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Mess

Filed under: Family,Kaelin,Koren,Parenting,Peaves,Pets/Animals,Such is Life — Amy @ 7:25 pm

Today Koren had his 2-day followup appointment which was really on his 5th day because the weekend interfered.  Things went well except it appears he’s developed a bit of jaundice and it took forever because after the appointment we had to trek to the hospital lab so they could extract blood from his heel, which he was none too pleased about.

Before the appointment I picked him up to change his diaper and found that he was leaky.  I changed his clothes, changed his diaper, and immediately he peed again before I could be sure the new diaper was properly un-folded in the back and it leaked again.  So I changed him AGAIN, nursed him a bit and he promptly blew out some very enthusiastic and messy farts.  I delegated the 3rd changing of the diaper to Jens.

At the appointment they had me strip him down to his diaper, and then he got cold so I picked him up.  Pee spilled out of his diaper and all over my shirt.  WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I EVEN BOTHER PUTTING DIAPERS ON THIS KID??? 

I had brought a change of clothes for him, but didn’t expect to need one for myself so I spent the next few hours with a giant pee stain all over the front of my shirt.  Which wasn’t noticeable for long because as soon as we drove into the parking lot of the hospital lab, it started raining torrents.  I dropped my MIL off with Koren at the entrance and Kaelin and I made the journey through the parking lot (which more resembled a lake) and got totally soaked.  Our measly umbrella was no match for the flood waters pouring down on us and we spent a very soggy hour at the lab.

When we got home I changed into a clean shirt and changed Koren’s diaper, which fortunately had NOT leaked this time.  Jens came into the room and I looked up at him.  When I looked back down at my baby, there was a stream of pee shooting over the side of the changing table.

Koren got a bath.  I cleaned pee off the table, the floor and his ill-placed laundry hamper.

Shortly before dinner, we were all up in the media room and Kaelin was getting out some energy running around and chasing the dog.  She fell and got a minor owie, but wanted to sit with me while she recovered.  And then she puked on me.

We cleaned up and got her calmed down and she sat in my lap.  Apparently she was still in shock over the puking incident because she didn’t seem to notice that she was peeing on my leg. 

We rushed to the potty to finish her business and as I was going downstairs to change my shorts I noticed that all the dirty puke tissues had been removed from the trash can and scattered around the floor.  There are times I wish we didn’t have a dog.  I cleaned up the mess and rushed downstairs before anybody else could pee, puke or poop on me.

ANYBODY WANNA COME DO MY LAUNDRY?

Then tonight I was home alone with both kids while everyone else went to get dinner and I let Kaelin watch some Veggie Tales.  Toward the end of the show, I came up behind her and bent down to kiss her on the cheek.  She looked up at me and smiled. 

“Mom, you’re the BEST.”

And for that moment, I would do the whole day over again.

Home Again, Home Again

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Parenting,Pregnancy — Amy @ 4:28 pm

I spent Father’s Day laid up in bed with a really sore back. I didn’t even get J a card. He says he doesn’t mind though because a) he got a son for Fathers Day, and b) he spent Mothers’ Day laid up in bed with an illness and the flowers he ordered for me never came – so he figures we’re even.

We’re all home and adjusting to life with 2 kids. My parents volunteered to relieve Kaelin of her cabin fever this afternoon, so she’s currently swimming over at their house – undoubtedly having a blast. Jens’ parents are at a movie, so it’s just the two of us and a very sleepy baby. And it’s now that I realize how easy it is to care for just one child, especially a newborn. I suppose it’s all relative though, because I don’t remember feeling that it was easy the first time around.

Our little guy was induced on Thursday and everything went as planned with the exception that he made his appearance earlier than expected. Following his sister’s footsteps, I suppose. At least the doctor was already at the hospital this time – she almost missed it last time.

He tried to turn his head funny coming out, so I ended up with 3rd degree tears (again) but since he took a full 5 minutes of pushing to come out (instead of 10 seconds), the doctor did have time to do an episiotomy this time. Consequently, I think the healing process is going faster this time around.

And God bless Wayne, the epidural doctor. Sidestepping “Eve’s curse” is truly a lifesaver. I had a few minutes of experiencing a small fraction of what it would be like to go “natural” and believe me when I say I want no part of that.

The head-turn resulted in a squished nose for the baby, but fortunately it’s straightening itself out.

I have a ton of pictures on my camera that I have yet to download or look at, but when I do I’ll be sure to post a couple here.

Honestly, the most difficult part of this has been Kaelin. She did not do too well with us both being gone at the hospital, and suffered quite a bit of anxiety and outright sadness about it, especially at night. It was heartbreaking, and there was nothing we could do about it. Unfortunately, “Mama and Daddo will be home soon” wasn’t much consolation, and her inability to sleep well contributed to her overall stress level.

She’s much happier now that we’re home, and she’s totally in love with her Baby Brother. Which is, of course, good and bad. She’s a bit overstimulated and has more energy than normal (which is, um, a lot), so getting her to be still and calm and quiet around the baby has been a total lost cause.

Being the incredibly tactile kid that she is, she wants to hold/touch/kiss him 24 hours per day and does not understand why she can’t. My heart has skipped a thousand beats so far. We’ve let her hold the baby in her lap, but it requires constant attentiveness because, well, SHE’S TWO.

When she’s not holding the baby, she’s trying to climb onto whoever is. She’s relentless and spends every waking minute trying to touch the baby, which is stressful because there is literally no “safe” place we can put him that she can’t get to, aside from holding him while we’re standing up. So we’ve had to begin a pretty intense “training” session with her on where the boundaries are, with strict and consistent consequences. It requires constant energy, and more of it than I have at this time.

I know that sounds like a lot of complaining, and I don’t mean to imply that she’s being “bad.” She’s just TWO and very fascinated by this new person in her household. She calls him “Sweetheart” and “Little Fella” and becomes very concerned about his well-being at the slightest frown. She offers him pacifiers and blankets and words of comfort while she gently strokes the back of his head. “It’s alright, Sweetheart, you don’t have to be upset. Are you hungry Little Fella?” And once we get past this “training” period, I’m sure my stress level will lower substantially.  It’s already getting better as she’s learning the “new rules.”

Anyway, our little guy is an exceptional sweetie and we’ve really enjoyed having him so far.

Koren James

Filed under: Photos,Pregnancy — Amy @ 2:17 pm

Finally got some pictures downloaded…

Home Again, Home Again

Filed under: Family,Pregnancy — Amy @ 5:37 pm

Well, we’re all home again, which is very nice.  Jens and I are looking forward to sleeping in our own bed again, even if only for a few hours at a time.  Not that it comes close to the whole “giving birth and recovery” experience, but husbands do get a few sympathy points for having to sleep on the plastic bricks they call “fold out beds” in the hospital.

Koren is doing well.  He’s very sweet, cuddly and mellow.  I remember Kaelin being a sweet baby, but not in quite the same way.  She was never particularly mellow. 

Koren sleeps A LOT.  I even have to wake him up and coax him into nursing.  I’m going to have to start setting my alarm, lest I forget – I never needed reminders with Kaelin because she was like clockwork and did not let us get away with being behind schedule.

So the second one is definitely different than the first, even though it’s only been a couple of days.

Honestly, the most difficult part of this has been Kaelin.  She did not do too well with us both being gone at the hospital, and suffered quite a bit of anxiety and outright sadness about it, especially at night.  It was heartbreaking, and there was nothing we could do about it.  Unfortunately, “Mama and Daddo will be home soon” wasn’t much consolation, and her inability to sleep well contributed to her overall stress level.

She’s much happier today having us all around, and she’s totally in love with her Baby Brother.  Which is, of course, good and bad.  She’s a bit overstimulated and has more energy than normal (which is, um, a lot), so getting her to be still and calm and quiet around the baby has been a total lost cause.

Being the incredibly tactile kid that she is, she wants to hold/touch/kiss him 24 hours per day and does not understand why she can’t.  My heart has skipped a thousand beats today.  We’ve let her hold the baby in her lap, but it requires constant attentiveness because, well, SHE’S TWO. 

When she’s not holding the baby, she’s trying to climb onto whoever is.  She’s relentless and spends every waking minute trying to touch the baby, which is stressful because there is literally no “safe” place we can put him that she can’t get to, aside from holding him while we’re standing up.  So we’ve had to begin a pretty intense “training” session with her on where the boundaries are, with strict and consistent consequences.  It requires constant energy, and more of it than I have at this time.

I know that sounds like a lot of complaining, and I don’t mean to imply that she’s being “bad.”  She’s just TWO and very fascinated by this new person in her household.  She calls him “Sweetheart” and “Little Fella” and becomes very concerned about his well-being at the slightest frown.  She offers him pacifiers and blankets and words of comfort while she gently strokes the back of his head.  “It’s alright, Sweetheart, you don’t have to be upset.  Are you hungry Little Fella?”  And once we get past this “training” period, I’m sure my stress level will lower substantially.

There are a TON of pictures on my camera, none of which did I take, and therefore I haven’t seen any of them yet.  So once I sort through and download them all I’ll post some here.  In the meantime, I hear a hungry little guy downstairs.

Amy Gets Feel Good Juice

Filed under: Family,Pregnancy — Jens @ 9:05 am

The epidural is in. Such an interesting procedure to watch.

Do you ever think about how much trust we blindly give medical professionals? It is, of course, grounded trust. Their profession is to care for and assist patients, but it is interesting, as I sit and watch a man I don’t know insert tubes and liquids into my wife’s spine. I could not do the same. i don’t know what the liquids are. I do not feel the same thing so feels with it (or rather, doesn’t feel).

Contractions are getting a bit closer together, though Amy can not feel them. We’re looking at maybe a couple hours more, but you never know about these things.

All I know is, I appreciate and trust medical professionals. My wife is relaxing comfortably in no pain, slightly sleepy.

Sidestepping Eve’s curse for a few hours is priceless.

In the Delivery Room

Filed under: Family,Parenting,Pregnancy — Jens @ 5:21 am

So today is the day – assuming, of course. Everything looks smooth so far, but not much to report. It’s always a bit surreal sitting in a hospital room and feeling like you should participate somehow, but it’s the constant hurry up and wait.

We got here at about 7:30 this morning and commenced with the hooking up of tubes, the drawing of blood, the application of about 25 monitoring devices and a partridge in a pear tree. Kind of leaves you in awe of the awesomeness of the moms who used to do this without any pain killers, antibiotics, blood pressure monitors or comfy (ish) beds. And they had 17 kids.

Being a dad x2 will be an amazing trip to be sure. A bit apprehensive, a bit excited, and a bit nervous. We haven’t had a boy before, you see. Girls are a known quantity, boys a bit of a mystery. Plus, I know how boys think, so having a little one of me might be familiar, but terrifying.  grin

I’m sure we’ll have more to report soon. Meanwhile, the drum of the heartbeat and the drip, drip, drip of the IV are keeping us company.

Jens

Only a Day Away

Filed under: Family,Parenting — Amy @ 7:18 pm

So Tomorrow’s the big day.  I go in at 7:30am for the induction and (hopefully) shortly thereafter Munchkin #2 will make his appearance.

Still haven’t come up with a proper nickname for him, which is problematic both for this blog and real life.  We actually do call Kaelin by her nickname in real life, and for some reason we feel compelled to come up with a comparable nickname for Spawn 2.  Any suggestions?

I woke my doctor up last night, convinced that I was going to have to go in earlier than the scheduled date.  Contractions 15 minutes apart and and all that jazz.  She told me to come in to the hospital when the contractions got down to 10 minutes apart.

They never did.  In fact, as the night progressed, they got further and further apart, until this morning when they were almost nonexistent.   How disappointing.  If I’m going to have a sleepless night, I think I should at least get a baby out of it.

So we’re still on schedule for tomorrow.  Contractions and baby movement are still happening, just very sporadically (drums fingers on desk).

Countdown

Filed under: 2nd Time Around,Guilt,Parenting — Amy @ 11:47 am

Dude.  I’m having a baby next week.  How weird is that?

In the meantime, that “nesting instinct” has FINALLY kicked in.  It was significantly earlier with Kaelin.  We had her room finished and perfected months ahead of time, clothes were organized and hung in the closet by size, season and color, and everything was in its proper place awaiting the arrival of our little bundle.

This time around… well, yeah.  Baby is coming out next Thursday.  Tomorrow, his room is getting painted.  We finally got the bedding.  We haven’t bought anything else except for the odd outfit here and there.  I don’t have a rocker/glider.

Second Child Syndrome, you have arrived.

Bye Bye Button

Filed under: Kaelin,Parenting — Amy @ 2:21 pm

Where did today go?  I suppose time goes by quicker when my brain isn’t melting out of my ears from the lack of air conditioning.  Yes, it appears that after two weeks and three visits from the AC company, we FINALLY have a working air conditioner.  Man, I hope I didn’t just jinx that.

Tomorrow, my little girl will get on a plane bound for Seattle and I won’t see her for over a week. 

Now I’ll admit, there’s a part of me that’s jumping up and down and rubbing my hands together in a frenzy just imagining all the FREE TIME and the SLEEPING IN and the TOTAL LACK OF CARTOONS that will ensue over the next week and a half BUH-WHA-HA-HA-HA-HA.  Ahem.

But then there’s that other part of me, the annoying overly mothery part of me that wants to say WAIT, but who’s going to wake me up at exactly 6:58am every morning by calling across the house, “Mama, is it 7:30 yet?  Can I get out of bed now???”

And who’s going to be my back seat singer for all the songs on the radio, regardless of whether she actually knows the words?

And who’s going to stand up in her booster seat to look the waiter square in the eye and say, “I would like some milk, please.  And do you have mac & cheese?”  (Because for some reason, it’s just not as cute coming from Jens.)

And who’s going to say, “Mama, don’t forget prayers!” after being tucked in and insisting on 6 cups of water before bed?

And whose room am I going to peek in on every night to see if she’s still right-side-up in the bed, or passed out snoring in some obscure direction?

This motherhood thing is full of irony.  It seems that every stage is just as priceless as it is inconvenient.  I find myself craving a break, but not wanting to let go. 

And in less than two weeks, I’ll have twice as much priceless inconvenience.  So I guess I had better take advantage of all the husband-time, girlfriends-time, and grownup-time while it lasts over the next week.

But I’m sure going to miss her.

Not Cool

Filed under: Pregnancy,Such is Life — Amy @ 1:45 pm

DUDE.  I’M HOT.  And not in that “I feel sexy because I’m pregnant” way.  (BTW, is that for real?  Is there anyone out there who actually feels beautiful and sexy when they’re pregnant?  Because seriously?  I just feel like a cow.  MOO.)

I’m hot because our air conditioner is busted.

Great timing, right?  A holiday weekend, so nobody’s coming out to look at it until Tuesday. 

A holiday weekend, in the now-early-summer Texas weather, when the temperature is in the mid-90’s. 

A holiday weekend during Texas summer when I’m in the late stages of pregnancy so my body temperature is already 10 degrees above everyone else’s. 

A holiday weekend in the Texas summer when I’m uber pregnant, AND WE HAVE COMPANY.

Really, I couldn’t think of a better time for our air conditioner to go kaput.  This is Day 5 and I’m just about ready to look into nearby motels.  Maybe I could just sleep in the movie theatre.  Or Albertsons – they always keep that place at 55 degrees, which is usually why I specifically DON’T shop there.  Not sounding like such a bad idea right about now.

Ice cream and snow cones, anyone?

Pregnancy Makes Me Stupid

Filed under: Pregnancy — Amy @ 1:42 pm

Totally skipped my dentist appointment yesterday.  Even after they called to remind me and I said, “Oh sure, I’ll be there.”  Also forgot to register Kaelin for Parents’ Night Out this Friday, despite – according to him – numerous reminders from Jens.

Although, I must say that I still think I’m doing better than last time.  When I was pregnant with Kaelin I misplaced a data CD at work.  Looked everywhere for it knowing I JUST HAD IT, and eventually gave up.  I found it the next day when I opened the refrigerator to get a snack.

Three weeks to go!

Mothers Day

Filed under: Family,Holidays,Parenting — Amy @ 10:47 am

Well, as luck would have it, most of this Mothers Day is being spent taking care of my sick family.  Kaelin has a cough and a nose that alternates between stuffy, green and runny.  Fortunately, she is less moody today than yesterday, so I’m hoping she’s on the mend.  Jens has been battling a fever and chills for several days now.  I think I’ve seen him for all of 10 minutes today.

My parents were gracious enough to come by yesterday to help us around the house.  My dad helped me assemble a bookcase, took apart the crib, moved it to the nursery, and reassembled it, and did an overhaul on our previously-in-disarray sun room.  It actually looks like a place to hang out now, instead of “that room where we put stuff when we don’t know what to do with it.”  Thanks Dad!

My mom helped out with laundry and ironing, and made Jens some good ol’ fashioned chicken vegetable soup to aid his recovery.  Thanks Mom!

There’s something ironic about the fact that even though I’m 28 years old, my mom is over here on Mothers Day weekend making soup.  I guess that’s one of the cool things about moms.  They never completely grow out of that role smile

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