Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sick day.

We've all been fighting colds around here. Some are winning the battle a little better than others. My poor wheezy Harper...we had to take her to urgent care on Saturday because she is having breathing issues again. They gave her an oral steroid and told me to continue giving her nebulizer treatments which I had already started the day before. Unfortunately the albuterol doesn't seem to be helping her very much and it was back to the doctor again first thing this morning. Now we've added pulmicort to the mix...so that means regular breathing treatments every four hours (including waking her up at night) and steroid breathing treatments twice a day. Just keeping her medicated is a full time job in itself - ha. She's been officially diagnosed with reactive airway disease and the dreaded A-word has been mentioned several times. I so hope she grows out of all of this mess!

I'm feeling pretty yucky myself but the worst part is seeing Harper so miserable. I hate seeing her sick and struggling to breathe and I'm trying not to drive myself crazy with anxiety...but if I'm being honest it hasn't been easy. I sometimes miss the ability to call in sick to work and stay under the covers all day and hide. Hmmm, I'm not sure but I think there's a slight chance I may be in a funk. ;)

Part of that funk probably definitely has a little to do with our pharmacy experience this morning. We needed milk and I was pretty pumped to have a coupon for $0.75 off. Which I realize might make me sound a little pathetic, but hey, $0.75 is still $0.75! So I had a little extra pep in my step as I made my way back to the pharmacy counter to check out and pick up Harper's prescriptions. And then the-perfectly-nice-but-bearer-of-very-bad-news-pharmacist informed me that her medications were....wait for it....THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS. $380! Suddenly I wasn't so excited about getting my milk on sale.

Blah, blah, blah. Debbie Downer. The end.

Harrison was in a funk, too. I told him we couldn't play outside today and he didn't think that was very fair. But I do applaud his effort of putting his own shoes on -- even if they are on the wrong feet and over his footie pjs :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2 tough lessons.

1. Babies grow up. Even when you aren't ready for them to grow up.

This crawling business is tricky...I have far too much weight to support for this nonsense.

Ah, much better. And ready...set...go!

Excuse me, Mom. I've got places to go and people to see.

She's not crawling yet, but believe me when I say that that doesn't mean she is idle. She is a rolling machine these days. We're talking all. over. the house. In a matter of minutes. On a mission to go, go, go...and boy, I'm so not ready for this!

2. Piggy banks eat your money. Like, it was just here and now, what do you mean it's GONE???

Mommy says this "toy" will save my money, whatever that means.

Stuffing it in the tiny hole...pretty fun so far!

Wait...what?! How do I get it back?!

Maybe I can dig it out?!

Totally not fair! Being fiscally responsible is no fun!! 

I feel the same way, kid. I feel the same way...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Harrison went boom.

Harrison fell down at school today and got a little bump on his head.

Or should I say he got a BIG bump on his head.

It happened right before he got outside to me in the carpool line. A few mommy kisses later and there were no more tears. Isn't that the best feeling? Even though I hate that he got hurt it sure feels good knowing you are needed by your independent little boy.

And I'm a sucker, too. He looked so sad sitting there solemnly in the back seat with a giant knot on his forehead. So I asked him if a Sonic drink would help. He nodded and gave me a big, sweet smile, so happy hour drinks for two it was. I bent the rules and let him have his first slush in the car as opposed to the typical cup of ice he normally gets (but has always been completely satisfied with even though some people give me a hard time about it...I won't mention any names...cough, cough...TRACYEANDTIENNA...cough, cough...)

The mommy kisses and the slush did the trick. After we left Sonic it became obvious that he was over the trauma of his injury as he kept shouting "HARRISON WENT BOOM! HARRISON WENT BOOM!" followed by "I NEEEEEED SUSH-EE!"

Oh boy. Why do I have a feeling he's not going to be satisfied with only mommy kisses in the future??

Monday, January 16, 2012

Baby Laughs

I had high hopes of doing something fun with the kids today. I considered the zoo or the children's museum or maybe just the library, but ultimately we didn't even end up leaving the house. But it was for a good reason. Harper took...wait for it...TWO one-hour naps today! That's two days in a row of good naps -- I'm really hoping it was just her first tooth's debut that has had her so sleep resistant.

I have a long list of things on my don't-forget-to-blog-about-this list, but lately I haven't devoted much time to getting on the computer to post anything. It seems like it takes me a week or two just to get one post wrapped up from beginning to end and frankly I haven't had much motivation to catch up. It feels like life has gotten more demanding lately with the stage Harper is at. I've noticed when I do finally get some free time I'm much less productive than usual...I don't know if it's just a funk I'm in or if it's just because my brain and muscles are all tired and mushy.

Anyway, what I'm basically saying is that instead of taking the time I'm wasting right now rambling on about how behind I am on blogging to actually...I don't know...blog, I'm just gonna ramble on about how behind I am on blogging. See what I mean about unproductive?

But I am going to upload a video I took of the kids today playing in Harrison's crib after his nap today. These two kiddies sure do wear me out, but I so cherish the simple little moments like this that are tucked in throughout our daily grind.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More December fun!

I'm still trying to play catch up so humor me and pretend that it is still December, okay? Okay!

I already posted the pictures of our Christmases with our families but wanted to get in a few other random December happenings as well. Somehow I managed to take EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIVE pictures throughout the month. But don't worry, I won't be posting all of them. I've narrowed it down to no more than 750. After all, I would sure hate to bore you.

Harrison had his first ever stage performance at church. The PeeWees sang a cute little song that will forever be burned into my brain as I practiced it with my little munchkin approximately 24,937 times. He loves to sing and dance and was super excited about it and knew all the hand gestures. And then he got up on the stage...and, well...he wasn't so super excited about it anymore.

Then there was the family PeeWee School Christmas Party where the kids got to do different activities at different stations and sit on Santa's lap for a picture. Here is my crew at Harrison's class' station (under the poster I made as part of my room mom duties):

Harrison nomming on his cookie and Harper nomming on her fingers

Brody & Harrison


Stacie was kind to invite us over for some fun Christmas cookie baking at her house.

Trina helping with the mixing

Time for icing and sprinkles

Hamilton took a few swigs of food coloring when nobody was looking. Ha!

A local church in our area has Breakfast with Santa and we took the kids and met up with some friends.

On the Polar Express "train"

This was right before he knocked the display down

Our good friend Parker turned 5 this month and we went to his birthday party.

Making a wish and blowing out the candles

Boy, did Harrison have a great time playing all the games.

But I think his dad may have had even more fun at this birthday party. :)

Here are my babies on the carousel.

Harrison also had a classroom Christmas party during school. The kids and their parents decorated gingerbread cookies and stockings.

Rick had some flexibility in his schedule that day and was able to swing by the party. Harrison was much more interested in the cookies and icing and sprinkles than his daddy...but luckily his daddy could totally relate and there were no hurt feelings. Those boys love their cookies.

He has great teachers and talks about them all the time. I'm so grateful for them teaching and loving on my little boy!

Harrison and Mrs. Christi

Our friend Jeff (or Uncle Heffe' as Harrison calls him) turned 30 and Katie threw him a little party to celebrate. It was a "roaring twenties" theme and was a lot of fun!

There was a photo booth with props...

And after the majority of the party left we had fun shifting the roles around a bit.

Especially Dustin, Ha! :)

For the last several years it has been a tradition with my mom and grandma to go see the Nutcracker Ballet in Houston. This year Donna joined us and we had a great time. It was the longest I've left Harper and unfortunately it didn't quite go so well for Rick. She was fed and clean but her mama has become her pacifier and she didn't want to go to sleep. But they survived, of course, and the "adult" night sure was refreshing for me!

The weather, in its typical South Texas fashion, was pretty mild the week after Christmas. Usually it annoys me when it reaches the 70s in December but I gladly welcomed the chance to get out of the house for a walk to the park. This was Harper's first time sitting up in the wagon. Doesn't she look so big?

On the walk back to the house Harrison decided he was tired of being strapped in and wanted to pull the wagon like a big boy. So I let him.

We went to Carabba's to celebrate my step-dad's birthday. It was pretty much a disaster. They gave us a booth with a booster instead of the two high chairs we requested. Note to self: HARRISON IS NOWHERE NEAR READY FOR A BOOSTER. That child needs to be strapped down, for sure. We had to take him to the restroom twice to discipline him and Harper woke up crying the second we sat down and wanted out of her carrier...and that is why we hardly ever go out to eat! But other than the 3-ring circus going on at our table we had a good time :)

Since the kids were sick the week of Christmas we waited until the week after to take them to the Festival of Lights. I think we'll be doing it this way from now on because we almost had the entire park to ourselves.

Harrison kept asking (ordering) Rick to run through the light tunnels. Both of the kids loved it.

Kisses under the mistletoe

Okay! I think that's it for December! Which is good considering it's already 9 days into January...how did that happen so fast? Speaking of the 9th day of January, today is my father-in-law's birthday. Happy Birthday to him!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

8 Months

My baby is 8 months old today!

She weighs approximately 18lbs.

She is about 27 inches long.

So Harper, what have you been up to this month?

You said your very first word! And let me tell you, it completely melted your Dada's heart that it was his name. He whipped out the video camera before I even knew what was happening, ha! You are becoming more and more vocal and love to babble and talk to us. So far I've heard the D, M, and B consonants and I'm patiently waiting to hear Mama. No pressure... :)

Daddy's girl!

You thoroughly enjoyed Christmas and opening all of your presents and playing with your new toys. You are such a curious baby and reach for everything in your sight. It's so much fun watching you learn and explore and grow, and it sure warms this mama's heart to see you stick those chubby little arms into the air and reach for me!

Mommy, pick me up already!

You had your first bath in the regular tub and you LOVE taking baths with your brother. And he loves pouring water on your head and "helping" me bathe you :) You splash and stare at him and giggle the entire time and it's one of my favorite parts of the day.

Bath Buddies!

I'm afraid the days of keeping you on a small blanket on the floor are over. We had to break out the big quilts (to protect our carpet from your reflux) because you are rolling and scooting your little heart out. I'm not sure I'm ready for two mobile babies! I need some more energy first.

(He calls you "Bito" thanks to your Daddy. It all started when he gave you the nickname "Harpito Burrito" since you were constantly swaddled up like a burrito. He said it so much to you that your brother apparently thought it was your name...and that is where "Bito" came from. I'm working on it, though! :) )

I have been trying to feed you more solids but you really don't seem all that interested in increasing your meals. You eat a jar of fruit or vegetables in the evening and I've started giving you cereal with fruit in the morning but you usually just want to play with it and spit it out. Your favorite foods so far are green beans and peaches and after several attempts at peas it's obvious you don't like them at all. You are still nursing every 3-4 hours and unfortunately that's around the clock -- not just during the day.

ENOUGH with the peas!

Which brings me to a question for you. Harper Grace, why on earth won't you sleep?! You are waking up every couple of hours at night and hate taking naps. Just this morning I put you down for a nap and you fought it for an hour and a half until you finally fell asleep (after letting you cry, rocking you, singing to you, putting you in the swing, and then letting you cry it out some more). And then you only slept for 25 minutes. Seriously??? Most days you only take one nap and it usually isn't very long or will just doze on and off while we're in the car. You don't seem to need or want sleep (you totally get that from me but I'm pretty sure babies need much more sleep than you are getting!).You are definitely wearing us out, little girl!

It's 3am and I'm ready to par-tay!

You are wearing a size 3 diaper and 9 month and even 12 month clothes. You are our chunky monkey, plumpy princess and I just love it. There's nothing better than a squishy baby! Especially a happy, squishy baby who has a sweet smile on her face almost all the time.

I just can't get enough of these chubby cheeks!

Here are a few more pictures of you from your 8th month of life:

 Harper, your personality is blossoming and just when I don't think you could get any cuter or I could possibly love you any more, somehow every day it happens. What a blessing you are in our lives! We love you so, so, SO much!

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