Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
We are now using Nuby bottles. As you see on the right, there is nothing to them. It’s just a plain plastic cylinder. Let this be a lesson to us that I’m sure we will keep learning over and over again. Simple is sometimes better. We are using the same nipples and the new bottles are working great!
Friday, October 9, 2009
I have entered into a fitness challenge with a colleague at work. This same challenge occurred between us and another colleague over a year ago and I won then. I’m determined to win again. Today, we weighed in and discussed our individual goals. Both of us will have different diet plans. For me, I will follow Weight Watchers until I feel comfortable identifying “good” foods from “bad” based on calorie, fat, and fiber. Because we are different body types and not the same gender, our weight loss will be calculated in percentages. This is a reflection of the Biggest Loser which I love to watch. To keep me motivated, I will blog about my weekly weight loss…or gain. I am still undecided if I should post a before picture or disclose my weight. I’m not really comfortable with either idea, but maybe I’ll change my mind once I get going and see good results.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I'm sure this comes as no shock to anyone; we are ALWAYS busy! There are soccer games and practice to attend, doctor appointments, playtime with friends, schoolwork, bottle feedings, YMCA free swim, school events, naptime, laundry, dishes, house chores, church, violin practice, grocery shopping, family fun time, etc, etc, etc.
On Sunday, we drove to Mom Mom Worthington's to drop Mason off for the night and into Monday. He loves staying with Mom Mom and Aunt Jessica (AJ). By the time we picked up Bubbles from her weekend with her Mom's family and drove to the Edgewood area, it was after 7 PM. By the time we came home, it was after 9 PM and time for bed. I knew we weren't going to have time for dinner. I didn't want to waste money we didn't have buying fast food and not eat healthy. So, we brown bagged it for dinner. Even Mason had his very own bag filled with bottles. I labeled each bag with a 2 word description to make it more fun.
In school everyone equated brown bags to being an uncool thing. Gosh, were we ever mistaken! These brown bags are awesome!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
- He was born without a right kidney.
- He has kidney reflux in his left kidney.
- Based on a stage of 1 -5 (5 being the most severe case), Mason is a 5.
In 6 weeks, we are going back to Hershey Medical Center so a renal scan of Mason's left kidney can be done. The question now is Mason's left kidney functioning at 100% like it should since it's the only one.
We will keep everyone posted.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This money has now become disposable income and it still bothers me that we are spending it on one of our animals. The money could easily go towards Madison's and Mason's college accounts, school taxes that are due soon, or Christmas gifts. What I hope comes out of this besides RRF being okay is that we are teaching Madison that sometimes the value of a dollar doesn't matter. While decisions should not be reckless, they should be based on love and for the goodness of others. With that said, I will be the first to admit that I should really practice what I preach. Steve and I are trying; which is why we made this decision.
Monday, September 14, 2009
We will need to tell Dr. Cheek of our decision; whether to treat RRF. If left untreated, RRF will continue to get progressively worse and become so sick, that any type of treatment would be too costly. It's been a tough decision. I know some of you are thinking "it's just a cat" and yes, from an outsider's viewpoint, RRF is "just a cat". But to us, "she's part of the family" even if I think we have too many animals. I am torn as I believe Steve is although he keeps telling me that a bullet will only cost 25 cents. Not funny, Steve! My practical side says that we cannot afford to keep RRF healthy. We are paying medical bills relating to Mason's delivery that the insurance did not cover and we will be paying on them for awhile. On top of that, we do not know of Mason's potential condition of kidney reflux and how severe it is for his age. My emotional side says that we cannot euthanize RRF unless we have at least tried to give her a chance at a healthy life.
How far do you go? At what point is the effort not practical anymore? How much will you sacrafice for an animal? Do you listen to reason or your heart? What if this was your pet?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Who knew a barely 2 month old needed so much stuff?
Mason watching the animals go round.
Mom Mom makes Mason so happy.
He was pooped Sunday night after a busy weekend of being adored by Mom Mom and Aunt Jessica.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Instead of watching his Papa and Sissy ride the mini motorcycle, Mason is watching the back of his eyelids.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Steve and I took Mason to the pediatrician today. He now weighs 9 lbs and 4.8 ounces and measures 22 inches in length. We must start forcing Mason's head to turn to his left and while it's turned in this direction, massage his neck muscles. The pediatrician said it's common in infants to favor only one side. If an infant would continue to turn his or her head to one side, the muscles could stiffen. The pediatrician said the name of the condition (is it really even a condition?) so quickly, I did not understand what she had said. I'm thinking the name is "tortacolitis", but I have not had the time to research anything. On a funnier note, Mason peed all over the pediatrician. Boy, she reacted with lightning speed. Me, I just always sit and watch Mason spray everywhere because it's hilarious and I can never stop laughing. Mason received his 2nd dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine. He was a good baby and only cried for a few seconds.
The pediatrician gave us a few tips on how to prepare Mason to sleep through the night:
-Make evenings as boring as possible so he doesn't make himself excited (he's only 1 month old; he's not doing that much!)
-Don't feed Mason to sleep (then he would never get fed in the evening because he can look at the bottle and fall asleep!)
-When he awakes at night, don't turn on any lights (I would break a bone stumbling around in the dark half asleep trying to prepare a bottle!)
-Nightime should only be for feeding; do not change the diaper (Goodness, even when Mason's diaper is changed twice a night, he still pees everywhere. If his diaper wasn't changed during the night, he would flood the house!)
-When Mason is done feeding in the middle of the night, put him back into his crib even if he's awake. This means no rocking, swinging, or talking (I should have asked the pediatrician how long do I allow Mason to scream before picking him up!)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
You are going to do wonderful in the 4th grade. You are going to make so many friends and your teacher, Mrs. Monday, will absolutely love you. Daddy and I love you to fruity bits and juicy pieces!