11.30.2010

Does anyone else find this a bit morbid?

So Thaddeus and I read every night as part of his bedtime routine. He really doesn't follow along yet or even really look at the book too much, but it's good for him and it's a great way to end the day. Shortly after he was born, I was given a couple of books. One book was a set of nursery rhymes. Now, maybe I'm being a little weird here, but has anyone else noticed how morbid some of these nursery rhymes are if you really think about them?

For example:

Goosey, goosey, gander,

Whither shall I wander?

Upstairs, and downstairs,

And in my lady's chamber.

There I met an old man

Who wouldn't say his prayers!

I took him by the left leg

And threw him down the stairs.


Really?  Threw him down the stairs?  That's a little violent...and that's how one of the books ends.  I figured we could have ended on a happier note.

Next:

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.

See how they run. See how they run.

They all ran after the farmer's wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,

Did you ever see such a sight in your life,

As three blind mice?


 
And what about:

Jack and Jill
Humpty Dumpty
There Was An Old Woman
The Queen of Hearts


The list goes on and on.  Weird, right?  I remember singing these and repeating them as a kid and never once thought anything of it.  It wasn't until I read the book of nursery rhymes to Thad that I was exposed to them again.  Now don't get wrong, I'm not going to stop reading these to my son.  Afterall, I'm pretty sure they're consdered "classic" and they're great for building fluency. 

I just wonder what the origin was of so many of these and why some of them were so violent?  Anyone know?


11.29.2010

Blog Hop!




Join me in Mailbox Monday!  Follow along as we Blog Hop from one new blog to the next.  Add your blog to list and join the fun!




Public Meltdown #1

So last night, the hubs, his buddy, Thad, and I all went out to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner.  We've taken Thad out with us before and never had any problems.  He fell asleep in the car on the way to the restaurant and was still asleep after we got in, sat down, and had ordered.  I was worried he would sleep too long and then we'd have issues going to bed.  However, he woke up shortly after we ordered and was content to just sit in his carseat.  We were doing great.

10 minutes later, he started to get crabby.  The hubs unstrapped him from his carseat and picked him up.  He then started crying.  We'd brought along a bottle, just in case, so the hubs tried to feed him.  Lol, that was a joke.  All that did was make him mad.  Right about now, we've hit full out meltdown mode.  The hubs hands Thad to me (and his buddy just starts laughing), I try to calm him (as much as you can sitting in a booth), but to no avail.  Finally, after crawling out of the booth and having a half a dozen people stare at us (some with knowing looks and others giving me the stink eye), I finally made it to the entry way (you know that area before you go inside the restaurant, but not outside - ya that place).  He sort of calmed down and I was thinking "ok, not so bad."  I waited a couple of minutes and decided to head back in.

As soon as I got back to the booth, he started screaming all over again.  The lady in the booth next to us had two little girls with her.  She stops me and asks how old he is and then proceeds to start telling me a story about how the girls have a new cousin about the same age as Thad.  All I could think was, "Are you for real?  You want me to stand here and have a conversation with you while my child is screaming bloody murder? Ok lady.)  He's at the point that he now actually produces tears, so his little face was all wet and his nose was all snotty.  After a few more minutes of screaming and crying back in the entry way I've decided it's time to go. 

I head back in to tell the hubs and he is so flustered.  The poor guy can't handle public meltdowns...lol, get used to it buddy.  We got the check, boxed up my meal (the sacrifices we make as mothers) and headed out.  The moment we got in the car, he calmed down.  Only twice on the way home did he act like he was going to cry, but he never did.  The hubs decided that we needed some ice cream after that little experience.

"We're all getting ice cream.  Well, everyone besides Thaddeus.  You don't get ice cream after that little stunt." 

Lol, ok honey.  (He was joking, but it still cracked me up.)  We finally made it home and I took the little guy upstairs to start getting ready for bed.  After we were all lotioned and changed, I put him on his tummy for a little while and boy oh boy did I figure out what had been bugging him...lol!  Talk about a gassy little boy!  He just kept ripping off farts like there was no tomorrow.  After he got rid of the gas, he was the happiest little boy, just giggling and playing. 

Oh well, at least it was a Sunday night (after a holiday no less) and there wasn't very many people in the restaurant. 

11.27.2010

My Battle with Postpartum Depression (PPD)

I've debated on posting about this for awhile, but I didn't really know how.  I think it's something that needs to be talked about and I'm hoping that my story will help someone else.

Thaddeus is the first and only child I've ever had.  When I first got pregnant, my hormones surged like crazy.  I was a broken out, water-retaining, hormonal mess.  The hubs thought I'd lost it.  Now I've always suffered from stress-induced anxiety and mild OCD so I should have expected that once I delivered I'd be at risk for PPD.  (And in fact, my doctor warned me about PPD.)  I think in the back of my mind, I was worried, but brushed it off and told myself that I'd be ok, that motherhood and breastfeeding and sleepless nights wouldn't get to me.

I was wrong.

At my six week check up, I was still a mess.  I look back now and wish I would have called the doctor sooner.  I was depressed.  I felt stuck in the house.  I worried that I had ruined my husband's life (he was going back to school and was still unemployed at the time) or my life or that I wouldn't ever be able to give my son the life he deserved.  I was overwhelmed and struggling with breastfeeding.  I didn't know how people did it.  I wanted to be that smiling mom that leaves the hospital and plays with her baby all day (while educating him of course), does the laundry, finds time to shower, makes the meals, and keeps the house clean.  I was soooo far from that.

Those first six weeks were rough.  I struggled to make it through the day.  It got really rough when the hubs started school again two weeks after bringing Thad home from the hospital.  I was home alone all day and felt helpless.  Now it didn't help that my parents and I (and the hubs) had gotten into a major argument two days after coming home from the hospital and we weren't speaking.  I didn't feel like I had anyone to turn to.  I could have used a sounding board.  I was crying all the time, worrying that I wasn't a good mother.  The worst part was the times that I would look at my son, knowing that I loved him with all my heart, yet wondered why I felt like I didn't want to take care of him that day - I wanted to get away, I wanted to be alone.  Thank the Lord, that my doctor noticed how overly emotional I was and asked me how I was doing.  I'm thankful I had the courage to speak up.

Two days after starting a mild anti-depressant I felt like I new woman.  I felt like I could take on the world.  There wasn't a dark cloud hanging over my head.  I could look at my son and love him like I always knew I did.  I not only got out of the house, we almost made it a daily thing.  We'd go walk around the mall, the grocery store, or even the neighborhood.  I napped when he napped.  I felt like I could function again (even on no sleep).

I knew that there would be good days and bad days ahead.  I knew that there would be times that Thad would be cranky and crabby and the hubs would be starved for time to relax after being in class all day.  I knew that money was going to be tight, but it was ok.  I could take it a day at a time.  I could face the world again.  

11.26.2010

My baby is on drugs. {repost}

This is way too good not to share and in fact, I meant to share it with you yesterday (I blame baby brain).  If you don't already follow Tales of the Wife, add it to your Google Friend Connect now!

My Baby is on Drugs from Tales of the Wife

There are many traps that can lead to this. It's a very sad situation which only means many a sleepless night for mom.

I'll just jump in with some of the drugs my babies have become addicted to...

CRACK (aka white noise)
JUICE (aka breastmilk/nursing)
SPEED (aka the rocking chair)
DOPE (aka the TV)
RIDING THE WHITE PONY (aka baby swing)

Poot was addicted to the JUICE something fierce. He nursed all night long until he was 16 months when he spontaneously self weaned. I was in my second trimester with Bug. Let me tell you that was hell. I was not waiting around for that to happen this time. But Bug still fell victim to the baby drugs.  

Our latest problem... SPEED. Poor Bug is addicted to being rocked to sleep. Thank my lucky stars I came up with a 12 step program... or maybe just one step for now.

He was waking every single hour, and I needed some semblance of sleep. You don't really get to your REM cycles if you're waking every 45-60 min. You CAN. I just wasn't.

Anyway, one night three weeks ago I decided to change things. Instead of totally rocking him to sleep at bedtime I rocked him for just a couple minutes then laid him down in his crib.

I couldn't just leave because he'd cry. I can't just let him cry. Breaks my heart.

Instead I stood over him and patted his back. OMG! He's on his belly?!?! Yes! He's 8 months old. He's a-okay.

I patted his back for at least 30 minutes until he fell asleep. And we do that pretty much every night at bedtime now.

When he wakes one of us goes in and pats him back down. I do feed him around 12 and 3 if he wakes somewhere near those times or if he otherwise seems hungry.

Over the past 3 weeks he's been stretching time between wakings. One night he even slept through - 8:30 p.m. until 6:15 a.m.! 

The only problem now is weaning him off the SMACK (aka patting his back). 


Black Friday as a mom.



5:00 Alarm goes off.

5:15 Out of bed.

5:30 Out the door.

5:45 Grabbing a grocery cart at the local Hy-Vee (grocery store).

6:01 In the check out aisle with 4 boxes of Huggies Little Movers - on sale for 14.99 (regularly 19.99), I paid 11.49 after 3.50 in coupons for each box.  SCORE!

Black Friday will never be the same again, but I wouldn't have it any other way. =) Hey, at least I didn't have to fight anyone for diapers this morning.

Mamaroo, I want you!


Ok, don't hate me, but I am dying to get one of these!  So if you're as interested in winning one as I am, check out the blog Simply Stacie.  She's hosting a review and giveaway.  Good luck!


11.25.2010

Guy Swag

Check it out! No, really, check it out!  Leelou Blogs is giving away an awesome prize package of guy swag - including a set of Miracle Blades, 2 Way Basic foldable water pouches, and iPod Touch!

11.24.2010

wee bit wednesday


{one} what kind of camera do you have? 
Canon PowerShot A620 - Sadly, I dropped it about a week ago and we're now having issues.  Looks like a new camera may be in my future. 

{two} you just won $1000 and you have to spend it on yourself on one item. what do you buy? 
Lol, a new camera?


{three} if you had to choose, would you rather live with your parents in the same house forever or 5000 miles away? 
Same house, although the hubs may disagree. 


{four} is your christmas tree up yet? 
Nope.  I was thinking about getting it out tomorrow.


{five} do you bring reusable bags to the grocery store? 
Sometimes.  I really try to remember, but I have a bad habit of forgetting.  At least I re-use the grocery bags I do get.  (They make fabulous trash bags for diapers.)



{six} which would be worse: listening to the same song on replay for the rest of your life or having to eat the same meal everyday for the rest of your life? 
Having the same meal every day for the rest of my life.  I love food too much to eat the same thing every day.


{seven} name 3 things you are thankful for this season. 
My family (parents and siblings), my hubs, and my baby.


{eight} do you dye/highlight your hair? if so, do you do it yourself or have it done at the salon? 
Yep.  Don't do it myself.  I can bribe mom I will (former cosmetologist); otherwise, I shell out the big bucks at the salon.  And honestly, I'm horrible frugal  cheap so I maybe go every six months.  I think my hair stylist hates me.


{nine} would you rather watch a movie at home or at the theater? 
I love getting out of the house, but I hate spending the money, So home it is.  At least I can wear my sweats and take a potty break on pause.


{ten} would you rather win $1000/week for life or $5 million all at once?
$1000 a week.  Wow, the things I could pay off and save for with that!


Shutterfly, here I come!


Ok, so how many of you love Shutterfly?  If you're like me and have an older sister that has sent out album after album of her little ones over years + those adorable little Christmas cards, you can't wait to finally be able to send out your own adorable Christmas cards with photos of your little one! (Minus the early morning trip to the photo studio, the tears from trying to get the "perfect" pictures, and the ridiculously high prices.)

If you haven't ever used Shutterfly, I highly recommend giving it a go.  Talk about super easy uploads, fabulous photo templates, and amazing prices!  And look at it this way, now the dogs can be included too!  You can also share you albums with family members - better than facebook (more privacy) and they can order their own images right from your album (instead of trying to figure out how to save your facebook photo, store it on some type of flash drive, and take it to the store - because you all know that the great-grandparents are so Internet savvy)!

In all honesty, I'm really excited to send out cards this year.  Thaddeus was born in August and we sent out some adorable birth announcements, but for his first Christmas I'm excited to be able to pick out some of the great home pictures we've taken to share with family and friends.  (And let's be real, how cute is it to get one of those photo cards in the mail.)

Shutterfly has some fantastic looking Christmas card templates this year, here are a few of my faves:

Holiday Card

Christmas Photo Card
New this year, calendar posters - for those that want to send out a calendar at-a-glance with fabulous photos of your family and/or little ones {pets included of course}!

Calendar
Now if you're a fellow blogger reading this post, feel free to check out Shutterfly for yourself.  They are offering bloggers 50 FREE Christmas cards.  Happy (early) Holidays!


11.22.2010

The next time around...

I'm going to keep active while pregnant.  Gaining so much weight (60 lbs. according to the good 'ol doc, 80 lbs. if you ask me) has sure made accepting the post pregnancy body difficult.  I expected stretch marks, I expected a little bit of flab, I didn't expect all the blubber (meaning loose jiggly skin).  Now granted, I will give myself some credit - I've lost 44 lbs. so far, but it's hard to remember that when you're wearing the same three pairs of pants and the same five-seven tops that you've bought and can squeeze into.  With the hubs in school full time during the day and working full time at night (Yay for jobs! - No literally, after being laid off a year and a half, I'm relieved.) and me working full time all week I have no time to exercise.  I completed a five week boot camp when Thad was seven weeks old and I felt awesome.  Lots weight and inches, but....that was before the hubs was working and I could find time in my day for things like that.  Now I work all day, come home at night, try to pick up the house, squeeze in laundry, trips to the store, find time for dinner (cereal can be dinner...right?) and take care Thad all by myself.  Never before have I admired single moms in my life.  Anyway, next time around, I'm staying active.  

I'm also going to really work a lot harder at breastfeeding.  I have to admit.  I have a lot of regret over this now.  While it was the best thing for me at the time, I wish I wouldn't have quit.  I'm really going to work hard to find a local lactation consultant, get advice, and figure out how to avoid mastitis fifty times (ok, not fifty, but two cases in three weeks is not cool).  I'd also like to learn to nurse without being hunched over (I always felt like I was killing my back leaning over).  And if I can, nurse while wearing the baby.  Thankfully, I never had a supply issue.  In fact, I think I had an over abundance of milk which in turn caused the mastitis.  I guess hindsight is always 20/20.  

What would you differently?  Do have any regrets?  Is there anything you wish you would have known?


11.21.2010

Baby Wearing

Ok, curiosity has gotten the best of me.  Our little monkey loves to be held and carried around and I can only imagine how much easier my life would be if I could wear Thad around the house/out and about while I'm trying to get things done.  Needless to say, I've debated on getting a Moby wrap and I was planning on picking one up this weekend.  Lucky for me, Nicki's Diapers is giving away a Moby wrap!

Photo Challenge: House

This week's photo challenge over at The Moments in Between is House.  I forgot to post this yesterday, but I'm going to post it now.  It's a picture of our toy bucket for the dogs.


I'm hoping to frequent her blog more and maybe some other blogs - I could really use some advice on how to capture some of those great shots of the baby boy, etc.  Right now, my photos often look boring average.

11.20.2010

An Alton Brown Turkey...Foster Style

Since the hubs started culinary school, our holiday meals have become quite the project.  He was convinced that we needed to use this recipe for our Thanksgiving bird this year.


It was amazing! (And no, I'm not just saying that because the hubs made it.)  Super tender, fabulous color, great tasting skin (what a weird thing to say).  Add to this fabulous turkey, a wonderful ham, a bunch of sides, and you have a meal fit for 15 people...too bad only a little over half that showed...lol, oh well.  Dinner was great, our tummies were full, and our fridge was bulging (see photo below).  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!

The bird and the ham.

And this is what a fridge full of food for 15 people looks like...before we cleared the desserts and realized we didn't have  enough room.

11.19.2010

Bedtime frustrations...

So this week has been a mixed bag for bedtime.  On the upside, once Thaddeus is asleep for the night, he's been down about 9 hours - 4 out of 5 days this week; on the down side, it takes almost two hours off and on to get him to bed for good.  For some reason, we're struggling with getting to sleep.  Most nights we start getting tired about 7:30 -- we head upstairs at 8:00 -- if it's bath night, we hit the tub, if it's not a bath night, we start our routine.

Our routine starts with a fresh diaper, then on to lathering up with lotion (and Vaseline on our eczema spots).  Then a little bit of tummy time to burn off the last of our energy.  Hop in the chair for a story and a bottle and then it's lights out.  We rock til we finish our bottle and an additional five minutes of cuddle time before we're in the crib.  Most nights, this is fine and we're down for the count, but for some reason, this week he's been waking up within 30 min. of going down - sometimes hungry, sometimes not.  It takes holding him and a little rocking to get him back to sleep.  Ok, at this point I'm thinking we're down for good.

Nope.

Once again, within 30 min. we're up again.  Usually not hungry, unless we didn't eat the first time we woke up.  Another possible bottle, some loves, and back to sleep.

Finally, we're asleep.

What is going on?  His cold is getting better, we're not teething yet, and his room is a comfortable temp.  I've made sure he's had a dose of Maalox so his tummy isn't upset, but we're still struggling.  I love the little man to pieces, but spending two hours every night getting him to bed isn't really going to work for me.  He's too young to let him cry it out, so what do I do?  What do you do?  Any suggestions?

Butterscotch Cookies

This is a recipe I got from a student of mine this last spring.  These cookies are super moist and chewy and extremely addictive.  You have been warned.

Butterscotch Cookies - On the Right
1 bag of butterscotch chips

1 white cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. coconut
1 small box instant butterscotch pudding
2 T 7-Up
1/2 c. oil

Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil.  Add the butterscotch pudding, mix again.  Add the 7-Up and mix.  Add in the butterscotch chips and coconut.  Mix one last time.

Bake at 310° for 10-12 minutes.*  

*I had to bake mine for 18 minutes - check periodically with a toothpick to determine if yours are done.


Grandma Foster's Macaroni Corn

One of the first times my husband invited me over to his grandma's for dinner he bragged about her macaroni corn the entire way.  The entire time all I could think was "You want me to eat macaroni and corn together in some weird dish?  That sounds disgusting."  As we're serving ourselves dinner, the hubs eagerly added a scoop of macaroni corn to my plate.  Not wanting to be the disrespectful, picky eater I tried it.  Needless to say, I am now a die hard macaroni corn fan.  This is now one of my all time favorite side dishes.


1 large can sweet corn
1 large can creamed corn
1 stick of butter (real butter is best)
1 cup of elbow noodles
approximately a 2 inch wide cut from a block of Velveeta (more or less to your taste)

Place all ingredients in a casserole dish (Corningware works best).  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Stir. Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Stir.  Let set 5 minutes and serve.

*Grandma Foster insists that you must break up the middle five minutes in order to make it correctly.  I've never tried it otherwise.  Why mess with perfection?

Super Easy Ham Dip

My hubby and his friends love this ham dip.  It's very simple and easy.  The first time I made it I was looking for something to take to a family grill out and found the following random ingredients in the fridge.  A lot of the recipe is based on taste, not measurements - experiment with the amounts to suite your taste.



1 block of cream cheese
diced ham cubes
ranch dressing

In the food processor combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing (add slowly - you can always add more later).  Once mixed, throw in the ham (again, enough to suit your taste) and blend again.  You may need to spoon the mixture back down onto the blades in order to get it all blended.  Once blended, check the taste.  Add more ranch dressing if needed and mix again.  Serve with Wheat Thins or other crackers.  Keep refrigerated and covered when not serving.

1st Annual Online Candle Party!

As many of you know, Thaddeus is watched by my husband's aunt.  She not only runs a daycare, but takes in foster children as well.  On the side, she runs her own business.  If you're interested, I'd like to invite you to attend my candle party. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Orders will arrive before the holidays!

http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/1367314-libby-s-1st-annual-online-candle-party

11.18.2010

Baby Led Weaning

With a 3 month old in the house, I've often thought about baby led weaning.  (If any of you have ever used BLW, I'd love to hear about it.)  Thad's doctor told us at his 2 month visit that we'd talk about starting rice cereal at his 4 month check up.  Honestly - I'm really not interested in starting Thad on any type of "food" until he's at least 6 months old.  I just don't feel like it's necessary and I'm not comfortable with it.  I'd love to learn more about BLW and if you're like me and curious, check out Tales of the Wife - she is giving away a copy of the book.

Reminiscing...Class of 2002

So I have a couple students (that have free periods as seniors) that like to hang out during my lunch and plan period. Today we were listening to music and they wanted to know what kind of music was popular the year I graduated. So in honor of the Class of 2002, I bring you the number 1 song on the Billboard Charts for 2002.




Oddly enough, I was surprised that this was the number 1 song.


11.17.2010

Win an Apple TV!

Just stumbled upon this site today.  They are looking to reach 250 followers.  When they do, they'll be giving away an Apple TV!  If you're interested in helping them reach their goal and possibly winning an Apple TV, check 'em out.

http://blogneighbors.com/winanappletv/


Oeko Eco-Friendly Glider and Ottoman Giveaway

If you're like me and you rock your little one every night before bed, you'll want to check out this giveaway from Dirty Diaper Laundry.

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/oeko-eco-friendly-glider-and-ottoman-review-and-giveaway/



3 nights in a row...could this be it?

So Thaddeus has slept through the night (and not just medically defined 5 hours through the night, but 9 hours through the night), three nights in a row!  Holy crap am I excited!  I really hope this isn't just a fluke or passing phase.  Afterall, well rested baby + well rested mama + well rested daddy = one big happy family!

Mamaroo Giveaway!

Ok, so I totally want one of these!  If you're like me and always up for giveaways (especially ones as awesome as this) check out the Dirty Diaper Laundry blog:

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/4moms-mamaroo-a-moms-best-friend-review-and-giveaway-1125/

11.14.2010

Baptism and Turkey Day in Photos

Hubs, Me, and Thad

Fabulous turkey cooked by my husband. =)

Grandpa and Thad snoozing after Thanksgiving dinner.



11.12.2010

Turkey Day and Baptism

So this weekend my wonderful hubby and my darling son will be baptized.  We're not sure my hubs has ever been baptized (he had a very rough upbringing) and since Thaddeus needs to be baptized, we're going to have a double baptism at church on Sunday.  Since my family (mom, dad, half-sister and her family) will all be driving a few hours to be here, we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving as well.  This saves everyone a trip in two weeks.

On the down side, I took a personal day today to stay home and clean.  Yep, super exciting.  This is not how I wanted to spend my personal day (I would have rather gone to the spa - had a massage, gotten a facial, mani/pedi, and maybe gotten my hair done -- all for free.. ::exit to reality:: ), but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.  =)  So after the hubs washed five loads of laundry (one of towels and four of the hubs - he likes to let his laundry build up), I still have at least two more of clothes (one for me and one for Thad) and two more sets of bedding.  Then it will all need to be folded and put away.  In all honesty, I don't mind the washing, I just wish it would fold itself and put itself away.  Where are Cinderella's furry friends when you need them?

We hit the store, scrubbed the house down, prepped a lot of the food and are looking forward to Sunday.  Hubs has a banquet dinner tomorrow night for culinary school so he'll be gone from noon-midnight.  I'm hoping my sister can watch Thad for a few hours tomorrow afternoon so I can vacuum and mop and finish up some last minute things.  Does anyone else ever feel extremely pressured to have a super clean house when you have ton of people coming to hang out for hours?

11.11.2010

Keep voting...

Hi all,

Keep voting for Thaddeus.  We're gaining new votes every day and are hoping to keep up the momentum.  The link below will take you right to the site. 

http://www.gerber.com/photo/?entryid=162017&/#/detail/

If your child is entered into a contest, let me know and I will return the favor!  Also, if you'd like to repost this on your blog to help Thad get some more votes, that would be awesome and I will do the same for you!

Thanks again!

Disclaimer:  If your child is entered in the same contest, for the same category, I completely understand your reasons for not voting.

11.06.2010

Sick of being sick...

So the little man still has a cold.  Still.  He's been to the doctor twice and according to the pros, he has a cold and it's gonna have to run it's course.  Apparently, the colds in the area are lasting almost three weeks and when I took him in last Monday we were told to expect another 7-10 days before the cold starts to clear up.  Tell that to a three month old.  On top of that, I'm still fighting something...a cold, slight flu, sinus infection...who knows?  I work in a high school, you never know what kind of germs you'll pick up there. 

On a more positive note, Thad Man got his three month pics taken today.  Even being sick he did great.  Granted, it probably helped we tried to do them in the morning (earliest I could get in was 11:00 a.m.).  I don't even blame him for a having a mini meltdown in the car when we were done.  Here's a little preview.



11.04.2010

New Blog Design!

Thanks to Leelou Blogs I just updated my blog layout with the simpliest layout transformation I've done yet.  Talk about amazing!  Now if only I could figure out how to create a signature with a cute font...

Let me know your thoughts.  Do you like the new layout?  Did you prefer the old one?  How do you feel about figuring out Blogger?

Thad LOVES him some elephant teether!

I just have to put this out there.  I am in love with the Bright Starts Elephant Teether.  Thad has loved this thing from day one.  It's bright and colorful and great during tummy time.  He also loves to sit in his Kickin' Coaster and just play and chew on it.  It's super soft and fuzzy, makes wonderful crinkly noises, and has great rubber legs for teething.  If you're looking for a simple, easy to love toy for your baby, check it out!





What are you doing? Can't you see I'm playing?


11.03.2010

Updates...long overdue

Ok all, here are the updates:

  • My five week boot camp is over!  YAY!  I lost 13 lbs., 11.5 inches, and 5.7% of my body fat.  While I'm super excited about that, I can't wait to lose even more.  Like I've said before, I gained a truck load a lot of weight while I was pregnant with Thad.  I just keep reminding myself that I've lost 39 lbs. since he was born - that's nothing to frown at.  Onward and upward...
  • Thaddeus, the hubs, and I have all been hit with the first round of fall sickness.  Poor little Thad has had a cold for almost two weeks now and according to the doctor, it'll probably last another week before it starts to turn around.  I just wish the poor guy would feel better.  His coughs and snotty nose are killing me.  As for the hubs and I, we were hit with a small 24 hour stomach bug.  He got hit worse than I did, but it wasn't pleasant either way.  Since we were all out of commission we sent Thad to grandpa and grandma's for a few days so that he wouldn't get the stomach bug.  Boy was that hard!  Nothing like sending your 11 week old away for a few days (and I'm talking 2.5 hours away).  Needless to say, I called all the time and probably drove my parents mad.  Oh well, mama needs to know how her little man is doing.  
  • Thad's 2 Month Stats (10.6.10) - 13 lbs. 10 oz. 24.25 inches (In the 90s for both percentiles.)  When we went to the doctor Monday to check on this cold, he weighed in at 14. 10oz.  What a chunk!
  • The book challenge is struggling.  I'm back at work (don't get me started on that mess) and I swear, there are just not enough hours in the day any more.  I have just over thirty books yet to read and I have no idea if I'll make it.  I'm gonna try though, the kids (my high school students) are counting on me.  
  • Oh and someday, if I ever find the time, I'll update the blog title since our little baby boy is no longer on the way, but here!  
P.S. The hubs finally got a job after being laid off for over a year and half!!! ::sigh::  What a relief!

Vote for Thaddeus!

Hey all,

If you wouldn't mind voting for Thaddeus I'd really appreciate it!  You can vote once or every day.  Thaddeus thanks you for your support! =)

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p.s. I promise an update is coming soon, hopefully by Saturday!
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