Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas 2018 & Georgia's 22 Month Update

Gosh my blogging habits lately are embarrassing!  I haven't updated in a while and I apologize for that!  I used to be so set on posting 1-3 times a week now I'm lucky if I get a post a month in.  Time has been flying and the season was incredibly busy.  We did lots of fun things like breakfast with Santa at the Peru Fire Department and at one of our favorite restaurants Joy & Ed's.  We also drove through the Celebration of Lights and tried to do as much Christmas stuff as we possibly could over the last few weeks.  

Christmas came very quickly this year, but not before Georgia ended up being diagnosed with RSV!  Merry Christmas to us!  She was sick with a "chest cold" type sickness the first week of December.  She seemed to be better the following week and then all of a sudden last week seemed to be hit with the same thing again just 10x worse!  I ended up staying home with her Thursday and taking her to her doctor.  They immediately ordered us to the hospital for labs and a chest x-ray.  She was tested for influenza, strep, and RSV and unfortunately tested positive for the RSV.  RSV is a virus so there is nothing to do but let it run it's course.  We did get an antibiotic, however they do not treat viruses.  We got lucky though that by Sunday she was feeling much better.  
On Saturday our sweet girl turned 22 months!  I can't believe that we are winding down to her 2nd birthday already!  She has quite the personality and is seriously just a little ball of fire.  She has so much energy and spunk.  She loves to talk, just like mama I guess, although she doesn't know a ton of words she's got a little arsenal of the ones that we can understand such as hat, shoe, water (waddi as she calls it), food (duh), open door (her ultimate favorite thing to say for ANYTHING that has to be opened) wash, bath, potty, kitty, Frank, mama, daddy, and so many more.  

The last few weeks have been an absolute nightmare as far as sleep is concerned and I think it started from her being sick.  She was protesting bed time and not going down until 9-9:30.  We were spending 2-3 hours trying to get her down, she was absolutely fighting it tooth and nail.  We tried Hyland's Calming Tablets, Zarbee's Melatonin, letting her play til she was exhausted, warm milk, getting her full, giving her a lavender bath, diffusing lavender in her room, I mean you name it, we tried it.  We switched nap times earlier, we switched them later, we tried (and failed) and taking away her nap entirely.  The girl just really didn't want to go to bed.  We are thinking at this point it was a phase of some sort that I believe she is finally starting to get over!

She is absolutely loving bath time, she loves to "wash" her hands as well.  She mentions the "potty" pretty often and we are hoping that potty training is on the horizon.  She loves Baby Shark and any of the Cocomelon videos (she calls them "baby") as well as Shrek and Despicable Me 3.  She is currently in clothing anywhere from 18-24months to 2T. She weighs 29 pounds and I'm not sure how tall she is right now.  

For Christmas she was feeling much better!  We started out with our annual stay at Starved Rock State Park where we swam in the pool, had dinner, played games, and opened gifts.  It's one of my favorite Christmas festivities.  We always stay on December 23rd so it's a fun way to kick of Christmas.  She did great this year and had so much fun in the pool.  Christmas Eve we spent most of the day relaxing before we headed to Joe's moms for early dinner at 4.  His mom and siblings & their families headed off to church and we headed over to my uncles house for Christmas Eve with some of my moms family.  We then head back over to Joe's moms for our annual Christmas PJ tradition where we read a couple stories, drink our glass bottle Coke's, and open gifts.  It's one of my favorite traditions.

We didn't get much at all for Georgia this year as she still doesn't understand Christmas and we don't welcome tons of toys and junk into our home that she won't play with.  We did get her the kids Dyson along with some play make-up, some chalk and a chalk pad book, and some flashcards.  That's it!  She got lots of other clothes and a few toys from other family members so she fared well.  She really had no interest in her gifts in fact when we woke up she sat at the kitchen counter with her waffles watching her "baby" videos for a good half hour before I made her come over to open presents.  I know that as the years progress she'll become more interested but this year she just wasn't into it and that is OK!  
Joe's mom, sister, and her husband came over for a quick visit and then my parents came over and we had breakfast and opened more gifts.  It was a very low key morning spent in PJ's relaxing and playing with all the stuff we got.  We were supposed to go to my aunts at 12:30 but Georgia had just fallen asleep at that time so we didn't get there til almost 2.  We stayed for a quick meal and a couple drinks and then headed back home to relax.  It was such a whirlwind few days and we were all exhausted!  

As quickly as Christmas came, it's already over!  I am ready to get my house back in order but I sure do love my tree this year and will be sad to see it go.  Unfortunately I am back to work for the rest of the week and NYE.  We have dinner reservations with my aunt and uncle to ring in the new year this year which should be mostly low-key and quiet.  I am so ready close the door on this year.  It was relatively tough for us these last 5 months as we suffered 2 pregnancy losses of 3 potential babies.  I am terrified to go into another transfer and experience failure again, but I know that I want to at least give it a try.  We aren't sure yet when that will be but I will hopefully have an update soon.  

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a Happy New Year!

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