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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

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

Beautiful helmets for beautiful babies

I am sorry it has been so long since I have posted. My life with three babies has been a whirlwind to say the least. I wanted to put up the contact info of an AMAZING artist who paints helmets for our plagio or brachy babies:

lazardo’s Photos
http://www.lazardo.smugmug.com/

I used this company for GG’s helmet and his was amazing. The helmet had the Dinosaur Train theme.

We had so much fun with him in the helmet. It made a clinical, depressing time fun and happy for our whole family.

This time, I had Paula, the painter, do a personalized work of art for Kenady. She put each of our family’s birth signs and also painted Sophie the Giraffe and Koi for good luck (which Kenady is) on the helmet. My dream that I had of my KK a year before she was even conceived is now painted out. So seriously if anyone has to helmet….GET PAULA!

–       Kerry

August 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Big boy undies, accidents & rewards, welcome to potty training!

Working and being a mom is challenging, but I thought this part of parenting was going to be more much trying, which is why I put it off for so long. What I learned is that you can’t rush this one! After Blake took his first steps all a heard for about a year was “when are you going to cut the bottle,” or “when is he going to stop using a pacifier,” and last but not least, “when are you going to potty train?”

Well, I got the first two done pretty quickly but I could not even wrap my brain around the potty training, just the thought if it exhausted me and grossed me out! Once I got pregnant, I let the months go by and then got recommendations from my daycare people to hold off on the potty training until the new baby came. Too much change would be too much for Blake and he would end up digressing and all that work would be for nothing. What a wonderful idea, I didn’t want to do it anyway—haha!

The week before I got induced one of Blake’s teachers told me that he was showing signs that he was ready and to start packing underwear for him if we wanted to start training. Again I thought I’d wait. I am really glad I waited until he was ready and showing signs at school because it made this transition so much easier! Like I said in my previous post, the night we came home from the hospital he was ready to try going in his potty at home and went successfully. From that moment, there was no turning back and, with my mom’s help and encouragement, he was never in diapers again (except at night). He stayed home with us my first week back with Isabella and everyday my mom was taking care of me and the Isa, AND training B to use the potty (I know, she’s super woman right?).

There were, of course, many accidents but we always let him know it was okay and that we would just keep trying. We asked him if he needed to use the potty every 30 minutes or so until we knew his routine better. Every time he successfully went in the potty it was a party with lots of praise and high-fives. On the weekends we would also go shopping for a new car or small toy and made sure he knew exactly why he was being rewarded. He loved it!

It’s been about five months and he is pretty much fully potty trained (yes, it takes time). He has an accident every once in a while, but that’s okay. He is no longer in diapers at night unless he doesn’t go to the bathroom before bed or happens to go to bed unusually early. This transition takes a lot of patience but it’s not as bad as it seems, once you are in it you’re in it and there is no turning back so just embrace it :).

– Carissa

August 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Uh-oh…I made a mess!




Uh-oh…I made a mess!

Originally uploaded by The Penguin and the Noggin

Sweet Baby G at dinnertime.

October 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

Dearest husband, get your wallet ready…

We are having a GIRL!! We were very much surprised and overjoyed when we got the ultrasound results.

Honestly, I never imagined having a baby girl, I just didn’t. I grew up with two older brothers and felt I just related to boys better than I did girls. I always thought I wouldn’t have what it takes to raise a little girl into a young woman and I feared how much I would worry for her safety. My college roommate and I have even joked about moving up to college with our daughters (if we ever had them) just so that we could keep an eye on them and keep them out of the shenanigans we were always in. However, when I saw that little girl on that screen yesterday I felt a complete change. I’m ready for her and can’t wait to meet her!

I have been on cloud nine since and I can’t stop thinking about EVERYTHING! I didn’t clothes shop much for Blake, I just got him the basics and some fun tees along the way because I figured, he’s a boy and 9 times out of 10 he came home from school looking like he got attacked by arts & crafts, mud and shoes full of sand. Now I am dying to head to Baby Gap and start this girl’s wardrobe!

I am thinking about what I am going to do in the nursery, what theme I am going to chose, bedding, area rugs, and the whole nine yards. I thought if we had a boy we could use a lot of the same things we did for Blake but now that it’s a girl we can’t use the same things we did for a boy. Growing up I got hand me downs all the time, money was tight and I understood that, but I swore if I ever had a little girl she would never get hand me downs from a boy, haha, I know that’s a little extreme!

I already thought about starting her school fund AND her wedding fund, oh boy! I thought about how smart she will be and how I will always do my best to be a great example to her and always be hard working like my parents are. I also imagined how beautiful she would look in a wedding gown.

I am sure it’s quite obvious from my post that I have a lot on my mind!

But I know my husband will be really good at bringing me back to reality and reminding me to stay in the “now” but it sure is fun to daydream about that little person who we are waiting patiently to meet.

-Carissa

October 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm 1 comment


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