Friday, February 29, 2008

Cloth Diapering

After an experience we had this week with disposable diapers I have been doing a ton of research on cloth diapering and I think we are going to take the plunge. It is more work but there are so many options out there now that make it easier and more convenient, not to mention the lower cost. There is a higher cost at the beginning because you have to invest in all of the supplies but in my estimation it seems to be much less expensive in the long run.

I am still not certain which way of diapering will best suit us but most likely it will be a combination of several. The lower cost of a regular prefold (which are the ones most people buy and use as a burp cloth) with a cute cover will be the ones we will use the most. They also sell All in One diapers which we will use for longer trips and when we are on the go to make life easier.

The experience that led to all of this happened on Wed when Fin woke up with the gel stuff from the inside of his diaper all over him. Apparently the diaper was defective and the top opened up and the gel stuff was everywhere. That I could deal with. It was the hives that accompanied it that upset me. He still has hives and I have to keep giving him benedryl until Sunday. From what is in a diaper that he wears every day! Very upsetting to me.

I had thought of doing cloth before but never seriously looked into it.

Glasses

Well, it turns out that little Evan will have to get glasses. At his 4 year well check he pretty much failed the eye exam. It was interesting, though, because the pediatrician said he was probably fine and he was just confused about his shapes and letters. I was not happy. I kept trying to tell them that not only does Evan know his letters but the kid can read. They still didn't think I needed to take him to a doctor. I thought differently. We have the insurance so why not take advantage and at least get him checked out.

Today I took him to Pearl Vision and he loved it. He loved the machines he got to look through and the chair that moved up and down and all the attention he was getting from the ladies at the store. He was in heaven!

And the pediatrician was totally wrong and he has really poor vision. I am so glad I went with my intuition on this one.

We ended up with these really cute Converse frames in Blue. He just looks adorable. They won't be ready for another week or so but I'll definitely post pictures once we get them. Plus, since we have such great insurance I only had to pay $60 and we got all the cool stuff with them. I love great insurance!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What's in a Name?


Oscar Elijah Stewart

I went ahead and put Oscar the Grouch on here to take care of any comments that might be made. We really like the name and hope you do to but at the same time aren't too worried about what others might think. I have found that it is a name that has polarized people. They either love it or they hate it. The more I hear it, the more I simply just love it. I think it is cute and fun and not many kids have it these days.

It feels nice to have a name picked out!

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Artist Begins

We have this really huge storage space under the stairs. When we moved in we joked that Harry Potter could come and visit any time he wanted. We have also said that it will be the new baby's room and other silly jokes. It is a bit too deep for a closet and we really have just thrown toys into it and never truly utilized the space.

Lately Evan has really needed his own space. He is really into working on his art projects but some of them are not too Griffin-friendly. He gets very upset when Fin gets into his paints or his beads or any of his other art supplies. He also has some toys with little pieces that we only allow him to play with when Fin is asleep or upstairs.

We decided to turn this space into the "Art Room." We spent the weekend painting and clearing out and although it is still in the beginning stages we are getting there. The main problem is storage. What creative and cute ideas do you have for art type storage? I was thinking about this fun project from HGTV:


It is simply tin cans sticking to a cookie sheet with magnets. Very cool.

Anyway, here are some pictures of what we have so far.


We will be painting circles on the bottom half of the wall and also putting a wooden frame around the chalkboard portion. I also will be looking for any other cool and space friendly storage ideas. One thing we would love to add but aren't too sure how to accomplish it is to make the door a half door. You know the kind they have at stores where the bottom half stays shut and has a ledge on it?

We are all very happy with how it has turned out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Evan Singing

Here is a dark video of Evan singing his new favorite church song. I wish the quality was better but I'm no professional.

Enjoy!

video

Oh, I'm laughing so hard

So Ryan sent me the link to this hilarious site about baby names. Check it out. I hope it has you laughing as hard as I am today.

Cool Cat

Lately Fin loves sunglasses. He is constantly asking for us to put them back on his face and then walks around like he is the coolest of the cool. We love it. Here are a few fun pictures from earlier today.






Two Snow Days!





The last two days have been snow days and Ryan has had off of work. Just another perk of being married to a school teacher! I love having him home but no one loves it more than the boys!

Here are some fun pictures of our day in the snow. Some older neighborhood kids came to sled on our awesome hill in the backyard. They were so nice to Evan and let him go down the hill with them and gave him a cool sled to use and everything. Great kids.


Fin loved the snow so much.
I finally took him inside when he had icicles on his eyelashes!
He still stood at the back door and cried and cried.
It was so sad. What a trooper.



As you can see, it was still actually snowing while we were outside.
Evan wanted to help Daddy clean off his car.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Couples Meme

So I've been tagged, by Leslie, to do this cute little couples quiz and I have actually never taken the time to do one of these so I will definitely do it now. In the spirit of Valentine's Day here you go!

1. What is his name? Ryan Gibson Stewart
2. How long have you been together? We met and became great friends in 1995 but then started dating in 1999 and married in 2001. So married for almost 7 years and dating for almost 9.



This picture is the night we got engaged. It was in Potomac, MD on Oct. 27 2000.

3.Who eats more?Tough one, we both have our weaknesses but I'd say probably Ryan.
4. Who said I love you first? Ryan, on the phone from Kosovo on my birthday. (This is a wonderful and beautiful story that maybe I'll share sometime)
5. Who is taller? Ryan, I'm pretty short.
6. Who sings better? Me, it's one of my best talents.
7. Who is smarter? Ryan, for sure.
8. Who does the laundry? Me, but I make him put his away even if it takes a month....or two.
9. Who does the dishes? While I'm pregnant Ryan does them all the time since they make me sick. Usually it is give and take.
10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Ryan
11. Who pays the bills? I do. But Ryan brings home the bacon!
12. Who mows the lawn? Ryan
13. Who cooks dinner? Usually me but he has done a lot since I have been pregnant. He is a really good cook.
14. Who drives when you are together? I drive the most because Ryan is directionally challenged but he has started driving more often.
15. Who is more stubborn? Definitely me, but Ryan has his moments as well.
16. Who is the first to admit when they're wrong? Ryan, all the way.
17. Whose parents do you see the most? Ryan's. They live just a few hours away while mine are about a 2 day drive.
18. Who kissed whom first? This is a funny one because technically our first kiss was in 1996 when Ryan kissed me out of the blue in front of people and we never talked about it again. Our "real" first kiss was on New Year's Eve 1999. This was a much nicer kiss.
19. Who proposed? Ryan, it was sweet and wonderful and emotional.
20. Who is more sensitive? I am, especially right now when I am not only pregnant but dosed up on extra hormones. I am a ball of tears.
21. Who has more friends? I do! I work on it more. Ryan, like a lot of guys I know, don't care as much if they have a lot of outside friendships.
22. Who has more siblings? Ryan has 5 brothers and 2 sisters. I have 1 sister and 2 brothers.
23. Who wears the pants in the family? We each wear a leg. (Ryan is here saying that he wears the short shorts and I wear the pregnancy pants. Always the comedian)


Well, there you have it. This is us in a nutshell.

Friday, February 08, 2008

OUCH!

Ok, so I got my first progesterone shot today and it was extremely painful. In fact, it has been two hours since I got it and my arm still hurts! I'm going to have to get them in my rear next time. I can't handle this arm pain every week.

I just pray that this works and it isn't for nothing!

Verbal Development

So, I'm calling in all you out there to help me out with this one.

I have started to get a bit worried about Fin's verbal development and I'm not sure if it is valid or just a mother worrying unnecessarily about her child. I have looked at some message boards online and I'm still confused as to whether or not he has a problem. I have also looked into having him checked out by the government early intervention program. If he qualifies they would send a therapist to the house a couple of days a week. I'm fine doing this if there is a real problem but I'm just not sure.

Here is the problem.

He is much different from Evan in this aspect but I am trying really hard not to compare the two since they are so different in almost every way. At this age (20 months old) Evan could speak in sentences and knew the names for animals, shapes, body parts, colors, etc....Griffin doesn't really know any of these. We practice with him on a regular basis but he really won't copy or mimic us. He does count to three and that is his latest accomplishment.

He is a very responsive child. He is extremely happy and will laugh and play with you. He responds to his name and can follow simple commands. He makes noises when he plays such as car sounds, train sounds, and sometimes animal sounds.

He has had trouble giving up the pacifier and we at first thought this might be the problem but he rarely uses it when he isn't sleeping any more. We try just to keep it for sleeping.

He does babble a ton. I mean he is one of the most talkative children I have ever seen. That is kind of what makes me nervous though. For a kid who talks so much, shouldn't he have picked up more real words by now?

Here is a small list of what he can say:

Let's Go
Bye, Bye
Choo-Choo
Nose
One Two Three
Momma
Daddy
Hi
Hey
Yeah
Yes
No

I think that is it.

Anyway, all you readers out there. Give me your expert opinions.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

GO BIG BLUE!

Yep, it's a BOY!

I can honestly say I am not disappointed. I am just so happy that he is healthy and looks so great. He also is a normal size which is abnormal for me. Usually they can't believe how big my babies are. He still has time to get bigger but I hope he continues to grow normally.

It was so fun to see his little hands, feet, lips and everything. I love getting ultrasounds and seeing how amazing it is to have this little person inside of you. How cool! Evan loved it. Griffin was even enthralled with the whole process. The new little guy was moving at full speed the entire time. He was crazy!

Now we have to come up with another boy's name. We are kind of at a loss at this point. I like a few names but there is nothing that I really love....yet. I'm sure we'll find another perfect little name for our perfect little boy.

My Three Sons!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Think Pink!

Tomorrow is the big day! We are having the sonogram and will be finding out if we are having a boy or girl! I can hardly stand the wait. It has felt like forever this time. I'm not sure why but I was never this anxious to find out what the gender was before. I think it may be because I so badly want it to be a girl this time. I just really want to have that experience this time. Of course, I couldn't be disappointed with another boy considering how amazing my first two are but I just think a girl would add nicely to the mix.

Think Pink!

I even changed the color of my blog in hopes for this day....I'll keep it if it turns out to be a girl!

Check in tomorrow late afternoon. I have the appointment at 2:00!

Friday, February 01, 2008

7 Prescriptions!

So yesterday I went to Target and picked up 7 prescriptions for my children. Three of them are the regular reflux medications so I guess they don't really count but the rest are for other ailments that have been plaguing us of late.

Fin: Poor, snotty nosed, feverish, coughing, ear leaking little one. Yep, his ear was leaking fluid. Since he has tubes apparently this happens sometimes when they get really sick. He has drops for this malady. Then we took him to the pediatrician and they put him on an antibiotic and a cough medicine. He is really quite a sick boy. (not to mention the huge bite mark on his cheek from where Evan bit him. *sigh*) Just one look at him is enough to make a mother cry. All I want to do is cuddle him.

Evan: Evan is really not too sick but he has had this sore on his chin for about a month that simply won't heal. Last week when he went for his well check I asked about it and they took a culture to see what was going on. Well, it turns out it showed signs of both strep and staph. He is on a topical antibiotic and I can already see it making a difference.

I on the other hand, feel great! I am all excited to leave town in a couple of hours to go see Camie for her birthday! We are having a whole weekend of shopping, eating out, hanging out, and having fun! I can hardly wait.

Birthday Celebration!

Evan and Camie at his birthday party last month



I can't believe I'm putting this picture in here!
This is me hugely pregnant with Griffin,
Easter of 2006


Camie is part of the family!
This is her, Evan, and Ryan's Dad Gary
at Fin's blessing



I love this picture!
All my best girlfriends took me to NYC for my 30th bday.
Ali, Annabelle, Camie, and Mandy
I love that Mandy is hitting Camie's behind. So fitting.


Well, I am a bit late with this post but Camie should feel good in knowing that while I am only one day late in her birthday post I was at least a week late with Evan's.

Camie is my dearest friend and has made the ranks of sister as far as I'm concerned. Here are a few things you should know and appreciate about Camie.

Camie and I met on the bus from the MTC to the airport. We sat next to each other and were both a bit relieved to finally see a "normal" sister missionary. I had questions about how normal she was when she kept saying her arm was so cold it was hurting and we then figured out she had the cool air blasting on high. It was a good start to a long friendship.

We spent most of our mission together and then were roommates in Provo until I moved to MD. She came out to MD and we roomed until I got married. She currently lives in the DC area and I still get to see her a ton. I love it.

I used to think I had a sense of fashion and style and then when I started shopping without Camie I realized that I was using her as my fashion guru. I still use her. She is literally the coolest person I know. She always looks cute and can somehow pull off all of the latest trends. She is my fashion idol.

I don't change anything in my house without getting the thumbs up from Camie first. She is in interior designer and has such a great eye. She also knows what I will like better than I do. I currently have a large framed mirror in my living room that I can't bring my self to hang until Camie tells me it is in the right place.

She and I have a phrase we love to say, "That's something we haven't done together." This usually refers to something really silly or inappropriate but always makes us laugh. There isn't too much we haven't done together.

I think the test of true friendship is when your lives go in completely different directions and yet the connection remains the same. Camie and I have gone from being in the exact same place in life and doing the exact same thing to extremely different life styles and yet we share it together. I love hearing about all the fun and wonderful things she is able to do and her exciting job. I know to her it isn't all that exciting but to this country mom who hangs out in PJ's till noon, it is. I also know that I can call her and tell her about the latest sickness or life development or pregnancy ailment and she will listen and care and help.

Simply put, I love Camie.

Evan loves Camie perhaps even more than I do. He is inconsolable when she leaves from a visit and can barely sleep the night before he knows he is going to see her. He knows how much she loves him and I think that is the reason for his ultimate devotion. She will read and read to him and play games on the floor and get him treats. He just loves her. I love her more for loving my kids so much. Camie was actually the first person Evan met besides Ryan and me.

Happy 33rd Birthday, Camie!

WE LOVE YOU!

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.