Sunday, May 17, 2009

Q&A Part 1...

Thank you for all of your questions, I'll attempt to answer them all before Lucy gets tired of playing her in Exersaucer! Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. What do you envision for your daughter in the future? Dance, art, sports, music?
I'm pretty sure she's going to be either the first female president, Barack Obama's got nothing on her and I think that Rob and I would enjoy living at the White House, D.C. is supposed to be beautiful in the spring...just kidding!

Activity wise Rob and I are at having a bit of an argument about this. I say that I get the girls, he gets the boys. He disagrees and thinks that Lucy is going to be doing baby jujitsu wrestling (um, no). If it is up to me Lucy will be doing dance, most likely ballet (how adorable are little girls in tutus?), horseback riding and swimming...which is basically what I did as a child. Knowing karma and the way that life rolls, she'll probably want nothing to do with any of those things. It's just the way things go, right?

My mother law once told me that she went to a women's retreat where the speaker said that if you have a little girl the one thing to do to keep her out of trouble is to get her into horses. Once little girls are into horses, there is nothing else on their minds (boys will worm their way in eventually, but at least it delays this for awhile). I was a poster child for this, I was so into horses from the time I was 5 until I was 16, they were my whole world. Then high schools boys came into the picture around 16/17, but at least I wasn't a 12 year old dressing like a two bit hooker or Britney Spears (same thing basically).

Also, I would love Lucy to play an instrument, which is funny because I played piano for 10 years and it was the torture of my life when I was a kid. But now that I'm older I really appreciate those ten years and the fact that I can still play. I'd actually like to get back into playing. I have a piano but it won't fit in our tiny house, so once we move into a bigger house we'll get the piano and probably get Lucy lessons. How funny it is that the things that you promised you wouldn't make your child do is exactly what you end up wanting them to do?

2. I was curious - during the unexplained IF - did you ovulate normally, and see a lot of EWCM? What were your cycles like, if you don't mind me asking?

I did ovulate completely normally. Like clockwork on CD 15. I saw EWCM and we timed right right 98% of the time. I used ovulation predictors and the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor, which always gave me highs and positives. I got definite O cramps right before day 15. It was textbook ovulation. I had lots of tests, as did Rob, and nothing was ever diagnosed as being wrong. I guess we'll never know what the problem was, which is a little frustrating when I think about it and the prospect of trying for #2.

3. For my question, what types of cloth do you use? Do you have a favorite?

I adore the Bum Genius 3.0s. Hands down my favorite. Easy peasy to use and to keep clean.

4. Are you and Rob planning to have another baby any time soon? Will you have to go through the same things infertility wise that you did in order to conceive Lucy?

We are planning to have another...and maybe another and another. We're thinking 4 total (maybe more) and we definitely want to look into adoption, probably for our 3rd and 4th. We've talked about it and we'd like to start trying again when Lucy is 3 years old. That gives us time with her one-on-one (two-on-one?) before #2 comes along. If it is a boy his name will be Patrick Alan, after my dad and Rob's dad.

I'm not sure if we'll have to go through the same thing. As my doctor says, sometimes you can try for years with #1 and then the second pregnancy comes almost right away. We definitely won't need to wait as long this time around, my doctor told me that she can now order IUIs through the Reproductive Endocronologist's office that we went through. This means no need for a $500 consultation, so that is nice. We would probably try for several months on our own and then just get a referral from my OB/GYN to get an IUI if it we didn't get pregnant within a reasonable amount of time. Regardless of if it is easy or hard I don't think it will be anything like what we went through trying to get Lucy. For me, I there is a difference between having IF and secondary IF (this is purely my personal opinion, not trying to lessen the pain of secondary IF for anyone else). If we absolutely couldn't get pregnant with #2 it wouldn't be earth shattering because we ARE parents and we have our Lucy not to mention that adoption is definitely an option for us.

5. Are you changing diapers more frequently than you were with disposables?

No way. You have to keep in mind though that we were using disposables when Lucy was a newborn, which meant a new diaper at LEAST every 2 hours. Now we usually check her diaper when we feed her or when we hear the crazy, explosions that come out of such a tiny thing! In the beginning I felt like it was a never ending diapering extravaganza, so it definitely felt more frequent. Plus, the cloth wicks away wetness very well, sometimes its hard to tell if she's even wet and now she only poops 1-2 times per day, as opposed to about 12 times per day like when she was a newborn (fun!).

6. Where do you come up with your quotes?

Ha ha, I get this question so much. I usually just google whatever topic I was talking about like "baby quotes" or "motherhood quotes". is one I use the most frequently. I'm afraid I'm going to run out of them eventually!

7. Now that your a mom - what are you best at multitasking? Meaning what is the most you have done at one time while holding the baby?

Blogging while holding Lucy is a frequent one! As in she sits on my lap while I type with one hand, it makes for slow blogging for sure. The other day I put my makeup on while she sat on my lap. Ever tried to put makeup on one-handed? I definitely do not recommend it, not to mention she really wanted to put my brushes into her mouth. The other day I strapped her into her Moby Wrap and made dinner, did the dishes, swept the floor and did a load of laundry all with her strapped to me and she didn't make a peep once! One multitasking that I don't recommend is driving while attempting to reach over the back of the seat and stick the paci in her mouth. I really need to not do this, but the only other option is a screaming baby. I try to only do this at red lights. Kids, don't try this at home.

Ok, well this is about half of the questions and Lucy is DONE with the Exesaucer, done as is screaming at the cow while smacking at the poor horse and gnawing at the lamb's head, so I think we're done for now. I'll try to get to the second half of the questions later this evening when she's (hopefully) gone down for a nap.

“There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”

-Movie - Don Juan deMarco (1995)


My open roads said...

ahm, the diapers... we're in the newborn stage now and you're totally right, before we turn around we're on ANOTHER bag of diapers... :)

Mandy said...

I have mastered the art of folding and putting away laundry one-handed with a baby in the other's amazing what we can do as moms!

Robbie S.Redmon, LPC said...

Moms are azaming period! Just stopping from SITS. Hope you will visit me.

Robbie S.Redmon, LPC said...

Oh, yeah. You have another Follower. I really like your blog.

FSD said...

Thanks for the Q&A post. I'm've been keeping up with the daily posting! Way to go! :- )

I have another question because I'm facing this issue with my 3 mo. old daughter....does Lucie like tummy time? My daughter HATES it! If Lucie hates it too, what have you done/what do you do to overcome it? If she likes it, how do you do your tummy time with her? My daughter seems to be developing a bit of a flat spot that we are taking the offensive on, and I know tummy time is crucial as we work on this. Being a first time mommy is so many things to watch for.

Anonymous said...

hey girl,

missed seeing you blog these last couple days :-(

hope to see what's next in the adventures of Lucy and Bev

Emily Ripper said...

Lucy's amazing, Bev! And you are such an amazing Mom! I'm so glad that she's blessed your life...and Rob's too! :)

Anonymous said...

Not many people can afford horses, but it's a nice thought to have. Most young children love horses. That said, I am sad that you seem to think that most 12 year olds dress like hookers. I do agree that kids today are more provocative than when you or I were younger, but it's an unfair assumption to think that if a kid doesn't have access to the expesive activities like horse care and some sports that they will turn into degenrits. They turn sour because their parents don't make time for them.

I hope you don't judge your daughter's future friends on the basis that they can't afford to participate in certain activities.

Bria said...

Hi Bev!! I really like your blog, and I will definitely be checking in more often! I have a couple of questions/comments...

1. Do you ever post on The Bump boards anymore? If so, which board?

2. How is your gardening coming along this year? We'd love to see pictures and a 'gardening tips' post!

3. Idea for another post...'A Day in the Life'! I'd love to hear your morning/breakfast, naptime, playtime and
bedtime routines...and don't leave ANYTHING out!!

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