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Samuel and MomMom
MomMom with Samuel, Dixon, and Liam. Please pardon the formatting and color. I haven't the time to fix these up properly.

And I'll remind everyone of Samuel and Dixon admiring themselves at 3 months of age. Here's Liam admiring himself just this morning, at 6 1/2 weeks... I really did give birth to the same child three times.
 

And last but not least, The Photo Dump for Winter, 2010-2011.

Oh! And a movie!



I used to be so eloquent... I wish I could write more.
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A warm baby on your chest is a great sleep aid, until he startles and scares the bejeezus out of you.

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Not that I invented anything. Liam is allergic to everywhere that isn't my arms. This is a little awkward and leaves me immobilized much of the time. Ever try to handpiece a quilt with a baby in your arms?

I have. Look there in the upper left, you'll see a star in progress. The foreground is dominated, in more ways than one, by The Wee Master.

So in a fit of desperation, I just tore a sheet in half lengthwise (a very ragged cut - see photo above) and sewed it end-to-end super fast and ugly. Voila. 5.5 yards (ish) of white sheet.

And...

There you have it. It'll work until I can go shopping for more appropriate fabric.

Post script: apparently, my iPhone has only the vaguest idea where I live. The accuracy runs out after Oldham County.

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One look at my Captain of Chaos, his Deputy of Destruction, and the new Lieutenant of Lactation, and it's clear we have our hands full.





My, but they're good-lookin'!



Samuel and Dixon are doing well. Samuel seems to be very proud of his new baby brother, and Dixon likes to give him kisses. Jeff's been spending as much time at home as possible, to give the older boys extra attention. This is the first time I've had more than 30 minutes of quiet since the baby was born (*knocks wood for a few minutes more before the Lieutenant pages me again*).

I'm back in the editing seat again, too - speaking of which, I should get back to work. Gotta capitalize on every free moment I can find!
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Liam Reid was born at 11:13 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2010. He weighed 7 lb 2 oz, and was 21 in long. I believe my exact words were, as I held his slippery little body to my own, "oh my god, it's another one!" One tends to be rather candid in such situations :)

I don't have all my photos together yet, but I have several from immediately after the birth (if you're squeamish, just enjoy this image and don't click through to the album).

Liam Reid


Liam's birth story )
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I experience a moral dilemma every time I eat a gingerbread man. Where do I start? The head, to eliminate suffering? The legs because, well, it's just a cookie?

[Poll #1656455]
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I enjoyed a lovely afternoon yesterday getting highlights, a new haircut, and a FABULOUS massage.

Today was portrait day - a month late, since this was for Dixon's 2nd birthday. We've all been sick since then, so today was it. I think we'll do 1 year and 2 year portraits for the next baby, but for the boys, we'll do one family portrait session a year. It's such a production now, and they only have so much patience. Once a year is enough :)

Besides, Samuel did so well, I don't think I'll need another session for him in a mere 4 months from now.

AND NOW...
November 2010 Family portraits
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The boys went fishing on Lake Jericho with their PopPop today.

Note Samuel's Spongebob Squarepants fishing rod and the boys' new haircuts. Dixon was a little skeptical, but he usually is on first-time excursions.







I'm so glad the boys have their PopPop around to take them on adventures like these!
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Having just had my brain beaten into a pulp by a sociology paper (never again!), I haven't the wherewithal or energy to type.

So without further ado...

Fall 2010
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I am feeling rather prickly today.

*facepalm*

Oct. 7th, 2010 11:02 am
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I failed my 1 hr glucose test.

*sigh*

Of course the 3-hr test will probably show me to be perfectly healthy, but it'll be a wasted (and hungry) half-day. ANNOYING!

Ok. Upside. Um.... I'll get a lot of knitting done while my butt goes numb in the waiting room.
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I finally began work on Baby's quilt. It's going to be a LeMoyne Star quilt, hand-pieced and hand-sewn. This would be a ludicrous undertaking for a woman with a full-time job, part-time job, and 2 1/2 kids, if not for Linda Franz's ingenious creation, Inklingo.

Come to think of it, it may still be a ludicrous undertaking, but we all know I'm a sucker for punishment, right?

So. )
So that's what I did with my napping kids free time. Now it's time to edit. I wonder if someone went on vacation at Cactus, because I had 5 assignments come in all at the same time last week, so I'm set through Tuesday. It was weird, but very cool to know what's on my plate.

As for my day job... well, let's just say I hope this week is better than last week, because last week SUCKED.

Raw Milk

Aug. 18th, 2010 12:42 pm
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Since developing allergies to beans and milk, I've been searching for workarounds and alternatives. So far, I've found that speckled butter beans and limas are safe for me to eat, as are cultured milk products, such as butter, cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream... you name it. A glass of milk, though, or a bowl of cereal in milk, has been impossible.

I've tried Almond Milk (too sweet, and I shouldn't eat almonds anyway), soy milk (allergic), rice milk (like drinking liquid plastic), and coconut milk (thick, and tasted weird). I gave up for a while.

I tried a bowl of cereal with milk a month or two ago, because I was desperate and Jeff was having Frosted Flakes and dammit I wanted a bowl, too. Sure enough, my gums and lips started to itch.

A couple of weekends ago, my parents picked up a bottle of slow-pasteurized, non-homogenized milk for me at ValueMarket. The cream on top was delicious, but again, partway through a bowl of raisin bran, the itchy mouth and sharp pain in my throat hit.

Alright. Last resort? Raw Milk. Raw milk, of course, cannot be sold in Kentucky, because the nanny staters want to be sure I don't put something in my mouth that they haven't previously approved. BUT! If I own a cow, I can drink its milk all I want. Enter the CowShare program and Double O Farms. Theirs is quite a story, and I suggest you may enjoy reading up on them.

Anyway, Gary and Dawn are fabulous to talk with, and Gary sent me a gallon of raw milk to try.

*cue choirs of angels*

I CAN DRINK IT!

This morning, for the first time in more than 6 months, I had a big, tall cup of milk for breakfast. And it was GOOD. And there was no itching, no allergic response whatever.

Now I have to figure out how to pay to buy in to the program. That's a bit of an issue.

But I CAN DRINK MILK!

Three cheers for raw milk!

It's a...

Aug. 5th, 2010 08:26 am
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baby!



Jeff found out the sex, but he has to keep it a secret, because I want to be surprised on Christmas Day (or whenever the wee one decides to make an appearance). I've always felt that it spoils things if you know what's in the pretty packages before you open them.
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Holy moly, are things busy around here! At work and at home. The new contract is kicking in, there are several development projects on the line, we're losing one person this week for good, and we lost another last week when her baby decided he wanted to come early. So I just got a whole lot busier picking up the slack. My editing company has asked me to increase my volumes, saying they'll consider a $0.002 raise (yes, that 0.02 cents) if I can manage 100,000 words per month. My record is 75,000 words, and that was taking weekends off, so I can probably make volume. I'm still squeezing in time for knitting and reading (and playing Words With Friends), but most of the time I feel on the verge of overwhelm, and I'm not getting as much sleep as I should.

Jeff's been getting far less sleep than me, though, so I won't complain about my 6 hours a night. He's been sick since July 4th with an ear infection; between the medicine for that, aches and pains, and stress, he's not sleeping much at all. And the boys aren't helping, as they've completely abandoned their bedtime compliance.

The boys have been having a good summer, although it's been too hot to go fishing as often as dad would have liked. They did make it to the park last week, though, on a blessed day of (slightly) cooler weather, and even got to see The Belle of Louisville.

Summer 2010


Dixon is showing great interest in drawing, coloring, and letters. He surprised me a few days ago when he was playing with an alphabet puzzle and called out the names of the letters. He's just about done with nursing, although he'll still surprise me by asking to nurse every few days. He doesn't stay long, it's more like touching base. He's still extremely clingy and becomes very shrill if he doesn't know where his Favorite Person of the Moment has gone. God forbid you should have to put him down or leave his presence to go to the bathroom, get a glass of water, or take out the trash. His voice is incredibly high and sharp, so when he calls "Da-DEE! Da-DEE!" (or PopPop, MaMa, or Mommy) it's ear-piercingly loud and painful. Please oh please let him outgrow this! He's also very funny, especially when it comes to food. We laugh at every family meal, just over the faces Dixon makes when he eats.

Samuel is a sharp one. He tells stories, makes up songs, bargains... he's also very emotional. Bed time is traumatic more often than not, and he stays up until 1030. Other than strapping him to his bed and sedating him, I'm not sure what to do. We're trying to ease nap time into an earlier slot, to help with bedtime and to prepare the boys for 2 days/week at preschool in a month (for Samuel - Dixon won't go until after his 2nd birthday in October). We're also working on pottying, with some success, but only in the evening at bath time. It's slow going, but it's progress. Finally!

So that's my life these days :)
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I'm re-reading (actually, re-re-re-rereading) Pillars of the Earth and loving it, as always. I picked it up this time because of the 8-part miniseries starting this week on Starz. We watched the first episode last night, and I wasn't too disappointed (a little, but not enough to stop watching the miniseries). I understand that an 8-hour series will have to substantially condense such an epic novel.

I'm not usually so generous with television and movie adaptations... maybe I'm softening in my old age.

Anyway, that's not why I'm here, although I strongly recommend the book and order you to read it, if you haven't already. And if you have read it, read it again.

No, I'm here because I have 7 credits over at Paperbackswap.com and my wish list isn't moving. Do you, Dear Friends and Readers, fellow booklovers, have any suggestions?
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After getting fed up with my Palm, I bit the bullet and upgraded to a new iPhone 3GS. Now I'm picking around iTunes, browsing apps (had to get Solitaire, Mahjong, reason, the US Constitution, and the Barnes & Noble e-reader first).

On a whim, I searched "breastfeeding". There's an app called iLetDown that captures a photo and records various utterances of your wee one. Now, I've never had a problem with letting down while pumping at work, so I will probably save my $0.99 for something else, but... cool idea. Is there an app for everything?

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