Sunday, December 7th, 2008
Mia has decided to bypass "rolling over" and go straight to sitting up! Her world is much more exciting from her new point of view. She loves to grab and play with her feet and watch her sister play. We have tried rice cereal, sweet potatoes, and carrots this month; she seems to really like solid foods! And after about a week of getting used to the new sounds at daycare, she seems to have adjusted well to our new routine. She met Santa for the first time and was not scared at all... maybe because Santa kind of looks like my dad??
Anna is thriving at daycare... she plays with her friends at the different learning centers, does art projects, has "duties", and receives cards and ultimately rewards for having good behavior. "School" has been just what she needed, so we are glad to have her learning challenged by her teachers and peers. Anna is full of questions about Santa... especially when she found Santa's secret stash of presents downstairs that he keeps at our house because his house is too small.
Our family has been knocked down most of this month by flus and colds. It got rather interesting when both Jason and I had the flu at the same time, followed by colds at the same time right after that. And today, Mia is the lucky recipient of her first cold. All in all, it's been a pretty tough month adjusting to my return to work. In time, I will be glad to be back at work again, I'm sure. But for now, I'm thankful to have a good support network of fellow working moms and a husband that is right there to help me every step of the way.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
Mia has been a hoot this month. She screeches and yells when things are exciting, and it is so hilarious! She loved music class yesterday and was SO LOUD during some songs- the whole class was laughing!! And we don't bother with toys half the time, because Anna is her number one favorite toy right now. Those two will sit next to each other in the living room for a good 20-30 minutes and just interact.
Anna has been great as well. Our knock 'em down, drag 'em out tantrums are still occuring, but the frequency per week is much less. A twenty minute time out in her bedroom diffuses the situation pretty well, at least for now. She and I have been enjoying our favorite activities... going on walks, shopping, coffee shops, art time, trips to the gym, reading books, going to the library, etc.
I return to work on Monday, and I am pretty anxious about it. I know this is the right decision for our family (and for me personally), but that still won't make the first day back suck any less. I feel lucky to be surrounded by a supportive husband, family and friends. This time off I've had with my kids has been something I've always wanted to do, and I'm grateful we were able to make it happen.
I've added a new webpage called "Photos by Anna". We gave Anna a kid's digital camera when Mia was born, and we have enjoyed the pictures she has taken with it so much that we thought we would share them on our website. It's so interesting to see what is important to a three year old!
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
Check out what's been happening this month!
· Morning walks in the fall are beautiful, but a bit chilly for a baby
· Morning walks at the mall (with a Starbucks in it to boot!) is a better activity
· Library storytime and Sunday School are great experiences
· Becoming minivan owners (again) is very exciting- should I admit that?
· Going to an out-of-town wedding with a baby (and a 3 year old) is not very fun
· Carrying a screaming Anna out of the mall is not very fun either
· Sticker behavior charts have been keeping tantrums in check
· Anna definitely looks tough with her black eye from the gym daycare
· Mia has decided that naps are not cool, but screaming when tired is very cool
· Hanging out on one's side is preferable to rolling over, apparently
· Getting teeth are not in our near future, thank goodness!!!
· The pumpkin farm is one of our favorite fall traditions
· Our music class has been a fantastic way to spend an evening as a family
So, despite Anna's increase in tantrums and Mia's resistance in going to sleep, I still love being home. I have the time to deal with these issues, and we're trying some new things that I think will really work. At the end of the day, I'm exhausted, but I'm not stressed. I'm fulfilled. It's an awesome feeling. I'm going to look back on my time at home with my girls and have great memories, tantrums and all.
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
This month has been bliss. I know it sounds corny, but it's true! The simple things in life are really where it's at:
· scavenger hunts
· "trips" in the treehouse
· blowing bubbles
· morning walks
· the library
· story time
· "I spy"
· playing with flour
· art projects, art projects, art projects
· the park
· movie nights
· tents and forts
· family trips for ice cream
Mia is becoming more alert and loves to watch Anna play. She giggles and vocalizes a ton, especially for Jason. We have enjoyed how she responds to us with her many different facial expressions; it's neat to see her little personality emerge! Drooling is an every day event, so we're wondering if a tooth will come in soon.
Anna is also doing well, if you don't count her once a week, hefty tantrums. Somersaults and spinning, prefaced by "watch this, watch this!" have dominated our household since the Olympics. She really enjoys talking to people on the phone and coming along with me to the gym.
We have another month until Jason gets busy with opera and another two-ish months until I go back to work. I'm trying to take it all in and appreciate our abundant amounts of family time by taking tons of pictures. Life is going by so fast!
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
"You can't put a price on being at home with your kids". HA!
The unexpected PRICE on our maternity leave thus far has been... an auto repair, a garbage disposal, a dehumidifier (after losing a mattress, books, etc. in the flooding), a root canal, a cavity, a new used TV that broke, and... today, a $315 ticket for not obeying the "Move Over Law". Are you kidding me? We are the murphy's law example of anything and everything that could go wrong when you are on one income! But it's only money, right? That still doesn't stop us from looking forward to having two incomes again!
All crazy money stuff aside, it really is pretty awesome to have this time at home. I feel very lucky that we were able to do it. This month I am starting to feel like a real person again, so the girls and I are having a lot of fun. We take nature walks every morning that we don't have a playdate, and a favorite outing is to our local coffee shop. A lot of afternoons we don't leave the house. I have never felt more complete and happy in my whole life, and although I very much love and miss my identity as a teacher, I am cherishing every moment I have at home with my two little girls.
Speaking of the girls... they are great. Mia is now (to our shock) sleeping through the night consistently, smiling, vocalizing and has even let out a few giggles this week. She looks like she could roll over soon, which makes me selfishly wish she would stay little a while longer. Anna's favorite things to do are to speak in song, get CLOSE to her sister (think "bonked heads"), and put names to shapes of clouds and poop (um, yes, we did have some flower and plane poopies last week). Her favorite author right now is Dr. Suess. So, fun, fun, fun. Life is FUN right now.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
When I look back on the last four weeks, I can't believe everything that we have done. It's no wonder that we are all so tired! This month, I don't think I'll be able to write a coherent paragraph, so here's a bullet summary:
· Mia slept through the night last night at 8 weeks old! Yay!
· Mia smiled for the first time at 5 weeks! Anna gets her to smile every day.
· Mia has lost all the hair on the top of her head... now it's our turn to smile!!
· Mia was baptized on Sunday and it was a memorable and special time for us.
· Auntie Abby came home from Africa for 3 weeks to meet Mia.
· Auntie Abby taught Anna to make farting noises with her arm. Ugh!
· We spent an enjoyable vacation up north at Uncle Gene's cottage.
· We are not big fans of rain, garbage disposals, and ROOT CANALS.
· I can't decide whether to like or hate my personal trainer.
· Life with two kids is so much fun! And more hard work than I've ever known!!
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Mia is one month old today! Our month has been filled with visitors, doctor's visits, and lots of quality family time. We have been lucky enough to have Jason home with us for three weeks and my mom with us for one week. The first day with just me and the girls is today and although I feel prepared, I think I might feel a little lonely! Anna has been adjusting to having a sister, with some days harder for her than others. Consistency, schedules, and special time with her have helped. Mia is a calm, relaxed, and happy baby who will sleep through just about anything and loves to cuddle. She wakes up about twice a night; yesterday she slept about five hours straight, which was pretty exciting. She had a slight problem gaining weight this month, but we are on track now. Two kids is definitely hard, but the overwhelming feeling we have is that of contentment. We feel like a complete family and can't wait to see what's in store for the years to come.
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
We are now a family of four! Mia Rae Melik joined us on May 20th at 9:50 a.m. She weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and was 21 inches long. The c-section went really well... there were no complications with me or Mia! Mia did not need any NICU time and I had no problems with the placenta previa. Knowing that we have closure on a stressful pregnancy is a feeling so wonderful that it cannot even be described. We feel blessed, at peace, and happy.
Anna is doing okay with the new addition. She loves to help out with the baby. She is gentle and loving with Mia; she loves to hold her and help us with anything to do with her. She does have another side to her that has been acting out to get our attention, so that has been difficult. Wow... parenting with two children is definitely a challenge!
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Today we had an amniocentesis and we received the news that the baby's lungs are not mature. However, they are very close to being mature, so a c-section was scheduled for early next week, barring any complications with my condition before then.
We're excited to know an "end date", disappointed with not having a baby this week, and pretty worried about what could happen in the days before the c-section. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
Everything has been going well here at home, but we're all starting to run on empty. Our friends and family have been helping us out so much lately. Grandma Melik and Grandma Stepaniak have been here almost every night for the last two weeks, taking care of Anna while Jason has opera and making us food. My colleagues have come together and provided little surprises for me every day for the last three weeks, which have included much appreciated dinners, lunches, pampering items, gifts for Anna, and gifts for baby. We can see "the end"... Jason's opera is over TODAY, and our c-section has been scheduled (with an amnio the day before- EEK!). We may also be starting my leave early... the cramping, infections, and pain continue to be quite bothersome, and I would like to have a week to get better and rest for the big day... but I am regretful to leave the students and job that I love so much. We'll see, but I have a feeling baby (and husband) will win out on this one. Anna continues to provide us much needed laughs... her latest is that she tells everyone "the door will open and the baby will come out". Hey, that's good enough for me!
In case you were wondering, my dad lost the election for mayor, but I have never respected him more for running an honorable and clean campaign. Being able to face family and friends with dignity and say that you are proud of the way you acted, I feel, is better than a win. It doesn't matter whether you win or lose... it's how you play the game. What a life lesson I have learned from my dad.
Friday, March 28th, 2008
It's hard to find an adjective to describe this month. Traumatic? Surprising? Interesting? We'll let you decide.
We had "one of those weeks" with Anna in the middle of the month. I was the recipient of the worst and longest tantrum yet, carrying a kicking and screaming little girl out of daycare. The next day, our wonderful child decided not to listen to her teachers and jumped off a stool, hitting the corner of a cubby on her way down. Jason got "the call" and when the day ended, we had been to the pediatrician, urgent care, and finally Children's Hospital, where we left at 9 p.m. with two stitches on the top of her head. The next day, she was very quiet, so we naturally assumed she was very regretful of her actions. Nope! Turns out she would have a 102 degree fever for the next five days.
The following week we received the news that my placenta previa is here to stay for the remainder of my pregnancy, meaning that I'll have a c-section at 36 weeks, with non-stress tests twice a week starting shortly. My restrictions have also increased, with the possibility of hospital bed rest if I don't take it easy. We've been through a range of emotions with this news, but I think we've come full circle now. We are happy that the doctors are taking precautions to make sure the baby arrives healthy and at the right time and, most importantly, that nothing at all is wrong with the baby. In fact, the baby is measuring on the bigger side, which is helpful for my early delivery. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for the next six weeks.
Spring break came at the right time, as my nesting has apparently gone into overdrive. All baby gear is up from the basement and cleaned, toys are out, and bottles are cleaned and in the cupboard. Anna has been a great help, with both calming me down and helping us get ready for the new arrival. There's nothing like having a quirky little 3 year old around the house to make us forget about being anxious! Jason has been my rock. I'm not quite sure how he manages to keep our household running without complaining... he literally does every single thing right now... although he did say that when he plays his video games, he imagines all the bad guys are pregnant Amy's! Hmm.
Monday, February 25th, 2008
Anna has been a riot this month. She is starting to use her imagination when she plays, and it is so hilarious. Some days, we have to hide from tigers and bears, and other days, we go on bus rides to the zoo, Starbucks, or McDonald's. She also pretends to carry around this pretend mug of "coffee" and then when we play school, it's complete with story time and fire drills! She recently started going poopy on the potty and now wears big girl underwear; I can't even tell you how exciting those two things are! We're about 50/50 on naps and not there yet overnight, but I'm sure that will come eventually.
After a fifth round of the same infection last week, the doctor has decided to put me on medication for the remainder of my pregnancy. I'm hopeful and optimistic that this will help me to feel better. Anna gives my belly kisses and tickles and talks about her sibling all the time, which is so endearing. And Jason just felt the baby move over the weekend, so we're all starting to feel like this pregnancy is for real. It's hard to believe that we'll soon be a family of four!
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
This month has been rather exciting! Anna turned three on the 18th, and with that she moved into her big girl room. She loves her twin bed and the fact that some toys are now in her room. We've also been having some success with potty training... I'd say we are about 80% there right now. And we had our big ultrasound last week and were able to to find out if we're having a boy or a girl! We will share that information with you if you call or email us!!
We've had an exciting month in a not so good way. I've had a few infections that, with placenta previa, put me on bedrest for about a week around Anna's birthday. I'm back to work (with restrictions), and am starting to feel better, so hopefully we'll have a less exciting month of February!