Monday, June 30, 2008

new way to get protein!

Okay, so I don't eat a lot of meat and when I do, it's usually chicken. Not sure why, I just don't have a particular longing for beef. Of course, this is totally against E's desires, but hey, if I'm coking, I cook what I like.

Anyway, as you know before we got the big BFP last week, I'd been doing Weight Watchers. I had bought some of their protein drink things because I know I need more protein. Well, this morning I mixed in my left over milk from breakfast, then put it in the freezer. I have a wonderful protein version of ice cream. it's pretty decent too. I mean, it's not Ben & Jerry's, but I'm not having to choke it down either.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Just have one thing to say today

Estimated due date: March 3, 2009
Henry James or Sofia Erin

Saturday, June 28, 2008

He hasn't stopped eating

since we got home from our trip to Oviedo. Aside from a 15 minute catnap (to finish off the 45 minute one on the ride home)....Duck hasn't stopped eating. He's had three helpings of mac-n-cheese, half a big cookie from Publix, an Oreo, and now he's eating Corn Pops. To his credit, Duck only had a bowl of Kix and milk for breakfast and 5 fries and some fruit for lunch (that happens when we don't eat at home)

Must be an eating evening, I guess.

I'm getting beaten by a stain. I found a shirt in my closet I really wanted to wear only to find it stained. Another shirt had a similar stain on it, but it came out of that one. So, I've been working on getting this grass-looking stain out of a nylon-polyester blend shirt. I just love how stain removal sites address the stain, not the fabric.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Duck's newest phrase is "ta-da!" which came excitedly after E finished putting together our knew dining room table from Ikea (BJURSTA style). Of course, Duck had to help Daddy with the assembly, but mostly he supervised from the couch. The table is admittedly bigger than I really wanted to have in our small apartment, but the size will come in handy later on when we eventually have a house. For now it will stay at the smallest setting.

Duck helping.....

The "boys" working together.

Inspecting Daddy's work.

All done!

New couch and ottoman from American Signature, too!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Help, I'm stuck!

Okay, so it really sounds a little more like "hehl.....tuc!" but since he's signing "help" and then pulling on the carseat fasteners....we've learned that this means, "help, I'm stuck". To which we can only giggle and say, "yes, you're stuck and you have to stay stuck til we get home/to the store/sitter's/therapy". Which is usually followed by some whining....a few minutes of quiet, then all of a sudden. "hehl, hehl, hehl.....tuc!"

Up, down, in and out are new favorite words thanks to Curious George's book of opposites. He can identify the colors yellow, purple and rojo (red) correctly. Blue and green come with prompting and well, orange is apparently yellow. He can show you the moon in the sky and remember the moon is in the same place when you come out of the store as when you went in. Cows, horses and sheep are known by their sounds.

SBLAH SLOH! (that's Duck for BLAST OFF) He's finally starting to use his tongue to make sounds and form words.

We're stumbling through potty-training. Duck's more likely to poop on the potty by choice than pee. That's only because about 75% of the time, you put him on the potty and he goes anyway. But, if he needs to use the potty and you ask, then he'll meet you at the bathroom door. but since he's got three different caregivers on a day-to-day basis, consistency is, well, inconsistent.

And rather than asking for milk, he's taken to opening the fridge and bringing me the entire gallon! He truly amazes me every single day.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

We're alive......

So much in the past frew days......

MIL is here for a visit. She leaves tomorrow morning. Spent most of the day furniture shopping yesterday.....the morning at Ikea and the evening at American Signature.

Duck is surprising me more and more each day with new words. Denny's has these rocket-shaped cups. So, when we went to breakfast yesterday I got him one. He says "blast off" now!! Sounds more like "sblah loh", but at least he's using his tongue!!!

More later, have to get ready for church.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Stress is not a good thing

Typically I thrive on stress. I used to thrive on stress. The higher the stress, the better the outcome. I was the type of college student that could mull over a 6 page paper for weeks on end, then sit down to type it the night before it was due and pull an "A" paper out of nowhere. Now, it wasn't really out of nowhere, it just wasn't on any paper or on any computer.

I think too much. WAY too much. It's one of the reasons I created this blog, so I could start getting the thoughts out of my head and then forget about them. Unfortunately, my ability to deal with stress effectively has gone somewhere with my sanity......I just hope one or both return SOON.

I hear it all the time. Breathe and relax. Heck, I even tell my friends that. I don't really know how to take my own advice, then again who does?

I found myself at the doctor's today. I was rudely awakened at 5:15 this morning by nausea, stomach cramps and a migraine. So, I made an appointment because really, I'd had the migraines under control and I figured the other was due to the Metformin and it's too early for an HPT.

Anyway, 7 minutes and a fruitless effort to hold back tears, I walk out with a new prescription. Great.....just what I wanted, more drugs to take. Come back in 4-6 weeks he said. Um, does he not understand that 4-6 weeks is a lifetime to a mom of a toddler? Before I left, though, I made my follow-up with the dr in the practice I actually like. If it weren't for Dr. B, I'd leave the practice altogether. But I really like her, she listens and since my husband actually thinks she's a good dr (and good looking), I think we'll keep her for a while.

I found a new running program online through my moms group, It's a program called Couch 2 5K. In 9 weeks time, it takes you from being a couch potato to running a 5K. Now, I used to do 5Ks a lot back home. I wasn't a runner. I just wanted to finish with a decent time and ahead of somebody, anybody.

I think if Ic an get back to walking/jogging/running on at least an every other day basis, I mighthandle my stress a bit better. Of course, if I learn to let go of the things I have ZERO control over and take control of the things I don't, I'll probably HAVE a lot less stress to handle.

Duck's IEP staffing is July 10th, so the countdown begins. I'm torn as to what to hope for. More than speech means he goes all day. Just speech means that, just speech. No transportation and well, most likely a screwy schedule.

His speech has come so far though in the past few weeks. He's now saying AND signing "help". He's saying "thank you" unprompted without signing. (Though when prompted he still only signs it unless I hold his arms down) He will find pictures on his blocks and name them without prompting.

My little Duck even says "abre" when standing at the kitchen gate. Yeah, like I'm going to open the gates to heaven for him. Last time the gate was down the stinker found a way to get on top of my stove. I told you he watches way too much Dora and Diego.

Oh, and other evidence of that? You know how Boots and Dora tell Swiper "NO" and hold out their hands? He's started doing that when someone's doing something he doesn't like. Which is SOOOOOO much better than biting or hitting.

I'm on the lookout for a Diego backpack with tools inside. More specifically, I'm looking for Diego binoculars. He fell in love with Nana's at Daytona two weeks ago.

We bought Playdoh tonight for his party. Just a few weeks til that big event. I figure if I buy a little at a time, I won't have a huge party bill. I have to check my stash, I might even have enough goodie bags left over from last year. Wouldn't that be nice?

Duck does have two appointments this week: neurology follow-up and 1st visit to the dermatologist. I know we're missing two test for the neuro. One they said we didn't have to redo (blood draw) and the other is a urine test that I honestly forgot we had to redo.

The derm visit is because he's had 4 reactions to sunscreen, each progressively worse. You would think that if I can use Aveeno baby wash and Aveeno diaper cream, that Aveeno baby sunscreen would be okay. Nope, that was the 2nd one we used. Four brands over 2 months.

I do have a list compiled for the derm to show him/her which ingredients are common among the four brands. Oddly, there's only 5. The first three are the main ingredients, the fourth is water, and then Disodium EDTA. I'm also hoping that the derm will look at the imprint on his left temple.

Well, it's 3 a.m. and that means its time for me to get my butt in bed.