Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Potty Training Blues

We are potty training S for the second time.  The first time didn't take, and he isn't very enthusiastic this time, either.  We told him that he can wear his new "Cars" (the movie) underwear as soon as he poops in the potty 2 times.  While he is interested in this, he still doesn't even want to spend his time on the potty.  To top it off, JM has been wetting the bed about 5-7 nights a week ever since we moved to this house the first of the year.  So now, we have 2 bed-wetters.  The only solution we have found for JM is to put clean clothes and a towel on his dresser so that he can clean himself up in the middle of the night.  Unfortunately, we still have to get up with S, and the wet laundry is getting ridiculous.

I see many other people who get their boys to train by 2 and a half, and I just don't understand why my boys don't.  JM trained just before age 3, but then went into this state of regression that doesn't seem to have an end.  So yeah, this is a difficult stage. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One Of Those Busy Days

Today has been one of those super busy days.  I brought all 3 to WalMart this morning, and that's always an adventure.  S is potty training (again.)  And, today is the day I do my bathrooms.  To top all of that off, I had lots of laundry to do and the usual dishes (we don't have an electric dishwasher.)  So, I am planning on chillin' with some coffee in a few when I take the boys outside.  Tonight begins our Tuesday night Bible study semester again, which means more rushing to come.  Hopefully, we can get dinner and baths done in time to be out the door by 6 pm.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Diet Update

Well, I started following the weight watchers plan 2 weeks ago.  I weighed today and I am 5.4 pounds down.  What do I think of the plan so far?  There are pros and cons, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. 

The bad news is that a diet is a diet.  I think that any time you diet, it is gonna be challenging.  You are still practicing a discipline, and our nature tells us to fight it.  The other thing about it is that you have to measure your food, figure out the points value, and eat particular things to keep it balanced.  The last challenge that I have faced is making family meals.  I don't have a stockpile of recipes with nutrition information yet.  And, I have been winging it as far as family meals.  We have been eating lots of salads, and I have a couple of things for the family.  But, that's an area that I really need to expand if I want things to work long-term.

The good news is that this diet is not as restrictive as most diets.  You have your flex points every week that make it possible to have treats in moderation, and you can use the weight watcher's food companion and dining out guide to quickly know how to count your points.  The points calculator makes it easy to figure out the points when you have the nutrition information.  An advantage that I have right now is that half of my family members are doing this plan.  So, I have a lot of support and people to answer my questions.

Right now, I am just taking everything day by day.  I actually went 5 points over my limit this week and still lost weight.  So really, the biggest challenge for me will be staying consistent.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Week of August 22

Ugh!  This week has been difficult.  We came back from Texas for JM's birthday, and the boys are a bit spoiled.  It happens a little every time they go see relatives, but this visit was a birthday party.  That makes it even worse. 

JM has been more difficult this week, but S got spoiled as well.  People keep giving them both gifts when one of them has a birthday.  I know that one day that will probably come back to haunt someone, and that someone will most likely be me.  One way or another, the boys will have to learn that everyone has their day.  And, we don't always get gifts when someone else has their day.  It's a nice thought that people care so much about my kids, though.  The boys are very blessed.

I was supposed to start the boys back into their "school time" this week, but things have been so crazy that it's been hard getting back into the swing of things.  But, for those of you that don't know, they aren't even school-age yet, so it isn't a big deal.  I just want to prepare them for what's to come, so I do a few short sessions of "school time" with them during the week.  Real school will start next year for JM.  He will be in kindergarten, and I am going to attempt homeschooling.  I will probably have S follow along and see how he does.  He is noticeably advanced for his age, but I won't push him to do anything he isn't truly ready for.

Speaking of school, my class at UL started this week.  I am doing it online, so it shouldn't be too difficult. 

I am so ready for the weekend.  Saturday, I am taking the kids for pictures.  I got a special email offer from the Wal-Mart portrait studio.  Supposedly, it is going to be a $50 deal on a package valued at $200.  I guess I will see when I get there.

Tomorrow makes 2 weeks since I started the diet, and I will post an update on the Broomsticks page then.

I have new stuff up on my other pages as well:
JM's Texas Birthday, Kristen Schluter Photography, and How Can I Be A Blessing (Remodeling My Life For Christ)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Going From 2 Kids to 3

I have heard some people say that it is harder to go from one kid to two than from two to three and vice versa.  So, what do I think?  I think that at least the first few months with a newborn are going to bring about their own challenges.  But putting that aside, I would have to say that it was probably harder for me personally going from one to two than two to three.

One thing I found out in going from two to three was that I really needed to get more organized.  That is still something that I struggle with, but I do have a basic system in place now.  I don't always keep my schedule exact, but I follow it the best I can.  And when I don't, I notice that there is a lot more chaos in the house.

The other factors that come into play with my particular situation is baby temperament, and possibly gender.  My third baby has been much more calm than the other two, although my second was still fairly easy-going.  As far as gender goes, I don't know what it is like to have a toddler girl, yet.  But, I do know that having toddler boys is pretty wild and loud.  I don't know if I am being gender-biased or not, and forgive me if I am.  But, it does seem that boys are more difficult through the toddler-through-elementary years than girls are.  But, I have heard that girls can be more difficult teenagers.  I would think that the teen years are going to have their own issues, and gender wouldn't affect them that much.

Anyway, where I am now with the kids is a fairly decent place.  I can actually see the boys making progress in their behavior, and R hasn't hit that stuff yet.  So, despite moments of chaos, I would say that going from two to three is manageable if you take things as they come.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cottage Cheese With Berries

A friend of mine suggested this to me as a good diet food.  It's cottage cheese with berries.  You can sweeten it if you like.  She mentioned honey, but I added Splenda.  This is a good food for weight watchers or any diet.  You have dairy, protein, fruit, and antioxidants.  I used fat free cottage cheese and frozen blackberries thawed in the microwave.  Credits go to Anne Marie and Alicia for the suggestion.

Monday, August 22, 2011

NEW NEW NEW!

I have finally got this blog up and running!  The blog is in one last transition phase, and that is for the domain name.  The domain name should be transitioned from broomsticksandbananasplits.blogspot.com to broomsticksandbananasplits.com within 3 days.

I got the header and background done.  Special thanks to Kristen Schluter (Kristen Schuler Photography) for capturing a picture of a banana split for my header, and for her work taking various shots of our family to add to the blog.  I just added a family pic to the "Meet The Fam" section if you wanna check that out.  You can see more of Kristen Schluter Photography here: Kristen Schluter Photography Session 1

More stuff to come!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Postpartum Breastfeeding, and Migraine Associated Vertigo

I hope that this post will shed light on these symptoms.  I have been nursing R.  She's almost 5 months old.  I have been having dizzy spells and vertigo on and off lately.  I have had headaches on and off since I first gave birth.  I looked up the symptoms, and found nothing as far as an explanation.

But, I did find a few forums of women who were nursing and experiencing the same thing.  Many of them had even had tests run and visited doctors who came up with no explanation.  Some common themes included: changes in frequency of nursing, postpartum hair-loss, getting your first period back, possible low blood-sugar, and depression or anxiety.

From what I can gather just from my own assessment, it seems as though some nursing mothers may experience Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAS - headaches with vertigo or dizziness), possibly as a result of 
low blood sugar or some sort-of breastfeeding side effect.

But, I am not a medical professional.  So, I want to call attention to this on my blog.  Maybe someone can shed some light on this.  Here are the main 2 forum threads that deal with this issue:
http://www.breastfeeding.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48042
http://www.mvertigo.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2415

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Kindness of Strangers

I went to run errands today and brought the kids.  Of course we are in Sam's and JM has to go potty really bad.  I told him to hold it until we could get out of there, but, in the checkout line, he kept asking to go.  I felt bad, but I had the boys in the basket with R's infant seat.  I didn't even think it would be possible to take him there.

The lady in the line next to me volunteered to watch S and R for me while I took JM.  The lady in front of me helped, too.  I know it's crazy to trust a total stranger these days, but I WAS in Sam's.  There are cameras all over, and you have to stand in another line just to get out the door.  So, I ran him to the restroom, which was actually nearby.  We were back in a jiffy.  I just sanitized his hands when we got back to the cart, because I keep a sanitizer bottle in my purse. 

Wow!  What a nice thing she did for me!  It's so nice to know that even in this day and age there are still kind-hearted people out there.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pregnancy Weight Woes - Part 2

It's really weird for me to be blogging about this, because it could definitely blow up in my face.  When you are dieting and you go public, you are just asking for trouble.  Basically, if I fail miserably, the whole world (or the blog world) knows. 

People are gonna look at me and literally size me up.  Or, they will think: "Should she be eating that?  Is that on her alleged diet?" 

But, I guess it doesn't matter what people think, right? 

Who starts a diet on a Friday, anyway??  I started yesterday without having my diet groceries, and with very little enthusiasm.  I raided the pantry for sources of healthy veggies, and somehow I made it work. 

This morning, I went shopping for fruits, veggies, and extras for the diet.  I really hope I can do this with my minimal grocery budget, but time will tell.

Today, I had a little more motivation, since I was more equipped with foods.  I also remembered that I will be in pictures next weekend, and that is gonna keep me motivated... at least for this week.

I already put together some healthy things to eat, and I will share some on my blog soon.  And, I managed to get in a 25 minute workout today (although, I don't plan on making Saturdays a routine workout day.)

Anyway, here goes nothin'!  If you see me in a month, I ask that you please don't scrutinize too much.  All I can do is try.

Here's my massive fruit basket, which is only about a third of my fruit and veggies haul today.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pregnancy Weight Woes

As a nursing mother, I have found it very difficult to diet lately.  The desire is there, but the drop in blood sugar makes me very cranky.  Then add to that the fact that I have 2 toddlers who know how to push my buttons, and it makes for a very difficult day.

So, I am trying a different eating plan today.  I am testing out the Weight Watchers plan.  I am debating on whether or not to join.  If I do, it will be online.  I can't afford to spend an extra $40 a month on meetings.

I have heard rave reviews from friends and family members.  My mom just joined this week.

The main concern I have is figuring out the logistics of it.  It's kinda like learning a new skill to try and figure out the points.  But, I guess it's worth a try considering that these pounds won't lose themselves.  So, I will go ahead and test the waters and let you know how that goes.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Star Chart For Rewarding Good Behavior

We are trying something new to encourage the kids to behave in situations they struggle with.  So, we are offering them an opportunity to earn stars for a star chart.

They may earn stars by being good at bedtime, nap time, during "school time," and when watching their educational video.  So that adds up to a possible 4 stars a day.  This comes with a zero tolerance stipulation.  Stars will not be earned easily.

The real motivator is that if they collect 25 stars, they earn a dollar to spend at the dollar store.  They are excited.  We started today, but didn't have school time today, so they had 3 chances to earn stars. S was the only one to earn a star, and he earned only one star.  But, they were visibly motivated.  They improved so much tonight at bedtime.  They almost got a star... but not quite.  I am sticking to my guns on how difficult it is to earn a star.

We will just have to wait and see if this works.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Don't Have The Patience To Wait (Introduction)

This blog IS still under construction, but I can't wait that long, so I am gonna start posting anyway. 

Here's an introduction.  My name is Misty.  I am a married mother of 3, ages 3 and under.  (JM will have a birthday soon, so it'll be 4 and under.)  We are living very tightly as a one-income family.  But, I am thankful that my husband even has a job in these tough times for our nation.
 
I love writing.  In the last few months, I decided to give up my personal facebook page and throw myself back into blogging.  It has been a really fun hobby for me and a great way to break up the monotony of daily life.  My blogs as of now have been really more personal or more geared towards friends and family.  But, new inspiration has hit me.  And, I am just gonna go with it. 

I have been inspired to create this blog to reach a wider audience of homemakers and moms.  At this point, I have lots of ideas.  I can only hope that the momentum of inspiration will last. 

I will be editing the design off-and-on for the next few weeks, so bear with me.  In the meantime, I will just start posting.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This blog is currently under construction

This is a work in progress.  I will be posting lots of stuff here soon.  The focus of this blog is my life as a christian mom.  This will include things I'm learning, recipes, tips, pregnancies, and daily living.  Please come back soon.


While you wait, you can check out my current personal blog pages.  :-)
Misty-isms
Misty's Family Pics N More
Remodeling My Life For Christ