Thursday, February 24, 2011

Growing so fast!

Kyla's depth of understanding is increasing everyday! A few days ago she was yelling at me and I told her "Kyla, no, no! Go to the step." (that is our time out spot). She put on her pouty lip, started to whimper and immediately walked her little self over to the step and sat down! When it's time to eat I will tell her to get her bib, which she does and takes over to her chair. She will go grab a book, or give a toy to Keanan when asked (most of the time!). One of her latest things has been to feed her babies! It is so cute. Zac commented today that she is starting to get fun. I agree!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sickness

It has invaded our home yet again.

Our weekend started by taking Kyla to urgent care for a high fever. She got all checked out and the result was a virus. So home we went with instructions for lots of fluids and rest. Poor baby.

On a fun note: while Kyla and I were sitting in the exam room waiting on the doctor, Zac and Keanan decided to go off on an adventure. It was about 7:30pm so in the dark they drove to downtown Olympia and played in the fountain! They did not get wet (to the complete shock of the mommy) and had a grand time.

Kyla's fever seemed under control the next morning so we headed to Graham to wash laundry (stupid washing machine!). Zac did not want to sit around and wait on the washer so he. Keanan, Brian and Lucy decided to head out on another adventure. This one took them to mini car races at Frontier Park, the Narrows bridge, the old lumber mill at Point Defiance, and the waterfront at Point Defiance.

Kyla and I stayed home from church on Sunday just to be safe about infecting the rest of the kiddos in the nursery. In the afternoon Keanan developed the fever. They both have hacking coughs and lots of snot. Oy.

So as I medicate my kids again, I remind myself to be thankful that it is just a virus and not something more serious. This too shall pass.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

We've been in quite a whirlwind the last few days! Here's a recap (because I know you all care so much...)

Sunday night - washing machine dies at the end of washing Zac's socks for his stump

Monday morning - get THE CALL from my client on the way to the dentist! We had time so Keanan and I still go to the dentist. Then we switch cars with Zac, I drop Keanan off at the Ireland's (Kyla was already there), Chris washes Kyla's diapers (stupid washing machine!), and I head home to get my doula bag.

Monday afternoon - I arrive at the hospital in Puyallup at 2pm and am there until 5am.

Tuesday morning - get home at 5:45, fall into bed and kids wake up at 7:30. We go grocery shopping and that is about all I can do for the day. I go to bed at 9pm!

Wednesday - head to Grandma's house with 3 baskets full of dirty laundry (stupid washing machine!). During naps I head to the hospital to visit the new little family!

Wednesday night - Prenatal meeting with my next client! Had a blast writing their birth plan =) Zac has to order a new part for the washing machine.

Thursday morning - Freak out beacause my routine is all screwed up since I can't do laundry. I get over it and we clean the house. I feel better =)

Kyla has been in disposable diapers this whole time and I hate it! Stupid washing machine! Now I have to haul all our dirty laundry back to Graham on Saturday to wash again. Sigh...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Welcome beautiful baby girl!

Born at 2:06am 2-15-11
9lbs 1oz 21inches long
Congrats proud Mama and Daddy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ahhh....clean =)

A few months ago I stumbled across the site http://www.flylady.com/ from one of the forums I used to frequent. I thought it was a neat idea, but didn't give it much more thought, until recently.

I have been feeling overwhelmed at times at all the "stuff" that needs to get done in my day. It sometimes seems that there is so much that I don't get to do anything that I want to do or have any time for me. I felt like I wasn't able to stay on top of the housework, which was causing me much stress. This is when I remembered www.flylady.com, and I have given it a go this week. It has been awesome!

Here's how it works:
Flylady helps you establish routines, specifically a morning and before bed routine, by adding in little things. Routines help keep away CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome). A quote for the site is "You can do anything for 15 minutes!" Each night I get an email that has the "flight plan" for the next day. This is reminders of the routines, the theme for the day (errand day, anti-procrastination day, de-clutter the car day...), and the mission for the day. The daily mission is based on the zone of the week (the house is split into zones). This week the zone was the kitchen. The daily missions have been clean the garbage can, clean all the counters (move things and clean under them), use a toothbrush to clean the sink faucet, surface clean all major appliances, and mop the floor. Each mission is only supposed to take 15 minutes because "you can do anything in 15 minutes!"

I did it! I established a morning and before bed routine that works for me and I completed each daily mission! My kitchen looks fantastic! I feel like I have more time to do fun things with my kids and more time for me, just by setting up some routines and doing one little 15 minute thing a day. Week 1 down, we will see what week 2 will hold.

If you go to the site don't be overwhelmed, there is a ton of information. Flylady says, "you're not behind, you're just getting started!" Scroll to the right and click on the "How to Get Started" box for more info.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kyla's 1 Year Stats

Kyla had her one year old well baby visit today at the doctor. She did great! She is in the 50th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight, which is consistent with her other checkups so she is growing perfectly! She got 2 shots and only cried for a moment after the second one.

Weight: 19.3 pounds
Length: 29.5 inches
Head Cir.: 17.5 inches

So, we can't flip her car seat around yet (I was looking forward to doing that today) and will need to wait a month or so. But, I am very thankful to have a happy healthy 1 year old!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Party's over

Both my kiddos went out like lights when we put them to bed tonight! They had fun running around the house with a bunch of little friends this evening as we celebrated Kyla's birthday with cake and ice cream. We were all surprised when she actually blew her own candle out! Here's the picture:Kyla was not very impressed by the cake, which is okay with me! Rather not have her addicted to sugar. =)

Happy Birthday Kyla!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday sweet Kyla! Happy birthday to you!

Last year:
Now:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kyla Photo Shoot

Kyla has a little over 24 hours before she is 1! Here are the best-of-the-best from a photo shoot we did last month.




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Am I Messing Up My Kids?

This morning was the last bible study get together for some friends and I that have been going through the book by Lysa TerKeurst, "Am I Messing Up My Kids? and other questions every mom asks". This has been a wonderful study and I have learned a lot about myself.

We all agreed that one of the points that stuck with us was the fact that God has given us these specific kids and we are the PERFECT mom for them. He knows what he is doing. He knows us, he knows our kids, we were meant to be together.

Three other things that really stuck with me are not to define myself by the accomplishments or failures of my kids, it is okay and necessary to take time for me, and to be intentional about praying for today and my kids future.

I highly recommend this book for any mom looking to do a bible study on their own or with a group.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dear Avent Pump,

You have served faithfully for both my babies. Thank you for helping to feed my little ones so that I could be gone for more than 2 hours at a time. Thank you for helping my poor boobs in the early days of engorgement. I have cursed you multiple times, but I am glad you have been here. You were definitely money well spent. But now our time has come to an end. I am sorry to say that I will not miss you at all. Rest in peace, little pump. You have done your job well.