Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Babbles

It's Tuesday night. I'm plain exhausted. Too much time in the sun and just running around today has made me one pooped Mama. Just wanted to share what has been happening around these parts the last few days...

I started to feel better late Friday evening. I canceled my OB appointment that I was supposed to have on Friday, as well as a playdate at Gymboree and had to back out of a scrapbooking party with some girlfriends. I'm glad that I did. If I had done all of that, I know I'd still be feeling pretty bad. Jason carted Aidan off to a friend's house for the day. It was great to just rest.

Unfortunately, Jason got sick on Friday evening. Saturday was spent at home. Him sick, me feeling better and tending to the little man. On Sunday Jason started to feel better, but was cautious about what he ate and his actions. He mostly just rested. I was getting a little sick of being in the house, so Aidan and I headed to an open house. I'll feature it next Sunday for you all.

Monday we were all finally feeling better. Hurrah! We did some shopping in the morning, worked around the house in the afternoon, and then headed to a cookout/pool party with our "Texas family". That would be my two closest girlfriends, their hubbies and their kiddos, who happen to be Aidan's best frienda. And, both of my girlfriends are pregnant- one due in November, the other December. We had a great time swimming in the pool and snacking on ribs, burgers, potato salad and my homemade blackberry cheesecake. Yum! It was a great end to a rather dull weekend. :)

Today I headed to the doctor, with Aidan in tow, for my blood glucose test. Yuck. That orange glucose drink seriously makes me want to vomit! Here's hoping I don't have to take the three hour test! We ended up being there for an hour and forty five minutes. Aidan was not happy! But, afterward we met up with some friends at a local splash pad. My little guy had such a great time splashing around in the water. I'll take pictures next time! Later on this evening, on our way to get the mail, Aidan discovered a sprinkler watering our neighbors yard. He just ran for it and got completely soaked. It was hilarious! I didn't mind that he was in his clothes and shoes, he was going to get a bath anyway, right? I'm so happy that my little guy loves the water so much.

Tomorrow I'm going to take him to our neighborhood pool in the morning. I love that we are able to take advantage of these beautiful, sunny days. And it's nice to be able to cool off in this 95+ degree heat.

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

5QF- 5/27/11

This Mama is still feeling a bit under the weather... but I'll survive. 
Jason was wonderful and came home from work early yesterday to hang out with Aidan so that I could stay in bed, sleep and read magazines. 
I haven't really been eating much, which makes me a little nervous. You see, this morning I have my glucose test at my OB's and I'm afraid I may not be able to keep that nasty, syrupy, orange stuff down. I guess we'll find out!


Update: I didn't get to the doctor this morning. Lucky me spent the night running back and forth from our bed to the toilet. Good times. Jason ran out to the store to get me some "sick tummy" stuff and is then taking Aidan to a friend's house for the day so that I can rest. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life. :)

Anyway, since I don't feel like writing a real post today, I thought I'd entertain you with some of Mama M's 5QF questions! Yay!
1. Do you apologize to your kids?

Well, I don't think I've ever gotten mad enough at Aidan to where I'd have to apologize to him... There have been times though that I've knocked him over by mistake when he's been right under me and I didn't know. Then, I ALWAYS apologize!

2. What color are your nails right now?
The fingernails are au naturale and the toe nails are hot pink. I am planning on getting a mani/pedi with a fellow preggo friend this weekend. I'm really looking forward to that... it's been WAY too long!

3. When you were growing up, how difficult was it for you to stay home from school sick? (As in, did you have to vomit or just say "I don't feel good".)
 Honestly? Pretty difficult. My Mom is a nurse. So yea... But, when I was sick, I was really sick! When I was younger (think before Junior High) I hated to miss school. I would get upset if I had to stay at home and miss out on learning. As I got older, I didn't mind as much. Until I got to college, then I'd pretty much always go to class, even if I felt like death.

4. When is the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?
Hmmm... Not sure. It's probably been a few years. We don't really have a "comforter" anyway. It's a quilt. A comforter in Texas would be pretty ridiculous. Today it was 98 degrees, no comforter needed!

5. Favorite website(s)?
 I'm not sure if I have a favorite website, but there are definitely those that I use daily:

Yahoo!
Blogger
Facebook- not as much these days though
Wikipedia- so informative!
IMDb- I like to keep up on my movie/celebrity/TV info!
Meetup.com- I am the Organizer of my Mom's Group and it's the site we use to connect
That's all folks. Here's hoping I feel better soon.

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Late night rambling

Today has been a hard day on my body. I'm achy in all of the wrong places, a little sunburned on my shoulders and mentally and physically exhausted.

Aidan and I went swimming earlier with some friends. He had the time of his life! He loved getting in and out of the pool, over and over and over and over.... Once he was on the pool deck he would "dance" for everybody, then get back in the water. If he wasn't dancing, he was running around shouting with delight as his little friend, J, chased after him in copycat fashion. They were a riot!

Once we got home, I laid him and myself down for some much needed nap time. Except,  I couldn't really nap. It seems that insomnia is my new best friend. I really don't know when I last had a decent night's sleep. These long, sleepless nights are really starting to take their toll on my ever-growing body.

It also seems that Baby Number Two is on a mission to cause me as much discomfort as possible. I still have 15 weeks left to go and I hope that they're not all full of uncomfortable days like I've had today.

I love being pregnant. I do. I'm that woman who usually has NO pregnancy symptoms, atleast none to seriously complain about. But, when your 25 week-in-utero baby has all ready discovered the joys of jamming their foot into your ribcage and kicking as hard as possible, it's difficult to not complain just a little bit.
That and the fact that I think I'm getting Braxton-Hicks contractions will definitely make for some uncomfortable days ahead.Oh, and today my nausea was awful. Great.

In other news, it looks like we have found renters for our Ohio rental. Jason and I are really excited and are hoping that they will be moving in on the first of July. If all goes well, we'll know for sure by the beginning of next week.

There have also been a lot of changes happening in our little house down here in Texas. Painting, dry wall removal, and hopefully the installation of beadboard soon. Our house is a bit of a disaster area right now, which is really stressing me out, but I know that it'll be worth it once we're all finished with our home improvements. I can't wait to share our house's "new look" with y'all!

Well, it's getting close to bedtime and I want to try to get some shut eye before my body magically wakes up at 3 am. You're jealous, aren't you?

Sweet dreams,

Emily

On the Night You Were Born

Yesterday while perusing Home Goods, I stumbled upon a book I had never heard of.

(By the way, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, etc. are EXCELLENT stores to find children's books. They usually have them atleast 30% off the cover price, and they carry good ones that we've actually heard of. I recommend checking them out if you haven't all ready!)

The book was called, "On the Night You Were Born", by Nancy Tillman.



I started to read it to see if it was something I thought Aidan would be interested in. I got about halfway through and had to close it. I didn't want to risk flooding the store with my emotional Mommy/pregnancy tears. It was absolutely beautiful.

For those of you familiar with "Love You Forever", it was that caliber when it comes to sentimental Mother/child books that shouldn't be read if you've just had a baby or your are feeling emotionally vulnerable. Because man does that book make you cry!


I wanted to share the words of the book here with you. They're too good to keep from other Mommas who may not have stumbled up on this little gem.

"On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.'

Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world.


So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain
that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.
It sailed the farmland high on the breeze
over the ocean
and through the trees
until everyone heard it
and everyone knew
of the one and only ever you.

Not once had there been such eyes,
such a nose,
such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.


When the polar bears heard, 
they danced until dawn.

From faraway places,
the geese flew home.

The moon stayed up until morning next day,
and none of the ladybugs flew away.

So whenever you doubt just how special you are
and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far,
listen for geese honking high in the sky,
(They're singing a song to remember you by.)


Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.
(It's because they've been dancing all night for you!)

Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind.
(Listen closely... it's whispering your name again!)

If the moon stays up until morning one day,
or a ladybug lands and decides to stay,
or a little bird sits are your window awhile,
it's because they're all hoping to see you smile.


For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend,
and it never will, never ever again.

Heaven blew every trump
and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvelous
night you were born."
What a wonderful gift this book would be for a new Mom or Dad.

Now, go out and buy it so you can read it to your kiddos. :)


Thursday, May 19, 2011

A job well done

Yesterday we took Aidan to his Pediatrician (for the second time this week) for his 15 month appointment. The little guy was EXTREMELY hyper and ran around the waiting room squealing with delight. (Jason got there after us and literally heard Aidan's happy screeches down the hallway!)

He climbed up chairs, then slithered off of them and loudly ran to another chair across the room and climbed it.

Press repeat about 300 times.

The receptionists found him excruciatingly adorable and wanted to take him home. Jason and I just watched him. His energy still amazes and exhausts us all at the same time.

After he was weighed, measured, and temperatured (is that a word?) we headed back to our little room to wait for his doctor. Aidan had a wonderful time running around the room in his sandals and diaper terrorizing anything he could. His object of choice was the paper covering the examining table.

He joyfully tore it to shreds.

His doctor came in and asked us questions about Aidan's development:

How many words does he say? Atleast 15. His newest words are "meow", "no" and last night he said "I love you" for the first time. Jason and I melted at that one!

Does he understand simple commands? He understands everything from "come here" to "let's put your jammies on." The latter prompts him to walk to his bedroom so that we can change for the evening.

Can he walk backwards? He walks backwards so that he can sit down in our laps. It's literally the only time he walks. The child runs EVERYWHERE!

Does he like to use his fingers and hands? Oh yes. He touches everything and loves to feed himself. He is starting to get the hang of eating with utensils and will probably be feeding himself solo pretty soon.

 (Playing outside with his bucket and shovel.)

Does he imitate your sounds and movements? He is at the point where he tries to say things we say. And he loves to imitate things we do, especially cleaning. Aidan likes to take paper towels and "clean" the floor!

Can he wave bye bye? Yep. He also waves hello and loves to greet people with big, wet open mouthed kisses! He's a charmer!

Is he climbing on things? Umm... duh! What doesn't the child climb on? He's a freakin' monkey!


Can he identify body parts and pictures?  His ability to identify objects is absolutely amazing. Ask him to point to anything from his belly, to a fish, to a tree and he knows exactly what he is supposed to be gesturing to. 


Can he color? He does. But only with color wonder markers that work on their own special paper. I'm not taking any chances with my white furniture and crayons!


Aidan's pediatrician was extremely impress with his abilities and said that he is developmentally at an 18 month level.

I have to tell you that at that moment I was bursting with pride.

As a parent, but especially a mother whose job it is to raise him, I felt wonderful.

Sometimes I question my ability as a mother. Am I doing a good job? Should I be doing something different? Is Aidan really learning anything from me?

It's a very hard profession, but also the most rewarding job I've ever had. To see Aidan's progress, how he learns and figures things out for himself, gives me such satisfaction. Seeing the look of delight on his face when something clicks in his head. When he realizes that he can say that word or press that button or turn the page of that book.

(Reading to himself on the couch)

Every parent thinks that their child is unique, smart and special But when it is confirmed by somebody you respect,  by their Pediatrician, it really is affirmation that you are doing the right thing.

That you are the one nurturing your child to become an independent and intelligent individual. And heck, you're doing a pretty darn good job!

It's all worth it. The frustrations, the tears, the ups and downs- to know that your child is succeeding in life and becoming the person you want them to be.


 (Having a laugh with his favorite pet, Flippy)

That makes being a mother, hands down, the most fulfilling job I will ever have in my life! :)



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's only Wednesday?

Even though it's only Wednesday, I'm all ready pretty burnt out this week. After our fantastic trip to the beach this weekend, Aidan came down with a fever.

He was fussy and yanking at his ears (the poor guy is getting FOUR molars at once!), so we decided to give him some Ibuprofen before bed to help with the fever and the teething pain. For some reason he decided that he wanted to wake up at 2:30 am, bright eyed and bushy tailed. He babbled away in his crib for a few HOURS before falling back to sleep.

*yawn* 

Sunday he was equally as fussy and the fever was back. Jason also started not feeling well. (Of course!) We had friends over for dinner and sent Aidan off to bed before they had even left for the evening.

Sunday night was awful. Between sick Aidan, sick Jason, my pregnancy induced-insomnia, trading with Jason between the bed and the couch (he had a horrific cough that gave me a headache) and a minimum of 3 nightly trips to the bathroom, I finally managed to fall asleep around 3:30am.

And woke up at 7:30. Lovely.

I took Aidan to the doctor in the morning and low and behold he has his second ear infection in a month and a half. My poor baby! He all ready is feeling better thanks to his antibiotics and I'm hoping that he'll be 100% by the weekend.

Jason took the day off of work to rest and get better. I'm hoping that I don't come down with whatever it is he's carrying around. A sick Mama is not a fun Mama!

In the past few days I've also squeezed in 3 interviews for possible new Mamas for my Mom's Group, errands, playdates, a few hours of dog sitting and still managed to get most of my other "duties" done.

Whoever thinks that the life of a Stay at Home Mom consists of watching Lifetime movies and chomping on bon bons is seriously jaded!

I am also working on getting our house in Ohio rented. Finally!!

I've had 9 inquiries, 6 which are good prospects. We had two showings last night and one of the families is extremely interested. I sent them a rental application last night and if everything checks out, including their references, we're hoping this will be a done deal! Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

We haven't had renters in over a year, so we've been pulling double duty on mortgages since last April. It'll be a breath of fresh air, and a boost in our savings account, once we get tenants again.

I have to admit that after the disastrous results we had with our last tenants, I'm a little leery about letting anybody live in our house at this point. (What? I never told you about that? Well, that's a story for another day...)

This time we are being more strict with our application process and will not accept pets under ANY circumstances.

Lesson learned people.

On top of all of this, Jason is going to be painting multiple areas of our house while Aidan and I are out of town this weekend. I have chosen the paint colors (I think?!) and he'll go to town while we're gone!

His task list:
Living room
Foyer
Breakfast room
Kitchen
Hallway
One wall in our bedroom
Master bathroom

It's a pretty hefty job and I know that he won't get the majority of it done in two days. I'll be happy if he can finish the Kitchen/Breakfast room/Living room/Hallway and Foyer before we get home.

But, this leaves me with lots of things to dismantle/box up/store in the garage before Aidan and I leave on Friday morning.

I know that even if this week is full of stress, sick babies and packing, I have a great weekend to look forward to!

What are we doing, you ask?

Well, Aidan and I are jetting off to Baltimore to visit our fabulous friends, Mama Marchand and her little N!

I couldn't be more excited!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beach Bums

Over the weekend we traveled with some friends down to Surfside Beach for the day. We haven't really "gone" to the beach since I was pregnant with Aidan. I was really looking forward to seeing how the little man would enjoy his first beach trip.

 
We bought a $10 annual pass that will allow us to drive our car onto the beach every time we visit.  Considering the drive is only an hour and a half, I have a feeling that we will be putting that pass to good use this summer!
We brought a cooler full of food and drinks, as well as some beach chairs. Our friends went all out and brought a beach canopy, table for food, a tabletop grill and horseshoes! 

Aidan really enjoyed being carried into the water and splashing around.

He also got a kick out of playing in the sand with his friend, J.



The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and a nice cool breeze to tone down the low-90s heat. 

The Dads spend the majority of the time playing the kids, which was great for us pregnant Mommas. We were able to just talk, relax and soak up the sun!

We stayed for about 5 1/2 hours, then decided to head home.


Somebody enjoyed himself, don't you think?

Hopefully we'll be headed back down to the beach in a few short weeks!


Friday, May 13, 2011

5QF- 5/13/11

What's with blogger today? It "hid" some of my more recent posts and is being all kindsa funky!

Anyway, I'm happy to report that our "dry spell" officially ended last night! Hurrah! It rained for about 2 hours, which wasn't nearly enough, but I'm sure it made our dying grass very happy!

Aidan is napping and I'm trying to get my lists in order for everything that we need to take to the beach tomorrow. We're planning a day of fun, sun and cool, Gulf breezes with Aidan's little girlfriend and her family. I'm sure we'll have a blast! But, I am kinda tired and in the mood for procrastinating... so I thought I'd play along with Mama M and take a break from my list making.

1) Tube socks, calf socks, crew, ankle or none?

No socks for me! I can pretty much wear my sandals year-round here in Houston. If I HAVE to wear socks, they are ankle socks. But, I'd much rather not. I love getting a sandal tan! Mine is looking pretty spiffy all ready. :)


2) Was your child's name a mutual decision or was it a debate? 

Mutual. Aidan was a favorite name of mine since I was little. I even named my pet rabbit Aidan. Jason also likes the name, so it was easy. Now, baby number two is a different story. We don't really even have names picked out yet. Well kinda. But not really. I guess we should probably get moving on that, eh?



3) What is your favorite type of weather?

I have two. One is high 70s with no humidity and lots of sunshine! Perfect for spending a day outside without feeling like you may melt at any second, Wicked Witch style.

The second is cool, Autumn weather. In the high 50s. I love a cloudless night, stars twinkling, huddled around a campfire with good friends and being able to comfortably wear jeans, a sweatshirt and sandals. Perfection! Oh, and there would be s'mores. There must ALWAYS be s'mores when there is a campfire. Period.



4) If left to your own devices, what time would you wake up everyday?

Probably around 8- 8:30. I'm not big on sleeping in anymore. I feel like I could be getting stuff done instead. That's what time I usually wake up anyway, since it's when the little guy decides he's had enough sleep and wants to start his day. Although, my sleep is usually interrupted by Jason waking up around 7:00. After that it's pretty hard for me to really fall back asleep. Boo!


5) Have you bought your cemetery plots yet?

Nope. We just did the whole "will thing" though. Not fun. Not fun at all. But, atleast it's taken care of! One step at a time!


Well, I guess it's back to my lists.....

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, May 12, 2011

It's a....

Well, we had our big ultrasound yesterday. You know, the one where you find out the sex of the baby. I'm a little farther along than usual for this ultrasound (23 weeks) and we were pretty certain that whether we wanted to or not (which we were choosing NOT), we would most likely find out the sex of Baby Number Two.

So, the results are in and it's a.....



Mango!
 

We're so proud. :)

Sorry, I had to be mean like that. Luckily we did not find out the sex of our little one and it will still be a surprise when I go into labor and deliver our baby in early September. Baby is weighing in at a healthy one pound and one ounce and is about twelve inches long. Everything looked good on the ultrasound, too!

I'm still feeling great and haven't gained more than one pound so far. Amazing? I think so!

This heat is starting to wear on me a bit and picking up Aidan is becoming  more difficult. It's hard for me to hold him for more than 5 minutes at a time, which he really hates. Especially when he is in one of his "Ineedmymamarightnow!" moods.

Baby can hear outside of the womb now. So, I'm sure it's enjoying hearing the sounds of our dogs barking at nothing, Aidan babbling in his little language and me rockin' out to Van Morrison while I cook dinner in the evenings.

It's exciting to think that we're all ready more than halfway there!





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Peanut Butter Jelly Time


The best lunch EVER, in Aidan's opinion!


Oooh, what's that? Some leftover in between my fingers? Yum!


Look Mom!


 Is there anymore?


Seriously, I only get ONE sandwich?


That's okay, I'll get you back later with a HUGE, poopy diaper! Mwahaha!



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dry

The only sign of life in this dry, DRY desert of Houston, Texas.


And it's on a cactus in our backyard. (Yes there are cacti in my yard. Okay, only one.. but still. Fancy, eh?)


Go figure.


Rain, rain come today! It's been some time since you've come here to play. (Since January people. Our yard is dust. It's awful!)

Let's make a deal... I'll send all you Northerners some of this 95 degree heat and you send some of your rain down this way.

Whaddaya say? Is it a deal?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

After a long week last week, in which I was a trade show widow (Jason was working a large, local trade show all week and was gone 14+ hours each day), followed by a busy weekend visit from my brother and sister-in-law, I was happy for Mother's Day to roll around.

No grand plans.

No going out to eat.

Just time at home with my boys.

We all slept in, then ate pancakes for breakfast.

Aidan was happy to finally have time at home to play with his toys. We played, read books and laughed.

It was refreshing.

He and Jason took naps at the same time. I lounged on the couch, watched a movie and enjoyed some alone time.

They woke up, and then it was my turn for a nap. Followed by some time playing in the backyard.

Later on we made a family trip to the bookstore where Jason treated me to two new reads. I'm excited to start them! Afterward, we stopped at the store and I picked up the fixins for a simple dinner: herbed spinach and cheese ravioli with garlic bread and caesar salad. Delicious!

After Aidan had gone to bed Jason and I spent time together. Which we hadn't done in more than a week.It was great to just be with each other and talk. I'm still amazed at how well we click and at how much I love him. My love for him continues to grow everyday. I feel so lucky.

This Mother's Day made me happy for so many reasons.

Blessed to be the mother of such a beautiful, intelligent, active little boy.

Lucky to be loved by such an amazing man.

Grateful that soon we will open up our hearts, home and life to another sweet baby.

And thankful for my own strong, beautiful Mother back in Ohio, who raised me to become the woman I am today. And who always made me believe that I deserve this wonderful life that has been bestowed upon me.

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Today is a good day.... and this week will be a good week. :)

* This morning I had my 21 week OB appointment. All is well with baby and Mama. I also found out that I've only gained ONE POUND so far in my 21 weeks of pregnancy. Woohoo! The heartbeat was about 140 and baby is moving around like a disco dancer. I have a feeling that our next little one is going to give Aidan a run for his money in the energy department!

* Last Saturday my sister and I spend the afternoon registering. She is due with baby number one a month after our number two arrives. We had a great time "playing" with the "gun" at Target. She went a *little* crazy, but I think she chose some great things for her little one. I have to say that it's nice to not have to deal with that again. Since everything we bought for Aidan was gender neutral, we literally have almost nothing that needs to be bought for our second child. There are a handful of things that we'll purchase ourselves, such as a second monitor and a double stroller. But that's about all. See, there ARE benefits to not knowing the gender of your babies! :)

* On Saturday Aidan and I attended a birthday party. One of his little friends turned 2 years old! It's crazy to think how quickly these kiddos are growing up. It's also crazy to think of all of the birthday parties we have ALL READY attended this year. My little man sure is Mr. Popular!

* Sunday morning Aidan, Jason and I participated in the Walk for Lupus (which is why there was no House Hunt Sunday this week). One of Jason's coworkers suffers from this horrible, debilitating disease. I'm glad that we were able to help raise awareness for such a wonderful cause.

* Last night I had a "preggo date night" with a girlfriend. Her baby is due three months before mine. We saw "Water for Elephants." It was FANTASTIC! I haven't read the book, but I definitely want to now. Some scenes were hard to deal with, as there is animal abuse in the film, but I truly appreciated how beautiful the film was.

* This week we are going to lay low for the most part. That is, until Thursday evening. My brother and sister-in-law are coming for a short visit. Thursday night we're headed up to see Jimmy Buffet right after I pick them up from the airport. Aidan will be having a sleepover with his little girlfriend, J. I know he'll have a great time and without a doubt so will we at the concert!

Linking up with Carissa....

Enjoy your week. :)

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