|My friend recently commented that the day was going by slow and to me I feel the exact opposite. I am reminded how I somewhat felt during Ashwin's younger months that the whole of infancy is a blur one day running into the next, being tired... diapers, meals, laundry and next thing I know they grow up.|
Well, Mr. Ravi is turning over at least working on it. He did quite a few tummy to back rolls tonight but got so mad each time he ended up on his back. I had to help him return to his belly but then he'd fall over again onto his back. Pretty cute. All the while Ashwin is running around naked and laughing and kissing Ravi's head and trying his two-year old best to not jump on his brother or be wild too close to him.
Ashwin is full of tantrums these days and it is discouraging. I just feel almost like I've failed as a mother but I am hoping that there will be some breakthrough out of this defiant age of NO and that I'll have a nice little cooperative person to hang out with again. I can see some light though. Ashwin's pretty good and enjoys helping me with things like putting dirty laundry in the basket or whatever. He likes to stand on the stool when I'm changing Ravi's diaper or cooking. He likes to see it all.
We enjoyed our visit with Wethany. I do wonder from time to time how our lives would be if we didn't have the kids right away as we did. Then again this is how it is and when they are both napping and I have the so coveted free time I hardly know what to do "myself".
I am enjoying growing my seeds and watering my plants. Hopefully we'll be able to eat some of earth's bounty sometime. It may be small but it's a start!
Lastly I am mourning the loss of a friend's baby who died less than 2 months before his due date. I am in shock pretty much and though this sister/friend is not nearby I am feeling the loss pretty close. I think it is because of what we went through with Ravi's birth that makes me extra sensitive and almost somewhat knowing what this pain may be like. Ahhhh.... just come back Jesus and make it right. We are sad here w/o you. Bethany Powell, what's that Rich Mullens song??? you know the one.
thanks my friends for reading!
perhaps I'll blog again in another (?10months j/k).
OOOOH, I'm excited to start my book 'club' reading this summer. I'm gonna post the first one I plan to ransack/read here.
|This post's for Mamaroo.|
Just yesterday I found myself in one of those weird situations I have been in before when I realized if it wasn't for how much I love my kids I would NOT be doing this. With my first son I occasionally used my breast pump since I was finishing up my college degree and was away from him once a week or so when it was necessary to pump. With my second son coming out a month and a half earlier than expected I found myself and the breast pump had again become friends, this time much more so than before. Finally I have been able to retire the pump (mostly) only pulling it out for occasions such as yesterday.
Yesterday, mother and I took my two year old to see Thomas and Friends LIVE and for some odd reason the people at Ticketmaster have made it so that infants and every age child under 12 needs a 13$ ticket. So, being frugal as we are we left little 2 month old newborn at home with my husband. Anyhow, I ended up bringing along my trusty ol' pump since I was going to be away for some hours and would need it for my own comfort.
Thankfully I have a monstrous supply of milk stored up in my freezer from those first weeks when my son was brand new and my supply was HUGE! So, when I've been out these past couple times I just dump the milk when I'm done (tragic I know).
Well, after Thomas ended I was racking my brain about where I should go to pump. Now my Medela electric double pump does have a pack where you can use some batteries but silly me, I never use this and I always plug it in at an outlet. (They also have a car charger adapter which didn't come with my pump but is available). The more I blog about this the more ridiculous I feel but I know some mother out there may relate. Anyhow, instead of using these adaptors which are probably for situations JUST LIKE THIS, I instead opted to plug my charger in an outlet in the public ladies room. This was not the Thomas auditorium but one of a dance performance that was going on at the same college campus and was seemingly empty when I first went in. Actually I was hoping I could lock the door for a minute but it was not an option. There were only two other visitors to that ladies room while I was doing my business but I felt so silly I tried not to make any eye contact. My shirt pretty much covered up the most freakish parts but I still leaned in to the corner wall where I was accidently setting off the electric hand dryer from time to time. I figured, hey these people don't know me and I'll probably never see them again. Also running through my mind in addition to the fact that I'd do anything for my kids was the fact that breastfeeding is a natural part of life and this is part of that, well kinda.
I know I should just get the battery pack together or at least I could have my nursing cover with me or something. Ok... so here's to disclosing all the less than favorable breast pumping locations I have used:
--above mentioned theater restroom
--Kansas City airport ladies room (dang it when the family restroom can't be entered)
--school snack bar restroom--back when I was in school (thankfully a single user room)
--friends house (best part was when I'd go to her kids room and the baby'd be napping in there at the same time)
--too many times in the hospital to count
ahhh, glad this is not a typical part of my mothering days.
I guess the Thomas show was worth it. I do believe there's a reason breastfeeding is as it is and moms and babies do best to just stick together. However, with my #2 here, having the freezer full of milk is nice allowing me a litle more freedom as though I'm sure it would be if we did formula too (which I don't advocate).
Anyhow, parents out there any funny breastpump situations? Other situations that only parents might find themselves in?
In Maricopa County, Arizona, a mother with two small children in the car was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Armed deputies in ski masks detained her for over an hour while her children watched in horror, not knowing what was happening to their mother or what would happen to them.
The whole event was caught on tape – and the video is truly heart wrenching. Even worse, the Sheriff in this small town has a long track record of racial profiling and civil rights violations in the name of immigration enforcement.----REALLY BAD
No matter where you stand on the immigration issue, mothers and children should never be treated this way.
Click here to watch the video on the MomsRising.org website, then sign a petition asking the Department of Justice to investigate this Sheriff:
Not sure how to really start this out.
2009 is my blessed year.
Little Ravi John was born 4 days after little Emma's wedding in Kansas!
He snuck in just 4 days before Ashwin's birthday the 11th.
My coin piece of bread held the lucky coin in Greek tradition. I was actually really thrilled when I got a message from my grandma saying this.
Dylan and I are working on Love and Respect in our marriage and I feel like this year is going to be very different from the past in regard to our family life together.
Man, there are some gaps in the story here but this is just a warm up I guess to get back into blogging.
Oh, my little bro' is getting married this year! Yay, I'll finally have a sister!!!!
|So Ashwin's been a little "off" lately. The girl I babysit gave him this nasty runny nose. I've been wiping two disgusting faces for two weeks now and I'm sick of it. Ashwin's not been sleeping as long either at night or naptime as he previously was so that is not my favorite thing. And to top it all off he's super cranky, fussy, whinny, etc. and I'm thinking aren't you supposed to grow out of this stuff?!|
Well, the other day (here comes the gross part) he had total diarrhea so I'm thinking, maybe he's kinda sick. Today I changed his diaper and it was totally green! So I googled this of course and found blue food coloring is what does this. And then I am racking my brain on what he's eaten with food coloring in it UNTIL..... bingo I remember the green crayon he ate yesterday and then it all makes sense: Having a toddler is full of wild ups and downs.
Right now he's pretending his breakfast burrito is a boat so that's kinda cute. He also helped me unload the dishwasher and actually it kinda did help. He could take the plates out of there and hand them to me (kinda nerve wracking with the ceramic plates but hey he's gotta practice).