Friday Night Leftovers!

– Last week we had a meeting with someone almost every day. It sucked. I am so bad at cleaning my house, and people continually coming over means that I’m stressed out about at least cleaning the kitchen/living room/bathroom to the “somewhat clean” point so we don’t look like a bunch of howler monkeys. Thankfully, this week has been super boring in that respect.

– A couple posts ago I talked about Noah’s head control and how Early Intervention think that he is behind. I’m convinced that he was having an “off” day. Just check out this picture from yesterday (April 28)!

Raising his head.....LIKE A BOSS!

This is during a solid TWO minutes (I swear!) of him raising his head completely up and looking side to side. And me scrambling to get my phone before he put his head down. Seriously! I have a little champ here!

– More “milestone” news…..Noah FINALLY grabbed his toy! He did it one time, but I’m confident he’ll do it more often now 🙂

Grabbing his toy....LIKE A BOSS!

This was on Wednesday (April 27). It’s blurry, but that’s because I panicked and tried to take the pictures too fast, lol.

– I mentioned a couple posts ago about a woman I met in a waiting room who also has an HIE baby……WELL, my Healthy Families worker called me yesterday and told me that she is meeting with her on Monday! So she’s going to give her my number!! YAY!

– This morning was terrible. Noah woke up at 4 am (BOO), so I was feeding him, and he decides to throw up all over me. Then, as I was closing his door after putting him in his crib, I stepped on one of my heels that happened to be hanging out in the hallway, heel-up (yeah, I have no idea why it was there either). OH DEAR LORD that hurt so bad. It broke skin!

– I also have “super awesome” today news! I recently entered a “Mom’s Home Cooking” contest through the local country radio station, where you had to post your recipe on their FB page. Yesterday, I got a call from them, and it turns out that I was a top 10 finalist in the contest! So I had to listen to the radio this morning to see if I was a top 2 finalist…….and I am!!!

Next Friday I have to bring in my dish to the radio station for judging, and whomever wins gets a bunch of prizes, including tickets to the annual country music festival that I’ve wanted to go to for YEARS, but have never been able to afford it.

I WANT TO WIN SO BAD! I’m nervous though, the other woman’s “Rum Ribs” sound delightful! But my recipe has bacon and perogies….who doesn’t like bacon and perogies?! 😀

– I already wrote a post about this, but NYANA IS HOME!!!!! 😀 I am sooo unbelievably happy for them!

– I remembered how much I love this song! (Sorry, I couldn’t find a good video for it. 😦 )

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– Today was the Royal Wedding! Thoughts? Did you watch? I PVR’d it, and watched it this morning.

* I LOVED Kate Middleton’s dress! It made me tear up when I saw it (why? good question).

She's just SO gorgeous!

* I loved Beatrice’s hat. I know, I’m totally alone here, but I thought was fantastic. She was obviously trying to stand out in the sea of hats, and she totally succeeded! It was very Gaga-esque. And I love me some Gaga!

* For some reason it makes me laugh that Prince William is balding already.

* I think it’s interesting that bridesmaids in Britain are more likely to be the youngest members of the families, rather than the bride’s friends like here in North America.

* I think William and Kate are so sweet. And I love that they met in university…..she’s not just some little girl sitting around hoping a handsome prince would come and sweep her off her feet, she actually went out and got a degree first. Props to her.

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Homespeak ♥

I am so very excited because, MOVE OVER ROYAL WEDDING, Nyana’s coming home! 😀

Nyana was born on September 20, 2010 at 27 weeks gestation, just a little over 2 pounds. She has cystic lung disease, and due to this condition, she has spent the last 7 months since her birth in the NICU.

Her mother, Karen, came into my life through a virtual support group for women across Canada who happened to be due in and around December 2010.  I started following Karen’s blog shortly after Nyana was born, and I have been an avid member of “Nyana’s Army” ever since.

So, finally, after 200+ days of waiting, little Miss Nyana Rose is able to come home, today, April 29, 2011.

A few hours old, September 2010...

....and 7 months old, this past weekend, April 2011.

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“Hoppy” Easter!

Today is Noah’s first Easter! 🙂

The Easter Bunny brought him a stuffed lamb and some very manly purple bunny ears.

"Oooo, presents!"

One cute little bunny!

I like you, Peaches.

We’re going out to my parents’ tonight for supper, and from what I’ve heard, apparently the Easter Bunny left something for him there, too! 😛

Happy 4 months, Noah!

Ok, so I’m seriously slacking here. He turned 4 months old 5 days ago. Sigh.

This month:

– Noah is 15 lbs, 7 oz and 26″ long. That puts him in the 75th percentile for weight and 90th for height!

– He is even smiley-er (is that even a word?) than ever!

– I just love how much he’s starting to interact with us.

– He’s basically sleeping through the night, and has 2 – 3 naps during the day.

– Early Intervention told us that he is behind in his head control. She got me all paranoid because she talked about how if he doesn’t get his head control down, he won’t be able to start solids, won’t be able to sit up……it got me quite upset, but unfortunately it’s what I have to deal with. However, he’s got 1 – 2 months before I’ll be even thinking about starting solids with him, so I’m trying not to be too worried quite yet.

– He has a viral infection. I waiting 2 hours in the waiting room for them to send me home. Sigh. One good thing that came out of it was that I met a woman in the waiting room whose baby has HIE too, and even has the same doctors as we have (in Edmonton and in Grande Prairie)! His name is Percy and he is 4 weeks old…..unfortunately, I didn’t even get her name or anything, which makes me sad. I put the word out to Early Intervention and Healthy Families (both of which she mentioned being referred to), so I’m hoping that somehow I can get into contact with her again. It’s so rare meeting someone that’s going through the same thing, so I’m really kicking myself for not getting her number or anything. 😦

– He doesn’t like tummy time that much…..instead of trying to raise his head all the way up, he instead goes to the side and tries to roll over……lol.

– OT/PT says that we’re apparently not doing anything about his hip dysplasia now. Which is good, I suppose, but a follow-up X-ray would make me feel better about it.

– We’re heading to Edmonton on June 3rd for a follow-up with the Edmonton pediatrician.

– Last month I mentioned that his right eye was slower than his left…..I’m pretty sure that’s resolved itself now….yay!

Noah likes:

– Mama fake jumping him. OMG, he absolutely LOVES it. I have to be careful about it because of his hip issues, but I jump him in my lap and make sure that his knees bend completely. He GIGGLES so much when I do it. I’m looking forward to getting him a Jolly Jumper once he’s a bit bigger.

– snuggles with Daddy.

– being held the majority of the time.

Noah dislikes:

– his swing. He’s started being really “meh” about it. He’d much rather sit in my lap, which is kind of annoying since it impedes my attempts at getting things done.

– being kept up too late. He’s finally starting to go to bed earlier (closer to 10 rather than midnight!), and if we don’t put him down when he’s tired he just gets cranky…..but as soon as we put him down and shut the door to his room, he passes right out and is a happy little camper again.

– being naked. I have a weird baby, lol.

Things to work on:

Right now our main things are that he’s not grabbing yet, and he doesn’t have a lot of muscle control. But really, if you think about it, he’s guaranteed to be 2 weeks behind. He was basically in a coma those first two weeks, and he didn’t have any tummy time at all to strengthen those muscles of his. He’s gotten a lot better, but we definitely have a long way to go. It makes me nervous, but I’m trying to stay positive.

This is Noah, 4 months old:

He didn’t smile for me this time, but I’ll cut him a break because he was sick, haha. 🙂

Babies Are My Heroes

This is Noah, only a few hours old. Pre-seizure, pre-everything. I look at this picture and I just think about how strong he is. Look at all the wires and tackle he’s got on! He had to go through stuff at 10 days old that many may not have to deal with for their entire lives.

It’s so hard to believe that he was like that, when you look at him now:

Noah is my hero.

Helpless

Do you ever see people that you care about in pain, and wish that you could take their pain away? I feel that way right now.

A birth club friend of mine fell out of contact semi-recently, and reading her latest blog post makes me want to comment some words of encouragement, but how do you reach across such a big divide? She left in such a dramatic fashion that it doesn’t seem appropriate to do anything except for silently read whatever she decides to write. I wish I could do something for her, anything.

I just want to hug her and take all her pain away.

Friday Night Leftovers (Week 7 & 8)

– Noah is 16 weeks and approximately 15 pounds!

– A couple Fridays ago, my friend put together a scavenger hunt. It was SO fun and possible the most exercise I’ve gotten since the summer. Sad, I know.

– This is just effing fantastic.

– I was “jumping” Noah last night and he actually giggled for an extended period of time. It was the cutest thing EVER. I was rewarded with a bunch of spit up afterwards, though. Oops. 😛

– It’s snowing again. Sigh. I feel like summer will never come!

– I worked at a farm auction this week. It went pretty good, my severely sore feet were totally worth the money I made there. And I only ended up having to put out $20 for babysitting! Yay! I missed Noah like crazy while I was gone though.

– We FINALLY got cable last week, and we are enjoying it. Caleb can finally watch hockey, and cheer for his favorite team in the playoffs…..GO CANUCKS!

– I don’t really know anything about hockey. I am a sad excuse for a Canadian, I know.

– My sister is graduating high school next month! WTS! It’s so weird to think that in only FIVE months, she can legally go to the bar. That’s scary to me…..I can’t even wrap my head around it! I’d like to think that my pearls of bar wisdom will allow her to be an old hat by association, but I suppose that’s probably too much to ask for. I’m stoked to take her to the bar on her 18th, but it’s going to be weird to see her being drunk and disorderly!

– Speaking of my sister, her views on the world are hilarious. This is a sample from our conversation a few days ago:

O (Me) – “So, what are your plans for next year? Are you going to go to school?”
A (Sister) – “No, I’m going to work and eventually move into an apartment near the college with my friends.”
O – “Oh, cool, who are you going to live with?”
A – [Rattles off SIX names]
O – “What?! Are you going to try and rent a 6 bedroom house or something?!”
A – “No, we’re going to get a 3 bedroom apartment”
O – [laughing] “Uh……so you’re going to share beds? Get some bunkbeds? Bahahahahaha…..you do realize that there is no way that any landlord would rent a 3 bedroom apartment to six 18 year olds, right? That’s a one-way ticket to not getting your damage deposit back.”
 
 

She is so funny. I may be pretty naive, but I still know a thing or two about how the world works.

– She’s also funny because she has no idea how much money it costs to live on your own (well, I don’t really either, but I struggled even when I had student loans covering my rent). She’s never even had a job. It’s hard enough getting a job when you have experience, let alone someone who doesn’t have any. I’m interested to see what kind of job (if any) that she’ll scrape up. Mind you, that’s not me being mean, it’s me being realistic….it’s ridiculously difficult to get a job here. I am not looking forward to August/September/October when I need to start looking for one!

– Also, my sister is FINALLY getting her grad dress next week. But seriously, her grad is SIX weeks away…..I just hope she’ll get one at all! It doesn’t even involve me directly and I’m stressed out about it.

– Weird side note, but for some reason I am liking my boobs more nowadays. Which is weird, because they’re all “Mommy-ed Out” (stretch marks, etc)….but I think they’re a bit bigger. (And no, I’m not pregnant!)

I’ve been such an asshat about blogging regularly. I started this post 2 weeks ago, and I yet again missed the “Friday” date. Sigh.

Hope you all are having a fantabulous weekend!

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Introducing: Weight Battle 2011 – Battle of the Baby Weight!

I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago. If you are nursing or pregnant you can’t join. But I wanted to join, so I lied about nursing. But I suppose it doesn’t matter, because I’m officially not breastfeeding now, anyways.

I filled in all my info and according to my BMI, I am “OBESE”. It was even colorful — I am in the red.

I never thought of myself as obese. I mean, I didn’t gain any weight other than in my tummy and face. I still have nice legs, my arms aren’t too bad (could use some toning), but I did gain about 3 inches in my waist from pregnancy.

Interestingly enough, I guess they (as in, the scientists) are implementing a new scale, which is supposedly more accurate than BMI. It’s called “BAI” (body – adiposity index). According to the BAI, I am “healthy” – woot! – but with the BMI, I am still obese. Whatever, I know I need to lose weight, but it’s nice that my height/weight/hip ratio is apparently healthy…..I just have a disproportionately small ass for my weight, I think.

Anyway, so since seeing that ugly, ugly, word, I have made a pact with myself. I will go back to what I was 2 years ago, at grad, a.k.a. the lowest weight I’d been since puberty. I don’t know what my measurements were, but I will use my grad dress as a guide.

I will blog my efforts. I’m not sure how often yet…..maybe I’ll do it every week. Stay tuned. 🙂

Today:

Monday April 11, 2011:

Weight – 235 lbs (according to my bathroom scale….I know that it is 10 lbs heavier than reality, but for the sake of argument I’ll go by what that scale says.)

Measurements (inches)

Waist – 42.5

Hips – 45

Upper thigh -> (left) – 27 ; (right) – 28

Upper arm -> (left) – 14 ; (right) – 14

Pictures

04/11/11 6:52 pm

Goal:

Weight – 170 lbs

Measurements – not sure, fit into grad dress again.

Pictures

Therefore:

– 60 lbs

– at least 4 inches off my waist (approximately)

Deadline:

20 lbs – July 31, 2011 (14 weeks, 6 days)

40 lbs – October 31, 2011 (27 weeks)

60 lbs – January 31, 2011 (40 weeks, 1 day)

I’m not sure if these goals are acquirable, but it works out to about 1.5 lbs/week, which sounds reasonable. If someone can make an entire baby in 40 weeks, I figure that I should be able to lose my baby weight in that time (or at least most of it).

Plus that kind of makes it awesome….Noah will have a hot mama right around his first birthday.


Thoughts

It’s about time to start with that baby weight. Hell, “life weight”, or “freshman 15”, if I want to be really honest. I know that once I find the “sweet spot” — the perfect time in the day to work out — I’ll stick with it. I did it before. I have lost 15 lbs and 2 inches off my waist in 3 months, just with exercise, no dieting.

I think I will start with Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred”. It’s been sitting in my download folder for about a month now. I’ve heard good things about it, and it sounds like it could be just the thing to kick my “obese” ass into shape. I may start running again, but with snow on the ground, the last thing I want to do is break my ankle. A gym membership is not in the budget right now, so we’ll see where the 3DS gets me.

It is embarrassing to me, to be where I am…..the “I just had a baby” card is fast becoming old. I was about 190 at 9 weeks pregnant, so I had gained 20 lbs in less than a year. Thank you, college.

Now it’s time to get my ass in gear, and get back to where I was. I’m not sure if my hips will ever be the same, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Overall, I am optimistic.

My goal for the rest of this week (until Friday) is to find a good time of day to workout.

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Have you set weight loss goals for yourself? What was the best way for you to achieve those goals (workout/diet plans, etc)? Do you have any pointers? 🙂