Sunday, January 31, 2010

Oldie but, goodie

The other day when I had my picture card out of my camera, I discovered that I have some pictures saved on my camera that were not on the card. I didn't even know I had these pictures and I was so happy to come across them.

This picture is when Judah was just 2 days old. I don't think it could be anymore precious.

This last week Judah hasn't been feeling too well but, I could tell that he is feeling alot better today. He was back to his old self. The little boy that never stops moving and is into everything. He was laughing alot too. A few minutes after I put him in his crib tonight for bed, I heard a different noise over the baby monitor. It sounded like he was laughing. I went and peeked in his room and there he was, laying with his blankie all tucked under him and he was just laughing and laughing. He must be on the mend if he is laughing himself to sleep!

Quick update on the jogging training.

Saturday I went to the gym, ran 1 mile, walked .25 miles and then ran another .25. So, 1.5 total. It felt good.

Today I went to the gym and ran 2 miles without walking at all! It was hard but, it felt so good! The schedule I'm following has Sunday being the day where you do the longest run and then you rest on Monday. So, no running for me tomorrow. My time was 22 minutes for 2 miles. I felt really good today on the treadmill. That may have something to do with the coffee I had before hand. Caffeine always makes things a little easier.

I'm hoping that this will be a really good week! Judah has been refusing to drink ANYTHING from a bottle or silly cup and it is really hard on me. It makes me just want to cry because I want him to be getting enough fluids. He just pushes everything away. I'm hoping we can get over this hurdle this week!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day #2

Well, today Sally and Noah came over with their jogging stroller. I got out mine and we headed out. We did our normal 2.6 mile route but, we jogged some of it and walked some of it. We did the whole thing in 40 minutes. We weren't super fast but, we were slow either and it was good exercise.

I just have to say that running and pushing a stroller is MUCH harder than running on the treadmill with good music while racing the person next to me. Today when we jogged, it was just so hard for me. I really felt like such a big baby and so out of shape!

So, tomorrow I'll go to the gym and do 1.5miles jogging. I'm looking forward to being on the treadmill again and not pushing a stroller!

2 Cute Things From Today:
****Judah opened the refrigerator and said "cheese". I asked him if he wanted some cheese for a snack, put him in his highchair and gave him some string cheese. He was so cute saying cheese.
****From the living room, I looked into the kitchen to see what Judah was doing. He was laying on his tummy underneath the dining room table, resting his head on his hands. He looked like he was about to just fall asleep right there under the table. It was too cute.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Running and training

Today I called my sister to ask her if she had done her taxes yet. I wanted to encourage her to do them soon because having a new tax deduction (baby) makes for a happier return! So, we talked for a bit and then she told me that she has been thinking about training for a half marathon. She wants to have a fitness goal to work towards and she asked me to JOIN her in training for the run! I am NOT a runner, I am a true beginner but, there are great training plans for us to follow and I believe that we can do it.

So, the run is Sunday, May 9th (Mother's Day!!!) in Kirkland and I can't think of anything I'd rather do on Mother's Day than run a half marathon with my sister. The feeling when we complete the run will be amazing. Talk about a feeling of accomplishment.

The training plan goes like this........1st you must train to be able to do a 5K. There are print outs that say how much you need to run everyday. The training for the 5K takes 6 weeks. After you can do a 5K, you train for the 1/2 marathon. The training for the 1/2 marathon takes 12 weeks if you follow the schedule.

So, we have 15 weeks and a few days until the run. Training is going to be hard and take time. We must follow the training schedules though or else it won't happen. I feel so pumped up and excited. I know we can do this. It is out of my comfort zone and I'm definitely not a runner but, the feeling of completing the run is going to be awesome.

I'm going to try to blog often about the training for it. I'll be honest about my run times and hope that I don't have any judgemental readers. :) I am truly a beginner!

Tonight was the first day of training. The instructions were to run 1 mile at an "easy" pace. I went to the gym after Jeremiah got home, warmed up for 5 minutes, ran the 1 mile in just under 12 minutes and then cooled down and stretched. It felt good! I got on a treadmill next to someone that was running so, it motivated me to keep going. Also, I had great music to listen to. Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer", motivational for sure!

On another note, this morning Judah and I went and got some groceries. He is transitioning from having 2 naps a day to just an afternoon nap. He fell asleep in the car on the way to the store and I thought he looked so cute. Don't worry, I took this picture of him after I was parked.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Laying low

For the last couple of days, Judah and I have just been laying low. He came down with a fever on Sunday evening and since then, the fever had continued and he also has a cough. This afternoon he was so warm, his temp was 102.5. Poor baby! He has had a great attitude for not feeling well but, you can just tell by looking at him that he doesn't feel very good. So, we have just stayed home. He's been playing around and I've been doing laundry, cleaning and the normal daily stuff.

I'm hoping that he'll be feeling better tomorrow. If he isn't we'll be making a trip to the Doctor. I'm so ready for him to be healthy again and then we can get out of the house. We have a big list of to-do's for this week and I'm starting to get cabin fever!

I just love that little boy so much. He has started to say "shoe" and the way he says it is just too cute. He says "shoe" whenever he sees someones shoe or he pulls off his sock and says "shoe." He just brightens my day, even when he is sick.

Monday, January 25, 2010


When I was pregnant with Judah, I had no idea how passionate some women are about certain parenting styles. I quickly figured this out though. I was given a couple parenting books by some good friends. I read them and then I naively went to discuss these different parenting styles with other moms. I was so open and honest about the different schedules and parenting styles that were discussed in these books. I had no idea that some people really did not agree on such a thing and that moms got so fired up when these things were discussed. It was like politics but, almost worse because nothing is more precious to a mom than her children. Now I've learned that I need to be careful when I ask a parenting question to a group of moms because I'll get so many different answers and opinions. All the different opinions on mothering were very confusing to me at first. I wanted to do everything right and talk about naps, nursing, sleep schedules, or no sleep schedule with other moms but, it can be difficult.

To me, it doesn't matter that everyone parents differently. There is no way that all families could be the same. God didn't design it to be that way. All children are not the same. Actually, no child is the same as another. I don't think it matters that everyone doesn't mother the same way, I just think moms should be able to AGREE to DISAGREE.

I know families that are rigid schedulers, everything must be by the book. I also know other families that are the typical attachment parenting families. They co-sleep, baby wear and demand nurse.

But, what am I? Well, I'd say for sure that I am neither and it works for us. I believe in natural birth without the use of medication. I found it extremely rewarding to naturally birth a 9lb 7oz baby. I gave birth in a hospital but, I have alot of respect for people that give birth at home. I can't wait to give birth naturally again! I also have alot of respect for all the mothers that end of needing c-sections and medicine. Everyone is different, there isn't just one way!

I also believe in breastfeeding, Judah is one and I'm still nursing him. I don't know when I'll stop and that is ok! I feel so blessed to have a husband that supports me nursing our son. I don't plan on nursing him much longer but, I have peace with the fact that he still nurses a couple times a day. But, if you didn't nurse your baby, I'm not going to stick my nose up at you! It's ok!

I also believe in having your baby and children on a schedule. The reason I believe in this is because it is what works for me. I am a scheduled and routine kind of a person. I thrive with consistency in my life. Therefor, it works for me to have Judah on a schedule. But, everyone isn't that way, and that is ok. Sometimes I wish I was more laid back and flexible.

Judah also sleeps in his crib, in his room and he's been sleeping through the night consistently for a long time. Some people co-sleep and that works for them. For me, that wouldn't work but, sometimes I do wish I could just pick him up and bring him into bed and snuggle with him. One thing that drives me nuts though is when people co-sleep for a few months or a year and then move their baby to a crib and wonder why they don't sleep through the night. Children need consistency. Of course they aren't just going to sleep through the night if they are used to sleeping next to their mom and dad. Can you blame them?

I'm not a true "baby wearer" but, I own a sling and I really want an Ergo Baby Carrier for our next baby. So, yeah.....I believe in natural birth, nursing, baby scheduling, wearing your baby when you want to, baby sleeping in his/her own space and loving and nurturing your children. Those things don't make me an attachment parent or a detached parent either. They just make me the mother that I am. Everyone parents differently and to me, it's ok as long as we are all loving and raising our children the way God wants us to.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Shampoo is better....No, conditioner is better!

I asked my husband what I should blog about. First I got a "NOOOOOOOOO" followed by silence and then a "You've got to be kidding me!" See, he's watching the Viking's vs. the Saints. He wasn't yelling at me, that silly husband of mine, he was yelling at the game. Well, he wasn't really yelling at all, he was just using a rather intense voice.
A few moments later, he realized that I had asked him a question. I don't think that he really knew what I asked so, he said "what are you going to blog about?" I said "that is exactly what I just asked you." So, he answered with "shampoo is better, I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better, I leave the hair, silky and smooth!" If you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch Billy Madison. You will laugh.

Stop looking at me swan!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad (and a cute boy with a hat)

Today is my Dad's Birthday. He is 60. It is really strange to me that MY dad is 60! Not that 60 is old, it just seems odd that he is 60 already.
We had him and my sister over for dinner and Jeremiah made totally delicious spaghetti. We don't eat a lot of pasta so, spaghetti and garlic bread tasted so good. Sally brought a delicious salad and an amazing German Chocolate Cake. She actually blogged about it! You should check it out, she is my 1 follower (thank you Sally) so, it won't be hard for you to find her blog.

Here is a picture of the card I made my Dad. Yes, it says "Hoppy Birthday" with a frog on the front. Very cheesy, I know.
My Dad and Judah had a fun time visiting. I think it meant a lot to my Dad to be hanging out with us on his Birthday

On another note, here are some cute pictures Jeremiah took of Judah today when he was wearing his hat. I think they are so cute. There isn't anything cuter than a baby in a hat!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Feeling like a rookie

Well, yesterday I took Judah to his 1 year appointment. The doctor said that he is right on track. Actually, she asked if they could clone him. We thought that was a nice compliment! He weighs 26lb, 3oz, so he is in the 90% for weight. He is 30.5 inches tall so, he is in the 75% for height. So, he is a healthy boy! I'm surprised that his weight percentage is higher than his height because he isn't chunky at all! He looks so lean to me, sometimes I wonder if he should have more baby fat on his bones.

Anyway. Today has just been one of those days. It really hasn't been a bad day at all but, I just feel so inexperienced in so many ways. I keep on thinking that I feel like a rookie. I'm not quite sure how to handle so many different little situations. I wish I had more patience. I wish I wasn't such a perfectionist. I wish I was wiser. But, unfortunately, we never really "arrive". There will always be more to learn and once I have these things figured out, they'll be new situations where I'll need to ask God for wisdom.

On a lighter note, Judah got a wagon from his Grandma & Grandpa Strand for his Birthday and he just loves it. We are going to have lots of fun with this wagon. The weather has been so wonderful so, yesterday we took it out. I put Judah in it with a couple pillows (in case he fell backward) and we went up and down our road a couple times. He just smiled the whole time.

Well, I've been sitting here nibbling on Trader Joe's 72% dark chocolate and it's delicious. You can't really over-eat it because it's so dark and bitter. Good night chocolate, good night blogging, good night busy day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Judah

One year ago, at 8:58pm, Judah was born. His birth was everything that I wanted it to be and more. The day was perfect. Maybe I will blog his birth story tomorrow.
This first year with him has been amazing. I am so thankful for how healthy he has been, for what a happy baby he is and for what a blessing he is in our lives.
I do not take it for granted. I know a lot of people who would give anything to have a healthy baby so, I know that we need to be thankful for him everyday.
So, what is he up to these days?
*He is crawling around super fast, pulling up on everything and cruising. He still doesn't try to walk and I think it'll be awhile still before he is a walker.
*He still takes a morning and an afternoon nap. I can see that he might be transitioning to just an afternoon nap soon but, for now, we are enjoying the 2 naps a day.
*He goes to bed around 8pm and sleeps through the night until around 7am.
*He has a lot of words for his age. He says Hi, Bye, Daddy, Ball and he tries to say bottle and potty.
*He is still nursing. He nurses 3 times a day and sometimes takes a bottle once a day. We are going to start the transition to whole milk but, I'm not going to rush it. We will just take our time. He has tried whole milk and he seems to like it. He isn't very good with a sippy cup yet though so, we will work on it slowly.
*He eats 3 meals a day and 1 or 2 snacks. For breakfast he always has oatmeal and fruit, lunch and dinner are sometimes pureed still or finger foods. He is really enjoying finger foods recently so, I think he will be done with purees soon. Now, he just needs to work on not throwing his food on the floor! Meal times can be difficult sometimes because he wants to take the spoon and try to feed himself but, he is not even close to being able to feed himself. So, it's a battle of the wills and finger foods are the way to go. The floor can get cleaned.
*He hasn't been weighed or measured since his 9 month check-up so, I can't report on how big he is. I take him tomorrow for his 1 year appointment though so, we will found out then!
*He wears size 18month clothes and a few 2T things fit him.
*He has a favorite blanket that he bundles up and holds while he sleeps at night. It is the most precious thing!
*He doesn't hold still when he is awake. He is constantly moving from one thing to another. He isn't interested in the TV or just sitting and playing with something. He is a very busy, curious boy.
*Before his naps and bedtime, we lay down together and read a couple stories. Then I put him in his crib awake and he doesn't fuss, he just goes to sleep.
*He is very happy almost all the time and such a joy.
Happy 1st Birthday Judah!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

So thankful

For weeks before Judah's party, I kept on thinking that I wanted to pray before we ate at the party. Of course this doesn't seem like such a big deal but, some of Jeremiah's family doesn't go to church and I was nervous to pray in front of them. God kept on bothering my conscience about it though and I knew I REALLY wanted to pray at the party. I knew that we needed to acknowledge God and thank Him for Judah. I knew that if I didn't pray, I would always regret it. So, I pushed my nerves to the side and everyone gathered around and I prayed. I thanked God for Judah's health, for what a blessing he is in our lives and I prayed for family members that weren't able to be with us. I was nervous but, I was so glad I did.

Tonight I got an email for one of Jeremiah's aunts. She said "Thank you for praying - it really set the tone for the whole party". Tears have been streaming down my face. I am SO thankful that she said that. I know God is working in their lives and I am so thankful. This is one of those situations where doing the right thing really paid off in obvious ways.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

And we partied like we were 1....

Today was Judah's 1st Birthday party. He isn't really 1 until Tuesday night at 8:58pm but, we pushed that detail aside and we partied. It was so much fun. We had a house full of family and close friends and the party went smoothly.

I'm just posting a little photo collage because my internet is being too slow right now for me to upload a bunch of individual photos. I just don't have the patience to wait for them to load right now. My brain is totally mush and I am so ready to just sit back and relax. There really isn't even much of a mess to clean up. Thank goodness for paper plates!

Well, it was a very fun day. I love planning a party and it will be even more fun when Judah will be all excited about his party and we can invite his friends. A left over cupcake is calling my name.....Tomorrow is back to healthy eating and working out. I am so ready!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cake Pops

Today I made cake pops to package up as favors for Judah's Birthday party. First I baked a regular chocolate cake, then I crumbled it up in a bowl.

Next, I mixed in a container of cream cheese frosting.

Then I rolled the dough into balls and put them in the freezer to chill for awhile.

After they chilled for a bit, I melted some of the candy melts and then dipped the end of the sticks in the candy and stuck them in the cake balls.

Then I put them back in the freezer to chill a little longer and so I put Judah down for a nap. When I was ready to finish them, I melted the rest of the candy melts. Then I took them out of the freezer, dipped them in the candy melts and then sprinkled them with the green sprinkles.

To dry, they are supposed to be stuck in a styrofoam block but, I didn't have one of those. Instead, I used a few of our food dehydrator trays and it worked wonderfully! They have small enough holes that the cake pops weren't able to move around very much.

I think they ended up turning out really cute and they will be a fun little favor for Judah's party.
We gave Judah a little taste of one and he really liked it. We had to put the rest away where he couldn't see because he wanted more. I'm surprised he ate his green beans for dinner!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good Day

Today was a really good day. At MOPS it was spa day. We got to do alot of visiting and then massage our feet, do a paraffin hand wax and just hang out. It was really fun. Judah did really well in the nursery the entire time and when I went to pick him up, the nursery workers said that he was saying "Hi" and "Ball". It's nice to know that other people hear him talking and not just me! I am really amazed by his little growing vocabulary!

My sweet secret sister gave me a mug with hot cocoa packets and some candies in it and an Oprah Magazine! I just LOVE the mug and it was so sweet of her. I'm excited to sit down and read my magazine too. I always think those magazines look interesting when I'm in the checkout isle but, I don't usually end up buying one. Such a sweet gift!

After we got home from MOPS, my husband called. He was working in our area today so, he was able to come home and be with us for his lunch break. That hasn't happened before so, that was fun.

All day I had been planning on watching "The Bachelor" that I taped from last night when Judah took his nap. But, when he went down I just couldn't. My house looked neglected and it was bothering me so, I cleaned and did laundry instead. It felt good to get caught up on stuff though and The Bachelor will be waiting for me tomorrow.

Well, that was my day. Now I'm off to go watch American Idol with my hubby!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Not me Monday

Whew....what a day it has been already and it's only 2:17pm. The day started out with Judah and I going to Winco by ourselves to do a MONTH worth of grocery shopping. Oh yes, it wasn't me with a child that started to scream every time I tried to set him in the shopping cart. It wasn't me that had to carry a very heavy almost one year old for the beginning of our shopping trip. It wasn't me that finally gave him my keys to play with so that he'd not scream when I buckled him in there. And it definitely wasn't me that put them back in my purse after he dropped them on the ground because I don't like him playing with my keys. I do have to give him credit though and say that after he realized that he WAS going to need to sit in the cart, he was a pretty happy boy for the rest of the time.

However, at Winco you have to bag your own groceries. It wasn't me that got so stressed out about holding everyone else up that I was starting to sweat almost as much as when I was on the elliptical last night. It wasn't me that wondered if I should never, ever do a month worth of grocery shopping and then have to bag it all myself ever again with a child. It wasn't me that was thinking bad thoughts and possibly giving dirty looks to people that work there that were just standing around. It wasn't me that thought they should just offer to help.
On a happier note, now it isn't me that has perfectly full cupboards and a 'fridge full of healthy food that should last about a month. It isn't me that has all the groceries bought for Judah's Birthday party on Saturday and it isn't me that feels good about that.

After Winco, we went to Party City. It wasn't me that spent $31 on paper plates and napkins. Ok, I bought a couple other things too but, how is that possible? That is alot of money for just paper. The colors go great though and I'm not excited for his party on Saturday or anything. Nope, not me!

On our way home, it wasn't me that played instrumental christmas music very loudly and also sang very loudly so that Judah would stay awake. No, it wasn't me that also had to turn ou Celien Dion and sing to that so, that he wouldn't drift off. It wasn't me that was so happy to put him down for a long nap when we got home so, that I could un-load a month worth of groceries from my car. Then it wasn't me that was so happy at 2pm to finally sit down and have a bowl of brussel sprouts and a turkey wrap in a low-carb tortilla for lunch. That may not sound like the best lunch to you but, I'm not trying to be healthy or anything so, it actually was pretty yummy to me!

Well, in case you haven't figured it out by now, Not Me really means it was me. I got this idea from MckMama, I blog I read regularily.
Happy Monday!


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