Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This weekend I went to the Nearly New Kids sale. I have mentioned this sale in previous posts here and here. I didn't get as much stuff as in those posts, they had tons of double strollers this time, but not the one that I want! I am still praying to find my stroller used! Anyhoo, I took Gwen to the local Children's Museum to check out their Spring Festival. I liked that they asked for donations for parking for the Boy Scouts that were taking the money and the stuff was cheap/free! Gwen and I took a hay ride. She seemed to enjoy it ok, but I guess she was kind of tired, she required me to carry her the whole time.
Here is Gwen and her horse! She loves the darn thing. She was laying on the floor kissing his nose, but Eric couldn't get that picture, but you get the idea.
We are not super busy this week. But I think next week will be busy for us. Gwen and I are going to the petting zoo with our fellow exercisers, and then for Mother's day we are having a Sat class where the Dad's get to see what this whole exercise group is all about! (and the Mommys get chair massages, you know I am there!) I also have Scrapbooking night.
The weather has turned back to cold around here and Gwen has been taking longer naps so we haven't been spending much time getting into any trouble. Gwen is certainly in some nice phases, she likes to play on her own and she is repeating EVERYTHING! Unfortunately Eric thinks it would be a go idea to teach her some not so toddler phrases, but that probably not effect him as much as much it would me. I spend way more time with her than he does, especially out in public. Although I guess it is a Dad's job to teach children different things than a Mom would. I was taught to say "pizza and Beer" when asked where I wanted to go to eat, also I taught to retrieve beers from the fridge for my Dad, I am pretty sure my Mom didn't teach me that stuff!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
(this picture was mostly posted for Grandmom...I thought she might like a laugh!)
Staying at the Lodge, we received complementary tickets to the museum and the gardens. We made it to the gardens but not the museum. It has been a long time since we have slept in! No babies crying or talking in the morning, waking us up.
We made it to Chocolate World, we took the tour, it was free. We ate lunch there and had a good time shopping in the land of chocolate before heading back.
We asked a walking guard to take our picture with the sign, but I guess he zoomed in and couldn't get the stuff up top!
So, anyway, we had a good time, we didn't come back with any earth shattering news or to anything terrible. It was nice to spend some time together, just the two of us with no responsibilities. There were 4 restaurants in the hotel and we hit 3 of them. I am the most excited about my breakfast, banana stuffed pancakes with chocolate-hazelnut syrup! YUM! I am only sad that we didn't make a spa appointment 3 months in advance so that we could have gotten massages. Oh well, who knew! I am also happy to report that Eric and I can have conversations that did not revolve around Gwen or #2, which is unfortunate for #2, because s/he still does not have a name. Not knowing the sex of the baby does make these last few weeks more exciting, we have something to look forward to; finding out the sex of the baby! I know many will say won't it just be exciting to meet your new baby...I would say yes, except Gwen was a terrible newborn and Eric and I are not looking forward to hearing the newborn cry, I don't know many people whose babies were brought back from the nursery because they wouldn't stop crying...at that point we should have realized that we were in for some trouble. I mean if the expert nurses couldn't quiet Gwen, how would we know how?
This picture was taken at the horse farm on Wed. As you probably know Gwen would not get on the horse, but she did touch the horse and thought his nose was funny. One of our fellow exercisers worked at this horse farm and had a mini horse and a pony. I think only the older kids would get on the pony or the horse...by older kids I mean the over 2 and 3 year olds.
Here you can see the girls and the donkey and the pony. As you can see the brown pony was just a little guy, Gwen petted him. He had a huge belly, they called him "Belly" because he had such a wide girth!
Thursday we had swim class, our second to last swim class...Gwen was NOT in the mood. We had a hard time getting to class because of this. Traffic downtown was a nightmare because of people re-routing. Gwen the last 2 days has woken up crying naps and overnight. I always take this as a bad sign for our day, she will be clingy and whiny and all around frustrated with her surroundings. This probably wouldn't be so bad if the sisters weren't just here and making me put me feet up all day. Makes for a very tired Mommy!
Went to the Dr today, still one more 2 week appt to go and then I go weekly. Everything appears to be going well, as the CRNP said, no news is good news! I also do not have to get the Strep B test since I already tested positive, those of you that have had kids recently will know why that is good news! And the CRNP said that if we wanted to refuse the checking on whether or not anything is going on we could...I did that last time. Her feeling is when something starts happening, you usually know, which is how I feel. No need to poke and prod and get me excited that I am 2 cm dilated and 40% effaced, since I can easily be walking around like that for weeks! (not that I am mind you, I wasn't checked!) Gwen was so exhausted she feel asleep on the way home. I don't ever know what to do when that happens, mostly because it doesn't usually happen, but I "ran" up the stairs and tried to put her down immediately, she wasn't happen, because she woke up before we came in the house, but now she is sleeping! Alleluia! Mommy, as she sometimes calls me now, needs to put her feet up!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
On the way to dinner with Daddy.
This was taken after Eric and I were in Hersey. We left while Gwen was napping and from the following pictures I would say, she didn't seem to be too upset. That Gwen of ours is easily distracted by going outside! She loves it.
It was very nice to have the sisters here, I realize how much lifting and active work I do around here, when I was told to sit and put my feet up constantly. At this point, I would like to mention my feet have not yet started to swell! We are about 6 weeks out, we had an ultrasound yesterday, seems the baby could be about 5lb 4oz. This seems rather large to me, esp when my girlfriend who just had her 8lb baby was only 4.5lbs at the same point. So, it leads me to believe we are looking at another large baby, of course I did glance at the head measurements and it seemed that the new baby's head wasn't measuring large for their size...unlike Gwen! I couldn't be more happier about that!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I am also debating whether or not I should do a 2nd birthday party for Gwen. It will possibly be around 6 weeks after the #2 comes around when Gwen turns 2. We have a very busy summer, with Eric's official graduation, the birth and eventually a Baptism. I don't want to neglect Gwen, if we had family around it would be much easier, you know we could always "force" them to come over and celebrate and I am not saying I wouldn't celebrate, but really what is so exciting about turning 2, besides the fact that they are "terrible".
Here are pictures of the scene around here on Saturday.
You can see why the hubby likes being home so much! Seriously the adoration can you just see it...although I am not convinced it is because of Eric or because she knew he would share whatever crap it is that he chosen to eat.
I almost hated to put Gwen down for her nap today. She has been so cute today, babbling up a storm and in such a good mood. I swear I am in so much trouble when she starts learning more verbs and can speak in sentences. I won't have a moments peace! Well, it sounds as if she is awake...I am sure the neighboring counties can hear the squealing!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The 2 things I got pictures of were her favorites, this one with the slide she would take a ball throw it through and chase after it, yelling about the ball! At one point while one of the other Moms and I were talking Gwen leaned back her head and squealed at the top of her lungs. We were both like, guess she is having a good time!
We are quite busy this week. Grandma and Aunt E will be here Thursday for a couple of days. Not sure I will get much posting while they are here. Really not sure I will get much done at all while they are here, so nothing big better happen while I am "gone"!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The last month has brought many changes in our lives with Gwen. She is chatty and funny and the most exciting thing is her attention span is extending! She will now spend longer than a couple minutes playing with a toy and sometimes that translates to reading more words on a page in her books. A very exciting time for us! She is also able to spend time entertaining herself without much interaction. This is especially helpful when I am trying to make dinner or I have to take a potty break. Gwen is also starting to recognize my belly. I am still not sure she understands what will be happening in a couple months. (I think I finally got Daddy on board to get the crib up!) Gwen used to pull my shirt down if I lifted it to show her the baby in my belly, but now she has actually kissed and hugged it. Hopefully that is a good sign for our future, but I can't say that it is.
Gwen's language has improved also, she has her little phrases, and when I teach her a new sign, she gets it immediately. You know you spend your whole day talking to a child with not a huge amount of "appropriate" vocabulary, but then you are talking to her and all of a sudden she responds in the totally correct manner and intonation and you just have to laugh, because it is completely unexpected and because when it happens to Eric it freaks him out and he says "what did you say kid?" and then asks me if I heard it and then laughs.
Gwen's latest obsessions are bus and toes. When we are in the house she is constantly talking about her toes. If she hears a loud noise outside she calls it a bus, which is why I told her the sign for motorcycle! She still calls trucks buses, even though she used to call trucks trucks. It can be very frustrating, and why I told my Mom she will definitely not be home schooled!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I multitasked, while I was sleeping I downloaded this video for ya'all!
Oh and yes, Gwen had her shoes on the wrong feet. And no, Eric and I were not responsible for that at all. When she was eating lunch one of her shoes fell off, so I took her other shoe off and when lunch was over she put them back on herself! She certainly wasn't happy when I tried to fix them for her, but what can I say, she is slightly stubborn. Can't wait until see hits those terrible 2s/3s!
Thanks to the godfather to bringing over some supplies...unfortunately for him I refused to let him in the house so he wouldn't catch the sickness! I am feeling much better after having some soup.
Oh, and did I mention that Gwen was very good today and didn't get into really any trouble, thanks kid! Mommy really appreciates it. I will try to remember how great you were today the next time you are driving me crazy!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The baby in the belly seems to be getting more uncomfortable in his/her surroundings. He/she does not seem to like me exercising and when I sit down in the evenings, or any other time I have more than 5 minutes of sitting he/she exerts their need for me to move. This is something I don't remember with Gwen, I am hoping that this is a good sign...i.e. we won't be trying to take up a permanent residence in my belly, unlike their older sister! Fortunately, we are still not interrupting my sleep, which Gwen certainly did 3:30am every morning I woke up with Gwen. I do not wake up with this child in the middle of the night, I do however wake up at 7ish. I have a hard time falling asleep and if something or someone wakes me up in the middle of the night it takes a LONG time for me to fall back to sleep! Can I tell you how unpleasant that is? I am hoping that I will not have that problem after the baby comes. Which I guess means that now that I have heard from Eric that he has landed safely, I better go to sleep. I don't have any one to get up with Gwen but myself, although I have been getting up with her for almost a week, so I should be used to it. It is quite annoying to have a chipper baby say Daddy in the morning to you, when you know she knows you are not Daddy! I know this Daddy obsession is a good thing for when the baby arrives but the constant Daddy calling is going to drive a Mommy crazy over the next couple of days. At least she now has a name for me, she never used to call me anything, I was apparently just the crazy lady who stayed with her all day. But, now I am "Mom", not Mommy, not Momma, but "Mom". So gratifying to finally hear her call out for me and cry for me, you know and not just for Daddy! Sometimes it is just nice to be recognized...wouldn't you say Eric?
Monday, April 07, 2008
This weekend we had a nice Sat. The museums were all free this weekend and if you went to 4 you got a souvenir bell, if you learned a interesting fact about each place. I am happy to report with a nap even, we were able to visit 4 museums on Sat. The last place we hit was the children's museum and Gwen seemed to enjoy a room they had there where they let the kids play with some toys that seemed to be from old times. I think she would have stayed there for a while, she kept saying moo! (She was playing with a wooden cow, he was climbing over a house). But, then we came home and Eric has been sick ever since. Boo! I am hoping that his immune system became depressed with the stress he has had recently and that has caused him to get something we have already have...do you think that is too much to hope for? He is scheduled to leave for NY tomorrow. I think he is going to make it. I am hoping that resting today will allow him to be better and at least Gwen has had one more day with Daddy before he leaves us for 4 days!
Gwen cracks me up. While she is napping I heard her say Daddy, UP and then went back to sleep. I guess she talking in her sleep because it has been about an hour since then and she is still sleeping! We have a lot more things/pictures to update you on, but I think I am going to make you wait until the 10th when I do her monthly update!