Tuesday, June 30, 2009
When B was in Children's I asked three of his neonatologists if PPHN was genetic. All three told me no, and that any future children didn't have a higher risk of developing PPHN. So when I had my OB appointment two weeks ago, I asked him for the name of a genetic counselor. He asked why and I explained that I want to know if there is something wrong with me that caused this. We talked for about 15 minutes and he finally convinced me that there was nothing wrong.
So I think I've given up on the genetic counselor. Plus, I don't even know if there are any in our area. Do any of you know of anyone who has had a baby with PPHN and gone on to have a healthy baby afterwards?
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sooooo, if you've ever had a c-section I think you understand when I say that c-section Mommies have a hard time losing the weight...at least in one particular area. I, unfortunately, am no different. And I'm starting to get really bothered by it.
It's true that I had a 5 week delay in getting any kind of weight loss regimen started since sitting at your son's bedside all day doesn't exactly burn calories (though, I think stress does). Then, when we got home, I couldn't really go anywhere for awhile. But now, there's no excuse.
Chris and I walk every night. I lift a 15lb baby alllllllll day. Why am I still stuck with the last 10 lbs?!?! AUGH.
So, I need your tips, tricks, ideas and jokes (after all, humor makes everything better, right?). I am determined to get these last 10lbs off (to clarify...ahem...make myself feel better...I will say that it's not the last 10lbs of baby weight per say it's also from fertility drugs).
Saturday, June 27, 2009
He mainly cuddled with Daddy and jumped in his jumperoo:
It's our own mini-theatre complete with a popcorn machine!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Standing is B's new favorite thing to do! Jumping is still a close second. I should be developing some killer muscles...haha!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I am so happy with how it turned out! I love my apothecary jars...I got them at Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% off sale on glassware. Gotta love Hobby Lobby!
Here is a picture of Chris and his boy on fathers day! I've been meaning to share that, but I didn't know how to upload pics on our new home pc. I finally figured it out though!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I think the way they want to handle the situation, by alternating who lives in the house with the kids is interesting. I've never heard of that before. Of course, if down the line one or both of them remarry I don't really see that situation continuing to work out.
Chris actually watched the episode with me, and the only comment he made was "Looks like Jon's going through a mid-life crisis." I agree...everything about him seems to have changed. The way he dresses, speaks, his anger etc.
So, did you watch? What are your thoughts?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It looks similar to this one. I think. Maybe not. But I'm pretty sure it does.
Right before we left, I picked up B's professional pics that I ordered. Once they are all in frames I'll take pics and post them.
If you haven't entered the giveaway (below) there's still time!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
You all had such nice things to say about my jewelry palooza last week that I've decided to let one lucky winner win this necklace from Forever 21!
Simply leave me a comment telling me what you'd wear this with for one entry.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I think some of my fellow drivers need a refresher course. Here are a few tips (you know, just in case they are reading) for them.
- A turning lane is just that. A turning lane. Not a cruise for the next three miles lane. Certainly not a passing lane. Just a turning lane.
- If a speed limit sign says "50 mph" then at least do 45. And if you still can't swing it, then please, please, please get in the slow lane.
- Unless there is a stoplight at the end of the freeway entrance or traffic is stopped, don't stop. You have that whole time to be checking for on-coming traffic. MERGE!!!
- If you are an experienced driver/texter, then by all means. However, if you can't do both at the same time, DON'T!
- There are two lanes because it's okay for people to be in either one...you can't be in BOTH at one time unless you are changing lanes (that to the person I followed for well over a mile driving in the dead center of the road!).
Ahh. I feel better now. Got any driving tips to add?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
My big boy is 5 months old today!
He thought he'd be a show off for you and sit all on his own:
So what's the little man up to this month you ask? Here's a brief list...
-We have a favorite food! Freshly mashed bananas...yummo.
- You LOVE to talk. You often attempt imitating sounds, your favorites being "oh" and "hi."
- You startle easily. Which can be funny as long as you don't cry!
- You want to hold your bottle but you still aren't coordinated enough!
- You sit up for a couple minutes at a time.
- You HEART your FEET!
- You're shy!!! If someone new talks to you, you hide your face in my shoulder! I love it!
- You are just like Daddy...you like staring at yourself in the mirror! Ha!
- You are still in love with your jumperoo.
- You think Mommy is your own personal gym when we are out. You are SO strong!
- You love watching TV, but how could you not? You are our son!
- You're still a great sleeper. Every night you are asleep by 9:10 and you sleep until at least 7:15.
- You smile more than any baby I've ever met! You are so happy!
- You are a sound sleeper...you slept through an entire thunderstorm that woke both Mommy and Daddy up!
I'll keep adding!
And in case you ever wondered how much you can get out of ONE sweet potato...
There you have it.
One and a half ice cube trays. I'd say they hold about an ounce each...maybe...maybe not. I've never been good at guessing that kind of thing. I'm the person who puts leftovers in the biggest tupperware I have.
So to make this lovely concoction, I steamed the potato, then pureed it in my mini food processor (not my big one) and added water as needed to get the consistency.
I was at Tarjay today and I read the jar of sweet potatoes, and let's just say I'm glad to know that mine are free of a lot of that stuff!!! No offense to those who feed their baby the jarred stuff though...heck, I was fed the jarred stuff, and I'm ok! Well, maybe that depends who you ask...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Now, there will be an Octomom Musical. Read the article HERE. Tell me what you think about it...
Well, now that that's out of the way...
On to more important subjects. Like the fact that I do not know how to work this...
This is it. I think. If memory serves, then that's what it looks like. It is just in the other room, but I'm quite comfy where I'm at and I think I'll pass on the idea of getting up to hunt it down.
So, there are lots of knobs on it. With numbers. And symbols. Oh and some funny shaped letter things. No idea what any of it means and because my husband seems to be a believer in the manuals are for wimps idea...well, you can see why I don't know how to work the thing.
Here's what I can do...turn it on. Point and shoot. Take a movie. Review pics. Upload pics.
That is all fine and good but I am fairly sure that those symbols, numbers and funny shaped letter thingys must mean something about the quality of the picture I am taking. Any thoughts? Perhaps you can de-mystify the funny shaped letters?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Today Miss Harper finally met Mr Brayden...kinda. Kelly and I went to lunch to let the miracles meet but they both slept through it! This pic (which I stole from Kelly because I forgot my camera) was right as we were about to go our separate ways and B woke up. You can tell he's a little grouchy! He's not a fan of waking up in his carseat!
It was nice to be able to talk to someone who knows what it's like to be a momma to a NICU baby. We both missed a lot of special times with our kids that most moms get to experience...from just holding them when they are born to taking a normal first car ride home...things most people wouldn't think much about.
Tonight Chris and I went to PF Changs because I am quite possibly addicted to Kung Pow Chicken (I am fairly sure I spelled that wrong). So Yum.
Please continue to pray for Avery - her link is on my sidebar! Thanks!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I call him my big sitemupperman! He can sit without falling over to the side for 30 seconds to a minute now! Last night he was in the mood for a book...he was so enthralled I didn't bother to turn it around for him!
And here he is playing on his back. Just too cute for words!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I think it is all very confusing. I refuse to pass judgement on the situation because a) it's not my place and b) it is the internet and yes things can be doctored but they can also be real. Truthfully, people could have said what I was going through with Brayden was a hoax if they wanted to, because people can say anything on the internet - or so it seems.
If it is a hoax then I'm obviously very hurt, as the mother of a NICU baby and just as a person who was praying for them.
If it isn't then I hope and pray they havent been too negatively affected by what's going on.
In any case, whoever is behind this blog needs our prayers.
Feel free to leave me your thoughts and comments, as I of course read them. Hopefully tomorrow we can talk about something upbeat! I have an idea but I am still working on how to work it out....so stay tuned.
I've received a lot of emails asking me about April Rose, so I am going to do my best to fill you in on what I know.
I don't personally know April or her family, but I've avidly been keeping up with the blog.
I still have my window open on my computer that has her birth story, so I am going to give you a brief synopsis of what happened.
- April was born at 2:48pm on Sunday
- She weighed 4lb 8oz
-Around 6pm that night, April's heart rate began to decline
-The last real update was Monday and it was to say April had been with B and D for 19 hours and they were going to have the doctor come back and check up on her
Later yesterday "D" posted and said that he was taking everything down because of the large amount of hate mail they had received. He did say that they would give updates on April but when I checked this morning the whole blog had been disabled.
So that is all I know. If the blog comes back up, let me know!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Most of the jewelry I got was $4.80 a piece (gasp!) and I found it all at Forever 21 (which I rarely shop at - which explains why I was so shocked!).
Everything except the peach and turquoise flower rings and the turquoise earrings came from there. The other three pieces came from Masons.
I rarely wear costume jewelry - I should rephrase that. I rarely take the time to put on anything out of my normal routine. I sleep in my wedding set and a right hand ring my mom got me as well as any necklace I might have put on. The only thing I usually remember to add is my watch and now my David Yurman bracelet Chris got me for Mothers Day.
So this was out of the box for me. I found some great things that I really like though. So what jewelery do you wear and where do you get it?
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I think he likes it!
When I was in the hospital after having B, my brother brought me a bear he built for B at Build A Bear (which is so out of character for him, so it was really sweet!). The little aviators were on the bear so I put them on B man for our walk last night. He really liked it!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Ok, maybe I should call it my Kris Allen hearing...but I didn't want you to think he was on trial or something.
So last night I was with Chris at our local country club and he was at the driving range. I drove B around the neighborhood for awhile because he was asleep and then I went to check on Chris. Though I am a horrible golfer, he's taught me a lot and I help him with his swing (not that he really needs my help...he's really good at golf). So another man was there hitting and he started talking to us and we found out that Kris Allen was at Pinnacle doing a private concert for some Wal-Mart execs (for those Non-NWA'ers, it's Shareholders here for Wal-Mart which means lots of celebs are in town for the meeting and for concerts).
So I got to hear him sing "Heartless" (awesome...so much better than the original) and a Michael Jackson song! Too cool! We were tipped off that if we drove a golf cart around to the 18th hole that we could have seen him but then I would have been late for dinner with my BFF Amy.
Landon loved him, it was SO cute! He got very excited when his Daddy Trenton was holding him and kept trying to escape and see B! At first B avoided eye contact and then he started smiling. It was so precious! I can't wait to have our first playdate!
Williams Sonoma sells this baby food maker called Beaba Babycook. It's a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster all in one. It cooks and purees everything in 15 min's or less.
It's got a lot of pluses in my book, the biggest being that I would control the quality of the food my baby gets. It's pretty expensive though.
So will you/do you make your own baby food? Do you have something like this system? I'm thinking of switching to steaming fruits and veggies and blending them in my blender or food processor for B. Right now he gets Gerber Stage One foods.
And yes, this is my SECOND post of the day...Wow. If you missed the giveaway post, it is just below this one!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
During nap time I was able to do my favorite thing...bake! I made chocolate chip cookies and also cooked a pork loin for dinner. So good.
This morning (like 10 mins ago) we decided to try out carrots. B kept making this hilarious face because he apparently hated the carrots but everytime I would take his picture he would smile. What a ham!