Thursday, April 30, 2009

Black Eye


Izzie's first black eye.


Izzie tripped over a toy and hit her eye (or right under it) on the coffee table. We iced it right away. Paci and bear made it feel a bit better. We gave her some tylenol and she cuddled with Momma for about 20 minutes. Maddie seemed to intuitavely understand that Izzie was hurt and needed Momma without her bothering us. We told her that sissy was okay, but that she got hurt. When Izzie started to feel better she ran over to Maddie. Maddie laughed at her! and tried to touch the booboo. I told Maddie that it hurt sissy, and please don't touch. She then gave sissy a kiss on her booboo! It was cute. My poor little baby...

Kisses


Isabelle and Madeline sharing a kiss.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Big Girls

I was just noticing how big the girls are. I went back and looked at a picture taken a year ago.


Maddie and Izzie a year ago.


Izzie and maddie a few days ago.

Park play


Izzie on the train.


Maddie running around the train.


Izzie playing peekaboo.


Maddie playing peekaboo!

Despite the weather report, I took the girls to the park this morning. It was overcast and very gloomy. The sky felt like it could fall any moment. But the girls have been stuck indoor for several days now and were going stir-crazy. So, we loaded up and headed to the park. They had so much fun and it wasn't crowded at all! When we were unloading into the stroller it looked like there were several kids, but they left as we got there. Then there was only one other mom with her two children. Maddie and Izzie had fun running around in large circles, climbing all over the train and playing peekaboo with me. We managed to miss the rain! We did come home before my planned picnic because I didn't want to push matters.

The teething continues. Or at least that is what I'm attributing this current behavior too. Both girls started hitting me this morning. I had to put them both in time out, which they didn't like. Well, Izzie had already been in time out once this morning for playing on my computer. I put her in time out, where she didn't care, then when I let her up she went right back to the computer. So frustrating. Then that's when the hitting Momma started. Both of the girls. So, back in time out for both of them. They didn't like it at all. When Izzie got up, she gave me a hug and went off to play. Maddie gave me a kiss and then hit me again. So, back in time out. After time out this time, she gave me big hugs and kisses and then finally went off to play with Izzie. We are in a new phase, and as you can tell, I'm really trying to get a grasp. The change seemed to happen overnight, so I'm still reeling from the shock.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Farm sounds


Walking in our wagon after dinner. (Maddie & Izzie)

The girls have been working on their farm animal sounds. Maddie especially is really great at matching a sound with an animal. She knows that a cow says moo, a duck says quack, a horse says neigh. She also thinks that a chicken says quack and a goat says moo, but we are working on those. Izzie knows a cow says moo and then she'll repeat the others after you say them for her. The problem is, Maddie usually answers first and doesn't give Izzie a chance to talk. We were practicing our animal sounds in the bathtub this evening. Which was impressive since we didn't even have any animals to look at. They do have a blue hippo that floats in the water. On the hippo's belly is a plastic bump. Both girls think this is the hippo's belly button. It's so cute. Every bath night they have to check and make sure the hippo still has it's belly button.

Today has been a super long day. I had a dentist appointment this morning, with a new dentist. Yippee, another cavity. I never had a cavity before the girls. And a second opinion that my wisdom tooth does need to come out. I want to ignore that. I've done really good at ignoring it the past six months. I also went to have a stress test done on my heart, since my chest has been bugging me the past couple of weeks. No results yet, doc will call on Friday.

Mom was great and watched the girls all day long. They had plenty of fun playing with and reading books with Nana today.

Monday, April 27, 2009

More teeth are on the horizon


Maddie and Izzie taking a bath.

Today is another pajama day. I've taken to turning most rainy days into pajama days, it just seems fitting. Both girls are teething, so the past few days have been rough. Luckily for me though, they seem to take turns on who is the crankiest each day. It's really strange. Saturday was all Maddie, Sunday Izzie was a cranky goblin and today it's Maddie all over again. Izzie's been playing quite contently, but Maddie is just super needy and whiny.

Both girls climbed into their toy box this morning and got stuck. They cries that issued forth should have brought the neighbors running. They weren't hurt (the toy box doesn't even have a lid) they just couldn't get out and they were MAD. I rescued them, but they didn't want to stay in the pit after that at all. So I didn't get my morning "me" time. Which of course makes me cranky, but I'll get over it. We made another pillow mountain in the living room, but it didn't go over well today. They are both carrying around wooden spoons that I gave them. I pulled out some pots and pans and they had fun "making dinner" for about 5 minutes. Right now, they are watching their Signing Times video. Nana is coming over sometime soon (I hope.)

The girls have decided that outside is more fun that inside. Before anywhere where they weren't was more fun. For instance if we were inside and I asked them if they wanted to go outside, they got super excited and ran for the door. Then when we were outside and it was time to go in, I asked them if they were ready to go inside and they got super excited and ran for the door. Now though, they've decided that outside is fun, and inside is boring. Yesterday it was really hard to get them back inside after playing. It was so convenient before, and now it's hard. I get one girl inside, but then she runs back outside while I'm getting the second girl. Repeat. Unless I pick them up and carry them inside (while trying to open the backdoor) it's just a loop. This is NOT cool to me. I'm trying very hard to teach them to be independent. I make them walk to the car, I make them walk up the stairs, I am currently teaching them to go down the stairs.

I know if I had one baby, I'd take this carrying/coddling stage a whole lot further. With two, I just can't. They are getting heavy. I can't carry them together as easily anymore. I refuse to have more work for me. (ie. carry one girl to the car, go back get the other girl. Or carry one upstairs, go back down carry the second.) No way. They are big and they can walk. So now it's all about listening. I've got to get them to go in when I say so. I know everyone is laughing at me right now. Get a toddler to listen, she must be crazy, you are thinking. I know. I have lofty aspirations. I don't believe in bribes (for the most part, exceptions can be made.) So that makes life even more difficult. I'll figure it out. It's just a new stage.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shop til you drop

This morning was a shopping day for me. John was a sweetheart and watched the girls all morning. I went to Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, Hancock Fabrics and Kohl's. I can't believe four stores in one morning, I haven't done that since before the girls were born. I only went to Big Lots because it's right between Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. I actually scored a really cool outdoor picnic blanket that zips up into a portable bag. I bought some awesome fabric to make more clothes for the girls. I love homemade toddler dresses. I cannot get enough of them. I actually was able to finish one dress during naptime today. It was a simple pattern, but very cute.

This afternoon John and I took the girls to another local park to try out. It wasn't as cool as some we've been to, but it wasn't bad. The girls liked that they could climb on the slide themselves. Maddie really likes the slide. There was a birthday party going on at the park too, so we didn't stay too long.


Maddie, Izzie and Daddy.


Maddie


Izzie


Maddie is obsessed with climbing IN anything that might hold her. Baskets, buckets, wagons, boxes, you name it. Izzie usually follows suit, but just as a copy cat. The climbing in thing is ALL Maddie.


Izzie reading a book.

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF


Izzie and Maddie seeing Lucy.


John finally got a chance to hold Lucy for about 2 minutes.


These dresses were made by Popo's mom, Clara. She did an absolutely amazing job! I love the criss-cross back and the bloomers are adorable. You'd never know they are handmade they are so perfect.


She even embrodered the girls names on the front. She paid attention to detail and gave Maddie purple buttons and Izzie pink ones! (Maddie)


Izzie.
Today was the end to a very long exhausting week. So many things were going on. The top being Lucy's birth. Also this week I had to take my cat Travis to the vet. He dropped a lot of weight very quickly and I was concerned. The vet got back with me today and said his white blood count is elevated. He is going to go on antibiotics and hopefully that will clear everything up. We will approach it one step at a time.

I had to go into the doctor today. My heart has been skipping a beat here and there when I work out. I wanted to get it checked out before continuing more exercise. I had an EKG this morning and it showed some heart palpitations. The doctor isn't too worried, apparently that is very common. We are following it up with some blood work and a stress test on Tuesday. Until then, no exercise. I wasn't going to mention it, but somehow word travels. I just want to let everyone know that I'm feeling fine and no too worried. Like my kitty, we'll take it one step at a time.

We went up to the hospital to visit Dana, Cody and Lucy one more time before they get discharged to go home. Since they live about 2 hours away from us, it isn't easy to just stop by for a visit. So, I wanted to get as many cuddles in with Lucy as I could. She's looking as sweet as can be. John got to hold her and I got to give her a bottle. The girls were a lot better around her today. I guess they realized I didn't take her home last time so they didn't have to worry!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Visiting Cousin Lucy

I took the girls to the hospital to visit their cousin Lucy for the first time. This was Izzie and Maddie's first time to see a baby so small. When they saw her they stared in amazement at the wiggly baby doll that Grandma was holding. They both starting signing the word "doll." I handed them their dolls and they carried them around the room for a bit. After investigating the room, they both checked out Grandma holding Lucy. Izzie didn't want anything to do with her, but Maddie climbed up beside Grandma and rocked her baby while Grandma rocked Lucy.

When I held Lucy they both got a bit jealous with Izzie getting pretty upset. It was time for Lucy to get some tests done, so I walked the girls down to see Dr. Watkins who delivered all the babies in our family. She hadn't seen them since they were just a few months old, so it was fun for her to see them again. Then I went to visit a bit more with Dana. We took some pictures of Lucy and then I fed the girls lunch. On the way home they fell asleep in the car almost immediately. They were so sleepy when we got home I tried putting them up in their cribs. They haven't gone back to sleep but they are playing and talking quietly.


Maddie, Grandma and Lucy


The girls had to make sure that Grandma had TWO babies. That is what they are used to. They let her hold one of their babies.


Izzie and Maddie see Lucy for the first time.


Precious baby Lucy Jane.

Little Lucy Jane


Lucy Jane Klement born 4/22/09 @ 2:46pm 8lbs 0oz 19.5"


Proud Aunt Amanda holding Lucy for the first time.


A super sweet picture of Momma and Baby. I love this picture.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby Klement has Arrived!


Dana and Me before baby was born.


The grandparents: Jackie, Dale (back in the corner), Charlotte, and Tom


The Grandma's: Jackie and Charlotte


The proud Dad to be: Cody.


Mother and Daughters: Jackie, Dana and Julie


Sammy was waiting for his cousin to arrive.


Nanny was on pins and needles. Tom, enjoying a bite to eat during the wait.


Dana's Big Brother John (and my super sweet hubby) and Jackie. (Dale peeping in the back)

Today was a fun day full of anticipation. Dana arrived at the hospital at 5 am to be induced for labor. I arrived at around 10 am. I was very excited to spend a lot of time visiting with Dana. Once she got her epi (before I arrived) she wasn't feeling any pain. We all had fun watching the monitors and telling her when she was having a contraction. Around noon her baby's heart rate dipped a bit and they gave Dana some oxygen to help the baby get more oxygen too. Nothing really to worry about, things were moving along well. It was then decided by Dr. Watkins about an hour later that the baby was in the wrong position and having difficulties with the contractions. They decided a c-section would be the safest way to get baby here. I'm happy to announce that Dana delivered a very healthy baby at 2:46 pm that weighed 8 lbs 0 oz and measured 19.5 inches long. I'm sorry to keep everyone in suspense, but I forgot to ask Dana and Cody if it was okay to announce on my blog the sex and name. So, for now no pictures, sex or name until I get permission. I'll update as soon as I get the green light!

So, what were Maddie and Izzie doing all day long while I was at the hospital? They were having a fun day with Nana and Popo of course! My mom came early in the morning to take care of the girls and I left to go to the hospital. Popo came around lunch time to play. The girls decided to throw caution to the wind and try out a new schedule for Nana and Popo. The finagaled away to get individual play time. Maddie decided she was sleepy at 11 am (which NEVER happens) and took a nap, leaving Izzie free to spend time with my mom and Chris. Then when Maddie woke up, Izzie decided it was her naptime. Great strategy for the girls. My poor mom was worn out, since she didn't get a break! (That's why I look forward to naptime every day.) They had a blast, I still haven't heard all of what they did today. I'm sure the girls will give me more details of their day tomorrow.

One last pregnancy pic


(Dana and Me)

Baby Klement will be born today! Dana went in the hospital about 2 hours ago. I'll be joining the family a bit later this morning. As soon as Nana comes to watch Maddie and Izzie. I'm so excited I couldn't sleep last night. I love babies and pregnancies. I love all the excitement and anticipation. Not to mention all of the ooh's and awes after the baby makes their arrival!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Moment in Time

This afternoon after lunch, we went outside in the backyard (I really need to get some outside toys for the girls!) But they love running around and climbing on the chaise lounge. I took a book outside to read while they were playing. Maddie came up to me crawled in my lap gave me the biggest hug and kiss and then ran off to play some more. It was melt my heart, turn my insides to mush sweet. Those are the moments.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Visit from Mema, Pepaw, Mary and Trudy

Yesterday, my Mema, Pepaw, Aunt Mary and Aunt Trudy came to Dallas for a visit. Mary and Trudy are from Alabama and they were in Texas visiting Mema and Pepaw. Aunt Mary is Mema's sister and Trudy is her Sister-in-Law. We went over to my Mom's house for dinner last night and got to visit for a while. Of course, at 6:45 pm we packed up and went home to take the girls to bed. (I know, I'm such a stickler to the schedule!) When I got home I was planning on going to the gym. But then I decided I wasn't finished visiting! Instead of the gym, I went back over to Mom's house and joined in the visit. Mema played with my hair for about an hour which I loved. I got to be the "grandbaby" again! Mary and Trudy followed me home and spent the night at my house.

This morning we all got up and met up for breakfast. It used to be this little place called L&L's but apparently it got bought out and has a new name. The same menu though (with some new interpretations on the food.) The girls had a grand ole time mostly watching another little boy that was there. They were very patient since it took close to an hour to get our breakfast order! After breakfast we went next door to this little shop/coffee shop/antique store. Mema and Pepaw bought Maddie and Izzie a stuffed dog and cat. Then Mary picked up a dog that looked like Ripley (our dog.) Maddie started hugging it and kissing it! Then Izzie wanted one. Mary decided she wanted to get the stuffed animals for Maddie and Izzie, but Maddie wouldn't let go long enough to let her pay for it. It was really cute.

Also, I finally finished the dresses I've been working on for the girls. They got to model them today. I love the way they look on them!

Then we we came back home for a bit to visit for a little longer until it was time for them to hit the road. It was a very busy morning with lots of fun and excitment.


Aunt Mary reading Maddie a book last night.


Mary and Maddie, Izzie and Trudy.


Izzie and Trudy.


Mema and Maddie


Mary, Me and Trudy.


Izzie, Maddie, Mary, Trudy and Mema.


Mema, Pepaw, Chris and Nana


Happy 16 Months girls! Here are the dresses that I've been working on! I finished them up and they came out so cute. Maddie and Izzie.


This is what the back looks like (Maddie)


Izzie and Maddie running in the yard.


I love this photo! I wish the sun wasn't quite so bright. It's just so hard to get them together these days, you have to take what you get.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Letter to Dana

Dana,

I know you are so tired of people telling you that they are so excited and wondering if you are having any labor, etc. But we just can't help ourselves! I am so excited for you! I keep waiting for my phone to ring. It's so thrilling knowing your life is about to change forever. I mean, you know that, you are preparing for it, but you won't REALLY know it until you hold your little precious baby in your arms. It's the most special feeling in the whole world. When you look your baby in the eyes and realize that he/she was the baby you were already loving for the past nine months a feeling of pure joy washes over you. Right now you don't know much about your baby. You don't know if it's a girl or a boy. Will s/he have blue eyes? brown or green? Will s/he have curly brown hair like yours or blonde like her daddy? The amazing thing is how much it doesn't matter, it will be love at first sight.

Take lots of pictures those first couple months. They grow so much faster than you think. You will be so sleepy that you won't remember much. Write everything down and take as many pictures as your computer will hold. (John had to upgrade my hard drive since I filled it up after a few months!)

Enjoy your last few nights together as a couple. Even though you are already a mom (you've been taking care of your baby for 9 months) it'll all be so different once your bundle of joy enters the house. I know you've probably been trying to picture how s/he will look in the crib or laying on a blanket in the living room. How much fun it will be to take her on walks around the neighborhood, etc. All of that will come to pass and then in a few months you will look around your living room and wonder what it looked like before the toys and the swings. You won't be able to imagine it any other way.

I can't wait to meet my little niece or nephew!

With love,
Amanda

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Night-Night routine

Don't get shocked, but tonight we did things out of order of our schedule. Mostly because Izzie decided to wear dinner. Literally. She turned her bowl upside down on her head and was very proud of her "hat" which is a new word that they learned recently. Instead of playing, the bath, then night-night. We did bath, the play, then night-night. After the bath, we got the girls into their pajamas and they both got really upset. They were not ready for bed and they didn't know we were messing with their schedule. But when we told them they could go pet "cat" in Mommy and Daddy's room, they got excited. I keep a couple of toys in our room in a drawer just for them. Maddie went right to the drawer and started pulling out toys. Well that is after she petted Travis, one of our cats. They played for about 30 minutes. Maddie also learned how to climb up on our bed during this time. Izzie was having fun chasing around the big exercise ball that is in our room. Then all of a sudden, Maddie starts picking up her toys and putting the in the drawer. She then turns to me and signs "all done!" and heads for the door! I asked her if she was ready to go Night-Night. She just kept signing "all done." Izzie ran to the door also when I said Night Night. So, we put them in bed. They stayed up for a bit giggling, but that has been a nightly occurance around here lately. Now they are sound asleep. It was fun changing it up a bit.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I took the girls to the park to meet up with Lila and Zella (and Ashley.) I could have sworn I got a picture with all 4 girls in it, but I can't find it. Here is Zella, Maddie and Lila.


Izzie and Zella.

After the park, I swung by the house to pick up John. Then we went to my Mom's house visit with Chris's parents that are in town. We wanted to visit and eat some of Chris's lasagna. His parents brought a table that Chris had when he was a little boy. The girls loved it! It has little stools the perfect size for them.

Nana, Izzie, Maddie and Daddy.