Saturday, February 28, 2009

She Did It!

While finishing up that last post, Swae lost her tooth.

I kept stopping to help her wriggle it and twist it. The last twist I did really helped it. And at that point, she was just yanking on it in. Finally after five minutes and it bleeding like crazy I told her, "Just take a hold of it and try to twist it in a full circle."

She got that look of determination and started turning and sure enough the tooth ended up in her hand and no longer in her mouth. She was so excited. She looks so freaking cute missing her front two teeth. Eli and I were so happy to be there and are looking forward to playing tooth fairy tonight. Her tooth is in a princess baggy under her pillow waiting.

Super Busy Saturday - The Non-Stop Kind

What a day it has been. While I wanted to go for a job, it didn't quite happen.

What I can tell you is that I did do my best to run up and down the stairs and from room to room when I could. I got my entire house clean. My last load of laundry is in the wash right now. I even stripped down our bed and everything. I have boiled Skylar's pacifiers. Let's see what else. Oh my good friend is in town and she stopped by with her 3 week old little boy. So freaking cute. I love little babies. I held him and held him and reluctantly gave him up to Tara to hold and snuggle on. It was so nice visiting with them and seeing the baby. I just wish that she lived closer so that her son and my baby girl could grown up close together.

That was the only time I stopped. As soon as they left I was back up and making dinner for my family and doing various other little things. Now, while I have read a handful of posts (I still have a million more to read) and posted a couple of my own blogs, I am still itching to do more. Part of me is tired, but the other part. The other part feels ready to run a marathon. Weird huh?

I am listening to my family play "Go Fish" right now. It is cracking me up. Every single time Seth draws a card, he announces what he got. This Swae eats up because then she knows exactly what to ask him for. We have all told him a million times not to say what he draws, but he doesn't quite get the concept. It is so cute. Swae also has a tooth that is insanely loose. Just one side of it is hanging on. When she looses this one, she will have no front teeth. She is so cute. I gave her an apple tonight. It helped it a little, but it hurt her to bite into it too much. I keep helping her twist and she keeps playing. We are working on it, but it's almost bed time now.

Me, I am going to do a few more things then jump in the bath and read. I think a bath will be good for me and help me relax. Unless I relax, I won't be able to sleep tonight.

Oh and for all of you that have told me the sex (sperm) helps with labor, we are on it. We have been having it...A LOT!!!! For a couple months we seemed to take a break. However the last couple of weeks have been fabulous. And with him ready for his little girl to enter the world, it has been even more so. This is probably way TMI (and more than I think I have ever shared on this blog), but I'm talking multiple times a day! This child is stubborn already and has a mind of her own. So there is no doubt that I could do every single trick in the book and she will only come when she is damn good and ready!! :) Thanks to all of you for your tips. Another one I have been trying today is the nipple stimulation! haha Have a good night.

Another One!?!

I found out about another giveaway that is going on from Preppy Mama's blog. The Farm Chicks are having a "surprise" giveaway. That is pretty cool. I love surprises. Check it out if you are looking to win something.

Another Giveaway by Preppy Mama

Preppy Mama is having another giveaway. She seriously has the cutest things ever. She is giving away a cute little momogrammed tote. You should check it out. I know that I would be over the top excited to win this little prize! So go now, and check out her giveaway AND her website. You will love what you see!


I am still pregnant! :) I thought I might have been going into labor yesterday seriously. I think it was one of those fake you outs though. The contractions were getting intense, tons of pressure, and then the minute I got away from work...everything stopped and I felt great. I'm telling you, this little girl already has a mind of her own and is only going to come when she is good and ready!

The more I think about it, the more I feel it is important for things to happen while we have the kids. I couldn't bare the thought of them not being there. So my plan for today...go nuts. I am going to clean, walk/jog, maybe get Eli to take us 4-wheeling. Anything. No rest for this pregnant one that is for sure. And of course, I am welcoming any suggestions!

I got a great nights sleep last night. We put the kids down about 9pm and followed suit. I didn't wake up to go to the bathroom until 2am! And then slept peacefully until just before 8am wondering when the little ones would be waking up.

A huge thank you to all of you for all your compliments and support. Anytime now, anytime now. I'm excited and ready!

Friday, February 27, 2009

37 weeks 5 days

Or closer to just 37 weeks as my doctor's records are showing. Weird. I got my number off my first ultrasound. Oh well. Anyhow, here are the pictures from last night. I almost forgot to take them. However, my mom ripped my ass for not getting an update yesterday so I jumped right on it. As you can see, I was in full on comfy mode! The belly is monstrous!!!

I was so shocked after my appointment yesterday, that I called today to make sure I was really getting all the information right. I wanted to make sure that I really am 4cm dilated and am not just losing my mind. Sure enough the nurse confirmed it. She also gave me strict orders to monitor my contractions and to not wait for them to be consistent for an hour, but just a half an hour before getting my butt to the hospital. She said things could move very quick. YIKES!!!!
While I have been thinking that Miss Skylar won't come til next weekend, a part of me now thinks this weekend would be perfect. Why? Because we have Swae and Seth this weekend and I want more than anything for them to be part of this experience. I want them to be in the waiting room and I want the two of them to be the first to meet their little sister that they are so excited to meet. I can't wait to see their little faces, to see Swae kiss her, to see Seth reach out and rub her. I just can't wait. I can't wait to see the look on Eli's face when he sees her for the first time. I can't wait to meet our little angel.
So we shall see what happens. Either you all will get another update of big belly pictures next week or you will be seeing baby pictures before then!
For now, I am off to finish up things at the office just in case.

I Gotta Say...

All I can think about is this baby...when she is coming, noticing every contraction, wondering, waiting...

The anticipation is now getting to me like crazy. I am so freaking excited!!!!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wait, what? Did I Hear That Right????!

So, I had my appointment today. I wasn't expecting much. I was mostly just hoping to hear that my fluid levels were good and hopefully that I was like 1cm dilated.

Within minutes I was informed they were running really behind due to my doctor delivering a baby. All good. I busy reading blogs off my reader. Before I knew it, almost an hour and a half had passed. My doctor was back, but there were five people ahead of me. I was still fine. I didn't have to go back to work. The only thing that I was going to do was go grocery shopping. Since she was so far behind the tech ended up doing my u/s and we instantly saw that the fluid levels were a bit higher. It really all just depends on Miss Skylar's position really. Again I was able to see her little belly moving while she practiced her breathing. Oh how I love it. And her sweet little hands were balled in a fist. She looked comfy.

I walked out of the room and was instantly put in another room. My nurse was running around. My doctor had been called to go to another delivery so was trying to us that were waiting before getting out the door. I stripped from the waist down and waited, but just a couple minutes. In both her and the nurse came. I laid down and she measured my stomach. I told her that I was starting to have some stronger contractions and she perked up. She strapped on her gloves and said, "You are going to feel some pressure..." She had already warned me that it was going to hurt. And she wasn't lying! YIKES! So while her fingers are pressing around and pushing and whatever she was doing, she looks at me and says, "Wow, you are at a 4." Wait. What? Come again. Did I really just hear you right??? I literally asked her if she was joking. She looked at me dead serious and said, "I don't joke about these things. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started freaking out. A 4. What happened to 1 or 2? And my mucous plus? I didn't even know anything was going on.

I realize that I could walk around like this for a couple weeks, but with the contraction I am having, I don't now if this will be the case. I guess we will see. I am excited. Makes it even more real that she is coming...any day as my doctor told me!

And now dear bloggers, I would like to know your guesses on when you think she will be born. I want to know what day, what time, how much you think she will weigh all of it. And I want to give a prize to those whose guesses are right or closest. So guess away my friends, guess away! I am excited to see what y'all think. Like I have said, I thought it would be next weekend and after today, I am starting to re-think.

Good luck dear readers!!!

25 Random Things

I was tagged by Multi-Tasking Mama to write 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about myself.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 5 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

So here goes nothing.

1) I'm pregnant
2) I've had no cravings
3) I've had no morning sickness
4) I have had some acid reflux
5) I don't have much longer at all
6) I'm ready to meet my little girl
7) I have enjoyed each and every single day of being pregnant
8) I am ready to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine
9) My stupid car is pissing me off
10) This month alone it has cost us over $700 in repairs
11) It's a 2005!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12) I love to sleep
13) I get up to pee about 3-4 times a night right now
14) Lately Eli has been waking me up breathing weird at night
15) It makes me want to hurt him!
16) When I want him to roll over, I push on him with my feet
17) I love The Bachelor
18) And The Biggest Loser
19) And Gossip Girl
20) And Survivor
21) I'm hoping my contractions are dialating me
22) I'm ready for time home with Skylar and not working
23) I hate paying bills
24) I have three that I am staring at avoiding paying right now
25) Oh a goal of lose all baby weight have be damn close to pre-baby by July and my wedding!

I know tag:
Preppy Girl
I left my heart at preschool
Mrs. F

Not Today

No pictures today. I am sorry. It has seriously been one hell of a week. Not bad...just stressful and there is a lot going on and it is really just one thing on top of another really. This morning, I was running late. The kids, being freaking awesome, were so cute this morning and let me be all nuts and rushed around with me. They are so cute really. I woke each of them up saying, "We don't have a lot of time. I'm running late and we have to hurry." Bless their little hearts. They really are fantastic and if it weren't for them, I probably would have been in a bad mood.

So, back to the no pictures thing. I will take some later today and I will be sure to post them up tomorrow. I have my doctor appointment today at 1pm. I can't tell you how excited I am to know that I get to leave the office in less than an hour and not have to come back. And I am excited for an update. I have been having some pretty intense contractions at times and am curious to see if they are doing anything.

Oh and a guy was just in my office over something work related and on his way out he spit on my hand saying goodbye. That is just sick.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Must Be

I'm telling you, I must be doing something right. I thoroughly enjoy dinner time at my house...even if I feel like I am rushed from the time I get home until I get in on the table to ensure our little ones are eating at a decent time, it is all worth it when I hear, "This is good dinner." And I have been hearing it no less than twenty times a night. Both kids have no problem at all finishing all that is put on their plate and Swae even asks for me to send her the leftovers in her lunch. While I am still not the fondest of cooking, it makes me feel good to know that I am doing something right and that it is liked and enjoyed.

Wordless Wednesday - Sweet Babies!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Not just something you use to clean your ears or straighten your eyeliner.

Q = quit
T = taking
I = it
P = personal

Definitely something to live by! If you find yourself taking things personal, hang a Q-tip where you are able to see it all the time to remind yourself that you can't control other people. We all need to remember that the only people we have control over is ourselves!

A Bit Cranky

I didn't get much sleep last night at all. I was up a lot later than anticipated, then had to get up in the middle of the night to go get Eli (vehicle issues!), then when we were finally home and snuggled up in bed I couldn't fall back asleep. So very, very little sleep. I slept from roughly 10:30-11:30 and then was up until probably close to 2am. Then up about 6. I am tired y'all. I am dragging ass and I am in no mood for any one's shit.

I walked in to work this morning and the first thing I heard from some guy was, "Wow, you really are pregnant."

And before I could stop myself I replied, "Nope, I am just pretending."

Yes, I am an asshole. He followed me and was like "I didn't mean it like that, I just was wondering how much longer." I couldn't look at him or take time to stop and chat. I just quickly answered, "A couple weeks," and left it at that.

I think today is definitely a day that my door should stay shut and I should keep to myself.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Keeping My Legs Crossed

Eli's parents are leaving early tomorrow morning for a cruise. They will be gone a week. His mom called me about a week or more ago and told me that no matter what, I was not allowed to have Skylar while they were keep my legs crossed til they get back.

This morning I missed a call from his dad and called right back. Him and I have an awesome relationship and are extremely close. Eli says that he has never seen his dad like this with anyone else. I feel very special that is for sure. So, when I called him RIGHT back, he had to flip me shit for "screening" his call. I told him if I were "screening" his call, I sure wouldn't have bothered calling right back. He then says, "I am leaving tomorrow. That means you can't have that baby until I get back. Do you hear me?" While it probably isn't funny or cute to anyone else but me, it really made me feel good.

I let him know that I don't think that he has anything to worry about and that I truly don't think it will be til around the end of the first week of March. He didn't care. He just wanted to be sure I knew that the next seven days are off limits. I hope for their sake, and the others in Eli's family that will be gone on the cruise, that Skylar stays put. I would really hate for them to miss her arrival. Eli and I debated going on this cruise when it was first planned. It was LONG before I was pregnant, like over a year and a half ago. Good thing we hadn't booked it huh??

Making Me Happy Monday

It's been a couple weeks since my last one, but I definitely want to make this a weekly thing. Here is what is making me happy this Monday!

*My baby girl is almost here!!!!! I'm floored that this time has passed so quickly. Now I long to meet her, see her, hear her for the first time, hold her, experience everything bringing a child into the world has to offer!

*Spending time with my sister at coffee yesterday morning. It was so nice and relaxing and time the two of us really needed. With her getting older and more independent, she is always busy. And with me having a family our schedules tend to conflict. So it was nice to make the time for each other and connect and just enjoy the two of us.

*The surprise visit to my grandpa yesterday. He suffered an extremely bad case of shingles and has really had a rough time of things. While he was going through that, I didn't see him, although was sure to keep updated on what was going on. He recently got a new puppy so it was great to spend some time with him and see the little pup as well.

*Being able to say "good night" to our sweet babies last night. We called in just enough time to catch them. The best part was that it was just Eli that was talking to them and Seth was sure to tell his dad to tell me that him and his sister love me and Eli made sure to hand me the phone. Oh how I miss them and can't wait til tomorrow afternoon.

*My wonderful husband that did so much for me this weekend in preparation for our little girl, for the fun that we had, for the laughs, for the quality time. I fall more and more in love with him each and every day.

*For my wonderful friends. You can have all the family in the world, but my life wouldn't be complete without these special people in my life. It is unreal how a simple phone call or text message from those close to you can brighten your day and make so many things so much better and more wonderful!

*That my best friend will be here when I have Skylar. I invited her to stay at my house so that she is able to spend as much time with the baby and me while she is here as possible. I know I made her day and her excitement made my day.

*For all the support and love I have gotten throughout this entire pregnancy. I am so thankful for all of my family and friends. Without everyone that has been by my side, I don't know if I would have been able to enjoy being pregnant as much as I have. I have loved every single minute of it. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am being honest when I say that I am not one of those women that says, "Just get her out already!" Of course, I want to meet and see her, but I am comfortable in my pregnancy and know that I am going to miss it soon enough.

As always, there are a million other things that make me happy. These are just a few. Happy Monday everyone!!

She's Moving

Tara is in Vegas right now visiting Kara. My two best friends...oh how I love them. Turns out that Tara's boyfriend is having the business meeting right now as we speak. Not only that, she finally admitted that she will more than likely be moving to Vegas. It isn't a matter of "if" anymore, but more "when." This is so insane. I have so many mixed feelings.

First, it makes me so happy to think that Kara will have her sister there and will no longer feel so alone. She has a few friends, but no family there. This I know is hard for her, yet she is such a wonderful, strong, amazing person that she has handled the transition and everything incredibly well. Better than anyone else I think could have or would have. It would be wonderful for the two of them to be together. But there is that selfish part of me that is sad knowing that the two people that I am closest with are so far away. It is so unfair how things change in life sometimes. Oh well. Things happen for a reason.

What I am fortunate for is having great friends like them, knowing that distance won't change our friendship at all, and having some place to go visit! I am also fortunate to be blessed with other good friends that still live here, Jill especially. The people that I have kept in my life I hold very dear to my heart. I would do anything for them and I love them tremendously.

I should know more on Tara's possible move later today...makes me nervous!

I Wanna Win

This morning I am catching up on my blog reading. I have posts that I haven't read from the middle of last week...yes I am a slacker. This morning I stumbled across a post about a fun little giveaway and I wanted to share.

Mom All Day is giving way 4 sets of 3 magnets. See how cute they are!!!!
I received one of this from my best friend, Tara, at Christmas this year and it is by far my most favorite magnet. So I couldn't pass up a chance to win this. Check it out for yourselves!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Simple Sunday

I am tired today...really tired. Maybe I overdid yesterday??

I got up fairly early (8:30a) to meet my little sister for coffee, went and spent some time at my parents, stopped at my grandpa's, Eli and I went and got some of my old things from my Papa's house, went to Goodwill, lunch, then home about 2p. Long day again so far. I am not patiently awaiting my husband getting home with our little girl's changing table. I will then be busy organizing and getting everything finalized in the room.

My parents sold my Papa's house. June will be three years since he passed away. And taking everything out of the house and realizing that there will be someone else living there, someone else that owns it...really tore me up. After everything was loaded I walked through the house one last time. I walked around outside and as I was driving away, the tears were just rolling down my cheeks. While I understand that my parents are doing the right thing selling the house as it is a huge added responsibility. It is just hard to think about not being able to go and visit. It makes things just different. I miss my Papa so much. We were so incredibly close and it makes me so sad that he hasn't been a part of the Skylar experience, he didn't get to meet the one man that wasn't a douchebag in my life and makes me happy. He hated all my boyfriends and I really think that him and Eli would have got along. I really think he would be proud. I think that he would be happy and there is no doubt he would have thoroughly enjoyed being a great-grandpa.

Ok, I'm not helping anything now.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Busy, busy day

What a day I have had. A very productive one at that. Got up first thing and had me some breakfast. Got ready went to the bank and then headed to a much needed nail appointment. While there I met the new girl who said she'd clean up my eyebrows for $10. Can't beat that. We started talking facials and she said she would charge $50. That is very reasonable. Then she said she would give me 20% off my first one. You bet your ass I booked one.

From there I went to return a picture I had gotten at Bed Bath & Beyond. Got some fun birthday candles. The flame is actually red, blue, orange, etc. Figured the kids would like them.

I then made my way to Babies R Us. As soon as I walked in I was grossed out from the sight of seeing an ex of mine. Boy I don't know what I was thinking. I clearly wasn't. I picked up the breast pump I had had my eye on and headed to check out. What a process it turned out to be. I returned something. Then bought breast pump. Then I needed to pay for the changing table I ordered but hadn't come in. It took forever. The poor girl helping me. She was getting so frustrated cause the transaction wasn't going right. I felt bad. Finally, after a LONG time she called her manager to come do it and even she had a rough time. I walked out happy.

Once home I got to work putting a few things together, checking out the pump, and then into Skylar's room I went. I was going through things and organizing and moving things. All over the place. Oh and I had laundry going as well. Then somehow Eli and I started going through our closet and cleaned out clothes and just organized. From there I moved to the kids rooms and weeded out their toys and then we finally brought I'm the rest of their Christmas stuff since there is now room for it.

Just as I was sitting down I noticed a missed call from Babies R Us...the changing table is in. Looks like I'll be busy again tomorrow!!!

The "nesting" has totally begun...along with contractions-nothing serious yet though!!

It's A Great Day!!!!!!!!

See for yourself!!!! Look HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Preppy Mama! I hope you feel better.

Thank you for making my day/weekend! You are awesome.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I've Been Tagged!

I have been tagged by Carie at The Life of Carie to inform all of you about 7 things you don't already know about me. 7 things... I thought this was going to be easy, but not so much. Anyhow, here goes nothing.

1) If I didn't have fake nails, all you would see is short, chewed off fingernails. I have bitten my nails since I was super little and for some reason, I haven't been able to stop. Well, I can stop for a little bit and enjoy when they start getting long. But as soon as one breaks, I will bite them all off. It is horrible. I can't tell you how many times I have made myself bleed.

2) I sucked my thumb until I was 8. Yes, 8 years old. And I didn't stop on my own. My parents tried everything and finally my dentist had to put some contraption in my mouth to keep me from getting my thumb in there. I have never been addicted to anything but thumb sucking in my life and I still remember the withdrawals!

3) I have stretch marks on my inner and outer thighs from growing too fast. I was always one of the tallest girls in school. Then I just randomly stopped growing. I have always been self conscious of them and that is probably while during pregnancy I have done all that I can to help prevent getting them. I have been extremely fortunate and only have three on my left boob. At least those are covered by a bra or bathing suit. The others, not so much.

4) I like corn. I love white corn especially. Corn on the cob is excellent. However, I can't stand corn in things. I have to pick it out. I think it is more a texture thing that anything. If a recipe calls for corn, I will leave it out. It just grosses me right out. Yes, I am weird.

5) I never actually "ditched" school. I just felt too guilty to do it. The only time that I left, I would tell my mom that I wanted to. If she said no, I would end up staying and suffering through. What a nerd huh?? My senior year she let me get away with a lot though luckily! I think there was only one time I asked and she said no.

6) I love my house being clean, but I absolutely loathe cleaning it. Once I get in the groove, I'm alright. But bringing myself to actually start cleaning is an obstacle. I wonder if this would be different if I didn't work all day and was home and had more time to do it - then it wouldn't be taking up any of my "relax" time on the weekend or I wouldn't have to cram it in at night after working along with dinner and everything else. Hhhhmmmm...

7) This right here is my favorite animal. They absolute amaze me. They are so big and yet so graceful. And, one time at Marine World with my Girl Scout troop, I was picked to be kissed by one. Oh my gosh, I almost peed my pants. It was the best day ever! I will never forget it. I wanted so bad to be a marine biologist after that...but I didn't want to move or do that much schooling so that inevitably went out the window.

Preppy Mama's Giveaway!

Preppy Mama is doing another awesome giveaway. I meant to do this a long time ago but somehow missed it. There is the pregnancy airhead kicking in yet again!

She is giving away one of these cute little pacifier clips from Z.Daisy. If you haven't already checked out this website, you should. It is so cute!!!

And I am hoping I am the lucky winner of this here little clip, but in pink for my sweet angel!

36 weeks 5 days - Belly Pictures

So much for "first thing" huh? I get so easily distracted these days. That and I have actually been working and trying to get things organized. You never know, I just might leave early today. :)

Last night I got a great nights sleep. Oh it was wonderful. I got up about an hour after I went to bed to go potty and then again at 5. Not too bad at all. And the rest of the time, peaceful, comfortable sleep. Much needed (and wanted!!!) sleep. And come 6, I didn't want to get out of bed. I literally laid there for at least two minutes debating on whether or not I should call in late for work this morning to get some more sleep. I realized that since I was awake I should just get out of bed because I would have a hard time sleeping knowing that I should be at work doing my job. But I wasn't happy about it!

The pictures aren't the greatest this week for some reason. Maybe it is just me. Whatever. I think the belly looks huge so it blows me away that it is smaller than what it should be. These were taken yesterday morning.

You all pretty much got the update with last nights post. I did meet with the pediatrician yesterday morning. I have heard nothing but good things about her and the office that she is affiliated with. All the staff was super friendly and down to Earth. None of the stuffy business which I loved. I was reassured that if I all and say that Skylar is sick, they will be sure to get her in that very same day. That right there makes me happy. So we have that taken care of. This little girl is starting to drop. I feel her play with my bladder a lot more than I feel her in my ribs. She is starting to get ready.
I am still feeling good other than getting tired. I am trying to listen to my body and get rest when I need it though. This isn't always easy though when we have the kiddos with us. I feel guilty not being active with them. Just the other night I was running around outside of Toys-R-Us with Seth. And I felt the contractions for it after! Swae and Seth are so wonderful and amazing. They are getting more and more excited for the arrival of their sister. It is talked about and mentioned ALL THE TIME. I just hope that they are with us when I go into labor. And if not, I really hope their mom allows them to come.
That is about that for now. I best get back to work and pumping water into my system. Have a great Friday everyone.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oh This Little Girl

She has made my heart stop a couple times.

Friday night into Saturday morning (during the night) wasn't normal at all. Lately, I have been getting up more to go to the bathroom during the night since she is getting lower and likes to play with my bladder. When I do, I always feel her when I get back in bed. It's like she has to get comfortable again with me. But not that night. I think I was up three or four times (once was with Seth) and I never felt her move. Saturday morning I laid in bed waiting for her to do her normal routine...nothing. I was still trying not to freak out. But it was hard. I got up, fed the kiddos, and ate myself. She still wasn't moving. I tried drinking cold water. Nope. At this point it is damn near 11 and I had made up my mind. The kids and I jumped in the shower and got ready and headed to the hospital. Luckily my mom wasn't busy and she was able to meet me there. It wasn't that I couldn't do it alone, I just wanted someone to be there to help me with the kids.

At the hospital they were extremely nice. They got me right into a room and were quick to get me on the monitor. It was such a relief to hear Skylar's heartbeat. And although she didn't move much, she moved a few times in the hour they had me hooked up and that was enough for them to feel comfortable that everything was alright. The coolest part of the entire time being hooked up was with Swae. Skylar's heartbeat was ranging from the 120's-150's. Out of no where Swae came over to the bed and rubbed my belly and started talking to her sister. INSTANTLY Skylar's heartbeat sky rocketed into the 160-170's and she moved. The response to her sister was unbelievable. It is a moment that I want to hold dear to me for the rest of my life. Swae thought it was pretty cool as well since she was watching the monitor as well. Seth of course jumped in the the action. Those two are going to be the best big brother and big sister ever.

While some may think I over reacted going in, I know in my heart that I did the right thing. I was told by the hospital I did the right thing and to come back if it happens again. And when I told my OB today that it happened she said she was proud of me and would rather me come in every single day than over look something and have something happen. I was just happy that there was nothing wrong and the little girl was still cooking just fine.

Fast forward to today. I go to the doctor ready for just a simple check-up other than the Group B strep test. I definitely wasn't excited to have my girly bits and the other area swabbed. Luckily, it was quick...just uncomfortable. She didn't check to see if I was dialating yet. She said that will be next week. She measured me and that was when things took a turn for the worse. I am measuring 3cm smaller than what I should. While I have been a little small for a while, she said once it gets to 3cm, it is something to look into. I couldn't help but be scared. Then when she listened to her heartbeat, she didn't say it sounded good or strong like usual. This is probably because she was thinking about me being small and wanting to get me in for an ultrasound. While I got dressed, she had her nurse inform the tech and I was moved from that room into the u/s room. My heart was pounding. All I kept thinking was that I wanted Skylar to be OK and then being induced and not feeling completely prepared. It took so much to hold back my tears.

My concern was easily pushed aside when I saw my little girl moving around. She is looking and measuring healthy. She is even practicing breathing which the tech said proves that neurologically she has developed great. She took a ton of measurements - her head, tummy, arm, leg, fluid. I kind of got to see her face...just kind of. I made out her eye. But it wasn't a good view at all. It looked like an alien eye. It was just nice to see a half assed profile of her. The u/s was over and I was sent out to wait for my doctor.

She came over with a look...not a look of we are in the clear, but not a look of go get your bag and let's do this thing either. She told me my fluid is pretty low. She said she would like to see my number at 12 and mine is at 7.8. This concerns her. And because it is a concern, she will be making sure that my fluid levels are checked on a weekly basis as well. If that number gets to a 5, they will have to induce. She said that I am probably measuring small since there is such little fluid.

So that is where we are at with all of this. I am just thankful that my little girl looks healthy. Now we just need to be sure that the fluid doesn't drop because that could be a huge risk. So next week I will have a cervical check and get the fluids checked. Until then, I need to drink a lot of water and keep cooking her the best I can!

Oh and I am sorry for not posting pictures today. I took them, I just didn't have time to post them. I will do that first thing tomorrow morning. Good night all!

I'm Not Gonna Lie

I seriously just made the most awesome kick ass taco salad ever. I am not stuffed beyond belief.

There is no doubt I will sleep good tonight!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Big Day

This day signifies so many things.

First, it is one year and nine months ago that Eli and I officially started dating. I remember it vividly. He had been telling me that I would be his next girl friend. I had been falling (and falling hard), but didn't want to admit it. It was a Friday night and it was perfect. Everything about the night, especially how it ended.

Second, it was four months ago that Eli and I said "I do". It is a day that I will forever hold dear to my heart and one that I had longed for. To take on his last night, to join together and make our family official. It was wonderful. I look forward to our wedding with our closest friends and family in just five short months. It is going to be absolutely amazing and perfect. I can't wait.

Third, we are just one month away from Sweet Skylar's due date. One month. Four weeks. 28 days! That is crazy people!!!!! And that is if she stays in until then (heck she could really keep me crazy and stay in after!!). Four short weeks. A month goes by so fast...and so slow at the same time. I am beyond thrilled and oh so very ready!!!

The 18th is such a special day to me. It is one that Eli always acknowledges. I remember him forgetting days like birthdays and Valentine's Day for other people, but not for me, not for us. It is because we truly have something special, something real and I am so very thankful, happy and in love!

It's a HUGE Weiner!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night we went to dinner with Eli's parents for a belated Valentine's. The kids and I were the first to arrive and while Seth snoozed, Swae and I got busy doing her homework. Just feet away from us was the Oscar Mayer Weiner mobile. I thought to myself, "oh that is pretty cool." But that was it. Then I noticed people pulling into the parking lot just to get a picture of it and with it. I started thinking, I totally must be missing something. So I called Eli and was like, "Is there something special or important for seeing this thing??" He then reminded me that it is not something you see every day. My mind being so clouded from exhaustion didn't think of it like that. So I did what any person would do, any parent, and what others had been doing - I took the kids over to get a picture. Mind you, this was after looking at the damn thing for almost an hour!!!! And I happened to do it just in time because as soon as my picture snapping was done, they drove off. Check out the Weiner Mobile!

The kids were so cute! They were so excited to be standing next to it...probably more Seth than Swae if you can't tell. So fun!

Wordless Wednesday - Tired Babies!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pay It Forward

The first three people to leave a comment on my blog, will get a gift from me within the next few months. The only catch is, you have to also pay it forward on your blog. So post this on your blog and then come back and leave me a comment!!! The clock is ticking! :)

The Letter of the day is, P

Jane, from In the waiting line, has tagged me with the letter "p". This is for my reference of the heart shaped pb&j I did for Swae. The following are 10 of my favorite things that start with the letter 'p'.

1)Pillows. I am in love with my pillow. It is just the right size, the right firmness/softness. It is cozy comfy and it ensures that I get a good nights sleep.
2) Post-its. I love them. I have them all over my office, I use them at home. They are such a huge help keeping me on track and remembering things. It seems like these days I forget things so easy! Post-it's have been my saving grace!
3) Plants. I love them. I think they add so much to a house, office, yard. The colors, the different shapes, sizes. They are just beautiful. I definitely don't have enough in my house and will be adding to the collection that we do have.

4) Pizza. I love it. I could eat it all.the.time!!!! And the kids love it as well, which works out in my favor. Eli eats anything, so that works out as well. Round Table lunch buffet used to be something I hit up weekly!

5) Pink. My favorite color. I used to hate it. Loathe it. I wouldn't wear anything that had pink on it even. Now, I love it, love wearing it, love dressing Swae in it, love all Skylar's pink things. It is just so fun.

6) Pictures. I am obsessed with them, with taking them, with looking at them. I can't get enough of them. I think I have taken more pictures since I have been with Eli alone than I have my entire life and I couldn't be happier. So many of our memories have been captured and I know that years from now, all of us will look back and be able to share them.

7) My phone. Without it, I would have a hard time keeping in touch with my best friend who no longer lives here and those that I am close with and love. I have learned that a simple phone call from someone that I love can make such a huge difference in my day. And I love returning the favor. Also, I love all that I am able to do with my phone and am no longer bored when sitting waiting at doctor appointments or other things.

8) Pens. I love them in all different shapes, sizes, colors. I have more pens on my desk than I know what to do with and I make sure to always rotate them and use them all. I love them. I am one of those people that ends up with other peoples pens because I forget to put it back after using it. However, I can't stand when people steal my pens!!!

9) Pb&j. I loved them growing up as a kid, I love making them now, the kids love them. They are so simple, yet so satisfying at the same time. And now, I am craving one and didn't bring one for lunch. -pout-

10) Pasta. How could you not love pasta??? All different kinds of pasta. It is just a meal of yummy goodness that I can't get enough of. I don't make it near enough and really should.

If you would like to play along, leave me a comment and I will assign you a letter!

The Pictures!

Yesterday the kids and I had a wonderful day. We all slept in, got ready, and headed off to get our pictures. I couldn't believe how excited they were. When we got there, I wasn't really sure what to expect or how to pose or anything. I told them what I was kind of looking for and they took it from there. And I have to say, I am so happy with how they turned out. See for yourselves!!!!!

I love them all. I only got three 8X10's. I did one sheet of the kids and I that turned out super adorable. Then the other one is of just me and the belly...which turned out great as well. And then I got one of me looking down at my belly in black and white. I will have to scan them and post them so you can see them all for yourselves. They seriously turned out much better than I expected. I am so happy to have these memories. I am so excited that I will be able to share them with Skylar and she will see how much she was loved and how excited her brother and sister were for her to arrive. I am so in love...with all three of these wonderful, adorable children!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

So Nice!!

It was so nice waking up today realizing I still have another day off and we have the kids an extra night and day with the babies!!!! I know many of you said I should get pictures of the belly and I had to laugh. I have seen them all over and have just been waiting for my belly to be big enough to be worth while. Tomorrow the kids and I have an appointment for this. Not only will my belly be captured on it's own, but I will get Seth and Swae loving on their sister as well. They are so excited and so am I. I just am not sure what to wear. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I don't know about you all, but my day has been perfect. I have the two best Valentine's anyone could ever ask for...just see for yourself!
We have had a great time and we are all now snuggled up on the couch watching a movie as a family after a lovely homemade dinner.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Very Interesting...

I found out something every interesting yesterday. To learn more, look here. If you don't have access and would like it let me know.

The Big Belly! 35 weeks 5 days

It's official. I am huge! It is still so shocking to me to see my belly in the mirror. Or when I am sitting down and look down and see myself at a certain angle. YIKES! My baby girl is growing that is for sure. And my baby girl loves kicking the shit out of my ribs...but only on the right side. She is good at it too. There is no doubt she is strong. My ribs have been super sore...even to touch the area from the outside brings discomfort. But I am not complaining. I love to feel here and it puts me at ease because if she weren't moving, I would be freaking out and stressing like a damn crazy person! She is definitely starting to drop a little which is exciting. I get some pain in my hips and lower back, but nothing that I can't deal with since I am used to pain from being in the accident. I do have to say that the anticipation of her coming very soon is just overwhelming me. I have been having dreams like crazy about her arrival. Some births are natural, but the last couple were c-section. And in all the dreams, she is beautiful! The other night she was kicking and moving like crazy and it seriously felt like she was going to push her hand right out my va-ja-ja! It was the craziest feeling ever.

Nothing new and exciting from the appointment yesterday. It was actually extremely short. A lot of waiting for five minutes. I love never feeling rushed out of there. My doctor is awesome. She is always asking if I have questions or concerns and would sit with me for a half an hour or longer if I needed. She was cute yesterday and grabbed my belly and told me how cute it was. She measured and said I looked good, still small. And Skylar's heartbeat was strong just like always. Next week, Group B strep test. Not really looking forward to that much. I just can't believe that from here on out, I go in every week. Everyone in my family keeps saying, "She can come anytime now." That is so crazy! I have Skylar's bag packed - her little outfit all picked out and everything. Now I guess I should take the time to get me situated. I know what I want to pack, I just haven't done it. That is the procrastinator in me!

OK, enough rambling. Here are the pictures of my GIANT belly - proof my baby girl is definitely growing!

I was thinking, I think I will go ahead and stick to my normal Thursday posts since the appointments might be boring. Plus, everyone loves to see the belly growing. I can't deprive you all of that!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FRIENDS Award! :)

I received the following FRIENDS award from sweet Jane. Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and enjoy our little chats. Blogging has become such a huge part of my life. I have made new friends, even if I haven't met them in person, I have friends that I count on and rely on. I never knew the impact of the internets and am thankful I found out!
"These blogs are exceedingly charming. these kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
I now pass this on to the following 8 people:
Jenn - Just Jiff
Christy - Cakerwakers

So Cute

My uncle and I were emailing back and forth this morning about the new ballpark that is being built here in town. He got to tour the stadium yesterday and was rather impressed. He had a much different feeling than others he was with since he knew that Eli was the one down there setting the steel. Somehow our email turned from the ballpark, to jobs and work in Reno right now, to the following:

(Debbie = my aunt, Lori = my mom, Laura = my cousin)

"My wife is at this fever pitch about the baby. I'm excited too....but it is different for women. I think the fact that Skylar is the first of all our kids makes it even more special. We're moving into a new phase in our lives. She and your mom talk every morning about the baby. It is so cute........this morning Debbie called telling Lori that you can't have the baby when we're gone to Denver for Laura's volleyball...March 19-22. So, the pressure is on you and Skylar, Steph!!!!

Also, Deb was telling me how she's looking forward to taking care of Skylar with your mom when you go on your honeymoon. It is really cute."

Isn't that cute? This is the same aunt who personally hand made all my shower invitations and jazzed up Skylar's letters for her room. There is no doubt in my mind how loved this little girl is and how welcome she already is into the family!

A Small Change

No pictures are going to be put up today. From here on out, they will be taken on Thursday's, but posted on Friday's. The reason for this is, for the rest of my pregnancy I will be going to the doctor every week on Thursday. And rather than write two posts on progress and updates, I figured I will do one with all the information and pictures. The pictures will still be from Thursday since that has been the tradition'll just be seeing them a day late! :)

Hope everyone is having a great morning so far.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


It is times like now when I wish that I was anonymous blogging. That no one in my personal life knew about my blog and that way I could speak freely and openly about things that are going on. My life is absolutely wonderful. Work on the other hand...ugh. I learned my lesson the hard way with my other job. But man, oh man could I unleash about some things. It almost makes me want to start one, somewhere, where I can write openly about anything and everything in life - work, friends, family, sex, just life in general! Thank God I have the other blog that is private now so that I can still be real, open, and honest. It feels so good to vent about things, to get input from others, and to realize that I am not the only one.

I have been home just over an hour from work and getting the kids now and have accomplished so much. Swae's homework is done...other than her reading. And that is the last thing we do at night. We all sit on the couch, as a family, and she reads to us. We love it. She loves it. She is becoming such a wonderful little reader. Sorry, totally off track. Anyhow, homework is done, snacks are packed for tomorrow for both kiddos, lunches are made for Swae, Eli, and I. Now I just have dinner to do, which will be super easy. Kids want burritos. And that sounds so good to me.

Oh and I don't think I have ever spent as much time making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as I did tonight. I know, I know. How hard could it be? Well, when you are trying to make a HEART pb&j sandwich, it takes some skill. After at least ten minutes, I finally got it. I am hoping it will be a nice little surprise for Swae tomorrow at lunch. I am always trying to do sweet and special things for her. And I am always just to put a little note in there to let her know that her daddy and I love her very much!

I am feeling really good. I feel like I am finally getting a grip on financial things. I even have the rest of the month of daycare paid. AND!!!! We are saving money while still able to buy a few last minute things for Skylar before she comes. It is a wonderful feeling.

Any my husband is just getting home, so this ramble is coming to an end...for now! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No matter what else is going on in the world, all is being made right as I pack up my things and head off to get the little ones. I cannot wait and I know that Eli can't either. I have a yummy dinner planned that I know they L-O-V-E and lots of time put aside for playing and snuggling!

Enjoy everyone!

Our Baby's Room

My good friend, Jill, snapped these pictures on Saturday for me. There are still some small added touches that need to be done and a changing table to be added, but you will get the drift.

Here you can see the letters my aunt did above her crib. I need to get some close ups of them! (oh I just noticed that if you click on the picture, you get a much better view of them!)
I am still as in love with this bedding now as when I first chose it. It is just too damn cute.
Here is her little dresser. Once I get her changing table in the room, the diaper hanger will go on that. The picture that is hanging above the dresser is a saying about Mothers and Daughters. It is beautiful.Sweet girl kickin' it in the rocker!This picture turned out a little too dark, but you get the idea.
Like I said, there is more to do. So I will update when that is done! I definitely don't feel as creative as some of the other nursery's I have seen!

Where Have I Been?

Extremely freaking busy!

With the baby shower being at my house over the weekend, it lit a fire under my ass to get my house in gear. Sure, it is set up all nice, but I had been slacking HUGE on hanging things up and decorating. I am not good at that kind of thing. Thursday night I invited my mom and grandma over to help me clean. Rather than clean, they went to town hanging pictures, putting things here, orders were flying like crazy. By the end of the night, I had a list of things that I needed to go get by the time they showed back up at my house Friday night. My house was turning into a home before my eyes. It was wonderful.

Friday, I got my butt to work and spent the day getting things done because I knew I would be leaving early to get all my errands done in time for my mother and grandma to show up. I had fun. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond looking for a picture to hang above our fire place. While there, I found towels on sale so got some to put in Eli's and my bathroom and a little rug to go outside our shower since we were just using a towel on the flower for almost a year now. I found a beautiful picture...but it wasn't exactly what I had expected. I know I found a few other things, but they were little. After BBB, I made my way to Target. Oh how I love Target. There, I didn't find anything that caught my eye for the house, but did pick up Valentine's Day cards. And then I went to one of my most favorite places ever - Kohl's. I love, love, love their prices. I ended up finding the cutest damn shirt to wear for my shower there along with kitchen towels and wash clothes, a picture for above the fire place that was HALF of the one from BBB and way nicer, another piece of artwork for $20 that I couldn't resist, and I am not sure what else. I was ecstatic.

I got home and had enough time to take a small nap before my house was once again invaded and taken over. The work that the two of them do is just beautiful. They have an eye for everything and are so creative. While they busied themselves hanging things and doing whatever it is that they do, I busied myself cleaning the house and Eli finished up the last of the painting. By the time the night was over, which was so freaking LATE, we were all exhausted...BUT my house looked incredible. It still does. I love walking through the door. Our daughter's room turned out absolutely beautiful. I am so glad that I went with yellow on the walls instead of a light pink. I had bought white letters for her name to hang above the crib. Well, my aunt being crafty like my grandma and mom saw something in a magazine and asked if she could jazz them up. I handed them over and let me tell you how absolutely gorgeous they turned out. She did the most beautiful job. I can't wait to share.

Saturday morning came way early. But I was ready and super excited. My bestest friends showed up at 8:45 eager to kick Eli and I out so that they could start decorating and doing what they needed to do to prepare for the shower...a shower that they put more time and effort into. I can't even begin to explain how grateful and appreciative I am of the job that they did. It was beautiful. When I showed up at my house just hours later, it took my breath away. No detail was overlooked. Everything was beautiful. There were fresh cut pink roses that were placed in glass baby bottles, cute decorations, balloons, yummy food, yummy drinks, personal touches. It was incredible. Just wait until you see pictures and even they don't do the day/shower or their hard work justice.

I literally felt like a princess. I have never felt so special, so loved in my life. To have such amazing people there to share in my happiness for my daughter, to have contributed so many beautiful gifts, to add so many wonderful memories...I am forever grateful and honored. I had my own sash and crown. Swae even had her own sash to wear and was treated even more like a princess than me. I love her to the moon and back and then some. I am very thankful that her mom let her come and be a part of the day. It definitely wouldn't have been the same or as wonderful without her.

After the amazing shower, spending some time with Swae before her mom picked her up, and cleaning up, Jill, Kara, Tara, and I just sat around talking and relaxing and spending time. It was the perfect way to end the day...with the three most wonderful friends a girl could ever ask for. We were all exhausted. I kept thanking them for the beautiful job they had done, but those words don't express it right. I am so happy that Kara flew in for just this one event and that I got to spend so much time with her. To have her by my side was incredible. I have hated not having her around more through the pregnancy. I don't know what it is, but whenever she is here and Skylar moves, I always seek her out and grab her hand to put on my tummy. I want her to feel her as much as possible since her time is limited. And Jill got a great picture showing just that.

Saturday will be a day that I remember for the rest of my life. It will be a day that I hold dear and never, ever let go. I can't wait to return the favor to Kara, Tara, and Jill when their day comes to have a sweet child. I can't wait to make them feel as special and loved as they made me feel.

And with that, I am going to end this. Pictures to come. I have a ton from my camera and know that both Kara and Tara have great ones on theirs as well that I will be getting. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Love This Friday!

So much I want to say, but it will have to wait until later.

For now, I will leave you with:

I am stoked it's Friday.

I am loving I am leaving work as soon as I am done typing this.

My best friend will be in from Vegas in minutes!!!!!

And I have a baby shower tomorrow.

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Belly - 34 weeks 5 days!

Another week has passed. They seem to be passing rather quickly still. I don't know if it is because I have so much going on or what, but I am definitely not complaining!!! I am still enjoying my pregnancy. I notice that I lay in bed and think more and more about what it is going to be like after she comes. Now that part gets my heart pounding with excitement, anticipation, and nervousness. It is still so hard to believe that in a few weeks I will be holding my very own baby girl. I will have this little tiny infant to take care of. And I absolutely can't wait. I can't wait to see her, touch her, smell her, kiss her, and just hold her and love her!!!!!

For those of you who wanted to see the new look to my hair, you can see it well in this first picture. I am loving the color and the cut. Today I just straightened it, so you can't really see the layers. When I curl the ends, it is a whole other look. It's fun! There is some red and blond...the blond will come through more too as time goes on. And the up keep on the color won't be bad at all.
She is growing!!!! I feel like she is running out of room.
My belly button looks weird because of the holes from my belly button ring.There she is...just hanging out there! I am so in love in love!!!

I've got an appointment next week. I just can't get over that this is all coming to an end soon. It's so overwhelming and just wonderful!