What’s Up!

1. I’ve been sick over the last week, AGAIN! Really getting tired of feeling like crap all of the time. Makes me feel even more worthless to my family. I have probably the worst chest and sinus congestion that I’ve ever had in my life. The horrible headaches are almost constant since my head is so tightly compacted. My chest feels really heavy and its hard to pull air into my lungs. Apparently the only safe medication is the normal Sudafed which isn’t helping. My pre-natal vitamins usually keep my healthy as a horse during pregnancy but they seem to have failed me this time around.
2. We had the big ultrasound last Wednesday. Surprise, its a girl! Well, at least the doc is 90% sure of this. The baby was sitting indian style with the umbilical cord wrapped between her legs. So he had trouble getting a good view. But, he could find no boy parts and what he could see resembled girl. I’m convinced its definitely a girl and think he just wanted to let us down easy. I have to admit that I was disappointed at first. Love my girls but thought it would be nice to have a Momma’s boy. I have now succumbed to the fact that the house will be lacking in the testosterone department and am excited to see our next little princess. May need to buy stock in Tampax, but I’ve got a few years for that.
3. I am now almost 21 weeks through this pregnancy. So that means I am more then half way done. Very excited about that fact. Although, I have been too busy or too sick to give it much thought lately. This pregnancy does seem to be going quickly for me. Which is a good thing. I think its due to the fact that there are two other kiddies running around that need Mommy. Plus, I am not nervous this time around. The first time around I was scared to be a Mom. The second time around I was worried that I wouldn’t love this kid as much as the first. Or that Syd would feel neglected because of the new baby. This time I know what to expect. The girls are older and we are already so excited to meet this one. Plus, Brandon seems more into it this time around. So its much more peaceful for me this time.
4. I’ve just today realized that this baby won’t be able to wear her sister’s hand me downs. This one will be born in the fall. Needing warmer clothes. My first two girls were born in late Spring so all my 0-6 months clothes are for summer. Good news, I get to buy all new adorable baby girl clothes. Bad news, I have to buy all new baby girl clothes 🙂 At least some of the pj’s and layettes will still work. So I really don’t have to buy that much. And Grandma, this does not mean I am in the market for your friends grandkids seconds. The girls are way too excited about hitting the stores and keeping their little sister dressed like a princess. They are going to spoil this kid.
5. Reagan has once again been taken over by the demons for the past two weeks. She has been relentless with HORRIBLE temper tantrums. And she is making it very difficult for anyone in this house to want to be around the poor child. Most tantrums stem around the fact that her clothes suddenly make her feel “crazy.” She won’t wear skirts because it makes her too cold. She won’t wear pants or pantyhose because they make her “crazy.” This shirt makes her too cold. That one isn’t pretty enough. I think she is down to gown-like pajama dresses and well nothing else. Please make the weather warm up so I can see if shorts are to her liking!!! It has gotten so bad that Brandon has suggested taking her out and letting her buy her own new wardrobe. But, I doubt any clothes can take the crazy away. So I am currently racking my brain, trying to figure out how to perform a clothing exorcism on a three year old. Until then, I’d have to admit that the child is very close to wearing through what’s left of my last nerve. Then what?
6. Sydney has been an awesome kid! Very helpful. Very happy. Loves school. Very Happy-Go-Lucky. She doesn’t seem to get as emotional as most girls her age which is a blessing in its self. She cleans her room without asking. Sets the dinner table. What else can I say.
7. I’ve so far gained 7 pounds. Two in the first 16 weeks and the remaining five in the last 4 weeks. I think that’s pretty good. Now starting to think about taking a prenatal Yoga and water aerobics class. Just to get myself some type of exercise. This kid seems to be carrying low and is playing on my bladder constantly. Either clamping it shut so I can’t pee at all. Or giving it a hard kick which makes me pee when I wasn’t expecting to…not a good thing. So I figured a few extra kegels and an exercise regimen could be in order.
8. We’re heading off to Indiana in a few days for my nephew Ryan and Lauren’s big wedding day. They started dating in high school. Remind you of anyone??? Reagan is to serve as the flower girl. She has been practicing her march and is very excited. I am just hoping her dress doesn’t make her “crazy.” I am really excited to see everyone. I have a new niece, Sophie, that we are dying to meet. We get to see how big Isaiah has gotten. And most of all, we will have lots of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are ready and extremely willing to take the kids off our hands for a few days. It’ll be a quick trip but everyone is excited.
9. Now that we know the sex of the baby I am getting into gear for converting the bedrooms. First, Reagan has her new shelves, dresser and room theme picked out. Her old stuff goes into the nursery. Her current bed can be raised to a low loft giving her a play space under her bed. Then just a few accessory pieces turn it into a princess bed complete with tower and slide. And of course there will be fairies on the walls. I need to start stripping the old baby border, repaint the walls, and apply the fairy Wallies before we order the new furniture. I think it will turn out really cute. Next, we will move onto the guest room which will now reside in our current gym. Nothing much to do besides rearrange the room and hang a few things on the walls to make it as inviting as it was upstairs. Then lastly, we get to redo the nursery. I’ve just picked out a really adorable theme that I am really excited about. Since we know the sex and its the last kid we get to make it gender friendly. No more gender-safe yellow nursery. Just need to paint, apply the Wallies, and put all the baby stuff back up. Sounds like a lot of work but I’m looking forward to seeing how everything turns out. Now just need to come up with the finances to get Reagan her new furniture. The tax man wasn’t too good to us this year. But, that’s a whole other story.

Twilight

About two months ago I was at a party with a bunch of women around the neighborhood. The topic of conversation seemed to be centering around the Twilight movie that had recently been out. I, knowing nothing about the apparent cult following surrounding this book was the only one there who was not completely obsessed with the series. I always thought Twilight was some teenage movie for the tween girls. As soon as they found out I had not read the books they were all surrounding me telling me how I was missing out. Apparently the lead character, Edward, was the subject of every woman’s fantasies. And they were really good fantasies. So they began telling me the base of the series. Edward is a vampire who falls in love with a human and the story goes on from there.
Ok first, I don’t really make time for reading too much since college. I find it hard to find a book that is able to keep my interest beyond the first few chapters. Second, there always seems to be something more interesting to do then sitting around reading. And third, the idea of a vampire love story didn’t sound too appealing. So I went home and told Brandon that all the women were fantasizing about this Edward and thought it was funny. This seemed to spike his interest more then me and within a few weeks he had bought me the first book.
While in Costa Rica we had a down day at the beach so I decided to start reading this Twilight book. Ok, I must have loved the book because it was finished by the next afternoon. By now, I too was in love with Edward but I was in Costa Rica. I had to wait to get home to buy the next book. Once home, I ordered the remaining three books and had them all read within the next two weeks. Brandon was whining because he was being ignored. But, hey he bought me the first book. He started it.
So, needless to say I really enjoyed this series. Though I find myself a bit sad that there will be no more to the story. I find myself wondering what will happen to Bella, Edward, Jacob or Renesmee. Will the Volturri come back? How will things happen between Renesmee and Jacob? Will the pact between the werewolves and vampires hold? Guess I’ll have to make things up for myself.
Last week we rented the movie. I thought it was a good portrayal of the book. But, the special effects could have been better. And it seemed as though they were so eager to fit everything in that the story seemed rushed. I think the man playing Edward was good, but he lacked something. His voice was too modern american and he seemed to be holding something back . Can’t quite put my finger on it. But, it was still good. Anyway, looking forward to the next movie. Maybe they will get a bigger budget this time around and the effects won’t be so cheezy.
Until then, I guess I’ll have to wait to see Edward in my dreams. Sorry B, you just can’t compete…… 🙂

Day of Pampering

Today I decided I was due a day of pampering. Well, as pampered as you can get when your just 3 days from being half way through a pregnancy. I started the morning with a prenatal massage. My lower back has been killing me for about a week. I hit the chiropractor last Saturday but it seemed to still be out of whack. Then two days ago I was on the floor playing with the kids and soon realized, too late, that the hard floor was really messing up the ole back. So Brandon gave me one of his massage appointments hoping that might help. I’ll know in a day or two if it worked to relieve some of the pain.
Next, I met Daddy and the kids out for lunch. Where it was decided that the entire family was due for some pedicure/manicure action. Nice addition to the day of relaxation. We were the only ones in the joint because the next snow storm is due any minute. So we let the kids run a muck and just took our time.
Unfortunately, now I need to pick up the house a bit. So the pampering is over. Oh, well. I bet I can get the hubby to pass on a few more of those massage appointments as the weeks go on. So until next time.
Oh, and I have been waiting for that infusion of second trimester energy to kick in but it seems to be keeping its distance this time around. I was talking to my Dad this morning and I think he put it best when he said, “Well, your pregnant and not in your 20’s anymore. The aches only get worse from here on out.” Yep, that just about sums it up.