Wednesday, July 29, 2009



I used to be really good about keeping a journal. I'd faithfully write in it every day with full confidence that some day, my super great grandchildren would WANT to know all about how late I got to sleep in that day, the type of cold cereal I had for breakfast, and who the new crush of the week was (just in case I ended up marrying that boy, I would have a record of every detail).

Well, after documenting the lives of SEVERAL guys that I now could care less about, I DID get married (and I'm glad I caught that super short dating story). After that, journaling became kinda sporatic. Not that my life wasn't exciting, it was just.... much more consistent.

Okay and I got LAZY!!

But once my life became interesting again (aka pregnant), and I reestablished my resolve (aka guilt set in), I once again returned to keeping a record of my life by entering the blogosphere. Plus I just feel so savvy and hip with the techy new ways now, yo. lol. brb. l8tr. jk.


So I'm not quite back to the daily thing yet. Workin on it. There's much more pressure now knowing someone is actually going to read my journal! (I feel like I have to actually spell check stuff) (and the matching pictures!) (not to mention the cutesie backgrounds and widgets that are a must these days!) But it's all good motivation nonetheless (aka ntl). I made that one up.

So, to all the bloggers, wanna be bloggers, and bugers:


Thursday, July 23, 2009

As promised....

Pictures of the Nursery. Finally!

See? It's cuter with the crib and stuff in it.

My sister-in-law, Marah, made the quilt. I'm not a quilter. But I did make the curtains and the bed skirt. This is the first time I've sewn anything in 5 years. I'm feelin' pretty good about it. Still, I'd much rahter paint.

And just for the record. Nolan really likes staring at that wall.
Probably cuz he can actually see it. Or cuz I did such a good job. One of the two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

As Requested

I've been reprimanded for not posting enough pictures of Nolan (by an anonymous dear friend named Becky). And to that I say, "Why not? I DO have the cutest kid ever!!"

So here are a whole slew of pictures in no particular order. And just in case you're tempted to steal these pictures, be warned that they are copyrighted. Although I do give you permission to post them as the wallpaper on your computer.

Nolan with Great Grandma Updike and Aunt Kristi
Nolan with Grandpa Chambers

And Nolan at his best on the Fourth of July:

"I'm in my carseat."
"Do you mind?"
"Course not. Everyone's always up in my business."
"No privacy......hey, stop that!"
"Take that!"
"That's right. Don't even think about doing THAT again."

Yes, although Nolan may LOOK exactly like his dad, he WILL end up talking just like his mommy. a much more.....manly way....

Now push the comment button and tell me how handsome this kid is.

Thank you.

My Baby's First....


Disgusting. It looked like a firehose went off in his diaper. All over his outfit and his fuzzy soft new blanket. And of course he was in his carseat at the time, so it got ALL over THAT too.

The carseat is Blue.

The poop was Yellow.

Yellow + Blue = Green.

Just be glad that I'm not posting pictures.

We also happened to be at Playgroup. My first time there. "Hi everyone, nice to meet's my poop-covered baby! Isn't he cute!?!" Luckily we were at the church instead of at a park, so I was able to clean everything up best I could in the bathroom. Course, trying to get his poopy onesie off only got it all over HIM. And ME. I bet I'll get better at removing poopy clothes. Though, in a way, I really hope not.

It turned into a laundry and bath day. The Joys :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blog Checker!

K, just discovered that you can open blogger dashboard in Google Reader! Love it! Way easier to keep track of unread blogs. It's like checking email!

Am I just way behind on all this? Has everyone else already figured this out? Oh well, I'm excited.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Confession

We don't believe in SIDS.

Just kidding. We moved Nolan from the bassinet to the crib! (And the bassinet has so generously turned into a hamper). The crib is great (nursery pictures to come). WE sleep better. And I'm pretty sure Nolan likes having his own room. Ok, I just like the fact that I can't hear every little movement or noise he makes. Mother's instinct includes eyes flying open at any change in baby's breathing pattern. Now, I can't hear him until he REALLY wants to be picked up.

Speaking of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), I think it's overrated. There is way more hype about it in the parent pop media than necessary. And it sure is freaking out this generation of moms. I know, in my internship days I even went around preaching to the new moms I visited about the importance of keeping loose items out of the crib and putting the baby to sleep on his back (NEVER THE STOMACH!).

But really.

Now that I'm a mom, I'm finding to just do what works. Confession time: Nolan sleeps SOOO much better on his tummy. When he's on his back he always manages to punch himself awake, even when he's swaddled. Call me a bad mom (I would have a year ago), but I sleep my kid on his stomach. And I know I'm not the only one.

Heck, weren't WE all put to sleep on our stomachs?? That was the trend 20 years ago. And WE survived. After questioning my mother and several other LDS women (who know a lot of people with a lot of kids), if they've ever personally known someone who's child died of SIDS, their answer was no. Has anyone reading this personally known someone??

And although it's true that the rate of SIDS has decreased by 50% since the Back to Sleep advice came out, it wasn't THAT common to start out with. So, by placing my infant on his stomach instead of his back, I'm increasing the rate of SIDS from 0.05% to a whoppin' 0.10%.

I have MUCH better chances of getting a good nigh'ts sleep to prevent THIS exhausted mom from throwing the kid out the window!

Whew! I feel much better getting all this off my chest. Thank you for listening. You can argue or agree with me. But I'll probably only read comments made by those who agree with me.


Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm Six!

So, I finally hit the magical SIX WEEK mark! Woohoo! I have to admit that I'm feeling MUCH better than I was a month and a half ago - when I was pushing this little guy out into the world. I do have more energy too, although sleep is still quit sparce. When you finally do hit the sack, you never know how long you'll be there before being awaken by tht pitiful cry. I have afeeling that sleep deprivation is in the definition of parenthood.

S[eaking of slep.....

I'm tired,,,,,, (whoops, wrong key_

more kater if i'm luvky.

typing wirt on hand ud hard thes daysm

E[spevcially in the darjk.'''''''

Monday, July 6, 2009

Have Children!

This was an eye-opening video and I completely agree with it:

It reminds me of this paragraph from The Family Proclamation:

"The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife."

Bold statement. But VERY true. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people are agreeing these days.

The family is the fundamental unit of society.

Friday, July 3, 2009

My "Up" Date

So, after a 103.8 degree temperature, several sleepless nights, Kirk missing work, and many antibiotics - I feel much better! My boobs are normal again! (I'm sure that you were all wanted to know that). Darn Mastitis.

Nolan is much happier too, now that he's getting enough to eat. Unfortunately I had to resort to something that I never thought I would. Formula. I was totally planning on being a strict breastfeeder but I have to admit, it is SOOO nice having the option to give him a bottle. One bottle per day. Not nearly as bad as I imagined. In fact, it's a welcome relief from the constant 1-3 hour feedings!

Because of this wonderful option, we were able to have our first babysitter today! Aunt Steph came over to watch Nolan while Kirk and I went on a date to see UP! We've been wanting to see that movie since before it came out. (And since Nolan decided to be born on the day it did, we didn't have a chance to until now).

This movie is SO good. I recommend it. It was a nice little break from everything too. Now I'm ready to face full-fledged motherhood again!