Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thanks Cole!

This past week, Mike and I went through YEARS of paid bills and receipts. No, we are not being audited, but it was just something that needed to be done. It took hours (and two nights) to sort through all of this mess. I turned out ipod on shuffle and surprisingly, we had a great time together while doing such a boring, tedious project! By the second night, we were singing obnoxiously loud to each other, and teasing each other about our dislike of the others music preferences. It was hilarious...to us. :)

Obviously, we needed most of the floor space to sort through all of this. The problem always occurs when Cole disagrees and plops himself right in the middle of everything! (Even when we play board games, he'll flop down right on top of everything, completely unaware that he's ruined game-play, just happy he's in the middle of everyone!) So sweet, and yet annoying at the same time.

So here is our Cole, just wanting to be near us. I think he laying on top of at least 7 different piles of paperwork:

(yes, I intentionally blurred out most of the photo)

So the tricky part is getting him up without him scattering papers everywhere. It's almost pointless to try. The moment you get him to move, he'll just wander over to another stack of papers close-by and flop down again. We've said this since he was a pup, "he just wants to be close." We love our gentle giant. Even IF we just shake our head in quiet frustration most days.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Finish upholstering chair...

Check!! It's done, and I'm so happy it's over with! It turned out great, just what I wanted, and ohh-so-comfy. I put in MANY hours this week ripping apart old fabric, cutting out the new pattern, pinning, sewing, stuffing, more pinning, more sewing, hammering snaps, etc. Half-way through this project, I realized I didn't take a "before" picture. Argh! Now I can't show off what an improvement it is. I do have a picture of part of the old fabric. You can see how worn (and not pretty!) it was.


Here is the finished glider!


In about 3 months I will be rocking (and nursing) a sweet little baby at all hours of the night in this chair. I bet I'll be smiling too! :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Pop!!

Today is Pop's birthday, but we celebrated 2 nights ago with dinner at a local BBQ place, then cards and cake back at their house.

Before the cake, Mike and Natalie were playing on the sofa and Natalie slipped off onto the floor. She didn't get hurt, but it scared her and we had a few tears. I (dramatically) asked if Daddy threw her on the floor, and she said yes, so I suggested she throw him on the floor! (love you Mike! *wink*) That got a few smiles, and next thing I know she's whispering to Pop, asking him to help her!


Here is Mike being a good sport while Natalie is shoving with all her might:


This brought out a string of giggles from Natalie:


Pop...playing with fire :)


Natalie helped him blow out the candles (the picture didn't turn out well-the other flash in the room gave it some weird effect) but I still think it's cute:


We enjoyed the delicious carrot cake! Happy Birthday Pop! We love you bunches!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Music updated!

I was reminded yesterday (thank you Dalenna!) that my music had not been updated since before Christmas last year. So I've updated it with my favorite praise and worship music again. Lots of Hillsong United on there...they were in concert here a couple months ago and unfortunately we had something else going on and couldn't go. I would LOVE to see them in concert!

Also, I've realized for a lot of people that the music starts as soon as the web page is done loading. For me, it doesn't play unless I scroll all the way down and view the playlist. It does the same thing for me on other blogs. Let me know what it does for you. I'm curious!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More projects, baby stuff, and travel plans

Everything is going well here. No major news, just minor projects here and there. I am starting to reupholster our glider and ottoman we bought through craigslist. It will look fantastic when I'm done, but oh how I hate reupholstering furniture. It stresses me out. Completely different than sewing a blanket or making curtains. The money saved is worth it, as I got an amazing deal on microfiber material!! (75% off, plus coupon! Woohoo!) *sigh* Mike doesn't understand my shopping highs.

Baby is doing great, I am 26 weeks and have gained 15lbs. (I am very proud of the controlled weight gain this time around!) She is turned head-down now, although she may flip-flop a few more times before settling. I have precious tiny feet kicking under my ribs at the moment. Two nights ago, she had the hiccups for the first time as I was falling asleep. The baby memory book that I ordered (b/c I couldn't find anything in the stores I liked) finally arrived today and I started sniffling just reading through it, thinking of all the wonderful pictures and mementos I will be adding through the next few years. This still seems all too surreal to me at times.

Natalie is doing fantastic and we have been working on phonics lately. She loves to learn and be quizzed on her knowledge. Mike has had a few days off lately and she has LOVED having him home. She insists she wants Daddy to wake her, Daddy to read to her, Daddy to do this, that, and the other, etc.

We will be doing a bit of traveling in the near future. We will be going back to my hometown several times in September for a visit with family and friends, wedding shower, and wedding. In October, we will be flying down to Alabama to visit family and then driving to Georgia to celebrate Mike's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary! This will be Natalie's 3rd plane ride, but the first one she'll be able to remember. (She was 11 weeks old and 5 months old for the first couple plane trips) After the October trip, I think I'll be done traveling any major distances until after the baby gets here. I'm already guessing that the long car rides down south will be annoying to everyone else in the car with Natalie and I needing to stop for potty breaks all the time! LOL!

Two phrases

that make me cringe.

"Monnie, don't get mad, but...."

&

"Uh oh. Monnie, I made a mess!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Long Night

Last night we had hours upon hours of thunderstorms. My mom sent me a text late last night "good luck sleeping, look at all the weather coming your way!! Have fun!" I could TOTALLY see her snickering as she typed that!! Of course the thunder started right at Natalie's bedtime, and lasted until early morning. Needless to say, I'm tired today...I'm betting there are many parents in the area that were up late too. This is the email I wrote my parents today:

Natalie did not fall asleep until 1am this morning. ONE am!!!! This is the latest she's ever been awake, BY FAR! I couldn't believe it. We did have some heavy lightning and really loud thunder though. We watched cartoons in our bed for a long time. She was so tired, but still nervous to go to bed. Finally there was a lull, and I sent her to bed...found her sitting outside our door, sent her back to bed again...and again. I think she was out by 1am. I was snoozing shortly after.

I heard some thunder again at 4:30 this morning, and thought "oh, you're funny, God." Thankfully it didn't wake her.

The kicker?

She came skipping into our room at 9am, big smiles, ready to take on the world! Ugh! Whose child is this?!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Test Results

No gestational diabetes!

No anemia!

YAY!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

25 weeks

My due date has been bumped up to December 1st now. (it was Dec. 3rd) Who knows. It's all kind of a spin-the-wheel guessing game anyway. We'll see her whenever she gets here!!

I had my monthly doctors apt today, and went through the routine glucose screening. Not all that pleasant (especially because I tend to have LOW blood sugar) but I scheduled it on Mike's day off so he could drive me. The solution itself isn't worth being dramatic about-although some pregnant women swear it's awful. It's just like flat orange soda, not what my first choice would be while fasting, but no big deal.

When the N.P. (Stacy) was listening to the heartbeat, our baby girl was moving SO much you could see my tummy jumping! Little one apparently LOVED that glucose drink! Stacy couldn't get a timing on the heart rate because baby was moving so much. She finally said, "well...we know it's a strong, steady beat and she's obviously happy in there!" LOL

We have another ultrasound scheduled at 32 weeks to see the few things they didn't get pictures of last time. At first I didn't care to repeat this, but once Mike and I got to talking we decided it would be nice to know everything looks healthy, (peace of mind) and of course to see her again.

By the time my blood was drawn, I was feeling queasy, hot, and lightheaded. Typical hypoglycemic symptoms for me. Natalie watched with wide eyes as the nurse drew my blood, and she even got to hold one of the vials to "help" her. :) We got to the car and I started munching and was feeling better within the next 90 minutes. SO glad Mike was driving!

Before we headed out for a walk this evening, Mike took my 25 week picture. As I was moving over to the regular spot for these pictures, Cole decided he wanted in on it!




He meandered off when he realized nothing important was going on!
25 weeks!! 15 more to go!

Cards Game

We had a late night last night! We headed out to the ballgame with family and enjoyed the evening. The weather was wonderful (76 degrees) and our seats were great!
Natalie and Daddy:


The view from our foul-ball territory seats:


Monnie and Natalie:


Playing with Nani:


Pop gave Natalie an ice cube, and she didn't know what to do with it. Some anonymous person told her to put it down Pop's shirt. She was delighted with the idea...and I took her picture right as she was about to do it. This look on her face says it all.


Lucky U.B. got a turn!


Hugging on her Pop:


We did get to see Pujols hit a home run, and some fireworks. The crowd also had a great wave going during a couple slow innings. She enjoyed getting involved in that as well.
Natalie thought it was hilarious to unbutton Daddy's jersey...especially after he told her to quit. LOL


7th inning stretch...and our girl is DONE. She was tired and ready to go home.


We made it to the end of the game though...sort of. She wasn't asleep here, but pretty comfy resting on Monnie:


She got to ride on Daddy's shoulders ALL the way back to the car, and was asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow last night.

Eye Color

I found this website that calculates the chance of what color eyes your children would have. I always knew that Natalie having blue eyes (with both Mike and I having brown) was something very rare! So I entered all our phenotypes and let the website do the calculating.

Genotype and phenotype probabilities for our children:

Brown: 75%
Green: 17.1%
Blue: 7.8%

Click here if you're interested in seeing what this website says for you!

Texas

Mike's trip to Texas went very well. I think after sitting in a classroom for 8 hours/day for a week, (not to mention the hours he studied the modules each night) he was ready for it to be over. He took the 3 hour test on Friday, and we have yet to see the results, but he feels confident that he passed.

While he was there, he got a phone call from his boss offering him the promotion! Mike had interviewed twice for this position over the last month and we were both hoping he'd get it. Unfortunately, he has to go back to working the night shift, but the raise that comes with it makes it very worth while. Congrats Mike!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Oh pain!

Natalie's room is finished and she has been sleeping in there for quite a while now. I think it took her a solid week before the excitement died down and she started going to sleep right away. Mike and I decided to do some minor painting in the nursery (next door to hers) right after we tucked her in one night last week. We weren't too far along and then we heard a loud THUD, and then the painful crying. When we ran in there, we could immediately see a huge line-bruise appearing on her forehead. She had been jumping on her bed, holding onto the headboard. I guess she slipped or bent down and hit her head pretty hard on the bookshelf portion of the headboard (which is a 90 degree angle of wood) OUCH!

Now thankfully, this is the first time anything like this has happened. (Probably due to the fact that we don't have a coffee table--those always seem to be the culprit for toddlers head bruises) I checked her over and thankfully there was no broken skin, or anything indicating it was more serious than a painful goose-egg. After lots of snuggling, ice packs, and Tylenol, she was back in bed snoozing away. If you know me at all, then I don't need to even mention that I checked on her many times that night!

By the time I had her back in bed, Mike was long finished with the small painting project in the nursery. (He had just painted a few sections white, and left the rest pink) Over the next few days, I started to really dislike how it looked. It was very white, with white furniture, and I wanted COLOR!! So I picked out some color samples and we agreed on a green that would look great with the pink/green nursery bedding we're reusing. So yesterday while Natalie was napping, we tackled that project. Oh. my. goodness. it took forever! No more painting than what took 90 minutes in Natalie's room, took close to 4 hours in this room. The walls are a different texture and it was just a pain. But it's done, and once again , we love how it turned out.

So last night after my big day of painting, I started having the back pain that I've had before this pregnancy. It usually doesn't last long, but it is quite crippling. It also comes and goes without warning. Not only do I have pain on the left side of my lower back, but I can't bear any weight on my left leg. I can get through the pain, but I do NOT want to fall! Mike helped me many times yesterday evening when I ran out of things to hang onto in my path. He even got up twice at 1am, and again at 2:30 to help me to the bathroom and back. The third time, he didn't wake up, so I crawled there and back. I was almost laughing b/c of how ridiculous I must have looked! Each time I got back in bed, out-of-breath, and sweating from the pain and effort. Guess what? I would happily spend each day like this for this sweet little babe inside of me. Thankfully I don't have to, the pain is gone again today. Natalie and I have been running errands and enjoying our day together.

Mike flew to TX this morning for the entire week for a certification class for work. This particular certification is widely recognized in his industry. He'll have a few letters to add after his name by the end of this week. Oh, and his work is covering all expenses! :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dear Charmin,

I have a new name for your "Charmin Basic" toilet paper. How about, "Overpriced single-ply John Wayne paper." No? The coupon you sent me in the mail wasn't worth the savings.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Natalie's New Room!

The first picture is of our rarely-used, boring, 3rd bedroom. We don't even heat/cool it, and what you don't see in this picture is the pile of boxes and stuff (taking up lots of space) that belongs in storage. Mike and I went through everything last week. I organized and put stuff in boxes and containers, and he carried them downstairs.


Our next task was to find new bedroom furniture for Natalie. I found something we really liked for her on Craigslist, and Mike and his dad spent an evening picking it up, hauling it to our house, and hefting it upstairs to her new room. I was, pretty much, useless. I know I'm doing whats best for our sweet baby by not lifting and straining, but it's still hard not to feel guilty watching them work so hard while I do nothing. A million thank-yous to Randy for helping us! He gets a nice steak dinner later this week!

Natalie said she wanted a blue bedroom, so with the extra cash we had leftover from bartering the price down for the bedroom set, we bought the supplies needed to transform her new room. We spent just a couple hours painting, and the next two days I worked several hours moving her stuff in. Friday night she asked Daddy if she could sleep in her new room. He said yes, so we moved the a/c and mattresses in and she spent Friday night in her new blue room. She LOVES it!

Ta-da!!








Not everything is quite in place yet, but we're getting there!

Now we are working on getting the nursery ready. No major transformation there with another girl on the way, but Mike did paint some tonight and I've been organizing and cleaning the past few days.

Hopefully we can get the pallets in our basement this week and move the boxes downstairs! Then I can have my dining room space back!