Wednesday, February 27, 2008

VHS Tapes

P has pulled all the VHS tapes out of their hidden corner of the entertainment center. What's so fascinating about them, I'm really just not sure. Although I *am* grateful neither he nor M has discovered the ribbons of film that lay inside them, waiting to be pulled out and strung all around the house. I'm sitting with J in my lap, trying to convince P that I'm serious about a time out if he doesn't put all the tapes away RIGHT.NOW, but he's too smart for that, he knows as long as J is in my lap, he is safe from any punishment, other than a stuffed monkey thrown in his direction out of frustration. (and even that won't happen, because he has hidden the monkey. too smart.) He hops his way around the living room, bouncing out a laugh everytime he lands, always staying close to the videos to get my hopes up that maybe, just maybe, he'll listen and pick them up.

And then my lap squeaks an offended sound. It's J, reminding me that I stopped our all important lesson of how to blow raspberries with efficiency and minimal drooling.

Maybe VHS tapes on the floor aren't such an eyesore... If they're providing entertainment and laughs, maybe they can wait to be picked up for a bit longer. After all, a happy boy and a happy baby with VHS tapes behind them are more fun to look at than a sad boy and grumpy baby with a clean floor.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Catastrophic Kind of Girl.

That's me in a nutshell. (No, this is me in a nutshell: Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this? *props if you guess the movie*)

J had his 4 month check up, and yet again I walked away feeling like the Crappiest Mummy on the Planet. He's 16.5 lbs and 25 inches, and very healthy... EXCEPT his neck. I've been trying to find a PT for him, but not hard enough. It's not like I've been ignoring the problem, I've been taking him to the Chiro once a week and it's been helping, but not enough. So finally the NP tells me THIS TIME that there's someone who can tell me where I can find a pediatric PT, and despite being rude, the lady gives me the number to call for the local pediatric PT clinic. Why did they not give me this info a month ago?! Seriously. I have felt like a crappy mum for a month because I haven't been able to figure out how to find a PPT, and they had the info for me all along? UGH. J also has really sensitive skin like Mercy, so the NP brought the doctor in to take a look and figure out what dosage of a steroid cream to give us a prescription for. The doctor was great, super nice and friendly, and after the steroid cream discussion, they talked about his neck a bit too. And the nurse mentions the torticollis and also says "he seems like he might have some facial asymmetry too". I'm sorry, whadda whaa? The doctor said nothing about that, just said that he does have some mild torticollis, and then said what a beautiful baby he was, and the NP agreed, saying he was so cute. Thanks for stroking the mommy ego after popping it like a latex balloon. So now I'm all sorts of confused. Does he have facial asymmetry? What the crack is that? What do I do for that? Is this yet another thing that's going to worry me at night? So I come home confused and just wierded out.

After tonights AMAZAZING (more props if you can name THAT movie!) cooking class (infused with Chris Farley skits and YouTube praising) I come home again, and chat with my mum and Marlies online about the appointment. Marlies pshaws the NP, saying that she really should haven't been so alarmist about things, and that the office should have been on the ball more about helping me find a PPT, and that his face is just fine, i ruv Marlies. Mum is like me, slightly less catastrophic except when I'm being the catastrophic one, then she's level headed. Anyways, she calms me down some more and says that we need to live and learn and move forward. I go drama queen on her and say it's hard to do when you feel like you've ruined your son and he's only 4 months old, then she says "now Laurie, that is catastrophizing." And I say "I know, but I'm a catastrophic kind of girl."

At least I can admit it.

And for the record, I think this face is beautiful.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

CJ was home...

So I got to do some scrapping! Digital, but that's how I seem to prefer it lately! (Pssst... Jesse... you ever want someone to test out your kits for you, lemme know. LOL!)

Anyways, without further ado: (click on the image to see a bigger view)

I'm sure I'll post tomorrow, but tonight I. Am. KNACKERED. I was up late finishing my lesson for Relief Society (really, who's smart idea was it to call *me* to be a teacher? Underqualified: check! ) and my nerves were all over, so I had a hard time falling asleep, and when I finally DID fall asleep, J was up and down the rest of the night. Add to that our church starts at 8am, which means getting up at 6:30am if we want any chance at having a bench (a must-have with our kids), and that just wiped me out.

Friday, February 22, 2008

An Analogy of M&P

I was chatting with my dear dear friend Eggers, and trying to explain M&P's relationship these days, and I came up with the perfect analogy for them.

M is like a lion, and P a hyena. The hyena pesters the crap out of the lion and usually gets away with it, scurrying away while "laughing" hysterically. But every once in awhile the lion snaps and TOTALLY lays the smackdown on the hyena, and the hyena screams and runs away as fast as possible.
That, dear people, is how M&P work.

Sometimes it seems like P is growing up so fast, and I can't keep up. He's gone from being so dependant on me and still being baby-like to being a big boy, cleaning up his toys on his own and eating all by himself, and being SO independant. I can't stand it, I miss when he would just sit and cuddle with me whenever I asked, and when he would cry when I left the room! It feels like time is passing too quickly, I look at recent pictures of him and think "what?? when did that happen! when did he sprout into such a BOY!" and I silently cry for my baby back, and for lost moments...
And then I turn around and he's smeared applesauce all over the table while banging his bowl around, and his diaper has leaked all over the bench. And I realize that maybe I don't have to worry about him growing up TOO fast.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Wanna see a cute baby?

What a silly question.

of COURSE you do!!

What's he talking about, you ask? I'm pretty sure he's giving you his opinions on the upcoming elections. *wink* And quite frankly, I feel like I agree with him.

Wanna see another cute kid? Well, why not. You're already here!

Yes, she is saying "stinky butt butt". Before you get too worked up about what I teach my kids, let me explain. That's what I say to J as I'm changing him, because something in the inflections or the sounds cracks him up, and 99.9999% of the time I'll get a smile or a chuckle out of him when I say it. And of course, little sponge that M is, she picked up on what I was saying and how she would get a smile too if she said it to J. So ha! Teach you to look down your nose at someone! *wink*

And yet again poor P has been left out of the fun video post. Shoot... I never have my video cam with me when he does something funny, or else I forget to whip it out. Poor middle child is already getting left out! Bad mummy after all, aren't I.

More faves

Sassyfrazz has a giveaway for Signing Time DVDs 1 through 3. These are great DVDs to help the little ones learn sign language, they're really fun and keep the kids attention. Mandy told me about them, and we used to rent them from the library in Salt Lake. But when we moved here our library is just too small for much DVD selection. Boo. Anyways, I've been wanting to get the kids watching them again for awhile, I think P would really love them, and M would love the music and songs that go with them.

Seven Dogs and a Baby is giving away two Anamalz!

Oh! Baby Buy is doing another giveaway, some really great things!!

Our Blessed Arrows is giving away FIVE Rumpster cloth diapers. I've been eyeing CDing for a little while, so this giveaway sounds great!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

still kicking

Mum went home yesterday and so of course last night was the night I started feeling ill for the first time since the gallbladder made its exit. I took two Vicodin (as opposed to the one I had been taking), and wow. NEVER again. I don't think I could ever be an addict, the way it made me feel was not happy and blissful. I felt woozy and off center, and just not a way I want to feel again. Blech. Of course J was also up and down all night, he and I ended up falling asleep on the couch for most of the night. Lucky we have a nice comfy couch.

Mercy was named Student of the Week in her preschool class!!! She had such a great time this week, from pasting the numbers 1 through 10 on a paper (she did 1-5 on her own!) and doing Valentines activities, and their Valentines party on Thursday... she's just thriving there, it's great to see.

Porter's language is insane, he picks up words so quickly! He's also a little speed demon, he's too fast for us sometimes, and he's learning that means he can do things and then run away from us, of course laughing hysterically as he's booking it in the other direction.

J is my sweet baby of snuggles still. He's growing though, I can't make him slow down! He's chunkier than either P or M was at his age, I love his little rolls. The Chiropractor is helping with his Torticollis, but I wish it would just go away right now. But at least now he tolerates tummy time so much more than before. Mum brought him the Boppy Tummy Play mat and mini Boppy, and he seems to like it more than the normal sized Boppy. I swear we are a walking advertisement for Boppy, I LOVE their stuff. We have the play mat, the bouncer, and a Boppy (my third one).

Anyways, our "winter storm" has finally blown through, so getting outside sounds good to me.

And then a trip to Target sounds in order.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

to drool...

over more giveaways.

An Island Life has a Miss Priss Tutu for a giveaway!

Seven Dogs and a Baby are giving away three Betty and Dean shirts to three lucky winnahs!

Momsational is giving away the Aristocats on DVD (my favorite Disney movie)!

MommyKnows is hosting the Think Love, Think Peanut Shell® Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Go on over and comment and be entered to Win one of two prizes packages each containing a Peanut Shell® Baby Sling and a Peanut Shell® Nursing Cover. (these are slings that i've been covetting forEVER, so if i win this, i'll probably scream enough for most of you to hear)


Sorry I've been a bit MIA, but I have good reason... I lost my gallbladder! Yep, I had surgery yesterday to have my gallbladder removed. And I really actually feel so much better already. It was a laproscopic surgery, so I don't have any massive incisions (heck, I've been through two c-sections, incisions are nothing to me), but I have some pain, so they gave me some Vicodin. I can see how people get addicted to it, it really does make you feel so good.

Anyways, my mum is down for the week to help me with the kids while I recover, and to celebrate losing the gallbladder, she treated me to...

A hair chopping!! Yep, I chopped my hair off. I didn't get any pre-chop pictures, though there's kind of a shot of it in my Year of Fish blog (go look and comment on your favorite photos if you go check them out!), day 35. Anyways, it was a shocker to see the ponytail get snipped off and handed to me, but it was freeing too. Look at this mass of hair LOL!

After the Great Hair Chop of '08 (teehee), we walked the mall and got something to eat, then got Mercy a new pair of pink Chuck Taylor All Stars, size (wait for it.... wait for it...) eleven. Yes, my girl has giant feet. We looked for some shoes for Porter too, but he decided he'd rather scream and throw a fit than try on a pair of Vans, so no shoes for him. I *almost* got a cute pair of Sketcher ballet style, but... I refrained. Why? I have NO clue. Dang it.

I'm loving having mum here, it's been so nice. Plus she took J duty last night, woo!!! I wish she was here longer, but I'll take what I can get.

Porter's on a rampage tonight, so I'm off like a wet shirt.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Okay, so I won a giveaway with Peekaboo Picks a bit ago, a Valentines onesie from Baby Candy.

Wanna see how CUTE it is?


now THAT is one cute kid in one cute shirt.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Yeah yeah, I'm addicted...

to giveaways!! Half the fun is hunting them down, there's so many amazing blogs out there!

Anyways, here's my latest ones.

The Great Northwest Giveaway oh my GOSH. the products they're giving away? I totally drooled on my keyboard looking at the list.

Umi shoes so so cute!!

Bamboosa Gift Set wow... the clothes are adorable.

Fuzzy Me tutu Sassyfrazz is giving away a design-your-own tutu from Fuzzy Me!!

Diaper Bag Goodies Giveaway oh! Baby Buy Products has another awesome giveaway. I'm loving mocobabies signing flashcards!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Superbowl ads

I can't be the only one who gets more excited about the ads than the actual game, right?
Here are my favorites from this year, which ones got you snorting out your bean dip?

(Because I felt like it...)

Getting to know you in 2008

1. Occupation: Mummy and "homemaker"
2. What color are your socks right now? Socks? I laugh in the face of socks. Mwahahahahah--okay. Not really, but I'm not in a sock mood.
3. Long or short hair? Too long. Needs a choppin'.
4. What was the last thing you ate? Buffalo wing. (I haven't had breakfast yet)
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Kim
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? It's my mum, so I darn well BETTER like her!
9. What is your favorite sport to watch? mmm.... hm. Either football (I know. I've lost my mind.) or else show jumping.
10. What is your favorite drink? Coke, by far and for sure.
11. Favorite food? oooh... toughie. Lately it's been Ruffles All Dressed chip, probably because I can't get them.
12. What was the last movie you watched? Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. It was on Disney last night.
13. Favorite day of the year? Hmm... I really don't know!
14. How do you vent anger? Cry. *lol* I start crying when I get really frustrated, or too chicken to speak my mind.
15. What was your favorite toy as a child? Teddy Beddy
16. What is your favorite season? Fall.
17. Hugs or kisses? Hugs.
18. Cherries or blueberries? Cherries.
19. Living arrangements? Own a home with CJ and our three kids and a dog
20. When was the last time you cried? umm... yesterday when I was looking at my little J and worrying about what would have to be done for his neck.
21. What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes, some boxes, and CJ's work stuff.
22. What did you do last night? Watched the Super Bowl with some friends and then some other random stuff once they'd gone home and CJ was asleep.
23. What inspires you? People who aren't afraid to step off the comfort block and try new things.
24. What are you most afraid of? Something happening to my babies, CJ, or mum.
25. Favorite smells? Money. *teehee* kidding... it's probably the smell of a new morning in the spring, with fresh grass damp with dew, tiny flowers starting to bloom, and quiet all around you.
27. Plain cheese or spicy hamburgers? Spicy with cheese please. :)
28. Favorite dog breed? German Shepherds, Labradors, or Cairn Terrier
29. Favorite day of the week? the day that CJ has off
30. How many states have you lived in? Utah, Virginia, Arizona. Counties in the UK: Surrey, Middlesex. Provinces: Ontario, Alberta.

Friday, February 1, 2008

a "woe is me" week

Ever have one of those weeks you just go "ugh... poor ME!" not that horrible awful things happened, just little things adding up to make you so glad the week is over, and praying the next week is kinder on you? That's how I'm feeling tonight.

Monday Mercy started preschool. That was good, but bad on the hormones. Heheh.

Tuesday was okay.

Wednesday was Let's Act Insane and Try to Make Mummy Climb on the Roof Day, plus that was when my poor bubby Jameson started getting sick. That night was miserable for the two of us; J was pretty much up and down all night, nothing was making him comfortable and of course, we were out of infant Tylenol. I think I got a total of 3 hours sleep that night? Yeah.... suuuuuucky.

Thursday wasn't much fun because of previously mentioned lack of sleep. I took J's temperature in the morning--101.9. Ouch. Luckily he slept most of the day when he wasn't moaning in our lap (really. he would sit in our lap and just moan. it was so sad!), and Mercy had a great day in preschool. I took J's temp again at 4 and it was 102.3, and I called the doctor. They said to give him Tylenol and to come in on Friday. Did I mention his doctor is an hour away? Yeah... But thursday night was actually blissful-J only woke up once. Wheeee!

Friday... friday. J's appointment was at 1:30, but Mercy had preschool from 12:30 to 3 and CJ is on the midnight shift so he can't help. So I had to call wonderful, awesome Kim and ask her if she could please drop off and pick up Mercy. Thankfully she agreed, and I dropped Mercy off with Kim and then Porter, J and I headed off to Tucson.

First, his stats: at 4 months 1 week he weighs 14lbs 8oz (up exactly two pounds in one month, woot!), and either 66 or 68 centimeters (about 25/26 inches). He's in the 75th percentile for both, and his head circumference was over the 100th percentile. LOL!!!

The diagnosis: poor bubby has a double ear infection. :( Poor kid. When I took him out of his carseat to comfort him before his appointment, I noticed his ears were really, really waxy, like coming out of his ears and almost to his cheek. He hadn't had that before, I know because I checked to see if his ears were red earlier, which they weren't. Anyways, the doctor had to actually scrape all the wax out of his ear to see his ear canal, oh wow. I've never seen that much earwax before, especially in someone so small!! Poor kid. The doctor said it was a combination of wax and pus. EW. And the poor kid is so sore and sensitive in the ear. just touching it makes him flinch and start to whimper. We have him on amoxicillin and hopefully that'll kick the nasty infections.

J also got a referral for a physical therapist for his neck. We've noticed he holds his head at an angle, you can see it in almost all the pics i have of him. Anyways, the doctor called it Torticollis, and it probably happened because of his position in the uterus or else when he was born. We caught it at a great time, it shouldn't have much of a lasting effect hopefully. But we have to take him to a physical therapist for evaluation and treatment. We're also taking him to the chiropractor next week, for a tissue massage or something like that. No cracking, just massage or the likes.

So there are the reasons that I dub this week my "woe is me" week.

At least until the next one comes along.