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Archive for April 2007

C is 10 months old today! Where does the time go???  In light of that, today it’s all about C Baby. He is  getting so big and he is incredibly smart and VERY funny.

He is cruising the furniture quite well now, though he doesn’t seem ready to make the transition to walking just yet, which is fine with me. He’ll eat anything you throw at him…avocadoes, peas, carrots, bread, chicken, meat, literally ANYTHING we can make small enough, he’ll eat. (I guess I needed one that eats since the other one survives on oatmeal, chicken nuggets, french fries, and milk.) He’s still the Toothless Wonder, though I suspect he’ll soon lose that title. I see some gum bulging and he’s cranky more often these days. He crawls at the speed of light. He can get from one end of the house to the other in about 1 minute flat. This is no easy task as *I* can’t usually make it from one end of the house to the other that quickly. He’s into everything. Opens drawers, cabinets, boxes, etc and throws everything out on the floor. Somewhere my mother is laughing about that one…I’m told I used to do the same thing.

He’s also communicating with us via sign language! J learned to talk so late and got very frustrated when he couldn’t express his needs/wants to us. Led to a lot of tantrums on his part and a lot of headaches on the part of D and I. So I decided to try baby signs with C. I am amazed at how quickly he has picked them up! He can do “all done” (throwing hands up in the air) and “milk” (squeezing hand, like milking a cow) and I am SO amazed at how easy this is! If you want to try this for your baby, you can find many signs here. Just click on the “ASL for Babies” link. We’re working on a few more, but he picked both of these up very quickly. It’s so funny to see him start getting fussy and then throw his hands up in the air to tell us he’s “all done” with whatever he’s doing! It really helps us understand what’s going through his mind. He has also just started waving and I swear he says Hi when he sees people. There are some videos I’d love to get that offer more signs but we just can’t afford them right now. I’ll have to stick with the website linked above for the time being!

He is silly…he does things just to see us laugh. He does his best to irritate his big brother. Luckily J is pretty chill about it all and tries to keep his cool with him. He will turn off the computer (no joke!) if he thinks I’ve been sitting here too long. He crawls over to his daddy as soon as he gets home from work and pulls himself on D’s pant leg so he’ll get picked up. He’s just a sweet little guy who shows us how much he loves us every day. We all really enjoy him and feel very lucky that he’s joined our family.


Last week was pretty rough.  I was feeling SERIOUS mommy burnout and just wanted some time to myself.  On Friday afternoon I called the salon and begged them to get me in that evening and even though I didn’t get my regular girl (which is fine…last time I saw her was to get my eyebrows waxed and she had been drinking at 9AM!) they said they’d make sure I was well taken care of.  So I called D and told him I needed him to be home by 6:00 and let him listen to C screaming for a minute so he could tell just how stressed I was.  So I headed over there and proceeded to have ALL of my hair cut off.  It’s shorter than it’s ever been!  I like it, but I’m still trying to get used to it.  It’s easy, though…wash, mousse, hit it with a dryer for a minute and I’m done!

Saturday morning we headed to Florence to attend a picnic with my mom friends from there.  I’ve missed them all a lot and it was great to see everyone.  The last time I saw them was at my baby shower in June…after C was born things went crazy and I never made it back down there for any events.  It was a nice day, but made me a little sad.  Damn Maytag and their worthless CEO.  He ran them into the ground and then made millions off the Whirlpool buyout.  But enough of that bitterness…

Sunday morning we all got up and went to church.  It was preschool Sunday at the church where J goes to school and his class was singing during the service.  The church was nice, though everyone was VERY dressed up.  We fit in, but I prefer a more casual church environment, if I’m going to go.  And of course C started screaming during the sermon so I had to leave.  There was nowhere I could go to nurse him (11AM is prime nap time, and of course that’s right when the service started) and still hear the sermon.  Slightly disappointing, as there were a lot of babies in the service AND in the nursery.  You’d think they’d have a mother’s room or something.  I haven’t seen any churches here that have a mother’s room, so attending church regularly is probably not going to happen any time soon.  I’m just not comfortable nursing him in the sanctuary, even though most people wouldn’t have a clue…I’ve gotten pretty good at nursing in public discretely.  There is another church here in town that I might try.  Their website specifically mention being supportive of breastfeeding moms, so that may work for us.  Their beliefs and core values seem in line with ours, so it may be a better fit than the church where J goes to school.

So I’m feeling better.  A bit less burned out, a bit more able to cope with the kid stuff.  All it took was a haircut, a day with friends, and church.  Oh, and a 3 hour nap yesterday helped, too.  Too bad I wasn’t able to sleep last night.  That’s all for now, b/c C is trying to turn the computer off.  I better take that hint!

So D has been going to the doctor over the past 6 months or so for blood pressure monitoring.  It’s been a bit high and they’ve wanted to keep an eye on it and just see if it’s chronic or situational.  He went again on Monday and the doctor has decided to give him another month but then he’s going to get a prescription.  I am scared of this…BP meds have some icky side effects from what he was told and I am not so keen on the idea of him taking a drug that may be brand new on the market and have less research or something along those lines.  Admittedly I know little about meds for hypertension, so I may be freaked out over nothing but it’s very scary.  Add to that fact that his dad and grandfather both have heart problems (heart attacks/stroke) and I’m really freaked out.  I feel like we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.  So basically we’ve got one more month to get it down through other means and then it’s on to a prescription.  I hate throwing drugs at a problem that may be fixed naturally but this doctor has definitely given him plenty of time and so far we’re not seeing any major results.  I know a lot of it is work stress, but since quitting isn’t really an option, it probably won’t go away.

And all of this worry probably isn’t good for *my* blood pressure, either. *sigh*

Where have I been???  This show is awesome and I have never watched it before this season.  The real reason I tuned in is the morbid curiosity of that gold digger possibly having her leg fall off on live TV.  Yes, I’m evil.  And no, I don’t really feel bad about that.  Especially since she’s done so well! I also was interested to see how good old Steve Sanders could dance.  I’m very pleasantly surprised, and am convinced that should I have another boy, his name will be Ian, pronounced eye-an.

My favorites are Laila Ali (her mambo was H-O-T!),  Ian Ziering, Joey Fatone (though him winning would be a bit too obvious…didn’t he dance while he was in that boy band?), and I am completely in love with Apolo Anton Ohno.  I’d love to see a woman win, and Laila is such an awesome, strong role model…so I’m rooting for her.  But my heart would not be broken if Apolo won.  He and Julianne are just adorable together.

But I just have to say it is time for Clyde to GO.  I’m sorry, but who is voting for him?  He seems very sweet but he is a terrible, terrible dancer.  Cut the poor guy loose because he doesn’t seem to be enjoying it anymore.  And Billy Ray shouldn’t be too far behind him.  Poor Karina…I feel sorry for her every week.

And on a much less superficial note, my thoughts and  prayers are with the people at Virginia Tech.  What a terrible tragedy.  I cannot imagine how they must be feeling.  Hindsight’s 20/20 so I won’t criticize the choices that were made, but I think there is a lesson to be learned from this.  I just hope it never has to be put to practical use.

And with that, I must get cracking on my taxes.  Or more accurately, the extension.  Ugh.  At least we’re due a refund…but I hate letting W use my money interest free.  Ick.

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This was at the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt the week before Easter.

C loves playing with his shadow!

The Easter baskets.

Finding an egg.

J in motion, as always!

Finding another egg.

The caterpillars we found when we couldn’t find the last egg!

You can have it for free. No takers? Come on…I really will give it up.

I have yet another stone. Same side. Plus an infection to go with it. It’s fun. It’s also keeping me at home this weekend, which means I won’t get to go to the memorial service. I feel terrible about it, but I can’t afford to make that drive and be so far away from my doctor and possibly get in trouble if I have problems. I can just see myself getting stuck on the side of the road somewhere between here and there (it’s about a 6 hour trip) because I’m in too much pain to keep driving. That would not be a good scene.

And yes, I know you’re waiting on Easter pics. I haven’t uploaded them to the computer yet. Mainly because I’m not sure where the card reader is…

W Family Players

D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!