Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Visit

Home again, home again, jiggidy jig

Buddy was an excellent traveler on the way home yesterday.  A few fussy spells, but I think he was actually better this trip compared with the trip up.  Props to my hubby for keeping the house "showable."  Laundry is going, and the bags are unpacked, and thanks to a giftcard, a Starbucks run was made.

Now I am stuck at home waiting.  Waiting?  Yes, for our home health care nurse.  It is a long story, but we never heard any more about Buddy needing another Synagis shot, so we thought RSV season was done.  Wrong.  Messages on our machine yesterday told us he gets one more.  So now I am waiting for our unorganized home health care nurse to show up sometime after lunch.  That's a pretty large span of time.  I called the home health care office to complain about the lack of communication and disorganization, but the person I talked to didn't seem to think it was that big of a deal.   I will be calling again to talk to someone else tomorrow.  I do wonder what happened to "the customer is always right."?

Buddy is being reacquainted with his jumparoo after a week a part.  Loving the sunshine and beautiful weather.  I hope the nurse comes early and doesn't stay her typcial hour-plus so Buddy and I can go for a walk. (Well, I will be walking, he will be riding.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Break so far...

I know technically as a stay-at-home mom I do not have spring break.  But since my mom is on break this week, the other day I decided almost last minute to drive up and see my family.  This was my first time driving here alone with Buddy.  Usually Hubby drives us all up here, or he drives me halfway and one of my parents picks up the baby and I.  A normally 7ish hour drive (pre-baby)I think took me 8.5 - the first half went wonderfully.  I had to stop for the usual feeding baby and me, diaper change (just Buddy), gas fill up.  But then I had to stop two other times because he got fussy, and I thought he was hungry (second stop) or poopy (third stop).  There was also road construction in which I drove 0-6 m.p.h for about 20 minutes.  This was shortly after Buddy finally got back to sleep. You guessed it.  He woke up when the driving came to a halt.  The best part was a construction worker holding a "slow" sign to the line of traffic going 2.4 m.p.h.  I took a picture and sent it to my mom with the message that read, "Slow.  No crap."

Also on the trip I found another use for the Sonic large styrofoam cup.  A mommy has to do what a mommy has to do.  And that is all I will say about that.

Today involved a trip to a local coffee place, some time with Mimi while Mom was at a meeting, and then a trip a couple hours away to see my cousins/second cousins and my aunt and uncle.  My cousin's kids are adorable - two seven year olds and a two year old.  Lots of energy!  Buddy loved watching everybody.  And he was a really good baby today including the car time.

There were other funny things I thought I wanted to blog about - rather than just this "report" type of entry, but overnight I think I forgot what I wanted to remember.  Oh well.

Monday, March 22, 2010

lots of Buddy video

I am learning that keeping things annonymous for this blog is very difficult.  I was going to post our new YouTube video account link, which I just made to not give our names away, but I realize I think it the video Hubby and I obviously use Buddy's real name.

If you want to see new video of him, let me know, and I will send you the link. 

Ah, technology!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

family pictures

Our picture gallery is now online.  I am not going to post the link here because then this site would no longer have privacy for Buddy.  I emailed the link/put it on facebook.  Eventually it will have a password so that not any random person can order pictures of us.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March Madness Mindset

So I thought I would share my reasoning behind my picks on my first round of March Madness.  Most of the games have been played, a few are still left this evening for Round One.  Please excuse my abbreviations and my grammar in this post.  If you have no interest in March Madness, you still may enjoy some of my thought-process!

  • Kansas vs. Lehigh - Kansas b/c I heard they were good, and they were a #1 team on the bracket.

  • N. Iowa vs UNLV - N. Iowa b/c I knew a couple of people who went to that school at one time.

  • Mich. St. vs. New Mex. St. - Mich. St b/c even though it KILLS me to pick the Spartans, they are a good bball team,  AND they are Big Ten.

  • Tenn vs. San Diego - Tenn b/c my youth pastor always cheered for them.

  • Georgetown vs. Ohio - G.town b/c of rank.  So upset by this upset.  I had them going to Elite Eight.  Blah!

  • Villanova vs. Robert Morris - Rank, of course, plus EVANGEL beat Robert Morris in 2002 NAIA Championship. I was there.

  • OK St. vs. GA Tech - GA Tech b/c Hubby didn't get accepted into OSU.

  • Ohio State vs. UC Santa Barbara - Oh, this was worse than picking the Spartans.  I actually had to click on Ohio State.  I am vomiting a little in my mouth just typing this.  I HATE the Buckeyes.  But I hope they win a couple of games for bracket-sake only.

  • Cornell vs. Temple - Cornell - I seriously picked this because of "The Nard Dog" (Andy Bernard/The Office)

  • Wake Forest vs. Texas - Wake Forest b/c I don't like the longhorns and a person in my bracket challenge is named Forrest

  • Missouri vs. Clemson - Missouri b/c I have spent a large chunk of my life in the state

  • Gonzaga vs. FL State- Gonzaga b/c the name is cool.

  • UTEP vs. Butler - UTEP b/c I figured there would be a couple #12s beating #5s.  I figured wrong on this one.

  • Vanderbilt vs. Murray - Vanderbilt. I thought they would be good.  Yeah, wrong again.  I had this team going far, too.

  • Xavier vs. Minn. - Xavier - another cool name.

  • BYU vs. Florida - BYU - Mormons have a lot going for them.

  • Duke vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff - Duke.  I had never even heard of the other school.

  • Baylor vs. Sam Houston - Baylor - Baptists may have God on their side, haha

  • Old Dominion vs. Notre Dame - Old Dominion - I already had picked Michigan State and Ohio State, I could not fathom selling my soul to the devil and picking Notre Dame. :)

  • Purdue vs. Sienna - Purdue - Big Ten and I got saved on Purdue's campus July 1996.

  • Wisconsin vs. Wofford - Wisconsin - Big Ten


These teams I picked only based on rank or I have no idea why I picked them if their rank wasn't great:

  • Maryland vs. Houston - Maryland

  • Syracuse vs.  Vermont - Syracuse

  • Pitt vs. Oakland - Pitt

  • Kansas State vs. N. Texas - Kansas State

  • St. Mary's vs. Richmond -St. Mary's

  • Texas A&M vs. Utah State- Texas A&M

  • California vs. Louisville - Cal.

  • W. Virginia vs. Morgan St. - W. Virginia

  • New Mexico vs. Montana -New Mexico

  • Kentucky vs.East Tennessee - Kentucky




Not Your Typical Friday

It is still gorgeous weather here today. Tomorrow it is supposed to turn gross, but today it was be-a-u-tiful.  And it was a very busy Friday for us, though I don't think we thought it was going to be.

I realized I needed to get a nice short sleeve shirt for Buddy for pictures because of the weather and the fact that all his picture-worthy shirts were for winter.  I had a little bit of money on store credit to Old Navy, so that pretty much covered two new shirts for Buddy.  I bought some jeans  for him with a gift card, but they were too big and too much money for baby jeans, so I will be taking them back.  He wore his old jeans, which I bought used last fall for super cheap, and they were good enough.  But I am rambling about clothes...

Met my cousin at the mall, and it was lovely to catch up with her for a bit.

Came home.  After the lunch hour and after Hubby got off work (early on Fridays - YAY), we ran a few errands.  We were almost home, when we got a text from a real estate agent saying in 15 minutes they were showing our house.  Eek!  Of all days that I don't vacuum and straighten up the little clutter we have left.  I dashed in while Hubby and Buddy took care of things outside, and like a mad woman Windexed the faucets, through the coffee table clutter in a cupboard, swooped the outfits I had been trying on for pictures into the dresser, and shooed the dog out the door just as they were pulling up the driveway!  I realized the other day a bird pooped on our sliding glass door (How do they do that at such an angle?), and I meant to take care of it, but forgot until it was too late.  Oh well!

Then late afternoon/early evening the three of us had family pictures taken at a local park.  Buddy wasn't his usual smiley self, so I was a little disappointed that he didn't let his sweet personality shine.  But he wasn't cranky either, so that was good.  Hoping the photographer got some good shots.

Went to a pizza place a friend of ours just opened, and now we are home.  I am exhausted.  Trying to catch up on March Madness scores and all that.

This was definitely not a typical Friday for us, but it was very enjoyable.  Except my mad-dash cleaning. :)

Front Porch

Buddy "played" outside for the first time yesterday.  A few minutes on the front porch while I tried to de-winter our front flower bed.  Every time I saw a worm, I shrieked, as always, not because I am afraid of them, but because they seem to squirm out at me very quickly.  Very unwormlike.

Here are a few pictures of my favorite baby.  Ignore the dead leaves in some shots.





Front Porch

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Madness

The winter/spring of my junior year of high school I withdrew from public school and began homeschooling myself.  While I waited for my books/curriculum to arrive, it just happened to be March Madness time.  So I spent almost every day of March Madness at Mimi and Papa's watching lots of basketball with Papa.  I gladly counted that as my P.E. class.

Some years since I have watched, and some I have not.  But this year I am once again going to be watching a lot of basketball.  I have a bracket.

Thinking of you today, Papa!  Miss you!

6 month screening

Parents-as-Teachers did Buddy's six month screening today because with him being premature, he is really developmentally about 6 1/2 months, not 9 1/2 months.

The Pros:

  • Buddy was a very happy baby (as usual) when the PAT person came.  He complied with all the activities that he was able.

  • Verbally - he is ahead! (Go figure, my child, verbal??? haha)  He is at least at the 9 month mark for the screen - so with his peers, woohoo!

  • Socially he was right on track.

  • His fine motor skills weren't bad either.


The Cons:

  • His gross motor is behind, even for the six-month old comparison. He can only roll one way, he doesn't support himself on his legs/feet, and he can't sit up independently (that one wasn't as much of a concern yet).


So we are going to be referred to First Steps, and we will see if they feel he needs to be evaluated, and then we'll take it from there.  I am glad we had the screen.

Our newest pediatrician didn't screen for any of these things when we visited this month, I realized.  That makes me upset because our other, fantastic pediatrician did a lot of checking of these type of things at his calendar six month checkup (comparing him to 3/4 month olds).

I knew Buddy wasn't ahead with some of his physical skills, and this confirmed it.  I'm not worried.  He will catch up as we learn how ot better help him.  The teacher in me is THRILLED that he is so verbally smart.  One more reason everyone should read, sing, and talk to their babies!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

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ma-ma-ma-ma

Everytime I try to get Buddy to say, "Mama!" by me saying, "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma," to him, one of two things occurs:

  1. He laughs, as if to say, "Yeah, right!"

  2. He responds by saying, "Da-da-da-da" and occasionally he says, "Baaa/Bob."

waiting is my middle name

Applying for a job is a pain-in-the-butt.  It has been four years since I have had to put myself out there, and it hasn't gotten any easier.  Some places have you apply online.  Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong.  Because everything that is in your resume, cover letter, reference list, etc. has to be typed in for that district's online format.  Elsewhere I had to write my philosophy of education in my own handwriting TWICE.  In the year 2010 printing out a typed copy is not good enough.

There are not a lot of jobs available yet that I want.  I am limiting myself to applying to districts that are close.  I have not applied to the biggest district yet because honestly, I am just not motivated enough to do so yet, and they don't have any teaching jobs posted right now.

Hubby is in a waiting phase of his own.  I can't type about it yet, I don't think.  What I can tell you is that part of the reason I am going back to work is because of the thing I can't type about yet.  Hopefully in a couple of months I can be specific.

So I am waiting for phone calls for interviews.  Waiting while Buddy naps on my lap and I am trapped here on the couch.  Waiting and hoping we win the lottery (which we don't play), so that I can stay home FOR-EV-ER!  But mostly just waiting to once again find out what I am doing with my life.

Monday, March 15, 2010

gurgle, splat

Buddy is really into making sounds lately.  He has discovered how to really gurgle his saliva. He also makes these weird throat-clearing noises that sound somewhat like a junky car trying to start.  His favorite sound to make though is messy. While eating, he likes to try to blow bubbles with his food - which means baby food sprays everywhere.  There is nothing quite like being covered in peas and rice!  Many of his babbling noises make him sound very Pentecostal.  :)

Still no words.  I think the da-da thing last month was a fluke.  He is comprehending our speech.  Today I was feeding him chicken and said, "Eat your chicken."  Well, Buddy's favorite toy is the crazy stuffed chicken, so when he heard chicken he immediately started looking for his beloved friend.  So he knows the word chicken!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March-April list

Here are the things I want to accomplish before April 14, some serious, some silly.

  1. Hopefully have a job lined up for next year.

  2. Participate in a March Madness bracket of some sort.

  3. Cook AND bake something new.

  4. Watch Season 3 of How I Met You're Mother.

  5. Get four scrapbook pages finished.

  6. Finish The Gift of the Blessing

  7. Organize/clean out my dresser for spring

goodbye 101 things

A few months ago I made a list of 101 things to do in 1,000 days.  Some things are going well, and some things I have already failed to do!  I am thinking of starting over - making a new list (though keeping a majority of the things) and being more dedicated to it.  Or maybe breaking it down into more attainable goals - such as 7 things to do this month and doing that for two and a half years or whatever.  The perfectionist in me can't stand that there are already things on my list that I didn't accomplish and it is too late.  And I am sad because I really liked my list.

Things I accomplished on my 101 list:

  1. Go to Disneyland

  2. Drink hot chocolate on a snowy day

  3. Stay up on New Year's Eve

  4. Try a new coffee place (The Dancing Mule)

  5. Pay off medical bills (everything we know about is paid now, we are just waiting for the final result of the Synagis bill when it comes in sometime this spring)

  6. Buy the next phase of carseat for Buddy

  7. Clean out office/spare room

  8. Bake or cook something new each month

  9. Start a journal of letters for Buddy

  10. Submit principal licensure paperwork


I had other things partially done on the list, but since it wasn't completed I am not putting them on the list here.  Hopefully I will post my new, shorter list soon.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

taco wagon pictures

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These are pictures from Melissa and Danavee. Thanks girls for inviting me along for the adventure!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

taco wagon

Tomorrow I am joining some of my former co-workers in trying the taco wagon.  A random taco stand thing in an empty lot across from the Wal-mart.  $1.00 tacos.  It has been awhile since I've had an adventure.  Hopefully this adventure doesn't lead to food poisoning.  I have eaten from carts in foreign countries - third world countries, yet the idea of the cart across from the Wal-mart scares me more than those international carts!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

knock, knock

There seems to be a door cracking open for us.  A new door.  I am still pursuing employment for next school year regardless of this door, but if all goes well going back to work will seem a bit easier.  I know this is vague, but it is all I can write at this time.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

He sleeps on his own terms







I feel like I should note that this bedding with so much pink is not Buddy's.  He is napping on our bed here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

9 month updated update

We went to the doctor today for Buddy's 9 month appointment.  We only waited close to an hour to see the doctor. (We had to swtich again because the doctor we loved switched offices.)  Anyhoo - the other doctor is nice, just not punctual.  Apparently when you have an M.D. you can run late and still charge a pretty penny for the visit. It isn't like pizza delivery - 30 minutes or it's free!

So the home health care nurse apparently measures inaccurately. (Honestly, I am not surprised.  I could write a few stories about her, but I won't today.)  Buddy is NOT 30 inches - although he is still tall.  28 1/4 inches - which puts him in the 50th percentile for 9 month olds and the 75th-90th percentile with 7 month olds.  He is 18 pounds 4 ounces - which puts him in the 10th-25th percentile for 9 month olds.  His head circumference is 17 inches - 25th percentile. His growth chart looks great!

I learned it is completely okay that he is still waking up in the middle of the night to eat.  This doctor said he could never let babies really cry it out, but it is up to us now that Buddy is a little older.  (Yay!  Anti-cry it out!)  He wouldn't recommend letting him cry for long in the middle of the night since that probably means Buddy needs to eat or be comforted, and he feels that is just fine for now.  He said most babies will outgrow the need for that  around a year or so.  I think that is it for the update.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

forrest gump

To quote a beloved movie, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."

So there is a strong possibility I will go back to work in some fashion next year for a variety of reasons.  I have no other details at this time.  Absolutely none.  Just hours and hours of conversation, list making, and so on rattling through my head.  Don't worry!  We are not in financial trouble.  I will share more details when I am able to understand them all myself. :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Work from home?

Does anyone know any legit ways I could work part-time from home?  My degrees in education don't easily help unless anyone wants to send me their kids to homeschool.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lots of pictures for those who aren't on facebook

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little fingers


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9 months

Buddy had his (hopefully) last visit from Home Health Care for his Synagis shots today.  He may have one more round - depending on the length of RSV season.  Next week we go to the doctor for his official nine month appointment/stats, but today our little boy weighed 18 lbs 6 oz and was 30 inches long!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

FlyLady

Has anyone out there heard of FlyLady - a cleaning/organizing system?  I attempted it a long time ago, but obviously I didn't stick with it. I think I tried too much too fast.  But since our house has been mostly decluttered (there are still things hiding in drawers and under the bed, hehe) I thought I might try this system again to keep up with things.  But I am starting with the babysteps - and see how it goes.

rollin', rollin', rollin'

Although Buddy had previously had several successful rolls from belly to back this fall, he stopped rolling shortly there after to focus on the frustration of not being able to crawl.   This week we have seen the return to rolling from back to belly, and several attempts to go from belly to back.  He doesn't seem as shocked/scared when it happens any more.  Progress.

Not sure he has said dada.  He has started just saying it randomly again instead of actually to Dada.

Well, he is ready for a nap.