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I've Been a Mom for 14 Years Now!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Mikey!! My oldest is 14 today. I can't believe it. So much has changed since then.

I was 28 and a full-time hospital pharmacist at the time. Brian and I had been married almost 2 years. The pregnancy went well, no real problems. I did look pretty big in July. He was due the end of August. I had planned to quit my job four weeks before my due date. Two weeks prior I had gone to a Huey Lewis concert sponsored by my husband's employer. It was a cool company back then. The concert was free and for employees and their families. In hindsight, I probably jammed out a little too much for my size.

I remember July 19, 1996 like it was yesterday. I was working on Pyxis (like Atms for medications) and had to keep going to the bathroom. I had an appointment later that day, but another pharmacist said that I didn't look so good. I moved my appointment up and had my hubby come get me. My doc was at another hospital, although I was going to deliver where I worked. My doc had just finished telling me that late in the pregnancy the baby pushes on the bladder a lot, when the test strip for amniotic fluid turned bright blue. Yep, my water had broke. Okay, back to my work hospital. The first family member I could get a hold of was my dad who said, "You can't be in labor, your baby shower is tomorrow." Well dad, apparently the baby doesn't know that. I had a friend driving from out of state to come to the party. This was before everyone had cell phones. She ended up getting to see Mikey and hold him the next day. I had to have one of my brothers at my house to accept gifts and explain what had happened.

Now it's fourteen years later. My little preemie boy who was 5 lbs 7 oz at birth is now taller than me and stands 5'10". His voice has matured and is quite deep and he takes on a lot of responsibility around the house. Thankfully, he is still very much a kid, and lets his mom hug and kiss him.

I am very blessed to have him in my life.

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/21/2010 9:09AM

    Happy B-day to your son! Mine will be 14 in Dec, so I can relate. Its weird how we remember the details of the day our kids came into the world :-) Being a mom is a challenge, but a good one... I wouldnt trade it for the world! Thanks for reminding me!

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ALLISON145 7/19/2010 10:09PM

    Awww, congratulations to both of you!!

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-Allison

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TLROYER 7/19/2010 3:24PM

    Sounds like you have a great kid there. Your husband didn't work at FDR did he? I seem to remember a Huey Lewis concert??? Terry

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/19/2010 2:30PM

    What a great memory for you and your son! Happy l4th birthday,
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STACYSMILES 7/19/2010 12:19PM

    How Wonderful!! emoticon Happy Birthday Mikey emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/19/2010 11:48AM

    Wow! What a way for him to make an entrance into the world! Happy Birthday!!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 7/19/2010 11:44AM

  Wow....I don't know what to say but...Congratulations!

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Where Has the Summer Gone?

Friday, July 16, 2010

July 16th, really? My kids go back to school in a month! I can't believe I have to start thinking about school supplies and clothes again. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to get ready. I've taken on extra shifts at work since I have a 14 y/o who can babysit. This really throws off my schedule since I go in at 12noon or 2pm and get off work at 10:30pm or 12:30am. It's hard to get up early enough to beat the heat and do C25K. These extra shifts will help us pay some bills, though.

Swim team is just about over. We only have the end of season party left. Our last swim meet was Wednesday in Logan, IA. Yes, the night of the intense storms. They waited until they saw lightening to cancel the event. We got through the IM races and the team medley races. I got to see my three kids swim one last race each. For my 14y/0, it was really exciting. The 13/14 boys medley team hasn't beat the 13/14 girls team all season. They swam their hearts out, screaming for each other the whole way. The boys finally beat the girls (normally I would cheer on the girls, but my son is swimming). The four boys did a four way chest bump. My 10 y/o daughter swam a fast backstroke in her relay, and my 8 y/o son (who always goes fast) did great with his freestyle. I think the coach will have him doing IM's next year. The storm hit, and all the kids were panicking. My 8 y/o was screaming, "I don't want to die!" We got him calmed down, gathered each other up and one more kid whose parents weren't there, alerted the coach, and left. Hubby was home with the three other kids and he told me the route home was clear. He was right. We made it home before the front hit our town. Thankfully, there wasn't any damage in our town.

Now, I'm getting ready for yet another extra shift. I'm a hospital pharmacist. It's been busy every night I've been there. I'm not used to working all these shifts, and my kids miss me. Please don't give me guilt trips. We have bills.

Oh well, that's how my week has gone. I hope we can do something fun to finish off the summer. Any ideas?

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/19/2010 9:14AM

    I know what you mean- a month til school is crazy. I have the school list now and need to get crackin too, so I totally relate! The extra money from the extra work will come in handy - but make sure to make some you time also! The swim meet sounded like fun.

I think me and my fam might hit Adventureland maybe yet this summer, but I dont know. Sticking close to home... maybe a day trip to Galena or somewhere...

Have a great week!

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TLROYER 7/16/2010 7:55PM

    That storm was intense. We lost power for 4 hours. My daughter was suppose to have dance practice and she left to go to it but in route she got a message that it was canceled. (She says she always pulls over to check messages..well, now it's the law anyway) So, then she was staying at a girlfriends house. Luckily, she got there and called us right before the storm hit.

I'm with you though. WHERE did this summer go. My kids left today for New Orleans for a week. Jake has band camp for the first week in August. If the new choir teacher gets here, Jessi might have choir camp too. It was scheduled by the old teacher.

Anyway, it's going way to fast. Have a great weekend. Terry

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ALLISON145 7/16/2010 3:39PM

    No guilt trips, honey. It's life! I feel my own guilt often because I'm the bread-winner and my husband stays home. I work a lot of hours and sometimes even when I'm home I'm still on the laptop working. But as you said, there are bills to pay. I just try to make every moment I'm with them count (as I'm sure you do, too)!

We've been trying to think of something fun to do with the kids in a reasonably close radius, too. I thought of maybe going up to South Dakota to visit, but I'm not sure what there is to do in Sioux Falls...hmmm... If you have any brainy ideas, please share!!

-Allison

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/16/2010 1:26PM

    Glad to hear that you made it home before the storms. Those were something!

Your kids will be fine! No guilt trips from me! I've taken advantage of Mike being home the past two days to go in to work. It's so much nicer than having to wait until the evening to go in.

We have several things lined up for the next month. The Adair County Fair is next week, so Mike and the boys will go out for some of the evening events (Mud Bogs, Demolition Derby...). Next month, Jacob has an allergist appointment, so we are all going to that, then as a surprise to the boys, we're going to the Science Center of Iowa. Matthew has been asking and asking to go. It's really hard to not break down and tell him we're going. The boys will go to the Iowa State Fair one day. We're going to Adventureland on the 21st (August) with my whole family. That should be fun. We'd still like to hit the Blank Park Zoo, but I don't know when we'll do that yet.

Okay, those are my ideas! Have a great day!

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BALLOUZOO 7/16/2010 1:02PM

    Wow that sounds scary, glad you all are okay. I hear you on the back to school shopping, I'm hoping to hit the outlet mall in Cehalis, WA at the end of the month. Wish me luck finding some bargains!

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Swim team, C25K, and other ramblings....

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Summer's half over already. I can't believe it. Swim team only has two weeks left, this one being the critical week with the conference meet on Saturday. This is the second year in a row I have to miss the conference meet since I'm scheduled to work. Maybe I'll drive out to Avoca for some of the meet. I don't have to be at work until 2pm. We'll see. The kids are finally getting better. Mary's inner ear infection is going away after two courses of antibiotics. Mikey's swimmer's ear is better. He was in pain for over a week. Patrick is the only one not getting better. I have to take him to his pulmonologist to adjust his asthma meds. Something is not working right now. He presents with coughing, not wheezing, and his cough is not going away.

I'm still working at Couch to 5K. I did my first day of week 4 today:
Walk 5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
and I added an extra 60 sec jog to finish my first two miles. I walked another 2 miles. I've been jogging slowly, so I can finish it all without dying. I feel like I can do this, especially if I start waking up earlier to avoid the heat. I also spend two weeks doing each "week" of C25K. That keeps me from advancing too quickly. I hope I can do a 5 K event in the Fall. That would really motivate me!

We had a fun Fourth of July, despite the rain. The kids played with their cousins all day and then the dads and older kids lit the fireworks. No injuries, but lots of mosquito bites. I ate poorly, and feel pretty stupid for that. I've made so much progress. I shouldn't sabotage it like that. Oh well, I'll chalk it up to lack of sleep.

I hope everyone else had a great Fourth!

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/12/2010 12:55PM

    Glad you had a fun 4th - despite the eating - its a holiday, it happens, keep moving forward... :-) You are doing great w/the working out and making it happen w/the couch to 5K ! GO YOU! Have a great week!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 7/6/2010 2:59PM

  You are rocking the C25K - keep it up!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/6/2010 2:58PM

    Don't feel bad- I ate poorly too. Just pick up where you left off and get going again!

And i agree- this summer is going way to fast!

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ALLISON145 7/6/2010 2:52PM

    Glad to hear mostly everyone is starting to feel better! Try not to beat yourself up over messing up on one day - one day of bad eating won't take away all of your other progress or success. Keep at it!!

-Allison

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/6/2010 2:51PM

    Sounds like you are doing great with your exercising. Keep it up!

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Below 180! The Not-So-Fat Lady is Singing!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Although this story has a happy ending (well, middle actually, I've got more weight to lose), it's been a frustrating ten days to this point.

Ten days ago we went camping for the weekend. I was active, but ate horribly. The last few times on the scale have been disappointing for me. I had hit a plateau. I only weigh myself at our doctor's office, same scale every time. One of my kids was sick, so there I was Thursday, only a few days after eating like a pig. I'm obsessive and couldn't help myself. I got on the scale.
188
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Not only had I not lost, I had gained two pounds by that measurement. I was so angry, I didn't even log it on Spark People. Hubby has been great boosting my spirits. I know clothes fit better and some are actually getting loose.

That brings us to today. Two more kids need to see the doctor. I've eaten perfectly since we got back from the camping trip. I've also gotten some workouts in. I'm obsessive and couldn't help myself. I got on the scale.
179.4!!!!!!!!!!
I'm really obsessive, couldn't help myself, and got on the scale again.
179.4!!!!!!!!!!


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I almost started screaming right there. Now I'm home and I've done my measurements:
Hips down 1.5 inches
Waist down 0.5 inches
Thighs down 0.5 inches
Arms are the same, but they are pretty muscular anyway.
Pretty sure my chest is down too, but that may depress me a little to measure.

I guess I'm chalking up last week's heavy measurement to water weight and all the junk I ate camping. On the way home from the doctor, Mikey was talking about the movie "Independence Day." In it is a scene where they talk about the fat lady singing. I let out an opera note to imitate the fat lady singing, during our conversation. Mikey said, "Mom, you can't do that imitation anymore. You're not a fat lady."

I LOVE MY KIDS!

  
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SONO4U 6/29/2010 11:45AM

    Way to go! Just have to love the way our kids support us! emoticon

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MOMMY_MIMI 6/28/2010 8:18PM

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I just did the opera singer for you too...my twins covered my mouth. emoticon
he he he.

that is awesome!!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/28/2010 5:23PM

    Superb! What an awesome accomplishment. You have definitely earned it. Love your kid's comment! So true!

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ALLISON145 6/28/2010 4:18PM

    Isn't it great that our kids love us no matter what? My daughter gave me a similar comment once when we were watching Biggest Loser together. I mentioned that I had about as much to lose as one of the younger girls (it was partway through the season) and she said, "No Mom, no way. She's heavy but you're just pretty and soft." Awwww. "Soft." I think I like that better than fat. LOL.

Congratulations on your weight loss!!! Way to bust through the plateau!!! My weigh in is tomorrow morning so cross your fingers for me.

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TMCK-40 6/28/2010 4:05PM

  Congratulations! What an incredible feeling.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/28/2010 3:35PM

    That is awesome!! Way to go!!

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PURPLELVR7 6/28/2010 2:52PM

    emoticon blog.
I know how you feel, the first time I weighed myself and was over weight instead of obese I had to step back on the scale a couple of time - then I did let out a shout (I am at home so my husband came running.

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Jellystone Campground, Sioux Falls, SD

Monday, June 21, 2010

Well, we did it. We took our first camping trip of the summer up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Some people up there were surprised that Sioux Falls was our destination. I guess it's the spring board to go to Mount Rushmore. We got up there early enough Thursday evening that we could set up camp, eat a few snacks and go to bed. We have a crazy tent, a 20 ft diameter dome tent. You can see pictures at shelter-systems.com. Inside we put four bunk bed cots (disc-o-beds) so the eight of us can sleep in one tent. It's kind of like an army barracks. We're still learning what we are doing. Hubby and I never camped as kids. The kids really loved the Jellystone Campground, especially the pool and jumping pillow. Even my almost 14 year-old was going crazy on the jumping pillow, bouncing off all the smaller kids who happened to be around him. This campground is large, and needs more bathroom facilities. The trip to and from the bathroom was 1/3 of a mile total, to and from the jumping pillow, 1/2 mile total. I sure feel my legs today and am icing my feet and knees. I had to explain who Yogi bear was. The kids have never seen his cartoons. The twins really enjoyed the wagon ride with Yogi and Booboo. Sean gave Yogi the sweetest hug afterward. I'll have Brian download some pics for me.

We really love the city of Sioux Falls. Falls park is beautiful. We had a lot of fun climbing the rocks and taking pics by the waterfall. Every night there's a laser light show, a 45 minute history lesson on the town and falls. I loved how the falls lit up in different colors. It was a beautiful night and all the kids loved the show. We had a conversation with the spokesperson for the show before it started. She announced our name and welcomed us. The kids think we're famous now, even though she said our town was in Nebraska. Nothing against Nebraska, but we love our little Iowa town.

Sioux Falls also has a wonderful bike trail system. We ended up taking a ten mile ride. I was pulling one of the kid trailers behind my bike with Bridget and a bunch of Powerade. I was pretty tired by the end and had to walk up a few hills. I hope hubby gets in better shape soon to help pull the kid trailers. The trail we were on started at the Outdoor Campus which has a beautiful pavillion and about 5 or 6 playgrounds. We ended up going by several parks along the Big Sioux River. Much of the trail is shaded, only a small portion was on a levy with no trees. There seems to be some trail construction going on up there. I believe the trail will eventually connect to Falls Park.

We took a little side trip up to Garretson. There we took a pontoon boat ride on the Split Rock river. The tour guide was funny and included all the kids in his fun stories. The rock formations were beautiful, and I really liked the cliff sparrows too.

Today, I'm recovering. I ate horribly all weekend, way to many carbs and poor carbs at that. By Saturday night, when I had a chance for a protein meal, I felt like I devoured a cow. I was that hungry for protein. I'm back on the wagon today, but probably won't track my food for the weekend. I don't even remember most of it, but know that I was way over on carbs. We'll see if I'm up to a C25K session tomorrow morning. It will have to be early, it looks like a hot one.

Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. It was a wonderful vacation.

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 6/22/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like an awesome time. Have a great week!

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ASMPP1 6/22/2010 9:12AM

    emoticonSounds like you all had fun! Take some time to recover.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/21/2010 4:53PM

    Sounds like you had fun and got some great exercise too! Enjoy your "recovery" time!

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TLROYER 6/21/2010 4:24PM

    Glad you all enjoyed yourselves and had a great family experience. We went to a tractor pull in Dow City. It was ok. My daughter didn't go because she had to babysit. We didn't do anything for father's day since the weather was so awful. I was hoping to go to Preparation Canyon for a hike but that didn't work out. I baked a cherry pie (my husband's favorite) using cherries from our trees. I had to try a bite to make sure it was good :) It was so good, I had to have another bite, then another. Then I just decided to cut me a piece. Then two days later I had to have another piece. Darn, it was good! Back to on the wagon today. We just got back from a funeral in Seward, NE and I took my lunch with me so, so far so good. Hope you have a great week. Looks like it's going to be a scorcher. Terry

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/21/2010 3:10PM

    Sounds like a great time! I'm really hoping to get to South Dakota next summer. I have never been there and there's lots to see and do. It's neat how they included the kids in their story and made them feel a part. Pulling that trailer has to be tremendous exercise for you. Whew! Makes me tired thinking about it.

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