Friday, March 2, 2012

February 2012

Is it that time again?  The days are long but the years are short.  I guess February blew by because I was so busy!  Brandon went to Sweden on business again, this time for 13 days!  My dear mother drove down to bring my sister to help me out and then Mom and Dad drove back to pick her up at the end of the week.  Very thankful to have family that LOVE me.

Now that I am 30 and "officially old" I'm going to stop coloring my hair and let it grow into its natural color - gray and all!  I figure if I keep it styled nice and work a little harder on not dressing like a slob then I won't LOOK old.  We shall see!  Oh - I need a GOOD stylist in C/S.  I want to pay for a good haircut but have not found anyone here who I like (even paid $50 for one and it was terrible!)  Please send me your suggestions!

I have been working almost every night this month on my quiet book and it is coming along nicely. I'm very excited!  Don't want to brag but it is the most awesome quiet book I have ever seen.  The kids keep trying to sneak into my closet to play with it. I will post pictures as soon as I am done.  It is ridiculously time consuming because I'm doing everything by hand and using the blanket stitch to join all the felt.

About the kids - My little Ehren has slept until 7 in his bed the entire week!  I am so proud of him and really enjoying getting more rest.  Its so weird sleeping through the night again myself because I haven't done it since Summer 2010!

When Brandon got back from Sweden he decided to take Lily ice skating!  She was really excited about the prospect but not as excited about actually skating.  She and Brandon took one trip around the rink before she called it quits.  She wanted to play with the ice and look around but not skate.  She did say that she had fun though.
Lily and Daddy trying out the ice

Now for my mini rant on breastfeeding (this is here just so I don't have to explain it over and over again).  I am still nursing my 14 month old.  I do not find this unusual in a global or historical context.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding at least 12 months and then however long after that the mother and baby desire.  The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding at least two years and however long after that the mother and baby desire.  I plan on breastfeeding as long as my son wants to.  There are health benefits to my baby and to me the longer I breastfeed that outweigh any minor inconvenience extended breastfeeding may cause.  My pediatrician is fine with my not giving my baby cow milk and his blood tests show him to be perfectly healthy.  Ehren does not even like cow milk because he will suck it up and then spit it out all over himself (for fun!).  He also does not like to eat meat or carbs and prefers veggies and fruit (and chocolate) so I'm filling in the gaps in his nutrition by breastfeeding.  I do not make decisions based on what is popular or what everyone else is doing.  I have good reasons for everything I do.  I have a degree in Biomedical Science and my hobbies include researching health related topics so I'm not going to make a decision that affects my children without due diligence.  I don't think I'm always right - that is why I consult the professionals when necessary. :-) /end rant!


  1. I'm excited to see pics of your quiet book!!
    I hope I'm blessed with 12 months+ of nursing my baby boy! :) Not planning to even try solid foods until 6 months.

  2. Not that it matters, but I am proud of you! Who knows what's better for your baby than you do? Who did God entrust him to? Love you.

  3. Thanks Jules! Baby led weaning rocks! So much easier and really makes my baby happy. Thanks to you too Kim! It does matter to me that you're proud of me. :-)

    Also, my sister said flashing around my degree made me seem pompous (oops!) I only mentioned it to illustrate that I'm familiar with medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and some pharmacology which greatly assists in my research (and partially explains why I research stuff as a hobby). :)