Archives for the month of: August, 2016

warning – this is a long one.
Ah, sitting down to blog at long last! I think it’s been close to a month since I last posted. Which I am sure no one missed it as much as I did. Haha. πŸ˜‰ We have been really really busy. There for awhile I hadn’t had a single day at home for over a week. So what have we been so busy doing? Enjoying these last weeks of summer! Visisting family and friends and spending time outside. 

About 3 weeks ago I told Tru one evening at supper that there is a train place and we woud take him sometime. He is really in love with trains at the moment and has been playing for hours every day with his new (used) trains and tracks. Anyway, he wanted to go right then so I told him we would go that weekend. That resulted in him asking me first thing every morning “We go see trains?” and me telling him not today or tomorrow but the next day when daddy is home. Tru absolutely loved going! He was so excited. Levi was rather ho hum about the whole experience but he did enjoy coloring and playing with toys there. Tru cried and cried when it was time to leave and refused to walk another step away from the building. I guess he thought he was just going to live there. 

The following weekend we decided on a whim to take the boys to the zoo one saturday morning. It rained off and on all day but the rain was a welcome relief from the heat. We didn’t make it all the way through the zoo before the boys got too tired and started fussing but we got to see most of the animals that Tru kept asking to look at. He really loved the monkeys, bears, lions and fish. Actually, I think he liked the aquarium better than the actual fish. πŸ˜‰ We all got to touch a snake which the boys thought was pretty cool. Levi loved pointing to the animals and telling us what they were. He’s pretty smart. πŸ˜‰

The day after the zoo was DH’s yearly work picnic. They always have it at an amusement park and this was the first year that the boys could really enjoy being there. They were thrilled to go on so many rides and kept going on them over and over. DH took Tru on a small roller coaster. The mom in me was screaming NO!! Actually, I was pretty much telling him it was a bad idea the whole time they were in line. When the ride was over I saw that Tru wasn’t crying so I was relieved but DH said Tru did scream on the drops but liked the rest of it. After those 2 long days, we were frazzeled! 

I have been working out about 4 days a week but last week I only got to go twice because I was running in so many different directions all week. Then Tru came down with a fever for a few hours one night and the boys had runny noses so we stayed home that day. As soon as that was over with, I got a UTI. 😦 It’s gone now but the pain is still there due to Intercystial Cystitis which I’ve had for years. It goes away mostly a few months into my pregnancies and stays pretty much gone for a good while afterwards but it’s coming back. 😦 And unfortunately, the same seems to be true of endometriosis. The last few months have been increasinglly painful and I’m not sure what to do. In the days before having kids and getting some relief, I would have to take percoset during my period because the pain left me absolutely non functional. At times the pain was so bad that I could not move. Truely, could not. I do not want to get to that point ever ever again. I’ve heard of women having temporary relief using Lupron so I don’t know…. I have a gyno appointment soon so maybe we can talk options then…. 

But back to what I was saying about going to the gym… So, I love it and want to work out as often as possible because it just makes me feel so good! Truth is, I started going because I wanted to lose weigh and get toned. I have gotten alot more toned, although I still have a way to go, but I’ve actually gained weight. But whatever. It is pretty challenging getting to the gym 4 days a week though so I think I’m going to save up for the next while and get myself some equipement to use at home. I’m thinking I’d like to get an elliptical first. Then a treadmill. A row machine and a recumbent bike. To keep things interesting. Of course, it’s going to be a long time before I can buy all that so I’m glad I have this membership and my 2 workout buddies in the meantime. πŸ™‚ 

And one last story… The boys were taking a bath the other night and Tru had to get out to use the toilet. I got him back in and a few minutes later he started screaming in this terrified voice “Poop balls!!!! Poop balls!!!” I assumed maybe he hadn’t gotten everything out before I put him back in the tub, but then I started seeing it everywhere! Tru jumped out crying and trying to call Aunt Mia on his toy phone. Levi sat there blissfully playing in the water, unfazed by the poop floating everywhere. I lifted him up and sure enough, he was the culprit. It was not one of my most glamorous mom moments to be trying to squish poop down the drain so I could clean out the tub. And then the kids. And then the floor where Tru had dripped poop water everywhere in his haste to get away from the whole mess. Sometimes all you can do is laugh. πŸ™‚

Truett loves to push the cart and help me shop. He does really well with it too!

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Brother love. They both wanted to sit in one seat of their double stroller together at the zoo.

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When Tru was sick he wanted me to take him to the Dr. So I told him I would be his Dr.

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Waiting for big brother to get done with his ride.

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DH and I finally took that overnight anniversary trip we had been planning for awhile. I was so nervous about leaving. (Actually, off topic but I seem to be still having a little leftover PPA. Although, this long after having a baby, can it really be called *postpartum* anymore?) Anyway, it was my first night away from Levi and I was pretty worried he would be inconsolable since he’s had bad separation anxiety when I leave him, even at my mom’s house, the last month+. As it turned out, he was fine. My sisters stayed at our house with the boys so Levi hardly noticed we were gone. I don’t think he even cried but…. I did. I knew Tru wouldn’t mind us being gone. He thoroughly enjoyed having company for a sleepover. πŸ˜‰

We ended up really having fun though and eventually I relaxed. For part of the time we had no cell service so I just had to let it go. It actually made things easier for me. It’s a few hours drive to where we stayed so we stopped midway for steak dinner. When we got to the hotel we changed to swimwear and sat in the hot tub for quite awhile. It was late by then since we had to leave home so late after church etc. The next morning we went canoeing on a 7 mile adventure. Took almost 3 hours and we learned that canoeing takes team work! I paddle a lot harder than DH. Which made me think about how that’s true of real life…. It takes team work. And sometimes one of us is working harder than the other but it all evens out in the end as long as we stay in the canoe (Jesus). Deep thoughts….. πŸ˜‰

We ate lunch when the canoe adventure was over and went hiking through some gorgeous trails for awhile. Our one shared hobby! It has been so hot lately but thankfully there was a mild breeze and it was bearable on the water and in the woods. We didn’t stay too late because of our long drive back but we stopped for ice cream along the way. By the end of our trip I was wishing we could stay another night, it seemed so short. But I was thrilled to get back to my babies. Tru told me over and over “I miss you!” and wanted to be held for awhile. Predictably, I got Levi in my arms and he said “boo” and pointed to my chest like always. πŸ˜‰ Silly baby!

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2 little sweet leggies!!

Last wed I took Levi to get his stitches out after having them in for a week. It was just as traumatic for him as getting them in, unfortunately. As soon as we got in the room – the very same room – he got very nervous and clingy. Once we laid him down on the table he stuck his bottom lip out trying not to cry but when the Dr walked over, Levi lost it. I had to hold his arms down and lean over across his body to hold him still and a nurse held his head. It should have taken a few seconds but because of his chin moving so much from the screaming, it took much longer. When it was finally over, the nurse said “Somebody is going to need a nap!” and the Dr said “Yes, I am.” I kept myself together this time because I knew Levi wasn’t hurting and was *just* scared.

The next day, we went to get his cast off. I was so excited to see his leg again, I just could hardly wait! Levi was very nervous when he realized we were at another Dr office. :/ Once the nurse started sawing the cast off, Levi started crying. But it didn’t take long thankfully. He was pointing at the door and asking to go “buh-bye” after that. The Dr said his knee and ankle would be sore for awhile and it might take him some time to walk properly again.

When I first set Levi down to let him try standing, he kept bending his leg like the cast had held it for 3 weeks. At first his walking was sideways and he was basically dragging his leg. I see a lot of improvement now but he is still walking on the inside of his foot with it turned outwards. Time….

I couldn’t believe that his calf muscle had shrunk in just 3 weeks! Noticeably. Goes to show how quickly we lose muscle when we can’t be as active. He also had a really bad blister on his heel from the splint that was trying to heal up in the cast. Within days of getting the cast off it just looks wayyyyy better.

So glad to have that ordeal over with. πŸ™‚ Tru is still convinced he got left out though. He told me that next time it’s his turn to get a cast. I hope there is no next time!

Wow!! I am embarrassingly behind on this little dude’s update. :/ It just seems like he is growing so much and there is all this new stuff to post on him but as soon as I sit down to write, I forget. Ah, life….

Probably my favorite part about this age is the stuff Tru says. He’s hilarious! And not just because he announces every time “I fartses” and “I poop balls”. He came up to me the other morning and touched my hair and said “You hair is great!”

Tru is an awesome compliment giver and is good about saying sorry unprompted. He is always telling me “Hey! Good job, mom!” when I do anything he appreciates, even stuff like getting him a drink or coloring with him. He loves to give and get hugs. Especially when Levi hugs him, that’s extra special. He says “Baby wuvs me!” I was babysitting a few weeks ago and Tru said “Mommy, I wuv Noah! Baby, you wuv Noah?” He still mostly calls Levi “baby” or “Vevi”.Β 

Unfortunately, Tru has the bad habit of biting his finger AND toe nails. I haven’t cut his nails in months because he always has them chewed down to the quick. Occasionally he has bit his toe nails so far down that they’ve bled a bit. :/ He seems to mostly do it at night after we put him to bed so it’s hard to stop him. I noticed the other day that he calls his finger nails “finger snails”. And the moon in crescent phase? It looks like a finger snail. Tru loves the moon and keeps close track of it while we are driving at night. He will ask “where moon go?” every time we go around a curve or turn and he loses sight of it for a minute.Β 

It’s so great now that I can pick Tru’s clothes out for the day and he dresses himself (usually the right way) and gets his shoes when we are getting ready to go and puts them on. Actually, he’s been able to do this stuff for a solid year at least but not as consistently as he does now. He even brings me MY shoes now when he is ready to go. πŸ˜‰ Tru loves going places and begs to go to Granmoms” all the time. A lot of mornings he will ask me “we go bye-bye?” when I go to get him out of bed. He loves going to play with the kids in the gym child care. He also asks to see his cousin and to go to his “other house” which I’m pretty sure is DH’s parents house. I think he calls it that because DH’s sister’s family had to live there temporarily while they were moving and Tru figured out that his cousins had an “other house” so he thinks that’s his place too. πŸ˜‰

We are still struggling with this refusal to eat much. But, I’m just taking it bit by bit and trying to be firm but patient. Tru has been out of his highchair and sitting at the table at mealtime for several months but I brought it back out and have started buckling him in so he at least doesn’t get distracted and walk away while he is supposed to be eating. I really think it’s working better as he ate a good breakfast and a better lunch than he had been. I don’t really like for him to know that it’s frustrating me so I try to not press the issue. But I do repeatedly encourage him to take bites and bribe him a little bit with TV time etc. We’ve cut wayyyy back on TV time and have let him watch almost none for the last month because I don’t like the side it brings out in Tru. It seems like tantrums are worse and more frequent the more TV he watches. Which is likely the fault of the programs he enjoys as they are so darn hyperactive and loud. I do admit that sometimes its nice to use TV as a babysitter while I clean, but its just not worth it anymore at all!! (And Levi doesn’t like TV whatsoever so it never distracts him anyway.) I’ve been getting Tru to actually sit down with books for at least a short bit. He reads out loud to himself and points out all the letters, numbers, shapes and objects that he knows. And that makes me super happy!

Tru is very stubborn. I can’t fault him for it because he gets it from me. And DH. Poor kid, he has a double dose. πŸ˜‰ It’s not a bad thing though really!! I try to just tell myself that this is such a great trait if it is carefully cultivated. I’m glad he’s stubborn! That determination can go a long way in life. But right now, it can be a huge struggle. That said, while we still have some days that are fraught with fit after fit after screaming fit, explaining things to Tru and calming him down is getting easier. I’ve found that the best way to get him to behave is to use time outs in his bed. I was surprised that this worked best for him but everyone responds differently and time out calms him down quickly. When I go to get him up he often tells me “I be happy” and he usually is, at least for awhile. Sometimes when he’s crying he will wipe his eyes and tell me “I want be happy!!!” repeatedly. I feel for him because I know sometimes you don’t want to be upset but it just feels like your emotions are out of control. Poor little guy. It is ridiculously cute though when he says that. πŸ˜‰

Tru is super obsessed with making sure everything has working batteries. He gets the whole concept of opening panels with a screwdriver to change batteries. He is definitely a techy kind of guy because his favorite ever games to play on cell phones are….. message (entering numbers and letters on a text message) and numbers (calculator). Forget candy crush, people! Just let me play with your calculator!!

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Gloves make great monkey feet! Tru wore these gloves on his feet for hours.

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Pre hair cut a few weeks ago

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Cause sometimes you are just too cool

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Trying out his new car seat. He sat in it for about an hour and didn't want out. He loves the cup holder and pockets.

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Tru loves pointing out everything he recognizes in his books

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Partners in crime after coloring the whole porch in sidewalk chalk πŸ˜‰

Dear God, thank You for all of the blessings you have poured out on Tru’s life. For all the fun things he does and says and for blessing me with the very special gift of being his mommy. Please watch over him and continue to keep him safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A few months after I fully healed from my section after having Tru, I never had any pain around the scar area. Aside from a bit of pulling etc while I was pregnant with Levi. But a few days ago my scar started aching on the inside. More on one side than the other but there is very mild pain all the way across. This morning I rolled over in bed and felt a massive burning pain, almost like something tore. It’s very sore inside and hurts even when I’m not moving and so much worse if I cause those muscles to do any work. Feels like I just had the surgery a week ago. I’m sure it’s probably just a pulled muscle or something but it really feels like the scar is coming apart inside. Is that a thing? Can that actually happen? Google yielded a bunch of stories from women who were still recently postpartum but my scar is almost 3 years old! I have my annual check up with my new Gyno in 2 weeks so I can ask him then but in the meantime, just wondered if this is something common that other moms have experienced and just don’t really talk about much. I know only a few c section moms IRL, oddly enough so I’m reaching out on here.

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