HodgePodge March

Ruby Have I told you how her fussing has diminished DRASTICALLY? Aside from always wanting to be on my hip, she doesn't fuss in the car as much anymore - actually not at all. She has been AMAZING. The only thing I can contribute it to is figuring out her sleeping schedule. I've ALWAYS thought her sleeping has been causing her to be fussy - getting up at 5am and taking barely one nap a day is ROUGH on a little girl. Well, a few months back, we dropped a nap and everything kind of shook itself out! She is definitely not a sleeper like her mamma and sister, but I'll take what I can get. Daylight Savings Time ALSO saved us! She is now getting up between 6 and 7 - I can handle that. She takes a nap at 11 which allows for us to go get Lindy at school so I don't have to wake her up - it is perfect! (note to self. I just wrote perfect, that means something will change this week!) That is just the laws of parenting babies. You get them RIGHT where you want them and then something changes. Maybe teenagers too? Ruby and I communicate really really well - it is probably a little scary. She has that typical, 2nd child syndrome where she doesn't really have to talk well because, I just talk for her! I can undersatnd almost everything she wants by pointing or grunting or her really cute words. She doesn't say anything very clear but we get it. She is a mamma's girl. ALWAYS wanting to be held by me. Always. I'm trying to find ways to play with her and yet do some stuff around the house. It is a hard balance. I don't think I'll ever be happy with both the state of my house and attention I give my children. Ruby got her first ear infection last week - it was a rough couple of nights, getting up with her every 10-15 minutes, she just wouldn't settle. When you go from sleeping through the night to THAT, it is almost a sure fire way to know it is an ear infection. Dale and I rotated sleeping on the couch with her upright on us. Made for long sleepless nights. It was the roughest visit to medexpress ever. She screamed the WHOLE WAY THERE, THE WHOLE TIME IN THE LOBBY, THE WHOLE TIME THE DOCTOR WAS LOOKING AT HER, WHILE WE WAITED FOR THE MEDS, I thought she was going to explode she was so upset. I was crying, praying that the pain would go away. She wouldn't let me hold her, was WRITHING around in the stroller, falling out of it. I would try to pick her up and comfort her, she would go limp and let me tell you, it is HARD to hold a limp child, acting like jelly to get out of your arms. Her face was BEAT RED, she had been screaming for probably 2 hours. And the minute we got into the car, she stopped. Just like that. We got home and she was a peach. I have no idea. She has peed on the toilet 3 times now - I haven't been trying to potty train her, but everytime we go to the bathroom, she wants to pull her pants down and take her diaper off, so I follow along. Well, in the last 2 weeks, I asked her to "go potty" and she sat there and MADE … [Read more...]

18 Months and 6 Years

I LOVE this age. Love it. http://youtu.be/5XufWHQQEJU Every time I get my vacuum out, Ruby wants to help. Starting her young folks. And then, every time I get my blood glucose meter out, she wants to use it too. I've even pricked her once because she was adamant about putting her finger there and wanting me to do it to her. No, I didn't draw blood. I promise. We did enough of that for her first month of her life. But, wow, she is REALLY watching me. The girls eating breakfast together. Lindy had her "special week" this week where she gets to bring in her family and snacks and pictures and whatever delights that she likes. So, we stayed up late one night and raided my craft closet to make some stuff for he bulletin board. Can you see how many animals have come through the Harris house in the picture above? We had a friend tell us this weekend "animals go to your house...to DIE." I might have cried just a little bit. Do you notice the big white space in the picture above? The empty spot on the bottom right. Yah, that is where the teacher took off pictures of Lindy's brother. She apologized and mentioned that she didn't want to have to deal with death and the kiddos. Ok, I said. IO guess I get that. It wasn't like he was bleeding from the mouth or blue. He just looked like he was sleeping. He is her brother, part of our family. P.S. parents, if your children do not know about death, TELL THEM NOW. That is life. I'm not saying scare them and freak them out, but seriously...take them to a funeral maybe? Moving on. I cringe when I see these pictures - poor Lindy, 2 broken arms before 2 years old. Lordy. Here is Lindy showing her "Art Book" to the class. So glad I got that done. I LOVE it. I took all of Lindy's art that has been collecting in boxes in the basement, scanned or took a picture of the crafts and then uploaded them all to create a book. IN.CRED.IBLE. So, she is holding her 2 years to 5 years book. I'm beginning to think her 6 year old book is going to be 4 volumes. It was expensive but completely worth it. You can see her book here: Lindy's Art Volume I (Age 2-5) | Make Your Own Book 84 pages. But totally worth it. Sisters snuggling. … [Read more...]

Ruby and Milk

Did I ever tell you how Ruby did once we cut milk from her diet?!!! I guess it was in the middle of MY juice fast, so the novelty is gone. BUT....!!! SHE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LITTLE GIRL. Yes folks, even after 12 hours of being off milk, her fussiness had dwindled. By day 2, she wasn't fussy. Demanding, but NOT FUSSY!! I kept asking Lindy and Dale "do you notice anything new about Ruby? Is she fussy to you?" and the response was mutual - Ruby is not as fussy. An absolute miracle. So, basically, the stuff I was giving to her to make her SHUT UP (can I say that?) was the stuff that was essentially poisoning her. We don't know if it is a lactose intolerance or if it was just a milk overdose that was making her sick. I was giving her WAY too much in a 24 hour period. It was the only thing that would stop the fussing!! So, we cut it from her diet for a week and she did a complete 180 in her attitude. No more fussy baby. Now, every time my mom asks me how she is doing, I'm telling mom "she is great! She is doing really well and not fussing as much...ACCEPT for right now, but no, really, she is not as fussy." Because for some reason, when mom calls, Ruby IS fussy about something - but it is NOTHING like the "other" fussy. It makes us both laugh. Am I confusing you with all this fussy stuff? As the days went on, she was smiling A WHOLE lot more! It was completely noticeable, this fussy switch being turned off. Thank you Jesus for prompting me to make that random phone call to the doctor "can you please see my daughter today, SHE WON'T STOP FUSSING" and for having the one doctor on duty that actually gets results for my kids. I was just at my wits end and called the doc that day and he convinced me to make some drastic changes. So, I was to introduce whole milk back into her diet after the week and only 12oz a day. I've been trying but for some reason, she doesn't like the stuff now. And yes, we did soy up to age 12 months and she was still fussy, so we switched to whole milk after soy formula and nothing changed -so we truly think it was just quantity and not lactose. What is a mother to do. Ha. … [Read more...]