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On turning two

Thoughtfully penned on July 31st, 2008 and generally concerning E, Motherhood

Two years ago today we held you in our arms having no idea what it really meant to be parents. Two years ago today we counted your fingers and toes and were awed by the blessing and responsibility that God had given us. Two years ago today we looked into your eyes and dreamed of the things God has planned for your life. Two years ago today we fell in love with you.

We smile when we hear your sweet voice.  We are proud as you learn new things and develop new skills.  We delight in the sound of your laughter ringing off the walls and ceiling.  We laugh at the funny things you do and say.  We cherish your hugs and kisses.  Our hearts swell at the sound of “me wuv Mommy” or “me wuv Daddy.”

These last two years you have brought us tears, fears, and headaches, but more than anything you’ve brought us untold joy.  We thank God for you, our little bit of girl, and we celebrate your life today and everyday.

We love you,
Mommy and Daddy

An unintentional break

Thoughtfully penned on July 30th, 2008 and generally concerning J, Motherhood

When I published last Wednesday’s post I had no intention of it being the last thing I wrote for a week.  In fact, I was planning another post in my head, but like so many things, blogging got pushed to the side when we went from “getting enough sleep to function” to “getting enough sleep to survive” around here.

Boo has never been a great sleeper, but we’ve managed.  For the last several weeks, Matt and I would get up probably a half dozen times a night (on average) to give his paci back or in some way soothe him back to sleep (he was down to one feeding per night).  Then last week, he decided that he needed to be awake and screaming a couple of nights and the other nights he just wouldn’t stay asleep.

It seems that the doctor’s recommendations for treating his reflux just aren’t cutting it.  After hitting bottom on Wednesday night (and two terrible days on Tuesday and Thursday), I figured it was time to call the doc and see what our next step should be.  As of today, my baby boy will be taking prescribed medication every day for the foreseeable future.  I don’t feel real great about him going on a daily medication when he is so young, but the poor thing is obviously in pain and I don’t want him to be in pain.

And so begins our new adventure…trying to get a three month old who has never had a bottle to take 4 ounces of water with the medication dissolved in it twice a day.  We’re hoping and praying that this will work and our sweet boy will find some relief, and, in turn, we’ll find some sleep.

All of that to say I’m back (for now at least) and looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Challenge check-in, week 1

Thoughtfully penned on July 23rd, 2008 and generally concerning Goals

Last week I mentioned that my friend, L, and I were embarking on a 15 week better health and weight loss challenge.  Today marks the end of the first week, so here is a quick check-in.

Eat 3 balanced meals and 2 snacks
No eating after 7:00 pm
Exercise 5 days per week
Only 1 sugary drink per day
Lose 10 pounds
Lose 4 inches off areas where I carry my weight (waist, abdomen, hips)

This weekend was a bit rough because I felt so bad, but overall I had a good pretty good week.  I owe $3 to the penalty jar for breaking my “rules”; I had more than one sugary drink on three days.  However, my weigh-in and measurement check today was encouraging.  I’ve lost two pounds and an inch off my measurements!  That’s enough to keep me motivated for a few more days.

Maa-eeo tiime!

Thoughtfully penned on July 22nd, 2008 and generally concerning E, Of games and good things

Little has taken up video games.  Well, not really, she is only two, but she does enjoy “playing” along with Matt.  When he gets out his “buttons” (translation: controller), Little has to have her “buttons”, too (aka, a GameCube controller).  She’ll sit beside him (or stand in front of the TV in his way) and play.

We’re borrowing Mario Galaxy from friends, and that is Little’s current favorite.  Over the weekend, she could be heard saying (loudly) “It’s Maa-eeo tiime!” every time Matt started playing a game – no matter what game he was playing.  She also likes to accompany her gameplay with a demonstration of how Mario “jumps silly.”

She’s quite the little gamer.

Thank you all for your “get well” wishes.  I am feeling better, but still not 100%; hopefully, it will clear up totally in the next few days.

How to stay chilled in 100+ degree weather

Thoughtfully penned on July 21st, 2008 and generally concerning Plagues and Pestilence

Step 1 – wake up to feed baby at 2:00 am Saturday thinking you’re a bit engorged

Step 2 – after 7:00 am feeding realize that it is probably a plugged milk duct, take something for a terrible headache

Step 3 – while running errands develop body aches and flu like symptoms

Step 4 – come home and collapse from exhaustion

Step 5 – wake up approximately one hour later, with chills, take temperature, think “a fever of 102.6 is probably not good.”

Step 6 – contact doctor’s office, get diagnosis that strikes fear in the heart of nursing mothers everywhere – the dreaded “m” word – mastitis

Step 7 – immediately turn all household and child care tasks over to your wonderful husband

Step 8 – spend most of the weekend wrapped in your blanket and lying on the couch as you fight fever and infection

Yeah, that’s how I spent my weekend.  Hope yours was better!

It’s like an addiction or something

Thoughtfully penned on July 17th, 2008 and generally concerning Babywearing, Contests, J

When Little was a baby I had a standard front carrier with all of the straps and buckles and what-not.  I used it until she was 5 or 6 months old and she was long enough that her feet hit against my legs (almost at my knees; I’m vertically challenged) and she was heavy enough that it hurt my back if I wore her for any length of time.  I enjoyed having her in the carrier, but it made my back ache and I was constantly struggling to keep the straps tight enough to keep her in the right position.

When I found out I was expecting Boo, I knew I wanted to be a babywearing Momma, and I knew that I wanted a different type of carrier.  I did some research, found some answers to questions at Adventures In Babywearing (Thanks, Steph!), and became a little more educated about what types of carriers are available.  In December my nephew was born, and my SIL was singing the praises of her Sleepy Wrap.  Based on her recommendation, I purchased a wrap and started wearing Boo when he was a couple of weeks old.

Boo and I have both loved our Sleepy Wrap.  In fact, it has saved my sanity on more than one occasion when he has been super fussy.  I tie it on, pop him in, and he is generally off to sleep in a matter of minutes.  

Now that it is HOT in my part of the world, we need something that is a little cooler on both of us.  I decided a few weeks ago to get a pouch or sling and began searching for just the right one.  It took me several hours of surfing to settle on this pouch.  I received it a couple of weeks ago, but have had a bit of trouble getting the right size/fit.  After shrinking it yesterday, I think I’ve finally got it to the correct size.  Boo rode in it yesterday afternoon for the first time and seemed to like it; again, he was asleep in minutes.

Then, I was talking to Lu on Monday about different carrier options and the issues I was having with my pouch.  We started looking around a bit at various websites and on eBay and I stumbled upon a ring sling that I fell in love with.  It is an adorable lime green with blue polka dots cotton fabric.  So, I bid on it and won the auction!  I’m awaiting it’s arrival in the mail any day now.

I still want a mei tai, and I’m sure I could come up with a few more if pressed.  And then last night at Lu’s place I saw a link to a great giveaway that I just had to sign up for:  Along for the Ride is holding a contest to Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap).  I mean, what babywearing Momma could resist a chance to win five (count ‘em…one, two, three, four, five) new carriers including the mei tai that’s on my list?

I’m telling ya, it truly is an addiction; I mean, this is more fun than shopping for shoes! 


A challenging prospect

Thoughtfully penned on July 16th, 2008 and generally concerning Goals

After Little was born I dropped weight like crazy.  I was four pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight at my six-weeks check up and lost an additional 20 pounds by the time she weaned.  Not so with Boo.  I lost the first 20 pounds of my pregnancy weight quickly, but these last 8 or 10 are lingering longer than I would like.

So, my good friend L and I have decided to challenge ourselves to eat better, exercise more consistently, and hopefully drop a few pounds.  We’ve laid out some rules and set some goals and for the next 15 weeks we’re going to get down to the business of getting back in shape.  

Right now we’re pretty motivated, but as we get a few weeks in I suspect we’ll do a little back-sliding, feel a little unmotivated, and have a desire to just call the whole thing off.  That’s why we’re doing this together; we’ll have someone else to encourage, motivate, and hold us accountable when those temptations come along.  We’ve also set up a “punishment” fine of a dollar for rule breaking; if we can’t motivate ourselves, maybe the bank can.  And in the end, when goals are met, we’ll reward ourselves with a nice evening out.  With no kids!

Here are our rules: eat three balanced meals a day and allow for two healthy snacks (gotta have plenty of food for this nursing Momma), no eating after 7:00pm, increase water intake while decreasing sugary drinks, exercise at least 5 days per week, and a couple others that are specific to our personal goals.  I may throw in a couple of other non-health related goals as I go along as well.  

It should be an interesting 15 weeks (especially since our vacation falls in here).  I’ll keep you posted.

Three months old

Thoughtfully penned on July 15th, 2008 and generally concerning J

It is hard to believe that Boo is already three months old!  He is such a sweet boy (well, maybe not when he’s screaming at 4 in the morning, but most of the time) and has a very pleasant disposition.  He coos and babbles and smiles much more readily than his sister did at this age.  We think he will be our social child.

Memories of Granny and Papa’s farm

Thoughtfully penned on July 9th, 2008 and generally concerning childhood, Family, Grandparents, Of games and good things, Us

As I was writing the posts last week about our trip to Granny and Papa’s house, memories kept surfacing of the times we’ve spent there.

The memories for Matt go back to the beginning.  He remembers when the land was just that, land, filled with trees and potential.  He remembers the steps along the way to completing the house and Granny and Papa making the move out there.  He has fond childhood memories of summer visits, playing in the creek, fishing in the pond, and walking in the woods.  He always said he wished he could spend the whole summer at Granny and Papa’s instead of only a week.

There are also lots of memories that we’ve made there together.  My first visit was just over 10 years ago.  Matt and I had only been dating a few months, and he took me to meet his grandparents while we were in town for Spring Break from college.  I fell in love with his grandparents and their place immediately and am very thankful that I’m still visiting a decade later and have so many good times to reflect on.

This was the place we were married.  In the kitchen we ate chicken salad sandwiches as we waited for time for the ceremony.  In Granny’s huge garden we were photographed with our families.  Under a rose arbor we pledged our love for each other as we said our vows.

This was the place we made our first home.  The first two months of our married life we lived in the little house on Granny and Papa’s property (originally built for Matt’s great-grandmother).  We would come home in the evenings to find fresh picked tomatoes sitting on our back porch railing; we would go into the garden to pick corn from the stalk and blueberries straight from the bush.  We would go down the driveway every Thursday evening to sit on the screened porch and chat.  It was a special season in our life for many reasons, not the least of which was Matt finally getting to spend the whole summer at Granny and Papa’s house.

And now we have memories there with our children.  Little standing beside the Christmas tree.  A trip to play in the creek with her Daddy.  Boo in Papa’s lap.  Granny and Papa loving our children like they’ve always loved Matt.

I am thankful for all the memories we’ve created on the farm and especially with Granny and Papa.  It is sad to see it go, but it will always hold a special place in our hearts.

She knows good music when she hears it

Thoughtfully penned on July 8th, 2008 and generally concerning E, Music

Last Tuesday a friend and I took the kids to a local museum.  It is about a 20 minute trip, so I loaded up the iPod, hooked up the FM transmitter, and we hit the road listening to the Juno soundtrack.

On the way home, the last song ended and I turned off the radio since we were only a few miles from the house.  As soon as Little realized that the music had stopped she began chanting, “more susic.”  To appease my girl I turned the iPod back on and started a Caedmon’s Call album.

We were only a few seconds into the first song when I heard from the back seat – “not dis susic!”  I asked if she wanted to listen to Juno again instead.  “Uh huh,” she said.  As the soundtrack began again she said, “Boo like dis song.” Um, yeah, I’m sure he does.

That evening I was telling Matt about what she’d said.  He asked her what kind of music she liked, and she responded “Dee-no” (translation: Juno).  Now anytime you ask her about music her response is “Dee-no.”  She knows good music, and she definitely knows what she likes.