Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Which is why, when they all go back to school and work, I'm going to do this ASAP....
I know you're going to ask this, so I'll just answer before. No, I didn't get the vaccine for Jackson. At the time, it was a brand new vaccine and I didn't trust it. And then the years passed and he never got the pox - come to think of it - I never met one kid who has had chicken pox in the last decade. Anyway, I kind of forgot about it because NOW it is required by state law to get the pox vaccine and the younger boy did get it. So lucky Jackson - he is one of the last remaining few that will experience the wonderful itchy pox of the chicken.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Just returned from my wonderful little getaway to Seattle (I miss that city!) and I have to share with all of you my first experience with public restrooms and cell phones. Please click off now if this topic is TMI for you.
On my drive up to Seattle, I had to take a potty break. I decided to stop at a Target along the way so I could pick up some munchies in addition to my bathroom duties (also pick up some new floss, a couple of room fresheners, and some kids' sock - you know - car trip gear). Anyhoo, I'm in the stall in the Target restroom and another woman comes into the bathroom while talking on her cell phone. I hear her walk to the stall next to mine and continues to talk.
I think, "I wonder if she is going to get off the phone."
So I wait in the stall because I'm curious to hear how this is going to transpire.
She continues talking......about meeting this person on the phone to go to church on Sunday and this movie she went to last night, etc, etc.
Then I hear peeing.
And she is still talking on the phone about what she made for dinner a few nights ago.
Still peeing, she is.
And I decide to leave because I'm clearly far too amused for both of us to be next to each other at the sinks washing our hands - I was afraid I would laugh and be red-faced.
But seriously, this poses the question....do you still talk on your cell phone while going to the bathroom in a public restroom?
Apparently lots of people do it.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Two things have been keeping me away from the computer. First, this book "Birth" recommended by a fellow blogger has literally captivated me. And brought out another side of me that I didn't think existed.
Although I'm only about 100 pages into the book, I simply cannot wait to pick it up when I have a chance. The basic synopsis of the book is a history of how women gave birth over the ages. I don't find it to be too slanted in either direction of how women give birth (ie, natural vs. medicated) - it just shows how the choices we modern women face came about. I highly recommend this book to any women, esp. of child bearing age - even if you are not currently pregnant or hoping to get pregnant. Ever wonder how the whole concept of "hospital birth" came about? Do you know what "Twilight sleep" is? What is the history of midwifery? Why are midwives not as popular or valued now days? When we hear stories of the past of "women dying in childbirth", what does that mean? all of these questions and more are explored. Bridget- I love this book!
That being said, I am, once again, so grateful and glad I have chosen to go the midwife route with this upcoming birth. Many of my friends asked me why I wanted to and I think I mainly answered, "Because I've always wanted to and I thought why not?" But now I can come up with a more concrete option. Because midwives just "get it". This past week I had an ultrasound with one of the MD doctors in the medical practice my midwives are in and the minute the doctor walked into the room, the whole atmosphere changed. Not that doctors are terrible caregivers. Midwives just have another attitude when it comes to pregnant women and how they are treated. Every time I have gone to my midwife's office I have been in a bad mood or something emotional happens that day. And every time I leave my midwife office, I feel a million times better. I mean I know I have given birth three times before, but to be honest, I haven't been that satisfied with how all of those births happened. So I guess with this baby I wanted to take another route and see how the experience differs. And even though I haven't given birth yet with my midwives, I feel like they are going to make this experience come out great. I completely trust them. Read the book "Birth" and you can find out for yourself how doctors and midwives came about in childbirth history and where they stand today. Not that you're wondering or anything, but even though I have a certified nurse/midwife attending my birth, I will be delivering in a hospital birth center.
The other thing that has been occupying my time has been my intense nesting. My mom flew in this past weekend and we have literally shopped our brains out. Jeremy is taking a ten day vacation right now, and every morning my mom and I have woken up, gotten the kids off to school, and then left for 3-4 hours to scour the stores for baby deals and steals. Then, I come home and reorganize another closet or dresser drawer or plastic tub to put all the new stuff in. Wow!
Tomorrow I am even more excited to drive up to Seattle - by myself may I add - to stay with my bestest friends (and family) for a little girls' getaway. The whole motivation for the trip was to pick up my friend's old baby stuff, but it has turned into a "get-our-hair-done, close-friends'-baby-shower, and hanging-out-doing-girl-things" weekend.
Hopefully, when I come back, I'll have lots of fresh new stories to share. Until then- have a great weekend.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Did anyone see this Oprah today? I've stopped watching Oprah for the most part, but for some reason today my rest period was during Oprah and it was an update on a show that I watched a while back and still bothered me. I had serious heart palpitations and cold sweats while watching this show. Some fellow bloggers have claimed this to be the scariest show they watched all year. Nu-uh, for me, scary is when I woman would choose hair extensions over getting health insurance for her family. Scary is buying a new house without selling your old house (thus, two mortgages) and buying two new cars all in the same day. Scary is having Suze Orman come over to your house for a smackdown.
Then, I went online and saw this on the MSN homepage. Basically folks, we're about to head into a recession. So Mr. Bush's financial gurus are developing ways to help stimulate the economy so all of us middle classers will start pumping some serious cash into the economy. What does this mean? To quote a part of the article, "White House officials have been floating the idea of a one-time “tax rebate” of $800 for individuals and $1,600 for couples which would make up the bulk of the spending package." I don't know about you, but I would love to get a treadmill and Pres. Bush, I will gladly spend that money back into the economy if you help pass this bill along.
And last, but not least, I read this article the other day. It's about what it costs to raise kids these days. The most worrisome about all of this? A college education. I think I'm already planning on encouraging all my kids to go to mom's, aunt's, and uncle's alma mater - the good 'ol UW!
That's about all I have to say about this topic for now, and thankfully, for some reason, I feel a lot better after writing about it all.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
A few years back I was faced with the dilemna of selling off all my baby items. I tried to garage sale them, but either no takers or I was offered $5 for my $80 baby bijorn. Thanks to this friend, I was introduced to selling off all my items on Ebay. I think I got $40 for my Bijorn, $20 for my extensive collection of Advent bottles, and $15 for a baby bouncer. Plus, they pay for the shipping. I was hooked.
Then, I began to move into another phase of selling on ebay. Selling off my clothes. I'm one of those that doesn't keep my clothes. I tend to edit my clothes quite frequently from my closet. Blame What Not to Wear, but if it doesn't look good the following season - off it goes - either on ebay or the goodwill. I also keep track of my family's laundry. What items do I see over and over in the laundry? those are the things we're wearing. What gets left in drawers week after week? those are the things that get tossed. I'm all about efficiency. Poor Jeremy is often the victim of my ebay purgings. In fact, here is one of my most unbelievable ebay sell stories. Jeremy wears only Levi jeans to work. And for some reason, he always wears a hole in the crotch. And then, of course, he can't wear them anymore. So we buy at least two new pairs of Levi jeans every month. The seams, the knees, everything else if perfect, just a hole in the crotch. So, feeling frustrated by such good jeans going to waste, I sold a lot of Levis on Ebay - with holes and all. Here are the pics I posted and I sold this lot for $20. Looks like I just bought myself a pedicure.
My kids are no more lucky than Jeremy. If they have a toy that I paid a lot of money for, but doesn't get used, it gets sold on Ebay within a few months. Of course, I provide adequate warnings, but if you ask them where many of their toys go - they will tell you - Ebay.
Sometimes, I admit, I make mistakes. Like when Blake never played with this Star Wars playset, I sold it to someone in Canada for $25 (bought for $30). He didn't notice it was gone until a few months later. Then when I told him what I did, he cried for days. Sorry....
Jackson ruined the control box that controlled this Lego train set. I sold this lot of train tracks for $80. I got a facial the next week.
Now I don't regale my tales of ebay to show how awesome I am, it is really just to show how a stay at home mom makes a little extra luxury cash selling off things her family doesn't use or need anymore.
The pinnacle of my ebay selling came this past christmas when I sold off our family's wii. Yes, I sold our Wii this past christmas. While everyone else was waking at the crack of dawn to track down Ninetendo's video game system at every store they could, I was selling off our prize possession. Mostly because we had bought our Wii the previous Christmas, and to be honest, my boys never played it. They preferred the 360. So week after week, our Wii gathered dust. I warned them that it may go, but they really didn't care. So I sold it for pretty much what we paid for it a year ago. I used the money to go into our vacation fund. The kids still play guitar hero and halo on the 360. Everyone wins.
When Jeremy went to work and mentioned this Wii episode and my other ebay adventures to his office staff, one of them said, "Jeremy, I'm surprised you haven't been sold on Ebay". Hey, like one of my previous posts - never say never.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Quick background - right at the beginning of college I was exposed to the world of children and parents when I became a full-time nanny for a prominent Bellevue family. From there, I nannied for four years as full-time help, and then another two years as part-time help. I was young, haughty in my own opinions, and quite judgemental in my observations of the parents I worked for. Right from the start I developed a mental list of things I swore I would never do when I myself became a parent.
And then....God sent me....my two boys (with one angel boy in heaven) AND I learned to eat my words in many of my opinions.
Today, I'm doing one of those things I vowed I would never do. I'm taking Blake to the shoe store and buying Velcro shoes. Oh, if you only knew the judgement that is going on in my head. Not only do I often think these are ugly, but they are for LAZY PARENTS and lazy children. Well, bite me internal voices in my head, because I am sick of bending down every hour or so to tie a shoe. Often, I'm too overwhelmed by getting my boys out the door, I just throw Blake's shoes in the back seat and say I'll tie them when we get there. And once I get this newborn here, I'm sure one of the last things I will have time for is tying a shoe. So, voila, Blake is getting Velcro shoes until he is old enough to tie his own. And judge me all you want, but at least I eliminated a task I truly do not enjoy.
Last, I rented Hairspray for me. I didn't know if I wanted to see this movie because I really liked the 80's Ricki Lake version and I was worried that this movie would ruin Hairspray. It doesn't. I loved it. The boys watched it with me and although the fact that they broke into song every ten minutes, they thought it was a great movie, we all laughed at John Travolta, and the movie provided a great lead-in to a conversation about segregation with my boys. Thumbs up.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This is me about a week ago at 32 weeks pregnant. Not cute hair, no makeup, pasty skin - I've almost given up here. That big bump is becoming more and more cumbersome. Kicker is - I still have two months left and according to my baby books, I'm supposed to gain a lb a week from here on out. 1/2 of a lb goes to the baby and 1/2 goes to my thighs and face. Joy.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I needed a break. A real break. Not just a two hour without kids break, but a true honest-to-goodness be-by-myself-or-I-may-hurt-someone break. So he offered to take our two little tykes up to Seattle to visit his family - on the Amtrak train, may I add - so I could stay home and be alone and regroup.
this is how it feels to be in your house, by yourself, for 3 days and 2 nights.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
You'll find that in my book choices I tend to choose for the author's writing style almost as much as the book themselves. I enjoy complex characters, more real-life situations and interactions rather than made-up fantasy and unrealistic worlds (meaning mostly romance novels) and I have to say that I really prefer a good ending. I'm not into the whole Oprah-tragic-book-ending-devastation books that she adores. Give me a like able character, a character-building plot line, and a good ending and I'm happy.
You may also wonder how I can find AND read so many books - well, I have a system. First, I go to the library and browse the New Fiction section or the New Paperback section. I judge pretty much on the cover of the book (this is how I find my chick lit books). I also browse all of your blogs and see what you've read and recommend and I go to my library's website and put holds on all these books. I also go to Costco and see any new attractive paperbacks they have. Then I take the big load of books home (usually about 10-15) and I read. My rule is this: read the first 30 pages always. If I'm not hooked by page 30, I toss the book aside. Usually by page 30 you can tell if a book is going to appeal to you or not - sometimes I make concessions and will read the book to page 50 because it has a slow start, but good plot line. There was a book I picked up with this batch called - Slow Life with Husband - and even though I knew I could finish the book - by page 30 the characters were cheating and lying and being so negative that I knew I didn't really want to finish so I put it down. Don't be afraid to put a book down if it doesn't add to your personal growth in some way.
Miss Invisible - by Laura Jensen Walker
The Gift - by Richard Paul Evans
How Starbucks Changed my Life - By Michael Gates Gill
Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella has a whole series out and I shamefully say I devour her books. I love British chick lit writers (I'm a huge fan of Bridget Jones books) and Shopaholic books are like reading People magazine - you don't want to admit you love it, but you love it. I needed a little brain pick-me-up after reading that Elizabeth Smart book, so I re-read Shopaholic and Baby in one night. But if you want to read a new series - don't start with this one because it is the last in the series - start with Confessions of a Shopaholic - and you will probably be hooked.
The Golden Compass - by Philip Pullman
First, I make exceptions to my "no fantasy books" rule if the book is so good you can't put it down. Harry Potter book apply to this rule. I had never heard of Philip Pullman - even though this movie was coming out. What inspired me to pick up this book was a series of emails I got from Christian friend encouraging me to "boycott" this book and movie for its anti-Christian message and theme. Well, I don't need a stronger recommend than that; I had to pick it up. First, if you've seen the movie, the book is a million times better. Second, the book is great!! And remember - it is fiction - it has some criticisms of church and state -but nothing a rational person could not handle. I'm about to start the second book in this series and I'll let you know. I hear the 3rd book is where the real anti-Christian themes kick in, but I'm excited to read them and try to decipher the fiction vs. the reality. To be continued...
Odd Mom Out - Jane Porter
recommend from a Seattle friend. So far, so good. I'm only on page 50, but I like it so far. Story about a single mom who lives in a very posh Seattle suburb and her refusal to fit in with the stepford wives of Bellevue while her daughter just wants to be one of the crowd. Makes me miss my Seattle - whine........