Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mommy’s Little Helper

The other day Collin was taking his sippy cup, turning it upside down, mashing the spout on the floor until a large pool of water formed, then taking his hands and splashing around in it and basically making a huge mess.  Every time he did this I would get on to him, go into the kitchen, get a towel, clean up the mess, and take away the cup. 

Of course a few minutes later he would look at me like he was dying of thirst and say “wa-wa” (water) with those sad eyes…how can you say no to that?  So I would give him the cup back, watch carefully to make sure he was actually drinking, and just as soon as I was convinced that he was really thirsty and turn my back…the puddle of water trick again!

Well this happened probably 3 or 4 times and I was getting really tired of it, so I guess Collin realized that I was really unhappy and ran away…I thought he was running into the other room to play or get a toy but he comes running right back carrying the dish towel in his hand and wipes up the puddle he just created!!  It was the sweetest thing ever!!  Of course I made a big deal of it with clapping and thanking him, and telling him how much mommy appreciated his help.

I LOVE watching my little boy grow up & learn new things!!

However, not even a minute later he created another puddle & ran to get the towel to wipe it up…I think he was surprised that I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic with the praise this time :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

10 Week Update

So, is it really possible that I am already 10 Weeks pregnant??  That means that I am already 1/4 of the way through the pregnancy!  When I was pregnant with Collin it seemed like it would be FOREVER until I got to hold my little guy, but now it is flying by.  And I am one of those people who actually really like being pregnant, so this is not a good thing!

Anyways, here’s the latest on what’s going on with Baby #2.

How far along? 10 Weeks & 2 Days

Heartbeat?  Absolutely perfect and sooo cute to see on ultrasound (which my amazing Dr. does every time I go), but not yet audible on the doppler.

Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs – yikes!  I don’t think I am supposed to have gained any yet

Maternity clothes? Nope, thankfully I can still fit in all my cute summer clothes.

Stretch marks? No – and I doubt they will appear since I didn’t get them with Collin either.

Sleep?  Getting really hard to sleep lately…that’s really the only thing I have to complain about.  Like right now, Collin is napping and I was going to nap to because I have been SO TIRED lately, but I was just laying there not able to go to sleep with about a billion things running through my mind…so here I am blogging :)

Best moment this week: Collin has just been so sweet and helpful this week – I can really see him being sweet with the baby. 

Movement: Nothing yet :(  I forgot when that starts so I need to look it up so I know when to start getting excited about it.

Food cravings:  Whataburger cheeseburgers and salad with Ranch Dressing

Gender: ??????  Everything feels so familiar and similar to when I was pregnant with Collin, so if I had to guess I would say BOY!  Plus someone told me that statistically you are more likely to have the same gender with your 2nd child as you did with your 1st…so that has been stuck in my mind also.

Labor Signs: No, but I didn’t ever go into labor with Collin so I doubt there will be much action here.

Belly Button in or out? In, and it stayed in the whole time I was pregnant before too.

What I miss: I was really missing coffee & Diet Dr. Pepper until my doctor told me Monday that I could have 1 per day!!  Woo hoo!!

What I am looking forward to: Right now I am just enjoying every moment.

Milestones: Telling our family & friends the news was really fun :)  And I bought a package of size 1 diapers :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Difference 2 Years Can Make

Two years ago at this time I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Collin & so excited about this new adventure of “mommy-hood” that I was about to embark upon.  I was nervous, but more than anything I was ready to do it all!

Two years ago…I had already read almost the entire “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book & was re-reading certain parts.  Now…I keep meaning to dust it off & skim the important parts.

Two years ago…I had already gone through probably 1-2 bottles of the expensive Cocoa Butter lotion from BabiesRUs.  Now…I finally got around to buying the cheapest one I could find at Target.

Two years ago…I spent an insane amount of time coming up with lists of possible baby names to go over with Son & bought about every baby name book on the shelf.  Now…I have a boy name that I like, but I can’t even think of anything for a girl.

Two years ago…I would go every weekend or on my lunch hours and just look up and down the 100’s of aisles at Babies R Us so overwhelmed at everything that I “must” have to raise a baby.  Now…I have a list in the back of my head of a few items I need to pick up eventually, but I am not stressing about it.

Two years ago…I was working full-time and looking forward to the time when I would be able to “take it easy” as a SAHM.  Now…I realize how easy I had it while working, but am loving every minute of being at home & am so incredibly grateful that I will be able to be home from the beginning with baby #2.

Two years ago…I was most nervous about the actual delivery.  Now…I am most nervous about the actual delivery!  Ouch!

Two years ago…I was rushing through everything, just wanting to get to the next step.  Now…I am just enjoying every minute of it because I know how fast it goes by.

So that’s what has been on my mind lately.  We are so excited to announce that Baby #2 is on the way!!  Due April 16th, 2011.  Yes, that would happen to be Collin’s 2nd birthday!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What a Trip!!!

Wow - what a trip!!  So I am sitting here in my (newly married) sister's house thinking back on the wonderful trip that we have had and wishing that it wasn't all over tomorrow.

Don't get me wrong...I am ready to be back in my own house, in my own bed, with all my clothes, with all of Collin's toys...and I have been missing Son terribly since he left yesterday...but I am still not ready for it to end.

A summary of our vacation.

Thursday - The day didn't start out so well with a trip to the Dr. and a diagnosis of bronchalitis (sp?) and ear infection - poor baby!  Collin & I arrived in DFW and were picked up by Becca & Warren & Addie (their puppy) to make the drive to Tyler.  It was a pretty funny sight - Becca's car was loaded down with every one's luggage and other items for the weekend so the only place the stroller would fit was in the front seat - so that meant that me, Becca, Collin, and Addie all road in the backseat together...too funny!

Friday - Bridesmaids luncheon!  Yay!  The wedding festivities began!  The food was so yummy & I really enjoyed spending time with Becca's sweet friends who I haven't seen in a while.  Son arrived in Tyler (along with Beau) and stayed home with Collin while I went with the rest of the family to the rehearsal...let me just say that the location Becca picked out for her wedding was breathtaking.  So Beautiful!!  I promise pictures as soon as I get home & get them from my camera!  That night some sweet friends of my parents (Celia & Tom Ridley) kept Collin for us so that Son & I could enjoy the rehearsal dinner.  Yummy BBQ at a new place in Tyler hosted by the Steplers.  When we picked Collin up it was so funny because he apparently LOVED Mr. Tom and wouldn't let him go the whole time.  Collin even fell asleep in his arms - awwww!

Saturday - THE BIG DAY!!!!!  All the girls met at the hair salon at 11:00 for a day of pampering with hair & make-up.  So much fun!  Then we had to be at the location by 4:00 for pictures. ***A HUGE shout-out goes to my sweet hubby Son who single handedly managed a sick baby Collin all day & night so that I could enjoy everything with my sister.***  The wedding was beautiful - the weather was perfect & the reception was so much fun!!

Sunday - Collin was still a little under the weather so we skipped church and hung out around the house.  Becca & Warren came over for lunch before they had to head back to Dallas.

Monday - Zoo Day!!  Collin had so much fun at the Zoo with us, my parents, and my cousins.  I think his favorite part was either the petting zoo or feeding the ducks :)  That night was also DATE NIGHT!!!!!  We had a great dinner at Mercado's and then went to see Inception.  I know, that movie has been out for like several months but we have been dying to see it...and the last move we saw in the theatre was Blind Side.  I would have to say that it was "ok" but not as good as everyone kept telling us it was.

Tuesday - My dad took Son & I to a friend's house where they had an outdoor gun range set up & we spent about 3 hours shooting all different types of guns!  It was so much fun!  I wanted to go just to shoot a gun since we own one now I wanted to know how to use it in an emergency...but I had no idea how much fun it would be!  My dad's friend was so nice & gave me several lessons & kept pulling out different guns for me to try.  That afternoon my mom & I took Collin to the Discovery Science Place Children's Museum in Tyler.  He loved it!  There were so many things for him to touch, climb on, push around, and throw that he had a great time.

Wednesday - We "attempted" Family Pictures but Collin just wasn't feeling it that day.  I guess I can't complain because we have done it several times in Tyler but this was the first time that he really didn't want to cooperate.

Thursday - DATE NIGHT again!!!   This time we went to Olive Garden (I know...boring, but hey - we had a gift card so it was free!)  Then we stopped and got ice cream and a present for Collin in the way home.

Friday - We took Collin to a cool Tiger Rescue place outside of town where he got to see several tigers, lions, and other big cats.  They even had 2 tigers formerly owned by Michael Jackson!

Saturday - Son left to go the New Orelans to visit friends & my dad & I went to Dallas to see Becca & Warren.

Sunday (Today) - Went swimming at the Stepler's house (Warren's parents) and had a great dinner cooked by Becca & Warren tonight.

I know that I am missing out on so much that we did but it is late, I am tired, and this post is already way too long.  If you are still reading this then you are either related to me or really bored :)

Other highlights that I don't want to forget:

*Collin now eats with a fork!  He loves it but the only problem is that every time he gets a bite in his mouth he looks at you and waits for you to clap for him before he will put another bite in.

*Schlotzky's, Mercado's, Luby's, Pei Wei, my mom's pasta salad, my dad's smoked bbq, my nana's new potatoes, tons of home made cookies - need I say more?

*Collin's favorite new word is "Stay".  He learned it by watching uncle Warren talk to Addie girl & he loves pointing his finger at you and telling you to "Stay".

Okay, night night!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

For My Sister, The “Bridezilla”

So my baby sister is getting married on Saturday…AAAHHHHH!!!  Seriously??  When did this happen?  She is not old enough to get married, right?? (Please ignore the fact that she is exactly the same age as I was when I got married)  Besides the fact that I am still in denial, I am SO EXCITED for her & Warren!!  They are such a perfect couple & I cannot wait to be a part of their special day!

So as comes naturally to brides around their wedding day she has made her own “demands” for me.  The list includes:

1.  Update your blog

2. More pictures of Collin, please!

I mean really, how selfish can you be??  Wanting to see pictures of your favorite nephew the week before your wedding.  Come on!

Okay, I guess I should humor you since it is your “wedding week” and all, so here you go…

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Happy Birthday to Collin’s buddy Maxwell :)

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Coloring while waiting for our food at Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney – He loves to draw & it keeps him happy so I really do not like to go to restaurants without the kids coloring sheets – unless it’s date night :)

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Tired Baby!!  Car ride home after a long day in Disney

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One of Collin’s favorite things to do…slide!  Thanks to Dallas for sharing her swing set.

And just for my favorite Bride-To-Be I even went to the trouble of uploading a few videos…



There, are you happy now??  I hope so!  We seriously cannot wait to see you, Warren & Addie girl TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!  Yay!!!!!