Friday, March 31, 2006

Got a taste of Spring and I love it!

I could not have picked a better day to take off work yesterday.  It was gorgeous here.  The sun was out and it was 65-70 degrees.  We took walks, played outside, and had the windows open.  It smelled wonderful!    I also watched a friend of mine's baby boy yesterday.   So it was interesting to see how it might be like when my little guy comes along.  However, I won't be pregnant at the same time.  You should have seen me trying to hold the baby and get off the couch simultaneously. 


Andrew did well with the baby.  For the most part, he was more interested in the baby ‘stuff’ we had out (i.e.: the swing with buttons and music) than with the baby himself.  Although he did want to “hode it”.  (hold him)


I loved loved loved being home.  I know the weather helped…but man, I could totally get used to being a stay at home mom again.  It was so nice and I even got some things done while juggling the two kids.  Couple loads of laundry, 4 batches of pizza sauce for the freezer, tacos for dinner, all the while keeping the place pretty presentable.  And of course, as I mentioned earlier, we took walks and played outside quiet a bit, too.  It made it SO HARD to come back into work today…even if it is cloudy/rainy today.


Not much planned for tonight, maybe some errands, maybe working around the house, maybe none of the above.  I am working all day covering the east campus…so I am pretty pooped.  Have a great weekend.


Thursday, March 30, 2006


Forgive me, but this article (found via this blog) totally irritates me. The decision is each mom's choice...shame on her.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Toddler Makeover

We got our haircut yesterday (I love mine!) and my little man always looks so grown up after his.



The after picture was a little tricker to catch since we were at some friends house who have a 3yr old boy, so there were too many new toys to check out to hold still for a picture.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hormonal or what?

Here I sit trying to pay bills while watching Scrubs.  Carla finds out she is pregnant after a long long struggle and I am bawling!  

Playin' Hooky!

I'm taking a day off!  I'm taking a day off! Woo Hoo!
I have been considering taking a day off this week, just because Monday was crazy, I am covering downtown tomorrow and working all day Friday (which is usually another super busy day).   Well, my good friend will be having outpatient work and needed care for her infant....what better excuse for me take a day off than that?!   So I worked out all the details today at work, called Andrew off daycare and on Thursday, I am officially off work for the day.  
Now granted, I know that it won't be a sleep-in, watch talk shows, take a bubble bath kind of day off, but it will be nice to be home regardless.  Plus maybe this will be a good little time for Andrew to see his Mama watching a little baby.  I am really looking forward to it.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Not sure how long I can keep this up.

Work was nuts today. I mean totally and 130% nuts. I ended up being there an extra 45 minutes…15 minutes after our dept. closes. I walked my butt off today and carried much more than I should have. I was so tired and frustrated (and hungry – didn’t even have time to eat lunch), that all my willpower was needed to keep from either crying to biting the heads off my well-meaning, no fault of their own co-workers. The last thing I want to do is take my maternity leave early since I don’t get all that much, but I just don’t know if I can keep this up. At least not if days stay like this. Fortunately, not everyday is a Monday.

Other than work, today was actually a nice day. The weather was beautiful and sunny – which makes everything better. I got a lot done around the house this morning and actually more done this evening, despite my resistant body. AND, we got to go the hospital to visit some friends of our who had their baby last night. New baby boy…Nicholas James. So adorable. And of course, the Apprentice was on tonight. (I almost forgot…just like I almost do every Monday since they switched nights).

Andrew is doing well. He actually had a great day since Mom had to work late, because then he got outdoor time since the weather was so nice. The kid LOVES to be outdoors. I even let him play with his mower a bit outside once we did get home from work today. Of course, his two-year-old-ness came out when it was time to come in. M.E.L.T.D.O.W.N. But we recovered.

He was so cute with the new baby today. He wanted to “hode” (hold) him.

However, lately he’s been struggling getting through the night in his big boy bed. Nothing that a little snuggle doesn’t fix… but still requires one of us to get up with him a couple times at night. But then get this… He goes and takes a 2.5-hour nap at daycare on a regular basis. What in the world, kid? You are only there for 4.5 hours and a half hour is lunchtime. Sleep all night, don’t wake up at 6am, and then PLAY at daycare. I’m paying them to watch you eat & snooze! Ok…. whoops, got carried away there. I really do love his daycare. They are truly wonderful and Andrew loves it there.

Ok, I feel like this post is very scattered and that my thoughts are coming very randomly. I am tired and probably should have waiting for morning to post at all when I am in a better state of mind. Oh well.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Saturdays = gotta love 'em.

Today was a nice day. Marc got home safe and sound late last night (which means I didn't have the bed all to myself and therefore didn't sleep real great....I'm a terrible wife, eh.) But I am so glad to have him home. Andrew is happy to have dada home, too. So, Andrew and I got up early this morning (his choice, not mine) and let Marc sleep in. After an easy lunch, Andrew and I took naps and it wasn't until the evening when we had some friends come over for dinner, that we even got out of our jammies. Yes, lazy lazy day. Plus the house was nice and clean from my madness last week, so I didn't feel like we had to use our Saturday to get "lists" done. I'll take Saturdays like this anyday.

Friday, March 24, 2006


From: The Online Labor Prediction Quiz
This is for entertainment purposes only.

I know you were hoping we weren't going to say this, but don't expect this baby to come early. Your baby is nice and comfy tucked away in your womb and has no interest in joining the rest of the world. We predict your baby will be born after its due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 7.8 pounds and that your labor will be about 8 hours long.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

My calves are a'Moo-in'.

Well, I do have a little energy back again today, which is surprising since today work was super crazy busy. I swear I walk at least an average of 4 miles a day at my job. I was near that early when I started working there and wore a pedometer on a regular basis. I don’t have a working pedometer now (not that I have a waist to clip it to anyway), but “business” has picked up. All this walking would hopefully help this baby not be a latecomer this time ‘round. I just have to say how thankful I am for my good shoes. Although, I must say, as soon as I ‘stopped’ walking at the end of my day…. my calves just locked up like you would not believe. Took quite a bit of stretching this evening to relax them a bit, but man, they are still sore.

I did get a lot done today, though. Unfortunately, none of it is the visible kind of work. You won’t walk into my house and think, “Man, this place shines like the top of the Chrysler Building”. It was more of project-type work. Get this:
  • For the freezer, I got 2 packages of bacon cooked and two meatloaves made.

  • I finished organizing and putting away Andrew’s clothes.

  • I got out the newborn clothes bin, washed all those (not put away yet) and got the bassinet set up.

  • I officially finished cleaning and organizing my closet.

  • I also made two tag blankets…one boy and one girl for a friend of mind who is due any day.

  • I helped Marc on his PowerPoint presentation for his “final” tomorrow.

  • I waxed my eyebrows

  • And of course, I took care of, fed and cleaned up after a busy and moody two year old.

So, now it is time for me to head to bed. Little man’s been sleeping pretty restlessly tonight…. I think he is waking himself up coughing. He’s been up a couple times already. I may have to sneak in there and give him some cough medicine before I head to bed myself…or just plan on him finding his way into my bed tonight.

Marc comes home tomorrow. I kept telling Andrew, “only two more wake-ups and Dada will be home”. Marc won’t be home until midnight, and Andrew should be asleep for hours already at that time. We are looking forward to it! Ok, I am heading to bed.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What a contrast...

I am paying for all the work I did the last couple nights and how late I stayed up. By mid-day and I was dragging. Barely holding my head up and keeping my eyes open. Tonight, I've done nothing. My parenting skills consisted of Veggie Tales and a little bit of the movie Robots. I plopped on the couch and even nodded off a few times. Dinner consisted of grilled cheese sandwiches and applesauce with an evening snack of popcorn. I had a whole list of things to cross off tonight, but my energy level is ka-puut. So, I am pretty much writing the night off. Unfortunatly, the night I take off, there is NOTHING on tv.

I had my OB appt this morning and she doesn't expect any baby this week. That is a good thing in my book. But I got the official talk of when to page her to let her know "it's time". Other than that...not a lot to post. So that means, I am going to head to bed early tonight!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

What's gotten into me? (oh yes...a child)

Not sure if it’s because hubby is gone, it’s officially spring, or I am nesting, but I’ve been going nuts around the house. I started Sunday night and haven’t stopped. I’ve gone through Andrew’s clothes, rearranged his closets/drawers, pulled out baby stuff, organized and divided all his toys, went completely through and organized my drawers and closet (something I really haven’t done since I’ve been married and now have 3 garbage bags full for Goodwill), made 4 Mac & cheese dinners for our freezer, went grocery shopping, paid bills, plus I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with the daily items of necessity such as dinner, dishes, laundry, etc. Whew. Yes, I’ve been working, too, along with dry-cleaning and pharmacy errands. Andrew and I even took a walk after work today, I watched Apprentice yesterday and Scrubs tonight. And here is the kicker…. I started packing bags for the hospital. Really.

Today is the 21st. That means I have exactly one month until I am due. One MONTH! On one hand, I feel big as a house and ready to have this baby out. On the other hand, on some level, it totally still doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t seem possible that we are going to have another child, let alone a baby here shortly.

I’ve talked to Marc and he seems to be doing just fine. His training is going well, he got to take a trip into New York last night where according to him he had the best steak of his life…. without an even close second. J.E.A.L.O.U.S.

Andrew is doing well. Still on antibiotics and a slight cough, but otherwise as silly as ever. His little imagination is just flourishing. He will start a game of pretend catch with me several times throughout the day. He also pretends to eat food and offers it to me…. it’s always applesauce. We’ve been having fun, just the two of us, although I’ll admit, it is nice to hand him off when he is feeling needy, like a terrible two, or just loud and right now, I am it. He misses his dada, too. He keeps asking about him when we aren’t home, “Dada Home?” When I say, no, he says “Dada at work…on airplane”. It’s very cute.

Ok, it is late…little man will be up early. And yes, I am tired. (And I still have a whole list of things to work on this week). So I need to get to bed. Hopefully, Blogger will be up and running so that you can actually read this post. (They are actually making me nervous, since I’ve come to value my entries saved here as a form of journaling…. and I’m scared they are going to lose all my thoughts and memories. They currently do not have an easy way to export posts, so I’ve done a hack job on it just in case, but it is not reader friendly and I hope I never have to use it). Ok, off my rabbit trail. ‘Night.


I am having trouble with Blogger lately and it's driving me nuts!  So this is a test post.

Monday, March 20, 2006


While, I am toiling in Andrew's bedroom, trying to put away his clothes, go through his old clothes, re-arrange drawers to make room for baby items, pulling out the baby tub, bouncer seat, etc... aching after a crazy busy day, struggling just to bend over while a super busy toddler is underfoot.....

my hubby calls....

Are you kidding me?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sorry, no news...

As I sit here and type, my son #2 is Tae Bo-ing on my bladder. How can I start to instill in him now that it is time to SLEEP!

Apparently, I need to keep my posts coming, because a break might give people the wrong idea. No…no baby yet. Still got some cooking to do…and I still have boatload of stuff I would like done first. Plus, I am a single mom this week… so baby better stay put for a little longer.

I don’t really know that anything too exciting has happened these last couple days. We worked a bunch around the house, just playing catch-up from the last few weeks when we weren’t worth anything due to illness. We got a lot of laundry done, went through closets, drawers, etc…went grocery shopping, yada yada yada. We also got Marc all ready for his business trip this week. I just heard from him and he arrived safe and sound as was at his hotel getting ready to crash for the night. I guess due to high winds, the flight there wasn’t that fun and delayed them a couple different times.

Get this… I still have over 4 weeks until baby is due, right? Well, Marc has this ex-coworker from 2 jobs ago that he still keeps in touch with. I hardly know him at all, but have chatted with him a few times. His wife works for the hospital too (I’ve never met her), so I’ll also see him occasionally picking up the kiddos from the hospital daycare. Well, his wife already put an extra car seat in their car and told Marc they are ready if I need someone to call and get Andrew this week should I got into labor. Isn’t that sweet (a little funny, too)?

Today was a beautiful day. I am hoping for more of the same this week. I have a monster list of things I want to get done this week above and beyond the typical everyday house keep up. Yes, a bit of nesting has creeped in.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

To Health and Happiness

Thank you for your prayers!  Andrew and I are already feeling much better!  And we actually had a ok night of sleeping.   Andrew went to bed in his own bed on time and made it until 3:30 until he found his way into our bed, but then slept (mostly) until I got him up early squirrally this morning.
Yes, Andrew attended his first business meeting this morning.  I had a 7-8:30 am meeting, so rather than put Andrew in Rainy Day for just a couple hours just to pick him up for a few hours, just to drop him off again, I took him with me.  (Didn't really want him in Rainy Day all day just for my short meeting).  So, I went to the meeting loaded with my laptop, Monster's Inc, Cheerios, and a sippy of milk.   And by golly, he did really well.  We even made it home in time for Sesame Street.  I think by tomorrow he will be ready to head back to his regular class, which I know he misses since he heads there each time I drop him off. 
Anyway, I am praying our health just keeps getting better and better.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Maybe we should just be quarantined.

Oh my....what a ride the last couple days have been.

Friday night, little man was up all night coughing and miserable. So I was hesitant to send him with my mom and even called to see if she would even want him (dumb question). So we made the trip and he seemed to feel better but with no appetite. I had my girls weekend (Hi Jen & Jill - you can read about our weekend here), which was really nice & relaxing, but I still felt pretty crummy. I pick Andrew up and he is blatantly sick....with green goo coming out of every orifice of his face, especially his eyes and he was consistently coughing . So he was in Rainy Day Day Care yesterday and hasn't really slept since Friday at naptime. He's so very tired and even asks to go to Dada's bed to try to sleep, but just can't.

Yesterday I went to my OB and finally got on 2 prescriptions and am actually feeling better already. I think in a day or two, I'll be just fine. In fact, I think I could have actually slept last night....except that little man was HORRID! Poor kid couldn't sleep at all again and he was SOO tired! Well, my mom called last night to tell us that she officially has Pink Eye. So off to the doctor we go this morning. The good news is no pink eye, just a viral cold and hence all the goo and coughing. The bad news is nothing can really be done about it but let it run it's course of approximately two weeks (Are you kidding me?!). The other news is, he has an ear infection in one, or possibly both, ears. So he is on amoxicillin. I am hoping at least this will help him sleep. (Don't tell, but after many hours of him not sleeping last night and thrashing about, Marc and I gave him just a tad of my cough medicine with codeine - which did wonders!)

So, he is back at Rainy Day today. Still no appetite, still puffy and pale and gooey, but hopefully on the road to recovery. We are just praying that all this stays away from Marc. He is gone all next week for training in New Jersey and the last thing he needs is to be sick. Plus we are praying we recover too, because it would be A LOT for me to deal with while he's gone for a week.

Wow....I feel like I am just a whiny broken record lately.

Friday, March 10, 2006

1, 2, 3...Break!

Yes, we are all going our separate ways this weekend.
My cousins celebrate their March birthday's at a pool party in Toledo each year.   My family really wants Andrew there to celebrate his too.  Well, there was no way I was driving that far this late in the pregnancy game.     Well, as it turns out my roomie girlfriends are getting together about an hour away in that direction this weekend and my parents (who will already be near Toledo) offered to drive up and meet me between the two locations.   So, the plan is....Andrew and I will meeting my folks for breakfast at the halfway point and I will hand off the kid.  I will head back up after breakfast to spend the day/evening/night with my girlfriends.  Then meet my folks/Andrew back at the halfway point for lunch before heading home in time for our church's Community Groups Sunday night.   It is still more driving that I am looking forward to, but each leg is broken up with a meal or stop of decent length.  So hopefully it won't be too bad. 
Meanwhile, Marc is to be working on his training stuff and getting a LOT done with us out of his hair.  :)
Please pray for me, as I am still feeling really lousy and this is a lot for me for one weekend.   I really could use some good sleep.  Thanks and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 9, 2006

He loves hearing us sing the Happy Birthday song.

Well today went well for the kid. He got to school in time for lunch, then they had a party for him with graham crackers, icing and M&M’s. Then the kid took almost a 3 hour nap. (Probably since he got us up at SIX AM this morning). I worked downtown, which means he got to stay late and got plenty of Gym Time. He LOVES gym time.

We got home, long enough for us to change and head back out to Chuck E Cheese for dinner. The dinner and show pretty much stunk big time (we couldn’t even get Andrew to eat do to all the distractions), but the play area was lots of fun. I really think he had a good time. (So did his dad who swiped at least half his tokens – we had plenty). Of course by the time we left, he was understandably hungry. So we packed the pizza up and he ate some later when we got home.

Afterward, he got to open presents I think he did pretty well. An Elmo toy & Matchbox cars from Grandma & Papa H; an outfit with undies and a Thomas DVD with train from Grandma & Papa D, and a bottle of bubbles and wooden puzzle from his Mama & Dada. He was very excited and not sure what to play with first. Needless to say, he had a little trouble going down for bedtime tonight.

Here are some pictures of my little man’s day….

Andrew and his infamous firehat.

Fun at Chuck E Cheese

Trying to catch the Honey Bees

Kid Loves Buttons

Dada helping Andrew ride the Rocket Ship

Whack a Mole

Opening a Thomas the Tank DVD from Grandma D

Opening a new wooden puzzle (Found out it's a little old for him yet)

New MatchBox Cars

Who is this 2-year old?

It's 1:00pm and two years ago on the dot I would be meeting my little Andrew for the first time. Just two years ago he was this 8lb 7oz wide eyed tiny little thing that didn't know his own hand belonged to him. Now he's this wide-eyed tall little man whose imagination blows me away sometimes. Andrew, I can’t believe how fast this time has gone. When you (or I) look back 5, 10, 15, 40 years from now, will we remember how perfect you were at this age? I know they say you are two and should be terrible. But baby, I love you just the way you are.

Your favorite things right now are:

- Trucks. They have been your favorite since you figured out what your hands where for. We have more than we can count throughout our house and carpet tracks from one end of the floor to the other. Many of them make noise and flash lights, which you think is cool. But your trusty ol' standby is your big yellow plastic dump truck that you can race behind at high speeds taking out anything in your path (including adult toes and a 70lb black lab).
- Applesauce, Yogurt, Cheese, Peanut Butter and M&M’s. These are your staples and you would happily live on these alone. Applesauce is by far the first thing you request whenever I ask when you would like. And lately you often pretend to eat it and offer me some even if we are nowhere near the kitchen. You are a little pickier with your yogurt. You pretty much stick to raspberry and blueberry and don’t like the fruit chunks. Any cheese is a winner and well, peanut butter is best eaten directly from the spoon. And who doesn’t love M&M’s.
- Movies (Moo-Bees). You get very excited when we let you watch a movie. You love full features such as Monster Inc, Nemo and Ice Age (your daddy is looking forward to taking you to see your first movie in the theater when Ice Age 2 comes out after your baby brother is born.) You also love the shorter flicks such as Veggie Tales (especially the “hairbrush song”), and Thomas the Tank. Of course, Sesame Street and Elmo's World are still staples in your life.
- Trains, Fire Trucks, Ambulances. I know these probably could fall under the truck category above, but lately you've taken a special affection with these. You sport your fire hat (big plastic bowl) on a regular basis and point to every Ambulance (sounds like “elephants” when you say it) that we see, which is quiet a few daily. You even know the differences between the sounds of the sirens.
- Books. You have fulfilled my dream of allowing me to rock my child and read to him my favorite books to a fault. Earlier this year, you really weren't interested in books or anything that meant holding still for more than 23 seconds. But now, you love them. Any of them. All of them. Although you do have your favorites that frankly, your father and I are sick of. Go Dog Go remains the number 1 book to be read. As well as the Monkey Book, Foot Book, Hooper Humperdink, and a set of shape/color/numbers books that you can read yourself. But I am very thankful for your love of books and hope it continues well into adulthood.
- Tubs/Showers. You love the water and would be willing to stay in until your fingers shriveled down to nothing if we let you. You seemingly have no fear of the water (which can make me a little nervous) as you happily stand directly under the showerhead or dump buckets full of water right on your face. Toys in the tub are like icing on the cake as really just a tub full of water with some plastic cups is all that are required for hygienic joy.
- Daycare. We’ve really been blessed with a fantastic daycare. The teachers are great and the stuff they do is super cool. You’ve learned so much and the things your bring home simply blow me away sometimes. You know you ABC’s and can count to 10. You can sit at a table to eat, drink out of cup without spilling and clean up after yourself. You are learning your colors, although your first guess is almost always blue. And most importantly, you are learning to share, how to be friend, and how gym time is the most fantastic thing ever invented (better than applesauce).
- Telephone. You love pretending the talk on the phone. You have my old cell phone to play with and are constantly imitating me by holding it just with your ear and shoulder as your walk around talking. Whenever I ask who you are talking to, you say “Grandma”, but of course whenever Grandma is on the real phone your chattiness dissolves.
- Snuggling. Even though you are two, you still like snuggling and I like that. A lot. You like to sit close during a movie or while reading a book. You give hugs at random times and instantly solve the world’s problems. You like one of us right next to you at bedtime. I ask you how much we love you and your stretch your arms and say “MEEESE MUCH”.

Things you aren’t exactly fond of at this age:
- Drying your hair. You love the tubs and love the ‘naked’ time afterward, but hate having your hair towel dried with a passion. You would think we were drying each hair one by one with a scouring pad not a nice cozy soft towel.
- Vegetables. This is my constant battle with you. You love French fries, which really don’t count in my book. Sometime mashed potatoes will fly and other times not, depending on your mood. Other than that, we keep offering and you keep refusing. You do a little better with fruits (i.e.: applesauce and yogurt – again not sure how well those count), but you do like your orange juice and I can sneak some other fruits into you when I make a smoothie as long as it’s not too banana-y.
- Your car seat. With this one I totally agree. I don’t agree with what would probably be your desire to sit on my lap and press all the buttons while driving. I believe you should be restrained. However, the car seat that we chose really truly is awful and I do feel sorry for you each time we buckle you in it.
- Diapers. You definitely prefer to be au natural and have long figured out how to take off your diaper (though it still takes you a while, so we usually have a small window of time to intervene). Because of this, you always have pants over your diaper, even at night. No, there are stories I could tell and have told, but that is not for this post. We would love to have you potty trained and you are showing slight signs of it, but not enough I am comfortable starting to push it. Especially with a baby on the way here shortly.
- Lack of attention - enough said. Even to the point where you will put you hand on our face and direct it to look at you if you feel we are not giving you adequate consideration.

Miscellaneous things I love about you… (Not an all inclusive list…. never will be)
- Your sweet little sing-song voice, that can be wishing me a lovely “Good Morning, Mama” one minute, but can turn into a monster truck voice as you request that I sing the B.I.B.L.E. in the same deep scary voice the next.
- Your giggle. When you and daddy get chasing each other, I can’t help but stop and watch and listen to that sweet sound better than anything found in our CD collection.
- Your excitement every time Rocky barks because you are convinced that “Dada’s Home!”
- Your helpfulness. You are truly at an altruistic age when it comes to helping. You will glad pick something up and bring it to us, or throw something away or in the sink at our request. I know I need to cherish that time, for it will pass, I am sure.

I am sure I could go on and on, but I will wrap this up. Andrew, I am so thankful for these past two years and even though there were some hard times (not sleeping, sickness, tantrums, etc…), I wouldn’t trade them for anything imaginable. For the good times are so good and the joy is so great, that I am so thankful to have been blessed so richly with this kiddo, I call Andrew.

What? He's TWO?! Is that POSSIBLE??

Happy Birthday, Andrew!!

Here are some pictures from this morning, right after a waffle breakfast. Keep in mind, he face isn't washed and hair isn't combed and he still has a nice 'shiner' over his right eye, but my birthday boy is still a cutie!

He is wearing his new outfit from Grandma D. He also put on his new Thomas undies today too.... on his head. Wish I'd my camera ready for that shot. I am sure I will post more later on how his big day goes.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Whatcha Gonna Do?

Today was kinda a disappointing day. It started when my OB appt was canceled. Not that it was a big deal in and of itself, but they couldn’t get a hold of me (they did try) until I actually dropped kiddo off at daycare and got out there to the office. So I paid for extra daycare when I didn’t need it, plus I have to reschedule and again pay for extra daycare. I can’t blame them though, ‘cause she’ll cancel other people’s appts when it’s my turn to go into labor. Plus, I wanted to talk to her since I still can’t seem to shake this sore throat/cough and it’s been 2 weeks now. Again, it’s nothing too serious, but really truly annoying and downright intolerable at night….so sleep is still the bigger issue.

Also, at work we are already short staffed and trying to find someone to come in for extra coverage. Until then, we are just trying to make do. So my schedule has been all jacked up this week and we play musical chairs and shuffling people for coverage. However, one of the girls has been sick. And I really do feel for her, she really is not well. So today she asked if I could cover for her tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is Andrew’s birthday. I really didn’t want to get him up and out at 7 am on his birthday. So I told her I would cover in the PM for sure and see if she couldn’t find other coverage in the AM. Well, she is just coming in herself in the AM. So I feel bad. But that’s not all, we are having a Baby/Birthday Potluck tomorrow at my office for me and another preggo that I am now going to miss. Big Bummer. Again, no one is to blame, just disappointing. Plus, now we are not riding the shuttle buses, (this one is really petty). The bus drivers love Andrew and won’t get to see him on his birthday. No big deal, really.

Ok, enough of my “Whoa is me” post.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

The Adventures of Static Boy

I sent my son to school today with wild man hair.  It looked like he stuck his finger in a light socket.  And why would I do such a thing?  Because about 15 minutes before we left for daycare this morning, he got a big plastic bowl out of my cupboard, put it on his head and declared it was a fire hat.  He then told me he was going to the fire house and ride the fire truck.  (We pass the firehouse and fire trucks everyday).  Even as we were walking out the door, he wanted to keep his fire hat on and wore it all the way to school.  I am sure fellow commuters enjoyed the scene.  I finally talked him into taking it off before we got out of the car with the promise that he could wear it again after school.  So I sent my fireman to school today with hair you could teach a science class with.

Sunday, March 5, 2006

This is what Sundays should be...

It’s Sunday night and it’s been a lazy day. We had church this morning, which was AWESOME. The praise and worship was unbelievable. After than we pretty much haven’t done much. Lunch, naps, read the paper, play, etc… Right now, Marc is working on some training tests for work (pray for him…those are very frustrating to him and there are a LOT of them), Andrew is in his highchair eating dinner and watching is choo choo moo-bee, and I am posting.

Let me tell you, this kid is eating like he’s never eaten before and may never get a chance to eat again. We had company over last night for pizza and he didn’t eat much. Then we had the leftovers for lunch today and he didn’t eat much then either. For dinner tonight, it was pretty much a ‘whatever you can find” dinner, so I asked him what he wanted. He started with applesauce and ate two big bowls of it. Then he wanted yogurt so he had a big bowl of that. He wanted more yogurt, but I decided that cheesy eggs would be a better option. He ate TWO cheesy eggs. Then some animal crackers for dessert. I sure hope his belly is full now.

Speaking of the kid. Last Thursday, he fell and hit his face on the coffee table. He cried good for about 30 seconds and was off and ready to play again. You could tell he was going to have a little bump over his eye, but it we really didn’t think twice about it. Well, come Saturday, the entire area above the eye and below the eyebrow is black and blue. It totally looks like we put eye shadow on him it’s so dark. I was really hoping it would be gone before daycare tomorrow, but I don’t think it will be.

So, yesterday was a somewhat busy day. We ran some errands, and worked around the house. But don’t worry, I still found time for a nap. We did have a couple we hardly knew over for dinner. It was almost like a first date between them and us. But it went well and it was nice to get to know them. Then later in the evening, Marc had a buddy come over for the NC/Duke game.

Now, of course because today has been lazy, our nice clean home is anything but. When finished here, I need to clean up the main floor, do a load of laundry (or two), and plan this week’s meal/grocery list. This week is looking like a busy one. Monday will probably be birthday shopping/grocery shopping night since the rest of the week is busy. Tuesday evening, I have a shared a baby shower for my friend and myself. Wednesday morning I have my OB appt. Then that evening, I have to make food for a potluck and get stuff ready for Andrew’s birthday at daycare. Of course, Thursday is his birthday, so we might hit the play area in the mall in the AM, then work/daycare, then Chuck E Cheese in the evening. Then it’s Friday already and depending on what this weekend holds (still in the works), I might be packing myself and possibly Andrew up for an overnighter. More details to come on that one.

So, little man will go down (hopefully for the night – he had a good night last night) here in a few minutes and I will get crackin’ on some of these things. Have a great week.

Saturday, March 4, 2006


We took a family trip to the library today and rented some movies. We decided to pick up some Thomas the Tank DVD's for the kid. After putting these in, I decided that they are the most boring children's movies ever. But for some reason, the kiddo was mesmorized by the choo choo movie.

Friday, March 3, 2006

What a good girl am I.

I did it! I slept in my own bed all night last night! No, I am not messing up my pronouns; I am referring to myself and not Andrew. I did not have to get up and head to the couch due to coughing and I actually got some sleep last night. Now, I am not saying that I wasn’t up. I was either taking potty breaks or coaxing my kid back to bed in the middle of the night, but at least it was a much better night than the past four.

And for that sleep, I am VERY thankful, ‘cause today was a doozy. Holy cow! I definitely got my 10,000 steps in today without even wearing a pedometer. Man, walking like that with charts and everything is exhausting. I also stopped at Aldi’s on the way home with kiddo. Then we all ran out to run errands tonight, but only after 2 places (dinner and Sam’s) Marc wasn’t feeling well. So I dropped him and kiddo off at home and headed back out for another hour and a half. I hit Joann Fabrics (no quick stop), the ½ off party store, and the grocery store. We have quiet a bit to do tomorrow, and I didn’t want to add these errands to our to do list. (Plus some of those places are NUTS on Saturdays).

Tomorrow we are having company over for dinner, so we need to get some housework done (since I’ve been so tired this week that not much was done), we need to divvy up the food we purchased at Sam’s for our freezer. Believe it or not, I do have a few more errands to run and some other projects to work on.

So I think we have our plans for Andrew’s birthday nailed down. I got some Elmo birthday hats and plates for his daycare class. I think I am going to send sugar cookies, icing and M&M’s (the kid’s favorite food) – so they can decorate their own little treats. (I tried to think of something fun, since we can’t make food to send to daycare. Rules are everything has to be prepackaged, which is a huge bummer). Then that night, we are going to attempt Chuck E Cheese. We have a nice coupon for a large pizza, drinks & 20 tokens for $20. Sounds perfect to me. And for the birthday boy himself? I will tell, if you promise not to tell him. Green Eggs and Ham, a wooden puzzle (he has one already that he LOVES), and a bottle of bubbles. Of course, only the bubbles have actually been purchased at this point. Might be on my to-do list for tomorrow, too.

Ok, I whined about being pooped, so I am going to do something about it and head to bed. Have a great weekend.

This was his plan all along...

Swiped from Keith's Thoughts but found it fitting for our household.

A mother asked her small son what he would like for Christmas."I'd like a little brother," the boy said."Oh my, that's such a big wish," said the mother. "Why do you want a little brother?""Well," said the boy, "there's only so much I can blame on the dog."

Thursday, March 2, 2006

What Does Your Fish Say?

It’s Thursday night; Marc and I just finished watching The Office and putting Andrew down for the 4th time. For some reason, he would NOT go down tonight. He would just go to his gate and cry and cry. Of course, my approached is to go up and rock and sing and calm and snuggle, which does work for a while. But Marc goes in, does his magic (aka: a stern talking to with a threat of a swat) and we haven’t heard a peep from him.

As far as I am doing, I am actually feeling pretty good over all. My voice still sounds like I’ve been smoking for years and I still have a cough that picks up at night, which make sleeping (an already difficult thing) even harder. Hence, lack of sleep for the last 4 days is my biggest complaint.

In other news, I did have a nice chat with my boss today just about my maternity leave and some other stuff. I was a little nervous going into it, but left feeling really good and valued. She was great and offered me two more weeks of maternity leave (non paid of course) since I am not eligible for FMLA. Plus she is looking into bumping up my pay a bit with a title change (same responsibilities). I can deal with that.

Not too much has gone on since I posted last other than my little guy is so funny. This morning, he walks into my room and in this sing song voice says, “Hello. Good Morning.” Plain as day. Then last night, as I was standing on the opposite side of the counter, he taps the other side of the counter (the one in the kitchen) and says, “Make Dinner, Mama.” Again, plain as day. It was so funny.

Lately his favorite song is Old McDonald. But it’s never just “Old McDonald”. It’s “Old-McDonald-had-a-farm-EIEIO” all in one breath. “Mama, sing Old-McDonald-had-a-farm-EIEIO?” “More Old-McDonald-had-a-farm-EIEIO, Mama?” And guess what’s the only animal Old McDonald ever has on his farm according to Andrew’s version? A pish (fish). So what do you sing when you get to the, “With a ______-______ here and a _____-_____ there, here a _______, there a ________, everywhere a ______-______”. Currently, in our home it’s “blub blub”, but I am open to suggestions from those of you out there who know what a fish sound like.
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