Friday, January 29, 2010
Ali is finally starting to point to my belly and say "baby"... we're still not sure if she REALLY knows what is going to happen come May and this baby becomes a part of her world, but it is so sweet that she is kissing the belly and recognizing that her momma's belly is growing!
As for how I am feeling- I feel tired. Maybe too tired for 26 weeks along. I am OUT COLD every night by 8:00, and I almost feel myself getting depressed over what being tired has taken away from me. Remember, I am a clean freak, and letting my house get messy really messes with my emotions (I know that sounds weird, but I am who I am people). So I am finding that I am feeling depressed in the past week or so at the fact that I just simply do not have the energy to get the daily activities that I want to get done accomplished, and that my house looks and feels gross.
I am sad that my huge belly (I mean seriously, I carry babies big!) restricts what I can and cannot do with Ali. I LOVE to get down and play with her on the floor, it is our time to be momma and daughter at the end of a work day, but lately the thought of getting down on the floor with her to play, and then having to get back up again, just drains me. It also does not help that she also does not get that jumping on the belly is not a pleasant experience LOL.
I have a doctor appointment February 10- so I am for sure going to make sure my iron counts are too low or something crazy like that. I'm sure it's just part of the package... and it's just preparing me for being a mother of two!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
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You must enter by Saturday, January 31st- one winner will be announced Monday, Feb 1st.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
What a precious baby I have been blessed with- she's gotta be sent straight from heaven!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I feel so bad for his parents, because they feel helpless to curve the behavior. They are starting to blame the daycare, because how they discipline him at home (spanking) is not how the daycare does or can discipline him. The kid does not respond to being put in time-out, and his mom is getting frustrated that no other option has been presented. She has met with the director of the daycare numerous times- who says it is simply a phase he is going through because he is teething- that it will pass. But that answer isn't good enough- because in the mean time, my daughter, as well as other people's children, are bearing the brunt of this nasty habit. Of course we are upset, but I also feel for my friend- she is at such a loss. I suggested sending hot sauce with him, and asking his teacher to give him a drop when he bites. I also told her to make an appointment with his doctor to maybe get some tips and tricks.
This whole situation just puts our family in a tough spot. Yeah, we are pissed that this kid keeps diving into Ali's skin- biting is not only a very physically painful problem, it can also be very dirty and infectious. I am not mad at our daycare teacher, because her hands are kind of tied legally on how she can handle it. I just wish EVERYONE involved (i.e. his parents and the director of the daycare) would be more proactive in figuring out how to curb the behavior.... so I'm asking you, dear, smart mothers out there- what is a good solution?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
... and then HELL began... KK and I both caught the bug and were vomiting out both ends from 8:00 Thursday night on. After 12 hours of me not being able to keep a thing down, I started to worry about the baby. I called the doc, and ended up at Labor and Delivery with IV Fluids and (thank GOD) medication to stop the nausea. Let me tell you, this was the WORST I've EVER felt- and the most I've ever thrown up in my life. HORRIBLE- and so terrible that KK had it as bad as me... we are so thankful that our neighbor came over and took care of Ali on Friday, she was a lifesaver! (don't' know if ya knew this- but kids don't care when their parents are almost dying they are so sick LoL).
So this weekend was spent trying to recuperate and get some sleep back- we both were feeling better by this morning- and are happy to say we can now keep both liquid and food down! Baby is fine in my belly- just probably a little miffed at been so thirsty and having to deal with some serious thrashing about on Thursday/Friday! Thank goodness it was a 24 hour bug!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I have absolutely loved being a part of this group and team.. I learn so much from meeting with these young girls and hearing their struggles and just general outlook on life as a mother in a world that does not always make it easy or acceptable for them to raise their children. Some days break my heart, and others live me feeling so filled and thankful for what I do have.
Anyway, last night we talked about stress and what makes us worry in our everyday lives. The topic and discussion I had with my group really struck a chord with me... and led me to my focus for this year= I guess my "New Year's Resolution 2010": I will not borrow trouble and spin my wheels on worrying.
A big stresser for me is money and the fact that, being a teacher married to a teacher, we never seem to have an abundance. We always make ends meet, but it seems we never have extra money for anything other than necessities. But you know what? I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful that I live simply and focus on the important parts of life. I am thankful that I have a nice home I can be proud of, and that we have never paid a bill late or missed a payment on anything. I am proud that we work hard and earn our living- and that we can say WE have worked to give our family everything we have.
I forget this fact sometimes, and I am guilty of laying awake at night, spinning my wheels on things that are totally out of my control at the moment, and things I cannot change or worry about. For example- I have found my self stressing numerous times about how we are going to pay for full-time daycare for both girls next year. While I think it is important to have this part of our budget be on the radar... we won't have to pay for both girls to go until September! So when I rationally think about it- I 've got plenty of time to spazz out (LOL) and figure it all out; until that point comes, why stress?
So I'm learning to Let Go and Let God- give up my worries in prayer, and live in the today :) focus on what's important. And knowing that, and feeling like I have a good hold on it, makes me feel happy and refreshed!
"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~Matthew 6:34
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Christmas was wonderful: KK and I decided last year to put our foot down on holidays and not spend them appeasing our families, but rather spending it relaxed and ENJOYING it. So we did not split either Thanksgiving or Christmas this year- we spent Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve with his side of the family- and Christmas Day with mine. It was so nice to not rush around and have to worry about making people mad for leaving early, etc. We loved it- enjoyed it- and remembered it! So worth it... although I think KK is STILL having to explain it to his mother- as she insisted we open gifts at her house- which we had to do 2 days AFTER Christmas, but that is neither here nor there...
BACK ON TOPIC- I got the guest bedroom cleaned out for Ali's new room to be... we still have to wait to move her in there because:
#1 last year Jack dug up the carpet in there and we have yet to replace it- new carpet is being installed as soon as our tax return is deposited
#2 My mom ordered Ali bunk beds! And we have to get them put together - so excited!!!
#3 The furniture we have to match the bunk beds needs to be repainted- so hopefully we can get her all transitioned in by spring break to her big girl room!
I also mucked out and organized our unfinished basement. I ordered a 125 sq. foot foam play mat kinda like this one to put down on the cement floor. We've already moved all of Ali's toys down there and she absolutely LOVES her new play room! Momma loves it too, because now I don't have to spend 1,000 lost hours cleaning up after her every night in the living room :) I will take pictures of her toy wonderland as soon as the mat arrives and is all set to go!
So yeah, in a nutshell, we had a great break, relaxing, fun, productive... and as always- too short. I think Ali misses her friends at daycare and it will be nice to be back on a routine, but man I love being home with her and playing all day!
So here's some pictures to recap the fun we've had over the holidays:
Ali all dressed up in her Christmas outfit. Sorry she was not looking at the camera: Elmo's Christmas Countdown was on!
Ali did great with her first encounter with the great Santa Clause! She even smiled and told him she wanted Elmo for Christmas- super cute!
Here is Ali with her FAVORITE Christmas gift... her very own stepping stool!
We also went to a birthday party at a place filled with jumping castles- it was Ali's wonderland! She was on this slide almost the entire time... this shot of her and daddy together is a rare one; big girl insisted on sliding down by herself!