Sunday, May 30, 2010

Present for baby from Grandma Dotti

A couple weeks before my Grandma passed away, we had a long phone conversation and talked about how excited we were to find out the gender of this baby. We made a plan that when we found out, I would go pick her up and we would take her special jar of change that she had been saving and we would go buy the baby a present at Nordstrom. My Grandma had classy taste and she loved, loved, loved Nordstrom. She had been saving all her change in a cute tin can for awhile and it was for vacation play money but, she decided when we were on the phone that day that she wanted to buy a present for the baby with it instead.

Well, this morning I started thinking that today would be a fun day for us to take the change and head out to get our new girl a present from her Great Grandma. My first thought was that we were going to Target. I go to Target alot and it just came naturally to think of going there. Then I got tears in my eyes and told my husband that we needed to all make the hour drive and head to Nordstrom. That was the plan my Grandma and I had made and we needed to stick with it.

I got the change out and started counting it. I don't know why I did that because we were going to take it to Coin Star and they count it for you. I'm glad I went through it though because in between all the quarters, dimes, nickles and pennies was this special coin that simply has an angel on it. I don't know the story behind this angel but, I do know that it is very special to me now.

We headed to the mall and had a wonderful time picking out a couple things for the new baby. Jeremiah pushed Judah around in his stroller and I had a blast looking at all the cute girl stuff. It was hard to find anything that isn't for summer but, I found these two adorable little items. I can't wait to see our girl wear these and it'll be so special to always know that her Great Grandma bought them for her.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thinking about PINK!

This morning we had our ultrasound. I was so excited and to be honest, a little bit nervous. I dropped Judah off at his Auntie's and then met my husband at the medical center. The nice ultrasound tech asked us if we wanted to know the baby's gender and we said "YES!". She was busy taking all sorts of measurements for a long time and then she turned the screen towards me and showed me that it's a GIRL!!!! We are so excited!

Deep in my heart, I was hoping for a girl and I've actually felt slightly guilty for having a preference. The only reason I've had a preference is because I want to be able to have a son and a daughter. My relationship with Judah is so amazing and special and I want to experience what it's like to raise a daughter, also. We plan on having more children but, it's nice to know that we're going to be able to have both genders.

I haven't always wanted to raise a girl, though. When I was growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be a mom but, I thought maybe I'd just prefer to be a mother of boys. I was an emotional teenager, probably not the easiest to raise and I'm still an emotional person. I didn't know if I wanted to deal with all those hormones and feelings that my daughter will experience.

My outlook has changed so much over the last few years though. My mom always showed me how much she loves being a mom and it gave me a desire to be a mom. I want to be able to pass that along to my daughter. I want to deal with all the hormones, problems with boys, insecurities, and all the other things that girls sometimes face.
I'm also really looking forward to the little things like hair bows, braids, princess parties and pink clothes.

I'm so excited to see the relationship that Judah will have with his sister. I know Judah will be a good big brother and it'll be so fun to see them play together. It still doesn't even seem real that we're having a girl but, it is! This baby gave us a very good picture-not a maybe!

I feel so blessed!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Playing at the new park

Over the last week, a new playground has been built in our community. It has been such an amazing project because the playground was completely built by local volunteers. They built the entire thing in about 5 days and it is huge and wonderful! It's only 10 minutes from our house and I know we'll be spending alot of time there. We drive a pretty good distance for church, stores, anything so, I'm really happy to have something wonderful like this so close.

Sunday evening was the grand opening celebration with a BBQ for the community and all the kids got to run in and play for the first time. Yesterday, they had the inspection and then today was the first day that it was open for playing. After Judah got up from his nap, we headed to meet Sally & Noah there and we had a blast.
On a different note, today was the last MOPS for this year. We'll have lots of fun activities during the summer but, I'm really going to miss it. When MOPS starts again in September, I'll be a DGL and I'll be 8 months pregnant. It'll be different but, I'm sure it'll be a whole new set of blessings also.
Ok, time to watch our shows with my husband. We have the Celebrity Apprentice finale to watch and I love that show!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Superman Jammies

Tonight Judah wore these amazingly cute jammies for the first time. They've been in a bag of hand-me-downs that I've had waiting in the closet for him to grow into.

Such a cute little Superman! Do you think they have these in maternity? :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Play day at the park

This is my 100th post. Wow, how did that happen? Anyway, today we went to a MOPS play date at a local park and it was such a great time. Judah was all smiles the entire time we were there. I didn't get any really good pictures because it is nearly impossible to get him to look at me.

Judah and Noah sat in the bark and threw bark chips. They had so much fun. I'm still getting used to the way that boys "play" and I totally love it. Who knew that throwing bark could be so much fun?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Peanut Butter & Jam Hair

Today during lunch, my sweet and messy son had a great time pulling peanut butter and jam through his hair. I guess it's a fun texture to play with and it tastes and smells good, too.
We normally do bath time before bed but, his hair was so sticky that I decided to stick him in the bath tub before his nap. After I took this picture, I took his clothes off and got the tub ready. My floor got peed on for the first time. Since I have a son, I've been peed on before but, this was the first time for the floor. You've got to love linoleum! His hair is getting so long that his bath mohawk won't even stand up straight anymore. I love his crazy hair though and I don't think he needs a hair cut quite yet.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Birthday Weekend

My family has made my Birthday weekend really special for me. Saturday, we had a little party at our house. Jeremiah BBQ'd hamburgers and they even had pineapple on them (that's my favorite). Sally made the most delicious ice cream birthday cake. She makes me one every year and it makes me so happy.

For my Birthday, I got digital scrapbooking software. I'm super excited and I'm trying not the be overwhelmed. There is so much that I can do with the program and I have so much to learn. I'm just going to start doing simple projects and try not to be too hard on myself if it takes time to learn.

Here is my first page:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Getting caught up: 1st Movements, Grandma's Passing & Mother's Day

I feel like I've fallen so far behind on blogging. Now, it's naptime and what better place to get caught up than sitting out on my deck in the sunshine? Well, I love it out here in the sun and I'm going to try and get caught up a little. The only problem is that the sun is shining on my computer screen and I can barely see what I'm typing so, if this post is filled with typos, sorry!

Last Wednesday (5/5/10), I was sitting on the couch reading my darling nephew a book and I felt our little baby moving around for the first time. I was 16 weeks 4 days and the funny thing is that I was also 16 weeks 4 days when I felt Judah move for the first time. Everyday since then, I have felt a little more movement from this cute little baby. For me, when I start feeling the baby wiggle around, it makes the whole pregnancy experience seem so much more real. It gives me more of a connection to this baby.I loved when I was pregnant with Judah and I could see a whole elbow move across my stomach.

Early Saturday morning, I got a call from my mom. She said that Grandma had gone to be with Jesus earlier that morning. It was one of those phone calls that doesn't really seem real. It felt like I was in a dream almost. Grandma had been going down hill very quickly recently and she was in pain. She no longer wanted to be here on earth but, she wanted to be in Heaven with Jesus. Her mom died when she was 6 and she wanted to be with her mom. Grandma was an amazing, strong, positive woman. She never wanted to be in a nursing home or loose her independence. I'm so thankful that she was able to live on her own, in her apartment until she went to Heaven. She was even able to drive (during the day, locally), until about 2 weeks ago. She was full of life and she lived life to the fullest.

Now that she is gone, my mom, sister and I have alot to do. We need to empty her apartment and have it clean by the end of May. We started working on it yesterday and it's emotionally and physically exhausting. Jeremiah was working so, I had Judah with me while we were going through her things. I thought that it might be really hard to get anything done with him there. You know, a 16 month old doesn't want to keep things organized or in the correct pile! He was such a good boy though and I couldn't have been more proud of him.

I can't stand having alot of "stuff" in my home so, as I bring things from Grandma's home back here, I feel like I have alot of sorting to do. It seems like in the next couple months, I have so much to do. We need to prepare for the garage sale, I want to completely go through our house and sell or donate anything we don't use and I also need to find "homes" for all the things I'm bringing home from Grandma's. step at a time!


Sunday was Mother's Day and it was such a wonderful day. We went to church as a family, came home and we all napped and then we had a great picnic at a local state park. Going on picnics with my family is one of my favorite things to do. I love eating outside, by the water and just hanging out. We brought Judah's stroller and after we ate, he had the greatest time pushing his stroller around. When he'd get going really fast, he started giggling and it was so cute. I hope we can do lots of picnics at parks this summer.

Well, now I'm caught up. The sun still feels great, I still can't see my computer screen, the nice neighbor cat is sitting by me and tomorrow is my Birthday. Happy Birthday to me. Hopefully 26 will be a great year!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Things I love

Things I love about today:

I love that I have a new candle sitting on my table. It's yellow and it smells like lemon.

I love, love, love lemon.

I love when I have coupons for $10 off any purchase.

I love when I can go buy something for say, $12.50 and I pay $2.50. It makes me happy.

I loved that this morning when I was walking around the mall, there were so many men out buying nice things for Mother's Day. There were guys in Victoria's Secret getting nice things. One guy was excited that the sales associate put his purchase in a bag with tissue paper. That made me smile. Most guys don't like to wrap presents, and that's ok!

I loved that when I was in Bath & Body Works, there was an old man buying 3 gift cards. You know those must be for his wife and daughters, or something like that. I wanted to walk up to him and tell him that they will really like that gift! I didn't though....

I loved washing and vacuuming my car out in the sunshine while Judah was napping.

I love when my car is clean but, it usually has many cheerios scattered around and that's ok! I'm learning that I am going to have crumbs in my car and that it's just part of being a mom.

I love that the cottage cheese I just ate tasted so amazing. Did I really need to share that? No! But, I'm pregnant and when something tastes good, it tastes extra good.

I love that when the sun is out, everything seems a little better than normal.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cousin play day

Today I watched my sweet nephew from 7:30am until 4:30pm while my sister worked. It was very busy being home alone with a 14 month old and a 15 month old but, I think it went pretty smoothly. I count the day as a success.
In the morning, I made waffles for the boys for breakfast. I thought they'd be a hit for sure. Instead, they wanted to play and most of the waffle ended up on the ground.

Before Noah took his morning nap, he and Judah watched a little Wiggles and danced.

For lunch, I made the boys noodles with spaghetti sauce and they gobbled that up. I think they finally decided that they needed to eat something and not just play. After lunch, Judah took his afternoon nap and Noah had a great time taking everything off the book shelf in our play room.

Later in the afternoon, I took the boys outside. They were excited to be outside and I was excited that our house wasn't getting any dirtier that it already was.

When we came inside, we had some snacks and then they played more. Noah was making this
face during snack time and it was just cracking Judah up. He was literally laughing out loud. I love it when they make each other laugh.

It was a busy day and I'm thrilled to be sitting down and relaxing now. Even though it was busy, it was a good day. We all had fun, the boys played well together, no one got hurt and hardly any tears were shed.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grandma Dotti

Today I have my Grandma Dotti on my mind. She is 84 years old and her body isn't functioning well anymore. Her body is actually in the process of slowly shutting down. Her Hospice nurse said yesterday that she could have a few more weeks with us or that it might only be like 3-5 more days.

She is a beautiful person, inside and out and she loves Jesus. She has a very strong faith in God and she wants to be in Heaven with him. Her mother died when she was 6 and she has lived her entire life wanting to know her mom better. I know she is very excited to be reunited with her.

My Grandma has the most cheerful attitude. She always has something positive to say and she rarely complains. She lives life to the fullest, she still has her drivers license and has been driving around her little red Miata convertible until very recently. She's never let her hair go gray but, at 84, still has blonde hair. She loves Nordstrom, dogs, ice cream and coffee. She has a huge heart and she adores her family.

Later today, we'll be driving to see her. I don't know if it'll be our last time with her before she goes to Heaven or not. It's really hard to think about that. My heart is full of happy memories though (I'll save those for another post). Here are some pictures of my beautiful Grandma:
My Mom and Grandma on her 80th Birthday

Thanksgiving 2008
Grandma holding baby Judah, January 2009
Grandma, Judah and I, September 2009

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday thoughts

Today started out busy. I was planning on having a friend and her little girl come over for a play date at 10am. I got up, cleaned the house, made scones, got myself and Judah cleaned up and made a fresh pot of coffee. It was busy but, I love having company so, it's totally worth it. Having moms and kids in my home makes me so happy even if I do run around before hand and try to make everything look "nice".

My internet wasn't working so, I didn't get the message until 10:30 that they weren't going to be able to make it. I was a little bummed at first but, I totally understand. Her daughter didn't sleep last night and I know that if Judah hadn't slept all night, we wouldn't be going anywhere either!

My first thought was, "ok, who can I call now?" I have a clean house, yummy coffee and scones and I have makeup on. These things never happen before 10am! I texted my sister but, it wasn't going to work out for them to come out.

So, Judah and I took a few scones across the street to our neighbor's and headed into town to get some groceries. While I was at the store, I was thrilled to talk to one of my favorite "checkers". She had shared with me awhile back that she had a miscarriage and they really wanted to have another baby (they have a 4 year old girl). Today I found out that she is pregnant and due the day before me!!! We even have the same midwife and they are scheduled to find out the gender of their baby the day after we find out ours.

Talking to her made my day. For some women, the road to becoming a mother is a very long road. For other women, it doesn't even happen. I absolutely love when I've prayed for someone and then I find out that they are experiencing a healthy pregnancy. There is hope for women out there that are waiting, sometimes it just takes a long time.


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