Friday, October 31, 2008
They were both bouncing off the walls. We put their costumes on, but didn't do up the make-up or anything and took them up to my family's. They were able to trick-or-treat early at my parents, my grandparents and my aunt's house. Of course, they were very spoiled there and their costumes were loved. My grandpa was so cute making sure to take all sorts of pictures and was sure to get one of the four of us.* Next it was off to Eli's parents where we would eat some yummy dinner and then get ready for the real thing. I may be very biased, but I have to say that they turned out absolutely precious. Seth's pirate costume turned out better than I had thought it would and Swae looked absolutely beautiful. I took all sorts of pictures, but won't be able to post them until Monday since my camera cord is there. Then you guys can see for yourselves.
They totally made out too. They scored all sorts of candy. There were even a couple houses that gave out the big size candy bars - I haven't seen that be done in years! We were out for just over an hour and it was a blast. They ran from house to house and hearing both of them pipe up and say, "Trick-or Treat" was awesome. And they both were good at saying "thank you" and "Happy Halloween" before turning to go to the next house. Ugh, if I were handing them candy, I would have melted. There were a few houses they were nervous to walk up to. It was so funny. Swae would take her time and Seth would lurk behind her. But once they got the candy, they were good to go.
This was by far one of the best Halloween's ever. Like Swae said, it was definitely one to remember. I hope everyone else had a fabulous Halloween.
*When Seth and Swae are around, we can't say "four" of us, we have to say five due to our little girl that is cooking. So cute that the baby is never left out and she hasn't even been welcomed into the world yet.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
She has definitely been a lot more active this last week. And I love it!!! It is so wonderful to feel her and even better to be able to say "she" and "her" instead of "baby"!! A little girl!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tonight I am going to go with Tara to look at baby stuff. We might buy things, we might not. I don't really care at this point, I just want to go see all that there is out there. I want to start getting ideas and start visualizing how I want to decorate her little room. Oh this is going to be so much fun!
I am open to hearing the "must-haves" and recommendations.
And thank you all so much for your support and excitement. It means the world to me and has made me feel so good, so special. It is so nice to have so many people that care and want to share this experience with me. So, thank you...all of you!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The lady that did the sonogram was excellent. You could tell that she knew just what she was doing and what she was looking for. She was quick to find everything that she was looking for. It was impressive and so incredible to look at images of the brain, watch her measure the spine, to see the compartments of the heart. It was so indescribable seeing my baby. And then it was time...to see whether there were boy or girl parts. Luckily, the baby wasn't moving so we were able to get good shots of what was needed...other than a good face shot. It was a little frustrating because the baby had been so active ALL DAY LONG! Guess he/she was worn out and needed the nap. Alright on to what you are here for...
Are you ready to know what we found out!!?????!?????????????
Actually, maybe I shouldn't post since I can't scan the picture and just wait until tomorrow...
That's right. My baby has girl bits. Can you believe it? I was so excited. A wave of emotion like never before washed over me in that instant. It was something that I never even dreamed possible. We have ourselves a baby girl cooking. A little sweet angel. I can't stop smiling and thinking about it. It is so nice to know. I can't stop thinking about it and I am so excited to go shopping and start planning.
So good job for all of you that guessed girl. You were definitely the majority. There were only a handful of people that guessed boy. I know I have been saying that I haven't had a feeling and that was true up until today. And I think I only told two people what I actually woke up feeling and it was actually a girl. Pretty crazy huh? All night all I could think about was babies and for some reason, I just kept leaning toward a girl.
We got to tell the kids tonight too. We went straight from the doctor appointment to get them at daycare. When Swae saw us, the first thing that she did was run up and hug me and then ask if the baby was a boy or girl. How cute is that?? We didn't tell her there. Instead, we went out to dinner as a family and then asked the kids one more time what they thought the baby was. To both of our surprise, they both said a girl. And that was when Eli let them know they would be having a baby sister. I wish I could have recorded their faces lighting up. I never want to forget Swae reaching over and hugging me out of joy and excitement. Most of dinner there was talk about their baby sister. Seth even was talking about holding the baby girl! Huge step considering he said he could only hold girl babies! He is just too cute.
So, we have us a baby girl on the way. Our family of four, will now be a family of five with three girls and two boys. Ugh, I can't get over my excitement and pure happiness!
I can't wait. It seems the the majority of people are thinking I will hear that we are having a girl today. Funny how that is. Even people at work are guessing girl (all but two that is). Wow, so freaking crazy that I am going to know very, very soon.
Then telling the kids tonight. Oh my gosh! I can't wait. I hope neither one is let down or disappointed. After today, the planning and decorating begin. And the next time I am shopping and I see something cute, I just might be able to get it since I will know which direction I need to be going.
This is the most crazy feeling ever!
He was ready to run and protect himself!
He got it back and wasn't going to let it go again.
Monday, October 27, 2008
And we will know just after 3pm tomorrow!!!!!
Here she just got finished helping fill the little cups. All she could think about was dipping those little fingers of hers in to eat the batter!
Getting a taste of the yumminess before they got cooked.
Her finished product. She was so freaking excited. She wanted to eat them right then and there, but couldn't because we were just getting ready to eat.
And what a great dinner we had to Saturday night. Steak, potatoes, asparagus, and artichokes. I love that Swae and Seth eat their vegetables and they love asparagus lately. This is good because I too love it and find myself craving it often!
I love doing little things like this with her. It is times like these that I cherish and hold so tight to my heart. After dinner she snuggled up to me and asked if I could just cuddle her for a while. How could I possibly say no?? I couldn't. So we cuddled it up and boy did I love every minute of it!
Mr. & Mrs. Walker =)
They do love their "Mima"!
Friday, October 24, 2008
While I am sure that this comes and a surprise to most, it was something that we have been thinking about and contemplating since we found out that I was pregnant. We have known for quite some time (not long after getting together) that we wanted to marry each other, have a family, and spend our lives together. While we would have not gotten married so soon, we had many things other than ourselves to think about. I would have been alright having a baby out of wedlock, but it wasn't my first choice or how I had "planned" it. I wouldn't change getting pregnant for the world, or anything else for that matter.
So after many discussions, we decided it was time...our time. And it just so happened that our "special" day, the 18th, was right around the corner. The ceremony was very simple, but perfect for us. We had our parents and our sisters there and then went to spend the rest of the weekend in California as a mini honeymoon. I was so excited, so happy. I couldn't stop smiling and still can't. I feel so complete. I love catching a glimpse of his hand and seeing his wedding band. I love everything about it and all the feelings. We will still be having our wedding July 18. So we will have two very special days to celebrate.
The kids were beyond excited when we told them what we did. Swae can't get over having a "step-mom" and proudly tells people all about it. Even while using her spelling words in a sentence, she is sure to bring it up. It is cute.
So there you have it. I am a married woman. CRAZY!! I went today and got my name changed officially and everything. Such an incredible, indescribable feeling. I couldn't be more happy - a fabulous husband, two kiddos, and a bun in the over. So much to look forward to!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday came and Eli was sick. He ended up going home early from work and I had the car seats in my car. So I had a fabulous idea to go grab Seth from daycare and then we would surprise Swae and pick her up from school...and then head off to her surprise. My plan worked out great. Seth was super excited and Swae's little face lit up when she was that we were waiting for her. I then told her we were on our way to a surprise for just her. Initially, Seth was going to be with Eli, so I let him know he could get a surprise when we were done with Swae's and that he just had to be a good boy.
We pulled up and Swae was still confused. Not until we were walking in was she able to look in the window and then shouted, "I'm getting my nails done!!!!" It was cute and she was clearly excited. In we went where she was able to pick out her nail polish on her own and then pick her own stickers for two of her fingers. There were so many cute things to choose from: pumpkins, bats, spiders, spider webs, and skulls. The girl wanted skulls. Not one and the something different on the other hand. Nope, two skulls. So much like her daddy!!
Once her decision was made she climbed up in her chair and was ready to let Lisa get to work. Look how cute she is! We had painted her nails the week before so Lisa was taking off her polish.
Here she is getting them all nice and pretty. I meant to get a final shot, but spaced it. I will try to remember to do that tonight. She was such a good girl. She held so still...other than the hiccups she had. So funny.
My best friend's boyfriend decided he needed to show of his "baby" bump. hahahahaha!!! So freaking cute and funny. It really made my morning. I needed the laugh. How cute. I am so lucky and fortunate to have such wonderful friends that are so involved and care so much about what is going on.
I can tell that it is definitely growing and taking on a different shape. The itching hasn't been too bad the last couple of days. It could be because I have been doing the Vitamin E oil after the shower and then lubing up with Cocoa Butter throughout the day. Some of my tighter pants on my not pregnant days are starting to get a LOT tighter. Not too tight that I can't wear them, but I am really noticing a difference. I don't know that I am ready to start buying bigger clothes yet!!!
I have been feeling a ton of movement. It has been so wonderful. There are so many times that I will be in the middle of a conversation and will have to stop mid-word or sentence just to take it in. I love it!!!! I drank orange juice yesterday morning and it was like crack for the little one. It was such an incredible feeling. 4 1/2 months already. Just about half way there. So insane!!! Eli and I have been talking a lot about names and I think we have decided on a girl name and are just trying to agree on a middle name. The boy name we are having a hard time with. The names I like, he doesn't like. There have only been a couple names he has liked that I have not liked at all and then the others I do like, just not as much as the one I like! :) I know we will figure it out and after Tuesday, we will know for sure what we are having and what kind of name we need. I can't wait!!!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I love feeling the baby moving around. I love that the movements are getting stronger which assures me that the baby is getting bigger and stronger. Just one more week until we find out. I am beyond elated. I just can't wait!!!
My belly must be growing or something because it has been itching something fierce. I feel like I need to drink even more water to help with the expansion of it all. I have been faithful about lubing the tummy and boobs up with Vitamin E oil every morning after my shower (thank you Jen!!). I can only hope that this will help with the stretch marks. I know they say nothing helps and you are going to get them or not...but I like to think that my efforts are going to make a difference! My mom didn't get any stretch marks with my sister or me. I got stretch marks on my thighs growing up. I was always one of the tallest kids and then one day stopped growing and everyone else passed me up. So I think they are a result of growing too fast. I just don't want them every where because I already am self conscious of the ones that I do have (although not really noticeable I am told).
So, I don't think it will be too much longer until I actually start looking like I am pregnant and not just carrying around a couple extra pitchers of beer in my stomach. Over the weekend, Eli told someone that I was four months pregnant and they didn't believe him and then started asking a ton of questions. It was funny. I have been starting to stock up on some "bigger" clothes, just larger sizes for now. All my winter warm stuff won't be lasting much longer, not to mention, I don't have much of it. I am enjoying getting some new things, just not the $$$ it takes to get them...ugh, I am so cheap.
That is all for now in the baby department until the belly shot on Thursday. Hope every one's week is going well so far.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Ugh, I just love him and could eat him up!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Part of accepting the award is:
*displaying the award
*linking back to the person who gave it to you
*paying it forward & nominating 7 blogs
*adding links to those seven blogs
*leaving comments on their blog telling them you gave them an award
*enjoying the award
The 7 Blogs I am nominating (not in alphabetical order, sorry):
Jen from Lost in Translation - her posts absolutely crack me up. She is a new mommy and a great person. I love that the girl is real.
Lainey-Paney from Life is Just so Daily - this woman blows my mind. She has proven herself to be such a great, strong, wonderful person and is such a wonderful mother. Her son is the cutest and I truly enjoy seeing the bond between the two of them.
Megan from Yellow Polka Dotted Slugs - I absolutely adore this woman's love for her husband and family. She has a heart of gold and you can tell how much she cares for the people in her life in every post that she writes. She has proven herself to be a wonderful person and a great friend.
Rachel from Max's Mom - a sweet blogger friend with a cute little boy and a little one on the way. She is someone that always has something kind to say and one that I enjoy reading up on.
Missy Marshmallow - a soon to be mommy who I find very amusing and real. I have enjoyed following her journey and am anxious for the birth of her little one and following her journey.
Multi-Tasking Momma - a very sweet person, cracks me up constantly and definitely someone that loves her family and enjoys life to the fullest. Not one to get up and dance and be wild.
Jennifer from Just Jiff - a great person and one that I have found I have so much in common with. She is great and a new mommy (although a step-mom) and doing such a fantastic job.
To me, there is no hiding that there is a belly growing. I still don't think that I look "pregnant" but know that time is coming. I went into my sister's work the other day and the her friends were complimenting how much her and I look alike and one asked if I was only a year older than her! haha! Then her manager asked if I needed a job and wanted to offer me a manager job. I guess my sister told them I had a job and then informed them I was four months pregnant and no one believed her. She is so proud. She can't wait to hold her little neice/nephew in her arms. She is sure to always tell me how good and cute I look. And she has been shopping around for maternity clothes. I guess she found a top that she loved, but they didn't have it in a medium to fit me. How cute is that? I don't have a lot of warm clothes, which I am needing right now. So I am slowly but surely stocking up on some things.
I am still feeling fabulous. Still have lots of energy. I am able to go, go, go all day, but I crash at night. I keep hearing that the energy level is going to soon change, so for the time being I am just enjoying it and getting in everything I want to while I can. Yesterday I had to give into my Taco Bell craving. I had been craving it for days and kept pushing it off. And I realized that I would just eat to try to satisfy the craving and never felt full. So I gave in. I didn't eat a huge meal by any means, so that was good. I kept the portion small and let me just tell you, I felt so great after and completely satisfied.
I can't believe that I am almost 19 weeks. Where has the time gone????
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The door was opened and their little squeals were too cute. They couldn't wait to open it up to see what was inside.
A whole slew of candy. They loved the chewy kind of candy. They were body parts (feet, ears, etc). And at 8:45am, they wanted to dive right in. While I didn't want to disappoint them, I told them they at least needed to eat breakfast first!
I told them we now had to do two more houses. All they could think about was that they would be getting more. I couldn't quite get them to understand that we started it and we have gotten one and that is all that we will get for this year.
Oh and how cute is our pumpkin bowl? It looks fabulous on my island. Eli and I picked out one to put out for Thanksgiving as well. It is a beautiful looking green leaf. I love it and can't wait to use it.
Our sweeties sitting looking cute as ever! Aren't those some cute jackets?Seth showing off the mini pumpkins he picked out for him and Daddy.
Swae showing off the ones she picked for her and I (the baby's is already in the wagon). Is she not just so flippin' beautiful??
Like I said, it got chilly when the wind came up, so she snuggled up in her hood. Daddy was giving them a ride to the truck.
Check out those big pumpkins they picked out!!
They did good and had a great time. They couldn't wait to get home and have Daddy carve one of them. Those pictures will be coming soon.