Archive for September, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Baby’s First Haircut

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by by

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On our way home (and more pics)

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

We are finally on our way back home.  We are so tired of driving now.  (Actually Kelly has done almost all of the driving this entire trip.)  We had a terrific time.  We only had a few things that didn’t go according to plan on the trip so I am happy about that.  We paid for a two day pass to Universal Studios but due to me not reading the park’s hours we only ended up getting one day there.  The park closes at 5 pm on weekdays.  We drove over there on Friday, but it was 4pm so we decided not to bother.  We went on Saturday, Lyndsey’s birthday, and it was hotter than you know what there.  I had no idea I was in for 100 degree temps on this trip.  But, in Vegas and California it was in really hot.  It makes me appreciate the cold weather in Michigan.

We are in Utah right now.  We were trying to (more…)

Talk about having no patience

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

I have discovered today that I have absolutely no patience with mechanical devises. I want them to work, darn it, and I’ll fiddle with it till they do.

To tell this story properly, I have to start with a few weeks ago when Sarah called me from Chris’ phone to tell me that she left work because she dropped her phone in the toilet and Verizon wouldn’t replace it because the warranty doesn’t cover water damage. We have never paid the $7.00 per month (per phone) for insurance because we never thought it necessary. I told her not to worry, that I had a 2 year old Palm that she could activate till she could upgrade. She upgraded in May, so she has to wait a while. She was cool with that since the Palm is s smart phone and she could do much more with it. She left her phone here and after 24 or so hours, I popped the battery back in and it worked. All it needed was to dry out. Sarah decided that she would like to keep (more…)

Mr. Independent

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

Some weeks, time just flies beyond measure and words, and all of a sudden I manage to get my head out from under water and it’s a month later. This has been one of those stretches!

It’s been a wild couple of weekends that I hope to have pictures and stories of later, but for now suffice to say, we have been busy and having lots of fun! Danny, with his beginning to walk full time, has decided to change his name to Mr. Independent. He has to walk, by himself, everywhere. No holding hands; he gets quite offended and pulls away. He’ll allow help getting up, but don’t try to carry him, because that only lasts about 3 minutes before he arches and wants down again. Concrete, mulch, gravel, (more…)


I Promise You, Its "E" not "I"

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

I’m having issues with Zach’s teacher.

  1. I started off the year on the wrong foot with his teacher. At the Kindergarten Parent Orientation I found out one of my best friend’s nieces is in Zach’s class. Her mom (my friend’s sister) was there with her fiance, and she was trying to get him to remember who I am. We were sitting in the crowded class right in front of the teacher when my friend’s sister announced to her fiance, “She’s the one who went drinking with Katie and I on my birthday, and then threw up in our yard.” Yeah, that’s not something I want announced to my son’s new teacher. I don’t drink often, hardly ever, nor would I have drank as much as I did that night, but they kept ordering drinks. Stupid excuse I know, but come on, I’m allowed to act like the typical 21 (at the time) year old every now and then if my kids aren’t around. But does Zach’s teacher know that? After my friend’s sister made that comment I got ugly looks from the teacher (and other parents) often.
  2. Also, at the end of Orientation, I went up to Zach’s teacher to explain (more…)

Back from Vacation

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

We just got back from Las Vegas, and it was wonderful. But, I had missed my babies so much! The first night there, I cried because I wanted to be home with them. As the days went on (we were there for four nights), it became easier to be away, but they were never far from my thoughts.

I pumped my breast milk the whole time I was gone so I could resume nursing when I came home. Every time I brought out the pump, I got a little misty eyed, but it was totally worth it. I came home, and he jumped right back into nursing full swing. And, hearing my daughter (more…)

Monkey Bites

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

Jonah eats these for either snack or breakfast! They’re simple to make, and always a hit with my finicky eater!

Monkey Bites:
1 piece whole wheat toast
Apple or Pear Butter
1/4 banana

Spread the apple butter on the toast in a pretty thick layer. Cut up the banana into bite sized pieces. Cut the toast into bite sized pieces and place a banana bite onto each piece. If you think it’s easier, you could put banana slices on the whole piece of toast and cut the bite sized pieces with the banana already on.

If you have a toddler older than two, you can use peanutbutter or any kind of nut butter in lieu of the apple butter. Because it is an allergy concern for children under the age of two as well as a choking risk, I don’t allow Jonah to have nut butters. So I made this recipe with fruit spreads.

I hope your little one enjoys these as much as Jonah does!


The search for a midwife

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

When I was pregnant with Jonah, I was terrified of giving birth. It made me feel like a terrible mother, but just the thought of what had to happen to get this little being out into the world made me panic to the point of being nauseated and dizzy. Because of this, I read countless books on various techniques of birthing, birthing philosophies, and the physiology of what would be happening to my body as this little guy was pushed out. Through all of my research, I began to realize that it wasn’t *birth* that terrified me; it was going to the hospital.

The needles, the lack of control, the feeling that the staff is working *on* you and not *with* you. These things are what terrified me and made me (more…)

More pictures from the playground

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

Enjoy these pictures taken last Friday. Jane did a beautiful job!

This first picture is so representative of the hurdles we have jumped in Ian’s recovery. He is standing alone, all alone. That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Gabi & Ian standing together.

Ian & Gabi enjoyed the slide! (more…)

Hope for Lightning Striking Twice

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by by

I have a friend who is pregnant with her very first baby; a little boy.

Earlier this week she was airlifted to a nearby hospital because her body began the process of  labor.  She is only 24 weeks along.  Doctors performed a surgical procedure to hopefully keep the baby in place until his due date, but the best they can give her now is hope.

28 weeks is the earliest a baby can be born with any prospect of viability and obviously, anything past that is a blessed bonus.

If anyone deserves the blessing of motherhood, it’s my friend.  She is one of the (more…)