Friday, May 31, 2013

Car Seat Safety!

So, a bloggy friend of mine just posted a bunch of information on car seat safety and I'm so glad she did! I discovered that in our state, kids are required to wear booster seats until age 9! AND I saw videos of how important it is to keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible.

I'm NOT one of those people who thinks you have to get the fanciest car seats in order to keep your child safe. Our infant car seats were actually used (but never in an accident) and I never had a problem with this for a few reasons. But mostly because in my research, the BEST ways to keep your baby safe is to rear face them, be sure the carseat is installed correctly, and most importantly, to drive safely! After reading (and watching) this information I will keeping the buddy rear facing until he's 4 years old. Considering how little he is, I'm sure he won't get to 45 lbs before then. :-)

Car Seat Requirements by State


REALLY good information on why to keep your kiddo rear facing


Information on when your child is ready to get rid of the booster seat

You know, if it wasn't for this blog post and other moms posting about this in a forum I'm a part of, I would have NO IDEA how important all this carseat safety is! I wish it was more widely known in our communities, because it could prevent so many injuries.

I'll get off my soapbox now. :-) I hope you find this information helpful.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Summer "To-Do" List

So, after even just a few days of school being out I've realized that I'm going to LOVE this summer. I'm totally going to live in a dreamland and pretend that I'm a Stay At Home mom. At least for now. And I'm going to try to make really good use of naptime when I can to do some things that I've been wanting to do for awhile and have no time for. I'm grateful the buddy is a good napper! 




1. Get back into running and even be able to run 5-6 miles by the end of the summer.
2. Learn how to make my own tortillas.
3. Start couponing again!
4. Start ordering food from Azure Standard.
5. FINALLY finish our family 2012 album.
6. Read at least 2 books a month.
7. Get a tan, dang it.
8. Make dinner on a MUCH more regular basis.
9. Get a hair-cut. (It's pathetic that I have to put that on a list like this, but it's been a LONG time since I have been. Like maybe 7-8 months? Sheesh).

10. Get back to taking ballet classes! And BarreAmped Classes.
11. Make significant progress in getting some of my writing published online.
12. Start soaking and freezing dry beans to save money and avoid canned beans.


I think that's enough to expect out of a summer right? Hopefully there will be some relaxing in there too. But, truth be told being productive is (kind of) my method of relaxing. So, there you go. I'll keep you posted on how it goes! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SUMMER!!

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE teaching. I definitely feel like it's the profession I'm designed for and I LOVE working the the kids.

BUT, summer is still my favorite part of the job. :-) This summer I have BIG plans. I mean, 2 summers ago we were going to a crazy ton of acupuncture and fertility-ish appointments and it was totally depressing and really was the worst.summer.ever. Last summer we had a newborn and it was the best summer ever! BUT, we were also homebound. So, even though having a toddler is is sometimes more exhausting than having a newborn (I'm possibly just forgetting, but seriously, I can't set him down ANYWHERE and him stay there for more than one second at this point), it's also way easier to get out and about and do fun stuff. SO, I decided on my summer schedule.

7am- The buddy wakes up and I get him ready and feed him breakfast.
8am- Go for a run with N in the stroller then we play outside or inside
9:30am- Morning Nap and I get myself and the house ready for the day.
11-11:30am- When he wakes up he gets a quick lunch.
THEN we go to something fun! Like the pool, the zoo, music class, my parents' house, a friends' house, shopping, etc.

2-3:30pm- Try to get home in a decent hour to take a second nap- During this time I can also be productive and make dinner, etc.
5-5:30pm Dinner
7pm- Get him ready for bed
7:45pm- After he's sleeping, pick up the house and get some other stuff done.

I was VERY excited about this plan until he was up for over an hour at 3am on Sunday night and I woke up Monday morning so very, very tired. (We also were up late Sunday night with friends). SO... yesterday's "plan" turned to this:


1. Get in a nap for myself.
2. Take good care of the toddler.
3. Go to bed.

ha! :-) And I was successful at THOSE goals! If I always set goals like that I would be able to check so many more things off my list. ;-) Today we have plans to go to the zoo when he gets up, so I better get ready! I'm also hoping to go to ballet class tonight. First class in about 6 months so wish me luck and no injuries.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

12 Months

I'm well over a week late AGAIN! But, life is busy and his well-check wasn't until yesterday. This guy's 12th month was FULL of milestones and poor sleep. :-) It's been a whole year and we've had a blast. We're a lot more tired, but a whole lot happier with the buddy in our life. :-)

Weight & Length: His appointment wasn't until Thursday, so at almost 12.5 months he's 17lbs and 8oz and is 29" tall. He in the 25th percentile for height, but STILL in the 3rd percentile (on the WHO chart) for weight. He's WAY below the CDC chart, so the Dr. wants to send him to a dietician to do calorie counting. :/ **(I will add here that the Dr. would NOT be concerned if he was consistently in the 3rd percentile on the chart that she uses, but on the CDC chart that she uses he's below the 0 percentile. Read more about that here and here and please note that BOTH these sources are from the CDC that RECOMMENDS use of the WHO chart. I could write post after post on my frustration with this, but you would get bored.)** 

They tested for anemia, gluten intolerance, etc. which I'm glad about. If there IS an issue, I'd love to know what it is so we can help! However, I don't think there will be an issue. I think he has been growing steadily on the WHO chart and will choose to ignore the CDC chart (the outdated one all the Drs still use for some silly reason) for now as it's not even recommended for use anymore! Why Drs. continue to use it and make decisions based on it I truly don't understand.


Sleeping:

He had very rough sleeping for several weeks. Naps were rough, lots of middle of the night wakings and we started to get nervous that we created some bad habits! BUT, then he started sleeping and eating better and voila! We noticed 2 molars!! They came before all his front teeth so we weren't expecting it at all. What a big boy!

He now sleeps from about 7:30pm-7am, then naps from about 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm. He's going to go to a MDO (Mother's Day Out) program twice a week in the fall where they only nap once for about 1.5 hours, so I'm curious to see how that will go... ha! :-)



Eating:
He still has 3 solid meals a day. He's quite a finicky eater though (which obviously doesn't help with the weight gain) and sometimes he eats great and sometimes not so much. I really think it often has to do with teething. He WAS eating finger foods really well, but has been teething for about a month straight and sometimes will only eat babyfood out of a jar.

He now has goat's milk for his daytime meals, but breastmilk for breakfast and afternoon snack and formula before bed.

Clothing:

He needs 12 month clothes for his height, but still fits in his 9 month onesies. 


Personality:

When the buddy was just 2 weeks old we took the "baby personality quiz" in the "Baby Whisperer" book and he was clearly a "Spirited" baby. And boy is that still true! When he's happy he's deliriously happy and when he doesn't want to do something he arches his back and screams LOUDLY. (We're working on this). And when he's sad (mostly just when he wakes up MOTN) he's very sad.

Thankfully, he's almost always very, very happy! He's so much fun! He loves running (or pretty close to it) around the house and getting into everything. He's SO curious! He likes reading books, dancing, playing hide and seek, squealing, getting tickled, getting his shoes and laughing. He's a blast! 


Milestones & Firsts:

-Started dancing to music
-Recognized that both socks and shoes belong on his feet and try to put them on
-We discovered the egg allergy!
-He really started to enjoy playing the real piano and his play pianos.
-He passes the ball back and forth and says what sounds like "thank you."
-Tries to imitate Dave when he burps.
-He makes baskets in his basketball hoop.
-He started walking confidently!
-He started drinking goat's milk at lunch and dinner from a sippy cup.
-He started giving high-fives.
-He responds to "shake it" by shaking his maracas.
-He tries to tickle our feet!
-He LOVES kissing his stuffed animals and us!
-He knows that a dog says "woof, woof."
-He imitates us by whistling.
-He got his fifth tooth AND two molars, for a total of 7 teeth.




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So much to catch-up on!!

So, I know I have a lot of blogging to do. Not only have thoughts come to my mind, but I need to do the buddy's one year update!!

BUT, life is crazy-busy. My school year is done at the end of this week (yahoo!) and I think I'll finally get some sanity back into my life. There's something so glorious about being a teacher and having 2 months off before being able to "start over" again in the fall.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that I received the most special Mother's Day card I could imagine today! We went out for dinner with the buddy's birthmother and she wrote the kindest and most amazing card to me and it meant so much. It made me feel like a total dud for NOT gushing for her Mother's Day gift. I'm not a "gusher" but in this case I think it's more than appropriate.

It's just another reminder of how we're not just grateful to God for the buddy, but also for her. For what she means to us and for God putting this special woman in our lives. I mean, we MUST BE kindred spirits as we both ordered our water with no ice. We.are.awesome. :-)

Our son is so very, very loved and is such a blessing. I can't believe it's been over a year!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy First Birthday to the Buddy!

Yesterday was the buddy's first birthday party! I had a lot of fun planning for it, even though it was stressful at times too. It ended up being quite an intimate party even though we didn't intentionally plan for that because May is a crazy month for a lot of people. But, it ended up being so sweet to celebrate with our families and closest friends. What a blessing we had so many extended family there, including some out-of-town family! :-) Happy 1st Birthday sweet boy! I'm a whole lot more tired than I was a year ago and a whole lot happier too. You're our precious, sweet gift from God!

We went with a "Curious George" theme because we sometimes have to put on PBS when the buddy won't take a bottle and Curious George is definitely his favorite of the shows! I hate that we have to use the tv for this sometimes, but the truth is that Dave and I are pretty into the show now too and it's now in our Netflix Queue. ha! :-)


I surprised myself with how well it came together.

This is just the front of our house. I worked on the landscaping last weekend and I'm proud. :)

Look at those jeans! Cutie pie! :)


This picture would be awesome if my eyes were open! Does anyone that was there have a better picture of this?

Cupcakes!!

The sign and balloons turned out great!


This picture is HILARIOUS! My face looks weird, but he's like "Mom. Are you serious?! Why are you so crazy?!"

First taste of both sugar and chocolate!

Shy at first


Looking for help?


He liked it but never went crazy. ha!


With a sweet friend.

She made him a card!

I have no ide why we didn't get a picture of N with his girl-friend! But, these two ladies are beautiful so they should be included even without him. :)

Really sweet gifts


Our precious boy... happy birthday!!



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

I am truly humbled by how God has changed previously sad dates for us. And I sure feel it this time of year! The wrote about our 2 year "anniversary" of our grim diagnosis, and I still CANNOT believe that the buddy was born on Mother's Day 2012. At 12:15AM. 

We lived that morning in ignorance, wondering if we would find a connection with the birthmother when we met her the following day. Unbeknownst to us, she had already given birth to a baby boy and had told the social worker that "He is beautiful, but he's David and Elizabeth's son." Tears!
To remember that day is to remember a dream. A day of foggy emotions. A day of little sleep and giddy excitement. The day that a dream come true. It was a day of fears, worries, excitement, attempts to "not get our hopes up" in case it all fell through. And really, so much fear and so much joy wrapped together in the gift that is parenthood. And this mix of emotions has continued for the past year. There is SO MUCH FEAR as a parent. But it's accompanied by undeniable and unexplainable joy. I can't even think about putting that teeny, tiny baby in that carseat for the first time and making the 3.5 hr drive home without remembered how terrified yet exhilarated I felt. We were bringing the most precious gift in the world to our home, to join our family, to become our son.

Would I really make a good mother? Could I really handle this?

Regardless of the answer, I am a Mother. I am a mother on Mother's Day and you know what? To me, all that REALLY matters is that it's the buddy's birthday and we get to celebrate HIM. And his first year in our family.

But, this weekend I still want to remember so many for whom Mother's Day is a difficult holiday. It still irks me that it is socially acceptable to say "Happy Mother's Day" to every woman that you see. Because what if it's not a Happy Mother's Day for them? There are so many reasons why it might be a difficult day. This is what I wrote last year for this day, and I figure I'll just share it again. 



"But, I also want to just take the time this weekend to remember and pray for EVERYONE that is sad on Mother's Day. It's not just sad for those going through infertility, but for those with estranged relationships with their moms, or people who have recently lost their mothers... I'm sure it's a day loaded with lots of emotions for a lot of people.

I know it's meant to be a day of joy for those that ARE mothers and that have mothers they are close to! I am glad to have a special day to show my mom appreciation for her love and support and for always being there. So, Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mom! And to all the other mothers out there. :)

But, please take a moment to remember those who mourn on this day. It's a day of "hibernation" for many of us. Even a commercial that used to seem so innocent can cause much pain and feelings of loss. So, just as we rejoice with those who rejoice (or at least try to), take some time to mourn with those who mourn. I've received two cards from very thoughtful people saying they are remembering us and praying for us and it meant so much. A thoughtful word of love and support is very meaningful, so don't be afraid to reach out to those who may be sad for various reasons this Mother's Day."

Also, here's a FANTASTIC blog post about Mother's Day that I just want to share.