Friday, October 31, 2008

Awwww....



I've heard my parents sing a different version of this song so many times. I really thought this was sweet.

Where do I sign up for sleep?

Here's what happened last night:

Went to bed at 9 something - last time I looked at the clock it was 9:17.

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

Clothing Inventory

Thank you God! He helped me get quite a bit accomplished this afternoon. Including the clothes folded and inventoried. Here's what I got for $25:

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

Misc:
  • 2 6-9 month shirts
  • 1 6-9 month overall (dressy)
  • 2 pr 3T jeans
  • 1 3T shirt

Not bad, huh?

Why am I on here?

Yes, that is the question I need to be asking myself? Why am I blogging? It's a beautiful fall day. I should be enjoying some fresh air. God knows how little I've been out of this house in the past three and half weeks. Not only that, my housework is suffering. I have a mountain of laundry that needs folded - not to mention all the 'little' things (dusting, sweeping, bathrooms, etc) that needs done. Elijah is sleeping for the moment and shouldn't need fed for another hour...

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

Want to start a Blogger account?

Several have expressed an interest in their own Blogger account. I personally like Blogger better, but won't try to sway or influence anyone to make the switch. It's a personal decision each person must make themselves.

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.

Bloggers Retreat and more

The 2008 Bloggers Retreat in Branson was quite the success despite several setbacks in attendance. Sylvia had food poisoning, Linda had another sickness (not sure of the exact details), and I'm not sure why Mary A, Tella, and a few others were unable to come. We missed you all, but still had a wonderful time. I was extra careful so I wouldn't get to worn out. Even did very little shopping in order not to push myself to hard. (But that didn't stop me from getting some great deals!)


I took Elijah with me - I wasn't really sure how that would go over and was frankly, nervous. But he was great and all the "aunts" loved him. He is such a good baby and only had one really bad crying spell due to gas on his tummy. He spent a good part of Thursday night in his Pack-n-Play. I think he was just worn plum out! Everyone was so willing to help with baths, diapers, everything... Thanks to all my helpers!

On our way to the retreat, Mom and I stopped in Crane and showed Elijah to my grandparents. Elijah is their 30th grandchild - that's including grands and great-grands. Grandmother got such a kick out of holding him, burping him, and just really enjoyed getting to know my little man. Before we left, I was able to be in my first "Generation" picture... that was pretty special to me. I plan to print this picture for Grandmother.
Earlier I mentioned great deals; I hit Childrens Place and was able to get $90 in clothes for $30.18 and that includes tax. I was pretty excited. Now I just hope Elijah will be able to wear them. I bought all 3-6 months and they're all winter clothes. I don't know what I was thinking because his 0-3 months still swallow him. I got him the cutest little brown corduroy slouch hat. It's a little big now, but I think it will be so cute on him in a month or so.
I love dressing my little man up - it's kinda of like playing with a real, live, baby doll! "Aunt" Jenny and "Aunt" Linda gave Elijah several new outfits while we were at the retreat- including the tiniest little jeans. He's already worn them twice. I think he looks adorable in them. Of course, I think he looks adorable in anything (or nothing at all!) ;-) The 2nd outfit is from Aunt Grace. He's so stylish! ;-)

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

Test


I'm at the retreat and showing some how this blog works...

this is so much easier than 360.
wish we could all change...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To "poo" or not to "poo"


My baby is sleeping peacefully. He's full, clean, and has successfully poo-ed for the night. Amazing what you no longer take for granted, huh? He's been having a little tummy problem with gas and that effected his ability to "poo" properly. We've prayed for him and Aunt Amy picked up some homeopathic relief (yes, it really helps) for him. Now we're just believing and waiting for the symptoms to disappear. I feel a little silly, but when he is able to poo without complications, I brag on him and tell him how proud I am of him. Of course, I've also been telling him that Jesus has made him whole and to hang in there until the gas is gone for good!


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.

Okay, so I don't have much to blog about. Pretty sad when all you have to talk about is your baby's ability to "poo or not to poo"!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm a Mommy!

Elijah was born Sunday October 5th, 2008 at 10:29 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 8 ozs and was 21" long. He's so precious and stole my heart before I ever saw him. I'll never forget laying on the C-section table hearing the nurse say "Look at that hair" and then hearing that tiny cry for the first time. That cry is what stole my heart. When the doctor held my little man up for me to see, his color wasn't that great (he looked purple/gray) his umbilical cord was still about 8" long, his long, black hair was matted with that "slimy" stuff, but he was the most beautiful sight I'd ever seen. Daddy and I were so happy and proud.

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?