Saturday, May 31, 2008
But as soon as he has a full tummy he's all better and quickly fell asleep holding my finger.
And here he is in his I "heart" U shirt, another of my favorites. I don't think he's too thrilled again to have his picture taken but he's just going to have to get used to it!
And of course here we have the future blackmail pictures! Everyone has some of these lying around somewhere - or at least they should. ;)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The reason that I put off publishing this post was because I wanted to include a photo and needed to get them off my camera. Hmph. Still hasn't happened. I hope to get some time for posting more photos and things tomorrow. The last couple days have just been a little crazy.
So, in 2004 (when Gabriel was ten-months old) I had a breast reduction surgery. That poses a problem when it comes to breastfeeding. That in turn can cause problems with weight gain for the baby. That may be where we're at with Gideon. It's really hard to tell at this point if I have a full supply or not. It appears that I do but Gideon could be one of those babies who is content even when hungry. Granted, I nurse him ALL the time. I let him nurse as often and for as long as he wants (so long as I can still care for Gabe and Zion) which can be as often as every hour. I am also taking an herbal suppliment called Fenugreek and know that it is helping to boost my supply a bit. The doctor today urged me to begin formula supplimentation because she feels that he is not gaining weight fast enough. Just so you know, I don't have anything against formula. Rob and I chose to give Gabe formula at times because sometimes it was easier than breastfeeding (particularly because nursing before my surgery was difficult and uncomfortable) and we gave Zion formula because I definitely did not have enough supply with her (she was a terrible nurser AND women typically have increased supply with each child they nurse after having the surgery). That said, I would like to put off giving formula for as long as possible especially since starting formula supplementation can make it harder to increase my supply (because baby is getting nourishment when NOT nursing). There are at breast supplementation systems (i.e. the baby would receive formula through a tube while nursing from me) that you can get but I don't feel that those are a viable solution for me for a number of reasons.
So, long story short (or short story long). Gideon may be getting enough and is just not meant to be a chubby, chubby baby or he is not getting enough and we'll have to supplement with formula. We are in the process of figuring this out. We have another weight check in two weeks to see where he's at.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Trailing after Daddy.
Now she's hitching a ride with Daddy.
Here I am with the kids and almost my last day as a pregnant woman.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Most of the bonsai it seemed were decades old but at least one was more than a century old. Any tree can be bonsai, which is an art, not a specific tree. Some of these were regular old maple and pine trees there was even a redwood tree. All were absolutely beautiful!
Friday, May 23, 2008
He's been quite the trooper the last couple of days getting dragged to all sorts of non-baby events. Thursday I took him to a tea party and today he spent hours at Gabe's picnic. He doesn't fuss unless he wants to eat (which he frequently decides he wants to do while tucked into his car seat in the backseat and there's nothing I can do about it - stinker) and seems to enjoy sitting quietly and simply watching what is going on.
Zion absolutely loved the wobbly bridge. The more the older kids bounced it the more she loved it, a few times she was nearly knocked flat on her back and it just made her laugh harder.She enjoyed the swing almost as much as the wobbly bridge.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
And just to add a little push for one of my favorite hobbies, the best sites that I've found for learning photography are Use Film, Photo.net, and Better Photo. If you aren't so much interested in learning photography but enjoy looking at great photographs these sites are good for that also.
Next I'll be tackling the issue of hot dogs and hot dog buns coming in different counts per package. Stay tuned.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I am amazed at how red his hair looks in this picture. I've noticed that happens when the camera's flash is used. It makes me wonder if his hair will change color later. Right now it is pretty brown looking.
Yes, his shirt says "potty like a rockstar". I love it! My sister picked it up for him when she was in Las Vegas recently (for a conference, I don't want to make it sound like she's got a gambling vice or something). I should have had one of these when Zion was a baby, she was such a diva. This little one though is a tad more mellow, a lot like Gabe was at that age. He's a good eater and sleeps well at night, also like his brother (and SO not like his sister). I don't compare like I'm saying "why can't you be
more like you're sibling?" but only because it sure is fun to see
Speaking of the three, I finally got a picture of all three of them together. I've been trying for a while now but it seems like every time one or two of the three would have a sudden meltdown.
But here, finally, a picture with all three of them fairly happy and even dressed nicely. It's too bad that Zion's pigtails didn't make it this far into the day. She's also teething somethin' fierce so she nearly always has her hands in her mouth. Poor thing.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I've stopped trying to track her words, there's just too many. She talks up a storm and repeats a lot of what she hears and I just can't keep up. I have a feeling I'm going to be trying to keep up with her for the rest of my life.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Gideon has had some really good long awake times. He's becoming more and more content to just hang out and look at stuff (VERY much like Gabe was at that age) and he's starting to "chatter" and coo. Tonight we attended the awards ceremony for Gabe's AWANA's group and Gideon nursed for a little while at the start but after that he just sat on my lap looking, listening and cooing away. Then a bunch of the ladies in the church played "pass the baby" with him and he stared at them for a while. Many of them commented on how alert he was for his age. After we got home he stayed awake for a couple more hours. It's really almost hard to believe he can stay awake for that long at only two weeks and two days old.
Earlier today Gabe and Gideon had a little guy time on the loveseat. Gabe curled up under my favorite blanky and Gideon lay in his "hammock" (it's where the fabric on the footrest makes a perfect little bed for him - though the cats would argue it still belongs to them). Too precious.
This picture was taken on his two-week "birthday" but I only got it downloaded today. Somehow I managed to catch him in a little smile. He really is quite a good baby.
After they brought the fish home Rob fried it up. Gabe was feeling goofy for pictures apparently. The fish was really yummy!
Something about the hat made me think of my Grandpa. He used to take me fishing when I was a little girl and would stay at my Grandparents house during the summer. Though I know at least one trip was aborted because of my unwillingness to crawl out of bed so early and most often I think I huddled up in my clothes trying to keep warm in Grandpa's boat instead of actively participating in any actual fishing, I have nothing but fond memories of those trips out with Grandpa. Spending time with them at their Whidbey Island beach house were some of the best times of my growing up years.
Her affection for Gideon has not waned at all. I don't really need to write about this again but I wanted to post a picture of the two of them and that's what it's about. Zion making sure Gideon always has his "plug" as we call it. He doesn't even really like it so I usually try to distract her and put the plug up somewhere but she is one determined kid.
They had their first unfortunate interaction today. I had Gideon on the floor to change his diaper and Zion was going to put an extra diaper in the bin for me when she stepped just a tad too close and got him in the head with the tip of her shoe. Poor guy. His little face scrunched up so quickly and he started to wail. He quieted right down when I picked him up and Zion looked positively startled, she had no idea what happened. She is so affectionate and caring, she never would have done it on purpose, I felt as bad for her as I did for him. Luckily the moment passed quickly and both are completely recovered. ;)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Just before putting them in bed though Rob tried to get them all lined up and shoot a pick of them in their p.j.s at least. I think the picture at least shows their personalities well. Zion is wacky, Gabe doesn't like smiling for the camera and Gideon seems a little overwhelmed by his new siblings. (Please disregard how messy the house looks right now.)
We had a very busy weekend and Gideon just went with the flow. Saturday we went to the bicycle safety and fire safety day at our chiropractors office. The kids got plastic fire hats, saw a video on fire safety and got to "escape" a house that was on fire (not really on fire of course). Then they got fitted for new bicycle helmets. Now we just need to get Gabe a new bike and see if Zion will fit his old one.
After that we went to lunch and went dishwasher shopping. We were not impressed with the customer service at Best Buy and left. Gabe got to go to a birthday party for a boy at his church and while he was there we continued our shopping at Home Depot who happened to be running a 10% off sale on Maytags and had two rebates running as well. Their service was much better and we picked out a new dishwasher!!! I've been wanting a new one for a looooong time. Ours is one of those lovely washers that you have to wash the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher or they don't come clean. Hmmmm. Lovely. But not so anymore once our new washer is delivered on Thursday!
Then Sunday we all went to church for the first time as a whole family since BEFORE Gideon was born. I did not go the couple weeks before his birth because I was tired both physically and of people asking me why I was still pregnant (like I have any control). As it turns out the last Sunday I skipped I was actually in early labor at the time anyway. Gideon sat through worship and then once the message started decided he was hungry so I spent the rest of service in the nursery with him. That's how it's been with all three of them so far.
After church we drove up to have lunch with my family for Mother's Day. It's an hour drive and Gideon did quite well. A couple of times he cried (screamed really) but calmed down again and fell back asleep. Not bad for his first long rides in the car. He slept through lunch at the restaurant and mostly through shopping afterward. The town where we had lunch has a TJ Maxx and we don't so we stopped in to look at clothes for the kids. Found some really cute outfits for each of them, especially a couple pretty outfits for Zion who seems to grow out of her clothes the fastest. I can't believe we're in for a change of the seasons again!
After lunch we headed for home but stopped at a Circuit City outlet store where Rob picked out a new TV for us. We've had two small TVs since we married, the one that he brought in and the one that I brought in to the marriage. They worked well for the apartment we had at first but have been too small for our house since we moved here. So now we have a much more appropriately sized screen for our viewing pleasure and we got a great deal to boot! All in all a great day - we saved money on a dishwasher, a TV and clothes for the kids and got to see how well Gideon handled a busy weekend.
Gabe's preschool class had a Mother's Day program on Friday. We all got to go since Rob was working from home that week. It was really special and very sweet. The kids (I think his class has 12 kids although there was a boy there who I didn't recognize so maybe they had a late addition) sang songs and did hand motions. At one point the kids were given yellow carnations. They sang "You Are My Sunshine" and walked out and gave the flowers to their moms. I almost had a total emotional breakdown. Holding my new boy with my big boy giving me a flower and singing to me and of course with Zion next to me. Life doesn't get much better than that!
Gabe sang his little heart out. Turns out he is the boy in class that feels like he has to pull his shirt up to expose his belly through most of the program. Oh well. Every class has to have one, right?
Today is our first day with Rob back at work after Gideon was born. Zion has been so Daddy-crazed lately I wasn't sure how things would go this morning but they went surprisingly well. She asked for Daddy and I told her he was at work. Whether or not she understands that I don't know but she didn't get upset and we moved on to breakfast. After Gabe and Zion ate I nursed Gideon and Zion climbed up onto the couch with me. Luckily our loveseat has a foot rest which buys us some more space so she sat on the foot rest with her back leaning against the pillow I use for nursing and looked at a photo album. She was picking out pictures of her Daddy of course.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Here are the rules: A) The rules of the game must be posted at the beginning B) Each player answers the questions about themselves C) At the end of the post, the player then tags 3 more people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment telling them to read your blog for instructions.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Let's see, that's 1998 right? I was working at Trendwest Resorts (which is now a part of Wyndham blah blah blah - can't remember what it's called) as their Consumer Affairs Rep. I was attending Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA and very active in Bible studies, choir and other activities there. I was single. Hadn't even met Rob yet. At that point he was still finishing his college years at Michigan Tech University.
2. What was on my to-do list today? Breastfeed Gideon, breastfeed Gideon and probably breastfeed him some more. Gabe's preschool class had a Mother's Day program today so I got to go to that and it was so cute I was on the verge of tears throughout most of it. At one point each of the children had a yellow carnation and while they sang "You Are My Sunshine" they walked out to their moms and gave them the flower and a kiss. So sweet!
3. What would I do if I suddenly became a billionaire? Pay off all debt, tithe (but not all to my own church, that's too much for one little church), set up college accounts for the kids, set up an account strictly for giving to those in need, maybe pay off the mortgages and/or debts of Rob's and my parents and siblings. Get a small plot of property with some goats, chickens, and a horse or too.
4. 3 bad habits 1) biting my nails 2) watching too much TV 3) being online a LOT!
5. Places I have lived: Sedro Woolley, WA; Everett, WA; Maltby, WA (in 2 different locations); Monroe, WA (in 2 different locations); Kirkland, WA (in 4 different locations); Silverdale, WA; Newport, RI; McCleary, WA; and now Bonney Lake, WA.
6. Places I have worked: A Morgan horse farm, a boarding kennel, three different animal hospitals, an Arabian breeding farm, a timeshare company (yeah, which one of things is not like the others!) and now home.
7. 3 things people don't know about me: Hmmm, let's see 1) I've had a crush on John Cusack since I was 12 2) I have a life long dream of riding horses in three-day eventing 3) I'm a total gamer - I love PC games, online games and I have my own Nintendo DS (Rob also has one so he doesn't have to use mine), we also have a Playstation 2, next we'll probably get a Wii.
so I tag: Friends Bobbi Ames, Shari Schock, and Tiffeny Boren.
Monday, May 5, 2008
This is my friend, Lawanna, who I have mentioned was diagnosed with cancer. We got to pop in for a visit with her on Thursday and Gideon fell in love with her right away. I'm so grateful that they got to meet, it is a real answer to my prayers.
Gideon did not seem to appreciate his first bath. Poor fellow. It didn't take too long after this was taken however that he was all snuggled up with his Daddy and was totally content again.
Peace, man, peace!
Hanging out on his baby gym this morning to celebrate one week of life. What a party animal!