Thursday, July 31, 2008
"Attention Teachers! The gerbils have escaped from their cages AGAIN! Please check your rooms for our furry friends."
hehehehehee.....MADE MY DAY.
To make things EVEN funnier (for me), as the lead teacher was on her knees looking under the cribs for these rodents, I jumped and "screamed" that I saw one. Of course I didn't see anything....but her face and the speed at which she jumped back to her feet was priceless.
She promised she wasn't mad at me =0)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
If I don’t post for a while, it’s probably because I’m sick or Ben is sick.
I’ve been sick.
For the past 2 weeks, I have had a headache about every day. Every 3-4 days, I have had a violent migraine. Not so fun!
At first, I thought it was too much caffeine. Then I thought it was the steak or the peanut butter that I ate. But then I looked at other symptoms: mainly the moodiness and all around PMS symptoms and realized it was something else.
Stop Reading Here- if you do not want too much information about me =0)
Ben has started sleeping through the night and he’s eating 3 meals of solids each day. Because of this, naturally my milk supply must be decreasing. I think (though I’m no doctor), that my estrogen levels are dropping like crazy. I am currently on the mini-pill, a progestin-only pill. I am not able to be on the “normal” birth control pill because studies show weird things happen when nursing babies get more estrogen on top of what a nursing mom naturally produces.
History lesson- It took me 2 years to figure out that I get FAR less headaches when I am on a birth control that has estrogen in it for 4 straight weeks (versus the pills that have nothing but sugar for your last week of your cycle or progressively less estrogen each week). Now that my levels are fluctuating, since my milk supply is decreasing, I am faced with these debilitating migraines……and I thought I was past those. YUCK!
Right now, it appears that my options are 1) stop breastfeeding so I can get back on the estrogen birth control, 2) be unable to work or function when my levels drop (which I would be unable to predict) or 3) find a work around.
My doctor suggested a magnesium/Vitamin B-6 combination that we all hope will 1) make me feel like a human being again and 2) not mess with Ben (Ben has a history of not liking supplements I try to take). If this doesn’t work, the next step would be a narcotic (which I don’t feel comfortable taking) or discontinuing the whole breastfeeding thing. Praying this magnesium cocktail does the trick!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 12:32 AM Florida in all of its heat and humidity didn’t deter thousands of drum corps fans from descending on the Citrus Bowl Saturday night, to witness 10 top Open and World Class corps compete during the DCI Orlando Premier Event. Turning a page in the history books, Carolina Crown surpassed the Cadets for the first time ever, taking the gold medal with a score of 85.625 and notching a victory unlike any other in their 18-year history.
Carolina Crown drum majors Mark Whitfield (L) and Evan VanDoren receive the gold medal at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
Carolina Crown executive director Kevin Smith could be found after the show by the corps’ buses, giving hugs and high-fives to a long line of corps members. Crown members were jubilant tonight, and supporters passing by leant their own calls of congratulation to the atmosphere. Smith beamed as he said, “This is a pretty big night for us. To win a big weekend show like this and to do it over a great corps like the Cadets with all of their history is just amazing.”
The audience has continued to feed the energy of Carolina Crown all season, and Smith said, “We’ve been getting great reactions from the start. The guys on the design team did a tremendous job putting this show together after a really great program last year. You never know whether you’re going to be able to top the one from before, but it’s really going great. The crowds are loving it and that’s what we care about.”
The Cadets certainly kept the contest close, and with their score of 85.125 were exactly half a point behind Crown, earning their share of top placements from the judges. The Bluecoats, bronze medalists with a score of 82.550, took first in the percussion caption as the corps unveiled numerous changes to the way their program, “The Knockout,” is staged.
Go Camels! Look Out! We Spit!
Campbell University has a football team. I thought the stoplight in Buies Creek was a BIG deal….so you can imagine the surprise when we got wind of this information.
The first game is scheduled for August 30th and the Homecoming game is scheduled for November 1st. You better believe that Caleb, Ben and I will be in attendance….sporting the one shirt we each own from the old-school Campbell Crazies Days (Ben will be wearing something a little more “with the times” since I didn’t buy a onesie for him while attending college.)
I promise that this will be the biggest comedy show in the South. You really don’t want to miss it! The tickets are just $15 a person (not bad, really….unless they do as badly as everyone predicts.)
Anyway, if you want in on all the fun or need a place to crash if you’re coming in from out of town, just call! We plan to hit up the grand ol’ Oasis (you wouldn’t recognize it if you haven’t been there in the last 3 years) and then maybe Cooley’s for wings, $5 sauces for your wings and CRAB DIP and Diet Coke…..ahhhh….the good times. Don’t quite miss it, yet….but I do miss the people!
Friday, July 11, 2008
That being said, I have decided to reward myself.
When breastfeeding, namely pumping, turned out to be so difficult from the beginning, I committed to keep on until Ben was 6 months. That was my goal. I am so happy to say that Ben is now 6 ½ months and we are going strong and hope to continue it until at least our trip to Disney World in September!
Ben has now started eating “meals” 3 times a day. Because of this, we have gotten to a point where he only needs to nurse every 3-4 hours (This is down from every 2 which is WONDERFUL). When he was eating every two hours, he ended up going through about 4 bottles at playschool- two breast milk and two formula. Now, he is only taking about 2 ½ bottles at playschool- one breast milk and one formula (We’ve got to keep the formula in there because without at least one bottle of it, the child does not poop….hehe! He’s a little backwards with that one!)
All that to say, I have FINALLY reached a point where I can drop a pumping session at work. YAY! For MONTHS I have been envious of all those moms with an oversupply that were able to pump for like a minute and be able to feed all the starving kids in the world age 0-5! Finally, I will be able to have a lunch again (all glorious 30 minutes of it!). What ever will I do with the time?
I still plan to nurse at 6:30, pump at 10:30, pump at 2:30, nurse at 6:30 then nurse/pump at 10:30! Hopefully with this schedule, the timing of Ben’s solids will be right along with our meals: 8:30, 12:30, 5:30!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Last night, I was really excited about trying Ben on some broccoli. I also decided to give him a little rice cereal mush and half a banana for him to play with and attempt to suck on.
Caleb started cooking the broccoli while I gave Ben the banana….thinking he would really enjoy licking it and sucking on it. Nope! He attacked it and took one big bite! A big chunk of banana was in his mouth. Scary as hell! I kept telling myself, “Don’t freak out! Don’t freak out! If he can’t gum it, he can’t swallow it.” Sure enough, out spits the banana chunk….Phew!
Let’s move onto something else! =0) hehe…..so I handed him a cool mushy piece of broccoli, large enough for him to hold. Into the mouth it goes! Another huge chunk! Off comes all the little pieces. The face Ben made was priceless. Ben is NOT a fan of broccoli…. coupled with the fact that he is not a fan of little foreign pieces of food in his mouth, either. He started gagging a little bit….but it seemed SO much worse at the time. I think he coughed about 3 times, but it felt continuous!
Oh! I forgot to mention that he did spit out the broccoli, too. It was kind of like watching one of those yard sprinklers shoot out little bits of water…..Ben the automatic broccoli sprinkler.
To make matters EVEN worse, Caleb (my wonderful husband) decided he was going to leave me alone in this endeavor. He was making a broccoli salad in the kitchen. While I was trying to watch Ben “eat”, he joined us at the table with a bowl of his own broccoli creation. Wouldn’t you know….he starts gagging!! I glared at him and told his to get out! He looked at me with this pitiful face that read, “But what about me, I’m choking!” In retrospect it was really funny and really ironic. Caleb was able to cough up the broccoli on his own, too!
Anyway, our first attempt was much harder to watch than I realized. BLW sounds really good on paper, but I don’t think we are there yet. Since Ben spit the majority of the food out, I am going to try a little bit of food here and there until he really learns to gum it! In the meantime, we’re going to work on his pincer grasp (I read WAY too much about baby development!)!
The lady who fell in love with Riley is married to a truck driver who is on the road a lot. She has two Jack Russell terriers and her big dog of 18 years just passed away. She was looking for another big dog to fill that gap.
They live in Clayton and have a lot of land. She called us after he got home with her and told us that he loved chasing all the bunnies, and he was just about to jump into the pool for a quick dip. She even told us that she would send us Christmas cards with his pictures until we told her to stop!
We’re very happy to have found a good home for him.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I have been reading all sorts of information about it on-line. I really like this idea of letting Ben “play” with his food and discover how to feed himself. I kind of feel like foods/mealtimes should be more about discovering new textures and tastes, than to pack him full of food so he will sleep =0) If he’s hungry, he’ll nurse! Since Ben is still deriving over 75% of his daily nutrition from my milk or formula, learning to eat can be more about discovery for him! (And this little guy LOVES to discover new things!)
I like how one author put it:
“This approach to weaning offers a baby the opportunity to discover what other foods have to offer as part of finding out about the world around him. It utilizes his desire to explore and experiment, and to mimic the activities of others. Allowing the baby to set the pace of each meal, and maintaining an emphasis on play and exploration rather than on eating, enables the transition to solid foods to take place as naturally as possible. This is because it would appear that what motivates babies to make this transition is curiosity, not hunger.”
Here is another quote I like:
“It appears that a baby’s general development keeps pace with the development of his ability to manage food in his mouth, and to digest it. A baby who is struggling to get food into his mouth is probably not quite ready to eat it. It is important to resist the temptation to ‘help’ the baby in these circumstances since his own developmental abilities are what ensure that weaning takes place at the right pace for him. This process is also what keeps him safe from choking on small pieces of food, since, if he is not yet able to pick up small objects using his finger and thumb, he will not be able to get, for example, a pea or a raisin into his mouth. Once he is able to do this, he will have developed the necessary oral skills to deal with it.”
Anyway, I still have A LOT of reading and experimenting to do. Please don’t take anything I just wrote as an “I’m Right and You’re Wrong” lecture. I am just interested in trying something like this….and, I’m hoping to find more information about it before I do.
Meanwhile, I am actually really excited about buying broccoli tonight so that I can give him the cooked stalk to discover. Chances are he won’t eat much of it! Chances are this will probably be one big Benjamin mess! But, come on! The child reaches for EVERYTHING we eat….and, he seems much more interested in putting the spoon to his own mouth than to have it fed to him. I am curious to see what happens!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thank you for watching me while my Mommy and Daddy were in the mountains.
I had a really good time! I loved going to the museums with you. I liked the butterfly garden the best and hope to go again with you really soon! I also liked how you fed me my bottles. You did a really good job! I’m sorry I get a little mad when I’m starving! I’m working on that.
Thank you for introducing me to pears. They were GOOD! I like the extra rice cereal you threw in there. I like eating!
Thank you for taking the time to work on new ways to go to sleep. Thanks for putting batteries in my mobile and for leaving it on so that I could play with it during the night. Thank you thinking up the idea of including two pacifiers in my crib with me. I really like one for each hand.
Thank you for singing “Rock-a-bye Benjamin” and “Jesus Loves the Little Benjamins”! That made me really happy!
PopPop Paul- Thank you for blowing up my pool and for playing with me in it! That was really cool! Thank you, also, for cleaning the house for Mommy and Daddy. They told me that was really nice to come home to. It let them have more time to play with me.
Can’t wait until Disney World! See you soon!
P.S.- Kirk says thanks for not losing him!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
We're a little late wishing you a Happy Independence Day because we spent the long week-end in Valle Crucis, NC (aka The NC Mountains!). This was our first week-end away from Ben (It was about time! We love him dearly, but I've heard a trip is necessary within the first 3-6 months!) MeeMom and PopPop came in from Maryland and watched Ben while we were away. We have over a hundred pictures from their visit with him, so we thought it would be best to share our pictures first.
We LOVED the entire trip. If you are ever looking for a B&B to stay in the mountains...this is it! The location was great (6 miles from Boone, NC). Here's the site:
The massage room!
On Saturday, Caleb and I went on a Fly Fishing float trip down the Watauga River (in Tennessee!) I know, you either think I am the coolest wife on the planet or a complete idiot! I have to admit, it was GREAT! We had a really good guide through Elf Creek Outfitters (http://www.ecoflyfishing.com/). He was very patient. He demonstrated how to cast and was there to fix all the knots in my line. I even hooked Caleb a few times =0)The river was absolutely beautiful. This was BY FAR the best way to travel it! There was a mist/fog sitting over the water which made you feel like you were completely alone on the river.
More misty pictures!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
He liked water, but the sound of the waves was still a little scary!
Doesn't he look so cute in that LOUD little bathing suit with matching beach hat! I could just eat him up!
The pictures below are from our Emerald Isle trip- when Ben and I got to visit with our famliy!
This is one of my new favorite pictures!
He ended up putting his hands and whole foot IN the cake by accident.
Speaking of eating books, we went to the doctor for Ben's 6-month check up (and shots!). The doc seems to think that Ben is teething. He said that the bottom left gums look inflamed and seems to think that the right bottom tooth will follow soon after the left. Tylenol doesn't seem to help. He does like his mesh teether.....we put ice cubes in it (learned this trick from Baby Bridget!) But, the nights have been VERY long lately. He is SO uncomfortable....and it is really wearing on all of us.
He's now 16 lbs 8 ounces and is in the 50 percentile for weight, length and head circumference. Ben has been eating every 2 hours at daycare, so we are working on spacing that out to every 3-4 hours with a meal of rice cereal and fruit/veggie twice a day! Soon we will be adding the third meal.
Little man is growin up so fast.....time for another....hehe! Just kidding!