Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mammogram Update

I had my mammogram today and they want to see me in 6 months. I'm not worried. They just said there was some calcification on my right breast and since I've never had a mammogram before, they need to check to make sure it's not doing anything.

BTW, if I haven't said why I needed a mammogram, both my mother's sister and my mother's aunt have (or had) breast cancer. My great-aunt passed away several years ago from breast cancer and my aunt was just diagnosed this past year.

I've already figured out how to remind myself to schedule the test. Six months from now is March 21st, less than a week after my 40th birthday. My plan is to call to schedule the re-test on my birthday.

Updates from Last Week

So we survived last week. DH was in Los Angeles from early Monday morning until Friday night around 9 PM. It was exhausting! Thank goodness Niki was here, or I wouldn't have survived with all our appointments. The after-school activities for Phoebe are starting to heat up and Liam had a consult with a neurologist on Thursday. The good news is we don't need to see him again, even though he was such a sweet man. We made the appointment back in May when Liam wasn't motivated to move. It was funny as the doctor asked me if I had any concerns today (which I don't) and what concerns I had in the past (a lot!). It was like a trip down memory lane trying to remember all the details of Liam's early days in the hospital: how long he was on the respirator, CPAP, oxygen, going back to CPAP, diagnosis of PDA, him getting medicine to fix that, how he was so laid back about eating. It's amazing all the things I almost forgot. At first he was concerned because Liam was playing very quietly, but I had a thought that he was just really focused on all these cool new toys. At the end of the appointment when we started talking to Liam and he was in my lap, he was babbling away like usual and the doctor wasn't concerned anymore.

By the way, the boys did both say their first words: Tommy's was "bye-bye" and Liam's was "baby". Tommy was saying good-bye to me last Thursday before I went to work when he said it. Liam was looking at pictures of babies. It's so cute to watch them when you ask, "Where's the baby?" when you are in front of the diaper box. They crawl up and point to the baby on the box. So cute!

This week, other than the after-school activities and work to juggle, I'm getting my first mammogram at lunch-time today and I'm getting my getting my hair done on Thursday night. My roots are in desperate need of being colored. I'm so proud of myself for scheduling my mammogram. The other week, Flylady had an anti-procrastination week instead of just a day (Wednesdays). I got a lot of things done that needed to be done. Go me!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boys - 15 month checkup

Just a quick note, we're having a crazy week here. The boys had their 15-month checkup with the pediatrician today. It's the last time we'll be able to go to them for now, as my DH's company changed insurance companies effective 10/1 and this office doesn't take that insurance. So far it's the only doctor we've had to change, but we've been going to this office for almost 10 years! Anyway, the boys stats are as follows:

Liam
Weight: 20 lbs 4 oz (9.19 kg)
Height: 31 1/2 inches (80 cm)
Head circumference: 46 1/2 cm

Tommy:
Weight: 24 lbs 14 oz (11.3 kg)
Height: 33 inches (83.8 cm)
Head circumference: 46 1/2 cm

Liam needs to stay on one bottle of Pediasure a day and Tommy needs to stay on Zantac for reflux. Other than that, they are doing great!

Monday, September 13, 2010

E-A-G-L-E-S! Eagles!

Well, they lost (after the boys were in bed already!) but they looked great! Plus some pics of them in their new PJs and other playing pics.





Look at this sweet one of Liam"s face!



And the boys with their Daddy!



A close up of Tommy (the Bruiser):



And I love this one. Liam kept making this face when he saw me bring the camera to my face. He was bracing himself for the flash going off.



We still haven't heard an official first word, but they are babbling all over. Tommy has taken to pointing at things, which is so cute (and effective!). We got their new forward-facing car seats and they loved them! They were very confused! Tommy kept pointing at the front of the car as if to say, "Wow! That was always there! This is cool!" Liam looked concerned. They are both on the verge of walking. It's there any day now. They'll take steps here or there and try to stand in the middle of the room.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Back to School/Back to Blog

Hi all! Sorry I've been away for so long. I have so many updates to do. I have to say things have been really, really great! We really worked to enjoy the summer this year. We had put our lives on hold for so long because of infertility and then prematurity. We went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and then we spent a long weekend in Cape May, New Jersey. I've decided for next year we will do Cape May again for vacation, but a whole week. That was really right up our alley. You can walk right into town, do anything you want without having to drive and then if you want to drive to Wildwood for the boardwalk and amusement park it's only 10 minutes away. And it doesn't take as long to get to Cape May as it does to get to North Carolina.

Other than that, things have also been great at home and work as I've been working hard on my Flylady routines with the beginning of the school year and all. I love the beginning of the school year and fall. To me it's like New Year's but with better weather, LOL. I feel like everything is possible and it's a fresh start. Although I'm careful with my time and I don't get caught in the trap of volunteering for stuff. I figure I have an excuse with two toddlers running around. We've been keeping the house straightened up, laundry on top of, papers signed, bills done, menus planned. I'm very proud of myself!

I think what's helped is listening to some of the Flylady programs from BlogTalkRadio that I downloaded from iTunes. They had someone call in with a problem that she had been procrastinating about calling her insurance company with a claim that needed to be resubmitted and she was scared to call. Flylady made her drop everything and call that moment and then call back into the show to tell her how it went. She did and it was all taken care of in 5 minutes. I feel like a light bulb has gone off in my head since that call and I've been making out lists of things that need to be done in babysteps and tackling them 15 minutes at a time. Wednesdays to Flylady are called "Anti-Procrastination Day". This past Wednesday, I scheduled my hair appointment to touch up my roots, took care of a financial call, sent out two checks from expenses for the Outer Banks, and most importantly I scheduled my first mammogram!!! Go me! I also have had a lot more lightbulb moments about getting things done because of how quickly I was able to get things done on Wednesday.

I promise to blog more often and I'll post some updated pics. Phoebe started 4th grade the last week of August and she just started violin lessons at school this week. The boys are so cute (of course!). They are on the verge of walking, they love to mimic things that you do or say, and they love giving kisses, hugs and being held. I really have a lot to look forward to go home to at the end of the work day. I can't even begin to describe how grateful I feel after so many years to have what we have today. I adore my family with all my heart and want so much for them. My DH has been awesome at helping when he's not traveling for work (like this week and next). I even have pictures of this dinner he made me one night when we didn't have the kids. It was like when we were dating. It was so yummy! It was a watermelon soup with a crab salad in the middle. The soup was a little spicy and I didn't even realize it was watermelon until he told me.

Well, I hope all has been well with my bloggy friends. I do have lots of post reading to catch up on. Talk to you all soon!