Jun 20, 2012


Just a few of the things I love this morning...

1. That after the "arms in" part on Super Why this morning I was left with a little Nutella handprint on top of my hand.

2. That last night MC asked if she could say goodnight to Bean and this morning when she accidentally kicked me she raised my shirt to tell Bean she was sorry.

3. That after doing some research, I found Mags knows pretty much everything she needs to know to start kindergarden.

4. That although I put MC to sleep on the blow up bed in our room (we have slumber parties when daddy is gone), she got into our bed looking for me and fell asleep there.

5. That MC cries hysterically when she can't find me during hide and seek.

6. That my husband is now on a plane coming home.

7. That as long as she gets to drive the car cart with the steering wheel my kid is perfectly content in the grocery store for any number of hours

8. That MC greets me each morning with "I slept good mommy!" and a big hug.

9. That after 6 weeks in China and offering to make any meal under the sun, Adam says when he gets home he wants a hamburger.

10. That when I ask Mags what she wants for breakfast she says broccoli, carrots, or cucumbers (or obviously the occasional Nutella waffle hehe)

11. That MC has learned the concept of manners and proudly tells me "Mommy, I used nice manners! That makes mommy happy!" when she says something politely.

Life is good and I am blessed :)

Jun 17, 2012


11 weeks!!
Due Date: January 5, 2013
How Far Along: 11 weeks
Total Weight Gained: Had my doctor's appointment the morning after we got back to Charlotte and I weighed 118 - that's 2lbs gained. 

Maternity Clothes: We are slowly approaching elastic city. I would bet in the next 2-3 weeks it will be strictly maternity.
Sleep: We are home and MC is now back in her own bed. However, I'm a huge baby and don't like staying alone so there probably won't be any sleep until Adam returns.

Best Moment of the Week: Seeing our little Bean on the ultrasound and hearing that sweet heartbeat for the first time :)
Food Cravings: Nothing really
Food Aversions: I actually haven't had any aversions to any food. Not sure if that's good or bad...
Belly button/stretch marks: Nope

Symptoms: Boobs still hurt and I am still really tired. Then again, that might also be attributed to no sleep, packing, and chasing a two year old around.
Adam's pregnancy symptoms: I think Adam is also nearing the end of his first trimester as his spirits have improved greatly and he's not as tired anymore ;) (Ok, this is due to him finishing up in China and coming home, but we'll pretend)
Movement: Not yet!
Gender: MC and I both are still feeling boy.
Milestones: Great doctor's appointment where I got to see our little jumping Bean! He/she was wiggling all over the place!! It was such a beautiful thing to watch! Also hearing that sweet heartbeat for the first time!!!! Wish Adam was there!!!

Jun 13, 2012


Let me tell you what's totally awesome...

1. You find your child asleep in your glasses. Yup. Great parenting at work here. I immediately FREAKED out about her poor little eyes, not knowing how long she had been wearing them. Then, like any good parent, I laughed hysterically and tried to take a picture. (Unfortunately my phone was full and by the time I was able to delete enough pictures to take a new one, mine and my mom's laughing had woken her up. This was greatly depressing as it was probably one of the most hilarious things I have EVER seen)

2. Your child asks (for the 4th day in a row) for broccoli or some other vegetable for breakfast. Did I give it to her? You bet I friggin' did. I'm about to throw up thinking about broccoli, carrots, cucumbers and ranch for breakfast, but if it makes her happy...

3. The fact that my legs never get shaved. Let me explain. Showers are usually taken when its just MC and I at home. I freak out thinking about her wandering the house while I am showering. I get in and out as QUICKLY as possible. Shaving is a luxury. When I do attempt to shave, something horrible happens. Like the other day: I start shaving and immediately hear screaming and "mommy! help!!!" I hopped out of the shower covered in shaving cream and dripping wet to find my daughter stuck waist deep between the mattress and footboard of the bed. I wanted to get a picture SO badly to prove that this craziness really happens on a regular basis, however since I was soaking wet, I opted for a recreation later that day.

4. That I just threw away our third sippy cup. Someone insists on hiding them in various places around the house and when I find them I just have to ask the simple question "Did I accidentally put cottage cheese in her cup? Um, that would be a no..." and in the trash it goes.

5. My anniversary is tomorrow. This would be awesome if the hubs was in the same country as me. This makes year 2 he has been on the other side of the world for our anniversary. Since we have been married 4 years, the guy is now averaging a 50% attendance for anniversaries. Not cool. I'm praying this improves and we can get up to at least 75%.

6. I am leaving at 4:00 today to drive 8.5 hours back to Charlotte. With a 2 year old. That puts us home at approximately 1:00am. This is going to be fun.

So that's pretty much what keeps my life awesome. What about you?

Jun 12, 2012


9 weeks 2 days
10 weeks 2 days

Due Date: January 5, 2013
How Far Along: 10 weeks
Total Weight Gained: Headed back to Charlotte tomorrow so we'll see :(

Maternity Clothes: I've worn a maternity dress (although you wouldn't know it was one.) I searched for some maternity shorts but couldn't find them
Sleep: Non existant

Best Moment of the Week: Driving 8.5 hours back to Charlotte. Yes. Sarcasm again.
Food Cravings: Nothing really
Food Aversions: Surprisingly the food ordeal has gotten better :) I think taking my vitamin right before bed has helped tremendously with the nausea
Belly button/stretch marks: Nope

Symptoms: As I said, the nausea has gotten substantially better. I still have some throughout the day but it seems to gradually get better toward the evening and it wasn't NEARLY as bad as it has been. I am able to function which is fantastic. I am still incredibly tired though.
Adam's pregnancy symptoms: Poor baby is tired too. Granted he's not growing a person - he's working on a design project - but I'll let him be tired ;)
Movement: Nope
Gender: MC and I both are still feeling boy.
Milestones: Decreased nausea! Whoop whoop!!!

Jun 7, 2012

Random Thoughts

Hello all! Since I've been at my parent's house and obviously away from my usual sounding board (miss you sweet Adam!), I have so many random thoughts swirling around in my head. Release is needed so here is your warning if you are hoping for a cohesive, interesting, or otherwise entertaining post ;)

First of all (I'll cover the lighter topic first) - MC. I know I've bragged on how smart my child is (probably to the point of intense aggrivation and eye rolling for most of you), but she is. However, I've run into a problem. The kid is smart, but doesn't want to do things I know she can do. I think I am the mother of a complete rebel. Whatever she senses I want her to do, she insists on doing the opposite. Take the potty situation - I think she's fully capable of using the potty all the time. However, that lil' stinker knows I want her to so when I ask if she wants to try she says "NOOOOO!". Same thing has begun to occur with teaching her. She's able to count to 30, but when I try to count higher with her she screams "no mommy!! I don't want to count!" You're probably thinking "well, are you making it fun?" I'm a teacher in a society where if its not 100 different colors and sounds wiggling all over a screen in a black box its boring - Yes, I've learned to make it fun. Same thing with reading. I got her to read about 5 different words over the coure of the day a few days ago. I went crazy telling her how proud I was, how smart she was; I even danced and shouted cheers. I think I began my own demise. Now, when I ask her to read she simply says "no". Ahhh! So frustrating! I know she can, she just won't.

I know all of you are probably wanting to shout "RELAX!" right in my face. You probably think I'm being entirely too overbearing and pushy. I feel ya. I would probably say that to someone in my situation too. I suppose I just needed to voice my frustration with a child who irritates you for fun. I'm starting to gather that's just parenthood. And it never stops. I just thought I had some time before we began the rebellion stage. I had always heard "rebellious teenager", not "rebellious toddler". Guess she is advanced ;)

Secondly (and COMPLETELY unrelated to previous topic as I warned), I said I wasn't going to get involved in the church/state debate any longer. I am Catholic. I am conservative. I wanted to leave it at that. HOWEVER, the recent discussion surrounding several Catholic parishes in Washington has me perturbed to say the least. I will say only a few short things and then I can hopefully consider myself "vented" and move on. First of all, if you are called to be in a postition of leadership and influence within the church, it is your obligation to teach the faith accordingly. Also, if your personal beliefs don't align with the Catholic Church, perhaps Catholicism isn't for you. I will work until the day I die to teach our Catholic faith to my children. By God's grace I hope I can explain to them why we believe what we do. I pray they will be faithful servants when most of the world tells them that what I teach them is wrong. Obviously going against the grain of society isn't easy for anyone, but I feel the action taken by a few of these priests is only serving to make my job even more difficult. They have an influence over their parishioners and other Catholics around the world. When they go against the teachings of the church it's utterly confusing - especially for the younger generation who is still forming their personal views and moral compass. I also have to add that as Catholics, we DO NOT believe homosexuals are any less worthy of respect and dignity than anyone else, and we DO welcome them in the church.Ok. I'm done. :)

I hope you all have a great weekend. The parents, MC and I are off to spend the weekend in a cabin on the river with my brother and his girlfriend. Should be fun!! :)

Jun 4, 2012



Thus far I have forgotten to take my weekly belly pic so I guess I'll be posting it with next week's updates.

Due Date: January 5, 2013
How Far Along: 9 weeks
Total Weight Gained: Still living in the house with no scales - we'll see in a few weeks when I make it back to Charlotte.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet - did have to break out the Belly Band recently for a pair of shorts that just wouldn't cooperate
Sleep: Between MC and the storms last night, sleep still isn't at its best

Best Moment of the Week: Being sick as a dog - picking up a hint of sarcasm on that one?
Food Cravings: I want nothing to do with Chinese food now. Pasta please. And soup. That's all.

Food Aversions: Anything that's not pasta or soup
Belly button/stretch marks: Nope

Symptoms: NAUSEA!!!! Oh, the nausea!!! I want to do nothing more than lay on the couch drinking my Ginger Ale eating crackers. Not exactly a possibility with MC but we are working on it.
Adam's pregnancy symptoms: His hormones must be going crazier than mine cause that man has had some champion mood swings lately. I'll assume he just misses us and it makes him cranky.
Movement: Not yet - getting closer I hope!
Gender: I'm still feeling boy. MC has changed her position on the matter. Her stocked response when asked if she's getting a brother or sister has been "little sister", but lately its consistenly been "baby brother".
Milestones: "Morning" sickness. Obviously a man came up with that description. A woman would've called it what it is - "all-friggin'-day-its-so-bad-I-want-to-punch-everyone-in-the-face-if-I-only-had-the-energy-sickness". Oh, and getting my "beer gut".

Jun 2, 2012

...And That's What You Get

What do you suppose happens when you blab about feeling great and not being sick during your pregnancy? Uh-huh. Karma rears her ugly head and slams you with the worst "all day sickness" ever. No relief. I am sitting here wearing my Seabands, eating saltine crackers, drinking Ginger-Ale, praying I feel better soon. This makes day 3 where I have wanted to curl into the fetal position and cry. No actual "sickness" for lack of a more stomach easy term, but intense nausea ALL.DAY.LONG.

Now I see why most people stop at 2 children; Because being sick with a toddler is probably worse than Chinese water torture or having your fingernails ripped out one by one. Bless my poor MC. I have probably created my own torture chamber in that she is totally used to having my undivided attention. I stay at home with her and have pretty much since the day she was born. I am a very hands on mommy and usually spend at least 3/4 of my day playing, drawing, chasing, cuddling, etc. with her. I'll put it out there - she's spoiled. Don't get me wrong, my kid watches TV. I probably couldn't survive if she didn't watch at least 2 shows a day. And, the past 3 days, its been a lot more. I'm not gonna lie. That is where my question comes in for you pro-mommies. WHAT DO YOU DO?????

My child is MAJOR high energy. MC can't sit still for more than 30 seconds. Bless her, she gets it from her daddy. Anyway, this doesn't exactly align with my plans for the day (which includes little more than laying on the couch wanting to cry). I am at a loss for what to do. I feel like death and my kid wants to play hide and seek and chase. I've tried "quiet" activities like blocks on the floor and reading books but this doesn't last very long. She has to be moving. In our house this wouldn't even be a HUGE problem, but my parents house is NOT childproof. There are breakable things EVERYWHERE, things for her to climb EVERYWHERE, I think you see my point. She has to be watched every second. The only thing that can keep her still and calm for longer than a few seconds is a movie or TV. I'm a horrible mother, aren't I? Please share your wisdom!!

All for now. I'm going to get more crackers :/


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