Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Here is a video of us this morning with Maddie discovering that it snowed while she was sleeping. There's another video to come of her sledding!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sick, again!

Yup, we are sick. Actually, Maddie and I are sick while Gabe and baby are fine. We had yet another scare with Maddie's breathing troubles on Friday night and it's been a watch-and-wait game over the weekend to see if she was getting better or if we needed to take her to the hospital. A few phone calls with the on-call pulmonologist and some prednisolone later, she seems to be on the mend. I, on the other hand, have learned what a panic attack feels like and have also gotten sick. Friday night I could barely bring myself to sleep because my fear of Maddie not being able to breathe was all consuming. It's impossible to have a child have a hard time breathing and not be affected. Thank God we have the doctors we have and the medicine she needed. She has to go in this week to be evaluated and see where we go from here. I think I have the same thing, but because I'm an adult, it isn't so detrimental to my breathing. My throat aches as does my body, but that's about it. Feeling not so great today, but hopefully getting better. So, that's the news here. Not fun, but on the mend (finger's crossed).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's finally here!

So, inauguration day is upon us and I'm so glad it's here. It's been a looooooooooooong wait (8 years anyone?) and today just has a sense of electricity in the air. Well, the electricity in my house is coming from our couch (what is that all about)-but I digress. Today is a monumental day for the whole country-and in particular my little part of the world. I drive to Maryland every Monday night and last night I think there were at least 20 signs that reminded us that tomorrow there would be road closures due to a "DC Event." Who on earth, or at least in DC, Maryland and Virginia doesn't know what "event" is happening today? I thought it was a little comical but I'm sure it was also necessary. So, I just wanted to mark this day by saying I'm so happy, emotional, joyful and peaceful. I'm also so happy that my daughters' first memory of a president will be Mr. Obama. It gives me chills.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is it just me or...

do the days seem longer even though there's less daylight? Maybe it's because every day around this house starts at the ripe hour of 6am and by 2:12pm every day, I'm pooped. So, yeah, I guess it is just me. Also, I went out for a quick errand an hour ago and when I came home I could hear Maddie crying/screaming from outside. I ran in to see what was wrong and she was standing next to Gabe crying. He said that she looked out the window and saw that I had pulled up and began wailing. What's the deal? She was so happy to see me she was in hysterics?! I guess I have that effect?...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Early morning riser...

So, I'm up and blogging at the ripe hour of 6:10am because my little munchkin decided to play a game with the noises she can make with her mouth; it sounded a lot like a dying animal :) I woke up and came down to make her a bottle while simultaneously making a bubba for her sister (because I was sure she was awake too) only to find that by the time all milk products were ready for consumption the upstairs had become quiet! So here I sit actually enjoying some alone, blogging time before I hear them again. I haven't been blogging as much and that's been bothering me. I really like to keep fam and friends updated, but it seems like a lot has been going on around me lately that has taken my attention and energy. So, today marks the day that it's back to business as usual. Yesterday, Siobhan and her girls came over for our first visit since October! They were gone for so long and it was great to have them back. Aibha and Maddie don't seem nearly as different as the babies did since the last time we saw each other. It's that baby thing. They change so much from week to week; if you blink you will miss it. Siobhan and I were both marvelling at how fast this time around is going with our little ones. It's hard to believe Aisling is already 7 months old and that Grace is 4 months. I think we both harbor some sadness at the idea that this is the last baby. The last time to watch someone become their own little self, to grow hair, to find their fingers, to cut their first tooth, to want only their mom... It's interesting to me because when Maddie was about 6 months old I started to really know that I would want another baby sometime after she turned one and a half. I wonder if that feeling will hit me so strongly this time around? Right after we had Grace we said to each other "That's it." Well, mostly Gabe said that and I, having just undergone labor, was in total agreement. But, I love the idea that it really is totally unknown. For me, there's no way to really know when you're done having children. Even at the toughest times, they are the most amazing little beings. I'm not at the point where I would even consider more kids (don't get that message from this post); the labor is too fresh in my mind ;) Plus, Grace is amazing. I love her babyhood and want to relish it the way I did Maddie's. Two little girls feels pretty perfect to me.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Grace eats for the 1st time!

Grace is really unsure about eating rice cereal! Maybe better luck tomorrow :)
Because it's been a while since I blogged, I just want to say that we are doing well. Maddie went back to preschool this week and loved it. Gabe is doing dog shows all weekend about 45 minutes away; he showed yesterday but didn't win anything. I'm good; been to the chiropractor every other day this week because of my neck :( Feeling good this morning though. Happy Friday!