Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Even though it wasn't officially Christmas yet, it sure felt like it.
We ate great thanks to my Mom's awesome cooking and the kiddo's had a blast playing and opening presents.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
The really special thing about it was that it was my Dad's first time decorating cookies! He did a great job. Oh, and my mom really was there even though I missed her in every single picture I took. She, in fact, did the bulk of the baking that day. Here is proof.
It was a great time and I really do hope we can continue this tradition!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I am in complete pain because she is jumping (and I do mean JUMPING) on my knees. She's loving it though but I couldn't walk for a few minutes.
This is just a few minutes before that...we were having so much fun. =)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
* Hubby: consider yourself warned for next year
I also plan on getting a personal trainer to kick my big butt. My goal is to get in some serious workouts before our big trip to Disney so it doesn’t kill me and I don’t get exhausted too fast. I am excited and nervous about this change but mostly I am SO EXCITED! It is seriously something I have wanted to do for years but never felt like I was worth it to spend that kind of money. Well, now I feel like I am finally worth it. I still don’t like spending the money but you know what? I’d rather be healthy at this point. This should be the kick in my butt that I need to make some healthy changes, and I would rather spend the money on this versus another diet plan!
I am trying not to get too excited about this though. When I was in college I got on an exercise kick and dropped a serious amount of weight without trying hard. In fact, I got to my smallest size while I did that and weight watchers – a freaking size 4. I don’t expect to get that small again…mostly because I am a lot older (sigh). Honestly, I am mostly doing this to be a good role model for my kiddo AND to get my blood pressure down. Now, I do hope that I turn into the incredible shrinking Holly but if that doesn’t happen I am not going to cry over it. I just can’t wait to see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I have to have hope that this will stop. That people will live with one another and treat each other with the respect that they deserve.
I have to have hope that this will happen or I my heart is going to break into a million pieces.
I just have to have hope.
As I look at families that are struggling to keep their children alive from illnesses, I just cannot comprehend how other people are killing them. Every time I see or hear about it happening a piece of me dies. I will never get it back. I have actually stopped listening or watching the news just because of this reason. And, sadly, I still learn about it without trying. That’s how often it is happening now.
Please. I beg of you. Stop. I have to have hope and faith that people will start being human again. Love each other. Please. I have to have hope for my daughter and her future on this earth.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I don't know which Libby loves more - dancing or the muppets (specifically Miss Piggy). Fortunately, she has found a way to combine them. Here is a video of Libby dancing with her Daddy while watching a dance routine between Miss Piggy, Kermit, and cast. Normally, she tries to do a longer tap routine while Miss Piggy does it...This is something I will always cherish.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What are some of your holiday traditions?
What kind of things do you make for Thanksgiving or do you stick to the traditional bird? Any tips so I don’t blacken the thing? =)
* I know I said we weren’t going to get any stuffed toys but Libby loves Ernie right now and it was just too cute to pass up. I had the pleasure of giving her the toy and she freaked out (in a good way) when she saw it.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
We went to my hometown this weekend for a family reunion. More specifically, we went to a park where Jim and I spent the entire thing running around after her. At one point, Libby was determined to use the monkey bars - at age 2. We humored here and took this video after she hung on for about 15 seconds *by herself*. This video doesn't do it justice. My little future iron man!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It was horrible. I can almost take comforting a sick child at 1am but to try to convince a very alert, happy kid that it was time to go to bed when clearly it wasn't for her is not so fun for a parent. Add to that I had some kind of stomach bug (which only tends to happen on Sunday nights I notice - coincidence?) where I was up half the night anyways. So the end result was we put her to bed at her normal 8pm listened to her play in her room until 10pm when she fell asleep for the first time. Listened to her get up at 1am and then spent the next hour trying to get her to go to sleep. The next hour was just spent with us shaking our heads that she was still awake and playing contently in her crib. Then from 3am - 4am I think we began to get loopy and just prayed she went to sleep. Because, you see, I have the pleasure of taking her back to daycare for the first time in a week. Which means she gets up at 6:45am on the dot so I have a prayer of getting to work by 7:45am (which is what I strive for). Just the thought of having to get her up after so little probably didn't help my stomach issues.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
For those of you that know me even a little bit know that I am worry-wart so this made me a prisoner in my own home. I thought that if we just stayed home all of the time we would be safe. My husband had other ideas. He said we should move. And so began the fun of packing up our lives and trying to convince others not to be afraid of our area. We got a realtor and as quickly as we could put the house up on the market. Sadly, this backfired because after a few weeks of having our sign out front we had a visitor one morning at around 3:45am trying to get into our house. Luckily I am crazy and make sure the alarm is always set. The alarm went off instantly and nothing was taken. The police were called but told us they couldn't look for fingerprints because nothing was damaged or taken. Lucky us. We were the first house to get hit at night...again, lucky us.
It is hard to think about the old house because we both loved it. It was our first home and we took our first child home from the hospital there. We wanted to make it work but in the end we just couldn't expose our child to that area. We didn't tell our friends and family about all that was happening because we didn't want to worry them. So, if you are reading this and are shocked or upset we didn't share this with you...we did it out of love. I promise.
But now we are in our new house. I am finally at peace and in a home I can see raising our children in for a very, very long time.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
And about how much she has grown from sitting and chewing on things that were towering over her...
To watching her build things and tower over them...
Watching her grow up is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. I am so thankful to have this little wonderful girl in my life.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Last weekend I proclaimed to my husband (who is a fantastic writer even though I can't seem to get him to write here) that I wanted to write more on this blog. He, of course, supported me but Libby decided it was time to start acting like a 2 year old. My sweet, beautiful little girl turned into this little kid that was doing anything she could do break the rules and just act up. What we discovered Sunday evening after getting up with her for the 1 millionth time is it wasn't all together her fault. She was teething again.
Now Libby started to teeth early so we are pretty used to it. This seemed to be different though. First, she cried non-stop*. When she started this routine up on Monday morning I chalked it up to being a Monday and not wanting to go to daycare. Then her teacher called me at 8:30 to tell me she hadn't really stopped crying and begged me to let her give her some Tylenol. I happily said yes, thinking we had dodged a bullet and now my little girl would return to her sweet, loving self. Wrong. While realizing what Libby really needed was Motrin (Tylenol does squat for her), I called the daycare back to find out she had over a 101 fever. I quickly rushed to pick her up only to find her beet red and sobbing with her wonderful teacher attempting to calm her down while 3 other kids were running around having a great time since she was distracted. I was so surprised by how upset Libby was I sat down with her on the curb and let her cry a bit before getting into the car. Once in the car I turned the A/C on full blast (yes, I am pretty sure that is a no-no but if you saw her your only thought would be to cool her off too) and made her there was a movie in the DVD player to keep her company on the way home. The next few days seemed to go on forever with crying fits, sleepless nights, fevers, etc.
Sadly, Libby still wasn't feeling well and by Thursday it was making me nervous. Teething shouldn't be this rough, right? I called the Doctor and made an appointment for that afternoon. We were going to see the other Doctor in the practice, not our normal one. I wasn't concerned but I just wanted her to find something to explain this. But what did she find? Nothing. Not. A. Thing. So, her advice was to not give her Tylenol or Motrin anymore and see if the fever comes back and only give her Motrin at night to help her sleep. Sadly this made for a horrible night full of screaming and getting up constantly and brought her fever back to 102.5. We took her back to the Doctor today and her normal Doctor was there. For some reason, one I would love to know, she thought she might have a Urinary Tract Infection and wanted to get a sample of her urine. This involved cleaning Libby's private areas and 'taping' a bag to them to collect the urine. Libby hated this and of course refused to go to the bathroom. This resulted in getting her first ever catheter. Or at least I think so, by this point we had been in the room for almost 1.5 hours and I was about to pass out from the heat, screaming, and sobbing (from both me and Libby). I couldn't even watch and then I saw it. She was looking for me. I needed to step up and so I did. I stopped crying (which I hid by looking away) and focused only on her. We got through it (even though they barely got anything to do a test) and found out she didn't have any kind of infection or bacteria. They also did a Strep Test which came back negative. So, even after almost 2 hours they still had no idea what was going on with her. Their suggestion was to get her to drink more (duh) and continue to give her Tylenol and Motrin (double duh). I am not really frustrated by the whole experience with the Doctors...mostly just frustrated that we still don't know what is wrong. I hope it is just a virus and it goes away really soon.
* My heart goes out to any parents with a baby with colic. After 5 days of non-stop screaming and little to no sleep, I am a zombie that will cry or scream at you for any reason whatsoever.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
As the video explains, we are having a difficult time teething right now. I swear this kid must be growing another set of teeth. This morning was our first good morning since last Sunday. No fever and very little pain. I took today off to take care of her and decided why not try finger painting. She loves it at daycare so I figured it would be a hit. Libby loved it. At first she was a little hesitant (as the video shows) but after I turned off the camera and showed her how to write her name using her fingers, by the end the paper was completely covered with paint. It was awesome fun!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
09.07.09 STL Zoo - Running around the Monkey House (4)
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So, to all of those Moms and Dads starting this adventure, it gets better. You do learn to deal with little to no sleep and it eventually doesn't make such an impact on your day. But, a word of caution (as stated above), just because your bundle of joy starts sleeping through the night...it doesn't mean it will last forever so cherish those nights where you get your much needed sleep!
Libby loves to talk...it just isn't in english. We call it Libberish or Libbenese. This is a conversation Jim and Libby had on the way home from date night last week. We're trying to get her to calm down while driving home...this is the result. Urgent talking to Dadda.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My main concern with moving is how Libby would react. She's doing a lot better than I expected. The first couple of nights she woke up scared but after that she was fine. Her new room is twice as big as her old room so we were able to put some of her toys in her room. Now she insists on putting every single stuffed animal in her crib before she goes to bed. Seriously. And she has a lot too.
So all is good in the Ski household now. =) We're trying to get completely settled now but it isn't too hard....we're really content here!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Everything seems to be coming together though. I just worry something will fall a part or Libby will have a bad transition. If you all have any advice on how to make this smoother, please let me know!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
7.8.09 Lamberts Trip - beating Daddy with a balloon
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Jim has a new job. YAY! He is no longer a contractor at AB but is now a contractor at a furniture place in Clayton. The plan is for him to work there as a contractor until the hiring freeze is over there and then make him an employee. He just completed his second week there this week and is really enjoying it. The best perk he is able to work from home. If you know Jim, you know that is something he has always dreamed of being able to do. This is a great fit for him and our family!
And meanwhile, the house is still for sale. We haven't made any progress in selling it but are still hopeful. Everyone else around us is having good luck selling their homes so we're hoping we can hop on that train soon. We'll keep you guys posted.
Libby is still the center of our world. She keeps growing and developing more and more each day. Lib is now, unbelievably so, 21 months old. Next week Jim and I are planning to take a week off of work to just spend relaxing at home. During the time we are going to attempt potty training. I am not sure what to expect so I am expecting the worst so that I won't be disappointed if this is a complete failure. I'll blog our progress next week...maybe you all can give us tips or at least help me keep my sanity if it doesn't go well. =)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
What do you do when your child is in between chairs? Libby doesn't really like to be in the high chair but does not want to use a booster. She prefers to just sit in a regular chair. Thank goodness she is so tall.
Oh, and lets not forget the activity table. Since it is the miniature version of her daycare's table where she eats and plays, she does like to sit there too. Hey, at least it is her size!