Monday, December 28, 2009
I could tell you about the plethora of Christmas gifts that both we and the kids received for Christmas, only to be at a loss of where to stick everything.... (any ideas?)
But... I will tell you about finally making it to Wal-Mart to do my grocery shopping. As a Stay-At-Home Mom, it is cheaper to do all my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart than the grocery store. When I have to buy diapers anyway, it is easier to do it all in one stop.
So we have a list full of things to buy... meals for the next 2 weeks as well as necessities for the house. Alex keeps wanting to sit in the back of the cart, then wanting to walk... then trying to sit up front with her sister, half on Taylor which does not work well AT ALL. About 1/2 way through, both girls get tired and both are walking... or running and coming back. The store wasn't too busy, so as long as they are in the aisle I am in, I was okay with it. So, we are 3/4 the way done and have a cart full of groceries already. I throw a can of soup in the cart and POP! It turns out that the can of soup hit a bottle of sparkling cider and it exploded.
Mortified, I turn to a Wal-Mart employee in the aisle who calls for a clean up and goes to get me a new cart. We move all of my groceries to a clean cart... but all my groceries are now sticky with juice. The girls hats are wet, coats are a little damp and my purse is SOAKED! The dear Wal-Mart employee also went to get me another carton of eggs since a wet cardboard container may not hold my eggs so well.... At least the cart looked organized then. During this, I opened the fruit snacks to tide off my girls... I have never let them eat anything in the store, before paying for it - but did this time... it was desperate measures for desperate times.
So, after about 2 hours we finally check out and get out of the store. Lunch was late since shopping took longer than expected and everything that got put away was sticky. I even bought the girls each a ring pop to get through my extra long check out painlessly.
So, lessons learned.
1) Do not wait until groceries are so low that you need to spend $300 to buy everything to restock the whole house.
2) Do whatever I can to avoid grocery shopping with the kids. Seriously, I think it could resort to trading services with a friend - OR PAYING - to avoid shopping with them.
3) Do not throw a can of soup in the cart if you have a bottle of sparking cider in there. It makes a wet, sticky, yucky mess.
A lady in Wal-Mart did ask if I was expecting again. She asked if I knew what it was (we don't) and what I preferred. I told her that as long as it is healthy, that is all that matters.... Really though, why does a pregnant belly make people think they need to know this about a person. At least she didn't ask if it was planned..... (heard that when I was PG w/ Taylor).... I guess people don't think before they talk AND may think that 2 years apart is too close to have kids. Oh well...
I am off to do the elliptical now that I got a new Ipod for Christmas... maybe it will keep my weight gain to a minimum - or not, but I get to play with it!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Feel free to enter your guess on Expectnet by clicking the above link to guess what our baby will be! We will find out baby's gender on or about May 15th, 2010.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The girls were showing Santa their pretty shoes.... only girls!
Another shoe shot... oh my and she is only 23 months, 3 weeks and 5 days!
Want some Santa?!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just to be lame, here is the latest info about baby #3:
Week Sixteen: Facial expressions are possible
You are 16 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 14 weeks)
The fetus measures nearly 5 inches (12cm) from head to buttocks.
The fetus weighs about 3.5 ounces (100 grams).
The fetus is covered with a protective soft down to regulate its temperature.
Fat begins to form underneath skin.
Baby hears external voices, sleeps and dreams.Your baby has learned to breathe. This is apparent from the regular movements of his chest, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. These actions help the lungs to develop and grow. More developed facial muscles may lead to various expressions, such as squinting and frowning. Your baby nows weighs more than their afterbirth. The baby can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.You are showing more now and have an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. The rest of your body is still changing. A total of 5 to 10 pound (2.25 to 4.5 kg) weight gain by this point in your pregnancy is normal.The crown to rump length of your baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches (11 to 12 cm). Fetal weight has doubled in 2 weeks and is about 3.5 ounces (100g).
That's all for now, just happy to be fat and healthy!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Pray for our health!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am thankful that I got a weekend away from my kids.
I am thankful that I am back with my kids! (Love how that works!)
I am thankful that my daughter is healthy after a bout with the stomach bug yesterday.
I am thankful for 2 happy, healthy kids.
I am thankful for a great husband.
I am thankful for my husband's stable job.
I am thankful for 2 dependable vehicles.
I am thankful for our roomy, warm house.
I am thankful for enough food to eat.
I am thankful for friends who keep me sane.
I am thankful for a baby in my tummy.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On another note, I ordered my Christmas cards last week through Shutterfly. I had a tracking number and looked today since it said delivery was Mon-Wed this week. It said that it was delivered last night IN CALIFORNIA! So, I called Shutterfly and they issued a free re-order. I called UPS freaking out a little that someone has 100 photo cards of my kids. Turns out that the tracking # had been reused and my order is indeed out for shipment today in ND. (I hope what he said is true!) SO, I had to call Shutterfly back and cancel the reorder since I really, really do not want 200 Christmas cards since I probably do not know 200 people - unless I send one to each family member seperately! Ha!
So, I am printing my Christmas letters and waiting for my cards to arrive so I can address them and mail them out right after Turkey day!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I made the plunge today and called my doc's office to get a physical therapy appointment. With Taylor, I had terrible sciatic nerve pain which walking helped. I never did anything about it. Well, at almost 14 weeks this has me terrified that I won't be able to walk here in 4-5 months.
Other than that, I have been feeling good. Baby likes me much better if I eat every 2.5-3 hours. I haven't felt sick unless I try to space out my eating more, or eat carbs and sugar when I do eat. Baby likes protein!! So... if I can just get my back to feel better life will be good. I will have to shop for snacks that I can take to the hotel next weekend... hmmm.... what kind of protein snacks are good traveling? Maybe some nuts.... Wonder if I can talk the H into taking a few bottles of chocolate milk in the cooler which no doubt will be full of beer?? Ahhh.... what an experience to go to a game pregnant (not that I didn't do this before, but I wasn't as far along!).
Thursday, November 12, 2009
So, I can say I have not slept in bed with my husband for the past 10 days because he is scared to get me/us sick. Of course, then he seems that it is fit to take a nap in our bed vs the spare bed he has slept in.... (Hello, doesn't that spread germs into the bed where I sleep?!) But, he says he is going to work tonight. He will work 1 night and is scheduled to be off the next 4, but that depends on overtime.... he has to work it this weekend if there is any, to be off next weekend so we can take a trip to Minneapolis for a much needed weekend away from the kids. Oh - and a football game!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
See picture below:
The only problem is that it is noisy.
If it gets left in the ON or BREW modes, it randomly goes off whenever it feels like it.
If we live in this house another 10 years we WILL sound proof and insulate between the floors.
I heard this lovely toy once during the night, but went back to sleep.
I do not think I slept really after I heard it at 5:30 - which it played almost constant until I hauled my ass downstairs to turn it off about 6.
Friday, November 6, 2009
So, I guess I should just pray that this baby is a boy because I think we used up our girl name options with #1 and #2. Really, the only options I have thrown to my husband he was said no.... He tossed me a couple and one is probably a no - because it is too close to another family member's name. Why does he have to have such a large family?
Why do I feel such an importance to name this baby either way? We did not find out either girl's gender prior to birth and we do not plan to this time either (I am a terrbile liar and if we found out but decided not to tell I would crack). So... I guess we will just have to keep thinking about names. Feel free to give your lists!!!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So, I took all my spring/summer maternity clothes to Once Upon a Child and am waiting to see if they want them. I was a shopping freak when I was pregnant with Alex. I worked overtime so all my OT checks (it was a grant, so it was a seperate check), went for spending money that bought new clothes! So.... despite the season, I am hoping that they keep them since they are good clothes in great condition. Maybe with summer due dates now being found out, they will keep them..... maybe it is wishful thinking. Also the thought that maybe we will have a warm spring because I am selling my summer maternity clothes.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Last night my husband came home feeling like crap. Either a bad cold or the flu. Either way, he took medicine and slept on the couch. He must have felt okay since he went to work this morning. We are off in a bit to get more medication for him.
Prayers that he does not have the flu and we hear the hb in Thursday!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Here is my girls with someone's ass in the way.
Now that Halloween is over, I am exhausted. Wade is usually off 4 days, then works 4 days. Well, he was off Wednesday and helped his uncle shingle his roof before it snowed (thankfully we got more rain than snow). Thursday he was off and home with me, but slept until 10:30. Friday he had to work. Saturday he was off and I was able to grocery shop alone. We also did a GTG w/ our neighbors after Trick or Treating, so I made a 7 layer dip and a pumpkin angel food cake to share with them.
This morning, I woke despite the extra hour of sleep, exhausted. Tay woke up once needing her "Blanket, Elmo and other Elmo." Alex woke up once and wanted to sleep with me - which I cannot do. I do not sleep well with anyone touching me. Oh, and then I went to the couch too because my husband was snoring. Just to be woke up at 4 am when we got up to go to work. Yawn! However, I have already folded 4 loads of laundry and have more in the washer and dryer plus one more to go. YUCK! I also had to unload the dishwasher and do dishes from the sink. I HATE an unorganized house. Maybe I'll treat myself to a snickers later for my good work. The girls each got one full size one (for me!!!).
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Here I am looking foolish in regular jeans (which are still actually too big) and a regular shirt.
I need to clarify that this isn't just ANY shirt. This is my Favre shirt that I ordered in a women's size since I had lost weight prior to this season starting. So, it is skintight now. :o) I did not know I was pregnant when I ordered it or even when it arrived. The first game I was 5 weeks PG though! I have worn this shirt every game for 6 weeks and so far the Vikings are undefeated. My H says that I need to wear it for 15 more weeks (until the Superbowl). I am not sure how that will work at 26 weeks when it shows belly if I move wrong at 11 weeks!
Well, my PG Mommy moment of the day today is that I made coffee for myself, but I wanted about 1/2 a cup coffee and 1/2 milk. Well, it is weaker than that because I forgot to put new coffee grounds in. At least what I used was only 2 days old not 2 weeks! Oh - and in making coffee (nuking the milk), making pancakes on the griddle- apparently all of that cannot be running while the fridge is because I blew the breaker and it took a while for me to figure it out. (Had to have a conversation with a naughty girl in the meantime.) Thankfully we have current breakers not like the fuses I grew up with. Everytime one broke you had to have extras to put in or run to the store a buy them!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here is Alex at age 2 when we moved here!!!
This is the girls last year. OMG! Look at the baby baldy!!!
Yes, I am a HUGE dork and bought them matching shirts.
Forward a year and here is baby redhead WITH hair! Notice she is wearing the shirt that Alex did at 2. I'm partial, but what a cutie!!
Just to be fair, here is a picture of Alex this year. This is as good as it got for her.
Sadly, here is the best pic of them together this year. They did not cooperate so well. Maybe next year!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I have been feeling better lately. It makes me wonder if everything is okay.... 12 more days until that vital heartbeat appointment. I have had a few days this week that I do not feel so big - like the bloating has went away for a while.... then I see myself naked and remember. Please pray that we hear this baby's heartbeat November 5th.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
So, this morning I was faced with a HUGE bag of apples (we have given some away!). I started to tackle them to get them out of my kitchen. I canned 10 quarts of unsweetned applesauce and 5 quarts of apple pie filling. If you are my friend, just let me know and you can have some! I should add that we also canned 14 quarts of apple pie filling last week. I am hoping to can 5 more quarts of apple pie filling tomorrow morning (if I can bribe the girls to be good again), then probably just make applesauce with the rest.
Here is a small amount of what I did:
So, while I was finishing the last of the apples, it was approaching lunch time. I asked Alex who just turned 4 if she wanted to make lunch for me. I gave her mini bagels, tomato sauce, cheese, olives and turkey pepperoni.
This is the first lunch she has ever made:
I thought it was good. That said, tomoto based products still are making me gag. Yes, I did gag after I ate this. The girls ate the cheese and olives off and were done. I am super-duper envious of Moms who have good eating kids. I think that if the eldest eats well, then the younger sibling follows suit. In my case, the eldest is a terrible eater and at times this behavior is influenced on my younger one. One meal that Alex generally eats is McDonald's Chicken Nuggets. She will eat 4-5 with no problem - however she does not eat like that AT McDonald's - just when I take it home. *Sigh!*
She was 37 lbs and 41.25 inches at her 4 yo appt though. They told me she was 75% for both height and weight. She has gained 4 lbs since her ear infection in May.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
So, with this pregnancy I am experiencing extreme nausea (no vomiting TG!). I had some food adversions, some intermitten nausea with the girls but nothing like this - and it has been going on for 5 weeks! I hope I am nearing the end of this.... I made dinner and have a small helping and feel like vomiting.... Thankfully I participate in our amazing Moms Club's freezer cooking nights or my family may starve. A little overdramatic maybe.... I do not feel like cooking anything and nothing sounds good.... I am also super-duper exhausted. I take down time at least once a day to sit and attempt to nap.... not too easy with a 4 yo and a 21 mo old running around. The other day my eldest layed on the couch with me (her choice), but her sister ran around me and talked the whole time! Ahhh!!! I just need a break. My loving H tells me that if I get too tired of it all, I can get a job. THANKS! Men just don't understand. SAHM's need off time, down time and breaks just the same as any other person, maybe more!!!
Monday, October 5, 2009
With baby #2, you can nap when your child naps (assuming like mine they are under 2!). You can relatively sway them into doing what you want to just so you can rest. Food may be a slight issue.... also changing poopy diapers while you are pregnant is an issue.
Then with #3, you suddenly have a 4 year old and almost 2 year old. The oldest will never nap - so you never get a break. You don't look at maternity clothes because you know what is being modeled in stores 1) you can no longer afford and 2) It really won't fit when you are at the end of your pregnancy anyway! There is no need to look at baby items because you have everything anyway.... plus too much. You have the little ones poopy diapers to change and the older ones butt to while when she poops.... Plus you have to make what they want to eat which may or may not smell, taste or sound good to you....
My first doc appt is in the morning and we are supposed to have snow for me to drive in to get there. Lucky me. Not always do I love living in ND - I do love the friends I have made here though.... just come to my house ladies so I never have to get out! (Oh and bring food so I don't have to shop all winter either!) :o)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Yep, I am pregnant! I know the bottom one looks faint, but there really is a line. I took another last week just to be sure and it is brighter than the control line.
I am due May, 15, 2010. I have yet to gain weight and have still tried to exercise, though I really want to sleep. I have yet to puke, but had a few close calls. By May, I hope to still see a 1 at the beginning of my weight.... Please pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I haven't been getting up early to work out. Most days I have been walking with the girlikins. Friday I walked 5-5.5 mi, Saturday about 4. Today I took the day off to take Alex out and do pics for her 4th birthday. How did my baby get so old?!
Well I was nice Friday night I allowed the H to go to a fantasy football draft, then gave him tickets to the Mary game (got free at the store!). So, I again allowed him to go Saturday to the football game. I was craving White Chicken Chili, so I made it for dinner - we had my SIL, BIL (who accompanied the H to the game) and their kids over to share it. I was surprised that the kids seemed to eat fairly well. My kids love White Chicken Chili, but the cousins can be a little picky at times.... or pickier than my kids!
I am making herbed sandwich buns again for the 3rd time in 10 days now. I am addicted to those and I think I am making 3 dozen or so for our football party we are having next weekend.
Friday, August 21, 2009
These are the girls new beds. Not pine as I would have liked, but $80 not $500! I made the girls tie blankets out of pink princess fleece on one side and hot pink on the other.
(2 1/4 yards makes a twin) Who can resist a soft feelce blanket?! The toy box was Christmas gift, but matches great! I made sheer pink curtains that are a pale pink shimmer. They are bearly visable.
This is the wall when you walk into their room.