Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Connor did try to be difficult and I simply said that if I had to come help the barber again, we would not be going out to lunch and that was the end of it. He did pout a few times and make faces which I wish I had caught on camera, but he did what was asked.
A customer walked into the barber shop and said "wow, these boys are so well behaved - they are not squirming or making a fuss at all... how nice" and the barber says "Well they have been coming here for a very long time in their short lives." Which is totally true. I was trying to roughly calculate in my head how many haircuts they have had their (all of their haircuts have been there) but got tired of the effort.
Here is the hair cut pics. I really wanted a true before and after but I forgot to grab the before shots (their hair was really getting long!) so you get a during and after:
Connor (above), Quinn (below)
Lunch went OK. Teagan fussed a bit and there was the whole issue of needing to take Teagan to get his spit up clothes changed but the boys wanting to stay at the table and me worrying that someone would call child protective services for leaving them there for a moment... and then of course they decided they needed to use the bathroom when I returned to the table after I had already asked them about 3 minutes prior! No other major mishaps though.
It was challenging to drive home after lunch... I was SO TIRED. All my passengers had the luxury of getting to sleep! When we got to our house, I just parked the car and napped a bit myself since everyone was asleep.
Teagan did well on all the adventures. He has spit up / vomited a decent amount after every feeding so far today... sigh. Part of it is the car seat use - that always seems to bring it up, but some was at home also.
Today is day 8, I think, of the no dairy diet for me. I am totally craving cheese! I have no idea if it is even helping. Everything I read says I need to wait 2-3 weeks to see. Plus there are other possible food sensitivities -- like apparently, babes with a problem with dairy may also have trouble with beef. Eggs are a very common allergen also as is soy and wheat. There is a total elimination diet (TED) that you can follow so that you cut out all the major allergens at once and then add things back one at a time. I just couldn't bear the idea of having such limited food choices. Wish I knew for sure if it would work. If someone said "Hey, he definitely has an allergy, you need to do the TED thing and find out what it is" then I would do it -- but trying it just to see when I am not even sure it will help is hard.
Oh... I almost forgot to mention -- Teagan totally belly laughed today! I tried to grab the camera and do the video thing but the batteries were dying and he also had to stop doing it to stare at the camera... it was really cute though. :)
That's all for now... I don't think he will nicely coo at the mobile in the crib behind me for much longer.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
We had a really good time. Stayed until they closed the place down at 2am. I had moments of feeling like I shouldn't be out dancing when I have a husband and 4 kids back at home... but then I decided the exercise and social time with friends was well worth it. I don't really feel 'old' per se, just no longer really young. My aching knees today also reminded me that I am not so young anymore. But given it has been at least 9 months since I have done much of any physical activity other than just walking, I think I fared pretty well.
Today Andrew competed in his second ever chess tournament. He won 2 out of his 5 games which is what happened last time as well. I think he needed to win at least 3 games to qualify for the state tournament. He was frustrated by it a bit. I think it is really good for him to deal with losing though. As an oldest child, he tends to think pretty highly of himself because he can beat his brothers at games and knows more school/general knowledge stuff than they do. He needs to learn to be a bit more humble.
Joe seems to really enjoy attending the tournaments and chatting with other parents and getting to know the other kids in chess club. I feel a bit left out of all of it. I am the mom with the new baby who stays at home during these events. But I am also terrible about making small talk and meeting new people and all that, so even if I did attend, I would not be very involved. Joe really shines at that sort of thing.
I was thinking today about what a really great dad he is. He is so invested in the kids and honestly pays attention to all their ramblings about video games and Lego creations and all that. I hate to admit it, but I tend to start tuning some of that out after the first 10 minutes or so. I blame it on having all boys and just not being able to really "get" them. But I am pretty sure their are moms out there who make more of an effort than I do with their boys. I think the ages we have right now combined with the fact that I am very distracted by and tuned into my new baby make it hard for me. I simply have no interest in computer game levels or watching Scooby Doo for the zillionth time!
I love them all to death of course, but I do get sad and frustrated when I realize that I am just not very interested in the things that really excite and interest them these days. We were at the bookstore the other day with my brother and SIL and my brother was pouring over graphic novels / comic books with them and they were all so excited about the characters and my thought was that I just have no interest in comic book heroes! SIGH...
I still have LOTS of moments where I am still wishing for a daughter. I can't sleep some nights because I am day dreaming about it and can't get it out of my head.
Anyway... I think that is has personal as I want to get at the moment.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I am not really excited about a day at home with the sick kiddos, but oh well. Teagan seems to have a mild stuffy nose which could be illness but also could just be from being a baby with a small nose and dealing with all the dry, cold air.
Nothing else new to report.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
We visited Nonni (my mom) at lunch time and said hello to old work friends (as I used to work for the health department doing the same thing my mom does). Then we went to my staff meeting at work. He never squawks about anything much and spent a good deal of time at the meeting cooing and babbling to no one in particular. I am so fortunate to have a boss who is OK with me bringing him along and lucky to have an easy going baby as well.
I also weighed him today officially (like I undressed him and used the baby scale at work) and he only weighs 13 # 10 oz. That is up only 7 ounces from his 2 month visit which was 3 weeks ago. Given that the minimum gain per day is about 1/2 an ounce -- he should weigh a bit more. But I am not sure for how long that 1/2 to 2 ounces per day weight gain guideline applies.
It is hard to gain weight when you vomit a lot of your feedings and then you also use up a lot of energy kicking your legs around all day long. Today is MUCH better in terms of vomiting though and I have been avoiding dairy (except for a bit of cheese here and there) since the Dairy Queen cone.
This picture id supposed to be of him smiling, but of course as soon as I got the camera out he just stared at me. Oh well. I took it last week I think.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
So I am trying to decide if I want to officially sign up for weight watchers again or just try one of the freebie online programs like Sparkpeople. I was also looking at the "Biggest Loser" website -- I have taken quite and interest in that show lately. Weird for me as I don't really like reality television. I just like seeing how dramatically they drop their weight -- it is really impressive and the transformations in the final show are really fun to watch.
I am already cutting back on eating high calorie/low nutrient type food. I am trying to only eat when it is nutrient dense and I am actually hungry. But then I find that I am feeling hungry in between meals and don't have a good for me snack to grab that is quick. I spend so much of the day nursing Teagan and such that I just don't want to mess with fixing something other than the meals I already fix (breakfast and lunch... Joe mostly handles dinner).
Teagan is fussy again today. I am still trying to decide if it correlates to what I eat. I guess when I start tracking food for my weight loss (I haven't been tracking yet -- just watching what I put in my mouth!) then I could track his moods also and see if I can figure it out. There is a lot of info out there that suggests dairy, soy, wheat, and some of the other major allergy triggers will affect breastfed babies when their mothers consume them. I know there are also docs who think it is hogwash -- but there seems to be quite a bit of evidence that there is something to it.
I am having trouble dealing with the idea of totally dropping all dairy from my diet even though I suspect that is the culprit. I cheated and had Dairy Queen ice cream yesterday (see, I also cheated on my eating empty calories plan as well) and he has been vomiting part of just about every feeding today and some have been a LOT. Most days he vomits once or twice a day and often not much any more.
Anyway... nothing else new to report around here. Oh, we made our vacation plans for spring break and summer. I am happy to have that all arranged as it was starting to stress me out because we were looking at houses to rent and they were already so booked up! Man, is it January and we are looking at flexible dates in July or August and everything was booked. One place said if we called in May we could book for summer 2009! This is not a tropical island -- we are talking about the Oregon coast... Neskowin to be exact. So we are thinking of trying something new and heading to Bella Beach which is a planned beach community near Lincoln City. The have walking paths and a playground and basketball court and the beach front seems fine -- not as expansive as Neskowin, but nice.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I have considered WW, which I did about 2 years ago and successfully lost 30 pounds. I am just not really up for adding another weekly meeting to attend right now on top of work and work related meetings and such. I am not sure if the online stuff will be enough. I am gradually being more careful about what I eat but it is hard because DH buys stuff that tempts me and I give in at times. My biggest thing lately is to just try and get protein in with every meal or snack... seems like that helps. I have shed 3 pounds in the last couple of weeks.
That puts me at 32 pounds lost since I delivered 2.5 months ago -- which sound impressive except for the fact that I gained just over 60 pounds this pregnancy!
I also worry because with the twins I dropped it like this but then I started putting it back on gradually over the months and by the time they were 2 years old I think I was at one of my heaviest non-pregnant weights ever. Ugh.
Anyway... any comments about great dieting plans (that I can stick to and live with -- not just fad diets) are appreciated.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Funny thing Quinn said this morning: he was helping make breakfast and in the other room Connor was entertaining Mr. Crankypants aka Teagan. Connor calls out that he "thinks Teagan likes him" and I said "of course he does, he loves you." Then Quinn says "well he loves me more" and I say "no he loves all of you." "But," Quinn interjects, "he loves me the most because some day he will be mine." "What?" "You know mom, when I grow up Teagan is going to be my baby." Hmmmm. I tried to explain that he is Quinn's brother but Quinn was pretty confident that I was wrong and didn't know what I was talking about. Oh well...
Maybe I should let him deal with Mr. Crankypants today... off to deal with that now!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Luckily the twins played nicely together today and after lunch when I told them to go play upstairs so Teagan and I could sleep on the couch, they did! Yea! So I got a decent nap in.
Our neighbor's 6 year old came over again to play after school as she does everyday. I am thinking I should rename the blog "Tales from the Land of Boys (plus Hayden)..." because she really is over here every day. I felt guilty today because I had this annoyed feeling of -- 'man I have 5 kids over here messing up my house while they are left with only their one 10 year old daughter at their house EVERY day... ' She is a darling girl and I even like to think she gives me a chance to have a daughter figure around, but there can be lots of noise and fights and mess making when she is here.
They actually all played nicely today.
Anyway, I turned her away when she returned after dinner for round 2 of play time because I just wasn't up for it (plus why jinx a good day by tempting fate). I felt bad about it too... hmph.
I so wish we could get a bigger house! The housing market is not good right now though. Once again, I really should take pictures and post them but I may be too embarassed if there are actually people out there reading this besides me.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The twins are such opposites in so many ways. Quinn is very athletic and full of energy. We try to give him oulets for that with gymnastics classes and soccer -- but I think I need to find more for him. He likes computer games also like Andrew but at this age frustrates easily if he isn't able to get it working right. He is much less talkative and out going than the other two in public - but he warms up to people quickly.
I am tempted to take pictures of the mess that is my house to save for future viewing as it is just appaling that we have so much stuff around here and and so bad about storing it all effectively. The baby gear in particular just sprawls across the living room. And my 13 year old couch that the kids use as a jungle gym is just so "yuck" these days! I watch that 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' show with envy these days.
Speaking of which... I watch WAY TOO MUCH television these days. I get that being stuck nursing for hours a day means I get bored and the TV is a nice distraction... but I get where I watch it when I am not nursing just because I have things I like to watch now. Ugh... I really could put all that mindless time to much better use. Maybe I need a New Year's resolution after all. Of course, I also really want to lose this pregnancy weight... and given my track record with New Year's resolution type of commitments, I should probably only take on 1 challenge at a time.
Anyway... off to go add some more links to the blog. I like the idea of having all the stuff I am looking at lately in one spot as my pile of "Favorites" in Internet Explorer is long and cumbersome these days.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
The little guy is waking up so I guess I will work on this later. SIGH.