Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reading to a 5 month old

I try to read 3-4 books to Ladybug every night before bed. I've gone through all our kids books 2-4 times, bought a bunch of books at consignment sales, and am taking advantage of the local library's kids' section. I started reading to her before she was ever born, reading my big Beatrix Potter treasury. One thing has happened that I hadn't anticipated.

My child reads with me.


Quite loudly.

She's taken to jabbering in the last month, mostly vowel sounds by themselves, although she did say "mama" Sunday. (I asked the Mechanic and he confirmed that yes, she did say "mama." Although I won't pretend she has any idea what she said.) She can get pretty vocal at times, which is why she now stays in the church nursery on Sunday mornings. But she is never more vocal than when I am reading to her.

At first I thought she was just jabbering for the sake of jabbering. But then I realized that she got quiet when I put the book down. And would start again when I started the next one. Yet another reason to keep her in the nursery... she thinks when you open a book, you start reading aloud. Even if you can't talk yet.

I couldn't help but laugh at her today... she'll occasionally turn her head and look at me while I'm reading instead of looking at the pictures. And of course, she talks to me while she does this. I finally looked at her and said "shhhhh." She stopped... and giggled. Pure, complete, giggle. I obviously got nowhere with teaching her that "shh" means "be quiet." What could I do but laugh? It was completely, utterly adorable!

So I'll continue reading, over top of my 5 month old. I think it'll be a long time before we can go to story hour at the library...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why moms with kids old enough to be on Facebook, shouldn't be on Facebook.

This will be a work in progress, as I see things that remind me of just why moms over 40 should not be on Facebook.

  • Confirming your daughter's pregnancy before she does.
Really? I mean, come on! I've seen this happen more than once now. Daughter posts a vague status update. People start guessing, eyebrows get raised. Good grief, I did it when I wasn't even pregnant yet! When you've been married for a while, mention kids, life changes, surprises, or sleepless nights, and everyone assumes you're pregnant. If you're not pregnant, you get on there and clarify that you are NOT pregnant. If you are, or are trying, or are just plain mean you don't say anything. You post about the weather or your dog the next day, and leave everyone hanging.

But, to all the parents out there, you don't (let me repeat, YOU DO NOT) clarify for them if the answer is yes! No no no no no no... in NO circumstance is this appropriate. It may be your grandchild, but it's her child. Let her announce it however, whenever she sees fit.

Some people have a major problem with the first pictures being posted by someone other than the parents. Now, I have no issue with this. My sister-in-law was the first to post pics of Ladybug, and that was fine by me. Honestly, it took the pressure off me to get on there. I think she was a week old before I even did a status update. I'm sure it's different if you have a smart phone and can update from your hospital bed. But, if I had a smart phone, I'm not going to take my eyes off my child to post! I had some family get ticked over this... get over it. My world does not revolve around Facebook. Believe it or not.

So, there you go. Number one reason of many why your mom should not be on Facebook. =)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Political Rant

I'm going to rant for a moment.

Republican party: you stink.

Grassrotes efforts in east TN: you stink.

I live in a small town, literally on a main street. I live next to a stinkin' post office. And I had NO CLUE that the election was today.

Granted, I'm a tad isolated. I don't have a TV. I don't subscribe to a newspaper. I don't work. But I do go to church. No one mentioned it. NO ONE.

I then decided to criticize myself; after all, if I really wanted to vote, it's my responsibility to find out when the election is and where I'm supposed to vote. So I pulled up the Kingsport Times website to find out poll times. Let me list the headlines for you.

Main Headline

  • Gov. Haslam defends his actions for businesses

Top Stories

  • Defendent whose drugs were stolen from HCSO evidence locker pleads guilty
  • Report: Colts, Manning to go separate ways
  • Police: Woman on 'bath salts' breaks into neighbor's home, sets fire
  • Hackers busted after one becomes FBI informant

Local Headlines:

  • Police car clips man in wheelchair on Center Street
  • Gingrich pitches plan to lower gas prices to $2.50 during Kingsport visit
  • Search for UVa-Wise chancellor set to begin
  • NWS: Seven tornadoes hit NET, SW Va.
  • Sullivan BOE approves $400,000 in renovations for North


  • Report: Colts, Manning to go separate ways
  • Britain says handshakes OK for its Olympians
  • Nine more allege abuse at hands of late Red Sox clubhouse chief
  • Lenny Dykstra gets 3 years in Calif. prison
  • Judge: NY Mets owe up to $83M to Madoff trustee


  • Streak in gas price hikes ends at 27 days
  • Chrysler to sell natural gas-powered truck
  • Dow falls more than 200, interrupting 2012 rally
  • BMW in cooperation talks with General-Motors
  • Financier Stanford convicted in $7 billion fraud

Sunday Stories

  • Signature Properties partnership gives back
  • Folks You Should Know: Audey Ratliff
  • Kingsport Public Library offers wide range of programs, services


  • Brooks leads 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame class
  • Sci-fi drama 'Terra Nova' axed after first season
  • National Geographic Museum to open Titanic exhibit
  • 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' composer dies
  • Skies still blue for Crystal Gayle


  • One killed, several injured in meth lab fire at nursing home
  • GOP hopefuls clash with Obama on Iranian response
  • Special Forces soldier dies trying to save his kids in house fire
  • Court rejects suit by Tennessee dad in international custody case
  • Report: Minority students face harsher punishments

Community News

  • Nancy Ross Hugo lecture 'Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Lives of Everyday Trees'
  • Annie Moses Band coming to FBC March 18
  • Children to benefit from 1,500 free books
  • Tickets on Sale for "A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket"
  • Scrabble Social aids literacy efforts

Seriously? There is not a SINGLE headline even remotely hinting that the primary is today. NOT ONE. The only thing that even comes close is talking about Gingrich lowering gas prices when he comes to visit. Apparently he was in town yesterday, presumably because the primary is today. I read that article. It concentrates on his comments on gas prices. It doesn't list poll times. And truly, it doesn't even say that TN's election is today. It says he visited the day before Super Tuesday; I suppose you can make a logical conclusion that he wouldn't waste time the day before a major election in a state whose election is later. But they didn't come out and say that. And they sure didn't give specifics as to "Sullivan County polls will be open from 9-5" or whatever.

Apparently, we care more about what Peyton Manning and the Colts are up to than the fact we're deciding who will run against Obama for president.

And just to be clear, I went on to try to find the poll times. The majority of the links I found for my county (not Sullivan) had to do with 2010 election. The link was about 3/4ths the way down the Google search page, and then it took about 4 links from there to find a general "most polls will be open from 8-8." This stuff should be frontline, headline stuff. I should not have to search to find it. TN has not held its primary on Super Tuesday very often; it's not like the national election which is automatically the 1st Tuesday in November. ( I correct myself: apparently TN did use to be part of the Super Tuesday bunch. In 2003 they decided to move it back to February in an effort to get more politicians to pay attention to us, essentially. Please keep in mind I was not even old enough to vote until Dec 2002. So, out of three presidential primaries I've been eligible to vote in, two have them have not been on Super Tuesday. So, it is understandable that I do not immediately associate Super Tuesday with TN's primary.)

Well, whomever me and Ethan may have voted for: you lost two votes today. Surely we're not the only TV-less family in the area.

Monday, March 5, 2012

distracting myself...

I'm trying to distract myself while sitting still. It has been a long, miserable, lousy day. Dizziness + morning sickness + diabetes = really lousy day. I've put in an order for a watermelon slushie from Sonic, hopefully to arrive with the Mechanic on his way home from work. They don't come in diet, but at this point I need the calories and sugar. I considered passing out today, but figured that wouldn't bode well for unborn baby or sleeping baby, so I declined the offer.

In news headlines on the home front, Ladybug is putting weight on her forearms. *happy dance* (oh wait, that requires moving and that means worsened dizziness... happy dance in brain only) She's actually getting a couple inches of her chest off the floor. I went consignment shopping last weekend and found one of those, oh, I don't even know what they're called. They're ancient, but you wind them up and a picture goes across the screen, which has little lines that make it look like the objects in the picture are moving. (If anyone knows what that is called, please leave it in the comments; I've googled everything I can think of and can't find any online, but surely someone somewhere still makes these?!) This one has the Pooh characters and plays "I'm just a little black rain cloud," and it works wonders for keeping her from crying while on her tummy. I'd love to get a couple more of these, just for variety's sake. I've also turned my laptop on for the first time in years and put Baby Einstein on right in front of her. That also bought us a few minutes. I never wanted to use technology like this, but by golly I'm desperate to come up with something that encourages her to move!

Baby #2 was doing well at our last check up. I, as usual, am having some bleeding so they did an ultrasound just to check and little Herman was wiggling his/her arms and legs around. So cute! They did find a low lying placenta, which combined with an infection explains the bleeding, but 9/10 women have this resolve before 20 weeks so they just have me on some mild restrictions. This pregnancy has made me feel worse than last time, but I can't pinpoint why. I just feel bad. Maybe it's the back to back thing. Oh well, as long as this baby is born healthy I can live with some discomfort. I'll just whine a lot about it in the meantime. =)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Little update

For my memory's sake and those who might be following along here... (My memory is back to being horrible. I fed the dogs twice in one evening. They've been trying to get me to do that for years. I fed them, and then about 3 hours later Fritz went and sat in front of his bowl. And I though, oh no, I forgot to feed the dogs! So I fed them. And about 15 minutes later I was wondering why they weren't scampering to go outside... then I remembered they'd already been out, 'cause I'd already fed them.) =)

Anyways, we're still waiting on the genetic test to come back on Ladybug. Should get it back in another week and a half or so. She's had several days when she's acted like her head was hurting, either grabbing at it or rubbing it back and forth and whaling high pitched cries. We hold her, rub her head, and give her Tylenol and she calms down. I just think it's a bit absurd to be giving a now 5 month old Tylenol 1-2x/week. But, when she acts like that I figure it's just cruel to let her be in pain, if I even have a hint that that's what the problem is.

We did finally make a little progress in the pushing up status. Yesterday, on her 5th month birthday, she finally made a little effort to push herself up on her forearms. I've been putting her on her belly on the changing table while I put her clothes on her, trying to use any time I can for belly time that might distract her from screaming. I knelt down in front of the changing table so she'd look at me, and then once I had her attention I slowly stood up, and she actually raised her head to follow me and then put a little weight on her arms and raised her chest up, just a bit. I was so excited! Small victory, but I had really wanted her to at least show some effort to push up by 5 months. I'm beginning to get an idea what parents of premies and developmentally delayed children are like; you really do get ecstatic over the littlest things, cause while they seem little to someone else, when you've been trying for them for months it's huge!