Friday, February 26, 2010

how rude!

while on my way down to the glorious bathroom to do round 2 of pumping for the day, i was rudely "cut off"....

stay with me....

when i returned to work, i emailed all the lovely ladies in my builing that i would be using the bathroom in the back of the building twice a day and let them know about what time and about how long each time. everyone has been more than accomodating. except for this one chick. for the past two weeks or so there is this one teacher who happens to be letting her class take a bathroom break near the staff restroom i use. every single time she will see me coming and say something to the effect of "oops, wait! can i go real quick?". the first few times i was very nice and enthusiastically said sure.

it has become more annoying each time. you might ask, "leslie, people have to use the restroom. why so annoying?" i will be happy to answer that. here ya go....this particular teacher's class has their lunch and specials prior to this moment in time. for all of you non-teachers out there, this means that she just had and hour and fifteen minutes OFF with no kids. (i am not lucky enough to get this time off! maybe if i did, i would use it more wisely than her!) why not go then? why continue to go when you know someone else will be using this facility? hmmm?

so let me get to today. as i am walking to the restroom, this teacher and her class are walking right with me down the hall. i happened to be talking to one of her students as i was turning the corner to enter the restroom when this chick CUT ME OFF! she squeezed right between myself and her student to jump in the restroom before i could!! she didn't even say a word--no excuse me, no sorry--nothing!! who does that?!!! i have never seen an adult in my building act so rudely!!! geez!!

and i'm done. i have a date with my hubby and an ice cold shiner...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

better late than never...8 months!

alright, alright...i am way late on this post. shame on me. miss addy mae is now 8 months old as of last friday, the 19th! can you believe it? i can't.
let's see...what is she up to these days? e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. and by everything, i mean everything. she is now a professional crawler--fast as can be. she gets where she wants to in a flash. if addy is awake, we better be on our toes. her favorite thing to play with is duke's food. (as you may have noticed in the previous blog!) luckily, duke is one patient big brother. he has really grown to love his little sister. it's very sweet, really. if he hears her upset, crying, or fussing, he will try to console her with a little kiss on the head. he still isn't quite sure how to play with her yet, so he sticks to kisses.

what else is she up to? babbling. bu bu bu bu bu bu baaaaaaaa!!! all we hear from her. and we love it! so dang cute and so much fun to "chat" back to her. she has also become notorious for letting out a few "wails" at times. our valentine's day lunch was at our favorite sushi bar. she was great, chatting, playing etc. as we were gathering our things (bc we all know that once a baby is added to the equation, you suddenly are carrying tons of "crap" with you everywhere you go.), baby girl let out this huge shrieking wail with a big ole smile on her face. it silenced the place. this little girl won't be short on personality. :)

in the past few days, she has learned how to pull up. she looks so grown up standing there. when did my baby become not so small?

adelynn is also now eating a lot more variety. veggies, fruit, meats, crackers, and breads. its still new to her, but i think she is diggin' it! addy now has 5 teeth! 2 on the bottom and 3 on top. makes for the cutest smile! she has also recently turned into a major mama's girl. when she wants her mommy, better get out of the way--no one else will suffice. i hear other mom's gripe about this phase in their childrens' lives, but i don't feel that way. i love that she loves me so much. makes my heart smile.

life is good with our little one. more in love with her every day. :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mischevious One!

Her new favorite thing to play with is Duke's food bowl. Pretty funny watching her dump it all out and poor Duke wondering wth is going on!

Friday, February 12, 2010

i mean, really?

**disclaimer- in no way am i trying to offend anyone reading this. just my opinion, folks!

i have an almost 8 month old baby. i am still breastfeeding this almost 8 month old baby. just within the past few weeks have i noticed people giving me strange looks or asking questions like "how much longer are you going to do that?" as if suddenly my baby is too old to nurse. first off, not your business. secondly, i find it funny that people feel they can give unsolicited advice/ opinions on things such as this.

i am someone who never thought nursing past 3 months would happen for me. i am proud of myself in that i approached breastfeeding with a completely open mind. i never set a deadline. i had an incredibly hard time in the beginning making this work. i wanted to give up more than once. i cried and cried, struggling with figuring out what would be best for our family.

when 3 months rolled around, we were doing great. it was time to go back to work so i was going to be beginning a pumping schedule. to be honest, i didn't think i would be successful and had prepared myself for making the switch to formula. however, i was wrong. the routine of pumping at work got to be my new normal really quick. it is not the easiest routine--carrying a big pump to and from work everyday along with a cooler, batteries, parts, bags...lots of stuff. so much that i had to give in and get one of those rolling carts that i dreaded ever needing as a teacher. ;)

anyways, i decided to try and get to 6 months with her. somewhere in between 3 and 6 months, this all became very easy. i also somehow managed to create a huge stockpile in our freezer. (as of now, i think i have close to 100oz in there--may end up donating some.) six months rolled around and i decided to set a new goal--addy's first birthday. some people have a funny reaction to that. almost acting like it it is weird or gross that i would want to nurse for that long. whatever. this is what we feel is best for our little one.

breastfeeding is something that has caught me completely by surprise. i never dreamed i would want to nurse for a year. i look forward to that time with my daughter. i am giving her something no one else in this world can provide. it is a special time between the two of us.

i know there are a lot of differing opinions out there on what is considered "best" for our children. we all do what we can--what we feel is best. i know not everyone nurses, i know some are only able to for a short time, i know there are some who nurse way beyond a year. i wasn't nursed for a year, neither was dusty, and we both ended up healthy people. i am sure that when addy has her babies, the guidelines on what to do will be different for her than they were for me. all i know is that i am proud that my baby and i have made it this far and i hope we are able to make 4 more months!

for those who don't are a few reasons i am choosing to breastfeed for a year:

Breastfeeding protects your baby from gastrointestinal trouble, respiratory problems, and ear infections

Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies.

Breastfeeding may boost your child's intelligence

Breastfeeding may protect against obesity later in life

Breastfeeding may protect your baby from childhood leukemia

Breastfeeding may protect your baby from developing type 1 diabetes

Breastfeeding may lower your baby's risk of SIDS

Breastfeeding helps you lose weight

Breastfeeding can lower your stress levels and reduce postpartum bleeding

Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of some types of cancer

Breastfeeding may protect against osteoporosis later in life

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, Alyson!

Today is my bestie's birthday!! In honor of her (and because she did this for me on her blog and I liked it!), here are some pictures of some of our good times! Love you and miss you, friend!!!!!!!

Had to throw this one in--my bestie holding my baby girl just minutes after she entered the world! (she was about 6 month preggers in this photo!)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Flashback Friday! part 1

one of our engagement pics--july of 2007!

Monday, February 1, 2010

birthday weekend wrap-up!

can you believe i took not one picture this weekend? and it was my birthday weekend? i should have my wrist slapped! (maybe lisa will email the few pics we took saturday nite...pleeeease!) so since i have no fun pictures, i'll do a little weekend wrap up!

BEST PART: so many things come to mind...waking up to my daughter's smiling face the morning of my birthday might just be the best gift i have ever received...l.o.v.e. in addition, dusty went above and beyond this year...surprised me with some brand new tennis shoes {and my favorite candy}--puma, might i add (my fave)--speaks to the inner athlete in me that i love tennis shoes as a present! he also organized a casual bbq get together with some of our closest friends which later turned into a bowling date nite! so fun!!

WORST PART: the bit of a hangover i had all day sunday...and i didn't even drink that much saturday nite. can we say old? ugh. the worst headache in some time yesterday. yuck.

PEOPLE I SAW: my wonderful hubby and daughter of course...also dave and lisa, and my parents. oh and vinnie--the guy who fixed our P.O.S. garage door for a great price! ;)

SOMETHING I ACCOMPLISHED: not much of anything..the usual grocery store trip and a little bit of laundry

SOMETHING I DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH: the rest of the laundry

THINGS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK: presenting a staff development thursday nite for other teachers covering strategies for teaching students with autism...i know, a little geeky!

THINGS I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK: not getting to see my baby girl thursday nite due to the previously mentioned staff development...:(