Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
And Sunday we're off to New York again, for the entire month of Tishrei!!! This little boy is quite the experienced traveler! I'm really hoping his cold clears up before we have to travel!!!
Alright, I have to preserve my battery. Shuky is up at the farm this week and we have only one Dell charger but two laptops...Shuky has the charger! Bye for now, hope to see lots of people real soon!!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New York was nice but there were alot of people we wanted to see but just never got the chance...Fear not, we are coming back for the month of tishrei and will see EVERYONE then...
Off I go to sort things out in my room and then get some sleep before Benny and I head back to the land of cows and corn! Good night and good shabbos in case it takes a while to get back on here...
Monday, September 1, 2008
Shabbos was really nice, the Bar Mitzvah boy did a great job and his parents put together a beautiful simcha! Benny was dressed to the nines, looking delicious in his little khakis and button down shirt!!! I was really tired from all the traveling and stuff, when we got back from the Bar Mitzvah on Sunday afternoon, I completely passed out for the rest of the day!
Today was nice and relaxing. We were supposed to return our rental car but when we rented it on Thursday, the guy must have forgotten that today would be Labor Day and none of the rental locations were open except the airport so they gave us an extra day for free and told us to return it tomorrow. So we went to walk around in some stores and help Ronnie and Roberta look for some stuff. Then we went to a pita place. I love being able to just go out to restaurants!!!
Afterward, we went to a friends place, everyone went swimming and I sat poolside with Benny asleep in the stroller...we kind of hung out the rest of the night. Got home about an hour ago...nice and tired. Benny was up for a REALLY long time, playing and flirting with everyone around him! I predict tonight will be a good night! I hope. (Fingers crossed!)
I hope these storms coming won't affect our travel plans! I really want to make it to New York this week...
Well, have a good night everyone.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Everyone say a little prayer for the new parents traveling with their little 5 week old (as of today) son! And then for the crazy Mommy traveling alone, afterward, with said kid!
Good night everyone.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm a little nervous about traveling alone but we'll make it!
Anyway, here's two pictures from today. He's wearing a really funny shirt that Uncle Shmuly sent him!
Love you all and we're all very excited to see everyone!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Have a good Shabbos everyone!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Rochel and I took Benny to WalMart for some professional pictures once we all rested and were able to see straight! We met Stefanie and the kids there for Benny and Aaron to take some shots together, they were so cute and they finally didn't scream when seeing each other!!
Anyway, his pictures came out ADORABLE! Although he did have to go through three outfits. The first one didn't even get any pictures, he spit up just as we were setting him up! As soon as the pictures are ready, we'll post them!
And now, I'm beyond exhausted. Good night everyone!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Usually, I don't like the concept of naming after more than one person but about three weeks before he was born, I had a very clear and detailed dream. In the dream, I gave birth to a boy. For some reason, the bris was the following day (someone mentioned this could possibly be taken as a sign that the bris was not supposed to be on the 8th day). Shuky and I named the baby Binyamin Avraham, after the two above-mentioned grandfathers. The dream even went on to show me that we had already decided to call him Benny. After he was actually born, I spoke to a Rabbi about the dream. He told me that something so clear about something so beautiful should not be cast aside and that we should definitely consider this as a sign! So Benny he is.
And for anyone who has or has not met him, the name really works! He's definitely a little Benny. Although it will be hard to stop saying Baby!
Anyway, I don't have pictures of the bris. I was slightly preoccupied. If anyone has pictures, please send them our way!
I would also like to thank everyone who helped out so much! We love everyone so much and were so happy to be able to share the simcha with everyone, on the phone, over the internet, in person....however people were able to join!
Have a good night and Benny can't wait to meet everyone!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
As the boys were finishing up, Stefanie brought over all the delicious stuff she baked for the bris. I am giving everyone a sneak peak of the AMAZING cake she made for the bris. Everything you see here is edible, including the base. I don't know how anyone will cut it, I will be standing there swatting hands away!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
Friday, Baby and I went to Cedar Rapids to pick up my father and walk the aisles of Sam's Club. Bris stuff, here we come! Of course, we did forget the drinks.
Shabbos was nice, Friday night was quiet. Shabbos day we had Mimi and the kids, Rochel, my father...It was really nice! Nana and Grampa stopped by in the afternoon, right before Shuky left to shul for Mincha. Me and Baby showed them around the house, the backyard. We sat and talked for a bit.
Today we're going to have a nice brunch at 11:30. Problem is I may have forgotten to tell most of the people invited! Just waiting for an hour that isn't SO horrible for me to call over to my father's house...
Anyway, after the brunch, Baby and I (and Rochel, if we can steal her away) need to go to WalMart to get the stuff we forgot to get at Sam's Club!
Have a nice day everyone! Can't wait for tomorrow!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Just wanted to put up some pictures of him in the new swing...and a video we took when he was on Shuky's lap, flooping and flopping his head around.
Enjoy and have a good night!!
In case anyone wants to see what kind of swing we're getting, it's called the Fisher Price Lil Lamb Dream Swing. It's REALLY cute!
And while I'm at Target, I'll see what other fun things I can find!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Baby has a set day for his bris, it will be a week from today God willing, Monday the 18th!
Shuky and I decided to come to Florida for Chaim's bar mitzvah!
We are almost positively going to New York for Succos.
MY BABY IS GONNA GET A NAME!!!!!
I felt such a huge weight lift off my shoulders when the nurses told me what Baby's level was at after the blood test! I just couldn't stop smiling and talking excitedly to the little man...
Then Mimi and I took all the kids to the mall in Rochester and I got Dude some cute outfits for Yom Tov and pictures and all the trips coming up...
And now I'm exhausted and must go and start planning this bris, FINALLY!
Can't wait to give him a name and share it with everyone! Good night and hopefully today was good for everyone else too!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Oh, the Mohel came by this morning and said Baby is looking much better. He said that if this were the first time he was seeing the baby, we would be doing the bris on time...
Tomorrow we have the next blood test so hopefully, with what the Mohel is saying, we're gonna get the go-ahead!
Hope everyone is having an easy fast!!!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Anyway, just wanted to wish everyone a good Shabbos and an easy fast! Hopefully this coming week will bring good news about Baby's bris!
Love you all!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Love you Shuks!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Today, once the rain cleared up, we invited the Blooms over for some water fun - water balloons and running through the sprinklers! Then, later in the afternoon, we went for a walk to the library and the post office...really hot out but nice to get out!
We ran out of diapers already so off I went in search of diapers that would fit my big boy's butt. And he sure does poop alot! He tends to wait until we close the tabs on the new diaper and then 'expresses himself' once again!
And now I am watching Finding Nemo with Zalmy while Shaina goes to sleep and then off to sleep I go!
Good night and lots of love!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Obviously it didn't last. It got unplugged at some point, but we tried! We had nice quiet meals and nice visitors in the afternoon. Baby slept extremely well last night and I hear him crying out in the living room now but we're letting Tatty hang out with him while I relax a bit...
So off I go, searching for a bris outfit online with Bobbe and just kicking back...
Love you all!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Which means the bris has been pushed off yet again!
And I am exhausted. I had to go back to the hospital after our morning appointment because they suggested the Wrap after I was already home.
So now, Baby and I are off to take a nap. He will be sleeping with his Wrap on!
Good Shabbos everyone!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
All in all, today was a semi-quiet day. As quiet as it can be with a one week old baby and house guests.
Alright, he seems to be getting up. It's about time for his next meal! I thought I had a little more time...
Good night everyone!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Bobbe (my mom) bought Baby the most beautiful stroller and it came in today. Shuky put it together for us and he LOVES it! Of course, he had to have his inaugural spit-up, which turned into about ten spit-ups. So the stroller is officially his, the territory has been marked!
We went and sat by the pool today to give him some sun. We are de-jaundicing him. My little man is also wearing a gold heart bracelet around his ankle. Extremely macho.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I never came back to finish writing about Shabbos so I'll just do a quick recap of how the rest went...
Lunch was nice, sort of a whatever-whenever kind of deal. The afternoon brought a few visitors...we have that huge window in the living room so people walking to and from shul saw us and stopped by to say mazal tov and meet the little man. And after the meal, people came to hang out...
Now, I may be biased, but I believe this child is a genius already! He rolled over from his back to his tummy all by himself! He has found his thumb and sucks it quite aggressively when his pacifier is not in place. He knows just the right faces and sounds to make to get exactly what he wants! Like I said, in my unbiased opinion, pure genius!
Saturday night was really tough, he kept us up the entire night. And, because my labor was so intense and the pushing so long and hard, my neck and back were extremely sore all weekend, to the point of not being able to move in any direction, in the slightest bit. So put that pain and annoyance together with a screaming baby and a serious lack of sleep and you've got quite a handful. Well, Shuky did anyway! Poor guy, new kid and wife crying together! I'm glad he didn't cry too!! (Not that he would, in case anyone is now questioning his macho-ness) Needless to say, Sunday morning was a bit hard. We had to go back to the hospital to have Baby's 'yellow-ness' checked out. And they were going to take a look at my neck and see if there's anything to do about it...Well, after the night we had, it was a bit rough getting out of the house but we finally made it. He got his blood work done and turns out the Bilie Rubin level was pretty high. And as far as my neck was concerned, they ruled out a spinal headache (a side effect of the intrathecal I got) and said all they could suggest was mild doses of tylenol and ibuprofen and they signed me up for physical therapy again (I say again because I had to go to PT during my second trimester for my sciatica). We went to Walmart on the way home, stocked up on a bunch more stuff we needed, had to make sure this baby really learned what it meant to be Iowan. When we got home, Rabbi Klien (the mohel) came by and told us we have to wait to do the bris. He said the earliest possible day is next Thursday. Basically, on Friday, at his first official appointment, they have to do the Bilie Rubin blood test again and if it is at a certain level, halacha says you have to wait seven days from that point to be sure that the body is completely healthy and able to handle it. So Baby it is for a little while longer! At some point in the afternoon, my headache and neck pains went away and I felt like a completely new person!
Anyway, last night was much better, he slept longer and wasn't as cranky when he was up. And my neck not acting up made it alot easier to handle the long hours and crying baby! I brought him into my bed when he got cranky and he slept really nicely for the last few hours of the morning, didn't wake up until around 7 or 8!
Shuky went to Minneapolis to pick up his mom and Moishy and me and Baby hung out all day. Rochel came over for some of the day and we all relaxed together, watched some TV, me and Baby napped for a few hours...worked a bit on getting the house ready for company!
Right now, we're sitting outside (like I mentioned before) and our neighbors (who have been around forever, I'm sure of it. And I mean FOREVER) just came over to meet the little one and see him in all his deliciousness! It's great living in a quiet little country town like this!
The little man is super excited to get to meet all the family - Bubby, Uncle Moishy, Aunt Mimi and his cousins Zalmy and Shaina, and tomorrow Uncle Sruly (is that what you want to be called?) is coming! He hasn't stopped asking me questions about everyone! And then when the bris finally rolls around, a whole new squad of family comes to town! Oh, the excitement!!!
Alright, now that I've updated this blog, I'm gonna sit here and enjoy the peace and quiet. And get some bills taken care of. I guess those things are important too.
Not as important as the blog obviously!
PS If anyone wants dibs on being called something in particular, let us know...we can be quite accomodating sometimes!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Rochel stayed with us to help out and bond with her new nephew. She was such a good help!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!
We put the bassinet by the table and he was chilling with us for the meal, no fussing, because he's good like that, ka"h.
The Sholom Zachor was at my father's house and Shuky went right away after the meal. He got home around 3, I think. He said it was really nice and alot of people came. (The people who ended up not making it made a special point to come and apologize to him in shul the next day.)
The night was a bit tough, having been spoiled by the nurses who would whisk him off to the nursery so I could sleep and bring him to me when he would get hungry. I would really like it if they could install a call button on my bed and answer to me 24/7. Am I asking for too much?? But, we made it through the night - it really wasn't too bad...
He ended up sleeping in my bed after the last nursing and I just watched him. He's beautiful. And delicious. And makes the yummiest sounds and faces and I wanted to eat him. But I figured explaining that would be hard so I just watched him and sighed. Oh, and I spoke to him alot. He's a great listener! He's very alert so he just stares at you as if he understands and really feels for you.
Mommy duties call. My baby is having a hard time falling asleep.
To be continued...
Friday, July 25, 2008
So here is the post again...
As I'm sure you all know by now, on Wednesday July 23, at 1:11 pm, I gave birth to a BEAUTIFUL and quite large, baby boy! I was in labor for 24 hours, but apparently perseverance pays off! He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.
He is beyond delicious! I am completely obsessed with him and can't wait to be feeling like a normal human again so I can take pictures with both of us in them, and take him out for walks or drives or whatever we decide to do! Me and my boy are gonna be BEST FRIENDS!!!!!!!
Here are a few pics for anyone who hasn't seen any yet. After Shabbos I'll write some more about our little monkey...have some fun things to say about our hospital stay and some fun characteristic traits he has! And how much he loves his Mommy and Tatty!!!!!
Have a good Shabbos everyone and to anyone coming out next week, we can't wait to see you! Everyone else, hopefully soon we'll get to see you all and introduce you to our little man!!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Oh, and, I've mentioned before that the baby gets hiccups all the time...while she had the baby on the screen, it got hiccups and it was really funny watching the whole body jump with each hiccup. Even the ultrasound technician was enjoying it!
I'm finally at two centimeters!!! Score!
So the doctor decided to keep daily tabs on me. I have an appointment tomorrow and we shall see what the day shall bring!
Love you all...have a good night!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
And now we're back home in the air conditioning, did I mention it was 93 degrees?
PS Still no baby for anyone wondering...
Saturday, July 19, 2008
We shall see what the next few days bring I guess...Monday is the tell-tale 'doctor makes a decision' day.
I don't want my kid to have a fast day as a birthday, but if it decides tomorrow is the day, then by all means, BRING IT ON!
Have a good night and an easy fast!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Anyway, still no baby, still bored all day as I really can't do a whole lot! Gonna start making Shabbos plans...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Love you all!!! Keep those fingers and toes crossed....
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I have another appointment scheduled for next Monday. But good ol' doctor said she'll keep her fingers crossed for me that I see her before then. Like I said, she really takes care of me!
Not feeling too great, physically and moodwise, so off I go to sulk. Just wanted to let everyone know that there's nothing new to report. Two weeks later. Score.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Alright, just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still Pregasauras Rex.
Have a good night!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Anyway, I'm exhausted so I'm gonna pass out before Shabbos...have a good one everybody!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
But on a fun note, I just got off the phone with Zalmy in Monsey and he made a special request. They are going to the park soon so he wants me to have the baby at 1:00 today. If I don't mind. Because he would like to come play with the baby, but he really wants to go to the park...Priorities Chani, priorities!
Anyway, back to The Price is Right. Which will hopefully put me to sleep!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I'm sitting at work now but I'm about to go home. Starving, exhausted, want my house to clean itself. All in all, I'm in a pretty good mood!
Oh, this is definitely Shuky's child, in case anyone was wondering...this baby gets hiccups SO often! It's really funny too! Like two weeks ago, we were having a staff meeting at work and I was just watching my stomach. Every second, you'd see a little bump on the side - the hiccups actually make the baby jump and it shows!
Ok, time to go. Ciao ciao.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I was actually really tired all day, due to the no-sleep thing we've (meaning me) got going on now! My appointment was at 9:30 and you're supposed to be there 15 minutes early so I was out of the house by 8:45. After the appointment, I stopped at Walmart. I only needed like 3 things and it took me FOREVER because I was just moving sooooo slow!! I worked a couple hours when I got back to town and then came home and crashed after a little straightening up...Of course, I finally fall asleep and all of a sudden, everyone and their mother calls. And my phone has this annoying thing (yay Motorola) where it beeps like every 5 minutes if you miss a call or get a text/voicemail. Needless to say, my phone and I are not on the best of terms right now.
Hopefully tonight will bring sleep! Good night to one and all.
Today I have my 39 week appointment. I realized that I have no idea who I'm supposed to call or where I'm supposed to go when I do actually go into labor, so today I shall be finding all that fun stuff out.
Well, I'm going to try and get some more sleep before I actually have to go to the doctor...wish me luck!!!
Monday, July 7, 2008
One week left officially. Chana bas Zisl Shoshana, in case anyone knows anything special to say to make it happen or just to make it easier when it does!!
Have a nice day y'all.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
At least the movie was good!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Love you all, have a good night!
Friday, July 4, 2008
We really just hung out all day, toiveled some wedding gifts that we never opened - never had the space in our other house so we kept things boxed up! We finally got our own dining room table a few weeks ago so we went and returned the other table we were using to my father's house. We went to someone's moving sale - didn't find anything good but we love looking at these sales!
What else, nothing really.
We were invited out for both meals for shabbos so we weren't really too worried about having to cook or anything....
Anyway, gonna go relax some more...have a good shabbos everyone!
Love you all and hope to be able to share some good news very soon! (ten days left till my due date!!!!!!)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This morning I woke up with really bad leg cramps so I decided not to go swimming today but I'm gonna go for a walk with Stefanie and her kids, to the post office and then to hang out at the park! Fun stuff!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
But, that reminded me of a funny story. When my neighbor (Stefanie Bloom) had her baby the week after Pesach, we went to visit them in the hospital. I came in holding flowers with an exciting 'It's a Boy!' balloon! Walking down the hall, a nurse came up to me and asked, "Are you in labor?"
Really lady???? Do people usually come fully prepared with balloons and flowers like that? And I was only about 7 or so months at that point. Great. Just when I thought I wasn't tooooo big!
Anyway, my doctor goes away tomorrow until the 11th. She said she thinks she'll still be the one delivering for me. Shucks. But, she also said she's been wrong before so I'll take that one!
We'll see if she gets to pull my baby out naked or meet it fully clothed!!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt like poop. I ended up leaving the pool after an hour instead of my usual hour and a half. I left work after two hours. Just stayed home and read/watched TV/slept.
Hopefully today will be better!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
T'was nice though! Friday night we ate by The Bloom Family (as their message machine likes to point out) - they live across the street from us and we practically live there. Well I do anyway! Shabbos day, my father and sister came over for lunch. I was quite a grump all day. I'll blame it on the hormones and lack of sleep. I'm allowed!
Shuky didn't go to shul in the morning so when he went in the afternoon, he got lots of 'So no baby then?' comments. Which I warned him would happen. Being pregnant also makes you all-knowing. I should know! I'm always right these days!!!
I've started reading my baby books again, trying to find some tricks on how to get this process going....Apparently the best way is to wait, but seriously, for anyone who really knows me, I'm probably THE most impatient person on Earth. And yes, I've met everyone so I know!
Anyway, we're about to have mac and cheese for dinner, at 11:30 pm. Yum! Good night all and shavuah tov!
Friday, June 27, 2008
And I bought him a present, a great new tool kit with power tools and everything. Probably should have bought that yesterday, BEFORE he had to put up that ceiling fan! And last week when he fixed our 'new' dining room table. Might have made things a smidgen easier for him, but hey, don't want things being too easy!!!
Anyway, gotta start getting the house ready for Shabbos and put away all these groceries I just got...
Love you all and hopefully we'll hear good news soon!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The public pool here has special hours for the Jewish women in the community and that starts at 11. I work very hard to be sure I make I'm there as water tends to calm the baby down alot! Today, though, that was not the case. The whole time I was in the pool, there was NO end to the kicking and pushing and shoving in my huge belly! Oh well. It was still nice being in the water...
So, right before Pesach, we moved into a bigger house. For some reason, the lights in the two bedrooms upstairs don't have a switch on the wall. They only have the small chain, to which the previous tenants tied extremely long shoelaces and hung off a hook on the wall. Of course, this is only a light with no fan. Aside from being beyond obnoxious, there is no air circulation and the AC just doesn't seem to work as well upstairs as it does downstairs! Anyway, we bought a ceiling fan/light fixture with one of those wireless remotes so that we wouldn't have to bring in an electrician to bring the wires down the wall. We now have a beautiful fan that works great, with air moving around in the room, thanks to Shuky! And Rochel helped too. Thank G-d for helpful siblings!!!
And, of course, not knowing when I won't be able to work anymore, I keep trying to get all these projects done right away. So I'm still working.
Sigh again. Good night everyone! Love you all...
P.S. Any tips on ways to get the feet out of my ribs? Aside from going into labor obviously...
Just a quick vent, creating these registries for Shuky is much harder than I anticipated. The fact that we're 'small town folk' means not having everything easily accessible, which means that registering for these things doesn't really mean I'll be able to get it all as quickly as needed! Grr! Most things are not actually stocked in our local store!
Well, I'm gonna try and sleep some more before the pool opens. Thanks for the shoulder!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So, a few fun things that have happened in the past few weeks...people in Shul have been asking Shuky if we're having twins! Thanks alot everyone!...I am barely sleeping anymore, at least not during the night anyway!...Shuky obviously loves me ALOT as he puts up with all of my fun demands and mood swings and hot/cold flashes, and convenient lack of memory when it comes to things I may or may not have said and/or done!...About a week and a half ago, I couldn't sleep and Shuky was away at the farm so I got up in the middle of the night and rearranged the furniture in our bedroom (thanks Mom for that gene!)...I remembered at 4 in the morning, a few nights ago, that I left my windows of my car completely open and Shuky had to go down and close them - I was worried it might rain (it didn't)...Friday afternoon I had my first real contraction, OUCH!, not the regular Braxton Hicks I've been having for a few months already...
Today, at my doctor's appointment, my doctor and I discussed when would be the best time for me to go into labor as she is going to visit Grandma with the kids. Score. So I have until the middle of next week or anytime after the 11th. I'm hoping for before her vacation. I can only get so much bigger!!
Of course I waddle, no walking for me, and I feel like I'm menopausal at the lovely age of 22! Isn't pregnancy just a bundle of joy!!! And the baby is EXTREMELY active! I noticed that when I go swimming or take baths, the baby calms down alot and just relaxes, so I try and do as much water activity as possible!
I've been trying to prepare lists for Shuky so he doesn't freak out when he has to run to Walmart to stock up on baby stuff once I have the baby! I made some baby registries for him so he can just print them out and go. Decided to put them up here for fun, let everyone see and make suggestions...There are some things that we're ordering online from other sites so they aren't on any of the registries, if anyone wants to see anything (like the stroller or car seat) let me know and I can put up those links too!
Anyway, it's now 8:40 pm and due to my lack of sleep last night and early morning doctor appointment, it's time for me to go to bed for my party with my millions of pillows that Shuky gets to regularly rearrange for me all night! Love you Shuks!
And I love and miss everyone else and please let this be my call to each of you, personally! I mean to call....really!
Good night and we'll keep you posted!