Saturday, March 29, 2008
Anyway, let me get to the silver lining part, today I got on the scale and for the first time in 56 weeks, I finally have reached my prepregnancy weight. It only took me 16 weeks to lose all 37 pounds I had gained in the 40 weeks I was pregnant. It's a lot easier to admit how much I gained now that I have lost it. Actually I lost the first 20 pounds the first week, so it has taken 15 weeks to lose the other 17. I guess I will have to remember how hard it was to lose for the next time around (if and when), and be a bit more careful. Although I am a bit perplexed because I still have jeans that I'm pretty sure don't fit me. I guess they must have been my skinny jeans back in the day. I'm sure I can kiss those goodbye. It was hard enough getting where I am now. And I do realize that as soon as I am feeling better and actually start eating again, I will put those last few pounds back on, but I'll deal with that later.
*I have called in sick to work before on rare occasion, but never because I was sick.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The little singing doggy bouncer seat is still a big hit with Anthony. He loves to watch it sing and dance. He starts laughing and wiggling when it's on. I have tried to get him laughing on video, but he is on to me, and every time I get the flip out, he stops doing it.
Its always a sure thing to put him in the air and shake him. Or play elevator. It really gets him laughing, even when he is super grumpy.
Other things that are a hit is his Baby Einstein videos, his pacifier, and he has recently started taking interest in reading books.
Things that are usually always a miss are his swing (sadly) and tummy time. We're working on the tummy time thing though. My sister Rachael has me worried that I am prolonging a developmental milestone (of rolling over) by not putting on his tummy.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
My hardwood floors.
This is a before picture of our floors. They are very old and covered in dust and dirt, I was so surprised to see them refinished, I had no idea what was under all that dirt and grime.
I think they turned out great, they are a bit squeaky in spots, but other than that, I love them. According to the guys who refinished them, some people pay a lot of money to have new wood floors that look like old wood floors.
Here is another picture with a few of my favorite things, first of all I really like this chair, it is one of my favorite place to sit, it is big enough for me, Anthony and Brewster to sit in together and watch TV. Todd and I picked out the furniture together and then I went back the next day with my sister Francie to buy it. Todd didn't want me to get the ottoman, he thought it was too big for the room. Truthfully it is, but Francie talked me into buying it anyway, insisting that not only could we make it fit in the room, but that a comfy chair is so much comfyier if you can put your feet up. She was right about both. Todd wasn't too happy with me when they delivered the furniture a few months later. Oops, somehow I had forgotten to mention to him that I had added on the ottoman to the order.The mirror behind the chair was an impulse buy, with no place in my house to put it in mind when I bought it, but I really like the look of it in the living room. As an added bonus it is a skinny mirror, you know the kind that makes you look 10 pounds less than you really are.
The curtians you see are another of my favorite things in my house, actually I love all the curtians in my house, they were custom made by my mom. She made them all without patterns too, I just showed her a picture of what I wanted, she took a few measurements, we went to the fabric store and she went home with a lot of work to do. The next time she came for a visit, she brought all the curtians with her ready to hang.
My stove is another favorite, I really enjoy cooking on it. It is also great for canning because the canner pot is so big and heavy, it's nice to not have to worry about breaking the stove top. I wish I did more of both, cooking and canning. Unfortunately, I don't have much counter space, so when Rachael and I make our spagetti sauce in the summer we do it at her house because she has the bigger kitchen, but her stove is a smooth glass top and I always worry that the heavy canner is going to break it. So far it hasn't (knocking on wood).
This piece of furniture used to be a room divider in the house between the kitchen and the dining room that you could access from both sides. It went from floor to ceiling so the top had to be cut off to move it. It was removed during the remodel to open up the living space a bit, but I wanted to save it and use it somehow. It works great in our office. You can stuff a lot of junk in those cupboards and drawers. One side had solid doors, and the other side had glass doors, I liked the look of the glass doors better, but that would not allow me to use the cabinet as planned. (to stuff junk in it) I wish I could take the credit for refinishing it myself. I tried, and gave up, it was too big a job for me, so I had it refinished by a professional. It turned out great.
This is what it looked like before it was refinished. We used the top part that was cut off too but it goes with a picture of some of the things I don't like about my house so I am not showing it. It sits below the TV that is mounted on the wall and the wires hang down and show. Todd has yet to hide them in the wall. If we ever get them tucked away I will show a picture.
Now it's your turn, show me some pictures of some of your favorites in your house. Don't forget to leave me a comment so I can go read your post.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I love this little onesie
Anthony has recently discovered his hand tastes good. I can't keep it out of his mouth.
He sits better in this chair. Here he is getting ready for a bath.
This is what we do when Anthony is fussy, put him in the air and shake him. He laughs every time. We call it shakin out the grumps. (Don't worry we don't shake hard)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Anthony, D'Arcy & Brewster watching Baby Einstein
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Is this not the cutest little bottom you've ever seen?
(not counting your own kid of course, since I know everyone thinks their kid is the cutest)
Thanks to everyone for your advice. I am beginning to realize that a schedule is the best way to go. I work such odd shifts myself that I thought it would be hard to put Anthony on a schedule and stick to it. Plus I figured if we weren't on a "schedule" my baby would be more flexible about being able to go with the flow. Rather than be a mess if he missed his nap, or something like that.
Today I tried to put Anthony down for a nap while he was awake and see if he could fall asleep on his own. I was only going to wait 5 minutes before going to him, but after 2 minutes my husband was giving me a huge guilt trip about letting him cry. I explained what I was trying to do, and that I was going to go in there in a couple minutes if he didn't settle down. He says "Do you want him to change his own diapers and feed himself too? He's a baby!" He then went in to him, picked him up and rocked him to sleep.
I don't like to hear him cry either, but Todd can't handle it at all. So I guess that is something I will have to work on with Anthony when his Daddy is at work.
Do you like the sepia tone better or the color version up top? I'm thinking about framing one of them for my bathroom wall above the bathtub.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Here is what is happening, his naps are short during the day, usually lasting only an hour at most. We're working on it, and I can deal with that. Our biggest problem is going to bed at night. Or I should say staying in bed at night. He actually falls asleep really fast, around 9 pm we start by rocking him to sleep in the kitchen in front of the exhaust fan and he falls asleep within 5 minutes. Then we tip toe up the stairs ever so gently as to not make the wooden steps creak, lay him in his bed, and tip toe out the door. We have a fan CD playing in the room for white noise and we keep a small dim light on in the room. Within 5 minutes he is awake and crying again. We go back in to check on him, put the pacifier back in his mouth and try to sooth him in bed without getting him up. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. If it doesn't then we're back to the kitchen to start all over. He will again quickly fall back asleep if we pick him up, so I know he is tired, he just can't seem to stay asleep. Surely he hasn't figured out how to manipulate us already. This goes on for anywhere between 1 to 2 hours each night. Rarely do we put him to bed and have him stay asleep for the night.
I know you are supposed to put them to sleep awake, but if we do that he will cry, and work himself up. When he cries if we don't go to him right away and console him, he again works himself into a fit of crying. I am sure we must be doing something wrong here, so I am asking for suggestions here. We have read the books and now I want tried and tested advice from moms. I think I already know that I need to get him to fall asleep on his own in his crib, but I don't know how to do that. Suggestions welcome.
And now I have to go because it's my turn to go up there now.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
It was great seeing all the family, the first day we got there we went to Dad and Barbara's house, it hasn't changed a bit. Well except that dad almost has the fireplace finished he started building 8 years ago. The last time I was there Barbara told me if it wasn't finished in a year she would divorce him, 8 years later they are still married and the fireplace is still not finished. I guess some things never change. My dad has always been a bit pokey about getting things done. When I asked him about it he said, I either don't have the time or I don't have the money to work on it. Maybe he will get it done by this summer.
Then we went over to my aunt Mone's house and visited for a while. Her house is just the same too, she still had the beads hanging from the bedroom door jams that you have to part to walk through. Her grandson BJ lives with her now. Brandy her other granddaughter was there visiting coincidentally (not because of the funeral) and she has a 1 year old with another on the way. Her little guy is a hefty 30 pounds. He makes Rachael's boys look skinny. Aunt Bugs apparently comes over there daily with her two dogs. If it storms she spends the night. She is still wrinkly as ever and just as skinny. She said she weighs a whopping 85 pounds. I think her 2 little chiwawa's eat all her food because they are the fattest little dogs I've ever seen.
Ryan and Lisa and their kids got in late that night and we went to Denny's for dinner. Then early that morning Ryan and Dad went to Oklahoma City to pick up Grandma Annie and bring her to Muskogee for the funeral. She is pretty much the same, still dishin it out, and telling jokes. I think she is quite a bit shorter though, she is starting to look like great grandma did. She was hard to drag away for the night but we finally convinced her to stay in the hotel and we'd take her back the next day. She was worried to death about her dogs being away from her for so long. She wouldn't tell me exactly how many animals she has, apparently it is top secret. Veli assured her they would be just fine. She liked my eggplant shirt (the farm logo one) so before we left I opened her suitcase to sneak it in there for her to find when she gets home and I saw she had snatched all the cups and toiletry samples from the hotel. Again some things never change.
The funeral was later that day, and we got to see a lot more of the family. Kim brought her 5 kids. But surprisingly she was very normal and the only thing countrified about her was her 5 kids. (sorry mom) She told me everyone always asks her if she knows why she keeps getting kids, she got tired of that question so she started tell people "yes, that's my favorite part!" I love that answer. She says it shuts them up pretty quick.
Charlies wife and daughter flew in from Spain for the funeral. They were very friendly but the language barrier made it difficult to talk much. The daughter Arrianna is definitely Charlies daughter, with her blue eyes and blond hair she looks a lot like him I think. I heard she wants to come to school in America next year to learn English better. I have her email address and I hope to get to know her better. I also think it would be a great opportunity for her to come to America and learn English. I would like to offer to let her live with Todd and I. Todd seems open to the idea, so we will see what happens. He also likes that we have family in Spain. He sees that as a vacation opportunity and wants to go visit them there.
The funeral was sad, he had a large church family that came to the funeral and many of them had tears in their eyes, I truly felt they all knew and loved Charlie. He was hard not to like, even with all of his flaws. Here is a funny story about Charlie that if you knew him will make you smile. Apparently his neighbors were complaining that charlie had a lot of stuff around the yard that made it look sloppy, so one of them kindly asked him if he would clean it up. He very nicely said he would, and that day he made a pile in his front yard of all his junk and set it on fire. He was as ornery as they come. Here is his obituary if you want to read it.
The next day we went to Oklahoma city to take my grandma home and out to lunch with Veli and Robert (my Aunt and cousin) before we left. We let them pick the restaurant and they picked Cici's pizza. They love that place, I can't for the life of me figure out why. Veli also made me some vegetarian egg rolls to take home with me. They are so good. After pizza we took them all home and headed for the airport.
This is what we ate the entire time we were in OK. Popeye's chicken, Quizno's, Denny's, Golden Corral, Cici's pizza. The best meal we ate the whole time we were there was the free continental breakfast at the hotel. I think if I ate at one more greasy food joint I was going to puke. I pretty much felt nauseated the whole time we were there.
I guess they like cheap food in Oklahoma, and buffets seem to be popular as well.
I told Todd that we hardly spent any money on food while we were there. He said, he would have gladly spent more money on food for a descent meal.
And that was our trip in a nutshell.
Also in case you didn't pick up on it, my family in OK is very country and simple. Aunt Bugs says everyone makes fun of Oklahoma, that were just a bunch of rednecks but she claims OK has more astronauts than any other state. I don't know if that's true or not, be she swears it is. I think what she was getting at was that just because your country doesn't mean your stupid.
I do know that Carrie Underwood (American Idol winner from season 4) is from Checotah, OK (the town my uncle Charlie lived it)
I also got a hold of some of my grandpa Chucks old pictures while I was there from when we were kids, I hope to post them soon. I need to find a scanner first.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Well I really gotta run to work, but here is one picture for now, it's of Shannon and I with our Uncle Charlie* at my Grandpa Chucks house.
*Charlie died 3/4/08 in a house fire.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The hospital I was at was out of network for my insurance, I knew this all along but wanted to go to the hospital my sisters OB/GYN office uses and the one closest to my house, so I knew I would be paying a high coinsurance. 40% to be exact. I also know an epidural cost around $1000 so my portion would be $400. A price I was definitely willing to pay. But when I had to get 2 epidurals, I wondered if I would then have to pay for 2, even though I don't think it was my fault the first one came out. At the moment I of course didn't care, but later I thought that if they tried to make me pay for 2 it wasn't going to be fair. All this time I've been wondering about that bill.
The verdict is in, the bill came in the mail today and it's good news. The total charges were $900 and my insurance covered $867.73 of it. I only owe $32.27. I don't know how this happened but it was a very pleasant surprise. I'm so glad I didn't cheap out and try to do it natural just to save money.