We’re over half way!

Category : Family, Pregnancy

A little Tidd update!  Lets go youngest to oldest.

Baby:  We are at 22 weeks with the wee-est one.  We were able to have an ultra sound the day Anna had her tonsils out.  It was the clearest ultrasound I’ve had and we got to see….. it’s arms and legs, it’s budda belly and pointy chin.  I have yet to scan the pictures in but they will appear!  We didn’t find out (again) and we’re pretty excited to see what God is going to mix up our house with.  I’m certainly looking pregnant now (again a picture soon) complete with maternity pants.  Gary got to feel the baby kick last week which is a lot sooner than with the girls and I have certainly felt this one kick a lot!  So either he/she is getting ready to fight for it’s life or give us a run for our money!  It’s almost a pound and about 11″ long (the length of a spaghetti squash).  We have picked out a girls name and the boys name is still being duked out.  :)  We are getting things in order to redo the girls room so it’ll start feeling more real when they move in together (pray for these 2, they are as opposite as night and day in how they keep their room).

Isabella:  She is a girl full of faces.  She’s mastered the pout and the “hurrumph” look complete with arms crossed.  In the same breath, she is the most polite little girl.  She’ll offer (without prompting mind you) to unload the dishwasher and change the laundry.  She’s full of phrases from movies and just life in general (taking after her daddy) such as: “easy peesy lemon squeezy”, “I’m right, Anna’s wrong”, “are you kidding me?” and “I don’t know about that one”.  She has also been through her first toy death this week.  With her little Polly Pocket house and her family in her hand, she leaned over to flush the toilet and I heard a little plunk.  I yelled stop but it was too late.  The mommy of the family was gone forever.  I even attempted a rescue into the pee water.  They both cried like someone died as it was both their favorite mommy.  The next morning, she brought Gary the container of people and said in a sad voice “can you open this because I need to pick out a new mommy”.  Break my heart!  Poor little thing.  We’ve since found a suitable mommy for daddy and we’ve moved on.  I did learn that all mommies, real and fake, have long hair and it’s pulled in front of their shoulders.  So cute.

Anna:  We are back to normal!  She’ll even show you by opening her mouth really big and stick her tongue out.  It was a long 2 weeks for all of us, probably the hardest thing to go through as a parent so far.  We’ve weaned her off the coddling and most of the whining is gone now.  :)  Ha!  She’s also officially made us old as we signed her up for Kindergarten and took a tour tonight.  Her eyes got bigger and bigger with each classroom she went in – from the library, to art, to music to the kindergarten rooms.  She’s excited to go and we’ll continue to work on her being a little less timid.  :)  Gary put it well tonight, she’s mentally ready, Izzy’s socially ready.  Hehe.  Otherwise, she’s doing good, getting bigger and looking older each day.  Still a little girly girl but loves the dirt just the same.

I’m heading to bed but I’ll do an update on us soon and hopefully some pictures to share (the month of February and so far March have been really lacking in pictures)!


Gary, Christie, Anna and Izzy-bella

The Road to Recovery

Category : Anna

We’re on the mends!  Anna’s surgery went as planned and we’re on day 4 of recovery.  I’m going to re-cap the last few days more for my own journey and Anna’s so bare with me!

Wednesday night:  Anna was in a great mood, ate a great dinner, was running around with her friends at church.  All while mom and dad were getting eaten from the inside out that temporarily we’d be bringing her down.  We both knew and agreed to have this done with her history of strep, but it’s never easy to put your child through surgery.  That night we let her stay up a little bit later to eat whatever she wanted (cookies and a little pop).  After she went to bed, Gary and I prepared our bag for the next day and hit the hay.

Thursday morning: We all agreed to not eat breakfast as Anna wasn’t allowed to eat after midnight.  So we brought Izzy to daycare for the day as we knew it would be a long day for us let alone for a 3 year old.  We arrived at 8:45am, got checked in, Anna doned a pretty green bracelet and off we went to start our day.  They brought us to a mostly pediatric wing to a nice private room.  The nurse came in to talk to us and gave Anna her tiger hospital PJ’s which she really didn’t want.  On top of it all, each time a nurse, doctor or anesthesiologist came in before anything began, Anna would cover her mouth.  We kept reminding her that no one was coming in to take her tonsils while she was awake.  We felt so bad.  Meanwhile, we watched cartoons, cuddled on the chair and talked a little more about her surgery.

Around 9:50 am (our scheduled time of surgery), the nurse brought in a relaxant for Anna.  It started to take effect within 15 minutes.  I think they give this to the patient, not just for them but for the parents.  She was hilarious!  Not that you want to picture your 4 year old drunk, but she was so slap happy and out of it that I thought of it.  At one point she was playing on my iPhone sitting up in bed and she was leaning so far forward that her head was touching the bed.  She also thought it was great that she was in a crib (the rails were up on her bed) and exclaimed it with a smile!  So funny and it left us feeling a little better.  She whimpered a little bit while the nurse wheeled her out but before she rounded the corner, she was talking with the nurse.  Gary’s dad also came to sit with us just before Anna was wheeled away.

Around noon, I heard her cries coming around the corner and then I felt terrible.  Everything went smoothly but she was out of sorts with a sore throat and an IV in a strange place.  Almost right away she wanted to try a popsicle – that went down good.  Then a bite or 2 of Jello but instead she wanted another popsicle.  Then we had a couple rounds of vomiting.  Poor thing!  The night before, she was given a present from her Sunday School teacher and told she could have it until after surgery.  So she spotted it and wanted to open it.  It brought a small smile to her face thankfully – momma needed that!  Gary and his dad arrived shortly there after and took over the consoling.  I headed to lunch and they held down the fort catching up on some Jake and the Neverland Pirates of course!  She hadn’t thrown up since and we had made an ultrasound appointment to check on baby #3 while we were there in recovery so Gary and I headed out (all is well and I’ll make another post about he/she soon).  Anna stayed with Aunt Sheila and Grandpa while we did that and found she threw up another 2 times.  Total mom/dad guilt there.  After some IV finagling and some pain for Anna, she got some anti-nausea meds and started to perk up.

We got our discharge papers, a suppository (not cool!), a new elephant friend from the nurses and a 2 week recovery and headed home around 4:30.  Unfortunately on the way home, we had one more round of vomiting.  But ever since then, she’s been on the mends.  Daddy spent the night next to her in the living room, giving her meds and liquids, night 2 and 3 she ended up on the floor in our room and last night she spent the night in her bed.  We’ve been giving her pain meds every 4-5 hours, making sure she’s drinking/eating enough fluids to stay hydrated and slowly trying soft foods again.  She’s been babying her voice and limits what she says but we’ve had glimmers of normalcy for her as she read to herself in bed last night and sings along with Veggie Tales every once in awhile.  So we’re on the mends and hopefully lesser visits to the doctor for throat swabbing and shots in the rear for strep!

Thanks for reading my novel and keep Anna in your prayers as she’s a little more sensitive to things than usual while the rest of us try to get back to normal!

The downside of being parents

Category : Anna, Blogger Posts : 2007-2010

Just say a little prayer for us this week.  We made the decision a few weeks ago to get Anna’s tonsils out after having strep throat 7 times in the last 13 months.  She’s been feeling really good lately and we’ve had some really fun days together as a family, so the thought of putting her through surgery is weighing on our mind.  I know it’s very routine and she’ll be much better off without these things but neither Gary or I have had surgery nor been under anesthesia before so it’s all a bit new and nerve-racking to us.  So prayers for calmness for all of us and a quick recovery!

Entering the 16th week…

Category : Pregnancy

A little family update here at the Tidd Ranch….

Thing 3 or the wee itty bitty one or “I’m just going to believe it’s a girl”:

How far along? 16 weeks – confirmed due date of July 14

Weight gain/loss: I’ve been a “told” by my doctor that I’ve lost a pound since last time.  So the last few days I’ve tried to make up for that…..  This is all really weird to be told it’s bad that I’ve lost a pound when I’ve been working at that for the last 3 years.

Symptoms: No nausea anymore, food aversions a minimum now, a bit tired but not as bad as the first trimester.  I’ve had consistent headaches which is very odd for me both pregnant and not, but was instructed to drink Mt. Dew or Coke for the caffeine.  Ok!  :)

Gender: We officially decided (since that’s what we’re telling people now) that we are not finding out.  Gary’s banking on the fact that he’s going to be way outnumbered.  I’m still up in the air as I’ve had some different symptoms than before but this pregnancy is just way different all the way around this time.

Sleep: Just getting up with sickly little girls throughout the night, other than that, super!

Best moment this week: A sick day for Anna but we had a nice day together with a little shopping and ice cream therapy to soothe her strep throat.

Movement: Nothing yet but he/she should soon!

Food cravings/aversions: Sweets/salty foods, pizza, anything with red sauce – craving / Mexican food beyond tacos – aversion

What I am looking forward to: Having healthy girls again this week.  Ended the week with Anna and strep and started the new week with Izzy and a fever.  Also Anna is going to be such a little mommy.  On our shopping excursions, she wanted to buy the baby a Mickey Mouse onsie in blue.  I said well we don’t know what it’s going to be.  She said well it’s a boy now.  Hehe.  She also wanted to buy the baby a card.  So sweet.

Milestones: Preparing the move the girls together so we can start getting their new room together!

What I’m nervous about: So far, not too nervous about much

Size of baby in food: Avocado, 4.5″ long and 3.5 ounces

Happy Birthday Squeaky McGee!

Category : Isabella

So I’m a little late for a birthday shout out to my littlest lady but it’s better late than never!

Happy 3rd Birthday to our cuddly, neat freak complete with all doors and drawers need to be fully shut and toys in their place, Little People playing, just needs some alone time, food lovin’, excited to be a big sister (and continue to be the little sister to the leader of a big sister) this month!  You were an wonderful surprise and addition to our family 3 years ago and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Izzy-beller is a spit-fire and fun along with stubbornness but we are so excited to see what this next year brings for you as you transition to the middle child, sharing a room with your not so neat-nick sister, hopefully finish this potty training stuff and take on the ranks in the fall as the big sister of the house.

We love you baby girl!

Daddy, Mommy & Anna

Isabella Clara – the wee one born in a blizzard

I am one!  And more hair than my sister!

And why are interrupting me eating my birthday cake?  I’m two today!

I am 3 years old today!  And I look like a little kid now instead of a toddler.  Sniff sniff.

Oh I give up…

Category : Anna, Isabella

So yesterday I didn’t win any parent of the year award but I was able to refocus my frustrations and made some changes.  My dear sweet Isabella (side note: who’s middle name should have been “Pay Attention”) has given me grief lately in regards to discipline.  She almost laughs at me when I’m at my angriest with her.  Yesterday, she even pulled a monkey face when I was sternly talking to her.  Nothing phases this girl.  Except daddy.  I thought for the longest time Anna and I would butt heads (ok, give that one time) as we’re so alike and Izzy and I would be able to work it out.  Nope.  Ok, so she’s not quite 3 and that’s a big assumption, but right now it’s how I feel.

Yesterday, I put them down for a “nap”.  The term nap is used loosely with these 2.  Izzy needs a nap and refused to take one on occasion.  She sings, grabs books off her shelf, turns on her light and plays, removes things from her room and loudly shuts the door.  Yelling does no good, spankings don’t do so much but removing everything from her room is a little bit humbling for her.  Then she has to earn back to her toys into her room and be able to play with them again.  But she needs to nap as she’s so crabby after dinner and crashes almost immediately when we put her down at night.  So I refuse to give in to this little goob and she will nap.  She will!

Miss Anna on the other hand, is like her parents.  She doesn’t need a nap.  She proves that by not napping and then being able to stay up till 10 without being a crab.  It’s truly is scary how similar we are.  So yesterday, I was on the phone and she was calling me in a normal tone for about 4-5 “mommy’s”.  Then all of a sudden she starts to scream it.  Then Izzy joins in.  My phone call was about done and I ran up to their room and (this is where no awards were handed out) I screamed back.  I was so angry.  So after I cooled down, talked to Gary about it, I returned to them.  Calmly, we started doing lots of chores.  :)  Mommy switched her tone and they started to understand.

They cleaned their rooms (one had to empty hers, again), sorted and hung up laundry, put away laundry, gather garbage, put some other things away, were told only one thing goes in bed with them (not a zoo or a daycare), no stories at bedtime, no books in bed and they were going to bed early.

So with all that said.  Naps are still on for the stubborn, almost 3 year old as I know she needs it.  Nap time for Thing 1 will be quiet time where she can read and play quietly in her room till her alarm goes off and hopefully the “mommy” calling will cease and she won’t have to nap “because I don’t like naps” when she doesn’t need one.

White flag has been waved.

And baby makes 3….

Category : Pregnancy

It’s been a long time coming to post this.  We’ve had a rough year trying to expand our family but God had perfect timing for us.  He brought us through 2 miscarriages last December and in July, but we are on the path to the third (and we think final) Tidd.  I hope to update our blog more regularly again, make some improvements, include more pictures and videos of the little ladies and also keep you up to date on the progress of the Itty Bitty Wee One.  So with that said, here’s a little questionairre I hope to use a guide through this journey (and hopefully a lot of other fun posts from crafts, to house stuff, to how Gary and I are and a lot more)!

How far along? 13 weeks – due right around July 14!

Weight gain/loss: I’m remaining stable with my couple pound fluxuation – around 186

Symptoms: Just got over feeling nauseous for the last 6 weeks or so along with being really tired during that time, but the nausea is gone and tiredness is less!

Gender: Everything feels the same so far, but it’s too early to make a guess.  Either way, we’ll be finding out on the big day!

Sleep: No problems there!

Best moment this week: Had an awesome day from cleaning to crafting with the girls, we had a lot of fun!

Movement: Nothing yet

Food cravings/aversions: Sweets/salty foods, pizza, anything with red sauce – craving / Mexican food beyond tacos – aversion

What I am looking forward to: Getting the ok on Anna’s chipped molar, seeing the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor on whether we can get Anna’s tonsils out, celebrating Izzy’s 3rd birthday this weekend!

Milestones: Feeling motivated to start doing stuff again

What I’m nervous about: So far, not too nervous about much

This is how we told all of our family and friends this time around.  It was so fun to watch everyone read it, re-read it and finally get it!  Click on the image for a larger version.

Next up, how we told the girls, our conversations since then and a thanks to our insurance.  :)

Anna’ Antics | Pt.3

Category : Anna

Just before naptime one day, Anna came up with this:

Anna:  This is my special baby.

Me:  Why is that?

Anna:  Because it was growing in my belly.

Me:  ::thought, should I ask this, well yeah I do::  Oh really?  How did it come out of your belly?

Anna:  ::Hands up by her mouth::  The doctor took her out of my mouth.

Oh the things this girl comes up with.  Some quite accurate, some far from accurate and for that I am thankful.  :)

She’s 4!

Category : Anna

Our book loving, rollercoaster rider, crafting partner, hair down or with a bow, popcorn eating with daddy, “mommy”, girly girl is 4 today!  As I write this, it’s about hour away from that actual moment where Gary and I turned from being a couple to a family.

She came into the world planned from beginning to end.  We “tried” for her, got pregnant right away, found out I need Lovenox and heprin shots for all my pregnancies so in the end, she was a planned induction (I couldn’t have an epidural if we didn’t plan my shots correctly).  With about an hour and half of pushing, she came out, all 6 pounds 9 ounces of her.  From there she changed our lives.  She showed us how to love so much bigger and so much deeper than what Gary and I already had experienced as a married couple.

She’s a sweet, partly shy, fun loving little girl who loves being the big sister (a lil’ bossy thing as times), loves her sister in the coolest ways – so fun to see the sister bond, has her daddy’s love of popcorn and her mommy’s lovea of anything art.  She’s eager to learn and excited for school next year.

Happy Birthday Miss Anna Banana, we love you!


Daddy, Mommy and Izzy

So tiny… newborn.

That face!  1 year

Finally getting hair!  2 years

Those big blue eyes!  3 years

The birthday girl today!

Summertime Visuals

Category : Family, Photos

I’m a month into this new life that I love and am learning the fine balance of play, cooking, cleaning, errands and work but am loving all that I’m doing!  It’s a lot of work and keeps me going all day and night, but it’s been worth it.  I’m hoping to get on an at least weekly schedule of blogging on here to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on with us so bare will me yet as I find where to put that in our daily life.

For now, you can check out a few Facebook albums of photos from this summer and early fall.  We’re loving this balmy fall weather this week and hope to play some more in the sandbox and winterize the yard.  I’m learning to love fall almost more than summer as I love the colors, the hooded sweatshirts with sandals (no idea where Anna gets her need to strip off her socks and shoes any where she goes!), sunshine with a hint of cool in the air, honeycrisp apples, pumpkin anything, birthday planning and of course the delicious food.  :)

All is well in the Tidd house with Gary’s job keeping him plenty busy.  The girls are always growing and learning.  Anna is turning into a little fashionista with all her jewelry, hair always down or with some sort of large feather decor, pink all the time and sparkle shoes.  She’s still easily upset but we’re hoping to tame that little before Kindergarten next year.  :)   Miss Isabella continues to be our bruiser.  She’s had more bruises, dents and dings this past year.  Good thing she usually pops up without a ton of fanfare but my goodness, that girl needs a bubble or a helmet at all times!  We’re getting there with potty training, it’s a bit frustrating for both of us but we’re getting there.  She’s our social butterfly and jumps right in with most situations.

So that’s us at the moment.  I’ll be sure to share funny stories and videos again about the convos we have with these 2.  They keep us thinking and changing for sure!

Enjoy the photos:

Summerlovin 2011

Fallish Good Times

More to come soon!

Love to you all!

Gary, Christie, Anna and Izzy