Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On Nursing

**I included pictures of beautiful nursing covers all from target. I mean what kind of pictures did you expect for a post on nursing?**

When I had my first baby, my daughter, I was 21 years old.  Kind of young, but not extremely.  However, one thing I knew was that I would breastfeed.
My whole family did and that is just what we do.

This was nice, because I didn't need to really overthink it.

One of the major things with nursing is support.
Whether it is a family member, a friend, someone from the hospital or someone who is affiliated with a breastfeeding group, you need someone to call.

After giving birth, a nurse came to "stick" my baby on.
She had dirty finger nails and I didn't say a thing to her about it- I was too nervous- and don't know if I would say anything to her today if it happened again, 13 years later!

However, the nurse was nice and thank God, my baby latched on.
But, when I got home, I was in a different world.
It was hard- getting up so often, leaking, basically wondering if I was doing it right.
But we got through.  For a little over a year, it worked!

And then with my next daughter- it wasn't as smooth, but a little painful.   But once again, I pressed on in pain, sore and cracked, and it worked.

Along comes my son, baby #3, by this time I figure I was a pro.
In comes the lactation consultant to my hospital room.  "You know you are doing that wrong!"
Just like that all my confidence of a 3 time nursing mom left the room.

I protested, but eventually did what she said.
My pride barely intact.

My son was another difficult nurser.

And now as we await, baby #5, I plan on nursing again.
It is not always easy, but for us it has been well worth it.

My advice to first time nursing moms?
Research and read books beforehand.  Ask other moms questions.  And make sure you have some sort of support set up, in case you need to make a late night call and scream, "help"!

And number #1- do not stress!  And if for some reason it does not work out for you- don't worry- and enjoy your baby!

1 Thessalonians 2:7 ~ “But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.”

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

Another Monday!
This week the kids have off!
Very excited.
Then the oldest has convention with the youth group and the kids have their Cuz Buzz with Nana.
In the mean time, I wake up in the morning thinking, what if today is the day I give birth?
The only problem?
I need to clean this house!
So, today along with food shopping, comes some serious cleaning.

Below is a pic of the current state of the boys' room.
Full steam ahead.

We need a lot of throwing out, packing up and deep cleaning to get the house ready for little miss.

Somewhere with that we will fit in a dentist appt, getting together with friends, shopping for Easter and making sure everyone has Easter clothes!

What about you?
What do you have planned this week?

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Just Some Thangs

Seems so busy around here lately.

Can't get anything done and constantly have something on the calendar whether it is parent teacher conferences, a doctor's appointment or a family outing.
But, thankful we have a full life.

I failed my first gestational diabetes test and was totally bummed.
Bummed that I might have to keep careful track of what I eat.
So, I scheduled an appointment for the 3 hour glucose test.
But, a friend encouraged me that even though she failed the first one, she passed the 3 hour test and the doctor said she didn't have it.
I prayed for the same.

The 3 hours was long, but not as bad as I thought.

And I passed!
I called the nurse and she told me the great news and then I asked if there is anything I should be doing.
Try and lay off sugar she said.
::cough, cough::

Bad connection, I said.  I can't hear you.
She didn't get it at first, but then proceeded to laugh.
Alright, I said.

Nana takes the kids for a cuz buzz next weekend and I am giddy with anticipation of all the things I will try to get done!
Hoping sleeping in fits in somewhere.

 St. Patrick's Day

A tornado simulator at the pump it up place- worth every bit of the $2.

 the need
 to take a bunch of "selfies".   Ahh, the community camera!

 And incredible kid day at Lauren's school.  Thank goodness the teacher reminded me and 30 minutes before I left to be there, I slammed together a letter of how great she is and a banner with her name complete with pictures!
Hello procrastination!

Have a lot planned this weekend!
How about you?
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Poor Woman's Resort

Although many might disagree, one of my favorite vacation spots is the hospital!

Let me start by saying, I am thankful I have not had hospital stays that were lengthy or for anything life threatening- my heart and prayers go out to those who do.
But... I love staying in the hospital.
It has all the comforts of a vacation stay for me.

1. An adjustable bed- My bed at home is comfortable and big, but the bed at the hospital adjust while I press the buttons on the remote and I can get it just right. And I sleep in it alone!

2. TV on the wall- The TV hangs from the wall! And it has a remote that is attached to my bed, so no one can lose it.

3. I have a bathroom just steps from my bed- No more long walks to the shower or to go potty- it's all right there. And usually I only have to share it with just one other woman, if I even have a roommate. No kids open the door on me either!

4. Food- I have a menu and sometimes they even serve me salmon! 3 meals a day that I don't have to cook! Sometimes there is soup. And for breakfast, those little cartons of juice!

5. A beautiful huge window- Even if I don't get the window bed, the sunlight pours into the room with practically a whole wall of window.

6. Pajamas- What forgot your PJs? Not a problem, the hospital supplies them! That doesn't happen on real vacation. You forget your PJs- you normally head to walmart.

7. Laundry service- you spilled your drink? Don't worry- they change the sheets for you! They have an endless supply of both the sheets and the pajamas!

8. Phone close by- If I need to make a call, or someone wants to call me or I am not getting good cell reception- there is a phone right next to my bed. Simple and easy.

9. Clean rooms- The room is clean and sanitized before I get there and guess what? I don't have to clean it before I leave. Not true about the last 2 places I visited. and the best of all...

10. The nurses! - all I have to do is press a button (again attached to my bed) and a nurse comes to see what I need. My lunch is late or I need another blanket. Maybe some medicine or a pair of new pajamas. Have questions- she is there. My own personal concierge- or a bunch of them.

So, when I go into the hospital to have our baby girl, don't worry about me- Consider me enjoying life at my own personal resort! 
What about you? 
Do you like staying at hospitals? 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

Just have to say it...
I wouldn't mind it being Monday, if it weren't sooo COLD.

But, I will live and stop writing on twitter that I want to move down south, before my girlfriend down there rents a house for me!
But, it would be nice to be warm all the time.

We have been having busy days.
Days where I say to myself, there just isn't enough time in a day.

I have some projects- okay a lot of projects- to get done before our little miss makes her arrival.
My mom has been spearheading some, which has been awesome.

And this weekend we had a big banquet at our church for our Girls' club (think Christian girl scouts).  Since I am a teacher, I got to go with both of my girls.
We had a great time.
I usually enjoy anything at my church.
And my favorite redhead got to hold the flag!
Each church that comes represents a country.  This year we were Germany.  Every church then makes food from their country and all the girls get to sample.
I loved the Greek pastries!
Our church served sauerbrauten and purple cabbage.  It was good, but a little smelly in our room!

Then on Sunday, we had a birthday party to go to at Pump it Up.
All 4 kids and possibly even the husband ::wink:: had an awesome time!
It was a long weekend.
I am now paying for it with a mountain of dirty dishes and clean clothes to fold.
We had our traditional St. Pat's day dinner and all is well over here.

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What do you have going on?
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Things I Don't Do

I read a fellow blogger's post on this and thought it was wonderful.
Sometimes in blogland, it appears as if Mommy bloggers have it all together and their lives are perfect. I am always trying to show the opposite- how I am human and fail a lot.
I think it is important that moms can relate to each other, because let's face it, we are usually going through the same stuff.
Without further ado...
                                                               My pocketbook
I am not a good cleaner.
My mother is and always has been. We are pretty sure it skips a generation. Now, understand, when I really get into it, I am a fantastic cleaner, but it is hard to get me into it. I have gotten a lot better in some areas and haven't made any progress in others. 
 As I type this, I sit at a desk that is filled with clutter and it is hard to see some parts of my big computer screen.

I am not on time.
In some areas I am great on being punctual.
Mostly church.
We are very rarely late for church and on Wednesday nights we are even early.
However, sport practices, get togethers, birthday parties and picking up my son from pre-school are not my strong spot.
But, I am working on it.
And it always helps to have a punctual teen that likes to get places on time and will help out if necessary.

                                                              our new chore charts

I do not delegate to the kids enough.
You might of read that we have instituted chore charts over here.
It is a slow go.
But, after being sick, my mom and mother-in-law let me know that the kids just weren't doing enough.
And apparently, you are supposed to start these "chores" earlier in life.
So, I am really plugging along and working on this right now.
After all, I simply cannot do everything.
And don't get me wrong, their "chores" are not hard and even include "brush your teeth".
I am sure they will live.

I do not "play" with my kids often.
We do a ton of things together, but me playing barbies or GI Joes doesn't really happen.  This is okay in our house because they have each other to play with and I am happy they do.

I do not have a perfect house.
I see some amazing houses while blog hopping.
Not mine though.
We bought a house that needs a lot of work and we are doing said work at a snail's pace.  But, that's okay.  It doesn't bother me and we have bigger things in life- like enjoying these kids before they all grow up and leave the nest.

**At the end of all these "I do not"s:

I do love my kids.
I can't believe how blessed we are to have all of them.
My girlfriend's dad used to call me, "babies" because I would always tell him I wanted to have as many as I could afford when I got married.
tee hee hee- By the world's standards, we probably can't afford one.
At some point I didn't think I would have a lot of kids.
And although 5 is not "big" compared to some families, it is amazing to me and I am so thankful.

I do have so much excitement brewing inside to have another baby.
Seems kind of crazy when my youngest will be in full time school next year, but I am so happy we are having another baby.
And I am well aware I am starting all over with diapers, and sleepness nights and the crying, but I can't wait.
I know when we get older we are never going to look back and see, "Gee, we shouldn't have had that last one!"
Every time we add to our family, we think, "wow- can't imagine life without that last one".
And since this is definitely our last one, I will be sure to savor every. single. moment.

I do constantly try to change.
As I am big and pregnant, there is so much I want to do, but the fatigue is getting to me.  So tired all the time.
But, I have a lot of areas in my life that I want to change and I will continue to persevere.

"who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."
Philippians 3:21

So, there you go- a little more about what goes on at my house.
Check out the Tiny Twig and her list of things she doesn't do.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Conversation at the Grocery Store

I was out food shopping the other day, and while on line a woman asked me if I was having my first baby.

I love being able to surprise people when I say- "No, my fifth."
I have a young looking face especially with no make-up on and lately I have more days without make-up than with.

Well, the woman replied, "You must either be religious or crazy".

I don't think I actually replied.  I thought maybe a bit of both.  Though, I don't believe either of these is necessarily bad.

Sure I am crazy.  My home is loud and busy, but fun and loving.  I truly believe that the best thing I have ever done for my kids is give them each other.  They will always have each other.
They play together and basically watch each other grow.
All 4 kids have come to me on separate occasions questioning if they will get to see the baby grow up.  Will they be away at college or married or will they really see her and know her and be able to read to her?

I have assured them that they will always come back to our home.  They will always be close.
If that's crazy, I am fine with it.

This word is always a rough one.  Does it describe me?  No, maybe not.  I go to church every week, most times 2 times a week.  But, I don't do it because I have to, because I was "born" into it or because I feel guilt to do so.

I love the Lord- I love having a relationship with Jesus and I can't imagine my life if I didn't.
My kids, although far from perfect, go with me and have enjoyed their own relationships with Christ since being little.  They love our church family.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."  Psalm 127:3

Although I strongly believe children are an amazing blessing from the Lord and scripture from the bible definitely backs that up, I do not believe I have to have a ton of kids.  I am not going to "keep going".  What is best for others is not necessarily what is best for us.  The husband and I make decisions that are best for us.  And I pray about these decisions.

"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."  Isaiah 54:13 

If this makes me "religious" I am fine with that as well.
So if I encounter a woman like this before (she was very sweet), I will know how to answer and I will be reminded of how blessed I am. 

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

Well, today is still Monday, but it is now Monday night.
Had a busy morning.
Ya know, crazy- oh my gosh its late, I have no shoes on and the bus is coming, kind of a morning.

Dad was away this weekend, so everyone was in moms bed for a movie, popcorn and eventually, although very late from the time change, sleep.  The girls ditched my bed for theirs and left me with the boys.
We watched Ramona and had a good night.
I used to love the Ramona books!

I made some lentil soup and yet another pot of pasta fusil.  Love having homemade soup on hand.

And found some serious peppers on sale this week,so I sliced them up and and froze them to use at a later date.
A little birdy taught me this trick. 

And for this week, appointments and some other things, but glad I got the food shopping done today!
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What do you have going on?

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Friday, March 8, 2013

A youtube video- Amazing- Lacey Buchanan

I was supposed to be heading to the grocery store the other morning when I came across this video.
It was amazing, to say the least and I felt a little silly sitting at my computer crying.
But, that is just what I did.

Take the time to watch it.
Make sure you can listen to the music while you watch it.

I wasn't sure if I would even post about it, but then my girlfriend told me she had saw the same one and that confirmed it for me.

God is so good.

Let me know what you think.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Back to the Chore Charts

Recently while I was sick for a month, my mom and mother in law were nice enough to point out that my kids do nothing!
It was hard not to take offense to this, but I really didn't because it is sadly true.
I guess being a stay at home mom, I just do everything.

And I always feel like the kids are exhausted from school and all that they are involved in, so I do "it".
And by "it", I mean everything.
Although, my teen does take care of her own stuff.  She is just naturally more organized than the rest of us.

I realized it was time to...

dun, dun, dun....  (cue eery music)

Break out the chore chart!

Now each child has their own chart up on the wall.
We skipped Sunday, because I didn't get it up till Sunday night, but there are 72 boxes that need to be checked for the week.
I put their goal as getting at least 65 of those boxes checked.


My problems so far?
I can't figure out how to motivate them.
I am not big on rewarding them for things they should do anyway.
I am not into allowance.
I did offer a small item after a month of good chore charts, where they meet their goals each week.
But, they kind of just looked at me like a month is a long time away.
And I think some of them are starting to think that half the chores done are better than none?
I am open to suggestions.


Where did I get these charts you might ask?
Well, I was really racking my brain trying to think of the best method.
I do this a lot and it usually just prevents me from getting anything done.

I was thinking of making something crafty an found these.
Then I was thinking I didn't want to have to "buy" any supplies just to get my kids to do chores they are supposed to do anyway.
Then I thought of printing something out, like you see here.

Finally, while I was doing some chores of my own I found a package of chore charts I bought at the dollar store about a year ago.
Yes, my desk is that messy!

I love the chore charts, but I am not sure how crazy I am about writing everything out each time.
I am thinking about laminating 4 of them so we can use them week after week.

What about you?
How do you get your kids to help out around the house?

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Today Is Monday! {linky}

Busy weeks, as I suppose all of them will be till our baby comes!
And even then, with the sports schedule we have, it will still be crazy.


This week I made some pasta fusil (or however you spell it).
The kids were less than thrilled.
But, I loved it and ate a ton of it.
Have to make soups more often.
Thinking about freezing some soups and chili in freezer bags.

This guy seems to think we share a bed! 
Sadly mistaken.
I will keep removing him even if it takes every night to get him back into his bed.
when I saw his little arms in the air, it reminded me of when he was little and a baby.
Ya, know, when there arms shoot up into the air for no reason.
So cute.
Can't believe he is 5!


Wasn't so long ago that he looked like this and woke up every hour to spend time with me.
It seems like it will take forever for them to stop waking so much and then one day they do.
Even if it is in their Mama's bed.

Chore charts are up and being implemented this week.
I will keep you posted on that.
We might be getting a snowstorm on Wednesday.
Pray we don't.
I am so done with winter.

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