Friday, December 15, 2006

Mary breastfeeding :o)

A friend just IM'ed me this, she got it in an email. I thought it was too cute! :o)

Went to Abigail's school Christmas concert (no "proper" Nativity this year ). Each class did a little something followed by a song or 2. Anyway, Ab's class did a Nativity scene, with Ab as Mary (How proud was I?). A few mins into their bit Ab promptly lifted her dress & shoved baby Jesus up it. The script then wandered away from what they'd learnt & goes as follows....
Joseph: "What are you doing?"
Mary: "I'm feeding our baby"
Shepherd: "Have you got a bottle up there then?"
Mary: "Don't be silly he's having milk from my booby"
Joseph: "That's disgusting"
Mary: "No, that baby milk they have in Tescos is disgusting. My baby's having proper milk"
Shepherd: "What's a booby?"
Mary: "Those sticky out bits ladies have"
Shepherd: "They're not boobies, they're nipples"
Mary: "No they're not, they're boobies"
Joseph: "So why can't Jesus have milk from a bottle then?"
Mary: "Because I haven't got a breast pump with me - you forgot to put it on the donkey"
Shepherd: "Can't you ask the teacher for a bottle to feed Jesus with?"
Mary: "No because this is the best way to feed Jesus. Anyway bottles haven't been invented yet & even if they were I've just had a baby so if you think I'm faffing about round Tescos to buy baby milk when I make proper milk in my boobies you can think again"

I felt a teeny bit sorry for their class teacher - she did try her best to steer them back towards their proper lines but she was laughing so much she didn't really stand a chance. The line about Joseph forgetting the breast pump finished her off - she slid to the floor & couldn't get up for laughing....

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Holiday Book Sets 30% off!

For anyone needing to get some last minute Christmas shopping done. :o)

Life has been crazy lately. Got my last set of Christmas cards made today, but the pictures from snapfish haven't arrived yet. I hope they didn't get lost in the mail... We're having pizza for dinner today, don't feel like cooking. Tomorrow is Dave's b-day. Thankfully, I got everything for that. :o)

Monday, December 11, 2006

LAST DAY!

FOR BOOK ORDERS TO ENTER THE FREE BOOK DRAWING!

It's going to be a busy week this week. Gotta get Christmas cards ready, Tyler has his concert tomorrow, Dave's birthday is on Thursday, and, well, it just seems like there's a million things going on... This time of year seems to just get more and more busy each year... :p

Thursday, December 07, 2006

What a crazy week!

Life has been so busy lately, it seems like there have been a million things going on. I had two more concerts during this last week, so that filled up a couple of evenings. Dave has been busy with his dissertation proposal, and finally had his defense yesterday. He got all his papers signed off, yay! Now all he has to do is finish writing his dissertations, and we're off to "real life". Hard to believe! On Saturday, we went to another baskteball game, and it was so much fun! It was even better because we won. :o) Yesterday I hosted a scrapbooking party for my friend. Ten people came, and considering the size of my apartment, it was pretty crowded, haha. It was so much fun! I haven't ever scrapbooked, but I think I may just take whatever I get free through this party to get myself started. There are three levels of kits, and level 1 is so easy! Everything is pre-printed, and you get stickers, too. All you have to do is put it together with your pictures. I can do that. :p Even level 2 isn't too bad. I guess I may have found myself a new hobby! :o) Kaylee is getting her incisors, so she's made life miserable for all of us. She's also developing quite the attitude, sometimes I don't know what to do with her. She wants this and that, and if she can't have it, she throws a major fit. AAAAHHHHH. Kaylee also managed to wreck our Christmas tree within one day of it being put up. So all the ornaments are off now, there are just the lights and some white "snow" garlands. She still pulls on those, but they're easily fixed. I thought for sure the tree would be okay this year, cause I don't remember the boys being that bad when they were her age. Maybe next year...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Free Book Drawing!

All orders received by December 11th are going to be entered in a $10 book drawing! The winner will be notified via email on the 12th. :o)

Click here to shop!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It's cold outside

So we had to get all dressed in our winter stuff before going out. Kaylee got very excited about this new adventure. She got her boots and brought them to me, all the while exclaiming "Mommy, boobs!" It's just too cute when they learn to talk...

Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday Madness

Yeah, I wasn't going to go, but since we had a pretty peaceful morning, I decided to take the kids to the store. I knew Smith's wouldn't be too terribly busy, and they had some good sales, so off we went. The parking lot was packed, but the store is big enough that it didn't seem too overly crowded. They had pillows buy 1 get 1 free, so I got us all new pillows (ours were getting old and yucky). Their ad also said that boxed DVD sets were $20. I went to see if they had Monk, and they had seasons 1, 2 and 4. I figured I could get 1 and 2, and then ask for 3 and 4 for Christmas. I thought they would be $20 each, minus a $4 instore coupon. Well, when I went to pay, they rang up for $14.99! Take off the instore coupon, and an extra 5% on my student card, and they came out to $10.44 a piece. Wow! Needless to say, I went back and got season 4, too. I got three seasons for $30! That's a $90 savings! I'm beyond excited. :o) Now I'll just ask for season 3 for Christmas, and my collection will be complete. I'm glad I ended up going, to say the least. Going back home was crazy, though. I got around most of the traffic, but I was sure glad I wasn't planning on going to any other stores. :p

Friday, November 17, 2006

What a busy week!

It seems like there's been something going on every single day this week. Had my natural childbirth/natural family living group meeting on Tuesday, and choir afterwards. We went way late for the women's choir, as our concert is next Friday. I actually ended up leaving early, at almost 9. But I had to get home so Kaylee could have her nursies and go to bed. :p Wednesday I had my first book show, and didn't get home till 9. It was lots of fun, though. Only 5 people came, but we had a good time. I'm still waiting on a few more outside orders, we'll see what the total is going to end up being. Yesterday Dave was busy all evening, and didn't get home till 10. Needless to say, we've had a few late nights (for us, seeing as we normally go to bed at 9:30, haha). This morning I felt all ambitious and wanted to go to the store, but Kaylee passed out at 10:30 and slept for a little over an hour. So I thought we'd go after she woke up, but then Bryan proclaimed he had a headache and wanted to rest, and promptly fell asleep on the couch. So, here I am, still haven't gotten anything done. I don't want to start the laundry, either, cause I don't want to wake up Bryan (we don't have a laundry room, so the w/d hookup is in the kitchen, which is essentially the same room as the living room...). I suppose I could fold all the clothes piled up in the spare bedroom...

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yay!

It's been a good day (when you disregard Kaylee's whining...). I got a $66 check from Usborne (my comission), and I also got a new bra. I'm proud to say that I now fit in a 34D. That may still seem huge to some people, but when you're coming down from a 34H, it's a major accomplishment, hehe. :p Oh, and we didn't get 5 inches of snow, like weather.com had warned us. Very happy about that, too. :o)

So much for my weight loss...

...yeah, I'm so in trouble. The store where I do most of my gorcery shopping just started carrying Milka chocolate. All different flavors, too. It's a good thing I only go shopping once a week... :p

In other news, little Belen came home Friday. It wasn't pneumonia after all, just a viral infection that she had a hard time shaking. She's doing much better now. However, no hope for decannulation at this time. Looks like it's going to be another long winter...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I have decided...

...that I really don't like getting calls at hours people don't normally get calls. The reason is that getting calls late at night or early in the morning usually means that Belen is sick and at the ER, and I get to go to my friend's house to be with her other two kids while my friend and her husband get their stuff together for Belen and my friend to go down to the Children's Hospital. Don't get me wrong, I love that I'm able to help, no matter the time of day (or night). That's what friends are for. :o) What I don't like is the fact that Belen is sick enough to need medical care. Looks like this time she has pneumonia. I hope she won't be sick for very long, and they can return home soon. What a rollercoaster ride this has got to be...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Found this on another blog

Another car seat saftey video. This one is about keeping your child rear facing as long as possible. It's worth watching. :o)

Vote!

Mothering Magazine is sponsering a contest in search for an international breastfeeding symbol. They received hundreds of submissions and it's now been narrowed down to the top three. Hopefully the icon will become mainstream and can be used to locate breastfeeding-friendly establishments, mother's lounges, etc.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

What do you think...

...of the new look??? Too bright? I can't decide if I like the colors the way they are...

Recipe

Thanks for the idea, Leia! :o)

Crockpot Hawaiian Haystacks

Combine in crockpot 1 cup water, 1 porkroast (or 4-5 chicken breasts), 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, 1 big can crushed pineapple. Cook on high for about 6 hours, or low 8-10 hours, until meat is really tender and shreds easily. Server over rice, and top with rice noodles. Yum!

Friday, November 03, 2006

For your holiday shopping convenience...

...I set up an eShow, hehe. :p

This nearly made me cry...

Dave always teases me about being obsessed with carseat safety. I just can't help it, though. And seeing videos like this one really just reinforces my "obsession". I wish people would realize how important it is to restrain children properly.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween

Oooohhhh, it was cold outside. Good thing the kids' costumes all were roomy enough to fit winter coats underneath, hehe. Everyone had a great time! The past two years, we went to the student dorms after trick or treating around our own apartment complex, but this year we decided to hit a "real" neighborhood. So after going through our apartment complex, we put Kaylee in the stroller and went for a walk. We went to the neighborhood where we know a lot of people from church, and it was so much fun! The older people were all excited to have some kids come by, and that alone was worth it. The kids ended up with way too much candy (of course), which should last us till Christmas. :p

making a Jack-O-Lantern the day before Halloween


ready to go out


look at all that candy!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Funny!

Got this in an email today, and thought it was hilarious. :o)

A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, "I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."
The driver says, "Gee, officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating."
Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: "Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control."
As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once?"
The wife smiles demurely and says, "You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did."
As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, "Darn it, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?"
The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine."
The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket."
The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving."
And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU PLEASE SHUT UP??"
The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does you husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?"
I love this part....
"Only when he's been drinking."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Had some time to kill...

...so I took a silly quiz. It actually came out describing me pretty well. I did study Education. :p

Your Learning Style: Competent and Cooperative

You have a great head for facts and figures. You can remember and use any fact you've read.

You Should Study:

Dentistry
Education
Environmental Science
Finance
Nursing
Nutrition Science
Medicine
Law

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's election time...

And I think that's the only time it bothers me that I'm not a US citizen and can't vote... I found this on someone else's blog, and I can't help but agree. :o)

What’s the first thing people are likely to say to you when they learn you are considering voting for a Third Party Candidate? … “Don’t waste your vote.”
But when you choose the lesser of 2 evils …. You waste your vote!
When you vote AGAINST someone instead of FOR someone … You waste your vote!
When you walk out of a voting booth disgusted with yourself … You waste your vote!
When you watch another election go by and hope that maybe next year you’ll like one of the “major” party candidates … You waste your vote!
When you vote for a Party JUST because your parents voted for that party, and their parents, etc. … You waste your vote!
When you don’t understand the real issues … You waste your vote!
And when you don’t vote at all … You waste your vote!

And to quote Laura "Many people would assert that to vote for a third-party candidate is to throw away your vote. I disagree. I feel that voting for “the better” one of two undesirable options is much more a waste of my vote. How are we ever to enact change if we act to keep the status quo?" So true!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Decisions, decisions...

Ugh, I hate that feeling of not knowing where to go next, or what to do. So, I've been really wanting to get certified to be a doula and childbirth educator. Now, there is an opportunity for me to do both. There is an association (Association for Wise Childbearing) here in the valley, and a lot of their requirements for certification are the same as for doula certification. They are also very affordable. I have already read a lot of the books that are required reading, and writing the required papers shouldn't be difficult at all. I think that if I started within the next couple of months, I could have all the requirements completed, and be certified as both a childbirth educator and a doula by the end of next year. Thinking about this gets me really exited. The only "problem" is that I don't know if it's the right time to do this. If I decide to go through with the certification, I'd like to teach at least two classes a year, and be a doula for at least six moms a year. It's not a lot, and would be quite doable, but it's a comittment nonetheless. We are also looking at moving in May 2008, which is when Dave graduates. There is a small chance we may stay here, but there's a bigger chance we'll move out of state. I don't want to start something here and then have to move and establish myself all over within just a few months. Lastly, there's the question of another baby. I have such mixed feeling about this. With my other kids, I knew I wasn't done, I knew there'd be one more. Now I'm not so sure. I don't know that I feel "done", but at the same time the thought of another baby is less than exciting to me. The pregnancy and birth part of it I could do, no problem. But the sleepless nights, endless poopy diapers, and overall "needyness" of a newborn just sounds so daunting to me. I want to be done, but I don't feel certain that I am. Don't know if that makes sense. And then I get thinking if I'm not done, I don't know that I want the next kid spaced out several years. I'm thinking that if I'm having one more, may as well get it over with while I'm still doing diapers and nursing and such. :p I don't know how I'd feel about having Kaylee be 5 and starting all over. Of course, if we do have another baby, I won't have the time or energy to teach classes and be a doula. I'll have another little nursling, whom I won't be able to leave for more than an hour at a time. So all of a sudden we're talking a few more years before teaching and being a doula becomes more doable again. Part of me is so ready to move on and start getting into that part of life. I know that's what I need to do once the kids get older. I am so passionate about childbirth, I'd never forgive myself if I didn't become more actively involved in making birth a positive experience for women. At the same time, family is my priority. So, I just don't know. The opportunity to become certified is still going to be there in a few years from now, I know that. It just seems hard to wait, especially when this is such a great option right now. Ugh, why can't someone just tell me what to do???? :p

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Did I mention....

...that Extreme Makeover Home Edition is in our town? Just a couple of blocks away. Not that I ever watch it, but I thought it was kind of cool. :p

Monday, October 16, 2006

Yet another reason to stay away from the needle...

YIKES!

Breastmilk is awesome!

It's days like today that I'm glad I'm "still" breastfeeding. Kaylee woke up at 6 this morning, came in bed with me, and proceeded to throw up all over my bed just a few minutes later. She threw up a couple more times, and then settled down a bit. She nursed a few times throughout the morning, and took a nice long nap. She seemed much better in the afternoon, so when she asked for a string cheese, I thought why not. Well, she threw it all up. Shortly afterwards, she asked to nurse again, and has kept that down just fine. It's sad that she's sick, but at least I know she's staying hydrated and still getting some nutrition. Definitely eases my mind. Never mind the antibodies she's getting to help her immune system fight off whatever tummy bug she has. Yay for breastmilk! Oh, and her clogged tear duct has been acting up, too, so I've been putting breastmilk in her eye throughout the day (whenever she nurses I just squirt some in). Her eye has pretty much cleared up! It's not red anymore, and there's not a whole lot of goopy stuff in there anymore, either. It's amazing to me just how many benefits breastfeeding has. :o)

A little plug...

...for my website. :p If any of you were thinking about getting your kids books for Christmas, I have two eShows going on right now. If you buy the books through one of the shows, that person gets credit towards free books. Of course, there's always the option to set up your own eShow. You can do it right through the site, or I can help you with it. There, shameless promotion. Click here to check it out! :o)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Clotheslines

So I've been wondering about this lately, why don't more people use clotheslines??? They're really not that much more work. I was outside hanging up my laundry on our community clothesline a few weeks ago, when my new neighbor came up and offered me to use her dryer. I thought that was really nice of her. I explained to her that I do have a dryer, I just really like line drying my clothes. She looked at me like I was nuts. But really, drying your clothes on the line has so many benefits. The sun is a wonderful natural stain remover, seriously. Anything from babypoop to tomato sauce to grass stains, line dry in the sun and the stains usually just come right out! Yes, you should be careful with dark colors, but you can always just hang up those clothes inside out. And the clothes smell so nice and fresh, too. Nevermind all the energy you save by using a clothes line. You don't have to run your dryer, which uses lots of electricity (or gas), and you don't heat up your house, so your a/c doesn't have to work so hard. Line drying is much easier on the clothes, too. Ever wonder where all the lint comes from in your dryer? Yeah, it's your clothes slowly disintegrating... :p Now, I do realize that it's quite convenient to take your clothes out of the washer and stuff them right in the dryer. I can see that point. But it really doesn't take that long to go take the laundry out. 15 mintues, maybe??? And then when you're ready to bring the laundry in, you just fold and sort as you take it off the line. You still have to do that with clothes out of the dryer. Oh, and the other nice thing about line drying is that it gets you to do the laundry right in the morning. You just do your load, hang it up, and then go about your day until it's time to bring it in. You always get your laundry done that way, no piling up and seeing the mount of clothes at night, when you're tired, but you really should run a load. Okay, so I realize most people probably think "who cares? It's laundry." I guess I just think it's funny when people look at me like I live in the middle ages because I line dry my clothes. :p Hey, with ever-rising energy costs, here's a great way to cut your bill, at least during the summer months! :o)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Yay!

Yesterday was a fun day. :o) We went to see the homecoming parade in the morning, and of course the kids got tons of candy. It rained a little bit, but we still had fun. I went for my 6th ice skating lesson in the afternoon, and passed off basic skating adult levels 1 and 2! Yay for me! :p I've decided to go 6 more weeks, and see if I can pass off level 3. Fun stuff. :o) In the evening, we went to the USU football game. It had stopped raining by then, and everyone was nice and warm in their snow clothes. It was actually a really exciting game, and USU even won! That's a first this season, their game had been less than stellar until last night. It seemed like they finally got their team together, and figured out how to really play as a team. It was really fun to watch (which we couldn't say after the last two games here, haha). I'd post some pictures, but I have a bad feeling my camera got hit too hard when Kaylee banged it against the chair the other day. Even with newly charged batteries, it tells me the batteries are dead. I'm gonna get some new batteries tomorrow to see if the rechargeables are just gone, or if I have to go start looking for an early Christmas present...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

When it rains, it pours...

Know that saying? Well, describes exactly how my day has been so far. First off, I didn't get to bed till nearly 11:30 p.m. last night. Of course, Kaylee decided to wake up at 5:15 this morning and make a fuss. After an hour, I finally got her back to sleep and went back to my own bed. Got about 20 minutes more sleep, and there goes Kaylee again. She now wanted to come to bed with me to have her morning nursies. So I got up a few minutes later than usual to get ready for my exercise. Just as I walk out the door, I see the bus leaving. Ugh. I only had to wait 5 more minutes for the next bus, but still... Then, just now I sat down to do my finances, balance my checkbook, pay bills and such, and notice that Dave's fellowship for this month hasn't been deposited yet. AAAAHHHH!!!!! We really need that money! So I try calling Dave to have him check on in asap, and of course I can't get a hold of him. He's probably at the library, deeply entrenched in some space book... Waaaahhhhh!!!! Okay, I feel better now. Not really, but you know...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Whew!

Life just doesn't slow down for us. :p Our highlight of this past week was a camping trip with some friends into the mountains. It was so pretty! The weather was nice and warm during the day. It did get just below freezing at night, but we all wore our winter clothes, so we stayed nice and warm. The kids actually slept really well, which made the trip that much more enjoyable. :p Everyone had lots of fun with campfires, hot chocolate, marshmellows, and tin foil dinners. There was a little creek nearby, which we went to see. There were salmon in it. I had no idea they migrated this far to spawn. It was pretty cool to see some swimming around. :o) I'm not usually one to enjoy camping very much, but I have to say it was a really fun experience. Here's some pictures.

around the campfire

Good Morning!

morning fire (for hot chocolate, yum!)

Fall colors

salmon



overlooking a nearby lake

Monday, September 25, 2006

Here's another reason to do anything you can to avoid a c-section

Babies born via c-section are more likely to die during the first months after birth than babies born vaginally.

While I realize that c-sections are sometimes necessary to save the life of mom or baby, I don't believe that this is the case in almost 30% of all births. Something is terribly wrong with the way birth is treated in this country. So many women are under the (false) impression that the more interventions, the more medical the environment they birth in, the safer it is for them to give birth. "C-section saved my baby's life" is a phrase heard quite often. Well, I don't believe that 30% of babies would die were it not for the c-section. I wish women (and doctors alike) would realize that the more they interfere with the normal birth process, the more likely there are going to be complications that will eventually necessitate c-section. I'm not talking about necessary c-sections, such as with a transverse breech or placenta previa. I'm talking more about not allowing VBACs, automatically dictating c-sections for all breech presentations or multiples, and most of all, c-sections due to fetal distress. The more interventions that are used during labor, the more likely the baby is to go into distress. Use of drugs such as cervidil, cytotec, or pitocin to induce or augment labor increase the risk for fetal distress, yet not many women are clearly made aware of those risks. Artifical rupture of membranes is another common practice that, IMO, can result in fetal distress. Any drugs used during birth also have an effect on the baby. If women got more support in natural labor, their need for drugs would decrease, which would make birth safer for both woman and baby. There's a lot of work still to be done to make birth safer for both mothers and babies, and I don't believe the answer lies in even more interventions. I believe the answer lies in going back to our roots, in supporting natural childbirth, and in encouraging women to choose that route. Education, preparation, and support go a long way in making childbirth a positive, uplifting, empowering experience, WITHOUT the use of drugs. :o)

Friday, September 22, 2006

SNOW!

Yep, it snowed this morning. I stepped outside to go to the gym, and there it was. Not a lot, but enough to stick to the ground a little. Crazy. It's all gone now, and we're supposed to get temps back up to 70ish by the end of next week. I hope!!! I'm so not ready for cold weather...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

It's official!

I'm now a consultant for Usborne books. I don't expect to make tons of money off of it, but it'll be fun. I sure do love their books. :o) I'll have a website up for the first 6 months, feel free to check it out. I may do a party for a friend soon, too, so that should be fun. Dave won't have to be the only one listening to me rave about how great the books are anymore. :p

In other news, life has been crazy busy, as usual. Little Belen came home from the hospital on Friday, and is doing just fine. Yay! On Saturday, we went to the first USU football home game. They lost 48 nothing, haha. Good thing we sat there freezing off our behinds from 6-9 p.m. At least Kaylee had fun roaming around. :p Yesterday, I taught a class on cloth diapering, which was tons of fun. After that, I went to my women's singing group, and the music for our Christmas concert is going to be interesting. Life never gets boring around here, that's for sure. Oh, and I went to the store this morning, and got some walnut artisan bread. It tastes delicious with artichoke dip on top. I had to stop myself from eating the whole loaf all at once. :p

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

And isn't it ironic, don't you think, a little too ironic...

Know the tune? It's been going through my head today. It seems that's how life has been for little Belen. She had a sleep study ealier this summer to see if she could maybe be decannulated (get her trach out). The study didn't go well, so no decannulation. Though it seems like the study's interpretation may be subjective, so my friend is waiting to get a second opinion on that. Then Belen had a swallow study on Monday, to see where the food was going that the speech therapist was putting in her mouth. It turned out that she actually really did swallow it all, no aspiration (breathing in the food). That was awesome news. Last night at 12:30 a.m., I get a call from my friend asking if I could come over and stay at her house with her kids so her and her husband could take Belen to the ER. She was having a really hard time breathing, laboring hard, and needing lots of oxygen supplementation (way more than usual). At 2:30 a.m., my friend's husband came back, saying that Belen has pneumonia and has to be put on heavy duty antibiotics. They were going to take her and my friend down to Primary Children's, to probably put in a PIC line for the antibiotics. I haven't heard any other news today, but they'll probably end up having to stay for at least a few days. Now to the ironic part of the whole story: it seems as though the pneumonia was caused by aspiration... I really hope not, as that could have all sorts of negative implications as far as any future hope for decannulation and oral feeding. By the time I got back into my own bed at 3:30 a.m., I got to thinking that all the trouble we've been having with Kaylee's frequent night wakings seemes so meaningless and silly in comparison to what my friend is going through. Nothing like a little perspective...

ETA: So my friend just called and said that Belen is doing much better. They're still not sure what exactly it was that caused her problems, but it sounds like instead of pneumonia, it may be pneumonitis. That's an inflammation of the lung that can happen when food is aspirated. It's usually sudden onset (which it seemed to be), and generally rapidly improves. So that would be good news. Still not sure that the aspiration would be, though... I guess it's wait and see for now.

Internet troubles

Ugh. Our internet has been down since Monday. I guess I never realized how much I use it, hehe. They said it'll still be off and on until at least Friday, possibly even through the weekend. Fun...

Friday, September 08, 2006

What a busy week!

The book party was on Tuesday evening, and it was a huge success. I have all but one order in now, and we're up to $552. I don't expect the last order to be very big, we'll maybe get up to $565 or $570. That's almost twice what I expected to make. With all that we got, I'm going to end up getting $150 worth of books and $30 worth of kid kits for free (only pay s&h). I also get $125 worth of books for half-price, though I got pretty much everything on my list in my free allowance already. If I get everything I want the way I figured it out, I'm going to end up getting $240 worth of stuff for $50 total. I'm very excited it turned out so well. :o)
On a not so good side note, Tyler was sick on Wednesday, and Dave has been sick today. It's a stomach bug. Tyler only threw up once, and was kind of tired for a day, but Dave seems to have it a little worse. Though that could be due to the fact that instead of resting when he started feeling sick, he still went to play basketball and went to school today. So by the time afternoon came around, he wasn't feeling well at all. It's a bummer, because tonight is our neighborhood camp-out, and Dave and the boys were going to sleep outside in the tent. Not happening. Instead, the kids and I enjoyed the campfire and some s'mores, and the boys are sleeping in their little tent in our extra bedroom. I would have slept in my own bed, anyway, so whatever... :p

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I survived!

My weekend of sore muscles and canning fruit. Yeah, I was pretty sore from ice skating. I swear you use muscles you never knew you had. Doesn't help that I'm a little out of shape, too. Did I mention I started an exercise routine last week? It's been really fun, and a good reminder of just how much out of shape I am. They have really nice weight machines at the fitness center, so I used one to work my triceps. So besides my legs, my arms were sore, too. I could barely move yesterday, haha. My friend and I did manage to can the rest of the peaches and nectarines, as we didn't think they'd last all the way through Saturday. We got another 1.5 dozen jars filled up. Yum! I also decided to brave preparing a Labor Day bbq. I made potato salad, hamburgers (filled with cream cheese and cheddar, yum!), and peach cobbler. It was excellent! Today we get to have leftovers. I told Dave I wasn't going to cook for the next few days, as I swear I spent ALL DAY yesterday in the kitchen. That's just too much for me. :p It was worth it, though. Today has been a little less busy. Went shopping this morning, and we're having the Usborne book party this evening. That should be fun, I'm excited. :o) So anyway, I'm still alive, so far... Ready for more exercising and ice skating to tone those muscles I never knew existed, hehe.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Peaches and ice skating

Well, we sure had an exciting day today. We spent several hours at my friend's parents' house picking peaches and nectarines, and started canning them. We got about 1/3 of the fruit canned, the rest has to ripen just a little bit more. So we have another canning party planned for next Saturday. We got a dozen jars done today, and they look so good! It'll be nice to have freshly canned peaches and nectarines to eat in the winter. :o) I also went to my first ice skating lesson today. It was just a friend of mine, the instructor, and I, so a really small group. I'm pretty sure my legs are going to be sore tomorrow, hehe. It was lots of fun, though. The kids had a great time today, too, and were all pretty exhausted. So everyone's in bed asleep, and it's only 8:30. Love it! Just gotta go do dishes, and then maybe we'll watch a movie tonight (and I can get a good foot massage, hehe). :o)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Has it been a week already?

My, how time flies... Dave made it back home safely, and had fun at the conference. Life has been busy. Tyler is liking school so far, so that's good. He seems to be making the switch to all day school just fine, not too tired yet. :p Bryan, Kaylee and I have been busy running errands. It seems like there's always something to do, and they have been troopers tagging along. I went and signed up for ice skating classes for myself. My friend and I are going to go every Saturday for six weeks. It should be fun! I've also started exercising. I got a student spouse card, so I can use the facilities here on campus. They have very nice equipment, and the weight machines all come with info on which muscles they target, and how to use them right. My arms and chest are pretty sore, which is a good sign, haha. I should take a picture of myself right now, and then one in like 3 months. Just to see the difference. :p I'm hoping to lose about 10 pounds, so wish me luck! :o)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

One more night...

...until Dave gets back. Just got off the phone, and it sounds like he had a good day. He got to see lots of "old" friends, which was fun for him. We had a good day here, too. Tyler enjoyed his first day at school, though of course they didn't do much other than play games to get to know each other, haha. The real fun begins next week, we'll see if he still likes it then. :p Bryan, Kaylee and I went to playgroup this morning, which was good. Kaylee is so adventurous, she climbs up jungle gyms and what not at the playground like you wouldn't believe. I can't believe how strong and coordinated she is. What happened to my baby??? She's sure growing up. This evening we had our neighborhood bbq, which had a really good turnout. It was lots of fun. By the time the kids got to bed at 8, they were all exhausted, and it didn't take long for them to fall asleep. Now I'm exhausted, too, so I'm off to bed. Hoping Kaylee is going to have a better night tonight, she's been waking up a lot lately. Yawn...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

We made it through day two...

And it wasn't so bad. Talked to Dave on the phone a couple of times, and it sounds like his presentation went really well. It's so nice that it's not just over with, but he actually felt good about it. He's such a perfectionist, and tends to worry and stress out a lot. So it's nice when thinks work out for him. :o) The kids and I had a busy day, too. We went to the library this morning, which is always an adventure. Kaylee kept us busy chasing her around, she loves all the aisles she can run down and "hide". Yeah, it was fun. :p In the evening we had Tyler's back to school night. It was so-so. I've been playing around with the idea of homeschooling for a little over a year now, but so far Dave hasn't been too supportive. When we met Tyler's Kindergarten teacher last year, I knew it would be okay for him to go. I guess I was looking for the same kind of "confirmation" this time around, but I didn't quite get it. For some reason, I just didn't get the same "it's gonna be okay, he's gonna have fun and learn" feeling. Maybe it was because I had all three kids by myself, and felt stressed out. The first half hour of back to school night, everyone was all cramped in the cafeteria. It was hot and pretty loud, as the principal was talking about who knows what (yeah, I have a hard time paying attention when I feel annoyed with my surroundings). Bryan kept asking if we were done yet, and Kaylee kept trying to get off my back (I had her in the sling on my back, so as to avoid having to chase her all over the school). She usually enjoys being on my back, but since we were just standing in one place, she was getting a bit fussy. After half an hour, we finally got to go back to the classroom. Walking in, I immediately noticed how dark it was. No natural light. The only light was from those neon lights. I hate hate hate those. We have them in our apartment, too (thanks to student housing), and I try to avoid having them on at all costs. I hate the light they give off. Anyway, so that's all the lighting they have, and for some reason, I don't feel it's very conducive to learning. Looking around the classroom, it looked very organized. Lots of well used books, and a lot of boxes containing different math manipulatives. Usually, I'd love a classroom like that, but the set-up didn't appeal to me at all. The children sit in two rows, which I'm not used to seeing in a first grade classroom. All K and 1st grade classrooms I've been in had their kids arranged in groups, which I liked much better for the age. Anyway, long story short, I just really didn't feel comfortable there. I told Dave as much. We've now agreed to just take it a week at a time, and see how Tyler is doing. Come October parent teacher conferences, we'll talk about switching to homeschooling if we feel it would be the better option. So we'll see...

Monday, August 21, 2006

Just me and the kids...

...till Thursday night. Dave went to a conference in Colorado today. His big presentation is tomorrow. I'm glad this is finally going to be over with, he's been spending a lot of time getting ready for it. It'll be nice to hopefully have things settle down a bit after Thursday. Sad thing is, tomorrow is back to school night for Tyler, and I get to take all three kids with me. Yay for me! :p Oh well, it isn't the first conference, and it won't be the last, I'm sure. We'll be okay. Though I sure don't enjoy all the extra housework I have to do that Dave usually helps out with. Specifically cleaning the kitchen, haha. :p Off to do that now...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Another busy week

The boys had swimming lessons all week, and finished today. They had a really fun time, and are making good progress. Kaylee has been busy learning lots of new words, it's fun to watch her learn how to talk now. :o) I got to go to a cardmaking club on Wednesday, which was lots of fun. I'm not very creative, so this was perfect for me. You are given all the supplies you need, and examples of what the cards should look like. So all you have to do is put everything together. I can do that... :p I'm also planning my first Usborne Books party, I'll be hosting it for my friend. I love love love Usborn books, so I thought I'd make the effort and invite some people for a show. We'll see how that goes...

Here's some pictures of the boys swimming today.
Tyler



Bryan


Sunday, August 13, 2006

She's getting so big!

Kaylee, that is. We finally decided that it was time to move her out of the family bed and into a big girl bed. The boys got a bunk bed, and Kaylee a twin bed in their room. It's been working out really well so far, and everyone has been getting lots of good sleep. :o) Kaylee thinks she's so big, and loves her new bed. The boys, of course, love the bunk. Yay! I do sometimes miss having her next to me at night, it's too cute when she rolls over to snuggle. But it's nice to have my own space back, and I do bring her in when she wakes up for her nursies at around 6 a.m. :o)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Just a quick note...

...to my blog friends to let you know I'm still alive, hehe. Live has been busy busy busy. Dave had a big paper due on Monday, for a conference he's going to at the end of the month. So he wasn't around much at all last week. In my boredom, I watched Monk (which I love) on Friday night, and decided to stay up to watch Psych, as well. Loved it! It was hilarious! I may have to stay up every Friday night now, haha. The kids have been keeping me busy, too. It never gets boring with three little ones around. Tyler and Bryan started swimming lessons again this week, and love it. :o) Yesterday, we went to the library to get the boys signed up for the last couple of weeks of the summer reading program. I got "Dark Assassin" by Anne Perry, her latest book. I'm already done with it, it was really good. Now I can't wait for her next book to come out. :p Today I made fresh salsa. Someone from the neighborhood dropped off a huge bag of tomatoes for all us "apartment dwellers" a couple of days ago, and they are soooo yummy! They all were really ripe, though, so we had to use them up quickly. So I decided to try making salsa. I think it turned out really good. Mmmmhhhhh. We're having enchiladas for dinner today, and the salsa should be perfect with those. Yum... Did I make your mouth water yet??? Hehe. Well, I gotta run, clean up the kitchen a bit so we can actually have a clean spot to sit down and eat. Did I mention keeping my house clean was not one of my strengths???? :p

Friday, August 04, 2006

I love good birth stories! :o)

A friend of mine just had her first baby a couple of weeks ago. She was very set on wanting a natural childbirth, so I had given her my hypnobabies stuff, and while she didn't get through the whole course in time, she said it still helped a ton. She also had a doula, who she said was absolutely wonderful. She did have a pretty long labor (close to 24 hours), and she said she was in some pain, but she said the whole experience was totally amazing. I'm so glad things went to well for her. :o)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Body potty confusion...

So we were just finishing dinner, and having watermelon. Bryan says he doesn't like it, so I tell him that watermelon is good for you. It helps your body grow big and strong. Bryan promptly turns around, moons us, and says "See, my potty already is big and strong." Needless to say, I almost choked on my watermelon I had to laugh so hard... :o)

Monday, July 31, 2006

So I just finished reading...

...another issue of "Mothering" magazine. And, of course, loved it! :p It had a great article on epidurals. There were also a couple of articles about childhood, play, and toys. Kind of makes me want to go through the boys' room and throw out all the loud battery operated plastic toys they have in there... Once again, an eye opening read, to say the least. :o)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

We're back!

We had a really fun week at Aspen Grove. It was great to see all of Dave's family. We don't get to see them very often, some of his siblings and their families we hadn't seen for 2 years. It was so fun to hang out, talk, and watch all the kids play together and enjoy their "classes". I guess the fact that we were totally exhausted by the time we got home was a good sign that we had a great week. :p Here are some pictures.

Tyler and his cousin Kiley

Bryan at the pool

Tyler, Dave and Kaylee

Kaylee

chillin' in the stroller

digging for "gold"

yum, ice cream

Tyler and Kaylee trying badminton

Kaylee

Friday, July 21, 2006

Men... A Vent

Okay, so Dave really is an awesome husband. He helps out so much with the kids, and works really hard on his school and research. But sometimes I just look at him and think "What's your deal???" Like today. He went to the store earlier this week and bought two cartons of eggs. I was going to make scrambled eggs for lunch today, and noticed that one of the cartons had an expiration date of June 4th... So Dave just left to go to the storage to get our luggage. I asked him if he could run by the store (it's on the way!), take the receipt and the eggs, and ask to have them exchanged. No big deal, takes five minutes. And he wouldn't do it! His argument, it's just $1.50. Um, so? We need eggs! It's not worth it to him. Whatever. Then he says they're probably still good, anyway. Hello, they're from JUNE 4th! Way expired... So, he's gone, the eggs are still here. And guess who'll be making another run to the store...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I should be mopping the kitchen...

...but I'm too lazy. Playing on the computer instead. :p This week has been crazy. Dave has been spending a lot of time at school trying to get everything ready for his paper. He's going to a presentation at the end of August, and has to have the paper submitted by August 7th. Since we're going on a family reunion for a week (leaving on Saturday), he figured he'd like to get just about everything ready before going. So he's been going back to school after putting the kids in bed, which leaves me home alone. What do I do with my free time? Not clean the house. I'm so worn out by the end of the day that I end up just sitting in front of the computer surfing the net, or watching TV. Gosh, some days I feel so unproductive. I sit and wonder how on earth other people keep their house so nice and neat looking. How do they do it??? I tried Flylady for a while, but it didn't really work out for me. No matter what I do, there seems to always be a mess somewhere. Maybe I expect perfection, but since it seems so out of reach, I don't even try??? I don't know. All I know is that I'm pretty sure I was not born to be a homemaker. :p Oh well, we all have different challenges in life, right? I'm sure one of these days I'll figure out how too keep my house clean, and if it takes till I'm 80... Though by then I'm sure I'll have grandkids come over to help me out. ;o)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I love "Mothering" magazine!

It's quickly become one of my favorite reads. My friend has a subscription, and I've started reading all of the back issues. There are so many things that I read, and I think "Wow, that's exactly how I feel/think", all put into words. Love it! :o)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Random Ramblings

...it's HOT
...Kaylee lost our cell phone. Since Dave had turned it off so she could play with it, we don't have the option of calling it...
...it's really HOT
...dinner time is much better when you have meals planned out ahead of time
...it's really really HOT
...Kaylee is getting molars, which has not been fun
...did I mention it's HOT???

Thursday, July 13, 2006

We're back!

Okay, so we've been back for a week now... Life gets so crazy busy! Our flight home went well for the most part. The kids did awesome. They kept themselves entertained, and slept through the whole second leg of our flight. Very nice. The only "problem" we had was annoying JFK. I swear I will never fly through JFK again if I can help it... It was awful, the people there totally incompetent. We actually got through immigration just fine, but customs was a different story. I had to gate check my stroller, because apparently you can't just pick it up at the airplane at JFK. That totally annoyed me, as with three kids, I really kind of needed my stroller. So, I was told it was going to come out with the rest of my checked luggage. After going through immigration, we went on to the baggage claim to wait. Just to be sure, I asked a lady at the information desk there where my stroller would be coming out (it sometimes goes to oversized). She assured me that it would be coming out at the regular baggage claim. So we wait, and our suitcase and bags get there fairly quickly. But no stroller. We wait and wait and wait some more, and still no stroller. What reassured me was other people with little kids still waiting for their stroller. After what seemed like forever, we asked one of the guys working there for the strollers. He went to check, and told us they were coming. Sure enough, after another wait the strollers started coming out. Everyone's but mine... I asked again, and was told that I would need to claim it as lost once I got to SLC. Nice... By this time, I had spent a little over an hour waiting. So I put Kaylee in her sling, and picked up my luggage the best I could to continue on to customs. On my way there, I happened to walk by oversized luggage, and wouldn't you know it, there was my stroller. Just a few feet away (around the corner) the whole time, while everyone assured me that it was going to go to regular baggage claim. Yeah, I was mad. Customs was awful, they had like 2 people working for 500 people having to go through. So we stood in line forever. Halfway through, Bryan needed to go pee. So we got out of line to go look for the bathrooms, which were all the way on the other side of the baggage claim area. When we came back, we got back in line. After an eternity waiting, we got through customs and went to re-check our luggage (more lines). Someone finally felt sorry for me with my three kids and 5 bags and let me cut in front. Now, if you thought finally, no more lines, think again. Here comes the security check. Which took another half hour. Then I found out our departure gate had changed, and I ended up having to walk forever to find the new gate. I got there just as they were boarding us. So I had initially started out with a 3 hour layover. It usually takes about 45 minutes to one hour to get through immigration and customs, so I thought we had plenty of time to go find our gate and get something to eat. So NOT the case... I ended up being grateful for the 3 hour layover. Any less than that, and we may just have missed our connecting flight... Needless to say, I was glad when we were finally in our seats and on our way home. Everything went really smoothly in SLC. For one, we knew to go to oversized to claim our stroller, and our other bags got there really quickly, too. I'm just glad I won't have to make another trip like this for a while... :p
Being home has been good. The kids are glad to be back home with their friends, and I've enjoyed visiting with my friends. The boys are taking swimming lessons this week and next, which they love. We're looking forward to a family vacation with Dave's family in 1.5 weeks, which thankfully is only about a 2.5 hour drive away. Yeah, we're really happy about that. :p Everyone's pretty much over jet lag, too, except Kaylee, but she's getting better. At least now when she wakes up between midnight and 1 a.m., she goes right back to sleep rather than wanting to play. ;o) And daddy is everyone's favorite these days. :o)

Friday, June 23, 2006

And so it continues...

...our vacation, that is. Time continues to go quickly. It's hard to believe that two weeks from now we'll be back home. My mom has her last day of work today, and will be home with us during the rest of our time here. We've got a day at a little amusement park nearby planned for next week, and a day at the zoo. Should be fun! :o) This last week we had a little scare when Bryan ran, tripped, and hit his head on the cement. He got a huge goose egg on his head, and part of it even split open. I think we got really lucky that the whole thing didn't split open, that would have required a trip to the dr. for stitches. Fortunately, we were able to stop the bleeding quickly, and now he has a big bruise and a scab. I think the blood must have drained internally, too, as he has a black eye on that side now, too. He looks pretty beat up, but hasn't let that slow him down at all. A few minutes after the fall happened, Tyler came to me and told me that he had tripped Bryan. Well, not really Tyler, but his leg. He told me that his leg wanted to trip Bryan, and he told it not to, but then it did anyway. He felt really bad seeing how badly Bryan was hurt. I was glad he told me the truth, and told him so. I had to smile inwardly at how Tyler blamed his leg, haha. It was cute. I told Tyler to make sure his leg wouldn't ever trip anyone again. :o) Other than that, the kids have been enjoying their time with Oma and Opa. It's always exciting when my parents come home from work. Nobody wants anything to do with me anymore when Oma and Opa are home, and I'm taking advantage of that, hehe. :o) Here are some pictures from this past week.

playing in the water




yum, Nutella is great stuff


Bryan's bruise

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fun times!

So we've been here in Germany for almost 3 weeks. I can't believe how fast time goes by. The Baltic Sea was lots of fun. The weather was a bit chilly the first couple of days, but it got really nice and sunny throughout the week. We even braved the 58 degree water the last day there, hehe. Yeah, it was pretty cold. But it was fun once we got all the way in. The kids loved the beach. Kaylee had a blast with all the sand, she couldn't get enough of shovling it this way and that. The boys had fun building sand castles with their dad and uncle, and they loved playing in the water, too. It really was a nice vacation. Now Dave is already back home, and the kids and I are enjoying three more weeks with my family. Tyler's German is getting better every day, and Bryan is starting to say a few German words, too. Kaylee is also finally beginning to speak. She can say Maxi, which is my parents' bird's name. At least it's a word, right? She also loves to look at the horses that are in the field behind my parents' house, and blows raspberries at them. Everyone is loving the extra attention here, including me. :p

Here's a few pictures from the Baltic Sea.









Friday, June 02, 2006

Time flies...

...when you're having fun! We've been at my parents' house for a week now, I can't believe how fast that has gone by. It's sure been eventful. Our flight here went fairly well. The only 'problem' we had was a 1.5 hour delay at our layover. The layover was 4 hours to begin with, so adding another 1.5 hours was not fun. The kids were starting to go crazy just sitting around waiting at the airport, and needless to say, the parents were, too. The layover was due to a big thunderstorm that lasted quite a while. Lightning struck right next to us, it was so powerful the walkway from the gate to the airplane started rattling and shaking. Yikes. The flight itself was good. Kaylee and Bryan slept through most of it, which was really nice. The food was pretty awful, but thanks to our long layover we had gotten some chick fil-a before leaving, so we weren't too hungry. We made up some time on our flight, too, so we only got in about half an hour late. When we got to my parents' house we had a nice warm dinner waiting for us, which my grandparents had prepared. Yum! The first two nights here were pretty rough. Kaylee screamed for about 3 hours each night, and there was nothing we could do. The third night she was still up for a few hours, but at least she just sat in bed and talked, so we didn't really care. Kaylee had also had a cold when we left, and I think due to the pressure on the airplane, her ears and sinuses must have gotten plugged up. She started getting a low grade fever on Monday, and by Wednesday it was up to 104/105. I took her to the dr on Thursday, and it looks like she has an ear/sinus infection. She's on antibiotics now, so she'll hopefully feel better soon. We're planning on going for a week long trip to the Baltic Sea tomorrow, with the whole family. I'm sure it'll be more fun with everyone healthy and feeling well. :p The boys have gotten used to the time change really quickly, and are loving all the extra attention they're getting here. Tyler is polishing up on his German, and Bryan is slowly catching on, too. They're really enjoying themselves (and all the chocolate they've been getting from a certain set of great-grandparents). :o)

Since coming here, we've been getting some good baby news, too. My best friend of over 20 years had a little baby girl on Monday. She was 4 weeks early, and last I heard she was in an incubator. But then I haven't heard anything since Monday... Send me an email or call or something! ;o) My other friend's daughter, Belen, also finally came home from the hospital last weekend. She had to get a shunt placed to drain spinal fluid after all, but at least she's home now. Last I heard she's doing quite well. :o)

So that's what happens when you neglect your blog for a week. You end up writing a book. :p We're now looking forward to a week at the Baltic Sea, and are hoping for good weather. :o)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Strawberries, loose teeth, and diarrhea

Ah, what a day it's been. Been crazy busy doing laundry and packing suitcases. Just about finished and ready to go, though! :o) These past few days sure have been exciting around here. Our very first strawberry ripened, and we ate it today. We split it in 3 pieces, hehe (Bryan and Kaylee don't care for fruit all that much). We also found out that Tyler's first two teeth are loose. Okay, so they are barely barely loose, you have to wiggle and look really closely to notice, but they are definitely on their way to being replaced. Tyler is understandably excited. :o) On a not so great note, Kaylee has had a fever since last night, and she's had diarrhea today. I'm just hoping she gets over it quickly. Traveling isn't much fun to begin with, and 24 hours with a cranky, feverish toddler with diarrhea could be really bad. Here's hoping...



Bryan's ready for the trip.


Think we need to bring a bike helmet???

It's packing day!

Yay! Okay, so I hate packing. But it means we're leaving first thing tomorrow morning!

Monday, May 22, 2006

New Bra!

Hehe. I got my new nursing bra in the mail today. My others were getting too big (yay!), so I ordered a new one last week. Yes, ordered. I have such a weird size that I have to get mine online, nobody sells them in stores... Anyway, I tried it on, and it fits so nicely! I didn't realize how bad the others were until I tried the new one on. It's a Medela underwire. I love their bras. They are the only ones that really work for me, it seems. And I can follow Medela's measuring instructions, order the size I come up with, and it really fits. So yeah, they're a bit on the spendy side (this one was $30), but it's well worth it. :o)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Why go get my hair done?

So yesterday, I had a pretty rough day. When Dave finally came home at 5:30 (an hour later than he had said he would be home...), I was so frustrated with everyone that I decided to leave the house for a little while. I needed to get my hair cut anyway, so I thought what better way to relax than have your hair done? Went to the salon, got right in, told the lady just how I wanted my hair. And the girl drove me crazy! She kept cutting just a little bit, even though I told her I wanted it a lot shorter, especially in the back. I swear she showed me like 5 times, and I kept telling her to cut shorter. She'd take off an eighth of an inch (if that...), and show me again, commenting how she thought it looked really cute. Um, no, it didn't. Just chop it off already! So finally, I told her the length was fine, and to just put the layers in. After she was done, I went to the Pita Pit and got a pita. Yum. Finally something that wasn't frustrating... This morning, I cut the rest of my hair myself. It's really just the layers I need help with, anyway. I can adjust the length myself. And that's just what I did. :p

Got another update on Belen this morning, too. She's still at the hospital, it's been just about 3 weeks now. They're increasing the pressure on her extraventricular drain (that drains her spinal fluid) really slowly now. They were doing it too fast before, and so she kept starting to leak again. Now they're going super slow, which will take longer, but seems to be working better. Hopefully they won't have to put in a shunt, and she can come home soon.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Circumcision

Okay, so I'm trying to get my thoughts and feelings on this down. Dave and I just had a discussion on the topic last night. And a friend sent me an email regarding this topic this morning. Over the past 3 years, my views on routine infant circumcision (RIC) have changed dramatically. When our oldest son was born almost 6 years ago, I didn't think twice about having him circumcised. I did wonder for a little while about why RIC wasn't performed in Germany (where I'm from), but I figured people in the US must know what they're doing. And all my nephews were circumcised, so I just never questioned the practice. All was fine and dandy, and then Bryan came along. Like his brother, he was circ'ed when he was just a day old. After the surgery, the dr. came in and told me that his glans was unusually big, and she had had a hard time fitting the clamp. So his glans was bruised. Meaning half of it looked totally butchered. I felt so bad for the little guy. It took about two months to heal completely, and there were several times where it looked like it was getting infected. Red, inflamed, oozing. That experience led me to question RIC. Why were we doing this to our sons? What was the benefit of having it done? I soon came to the realization that there are no benefits to RIC. It's cosmetic surgery, that's all. It's cutting off a perfectly normal part of a little boy's body. A part, I might add, that has a purpose. That's not just a piece of skin. Quite honestly, I feel that agreeing to have my sons circ'ed was probably the worst mistake I've ever made. I don't dwell on it, as what's done is done, and there's nothing I can do to change it now. I will, however, be an advocate for any future sons we may have. I don't want them to be mutilated, for the sake of "tradition" or "cleanliness".
The Case Against Circumcision explains in more detail why I feel the way I do. :o)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

One more week!

One week from now, we'll be getting ready to board our airplane! Wow, I can't believe how fast the time has come. I had better start thinking about what all I need to bring. And get Tyler and Bryan their own little suitcases. :p

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Good Bye, TagBoard

It kept freezing my blog, and frankly, I was getting tired of the pop-ups. And nobody ever really used it, anyway. So it got booted. :p

Wednesday already?

My, how time flies... Yesterday was crazy busy. I swear I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, doing dishes, etc. So today, I'm taking time off housework. :p I am going to make bread, but that's something I love to do anyway, so I don't regard it as housework, hehe.

So, I have to share my success. Since starting my exercise routine and eating better (read portion control) at the end of March, I've lost 6 pounds, yay! I've also lost 1.75" around my waist, 2.75" around my hips, and 1.75" around my bum. Yay for me! :o)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

My cutie girl

Just took this picture of Kaylee sitting on the couch. :o)

Happy Mother's Day!

To all my mommy friends. :o) Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Here's a little poem I wrote a couple of years ago, around Bryan's first birthday. I don't usually write poetry, don't know what came over me that day. :p

Growing
A little seed
Planted in my womb
Growing
Little arms, little legs
A tiny heart, beating strong
Tiny fingers, tiny toes
Growing
Two eyes, a nose, a tiny mouth
Little flutters
Growing into strong kicks
Muscles contracting, over and over
Going strong
A little head
Shoulders
My miracle is born
Warm breaths
On my chest
Two trusting eyes
Looking at me
Overwhelming love
Forever growing.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Busy busy...

This week has been crazy busy. I had to go to the store 4 times because I kept forgetting stuff (WITH my list...). We had a really long choir practice on Tuesday to get ready for the concert, which was yesterday. I'm glad it's over with. It was okay. I'm still debating whether I'm going to sing again in the Fall. It's a women's chorus, and the average age is probably something like 60. And that's with me bringing down the average... :p It's been fun singing this last Fall and Spring, but I feel like I'm kind of done with it. Maybe the summer break will help. Then today, I've been spending all day getting stuff ready for our bbq. Marinating meat, making potato salad, preparing some veggies, cleaning the house... All the while dealing with a whining 3yo and a clingy 1yo. Ah, joy. Now our friends are coming over in about half an hour or so. Things should settle down a bit. At least the weather is really nice (80*), so we can just sit outside and let the kids run around. Yay! :o)

Belen is doing much better, too. They're steadily increasing the pressure on her drain, to see if her ventricles will start draining the spinal fluid on their own. Fingers crossed that they won't have to put in a shunt. Her wound is healing well, too, she got her stitches out. She's sitting up again, and being much more happy and social. I just wish they could come home. Soon... :o)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Just because you went to med school...

...apparently doesn't mean you should be giving out breastfeeding advice. Seriously, here we are, trying to raise breastfeeding initiation rates, and trying to encourage women to breastfeed their children for at least one year. Yet there are doctors who will spare no effort to encourage formula. A friend of mine has a baby with severe excema. She finally decided to try eliminating dairy from her diet, and has had great success. Excema is still there, but not nearly as bad as it used to be. No more need for band-aids to cover up the open sores. So she took the baby to the pediatrician for his 6 month check-up. Mentioned how she thought the baby was sensitive to dairy, and could she get a referral to see an allergist. Ped told her sure. Then went on to recommend switching the baby to hypoallergenic formula. Um, hello??????? So my friend said she could just eliminate dairy from her diet, and continue bf'ing. "Um, sure, you can do that, too." DUH. Then the visit to the allergist. She mentions how she thinks her son is allergic to milk. The dr. looks at her like "what are you doing giving him milk?" She says he gets dairy through her breastmilk. The allergist goes on to tell her that the whole dairy sensitivity through breastmilk is anecdotal. Yeah, right. Whatever. Dork. The allergy test revealed that the baby is indeed allergic to milk. And sensitive to soy, too. Dr. goes on to tell my friend not to introduce milk for at least 6 more months (duh), but she could try giving soy milk in a couple of months. Um, hello, the baby will only be 8 months old by then. Why would he need soy milk? What about just continuing bf'ing, my friend says. "Sure, I guess you could do that, too." Seriously, what's wrong with people? Now I'm not surprised about the comments I've heard from moms whose peds would tell them their child was allergic to breastmilk. And the child ended up on hypoallergenic formula. No, it's not the breastmilk children are allergic to. Probably just something in the mom's diet (like wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts.... all common allergens). But then I guess maybe reports of babies being sensitive to mom's diet are just anecdotal... @@

Monday, May 08, 2006

Back at the hospital

Belen started leaking spinal fluid out of her wound. My friend had had that suspicion all along, but was told off by the resident on Saturday. Belen had a little soft "puffy" spot on the back of her head, and the resident said it was just blood. Well, it was spinal fluid after all, and it started leaking out last night. Even when they got to the hospital, the resident still wouldn't believe them. Until fluid started leaking on HIM. What a dork. Makes me so mad. Now they have to wait for cultures, and hope she doesn't have an infection. They may have to put in a shunt, too. What a mess. It makes me so mad that they wouldn't listen to my friend. She had voiced the concern several times, and they just blew her off. Just because she hasn't been to medical school doesn't mean she doesn't know what she's talking about. And obviously, she's been right more than once about issues her daughter was having. But they just treat her like the freaked out mom. Irritating, to say the least. I just hope little Belen didn't get an infection. That would be awful. :o(

Probiotics are awesome!

So, pretty much ever since we've started Kaylee on solids, she's been having problems with recurring yeast diaper rashes. Occasionally, they would get so bad they were oozing, and she'd get little scabs on her bum. I tried linking it to food sensitivites, but couldn't pinpoint any specific foods this may have been related to. Over the past month, it's gotten to the point where she pretty much just had a constant rash on her bum. She had at least 4 or 5 poopy diapers every day, and they were kind of watery, almost like diarrhea. A week ago, I decided to start her on a FOS/acidophilus supplement. And wow, it's done wonders! Her rash has pretty much cleared up, she only poops once or twice a day now (which is normal). She no longer has watery/diarrhea like poops, either. They are more normal now. Yay! A couple of days ago, I was telling my friend about this, and she asked whether Kaylee had ever been on an antibiotic. Well, she hasn't, but I was on antibiotics when I was in labor with her. So now I'm thinking it probably messed up her gut flora, and that's why she had all these problems with her poops and yeast rashes. Probiotics work by restoring a healthy gut flora, and encouraging the good bacteria to grow (that help fight the yeast). Seems to have worked for Kaylee. :o)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Party weekend...

We've survived. Yesterday, we had a community pizza party at 5:30 p.m. Papa John's pizza, spinach alfredo, yum. So of course I had some. And some carrot cake. At 6:30 p.m., Dave's professor had a party for his students (there were only about 15 in the class). Navajo tacos, yum again. So I had one, and had some fruit, too. I was stuffed by the time I got home. :p Today, our neighbor had a graduation bbq, to which we were invited. Once again, way more food than one should be allowed to eat. I guess I'll be starting over with my weight loss now...

Little Belen came home today, too. She looks really good. I think she even recognized me when I talked to her. She starting smiling at me, and reaching for my face. Awwww... Made my heart melt. :o) She's such a sweetie.

Now Dave is out playing Risk with the guys. I should watch a girl movie...

Friday, May 05, 2006

Tomorrow

My friend and her little daughter are likely coming home. Belen was cleared by the neurosurgeons, and is recovering well. She had some problems with her potassium levels, but it sounds like things are back to normal now. They ended up not decannulating after all, because they didn't want to put too much stress on her. Hopefully she can recover during the next few weeks, and then pass her sleep study on June 1st. If all goes well, she'll get the trach out then. Making progress! :o)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Exciting times!

I went to Kohl's yesterday, and found a pair of pants on clearance for $3.50. They are nice pants, too, brown corderoy (or however you spell that...). With an original $36 price tag, and nothing wrong with them. Yay for bargains. :p When I came home from the store, I found out that Bryan had decided he was done with training wheels on his bike. So Dave took them off, and now Bryan can ride his bike without training wheels. He just turned 3, I can't believe he can already ride a two wheeler. I think Tyler is even more excited about that fact than Bryan. He apparently went crazy cheering on Bryan. :o) Here's a little video clip from this morning.


And just for fun, a short little video of Tyler playing soccer. He's number 4 on the blue team.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Congratulations Dawn!

You're visitor number 1,000! :D Have a cookie (dairy free). :p

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yay!

Yesterday was a good day. Belen had her surgery, and everything went really well. She didn't even need a blood transfusion, which is great. While she was "out", they also checked her airways. The ENT determined that there's really no reason for her to have the trach anymore, so she may actually get it out this week! That would be absolutely wonderful. :o)

We also went and got a digital piano yesterday! I'm so excited! I don't play very well, but I'm determined to learn. Tyler's excited, too, he wants to take piano lessons so bad. We may have him start this Fall. Getting the piano forced us to rearrange our living room, which was quite the job. Took a few hours to get it all figured out, and I told Dave we're not doing any more rearranging until we have to move in a couple of years. :p

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday Evening Science

I learned today that if you eat lettuce and tomatoes for lunch, and throw up 7 hours later, the lettuce is going to still be green, and the tomatoes red. Everything else you eat turns into a greyish mass. Thank you, Tyler, for teaching me this important bit of knowledge about digestion today...

Woohoo!!!

So I went shopping yesterday because I needed some new jeans. Why? Because my other jeans were getting to be TOO BIG! :D

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Kid Soccer is hilarious

So we signed up Tyler for soccer for the first time this Spring. I finally made it to one of his games yesterday, and I couldn't stop laughing. You see this pile of 5 and 6 year olds, all trying to kick the ball, and half of them don't really know what they're doing. I think the rule is if you get the ball, you run after it as fast as you can and try to score a goal. Frequently, the ball gets rolling so fast the kids can't keep up with it and start tumbling over. It's funny to watch their reactions to scoring a goal, too. The boys often start dancing around and giving each other high fives, while the girls tend to just have this bored "I'm only here cause my mom signed me up" look on their faces. Needless to say, I think I'll make an effort to try and go more often. It's great entertainment! :D

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

What's your blogging personality?

Okay, so I'm having way too much fun with these quizzes today... :p

Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate

You're a well liked, though underrated, blogger.
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You're a peaceful blogger - no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful comments for others.

What Color Red Are You?

You Are Apple Red

You're never one to take life too seriously, and because of it, you're a ton of fun.
And although you have a great sense of humor, you are never superficial.
Deep and caring, you do like to get to the core of people - to understand them well.
However, any probing you do is light hearted and fun, sometimes causing people to misjudge you.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I got tagged!

Here goes.

10 things I have/am thankful for (in random order).

1. My husband.
2. My wonderful kids.
3. Family.
4. Friends.
5. Good books.
6. Plane tickets for a trip to Germany in 4.5 weeks!
7. Faith.
8. My voice (that I'm working on refining).
9. A computer (internet).
10. Sunny Spring weather.

I tag everyone who reads my blog. :p

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I was just browsing...

...through my blog, going back to when I first started writing. As I read through October, I noticed a post about Belen (my friend's daughter who nearly died). It was written after the surgery to put in her feeding tube and her trach. I had asked my friend about the prognosis for Belen, and at the time all they were hoping for was that she would be able to hold her head up by herself, and smile. This was 6 months ago. Miracles have happened in those past 6 months. For one, little Belen is still with us. I think many people (doctors) had doubts she'd ever make it through the winter. But she did, she's such a fighter. To read her prognosis back in October, and to see her now, it's just plain amazing to think about all that has happened. Belen can sit by herself now (though still a little wobbly, but so are all babies when they first start sitting). She not only smiles, but laughs. She responds to people, and loves being held and talked to. She loves to bounce, and is even starting to support some weight on her legs on her own. She has a cap on her trach a lot of the time now, and has a sleep study scheduled for June 1st. If all goes well, she'll get her trach out after that. Brain surgery is scheduled for May 1st. They are planning to remove the malformation (fistula) on her brain, and afterwards there won't be any more worries about brainbleeds. My friend is also hopeful that she may even get her feeding tube out by the end of the year. I still tear up sometimes, thinking back to that day in October when Belen stopped breathing. Seeing her little lifeless body being carried to the ambulance just broke my heart. It's something I don't think I'll ever forget. We didn't know whether she was going to live or die. Of course, things could still take a turn for the worse. Brain surgery is no walk in the park. And as long as she has the trach, she's still very susceptible to infections that could take her life. But there's hope, more than ever. And little Belen has proven to be a fighter. :o)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Purple potatoes

The natural foods store where I get most of my produce carries purple potatoes. I thought I'd get some just for fun. They're actually really good. Not very starchy, so they're perfect for a potato salad. Here's a picture. :p

POLL

For those of you who read my blog, please respond. :o)

http://snappoll.com/poll/91429.php

Where oh where has my memory gone???

I usually make a shopping list before I go to the store. Well, today I wanted to get just 5 things, so I figured I wouldn't need a list. Dropped Tyler off at school, then went to the store. Bought my 3 things and went on my way. Now, an hour after getting home, I remembered 2 more things I wanted to buy but didn't. I had totally forgotten! So sad... Maybe I should start doing more crossword puzzles or something, to get my memory back up to speed. :p

Here's a couple of pictures of Kaylee today, just thought they were cute.

Give me the camera, mom!!!


Pretty please???

Thursday, April 20, 2006

For Leia

Here's the before and after pictures for Kaylee's haircut. :o)

Before. Notice the hair in her eyes, and the longer strands on the side by her ear that just kind of stick out.


I trimmed it in the front, around the side, and in the back, mostly just to get an even length and to get it out of her eyes. She had long strands of hair over her ears that I trimmed, and then a couple of long strands on the back of her head that just always looked messy. So I trimmed those, too, and it's all an even length now. Still long enough on the top to make pigtails, so it's all good. And hopefully it'll grow more evenly. :o)


And never mind the pj's, that's what you get when you have two older brothers. :p

Monday, April 17, 2006

It's one of those days...

...where you have to go lock yourself in the bathroom if you want just a couple of minutes of peace and quiet. Wonder if Kaylee is teething again??? She sure has been clingy today, permanently attached at the hip. Thank goodness for slings... :p

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Random Ramblings

  • I planted flowers in my flower box yesterday.
  • I also planted two strawberry plants in my other flower box.
  • A dead wasp came back to life in our garbage can.
  • Kaylee has the special talent of waking up for some nursies right when I sit down to do something (like write in my blog right now...).
  • The dishwasher is running for the second time today, and there are still a few dishes out on the table that didn't fit.
  • I can type and nurse Kaylee at the same time. :p
  • I'm going to go sit in my big chair now, and hopefully get a foot massage. :o)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Finger Painting

Tyler and Bryan got some finger paint from the Easter Bunny. Fun!



Kaylee likes it, too.

Happy Easter!

The kids got their Easter Baskets this morning, and we had a little Easter Egg hunt. It was fun! Tyler was so excited that the Easter Bunny found the little chocolate egg that Tyler hid for him last night. Cute kids. :o)

Easter Baskets


Kaylee and her new phone


Checking out the gifts


Tasting the chocolate