Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Photos

Ok, I know I do not blog as regularly as I used to. I'm just so busy these days. So in view of that this post will mostly be photos. Two reasons...I have cute kids and it's easier :-).

and one just cause I thought it was pretty:

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Update on my July "weight of the world" post

I am down 14lbs, that was as of almost two weeks ago and I think it's a bit more now but I will wait until my official weigh in to be sure. It's coming off slowly but apparently that's a good thing, especially when you are nursing a baby. You need to make sure you are getting enough calories in to keep making breast milk and also so as not to change the composition, I think. It's something like that anyway and I'm going with it because otherwise I feel like I haven't lost the weight fast enough. Plus being sick the last month means I haven't really done any walking or anything, I've barely had enough energy to live so...I was actually surprised when I was down another 3 the last time I weighed in. I'm hoping to be down 2 this time. I went for a month without losing one pound. The scale did not move, it ticked me off BUT I had lost 3 inches on my waist and another 3 on my hips (those are totals not that one time) so that was a good thing, it was nice to note something was happening even when the scale wasn't moving. When I was down the 3lbs at the last weigh in there was no inch loss. I think there will be next time as when I quickly checked myself it looked like another 1/4" on the waist and 1/2" on the hips so YAY!

Remember this was the before:
Not much difference but still, it's a start. You can tell more if you turn the model to the side (just hit the arrow).

It's hard for me to even believe I'm posting about this here because my weight has been an issue my whole life. I guess that I've finally come to terms with who I am for the most part. If I post it here I know I can still fail at the weight loss and hopefully not be ridiculed for it. Sometimes I don't eat good things but I am trying to do everything in moderation. At this point I am trying and I know that's got to be good enough for me.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Little sharp tooth

From now on that is #3's name. His little bottom tooth finally broke the surface and it is quite sharp. He is learning about his tooth. He is learning that sometimes biting down hard is not a good thing, especially if it is on Mommy's finger or other parts. He is also learning that he can chew, even though his baby cracker/cookie thingy pretty much melts in his mouth. Today I saw him scraping the cracker thingy on his tooth and chewing.

With the onset of this tooth and the last few weeks him sitting independently I now realise that time is going too fast and my last baby is growing up quickly. Where did the time go? When did my tiny peanut get so heavy?

Yesterday he rode in his big boy car seat for the first time (don't freak out it is a convertible car seat, appropriate for his age, weight and height and it faces backwards). He loved it. I put him in and then placed his quilt (made by the Women's group at Burnett - thank you!!) over his lap and tucked it around him. He was a very happy boy. I am all at once sad that he is getting so big and happy that my arm doesn't have to fall off anymore from carrying the car seat. Whew!

I thought I would show a little progression of time here:

Friday, November 17, 2006

Breastfeeding Woman Kicked off Plane!!

OK, I read this on a friend's blog and I'm appalled. Here is the article:

Woman kicked off plane for breast-feeding
Files complaint saying she was being discreet, airline disagrees
The Associated Press
Updated: 7:07 p.m. ET Nov 16, 2006

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A woman who claims she was kicked off an airplane because she was breast-feeding her baby has filed a complaint against two airlines, her attorney said.

Emily Gillette, 27, of Santa Fe, N.M., filed the complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission late last week against Delta Air Lines and Freedom Airlines, said her attorney, Elizabeth Boepple. Freedom was operating the Delta flight between Burlington and New York City.

Gillette said she was discreetly breast-feeding her 22-month-old daughter on Oct. 13 as their flight prepared to leave Burlington International Airport. She said she was seated by the window in the next-to-last row, her husband was seated between her and the aisle and no part of her breast was showing.

A flight attendant tried to hand her a blanket and told her to cover up, Gillette said. She declined, telling the flight attendant she had a legal right to breast-feed her baby.

Moments later, a Delta ticket agent approached and said the flight attendant had asked that the family be removed from the flight, Gillette said. She said she didn’t want to make a scene and complied.

“It embarrassed me. That was my first reaction, which is a weird reaction for doing something so good for a child,” Gillette said Monday.

A Freedom spokesman said Gillette was asked to leave the flight after she declined the blanket.

“A breast-feeding mother is perfectly acceptable on an aircraft, providing she is feeding the child in a discreet way,” that doesn’t bother others, said Paul Skellon, spokesman for Phoenix-based Freedom. “She was asked to use a blanket just to provide a little more discretion, she was given a blanket, and she refused to use it, and that’s all I know.”

A complaint against two airlines was filed with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, although Executive Director Robert Appel said he was barred by state law from confirming the complaint. He said state law allows a mother to breast-feed in public.

The Vermont Human Rights Commission investigates complaints and determines whether discrimination may have occurred. The parties to a complaint are given six months to reach a settlement. If none is reached, the commission then decides whether to go to court. A complainant can file a separate suit in state court at any time.
© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Now, that is wrong. Apparently there is a staged "nurse" in at Delta and MSNBC is running a poll on your opinion. There are also messages boards .

I am shocked and appalled that an airline would do this. Get a grip! As a nursing Mom, my baby is 8 months, I have enough trouble nursing in public as it is without worrying about being kicked off a plane! So the Mom didn't take a smelly airplane blanket, so what? Half the time babies rip the blankets off anyway and spend more time squirming under them. The fact that Delta/Freedom airlines removed a mother from the plane for nursing her child is just astounding to me. On her blog Angela talks about how excessive perfume/cologne, unbathed or otherwise smelly people are more offensive and I agree. Frankly, I think that airplanes should be like hospitals and have a no scents rule but that is not the issue here. I hope they issue a public apology to this family.

I truly feel for this poor Mom. Here we are taught that breastfeeding is best for our babies but then we are supposed to hide in our homes while we do it? No wonder I get all nervous and sweaty whenever I try to nurse (discreetly of course) in a restaurant or something. I feel like everyone is judging me and I guess I was right.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tired much?

Yes, I am. I still have the ear infections so now am on antibiotic drops so hopefully that will help. Other weirdness is going on too but my ears has been the longest so...

I'm so tired but I haven't been able to sleep lately. My mind keeps going even though my body shut off long ago.

I've got so much going on and I'm trying to figure out how to get it all done and get better. How do people do all that they do and keep going and, more importantly, why can't I? I never get this sick (when I'm pregnant it doesn't count because that is just synonymous with sick for me)and it kind of sucks.

That's all. Back to your regularly scheduled programs.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Song Saturday

I'm instituting a new tradition here on BE. I'm going to have Song Saturday.

This week it is a song that was played a few weeks ago at Worship and I can't get it out of my head:

If We Are The Body - Casting Crowns

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tooth Fairy revealed

#1 child just lost another tooth. He says it wasn't even loose, but it just came out when he was eating carrots after dinner (that was the snack that he wanted - he's a good kid). Anyway, his baby teeth are so tiny that we usually put them in a ziplock baggie to put under his pillow because we almost lost the first one. So we put this one in its baggie and I told him to put it under his pillow. This was the conversation:
Him: "I know who puts the money there."
Me: "Who puts what money? Where?"
Him: "Moooommmm. The money for the tooth."
Me: "The Tooth Fairy."
Him (big smile on his face): "No it's you. Or Dad."
Me: "Whaddya mean? No way, it's the tooth fairy. Mom and Dad don't have any money."
Him: "I heard you. I know."
Me: "Heard me what?"
Him: "Well I saw you one time and I heard Dad and you talking about it."
Me: "No you didn't. Go ask Daddy. I have no idea what you are talking about." (I figure if I mess with him enough he'll forget what he is saying! LOL)
Him (running down the hall): "Daaaaaddd. I know who the tooth fairy is."
Dh: "The Tooth Fairy."
#1 Child: "No. I told Mom."
Dh: "What did she say?"
#1 Child: "It's her."
Me (yelling down the hall): "No I said it's the tooth fairy."
#1 Child: "That's what I said."
Dh and me: "What?" See now we're confused.
Us again: "Never mind. It's the tooth fairy. Go to bed."

Not sure if we fooled him or not but at least we've diverted it for now.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Youth Group and a three letter word

Yes, it's true. Last night at youth group we started a conversation about, sshhh, sex. It was awkward and funny and I'm so glad that I wasn't the one leading the conversation, although there was some joke about me taking over. You can bet that would NOT have happened. So of all the teens that were there (grade 8-12) who was being the silliest? OK, yes it was the leaders, I admit it. There was some blushing and giggling and then we decided to eat candy to try to behave ourselves. Unfortunately Pat passed me the Mr. Big bar and the rest of us leaders just lost it. The kids actually shushed us, and one of them was Pat's daughter.

Yeah, so much for looking cool in front of the kids. Ahem. :-)

I will say this, it was probably one of the best talks of this kind I have ever heard and I hope that those kids really listened to Pastor Mike. However, I'm not sure I can take three more weeks in this series...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Not much to say apparently

I've been so busy, am still fighting this ear infection and (this is the good stuff) I have been working on a revise and resubmit for a short inspirational story I wrote. I never thought I would write an inspirational but there you go, it came to me and I wrote it. A publisher is interested and asked me to revise and resubmit. I'm writing under a different name. My name just doesn't seem like a good solid writing name. I'm using the name my Dad switched to when he worked in Hollywood. He legally changed it and his wife and kids go by that name as well. Sometimes my brother uses it and sometimes he doesn't. It never was my last name but it works for flow so I'm using it.

Anyway, I'm in the sit back and wait mode to see if I can actually go from writer to author. I have had one essay published but that doesn't count as far as I'm concerned since that was for school. This is for money, although a very tiny bit, it still would put me in professional author status I think.

I guess I had a bit to say afterall.