Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mr. Brody is 3 Months Old Today!!!!

Its shocking I gave birth to Brody 3 months ago today. I was almost in tears last night thinking about us preparing for Brody's birth the night before. It sounds weird, but it was the strangest thing actually KNOWING you were having a baby the next day.
These past 3 months have been crazy. When we got home from the hospital John & I looked at each other and were both thinking "ohh God we have 3 months of this roller coaster of crying and not knowing what is wrong with this baby". LOOK we made it to 3 months still alive! 3 months was an important time for us with Addison since she was a colicky baby. Luckily there hasn't been quite as much crying and can you believe he's already sleeping around 6 hours a night. Our current obstacle is getting him to go to bed before midnight. I love that he sleeps until 6, but its REALLY hard for me & John to stay up that late. I'm hoping we're getting close to the stage of starting a routine with naps and so on, but I'm not trying to rush anything. Life with my baby boy is beautiful and I must say I'm a pretty lucky mommy!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

See Ya in a Year

I had my annual OBGYN appointment today (I know...maybe a little too much information) and I must say I was a little sad leaving. I don't think I've ever found a single place that has soooo many nice employees. From the staff in the front, to the nurses and then the doctors, I'm really going to miss my peeps at Absolute Health & Wellness.
Now that we are done have kids its not necessary to call this place my second home so I had to leave today knowing I won't be back again until next year. ;o(

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BOY or GIRL?????

The suspense is killing me!!!! I can't believe my sister is due in 11 a 11 days I could possibly be an aunt again! I'm so excited my sister Natalee and I are going to have babies about 3 months apart, it can't get much better than that. I still remember the phone call like it was yesterday when she told me she was pregnant. Who am I kidding, I'm still in shock that she's having a baby! Of course she had to make this process even more suspenseful by not finding out the sex. I honestly have no idea or can even guesses at this point of what she's having. Either way I know our kids are going to be super close so the sex really doesn't matter. The best part of this is I get to go out and visit at the end of January all by myself. While I instantly had an anxiety attack after I purchased the ticket (since it will be the first time I'm away from Brody) I slowly recovered realizing its only a couple of days and I get to smooch all over that little baby without having one of my kids needing me!

She's going to be an amazing mom, I can't wait to meet my new niece or nephew!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Typical 1st Santa Picture

Thursday I ventured over to the mall to get the kids picture taken with Santa. I was totally fine with doing this by myself without the help of John. Its weird how you get extremely courageous when you have a second baby, normally I'm so stressed out and basically need John to hold my hand in these situations. I was smart this year and knew if we went early and during the week we could avoid the mall crowds. Well, I was right on!
We were the only ones there to see Santa and while Addison was excited I really don't think she knew what she was suppose to do. When Santa asked what she wanted for Christmas she made him name off a bunch of possibilities in which she responded "Yup" to each and every item. She walked away smiling and perhaps a little more confused. As far as would think by looking at this picture that he was just pissed the whole time...NOPE! Brody was actually sleeping up until I placed him on Santa's lap. They even got some great shots of him and his double chin as he looked on like "why the hell did you just wake me up" of course topping it off with the famous "Stephanie scowl" written all over his face. He didn't start crying until the very end and that's when they captured this PERFECT picture. When I went to pick him up I noticed there was a fan pointing in Brody's direction so I have a feeling its the fan that set him off not Santa. Anyway I was extremely happy with the selection I had to chose from, I just had to get this one of him freaking out its just wayyyy to perfect for that 1st Santa experience! Can't wait to show it to his college girlfriend. ;o)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baby Whisperer Liz

John & I call my friend Liz "The Baby Whisperer". I swear every time we are together and Brody is fussy or won't fall asleep we simply just give him to Liz and BAM Brody is zonked out! We don't only use Liz for her talent of putting our baby to sleep, she'll even put Addison up on her shoulders when John's not available.

JUST KIDDING!!!! But that's a good friend right there!!!
I do feel extremely lucky to have Liz come in my life. We met less than a year ago when I was introduced to her through another friend while joining a playgroup. We hit if off right away and continue to find we have wayyy too much in common. I feel like we've been friends all our lives! Thanks for being so amazing Liz, your a beautiful friend that I'm sure my kids will one day say "I wish Auntie Liz was my mom". ;o)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stop & Smell the Roses!!!

The fact that I will no longer have another baby ever again is starting to sink in. While I'm not really sad about it I'm just finding myself thinking about how I need to make sure to smell Brody a little longer, kiss tiny fingers and toes a little more and remember to actually try to enjoy the little baby cries that seem to be happening less and less each day. I can't even count how many times I whisper in my little boys ear that I love him. I can't squeeze him enough and kiss him enough.I know my hormones are still going crazy since I'm nursing, but every time I watch Brody smile at his daddy and try to let out as many coos as possible, you'll find me in the chair next to them wiping away many tears of happiness. I probably tell myself at least 100 times a day that I'm the luckiest person in the world. I was so worried my heart wouldn't be big enough to add another mini Vranich, thinking "how in the world could I love anyone as much as I love Addison" well its happened and I'm an emotional wreck over it!!! I have two beautiful children that I would do anything for. Its so scary and yet amazing at the same time. I just never knew how much being a parent would mean to me. Its my world, my life and I LOVE it! I'm so lucky and thank God everyday!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Let the Tattling Begin

Uggg! I thought I had a little time before my kids would start telling on each other, but I was wrong. I guess one downside to having a 3 1/2 year old that goes to school is the fact that she has the urge to tell on everybody...including me and John. Well, she has already started telling on her little brother.
I don't think she fully understands that he's a baby and has no control over his arms and legs moving around. There have been a couple of situations where he's been laying on his changing table and Addison has climbed up to get in his face to talk to him. Perhaps his way of telling her to get the heck out of his face is to go crazy moving his arms and legs which then leads Addison to come find me and tell me that Brody just hit her. I can't wait until she's older so I can tell her how she thought her 2 month old little brother was beating her up.
My favorite is when Brody's beating his sister up without her knowing it. A couple of nights ago while I was nursing Brody in the middle of the night I looked down and Brody's feet were resting on top of Addison's head while she was sleeping. I was cracking up and had to wake John up so he could see. I figured if she woke up complaining I would explain this wouldn't happen if she would just sleep in her own bed!!!
ADDI SLEEPING IN OUR BED UPDATE: sooo she is still sleeping in our bed, we've now moved on to taking away her chocolate, her response..."I don't like chocolate, its yucky"! Uggg, we just can't seem to win. We'll see how she feels about that in a couple of days.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How About One More???

Yesterday was an amazing day, Brody actually slept most the day only waking up and fussing when it was time for him to eat and then he would fall right back to sleep. I'll be honest if we had more days like this I may consider having one more baby. Yes, for a second I had this thought yesterday, but then 5 o'clock came around and that thought was completely shut down. Brody started crying and there was no calming him down for over an hour. I told John what I was thinking and he almost passed right out. I explained to him he has nothing to worry about because I'm fully aware there is no way we will ever produce a baby that will just sit there an look cute. I've been thanking God wayyy too much these days that we aren't having anymore kids and this is the last time we have to go through being parents to a tiny baby. Its been rough but I know its all worth it!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Someones Been Sleeping in My Bed!!!

That someone is little Miss Addison!!! Ever since my mom left we can't seem to get Addison out of our bed! Brody's not even sleeping in bed with us, but our 3 1/2 year old is! John & I are a little lost on how to approach this because as of right now we are just too dang tired to deal with Addison screaming and crying while she explaines why she can't sleep in her own bed. At least at first she would fall asleep in her bed, but now she doesn't even do that. Last night while I was feeding Brody she came up to me and said "Mom, I'm tired and want to go to bed" I said "Ok, give me kiss and daddy will put you to bed" she responded by saying "No, I'm ready to go to sleep in your bed". What the heck, this is going to be interesting to fix. We've even bribed her with new movies if she sleeps the whole night in her own bed...HASN'T WORKED!!! I honestly can't handle two kids screaming at me let alone one, but I want my bed back and something needs to be done ASAP!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Grandpa Loves His Grandbabies!!

Grandpa Dennis came to visit us last week, while it was a week later than expected he made it! He was suppose to come the week before but unfortunately he had suddenly got hit by the flu. Luckily the vomiting started before he left his house rather than on the airplane or worse when he got here. After talking with Delta we were able to get a credit on his flight and he was able to come only a week later.

We for sure kept Grandpa very busy! With this being Halloween week we had a lot going on. Addison's school had a fall festival on Wednesday after school so we attended that. We had so much fun, but ohh my it was very hot & sticky out. Thursday we let Grandpa take a couple of hours off from the kids while me and the kids went to my friend Mary's house for a Halloween party with our playgroup. Addison wasn't all about the group photo when we arrived, but she warmed up and was excited to play with all of her friends. Friday we had another fun day planned with attending a little Halloween parade at Addison's school.

I'm thinking Grandpa was a little overwhelmed with our schedule, but now he can see what a week of my life is like! ;o) We're constantly on the go so it was nice to have him here to help me with holding Brody when he was fussy.

It was a great feeling watching my dad interacting with his very first grandson, he was extremely proud and beyond happy to spend some time with both Brody and Addison.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Living a Lie!!

I've been trying so hard to put a smile on my face, shower & makeup everyday, dressed in something other than comfy clothes just so I can come across as though I'm doing great since having a baby...its all a LIE!!!! I am soooo beyond exhausted, frustrated, angry and just plain don't get it. I was so confident that Brody would be the perfect baby where all I would have to do is nurse him every 2 to 3 hours and stare at him while he slept. Hey, we paid our dues with Addison being so horrible with the constant crying...was I wrong!!! While Brody is a little more manageable I'm still finding myself wanting to breakdown and cry by 4pm everyday. I say "manageable" to make me feel better but from 7am to 6:30pm everyday during the week I am holding/rocking/feeding Brody. Once John gets home he's doing these things (besides feeding) until Brody will finally fall asleep and lay down for about 2 hours at a time which then I'm back to feeding/holding/rocking. We're trying everything from Gripe Water, Gas Drops, Formula...but it looks like nothing is going to work in our favor except I guess time.
The most discouraging thing about all of this is the fact that I feel so alone. I feel like I'm the only one who is going through this. I know so many people who just had babies or had babies in the last year and they seem perfect!! Why do I have the babies that are miserable? Luckily with great friends and family they keep reminding me that it will get better. At least Addison turned out ok and we have some cute kids. I'll try to keep my chin up and just hope each day will be the day that Brody will start showing signs of being better. I don't want these days to go too fast, but that's all I can do in order to get my sanity back. This is for sure a lose/lose situation!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Its that time of year again!!! The last couple of years we've gone to Michigan to celebrate Halloween since its so darn hot here in Florida. Since I just had Brody there's no way we would be getting on a plane so we will be staying in Florida to go Trick or Treating.

We started the Halloween festivities by carving our pumpkins with the Masterson family last Sunday. Seeing how our pumpkins are now starting to rot we probably should of waited a little longer, but we had fun doing it so o'well.

I met my friend Liz through the playgroup we are both part of. She has a little boy named Joey that is right around the same age as Addison. They get along really well (even though Addi's starting to tell on her friends more these days) and we have so much fun with Will & Liz (Joey's parents) so naturally we asked if they wanted to join us for carving pumpkins. Luckily we did because Will had to help John out with our large pumpkin.

Joey is obsessed with superheros so of course he had to have a batman pumpkin that turned out awesome due to Will's mad skills! Liz brought this really cool kit that you put colored sticks in the pumpkin and then the light that came with it will make the sticks glow (that's what I'm getting next year) it was so cute!!! John was struggling with what to do with our pumpkins, he did a little piggy for Addison and then we did a face on our big one (not pictured) as I mentioned earlier Will had to take over with this one.

I still can't believe we're already at the end of October and will be celebrating Halloween in a couple of days. Life is going so fast which is exactly why I'm trying to keep us busy with new experiences and sharing these memories with good friends. I'm in such a great place right now, the only thing that could make life any better would be if Brody could sleep 4 hrs at a time! Hey a girl can dream.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

1st Night Out!!

I got to have my first night out this past Saturday!!! It wasn't exactly how I thought it would go, but it was nice not having any kids and having a couple of drinks. My dad was suppose to come last week to stay with us for the week, but sadly he came down with the flu and had to cancel. That put us in quite a pickle because he was suppose to babysit so that John & I could go see the best female comedian ever...Chelsea Handler!!!

I was on the fence on whether or not we should just sell our tickets or get a babysitter, but John came up with the best idea! Instead of spending money on a babysitter he decided he would stay home and I should take my friend Liz (who is also a stay at home mom) to the show instead. Well, Liz thought that was a great idea too so the two of us got to have a night out!

Liz was nice enough to drive especially since it would technically be the first time I was drinking in 9 months! We decided to leave nice and early so we could go to dinner and relax with a cocktail. After dinner we headed over to the show and laughed our booty's off! It was seriously the best show ever that left me smiling for over 2 hours straight. We were surprised that the show ended so early at 10pm, I initially thought "ohh we should go somewhere and get another drink" but then my sleep deprivation kicked in and I thought it would be best to just go straight home.
I was so nervous about what I was going to come home too, but lucky for me Brody was ready for bed by 11 and I was sleeping by 11:30.
Thanks to my amazing husband for coming up with this great idea & thanks to Liz for coming with me and making my first night out so much fun!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Fun!!!

My favorite season growing up in Michigan is Fall, the best part was going to the cider mill, picking apples, the weather cooling down and anticipating Halloween coming. Since moving to Florida I haven't been able to find a place that is even close to what I loved the most in Michigan...until now!!! Thanks to my friend Mary she told me about a farm that have lots of these things I would miss so dearly if I didn't head back to Michigan during this season (like this year b/c we had a baby).

We met some friends at Hunsader Farm which is located in Bradenton about an hour away from our house. O-M-G this place is huge!!! They have everything you can think of (except apple picking and donuts & cider). Without having a cell phone there would of been no way for us to find our friends! As soon as we walked in there were 2 motorcycles riding around in a steel ball, it was the coolest thing I've ever seen. As you can see from Addison's face below she loved it too!

We finally found our friends at a huge playground located towards the back where they had a band playing. On our way walking over there was a ramp for BMX bikes & skateboarders to perform, a butterfly farm, lots of food stands with all the food you shouldn't eat & a huge tent setup for a free circus. The circus was interesting...

What was Brody doing while we were there for 2 hours you ask? He was SLEEPING!!!! He was soooo good, he woke up while we were watching the circus, but after we fed him a bottle he went right back to sleep. What a sigh of relief!!

Overall it was a great time & Addison even got to ride on a little pony, just like at the cider mill in Michigan. While I forgot to get my carmel apple and it was well above 80 degrees, I'm looking forward to going back next year. I had no idea what to expect, but we'll for sure have to stay longer than 2 hours!!! Its really comforting knowing that there is in fact a place to go that is a lot like home.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Lifetime Bond

I didn't realize how important it was for Addison to have a sibling until after Brody was born and I saw how much she was in love with her little brother. I hope the two of them will always be close and love each other no matter what.

Addison's been doing great with her little brother. I haven't noticed any jealousy issues or acting out, however we are dealing with a couple of minor problems. For some reason she does like to get in her brother's face and talk really loud and touch him all over so I am constantly telling her to back off, she's also decided that she needs to sleep with us in the middle of the night. I don't know if this has anything to do with Brody or just another phase that she's going through. Its taken her over a year to get out of her bed on her own and now for the past week I find her on the side of my bed each night telling me she can't sleep in her bed. We are allowing her to sleep with us right now since we have no energy to argue back with her. She seems to go through this every couple of months so hopefully this too shall pass. Other than that she's been great, especially at helping burp Brody. I couldn't be any happier with my little family and my two beautiful children (that still sounds weird)!

Friday, October 22, 2010

2nd Visitor!!!

We are so lucky to have so many people that care about us. Grandma Cheryl was the next visitor to come and see our new addition. Not only did she come to visit her grandchildren, but she also came to help us out with Mr. Brody so it would be one less week of stress. It was so nice to have an extra set of hands especially the 2nd night that she was here and she stayed up with him until 4am!!! Luckily she only had 1 night like that but I'm sure she was a little nervous and wondering what she got herself into!!! I was beyond thankful to have her here for a week and could do some running around when needed and take a nap when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

We had so much fun hanging out and spending lots of time just staring at Brody. Its always fun sharing these moments with my mom and wondering if she had the same feelings that I go through on a daily basis. Most of the time these feelings are positive while other times I find myself wondering if I should call my dr. to increase my anxiety medication!! Overall I know one day I will be having this same moment with my kids and it will be here before I know it. I want to take every day in and remember that Brody will be Addison's age in a blink of an eye and this experience is going to be over. We still have a life time of memories & I want to make sure I can look back with no regrets (or maybe just minimal).

There's no question my kids are loved, but more importantly they are just in love with the people who love them. Being a mom is the best!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Addison's First Field Trip!!!

Addison had her very first field trip at school last week. I was so excited, not just for her but for me too!!! Since my mom was here visiting I was able to play out my stay at home mom fantasy. The best part of not working when your kids are in school is being able to participate in school activities without worrying about missing work. I've been waiting for this day and it was all I hoped it would be!

Apparently I'm not the only mom who has this dream because all the kids except for 1 had their moms go. So, it wasn't exactly how I pictured it, but it was still great. The field trip took place at a small pumpkin patch not far from the school. The moms (except for 1) drove their own kids there. It was actually nice to talk to all the other moms and get to know them better. I swear every single kid in Addison's class are sooo cute. Personally my favorite has to be Sailey (the little girl in the zebra print pants below). She speaks her mind and tells ya how it is.

The kids went to a couple of different stations where they got to learn the history of pumpkins, hear a story and sing a song. Last but not least each child got to pick out their very own pumpkin which the kids got to take back to school to decorate in their classroom. So, of course Addison wanted the biggest pumpkin ever but little did she know there was a budget. Addison proceeded to pick the very biggest pumpkin she could for $2.

The kids had so much fun and were excited to have their parents there to share this special day. I know I had a huge smile on my face the whole time. My baby girl is getting so big & I know this is just the beginning to these special field trips.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Holy 1 Month Old Already!!!

Since everybody keeps telling me how much Brody looks like Addison I decided to look at some old pics. of Addi when she was a month old like Brody. Holy crap the two pics. at the top look like the same baby. While its kind of hard to tell babies apart the first couple of months this is just scary. As I've said before it looks like my genes aren't very dominate and both of our kids are going to look like John. The picture on the top is Brody and the picture on the bottom is Addison. These are taken around the same time in age...crazy!!!

Its hard to believe that Brody is already a month old!!! Life has been pretty crazy since his arrival but its been a pretty good crazy. Luckily we've had two visitors so far to help us out and have another one coming next week. So, 1/2 the time we've had help & the other 1/2 we've been going insane doing it on our own.

Overall Brody's a really good baby. I keep telling him he's lucky he's cute because the nights where he's screaming his head off I'm ready to throw in the towel and give up. I keep telling myself that it could be worse, but sometimes its hard to think like that in the moment. He seems to go in waves when it comes to being fussy. He'll have 2 days of being an angel and then BAM we'll have 2 days of him being the devil. Its funny though thinking back to when we first had Addison and the hell she put us through, I feel that now that I'm older and since we've gone through it once before I'm a little more patient. My back is remembering all the rocking I had to do with Addison, but overall he's pretty easy to calm down and figure out what he needs.

We took Brody for his 1 month checkup today and I must say the only thing that him & Addison have in common are their looks. Brody gained 1 1/2lbs in a week!!! Brody is now up to 9lbs 15oz and 22"!!! John was just shocked and in disbelief, this isn't so bad since he's only in the 50th percentile, but as most of you know it took Addi over 2 years to even be in a percentile b/c she was so tiny. I keep telling myself "at least I didn't have to give birth to a 10lb baby", its just crazy how much weight he is gaining just on me nursing him. We did start to give him formula last night & will probably continue to do that in the evenings since we were able to get 4 hrs of consistent sleep. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will help him sleep longer.

Life has for sure changed quite a bit going from 1 to 2 kids, but I love it. I look at Brody everyday and can't tell him enough how much I love him and give him a million kisses. I'm looking forward to the constant smiles and when he's showing more of a personality, but I'm also trying to enjoy this time too since we won't be going through this ever again!! ;o)

Monday, October 4, 2010

First Visitor...

My kids have the best Tete ever!!! I honestly feel so lucky to have such an amazing sister that wants to be part of my kids lives as much as possible. Natalee was able to be at the hospital with us when we had Addison and this time she was our first visitor after having Brody.

This visit was not only special because Natalee got to meet Brody for the first time, but I got to see my sister's baby bump!!! It was the coolest thing to see her start showing that she has a little baby in her belly. We always knew that once I had Brody she would only have 3 months left, now my crazy little man is here and she's going to be a mommy in less than 3 months!!!

Natalee's visit couldn't of come at a better time. Brody's been a pretty good boy overall, but he likes to be held a lot which takes me away from things I need to do. I loved that Natalee was more than happy to do the holding while I could get things done. She was more than amazing at calming him down when he was crying and upset, but I think the best part was watching her and Addison interact. Addison is soooo in love with her Tete and was beyond excited to have her Tete sleep in her bed. Addison had so much fun with her Tete that she even had a breakdown after Natalee had to leave because she missed her so much. We're hoping to go visit for Thanksgiving so perhaps this breakdown will be even more of a reason why we HAVE to go!

The long weekend for sure went by wayyyy too fast just like the past 2 weeks. While we didn't do much (which my sister probably loved since they are so busy preparing for their baby) the days came and went in a flash. I'm excited that she got to see Addison play soccer and enjoy Brody as a newborn. I don't think I can wait until January to see her again so those damn plane tickets better come down for Thanksgiving. Thanks to her amazing new camera we were able to capture lots of pictures of Mr Brody and the fun weekend we had with our first visitor.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ready for a Nanny!!!

Well, the honeymoon's over & Brody is officially a "real" baby! We were so convinced that things would be different this time, but I'm thinking the next 3 months are going to be pretty hard. ;o( Don't get me wrong its not quite as bad as when Addison was a baby, but at some points I feel as though things aren't looking good for us.
I was trying so hard to stay positive and look on the bright side of things, but the last 2 days have really put a damper on my cheerful side.
I have no idea what else I can feed this baby because he constantly wants to nurse. I've been against giving him formula, but I took the plunge today and gave him a bottle that you normally would get in the hospital, well the kid still wanted my boob after he finished that. Uggg, I hate this feeling of not knowing. He's burping fine, has lots of poop and pee. We did notice that it seems like he might have some air bubbles while I'm feeding him so I went out and got some gas relief medicine. I just can't believe how much this kid can eat. It seems like I'll nurse him for a good 30-40 minutes, he'll fall asleep and I'll burp him on my shoulder and as soon as he wakes up not even 15 minutes later he's fussy and ready to eat again. Of course I went on the Internet to see what google had to say and people think he's going through a growth spurt...REALLY he's not even 2 weeks old!!
Well, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn't develop colic like Addison and perhaps this is just a phase. I don't know what I'm thinking considering my husband has the worst stomach in the world. As I said before I want to stay positive, but when your functioning on 3-4 hours of sleep its hard to do that. I'm pretty much pissed at the world but hey...I have a beautiful baby boy!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Got Milk?

I honestly don't remember being in this much pain when I nursed Addison. Isn't it so funny how you forget most of the horrible things you go through in life especially when you plan to go through them again one day? Holy crap my boobs are ready to EXPLODE!!! I have hit a major obstacle with this baby and it has to do with breastfeeding. Brody has been a pro when it comes to nursing up until yesterday! The nurses were complimenting him left & right while we were in the hospital since he was nursing like a champ. Everything was going great up until yesterday. At 10pm it was time for his last feeding before John & I were going to head to bed and our lil guy wanted nothing to do with either boob. I thought it would be fine with him just eating breast milk from a bottle, but I was wrong. After it only took him 2 minutes to eat a bottle of what he normally gets from my boob in 2o minutes the worrying began. I bought the highly recommended Dr. Brown bottles that will help prevent colic and all that good stuff, but that nipple seemed way too fast and the freaking out began. We finally got to bed around midnight since I had to pump, sterilize the new bottles and then finally feed him. It was an utter nightmare that I don't want to go through again. He woke up about an hour later to what sounded like he was gagging and struggling to breathe. We proceeded to feed him again from the bottle since he was freaking out (and still wouldn't nurse) and the same thing happened again a little bit later. Luckily by about 4am he was willing to nurse off the right breast and fall asleep great. Of course I was up every 5 minutes checking on him to make sure he was breathing ok.
I for sure think sleep deprivation is getting to me because I found myself bawling in the shower this morning and feeling frustrated because John decided to get in the shower before asking me if I needed help with anything first (of course I didn't need anything). Brody's still not feeding off the left breast even though I keep trying at each feeding. I've had to pump the left breast twice just to get some relief, I've busted out all my breastfeeding books and have gone on a million websites that continue to tell me to just continue to pump until he is ready to start feeding again. I'm sure it'll be fine in the end but I just don't understand what went wrong. Doesn't he know my left boob is the biggest and probably has the most milk storage. Hopefully he'll figure it out soon because even with pumping I'm still in ALOT of pain. Seriously, who pumps 3oz in 6 minutes on the 5th day of having a baby?
I have to say Thank You to my wonderful husband and sister Natalee who continue to remind me that Brody is only 5 days old and its ok that what seemed to be the perfect baby the first couple of days is now going through what "normal" babies do.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Family of Four!!!!

The day has finally arrived!!! We are a family of 4 (well, 5 if you include Roxy). I couldn't be any happier to announce that Brody Thomas has come into this world!!!

Our little guy arrived September 16th at 12:54, he weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. The delivery was amazing and couldn't be any easier. As most of you know we decided to be induced rather than let this happen naturally. First, we wanted to have this planned so we didn't have to worry about scrambling with getting Addison taken care of. We were so nervous since we weren't going to have any family come stay with us for the delivery, luckily I've made some amazing friends and they were more than happy to help take care of her. Also, I'm not going to lie...I didn't mind forgoing crazy painful contractions.
The decision to be induced was the best decision ever and I will never regret it!! Honestly, the worst part of my labor was when I had to get up at 4am and was having issues with my anxiety. Of course I was freaking out thinking about the worst case scenario of how labor and delivery was going to happen. I don't know why I do this to myself, but it happened and I had horrible diarrhea and was drive heaving all morning. Ugg, it was so irritating, but once I got to the hospital and got in my room I started to calm down and let things happen. I was a little embarrassed because about a 1/2 hour after the pitocin started I was ready for my epidural. Everybody kept telling me not to be a hero and to get it when I was ready. I'm such a wuss and was happy that I got it when I did because the contractions were getting pretty strong. So, my pitocin started at around 7:30am, my water was broken around 8:30am and I was ready to start pushing around 12:30pm. This delivery was a lot like Addison's, one minute I'm a 3 and the next its time to practice push. Luckily I've gone through it before because all the sudden I felt something was ready to come out. A backup nurse had to come in to check me because my main nurse was in the middle of delivering her other patient. She came in to check on me and sure enough it was time to have baby Brody. Luckily the "backup" nurse was just as amazing as the one I was with all morning and I felt completely comfortable with her. A call was made to my dr. since she was still at her office, luckily she's less than 10 minutes away because 2 contractions later Brody arrived!!! Unfortunately he came out so fast he ended up having some issues with his breathing so he had to be suctioned out for a while and some other dr.'s had to come in to check him out. Overall it looks like he just wasn't able to go through that transition stage that normally helps them clear out their lungs. After about 45 minutes of being looked at I was able to finally hold him and nurse him for the first time.

Seeing my little boy was for sure love at first sight. When Brody arrived I remember seeing all of his beautiful hair and just lost it. I keep thinking about all of that heartburn that I had to go through, it was worth all the disgusting TUMS I had to ingest. I was bawling and bursting with some crazy emotions. I feel so lucky to have 2 beautiful children and to have the chance to now have a little boy after having the best experience with my little girl.

I think Addison is just as in love as we are. While it took her a second to understand that Brody is no longer in my belly but in fact is a real little boy she is finally acknowledging the fact that he is here to stay. I don't know how life can get any better but I'm pretty sure my two kids are going to prove to me that it does! My family is complete and I can't stop smiling.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LCC Here Comes Addison Marie

Addison had her very first day at school yesterday. We found this amazing Lutheran school that goes up to 8th grade. We're beyond excited to start this new adventure and feel so lucky to already know a couple of people who's children attend the school and/or church and only have great things to say. John and I always knew that our kids would have to go to a private school if we stayed in St. Petersburg, its actually really weird thinking about the conversation we had when Addison was still in my belly. Now my little girl has started this process of attending school. We decided since she does have at least the next 14 years of being in school we're only having her go 3 days a week. Next year she'll be going 5 days, but for now I'm going to enjoy her company 2 days during the week. With her going to school brings up the fact that Brody will be here soon even more of a reality. We've been talking to friends and family about how its going to be perfect when Addi goes to school so that I can have about a month of "me" time and then Brody will be here and I'll only have to juggle 2 kids 2 days a week. Wow, put a check mark on Addi going to school, next will be the arrival of a new little one.
Back to Addi's 1st day...luckily we got to go meet her teacher Miss Sund last Friday. I thought Addison would be so excited and would be talking up a storm with her new teacher and class-mates. I couldn't of been more wrong! She was acting really shy and didn't want to have anything to do with her teacher. I swear she just wants to prove me wrong anytime she can (typical girl). We were there for almost an hour and finally when we left she did give her teacher a hug good-bye. This past weekend Addison continued to ask me if I was going to stay with her when she went to school, I was thinking ohh crap is this going to totally blow up in my face? I explained that she's a big girl now so she's going to actually stay at school all by herself after I dropped her off. She wasn't too happy about that, but I was trying to make this conversation brief. Thank God, when I walked her in yesterday she left my side to go play with toys, I said good-bye, she gave me a kiss and that was that. I was seriously there for 2 minutes, it was great!!
When I picked her up at 3pm she was playing on the playground with her class. It was so fun to watch her interact with the other kids and see that she was having fun. As we were driving home I was asking her a million quesions about her day, but she wasn't giving me very many details. I was a little sad because I wanted to hear all about it. I guess eventually she'll understand that I need to know every single detail in order to sleep at night, but since I don't really get to sleep anyway due to having to pee every 1/2 hr I'll just make up in my head the amazing fun she's having with her new friends and teacher. Maybe she'll have more to say on Wednesday...

Monday, August 2, 2010

September 16, 2010

I've been struggling a little bit with if I had the option would I want to be induced. I finally decided to ask my dr. last week what criteria do I need to meet in order for me to be induced. She explained that I would need to be at least 39 weeks and my body would have to show that I'm "progressing". She also explained that since this was my 2nd baby that I really shouldn't have a problem with doing this and if we schedule the induction date and she has to change it because it doesn't look like my body is ready then we'll have to cancel. It was kind of nice to hear her say that because I've had 2 huge fears about going through with this 1) it would end in a c-section 2) Brody won't cooperate and I'll have to be in horrible labor forever that will lead to a c-section. So, once Dr. Long (who delivered Addison) explained that she wouldn't let me be induced without feeling like it will be a positive thing I decided we should go for it!!!
Later that day the nurse called me to explain that Dr. Long is on-call September 16th and 17th so we went with the 16th that way I know for sure she should be the one delivering Brody. It was soooo weird when she called me back to tell me that I'm all set and have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am and to not eat anything past midnight...WHAT!!! Holy crap I could be meeting my little boy on September 16th!! John and I are both kind of freaking out that this is all scheduled and perhaps I won't have to go through the horrible labor pains before getting to the hospital.
That brings up another topic. While its fun anticipating when labor will start or will my water break, I've decided going through that with Addison was enough for me. I have no problem already being at the hospital when my contractions start and as soon as I'm uncomfortable I can get that epidural. Of course I'm already thinking with my luck I'll have him the week or day before my induction is scheduled. Either way, I couldn't be more excited about having this all planned out especially since this time around we have more than a dog to worry about. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things work out how they're suppose to and perhaps we'll be welcoming Brody Thomas sometime on September 16th or 17th!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

I'm Ready!!!

We got to see our baby boy last week via ultrasound! We were lucky enough to get a 3d ultrasound done and see his beautiful face!! I can't believe how clear his face looks, it just amazes me!

We were a little nervous in the beginning! The little stinker wouldn't perform for us, we had to move him all around and even have other ladies come in and hold my belly so we could get some profile shots and keep him from moving all around! The poor guy was sitting breech (no wonder why my damn ribs hurt so bad), we could see that he had his legs up above his head and was still able to keep his arm over his face too. Thank God for technology because the technician was able to fade the umbilical that was also over his face. In the end we were so happy with the pictures. I think we're having another baby that's going to look like John. Apparently my genes just aren't strong enough for our kids!

(Brody's leg and foot)

(Look at those fingers, we got to see pics. of his hands quite a bit)

Of course after having this done it makes me even more excited to finally meet my little boy. He's for sure been quite active these days and perhaps just as excited to meet us too. I know Addison has been amazing with the whole situation, she includes Brody in all of her conversations and while she's playing she says "this is for Brody, this is for mommy, this is for daddy and this is for Addison", I'm hoping those sharing thoughts continue once he arrives. She's already talking about how he can't put her toys in his mouth! ;o) Seriously could I be anymore blessed?

I keep telling John he can arrive anytime after I get back from Michigan, I'm so tired of being uncomfortable and feeling soooo big. Of course since I want him to arrive early he'll make sure to be late just like Addison. Either way I know the next 10 weeks are going to fly, I keep telling myself to hang in there and don't be greedy. IT'S HARD!!!!!!!!!!!

I found Addison's 3d ultrasound pictures, its a little crazy because we got both kids done at 28 weeks...can you tell which one is which (w/o looking at the dates)??

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's Our Anniversary!!!

I have no idea where the time has gone!! John and I are celebrating our Anniversary today...8 years which is even more shocking. I remember meeting my amazing husband when I was 16 and he was 18 like it was just yesterday. I'm honestly the luckiest woman that he chose me to be his wife. John is for sure one of a kind, I would never compare him to other men (except for when he decides to do something out of the ordinary, then he gets the comparison) because he has always been that one guy who stood out and was different than any other guy I've ever been with. This is exactly why over 10 years ago while I was away at college I decided to reach out to him and see how he was doing. Ever since that call both of our lives have changed forever!!

Its true what they say "marriage takes a lot of work"! With very few real fights but lots of bickering we continue to figure this whole marriage thing out as the years go by. While nobody can have the perfect relationship, I must say I'm pretty darn happy and feel we're pretty close to what I consider perfect.

John, Thank You for always making me #1 and for showing me everyday that I am the most important person in your life. You always make me feel fuzzy inside and put the biggest smile on my face. I am so honored to call you my husband and can't thank you enough for this beautiful life we share.

8 years later with a beautiful 3 year old little girl and a baby boy on the way what more could I ask for? John is why I can say "Life is Great"!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Against the Rules!!!!

Seriously, when your pregnant getting sick beyond like morning sickness should be against the rules. Its totally unfair for pregnant women to have to carry around a human being in their belly and also get sick like non-pregnant people.
I have been dealing with this "sinus cold" for a week now and I'm ready for it to be gone!!! I went to the Urgent Care Clinic Thursday night because I felt like I was coming down with strep. My glands felt like they were on fire and my head was about to explode. After being there for an hour listening to the nurse practitioner go over everything I don't have, my strep test came back negative. Honestly I thought I was going to pass out because this woman would not stop talking telling me I don't have mono, strep, sinus infection and the list goes on and on. By the end I was standing by the door while she was still talking to me, hoping she would get the hint. Of course I didn't have a temperature when I was there, but as soon as I got home I was feeling the chills and of course had a minor temp of 100.4. I decided to call my OBGYN that night and left a message on their non-urgent line. Danielle, one of my favorite nurses called me first thing in the morning. I told her my symptoms hoping I would get a nice antibiotic, but good ol' Donna thought I was just dealing with a sinus cold. Prescribing me to drink lots of water, take Robitussin, Sudafed and Tylenol. SHOOT ME NOW!!!! Why can't I get the good stuff!!
Fast forward to a week and while I'm feeling a lot better, I'm still not a 100%. I'm constantly coughing up disgusting mucus and I sound like a dude!!! I would honestly take this over throwing my back out again, but can't I just continue to be miserable with this big belly I'm carrying around. I'm actually not that miserable, I guess I needed a wake up call. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps this is the last obstacle I have to go through before having Brody. We shall see! Thanks for listening. ;o)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Disney "Take 2"

Addison is a lucky girl!!! We went back to Disney World for the second time in 3 months. Since we got the 4 day pass and only used up 2 days back in February we wanted to take advantage of the great deal and go back before it expired at the end of May, I'm soooo glad that we did. We/I had so much more fun this time around since I wasn't in the beginning stages of my pregnancy and I'm still not too uncomfortable to move around. We started our mini vacation off by leaving Friday afternoon and heading straight to The Magic Kingdom. We decided to do our two days on Friday night and then Sunday morning in order to miss out on being super hot and perhaps the crowds wouldn't be as bad too. Like I said this time around I felt great and got to enjoy the park. Since John can't go on anything that goes in circles I got to go on the tea cup ride with Addison. We weren't able to do this ride last time so I was super excited that Addi got to experience it! We had a blast and John got some great pictures of us cracking up!!!

We also weren't able to go to Toontown last time so Addi got to experience this area as well. She got to go on her first roller coaster ride, lets just say I think she might be afraid of roller coasters for the rest of her life. John went on this with her and he said she HATED it. She was so scared the whole time and kept saying she wanted to get off. Poor girl...hopefully in a couple of years she'll realize how much fun these really are.

We for sure did alot more this time and even got to go on things as a family. I will never forget going on Its a Small World After All ride as a little girl with my family. It was great that we got to experience this ride together.

Overall Friday was great, we were there until 9pm and while we thought the heat wouldn't be as bad...we were wrong!! We were still sweating our butts off, but once that sun went down it was amazing! Addison had soo much fun I don't think she ever wanted it to end, but you could tell she was ready to get some rest.

The next day we decided to hang out by the pool and just relax. Overall I was really happy with the hotel we picked. Saturday morning we had done breakfast with the Disney Characters and unfortunately it was a BUST!!! There were only 2 characters (Goofy & Pluto) that came out and it took them forever to come to our table. Luckily the food was pretty good, but poor Addison was so excited about this and it was really disappointing. I feel kind of bad because all she would talk about before we left was seeing the princesses and I honestly don't think she got to see one princess the whole weekend. Thank God she's only 3 because she really didn't say much about it and I of course didn't bring it up.
The pool had a cool water play area that we thought Addison would totally dig, but she was not into it at all. Thats ok though because between John tossing her around and taking rides on some floats that we purchased it was a perfect day. You know us Vranich's, we love our sun and pool time!!!

Like the last time we were here we thought we were going to do The Magic Kingdom both days but instead we decided to try out Epcot and I'm super happy that we did. Alot of what they had to offer was inside which was perfect since it was pretty hot outside.

They had an area inside where you could wait in line to see many of the Disney Characters and get their autographs. We for sure decided to do that and Addison LOVED it. Of course she had to have her very first autograph book!

Overall Addison was such a trooper the whole weekend. I love how easy going and laid back she is. John and I feel super lucky and this is exactly why we love doing these things with her and for her. We ended up leaving around 4 and was home by 5:30. What a great weekend and more importantly an amazing family experience.