Friday, November 20, 2009

Big Girl syndrome

No, I am not referring to myself, though I need some lessons on this too.

Jocelyn has been digressing a bit lately. I think she has a feeling and understanding that this baby is coming soon (I am due Jan 27th). She has exhibited some baby girl behavior that is starting to be really annoying.

For example, she wets the bed during naps now. She now has to wear a pull-up to nap in.

She used to sleep through the whole night without waking up wet but now has to wear a diaper. (Why is it that the faster they potty train, as in Jocelyn's case, they have more accidents? Whereas with Samuel, it took a year to potty train him but once he got it he never struggled with accidents again. Any of you experience this? ).

She talks in baby talk now. It drives me crazy! The jibberish is cute while she's reading books to herself or her animals but when she tries to communicate with me in her baby talk, I don't respond.

She likes to be wrapped up in her blanket, cuddled and rocked. Sometimes she'll even suck her thumb.

She forgets how to put on her own coat and socks.

And today after one of her temper-tantrums I asked her to put her own socks and shoes on like a big girl and she wailed, "I'm not a big girl!" whereas 2 months ago she was so proud of growing up like Samuel.

So my only theory for this behavior is jealousy and fear of this little baby, whom she is excited to see, is coming into her life and she will no longer be the young one, the princess, the baby, the only girl.

I can totally relate!! I feel the same way in a lot of ways right now. Come to think of it, as I write this, I can't put on my socks (because I can't see my feet) or coats (because my shoulders have grown like a man's), I wet the bed (well, not exactly, I just have to work on those kegel exercises), I liked to be wrapped up and coddled, and I yell instead of talk in jibberish. So, I suppose, we are more alike than I thought. I only hope this doesn't last for too long after this little wiggly girl is born.

Picture taken November 2008 by Liz Draper

Monday, November 16, 2009


Thanks for all of your comments. I am glad to know that you are still reading!

I want to open a discussion via comments. Or just share your opinions on a variety of topics that you all can relate to.

1. We are getting a vacuum for Christmas! (some of you may have already repsonded on FB) yay! Which brand do you recommend? Why? What features do you love about it? Which do you hate? Any that you do not recommend?

2. What do you use to get stains out? Stains such as baby poop and grape juice?
I personally like to use the Clorox bleach pens for whites and Shout gel for others. On tough stains I use powdered Biz, soak it overnight if necessary. I am wondering if there is something better out there. Oh, and I used Oxi clean on baby stains w/no luck.

3. When should brothers and sisters not bathe together? Sleep in the same room?

4. What are your favorite freezer meals? I want to try and stock the freezer before the wee little one arrives.

That's all I can think of for now...I am sure I'll come up with some more later on. Thanks for your input!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Glucose testing

Does anyone read this blog anymore? Just wondering, it's a little quiet in the comment section.

So, I failed the 1-hr glucose screening test which meant I had to go in again for the 3-hr glucose test. For those of you don't know what that is I'll briefly explain. Every pregnant woman has to be tested for gestational diabetes when she is between 24 and 28 weeks along. Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that doesn't allow the pregnant body to create enough insulin to overcome effects of insulin resistance. It can be dangerous for baby and mother if it is not treated properly.

So, the test goes like this. You go into the hospital. I went in during Samuel's pre-school thinking it would be lovely to only bring one child to be bored for 1 hour while sitting there. So Jocelyn and I head into the hospital and immediately see all the signs with people wearing masks, H1N1 plastered all over them, listing symptoms, etc. I am greeted by the nearly elderly lady at the info desk. She stops me and asks that Jocelyn wear a mask, whether she has a cold or not. I agree to wear one because I had a sore throat and runny nose. But Jocelyn refused. She kept wailing, "I don't want to be a doctor." What happened to my brave little girl? Had she already forgotten about her broken arm this summer? Or is it that she's glimpsed too many House episodes? Either one, she refused. I did not want to make a scene. I did not want to put up with a masked (and growing independent toddler) for one hour and quickly called Tyler demanding he come home once classes were over to watch the kids so I could take the test later that day. And then I thought later, she wouldn't have lasted the one hour with or without a mask. She wouldn't have lasted the first 5 minutes in which I have to chug the nasty orange drink. She would have tried stealing it from me, and enjoyed it too!

So, I went later that day, chugged the nasty drink. It isn't quite as yummy looking like the photo above. It's more like a diluted McDonald's orange drink, the kind they always served in barrels at church activities growing up. You know that kind? Not my favorite drink. Then an hour later I get my blood drawn.

Come to find out, I "failed" this one hour test and have to go in for the 3-hour test later that week. So I have to fast for 10-12 hours before my 7:15 am test the next morning. I delight in eating homemade popcorn with m&m's (they don't melt they just get soft inside, a tip I learned from my BFF Heather) right before the 12 hour mark.

I go in the next morning, leaving the kids at home with Tyler. Get my blood drawn first, to see if I still need to be tested. And I do. Then I get to chug the drink again. This time, however, it was lemon-lime flavored. Not as bad as the orange stuff.

1 hour passes....

I get my blood drawn again.

I stand up, walk to the waiting area, try reading again, and I feel nauseous. I go to the bathroom, put my head b/w my knees and try not to puke. I was incredibly dizzy and praying that I would not pass out on the bathroom floor as it would be some time before anyone discovered me. I finally feel well enough to stand up and leave the bathroom.

1 hour passes...

I try to sleep until this loud toddler comes in with his family and he is screaming hysterically. Having a meltdown every time he doesn't' get his way.

Get my next pin prick, this time in the same place as the last. My arm ins't bruised yet. They told me that it's a good thing I didn't throw up because I would have had to do the test all over again!! They said it should get easier from here on out. Remember, I am still fasting (save a nasty orange drink and some water).

1 hour passes.....

Last needle! Yay! 4 pricks in one morning is enough for me to realize I never want an epidural. Though the epidural is waaaaay bigger, I just don't like the thoughts of needles. The vain was not giving as much blood as before so she was poking around and it felt like she hit a nerve or a bone because it really hurt. I hate needles but am growing used to them.

So, I can finally leave. I just sat in the hospital for 4 hours!!! Ugh. I needed to eat right away and they suggested protein so I stopped at the Burger King and bought a $1 double cheeseburger, 1/4 pound of questionable beef. But it was gooooood.

So, moral of the story. Um, that test sucks. I don't know the results yet. I hope I don't have the diabetes because then I have a higher risk of developing it in my later years. But a forced change in diet wouldn't hurt me either.

UPDATE: I passed with flying colors. Phew!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall 2009

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The colors, the scents, the temperatures, the memories, the food....I love it! And with kids it's even better.

Here are a few highlights of ours thus far, overload of photos.

Pumpkin Patch
We tried a new patch this year. One in Salt Lake Valley, called the Pumpkin Point Farm, that had a free corn maze, about 10 tractors for the kids to play on, kids sized wheelbarrows, hens eating corn, free hayrides, cheap pumpkins and an orange cat that had Jocelyn smitten.

BYU Homecoming Parade:
BYU Law was able to walk in it this year. Sadly, we didn't walk the whole thing because I stopped to take a photo with an old roommate, Christine. By the time we were done talking our group was like 3 sections ahead of us and we would have had to book it to catch up. Try doing that with one stroller, one lady with a bowling ball attached to her stomach and one 5 year old on a bike with training wheels. Not going to happen. So we stayed behind and enjoyed watching the rest of the parade and getting the free candy!

Samuel prepping for the parade
Meeting Cosmo (BYU's mascot). Sammy was scared for the first 10 seconds and then he ran into his arms willingly.
Christine and I. She looks exactly the same, lucky girl!

Law Halloween Party:
Each year the Law school hosts a Halloween pizza party, costume parade and trick-or-treating in the student carrels (each law student gets their own little cubicle in the law building). They received so much candy that they could no longer carry their heavy bags. Their costumes seemed to go over well. Sammy was a "boy cowboy" and Joc was a "girl cowboy," according to Samuel.
Sammy's chaps kept falling down.

Tyler wore his chef shirt. There was a law student making balloon art instead of giving candy.

Annual doughnut marathon
This year I made spudnuts ( a new recipe) and the same pumpkin cake doughnuts that I made last year. I was filled with grease for days.....yum! Thanks Jana for helping out!

This was before I got frustrated at the kids using the dough as playdough. Do you like my anti-feminist apron? My MIL made it for me as a joke. I think it looks very flattering above my prego belly ;0 I look like an old lady!

My Aunt Allie's annual family Halloween party. Creigh and Peter are my 1st cousins. Cute boys.

We did let the kids go around Tyler's sister student apartment building for a little more candy. I bought a bag of candy from Costco thinking I'd get rid of it all but living in the basement seems to turn some off from coming around. Thank you to Jana for providing these photos and for bringing Carson down for the Halloween festivities.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stupid swine flu

You successfully postponed a family Halloween party,

You canceled my kids day trip to the Fire house because they no longer give tours,

You force me to wear a mask to the hospital for glucose screenings and shots because I have a runny nose and sore throat (but no fever and cough),

You won't allow my children into the hospital when I have to do the glucose screening tests so I have to wait until Daddy is home to watch my kids,

You may not allow my children (come January) to see their newborn sister in the hospital, even while wearing a mask!!!

Stupid swine flu, go away! Please do not invade our home because I don't want to put up with the hacking, no sleep, achiness, runny noses, sore throats and constant fevers. I was vaccinated but my children are not so please stay away! I am not happy when I am sick, pregnant and dealing with sick kids or husband!

And please don't cancel the boutique this weekend because I didn't procrastinate sewing for nothing!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Come one come all

Hello fellow Utah'n friends!

If you're available this weekend come up to Farmington to the Piper & Chloe boutique. A bohemian Anthropologie style show that will feature some of my items along with other talented artisans! Situated in beautiful home and started by a talented and kind group of sisters and mother. Come check it out. You may find some great Christmas gifts or ideas for your own creations.

Check out the blog here.
And get the directions before you go there. I got lost trying to follow their instructions as long as some friends who tried coming this spring :)

They have a playroom for those who need to bring their kids.

November 6th and 7th. Friday, 10-7pm and Saturday, 10-5pm 46 Robyn Way Farmington, UT