Costa Rica

Brandon and I are back home again after our big Costa Rican adventure together. He did a great job with the blog posts so I won’t go into all of those. But at the same time I thought I should write something. And BTW, I wrote this entry a good 3 weeks ago but it took me this long to figure out how to post pictures once again. Seems as though the technology has changed much since I last blogged so I had some catching up to do. Though it could also be due to the fact that I am married to a computer geek who is constantly changing to the newest coolest technologies and I can’t keep up. Either way, I’ve got it figured out for now.
Costa Rica has been on the top of my must see places for at least 5 years now. Its got animals, beaches and all types of adventures. How can you go wrong? Plus, its the closest of my must see places so its the easiest to check off the list. I have tried to talk the hubby into taking me over the years but it never seemed like it would be much fun with small children. Plus, the kiddos were too young to leave for that long. So we have been focusing on Mexico over the past few years. Mexico will always be a love of ours but we were ready for more. We never want to be those people who always go to the same place year after year. There are so many amazing places to see and we are anxious to get started. Sure the upcoming bambino will once again put a slight delay on this plan. But, this trip gave us a much needed taste of what is out there.
Anyway, so last fall Brandon owed me. Told me I had an open checkbook to whatever my heart desired. So without hesitating I got a babysitter (grandma) lined up and booked our long awaited trip to Costa Rica. I didn’t know exactly what area to visit but knew I wanted beaches as well as rainforest access. So after much research we decided on the small town of Quepos which lies along the southern pacific border of the country. It also borders the Manuel Antonio National Park which is supposed to be loaded with all types of critters. Next we focused on what types of adventures we could experience in the area. We were excited about the zip line canopy tours, the river or ocean kayaking and of course just hiking around the rainforest. Now came the waiting.
So, a couple months passed. We felt bad that the kids weren’t going with us. Daddy made a last minute decision to take the kids to Disney Land. He said, they had been great kids and they deserved it. Sparing you all the details, a few weeks later we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we would be adding one more addition to the Fuller family. So yes, Disney really is a magical place.
Needless to say we now had to cut back on the planned activities. I was only 14 weeks along during the trip and still nauseous off and on so I wasn’t going to be able to handle as much as I’d hoped. We still had a blast. Absolutely fell in love with Costa Rica and will definitively be going back again so our missed adventures will wait until then. I had planned on just telling people I was fat and trying to still sneak in on things. But, I was eventually guilted in to playing it safe. I was still tired all the time anyway from the first trimester blues so it probably would have been too much for me. The heat and humidity got to me more then I would have thought. I can’t handle much food at a time so I have to eat small meals every coupIe of hours. The food we could pack in the heat wasn’t sustaining me too well. I then overheated a few times and the combination of the two made me sick. But, for what I could handle I think we got a lot done.
So, in the end we had a great time. We really needed to have a week to ourselves with no kids to worry about. Costa Rica was a great place. A little better off then Mexico. The people were all very friendly. And the area was still small enough that you weren’t crowded with tourists all the time. They had great hidden beaches, amazing wildlife and it was simply beautiful. I have to thank my hubby for taking the time to just be with me. Sorry that I wasn’t in my tip top shape but I hope you still had a good time. Where too now?
Of course, we also need to thank the grandparents for taking a little over a week off to watch over the kiddos. I think they left with a better understanding of how their grandkids live. And just maybe had some fun along the way. I know the kids enjoyed showing off everything they can do for Nana and Papa. Although, Reagan is still complaining about how bad Papa’s coffee stinks. I think it scarred her for life 🙂
Here are a few of my favorite pictures. I will avoid any pictures of me since I looked like a bloated cow. The wildlife was much more interesting anyway.
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18 Weeks

Well, I’ve made it to 18 weeks now. The nausea finally went away during week 16 so I am feeling much better now. I am still overly tired most of the time and have constant stabbing pains in my boobs but my doctor said I should expect those both to go away within the next two weeks. So I should feel more human soon. Since my last post I have had two visits with the OB. First one, at 15 weeks. The heartbeat was in the 140’s which is much lower then my first two pregnancies. So if you believe the old wives tale that means a little boy is likely. But, at the 17 week checkup the heart rate was in the 150-160’s so there goes that theory. We have the big Ultrasound scheduled for April 8th so we will know the sex for sure then. My body is also starting to feel the tolls of a pregnancy. I think this week I will get in with the chiropractor and masseuse to work out some kinks. I can tell there is absolutely no stomach muscle left as I try to get up from a sitting position. So I can tell the blimp phase will be here shortly. Yippee!
Here is a picture of the bump at week 16. I think I have about two pictures of me pregnant during my last two pregnancies. So I am trying to get a few more this time around. This is the last time after all so I feel more of a need to document this time around.
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Not So Happy Valentine’s Day

Well, the day started off good. Daddy and his girls cooked me up a great homemade waffle breakfast and showered me with gifts. Very unexpected but great to be so loved. But, that’s about where it ended. Sydney has been sick off and on over the past week with stomach aches, diarrhea, and headaches. Then yesterday the fever and vomiting were added to the mix. Poor kid sleeps off and on throughout the day and is just exhausted and miserable. She looked good this morning but the tables turned quickly after lunch.
Over the last week I started feeling extra miserable again. Thought I was getting over the nausea but it came back full force. So now I’m not sure if its pregnancy related or from Syd. Last night Brandon was up sick with diarrhea too. So I’m leaning towards the later. So for a household that very rarely gets sick. Which is rare with little kids. We are all sharing in the misery this weekend. But at least Reagan is healthy. Must be her steady diet of mac-n-cheese, bologna, and m&m’s.
So with only 5 days until the grandparents arrive and 6 days until Brandon and I leave for Costa Rica, the Fullers are fighting to get healthy. Don’t think Nana and Papa signed up for vomiting kids. And I am certainly not spending my first vacation alone with the hubby on the toilet. Ramping up the Vitamin C!

Class Mom

Once a month, I volunteer for the day in each of the kids classrooms. Its fun to see what your kids are up to during the day. And the kids really enjoy having their Momma around for the day. Makes them feel special. So anyway, this past Thursday was my day to volunteer in Sydney’s Kindergarten class. Like every morning the kids start out in circle time. The teacher goes around to every child and gives them a chance to tell the classroom about something going on in their lives. The stories are typically centered around a new toy, or a Grandma visiting or a sick family member. So during circle time I am in the back of the classroom filing water bottles for the kids. I hear its Sydney’s turn to talk so I take special attention to listen to what she’s about to say. Then it starts…..
“One time, when I was done eating. I went upstairs to my parents bedroom to see my Mom and Dad. Daddy was lying on top of my Mommy. I ran in and said Dad, what are you doing to Mommy. He said he was trying to burn Mommy’s hands. I said why are you doing that? And Dad said it was because he was a freak.”
The teacher played it cool and simply said “Sometimes parents are silly aren’t they.”
Ok, by now I am absolutely mortified as you can imagine. I quickly turned around, my jaw dropped open and I began shaking my head in denial. I spent the rest of the day trying to decide if I should talk to the teacher. Tell her the story was completely made up. Or just drop it. I would hope she knows by now that kids make things up. I decided to just drop it. But, believe me when I say that Sydney got a good talk about choosing appropriate stories to share at school.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering. I’d like to say that this story has NEVER happened. Sydney has never walked in on us. Brandon never said he was going to burn my hands. And I don’t think we have ever used the word freak in our house.
Now I just have to come up with some really great teacher appreciation gifts for this year. I have to save face somehow.

11 Week OB Check-up

This week was my 11 week OB check-up. Pretty quick visit. Pee in a cup, take blood pressure, and check the heartbeat. My doctor was unable to detect the heartbeat with the dopler since the kid is still pretty small. So we went in for another quick ultrasound just to double check things. The kid was on fire. He was kicking his feet, punching into the air, and doing some sort of wiggle dance. It is so amazing to think that at just 1.5 inches long this kid is just about fully formed. Has all his limbs, eyes, etc. And is already very active. It honestly made my day to see him so playful. So here’s the one photo they took. Turned out blurry since he wouldn’t sit still, but you get the general idea.
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Sibling Jealousy

So it seems as though Reagan is already protesting her soon to be designation as the middle child. She is the BABY damn-it! And its going to stay that way so watch out little bro or sis. Brandon has been doing the morning school drop-offs for me so that I can stay in bed longer. I think he’s trying anything he can to keep me from biting off his head. Its the hormones I swear! Reagan has been crying for Momma the entire drive to school and making it really hard for him to leave her at class. So yesterday the teacher tells me that Reagan has been especially clingy and crying for Momma during class, almost reverting back to a baby. She says not to worry they often see this when Momma is expecting a new baby. Then dance class came and Reagan refused to stay for class. Threw a fit. Didn’t want me to leave. Disrupting the class so I had no choice but to take her home. There’s $20 down the drain. Then came another test today. Gymnastics class. Her favorite class of the week. Would she stay? We walked in, her mood was good, everything looked promising. She started into class then suddenly turned around and came running back to me. Shit! I was gearing up to start fighting with a three year old. There was no way I was going to win this but gotta put up a fight. Then just as she approaches she pulls down my shirt, grabs my boob, and says bye-bye boobie. She then takes off back into class laughing hysterically like a hyena. Need I mention that there were only about 5 Moms and maybe a Dad or two all right there for the show.
So I ask you this. Why am I doing this again??? I am convinced that its somehow Brandon’s fault. Yeah, let’s go with that.

First Doctor Visit

We had our first OB appointment on January 13th. The entire gang went along at the chance there might be an ultrasound. All the usual first visit stuff. First we went over the financials, again this kid is going to cost us nil. The benefits of a great insurance plan. Next they check the usual fluids…blood and urine. Simple done that before. I had spotting and cramping the entire two weeks we were in Indiana/Michigan so they thought it best to do an ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy was viable. Happy to say everything looked great. The kids got to hear and see the heart beating so that was extra cool for them and us parents. Due date set at August 23rd.
So far this pregnancy has been very different from my first two. Very nauseous ALL day. Having difficulty figuring out how to get relief from the nausea. Not vomiting very often as opposed to the almost daily occurrence with the girls. Can’t tell which is worse the constant vomiting with the girls or this constant sick to your stomach nausea feeling but unable to vomit in order to settle your stomach. Let’s just say they both suck! I have figured out that beans and rice from Tres Margaritas and Ginger Ale seem to make my stomach the happiest. So sticking to the few foods I know I can tolerate. Only two or three weeks to go and I should start feeling better. Yeah! Let’s just hope this nausea is gone before the big parents only trip to Costa Rica.

Back to Blogging

With kid number three on the way I have decided to get back to my blogging duties. I had way too much fun going over my entries from when I was expecting Reagan. So many stories I had forgotten. Many laughs, mostly at my own expense. Since this is definitely the last kid to take up residence in my womb I figured gotta blog it so that I can remember it. So here we go. Now just gotta squeeze in the energy to write when all I wanna do is lay in bed.
Nine weeks down…. only 31 to go!