Wednesday, December 29, 2010

16 Weeks

16 week belly shot

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 16 weeks (and a few days...yeah, I'm a little late with this post but that seems to be the theme of my life lately)

Size of baby: Chicklet is about 4 1/2 inches from crown to rump, or roughly the size of a large avocado. (mmmm...guacamole...)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 10 lbs - yikes! This is a pretty big jump from my last month's dr. checkup which was about 1 or 2 lbs gain. The good news: I'm puking less. The bad news: I'm still feeling really puky so I'm eating every 2 hours to help keep from puking. Another scary statistic: I measured my waist today and it has already grown by 7 inches. Calm down, Chicklet, we're not even halfway there yet!

Maternity Clothes: Heck yeah! When I was pregnant with Harrison, I was mortified by the panel maternity pants and absolutely refused to buy any. Then, unfortunately, the rubber band method quit working for me seeing how every day they would spontaneously burst from the brute force known as my ginormous belly. So I begrudgingly waved goodbye to any sense of style I had left and came over to the dark side. And? Heavenly. This time around I am fully embracing the elastic. That's right, peeps, I have no shame.

Gender: A girl!

Movement: Her little flutters throughout the day make me smile every time.

Sleep: Can't seem to get enough!

What I miss: Having energy and motivation! I really need that nesting instinct to kick in...

Cravings: Still lots and lots and lots of orange juice. Probably why I've packed on the pounds.

Symptoms: Vomiting has eased up some (hallelujah!), but still feel nauseous all the time. I'm still really exhausted all the time, too. And my long lost buddy Mr. Heartburn has come back to visit lately.

Best Moment this week: Seeing Chicklet do somersaults in 4D and finding out that we are going to have a daughter!

The big 5-0.

Here's a big, fat HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my step-dad Tim!

His new set of uber trendy wheels. These puppies will make the line at Luby's so much easier to navigate!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A very merry Christmas, indeed!

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...

We had such a great Christmas. It was really busy, but in a good way.

Thursday Harrison helped me (ha) wrap presents. And of course I had to sneak a little dress-up in there for a couple of pictures.

Then, like I mentioned before, my mom, grandma and I went to see the Nutcracker Ballet. It was so much fun! We had a nice little ladies' night out including a DELICIOUS dinner at Birraporetti's before the beautiful performance. It was extra special this year because I kept thinking about how in a few years I'll have my own sweet little girl to bring along.

And I couldn't resist buying my very first girly thing for Chicklet. An ornament to remind me of her first counts even though she's in my belly, right? :)

On Friday, we went to the Christmas Eve service at our church and then headed back to Mom & Tim's for dinner and to exchange gifts. We draw names and I really like the simplicity of that.

Harrison didn't even make it home before he crashed out in his carseat. Which was great, because Rick and I had a lot of work to do preparing for Santa's visit. And when we were done, it was nice to settle in next to the cozy fireplace and exchange our gifts. Then we retrieved the baby from his crib to try out sleeping together as a family for the first time. It went well for Rick and Harrison, but it was absolutely miserable for me. Rick sleeps through pretty much anything, but I don't know how he managed to sleep through the constant tossing and turning of the wee little boy sleeping in between us. I feel like I woke up every 15 minutes, partly because I kept getting a foot in my face and partly because I was nervous about (Rick) rolling over on top of him. It's fine for Christmas Eve, but we definitely won't be making it a habit of letting him sleep with us!

It was so much fun to watch Harrison wake up on Christmas morning and discover the goods that Santa brought him.

More toys?! Good, b/c I'm on a quest to take over this house with all my loot.

Digging the wagon. Especially climbing in and out and in and out and in and out....

Checking out the stocking

And tasting all of its contents

This was one of the biggest hits. Maybe now he'll stop trying to break mine?

All of his stocking stuffers

A drum filled with lots of  noisemakers, complete with two drum stick weapons. Yeah, Santa's judgment may have been a little off on this one...

Back at my Mom & Tim's, we enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch, watched some Christmas movies, and then did our White Elephant gift exchange.

Somebody, ahem, seems to have regifted their White Elephant gift from a previous party. And now it's sitting at my house. Thanks a lot, Mom!

Please tell me how this is not creepy. It kind of screams pervy child predator to me. Ha!

To close out our Christmas, Rick and I made a gingerbread house together after Harrison went to sleep. It was the first attempt on both our parts, and I think we did pretty good, if I say so myself:

Hope everybody else had a great Christmas, too. As much fun as it's been, I have to say that I'm ready to decompress a bit from the holidays and get back to our normal routine. Oh, and take down our tree. It has been a "boundary tester" pretty much every minute of every day that we're at the house, and I'm definitely ready to stop policing the hands away from the ornaments!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa, Take 2

Harrison had a very special visitor yesterday. He came to our house all the way from the North Pole, just to say hello to a sweet little boy and give him a goodie out of his sack of toys.

Good thing Santa is used to frigid temperatures, because Harrison's welcome was not quite so warm. Ha!

This man AGAIN????

I don't understand why you're doing this to meeeeee!

Moooommmmmyyy, please come rescue me!!!

It was the saddest thing. When Santa first came in the house, I was holding Harrison for a few minutes so he could warm up to the jolly man in the red suit. He was giving him some pretty questionable stares, let me tell ya. When I set him down on the floor, he wouldn't even stand up. He crawled in between my legs as fast as he could and just clung to my leg. He wanted nothing to do with Santa or the toy he brought him. Poor baby!

After Santa was back on the road he finally calmed down and reconsidered the stuffed horsey that he had totally shunned minutes before. Yes, Santa out of the picture = a much happier baby.

 I went back and found this picture that was taken when Santa visited him last year:

Look how teeny tiny my little baby was!


Today is going to be a fun day. First of all, it's one of our very best friends' birthday. Happy birthday, Jeff! We will hopefully at some point get to go by and see him today and wish him a happy birthday in person. I know a little boy who would love to give him a big hug! Then, tonight I'm going to the Nutcracker with my mom and my grandma. It's a fun tradition we've been doing for several years now and I'm really looking forward to it. Between now and then, I have some gifts to wrap, some laundry to do (when do I not?), and some baby cuddles to steal.

Before I go, let me just share a couple of pictures I snapped of my little thief in action. I was cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast and noticed that Harrison was being suspiciously quiet. When I went to investigate, this is what I found:

I think I just struck gold!

Outta my way, Mom. I've got some shopping to do!

He had gotten into my purse and had dug out my credit card out of my wallet. Seriously?! What am I going to do with this child?!

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