Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Meat Question

"Are you gonna give him meat?" If only I had a dollar for every time someone asked us that question we'd be about 100 bucks richer :)

Lars hasn't had any meat yet but neither have I in ummmm...let's see.....18 years. (whew...that's crazy. i'm old). I have no intentions of trying to prevent Lars from eating meat but here's the deal: we don't buy it and we don't cook it in our house so if Lars is going to live with us, which we are assuming is going to be the case, he's probably not going to get a lot of it.  Bob and I want Lars to try all kinds of food; I mean he already has but there's a whole world of flavors out there and from what I can tell Lars is quite the foodie. When the situation presents itself to offer Lars meat that we're comfortable with him eating then by all means let the boy eat some meat! I of course would prefer this meat to be organic, free range, hormone free meat (shocker! I know) so we'll see what happens.

Again, I don't buy it and I don't cook it. Kind of goes against why I'm a vegetarian and luckily I have the most wonderful fantastic husband that enjoys and even participates in this veggie lifestyle. Disclaimer: Bob is not a vegetarian but if I had to put a number on it I would say he's like 90% vegetarian. Is that a real thing? haha!! So, I anticipate Lars following in these footsteps if I had to guess.

It's sort of like cake and cookies. We don't buy it but if we're at a party or perhaps the frozen yogurt shop....we're gonna have some.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Finger foods and Valentine's Day

Lars has always been a good eater....dare I say great eater? I hope I'm not jinxing myself for when he's 4.  We have yet to give him something that he doesn't like and we've given him A LOT!  In the past few weeks we have been working on finger foods. And well, HE LOVES IT!!!!!! He's had scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, avocado, grilled cheese, cut up blueberries and bananas. I still make him his pureed food because he can't eat a lot of the veggies just yet but we're working on it.

We also celebrated his first valentine's day!! I don't usually do anything big for valentines day (at least for bob and i) but how could i pass up a day to get him some goodies and extra kisses!

i found a bag of all my old stuffed animals and this was his favorite! RAGEDY ANN!!

Valentine's Day.  HI ELMO

Green Eggs and Ham!

just because he's precious 

loves to play IN his toy box

people ask all the time if we do this to his hair. we don't. this is lars and this is lars' hair :)  and we LOVE it. 

nakey drummin. his favorite

first grilled cheese with spinach!

eggs and avocado! YUMMY

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A 10 month old

They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

My sweet precious TEN month old baby boy is the most joyous little creature I've ever encountered! Lars is really transitioning from a baby to toddler and as much I'm not really ok with this, it's pretty fun to watch. He's crawling like a mad man, pointing, clapping, walking while holding onto the couch, standing up and jumping in his crib, eating finger foods, working on using a sippy cup, he will show you were YOUR nose and mouth are but is not quite sure where his is :), if you catch him on a good day and ask where his tummy his he may raise his shirt up and pinch his belly. I have yet to get this on camera b/c it rarely happens but just know that it's crazy cute! He thinks it's hilarious when we say 'toot toot'...i have no idea why but he will loose his marbles laughing. He just started shaking his head no. He has no idea that's what it means but he will shake his head then wait for you to do the same then crack up! He's the coolest kid ever!! I want to hang out with him all of the time!!!

his most favorite thing to do EVER! eatin' some cheese. 

my boys, just hanging out watchin' some elmo

melt your heart!

A BABY! In a basket!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Coming to the decision

I have a friend. She is pregnant. She's not completely against the idea of natural childbirth but if I had to put money on it, I would say she's headed in the other direction. We are always talking about natural childbirth, hospital births, home birth...just birth in general and so I thought I would weigh in on the situation because that's what blogs are for, right ? :)

My decision to have a natural child birth was not without fear, anxiety and lots of research.  I would like to say that I made the final decision based on the latter of that list (research) but in all honesty it was heavily based on fear. I know that sounds crazy b/c most women fear natural childbirth. The pain, the long hours of labor, the NOT so glamorous side of it, the fear that they may not be able to do it. But for me it was the fear of what is so very common....a medicated hospital birth.  Before I continue, let me say this:  I pass no judgement on how women choose to deliver their babies. I will forever be pro natural childbirth because it was such an epic experience for me but in general, I feel that women make the best choices for themselves and their babies and that's  all you can ask for. Now, back to the discussion. ....

I feared the hospital, the medicine, the wires, being confined to a hospital bed, the potential of my baby not being immediately placed on me, the fear of being forced into a decision I did not want to make. These things made my decision very easy! Once, I decided and we toured the birthing center and signed up for the birthing classes a whole new slew of worries showed up.  The pain, the long labor, could I really do this?, what happens if something goes wrong....But those thoughts never outweighed the uncomfortable-ness that came along with a hospital birth. So all in all, my decision was actually a little selfish. I did feel that a natural birth was the safest and healthiest way for Lars to come into the world, but I also knew that if I were in a hospital being told what to do and when to do it, I would be in a very bad place which in turn would have made for a not so fun birthing experience.

My friend has all the same anxieties and worries that any mom has when making a birthing decision. She also has strange little hang ups.  She's terrified of pooping while pushing, she's freaked out by who will be in the room, she says, 'that naked hippie shit' isn't for her (haha, makes me laugh).  I can only offer her my two cents, and that is this: you won't give a flying crap about any of that.  When I was pushing, I would not have cared if there was poop flying out of my butt, a homeless man was in the room and I was buck naked (which i was). You know what I cared about at that time? Getting that baby out and SLEEP. To be honest towards the very end the idea of being able to sleep when it was over got me through it. I was SO tired. Tired isn't even the right word!!(oh the irony of that because once Lars was born I didn't sleep for 8.5 months) During a natural childbirth, you are literally in survival mode. You are in another world and you are coping. YOU ARE COPING. You are trying to stay focused, you are worrying about the health of your baby, you are wanting to make it all stop and go to sleep.  There's so much going on, that all those little 'hang-ups' don't even exists. Even the dreaded fear of tearing (ewwww...i know i know) isn't a spot in your thoughts.  I had NO idea I tore. None whatsoever, until our midwife told me and by that time I had a little precious baby on my chest and you could have told me the world was ending and I would have laughed and said I love you.

Birthing a baby is miraculous and wonderful no matter how you choose to do it. Anyway you decide to do it, will be the most glorious and memorable thing you will ever do in your entire life! Guaranteed!

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