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Best Friends…For the Moment

From the beginning, Blake has been an amazing big brother. I haven’t had to deal with any jealousy issues or hurt feelings of neglect (which I feared when I was pregnant with Isabella) and it has been a lot easier than I had anticipated. Blake watches out for Isabella, brings her the pacifier or toys and understands when I have to take care of her or put her to bed. I am not saying all this in efforts to brag about what a good boy I have (even though I do think he is pretty fantastic 🙂 ) but I say it because I am truly amazed at the sibling bond that has already clearly formed. My heart actually flutters with joy when I watch them make each other laugh or when I hear Blake whisper “I love you sister, I hope you have good dreams,” when he thinks no one is listening. I didn’t know a connection would be made so early on!

I think this bond hits closer to home because I have that bond with my two older brothers, especially the one that is only two years older than I am. We were close as kids and even closer as teenagers, sharing the same group of friends and now we remain close as ever. I want nothing more than for my kids to be close. I know most parents do, but getting a glimpse of their relationship now gives me great hope for the future :). I love the bond I share with my brother! We understand each other and are wonderful friends.

Now, I know all this sweet stuff is going to go sour for a while, I see it coming already. I keep telling everyone that Blake loves his sister now but wait until she starts crawling and steals his toys; I don’t think he is going to take that very well haha! I know from experience that there will be good times and bad times when it comes to siblings, but if deep down my kids have that connection (which is what I think I am seeing), they will get through those times as friends and not enemies.

As for now, I will enjoy agreeing with Blake that “Mommy, Daddy, Blake and Isabella are all, best friends!”

–          Carissa


October 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

I Can’t Believe I am a Mother of Three!

Sorry it’s been so long everyone! Let’s see….the end of my pregnancy was pretty uncomfortable; back aches, swollen feet/cankles and major hoohah bone pain!! But on February 25, 2011, I gave birth via C-section to the most beautiful baby girl in this world, Kenady Renee Anthony. My recovery was very easy and I was home within three days, and now post-four weeks I am totally healed and enjoying my baby. Yes she is gassy, we have too many outfits, but she is super little and wonderful!

I did elect to have the tubal and now with 3 under 3 and the craziness that brings, I am really grateful for my decision! More power to you mothers of more than three, but even three is pushing the levels of sanity for me :). My days are filled with singing the Black Eyed Peas to her, changing 20 diapers a day, watching a lot of reality TV (LOVING Celebrity Apprentice this season) and cycling her legs through her gas attacks. I have been back to work a few days a week since but am really trying to use my time to take care of Kenady and myself.

I still worry about SIDS, choking, her getting sick from the boys and her head; after having a boy with flathead I check her head every day! So far so good, but she has a lot of grooves that freak me out haha! It doesn’t matter if it’s your 1st, 3rd or 7th…you still worry.

Not that my breasts are anyone’s business BUT I am pumping full-time and it’s working out well for us. I have surpassed my longest with GG of 4 weeks and am going strong towards my 6 weeks goal and I will probably just continue even after that, as long as everything is still going smoothly. My GG and I passed a yeast infection from day 1 for 4 weeks to one another and that was brutal so I am very grateful no cracking, bleeding or discomfort for either of us. She has gained 3 pounds since birth so whatever we are doing is working!

So, I will be back to writing my toddler and baby challenges full-time in a few weeks. Thank you for all the love!

March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Busybee Dinners

The second Jax could start eating solids I seriously started to stress. I am just not one of those moms who grows her own vegetables and makes organic, from scratch meals. Actually, I am not even one of those women who makes meals. While other moms are sharing recipes, I am thinking about how we can make better use of the 5-7 p.m. time we have with our kids (this week we went to the park when it was all dark outside and to the Counter for burgers).

Lucky for me, I work for and am part owner of a fresh food delivery service that has kids’ meals, Susan’s Healthy Gourmet. I kid you not and I am not just saying this because it’s my family company, I do not know what I would do without our twice weekly deliveries.

One time, and let me tell you this only happened once, I forgot to order our meals for Jax. Now like a good mother, I had bought some “back up” meals at the store just in case something like this happened. Up to this point Jax had been used to fresh fruit, bright green veggies and fresh meats. We rarely feed our kids junk food or high in sodium or sugary things. So I go to feed him this off-the-shelf dinner (I don’t want to say the brand because I don’t want to be rude BUT it was a well known brand and I am sure if you went to the baby section and saw shelf-ready meals you could figure it out) and as I open it, smell it and look at it, I say to him, “Jax I am really sorry honey.” (The peas were yellow. Ew.)

So, I deliver the meal to my child in his highchair. He looks at the food. I turn around to go back into the kitchen. I hear a “Plop. Plop. Bloop.” I turn back around and he has dumped his entire meal on the floor and then sees me and drops the plate too. Needless to say my husband and I have not since forgotten to order our Susan’s Healthy Kids meals. A usual order for us is: fresh fruit bowls, ravioli with peas and apples, turkey noodle bake with butternut squash and snow peas, meatloaf with potatoes and broccoli and pizza with celery, carrots and applesauce.

– Kerry

December 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

End of the Day

When I think about the hardest times I have had being a mom I have to say that they have always been at the day of a work day. Blake is currently at a daycare close to home but it’s about 35 minutes from my work, which makes the commute home pretty stressful and leaves no time to waste.

This past Friday I was stressed and frustrated. I had a lot to complete at work and no time to do it. I would have loved to have stayed longer at work but my husband gets out later and is unable to pick Blake up from school so I don’t have that “luxury.” I was frustrated that I couldn’t stay and left late…not the best way to leave.

I got to Blake on time but he was the last one there and for some reason that kills me. He was happy as a clam to see me and that, as always, made my day. Now here is the part where I wish I could understand the mind of a two-year-old —  there are these pictures up on the wall at school and every night before we go home we stop and look at them and he points out his friends and teachers, he loves it. Well, Friday all the teachers were following us out and I told him that we would look at the pictures on Monday because everyone was going home. He was NOT okay with this! By the time we got to the car he was so worked up and pissed that he would not get in his car seat. I tried everything to get him to sit, everything, but he refused. I got the top straps buckled and he just slouched the rest of his body in protest. I asked nicely and I asked in a stern tone but nothing worked. I was so frustrated (and pregnant) that finally I just broke down in tears…I didn’t know what to do and I just wanted to get home after a long week.

I thought about driving home with him half unbuckled but I couldn’t!! I did however drive to a different spot, one that was better lit and I just parked it, and I figured we would just wait it out. My husband called on his way home and heard in my voice that I was not okay, when I tried explaining what had just occurred and why I was just crying it sounded so lame! He made me feel better anyway.

Blake and I got out and walked around the plaza for a bit and this seemed to help. When I thought he was finally ready I tried getting him in again, it was still a fight but I won this time. He cried the whole way home and I just drove wondering why he was so furious. I will never know.

All I can do is try my hardest to leave work on time so that I am relax and re-energized by the time I get to his daycare so that I can be somewhat prepared to handle my two-year-old child. Oh the joys of being a Mom!

– Carissa

November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Sleep Anyone?: Part 4, Conclusion

Sick Baby – Well there’s nothing much you can do about this in regards to sleep. I pretty much just let them sleep snuggled next to me and it’s not usually too bad, but I may have to get up four times and I just deal with it. You can try the warm milk, rocking or other soothing techniques but I am always quite surprised that they still seem to sleep okay when sick.

Diaper rash, runny poop issues – So when my G Man gets rashes they are horrible. He usually has a runny poo along with them, which caused the rash in the first place. I check the diaper before bed and change it – IF during the night he cries, I automatically change his diaper because the rash he gets is not worth it. Although during a normal night time cry, if you ignore it he will rock himself to sleep; during runny poo time he really is crying because it hurts him. So change the diaper as much as you can and he will go right back to sleep.

So those are the things that work for us. I used to have a sleep disorder growing up so now that I have gotten over that I sleep whenever and wherever I can. All parents need to learn to do the same. Get naps where you can and split up duties so the both of you can at least get a few nights solid sleep a week.

– Kerry

November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Sleep Anyone?: Part 3 – Temperature & Teething

Temperature – So we always leave our air on at 69 degrees. That way the baby-baby gets swaddled and I don’t have to worry about overheating but the older kids aren’t too hot and can sleep in tee shirts and use covers. Plus my husband gets hot a lot and my Restless Leg Syndrome acts up at night so I need it a little colder. My Jax is always hot so this works for him and my G Man is usually cold so he still wears long pajamas and they both sleep great! We also have a ceiling fan on all the time because I read that was good for preventing SIDS and the babies like to watch their good friend “The Fan.”

G-Man showing off his baby teeth!

Teething – Yeah. Teething. I hate teething. They will wake up and cry when this is going on. Usually, when I think my kid has turned into a big jerk is when I realize they are actually teething. I am not a big medicine-giver, but I give them medicine before bed when they are teething or none of us will get sleep. That’s really the only trick we have needed that works.



– Kerry


was good for preventing SIDS and the babies like to watch their good friend “The Fan.”Teething –

November 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Sleep Anyone?: Part 2 – SLEEP

The infant stage – When our babies are born, my husband and I split up the feedings and tasks. One thing I get is the Itzbeen; a timer where I can time feedings, medication, diaper changes and how long they have been asleep. At night originally we switched every other feeding. I pump and my babies are used to both myself and the bottles by pretty much the first week they are born, so that gives us each four hours at a time at night of uninterrupted sleep. This works for the first week or two when my husband is off. But then when he needs to go back to work and I still have 5 more weeks off, I tend to take the night feedings back knowing I have Carmen (our amazing housekeeper) to help me if I need to sleep during the day. But the weekends and nights I don’t have help, we switch back to every 4 hours. At some point, we both decide a full night’s sleep would be better then the 4 hour stretch, so we alternate entire nights. That way we will at least get a full night’s sleep every other night. We just have always kind of told each other when that time had arrived – eventually the baby WILL sleep though the night and we can both rest easy again.

One thing we do a little differently that people get all judgmental about is that we co-sleep starting at about six to eight weeks when I have to go back to work. That way the baby is with us in bed when we have to feed him/her. This takes us 20 minutes and then we are all back to sleep. We are lame and actually got a mini fridge and bottle warmer for our bedroom upstairs so we don’t even have to leave the room to get bottles or milk or whatever. My friend just jokingly said our bedroom was like a studio apartment, haha! We have a little co-sleeper bed or bouncy that the baby sleeps in so we never worry about crushing him/her. We also currently have Jax and G Man in our room because we all sleep better being together that way in my house. Their bedroom is all the way downstairs by itself and it makes me so nervous to leave them down there. For now the way we are doing it is working so until Kenady is born, we won’t be changing anything.

– Kerry

November 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

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