Monday, April 30, 2012

Afghan project update

It's FINISHED!!!!!

Laid out "flat" on the floor

They loved it!

Draped on my chair

Pumping Reduction

Time has come to reduce my pumping schedule again!  WooHoo!

Here's the new plan.
a.    Pump at lunch only through May. 
b.    Beginning the 14th (2 weeks from today) start pushing the pumping back to later in the afternoon.  c.    Then in June I will pump on my way to school 3:00. 
So 1 pumping a day!!!!!

I hope this will net me near the same amount of pumped milk and not make me crazy.  I'll keep you updated.

Why, you ask, don't I just stop pumping and force weaning????
Well, I have considered it, but LO and I are not ready for that relationship to end.  She still nurses multiple times at night.  I worry that stopping pumping will either make me engorged or completely dry up my milk....both would make me very sad.  So, for now, my pump and I are going steady....still.  I have hope, the day of our breakup is coming and now we are 1 step closer :)

lessons from a babyshower

So a friend of mine (we shall call her "3Circles"'s an inside joke) and I planned a baby shower for a friend (we shall call her "GranPig" as it is her favorite animal and she is Grandma) and her daughter having twins (we shall call her "Pigglet").  The shower was yesterday!  HOORAY!

Here's a picture of the official count, but I think like 75 people showed up!

Look at how cute these cakes are!  Pigglet and Daddy chose woodland creatures for the babies room theme!  These are the cutest cakes I have EVER seen!  Good job GranPig for getting them.

The afghan is FINISHED!  Here it is on the back of my chair.  Pigglet and Daddy seemed to like it a lot!  Job...done.

This was the BEST idea of the whole shower.  Instead of a guest book, we had everyone write their name on a 1 1/2 inch x 4 inch piece of scrapbook paper.  Then we hot glued them onto a wreath form.  It is SO cool looking and will be put in the babies' room I am told.

Anyway moving on from the cuteness.....the lessons learned:

1.  It takes a TON of time to organize a baby shower.  Who knew?

2.  Games: necessary???? We played 3 games: memory, how big is the belly, gift bingo.  Games were fun BUT they took FOREVER to get going.  For example I had to go to every table to insure they understood the memory game I had created....we have "Identical Twin Memory" and "Fraternal Twin Memory" on different tables.  Identical was easy and normal....fraternal was different so it took some explaining...they got it and all was ok.  So ARE games necessary?  I think yes, you buy a gift, you come to the expect: games, cake and opening of gifts. 

3.   Talking above 75 people is VERY difficult.  Accomplished, but difficult.

4.  Executing "black out bingo" with items on the bingo card that are not brought to the shower is depressing.  On the bingo cards I put things that I received at my shower, figured all shower gifts are the same....WRONG oh so wrong.  NO ONE ended up with a bingo and it took over and hour for her to open all of her gifts.  No swim suits for babies being born in June????  No swing for babies????  Only 1 package of hair bows for twin girls????  It was quite confusing to me.

5.  Scrapbooking at a baby shower brings out the creative in non-creative was interesting.  The lesson learned is that scrapbooking takes SO much stuff, it is counterproductive to bring it all and separate it for different tables.

All in all, the event was a great success!  3Circles and I had a good time.  Pigglet and Daddy took home 2 vans worth of baby stuff and 90% of it won't get used, but that's a lesson they have to learn...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

If I were....I'd Be

Apparently no one is sure who started this, but I wanted to play along. I got it from Swt at If you want to play along, copy and paste it.

If I were a month, I'd be November.

If I were a day of the week, I'd be Monday.

If I were a time of day, I'd be 4:45 p.m.  Such anticipation to see the LO.

If I were a planet, I'd be one with just enough liquid to get by, no waste.

If I were an animal, I'd be a least for now.  I used to identify with the hippo....nervious and uneasy above water and graceful under.  But right now the goat works.

If I were a direction, I'd be North

If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be a couch.

If I were a liquid, I'd be water, it's essential...I like being essential.

If I were a gemstone, I'd be peridot, beautiful and green, classy but not expensive.

If I were a tree, I'd be a tulip tree.

If I were a tool, I'd be a pen.

If I were a flower, I'd be a calla lily.

If I were a kind of weather, I'd be blowing snow.

If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a chime.

If I were a color, I'd be highlighter blue, so much fun.

If I were an emotion, I'd be calm.

If I were a fruit, I'd be watermelon, hard to get into but easy to break, full of unnecessary seeds of doubt, loves a crowd...but not the "life" of the party.

If I were a sound, I'd be a whisper.

If I were an element, I'd be fire.

If I were a car, I'd be a school bus.

If I were a food, I'd be homemade meatloaf.

If I were a place, I'd be the public swimming pool.

If I were a material, I'd be jersey cotton.

If I were a taste, I'd be salty/sweet - like pretzle m&ms!

If I were a scent, I'd be Wonder by Avon.

If I were a body part, Id' be elbow, the necessary awkward body part.

If I were a facial expression, I'd be an eye twinkle.

If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be a pair of flip flops.

There you go, that's what I would be.  What would you be?

on-line registration = frustration

So I'm trying to go back to school.....trying is the operative word.

I have figured out my schedule, looks pretty sweet on paper.

Enrollment began yesterday...yesterday, keep that in mind.  I went on-line about 3:30pm to make sure I knew what I was supposed to do to be successful at enrolling for the first time.  Low-and-behold, enrollment has already I am 15.5 hours behind...GREAT!  I find my classes, select the section I want and click "register".  Should be all I thought.  One of the classes I want to take this summer is on-line only in July!  GREAT :)  Well the only "seats" avaiable are resereved for RN-BSN is that possible?  Guess I won't be taking that class. 

I have decided to take classes in the fall only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  15 hours was my initial plan.  Well, one class was set to only meet on Thursdays...I didn't realize it also had a lecture component that was required on Monday & Wednesday....not fitting into my plan this semester...oh well.

So for the summer I shall take 1 class, unless I am allowed to be added to the nursing students section or another "seat" is avaiable in a regular student section.  For the Fall I will take 12 hours (4 classes) all on Tuesday & Thursdays!  Should be interesting. to pay for all of this....
I have received 2 scholarships based solely on my GPA of almost $4, that will cover fall semester minus books.  I have been approved for no-interest student loans to cover the rest of fall and all of spring, I think.  But what about summer?  Only taking the 1 class reduces my fee, so it will get done.

Wish me luck!

Friday, April 20, 2012

I'm going back to school

Such a small word, but it is so daunting.  After being forced to quit college almost 10 years ago, it is quite scary to go back, event on contemplate going back.  BUT I'm doing it!

I met with an advisor at UMKC on Wednesday.  I was told that I have 3 years of full time school remaining.  WAIT!?!?!  I have completed 3 full time years...I thought this was a 5 year program....Well, it is, but it has been so long since I attended school, the programs have changed, I have changed schools & it is going to be 3 years. :(  UGH!

The meeting went really well, the advisor (Ms. G) is really nice and we got along just fine.  We mapped out my summer semester and discussed the other classes I need to accomplish before next fall (fall 2013) will be fine.  I will take 2 3hr classes this is only in June and totally on-line and the other is only in July and on campus 4 days a week.  I think that will be a nice reminder of how to go to school.  Then I will take 15 hours in the fall and only have class Tuesday & Thursday.  I will be on campus from 9:30 -7:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays....with plenty of study time built into the schedule!

I wrote earlier, I think, about the IUE's a recap.  It is a special addition to the regular UMKC Education program designed to equip new teachers with more intense in-school time to emphasis the needs and differences in "at risk" schools.  It is VERY competitive and VERRRRY time consuming.  You are on campus 5 days a week in class and in public schools and you have a volunteer commitment in "at risk" communities also...there are only 25 students in the program at any given time....and that includes 4 years of opportunity to be in the IUE program...crazy hard to get into.  Anyway, I was personally asked to apply, so I applied, haven't heard yet the results.  It doesn't much matter because I have decided to no participate int he IUE this year, but reapply for the 2013-2014 school year.

Anyway, I am SUPER excited about finally sucking it up and going back to school.  Liath is old enough, I'm not pregnant, it's time....long past time.

Be praying for me.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quarter 1 of 2012 done...time for an update

I have decided it is time for an update....we are 1/4 done with 2012, how am I doing on my goals?

Below is my 20 in 2012 list, with the updates in Green.

1. Swim a mile This is going to be a while...still haven't been in a pool this year. :(
I used to be able to do this....pre-pregnancy....

2. Run a mile
I have NEVER been able to do will power....
I have been working's a start. I did 5 minutes of step on the Wii and then did the beginner run (10) minutes!
Again going to be a while....just hate to run.

3. Enroll in Zumba or Step class
LOVED step-aerobics class in college

4. finish Bernat's Knit-a-long
I am half way through the first block of an 8 block clue #1.....join me!
I am almost done with the first clue!
I decided to just do Clue #1 for the whole's a picture.

5. Make all Christmas gifts
Hopefully I will be done around Halloween

6. Finish Amy's baby blanket - CHECK!
It's done, it's done, it's done!

7. Make something for Alayna's twins
I have no ideas....suggestions?
I figured it out! WOOO HOO! Pictures to come.
Decided the Knit A Long would be perfect!

8. Enroll in school - part time
The deal with this is I had to re-apply.
I was admitted while pregnant....then didn't go...dumb me...but I have reapplied...
Well, I applied and was accepted...for the fall.  No school for summer.

9. Enroll in school - full time

10. Apply for 10 scholarships/grants
I have applied for 3 scholarships!
DONE!  I have applied for a BUNCH of scholarships.  Have heard from NONE of them.

11. Enjoy a trip I didn't plan

12. Become debt free

13. Swim off the boat at Lake

14. Take youth to Arkansas

15. Sing solo @ church
This is scheduled for 3/11 Still scheduled :~
Done.  Was told it was great....for HIS ears.

16. Write children's book
Always been a dream of mine

17. 30 blogs
I think I'm up to 3..this might be 4...
This one is.....#18

18. Feel beautiful at friends wedding in June

19. Visit KC Zoo 15 times
I've been 2 times....we have the pass, we will go.  I have plans to go on the 21st!

20. Go to family reunion in July
This seems like a strange goal, but I have not seen my dad's side of the family in 10-12 years. I think it is time.
I've been elected to make the I'm stuck.

The conclusion of Easter

As I promised are the Easter Monday pictures.
 The Test picture....

 The good one!  Isn't she cute?

 Special one with Momma!

 Special one with Daddy!

Monday, April 9, 2012


I will make many of you happy (and me too) that LO and I have been sleeping much better!  Woohoo :)
Life is much better on a full night's sleep.

Yesterday concluded our Easter celebrations!  Well, there is 1 more thing we need to do.  We forgot to take our family picture.  Thought about it this moning in the shower, it totally slipped my mind (a lot of things do that these days).

So here is a recap of our Easter celebration.

Sunday April 1....Palm Sunday - church, nothing special.

Wednesday April 4....T-4 days to Easter...I have the brillian thought "LO needs to see the Easter Bunny!"  So I started researching where to find one.  2 local malls have a bunny and Crown Center. 
Thursday April 5....T-3 days to Easter....Miss D (babysitter) remindes me that they are going on a field trip to the park where an Easter bunny will be there to take pictures!...problem solved...unless, the picture isn't very good...then what do I do? 

Friday April 6....T-2 days to Easter....LO goes on field trip, we don't get a copy of the picture :( I assume the must be terrible.  Discuss with Hubby and decide not to take a trip to the mall the day before, just to deal with the picture from the park.  LO is 18 months old, does she really care?  Good Friday there is always a performance at our church from the SonLight Players called "Moments in Time"...depicting the 12 disciples questioning themselves "Was it I who betrayed Jesus?"...the play goes though the whole story from the Passover feast to the crucifixion.  I have seen it 3 years in a row and last year 7 times as Hubby and I were was enough.  We decided to skip it this year....and maybe next...SO not a child-friendly event.

Saturday April 7...T-1 day to Easter....we woke up around 7:30 (12 hours after going to sleep!) and decided the local community center was having an Easter Egg "hunt" and we should go, we were up already anyway...what's the harm?  Well, the "hunt" was more like rabid parents pushing and shoving towards the pastel eggs distributed by the hundreds by the is a picture.
See how many kids there are?  See the little pastel eggs?  Also...see KC Wolf?  It was an EVENT!

LO LOVED it, we went away with 9 pastel eggs that contained candy (soemthing she is not allowed to have) I emptied all the eggs and let her play with them.  There was a BUNNY at the egg hunt!

2:00 - 4:00 cantata practice at church.  Uneventful, just something we did.

Sunday April 8  EASTER has arrived!  5:40 AM my alarm goes off, we get ready in our Easter outfits to go to SonRise Service...starts at 7:00 am..we get to church at 6:30 because this is the one Hubby is in charge of!  The praise band (of which I participate) sang 5 songs, Hubby preached and was great!  Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 9:30, it was ok.  Then the 10 service was to start....and it did.  Granny came to entertain LO as I read the narrator part of the cantata and the choir sang.  No problems, no hitches!  After church events we went home for a much needed 4 hour nap!  We wandered over to Grandma & Granpa's house around 4:30 for a hard-boiled egg hunt with the uncles.  LO totally gets the process, find egg - pick it up and put in basket - take back to seat and open egg...very cute.

Today, Monday April 9, we will put our fancy Easter clothes on again and take a proper family picture!  I'll post soon.

So there you have it.  A week long celebration.  We spent lots of time at church, as we should, remembering the reason for the celebration.  As I look back on this Easter Monday, I feel so blessed to know the true story of Easter.

Be well.  Go knowing HE is risen!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

No sleep for the exhausted?

For the last 5 days LO has been having, shall we say, difficulty sleeping for a decent stretch.  Remember she is 18 months old.  Long ago we stopped having the 45 minute sleeping "stretches."  We have been having many weeks of 4-5 even 6 hours of non-stop sleep in her own's been lovely for all involved.

I think teeth are to be blamed (vampire teeth to be exact).  They are moving around in her mouth causing pain and lack of sleep.  :(  It's a terrible situation.  Do you: A. medicate the pain at the first twinge?  or B. holdout on medication until the crying is unberable and the baby is obviously in pain?  We do a combo.  I attempt to soothe the pain with distraction, nursing, cold food, chew toy, etc. then as a 4th or 5th option try topical medication and give it 20 minutes, still not "normal" LO? give igested medication. 

Last night we were up from 11:30 to was exhausting, frustrating and created HUGE amounts of self doubt. 

I'm hoping for a better night, but if not, the world will continue to spin and I will continue to drudge on like a good momma.  What other option do I have?



Good gracious my brain is not connected.

I forgot my flanges.

As a pumper, this is a BAD in normal pumping produces 3 - 4 oz per day (that's 2 pumping sessions).  Today, less than 1.

Hand pumping is terribly difficult for me.  Some moms are great at it, but I have never quite gotten the knack.  There are very informative videos on-line and descriptions in books, but I just suck.

Here are my worries:
#1. Not pumping + not sleeping (another blog) could = clogged duct
#2. Not pumping will reduce my supply....that is terribly low anyway.
#3. That is will enjoy the freedom while I drive home and not want to pump tomorrow...even when I have all of the necessary parts.

#3 brings up a good I don't know the answer to.  When do I loose that pumping session?  LO is 18 months old, is eating great and still nurses 3-4 times a day plus drinks 2 sippy cups of breastmilk (1.5 oz each) and rice milk (3 oz each).  So if I drop the pumping session, how much milk will I loose?...probably an ounce...maybe more.  Something to think about, although....what else am I doing while driving?  Pumping and driving is a great use of time.

I shall continue to contemplate loosing another pumping session...the freedom is a good incentive.

So you ask "What are you doing to insure you don't forget the flanges tomorrow?"
#1. Getting the pump bag ready in its entirety tonight.
#2. Getting more sleep (please LO????).

Wish me luck!