Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Idol Picks

This is my favorite dress that I have been waiting forever for her to fit into, but it is still too big!

So Neil Diamond songs aren't' my favorite, here is my breakdown
David Cook won the night and if it weren't for all the teeny boppers who will vote for David A. I bet he could win. My issue with David A is that all of his songs sound the same.

Here is my pecking order for who is going home next: Brook, Syesha, Jason

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Murphy's Law

So before I go into my rantings about how cruel the world is I thought I would share the latest Sage pictures. We took these pictures on a whim because she had her Daddy's favorite Led Zeppelin onesie on. I decided to do the silly back grounds. She is 3 and a half months in these.
Ok so to my grumblings. I woke up fully energized this morning to clean the house and get stuff done, then I got a phone call from my doctor's office that my post gestational diabeties test came back high, you know the one that for most people goes away after they have their baby except for the rare few that it turns into diabeties. Add that to the fact that we haven't been able to get my 4 (yes 4) different blood pressure medication dosages right so I am living with a constant migraine and I wonder why I even go to the doctor at all for these tests. I even told the lady taking my blood that I could pretty much guess what the results would be. Add that to the fact that when I went to go get the Miranea put in (for the second time) they couldn't do it because they didn't like my uterus (isn't that a line from the new movie Baby Mama?) AND there was another abnormality in one of my tests that I have to back in to get checked. Ughhh!! I just pray that my daughter doesn't end up with all of her mother's bad genes!~ Needless to say, the house is not getting cleaned today.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Idol Picks

Sage is Sad Brook Might Go Home

I was so excited about Andrew Lloyd Weber night...I had to practice singing all of my Phantom songs that I know by heart...all of the Phantom songs were my favorite of the excuse me if I am biased.

Syesha..can we say next Tony? I agree with the judges that she belongs on Broadway. She has such a big voice and personality that I see her on Broadway instead of on tour.
Jason...poor Jason...I usually give him the Love Love Love but tonight he just get's one Love from me. I figured this might be a hard week for wasn't a trainwreck, but it wasn't his greatest performance.
Brook...poor Brook, as much as I like her I am sure she is the one that will get voted off. So she started and stopped before and got praised for it, so not sure why Paula came down so hard on her. Her voice was just so shakey, and I just feel like she is done.
David - Davvy Boy gave another steller performance, and I loved iti because of course it was from the Phantom. What I could hear over my voice, he is the one to beat. Plus all of the teeny boppers adore him.
Carly- I am glad she went with Jesus Christ Super Star instead of the Phantom song, because it would have been aweful. But she gave a memorable performance.
David Cook...put a half a mask on him and he could be the Phantom. This was probably my favorite performance of the night.

Favorite Performance: David Cook
Winner Overall: David A
Going Home: Brook

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Funny Hats and All That Jazz

Ok so don't mind the messy room, but we are trying to transition her into her Arm's Reach bassinet to get her out of the middle of our bed. Who wouldn't want to go in that, it has a mobile, kick and play, vibrations, nature sounds, music, lights, and her video monitor with night vision and her cow humidifier looking over her. I have also put her portible swing in the bed to try and get her use to not laying next to us. For the most part it is working, she is still sleeping through the night only now she will wake up around 1 or 3 and want to come into bed with us (or at least that is the only thing that makes her not cry). I can't imagine ever putting in her in a room so far away from us "right across the hall", especially since a friend of ours lost his daughter unexpectadly at 14 months. But with all of these gadgets you'd think she'd love hanging out in there, but I guess I found out that the best gadgets are still Mom and Dad.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

This Little Piggy Went to the Market

So last weekend it was 75 degrees so we went to the farmers market to buy vegitables to plant in our garden. It is the first time I have ever had a garden, but Jeramy is Mr. Greenthumb. When he put fertilizer in the dirt, I didn't like the fact that I would be eating the food that was in this poop, but I went with it anyways because if I was incharge everything would be dead. We dressed Sage up in her Piggy outfit that is on loan from Avery (which she looked so cute in and is actually kind of small) to take advantage of the beautiful weather. We bought a bunch of tomatos, strawberries, artichokes, parsley, carrots, onions, lavender, a huckleberry tree, peppers and cucumbers. Jeramy also built a squirrel habitat with all sorts of fun suff for them to play with. The only problem is that Lami always goes and attacks them. He built a peanut box and I did too. Mine was made out of a Huggies Diaper Wipe box which is the more popular of the two. We were going to wait a few weeks to plant them in the ground and we were going to work on it more this weekend, but it is snowing! What the heck, how do we go from near 80 degree weather to snow? This weather is so weird...I just want the sunshine already.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Idol Picks

I almost protested Idol without Michael Johns. He was one of my picks for the winner. Kristie, Carly, Syesha should all be gone before him. Also, wasn't excited about the Mariah Carey week because those are some hard songs to sing, but enjoyed it. Here are my picks

David - very typical of David..good, cute, yada yada
Carly - did not like the way she sang this, and she did have some pitchy parts, probably my bottom pick of the night.
Syesha - she chose a hard song and again I think she nailed it
Brook - as much as I love Brook, I think it was aweful. I had high hopes for her picking a good song but this just wasn't it.
Kristie - as much as I do not like her, she sang this song well. I agree with Paula that it could be recorded as a country song the way she sang it, I would still like to see her go though.
David Cook - was a little shocked when I heard his song pick and I was very pleasantly surprised! He is very original
Jason - LOVE LOVE LOVE Jason! This is my favorite song of MC's and I was wondering if anyone was going to sing it. I love Jason's reminds me of Ben Harper...very Bohemian.

I was very curious to see what MC song David Cook and Jason would sing and I think that they nailed it and are my top votes of the night. I think Simon was right in that the guys nailed it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mommy Tips Please

Ok I need some Mommy 101

I've figured out that I don't need to blow dry Sage's hair, it drys pretty fast (Thank you Katy and Emily) Guess I will have to wait and see about changing diapers on an airplane...but here are some things that have been crossing my mind all you Mommies out there...I need your help.

1. How old does Sage need to be before I put sunscreen on her, and what kind do I use?
2. What is the best way to clean up the poopy blow outs on clothes? Hot/Cold/Throw it away (this has always worked well for me in the past) :o)
3. How old were your kids before they did the rice cereal thing? Did you mix with breastmilk/formula...what brands did you like best?
4. At what age did you transition your kids out of your bed. I just moved her into an arms reach bassinet because I can't imagine her alone in her room.
5. Aside from putting Saline in her nose and sucking snot and using a cool mist humidifier, any other way to clear the snot?
6. What kind of jar baby food did you give first and did your kids like the best? (Emily thanks for telling me about doing vegi's first since they are gross and all the same at once for allergies)
7. If any of you did formula at all how would you warm the bottles up if you were on the road?
8. Best baby item/toy your kids (or you) couldn't live without?
9. How do you know if your baby is cutting teeth and what do you do? Besides wiping with a cloth at her baths, should I be doing anything to "brush" her teeth at this point?
10. Another poop question. Sage seems to poop only on Sunday's and Wednesdays. Is it normal for kids to go a few days?

Ok I am sure this will be one of many HELP emails, and since I know no other Mommies except my cousins, I am counting on you guys (Katy, Angie, Becky, Em). Lots of Love!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Deliver Me

So I have been watching a new series called Deliver Me on high risk pregnancy's. If I was still pregnant I would not want to watch it, but since I went through the high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, 2 weeks of hospital bed rest, a premature SGA (small for gestational age) baby, and 9 days in the NICU, in a weird way it gives me comfort to see that other people go through the same thing I went through, and every time I look at my chubby cheeked little girl I cry (as I am right now) to know how hard we both faught to get her here.

In retrospect, I guess I didn't really know the severity of what could have happened to both me and her. We did daily NST's while I was in the hospital and she was never really reactive on the trace so they would always do a BPP and she would always pass (movement, breathing and fluid). But I didn't really realize how tight of a rope we were walking between determining when it would be safer to get her here. Thank God that I had world class doctors watching after me. The day of delivery the doctor (who had never seen me before) decided we couldn't wait anymore and within a half an hour I was in the delivery room. Our family all had to rush up to Seattle from Olympia which is an hour drive, and this was our 3rd time we thought I might deliver. I thought I would be more nervous about delivery, but I was really really calm. All the doctor's joked with me that I knew so much about delivery and babies after my stay at the hospital that I could probably do it myself. After she was born and Jeramy told me that she was a girl, I didn't hear her cry before they took her to the NICU but the neonatolgists told me that she was fine. In recovery Jeramy brought me a video of her, but she was really jittery from my blood pressure medicine that it really scared me until I was able to hold her in my arms nearly 4 hours later. Having a baby in the NICU is really an immediate push into parenthood, and like Baby Boot Camp. Within hours of having a C-Section I was taking the elevator up to the NICU. You don't have time to sit back and relax and visit with family, instead you are learning about all of the charts and monitors. We were fortunate to have such a strong baby. She didn't need any feeding tubes or breathing tubes and didn't have any issues. She was one of the smallest babies they ever sent home (3 pounds 12 ounces) and every one was amazed at how well she was doing. But leaving behind her neighbors who had already been there for months and had months to go, or sitting in the waiting room during the nurses shift change with the other mom's whose babies were born at 23 weeks really gives you such a lesson in faith and strength.

Everyday I look at Sage, I thank the lord that she is here safe and sound. I remember telling Jeramy and my family what to do incase I didn't make it, so when I look at her chubby little cheeks I am amazed at her fighting spirit and that I brought her into this world despite all of the challenges that we faced. And God bless my husband who drove back and forth our house and the hospital with my endless list of comforts from home that I needed, and slept on the uncomfortable bed next to mine because I was scared for him to be too far away, and for being such an amazing father to our daughter. I will always remember him taking a syringe to get every last drop of collostrum that I was pumping and literally running it up to her. We are truly blessed!

My American Idol Picks

Following in Becky's footsteps I will put my AI picks in
Michael Johns: wasn't his best performance and I kept thinking to my self oh gosh I hope he doesn't try to hit the high note and he did and I didn't love it. And what was up with Paula and her Chihuahua comment? Something might have been in her Coke this week.
Syesha: She keeps getting a bum wrap. She gave me goose bumps on that song and I think she has done a great job this week and last and they are being too hard on her. Of course she isn't going to sing it like Whitney, but bless her for trying.
Jason: LOVE LOVE LOVE him, I think I have a weak spot for ukulele. I agreed with all of the judges and it was probably my favorite one of the night.
Kristie: Can we get rid of her already? Did not love the way she sang the song (and I am just sick of her) and I think the judges were just being nice to her.
David Cook: What was up with that song? You could barely hear him over the back up singers. Not his greatest moment.
Carly: I kept waiting for Simon to say something negative about her outfit, and he surprised me. I mean that outfit was almost as awful as the song. I agree with the judges that she just seemed mad the whole time she was singing it.
David A: Cutie Pie, I really enjoyed the song, he has such a great voice and it was nice to see him on the piano. I still can't believe that he is only 17.
Brook: I love Brook. She seems so genuine and has such a unique voice. I was a little disappointed to not see her on the piano, and what was up with her at the end? It looked like someone ran over her puppy, and Ryan said she was shaking?
So my top 3 are Jason, David A, and a toss up between Syesha and Brook
Bottom 3 this week would have to be Kristie, Carly, and David Cook

Now off to watch Hell's Kitchen....wonder what he would say about some of my cooking...haha...did anyone see him actually throw up last week...yikes

And of course have to throw in a picture of my 2 Favorite people

Isn't it Crazy

How a single smile from you baby can melt your heart, no matter how bad of a day you are having. And how seeing your husband with your baby makes you fall in love all over again.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Funny Hats and pink eye

I am so glad that I had a girl so I could put her in silly hats. These aren't even the half of them either. Hopefully she will forgive me someday.
So the other morning she woke up with gunk in her eye and it was all red, I of course was in a panic thinking she had pink eye and immediately rushed her to the doctor who told me that she probably just had a piece of fuzz in her eye and assured me that it wasn't pink eye. Wasn't pink eye!???, you mean those tears I cried at the site of my daughter with a red eye and the horrible guilty feelings I had were for a piece of fuzz? Jeramy of course thought the sight of his wife in an utter panic was hillarious. But seriously what am I going to do when she really gets sick or skins her knees or bonks her head. Surely my little girl won't get hurt right, because obviously her mommy can't handle it. I better start baby proofing now!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Splish Splash Sage is Taking a Bath

These pictures crack me up. Lami is so protective of her "baby sister". Wherever Sage is Lami is looking after her. I love these pictures of Jeramy giving Sage a bath with Lami as his helper. We would always put her in these pajamas that had a puppy on it that looked just like Lami, we called them her Lami Jami's. It was a sad day when those got too small. Toby on the other hand could care less until Sage learns how to throw a ball. This is usually what he does if Sage is crying.