Friday, April 23, 2010

Happiness is not being sick...

and I'm not talking allergies, people. I'm talking violently expelling stomach contents in a way that makes you wish you were dead. It was NOT a good week for many members of my family.

Monday: I woke Audrey up with a cup of milk and a diaper change. I decided to feed her breakfast before we headed to Grandma's (usually she eats when we get there.) As soon as I strapped her into her highchair, she spewed all of her milk. Then cried. I really should have known something was wrong at that point. But I figured (wrongly) that she must've drank her milk too fast and proceeded to feed her yogurt. She started getting really fussy about halfway through, so I sealed the rest up, we said good-bye to Dad, and I strapped her in the car seat. As soon as she was buckled in the yogurt came up (I thought ALL of it had come up, but I was very, very wrong.) I took her out of her seat, changed her PJs, cleaned the seat, then put her back in. Now I'm starting to worry. She never throws up! But she doesn't feel warm, so we head off to Grandma's. About halfway there she got sick again, I swear throwing up much more yogurt than she actually ate. IT JUST KEPT COMING AND COMING. I pulled over immediately but had nowhere near enough wipes to completely clean her up. We finally got to Grandma's and you could tell she was NOT happy. She just wanted Mom, just wanted to be held. We got her cleaned up and Grandma held her while I tried calling work and cleaning out my car. We gave her water, which she threw up. Grandma made her toast which she eventually ate (which we'd both be sorry for later...) We left for home shortly thereafter and she fell asleep on the way. I started to get us settled in when she threw up all of her toast. It was so sad watching her get sick. Finally, we settled on the couch with all of the necessities:





She seemed to be getting hungry around 11:00, so I gave her lunch, which she gobbled up (and managed to keep down!) I put her down for her nap and she slept for FIVE HOURS. I went in several times after 2 1/2 hours and she would stir, turn over, go back to sleep. She was great afterwards. Ate her snack, drank juice, and seemed really happy to just relax:



Dinner was great, she had a bath and went to bed as usual. All was right with the world again.

Until Tuesday. Mid-morning, halfway through a math lesson, I was hit like a ton of bricks. I kept it together until my kids went to PE, then made immediate plans for an afternoon sub. I'm sparing all the gruesome details, but I was more sick than I've ever been in my life. I went straight home and was sick the rest of the day. So sick that later that night my legs started cramping from dehydration. I knew I wasn't going to get much sleep, and I couldn't walk 5 steps without becoming short of breath, so I stayed up typing lesson plans and arranging for a sub. I kept Audrey home the next day and started feeling better little by little. I napped when she did and that helped a lot.

I was excited to get back to work Thursday. I missed my kids, and while I wasn't feeling 100%, I was just happy to get back to a normal routine. But then the bad news came....both Grandma and Grandpa were sick. Chris stayed home with Audrey on Thursday and Friday which is something he's never done before, but handled it like a pro. Audrey had the best time with him, as evidenced by the texts I received throughout the day from Chris:






Coming home to this made me soooo happy :)

So, it's now Friday night and everyone seems to be healthy again. It will be a miracle if Christopher doesn't get sick. I don't know where this bug came from, but it was brutal. I am so glad it didn't last too long. Now we can enjoy a lazy, rainy weekend at home!

Audrey will be 16 months tomorrow.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nina's 1st Birthday

Our niece Nina Sophia turned one this week! We celebrated on Saturday with a party at Nonie's.


Love that beautiful smile!


She's cute even when she's mad! And check out the rockin birthday outfit!











Happy Birthday, Nina Bean! And congrats to mom & dad for surviving the first year :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

As we drove home from Target on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, the song 'Down' came on the radio. All of a sudden I hear Audrey singing "down, down, down, down down," completely on cue! I nearly had to pull over, I was laughing so hard. When the song ended I pulled it up on my iPod but she didn't sing along. I figured it must have been a crazy fluke. But then later I would sing the chorus and she'd sing along! It was hysterical. I got her on tape this morning:




Last night we decided to go to downtown F'burg to eat dinner, grab ice cream, and walk around. It was absolutely beautiful. I plan on taking Audrey there a lot this summer, to walk around and go to the library.







Back to school tomorrow! It's going to be non-stop right until the last day. Spring Break was exactly what I needed :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Goodbye party

Aunt Sarah and cousin Isabella moved to NC today, so on Friday night we had a farewell gathering. There is nothing I love more than when everyone gets together, especially when the little cousins get the chance to run and around and play together!


Boy do they love the bubbles!




The three girls had a blast on the window bench. One would scream really loud, then the others would chime in...it was not pretty, but it was pee-your-pants hilarious!








Audrey & Grandma


Kiss!


She just loves her Aunt Sarah!

It was such a fun night. We will miss Aunt Sarah & Isabella soooo much!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fun on a Friday morning

Audrey has learned how to climb on her PBK chair up onto the couch. And she thinks it's hilarious.


Ha! I'm up here and there's NOTHING you can do about it!



What she really wants is to pet Zoe...


This is very scary from Zoe's vantage point


Oh shiz!

Isn't it a little too early to be so body conscious, Miss Audrey?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mickey Mouse Clubhooouuuuuuse

Audrey has been mimicking all the time lately. At the end of every MMCH she tries to sing the drawn out parts of the Hot Dog song:



Her 15 month appt was this morning and the Dr is not at all concerned about her eating habits and lack of weight gain. She's developing beautifully and is a great conversationalist. When she asked if Audrey liked books, Audrey walked over to the book basket and took one out! It was so funny. She loved tearing around the waiting room just smiling and laughing and chatting up a storm. She is such a fun kid! Dr. C said that they're really into mimicking at this age. While we were in the room waiting for the doc, I put her Mickey & Minnie on the stool and spun them around. She thought it was funny and continued to spin them herself, take them down, put them back on, spin again. It's amazing to see her do new things, learn new tricks. Dr C. said that their language really takes off between now and 18 months. I can't wait to see how much she's learned by then! She took her shots like a pro (3 this time, including the Chicken Pox vaccine!) The nurse gave her a lollipop which she really loved :)

I can't believe it's already Thursday! I have so enjoyed having this time at home. I added a Summer countdown to the blog.






Our shadows on the driveway

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Summer is right around the corner!

I have to say that being home this week, paired with the super hot weather we've had, is getting me super psyched for summer. But then that means the end to what has been the BEST school year so far with the greatest group of kids I've ever had. I'm secretly hoping they'll let me loop to 3rd grade! The final days will definitely be bittersweet.

Today Audrey and I took a walk after nap/lunch. It.was.hot. I let her get down and run around the courthouse just so I could take a break (and snap some pictures, of course!)


Getting ready to take off...she carries her Mickey and Minnie almost everywhere now!




FAST





Tomorrow she has her 15 month appointment. I fully plan on ratting her out the pedi about her lack of eating.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bunny Pictures!

I took Audrey to Potomac Mills (an outlet mall) today and we had an awesome time! We came home to find her bunny pictures waiting for us in the mail:



Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

What a gorgeous day! The weather was absolutely perfect to attempt our first egg hunt. But first we gave Audrey her Easter basket:






I love her expression here


She loved her Dora book!


Flying around the house with Dad!




Reading one of her Easter cards.


Ready!




She was really hesitant about walking in the grass, so Dad had to pick her up











Then we played with the bubbles...










Back inside for a bit to rest!

We took a walk later in the afternoon:



For funsies, a few pics of sweet Audrey Cate last year:



Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, I can't wait to see everyone else's pics!