Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Quick Explanation and Some Weekend Words

So I haven't been blogging because I am in Utah with my parents right now. I've been here for over two weeks and I will be here for another week and a half. As those of you who live away from family know, when you come home, you get busy. Very busy. So that's why I haven't been blogging.

I am here because my dear grandmother passed away on the 4th of August at the ripe old age of 93, bless her heart. We came home for her funeral, and I stayed here because Brian has been away at scout camp and has a business trip to Kentucky coming up. It's better to be at my parent's house without Brian than in Oregon, all alone, without Brian. So here am I. And here I will be.

I will post more about my wonderful grandmother and my time spent in Utah later.

As for the Mac n' Cheese Recipe contest, it took place last Tuesday. It was a huge job, as is posting about it. It was a lot of fun though and I definitely got what I wanted out of it, which was great recipes for Mac n' Cheese! I have been working on the post for a few days now, and expect it to be up sometime next week, so be sure and check back to see if you are the winner! For a teaser, I will throw this out: The panel of taste testers chose two very clear winners, so two of you, not one, will be receiving a $10.00 gift card to Sur la Table.

Exciting? Oh, I think so.

In the baby world, Leon is (still) getting larger. I have been feeling swishy swishers for the last couple of weeks and a few days ago was even able to catch two good kicks with my hand. I can't wait for Brian to feel his little one kickin' it old school in my woomba.

Speaking of that Brian: I. miss. my. husband.

And now for some Weekend Words. These come from a wonderful book I just finished reading titled, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with your Baby by Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau. My mother-in-law, Lorene, sent this to me with the following note attached:

Dear Abby,

I got to be part of a conversation in Relief Society yesterday between a new mother & a mother with an 8 year old. The mother with the 8 year old shared that she read a lot of books on parenting when she became a mom. This book was one of her favorites. She said it was very helpful. I found 2 copies at Barnes & Noble this morning and bought both of them. Maybe there will be an idea or two that will be helpful.

I love you,


Well, I found more than two good ideas in this book, that's for sure. Let's start with this:

"...part of my job is to help parents gain perspective. I tell mums and dads right from the start: The won't last forever. You will calm down. You will become more confidant. You will be the best parent you can be. And at some point, believe it or not, your baby will sleep through the night. For now, though, you must lower your expectations."

Take care, all you new mums. I am thinking of you.



Kimba said...

It's true. :) It may take only a few weeks for some, or maybe you'll have a squirt that goes all the way until 8 freakin' months, but it'll happen. And when it does it's AMAZING. :) And perhaps all the more sweet?

Haven't read that one yet, but I've had several people recommend it. So it must be good.

Leslie said...

I can attest that The Baby Whisperer is a magician in book form. I did it with my last 3 kids and they ALL slept through the night at a younger age (can't think of when because as we discussed, kids take your memory away) and they are still really good sleepers. No waking up for drinks, yadayadayada.

If you stick to it I promise you it will work. It is hard with the first because you DO want to just rock them to sleep and hold them, or let them sleep next to you. That IS great, but you will be a much happier mommy with more sleep.

Let's do lunch this week before you go!

Cody and Jocelyn Pehrson said...

Okay so I think I missed something. Your baby has a name? And not only that but it is a male name, does that mean your having a boy!? And when did you announce it? I am so out of it. Oh, and by-the-way people are going to keep giving you books to read. I have a huge stack! It's good though.