Sunday, December 28, 2008
We had also planned to head to Brother Eric and Sister Debbie's this afternoon. JR & Melissa are both in with their families. I was really looking forward to the visit (and showing off my baby *wink). But that was not to be... Sister Debbie ended up sick in bed and missed church. Chris and I hated to show up because we both know what it's like when you're sick. On our way there, we cancelled on them and headed to Pittsburg instead. While there, we ate at Applebee's. Just before we got our food, Chris started feeling sick. He forced his food down and we headed home. Soon after we got home, he started feeling better, but went ahead and slept for a while.
Elijah has been sleeping nearly all afternoon. He fell asleep on our way home from church and didn't wake up until we were in Pittsburg. He was awake about an hour but fell asleep on the way home and has been asleep ever since. (About an hour and a half). He's already an hour past his feeding time. I guess he's just exhausted.
Did I mention is UTI? I can't remember if I blogged about it or not. Either way, he's doing much better and only has one day of antibiotics left. After that, I'm socking the probiotics down him. Hmm... that sounds mean... what I mean to say is: I'll be doubling up on his probiotics. I hate giving him synthetic medicines, but at the same time, relieved there was something to help get him over the infection.
Well, Chris' aunt just pulled up... Gotta run.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Let's see, Chris (mostly Chris) and I packed away three deer he shot this week. Our freezer is full and well stocked for the winter and a good portion of next year. With the current price of beef, I'm thankful for that meat. That was the biggest part of our day (about 6 hours). I also cleaned as much as I could. We went to church and cleaned there too...
And poor Elijah, I don't think he was feeling well. I'm really not sure if he was sick or just plain ol' wore out. He slept very little yesterday and was sooooo fussy. I spent a lot of time taking care of him. I don't know what his deal was, but I hope he's better today. Let's see... he's now been sleeping 11.5 hours. Straight. No, he's not woke up to eat, cry, fuss, etc. I know he was exhausted.
When we went to clean the church, he fell asleep on the way there, but promptly woke up on arrival. He cried, hard. Chris had brought along his chainsaw to take care of a dead tree that had fallen on the church property. When he finished, he came in and entertained Elijah so I could finish cleaning. Here's part of the entertainment:
Chris probably won't be to thrilled with me sharing this video but it's just so cute that I had to! I know Chris is really hoping Elijah follows in Daddy's drumming footsteps. I'm hoping so too...
Well, I hope ya'll are ready for Christmas... it's only 4 days away and YES! Santa is coming to town.... Isn't he about the cutest little Santa ya ever did see??? I love this picture of Elijah. It shows his big blue eyes and gee... he just looks so innocent and cute. He'll hate me someday for dressing him that way. But... I think he'll forgive me eventually. I finally found a Christmas blanket for him too. I was looking for one, but wasn't about to pay $10 for a stupid blanket that he'll use for only a little part of each year. I finally found one for $4! Yehaw! It's green (not the cutest green) with red whipstich trim. There's a teddy bear with a present embroidered on the corner. With that blanket, the hat, the red stiped Santa socks, my little boy will be quite the fashion plate accident, but oh well. His cute face and personality will make up for Mommy's lack of fashion discretion! LOL
I'm trying to blog more often, but this week won't be a good week to work on that. You see Christmas IS only 4 days away and *gasp* I still have several gifts to wrap AND *fainting* one more gift certificate to buy!!! To top it all off, I need to pack Monday night because Tuesday we'll be leaving for Mom's (if the weather cooperates). So...
HAVE A VERY, MERRY, CHRIST-FILLED CHRISTMAS!!
Love and blessings to you all!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We had snow!!! Well, mostly ice, but there is enough snow to turn everything white. It's so beautiful. And with all the Christmas decor out and about, I love seeing the snow too. I cannot believe that Christmas day is only a week away. As I said, I need to finish my shopping. I've NEVER been this late finishing my shopping. I guess having a baby does that to you, huh? Normally, I'm finishing my Christmas shopping on Black Friday... this year, I was just beginning my shopping on Black Friday. Last weekend, I made M&M cookies, and an apple pie. I started making peanut clusters, but AJ ended up finishing them. (She's sweet like that!)
Elijah has officially been introduced to the internet. I think he's going to grow up and be a 'techie'. Yesterday he was watching my laptop like his life depended on it. I decided to bring up www.starfall.com. He loved watching it; we did the letters "A", "E", and "L". By then his intrest was gone.
He was also checking out his feet yesterday. He has a sleeper that has these adorable little dinosaurs on the feet. Chris was trying to get Elijah's attention but Elijah was concentrating on something else. I looked in the general direction of his eyes and realized his little feet had his attention. I picked up one foot and moved it... sure enough, his eye's followed his foot. I know he's a bit young to find his feet, so I'm thinking the colorful dino feet is what actually had his attention... but it was so cute to watch him.
Does anyone get tired of hearing about Elijah? I hope not because that little boy takes up my life now... and I love it!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Good Housewife
The following is excerpted from an actual 1950's high school Home Economics textbook:
ADVANCE: How to be a Good Wife
HAVE DINNER READY: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is needed.
PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile.
CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER: Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up children's books and toys, papers, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you lift too.
PREPARE THE CHILDREN: If they are small, wash their hands and faces and comb their hair. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
MINIMIZE ALL NOISE: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
SOME "DO NOT'S": Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem compared to what he might have gone through that day.
MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE: Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down in the bedroom. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
LISTEN TO HIM: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
MAKE THE EVENING HIS: Never complain if he doesn't take you to dinner or to other entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to unwind and relax.
THE GOAL: TO MAKE YOUR HOME A PLACE OF PEACE AND ORDER WHERE YOUR HUSBAND CAN RELAX IN BODY AND SPIRIT.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Elijah is now 8 weeks old. He's such a joy to have in my life. It's been harder this week to leave him. Every morning I tell him that this is only temporary and that Jesus is working on a way for Mommy to stay at home with him. He seems to be doing okay (in spite of his first cold) going to Nanna's house everyday. My heart breaks every time I leave him though. Elijah smiles all the time now and I was finally able to get one of his smiles on camera. He's focusing much further now. His baby blue eyes follow us around the room. He's even got a favorite video now. Nancy loaned us a "Baby Praise" DVD. It's awesome - geared toward babies, beautiful praise and worship music that brings a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere into the home. Elijah will sit and watch the whole thing through. I've always said I didn't want to let our TV be a babysitter, but it's been nice to have his mind occupied while I get something else done. However, I am careful how often I use it just because I don't want to get into that habit.
I'm anxious to see how much Elijah weighs at his next doctor's appointment... and to see how long he's getting. I'm already packing away a few 0-3 month outfits because he's getting to long. Of course the newborn stuff has been to small for a while now. Bubby got to enjoy his first snow this past weekend too. It was soooo beautiful here! I think Daddy and I enjoyed it more than Bubby!
It sounds like everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did too... we went to Mom and Dad's. I forgot all of Elijah's clothes. All I had was the diaper bag with 4 diapers and about 3 or 4 wipes. Chris made a quick trip to Wal-mart for diapers and wipes. Thankfully, Chris' Mom took the suitcase to her brothers where we went on Thursday evening. I found out I over pack! I didn't realize I could get by on so little! We stayed over Thursday night with Greg and Nancy (Chris' uncle and family) as is our Thanksgiving tradition. It's so fun to see all the family again.
Friday I got a few bargins. Not a whole lot of sales interested me so Nancy and I didn't leave the house until 9:00 or later. My best bargins came from a flea market. I bought a replacment coffee pot (just the carafe) at Target for $15 - and found the exact same one at the flea market for $1.50! Needless to say, the Target pot is going back. I also bought a beautiful table lamp for $10... I love it! Those deals have got me in the flea market mood. Unfortunately, there are very few flea markets in this area - nothing like my hometown Crane, MO - where there's a different flea market on every corner - literally! Oh well... I'm hoping to check them out on Saturday while I grocery shop.
Okay, I need to get off here and get dinner started. It's church tonight so I need to get dinner going or we won't have dinner at all. Chris is out hunting... since it's a church night, he'll probably get one. Seems that's the way it works around here.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my friends and family for all the prayers that were said on my behalf today. As you all know, I was really dreading today and going back to work. I know all the prayers helped because today wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Yes, I cried, multiple times, but I survived. And tears are a language God understands, right?
I had set my alarm for 6:19, but Elijah ended up waking me at 6:02. I hadn't went to bed until after 11:00. Partly due to nerves, partly due to my cluttered house I cleaned before going to bed. I knew waking to a badly cluttered home would not start my morning out well. I was awake with Elijah from 1:58 until 3:00. Needless to say, it was a very short night. I hope to be in bed a little earlier tonight.
I was ready for work by 7:30 this morning, but decided to sit down and hold Elijah for a few minutes while I ate my breakfast and enjoyed my coffee. I made it to work by 8:15. Not bad for the first day back. I only worked until 3:00... so it was a short day for me.
Before leaving for maternity leave, I accepted a new position as Policy Production Manager. I've never been in a supervisory position before and kind of dread the job. I've really been afraid I'd bitten off more than I could handle. I have a new baby, new sleeping schedule, new body (lol), and a new position at work. I kind of wish I could have just went to work and... well, worked. As it is, I started training for the new position. At least that made the day go by quickly. In the end, this position, will be less stressful than the position I was previously working. And in the long run, probably less hours too. For that, I am grateful. Working in property claims during storm season can get pretty hectic and makes for some long days. My new job is pretty much a standard 8-4:30 kind of job.
I also want to say a big THANK YOU to Chris for getting the deer all taken care of. He was off work this afternoon so he finished processing the deer (before heading BACK out to the deer woods). That is such a relief off my mind. Thank you Sweetheart - I love you!
Elijah did well today. I guess he slept a good part of the day. Yesterday we had quite a bit of errands to do, as well as my six week check up. He got very little sleep and therefore, was exhausted today.
Chris is picking Elijah up at 11:30 each day so I can come home on my lunch break and feed him. That's going to be a nice treat. Of course, I cried again, when I saw him on my lunch break. I just feel like such a bad mom for leaving him. I know mom's all around the world do it everyday, but I feel terrible. He was so smiley today... just woke up and was grinning nearly non-stop. That just made my heart melt and break all at the same time. Why did he have to be so precious? When I asked Chris that question, he asked in turn asked me if it would be eaiser for me to leave Elijah if he were crying his heart out. Of course, my answer was "no"... but leaving those smiles behind sure were hard to do. Elijah has been sleeping since we got home. I had to just spend some time holding him for a while...
I need to get busy. Johnny and AJ are coming for the weekend. I wish my washer was fixed so I'd be able to get the laundry caught up, but oh well... I need to get busy instead of just sitting here...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm exhausted (spent the ENTIRE day in Joplin, got home just in time to leave for church)
My washer has NO spin option now and there are three loads of laundry waiting to be washed (not counting the clothes we wore today)
The insurance adjuster didn't call until after 5:30 - meaning, I'll probably have to deal with him tomorrow... on my first day back to work
My refrigerator has two deer in it waiting to be processed and frozen
And on top of all this... I have to go to work tomorrow.
I really wish I could find a hole to crawl in.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
After everyone left, I was talking to my sister-in-law on the phone and Chris 'beeped' in on call waiting. He was calling to let me know his truck had caught fire while he was at work. He was walking outside and happened to notice smoke near his truck. A second look made him realize the smoke was coming from under his hood. He popped the hood and found it was blazing away. He ran in the lumberyard and grabbed a new fire extingusher and was able to put the fire out. We're 99.9% sure it was the cruise control switch that Ford recently recalled. We'd gotten the recall notice but hadn't gotten the truck taken into the dealership. Anyways, the truck is still drivable and seems to run fine, but Chris thinks the brakes are damaged as well.
We're so thankful it happened at work. If it had happened at home, we already know (from our previous fire) that our garage is pretty air tight and we may not have noticed the fire until it was to late. If it had happened while Chris was hunting or on a parking lot somewhere, he may have just had to stand back and watch it burn. As it was, he was near a fire extinguisher, the damages are minor, and no one was injured. There are many, many worse case scenarios that this story could have ended with. The more internet research I do, the more I realize how blessed we are.
What I don't know is if Ford will cover the damages since we did not have the switch replaced when we were notified. They may determine we are partially at fault for not taking our own action after being notified of the hazard. It's at times like these I'm thankful for my background in insurance. I've already turned the claim in to our insurance company and I pray they have a sufficient subrogation department. It's AIG... one of the nations biggest insurance companies, I'm sure they can handle it. Oh, and I can't forget, this is our third comprehensive auto claim in two years... All three of them damage resulting from a fire. Well... here's another situation I plan to sit back and let God handle for me. No sense in worrying about it...
Instead, I'm going to focus on what He's already done and how He's already protected us.
Thank you Father!
Susan posted this quote on 360. I know she was using it to reference Linda's situation, but I'm applying it to my own situation. (I'm sure everyone is getting tired of hearing me talk about it, but it's a major part of my life right now... this too shall pass).
FAITH.COMETH.BY.HEARING_ CHICAGO.IL SATURDAY_ 54-0320 E-27 Now, hope will agree with the Bible. Hope will say, "It's True." Hope will say, "I believe every bit of It. I believe that that's the Word of God. And I--I--I believe that God will keep His promise." Hope believes all of that. But hope then says, "Now, I believe that God will heal, but look at my condition." Now, faith don't look at that. Faith comes around, "I don't care nothing about conditions. God said so, and it's mine." You see? Faith's burly. As I once said, "Faith has hair on the chest. When it stands up and pulls its big muscles out, everything else vanishes away." Just takes--flies away. When faith really takes a hold, nothing else stands. ~Willam Branham
Monday, November 17, 2008
I'd wanted to host a time for the sisters at church to fellowship at my house. I'd put it off and put it off, but the past couple weeks, Brother Eric preached a couple of excellent sermons. God was speaking through him, encouraging me to go ahead and host the fellowship. I made up my mind yesterday to go ahead and send an email invitation. I've had great response! I'm really excited too. We've not had a ladies get-together for several months.
I'd also wanted to give my house a good cleaning before heading back to work. Well, the ladies fellowship has kept me motivated to get the cleaning done today. Not only that, I had 7 loads of laundry to do. (I normally wash 3-4 loads) The frustrating part is that on the last load (denium) my washer decided it wouldn't spin out the clothes. I was dreading hand squeezing those jeans out! But Chris messed with it and found the spin cycle worked if he used a different setting (the delicate setting!). Thank the Lord I didn't have to wring it all out by hand. Anyways, all the laundry is done except for that last load that is finally in the dryer.
So today was cleaning, tomorrow is a little more cleaning, minor baking (brownies and cookies), and the ladies fellowship. Wednesday I've got to get the check book updated and then I'm headed to Joplin. I have some errands to run and my 6 week checkup too. Then comes the dreaded day... Thursday is back to work. I don't even want to think about it.
Brother Eric, after preaching Sunday morning, came to my seat and prayed for me. I was really given a peace about going back to work. I don't know that it will be any easier, but I have been given peace. I know God's at work in my situation. Not only that, my sister-in-law has been calling me the past couple days to encourage me and to help boost my faith. I really appreciate all the prayers so many people have prayed for me. I know it really helps me to know I'm not the only one praying.
Elijah is 6 weeks old as of yesterday. He's growing and changing so fast. He's smiling quite a bit now. Today he's not slept very much. Between that and all the gas he's had (Mama wasn't very smart with her food choices this weekend) he's been very fussy today. I wish I could take his pain for him and make it all better. He's so precious and sweet, even when he's fussy. Daddy is taking a turn with him right now. Chris is so patient with Elijah even when he's fussing and unhappy. He just keeps talking to Elijah and playing with him. It's working. Elijah has stopped fussing for the moment and is just hanging on to every word Chris is saying. It's so sweet. I'm so thankful my baby has a great Daddy.
I'm still working on the coupons and getting better grocery deals. This past week, I was able to use about $6 in coupons. No, not that great of a deal, but it's a start. I told Chris that couponing is kind of like a treasure hunt. I went down my grocery list and then to the websites of the brand. I printed off quite a few coupons just by doing that.
Gotta go... Elijah's starving... or so he thinks ;-)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Steven James Miller - my brothers adorable baby. Until this past weekend, I hadn't seen the little guy in a while. He is not a fat baby, but is s o l i d just like his Daddy. He has such a happy, bubbly personality. He's so precious.
My brother and I with our little ones. Timothy said "Ha ha, I beat ya." I told him I didn't know we were in a competition... and although he may have had his baby first, I had the cutest baby! LOL I don't really understand the beard - it has something to do with a weight loss competition at work. Since Steven was born, Timothy has lost about 50 lbs. (Steven is almost 7 months old) Timothy said he was going to shave when the competition was over.
When Mikah saw Timothy's beard, she wouldn't go near Timothy. He was trying to hug her, but she didn't want to go near him. I finally convinced her to touch his beard... and then convinced her to pull it - to see if it was really attached. She giggled so much! She thought that was hilarious!
Monday, November 10, 2008
He's still not smiling a lot, but does from time to time. Makes the times he does smile so special. Daddy's playing with him right now and Elijah must have liked the game 'cause he just smiled. It's so sweet!
I'm following several 'frugal' and coupon blogs. I don't have a huge coupon stash yet, but I am quite proud of myself for the deal I was able to get on Friday. I had to re-order checks. We use www.checksinthemail.com and as I was completing the order, I noticed there was a place to enter a discount code. I went to www.retailmenot.com and found a coupon code to get 20% my total purchase! I was so proud! I wouldn't have thought I could have found a discount for checks, but it was there! Yay me!
I spent the past weekend at my sister's (Amy) house. Chris was working on the church (the brothers poured a new concrete pad) so I decided to head on down to Amy's. She had Mikah's birthday party yesterday as it was Mikah's fourth birthday party. It was cute watching the kids interact and seeing Mikah's excitement about her party and gifts. I wish I could have stayed later last night, but I knew Chris was missing Elijah (and me too, I hope!) Thanks Amy for the hospitality!
I realized today that I am feeling much more like myself. My incision only hurts on occasion; mainly if I 'over-do'. I have a lot more energy and just overall am feeling better. It's so nice!
Well, I'm getting off here and heading to bed... it's early, but we had a busy day today.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Elijah was "officially" one month old yesterday. Kind of depressing, but exciting all at the same time. He's growing so fast and I know these days have gone with the wind. I'll never get them back. I wish I could just stop time for a day or more. He's so precious to me. This morning, he woke up and gave me a big smile. Talk about stealing Momma's heart all over again. He ended up giving me two smiles, but there's nothing like that first smile. Poor Chris, he's only heard about the smiles, but hasn't gotten to see one yet. I know he'd love to.
I was thinking about all the changes that Elijah has brought to our home. Everyone told us our lives would "change" But no one ever pinpointed exactly what would change. (Kind of like Obama - change is coming! But WHAT change? LOL) And they all finished the sentence with "but it's worth it!" So here's just a few changes - in case anyone ever asks me...
Diapers - they don't stop after one or two changes. Get prepared. And who decided on the standard height of a changing table? I'm short, but my changing table kills my back. I have to slightly bend to reach Elijah - by the end of the diaper change, I need a chiropractor! But I digress. Oh... and has anyone ever told you that yellow poo and light blue clothing = green stains?
Sleep - rather the lack of sleep. No one actually told me that I would get used to only 5-6 hours of sleep a night - on a good night. They also didn't tell me the 5-6 hours are broken up by multiple feedings and/or fussiness. They all said "Sleep when baby sleeps" but they failed to mention how you must let everything else (housework, bills, dinner, etc) in order to get the sleep during baby's sleep.
Breastfeeding - I thought I had mentally prepared myself for the huge commitment of breastfeeding. But, it really hadn't sunk in that once you start, there's no stopping. It's round the clock, often demanded, without any patience for your own missed dinners and loss of bathroom breaks.
Vocal abilities - no one mentioned I would no longer be capable of holding a normal conversation. I now speak in a high pitched, sing-songy, voice and my words end in "y". Example: "Hey there Buddy... do you need your diapy changed? Let me get a diapy and the wipeys."
Clumsiness - no one mentioned how clumsy I would become. It started while I was still pregnant. I'd loose my balance occasionally. No big deal; I was dealing with a huge belly. But I'm not pregnant now and I've become an overall clumsy, klutzy person. I walk funny to keep my balance. I'm constantly dropping things. Perhaps I'm now called to be a clown?
So before anyone gets the big idea that "Nettie's not happy" or "Nettie's having issues" please re-read this and see the humor. I'm only teasing. Do I agree with all those people who said my life would change? Yes. My life has changed. Do I agree that it's all worth it? Yes. It's so worth it. Being a parent is probably life's biggest challenge - but also one of life's most rewarding challenges. I see changes in me and changes in Chris. But having Elijah has made our family complete. (Not saying there aren't more children in our future - I'm just hoping they're not in our NEAR future!) And just for the record... I wouldn't change a thing except the C-section. I know the Lord is in control of ALL things, but I would love to have been able to experience this without the C-section. (Why? 'Cause I'm a big wimp - I don't 'do' pain!)
There is one more thing nobody fully warned me about: love. No one told me I'd be so head-over-heals in love with this new little person that I wouldn't mind the lack of sleep or the diapers or the commitment to breastfeed. No one told me that my heart would break when his tummy hurts from gas. Or how the thought of leaving him to go back to work could send me spiraling into the deepest of depressions. Or how I'd be so afraid to miss one minute of his life because I might miss something new. Or how my heart would nearly burst with pride and the love I feel for him. Yes, my life has changed, and, thank God, will never be the same again.
A quick story about Elijah - I got quite a kick out of him this morning. I think most of you know Elijah and I are sleeping in the guest room to let Daddy get more rest. It's a temporary situation. Anyways, last night Elijah was a bit restless so I had ended up letting him sleep with me. This morning at his 6:00 feeding, he ended up falling back to sleep instead of finishing eating. I put him back to bed with hopes to get another hour of sleep. Well, in a few minutes he started waking up looking to finish eating. I sorta propped myself up on my elbow/hand to watch him and to tend to him. He wiggled and grunted himself over to me (half asleep the entire time) and put his little mouth up to my elbow! He didn't root or try to latch on, just put his mouth against my skin and fell right back to sleep. I guess he just needed that connection more than anything.
BTW: Happy birthday to my cousin, Amber! I hadn't forgot you, it just takes me longer to get things posted these days.
I hope you're not tired of hearing about my man. If you are, to bad. LOL
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
He is still trying to learn to smile. You can see his blue eyes light up and one corner of his mouth tries so hard to turn up. It is so precious to see him respond with his attempt to smile at me or Chris when we're talking to him. He totally focuses on Chris and I's faces when we talk to him. His eyes are still dark blue. I hope they stay that color. They look just like blueberries.
Since day one, he's known Chris' voice from across the room. When Chris talks to him, he just stops and listens to Chris. Chris can calm him down so well too. It always amazes me to watch Elijah with his daddy. He will definitely be Daddy's boy. Chris is already telling him about the hunting they'll be doing later in life.
He's also doing really well with holding up his head. He'll just hold it up and look around for the longest time. Especially if you're holding him on your shoulder. He still needs to work on it while laying on his tummy, but that's Mommy's fault for not laying him on his tummy more.
He doesn't cry during diaper changes - as much. He still will on occasion, especially if he's hungry. But for the most part, he will just lay there and let you change him. He still doesn't like his clothes changed or baths. Whew! He still gets so upset... especially at bath time. I love dressing him in all the different outfits. Right now he's slowly, but surely, starting to grow into the 0-3 month outfits. The past four weeks he's only worn the "newborn" size. It's like he's got a whole new wardrobe now that he's entering the bigger sizes. However, there are still several 0-3 month things he can't wear. I guess it's the difference in brands of clothing.
He still has all of his hair. I was hoping he wouldn't loose it and thus far, it doesn't appear he's going to. He has lost all of the hair on his right ear, but the left ear still has a tuft of hair growing on it. He has two major cowlicks on his forehead. They meet in the middle of his forehead and go opposite directions. I sense some hair combing challenges may be in our future. His hair stays pretty greasy because people (me and Daddy included) can't keep our hands out of his hair. It is so soft and fluffy after it's been washed. I kinda wish it would stay that way all the time.
I think he's going to be a morning person. He's so sweet and responsive after he's been fed and changed in the mornings. He'll just 'talk' to you (grunts for now) and that's when he tries to smile the most too. I love waking up next to him too. It takes him about 15 minutes of stretching, grunting, groaning, and eye rolling before he finally is awake. If he's in bed next to me, I'll just stay there and watch him. It's the sweetest thing.
I want to remember and cherish every moment I have with him. He's the most beautiful and precious gift from God. Truly he is a miracle. I have asked myself and Chris how we could fall in love so much with such a little person in such a short amount of time. I don't have the answer yet, but I'm so glad God saw fit to give us our little man, Elijah. Chris and I pray for him every day, multiple times a day. We both want what is right and good in Elijah's life. I want to bring him up knowing about the Lord and to see him grow up and serve the Lord with all his heart. I know that is the desire of every Mother's heart.
Elijah - Mommy and Daddy love you very much. Someday, when you're older, I hope you look back and read these blogs (and the scrapbook I hope to start someday) and know that you were loved so much.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Elijah woke me up at 10:30 - time to eat. Back to bed at 11:28.
Elijah woke me up at 12:22 - gas on his tummy? Maybe. It actually seemed like a game of "I want someone to hold my binky in while I sleep". I "held" him back to sleep, put him back in the bassinet only to have him immediately wake up again. This time I rocked him back to sleep, same song and dance. When I laid him down, he was awake. By this time it's 12:50 - he should eat at 1:30. So I think, it won't hurt for him to sleep with me for 40 minutes.
Wrong. He didn't wake me up until 3:30. No biggie. He ate and then we played "Fight Sleep" until nearly 5:00.
Finally got him to sleep. He shouldn't be awake again until 6:30.
Wrong. Again. 5:45 he was awake again. However, this time, I picked him up to have him fall back to sleep within seconds. Since we should have 45 more minutes of sleep before the next feeding, I put him back down in his bassinet.
At 6: 20, he's awake again. By this time, Chris is fed up too because he knows he has to get up in a few minutes and he's not slept much either. I know my baby is 3.5 weeks old and has no malicious intentions in mind. But I can't figure out what his deal is. He takes a couple naps a day and sleeps fine, but he certainly isn 't sleeping the whole day. Somehow the "Protective Mommy" instincts rise up in me and I brought him in the living room to let Daddy get some much needed sleep... and to feed Elijah. Who promptly fell back to sleep after 5 minutes of eating.
I have now been awake since 8:00 when I tried feeding Elijah again. He's wiped out so he didn't have a whole lot of interest in eating then either. Poor baby. He's still sleeping on my chest but will probably wake up in the next few minutes demanding breakfast and wanting to know why Mommy hasn't fed him.
Until Elijah develops better night-time sleeping habits, I'm thinking of moving into the guest bedroom. Since Chris is working and can't nap during the day, he needs his rest. I can't justify me sleeping in my own bed and waking Chris up multiple times through the night.
Ask me if it's worth it? Through blurry, sleep-deprived eyes, I will look you in the eyes and say: YES!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Size: 24 months/2T
- 8 pair of jeans
- 12 shirts
- 5 jackets
- 5 pr of pants (wind pants/khaki/etc)
Size: 18 month
- 4 pair of jeans
- 8 shirts
- 1 jacket
- 1 pr of shorts
- 1 pr of bib overalls
- 3 pr of misc pants
- 1 camo outfit
Size: 12 month
- 1 pr of jeans
- 1 shirt
- 1 vest
- 2 6-9 month shirts
- 1 6-9 month overall (dressy)
- 2 pr 3T jeans
- 1 3T shirt
Not bad, huh?
About that mountian of laundry... it's not exactly Laundry. Actually, there is a few things of ours that need folded and put away. However, there are three loads of jeans and little boy clothes that need sorted, folded, and packed away in the attic. An aquaintance of ours called last Saturday to see if I wanted to go through her garage sale stuff. I did and got probably 25 pairs of jeans and khaki pants, as well as a few shirts and jackets too. For $25. Yep. I kind of feel like I cheated the lady. I just offered her $25 for the stack and she took it. I guess since she agreed I shouldn't feel like I cheated her, but I really hadn't realized just how much clothes there were until I started washing all of it. All three loads. Wow. I probably won't ever need to buy jeans for my little man. Well... here's the thing... most all of the stuff is 12 months - 2T. God has provided for us, now I need to get in there and take care of it.
Somebody send me some serious motivation. Puh-leeese!
I love Sarah's blog about coupons and sales. Why can't I be more like that? I need to be a bit more frugal. I'm still believing I have worked my last day out of the home and that I am on the road to being a SAHM. I feel I need to honor that position by being as frugal as possible with what God gives us to live on. Some people have it all figured out and savings seem to just fall in their lap (see Debbie M and April's previous 36o blogs) and then there are people, like me, who must WORK to get a good deal. But after reading some of those good deals... I'd say the work is worth it.
So I'm off here. I hear my little man grunting via the baby monitor. Hopefully I can get a few things done before he is fully awake.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If you're interested, Blogger is (in my humble opinion) just as easy to use as 360. It is different. One of the major differences is that Blogger is about Blogging, not networking like 360. As far as I know, there is no way to invite friends. You must manually send your friends your Blogger link. I wish there was a way to 'invite' and 'add' people like 360, but as far as I know, there isn't. Yes, you can "follow" a blog, but to actually send an email 'invite' - can't do. Someone else may know of a way to send an email invite, but I cannot find any such links.
Another major difference is the ability to design your own page. If you don't want to list your favorite music, movies, TV shows, etc. you don't need to. If you want one profile picture or 10 profile pictures, it's up to you to design your own page. To change your background, you have to use HTML. I've not figured that out yet, but Sarah has that figured out - direct your questions to her. If you're familiar with myspace, you may already be familiar with HTML, however, I've currently not mastered the ability to change my page background using HTML.
Also, you can get quite a bit of help here: http://www.youtube.com/BloggerHelp. Video tutorials for the newbies... doesn't get much easier than that!
Anyways, as I said, I'm not trying to influence anyone or change your minds, etc. Just thouht I'd post this to help those out that were asking.
I didn't get a lot of pictures of the retreat. I kind of had my hands full. The link to my web album is in the title. I hope you enjoy them... and I hope everyone else posts their pictures so I can "borrow" them.
We discussed the payment arrangements in quite a bit of detail this year. As far as I know, everyone present agreed we should make the retreat a set fee of $60. You can either pay it in $5 increments to Leta each month or if you prefer to pay the full amount closer to next year's retreat, that's fine. I personally plan to pay the $5 each month. All the money will go into a "pot". The money collected should cover the house expense and at least one nice meal out - hopefully two. We had talked about doing this last year but didn't because some didn't agree with the plan. However, this year, we were all a bit nervous that no one was going to show up and the few that did would be stuck paying for the $850 house. If we do it this way, then come retreat time next year, we'll know exactly how many have committed to coming. If we only have 10 people committed, we'll find a different house or condo to accomodate the monies collected. If 25 people have committed, we'll know we need a big house and can plan accordingly. I hope all the others that were there and helped with this plan will also blog any details I've left out.
To all my 360 friends... feel free to comment. You don't have to have a Blogger ID to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you. I'm so tired of 360 not letting me post the things I want to post so I decided to blog here and post my link on 360... I hope you don't mind.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I decided to not get him out tonight for church. It's been raining and cold all day today - not only that, I did NOT enjoy the thought of going back up those stairs to the nursery again. I am feeling better today and do not want another setback. Chris and Mom went on to church without us. I took an early bath then sat down and fed Elijah for a good long time (over an hour!) After he was fed, I gave him his bath. Now he is sleeping peacefully beside me in his Boppy. He's so precious.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Being a mother certainly has it's challenges, but it is so rewarding at the same time. Breastfeeding has been the biggest challenge of all, but (again) has such a reward. I love the time I can spend with my son - it's something no one else can give him. However, at 1:00 in the morning, how nice it would be to let Daddy get up with him and feed him a bottle... but instead, I'm up with the little man. Usually about an hour at a time - feeding, change the diaper, and burping. (Some day I'll try pumping, but at this time, I'm his only food supply)
It's been tough for me to recover from the C-section. I want to be up and enjoying my time off, but each time I push myself to do something, I pay for it later. I have been to church twice and because our church nursery is upstairs, church is quite the adventure. Today we went to Joplin and had Elijah's photos taken at Sears... I'm sure I'll pay for this adventure tomorrow.
I'm glad I've had the chance to find out what motherhood is about. Although I keep reminding myself - I'm only two weeks into the job. What will tomorrow hold?