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New Skills

Hello!

There are so many things I want to write about, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. Today, I want to make my excuses for not updating.

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I/We have been busy learning 5 new skills:

  1. Being a mom to 3 boys
  2. Learning Spanish (the kids like to press the buttons on the Rosetta Stone app).
  3. Experimenting with Essential Oils – so far I’m trying a diffuser and a homemade all-purpose cleaner. We are even doing a science experiment to test the effectiveness of the essential oil cleaner versus 409. I hope to post something about that at the conclusion of the experiment. So far I have learned that my kitchen and bathroom counter are disgusting. What do you use essential oils for? 
  4. Incorporating exercise into my week. I can’t say I want a daily routine, because that’s just not realistic, but breastfeeding alone isn’t helping me get into my old jeans. Especially when I’m craving sweets.
  5. Trying to cook with an Instapot. So far I have only made steamed broccoli and it was okay. The whole mechanism seems intimidating to me, but I’m sure I’ll get more comfortable with it when I use it more. Feel free to share your favorite recipes in the comments! 

 

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Baby, Books, Science

What we are reading:

Is there a new baby in your home or about to join you? Read this with your kids!

Dinosaur

Frequently requested by my 4-year-old. We recently had our third child and this is my favorite “big brother” book I’ve read yet. It is cute, funny, and accurately depicts what life will be like with a new baby. Enjoyed by the kids and by me.

Do your kids love garbage trucks?

Trashy Town

This book is repetitive and thus is a book your kids can easily “Read to themselves” once you’ve gone through it a few times. Also has repeated “Sight” words that the kids can easily recognize. As a mom, I don’t mind reading it once or twice a day, but definitely not over and over. 

Looking for something educational and cute?

animals

This book has beautiful pictures of all of our favorite animals, a moderate (not overwhelming) amount of useful information, and amusing commentary from Pooh and his friends. The donkey (Eeyore?) is especially amusing. I wish my children were as curious about it as I am. 

About, art, Baby, Daily Lessons, Parenting

Supermom Goals / Sleeping arrangements

Here is my supermom plan for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Activity Grocery & Library Music Class Dollar Store & Playground Playdate Boy’s choice
School/Art Mazes or Tracing Sticker Book Chalk Water mat Sensory bin with ice
House Vacuum Laundry Sweep Laundry Bathroom
Dinner Spaghetti Grilled Porkchops Chicken with roasted garlic sauce (slow cooker 2-3 hr) Tortellini Soup Wieners

I’m not one to make detailed plans because they will inevitably lead to frustration when my children don’t want to follow the schedule. Still, it may be a good idea to have some goals and ideas of things I want to accomplish this week.

If none of the stuff I have planned happens, that is okay too as long as all my (3) children are still alive and well at the end of the week.


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This boy is less than 3 weeks old but it already feels like he’s always been a part of this family. At his two week appointment last Tuesday he was 10lbs 1 oz (89%) and 21.75 in (95%).


 

All of the boys have not been sleeping well. Mr. 0 doesn’t sleep well because he is a baby. He still needs to learn the difference between night and day. He also gets the hiccups quite frequently and thinks the morning starts at 6:30.

Mr. 2 and Mr. 4 were staying up way too late because they kept playing and talking to each other instead of sleeping. Then they would wake up super early and be a bit cranky throughout the day. Some of this may be caused by their adjusting to the baby, and Mr. 2 taking advantage of not being in a crib.

Our solution was to let Mr. 4 sleep with the dog (he does not want to be alone) and Mr. 2 would sleep in the nursery in a crib again. The baby would be in our room. Surprisingly, neither of the big boys complained about the change and I am happy to say that they are falling asleep close to bed time (8 – 8:30) and sleeping until at least 7.

About, Baby, Parenting

5 days old

My advice for a great recovery from birth:

  • listen to your nurses and doctors
  • Take all the meds even if you feel fine
  • Eat and drink as soon as possible
  • Get up and walk when you’ve got all the feeling in your legs back.
  • Walk every few hours, don’t exhaust yourself but exercise will help with digestion and pain management.
  • Have a snack and drink EVERY time you feed the baby. Dehydration and exhaustion can sneak up on you.

So basically because of those things I was able to leave the hospital after 36 hours post c-section. I don’t know why I was in such a hurry, but I felt a little bored at the hospital and I missed my older babies.

The worst pain was the contraction of the uterus as it attempts to return to its original size and the pain in my shoulder muscles from all the trapped gasses. And constipation. Walking and stretching\moving my arms always helped the shoulder pain. And the meds, of course.
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Enough about me, how about the baby?

Day 1: he was born hungry and with the such adorably long fingers and toes. He latched right away when the nurse positioned him on the surgical table with me and he ate while they stitched me back up.

Mostly, he looks like a clone of his brothers. He slept and woke up only long enough to eat, about every 3-4 hours. In the night he almost went five hours but the nurses and doctors encourage you to wake him up and feed him every 3 hours…

Day 2: More sleeping and eating. In the evening he enthusiastically encouraged my milk development by refusing to be put down between 8:30 and 11:30. He finally succumbed to sleep and gave me 3 hours between feedings.

Day 3: Morning was all sleeping \eating. We took the boys to the museum of Flight to take advantage of both my mom and Sam being available to help out. In the evening he was again insatiable from 8:30 to 11:30. He slept 2 hours then 3 and 3. He had his first breastmilk poop in the night.

Day 4: He weighed 9 lbs 1 oz at the doctor visit. Everything looks good but we need to schedule another hearing test since he failed his at the hospital. This is apparently a common thing. This is the first day where he was awake for an hour while being calm and quiet. This occurred in the hour before his 8:30-11:30 buffet.

He then slept nearly 5 hours but struggled to go back to sleep after.
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(I can’t be mad at that face! I was bad and took him into bed with me and let him snuggle while I tried to catch a little bit more sleep. Remember the safest place for your baby to sleep is on his back in his own bed!)

Day 5:

That’s today! He was awake and happy at lunch time for over an hour, and even seemed to enjoy a ride in the bouncer while I got to eat.

 

Parenting, pregnancy

The Birth Story

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Born May 1, 2018

9 lbs 9 oz

21.25 inches

It’s a boy! Mommy and baby are quite healthy; we even left the hospital a little early. (More on that later.)

Our C-section was scheduled for May 1 at 8 am. The night before I showered with antiseptic soap and drank a small bottle of Apple juice. In the morning I showered with the special soap again. We left the house and arrived at the hospital by 6.

For the next two hours they poked and prodded and made sure baby and I were ready for surgery. We briefly met all the doctors whose names I immediately forgot. We shared our worry with the anesthesiologist who was very sympathetic and felt confident that everything would go smoothly this time.

It took 3 tries to start my IV.

It took 4 tries to start my spinal epidural, but that anesthesiologist and his resident did not give up and it worked wonderfully. My back is quite bruised and sore but it was totally worth it.

The big moment was when they dropped the drape and showed us the baby. My husband was supposed to announce to me what the gender was, but they dropped the drape so low the first thing I saw was his swollen testes and penis (completely normal, by the way).

I admit I cried 3-4 tears for the daughter I’ll never have, but this beautiful boy is an angel and I couldn’t be any happier now. This is going to be great.

About, pregnancy

5 Weeks to Go!

We had an ultrasound on Monday at 34.5 weeks to check on our mystery guest.

My other two pregnancies were both breech with low amniotic fluid which resulted in me having 2 c-sections before I ever experienced a contraction. I may have had 1 contraction with Mr. 2 but I’m not really sure.

Well the results are in and this baby is not like its big brothers! (IS IT A GIRL?? I WANT TO KNOW!!!) As of Monday, it was “Cephalic” or head down, and the fluid level looked fine. We will have another ultrasound in 2 weeks (37 weeks) to make sure nothing has changed, but as of right now we are going to attempt a VBAC or TOLAC (trial of labor after cesaerean) or whatever the doctors are calling it these days.

“Why would you want to do that?” asks my husband. I don’t know, I’m kind of just curious what it’s like. Also Mr. 2’s C- section was quite scary so I’m more reluctant to just hop on the C-section train. (Here’s the story: The  spinal block was not effective and I could feel them cutting open my abdomen. Then they told my husband to leave and put me under anesthesia and it was very frightening. Everything was fine in the end; healthy baby and healthy mommy so don’t let that scare you too much.)

So, I’m going to whip out my favorite pregnancy resource Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and read up on some important things like “How do I know when the baby is coming?” “What do I do when the baby is coming?” and related questions. I love this book because it keeps all the scary complications in their own separate section. I don’t want to read about increased risk of uterine rupture, because I prefer not to think horrible thoughts like that over the next 35 days.

By the way, I’m not the only one getting an ultrasound these days. We had an X-ray for the cat last Friday and there is something in her intestine. She’s having an ultrasound tomorrow to try to determine what it is. She hasn’t eaten anything in at least 2 weeks, so hopefully we can get this figured out without it costing as much as having a baby in the hospital in a month.

 

About, Parenting

7 Weeks

I don’t know if it is due to the sunshine, the warmer weather, the positive attitude, or the armbands, but I am getting things done! I haven’t accomplished anything on the baby to-do list, except to realize we need a new baby monitor (our battery isn’t holding its charge after 4 years) and a new diaper bag/backpack (just for comfort).

Some things we have accomplished include filing our taxes, picking up the license plates for the big(ger) family car, making cinnamon rolls (I promised them to my husband June 2017), set up the bird feeder that Grandma sent, made some washi tape mazes and collages with the little ones, and a number of household chores.

I did not do very well with my goals of walking and exercising last week, and when I asked my husband for advice he told me to set an alarm to wake up a little earlier. (Since my excuse was that I was usually too hungry to work out in the morning, he said I should wake up before the time I’m used to eating.) I woke up at 7 am today, checked my email, read a blog post, and did a baby friendly workout. Just as I was finishing I heard Mr. 2 calling, “momma! Wake up!!”

Honestly, we had a really great day. Mr. 4 came willingly to music class. The boys played well together while I was working on cinnamon rolls and dinner prep. Mr. 2 took a 3 hour nap. Mr. 4 did not have any accidents, and I didn’t even have to threaten or bribe him to go poop. Finally, I got to enjoy the sunny weather while taking the dog for a walk.

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While I was walking I played a game of 7 Weeks. Baby is due 7 weeks from Thursday (tomorrow). Babies never come when they are supposed to so these are all estimates, but in that time I will probably:

  • Make the bed 49 times
  • Do the dishes 49 times
  • Do 35 loads of laundry
  • Cook at least 28 meals (not counting PBJ & Quesadillas)
  • Walk the dog 28 times (my goal is 4x week)
  • Exercise 21 times (my goal is 3x week)
  • Read 7 books, but I’m going to count the one that I’ve spent the last week on.

What are you going to do in the next 7 weeks?


My 4 year old says, “I love you, mommy. I love daddy and M—, but most of all I love myself.”

I said, “that’s great, it’s important to love yourself and take care of yourself!”. I don’t know where he learned or came up with the concept of loving yourself, but it’s the first time I’ve heard him express the sentiment.

About, Daily Lessons, Language, Science

9 Weeks

9 more weeks of…

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Being generally uncomfortable. Back pain, foot pain, head pain, groin pain… you name it and I’ve got it. It feels as if the baby has taken up residence where my diaphragm is supposed to be, just inside the bottom of my rib cage. I get poked there constantly, and I am out of breath doing simple things like reading out loud or singing to the kids.

 

 

9 more weeks of…

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spending my time and energy with only 2 beautiful and brilliant boys. I’m afraid of how much I will miss when my attention is torn in a third direction. I already feel like there is not always enough of me to go around, and that amazing moments and discoveries are passing me by.

 

 

These kids are amazing. They are challenging but they are rewarding. There are moments that I wonder why I wanted three, even two, of these crazy people, and there are moments when I think I want 10 of them.

Mr. (Almost) 4

We had some trouble with poop this last week. He’s been pretty much accident free since Thanksgiving, even to the point of waking up in the night and going to the bathroom by himself. This last week, however, he has pooped in his underwear several time and generally refuses to go potty until the very last minute. My husband and I are resorting to taking away whatever toy he is playing with and not letting him have it until he “listens to his body” and at least tries to go the toilet.

He recently discovered Bob the Builder and that is now is favorite morning time show. He still watches Dinosaur Train at night, even though he won’t watch the paleontologist anymore because he’s afraid of him and that other weird guy that shows up randomly.

He has initiated several conversations about evergreen trees, deciduous trees, and photosynthesis. This winter feels like it is dragging on forever and he’s wondering if some of the trees are dead. It’s great that he’s noticing what’s going on around him a bit.

Mr. (Almost) 2

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Next week he will be 2 years old! He’s both helpful and destructive. Nothing in a basket is safe from dumping, and he could jump jump jump around all day. He says “yes” more than he says “no”. He takes chunky or peg puzzles to bed with him. He loves to read and drive the cars around. He has only one volume that I will call ANNOUNCEMENT and is just short of yelling.

He just started stringing words together to form complete ideas, and is experimenting with different words he knows.

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“Play outside!!!” (It’s still cold and wet, but we’ve had a few moments to play outside. Although Mr. a-4 has a little cold since he was outside Wednesday.)

“Play Pinecone!!!” (He likes throwing pinecones into the stream.)

“Hold hands!!!”

“Let me out” (playing on the trampoline)

“Reading book” / “Read again” (We love to read!)

 

Time is passing by. Some moments it’s flying by so fast I can hardly keep track, and some moments it drags along and I fear I will never have this baby. We just need to be patient a little longer.

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Baby/Homeschool/Gardening update

Some baby news:

A funhouse mirror is a great way to show how I am feeling after 28 weeks of pregnancy.

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Short and fat, that sums it up pretty well! Thank you convex mirrors for accurately portraying my discomfort. Mr. 3 enjoyed dancing in front of these mirrors at the Pacific Science Center last weekend.

Did you know… that parents lose 450-700 hours of sleep the first year after a baby is born? 

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