Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tomorrow is it. . .

Sucking 101 and Lydia is enrolled. I finished my antibiotics yesterday, have pumped today to give it 24 hours to clear, and will try and nurse her tomorrow. I am hoping she will latch on and empty me!! I hate this full feeling. I apparantly don't pump well because the hospital grade pump doesn't do much for me and my hand pump gets about twice as much as it does. I have been trying to pump every 3 hours. BUT--with Elijah here, having to do it by hand one at a time and trying to keep up with Lydia some days it is 4 or 5 hours between pumpings.

These have been a tough 10 days for us--I have been having horrible heartburn from the medicine, my stomach has felt like a little fireball and my mouth has tasted like aluminum foil. Thankfully I was on antibiotics so I didn't get mastitis, but I have felt uncomfortable and never empty since the last time she nursed. My mouth is already back to normal and the heartburn is less. Hopefully Lydia will remedy the full feeling in the morning.

This morning I was pumping on the couch before Justin left for work and Elijah was having breakfast. Elijah got down from the table and said he needed to "help" me and he started grabbing at the pump. He started squeezing the pump HARD and getting the milk out. He was rough as a nurser and rough as a pumper!! And yes--my little boy did see both breasts while this was going on. He is 2 years old and I know lots of moms that nurse well past 2 so I am pretty sure he won't be scarred for life :)

Now to leave you on a more positive note . . . here is my little boy singing his ABC's. He has been able to do this well over a month but every time I try to get him doing it on camera he gets goofy on me. I missed the "ABC" start, but he did say those the right way. His newest skill is whistling but he refused to let me take a movie of that. Hopefully I will have that to post soon.

Here is the most happy baby in the whole wide world giggling--I love her laugh!! She is so good natured!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Home Improvement 101 and a Helicopter

Yesterday Justin took EJ to the airshow and Elijah had a blast with the helicopter. They had a good time until EJ skinned both knees and fell. I cleaned him up when he got home and even had to use tweezers to get out the rocks--yuck!

The airshow meant that planes were flying over our house all day. Naps were a disaster. We had Mr. Whine and Mrs. Grumpy on our hands. Unfortunately, bad sleeping days lead to bad sleeping nights. They were both up most of the night crying. :(

So what did I do after church today? Did I nap? NO!! As Lyddie would say (if she could): "Sleep is for wimps!" My mom came over and we put in a new kitchen faucet. My brother got this for us a while ago (2 months or more ???) on clearance from Lowes where he works. We had the faucet from the 70's that is original to the house. Here is the before shot:

Here's a shot of my butt and my mom under the sink. Of course what home project would be complete without a trip to Lowes to buy something. We had to buy some tubes to connect the water to the new faucet. The old ones were corroded and wouldn't reach the fittings.

The after shot: A nice tall fauced with the pull out sprayer thingy. Very nice!! I love it!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Is there anything sweeter . . .

than baby snuggles before bed?
Especially when I know that I probably won't be snuggling her again until 5am the next morning? Lyddie has been doing great at night for the past couple of nights. She's been sleeping in 4 hour chunks on her "worst" night and in a 7 hour chunk on her best night. I love it!! It is so much easier to function when I have some sleep!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Messiness is Genetic?

The evidence . . .

Exhibit A: Elijah Encounters Ice Cream Dots
Exhibit B: Lydia encounters Spinach

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Swimming Fool

Took EJ swimming yesterday so he wouldn't lose his skills. He loved his "Scuba Diver" suit. It worked so well to keep him warm. It was great.

Lyddie had another great night. She slept from 11-5am and then nursed and slept in bed with me until 7:30. There is nothing more wonderful than nursing in bed and snuggling with your baby. I truly relished it this morning knowing it may not happen again. We nursed at 7:30 and then I started my antibiotics. It was a good morning though---I hope we get to nurse again!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tomorrow it begins . . .

I have to take a 14 day course of antibiotics that are 100% incompatible with breastfeeding. I found out yesterday. There are no alternatives and the antibiotics can't wait until Lydia is weaned. Thankfully the pharmacy had to order it and it won't be in until this afternoon so I had time to call Beverly Denton at the Wilson County Health Department and plead for a pump. Lydia nurses 6 times a day! I don't want Mastitis and I don't like being engorged--I need something so I can pump and dump!

She was awesome--she called me back about 15 minutes after I left the tearful message and she came to the house today during Lydia's morning nap and showed me how to use the pump she is loaning me. It is a hospital grade pump. She said she could loan it for the 2 weeks and then if Lydia wouldn't go back on the breast I could keep it until Lydia was back on the breast or as long as I needed to keep pumping and feeding from a bottle. How awesome is that!! And no charge for the home visit or the pump. Wilson county rocks!! I have a little over 100 ounces of breast milk so I think I am going to do 1/2 and 1/2 with formula for as long as I can to let Lydia's system get used to formula slowly.

At least Lydia is good on a bottle now! I don't have to worry about her starving. It is going to be so weird not to nurse her though . . . I hope she will go back to it. At any rate, I am going to let Justin have Elijah and take Lydia to the rocker and truly relish every second of her first feeding of the morning tomorrow in case it is our last.


Not sure if it is a fluke, that I put her on a rigid schedule 2 days ago, that I've been letting her cry at night for 3 weeks now, that I started supplementing one bottle a day with formula (right before bed) or if the Lord just decided to show me mercy last night but . . .

Lydia slept from 10pm-5:30am without getting up one time!!

I only ran in there once to check on her.

Sleep is so good!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Why my back is happy . . .

After 6 months in the Snuggli Lydia finally got to see the grocery store from this point of view.

She slouched a little bit but big Brother Elijah kept her on track. He kept telling her to "sit up straight!" It was nice.

Fall Favorites--What's your top 10?

The air is comfortable outside tonight and the days are in the 70's--I love it!! Here are my top 10 favorite things about Fall--what are yours?

10) Snuggling with hubby on the couch (and not getting all sweaty)

9) Long pants

8) Snuggly sweaters

7) Not having to blast the AC after leaving the car parked in the sun

6) Long walks to look at the leaves

5) Making the kids' Halloween costumes

4) Playing outside all day and not needing coats or getting sweaty

3) Dew on the grass in the morning and walking through it barefooted--Brrr

2) Mallowcreme pumpkins and candy corn--YUM!

1) APPLE PICKING!! (Not sure what we're going to do this year--my parents moved to Wilson and we can't go picking in Virginia like normal)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Elijah on Exercize

Elijah: "Why are we going to the gym?"
Me: "I need to exercize and get in shape."
Elijah: . . .pauses and thinks . . . "I want to be a triangle."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Yardsales Rock!

My mom and I went yardsale-ing yesterday. It was fun. Check out the ADORABLE dress Lyddie wore to church today. Only $1!! Can't beat that! She looks like such an angel in this picture--who knew you only need 3 hours of sleep in thirty minute segments to pull this off. I am quite sure I didn't look nearly this chipper this morning. Less than 2 hours of sleep makes for a very tired mommy!! To top it off, the preacher's message this morning was to "WAKE UP" and listen to what God is trying to tell you. Not that I normally try and sleep through church--it was just funny to me that the first sermon I hear in over 6 months is that one.

Here's EJ and his "spikey" hair. He had such a bad case of bedhead I decided to just spike it up. It was cute. The picture isn't good because he was engrossed in eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch (he had already eaten his grits and eggs so this was a treat).
We got some great stuff at the yard sales including some church clothes for the little mister and some UNC stuff for Lyddie. We're ready for March!! We don't do football but we can't wait for basketball season to start. I want to get her one of those little cheerleader outfits. I think that would be so cute!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

So tired I'm Hallucinating . . .???

OK--Last night EJ was at Granny's and I slept downstairs on the couch. Justin was on baby duty. I will still wake up when she cries, but she has to be wailing for me to hear her so I was thinking I could get more sleep that way. Anyway--I remember going to bed at 9pm and getting up with her at 4:30ish am and feeding her at 5am. I thought she must have had a good night because Justin said he didn't get up with her until about 4am.

Apparantly though, I slept through going up there around midnight and feeding her. Justin claims he heard her fussing and went in and I was pulling her out of her crib and sitting down in the the chair to feed her. I so completely don't remember doing this. Did I really go up the stairs and nurse her? How on earth do I not remember? I am really freaked out by this lapse in memory. I am hoping it was Justin hallucinating and not me.

Pray for us!! I think I may be more tired than I know.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sleepless Nights and One Grumpy Mommy

We've been trying to get Lydia to sleep at night. She is revolting against our efforts. When I try and be nice and feed her when she wakes up she will do great about 5 nights and then her 3 hour stretches become 2 hours and those become 45 minutes. Once we get back down to her waking every 45 minutes I get "tough" and refuse to feed her at night and hope she will get the picture. Our latest effort is 12 days into the toughing it out stage. She nurses at 10:30 and then I refuse to feed her until 5:30 am. I figure she is 6 months old--7 hours isn't too much to ask especially since she's eating some solids and nursing frequently during the day. She begs to differ. Most nights she is in bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 10:00. Then sleeps until 11:30 or so and then is up every hour or 45 minutes until I feed her. Last night she fussed and fretted and fought with me until 3:30am when she finally fell asleep. Elijah got up at 5:30. I almost died!! I am so incredibly tired! This is about the 5th night of less than 3 hours of sleep in a row. To top it of, EJ only napped 45 minutes and 30 of those I was fighting with Lydia to get her asleep. She is some kind super baby freak--she only naped 20 minutes this morning and still had the energy to fight with me at 1:30 this afternoon. She napped about an hour this afternoon and just crashed upstairs at 7pm. I had just laid down when he started crying. I went in there and tried to snuggle him back to sleep (he was really tired--normally he wakes up cheerful not crying) and then I just left him in there hoping he would fall back asleep. He started screaming and I went in and put my hand over his mouth because he wouldn't stop. I carried him downstairs with him screaming through my hand. I did NOT want Lydia to wake up. He is so grouchy!! We went to the park once Lydia ot up and I made im run around and climb and slide for 90 minutes. I am hoping he will sleep in tomorrow!!

Please pray for us. I am dreading nights--I almost wish I could just make one day into another. I am having trouble falling asleep because I am expecting to be woken up any moment. I am also getting super frustrated with Lydia at night. Last night I had to wake up Justin and get him to swaddle and rock her because I was literally at my snapping point and couldn't stand to hear her crying anymore. If I had gone in there I think I would have yelled at her or worse. This is just so abnormal--a baby should need more than 6 hours of sleep!! Weve had her checked for everything we can think of just like Elijah was. It is awful!! I am at my breaking point and don't know what to do. I feel like I am ready to sleep in the car where I can't hear her and just let her scream all night. She won't co-sleep and crying it out doesn't seem to be working. I don't want to go back to feeding her at night because I know that in 5 or 6 days she will start waking up every hour again and we are back to square one. UGH!! This is not what I wanted babyhood to be like!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Photo shoot

Well Charlotte came and took some shots of the kids yesterday. They were both being uncooperative so I think she did a good job considering their moods. Lydia spent almost the whole time fussing and Elijah refused to touch Lydia or sit where we told him or to change his outfit. Of course once he ate the lollypop Charlotte brought he went all sugar crazy and all hope was lost :) Here are some of my favorites.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Probably and Actually

Me: "Elijah are you going to help pick up your toys?"
Elijah: "Probably, I haven't decided yet."

Elijah to Lydia this morning when I dropped them off at the gym:
Elijah: "Lydia--I love you! Actually, I kinda like you too."

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Cutest Ballerina Ever

Many thanks to the talented Bethany over at Vermillion Rules for this adorable tutu. My photo shoot went well I think--I got the blankets out, draped them over a chair and snapped away. They turned out cute!

One More Giveaway . . .

Beth is hosting yet another giveaway. You can win a custom tutu or a personalized supercape for your kid. We just got Lyddie the tutu. It is so cute! No pics yet but we will post them soon. Click on over to her shop Love, September to see her cool stuff. You can go here to enter the contest.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Mr. School and Mrs. IV

Today was Elijah's first day of preschool--my little man is getting so big now!! He walked right in with daddy, dropped the backpack on the floor and got busy playing. He didn't cry or even seem to notice us leaving. That made me so proud! He also didn't have any accidents today at all (I was worried about that) and is in the same underpants and shorts as he left in this morning.

My biggest disapointment was not getting to pick him up. I had an upper GI study today to try and figure out why I am not absorbing the iron for my anemia. I had to get sedated and everything. I was kinda proud of myself--I bravely endured getting an IV with no valium. If you know me, you know I am phobic of needles. In fact, my fear of needles and IV and all things hospital is one of the things that led me to investigate a home birth. Kudos to you mama's who can endure that torture on top of labor. I would just rather do it all natural and not have to worry with it! Anyway--I was so dehydrated from nursing Lydia three times before my procedure at 11am and from not eating or drinking anything from midnight the night before that my veins collapsed and they had to try two times. I ended up shaking all over and had to ask them to hold my arm still because my whole body was quaking from the adrenaline and fear. It was awful and I was sobbing like a baby but they got it on the second try. I am sure those nurses were laughing about me behind the curtain because I wasn't at all worried about getting a camera shoved down my throat and biopsies of my stomach and intestines taken--it was just the IV. In fact my pulse went from 124 pre-IV to 78 post-IV. UGH!! This phobia sucks! No results for two weeks but hopefully they will be good news and we will have a solution to the anemia.

More Giveaways!!

Head on over to Bethany's Vermillion Rules and enter to win these awesome things!

Less Ordinary Designs does custom cards and photo announcements. I had another etsy member do Lydia's birth announcement and they were awesome. These look to be just as good or even better!! I love this three photo christmas announcement!

Sassy Apron has tons of adorable designs--this is my personal favorite because pink is my favorite color. Can you imagine how much better your meals would taste if you made them in this? I know my hubby would like the apron--it is so feminine and 1950's like.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Whining . . .

In our house we have the "whining chair." Elijah is prone to pitching fits when he doesn't get his way. These fits can last up to 45 minutes. So what did I do? I got an uncomfortable wooden folding chair and dubbed it the "whining chair." If he starts pitching a fit he goes in the whining chair until he can stop whining. It has worked great--most tantrums only last 10 minutes or so now--its just not fun to whine with no audience and in an uncomfortable chair. Yesterday he wanted a paci and I said no. He proceeded to pitch a fit and went to the whining chair. He was still whining 15 minutes later so I set the timer. I told him he had 10 minutes to stop himself and then I would help him stop whining. He knows that means a spanking to help calm down. I went in the other room and he kept on screaming. The timer went off and he called out to me:

"I not need help. I almost done, one more minute of whining! "

I then heard him take two big deep breaths, scream one more time, take a deep breath again and hop down. He came running in the playroom all smiles and said:

"I'm all done whining. I'm ready to play!"

I wish I could do that sometimes!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another Giveaway

Check out these wonderful slings! Vermillion rules is having a giveaway contest that you can enter. I love slings, especially this one!

The Funny Things He Says (con't)

Overheard last night at the dinner table when he wasn't eating his noodles. He was putting them through the holes in the trivet that was on the table.
"I'm not eating. Actually I'm just playing a game."

Actually??? He is so funny!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Giveaways at Vermillion Rules!

Today's giveaway is to Warm and Fuzzy Baby. Head on over to Vermillion Rules to enter to win an adorable baby hat.

Oh The Funny Things He Says!

On the way back from Grandmama's house to his sister who was fussing:
"Don't worry Lydia. We'll be there before you know it."

When he didn't want to leave Grampy's house:
"I just can't get in the car. I am going to stay right here! Don't laugh mommy! I'm staying right here! Stop laughing at me mommy!"

With anything he happens to be eating (sub any food for raspberries):
"Hello raspberries. Where are you raspberries?"