Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 19, 2011 - 30th Birthday

Okay so I am a little late blogging about this, but I recently turned 30 ... and all I can think is holy hell I'm 30. I remember being 18 years old and being full of energy and feeling invicible ... now 12 years later I am always tired and feel like taking a nap. I guess that's what happens when you work, go to school, and have a cute little one year old running around the house, lol. I have to say though that it was a great birthday - I woke up to Stella (with a little help from Lauren) brining me my cards and gifts...and the day just kept getting better. I got to hang out with my family and even got to pick where to go to lunch --- which was Brother's Pizza, yummy ;)

That night we had a little party at my in-laws house and I was surrounded by all my friends and family...and recieved gifts, which lets admit it who doesn't enjoy getting gifts? Overall, it was a wonderful day ... even if I am as my nephew Travis would tell me a "dusty old fart". :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weight Watchers

Since Stella turned one at the beginning of the month, I thought it might be time that I take off the "baby weight". I can't believe how much of it stayed on...and how long it has been here. I have pretty much weighed the same since 2 weeks basically this exact time last year. I breast fed - everyone said the weight would just drip off and I wouldn't have to worry. Nope. I ate less and that did nothing. I thought about exercising, but with Stella getting up twice a night, having to go back to work in May, and just trying to figure out my new life, the thought of exercise made me exhausted.

So, now I start Weight Watchers. I hope this works. I still have to exercise, but since Stella actually sleeps through the night most nights now, I am hoping this is more achievable =)

Saturday, January 15, 2011


So, the fall went by fast!! Stella is 1 now....walking, "talking", and getting into everything. The last year has gone by so quickly....I can't believe she is already 1.

I managed to make it through the baby phase, with all the worries and anxiety that came with it. But now that we are in the toddler phase, there is a whole new set of worries and anxiety popping up. Geez, maybe when Stella is 30 I will be able to relax!! I don't know how people do this with more than one child....I mean really, how on earth can you handle it! While we want another kid, I am pretty sure Stella is going to have to be much more self sufficient before we bring another one into the mix. Just thinking about it makes me!!!

Stella is certainly showing signs of intelligence...coupled with a serious streak of stubbornness. Boy, does Stella have a temper or what! She is so sweet, but if she does not get what she wants, when she wants it, watch out!! This could be very bad when she turns into a tween/teen.....she better grow out of it, or I am going to be completely gray by the time I am 40 (bad bad bad!!).

I will have to get Andy to post Stella's latest slide show....and if anyone wants to see more pics of cute baby, you should really befriend Andy on facebook, as he updates pic MUCH more often than I do =)

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Well, let me say, boy have I been busy!!! I thought I was a busy person before having Stella, but sheesh!!!! There are not enough hours in the week to get everything accomplished! I am not seeing how a person can function and have more than one kiddo.....but I guess you learn how to do that when they come - lol!!! =)

Stella is almost 9 months old now, and I can't believe it. I was only pregnant for about 8 months, and now she is older than that. And BIG!!! I am sure she will be tipping the scales at 20 pounds come October 6th (her dr's appt). She also has 4 teeth coming in on top, to go with her 2 on the bottom. Yet, she is still not a big fan of food.....I am hoping that will change soon.

Not only am I excited about how much Stella has grown, but I love love LOVE this time of year. October through New Year's is my favorite time. I love the cooler weather, the fall/winter colors, and all the fun and goodies that come along with this time of year. I hope Stella learns to love this time as much as I do. But with my luck, she will be a swimmer and Summer lover (since she already love the water and being outside)!!!

Stella with Grandma in Market Street.....what a little fashionista!!

Stella and mommy at the Grotto for Grandma's bday.....doesn't she look cute in her little sailor dress??!! I also think Weight Watchers is in my future - lol!!!

Stella getting ready for Halloween!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Emergency Room

So, Monday was our first trip to the ER with Stella. That is not something I would like to relive. She ended up having croup.....where she got that, I don't know.

She started with a little cough Sunday, and already had an appt Monday to get an immunization. So, the doc checked her out and said it looked like she had some allergies (which we already knew), and gave us a prescription for some Zyrtec. I got home from work and she was fine - just a cough a little runny nose. Well, by 8pm she sounded worse and was getting very cranky. My mom came over to listen to her since I thought she sounded weezy and thought she may be having an asthma attack. We call the doctor and she called in a prescription for a breathing treatment (we have a nebulizer because I have asthma). We did the treatment and she sounded ever worse! At that point she was inconsolable and not breathing well at all. My mom said it was time to go to the ER and the doc agreed.

Well, poor Stella was just feeling awful. We got to the ER about 10:30 and were there until 2:45. It was one of those stand alone Memorial Hermann ER's, so we didn't have to wait to be seen, which was good. Stel had a fever of about 103 and ended up having to have some xrays to rule out other problems. She had xrays twice, another breathing treatment, a steroid shot, Tylenol and Motrin (it took a while for her fever to start to come down). She couldn't have any milk while she had a fever so the nurse gave us some Pedialyte - which I think Stella actually enjoyed and it helped to calm her down a little around 1am. By the time we left she was tuckered out and was able to sleep with me holding her upright until 7am.

Not a pleasant day at all. She is feeling better now, just has a cough and is a bit horse. The doctor said the cough should go away in a week or two. All the precautions I take to keep her from getting sick, and the first time she does we end up in the ER.....oy!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's already August?!?!

I can't believe Stella is already 7 month old. It feels like she was just born yesterday!

Since going back to work in May, time has really gotten away from me. I feel like I am going 24/7, and yet I don't really get anything accomplished. I get up at the crack of dark, work 9-10 hours, come home and play/feed/bathe Stella, put her to bed, clean up some, and then go to sleep only to be woken up 1-3 times over the next 7 hours.....then I have to start all over again! Needless to say, I feel like a zombie most days. If I could just get Stel to sleep through the night and stay in her own bed, I think I would feel better - lol!!!!

Andy goes back to work in a week, and that makes me sad. Now, instead of leaving Stel with daddy all day, she will be with a nanny. Now, I know most people have to work and put their kids in daycare - I just didn't think I would have to do that. I am so sad =( Andy and I went through an agency in Houston to find our nanny. She is nice - 49 years old, been a nanny for 20+ years, had wonderful references, and speaks Spanish so she can teach Stella some. I am happy that we are getting a nanny so Stel can have 1 on 1 time with someone. I was not a fan of having to put her in daycare - I didn't care what I had to do, she was just not ready to be going to a place with more than 1 other kid her age (my opinion, not shared by most other people, but that is a whole other story). With the nanny she can get all the attention that she needs (which is a lot according to her, lol!!) and we will hopefully ward off many of the illnesses that come with daycares. I hope she will be happy and understand mommy and daddy are not leaving her (and don't want to leave her) with a stranger - that we have to work to take care of her. But, I think that might be asking too much from a 7 month old =)

As for Stella's development - she has cut 2 teeth since July 23rd and started crawling August 6th. She also says "da-da-da-da" constantly......she really needs to throw in a "ma-ma-ma" once in a while!!!