Thursday, February 28, 2008
Ryan has also become quite the computer wizard as well. He loves to play Spongebob and go on Nick Jr.com. He knows how to go on my computer, click on Internet Explorer and find the website he wants in the pull down menu or in my favorites box. The kids is just plain smart. While he is playing I will come over once and awhile, minimize his game and check my email. Well the other day I came over, minimized his game and before I could stop him he pushes this button on my keyboard and up pops my Outlook Express box. I said, "How did you know to do that?" He shrugs. Smart boy. Chris had bought me a new keyboard a couple of weeks ago and it has a button marked mail on it that will pull up Outlook Express. There is also a Search and Web button too. He must have through trial & error discovered how they work. Chris didn't even know they were there.
So anyway that is how smart my three year old is now.
Meghan on the other hand is 5 boxes away from her goal of 200 boxes for girl scout cookies. And that is without the boxes she will get from Chris's work. Plus there are 16 more days to sell and quite a few other people we haven't talked to yet. Go Meghan!!!
Katie is feeling better and no one else has gotten sick. Yeah! I need to go pack for my weekend now. Oh I suppose I will bring the kids to school first. Whatever!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
"Chris, why is the Bissel out?"
"You have a sick kid!"
I cannot have puking kids in my house! I so need to to get out of here.
#1 Pray that no more kids puke in my house
#2 Pray I don't start puking
#3 Pray that if any more kids puke in my house, they do it after I leave on Friday
#4 Pray Ryan doesn't get sick so he can have his surgery on Monday
#5 And pray that I will let Katie out of her room some day soon. She is sequestered in there till I bleach and disinfect everything in the house
And yes, you're right, Jen CANNOT handle puking!
Go Pray now!
Monday, February 25, 2008
So we dropped the kids off at a friends house and went up to the hospital at 5:30. He had had his circ and they were just waiting for him to pee. I nursed him, signed papers and we started packing things up. The nurse checked him again and we were good to go. Man were we excited because he hadn't told the kids we were bringing him home that day. Ryan hadn't even met him yet.
So we were driving home at about 9:10 that night and stopped to pick up the kids. It was snowing lightly and it was beautiful. The kids got in the van and didn't even notice Aaron in his carseat. Finally Meghan did and yelled out. Katie just sat and smiled and stared at him the whole way home. Ryan too was baby struck. And boy were we all excited to have him home.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
And I feel bad for the poor Schwan's man and the mail lady, although I lucked out today and we had a package delivered so she came to my door with my mail instead of me going out. Yeah!
Just a little warmer, please????
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So Feb 29th is the date! Chris is taking the day off to stay home with the kids so I can go to the cities with some friends from work, go shopping, go out to eat and see the Drag Show at the Gay 90's! We are staying at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis and get free breakfast the next morning. Then it is more shopping and visiting with friends then home. I am so pumped that I will have a responsibility free weekend! Hurray!
But I think my next goal will have to be finding a time when Chris and I can get away for an overnight. I think sometime in June will be nice. We definitely deserve it!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Look what the kids and I woke up to this morning??
Chris had picked them up yesterday on his way home from work and hid them in his bathroom downstairs, then tied them on this morning. What an exciting thing to find this morning. It looks so cool.
Ryan and I are going to work on the rest of the Valentines when Aaron goes down for his nap.
So to everyone a Happy Valentines Day from the Andreachis!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Happy Birthday to my dear little Aaron!
One year old today as of 3:46 PM
He weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long.
I am currently waiting for his birthday party to begin. Birthday boy is napping and I am looking at the clock and just realized at this exact time last year I had just found out that Aaron was going to be admitted into the NICU. What a terrifying thought that was. We had been so fortunate to have 3 healthy children and never thought for a moment that our fourth wouldn't be healthy at birth. It sure does bring you back to reality and how fragile life is.
But enough of that. Aaron is officially one and is a toddler now. No more baby for him. He loves his mom and dad and laughs at his siblings daily. He screams for attention and always knows when I am on the phone. For some reason he thinks he has to scream to get our attention. HMMM! Maybe cause he does have to.
I am so thankful for our family and all it brings.
God Bless them all!
Happy 1st Birthday Aaron!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
So many of you know, I shop Gymboree for my kids. I used to work there for 4 years and of course spent more money there than I made, but my kids were well dressed.
Yes, Gymboree clothes are more expensive than other brands, but if you shop the sales the right way and combine that with coupons, you walk out of the store with gorgeous clothes and a lot of them. And we are not only talking quantity, but quality clothes. Aaron's clothes are outfits that Ryan wore and they still look brand new. Same with the girls. I have a pair of skorts that the girls wore each for 3 summers and they still look great.
So why do I profess my love for Gymboree today? Well I bought a onesies that said 1st Birthday on it for Aaron during Gymbuck redemption. So instead of paying $14.50 for it I got it for less than $7.00 with discounts. I bought it for Aaron's 1 year pictures in which he would be smashing a birthday cake. I knew it would get trashed with chocolate, blue, red and yellow frosting but then when was he going to really wear it again, right? Well today we went and took those pictures and the onesie was covered in frosting, I threw it in a plastic bag with the jeans and socks and went home. Three hours after the pictures I threw it in the laundry tub with some Tide and hot water and scrubbed it for maybe 2 minutes. The thing in now hanging to dry, looking perfectly new and ready for him to wear tomorrow. There is not a stain on it!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
We all thought Aaron's head has changed quite a bit and we are very happy with those results. I asked about continuing in hopes of getting the remaining flat area to round out and Dr. Klava said that his fontanel spot is beginning to become rigid and closing and that won't allow for much more growth. He feels Aaron is at about 90% round and yes, we could obtain that final 10% or we might not. Since I am his mom and the most picky about his head shape I wanted to leave his helmet on a little longer to see if we could get a little more roundness. Dr Klava said he is onboard to try a little longer to see if we can achieve that final 10%. Aaron's helmet still fits him well and will allow for more growth so that is not a concern. If the helmet wasn't fitting well and we were looking at having to remold for another helmet, then he would have suggested not continuing. I agreed.
So for now Aaron will continue to wear his helmet every day. We will continue that for another two months then wean him off of it. Aaron will see Dr. Klava again at the end of May for a final evaluation. So hopefully by the middle of April Aaron will be helmet free.
I will post some pictures here once Chris fixes my computer. I am limping along on his laptop now. Ugh!
Dr. Klava also asked if we would be willing to be a resource to other parents that have children going through this. Some are also having insurance issues as we did. We are more than happy to help out in that capacity. I am still looking at writing a letter to our State Senators and Health commissioners in hopes that BCBS will cover these helmets again. I have gathered a lot of great resources over then last couple of months.
We were also happy to see Aaron's physical therapist working today. She was thrilled to see his progress and how well he is walking now.
Off to work on my bracelet. *See previous post*
Chris and I have letters we wrote on our wedding night that we were supposed to open last year on our tenth. Well we didn't cause things were so crazy last year and actually I think I was pretty pissed off at him on our anniversary. Well we talked about doing it this year and I both think we are pretty nervous about what we wrote that cold night 11 years ago. So they may just sit in the lock box for another year or ten or so. Maybe when we are old and grey and sometime before we lose our eyesight we will dig them out and read them. Not today though.
To celebrate we will probably go to dinner or see a movie next Sunday night. Tonight I am working of course. February at the club is really slow and I have the last week of the month off so I usually work on our anniversary. I did give Chris his present this morning. I got him a puzzle. It is the front page of the New York Times on the day of our wedding. I figured we could work on it together. Chris got me beads to make Aaron's name on my bracelet for the kids. Of course now I have to find time to put that together. This weekend perhaps.
Well must go. Aaron has a Doctor appt for his helmet.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
As usual I grab a few candies from the gumball machines and off to Gymboree we go. Ryan knows to take them and eat them while watching the videos, Aaron gets cuddled by the employees and mom gets to shop. Well for some reason today both boys decided to be hellions and if one wasn't whining and crying the other was. Ryan laid on the floor and just bawled so many times, I swear he was broken. And when he wasn't crying he was taking clothes off the racks and putting them on my stroller. Aaron was throwing his nuk and food and I swear I could have smacked them both. It was just a disaster. So I hurried up and got my stuff and as we were leaving Michelle the GM was laughing at me as she said "I have NEVER seen any of your kids act like that."
Now as embarrasing and annoying as it was to have both boys acting out, it made me feel good that in the 9 years I have been in that store, this was the first time my kids really acted out and I was glad to shove them out the door.
And of course if I was smart I would have gone straight home but unfortunately for me I had to go to Hallmark for Valentines cards and a gift and spent the 20 minutes there finding cards with Ryan again bawling on the floor. Everyone was staring at me but hey, I just went about my business, got my stuff and got out of there. And did it end there???? Nope. Ryan cried all the way down the hall of the mall till we got to the other end. I was so tired by the time I got home. I even called Chris while walking down the hall with crying Ryan and asked him if we could switch jobs for the day. Since I am typing this you can see I didn't get taken up on that offer.
So another day of parenting woes. *Sigh*
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
And then last night I find myself sitting in a group of Girl Scout troop leaders going through Cookie Training for Meghan's troop. I was like a deer in the headlights. I have no idea what they are talking about and to find a quiet moment to read through the info is an entirely too huge of a task to tackle.
So today is another day and I will try to decipher all the info I have been given. This is why I do the PTA Newsletter and will till they fire me, cause I can sit at home, not deal with people, do my work and send it out all from the sweet confines of my home. Bah Humbug!