Saturday, July 14, 2007

July 14, 2007

Nick has a little stuffed giraffe that we got in Russia and he just loves it and sleeps with it all the time. Quite some time ago, I started calling it his "buddy", since lovey just sounded a little girlie to me and every boy should have a buddy:). Anyway, I have noticed lately that he seems to call it his "Ya Ya", which really surprised me because it does not sound anything like "buddy". When he says "bye bye", it sounds more like "dye dye" so, if he was trying to say buddy, I would think it would sound like it started with a "d". So when he was just getting ready for nap, I could not find it anywhere. He was in his crib saying "Ya Ya?, Ya Ya?". It broke my heart that I could not find it. He was not crying about it or anything but he definitely wanted to know where it was. When I finally found it, I sneaked into his room and put it in his crib right next to him:). I love to watch them sleep:).
Lauri, did you say that Livi calls her lovey a Ya Ya? For some reason, this sounded very familiar to me and I was thinking maybe that's where I had heard it. I'll have to go search your blog and see if I can find it.

No rain here today but it sure is hot. We went to a local nursery to pick out a few new plants for an area we are redoing, due to drainage issues and the fact that it looked pretty bad anyway. So we were walking around out in the direct sunlight for a while and the boys really started sweating a lot. We gave them plenty of water and tried to keep them in the shade as much as possible but they really sweat a lot more than we do and, according to my husband (the doctor), they dehydrate a lot faster than we do. I did not know this.

They are napping now and I am laying down with an ice pack on my back because I have an old injury that has reared it's ugly head. I think the fact that the boys are getting heavier is contributing to this issue. I am fine when just lifting them up but leaning over to put them into their car seats, stroller and high chair is getting to me.

This makes me feel very old..but I was only probably around 29 or 30 when I injured my back initially. Thinking I was invincible, I bent over and lifted the end of a sleeper couch to pull it across the living room. I very quickly fell to the floor in a lot of pain. I now have a bulging disk in my back. It took a very long time to quit hurting after this injury. Over the years, there have been several times that I have done something to re-injure it, such as leaning over to put something very heavy in the trunk of my car, bending over for hours to weed and mulch and plant stuff, etc. Each time, it takes a good amount of time for it to heal again. The moral of the story is, even if you are only in your 20's or 30's, you can still seriously injure your back. Once you do, it is a permanent injury that will haunt you for the rest of your life. So be very very careful and keep your core in shape:). And don't think your invincible.

I went to the doctor last week about this because it has been bothering me now for over a year (probably started from all of the gardening work I did last spring), it's been getting worse lately and I finally got tired of the throbbing nerve pain that runs down the sides of my legs and into my ankles. Next stop is to the place where they will give me the right exercises to build my core muscles without making it worse and to teach me some proper lifting methods so I won't perpetuate the problem. I'm still not quite sure how I will do this with two little boys in tow.

Boy, it just sounds like a party around here lately doesn't it?? I haven't been in the best of moods today and I'm afraid it is reflected in my writing. The good news is that the ice maker decided to start working again this morning!! Yay!! That is one of the highlights of the day.

The other highlight of the day is listening to my son on the monitor, as he is getting ready to fall asleep for nap, saying "mama mama" in such a sweet voice. He was not upset, just talking. They are so sweet. I don't know how it is possible but I love them more every day.


kate said...

lea, since "ya" means "I" in Russian, it's also babytalk for "mine". ;>

that said, i know a lot of english speaking kiddos who have a ya-ya, too.

Lea said...

Thanks Kate! That's great to know. I forgot to ask if either of the boys was speaking any Russian before they left. I wish I had asked that question. I kind of assumed they weren't, since they seemed so young to me, but I think they were old enough to have been speaking a few words. They haven't started the "mine" in English yet though and I wonder when that will begin.

Regardless of his meaning, it's really cute:).

Lauri said...

Yes.... Livi started calling her Lovey " Ya-Ya" shortly after we came home.... I heard that it means "Mine" as well.

Livi only said a few Russian words once we were home-" Da, Ya-ya and a word for Give-me"

Debbie said...

On the missing post if you edit it there is a spot on the botton left corner that says "post options" click it and you can change the date. That's why it posted with the date you started.
Off to read the rest of your post now.