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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pictures from previous post

This is us as we baked. Caleb has some cookie on his lip. You can see a little bump on my belly that is Baby M.





Here's our spoils from our baking...yum!

This is Caleb conquering the treehouse. It was a hot and sweaty day so I let Caleb go in just his diaper.

And down the slide!


This is a 2 minute video of Caleb climbing his treehouse:




And this is me trying to show off my baby bump:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

...and a Good Time Was Had By All

We bought a very fun out-door toy ("Lookout Treehouse") for Caleb to climb. It's the same one we have at church that he loves so we knew he'd love it. I found it on craigslist for a percentage of the original price and the worst part was that it was dirty. So I cleaned it. Caleb loves it. He still needs to be supervised while he's on it but he's pretty much self entertained on it. -which is great for a tired and pregnant Mommy!

This morning I put Caleb in my sling and we made cookies together. I had so much fun and I'm pretty sure Caleb did too! He especially enjoyed the part when he got to eat the cookies!

Caleb had fun this morning with Dada eating breakfast...apparently there was much egg-eating going on while I tried to get a few more minutes sleep. Breakfast is Felipe's time to shine and he always makes a better breakfast than I do - generally when I first wake up I can't handle most typical breakfast foods so I make plain toast and butter or cereal...if I'm feeling especially fancy I might toast some frozen waffles!

I'm finally getting to the point where I enjoy breastfeeding...almost a year later! I think having a schedule and also changing my mindset have both helped. I've been running dry but I drink over 100 oz of water a day and usually closer to 200. I'm also eating like crazy and barely gaining weight - I wish I had this dilemma ten years ago!

Baby M has been snuggling his/her little head against my uterus in the most uncomfortable manner. I pushed on his/her head last night and s/he swam away - it startled me...and probably her/him too! Generally, the only discomfort with this pregnancy has been constant urination and fatigue. -not bad at all! I'm very excited about this new baby. Caleb loves babies and is very good with children. He's always sharing and trying to get others to smile. He'll make a great big brother.

The other day at Starbucks, a lady came in who looked rather sad or vexed about something. And Caleb walked right up to her and started dancing for her and smiling at her and generally flirting with her. And she smiled and laughed and said, "Thanks, you just made my night so much better." -Caleb is such a blessing everywhere he goes. And now that he's a pretty regular and consistent schedule, he's less bratty for me too. Schedules bring happiness.

accompanying pics and video coming soon...check back later for those.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Life on Purpose

I know there's a book out there with a similar title, but I've never read that book, I have no idea if it's any good, and I don't even know what it's about.

But yesterday Caleb was a bad little stinker, again. So I went to sleep thinking of ways I could adjust his schedule to bring me and him more peace. I decided that whenever he first started to stir after 7am, that's when we'd get up. So at 7:20 we purposefully got up to start the day.

We went downstairs to eat breakfast, which he threw his on the floor and watched as it went "splurt" (that's the noise it made) all over the floor. Apparently, he doesn't like bananas this morning. He wanted to eat my Cheerios. Which is fine. I used to eat with him and then read him a story from the Bible, but I decided that since his attention span is so short, I would read to him while he ate/I fed him and then I would eat.

This is Caleb's Bible:

Today we read about how the Israelites wanted a king. And God gave them a king but Saul grew distant from God. So, God chose a new king, David.

You can find the full story in 1 Samuel 16. And I did. (I've been having difficulty having any quality alone time with God since Caleb was born. Caleb is a more than full time job. And since we're doing "attachment parenting" we've made the job even harder on ourselves; but we believe this is less selfish, more natural, more God-reflecting, and with potentially better outcomes.)

I decided that whatever story I read Caleb I will go and immediately read in my ESV. I love it that the author of Caleb's Bible says that "every story whispers His name" because that is the exact purpose of the Bible - to glorify Jesus. Read what the author says about why we have the Bible:




Every story ends with a foreshadowing of Jesus. For instance, today's story ended with how God would one day send The King to rule the earth forever. It very nicely leads me to tell Caleb that that King is who? Jesus! And what do we know about Jesus? He loves us very much and died on the cross to forgive us of our sins so that if we repent we can live with him for eternity in heaven. Then we sing "Jesus Loves Me"and "Jesus Loves the Little Children" and "There's Something About that Name" and whatever other songs I can think of at the time. -I should really purposefully write down some titles so I can remember some songs. Whenever I'm put on the spot I can't remember ANY!

So after our wonderful morning Bible study, we went outside to play in the backyard and then went for a walk around the neighborhood. on purpose. Why? To get him sleepy again. Or rather, to remind him that he was sleepy. I was sure to drink plenty of water and take a couple of vitamins so I'd have some milk for him. And as soon as we got home, I put Caleb to sleep 2 hours after he woke up. He's still asleep now an hour later. yay!

I am, as you might be able to tell, in the middle of changing our sheets. But that can wait.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Craigslist and Easter and Navy

I love buying and selling stuff on craigslist. But today was a major disappointment. I put up my entire porcelain doll collection as well as a bunch of Caleb's toys that don't interest him any more and there hasn't been a single bite :(

In spiritual news, Caleb was really bad last week and I didn't have any energy for him. I think that just made it worse. So today when he started getting bad again I decided to suck it up and exert energy that I didn't think I had. I decided that I would serve Caleb like Jesus serves me even though I'm bad. And this made all the difference. I still don't know what was wrong with Caleb (perhaps another nap?) but we ended the day well because Jesus lives in my heart. I didn't get mad at him. I didn't yell at him. I didn't do anything except love on him. And loving on him brought him back to the happy Caleb side of life!

Just think of how terrible life would be if Jesus didn't love us even though we didn't deserve it. Just think of what life would be life if Jesus punished us for being bad instead coming in love to save us from ourselves. Love should permeate our lives because of Jesus.

And while Easter is fun and all, I'm sure, for a lot of people, for me I like to remember that Jesus is alive every day. I can see him at work in my soul and he brings me peace.

In sad/happy news, Felipe is in Jacksonville, FL! It's so sad that he isn't here next to me right now. I miss him sooooo much and he's only been gone for less than 12 hours. But this is a good thing. He is visiting NSB Kings Bay to tour the submarines as a special guest of the Navy. I take this as a good indicator of his position toward entering OCS. I could not be prouder of my husband! He's going to look so handsome in an officer's uniform.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sometimes I Find Happy in Unusual Places

Today I found happy here: http://www.earslap.com/projectslab/otomata

After playing for awhile, I came up with this: http://www.earslap.com/projectslab/otomata?q=8w626d


and it continued to evolve. and I enjoyed myself.

It's addicting and pleasant. Perfectly relaxing after hours and days of crying and whining.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

About Baby Registries

I don't know if we'll be having another baby shower. I've had friends and family say they want to have another one, but no one has committed to throwing one. People at church might have one closer to the date. Maybe. I don't really know a lot of people at our church yet though, so maybe they won't.

I've officially registered at Babies R Us, Target, and Amazon. I started registries at a couple of other places but they were weird and not local, so I'm not going to mention those. You can find the items listed in a previous entry plus some extra items like wrist rattles and foot rattles - I had wanted these for Caleb but Babies R Us did not have them.

You can find them all conveniently located here:

www.amazingregistry.com/BabyMulford



Enjoy! And thank you in advance.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Divine Cosign

Divine Cosign is a HUGE consignment coming in August to Plano and September to Grapevine!

The Grapevine dates are right after Baby M will be here. I am considering going if I feel there is something I'd like or need.

If you'd like to go to, you can find out more information here: www.divinecosign.net

Here's an email I received from them:

Mark Your Calendar!


Dear Lauren,

If you're like us, you like to get important dates on your calendar as early as possible so here are some you need to know:

Plano:

August 6--Consignor/First Time Mom registration begins

August 6-August 10--Volunteer sign-ups

August 26-August 30--Plano sale

Grapevine:

September 3--Consignor/First Time Mom registration begins

September 3-September 7--Volunteer sign-ups

September 23-September 26--Grapevine sale

Hopefully this gives you plenty of time to plan ahead for the sale you'd like to participate in. By the way, please note that Grapevine registration starts during Labor Day weekend so you'll need to plan accordingly. We know that will work out great for some of you and be harder for those out of town but with a little planning it should work out fine for everyone.

We'll be sending emails more frequently between now and the start of registration, than we normally do in the off-season. This will give us time to really concentrate on one topic at a time and to go into more depth on each subject, as needed.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at divineconsign@hotmail.com.

Have a great week,

Tina and Stephanie

www.divineconsign.net

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Baby!

I'm getting more and more excited as Baby M develops toward his/her birth. Our sonogram that will tell us what gender as well as to check everything out is coming up in a few weeks. I can feel the baby kick every once in awhile. And today I made an online registry at Babies-r-us. All these things are adding up to me getting very excited. A couple of times during the making of the registry I got teary-eyed thinking that soon ANOTHER baby is going to join us.

It seems like we have a lot of the things we would need for Baby M. There are just a few big items that we could use. I wish there was a way on the registry to assign importance to each item.

For instance, the Arm's Reach Co-sleeper Bassinet Angelica is number 1 on our list. EDIT: This is no longer even on our list because we're having a boy and I thought this particular bassinet was too feminine. We'd still like an Arm's Reach Co-sleep, just not this one. You can find the correct one here: http://www.amazingregistry.com/BabyMulford But even this one we only need if we're still at my parents'. There's another bassinet that we want no matter what because it's mobile and can move from room to room with a battery-operated mobile.
But it only shows up closer to the middle of the page.

So, I guess I'll put the order of need here.

Next, we need an infant car seat. I chose this practically because first, you never want to use a used one. You never know what accidents the seat has been through. Second, Graco is the double stroller we have so I want a Graco seat to be sure that they'll fit each other. Others will fit, but Graco is just as good as any. Third, I like the blanket that covers the feet. And fourth, the bear is adorable and that isn't really necessary but still fun. Edit: Now that we're having a boy, I'd really like the bear car seat.
The next item I registered for 2 of them. This is excessive. I was thinking one for the house and one for the car. I don't think the one in the car would work because there's nothing for it to attach to. I had wanted one for Caleb but we never got one and then he was suddenly crawling and then walking. It's called a Floor Piano and is kicked by the baby in the crib.
Next on the list is this adorable Swing that actually plugs into an electric socket and keeps the mobile going. Caleb loved the Rainforest theme and so I'm hoping that Baby M will too!


We need some new thermometers. Caleb has a set and I'd like a separate set for Baby M. If we get any more babies, I think we'll have to get a nurses station in the house complete with those thermometer covers for each new patient. After going through several with Caleb, Felipe and I decided that we do NOT like the forehead ones. very inaccurate and imprecise. They're good for telling IF there's a fever but not how high it is. So, I prefer the ones with rectal readings; also I prefer electronic.

For feedings I'm going to try to pump more and use bottles. We've misplaced many of our bottles. We've given away several. Besides all this, the kids I baby sat when I was a kid had these bottles that had liners. The milk went into the liner and the liner into the bottle; and the nipples were very different than the ones we have. I thought they weren't made any more. But then I saw them the other day at Target. So I'm registering for them:

Some items that we used and used and used completely up and I thoroughly enjoyed and found very favorable were the BabyGanics cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, all-purpose wipes. These were my favorites.


The baby monitor we have is very nice. One time it fell. It's slightly damaged which is annoying. Then there's the mobility issue. If I move from one room to another, there are those moments where the baby is unattended while I unplug, move, and find a new plug. I wish there was a monitor that I could carry with me. And that's when I discovered the upgrade to the one I have!

I'm planning on being less involved with Baby M's sleep. This baby soother will be ideal to help with restlessness. Maybe even Caleb will like it. The video demo at babiesrus.com showed a water scene and the picture shows a land scene. I'm hoping for a water scene, but if it soothes, it soothes!


We need a high chair, but I put it lower on the list because it isn't as "fun" as the other items. And really it doesn't even have to be this high chair. I chose this one because it matched the car seat. It's pretty. Any high chair will do.

This jumperoo we had in the nursery at our old church and Caleb LOVED it! We have a "johnny jumper" that hangs from a door way. Caleb would always run into the door jam and hurt himself. So we stopped using it. We actually only used it twice. Both times ended in tears :( This one is much better!


Close to the end of my list is the Baby Bjorn carrier because my other baby wraps are either missing or very tedious to tie on in a hurry. Baby Bjorn goes on in a couple of snaps. This will be very handy with two babies wanting Mommy to carry them. Usually baby #2 seeks more independence from Mommy, so perhaps this won't be a very big issue. Edit: Even better (as found on our registry list) is the hip carrier. You'll still find this one, though.


Something else I'm hoping to get maybe this week is a changing pad for the changing table we just bought at a yard sale. This one even comes with a toy bar. But we may just end up hanging a toy from the ceiling.



That just about rounds it out. I didn't register for any cutesy items because everyone enjoys getting those for babies even if they aren't asked for.

We have plenty of blankets, swaddling blankets, towels and cloths. We could use diapers, of course. I have a diaper bag and don't need another one. We have a couple of newborn toys, but Caleb didn't really like toys when he was little.

Here's the list in order: Baby Registry -with pics above the description and links.

I feel like I should really stress that buying new is NOT necessary. I know that the Baby Bjorn Carrier is being sold at Kid-to-Kid for less than $20. So why buy it new for almost $80? The only item that I will buy new is the car seat. Everything else is just as good used. Especially baby clothing! There are so many adorable outfits at used shops. Also, Amazon has wonderful bargains.

I registered just to let you know what I need. I do not care where any items are bought...as long as they weren't stolen - haha.

If there was only one item on this list that I could ask for it is the bassinet.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Not Sad Because It Was the Right Thing To Do

I went to Kid-to-Kid yesterday to buy Caleb an outfit for MiYoung's wedding. As soon as I walked in there, I saw the cutest 4 piece casual suit. Perfect! It is grey with shirt, vest, tie, and pants. It is the 12 month size. For $7.99. Perfect! When I got home I showed the outfit to everyone and I noticed that the pants seemed HUGE. I looked at their tag and the pants were size 24 months even though the shirt was 12 months. Then I looked at the tag of the shirt and it clearly says, "3pc" meaning the pants were not supposed to be included.

So there's my dilemma. Do I call? Do I just return them? Do I accept it as a "gift"?

Option 3 was completely out of the question. The least that I was going to do was to call. But it was too late for a call. It's quite the drive to the store for us, and I knew that I didn't feel like making a special trip because the store made a mistake. But since I was right there in the area today I went in and explained what happened. The lady simply said, "Thanks for your honesty." Nothing especially nice came out of it for me.

I love that store and I want them to do well. Nothing came of me returning the pants, but I believe that greed, entitlement, selfishness, and other vileness would have been seeded in my heart if I had not returned them. So it was a benefit of nothing bad happening.

Ever since I noticed the error I kept thinking of the Honest Abe story they told us all when we were in kindergarten. It isn't a Bible story, but a golden oldie nonetheless. Abraham Lincoln is tending a store when he accepts too much money for a lady's purchase. Once he realizes the mistake he runs after her to give the correct change. Lesson learned. Thank you, Mr. President.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dear Non-Pregnant Persons,

A friend of mine sent me this humorous and truthful letter to a non-pregnant person. It was good to read that I was not alone in feeling that people are generally way more entitled than they should be and WAY too intrusive.


Dear Non-Pregnant Person, I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking surely she doesn't mean me- then you should probably read this twice.


1) The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is 'Congratulations!' with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an a$$.


2) Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase 'my baby'.


3) On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in #2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it.


4) The body of a pregnant women should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.


5) Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight - ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invites her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is 'You look fabulous!'.


6) By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.


7) There is a reason that tickets to L&D are not yet sold on Ticket master. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents.


8) Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents’ home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to 'help out'. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.


9) If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.


10) The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.

Joy!

The past week or so I've been feeling little Baby M kick and swim around. Finally a couple of nights ago Felipe was able to feel too. S/he finally feels really real to me. One thing I really don't like is everyone always touching my belly. I thought about wearing a sign for the last pregnancy that said "don't touch me" and I think I might actually do it for this pregnancy. Yes, there is a living creature in me, but I'm still human and very much appreciate my space. I will not come up to you and rub your belly, or head, or foot, or any other body part and I'd like the same in return. If you ask to feel the baby kicking, do not be surprised if I say "no"...I suppose I should really email this to everyone since no one reads this, especially my family who will be at the wedding. I don't know if they are the "invade your personal space" types, but maybe I just need to be prepared to push a lot of hands away.
18 week old fetus:

I'm still very excited about my cousin's wedding. I have a few younger cousins who I have never met who will be there. Shortly after my cousin gets married my God-parents' son is getting married! He is having a wonderful wedding. But we are sadly not going. I would love to go but being that far along in my pregnancy and it being so far to travel, I did not think it would be comfortable. Then, having gone to my cousin's wedding, Felipe will have taken a lot of time off work. I don't think he could take even more time off.
My cousin and her fiance:
I love my "God-brother" (my parents are his God-parents, too). Sometimes I wish Felipe and I had done what he's doing and only invited 50 guests. Keep it sweet and simple. There were so many people on both sides of the wedding that neither of us knew. It just goes to show that weddings aren't really for the bride and groom but for the mothers and perhaps the fathers of the bride and groom. Felipe and I have gone over this many times that whenever our kids get married, we need to remember to not try to force our wishes on them or manipulate our will into their wedding but instead say, "Here's $$$ much money we've been saving for your wedding. Keep it, spend it, ask for suggestions, or don't. Anything you want us to do, just tell us." That way, if they only want to spend $200 and a used wedding gown, they can keep the rest to use toward a down payment on a house or something. My cousin wouldn't let her parents pay for anything at her wedding because she knew how parents get with saying, "well, it's MY money. We'll do what I want." and so her wedding is going to be just how she wants it.