Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween Party!

We had a good time last night at our couple's class Halloween Party. Elijah had a sleepover at his Nana's house so we were able to stay for the whole party :) The theme was "Carnival" and Justin went as the ringmaster and I went as a clown. The winner of the costume contest was the fat lady (really a man dressed up as a woman) looking for her puppy. Too funny!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Christmas Lists!!??

Had a request from Nana and Papa for some Christmas ideas for EJ. I have put a list on the side bar of the blog with links to pics of the stuff if I could find them.

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Better Night

We were only up from 12am-3am last night--a marked improvement. Hopefully the little guy is on the mend! He has been napping for a solid hour and a half now. That's his longest nap since Sunday. I am feeling much better today too--thank goodness!!

Despite the lack of sleep, EJ was in a fantastic mood yesterday so we ended up going to Walmart to get his pictures made in his costume. They didn't have a Halloween backdrop but the guy took some great shots of him grinning. I wanted a picture of EJ SMILING in his costume. He was so busy looking around at the Harvest Festival he never smiled for the camera--I guess I need to train him better :) I spent $14 and got three different poses. I could not resist the one of him laying on his belly where you could see the whole costume and it looked like he was swimming. What a precious baby!! They won't be back until mid-November so I can post them then.

Got to go and clean house! Fun fun fun! I want to get it clean, squeeze in a nap and have time to freshen up before our lawyer appointment today.

Little Public Service announcement to our friends that have kids: We are doing a will. It stinks to think about dying, but we really need to think about it. The last thing I want is for Elijah to go to child services or something while the family fights over who gets him should something happen! Can you believe that happens?? That the state will actually take your child and put them in foster care if there is a dispute about who gets to take care of him??!!! If you have kids and don't have a will--find a babysitter and go and get one!! Ours is going to cost about $200 but it is money well spent! I am sure you can find a cheaper lawyer too--we're going with a deacon from our church who is a lawyer. NC doesn't accept "do-it-yourself" handwritten wills when it comes to child custody so you have to shell out the money to have a lawyer do it. Please do it for your kids!! We have waited too long already but I am sure that it's better late than too late!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Cutest Fish that Ever Was




Here are some pics from last nights "Harvest Festival"
Elijah had a good time. He decorated a cookie, ate a hotdog and some baked beans, danced to the music for the cake walk, stole the hearts of several old people and got his face painted. He actually wore his "hat" for about 30 minutes, then he got hot and wanted it off. The costume survived with no tearing or anything falling off! I think an hour and a half on a 14 month old is a good testament to how sturdy it is!!

On an unrelated note:
Please pray for us. Elijah has been up three nights in a row now from about 11:30pm until 5:30am fussing and fretting and not sleeping. I thought it was just cutting teeth but nothing new is going on in his mouth and today he and I both have a low grade fever. He and I also have a runny nose and I have a sore throat. I hope we aren't getting sick!! We are also both exhausted but he isn't napping well either--maybe 2 hours a day in 30 minutes spurts. I am getting really worn out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Fish Drinking Milk!


Well, the costume got finished on Sunday night. I wanted Elijah to try on the hood and he wasn't in the mood to cooperate. I waited until bedtime, popped the bottle in and tried it on. Its a good fit! He is going to wear the whole thing tonight for a "Harvest Carnival" and then again next week for Halloween. The most important thing is that when he saw himself in the mirror wearing the head part he said "Lijah--kish!" (translation--I am a fish!) He was pretty excited about it. Now he loves to carry around the hood and look at it but doesn't want to put it on. Hopefully tonight I can distract him long enough to take some good pics of him with the whole costume on. I am really tempted to take him to get his picture made at the WalMart for $4.99. I think it would be cute with a Halloween backdrop (and maybe I could blow some bubbles around him).

Now, in our church there is a little bit of a debate about Halloween and whether or not we should celebrate it. We have a "Halloween Alternative" carnival at our church. I think all churches wrestle with it a bit. We don't like the pagan aspects of the holiday--witches, satanism etc. Growing up though, for us, it was always about the costume and the candy!! It is such a social thing now that I think it is perfectly acceptable to celebrate Halloween.

One of my biggest memories from my childhood is going to Jo-Ann Fabrics and looking through the pattern books to find the "perfect" costume that year. Then we got to go with mom and pick out the fabric and everything. Then it was home where she measured us. I remember "helping" my mom to cut out the fabric and pin it together. I can remember getting to try on the costume again and again as it was being made to make sure it fit just right. It was such a huge deal and very exciting to me. It is one of the big things I want to recreate with my kids. I took Elijah to Wal-Mart (we don't have a Jo-Ann's here in Wilson) and let him look at the costumes. I asked him if he wanted to be a dinosaur, a bee, and so many others. He kept saying "No!" Finally, after about 5 minutes looking, he turned to me and said: "Mommy, Lijah kish." He then shut the book and got down to run around the store like a madman. I quickly caught him, confined him in the basket and went home where I scoured the internet for a fish costume. Apparently boys don't want to be fish--the only ones I could find were girly or for itty-bitty babies. So when we went to C'ville earlier this month I went to Jo-Ann's in hope of a fish pattern and couldn't find one. So I bought a dragon pattern and modified it. Changed the hood, the scales on the back and the tail. Also I added some eyes and lips to the hood to make it look more "fishy." All in all not bad if I do say so myself!

And now, after all of this writing, in case you are still paying attention, here are some cute pics from the park on Saturday.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Just Clowining Around . . .


EJ found the clown wig I am planning to wear for Halloween. Once he saw himself wearing it in the mirror he decided to wear it all afternoon. Too cute!

We found another midwife!! I am so thankful and thrilled! She actually was one of the attendants at Elijah's birth so we have met her before on two occasions. She is really laid back and is about the same price and has about the same experience as our other midwife. She is also able to start coming right away and our first appointment is the first weekend in November. Yeah!!! I am prayerful that we will be able to develop as close a relationship with her as we did with our other midwife. Only 20 more weeks to go!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

La Leche League!


I just got my New Beginnings publication and I am in it!!! I am so excited!! I had no idea that my breastfeeding story would be published! It is so exciting!


Here is a shot of me and my article:



Here's a shot of the mini-baby pooch. Bring on the elastic!




And here's a shot of Elijah's dinner tray. We had mega salad and this is what he ate. He ate almost everything except for two spears of cucumber ("bumber" as he calls it). What a veggie loving boy! He's got black olives, dried cranberries, cucumber, red bell pepper, cheese, corn cut off the cob, carrots and ranch dressing to "pip it" all in. (He had eggs for breakfast and some chicken at snack so he was doing fine not to have any protein for dinner).

Kid Approved Meals!

Hey all of you blog readers with kiddos--head on over to Kid Approved Meals and check them out. It is similar to "Saving Dinner" (a FLY lady thing) where you get a week of menus and a grocery shopping list. It is pretty darned cool!

When you sign up you also get a free gift (a PDF booklet that is over 50 pages long!!) that has tons of neat and healthy snack ideas and some quick fix meals. Most of these meals can be prepared in under 30 minutes!! It also doesn't use a lot of pre-packaged stuff so you know your kids are eating something a lot healthier than Hamburger Helper.

The reason I really like this program is that I think family dinner time is really important. You get to talk about your day and just relax for a little while with no distractions. You also influence your children's eating behaviors for life. I don't know about you but I don't want my child to think that food comes from a drive thru instead of an oven!

I signed us up and it is a really good bargain! Even though we aren't doing the whole program (we have too many tried and true family favorites that I like to throw in there and we don't eat meat everyday) there are some great ideas that we've adopted. The added bonus is that each week also includes lunch menus and recipes so you really are getting 14 meals a week. This gives you a TON of flexibility.

Anyway--I am going to put a link on my blog on the right hand side and if you sign up I get $$. I really think it is worth it and hope you guys do too!


Kid Approved Meals

Monday, October 15, 2007

Midwife Stuff

Just got the SAD news that my midwife is moving to Georgia in January! That means I have to find another midwife to deliver Ferncliff. We are so sad that she is moving, but totally agree with her decision to follow her husband. This is their 4th job offer this year to move to Ga. I know God must have something really awesome planned for them!

Why is it so hard for me?
  • First, this is the woman who delivered Elijah. I was counting on her to deliver all of EJ's siblings. Just sort of planned on it. When she called tonight it hit both me and Justin like a ton of bricks. We are still reeling!
  • Second, midwifery in NC is illegal. Well, not 100% illegal, you can have a CNM deliver your baby at home. There is only one CNM in NC that delivers babies at home. She lives in Charlotte. Direct entry midwives, aka Certified Professional Midwives like the one that delivered EJ, are not recognized in NC. They can be arrested and persecuted for practicing medicine without a license. UGH!
So now I have to find another knowledgeable midwife in NC willing to risk going to jail so that I can have another homebirth.

For those of you who think homebirths are stupid, dangerous or just a plain bad idea, check out this bloggers post about it. It is an interesting perspective on midwifery from a Brit (where midwifery is legal and homebirth is normal). She also posted this about the States.

It is interesting to note that if I still lived in the state where I grew up, Virginia, that I would not be having this problem. CPMs are recognized in Va (as well as many other states). Kinda sucks that I could move 65 minutes north of here, just over the line, and have my choice of midwives.

On a positive note, my abs finally gave up trying to hold in the baby. I went to go get on one of the machines at the gym this morning and I couldn't get my little pooch through the opening. I had to squat and go in sideways. I was so anxious to see if I had gained any weight and I had!! 1lb up from my start weight! Grow baby grow!! Hopefully pictures will be forthcoming!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Apples Apples Everywhere!

Well, not everywhere. About a mile from the parking lot, on about 10 trees. The only apples we could find to pick were Fuji's. The trees were picked clean. Thanks to the drought, the apples were few and far between this year. We have never had to walk so far to get so few apples! It was fun though. Justin had to carry Elijah up and down the mountain-hee hee. Here are some shots from our day. Normally we buy about 60 lbs of apples, this year we got about 15 lbs.


Here's the little man enjoying his "bapple"

Got to love this face--he's like "What? I know what's in here and I am gonna get me one!"




And to see just how much the little man has changed--click here for last year's Blog about Apple Picking



Friday, October 12, 2007

Too Funny Not to Share

OK--I don't agree with all of these but I thought this list was pretty darn funny!

12 DAY STEP BY STEP HOW TO NURSE A BABY

How to prepare for nursing: Forget that old advice about gently rubbing your nipples with a towel. If you really want to feel ready to breastfeed, here's what to do.

Day 1: Gently rub your nipples with sandpaper.

Day2: At bedtime, set your alarm clock to go off every two hours. Each time it rings, spend 20 minutes sitting in a rocking chair with your nipples clamped to chip clips.

Day 3: Draw branching lines allover your chest with a blue-green marker, then stand in front of your bathroom mirror and sing I Feel Pretty.

Day 4: Open your already-crowded freezer and make room for five dozen plastic milk bags.

Day 5: Fit the hose of a vacuum cleaner over one breast and set on medium pile. Turn off vacuum when nipple is three inches long. Switch breasts.

Day 6: Obtain DO NOT CROSS tape from your local police station, then wrap firmly around your chest. When your spouse asks about it, say, Get used to it.

Day 7: Tape a water balloon to each breast and squeeze into a maternity bra. Repeatedly hook and unhook the nursing flaps with one hand while using the other to balance a sack of squirming puppies.

Day 8: Dine in the fanciest, snootiest restaurant you can afford, making sure to arrive with a big wet spot directly over each nipple.

Day 9: Record your mother proclaiming, Just give the baby some cereal like God intended, and she'll sleep right through the night. Play in an endless loop at 1am, 3am, and 5am.

Day 10: Slather your breasts with peanut butter, top with birdseed, and stand very still in your backyard.

Day 11: Go someplace public- a museum, a courthouse, the step of your office building- and stuff a lifelike baby doll under your shirt. Use the dolls arm to suddenly hike the shirt up past your collarbone. Lower shirt. Feign nonchalant smile.

Day 12: Suckle a wolverine.

Congratulations! You are now ready to nurse a baby. Maybe.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Daddy's Socks



Elijah hates it when daddy is working. He asks for his daddy several times a day (usually at meal times and when he gets up from his nap). We normally have to call daddy to hear his voice once a day. Elijah likes to look to make sure I haven't hidden daddy somewhere. He likes to check the shower in the bathroom and all of the rooms upstairs to make sure daddy isn't hiding. Yesterday Elijah came up with a pretty creative way to feel close to daddy--wear some of daddy's socks. We keep our walking shoes by the back door. Justin had stuck a pair of clean socks in his shoes so they would be ready to go. Elijah found "daddy shocks" and put them on. He wore them for about an hour before we had to leave for church. It was pretty funny.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Teething--ugh!


As the mother of a teething toddler, I sometimes feel like I need about 15 of these onsies on the weeks that a tooth is coming through.

Ahhh-I don't know how you disposable users do it! As much as I hate rinsing out cloth diapers 6 times a day, I can't stand wrestling Elijah in and out of clothes and washing those out every time he blows out a disposable diaper. (And no--it isn't the brand--we've tried Wal-mart, Food Lion, Luvs, Pampers and Huggies--they all quake at the sight of Elijah's massive offerings)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Presents for Guys!

Whew--Can you believe it is already October? Christmas is just around the corner. My hubby's birthday is just after that! Going over my list I realize that I have a lot of guys to buy for--my father-in-law, my dad, my brother, my hubby, several uncles . . . the list just goes on and on. If you are in the same boat check out gifts for him. This is a cool website full of stuff to organize your garage and make it another room in your house.

I am a huge fan of this! Who knows--if the toys keep piling up we might need to install one of those sooner than we think!

This has been a sponsored post!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Midwife Madness Update


Well--It went great. We had a nice relaxing visit and caught up a bit. It is the first time my midwife has seen Elijah since May--he has changed a lot since then! He did really well considering Mommy was busy talking and wasn't paying him much attention.

This baby likes my midwife a lot more than Elijah ever did. It was always a chase around the uterus to find his heartbeat--he couldn't stand being felt or listened to! This one laid still and let us listen after only about 15 seconds of hunting with the doppler.

I am measuring right on target (I am 17 weeks and 2 days) and the baby had a heart rate of 154. As you can see from the picture--no pooch yet :) Won't be long though--the uterus is almost to my belly button. Nowhere to go from out after that point!

The baby was funny last night. Elijah spent the afternoon with his Nana and we met him over at grandmama's house for dinner. He yelled Mommy and the baby must have heard his little voice because it was sure excited to hear its big brother!! It felt like someone had just poured soda in my uterus and shook it up--it actually took my breath away!

Friday, October 05, 2007

My Little Narrator!

OK--Huge developmental leap overnight?
This morning Elijah woke up and started narrating his day in sentences--what the heck?? He is 14 months old tomorrow! And he is talking about himself in the 3rd person--he says "lijah". What I've heard today so far:

"Elijah get out" (of his crib)
"Elijah go see daddy"
"Elijah get dressed"
"Mommy look!"
"Elijah eat breakfast"
"Sadie eat breakfast"
"Elijah eat (points at kibble)-No!"
"Fish breakfast Mary?" (Can I feed the fish at the gym with Mrs. Mary?)
"Fish Breakfast now?" (When we got to the gym)
"Food, that food, now!" (Pointing to the fish food)
"Mama, that Emma Kate" (talking about his friend in the gym play area)
"Mama, no nap please mama"


I wonder if this is going to stick or if he will sleep it off during his nap this morning.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What a Great Mother . . .

OK--Yesterday was one of those days you feel like the worst mom in the world. The neighbors were having trees cut down (9 of them!) so naps didn't happen yesterday--at all! Needless to say that by 5:30pm when hubby got home I was pretty frazzled and Elijah was ready to pass out. We sat down to dinner and my precious child would not stop crying. He was hungry but wouldn't eat.

So I said something I never would have believed I would say:
--"Will you stop crying if I give you some pudding?"
Justin just stared at me in disbelief. I don't generally let EJ choose not to eat what we are having. He normally eats the same thing we eat. Needless to say, at the mention of pudding, he was quiet and said "Yes Plee" and proceeded to eat an entire butterscotch cup of pudding. Hey--there is milk in there so it can't be totally unhealthy right?

So there we were eating and Elijah reaches over and pinches me-hard. I tell him no, scoot over so its harder for him to touch me and keep eating. He pinches me again. By the fifth time I had had it and I said another thing I never would have believed I would say:
--"If you pinch me again, I am going to pinch you back."
Oh all the maturity of a 3 year old I know. Needless to say, one little pinch on his arm ended him pinching me and started him back with the crying.

I just rolled my eyes, unstrapped him and tried to love on him a little bit before I left to go and teach my cake decorating class. Justin asked what time EJ should go to bed and I said around 7:30 or 8 since he is so tired. Earlier if you feel like you need too. Justin then joked that if he couldn't sleep we should put some whiskey in his bottle. I said another doozy:
--"We don't have whiskey, we have bourbon. Elijah can you say bourbon?"
(and of course he did!)

Ahhh-things are going much better today. Just wipe the slate clean and hope Elijah doesn't say "bourbon" at church tonight!!