Friday, September 28, 2012

The Saturday 7 - on Friday

I'm leaving for Ladies' Retreat tonight. Woohoo! So excited!! Never fear, though. I wouldn't want you all to miss out on another riveting blog entry from me! So here you have it. The Saturday 7 on Friday.

1. Guess what? I have another new recipe for you! And guess where I got it? That's right - Plain Chicken! Haha. I love that blog. The girl has similar tastes as me (simple, cheesy, bad for you.) :-) This week's recipe was Cream Cheese White Chili. I have a few different recipes for White Chili, but this one was super easy and delicious. Justin surprised me once again by saying, "This is really good!" How can't it be? There's an entire brick of cream cheese in it. Haha. I did use the 1/3 less fat version so I feel a little better about myself.

Cream Cheese White Chili
1 can black beans
1 can corn, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 8 oz package light cream cheese
2 chicken breasts

Drain and rinse black beans. Place chicken at bottom of crockpot, then pour out whole can of corn (undrained), rotel, and black beans. Top with seasonings and ranch mix. Stir together. Place cream cheese on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir cream cheese into chili. Use 2 forks to shred chicken. Stir together and serve.

2. I decided to start doing a letter a week with Lucy. She's getting so good at identifying letters. Yesterday, we went through our flashcards and she only got 6 wrong. She gets so close on most of them! Like when I hold up V she says "Vine!" and when I hold up Y she says "Yarn!" Haha. She just needs to learn what the letters are called. Anyway, this week we did a project I found on pinterest. (I can not get the picture to work. Here's the link.)

It was actually kind of a pain because there wasn't a template, so I had to make my own. But she loved putting the stickers on. She called it her "job." We did it for the first time on Monday, then on Tuesday she said, "Me do my letter job again?" Haha. 

3. Justin has 10 days of vacation to use before the year's up, so he just picked a bunch of random days. One  set of them happens to be right after my birthday, so we're thinking of going on a little mini-vacation. I have enough rewards on my credit card to get a $100 Marriott hotel gift card and a $25 restaurant gift card. So now we just have to decide where to go. Here are my options so far. If you're familiar with these areas, let me know what you think: 
  • Traverse City: we've been there a bunch of times, so it's nothing new, but they have a nice downtown shopping area that we could peruse. And it's boutiquey type stuff that's fun to look at, but way too expensive to really tempt me to buy.
  • Canton: one word: Ikea. Two more words: no money. Haha. The problem with Canton is there's not really anything to do except Ikea, and there's no way I'd be able to make it through that store without spending money we don't have. 
  • Holland: we could go to Dutch village. We are Dutch after all. :-) 
  • Frankenmuth: I'd love Bronner's [the Christmas store]. And Birch Run [outlet mall] is right down the road. But there's that no money problem again. 
4. Lucy and I were reading her children's Bible today. (She obsessed - I had to read the entire thing 3 times in a row.) We got to the story of Jesus being born and I was struck for the first time how weird it is that these grown men (the shepherds and wise men) physically bowed before and worshiped a baby. I understand the bowing and outward showing of worship were a cultural thing they were probably used to, but to do it to a squalling little infant? It's amazing how important their notion of the Messiah was. How long they had waited for him. It's also amazing how adaptive and humble they were to bow before that baby even though he wasn't what they expected. Do we show Jesus even a morsel of such worship? Even after all we know about him? They worshiped him out of expectation. We should worship him for what he's already done! There's my Christmas lesson of the week. :-)

5. Exciting news: I think we've settled on a baby name! Drumroll please . . . . Ethel! It was both my grandma and great grandma's names, plus it's Lucy's best friend on I Love Lucy! So perfect!  . . . . . . Lol. Totally kidding!!! We are not giving this poor child such a horrendous name. It really was my grandma and great grandma's names, but I'm not that big a fan of tradition. Haha. Yuck yuck yuck. Really, though, I think we have picked a name. But I'm going to do my best to keep it a secret until she's born. :-) I feel like we found out the sex and shared it with everyone. I'd like there to be some kind of surprise to share once she's actually born! That said, I might give a clue every week. Or at least tell you a name we considered that it's not. Hehe. We'll see. :-) This week, I promise you - it's not Ethel.

6.  I'm totally paranoid about having an umbilical hernia after the comment on my last post. From my research, it happens most often to women who have a genetic predisposition (my sister had both umbilical and inguinal hernias that required surgery) or who have multiple pregnancies or big babies. My babies aren't that big. Lucy was 8 lbs, 8 oz. But my belly gets insanely large. Of course, some of the websites I read said umbilical hernias are no big deal and some said they can be life threatening. Ha! I guess I'll just mention it to my doctor at my next appointment and try not to die before then. ;-)

7. I decorated my entryway for fall this week. Isn't it cute? :-)
The candy corn jar was from Burley Park. Go me. Haha. Justin's upset I'm using candy as decoration. 

Whew! I was long winded this week! (You don't even want to know how long it took me to write this, upload the pics, and place the links. Ha!) Have a good one!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

23 Weeks

*Warning: this entry contains a gross picture of my bare belly. Proceed at your own risk!* :-)
This isn't the gross picture. That is yet to come. :-)
Baby is the size of a grapefruit this week.

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: About another pound or so. 8-9 lbs total.
Maternity clothes? Yep. My mom said she'd buy me a new pair of jeans this weekend (for my birthday). I'm totally getting skinny maternity jeans. How's that for an oxymoron? ;-)
Sleep: I can never get enough. I think I could sleep all day.
Best moment this week: Feeling some crazy movement. Other people being able to feel it.
Movement: Lots - You can see and feel her punching and kicking from the outside of my body now. Lucy felt her for the first time today! She said, "My sister kick me!" <3
Food cravings: French fries. I got the fry burger from Checkers yesterday. It was amazing. :-)
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Out and looking gross! Yesterday, this disgusting growth appeared right next to my belly button. Thankfully, it went away, but not before I got a picture. It must have been just a little pocket of fluid or something? Looking good, eh?


What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach! I finally gave up on it in the past couple of weeks. I feel like I'm laying on a rock. Haha.
What I am looking forward to: Settling on a name. I think we're getting close!

Milestones: According to thebump.com she can now hear my voice. Aww. :-)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. I made another winning recipe this week. Slower cooker enchiladas. The name is deceiving. Only the chicken is slow-cooked. You still have to assemble the enchiladas and bake them in the oven, but they were easy and delicious! I loved how tender and flavorful the meat was. And I really liked the sauce on top. Justin said it was too tangy. (I'm pretty sure the recipe is from plainchicken again, but I can't find it. Sorry.)

Crockpot Enchiladas
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 can (14.5oz) low-sodium chicken broth
6 chicken breasts
12 flour tortillas
2 cups pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup light ranch dressing
1/2 cup salsa

Place chicken, taco seasoning, ranch mix and chicken broth in 6-quart slow cooker.   Cook on low 6 hours.  Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred.
Divide chicken and cheese between tortillas.  Roll up and place in a lightly greased 9x13-inch pan.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Combine Ranch dressing and salsa.  Pour over baked enchiladas.  Serve with rice.

2. Here's the weekly potty training update: It's going very well. She's really getting the hang of it. Occasionally she'll pee a tiny bit in her undies before she realizes she's going, but for the most part, she tells me when she has to go and rarely has accidents. For my records: There was about a week of constant accidents and cleaning up puddles. By week 2, she was having maybe 1 or 2 accidents a day. By week 3, she's rarely having accidents and making it a long time without having to go. She's also doing awesome when we're out and about. She used the bathroom at Meijer, the library, the boys' soccer game, and the hair salon this week. However, she still wakes up from naps and overnight completely soaked. She actually peed through her diaper a couple times overnight this week.

3. We finally got the fall weather everyone's been wanting this week. I usually hate fall because it leads to winter - the most despicable season of all. But I'm feeling less animosity toward winter this year because I know I won't have to drive in the snow every day. :-) I've been somewhat enjoying the onset of fall. I especially love this in-between weather where we don't have to use the AC or the heat! And I enjoyed burning my fall candles and pulling out my warm clothes. Ask me again in 6 months how I feel about cooler weather. Haha.

4. Here's a random one. I take issue with people saying, "God won't give you more than you can take." I'm pretty sure they're referring to this verse in 1 Corinthians: "You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it." That verse says God won't give you more temptation than you can take. It's not referring to hard circumstances. If I remember correctly, God promised that we'd have trouble in this world, that we'd be persecuted and hated. Of course he has promised to be with us every step of the way, but he never said he wouldn't give us more than we can take. Do you think Job felt like he could handle his circumstances? Really, I don't think the term "more than you can take" makes sense anyway. What's going to happen if you can't take it? You're going to have a mental breakdown? You do what you have to do. Haha. Random rant over.


5. I bought Lucy some watercolor paints this week. (Just the $1 ones from the dollar store.) It really stresses me out. I hate hate hate messes. She uses way too much water, spills all over the table, gets it all over herself, then flips her paper over halfway through painting so the still-wet paint gets all over the place. Ahhh! I found myself saying, "No, no, no! You're doing it wrong! Stop making such a mess!" I can see parents, teachers, and artists all over the world cringing at my criticism of her artistic process. Haha. Time to get over my hang ups, and just clean up after her when she's done. I need to find a little table and chairs set she can sit at in the kitchen - at least then I don't have to worry about my carpet!

6. I can't get to 7 this week. I'll end with this:
Got my hair chopped today! Please excuse this horrendous picture. I look so pale and tired and am smiling very fakely. Plus I majorly need my eyebrows waxed - they're practically casting shadows over my eyes. Haha. Anyway, I'm happy with the haircut! I'm pretty low maintenance and don't have grand expectations. I told the girl I'd like to donate it, but not go shorter than my shoulders. She managed to cut off 8 inches, so I should be good. (Pantene Beautiful Lengths only requires 8 inches. Locks of Love wants 10.) And I just asked her to throw in a few layers and leave it long enough to put in a ponytail. Voila!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

22 Weeks

Baby is the size of a papaya this week.

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: Idk. I really need to get a good scale.
Maternity clothes? Yep. Excited to start moving on to the fall clothes now that the weather is cooling off. Hoping to get some more maternity jeans for my birthday since I only fit in 2 pairs.
Sleep: Good. Although I've been talking in my sleep a lot. I woke myself up last night saying, "I think the phone is ringing." (It wasn't.) Justin responded, "Leave me alone!" But he says he doesn't remember, so apparently he was talking in his sleep too. Haha.
Best moment this week: Umm, nothing too exciting has happened in the past week.
Movement: Lots. Especially as soon as I lay down at night. Maybe I just notice it more then, or maybe she's lulled to sleep by my movement during the day.
Food cravings: Chocolate.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Out. It's actually starting to flatten out already. Gross.
What I miss: Not being constipated. Haha.
What I am looking forward to: Other people feeling movement.

Milestones: Nothing really.

I made it half way through "L" in the baby names book and didn't write a single name down. I keep going back and forth between the 2 names Justin and I agree on. One is a little too weird and one is a little too boring. Plus I found out the weird one has kind of an awful meaning. Hmm. I'm still hoping a new name will jump out at me, but I don't have much of the alphabet left . . .

Last night, Lucy was pointing to names in the book that she liked. Latiki and Leelee were the main contenders. :-)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Throughout the week, I jot down things I want to write in my Saturday 7. One of this week's was "Potty training going so well." I jinxed myself. By Monday, Lucy was telling me every time she had to go potty and rarely having an accident. Wednesday, we drove to the library, did an hour of storytime, and drove home with no accidents. I was feeling so optimistic and considering her very close to potty trained (at least during the day). Then yesterday she suddenly started having accident after accident after accident. Usually she just pees a little and catches herself, but there were definitely a few times that she completely soaked her clothes and left a puddle where she was standing. What the world? We'll keep at it. I know it's a learning process.

2. I made a yummy new dinner this week. Justin actually said, "This is really good. I think it should be a regular." That's a big deal coming from him. All he ever says is, "Not bad." Haha. It's from my favorite food blogger, plainchicken.com:
Tomato Alfredo Pasta with Grilled Chicken

1 McCormick's Grill Mates Garlic Herb Wine Marinade packet 
3 boneless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
1 cup prepared Alfredo sauce (I'm cheap and just bought Ragu)
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
8 oz penne pasta, cooked and drained

1. Marinate chicken according to packet directions.  Grill 12-15 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink.  Set aside.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
3. In a large pot, combine Alfredo sauce, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic.  Heat over medium-high    heat for approximately 10 minutes.  Toss in cooked pasta.  
4. Slice chicken and serve over pasta.  Top with parmesan cheese if desired.


I was worried that it'd be too garlicky, so I didn't use the entire clove of garlic or the entire 1.5 tsp of Italian seasoning, but it was not at all too garlicky, so I'm sure I could've used it all.

3. I finally put something together with the crates I bought at Burley Park for my front porch.

I clipped some random yellow stuff growing in our yard and stuffed it one crate. I'm going to buy a Mum to replace the lovely dying Cosmo that's currently resting on the other one. The porch is still looking semi-empty, so I'll continue to work on it, but that's what I've got so far. Better than nothing!

4. I read a good book this week: The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser. (The link is on the right --> under "Recently Read.") There wasn't even much romance in it. Aren't you proud? :-)

5. I'm really stressing about picking a name for this baby. We had Lucy's name picked out before we even knew she was a girl. I know I have 19 weeks (probably more), but I really like to be prepared. Right now, we have 2 contenders that we can agree on, but I'm not totally in love with either of them. I've read through the social security's top 1,000 name list, read a couple baby name books and am making my way through a third. Nothing is standing out to me.

6. I've been feeling convicted lately that it's my job to raise Lucy to know God - I can't rely completely on church or Veggie Tales or even eventually Christian school. So I've decided to try and reiterate at home what she learned at church on Sunday. This week she learned that God made the earth and everything in it. So we went on a "nature walk" (that lasted about 14 seconds) where she filled her little bucket with leaves and twigs and grass and flowers. Then we brought it inside, and glued it to a paper like so:
She's really been into "writing her letters" lately. All the green under what I wrote are the "letters" she wrote. :-)

7. Speaking of letters, I feel the need to record that Lucy is doing amazingly well learning her letters. I posted a video on facebook of her identifying letters on flashcards. The first time I did it with her, she got 15 right, 11 wrong. The second time she got 16 right. She identifies a lot of them, but can't remember what they're called. I'd like to thank her Melissa and Doug puzzle and the TV show Super Why. So proud. :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

21 Weeks

Baby is the size of a pomegranate this week.

How far along? 21 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: +2lbs in the past 2 weeks. +7 total - hopefully I only gain 7 pounds in the second half of my pregnancy too. Ha! (I'm about right on track with the way I gained weight with Lucy, and I ended up gaining 42 pounds with her. Haha. I gain it all in the 3rd trimester.)
Maternity clothes? Yep. I tried on some of my bigger short-sleeved shirts this week. Still too big. Bummer.
Sleep: Fine. I've actually been feeling pretty well rested lately! Yay, 2nd trimester!
Best moment this week: Seeing our baby GIRL on ultrasound!
Movement: Lots. I feel like this baby is way more active than Lucy was at this stage.
Food cravings: Fruit. I've been chowing on cherries and peaches lately.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I'm getting to the point where doing anything gives me Braxton Hicks. Bending up and down picking up toys, sweeping the floor, walking up and down the stairs. 
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: Being able to bend over and breathe at the same time.
What I am looking forward to: Picking out a name. Going through the bins of Lucy's newborn clothes. :-)

Milestones: Seeing a healthy baby at the ultrasound! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's A . . .

Yesterday was the much awaited ultrasound! My appointment wasn't until 2:45 in the afternoon, so I had plenty of time to work up a good bunch of nerves. Haha. I honestly wasn't that worried we'd find anything wrong with the baby. I've had 3 ultrasounds already where we saw arms and legs, a healthy heart, closed nuchal tube, etc. But I wouldn't be me if I wasn't nervous. :-)

Finally I filled my bladder to the brim with Dr Pepper and headed off to the doctor's office. Fortunately, we got right in. The tech said, "You did a great job filling your bladder!" Haha. She looked at a couple things, then said, "Do you want to know the sex?" I responded with an emphatic yes and she said, "It's a girl!" The first thing out of my mouth was, "Yes! I was right!" Haha.

We had an awesome tech. She spent lots of time showing us everything and was great about explaining it all and reassuring us every step of the way that everything was perfect and healthy. She even said we had the most photogenic, well-behaved baby of the day. Lol. Well, of course! We raise angel children. ;-) She was so thrilled with how well the baby was cooperating that she printed off a ton of pictures for us.



The ultrasound is the most amazing experience. My doctor's office doesn't do 3D unless there's a medical reason, but I was amazed how much I could make out even in 2D. When the tech was looking at the mouth and nose, it was so clear! And the baby was definitely doing the Lucy scowl. :-) Of course there are times when the tech points things out and I have no idea what she's talking about. Haha. But for the most part, it was super clear. It's the weirdest thing to think that there's really a baby inside of me. Haha. Sometimes I get wrapped up in the pregnancy part and forget the reason I'm doing this. The ultrasound was an incredible reminder. And as much fun as I think it'd be to be surprised in the delivery room (and I'll consider it for the next baby), knowing that I'm having a girl makes it so much more real to me. So so excited!

Anyway, after the ultrasound I was feeling so relieved, but so anxious to spread the news to everyone I know! Unfortunately, we had to wait forever to see the doctor. It's so dumb. She comes in the room, asks me about my family (my sisters are both patients of hers, too), flips through the ultrasound report and says, "Everything looks great! See you in 4 weeks!" Ridiculous. Oh, she did say the baby is measuring in the 86th percentile. Lol. Lovely. Another big one. Apparently, I don't have dainty little girls.

We were thrilled to finally be able to share the news with everyone. My mom said, "I already have a stack of clothes set out." (She works in the back room at Once Upon a Child) Haha. In theory, we have bins and bins and bins of clothes for this baby to wear, but I know that's not going to stop people from buying her more! :-)

Lucy didn't have a reaction. I don't think she really knows what's going on. Haha. But she posed for this picture with me:
She's wearing her "Big Sister" shirt, but it's hidden by the chalkboard. 
I'm so happy that Lucy will have a sister. Sisters are the best thing ever. :-)

Now we just have to think of a name. Oh boy. (Err, I mean - oh, girl!)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. This was my first full week "at home." I think I've started to settle into a little bit of the routine I crave so much. I made myself a weekly chore list. Bathrooms on Monday, Vacuuming on Tuesday, etc. And I try to do a load of dishes and laundry every day, plus have the house totally cleaned up before I go to bed every night. I'm loving how clean my house is! Plus, I've really been trying to do my devotions every night after Justin and Lucy go to bed, and still get to bed myself at a decent time. As much as I'm loving it, though, we've only got enough saved to live about one more month without my income. I'm really trying not to stress about it . . .

2. Lucy and I went to storytime at the Kent City library on Wednesday. We always went to the one at the Rockford library with Chase and Lyla. Lucy loves it and I was ready to get out of the house by Wednesday. It was a very nostalgic experience for me. My dad used to take us there every Saturday. We knew the "library ladies" by name, and always got huge stacks of books. I'm pretty sure we kept that library in business thanks to all the fines we paid. Haha. They didn't have storytime when I was a kid, and they have all new library ladies, but they have the exact same step-stool I used to climb up to check out my books. Lucy marched right up it and I got a little choked up. Haha. Yes, I'm obviously pregnant.

3. One of the books I randomly grabbed for Lucy while we were there is Llama Llama Red Pajama. I've seen the Llama Llama books around, but never actually read one. It was so cute!! And I'm a sucker for clever rhymes. Lucy loves it too. She always asks me to read the "llama llama book." I love the way she says it. :-) I'm excited to go back to the library and get some more in the series.

4. As I'm writing this, Lucy is snuggled up next to me on the couch in her flannel Elmo pajamas (woohoo! cooler weather!) with a "hospital pink" puke bucket on her lap. :-( I do not know what is going on with her lately. On Monday, she started crying at 6:45 am. Justin went in there to find that she had puked clear liquid all over the place. We cleaned her up, put her back to bed, and she did it again at 7:30. During her afternoon nap that day, she puked up everything she'd eaten for lunch. But she's been fine since then. No fever, eating normally, etc. Then this morning, at 6:30 she puked up a bunch of clear liquid again! She wouldn't go back to sleep this time, so Justin sat and rocked with her, whereupon she puked again. I'm confused by the fact that it's clear liquid. She's not puking up food that upset her belly. She doesn't have a cold or cough or anything that would make her puke mucous. I'm stumped. So in the meantime, she says "Need puke bucket!" every time her belly hurts. My poor 2 year old knows what the puke bucket is. Haha.

5. In more exciting news, the potty training is going very well! It's been 9 days since I really started putting her in undies as often as possible, and she's really getting the hang of it. On Thursday she only had one accident, and yesterday she had none!! I do put her in a diaper during naptime, and she wakes up pretty soaked, but other than that she's doing amazingly well! Once in a while she tells me she has to go, but I usually just ask her whenever I think of it and she'll go in and go. So exciting!

6. I've been feeling bad about being home full time and not doing anything "crafty" with Lucy. Pinterest has been inspiring me . . . or maybe just making me feel guilty . . . to get out the gluestick and start making masterpieces. So yesterday I found some brown paper lunch sacks, markers, glue, and cotton balls and let her go to town. She absolutely loved it. She made 3 puppets, then moved on to regular paper where I drew the outline of a sheep and let her glue cotton balls to it. It was a good reminder for me that I don't have to get all "Pinteresty" and creative with crafts for a 2 year old. She was thrilled with the basic stuff I've had in my "craft box" for years.

7. So I've been thinking about chopping off all my hair. I do this every few years - grow my hair out really long, get sick of it, and cut it all off. And every time I tell myself I'm not going to cut it that short again. But then I start running out of ideas to do with my long hair, and start finding pictures of my hair looking cute when it was shorter, and thinking about how much less time it would take to blow dry. Plus, I think it's long enough this time that I could donate it to Locks of Love. It grows so fast, it'll be long again in no time. Hmmm . . . considering it.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

20 Weeks

Baby is the size of a banana this week.

How far along? 20 weeks - half way!

Total weight loss/gain: Didn't weigh myself this week. Appt. on Monday.
Maternity clothes? So sick of my 4 short-sleeved maternity shirts. My regular shirts are starting to look ridiculous. I started raiding Justin's t-shirt drawer, but then got in trouble for stretching out his shirts. So I guess it's back to those 4 same shirts - sorry if I appear to be wearing the same thing every time you see me.
Sleep: The night sweats are getting out of control. I'm going to drown in my sleep one of these days. And I noticed I sleep on my back 90% of the time. I can't help it! That's just how I end up.
Best moment this week: Noticing more movement.
Movement: Yep. Feeling flips and turns now too. It's still pretty low - well below my belly button. If the baby's so low, what is this huge belly I have? Haha.
Food cravings: Soup, sour candy.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown for now. Ultrasound on Monday - 4 days!!
Labor Signs: I know Braxton Hicks aren't a true labor sign, but this is where I'm going write about them. We went to Justin's family's campsite on Sunday. There was this huge hill I had to keep walking up and down. Definitely noticed the BH then! 
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: My sciatic nerve not hurting. 
What I am looking forward to: The big ultrasound!! Other people being able to feel the baby move. The chiropractor fixing my sciatic pain?

Milestones: Making it half way!

Here's a little TMI note I want to record: my boobs are still ridiculously sore! They stopped hurting at 18 weeks with Lucy. What's the hold-up this time? I guess if it's because they're growing, I'll allow it. :-)

I can not wait for my ultrasound on Monday. The suspense is killing me!!! I know I said a couple weeks ago that I've started to think it's a boy, but I've gone back to thinking it's a girl. Haha. I'll be really shocked if it's a boy. Watch - after all this anticipation, the baby will be curled up in a ball and we won't even be able to find out. Haha. I might drink a little pop before the u/s to get the baby moving. ;-) The good news is things have changed since my ultrasound with Lucy. I only have to drink 16 oz. of water instead of 32. I'm worried enough about drinking 16 without peeing my pants. Haha.

Well I'll be back in 4 days with the big reveal! Stay tuned! :-)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Tuesday was the last day of my nanny job. It's still a little surreal. I've taken vacations before. In the back of my mind, I feel like I'll be going back eventually. I ended up getting the kids each a nice book and a framed picture of them with me. And they gave me a $50 Meijer gift card and a sweet cake.

I'm ready for the next chapter of our life, but I feel a little bad for Lucy. Lyla is one of her closest friends. She doesn't understand that we're not going to see much of her anymore.

2. I've been trying to work on my daycare license application. Holy cow. It is so confusing. I consider myself a pretty well-educated, intelligent person, but I can not figure this stupid application out! I think I'm putting it off because I keep hoping something else will drop in my lap. I just think the timing is weird. Until the week before my job ended, I had a plan for being a stay-at-home-mom. If I hadn't had that plan, I would've been sure to be licensed by the time I was done nannying. But God led me to believe I wouldn't need to get licensed. On Sunday at church, I had a friend ask me to watch her kids. That felt like an answered prayer - some money to get us by until I could get licensed and take on some more kids. But she's since found someone else to watch her kids, so now I don't know what God is doing. (Haha - do I ever?) Is he taking away that supplemental income so we'll depend on Him? (God - haven't we learned our lesson about depending on you yet??) Or does He have something else planned for us? I guess until I know for sure, I have to get back to that stupid application . . .

3. Now that I'm done working, I have no excuse to put off the potty training any more! We started again on Thursday, and I'm determined to stick with it this time! Haha. I've been very faithful with keeping Lucy in undies unless we go somewhere - and I've been trying to stay home so she's not in diapers often. She's doing pretty well. Don't get me wrong - I've cleaned plenty of pee off the floor in the past two days, but she's cooperative and has had many successes. I'm convinced it's going to work this time, because we're sufficiently stocked up on bribes:
Thanks Aunt Niki! These are actually the "poop toys." Haha. She gets to pick one when she poops on the toilet . . . which has yet to happen.
4. I moved our big box of books to a new location, and suddenly Lucy has new interest in them! I absolutely love watching her get a stack of books, scooch her little buns back on the couch, and read to herself. She's starting to actually "read" about what she sees on the page, and not just mutter gibberish.

5. Lucy and I visited my friend Carissa and her newborn baby, Camden, earlier this week. Ahhh, I remember now why I'm having another baby. Haha. I just love those little newborn snuggles. And Lucy did surprisingly well with him. She loved rubbing his head so gently. I also went to a couple baby showers for my cousin Esther this week. She's having a boy, too, so I did some shopping for boy clothes. I've written before that I'd be excited either way if this one is a boy or a girl, but I've always thought girl clothes are so much more fun. After shopping for boys this week, though, I have to admit there's some pretty cute stuff out there for boys, too. :-)

6. I made a list of some things I want to get done around the house now that I'm staying home full time. One of them was to do something with our front porch. Once in a while I hang a wreath on the door, and we do have a welcome mat, but that's about it for the front porch decor. I went out there to see what kind of space I have to work with, and found a ginormous spider web in the corner. I guess I have a head start on Halloween decorating!

7. I debated about writing this one because it's kind of embarrassing. But if nothing else, you can expect honesty from this blog. And I'm looking for a little commiseration. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Yesterday, I was home all day with Lucy and 2 other kids I was watching for the day. My hips and back have been absolutely killing me, and I was exhausted, and so sick of cleaning pee off the floor. Then Lucy refused to take a nap - which is very abnormal for her. When Justin got home, I burst into tears and said, "I have to leave." I just needed to get out of my house, away from my life, away from Lucy. And then I cried even harder because I felt so guilty about wanting to get away from Lucy. She was dancing around laughing and smiling and I just looked at her and thought, "How can I not want to spend every second with her?"

Justin talked me into leaving, though, so I tried to erase the evidence of tears from my face, then went to Goodwill all by myself and wandered around for almost an hour. It was soooo nice. I got a cool Mason jar type thing for 80 cents (on the list I referred to in point 6 is a bunch of Pinterest projects), and a cute dress that I'm going to use for my Halloween costume, but will also actually wear in real life! Then I went through the Arby's drive through and sat in the parking lot eating by myself. Haha.

By the time I got home, I felt back to normal. I'm just so frustrated that I feel this way. It's not really a new thing. I used to come home from work every day practically in tears needing some adult interaction/time to myself. I'm really really hoping this is just a result of crazy pregnancy hormones and not a newfound drama queen gene. I used to pride myself on being pretty even-keel and low maintenance. If I wasn't pregnant, I might seriously consider upping my anxiety/depression meds. :-/

So there you have it - my embarrassing confession of the week. Here's hoping my hormones level off and I go back to normal soon! :-)
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