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

Books

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 .

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Camp, Lemonade and Hot Dogs-its Summer!

Well last week was a pretty busy week.
Carl had his cub scout camp out at the DG county fairgrounds on Monday he used a slingshot for the first time and got a bulls eye. Calvin and I played in his pirate pool and I managed to cut myself on some rusty garden thing. Monday evening I took Carl to his baseball practice and dropped him off with Lucas then went back home. Tuesday it rained pretty hard, I went to the doctor's to get a tetanus shot and found out I had a shot 2 years ago, it was too bad they couldn't have conveyed this to me over the phone so I didn't have to drive the opposite direction I needed to go to get soaking wet plus I had Calvin with me. Tuesday evening Calvin had blastball and I went to a PTO meeting at on the border it seemed like everyone had something to drink aka margaritas or beer but me I did have about 5 strawberry lemonades though which wouldn't be so bad but the bathroom at on the border smells like they have some sort of sewer problem-sulfur-raw eggs-stinky. Wednesday I was able to have my breakfast for a few moms that had wanted to come over the week before but couldn't. I made a tray of fruit-watermelon, bananas, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and some cheese. I also made scones which were pretty easy I just did a simple one with raisins but I might be more adventurous next time and try something different. I also picked up some little chocolate donuts for the kids. One mom brought blueberry muffins and other mom brought more donut holes from dunkin donuts. I made mock mimosas which is I just got the market pantry white sparkling grape juice from target and some oj and filled up champagne glasses. The kids played inside and outside, the moms just sat inside and talked about different things overall it was a good time. When I picked up Carl from cub scout camp I was told they did a fitness test and ran the half mile, Carl came in first place with the time of 3 minutes 7 or 8 seconds. I was very impressed he seems to do good at no matter what he tries. Thursday Carl had another baseball game I cooked hot dogs and wrapped them up in foil then placed them in our toaster oven to keep warm when it was time to go I packed up the cooler with the hot dogs and put in mustard and relish I would have put in ketchup but the bottle was too big and I forgot we weren't near the concession stand. The game was pretty sad the other team was clearly professionals they could hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball. Our team was like the bad news bears Carl only got to hit the ball once and when he did the coach decided to show him how to stand and guess what it messed Carl up and he could only hit the ball off the tee. It frustrated me and Lucas, showing a kid how to stand should be done at practice and not at a game itself and usually when you do that it makes the kid nervous. It seems like Carl is one of the only kids who knows anything about baseball some of these other kids are totally clueless, one kid every time he would ever hit the ball would just stand on home plate instead of running to first and by the time he decided to run the ball would be at first and he would be out.
So I discovered the other night watching Conan O Brien that the baby likes Green Day, the band was on and I started getting kicks from the left and the right and they were pretty consistent kicks too it was quite funny.
Friday Calvin and I went to Hyvee on 6th street and helped pass out lemonade for Alex's Lemonade stand which is a foundation that raises money for research for childhood cancer the money stays local and goes to both KU med center and Children's Mercy. It was amazing how many people didn't get lemonade even though it was a free will donation, I believe there is a law that says you must buy lemonade when kids are selling it. It is something I would consider doing again but it was fun and no stress at all I even stayed longer then I had intended.

Well we are going to go to Kansas City now to see UP in 3-D, I'm excited to go see it and then afterwards we are going to Famous Daves since we have a gift card and need to use it.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pirate pool

Last week I had my 22nd week appointment. When I got there they weighed me and I had gained a whopping 7lbs although I have only gained a total of about 9-10lbs. Lucas read that starting in the second trimester you gain about 1-2lbs a week so it’s not that bad. We of course got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again and my midwife asked if we had any questions which we really didn’t. She also wanted to know if we wanted to take a nursing or how to have a baby class but I think we will forgo it this time. It costs about $75 to do and that can be money used on other baby things we need or bills to pay. I have taken the class twice now and I feel that if I don’t know how to have a baby by now then something is wrong. I only took the breastfeeding class once but really I think that is all you need, because it is like riding a bike-ok perhaps a bad analogy for me since I’m horrible on the bike and have no balance but you get what I mean. I definitely recommend taking both classes for first time parents, even when I took the breastfeeding class Lucas came with me I know that might sound weird since dad’s can’t exactly nurse but they can pay attention and when you do have your baby and our having trouble they can coach you and remind you of the techniques you learned but may have forgotten to do because of mommy amnesia. I was supposed to host a breakfast last Wednesday but ended up postponing it till this week because I would have had very little time from my appointment to get home and get things ready. It was also Carl’s last day of school and since it was Wednesday he got out at 1:20pm I went a little early to take Carl’s teacher her potted plant of mint and a thank you card. Then I went back to the van and got my video camera to take a video of Carl coming out and spraying silly string. Yep the whole school got to do silly string outside for their last day, it’s their tradition I believe.
On Thursday I took the boys to goodwill they each brought $5 of their own money and picked out a toy. Carl got a Harry Potter game and Calvin got a robot dog, I even found Lucas a Vikings hat for $1.98 not too bad. On Friday Carl had his first baseball game. He was awesome his batting average is 1000 on his first time to bat he hit the ball then ran he made it to second but the kid on second didn’t run to third even though the kid on third ran home so Carl had to run back to first. Kind of frustrating, but I even got messages on face book saying how awesome Carl was that night. It also frustrated me when Carl was practice swinging for his next time up to bat and a “parent” helper coach came and was showing him to hold it or swing, maybe he did this for all the players and I just didn’t pay attention since it wasn’t Carl but I just feel that if something isn’t broken then don’t fix it. Carl was the only one able to hit the ball on the first pitch each time so he is obviously doing something right. The kids get three chances to hit the ball from the coach pitch and if they can’t make it then they get to hit it off the tee but if they miss it off the tee then they are out. Saturday we bought a double slip and slide at target for the boys, Calvin enjoys it more when the water is off and just uses the water that is on the slide and the little pool area. Lucas had wanted to buy some super soakers but we couldn’t really find anything good at Target so we went with the slip and slide instead. Saturday night we made the rest of the pizza from the dough that I still had. Sunday I had my cooking club so I took the tamale pies to it and got food in exchange then we went and bought a pirate pool because Calvin really wanted it and it was on sale (he had been talking about this pool since probably April I think) Lucas got it blown up and they played in it yesterday. I think I will take Calvin out again sometime today. This morning I took Carl to his Cub Scout camp I can’t wait to find out what he did. I am actually going to have him start keeping a journal that he writes in everyday. Then I might even consider starting a third blog just for him to write about his summer adventures I think this will help with his typing skills and spelling skills, plus I think he will enjoy it and it will make it fun for him.
Well Calvin is beckoning me to come play whack a mole so I better go.