50 Facts

  1. The average woman uses her height in lipstick in 5 years.
  2. Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females.
  3. The average human loses 50-100 hairs a day.
  4. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.
  5. Female kangaroos have 3 vaginas.
  6. Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.
  7. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  8. The first known contraceptive is was crocodile dung used by Egyptians in 2000 BC.
  9. The most money ever paid for a cow was $1.3 million in auction.
  10. 1 in 5,000 lobsters in the north Atlantic are born bright blue.
  11. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
  12. A crocodile can’t stick his tongue out.
  13. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  14. Hot water is heavier than cold water.
  15. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
  16. You can usually tell the sex of a horse by its teeth. Most female have 36 while men have 40.
  17. “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
  18. Fingernails grow 4 times faster than toenails.
  19. Slugs have 4 noses.
  20. Starfish don’t have brains.
  21. A single cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds.
  22. Bob Marley’s last words to his son before he died were “Money can’t buy life.”
  23. Ketchup was used as medicine in the 1930s.
  24. Apple launched a clothing line in 1986.
  25. Hamsters run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.
  26. A ten gallon hat will only hold 3/4 of a gallon.
  27. Mountain lions can whistle.
  28. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.
  29. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
  30. Farting helps reduce high blood pressure.
  31. Flowers are known to grow faster when music plays near them.
  32. You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.
  33. Most household dust particles are made from dead skin.
  34. 2/3 of the people on Earth have never seen snow.
  35. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  36. It would take 100 years to watch every video on YouTube.
  37. Frogs can suffocate if they hold their mouths open for too long.
  38. Whales that sing wrong key get lost and are alone in the ocean.
  39. Horses can’t breathe out of their mouths.
  40. Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.
  41. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
  42. Japan has square watermelons.
  43. The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
  44. In space astronauts can not cry. The lack of gravity will not doesn’t let the tears flow.
  45. Most soccer players run 7 miles a game.
  46. Chewing gum while peeling onions will help you from crying.
  47. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
  48. Mosquitoes have teeth.
  49. The oldest known goldfish lived 41 years.
  50. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Isaac’s First Father’s Day

I suppose you read the title of this blog and had to do a double take. Like, wasn’t Father’s Day months ago? The answer is yes. The truth is that I really am months behind on my blogs. I feel bad that I’ve been slacking. I will slowly do my best to catch up.

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Last year was technically Isaac’s first Father’s Day, in my opinion at least. But this year was his first year spending a Father’s Day with a sweet, interactive baby boy. I would say that his first Father’s Day was a success. He came to church with me in the morning, and afterwards we came back to my house for some lunch.

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I decided to make Isaac a card from Jayce (and I). Isaac is a major Star Wars fan so I found Star Wars related ideas on Pintrest, and when I was in South Dakota I went to Hallmark and found this cute little thing. I taped in on a blank piece of paper, wrote “Daddy, YODA coolest” on the outside and wrote about how great a daddy he is on the inside.

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Then I found this shirt on Etsy. I am obsessed with Etsy! 🙂 Anway, I wanted a shirt that pertained to being a father, but I also wanted it to be neutral for him to wear all the time. I thought this shirt met all of those requirements. Isaac wears it all the time!

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Now that the card and shirt were Star Wars related, I knew that I couldn’t just get him something else that did not match the theme. So I knew that I wanted to incorporate a picture of Isaac and Jayce together with galaxy print paper too. I went to Hobby Lobby and Michael’s and couldn’t find any galaxy paper. I bought galaxy duct tape for a compromise. I then covered paper with the duct tape, wrote “You are the greatest FATHER in the galaxy” on it with a silver Sharpie. Underneath I put a cute picture of Jayce and Isaac.

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Isaac’s first Father’s Day was definitely a success. Being able to ensure that Jayce and Isaac got to spend it together was absolutely amazing! I love my boys, and I love what a wonderful father Isaac is to my baby boy.

So happy WAY belated Father’s Day to all of you wonderful dads, single moms, dads in heaven, dad’s taking care of other people’s kids, and anyone else that deserves a thank you 🙂

 

Months 9, 10, and 11

My baby has been growing up. As anyone who has kids will tell you that the older they get, the more difficult it becomes. You have to chase them around. They don’t take as many naps, and do to this, I have been totally slacking on posting Jayce’s 9 and 10 month pictures. Now that he’s 11 months old, I think that adding them all together would be a good compromise to avoid the guilt of my busy, stressful lifestyle.

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By 9 months old he was “officially” a crawler. Before that he was scooting around on his belly, but by 8.5 months, he had it all figured out. People tried to give me grief about how long it took him, but all babies work at their own pace.

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He was not a fan of letting the “9 month” sticker on his belly, or next to him. As a result, it ended up going on his forehead. He is a smiley, momma’s boy and at 11 months that it still the same. He had two teeth on the bottom.

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By 10 months my peanut was pulling himself up on furniture. He will grab at anything on any counter top that he could reach.

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He still had his two bottom teeth, and his hair is getting blonder and blonder. It still has a little bit of a red tint to it.

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And today marks 11 months. It is scary to think that in just a month he will be a year old. I’m planning his first birthday, and it seems like it’s coming up faster that I can take.

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Jayce has beautiful blue eyes (like his daddy), and pretty blonde hair (like his daddy). It has a red tint to it, and is super curly in the back. We don’t really know where he gets that from.

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He points. We encourage it now, but in a few years will be telling him that it’s rude (LOL!). He claps, gives high fives, gives kisses, and is the sweetest little boy I’ve ever met.

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His hobbies including spending time with his family (especially his momma), doing whatever he is told not to, eating things off the ground, and nursing. He still refuses to eat “big people” food. Him being a long term nurser can only benefit him though.

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He is getting big so fast. I love seeing his personality change. He is the light of my life, and I am beyond words proud to be this little boy’s mommy. I will forever do my best to show him how loved, capable, and smart he is.

Writer’s Block Randomness

Writing is my passion. I remember the excitement I felt in elementary school when the teacher said “You will have to write a paper…”. While everyone else cringed and rolled their eyes, my eyes were listening to every word the teacher said. I would ask questions to make sure that my paper was perfect. My paper was always done early because I enjoyed writing, and I didn’t want to stop.

That being said, I don’t always know what to write about. While writing is my passion, picking out topics to write about just isn’t. Therefore, I am writing about writers block, and I suppose this is where you will quit reading, and you will think that I have way too much time on my hands.

I really don’t though. I always have a way too long list of things to do, but I would much rather skip all of that to talk to you!

So maybe this is a waste of room on my blog. It’s probably a waste of your time, and it’s probably a waste of mine as well. That means we just may totally be lame enough to be friends (Just kidding, I’m sure you’re way too cool to be my friend).

***RANDOM TIME***

I don’t really have friends, but I really like the show. I’m actually watching it right now. I LOVE having background noise on. Jayce is currently napping, which means YAY!

I can’t believe my baby is almost ONE. It’s scary actually. It feels like he was born yesterday. I still remember his smell. I remember kissing him while he cuddled up on my chest all covered in afterbirth.

My birth story is pretty interesting, but I suppose everybody says that. I wrote a blog about it once, but it’s been a while. I’ve learned so much about how to improve myself as a blogger, but at the same time there is still so much to learn. Maybe I will update it at some point or rewrite it altogether.

Summer. I feel like all winter long I long for summer. I remember craving wearing shorts. I remember being excited to put my peanut in shorts. I was excited that I wouldn’t worry about going in the ditch and freezing to death (I worry a lot).

Winter. Cute little jackets. Soft, white snow. Sledding, skiing, snowboarding. Cookies. Fireplaces. Snuggly babies.

 

Sick Babies Need Strong Mommies

Jayce had been feeling “off” for about a week now. He was coughing, had congestion, and didn’t want anything other than to be held by me. On Thursday night, I could just tell he was miserable, so I gave him some Tylenol, which I something I try to avoid. Right after that, he threw up all over himself and I.

I snuggled him throughout the night. He refused to nurse, which is rare for my major comfort nurser. When he still hadn’t eaten at all throughout the night, I tried to syringe breast milk into his mouth to avoid dehydration. After that, he threw up again.

So I called the hospital, and they advised me to take him into the E.R. After a stressful to watch chest X-Rays took place, blood was drawn, and he had finally eaten, I was told that Jayce has double bilateral pneumonia.

We sat at Walgreens Pharmacy for an hour waiting for our prescription to be filled, and Jayce snuggled into me and napped. The only reason I am mentioning this is because it is so unlike him to sleep on me, especially in public. I knew he was so freaking miserable, and it broke me.

The next night (Friday) was a looong one. He would only sleep in couple hour stretches and barely ate. I had to hold him upright against my chest and walk with him until he fell asleep. There was a point in the night where it was just way too hard for me to do this all on my own anymore, so my mom sat out in the living room with us and helped me. I am so thankful for her.

Saturday was an emotionally stressful day as well. Jayce and I spent all day next to each other, and he barely had any interest in playing with his toys.

Today, he is feeling much better. He is still on 5 mL of amoxicillin a day for the next week or so. I have been periodically giving him his inahler. I’ve been offering “nursies” a lot too, but he is still not as interested as usual. He has had much more of a desire to play.

This whole experience in and of itself has taught me so much. It has taught me the selflessness that motherhood requires. I can admit that during all of this I felt pretty desperate for sleep. I wanted to sit down, and a small part of me was even annoyed that Jayce refused letting me do that.

More than anything though, it taught me that “Sick Babies Need Strong Mommies”. The strength that this title mentions isn’t the physical strength required to get up off the couch with our cranky, sick babies. Okay, maybe it is a little. Mostly though, it’s the strength required to look at your sick baby. It really is a defeating feeling when you feel like you can’t do anything to make your baby feel better. It’s sad and scary.

It really does require strength to be the rock you need to be for your sick baby.