Saturday, February 27, 2010

Another Stubborn One...

We went in for the 'big' ultrasound this week! I still cannot believe how quickly time is passing. We were in with the tech for nearly an hour and half. The last 3omins were spent trying to get this little one to open its right poking, prodding or waiting would get this one to cooperate. Deuce will fit right in 'round here. Fal got restless toward the end and the hubs had to escort her out of the room. I was left to reason with the one we don't have control over (yet). Ultimately, I walked out of there short of the right hand measurements.

Here are a few highlights:

bubbly toes

a little less alien-like. see the left fist covering the eye socket?

Profile pics are the best. You could see the tongue moving around on the screen. love.

Finally, the best leg shot I've ever seen. Future soccer player, perhaps?

And last but not least, the obligatory bump shot. 20weeks and not much to see.

Happy halfway to me!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Who is? ME!!!

I love love luuurve the blog Knock-Off Wood! Ana, a self described stay at home mom with expensive taste and no money, has got everything right on her blog. Eye candy for the designer home wannabes like myself. As soon as I found the blog, I pinned the hubs down and made him go over the plans for a recycle center, a bed, a coffee table, a dining table & wall unit. Way to overwhelm a non-furniture maker, right? Hey, I was excited!!! The step-by-step plans are easy to read for a novice. I already have my house redecorated in my head.

Okay, back to the winning part. Last week when Ana received her millionth hit she had a giveaway. Leave a knock-knock joke, riddle or funny story in her comment section - the winner, picked at random, would win a $50 Home Depot gift card. Of the 873 entries, my number was picked! I WIN!

Oops. I almost forgot. You want to hear my joke? It's a staple in our house...

What do cows do for fun?

They go to the moooovies.

::insert pity chuckle here:: Although jokes on you. I got $50 buck-a-roos for it :)

Now, the burning question. What should we make first?! I can't wait to go shopping!

Thanks, Ana!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tale of a Mango & a Big Girl Bed

Can I really be 19weeks?! We're at mango status, people. Groooow baby grow!

The 19th week has a rather interesting description, too:

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coat the baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if the baby is premature.

Yum. Although, it's not that bad, if I remember correctly. It's amazing how quickly the mind forgets all things painful/icky/horrific with regard to labor & delivery. If I sat and thought all about the 16 glorious hours I was in labor with Fal, I'm sure I wouldn't be sitting here stoked about going through it again. Although it's not so much the actual labor, the recovery from said delivery should be enough to send women running for the hills. However, it's probably best that by design that your nether regions are ::ahem:: nether because I sure as hell don't want to see what I was feeling during recovery. Wow, that was some tangent.

On a lighter note, Deuce is an acrobat just like Fal was in utero. I'm feeling this little one Kinda cool and creepy at the same time. I stand by the whole baby in the belly is little too sci-fi for my taste. I mean, you've seen Spaceballs, right? I just picture the little one popping out of my belly button with a top hat and cane and dancing the jig all over the dinner table. Ewww. The hubs and I were discussing movements last night and he admitted he'd be super creeped out to be feeling something moving around inside his belly. If only guys could walk a day in pregnant shoes...

Fal is officially transitioned into a big girl bed! Who knew that we'd get so lucky with the transition happening so quickly and seamlessly? The hubs had some friends over Saturday to assemble the bed and do boy stuff in the garage. It turned into an impromptu get together. My mom and aunt stopped by on their afternoon bike ride. Hub's mom, grandmother and cousin all popped in as well. We got her excited about her big girl bed by plopping the mattress down and getting her to jump on it. She hopped and ran across it, loving on her new big girl status.

A finished room:

I let her pick out the sheets we dressed it in. Although she kept going back to the crib mattress while it was still in the room, she knew that things were happening. As soon as the crib disappeared, it was out of sight out of mind though. Boy, the sleeping gods were looking out for Mommy and Daddy that night!

See? Good morning sunshine! We're so proud of you!!

Poor kid, I ran into that room as soon as I heard her moving to capture a picture of her first morning waking in her big girl bed. She yelled noooo mooommmy! (see her shaking her hands?) You bet your ass I'd be yelling something a bit worse you were trying to snap pics of me moments after I woke up. She recovered quickly though. She told me so over her morning cup 'o milk.

And just 'cause she's the cutest girl around and pictures paint a thousand words. A self proclaimed daddy's girl & little copycat.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Nae Nae

It's a rare occasion that I'm at a loss for words, yet I've started and deleted this post a dozen times, at least.

Oh Renee, I miss you. You are cancer free finally - left it in the dust as you took off to your heaven. You deserve every moment of pain-free bliss with your angels. I hate cancer for taking your beautiful smile from us too soon.

I first met Renee in middle school. You know that awkward phase; pimples, periods and boys? What a way to start a friendship! A true friend, the type where you don't talk every single day and pick up exactly where you left off. Epitome of selfless and kindhearted individual. I've had lots of time to reflect our years together over the past month and half when she fell ill for the last time. Damn, I'm lucky to have been her friend.

And as I sit here and smile over the memories we've had and the lessons in life she has left me, I'm grateful. It's easy to get caught up in daily routines and take them for granted. My promise to Nae was to slow down, breathe and appreciate now. Ironically, as I type I'm being kicked like crazy from the inside out and life is good.

Be inspired. Check out her website here and her blog here.

I love you, Nae. I miss you everyday. I BELIEVE in you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

a prediction or wishful thinking?

I stumbled upon this gem of a website, where Madame Zaritska predicts your birthing experience. LOL. No really, I laughed out loud 'cause I know that my favorite color and the last animal I saw will indicate whether or not I'll be laboring for 2, 10 or 44 hours. Riiight.

The wise old virtual hag, mystical powers and all indicated:
The day you deliver, outside will be sunny. Your baby will arrive in the evening.

After a labor lasting approximately 18 hours, your child, a boy, will be born. Your baby will weigh 8 pounds 2 ounces, and will be 19 1/2 inches long. This child will have light blue eyes and some blonde hair.

Some of the predictions I read from participants were in the 40+hour range and babes weighing in at 13lbs. That Madame can be quite the bitch with an awful sense of humor, wouldn't you say? With a fine grain of salt, the madame was kind to me. At least for the time being I like her and her 'prediction'. BONUS: I don't have any 'splaining to do to the hubs for our soon-to-be redheaded bundle of joy.

Off prediction topic, Deuce has been doing the jig all over my bladder today. SHHH, don't tell but I'm embracing this pregnancy this time around. I'm sorta enjoying the movements. I realize it takes some of my hard-mom-edge off but I'm throwing caution to the wind. I do, however, reserve the right to come back in a couple months and complain of lack of sleep for the very same reason I'm smiling right now.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow Day!

We took Fal up to the snow for the first time yesterday. Over coffee the hubs said, 'let's go to the mountains today'. 'Umm, okay?' was my response. We're a hop skip and a jump from the mountains but yet we never think to head up there. Gosh, it's been 5 years since we've been up there last. I think we'll try and get up there much sooner the next time. Fal love love LOVED the snow. We hit the first tubing park we could find because her carseat's straps were strained to near threads as she pointed & screamed for the noooo (snow for those not fluent in 2yr speak).

I couldn't enter the park thanks to being knocked up but I had good view of the kiddie run where I parked my growing pregnant ass. I had the camera ready to go, half nervous and half excited. Was I going to hear her screeching down the hill scared out of her mind or will we need to jam handfuls of noooo onto a bloody lip after doing a face plant off the tube? Well, I think I'll let the pics and vids speak for themselves. I, apparently, am not the cool mom to think that she wouldn't fair well. We had to peel her off that dang inner tube when it was time for lunch.

fun :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

so much for weekly updates...

I skated through the week of the Onion and have moved into the Sweet Potato...holler for week 18!

I don't know why this particular SP has half a dozen eyes, I hope mine only has two. Yum, I looove me some SPs, I don't make them nearly enough.

We had some pics taken of deuce last week! Our little alien baby is growing at a great clip. See that face? Only one a mama can love...the second pic is pretty awesome because you can see all the vertebrae - technology is amazing!

This pregnancy has been fairly uneventful, thank goodness. I'm fairly certain I felt a bit of movement last night. Which, I suppose, is a milestone. I think I was uber sensitive the first time around and sitting and waiting and over analyzing every stretch or pinch and I remember feeling bubbles at 16w. Don't they say that the second one gets the short end of the stick on most things growing up? I'm keeping tradition alive - I don't want deuce to feel left out of the secondchildsyndrome.

I think part of the reason my mind can't clearly focus on this pregnancy, is this nearly two-year-old that seems to have caught a case of the terrible twos early. Eeeeegads, someone assure me that this is just a quicky phase? There was a tantrum the other morning that sent Gunny running outside in the cold and that pup refuses to go out in cold mornings. If Fal can clear the room that early, you know it's bad. Screaming, throwing herself on the ground, crocodile tears, throwing things - you know, the works. We ended up being 20mins late out the door. For the first time in her short daycare history I had to leave her wailing in T's arms. I got to my car - where I could still hear her from inside - opened the door and sat in silence for what seemed like 5mins, relieved I didn't have to deal with it. Terrible, right? I knew within minutes of seeing her friends playing she'd dry up and get to her mornings that she loves so much. And sure enough, she did and had a great day. Go figure. Save all the fun stuff for mommy.

I'll get her on vid one of these days, is it okay to laugh when it's all said and done? Because if that is a faux pas I'm going to be grey before these two kids reach elementary school.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Birthday Week Ends with a Party? Surprise!

Well the 16th week has come and gone, wouldn't you know Deuce is the size of an avo? At least until tomorrow when (s)he jumps to the next fruit size. Not only did we celebrate the week of the avo, we celebrated my birthday!

This pregnancy is going so quickly. I mean in 5 short months we're going from this:

to having another one of these (actual size will vary):

SO exciting!!

The week was great. Celebrated birthday-eve with tacos, margs & beer with some friends at El Torito Grill. Yummmy. Nothing says happy 30th quite like a virgin margarita, it was no different than turning 20, really. I mean, I am soclose yet so far. Our server even offered to buy me a shot of tequila (after he found out I was with child). Hrmmm, coincidence?

Not a bad start to the actual day, the hubs had these delivered to my office.

My birthday night was bittersweetly celebrated with a restaurant full of friends to support our friend. Renee is such an amazing and inspiring woman. I often think that if the tables were turned, if I would touch as many lives as she has. I hope that I could but I'm a pessimist through and through. I'm not so sure I'd be as couragous, show as much humility and be as uplifting as she is. I am, however, thankful everyday that she is my friend. I'm so lucky and fortunate to know her and have her in my life. Please continue to send all your positive love, healthy vibes and/or prayers in her direction. The more the better. <3>

We went to SCP for dinner and a carousel ride Friday. Fal loves her some carouselling. Is that a word? Anyway, we hit up Wahoo's for some yumminess and cheapy grinds - which paid itself tenfold. We were asked to do a survey in exchange for $10 in gift cards. Our next visit will nearly be paid for. Stoked! Afterward, we cruised our way across the bridge to the main mall to burn off some of the rice and beans and check out the lights. Fal love love loves the lights strung across the sky. We made our way onto her favorite horse and twirled for a few minutes. Fun Friday night, wouldn'tcha say? Jealous? Totally.

I act tough until this smile comes out of a horsey ride...
It's a perfect way to spend a Friday.

My birthday week was capped off with a surprise party (!!!). The hubs and were talking on the way home and he asked me on a scale of 100 how surprised was I. I gave him a 70. I'm kinda keen, don'tcha know. I even had a cutie help me make a wish and blow out my candles! I'm such a lucky girl.

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