Tuesday, May 24, 2011

20 months

Another month has come and gone. This one is tough. It's like that "2" is a warning that he will actually be TWO in a few short months! How is it possible that this little guy is growing so fast? It's overwhelming now that potty training, "big boy bed," and other big-kid stuff is now in our regular vocabulary. But I love it! He is such a fun little guy!!

Being older is bringing on a new braveness in my always up for a challenge kid. Nothing seems to be too much for him. He wants to investigate it all. If there is something out of his reach, he will figure out a way to get to it (example-getting a chair from the kitchen table and moving it across the house to climb on!! Yikes!). He keeps us on our toes! Though he is very adventurous, he is also very obedient. When he is told that something is off limits, he listens--well, most of the time. If not, a second request usually gets the trick done.

We're outdoors a lot, even though it has been miserably hot already. He LOVES to be outside, and if water is in the mix, it's even better. We have a water table for him at the house, and he can't get enough of the pool at my parents' house. The sprinklers scare him, though. I'm sure it's because of how hard the water is coming out. We'll have to get a sprinkler that attaches to the hose and let him jump through that some here in the near future!

It cracks me up that whenever we go to leave the house, he looks around and will grab something, ANYthing to take with him on the ride. I'm talking from the remote control to "his" phone to a big old push toy that will never fit in his lap in the car. It doesn't matter. He NEEDS to have an item in his hands. And, naturally, he usually has forgotten about the item within minutes of being in the car, chunks it somewhere out of reach, and I wind up with a bunch of miscellaneous toys/household items in my car!

Though rare, the monkey can throw some epic tantrums. It's such a mixture of emotions on my side: sad that he gets so upset, helpless when I don't know how to fix it, and kind of amused to watch (is that bad?!). We usually handle tantrums at home by ignoring him and letting him know when he's through that mommy or daddy will be in the other room waiting. Though they rarely happen in public (THANK GOODNESS!!), it is a different story. He gets a firm warning to knock it off, and he usually gets the point quickly. I praise him all the time for how well behaved he is, and I know that this affirmation is definitely something that helps with our adventures out.

It doesn't seem like much has changed over the past month, and at the same time, so much has changed. He is growing quickly and learning so much each day!
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

what day is it?

I feel like the days and weeks are just running together. I have so much on my plate and can't seem to grasp all that I have to get done each 24 hour period. Current things that I'm juggling include: we've put our house on the market, working my "real job" 3 days a week, helping my dad with his business when I can, working to make a little money with my Stella & Dot business, putting a nursery together (with literally NO money for little Colton), being a full-time mom and wife....you get the idea. There aren't enough hours in the day. And I'm completely exhausted, so I go to bed early, which cuts out even more time!! The good news-we are leaving for the beach this Friday for 5 days. I plan to sit around and just relax and rest, and I CAN'T WAIT!

Let's see what's been going on in our world...

Hampton woke up Monday morning with what looked like bite marks all over both of his legs. His little boy parts were also swollen like a balloon and his eyes were swollen as well. We didn't know what had gotten him during the night, but it didn't look good. Jordan stayed home with him and took him to the doctor while I went to work. The doctor (actually 2 doctors) looked him over and decided that it was, indeed, some sort of bug bite that he was reacting to--benedryl and anti-itch cream was the answer. Easy enough! Until I posted these pictures of his legs on face book... ....I had 2 friends, one a nurse and one a pharmacist, disagree with the doctor and said it looked like multiforme--basically a rash that comes as a reaction to medications but can sometimes be viral. Well, the week before, he had spiked a high fever and had a virus that hung around a couple of days, so it makes sense. How to treat it--benedryl and anti itch cream. So, we're not 100% sure if it was multiple bites or this rash, but either way, we've been treating it the same. It is starting to fade and doesn't seem to be uncomfortable to H anymore at all, and that is all that matters to me!

I am down to appointments every 2 weeks to check on Colton. So far, everything is going well. My blood pressure is lower than it has ever been, and there has been only a slight amount of protein in my urine at each visits. Not enough to have to carry around a jug for 24 hours, and that's how we want it to stay! Dr. H said we will do a growth scan at 36 weeks and see how everything is looking. We talked about an "eviction" date, and she said I could opt for an induction after 39 weeks. I think we'll just wait and see how things go. No rash decisions right now!

That's about all the exciting stuff I have right now. The monkey is 20 months old in two days. The speed at which he is growing up blows my mind!!
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

30 weeks

It's been a few weeks since I've updated. I guess it's true what they say--the second time around is so different. Poor kid. He won't have as many blog post updates while in the belly, but I can guarantee he will be just as loved, so I'm not that concerned about it!

How far along:
30 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I have no idea. The doctor said I was right on track. That works for me.
Maternity clothes: Basically all I wear. I have a few non-maternity shirts/skirts that are still working for me, but they are very flowly/elastic waist, so that helps!
Stretch marks: Not that I've seen.
Sleep: Been tossing and turning-which isn't easy at this point!
Best moment this week: We moved the furniture that we purchased a couple of months ago into the nursery tonight. That's one thing off the check list...!
Movement: This child is so much more active than Hampton was. I fear for what is to come when he comes out! (kidding...kind of)
Food cravings: Nothing really. Been eating way too much ice cream.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: None. Definitely been having some Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out: Flat.
What I miss: Being able to pick Hampton up and play with him for longer than a few minutes!
What I am looking forward to: Going to the beach in 2 weeks!
Milestones: ummm...30 weeks! 10 or less to go! Come on, baby boy!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

for sale

A few other blogs I frequent have been selling some items of clothing, so I thought I'd try and see if anyone was interested! All prices include shipping. If you are interested in an item or would like more details on an item, please comment with a way to contact you or email me at toinfertilityandbeyond@gmail.com.

American Eagle gray spaghetti strap dress, Medium. $9Gap pink halter dress w/ white/pink stripe trim and tie, 4. $10

Gap sleeveless turquoise dress w/ white trim on sleeves and collar; Small. $10

Express 1-sleeve pink w/orange underlay dress; 5/6 (fits small). $15

Polo green t-shirt dress w/ blue horse; Small. $10

Xhilaration mauve kimono sleeve shirt; Medium. $6

Lapis green spaghetti strap asymmetrical top with green sequins; Medium. New w/ tag! $15 Old Navy grey tab-front capri pants, 6. $7

Old Navy tan cropped corduroy jacket, Medium. $9

Banana Republic black capri pants, 4. $10

Old Navy gray w/ black dots sleeveless top, Medium. $5

Steve Madden white sandals; Size 7.5. $12

Fabulaire tan peep toe heels; Size 8. $10

Colin Stuart hot pink stilettos; Size 7.5. $15

Ann Taylor Loft brown foam wedge; Size 8. $10.
Express dark wash skinny jean; Size 29. $15

London Jean (by Victoria's Secret) dark wash boot cut jeans; Size 4. $13.

Gap dark wash (almost a shade of grey) original flare stretch jeans; Size 6R. $15.

Contact me if you're interested! Buying more than one item? Make me an offer! :)
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

exhausted and uncomfortable

Warning: I need to complain a bit...

Sigh...I'm over it. I know, it sounds horrible, but I am. The only thing that I am enjoying are his sweet little kicks. So, it's not all bad. I just don't remember being this tired with Hampton. I mean, really, really tired. And I sleep well at night. That's the worst part! You'd think with a good night sleep, I'd be able to keep my eyes open past 11 am! Not the case. By 2:00-I'm worthless. And Colton has clearly made himself comfortable on a nerve that is sending a constant pain up my back. That and the sheer uncomfortableness of carrying around these ginormo bewbs has me twisting and turning in discomfort all.day.long. And the icing on the cake, morning sickness showed its ugly face this morning, after weeks of being away. I'm praying it will be a quick stint.

The good news--I have about 11 weeks left. And Jordan surprised me earlier with an hour massage scheduled for tomorrow night! And I'm totally blessed to be pregnant. I do know that. :)
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