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happy halloween . . . October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween everyone!  I did not buy a costume for our little guy as we were staying in and had no parties to attend.  But Grandma got him this shirt and bib.

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wordless wednesday . . . October 30, 2013

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10 months & throwback thursday . . . October 24, 2013

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Our little guy turned 10 months on Monday. He was 1 ounce shy of 21 pounds and is 30 inches long.  He pulls himself up with ease now and if you hold his hands he can walk around.  He loves playing in his room (playpen) by himself but when he has enough he will let you know.  Also with the pulling up in the crib he has started to suck, chew on the railing, so I ordered a railing cover and should get that today!  He is such a sweet boy and every where I take him everyone just thinks he is the cutest and sweetest as he smiles at everyone! 🙂

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Since my last post, things have continued to be a little hectic.  Still computer issues, hubby got the wrong check from a client on Saturday, we had to fix our bed on Monday (nothing exciting broke it  lol) and hubby got an oil change Monday morning that turned out to be almost disastrous.  It turned out the oil filter was warped causing his engine and our garage floor and driveway to get soaked with oil.  Jiffy Lube corrected the problem and also cleaned up the mess.  Now hubby has a cold and Lil’ guy’s sleeping seems to be getting worse.  This brings me to my Throwback Thursday post.

I have been feeling run down much like I felt when our little guy was not sleeping well at all, before we did the cry it out method of sleep training.  Last night, for example, he was up at 2am, 4:30am, 5:45am, 6:30am and then 7:30am.  I gave him Tylenol at bedtime and then again at 4:30 hoping it would help, but not so much.    Here is the Lil’ guy at 2 months, asleep in my lap after nursing.  On Tuesday this week I tried to get him to nap for an hour and nothing, so I went to get him and held him in my arms and he promptly fell asleep for 40 minutes.  I sure hope it starts to get better.  UGH! 004

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tough week . . . October 20, 2013

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Well, perhaps the toughest part of the week was all of the computer issues hubby and I had.  We have had issues here and there, but this week seemed especially full of them.  Hubby had 2 days where he would try to log in and his computer kept locking up.  I mean 2 hours worth of this.  Makes for a difficult time when there is a bunch of work to be done.  Then my machine gives me the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) that I have talked about before, at least once a day.  Sometimes this happens immediately when it boots up, other times it is right in the middle of a project I am working on!

We are ready for new machines.  So if there is anyone out there with a lot of computer knowledge or know of someone who can recommend a good computer please reply!  We are PC users and want to stay with Windows 7 Professional.

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Monday and Tuesday I had horrible migraine pain!   I think my hormones have finally leveled out after the pregnancy.  The last time I had a migraine like that was before I was pregnant.  I knew it was the impending weather front because the next day after the front made its way through I was fine.  UGH!  Then on Tuesday Lil’ Guy spit up on me twice and peed on.  His diaper was full and so I guess it just overloaded as I was holding him.  Of course I had just made a joke to my hubby because of the computer issues and the migraine I said all I need now is to be pooped on.  So about 2 minutes after I said that I said to hom “well, I am actually getting peed on right now.”  I could feel the warmth and wetness.  Thankfully it wasn’t poop!

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Then there is healthcare.  I will go ahead and put this out there, I did NOT vote for Obama, I did NOT want Obamacare.  Now I am required to apply.  I have health insurance through the state-run plan.  I was able to get a really good plan after I quit my job (and my COBRA benefits ran out).  I was really hoping I could stay on it, no such luck!  So Friday I spent about an hour or so trying to create my account.  I thought I was done as it say it was in progress.  So yesterday when I logged in to see what was going on, it appeared nothing was going on.  I clicked the link to view my application and a window popped up that said it was not complete.  WHAT?!?!?!?!  So I spend ANOTHER HOUR completing the application that I have completed the day before!  This time I get a window that says “Your application has been processed and your eligibility results are ready for your review.” and there is a nice bog green button below that reading “View Results”.  So I click it.  A new page pops up with a logo and the words “Start Your Application” (WTF?) and then it quickly changes to another page that has

Your application was received and has been processed.

Your detailed eligibility results are ready

And there is another nice big green button below that reading “View Eligibility Results”

I click it and guess what?  I new tab opens up and the page is white.  Nothing is on it.  The end of the web address has “null” which tells me I am not going to see anything, which I don’t!

So I try to “Live Chat” with support and all they can tell me is that it shows “In Progress” so it isn’t ready yet, even though it states that is is!!!!!

I am PO’d about this and will now have to make a call to see what the story is.  I of course checked again today (Sunday) and still the same.  How long did they have to prepare this site?  And to have all these issues and require people to be signed up my March!  At this rate there will be MILLIONS without healthcare all because of the issues with the website.

Oh and they don’t even have the algorithms set up to be smart.  I enter our Lil’ guys info; date of birth etc.  And you would think that it would be able to know that he is only 10 months old.  Nope.  I still have to answer if he will be paying any Alimony or Student Loan Interest. REALLY????

I have no confidence in this and I just hope the person I get on the phone knows something and can help me.  I certainly don’t want to have to discuss my options for healthcare with a complete stranger.  I would like to be able to review this in the privacy of my own home and make the decision without them.  I will update you when I know more.

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And last but certainly not least!  Our Lil’ guy has had quite the week.  So not too long ago he started crawling full force (about 3 weeks ago) and sitting up great!  Well, this week he learned to pull himself up in the crib.  Yes he can stand now.  But I am not sure he knows how to sit himself back down.  This happened Thursday.  I should have known something was up, he seemed to want to nurse more starting the day before and since then.  He woke up at 1am on Friday morning and again at 5, 7 and 7:30am.  Then his naps nose-dived.  He did not take one nap on Friday!  All he would do is stand up and cry in his crib.

Then as I was getting him ready for bed, I decided to swipe my finger in his mouth and feel his bottom gum.  Yes!  A tooth started to pop through,  and from the picture (below) it looks like another one may be close behind.  Now it all made sense!  I promptly gave him some Tylenol and his nighttime bottle and once in his crib he was out in under 5 minutes (7:05pm)  and slept until 5:45am.  Poor thing was so tired.  His naps yesterday were short (2 half hour naps) but at least napped.  He was still up a couple of times last night.  As you can imagine none of us are getting a great night’s sleep.  Some days I feel like we are back to his newborn days,   But thankfully it isn’t quite that bad.   I think it just feels like that because we are used to longer stretches of sleep and we haven’t been getting them.

So that is how this week has been.  This week HAS to be better right?

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On a side note, I just made a cake!  This was the EASIEST cake I have ever made.  I saw a post on FB and have wanted to try this for the past week and a half and finally just did it.  You take one yellow cake mix and one 15oz can of pumpkin.  That is it!  Mix it together with a mixer and put it in a 9×13 pan (I sprayed it with Pam) and bake at 350 for 28-35 minutes.  I actually did 34 minutes.  It is VERY moist and oh so tasty and the best part . . . LOW FAT!!!  The cake mix has a total of 15 grams of fat and the pumpkin has 1.75 grams of fat, for a total of 16.75. If you make 10 pieces that is less tan 2 grams of fat per piece!  WOW!!!  You have to try it.  And for those who are Gluten free, I know they make Gluten Free cake mixes and I know the pumpkin is gluten-free, so give it a try.  I did by some frosting to put on it, but I may eat it without,  It is THAT good!!!

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Here are the pictures from today’s post!
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You can see on his left is the tooth popping through and on his right you can see some white which looks like the other tooth just under the surface.

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Here is Mr. Fussy .  I went in after he woke up and caught him mid fuss.  We have since lowered the mattress to the lowest position.  I would rather be safe than sorry.  He can still pull up and stand he is just a little lower so it is the perfect height for him to chew on the railing.  (great new problem to solve.)
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And here is the Pumpkin cake.  I took a bite out of the corner with a fork and it was so yummy!  Can’t wait to see what hubby thinks about it.
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favorites friday – lactation cookies . . . October 11, 2013

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Thank you to my friend over at Are you there stork? it’s me for sharing a different lactation cookie recipe with me.  Not only is it better tasting that the one I made, I think it may have less fat than the other one.  AND they actually look appetizing this time, not like the ones I made last time that more closely resembled coasters.  🙂

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You can find the recipe here. http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/lactation-cookies-recipe-increasing.html?m=1

I did not have any nuts so I added Butterscotch and Milk Chocolate chips.  I also used Almond Butter (I had just enough left over int he fridge).  They are so soft and yummy.  Still not something I would make just because I wanted some cookies (I think it is the brewer’s yeast that gives them a slight after taste) but they are much better than the other recipe.  Enjoy!

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“You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?” October 10, 2013

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A fellow blogger (A Wee Nest) shared the following blog today.  It was so well written that I felt compelled to share it as well.  I am a stay-at-home mom, but I also help my husband out with his business (he works from home), so I often just tell people I work from home.  I haven’t been called out on being an “at-home mom”, thankfully.  But for all of the moms out there who have, this one is for you!

 

“You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?”.

 

wordless wednesday . . . October 9, 2013

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