Monday, January 31, 2011

The Black Bag

Today is a momentous occasion for me! After 16 months of pumping I am packing up my black bag! It is very strange to not see it sitting next to my bed or packed in the car when we leave for a day trip or longer. I feel so free, yet kinda sad, oddly enough. I haven't added up how many times or the number of hours I sat there and I really don't want to know, but for 13 of the 16 months I was pumping every 3 hours for 30 minutes. I do know that I saved about $5,760 in formula costs though, and any pain, discomfort and inconvenience was well worth those savings! More importantly than the savings in formula costs is the joy I have that I was able to provide in this way for Haven and Jackson. The past 3 months have been spent slowly weaning in hopes that I could avoid any painful engorgement, so far so good, and I also wanted to end on a solid number of months. I woke up this morning feeling comfortable with this decision. So thank you black bag for what you helped me accomplish! Goodbye, Adios, Salut, Ciao and any other way to say it!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Changing everyday

Since I haven't done this in a very long time I thought I would update on Haven and Jackson! They are 16 months old today, (13 1/2 months adjusted). Where has the time gone?! We had our 15 month dr. visit about 2 weeks ago. Here are their stats:
19 lbs. 2oz, 4%,
29.5 inches, 19%
21 lbs. 7oz, 10%
31 inches, 42%
These are from our regular family dr. We visit a developmental specialist every 6 months who does our adjusted age along with our actual age. Where it would appear they are behind, they have always been right on or ahead with their adjusted age. We do all kinds of different activities there to test their new skills. It's so fun to see them interact and watch their little minds working on figuring out the little activities she has them do. I will definitely give an update on how that appointment goes in a couple of weeks!

On another subject, being the weekend and proving yet again how it always seems to be this way... Everything's different when daddy is home!
It never fails... During the week when I'm home by myself naps never go so smoothly or as long, most days I don't get very much house work done and we usually have a couple of "it's the end of the world" tantrums, mostly from Haven=) During the day when Jay calls to check on us I'll tell him of the days events, including how short naps were and how long it took to get them down and so on. On Saturday mornings Jay will get up with Jackson and Haven and let me sleep in. He gets their bottles and usually breakfast taken care of and I wake up to him doing a little bit of cleaning while they are calmly playing and giggling in the living room. Then at nap time they lay right down with no fighting and sleep longer than they had all week for me. I'm glad they do so well on the weekend and for Jay, but I don't think he'll believe me for too much longer that this is not the norm for them during the week. But as "hard" as some days can seem I absolutely love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. They really have been very easy babies and only recently have we had some challenges with tantrums. Being a first time mom, any ideas or advice on how to handle tantrums and strong willed children would be much appreciated!
Over the weekend we had a couple of fun things happen. We went to the zoo 2 days in a row. We haven't been in a couple of months and with the perfect weather we just had to! Haven and Jackson have always enjoyed going, but this time they rode their trikes. Haven was really interacting and pointing at everything she saw. I would try to get Jackson to point and show him how, but as soon as I would put my hand down he would pick it up and want me to point again. It was very cute! And then on Saturday Jackson climbed up on the couch all by himself! He was so proud!

So I have been working on this blog since Friday and am still not happy with it, but I will go ahead and post. I'm sure as I do it more it will get easier. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Getting Started Again & New Design

So... after months of wanting to start up blogging again I am finally going to do it! My last attempt did not last very long, but I am really wanting to do this! That's not to say that I will be as dedicated to it as my sister, Amanda and sister in law, Melissa are but my personal goal is at least once a week!
After spending too much time trying to figure out a new layout and background I am giving up! My sister has finally gotten on Skype this morning and she is going to help me out! Thank you Amanda!!! As soon as she sets it up for me I will get started!