Sunday, February 6, 2011

Target Find

Check out this nice chenille throw I found at Target yesterday. We were
looking at shower liners to replace our other one and I came across these.
It only cost $4.98 how great is that?? They were in the 75% off home section
where you find decorative pillows and stuff. The pillows still seemd a bit pricey to me.
I'm using the throw for a blanket for my boys since it seems to hard for them
to make their bed with the regular comforter, I thought I would make it
easier on them.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Cabin fever in the summer?

Well I did as I was told and stayed off my feet for almost a week and a half.
I went last Wednesday to have my group b strep test done and was checked again. It didn't sound like I had dilated anymore if I had maybe half a centimeter at most. So obviously taking it easy has helped me some. It is very hard to stay off my feet though, lately I've been wanting to clean and pick things up not because I want to but because I fear things will pile up and I will be stuck with everything. Also because Lucas does help me out a lot and I don't want him to feel like I just lay around all day like a lazy sloth. Sunday Lucas took me out shopping to Target, Hastings and Hy-vee. We picked up some baby stuff at target that I had on my registry even though we didn't have a shower but by doing this we got a 10% off everything on the registry coupon. I picked up some gerber burp clothes, lanisoh creme, and reusable nursing pads. We also picked up the new Up and Up baby lotion, nighttime bath and regular bath and body stuff comparable to J&J baby products. Next we went to hastings and while Lucas looked for a couple of the shopahlic books for me I sat down on there couches and read a magazine. Then Calvin came over and picked up a magazine on super weapons or something I just laughed because of all the magazines he could have picked up I was amused he picked up one with major weapons on the front. At least it wasn't a magazine that was wrapped in plastic that could have been interesting. Finally we went to Hy-vee and picked up a few things it was nice to get out of the house since I had not gone to a store in almost 2 weeks and I was getting cranky from cabin fever especially since it is nice out.
I go back to see my midwife next Friday and hopefully things will still be going good and of course I will have not had this baby yet but she said if I did the baby would be perfectly healthy.
Of course the longer the baby stays in the better because lungs develop and they can put on layers of fat which help them regulate their own body tempature.
Off to lay down again and watch dating in the dark when Lucas gets back inside from playing out with the boys.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Easier said then done..

Weight 158lbs
Yesterday I had my 33 week (almost 34 week) Doctors appointment.
I told my midwife that I had been experiencing occasional mild cramps in my pelvic region and when I am on my feet for too long (i.e. shopping) I would experience these pains starting in my lower back. She decided to go ahead and check me and I am already 1cm dilated. She also told us that the baby’s head is down which is good of course. I was supposed to go back in two weeks for my group b strep test but she pushed it up to next week since I tend to deliver early she just wants to make sure we have everything done and this baby is as healthy as can be. I was told I have to stay off my feet for the next two weeks so basically I have to lie in bed which is easier said than done. Especially when you have two other kids, although it helps that Carl has started school again and is there most of the day. Still I occasionally get up to get something to eat or of course use the bathroom and check things on the computer. Lucas has told me I am no longer allowed to make dinner which is nice because that is when I often felt the worst. There were times my back and legs got so sore I had to just sit on the kitchen floor and then figure out how I was going to get back up. Thankfully Lucas and I have already gotten most of our stuff ready for the baby. We cleaned blankets, towels, basinet bedding and clothes. We bought one package of pampers saddlers which feel so soft and smell good too (I think Lucas thought I was nuts when I had him smell pampers diapers compared to the huggies) Last night Lucas washed the infant car seat cover and cleaned off the stroller. We also got our swing the Graco sweetpeace center that I have mentioned in a previous post on here. Carl has started second grade which is hard to believe he is growing up so fast but I am thankful he has started school again I think he really enjoys it too. Calvin will be starting preschool 3 days a week at the beginning of September. This will be nice as it will allow me to have one on one time with the baby those mornings. We went to the Douglas county fair last week and had a good time there we just walked around looked at animals, and ate not so healthy for you carnival food. I didn’t get any funnel cake because they had eaten most of it by the time I got back but I did purchase funnel cake fries from Schwan’s the other day. Well I have to keep this brief since I can’t be up for too long. I just wanted to give an update on myself and the baby.
Oh yeah and one final bit of good news Lucas will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA I’m really proud of him to be able to work full time, go to school and help raise a family with one baby on the way is very impressive.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Today is Lucas and my 8th year anniversary which I believe is bronze however we forgo presents this year and did not have bronze statues made of ourselves. We went out Saturday to Dempsy's burger place which used to be Ricks place. The burgers were good though we probably won't go back as it was a little too rich and gave us upset stomachs plus they were costly. Afterwards we went to Sylas and Maddy's and each got some ice cream. Today Lucas stayed home because he knew he wouldn't get to see me tonight since he had class, so I made the dinner I would have made tonight had he been home for lunch instead. Lucas actually had to help me make it because my leg started having major pains that I would have to sit on the floor of the kitchen and just cry in agony. He brought in a chair so I could monitor and tell him what to do.

Baby is kicking up a storm and I passed my 3 hour glucose test, I go every 2 weeks now and its hard to believe how quickly this is passing by. The boys are in VBS this week so that gives me a nice 3 hour break in the morning to relax or get things done.

Tonight the boys and I are watching MIB and enjoying some popcorn while Lucas is at class, he said when he comes home he will bring me a blizzard so I look forward to that!!

Enjoying the beautiful weather which is the exact opposite of the day we got married.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A summer party and Fourth of July

Last weekend we held a summer party for Carl. This was the first half birthday party we have ever had. Lucas did great with taking the kids around to the different stations to play games. Unfortunately it was one of the hottest days of the year and I had to go inside to cool off. We made snow cones which we had lots of different flavors. We also had cake and ice cream (tip get the little individual vanilla ice cream containers), this makes it so much easier than having to scoop out ice cream for 13 hot, hungry and impatient kids. We had games like Plinko and the bean bag toss game. Of course we a prize table that the kids got to choose to fill up their loot bag at the end of the party. The party lasted for about 4 hours, which was perhaps a bit too long but like I said before we had never had such a big party for Carl before.

Monday we had a pretty busy day with a sandbox party, Carl’s baseball practice and my last executive board meeting for MOMS Club®. On Tuesday
Wednesday Calvin had his last dentist appointment for getting his teeth fixed she gave us some fluoride to paint on his teeth in the evening after we brush his teeth because she said his teeth are susceptible to cavities. The receptionist was even nice enough to carry him out to the van for me. Later that evening Carl had a baseball game and I was much happier with how things went for one they actually were given a chance to hit the ball and Carl was placed on first instead of in far left outfield and he actually made a couple of outs. I packed a large cooler with hot dogs and condiments, drinks, watermelon, corn on the cob and chips. What a great way to spend a warm summer evening then watching your child play baseball and eat baseball food that you brought. Next Wednesday will be his last game and t hen we will have a much needed break from sports until fall. We will probably sign him up for Tae Kwan Do then and possibly soccer if he still wants to do that.
Thursday Lucas got home from work early and we went and bought fireworks and picked up dinner at Applebee’s with money my mom gave us. On Friday Lucas again had the day off and we had a busy packed day. We started off by going to Hastings to look for piano books for Calvin (we decided that he can start taking lessons as well). They were of no help at Hastings so we headed over to Hume’s Music shop that moved over to the Kasold shopping center, we found one book and she was able to have the other books shipped to that store from nearby stores. Then we it was about lunch time so we went to McDonald’s and ate inside. After lunch we headed to the library to return books and turn in Carl and Calvin’s summer book reading log, they both finished and did the extra credit. We also ended up spending a lot longer time there picking out more books to bring home. Before we left the library we went and checked out the quilt show my mom has a couple of pieces in. After the library we headed over to Pendleton’s Market they are known for their asparagus but yesterday we went for their sale. They had an awesome sale you could get either a cardboard flat of annuals for $5 or perennials for $10 we ended up doing the annuals. Plus I went and asked how much the veggies were if they were considered an annual and she said they were free to just take them!! So we got a couple of eggplants and a jalapeƱo pepper plant. We probably got about 10 or so plants all for $5 I don’t think you can get much better than that. If they have anymore sales I definitely plan on looking into it.
After Pendleton’s we went to checkers and target then finally back home. Note to grocery clerk people at any store you do not put food in with the raid!! This is poison!! Ok

Yesterday was the Fourth of July. We didn’t do anything fancy like going to parades or crowded parks to watch fireworks instead we stayed home and made cheeseburgers on the grill. I also made corn on the grill, devilled eggs I still can’t do the fancy swirly effect like I remember my uncle Brian being able to do but they still tasted really yummy, Calvin had about 3 or 4 before I made him stop. After dinner we went outside to shoot of fireworks or rather we watched Lucas shoot of fireworks and stood back and admired them. Some were really neat and others were duds but it was always fun to watch. When it got darker it became more fun to watch the lighted bunt run through the darkness away from the firework. We finally finished up around 10pm and headed back inside for dessert. My mom made yellow cake cupcakes (box kind) and I decorated them with cool whip, blueberries and strawberries. I had her do this favor for me because Lucas and I had to make an emergency propone switch as ours had run out. I also had made an apple pie which was more like an apple bread pudding pie, it was really simple and though it didn’t taste exactly like apple pie I was fine with that because it takes too much effort to make apple pie from scratch and I really didn’t have the time.
Finally after dessert we put the boys in the bath and cleaned them up then headed to bed. I believe that is the great thing about Independence Day you can celebrate with a ton of friends or family or just your close family, you can go to parks or stay home. You can barbecue burgers, hot dogs, ribs. You can serve lemonade or root beer floats (like I did) You can go watch fireworks or shoot of small ones of your own if it is legal in your area or you can stay inside and hide from the loud noises. But no matter what you do you are getting to do these things freely and of your own will because of all of the men and women starting from 1776 and to today who have fought for our freedom to be able to enjoy this holiday with how it fits our needs and beliefs best. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate this great American holiday and I believe that is one of the great aspects about Independence Day.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hot Kansas Days...

It was another lovely hot day in Kansas. I woke up and made Lucas breakfast that consisted of fresh made waffles with blueberries on top, eggs Benedict, watermelon and OJ.

After breakfast I went upstairs to finish making Father’s day cards, I was making 3 altogether and it took me almost 4 hours to make them.

Lucas wanted to know what I was going to make for lunch but lunch is not really my forte and I didn’t want to make another mess or heat up the kitchen. So instead I told him I would treat him to Arby’s since he loves that place and we normally don’t go there. We didn’t go to lunch until after 1pm since we had such a big breakfast. First we stopped at Arby’s Lucas had to go in because the huge delivery truck was blocking the drive-thru. I went over to the display first for the drive-thru to figure out what I wanted to get. I came back and told Lucas my order which was: 1 roast beef Jr. Sandwich, Small Jamocha shake, curly fries, sun chips and a cherry turnover. That was just my meal for $5.95. Lucas then went inside to order, I finally called him on his cell phone after about 9 minutes to see what was taking so long. Apparently they had an older man working and he was extremely slow, perhaps this is the reason why we don’t normally frequent Arby’s. After we got our food we headed over to McDonalds’ to get the boys happy meals, finally we went to checkers I had to pick up some coleslaw for the salad I was going to make for dinner that evening. The time it took at McDonalds’ and checkers was probably less or equal to the time it took at Arby’s. Finally we had finished all of our stops and we headed down to my dad’s house for Father’s day. For dinner we enjoyed a nice dinner of steak, fruit salad, coleslaw and steak fries. Unfortunately whenever I am pregnant steak doesn’t agree with me very well and I had a hard time finishing my meal, the boys had cheeseburgers which honestly might have been better to me.

Monday was extremely hot, I only ventured out to get my haircut and eyebrows waxed it had been almost a year since I last got my haircut so I felt I was entitled to it. I went to see Nancy at Joda and Friends she is my normal hair stylist I figured this would need a professional and not just going to Z’s. I might try them in between cuts. She first thinned out my hair and produced about 2 birds’ nests of hair. Then she washed and cut about 8 inches. She cut probably a little shorter then I would have liked but it’s ok since obviously my hair can grow and with me taking prenatal vitamins it will probably grow faster than normal. Carl still had his baseball practice Monday night which I and other parent’s were surprised to hear since it was 103 on the bank thermometer certainly not a temperature you want your children to be running around outside and playing in.

Yesterday I went in for my 26 week appointment I didn’t gain any weight from the previous time so I am at 150.8lbs then I drank that oh so good orange drink in 5 minutes. After Kathy came in and measured my belly, she said I was measuring perfectly and listened to the baby’s heartbeat, the baby actually kicked while she had the fetal monitor on my stomach it was pretty funny because all of a sudden you could hear a louder sound and I felt it too. When that part of my appointment was over I went to the waiting room with my timer and waited with Lucas for the remainder of the hour. Finally it was time to go back and get my blood drawn. Lucas stayed in the waiting room since he is squeamish about watching me get by blood drawn and gets woozy. I on the other hand have to watch, somehow it comforts me to know what is going on honestly I think the worst part is pulling off the medical tape with cotton ball off my arm after it has stopped bleeding. Don’t get me wrong though I really don’t like being poked with needles. Finally it was all over and I got to go home. That evening I went out to Genovese to celebrate the end of the year banquet with some other mom’s from moms club. I arrived a little early to help Ellie and Lori set up the gifts we had made for the moms. They were really cute I’ll post a picture of them.

Dinner was good even though driving in town was a little scary as there were majorly dark clouds and the wind was blowing those tiny trees along Clinton parkway I thought they were going to pop out of the ground and hit me. Thankfully I made it to the restaurant before the durenital downpour. They started by serving bread with olive oil which I happily ate because I was pretty hungry. Soon the other moms arrived there were 12 of us altogether or 11 I don’t remember. Then the waiter brought out delicious zucchini chips. These are so good, they are tiny little zucchini pieces that have been salted with sea salt and fried. Honestly if I learned how to make these I would be in a lot of trouble they are addicting.
We also had a nice house salad of mixed greens nothing to write home about but good. Then he took our orders for our meals, I had the wild spinach ravioli which had spinach and ricotta cheese inside, it was very tasty though in my onion not enough, I finished it fairly quickly and was still very hungry I almost wanted to ask for seconds. The dinner ended with a vanilla ice cream gelato which was good but I liked it last year better because we got to choose what we wanted for dessert and I believe I got the espresso gelato or some coffee flavor based gelato very yummy. After the evening was spent eating, talking and having a great time with other moms I finally headed home.

Today I received some not so good news I found out I failed my one hour glucose test, I know this has happened to other’s before and they have passed the three hour one later but it still didn’t make me feel good to hear this. When I was pregnant with Calvin I also failed the 1 hour test, I thought it was because I had made and eaten lots of Christmas candy the day before (perhaps not the wisest thing) but honestly you shouldn’t have to do those tests in the month of December when people are giving you sweets, cakes and other treats to enjoy. This time however I was not eating tons of candy I figured I would be fine, but apparently not. So when I got the news I immediately called Lucas and started crying, it never feels good to hear you have failed a test because you think to yourself what have I done wrong, why does this keep happening to me and of course I really hope I don’t fail the 3 hour test. Lucas has agreed to stay home with the boys that morning, he will drive me in then go back home and then come back with the boys after the test is over since I can’t go anywhere and I can only have water after midnight I know I will do fine with the test by myself but I’m more worried about driving after not having eaten for that long and having my blood drawn, I get very lightheaded and dizzy when I don’t eat for a long time. I get to go back in a couple of weeks for that; she said if I failed again I would have to see a dietician. The funny thing is though that my blood pressure was normal if not low she said I was very relaxed and everything else looked great. Usually babies that are of GD births tend to be overweight and then have the tendency to become obese later on; I can say that neither Calvin or Carl are obese. Carl is quite the opposite in fact and I wish he could put on some more meat on his bones but he is in good shape overall.
Well my hands are tired of typing this novel so I will end now.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Tonight Lucas got out the baby books I currently own:
Here is a list of them and whether I like them or not.

1. The 24-Hour pediatrician by Christina Elston: I really enjoy this book whenever the boys are sick I look up the symptom to see if there is anything I can do for them at home before having to take them to the doctors. Example Earaches: First response, over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or Tylenol, ear drops there are many hospitals and doctors that will recommend ways to make your child more comfortable. They also tell you what they do not recommend and of course when you need to call the doctor. I would recommend this book it helps me keep sane when my perfect children are not so perfect.
2. The new Mom's Manual by Mary Jeanne Menna with tips and advice from hundreds of Moms for baby's first year. This is a fun book to read but as with any advice book especially from non professionals you have to decide what is best and what would no longer be considered wise like you don't give an infant cereal in his bottle just because he is not sleeping. Sometimes you will think wow that is a great idea or the opposite wow that person is a complete idiot and shouldn't be allowed to raise a hamster let alone a baby but they still keep me entertained, so yes I would say this is a good book because moms need to be entertained.
3. Salt in your Sock by Lillian M. Beard, M.D This is a home remedies book another book I really enjoy. It provides remedies you might have at home instead of conventional medicine now I don't recommend going out and stocking up on unusual herbs but if it is stuff you have on hand already and is safe for your child it is worth trying. Example; constipation first it explains the ailment which I think we know then it gives the conventional treatments like giving prune juice once the baby has been introduced juices or massaging their lower left part of the abdomen then it list the Parent's report and this is the home remedies it also gives warnings about anything that should not be given to children under a certain age or if the doctor says this is not a good idea and can be dangerous. I have used this book many times for different things when the boys are sick, I even use it when I am sick and while some of the ideas are a bit loony there are usually some good ideas that are more natural then OTC medicines.
4. 97 ways to make a baby laugh by Jack Moore: This is just your basic book of ideas to make your baby laugh-#5 would make anybody laugh: Play rap music while Grandma does an improvisational, non repetitive break dance. This sounds funny no matter what age you are.
5. The happiest baby on the block by Harvey Karp, M.D- even if your baby doesn't have colic they are bound to get fussy once in a while and this is a good book for explaining how to swaddle your baby and other ways you can calm your baby down or just keep your baby calm and happy even if there are no major problems cause let's face it a happy baby=a Happy mom.
6. Baby and Childcare by Benjamin Spock- No not the guy from Star trek and I probably wouldn't recommend this book it was a book my mom had when she had me and I think things are a lot different now then they were back then.
7. What to Expect the First year by Arlene Eisenberg. I really enjoy this month by month guide it lets you know what to expect at your babies appointments and gives you ideas for questions you might ask but didn't think of or forgot for the appointments. It also explains things you might not ever heard of before such as Jaundice Carl had that when he was born and I had never heard of it before but it sure did scare me thankfully my stepfather Jeff bought this book and I read what it was about and was put at ease that while it is scary if not treated it is easily treatable.
8. What to expect the toddler by Arlene Eisenberg: Basically leaves off where the first year ends. I enjoyed this book too though I don't remember if I read it as much the second time as I did with Carl but still a very good book.
9. Dr. Mom's Guide to breastfeeding by Marianne Neifert, M.D. If you are breastfeeding I would highly recommend this book if you aren't then I don't unless you think it will change your decision but don't expect it to give sympathy if you aren't its not that type of book. It actually explains how breastfeeding works or how milk is made and released. Explains common problems encountered by breastfeeding women and even how to wean your baby when the time comes. it explains both the advantages to your baby when you breastfeed and to the mom. Breastfeeding is a natural part of child rearing and no one should feel ashamed for doing what nature intended for us.
10. The baby book by William Sears, M.D and Martha Sears, R.N.
This book focuses on attachment parenting- Connect with your baby early-Have your baby placed on your stomach right after its born unless there is something medically wrong and it needs help but as soon as you can place your baby on your bare stomach and your baby is also naked or a diaper if you don't want a surprise. Dad's can also participate in this because it is called attachment parenting not attachment mommying. Read and respond to your baby's cues if your baby is upset take care of your babies needs are they hungry, wet, tired just need to be cuddled no matter what it is your baby doesn't have the means to take care of it on his own and you need to take care of your babies needs until they are old enough to be taught and do so on their own, letting them cry it out is ridiculous if you build the bond between you and your baby of letting the baby know you will be there and can be trusted it will make it easier when they are older and it is time to drop them off at preschool because they know they can trust you to pick them back up and they are safe. Breastfeed your baby This is about as close as a bond you can have between a baby and her mother of course while the dad can't partake in this he can be supportive to the mother and even give bottles of pumped milk and still do the skin to skin contact while giving the bottle letting the mom have a break.
Wear your baby-this is very popular today find a sling or other baby wearing device you can do this while your cleaning such as vacuuming sometimes the noise of the vacuum might actually lull your baby to sleep. I would be careful doing things like cooking as you don't want to accidentally burn your baby then you should put him in his bouncy seat or crib. Sometimes at stores it is easier to wear your baby then to bring the stroller and usually when they are very young the front of a grocery cart isn't that practical when your baby can't support his own neck muscles.
Share sleep with your baby this is very beneficial for mom and baby especially if the baby is breastfed mom can stay in bed and simply nurse her baby when she senses the baby is rooting and is getting hungry usually the baby can nurse while sleeping preventing loss of sleep for both mom and baby. I think this is a very good book if you are comfortable with the ideas of course you might like some of the ideas but not all and that is perfectly fine you have to take what is best for you and your family.
11. Toddler wise: This is a very structured book and some toddlers need that structure but others do not you have to decide where your toddler falls and be warned that some babies/toddlers are so structured that when mom or dad wants to try something different even as simple as rocking your baby to sleep versus having baby lie in bed with parents the baby/toddler doesn't' respond well and gets upset I think some schedule structure is good but it is also good to be flexible with your babies schedule so that if something occurs and has to be changed your baby will be ready for the unexpected.

So those are the books I have and I plan to review them again soon .