February 27, 2017

Bubba's First Time To The Chiropractor

The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. Often I find myself losing track of time, I just know it is passing by and you are growing bigger and bigger each day.

This past week you discovered your voice and I'm not sure it's such a good thing. You like to scream. You scream so loud that you can hear it outside. We have yet to determine what your screams mean though. Sometimes you scream because your happy and other times you scream because your mad.

A good friend that is an R.N. suggested that we take you in to see a chiropractor that is specialized to work with babies. We called and they were able to get you in rather quickly. You were so calm the entire time we were there, you even smiled while you were being adjusted.

The doctor said that when the vacuum is used on a baby it often causes misalignment of the spine and this can cause all kinds of problems like acid reflux, vomiting, ect. So far what the doctor said has proven true. The Niagara Falls vomiting has stopped, it's a miracle!

We will see what adventures next week holds.

February 26, 2017

2017 Bucket List

I used to create a bucket list every season, we would typically get out and do something on said list each weekend and Andy and I both loved that. Having a baby in the winter has made getting out a little more difficult. Instead of making a bucket list for each season, I've opted to make a bucket list for the year.

1. Ride in a biplane
2. Go kayaking
3. Climb Mt. Adams
4. Run The Dirty Dash
5. Go parasailing
6. Ride my bike around Crater Lake
7. Visit all the lighthouses in Oregon
8. Go backpacking overnight
9. Climb one of the sisters
10. Run Color Me Rad
11. Run a half marathon
12. Go to the rock slides
13. Visit the High Desert Museum
14. Climb Mt. Jefferson
15. Climb Mary's Peak
16. Visit Seaside
17. Go crabbing
18. Go trapeezing
19. Go to a Mariner's game
20. Climb Mailbox Peak
21. Crawl through the lava cave
22. Go 4 wheeling at the dunes
23. Camp at the ocean
24. Swim at Belnap Hot Springs
25. Go on a vacation
26. Go snow shoeing
27. Go standup paddle boarding
28. Do a 50 mile bike ride
29. Hike Multnomah Falls
30. Hike Silver Falls
31. Visit national cave in Southern Oregon
32. Hike Blue Pool
33. Go whitewater rafting

February 23, 2017

Thursday Thought

It's been awhile since I have shared a Thursday Thought. Bubba is sleeping, Andy is working on the car and I have a few minutes to myself to just write.

One thing I love is a good quote. I can't recall when I came across this one, but I sure love it!

"You have the potential to become anything to which you set your mind. You have a mind and a body and a spirit. With these three working together, you can walk the high road that leads to achievement and happiness. But this will require great effort and sacrifice and faith."
 - President Gordon B. Hinckley

Your mind is very a powerful tool, maybe it should be referred to as a weapon. Anyways, your mind is strong. It is powerful! It can help you to keep going during difficult times or it can cause you to give up. What's the difference between perseverance and giving up? You decide. It seems like a trick question but the real answer is that you decide. You can do anything you set your mind to, even the impossible. The impossible doesn't come without a price though, it requires work. Sometimes that mean doing something outside your comfort zone. 

Where do you want to be? Who do you want to become? What's holding you back? What are you going to do about it?

February 21, 2017

Bubba At 3 Months

You're three months old today Bubba! I can't believe how fast the time has passed. You've gotten so big. I recently boxed up your newborn clothes and started to cry, I can't believe how big your getting. You've grown nearly three inches and put on almost 5 pounds. You have figured out how to use your hands, you love to grab things (mommy's hair, other people's fingers, your elephant that we named Ellie, blankets, etc). You love to lay on the changing pad and look up at the ceiling fan while kicking your feet. When you're not puking, you love to smile and make baby noises. You have such a sweet disposition. You're such a cute little guy! We just love you!

Bubba & Andy

February 20, 2017

The 3 P's: Poop, Puke and Pee

This past week as probably the hardest week I have had being a mom. One morning while changing a dirty diaper Bubba decided he wasn't done using the bathroom. Poop went all over his changing pad, and my bed, on his bed, down a wooden chest and all over our carpet. I yelled for Andy to come and help me (he was in the shower) and he panicked thinking Bubba was having another seizure. As he entered the room Bubba decided to pee. He peed all over his changing pad, his clothes and the other side of my bed. And then the puking started. It was quite the morning.

Trying on mustaches to see which style we liked the best.

The rest of the week went about like the story above. Lots and lots of puke, gas and tears. Bubba cried all day Friday, he was inconsolable. He had gas and once the gas passed the puking started. The puking wasn't normal baby spit up it was more like Niagara Falls- pretty much everything he had eaten.

Friday night I had a meltdown. I had been battling a migraine all week and trying to take care of an unhappy baby and I just couldn't take it anymore. I quickly started to spiral into what felt like a black hole of depression. I felt like such a bad mom, my house was and is still a wreck (I am a neat freak and far too embarrassed to ask anyone else to help me clean), the car broke and is still broken so I was stuck at home (Andy took my car to get to work), I felt alone and my mind swirled around all of the things that I can't control or fix. I curled up into a ball on the floor and I bawled and I bawled for what felt like hours.

I woke up Saturday morning anticipating running a 1k race with Bubba, it was something I had been looking forward to for many weeks. Just as I was getting ready to put him in his car seat Niagara Falls returned. I was soaked in vomit and so was Bubba, I instantly knew we would not be making it to the race.

I looked like this all the way down to my socks.

Bubba looking confused as to what happened to him.

I called the doctors office and spoke with a nurse- she was very rude and insisted that I bring Bubba in. We saw a pediatrician and he wasn't very helpful. He felt that whatever Bubba had going on was gastrointestinal and said there was nothing that could be done for it. I lost it and bawled in front of the doctor. I felt so bad for my little boy. Wasn't there something anyone could do to relieve his discomfort?

Someone in the family likes to eat fish- he didn't get it from me.

Sunday we stayed home from church with our sick little boy. In the afternoon I told Andy that I needed out of the house, we bundled up and went for a walk on the trail. It was nice to get out of the house, I really needed that.

Our little bear cub.

When we got home, I bawled some more. At some point the tears stopped and a feeling of calmness started to re-enter my life.

I'm so grateful that my husband was willing and able to help me work through all of the different emotions I was feeling.

The week ended on a good note though, Bubba laughed and laughed and laughed. We had heard him give a little giggle before but nothing quite like this. It was very sweet to see him laugh at Andy. And yes we still love him even though he has pooped, peed and puked on what seems like everything this week.

February 16, 2017

The Magnolia Story

One of the things I look forward to when I go to the gym is watching HGTV. My favorite show on HGTV is Fixer Upper. I just love Chip and Joanna, they are so funny! Now you might be scratching your head wondering why I don't watch HGTV at home, well we don't have cable.

Just before Christmas, I learned that Chip and Joanna had written a book and I had to have it (it was literally one of four items on my Christmas list). I received the book for Christmas and read it in a few days.

Their book is Amazing! I would say it's in my top ten. It really is that good! The Magnolia Story lets you step inside the lives of Chip and Joanna. You learn how they met, how they started doing what they do and how they landed their television show. You also learn about their financial struggles, newlywed problems and their relationship with God. All of this is interlaced with hysterical predicaments the two would find themselves in.

I read portions of the book out loud to Andy and we both found ourselves laughing. We also felt very motivated and inspired to go after our dreams after reading their story. This book is a must read!

February 15, 2017

Resouces For New Moms In Eugene & Springfield

Having a new baby at times can be hard and challenging. It's even harder though when you don't have family nearby. As a new mom I have discovered a lot of resources that are available for little to no cost to new mamas. I frequently find myself sharing the things I have learned with other new parents, so I thought I would share my findings on the blog.

1. If you create a baby registry with Target, they will give you a free goody bag and 15% off of the remaining items on your registry.
2. Shop second hand (yard sales, Offer Up, eBay, Craigslist) before the baby comes. People will often give a first time pregnant mom good deals. We scored on a crib for $15.00 and it retails for over $170.00 We picked up a Rock 'N Play for $10.00 and it retails for over $70.00.
3. Daisy Chain is amazing! You have to go in and sign up in person before your baby is born and notify them once the baby comes. During the first two weeks after your baby is born they will send a lactation consultant and doula to your home to help you for a total of 10 hours. Everything is completely free and is not based on income. They even have a thrift store and you can take whatever you want for free as long as you are signed up with them.
4. Sign up with the formula companies (Similac, Enfamil and Gerber) they will send you coupons and free formula in the mail.
5. They're are always coupons online for diapers- use them! Diapers are expensive.
6. Parenting Now has all kinds of parenting groups. The classes cost money but scholarships are available. It's nice to be able to talk to other parents going through the same thing you are.
7. All My Children has a sale once a month where everything is $0.25. You have to dig through these big storage containers but they have some really nice stuff for cheap.
8. The Itty Bitty Boutique Sale is a must! The sale happens every six months out at Camp Harlow. First time parents can shop the night before the sale opens but you must register before hand as space is limited. They have everything from strollers to toys to clothing. It is super organized too!
9. The Springfield Library will give your baby two free books. The library also has story time for babies once a week.
10. If you live in Eugene you can sign up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. They will send you kiddo a free age appropriate book each month until the age of 5. That's 60 free books!
11. There is a non profit called Hike It Baby. It is a group of mama's who get together to go hiking with their babies. I haven't tried it out yet due to my baby being so young but look forward to it in a few months. The cost associated with this group is $10.00 for a year.
12. Another program in the area is called Well Mama, they offer free support to mom's struggling with postpartum depression.
13. WIC is also a really cool program. They will send you vouchers for food (beans, milk, cheese, cereal, etc). This program is based on income.
14. The great breast pump ordeal- When I had Bubba I was given a prescription for a breast pump. The problem was nobody in town would accept our insurance and I didn't want to spend over $300.00 for an electric pump so for 6 weeks Bubba was exclusively breast fed without the aid of a pump. At six weeks old he was re-admitted to the hospital for seizure like activity. As I was talking with one of his nurses about breastfeeding she said the hospital had a pump I could use. I told her I had never pumped before and explained why and she seemed surprised. Not only did she teach me how to pump, she told me I could keep the parts to the pump and suggested looking on Craigslist and Facebook to see if someone was selling a pump for cheap. She suggested using my new parts and a used motor. We found a pump that had only been used for 1 week for $35.00. We threw out the parts that the previous owner had used and attached my new parts-- good as new! We will be forever grateful to that nurse. Moral of the story- when you have your baby ask your nurse to teach you how to pump and keep the parts just in case nobody will accept your insurance for a pump.
15. Lansinoh nursing pads are the best in my opinion and are cheapest on Amazon.
16. A wise friend advised me to take everything home from the hospital that I could, you're paying to be there might as well. I took home things like lanolin, soothing gel pads for nipples, thermometer, extra pads, diapers, wipes, etc. 

Products we can't live without:
1. B.O.B stroller (found it on Offer Up for a fraction of the price)
2. Rock 'N Play (found at yard sale for $10)
3. Baltic amber anklet (Etsy- it helps with drool)
4. Medela breast pump (see story above)
5. Ergo 360 (eBay)
6. Pacifier (I didn't plan on giving Bubba one of these, so glad I have though)

February 13, 2017

Poop Jail

The week started out with a bang! While Daddy was changing your diaper one night you decided to poop in his hand not once, but twice. And then it sounded like it was raining in our bedroom, we quickly realized you were peeing. You peed all over Dad's pillow-- it was soaked! When you were done, you smiled. Mommy laughed so hard she cried. Daddy said he was going to send you to "poop jail." Don't worry, Mommy didn't let that happen.

Bubba & Ellie The Elephant.

My Little Frenchmen.

We went back to the doctor this week because you didn't put on much weight the week before. You put on six ounce, you still in the 19th percentile but the doctor was okay with that since your percentile didn't go down anymore. You are one tall baby! You are currently in the 100th percentile for height. We often wonder how tall you will be? But we can wait to find out, please don't grow up too fast!

Papa came to visit this weekend too! He was so nice and helped change your clothes and diapers. He played with you and held you. We just love our Papa!

Bubba, Papa & Mommy.

February 9, 2017

Beautiful Boy

Just before Bubba was born we watched the movie Mr. Holland's Opus. I had seen the movie many years ago in a sign language class but Andy had never seen it (the movie is super good and we highly recommend it). At the end of the movie Mr. Holland signs John Lennon's song Beautiful Boy to his son. Andy and I were so touched by the words of this song. Once we brought Bubba home from the hospital we found ourselves singing this song to him. It has since become Bubba's song.

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way, it's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes, it's a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way, it's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean 

*We change the name Sean to Bubba's name

February 6, 2017

Love Bubba

Hi everyone! It's me, Bubba! The past two weeks have been pretty eventful. My acid reflux medicine ran out and that was really bad! I started throwing up a lot more and I cried a lot because it hurt. Mommy took me to the doctor and I threw up all over her coat. So she took her coat off and I threw up all over her shirt. I felt bad for her because I got her all dirty but there wasn't much I could do about it. Since she is such a nice Mommy she didn't get mad at me. Instead, she went to the pharmacy covered in my throw up and waited for them to fill my prescription.

Mama and Me.

Silly Mama, that's not where pants go!

The doctor asked Mommy to quit eating dairy to see if it helps with my acid reflux and Mommy agreed. I know that is a huge sacrifice for Mommy as she loves her dairy. I just want her to know how much I appreciate it!

Recently I learned how to roll onto my side. I can't roll all the way over yet, but I'm working on it.

Mommy and Daddy went to their biweekly parenting meeting and I got to see all of my friends, it was awesome! I love having friends!

Mama and Me! I'm not so fond of my bear suit.

Mommy took me back to the doctor for my two month check up- we sure go to the doctor a lot. Because of my acid reflux I only put on 1 ounce instead of 7. The doctor was concerned as I dropped from the 80th percentile for weight down to the 19th. Guess who gets to go back to the doctor next week? Me that's who!

Mommy was brave and took me grocery shopping. All of the grandmas and grandpas were out shopping that day, they all had to stop and look at me. They think I'm cute!

I also visited the library for the first time. The librarian was nice and let Mommy pick out a free book for me. Mommy chose a book about tractors, I can't wait for Daddy to read it to me!

Daddy has been making me do tummy time. I hate tummy time! I don't know why he makes me do it. He says it will help me hold my head up but I'm not so sure.

I went to church for the first time. Church was really long but it was good. I loved all of music, it made me feel safe and happy.

Super Bubba!

I know Mommy and Daddy work really hard to make sure I am happy and I really appreciate it! I tried to show my appreciation for them by giving them the best gift I could think of, sleep. I slept for 7 hours one night, 6 hours the next night and 5 hours the day after that. I know they needed the rest.

I just love my Mommy and Daddy! They are the BEST!