Thursday, January 28, 2010

Since when....

did our two year old care what he wore for the day???

Yesterday morning I went in to find Aiden wide awake with blankets and stuffed animals tossed about his room (very typical these days) and we began our AM ritual. Sometimes I leave him in his jammies but today I decided to get him dressed. As I began to pull clothes from his closet I turned and noticed he was watching me very closely, which was new. Usually he runs around his room and plays.

I threw some clothes in a pile on the floor along with a new diaper and asked him to get undressed. He managed to only get his pants off so I decided to speed up the process and help things along. As I began to put his a clean shirt on he started screaming. NOOOOO and then said something that sounded like "ackt".

(Hmmm...another one of these impossible moments where he's telling me what he wants and I'm not understanding).

I asked him what he wanted and told him to go into the closet and show me. In we went and he pointed right to what he wanted. This orange and blue (YEAH SU!) Nike wind breaker jacket. That's what he was saying! JACKET! I just began to laugh because for the first time EVER he was telling me what to dress him in.

I still don't know why he chose this particual item. The only thing I can think of is that his pants were sort of wind breaker-ish so it made him want the jacket???? funny. I fear this is become a common occurance in the Callas household.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A talkative, bossy little dancer

Why do parents wish the time by? When our child starts to coo, we wish they were crawling. When they begin to crawl, we wish they were walking. When the begin to walk, we wish they were talking. Time just goes by way too fast. I'm about to have a two year old...that's right, A TWO YEAR OLD!

And there is no doubt that I have a two year old toddler on my hands, that's for sure.

Aiden is talking...A LOT! Constantly, in fact. He walks around the house rambling on. Most of the things he says are not comprehendable, but it's fun to hear them, just the same. He gets extremely frustrated when he wants something and I don't know what he's saying. So frustrated that he throws himself down on the floor and a tantrum ensues. It takes WAY too long to calm him down and once I do, about 10 seconds go by before it begins again.

Aye...Aye...Aye, that's all I have to say.

Oh, and when did he get so big that he bosses me around?

"No mommy!", "Come on mommy" and "Go mommy"

This is what I hear all day it seems. Ah, but it still makes me giggle inside sometimes. With all the bad moments throughout the day there are plenty of good ones!

He LOVES LOVES LOVES to give kisses and big bear hugs. He'll say "hug mommy" and that will just melt my heart. He loves to dance. When he hears any music at all he says "come on mommy, dance" and won't stop until you follow him and dance around (and by dancing I mean turning in circles until he falls down).

I love him so much it hurts...really it does. Today I sent him with Nana and Poppy so that I could get some rest and when he walked out the door my heart actually hurt. I have been missing him all day (but I really needed to rest).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A wrench in our plan

I don't even know where to begin.

There have been several differences in my pregnancies. With Aiden I wasn't sick or tired, well maybe a little tired, but never totally exhausted. I had a somewhat boring pregnancy (I say this happily, by the way). I was a week overdue when I had him and everything went by the book!

This time, NOT THE CASE.

During the course of my entire first trimester I was extremely nauseated. Then two weeks prior to my second trimester, I began to get physically sick. All that ended and I began to feel better. Then came our ultrasound. At 18 weeks we found out we were going to have a baby girl (which I am still in awe about) but that's not the only thing we found out. It seems that I have a shortened cervix. This was a little alarming to the doc, so she asked that we come back for a follow up ultrasound in 5 weeks.

5 weeks later, we showed up and got to see our little bundle again (which was so exciting). She was of course bigger now and STILL A GIRL!!! However, once again, we got bad news. It looked like my cervix had changed again, so the doc asked that I come back for a checkup every week. She said I could still work but that she just wanted to err on the side of caution (of course) to make sure there were no drastic changes.

Skip to Tuesday of this week....

ONCE AGAIN we got bad news. Things looked even worse and the doctor feared that my body was just weakening by the day and that now I really needed to take it easy and get out of the water. I broke down right there. The stress of this news, the stress of having just started my own business that was now flourishing and having to basically put everything on hold and of course the stress of not knowing the fate of our baby girl.

Amidst all of this there is some good news...the baby looks great! She's moving and kicking all the time!

SO...the doc wanted to run one more test to see exactly where I was with regards to going into labor early. She tested to see if my body was producing a chemical that typically shows up prior to doing so.

Wednesday morning we FINALLY got some good news. Chemical test returned a negative result which means it's VERY UNLIKELY that I will be going into labor any time soon BUT I still need to take it easy.

After scurrying around for the past 3 days, I am getting fill ins for my classes and somehow managing to keep it all together! The strange thing is that in all of this, I feel great. I feel better today than I have my entire pregnancy, so none of this news makes any sense.

All we can do at this point is take it day by day! Things will be fine and life will go on!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Our blossoming little boy!

Aiden is changing so rapidly every day. It's really an amazing thing to watch!

He's becoming more and more independent and wants to be a BIG boy (and with this there are some downsides too). The other day we sat down to eat breakfast and I handed him his bowl of cereal with his little spoon. The second he saw it he began to throw a fit. At first I was totally thrown off by his behavior. Why was he acting like this? Then he started to say "bisp" over and over again. I didn't know what he was saying which was VERY VERY frustrating. Then finally it dawned on me..he was asking for a BIG SPOON. I handed him one and he was as happy as can be!

He's talking more and using more words to form little sentences. He says things like "Hey mommy catch" and "come on daddy". He completely understands you when you are talking to him and he's a bit of a manipulator too. At night we go upstairs, take a bath, get dressed, listen to some music and read books. Lately, he doesn't want to go to bed (that's a whole other post), so he will ask you over and over again to read more books. When I let him down off my lap to pick a new book, he's easily distracted with other things in his room. He'll wander over to his aquarium and talk to his fish. He'll conveniently need to go potty, and sometimes he'll just sit in front of his books pondering over which one to read. This can sometimes take up to ten minutes to pick ONE BOOK! He's playing mommy...and some days I give in because I'm so tired that it actually feels good to rock in his chair by myself, and then others I protest immediately.

He's growing up before our very eyes and sometimes just thinking about it makes me tear up! He's no longer a baby...but our blossoming little boy!

Nesting, Cleaning and Purging...OH MY!!

I can't control's completely taken over me. The nesting, OH the nesting.

If I could I would throw the entire house away and start new.

I'd organized each room with little plastic bins and labels. OBVIOUSLY I can't do this so I have began the run of each room individually. The hall closet, then Aiden's room and his closet of exploded clothing.

Today, it was the never ending mess of totes filled to the brim with old fat me clothes and maternity clothes that I have been avoiding. I seriously had 5 HUGE totes in my room and a mound of clothes on my bed the size of Texas. I went through each item and placed it in the appropriate pile. One for the salvation army, one for fat clothes that I want to hold onto a litlte while longer, and of course, one for the skinny me clothes that I just don't fit due to being preggo. The whole process went smoother than I had anticipated and THREE hours later, I had everything folded, vacumme bagged, and put away! I hadn't planned on conquering this task today, however since my cabinet that I was going to put together for the bathroom came with a broken window pane, I had to find another project to complete (for some reason I just can't relax on a Sunday afternoon). On top of that I also managed to go through the boxes of clothes in Aiden's closet that were given to us. Those too have been separated and put away!

In the midst of doing all the sorting I managed to PURGE three bags of stuff. Ah, the feeling I get from purging things. I love it! I used to be a pack rat, but now there's nothing better than knowing you just got rid of crap you DON'T NEED or USE!!

There is still much to do, how will I ever get it all done???

Friday, January 1, 2010

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

It's been one heck of a year, 2009. While there were several good things to look back on, there were also some bad too!

To start things off, financially this year has been a disaster for many. This was the year of lay-offs. I unfortunately was part of that group. Yes, I could look at this as being the worst thing that happened to me this year, however that's not how I see it at all! I actually view it as being the BEST thing that could have happened! I own my own business now...and that includes making my own hours and spending more time with my family! Yes, it also means less money, but you know what? I DON'T CARE! I would rather struggle a little and have the life I have now, than the one I had before. AND on a side note, my business is booming so one day, I will get back to where I was financially but until then, I'm going to enjoy every minute with my beautiful son and wonderful husband!

Secondly, I am blessed to have a wonderful family to come home to everyday. I have a husband who puts his life on the line everyday for others and I look up to him for that. I have a healthy little boy who makes me smile everyday. I am also fortunate to be expecting another little one in May. A GIRL!! That's right! Callas baby number two is heading our way and we couldn't be happier about it!

So, yes there were some bad things that happened this year, but the good far outweigh them! I look back on 2009 with an open heart and welcome 2010 with open arms! Good things are going to happen for the Callas Family this year, I can feel it!


Oh, and by the way, we had a great evening with our neighbors! All the kids stayed up WAY TOO LATE and we sat around catching up, eating goood food and I even enjoyed a tiny glass of champagne. I managed to stay up until the ball dropped (suprisingly) and was asleep quickly thereafter!