Sunday, February 27, 2011

First Date

I think today was the first day I've ever taken my handsome little man on a one-on-one date that wasn't a shopping trip or something small like that.  Due to our rough weekend, I needed a little get away and I figured Owen could use a little one-on-one special attention.  I was having the urge to go to see and movie and eat some yummy popcorn and I thougth Owen would be the perfect date for that!!!
When he heard the BIG news that he and I were going to see a movie while Addyson napped he started jumping for joy!  He started telling me about watching a movie with glasses and eating popcorn! : )  We went to see Gnomeo but I choose to see the regular version not the 3D one because he doesn't like to keep the big glasses on so it seems silly to pay the extra money.  The last movie I took him to was Toy Story 3 in 3D and he remembered the glasses so he decided to bring his Buzz Lightyear glasses with him to watch the movie this time.  We got our drink and popcorn (he put chocolate flavored powder on his!!  That's why we love Malco!  I love the flavored popcorn powders!!!) and he could hardly contain himself as we headed to find our theater.  "Mom, I'm so escited!!!!!"
We sat down, he put his glasses on, started eating his popcorn, and we were ready for the movie to start!!!  Once the movie started he wanted to stand up, I guess he gets so into the movie he doesn't want to have to sit to watch it.  He was really into the movie and enjoyed the whole thing.  The last 30 minutes he wanted to sit on my lap, at this point it was his nap time so I knew he was getting tired.  What a great date with my handsome little man!!!  It made me realize that we need to do these sorts of things more often with each of the kids!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Trip to the ER

Today was a scary day in the Brewster House!!!  It started last night about 6.  I wasn't feeling super good so we decided to stay in instead of going to the Gymback meet and we ordered in pizza.  I noticed Addyson wasn't eating much which isn't like her.  I also noticed that she had a slight fever and every now and then I would feel her and she would feel warmer.  I told Brad that I thought she would end up throwing up that night at some point.  We gave her some motrin for her fever and put her to bed about 7:30.  At 3am she woke up calling for us and she had throw up... amazingly it was ALL outside of her crib.  Was I right or what?!?!  I love that a Mother's intuition!!!  She had a fever so we pulled her in bed with us and tried to get as much rest as possible.  We were up at 8 am and then her and I ended up napping on the couch at 8:30.  Her little body was twitching as she slept which I assumed was because she was drifting off to sleep.  I held her tight (I guess to minimize the twitches) and we both slept. (there is a cute picture on my camera that I'll post one day if I ever find my camera cord!) About an hour later she woke up with full body twitching and she would scream!!!  It would last a couple of seconds, all of which she was screaming, then it would stop and start again.  Brad and I have never seen anything like that before so we had NO idea what to do and what was happening to her.

Brad ran Owen next door to Timber's house while I grabbed some clothes for me and some diapers for Addyson.  We jumped in our car (I actually held her tightly in the front seat since we didn't know if she was seizing or what was happening), Brad put our emergency lights on, and we drove quickly (using back roads) to the hospital.  Thankfully it was not busy so they got us in a room right away.  Addyson and I laid on the bed and we waited to be seen, and checked on again, and prodded some more, and a couple of test run, and waiting some more, and, and, and.  After a while, each time the door opened she would tense up and cry.  Poor thing, she had had enough!!!  Turns out she has a major head infection and a double ear infection from an old sinus infection.  The twitching was due to her fever spiking.  I'm thankful that all of this had an easy explanation and easy answer with some medicine.  I read so many blogs of sick kids and I am thankful every day that my kids are so healthy.  And after my one scary morning trip to the ER, I was so thankful we were able to come home that afternoon with a little girl that felt much better!!!  They gave her a shot and I'm telling you, she was a different girl by the time we walked out of the ER!
After a crazy morning of being shuffled around from the neighbor's house to my mom's house, Brad took Owen out for an afternoon of some guy time.  Owen needed to pick out a surprise for having a dry diaper last night and he told Brad that he wanted to get Addyson a surprise too so she would feel better!  What a sweet big brother!
Brad told me the story of their shopping adventure and how thought out Addyson's gift was.  First they went to Target and looked in the $1 bins.  They found a cute bracelet that Owen wanted to get Addyson but then said she would like it, "because it has a bow on it and Addyson doesn't like bows."  Funny, I must say that because she won't wear bows in her hair!  So they eventually went to Kohl's where Owen found the perfect pack of silly bands that were girly (per his request) and then he decided that Addyson needed a purse too.  Again, the purse could not have a bow because Addyson doesn't like bows.  He eventually found the perfect pink purse (without a bow) and put the silly bands in it and brought it home to his sick sister.  He gave it to her with a huge grin on his face and told her he hoped she felt better!  What a sweet ending to our crazy morning!!!

I also need to say that our super, sweet babysitter was suppose to watch the kids tonight so I texted her from the ER to tell her what was going on.  She asked to come by and visit Addyson and she brought her a "get well soon" balloon and a play dough activity.   We are so blessed to have such a sweet person watching after our kids while we are gone!!!

10 Weeks

10 Weeks

Size of Baby Brewster: size of a prune and baby's vital organs are starting to function!!

Biggest Challenges: The nausea and exhaustion are still present but slowly getting better, or just not as bad. I am still having a hard time sleeping and it is starting to make me a crazy person.  I can fall asleep but when I wake up at 3 to go to the bathroom I am up for the rest of the day and one day this week I was up at 1.  I'm not sure how much longer I can take this!  I have also had bad cramping in the evenings that is probably tied to my exhaustion.  Last night we stayed in because I felt so bad.

Cravings: Lemonade mixed with cherry 7-up  

Aversions: I am still turned off by meat.

Gender:  My friend Jenn posted about pregnancy myths that determine the gender of the baby and according to most of those I am having a girl.

Movement:  I can't feel movement but I bet that little baby is very active!

Sleep: There is very little of that.

What I miss:  Sleep.  I am becoming a crazy person with no energy or patience.  I miss having the energy to play with the kids!

Maternity Clothes:  I am wearing my normal clothes and am comfortable again wearing jeans, not all comfy pants anymore. : )

Weight gain: no change

Emotions: I get frustrated easily.  I have a short fuse which is a combo of hormones and lack of sleep. I'm hoping this doesn't last too much longer!

Milestones:  We mailed and emailed out our announcement cards to our family and friends.  We are so excited to start sharing our big secret!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Taking Sammy for a Ride

Addyson is a little over obsessed with the dogs these days especially Sam since he is so old and doesn't put up a fight when she picks him up and carries him around.  If you want to know where Sam is just ask Addyson, she usually knows!
This afternoon we played outside for a bit and I let Sam come out front with us for a change of scenery.  (We don't usually let him out front because he can't hear and he wonders off and gets lost)  As soon as Addyson saw him she went running for him saying, "Sam, Sam, Sam".  I think if he could have heard her he would have taken off running!!! : )
She picked him up and put him in the car with her.  She was SO proud!!!  I told her to look at the camera and say "cheese".  I then noticed that she was trying to get Sam to look at the camera too and smile.  She is so funny!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

9 Weeks

9 Weeks
Size of Baby Brewster: looks like a baby now and is officially a fetus and is the size of an olive!

Biggest Challenges: The nausea is still so bad.  And the exhaustion is starting to take its toll. I am now having a hard time sleeping.  I can fall asleep but when I wake up at 3 to go to the bathroom I am up for the rest of the day.  Ugh!  If I am lucky I fall asleep about 6:45, just in time to wake up at 7 with the kids.

Cravings:  I am loving anything veggie.  Chips and cheese dip are a yummy treat!

Aversions: I am turned off by meat right now.  I go through this with all of my pregnancies so I knew this one was coming.

Gender:  Based on what Owen said last week, I am leaning towards a boy.

Movement:  I can't feel movement but I bet that little baby is very active!

Sleep: I am getting up once or twice a night to go to the bathroom every night and I am rarely falling asleep after the 3am trip.

What I miss:  Sleep.

Maternity Clothes:  I am wearing my normal clothes and am comfortable again wearing jeans, not all comfy pants anymore. : )

Weight gain: no change

Emotions: I get frustrated easily.  I have a short fuse which is a combo of hormones and lack of sleep. I'm hoping this doesn't last too much longer!

Milestones:  I had my first appointment at Her Health Clinic.  I met with the nurse and was assigned a doctor.  It was bitter sweet.  I was glad to finally be seen and get an appointment to meet with the doctor but I was sad that Washington Regional has yet to change their VBAC policy so I am being told I HAVE to have a C-section.  I know my rights but it is still hard to go through this a second time and fight for my rights.  Luckily I have a loving, supportive husband who is willing to fight for me and with me!

I finally told my adviser I am pregnant.  That lifted a HUGE weight off of my shoulders.  I can now slowly start to tell our family and close friends.  Tonight we shared the news with Opa and Nina and our neighbors.  Here is Addyson off to share our news!

Sweet News

I'm so excited to finally be posting this sweet news on the blog!!!  We have been keeping it a secret for SO long and it feels good to have it out and start celebrating with our family and friends.  We had this picture taken a couple of weeks ago and I was excited to make these announcements myself last weekend to send out!

Since I've known for a while I've written a couple of posts about my journey and you can go back and read them if you'd like.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bad Hair Day

Owen woke up today from his nap and had super crazy hair.  It looked like we put him down with wet hair.  We couldn't help but laugh and want to take a picture.  Owen, however, was not as amused.  For starters, he is like him mom and takes a while to wake up and waking up with us laughing and telling him to "smile" at the camera was not helping things.  He did everything he could to avoid looking at the camera.
Have you ever had one of those days?!?!
He'll probably get me later for posting this on the blog....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Razorback Day

Today was Razorback day at the kids school.  I got Addyson to wear a bow for the first time in a year so I quickly snapped this picture with my phone and I love it!!!  The bow didn't last long.  Once she got to her classroom she took it off.  Oh well, it was cute while it lasted!!!  We sang the cheer song and called the Hogs on the way to school.  Love my little Razorback fans!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Like Church"

I heard Owen playing the piano and singing away so I went to peak on him.  He had a book up on his piano like a song book and he was "reading the music" and singing along.  He told me to sit on the couch and join him.
So I sat down and started singing along.  He told me we were doing this "like church".  My mom took them to church this past weekend and she sits right by the choir and organ so he must have been watching and learning.
And then he came home and wanted to practice.  I thought this was so sweet and cute.  I wonder if he'll follow him my footsteps and play a couple of musical instruments.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

This morning, at about 5am, my big Valentine left for work.  I was sad we weren't spending this traditional special day together and going out to dinner tonight but I realized that every day is special here and we don't need a specific day to remind us to love each other!  Besides, I got to spend the day with my two little Valentines!!!
The kids were excited to go to school today and take Valentine's to their friends!!  Owen took Valentine's with Nerds on them and Addyson took each kid a box of stickers (I thought that was very practical for almost 2 year olds!).
Owen asked me this morning if his friends were going to bring him Valentines too.  I told him they probably were and I was right!!!  Look at these little guys as they go through their goodies.  They were SO excited!
I wonder if this Valentine is from someone special?!?!  Brad and I wrote "love letters" to each other all weekend.  That was the basis of the retreat we went on and that was a way we were taught to communicate our feelings.  So, I got my fair share of love letters to last me the year.  Despite all the writing we did this weekend, my sweet Valentine left a card for me on my pillow. : )
It was so neat to watch the kids go through their bags and get excited about all of the little things!  Addyson was so excited about this sucker and she took about two licks of it and gave it back to me and was on to the next thing!
I was trying to get the two of them to sit side-by-side and smile.  That's almost impossible when there is so much going on and so many things to look at.  This isn't the best picture but I love the look on Addyson's face!  I wonder what she is thinking.
"Hey Addyson, what do you think about all of these goodies we got?!?!"
Happy Valentine's Day to all of my special Valentines!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Modern Technology

I love modern technology!!  We use Skype to video chat with our family in Canada and it is so wonderful!  The kids can chat with my family from the comfort of our home 1,000 miles away and feel so connected to them.  I love that Skype helps bridge the gap between them and us!
The kids will often bring me my laptop and tell me they want to call Opa and Nina.  If I try to call them without telling the kids and the kids hear my laptop ringing, they come running!!  They know what that sound means!
The kids get comfortable and tell Opa and Nina all about their day!  They often fight over whose turns it is to hold the computer and fight for screen time.  If they want to play instead of talk, its fine.  My parents like watching the kids play.  Again, it is as if they are right here with us!  If you are on Skype let us know!  We love to chat with people!

Weekend with Nammie

This weekend Brad and I went to Subiaco Arkansas for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter that is sponsored through the Catholic Church.  It was our 5th anniversary gift to ourselves but we didn't get to go in October due to crazy schedules so we went this weekend.  It was perfect since it was Valentine's Weekend!  We had so much fun being together and being able to just focus on us and talked about our dreams for our family!  If you are looking for something to do with your spouse (you don't have to be Catholic), I highly recommend it!!!
My mom said she would watch the kids as a gift to us...what better gift could we get?!?  I have to say, I first said "yes" to this retreat because I was looking forward to an uninterrupted night of sleep!!  Once we were gone I realized how much I missed the kids but I knew they were in good hands.  We called Saturday night during a break, about 8pm, I figured we'd be catching them right before they went to bed.

Is it just me, or does Addyson's face scream that she ate more of the pizza while she was making it then she probably did after it came out of the oven?
Turns out they were just getting ready to eat this yummy pizza!  WHAT?!?!  Addyson normally goes to bed at 7:30.  Isn't it amazing how ALL rules go out the window when you are at Grandma's house?!?!  I guess the main thing is that they are happy and having fun.....and when they come home it will take a week to get them back on schedule. : )
Making pizza was not the only fun thing Nammie had planned.  They also made yummy chocolate chips cookies from scratch.
Looks like they are proud of their cookies!!!  Addyson's "cheese" face cracks me up every time!  Any time you get the camera out, especially if you say "cheese", you are going to get this face.  A face only a momma could be proud of. : )
Here's to a wonderful weekend had by all!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

8 Weeks

8 Weeks

Size of Baby Brewster: looks like a baby now and is the size of a raspberry!

Biggest Challenges: The nausea is still so bad.  And the exhaustion is starting to take its toll.  I'm so tired it is hard to get motivated.  Brad and I are on a marriage retreat this weekend and I'm trying to keep my energy level up but I welcome every break we get!

Cravings:  I hesitate to say craving but I have been eating green beans!!!  For those of you that know me, you know I HATE green beans.  I've eaten them several times this week and big helpings.

Aversions: Smells still bother me and the thought of some foods bother me as well.  It is not the same every day (like with the other two) it just depends on my mood for that day.

Gender:  No thoughts but Sunday, while playing in his room alone, I overhear Owen was singing a song that went like this, "I love my brother.  We like to have fun.  I love my brother.  We play together."  Does he know something I don't???  It was just interesting that he was singing that when he knows he has a sister and he doesn't know I am pregnant.

Movement:  I can't feel movement but I bet that little baby is very active!

Sleep: I am getting up once or twice a night to go to the bathroom every night and I have a hard time falling back to sleep after one of the times.  So every night I lay awake for 1-2 hours.  This causes my already tired days to be even more exhausting!

What I miss:  I miss not having to pee 5 times a night!

Maternity Clothes:  Still wearing my regular clothes but all I really want to wear are my comfy clothes (sweat pants and big shirts).  I've been lucky that we've been snowed in so it doesn't matter what I wear.  Not sure what I'll do this week.

Weight gain: no change

Emotions: I get frustrated easily.  I have a short fuse which is a combo of hormones and lack of sleep. I'm hoping this doesn't last too much longer!

Milestones:  Spending alone time with Brad this weekend and talking about our hopes and dreams for our growing family!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Snow Den

There is enough snow outside to make a snow den!!!  How fun!  While Addyson was napping, Brad and Owen went out front to make a den.
Owen ended up calling it a clubhouse and that turned into the den being known as Micky Mouse's Clubhouse.


What I want to capture with this post is a "typical" sibling interaction at the Brewster house.  I have to say that I am so lucky that my kids absolutely love and adore each other!  They always look out for each other and makes sure the other has what they need.  If one is sad, the other is quick to console, rub a back, and offer a drink or toy.  We do, however, have moments where Addyson LOVES to aggravate her big brother.  She gets a look in her eye and you know she is up to no good and she knows exactly what she is doing!!  Makes me laugh... Owen.... not so much!
So this morning Owen wanted me to take his picture while he was sitting in Addyson's chair.  Just a typical morning.  Everyone had their bowl of dry cereal and cup of milk and were enjoying a show.
Well Addyson likes to carry around both drinks and tries to offer Bubba his drink more often than not.  She also likes to be close to him and sit next to him.  Sometimes he is a fan of that and doesn't mind to share.  Other times, like this morning, he wasn't such a fan.  Can you tell by the look on his face and how it changed from the previous picture?!?!
A "Hug" is used to solve all issues in the Brewster house.  If Owen "hurts" Addyson, she'll walk up to him and say "hug".  It is so cute.  So today, Addyson wanted to hug it out with Owen after aggravating him.
And like most hugs when they are being feisty, it turns into a tackle!  Look who is on top with Owen screaming underneath.  That girl loves to get him going!  Of course, she had to let him up and hug it out again... and tackle him again!  Gotta love our siblings!!! : )


 Addyson can officially play catch now!!!  She is 21 months old!!!  I guess all those times of watching Big Brother play ball has rubbed off on her!!!
 She loves to throw the ball to me and then she gets her hands ready to catch!!!
And is so proud when she makes a good catch!!!  Do we have another sports star on our hands?!?!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Making Muffins

Jacob came over to play after naps to help all the kids burn off some cabin fever extra energy.  I thought it would be fun to make some yummy carrot and raisin muffins with the kids.  We washed everyone's hands, got out all the ingredients, and got to work.  It didn't take long for the boys to tire of the slow activity and they were off to play "Razorback football" which means they run around the couch, throw the football, and scream! : )
Little Miss Addyson Stewart wanted to stay and make muffins.  I think she liked that the boys were gone because that meant she could do it all by herself and she didn't have to share the tasks with them.  She was very serious about doing it all by herself letting me know, "I do!".
So of the liquid ingredients she would let Brad help guide her a little bit but once the measuring cup was near the bowl she wanted to take full control!
The batter was all mixed up and I turned my back to get something and when I looked over she had started to fill the muffin pans all by herself.  I was impressed that she knew what to do with the batter and that that was the next step.
The boys remember that we were doing an activity in the kitchen so they came back to be a part of it after a couple of laps.  They were shocked that the muffins were almost done.  I guess they thought we had stopped and were waiting for them.  Most of the pans were filled but they wanted to help for the last bit and thankfully Addyson didn't mind since she had a pan of her own to fill.
What a great afternoon activity and they made for yummy, healthy snacks!!  We'll have to make that one again soon!

Hungry Birds

 With ALL of the snow we got, we have lots of hungry birds in our area.  Our bird feeders are frozen shut under inches of snow and it would be hard to get to them if we wanted to.  Our friend Sara gave the kids little feeders for Christmas and luckily one was easy to get to.  Our bird food is snowed in the shed so I got out some multi grain crackers we had and broke them into lots of little pieces and put them in our feeder.
It didn't take the birdies long to figure out where the food was.  There was also a small patch of concrete below the feeder we put some extra food at.  The birds were not shy and didn't mind the fact we were right there, unless we made quick movements.  So, the kids and I sat still and watched.  I got out my camera to capture the birds up close!
And Addyson got out hers!!!  She wanted to capture the moment as well!!!
Now it is time for a REAL close up!!!  What fun to have the feeder so close and be able to watch the birds get food!!!  Good entertainment for kids that are cooped up in the house on this snowy day!