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Monday, September 28, 2009

Rylee Makenna Jones has Arrived!!

I am proud to announce that I am a new Auntie to the most beautiful baby girl!!! Rylee arrived this morning at 11:20 a.m., she's so tiny weighing in at 6lbs 8oz and 19 inches long!! The happy parents are doing great. I actually got to talk to my sister a little bit ago and she sounds amazing!

Its the cutest thing...my youngest niece Autumn got to be the first older sibling to go to the nursery and hold her. What a great idea since Arielle got to be the first to hold Cameron and Cameron was most likely the first to hold Autumn. What a beautiful family!


(Proud Big Brother and Big Sisters holding their new little sister)

(Proud Daddy holding his first born)

I am totally bias but I must say...our family sure does make some damn cute babies!

I couldn't be happier for the Jones family (well, maybe if I was actually there right now). I can't wait to meet my new niece next Thursday and hopefully help out my sister. I really can't say much more w/o starting to cry. I LOVE YOU RYLEE!!!

SOOOOOOO EXCITED

Rylee is coming tomorrow!!! My sister goes into the hospital at 9am and the c-section is scheduled for 11am!!! Can't wait to see pictures of my beautiful niece tomorrow and then meet her next Thursday!!! Can you tell I'm REALLY excited!

Where Does the Time Go????

Its so shocking to me that Addison is 2 1/2 and counting. John and I are constantly talking about when Addison was a baby and how we would hold her a certain way and now that she's bigger we try holding her the same way which makes her legs seem to stretch for miles. I can't believe that she's already 2 1/2 but I feel so lucky that I've been the one to be there for her everyday since getting laid off from my job. This happening to me was such a blessing because I get to enjoy every moment so much more than when I was working. She is just so amazing!! I never thought I would make it as a stay at home mom but with my control issues I'm really not surprised that it happened. I'm so happy that I get to be the one to tell her what to eat, when to go to sleep, what we are doing with our day and more importantly I get to tell her "I love you" a million and one times during the day too. I have never been so happy about this and I know that I won't have to look back and wish I would of had more time to spend with my toddler. I know that she's going to have to go to school soon and before I know it she's going to be "older" but living in this moment couldn't make me happier.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Family Outing!!

With the heat here in Florida we try really hard to think of things we can do somewhere inside. After watching Marley and Me a couple of months ago I was all excited to possibly get a new puppy. I found a really cool pet store in Clearwater that sold ALOT of puppies so we decided to go check it out. I was so happy when we came home with NO puppy even though it was so hard to resist a new cute and cuddly addition to the family. Luckily these dogs are WAY out of our price range so it was pretty easy to say no.
Well, a couple of weeks ago we decided to go visit the same place so Addison can play with the puppies and guess what we found?

The most beautiful dog ever, he was an amazing little husky that would totally fit into our family perfectly and I knew Roxy would be so excited to finally have a new friend to play with allllll day. I was ready to take the plunge and just do it until the lady told us he was $1200. That is just way too much for us, especially with only living on one income and more importantly with all the travelling we do. So, as soon as we found out the price we gave the puppy back and focused more on the kind of dogs John would never let us get because a) Roxy would eat it b) Addison would probably squeeze it to death c) John would be too embarrassed to say we got a little purse dog. When we got home I asked Addison which dog was her favorite and she said "the little puppy". I wonder if she remembers holding the little bunny too?!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Another Vranich Family Mystery

Once again we have a medical mystery on our hands. John got home from Michigan Saturday night and once we got home he proceeded to show me his body which looked like he'd been laying out in the sun for the last couple of days and got fried, but this wasn't the case. All the sudden Saturday morning he noticed that his whole body was red and very itchy. Starting Saturday night his throat glands had begun to swell and he felt really achy with a temperature. After taking his temperature on Sunday morning and it was 102 he decided to go to the Urgent Care Clinic down the street. The doctor's there had no idea what was wrong with him so they sent him over to the emergency room at Bayfront Hospital. After waiting SEVERAL hours he finally got some blood work done which all came back normal. It was so weird that his white blood cell count was completely normal since he was running a 102 temperature. The doctor really had no idea why he had the fever and what was causing his glands to be swollen so he decided to put in him an antibiotic IV and a steroid that should take the redness away if he in fact was having an allergic reaction to something. The steroid didn't work he was still red and we guess the antibiotic worked because he was feeling pretty good after about 1/2 hour of the IV starting. They also had given him some ibuprofen though so we don't know which of the two made him feel better. Overall it was kind of a waste of a day because they couldn't figure out what exactly was wrong with him and basically told him to take Tylenol and ibuprofen. He didn't have a temp. this morning and he was feeling a little better so of course he went to work. He has an appointment with his primary doctor tomorrow to see if he needs to continue being on antibiotics or not. We are seriously done with these hospitals and are praying to not visit them again for a VERY long time.
This was another situation which leads me to be upset that we live in a state with NO family and very little friends. Luckily Lindsey the babysitter we normally use was available to come watch Addison, but if she wasn't John would of had to stay at the hospital that whole time by himself. Its such a horrible feeling to not be able to be with your husband at a time like this so luckily we were able to find somebody. It just sucks because I know if we were in Michigan we would of had like 20 different options rather than 2. O'well we made it through another obstacle with many to come I'm sure.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Handshake

So, my 2 1/2 year old has a handshake now due to my niece Autumn teaching it to her the last time we were in Michigan for a visit. It goes something like this "high five, knuckles, headbutt and kiss"!! Addison is so funny because not only does she do it with my nieces she now does it with me. If I say "high five" she proceeds to do the whole handshake that Autumn has taught her. It is the funniest thing because of course she not only does it but she says what exactly we have to do. I love her little voice so it makes it that much funnier and of course makes me just want to kiss her a million times.
John and I also have taught her to shake hands with people. Of course she puts her little twist on it and says "nice to meet you, my name is Addison, whats your name"? Seriously how lucky am I to have the cutest baby ever. I guess I need to stop calling her a baby now that she's 2 1/2 and does so much on her own EXCEPT GO ON THE POTTY! Anyway had to share this because its just too funny. Perhaps next month all you people in Michigan will be able to experience these handshakes! XOXO

Friday, September 18, 2009

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!

My back is finally feeling like it's back to normal. Yesterday I actually felt pretty good, I only had to use 3 pain relievers and that's because I was worried that my back would bother me with all the running around I had to do. While I probably did need some relief OMG I can't believe how much better I feel. Today I'm feeling even better and contemplating if I should hit the gym or wait one more day and go tomorrow to do some lite cardio. I have a feeling I might just wait it out one more day and then hopefully I can get back into my normal routine, especially since I leave for Natalee's wedding in less than 3 weeks! With all the travelling I did and then my back being an issue I haven't been to the gym in a month! I feel so gross and a failure because I was doing so great before. I hope this never happens to me again because its been the most painful thing I've ever been through. The fact that its messed up my schedule really pisses me off but I know I can get right back to it and start to feel happy about myself again!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tribute to Mary

John left this afternoon to go to Michigan. Unfortunately this wasn't going to be a happy trip because John's Step-Mom's mother, Mary passed away last week. Due to the tickets being incredibly high we decided it was best for John to just go and Addison and I would stay home. Mary has been very sick for some time and sadly it was her time to go. She was unhappily in the hospital for about 5 days and when they said there was nothing else they could do for her she said she didn't want to pass in a hospital but wanted to be home with her daughter and son in-law. John's dad had an addition built onto their house so that Michele could look after her without having to drive to her house and it was obviously the best choice so she didn't have to go to a nursing home. Michele has no other siblings and lost her dad several years ago so her mom was all that was left. I feel terrible and can't imagine what Michele is going through. Mary was an amazing woman and more importantly we've been so lucky to have her in our lives!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rylee's Babyshower!!

Rylee's babyshower took place a couple of weeks ago and it turned out to be a great party. Thankfully the weather turned out to be nice because by the looks of the day before we were a little worried. While it was a little windy we still had the sun shining and NO rain which was especially important because the party was outside at my Aunt Tamie's house. I think April was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with. While we had some help my mom, Natalee and I were the ones putting this party together. As you can see from the picture below Linda (Jason's mom) got the cakes and OMG she did amazing. There were 5 cakes and they looked stunning!! She also made this chicken pasta salad that was to die for.

Rylee for sure received ALOT of clothes!!! I think April has enough clothes for two baby girls! Overall she got a lot of great gifts, we (mom, me and Natalee) were super excited to surprise the new parents with their stroller/car seat! My mom and I put that thing together by ourselves the night before. Luckily my mom kept me on track b/c I was ready to give up multiple times. I would keep telling my mom "don't you know that John's the one who puts things together" she just laughed and told me to keep going. I'm happy we put it together though so it was one less thing for April and Jason to do.

It was a great time and I couldn't be happier that I decided to come out to Michigan to be part of this special day. Now we wait until October 1st for Miss Rylee to be here!!! I can't wait to be an aunt again, especially to a little girl!!

(Proud Parents!!)


(The Most Beautiful Cakes I've Ever Seen!)

(Mom, April and Me)

(Addison Putting on a Show for Us at the End!)

(Rylee can come home now)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WORST LABOR DAY EVER!!!

I had the worst Labor Day ever!!! Let me start from the beginning...

Sunday, John and I took Addison to Great Explorations which is a place for kids to go and play and learn some stuff too. Well, this fabulous place had an apparatus where you sat down and then tried to pull yourself up with a rope that went around this pulley. Well, I decided "hey I workout perhaps I can lift John to the top". This didn't go so well and after trying about 4 times I gave up trying to lift him. I was feeling fine when we left so I didn't think much of it and how it could cause issues for my lower back. That night when I was brushing my teeth all the sudden my back just gave out on me. I was screaming at the top of my lungs and John had to come pick me up to put me into bed. I couldn't believe this was happening to me AGAIN!! The same thing happened with my back about 5 years ago, but I was not in shape at all and I was actually doing some physical activity that made sense for this to happen. Basically the muscles in my lower back tightened up so bad I was having muscle spasms which meant I couldn't put any weight on my back (no walking or standing up straight) which meant Monday morning when I woke up John had to carry me to the bathroom!

Monday morning we were able to locate some muscle relaxers and painkillers but after taking these for several hours I was not noticing a difference on how my back felt every time I moved. Around 4pm I decided to try to go to the bathroom before Addison got up from her nap and I thought I was dieing!! I've been through labor and I don't remember the contractions hurting this bad!! We had no other choice but to call an ambulance so I could go to the hospital to get this checked out. So, of course my biggest nightmare of being taken out of my house on a stretcher came true! I was so humiliated but at that time I just wanted to find out what was wrong with me. Luckily the guys that came to my rescue were super nice and were easy to talk to. As long as I could lay flat on my back I had no problems it was when I had to move side to side or even get up that I wanted them to just "kill me now". Thank God for my friend Caitlin because she was able to come over and watch Addison while John followed the ambulance to the hospital. This was for sure a situation that made me think how hard it is not having family and very few friends to help out. Caitlin was amazing and I honestly couldn't of asked for a better friend in my time of need!

Of course once I reached the hospital there was a huge wait to get a bed and I for sure wasn't on their "emergency" list. Luckily they put me on a bed in the hallway right in front of the doctor's desk so after a while the doctor decided to come over herself before any of the nurses so she could try to get me out of there as quickly as possible. I explained to the doctor all the medication that I've taken and she was shocked that nothing has helped the pain go away. She then gave me the most potent pain reliever she could possibly give me and another muscle relaxer and after 15 minutes I was screaming "THANK YOU JESUS". While it was a little scary trying to get up and walk around at first I was able to get up and go to the bathroom by myself!!! 4 hours later I was released and was walking out of the hospital on my own two feet (very slowly).

So, now 2 days later I wish I could say I'm back to normal, but I would take this slight pain over anything else. I'm still taking pain reliever and muscle relaxers, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that by tomorrow or Friday I should be totally normal.

John of course was such a trooper and took great care of me. Luckily he took yesterday off since I wasn't quite ready to leave my bed just yet and someone had to watch over crazy Addison. At least he got to take her to swim class and see how well she's doing in her class.

This was my sucky Labor Day and I hope to God I never have to go through this again because honestly this is the worst pain ever, while I had an epidural when I had Addison I still had to feel contractions for several hours and I would take the contractions over this any day!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another Addition to the Family!!!

Melissa & Chris at their Wedding 2006

Pregnant Lady!!!
My cousin Melissa announced at my sisters babyshower that she is expecting!!!! This is very exciting news because they have been "trying" for a really long time so this was a complete shock to both of them. Melissa and her husband Chris just moved back to Michigan from California and it looks like they made the right decision. She's only 6 weeks pregnant so its very early, she tried to keep it on the D.L. but just like me its wayyy to hard when your sooo excited!! We are so excited, I can't wait to see her belly grow and meet this new addition. They are hoping for a boy but I keep telling her doesn't she understand our family only produces girls!!! My Aunt Tamie filled me in and explained I guess Chris' side produces boys so now I feel she has a 50/50 chance. No matter what it ends up being they are going to be so happy and more importantly blessed. Congratulations guys we love you!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Beautiful Baby Girl

While I was in Michigan last week I had Claudette a family friend take some new pictures of Addison (can you believe she's 2 1/2 now). Not only is she affordable but she does the best job at capturing my beautiful little girl. Please check out the link below to see what a great job she did. The gallery also includes pictures from last November so you can see how much Addison has changed. Addison did a great job and honestly I can't imagine having anyone else take her pictures. Claudette is so great at letting her do her own thing and capturing how happy/sassy my lil Addi Marie is. Hope you enjoy!!!

Side Note: I took Addison to the doctor today for a shot and she weighed in at 24lbs!!! She is still our little peanut, at least she's on the charts between the 5th & 10th Percentile!!

http://thephotophreak.smugmug.com/Clients/Family-Photo-Day/Yates-Family-Shoot/6427953_4ZjdZ#637099114_NcgzA

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Little Family...No Travelling for a Month!

With all this travelling and not really spending much family time together (me, John & Addi) I'm looking forward to being home for a month with nothing to do (of course besides Gymboree, swim lessons, going to the gym, etc.).


I feel like John and I have just been passing each other by with how busy the both of us have been. Perhaps we needed this time apart to remind ourselves how much we love each other and need each other. I'm always talking about how amazing he is but being away from him has really opened my eyes to just how much I truly do love him. Life has been hectic and I think with these last two trips I've learned that I can't take us for granted anymore. Its tough when you've been with the same person for 9 years (married for 7) because you get comfortable and the days just go by. Well, I'm not letting this happen any longer. I am the luckiest girl ever and I really want him to feel the same way. My eyes are open and my heart has grown even bigger for this beautiful man I call my husband. LOVE YOU JOHN!!!