Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thus far.

It is the end of January... but you'd never guess if you saw my house.  Christmas is still sort of up. We did take down the dead tree, but my dining room table is still housing all of our ornaments, lights, and the rest of that nonsense.  There is still a tub from our trip back to Kansas that needs to be unpacked.  My due date is in two short months, but the nursery is still full of stuff and the BabyCenter e-mail asking if my hospital bag was packed was laughed at.

I'm pregnant and my toddler likes to test the boundaries, so I do what I want.

This is how the first part of January went...

We welcomed 2016 in Kansas.  Rob and Grace were asleep in bed.  I fell asleep about 11:30 on the couch before my dad woke me up to go upstairs.  It was wild y'all.  Just about as crazy as it gets.

Our time in Kansas was coming to a close but we did get to see Rob's uncle and some family friends before wrapping up our adventure on that first Sunday of 2016 with "Christmas" pictures and a ring cleaning.

A ring cleaning that turned into a nightmare.  Seriously... in 2011 Rob and I bought a wedding band to go with my engagement ring.  The wedding band was purchased at Jared's.  The engagement ring was not.  But the store in KC soldered them together anyway... so every time I am home I stop and get the ring cleaned and re-dipped.  So I drop it off on Sunday at 3:30.  Pick it up an hour later at 4:30 and by 10:30 that night I'd lost a stone.  Of course.. the night before we are supposed to leave to drive back to Tennessee.  So we push back our leaving time to swing by the store again before leaving town and they say oh we can't fix it for two days cause we have to order it and that will cost you $50.  So I tell them I will take it to a local Jared's, which is still an hour away.  Fast forward to getting home... and the local store will not touch it because it isn't a Jared's ring.  UHM?!  I posted on Jared's Facebook page and magically I am now getting it fixed for free.. even though their policy has apparently changed.  I still have to find the time to get to Nashville with 3 to 4 hours to waste so they can fix it. but Lord have mercy, someone was going to get it!

And yes, that makes me very bitter still.

Anyway--our trip home brought us back through Springfield where we got to celebrate Rob's dad and step-mom and their birthdays.  Finally the next morning we rolled out of town to get home after one very long trip.

Rob ended up having his leave extended - because of the truck issues.  So he didn't go back to work until the following Monday.  So we spent a lot of time making messes, not cleaning up messes, running local errands and paying bills.  You know - real life things.

Oh and I went like a diligent pregnant lady and did a second 1 hour glucose test and got my blood drawn.  Which obviously resulted in great news.  Not.  My kids hate me.

Speaking of my kids hating me... Grace just turned two and I feel like we've already hit the terrible twos.  Girlfriend will not listen to a word I say and acts like a crazy hooligan every chance possible.  We've had many a fit thrown because I wouldn't carry her up the stairs.  The other day she laid on the landing crying for a good 20 minutes before finally walking herself up the stairs.  And a couple of weekends ago we attempted to go to the post office to mail out some overdue Christmas packages and SOMEONE would not stand by me, didn't want me to hold her and would not listen to me pleading to just get through the typical Saturday line without a meltdown.  No such luck.. we vacated and the packages didn't go out until the next week.  At this rate we will basically never leave the house again.. because mama ain't playing.  I will report we successfully survived the grocery store with minimal meltdowns the next day... but Lord have mercy.. where is my precious, peaceful, good listener that rarely gives us problems?!

Pray for us.

Since then Rob's last week of work ended up being a two day.  Hey MLKJr day and TWO snow days.  We got about ten inches of snow here in Tennessee and while most of it washed away with the rain a few days ago... it was fun while it lasted.  Believe it or not we have a weekend of 60 plus degrees ahead of us.  Which I am 100% okay with!

Otherwise there isn't a lot getting done around here.  Late naps and footed pajamas all day everyday.  But again... I'm pregnant and I am currently doing what I want.

Happy almost February you all!

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Monday, January 25, 2016


Two years ago I was in a small hospital room... feeling scared and nervous about the little baby snuggled deep in my arms.  How would I know what she needed and how to appease her?  How could I be responsible for such a small little human?  Could I even do it?

Well - here we are two years later.  In a much larger house... still feeling scared and nervous (because my husband says I am a hypochondriac) but feeling much more confident in my abilities to be Grace's mom.  It's not always easy and her second year of life has without a doubt hit us HARD already.  But we've made it.  She's a growing, learning, thriving toddler.  She has a personality that constantly keeps you on your toes.  She keeps life fun (and stressful, if I am keeping it real...).

Today she turns two.  Which I still find hard to believe.  It's like I blinked and all that time passed.

We will open a few presents, eat some cake and celebrate our sweet little girl today.  She's two and that only happens once in a lifetime!

To my girl... mommy loves you.  I truly hope that I do a good job of making you feel that day in and day out.  Being your mother is my greatest joy and I can't wait to watch you develop even more into the little person you are destined to be.  Thanks for helping me keep it real and remember what is important in life.  You face great changes this year in your short little life... but I know that you will take them in strides and love on your baby sister like the little mama that you are.  I love you always.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I don't think I have ever posted a word of the year... but this year is going to be different.

This year I am going to have patience.

When the toddler is testing me.  When the baby is still growing and making me even more uncomfortable.  When the husband puts the laundry next to the hamper instead of in it.  When labor doesn't happen at the snap of a finger.  When the baby is crying and the toddler decides it is the perfect time to throw a fit over nothing in particular.  When that thing I asked the husband to do five times, still hasn't gotten done.  When the dog wants to go outside at the same time that all the timers go off announcing that dinner is done.  When 5 o'clock rolls around and I'm this close to completely losing it.

I will be the first to admit that I am not always patient with motherhood, being a wife, the everyday things of life.   I'm easy to fall apart when things get stressful and so I hope that 2016 brings me the patience I will need to adjust to being a mother of two.  Things on my plate are about to double and I have to learn how to take those in strides.

Here is to another year...

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

28 weeks//Baby B

26 weeks was a miss because of vacation and I start 30 weeks tomorrow... but...

What Fruit are you // an eggplant
Due date // March 28th
How far along // 28 weeks
Next appointment // next month.  JUST had one on Thursday.
Gender // it's a girl!
Total weight gain/loss // up 21 pounds... hoping to gain no more than 30 this pregnancy.  Which is 10 more than I gained with Grace.  But I'm allowing myself extra because during this pregnancy we moved and have now traveled twice.. one trip to include the holidays.
Swelling // none.
Maternity clothes // when I am going somewhere...
Belly button // in
Sleep // my legs absolutely kill me when I sleep!! Which is weird, I never really had this problem with Grace.  I wake up with sore as hell hips and pain all down my legs.  Luckily it has gotten sort of better since getting home from vacation and sleeping in my very luxurious bed.
Food cravings // still chocolate.
Symptoms // hip pain... and I tested high for Gestational Diabetes (and here I was hoping that it was a fluke with Grace that can be attributed to Halloween candy...).  I opted out of the three hour test so I have a week to monitor my numbers and then turn them into my doctor for review.  She will determine if I have to continue to do the four times a day finger prick or if I am good to just test every once in awhile...
Movement // little miss is a busy body.  I'm actually really worried she will never sleep.  I feel her after lunch and dinner and sometimes in the morning when I wake up and sometimes in bed at night.  She's very active, and I love it.
Labor signs // none.
What I miss // not feeling large.  I'm starting to reach that point where I am feeling just bleh.  I don't feel like I have a glow... I just feel over it.
What I'm loving // how real it has started to feel since the holidays.  WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BABY PEOPLE!  I've started thinking about what we need and getting her room together.  All things that haven't really been on my mind until recently.
What I'm looking forward to // the newborn pictures that I just booked.  We never got professional ones done of Grace (minus the ones the hospital took and I later purchased one image of) and so I am excited to have professional ones done to include both my babies!
Best moment this week // finally finding some energy to get some things done.  I've cleaned and unpacked.  Vacuumed and done laundry.  Is nesting finally setting in?!

To read about Grace at 28 weeks, click here.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Month of December.

We are now almost half way through the month of January.  Which obviously means I should talk about the month of December.  The month where this blog went dormant.  We were doing things... blog worthy things even, but they never made it here.  Of course.

So here is the condensed, highlighted version of our month of December...

We saw Santa.  We didn't like him again this year.

I attended a Christmas gathering with a few other Fort Campbell Warrant Officer spouses.  We did this fun gift exchange where everyone brought four of their favorite things under $5.  Then everyone went home with 4 different items - someone else's favorite thing.  Unique, and tons of fun.

We got a tree.  We killed said tree within a week.  So word to the wise, water your tree less than three hours after putting it in the tree stand.  After that - the sap prevents the water from traveling up the spine.  Lesson learned... moving on...
Our 2015 family ornament.

We mailed out Christmas cards.

We made salt dough ornaments for grandparents.  My original intention was for Grace to paint them... but it never happened, so we gifted them plain with a simple "Grace, 2015" sharpied on.  That'll do.
(and I didn't snap pictures.....)

We had a small Christmas at home.  We don't go all out when we get to see family... but those few presents exchanged on a quiet night are perfect memory makers, including the Halloween jimmies.

Rob and I celebrated being a couple for 7 years and almost 6 years of marriage.

We traveled, again.  We spent the first part of block leave with Rob's parents in Missouri.  And all of his siblings and their significant others.  There was lots of playing and spoiling.  Grace's aunts and uncles can't get enough of her.  Which helps mama and daddy have a bit of a break.  With all of our Christmas shopping already done we really got to just enjoy family and being together.

Christmas Eve and part of Christmas day was spent with Rob's family.  Three different Christmas celebrations were crammed into a 24 hour time period.  So we were busy and tired.  But we decorated a gingerbread house (for the first time ever), spent time with cousins and ate lots of food.

After lunch on Christmas day we rolled out of Missouri to our next destination, Kansas.  Where we had yet another celebration with my family.  Grace loves opening presents and this year was definitely a win to see her so excited and into the holiday.
My parents are loosing it...

We went to a freezing cold Chiefs game.  But they won - and we luckily unthawed.  The baby even slept the first half of the game, at the loudest stadium in the NFL no less.

We spent the rest of the month of December in Kansas - playing, playing in snow, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

The last pictures of 2015...

Oh and Rob's truck broke.  Which is awesome when you are on holiday leave 8 hours away from home.  Spoiler alert, Rob was able to fix it after an initial diagnosis by an overzealous auto repair shop and we not only made it back to Tennessee without any more problems, but said truck is still operating at it's full potential.  Three cheers for do-it-yourself husbands.

Hoping another month doesn't pass until the next post...

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