Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sign Language for Babies on GMT

Tommy on TV

We were on tv!!! He did great!  He signed Dangerous and Blueberry.

Here's the link to the paper story:

I'll post the video when I figure out how to get it on the computer.  I may be pointing my web cam at the tv to capture it...hehe....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Henna Belly!

Lydia.JPG, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Today we hosted our local MOMs Club Wed Play-group.  I kinda dread hosting it sometimes because Tommy can get really clingy and nervous/acting out because he has people invading our house.  At the beginning he kept opening the front door and running out.  Then he kept trying to steal everybody's snacks.  Then after about an hour and a few time outs (there's one girl he loves to hear scream so he bats at her face trying to make her scream).  He finally warmed up to everyone and was sad to see everyone leave.  

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tommy's going to be on TV

We did a baby ASL class for him to help us communicate better before he could talk, and it's even helpful understanding him when he says stuff now that's hard to understand.  Tommy's Sign Teacher is doing a news article and we've been asked to help demonstrate a child doing signs.  I believe it will be on Channel 8 on the 9 am segment, on Wednesday Feb 27th.  I'll update more as/if I know more.

Tommy Horse Back Riding

IMG_5723.JPG, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Yeh he was about as excited about horse back riding as he looks in that picture.

The Farm

IMG_5722.JPG, originally uploaded by conradzone.

End of Jan we went out to my aunt's farm and rode a horse for the first time.

Preggo Hormones BEWARE!!!!

Ok I find myself avoiding boards, lurking/just reading, and not posting much because it seems I have an uncanny nak right now for pissing people off....Guess the hormones are getting to me....hope I haven't pissed anyone else off accept my appologies if I have...   course that seems especially true where I do choose to post...(like my blogs...) so continue to read at your own risk....

Shower/Mother's Blessing

I'm having a shower/Mother's Blessing Celebration Sunday the 24th, and If you want to go just let me know I'll send you the details.  I'm also having HENA done on my belly that day a little before the official shower.  I believe I emailed most people, but I'm sure I forgot someone, it wasn't on purpose.  
Ok here's the details, if you need my address let me know!:

Below is the invite my sister did up, and I can't find everybody's snail mail address, so you're getting and e-email invite.  I hope you can come!


What is a mother's blessing? (or also referred to as a blessing way.)

Mother Blessing is a celebration for a new life. It can be used by anyone, expecting a baby, adopting a baby, or just in need of a celebration of life in general. This can be looked at as an alternate form of a baby shower.

Unlike your typical baby shower, there is no commercial gift giving emphasis. The guests are invited to spend time with the mother-to-be. The tone of the Mother Blessing is much more positive It is a time to celebrate and rejoice in new life.


What do I bring to a Mother Blessing ?

We will have a candle lighting, so bring  a positive thought in mind or well wish for the mother-to-be. Also, we will be making a necklace for the mother-to-be to have with her during labor. So, bring a bead with a special meaning for Lydia. (Be prepared to describe it's particular meaning.) And most importantly bring yourself! We can't wait to see you there!

Don't Forget:

**Call Lydia & let her know you'll be there.**


 Lydia Conrad

February 24th, 2008

Time: 2:30 to 4:30pm

Host: Rachel Rubio (sister)

Friday, February 15, 2008

I've been reading a great book

How to Raise a Healthy Kid in Spite of Your Doctor.

I'm really enjoying this book and how much confidence it gives you in raising your kid, and knowing that they will get sick and that you don't need to consult a doctor unless your kid is really sick, and it tells you how to know when they are really sick for seeing the doctor. And it's even written by a 30 year pediatrician from his experience. The main point behind "in spite of" is that doctors don't know how to keep people who aren't sick heathy as some tests can make kids sick, so you shouldn't see the doctor unless you are injured or really sick.

On that same note I'm exploring finding a new pediatrician. I'm interviewing a new pediatrician on March 5th. She's Dr Bain in Frisco. Here's a link to her web site: Healthy Kids Pediatrics

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tommy Sticker

Dear Baby

I can tell you are different from you older brother already and you aren't even here yet. I hope I don't compare you too much. You are flipping all over the place, and that type of movement is so new to me. You seem to like being breech some too as I've been feeling hiccups up high a bunch. I wonder if you will like upside down as much as your brother. You don't seem to like it very much now. And your brother still likes it. I still hope you will settle head down; at least for birth. I'm really nervous about being a mom again. I hope I love you as much as I love your older brother. Because I sure love him a bunch. It's hard to imagine I didn't even know him a short two years ago. I can't wait to see what you are like and get to know you better.


Mother of a "Special" Child

When I was young, I'd often say,
I'd like to be a mom someday
While playing with my baby doll,
I thought that job's not hard at all

I'd have a baby, maybe two,
a girl in pink...a boy in blue
Well I grew up and sure enough,
I'm now a mom and gosh it's tough

The baby that was sent to me,
was born with disabilities
At first I'm frightened through and through,
there's much to learn to care for you

This wasn't in my plans at all,
when I was young and played with dolls
Your mind and body were so weak,
you might not ever walk or speak

So much special care required,
I'm often scared and often tired
As months and years go slowly by,
I smile a lot but sometimes cry

To watch you grow and not complain,
though you endure your share of pain
Oh, how I'd hold you and I'd pray,
that you'd be healed and whole someday

But I knew that was not to be,
not physically or mentally
And so I taught you best I could,
your progress wasn't very good

But then one day I realized,
as I gazed into your loving eyes
That I had learned so much from you,
determination...courage too

A love so unconditional,
it floods my soul and always will
I'm proud to say I gave you birth,
for you're an angel here on earth.

God Choose a mother for a "Special" child

Most women becaome mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjotie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But she has patience?" asked the angel.

"I don't want her to have to much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'. She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

And what about her Patron saint? asked the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."