August 15, 2014

Potty Training: Mission Accomplished!

It's the dreaded question that every Mama of a toddler hates to hear: "Is little 'Kaightee Mareigh' (<--yes, this is me poking fun at the parents who try to give their kids name a unique spelling...because I'm feeling extra saucy today) potty trained yet?

I can't even begin to tell you the anxiety I got at the mere thought of potty training Presley.  That girl marches to the beat of her own drum and when you ask her to do something she doesn't want to do, she ain't gonna do it. So basically, don't even exhaust yourself into trying.  She's like a man--no matter how many times you suggest it or make it seem like a great idea--it has to be her idea and then she will go balls to the wall like it's the greatest idea she has ever had. (Ladies, am I right or AM I RIGHT? Maybe it's just my husband.)

A few months ago I thought it was the right time to get this ball rolling.  I bought the cute pink toilet, downloaded a crap ton (which is much more than just a ton...) of new apps on the iPad, sat her in the middle of the den and anxiously sat next to her waiting to hear the glorious sound of her peeing in that damn plastic bowl.

You know what happened?

This.

Hello, Captain Obvious? She's not ready.

So, I let it go.  I was pregnant, working full time, Adam was out of town for baseball, and we had other things to do.  I began to think that the thought of me sitting around waiting for her to pee every 20 minutes was not how I wanted to spend my time off.  It takes 30 seconds to change a diaper and I can do it with one hand, eyes closed while also picking up the den with my toes (a skill every Mother needs to master, by the way.)

Then I had a baby and was changing two kids diapers.  That's double the poop, double the butt wiping, and frankly...just a shit ton of diapers to buy.

IT WAS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, y'all! Come Hell or high water I was getting the Drama Baby out of diapers.  Because toddler poop? Will make you want to never eat again.

This time around has been an absolute breeze!  I kept her home for 3 days, took away all of the diapers (except for nap time and bedtime...my balls aren't that big) and bribed her with anything she wanted.  If she would have said she wanted a chocolate dipped unicycle...I would have found one.  ANYTHING!  
  
Here is what we used/did to master potty training in 3 days:

1) A toilet seat that goes on the actual toilet.  I thought the other potty would be better at first, but then thought about how I'd get her to go in public on a big toilet and changed my mind.  I am actually going to put the portable potty in the back of my car for emergencies.

2) A step stool- because the kiddo needs it to climb up on the toilet, and I needed somewhere to sit while waiting 100 years for her to pee.  If you can fit a La-Z Boy recliner or queen size bed in your bathroom then you should just go ahead and do that, because you'll be in there a while.

3) Cute underwear- We went cold turkey with the diapers and completely skipped over the pull-ups.  It was either she peed in the potty or she peed in her undies.  So, be prepared and buy several pairs! I four some cute ones at Ross that were cheap just in case she did have some messy accidents we could just toss them.

4) Anything for bribery- be it candy, toys, activities, animals, a new yacht, a trip to Bora Bora...whatever it takes--buy it!  Thankfully, Presley is happy with a cheap toy or a piece of chocolate.  That's what worked for us! Honestly, with the toys (bought at the dollar store and wrapped in tissue paper) I think she just enjoyed tearing apart the paper!  But, it's what worked for us!





 And there you have it!  That is all it took for us to finally get Presley out of diapers.  I went into it expecting many tears and accidents, but was very pleased that it went so smoothly.  I know there will be times where she does have an accident and that's okay.  I am not going to punish her or make a big deal out of it!  Today was her first day back at school and I sent about 6 pairs of clothes/underwear just in case ;)



August 13, 2014

playing catch up

You know what having 2 kids doesn't leave time for?

Keeping this here blog up to date! Sorry about that, but I've been a little busy (trying) to keep two little minions alive!

Honestly, Sadie is a breeze! She is still sleeping a lot during the day--only waking to eat and look around for a few minutes, then it's back onto the train to Sleepy Town!  Presley on the other hand...WOWZAS!  That girl Never. Stops. Talking.  If she says my name once she says it 2,000 times.  And if I don't answer her immediately she then starts calling me by my first and last name until I do answer her.  I've considered putting in ear plugs, it's true.

My maternity leave has mostly been packed full of visitors and a much needed vacation to Michigan! In July, my Dad and Step-Mom drove up to visit for a few days.  They had 4 bins of baby clothes and a swing to deliver to me also!  We enjoyed just hanging out around the house, taking a tour of Notre Dame, and a monstrous grocery shopping trip that was much needed!  I am definitely spoiled by my Daddy-O :)
Sadie Belle & Papa Eddie
Nana Missy, Sadie, and Papa Eddie

The day after they left we had more visitors come up from Alabama.  My Mimi, Aunt Rah-Rah, and Aunt LuLu (I know, how country are we?!)

Mimi & Sadie
Rah Rah & Sadie
Lulu & Sadie
While they were here Presley turned "3" so we had a small birthday party for her here at the house.  I figured this was probably the last year we can get away with having a small party for her before she starts to remember things.  I took her to Wal-Mart and let her pick out the theme, ordered a matching cake and then we were set!  Out of all the fun characters for a party she chose Dora.  I KNOW, you guys.  Dora.  It killed me and I can't even tell you how many times I tried to suggest other fun character.  She wasn't budging and I wasn't going to argue with her.  We had fun celebrating and Presley was spoiled with new toys!

She had the table destroyed in 5 seconds!
Still workin' that attitude!
If you wanted to party, you had to dress the part :)
My sweet (ahem, sometimes) 3 year old!



My Mom ended up going home with them rather than buying a plane ticket for a few days later, so once they left our house sure did feel empty!  Thankfully, we had tons of Adams family coming into town a few days later for his cousins wedding--it just so happened that he got married here in South Bend!

We had a great time at the wedding and visiting with family!  Presley partied until 11:00 at the reception where she danced her booty off.  That girl loves to dance!

Two days later, we packed up and headed to Suttons Bay, MI (The Farm) where Adams family spends the summer.  He spent his childhood summers there and with us being only 4 hours away, we went for 2 weeks this year!  I'll do a separate post on that, just because there are so many pictures!

We got back from The Farm on Sunday and have just been getting back into the swing of things.  Adam is back to work, I'm still on maternity leave, and most importantly...PRESLEY IS POTTY TRAINED!

HOLLA IF YA HEAR ME, BOIIIIIII!

July 21, 2014

Party of 4!

It's been almost 4 weeks since Sadie Belle joined our silly little family, and during that time there has been several adjustments made to how our daily life goes!  The most obvious of them being the lack of sleep Mama is getting.  I remember Presley being very on point with the whole "waking every 3 hours (on the dot), eating, then falling back to sleep" kind of schedule.  Sadie has been semi-similar, except you never know how long she is going to make it in between feedings.  Sometimes it is 1.5 hours and then sometimes it is 3.5 hours.  I usually fall back asleep as soon as she is done, so it hasn't been too terribly bad.

Except for that time I got Mastitis in both of my boobs.  

Yeah, that was zero fun!  I had no clue that it could make me so sick--and hurt so bad!  I had a pretty high fever for a few days before calling the lactation consultant and my midwife--who put me on an antibiotic and things cleared up pretty quickly after that.  I wanted to give up and just give Sadie formula so badly, but I managed to feed and pump through it.  But man, it was painful!  

Other than that, breastfeeding is going...okay.  I met with the lactation specialist this morning just to make sure she is latching on correctly since I am still in a little bit of pain.  I feel like by this point I should be pain free, right?!  We will see :)

Presley has adjusted to the new baby much, MUCH better than we had all anticipated.  We basically feared the worst and have been pleasantly surprised at how well she has taken the new changes.  My Mom was here for the first few weeks, so it was super helpful to have an extra set of hands when it came to taking care of Presley, the household duties, and meal time.  Presley tends to want me to hold her just as I am feeding Sadie, which I am sure is just a way of Presley letting me know she wants me to put the baby down--but I can usually distract her and then when I am done I will spend some time with her.

We did end up sending Presley back to school two days a week...

AND THEY ALL SAID AMEN!

 That has been a lifesaver for us all!  She enjoys getting out of the house, playing with her friends, and going outside--while I enjoy the peace and quiet at home.  Because let's be real here, girlfriend DOESN'T SHUT UP!  She is constantly talking, asking questions, wanting to sit on the potty (without even going--she just wants a Skittle), dumping out her toy box just to run off and do something else....ya know?! Moms, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME!

In the midst of all of this, we had a bunch of visitors!  It was so nice to hang out with our family and spend some quality time with them all.

My Dad and Step Mom came for a few days, then the day they left we had Adams cousin, Ryan, and his fiancee, Breighan, come over.  That afternoon my Grandmother and two Aunts came in from Alabama and stayed for a few days!

It has definitely been lonely now that it is just the 4 of us at home!

But, we love our new little addition to bits and pieces!  Sadie really is a great baby--so cute and snuggly!  I can't believe she is almost 4 weeks old!  To all of you young folks out there: If you want your life to fly by...have children! It makes the days, weeks, months and years go by in an instant!


July 7, 2014

Sadie's birth story- Part 2

**FYI: if you would like to savor any sort of "normal" image you've ever had of me (ha!) then don't read this post.  It's not going to be too detailed, but just detailed enough for you to picture me doing things you might not want to have forever embedded in your mind :) **

So, my water broke while I was lying in bed.  Everyone left the room so my nurse could help me up and change all of the bedding I was on.  As I was standing up in the middle of the floor my water broke again and this time it was basically exactly how it happens in the movies.  Just, water everywhere!  The look on the nurses face was hilarious, so as I kept laughing, more water was coming! It was a vicious cycle but she managed to push me over into the bathroom so I could just sit on the toilet and wait it out! 

After my water broke, my contractions started to get really painful.  I can't remember at this point how much I was dilated, but I think it was at this point I asked for some pain meds through my IV.  I still wanted to hold out on the epidural, and thankfully whatever they gave me was just enough to take the edge off and make things bearable again!  

Time passes by, I take some naps, and Adam decides to go home for a bit since we live literally 30 seconds away from the hospital ( I could see our neighborhood from my window!)  As soon as he gets home I start to feel SO much pain, so I ask for the epidural.  I would have preferred Adam to be there, but I had to settle with nuzzling my face into my nurses boobs while the anesthesiologist put it in.  He was seriously the best, I didn't feel one thing! I didn't even believe him when he said he was done.

More time passes and I think I sleep a little!

Later on, probably around 11pm or so,  Sadie wasn't all the way face down, so they had me lie on my side to get her to turn.  Adam had gone back home to sleep a little since we knew it would still be a while--I was still only 5cm dilated!  Once I was lying on my side, I went from 5 to 10 cm dilated in about 30 minutes.  We called Adam and told him to rush back to the hospital because the nurses assumed it was go time!

Once my midwife checked me, she said that the baby still wasn't all the way down, and I could either push now or wait until she dropped all the way.  She said that if I could hold out and take the pain and pressure, then I wouldn't have to do as much pushing to get her out.  So, I waited it out...until around 2:50am and that's when I started pushing!

I actually ended up lying on my side and pushing, which felt so much better than lying on my back!  I'm not sure how many times I had to push, it wasn't too many.  The reason it seemed like it took so long was because at this point my contractions slowed down and the time in between pushes was much longer than normal! At one point, Sadie was halfway out and my midwife just had to sit there for about a minute--holding her until I had another contraction and could push! Talk about a weird feeling :)

After a few more pushes, Sadie Belle was here! All 7lbs 12oz's of her :)

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The pain this time around was nowhere near as bad as it was when I had Presley.  There was some discomfort, but definitely no burning or stretching feeling! Sadie came out with the cord tightly wrapped around her neck, so we were unable to do the delayed cord clamping (which was part of my birth plan) but, obviously I know it was much more important to get her over to the other warmer so the nurses could work on her!  Thankfully, she started crying and avoided going to the NICU!

Meanwhile, my midwife stayed with me to do all of the fun afterbirth shenanigans.  I was so happy to hear her say that I didn't tear or have to have an episiotomy!  Thank ya, Jesus!

After that, things were pretty uneventful.  Sadie and I did an hour of skin to skin, then I breastfed her, and then the nurse took her into the bathroom to wash her off.  I loved loved loved doing the skin to skin--that's something I didn't do with Presley.  The hospital where I delivered recommends that the baby spends 23 out of 24 hours in the room with the parents, so we just ended up keeping her with us the entire time!

The next two days we just spent in the hospital recovering!  Adam actually went back to work the next day since my Mom is here.  After two days in the hospital we headed home and have been going on with life!

Sadie is such a great baby (so far) and just sleeps non-stop.  It's hard to even keep her awake for feedings, but I know that the newborn phase will wear off soon and she will wake up!

I know I'm probably forgetting tons of little details with Sadie's birth, but for now this will do!


















July 6, 2014

Sadie's birth story- Part 1

You can read (and I think you should, so you can see how completely different these two deliveries were) Presley's birth story HERE!

I'm hoping to get this all typed out before my memory fades (hello, Mommy Brain!) and too much time passes! Sadie's birth was so different from Presley's, just reading what I posted about Presley's birth makes me cringe!

From the very beginning of this pregnancy I knew that I wanted things to go differently and I was pretty hopeful that they would be since we don't even live in the same state that Presley was born.  When I made my very first appointment here in Indiana, the receptionist asked me if I would like to see the OB-GYN or the Midwives throughout my pregnancy.  I figured, why not? Midwives it is!  They are more likely to be on the same page as I am when it comes to how I wanted my pregnancy, labor, and delivery to go.  And dudes, I was totally right!

There are three midwives in the practice that is also in conjunction with the doctor, but I never saw the doctor.  He is basically just around for the midwives if anything goes wrong.  All of my appointments were always rotating with the midwives, so I didn't have a choice to just choose to stick with one.  But, I loved them all and was totally fine with whoever would be on call when it came time to deliver!

All of my monthly and weekly appointments were very uneventful.  Just the typical blood pressure and weight gain check, visit with the midwife, then out the door type of thing!

The only appointment that got a little hairy was the one hour glucose test, I bombed it.  Totally failed! 

Okay cool, no biggie.  I'll just go to the three hour test, enjoy the time alone with just me and some gossip magazines, and pass with flying colors!

Yeah.  Failed that one, too, and was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

After failing that test, there were so many other appointments involved.  I now had to do weekly Non Stress Tests, prick my finger a billion times a day,  take certain supplements and medicine, meet with the doctor, meet with a Maternal Fetal Specialists, and (ahem, try to) really watch my diet.  

**for those wondering, my numbers were never ever that high.  I think the highest it ever reached was around 170, and that was after eating a ton of fruit.  They mainly stayed around 140, which to me, isn't something to totally freak about and even one of my midwives basically told me it was bull honkey.  But, they're the professionals, so I do (most) of what I am told :)**

Once I was diagnosed with GD they automatically moved my due date from July 1st to June 24th, a week early because with GD babies are typically (not always) bigger in size.  I wasn't too excited about that, and I know I could have refused an induction, but I just went with it and decided to wait it out to see how things were closer to that time.

The end of June rolls around and I'm on maternity leave, my Mom has flown in, and I go to my 39 week appointment on Monday June 23rd.  My midwife checks me to see if I am dilated, and I'm 1cm.  She sets it up for me to go in that night at 8pm to get Cytotec to help me dilate so the next morning we can get the party started!

Around 6ish, the charge nurse calls and says that there are no rooms available at the moment, and that they will either give me a call before midnight if something comes up.  Otherwise, we should be able to go in the next day at 5pm.

Cool.  Ain't no thang.  We still had new bedroom furniture to put together anyways!

The next morning rolls around and I get another call from the charge nurse saying that there was still no rooms available and that this has never happened.  Apparently, they even had women set up in the triage room?! 

Whatever.  I was definitely totally for sure set up to be there at 7am the next morning.

Adam and I arrive at the hospital, I get my gown on (b-t-dubs, my best friend got me my own cute hospital gown and I got SO many compliments on it!)

Then the waiting game began after they gave me the Cytotek! I was slowly dilating, but still didn't have any Pitocin.  It was in my birth plan that I didn't want Pitocin if I didn't have to have it, and thank God I didn't!

I was basically dilating one centimeter an hour and was having pretty consistent contractions that were about 3-4 minutes apart, but not painful.  

Around lunch time, Adams parents made it by the hospital and stayed for a while.  That's when I got out of bed and we did a little walking around for a while.  My contractions were getting strong enough where I had to stop and breathe , I definitely couldn't talk through them at this point!

Adams parents left to go get Presley from school, then brought her by the hospital to visit for a little bit! I was so happy to see her :)

I got back in bed, we are all just chatting and watching Presley, I'm contracting....and then...

MY WATER BROKE!

(stay tuned for Part 2, tomorrow!)

Turns out, we didn't take too many pictures during this time! But, here are a few.  Adam did a lot of videoing that day, so once he gets the time he will put all of that together!






July 4, 2014

3.5 months later...

Talk about total blog abandonment! Isn't going 3.5 months without one. single. post some sort of crime in bloggyland? 

So much has changed--for one, I had a baby last week.  DOH!

Sadie Belle was born on June 26th at 3:24am.  Coming in at a whoppin' 7lbs 12oz and 20 inches long! She was a week early, so I would imagine if I had gone to my due date she would have been even heftier!
Obviously, now that I am on maternity leave and have a little spare time (my Mom is here until the end of July!) I plan on doing several posts to catch up a little.  I will get a recap of Sadie's birth up soon, because I definitely don't want to forget it!

Spoiler alert: this labor and delivery was four hundred and eleventy times better and easier than it was with Presley. 

 Oh my lanta, y'all.  I am so happy with how everything went this time around!

This pregnancy absolutely flew by.  And talk about being completely different than my pregnancy with Presley?! Wow! 

So, to get a little caught up with how the rest of my pregnancy went, lets look back on some lovely pictures taken by my iPhone.  I obviously didn't have the time or energy to whip out our nice camera at all during the remaining weeks of this pregnancy. 
(The last update I did on the blog was at 25 weeks.)

 This is around 26 or 27 weeks.  Keeping it classy by wearing Adams sweats.  Then there's the Drama Baby sticking something down my badonk.  Thanks, Presley!


 Clearly, 28 weeks in this picture! 

 Jump to 33 weeks

 39 weeks, just a few days before being induced!

 And BAM! There she is--Sadie Belle!

So much to catch up on, get ready! But, for now I have to go clean up poop off the carpet thanks to Presley Grace.  

ISN'T BEING A MOM GREAT FUN??!!??!!

March 17, 2014

25 weeks- Baby #2!

HI!

Still here.  Still pregnant.  Still snow on the ground in the middle of March.

I wish I had a really cool excuse as to why I suck at updating every week about life & pregnancy--but, the truth is that our computer is located next to a sliding glass door and it's just really cold when you sit over here.  So, um..yes.  That's why I've been a big fat failure at blogging.  Also, Adam is home approximately 30 seconds every week which leaves me with the Drama Baby who apparently tells everyone she meets the she "loves beer" so I'm basically just trying to not kill either one of us.

That's my life these days, y'all! Just a lot of explaining everywhere we go and then also a lot of crying because I am just so daggum cold.

But, don't fear--I am here to do a 25 week update because HOLY HANNAH MONTANA I'm 25 weeks pregnant tomorrow!  Why does the 2nd pregnancy go by so fast? 

Also, Kate is back.  You don't even want to know what my face looks like today.  Also, somebody please tell Kate to tan her face to match her body, and for Heaven's sake get rid of the camera remote! What a Trashy McTrasherson she is!




How far along:
25 weeks tomorrow!

Size of baby:
Around 9 inches long and about 1.5lbs.  My midwife said I'm measuring big though, so that's just great.

Total weight gain:
I think I'm up around 10 lbs so far.  I go to the doctor on Wednesday (I think) and will find out then! I eat everything in sight so it should be no surprise if I'm 400 lbs by the end of this gig.  Today, Adam told me that he didn't care if I spent all the money in our bank account at Whole Foods, but by God I better stop eating Taco Bell.  Womp Womp.

Maternity clothes:
During our trip to Alabama my Step Mom and I basically bought out the maternity section at H&M.  Mainly just the tops/shirt section though because my Sister In Law gave me about 12 pairs of maternity jeans/pants.  Not even kidding--skinny jeans in every color and the most non-Mom looking blue jeans in almost every size!

Gender:
Still a girl--I guess! We haven't had another ultrasound, so I'm really hoping that ultrasound tech was right on the money when we checked ;) 

Movement:
All the time!  We are entering the "let me see how many ribs my unborn child can break" stage of the pregnancy, but I'm trying to enjoy every little movement and kick--that's what I missed the most after I had Presley! 

Sleep:
So SO good lately!  Most nights I don't even have to get up to use the bathroom! WORD BIG BIRD!

What I miss:
Being able to bend over,  the occasional glass of wine/cold beer, breathing...you know, everyday stuff that's a little more difficult to do when you have a volleyball for a stomach!

Cravings/aversions:
Nothing in particular.  Basically, if it's in my view I will eat it.  So, what out if you see me--I may eat you and your children.

Symptoms:
Just heart burn!

Best moment this week:
I can't really pin point just one good thing that has happened.  It's been going great lately!  Now, if you'd like to talk about the Drama Baby--then that's a WHOLE different story!  Wowzas!

Well, that's all I have for this update!  Let's keep this thang going every week from now on, mmkay?