Monday, December 12, 2011

We're officially done with Pull-ups and Diapers

While the girls have been "potty-trained" since August, we have been struggling with pooping. I think "knock on wood" we are finally over that. We just stopped pullups at night about a week ago and have only had a few accidents. The main problem is the girls not wanting to pee before bed. I'm so proud of them!!!

Halloween!!


 My first REAL attempt at sewing! I sort of winged it with Dorothy, following a few different DIY blogs and I followed a pattern for the Annie dress. You can't seem Mady's necklace in the picture, but she had a rainbow of stars. I made the necklaces and trick or treat bags too. Very time consuming but very worth it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween is fast approaching!

And as usual, I'm spending all my free time on costumes these last few weeks before the Halloween events begin. It got me thinking about the last few years and how far we've come. Thought I'd share the last three years pictures at Halloween starting with their first one in the NICU. The only costumes I didn't make were the flower and lady bug. Things were a little crazy that year with the whole walking thing!

Tangled Birthday Party!

More than a month later, here are some pictures from the party. The girls and guests had a blast. The girls kept asking me the next day if we could do it all again! I posted more about the design details of the party on my Lil' LJ blog. Click here to see more.

As you can see, we hired a princess to come! She was just okay in my opinion, but the girls loved her. She read a story, hung out while we sang happy birthday and colored with the kids.


Monday, September 26, 2011

We're 3!

And we've all made it fairly well :D

Emma and Madelyn had their 3 year well visit on their birthday. They did, unfortunately, have to get flu shots, but they did well! Mady even took the 4-5 year old eye exam since the eye doc said she made need glasses. She did so great and tested well. No glasses yet. Emma tried it too, but like a typical 3 year old, she lost interest after the second line. They were amazed at Mady who completed it all with both eyes.

Here's the stats:

Mady:
32 lbs
37.25" tall
Pees on potty, still trying to get her to consistently poop on the potty.

Favorite/most used expressions: 
Aww, come on guys.
What?!
What did you say?
That is so silly.
You smell that?

Favorite food:
Mac & Cheese

Favorite book:
Brown Bear, Tangled

What we think she'll grow up to be:
Doctor or Engineer
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Emma:
30 lbs
38.25" tall
Fully potty trained (most days)

Favorite/most used expressions: 
That's awesome.
I love <insert everything and anyone> soo much.
I want a snack.
Is that spicy?
I didn't mean to.
Mady did it. ;)

Favorite food:
Hamburger
Note: This kid eats ANYTHING! :)

Favorite books:
My Mama is a Llama, The Very Hungry Catepillar

What we think she'll grow up to be:

Nurse or Actress
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Favorite movies/shows for both:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Tangled, Yo Gabba Gabba, Bubble Guppies, Dungston Checks In


Favorite activites:
Reading, watching movies, playing outside on the slide and see-saw, sidewalk chalk, playing with dolls and barbies, play-doh, painting, visiting the zoo.


Bedtime:
8:00-8:30

Wake-up:
Varies. Sometimes 8:30 on the weekend! YAY!


Schedule:
Monday/Tuesday - Grandma/Pap-Pap
Wednesday/Thursday - School
Friday - Home with Mommy

We had the big birthday bash this weekend and I'm hoping to get through all the pictures soon so I can post them as well as a little more about the party. The girls had a blast and that night Mady asked if we could do it all again.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Big news in the Mayer household...

After only less than a week, Ms. Mady is potty trained! AND Ms. Emma pooped on the potty yesterday! YAY!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Videos!

The girls and I shot some videos to send to Daddy today since he wasn't available to talk to via phone :)



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yay! Mady's peein' on the potty!

We finally got Mady to start peeing on the potty a few days ago. She even pooped once! She's had a few accidents, but is doing great! She's so happy. As soon as she had her first full pee, I took her Toys R Us as promised to get her a Rapunzel Barbie Doll. Emma was with us too and that little stinker... she was promised the same thing if she would poop on the potty. She's acting like she could care less because she SO doesn't want to poop on the potty!

In other news, we are heading to the fertility doctor next week. We just want to talk about options, especially if we choose not to have a 3rd child. We have 3 frozen embryos left!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ah... Potty Training

Emma has been successfully trained to pee on the potty for maybe 2 months now? She will still not poop on the potty. She usually holds it until she comes home from daycare or my parents house and then poops in her underwear or asks for a diaper. Not fun cleanup up, but the poor girl is usually constipated, so I guess it could be worse. I'm not even sure how we got it to work for her. She had plenty of accidents and I wanted to give up a million times. We focused on her first because she had interest in it and really wanted to wear big girl underwear. It probably took us a good 2-3 weeks of trying before it stuck. Some kids do it in a weekend. Not mine :)

Mady is a different story. She has had no interest and I haven't wanted to push. They will be 3 in September though and I think it's time. We've let her run around in underwear a few times and she spent most of the weekend in them when we were home. She had one accident and no successful peeing on the potty. The poor girl did try very hard 3 times yesterday. I think she's got a big bladder because she is never wet in the morning (Emma always is) and it seems like she can go 3 hours or so without peeing.

I've now resort to bribery. I let them sit down with me and look at Barbie dolls on Toys r Us.com. If Mady pees on the potty, I told her I'd take her out day or night no matter what time to go get one :) And if Emma poops on the potty, she gets hers. I know of course, that I will give in and buy them both one of the other achieves one of these. I figure I can use Barbie accessories as the next goal.

Wish us luck - we'll need it!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Okay, so it's been awhile AGAIN!

Click here for April's Pics.

As I uploaded some pictures from April today, it occurred to me that I don't think we have any pictures of the girls from May! Yikes!

A quick update on all of us: I had my hours cut at work a few weeks ago by a full day. It's an adjustment financially, but I think we'll be okay. I'm going to use the time to get some stuff done around the house that I can't find time for otherwise. The girls will stay in "school" twice a week in June, but then in July/August, we'll need to cut them back to one day to try to help make up the for the money difference. I hate to take them out of school, as they are learning so much. They love it most days too. Emma told me today that she cried for me at nap time. Summer is a great time to spend more time with them. I think we are going to hold off on preschool until they are 4. In the meantime, I'm trying to rework the Lil' LJ website and focus on that and freelance.

Here's what our smarty-pants are up to:
They know their opposites - up/down, hot/cold, small/big, high/low
They can count to five in spanish
They can both count to 15
They remember EVERYTHING, which is challenging, as even a mention of something like the zoo, is not forgotten :)
They know red means stop, green means go, yellow means slow down
They know the days of the week
They know all their basic colors and now we are working on colors like gray/beige, etc
They know shapes
They know how to use my iPod touch!

They were healthy for a few weeks, but have started up with running/stuffy noses again. We started swim classes too and took them for 6 weeks. I think they really liked it. All we really did was sing songs and get them used the water, jumping in, etc. Emma went under up to the top of her ears! Madelyn can't go under because of her tubes. She had one removed, as it was working it's way out and causing her some issues with the wax build-up. I guess it takes some time for the hole to heal after it's removed.

The girls saw their first parade on Memorial day and really enjoyed it. They loved seeing all the fire trucks!

Oh, and we raised over $1300 for the March of Dimes walk this year!

That's our update! As I say, almost every time I do post, I really wish I posted more often, as I would love to remember every single day with these peanuts and their accomplishments.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Best.Birthday.Ever.

Although turning 38 isn't the best feeling, what is incredible is sharing it with the girls. This year, they totally get "birthdays" and LOVE them. They couldn't wait to show me the cupcake they made with Grandma and to sing to me a day early. This morning, they couldn't wait to give the cards they colored in with daddy.


If you can hang to the end of the video, it's my favorite part :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Support

I can't even express how important a support system is with infertility, preemies and having multiples. Anyone who hasn't been through what you have can never fully understand. I recently re-joined a group of multiple mothers that are just amazing. Even though I know only one in real life, they are great friends and a great support. They are support for being preemie parents as well, as a high percentage of multiple are born premature. This is still hard for me especially from Feb-May as we raise money for March of Dimes. I fought through everything while the girls were there. I stayed strong. Surprisingly strong. But now, I find myself thinking a lot about those 63 days and really "getting" that we are so, so lucky. I remember the first time I went in at 26 weeks. I remember the chair the NICU doctor sat in to explain to me  that my children may or may not have survived if they were born that day. And the shock and fear when the doctor told me at 29 weeks that we needed to induce. Now. I'm sitting here typing this in tears. Shouldn't I be ecstatic that the girls are here and are okay? I am. And I am so, so grateful. This is one of my huge fears about having another child. I just read a statistic that I'm at a 55% chance of having another preemie. And then I think of friends that have lost a child. And that brings me to tears. Friends of ours lost their baby boy only a short time after he was born. His twin sister is a thriving, beautiful 2 year old. They were born a few weeks early than the girls.

When we went through infertility, we joined a support group at the hospital and meet 4 incredible couples that we have been lucky to have befriended. We try to get together once a month to keep tabs. Most of us now have kids, but for those that don't we are there for them. Two couples have even had success with a second child. It's truly amazing, as most of us were told it would never happen for us.

I guess this was a little random, but I just pulled up google analytics and saw just how many of you read my blog. If you are reading this and you are going through anything... infertility, prematurity, having multiples, whatever it may be. Seek out support. It's there. No one should ever feel alone. I talked to a friend about this a few months ago and she sent me an amazing thank you note after she and her husband started attending a local support group in her town.

My vow and mini update.

I vow to start getting my camera out again. I can't even remember the last time I took pictures of the girls who are turning into these incredible preschoolers before my very eyes. And video too!

We're all sick right now, so I've been just trying to keep up. I've been swamped at work, at home with freelance and still trying to push Lil' LJ further along. And of course, always making time for the girls. Mady had some trouble breathing Sunday night, but seems to be doing better.

Friday, the girls have their 30 month evaluation with the developmentalist. We'll graduate in 6 months from the program! I will update after Friday.

And on a side note, we've decided to take a trip to our NICU with some pizza within the next few weeks. I'm hoping it will cheer up the families to see our girls and hear about how far they've come. I also know that it's so hard to remember to eat and to find the time to eat while spending all of your time at the NICU. I'm thinking about taking in some onesies as well.

Our March of Dimes donation count is now at $945. Don't forget to donate and get entered into the drawing for a free onesie!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Giveaway and Fundraiser

We need your help again this year to reach our goal. We had a very successful Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament and we were lucky enough to raise $700+ in one night! As thankful as we are, we aren't stopping there. We want to surpass our $1K mark from last year. Help us! If you've already donated, THANK YOU. Pass this on to your friends and family. It's a great giveaway and they can give as little as a $1.

Get the satisfaction of donating to a great cause and get entered into a raffle with a chance to win a FREE Lil' LJ product. Now through May 15, 2011.

Donate at least $1 to our team and you will automatically be entered to win. Donate $5 or more, and you’ll get an additional entry and yet another for every $5 after that.

Everyone that donates will receive a FREE shipping coupon for their next Lil’ LJ purchase ($5-$7 value).

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We support March of Dimes because we want to do something about this. Our daughters were born 11 weeks early. The surfactant treatments they received for their premature lungs during their NICU stay are just a small example of how the March of Dimes has already helped.

The money we raise will help with research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. As I know first hand, this is a very hard, trying time for these families.

Help us give all babies a healthy start by donating now. Lil' LJ is proud to be part of our 3rd annual local March for Babies event in May.

Thanks again!

Loree, Christian, Emma and Mady.

*Raffle drawing will be held using Random Generator. Raffle draw date is 5/15/11 at 9:00pm EST. Coupon code will be emailed to the winner via the email address supplied during the donation process. Coupon offer is good for one time use per customer for one product of your choice. Free shipping is included. Coupon expires one year from date of issue.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

We've Got Asthma

Mady was diagnosed with Asthma on Friday. Cold/Flu triggered. Her allergy tests for the most popular allergens was negative. So, we're on a mission to hit each cold upfront before it turns into anything more. At the first sign of a cold, we'll begin the nebulizer and an inhaled steroid. This should help her airways from closing up. Wish us luck! I'm hoping this is something she will outgrow.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Finally feeling better.

Everyone seems to be on the mend! Mady has her asthma doctor appt this week. Emma is still potty training... we are definitely not one of the lucky ones that gets through it in a weekend :) She's doing good though. She seems to actually do better in public than she does at home.

I have yet another blog where I'll be posting about projects that I work on that are kiddo related. If you get a chance, go check it out and follow me :)

www.lilthingsilove.blogspot.com


On a cute note, yesterday Christian took the girls out for an hour or so to "run some errands" which basically meant, buy me some flowers and a card. Not 5 minutes after they were back, Miss Emma blurted out "Mommy, I bought you flowers." It was so cute. Christian's face turned red and she got this grin on her face, like she kinda knew she wasn't supposed to tell me.

My parents watched the girls for us last night and we got a much needed dinner and movie night. We had a blast, as usual though, I really missed those girls!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sick Update

So, I took Mady to the doctor for her follow up on Monday and I took Emma as well. Emma had been acting fine, but her cough changed a little and we are going on 4+weeks of being sick.

Turns out miss Emma was wheezing and diagnosed with walking pneumonia. I never heard her wheeze at home :( Both girls o2 levels were a little low, so they both got breathing treatments at the doctors and we were sent home with a breathing machine and 5 prescriptions. UGH!

They both seem to be doing better, I think... Emma sounded a little congested this morning. We didn't see our regular doctor on Monday, so I have a list of questions for Christian to ask the doctor on Friday. I had to switch some days around this week to make up for missing work. Basically, I think we should send them to an asthma or allergy doctor, just to make sure that asthma isn't triggering these.

C'mon Mady...

I hear this a million times a day "c'mon mady, let's go potty. c'mon mady, time to eat." Big sis is always taking care of her little sister. I walked into the bathroom yesterday and saw this scene...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oh, Mady...

The girls have been sick since christmas. Emma has double ear infections. Both have been coughing for awhile, but Mady's cough changed on Friday. Yesterday, I swore I heard wheezing and with her having pneumonia twice last year, I decided to take her to urgent care. I didn't take her to the hospital because she was acting okay.

At urgent care, the dr. first made feel a little nuts and told me she heard no wheezing. (I later felt better when the medic said you can wheeze for 10 minutes then be fine for hours). She decided to check her o2 just to be safe. o2 levels were around 90. decided to do an xray which showed possible bronchitis. Checked o2 again and it dipped to 85 at one point AFTER a breathing treatment.

So, they told me she needed to go via ambulance to the ER. which I DO NOT think was necessary at all, but I went along with... better safe than sorry. Her stats went up in the ambulance but went from 86-94 at the hospital the only time she hit 99 was with the breathing treatment mask on. Her resting heart rate hit 170 for about an hour, which freaked me out.

UPDATE: Nurse told me at the doctors that they would have also sent us via ambulance. It's starting to hit me that my kiddo was not doing so well...

Anyway, we got another chest xray and found pneumonia. she had it twice last year, so now they are thinking possible asthma, I guess?

Antibiotics, steriods, breathing treatments, sent home at 1am. She seems okay this morning, but I'm obsessively watching her breathing.

She needs seen first thing tomorrow am. I think I'm going to try to get Emma in as well to have them double check her chest? Mady had been on almost 2 straight doses of antibiotics for her ears, so I'm perplexed at how she has pneumonia.

Christian just called from the pharmacy and the pharmacist pulled him aside to ask what we needed the steroids for because they never see that high of a dose in a toddler :( They are going to all the ER docs and call us back.

UGH!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Big Girl Underwear @ 29 (almost) months




Miss Emma went to school today in her big girl Dora underwear! We did some potty training over the weekend with a few accidents, but her teachers were very confident and said to just send her in to school in her underwear. :) Mady is still a little weary of they potty though she's been showing more interest since she's seen Emma strutting around with no diaper.

The girls are talking. I mean t.a.l.k.i.n.g. I can believe some of the things that come out of those little mouths. It's amazing how much things change in just a few short months. Last night, I asked Emma to come here. She said "Mommy, I'm coming, relax." Seriously?!

I think I may also call my mom's friend that cuts hair today and possibly take the girls for a "real" hair cut. I'm just not sure how they will react to sitting there.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It's time raise some money again and beat last year's earnings!

DONATE NOW DONATE NOW DONATE NOW DONATE NOW

Click on the link above to help us help babies again this year. Emma and Mady are here today and doing so incredibly well due to the March of Dimes and their research. Mady received several cutting edge procedures that she might not have gotten otherwise.

Through my business, Lil' LJ, we donate a portion of our sales. BUT we need help with the rest!! Anyone that donates will be sent a coupon from Lil' LJ as a thank you and as we get closer to the march date, we will have a giveaway and all those who donate will be entered.

Live in Pittsburgh? Then join us for the walk. Be part of it all and see and hear what your money does for families. Details are at the above link. Can't wait to share this day with you all again. And don't forget you'll get a slammin' TEAM EMMA & MADY tee :)

Our Holiday Card

This years' holiday card - didn't think I was going to have the time to pull it off, but somehow I did. The girls did NOT want to cooperate in the short time span. Got some cute shots anyway!

Click on the link above to see some of my other design work!

The diagnosis?

I have a small cyst on my right ovary. Small enough that they don't think it's why I'm having these "symptoms". I was given a script for physical therapy and I have actually heard that it does help some women, so of course I'll try it. The thing is trying to find the time for it.

And speaking of trying to find the time... I have tons of photos to go through from Christmas. The girls had a blast. So did we. Maybe, just maybe, between aunts and uncles, grandparents and us, they got a little too many gifts. Yes, it's possible!

The girls are talking up a storm and using the potty a little more. Emma asks to use it throughout the day and Mady will sometimes follow suit. For whatever reason, going in the public bathrooms when we are out seems to be exciting for them. YUCK!

The poop smearing has slowed down a bit (knock on wood). This just as I finally came up for a solution that I have yet to try. I was told to basically not react, just tell them (mostly Emma) that it's not okay and it's yucky. Then, instead of a nice toasty bath followed by play time, I'm going to use cool water and NO play time. Sounds easy enough right?

On the home front, we are slowly painting, updating lighting, etc. I would love to post about that as well... eventually! Lil' LJ is now in store in wexford, pa! I've only sold one shirt in the 3 weeks I've been in there, but hey, gotta start somewhere right? In the meantime online sales really shot up in the last year. I only need make 10x the amount to quit the day job :)

Pics to come from Christmas and as I always promise, hopefully more updates!!