Thursday, December 27, 2007

Halfway point, Christmas, pictures

Okay so I wanted to post this last week, but I never got the chance. BFF was in from Denver and it was a crazy busy week. It was a great time with great friends though. I was sad to see them go! B/c once they left....then it was just the family. Ahhh....I love my family to death, but sometimes you need them in small doses this time of year, ya know?!?

Last Sunday (the 16th) was 20 weeks for me. So now I am 21 weeks...only 19 to go! YAY!!! I am so darn excited right now. Superjayman took this picture of me while she was here and I was 20 weeks and a few days. I hate taking pictures of myself right now. I know I should, thus why I do it, but I feel like I look so FAT! I can't wait to take pictures of me shrinking again!!! Speaking of...I've decided I am not cutting my hair again (I will keep it trimmed up--I'm not gross!) but I won't cut it short again until I hit 159. That is my goal right now so once I get there, the hair will get chopped and donated! YAY!!!! I feel this little one move every day and he/she is a late nighter and an early riser. It's quite comical to me anyway!


Christmas was a blast and we had so much fun. All of my family was here on the 22nd for Christmas. We had a great time and lots of good food--too much, but I'll get to that later! There were games and movies watched. I spent all of Saturday night on the couch with an ice pack on my back b/c I was so sore from being up all day. Tile floors and cooking all day and being pregnant were not a good combination for me this year! But that's fine too. Here's a shot of my sister and her dog and my dog. Her dog is Tank--a miniature long haired daschund. He weighs about 8# and is 16 weeks old. He's freaking adorable!



On Christmas Eve, my dad and step mom (CC) came to visit and we baked and baked. We made monkey bread, cookies--3 different batches of sugar cookies, and muddy buddy mix/puppy chow. OMG! By that night, I couldn't even walk into my kitchen b/c the smell of all the sugar made me want to vomit. Oh it was gross!!!! But we had a blast. CC took this picture of us in front of our tree so this was a first and I just love it! DS is standing on a chair--just in case you were wondering! :)

Christmas morning was a BLAST! This was the first year DS really had any idea what was going on and he made it so much fun. Here’s a shot of him with all of his presents. He has LOVED everything Santa brought. Santa was pretty good to me this year too. I got a new necklace and a new Bluetooth for my cell phone (I washed my last one—OOPS!) and some pjs. Dh did pretty good but he always takes the easy way out with jewelry, which is fine with me! My brother got me a Coach purse. That’s a first for me so I was pleasantly surprised. How did everyone else do??

I am SOOOO glad Christmas is over though. I have ate so much CRAP this last week it’s not even funny. And I can feel it too. Yuck! I made dinner last night and it was so nice to eat healthy. I think all the junk is gone now, so it should be easy to get back on track with healthier than what I’ve been eating. ;) We even took our tree down Christmas night! And I had the rest of the stuff down on Wednesday.

DH got some really good news on Saturday. He bid on a project for the state of Washington (he has 2 other people he is working with). He got a call on Saturday that they are in the final 5. He has to make it through one more step and if they do that, then he has to go out there to demo it on February 8th. And if he wins this contract, we are talking mega bucks! The money doesn’t even matter to me (it’s a nice bonus, don’t get me wrong) but this would be his dream realized. He would have to hire a staff and really grow his company. I am praying he makes it that far. I really am. He wants this one bad too, I can tell. But you know what this means? I had to forego my trip to Cancun. We had decided to go to Cabo San Lucas instead and now that won’t happen. If my doctor says it’s okay, we might go at the end of February, but I will be 30 weeks, so I’ll wait to ask her when I go back on the 9th. I’m not sure I WANT to go being that pregnant, but we’ll see. It may be our only shot! I told him I would be happy with a weekend in Chicago (we’re in Indy) so who knows. He promised me we would do something, so we’ll see what happens.

We don’t have any major plans for New Year’s. DH just informed me tonight that he has to work on New Year’s Eve so there went any plans we had for the day. DS is going to CC’s house Friday night (we’ll meet her then and I’ll meet her again on Monday morning) so DH and I can go to the Colts game on Sunday night. We are so pumped! Then on NYE, we are going to hang out with our neighbor’s and let all the kids play. It should be a good time.

I think I’ve rambled long enough tonight. I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas and I wish you many blessings and happiness in the new year!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Testing a video post...

Trying out posting a video......

Ignore my laugh in this....but it was hilarious to watch!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Ahhhh...Christmas!

We are snowed in this weekend and I LOVE it!!!! I have to work on Sunday, but today (Saturday) I got so much accomplished. I am so proud! Let's see....

wrapping...done (with the exception of one for DS --I was afraid he would wake up while I was wrapping)

Baking...done for now and enough to make DS happy.

House...clean and all decorated (that part was done a few weeks ago).

Christmas cards...done and sent out this week.

Shopping--ALL DONE! YAY!!! That was done before this week.

Let's see what else?? I think that's it. So now, here I sit...needing to go to bed so I can work tomorrow. Oh one more thing...favorite Christmas movie watched...check! What's yours? Mine is Home Alone. To me, it's not Christmas unless you watch that movie. I just love it!

Friday night, we went out to dinner then had to hit the store. Remember the aforementioned snow? Yeah, well apparently everyone and their mother decided to hit the Super Wal-Mart last night. I waited in line 45 minutes to get checked out. It wasn't that bad b/c by this point DH had taken DS home and I got to be in the store BY MYSELF!! How awesome was that!?!? So since I had to be there and I had eaten, I was patient and waited until it was my turn in line. And yes, they had EVERY register open. So that wasn't the issue. Just the massive snow storm that was headed our way. Oh and Christmas. Add those 2 together and you get MADNESS I tell ya!

I haven't been up to much this week just super busy. Monday BFF Superjayman and her crew will invade my house. :) DS is so excited. He can't wait to play with her boys and "share all my toys". We have plans for lunch nearly every day next week so I am quite excited about that. Ruby Tuesday's is on the list and although I was just there on Friday for lunch with DS, I can't wait to be able to eat my entire salad all by MYSELF! :) Next Friday night (the 21st) we will have 11 (yes, that says ELEVEN!) extra people in our house. OY!! I am just thrilled to pieces that we have the room to accommodate all these people. Even parking won't be a problem b/c our driveway is big enough for 5 extra cars. I love entertaining and having people visit, but this will be the most we've had overnight EVER! Superjayman and her crew will head out sometime Saturday and then my family and I will have Christmas. SO EXCITED!!!! Can you say a prayer that my back pain eases by then so I can at least ENJOY doing all the stuff I want/need to do?? It's been bothering me again. I have a massage scheduled this week and I think I am going to head back to the chiropractor to loosen things up.

Man, I am long winded tonight. I have my thoughts all to my self and see what happens?!? :)

Oh...DH put my elliptical together tonight. I am going to TRY to get down there to use it one day this week....just depends on how my back feels. I am sure it would help me feel better but on the other hand, I don't want to over exert myself either.

I had quite a bit of blog reading to catch up on...I am all caught up but I didn't comment on everyone's like I usually do...please forgive me. :) But I did read. We are all a bunch of busy women these days!

Well, I think that's all from me for now. I hope you are all safe and warm and having a GREAT weekend!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A picture as promised!

The ultrasound pictures won't scan b/c it's too black. So again I had to take a picture of the picture. You would have thought I learned my lesson the last time! So b/c of that, you just get the one picture. I know, it sucks, but I couldn't get the picture to turn out b/c of the flash on my camera...even with the flash off it still did something funky to the shot. So here you go: One of the 3D shots we have of our precious little bean!


I just looked at the pictures I had taken and thought this one came out pretty good too. Another shot!

The bottom one is the same as the first one I posted. Little thing wouldn't take his/her hands away from their face whenever the tech would switch to 3D. We have one profile shot where there are no hands at the face, but it's not 3D. Oh well. Still some pretty awesome pictures.

There are no shots of the lower genital area b/c we didn't want to know AND baby wouldn't open it's legs for us to know. The heartbeat on Friday was 137. At my last appointment it was 160. Yesterday it was over 140...I didn't get an exact number. So it's been all over the place. With DS, he was always quite high the whole time I was pregnant. So those old tales about it being higher for boys or whatever...I take them with a grain of salt. ;)

Have a great day!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I held tough....AND.....

We do NOT know the sex of the baby!!!

WOO HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

I stayed strong all morning Friday morning. As we were being walked back to the room by the ultrasound tech, I was saying to myself (and to her) "I don't want to know the sex, I don't want to know the sex" repeatedly. The tech was so great and tried so hard to stay away from that area. I was so grateful for that!!! DH was trying so hard to see if he could see a "flagpole" but NADA...

Baby had it's legs crossed!!! We couldn't have found out even if we wanted to! Baby is already on mama's good side b/c she/he knew mommy didn't want to know what he/she is. Although everyone that we've told that has a girl said they had the same issue---their girl was modest and it took quite a few ultrasounds to really see what was there. So I'm thinking it's a girl. :)

I finally got confirmation that I've been feeling the baby move. He/she moved all day on Saturday while we were at DH mom and dad's. I got the confirmation on Friday during the ultrasound b/c baby was head down and before we went back I had felt something at the top of my uterus. I've had soooo many gastrointestinal issues I didn't know if that's what it was or not, then during the u/s the feet are right in that area so it was the baby. YAY!!! Made me feel so much better!!!! I can't wait until DH and DS can feel it. That will be the most awesome part.

Someone (Tina, I think) left a comment about the nursery and not knowing the sex. DS nursery was done in Noah's Ark so I am going to keep it the same (it's already painted a very neutral color). The comforter that goes with the crib set is hung on the wall and has navy and red in it. I got some new sheets that are red and another set that is "mocha" that will match the comforter and the bumper pad. So it won't take long to "decorate" the nursery. I will wipe down all the furniture and clean the carpets and wash all the covers for the car seat, bouncy, etc... I will leave out the container of boy clothes before we go to the hospital and if it's a boy, I'll have my mom wash all of that stuff for me before we get home from the hospital. If it's a girl? I'm going to start a secret "stash" of money and if it comes out a girl, I'll send my mom, my sisters, my step mom, and my MIL shopping for some girl clothes and towels. :) See? I've got it all planned out. And if it's a boy, I'll put that money in an account for him.

At the u/s on Friday, I was measuring a little big and by those dates I am due April 29.

Did I tell you DS birthday is April 28?!?!? Yeah. Could be an interesting week!

I go to the doctor tomorrow for my regular check up so I will ask then if she is going to officially change it. I doubt it b/c I measured big the entire time I was pregnant with my DS. This also means I have to get on the scale tomorrow. Yuck. I got on there a week ago this past Friday and was up 4#....in 4 weeks so that's pretty good. I'm right where I should be with the weight gain, so that is good!

DH and I talked on Friday and I am going to call tomorrow to get prices for us to go to Cancun in February for a long weekend over Valentine's. Ahhh...how sweet, right?? I know, he's the best! BFF Superjayman asked if we were going to take DS.

HELL NO!

That's exactly what I told her too. ;) Don't get me wrong, I love my son to death and I would jump in front of a moving train for him, but sometimes you just need a break! I know all the mom's out there can sympathize with me. DH and I love Cancun and have been there 4 times. We went on our honeymoon in 2000, January 2003, October 2003, and September 2005. We are so due for a trip there this year. We have a favorite resort...as long as it's a Palace Resort, I am a happy camper!!! I really want to go the Aventura Spa Palace, but I think we've decided to go there for 8 days for our 10 year anniversary. I could get a massage and a facial EVERY DAY!!! WOO HOO!!!! Dh wasn't sure if we should go or not with all the issues I've been having--GI and back mainly. But I think 4 days in the sun without a child to just relax would do me a WORLD of good! Last time I went to the doctor, she told me she thought it would be a great time to go, so I'll see what she says tomorrow.

I'm down in my back again so I plan to ask her about it tomorrow. I was fine until I wrapped presents on Thursday. I only did it for about an hour and a half but it still threw me for a loop. It's not nearly as bad as it was, but it's still sore. Traveling for the weekend didn't help either, but I couldn't help it. We had a surprise party for my grandma for her 75th birthday. And yes she was totally shocked. It was a great night for her!

I think that's it for me for now. This is long enough. I'm watching my boys play football (GO COLTS!) but it's been kind of a boring game (with us winning of course). ;) Have a great night!

Oh and I will get those pictures up hopefully tomorrow. Dh is at the computer that has the scanner hooked up to it. We have some GREAT 3D shots. :)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tomorrow is our ultrasound!

So tomorrow is the big day. The BIG ultrasound. Wow. I can't believe it is finally here. Sorry to tell ya, that as of now I am still holding strong to my resolve to NOT find out the sex. DH wants to know so bad, but he got his way the first time around...this time I really don't want to know. I've always wanted that surprise and to hear him tell me when this child comes out that it's a boy or a girl--how magical would that be!?!?! And the doctor would be excited b/c they never get to deliver the good news anymore b/c everyone always knows in advance. And to have DH go out into the waiting room and tell everyone it's a boy or a girl--how wonderful!!! I just have this picture in my head of how awesome it will be and to be surprised and I love surprises! Now...if only I can hold out my resolve until we get there. Last time I caved as soon as we got in the room. I vow not to this time...but you never know..... Unless it's highly obvious. :)

So anyway....we are leaving for the weekend shortly after the ultrasound. I will post pictures once we get back. We are getting a 3D ultrasound so I hope to have some good pictures.

I've gotta cut this short...I still have to pack and get a shower. Gonna be a late night tonight and an EARLY day tomorrow!!!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Tag!

I got this from Kendra over at Measure My Weigh. She is so sweet and I love reading her blog. If you want to do it, fine, if not, that's fine too. I thought it was fun! :)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper--I love to wrap. Gift bags are for pansies! :) Totally kidding.

2. REAL OR FAKE TREE? Fake--I grew up with fake so it's all I know and DH hates real trees. But my fake looks real...and it's 12 feet tall.

3. When do you put up the tree? First Sunday after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? No later than New Year's Day...this year probably the weekend after Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog? No, yuck!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My very first Cabbage Patch Doll!

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes

8. Hardest person to buy for? My grandma--she has EVERYTHING but she will complain if she doesn't get anything either. ARGH!!!

9. Easiest person to buy for? This year, my DH. Usually my brother, but we drew names this year and I didn't get him.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? One of those coffee cup sets with the hot chocolate packets.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Home Alone--Just the first one

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November this year...I like to start in October though.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No...gave the previously mentioned coffee cup set to Goodwill.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Baked Potato Salad, Noodles, Monkey Bread, Cauliflower Salad....I could go on and on....

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear--it's pre-lit. :)

17. Favorite Christmas song? Trans Siberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home for the 2nd year in a row! YAY!!! I've traveled every year since I got married and decided last year that we wanted our own Christmas traditions with our kids at our house on Christmas morning. And I LOVE it!!!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yes.... Do you know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and
Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen? But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? RUDOLPH the red nosed reindeer! You know you are singing it too!!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People are rude.

23. What I love most about Christmas? I love seeing it through the eyes of a child. It's so magical.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Belly shots and randomness

Hello 18 weeks!!

WOO HOO!!! Almost halfway there. We have our ultrasound this week and I can't wait. I am really tempted to find out if this is a girl or a boy just b/c of all the different symptoms I have had over the last few weeks. Then I can say "Little girl, you are making mama feel so bad, QUIT IT!" But I am still holding strong and don't really want to know. DH wants to know desperately...DS wants the surprise.

Update on the sciatica and migraines--both have fizzled out slightly. On Friday, I went to the chiropractor and I had a massage (she was sick on Wednesday). Both of them worked on me HARD. I am going back to the chiropractor 3 times this week AND I am going to get another massage on Wednesday so I can be loosened up. Both the chiro and the massage therapist said I was so tight--the MT almost couldn't massage my lower back b/c it was so tight. But I took it very easy this weekend and have had NO PAIN at all. WOO HOO!!! I had a slight migraine yesterday, but I think the massage and taking it easy really helped. I got some shopping done and have a clean house so it was a pretty good weekend. My OB prescribed Vicodin for the migraines...I got Darvocet when I was pg with DS. I hate taking either one b/c they KNOCK ME OUT. I can't take them during the day b/c I have to work. Saturday and today I've dealt with acid reflux. It feels like my esophagus is on fire. Tums help but I hate them. I sure hope the 2nd half is better than the first half of this pregnancy. I don't want to sound like all I do is complain, but this is my blog and my personal thoughts...this pregnancy has been sooooo different than it was with DS.

Here is a belly shot DH took tonight. I thought I looked big before, but this one I think it makes me look bigger than I really am.


My ass looks huge! ARGH!!! I gotta get on that elliptical!

Speaking of the elliptical...it's finally made it's way to the basement. I didn't say it was put together yet...it's just IN the basement. Dh said it's going to take a while to get it all put together.

We took DS to see Santa today at the mall. For the first time since he was a baby, he sat on his lap by himself! I got a great picture too.


We wrote a letter to Santa before we left and then DS gave it to Santa. It was soooo sweet!!! I just love this time of year and seeing it through the eyes of a child. It's so magical. I can't wait to have 2 kids in that photo with Santa next year!!

I think that's it for me tonight. Sorry for the lag in blogging...but last week I tried to stay horizontal as much as I could to ease the back pain. Let's hope for a better week this week!! ;)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Names

I hope you all had a GREAT Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful visit with the family, but man I was glad to get home Saturday night. The 12 foot Christmas tree is up. No, you did not read that wrong, nor is that a typo--we have a 12 foot Christmas tree--pre lit of course. We have a 2 story entry way so it sits in there. It is beautiful, but it's a PAIN to decorate! All the stockings are hung, and the shopping started. Ahhh...it's Christmas. My favorite time of year!

Someone asked in the comments if my son came up with Easy Kill--no that would be my husband. He thinks of names the kid will get called in school if they are named something. He's weird like that. With DS, we had 2 names picked out and waited until he was born to see what he looked like. DH picked the name and we went from there. We will do that again this time too.

Let's get on to BLACK FRIDAY!!!! You all will find this weird, but my DH LOVES to shop the day after Thanksgiving. I mean LOVES it! We mapped out where we were going, what we were buying at each place and what time to leave. We did not go out at 4 AM, but we left around 715 or so. It was so nice. DH loves to go the day after Christmas too, but by then we are too tired and worn out to care. So we had free babysitting on Black Friday and off we went. It was great. We spent the whole day together and it was sooo nice! We were done shopping in about 3 hours, had lunch with some friends, I had a hair appointment (he chilled with my hair dressers DH--we're all friends), and went back to my mom's. It was an awesome day. But here's the best thing of all. Guess what I bought?!?!?!?! Take one guess....I'll give you a minute......



Can't guess??? An ELLIPTICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dick's Sporting Goods had one on sale so we went to check it out. Tried and bought it!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!! You all know I've been after this for MONTHS now and now I have it. Ahhh..... Check it out here. And we got a free Ipod with it b/c it has a docking station in it and plays the music through the speakers. How cool is that! I got a bonus from work in October and another smaller one in November so those covered it. YAY!!! We got it home and it's in a box in the garage. I'm hoping DH will try to put it together this week. It shouldn't be too hard. At least the salesman said it wasn't.... I'm just so darn thrilled! I also got a great deal on some awesome shoes, but that's not as big of a deal as the elliptical.

Thanksgiving proved to be a little painful for me. I've been suffering from sciatica every day. Standing/walking is the worst. Sitting is okay, but laying down in bed is the most relief I can get. Any tips on how I can get rid of this pain?? I see my massage therapist AND my chiropractor this week so hopefully they can give me some relief. It's tolerable, but not when I need to get some shopping done. :)

I think that's it from me for now. Still no belly shots...I'll try to get DH to take a picture sometime this week. I THINK I may have felt the baby move on Saturday for the first time. I'm not quite sure, but I think it was. It was pretty neat!

Have a great day! I'm off to catch up with everyone else!!! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The name game

Before I got pregnant with my son (and I mean wayyyyy before!), I thought I had my names for my kids picked out. I thought it would be a piece of cake. Then I got pregnant with DS and that all changed. There are so many things to take into consideration. My DH is the KING of figuring out what the child will get made fun of for in school with regards to their name. We are huge Colts fans and when I was pregnant with DS, I soooo wanted the name Peyton. I still to this day love that name. And I also wanted the middle name of Michael...both of our dads are named Michael so I thought it would be a great way to honor them. Then, 6 years ago my SIL had a boy and named him Blake Michael. So there went that idea. And Michael is way too over used on DH side of the family anyway. And for those of you that know my last name, I could NOT give a boy the initials of PMS. DH ruled that out first thing. That's when I realized how hard this name thing really is and that this is a huge thing in the child's life.

DS is Alexander Kyle and we call him Xander. Different but not TOO different, KWIM? Kyle is a family name from DH side of the family. So this child gets named after my side of the family. But DS is definitely a Xander. We had the names narrowed down to Nicholas or Alexander. DS is just not a Nicholas or a Nic. SO we made a good decision there. And Xander came from one of my soap opera's. :)

This child...oh my it's been somewhat hard (see prior post for more details). We have 3 girl names picked out--Emma Rae, Reese Michaela, and Izzie ****. No middle name for Izzie yet. Maybe Jacklyn, but not sure. Rae comes from my baby sis (Micah Rae), my dad AND DH dad have the same name (Michael Ray), DH mom is Debra Rae, and my brother is Matthew Isaac-Ray. Emma also comes from DH side of the family, but I didn't know that at the time I picked that out (ssshhh, don't tell MY side of the family that!). See why names are so hard?!?! You don't want to offend anyone, but you want names that are YOURS too. UGH. Of course DH says this would be a whole heck of a lot easier on this child IF WE KNEW THE SEX!! HA! Not gonna happen, my friend. Sorry. Michaela is a form of Micah AND Michael so it would fit both sides (not that I am aiming for that), and Jacklyn is my mom, although she spells it Jacqueline. She told me yesterday that no one wants to name their child after her...I told her she has 3 other kids to have kids (2 of them girls)!!

For a boy, DH FINALLY came up with a name and I somewhat like it--Isaac Jeremiah (we would call him Zac so it would probably get spelled with a Z, although I don't know for sure). I still like Ezekiel Matthew (call him Zeke), but DH says he would get called Easy Kill in school. And he says he can't pronounce it. MEN! I'm still holding out hope for that name though. But I have been told by several people that I'm having a girl, so this whole boy name thing may not be an issue! And no, we are still not going to find out the sex. :) I asked DS today if he wanted to know or if he wanted the surprise and he wants the surprise. That's my boy!

I know this is a totally random post, but I had to get these thoughts down and out of my head. :)

On to some funner stuff....

So I wake up about 3AM this morning from a dead sleep. I had been dreaming of the Colts game that was going to happen this afternoon. When I finally got up this morning, I told DH...we are going to win the game today by a field goal in the final seconds. That was my dream. We snapped our 2 game losing streak and won in the final seconds. And what happened in that game? Exactly what I dreamed...we won by a field goal with 4 seconds left on the clock. I ran downstairs at the end of the game and told DH "What did I tell you!?!?" So then he told me to go get a lottery ticket and pick the numbers myself...not let the machine pick them for me. I WISH I knew those numbers...maybe they will come to me tonight. :)

But what you all don't know is that I've had dreams like this before...one night about 2 years ago, I had a dream my brother was in a car accident--nothing major, and I woke up to the phone ringing at 2AM and it was my mom...my brother had been in an accident on his way back to my house (he was living with us at the time and went home every weekend). He was fine, but his car wasn't. He fell asleep at the wheel--a mile from our exit on the interstate--and hit the guard rails on the side of the road, over corrected and went into the grassy median. Talk about freaky!!! I'm glad last night's dream was a good one though....my team WON! Sometimes I wonder about my dreaming ability....but it never happens when I WANT to know something....although I have had a dream I'm having a girl.

So this week is Thanksgiving...we will be on the road and I am kinda excited. I hate getting down there (traffic the day before is HELL) but once we are there, it is a good time had by all. We are hoping to be out of here by noon on Wednesday, so hopefully that helps with the traveling. The schools here let out early so I want to beat those people to the roads. :) The rest of the week is going to be pretty busy before we leave so if you don't hear from me again this week don't be surprised. There is no internet down there (well there is, but it's dial up and I'm too impatient for that!) so I won't be posting until we get back if I don't post again this week.

I'm hoping I can get DH to take some belly shots tonight...if I can, I'll get those posted ASAP. I'm 16 weeks today! Oh and I do have some wonderful pregnancy news....I haven't had the gastrointestinal issues at all since about Tuesday (knocking on wood) and I have felt SO MUCH BETTER this week! I cleaned my kitchen top to bottom Thursday night. Then on Friday I did the same thing to my living room--moved all the furniture around and vacuumed under it AND put up my Christmas decor in that room. It felt so great to get that accomplished!! WOO HOO for feeling better!!! YAY!!!

That's it from me for now. Hopefully this post didn't bore you to death. I know it was all over the spectrum, but hey...I had to get it all down! :) Have a great one!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Anyone watch The Biggest Loser?

I am so addicted to this show. I just love it!!! And I was really loving it last night when Amy got kicked off! I've wanted her gone for at least the past 4 weeks so I was THRILLED to see her gone. I didn't want to see the red team go into extinction this early! :)

My baby sister (age 19) also watches it so we text message back and forth through the whole thing. I love it! It's our bonding time I guess you could say. Even though I am pregnant, I still love it and still cry for the contestants accomplishments. Last night Kae weighed in at 159--oh how I so want to see that on the scale. I told my sis that too and she said after you give birth--damn straight! I WILL see 159 again. I hope sooner rather than later though. :)

I was talking to BFF Superjayman yesterday and told her what I had for lunch. She said "you are being so bad!" Well honey, it was, but you know what? I'm not eating that much and after that, all I had the rest of the day was a couple pieces of corn bread. That's it. By evening, I just don't want to eat. Kinda makes it hard to make dinner, but oh well. I eat a small breakfast and a larger lunch and then very little for dinner. Sometimes I don't even eat dinner. Sunday I felt so bad on our way home from visiting the family. I thought it was from being in the car but once we got home, I didn't get any better. I went to bed early (maybe that's why my Colts lost b/c *I* wasn't watching!) and still felt like crud the next day. So there was no dinner Sunday night and very little breakfast Monday morning. I think I may have changed my mind on what this baby is...all along I've said boy...I'm thinking now it's a girl. Boys don't cause this much trouble! :) We have our ultrasound on December 7th, and NO we don't want to find out. Well, DH does, but I get to make this decision. I just need to hold out on that day and I'll be fine.

I don't have too much else to report. I have never heard back from JCPenney's and that really ticks me off. I need to call up there tomorrow and raise some heck. The flooring place came in and looked at our hardwood. It's a 4x8 area and may only cost us $100 to get fixed. WOO HOO!!!! I'm thrilled with that as was DH. He's still going to call Ice Mountain, but he's not going to rant and rave over $100.

That's all I know for now. Oh! One other thing....I'm taking ideas for boy names if you want to throw them my way. Every single one I have came up with DH hates--Ezekiel Matthew (call him Zeke), Malachi David, and Elijah Matthew. I want a biblical name and the middle name gets to be from my side of the family (Matthew is after my brother, David my uncle, Ray my dad's middle name). Any ideas out there?!?! If you want to share that is....I'm not rummaging through my book of 94,000 baby names anymore. Let DH think of one! :)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Three and a half hours....

That's how long I was at the JCPenney portrait studio on Thursday. Three and a half flippin hours. I was so pissed off when I left there. I won't go into all the gory details, but yes we got family pictures and yes they turned out good, but all the crap I went through just to get them picked out and actually get the pictures taken was luadcris! AND I will NEVER go back there EVER again. I said that 2 years ago, but this time I mean it. By the time we left, I was so weak from not eating for oh...5 or 6 hours and DS was hungry. Luckily, they have a play area and DS was a perfect angel.

Several of you left comments telling me to hire a cleaning lady. I have one. But she had a baby on October 17th and is having a hard recovery from her C-section. And it's not the dirt that's killing me, it's the every day pile up of mail, daycare notes, magazines, etc... I did manage to get the table cleaned off tonight so that is a plus. I'm going to try to work on the bar area once I am done here. I am hoping and praying my cleaning lady will be able to come back soon, but when I talked to her on Monday they were talking about opening her back up b/c her incision was infected and had a blood clot in it that wasn't clearing up. So if they did that, I am sure it will be a little while longer. I pay her $100 every 2 weeks and it is well worth it. BUT...she doesn't go through my mail and the daycare papers. She just cleans. It's my job to make sure things are at least straightened up. HA...that hasn't happened in a while.

I had to take DS to the doctor today to get his flu shot. Poor kid....cried and cried. I felt so bad for him. But they gave him a popsicle and once we got out of there, he was fine. I hate being the bad guy and always having to take him for the bad stuff, but that's the life of a mom I guess. Sometimes, it sucks.

I found out today that a good friend of mine had a miscarriage on Wednesday. She was supposed to be 9 weeks, but the baby quit growing at 7 weeks. She was 6 weeks behind me and I was so excited for her. I feel so bad for her. I don't even know what to say. This would have been her 2nd child. I know she will try again, I just hurt for her right now. :(

I think that's it for me tonight. We are leaving in the morning to go visit the family for the weekend. I'm looking forward to it. Gotta get DS a bath and into bed. Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A Barbie post

You all know what the Barbie oath is so I am not going to repeat it. But it says I can be bitchy anytime I want. And I am pregnant and had a rough day so that right there is enough to warrant this post.

My house is an utter and complete wreck. I mean mail piled up, magazines & papers everywhere, toys strung all over, laundry that NEVER ends (and it usually does here) and a wife/mom who is just too damn tired to do it ALL. Right now, I hate living where I do b/c we have ZERO family close. (I don't really hate it, I actually love it, but tonight I am hating it.) I feel like we NEVER get a break from our son or from anything for that matter. Just to have grandma come take him for a weekend so I can get something accomplished around here without having it destroyed 2 minutes later would be the ultimate gift right now. I feel guilty when I spend the entire day working on the house when he is home, but I don't have time to do it otherwise. Every evening, I am just too darn tired to do anything. Thankfully, DH cleans up the dishes and runs the dishwasher every night, otherwise someone may have been shot at this point. Then I think of what it's going to be like with 2 kids, and I just get insanely nervous and scared. Can I do this? Hell, at this point, I can't even keep my house clean for one full day. Want to know the last time my house was in tip top shape? When we went on vacation...OVER A MONTH AGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have thought about asking my mom to come for the weekend to help me out, but that would just make more messes for me b/c she would have DS here and they would play. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just need to scream!

THEN...today.... We have a water cooler in DH office. Ice Mountain delivers 5 gallon jugs of water to our door every month. This morning, DH put a new jug on the cooler and left to go to work. Normally not a problem. BUT today...it leaked ALL DAY LONG. Did I mention we have hardwood floors in his office? Yeah and as of right now, they looked warped. Probably $1,000 worth of damage. The bottle that was on the cooler had a hole in it and it leaked 3 gallons of water out very slowly all day. Oh and it leaked down to the basement. LOVELY!! Ice Mountain is going to pay for this b/c this is not the first time one of their bottles has leaked on us. The last 2 times it happened was at our old house and it leaked on to the ceramic tile floor so it wasn't a problem. Luckily, we have boards left from when they put the hardwood in, but still. It's the principal. It happened and it has ruined our beautiful, only a year and a half old hardwood floors! We have a fan on it right now, but it's not helping matters. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, enough whining and bitching...

Did I tell you all we witnessed a theft the other night and didn't even know it? In our sub-division there is a new house going up across the street. There are only 3 finished houses here as it is, so this will be #4. We were coming home Saturday night and as we pulled into our sub division this truck with a trailer on it pulled in in front of us. We didn't think anything of it b/c people do odd things at all hours of the day/night around here. The truck pulled off to the side in front of the new house and we went on our merry way and pulled into our garage. I came into investigate things and told DH "They are loading that bob cat up into that trailer". We both thought it was odd, but didn't think a thing of it. So...Monday morning rolls around and a county sheriff knocks on my door. Wants to know if we saw anything. I said yes and he said they were stealing that bob cat!!!! OMG!!!! It was then that I was kicking myself for NOT getting a plate number as we drove right by the truck. I just couldn't believe the guys (there were 2 men) had the balls to do that even after we saw them and pulled up past them to get to our house. DH thinks they had done it before b/c they weren't nervous or anything (they didn't appear to be anyway). It was just really, really odd. When we were building, our house got broken into. Nothing was stolen, just the front door kicked in (they had just hung dry wall and there were no appliances in yet) but that was it. We were the first house out here so we were very lucky b/c we are kind of in the country of a suburb. Anyway...hingsight being 20/20, we would have gotten a plate number on the truck, but we didn't. I just hope the owner had insurance b/c that is one expensive piece of equipment!

I am off of here now. I am still suffering severe gastrointestinal issues so I am going to go to lie down and hope things right themselves. Calgon....take me away!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and one more thing....NO, we don't want to find out what the baby is. The Chinese lunar calendar says boy, but it said girl for DS, so I don't hold that in high regard. Although I do think it's a boy, we will have to wait until May to find out. Sorry all! :) Oh and believe me, my grandma and my mom and everyone else wants to know, but I told them they have to wait. So you all aren't the only ones giving me flack about it. ;)

Okay one more thing....several of you left comments about me only gaining 7# in the first trimester.... I am NOT by any means on track. I am eating more fruit now, but in the beginning I think I had pizza every day. And I have this love with Cherry Coke right now. Breakfast is hard (this week anyway) b/c nothing sounds good. I don't eat very much when I do eat, so maybe that helps, but what I have been eating is sooo not on track. But I love you all anyway for saying that. You are too darn sweet!!! ;)

Now I am really out of here!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hello 2nd Trimester!

14 weeks officially starts the 2nd trimester. I can't believe I made it, but I am here. I am *HOPING* I can feel better SOON. I told the doctor about my issues with abdominal pain and all the pulling and stretching I have been feeling. She thinks it's all gastrointestinal. So I am going to try a few things and see what happens.

As far as the baby, things are great. Heartbeat was 160 beats per minute. If I remember correctly, I think DS was right around there. I think I am having a boy, so that would make sense. I think girls tend to run higher (maybe 180 or so--anyone out there confirm that for me?). And as for my weight....well I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!!

I got on our home scales this morning and it was the same first 3 digits that it was the last time I went to the doctor. I couldn't remember the tenths. By the time I got to the doctor (after breakfast, a snack, and lunch) I had only gained a POUND!!!!! This means I only gained 7# my first trimester. Considering I gained 20+ with DS, this is HUGE!!! WOO HOO!!!!! I have managed to stay OUT of the Halloween candy except for one fun size pack of Skittles. I am so darn excited.

My mom had the balls to ask me how much weight I had gained. I told her, don't you know you should NEVER ask a pregnant woman that question!??! She said, well I always thought a pregnant woman should be proud of the weight she gained. Let me tell you, I was NOT proud of the 55# I gained with DS. NOT. AT. ALL. UGH. I hope she doesn't ask me again! That's one annoying question.

I had so many other things I wanted to blog about, but they are escaping me now. And dinner is in the oven so I am outta here. Have a great night and a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Pictures and Halloween

My little guy had a BLAST trick-or-treating. This was the first year that he really knew what to do and what was going on, and he just loved it. It was so cute and fun to watch him and his little friends go door to door. It was just so much fun!! The husband went and we took the dog for the evening and had a great time. I can't wait until next year. Here is a picture of him before we left. I took a picture of DS and the dog (yes, the dog--Sophie--has a costume--she was a pumpkin) but it didn't turn out very well and Sophie wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get another one.



DH took this picture of me tonight. This picture makes me look bigger than I really feel. So I guess that is a good thing? I really don't feel like I am showing THAT much, but maybe I am. My 2nd trimester starts on Sunday and I will be so glad. I have not felt very good this week at all. I've caught somewhat of a cold and then being tired and pregnant on top of it...it's just not been the best week. Thursday night, I called my baby sister in tears b/c I just want someone to come take care of ME. I wasn't feeling the best last night anyway, so I guess I was having a pity party of 1. I told her I wanted someone to come clean my house, do my laundry, and just generally take care of ME. I take care of everyone else. And my DH is not the most sensitive man in the world so he just tells me to lay down. Yeah, I can lay down, but that means no laundry will get done, nothing cleaned or straightened up. So, it was a rough night. Things are better tonight though. :) Tomorrow night (Saturday) DH is taking me out for dinner for my birthday. My neighbor is going to watch DS for us. It will be nice to go out without him.


DS just had to be in a picture with me and I couldn't help but post it. He was leaning it to kiss my cheek when DH snapped the picture. Isn't he sweet?!?!


That's it from me tonight. I'm going to try and post on Sunday...just depends on how things go. The game is on and I won't miss any of that! :) GO COLTS!!!

Tag! You're it!

Diet Coke and Zingers tagged anyone in her blog roll and what do you know, I am there. SO here we go....

The Rules:
1-Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog
2-Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird
3-Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs
4- Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog

1--I never got to go trick-or-treating as a kid. My parents didn't "believe" in Halloween so none of us were allowed to go. Oh and I got taken out of school for Halloween parties too. It was a religious thing with my parents.

2--I never remember believing in Santa Claus (see reason under #1). I have ONE picture of me as a kid where some guy was dressed up in a bad Santa suit and I was in tears, but I think that was probably the one and only time for me. Hence the reason why my kids will always trick or treat and believe in Santa. It's all part of being a kid and my parents didn't see it that way.

3--My first car was a 1979 Mazda GL that didn't have a muffler and had rusted holes in the sides of it. I didn't care...as long as I could go from point A to point B.

4--I have only kissed 6 guys (guys I dated or boyfriends--including DH) in my life.

5--DH and I have been together since I was 17 and we were engaged twice.

6--I love to travel and hope to one day be able to say I have visited all 50 states and all 7 continents.

7--I was 115# when DH and I started dating. I had dropped a ton of weight around age 15 just by cutting back and kept it off that long. Then he introduced me to dining out and then I gained, and gained. I think I was between 150 and 160 when we got married.

I tag:

Superjayman

Dizzydazey

Mmalloy

Steph

Colette

Renee

AJ

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Has it really been a week?

I can't believe a week has gone by since my last post. Wow!

My week ended better last week than it started. My boss finally remembered my birthday on Friday. DH made dinner Wednesday night. He said pancakes sounded good so I made him make them. THEN he tells me over the weekend--when I was still razzing him about not getting me ANYTHING for my birthday--that he plans to take me shopping so we can pick out an elliptical. Well, then, WHY didn't you tell me that ON MY BIRTHDAY?!?!?! ARGH. Men. They just don't get it.

I was reading Roni's blog about her over indulgent weekend and all the comments and I realized something. Since I have been pregnant, I don't go back for seconds at dinner. I used to before I got pregnant and if I had the points I definitely would. Even last night, we had spaghetti. I ate my one plate and I was done. I think it helps that sometimes at night I still feel a little yucky from the day so I don't eat as much. But if I do eat more (maybe a snack after dinner, which I RARELY do) I pay for it later. So that is a good thing and it helps! I haven't stepped on the scales and I won't until next week(I have an appointment on Monday). Seeing it go up is too discouraging even though it is supposed to be going up!

I finally bit the bullet Friday night and pulled out the maternity tops. I was down to 2 or 3 shirts that fit and even those were a little snug. I just felt so fat in them. So I wore a maternity shirt out Friday night for the first time and I felt SO MUCH BETTER!!! I didn't feel fat at all. I will have DH take a picture this week and I will get it posted.

Have you all started your Christmas shopping yet? I've got my list of who I'm buying for and know what a few of them will be getting. I need to get started b/c I only have 1 free weekend in December. AACK!!! And that's the very beginning of December. I'm having the hardest time with my son. I have NO CLUE what to get him. He's 3 and a half and this year I am stuck. Any ideas out there for me??? He's got GeoTrax, he's got a kitchen (and he loves it!), he's out of the Elmo stage. I am just lost. I think DH and I are going to go out on Saturday and spend the day together and we might have to hit Toys R Us so we can get some ideas. I told DH he had to help me decide this year and if he didn't I would get him a drum set. :)

I think that's it for now. I will try to post more this week. I will definitely post a picture of DS in his Halloween costume. He is so excited to go trick-or-treating! He even sings the song...trick or treat, smell my feet..... I taught him that. :)

Have a great OP Tuesday all!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Eating healthy...and a vent

I'm going to do the vent first so I can get it off my chest. If you don't want to read/hear about it, simply scroll on down.

Why is it that EVERY week I ask the husband (from here on out, just H, b/c tonight he is NOT dear...more like damn at this point--LOL!) for dinner ideas and EVERY week I get the same response? (Trust me you don't want to know what it is either.) Our home computer is broke and has been now since we got back from vacay. ALL my recipes are on that computer. My menu planning stuff is on that computer. I am pregnant and nothing sounds good to me to plan. I have the stuff for one meal...and I've had it since we got back from vacation. I just don't feel like cooking it. Once I decide on something, I'm fine, but I am having the HARDEST time trying to come up with something. EVERY. FREAKIN. NIGHT. This is why I do a menu. Much easier. So tomorrow I am planning a weekly shopping trip thus I need ideas for dinner. I ask him, get the usual response and in my hormone hyped up ways end up slamming some cabinet drawers and in tears. I HATE being the only menu planner. I hate making all the cooking decisions. Yes, I know I am lucky b/c no one cares what they are having...as long as it isn't dog sh!t, they (namely H) don't care. But I get so sick of it. I am craving Mexican like it's no body's business, so I could eat that every night but then I would get in trouble for going out too much. ARGH!!!!!!!!!! Add to this the fact that he got me NOTHING for my birthday...not even a freakin card, nor did he cook me dinner, nor has he taken me out (maybe in the next couple weeks) and I am just so DONE with him right now I could scream. (For those interested my dinner Sunday night was a bag of popcorn b/c I wasn't about to cook.) My boss didn't even wish me happy birthday and she wishes EVERYONE a happy birthday. Sometimes a day late (which I expected since it was on Sunday) but now it's Tuesday and still nothing...and she's off tomorrow (Wednesday). This birthday has royally sucked. I told H that he was horrible this year and he better make up for it next year (a surprise party maybe?!?!? and yes I love surprises) or take me somewhere or do SOMETHING. It's just been a rotten week and it's only Tuesday! It has to get better, right!?!?!?!?!!? As I wipe away the tears. I know this sounds stupid and petty to all of you, but to me right now, it's something. I just want an idea for dinner (which he just told me pancakes sound good) and to feel special ONE day a year. UGH.

Okay, rant over. On to better things.

Thank you to Steph for blogging about Cream of Wheat the other day. Ever since then I have craved that for breakfast and that's what I've had. Something healthy! Oh my gosh!!! I was having a bagel with cream cheese, so this is much better!!! So all of you out there in blog land, blog about eating healthy stuff and maybe the subliminal messages will seep in and I will eat better than I have been! :)

Oh and this weeks craving (besides Mexican...that's been going on for a while now) is SUBWAY! Oh what a good thing to crave. And I got the baked chips. I got apples one day last week from this particular Subway and they were gross so I won't be doing that again. But I got the baked lays instead of the regular ones (or the Funyons (sp??)) so go me! Not that I would ever get real chips b/c I am sooo used to the baked ones, but still. Oh and I can eat fruit again. Namely, pineapple. I have had a can the past 2 days. I can't wait to go to the store and get some grapes. I've been dying for some grapes the past 3 days. I craved fruit when I was pregnant with DS too. I'm just glad I can finally eat it again. Grapes, apples, pineapple, watermelon--all have been sufficient in calming that craving the past week. YAY!!!!! I am finally feeling better at night too so I am hoping it lasts and the sickness/indigestion is GONE!

My belly keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can still wear a few of my shirts, but they are my bigger tops or my T-shirts. I had to wear one of DH Colts shirts yesterday b/c mine was too tight around the belly. I have on a long sleeved Colts shirt today and it's just fine. And yes we are avid Colts fans. Had to stay up late last night to watch the game. :)

What's happening out there in blogger world that I don't know about? You all have been QUIET the last week or so. I need something to entertain me during the day so I come check in and google reader says NADA. I hope all is well for everyone and you are all just busy!

Well, I am out of here tonight. Gonna hit the hay a little early. Hopefully, I can come up with a menu in my dreams. Any ideas for me out there? :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pictures as promised!


Here we are with Mickey when we ate breakfast at Chef Mickey's. This may be our Christmas card. This is one of the very few we have of all 3 of us. I am the photographer so you won't see any of just me and DS. :(










This is one of DS and his favorite pal Eeyore. I got tons of great pictures at this meal. He loved all of the characters and gave them all huge hugs. It was great!













After we got done eating, DS put on his costume so we could trick or treat in Magic Kingdom. He loved it!!!



This is one of my favorite shots of DS at the beach. He loved it and called it a "big sand box".



And this is Shamu at the Believe show at Sea World. It was a great show. Again, DS loved it.


Today is my birthday. I am 29. Yikes. :) Did I get a present from DH, you might ask? NO. Did I get a card from DH or DS? NO. I got lots of phone calls and a 'happy birthday' from the husband but that's it. Oh well. It's just another day. But it's a day I am NOT cooking. Hahahaha!!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

This is for a contest

There is a blog that I read that chronicles the life of a couple who were blessed with quads back in February. They are The Murray Crew and their little boys are adorable. The cool thing is they live in the county that I live in only on the other side. SO....check out their blog and enter this little contest they are having. Jen is driving us all nuts about not revealing what she's talking about, but this is all in good fun. :) It's been fun to guess and ponder what she's been posting about all week, but I can't take the torture anymore! So if you head over there, please leave a comment. At least I can say I've done my part!

Have a great weekend!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I've spent the morning in bed....

If this was morning sickness, I don't want anymore of it!

I woke up at 6 this morning with this pain across my tummy. NOT lower, so not my uterus or the baby. I got up, thinking I had to pee and it would be fine, but that didn't help. I tried laying in the recliner...that didn't help. I finally went back to bed. I ate some saltines to see if that would help, it didn't. I called the nurse she said it could be um....TMI warning here....that I'm constipated. And to think of it, I don't think I've gone since we've gotten home from vacay on Sunday night. So I sent the hubby out to get me some stool softeners to see if that will help. Still nothing, but as of about 1045, I felt LOADS better. Not sure what happened, but I feel so much better.

I called in sick to work today and I still haven't worked. I may try to tonight. I've been laying around enjoying the peace and quiet. Just got done with lunch--Subway--turkey and ham on wheat with loads of veggies--hoping that will help me along...IF that is the problem. I don't like the prenatals I am taking right now (it's a sampler pack) so I am thinking I am going to try the next ones. We'll see.

I have a hair appointment today, then I am going to have my license done. Mine expires on Sunday (my birthday...I'll be 29...ACK!!). So that will be my afternoon. I'm looking forward to it.

Where are all of you bloggers??? I've been bored this week. No diet coke and zingers, no mmalloy, dazey hasn't posted today. I can always count on swizzlepop though to give me an interesting read. Collette hasn't been around and I've only seen Barbie once. Is everyone else on vacation now? ;)

I'm outta here. Gotta finish my lunch and get to my hair appointment. Have a great Thursday!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Seeing life through a child's eyes

(Just to warn you the beginning of this is sappy, but I had to get these thoughts out so I would remember them).

While we were on vacation, I got to see several things from Xander's point of view. Some things for his first time, some not. It makes me cry to even write this. The excitement that little boy showed when we went to eat with Mickey Mouse was just incredible. When we walked into Magic Kingdom on Monday night, there was a show going on at the stage of Cinderella's castle. I've seen this show before and DS saw it last year too (although I am sure he didn't remember). But the look of pure enjoyment and excitement on his face when he saw Mickey and Minnie dancing around with Donald and Goofy made me cry. Thankfully I had my sunglasses on! :) He was so excited when we ate dinner after the show with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. He loved them all and gave them the biggest hugs. Just watching his excitement gave me chills up and down my spine and made me all tingly inside. Just to know that I am making these memories for him. I am making it all possible (well of course along with DH help). Together, we are making memories for our child that will last his whole life.

We went to Cocoa Beach one day. We took DS there in 2005 but he was only 15 months old then. So this year we took him b/c we knew he would remember it. The look on his face when he saw the ocean for the first time was priceless. Oh and all the sand. It was like one big sand box to him. He loved every minute of it.

I am so honored to be that child's mother. I couldn't ask for a better son. I thank God every day for giving me that precious gift. I am so blessed and honored to be having another one and I know this one is going to be another precious gift from God.

Okay, I think I am done being sappy (as I wipe the tears away from my eyes).

DH says it could be a week before our home computer is fixed. I THINK I can upload my pictures to his laptop. He's going to have to show me one night this week. But the thing that sucks is ALL my recipes are on that computer, my menu planning calendar is on that computer, my home email--basically my life (besides my blog and my google reader) is on that computer. ARGH!!!! Oh well...at least it can be fixed and everything isn't lost (crossing my fingers).

I am finally able to eat fruit again. I craved grapes all week but the store was out when we went and we never went back when we first got to Florida. Today I picked up cut up water melon and had that as a snack this afternoon and it was awesome!!! I have missed my fruit. Eggs still make me want to hurl, but I can live without eggs in my diet for a little while. :)

I still haven't told work yet and I am not going to be able to hide this for much longer. Maternity pants are NOT an option now, they are a MUST. Shirts are okay if they are T-shirts but my fitted shirts are not wearable anymore. If my boss doesn't schedule a meeting for November or the end of October, I am going to tell her when I go in for my next appointment (November 7th, I think). I would rather announce it to the rest of the team in a meeting, but as of now, we don't have another meeting until December. And by then there will be NO hiding! LOL!!! I just want my boss to know. Everyone else will figure it out eventually. HAHAHA!!

DH joined WW online today. So now he is counting points and back OP. He is a lifetime member but has gained about 20# back. He did this when I was pregnant with DS. He got down almost to his goal before DS was born. We were looking back at pictures of the day DS was born and I think that made him realize he needed to get back OP. I am making point friendly dinners so that's not a problem. Oh and he gets 35 points A DAY!!! WTH?!?!!?!!?!??? He doesn't know how he is going to lose with that many points, but I told him they wouldn't give him that many if they hadn't of done the research. But man, I am jealous--35 points a day! When I have the baby and I am nursing, I will probably get that many. YAY!!! I got 36 with DS. :)

That's all I know for now. I need to get to bed. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Bleh. :( Have a great night and a great Tuesday!!!

My computer is broke!

So I can't upload pictures!!! ARGH!!!!!

I am on DH old laptop so I can get online, but can't get to anything on our home computer. What a great thing to come home to!

So once DH gets the home PC figured out (he thinks it's just the case around it) I will be able to upload my pictures. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many great ones. I may just post them online and let you view them all. :)

That's it for now. More later...hopefully!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Peek-A-Boo! I see you!

I've been able to keep up with all of you this week...I just haven't blogged. Honestly, my internet connection sucked until now. It was really slow all week so commenting was a pain. But I've been reading. :)

I've learned a few things:

Dazey may join the mommy club sooner rather than later.

Diet coke and zingers looks HOT now and her legs go on FOREVER. I'm so jealous. Oh and her family is absolutely beautiful.

Mmalloy has some news and I can't wait to finally hear what it is. The wait is driving me nuts!

Swizzlepop IS a size 6 again--I am so thrilled for her!!!

That's all I can remember right now.

As for our vacation, it is going great. Today is our last day as we fly home tomorrow. I can't wait. I have not been sleeping well. My belly seems to have poked out a lot since we've been here. Maybe it's just me. Had this vacay been in November instead of now, I am absolutely positive my bathing suit would not have fit. It's on the verge now. And I just look fat, not pregnant. I hate this in between stage!

We are going home to a lot cooler weather too. I heard the high the other day was only 54...it has been near 90 here all week :) I do have a nice tan and DS--his little back is soooo tan. It's so cute!

We went to Sea World on Friday. It was okay, but I won't be going back. I thought it was an over priced zoo. We did have a good time, but I would have rather went back to Magic Kingdom for a day. We went to Cocoa Beach on Wednesday. DS LOVED it. It was so nice too b/c it wasn't crowded at all. We ate lunch at a place right on the beach and had such a great time. My camera died at Sea World yesterday :( Meaning, the battery is D-E-A-D. Darn thing won't even turn on. We've never been on vacation for this long so now I know it won't last 9 days :)

Monday night we went to Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Oh. My. Gosh. It was FABULOUS!!!! The best thing I have ever been to--EVER!! We had a blast. DS loved it. We rode our favorite rides and didn't have to wait for ANY of them! It was just awesome. We will definitely be going back to that. Now...I want to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party too. :)

We had 2 character meals--one on Sunday with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto, and one on Monday night with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet. DS loved all of it and I have some great pictures to post once we get home. DH even liked them. I thought for sure DS would be scared of the characters, but he wasn't. He ran right up to all of them and gave them all huge hugs. It was wonderful.

I have a blog I want to write when we get home about some things I've learned this week about DS and life in general. I need to get all of my thoughts together before I put it out there.

That's it for now. I really hadn't intended this to be this long. I WILL post pictures once we get back home. I can't wait to share my favorites...although it will be hard to narrow it down from the 200+ we've taken. :)

Friday, October 5, 2007

We leave tomorrow!!!

Ahhh....24 hours from now I will be on a plane watching a movie on my way to relaxation.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Today I am packing and doing laundry. I got to sleep in this morning (only until 7, dumb body clock!) and have already been out and ran all of my errands. DS will be taking a nap shortly as he is cranky! I have all the clothes laid out, ready to go in the suitcases once the laundry is done. All my errands are done. I may even get in a nap this afternoon too. I hope so! :)

I want to tell you all how wonderful you are. I am truly amazed with all the comments and support you give, not only me, but all of us. It's so wonderful. And even though I am not on a weight loss journey right now, I get so inspired by your blogs. You are all truly amazing!

Now tell me....why is it that I can pack DH in less than 10 minutes?!? But me, it takes forever. Actually, this year, for me I am doing pretty good. Only b/c I only have about 5 pairs of pants/shorts that fit. DS is done, DH is done, and I think I am too. Now I need to clean up my house. Yes, I am one of THOSE people. I HATE going on vacation and leaving a dirty house. I don't even like leaving for the weekend and leaving a dirty house. I get this anal retentiveness from my mom. When I was younger, she wouldn't even leave to go to church if there were dishes in the sink and all the beds weren't made. So I have a little work cut out for me this afternoon, but with DS taking a nap, I should have plenty of time.

If I can get internet access this week, I will try to get on and post a quick update. If not, you will hear from me shortly after we get back (which happens on the 14th) with pictures.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful week!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A report...and a pic!

So today was the big appointment. All is well. Everything is on track with my due date of May 4, 2008. I am 9 weeks and 3 days. AND...there is only ONE baby! The doc did an ultrasound (vaginally...and Steph your story went through my head!!) so we got to see the wee one. I posted a picture below, but it's a picture of a picture. I tried to scan it in but that didn't work very well. The picture isn't great but you can see the little bean--the head is down just in case you can't tell. :) I go back in a month when I will be 14 weeks, then after that appointment is the BIG ultrasound. :) You know, the one everyone finds out the sex. We will not be finding out the sex...as it stands right now. I really don't want to know b/c I don't care either way. Yes, I want a girl, but I would absolutely LOVE another boy too.




Before the appointment, we went and I got my hearing aid! I love it. I can tell such a difference in things. When we were driving home, I made DH turn the radio all the way down b/c I was hearing something and I didn't know what it was. I think it was the air outside--you know that sound on the freeway you hear...even though your windows are rolled up. At least that's what DH said it was. :) I will take a picture of the hearing aid and post a picture of it too, but not right now. Today has worn me out. I am so tired...and I still have to work some tonight. But that's okay, b/c tomorrow is my last day before VACATION!!! And tomorrow is only a 5.5 hour day. WOO HOO!!!!

That's all I know for now. Thanks for checking in on me. :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Tomorrow is the big day!

So tomorrow is my first prenatal appointment. I am soooo excited!! I can't wait to hear the heartbeat and get my huge list of questions answered! DH is, of course, going with me. I am sure this will make it more real for me. It's been a long time coming...seems like forever ago since I found out!

DS has now decided that there are 2 brothers in there. Oh lord...I hope not. I am hoping to get some answers to this tomorrow. It doesn't help that 2 weeks ago I had a dream I am having twin boys. I FEEL huge and I feel like it could be twins, but I am hopeful it's just one healthy baby!

On the weight front, I finally got on the scales and am up 5# already. OUCH! But it's all in my boobs! I swear it is. I am not going to sweat it. With DS, I gained 17# in the first MONTH so this is a heck of a lot better than what I did with him. I lost of all my weight from him before he turned 1...but then I gained about 20# and that's when I found you all! ;)

Let's see....what else?? Oh yeah, we leave for vacay on Saturday. Nine days in Florida--I can NOT wait. I am so bummed about one thing....I will be without internet/email the whole time. At least I think I will. DH will be taking his laptop, but last year our condo didn't have internet in it...unless they've added it this year. It would be nice, but maybe a week without the computer will do me some good! :)

That's it from me. I will let you all know how things go tomorrow...either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Have a great Tuesday and a fabulous Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I'm so Excited!!!

And I just can't hide it!!!!!!!! WOO WEE!!!!

Sorry...got off on a tangent there. :)

I have searched and searched tonight (instead of working for some OT...oops! I have my priorities!) and I THINK I have found out that we can get into Magic Kingdom the day of the Halloween Party at 5. Someone even posted on this one website that they got in at 4. WOO HOO!!!!!!!! I am going to pray we can get in early (I'd LOVE to get in at 4!!) and then we can ride our favorite rides and get our meal before the party starts at 7. I am just so stinkin happy right now.

I am trying to decide if DH and I should dress up or not. DS will be Superman. I was thinking about being a Colts fan (well, duh, I already am!) by wearing my jersey, painting my face, and spraying my hair blue for the night. That was last year's idea though (that I never got to use, grumble, grumble...that's a whole other issue). Any ideas on a costume?? I do not want to spend a ton of money. I don't want to be a Disney character. And I don't make my own costume...at least not with the time crunch of 10 days. What should I be??!?! Please leave me any ideas you've got! DH wants to be Peyton Manning. Seriously, during football season, he gets told ALL THE TIME that he looks just like Peyton Manning. We get stopped in grocery stores, Wal-Mart, all sorts of places! So this is a possibility for him. But what about me?!?! Ahhh...I may have to hit the party store tomorrow to see what they've got that's not too trampy.

Other than that, not too much new to report tonight. I now have 6 days until my doctor's appointment. I'm so excited about that. Hoping that appointment will make it "more real" for me. I told superjayman today that it feels like an out of body experience when I tell people I am pregnant. I hear myself say it, but it's like I am telling it from across the room or I'm watching myself tell people. It's really weird!!

Tonight I am just excited. :) Better than being a downer, huh?? :)

Oohh....Private Practice starts tonight and Grey's is back tomorrow!!!! Super duper woo hoo!!!!

One other thing...tomorrow...September 27th is Superjayman's birthday. :) Stop on over and give her a big b-day shout!! I won't state her age (not that she even looks NEAR her age!). Hopefully she'll post soon!

Have a great night all and a wonderful OP Thursday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I'm a widow.....

A Halo 3 widow that is. The game came out at midnight and DH had to get it on his way home from work. So now he is in the other room playing that. Guess I won't see him the rest of the night. That's okay b/c he's been a pregnancy widow lately, so guess I can't blame him.

We had our 2nd annual fall party on Saturday. It went great. We had a good turnout and good food. Everyone had a great time. I can definitely tell we are getting older and everyone has kids...everyone was gone by 9 p.m.!!! LOL!!! I went to bed at 10, slept until almost 830 Sunday morning, then took a 3 hour nap Sunday afternoon. THEN...Monday night I went to bed around 830 and slept until 6 this morning. Not sure if it was the party or if it's the pregnancy, probably a combination of both but I have been WIPED OUT!!!

I have been keeping up with all your blogs and trying to comment when I have time. Last week I was B-U-S-Y! This week is a little more calm, but not as calm as I like. I have something to do every day this week and I don't like that! But at least it's just one thing and not a whole slew of things...one thing I can handle. A whole day, maybe not. Friday I am taking DS to the zoo for the day. He is so excited. I am too. We are FINALLY getting some cooler weather and it may actually feel like fall on Friday. I sure hope so!! We broke a record for high temperature yesterday so I am OVER this hot weather!

We leave for vacay in 11 days and I couldn't be happier. I am running into a problem though. We are going to Magic Kingdom one night for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. I made dinner reservations for us to eat with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet at 6:20...from what I can read online the party doesn't start until 7. URGH!!! I am hoping and praying that we can get in at 6 and still make our dinner reservations. If the crowd is low at MK that day, we may be able to get in even earlier (like 4!!) but I am just hoping we can get in by 6. Anyone ever been to this and have any insight for me??? If you do, I would SOOOO appreciate it! I don't know if I want to change our reservation if I even could at this point, since it is less than 2 weeks away now. If anything, say a prayer we can get in at 6. I have a number to call that day to see what time they are letting guests in for the party....let's hope that day it's EARLY!!!! DS will be absolutely CRUSHED if we can't get that meal and I will too. :(

Let's see what else is going on in Amanda-land...OH...I went Friday and got fitted for my hearing aid and I get in next Wednesday (the 3rd). I am so excited. Yes, I am 28 and I need a hearing aid. My Eustachian tube has never functioned and I have had numerous surgeries throughout the years. The last one was in 1999 and it was the last one that helped me, but now they can't do anything else for me. So I am thrilled to be taking the next step. I will have to post a picture when I get it. I will tell you this though..it is RED! Hey, if I have to have it, I might as well have fun with it! :)

To answer a few questions/comments left in my comments:

No, twins do not run in my family. But they don't have to either for a person to have twins. Guess we'll see what they say at my first appointment (October 3rd!).

I know it's normal for one boob to be bigger than the other and this happens to most women (pregnant or not), but for me, it's a new thing. Not new that it's bigger, but new that it's NOTICEABLY bigger!! I mean, VERY noticeable, to me at least.

That's all I can remember for now.

As far as being pregnant, I feel okay. I feel like I have NO ROOM in my stomach at night. I mean I am hungry for dinner and I try to eat, but I feel stuffed before I get half of it down. It's bad. I am only 8 weeks...what am I going to feel like at 28 weeks?!?!? And I know the baby is not even that big right now, so it's all how I feel. I feel huge. I feel so bloated and stuffed, but I really am not eating that much. I'm not eating the greatest, but I'm not shoveling it in either. At the party on Saturday, I never finished my plate of food. I couldn't. This is weird for me!! Other than being tired and constantly feeling stuffed, I am doing good. I took some belly shots on Sunday but they didn't turn out like I had hoped. Maybe next week. :)

I think that's it for me tonight. I'm gonna hit the hay early...yet again.

Have a great Wednesday!!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wow...NSV!

Tonight I went to Old Navy to see what they had on clearance in the maternity section. Since we are going on vacation in 17 days, and my current capris are too tight, I thought I would see what I would find. Now tell me...why is it when I try to shop there when I am not pregnant, I hate the way they size things. But tonight...I LOVED them! They had these super cute blue jean capris for more than 50% off. And they had a TON of them! I normally wear a large, so that's what I grabbed. Tried them on and I was swimming in them. So I tried on a medium. They fit and actually look good!!! So what did I do?? I bought both! :) One for now (the medium) and the others (large) for next spring. Last time, I gained in my butt and my hips so I got the large just in case. And for the price, I couldn't pass up buying both pairs! WOO HOO!!! And they don't even look like maternity and they are oh so comfortable.

I think this might be an NSV too. My undies are falling off of me in the butt area. What is up with that?? I never had that with DS (I think my butt got bigger with him!) But yesterday something felt funny so I went to check it out and it was my undies hanging off my butt! Now does that mean my ass is getting smaller?? WOO HOO!!!!!! :)

WARNING--TMI--boobies will be discussed!!!

Before I got pg, one of my boobs was slightly larger than the other, which I am told is normal. NOW...it's a visible difference. I mean HUGE!!!! This may sound odd, but I held them in my hands and the one side hung off my hands, while the other one had sufficient hand showing. Does that make sense?? LOL!!! When I nursed DS, one side always produced better than the other and he preferred the better producing side anyway...so maybe I'm getting ready to be a milk machine again! :) If you stayed with me this far, I told you TMI...you were warned!!!

A few of you have asked about belly shots. Are you freaking crazy!??!?!?! Now, I just look plain ol fat. But I THINK I have figured out a way to take a belly shot without showing all the nasty fat that comes along with it. I will be 8 weeks on Sunday, so I think I will have DH take a picture then and then do it again at 12 weeks, 16, and 20 for sure. Heck, maybe I'll do it every week since this very well could be my last pregnancy.

I am outta here. I got DS's costume tonight for Halloween and he is in the shower. Once he gets out, he has to try it on. He's going to be Superman. He'll be so cute!!! :) Have a great night and a great Thursday!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I did it

Well, I did it. I pulled out some maternity pants and am wearing them today. Gosh, they are so comfortable! They are a little big though. Almost too big. But hey, I am at home and no one will see me...until tonight when I take DS to gymnastics. :)

I had a dream last night that I am having twin boys. Oh my. Why I had this dream, I have no idea. I told DH this when I woke up and he says I want twins too bad. Nope, not anymore. I did the first time, but not this time. If it would be twins, I want boy/girl twins. :) Not that I have any say so in it, but that would be my preference. I love DS to death and having a boy is just awesome, but 3 of them?? I don't know. Although if this one is a boy, and we go to have another, it could be a boy too so I could still get 3 boys. I don't want to think about that.... :)

DH is feeling a little...um...how do I put this....neglected, if you know what I mean. I don't even know how I got pregnant if it's like this!! LOL!!! But by the evenings, I feel like crud (more evening sickness than anything) and I am exhausted. And he expects me to tend to his needs. Sorry, charlie. Not right now. I told him to see me in the afternoon when I feel my best. ;) But he won't be here, so that won't happen either. Maybe Thursday b/c he will work from home that day...until then he has to suffer. Men...if only they could do this pregnant thing. DH says he would trade me if he could. But he can't. And growing a human is hard work! :)

I feel huge today. Not sure why. This is what sucks about this in between period. It's too early and I am not showing, but I FEEL it, but no one else can see it...all they see is that I may be gaining a little weight. Oh well...this too shall pass. I truly loved being pregnant with DS and this time I feel the same way. I just can't imagine that in a few months there will be another person in this house. It just amazes me.

I better get back to work. I've checked in with you all. I may not be commenting all the time but I am reading. :) I am on an audio conference right now (just listening, no input required on my part) so here I type. It's almost over though. :(

Have a great Tuesday!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Still here...

UGH.

This past week was CRAZY busy at work for me. Thursday we had a meeting at work that I had to go in for. I won't say we got our a$$es handed to us, but we got a nice chewing out. So needless to say Thursday was rough! Even DH noticed. When he came home, he told me "Gosh you look like hell." Gee...thanks dear. There is ONE thing I miss about not going into the office every day. It's the EXERCISE!!! I work for a hospital so when I was in the office everything was a good walk away. When I wanted to go to the "good" bathroom (read--cleaner), I would go up 3 flights of stairs. I did that on Thursday and actually told my boss I missed all the exercise I used to get when I was on site. :)

Other than that, life is busy too. We are gearing up for our annual fall party next Saturday. It's our 2nd year for it and we love doing it, but it's a lot of work. So we spent this weekend cleaning up the outside, cleaning windows (thanks to my mom who helped me out there) and smoking the meat for the BBQ. I'm so tired, I'm ready to fall into my bed.

As for me, I am feeling fine. There have been 2 or 3 nights this week where I haven't eaten dinner b/c I just don't feel like it. Friday I was still full from a big lunch. Today, I had a baby shower to go to where they served an awesome meal so dinner was NOT on my mind when I came home. We made our first batch of homemade ice cream today (thanks, again, to my mom) so I had some of that for dinner. :) Not the best choice, but I didn't want anything else! I am 7 weeks today and it still doesn't feel real. I absolutely can not wait until my first appointment on October 3rd. I hope they can find the heart beat then. Oh I hope....but if they can't, they may do a vaginal ultrasound to see the heart beat. I would love to have the ultrasound, though, but either way I don't care. Tonight DS had to kiss my belly before he went to bed. It was so sweet! He is just absolutely positive this is a girl. I don't care one way or the other. I truly don't.

My pants are starting to get a little tight at this point. Just a little. If I un-do the buttons, then it's not so bad. This in between period SUCKS! I don't look pregnant, so I don't feel right wearing maternity clothes, but my pants and some of my tops are tight (thanks to the growing chest I have now!), it's just rough! For those of you who have been there, you know what I am talking about. We are going on vacation in 20 days (just a wee bit excited!) but I am stumped as to what to pack for me. Ahhh...the wonderful joys of being pregnant! :) I'd like to make it through October before I pull out the maternity clothes, but at this point I am not sure I will!

I know I have been a bad blogger. But this week things look better for me in the evenings, so I hope to post a little bit more. I worked every night last week, thus my reason for no posts. I hope to be better this week. That is, if I'm not in bed by 8:00. :)

Have a great OP Monday!