Posted: 07/14/2010 in cocoon and matching hats, hubby, jace legend, lizzie faith, me

what a difference jace is as a newborn compared to lizzie as a newborn. some is personality. some is circumstances. i’m grateful none-the-less! i’m able to enjoy him – i rarely was able to get lizzie to be content to enjoy her. if she was content i was too exhausted to enjoy her. it was such a struggle. 😦 but we made it and all is well! it’s so refreshing for jace to be a touch different. he’s not soooo content that he never asks to eat or never fusses when he has a dirty diaper. he still responds and requests. 🙂 he’s just a touch more patient. maybe it’s a gender thing. 😉

lizzie is a superb big sister. i’m sure you’ve all gathered that from the pictures and videos. she is such a love. she’s doing great dealing with needing to be a touch more quiet while he’s sleeping (like no TAP shoes and no STOMPING and no screech – singing at the top of your lungs…). i’m still feeling like i’m not engaging her enough and i’m shoving her off on tv to entertain her. eric had some great ideas last night when i told him my feelings. hoping today i feel better about that whole situation. i so easily get into a slump and give up trying to do-it-all! but in this case, i need to press forward and focus on what she needs from me now too. even if i am a touch overwhelmed. i know i am capable of more.

we’re headed to a wedding this weekend – be looking for some photos of lizzie getting her groove on at the reception. she’s going to be in heaven. LOL oh goodness! what fun!

eric is so totally awesome!! he works all day (leaves around 5:30am) gets home around 6pm, helps me serve up supper, dashes outside to work on the house some (he’s currently working on the porch steps! they are turning out AWESOME! can’t wait to see the finished product!) while lizzie plays outside with him while he works. he has even been doing her snack and putting her to bed. jace tends to be SUPER fussy this time of night so this helps me cope!  i’m either bopping around like a looney or nursing or rocking or laying in bed… anything to get him to stop. 😦 he usually gives up around 9pm. poor guy. cluster nursing is fine, falling asleep while cluster nursing makes it last even longer! 😛 silly man! eric is just such a blessing to me. a solid rock for sure!

we’re still struggling with yeast. man alivin’! this is nuts!!! it’s so fun, i tell you! it’s mostly just affecting nursing (me) and tummy’s (both of us have tummy aches, but more him than me). the stuff i’m doing is helping so much! it’s just a matter of time and cleansing… i’m very encouraged but not looking forward to the continued yeast battle! it just never goes away!!!! it’s just different levels…

i’m still struggling with hives. i know, what??!!! i was healing GREAT! no new outbreaks. not much itching compared to before… then i started knitting this brown cocoon… and my stretchmarks started itching again, and then a new spot here, and a new spot there. i have SEVEN spots/areas now with hives AGAIN! i’m so discouraged. i stopped knitting this cocoon thinking maybe i’m allergic to the dye in this yarn or some chemical in it… it is part synthetic so this is likely… i knitted a brown blanket with this same yarn while pregnant and just a day or two after finishing it was when my hives were all over my body. i remember itching while knitting the blanket but i didn’t realize it was developing into anything. i’d never had hives before so i’d never seen the early stages of it… so i’m thinking it’s the yarn. i turned the balls into hanks last night and washed the yarn and the cocoon that’s already partially knitted (i’m 9 inches done, and if you remember the doosy of  a pattern that’s 2 weeks of working on it every chance i have during the day so not being able to finish it because of an allergy makes me want to BAWL!). it’s almost dry – i’m anxious to try it and see if my headache comes back and if i get any new spots.

jace had his first church experience last sunday. he did so good! 🙂 he did moan while sleeping during the sermon. he doesn’t like noise while he’s sleeping. he he! lizzie didn’t feel good so the 3 trips down to the basement to the bathroom were not fun… 😛 i think next week i’ll be able to listen to the sermon a bit more. with a newborn, the 3 trips to the bathroom and the discussing that went on prior to each trip down, i feel like i missed a lot! sometimes it’s just like that. no worries. just a stage. and we’re still a family with needs even when we are supposed to be sitting deadly still in church. 🙂

i better scoot off and get lizzie’s play station set up for today! i’m excited. i’m going to have activities laid out for her to choose from and her table set up right by my nursing station! i’m excited to play with my redheaded peanut today!

  1. Shonya says:

    Sounds like you’re doing well, my friend! I’m so happy for you. Bummer on the yeast AND hives–that stinks!! I did a lot of nursing Destry and reading to Briana–that was just a good time for him to have his needs met and to meet her needs by reading and reading and reading. . .I was just sitting there anyway! 🙂 Sounds like Eric is a real gem–both a helper AND an encourager–his play station ideas sound great. It sounds to me like you’re doing a great job making sure she doesn’t feel ‘pushed aside’ for new brother–with all the singing songs to him, reading books to him, etc. being mommy’s helper–GREAT JOB!!!

    Enjoy them–it goes by so fast. 🙂 (Give me a call/email if you need anything!)

  2. breanna says:

    ok thank you shonya!! 🙂 i will!

  3. Pam Sparks says:

    awwww…you’re doing a great job mom!!! sorry to hear about the hives and knitting though…hopefully in time your immune system will take care of it again.. just reading about the liver and what it does…sounds like that is big but you already know that. It was really good though and will be easy for the kids to read someday. I’ll forward it to you.

  4. Jean Beeler says:

    Remember the old adage about dust and cobwebs keeping while babies don’t. Too true; it just flies past. My babies are 44 and 39! Mindy’s two are here several times during week. Last week, they didn’t feel well, and both took a nap with me while listening to “easy listening” stuff. Payton had one arm wrapped through mine with her face against my arm all through her nap (she’s 10); Kenley (7)was at the other end in front of the fan, but woke to come snuggle with me and nod off again. And me…I didn’t sleep, just basked in the feel and smell of two precious granddaughters. The sixteen-year-old gets to come this weekend. Joy! Next weekend, the thirteen-year-old with her mom. Double joy! Praise God!!!

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