Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy 37 weeks

Today I'm 37 weeks and I think I've officially turned into one of those crazy pregnant women. I'm for sure more emotionally charged than I am physically uncomfortable. I don't want to sound like I'm a total nut case but, I am having some moments where I wonder if I should just take a mini vacation by myself. You know, I could go to a beautiful tropical island, swim in the warm water, drink virgin pina-colada's and be all alone, with no responsibilities on the beach until my beautiful girl peacefully enters this world. Then I'll wear a bikini and look like I didn't just give birth. Ha Ha! Ok, I'm dreaming.

If you really want to know, the silliest moment was today after church, I loaded my tortilla wrap with too much lettuce and tomato and pretty much started crying because I couldn't roll it up. It wasn't just the tortilla being too full but, feeling like the table is "covered" with stuff when in reality, there are just 2 baby books sitting on it and it's really not cluttered. Yikes!
I joked with Jeremiah that he's never going to want to have another baby with me if he remembers how wacky I act sometimes. Let's just hope that he forgets, like women remember the pain of child birth with rose-colored glasses and then want to do it all over again.

Anyway, I don't want to sound like it's all bad or that I'm constantly crying over too much lettuce and tomato. I actually feel so thankful for how easy and wonderful this pregnancy has been. We are all ready for her arrival now and we've even officially decided on her name! Writing all these things down is therapeutic for me. It helps me get it off my chest and hopefully, someday I'll be able to look back at these "crazy moments" and laugh at myself.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Judah's 1st Haircut!

Tonight we gave Judah his fist haircut. To be exact, I gave him the haircut and Jeremiah took the pictures. His hair has been getting a little crazy for awhile but, we just haven't made getting it cut a priority. We aren't one of those families that thinks that boys MUST have short hair and that their hair MUST be clean cut. It's just not us. I'm not planning on Judah having long hair but, I figure that it's just hair and we'll pick our battles.

Opps....I started to go off on a bit of a tangent there. Anyway, he sat in his highchair, drank water out of a measuring cup (because it's fun!) and watched an airplane movie on the computer. The boy is slightly obsessed with airplanes and drinking water like a "big boy" so, all of this worked well.

His sweet baby hair on the baby is getting big!

We gave him a bath before bed to get any loose hairs off of him. His hair looked better after his bath because it wasn't all combed out. Anyone with curly hair knows that you don't brush out curly hair when it's dry.

Oh, I love this boy. He keeps me so busy but, he is such a joy!

Baby Shower from last weekend

Last weekend, some sweet friends at church threw me a baby shower. It was so much fun and every detail was so cute. Nathalie planned the shower and she matched the theme, Ladybugs, to our baby girl's room.

On the tables, she had stickers and paper to keep the kids busy.

The cupcakes were so good and the little cheesecakes were so amazing. I want one right now!

I loved this banner. I actually brought it home and it's hanging in the baby's room, just waiting to welcome her!
Nathalie also made this super cute diaper cake. I have it decorating the baby's room and I won't open it up until we run out of diapers. It matches the room perfectly!

We played a couple games that were actually pretty hard but, also really fun. I'm one of those people that really likes baby shower games though, I think it's always fun, even though I'm not very good at them!
The food was so good and the table looked so pretty!Sally made the punch and it was delicious. I love punch but, it's not like I ever drink it when I'm not at a wedding or a shower. Yum, writing this post is making me hungry!
After the food and games, I opened up the presents for our baby. We got so many cute clothes! This little girl already has the cutest things to wear! I joked with my husband that Judah, he and myself and going to need to start dressing better to keep up with her. It was such a nice baby shower and I felt so blessed. It seems like it wasn't long ago when I was at the church having a joint baby shower with Sally for our boys. Some time has gone by and I'm so thankful to know all these amazing ladies.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Birthday Party Glasses

Last weekend, we went to a dear friend's Birthday party. These glasses were in the adorable goody bag that Judah was given and he LOVES them. For the last couple of days, they are with him almost constantly. He ate with them on his highchair today, he holds them while I change his diaper.

Thanks for the glasses!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Random thoughts

This week has been busy and fun so far. Monday Judah and I helped with the childcare for MomsNext. It was busy, slightly chaotic and a very long time for 9 children, ages 3 and under to be hanging out in one room (9:15-1pm). I'm glad we were able to help, though.

Tuesday was our first day of MOPS for this year and it was wonderful to be back at it. It's my first year as a table leader and I was nervous. I have a great group of ladies at my table though and they made me feel totally comfortable. I know this year is going to be great and I can't wait to strengthen old friendships and build some new ones. Judah is out of the nursery this year and in the one year old classroom. He has a fantastic group of teachers and when I went to pick him up, it looked like he'd been having a great time playing with all the kids and fun toys.

Today we just stayed home and did chores. I vacuumed, did laundry, dishes, bla, bla, bla. At firt it felt a little lonely to just stay home after having such a social start to the week. It was good though, we needed to get some stuff done and it's not good for me to feel like I need to be out and about everyday.

In pregnancy news, I'll be 36 weeks on Sunday. The baby is very low and I'm having a hard time sleeping at night. I wake up every time I move. I get up to pee about every 3 hours or more. I guess the only good thing about not sleeping well is that it's getting me ready to be awake during the night with a newborn. It was pretty easy for me to get Judah sleeping well at night and I'm hoping it's going to be the same with this baby girl.

This pregnancy has been pretty easy for the most part but, today my wedding ring is feeling really tight and it really makes me sad. I wanted to be able to wear it until I gave birth but, I might be starting to swell too much. I hope it's better tomorrow. I really don't want to take it off.... :( I asked my husband if my tummy looks different during this pregnancy than with Judah. He said that her movements look much more "pokey". I don't know how to describe it but, it does seem like she is more just "under my skin" than Judah was. Sometimes I see an entire foot or knee go across the right side of my upper stomach.

I find my mind consumed with thoughts of my upcoming labor and what this delivery will be like. I wonder if it'll be fast, like it was with Judah or if it'll be totally different. I'm excited to have her here and to get used to being a mother of 2.

This is random but, do you ever find yourself doing something that your kids do? Judah does this funny dance where he shakes both arms around in the air. Well, a good song just came on the TV and sure enough, I start flapping both arms around in the air. Good thing no one saw that.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Looking down...

Looking down, this is what I see. It's pretty sweet, if you ask me.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homemade Wheat Thins

There is no way I can take credit for this recipe. I read it on Pearl's blog and I had to try it.
It's super easy and I think they turned out delicious. Next time, I think I'll try putting a touch of shredded cheese on top of the crackers, just to give it a try or you could add honey to make them sweeter.

Homemade Wheat Thins:
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt------(I used 1/2tsp.)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 T. brown sugar

Mix the dry ingredients and add:
1/2 cup water
3 T. oil

Roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. I rolled out about 1/5 of the dough at a time because it needs to be rolled out as thin as possible. The thinner, the better. Cut it into squares with a butter knife and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet. You could also cut it into shapes with cookies cutters to make it more fun for your kids.

Bake at 400 for 7-14 minutes, depending on how big your crackers are.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lazy Labor Day

Yesterday was Labor Day and it was a pretty lazy day for us. My husband got up with Judah and let me sleep in. I actually didn't wake up until 9:45am. You'd think this would be a good thing but, when I got up, I was grouchy from being so hungry and I felt like so much of my day was already gone. I pretty much accomplished nothing all morning and then went to get my hair done in the afternoon.

I left the house in a pretty grumpy mood. I felt like the day was wasting away and things that I planned on doing, weren't going to get done. It all turned around though when I sat in the chair and talked with the sweet girl cutting my hair. I felt like we had so much in common and it was so fun to sit and talk with her.

When I got home, Jeremiah made crab cakes for dinner with crab that he and his uncle got. It was his first time making crab cakes but, they turned out awesome. While he was cooking, Judah and I played on the piano. I love that we have my Grandma's piano and that Judah gets to play on it. I feel like it would make my Grandma so happy to see him sitting there, banging on the keys.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Date Night

This evening, my mom came over and spent some quality time with Judah while Jeremiah and I went out for a date. Lately, I've been trying to give her a few opportunities to take care of him through dinner time and put him to bed. She'll be with him when I go into labor and we go have the baby. I'm hoping this "practice" time will help them do better when we're gone and it's also nice to go out as a couple!

First we headed off to Target and added a few items to our baby registry. I was amazed at all the cute baby girl clothes they have out right now. We actually bought a really cute little onesie, we just couldn't resist. Then we headed to a yummy Italian restaurant. They serve family style so, you basically order just one entree and an appetizer if you'd like to.

We had the most amazing stuffed mushrooms for a starter. They were perfect. I'm glad I can't make something like that at home, I'd be in trouble. For our main dish, we decided on Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. It was spicy and delicious. I'm really thankful that I'm not one of those pregnant women that gets heartburn. I've actually never had heartburn and I'm so thankful for that!

In pregnancy news, today I'm 34 weeks. I'm starting to get that "big" feeling but, I'm still comfortable for the most part. Baby is very active starting around 9:00pm and she doesn't settle down until about 11pm or whenever I can ignore it enough to fall asleep. So, we probably won't be doing much sleeping at that time of night for a little while after she's born.

I'm so excited that it's September. That means, it's almost baby time! On the way home from church today, we were talking about it with Judah. I was telling him that our baby will be at our house soon. For the rest of the day, he's been walking around saying... "Baby, Soon!"

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wuv You

For Judah's bedtime, we have our little traditions and rituals. After stories with Daddy, I always hold him and sing him a song or two in his room. Then I put him in his crib, with his special blanket. When I'm leaving his room, I always say "goodnight, sweet dreams, I love you". For awhile, he has said "ni, night" back but, tonight he also said......."wuv you". My heart melted into a thousand pieces and then I did a little dance all the way down the hall.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rosie gets a bath and the blueberry face

The other day, we gave Rosie a much needed bath. Before we had Judah, she got a lot more attention, she wasn't outside as much with Fritz as she is now, and she was always pretty clean. So, we brought her in, filled up the bathtub and Jeremiah gave her a good scrub down.

Afterwards, Rosie and Jeremiah were sitting in the chair and Judah decided to hop up there with them. The quality of this photo is awful but, it shows how Judah was trying to put his leg over Rosie. He just loves his dogs!

Lately, besides getting caught up on loose ends, like giving the dog a bath, we've been going for walks outside and Judah loves eating the berries that grow along the road. His face and hands get all purple and it makes him smile. Yes, his diapers are purple, too. I say that we have "seasonal diapers" at our house.


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