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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank You LCC!!!

Well, Addi got through the first year at a real school. I can't believe her first year at LCC has come and gone. It seems like yesterday I was waddling (b/c I was 8 months pregnant) her to her first day of school. I feel so blessed to have LCC in my child's life and look forward to the next 11 years with them (maybe they will add on to become a high school so then we would be there for 15 years...that sounds crazy). I'm quite sure each year will get better and better especially since I'm finding I love each teacher I meet! Cheers to getting through the first year and hoping Addison's love for school continues. ;o)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Here I Goooooooooooooooooo

It has come to my attention (by me) that its time to start focusing more on me and get back to my pre-Addi weight/body.



I was feeling pretty good about my body on this trip!



The weight was starting to come off here and I was feeling good!


I've been living in denial long enough thinking I look fine and the weight will come off by itself. I've decided to join Weight Watchers again since I've had ALOT of success with this plan. I remember those feelings when I was losing weight right before getting pregnant with Addison, I never thought it would happen but it did so I know I can get to that place again.I was hesitant to do it because I thought it would be a waste of money since I'm pretty familiar with how it works. After talking to John it was a go and holy moly I couldn't be happier. This online application is everything I need. I'm able to log my food and exercise and then I love all the new recipes to choose from. Not only am I excited to get this party started I also have my sister Natalee and her/my friend Carrie doing it too...talk about mega support. I'm so ready for this and while I want all this weight to melt off me by tomorrow I know it will take time and it will happen before I know it as long as I stick to it. I'm hoping by New Years Eve I won't have to make a resolution regarding weight!



I'm using this picture as my "before", I don't think I look horrible enough so maybe I'll take one in my bathing suit. ;o/

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CIO

CRYING IT OUT



Well, its come to the point where we have to start using this method with our extremely stubborn little guy Brody. I've tried everything possible to ensure Brody is getting the sleep he needs and day after day he's refusing this important component of life...SLEEP!!! Don't get me wrong once we finally get him to go down for the night he's good to go and pretty much sleeps through the night, its the napping during the day and the initial process of putting him down for the night. I swear this kid could be passed out cold while I'm rocking him to sleep, but as soon as you step remotely close to his crib he pops up like he's been awake the whole time. This process is so damn frustrating, not only because it consists of about 20 minutes of rocking him in the rocking chair but then any hope of having perhaps an hour to yourself is completely shot down (I would like to say, I just stepped away to go put Brody down and found myself rocking him for a good 30 minutes with him dead asleep and as soon as I put him down he popped up screaming...so frustrating). The only problem with letting Brody Cry It Out is the fact that my little guy likes to scream at the top of his lungs! I'm not kidding, you would think we are torturing him and he literally screams for at least 20 minutes. Last night was the first night we tried this and it took him 40 minutes of him screaming before all the sudden there was silence. Brody slept all night and I even had to go wake him up at 8:15 so he could eat before we took Addi to school. Everyone keeps telling me it takes a couple of days before this process works, I hope he knows I'm not doing this to be mean, but so that he can get the rest he needs and I get the "Me" time that I need!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Brody's New Face


I have no idea how this started, but Brody has a new face. If he's not smiling or crying this is the look you'll find on Brody's face. While we're still working on crawling he's catching on to different facial expressions, he's just so darn cute! ;o)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Taking a Minute to Brag

Its going to be hard for me to type this without tearing up just a little bit. On Friday Addison had a school field trip at the park. All the 3 year old classes met at the park for them to play together, have a little picnic and even celebrate all the summer birthdays. The best part of this field trip was the moment Addison's teacher, Miss Sund decided to pull me to the side and express her feelings regarding Addison. She explained what a joy it is to have Addison in her class and not only is she polite, happy, energetic but she even shows concern for her friends. If any of the children are upset she is the first one to go over and console them. Miss Sund even went on to tell me that she's never met another little girl like Addison, this means alot since she's been a teacher for over 8 years. I'll be completely honest, I had no idea how to respond. Part of me was in shock and the other part of me was relieved. As a mother you hope your kids will be respected by their peers and the other way around. So, when a teacher basically tells you your doing a good job you can't help but breathe just a little easier.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Geez, I Feel Old!!!

I'm freaking out just a little! My baby nephew had his prom last night, while I wasn't there my mom was kind enough to hurry home and upload her pics. I had no idea life would be like this, one minute your tickling your nephew and the next he's going to prom and about to graduate.



I love these kids so much, I wish I could put life on pause just for a little bit because they are growing up wayyy too fast. I would do anything to have all 4 of them in my life everyday, I just hope they know how much I love them and will always be there for them no matter what. I guess its true what they say, the older you get the faster life passes you by. I guess I need to start preparing myself because Autumns next...I think I may have just had an anxiety attack!


Friday, May 13, 2011

MINE!

I'm starting to think about taking my boobies back! Yup I said it! These enormous boobs have belonged to Brody for long enough and I'm including my pregnancy too! I've always had big boobs but these things are just getting out of hand. I feel like people look at me as though they need to get ready to catch me because I'm about to fall over. I think this whole bathing suit season is what has me thinking, while I'm use to constantly tucking these babies away its just out of control at this point. No matter how much I pump I swear there's still another 4 oz in each one of these puppies. The only thing holding me back at this point is the fact that we're going to have to start buying formul! I feel good that I'm still able to provide him breast milk and I only have 4 more months to go, but I just don't know if I can take it anymore. Hmmm....to be continued.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm Not Mad...I'm Impressed

The other day while I was doing something in my bedroom, I had left the kids to play in the living room and this is what I found when I went to check on them! Addi thought I was going to be mad so by the time I grabbed my camera she tried to hide from me. I wasn't mad at all, in fact I was quite impressed! This just shows you how much Brody LOVES his big sister. Seriously he lets her do whatever she wants to him and he just keeps smiling. As long as Addison is giving him attention he's good to go. However, I explained she shouldn't put things on her brothers head just in case this does hurt him or he ends up falling over. I just wish I was there to witness when she decided it was a good idea to put the toy bin on his head and see Brody's reaction. I must say, there was a tag hanging from this so he was having a ball trying to get the tag in his mouth. Awe, the joys of having two kids!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Freckles Anyone?

My little Addi is developing freckles more and more each time we head out into the sun and she's been swimming for at least 2 straight hours. I think these freckles look so darn cute on her and I can't help but think of Natalee when we were younger. We use to travel quite a bit when we were younger which mostly consisted of us going to Ft. Lauderdale, FL or Arizona. Poor Natalee was the one who always had the fair skin (like my dad) and was normally found pretty red and her face covered in freckles by the end of our vacation, which lead to "freckle frog". I have no idea how this started, but I'm pretty sure I was mad at her or trying to make fun of her and came up with this awful nickname of "freckle frog". I remember her getting so upset and I would just laugh. Well, look who's laughing now? Not only do I have lots and lots of freckles on my face, but my own beautiful daughter has them too. I think she looks beautiful just like her Tete and really hope Mr. Brody doesn't get a hold of this term "freckle frog" because I think his Tete will have to have a talk with him! I'm still unsure whether Brody is going to have the dark skin or if he'll continue with the trend of having fair skin like his big sister...we shall see, but for now 70 SPF will be applied for a very long time.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pretty Damn Lucky!

I had a GREAT first Mother's Day with 2 kids this year! My babies got me a gift card to go to the spa, does it get any better than that?! We decided to go to the St. Petersburg Country Club for a yummy brunch and then head over to the pool afterwards. As most people know if I could live at the pool I would! We had so much fun and the kids are always so good while we're there. I'm not kidding, while I wish Brody would sleep when we go he's always very good. He loves the water, people watching and just being outside so our experience this far has been really good. Of course Miss Addi is always good, but her sweet little self is always making new friends at the pool. Even the older girls just love her and ask if she could pretend to be their baby! She gets really offended by this and explains "I'm not a baby I'm a big girl", but she still lets them pretend. She did meet this one little girl named Savhanna who is the sweetest thing ever, she's 12 and in the 6th grade. I was talking to her mom and I may just have her do a little babysitting this summer (not for crazy Brody, I think he's too young).

So, overall my Mother's Day was great and I must admit every year gets better and better!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two Special Ladies!

Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mom! Every year I find myself more and more proud to have such a beautiful and caring woman as my mom. I can't thank her enough for not only making me feel special, but for making my whole little family feel special. I love how I'm constantly getting cards, phone calls, texts and the best is when we Skype. I don't think we go a couple of days without one of these forms of communication. I love her more than she knows!


I also have to recognize another important woman in my life! Happy Mother's Day to my Step-Mom Jane! This is another special lady who has changed my life in so many ways. When I'm complaining about 2 kids crying all day and not having any time to myself I need to think of Jane. She's been through so much, between working a full time job, taking care of my dad and all of his medical problems and on top of that she also has to take care of her older sister due to medical problems. As long as I can remember she's always put everybody else first. I remember being younger and if I was sick I knew I could count on Jane to help take care of me through the night. I'll never forget all the amazing things she's done for me throughout my life and can't Thank her enough for helping mold me into the woman I am today.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hi My Name is Mother of Two!

I'm finding myself basically living, breathing, eating, sleeping I don't know the list can go on and on for my kids. Anything I do I have my kids in mind. I feel as though my pure existence is basically for my kids...I don't really know how I feel about that. You know I'm constantly fighting with the voice in my head that gets a little annoyed that I have to "work" 24/7 since I'm a stay at home mom, I find myself getting irritated with John because he gets to have a break from this crazy Vranich household while I'm constantly moving through life with kid brain. I know this isn't fair to him, I'm sure he would love to have the opportunity to stay home with the kids (maybe not) and not have all the pressure to provide for our family. I think what I'm realizing is I need to get a hobby. As I type this John is off golfing. Yup, he gets to escape 5 days out of the week from 7:30 to 6 and then again for 5 hours today. Talk about being a little jealous. The problem is, he could care less if I left to go do something for this amount of time (he'd probably prefer it) but I don't want to. I want to be with my kids making memories (at least that's what I think). So, when I have a little attitude when John leaves to go golf for 5 hours the attitude is really at me because I can't get over whatever it is that causes me to always want to be with my kids. Of course then the hormonal woman in me starts to think "well, geez why would he want to go golf rather than spending time with his family"...BECAUSE HE'S SMART! Ugh, I need to get a grip on this because seriously its not fair to my amazing husband just because he wants to do something else besides work his ass off and talk baby talk the whole weekend. Ok, I feel better...kind of!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Who Needs Sleep??? ME!

You would never guess by this picture, but this little peanut has Croup once again! This is the second time in 2 months that she's had this. I hate how it just shows up one day and decides to mess up the rest of our week. My poor baby gets so upset because she doesn't understand why her voice sounds so raspy and why does she sound like a seal when she coughs? Of course it gets worse at night so we find her at our bedside at least 3 times in the middle of the night. I give in a couple of times to just let her get in our bed, but that's until I wake up with someone karate chopping me right in the face. So, last night after I got my screaming son to sleep it was time for Miss Addi to come in my room crying...off I went to sleep in Addi's bed until she falls asleep and then the process starts all over again about an hour to two hours later. Needless to say I'm exhausted, between rocking Brody and being woke up by Addison I could hibernate for a week. I guess I needed to earn my Mother's Day this year.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Joys of Being a Mother

Ohh geez the joy of motherhood struck me yet again yesterday! I had to finally take Brody to the dr. to get his 6 month shots (I know he's almost 8 months), when we went around 6 months he was fighting a virus so we decided to postpone the shots. Well, everything went downhill from there. I ended up being sick for a month and was worried that I would have issues with his temperament after getting the shots so I just continued to put it off.


Luckily we went when we did because I found out that I haven't been feeding my little man enough. He's doing fine with the amount of breast milk that he's consuming, but I was informed that he should be eating 3 large jars of baby food by now! I almost fell off my chair when I heard that because I feed him maybe 1/2 a jar ALL DAY!!! I just introduced some finger foods such as puffs so after this conversation with his pediatrician I was completely feeling like the worst mother ever. The pediatrician was pleasantly surprised with the fact that Brody was eating 7 oz bottles about 4 times a day (I nurse him in the morning) so that's on track, but now I need to focus on getting his baby food intake on track.



After talking to John and explaining what the doctor had told me about the baby food we were wondering if that's why he seems to be kind of cranky at times...maybe he's still hungry. So, I was totally on board with increasing his food and wanted to start right away. That night for dinner I took 1/2 a jar of chicken & brown rice baby food and 1/2 a jar of apples & blueberries baby food and guess what???? BRODY ATE THE WHOLE THING! I was in shock! I was excited and in complete shock that this little guy ate a whole large jar of baby food. I seriously thought the angels in heaven were singing rejoice and thought this was the answer to all my problems. So, about an hour and a 1/2 later it was time to give him his bottle (this normally helps him to calm down and fall asleep) I didn't think anything of the fact that he just consumed like 3 times the food he normally does. The bottle did its job and he fell right to sleep and John proceeded to put him to bed. He would keep waking up crying so John went in there a couple of times to rock him and get him back down. The last time he did I decided we should let him cry for a little bit...well 5 minutes later I went in there to try and work my magic. To my surprise my little guy was all wet including his bed and the back of his head, our little guy had "spit up"...looking closer he actually threw up!!!!



I really didn't think much of it, but I knew he needed a bath because it was all in his hair and it was just nasty. So, I gave him a bath while John cleaned up his bed. I thought that was the end of that, he looked exhausted so I proceeded to rock him and get him to sleep. All the sudden he wakes up and starts coughing, Brody PUKED ALL OVER ME!!!!!!!!!!!! I was in complete shock, not only did he do it once but he was projectile vomiting at least 5 more times while we ran him to the bathtub. I'm normally so grossed out by puke, but this time I was so sad that my little guy could have this much vomit coming out of his little body! So I get in the bathtub with him and decide we'll both take a bath together since he got me pretty good, while we're bathing of course he's splashing the water and smiling at Addison who's so confused why I'm in the bath with Brody. Of course knowing me I want to know why this is happening and I'm coming up with every scenario possible...could it be from the shots he just got (but he didn't have a reaction to the previous rounds of these shots), could he have a virus, OMG did he eat too much? I HATE not knowing what is wrong and how I'm going to fix it. After sitting in the bath for a while to make sure our little guy wasn't going to get sick again it was time to move on with our evening.



He did end up puking one more time after we got him dressed, but we were prepared with having a bucket. It wasn't very much, but I'm assuming that's because he already disposed of everything else he ate. I tried so hard to sleep, but I would hear just a peep out of him and found myself running to his room. He only got up a couple of times that consisted of me rocking him and then he got up at 6am for me to feed him. I was so nervous and had no idea what to expect. So far so good, he woke up with a dry diaper but I just changed a wet one so that's a good sign. Lets see how the rest of the day goes, I think I'm going to hold off on feeding him baby food today. If I did end up feeding him way to much yesterday, I had no idea someone would puke that much from it. John thinks its because his stomach isn't use to it and didn't know what to do with it, so he got rid of it.


Now, my next order of business is figuring out why Addison sounds like she just smoked 10 packs of cigarettes...I think she might have croup again. Ugh!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tea Anyone?



My beautiful, amazing, generous, loving (the list could go on and on) friend Jen decided to host a tea party! When I got the invite I had no idea what to expect, the more I thought about it the more I realized...I've NEVER been to a "Tea Party". I thought it would be a group of us girls just hanging out on the coach catching up without any kids hanging off our legs, I was sooooo wrong


I was the last to arrive, but was greeted by some beautiful women in some fancy hats! First thing I thought of was the Royal Wedding and then ohh crap I didn't bring a hat! Candice (Jen's childhood best friend) brought a box full of hats that she owns and we decided to each wear one. It was the cutest idea and as much as I normally don't wear hats I LOVED it! After some brief chit chat it was time to sit down at the beautiful table that Jen delicately put together. I honestly don't think she missed one single detail!




Jen of course provided several different homemade finger sandwiches along with some freshly picked blueberries! While I stopped at Starbucks on the way I decided to get in the spirit and drink some tea as well. As I said previously I didn't realize this was going to be a REAL tea party. Just to reiterate, Jen didn't miss a detail!!! What a beautiful surprise to receive not only a gorgeous ring, a little lip gloss in the shape of a flower, a tea notebook, but she also gave each one of us a little card. I have never felt so special! I must admit I have a pretty amazing friend!


I had the best time talking about everything under the sun. We totally lost track of time and luckily I checked my phone right in time for Jen to run out the door for a massage. Candice, Melissa and I decided to stay and drink some mimosa and get to know each other a little better. So, when Jen came back home we were still chillin in her living room! I will never forget this day for the rest of my life. I had so much fun and can now say I've been to a tea party, I look forward to hosting my very own in the near future!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Family of 5!!!

My beautiful friend Melissa just had a baby boy. This isn't her second baby boy, its her third!! She is the most brave woman I know to now be living with all those boys! Mr. Levi James was born on April 7th (Natalee's b'day) at 5:18 pm. He was 7lbs 2oz and 19.5 inches long, the funny thing about these stats are Levi is her biggest baby yet and she even decided to go through labor naturally! I give her so much credit because with her second baby, Carson she was ready to get the drugs but it was too late and she didn't have a choice.



Levi is so darn cute, I think he looks just like his brother Carson. I was hoping he would come out with jet black hair so then she would have a red head (Dylan), a blondie (Carson) and a dark haired baby, but it looks like he's a mix between red and blonde.



Well, if anyone could have 3 kids (let alone 3 boys) it would be Melissa. She is the most amazing mother and wife. I envy all the love you can see written on her face everytime I see new pictures and visit her while in Michigan. I'm so happy this pregnancy went so smoothly and my very dear friend is home enjoying her new life with all her guys. I can't wait to see her life in 15-20 years, its going to be the cutest thing hearing all the stories and watching how protective her boys will be over their mom. Congratulations Melissa and Nathan, you did it again and have yet another handsome little boy! LOVE YOU!!!