Monday, April 20, 2009

the 8 things game

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:

1. Landyn learning to sit up
2. Ryan getting done with work at 12 tomorrow
3. Ryan having off Wednesday
4. Putting Landyn is his adorable new baby legs again!
5. My God daughter Kylie's birthday party on Saturday, she's 1!
6. Seeing Amanda and her 4 kiddos on Friday (if we ever figure out what to do!)
7. Sleeping
8. Eventually having another baby! (well 3 more to be exact but NOT at once!)

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

1. Nursed Landyn
2. Fed Landyn good food!
3. Spent the day with my best friend Rachel
4. Cried about the future
5. spent lots of time on Twitter, facebook and blogger
6. Kissed my husband
7. Cuddled my beautiful baby boy
8. stayed in my Pjs all day!

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

1. Have another baby soon
2. Take a photography class
3. hire a maid
4. stop supplementing Landyn with formula
5. Buy a deep freezer so I could make bigger quanties of food for Landyn
6. Buy a new vehicle or add a third row seat to my Durango
7. Go to the Mom and Pop Place for lunch... so yummy!
8. lose 50 pounds... haha maybe after I am done having kids!

8 Shows I Watch

1. ER... wait it's over... I miss it already
2. Jon and Kate Plus 8
3. The Biggest Loser
4. Law and Order SVU
5. Oprah
6. The Doctors
7. Little People Big World
8. Chopped

Monday, April 13, 2009

Not Me! Monday!

Well after a couple weeks off here we go... it's Not Me! Monday!

I did not spend countless hours making baby food for my son instead of just heading to the store and buying it. Nope! Not me! I would not waste my time doing something like that when there is a WAY easier way to do it!

I did not spend more countless hours at my computer doing research on different cloth diapers and then go back to where I started and order some of what I already had and only 1 new thing... that would be a complete waste of my time! Nope! Not me!

I did not run into Landyn's pediatrician leaving Mom's Club at the hospital and corner him and ask him questions for about 15 minutes and then go to see him 3 hours later in the office to have him check Landyn's toe when that's the reason I stopped him in the first place. Nope! Not me! My brain works way better than that and I would never forget what I wanted to ask him!

I did not start twittering this week, I wouldn't add one more thing for me to do on the internet instead of spending time being a good wife and cleaning my house! Nope! Not me! I love cleaning!

I did not dress my son up like a little man including a hat that my husband did not dislike and parade him around in it at Olive Garden on Wednesday and today for all of Ryan's family! Nope! Not me! I would never ignore my husbands many requests to take off said hat!

I did not purchase cloth diapers and give them to Landyn for Easter in his basket, I never would make something like that a gift! Nope! Not me!

I did not laugh at my amazing son while he threw a tantrum, kicking of feet included, because he couldn't get the toys in his mouth Nope! Not me! What 5 month old throws tantrums? Mine! (he might have gotten a little bit of his mother's temper!)

I did not make my status on facebook read, "Kelli is calling Fed Ex, telling them to bring a box big enough for his 70 pound body and Tucker is being shipped off anywhere but here!!!" I would never get frustrated with a dog so much that I would seriously consider something that crazy! Nope! Not me!

I did not cry when I got flowers from my husband for my birthday this week. I would never get so emotional about something like that! Nope! Not Me! I am never emotional!

I did not eat a Turkey sandwhich for breakfast a couple of times this week, I never crave food anymore! Nope! Not me!

I did not eat a piece of my birthday cake for breakfast today. Nope! Not me!

I am not sitting here in my yoga pants and a nursing tank instead of showering and getting dressed for the day! I always get up in the morning and shower, get dressed and put make-up on!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A video

So I have a couple of posts that are in progress but I thought I would throw this video out for you guys to watch. Take what you want from it and do what works for your family. I'm going to leave it at that and all I ask is that you watch the whole thing! It won't work when i link it so you will have to copy and paste the address in, sorry!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Car Seat Safety

Well I'm not sure if all of you know, car seats and car seat safety are a passion of mine. I'm taking a class as soon as it works out to become a Child Passenger Safety Technician. In this post I will cover a few points and if you are interested in more information let me know and I can get it written up for you, if I don't know the answer I will find it for you! One major thing everyone needs to know, Car seats EXPIRE! There should be a DO NOT USE AFTER __________ stamp on it somewhere. If there isn't a stamp on it then it's expired and you should discontinue use immediately!

Here goes:

Infant Car Seat Safety-

A few major points-
Read your manual! All the information you need is in there! It's the most important part of installing any car seat.
After it is installed make sure there is not more than an inch of movement in the belt path. To check this use your non dominate hand and give 2 pulls. If it moves more than an inch it's not correct and you need to tighten the seat belt or latch anchors.
The handle/bar can be left up only on the newer Graco seats and the Chicco car seats. If you own an Evenflo seat the bar must be down and you have to have an inch and a half between the bar and the vehicle seat.

Rear facing/Forward facing

The law in every state is that a child must remain rear facing until 1 year AND 20 pounds no matter what. They have to reach both of those before they can be turned forward facing. This can be done in either an infant seat or a convertible seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics just changed their recommendations to keep children rear facing until 2 years and 30 pounds or to the limits of their seats which for most convertible is either 33 or 35 pounds, again check the manual. The reason for this switch is that young children are 5 times safer rear facing. It reduces the risk of internal decapitation. (I can dig up the actual facts if you would like but for now I will leave it at that.) This is what we call Extended Rear Facing.

A few questions I have been asked by my husband mostly but also other people.

Won't their legs break if they are scrunched up against the back seat? There have been less reported cases of children breaking their legs in an accident because of Extended Rear Facing. Plus I'd rather have a kid with a broken leg than a kid with a broken neck, right?

Won't they be uncomfortable when their legs are longer? Again no they won't because they will adjust their legs, usually sit pretzel legs, to be comfortable. Most children actually complain after being switched to Forward Facing that their legs fall asleep from them dangling and not having support.

Won't they complain about it? Nope, if they have never been forward facing how would they know anything different? Depending on the seat you get they should be able to see out the windows or give them soft toys to play with while in their seats. Any hard or heavy objects can become a projectile in an accident.

Where should the straps be?
Rear facing- straps need to be at or below the shoulders
Forward facing- straps need to be at or above the shoulders.

When is a rearfacing seat outgrown?
A. Your child reaches the weight limit
B. Their head is within one inch of the top of the seat.

When is a forward facing seat outgrown?
A. Your child reaches the weight limit for the harness
B. The tops of their ears reach the shell of the seat
C. Their shoulders are above the top slots

If you have any other questions or would like to know about Extended Harnessing let me know!

I took this infomation strait from the car seat board on about convertable car seats. These ladies are amazing and have the answers to all car seat questions!

Britax Marathon, Decathlon, or Boulevard (MA/DC/BV)
17” top slots, RF 5-33lbs (newer models rf to 35 lbs.), FF up to 65lbs in 5 point harness. Awesome seats, allow for rf tethering, has lockoffs to replace locking clips, very easy installs, many bells and whistles that make them easier to use correctly every time, lasts most kids to age 5-6y/o. $220+

Evenflo Triumph Advance
RF to 35lbs, FF to 50 lbs. Max harness height of 17”. The Triumph Advance has the infinite-like harness adjuster too…no rethreading the harness! Much nicer than the old Triumph! Much taller shell than the old Triumph too. Harness not removable. $129

Sunshine Kids Radian
65/80 18” top slots, RF 5-33lbs, FF up to 65lbs in 5 point harness. Great seat, only second to Britax because it has some compatibility issues in some vehicles when installed with seatbelt. Harness not removable. Really good seat otherwise, allows for RF tethering, lasts most kids to 6-7y/o. 8yr lifespan (most have a 6yr) $175+

Recaro Como & Signo
Recaro makes seats for NASCAR and has made car seats for the European market and a few for the US market for years. RF to 35lbs, FF to 70lbs. Bottom slots of 9", so not ideal for newborns. The outside width of the seat at its widest point is approx. 19 ½” to 20”. The Como & the Signo are basically the same shell the biggest difference is that the Signo has an infinitely adjustable harness (whereas the Como has to be re-threaded) and the Signo's latch straps are on a bar--similar to Britax (on the Marathon and Boulevard)--so you don't have to re-thread the latch belt if you're going from rear facing to forward facing. Como is $249; Signo is $289 and has 17.75” top slot.

First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat
RF 5-35 lbs, FF to 65lbs, 10” bottom slots, 17” top slots. 3 crotch positions, designed to fit smaller cars—headrest removes to allow rf seat to recline to 45°, put headrest back on after older child is 22 lbs. and adjust seat to be more upright when rf. Cover removable without unhooking the harness, lockoffs for rf & ff, harness adjusted with a knob, everything adjusts by sliding something. Covered in EPP Foam. $179.

Cosco Scenera
$40 5pt harness version. Very basic no-frills seat. Minimal padding, but it's rare for a LO to complain about it. 35lbs RF limit with a taller shell! 40lbs FF limit however most kids outgrow it in torso height at about 3-3.5yo due to the low 15” top slots. It just doesn’t offer enough torso grow room to get most kids to 40lbs. Readily available at Wal-Mart/Target/K-mart. Usually requires 1-3 chunks of pool noodle to get a good recline.

Safety 1st Uptown 35 lbs RF, 40 lbs FF, tall 16.5” top slots so this is the ONLY RF/FF 40lbs limit convertible that will likely get a kid to 40lbs. EPP foam, velvety plush cover, super cushy. Very easy to use & install. 8 yr lifespan! (Most have a 6 yr.) Around $100 or less at and

The Graco ComfortSport, Evenflo seats, and the Alpha Omega 3-in-1 types are very small seats that are usually outgrown the same time as the $40 Scenera. You don’t get much for your money. While they are safe there are just other options that offer more for less cost.

Okay that's it for now. I will probably do more posts as time goes on as this is a passion of mine!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Weekly Meal Plan

So this week Ryan and I decided that we needed to make a meal plan and stick to it! We went grocery shopping today and got mostly everything we need (minus a few things that we need fresh at the end of the week) My plan is to make a weekly post with our meal plan and if anyone wants the recipes just let me know!

Here goes

Sunday- No Peek Chicken (It's in the oven and I cannot wait for it to be done!)
Monday- Ryan works 9am-8pm so I will be eating whatever I can find (maybe leftovers!)
Tuesday- Spanish Hamburgers and Broccoli
Wednesday-Porkchops with cream of mushroom soup over the top, mashed potatoes, corn and biscuits
Thursday- Ryan works 9am-8pm again so I will be eating leftovers by myself on my birthday... how boring is that!
Friday- We will be eating out because it's Good Friday and Ryan cannot eat meat.
Saturday- Hu Hot for my birthday (we have a gift card from my parents from Christmas still!)

So there it is... I'm hungry just thinking about it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The many faces of cereal...

So we had planned on waiting until Landyn was 6 months to give him solids (it's the new recommendation from the AAP) but he had some plans of his own. Since he turned 4 months he had been grabbing at stuff and pulling it into his mouth and he would open for an empty spoon so I knew he was ready but I wasn't. I put it off for 2 weeks and then on Sunday March 22nd we decided to start with some oatmeal cereal. I know most people start with rice but he has some major constipation problems already and I didn't want to make it any worse! Here are some of the funny faces he made!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

4 months in pictures

Here is another post full of pictures. This is month 4 of little mans life! Enjoy!

This is my all time favorite picture of 2 of my boys!

Baby Toes

Yup another picture post but I just couldn't stop myself from taking some super cute pictures of his little toes! (Plus he has one of his cutest cloth diapers on so it makes it even better!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Building For Kids

So a few weeks ago the kids I watch after school had off so Ryan and I took them along with Landyn to a local children's museum called the Building for Kids. Here are a bunch of pictures!

Landyn in the giant reading chair (without a book haha!)
Landyn in the giant pumpkin
Going down his first slide!
Jonathon and Danielle as firefighters!
The cutest penguin ever made!
Mommy and Landyn (I'm holding his hand down so he can't chew on it!)