Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Too Good To Be True

Izzy was supposed to be taking a nap today.  After I read her a story and left her room, I heard the door shut, so I knew she was up and about.  But then I didn't hear anything, and I was busy wrapping Christmas gifts for about an hour, so I thought maybe she finally fell asleep.  I went to check on her, and I heard her talking to herself.  She was saying, "Take a look at this."  So, I opened the door, and this is what I found. 

Caught red handed dismantling her Christmas tree

I suppose this could have been a lot worse

What the heck?

I should have known better.  Never trust a quiet toddler.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just a Few Things...

1. I am old.  This was proven twice in the last two weeks. 

Exhibit A: Whilst attempting to stuff myself into an ill-fitting, poorly made dress in the dressing room of Forever 21, I overheard some college girls trying on outfits for the 80's themed fraternity party they were going to that evening.  Nothing like being back in your college town amongst current students as a thirty-year-old whose purse is full of diapers and fruit snacks to make you feel like a dinosaur.  I decided it was best that F21 and I permanently part ways. 

Exhibit B: In a P.F. Chang's restroom, I asked a few girls (who happened to be headed to some sorority formal) if they were in line.  They replied, "No ma'am."  Game over.  I'm old.

2. I am publicly admitting that I was among the masses waiting for Target to open at midnight last Friday.  What can I say?  Black Friday is to shopping as the Superbowl is to football.  I got some good deals, marked a few gifts off the list, and avoided fist fights and pepper spray.  Success. 

3. The house is decked out for Christmas, and I'm loving it.  Now I just need to wrap the gifts.  That's where I always drag my feet.  It's happening tomorrow.  Write that down. 

4. I ate entirely too much food last week, and now my scale and I are not on good terms.  I may or may not have had pumpkin pie for dinner Friday night. 

5. Our sweet friends took some pictures of us for our Christmas card yesterday.  Guess which one we aren't using??  Stinker.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Potty Training Drop-Out

Funny Thinking of You Ecard: Never let anyone convince you that failure is not an option because it most certainly is.

Yep, I'd say that about sums up potty training thus far.  You may remember my posts about our first attempt at potty training from a few months ago.  Well, that lasted about two weeks, and I'm here to report that Izzy has been peeing and pooping in her diaper daily since then.  She was just not showing any interest, and I felt like I was fighting a losing battle.  I decided to give her a few months and try, try again.  And here we are.  We started this morning, and so far, she hasn't done anything except pee in her pull-up during nap.  Not off to such a good start, but I'm trying to remain calm.  M&M's and Skittles are on stand-by for any successes she may have (if hubs and I don't finish them off first).  Wine is in the fridge for when she goes to sleep.  And all of you people who keep telling me she won't go to kindergarten in diapers better be right.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

World Prematurity Day

November is Prematurity Awareness month, and today marks the first official World Prematurity Day. Organizations like the March of Dimes use this day to spread awareness of the global problem of premature birth. On this special day, I would like to honor my teeny tiny baby doll. 

This is my baby who was born at 23 weeks 6 days gestation
This is my baby who weighed 1 pound 9 ounces
This is my baby who survived her twin sister's birth at 19 weeks gestation.

This is my baby I had to wait 2 weeks to hold.

This is my baby who required a gazillion machines to keep her alive.

This is my baby we had to alternate days holding because moving her out of her bed was exhausting for her little body.

This is my baby who spent the first month of her life on a ventilator, followed by 4 months of other types of respiratory support.




This is my baby who stole her daddy's heart before we even met her.

This is my baby whose MRI showed a cerebral hemorrhage.
This is my baby whose doctor guaranteed 100% chance of development problems.
This is my baby who underwent two eye surgeries to correct Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

This is my baby who had a team of friends, family, and even strangers, on their knees in prayer for her daily.



This is my baby who finally got to go home when she was 4 months old, weighing 7 pounds.


This is my baby today: a healthy 2.5 year old with no developmental problems in sight


"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."
~Matthew 17:20~

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Things I'm Loving

1. Hubs returned home last night after being gone since Saturday.  His girls were very happy to have him home.  Four nights with no help = one tired mama!

2. Friends and Family sales.  I'm going to go ahead and admit that about 98% of the emails I get are from retailers such as Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, Old Navy, Banana, New York & Co, Limited, etc.  I am usually pretty good at hitting the delete button before I get myself into trouble, but I'm sorry friends.  I can't hit the delete button on a 40% off sale.  I did a little damage at Loft and Gap while Izzy was in school today. And can I just add that shopping child-free, with a Starbucks in hand is pure bliss. 

Today's favorite purchase: Gap's gFlex workout pants.  Pretty sure I will be wearing these babies everyday.  Oh, and I totally busted out the move this chick is doing when I tried them on at the store.  Amazing pants, I tell you. 






3. Speaking of Starbucks, I am currently obsessed with the Skinny Peppermint Mocha. This little drink accompanied me on my shopping excursion this morning. It's pretty heavenly and only 100 calories for a tall. Delicious and guilt-free. Can't beat it.



4. Wowbutter.  I may be late to the party on this one, but I just learned of this product.  We have no food allergies in our house, so we've never had to worry about it.  However, now that Izzy is in school, and happens to be in a peanut-free classroom, it has become a concern.  She really likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I mean, she really likes them.  As in she is know for her ability to eat a sandwich in 4 bites.  And since they don't heat up their lunches, and she hasn't quite mastered using utencils, I've been sort of limited on what to pack for her lunch.  Her school sent home a note about this Wowbutter stuff, so I headed to Wal-Mart and picked up some.  It's actually pretty tasty.  It definitely wouldn't trick me in a blind taste-test, but it's pretty close to the real thing.  It is certainly going to make packing lunches easier around here. 






5. I'm always loving my sassy little girl, but these pictures just kill me.

Yes, she is wearing a leopard, faux fur poncho and no pants.  No, this photo was not posed.

I try not to be one of those "Look how cute my kid is" moms, but screw it.  Look how cute my kid is!


6. Tomorrow, we're heading back to the ol' stomping grounds for the Tech vs. OSU game.  We're going with our good friends, one of whom is an OSU alum, so he's sure to be waving his wheat all over the place.  Gonna be good times!  Go Tech!




Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Big Girl Bed

After Izzy scaled the walls of her crib a week ago, we quickly replaced it with a big girl bed.  We knew her days in the crib were numbered, so we had already purchased a twin size mattress and box spring.  I found plans on pinterest for an adorable bed that I've sweet talked Griff into building (husband is a good man, I tell ya), but he and his dad aren't going to have time to start that project for a few more weeks, so for the time being, girlfriend's room is looking a bit ghetto.  Don't you worry though, mama's got big plans. 

This transition has gone surprisingly well.  I was really bracing myself for some long nights, but she has done great.  She followed me out of her room once on the first night, but we walked back there together, and she hasn't come out at night since then.  Amazing!  She is even napping better in the bed than she did in her crib, which makes absolutely no sense to me, but I'll take it.  She came out to the kitchen the other day when she was supposed to be napping, and I asked her to go back to bed.  She turned around, said, "Yes, Mommy," and went back to her room.  I was so shocked I just wanted to go scoop her up and love on her, but I resisted, and she ended up napping for an hour. 

My favorite part of her new bed is that I get to lie down with her before naps and bedtime and snuggle for a bit.  She grabs my face and says, "Mommy, I wuv you."  That's the good stuff.

Here she is with her new bed for the first time.  And apparently Halloween never goes out of season at our house.  She spotted her costume in the laundry room and insisted on wearing it over her clothes. 
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And this is after she follwed me out of her room on night one.  Nothing like a good fit on the kitchen floor.

Poor thing fell off the bed the first night

First nap in the big girl bed

Oh, sweet baby!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Recap

When I attended Izzy's Wee School orientation in August, her teacher asked if anyone would like to volunteer to be the "room mother."  If you don't think my hand was the first to fly up, you don't know me as well as I thought you did.  I love me some crafts and party planning. 

My first official room mother duty was planning their fall party.  I was asked to bring a craft/s, a party favor for each child, and dessert.  I was all over this. 

The party favors:



Our first craft was making this jack-o'-lantern plate. I bought a few sheets of peel and stick black foam from Michael's and cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth shapes.  I gave each child an orange plate (thank you, Tarjay), and they placed on the shapes to make their jack-o'-lanterns.  (Thanks for the idea, Nanna.)

Can you just feel her excitement?

Next up was making a necklace.  I found some little foam pumpkin shapes for a few bucks at Michael's, so I punched a hole in them, threw them in a bowl with some Cherrios and ribbon, and they went to town. 
Meme and Izzy making a necklace

snacking on her necklace

just one more bite

here's the final product, minus a few cherrios
For dessert, mom bought the kids mini cupcakes.  We aren't allowed to bring homemade treats, which is probably a good thing, because I probably would have attempted some pumpkin sugar cookies and destroyed my kitchen in the process.
 I didn't get a good picture of the cupcake because my child one-bit hers.
And immediately after, she yelled, "I don't like it!" You sure about that, girlfriend?

"I want another one!"  Yeah, that's what I thought.
 I added her new crafts to her art display when we got home. 


Last night, we dressed up Izzy in the sweetest little witch costume you ever did see, took a few pics, and headed to Meme and Papa's house for trick-or-treating. 



I think she could get used to this.


So big!

lovin' on her papa

The fam

It wouldn't be a holiday if they didn't get spoiled rotten.  Meme got them toys that matched their outfits: Power Ranger and Barbie dressed as a witch.  Cute stuff.  Weird pose there, Izzybelle.