Friday, August 31, 2007

Mix-In Frosty = Ripoff

Isaac and I went to have lunch with Derek today. On the way back, Derek and I decided to get a Frosty. Then, we remembered that Wendy's now offers mix-ins in the form of m&m's and oreo.
I got oreo and traditional frosty.
Derek got m&m's and vanilla frosty.

What a complete RIP!
Why, you ask??
1. The Frosty's came 3/4 of the way up a 12 oz. cup. (For the mathematically challenged, that's a 9 oz. Frosty).
2. The mix-ins were too chunky.
3. The mix-ins were not entirely mixed in, which I think, by definition they should have been.
4. The cups were thin plastic cups which did not provide any insulation from the warm hands of the consumer, thereby melting the Frosty at a rate greater than the consumer's ability to consume said Frosty.
5. The Frosty's cost $2.49 each.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I took advantage of some really good naps by BabyZilla and over the course of last night and today, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It was quite good. Like The Kite Runner, I couldn't put it down. It's maddening, I tell you.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Last night, we made a spontaneous decision to head home early. We had hit most of the things we wanted to and were out of ideas, so we figured we could save money and some vacation days for Derek by heading back early.

You can see all of our pictures here or you can watch the slideshow in my last post.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Vacation Slideshow

So, Derek has been diligently posting pictures of our trip to the picasa site.
Since our connection to the is sooooo slow, rather than duplicate his work, I figured I would just tap into what he had already accomplished.
Here is a slideshow of pictures from our trip. It will update whenever Derek adds new pics, so unless something super exciting happens, I'll write more when I get back to where the internet is more speedilicious.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Vacation Updates

So, we're in Banner Elk.
It's been fun, thus far.

Yesterday, we headed to Boone and hung out there for a little while. The boy rode around in the backpack like a trooper. We went swimming here in the afternoon, then headed out for dinner.

Today, we almost went to Grandfather Mountain but decided not to go upon learning of the $14 entrance fee per adult. We went to Blowing Rock instead and walked around and had lunch. The boy was worn out and fell asleep on the ride home and is still sleeping now.

I'll post pictures later, as I just heard the first sounds of an awakening little man...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Seven Months

The boy is seven months old today.
He's getting big and smart and coordinated very quickly.

I noticed today that he can make a kissing sound.
He practices it whilst clearing off the coffee table of all of its inhabitants.
(cell phones, cameras, coasters, towels, books...)

We are heading to the mountains for a few days to a week of vacationing.
Isaac and I scored a sweet baby backpack and he's excited to hit the trails.
As am I, with 25 pounds of backpack and baby stuck to my back.
Not to mention the extra 25 pounds I have lingering around now that I didn't have the last time I hiked. Should be a good workout. If I don't die.

I think we'll have internet access, so I'll try to keep everyone up on our adventures in beautiful Banner Elk.

ps. if anyone wants to stop by and mow our lawn, feel free.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Month In Review

Isaac will turn seven months tomorrow.
Here's a review of the last month in pictures.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

3 Straight.....

We've had three straight "good" days, here at the ranch.
The boy seems to be getting into a bit of a routine. He's been going down for naps and bedtime without much fanfare. He is still waking early from some naps, but sometimes he'll go back to sleep on the bed with me (a good nap for the mom, also). Other times, I just get him up and take my chances. All in all, I'm pleased with the last few days.

I joined a gym yesterday. I'm not really happy with how the baby weight has been overstaying it's welcome. The gym has childcare and it is open 24 hours, so I have NO excuses. We went today for the first time. He managed ok without me, and only started crying upon my entrance into the room. It was as though he realized that I was gone and that he should be upset about this. Or he's manipulating me. Or it was coincidence that I walked in at the exact moment he was upset. Either way, it was cute. :)

Finally, I'm suffering from an obnoxious sore throat that has been keeping me up at night. I'm quite frustrated with it. I just took some cough syrup (and wanted to vomit) and I'm about to hit the sack early, just in case I awaken several to many times tonight.

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Job

Today is officially my first day on the job.

Up until today, it has been summer vacation. But, with teachers in Yadkin County reporting back at 9:00am this morning, I am officially a Stay At Home Mom.

It's weird to think about everyone getting all ready for school. Cleaning their rooms, writing lesson plans, attending meeting after meeting... math meetings, staff meetings, SIT meetings, coach's meetings, staff developments, building supervision schedule meetings... and on and on.

The boy has had a wonderful day so far, so I feel like I've made the right decision. I'll let you know how I feel after his next meltdown....


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Jekyll and Hyde

On Saturday, the boy was an absolute MONSTER. He screamed a lot.
And slept a little. And flailed about. And then there was the screaming a lot again.
It was miserable.

On Sunday, he was an ANGEL boy.
He took two long naps. He seemed happy. He played without screaming.
And smiled. And laughed.

And that's how the weekend went down.

On a side note, we picked up a walker at a yard sale. He seems to enjoy it, but gets frustrated occasionally. We also put up curtains in his room with the hope that he'll sleep better in the daytime without so much light in there.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Gangsta Baby

Took this shot of Isaac at Old Navy yesterday.
We can't afford the hat until it goes on sale.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

But he is cute....

Check out those two teeth!!!!

Consistently Inconsistent

That's how I would describe the sleeping habits of Sir Isaac.

Somedays he takes three short naps. Other days, two long naps. Somedays, it's one short nap, one extra long nap. Somedays, it's four half naps with a lot of fighting.

Sometimes, he'll go 3 hours without a sign of tiredness. Sometimes, it's one hour and he's ready.

Sometimes, he puts his thumb in his mouth and goes right to sleep. Sometimes, he plays for a little while and then nods off. Other times, he screams bloody murder for 45 minutes (on and off, because i go in and check on him because I'm a wussy). Sometimes he tries all three (goes right to sleep, gets up and plays, then screams. or, plays, goes to sleep for a little bit, and then screams... you get the picture).

I can't figure him out. It's like a rollercoaster ride. I never ever know what to expect.

Here's today's schedule:
6:00 - awake.
6:30 - up and at 'em.
7:45 - down for nap. plays for awhile.
8:15 - asleep.
9:30 - awake.
1:00 - down for nap.
1:30 - screaming.
1:30 - 3:30 - many nap attempts for the crab. lots of screaming.
3:30 - goes to sleep easily.
5:00 - up.
7:00 - bed. scream. pick up. scream. rock. scream. scream. scream. i give up. he gives up. asleep at 7:30.
8:30 - scream. i pick up, lie back down. asleep again.

Just in case you wanted to know.

Stayin' Alive....

Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!
I stole the idea for this from Jessie. I'm addicted to jibjab movies.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The (unwanted) Adventures Of Isaac

Isaac took a spill down the stairs today.
It was terrifying.

I was in the living room and heard a thumpthumpthumping sound. I jumped up and ran to the kitchen and realized that he wasn't there and the thumping had come from the 15ish stairs (off the kitchen) that lead to the basement/garage. I ran to the doorway to see him at the bottom and I think I jumped about 8 steps at a time to get there. He cried pretty hard for about 3 or 4 minutes. We walked outside and he settled down and then even laughed at Lucy (because she acts like a maniac when we're outside and she's fenced in the backyard).

He was nearing nap time when he took the tumble, but we kept him up a little bit for observations. He seemed back to normal, so I let him sleep. He was sleeping like a rock, so I woke him up after about an hour and 15 minutes (because he rarely does that). He seemed fine and acted like his usual self, so we were relieved. Luckily, our stairs and landing are carpeted.

After waking him up at 9:30, he hasn't slept until now (1:00 pm). I didn't have the heart to let him cry for very long after all he's been through today. (I barely have the heart to let him cry on days that he hasn't tumbled down a flight of stairs). I think he has just (in the time it's taken me to type this) gone to sleep. Hopefully, he'll get recharged so we can get out of this house this afternoon. The walls are closing in....

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Kite Runner

Yesterday, I read The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
All of it.
I couldn't stop.
You should read it. It's riveting.

It's been a long time....

...Since I posted any pictures.

So, here are a few.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sweet Yard Sale Take

Yesterday, we went to many yard sales. We made out like bandits. Well, except we paid for stuff. I don't think bandits pay for things. Which makes me question using the phrase "made out like bandits". Anyhow...

The first stop was a neighborhood sale. There was a TON of baby stuff, but we exercised great restraint. We got a Leap Frog "learning table" for $2. (We just bought a brand new one for $40 the day before, so we ran home and packed that up for return!). I got a ton of clothes for the next couple of little man sizes. We also scored some more blocks and some Legos (for future use). I got some books and a Miami Dolphins sweatshirt and Derek got a polo shirt.

On the way home, we hit two (unadvertised) yard sales in our neighborhood and scored some more clothes at one and some megablocks and a kermit doll at the other. I think that covers it.

I thought that the boy would be worn out from being dragged around all morning and take a 2 hour nap, but as is the usual, he awakened after a solid 45 minutes and was raring to go...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Fab Friday

Isaac had a GREAT day today.
What a relief!!

He slept all night last night (as previously mentioned).
Then, he took two super long naps today and he was in a good mood all day.
He got a little crabby by bedtime, but he went right to sleep.

There was not one single scream festival!

The trick: Lots of adventures.
We went swimming with some pals and that really tired him out.
And in the late afternoon, we went shopping for an activity table and a birthday present for Derek.

Anyhow, that's the good news. Have a lovely weekend.

all through the night...

the boy slept through the night (once again) last night. it was a relief when i woke up at 4 and looked at the clock and realized that he just might make it.

he did get to sleep a little late (8:15 after an hour of fighting it).
and he woke up a little early (5:45).
but, he seemed to be in a good mood and even stayed up for 2 hours and 45 minutes this morning before showcasing any signs of crankiness. AND - he fell right asleep when i put him down for his nap.

i do hear him in his room rustling around now (after only 45 minutes of napping). hopefully, he'll get a few more zzz's. we'll see.....

Happy Birthday.... Derek Lidbom.

(who is 30 today).

(and sick).

Thursday, August 9, 2007

12:45 am

That's the time last night that Isaac decided to have his nightly one-hour hollar-palooza. He ended his set a little short, at 1:41 am.

Other than that, yesterday was only slightly better than the day before. The three naps totaled three hours, but after the short night (one hour of "play" time in the middle and an early morning awakening), he was quite crabby as the day wore on. By evening, I tried to distract him with a quick trip to the grocery store where he had a 100% total meltdown. People were looking at me with that "oh, that poor mom" look in their eyes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Baby, It's 3 am, I must be....


Last night, while discussing Isaac's new sleep troubles with Lorena, I told her, "the good thing is, no matter what, I always know that if I can get through the day, I can count on him going to sleep at night and sleeping through the night". When he was only a few months old, and he was fighting sleep, there was no guarantee that we would ever have a reprieve. Now, knowing that we'll get a good 10-11 hours at night, I can keep from having that hopeless desperate feeling.

At precisely 2:04 am, the boy awakened beginning an hour long fight to get back to sleep. As I sat in the rocking chair in the darkness, the hopeless desperate feeling crept back over me.
Will I be up all night?
Will he ever stop trying to climb out of his crib?
Will this be one exception to the rule, or do I need to plan on getting up in the middle of the night from now on?
Why didn't I go to bed when I got home from tutoring instead of staying up until 11?
Am I spoiling him?
If I let him cry, will I be neglecting him?

If today is like yesterday, look for Isaac to be on ebay by the end of the day.


I just now realized that I never really detailed what happened yesterday.
Here it is in a nutshell:

Isaac slept a total of 2 hours in the course of 3 naps. And they weren't naps like they used to be. It takes about 45 minutes for him to go to sleep. At least. I put him down. He cries a little, and then climbs the side of the crib. He gets stuck (because he doesn't know how to sit back down yet). He screams. I go in and pry his little hands off the railing and lie him back down.


Only with each repeat, he gets more and more frustrated and frantic. Finally, I pick him up to calm him down, change a diaper and try again. In the extreme cases, I hold him down (lightly - as to not alarm social services) until he puts his thumb in his mouth and goes to sleep.

I then run, to complete essential tasks before he awakens 30-40 minutes later and climbs the side of the crib and begins to scream. This time there's no going back to sleep, so we get up and fight through another awake cycle.

Good times.

Oh, and then there's the part where he's so tired and/or he wants to get down and test his new skills, so he won't sit in his high chair and eat. I'm sure that's helping how he's feeling. Tired, hungry, frustrated, and a little (lot) more tired.

So, that is (not in a nutshell after all) what went down yesterday.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


I did not shoot myself in the head.


....i would like to shoot myself in the head.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Today's Skill: Pulling Up

Apparently, Isaac learned to pull up today.
I came in from the kitchen several times to find a smiling (and happy) (and stuck) little boy who had just pulled himself up to a table or couch or toy or crib. He's been pulling up in the crib, for a couple of days, but all this other furniture is new...
This new skill is accompanied by:
1. Frustration that he is now stuck.
2. The realization by the parents that tables are no longer "safe" for dangerous items removed from the floor.
3. A few extra bumps on the head from falling backwards and pulling up into the underside of the top of the coffee/end tables.

Good times.

I posted a video on our picasa site. Check it out here.

On a side note: Today was a lot better, as far as the sleeping went. I think the boy is comfortable with his weekday routine and the weekend threw him off. I hope that's it, anyway.

And, as always, you can check out more pictures of the monster here. And more videos here.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

teaching math never sounded so good....

This weekend has been awful.
Isaac has had a lot of trouble sleeping and it's made for a very unhappy Isaac during his waking hours. And very unhappy parents during Isaac's waking hours.

Friday night, he screamed for an hour and a half before he would go to bed. But, of course, he woke up at his normal time, bright and early, at 6:00 am. Then, he would only take 45 minute naps all day yesterday. And he screamed in between said short naps. I put him to bed at 6:15.

He slept until 6:00 this morning, but has taken even SHORTER naps today. He's currently screaming his little head off with Derek, so that I don't forfeit my sanity. It's been rough going.

And I'm not really sure why I am not going back to school...

Thursday, August 2, 2007

ITL Cribs

Yesterday, I attempted to move the boy from a pack 'n play in our bedroom to his very own crib in his very own room. I had been putting it off and putting it off.

Here is the list of excuses reasons why I put it off until now:
1. I didn't want to do it until he was sleeping through the night.
2. Then, I didn't want to do it during school (because he slept in a pack 'n play during the day at Jena's).
3. When school got out, it was only going to be a couple of weeks until we went to NY for 2.5 weeks where he would again be in a pack 'n play.
4. Jake was here. I wasn't ready to fight that battle with Jake here.
5. I kept procrastinating lowering the crib (so that he can't climb out).

Finally, he's sleeping through the night, school's out, I'm back from NY, Jake is gone, and the crib is lowered. So, we gave it a go yesterday. I had been playing with him in the crib some, so that he wouldn't see the crib as the place where I get dumped and there's nothing to do but cry a little and go to sleep.

The first nap went well. He played a little and then fell asleep.
The second went ok. He cried a little and then fell asleep.
The third was super short and when he woke up he was MAD.
He went to sleep ok in it, but he woke up several times throughout the night.

At 8:30, I went in, picked him up, patted him for about 5 seconds, and put him down and he went back to sleep.
At 12:30, he woke up and cried for a few minutes. Then, he went back to sleep.
At 3:30, he woke up and kicked (I hope. Maybe he was head butting.) the side of the crib for about 20 minutes. I went to check on him and he was asleep. I don't know what was going on. He woke up at 6:20 and was a little cranky. So am I.

Today's 1st nap was only 30 minutes long. He's on nap two already because he was a big fat crab. I'm not giving in this time. I worked hard on that room with swollen and numb fingertips. He's going to sleep in it, and he's going to appreciate it!!