Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy as a buzzzzy bee

Well, I've been quite busy lately with projects, so I haven't really felt like posting much. I've even had stuff to blog about. I hate when I do this, but I'll do mini blurbs about what's been going on, just for journaling's sake.

Lump in my neck
Well, about 3 weeks ago I noticed a hard mass in the back of my neck. It was about the size of a marble. I was not very worried, but decided it would be foolish not to go to the doctor. What an ordeal trying to find a doctor! I had to call about 6 family practice doctors before I could find one that was taking new patients.

She decided that it most likely was an infected lymph node, even though I hadn't been sick myself. She prescribed me antibiotics to take 2 times a day for 10 days. In 3 weeks (tomorrow) I was supposed to check back in to make sure it had gone down. It pretty much has, but it's still a very slight bump. I'm sure she'll give me a clean bill of health tomorrow.

Aside: While I was there I asked her if I should be concerned about my lower back hurting quite a bit. I've had back problems off and on since my last couple weeks of pregnancy (with Dean...I'm not currently pregnant). I was TOTALLY unimpressed by her response. She said, "Yep. You and every other mother. Well, you can take Motrin while you're nursing." I don't want to cover up the pain! I want to find and fix the root problem!! I've tried to do yoga more and it's seeming to help some. Enough that I've decided to put off finding a chiropractor.

Side effects
I did not have a pleasant time while on the antibiotics. It made me nauseous and gave me diarrhea for almost 2 weeks. Because the good bacteria in me was killed right along with the bad, I also got one of the worst yeast infections I've had (bad enough to go to the doctor about it!), and this morning my OB-Gyn called and said the other test results came back. I not only had a yeast infection, but I have vaginitis and a bladder infection. I'll tell you what, I hate taking medicine. Especially the kind that gives me other problems!

Baby Gifts
Last week I realized one of my friends would be having her baby any day and I hadn't made her anything yet! So, I pulled out some fabric that I bought well over a year ago (since I thought it was so cute and knew I'd be able to use it down the road) and made a few of my favorite baby gifts. I made a big flannel wrapping blanket, a tag blanket, and some matching burp cloths. I was going to do a tutorial on how to make these, but I probably won't unless someone really wants me to. So, if you do, just leave me a comment and I will.

When Matt was out of town for work, I decided it was the perfect time to paint our dresser. We got our dresser from the previous tenents of the last apt. we lived in in UT (unbeknownst to them). They had left it on the side walk to be collected with trash. We didn't have one and claimed it. It was a little beat up, but still functional. The white paint was chipped and there were a couple dents in the wood here and there. So, after two years of putting up with an ugly white dresser, I painted it green. I still have to paint the knobs and nice white, but it's close to done.

I get a newsletter from a local quilt shop emailed to me, and in a recent one I saw a really cute Christmas craft book. It's called 12 days of Christmas: Heart to Art. I have been in a fabric mood since I made the fabric basket, so I splurged and got it. I love all the projects in it! (Probably should have checked amazon before I went since it was like $7 cheaper! Oh well..I'm supporting small, local business...) I'm first making numbers for a count down to Christmas. This past week has been spent in fabric selection (SO HARD!!!), cutting, sewing and adhering. The next week will be spent blanket stitching all the numbers. Matt says the colors aren't very Christmasy (despite the fact that they're red and green and the green one has Christmas trees on it...just the wrong red and green for him I guess), but I like it just fine. The colors and fabrics look better in person.

Setting the record straight on language acquisition
I decided I better write something about Dean's words. I previously wrote he knew a fair amount of words. Recently I've decided he doesn't actually know most of the words I thought he did. He's just pretty good at copying me, and he jabbers a lot. I am still fairly convinced he knows cracker, dada, and dog. He often sounds like he's saying "zik" or "gak" for music, "nk" for drink, "ungy" for hungry, and "yuck" for a number of things (such as the trash can and his diaper), but I'm not totally convinced he knows those words. I'm quite possibly that over excited mom who thinks her 1 year old is a genius.

He does understand more than he speaks. If I tell him to dance he starts moving his body. If I tell him to shake his toy, he will. He'll turn the light on and off on command (sometimes without looking at the switch. He'll just reach out his hand and feel around for it. It cracks me up.). When we're outside and he tries to put rocks in his mouth, I tell him to just toss it away. He usually does. (And then picks it up again and tries to eat it again.)

The Forager
Dean is what I consider a good eater. He'll eat large amounts of the things he really likes, and he'll eat about 5 or 6 bites of almost anything, even if he doesn't like it much (ie Spinach). The only thing he usually spits out immediately are cooked carrots. (I know, it's so weird since he'll eat rocks, sticks, and the bottom of shoes...but carrots, no thanks!) He'll even eat spicy things so long as they're not REALLY spicy. I normally try to not feed him junky food so he doesn't acquire a taste for it, but I'll occasionally let him have some Ramen since he had some of daddy's once and loved it. Last night I made him half a package. He ate ALL of it double handed so he could get it in his mouth more quickly. In addition to the noodles, he had 4 canned pear halves (don't worry, it was the no sugar added kind), and an adult sized handful of green beans! And then about 10 min. after I got him down, Matt found him opening the lid to our trash can and picking out the green beans on top (the ones that fell on the floor during dinner) and eating them too!! SICK. We have to keep an eye on that boy!

(His chin is red in the picture because he was eating spicy chili flavored ramen! He LOVED it, but was super happy when I gave him milk in a sippy (for the first time). He'd eat a bite and drink some milk and then repeat.

Politically incorrect guide to politics
I am always surprised at myself how politically charged I get during election time. While I was quilting last Friday I watched John Stossel on 20/20. It was called John Stossel's Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics. It was really, really informative and easy to follow. It was probably the best thing I've watched in relation to politics this year. It was a non-partisan look at the economy, the economic plans of the candidates, and some other governmental stuff. Search for it. I know you can see it online. It was totally worth watching, and I think everyone should see it.


Lindsay said...

Ooh, ooh! Tutorial, please? :)

On the language acquisition thing... I think I fall to the other end of the spectrum in that I usually doubt that nearly anything Garrett says actually has meaning attached to it. I can firmly tell people he says "hello," and sometimes it sounds like he says "plane" when he hears and points to an airplane flying overhead. But that's about it. He says "mama" and "dada" but I'm not entirely convinced he means Blake or I when he says them. He is, however, very good at speaking gibberish with adult-like inflections in his voice. (Does Dean do that?) It's absolutely hilarious. He mimics us and our tones, and certainly appears to enjoy a good conversation, even though he's the only one who has any idea what the heck he's talking about. He even squeezes in knee-slapping laughs here and there to make his "talking" sound more real. My mom told me when she was here visiting that that's a good sign that actual meaning-attached words are on the way. First kids have to be decent "pretend" talkers before they can move on to real talking.

Anyway, sorry you haven't been feeling well. It sounds like it's been a no-fun bumpy ride. And keep up with those crafty ideas. They look like lots of fun!

Matt & Sarah Pace said...

wow you have been a busy mama! Oh and you are expecting???? I did not know this!! Yeah for you!

On another note about the back pain. I also have it and my physical therapist told me to strengthen my back muscles and your lower abbs and it should do the trick. not easy but it should help. I'll let you know how it works because I have yet to start the exersising process

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

No sarah, i'm not. I meant the last month of my pregnancy with Dean. Sorry to be ambiguous!

wildwesthome said...

The low back pain may have been related to the kidney infection...

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Lindsay, he uses voice inflections occasionally, but he definitely has separate words and specific sounds he makes for specific things. His distressed talk sounds like he's saying "This this this" over and over. Totally like he's trying to convey an important message.

Wildwest, I've had back problems for almost a year now and the bladder infection is one of the mildest I've ever had and has only been a couple days. So I think my back is just out of place and I probably pick Dean up incorrectly and strain already strained muscles.

Kristeee said...

Wow, you've been busy! Good for you!

I love my chiropractor (I dated his son and worked for them for a couple years, too), but I love him even more now that I'm a mom.

The antibiotics I took while still pregnant made my intestines so cranky (I spaced taking a probiotic to counteract that) that it sent me into labor. My intestinal cramps caused contractions and led to my water breaking 6.5 weeks earlier than my due date. I just about hugged my pediatrician when she recommended a probiotic for Kate. Yay for doctors who recommend things other than prescribed drugs!

marzy dotes said...

I love the projects!! The Christmas one is extra cute and I definately think that it looks Christmasy. I could tell it was for Christmas even before reading what you wrote about it. I think you have good taste in fabric. I agree, it is harder to coordinate fabric than you would think, at least that is how it is for me. You have been super busy! Dean continues to be a cutie pie. Isn't this a fun stage when they start to understand more and more. He is turning into a little boy! gotta love it! My kids eat rocks too....and dig in the trash.

Erin said...

I too would love a tutorial! I'm a sewer in the very beginning stages and love new projects.

I have also had back problems since Anna. I went to a wonderful chiropractor in Delaware that helped me but haven't found a good one here in NY yet. I would suggest going to the site to find one in your area. NUCCA chiros only adjust your atlas bone in your neck, with the theory that if it is in place, the rest of the spine will align and relieve pain. Trust me, it works!

Anna is a talking fool too. She has quite a few words but she'll also run over to me, urgently pointing at something, repeating the same jibberish over and over. I really wish I knew what she was trying to say!

Juls said...

Seriously, I feel impressed with myself if dinner is on the table and the laundry folded! you are amazing!

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Juls, you have to remember I have only one child and he goes to bed between 6-6:30!