Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It WAS a tooth!

I was feeling around in Rose's mouth this evening and she's cut her bottom right tooth. So it WAS teething, not just general yuckiness.

So my baby has a tooth (or at least will soon). I'm sad that tiny babyhood is officially over, but excited for older babyhood!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Snow Day

We got about 2 inches of snow yesterday and today we got another inch. Dave's work is called off (the ground is frozen and it's pretty hard to landscape frozen ground) and Rose is sick, so we're all home today. Dave will probably go up to the union hall later today to try to find more "winter appropriate" work. But until then... we're dancing around the living room and having fun. Well, Rose isn't having too much fun, being sick and all, but Lacy is.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sick Baby

My sweet Rose on a day when she was feeling GRATE!

Lacy at her Papa's house on Thanksgiving

My sweetie Rose is a sick little girl tonight. I'm probably staying home from work tomorrow to nurse her back to health. She has a mild fever (but it's hard taking a baby's temperature you know) and has had a stuffy nose for the past 3 or 4 days. It's been hard for her to nurse and I'm engorged because she's just not eating as much as usual. I think she may be teething (my mom would say, "that's what you always think is wrong!"). The timing's about right, the symptoms are there... we'll see in a week or so I guess. I gave her tylenol and some teething tablets and hopefully she'll sleep well.

And on a totally different subject... Lacy calls me Mama, but I'm a mommy. Like my name is mama, but my title is mommy. So she calls other mothers "mommy" but only I am mama. I just thought that was cute.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Combat Shopping

Dave got off work early yesterday, so by the time he finally got back into town (he works in Seattle and the traffic was horrid getting back to the Olympia area), I convinced him to go to the store for me. Yes, that was mean of me to send him shopping the day before Thanksgiving. I really needed a can of evaporated milk to make sweet potato pie and I forgot to get it when I sent Dave out for piecrusts a few days earlier.

Well, the store was packed and the lines were way out into the isles. The deli was also opened but they were only allowing people getting deli items to check out. So Dave got the cheapest meal he could and bought the evaporated milk, a soda, and the meal. The total came up to only $5. When Dave questioned the cashier about it, she said, "Ooops, my mistake, you have a nice day!" So we have Chinese leftovers in the fridge that we got for free! Woo hoo! So he saved a lot of time and he got free food in the process.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Magic Kiss

Lacy stepped on something and her foot was hurting. She cried about it, so Dave asked her if she wanted a magic kiss. She said, "magic kiss please!" He kissed her and she said, "Thanks, I feel better."

My Lacy is so sweet! I'm incredibly blessed to have such a sweetie for a daughter.


About a month ago, a woman was nursing her 22 month old daughter before take off on a Freedom Air flight. It was a late flight. She was sitting in the back of the aircraft, next to the window with her husband on the other side. A flight attendent came up to her and asked her to cover up with a blanket. The mother refused, and subsequently the mother was kicked off the flight for not complying with the flight attendent's request. This was against local law in both the state she was taking off in and the state she was landing in. This mother knew her rights and was shaken when they were stripped away by a small-minded flight attended who abused her power.

After recovering from this traumatic event, Emily Gillette filed a complaint with the human rights commission. She also went to the media. The full story is here.

This spurred a small nurse-in in Vermont. Paul Skellon, a spokesperson for Freedom Airlines, responded to the incident: "A breast-feeding mother is perfectly acceptable on an aircraft, providing she is feeding the child in a discreet way," that doesn't bother others, Skellon said. "She was asked to use a blanket just to provide a little more discretion, she was given a blanket, and she refused to use it, and that's all I know."

This proved to be an unsatisfactory response to all of us nursing mothers and activists who were watching the story. Because what is discreet to one person is not discreet to another. Discression is such a hard word to define. To some it means using a blanket to nurse. To others it means going off into another room. And to me, it means trying not to flash your neighbor, but not using any particular gear and not going to another room to seperate yourself from everyone else.

So this response spurred a national multi-city nurse-in in front of Delta ticket counters. And here is the story of the national nurse-in. I really wanted to attend but since I am a working mother, I wasn't able to. I wanted to say bravo to my lactivist friends out there! Keep fighting the good fight!

Unfortunately Washington does not have legislation protecting a woman's right to breastfeed her baby in any place she is otherwise authorized to be. Washington only has laws stating that nursing and pumping are not considered indecent exposure. I plan to write my local representitives closer to the next legislative session to let them know how concerned I am that we don't have this legislation in place.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Things Lacy is thankful for

My sweet little Lacy, who is still nursing at almost 28 months of age, said a prayer the other night. She said, "Thank you for mommy, daddy, and Rose. Thank you for blessings. Thank you for boobies." She knows what she is thankful for! Silly kid!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lazy Sunday

Today is a really lazy Sunday. We went to church but we probably wouldn't have if I didn't have to lead the music in Sacrament meeting. Lacy had a runny nose so we went home right afterward. Now Rose is nursing on my lap, not wearing a diaper, Lacy is playing Jack Johnson (she actually put it on herself), and Dave is watching football. I decided I need to start a blog rather than to email everyone all the goings on in our household. It will be easier to catch everyone this way! So welcome to our blog!