Friday, February 27, 2009

The Lamp Came Crashing Down

My kids, oh my kids. They are a such an energectic group of little people running all over my house. I decided that was enough of the running, climbing chasing and what ever else they do behind my back and had them sit down and actually play with a toy and they did. My kids are really not the type to sit down and play with something for a period of time. Well actually Sophia does sit down and will get involved in a puzzle or something but Nicholas and Isabella are all over the place and usually someone will crash into the other and that is it, its all over.

Tuesday night I was lying on my bed watching TV talking to Nichole when I heard this loud crashing sound. I could not even imagine what is was. I was just waiting for the screams to come that someone got hurt. I run into the living room and hang up the phone and see it dark in the living room and the lamp on the fall shattered into pieces. It was not an expensive lamp but a nice lamp that went well with the decor of the rest of the room. According to the eyewitness on the screen (being my husband) Isabella went to get something off the end table and pushed to lamp crashing down. Not really sure how she managed to do that but she did. Nicholas continued playing games on the computer and Sophia did not bat an eyelash as she was watching some Noggin show. Well atleast now I can buy a new lamp for the living room and possible getting all new decor to match the lamp. We will see.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My Night Out with the Girls

It was so good to get out with some old friends and see everyone again. On Saturday my sister Nicole and I jumped in her car and heading to Slate in NYC. We met up with Stephanie, Felicia, Jennifer and Cindy as well as some other friends from New Utrecht High School class of 1990. The bar/pool hall was very nice and so were the drinks. Had some wine as well as 3 shots I think with friends. Not sure what the shots were but they were good. Something about a Lemon Drop and a Washington. The 3rd shot I think was some sort of concoction (spell is bad I know) that Stephanie made up. Don't really know what was in but who cares it went down and did not even have to chase it.
We left the Slate about 1:30 am ish and headed back to New Jersey. On the way home Nicole kept saying how hungry she was. We were hoping that IHOP was opened but it was not. So we did go to the Saddle Brook diner and it was a happening place at the time. We ordered the usual after a night out and drinking. Yep you got it, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast, bacon and sausage. Speaking of sausage I went to slice of piece off of one on the other dish and the freaking fat sausage flew across the room. I was so embarrassed and we laughed so hard including the lady at the next booth across from us. She witnessed the whole thing. All I said was it was a slippery little sucker!

We then left there and went back to my mom's house for some much needed rest. Woke up the next morning at 7:30. It was so nice not to have to get up with the kids the next morning. Felt like I was on vacation. I actually laid on the couch and watched TV in peace. I kept yelling out to my mom that I was never going home. But I did go home about 10:30 am and I picked that time because I knew the girls would be going down for their nap about then.

Can't wait to do it again!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Been Awhile

So its has been a while since I last posted and really not much as happened. But it has almost been a week so I am sure I have some things to post. Let's see: Oh OK

The girls are sick. How could I possible forget the ear piecing cries from Sophia. She does feel better in the sense that she no longer has a fever but I do think that she has a sore throat and her nose is a bit running and stuffy with green junk. I have been giving her neubulizer treatments and it has helped her clear everything up. I don't think she needs to go back to the Dr. unless I hear it in her chest. Then I will be worried. She did give us a run for our money with the constant crying and whining and it is hard to have so much patience in the middle of the night or early morning like 3am wake up call. I kept reminding myself that she is a baby and she needs her mommy or daddy to comfort her. We should be so lucky that she needs us this much in 5, 10, 15 years later.

Isabella is such a pleasant girl but she will let you know when something is wrong. On Sunday she was complaining of her ear. Not in words but by sticking her finger in her right ear and saying "ouch! She only did that on Sunday and has not done it again so maybe perhaps she had water in ear from the bath i gave her early on not sure.

Nicholas is ok recovered well from his screaming tantrum at the Dr's office last week. Still can't believe that he acted out that way but he is 5 and if he wants to be afraid of a needle then let him be. I know adults who are terrified of a needle.

Valentine's Day

Nothing exciting for Valentine's day. The best gift I received was a HUGE opened arms picture that my son made for me in school and it said "I Love You This Much". It is still hanging up in my kitchen and probably would be until I find some artwork or pictures to hang on that bare wall. I have not found or I should say really looked for anything that I would like to put there. I do have to take myself to Home Goods to check it out though. OK back to Valentine's Day. It was a quiet well it was a day at home and later on my mom and sister came over and we decided we would take the kids out for dinner. We went to Houlihans. It went well considering we had the twins with us and Sophia was still a bit whiny. You could not tell because we were surrounded by tables that had at least 3-4 kids and some even as young as the girls.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My 3:00 am Wake Up Call

So Sophia is no longer feverish but she does continue to whine and is becoming very clingy. My sister had a stomach virus last week so I believe that she passed it on to Sophia. My sister said that she had a hard time pooping. Well Sophia has not crapped yesterday nor today so far so I am thinking that is what is making her uncomfortable. She woke us well let me say me at 3:00am this morning and I have basically been up ever since. It is so hard to be patience with a 2 yr old that is whining and clingy and it is 3:00 am but we do what we do because we are moms and our kids don't feel well. She was so restless and just couldn't get a comfortable position until she found one half on me and half off the couch. Hey I did not mind because it was now almost 5:00 am and she was sleeping. All I kept thinking was only 1.5 hours until I have to get up for work. I felt as if I just closed my eyes at it was 6:32 am already.

Nicholas is good after his scream attack on Wednesday after his last MMR shot. Isabella is her fun, loving, spunky self. Always looking around with a curious eye waiting to help someone out. She is so kind and loving and affectionate. She must get that from me!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Son, the Screamer

We took the kids in for their well visits yesterday and also to see what was wrong with Sophia and her vomiting and throwing up. Turns out she has a viral infection and hears all sorts of rumbling inside her stomach. Should take a few days to clear out. I am just hoping it does not spread through out the house. So Dr. Bruno says that Nicholas will need the last round of the MMR shot before he would be able to enter Kindergarten in September and if I wanted to do it now or come back over the summer. I said sure we are here lets get it over with now so I don't have to come back and pay another co-pay. As soon as Nicholas found out he was due for a shot he screamed and screamed and screamed. He never acted like this before. He would always take his shots "like a man" as I quote my husband and father in law. Something just got over him. Took a while to calm him down but finally had to hold him still so the nurse can stick it in his arm. My husband had the girls and he was livid and embarrassed but hey my son is 5 let him be afraid of a shot.

Sophia had just a mild fever this morning but was up again at 4:00 am. I am hoping that within a few days this ugly virus goes away and she will start back sleeping again. Poor little girl feel so helpless when you cant help your own child.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Instant Sickness

Tuesday started out as an ordinary day, got the kids off to my mother in law's house and me off to my cushy part time job. That is what my jealous friends like to call my job "cushy" because it is part time, I can come and go as I please and best part is it is only 2 blocks from home. So after work I picked up the kids and went home and started preparing dinner. Sophia was whinning more so than usual but we know she is a bit spoiled so paid it no mind. I had a Township meeting in Saddle Brook that night at 6:30 and left a bit early so I can get out of my noisy house. Carlos texts me at 7:00pm to tell me that Sophia threw up and is running a fever and he will put her down to sleep. I get home at 10:00pm and see the comforter and sheets and her pj's in the corner of my room and I could smell the vomit. I lay down and only say to myself well thank god she is sleeping because I was so tired, that was short lived because she woke up at 11:00pm with a fever and throwing up. She had a fever of 101 all night and still this morning. I felt bad leaving her today but I went to work and left her at my mother in law's house. Today just happens to be all 3 of the kids well visit. So I guess later today we will determine what is wrong with her. I would say ear infection.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Party's Over

So the birthday parties are officially over. The night before Nicholas' birthday I decorated the house with ballons. I put ballons in the living room as well as a cluster of ballons over his bed. I prepared the cupcakes for his birthday party in school. On the morning of February 5th Nicholas was so excited that it was now officially his birthday. We gave him his present in the morning. It was a electronic hockey table that we have been watching in Target, just waiting for the price to drop. He was very excited about the table and ran around and hugged us so much. He wanted it so bad.

His birthday party went well in school. I made cupcakes with colored sprinkles and gave each kid a coloring book with pirates or princess' along with crayons. He came home with a birthay crown that hsi teacher Ms. Bernaducci made for him.

Later that evening when everyone came home from work we had cake for Nicholas at our home. My mom, Nicole, Antonia, my inlaws and Bobby came over for cake. We had a Friendly's ice cream cake. We sang Happy 5th Birthday to him. He was so excited to turn a whole hand. He has been asking for the past month and counting down the days when his birthday would come.

On Friday Feb 6th I took the day off of work to prepare the food for Saturday's party. I was expecting atleast 30 people to celebrate the kids birthday's. I made chicken cutlet parmagina, sausage with peppers, pasta vodka, rice and peas and steamed vegetables. My mother in law made chicken crochets, empanadas and tortilla. My mom made sweedish meatballs and eggplant parmagina. Claudine was in charge of the bread from Brooklyn of course. So preparing all the food went off without a hitch. I then made 2 doll cakes for the girls. They came out so cute.

Later that afteroon at 4:00pm the kids started coming over for Nicholas' party with some friends from school. We invited, Andrew, Aaron, Matthew, Danny, Colin, Pasqual, Marecello, Antonio, Eric and Joe. Antonia helped me out along with Nicole but she was too sick. It was a pirate themed party and the kids all enjoyed themseleves. We did color your own pirate bandana, make your own pirate map and each kid smacked the Pirate ship pinata that was filled with lots of chocolate, pirate coins, tattoes and some other novelty toys. The party was over at 6pm and since it was in the basement the mess was not too bad. It took about 1/2 hour to clean it up. I would say it went well and if you have the space for it I would recommened it.

So Saturday morning we started preparing the food and placing them on the sterno's. Guest were scheduled to arrive at 1pm. I made 36 cupcakes out of 1 box of cake mix, I know I was a bit surprised myself that I got that many out of 1 box! Took awhile to make but I place the cupcakes on a cupcake tower and decorated them black and some white. I think Carlos and I were done preparing things around 12:30 giving us enough time to shower and get dressed. I had John Stern and his family, Aunt Evelyn, Cousisn Lynda and Joseph, Claudine, Joey, Alyssa, Daniel, In laws, mom, Nicole, Antonia, Tony Terranova and his family. my Godmother Susan and Viggo and Marta and her kids.

The day went well, lots of good food and drinks. Carlos played bartendar in the kitchen, I was in the dinning room with family and the kids were playing downstairs. It was a great day and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

Now to Sunday February 8th - the girls 2nd birthday. We had some leftover food so I invited my family to come and help us finish off the food. It was a very lazy day coming off the last 3 days and parties. My in laws came about 4pm and we had some more cake to sing happy birthday to Sophia & Isabella. They enjoyed the singing but the did not know it was their birthday. They just knew it was time for more cake.

Everyone left and went home and I got the house back in order for the start of a fresh week come Monday morning. The parties are over and everything is back to where it should be. The gifts are unwrapped and still in bags. Lots of clothes were received for the spring/summer months.

I am so glad that all 4 parties went off without a hitch and my husband and I were able to give our kids parties the way we did.

Happy Birthday Nicholas, Sophia & Isabella

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How The Kids Came Along

My name is Danielle and I am a mother of 3 very precious children. My son Nicholas who is 5 today was born on February 5th at 10:50 am weighing an astounding 9lbs 10 oz 21.5 inches long. He was delivered by c-section due to breeched position. It took my husband and I 3 years to conceive him. We had 2 failed IUI's and the 3rd one took. It was a long battle with infertility but we finally got pregnant.

When Nicholas was 2.5 we decided we would try to have another baby on our own. We said we would try for 6 months before seeking treatments again. Well it must of been a full moon that night because we conceived the twins the first night trying with no assistance at all and twins dont even run in our family from what we know. Who cares how they were conceived but so glad they were.

The twins Sophia & Isabella were born 6 weeks early at 34 weeks 1 day due to lack of fluid on baby "A" which was Sophia. Prior to them being born I was hospitalized off and on during my pregnacy for pre-eclampsia. I had a lot of protein in my urine and blood pressure was high. Considering being born prematurely Sophia was born weighing 5.6 lbs and Isabella was 5.2 lbs. They were on oxygen for the first 2 days and feeding tubes. On day 3 these tubes were removed and they stood in the Nicu for a little over a week. Sophia came home first on day 8 and Isabella stood an extra night due to not maintaing her oxygen levels in her car seat test.