Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Unsolicited advice.

Sometimes people just need to mind their own business. I'm thinking these people are the worst fortune cookie writers ever.



I mean, sure, maybe there's a chance I'm just being a little over-sensitive due to the fact that I feel like my uterus is a ticking time bomb. But I'm already dealing with enough "preparing for the worst" thoughts and I was really looking forward to the typical generically optimistic, happy-go-lucky, rainbows-and-sunshine kind of message that they usually give you (you know, to make you feel better for consuming 36,545 calories in the form of delicious, fried, chinese food goodness).

And now I'm craving egg rolls.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Whew!

It has been a fun last few days around here and I feel like a week has flown by in a day since we've been so busy! But thanks to a nice lonnnnnng wait at the DMV this morning with a restless toddler in tow, what was only an hour and a half (only, ha) felt like a week, so I guess the time-lag is all back in balance. 

Anyway.

I already mentioned that my birthday was on Wednesday. I felt like the festivities continued on into the weekend though, because Friday we had friends over for dinner and Saturday a few of my sweet loved ones (Hi Ashley, Katie, and Mom!) threw me a baby shower. I felt kind of uncomfortable having a shower this time around since it was only a year and a half ago since Harrison's and we are already pretty stocked up on all things baby-related, but they insisted that Miss H deserved one as well. And I have to say that it turned out so beautiful! They kept it small and hosted it at a local tea room, and it was perfect.


The set up. The decorations were all multi-functional: the pom-poms on the table are actually tutus and the flowers are hair bows that Katie made!

Mom, me, Katie, Ashley, and my MIL Mary


Yet another ah-mazing beauty of a cake that my SIL Tracye made. Her talent makes me sick is inspiring! And yes, it was as tasty as it was gorgeous.
 
The scrumptious lunch (and yes, that is me stuffing my face. Pretty flattering, right? Ha!)
I truly had such a great time and was beyond touched by all of the sweet gifts from everybody. I am so blessed to have such loving friends and family. And I have to say that girly stuff is so FUN. I can't get enough of all of the pink and ruffles and sweetness!

It won't be long before it's Katie's turn to be showered with gifts and love and I can't wait! It's been so much fun sharing the experience of pregnancy with my bestie and I'm so glad that our kids will grow up together. Here's a belly shot of the two of us:

6 weeks apart (although I feel like a whale compared to her cute little bump!)
While we were having some fun girly time at the tea room Rick had a few guy friends over at the house to watch sports and grill burgers and do other manly things. I think we crashed their party when we got home and couldn't wait another second to start going through all of the fun loot (which I'll share pictures of when I get the nursery completely finished). And of course we had to use Harrison as a model for some of it. ;)


Why are you doing this to me?!?!

I just want to watch basketball!

Mom, you're dead to me.

It's funny because he really is ALL boy! I don't know how he knew that he isn't supposed to like tutus and hair bows, but he very much didn't. Hopefully my little girl won't feel the same way because I can't wait to put her in all the fun girly stuff!

My MIL stayed for the weekend and so Saturday night she kept Harrison so we could go out to dinner with friends. And let me tell you, I savored every baby-free restaurant moment! I love my son, but I so do not love going out to eat with him. And because we're wild and crazy, before heading home we decided to stop for some milkshakes. You know, because the birthday dessert at the restaurant just didn't cut it.  :)

Sunday our church had an outdoor service at the park and a picnic afterward. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun, and the message was exactly what I needed to hear. It was about worry and anxiety vs. peace and how it's impossible to put our trust in both self and heaven. When we're feeling anxious it's usually because we're not looking up to our Father and trusting that He will provide exactly what we need. Peace is found in knowing that God is in control and worry stems directly from our desire to be in control (and realizing that we're not). Amen to that!  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7



Mom forgot my bib, but no worries. I'm a super clean eater.

The rest of the day was filled with fun at the park, a nice nap (while my MIL cleaned my house!!!), and ended with dinner at Saltgrass with the fam to celebrate my brother's birthday. He turns 24 today. Happy birthday, Bubba!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Birthday

Once I hit 25, I thought that birthdays were supposed to become pretty anti-climatic. Nothing much to look forward to except getting old, right?

Except on my 26th birthday, I found out I was pregnant with Harrison. Kind of the opposite of anti-climatic if you ask me. I'm pretty sure no other birthday I have will ever top that year and the huge news I was surprised with. And then my 27th birthday came and was also wonderful as I was all swept up in the bliss of a having a sweet little newborn. I never thought that one year later I would be turning 28...while 28 weeks pregnant with baby #2! I've definitely learned that life after the 25 mark is still pretty darn interesting. Sure, I'm getting old(er), but there is still pleeeenty to look forward to!

Today was such a nice day. I kept getting text after text of well wishes and I kept thinking, how in the world do all these people know or remember that it's my birthday? And then I remembered Facebook. Ahhh, Facebook. I came home this afternoon to an inbox full of wall posts and emails and my dear friends Tienna and Katie even wrote sweet blog posts about me! I have felt so special and loved on all day, I'm telling you. What did we ever do before all this great technology? :)

My hubby has done his part to make me feel special as well. I woke up to a big bouquet of flowers (b/c he just had to top Harrison's bouquet that was delivered on Monday - sweet, right?!), a warm and delicious breakfast, and a fully packed and loaded car for the fun day we had planned. He took the day off from work and it was so great to spend the day together as a family. I'm especially sentimental lately because I know how short the days are getting before we are no longer a family of 3 and I'm trying to savor our quality time with Harrison before the next fun and exciting chapter begins.





Speaking of technology and chapters, check out my birthday gift! I am usually way behind the times when it comes to embracing gadgets (I still don't even own an iPod, *gasp*), but I am really stoked about the Kindle. I thought I wouldn't like making the switch from the glorious smell and feel of the fresh pages of a good old fashioned book, but after playing with this for a while I really think I'm going to love it. I like that I can carry it with me everywhere and I also love the idea of having all of my highlighted notes in one place. Now maybe I will actually be more inclined to finish the books I'm reading so I can finally start on the ones I have on my to-read list!



We spent the morning at the zoo and we had such a blast! We took Harrison last year on my birthday as well, but obviously at 3 months he wasn't too engaged. This year he loved it. I'm pretty sure he managed to bark out his little "woo-woo"s at every single exhibit since he seems to think every animal is a puppy. He was especially intrigued by the seal exhibit because they were playing with "ba"s (balls). And he dug the bat exhibit because there were "na-na"s (bananas) hanging from the ceiling. But I think his favorite were the monkeys. Because, well, I'm pretty sure he thinks he's one of them.


Whoa! Check out my friend over there!

Uh, Mom? Why aren't you yelling at HIM for climbing and jumping on everything?

Here he was last year:



And this year:

I still can't believe how big he's gotten!

Here are a few more pictures we took throughout the morning:

Me & the love of my life

Me & my favorite boys

Baby's first carousel ride

It was a gorgeous morning and we packed a nice picnic lunch. We were a little worried that Harrison would want no part in staying put on a blanket, but luckily for us the key to that boy's heart is food. Once we broke out the grub, he wasn't going anywhere.




We tried to get a good picture of the three of us, but when we pried him away from the food the only way to crack a smile out of this little boy was to resort to the tickle method. Which didn't really get us any "smile" pictures, but I kind of think the "laugh" pictures are even better.






I really did have such a good day. I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm going to fall asleep tonight with a big, fat, grateful smile on my face!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Just a few reasons why I love March.


1. Seeing this little boy's face light up when we get to go outside to play in the beautiful sunshine



2. Flowering blooms (that prove I kept our tree alive despite my black thumb)



3. Bare feet on the cool grass



4. Soaking up some rays (although you won't catch me in a bathing suit anytime soon, ha!)



5. Watching this guy have a blast playing in the sandbox



6. Green spring leaves sprouting on the maple tree (once again, proof I didn't kill it!)



7.  Cute plaid shorts on an even cuter tushy



8. Watching this fearless child conquer the slide (who says you have to go down on your bottom, Mom?)



9.  Answering the doorbell to a bouquet of flowers in honor of my "birthday week"



10. Watching my baby chase my first "baby"



11. Swinging in the hammock



12. Getting belly laughs out of this sweet boy


28 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 28 weeks

Size of baby: She's about 15 1/2 inches long and 2 1/2 lbs

Total Weight Gain: 22 lbs. Waist gain: around 11 inches

Maternity Clothes: Mostly maternity...although I still try to squeeze into some regular. It's not very pretty though.

Gender: Girl (every time I have an ultrasound I make them double-check for me!)

Movement: She's definitely a feisty one. And for the last couple of weeks she's been getting the hiccups several times every day. Which makes me a little nervous because Harrison used to do the same...and then he came out with terrible reflux and I always wondered if there was a correlation. I have no scientific proof whatsoever so hopefully I'm wrong. Oh how I would LOVE to experience having an infant who didn't spit up every 2 minutes!

Sleep: Starting to get to that uncomfortable stage. I'm waking up a few times every night and have a hard time falling back asleep. It doesn't help that Rick has been snoring SO loud lately. He's about to get evicted to the couch, ha! Totally kidding. Okay, maybe not. :)

What I miss: Sleeping on my belly. Eating sandwiches. And bending over without debating with myself on if it's worth picking up whatever is on the ground.

Cravings: My appetite has been pretty blah lately.

Symptoms: Heartburn, irregular contractions, and my nausea has returned over the last week or two. No vomiting but just the uneasy feeling of morning sickness.

Best Moment this week: Getting some nursery craft projects finished up and entering the third trimester. This pregnancy feels like it's flying by!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Break!

Spring Break came and went in a flash and I wanted to do a short recap of our week. I seriously can't believe that it is already 20 days into March! Where has this month gone?

The days of the week and what we did are already blurring together in my mind, and I've been pretty lousy at taking pictures lately. I mentioned that Joel came to stay, and we were also thrilled to have my cousin Stephanie come down from Plano at the last minute, too. I SO love both of those kids (although I'm starting to realize I can't really call her a kid any longer!).

Joel and Harrison had a good time playing together but I must say that I felt bad for Joel at times. Harrison is clearly not a fan of sharing his toys and wanted to be doing everthing Joel was doing, which I'm sure was pretty annoying for a 5 year old. Stephanie was such a huge help this week. I am trying to get her to come move in with me and be my nanny, but she keeps talking this nonsense about school and friends and her parents. Ha! When we were at Chick-fil-A for lunch one day I smelled that Harrison had a stinker and got up to go change him. She stood up and firmly said, "Kelsey! You are pregnant. You do not need to be changing diapers! Sit back down and I will do it." So I of course sat right back down and gladly let her take him. :) Did I mention I want her to come live with me? Ha!

The week was pretty low key since I'm forcing myself to rest more. We did manage to go to the library, the park, to the strand in Galveston, and to the Houston rodeo (all were pretty short visits). And as is my life lately we also squeezed two doctor appointments in there, too -- one for me and one for Harrison. We also watched a lot of movies and ate a lot of ice cream and other bad but oh-so-good food. But it doesn't count during vacation, right?

Here are the only pictures I took the entire week. Like I said, I'm slacking big time!


Harrison's third haircut
Harrison got his first haircut a few months back by my friend Amy. She owns a salon and has been doing my hair for years and I love her. I knew he wouldn't sit still for her if I took him in to her salon so a few weeks ago I tried to trim it myself with the help of Rick. Well, he didn't sit still for me either and it wasn't the best haircut in the world. In fact, when I took him to see his pediatrician the first thing Dr. Binder said when he walked in through the door was, "What's wrong, Buddy? Is it that awful haircut?" Ha ha! When I told him that I was the one that gave it to him he jokingly asked why I would be so mean. He has a great sense of humor and was totally kidding of course, but I knew it was time for a more professional cut! (In my defense Harrison's cowlick is impossible to defeat...)

Something's up...what is going on here?

Looking spiffy!
The only other pictures I took were from the rodeo, and my mom actually took most of them.  In this next picture, Joel kept making this funny smirk and when I asked him "what kind of smile is that?" he quickly informed me that it was a "cowboy smile". Love it!

Joel, Harrison, & Steph
 Harrison had his very first pony ride. He screamed and cried when the guy picked him up to strap him on, but once he realized I was still right by his side he had a ball. He kept petting the pony and barking "woo-woo" over and over, which is what he does when he sees any animal. Fur = puppy to him, I guess.

Baby's first pony ride

Joel and the creepy cow guy

Loading up his basket at the kids' farmer's market

planting seeds

they look thrilled, right?

Farmer Joel

Harrison threw a FIT when he had to get off of the tractor. The boy loves cars and trucks, and now apparently farm equipment.

Sweet baby hugs

Harrison and Beda, or "Mam-ma" as he has opted to call her instead. Ha!
And can I just say that I feel like it is insane how much my little boy has grown up and changed since last year?!

March 2011
Harrison, 15 mo.

March 2010
Harrison, 3 mo.

I can't even imagine what life will look like a year from now...but I'm so excited to find out!

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