Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I may have forgotten to tell you

but Emery started crawling on the 13th. The day before 8 months. He is pulling himself up on anything and everything. I'm sure he will be walking soon (probably a month or two).

He is HATING baby food. He wants all big person food. Today we made chicken cheese steaks and we had chicken and red and green peppers left over. So I cut it up bite size for him and fed him. For the first time in days/weeks he didn't fuss and start getting frustrated and crying. He loves all the textures that aren't pureed.

He's started blabbering more and more words at a time so I hope he starts talking soon. I can't wait to here "mama" though I know that once it starts it never stops lol

He's growing too big too fast!

A man, a boy and a donkey

This is a little story I found on a gal name Jess' page. IROCKSOWHAT. I laughed and thought that it was a great point. I need to remember this in this future when it comes to a lot of things...currently...the Spa. I said I would not work Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for the past few months I've let myself kind of be bullied into working them for pushy people who just cannot wait and a Spa Owner who doesn't want to let any clients down. It's started to get really frustrating and pushes things aside like my bible study. I cannot lose that as I feel so much better every time I go. Anyway...enjoy, hopefully it helps you too.



There was an old man, a boy and a donkey. They were going to town and it was decided that the boy should ride.

As they went along they passed some people who thought that it was a shame for the boy to ride and the old man to walk. The old man and boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they changed positions.

Later, they passed some more people who thought that it was a real shame for that man to make such a small boy walk. The two decided that maybe they should both walk.

Soon they passed some people who thought that it was stupid to walk when they had a donkey to ride. The man and the boy decided maybe the best thing would be for them both to ride the donkey.

Soon, they passed a group who thought that it was a shame to put such a load on a poor helpless animal. The old man and the boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they decided to carry the donkey.

As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.

The Moral of the Story: If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose your ass!

---Do what you want, you don't need to worry about what anyone else thinks.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dear Emery, 8 months

My Dearest Emery,

In the past month or even two weeks you have just exploded into a 'nother person.

Let us take a look...

Yesterday you had your appointment for your adhesion on your peepee. Daddy put your numbing cream on as directed an hour before and I gave you some ibuprofen to help with any swelling or pain. We were so unsure of how the whole process was going to go. Thankfully it went very smoothly. They used some medical tweezers and just pulled the adhered skin off the head of your little part. Daddy sent it went really easy. I was so proud of your dad. He didn't get queasy or pass out as I figured he might. He actually watched! He said he wanted to see how it was done so we can prevent this from ever happening again. Keep in mind, none of this was our fault. The doctor who circumcised you didn't tell us to pull your skin down with every diaper change or keep a cream on it to keep it from sticking. We brought it up at every appointment and they said as you got active it'd work itself out. From now we are keeping vaseline on you every day. I hate to have to hold you down at the doctors for this stuff. You only fussed at being restricted from movement and then you were fine. You were a little fussy a few hours afterwards but I've been keeping you dosed with ibuprofen. You are a trooper my little man!

You were 19lb 3oz and 28 1/4" at that appointment. Growing growing growing!

You also started crawling for the first time yesterday. I am so glad both your daddy and I were there to see it. We are both so worried that we'll miss some of your firsts because of our jobs. You didn't want to crawl for your yogurt but man you will up and MOVE for your Gerber Puffs. You LOVE them! Those and your yogurt melts. I spend too much on treats I'm sure but I love giving you new things to try and seeing how you react. Skometimes you crawl the normal baby crawl and other times you use your hands and one leg to pull/push yourself forward and your other leg you keep tucked under your butt and drag it. I think you look like a little pirate who's missing a leg.

We went to lunch the other day and you had the tomatoe chunks off daddy's salad and a couple of the little pieces of cucumber. I also gave you some lemon that I got for my water. You just sucked and sucked and chewed on that lemon. Not a single sour faced look at all. You loved it. Daddy also gave you grapefruit the other day and you loved it. He said you made a few funny faces but kept wanting more. I'm so glad you are an adventerous baby when it comes to food and you genuinely love anything!

You love your lego's! Just like your mama, daddy and brudders. You tip the big box over and dig through them. You toss them far away or chuck them over your shoulder. You also love the wooden shape blocks I bought you. You're too young to put them in the big box and learn the shapes but you love gnawing on them.

You just adore your brothers. You think they are the funniest things. No matter what they do you laugh at them. If they start being goofy you laugh hysterically. I love watching you interact with them. We usually don't allow much goofing off/rough housing in the house but we can't help but let it slide sometimes when you are laughing at them. We just have to make sure no one, especially you get hurt by it. You totally egg them on. It reminds me of the stories grandma tells me about daddy and his brothers. Of course they are SO close in age and you and your brothers are really spread out age wise but I am quite positive you all will be very close. I just wish your brothers were with us 100% of the time. I don't know how you live without them on the few days they aren't here. When they are here you go bonkers and cry if they leave your sight. I enjoy that I can sit you in their bedroom and you are so happy just to sit and watch and play cars with them while I get chores or dinner done.

You have become a cuddle bug. You reach for daddy or I and nuzzle your head into our necks or chests. I love that you are finally this way. I was afraid I would only have the cuddles of you being itty bitty. Sometimes you are so fussy and I can pick you up and you cuddle your warm little body into mine and settle down. I can't hold you tight and "shh" you to sleep anymore. I do it just long enough for you to drift off and then when you fight me again I sit you up and hold you into my chest and you doze off. This is mostly for meetings when we arent' home and I can't put you into your crib for a nap nap.

You are still doing really well sleeping all night.

You just got over a double ear infection. You handled it so well. I knew something was up because you are usually not a fussy baby and you were pretty fussy at times during the day and didn't want to lay down or drink a bottle. I decided to get you in that same day and mama was right, it was an ear infection.

Even though I am a first time mama, I feel like i'm so in tune with you. I know when something isn't right and you're not yourself. I feel very prepared as a parent. It comes easy for me. I guess I have my aunts daycares and little cousins to thank for easing me into a maternal role. Or maybe I just have you, you are such an easy going and overly happy baby that you make being your mama a piece of cake.

I love watching you and your daddy together. He is just as smitten with you as I am. He really gets to enjoy you and says you have so much personality where your brothers didn't. We have their mom to blame for being such a neglectful and selfish egg donor. I promise you that you will never ever have a parent like that. If anything was to ever happen with your daddy I would never ever use you against him and I would NEVER try to keep you from him. I would also never bounce men in and out of your life. The only guy you'll know as a daddy is your daddy. I promise!

You get more and more curious every day. Still examining every toy and every person. When you meet some new you give them this funny look and make them think you're not friendly. Then suddenly you grin a big huge grin and they melt. You are such a charming little flirt. I am quite positive that you will be such a wonderful person and attract the attention of everyone around you.

You love to sing in the car when we drive. You talk/yell really loud and I sing back to you. That reminds me that we got you two new car seats. One for each of our cars. You are such a tall baby that you were totally outgrowing your infant seat and it was hard to pack you around. You started showing interest in sitting up and would get mad when you couldn't. So we started letting you ride in the seat of the cart in stores and you just had so much fun. So now in your new carseats you get to sit up like a big boy and interact with your brothers and look around. We scoop you out of the seat and you ride in the cart.

It makes me sad that you are growing up so fast but I also am enjoying it so much because everyday is an adventure and I know that we have so much fun to be had in our future.

There is so much that I notice everyday and try to make a mental note so I can blog about it. I feel like I'm forgetting so much. I'm going to start keeping a little notebook with me so I don't forget anything.

I love you so much Emery Jacob, you are my little sunshine. You make me feel so blessed everyday.

p.s. Your brudder Ethan has picked up on calling you Emery Jacob. "Emery Jacob, IT.IS.OK."  "You are so cute Emery Jacob" etc.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dr. Seuss for Nursing Mamas

I found this on Facebook. Posted by Justice For Lily. Feel free to check out the page, "like" it and support a mama who lost her little girl to the cruel hands of a step mother. She is fighting one hell of a battle with the courts and against the father who stood beside the step mother even though she murdered his little girl.

Anyway, before I get riled up about POS parents, enjoy the cute poem!

Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms

Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I’d nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seat belt on?
Can you nurse from dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
I will nurse her `till she’s full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy’s milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?
I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.

As for those who protest lactation,
I have the perfect explanation.
Mommy’s milk is tailor made
It’s the perfect food, you need no aid.

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
Avert their eyes or even giggle.
To those who can be cruel and rude,
Remind them breast’s the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
I KNOW that this milk’s the perfect food!

We make the amount we need
The perfect temp for every feed.
There’s no compare to milk from breast-
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those sweet nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
Mommy’s milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can’t be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
On the street or in your face.
I will not let my baby cry,
I’ll meet her needs, I’ll always try.
It’s not about what’s good for you,
It’s best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads and ma’am.
I will nurse her, Mom I am!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hilarious day of Ethan

Today Ethan has been cracking me up. The kid is full of energy today and silly things come from his mouth. 
Ethan's phrase for this week is now "for Pete's sake!" and is no longer "sweet babies!"
He also stated having a headache and this is how the convo went: "You have a headache? Do you know what a headache feels like?" Ethan:"Yea, it's spinning and just spinning, my head."
 Then after we got back from a quick errand I asked him to please go use the potty. (His mom has been letting him poop his pants and he's done it here a few times now which is NOT ok) He used the bathroom and as I was getting Emery gathered up I asked if he went poop and he said no. I then proceeded to ask him to please go potty and try to go poop because we weren't going to deal with poopy pants tonight. "Ok!" As I'm getting Emery into pajamas I hear, "Kaylaaaa, I went poooop for you!"Nathan heard it as well and we were both laughing. 
These boys have me totally ready to document all the hilarious things that I hope Emery says.

Kiddy Survey

Cute little survey that I'm going to start doing with the boys. I can't wait till Emery is old enough to participate!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

25 Manners Kids Should Know

I love this: 25 Manners Kids Should Know I found this on pinterest though I've seen it around the internet numerous times.

I am going to teach the boys this. Emery will definitely grow up to be a polite boy, I will accept nothing less.  Here we go!

#1: When asking for something, say "Please."
#2: When receiving something, say "Thank you."
#3: Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
#4: If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
#5: When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
#6: The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
#7: Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
#8: When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
#9: When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
#10: Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
#11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
#12: Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
#13: Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
#14: Don't call people mean names.
#15: Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
#16: Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
#17: If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
#18: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public. #19: As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else. #20: If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.
#21: When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
#22: When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
#23: Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
#24: Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
#25: Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Monday, November 28, 2011

7 1/2 Month Update

Emery Jacob,

You amaze me everyday. I love to just sit and watch you learn. How smart you're becoming, how you're so curious and you want to constantly explore.

You used to be so anti cuddly except with your daddy because you can sprawl out on his long body. Now you've become a cuddly boy. You like to lay your head on my chest and cuddle with me, to curl up with me on the couch and take a little nap.

You love my phone. You hold it with both your hands and the pointer finger of your right hand rolls the ball. Then it moves to the charger port and you run the tip of your finger over it and click your nail on it. You examine every side of it, turning it every which way. You do the same thing with any toy you play with.

You like to talk, especially in the car. You bite the binky in the corner of your mouth and say ayiyiyiyiyiyi as loud as you can and your daddy and I laugh. We think you are just the silliest thing there is.

You know what "no" means. Gamma was telling Hadley "NO" and you started crying every time because you thought she was saying it to you. When we tell you at home you stop and look at us. Sometimes you try again until we tell you know. You especially know when you bite me nursing and I say "NO" and you start crying. 

You starting to use a sippy cup. You still haven't gotten the hang of it yet though.

You're SO close to crawling. About 3 or 4 days ago you finally started going backwards. You get your body lifted off the floor but you move your hands backwards and push yourself backwards. Soon you'll get the hang of getting up on your knees and going forwards. Our life is going to be full of adventure then! Your dadda is so ready for all this and I like you being stationary. You refuse to sit for long, you immediately are pushing yourself around and stretching your go-go-gadget arms to get things you want.

You are sleeping through the night again. 12 hours! I'm going to try to start weaning you from the binky. I try to take it away during the day and just use it for upset times, bedtime and naps.

You have gotten quite the temper. The other night you were trying to play at dinner
Every time I told him "no" he turned BRIGHT RED,scrunched up his face and literally started yelling/growling out of frustration. You randomly just started doing it when i wasn't telling you know so I thought something else was wrong and you proceeded to bite my face twice. At that point I had to tell you what you did was naughty etc etc and put you into your crib for your first time out.

You were also nursing and you weren't getting much milk (my supply has dropped) and you got really mad, turned red, started your "aruggggh" sound and then bit me!
 I love when you sit on the floor and stare off at nothing and talk. And you hold up your binky and put it in your mouth and spin it the right way. You make the silliest noises. I was changing your diaper and you were saying ahbaba. It sounded like you said apple quite a few times but then you went back to your ahh bahbahbah sound.
You make me smile all day long. You are the highlight of everyday and I'm always looking forward to your smooches. Half the time I'm bugging your dadda to let me wake you up from a nap so I can see your precious face and love on you.
I'm desperately trying to hold onto all these little moments. To remember every little thing about you and your innocence. I'm so afraid that I will forget how cute and chubby your little fingers are, how long your legs look compared to your body, your soft downy little head of blonde hair, your thick fat feet, you chunky thighs and crooked little butt crack. I don't want to forget a single thing about your babyhood because it is all flying by too quickly. 
 I love you so much and I hope you never ever question that!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dear Emery, 7 Months

My sweet Emery,

You are 7 months old today. I laid in bed this morning thinking of the day I went into labor and the days after in the hospital.

You are still such a serious boy. You look at everything, touch everything, move it between your hands studying every part of it. Then it goes straight into your mouth and you smile around it at us.

Everyone says you are such a happy baby and it is so true. You smile and smile unless you're bored or tired and then you get a little fussy.

Not much has changed from the past months except weight. You are now 18lbs 13oz and you are on the verge of crawling. You're rocking forward and figuring out how to rotate on your legs. You've face planted a few times so dadda and I think you aren't quite brave enough to try to start moving yet. I'm sure within the next week you'll be going....and you won't stop once that happens!

Grandma Rachel calls you "smiley" because that's all you do when she sees you. In February we are going to MT to visit Gamma, Kassie and Haddie. I keep telling you about Grandpa Travis and Great Gramma and Papa. I can't wait for them to meet you as they will just adore you! I hope Grandpa Travis comes to town to meet you and Haddie for the first time, but who knows. Either way you have plenty of family who loves you and makes you a big priority in their life.

You still hate just "meat" food. I can't mix more than a spoonful in with your veggies or you get all gaggy. Dadda and I understand that they smell pretty foul and probably taste the same. I just want you to be getting the iron and protein from them. Today you ate your apples and cherries for breakfast and were still hungry so you finished up the Macaroni and Beef with vegetables from dinner last night. I secretly put a spoonful of the plain beef in with it and you managed to eat it just fine. For lunch you had green beans and pears and I put a spoonful of ham in it. Gag, gag, gag. So I mixed the little bit of applesauce you had in with it and we were good to go. You just need more flavor I guess.

You LOVE yogurts. I can't feed you it fast enough. You also love the Gerber Puffs. Strawberry Banana is what these are. Daddy said the other day you were squawking and getting all pissed off and NOTHING was making you happy. He saw those and pulled them out and you got sooo excited and stopped fussing and ate about 20 of them.

When you get excited you clench and unclench your fists. You are so adorable. I'm trying to sign "more" to you when you want more so maybe you'll learn to tell us that way.

You love bouncing in the bouncer but seem to be burnt out on it so I've been putting you back in the exersaucer thing to play and you're happy with that. You found the door on the house a few weeks back and you smile at yourself in the mirror inside it. You love mirrors, I think you find yourself pretty handsome, which is absolutely correct!

Your bumbo aka Bumbobee (credit to brudder Ethan) is no longer an option. We used to sit you in it and put it on the table so you could eat dinner with us and you'd do fine. Now you twist around to look at everything and nearly fall out. We were playing poker and you wanted something behind you and turned....tip, tip, tip. I shrieked for you to sit down and griped at dadda that he should have been acting sooner and not watching you curious if you'd balance yourself. You are SO crazy! So after that we will no longer be using the bumbo except on the floor for breakfast. This morning however I sat you on the floor to eat to try it. May need the bumbo as you kept scooting yourself around to watch everything and not paying attention to eating.

I'll add more to this if I can think of other things. I need to start keeping a notebook so I don't miss a thing when it comes to your monthly letters.

You are the sunshine in our lives little man. You make every single day so wonderful. You can't help but to cheer everyone up with your toothy grin and laughs. You are such a blessing in our lives and we all love you so incredibly much!

Love mama!

Fall

is on it's way into winter. There are not many of my favorite colors loading down the trees. The weight has been lifted off the branches and they have a breather before the snow and ice cover them.

The leaves are blowing across the road and driveway and it seems no one is out and about to today. They must all be snuggled up inside their warm homes watching the trees sway with the chilly breeze and the sky turn grey.

At least that is what I am doing. Daddy left to work, Emery went down for a nap and I'm sitting on the couch with the computer and the heater blowing on my feet. A game, work stuff, scrap booking pages, photos etcetera. I have so much to do but some of it takes so long that I'd don't get far. Like photos. Uploading, editing, saving, organizing. I wish there was a way to do it faster.

I got an awesome tripod at Costco that came with a camera bag, some polarizer lenses and a converter for memory cards. The photoshop was also on sale so I picked that up. Tax write off for my businesses. I admit that I haven't even had the time to upload it onto the computer.

The one plus to being self employed is that I can be more than one thing. Nail tech and photographer. Next to my list a smaller lens so I can start doing more projects and hopefully start building a portfolio and gaining clients. I want to make money doing what I love.

I guess I have all winter to save for another lens as I'm not brave enough to venture out. I'd be terrified of slipping on ice and falling on my camera or some crazy stuff. Along with having to tote my monster sized baby around? I'll pass.


Time for an latte and some more relaxing until the hellion wakes.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

2nd opinion with the Surgeon.

After we had our horrible appointment with the Pediatric Urologist for Emery's adhesion I asked for a 2nd opinion. Unfortunately there are no other Pediatric Urologists in Spokane to do so, so they set us up with an appointment with the Pediatric Surgeon.

We took him in this morning and are much happier with the answer. I was mentally preparing myself for my sweet boy to have to be put under general anesthesia, receive a shot at the base of his spine to numb him from the waist down and then be re-circumcised.

The urologist had told us that the adhesion was only at the bottom part of the head of his penis and to only put the steroid cream on that part and to do that for six weeks! Then if that didn't loosen it up that he had to have surgery.

The surgeon today said that the adhesion is all around the head of his penis. He is giving us a different prescription for a steroid to put all around the head of it and we are to push the skin around it down so that it hopefully pulls away from the head.

If that doesn't work, in 3 weeks they give us a numbing prescription to put on the head of his little part and then cover it with saran wrap so that it doesn't smear off on his diaper. It has to be on for at least an hour prior to his appointment so that it is numbed and then somehow he will remove the skin from the head of it. His terminology was "break it". I don't like that when it comes to my baby and his body! I think he means break the seal of the skin attached. He said its an in office procedure, no surgery required (thank goodness!) and then we just have to keep Vaseline on it so it doesn't re-adhere.

That takes a load of stress off me since I was really worried about him having to have a surgery and wake up groggy and not like himself. The thought of leaving him with all these doctors who are strapping him down and putting a mask on his face with no mommy or daddy around to comfort him was breaking my freaking heart!

So here's to hoping that us using this cream and pulling the skin down ourselves will do the trick and we won't need any procedure or numbing cream!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lazy mama

I need to write the post about the give away and provide the link but I'm so lazy...(read as "tired"). I don't have the brain power to compile all of it.


I'm cranky. I tripped over the new Lego Minotaurus game that's sitting in front of the couch and wanted to destroy it right then and there. I am no longer allowing the purchases of games as they never freaking get put away! DRIVES ME INSANE!


I need to research another lens for my camera and Costco has Photoshop going on sale so I will be purchasing that. Maybe I can watch some tutorials and play around and start taking on mini shoots for some extra money.


Emery is *nearly pinches fingertips* this close to crawling. He got the 2nd leg out from under him but then went splat onto his belly. I guarantee in the next week he will be crawling.


Thursday is his appointment with the Pediatric Surgeon. I made an appointment with them for the second opinion on whether he will need re-circumcised or not. Crossing my fingers that he won't have to be. I'm having anxiety thinking of him being put under general anesthesia.


Also nixed the Facebook for awhile. I'm tired of people not being supportive of anything most of the time, or speaking their opinion on shit they don't know about. Should save me a lot of time during my day and ensures I take more time with my son. He's growing so fast and this is time I will never get back. 


I think that's about all my brain can handle tonight, I'm ready for bed but gotta keep the babe up a little longer. Think we'll go cuddle till his bedtime :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Samples

So my blog was selected to host a give away. It is for a digital scrap booking program. I downloaded a copy and have been playing around with it to create a couple samples before I share with everyone about the give away.

I just spent about an hour making these two pages and surprisingly it was very easy and I had a lot of fun and no frustration.

Check them out and let me know what you think and hopefully tomorrow I will be able to post more information for the give away :)



Out of the mouths of babes.

I must say "Emery just calllm down" because I hear Emery in the boys' room playing big Lego's with them/watching them. I hear him do a grunt which I'm guessing is him stretching backwards in the bumbo (he's not going to last much longer in that thing) and Ethan says to him, "Emery, just calm down."

Seems like Ethan is always copying the things I say to Emery and says them to him later on.

I think it's pretty amusing, I can't wait to hear what else he says in the future!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Poor Boy

Emery is sick. He's got a stuffy nose and a cough. I do not like the cough but he's OK. He's still such a happy boy. He's slept through the night the past two nights. I was surprised since he only had 4 oz to drink last night before bed and slept till 8am!

Also, about the urology appointment. The adhesion is pretty bad and the little hole is too small. They gave us a prescription for a steroid cream which we have to put on him twice a day and hope it thins out the skin and fixes itself. If not then in 6 weeks we stop the cream, go for another consultation and they have to re-circumcise him. I'm so sad for my baby!

They'd have to give him a little shot in the muscle at the bottom of his spine, top of his butt to numb him from the waist down and then put him under general anesthesia. That terrifies me and my niece quit breathing when she was put under for her MRI a couple months ago and a cousin's son had the same issue.

I about lose my mind thinking of anything happening to my precious boy!

So I'm praying that this gets better and we won't have to have him re-circumcised. I'm upset the doctor never told us that because of his little fat pocket that it could re-adhere and to keep putting Vaseline on him even after it's healed to prevent the adhesion's. I'm so glad we see another doctor that works in his office instead of him because he's not very nice. He could have educated us on this to prevent this from happening.

Right now he is the happiest boy. He just discovered the door on the little house on his toy opens it so he is opening and closing it. He's talking to the sunflower and smacking it on the roof and making noises as he makes the other flower fly across the front of his face. The boy is just too smart.

Last night he was also talking in his sleep. Auntie Kass dropped us off at home and as I was unbuckling the seat belt in the car he was asleep but talking. *I have noooo idea where he gets that from ;)*

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Some of my favorite videos...

There are two others I want but since they were taken on Jake's phone and uploaded to his Facebook I can't get the embed code at this time. So those will have to be posted another day.









6 Month Check up Stats

On October 14th Emery weighed 18 pounds and was 27 1/2 inches long. I believe at 8 months old his cousin Hadley was 27 inches so I can already tell that he is going to be super tall like his daddy.

They said he was a trained night feeder and so we've had to feed him a big bottle before bed and make sure he sleeps 7 hours before we feed him again and slowly start turning the bottle to mostly water. Then when it is just water he'll realize it doesn't taste so good and will start sleeping through the night.

Last night he only ate 4 1/2 oz before bed because he was SO tuckered out from the day so at 1am I fed him a 7oz bottle and he slept till 6:45 am.

He woke us up by scratching on his wall. He scratches the wall with his fingers and obviously wakes us up since his room is next to ours. That and his jabbering is my favorite way to wake up. I love this munchkin SO much!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Corbin Park Photos



We went and took some family photos last Friday. Ethan never cooperates. So whatever, we just won't have pics of him when he's older. He can be a chithead. However I did get this photo which shows the personalities of all 3 of them...made me smile!


Are they not the cutest things ever?!

Here are a few favorites. Enjoy my precious boy...he's so handsome! He loved eating red leaves!


Urologist Appointment

Poor Emery has had an adhesion on his peepee. They said it was normal after he was circumcised for it to sink back into the fat pouch and would be fine. Well the skin started re-adhering and we were told to just rub the skin back. The next appointment at 4 months I was told to push the skin back like it was a cuticle. Gently of course! That didn't make a difference. He has two little white spots under the skin which they said is "smagma" which is white blood cells and water. It's not an infection.

I thought it was going to be find but they sent a referral for him to see a pediatric urologist.

So Friday we have an appt at 2:45. I hope they don't have to snip my baby again, especially at this old. I don't want him to remember it. Plus if they do I HAVE to stay in the room, I can't leave him alone with a stranger and I'm afraid he's going to be looking at me wondering why I'm not saving him and protecting him.

It's going to be SO hard. He knows me, he knows I'm his mama. He takes comfort in my arms and puts his head in the crook of my neck when I save him from the big bad naps he has to take. He grabs my arm and wraps his arm around it when he's in his crib and I put my hand on the side of his face. I'm his comfort and if I have to watch him be strapped down for a procedure at this age he's going to think I abandoned him.

I'm so torn. I hope we don't have to do much and they say that it'll be fine as he grows and gets active.

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Darling Emery

6 months ago you were born. You are the most important little being in my life. I love you so strongly that it knocks the breath out of me sometimes. You have such a personality that lights up my day no matter how bad it is. I put you to bed and within a couple hours I just want to go wake you up and snuggle with you. You are the sweetest, happiest baby I have ever met.

I remember laying in bed crying some nights because I didn't want you to not be in my belly. I loved feeling you and talking to you. You were mine alone for those 9 months and I didn't want to share you with anyone. I was scared to share you. Now I am so glad that life goes on as it should and that you were born. I'd have a big HUGE belly if you hadn't and now I get to enjoy watching you with others.

You LOVE your daddy so incredibly much. You just stare and smile at him until he looks at you and then you throw yourself back in excitement. He can always make you giggle. You will just sit and chill with him for hours and you've figured out how to give kisses. Daddy got kisses before I did and I'm the one always smooching on you.

You adore your brothers. You always smile to them. Your face lights up when we pick up brother Ethan and he gets into the car. He always asks to push you in the stroller when we go anywhere. He reads you books, he plays cars with you, he talks to you, he gives you your binky when you're upset and says "it's ok hunny" when you're upset. I'm glad that you two are about 3 years apart, I think that is the perfect age to grow up with an older brother. You guys are going to be the best of friends.

Your brother Nathan loves being close to you and always asks to hold you. He's so anxious for you to walk and talk and is always asking when you will do so. I can't seem to get away with just putting you to bed, he's always making sure that he and Ethan get to give you loves before nigh' night.

You love babies. They're your size and talk the jabber you do and you just get so excited. When we went to the convention you would nurse for a few seconds and then pop off to watch the babies. You've gotten really bad at nursing because you think you're missing out on something and stop eating to watch.

You've started talking up a storm lately. You put your gibberish into longer phrases. You're speaking baby sentences now and you love to YELL. I mean be as loud as possible when you play. It makes me so bonkers sometimes but this is just the beginning...you are a boy after-all. Sometimes I just stop what I'm doing and just watch you. I don't want to forget anything. Like all the funny faces you make and the silly things you do with your mouth, or how you sit in your play station and stare out the glass doors to the cars and trees outside. You also love when we go outside and watch the garbage truck when it comes on Wednesday mornings.

Everyone compliments on your big blue eyes, your adorable, perfect bald head and mostly your perfect attitude. You are so happy and you behave so well. I had a work meeting that you went to and you just sat there smiling, talking and playing with your toys. When you started to get a little fussy an hour and a half into it I just gott you out and satt you on my lap and you sit there happy. You make me such a proud mama.

You smile every time I get the camera out. You know what it is and just what to do.

You have started to love your baths. Your daddy said that you splashed and splashed. Tonight I gave you a bath by yourself since you can sit up nice and strong now and not tip over. You splashed and splashed and splashed some more. You got me a little damp from your big splashes and there wasn't a lot of water in there. Afterwards you sucked on your toes as I put lotion on you. Lavender wash always makes you SO drowsy. I'm glad that the first time you sucked on your toes was after a bath. I've been waiting for the foot + mouth phase and its officially started.

Writing this is making me so emotional. I am so blessed to have you in my life and I cannot imagine not having you. You make motherhood so easy. You may be a holy living terror when you are older, I see hints of it but for now I am loving every moment of it.

My favorite time of the day is when you first wake up. I bring you into bed with daddy and I and we all cuddle and talk and tickle. You smile and laugh and talk. Then we all get up and get our day started.

You can't sit alone anywhere, you have to watch everything going on. I put you in your "bumbobee" in your brothers room and you talk to them as I make dinner. When they are at their moms house and I cook you sit on the counter in your bumbo bee and play with utensils and try new foods.

You have had tastes of: watermelon, pineapple, grapes, onion, bread, ice cream. You love your veggies and fruits that are pureed. We just moved onto 2nd foods because there are more in the containers and you love to eat. You love your bananas and pears. You had a mixed berry the other day and daddy said you liked that. You like your green beans, peas...sorta..(mama doesn't like them either), carrots and you love sweet potatoes. However you do not like peas and carrots mixed together. You ate it anyway but you'd make a funny face.

You refuse your naps. When we do get lucky and you take a nap you sleep for 20-30 minutes and then guess what...you shit yourself. Mama has to change your 'tinky butt and then you will not go back to sleep. When you are overly tired and start to get fussy I just prop you up on the couch with me or lay you on my bed and you calm down. You just love to cuddle with your mama.

You've almost got 2 more teeth. I believe your Baltic Amber necklace really works. You aren't fussy at all. You drool a lot but no being super unhappy.

You have your 6 month check up so I will have to see how much you weigh and how long you are. You are getting so long. You are a solid boy, tall and solid.

I'll add more to this if I remember more lately. I hope you know how much I love you. You are my sunshine, my handsome boy, my pumpkin, my baby, my stinker head and my cray pants. I love you so so so much. We all do and we are so lucky to have you in our lives. I love you more than anything Emery Jacob.

Love always and always and forever plus some,
Mama


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little catch up and thoughts...

Emery is getting a 3rd tooth. Not the top front center ones, the one next to it. You can see white beneath the gums on the right side too. He's going to have the side ones before the front ones....hillbilly baby!

We just took a bath and it is Meltdown City if you take away the rubber ducky that Gamma got him. I took it away to see if he would splash the way daddy said he did the other day but he didn't. However I could tell him to kick his feet and he would. He's a very smart boy.

Friday he will be 6 months old. I'll post about that later.

A few pics and videos of my handsome fellow!










Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Great Sacrifice of a Mother


This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.

After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

586

unread items in my google reader. I am SO SO SO behind on my mommy blogs. I am behind on posting about Emery and it makes me terribly sad. We are so busy. 2 jobs, my bible study, having the boys 50% and going back for full custody. I just have no time to sit and blog. I am not inspired. Maybe once I start catching up on my blogs I will be again. Here's to hoping!

Monday, September 26, 2011

101 Things to do with Your Toddler

Found this over on this blog and thought it was pretty cute...some will have to be turned into more boy things as I don't have a girl. Counting On Me
 
One of my goals for this year is to do everything on this list at least once with my little girls.
  1. Color
  2. Blow Bubbles
  3. Play Hide-and-Seek
  4. Peek-a-Boo
  5. Play Chase
  6. Do Finger-plays
  7. Sing a song
  8. Collect rocks in a basket
  9. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  10. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
  11. Go for a Walk
  12. Make a Car out of a Box
  13. Read a book
  14. Go to the park
  15. Finger-paint
  16. Play with Play-Dough
  17. Toss Bean bags into a Bucket
  18. Play the shell and pea game
  19. Dance to music
  20. Download games for toddlers from the Internet
  21. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags
  22. Make a temporary slide out of a table leaf and your couch
  23. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor
  24. Scoop dirt or sand into a child's bucket (or use a serving spoon and bowl)
  25. Practice climbing by stacking boxes on top of each other (only with adult supervision)
  26. Put on a puppet show
  27. Go fishing with a yard stick and yarn
  28. Make a Horseshoe game
  29. Make a Shape Puzzle
  30. Play paper basketball
  31. Run through a Sprinkler
  32. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge (PLEASE WATCH CHILD AT ALL TIMES!)
  33. Make a Drum out of an oatmeal box
  34. Play with a kazoo
  35. Wash windows together
  36. Bang on Pots and Pans with a spoon
  37. Brush each other's teeth
  38. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child's clothes
  39. Stack canned or boxed food on top of each other
  40. Let child stack mixing bowls inside each other
  41. Make a playhouse out of a large box
  42. Let child play with a sticker sheet (make sure your child doesn't eat them!)
  43. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets
  44. Play a musical instrument together- i.e.recorder, piano, etc.
  45. Go on a Smelling Hunt
  46. Frost Cookies
  47. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
  48. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
  49. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers
  50. Play hide and seek together- trying to find a stuffed animal or other object
  51. Have a splash party together in the bathtub
  52. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
  53. Record each other on a tape recorder (great for scrapbooks or journals!)
  54. Make and try on paper hats
  55. Give a piggy-back ride
  56. Play "Horsey"
  57. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice)
  58. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  59. Collect flowers (felt, artificial, real...)
  60. Make a camera and go on a Safari
  61. Play games with frozen juice lids
  62. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  63. Leave your phone connected and really make phone calls to relatives- let your child talk too
  64. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
  65. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
  66. Glue shapes onto paper
  67. Make sock puppets
  68. Make paper puppets
  69. Fill an old purse with toys
  70. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
  71. Make binoculars and go "Bird Watching" or "Stuffed Animal Watching"
  72. Put snacks in different fun containers (paper sacks, empty canisters, etc.)
  73. Act out a story from a book
  74. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2x4 placed on the ground
  75. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
  76. Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk
  77. Paint child's palms with tempura paint and blot on paper. Makes a great card for loved ones!
  78. Put lipstick on child and kiss a mirror
  79. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it
  80. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich
  81. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or through
  82. Do the Hokey Pokey
  83. Make a super-hero costume out of household items
  84. Do Knee-Bouncing Rhymes
  85. Play "Red Light, Green Light" saying "Go" and "Stop"
  86. Make a shoe-box train for stuffed animals
  87. Make a pillow pile to jump on (keep it clear from any hard surfaces, including walls!)
  88. Make an easy puzzle with felt and Velcro
  89. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells
  90. Learn numbers from a deck of cards
  91. Play the matching game with a deck of cards
  92. Make a domino chain
  93. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!
  94. Play dress up in Mommy or Daddy's clothes
  95. Make a tin cup telephone and talk to each other in it
  96. Make a nature collage
  97. Mirror each other
  98. Make a "Mummy Mommy" with toilet paper
  99. Make a tape recording of short music selections and instructions to move in different ways
  100. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail
  101. TAKE A NAP!
I found this list on the forums of my local chapter of The Mommies Network. If you are a mom of young children and not already a member of The Mommies Network, I highly recommend joining!  The Mommies Network has been a both tremendous resource and source of support and friendship for both me and my daughters.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Charlie's Wedding

Last weekend we drove down to Lewiston for my cousin Charlie's wedding. All went well until Jake wouldn't dance with me and hurt my feelings. All was well after my Uncle Mike stepped up to do it. We got lots of fun pictures and my Uncle Mike promised Emery some of his old Tonka Trucks he has in the garage. Nice to be the only boy in the family, everyone just adores him. Now if only my dad would come visit his grandson and granddaughter. 10 and 5 months and he has never seen them in person. Hopefully that changes sooner than later because my sister and I have two amazing kiddos!

Hadley and I

Love the face she's making looking at Uncle Jake














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