Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Haps...

So I had a dr appointment the other day. Just me and Dev went...and waited, and waited, and waited. The girl was a champ. Dr was running behind, so we very patiently waited for a little over an hour until he finally came in, checked my cervix, did a quick ultrasound to check the baby, I asked about bedrest and we were on our way. Good news about bedrest, I'm not gonna be put on it for no reason. I will be monitered so closely that if they see reason to, then they will. Of course I am going to take it even much easier come 24ish weeks, but I was relieved to find out I wasn't going to be put on bedrest just because.

Yesterday was a fun day. It was The Race Around the Lake out here in our hometown. Danny used to race this race as a kid, so it was fun that they brought it back. It was a very special treat to have MOST of our family from both sides there. Aunty Marina was there, Aunty Kate and the boys, Grandma Linda and Unky, Aunty Dawn and Riley and Gavin. After the races the rest of my family, except brother Brian, suprise suprise, came out for dinner and ice cream and a fun trampoline session. =)

                                                                    All the cousins!!

In other not so exciting or suprising news, I am still overwhelmed by all the "stuff" we have in our house. I am SLOWLY getting rid of some things. Now that I have moved the girls in together in their new room, and know that I can start getting rid of some girls things now that we are having a boy, it is getting a little easier to know what to get rid of. Our closet is still an area that I am not satified with. I still feel like we have too much. I came across an interesting blog this morning and may give it a try. Check it out here, it's called Project 333. I may not follow it exactly, but it sounds like a fun little challenge. My latest goal that I would like to accomplish is sewing. I just feel like it is a good skill to have and feel that it would help me save money for our family. Plus, I am repulsed at how much things cost in stores. I can't bring myself to buy one decorative pillow for $30. Just not gonna do it. So I want to learn how to make a pillow cover myself. Or learn how to make cute simple skirts for the girls. Anyways, totally random, but that's on my list of things to learn. =)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Long Update...

Well I wrote a big long post but never posted it. I've been very emotional about certain things, but then I don't like how it comes out when I write. So maybe I'll express some things in this post, but I'm going to do it in bullets so it's short and too the point. Here's the latest in no particular order:

  • Here is my ghetto pregnancy picture. =) This is me at 17 weeks, as I am now approaching my 18th week. Starting to feel the little guy here and there. That is my favorite part of being pregnant. I love laying in bed at night and just staring at my belly as it moves. Things have been going well. I have been feeling the best I have probably felt thus far. I have a regular OB appointment on Wednesday where hopefully I will get more info on bedrest and when that'll begin. I started my progesterone fun fun. Emotional is the best way for me to sum up this pregnancy so far. It is going well, but it is emotional in almost every way. I have been enjoying the down time though. I honestly couldn't wait to get pregnant because I knew it would mean we would have to slow down. The only part I don't like is feeling like I have to explain or justify why I don't want to socially do things. Some people around me just don't understand our situation and I don't expect them too, but I am taking this pregnancy very seriously. My main concern right now is myself and this baby and taking care of my family and my house. So hanging out with friends and doing extra fun stuff can wait until after I do everything I can to bring a healthy and as close to full term baby into this world. =-)
  • I'm not sure if it's the pregnancy thing, but for some reason I now am very anxious at night when Danny is at work. Ever since we have been married he's been on the same type of schedule and I've never had this problem. I am not an anxious person and never have been until now, only at night when he's gone. I don't sleep well at all. Been praying a lot and have borrowed some good books to read from my sis-in-law.
  • Taylor got a hand-me-down bigger bike. Danny had a blast fixing it up. It turned out quite nice. Danny loved bmx'ing when he was younger so of course he is thrilled to have a little girl who loves to ride her bike and isn't afraid to try new tricks. 

  • This past Wednesday I got to go with Taylor to her night of Girls of Grace. It's a girls group she does every week at church. This week it was a Mother/Daughter dessert. It couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Even though I was SO exhausted that day, and so was Taylow, we had had a rough afternoon and definately needed some special Mom and Taylor time.
  • This little girl has been quite a challenge for me lately. I have never been really good with girls. I don't have much compassion and patience for overly sensitive girls. And guess what I have? A very overly sensitive daughter... who I absolutely adore. I love that she is sensitive, she is very caring, compassionate and thoughtful. There is nothing wrong with her being over sensitive. It is who she is and we are all over sensitive at times in our lives. I AM the one that is wrong. And I fail SO often with her. I think this little girl is going to teach me a lot over the next couple of years, as she already has. I have a lot to work on. =)
  • And this little one...never a dull moment with her either. She follows in her sister's dramatic footsteps. If Taylor is on the phone crying to Danny about something, Devan will ask to talk to him and cry about whatever Taylor was just saying. The imagination on this one blows my mind. She walks around the house all day talking to imaginary people and pretend playing. It is VERY entertaining and fun to watch.
  • Missing the days when these girls were young and didn't have to go to school. A lot of my other friends are at that stage with young kids and I wish I could go back in time. It's definately not an easier time, but I miss just having every day to plan and do whatever we wanted. So friends, enjoy your time home with your kids because school comes WAY too fast!!
  • Both of these girls have been a handful lately. Yes, they get along and have fun together and laugh a lot. But I'd be lying if i said it was always like that. Cause it's not. Taylor is Devan's second mom. Always on her or correcting her if she's doing something wrong. We are constantly reminding her to be her big sister. Just have fun with her! Leave the parenting to us. Then you have Devan. Our little ball of fire. We are working a lot with her on how she talks to people. She has quite the attitude and the way she talks, especially to Taylor, is unexceptable in our household. And her temper, she's easily angered. Needless to say, we are working on a LOT of heart issues in this house...including my own. But loving and enjoying these girls so much. Parenting is NOT an easy job at all but it is so rewarding when you see your children putting in to action what you've been training them to do. These girls are such a joy and I feel so blessed to be their mom. Can't wait to add some more testosterone to this house that is OVERFLOWING with estrogen!! ;-)
  • We have officially moved the girls in together in one room. You might think that is a bad idea espcially with all the fighting, but truthfully I think it's exactly what they need. As I am typing this now, they are up in bed giggling away. We've been having fun starting to redecorate and get rid of things and organize. And yes, our family closet is still working out GREAT!! Although, obviously the laundry piles up much faster since it's all going in the same place so I really need to stay on top of it. Also still loving my homemade laundry detergent!!
  • Danny went hunting up the street the other morning and came home with this. He took the meat to a butcher, so we'll have plenty of deer meat. He saved the antlers and they will be going in the baby's room. =)
  • Went out last night with some childhood friends Emily and Rachel. Had a great time catching up and wandering IKEA getting some things for the girls room.
  • If anyone wants a glimpse of what we went through with Devan when she was born you can check out some pics here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Break and things...

My phone has been a little bit silly sending my pics to my email so I can upload them here, so we'll see how many pics I actually end up with for this post. This week is Fall Break for Taylor at school. I don't know why they have it but I LOVE it!!! Danny took Monday off so he could do something fun with the kids. We decided on a very last minute trip to Lombardi Ranch where Amy and Sophie were able to come join us too! Very fun and special for being so last minute. We even ran into our cousins Riley and Gavin while we were there!! We grabbed lunch at Chipotle afterwards where I downed a whole burritto.**side note: at my dr appointment yesterday I had gained 6 pounds. I swear it was from that burritto! gotta go back there!** That evening Danny and BIL(brother in law) Chris loaded up Chris's truck and took the kids camping at Castaic Lake. They had SO much fun. Us mom's were not invited along for the trip, but later that evening we got an invite to come have some smore's. They woke up the next morning and fished before they headed home. They unloaded, ate lunch and then took the kids ice skating. We then went to our friends house for dinner. 2 very full days equaled two very tired girls who slept in till 8:45 on this cozy rainy morning. =)

Had a high risk dr appointment yesterday that went well. Like I said earlier I gained 6 pounds which was so good to see. At the beginning of my pregnancy I got the flu really bad one night and I lost 2 pounds and up until the other day I had only gained back those 2 pounds. Baby, cervix, everything looked great. I guess I have some notching on my left side, which is a resistence  in blood flow to the uterus. Not too big of a deal at this point. Doesn't affect the baby, it could just mean high blood pressure for me towards the end. But usually notching goes away on its own. They confirmed it's a BOY!!! So that was pretty exciting. Still in awe that I'm pregnant, and in shock that it's a boy. So thankful. Done with the progesterone suppossitories and I start the progestrone shots in 2 weeks, that thankfully Danny will be able to give me once a week.

My latest organizing adventure around here has been our closet. I turned it into a "family closet" yesterday. Sounds crazy I know. I've actually heard of a few families doing this. Mostly BIG families, like the Duggars, but even for our family of 4, it sounded like a great idea. See, one of the things I struggle with most is clothes. We have clothes ALL over our house. In the garage, in the front room, on the steps, in the laundry room, on the floor in the girls rooms, on the floor and bathroom of our room. SO, since we are moving the girls into one room soon anyways, and they will have limited clothing space, I decided to move everyone's clothes into our closet. We have a pretty big closet, so this obviously wouldn't work for everyone. So far, I LOVE it!! Much easier for me to have 1 central place that all clothes go to be put away and 1 place for all dirty clothes to wait to be washed. I think I'm also going to buy a few more laundry baskets so instead of one basket that all dirty clothes go into, and then have to be sorted, I'll just have a basket for each color load that the clothes will automatically go into. Anyways, just trying it out for now. Trying to make things as simple as possible around here. 

And just for a laugh, while our husbands and kids were camping the other night, Dawn and I went to the mall. I was in need for some comfy jeans. I knew that it was time for some new ones, I just  forgot how badly I needed them ASAP. I had TOTALLY forgot about this little hole I had in the jeans I was wearing, until I was in a dressing room at the first store we went to and noticed the hole and that it had gotten a little bigger. Oh well...But the good news is, I found a new pair of jeans. =)