Wednesday, May 30, 2007

4 month checkup

The boy had his 4 month checkup today.

His stats:
14 pounds and 4 ounces of weight.
26 1/2 inches of length.
16 inch circumference of cranium.

He's really long and has a little bitty head.

While the doctor was checking him out, he was out of control. He thought it was the funniest thing ever. He laughed and giggled and squirmed and kicked. He even cracked up over having the ear inspecting gadget shoved into his ear. I don't know what came over him.

Then he had some shots. They went as suspected. He screamed.
He's been pretty good all evening, though, which is vastly different than the first round of shots.

Finally, he's been ok'd to start some rice cereal. We tried it tonight and he seemed to pick up the eating technique quite quickly.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Naked Time

While at the sitter today, Isaac had a monster blowout in the car seat.
She changed him, but had to leave him undressed for a brief moment to start the poop clothes in the laundry. She arrived back to find a very happy naked boy frolicking about in the pack and play.

Bye Bye Red Racer

We sold the Tacoma yesterday.
It was a sad day.
I hope she gets a good owner. She deserves it.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Mark Spitz?

As it looks right now, Isaac will not be an Olympic swimmer.

We went to the pool today with the Penner clan (the babysitter and her family). Isaac did not enjoy his first pool experience. He screamed bloody murder. I thought that someone was going to call Social Services on me. In his defense, the water was quite cool and he's only used to nice warm baths.

After the big pool, we tried the kiddie pool. He liked that better, but doesn't say much. We tried to coax him in for awhile, before resigning and heading home. He screamed through a diaper change and then fell asleep within 10 seconds of lying down in the crib. He's slumbering away, as I type.

Hopefully, as the summer goes on, the pool temperature will increase and we can work on our mini-Olympic hopeful. In the meantime, here are some shots of our waterphobic boy:

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Tag Team Church

So, Derek and I have discovered the perfect way to keep the baby from screaming in the nursery at church. We don't take him. We alternate weeks of who gets to go to church. Last week was Derek's week and I stayed home with Sir Isaac. This week, Derek was on scream duty and I was the church-goer. It's not ideal, but I was getting called out each and every week. So much so, that several people knew our baby pager number. So, until he gets a little less testy with strangers, we'll just play tag team church.

Yesterday was a very enjoyable day with the boy. He took good naps and was very amiable when awake. He didn't care much for going to sleep last night and he was even less enthusiastic about his late night feeding. He only put down about an ounce and had to be awakened many times to accomplish that.

Today has been a little less enjoyable. He's a little bit off schedule and that's making him cranky. He's sleeping now, so it's nice and quiet. The calm before the storm. Hopefully, the evening goes smoothly. We did go to the mall today ("keep spelling, Mister!"), and we purchased a blinking, singing, beeping, flashing baby cell phone. His first cell phone. Awwwww. He loves to play with (drool on) the remote, so I figured I'd replace it with a much more colorful plastic item with buttons.

That's all for now. Whoomp, there it is.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blast From The (not too distant) Past

I was going through the nearly 1000 pictures we have of the boy, and I came across this one. It made me laugh, and I decided it needed to be on the world wide web.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Four Months and One Day

Yesterday, Isaac Lidbom turned four months old.
He's so different everyday. It's crazy.
It's funny, because when he was a couple weeks old, people kept saying, "it gets better" and "they grow up so fast" and all sorts of wisdomly things. (I know that's not a word).
And, here he is, getting better and growing up so fast. They were right. It's just hard to comprehend when you're in the midst of all that crying and screaming (and not sleeping).
Anyhow, we're on to month #5 and it's going to get here quickly, I suppose.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sick Baby = Sick Mom

The boy got me sick.
I'm about to take some drugs, turn the monitor up really loud for Derek, and head to bed. Bleh.

Difficult Diapers

The boy has been getting harder and harder to change.
His favorite thing is to try and rollover on the changing table.
It can get rather messy when there's Desitin all over his butt.
I decided that since he's making it tough on us, we'd take some pictures of it, for incriminating evidence. He'll be happy about this in a few (18) years.

Monday, May 21, 2007

average 8th grade science skillz

Mingle2 Free Online Dating - Science Quiz

I'm not an addict

(Can you name that song lyric, Brad?)

Stay at Home Mom Preview #2

The boy is officially sick.
Derek stayed with him this morning, while I went to school and got some plans together. Now, I am home with the snotty little man. He's doing ok, except for the absolute loathing of snot suctioning.

We also test drove the new portable dvd player in the back of the element. It was the best ride ever. I didn't hear a peep out of the boy. He even sat quietly in his seat for a few minutes at Calvary while being ogled by Gramma L., Grampa L., Aunt Kristen, Cousin Caison, and fellow Salem Chapelite, Vicky France.

Now, he's fast asleep and I'm flipping through the various crappy programs on daytime television. I'll definitely need a hobby for the afternoon naps. Or pick up a soap opera habit.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sick Little Man

It started yesterday. Isaac's nose was running. I thought it was just allergies. Or from being out in the chilly morning air.
It ran all day. He looked like a typical snotty drooling baby.
He went to bed and all was normal.
When Derek came in to feed him, he seemed to cry through the feeding (I was sleeping, sort of).
Then, at 1 am, the crying began. It sounded like he was trying to suck his thumb and since he couldn't breathe through his nose, he was getting frustrated. Around 1:30, I gave in and put him in bed. I patted him to sleep, after several outbursts of frustrated crying until around 4:30. Then, I fed him and he slept well until 7:30.

Then, the real fun began. He's just been miserable all day. He's taken very short naps (his usual) and mostly cried when he has been awake. I feel bad for him. We've tried to keep his little nose suctioned, and let me tell you - he's not a big fan of that activity. He doesn't have a fever, so that's good. He's asleep now. As soon as I'm sure he's done for the count, I'm heading to bed, just in case we have another 1:00 - 4:30 am awakening.

Anyhow, that's what's happening here. Good times.

Oh - one more thing. Our air conditioning broke today. We just had a brand new system installed last month for like $2500. Awesome.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Funny Bath

We captured this video of a very happy baby in the bathtub tonight. This is the hardest he has laughed for us.

Fancy Pants Yard Sales

Today, in a fancy neighborhood nearby, there was a community yard sale.
It was madness. Derek and I went over and took the monster and scored some good stuff.
We got a little sunshade for the beach and park and stuff.
We got a bunch of toys.
We got two cute hats - a red gap hat and blue nike hat.
Two pairs of pants - khakis and jeans.
Two carter's jammies - one with a blue puppy and one with the very hungry caterpillar on them. pretty cute.
Two polo shirts - a red striped gap shirt and a plain white childrens place shirt.
All for a grand total of $13.50. Not too shabby.

Isaac is napping right now (his first since this morning, except for a quick catnap whilst yard sale hopping). Upon his awakening, we may or may not go to the Greek Festival. We haven't decided. It is usually packed out, so it could be frustrating, or it could be something to take up the boy's attention for a good solid hour or so. Plus, the food is amazing and some friends will be there. Hmmmmm... we'll see. We'll have to run it by The Boss and see what he thinks.

In one final piece of Isaac news, last night he slept from 7:00 pm until 6:30 this morning, except for an awakening at 10:00 to have a quick snack. That is a lot of consecutive sleep for his parents. It was glorious.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Numbers and Other Useless Information

Years that Derek and I have been married: 4 (Today)
Weeks that the boy has been alive: 16 and 1/7th.
Days until he's four months old: 7
Days left until last day of school: 22
Work days left: 16
Class days left: 14
Teaching periods remaining: 2 (today's the last day of new information!)
Non Exam days left: 10
Number of consecutive wins the Sabres need to win this series: 3
Average number of hours the boy sleeps at night: 11
Average number of hours the boy sleeps in the day: 1
Average length of nap (in minutes) for the non-napping boy: 20
Starting bid on ebay for the non-napping boy: $100
How many pounds I need to lose to get back to prepreg weight: 10

What I'm doing now: Blogging, duh.
What I'm supposed to be doing: Planning.
What's on my iPod: Come Sail Away by Styx.
What's next: The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani.
How that mixes: I don't know.
What the boy is wearing today: blue and gold rugby "short-alls".
What I had for breakfast: Cinnamon Life. Mmm.
What we did in 1st period: Played Trivial Pursuit.

Ok, I've killed some time. I guess I'll do work. :(

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I say it's Pop...

And all the blue counties agree with me:

Go to the original site to click on your county and see the stats.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

It was a good day

(another lyric reference from the early nineties...)

Anyhow, yesterday was a good day with Isaac T. Lidbom. He would eat, stay up and play, get fussy, and sleep. Repeat. It went well.

Today hasn't started off so great. He ate at 5:30 and fell back asleep. He woke up at 7:00 and didn't want to sleep, play or eat. So, Derek gave him some Benadryl on his teeth, and now he seems ok.

I stayed up (on and off) late to watch the Sabres game, so I'm exceptionally tired today. Stupid. And to make matters worse, they lost. And to make them EVEN worse, I didn't see them lose because I dozed off. Stupid.

That is all.

Oh wait, it's not. For Mother's Day, Isaac (and Derek, mostly) made me this cool blog timeline of Isaac Events.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Napping Contortionist

This is how we found the boy during his early morning nap.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Our Day

5:00 am - up and at 'em. a big bottle and the day begins.
7:15 am - off to sleep for a little bit.
7:55 am - back up and ready to eat. a bottle is provided.
8:15 am - off to fhs to meet and greet.
9:15 am - after several meltdowns, we're heading home.
9:35 am - the boy falls asleep for what i hope is a lengthy nap.
10:30 am - lengthy it is not and a crabby boy is awake.
10:45 am - we try eating again.
12:35 pm - after much trying and crying, the boy goes to sleep.
1:15 pm - back awake.
1:30 pm - we eat.
1:45 pm - off to grocery shop.
2:45 pm - we're home, unpacked and ready to nap. the boy dozes off sometime before 3:15.
3:45 pm - and the boy undozes. i cringe. i try unsuccessfully to get him back to sleep.
4:15 pm - we eat once more.
4:30 until now (6:15) - it's been pretty much a blur. we've tried to sleep. there's been much crying. much. we've tried just about every toy in the house, to no avail.

perhaps i'll rethink the stay-at-home-mom-ness. i am not having a good day.

Stay at Home Mom Preview

I am off today. The boy and I are going to have a play day.
Jena had a morning commitment and I just decided to take the entire day off, rather than have a hectic morning, drive him to Clemmons and then be all frazzled for my afternoon. So, that's the reason. Not that I have to justify myself. Get off my back.

Anyhow, Isaac is sleeping right now and I'm just waiting for him to wake up and play. How could anyone not want to play with a boy this cute:

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

It all comes down to this...

My kids are taking the AP Calculus exam this morning.
It feels like a GIANT weight being taken off my chest.
I think they will do well, but I won't know until July.
I'll be sure to post the results when they come.

Back to my "morning off"....

Monday, May 7, 2007

Ping Pong Spectator

I just got done doing some school work and Derek is playing ping pong on the Wii. He's doing some sort of challenge where he has to volley 100 times. Every 10, a new spectator shows up. It cracks me up, because we have all these Mii's for our friends and family and some of them are dead-on. Anyhow, Derek was being cheered on by his biggest fans: me, DJ, and my stepdad, Terry. It's no wonder he knocked out that challenge with little effort.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

Revisiting Sleeplessness

This weekend has been awful.

We have reason to believe that Sir Isaac Lidbom is teething. Here's what makes us think that:
1. he drools EVERYWHERE.
2. he chomps down HARD on your finger, upon insertion.
3. he's ULTRA cranky
4. he just won't sleep.

We've tried everything. He's been chewing on ice cold teething rings, fingers, and toys. That is ok for awhile, but then he screams.
We just gave him some Kid's Tylenol, but now, I think he's so overtired that he's fussy because of that.
I think he's slept about 45 minutes total since 5:30am. Maybe.

It is very reminiscent of the early Isaac days. The days where all he did was cry and eat and not sleep. It's been miserable, but hopefully it will be short lived.

Should I be worried?

I found this scrawled on the side of one of the AP Free Response Questions. Guess it didn't go so well.
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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Weekend Project #2

My second (and probably more pressing) weekend project is to grade 25 AP exams. Well, the Free Response section, that is. The multiple choice is done (and was about 50 times easier). My kids take the exam on Wednesday, so I can't really procrastinate this activity (which is EXACTLY what I'm doing right now!).

There's a total of 6 questions for each kid, each with 3 or 4 parts. It's a daunting task. I'm jealous of Drizzle (last year's Calc teacher) who had 14 kids and Mrs. Jordan (next year's teacher) who has 15-17 kids registered. It figures.


Weekend Project #1

This weekend, I am attempting to move the boy to his crib.
He's finally sleeping consistently in the night and pretty consistently for naps during the day, so I figured, it's time to move from the bedroom.

He's gone from:
1. sleeping whenever and wherever we could possible get him to sleep (mostly in someone's arms or on the couch or on a chest), to...
2. sleeping in the swing and in the baby papasan chair for most of his sleeptime activities, to...
3. sleeping in the bassinet next to the bed for most of the night before getting scooped up into the bed for an hour or so every morning (i can't help it), to...
4. (hopefully) sleeping in the big, vast, wide open (and upstairs) crib.

He's sleeping in there right now. It took a little longer to get him to give into his tiredness, but finally, he laid his little head down and took a long sigh and dozed off. I'm anxiously awaiting the first squeal when he wakes up and realizes he's in no man's land. We'll see...

Let's go, Buffalo!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Rollover Video

I captured the boy rolling over when I got home today.
He's not all that excited about it. But, I have the proof on video now.

** I've removed the video, so I can have more space in my blogger account.
You can see it here on picasa.

From the Back to the Front

This morning, Isaac was playing on his tummy in the living room. I came in to check on him and he had rolled over onto his back. Usually, he starts screaming at this.

I started to reach down to flip him back over, but before I could, he did it on his own. He can now roll from his back to his front.

The rest of the morning, he rolled himself all over the living room floor. It's a whole new world!