The Joys of Teething and other fun stuff

I think this is week three of teething. I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong a lot lately.  Like when I wrote my rent check out of the wrong bank account. The drool has started draining out of the little Peanut Man like a broken hydrant. I’m praying that is a sign that we’re almost done.  If not, I may have to resort to using his little razor blade fingernails to slit his gums and move things along. I’m an thankful every day for my Hyland’s teething tablets and gel. (I know the tablets have been voluntarily recalled, we’ve just never had an issue with them, so I’m using up what I have left)

We’ve been trying to do some easy science experiments in between fussy spells.  I’m working on reviewing an experiment eBook from Touch of Home Learning and so far the kids are LOVING it!

This is from one of their experiments!

I’ve also missed a week in my #7virtues book study (click here for last chapter’s post) because I’ve been trying to focus on what it was painfully reminding me I was supposed to be focusing on.  So instead of keeping up with The Blog Dare I was paying attention to the “bugs” and trying to pay some attention to hubby. 

We’ve been struggling with school lately as well and while I had been just doing what I could and making do I have decided that I’m tired of just “making do”.  My girls have been making do with whatever mom pulled together that day for a couple years now, because of new babies, and I needed to give them something more structured.  I was reintroduced to Time 4 Learning and am so excited to be offered a chance to try it out for FREE in exchange for an honest review on my blog. My disclaimer is posted in my sidebar.  I cannot wait to get started!  I am already thanking the Lord for His blessings on this.  Two years ago we could not have afforded to let one kid be a member on that site now we can afford to sign up both of our girls!

I am also very excited about a couple of blog graphics I’m working on!  It’s challenging to try and design with Lil Peanut on my lap (or nursing!) but SO VERY excited that these wonderful moms are trusting me with their graphics!  My kids are going to my moms house this weekend for a “It’s Nanny’s Birthday Not Quite Spring Yet Break” and I’m hoping to have lots of time then to finish these up and fix up my own blog for spring time.

How could I forget?  I am also anxiously awaiting a package from Butt Naked Baby!  Isn’t that name adorable?! I’ve been offered a chance to review one of their products and after spending some time on their site I must say I’m stalking my mailman!

Enough rambling….  totally lost my focus again. I’m pretty sure I need to go fish something out of Lil Man’s mouth again.


WAIT…. I wanted to share with you guys the little sheets I made Taderbug for school this week.  They are simple, for learning to read.  Take the letter at the top of the page and add it to all the word endings.  Then circle the words that are REAL words.  She loved it.

You can get it here.

TTFN!  Lisa

Our new baby play pad, from Bright Starts

About a month ago, I sent hubby an instant message asking him to PLEASE buy the baby a little play mat so he could lay down and kick at some rings.  I even sent him a link to one at Target (along with a link to a pricier one so he could see how frugal and reasonable I was being).  He went to Target.  He came home with milk.  Just milk.
When he saw my face he suddenly remembered the play mat request and agreed to pack us ALL up to go back to Target.
Apparently he understands the concept of “if mama ain’t happy no one is happy”.
He’s a good man.
Occasionally a smart man.
Well, the store was completely out of the one I had picked.  They had the two ‘fancy’ more expensive ones (of course).
I pouted. A lot.
While my head was hung, pouting, contemplating what I would make him buy me instead, I saw the box – pushed to the back- with the Bright Starts Baby Play Mat in it:

It was more than I wanted to pay, but it did SO MUCH MORE than what I had been looking for. I loved it and I made it mine!
Lucky for me I did because my not-even-six-month-old is crawling and rolling and trying to climb and the flip up sides give me a few extra seconds to get there before he gets himself in trouble.  The toys unlink and can be moved to the links I have on the stroller and the car seat!
I waited to post my review here and on amazon because I wanted to see how well it washed up.
Well, it did great!  There was a tiny bit of shrinking (mainly because of my dryer) but the plastic side supports went back in with no problem.
It is almost a shame that we’re not having any more kids because this is something I would use over and over again!
When I traveled to my moms house before Thanksgiving I slipped the plastic sides out, and folded up the rest.  It was easier to tote around than my pack and play!
As a side note:  Our 2yo LOVES to climb in it at night with a pillow and blanket.

Baby Showers after the first baby? (Tips for a Unique Baby Shower)

Like most moms I had a couple (read: 4!) baby showers when I was pregnant with my first child.  With child number two, I didn’t have any parties nor did I expect to have any.  I did receive a few group gift bags from my work and hubby’s work, and a few gifts from close family and friends but no ‘showers’.  Maybe I’m old school, but the very idea of throwing me a shower seemed silly and selfish.  It wasn’t like it had been ten years since my last baby.  Add to that I was having another girl, so we couldn’t even say we needed ‘boy’ stuff.
With baby number three, I reluctantly let my mother throw me a baby shower.  I wanted it small because I still felt it was greedy of me to have one.  But, we had recently sold all of our baby things in a yard sale because we weren’t expecting to have another baby any time soon.
By baby number four I think everyone was a little bored with the “look Lisa is having a baby” routine!  (That is until they found out we FINALLY had a boy)

Between my first child and my last child I participated and/or hosted more baby shower then even I want to remember.  I’d like to share with you ten tips for having a unique baby shower the mom is sure to remember.

  1. Invite HER friends- Even at a workplace shower, it’s always nice to have her bff there, or maybe a sister.  It’s a sweet surprise to walk into the room and have one of your closest buddies there to share it with you.  If you can’t get the best friend try for the mom-to-be’s mother!
  2. Do games that create memories- Make a poem with the babies name, Draw pictures of the ‘baby’ on paper plates on your head, Have everyone sign a mat that can frame the baby’s first picture.
  3. Theme the gifts- Depending on the size of the party, and the relationship of the guests, you can theme the gifts for added fun: homemade items, gift cards, diaper/wipe parties, or ‘stuff for mom’ !
  4. Cool, Cool, Cool- Pregnant women, in my experience, tend to be on the warmer side.  Make sure the location is air conditioned, or if held in the winter time, make sure the heat isn’t up too high for the mom-to-be.
  5. Invite hubby!- My favorite shower was the one that included my husband. He spent most of the time standing in the back with the rest of the men but it was nice to have him sit next to me as we opened presents together.
  6. Cake not required- Remember that pregnancy reeks havoc on your body and your taste buds.  While I can’t imagine NOT liking cake, I do have a few friends who don’t care for that dessert.  If the mom-to-be is having issues with gestational diabetes then eating cake would be a bad idea.  Don’t get caught up on traditional party foods and get what the mom-to-be wants and needs.
  7. Surprise! – If you’re planning a surprise shower, consider sending her off to get her hair done before the party.  It’s an easy way to help her look and feel wonderful before she finds herself in a room of picture-takers.
  8. Quilt it! – Ask the guests to bring in a quilt square.  At the shower the group can take turns stitching the squares together to make a quilt cover! Maybe someone can volunteer to help back and quilt it.
  9. Blogger mom-to-be?  Instead of baby gifts, go online to her blogger world and find her some guest bloggers to write some posts for after the baby arrives!
  10. For the future – If the mom is pretty set on baby things, plan her a shower that focuses on the future.  Include a piggy bank for college funds, bring gifts for an older baby or toddler, and coupons for future free babysitting!

Keeping the party focused on mom is the most important tip I can offer, and that means letting go of what YOU think is the perfect shower and focusing on what she likes, prefers, and plans on doing as a mom.
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Welcome Lil' Man, aka Hoss, aka Peanut…

After weeks of tweeting that I thought it was ‘time’…. it finally was TIME.
What started out as just not feeling well a 8pm, turned into ‘gosh this is uncomfy’ at midnight.  Quickly followed by a 2:30 am nudge to hubby for him to wake up and make himself some coffee.  (His response:  “why?”   My response: “cuz I’m having a baby silly?”   His response: “no your not, you just have gas”)
At 3 am I ‘nudged’ him a little more forcefully as I had decided I did NOT want to be up all by myself and my good friend Rena, who had been chatting with me through the labor since midnight, had to go to bed.
I had called the midwife, who told me to call back when they were four minutes apart, and lasting over a minute.  I had called my mom, who had the longest drive, and told her not to panic or rush but that it was time to head this way.
Hubby made coffee, cleaned up the kitchen, got the tub out and the towels, hooked up the water hose to the sink, and then rented “The Road” off the playstation 3 and started watching a movie.
At 4 am we called hubbys parents so they could head up to our house.
At 4:30 I called my midwife back, in tears.  They were not a steady 4 minutes apart but I could feel I was running out of time, as so could she.  She made it here about 5 am.  I was already in the tub as I couldn’t stand it anymore.  Yea, it hurt…. alot…. more then it had with Bubbagirl.
I remembered to make low sounds.  I remembered to breathe through the pain.  I also reached deep into myself and remembered how to cry like a little girl, shake my head and tell my hubby I didn’t want to do this any more….
I can remember doing all of this and yet still laughing at myself on the inside for acting like such a baby when I knew that it wouldn’t last forever.
The midwife offered to check me, I accepted, and I was relieved to find out we were at 10 cm already!!
About 5:30 am, Bubbagirl came downstairs.  She stood in the doorway to the kitchen and stared, unsure of what was going on.  Then she asked Daddy to turn on cartoons.  He tried, then I cried, and he told Bubbagirl she had to wait.  So she stood there, staring at Mommy.
The very moment I could feel the baby’s head I started pushing…. HARD.  I grew impatient between the contractions because I wanted to push again.
The midwife told me later that as the baby’s head was appearing she started to get worried, it looked more like his bottom then the top and she was concerned he had flipped and was coming out breach….
At 5:49 am he was born, head first….  the confusion was because he was born in the caul.  What she saw was the ambiotic sac, still intact.  Then his little face with his hand pressed up against his cheek.
“Reach down and get your baby” she said.
And so I did.  Head in one hand, bottom in the other….  would you know I pulled his behind up first (had to check to see if we had indoor or outdoor plumbing).
“You wanna bring up his head honey?” she asked, giggling….
Yea, I guess I should huh…As I swiped his little face he started crying…  loudly.
Daddy turned and asked Bubbagirl is she wanted to some see the baby….

Bubbagirl meets Joshua

She practically tried to climb in the tub with us.
She was in love, and stayed close to him at all times.
Hubby called my mom, who was still on the road.
Then he called his mom and dad, who were still on the road.
No one made it here in time.  It was just myself, hubs, the midwife, and Bubbagirl.  The two oldest sisters slept through the entire ordeal.
He was 9 lbs 7 ozs, 21 inches long.
Our first and only son.  The only son of an only son as well.
My father had three daughters, my stepfather had two daughters and so far the only grandchildren born have been girls.  There are just a few happy grandpa’s out there right now not to mention a very proud Daddy!
Things are busy around here, running to doctor’s appointments (for Lil’ Man and Daddy) and getting things in order to go to my mom’s house this weekend to pick up the big sisters (they’ve been gone for a week).  When I get back I’ll look over the comments on the baby shower post and pick the winner!
Thanks to all my buddies, readers, and tweeters who helped me through and listened to all my whining in those final weeks waiting for Peanut!  HE was sooo worth the wait!

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