Monday, February 28, 2011

Building Blocks

Please Mama, can't I have some more??? Pretty please?!

Jacob and I built some towers this afternoon...

Yep, he's got Stinemetz blood in him!

I guess I should say we were building houses...he kept correcting me when I said tower. :)

Isaac is such an intent observer. Even if he's tired or hungry...if you sit him in front of any kind of activity he's content to sit and take every bit of it in! Grandpa & Grandma W were here this weekend and were so surprised by how alert he is and how he just wants to sit and watch all the action. I really don't remember the other two being this alert and "up" this much. Isaac holds his head up and looks around very well for being 3 months old (almost 4!). And, bad mommy confession...he rarely does tummy time! :-/ Obviously his neck muscles are plenty strong without tummy time, though. I'm hoping his desire to be in on the action will mean he crawls and walks a LOT earlier than his siblings (not that I'm wishing for mobility any time soon, but Jacob didn't crawl until EIGHT MONTHS and it was 15+ months before either of them walked!). We shall see! It's so much fun to watch him "unfold". What a delightful blessing from the Lord!!

By the way Grandpa & Grandma...Jacob wasn't very happy when he got off the bus and found out you weren't here! :)

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi


I didn't realize until after I changed my background that I don't have any way to edit a picture for my header :( So until I can do that, I'm stuck with what I've got. I can't even open my blog on this borrowed computer (gives me an error message) so I have no idea what it actually looks like!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Life is Going too Quickly!

Things have been so, so busy! I can't believe it's the end of February already. I found these pictures on my phone and realized I hadn't posted any of them (my computer is officially dead. I'm hoping Dad can work his magic and get my pictures off it. So until we can buy a new one, you'll only get cell phone pictures.). For SHAME!!

We had to go back home for a funeral (so sad...I'm working on a post about it). This swing must be about 30 years old! Aunt Cara has been so good about keeping things from when TJ was a baby. It's an old crank swing! Isaac loved it. He loves to swing. If you ever feel the need to buy him something, get him D batteries!! :)

It was so good to see family. Grandpa Elmer lovin' on Isaac. :) It never fails to make my heart swell when I see my grandparents enjoying my children. What joy!

I can't WAIT for Isaac to be big enough to play with Jacob. They will have so much fun together!

Anna is such a good big sister. And she is SUCH a good reader!! She inherited my love of books and she's trying her hardest to pass it on to her brothers!

We had a few mild, warmer days last week so the kids and I made sure to get out and enjoy them! Isaac loves anywhere as long as he can sit up and watch all the action. (I'm pretty sure his eyes are going to be brown...)

His first SC basketball game! It gets quite loud in there, so I was sure he would get startled and scared by it all. He LOVED it! He just sat there and watched very intently. It's too loud for Jacob so he spends most of the game in our friend's office (which has satellite TV...we love Luke!).

I don't think I posted this one. We had just gotten back from Iowa and it was SO nice that the kids just wanted to stay outside and play. So I found Jacob's baby stocking hat and Isaac got to enjoy the weather, too. I love this's so "Isaac"!

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cute but Creepy

I love watching Isaac's dreams play across his face (what on earth do babies dream about, anyway??). It's really creepy to me that his eyes aren't always completely shut, though!! That I'm aware of, neither Aaron or I do that with our eyes. Anna & Jacob never have either. Weird! But he's still really cute :)

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Friday, February 18, 2011

I Made It!

Alright, fair warning right now...this post is all about breastfeeding, so if you don't want to hear about it, don't read. Even though I'm fairly certain it's pretty much just family that reads my blog, I wanted to post about this on the off chance that someone else happens upon it--to be an encouragement.

For something that our bodies are designed to do, breastfeeding isn't always the easiest thing! I haven't had the best of luck with it. I didn't have any support (professionally) any of the three times-which is simply because I gave birth in Wichita and we doctor there's no connection. Of course the lactation consultants came to visit while we were in the hospital, but honestly, things are usually going pretty smoothly the first few days with nursing. I have to say that this time I had the best consultants. They came to my room several times, they called before we left and even called once we got home. But if I had any desire to go to them and get advice I would have to drive all the way to Wichita. The worst consutlant I had was the one that came when Jacob was born. She came once the 3 days we were there. I told her I didn't think he was latching on quite right. Her advice? "Get eye contact with your baby. Make an "oh" shape with your mouth and he'll mimic you." Seriously???

All that aside, my babies are lazy suckers. With Anna, it was impossible to keep her awake during feedings. We seriously tried it all...undressing her, blowing in her face, cold rags...NOTHING worked. So she would eat for 5 min. and then fall asleep. And then be hungry less than an hour later. I also didn't have a pump to help relieve things when my milk came in. I think that hindered things as well. So I started supplementing. By 3 months, she completely weaned herself...whether that was because my milk supply had decreased so much or because she just didn't have to work as hard with a bottle I don't know. Anna also had major digestive problems as well. Which took 2.5 months to find a doctor to figure it out. She was so miserable, constipated. So when she was on formula, we had to get the super expensive "sensitive tummy" formula at like $25/can!

With Jacob, same story but a much hungrier baby! I did have a very nice pump this time, but I didn't know what I was doing. Not long into it, I was spending 75% of my day feeding him or pumping-I would nurse him, then feed him a bottle, then pump. Every single time. And that boy just had (and still has!) an insatiable appetite. By 3 months, he was completely on formula. He was also on baby food by then as well...I'm telling you he was always hungry! So even though I could buy the cheapest kind, he was eating 8 oz. bottles very early on.

This time, I was determined to make it work. Honestly my main reason was money. We can't afford to buy formula (obviously if we *had* to we would). I know breastmilk is the best thing for a baby. Obviously. But also, my other two babies had formula and they turned out just fine. I know this can be a ridiculous hot-button issue, but I've been on both sides. And seriously? We're all moms and we all love our babies no matter how we choose/have to feed them. (off my soapbox now) Back to Isaac. I found a good pump and starting praying that nursing would go a lot better this time. God is so faithful. I don't know if it's because I had to pump right away with Isaac being in NICU or what, but things just went a lot smoother right away with it. My milk came in very quickly (the night we were discharged) and I actually had let-down every time I fed him. I don't remember that ever happening with the other two. Ever. Things went great for the first couple weeks. Then he started getting lazy. Like eating for 30 minutes, then 45 minutes, then even an hour...and being hungry an hour later! He seemed to be sucking most of the time, but evidently not hard enough to be filling his tummy! Anyway, that equated to me basically sitting in the chair feeding him all day. That doesn't work when you have a 5 year old and a 3 year old to take care of as well! So I started pumping and using bottles instead. I got in a groove with the routine of it all and it was going pretty well. I had a bit stored up so if I couldn't pump before he was ready to eat again, no big deal. Well, that quickly disappeared. Most of the time, it was no big deal to get the pumping in. But there was a point about a month into it that I was so frustrated. I was tired of pumping all the time (it's no the most comfortable thing!) was just exhausting. Aaron was so supportive. He encouraged me but he also made sure I knew it was okay if I wanted to quit. But I didn't want to...not truly. When Isaac was about 2.5 months old I decided maybe I should try going back to just nursing and see how he did. I was hesitant because we'd finally gotten back in a groove after the holidays and Spoil Fest 2010 ;) but I was also really really tired of pumping all the time. So I took the leap and he did GREAT! We've been exclusively nursing since! I have what's called "hyperlactation" I think. I still have to pump morning and night. I've had trouble with clogged milk ducts this time (which can lead to mastisis), but thankfully I've been able to "unclog" them before it turns to mastisis. Isaac has no trouble switching between bottle and nursing, which is very nice. I usually feed him a bottle at his last feeding before bed but otherwise he just nurses. I'm running out of room in the freezer though with all the milk I have to pump! I guess I'll be able to use it when I start making his baby food, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to use it all up ever. My goal is to nurse until he's one, so we'll see how that goes. I'm just happy to have made it past the 3 month mark when the other two weaned themselves.

Valentine's DATE!!!

I have no pictures (listen, I'm lucky we got out the door!), but we DID go on a date! With NO kids...not even Isaac! Addie & Seth were so great to babysit all three kids for us. I did miss my baby before we got home, though! And Aaron was sick again this year. What are the chances?? Aaron made reservations for us at a great Italian grill in Hutch-Jillian's. It was so delicious. Honestly the best fettucini alfredo I've ever had. If you live around here...GO! The prices are reasonable and the food is great. And I had tiramisu for dessert. Oh. My. Goodness. I was so stuffed! And it was really nice to have a meal with no mouths to wipe, no cries to answer, and no spills to clean up! Life has changed from our first few Valentine's dates...this one included grocery shopping, pumping, and discussions of "goin' parkin'" NAP! HA!!!! Regardless, it was delightful to spend time alone with my man. And now a cheesy...what are these called??
V-valiant...he is truly my knight in shining armor and I don't tell him enough.
A-absolute goofball...he's goofy and the kids love it. I shouldn't let it get on my nerves like I do. He keeps life entertaining, to say the least!
L-love...he shows each and every one of us love in so many ways every day.
E-energizer bunny...I have NO idea how he does all that he does. He just keeps going and going.
N-new every morning...he reminds me that God's mercies are new every morning and so is his forgiveness and love. No matter how many times I mess up.
T-totally hot...sorry, but he is! ;)
I-in love...with me, with his kids, with his Savior. generic, but seriously the man is just plain nice. Everybody likes Aaron. When he says "well, they've always been nice to be." I just laugh and ask him who's NOT nice to him?!
E-endless passion for sports :) (come one...vowels are hard to come up with!!)

Nine years of Valentine's Dates...time flies! I love you, Aaron.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two Heads Together...

Make Mama's lap VERY well as her heart.

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Naptime with Papa

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Incredible Pizza Fun!!

Since Binga got out of the hospital and was deemed fit for company, the kids and I loaded up and made the trip! Just what the doctor ordered!!

And what's a trip to Binga's house without a trip to Incredible Pizza?!

Jacob loved bowling! He actually did pretty good...scored a 65! :)

Not a good picture, but Anna is now tall enough to ride the bumper cars!! Her arms are barely long enough to reach the control sticks, though! She had to streeeetch.

And Jacob is tall enough now to ride the go-karts!! He not-so-patiently waited his turn.

He loved it! He did NOT want to get out. Anybody surprised?

As if all the games and pizza weren't enough to entice Jacob to love this place, they have this beauty sitting just inside the doorway! :)

Hopefully tomorrow we can convince the kids to go play in all the snow Papa has been saving up for them on the back deck! So far they've said it's too cold. Whimps!! ;)

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow Good!

We are getting a ton of snow! So I decided it would be fun (and yummy!) to make snow ice cream. It's so easy & I found a recipe using what I had!
1 gallon snow (set a bowl out to catch it)
1 c sugar
1 Tbs vanilla
2 c milk
Add milk until it's the desired consistancy.

And there you have it!
It got 6 thumbs up! :)

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Football Fans

Not really...they're too busy chasing each other & playing!! The boys got too hot in their sweatshirts :)

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Play Time With My Boy

I've tried to make it a habit to spend some time really playing with Jacob every afternoon while Isaac naps & Anna is at school. He relishes that time & I have fun! :) He's been pretty bored since Anna started school all day so I hope this helps! I love his imagination!!!

-- Sent from my Palm Pixi