Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Harvest

We went to the Underwood Family Farms Harvest Festival with these guys. It was so much fun and unlike other Harvest Festivals I have been to in the past, there was actually a fall harvest there to celebrate (like veggies and other farm stuff). I picked up a couple pumpkins that I will be turning into some homemade puree for pie and soup. There was lots to do there and all the kids had a blast.

We wore our Autumn attire:

Some of us did in fact get “corn-fused” in the corn maze…

…but thanks to a friendly guide we finally made our way out.

There were lots of games and activities. Bean and her cousins had a lot of fun in the bean bin (very appropriate).

Bean got measured at the “How tall this Fall?” photo spot (cheeseball, I know, but I did it anyway).

We of course saw a lot of pumpkins and tractors.

And when we got home we were just plain tuckered out.

Special thanks to Cara for being the only one of us to actually remember to bring a camera so we could document it all. 🙂


Filed under Family, Ramblings

Some creepy 3D ultrasound pictures…

So I had an ultrasound yesterday. I guess I’m not like all the cool, want-to-peek-at-my-child-every-chance-I-get-before-he’s-born kind of moms and almost opted out of this one. But then I had a weird dream the other night that I wound up having a girl instead and our whole family was mad at me. And they were demanding that I get pregnant again. It was pretty ridiculous, but I was crying when I woke up. So I kept the appointment.

The “protrusion,” as the ultrasound tech put it, was still there. I guess that means I can sleep soundly now because we’re still having a boy.

I also find the 3D ultrasound pictures to be pretty creepy looking. But it was all part of the exam yesterday and before I knew it 4 pictures of his face and hand that he would not move away from his face were thrust into my hands compliments of the perinatologist’s office.

Also, I have a nickname/blog alias for the boy: Sprout. My mom first suggested it and then another friend did too. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to really go with a vegetable theme (particularly since Bean’s nickname comes from the shorter version of her real nickname which is a derivative of jellybean and has nothing to do with the other kind of beans) so I asked my Facebook friends for input, but nothing they suggested was really much better or anything all my friends hadn’t used before (like peanut). And we all know I like vegetables. So it works.

Anyway, Sprout is measuring right on for 27-28 weeks, which is about where I think I am. Their estimates are that he currently weights 2lbs 7oz, though I don’t put much stock into weights and measures from ultrasounds, even the ultrasound tech said they are pretty inaccurate. The perinatologist said he looks good and healthy and sees no other reason for me to have another ultrasound unless my OB decides otherwise.


Filed under Family, Pregnancy and Birth

One of those crazy moms

I’ve had Jenny McCarthy’s book, Mother Warriors on my bookshelf since last Christmas. It was a present from my sister, Andrea.

I started it today and I’m about 1/3 of the way through. I’m wading through the Hollywood crap, the therapist and weird spiritual beliefs, like praying to other people’s guardian angels. I keep leveling with myself that this woman is not a scientist or a doctor, she’s an actress/comedian.

But it is really hard to ignore what she and the other moms in her book have to say about their children and vaccines in light of last week.

It started yesterday, but really became obvious today: I have my daughter back. A week and 2-3 days later.

Today she didn’t refuse to eat. She has been “talking” nonstop. Pointing to every object in the house asking, “dis?” and wanting me to tell her what it is. She hasn’t flopped on the floor at all. She giggles when I give her kisses. She’s alert and playful. Her smile is ridiculously cute and huge over every little thing. She is so interactive!

It would be one thing if she just had a fever for a couple days last week. But even after the fever subsided and the “sick” symptoms went away, Bean just wasn’t herself. She didn’t talk. She zoned out. She didn’t want to play with her toys. I feel like I don’t know how to explain it and then again I do.

I’ve always felt like the benefits of vaccines in protecting our society against disease outweigh the “standard” side effects. Did I want to minimize those side effects as much as possible? Of course. That’s why we were going with a much less accelerated vaccine schedule than what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.

But now I am finding myself questioning the value of injecting our children and ourselves with toxins and diseases. And whether a breastfed baby growing up in the United States where these diseases are almost obsolete that I’m probably going to homeschool really needs them.

And if I do make this decision, I’m trying to figure out how I can muster the courage to not back down at the next pediatrician’s appointment. To not find myself frazzled once again and fumbling over what I think is best for Bean.

I don’t know. I guess I’m just becoming one of those crazy moms.


Filed under Family, Natural Living, Parenting, Ramblings

Pumpkin Pancakes

Every year about this time, IHOP has pumpkin pancakes on their menu, but I don’t know about you, I’m just not into being overcharged for a plate of grease. I’d much rather have my kitchen filled with the smells of Autumn loveliness and be able to have some say over what ingredients go into my food.

I decided this morning when I woke up that I really wanted some pumpkin pancakes. I searched online for recipes, but only came up with really decadent things requiring eggs beaten to stiff peaks or soufflé. Nine on a Saturday morning, especially a Saturday morning followed by a week of dealing with a sick child, is not the time I want to practice my soufflé making or whip up something complicated. Maybe that makes me less gourmet, but I think I’m probably just like most other moms out there on this one.

So I improvised. I really like Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix. However, if you are used to Bisquick, these pancakes definitely come out quite a bit more dense. To offset that, I usually water down their pancake batter recipe with extra milk until the batter reaches a consistency that is more like Bisquick pancake batter. So this time instead of adding extra milk, I added a can of pumpkin pie mix. It was perfect!

Pumpkin Pancakes
• 2 cups Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking Mix
• 1 cup milk
• 2 eggs
• 1 can organic pumpkin pie mix

Whisk together ingredients until mostly smooth. There will be some small lumps, but you don’t want to over mix the batter or your pancakes won’t be fluffly.

Pour about 1/4 cup per pancake onto a lightly greased and preheated griddle. Cook until golden brown on each side.

Dress with syrup or whipped cream or whatever it is you usually put on your pancakes.


Filed under Gourmet Lisa

Sick and tired of being sick and tired

Last friday after Bean had a pediatrician appointment where she got three vaccines (HIB, Pc and Flu), she developed a fever. It wasn’t much. She was still pretty happy and alert all the way through Sunday night. When the fever seemed like it was bothering her I’d give her some Motrin (she doesn’t ever seem to respond to Tylenol).

Sunday night she was up about a bazillion times. All day Monday she just flopped on the floor or wanted to cuddle with me. She was really cranky, had no appetite and the fever wouldn’t go away. About 4:30pm I was worried because she hadn’t wanted anything to eat or drink since lunch, not even to nurse which is NOT at all like her. So I called the pediatrician’s office.

I was basically told that these are standard reactions to the vaccines and to keep doing what I was doing. They did give me an appointment for first thing the next morning though.

I tried a lukewarm bath to bring her fever down. She protested. Very loudly.

Then she puked on me. After that she was totally alert and chipper for about 15 minutes before crashing out again in my arms. She woke up again around 9pm and Stephen stayed up with her to let her play until she was tired again. By the next morning she seemed perfectly fine. The fever had broken. Her appetite was back and she was her cheery self.

So I called and cancelled the appointment deciding that I was being far too big of a worry wort and also because I didn’t want her exposed to actual sick children and have to go through more of this.

By the afternoon though she was all cranky again, laying on the floor and wanting to cuddle. She just wasn’t herself. Her fever was back so I gave her some Motrin.

It’s been like this all week. I think she’s doing great and better then she is fussy and tired and has no appetite again.

So on top of matters I’m afraid of her losing weight from being sick because at that appointment we were told that she’s now way low on the growth charts when she’s been average or above average up until now. Aside from a tiny bit of yogurt and some Cheerios the most I can get into her is diluted juice and milk.

Then today I started feeling kind of yucky too so I’m wondering if maybe she had a bug and it wasn’t a reaction to the vaccines afterall. But then tonight I felt fine so I don’t know what to think. Maybe I’m just being a hypochondriac or it is a combination of lack of sleep from getting up several times a night with her and my being pregnant.

Anyway, it’s been a long week and it isn’t even over yet. Oh and tomorrow I get to do that lovely glucola third trimester gestational diabetes screening which I’ve adequately prepared for by eating my body weight in sugar tonight. OK, not really, but pretty close. Blah! Speaking of sick and tired, it is 10pm which means I better haul myself off to bed.


Filed under Family, Parenting