Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Seeking Infertility Services? Experts Recommend Seeking H1N1 Immunization First
New research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development confirms the need for H1N1 vaccines in women before undergoing infertility treatment.
Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a PubMed search, the number of infertility visits, H1N1 vaccination rate, H1N1 infection rate, the number of obstetric patients hospitalized with H1N1, and maternal death rate from H1N1 were estimated.
It was found that at the current immunization rate of about 24%, up to 17.5 maternal deaths could be prevented by H1N1 immunization. If all women receive the vaccination before infertility treatments, they researchers estimated 72 deaths would be prevented.
Last year, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the CDC issued a joint statement calling for women to be vaccinated for the H1N1 virus prior to undergoing infertility treatments.
Based on these findings, William Gibbons, MD, President of the ASRM, concluded, “We stand by our recommendation and urge all women to receive an H1N1 vaccine prior to undergoing infertility treatments.”
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
At almost 26 months, the girls are sleeping great for the most part. Mady hardly ever gets up, but Emma will end up waking up screaming my name about 1 day a week and usually ends up snuggling in bed with me. I love every minute of it... that is until she kicks ;) They go to bed at night like angels, thank god. However, naps as of late have been challenging. They basically haven't napped Fri-Sun for the last 2 weeks, which leads to cranky babies come 6-7pm. They sleep in to anywhere from 7am-8:30am. Usually around 7:30am.
Miss Mady is the temper tantrum queen. She will drop down to the ground regardless of where we are to show you just how very mad she is. This weekend we had to leave a restaurant as soon as we sat down because she just wouldn't stop. That being said, we have not and will not give up on going out. I think it's good for all of us! We usually take them out 1-2 times a week, usually one breakfast and one dinner. I know plenty of parents who just stop taking their kids out, BUT we hardly ever have date nights, so we need to get out of the house.
The girls are talking, talking, talking and singing. It's so entertaining to hear what will come out of their mouths next.
Pics to come of the costumes I've been slaving over making for Halloween and our trip to the Zoo Boo.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Turn up your speakers to hear Emma and Mady's Thank You greeting. Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts and for those of you that were able to share their day with them! I'm sorry it took so long to say THANKS!
In case you need translation: "Thank You for our Presents" ;)
Some birthday pics and some pictures from the beach!
Just click on the pictures to see more.
Miss Emma and Miss Mady are now up to 4-5 word sentences. I can't believe how fast this is all happening! We're also introducing the potty again. Emma is much more excited about it than Mady. Emma pees on it about 2-3 times a day, Mady maybe goes once.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The girls had an amazing birthday party full of friends. They had so much fun. It was all a blur for me, but I know they enjoyed every minute it of it and couldn't stop talking about their "happy".
Their 2 year check up went great. Emma is 25th precentile for weight and Mady is 50th. They are both 75th for height.
I will post pictures from the party soon.
We also just got back from Myrtle Beach, the girls second time there! They had a great time, we all did. They really miss their cousin Eli and Uncle Todd. They woke up every morning and immediately asked for Eli. He is now 18 months old and keeps up with those two very well! Pictures to come from our vacation as well. The girls rode carousels and trains, we went to a zoo in Roanoke and they did pretty well during the drive. We stopped half-way each way to spend the night and stopped half-way through each of those trips for a meal. So, most of the time the longest period in the car was 2.5 hours. At the 2 hour mark things got a little crazy. We did buy dual DVD players, which were a god-send. We watched Coraline, Monsters Inc, Shrek, Milo and Otis and Bolt repeatedly.
I'm currently trying to find something to do with the girls in the fall/winter. They did like music class, but I'm looking into some other options as well. It's hard to find something that doesn't break the bank, but will be fun.
Well, that was a super quick update. We're loving every day with these miracles. I missed them so, so much when I returned to work after vacation. It was really hard.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Little Red Hen
My Momma is a Llama
I'm looking for some creative, space-saving solutions for their books right now. I love the look of these, but want something even easier to make ;)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Everyday words/phrases we hear a lot from both of them...
- Bless You
- Boo Boo
- Car Wash
- Choo Choo
- Clean (I Keanin')
- No cry (Emma)
- Daddy Golfin'
- Daddy go work
- French Fry
- Hugs (Emma says this all day long)
- I do
- I want that
- Move (moussseee)
- Remote (mote)
- I sit
- Thank You
- Tickle, Tickle
- Miko, Abbi, Wookie, Cody, Macie (pets and Grammie's pets)
- 1,2,3 - which often comes out as 2-2-2 :)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm not ready for this! I should be happy, but we're going on a road trip from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach in Sept and I don't want to have to worry about pit stops! I bought another potty yesterday and we're just going to casually see what happens. I foresee Emma making this into a little game, because now she always wants to be on the potty. :)
The new house is great and the girls love it. A great backyard to run around in and a deck. They are always asking to go "ouwside". The also love running around in the basement.
They are talking more and more every day and growing likes weeds. This Friday we're taking them on their first real train ride! As I always promise, I will post new pictures soon. The move has us even more behind on things we were already behind on!
I'd love some potty advice if anyone has any!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The girls are doing great and are really into climbing right now!
I will post again soon, but thought I should definitely get in a quick update. We close on our new home in two weeks!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Yesterday, we walked for babies and the March of Dimes. We had about 10 walkers with our team and we raised $1,000. It was a lot of fun and feels so good to be part of something so great.
Anyway, we have 60 days to vacate! This will become a little more real after the home inspection this week.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
“Oh, are they twins? I always wanted to have twins.”
How many times have you heard that one? It ranks right up there, for me, at the top of the list of incredibly annoying things that complete strangers feel compelled to say to me. As with most of the inane comments, I generally give a half smile and continue herding my cats children through whatever errand I’m trying in vain to accomplish.
But what I really want to say is… Oh really? You always wanted to:
- have a high-risk pregnancy, in which you live in fear of going into labor too early, get five times as huge as a normal human being, and stop being able to tie your own shoes at about 24 weeks?
- leave the hospital without your babies, because they’re still in the NICU?
- attempt to breastfeed two premature babies whose mouths are so small they can’t possibly get a decent latch?
- try with all your might to keep these two infants on roughly the same schedule, in the hopes of maintaining a small shred of your sanity?
- have your vision of what it’s like to be a first-time mom completely turned on its head, because you don’t have a single spare moment to actually enjoy your babies?
- live your life by your babies’ synchronized nap schedule in the name of survival?
- push a double stroller that drives like a school bus?
- have a simple cold take three weeks to go through your house, as it gets passed from baby to baby to mom to dad?
- get pulled in the direction of two new crawlers, and then two new walkers?
- worry about gross motor delays, fine motor delays, plagiocephaly, torticollitis, and speech delays?
- get stopped by EVERY SINGLE FREAKING PERSON IN THE GROCERY STORE when all you want to do is get a gallon of milk and get back to the car before they both start crying, again?
Oh, no? No, you weren’t saying that because you wanted to experience the most intensely difficult 4 6 12 18 months ever known to man?
No, I think what you really wanted was to have a nice matched set that you could dress the same for formal pictures, and imagine them to have some sort of secret language or ESP or something.
Oh, and maybe you always wanted to:
- have two babies who became two toddlers who could entertain themselves much better than most of their age-mates.
- hear the shrieks and giggles and babbling that becomes shrieks and giggling and conversations from their shared bedroom (even if it means they aren’t asleep when they should be).
- watch them make up games and invite each other to play at a surprisingly young age.
- have your own little built-in social/parenting experiment, watching them grow in ways that are the same and different. And having the second one there to let you know that not all of the hard stuff is your fault.
- have that “instant family” with two kids, without having to actually go through labor twice.
- be a somewhat more laid-back parent by necessity.
- find an awesome sisterhood of moms simply by virtue of having parented two kids of the same age at the same time.
- feel kind of like a rock star whenever someone says to you, “I don’t know how you do it.”
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
They both say basically the same words. Emma talks a little more than Mady.
More, Book, Water, Milk, Thank You, Emma, Mady, Baby, Kitty, Dog, Moon, Owl, Fish, Bear, Polar Bear, Turtle, Cup, Cookie, Up (Emma), Alligator (Emma), Down, Bird, Mama, Dada, Uncle, Please, Block, Clock, Banana.
and how could I forget the word "No!"
I posted March's pictures on Shutterfly:
Some very, very sad news hit us Friday. An old friend from high school lost her 2.5 year old boy to cancer. He had been battling it since September. I'll be attending the viewing this evening to support her and her family. It's a horrible story. As his mom puts it, he is now pain-free, cancer-free and running free. Hug your kids tight and be thankful for them every single day!
I've been a little busy lately trying to ramp up Lil' LJ even more. We had a really great first quarter, so it put me in gear. I'm looking to start carrying toddler sizes as well as some adorable dresses/rompers for girls. We also have a super cute new Peanut Butter/Jelly twin pack.
Will post some Easter pics soon. (I think maybe I said that a week ago?!)
Monday, April 5, 2010
Poor Mady has a had a fever the last few days and has been miserable and coughing. We decided to take her to the doctors again today. Turns out they want her to get a chest x-ray for possible pneumonia (again). She also has a lot of air in her belly from the virus, which is causing her pain. In addition to that her I-teeth are coming in causing even more pain.
I can only hope that summer = far less sickness in our house and happy, pain-free toddlers!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
As far as our nights... I have no idea why Mady is waking up. She usually wakes screaming sometime after 12am. Last night she made it until 5am. Once she cuddles next to me she is fine. Emma usually wakes up around the 4-5am mark and wants to cuddle as well. I'm hoping this is a little phase and will pass. While I love the cuddle time, it's very hard to sleep with two toddlers sleeping with you!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I had my annual GYN appt this week. I asked the doctor that delivered my angels about future pregnancies. We have 3 frozen embryos left and do not want to discard or donate them, so we'd like to try this one more time at some point. This frozen transfer is far, far less costly and less invasive. However, she does not want me to risk a twin pregnancy. What does this mean? It means she only wants us to transfer one embryo to reduce that risk. Every time we did IVF we transferred 3 because our chances are so low. This basically means that our chances of having another child are lower than before. I am so very grateful for our girls and if they are the only kids we can have, we are still ever so thankful and complete. However, if you've ever been told you can't have something, you know how this feels. We will most likely still try with one embryo. I will not risk having babies in the NICU again. I will not risk the pain of not being able to keep my kids safe for the full 9 months. At the same time, I would not be being honest if I didn't say that I kinda figured if we did get pregnant again it would be with twins and besides the actual pregnancy, I thought we 'd handle it just fine! ;) I was really upset about this earlier in the week, and honestly Christian and I really haven't talked much about it again. We'll revisit all of this once our house sells and we are comfortably in a new home and ready for another go.
Onto the endo. My exam hurt. Bad. Like it always has, but this time I actually removed her hands from my belly out of reflex. I told her about my pain returning and some other weird bladder type things that have been bothering me. She's pretty sure it's all endo related and mentioned me seeing a specialist and having another surgery. That would be 4 surgeries since 2004. I just can't see doing that. My pain is annoying but it's not causing me to miss work or take pain pills to often, etc.
So, that's the latest on me!
I thought I'd take note of the latest words and phrases we've heard the girls say on their own or hear and repeat. Emma talks and sings all the time with so much inflection, it's hysterical. Mady will watch your mouth so intently while she tries to figure out how to make those same sounds.
Bird, Hi, Bye Bye, Mama, Dada, Up, Diaper, Cat, Bath, No
Bird, Hi, Bye Bye, Mama, Dada, Up, Cat, Mady, Baby, Bath, Pap-Pap. We swear she repeated back to us "put that back" and then said "shit"!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Anyway, Mady had a bad night and Emma woke up screaming around 5am with a fever. The go up and down with how they feel overall. They were basically running and babbling the whole time at the doctors office, but you can always tell just by looking in Mady's eyes how she is really feeling. Yesterday she was very needy and so was Emma.
We need healthy kids to attend Eli's big first birthday bash on Saturday! I'm so worried about any underlying issues that cause Mady to get sick as much as she does. I just keep getting told that they are toddlers and they are in daycare. That sums it up!
Monday, February 15, 2010
So, we left with no head x-ray and yet another antibiotic. Miss Mady has been on antibiotics basically non-stop for the last several months due to ear infections. This kiddo seriously needs a break. And so do mommy and daddy. Even though she's with Grandma and Grandpa today, I had a horrible time leaving her. When your child is sick, you just want to hug and comfort them!
Meanwhile, I was going to call the nurses today to ask about Emma because she has had a cough for several weeks that just recently changed and she coughed up some mucus yesterday. Tomorrow, we're taking both girls in. Hopefully Mady won't need any breathing treatments and hopefully Emma doesn't have it as well.
We need a quick recovery because cousin Eli's first birthday bash is this weekend!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
So on to Mady... she's had 6 or 7 ear infections this season and is onto another. So, we saw the Ears, Nose and Throat Doctor today and he feels she is a perfect candidate for ear tubes. We are all for this because I do not want to give her anymore antibiotics and I want my little girl to be well for more than 1-2 weeks at a time. It's a very simple surgery that only takes 5-10 minutes. I can't wait to see how much better she does with these in. Christian and I are both going to do some schedule swapping next week so that we can both go in with her. She'll be put under for it.
Mady got her first mini haircut this weekend, as she had a few strands getting in her eyes and since her sides have yet to grow, we decided to give her a trim. Once her sides fill in, we'll let her bangs grow, as we are with Emma. Mady's hair is so long in the back, it looks like she has a mullet. We put it in pig tails the other day and pulled Emma's hair back:
I hope to update again soon after Mady's surgery on Feb 8th.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Madelyn says diaper and will go get a diaper for her diaper changes if we ask her. Emma LOVES her baby doll. Last night when I was rocking her and her baby she was stroking her baby's hair and hugging her just like I was doing to Emma. Emma says hi and she now sings, which is awful cute. She only seems to do it for Christian and I though. Hopefully I can catch that on video. They both love books. Mady seems to always have one in her hands. They love to go out. They are excited when they see their shoes and coats come out.
They play pretty well together, although there are some fights over toys and Emma definitely gets jealous when I hold Mady. Last night she squeezed her way right into my arms by pushing Mady out of the way. They both love to give hugs and kisses and if you ask them to kiss each other, they will!
They are back to napping twice a day on most days, which is fine by me!
We had a great Christmas with the girls. They weren't quite as into it as I thought they would be,
but it was still so much fun. Christmas Eve we went to dinner and then came back to the house and opened gifts from Grammie and Pap-pap and Aunt Angela and Uncle Todd. All 3 kids were spoiled rotten! I think Emma's favorite gifts were her baby dolls from Grammie and strollers from Aunt Angela. Mady's are probably the Little People Farm from Aunt Julie and Uncle Michael and the Quad that Grandpa Mayer got them. They got some really cute fuzzy pillows in the shape of a bumble bee and turtle from Uncle Fritz and Aunt T. Santa got them a play house door thingy, which as a front door that opens and closes, light switches they can turn on and off, etc. They got some clothes, a sit and spin, tickle me elmo, a new play table, an activity center, books, and a bunch of other stuff. We can't wait till next year when they will be even more excited to see what's underneath the wrapping paper!
I tried to go through and put some older toys in storage to make some room for the new toys, but we've finally decided that it's probably time to move into a slightly larger home. We need one more bedroom and one more bath. We are so cramped right now and with us both doing freelance work we need a large bedroom for our office not the tiny, tiny bedroom we are both squeezed into right now!
I will update more soon and post some pictures from Christmas.
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