Monthly Archives: May 2011

Blogs

I don’t want to be one of those folks that constantly changes blogs, but I’m thinking about switching to Blogspot. I’m bored with my WordPress layout, but there isn’t really much that can be done about it without dropping some cash – it’d be about $50 for a new layout. I’d have to pay WordPress $15ish for the ability to use my own code, and then I’d have to pay someone to design it. I don’t really have the time (or the tools) to design one myself.

I signed up for a blog through blogspot last night and I played around with the layout. It was super easy and it looks awesome too: http://ashleywmartin.blogspot.com/. I went ahead and posted once there just so I could see what it would look like. I’m happy with it, but I’m just not sure I want to change.  That would also be a hassle. Sigh.

Thoughts?

Facebook

This update will be short – we’re leaving for Alabama today and I need to finish packing. Yesterday I posted to Facebook and said that I’d be taking some time off. I plan on deactivating my Facebook on Sunday. If you want to keep up with the Martins, you can subscribe to my blog by clicking “sign me up” under the email subscription box on the right side of the page. You’ll get an email anytime I post – I promise not to post a bazillion times and clutter your inbox.

I’m not sure how long my break will be, but for now, I plan on taking at least a month off. I have several reasons for doing it, but it’s more of a personal challenge than anything. I have a FB addiction and I’m just curious to see what life will be like without it. I’ll try to post more about it next week!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend 🙂

Poop Finger

I forgot to update about this. Last week I stuck my finger in baby poop. If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I’m not used to Harper pooping on his own. Well one night, I thought I smelled the fragrance…you know, the fragrance that’s left by a certain gift in a diaper. I attempted to move his diaper aside so that I could see if there was indeed a “gift”  for me, and in the process, I stuck my finger right in it. Yuck. I’m pretty sure I made a face close to this:

It…was…nasty. I washed my hands. Then I germ-xed my hands. Then I clipped my fingernails. Yeah…I’m a germaphobe. I’m actually surprised I didn’t dip my hand in bleach. I’ve been pretty good about the baby poop situation. I haven’t gagged yet while changing Harp’s diapers, and before he was here, I thought I’d have a big problem with it. I guess I failed the baby poop on my hand test though – oh well.

Oh and in case you’re wondering what Harper is up to these days, this is what a typical day looks like for us:

Just kidding…he doesn’t do that ALL day, but he does do it a lot. It’s really funny. He just goes back and forth, back and forth. He’s trying to crawl too, which is really really cute! I had a dream the other night that was quite sad. He started crawling, and almost immediately began walking. He was coming towards me, and by the time he got to me, he was all grown up. I was excited that he had learned to do new things, but sad that he grew up so quickly 😦

Speaking of growing up, I can now see Harper’s first tooth! It’s still under his gums, but is definitely visible – looks like the crappy time we had over mother’s day weekend paid off! I know you are all on the edges of your seats just waiting for a picture, so once it breaks through the gums, I’ll be sure to post one 😉

Another post…sheesh

This post isn’t about anything important. I just wanted to show off this awesome ticker that one of the Babycenter ladies made for me:

Isn’t it precious?! I kind of love it a lot.

You know what else I love? These:

 

I would like to thank Kristy Edmondson for introducing this to me. I didn’t know they existed until I saw her giving one to Lucy. I use a different brand, but it’s the same idea. They are amazing! Harper is getting more and more difficult to feed since he now knows how to use his hands. I can’t tell you how many times he has knocked a spoonful of green beans out of my hand or made me drop a bowl of food in my lap while feeding him. With these pouches, I don’t even have to worry about it! I LOVE THEM!!!!

Thanks for reading this pointless update 🙂

Heartsy

It’s bad news y’all. I had Etsy problems before discovering Heartsy, but now it’s even worse. In a nut shell, Heartsy works just like Groupon, but it’s specifically for Etsy. The deals that are featured are for individual shops on Etsy. You get a daily e-mail letting you know about the featured deals of the day. You also get moo-lah any time you refer a friend and they make a purchase.

I’ve been watching my Heartsy credit slowly rise over the past week. I’ve been tempted to spend it a few times, but resisted. Today I caved. I had $25 (all because friends signed up with my referral link and actually bought stuff – THANKS GUYS!!!). I spent it on two shops. One shop had a deal where you spend $9 and get a $19 credit. The other shop’s deal was $14 for $30 – so it worked out great and I still have $2 left!

I got three things (two prints and a killer headband):

So…I’m excited! I love free stuff…especially free stuff from Etsy!!!!!!! 🙂

The Bird

No…this isn’t about THE bird. It’s about my bird…Harper 🙂 There are about a million and one names that I call my Harper. I don’t know why, but I very rarely call Harper by his name. Instead I call him by one of many nicknames that I have for him. Here are just a few:

Sweet Pie
Booger Bear
Bird and/or Little Bird
Pumpkin Pie
Monkey
Harp Harp
Fussy Gus
Little Love
Prince
Silly Goose
Hun Bun
The Harpster

The list goes on and on. Y’all probably think I’m weird…especially because I call my son Booger Bear, but this post isn’t about that nickname unfortunately. It’s about why I call him bird. The reason is simple – he sounds like one.  He makes this high pitched squealing noise when he is playing! It’s the cutest thing ever! Occasionally, I’ll wake up at midnight to the sound of the Bird on the monitor. I love it. The other night he woke up at nine and started doing it, so I had to video it. Here it is:

Have I mentioned lately that I just love him? I can’t really blame the Duggars for having 19 of these. Harper makes me want a bazillion. So much joy. I love it.

Poop

That’s right. This post is about baby poop. Stop reading here if that bothers you 🙂

Since Harper was about two months old, he has struggled with constipation. He was never a “regular pooper” – he would only go once every 4-5 days. This is apparently normal for some formula fed babies. Anyways, one night when Harper was two months old, he dirtied a diaper, and while changing him I noticed there was blood in it. I FREAKED OUT! I called our pediatrician’s after hours line and spoke with a nurse. I totally cried while on the phone with her, but I’m sure she’s used to that lol. She acted like it was no big deal and told me to start putting Karo syrup in his bottle.

The Karo syrup didn’t help a bit. I eventually started giving Harper more water in his bottle to see if that would help. It didn’t. I also changed his formula to see if that would help and had no luck there either! At Harper’s four month appointment, his pediatrician told me to start giving him a suppository every two days if he hadn’t already gone to the bathroom on his own by that time. He also told me I could start solids. I was excited to start solids because I wanted to try giving him apples, prunes, pears, etc. to see if any of those would help – big surprise…they didn’t!

By the time Harper’s six month appointment came around, he hadn’t actually gone to the bathroom on his own in two months! Even though I was giving him a suppository every two days, he would still occasionally have blood in his diaper and he would almost always cry when he went to the bathroom. I decided that I was going to talk to his pediatrician about putting him on some type of medication to help him since he was obviously in pain.

Before moving on, let’s list everything I tried before his six month appointment:
– Karo syrup
-Changing formula
-Water
-Apples, prunes, pears
-Apple juice and prune juice
-Extra water every day
-Oatmeal

Given all of the things I had tried, I figured it would be easy breezy to get Harper put on something. Wrong! I listed all of that for the pediatrician and the first thing he asks is “how much Karo syrup were you using?” I told him, and he seemed perplexed that it didn’t work. He then recommended that I try changing formula again. He recommended a formula that Harper had actually already been on and told me to call back in a week if it didn’t work. I figured what the heck…Harper has been dealing with this for four months, what is another week?

I call back a week later expecting them to put Harper on something this time. The nurse ended up calling and leaving me a voicemail saying that his pediatrician wanted me to try changing formulas AGAIN!!!!!!! At this point, I am beyond pissed. I don’t even bother calling back because I am so mad. It just so happens that I was talking to my lovely friend Susanna when all of this was going down. She tells me I should talk to our friend Melinda about it – she had told me this before, but I was always in Tuscaloosa and would forget by the time I got back home. Melinda is a mom AND a nurse and her son dealt with this issue too.

Without going into every little detail, I e-mailed Melinda and she told me that her pediatrician had put her son on Miralax – an OTC drug that helps with constipation. I decided to give it a try. There was a part of me that felt guilty for trying it without the pediatrician’s approval, but I figured I am Harper’s mother and I know him better than anyone else. At some point, you have to stop listening to other people and just go with your gut – so that’s what I did! I gave it to him for the first time Wednesday night and within 24 hours, Harper pooped on his own for the first time in like two months AND it was normal! He didn’t cry or anything. In fact, we didn’t even know he had dirtied his diaper until changing him for bedtime, because he didn’t strain or anything. It was a major success in my book!

I’ll end by saying that I am VERY glad I went with my gut. I am also glad for other moms who have walked this road ahead of me! If Melinda hadn’t experienced this with her son, I’d be buying Enfamil Nutramigen right now, which by the way is a bazillion dollars a can.

Mother’s Day

This sweet little puppy is on it’s way to my hizzle. It will have an opal in it instead, since that’s Harp’s birthstone. I kinda can’t wait to wear it! Ahhhh!

Mother’s day was good. Thankfully, Harper seemed to be feeling a little better today. He was still fussy, but nothing compared to yesterday! I still felt blah, but it was easier for me since Harper wasn’t as hard to handle. I was able to get some much needed rest. Benji woke me up with breakfast in bed and coffee – so sweet! And he pretty much took care of Harper for the day too. We went for a drive later on in the afternoon. Benji was feeling a little under the weather too, so neither of us wanted to really go anywhere, but we did want to get out of the house for a bit since that’s where we spent our entire weekend. We decided to drive to Arkansas, since it’s only 10 minutes away from here. We crossed the big bridge that starts in downtown Memphis (don’t know the name) and marveled at the swelling Mississippi – it looks to be taking over the world! It was lots of fun even though we never left the car 🙂

All in all, I’d say today was perfect! Sure…none of us felt 100%, but we were able to rest and enjoy each other’s company. I feel very loved and blessed! I hope everyone else can say the same!

A lot.

A lot has happened since last week.

Last Monday, after yet another setback with Benji’s job at Raleigh Egypt, we decided that maybe God was telling us it’s time to get outta here! We have received several “signs” over the past few months, but I think we were both so afraid of leaving before we were supposed to, that we just kinda looked over them. I don’t have to tell most of you where we are going, because if you’ve known us for any length of time, you know we want to be in Virginia. It’s beautiful there and we would be with family – it has been our goal for almost five years now. Benji has applied for a few jobs, but as of right now, we don’t have anything lined up for certain. This is a scary place to be when it’s just you and your spouse…it’s even scarier when you add a kiddo into the mix! We were both really terrified last Monday, but then that night, God provided us with a place to stay – that just confirmed everything for us. We still have moments of “oh crap…what the hell-o are we doing?!” but for the most part, we are feeling great about it. There is peace, even though there is uncertainty. We are planning on moving up in July, but that could change depending on Benji’s job situation. Thankfully he will be getting paid until August so we’ve got some time to get things lined up!

We kind of lost track of who all we told, so if you are finding out via the blog – I’m sorry 🙂 The tornado hit a couple of days after we made our decision and everything just got turned upside down – literally.

Last week was a crazy week. I’m thankful that my family is still intact – it was a street away from being a different story. All who are dear to me survived, although I do have friends who lost everything. We went to Alabama over the weekend to help and it was just beyond words. Pictures really don’t do it justice. I realized pretty quickly that my stuff doesn’t matter, my relationships do.  So if you are reading this, know that I love you, you are dear to me and I have a new appreciation for you – I’m so thankful that you are alive!