Saturday, January 31, 2009

I have mixed emotions about this article. While I would LOVE to have my Mom around, she raised her children and I would NEVER expect her to raise mine. This article talks about how a women paid someone to pick her kids up from school and babysit them till she got home from work. Yes, that is what most of us do. They are called grandchildren for a reason. My husband was raised by his grandparents and I am very thankful for that. I believe it made him who is today.

I think it goes back to what I was discussing with a friend yesterday. People have issues with taking responsibility for things now days. Whether is admitting you messed up or raising your child...

Friday, January 30, 2009


Read this

I don't condone thinning out the number when multiple babies are involved, but since you had a problem getting pregnant the first place and got 6 kids the first time through fertility treatments, don't you think maybe you would stop there? The article said she was "young" and "lived with her parents". Again, Idiot!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Generic Diapers

I put generic diapers on my children. I used name brand diapers the first few weeks they were born and then always switched. There are some things with children you need to buy name brand (not much though) and the rest you can sub generic stuff. I used to use Parent Choice diapers, but I have recently found the best generic diapers in the world. I think they are 100% equivalent to Pamper, Huggies, what ever name brand you use. They are the Target diapers. I love them!! I do have to say they have changed them since Dillon was a baby. I tried to use them when Dillon was a baby and hated them. I also love their baby wipes. They are like cloth. The best part about both of these products is they are about 1/2 the price. Who would not love saving $5 a week in diapers?! I use most everything generic from Tylenol to baby lotion. I like most all of it. With the economy being what it is, we are trying to save a few bucks here and there - I thought maybe you would be too, so I thought I'd share!!

See, I am not the only one that thinks so!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pretty informative:

Good information and it seems to be accurate!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let me first start off by saying, I really do love my children with all that I am.

Now let me say, and it will be blunt, sometimes it sucks being a parent. I think the thing that sucks the most is never getting a break and always having to have your "A" game on. I am tired of dealing with sick, whining children that won't go to bed. I am tried of not being able to sit down for 2 minutes to rest. I am tired of my children thinking I am mean because I am making them "do the right thing". I am tired of cleaning up puke, changing really gross poopie diapers, and being covered in snot.

I need a break from my kids. Anyone that tells you they love being with their kids every minute of every day is lying. I don't like anyone that much and if you are human, you don't either.

Does the good out weigh the bad? Sure it does. That is why we have more children. But I will be the first to tell you that is not always roses!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sorry it has been a while. My boys have been sick. Dillon had a cold and then we found out Brodie has RSV. No fun at all. He is on breathing treatments at home. He also has an ear infection and I can see top teeth coming in. Wow! Triple whammie!! Needless to say it has been no fun around our house.

My next point, have you noticed how badly dad's are discounted in our society? Don't get me wrong, Mommies rock, but I would not be able to raise these kids without help from my husband. When we took Brodie to urgent care the other day, they all talked to me and not Jason. I don't get that. In many ways, Jason is a much better parent than I am. In fact, He stayed home with Dillon till he was about one. People thought it was weird and he got weird looks at the mall. I so was appreciative of it. He very involved in everything they do, which includes all decision making. Go Dads!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Having kids is a big decision!

Jason and I were married 7 years before we had Dillon. In fact, we brought Dillon home on our 7th anniversary. I cannot begin to tell how glad I am that we waited. 7 years was a little too long - I am thinking 4 to 5 years is a magic number. Jason and I got to do so many things as a married couple and boy, did we enjoy it. We were ready (as ready as you can be to be kicked in the stomach) to have kids. The other thing was we got use to be married and functioning as a married couple. I just don't understand why people enter into have children so carelessly. It is hard raising Dillon and Brodie and we planned on them (one of them anyway).

I am going to stop because I feel myself starting to ramble. The point was the title. Having children is a big decision and it IS a whole new world.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

If anyone cares, the biting got a little better this afternoon and evening. In fact, he did not bite me once for his last feeding of the day. I think part of it was teething, but the other part was I was over feeding him. I was feeding him without him really asking for it because I was used to his old schedule. I guess over the last few days, he has decided he can eat every 3 to 4 hours - usually every 4. Funny, he forgot to tell me. So I was trying to feed him and he was not hungry - enter in the teeth scenario, so therefore he bit me. Again, it would be nice if these cute little things came with instructions. I get so frustrated!

I know you never think about over feeding your children, but you can. Obviously, my son is not hurting for nutrition, but this schedule change threw me off mentally and physically. Every day he needs me less and less, which should be joyful, right? I am going to stop because I feel rambling coming on. Tootles!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Oh, the pain!

My lovely son has decided he needs to bite me every time he eats. Not just a little nibble, I am talking FULL on biting. He made me cry twice because it hurt so bad. I know his top teeth are coming in, but this is ridiculous. I hate to stop nursing since I have made it this far, but my nipples are demolished and I am STRESSED out! Help!

(So much for me giving advice. I am obviously the one that needs it!!!)

Friday, January 9, 2009

All about me:

Once you have a baby, it is all the sudden NOT about you anymore. I really did not have too much of a problem with that (minus not being able to run when I wanted - running is a HUGE stress relief for me), but I know people that have. Finding the balance is the hard part. Trying to find some time for yourself is hard when you have a kid, or two, or more! Sometimes I don't get to run, go shopping, or out with friends, but I know I will again one day when the boys are older. Right now, my family is the most important thing in my life and my boys are growing up way too fast to miss anything. Had you told me 5 years ago that a Friday and Saturday night at home with my boys would have been the best thing, I NEVER would have believed you. We have the most fun just hanging out as a family. So if you have little ones, I encourage you and challenge you to do one thing for self everyday. This could be something as little as locking the bathroom door so you can use the bathroom in peace! (If you have little ones - you know what I mean!) Even 1 minute of time to yourself helps. Jason sends me to to the grocery store alone a lot. I know what you are thinking, "Gee - what a guy!" Actually, I enjoy it and since I do not have children, I get to look at some of the other things there and I don't have to rush in and out. See folks, it is all about perspective and your attitude about things that come your way!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I am one of those people,,,

I rock my kids to sleep. I did this with Dillon for a year or so and up till tonight, I did it with Brodie. It was not by choice that I put him in his crib awake tonight. He was fighting me rocking him, so I went and put him in bed. He went to sleep. I am hoping this is an isolated incident. I am selfish...I want to continue to do this. Especially since he will most likely be my last baby. There is nothing like rocking a baby to sleep. People tell me a lot that I should not do that. He needs to learn to go to sleep on his own. My answer is always, thanks - but I rocked Dillon and he goes to sleep perfectly fine on his own now. They are only babies once and this time is going WAY faster than the first time. So if you rock your babies to sleep - GOOD JOB!! If you don't - yeah, for you.

Next topic (reminder for me) - when you have two children, one being a baby and all the sudden everyone forgets about the older child because they are being a 3 year old. Everyone loves a baby...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Brodie is a breast fed baby. He has been breast fed except for the baby food he eats. He gets bottles at day care, but it is expressed milk. Dillon was nursed about 6 or 7 weeks. He was a nightmare to nurse. Should I have stuck with it - yep, but I did not know better. He was my first and I had no support. That is the key to success with breastfeeding - support. Whether it is a friend or a lactation consultant, doesn't matter, you just need support. (I spent almost a hour on the phone with a La Leche leader here in town just talking.) Especially since most of the population will tell you lies about breast feeding. They are not doing it to be malicious or vindictive - they are just not educated on the topic. I am by no means an expert on breast feeding, but I have done a lot of research this time and have asked a lot of questions to people who know. Breast feeding is not the "be all end all", but I STRONGLY believe everyone should try it (if they medically can) and do it for AT LEAST a week or two. Brodie was a very sick baby and I personally take responsibility for him being VERY healthy now. I have some very strong feelings about breast feeding and how to help overhaul the welfare system, but that is a whole other post and I am not sure I want to discuss political stuff on here.

My friend Kelly recommended this site to me and I have used it a lot. I think it is good information and it is fairly unbiased.

Friday, January 2, 2009

There is a story on abc news on line today about a mom that is still breastfeeding her 6 yr old. I am not going to comment on that since I started this blog to support other moms and I also stated that what works for me does not work for others. If you want my opinion, you can ask me.

Anyway...Happy New Year! I was in bed this morning thinking about Brodie's night time fussiness. (He was fussy in the evening for a few months.) This is VERY common for babies. I think between 2 and 4 months. (That was Brodie's run.) I don't remember Dillon being this way - I would have to ask Jason. A good walk outside always seemed to cure him, along with constant movement. Making sure all their needs are met is key and then just loving them. They may still cry, but just be there for them. I read something once that made a lot of sense and it has helped me a lot. I read an article that said sometimes babies cry to expend energy. (Especially when they are not moving and playing around yet.) They need to get it out and sometimes that is the only way they can do it. So again, meet their needs and then love them. They may still cry, but it will be ok.