Thursday, March 25, 2010

Update from last post...

Well, I clearly needed to get that off my chest and put some things into action. That night I put my foot down and began to implement exactly what I was doing before I became kind of lazy.
Addison was in bed by 8:30 w/o her DVD player in her room. We explained she doesn't need to watch a movie when she goes to bed, but we can read her books and she can then sleep w/those books. She was fine with it and guess what???? She slept through the night!!! Looking back now I have a feeling it was the movie that would wake her up in the middle of the night causing her to be scared.
Yesterday, we watched her potty movie I think about 10 times and she even wanted to sit on the potty. While she didn't "go" she really likes the new movie called "Potty Power" and perhaps we're one step closer. Obviously I'm not trying to rush this especially if she's not ready, but some progress would help me get through this horrible time in a parents life. Seriously, I had no idea what a pain in the butt it would be to potty train a child!!!
I also made Addison take a nap yesterday and believe it or not she slept for 2 hours!!! She was fighting me at first about not being tired, but after we read her book I made her go to bed and I left her room...there was silence. I couldn't believe that she actually laid down w/o screaming for an hour.
Once again she went to bed last night w/o her DVD player and slept through the night!

Like I said I think I needed a little bit of a breakdown in order to get things back on track and that's exactly what I did. I can't say thank you enough to all my friends and family members who reached out to me to let me know that its OK. I'm hoping this is the time where the Vranich household is getting back to normal and I can have a couple of weeks off before another spin out.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Knew it was coming...

I've been wondering when I would be hit with all the emotional crap that comes along with pregnancy. I remember having 1 breakdown a week when I was pregnant w/Addison, but that might be b/c we left all our friends and family while I was going through my 1st pregnancy. Perhaps the Zoloft that I'm on has helped keep my emotions in check, but I think I have officially began to lose it. It just hit me today due to Addison constantly crying and then really freaking out when I decided to sneak her baby into the washing machine. I have no idea what I was thinking other than "wouldn't it be nice to have a clean baby for Addison". I've kind of hit a point today where I basically am just pissed about everything that I'm NOT doing right as a mother.

1) Addison's not potty trained
2) The only way to get Addison to go to bed is by turning on a movie in her room (NEVER wanted my kids to have a TV in their room)
3) Addison won't go to bed until well after 9pm
4) Addison has decided she no longer wants to take naps (not only does she not take naps but she still doesn't go to bed until after 9pm)
5) Addison wakes up at 3:30 am screaming her head off telling me she's scared of the monster's and insists on sleeping w/us (which I do b/c I'M EXHAUSTED)
Do I need to go on...????????????

Perhaps when I went to visit Natalee last weekend I should of went by myself. Not only to have some time to myself, but to also spare listening to Natalee tell me how Addison doesn't like her anymore. Addison hitting 3 has been really hard because she honestly seems like a totally different baby. She use to be so polite to people when they would say hi to her at the grocery store, now she turns her head and grunts like "why are you talking to me"? I can't stand it and it totally embarrasses me. I totally feel like I'm at my wits end and August can't come fast enough (as long as she's potty trained) so she can start school. Now, I'm rethinking the whole 3 day a week vs. 5 days a week.

I know this isn't going to be the last time that I feel like I'm failing as a mother, but honestly the timing isn't all that great considering I feel like a big fat pregnant cow. ;o(

Friday, March 12, 2010

We Think Its A....


(Still not the best pics. but you can see the leg up in the air)

We had our 12 week dr. appointment yesterday which also included a sonogram. This time the sonogram was the NT testing which takes a look at the back of the babies neck and measures the fold, along with a blood test which will indicate if we should be worried about the baby having Down's Syndrome. The technician said everything looked great but we will get our official results next week. I was so happy to hear that everything looks great (length, heartbeat, the neck) considering I was ready to have a panic attack right before our appointment. Like I continue to say, the first 12 weeks are horrible. You don't know how the baby is doing and if its ok. We got to see the baby going crazy with "his" arms & legs just moving away. It took everything I had to not cry and I was able to breathe a sigh of relief that it looked like everything is and will be ok.

As far as the whole "its a boy" so early...before we started the sonogram I asked the technician "so, when are you able to tell what the gender is" and she happily responded "we can take a look today and I'll make a guess". After she got all the measurements that we were really there to get she then proceeded to look for the gender. The baby wasn't cooperating completely so she had to move my belly around and as soon as she did that you could see the baby flip around and get a great look right in between the legs. Right away we could see that there was something hanging and right then and there it looked like we were having a boy.

(Look at the arrow...looks like its a penis)
Obviously we don't care either way what we have as long as the baby is healthy, but I will feel really lucky if I'm able to have one of each. Next month we are going to get another sonogram that will tell us for sure what the sex is so we can make it officially. While I'm not going to go out and buy a bunch of boy clothes right now, I'm looking forward to doing so the day after that ultrasound. ;o)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Addison Turns 3 at Disney!!!

We had so much fun going to Disney this past weekend for Addison's big day. I can't believe my little girl is already 3, where has the time gone. I feel so lucky and blessed that I've been able to stay home with her for the last year, she's taught me so much about being a good mom and I couldn't be happier that I have had this opportunity to be the one taking care of her.

(On Our Way to Disney!!)

We got to Orlando Thursday night and then got up nice and early to head off to The Magic Kingdom. Well, at least that was the plan. Unfortunately I was feeling a little under the weather so I was moving in slow motion that morning. I wish I could say I started feeling better once we got to the park but I wasn't. Luckily we were there for a couple of hours and then it was time for us to leave so that I didn't puke on all the pretty flowers in front of the castle. I probably just needed to eat but I wasn't about to eat there in case it didn't stay down. We went back to the hotel and got Subway. I started feeling better after eating and laying down for a little bit. The timing actually worked out great because Addi feel asleep too so she was able to get a good nap. At about 5:00 we decided to try it again and headed back to the park to finish what we started. Addison had a blast riding on some more rides and even got to see the fireworks. While I thought she would love the fire works she continued to tell John "we need to get out of here", so we headed to the exit before the fireworks ended and missed all the craziness of the crowd. Overall it was a good day, not exactly how I pictured it but I think Addison had fun.

(Addison LOVED the Castle)

(Addi & Mommy on the Carousel)

(Vranich Family at the End of Night 1)

We initially thought we were going to do The Magic Kingdom both days but then decided to do The Animal Kingdom on Saturday instead. We knew Addison would love to see all the animals and once we found out there was a Dinosaur display we knew she would be even more excited. So, of course it rained on us for the first couple of hours, but we were troopers and Addison had a blast jumping in the puddles. Luckily the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful day. We were right on about Animal Kingdom, she had so much fun and I think may have even enjoyed it more than The Magic Kingdom.

(Addison & Mommy w/the Dinosaur...getting wet)

(Addison & Daddy Ride the Dinosaur)

(Addison sees Mickey)
We had a great trip and headed home Sunday morning. We sang Happy Birthday and opened up gifts. While I don't know if Addison will remember the trip I took lots of pictures to help her remember and since we bought a 4 day pass we get to do this all over again in May!!