Friday, May 28, 2010

Leading Up to the Big Day

The boys birthday is tomorrow! I'm cleaning the pics off the cameras and charging all the camera batteries. Not that we're having a huge party. We're actually not. Tomorrow on their birthday, we're really just going to VaLa (the vineyard near the house), listening to our friends play in their jazz trio there and then going back to the piano players house for a barbeque. I just want to enjoy some peace on their birthday. I worked hard this time last year to bring them into this world. Now I just want to enjoy my time with them. Sunday we're going to my in-laws for our usual barbeque we have every year. We never barbeque on the holiday itself, but the day before, so we don't have to drive home from NJ on Monday. We're going to have cake for the boys on both days. I'm also hoping to make some other good food for the weekend of hanging out.

So here's some pics I cleaned off since the last ones I've taken. Liam loves to wave at people. Here he is sitting in Phoebe's little red wagon.

Here Liam is again smiling, waving and looking all cute. What a multi-tasker!

Here's his brother Tommy eating the camera lens cap

Here's Tommy now sitting in the little red wagon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tag I'm It

The fabulous, gorgeous (and very organized) Marcia tagged me for this meme. I get the impression she realizes I'm not in a lot of pictures and decided to torture me with this one.

You have to pick 5 photos of yourself that you love and I think say why, and then share 5 things you really like about yourself.

Here goes:

I dug this one up from 2002. It's a pic of me with Phoebe when she was a toddler in our front yard of the old house. She reminds me so much of a darker Liam in this pic.

Here's Phoebe and I taking a tour of a ship in the harbor of Baltimore, MD. She's 3 years old in this pic and I think we both look kind of cute.

Here's a pic from the same summer. This time we were going to visit Tom's brother and family in Wisconsin by way of Canada. It was so much more fun that way than going the boring way through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois to get there. That's the way we went home. Here we are with the Niagara Falls behind us. Later that day we had lunch at a vineyard in the Niagara Penninsula and then stayed that night in Toronto. We had a great time!

For the fourth one, I'm going to go back to 2002 again. For those that don't know, I'm a huge Star Trek fan, and my favorite captain is Captain Picard. As my mother used to say, "He can leave his shoes under my bed any night!" Here I am at the Madame Tussaud's wax museum in NYC with my favorites there:

For the last one, I know it's not a close up of me, but I love the dress I'm wearing and that I can see the muscles in my toned, yoga arms. To clear up any confusion, I'm in the multi-colored dress in the back near Phoebe. My friend Megan, is in the black dress and she looks fabulous as well. Also, my fabulous Mom is sitting next to Phoebe and my very handsome Dad is standing in the doorway. I don't remember ever noticing this pic before, but it's pretty cool that we're all together in this with Phoebe. This is from her 7th birthday party. We invited the entire 1st grade class to get to know them all.

And now 5 things I really like about myself:

1. My eyes. People ask me if they are my real color or if I have colored contact lenses. They are kind of a blue-green and they change color depending on what I am wearing or where I am. When I'm in the sun and near water like the beach or a pool, they are pale blue. Liam has my eyes.

2. I'm a very strong person and I love thinking about the things I've been able to overcome. I put myself through college and worked very hard to pay for it (before and after). Considering my degree was in electrical engineering, I'm very glad I've had the fortitude to be able to deal with paying to be there and studying very hard. I did have one of my professors tell me I should quit school and go part time if I needed to work 30 hours a week in order to afford my expenses! He said I'd never be able to do that and keep up my grades. I may not have had the wild party days some people think of with college (not that there's anything wrong with that), but that was my lot and I got through it. It also goes hand in hand with dealing with 10 years of officially fighting infertility. I'm counting from when I was first officially diagnosed at 28 before getting pregnant with Phoebe (with the doctor's help of OI/IUI treatments) and finally having the boys at 38 from IVF. We did get married at 23 and played Russian Roulette without birth control from the time we got married until we realized we needed help when I was 28, so I could count those 5 years too, but I don't as I didn't know there were problems yet.

3. I can usually get what I need from people. I learned early on that you "Catch more flies with honey than vinegar" and that motto has taken me many places and gotten me through many a car repair, or more recently the dishwasher repair.

4. I'm a very upbeat person. I think it's because I've gone through a lot in my life to get the things I've wanted, so I'm really grateful for what I have. I also know I can do anything I set my mind to, so I feel pretty upbeat when things get me down. I know everything always works out somehow.

5. I'm very organized, and with help from Flylady, I've been working on getting rid of my perfectionism. I may not be as organized as I'd like to be, but I love making lists and working my way through them. It saves me many times. I love it when my boss asks me about something and I can say "It's on my list for today!" as I point to my notepad.

Hope everyone has enjoyed this, and yes, the 2002 pics are my real haircolor!

Friday, May 14, 2010

So Far, So Good

Today the boys woke up with just very wet diapers. Nothing gross and disgusting waiting for us running up their back and making them needing a shower first thing in the morning with us. I got ready for work before they got up, in the hopes that they were feeling better.

Yesterday, all they had was pedialyte and I made a pot of homemade chicken soup for dinner. So that seemed to settle well in their stomach. This morning we let them have some cheerios again and still no formula, just pedialyte. We decided to hold off on formula until this evening when I get back and to stick to the pedialyte and chicken soup for lunch.

I'm at work now and I'm making sure I have my cell phone with me just in case Niki calls to say that they had a messy diaper and if they do, they'll be going right back to the doctor.

I really hope we're done with this. BTW, here's my current list of how I've been looking at the sunny side of life:

REALITY: The dishwasher is broken and to fix it will cost about 1/2 of the cost of a new one and we don't know if it will be fixed with that repair. It may need more, so we'll be ordering a new dishwasher tomorrow. MY THOUGHTS - At least the washing machine works.

REALITY: The boys have been sick and not able to eat for days. MY THOUGHTS - At least they are done with bottles. They've been drinking their pedialyte from sippy cups, so why let them go back to bottles now that they seem to be better.

REALITY: I busted my butt cleaning the house and keeping everything disinfected the past few days. MY THOUGHTS: Wow! The house is nice and clean! I get to enjoy the weekend without worrying about cleaning.

Yeah! I'm pretty sick aren't I?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Still Not Better

Ugh! At least the top end is better. Now we're still working on the bottom half. They both took showers with us this morning as they had it running up their backs and all over their onesies. Today we're not even going to give in a give the few stray cheerios they've been getting. Just pedialyte. If they are not better by tomorrow, they are going back to the doctor's. This is one nasty bug. I'm used to stomach bugs being gone in 24 hours, but they haven't had real food since Tuesday morning.

For now, I'm going to drink my coffee and check up on a few blogs. After that, I'm going to sanitize the house and get some more work from home done today. The boys are napping as that's what they love to do right now when they aren't chugging pedialyte or acting completely miserable in your arms although they act like that's all they want. Then they are completely happy when you put them back in bed and let them sleep it off. Poor dears.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Laundry Machine on Overdrive

We're under the siege of the stomach bug of 2010, and hopefully it is the only one and the only infected are the boys. But it's nasty. It seemed to start on Sunday, but I wasn't sure if it was just that they had a stuffy nose and it was making them gag and making their BM runny. But not so. Yesterday we went with cereal and dry toast to eat and pushed the formula thinking it was still just a cold. But then they really seemed to be throwing up without gagging and then for sure I knew when at 5:30 AM Liam had dry heaves. Poor thing.

Off to the doctor we finally went today. They've had no fevers and that's good, but the doctor said no food except maybe some dry toast or chicken noodle soup tonight and no formula but to give them pedialyte. The funny thing is Phoebe never got stomach bugs until she was 4 years old, so I had no experience with NOT feeding a baby formula or breastmilk. She tried pedialyte once too, and she hated it. The boys seemed to like it. Tommy drank a whole sippy cup (about 6 oz) and kept it down. Liam stopped at 1/2 the sippy cup and wanted to go to bed. I let them have some when we got back from the doctor. They are napping now, but the laundry is going and I'll be running around soon giving more of everything a wipe down with clorox wipes. We did wipe down all the boys toys last night with the wipes. I also did all the downstairs doorknobs, light switches and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. Today I'll get the upstairs done the same. This is mostly so we don't get it. I guess to protect them from reinfecting I should wipe off the springy doorstops and wash the floors.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day (Everyday)!

Happy Mother's Day to all! I will admit the older I get (and now that I have children, LOL), I'm more interested in the love I get the other days of the year than to put tons of expectations on one day.

The boys are taking baths in the regular bathtup now that they can sit up more stably. Phoebe helped me. She took her shirt off later, but I didn't want to post those pics, as she's getting older now and who knows what perverts are out there.

Liam was too distracted to look at me, but here's Tommy

Then I tried to take a pic of them together in their PJs. They wouldn't stay together though.

Unless a book was involved. They love this Elmo book!

Then pics of them being tucked into bed. Liam loves to sleep and his blankie. Tommy will not let me tuck him in anymore. He wants to go back to playing in his crib and standing.

Friday, May 07, 2010

The Power of Positive Thinking

Believe it or not things are going very very well. Busy as hell, which is why I haven't been around the blog world lately. I've been working hard on keeping positive thoughts and trying to make things better at home and work. I started listening to some old podcasts about The Law of Attraction. I got the podcasts from iTunes and not her website, but this is the lady. Let me tell you, she's pretty great! Since I've started using some of her tools, really good things have been happening at work and at home. Drama that used to be at work has almost all gone away. I keep telling myself, "I love that there is no drama at work!" and it seems to be working. I'm sure there's more to it. I'm sure my attitude has been more to diffusing the drama, which is helping matters, but I think it's the attitude that has to come first.

I've been working out the past two mornings too, which is great! I've been setting up the coffee pot the night before so I can get a cup of coffee in me before I work out. I need to make sure I'm done working out by the time I have to get everyone else up for the day. That's why I used to try working out at night, but I'm finding that our house is still like Grand Central Station at night, with comings and goings, taking Phoebe to activities, phone calls, emails that have to get out, and other chores that need to be done. All this keeps distracting me and then it gets to late and I don't want to work out. So in the morning while I drink my coffee I tell myself how great it's going to feel when I'm done working out. I get down to the elliptical machine and the first 10 minutes are tough. I just want to get off. Then I get in the groove with the music on my iPod and all is well. I think I need to come up with a few good music playlists to motivate me, but then when I'm in front of my computer with a few minutes, I forget what I like to workout to, LOL! I know the beginning of the workout being tough only seems to happen during the first week getting back to working out and more so when I try to in the morning, but I must say I feel great all day.

I have some cute pics that I'll post of getting the boys ready for bed. They are taking their baths together in the regular tub instead of the baby bathtub, which is great. What's funny though is it's harder to take their pics together these days. The instant I get them in position, they want to crawl off in different directions or together. It's really really cute.