Sunday, December 11, 2011
1. You were granted an EM residency at Bostford
2. You graduated medical school from LMU-DCOM
3. Our condo has entered forclosure
4. We moved to Michigan
5. We welcomed our 2nd child, Nicholas Peter
These are just a few highlights from this year and it was a good year! I love you to the moon and back and can't wait to spend the next 70 years with you! I love you!!
Friday, December 2, 2011
You had your one month doctors appointment and you did so well, despite us being there for almost 2 hours. You have gained weight and grew a lot! No wonder why some of your pj's don't fit you anymore :)
Weight: 11 lbs 10 oz 90%
Height: 22.75 inches 90%
You are such a handsome little dude as your dad and I like to call you. Can't wait to see what new things you learn this next month.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
1. God's Promise
3. Friends - new and old, near and far
5. a warm house
6. food on the table
When asking Samantha what she was thankful for this year she told me mommy, daddy, Nicholas and ice cream. So much fun to see what is important to everyone at every age.
I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. I know I did.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I didn't even know they had started the section. I looked at Jim and asked what they were waiting for. He said they were already in the process of doing the section. At one point i looked up at the light in the OR and I could them doing the section. Totally freaked me out, but I knew in just a few mintues I would have another little child to love. A few mintues went by and all of a sudden I heard that cry. I looked at Jim and he had this big smile on his face. He said, "its a boy"! I could tell he was so happy he got his boy!
After the c-section was done I was brought to recovery and was able to see my parents again along with Debby. Samantha was still not allowed back into the room where I was at. Jim, Samantha, my parents and Debby all went to see Nicholas through the nursery window as they were getting him cleaned up. Samantha just stared in amazement and was very quiet. Jim said all of a sudden she had a huge smile on her face and said, "daddy, that's my baby!" She was so excited!
When I was brought into my room, everyone was allowed to come in. Jim and Samantha came in first with Nicholas. Samantha was such a proud big sister. She hopped on the bed with me gave me a big hug and said, "isn't he just the cutest thing mom?" I just started crying. She was so cute with him and so gentle. All in all it was a great day. I wouldn't have changed anything! I can't wait to see what God has in store for this little guy.
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord"
Thursday, October 20, 2011
S: Mommy I'm going to hold your had while at the doctors
I: Why Samantha?
S: I'll hold your hand whent eh doctor checks your front butt. This way it won't hurt.
I just smile give her a hug & kiss and tell her thank you for taking care of mommy :)
She really is caring :)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Conversation between Samantha (S), my mom (O) and I at Max & Erma's for her birthday dinner
S: Mommy I have to poop
I: Really Samantha? Can you wait until we get home?
S: No, I REALLY have to go poop
I: You promise you have to go.
S: Yes, mommy I REALLY have to go
Usually when she says that in a restaurant she just wants to wash her hands. This time we go into the bathroom. She hops on the toliet and proceeds to start pooping. All of a sudden she starts wiggling on the toliet.
I: Samantha why are you dancing on the toliet?
S: Mommy, I'm wiggling my poop out...it's stuck.
I: Well you just wiggle it out then
S: I'm wiggling again...its all out...I'm done!
Conversation in the car with Samantha while driving to her 3 yr wellness checkup
S: Mommy the doctor can't touch me today
I: Why not? He has to check your heart, back, arms, legs
S: Well the doctor can't check my front butt.
I: Your front butt?
S: My front butt...that would be wierd
I guess she has gone with me to too many of my OB visits.
Conversation with Samantha about Auntie JuJu and Samantha's visit to the Palos Park Fest
S: Mommy , Auntie JuJu took me to see mascots. I don't like Mascots...they scare me. Auntie JuJu you need to say your sorry.
I: Samantha I'm sure Auntie JuJu didn't mean to scare you
S: she did
So now everytime she see a mascot, she tells me that Auntie JuJu scared her and that she didn't like the mascost and they scare her and she doesn't want to go back.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I can't believe you are 3 already! It's seems like yesterday you were a little baby and now you are going to be a big sister in just a couple of weeks! You are still a little love bug and love when everyone is around. You have your daddy and I wrapped around your little finger.
You had a great birthday this year! Oma, Papa, Auntie JuJu, Uncle Matt, Mimi, Bob and Unkie drove to Michigan for your birthday weekend. Everyone came on Saturday for your party. We had some Mostoccoli, salad, and rolls for dinner and you picked out your Minnie Mouse cake for your birthday this year! You loved opening presents this year! You still open them nice and slow and appreciate everything that was there. You recieved a some Hello Kitty clothes & PJ's from mimi and bob. A big stuff animal from Unkie. some games, like Hungry Hungry Hippo, Gator Golf and ABC game from Auntie JuJu & Uncle Matt and a Bowling game from Uncle Awesome (uncle Jeff). Oma and Papa got you some sticker books, Overalls & shirt, and pink rain boots! You got some awesome gifts!
Year 3 fun facts:
Weight: 35.25 lbs
Height: 39 inches
You will talk to anyone that will listen to you once you warm up to them. You know all of your letters and we are starting on reading 3 letters words. We have all the letters on the refrigorator and will start with those this week.
You also know your basic shapes and can draw circle, triangle, square and rectangle. We are working on writing your letters too. You can do the Q and A right now.
You can count up to 15 consistently and most of the time up to 20.
You are still a picky eater. Breakfast is by far your best meal of the day. You will eat almost any fruit. You love smoothies too. Dinner we are trying new things and you are getting a little bit better.
You still love playing with your babies. You are know pretending you are the mommy and doing more role playing. It's so much fun to watch you play with your babies, take them for walks, and put them to sleep.
You love going to the park and swinging and going on the BIG slides :)
You are potty trained, which makes for one happy mommy :)
You can ride your tricycle
You HATE ants..everytime you see one you freak out!
Again I'm sure I'm missing some stuff, but you are truly an amazing little girl! We love you so much!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Jim finished up with his EM rotation for the month. He really enjoyed it even though he had some crazy hours. It really made him realize that this is really what he wants to do! It's so nice to always get that confirmation when doing something that you know you love! Now he is onto Pulmonolgy and the hours are pretty decent too.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I guess she does pay attention to me reading her, her Bible and pays attention in church. The other thing that makes me laugh in church is that when our Pastor starts talking, she usually stops talking right away because she says that it's God talking. A few weeks ago when we were there, our Pastor had told a joke during the sermon and Samantha told my mom and I that God was funny, and a few people around us heard her and all started laughing too. Let me tell you that girl has a sense of humor!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Samantha and I are getting into our own routine again as well. Usually starts out with breakfast and a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, we then either go out in the backyard to play or walk down to the park and play there for an hour or so. We come home eat lunch and then Samantha goes down for a nap, occasionally I will lay down with her too. Usually last around 2 hours :) After she wakes up we either go down in the basement and play or go outside. Once I know Jim is on his way home, I usually start dinner unless I know its going to be a late night and then Samantha and I eat once I know she is getting hungry. After dinner is usually bath time and then she plays either in her room and she colors and reads books. Bedtime some days can't come soon enough. We have packed days, but it keeps the days moving fast! I can't believe one month is down. Only 47 more to go until residency is over :)
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
This girl can talk. She talks from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed. I wonder where she gets that from? She is definetaly my daughter :)
She holds conversations on the phone with family members and its so cute. She walks around the house talking to them and showing them things as if the person on the other side of the phone can see what she is showing them.
Her favorite phrases right now
Are you kidding me?
Let's go outside!
Let's go to the park!
She knows her alphabet and has for quite some time now. She also can reconginze all of her letters. She can also reconginze basic shapes - circle, square, triangle, star.
The girl loves to sing too! When driving in the car she always ask to have her music on. She loves her Bible songs and sings them so cute and even does action with them. If I start singing with her, she tells me not to sing :(
It's getting better slowly. Breakfast is usually cereal, waffles, bagel, or pancakes usually one of the paired with a yogurt or a banana. Lunch is very sparatic. She usually doesn't eat lunch and if she does its generally peanut butter and jelly. Dinner is where we are trying new things. For the last year she never really ate dinner with us because we always ate so late and she was usually ready for bed at that time. She usually eats chicken, mac n cheese, quesidilla, and sometimes pasta. She loves applesauce - homemade of course. She loves yogurt, and ice cream. She also loves her chocolate...she really is my daughter :)
She loves to play. She has tea parties with her babies. She loves feeding her babies, changing their diapers and talking them shopping and on walks. She plays with her kitchen and cooks many different things. She colors, but is not one of her favorites. She loves reading and making up her own stories and loves when we read to her.
When outside, she loves to play on her slide, with her water table, and sand table. We love to go to the park and she plays very well with the other kids! She also LOVES the water...loves the pool!!
She is completely potty trained...thank you Jesus!!!
I'm sure there is plenty I'm missing, but at least this is a start for me to remember this stage.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I'm excited we FINALLY got a house in Michigan...better late than never right? I can't believe the rental market up there and how hard it was to find a house that we at least could deal with, but happy that we found one that we LOVE! God has such a sense of humor sometimes. Good things come to those who wait right?
As we are packing up, I keep breaking down and crying. I'm so excited to get our own place, but sad we are leaving family and friends. I have so many mixed emotions and being pregnant is not helping the hormonal cries either. Luckily Jim is understanding and he just keeps telling me he understands and tell me what I want to hear :)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
What a crazy busy graduation week we had! On Wednesday, my mom, dad, Samantha and myself drove down to TN. This was probably the worst drive Samantha has had driving. She cried for the first 4 HOURS!!! It was horrible. She sure was happy when she saw daddy though! Wednesday night we checked into the hotel went out to dinner and went swimming in the pool! Samantha LOVED the pool! I knew she would, but was a little afraid because she is used to sitting in the kiddie pool. Luckily there were steps that she sat on and played with her Mermaid Barbie.
Thursday, I got up with Jim and drove with him to school and listened to the options we are going to have to repay his $1,000,000 in student loans. It's crazy how much medical school is and yes I'm kidding with the $1,000,000, but it sure feels like that much! It was very informative and I think we know what to do now! After that, it was the awards ceremony. It was a great ceremony. Jim recieved the Emergency Medicine award! So proud of him! After the awards ceremony we drove back to Morristown to get ready for the dance that the school sponsered in LaFollette. We had almost a 2 hour drive to get there. It was at a Barn...it was like Tennessee meets Vegas! It was really nice inside. Other than it being a little warm in there, we had a great time! All day, my parents had Samantha and boy did she get the attention from them all day. They spent about 3 hours at a park, went to lunch, took a nap, went swimming, went to dinner and back swimming.
Friday, Jim headed to school again for graduation practice and BBQ. While he was there, my parents, Samantha and I went to the park, Chick-Fil-A for lunch and took a nice nap. Once Jim got back, my sister and brother were almost there and so were Jim's parents and brother! Everyone got there and we went to dinner! It's so nice that all of our families get along so well! After dinner we all got in our bathing suits again and went swimming for a couple hours! Samantha got a little more daring and decided to start jumping off the stairs and go under water! I was a little nervous about it, but I was there to catch her for every jump!
Saturday was FINALLY graduation!!!! What an awesome experience that was! It's so hard to put into words the feelings you feel when you watch your husband walk in and then walk across stage and hear...Dr. James Ronald Kowalczyk for the first time and get hooded! I just know how hard Jim has worked to get to where he is today! Samantha was so good during the graduations. She sat on Auntie JuJu's lap and read through the program many times and had some yummy snacks to eat along the way! Saturday night we drove out to Knoxville and went to Calhouns for dinner! It was so yummy! When we got back to the hotel we went back in the pool for a couple hours again!
What a great weekend we had! I'm so proud of my husband! Now on to the next step! Residency! Here we go again!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Another successful ladycation and can't wait to do it again next year!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Surgery we were told was going to last about 2 hours. Much to our surprise after an hour, it was done. Dr. Lyon came in with the cyst in a jar to show up what it looked like. It was the size of about 2 marbles and had fistulas all over it. Dr. Lyon told us it was a textbook surgery and that there were no complications and everything went great! Thank you Jesus! I was then called to go into recovery and wait for Samantha to wake up. Only one person was allowed in there and I just sat next to her crib and rubbed her back. She slept for an hour in recovery and the moved her back into her room. As we brought her back into her room she woke up and was very confused. Once she figured out where she was at she was good. She sat on my lap and had 2 cups of apple juice and a sucker (it was the first thing she said to my mom, Oma, when she saw her). "Oma can I have a sucker please." How can you say no? We weren't sure how long we were going to be there, so my mom and dad left around 1130 and we got released around noon.
We got home from the doctor and went and laid right in bed and watched cartoons. She was very hungry she told us. She ate 3 pieces of toast with just a little butter. I didn't want her to get sick from the medicine that was in that little body of hers. She took a little bit of pain medicine and then we took a 3 hour nap together. She did so good all day. That was the last time she took pain medicine. This girl must have a high tolerance for pain because she only took Motrin the day of surgery. Wednesday morning we went for day 1 post op and the doctor said that everything went great and everything looked good. We just had to keep the incision dry and keep her calm all week.
I can't believe how well she did before, during and after the surgery. Today we went and had the bandage taken off and the stiches taken out. You can see that it was really bruised around the area and its getting better. The incision looks great and I couldn't be happier with the way everything turn out!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I guess she really is paying attention when we read her Bible at night :)
Monday, January 10, 2011
On Sunday morning as he was getting ready she was getting nervous that Jim was leaving. We decided that Samantha and I would leave and go to church like we normally do on Sunday mornings, just Jim wouldn't be going with us. I think it worked out for the best. Samantha didn't have a total melt down, just Jim and I did. I hate saying good-bye, or see you soon.
I'm ready for school to be done and for us to be our little family of 3 again...full-time. It's been so good over the last 8 months all being together everyday. I just hate the fact that he needs to be back in TN to do these rotations. I just don't understand why these couldn't have been done up here, but they couldn't. I know we will get through these next 4 months and so much is going to happen over these next few months. I just wish we were all together, but I know we will all be ok. Samantha will talk on the phone with Jim everynight before she goes to sleep and hopefully we will be able to skype. We will see Jim in a couple of weeks when Samantha and I go and meet up with the girls in Gatlinburg and then we will see him in February when we find out where we will be for residency! We are in final stretch!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Goals for the year
1. continue to lose weight (down 15lbs already - hoping to be down another 30 by graduation)
2. find a better job
3. move back into the condo, if we get St. James or sell it if we have to move out of state
4. hopefully have a baby brother or sister for Samantha
I know more things will change during the year, but this is a good start. Can't wait to see what God has in store for us this year!