Happy Home-iversary Alyssa!

Since the girls share a birthday, we wanted to give them each a special day of their own to celebrate them as individuals. We chose to use their “come home day” from the hospital, since they didn’t get to come home together. It is a nice way to celebrate something that was not so fun at the time. (having to leave them in the hospital) So today is Alyssa’s 2 year home-iversary.

I have been thinking a lot about the day Alyssa came home recently. We got a new computer and have a picture slideshow as our screensaver. The slideshow always starts with pictures of us bringing Alyssa home. Why it chooses to start there I have no idea. Anyways, I’ve been looking at how tiny she was and how happy we were to bring home our first baby ever. I’ve heard a lot of parents talk about being very nervous to bring home their baby, even being surprised the hospital let them leave with this tiny little fragile life. We did NOT feel that way. We were so excited to finally have just one of our daughters home with us where she belonged. Seeing these pictures has also gotten both Russell and I excited about Sprout being born and coming home as well.

Last year we celebrated Alyssa’s home-iversary with a trip to the Oakland Zoo. This year however, with me being about to pop, and Russell having to work we weren’t able to do anything quite as exciting. Although I am trying to make the most of the LAST day that it is just me and the girls home alone. Just the three of us. After today things will never be the same! But I still wanted to do a post and take a little walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoy!

Just got home! So tiny in that little car seat!

You mean I live HERE?

About to be swaddled.

Alyssa at one year… when we lived in Santa Rosa.

Mommy and Lissie at two years. (Does she look like she is pretending to shoot herself in the head?!)

Alyssa- I love you more and more everyday. You continue to amaze me in the things you say and do. I know you’ll be able to accomplish any dreams you have. I can’t imagine my life with you and look forward to seeing you in your new role as a big sister. I love you always and am so proud of you. Thank you for everything you add to my life. You make it wonderful!

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Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm  Comments (1)  

No News Is No News

You’ve heard the expression “no news is good news”. Well around our house I started using the variation “no news is no news”. You see, the problem we are having (as most near due pregnant women do) is that if anyone ever calls me and I don’t answer (perhaps I am using the bathroom -as pregnant women rarely do!- or am trying to wrangle my two little monkeys off of something high and dangerous -which also never happens around here-) then people automatically assume I must already be at the hospital getting ready for our new little one to arrive. So for our family and close friends the saying is “no news is no news”, meaning we’ll call if anything starts going ahead of schedule. Otherwise, relax. Don’t worry. And wait for Thursday.

Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 8:54 am  Comments (2)  
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Have You Heard?

About Elkbar?

Elkbar is an extraordinary penguin. He has cool gadgets like a rocket pack, a refrigerator ray, and a digital watch. The problem is that because he’s got these amazing gadgets (you may not think a digital watch is all that cool, but remember… he is a penguin!) and so the other penguins are jealous and aren’t very nice to him. So Elkbar decides to make the journey to “Really Big Mountain” to get some advice on how to make the other penguins like him from “The great and powerful Fargo Roberts, Wise Moose of the Far East.” He meets some obstacles along the way, and even bigger ones when he finally reaches his home of Penguintonia. Can he save the day from “the Great and Powerful Bob the Robo-Lyon”?

Well…

You’ll just have to wait to find out.

This is a child’s book written by a friend of mine, Taylor Mosbey. The awesome artwork is by Chris Fason. It is creative and funny (to both kids and adults) and needs help to get published. So do me a favor and go check out these links. You can check out his Facebook by clicking here, OR go and make a pledge on his Kickstarter account. There you can learn more about this extraordinary penguin and how he came to be. By pledging as little as $5 you can receive Elkbar pins, a poem written about you (by the author of the book) or a digital copy of the book. Other pledges can get you paperback copies, even signed by the author and artist, original artwork, and you can even name a penguin in the book! Pretty cool. (Pledges are deducted only if they reach their goal) So check them out, and throw a little support to a new dad. Oh ya, did I mention the author just had a son? Pretty cute too. Maybe you could make a donation just because his baby is cool.

Ya, I thought so.

Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Confessions

I said I would try before, and I actually remembered that today is Friday, so here it goes. My Friday Confessions for this week! Please don’t expect this to be a regular thing though, at least for a while 🙂

I confess…

I have already had like a million typos. Yes, I realize I only wrote three sentences so far. I bet if I had left them all this post would be unreadable.

I confess…

Tomorrow my brother is getting married and I am missing it. Not by choice, which makes it even harder.

I confess…

I have known since basically when we found out we were pregnant that I would have to miss it. The whole time I have had the attitude that life happens and I can’t do anything to change it, so stop worrying about it.

I confess…

That is easier said than done.

I confess…

It is hard seeing everyone post on facebook about traveling and being there for stuff already. I really feel like I am missing out.

I confess…

I can’t imagine how I will feel tomorrow when it is actually happening. Or when I see pictures.

I confess…

I know in 10 years it won’t be an issue anymore, but it sure sucks tonight.

I confess…

I can’t say I’d change things though, because then I wouldn’t be about to meet my baby #3.

I confess…

I actually have a lot of mixed feelings about that also. This baby is extremely wanted and loved so much already, but

I confess…

I am worried about being the mom I want to be to three kids just 25 months apart.

I confess…

I worry about having enough energy, and patience, and time for each of them.

I confess…

I worry most about the girls and how they will transition into the roll of the big sisters. Will they feel special and important, or pushed to the side? Will they still excel in their learning and development?

I confess…

I am so thrilled to have made it this far into this pregnancy. (Does this one go without saying? Or have I said it one too many times yet?)

I confess…

I also struggle with feeling confident about things. I worry I am not doing kick counts enough and will miss a problem with the baby.

I confess…

I have read WAY too many blogs about parents losing their babies to be able to believe that everything will always be o.k. For some people it just isn’t.

I confess…

This is a pretty depressing post. I’m sorry.

I confess…

I am actually really happy with my life and where things are headed. I am just a worry-er.

I confess…

I have no idea if it should be worry-er, or worrier, or something completely different.

I confess…

I don’t really have a way to end this post. So this will be it. Have a great weekend everyone, and good luck to my brother and his bride tomorrow!

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Published in: on February 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm  Comments (3)  

38 Weeks

Another week bites the dust. Do I need to tell you how excited I am to have made it to 38 weeks? No? O.k. Well I’ll just show you a new picture then.

And here is what babycenter.com says about Sprout this week:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby’s nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby’s born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

I love this advice. I’ll just add naps, book reading and quality time to my endless list of things to do before the baby arrives. Which, by the way is ONE WEEK from today! I can’t believe this is my last week to be pregnant. Time sure does fly. That reminds me, don’t forget to vote on whether you think Sprout is a boy or girl. Right now the boys have it with a whopping 77% vs. the girls with only 22%.

Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm  Comments (2)  

Tonight

As I sit here and listen to my children screaming at the top of their lungs from being overtired (thanks to going to bed an hour late last night, trying to wake up at 4:30 this morning and only taking about a one hour nap this afternoon) I am reminded of the teenage girl I met in the doctors office just two days ago. After seeing me and watching Sprout move, she told her mom “I can’t wait to be pregnant.” Oh yes you can! Even as an adult, who was ready and tried for a long time to bring children into this world- parenting is hard. HARD. I can’t imagine the struggles of trying to do this as a teenager, or a single parent for that matter. I don’t know how those people survive. Maybe there should be some kind of school program where kids are made to visit homes of families with young children, so they can see just how exhausting it can be. That it isn’t all squishy cheeks, and smiles and hugs and funny pronunciations of words. That there are endless dirty diapers, tantrums, and time outs. That there are sleepless nights, and all too early mornings. Oh by the way, did I mention I am due with baby #3 any day?  🙂

Published in: on February 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm  Comments (2)  

A Pear Of Chairs

I have said it before and I am sure I’ll say it again. I love being crafty. I am not the “I sell a ton of items off Etsy and make a bunch of money” kind of crafty. I don’t have that kind of time. But I do enjoy making a good number of custom items for people, that help pay for the crafts I want to do at home for us. Most recently I needed to make a new cover for one of our high chairs. It was that old plasticy vinyl and was literally crumbling to pieces. So I bought a really cute (neutral enough) apple and pear fabric and got to work. The good news is it came out great! The bad news is that it made the other chair just look terrible. The colors on the new cover are bright and fresh, and the colors on the other chair were just different shades of tan that were faded and dirty. SO… I had to make another cover. Luckily I had just enough of the new fabric to make a second cover. (To keep the direction of the pattern going the right direction I had to buy more than I needed.) So at the end of the day we ended up with two brand new matching covers for around $5 each.

I made the holes for the buckles pretty much like a button hole, with small, tight zig zag seams.

The girls really seem to enjoy them and are saying things like “new high chair” and “mama made it”. Thanks girls. Glad you enjoy 🙂

Published in: on February 19, 2012 at 8:52 am  Comments (1)  
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The Big One

I have asked quite a few questions during this pregnancy. Most recently, how pregnant is too pregnant to wash my hair bent over the bathtub. (Whatever the answer is, 37 weeks isn’t it!) Another big one is whether or not to circumcise if it is a boy. But the time has come to ask the biggest one of all.

What do YOU think Sprout will be, a boy or a girl?

So vote now, and I’ll try to reveal the final results shortly before the baby is born.

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 8:32 am  Comments (1)  

37 Weeks

Woo Hoo! Another goal has been hit. I am now considered “full term”. It is something I am aware other people are noticing about me as well. The girl who did my haircut the other night was very alert anytime I took a deep breath, and pleaded with me to not go into labor while in her chair. I also see the hesitation on people’s faces before they board an elevator with me. I know they are just imagining being trapped there and having to deliver my baby themselves. But I am feeling great! I could go on and on about how excited I am that Sprout will not be born premature, but that could get old week after week, so I will just share a new picture with you.

According to babycenter.com Sprout is probably about 6 1/3 pounds, and about 19 inches long. It will be so exciting to see if this baby looks anything like the girls did, or if he/she has totally different characteristics. Only a little bit left before we find out 🙂

And while we are on questions…  here is another. How pregnant is too pregnant to wash my hair bent over the tub?

Published in: on February 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Confessions

There is a friday blog hop that a couple people I know participate in. It is called Friday Confessions. I like the idea of it, but I have never participated. Honestly because

I confess…

I very rarely know what day of the week it is.

So I thought I would do just my own stand alone post today. I hope you enjoy it.

I confess…

I put the girls in their high chairs and gave them leftover birthday cupcakes in order to do this post.

I confess…

I think it is a win-win.

I confess…

I am exhausted from this weekend. I am trying to squeeze in all of the last things I want to get done before the baby comes. We got the alignment fixed on the new car, the girls two year check up out of the way, maternity photos taken, the house cleaned, amended taxes done, Russell got a massage, and I got a haircut.

I confess…

The girls are already done with their cupcakes.

I confess…

I also bought girl scout cookies this weekend.

I confess…

I spent more on the cookies than I did on the maternity photos.

I confess…

I have no problem with that.

I confess…

This pregnancy has flown by and I can’t believe we are going to meet Sprout in 2 weeks!

I confess…

The thing I am most looking forward to about not being pregnant is sleeping on my stomach. Man, I miss that.

I confess…

I think I am all done preparing and am ready for Sprout to come any time.

I confess…

I will probably find something else I deem “really important” to take care of tomorrow.

I confess…

This was fun. Maybe I should try to make it a habit. What do you think?

Published in: on February 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm  Comments (2)