Saturday, October 31, 2009
PS. Thanks so much to Jillian for making his adorable Jean Luc Picard costume!!
PSS. Star Trek is NOT nerdy anymore...you know...because of the new movie.
PSSS. Yes, we just happen to have an outer space blanket we could use as a backdrop for this picture. It is also NOT nerdy at all.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Expect lots of high quality pictures like this one now that I have my new toy...
Henry: "I am going to take this passie out and tell you what's what if you don't stop taking my picture with that thing!"
Mama: "HOLD STILL!!" *click*delete*click*delete*...
PS. I will gladly take all suggestions on App's you love! I am currently adding high quality things like "What's your IQ?" and "Wooden Labyrinth". Good times.
Monday, October 26, 2009
My sweet husband planned a perfect birthday part for me on Saturday. We went on a train ride to see the leaves changing (Nick and I LOVE fall so it was a perfect birthday idea!) We then went out to dinner at a nice little place here in town, then headed back to our house for cake. It was perfect. Really really perfect.
On top of the perfect day, Nick made me a picture frame wall as my gift. He got all the frames, printed all the pictures, put it together and hung it up all without me having any idea. I have wanted to do this FOREVER, and I LOVE it. It is so amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Then yesterday my Nana took me to see Hello Dolly for my birthday. You know how I love going to plays, so it was just great. All that, and my actual birthday is still today! I am going out to lunch with some friends who couldn't make it on Saturday, then out to dinner with my family and back to my house for more cake! Good lord, I am spoiled. I guess with all of this I am actually okay with turning THIRTY!
Now to some pictures... First, the picture frame wall. Did I tell you I LOVE this?? Because I LOVE this. Like, so much that it makes me want to cry a little.
And now to the actual birthday events. Here is the group of us that went on the train. I think everyone really enjoyed it!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Mama: Henry! Pay attention! Halloween is coming!
Henry: Mama...I am not so sure about this...my bib....it's got a face...I think it's creepy.
Mama:You are the cutest little think I have EVER SEEN!
Henry: *eye roll*
Mama: So so so cute!!!
Henry: Mom...what I am looking for is something sorta tough...like...skulls or something. You got anything like that?
Henry: That's what I'm talking about! Now just spike my hair up a little...
Henry: Shut up
Mama: I have one more thing...
Henry: Is it a wallet with a chain on it? Oh please let it be a wallet with a chain on it. It would really complete the look!
Henry: Oh no. Oh no oh no oh no.
Mama: *burst into tears at cuteness* *kiss*kiss*hug*hug*kiss*kiss*
Henry: At least there are only eight days until this is all over...surely there are no other holidays that will require this many outfits.
Henry: What the....oh. wait. Did you say this holiday has to do with FOOD? Oh, I think I LOVE this one!!
Mama: Now where can I find a Pilgrims hat??
**for the record, NONE of these are his actual Halloween costume. That will be seen later**
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I love you girls. Thanks for my perfect birthday gift and my perfect day with you two!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
PS. I am calling a different doctor tomorrow. I found out that apparently I can't even have allergy shots while pregnant or breast feeding...and I am just frustrated that they didn't mention that to me from the start. I am not even sure I want to try to find a new doctor or even bother with the testing now...which I guess is exactly what my insurance company is hoping for. Hmph.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So, this is all something that has been going on for nearly ten years and isn't really something worth talking about...except recently I have noticed that I seem to be having MORE allergic reactions than normal. Like...when I walked into my sisters house and she was baking an apple pie. And I had a reaction to the raw apples IN THE AIR. Right. Seems worrisome. I mean, I can avoid apples when it is eating and touching, but how can I avoid EVER being in the presence of someone eating an apple?? Tricky.
Then I went to Chicago and got a pumpkin spice latte made with soy milk. And I had an allergic reaction. Not a serious one, but it was clear I was having an issue. I then had some pumpkin pie made with soy milk and again had a reaction. So...I decide it is high time I see an ENT about this little allergy problem. I wish I could say I was going to make sure I didn't have some crazy reaction and die, but really it was the pumpkin. I love pumpkin....and the holidays are coming...and...and... I just want to be told it was the soy. I can do this no diary thing during the holidays, but I CANNOT give up pumpkin.
This post is getting much longer than I expected...anyway, I went to the doctor. He was all like, "Oh MY! You need allergy testing!!!!" And I was like, "yeah, that's why I am here... I want food testing" and he is all like, "okay...but I want you to get tested for EVERYTHING!! Everything under the sun! If we have it, we are TESTING!!" (I am paraphrasing here) and I am all like, "GO FOR IT! Better safe than sorry!"
So...long story short, I get a call from the office and they have called my insurance and my insurance will only cover 60 allergy tests. Apparently the doctor had ordered 144. And each additional test is $8. So...that is a grand total of $672. SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO DOLLARS. For tests that my doctor ordered! Because I am ALLERGIC. And I NEEEEEEED them.
So I call the insurance. They confirm this 60 test max. They then tell me that the doctor can write a letter saying that I NEEEEEEED the tests and they might be covered. I think all is right with the world. This sounds easy! The doc can fix everything with his magic letter!! So I call and ask. And...he says No. NO. Because I came to him asking for testing. WHAT?? How else do you get to the doctor besides saying, "GUESS WHAT??? I am ALLERGIC!" So...then I ask for the food testing only. That is 64 allergens. I can swing the $32. And the Evil Allergy doc says NO. He says I have to have the basic inhalant stuff first. The other 80 test. THEN I can be tested for the foods. So...so...I am at a loss. I want the food testing, but we definitely don't have the $672 for the whole sha-bam. I just want to know what I need to keep away from. I want to know how severe the apple situation is. I want to know if I need a damn eppi pen. That is all.
So, in sum of this long angry post. I want food allergy testing and they wont give it to me unless I come up with nearly seven hundred dollars. I hate insurance companies and doctors and all those people that don't just listen to me. The end.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hello my sweet boy. I cannot believe another month has already passed and you are now five months old. It is so amazing to watch you grow and learn as each month passes. A few nights ago we put together your office (exersaucer) and you love it so much! You will happily sit in there and "work" as long as we will let you. There is one part that makes noise when you push it, and it gives you such joy when you do it right. You will look up at us with this huge smile as if to say, "LOOK Mama and Papa! Look what I can do!!" It is just amazing. The way you learn, and the way you take pride in your accomplishments. The joy it gives you. It is wonderful to watch, and overwhelming to be responsible for.
You have started to notice Ellie recently. She comes up to give you kisses in your office and you think that is so funny. Sometimes you even put your hands out to touch her. When your Papa makes her bark you think it is so funny too, and you will laugh and laugh. We love to see you and your puppy enjoying each other because you both give us so much joy.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I have become very self aware of my writing. To the point of paralization. "Do they want to read this?" , "Is this too personal?" , "Am I sharing too much?" "grammar...", "spelling...", "PERSONAL...". It is officially getting to me. And it is coming out in my writing. Or my lack of writing. So I keep going back to Henry. A worthy topic, but not the ONLY topic. I just don't know. This blog started as a place for me to talk about anything and everything, and now it feels more like an obligation. I love it and am not leaving it, but I just want to get back to where it started. All about my life. Not only about my son.
It used to be something I posted on without caring who read. I have always had some family members reading, but now I have more than ever before. "what do they think of all of this? Is it too much?". People coming to see Henry, and I am glad they are here. Thrilled that they love him so. But...what will they think when the posts go from Henry to me. To my personal feelings and thoughts and life? I am inviting people to read, then feeling guilty when I talk of things other than the baby. Worried that things I think are funny or amusing are not to them. I don't care when it is strangers...they can take or leave my blog and that is fine. But it is more personal when it is family and friends. More hurtful to be judged or disliked. Not that ANYBODY has disliked it or complained, which makes my feelings even more complicated. Everyone seems to like it, but yet it makes me want to write better, try harder. And when I don't have time to write better and try harder then I just delete it or don't even try to write it in the first place. This is only my fault and not anyone elses, but I am putting this pressure on myself.
Then someone mentions it at work, and everything seems different. Do I want the powers that be reading about my struggles with breast feeding? Do I want my employers reading about how exhausted I am, or how much I wish to stay home with Henry? How will they take that? Do they take me seriously? Do they think I would leave, when I need and love my job? How do I handle it when they take it upon themselves to delve into my personal life so much that they keep tabs on my blog, even when it is not ever on my work computer? I want to be able to move past it, but it I am having a hard time. As I post I think, "Is this something I want my bosses to know?" Because the fact is that they will. It is very clear to me that they are reading.
Even having this in writing bothers me. "To far!" my mind screams. "DON'T talk about WORK!! They will READ IT!!". Or, "I don't want people to feel guilty for reading! " "DELETE this post! Post BABY PICTURES!!! Everyone loves baby pictures!!" I can get over my own issues with this blog not being good enough. Because that is what the issue is. I think I am not a good enough writer. Not good enough for our entire extended family and all of our friends to waste time reading. And I need to get over that. I like writing and they like reading. But the work thing is tricky. I think work has no right to hold my blog against me...and yet it so effects me to know that they are here reading. That they looking at posting topics, posting times, posting information, and then question me about. That bothers me most of all. But I am working through it all. I will not let it take away something I have enjoyed so much over the last few years. So...hang in there as I find a way back to where Bio Girl started.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
(this is all one-way rolling of course. Belly to back. Once he learns he can roll from his back to his belly...then learns that he can use these two skills to...you know...MOVE from one place to another..well...that my friends is another story entirely...maybe we should get on that baby proofing everyone talks about.)
(also, I like how Henry has drool on his face in the video. We are nothing but class over here)
(Thanks so much for all the great advice on feeding schedules! We have a week or two before we go to three meals a day, so I have some time to decide which way to go but your alls comments were a huge help!)
(I want to say this after every video, but I REALLY don't sound like that in real life...I swear)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Question 1: Coco asked what I use to take the videos of Henry.
Answer 1: I use a Canon Powershot SD750 Elph. It is just a digital camera, not a digital camcorder. I really want a digital camcorder (we have a regular one, but eventually I want to upgrade to digital) but we just don't have the money right now. For now this canon works perfect for the short little videos I take of him. Plus, it takes AMAZING pictures! LOVE LOVE LOVE. I HIGHLY recommend it for anybody looking for a small, easy to use, digital camera.
Question 2: Ashley asked what kind of a front carrier I have Henry in in the pictures of us in Chicago.
Answer 2: I was so so stupid before I had Henry. I was all like, "Who needs a front carrier?? They look so COMPLICATED and ANNOYING and and...just no. I will get a sling and be done with it." Well, I did get a sling. And I love it. But this does not mean you don't ALSO need a front carrier. Especially if you are like me and got the Chicco car seat which wont latch on to a buggy at the grocery store. Right. So, this is really rambling...back to Ashley's question. It is a Baby Bjorn. A wonderful and magical Bjorn which Henry ADORES. He would happily ride around in that thing all day. I now freely admit that I was wrong. It's rare but it has been known to happen.
Now, to my question for you all!
Question 3: How in the heck do I come up with a feeding schedule for Henry?? He is already on a good nursing schedule, but now that we are working in food I am having a hard time figuring out when to do it. We now nurse at 7:30, 11:30, 3, 6 and 9. We have to add in three meals of rice cereal by the time he is six months To avoid allergies we don't get any other food until then. Henry is jealous of all the babies that get other things besides rice...). We started with 6pm...dinner time. That was easy enough. We have now also added in 11:30 for lunch. My problem is breakfast. Should I feed him cereal at 7:30 when I nurse him? Since he doesn't go to daycare I usually grab him up and nurse him in his PJ's, then I just lay him back down and he usually goes back to sleep. Should I feed him his cereal when he really gets up between eight thirty and nine thirty? Then what about 11:30? Will he be hungry yet? Am I just not wanting to do cereal at 7:30 because I don't want to get up earlier?? Maybe...but at the same time I feel like if I feed him cereal he will be officially up for the morning. I just don't know. What is the timeline you all use for adding cereal to a baby's schedule?
Answer 3: ________________________(fill in the blank in the comments)
Monday, October 5, 2009
And Henry sure does love his Carter back
Charing, thanks so much for keeping little Henry. I know he loved his day with you all!
Friday, October 2, 2009
We had such an amazing weekend. It was different than trips in the past because I had Henry, but at the same time it was really the same. We did anything we wanted and he just came along. He was so so easy. The girls all helped so much with him it was truly not a burden, but a joy to have him along for our great visit. All in all it was a perfect weekend in Chicago!