Monday, April 15, 2013

What a Year!

We have had quite a fun year! I haven't been blogging, I've just been enjoying my happy, complete family and I feel so blessed. Spring has sprung, and my little guy is almost ONE! Where did the time go!?! He is the happiest, and dare I say, easiest little baby. He is always smiling and giggling (his sister can bring out the best giggles). I have an amazing husband/daddy, an unbelievable daughter/big sister, and I'm still in awe with the little bundle who completed our family. Life is so, so good!

Little man is cruising like a champ these days and loves to be on the move. He likes to sit and look at books, play with his stackers, legos, weebles, and anything that makes noise. He is a little dancer and wiggles his tush to anything, but especially classical music and 80's stuff, haha! My girl is the most nurturing and loving little girl on the planet! She takes care of baby brother and helps me out a lot. She can not stop hugging him, kissing him, and telling him how much she loves him. In return, he adores her, and loves to lean in and give her big, wet, slobbery baby kisses. He hasn't started talking yet, but he's good at pointing to things to tell us what he wants. Teething is a challenge, but that's to be expected. He has been working on 4 new teeth the past couple of weeks, so we have had some sleepless nights and some clingy, whiny time. Clingy time is sweet and I try to remind myself how quickly this will pass, but let me tell you, 24lbs. in your arms for hours makes for some tired mama muscles! I'm gonna be rockin' those tank tops this summer ;) Diaper wrestling is in full swing. So far I'm winning, but little man is proving to be a strong opponent, and getting stronger every day. Big sister will be starting preschool this fall and is very excited! Every day she seems older and more mature to me. Daddy is finishing the kids playhouse this spring, and our daughter is so excited!

It's been a year of lots more medical stuff for me. I had an umbilical hernia after this last pregnancy and had to have surgery a couple months ago to repair it. It's healing nicely. I also had a return of the dreaded kidney stones and had to have a couple of surgical procedures for that, but luckily I'm finished with that now too. I finally feel like I'm getting back to normal after all these years of medical procedures and pregnancy related body stuff.

Both kiddos are healthy and doing well. We are still keeping an eye on little man's breathing. We need a follow up with his pulmonologist soon and hopefully he will be cleared. We still notice some tachypnia here and there, mostly when he's sick or he's hard at play, so we need to see if that's okay and "normal."

Our summer plans include our first trip with the kiddos to Disney World. The 4 year old is beyond excited (so is mommy)! We'll also spend some time at the beach. We are looking forward to a family vacation.

I think that sums everything up nicely. I just wanted to give an update for those who are wondering how things have been going.

In other news, I am helping a friend with a special project. I'm gathering fabrics (buying and taking donations) and she is sewing gowns to donate to hospitals for parents of stillborns. I love this idea and wish someone had treated me and my son properly after I had him. This will hopefully give other parents a keepsake that they will treasure and give little angels something precious to wear when they enter this world. These little treasures will fit 1-2 lb. babies. I love this idea and am so proud to be helping my friend out! I feel like I'm finally contributing a little something in our son's name.

I hope all of you out there in the blogging world are doing well! I miss you and need to catch up soon!