Friday, April 18, 2014

Snapshot Five

Thursday morning Little J woke up acting strange.  She would cry any time I picked her up or moved her, and refused to move her left arm.  She said her arm 'urt, but couldn't point to a specific place.  Nothing strange happened the night before, so I assumed she slept on it funny or something.  I missed work on Wednesday because of my glucose test (I passed...yay!) so I didn't want to call in last minute.  I got both girls ready and we headed to day care.  Little J fell asleep in the car (very uncommon) and when I tried to get her out of her car seat she was crying again.  I talked to Miss J about her arm, and watched Little J struggle to get in her booster seat by herself, only using her right arm.  Something was clearly bothering her.  I headed to work, and called our clinic as soon as it opened to talk to a nurse.

The nurse I talked to wanted us to come in right away.  She said they didn't have any openings, but the doctor would work her in.  I called the school secretary to have her find subs for me, and got out of school as quickly as I could.  I drove over to day care (thankfully super close to where I work) to pick up the girls to find my sweet little 2 year old running around like her normal little self, carrying around a big plastic Easter egg.  Miss J told me that after about half an hour she started using her arm a little, and then was totally fine.  I called our clinic back to see what they wanted me to do.  The nurse (who was a little cranky with me this time) said that if she really, truly seemed fine then it was okay for us not to come in.  I had Little J show me a bunch of things she could do with her arm, with her smiling and laughing the whole time.  Not the same little girl I had dropped off an hour earlier.  So I left the girls at day care and headed back to work.

I picked the girls up again at our normal time, and headed home for lunch.  We played for a bit, read a story and got Little J ready for her nap.  I went back a couple of times to tell Little J to get back in bed, but after that it got really quiet, so I assumed she was sleeping.  Miss A and I worked on a project, and then I sent her to get ready for nap.

Miss A called to me, "Mommy, Little J is sleeping somewhere that is not her bed."  I walked over to Little J's room to find this:

No wonder little girl has a 'urt arm when this is how she naps!  After such a crazy morning with her, I couldn't believe she climbed up her dresser during nap time!  (Don't worry, I put her back in her bed as soon as I snapped a few pictures.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baby #3: Weeks 21-23

24 Weeks
Due date: August 2nd

What I'm loving:  Real spring weather!  This winter has been terrible, but the past week was beautiful, including a day in the 70s!  Baby is also a lot more active now, and I love feeling baby's kicks.  E can even feel baby move now, which is extra fun.

What I'm looking forward to:  More spring weather!  Having the next two Fridays off work!  Being done with my glucose test.  I had a terrible experience with the 3 hour glucose test when I was pregnant with Miss A, so getting it done, and hopefully passing on the first try, would make me very happy!

What I'm missing: Sleep!  I have not been sleeping well at all.  I'm up multiple times at night, and have trouble falling back asleep.  Which leads to a lot of naps.  Which takes up all of my time to get things done during the afternoon.  I also think not sleeping is part of the reason why I am craving so much sugar lately.

How I'm feeling:  Tired. Which in turn makes me cranky.  I know that I'm being much less patient with my girls, E and at work.  I'm hoping the upcoming long weekends will help me get some extra sleep and energy.

What I miss:  Having energy.

Exercise:  I'm back to consistently exercising 3 or 4 times each week.  The spring weather has made it possible for me to run outside, which feels great!  I have been having back pain, especially on work days when I'm on my feet a lot, so doing cardio and stretching have been helping with that.

Cravings/Aversions:  Sugar!  I baked, and then ate, WAY too many cookies this past week (this recipe... they were SO tasty!).  Still loving sugary cereal too.

Diet:  Ok.  We've been out of town the past two weekends, which means a lot more eating out than usual, but at home I've really been working on increasing my servings of freggies every day.  Now to work on limiting the sugar!

Differences between pregnancies:  I feel like my belly is different with this baby.  Maybe less round?  Less pregnant looking?  I'm not really sure how to describe it, except to say it seems different than with the girls.  I'm sure that my stomach muscles are not as strong, considering this is the 3rd pregnancy in about 4 years, which may be why it feels different.  I also feel more tired (I think).  In my 23 week post with Little J I mention sleep starting to get uncomfortable, but not too bad.

Other Thoughts:  We've been talking a lot about names over the past few weeks, but have come up with nothing that we both really love for either a girl or a boy.  A couple weeks ago I had a dream that I had to go take care of Little J and Miss A right after baby was born, and E and my brother ended up naming baby without talking to me.  Since then I've been bothering E to figure out a name almost daily, but we're stuck.  It's such a big decision, and we've had trouble deciding on a name each time.  We were down to two names with Miss A when we got to the hospital, but we had many more in the hospital with Little J.  I know we still have some time, but I'd like to have it narrowed down to at least a few for each gender.

Miss A has also been really sweet about baby lately.  She loves to give my belly hugs and kisses, and last week she brought a big pile of books over by me so she could read to the baby.  I think part of it is trying to avoid nap time, but I think she's also excited for baby to get here.  She has switched to team pink lately, hoping that baby is a girl, because she "doesn't like boys."  Little J has also started giving my belly kisses sometimes.  She still seems a little confused about the whole baby idea.
All 3 bellies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

House Tour: Kitchen

One of my 33 Before 33 goals was to post a tour of our house.  I actually took these pictures way back last summer, but didn't get around to finishing the post until now.  Oops!  I think I've mentioned before, but we've talked about moving in the not too distant future, so I really want to make sure to document our house.

I'm starting with the kitchen, the room in the house we've done the least work on.  E likes to point out that we've painted every other room at least once, some more than once, in the 6+ years we've been here.  The kitchen has a lot of wood (including a wood ceiling), so the bright green really helps to brighten up the room!
View from the dinning room.
View from the side door.
As you can see, our kitchen is not super big, but not bad for a 1940s home.  At some point there was a small addition built on to the kitchen which adds the space for our kitchen table, play kitchen and built in desk.  I'm very grateful for that extra space and all of the windows!  The play kitchen isn't always in our kitchen (right now it's in our basement playroom), but it can be helpful to keep the girls busy when I'm cooking and cleaning.

For an older home, we also have a lot of cabinets.  When we first moved in I couldn't imagine we'd fill them all up, but it didn't take long.
Back entry way.
One of my deal breakers for our next house is some sort of mud room or entry way.  This is where we normally enter the house, just a small landing before the steps to our basement.  Not much space to get in with two kids and all of our stuff.

I think that's it for our kitchen.  More to come soon!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Favorites 2

I'm linking up with Katie today for Friday Favorites.  Head over to Running 4 Cupcakes to see more Friday Favorites!
My littlest helper and her "princess dress."  I love that right now she wants to wear her fancy dress all the time.  When she's wearing it, she tells us, "I a princess."  A princess who likes to help put the dishes away.

Fresh flowers from Trader Joe's.  We picked up this bouquet for Miss A's Tea Party, but that was almost 2 weeks ago, and they still look great!  The flowers add such a great burst of color to the house on these often dreary days, and the prices at Trader Joe's are awesome!

Our new globe.  E has been talking about finding something to collect, so I picked something for him... globes (and probably maps too, because I don't know how many globes you can realistically find a place for).  When my mom and sister came to visit a few weeks ago we made a trip to another favorite, Junket Tossed and Found, where I found this great globe to start E's (really our) collection.  The lady I bought it from said she dated it to 1971.  I think it is a fun addition to our living room, and it's fun to look at how countries have changed even in recent history.  (And yes, I know I'm a bit of a nerd as a geography teacher with a globe collection, but I don't care.)

My Kindle, and books by Erik Larson.  I was initially reluctant to switch from paper books to an e-reader, but now that I have, I love it!  I have a really basic Kindle, which I find easier to read than my iPad, and it's easier to hold than a book.  I finished Isaac's Storm this week, and it was really good!  Isaac's Storm is about hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas in 1900.  This is the third book I've read by Larson, and while I enjoyed the other two more (Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts) this was still a great read.  His writing style really draws you in to the story, even though the books are non-fiction.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Twosday: 33 Before 33 Check In

Today marks 6 months since my birthday, so I thought it would be a good time to check in on my 33 Before 33 that I shared back in October.  Overall I feel I'm doing okay on making progress, although I'm certainly doing better on some goals than others.
My first photo book... kind of cheating.  It's an Instagram Blurb book.  I love it!
 Things I Marked Off My 33 Before 33 Right Away
  1. Donate Blood.  This was the very first item I checked off my list.  Our local library hosted a blood drive the weekend after my birthday so I signed up right away.  I had hoped to donate blood more than once, but now that Baby #3 is on the way, I'll have to wait.
  2. Run a Race.  I was already signed up for the Free to Breath 5k on my birthday, so I knew I'd be able to get this one done too.  Again, I thought I would run more than one race, but with Baby #3 being due in early August, and my birthday in early October, I'm not sure that I'll be able to fit in another race.
Things I've Been Rocking on 33 Before 33
  1. 12 Social Media Free Days.  Done plus many.  I've been trying to stick with a social media free Sunday policy for myself.  Some Sundays I cheat (like this past Sunday when I was stuck in the car for 8+ hours), but for the most part, I stay off Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Sundays.  I know I mindlessly check social media frequently, so taking a day off each week helps me focus on being more present with my family.  
  2. Blogging.  I set a goal to blog at least 5 times each month, and I've done it every month so far.  I've had this blog for over 4 years, and many times end up taking months at a time off, so I'm pretty happy with myself for being more consistent these past 6 months.  December and January were exactly 5 times, but the other months have been higher.  I've also done some updates to make the blog look a little nicer.  
Things on My 33 Before 33 I Haven't Done or Planned and Need to Do Soon
  1. Go to a dermatologist.  I got as far as getting a referral from my regular doctor, but I haven't yet set an appointment.  This has been on my to do list for far too long, so I need to get on it ASAP.
  2. Go to a fitness class.  There are a few classes I'd like to check out at my local rec center.  I don't have a good excuse for not going.  I really need to just do it!
Progress on Date Goals on my 33 Before 33
Last Vikings Game at the Metrodome
  1. 6 Dates with E.  So far we've gotten out once a month, which is pretty good for us.  Our main babysitter actually called last weekend to see if we needed a babysitter soon (she's getting ready for prom) which was a good push for me to get some things lined up.  Twin Cities friends, any places we should check out?
  2. 4 Mommy Daughter Dates (2 with each girl).  This has been harder than I thought.  If I'm planning something fun, it's hard to not take both girls.  Little J and I took a class together all fall, which I counted for just 1 date, though it met at least 6 times.  I thought counting all of the classes was cheating.  
Mommy and Miss A Donut Date
Mommy and Little J Date to Noodles
Things on My 33 Before 33 I Need to Refocus On
  1. Eat More Freggies.  I was doing pretty well on this goal, starting my days with a smoothie (made with my awesome Ninja!) and including fruits and veggies with my meals.  Then mid-December morning all day sickness hit, and it has taken me awhile to get back on track.  Last week I was finally able to start drinking smoothies again, and I'm excited to see what new combos I can mix up.  
  2. Donate clothes and household items.  I made one big trip to Goodwill last month, but there are many more closets and rooms in my house that need a good clean out.  
Twosday inspired by Heather.  33 Before 33 inspired by Tara.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Miss A's Tea Party

This year Miss A's birthday party was a little more low key than past years, and A LOT more girly.  After some negotiation, we decided on a butterfly tea party theme.  Miss A had a lot of opinions about her party this year.  Thankfully nothing was too crazy.  We ended up with 5 friends coming over to celebrate, for a total of 7 little girls 5 and under. There was lots of laughing, squealing and so much fun!

For the party, I only decorated the dining room, where we would do most of the activities, including the tea party.  I got some butterfly fabric from JoAnn to use as a tablecloth, a chalkboard paper banner from Target (I wrote Happy 4th Birthday), some paper lanterns from Michael's, flowers, balloons and lots of pictures of Miss A.

I found butterfly wings at the dollar store last month, and bought enough for all of Miss A's friends.  I also got plain white tea cups with plates for all of the girls.  One of the activities was for the girls to decorate their tea cups (I completely forgot to take pictures of the girls working on this because I was busy helping with the decorating).  I've seen the idea pop up on Pinterest a few times, and after looking at many, many pins, we used Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers to decorate the tea cups.  We rinsed them out after using the cups for our tea party, and sent instructions home with the girls for how to bake the cups (I thought this post was helpful. Miss A and I did a trial run in advance, and all went well).

The tea party itself was lots of fun.  We had apple juice for tea, and the girls were so cute drinking out of their fancy cups!  (I'm sure the cups will be used many more times around our house.) Miss A planned the lunch menu of hot dogs, chips, berries, grapes and string cheese.

Another activity the girls did was decorate butterflies.  Making "crafts" is one of Miss A's current favorite activities, so it seemed fitting for her birthday party.  I put out crayons, markers, puff balls, glitter glue, stickers and washi tape, and let the girls go.  The glitter glue was a HUGE hit, but it wasn't dry before the girls left, so we have some deliveries to make later.
Of course, we couldn't forget cake and ice cream!  Miss A really just likes the frosting.

Our annual picture with Mommy, Daddy and the birthday girl.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twosday: Miss A is 4!

I both can't believe we are celebrating Miss A's 4th birthday today, and can't believe she's only been here for 4 years.  She is a sweet little thing, though she also test my patience daily.  I asked her some questions yesterday, on her last day as a 3 year old.  Below are her answers, and some of my favorite pictures of her from the past year. I should add, as I asked her these questions Miss A was wearing her new Princess Sofia shirt, black leggings, a Twins helmet, a yellow Apple Bottom dress (from her dress up collection... perfect for Belle, but still makes me laugh. Every. Time.) and dress up Belle heels, doing a ribbon dance with her new wand.
Miss A at her 3rd birthday party.
Celebrating her 3rd birthday with a special date to the Children's Museum.
Favorite Movie
  1. Frozen. I don't' see this changing any time soon. She is obsessed.  Like most other little girls I know.  
  2. Curious George Movie. This is the most recent movie we've watched, which is probably why it made the list. 

Favorite Princesses
  1. Belle
  2. Tangled
Favorite Shows
  1. My Little Pony. As soon as we got Netflix, Miss A fell in love with My Little Pony.  Every morning this is her choice to watch while we get ready for the day.  
  2. Doc McStuffins. Still a favorite since her 3.5 year interview. She has her own Doc McStuffins doctor kit to give checkups, a stuffed lamb she sometimes dresses up in a pink tutu and now her own Stuffy to give checkups.  

Favorite Ponies
  1. Princess Celestia
  2. Pinky Pie
  3. Rarity
Favorite Foods
  1. Strawberries
  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly on bread (not toast)
  3. Mac & Cheese
Favorite Colors
  1. Pink
  2. Red
  3. Blue
  4. Purple
Favorite Toys
  1. Dollhouse
  2. Dress up clothes
Favorite Books
  1. A is for Annabelle
  2. Poem Book (Where the Sidewalk Ends).  Side note: yesterday after her rest time, she brought us the book with a poem she really wanted to read... Sister for Sale.  

Favorite Things To Do
  1. Read books
  2. Snuggle

Favorite Songs
  1. Let It Go
  2. For the First Time in Forever
  3. Love is an Open Door
How We've Celebrated Her Birthday So Far
  1. Cake and presents from Nana and Papa when they visited early.
  2. Butterfly Tea Party with friends.
  3. Daddy Daughter Date to the Mall of America.  Rides, lunch and a trip to Build A Bear to make a giant Pinky Pie.
Plans to Celebrate Her Birthday Today
  1. Visit to the library.  It is still too cold (for me) to do any outdoor activities.
  2. Dinner out, Miss A's choice.  She's very excited to be in charge. 
Mommy's Favorite Things To Do With Miss A

  1. Read books.  She loves to read, and she'll snuggle nicely when we read to her.  I'm happy to read to her, or watch her read with Daddy.  
  2. Make projects.  I've really had a lot of fun recently playing with Miss A while Little J starts her nap.  I especially like the days she wants to do projects.  It's fun to see her create.  And I love that her pictures are starting to look like real things now.
Daddy's Favorite Things to Do with Miss A
  1. Show her new things.  Any new things.  Daddy showed her the stars this winter.  One night this winter, Daddy showed her the stars.  I caught them both laying the snow, looking up at the stars, talking about them.  
  2. Snuggle and watch cartoons.  (I think they're pretty cute together.)

Things She Needs to Sleep at Night
  1. Lamby
  2. Fuzzy (a blanket our neighbor made for her when she was first born)
Miss A was SO excited that Lamby got to be included in a picture.