So, I wrote this on August 18,2014. I’m clearly bad about posting them. I was waiting to add pictures. Here it is a month later and I’m just adding pictures. I will try to stay on top of this from here on out (as if you haven’t heard that before from me)
Me and the girls at the Perch Extravaganza on Mille Lakes
Gordie: Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy? Teddy: He’s a dog, he’s definitely a dog… Chris: He can’t be a dog, he wears a hat and drives a car… Vern: Yeah, that is weird. What the hell is Goofy?
Ivy 8 months old
Whoa! Time has gotten away from me! I didn’t realize I’ve been MIA since January. Time to play catch up.
I think this goes without saying : life with 2 kids has been a bit more busy. But I’m honestly enjoying 99% of it 🙂 Of course there are those days/moments that you just want to curl up in your bed and just be alone. Let me try to recap the past 7 months :
In February we went to the cabin for an ice fishing tournament. The girls did pretty well that day! Ivy slept most of the day while being passed around to whoever was available to clip on the baby Bjorn she was in. It didn’t phase her all.
March. Well, I don’t know if we did anything of significance in March. Just trying to survive the awful winter we were experiencing.
Lydia was excited to finally get outside on any nice day. She enjoyed jumping in water puddles on our walks. We celebrated Easter at my Grandpa’s house. There was a little easter egg hunt for the great grand children (there are now 9 great grand children on my dad’s side!). It’s always nice to see them and have the kids play together. When then headed over to Dustin’s aunt and uncles house for dinner and another easter egg hung for the younger cousins and great grand children. I think I remember Ivy being good that day. This was before the teething began…
Sometime this Spring we got Lydia potty trained! The most frustrating and rewarding thing we’ve done with her. We have been working at it for months and months and we were told that she won’t do it unless she is ready. I whole heartedly believe that. It was a Friday night and the 4 of us were playing outside as it was a nice warm night. Out of nowhere, Yaya said she had to go potty. I rushed her inside and put her on her princess potty and she went! Ever since then, she has been doing great! She’s had a couple of night time accidents as well as day time accidents. But she’s doing great!
For Mother’s Day, our family of 4 went to brunch. Not good. The girls did not want to sit still. They were being super loud in a room that echoed. Normally, it would not bother me. But that day we just ate and left right away. Good thing it was a buffet! On Mother’s day this year, Ivy was 11 months old. Time has been going by so fast lately!
June – the big 1 year birthday part for Ivy! We combined the birthday part with nephew, who turned 1 two days after Ivy. We celebrated at my parents house as it was a nice day and that way the pool could be utilized. It turned out to be a perfect day. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves. We tried to make it Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed – but we aren’t super creative so the only thing they had that was related to that were the mouse ears. Oh well, we tried 🙂 On Ivy’s actual birthday, June 11, I took the girls to White Bear Lake and met Dustin’s parents for dinner (Dustin had to work) and brought them to Cup ‘N Cone for ice cream. Needless to say, that was Ivy’s favorite part. At the end of June, I accepted another job closer to home. It was a hard thing to leave my first job. I have made lasting friendships there and it is always hard to start something new; walking into the unknown. But so far, it seems like a great fit.
For the 4th of July the last 6-7 years or so, we’ve been spending it at the cabin. Right before we left, Lydia got an ear infection. The Amoxicillin seemed to do the trick. The day we left to head up north, Ivy was drooling uncontrollably and had a slight fever. I just thought it was teething. Oh no. She had Hand Foot Mouth disease! That is the absolute worse thing I have dealt with my kids to date. There is absolutely nothing you can do. It can last up to 6 days and after their fever breaks, they start to get blisters. Ivy had the blisters on her hand and feet – Really bad. So bad, we are still feeling the repercussions today. She has lost both her thumb nails due to the blisters getting under her nails. It looks like she might lose a toe nail and also a finger nail. It doesn’t seem to bother her at least. On July 4th, she seemed to be getting better. She was laughing and eating again. BUT – Lydia got the fever and couldn’t swallow. F! Now SHE has Hand Foot Mouth Disease. Except, her blisters appeared in her mouth so she didn’t want to eat or drink anything. On top of that, she started to have this rash all over her body. So I brought her to the Urgency Room; low and behold, she does in fact have Hand Foot Mouth but also having an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin she is taking for the ear infection! It was one of the worst weeks I can remember. Good thing I had that week off before I started my new job.
August has been a busy month for me. Dustin and I both had bachelor/bachelorette parties to attend the first weekend of August. Luckily, his was on Sunday so I was able to make it home Sunday morning to watch the girls. I was also in Portland and Chicago for work. I had our co-ed softball tournament, which we won! Then this coming weekend we are headed up north to Craigun’s Resort in Brainerd for Dustin’s cousin’s wedding that he is in on Friday night. We are going to make a little family vacation out of the trip with Dustin’s parents so we will be there until Monday. On Monday, I have to fly out again for another work trip to New York City until Thursday morning. I can’t believe it’s will be the end of the month soon! The State Fair is coming up and we always like to go there at least once. So I’m sure we will head there. Then it’s Lydia’s 3rd birthday! YES – I said 3rd. She is going to be 3! Where did my baby girl go?
My best friend from childhood just had her first baby girl last night! I am beyond excited for Angie and Blake. They are going to make excellent parents to Madison Marie. (Although, it has given me baby fever…not good. I just started a new job.)