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Sunday, March 23, 2014

28 weeks

I don't have a lot to say, but I feel like documentation is in order because we are officially in the third trimester. At this exact stage with D, I had a scare with lack of movement, and it has happened again! This time, I resolved to be more cool about it and just mention it to my doctor at my upcoming appointment instead of rushing to the doctor as soon as I could get the nurse on the phone. At said appointment, I also completed the glucose screening. Still no word that I failed it, so it must be a good sign. I can probably thank Lent for that.

I have a precious friend who has loaned me her maternity clothes, and she really has quite the collection. My goal is to not wear the same outfit twice for the next twelve weeks.

 We've done a switcharoo on the names. Someone made the Dukes of Hazard connection the other day when I told her our pick, and since then it has sounded so redneck to me. I don't want to feel like I have to defend our name choices for the rest of my life, so we are probably switching back to the other name. Nothing is set in stone until it is embroidered on clothing anyway. :)

Speaking of redneck, I am not posting the comparison pic of me pregnant with D at 28 weeks because the scenery is just too depressing. Feel free to look back through the archives and recall that fun stage of our lives!

On a kind-of-but-not-really pregnancy related note, I have to brag because I was at Target getting diapers the other day and ended up buying the huge boxes of them because 1. they were on sale 2. I had a Cartwheel deal for them and 3. they came with a $15 gift card if I used my red card. Well I did the math and figured out that I saved $32 on 240 diapers (not including the gift card or the regular 5% off from the red card). I was just so stinkin' impressed that it really motivated me to start looking for other ways to stock up and save. (not to mention the fact that I won't have a last minute diaper run for at least a few weeks)

I was still riding on my cheapskate high (and also my smug I-can-still-make-it-to-Mass-with-a-besmocked-toddler-and-no-husband high) when I busted through the doors of the church for Saturday evening Mass with D at 5:27 and then realized that it started at 5. Fail. And of course I couldn't quietly walk back out because our church is always crowded even in the lobby area. I blame it completely on the pregnancy. I can't be trusted, really.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Terribly Cute and Funny Twos so far

As of about a month ago, we have a two year old in the house. This particular two year old is so hilariously cute and funny, and we just don't know what we would do without her. I wish I could video record every single moment, but I can't, so here's the latest with sweet D in words and pictures.

Enjoying a fireside chat with Dad at La Madeleine.
Taking in some light reading in the car in an outfit she selected completely on her own. I usually don't give in to such, but it was Mardi Gras break so you know.

Mardi Gras this year was even more fun than last year. D loved seeing the marching bands, especially the trumpets.

We celebrated her birthday with a few friends at Indulge, one of our favorites. We enjoyed pink frosted wedding cake cupcakes, pink and green macarons from Sucre in New Orleans, and Tahitian vanilla marshmallows. The girls played on the playground in Parc Lafayette for a little while afterward. It was a very "sweet" second birthday.

D invested in her first set of wheels, and I am proud to say that her dad assembled the car for her all by himself! She LOVES this car, but she hasn't quite figured out how to "go" in it. She really just likes to get in an out, pretend she is driving, and honk the horn.

I don't usually like to post diaper pictures, but these are just so darn cute that I can't help it. D owns two "t-shirts," and she loves them both. She frequently requests either her "pink shirt" or "blue shirt" instead of real jammies. She is also very prissy about her hair, and, MUCH to my delight, insists on having a bow in at all times because she really dislikes her hair in her face.

She also loves to play with my accessories. As you can see here, she has fashioned a new way to wear an infinity scarf, and it's quite catchy if you ask me!

In other news-

-she loves to sit in my lap, which she calls "Mommy's cwap," which sounds an awful lot like something else.
-she has added boiled crawfish to her extensive list of foods she likes. Strangely, she still does not like fresh tomatoes. I don't blame her, but it seems like something she would like. The girl can take down some fruit.
-She is a great helper in making muffins as she takes care of putting in the muffin liners. She is also pretty good about taking things to the trash and dirty clothes to the laundry room, but I won't like- she doesn't ALWAYS do it when asked. Just most of the time.
-When she sees a second of something, she says "another one" as in "another one lemon"
-And in the same vein, there is either one of everything or five of everything
-She is still very, very bossy and often bosses her classmates around even once we have gotten home. Needless to say, we know who the hitters, biters, and climbers are in her class.
-She is so very motherly and loves to change her babies' diapers, put them to bed, feed them and carry them on her hip. She is very open minded in terms of the types of babies she finds acceptable and has taken under her care stuffed amphibians, marsupials, felines, primates, rodents and of course humans.
-Every single day she says or does something new that surprises us and makes us laugh. She picks things up so quickly, and she is positively a parrot. We have to be really careful about the things we say. She has been to Meche's Doughnuts maybe three times, but she knows it when we pass it. (She calls doughnuts "doughmans" right now) She also knows where B's office is even though she has only been there a few times as well.

That's all I can think of for now!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Baby brother, Week 26

Here we are at week 26...more than halfway to the finish line of meeting our little guy.

26 weeks with D. 

Since the last update, which was forever ago, we have been through the anatomy scan and quad screening, and I'm glad to report that everything appears to be great right now. Since then, we have also been through Valentine's Day, a trip to New Orleans, and the entire carnival season, which happened to be pretty long this year, which happens to equal lots of king cake. Thank goodness for Lent or else I am sure there is no way I'd pass the glucose screening in a few weeks.

I've probably said this before, but the biggest difference in these pregnancies is that this one is going by much more quickly with a lot less anxiety. I wouldn't say this is because I have "been there and done that" and know not to worry because I can very easily work myself up into a big ol' ball of worry and anticipation. I guess it really is just different with the second- I don't have the luxury of spending half of every conscious thought thinking about or longing to hold my sweet baby because I already have a super sweet baby who is so much fun and keeps us very occupied. In general, it is a much more pleasant way to spend pregnancy because I can enjoy the process instead of wishing for the wait to be over.

Another thing that is very different with this pregnancy is my exercise habits. I have been running with a friend 2-3 times a week, which is approximately 2-3 times more than I ran in the last pregnancy.  I remember getting on a treadmill with D and feeling like everything would positively fall out if I kept running, so the best I could do was walk. I guess it really makes a difference if you start the pregnancy running.

Speaking of running, my friend and I ran a 5k a few weeks ago (22 weeks), and MUCH to our surprise, we placed 2nd and 3rd in our age group. She likes to joke that the only reason I won 2nd instead of her was because my belly crossed the finish line first! :)

For the sake of good record keeping, I should add that running has become a bit of an issue lately due to my right leg going numb/tingly at about the one mile mark. According to Dr. Google, it is likely the position of the baby on my sciatic nerve, so it's something I've been working with my chiropractor on.

Speaking of chiropractors, another big difference in this pregnancy is that I've been seeing a chiropractor every two weeks since Christmas to get adjusted. I had been reading about the many health benefits of regular, proactive chiropractic care in all of my natural resources, so regular chiropractor visits is what I requested for Christmas.

A final big difference is our overall health in general. We have eliminated artificial sweeteners completely with the exception of an occasional diet coke at a dinner out. It's still not ideal, but it's a heck of a lot better than before when I actually bought diet cokes for the house and used artificial sweeteners regularly. We have also eliminated a lot of artificial ingredients in general by using real, whole foods. We use very little canned ingredients, and we still eat lots of fruits and vegetables. We also use a lot of simple household and beauty products instead of those of the toxic chemical variety.

We have agreed upon a name with approximately 90% certainty. I kind of won in choosing D's name, so I'm not completely getting my way with this one, but it's ok.

And a final pregnancy update, I am definitely feeling movement and it is visible from the outside. I was at the dentist the other day, and she stopped what she was doing for a second because she got distracted watching his little flutters.

That's all for now. At the rate I'm going, the next post will be a picture of baby brother himself! :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

No Yuck Pot Roast and other weird things

If you are like I am and the thought of using tons of artificial yuck outweighs the thought of a nice home-cooked meal, then you should try this recipe for pot roast.

It calls for canned beef broth, but I used the kind in the box for just a little less ick.

This roast is super tasty and clearly pretty easy because B made it one day when he was home sick. I would probably use a hair less brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and add a bit of Tony's or more salt because this one was just a tad sweet. I would also probably NOT include the meat blood soaker pad when putting the roast in the crock pot (like B did), but I guess that's just a matter of preference. (I was so disappointed to throw all the leftovers away upon discovering that)

In case anyone is interested, I thought I'd share a few other weird/crunchy things I am doing.

1. Oil Pulling- Just read about it because my explanation will not do it justice, but seriously, I am TELLING you that I have not had to use Sudafed/Tylenol on the days I have done this AND my dentist was very impressed with the health of my gums, especially since I am pregnant. I use coconut oil, and I do not find it gross at all.

2. Coconut Oil Everything- really, we use a lot of it around here. I've been using it to brush D's teeth, as my face wash, mixed with Vitamin E oil and essential oils as my lotion and stretch mark prevention method, and of course for oil pulling. Not to mention, we do use it for cooking as well!

3. No Anti-perspirant Deodorant- I have to say, the first weeks were weird because plain deodorant does not keep you from sweating. I was also pretty sure it was NOT deodorizing either for a few days, but like others have said, the less you use of the nasty stuff, the less you need it. I either just don't sweat as much anymore or I don't notice it as much, and I also don't feel stinky anymore. Something to think about..

Baby brother 20 weeks

Yes! 20 weeks! Halfway there. It's a "sneaux day" here, so I have a chance to catch up on my documenting, but fair warning- this is a scatter-brained post!

This "honeymoon" period is definitely just that. It's been a pretty pleasant few weeks as far as pregnancy goes, and I often forget I am pregnant. I definitely remember it when we run, which I didn't do a whole lot of with D. It's also hard to forget when I am standing for any long period of time and definitely when I am faced with the opportunity for a sweet treat. But otherwise, it's been pretty nice.

As for maternity clothes, I'm still wearing my normal pants with modifications, but I feel most comfortable in dresses. I am having a hard time imagining how I'm going to stay creative with clothes for the next 20 weeks, though.

I definitely feel the little guy move, and I think I have felt it on the outside as well, but nobody else has. And for the name game, we are having a really hard time. There isn't a lot to choose from that goes well with our last name, and being a teacher means that some names are just simply off the table, but we have tentatively settled on two. They are both reminiscent of character from the Dukes of Hazard and one from The Great Gatsby, but certainly neither are meant to be that way. The second is without question infinitely more classy, but I actually prefer the first. And so the name game continues!

And now for some picture evidence...

20 weeks with D

 18 weeks with baby brother

and Yikes! 20 weeks with baby brother

Y'all! This is a little alarming. I am DEFINITELY exercising more this time around (doing a 5k in a few weeks!) and eat better overall (fewer waffles, no chocolate milk, fewer processed foods, very little artificial sweeteners and artificial ingredients in general) than with D, but there is no hiding baby brother now! I was back to pre-pregnancy weight prior to getting pregnant, so I am very surprised! But really- oh well. It is what it is. And can we talk about the most obvious difference between pregnancy 1&2? (Besides the clearly better scenery?) The Ponytail! Yes, I've embraced it. My hair is a full 6 days dirty in that last picture. Say what you will, we are saving a killing on shampoo!

And for some much cuter picture latest acquisitions for the

little prince...

a blue gingham crib skirt from my friends on ebay

another sweet outfit

and his Christmas 2014 outfit (with one to match sister). I couldn't help it! They were on sale!!

As for doctor things, the anatomy scan is this week. The quad screen test came back negative (PTL), so now I am looking forward to making sure everything else is going smoothly. I was telling a friend recently that pregnancy just seems like a series of hurdles! First you have to jump the ectopic hurdle, then the blood tests, then the 12 week hurdle, then the quad screen and anatomy scan, then the glucose, then getting to viable outside the womb phase, and on and on. I am a lot more relaxed this time around, but it still feels like a series of bullets to dodge more than anything else!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

D's last month as a one year old

Sweet D will be 2 years old in less than a month, so I better record some of her life before she graduates from high school. She is so so so so funny and just keeps us smiling 90% of the time. Don't get me wrong, there are moments when she is not very funny or fun, but thankfully those are few and far between.

-Can say and recognize all letters of the alphabet and sometimes surprises us by seeing the letters in various objects.
-Counts to thirteen regularly and sometimes makes it to 16. Also recognizes numbers 1-9. 
-Recognizes the main colors usually accurately so we are working on the more advanced ones like silver, gold, etc. 
-Recognizes shapes in every day objects
-Recognizes most animals and can make their sounds
-Pretend plays with dolls, her kitchen, phones, etc. 
-Sings many songs including ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Bahh Bahh Black Sheep, and Ring Around the Rosie
-Will throw away trash when asked and will sometimes clean up when asked 

(I feel like I am writing learning objectives now)

Other fun things:
-Loves jewelry but only likes to wear bracelets
-Loves the moon and finding the moon
-Is very dramatic. When she gets "hurt," which is usually like brushing her finger across something, she says "kisssssss iitttt" in the most pitiful voice. Then she always wants "nother one" and usually "nother one" after that
-She has embraced her bow after many months of ripping it out. If her hair gets in her face, she dramatically pulls it back saying "fiss itttt"! 
-Loves Mickey Mouse, Elmo and Curious George 
-Does NOT like to wear her boring navy school shoes, but doesn't mind wearing her silver, gold, pink or cat mary janes.
-Is so very friendly. Says "hi" and "bye" and "thank you" to most people we encounter, and sometimes even says "how you?" to people. When she is in a really good mood, she even likes to show people her belly upon meeting. I try to let it go.
-Does NOT usually like to say "I'm sorry" if she really did something bad
-Does like to say "Noooo" a lot just flat out "No" a lot more.
-Went through a rough bath time spell but enjoys it more now thanks to bath letters from Aunt Jessie and bath crayons from Hota
-Knows where "baby brother" is and sometimes kisses him. The other day while she was sitting in my lap, she did say, "Stop it, brother!" with her little finger wagging. Little bossy pants.
-Likes to ask people to "hold you," although I am getting her to say "hold Daisye" instead. 
-Is so sweet when she tells people "I wa wa" (I love you)
-Still loves to eat but especially loves fruits, cheese and ice cream. 
-HATES to have dirty hands or a wet nose. 
-Claims she has a rash any time she goes #2. 

Has adopted my winter weekend look- black pants and a fleece.
and so has Dada

Little bejeweled reader

Sweet girl after Kindermusik

Thrilled about the ice cream at Chick-fil-A

The cutest girl in jammies around

Little artist

Loved her green smoothie
Loves JoJo

and still loves to swing

She is really the light of our world and just so sweet. This post can hardly do her little personality justice. If I could, I would video every single thing she does because I never want to forget it, but hopefully these posts will help us to always remember her cute ways. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Baby brother 17 weeks

I can't decide how I feel about doing weekly posts again this time around, but I do really enjoy looking back at my weekly posts from my pregnancy with D, so I am sure I will feel the same about baby brother.

So here goes...

At week 17, I feel pretty good. The first trimester was rough with a constant feeling of nausea and extreme lethargy, but I feel like all of that fun is mostly behind us. I can't lie..there were days when I came home immediately after school, took a nap, and then went to pick up D. #badmom (are hashtags acceptable in blogs, too?) Before our holiday break, my running friends and I were doing a pretty good job of running two to three days a week, and we will hopefully resume when we get back to school.

As for cravings, I don't necessarily think I have craved anything extreme except for buffalo sauce (I eat it every day at school with celery) and sour/tart candy. Oh yes, bring on the sour straws, sweet tarts, and even yellow and orange starbursts (although I am still and pink are still the best).

My coffee habit has taken an extreme hit. My family, my friends, my students and even some strangers know I like coffee all day long, but baby brother doesn't share the same taste. In fact, I'm still surprised nobody at work guessed I was pregnant by my sudden lack of coffee stops in the lounge. He is finally coming around and I can tolerate more than one cup, particularly if it's iced.

Probably the weirdest thing about this pregnancy is that I often forget I am pregnant. With D, I felt like I was constantly thinking about, planning and anticipating her. Don't get me wrong- I still think about, plan and anticipate a lot- it is just easier to be distracted by the cute little princess running around, the holidays, the to-do lists, work, etc. 

As for maternity clothes, I haven't pulled out any pants or bought anything new, which I consider to be an incredible feat considering how fat I feel! I have however, been employing the ol' hairband trick and some old maternity tops and dresses that frankly never left my wardrobe rotation. Here is a comparison between week 17 with brother and week 17 with D:
Yikes...not my best hair/makeup/jean moment. And can we just say a quick prayer of thanksgiving that we are not in that awful house anymore??

And finally, some sweet baby boy items I've been oohing and aahing over. I found the jammies at Target on clearance, the bubble came from a sweet friend, and that darling pillow case was a Christmas gift to baby brother from my mom. 
Not much else to share today, friends. I hope your New Year is off to a hopping start!