Friday, June 29, 2007

another tooth

max is now 10 months and two days old... apparently, i need to start planning a birthday party.

yesterday was one of the worst days he's every had... thank god my all day sickness decreased a teeny tiny bit... but at least i'm not the only one that saw his madness. my brother stopped by for a minute and he watched max crawl into a corner and just start to cry cry cry as if someone had pinched him, really hard... he cut his fifth tooth yesterday. he was a wet drooly mess, he was stinky and totally cranky... usually he chooses to sleep through this process so this was a new thing for both of us to have to medicate him during the day. all of his other teeth came in at night so that meant that he just woke up every few hours screaming... this was an all day screaming event. nothing i did would help... he would just cry in my lap, cry on the floor, cry in my bed (we tried to take a nap together), he cried in the car and in his crib too... he cried pretty much everywhere... i put him to bed a little early last night, he went down with a little resistance but then ended up crying himself to sleep... since he slept through the night and is still sleeping but starting to make some waking noises... i'm hoping that today is a better day and i have my normal jolly baby back today :)

as for me, i remembered yesterday that i needed to start taking my prenatal vitamins. i think this might be helping my all day sickness a bit. or at least that's what i'm telling myself. power of suggestion, ya know?

I have no new recipes to try, i have no new knitting (yet), and no other crafts that are worth mentioning... in fact my house is pretty much a sty.... i haven't done much of anything and that includes load and unload the dishwasher... today is my "get back on track" day. i will have clean dishes and my husband will have some fresh underpants for tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

number two

as most of my readers know, i'm expecting baby number two to arrive sometime around the end of January/beginning of February. we weren't really trying to have number two but on the same hand we weren't really trying to NOT have number two. so there you have it! Just a little warning this blog will also be used to document how things progress with this one since number one is severely lacking in the "notes" department. i could kick myself for that... but anyways... btw, i also plan on documenting photographically much better this time too.

as of today, i'm either 8 weeks along, 12 weeks along or somewhere in between. i have my first dr's appointment July 6th so hopefully i'll have a bit more insight on an actual due date then.

so far there are some differences, some of these are attributed to the fact that this is my 2nd and apparently things happen a little quicker the 2nd time around. so far, by mid afternoon, my pants look visibly tight around my waist. and i have had morning / all day / evening sickness this time around as well. i had very little of this with maxwell.... in fact all i needed to do with him was eat something as little as a jello snack and i was fine... this time... it's not that easy. plus chasing max around doesn't really help....

i think most of our friends know the news, our immediate family know and i'm sure word is slowing (er... quickly, who am i kidding) getting around to extended family.

well, until next time, let the new adventure begin :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

greetings from da beach

hello everyone out there in blog land!

i'm writing to you from the Lewes Public Library, very friendly place here, but i only have 16 more minutes left on my Internet time... so i need to make this snappy!

this area is great! very relaxing, very clean, very friendly and a minutes walk and you're on the beach and nearly there by yourself to boot! we've taken some photos and they are on my flickr site but this is my favorite:

so far max seems to love the ocean, had tasted a bit of sand but especially loves to try to eat the little rocks and pebbles that are the same size or larger than his favorite snack, puffs... so that's been a little bit of a challenge to keep those small items out of his mouth... but other than that he's doing so well. not sure how much of this he'll remember but i'm hoping that the photos will help him do so :)

other than that, we're really enjoying the time off and spending this time in a great town and cottage. photos of the teeny place we are staying in to come later, it's actually quite charming, just a bit on the small side but works for the three of us.

until next time....

Friday, June 15, 2007

my readers speak, my readers get

so yes, i have not had much in the witty department to blog about lately. sorry readers... i do have to say though that amanda, dear, you haven't had much either! and same goes for amy, but i know you've got a lot going on with your schedule and heather and your job. so... just know i'm not the only one with not much to say! lol jen, your new recipes look outstanding and your updates on Finn's food items, are entertaining :) annie, you've got a little bit going on right now too but you've had quite a lot of updates considering :)

however it's funny that you all mentioned this today because i was planning a little update prior to leaving... we're preparing to leave town for vacation soon and that's consuming our lives at the moment... we have gone out of town for weekend trips with max before but that was prior to his mobility and his change in diet... i packed clothes, some little toys and formula... easy as pie. this time, not so much... the thought of packing toys to entertain a baby for a week is a little much for me... i am hoping that being at the beach will be enough to tucker him out thus he won't need tons of toys or different toys... i'm also concerned at the amount of sand i'm told he will ingest. this is gross... especially considering that it's really not just sand... but also bird poop, dirt, dead sea animal germs... ick.... i suppose he is not the first baby to ever go to the beach and ingest sand so i'm sure he'll be ok but it still a little frightening.

as for vacation, i have it in my head that we really don't need to pack very much. our place has a washer and dryer. so we really only need to pack for a few days, then i'll wash everything and we'll wear it all again... i have a feeling though that once we accumulate are large pile of stuff that it's going to be much larger than either of us expected and that's going to provoke yet another argument because apparently prior to any trip we ever take, i get a little bitchy and i don't calm down until we're on the road. that's according to chris, obviously.... i surely don't see it that way.

while on vacation we have no plans... well, chris has a few that revolve around him getting up before dawn to photograph sunrise and he wants to visit a brewery that is nearby. but other than that... we are out! going on vacation is really the only way for us to really completely get away from our business. since our office on the third floor houses our photography business, it's only a flight of stairs away, thus it's so easy to just pop up there and so some work and get immersed... we won't be able to do this while we're gone. the nearest wifi spot is less than a mile away but that still means that we won't have the computers on all day while we putter around the house. i'll be cut off from my email, message boards and blogs that i read daily... and frankly i'm welcoming the break from all of it! but just for a week of course!

i'll try to post a little update mid-vacation about our trip. that should have a photo or two attached as well...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

weird dream that has been nagging me all day

so last night i had one of the most bizarre dreams that i've had in a long time... i dreamt that our neighbors home burned.... it was totally destroyed. the only thing left was an empty shell. apparently i was home at the time but didn't hear the fire trucks or anything and was pissed that no one knocked on the door to tell me what was happening. my neighbors were in my dream too. it was after the fire was out and i saw them and i was crying and so where they. i went to console my neighbor and he got mad at me and shooed me away. then in my dream i was thinking about how horrible it was then it dawned on my as to why their house had burned.... it was because they were having electrical work done on their 2nd floor and there was some faulty wiring that caused it. i was also really upset for them because i kept thinking that he had just retired and now he has no home... how horrible...

the weird part.... last week (in real life) they DID have electrical work done. how strange. and he's also retiring from his teaching job and has only three days of the school year left...

what a strange dream to have... it felt so real. i hate that.

i have been tagged....

i love answering questions about myself so this isn't a bad thing really.... however i am only part of a very small group of other bloggers and they too have all been tagged... so.... i am kinda at a loss as to who to pass this along to.... (note to readers: if you read this blog and i don't know who you are, and IF you wish to be tagged please leave me a comment and i'll totally willingly do so :))

7 interesting things about me:
7. I hate anything that is unorganized. on the outside my piles look like a mess. but i guarantee you that i know exactly what is in them and where to find that one little piece of paper with that important phone number scratched on it. chris doesn't believe me that these piles are organized but damn it they are.

6. i love food. any and all sorts of food too not just foodie types of food. i'll eat anything once and i really don't care how packaged or prepared it is. i do love fresh foods and gourmet foods as well, all i'm sayin' is that i don't discriminate against any food. i even like a good dose of Velveeta in a mac and cheese recipe, hell i even like boxed mac and cheese :)

5. i can't do math. and i never have been able to. i sure have tried and i've failed miserably. now ask me to remember little things like an exact amount of an item in a store? or exactly how much i spent at the grocery, then i some how can regurgitate those numbers without even questioning whether i'm right or wrong because i'm always right! lol because of this problem with numbers, i am not in charge of the family finances.... we would be in debt up to our eyeballs if i were.

4. i hate preying mantis's. here is why: in high school biology we had to create bug collections, for a few weeks we go out into the fields and woods behind the school and capture bugs and insects. there were millions of preying mantis out there and we were encouraged to capture them even though they are on a save the species list and are supposed to be preserved... so one day after school i head out to the woods with a friend, i find my preying mantis and was really excited because it was a really perfect specimen. i bring it back to the classroom, put it in a jar with some ether and wait for it to die so that i can pin him to my bug board for presentation. i had a few other bugs to finish pinning so while i waited for the mantis to die i finished those up. 30 minutes had passed, i undid the lid, my preying mantis was limp... the first pin that you stick is through the thorax. so i stick my pin through the thorax and he's now attached to the bug board, all is going well, until he springs back to life with a large pin through his thorax and while he's stuck to a bug board.... i shrieked! i mean there were teachers in classrooms on the same hall that came to make sure that everything was ok, it was loud. my bio teacher had to rescue me, he put a huge rag of ether over the poor guy with a jar over that and we let it sit like that over night. when i came in the next day, he was very dead and a little ragged... but i was finished with my bug collection and that's all i cared about. since then i can't see a preying mantis without thinking about that dumb bug collection in bio!

3. i procrastinate and i leave lots of projects unfinished. even projects that really aren't that bad, i usually try to skip a step or cut a corner just before i'm finished thus something gets screwed up and i drop it never to return to this said project again. case in point my college degree or lack of one.... yes, i went to sru for 5 1/2 years and no i don't have a degree, i'm only a few credits away. i struggled through my entire education. i was much better at learning hands on and in the field than i was out of a classroom. i excelled at my internships, i excel at making things with my hands... give me text to read and something to interpret, make me sit in a desk and listen to a prof drone on and on and forget it, and worst of all... make me take a test on that subject and forget it! regardless of how much i studied or tried to memorize it or whatever, i never did well with tests... ask me to discuss the topic and i would be ok, testing on the subject forget it! knowing this i wish i would have realized earlier that education in that form is not for everyone. i would have saved my parents a ton of stress and money for that matter.

2. i have a musical background. i started to play the piano when i was very little. i had/have tiny hands and short fingers so this was probably not the best choice of instruments for me but what the heck. i took lessons starting when i was in 1st or 2nd or something and then all the way until 7th or 8th. while in 7th grade i took up the flute as well. i started to play with the concert band, i loved it! i then joined the marching band and by my junior and senior year i was 1st chair in both. i also played the piccolo in teh marching band, i loved that! it was so cute and little but could be so loud!

1. 4 summers ago chris and i took a working vacation to Jackson Hole WY to work on a trail restoration crew. we flew in to Jackson Hole, stayed the night in a cabin with some folks that we didn't know (we knew two of them, one is a good friend of ours and invited us to join the trip the other was her sister) the next morning we gather our gear, we prepare our gear to be given to the mules to be packed in for us and we head to the trail head to find that they are short some mules and the mules have to pack in our food and kitchen gear and they won't have room for our other gear. chris and i and the rest of the group scramble.... we tried to lighten our loads, chris took the brunt of it. we didn't have the best gear so our stuff was quite heavy... and we hit the trail. we were told the hike in was about 6 miles. that's not THAT bad or so we thought... it ended up being just a bit less than twice that.... it was straight into the Grand Teton Wilderness area. we hiked in some crazy altitude that we were NOT acclimated to. we crossed the continental divide and followed the continental divide trail for a while. in fact the trail we were restoring was part of that trail. we hiked in 11 miles in one day. i have very acute asthma, it was flared.... i had a blister on my entire heal... it was bad. but i did it! and i'm proud because i persevered and hiking with a heavy pack, in the grand teton wilderness area on the continental divide trail is something that most people ever get to do in their lifetime and i did it! defining moment in my life.

this was fun! hope my interesting things about me weren't boring....

Friday, June 1, 2007


my poor little baby.... he has gotten a few knocks on the head before but mostly onto carpeted floors and not very hard.... well today was not so easy for him. we were at my parents and he was getting sorta sleepy and he's standing at the coffee table when he grabbed a cloth mat with both hands thinking he was still holding on to the table, he balanced for about a second then crashed to the floor... the brick floor. he had an egg immediately and a pretty nice scrape. i attempted to put a cold pack on him... my mom had frozen asparagus which didn't really work very well.... then we tried frozen peppers.... he still wasn't having the cold pack on his head even though it as through a towel... my poor bubby.... he then managed to get right back up and then fell again. he has a red mark on his cheek from that one... it's hard to see them get hurt.... he's tough though, he cried but he quickly stopped. he's resilient i guess but it still hurts me to see him hurt himself... poor little maxwell...