Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Back pain, sippy cups, and six month check up...

Wow... what a week. I'm not really sure I want to remember this week... but it's a big part of my life.

I missed work April 17th because Elijah wasn't feeling well. All day Friday and Saturday was spent rocking, holding... you know, comforting my precious baby. He mainly had the symptoms of a cold, with a light grade fever too. Through the night, I was up with him (literally) 6-8 times due to gas and belly troubles. I finally remembered I'd started giving him Chicken Vegetable dinner and Macaroni and Cheese dinner. Jarred baby food, of course, but apparently his tummy isn't ready for that much variety.

Sunday night, as I was getting up with him for the 3rd? 4th? time (who's counting by then anyways?) I pulled my back. I didn't realize how badly I was hurt as I didn't actually stand up. I told Chris I'd hurt my back - he brought Elijah to our bed thinking he'd settle down and sleep better. Wrong.

About 15 minutes later, Elijah was still crying. I asked Chris to help me out of bed and I'd sleep in the living room. When I stood up, I realized just how badly my back was hurt. I went into mild shock and could barely walk or stand. Poor Chris had crying Elijah in his arms and me - holding onto his arm crying too. He was so stressed. He just started praying to God to help all three of us through the night. I made it to the recliner with an ice pack and slept there the rest of the night. (Sort of)

To make a really long story short, Dr. Olson has decided there isn't any disk damage, but only nerve damage. That is good news. The bad news is there is little to do to relieve the pain. I'm to avoid all soft couches and recliners, sitting and bending. Chris took off part of Monday to help care for me and to take me to the doctor. Leta kept Elijah both Monday and Tuesday as I simply couldn't take care of him. I even had to go back to pumping as I couldn't hold Elijah to feed him. It was a rough week, but God is gracious.

Lets see... Tuesday, I was spared from a horrible auto accident. Thursday Chris was spared from a horrible auto accident. Wednesday we were invaded with flying termites. Chris is in the second week of his cold. Elijah and I both caught Chris' cold. See why I'm not sure I want to remember the past week?

Looking at the positive, I was able to keep Elijah Wednesday and Friday. Jennifer Richards came Thursday night and helped take care of Elijah and cleaned house for me. She was such a blessing to me. I enjoyed her help and company. I had tried working on Thursday but after 3 1/2 hours decided I wasn't up to the job. I could barely think between the back pain and the cold. Ugh. Everyone kept asking why I was there. I had wanted to spare some precious vacation time, but oh well. There is a reason for all this, right?

Elijah has really taken off with his sippy cup. He loves to chew on it as well as drink the apple juice (watered down!) I give him. He's having a difficult time sleeping without being rocked to sleep, but I know it shall pass after his cold is over. (I'm choosing to think positively here!) Tonight he and I went for a walk as he loves, loves, loves, being in the stroller. He actually fell asleep just as we arrived home. I changed and fed him about two mintues before he was out for the night. That was at 8:30... some one tell me why I'm not taking advantage of the situation by catching up on some of my own sleep?

I was able to take Elijah for his 6 month check up and shots. He now weighs 18 pounds and is 27" long! He had to get three shots and poor little guy didn't like that one bit! But he ended up laughing at the nurse, Candy, before it was all said and done. He just loves her and she loves him right back. Doc said the cold would have to run it's course...

Elijah is also picking up on the army crawling now. He prefers to stand... I'm beginning to wonder if he'll skip crawling and go straight to walking! Wow... that would be a handful!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sick baby and cleaning supplies

Elijah is sick with another cold - third time in his short life. He's always a trooper and still smiles even though you know he does not feel well. His poor left eye started out being red and swollen - that evolved into the sniffles and a very dry cough. He also had a low grade fever but it's gone now. I'm thinking teething may be playing into the picture too.

Thursday night, Elijah and I ended up sleeping in the guest room together. We were up every hour, but wouldn't you know it? He woke me up about 7:15 with a smile on his face, just a jabberin' away! I tried to keep sleeping but felt a little hand on my face. When I opened my eyes, he planted a big, wet, slobbery kiss on my cheek and then just grinned! Talk about melting my heart! I am blessed with a very sweet baby.

Yesterday I decided to take Elijah outside for a while. The temp reached 78 degrees - I figured he'd be fine. We were out about 15 minutes when he sneezed. I turned around and found his eyes watering (read: tears streaming down his cheeks) and his nose running away... The word 'allergies' popped into my head and my righteous indignation got the best of me. I had it out right then and there with that stinkin' devil. I reminded him that Elijah IS a son of God and satan has NO ground to stand on. I REFUSE to accept allergies for my baby. God said speak it, claim it, and believe it. I've done that and now I KNOW God will touch my poor baby. Doesn't matter how many times that cat scratches at the door, I will not let him in!

I spent a LOT of time holding Elijah yesterday. That means I spent a lot of time sitting too. Wouldn't you know it? I pulled my back out again. Sitting is like the worst thing you can do for this sciatic nerve. I had trouble with it some time back - thank goodness, this time isn't nearly as bad! I claim healing for that too. I was planning to go see my Aunt Mary and Uncle Chris from Virginia, but now I think I'll stay home. Driving and sitting are so hard when this back acts up. I'm so bummed. They've not seen my baby and I've not seen them for a couple years. Not only them, but a lot of my mom's family was going to be there too. A mini family reunion I guess...

About the cleaning supplies... I'm just tickled pink with myself. I'm trying, really hard, to learn to spend frugally. It's hard, but I know it's not going to be an overnight transformation. I don't know about you, but I've been sucked into those stupid cleaning supply commercials, more than once. You know the ones I'm talking about: spray the cleaner on and miraculously the surface becomes new and sparkly clean. In other words - ALL cleaning product commercials! I've bought the product only to be severely disappointed. Again.

Well, this time I made my own cleaner. (I have a whirlpool bathtub that is very hard to keep clean - our hard water and grime just GLUE themselves to the tub) All you need is Dawn dish detergent and a little vinegar. Maybe you all have tried this and I'm the one that's just now catching up - whatever the case may be... this stuff WORKS. Those cleaning commercials? I'm convinced they use this cleaner and only pretend to use the name brand stuff. It literally is: spray on, wipe off. I love it. You could get pretty high on the fumes (don't use in small spaces that don't have any ventilation) but I can live with that for now. Here is a video to show you how to make the stuff. Fine print: I've not tested on all surfaces - use at your own risk.

I need to buy diapers - I hate NEEDING to buy diapers. Previously, I've had a nice little stash and bought diapers ahead of time when I found a great deal. This time, the great deals have alluded me and now I NEED to buy diapers. I'm off to see if there are any good deals to be found online... I sure hope so.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday with my baby

I love having Good Friday off... this morning, is definitely one of those moments I want to remember all my life...

About 7:42 Elijah woke me up with beautiful baby sounds. He started out with 'da-da-da-da' and then sang to me, talked to me... clapped his hands and tried to chew on his toes. It was such a precious moment(s) for me. We didn't get up until nearly 8:30 - we just enjoyed our time together. No rushing to get to work. (Yuck) I should have more morning's off.

Elijah's pictures are done. As usual, Jayme's work in amazing. The pictures are at http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/store.aspx?p=48091 - click on Elijah Beard; the password is Aaron. I have no idea how I'm going to pick from these pictures.

Off to enjoy a my (busy) day with Elijah.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Elijah's Growing to Fast - How Can I Remember it All?

I wish I blogged more. My problem is when I get a quick minute to get online, I end up stuck on Facebook or reading blogs and don't take the time to actually blog for myself. I'm getting concerned that I won't keep track of all the amazing things my sweet baby is doing and how he's growing. These days pass so quickly and they're gone forever - unless I take the time and effort to carefully journal his precious antics and accomplishments.

So first I want to catch up Elijah; he's six months old as of this past weekend. He's grown so much. I don't realize how MUCH until I take the time to look at 'before' and 'after'. Last night I took the time to watch a couple video clips from when he was a month or so old. Wow! He was so little. I don't remember him looking that way until I look at those pictures.

Elijah loves to say 'da-da-da-da-da' much to Chris' pleasure. His other 'word' is 'bu-bu-bu-bu-bu' and today, I heard a 'ge-ge'. Wow... moving right along in the vocab department. He's also learned to blow raspberries. He loves to smile, easily laughs, and is over all a very happy baby. He chews his toes if I let him and has tried to eat Chris, Papa (Beard) and my toes too. He chews on everything, which is probably part of the teething stage. Elijah loves the Exersaucer too - it's his favorite past time. He's not crawling yet, but can roll just about anywhere he wants to go. He will get up on all fours, but hasn't figured out how to make all four work together.

Elijah's favorite food seems to be applesauce and sweet potatoes. I mix them both with rice or oatmeal ceral and he loves, loves, loves to eat. I can't seem to feed him fast enough. He groans and grunts through dinner - which seems to be his way of communicating "I'm hungry and want food NOW." The only food Elijah has shown disinterest in is fresh bananna's and avacodo. He eats bannana from a jar and likes it fine. I'm sure the flavor is quite watered down. I've tried pureed bananna and he still won't eat it very well. He's moving into stage 2 foods - but mostly eat's the food I make for him at home. He's starting to learn how to drink from a sippy cup too. He's not got it down 100% yet, but he'll be there before I know it and I don't want to rush him.

Two weeks ago, Elijah and I went to Granna and Papa (Miller) to help them move. We traveled alone in the truck. Elijah did very well, but was very tired of the carseat by the time we reached our destination. He interacted very well with Stephen, his cousin, that is six months older. They enjoyed watching Baby Signs together.

While in Fort Smith, he and I were sitting at a stop light waiting for the green light. Elijah, of course, was sitting in the front seat with me because we were in the truck. I was making silly faces and he laughed and laughed at me. It was so precious and I nearly missed the light because I was enjoying the moment so much. That one moment was worth all the missed sleep, all the dirty diapers, and I pray we have many more beautiful moments to come.

Elijah is still sleeping through the night and now only needs to be put in his crib to sleep. I've always hoped I'd have a baby that sleeps on his own - God has given me the desire of my heart. In fact, he does better going to sleep in his crib vs. being rocked or nursed to sleep. Wow. Mornings are my favorite time of the day... even if I can't sleep in. There's something about walking into Elijah's room and seeing that precious smile greet me. And morning's are the only time Elijah likes to cuddle. He just lights up when he sees me. I love it.

Monday we had his six months pictures taken at Magic Wand. Jayme is awesome and I can't wait to see the proofs. Elijah really hammed for the first 1/2 of the session, but then got tired and ended up falling twice. Not good - but I know the pictures will turn out awesome.

This will be his first Easter - I'm debating whether or not I should get the Easter basket tradition started this year. Part of me hesitates because I know he won't have a clue what is going on, but then I hate to miss it too. My parents didn't do much of anything other than a egg hunt, but Chris' parents did baskets, etc. I did buy Elijah the cutest little outfit for Easter. He looks so cute in it. He and Daddy will be matching for it.

Speaking of Daddy - he's so awesome with Elijah... and Elijah adores his Daddy. His little face lights up when he sees his Daddy. Chris has also taken over two cooking nights for me - Tuesday and Thursday. This really gives me a break and I really appreciate Chris' help. He helps around the house to the point there are days when he does more work than I...

I'm sure there is so much more I am forgetting to add - I really need to either start blogging more OR writing a paper journal - you know, with a pen and paper! LOL

Let's see, in other news, I went garage saleing last weekend and got some great deals. I got a pair of Robeez for $1, a lot (7) Avent bottles for $5, a box of Abeka books for $1, quite a few clothes for Elijah, and several other odds and end stuff. Oh yeah, I got a new curtain for my kitchen for $2 - add a rod for $1 - it's not my favorite curtain, but I can live with it for $3.

So here are some pictures and then I've gotta run...