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NEW BLOG!!! [October 09, 2008 @ 1:31am]
http://thefamilylawson.blogspot.com/
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Two months isn't so long [October 09, 2008 @ 1:29am]
Okay, I haven't posted pictures in forever. I've actually started a new blog and have been posting there.

So, without further ado:

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I still want to vomit thinking about it [August 10, 2008 @ 2:41am]
Most everyone who reads this knows by now, but I still want to post a little something. Last Saturday, August 2nd, we put Skitch down. He was on borrowed time for many months and the week I was in Wisconsin he really took a turn for the worst. When we took him in to the vet his lungs and stomach were full of fluid and he was dying of congestive heart failure. We knew he had only a day or two on his own and made the decision to end his discomfort. It only took seconds for his heart to stop after the medicine was administered. Both Andrew and I are still upset about it. I want to vomit every time I think about it and I'm crying now. When I'm doing things I feel okay, but I think about him every time I would have normally let him out to go to the bathroom. Carter has asked several times where Skitch is and we've explained that he died and isn't coming back, but obviously he doesn't understand. We should get his ashes soon, or some of them at least, and we'll take them to the creepy pet cemetery and spread them there.

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The not so lazy days of summer. [July 19, 2008 @ 1:02am]
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Hiking at Forest Park Nature Center

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Making a weird face

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He smiles.

Hockey has started. Andrew is playing in B League now and enjoying it. We've been able to make it to one game so far, but watching in hockey in the summer sort of really sucks. It's odd to be dressed in jeans and sweaters and have blankets as we walk into a building on a 90 degree day. Especially when said building is next to the city pool.

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I have red hair.

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We go swimming at a friends house and I nurse Oz in the pool (that's him under the solarveil sling).

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Daddy dresses Oz to ride on the short bus.

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Carter swims in his pool (which is also the pool Oz was born in).

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He likes it.

I've been busy getting back into the hang of leading the AP group after a long maternity leave. It's nice to be back in the swing of things, although I'm not nearly as on top of things as I used to be.

Carter is finally seeming to get used to Oz. He's hitting him far less and he hasn't stepped on him in at least a week. We've been spending our days at the park or going on field trips with friends, watching Curious George (the only show he ever wants to watch now), playing with trains and Mr. Potato Head.

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At gymnastics.

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Visiting the fire house.

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It was loud. They got called away on an alarm during the middle of our tour. It was pretty cool to see them all hustle into the trucks and go.

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We've been sewing.

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And walking and touching sheep.

So far we're having a really great summer. It was hard at the beginning of June while I was still pumping, but Oz has been exclusively at the breast for weeks and he's gaining great (13lbs 4ozs). I was so blessed to have amazing lactation support and wonderful friends to help me through it and now we can party like rockstars each day and enjoy not having any responsibilities.

I'll be in Wisconsin with the boys from June 26th until July 31st or August 1st. We'll be hitting the Washington County Fair (F**K yeah, Boston and Styx!!!!), the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Wisconsin State Fair as well as visiting Heather in Oshkosh.
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Drive By Posting [June 17, 2008 @ 2:39pm]
Breastfeeding: Going much better, off of EBM!

Carter: Jealous of Oz. Very two. Sometimes insanely cute, other times incredibly frustrating.

Carter's Rash: Not really better, but I suspect the culprit is watermelon...currently testing that theory.

Oz: Getting big, already 10 pounds. Losing his hair.

Oz's Rash: Not yeast at all. Contact dermatitis from the Pampers Swaddlers we were using part time. That'll teach me to use disposable diapers.

Our doctor: An asshat who prescribed cancer causing medicine for Carter's face that caused immediate death if ingested and couldn't be touched by anyone ever thinking about becoming pregnant or nursing again....at a dosage inappropriate for anyone under 16. Needless to say we didn't give it to him.

Andrew: In desperate need of a stress reliever. Hockey needs to start again.

Me: Getting more sleep, eating very unhealthy.

Heather: Damned to hell for introducing me to fudge stripe cookies.

Madison: Super fun, we miss it lots. Ehron and Steph's wedding was nice.

Pictures:
At the Vilas Zoo:
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At home:
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Rain Puddle:
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My Neck Hurts [June 09, 2008 @ 3:29pm]
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WooHoo, two minutes free time! [June 01, 2008 @ 7:54pm]
Time is slipping away faster than we know how to handle it. We've been blessed with visitors to help us out for the past four weeks, but the days passed faster than we realized they were. Now it's time for us to transition to a family of four living on our own and I have a feeling these next few weeks will be a struggle.

I'm still pumping and supplementing Oz's breastfeeding. He's gaining weight well now, he's been averaging about an ounce a day. He weighed in at 8lbs 2ozs last Monday so I'm predicting that tomorrow he'll weigh about 8 1/2 lbs. He's getting more from each nursing session, at last check it was 1.5 ounces in about 30 minutes so we may be getting close to him being able to nurse on his own, but we'll give it another week or two before we try to make the transition.

Both kids are dealing with rashes. Carter has had one on his face since before Oz was born. We've tried hydrocortisone and anti-fungal as well as just lotion plus boiling all his pacifiers and then finally taking them away, but nothing has made a difference. We see the doctor about it tomorrow. Oz has had a diaper rash since he was a few days old. We've tried the same tricks on it as we have on Carter's face and nothing is touching it either. I'm thinking it's an allergy reaction to something I'm eating. We see the doctor tomorrow to discuss his weight so we'll talk about a course of action for his rash too.

Had a lovely visit with Heather. We haven't spent that much time together since before I left for college so it was really nice. A few pictures (well okay, more than a few):

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Heather scored us a train table from our neighborhood rummage sale. It was going to be a Christmas present for Carter, but as soon as he realized it was coming home with us it was destined to take up room in our living room starting immediately. Here's Oz playing trains with Carter.

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Cool shit in the cemetary

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Shucking corn.

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Like Father,

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Like Son
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Oz Update and Pictures [May 15, 2008 @ 6:44pm]
So Oz's latch was not as good as I thought. On 5/8 I started to notice a difference in his latch and the way he was sucking. I was a bit worried about it, but put off seeing the LC. On 5/10 I started noticing fewer wet diapers and on Sunday I was in minor freak out mode because he seemed like he wasn't really peeing, his poo was turning brown and I could have sworn his fontanelle was sinking in. Then I started to see bags around his eyes. 5/12 I thought his fontanelle seemed a little more sunken in so we were at the Breastfeeding Resource Center at 9am. His weight was 6lb15oz in a diaper and last Wednesday he had weight 7lb9oz in a diaper (at the dr's office). Kathy (the LC) looked at his latch and my nipple and thought they looked great. She suggested keeping a detailed diaper diary and that I should begin supplementing with 1-2 oz of EBM (or formula if I couldn't pump enough) 8 times a day to help him gain. No suggestions as for cause or what do do to fix it, mostly concerned with getting his weight going. Did a weigh in before and after feeding and he took in only 4 cc's (30 is an ounce). Put in a call to Dr. C (Oz's doctor). Came home and pumped 50 cc's and fed him that with a bottle after the syringe was spilling too much. Saw Dr. C and he weighed 7lbs naked there (his naked weight at the BFRC was 6lb13oz). His reflexes and turgor were good and she said he fontanelle seemed fine. She agreed with the supplementation plan and wants to weigh him this Friday.

I went to see Beth, an LC at another hospital, with the best rep in the area, right after that and she was awesome (she rearranged her schedule to fit me in). She thinks that since he was early and sort of small he was faking his good sucking the first week and just piggy backing off of all the milk that was there during engorgement. She called babies in that 35/36/37 week range "The Great Pretenders"...basically they can have the preemie sucking issues, but hide it at first. Now that it has settled down he's not wanting to work for it so he's sucking, waiting for let down and then basically quitting. Second part of the problem is my nipples are on the bigger side so he can't get to the part that makes the milk come out well. We worked on positioning to help him get as much nipple in his mouth as possible. She also gave me a long nosed syringe and showed me how to syringe feed at the breast and how to finger feed so we'll be doing that. Beth was convinced that this should work itself out by the time he's around 6 weeks as long as he starts growing again.

So, I'm optimistic that things will work out and hopefully he gains quick. I'm not pumping quite enough right now since basically he wasn't stimulating the breast much for the past two weeks so my supply is toast. I got some EBM from a friend who had twins a few weeks ago and have been supplementing my EBM with hers so no need for formula at this point. I'm so thankful for her extra milk. I'm stressed about not pumping enough, but trying to stay calm and tell myself that I CAN rebuild my supply.

I'm feeling pretty guilty and sad that Oz was starving for several days. Hopefully we're on the right track now and I can get my supply going. Happy milky thoughts are appreciated.

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Wearing Parry's glasses

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At the local cemetery

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Finger feeding
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And let's not forget about Carter [May 04, 2008 @ 8:43pm]
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Eating an apple

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Playing outside (Andrew dressed him)
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So frickin' tired [May 04, 2008 @ 8:40pm]
Things are going well, except I'm very tired as he's nursing all night and sleeping all day.

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First bath

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Which he didn't like

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Sleeping

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Catching some sun to help with jaundice

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Super cute crabby face

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Naked to help keep him awake
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Surprise, Surprise! [April 29, 2008 @ 9:26pm]
Oswald Xavier
"Oz"
was born at home, in water
on April 28, 2008 at 10:55pm.
He weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 19 3/4 inches long.


Oz showed up 3 full weeks early! I can't even believe it given that I was pregnant for 4 whole weeks longer with Carter.

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Parents/Parenting Magazine [March 19, 2008 @ 8:37am]
I'm not sure why I keep receiving these at my house, I can only assume that someone is getting me a subscription to them as a gift and hasn't let me know that they've been doing it. If you have been getting me either of these magazines as a gift, please stop. I don't like them. The information in them generally conflicts with most of my parenting beliefs and makes me feel angry. If you're interested in getting me a parenting magazine, I love Mothering magazine. I don't want to seem ungrateful for the gift, but this is one gift I'm not enjoying.
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[March 19, 2008 @ 8:30am]
In the past week I've had three run-ins with improper car seat installation. I saw a woman at Wal-Mart putting a toddler into the front seat of her car into the oldest car seat ever created and strapping him in with the seatbelt. I was a pussy and didn't say anything to her, I just called the police hotline to report improper car seat usage. Then my sister told me a story about her friend. My sister knows all the car seat rules as I've taught them to her because I want my baby to be safe when she drives him. She pointed out the loose straps on a friends car seat and the friend said "Oh, she's fine." My sister replied with, "I'm pretty sure my sister is a car seat nazi and she'd never let me put Carter in like that." The friend did nothing. The last incident was an online friend who had a picture of her baby forward facing before she was one year. These things really amaze me because since before Carter was born I've wanted to learn everything possible to keep him safe and do the safest thing possible for our family. I don't want there to be any regret because I didn't take the time to read a manual or because I wanted to spend money on something else.

So, I'm asking everyone on my friends list to read these safety guidelines. The last thing I ever want to have to read is that someone's child got hurt because a car seat was being used improperly. Even if you don't have kids in car seats right now, this information is valuable. I know I've put a number of children in improperly installed carseats during the years I was nannying and I can only be thankful that nothing ever happened. This information isn't to make anyone feel bad about what they've been doing, only to help them be safer.

So....
1. Rear face until AT LEAST 20 lbs AND 1 yr old. Longer is better.

2. Your child has outgrown the rear facing limit of his seat when there is less than 1 inch of hard plastic above his head on all sides OR when he meets the weight limit, whichever comes FIRST. For most people, their children outgrow a carseat in height before weight. Please be aware of this. It's so important! Infant carriers are so convenient, especially in the winter, but when your child has outgrown it, it is no longer safe to use.

3. Your child has outgrown the forward facing limit of his seat when his shoulders are above the top harness slot on his seat OR he meets the weight limit, whichever comes FIRST. Again, most seats are outgrown in height before weight.

4. When choosing which slot to use for your child's harness, here are the rules. Rear facing- harness must be at or BELOW your child's shoulders. Forward facing- harness must be at or ABOVE your child's shoulders. This is very important! These rules must be followed so your child's carseat can perform properly in a crash.

5. Harness strap tightness- "A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position." A common way to check that the harness is snug enough is the pinch test. After adjusting the harness so it is comfortable, try to pinch the harness webbing along its length (not its width). If you can grab some of the webbing, it is too loose. Some older guidelines state that there should be enough slack in the harness to insert one or two fingers between the webbing and child, but this measure is not as good because children’s bodies are soft and pliable.

6. The chest clip needs to be at your child's armpit level in order to function properly (to prevent your child from being thrown from the seat).

7. How can I tell if my safety seat is installed tightly enough?

For a rear-facing safety seat, grasp it near the belt path on both sides and try to pull it away from the vehicle seat and from side to side. The safety seat should not slide easily more than about an inch. Then push the top edge downward, toward the floor of the car. Although the vehicle seat cushion may give, the safety seat should stay firmly in place and the back of the safety seat should stay at approximately the same angle (reclined about halfway back). It is acceptable (and normal) if the top of the safety seat can be pushed toward the rear of the car. (A few rear-facing safety seats have a tether to the floor or an anti-rebound bar to restrict this motion.) It is also normal for a rear-facing seat to swivel from side to side (toward the right or left front fender of the vehicle) when it is gripped at the top edge.

For a forward-facing safety seat with a harness, installation can always be improved with a top tether. Choose a seating position with a top tether anchor. First, install the safety seat with the vehicle belt or lower LATCH attachments, but without the top tether attached. Test the safety seat by grasping it at the belt path and pulling it forward and side to side. Then grip the top and try to pull it forward and sideways. If it can be easily moved more than an inch forward or to the side, try another seating position.

8. All experts agree that a seat should be discarded and destroyed if it is more than 10 years old, even if it looks fine. Most manufacturers suggest replacing a seat 5 to 8 years after the date of manufacture. It is important to check your owner's manual to verify your seat's expiration date.

9. Generally, the recommendation is to replace all safety seats in use in a crash. It is almost impossible to tell if there is internal weakening of the plastic, and it would be very expensive to perform a thorough investigation of the safety seat to verify that it is safe to use. In California, state law requires that the responsible insurer replace safety seats that were in use at the time of the crash. In other states, the insurer of the responsible party may pay for the replacement of the safety seat. If your agent is not aware of the need for this replacement, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. will provide a letter of support for this position. Again, check with your seat's manufacturer regarding this. I believe Britax has a set of questions to tell if the seat needs to be replaced or not after a crash.

10. Keep your child in a 5-point harness as long as possible (but please don't go past your seats weight/heigh limits).

11. Use a 5-point harness seat rather than a 3-point one. The 3-point seats are the kind with the overhead shield. The child head can/will make contact with the shield in an accident. Also, the straps don't fit as closely to the child in this type of seat, elevating the risk of him/her being thrown from the seat.

12. Once your child has outgrown the 5-point harness, keep them in a booster until they fit an adult seatbelt properly (at least 8-10 years old). Here's how you can determine if your child is ready to graduate from the booster.

The 5-Step Test

1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection. Your child will be more comfortable, too!

13. The back seat is the safest part of the car for all passengers. Recent research shows that children should ride in the back seat until they reach age 15. Researchers estimate that putting a child in the back seat instead of the front reduces the chance of injury and death by more than 30%, whether or not the car has a passenger air bag.

*Info taken from www.carseat.org.



In addition to those guidelines, puffy winter coats should never be worn in a car seat. In an accident the force of the crash will push the air out of the jacket leaving the straps loose and unable to protect the child correctly. Put the coat on for the walk from the house/store/school to the car, take it off at the car and put it back on to get back inside. Or, use a lightweight fleece coat that doesn't interfere with proper strap adjustment.

Some people scoff at some of the guidelines. Andrew, for one, refuses to believe that carseats expire. However, when I gave him the scenario of us using the carseat for longer than expected and then getting into a crash and Carter getting seriously injured or hurt, he decided he couldn't live with the what-ifs.

The best way to know if you're putting the car seat in right is to have it checked out. Getting it in tightly, rear facing can be tricky. If you go to this website you can search for the nearest safety checkpoint to you and an expert will help you with installation.
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Saturday Night [February 24, 2008 @ 3:14pm]
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Cute Carter Things [February 17, 2008 @ 10:41pm]
I'm amazed by his memory.

1. We went to a flooring store on Monday. Carter played with their dirty toys. We went back on Friday. When we pulled up he said "Play Big Bird car" because he had played with a Big Bird in a blue car while there.

2. After watching Dragon Tales once (on Andrew's watch) he picked up the name from the theme song and has been asking to watch it since then. Sorry kiddo, no Dragon Tales on my watch.

3. He watched Toy Story while sitting in his car seat on the flight home from Vegas. Now he's constantly asking me to "Watch Buzz car" even though he's never watched a movie in the car, just in his seat on the plane.

4. You can't escape commercialism. He had a Thomas the Tank Engine book (which was destroyed by toddler hands months ago) and he has one Thomas train (which we only refer to as a train, never by name). We were at Wal-mart earlier this week buying t-shirts for the baby and he saw some hideous Thomas pajamas, which he was instantly drawn too. He wanted to take them with him and I'm sure he would have asked to wear them non-stop if I had bought them. But, they were hideous and I hate trains so we discussed how cool they were and left them hanging.

5. Speaking of Thomas, when we go into Gymboree to look at clothes, they have a TV playing benign kids shows to keep your wee ones distracted while you buy overpriced clothing. He's seen Thomas on TV there a few times. Recently he's been asking to "Watch train show" at home, despite never having watching it at home. (Unless, of course, Andrew is letting him watch it. Are you Andrew? Stop letting him watch TV!!)
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Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. [January 24, 2008 @ 8:53pm]
We survived our trip to Vegas. It was quite a bit of fun. Highlight: Peoria TSA let me through with undeclared liquids and gels that I forgot about. Way to keep America safe!

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The trip started with Carter having a fit in the airport because I wouldn't let him run down the jet way. I had to wake him up early to get to the airport on time.

We had a HORRIBLE crisis getting on the plane because our carseat (a might fine, and expensive, Britax Marathon, didn't have a sticker on it for use on an airplane. It's in the manual, but that wasn't good enough. The flight attendant (FA) searched for it, but couldn't find it. In the mean time we're in the front of the plane, blocking the other 100 passengers that want to get on. Carter is running up and down the aisles because I'm trying to help the FA and things are looking dim. My pregnant hormones take hold of me and I burst into hysterics over not being able to use it and continue to cry, make-up streaming down my face for the next 15 minutes while they look and talk. In the mean time, Carter sees me crying and bursts into tears. Now we're both crying, everyone hates us for blocking the aisle and I still can't use my seat.

We sit, Carter freaks when I put the seatbelt on him. He figures out how to undo it in about 27 seconds and we have a mommy/toddler struggle for the next 20 minutes. Once we're moving he's a bit better and when we can finally use electronic devices he's happy to watch Buzz and play with tape.

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Britax customer service is closed by the time I can call them, so it must wait until Friday.

In the meantime, Carter plays with Noah and Xander and I catch up with Meghan Dianne.

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On Friday I call Britax again and talk to someone named Heather Mangin. DO NOT TALK TO HER! She makes me take pictures of my seat after telling me where the sticker should be (it isn't there). I'm to email her the pictures of the seat and she'll call me back. I email, she doesn't call. I call, she says she didn't receive pictures b/c their email can only handle small files. I email a smaller file, no call back and THEY CLOSE for the weekend! I'm furious and a total basket case over this. She calls and leaves a message saying they'll send the sticker if I leave a message with my address. I leave her no less than three messages with my address and instructions to call me ASAP with how it's being sent since the PO is closed for MLKJ Day.

Saturday we hang out and at night Meghan Dianne and I go to see The Business of Being Born. Meghan Dianne hasn't seen it, but I have. It was just as good the second time. Meghan's husband watches the three boys, who manage to poop a total of 6 times, including one diarrhea poop by my boy, but has no wipes by the end and freaks out on us to get home.

Sunday we go hiking at Red Rock Canyon. It was SO much fun. Carter loved it, hiking the whole 1.25 miles and I thought it was great too. Noah and Xander really liked it too and did great (they're a few months younger than Carter). My camera died when we got there so these are camera phone pictures.

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Standing under a very large rock.

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At a waterfall we hiked too. It was half ice, half running water.

Monday an awful day was had by all. Meghan Dianne had a bad day at Urgent Care and I had more Britax troubles, sort of. By noon stupid Heather Mangin of Britax hasn't called me back so I call her. She's like, "Oh yeah, I sent it overnight express with UPS today." I get flustered that she didn't call me and forget to ask for a tracking number. She doesn't offer it. We try to go to the fancy pants mall at night, but Carter has a toddler freak out and ruins our fun. No money spent except for dinner :( Carter and I did manage to contract syphilis from this picture though.

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Tuesday Meghan Dianne, Noah, Xander, Carter and I went to the strip. We walked around Caeser's Palace and saw the show at the Bellagio. Carter liked the ducks better than the water show.

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He also did some gambling.

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When we were on our way home I realized that I didn't check for the Britax sticker before we left and that their customer service was closed. It hadn't appeared as promised that day. FUCK! I called UPS and found out it would have been delivered by 1030am if it was coming at all and no driver tried to deliver to our house. Without the tracking number I couldn't do anything. I call and leave a message for evil Heather Mangin saying she lied and I had no sticker and that I needed the tracking number and that she should call me as soon as she got in to the office in the morning.

Wednesday morning she doesn't call. Carter had gone to bed sick and woke up sick. I call and she's all like "oh, I didn't know what time you left so I didn't bother calling." I get the tracking number and check it while she's on the phone with me. It will arrive by 1030am that morning. The sticker comes, it is HUGE. Way to treat me like I'm retarded Britax, there's no way I could miss that.

We have a relaxing afternoon and Meghan Dianne drops us off at the airport. We get through security fine and I let my son eat Burger King french fries.

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We get stuck talking to a very un-AP family while waiting to board. We can use the carseat (we get the SAME flight crew!) and Carter does much better in the seat.
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Carter Turns Two [January 12, 2008 @ 8:17pm]
Today was Carter's second birthday. We received a number of lovely well wishes for today from family and friends and for that we're all very grateful. We had a quiet day. I spoke at the API Meeting this morning on the book Connection Parenting by Pam Leo. It's a wonderful book and it was a pleasure sharing the information with other moms.

We came home from the meeting and Carter napped, or maybe he didn't, I'm not sure as I took a nap and left it to Andrew.

We ate chicken tacos for dinner (one of Carter's favorites), then opened presents

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(Legos, a book, a skid steer loader, an annoying guitar and money)

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then ate cake (dot cake with dot frosting, of course).

Now he's jacked up on sugar and not wanting to go to sleep. He's definitely a toddler through and through. Who else would wear a get-up like this?

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Lastly I'd like to give myself a pat on the back. Today is not only Carter's birthday, but it also marks our two year anniversary of breastfeeding. So few woman make it to this point that no one even keeps statistics on it, but only 17% of women make it to one year so I think it's safe to assume that far fewer than that make it to two years (although in my group of friends I'm pretty sure the rate is something around 90%, lol). I'm so happy to have been able to give him this gift. I'm pretty sure he'll be done soon. There's not much milk left with me being 22 weeks pregnant now and he's taken to calling it "yucky milk" even though he still asks for it it.

Lastly, a few of the things Carter can do.
-He can name the following tractors by site: wheel loader, skid steer loader, excavator (pronounced 'ekcabator'), pipelayer and tractor (used to refer to track-type tractors)
-Name any number of animals including many beyond the barnyard (like giraffe, penguin and whale).
-Put his rainboots on by himself.
-Put Georgia's shoes on for her.
-Climb over a standard compression gate.
-Name his friends and have imaginary phone conversations with them.
-Repeat just about anything we say (unfortunately).
-Engage in imaginary play (Buzz Lightyear and his sock monkeys will all take naps, eat, jump, etc.)
-Walk the dog. Not alone, but if we walk the dog then Carter needs to be the one holding the leash. They do pretty well together.

He cannot name letters, numbers, color or shapes. Mostly because we haven't even begun to bother to teach him these things.

He likes to watch Sesame Street (the only kid show he's allowed to watch, and then rarely), Ask This Old House and hockey. His favorite movie is Toy Story (again the only one he's really seen, mostly because when we tried to watch Finding Nemo he kept asking for Buzz).

He loves to help with chores and will vacuum using the DustBuster, sweep, wipe windows, rake, shovel snow and fold laundry without being asked.

He likes to play with dinosaurs, blocks, cars and trucks and monkeys.

His favorite foods are vanilla yogurt and tomatoes.

Okay, I think that's enough of that. Carter and I will be enjoying a few more days at home and then we'll be heading to Las Vegas to visit Meghan and her boys, Noah and Xander, next Thursday. Booking tickets was spur of the moment, but we have been planning the trip for some time. We'll be in Vegas for a week before returning home.
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A Christmas Thank-You [January 05, 2008 @ 10:49pm]
Thank you to everyone who generously allowed us to invade their homes with our dog, messy child and (sometimes)bad attitudes. We truly appreciate the hospitality. Also, thank you to everyone who gave us gifts. Everything we received this year was lovely. Carter loves all of his new toys, Andrew is playing Guitar Hero non-stop and planning new tattoos with his Christmas money and I received almost enough to pay for both mine and Carter's tickets to Las Vegas.

Here's what Christmas looked like everywhere:

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Learning how to open presents

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Sledding with Grandpa Jim (it's very hard to get a good sledding picture)

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Eating snow with Auntie Heather

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Reading with Auntie Crystal

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Making cake with Oma

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Playing with cousins

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Toddler standoff

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A seasoned gift opener (see all that blurry motion!)
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A little late, but.... [January 05, 2008 @ 10:38pm]
...still useful. Since Carter's birthday is only a week away I thought I'd update his birthday wishlist.

For Carter:
-Family or Family Plus membership to the Glen Oak Zoo. Information about purchasing this can be found here: http://www.glenoakzoo.org/membership.htm
-Woody doll (from Toy Story)
-Wooden kitchen accessories (pots, pans, plates, food)
-Wooden puzzles, similar in style to these: these or these
-Dinosaurs, android (per Andrew's request), wooden or plastic
-Playsilks, we're especially looking one in a 35x84 size and then varying sizes after that.

Sites toy buy from:
Fine Wooden Toys
Oompa
Mahar Dry Goods
Natural Home Presents
Vivid Tribe
Mother Sunshine
The Color Farm....she also sells here


All the same stuff we asked for for Christmas, I just took out the items we received.
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[December 11, 2007 @ 2:58pm]
St. Nick leaves greetings of chocolate, NASCAR ornaments, The White Stripes and dyed silk.

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Carter and I make pancakes. We need one of these
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And one where I look very pregnant
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And the big news
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Carter has spent the last two nights in the big bed. No problems at all, but per Meghan's advice we're waiting until he's been in it awhile before trying it at nap time.

And lastly, what he does while I'm in the shower
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