Monthly Archives: April 2012

March of Dimes, Year 2

On September 1, 2010, Aaron’s cousin Angie gave birth to Anna, Lucy and Brenna at only 25 weeks.  Each girl weighed just 1 lb, 8 oz each – they were the same size as a beanie baby.   After multiple surgeries, infections, blood transfusions and 77, 79 and 152 days in the NICU, respectively, all 3 girls made it home.  Angie and Brad Kamps know that it’s a true miracle that they now have 3 active toddlers.  They decided to become involved with the March of Dimes to support their cause of prematurity awareness and research, as well as to celebrate the lives of their little miracles.  You can read more about their story here.

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know that our family has been working on raising funds for this year’s March for Babies for the last month or more. (If you’re friends with me on Facebook and you don’t know that, you must be hiding under a virtual rock, because we’ve been pushing our fundraising efforts pretty hard 🙂 ) The other day, I had someone ask me why we were participating.  We had 2 healthy pregnancies and 2 healthy babies, so what was our motivation? 

And for me, that’s just it.   We had healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.  In the last 3 years, we haven’t had any major health issues with our kids.  Chloe Mae was in the hospital once overnight for dehydration and had an outpatient procedure for tubes in her ears.  Devon’s biggest problem so far is a stuffy nose and perpetually goopy eyes.  And yet, my heart still aches whenever my kids have colds or an upset stomach and I probably stress more when they have to get shots at their normal check-ups than they do.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the biggest worry for all parents was a cold or a couple quick pokes in their babies thigh??

Last year, I raised around $100 and Aaron raised around $125.  I didn’t want to be bested by my husband again, so we decided to start a friendly competition to see who could raise more money this year.  Well, thanks to some generous donations by friends and family and a very successful “Tip Night” at Pizza Ranch that we helped organize, our personal totals so far this year are $753 (me) and $735 (Aaron).  Our new goal, 2 weeks before the walk, is to raise $1000 each – well, I’d like to raise $1001, just so I can have bragging rights this year!!  It’s a lofty goal, but we’re determined to do it.

Here’s our ‘plan of attack’:
-We were already baking some goodies for a Team Kamps^3 bake sale this weekend, so we made some extra and we’re selling them at our garage sale this weekend.  We’re hoping to cash in on the cuteness quotient of our kids and have them, especially Chloe Mae, do some sales for us.  Devon’s not much of a talker 😉

-We’ll be having an online auction with goods donated from area businesses.  Stay tuned next week for more details.

-And, of course, we’re open to donations from more of our wonderful friends and family.  To make a tax-deductible donation, go to

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Love, Toddler Style

Since the management company at the hotel where DaddyMort works changed a few months ago, we no longer have substantial life insurance.  To get life insurance through an independent provider, and not through work, you apparently have to have a physical done by a nurse.  Today was the day when the nurse stopped by our house.  A blood draw was part of the screening.  She asked a ridiculous amount of questions, in the slowest speed possible, and completed a few other tests before she finally did the blood draw at the very end.

Devon was napping, but Chloe was right there with us and feeling impatient after we’d been mostly unavailable to her for about an hour.  She was asking about DaddyMort’s band-aid right before I got my blood drawn.  I asked her if I could have one of her Curious George band-aids, expecting a no.  Instead, I got an enthusastic YES! followed by her running/stomping down the hall past her sleeping brother’s room, yelling about how she’d get it for me.  (Strangely, Devon woke up right as my blood draw was done…) 

If there was a book on the love languages of toddlers, I’m pretty sure that sharing band-aids would be one of them.  So this is what I call Love, Toddler Style.

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More Chloe-isms

I love this girl.  Sometimes she makes laugh, sometimes she makes me go, “Awww!” and other times I just shake my head and don’t ask questions.  Regardless, I love her more and more every day.  Here are a few gems from the last few weeks…

Talking about babies being born –  C: “So, I was in your tummy and I gave Devon a high-five and then I came out.”  Me: “That’s not quite how it happened kiddo, but kinda close.”  C: “Yes, it is. I remember it.”

While helping daddy build the swingset –  Me: “How’s it going out here?” C: “Good. I have two jobs. We both have two jobs.  I’m the measurer and I count out these…ummm…these things!” (screws)  Me: “Sounds like you’re doing a good job. What are daddy’s jobs?”  C: *pause* “Uhh, I don’t know. But I have two jobs!”

Job #1 - Measuring

Job #2 - Counting screws

Talking to her friend when we got to MissK’s on Monday morning. They’re both almost 3 – C: “I got a swingset. My swings are yellow!”  N: “My swings are blue.”  C: “Do you want to come swing on my swings sometime?”  N: “Sure. I can come over Saturday.”  C: “Mom, N’s coming to our house to swing on Saturday.”  Apparently I no longer need to plan playdates.  Chloe Mae has it covered!

Devon’s in bed, Chloe and I are getting ready to run to my parents house – Daddy (talking to me): “What should I do while you’re gone?” C: “You could pick up a little or something or something may-me.”

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6 Months & It’s Getting Good

I love my babies, but I also love to see them grow and learn new things.   I would even go so far as to say I like them more after about the 6-month mark.  My kids have both had a rough start.  Chloe was definitely a colicky baby.  Devon wasn’t quite as bad as his sister, but he’s still an intense little guy.  There hasn’t been a magical switch that flipped where they became happier kids overnight (like many people claim) but gradually they get happier, or maybe I just figure out what they need from me, and by 6-months I’m a pretty happy mama.

Devon can roll from his tummy to his back, and back to tummy, although he still hasn’t realized he can use it as a mode of transportation.  He shows no interest in crawling, but I’m okay with that for now.  He sits pretty well on his own, but I still put a pillow behind him, just in case.  He LOVES to jump.  Luckily we have a jumperoo, or my arms might have fallen off by now.

He slept through the night last weekend.  Once, but it happened, so I have hope again for the future.  (Note: I did not sleep through the night, because I kept waking up, wondering why he hadn’t woken up yet.  But, I did get a pretty darn good night’s rest!!)  He’s been doing a lot better about sleeping until about 4AM, eating, then going back to sleep until 6:30 or so.  I can totally handle that – for now at least 🙂

Devon has not yet met a food he doesn’t like.  He happily gobbles down everything we give him – apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, avocado, banana, carrots, sweet potato, cauliflower, peas, parsnips, potatoes, brocooli, butternut squash, green beans, risotto, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, barley cereal and his newest conquest – The Puff!  For each solids feeding we added, he dropped one of his ‘previously scheduled’ feedings, so we’re sticking with just breakfast and dinner for now.  He gets a little angry at lunch, especially at MissK’s when his buddy who’s a month older than him is eating lunch, but I’m not quite ready for the self-weaning that seems to be taking place.

He’s a big boy, but not quite as chunky as I thought.  He weighed in at 19 lb, 7 oz (75th percentile) at his 6-month check-up.  He was 27 in. (60%) long and his head was 47cm (98.95%).  His head size jumped a bit this time, but our doctor wasn’t worried, since Chloe’s did the same thing and has stayed big without any problems.

The traditional lion picture:

And now he’s old enough and wiggly enough to make picture taking interesting.  Luckily, I got an assist from a purple arm.

And then the whole purple girl got in the picture, which made her brother very happy!

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I’ve seen this photo, or one similar, floating around the internet a lot lately.

Chloe had a similar moment when telling a story the other night and I laughed so hard I cried a  little.

While Aaron was grilling on Sunday night, the kids and I took a walk and stopped at Nanna and Dudad’s.  During dinner, Aaron asked Chloe Mae about our stop at N&D’s.  Her response, complete with a huge grin: “Dudad surprised me and I pooped on my finger!”

If you want to know the real story, keep reading.  Chloe’s version is pretty funny though, so you might just want to stick with that 🙂  When we arrived on their deck, we found Nanna, but Dudad was still on a bike ride.  We were hanging out, just enjoying the nice weather.  Chloe was walking along their rock path, not really paying attention, when Dudad popped around the corner and said, “Hi!”  Hence the first part of her story, where he surprised her.

The second part occurred a few minutes later when Chloe took a bathroom break.  While she was finishing up, she could have benefited from a bit more toilet paper.  It was nothing a little hand-washing couldn’t take care of, but it was a major event in her life apparently.

This is definitely a story I need to remember and share with boyfriends in the future!

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