Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year End Wrap-Up

What a year it has been! This time last year, we were struggling to find an affordable daycare situation. With the hours we were working, a typical daycare was out of the question. I had found a few ladies to watch Alice, but we were paying $100 a day. Yes, really! I finally found a family friend, Jennifer, and she agreed to watch her for $50. Still not great, but WAY better. At least, I wasn't breaking the bank to work. The original plan was to go back for my 30 days. However, I found out they were going to lay us off before the end of the year, so Sean and I agreed I should stick it out.

We got pregnant the very end of June. I tested July 7, because I had the same early symptoms that I had with Alice. My brother and SIL had their first child July 9, so I "officially" became an aunt that day! Jennifer moved the end of July, and that made my already insane commute, absolutely ridiculous! Three hours to more than four or five is just too much, so I jokingly told my sister she should come home to help out. She did! The first day she was to start watching Alice, we were in a car accident on the way to the house. Some young kid rear-ended us on a state road. We were stopped completely and getting ready to turn, but he wasn't paying attention. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. I am still in PT due to lower back injuries (never did get an X-ray due to the pregnancy).

My last day of work was September 2, and I couldn't be happier with being able to spend each day with Alice. Sure, there are days I REALLY want a break, but this is the most fulfilling job ever! I'm still struggling with the unemployment office and the supplemental benefit company that pays out my severance. Hopefully that will be remedied in the next month. Getting 1/3 of what I should be getting really stinks, but that is a post of it's own. Fingers crossed that everything gets worked out soon!

Alice and I went out to see my sister in Boston in early-mid November. I consider myself a road-trip queen after that drive with just me and her (and baby in my belly!). We had a blast! I wish I could have stayed a little longer, but all of my appointments did not allow that. I drove straight through on the way home (16 1/2 hour drive), so I feel I can do anything now *wink*.

The holidays were wonderful! We got to see everyone in the family between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that was wonderful! We have been extremely blessed this year. We have our health, family and friends, and our ever growing love for each other! I cannot wait to see what 2011 brings! I know the baby will be here in the next two and a half months (give or take), and I'm so excited to meet him!

I hope that 2011 in an extremely happy, healthy, and blessed year for all of you and your families! I also hope that our friendship will continue to grow!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Tales of Alice

I was going to post Christmas pictures, but when I save them they are all blurry. And the album is private, so I can't link them. So I'll try to figure out something. In the meantime, I will entertain you with tales of Alice.

Alice has been eating non-stop today. She had a cinnamon waffle, sausage patty, and apple for breakfast. She then wanted a bagel, so I gave her half of a cinnamon raisin bagel. She saw me put cream cheese on my bagel (onion with onion and chive cream cheese-I'm pregnant; it sounds good for breakfast). She wanted some cream cheese, so I put a bit on a plate. She proceeded to dip her bagel in it. Yuck! After her nap, I fixed her a snack of crackers and turkey. She proceeded to move a chair in the kitchen, so she could get the apple bread. And then she opened the fridge and got the ketchup out and poured some on the apple bread (I was in the bathroom at the time). Nauseating! What a refined palate my child has! At least she isn't picky.

She only wanted her Daddy when she got up from her nap. For ten minutes, she kept looking and calling him. I finally convinced her that he wasn't here.

Alice loves her table and chairs that Santa got her. So much, that she REFUSES to sit in her high chair anymore. I don't gave a problem with that, but I do have a problem with the freedom that comes with that dining locale. She gets up, climbs on the table, and pretty much prefers to play during mealtimes. This could be why she is constantly eating outside mealtimes.

I also need to purchase some kiddie dishes. Before I would just put the food on her tray, but I don't want to do that with the table. The few dishes I have put down, she has done everything possible to try to break them. Knock on wood, but none are broken yet. The throwing and slamming against the mirror may do the trick, if this keeps up. In the meantime, I will be using plastic for all mealtimes.

My little monkey continues to climb everywhere and on everything. She has now managed to climb up or on everything in the house...except the kitchen counters. See...even the tv stand.

A few new words out of her mouth: G-wen, and Mo-mew. That would be Gretchen and Mortimer, the kitties. There is no more yelling "kee kee". They have names, and she knows who is who now.

Speaking of the cats, they climb everywhere too. Gretchen has a sweet tooth, apparently, as she gets in the Halloween candy. She carries it down and eventually leaves it somewhere...where Alice finds it and starts eating the sucker (candy of choice for Gretchen)-after taking the wrapper off, thank goodness.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Return To Normalcy

Well almost. Sean is off of construction for awhile. Not really sure how long that will be, but I'm hoping not too long because of the financial impact that will have. I enjoy having him around, and so does Alice. They have been best buds the past few days...which is abnormal. Normally, she doesn't want much to do with him.

Sean also has been off of UPS the past couple of nights, due to being sick. He says he is feeling better now. I'm just hoping no one else gets it...whatever "it" is. I'd guess flu. Alice should be fine, or at least not have a bad round of it, as she got her flu shot. I have not gotten one yet. I know, I know. I need to get one...especially since I'm pregnant.

Oh and I am "officially" in the third trimester. I believe I am 28 weeks (or 29 per ob) and a couple of days. I now start going every two weeks. Time is flying! I had my sister take a belly pic when she was here. I don't have it currently, otherwise I'd post it. I also think I will have to go back to PT twice a week. Today was by far my most painful and difficult session. My left SI joint was sticking, and sciatica in my right leg... and every time we tried to move me to work on something, it would irritate my pubic bone or the other annoyances. Hopefully this will all get better shortly after the baby is born.

Monday, December 27, 2010


I know you are wondering if I went and kidnapped my sister yesterday. No, I did not. I did go pick her up about 10 this morning and returned her a little before 2. No, that isn't that much time but we had breakfast, Starbucks, and played with Alice.

Alice woke up early this morning...a certain mommy had gotten out of the bed, and it seems my child is a bit Santa like. She knows when I am sleeping and she knows when I'm awake. She fell asleep in her Aunt Lindsay's arms. It was too sweet! I then subjected my sister to looking at a few of the cute baby clothes I had bought.

We took Lindsay back to Scrooge's house. I got out to say goodbye and took Alice out too. Alice kept screaming and crying when I would take her from Lindsay and put her in the car seat. I thought she didn't want to be in the car, so I would take her out. But she didn't want me...she wanted Lindsay. Of course this made Lindsay start crying, and me as well. So all three of us were hugging and crying in the driveway. We finally said goodbye and left.

Alice "drew" Lindsay a picture this evening, and I used that as a good excuse to go back to see her for an hour. Alice was all over her Lindsay again. And we had a repeat of earlier in the day when we left.

I can honestly say that every time we part, it never gets easier. And now that Alice gets caught up in that, it really makes it more difficult. It breaks my heart to see her upset like that. I swear she said, "don't go" to Lindsay. I'm just hoping that she will move back here soon. I don't know how many more "don't go's" any of us can take.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Wrap-Up and Bah-Humbugs

Christmas was so wonderful this year! Alice doesn't really "get" Santa, but she does understand toys. I was up very late Christmas morning getting things ready and set up.

We slept in until almost 10, which was really nice. Alice immediately saw her table and chairs from Santa and sat down. She hardly moved from there for the next half hour or so. I got started on our annual Christmas brunch of monkey bread. Sean made sausage, and my Dad (whom I wasn't sure would come) and sister came over to eat. We then put on Christmas Vacation and watched Alice open presents. She was a bit timid at first, probably because I spent the past day or two telling her to leave the wrapped presents alone. Apparently, she had too many gifts because she got tired of opening stuff and only wanted to play with her phone that Lindsay got her (it was a whole purse, keys, phone, accessories thing). So we helped her a bit in opening the last few presents. She loves all of her toys. The phone is a big hit, along with the bakeware and pots/utensils, cleaning stuff, and her table. She has started climbing on to the table *sigh*. I didn't take any pictures, as I can't find my camera, but Lindsay did and I will "steal" them from her later to show you guys.

We went to my brother's for Christmas dinner. It was very lovely. The food was awesome, per usual. Alice actually ate three deviled eggs (well the filling) this time. Last time, she wouldn't touch them. We then opened presents. Alice had the whole thing down, and did awesome. She got a new bath toy, frog blanket, and magnetic letters and numbers (yay!). The baby even got some stuff from my brother and SIL.

Alice slept on the way home (a little more than an hour) and was up until well after 1 this morning. Sean let me sleep in today...I didn't get up until about 11. I took a muscle relaxer and pain pill last night as I was hurting very badly and could barely move. I'm thinking I need to buy a recliner to sleep in at night. It is getting very difficult to get comfortable in bed and also to get out of bed.

I was hoping my sister would be able come up and stay the night with us tonight. She has been in town since Tuesday evening, and leaves early Tuesday morning. I have seen her for about 5 hours total. Apparently, our father is a total Scrooge. He complains about not having any "alone" time with her, but then he goes to a Christmas Eve party and drinks with "friends" and then goes to spend the day today with other friends to watch the Colts game. Meanwhile, leaving her alone but with orders that "she has to stay the night there, and if your brother or sister want to hang out they need to come here". I have no qualms with going there, but I was really hoping she would be able to come up and stay a night/day with us, I was hoping to go outside and play in the snow with Alice. I am just so upset and angry with my dad. He doesn't have his priorities right, and he is also upsetting my sister and me. I mean is she on house arrest? Is this some kind of conspiracy that my brother and father cooked up to keep her from spending time with us? Sorry...I had to get this out before I call and tell him how I feel. I'm not sure whether I feel like crying and punching something. And I really don't like that I'm feeling like this at all after Christmas. Bah humbug!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What A Day

I had my 28 week appointment and glucose tolerance test this morning. Fun stuff! I don't remember feeling that sleepy last time. I thought I was going to fall asleep driving there (15 minutes after taking it!). Nor do I remember being that hungry (I didn't eat beforehand this time-no time) or feeling sick to my stomach. The nurse (whom is new and I wasn't sure I liked her) brought me crackers and water right after drawing my blood. So sweet! I also don't know why they need 3-4 vials of blood to do a glucose test?! Hoping I pass and don't have to do the three hour!

I then raced home and got Alice. Sean didn't have to work, so he fed her breakfast and gave her a bath. He was getting her dressed when I walked in the door. Then Alice and I drove up to northern Indiana to do Christmas with her (ex) stepmom, sisters, step-sisters, aunts, uncles, and all of their families. What a blast! ALL of the cousins (on that side of his dad/stepmom's side) were there! Eloise, Marielle, Phoebe, Lilly, Sylvie, Olivia, Paxton, and Alice! How exciting to see all of them together. And then the opening of the presents. Wow! Alice took forever to open her presents, but was super excited about the Little People doll house that she got from Sylvie (the kids draw names and buy for each other-that way we aren't going broke getting each kid a gift) and the book and puzzle from Yia Yia (Sean's stepmom). Then we hung out and played for awhile and headed home.

We are going back up tomorrow for Christmas at his Aunt Oly's with a lot of the same people. I am in the process of making a chocolate mousse torte for dessert. Seriously, you guys have to try this if you like (especially love) chocolate!

And here it is almost 11 pm and I just remembered we haven't eaten dinner. I threw a pizza in and we will eat in a few minutes. And yes, Alice is still up. She slept the whole way home (a little over two hours) so she is still up.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I had a whole other post in mind for today, but that can wait. I took Alice to get her booster of her flu shot today. I called earlier in the day to see if the doctor could check her out (she was to see the nurse), but I got their answering service so I left a message. She has been tugging at her ear and I wanted to make sure it wasn't an ear infection. She is getting ready to cut more teeth, so that is probably what it is, but I wanted her ears checked just in case. Why make her suffer until Monday? (I know I could find an immediate care if need be)

Well we never got a call back (apparently I will get a call tomorrow!). We showed up for her appointment and I told the receptionist what was going on. Her response, "We won't be able to do that today, as she is to see the nurse and only the doctor can do that and we don't have any appointments left for today. I can get you in tomorrow." Okay. Fair enough...though I did call and request her doctor to look at her. I explained that we couldn't come in tomorrow as I had an appointment and we had to leave town immediately afterwards, but I'd keep an eye on it and we could come in next week if need be. She proceeded to give me evil looks like I'm some bad parent. Alice ran off and played until we were called a couple of minutes later. The nurse had to help get her out of the play house, as she kept running out of my reach. We proceed to the room and get her shot. I asked the nurse about a few questions/concerns. We proceed to leave when I remember our co-pay. I go to pay and the guy (who schedules visits-he isn't the receptionist) is shocked that we have a co-pay on nurse visits. Umm, yes. They like to nickel and dime us. We always get a bill after seeing the nurse! So I'm paying (and juggling Alice between arms) and the receptionist makes some snide comment about "your mommy isn't letting you run everywhere today". To which I said something about not being able to hold her for long periods of time. You know having back problems, spd, sciatica, and being pretty pregnant and all. And yes, sometimes she does run everywhere, but I always follow her and grab her (when she gets away from me).

So I'm irritated with the receptionist mostly. She is rude, appears to not like children OR adults, and never smiles. Heck, I'm not sure she even looks at people...though apparently she remembers me and my "bad-ass" child whom I let do whatever she wants, when she wants, wherever we are (I don't). And the $10 co-pay doesn't irritate me, but you couldn't get a doctor to take 10 seconds to peek at my daughter's ears? Really? I saw ALL rooms open and no other patients in the place, so don't give me some BS story about having no openings. So now I'm contemplating finding another pediatrician, just because of this rude lady (who appears to have sandpaper on her toilet seat). Which is a shame because I do like her pediatrician. Unfortunately, I see more of the support staff than the doctor.

What do you think? Am I over-reacting (you know those pregnancy hormones obscure things sometimes-you can tell me if you think I am. I won't get mad *wink*)?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

16 Months

Alice turned 16 months yesterday. I should have posted this yesterday, but better a day late than not at all (like the past few months-bad mama!). What a month we have had!

This past month:

•Alice has gone from four teeth to ELEVEN! This has been over the past six weeks, but still. All eight front teeth and three molars. I think some more will be coming through shortly.

•Alice has really started talking and babbling. She has been saying quite a few words for awhile now, but ever since I have been home with her she has been really quiet. This past month, she turned that around. Some new words this month: GO! NO (usually to the kitties), Dye (bye- though it is getting closer to a b sound each time), Hi, ba (bath or banana depending upon what time of day/location), tow (towel), and caan (candy/cookie- can you tell she has gotten her fill of Christmas goodies?)

•She has started blowing kisses. Just the cutest thing ever!

•She will pat/rub your back if you cough or choke. She will also hit her belly if she is "choking".

•Her fascination with books has really hit a new level. This pleases me immensely. She will sit and "read" them on her own and actually sit and let you read to her also!

•She is not a picky eater, though hasn't been very fond of most vegetables except carrots. This past month, she has been "over" carrots (thank goodness! I was so sick of them!) and has been loving broccoli, peas, and green beans. Though still not a fan of asparagus or Brussels sprouts, I'm sure that will eventually change. I mean who doesn't love "baby cabbages"?!

•She is climbing everywhere and everything! She moves chairs to assist her with this, if need be.

•We got to play in the snow for the first time. I don't think she is a fan of the coldness of the snow, as she screams and has a pained look on her face when it touches her skin or Marty!

•She is extremely clever. Whether it be moving chairs (see above) or maneuvering her body under the gate to get to the cat stuff; not much can deter this little lady! See the picture below. I had to lower the baby gate to the bathroom because she was sliding under it...she couldn't get her head through after I lowered the gate. Haha!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Unexpected Plans and Badness

Sean forgot quite a few things for work today. Snow boots, tool belt, and his phone. He remembered all of the goodie boxes (made snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, crack cookies, chocolate and vanilla dipped pretzels, turtles, an peanut butter chocolate candies - which i slaved over all afternoon/evening yesterday) for the guys though! So Alice and I went to meet him and drop his things off. We got there shortly before their lunch, so we hung around and ate with Daddy and a few of his co-workers. I hadn't showered yet, so I felt like a bum, but oh well. It was nice to have some time with Daddy.

Badness...where do I begin? Alice STOLE a few snickerdoodles last night when I was making the goodie boxes. Lately, she has been climbing on and between the couches. Tonight she been climbing into a box that is on an end table. Frustrating. This child does not listen. She also has no fear. I think it may be time to introduce time-outs.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


So we went to the Legion to see Santa. They had hot dogs, chips, and cookies for the kids. Alice liked the bun and chips mostly. Then we got in line and sat on Santa's lap. This years picture is awful. I got better pictures on my phone. I can't believe I paid for the picture! Oh well.

So here is last years picture, which you didn't get to see.

And this years...I cropped it a lot. Most of the picture is to the left and of the tree. Gee, thanks! I could have taken a picture of a tree for free. To top it off, even Santa is not looking at the camera. Alice looks like she is about to cry, which is redeeming.

And then the two pictures I was able to snap.

Sorry that last one is blurry. Someone was trying to escape from Santa.

And another picture I managed, before she tore the tulle skirt in her dress (she kept climbing up on this platform and every time she stood up, she'd catch the bottom of her dress). Maybe I can fix it before Christmas.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Things have gone much more smoothly today. Perhaps that is because Sean is here to help, help with Alice. I am hoping to get some cleaning done. This is all dependent upon Sean picking things up. It is getting increasingly difficult to bend down to get things. Bending down to pick up things that aren't ALL the way to the floor (i.e. Alice) is still doable. I have NO problem sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, or doing dishes (unfortunately). I just need someone to pick up the crap the cats and Alice have strewn everywhere.

My dad called me a bit ago, to tell me that Santa will be at the Legion tomorrow. I'm glad because I was beginning to fret about the Santa picture. So we will be heading up there for hot dogs (for the kids), libations (for the Daddy and Granddaddy), and the Colts game (at least I can enjoy this *wink*-unless Peyton forgets what team he plays for again!). So hopefully I will have a wonderful picture for you all tomorrow...along with my belly pic. Geez, where am I at now? 27 or 28 weeks, I think.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers (The I Couldn't Make This Up If I Wanted To Version)

I don't know if anyone noticed, but I have been trying to post more regularly. Hopefully, I can keep this up!

And now for leftovers.

•I had mentioned that I made apple bread yesterday. It is the worst apple bread I have ever made. Seriously! I didn't have enough oil, so I added more flax seed than I usually do. And it is pretty dry. No worries...if we don't eat it all, the chickens will be happy to do so.

•Last night Alice and I did our usual bath/shower. We both get in and I shower, and wash her. Then I get out and fill the tub a little to let her play, while I get pajamas on and dry my hair.

•While I was drying my hair, Mortimer hopped on the edge of the tub, like usual. This time, Alice hugged/pulled him in the tub. He got soaking wet and looked like a drowned rat. Then he proceeded to get the bathroom floor and family room floor soaking wet! I would have been irritated if it wouldn't have been for the fact that it was hilarious!

•So I finish drying my hair, and grab my towel and start mopping up the floor in the bathroom. Meanwhile, Alice keeps gagging herself with her fingers (and a toy). I told her to stop, but no sooner had I said it, she threw up in the tub! Nice!

•So I drain the tub, put a little more water in and wash her again. I let her play for a few more minutes and then start draining the tub, telling her that she has to get out when the water is gone (this helps with no tantrums). I grab her towel, lift her out and go to wrap her up in the towel. She took off running, and wiped out just outside the bathroom (I hadn't mopped that water up yet).

•After picking her up and getting her wrapped up, we proceeded to the changing table to get diapered, lotioned up, and jammies. I always take my rings off when doing lotion, but this time she grabbed my rings and shoved them in her mouth. I did a sweep to get them out, but the engagement ring was already half down her throat and she was choking. So I grabbed her and turned her downwards and did the heimlich. She proceeded to vomit all over her bedroom floor, but the ring came out.

•So I probably sound like an inept parent, leaving small items in her reach that she can choke on. I am just glad I didn't panic, but instead just seemed to know what to do. I have never had to do anything like that before, nor am I sure I did it "correctly" but the goal was achieved none-the-less.

• I had to call poison control just a bit ago. Alice got ahold of some liquid potpourri, and was chewing on the bottle. You know, those pesky teeth. Anyway, I was worried about her consuming some (the lid was still on it though) so called poison control. They said everything was fine, since the lid was on and she consumed very little. I just had to wash her skin off and give her something to drink.

•So in less than 24 hours, I have had several parenting failures (well not complete). I am going to have to get a leash or dog crate for her since I obviously cannot keep up with her. I hate to think what she will manage when I'm nursing a newborn 24/7!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Love Days Like This

I woke up before 6 this morning because I had to go to the bathroom, but also because I was starving. So I made apple bread and sausage very early this morning! Sean actually got a "good" breakfast this morning. Alice also woke up very early and ate apple bread. Then we wished Daddy a good day, and Alice and I climbed back into bed and took a nap. We woke up and ate lunch, and then we climbed back into bed, put on Beauty and the Beast, and took another nap.

I think I like waking up early and making breakfast for my family. The only down-side is the unproductive day, but who cares about that when I can cuddle with the cuteness that is my daughter!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When Carnivores Attack

I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots, and asparagus for Sean's birthday dinner. It was awesome! Probably the best mashed potatoes and meatloaf I have made. Alice LOVED the meatloaf and had thirds...yes, thirds! My little carnivore!

Gretchen has an annoying habit of climbing on me after I get up to go to the bathroom. You know, because she is smart and knows I'm awake. In the course of doing that this morning, she sneezed (actually snotted) all over me. I was furious. I had to get up and wash my face, and then he whole climbing on me began again. I kept moving her to the foot of the bed (which always works after the hundredth time), but got brutally scratched in the struggle.

Someone took an early nap today, and then fell asleep while I was making dinner. She was not happy when I woke her up to eat. I'm a mean mama. She then proceeded to bite my leg in protest. I'll give her a pass this time, since she is running a fever and cutting teeth.

Seriously, do I have a "eat me" sign on my body?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Awesome Husband!

Sean is 40 today! And I think he is still very handsome!

Awesome doesn't begin to really describe how incredible the man is. He works two jobs (construction and UPS in the evenings) for a total of about 13 hours a day, plus travel time. So he is gone normally from 6:30am-10:30pm (sometimes later). He is the most talented man I have ever met. He works on our cars, our house, and pretty much everything else. He is a friend, husband, father, carpenter, painter, plumber, mechanic, and sole provider for our family. No wonder he is so tired all of the time!

His shoulder's carry the weight of the world. He is the strongest man I know.

I read this poem years ago, and thought that I wouldn't settle until I found a man like this.

“If I marry: He must be so tall that when he is on his knees he reaches all the way to heaven. His shoulders must be broad enough to bear the burden of a family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm enough to say no, and tender enough to kiss. Love must be so deep that it takes its stand in Christ and so wide that it takes in the whole lost world. He must be active enough to save souls. He must be big enough to be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms must be strong enough to carry a little child.” ~Ruth Bell Graham

Well I did, and couldn't be happier! I love you, Sean! Happy 40th Birthday!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Manic Monday

This title is very misleading. The only thing manic around here are the kittens and Alice. Which, really, is more than enough.

I have realized a few things. I am now in double digits until the baby gets here. Roughly 97 days. Unless he decides to be late like Alice.

That makes me 26-27 weeks (and I need to take a picture sometime!). Seriously! I have 13-14 weeks (or less) to get ready for this baby! If that isn't enough to make me manic, then I don't know what is. I have ordered a ton of clothes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and a few 6-9 and 9-12. Just in case this kid is a chunk and is not "true to size" like Alice was. Now to wash, sort, and put them up. And I need to do the same with Alice's clothes. I'm not planning on getting rid of her stuff for a few years (in the off chance that Sean decides to grant my wish for another baby or two).

Oh and for your viewing pleasure, a huge drift from our back yard. It is about 4 feet high and at least 25 feet wide (which is hard to tell in the picture). I have never seen a drift that big in all my life, that wasn't up against a building or something. And, no, I'm a mean mama. Alice was not allowed outside today to play in the snow. Mostly because I have been hurting and have been laying on the couch most of the day...and because she needs better winter gear.

And I am going to say this now...I am already over winter, and it isn't even officially here yet. I'm dreading our gas bills for the next few months. Ugh!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers

I'm still having trouble getting the Friday Night Leftovers button in here.

•Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

•Have any of your friends ever forgotten your birthday? I have two friends (mother and daughter) who routinely "forget" my birthday. They were both on FB yesterday and didn't even send me a message, or text or call me. And these "friends" consider me their best friend. Hmm. Should I also mention that they owe me a few hundred dollars, which I'm sure I'll never ever see. But I don't care about that. They could at least try to remember me :/ since I'm such a good friend to them.

•It is amazing how messy my house gets while we are sleeping. I woke up to Alice's toys everywhere and her dirty clothes scattered around the house! Newspaper scattered and torn. Gee, thanks, felines!

•Today I will start holiday baking and goodies. On the agenda: sugar cookies, dipped pretzel rods, brownies, snickerdoodles, and maybe turtles if I can get to the store!

•My husband has a bad habit of starting the washing machine, but never putting anything in said machine. So my laundry day now includes his stuff as well! I should say that he normally does his own laundry, but I have been doing it lately. You know, trying to be nice and all! ;)

•Sean and I are planning on going out to dinner and a movie this weekend to celebrate both of our birthdays, if we can find someone to watch Alice.

•It is nice having our birthdays so close, sometimes. I have a twin brother, so I grew up sharing a day with someone else. And now I get to share with Sean! His birthday is Tuesday and he will be 40! Big birthdays for both of us this year!

•Oh, and no one has answered the quote/person from the pancake syrup I made. See here for the quote. I think it is in the second or third paragraph. Winner gets apple pancakes and apple cider syrup! You have to come here, or I can just give you the recipe! Of course, I could always send the winner some goodies that I make too! I know at least two of you (Lindsay and Jen!) probably know who said the quote and from what show!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm Free... of my twenties, and free of my super cranky, fit-pitching, back-talking, screaming, crying, whiny child (whom I LOVE more than anything!) as she FINALLY fell asleep.

As you may be able to tell, it has been a rough day. As if Alice and her teeth (and I'm thinking growing pains too) weren't enough, I have been in horrible pain all day. I finally broke down and called the ob. They called in Tylenol w/codeine for my SPD and back/hip pain. So I am getting ready to eat my dinner, have a couple ounces of wine, a hot bubble bath, and then take some pain medicine (hopefully the wine will be out of my system by then) and have some homemade mousse!

Yes, I said mousse :) Yummy, delicious, rich, chocolate mousse! That is for my birthday :)

And my sweet child, whom I was pretty sure thought I needed a bad birthday, gave me some time to myself! Thank you, Alice! That is the best gift I could have received. Well, maybe other than a ton of money, or a van, or a prenatal massage (wink, wink; hint, hint Sean!).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Decisions, Craziness, and The End of a Decade!

Things have been crazy around here lately. The kittens bring their own craziness. Alice has been a serious tantrum queen today. And then the usual messes that the little crazies all manage throughout the day.

They (the kittens) come flying in to the bathroom when they hear me turn the water on for Alice's bath. They don't go running like that for food! Then I have to continuously pull/push them out of the way so I can bathe her. I'm seriously thinking about just letting them take a bath with her, though I'm sure that would be disastrous.

Alice has been having melt down after melt down today. I think the main reason is she is teething and not feeling well. Seriously, she lost her mind when she saw the bananas! She threw herself to the floor, banging her head, and wouldn't stop screaming/crying/whining until I gave her some banana. Then she had a melt down when I told her I stay away from the cats' food and litter box. And then she saw the other banana.

I finally got her down for a nap. Thank the Lord! I'm hoping she will be a little less tormented when she wakes up. And I'm the mean mommy. I just walk off while she is pitching her fits. I don't see a point in giving her attention when she is acting like that, teething or otherwise.

I also got her to bed earlier than ever last night (9 pm) and she slept til 9 am. I'm going to try to stick with this! I actually had some time to myself last night! Sean didn't get to spend any time with her, though.

Speaking of Alice, I ordered a cleaning tool set for her. It has real stuff. Broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, sponges, gloves, etc. I don't see a point in getting the play stuff that requires batteries (ugh!) and isn't realistic at all. So she can help clean! Now she won't steal my mop and broom, and knock stuff over with them because they are too big for her!

I am also planning on getting her some more play food and pots/pans for her kitchen. I found This but I am also considering the pots/pans from Ikea. Along with the bake set and cooking utensils. Problem is I would have to drive to Illinois to get them. They aren't for purchase online. Boo! So what do you think? The toys r us set or drive to Ikea?

Oh and today is my last day in my twenties. I have been thinking about doing something wild and crazy. Like sleep ! Maybe I'll get a bottle of red wine and have a couple of ounces tonight. That will probably help with all of the pain I have been in. Ooh, maybe a hot bath and two-three ounces of wine after I get Alice to bed!

Now back to cleaning and laundry. I have cleaned my entire stove. It looks almost new! And bake apple bread! I'm also making my annual holiday baking list. If you make holiday treats, what do you make? I'll finish compiling mine and let you know what I'll be making this year!

Monday, December 6, 2010


We woke up early to take Sean to work again. It was (and still is) freezing here! It was about 7 degrees this morning, but with wind chill it felt like -9 degrees. Alice was NOT happy about being torn from the warm bed. I don't blame her. I wasn't too thrilled myself!

We have to pick Sean up tonight and take him to work tomorrow morning. And then, we are done! The guy that was installing the rebuilt transmission got it done about 4pm today. Two days early!!! Woo hoo! So I will be so glad not to have to spend that much time in the car, but will miss my extra time with Sean. Bittersweet!

I'll also be glad to not have to fill up the car every day and a half. I usually get by on one tank, with the occasional second fill up. Speaking of gas, we stopped at the gas station this morning. I was filling up the car, and was around $30 when the display reset. WTH? So I finished filling up, and got the receipt. $4.50! I got a tank of gas for $4.50! I'm keeping the receipt forever! And in case they charge me more because who knows what it really would have been. Though part of me feels guilty, but no one else was getting gas at the time so they shouldn't have reset it (or whatever happened) while I was pumping!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Wonderful Day!

We woke up about 8, which was nice to sleep in a bit. Then I went outside to a winter wonderland!

I fed the animals. Sean headed to the bank, and Alice "helped" me make breakfast. She stood on a chair next to me, while I made apple pancakes and apple cider syrup. They were the most delicious pancakes ever! "I want to bathe in that syrup!" If you can name where that quote came from and who said it, I will make you the pancakes and syrup (you have to come here, though). I used to think that blueberry pancakes were my favorite, but not any more.

Then Alice and I played with the kitties. She LOVES the kitties! Mortimer is the only one who will let her cuddle.

It kept snowing all day. Alice and I climbed into bed and watched Beauty and the Beast. Then we took a nap. She slept for about 3 hours (she woke up early) and I got about an hour and a half nap! What a nice treat!!!

We then got dressed to go outside. It took me at least 40 minutes to get her dressed! No kidding! Longjohns, clothes, two pairs of socks, socks and mittens on the hands, boots, coat, and hat. Then we headed out.

Alice was not to sure about the snow.

After a few minutes of trepidation, she embraced the snow (literally!) and had a ton of fun!

We walked around the yard, and then decided to go inside. I was cold (not dressed as warmly as Alice) and someone was really wet from the snow. I need to buy her a snow suit and boots. She had on some hand me down dress boots.

Then we had a nice dinner. Alice and I took a bath. We are settling in to watch Polar Express and eat some ice cream!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers

•Alice and I have been in the car for 6-7
hours a day (depending upon traffic). That really stinks! I'm hoping Sean's truck is fixed soon. And in case you are wondering why we are in the car so long: 1 hour to construction, 1 hour home, 1 hour to pick him up, 1 hour to UPS, 45 minutes home, 45 minutes to pick him up, and 45 minutes home! Of course, Alice sleeps most of this time, so I don't really get a nap. Ugh!

•It is amazing how messy this place gets with two kittens and a toddler! Throw a baby in to the mix, and we may soon be on one of those house shows (and not in a good way!).

•Okay, so the house isn't that bad, but it is a lot more difficult to keep up with.

•I made orange chicken last night. It was really delicious! I tweaked the recipe a bit, and will change a few things for next time. It was awesome! I will have to post the recipe after I make it again.

•Speaking of recipes, are there any that you would like to know? I keep intending to post the pierogi casserole/lasagna. Anything else you desire?

•Sean and I worked on his vacation schedule last night. He gets 6 weeks from UPS (none from construction unless they don't have a job). He is planning on taking most of March off. Hopefully two weeks before the little man gets here, and two after. Sean wanted to know when I thought he would be here. I told him anytime between now and the end of March! How am I supposed to know? Then use his FMLA time in late summer/early fall because otherwise he loses all of his vacation for FMLA.

•Not that I want the baby to come any time soon. Please bake until at least the end of February!

•I know I have complained about the lack of sleep/driving thing, but I DO enjoy having that extra time to talk to Sean. We usually only have a little time each day, so these extra hours here and there have been a nice treat!

•Alice keeps closing the bathroom door on the cats (which isn't a problem if they are in there) and I know someone is going to have an accident. We normally would leave the bathroom door closed, but we now have a baby gate up to prevent a little someone from playing with food/water/litter. It is hard to break habits!

For more leftovers, go see Danifred!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

This Is Getting Rough

Alice has two more teeth coming in. She has been incredibly fussy. Which is understandable, considering she has six teeth working their way through her gums. Two of them are already popped mostly through, but the rest are little white dots. Can they come in already?

On top of that, the cats are driving me nuts! I can't believe that I wanted to bring them indoors. Gretchen has already shattered two ornaments today, and we are only half way through the day. Good grief! Mortimer has become the better least for today. I keep reminding myself they are kittens.

So basically, I have not gotten a thing done. We got Sean to work, and I'm dying for a nap right now. Guess who doesn't want to nap? Yes, my little cherub! And this house is a disaster. Two kittens and a toddler (and I don't want to think about what it will look like with a newborn thrown in to the mix) have managed to destroy everything. Clean laundry is tossed everywhere...thanks kitties! Goldfish and Teddy Grahams on the floor. Forget my nap...will she just sleep so I can clean some of this up?

We have to pick Sean up in a couple of hours, and drive him to UPS, and then pick him back up about 10 or so. Ugh! Add chauffeur to my list ;) at least this won't last forever. Maybe through next week.

And have I said that I'm dying for a nap? Getting up two to three hours early is rough. Alice is having a hard time, since her sleep schedule has been thrown off from going to get the kitties fixed. So that means mine has too. Weekend come on! I need some sleep!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter is Here!

We have had a bit of snow, but just flurries and nothing that stuck. This morning, I woke up to this.

Granted that is hardly anything, but it is cold and the wind is blowing. Plus it is still snowing (there is a huge drift by the car) an supposed to keep up through tomorrow. So I don't care what the calendar says. I'm declaring winter is here!

Alice either dove or slipped earlier. Face first in to the snow. She screamed and did NOT appreciate the cold. She looked at me like WTH?! She was covered in snow, and it was pretty funny. Unfortunately, my phone was in the car so I did not get a picture. Perhaps tomorrow I will take her out again and trip her. I'm just kidding. About the tripping her, not taking her outside.

In other (unrelated) news, Sean's transmission is going out in his Camry AND truck. He has been having a new transmission built for the truck, which he was going to take the truck to the place to get it installed. Unfortunately, it will only go about 20mph, so Alice and I will be picking him up tonight and driving him to/from work tomorrow. Perhaps longer. His friend is going to haul the truck tomorrow and get the transmission installed. Hopefully we will have it back by this weekend.

And for your viewing pleasure, we now have TWO "Martys"! He is the mouse from the "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" book. I opened the box when it came and Alice (who was holding Marty) stared with big eyes. Then kept looking at the Marty she was holding and the one I was holding. I could literally see the wheels turning in her head! Then she ran and grabbed both Martys! So she had a bit of heaven (while we are in teething hell)!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A House of Misfits!

I took the Kitties to get fixes today. The most agonizing day ever does not even begin to describe the adventure!

We has to be there between 7-8 am to check on. I woke up at 5:30 because I could no longer sleep. I have had the worst reflux all night/day. I think I have eaten a bottle of tums!

I has Sean help me put the cats in separate diaper boxes. Don't judge! We don't have cat carriers, and I wasn't going to buy two just for one trip (though I think I will change my mind). So we get Gretchen in her box, and Sean puts a bit of packing tape on the top to hold her in. Mortimer was a bit of a fight, but we got him in and used a bit more tape. I loaded them up, along with Alice, and headed out.

As soon as we got out of the driveway, Gretchen got out of her box. No big deal. She went and laid down in the back. A few minutes later, Mortimer got out. He went in the back seat as well, so I figured all was well.

WRONG! He proceeded to climb all over. I kept putting him in the back. And then he got me...jumped right on my head! While driving! And not once, but twice!

So I drop Alice off at my friend's for an hour or so, and head to the clinic. I fought them both back in to their boxes. I started carrying them inside, when I was clawed and bit! Mortimer was attacking my hand and fingers. My right hand was insanely bloody by the time we got inside (a minute walk)!

I check them in, and take them back. Got them weighed, set up for vaccines, etc. and got out of there. Picked up Alice. Came home. Got her to nap, and had my appeal for unemployment (a post of its own). Ate lunch, headed to my Pt Appt, and then headed back to get the kitties.

I had them put in those cardboard cat carriers, and we headed home. You know the cat in the box in "National Lampoon's Christmas"? Yeah...that was Mortimer! The whole hour and a half home!

I got the cats in, brought in their food, water, and litter box. I put all of that in the bathroom. Then I put up the baby gate so Alice couldn't get to their litter, food, or water.

Alice has been screaming "Dere! Keedy! Dere!" since we have gotten home. Then she proceeded to show Mortimer the Christmas tree and ornaments. And then he started jumping, climbing, hitting, and chewing on the tree and ornaments. I kept telling him no, which Alice started pointing at him and yelling "NO!". So I got a spray bottle and sprayed him when he bit on the lights or hitting the ornaments. Of course, he already shattered an ornament.

And Gretchen? She is laying on the tree skirt, minding her own business. Oh, how I love her!!!

Mortimer caught in the act!

Gretchen minding her own business!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I have been meaning to post (I have wonderful thoughts and stories in this brain!), but I have been soooo busy!

I hope every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so glad that my sister talked me in to a blog (even if I only post sporadically). I have met some very great friends, and I feel like I know most of you and your families better than most of my "real life" friends. Plus, you guys are WAY more entertaining! And accessible ;) I always know where and when to find you.

We went up to Sean's mother's on Thanksgiving. I drove there and back (about a 2 hour drive) so I didn't have time to post that day. His step-sister was in town with her two girls; whom I have never met. They are such cutie-pies! Alice had a great time playing with them (they are 1 and 3- well this week they will be!). Friday, we went to my mother's. Pretty uneventful, but it meant a lot to her, so I'm happy about that. Oh, and we did massive cleaning, shopping, and decorating before we went. Saturday, we went back up north to Sean's (ex) step-mother's family's Thanksgiving. His dad and step-mom just got divorced, but they get along and the kids and grandkids are all family! We had a decent time. Alice was pretty bored, and kept climbing on everything. We stopped back by his mom's to visit and play with the girls, which are more her age. So basically, we did a lot of traveling for the holiday. I'll be glad when I don't have to go to three or four Thanksgiving. Not that I'm not glad to spend time with family. I just am tired of driving. I hope to have a big enough house in the somewhat near future (5 years or so) that I can just have everyone at my house. I may change my mind about that...40+ people may be too much!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Birthday To The Bestest Sister In My World!

I realize that there is improper grammar in the title, but that I how I feel. I also realize many of you may have sisters who, you feel, are the best in the world. So I just said my world, but she may quite possibly be the best or one of the best!

So Happy Birthday, Lindsay! Today is your "princess" birthday! I hope you do something fun and exciting today. And if not, at least something that you really want to do :) I wish that your elf and I could be there with you, but we are there in spirit!

And now I feel like a horrible sister because I told a lie. I told my sister, when I took this picture, that it would never be published. We were cuddled in bed our last night in Boston, and I realized that I did not have a single picture with her or me. So I took this. And since I look absolutely awful (I was getting ready to shower) with my greasy hair and double chin! I happen to think Lindsay looks lovely, per usual. So if anyone should feel upset or betrayed by this picture it should be me .

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


*Disclaimer: I wrote this over a week ago and forgot to publish it so I'll post it now, you pretend that it is Nov. 13, and then I can resume regular blogging!

Today we went into Cambridge. We took the T in to the city. I have never been on a train, subway, or other public transportation so this was interesting. The T is like a train/subway. At times we are on "ground" level and other times we were below ground. It was about a 30 minute ride. Alice was wide-eyes the whole time and waving to EVERYONE! A few people smiled and would wave, but most people ignored her. How do you ignore a cute, smiling, waving baby?

So we got to Cambridge and took an elevator up. This was the slowest elevator ever! It moved 75 feet per minute (which we saw on the certification upon our leave from Cambridge).

Our first stop in Cambridge, and by far the most exciting was The Curious George shop. My sister told me about this store awhile ago, and I have to say that was what I was most looking forward to seeing.

This store is a dream! Books everywhere! Toys and games! There was something for just about every age range. There was a whole "room" full of baby books. Board books everywhere! I picked out several (I wanted a lot more, but figured I could order them online cheaper). They had EVERY Sandra Boynton book and tons of other stuff. We got a Moo Cow book, a Sandra Boynton bath book, and a Dr. Seuss book with interactive pull-tabs, etc. Alice loved the place!

Then we went to Chipotle for lunch. This was not a fun adventure. Alice was extremely tired, hungry, and her teeth were hurting her. We got more dirty looks and mutters under the breath than I have ever experienced before. The highlight of this, was when Alice wanted to hold her juice box by herself and ended up spraying apple juice EVERYWHERE! I didn't bother cleaning any of it up (except what got on her and me) because I felt these ruse people deserved it!

We then headed out and walked to Harvard. A very beautiful campus. I couldn't believe how clean all of the windows were (inside and out!). I asked my sister if they cleaned them everyday!

Then we headed back to the T station. Alice had passed out by this time, and remained asleep until we got back to my sister's.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We've Arrived!

I'm going to make this short. We are about to eat and I'm dead tired. Boston traffic is panic inducing, and I'm not an overly anxious person. In fact, I think the reason I'm so tired (though to be honest there could be a dozen reasons) is from the after effects of the adrenaline rush. I feel like a couple of stiff drinks and a pack of cigarettes...but don't worry, I will not be partaking an any of those. Well, I will have a non-alcoholic beer with my dinner. I'll update more tomorrow, but wanted to let you all know we made it safely.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Greetings from the Road!

Or perhaps this should be titled "Traveling Alone with Alice: Day One"

We left really early this morning. A few minutes before 7am to be exact. Granted, some of you are probably snorting because that isn't "early", but when you don't typically get up until 8:30-9ish that is early. Alice was awake for the first 40 minutes or so.

We got into Ohio about 9. Alice woke up when I stopped for gas and we ate breakfast at Bob Evans. Or I did. Alice had a few bites, then proceeded to throw scrambled eggs. I guess she filled up on crayons before the food came... yes, she kept trying to chew on them. Apparently, crayons are good for cutting teeth :/

Then we had a blow-out. Mid-meal. So I shoveled (literally) food as quickly as possible and headed to the bathroom. Good thing she was still in her pajamas and I had clothes for her!

We continued on through Ohio. Pretty uneventful. I had to stop at a rest stop to go to the restroom.

Pennsylvania was equally uneventful. Well other than another blowout. I smelled it and heard it about the same time. So we stopped at the next exit and everybody went to the bathroom, and filled up the car.

We got in to New York about 3:15 and miraculously got to the hotel about 4:30. Of course, I decided we could keep going if I could find somewhere nice to stay an hour down the road. I looked on this hotel app on my phone and decided we were at the nicest/safest place we would find within my limit of driving. So we got a room. Alice rode on the cart with Marty and the luggage! I wish I had gotten a picture, but perhaps I'll think of that tomorrow upon checkout.

We got everything to the room and Alice explored for a bit. I had to change another almost blowout. Yes, we have diarrhea! Then I got her ready for the pool. I put on my bikini (egads!) and we headed to the pool. No one was there so I didn't mind my pregnant body one not. The water was cold and Alice was shivering. Of course that didn't stop her. So we "swam", which really involved me walking in the pool and holding/carrying her. There is a cool fountain/waterfall and she thought that was way cool. After 30 or so minutes, I got her wrapped in a towel; me in two, and we headed back to the room.

I looked online and found an Olive Garden a couple of miles away, so we got dressed and headed out. The 4+mile journey turned out to be 15 or so because I couldn't get over to the exit I needed (crazy New York drivers!) and had to go to the next exit to turn around. I would also like to point out that we needed exit 52E...which was 5 miles away from exit 52A. And the exit after 52E was 52W. In Indiana, those would be 52 and 57 because exits correspond to the mile differences/markers. How does your state do that stuff?

So we got lasagna, salad, and breadsticks. Now we are watching tv/running around. Bath time is coming up soon, followed by bedtime (hopefully). Though I doubt she will go to sleep much before 11:30 or 12, when she usually does.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Change of Plans

Alice and I were supposed to leave this morning, but we are still at home and in our pajamas. Don't worry. We are planning on leaving tomorrow. I just needed an extra day to get stuff done and rest. Alice appears to be over the diarrhea (hope and pray!), but I wanted to take an extra day to make sure. Plus, I have been run-down. Sore throat, cough, fatigue. And all I can take is Tylenol and Ricola throat drops. I am feeling better today. I took some selenium, zinc, and garlic last night. Oh, and a Tylenol PM. Nice sleep...even if I did wake up a bazillion times!

So we are leaving tomorrow. By 9am. I hope to leave earlier than that, but I won't be mad if we don't. Especially since I will be loading the car all on my own. Ugh! Two suitcases, a diaper bag, a bag of snacks/food/drinks, high chair, toys, books, clothes for my sister, stroller, and who knows what else!

Speaking of which, any advice for traveling two twelve hour days with a toddler? I figure we will be stopping every 2-2 1/2 hours for bathroom breaks, food, rest/stretching legs. Our first leg of our trip is about 9 hours...I'm figuring 12-13 hours.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers

I have yet to figure out how (or if I am able) to do bullet points in this app.

• I may have figured the bullets out.
• Alice and I went to visit the babysitter, her daughter, and new baby. We had a good time. Alice went outside with her daughter (who is almost 12) and I got to cuddle and smell the baby. I miss that baby smell! While I was talking to Jennifer, she was explaining how frustrating life was with her daughter. I listened. Threw out a few "hormone", "puberty", "new baby", "adjustment" things. Then she goes on to say that (I kid you not) "she hates her right now". What? How can you hate your child?
•There have been moments where I have been really tested and tried, while parenting. I know there will be plenty more too. But I hope and pray that I never feel hatred toward any of my children. Frustration, of course, but never hate. And to think that this lady took care of my child!
• Alice has two molars and another tooth coming in. She has had horrible diarrhea for the past 36 hours...and a horrible, raw, rashy bottom. She has hardly eaten anything today, though she seems to be getting a bit of an appetite.
• I talked to a nurse about all of that stuff, and she said the diarrhea was viral and could last up to two weeks. Great! I would hate to have to delay/cancel our trip to Boston to visit my sister. If Alice still has diarrhea then, I won't be going (or at least that day). There is no way we could stop every hour to change a dirty diaper and everything else!
• Alice and I are planning on leaving Tuesday, will stay the night in Buffalo, NY (most likely) and continue on to Boston on Wednesday. The plan is to stay a week, and then come back home.
• I had more to write, but I'm tired. Alice is fussing, an no one slept much last night. So I'll call it a night!

Go check out Danifred for more Friday Night Leftovers, which I believe will be the Saturday edition!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Belly Pics!

I had to have my sister email me my 16 and 18 week pictures, as they were on my old phone and I have no way of retrieving them. So here we will have my 16, 18, and 20 week pictures. In the last two my bathroom is a bit of a mess, so I apologize. I also think that the shower curtain is crooked in the last one because someone was pulling on it and it almost came down. I have since fixed it!

Here is 16 weeks.

18 weeks

20 weeks

I need to compare these to Alice's pregnancy because I'm pretty sure I'm a lot bigger, but maybe not.

I have also figured out how to put text between pictures! Go me :)

Now, I am planning on getting a new camera. Suggestions? I like the Samsung Dual-View but I was thinking about something a bit nicer.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sprout Update

As I mentioned the other day, we had our 20week u/s. Sprout is measuring between 20w and 20w4d for various body parts. Heartrate was 148. This baby's heartrate has fluctuated between 148-188. Alice's was pretty consistent around 165. My fundal height was measuring 21w. According to my calculations, I was either 19w1d or 18w6d. So this baby is measuring WAY ahead, according to me (and my O date). So my due date is March 14 (by LMP), March 17 (by u/s), and the 20-22 by O date.

I turned my head when we got to the gender part, so Sean and Alice could see. I had the lady put that picture in an envelope and seal it...for future reference in a baby book. Shortly after seeing the gender, the tech slipped and used a pronoun. Though I thought I was imagining things. Then we were leaving, and Sean said something that pretty much solidified my belief. I held out for three days before tearing that envelope open, and I was right in all of my thinking and intuition. Without further ado, pictures of Sprout!

I apologize, these pictures are sideways and are pictures of my pictures, but I think you will be able to figure out what is what ;)

And Sprout is a little boy! I was thinking boy because he was measuring a good week ahead at every u/s. Then Sean told me to eat something healthy when we were leaving the ob's. Which he never said anything like that when I was pregnant with Alice.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I'm testing my blogger app on my new iPhone. If this works, then I will do my original intended post!

Below, you should see the cutest pizza cheese face ever!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Forgive Me

I know it has been awhile since I have posted. Over a month! I can't believe it myself. A lot has been going on. I have been swamped with pt/dr appts, busy with Alice, and doing a whole lot of cleaning/organizing...oh, and reading. I have read probably 12 books in the past month.

So what has been going on? The other day, I had a genius idea. I need as much quality sleep as possible, and that is hard in our queen size bed with Sean (who is a lot bigger than me) and Alice (whom is way smaller, but moves around just as much as she did in the womb-seriously, this kid would wake me up with her kicks and punches...and that hasn't changed since she is in our bed). No more! I pulled the futon mattress out. I bought new bedding and curtains. I bought a pillow pet and scented oil for her room. The result? Brilliant! She loves her bed. She will go lay down on her own for naps. She watches movies in there (when I put them on). And I have been having a good night sleep for the past 4 days! Why didn't I think of this sooner?

I have some belly pics to share, but I'm on my phone so I can't post them right now. I have my 20 week u/s tomorrow. Though, I think I'm 19 weeks. I have decided not to find out the gender. I want to be surprised. I will have the tech write it down and seal it in an envelope, just in case I change my mind. I may let Sean have a peek, if he swears not to tell a soul...and forget about it immediately. If he slips up, you may see us on the news (crazy pregnant wife strangles husband) ;)

I will make sure to come back in the next day or two. I need to post pictures of Alice's room, belly pics, and new pics of Sprout (which I will get tomorrow!). Yippee! I can't wait to see Sprout again! I have been feeling him/her for awhile, but a lot more in the past few days!

Hope all is well with all of you! Til next time :) xoxo

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Want to Know Where I've Been?

I promise I have been reading all of your lovely blog posts. Unfortunately, I am unable to blog or comment on your posts at this time. Or well most times. I'm at my father's right now, so I can blog and read/comment on your blogs. My smartphone (which I LOVE) is on the fritz. I'm not sure if I just need a new charger or a new battery or both. It is dead for now. So I'm using my old phone. I'm able to read all of your posts, but I am not able to comment unfortunately. Boo!

To make matters worse, when I am at home I can read your blogs, but if you are on blogger I cannot leave comments. Let alone blog. Apparently, our dial-up (go on, laugh) does not like cookies. So I think I can only comment on my sister or Jen's blog.

We will be getting Hughe's Net in about a month, but until then I will just have to do what I can, when I can. So please forgive me. I'm not too preoccupied with my life to notice yours. I just have little to no internet access. Oh, the horrors!

In the mean time, I will be busy trying to figure out why my last paycheck at work was only for .38 hours. Especially since I was there for 4 hours that last day, and we were guaranteed to get paid our regular hours for those two days. So I got paid for 23 minutes instead of 16 hours. Gee, really nice, huh?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Poor Baby

I have been pretty busy the past few days. Alice has a cold. Which isn't that bad, really. She has been really cranky and fussy. Plus the usual... runny nose, fever, etc. I ended up taking her to the ER on Sunday morning at 2 am because she woke up about 12:30 screaming, crying, and writhing in pain. Of course, by the time we got to the hospital she was fine and running around and dancing. The doctor told me she had acted like that because of her fever (which she was NOT running, and hadn't been for at least 4+ hours). I didn't buy it, but they wouldn't do any tests or anything. So we went home and back to bed. About 2 1/2 hours later, same thing. Screaming, crying, and writhing in pain. She was literally flinging her body all over our bed. And an hour, went to bed. And about 2 1/2 hours later, same thing. Then the day started and she was mostly fine. A tad more fussy than usual, but generally in a good mood. So what is wrong with her? It isn't an ear infection. It isn't teeth. There is no swollen/red gums. Perhaps it was gas, but that doesn't last that long. My best bet is growing pains? I'm still unsure, and since she can't tell me then we will all remain in the dark. Last night, she had another bout for about 20 minutes, but it was not near as bad as Sunday morning. Any ideas? She is not running a fever. Her cold seems pretty much gone. No more runny nose. And I don't buy the whole it is because of a cold thing. That doesn't cause (what appears to be) severe pain. So we have started my SAHM adventure with this weird thing. She has been more tired than usual and fussy, so I'm leaning more towards growing pains.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers

I don't have much of a brain right now, so I'll make this intro brief. Welcome to the Labor Day edition of Friday Night Leftovers!

  • I am officially a SAHM! Wednesday was my last day of work. Yippee! To be honest, I thought I would be more excited and relieved.
  • Lindsay leaves tomorrow morning. In 12 hours (or less by the time I post this), actually. Boo! I have been trying to conspire ways to keep her here. Any ideas? And quick!
  • It is weird. Lindsay is still here, but I am already starting to miss her. I hate the inevitable "bye for now". I wish she would move closer to home. I would move closer to her, but I have a husband and baby who don't want to move out to the Boston area.
  • This weekend we will be tackling the house. Oh, and going up to Northern Indiana to see Sean's parents.
  • I made a pierogi casserole the other night. It was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I love pierogis, but I would never make them from scratch. For those of you that do not know what pierogis are, they are like mashed potato (and sometimes cheese or onion) filled raviolis. I will be posting a recipe in the near future.
  • I am really relieved that Sprout was doing well. I guess I was a little paranoid that something would be wrong. Granted, we still have quite aways to go , but as each day goes by, and Sprout is growing big and strong, is a relief!
  • I have been having some severe ligament/pubic bone pain. This started yesterday evening. I'm sure it has NOTHING to do with Alice jumping on my belly. I don't have PT until Wednesday, so I'm just trying to ice. When it gets really bad, I can barely walk or move.
  • How am I supposed to take care of Alice when I can barely walk sometimes? Not to mention my back killing me.
  • Speaking of Alice, we went to the pediatrician yesterday because it seemed like someone may have had an ear infection. Nope. Just some ear wax. So I paid a co-pay to get wax out of her ears. Oh, and she weighs 21lbs 12 oz. No wonder I am having a hard time carrying her.
  • So after this weekend, I'm going to be transitioning to a SAHM. I will be coming up with a schedule in the upcoming days, and I will be sticking to it. I may even post it here, so you can yell at me if I don't stick to schedule.
  • I hate a schedule, but I'm a better person when I'm on a schedule.
  • Speaking of schedule, I will be transitioning Alice to more "normal" sleep hours. She gets up between 9:30-10am usually, and goes to bed around midnight. She takes one or two naps a day. Though, she has started this new "won't sleep unless I'm right next to her" thing... so we'll be changing that as well. Any ideas for getting her on+ a normal schedule?
  • I also need to contact the SUB plan people about getting paid. And go to the unemployment office, but I have to wait until I get my final paycheck in a about two weeks.

I hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day weekend. We will be cleaning and doing a lot of housework, but we will also be spending time with family. For more Friday Night Leftovers, stop by and see Danifred.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Things are Sprouting...

Well Sprout is sprouting! Yay! We went yesterday for my NT scan. My dad, sister, and Alice came with me. Everyone was looking at Sprout and his/her heartbeat when, out of nowhere, Alice burps twice... really loudly. I figure this is how things will go when Sprout finally gets here. Don't pay to much attention to Sprout, otherwise Alice will demand attention! Good news is Sprout was measuring 11w4d. I figure I was about 11w or 11w2d, so still ahead by my calculations. The head was measuring 12w4, and the femur (which I'm guessing is the most "accurate" estimate of age) was 11w2. The fluid on the back of the neck looked great. A nasal bone was forming. So I'm just waiting back on bloodwork, but I'm figuring that will come back just fine. So without further ado, here are the newest pictures of Sprout!

What a nice profile!

And our first headshot!

And the whole profile! I have been obsessing over this picture to see if I can see a "nub" but I don't see one. Do you?

It is amazing how much they change in 3 weeks! Last time, Sprout looked like a shrimp, and now Sprout looks like a baby!

Monday, August 30, 2010


I heard from a mutual friend a couple of months ago, about this one family. The Ronnes are a very inspiring family. They are a young couple. I'm not sure of ages, but they are young. They have three young children. They had been doing missionary work in Albania and came back to the States before their third child was born. Kaci, the mother, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer a few months ago. Apparently, she had been having really bad headaches after their second little girl was born. She finally went to get it checked out, and discovered a tumor. They did a biopsy and found it to be cancerous. So began many months of treatment for Kaci. I have followed their blog, and have been inspired by her husband's strength and faith. Unfortunately, Kaci lost her Earthly battle Saturday morning, but we can all take comfort in the fact that she is no longer suffering. Please feel free to stop by and say Hi and send your condolences to the Ronne's here. If you have time, read through what they have been through the past few months. It is heart-wrenching, and I end up crying hysterically when I think about her story. It really touches a chord with me (and probably many mothers out there) as her children are so very young. I believe they are all under 5 or 6 (one boy and two girls-the baby is around 8-9months I think). So if you feel up to it, please stop by and send your condolences and help them celebrate Kaci's life.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Night Leftovers

I missed last week's Friday Night Leftovers. I was truely intending on doing a post, but I was so incredibly tired from the Children's Museum and I still had to bake for her "party" the next day. Anyway, here we go...

  • Today was my last Friday at work. It was also my last regular, full day. The next few days, I will be going in later and we will only be doing the encoding of the work. We do not have to run, process, balance, or do corrections on the work...which is pretty much what I do. So I will be stuck keying, but I'm okay with this.
  • I have found that Alice will drink milk from a sippy cup if it has chocolate. She still isn't nuts about whole milk and will only drink a few sips, but she will drink 2%. So do I just give her 2%?
  • I started physical therapy Tuesday for my sciatica and lower back pain. I go twice a week. Turns out I have sciatica, problems with both SI joints, and who knows what else. I have no idea how long I will be going to PT.
  • Today, my PT appt was at 2pm. I got there at 1:50. Do you know what time a 2 o'clock appointment begins? If you guessed 2:30 or 2:35, you are correct! I left there at 3:18. I was supposed to be at work at 3. I got there about 3:40.
  • Sean surprised me with a vehicle last night. He got a great deal on it. $1500 for a Buick Regal (I don't know what year). I want a mini-van. This car is a granny mobile (no offense anyone). We plan on keeping it for about 6 months, at which point we will hopefully be getting me a mini-van. We will either sell the granny car for at least $1000 more than we bought it for (it is actually work 2500-3000 but I guess the guy needed cash right then), or Sean can keep it and it can become a pappy mobile. It really is a nice car. I'm not opposed to it; I just want a mini-van. I have yet to check out the trunk space in this car, or drive the thing.
  • I don't think I have to work Thursday. We technically won't have anything to do. We were just going to come in and do a dinner, but my manager wants to do the dinner Wednesday. Now he is trying to convince the powers that be, that we do not need to come in Thursday. I mean for what? To sit around indian style on the floor for hours? There won't be any furniture there by the time we get there.
  • Since I will be transitioning to a SAHM next week, I need advice. Any tips or anything you can offer will be great. In particular, I will be needing suggestions on schedules (cleaning, etc.), and activities with Alice. Also, how do you SAHM's manage to get stuff done at home when your kids are there? If my weekend cleaning routine is indicative of how things will go when I'm home, I'm thinking my house may never be organized or really clean.
  • I have my NT scan on Tuesday. They think I will be over 12 weeks. I will be right around 11 (and I'm right!), so I'm wondering what this will do to the results of the test, since it is supposed to be done between 11w6d and 13w. Who knows... maybe Sprout will be measuring ahead again. I'm just excited to see him/her again! And my sister will be going with me. Yay!

Go check out Danifred for more Friday Night Leftovers!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Alice's Birthday Part One

I have been meaning to post this earlier, but I kept forgetting to bring my laptop with me. Since the pictures were on my laptop, I couldn't very well do this post. I will be doing this in two or three parts (and there will be another post in a couple of weeks after her "real" party).

Part One of the Birthday: The Children's Museum (if you are ever in Indianapolis, and have kids you should check it out; it is a LOT of fun and is supposedly the Biggest and Best Children's Museum in the world!)

Our day in pictures. Please note, we did not get through the whole Children's Museum (it is rather large) as we wanted to spend time doing things that Alice was actually able to do, rather than make her sit and watch.

Aunt Lindsay and Alice by a Mastodon that was found in Indiana a WAY long time ago.

Mommy and Alice by a Mastodon head! Alice looks rather perplexed. And apparently, I am starting to show a little.

Carousel with Aunt Lindsay!

Look at them go!

Mommy tried to get Alice on a moving horse, but alas, she was too small. So this had to do!

Heading in to the Mirror House!

Look, it's me!

I'm not vain. I don't need to keep staring at myself.

Sitting at the Bear's table in the Mirror House. I had to watch her closely because she kept trying to put the "food" in her mouth. I can only imagine how many germs are on those things!

I'm pretty!

Let me try to climb this...

Okay, I DO like to look at myself. Side note: she was really trying to get that outlet...why aren't those child-proofed?

Ehh, I'm ready to leave this place.

Water! Let me get wet!

Playing in the Playscape area (an area specifically for kids under 4 or 5).

Daddy would be proud!

Dancing in the Barbie exhibit (they were playing disco-like music) and entertaining those around us! If you would like to see a video of her doing this please go here and see what my sister got! Seriously, check it out. It is hilarious!

Getting ready to go home! Someone was wore out! Actually, I think we all were.

Part Two will be Birthday Dinner!