Saturday, March 31, 2007

So far, so good...

Isaac and I have been doing good so far.

Last night, we tried to go to a softball game. We left early due to a wet diaper and an ensuing inconsolable boy. The night went well. He slept from 8:45 until 1:45 and then until 7:00 am. He ate a little and went to sleep for another hour.

This morning, I managed to get a couple of good videos of him "playing". At some point, I removed this video apparently.

Friday, March 30, 2007

On Our Own

Derek left for San Diego this morning at 5:30. He'll return on Easter Sunday. That's 9 days from now, for the mathematically and calendarly challenged. So, it's just me and the boy until then.

I got him off to the sitter today, with Derek's mom's help. I even got to school with time to spare! He fell asleep on the ride, so it was relieving not to have a scream festival all the way there at 7:00 in the morning.

In other Isaac news, he is feeling better since his traumatic shot experience. His legs don't seem to be tender any more and he's stopped his whiny, pathetic crying. He also slept 6 hours last night (from 8:00 until 2:00). So, that was quite awesome.

Well, I'm in Calculus and my kids are taking a test, so it's a good time for me to get some work done. Yet, here I am wasting valuable time, typing away on the internet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Element Photo Request

Brad Roe-I-can't-spell-his-name-beck wanted to see a picture of the new Element.
Unfortuntately, due to time constraints (and the desire not to feel silly), I have not yet taken a picture of our new family ride.
I do, however, have the stock photo from Honda, in the color that we selected, for anyone out there who does not know what an Element is.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Shooting Up

Isaac had his two month check-up yesterday. All is well. He's 11 lbs and 8 oz. and 23.5 inches long. I forget how big they said his head was. He did really well. He didn't even cry when they weighed him on the cold metal scale.

Then came the shots.
I couldn't watch, but I did catch a glimpse. The needles were long and seemed like they would penetrate to the bone on his skinny little legs.
He had three and he squealed and squealed. But, that was the easy part. He came home and slept for a couple of hours, but when he woke up, he was miserable. He spent most of the evening crying. He slept fitfully last night and he woke up crying. It's a pathetic sad sounding cry and it makes me feel bad.

I didn't want to send the crying baby to Jena's, so I came home from school after 1st period. We got the ok to give him more children's tylenol, so he's been sleeping in between eating and crying.

Poor little man. :(

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two Months

Isaac is two months old today.

We celebrated by dropping him off at Derek's parents' house and going to get three giant boxes of size 2 diapers. We also got swimming trunks and a tie-dye shirt for the little man. He'll be the coolest kid at the pool this summer.

We also went for a walk about the neighborhood, since the weather is absolutely wonderific. We picked up a bouncy chair from a yard sale for $.50. He wasn't all that excited about it. I wish they made chairs that felt like my arms and would move around the house, so that I could put him down for just 2 minutes here or there.

Anyhow, he's fast asleep and it's my night to sleep, so I'm going to get to it.

New Ride

So, when we found out we were going to have a baby, Derek and I knew we'd have to make some vehicular adjustments. Namely, I would not be able to put the baby in the Tacoma. We decided to put our townhouse sale money towards buying Derek's dad's Volvo. It was a good deal, but...

We didn't want to give up the truck, because it's so functional. We both need a vehicle that the boy can be put into, safely. And between the three rides, we don't really have anything that will be sufficient for a road trip with a baby.

Today we traded the Volvo in for a new Honda Element. This will serve as my version of a minivan. The key features are: it's bigger, it can be sprayed out (it's pretty much entirely rubber and plastic), it's blue and it gets good gas mileage.
We'll keep old Charlene (the Tacoma), through the summer and a few planned big jobs, but then she's going to become someone else's trusty old truck. :(

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hip Hip Hooray!!

Why all the enthusiasm, you ask?

1. It's Friday. In a few short hours, we'll be starting another weekend.
2. The weather is beautiful!
3. The boy slept really well last night.
4. There's one week until Easter vacation!
5. I have 3 more days of Calculus lessons and then we are reviewing until the exam.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007


We captured Isaac rolling over on video tonight. You can see it here.
He wasn't really happy about it, but it happened nonetheless.

Isaac is eight weeks old today. Time flies when... well, when you have a baby keeping you busy, I guess.

Thirdly, he had an AWESOME night last night.
He slept from 8:45 until 1:45 and about 2:15 until 6:45. He stirred around 5:00 and I picked him up and he slept the rest of the time on the stomach or in the arms of his devoted parents. :) But, it was encouraging to get such long stretches of sleep out of him.
And - it was my night "on"... so, I scored a free night, basically. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

How to have a cry-free walk

Today, it was so nice out, on the way home from the babysitter, I resolved to take the boy for a walk.

We have decided that he hates to be in his car seat in the stroller, so we tested him out in the "big boy" part of the stroller. He holds his head up very well, and there's a slight head rest to keep him from getting all hunched over and uncomfortable.

Usually, he screams for walks.
Today, it started off a little rough. I was only 2 or 3 houses up the street when he started crying. I was a little frustrated, because I so badly want to take walks and undo all this excess pregnancy weight.
Then, I decided to roll one side of his all terrain stroller on the grass. He stopped crying immediately. For the rest of the walk, anytime he started to whimper/cry, I would put the wheels back in the grass for a little bit, and the crying would subside.

I think I may have solved the problem of the Crying (Screaming) Stroller Baby.

Sleep, glorious sleep!

I got to sleep last night.
I haven't slept that long and that well in almost a year.
While I was pregnant, I had to get up to use the bathroom quite frequently. And no, it didn't get better during my second trimester. It was the same for the first, second and some of the third. Then it got a lot lot worse. I think I could maybe get an hour or two max at the end.
Now, of course, the baby has been the reason for the lack of sleep. It's a lot better, but the new night-on, night-off routine will make it even better. I think.

Anyhow -- I slept from around 9:00 until 3:00 am. Then 3:30 until 5:30. (I still have to get up in the night sometime to "get food" for the monster. When that is done, my world will brighten just a bit more.)

Well, off to school I go, with a full night of rest under my belt! These kids don't even know what I'm like without being sleep deprived. :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Kristen Boone Rocks

Kristen Boone came over a couple weeks ago and held an informal photo shoot for Sir Isaac T. Lidbom. She dropped the cd off in our mailbox and the pictures are AWESOME. Derek posted a bunch of them here, but here's one to tide you over....

Plan B

Derek and I decided to switch nighttime Isaac coverage plans.

Before, Derek would take the first half of the night and I would take the second part. The problem is, Isaac sleeps really awesome for the first 4 or 5 hours. It's the latter half that he's grunting, groaning, crying, etcetera.

So, now, we'll alternated nights. I took last night. He slept from 9:00 until 1:30, and then from 2:00ish until 4:00 (when I picked him up and put him on my chest). He did his usual grunt, groan, cry routine until about 5:15. I started a bottle, fed him at 5:30 and now he's fast asleep in his swing. Or so I think. I don't hear him on the monitor.

It's so nice to know that tonight, no matter what, I get a full uninterrupted night of sleep. I think the new plan will be delightful.

I lied.

I went to church after all.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Church Skipping

After a decidedly rough night and early morning with the monster, we're going to skip church. Hopefully, we'll be able to catch up on a little bit of the missing sleep. It's also really really cold out, and I'm not all the excited about dragging Isaac out into the frigid March North Carolina air. (That's supposed to be sarcastic).

I just realized that I moved here 7 years ago. I came down to drop off half my stuff on St. Patty's day weekend. I remember meeting some friends at Woody's sports bar for lunch and watching like 24 basketball games simultaneously. I had just driven through the night, so I was operating on adrenalin and would soon come crashing to a halt, but those first memories are etched in, nonetheless.

Anyhow, I am posting a picture of the monster, just because he's cute. And then I'm off to find some of the aforementioned missing sleep.

Also, we've started posting some videos of the boy on the picasa site.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Definition of the Weekend.

This morning, at 6:00, as I fed the monster, I reflected back to the many different times in my life, when the weekend signified many various things....

1976: I was born. The weekend meant nothing.

early 1980's: The weekend meant I went to my Dad's. He lived a whopping 1/8th of a mile down the road. There was no sidewalk at the time. That made it very treacherous.

late 80's: I was in middle school. The weekend didn't really mean much. Other than long days of frollicking about the neighborhood.

1990's: High school. The weekends just meant not getting up early. Not doing much of anything actually. Just chilling.

1994-1996: Genesee Community College years. I was a commuter. My friends all lived in the dorms. On the weekends, most of them went home. And I worked at the Pok-a-dot. So, the weekend meant: Money!!

1996-1999: SUNY Utica. The weekend activities often varied. During sports seasons, it usually meant an overnight road trip to a far off destination (Fredonia, Buff State, Potsdam, Plattsburgh). If not a road trip, I could count on a trip to Franco's for a sub and pizza and possibly a little bit of youthful partying.

1999 - post college: I had this job in Utica. And I hated Utica when I was no longer in college. So, I eagerly anticipated each and every weekend. I would hop in my red Chevy Tracker and travel the 2 hour and 15 minute trip home and back.

2000: I moved to Raleigh. Had a job. Made more money than I should have for only being 23. And the weekend meant a rock solid block of partying.

2001: I stopped the partying. The weekend just meant getting my shopping done, cleaning, relaxing, etcetera.

2002: The Derek Lidbom years. On the weekends, one of us would travel to see the other of us. So, we both looked forward to the weekend.

2003: We got married. I didn't have a job. I stayed at home all by myself all day. I hated it. The weekend meant that I had a person to talk to. I looked forward to it more than ever.

2004: I started teaching. The weekend still meant time with Derek. Time to do things. Time away from school. Time to work in the garden, clean the house, wash the cars, mow the lawn, do some shopping, etcetera. It has pretty much stayed that way until now:

2007: The boy was born. For the 1st six weeks, the weekend meant I got to have an extra set of hands to help out with him. Now, after a full week of work, and having Isaac spend the best part of his day with Jena, the weekend means I get him back. I get to hold him. And watch his ultra sad pout I'm-about-to-cry face. I get to feed him. I get to do all the good stuff. That's what the weekend means now.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Isaac Update

It's been a very busy week in the Lidbom house.
I have almost completed my first full week back to school.

It's so hectic everyday, with both of us trying to get out the door.
If Isaac is sleeping, we have lots of spare time on our hands, because we plan on him being awake and we get up at the crack of dawn. Actually, it's before the crack of dawn now that the time has changed.

After I pick him up at night, we eat, play a little, cry a little, take a bath and start the nighttime process. It seems to go by in the blink of an eye.

So, here's a couple of awesome updates on the monster....

1. He has slept for 5 or more hours for three nights in a row. On Tuesday night, he slept from 8:30 until 2:30, Wednesday from 8:30 until 1:30 and last night from 8:30 until 2:00. After that, he's a little restless. I think he still sleeps, but he grunts and groans and twist and whines. Wines? I don't know. Usually around 5:30, he gets up, eats and zonks back out until Derek takes him to Jena's.

2. He rolled over yesterday. I put him down for some "tummy time" and he was grunting and pushing and kicking. The next thing I knew, he was flopped over on his back. He seemed a bit stunned by this new change in position. I flipped him back over, and he wasn't very happy about that.
So, our boy is on the move...

On another note... It's quite crappy outside. Just in time for the weekend. :(

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

7 Weeks

The boy is 7 weeks old today.
On his way to 2 months. I think after 2 months, I'll stop with the weeks.
That's the plan.

He's growing like a weed. We upgraded him to 3-6 month clothes because he's too long for the 0-3 month stuff. His little shoulders come out the head hole (because it's a big head hole because babies have giant heads. proportionally, that is).

Anyhow, here's some recent shots of Sir Isaac T. for your viewing pleasure...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Fluid Festival

Very early this morning (around 2:30 am), Isaac T. woke up and put down about 4 ounces of milk in 7 minutes. He immediately went back to sleep.

Then, around 6:00am, he re-awakened.
I began to feed him, when there was a giant blowout in his rear section. I should have seen it coming, as he spent the last few hours in a very turbulent sleep state.
Just as soon as he resumed eating after the rear end blowout, I felt some seepage. I quickly recognized that the poop was now coming out both sides of his diaper, out his pajamas and onto me.
We jumped up for a quick change.

After everything was cleaned up, I picked the boy up, and scooped up all the dirty laundry. As I did, he squirmed a little and I squeezed him tight to me. He let out a loud (what I thought was a) burp. Suddenly, that old familiar seepage feeling hit me again. This time, it was on my left shoulder. The boy threw up quite a bit all over me. (You were wondering why I mentioned the 2:30 4oz 7 minute feeding -- well, this is it).

Anyhow, this was how I started my day. Fun times.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

In between sales

I'm in between baby consignment clothes sales.

I hit the Lewisville UMC sale this morning. I scored some bigger pj's for the growing boy, some blocks, a couple of shirts and an extra Baby Bjorn (so Derek can have one fitted to him and I can have one fitted to me and we don't have to mess with the straps, because they're quite confusing).

The place was PACKED OUT. I got there at 8:00 (the time it started) and had to park way down the street. I think my house was closer than where I parked.
Inside, it was insanity. There were so many moms and giant strollers and babies and toddlers and little kids. I waited in line with my items for over a half hour.

Now, I'm waiting for Ryan and Gloria to come over, so we can shop at the Waterford sale. Hopefully, there's some good stuff left. It ends in an hour.

Also: I love the weekend!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

1st Day

it's actually the second day, but i'm writing to update how the first day back went.

um, i don't want to be back. it's hectic. i have to find time to "get" isaac's food twice a day. anyone with any knowledge of teaching knows that it's not easy to find 20-25 minutes in your day. much less, twice.

i don't even know why i'm spending time typing this.

the kids are good. i had to yell at them today. i think they are still on substitute teacher coast mode. that, combined with a little senioritis, and some chippy attitudes doesn't make for a fun day.

i was so glad to get the boy yesterday. i wanted to play with him more, but he was grumpy and wanted to sleep. but, not enough to go to sleep. just enough to be grumpy.

he did, however, have an excellent night last night. he slept from 9 until 2:15 and then from 3:00 until 5:30. I fed him a little at 5:30 and then he went back to sleep until about 7:00. hopefully, this is a sign that things are going to start to get better?

that's all. back to work. bleh.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

What I did on my maternity vacation....

It's back to school for me tomorrow.
I'm dreading it.

I can't believe it's been six weeks since Isaac was born. It feels like yesterday that we were thrust into our whirlwind adventure of child delivering. But, then again, it seems like 100 years ago that I had my first sleepless night. It seems like way longer than six weeks when I remember all the times I held the inconsolable monster boy while he screamed his little heart out.

I don't know how things will go tomorrow. I know I'll have never been in more a hurry to get out of there than I will be tomorrow. Did that sentence make any sense?

In other news, I had my six week checkup visit. Things are back to normal. Blood pressure and healing and stuff. My weight isn't quite normal, but it's back in the 100's (instead of the 200's!)

Well, I guess I should attend to any last minute details of getting ready and get some sleep so I can be raring to go in the morning. Bleh.

Ask Calvin's Dad

Calvin's dad answering questions, quoted from various Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson.

Q. Why does the sun set?
A. It's because hot air rises. The sun's hot in the middle of the day, so it rises high in the sky. In the evening then, it cools down and sets.
Q. Why does it go from east to west?
A. Solar wind.

Q. Why does the sky turn red as the sun sets?
A. That's all the oxygen in the atmosphere catching fire.
Q. Where does the sun go when it sets?
A. The sun sets in the west. In Arizona actually, near Flagstaff. That's why the rocks there are so red.
Q. Don't the people get burned up?
A. No, the sun goes out as it sets. That's why it's dark at night.
Q. Doesn't the sun crush the whole state as it lands?
A. Ha ha, of course not. Hold a quarter up. See, the sun's just about the same size.
Q. I thought I read that the sun was really big.
A. You can't believe everything you read, I'm afraid.
Q. How come old photographs are always black and white? Didn't they have color film back then?
A. Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color. It's just that the world was black and white then. The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.
Q. But then why are old paintings in color?! If the world was black and white, wouldn't artists have painted it that way?
A. Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.
Q. But... But how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn't their paints have been shades of gray back then?
A. Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the '30s.
Q. So why didn't old black and white photos turn color too?
A. Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?

Q. Dad, will you explain the theory of relativity to me? I don't understand why time goes slower at great speed.
A. It's because you keep changing time zones. See, if you fly to California, you gain three hours on a five-hour flight, right? So if you go at the speed of light, you gain more time, because it doesn't take as long to get there. Of course, the theory of relativity only works if you're going west.

Q. Why do my eyes shut when I sneeze?
A. If your lids weren't closed, the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out and stretch the optic nerve, so your eyes would flop around and you'd have to point them with your hands to see anything.

Q. How do bank machines work?
A. Well, let's say you want 25 dollars. You punch in the amount and behind the machine there's a guy with a printing press who makes the money and sticks it out this slot.
Q. Sort of like the guy who lives up in our garage and opens the door?
A. Exactly.

Q. What causes the wind?
A. Trees sneezing.

Q. Why does ice float?
A. Because it's cold. Ice wants to get warm, so it goes to the top of liquids to be nearer to the sun.
Q. Is that true?
A. Look it up and find out.
Q. I should just look up stuff in the first place.

Q. How come you know so much?
A. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Not-So-Happy Rest of the Day

After I took the video of the super cute boy this morning, he proceeded to have a monsterific rest of the day. He was fussy and grumpy all morning and I couldn't get him to sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time - and that was only 2 or 3 times.

Then, we went to the mall to have a play-date with Lorena and Josiah. He screamed all the way there. I wondered what in the world I was even thinking. But, when we got there, he ate a big full bottle and slept cozily in the Baby Bjorn while we walked around for an hour or so. He woke up and was a little grumbly as we left, but all in all, the trip to the mall would prove to be the highlight of our day.

When we got home, it was a scream festival. I would change him into a dry diaper, feed him, burp him, walk with him, change positions, walk some more, put him in the swing, put him on the floor, walk some more, try feeding some more, put the pacifier in, walk some more, play and talk to him, get a clean diaper, try some more food, try the swing, ... still screaming. I nearly put him up for adoption this afternoon. Then, miraculously, around 4:30, he put his head down and fell asleep. So, I guess it wasn't that bad. It feels longer than it really is when he's screaming.

I think he's being like this as a defense mechanism because he's mad that I'll be going back to school on Wednesday. Hopefully, we'll have a good last day tomorrow.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Church Attempt #2

I took Isaac to church today.
We tried to take him a couple weeks back, but he was miserable, I was getting sick and we wound up leaving early.

This time around, we made it through the music and about 15 minutes of the teaching, but then he whined and stirred and I made a quick escape to the nursery. He was very good in the nursery. We rocked and listened to all the other babies crying and to the various sounds and music coming from the toddler room. I knew he was hungry, so we went back to the foyer and ate some. Then, the boy nodded off.
So, we didn't get the whole church experience, but we made it through the hour and half.

It was all worth it, since he got to wear this sweet outfit before he grows right out of it:

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Ultra Busy Day

We had an exceptionally busy day today.
First of all, some friends (pregnant friends) came over to visit the monster and chat. Then, we decided to go to lunch at Jason's Deli. Taking the boy out to eat is quite an endeavor. After the lovely lunch, we went to Babies R Us to pick up some essentials. We were also on the hunt for a birthday gift for Caison (nephew), but there was nothing for 2 year old boys at Babies R Us. So, off to Target we went. We scored some Legos for the nephew and headed home.
At this point, Isaac wasn't very cheery. He was sleepy and hungry and grumpy. We went home long enough for a feeding and a short nap before we dragged him back out. This time, we were off to Caison's party.

While we were there, he ate a little and then got passed around a number of times (while he snoozed away).

When we got home, he zonked out for a couple of hours. Finally I woke him up (or he'd have slept all evening) and fed him. He ate like a champ! We got online and had a video conference with my Mom and Terry, so they could see the monster. Then a bath. Now he's fast asleep again. Hopefully for a long while.

We snapped this smiley picture during a diaper change. He was in a good mood, so we grabbed the camera.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Stay-At-Home Mom Mayhem

After school today, I picked up Isaac from Jena's. She said he had slept all morning and he seemed to be done eating, so I figured we should stop at the New Philadelphia Moravian Church's Baby Clothing Sale.
It was madness!
There will like 700 stay-at-home moms who all had the same idea as me. I strapped Isaac in the Baby Bjorn so I wouldn't set him down somewhere and forget him. Then we shopped for some cute new clothes.
I didn't get much. The place was picked pretty clean by the time we got there (1 hour after it started). There were strollers adorned with stacks of second hand clothes everywhere. There was a whole lot of screaming babies (not my angel, of course -- he slept).
Derek's sister was there, and already in the (ginormous) line, so I handed her my handful of clothes and made a quick exit.

Now we're home. The monster is swaying from side to side in his swing, looking at the moving fish mobile and the ceiling fan. He likes the fan because it's black and the ceiling is white, providing high contrast for developing eyeballs. Baby Mozart is on repeat in the background and we're going to have a relaxing afternoon. That's my plan anyways. His is probably a little different.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

First Clothing Casualty

This picture is old. I may have even posted it on this blog before.

But, you see, it is the only picture I have of Isaac in this outfit. And, unless you want him to wear it off his shoulders 80's (Cyndi Lauper) style, then it will remain the only picture.

He's growing like a weed.
Knowing this, I decided to get some of his newborn stuff into the rotation a little more often, so I dug up the "baby" sleeper that my Calculus class bought for the boy. I got his feet and one arm in, but when I tried the other arm, it was clear that it would be very snug. Then, he kicked his legs out in a fit of rage (he despises nakedness), and his little shoulders were exposed.

I was both sad and glad.
Sad, because it's pretty much my favorite outfit.
Glad, because he's growing and getting easier. I'm not cut out for this fragile-newborn-baby parenting business. I think I'll start with a used toddler next time.
I'll never "buy" new again....