Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

As 2008 draws to a close, I am again reminded how fast time goes....it is amazing to me that this year is already gone. I know everyone says this every year, but this year truly does not seem over yet....we had a wonderful 2008 and I look forward to a very exciting and busy 2009....Happy New Year from my beautiful family!!!!



Thursday, December 18, 2008

Slightly freaking

Ugh...they are prediciting a big snowstorm in RI today and again on Sunday....starting to freak- my worst nightmare would be getting stuck in Detroit with the kids overnight. Need to relax...can't do anything about it, right?!

So, the last two nights I have put Annie down in her crib, still awake, and she has FALLEN ASLEEP. On.her.own.....holy cow....it is just amazing how much of a better sleeper she is lately. Of course, now I have jinxed myself and she and I will never sleep again! :)

Riley seems to be on the mend. She went to school today- was fine all day, but I could tell when I picked her up she was tired- she probably overdid it again...she came home and went right to the toilet and sat there with her head in it for 15 minutes....never got sick, though. So I convinced her to eat a little something (turns out she ate very little at lunch today), and then she was ok. Think she is just sore, and nervous....don't blame her one bit. Poo little thing....

That is it...off to get ready yo put myself to bed....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ok, so I just checked Riley's stats...to compare, even though I know you are not supposed to....

Riley wasn't 27 inches until she was 8 months old!!!! Weight is a little closer...at 4 months Riley was 14 pounds...so Annie isn't too far off there.....she is going to be tall, this one!!!!!

Four month check-up

Riley, Annie and I all went to the pediatrician this morning- Annie had her 4 month check up and I brought Riley along because she was sick again last night so I decided to have her checked out, just to make sure it was a bug and not something else. It was, indeed, a stomach virus...and she is doing much better now that the nice doctor told her that she needed to eat and drink to feel better...right now she is yelling at me from her room because she doesn't want to take a nap...feeling much better, obviously!!

Anyway, Annie remains a huge child :) Seriously, though, she is a giant...here are the stats:

Weight: 15 lbs, 3 oz- 75 percentile
Height: 27 1/2 inches...still off the charts- way, way off..more so than last time!!!!!

At least she is consistent!!!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Annie turned 4 months old yesterday....it was a really busy day here at work- we have a trainer helping us with our database so I was away from my desk all day- and Riley was sick this weekend and stayed home with Todd yesterday...so we really did not do anything to acknowledge her birthday :( She celebrated by deciding to get up several times last night to party :) So much for our better sleeping trend....


Anyway, here is a pic from her Christening over Thanksgiving weekend....isn't she beautiful???


Saturday, December 13, 2008

No longer missing....

Yikes- haven't posted in a really, really long time...although I did add that little countdown to Christmas in my side bar. Like it? I don't because it freaks me out that there are only 11 days left until Christmas....I have so, so much to do...hence the fact that I haven't had the time to blog!

Having such a late Thanksgiving has really thrown me off...add to that the fact that we had it at our house, plus Annie's Christening and all of the wonderful people who came to visit....yikes- I am sooo behind with everything.

Riley and I did almost finish the Christmas cards today, and most of the cookies I had to make are finished- one more batch to go tonight and they should be ready to go to their various places on Monday. Shopping has been crazy- we bought some stuff here, bought some online and the other stuff we will purchase when we get to RI....

Other that than, I am just sitting here waiting for Annie to wake from her nap...yes, you read that right. She has actually been sleeping now for two hours!!! Not sure if it is the book I read, or the fact that she is a little older or what...but she has really been sleeping better these days. I intentionally said better, but not good :) She is still waking 2-3 times at night to nurse, but depending on when I go to sleep and when I wake up, sometimes it isn't too bad. For example, last night I went to bed early- 9ish. She woke around 10:30 to eat, then at 2:30 and again at 6. So, if I hadn't gone to bed so early, and it was a weekday and I would have just stayed up after her 6 am nursing...well, then she would have only been up once!!! Still too much, but definitely a step in the right direction. I can almost function now!!!

So, that is about it...have a ton of pictures, as usual, to get up. Hopefully I can get some up before we leave since I will have a ton to post when we get back :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Various.....

So, things are busy here...and this blog shows it. I am sitting in Annie's room, on the laptop while she is rolling and playing and talking...she is very vocal lately- I need to get that on video. Tried to take a video yesterday of her blowing raspberries, but she stopped. It was still cute.

Sleep is going a bit better- don't really feel like getting into that now...I bought a book- trying some suggestions- she woke only 3 times last night which was a great improvement. she slept until 8am on Saturday- very nice.

Riley has a pretty bad cold- coughing and such. Think she got it from Annie, who had one last week- she is much better now.

Getting ready for all of our visitors- I am tres excited, but there is so much to do!!! Cleaned the downstairs today while Annie was at Grams and Gramps house....also went shopping and spent too much money on food....

Gotta go...off to Walmart to buy more stuff and everything I forgot to buy earlier!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

it is 1:49 in the morning. annie has decided sleep is for babies....i am getting to the end of my rope- we have hard horrible nights the last few nights....work is crazy busy since i just went back...i can barely keep my eyes open during the day, never mind at night...suggestions welcome.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

at 3 months.....





ANNIE IS 3 MONTHS OLD TODAY!!!!!!!!

Took a couple of cute pictures of Annie last night when she was in a great mood. She is starting to develop a cute little personality- she is quite a happy baby, and really only fusses when something is wrong- tired or hungry mostly. She had one grumpy night this week, but I think she was just tired.
I have returned to work- a post is coming soon on that and some of the challenges that I need to work through- mostly juggling everything and getting out the door on time in the morning! Oh, and how difficult it is to cook dinner with a hungry girl and a baby that just wants to nurse all night long!! Think she misses her mama!!!
Anyway, enjoy the pics...Annie is waking up.....



Monday, November 10, 2008

Videos!!

I got pretty good video of her laughing at Riley yesterday...just need to uploaded it and then I will post it...

ENJOY!!!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Laughter...it is the best medicine.

I have all kinds of things I need to write about, but just a few minutes while Annie is in her swing, so I wanted to make sure I documented this day...Annie laughed for the first time today!!! It was just a little laugh- she still needs to get the hang of it, but she did it!!! So happy!! Kind of made up for the fact that Riley had a melt-down at a birthday party today, and we had to leave and I was by myself, but I handled it well without losing my cool......ugh!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

from Dorothy and her little pumpkin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sophie Eve

Want to see pictures of my new baby niece, Sophie Eve??? Check out Karen's Blog!!! She is just beautiful....and looks just like her daddy :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Just Annie....and Happy Birthday


Took this beautiful pic of her today....we had a great day, but a horrible night- she was literally up every 45 minutes....

So, happy 33rd birthday to my wonderful husband.....Riley and I made him a peanut butter pie- his favorite- yesterday that we will be munching on this evening....can't wait :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Birth Story, Part I

I have been thinking about the fact that I never really posted a birth story for Annie, and the fact that I really need to do it now, to make sure I remember all of the details. But it is difficult to put it all down on paper, and I know that a lot of it will be hard for other people to read…but I don’t want to forget it, either…so, here it goes!

I had my 39 week OB appointment on Monday, and by that point, I was pretty determined that this baby was going to be born soon. I was miserable and just needed her out! So, after the doctor said she was still measuring big, I decided to ask about being induced. As it happened, my BP was slightly elevated again and that, with the constant contractions and the threatened “big baby”, she didn’t argue with me this time!

I was scheduled to go in on Thursday night- check in a 5 pm, and they would check me. The plan was, if everything looked good, they would insert something called cervadil into my cervix, which would help dilate me, and then start me on Pitocin in the morning.

So, Thursday morning I dropped Riley off at school. I was a basket case, but didn’t want her to see me like that, so I rushed through dropping her off- told her I loved her- and practically ran out of there. Then I sat in the parking lot and cried. Not completely sure why- hormones, nerves, and the fact that the next time I would see her, her whole life would have changed. I didn’t really know how she would handle everything, and I was sad that the time we had together would now be different….

Anyway, I spent the rest of the day relaxing and trying to get everything organized- my bag packed, the house somewhat clean! Todd came home and we got ready and left for the hospital.

They checked us in and I had the same nurse who took care of me earlier with the pre-term labor stuff, which was nice. She checked me and said I was still about 1-2 centimeters dilated, and hooked me all up to the machines. They had a really, really hard time keeping Annie on the monitor- she was moving all around, and it kind of became a joke. I knew she was ok- we could see her moving from the outside, but it was still a little nerve-wracking! I had to lay completely still because every time I moved, she would go off the monitor. I now know that this was a sign of things to come....Then, I started contracting…steadily. Like every 4 minutes! It wasn’t fun.

At one point, they lost her again on the monitor, and our nurse called someone else in to check it, and also to check the dilation again. She did, but also said that she could not feel her head engaged! They started feeling around on my abdomen and started to think that she was no longer head down, but transverse! So, out comes the U/S machine and the first OB. They did an U/S, and determined that yes, she was still head down, just still moving quite a bit. At the same time, they also determined that apparently, those contractions were doing something….because I was now 2-3 centimeters, and that meant no cervadil for me…I was in labor!!!

So, they took me off all of the monitors. The plan was for me to rest overnight, and they would check me periodically, but if I hadn’t progressed in the morning, they would start the Pitocin then.

I took a shower- that was not fun! She had to wrap my hand in a baggie and a glove b/c of the IV, so really couldn't use it, and plus the contractions...I was out of there pretty quickly! Todd and I watched Survivor, and I had a crappy sandwich they brought up- the cafeteria was closed by this point! We attempted to sleep. I didn’t get much…contractions, heartburn, very uncomfortable bed…Todd slept a little, I think.

Up next….the big day!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pics from Red Robin





Here are a few pictures we took at Red Robin. Annie woke up for a little bit while we were there- I walked around with her and she fell back to sleep and slept the whole way home...she really is such a good baby!


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Monday, October 20, 2008

BABY MELCHAR IS HERE!!!!

Sophie Eve was born on Saturday, October 18th. 7lbs. 6 oz, 19 inches long.
I want to see and hold that baby SOOOOO bad....but I have to wait until Thanksgiving!!!

Also, before I forget, if you haven't already seen them, check out my friend Karen's blog for some great photos she took of Annie one day she was "babysitting" for me at work...

We had a nice weekend. Saturday morning I had to work :( so Grams and Gramps watched the girls so Todd could run some errands around town. He even had the oil changed on my car, and a tire patched- had a nail in it. Saturday afternoon Karen and I went to a reception for our friend Cara who was married last weekend. Annie came with us and was an angel, of course!! Riley and Todd hung out together and had a fun time.

On Sunday afternoon we went to Boo in the Zoo....it was great! It was very crowded, but we walked the whole park and Riley collected a ton of candy and goodies and had a great time. Her Dorothy costume is not yet complete, so we dressed her in a fancy dress from her dress up stuff, and she was a beauty queen....sort of!!

Then we headed to Red Robin for some yummy burgers and then off to bed. Annie even slept ok last night, so I am feeling almost human today!

Pics won't upload...will try again later.....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

2 month check-up


I guess I should have expected this...but I really didn't think she would be that big!!! :)


2 month stats:

12.5 pounds- 80th percentile

25 1/2 inches- off the charts!! The nurse measured her twice because she thought it was wrong!!


Other than that- she is perfect! He said she has great head control- she lifted her head WAY up when put on her belly- the best she has ever done! Show off! She was smiling and responding to his voice....she did great!!


And best yet...she must have worn herself out because she has been sleeping now for 2 hours! I got a nice nap, cleaned the kichen and am now eating my lunch at the computer....better go wake her :)



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Annie is TWO MONTHS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And what a difference two months makes!!!!

More pics

Ok, in an effort to save time, here are some more pics from the trip, probably in no particular order :)!!!










Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I still have more pictures- will see if I can get to them later.

Here are some Riley and Annie updates :)

RILEY:
*Gymnastics is going fabulously. She has it today, and is very excited each Tuesday so that Ms Tonie can see what she has learned. She really is doing well- she has perfected her "bridge" and shows everyone who wants to see it! Last week she hung on the rings, which she was afraid to do before, so each week she is doing more and more.

*She has said some pretty funny things lately...but for the life of me I can not remember them right now. Sleep deprivation is a horrible thing..more on that in Annie's update :)

*She decided on a Halloween costume- Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. So last weekend we went to Walmart, where they wanted $20 for a cheap looking dress...no shoes, no bows, no socks. So, I decided to make one. Have started it- the verdict is still out on whether this is a good idea or not...will let you know later!

*Had parent/teacher conference last week. As usual, she is perfect :) She is right on track for everything. We need to continue to work with her on letters and sounds and reading. Oh, and using scissors- she holds them weird, so Ms Kelly is trying to fix that.

*Continues to love much her baby sister....so much that it is a little too much sometimes!! She always wants to kiss and hold her- this morning she made me take pictures of the two of them together. When we were traveling I had to stop the stroller several times so that Riley could kiss her...cute, but a tad annoying. Oh, well...better than being jealous!!

ANNIE:
*Is doing well...still is a champion nurser and just lights up when I left my top (ha, ha!!), and smiles and starts kicking away- just too cute....she is full of big smiles and coos lately...more and more each day. I need to get some on video.

*Sleeping is still hit or miss...had a really, really bad night last night. Wouldn't go to sleep- fought me and Todd for hours- finally fell asleep around 11:30 and proceeded to be up every hour ALL NIGHT LONG...she must be going through a growth spurt right now because all she wanted to do was nurse, and was really restless, too. Makes for one very tired Mama today...

*We have her two-month check up on Thursday. Very anxious to see how much she weighs!! Think it might be in the 12 lbs range.

*I go back to work (full-time- have really been working my whole leave, unfortunately) in a few weeks. She will be staying with Ms Amy for a few months, and then moving to Riley's school after the first of the year.

Guess that is it for now....we are on FULL BABY WATCH for my little niece to be born ANY DAY NOW!!!!!! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The shower

Karen's baby shower went off without a hitch- it was perfect weather, and it was so nice to see family and friends again. She got a TON of great gifts- people were very generous- and the food and cake were excellent...really, it was just great.

Riley was a little shy, and stayed attached to me, but Annie went everywhere. I don't think I had her the whole time, except at the end when she woke up and was ready to eat! So I sat and fed her on the adirondack chairs overlooking the water and Riley and I watched the boats come in...can't ask for better than that!

Here are a few pics from the shower:









Sunday, October 5, 2008

Our trip- the first leg

We had a wonderful trip to RI. I have a ton of pictures and lots to say...hopefully I can get to everything this week.

So, we all loaded into the car and drove to the airport to start the first leg of our journey. As Riley told everyone when we arrived, we went to three airports and went on two airplanes...and both girls were great.

The first plane was small- I sat with Annie and Riley since Grams and Gramps were in the exit row...Annie slept the whole time!

On the second plane, we sat with Grams, which was nice because she held Annie- again, she slept the whole time- and I played with Riley. Here are a few pics:









We arrived in Providence to a very pregnant and emotional Auntie Karen (we later found out that her "baby" Lucy had been missing and was just found, hence the emotional part)...and the first time Annie had met her Aunt. We then headed back to Karen's house...with a little pit stop for a potty break for Riley...

More later....baby is calling :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

To tide you over....

I have a ton of pictures from our trip- some really, really cute ones- but I am still going through them and should be able to post them soon... But, to tide you over, here is a super cute video of Annie talking to her star. Riley had this when she was a baby, and I pulled it out for Annie. Sure enough, she loves it too!!
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Single

Todd is in Arizona for the next four days, so I am a single parent this week- and I am already exhausted! Annie didn't sleep well last night- I was up with her from 2 am to 4 am with her snacking and then waking as soon as I tried to put her down in the bassinet. She slept for about an hour and then was up again, and didn't fall back asleep until about 10:30 or 11 am! Not sure what that was all about...but then she was sleepy all afternoon!

I was going a little stir crazy, so we headed to Walmart for some things, and she slept the whole way, during the shopping, and the whole time to pick up Riley from school and home.

Riley and I made some homemade pizza, and this is what Annie did while we ate:


Riley eating her pizza:


Hope tonight goes better :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

On sleep



Annie visited work with me on Friday- I had class, and she spent some time sleeping in Shay's office! She actually slept the whole time I was there- and the ride there and home- so it worked out perfectly, and she woke up just in time for me to feed her when we got home!

I walked around a bit with her while she was sleeping, and everyone admired her and said how beautiful she is, of course, but I thought it was funny that the first question most people asked is "does she sleep a night", or "is she a good sleeper", and I really didn't know how to answer it. Because, yes, she is a great sleeper, or so I think...but after a few sleepless nights- on my part- sometimes I need to answer that question differently.

She naps in her bassinet, which is wonderful. Right now, she is actually working out her own schedule. She wakes in the morning, I feed her. Sometimes she goes right back to sleep, sometimes she is up for an hour or so, and then goes back down. She sleeps a few hours, wakes again, feed her again. By this time it is about lunchtime, so we (I) eat something, and then usually I feed her again and she sleeps a good bit of the afternoon away.

Nighttime is where we are struggling right now...she is up every two hours or so....and sometimes she will nurse and fall right back to sleep, really without eating enough...so, two hours later, she is up again....all night long.

So, yes, she does sleep...and she is a great sleeper (although VERY LOUD), but at night, Mommy is getting very little sleep, and while I am still functioning right now....I am really hoping she can start going longer stretches soon, or I am going to become pretty useless!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008