Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May Self Portrait(s)

I decided to include two self portraits from this past month, because May is one of my favorite months of the year, and we did a lot.

Number one, I have a lot to celebrate in May.  Mother's Day, my birthday, and our wedding anniversary!!  Ha ha, pricey month for Michael ;)  So we had four date nights in one month, which is unheard of for us these days!  We saw the Broadway show Wicked, we went to the Zac Brown Band concert, and we went out for dinner (alone!) twice.  Ahhh, what a great month. 

Here I am at the Zac Brown concert: 

Look at how close we were!!

But the second reason that I love the month of May is's strawberry picking time!!!  I could eat fresh, sweet strawberries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I honestly went at least once a week to pick a large basket of strawberries.  I ate them on everything: cereal, ice cream, pancakes, waffles.  Or I would just slice them up and eat them plain.  Plus I made strawberry pies, and lots of jars of strawberry jam.  Yup, just call me Suzy Homemaker.  Our season is quite long in comparison to other places (about a month and a half) and I was in heaven the whole time.  Always having plenty of fresh strawberries in the fridge.  I am now finishing my last bunch of them and it makes me sad.  That's it until next year.

This year, when I went picking, I got the pleasure of toting this little lady along with me:

Addy was always a complete mess after we were done, requiring the removal of all clothing and a full wipe down before getting in her car seat to go home.  But we both enjoyed ourselves, and that's all that matters!

So that's what I've been up to in May.  Sad that my favorite month is over, but I am so glad that summer is here!!!!  Bring on the beach!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sugar, and Spice, and All Things Nice

I'm sure all of you who read this blog already heard our news, but in September we are having .... another GIRL!!!  I can't even explain how excited I am, and a big part of the excitement is knowing that Addy will be getting a sister!  

I'll tell you, I NEVER thought Mike and I would end up with two girls.  His family (as far as his cousins) consists largely of boys, with his sister being one of the only girls.  I considered myself lucky that we got one girl, but I'm telling you, when I heard the news that this little bean is also a girl, I nearly fell out of my chair.  Mike and I were so sure that it was a boy, and though my initial reaction was complete shock, it was immediately followed with utter happiness.  Another precious girl to love :)  And all that kept flying through my head was, "Addy is going to have a sister!!!  YES!!!"

Having grown up with a sister myself, I know how awesome that bond can be. I wish with everything I have that Addy and this new little nugget have as great of a relationship as my sister and I have always had.

Summer 1989

Now, I know that it's not all wine and roses as far as sisters are concerned.  We fought like no other growing up, and I'm sure I'm in for the same dramatics that my parents endured.  But the bottom line is, when you have a sister, you have a built in best friend for life.  You fight, yes, but you know that no matter what, your sister will be there for you.  Forever and for always.

I have so many great memories growing up, and all of them include my sister.  I am only 2.5 years older than her, so I don't remember life without her.  Just as I know Addy won't remember life without her sister.  It's so crazy to think about, since life is all about her now.  But soon enough, Addy too will have moments like these:

A little look back :)

A partner in cheer

A friend on every holiday

Someone to plot with ;)... have "dance recitals" with... wear fanny packs with.  Ugh.

For some reason we were still wearing matching outfits at this age.  Not to mention that it was the awesome stage of really, really baggy clothes.  That was a rough one ;)

Powder Puff buddies :)

Someone to run with

Always there for each other's big moments...

Love this pic :)

A beach buddy

Who would've thought we'd still run together over ten years later?

And now that I have a child, my sister loves her like no one else could.  I love the bond that Tina and Addy already have :)

Looking back at all of these pictures makes me smile.  How lucky am I to have such an amazing sister?   Our relationship is what made me want another girl so that Addy could grow up with that same unbreakable sisterly bond. 

Now, like I said, I am not unrealistic.  I know that in between these picture perfect moments there was screaming and crying and slamming doors.  But that is all part of the process.  Life is not perfect, and neither is having a sister.  I remember being so annoyed that she always wanted to play with me and my friends.  "Find your own friends!", I would scream. 

But, when I couldn't find any friends, I had a built in buddy to play games with right there at home :)  Any we did plenty of that.  Monopoly marathons that lasted days on end.  Playing Shoreline Properties at the dining room table.  Building a fabric shop in Grandma and Grandpa's basement.

Yes, there was drama.  But I'm telling you, it's everything combined that made our relationship what it is today.  Despite the fact that we live hundreds of miles away, Tina is and always will be my best friend.  She is the one who will tell it to me like it is.  She is my much needed fashion consultant.  She is the one I call first with any news, good or bad.  She is the one I can vent to, or the one I can call for no reason at all.

I love my sister more than words can say, and I will do my absolute best to foster a similarly amazing bond between Addy and her younger sister.  I am so beyond excited to be bringing another little girl into our family.  What a joy and an absolute blessing :)


Friday, May 4, 2012

Triple Whammy

This week has been a rough one in the Hetrick house.  Specifically for Addy Marie... and possibly the nerves of Mommy and Daddy.  Let me explain. 

It all started on Monday morning.  Addy had a slight cold (very minor) and we were scheduled to go for her 15 month doctor's appointment.  So off we went.  I told the doctor that she had a cold, but that she was sleeping and eating fine.  He examined her and asked if she ever had a reaction to her vaccines before.  The answer was no.  She always took them like a champ.  Never got a fever, maybe just a little bit cranky.  So with that info in hand we decided to proceed with her vaccines that day.  Oh, and did I mention that she is getting molars too????  Yup.  But we plugged ahead.  The doctor did warn me to expect a small fever this time given the combo of things going on.

So Addy got two shots (was supposed to get three, but they were out of one of them so we have to wait until her 18 month appointment).  It went as expected at the time.  Screaming, following by immediate calming when Mommy picked her up :) 

Mike ended up getting out of work early, and Addy was pleasant and taking it all like a champ, so we decided to head out and pick some strawberries.

When we got home she was exhausted, so off for a nap she went.  Well, when she woke up....BAM!  It hit her.  Mike got her up and said she was burning up.  It was about 5PM at this time and she goes to bed at 7, so I wanted to wait and give her Advil right before bed.  It would be less than 2 hours from then, so no big deal right?

Well, I have never seen my girl look like this before. 

She was so pitiful.  She wouldn't eat dinner, and she just sat there slumped down in her high chair while we ate.  Normally she would never stand for being in that chair without food, but on Monday night she just didn't care.  Then Mike and I took turns snuggling her for the next two hours. 

Poor Baby :(

Look at her face.  I'm sure she is thinking, "Why are you taking pictures of me in this condition?"

Don't mind the drool/snot stain on my shirt.  She was so pitiful :(

For anyone who knows Addy, they know that snuggling for any longer than 0.2 seconds is very uncharacteristic for her.  In general, she is too busy to be bothered with long periods of snuggling.  So we knew she felt awful.  Two hours and she never once tried to get down.  Is it bad that we enjoyed our snuggle time?  We obviously hated that she was sick, but we took full advantage of snuggling with our little munchkin.  It was like everything else in our world stopped for those two hours.  Cleaning and other chores were put on the back burner, and Mike and I did nothing but try to comfort our sick child.  It was bittersweet. 

And you know what?  Despite it all, when Mike or I would walk into the room or talk to her, Addy would look at us and try to smile.  It was the sweetest and most pitiful thing in the world.  She couldn't even lift her head, but she would follow us with her eyes and try to smile at us. 

When we put her to bed that night her temp was 103.5!!!!  We gave her a cool bath and some Infant Advil and put her to bed.  I am so used to Celsius from working in the hospital, so I got out my conversion chart and saw that 103.5 is 39.7 in Celsius.  "Wow!", I thought.  "That is really high."  But we had just medicated her for the first time, so I knew we had to give it a chance to kick in.  So we checked her temp again in an hour or so and it was 102.2.  Then before we went to bed it was 100.9.  So we rested a little bit easier knowing that the medicine was doing its job.  And miraculously, Addy slept fine that night.  Mike wanted to check and make sure she was still breathing before he left for work, and that was an easy job because you could hear her breathing from down the hall.  Poor baby.

This was the first time that Addy was really sick, and definitely her first fever (not bad considering that she is over 15 months old).  As any parent can attest to, it is excruciating knowing that your child is ill and you can't fix it.  My heart was hurting that night and I know that Mike's was too.  It's such a helpless feeling, and all that you want to do is take their pain away, but you can't.  It gives me just the tiniest glimpse of what the parents that I see at my job must be going through, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

I gave Addy Advil around the clock on Tuesday, and as soon as it would wear off, the fever would return.  Then on Wednesday her fever was finally gone (Yay!!!), but she was a miserable  Luckily Mike unexpectedly got the day off so we could trade off who was taking care of her.  We felt terrible that she didn't feel good, but that doesn't make it much easier to take care of a child who is crying all day, no matter what you do for her.  Hence the comment about our nerves in the beginning of this post.  It was a rough day for us all.  I would go as far as to say it was her crankiest day to date. 

Luckily, Thursday was a much better day and we were back to this:

Eating our food that is ;)  (Don't mind the lovely mixture of avocado and yogurt in her hair.)

Addy has been fever free for three days, her cold is improving, and although I know her teeth are still bothering her, she has been much more pleasant and almost back to her old self.  So much so, that today we decided to head back here:

Yup, things are getting back to normal around here :)  Have a great weekend everyone!