly Anne was better).  That turned into a frantic high speed drive to the urgent care this past Sunday night at 10pm.  Yep, he has croup.  They initially thought he was so bad that they were going to have to transport him via ambulance to the Children's hospital but thankfully he responded wonderfully to the steroid.  Yes, I lost my dang mind when they mentioned the word ambulance and my 6 month's old name in the same sentence.  

I also got a huge project at work dumped on me in the last few weeks that is like 12 projects in one.  And I'm crazy working on that....while I had a sick child at home with me all of last week.  Thankfully my MIL came to stay with Molly Anne on Friday so I could finally go to my office for a day!  That was amazing.  

Things are getting better though!  Molly Anne got to go back to school on Monday this week.  Grady has been to and from the pediatrician this week - Monday to follow up on his croup and yesterday for his 6 month well visit.  And he had his physical therapy yesterday.  I'm kinda on overload.  

There's a light at the end of the tunnel.  I think he's going to be better by this weekend.  I'm getting back into the real world.  It's a season and I'm in it right now.  I'm thankful for friends, family and a really amazing company I work for that has REALLY nice and understanding people.  

Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks.  Some of my favorite pictures of my children for sure.  

Flowers from my parents...I mean seriously.  Could they get any cuter?  Molly Anne thought it was SUPER special that Nannie and Poppa sent her flowers to feel better!

She was an angel when I was on calls for work last week.  She watched my ipad some and played a ton.  

I escaped one night to meet up with a few other mom's from Molly Anne's class.  Legion Brewing in Southpark is legit!

Stud muffin

Her first time in public in 8 days.  We went to Michaels to get Christmas lights for our windows.  She meticulously put them in our basket.  When one wasn't turned the right way, she turned it around and lined them all up perfectly.  She may have my Dad's and my engineering disease haha!

I love this picture of Kevin and Grady watching football together!

My Dad picked out this Osh Kosh outfit and sent it to Grady.  How cute is that?

S'mores on Sunday night.  This is before the Croup escapade a few hours later.

This is literally right before I put him to bed then he woke up a few hours later not breathing well and scared the daylights out of me.  Molly Anne has had croup 6 or 7 times but never this bad.  She also got croup for the first time at 18 months, not 6 months!  I guess we have croupy children!  A regular cold for most children turns into croup for them.  Scary. 

Little Mama hard at work teaching this boy how to drink out of a sippy cup!

My girls took me out to dinner last night as an early birthday treat!   Girl time is good for the soul. 

He always waits for me before he will go to bed.  

That's what's been cooking here.  I'll be back soon! 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Grady is Six Months!

HOW is Grady 6 months old?!!  In some ways I feel like he was just born and other ways I feel like he's been with us forever.  My Dad said the other day that he feels like we've always had Grady here with us!  I know I say it every time but Grady is THE SWEETEST.  Here's what he's been up to...

1.  He's about 21 pounds, size 4 diapers, size 12m clothes and I'm buying all 18m for this winter!

2.  He is the most laid back chill boy.  He is not wild like his sister was at this age.  He's super go with the flow and in hang out mode all of the time.  Perhaps little Grady takes after his Daddy?!  He doesn't have time for Molly Anne's drama haha, but neither do I!  ;)

3.  He is really starting to love getting baths and kicks and slaps the water a lot!  That's a lot of action for our boy. 

4.  Still in physical therapy with Ms. Amy for his torticollis.  He's definitely turning his neck better and looking left almost as equally as looking right.  His headshape has also rounded out more and I'm so thankful for that.  I do believe we made the right decision on not doing the band.  Now we have to get this boy rolling over easier and touching his toes.  He has finally started rolling to his side a little bit.  Amy calls him a "happy, lazy baby!"  He needs lots of excitement to get him going!  

5.  He's been eating twice a day real food since right before 5 months old.  Before that he started eating once a day at 4 months.  Fruits and vegetables.  This past week Becky thought he was hungry so now we are doing three times a day for food.  Only like an ounce at a time.  Now that he’s 6 months, I assume we will start all the foods except milk and honey.  Yep, I'll be the girl in the ER parking lot feeding him eggs and peanut butter.  No shame here.  It'll probably be very soon we are doing that too because I believe the earlier the better.  

6.  Bottles wise - he is taking four a day.  The morning and bedtime ones are 9 ounces.  The two in the middle of the day are 8 ounces.   He eats like clockwork 7am, 11am, 3pm and 6:30pm.  

7.  Bed by 7pm latest no matter what.  I'm a stickler about schedule but that's why he sleeps so well.  He gets up at 7am.  He is an ANGEL I tell you.  He knows what to expect every day and thrives on that.

8.  He and Mills have become buddies over the last few weeks.  Mills has always liked him but I see him going to Grady more than he has in the past.  If Grady cries, Mills is instantly right there.  Mills is pretty obsessed with Molly Anne so for him to take time away from being with her, that's a big deal.

9.  I think with second children, especially this close in age, I worry about if I'm doing it all right and remembering what to do with them and when.  I asked Ms. Becky a couple of weeks ago if I was forgetting to do anything developmentally haha!  She said he's right on schedule.  But I'm so wrapped up with Molly Anne and keeping her straight that sometimes I forget to play with Grady.  Not really but you all with more than 1 child know what I mean.  When I only had Molly Anne, I focused all of my attention on her each day after work.  Now I have to split my time and I don't want Grady left behind!

10.  I love this age because he will soon be sitting up more than he already is (last week he sat prop sitting for 15 seconds!) but won't be too mobile.  Actually it's funny I'm saying that because I loved when Molly Anne started moving around and I loved loved loved when she began to walk!  Makes life so much easier.  Especially with this big boy.  I can't hold him for long periods anymore, he's heavy!   

That's all for this month.  We love our Grady and can't wait to enjoy the holidays with him!  He is the perfect addition to our family!  

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Will Be Back

I'll be back when I have something fun and nice to talk about!  :)

Too much going on right now.  Everything is fine, I just have a lot on my plate.  xoxo

Monday, November 5, 2018

Poor Molly Anne

How did Daylight Savings Time go in your house?!  I'm not very nice and made Grady hang out in his crib until 7am like usual which felt like 8am to him.  He fell back asleep so he was fine.  He doesn't really cry or anything, he's so low key.  He basically waits for me each morning to come get him.  Molly Anne slept in since she was still recouping from the below story.  So yeah, I completely lucked out this year and got an extra hour of sleep.  Don't hate me.  We started our day at 7am like we do every day and I kept Grady on the same schedule I always do.  He adjusted well.  


When I picked Molly Anne up on Friday afternoon, her teacher informed me that she had told them both "no" that day.  Obviously that is unacceptable and we talked all about it etc.  She knew she was wrong.  She had bags under her eyes from a big week with Halloween and lots of school.  She was exhausted.

We hung at home for dinner with a frozen pizza.  I put her in bed around 7pm as usual and she fell right to sleep, she was fine but tired.  Around 9pm I heard her talking in her sleep.  I thought that was weird because she's never done that before but just kept an ear out for her.  Then she started getting fussy about 9:45pm so I went in there and yall, she was BURNING UP.  I've never felt her so hot.  

I checked her temperature rectally (may I add - I know she's too old for that but it's the only truly accurate way and I needed accurate and fast) and I saw 104.1 and didn't let it keep going.  I have no idea how high it would have gotten.  I gave her Motrin and we got in the car and went to the ER.  I know, I know.  It was kinda a split decision and I just made it quickly and we went.  I probably should have waited but honestly, fevers scare the daylights out of me.  I can deal with other stuff, but not fevers.  They did several tests on her and I had known that a couple children from her class had gotten sent home with fevers and one with walking peumonia.  Doctor did the x-ray to double check for that and ended up finding bronchitis.  This explained her congestion last week too.  Of course, it is viral so nothing they can do about it.  

And yes, in case you're wondering, the hospital experience was quite exciting for her.  She talked non-stop about ALL THE THINGS.  It was all a big event and she hasn't stopped talking about it since.  She will tell you about how she wore a skirt for her x-ray and it turned into a skeleton picture of herself.  She didn't feel good but her fever had come down to 102.7 by the time we got there so she felt much better.  She was a mess when I got her out of bed.  

I felt kinda silly afterwards for taking her but it was the right decision at that time so whatever.  I'm actually glad they checked her ears after a few days of congestion last week and her lungs as well.  And I sorta got an answer to what she had.  

So needless to say, we were low key to the max this weekend.

Saturday was her roughest day but then it was over.  I checked her about 11pm on Saturday night and she hadn't had motrin since 3 or tylenol (which doesn't do anything for her) since 7 and she was cool as a cucumber.  That was big progress.  

We did a lot of the above picture and a lot of the below picture this weekend.  I changed my shirt at least 10 times on Saturday since I was taking care of them both.  

Mills on his little walk.  We can't use our backyard right now because we had to fill in some areas with dirt and we're trying to get new grass to grow.  Ugh don't even ask.  Haha.

After she woke up from her nap on Saturday afternoon we did some arts and crafts.  She wrote her name so well.  I was so proud of her.  Friday night she had made herself a new reward chart and she wrote all of the numbers 1-10 except the 3 and 5!  I know she hasn't learned her name or numbers at school because they won't start writing their name until the 4's class.  We have been practicing since my Mom worked with her this summer though! ;)

Sunday morning hanging out "in Nannie and Poppa's room!"  Unicorn headband from Emme's party was essential to her entire day on Sunday.  

We did get out and get some fresh air after nap on Sunday.  She hadn't had a fever in almost 24 hours so we just walked Mills down the street and did a little scooter action on our driveway (all while Grady had his 45 minute cat nap of course ha!).  I think a little sunshine is always good!   We said goodbye to the pumpkins and tossed them in the trash.  

So, maybe now I know why she told her teachers "no" on Friday.  She always misbehaves if she doesn't feel good (but before I know she is sick!).  Gah!  Also, they had her take a dot off of her little reward thing they do there.  Well, she felt the need to take all three of her dots off which I'm glad she did.  Tough love!  But she will earn them back this week, I'm sure of it!

I'm writing this on Sunday night and I'm iffy about what I'm going to do with her tomorrow.  Technically she is fine to go but I always like to keep her home an extra day so she can rest and recoup a little more.  We'll see how she is in the morning.  It'll be a short day for her no matter what.

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, November 2, 2018


This was the first year in our new neighborhood and they do it right!  Tons of neighbors and friends.  We got to meet some new people too!  It was so fun!  The children all ran wild and we let Molly Anne stay up super late!  

We had a few friends over before the trick or treating began!  First, Mill the lion, Grady the duck and Molly Anne the ghost!

This is Will the gnome and he and Grady were born the same day!

All of the girlies, plus Grady haha!

There were lots of people out and about starting about 5:45 or 6pm.  We walked a couple houses down for trick or treating and then went back home around 6:15 so I could put Grady to bed.  We went back out just before 7 and that's when it got super fun and busy!  

Molly Anne and I met up with our next door neighbors and hit up a bunch of houses!  Some had tables at the end of the driveway and others that were in culdesacs came up to the main roads and had their trunk open!  

Molly Anne's other grandparents...aka the girls next door's grandparents!

Silly girls!

We hopped on their golf cart around 8pm and headed across the neighborhood to some more houses!  

They had the best time.  We all went in by 9pm completely exhausted!  It was a big night for our Molly Anne and she LOVED every ounce of it!  I let her eat whatever candy all night long and she thought that was amazing.  First thing she said the morning after - "mama, may I have more candy?!"  Haha, well the answer was no for obvious reasons.  But also because I scheduled her for a routine dentist appointment that day.  Who does that?!  I wasn't thinking haha!  

It was a blast!  I love doing all of these fun things through her eyes.  Christmas is going to be the best ever this year!