Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Face That I Love!!

My smiling boy!

My excited boy!

My scowling boy! He gives these looks quite often - especially to strangers! Ha!

Health Update

Here are a few pictures of Jack getting one of his many at-home breathing treatments this past week! He wasn't a big fan of the mask - even if it had fish eyes and gills...we ended up just holding the hose in front of his face and that seemed to still do the trick!

I took Jack for a follow up appointment with Dr. Mijares Friday morning; His lungs are clear, his right ear was clear, but the left was still a bit red she said but it wasn't sucked up like it was on Monday! She said to do the breathing treatments as needed if he started wheezing or anything and to just finish out his antibiotics for his ears and he should be good to go! What a relief!

On a side note - I'm now sick! I went to Urgent Care Friday after I dropped Jack off at daycare and ended up being diagnosed with Bronchitis and a bad sinus infection! Yuck! I got a steroid shot in my butt - a first for me I might add! Two antibiotics and an inhaler to help with my breathing! I think the steroid shot really helped over all and I've been feeling pretty good for the most part!

But now I think Chris is coming down with a touch of something and he has to be gone traveling all week for work - which will suck for him, but might be good for Jack and me so that we don't get his germs!


Mother's Ring

Here is a picture of my Mother's Ring that Chris gave me for my birthday! It's am Emerald and has 3 small diamonds on each side of the center stone and 2 small diamonds on the band! I love it!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mommy's Birthday and The Sick Boy...

That's right! Today is the day I turn the big 2-7...ugh! Christopher got me a "Mother's Ring" with Jack's birthstone (emerald)! I love it! Pictures to come! Jack got Momma a North Face fleece pullover! How sweet of him! I think he still owes Daddy some money though!

On a negative note - Jack is S.I.C.K!! He has Bronchitis and a Double Ear Infection! Poor Baby! He has to have breathing treatments every 4-6 hours and is on antibiotics for his ears! He isn't sleeping well so it looks to be a L.O.N.G night! He has the cutest little fish facemask for his breathing machine, but he doesn't like it so we just use the open tube and hold it in front of his face - he does good like that! Hopefully he starts to feel better soon! I did manage to snap a couple pics of him with the mask, but they aren't cute - he was M.A.D! I just put him to bed so we'll see how long he stays down! He has to have another treatment around midnight so I'm sure that will wake him up! Grr...

I'll post pics when I have more time! Oh...he nows weighs 18 pounds 11.5 ounces and is 26 inches long - I know...he is still a shorty!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jack Is Movin' On Up!

That's right! I ordered Jack's BIG BOY CAR SEAT this morning! It should be here next week sometime! I was going to wait about another month or so, but I noticed that the seat I've been drooling over went on sale and just couldn't resist! Here is a picture of it!

I liked this particular seat b/c the headrest is removable in the rear facing position up to 22 lbs. so it won't take up as much room in the backseat! Also it rear faces to 35 lbs. with the headrest! And up to 65 lbs forward facing! This seat should last Jack up until he is like 5 years old and ready for a booster! And of course I got black because we all know how much I love black! Ha!


Monday, January 18, 2010


When is it Mama's turn? That is all...


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Development Update

We had our monthly Parents as Teachers meeting this past Thursday and she did a screening on Jack to see where he is at developmentally. She said he is right on track and gave us a few "what's coming next" things to work on. So we are focusing on getting him to wave hi/bye, playing patty cake/clapping, getting him to practice his pincher grasp, pulling up, and start to get him to relate his sounds to certain things (like when he says dada he knows that Chris or when he says baba that he means his bottle; things like that).

He is getting stronger and stronger in the legs arena - he will stand for a few seconds on his own, but I'm right there to catch him when he falls! But thank goodness he is finally standing and putting weight on his legs - that was my biggest worry!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


So yeah, I've been M.I.A again lately. Work has become all encompassing for me - December and January are my busiest, most stressful months of the year! Ugh! And now that Chris got his new job he is busier then ever too! This leaves little time for blogging!

Here is a quick update on the Family!
Darci - I am progressively become less tired and starting to finally get my energy back since I had my Thyroid removed in mid-October. My hormone dose has been increased from 25 mcg to 125 mcg; you can imagine how tired I've been! I don't get my levels tested again for 8 weeks, but I'm assuming my labs last week must have been close b/c we had been testing every 4 weeks. I can tell I'm not as tired, lets hope this last jump up will really help!

Chris - As I mentioned in an earlier post he got a promotion at work and has been working all day and most evenings at home and traveling on top of that. We both started a diet this week and also a workout program. We are both trying to get back in shape for the summer!

Jack - He is growing like a weed! I can't wait to take him to the doctor and see how big he has gotten, but we unfortunately don't go back until the end of February - pending Jack doesn't catch a cold or anything between then and now! Fingers crossed! He is finally standing on his own without me holding him at all - which is awesome, especially since the doctor totally freaked me out at his 6 month appointment b/c he wasn't really putting weight on his legs, but since then we work on it every night and he has improved tremendously. He is starting to try to figure out crawling and can wiggle his way all over the floor on his belly. When he tries to get his knees under him he always ends up pushing backwards! But at least he is catching on! He is still sleeping like a champ for the most part! No teeth yet and I don't see any coming anytime soon, but I can tell he has teething pain every once in awhile. Jack also loves daycare! He loves the kids and he is really fond of Tonya - which I might be a tad bit jealous of - he does spend way more time awake each week with her then me, but I know I'm still Momma and he knows that!

That's a quick update. I know tons more has been going on, but at this point my brain is drained!

Until next time...xoxo


To my wonderful husband! Chris got a promotion at work - he is now a Regional HR Manager! Yea! He got a pay raise, more responsibility, and a company vehicle (a super cute Charger)! This will be a great opportunity and I'm so proud of him! This does mean more travel for him, but since he is in the Central Region and most of the locations right now are in Kansas and Oklahoma most of the time it can be day trips so he can be home at night, which is a major plus!

Congrats Again Chris. Jack and I are so proud of you! We love you! xoxo

-Darci and Jack

Note to Jack

Dear Jack,

I'm so sorry Mommy has been working late almost every night lately and sometimes bringing my work home with me. This will all be over at the end of the month (hopefully), then its back to nothing but me, you, Daddy, George and Charlie! I miss you baby boy!


I love you!


Monday, January 4, 2010

New Years Survey - A few days late...

Here is my second annual New Years Survey. I got this from my friend Chelse last year and I'm so glad she reminded me again to complete it this year!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before? "Gave birth and discovered how hard life is with a newborn, but now I'm loving every second of it!"

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? "I'm not really - it was to walk at least every other day (I was pregnant). I did good I'd say 50% of the year. This year my resolution is to lose at least 20 pounds before Jack's first bday (I have about 25 to get to my pre-pregnancy weight)."

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? "Oh yes - Kayla in April, Sara in May, Me in May, Steph in July, Laura in August, Lindsay-Michelle-Amber all in November. I'm sorry if I'm forgetting anyone, but there has been a ton this year!"

4. Did anyone close to you die? "No."

5. What countries did you visit? "Unfortunately none."

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? "A more balanced and calm life"

7. What dates froom 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? "May 28th - the day Jack was born!"

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? "I'd say successfully getting through labor and delivery and maternity leave! I was a basketcase in the beginning!"

9. What was your biggest failure? "Being so stressed and not truly enjoying Jack when he was a newborn."

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? "Not really. I have my Thyroid removed in October, but the surgery was routine and recovery was quick!"

11. What was the best thing you bought? "IDK - most of my money goes to buying things for Jack."

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? "Not sure on this one."

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? "Again, not sure."

14. Where did most of your money go? "Bills for Jack and buying things for Jack or bills in general."

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? "Having my little boy!"

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? "Probably Michael Jackson songs - b/c that's all I heard all maternity leave after he died."

17. Compared to this time last year are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? "I'd say I'm about the same all around."

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? "Spent more quality time with Chris before Jack was born. We hardly have anytime for each other now."

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? "Eat while I was pregnant."

20. How did you spend Christmas? "Christmas Eve in Columbus, snowed in so we couldn't go to Chanute Christmas day so we went to Columbus again and then spent Saturday and Sunday in Chanute."

21. Did you fall in love in 2009? "I fell in love with my little man."

22. What was your favorite TV program? "Criminal Minds! I still love it!"

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? "Don't think so."

24. What was the best book you read? "I honestly don't think I read a book in 2009. I'm now reading a book about Finance and Accounting."

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? "....."

26. What did you want and get? "A healthy baby boy! Materialistically - A GPS, a new phone, IDK what else."

27. What did you want and not get? "A new car. A mother's ring. Stupid things."

28. What was your favorite film of this year? "Oh we have watched so many movies since Jack arrived I couldn't think of just one. Movie watching has become a weekend standard in our household."

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? "We had dinner with a few friends and I turned 26."

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? "Can't really think of anything - I'm pretty satisfied with life overall."

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? "Maternity clothes and then dresses to hide my fat legs."

32. What kept you sane? "Bitching to my friends."

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? "All the prego celebs!"

34. What political issue stirred you the most? "I don't have time for politics really and I don't know much, but probably this whole healthcare deal."

35. Who did you miss the most? "Not sure."

36. Who was the best new person you met? "I haven't really met anyone new this year. I guess I could say Jack's doctor b/c in the beginning she really helped me stay sane and never got annoyed that I called and came in multiple times a week. But now I don't really like the clinic she is at so I'm not so impressed."

37. Tell a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. "Having a baby is H.A.R.D. It's hard on you and your body, it's hard on your marriage and relationship, its hard not knowing what to do or when to do it, its hard leaving them at daycare - it's just H.A.R.D. and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will be able to live a more "normal" and "happy" life again! You have to accept that they will cry and that they won't always be a perfect baby and it will be stressful, but it is OH SO WORTH IT! Jack has already grown so much and is learning so much I almost miss when he was little and would let me hold him b/c now he wants nothing to do with that! He'd rather play and go to bed and talk himself to sleep. Tear...Sad...

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "I'm going to have to think about this one...I have no clue."