14 December 2012

it's friday!

I know that my last few posts have been all over the place.  Please hang in there with me.  I have a bit of Shiny Object syndrome going on.  I start thinking about one thing, something shiny catches my eye and I am on to the next thing.  I am all over the place.  Have you ever seen Up?  I'm like the dog, Dug.

SQUIRREL!

Also, while I am thinking about it, this might be my last post until Burrito comes.  Unless of course something super awesome happens that I just have to share in the next few days.  As of right now though, there isn't going to be much going on until the Big Day.  Other than Fred.  I will try and post about Fred.  My house is cleaned, the laundry is done, the groceries have been stocked and my DVR is full and waiting for me to lay on the couch and clean it out.  

Seriously, it is going to be a boring few days around here.

Unless you drive by the house.  In which case you may or may not bear witness to a rather large pregnant lady doing jumping jacks in the driveway while pleading for her water to just break.  If you do drive by honk and wave.  I like friendly passersby.

Now in honor of it being Friday and my mind being all over the place, I give you Random Things For Friday:

1.  A few photos from our visit to Santa this year.  I wish I could hang large, brightly colored ornaments from velvet ribbon from our ceilings.
Visiting Santa's World #7
Seriously, doesn't Santa have a creepy eye?  At least he has a real beard.  I am totally spoiled that every year Mabes has had a Santa with a real beard.
Visiting Santa's World #9

2.  I think I have officially crossed into the dark side of being in full on crazy nesting mode.  Yesterday I stocked up on groceries.  Instead of coming home and putting everything away like a normal person I decided to spend an hour detailing every square inch of the fridge, rearranging things and then rearranging them some more.  What normal person does that?  I also scrubbed the entire house and then decided I needed to redo a wooden sign in our living room.  Which meant a trip to Lowes so that I could create my own chalk paint in a specific color.  Only as it turns out I didn't like the color I choose so I am going to be making another trip in today to try again.  Good thing I just use the Valspar sample paints and it only cost me $3 to change my mind.  

(I wanted a longer list, but I can't seem to settle my brain on any one topic for long enough.  Two is a good stopping point though, don't you think?)

SQUIRREL!

it's friday!

I know that my last few posts have been all over the place.  Please hang in there with me.  I have a bit of Shiny Object syndrome going on.  I start thinking about one thing, something shiny catches my eye and I am on to the next thing.  I am all over the place.  Have you ever seen Up?  I'm like the dog, Dug.

SQUIRREL!

Also, while I am thinking about it, this might be my last post until Burrito comes.  Unless of course something super awesome happens that I just have to share in the next few days.  As of right now though, there isn't going to be much going on until the Big Day.  Other than Fred.  I will try and post about Fred.  My house is cleaned, the laundry is done, the groceries have been stocked and my DVR is full and waiting for me to lay on the couch and clean it out.  

Seriously, it is going to be a boring few days around here.

Unless you drive by the house.  In which case you may or may not bear witness to a rather large pregnant lady doing jumping jacks in the driveway while pleading for her water to just break.  If you do drive by honk and wave.  I like friendly passersby.

Now in honor of it being Friday and my mind being all over the place, I give you Random Things For Friday:

1.  A few photos from our visit to Santa this year.  I wish I could hang large, brightly colored ornaments from velvet ribbon from our ceilings.
Visiting Santa's World #7
Seriously, doesn't Santa have a creepy eye?  At least he has a real beard.  I am totally spoiled that every year Mabes has had a Santa with a real beard.
Visiting Santa's World #9

2.  I think I have officially crossed into the dark side of being in full on crazy nesting mode.  Yesterday I stocked up on groceries.  Instead of coming home and putting everything away like a normal person I decided to spend an hour detailing every square inch of the fridge, rearranging things and then rearranging them some more.  What normal person does that?  I also scrubbed the entire house and then decided I needed to redo a wooden sign in our living room.  Which meant a trip to Lowes so that I could create my own chalk paint in a specific color.  Only as it turns out I didn't like the color I choose so I am going to be making another trip in today to try again.  Good thing I just use the Valspar sample paints and it only cost me $3 to change my mind.  

(I wanted a longer list, but I can't seem to settle my brain on any one topic for long enough.  Two is a good stopping point though, don't you think?)

SQUIRREL!

13 December 2012

this that and the other

DAY 13:
This morning Mabes found Fred upstairs on the guest bed playing a game of Chutes and Ladders with some of stuffed friends.  This is the most hysterical thing Fred has been caught doing yet according to Mabes.  The only thing that upset her is the giraffe is her little sister's and she is worried that the baby will be upset and miss it.
photo 3
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As promised some photos of our family decked out in ugly sweaters at the Christmas party last night:
photo 1
It is a little hard to tell, but there are some random pleather patches on Dan's sweater.  I sewed eight jingle bells to the front to make it a little more festive.  Mabes commented that he sounded like a reindeer all night because he jingled as he walked.  I had a good laugh when I put Mabes in her sweater/poncho that she had picked out.  It seemed a little small when we were at Goodwill, turns out it is from Baby Gap and roughly three sizes too small.  
photo 2
My hot pink fringed WAY TOO BIG sweater was a hit.  The bright pink made the belly seem even bigger.  My only complaint was that it was a little itchy and I was glad to take it off by the end of the night.  

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A funny link related to Elf on a Shelf:  Overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies

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Last but certainly not least, I wanted to wish Dan a happy 9th wedding anniversary.  There aren't words to express how much I love my husband, how blessed I feel to have him in my life, to know that he is my partner for life, or for the gratitude I feel that he has given me two precious little girls.  He is my best friend and the best thing to ever happen to me.

I love you, Dan-o.

this that and the other

DAY 13:
This morning Mabes found Fred upstairs on the guest bed playing a game of Chutes and Ladders with some of stuffed friends.  This is the most hysterical thing Fred has been caught doing yet according to Mabes.  The only thing that upset her is the giraffe is her little sister's and she is worried that the baby will be upset and miss it.
photo 3
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As promised some photos of our family decked out in ugly sweaters at the Christmas party last night:
photo 1
It is a little hard to tell, but there are some random pleather patches on Dan's sweater.  I sewed eight jingle bells to the front to make it a little more festive.  Mabes commented that he sounded like a reindeer all night because he jingled as he walked.  I had a good laugh when I put Mabes in her sweater/poncho that she had picked out.  It seemed a little small when we were at Goodwill, turns out it is from Baby Gap and roughly three sizes too small.  
photo 2
My hot pink fringed WAY TOO BIG sweater was a hit.  The bright pink made the belly seem even bigger.  My only complaint was that it was a little itchy and I was glad to take it off by the end of the night.  

*******************************************************
A funny link related to Elf on a Shelf:  Overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies

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Last but certainly not least, I wanted to wish Dan a happy 9th wedding anniversary.  There aren't words to express how much I love my husband, how blessed I feel to have him in my life, to know that he is my partner for life, or for the gratitude I feel that he has given me two precious little girls.  He is my best friend and the best thing to ever happen to me.

I love you, Dan-o.

12 December 2012

fred day 12 and some last minute rambles

DAY 12:
Today we found Fred sitting on top of the advent house eating candy cane Hershey kisses.  Mabes was very upset by this because she thought he had stolen them from the house.  I assured her that they were probably a snack from Santa after Fred had gone to see him last night to report on her naughty/nice status.
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On the way to school this morning Mabes and I were talking about all of the fun things that are going to be happening in the next week.  She knows her days of the week, but the concept of time is still a little lost on her.  Everything is calculated on how many go to sleep and wake ups it takes.  For instance her Christmas party at school is on Friday, or two go to sleep and wake ups from now.

As we were going down the list I realized that at most there are only seven more go to sleep and wake ups before Burrito will be here.  This brought a huge smile to her face and a massive panic attack right to the center of my soul as we drove down the street.

This is an interesting time inside my head right now for sure.

On one hand I am terribly excited to see this little munchkin's face.  I can't wait to be able to cuddle with her and to smell her little head.  Seriously, don't new babies smell fantastic?  I am also very excited to get to see both of my girls together.  Mabes meeting her sister for the first time after months of anticipation is a scenario I keep thinking about over and over again.  I am also curious to see if Dan will get his wish and if our little Burrito will have his dark hair and brown eyes.  Mabes had dark hair, but her eyes are blue just like mine.  I'd love to have a brown eyed girl this time around.  I also think it would be kind of funny if she was born with the same white blonde hair that I had.  One thing I really hope for (besides the healthy/happy baby part of course) is that this child has a great sense of humor.

Of course the flip side to all of that excitement, anticipation and wonder is the worry.  I am worried about things like being responsible for two little people, especially when Dan has to go away for work and it is just me that they will have to depend on.  I also worry (which is a major understatement) about the whole giving birth to the baby thing, making the right choices, worrying about a catastrophic event happening, all of the what ifs.  I have spent a good bit of time in the last few weeks preparing things around the house and writing down information and lists for Dan, just in case.

For the record I hate feeling like this.  I know I should be happy.  I know I should just be consumed with excitement.  Trust me, if it was as easy as waking up and being happy and excited I would choose that in a heartbeat.  Anxiety, especially the kind that sort of swallows you whole and then spits you back up into a big mess isn't something anyone would want to feel if they could choose not to.  One thing that seems to help me is being able to talk about it.  So thank you for letting me do that here.

Probably the only thing at this point keeping me from totally going crazy is knowing that I have one week left to feel like this.  Because one way or another whatever is going to happen is going to happen and whatever choices are going to be made will have been made and there won't be any turning back.  Physically, I will have taken the baby and I as far as I could.  Dan and I will have made all of the decisions we could.  It will be time for everything to be placed into the doctor and God's hands and whatever will happen will happen.

On the plus side I have been trying to keep myself busy, which helps distract me.  Making sure that I have stayed on top of the housework and laundry and getting the last few details of Christmas in order has been time consuming for sure.  I have also been working on things for my photography website and creating odd jobs for myself around the house when all else fails.  The next seven days are going to fly by at this rate.

I went to the gym this morning and power walked on the treadmill.  I think it would be fun for the little miss to have a 12.12.12 birthday.  I was hoping that maybe the walking would kick start something.  So far, nada.  We still have 13 1/2 hours before the day is up so there is hope.  Also, it would be great if my water broke with no real warning like it did with Mabes.  When it happens so suddenly like that there really isn't much time to freak out and worry.

Tonight is the Christmas party for Dan's work.  Everyone in his company is planning to wear an ugly sweater.  I just found out about it and took Mabes to Goodwill yesterday to see what I could find.  There were some seriously slim pickins going on.  Apparently many people have had the same ugly sweater idea going on.  We did find one for Dan that we both thought was pretty bad and then further upped the ante by sewing jingle bells to the front of it last night when we came home.  Really the only person who needed an ugly sweater was Dan but Mabes was so into the idea that she picked out sweaters for the both of us to wear as well.  Trust me, my family going to be a real sight to behold this evening.  I will take some pictures and post them tomorrow.

Maybe the Burrito is a fashionista and will bust out once she senses the ugly sweater I have taken her out in public in.  How funny would it be to go into labor in a hot pink sweater with rainbow fringe that is so big it hangs down to my knees?  Talk about an interesting start to a birth story.




fred day 12 and some last minute rambles

DAY 12:
Today we found Fred sitting on top of the advent house eating candy cane Hershey kisses.  Mabes was very upset by this because she thought he had stolen them from the house.  I assured her that they were probably a snack from Santa after Fred had gone to see him last night to report on her naughty/nice status.
photo
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On the way to school this morning Mabes and I were talking about all of the fun things that are going to be happening in the next week.  She knows her days of the week, but the concept of time is still a little lost on her.  Everything is calculated on how many go to sleep and wake ups it takes.  For instance her Christmas party at school is on Friday, or two go to sleep and wake ups from now.

As we were going down the list I realized that at most there are only seven more go to sleep and wake ups before Burrito will be here.  This brought a huge smile to her face and a massive panic attack right to the center of my soul as we drove down the street.

This is an interesting time inside my head right now for sure.

On one hand I am terribly excited to see this little munchkin's face.  I can't wait to be able to cuddle with her and to smell her little head.  Seriously, don't new babies smell fantastic?  I am also very excited to get to see both of my girls together.  Mabes meeting her sister for the first time after months of anticipation is a scenario I keep thinking about over and over again.  I am also curious to see if Dan will get his wish and if our little Burrito will have his dark hair and brown eyes.  Mabes had dark hair, but her eyes are blue just like mine.  I'd love to have a brown eyed girl this time around.  I also think it would be kind of funny if she was born with the same white blonde hair that I had.  One thing I really hope for (besides the healthy/happy baby part of course) is that this child has a great sense of humor.

Of course the flip side to all of that excitement, anticipation and wonder is the worry.  I am worried about things like being responsible for two little people, especially when Dan has to go away for work and it is just me that they will have to depend on.  I also worry (which is a major understatement) about the whole giving birth to the baby thing, making the right choices, worrying about a catastrophic event happening, all of the what ifs.  I have spent a good bit of time in the last few weeks preparing things around the house and writing down information and lists for Dan, just in case.

For the record I hate feeling like this.  I know I should be happy.  I know I should just be consumed with excitement.  Trust me, if it was as easy as waking up and being happy and excited I would choose that in a heartbeat.  Anxiety, especially the kind that sort of swallows you whole and then spits you back up into a big mess isn't something anyone would want to feel if they could choose not to.  One thing that seems to help me is being able to talk about it.  So thank you for letting me do that here.

Probably the only thing at this point keeping me from totally going crazy is knowing that I have one week left to feel like this.  Because one way or another whatever is going to happen is going to happen and whatever choices are going to be made will have been made and there won't be any turning back.  Physically, I will have taken the baby and I as far as I could.  Dan and I will have made all of the decisions we could.  It will be time for everything to be placed into the doctor and God's hands and whatever will happen will happen.

On the plus side I have been trying to keep myself busy, which helps distract me.  Making sure that I have stayed on top of the housework and laundry and getting the last few details of Christmas in order has been time consuming for sure.  I have also been working on things for my photography website and creating odd jobs for myself around the house when all else fails.  The next seven days are going to fly by at this rate.

I went to the gym this morning and power walked on the treadmill.  I think it would be fun for the little miss to have a 12.12.12 birthday.  I was hoping that maybe the walking would kick start something.  So far, nada.  We still have 13 1/2 hours before the day is up so there is hope.  Also, it would be great if my water broke with no real warning like it did with Mabes.  When it happens so suddenly like that there really isn't much time to freak out and worry.

Tonight is the Christmas party for Dan's work.  Everyone in his company is planning to wear an ugly sweater.  I just found out about it and took Mabes to Goodwill yesterday to see what I could find.  There were some seriously slim pickins going on.  Apparently many people have had the same ugly sweater idea going on.  We did find one for Dan that we both thought was pretty bad and then further upped the ante by sewing jingle bells to the front of it last night when we came home.  Really the only person who needed an ugly sweater was Dan but Mabes was so into the idea that she picked out sweaters for the both of us to wear as well.  Trust me, my family going to be a real sight to behold this evening.  I will take some pictures and post them tomorrow.

Maybe the Burrito is a fashionista and will bust out once she senses the ugly sweater I have taken her out in public in.  How funny would it be to go into labor in a hot pink sweater with rainbow fringe that is so big it hangs down to my knees?  Talk about an interesting start to a birth story.




11 December 2012

fred is back!

Our resident Elf on a Shelf, Fred, has come to visit us again this year.  Originally I had planned to post about his antics daily (at least a photo anyhow) for the month of December.  Only it turns out December has been a bit insane and there just hasn't been time.  Today I am attempting to play catch up and hopefully from here on out I will be posting about what Fred has been up to on a daily basis.  At least the days I'm not busy in the hospital having a baby.  

Because we are expecting the Burrito this month and there will be other people who are going to have to take care of Mabes (and by default Fred) I needed to make sure that things were well planned out.  I started by printing out an Elf on the Shelf planning calendar I found here.  Then Dan and I decided what things we wanted to do on what days and I wrote it out.  I also collected any and all needed supplies, pre wrote/printed letters, etc. that Fred would need during his stay and stashed them all in a tub under our bed.  This way whoever is on Fred duty just has to check the calendar and then grab what they need from the tub and they are done.  Honestly, this has gone so much smoother than last year, that I will probably continue to keep up the planner in the future.  
photo 1-2
The first thing Fred always does is bring candy cane Hershey Kisses (or chocolate chips as Mabes calls them) from Santa and fills the advent house with them.  Mabes was impressed that starting on the 19th he put two chocolate chips in each day because her sister will also be here, because she had to open every door to verify there would be something waiting for her.  
photo 3-4
Which meant that as soon as Mabes woke up and discovered Fred she checked the advent house out and I woke up to her stuffing candy in her face while screaming that the elf had arrived.  
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We had to have a little talk about when it is appropriate to eat candy (not first thing in the morning and only after you have asked for and been given permission) and when it is not (as soon as you wake up, while screaming at your Mama and Dada who were up to that point in a dead sleep).

DAY 1:
Fred showed up with his book so we could review the rules (mainly no touching Fred so that he doesn't lose his magic).  He also had a letter from Santa along with some magic seeds and elf dust.
Fred Dec. 1 #2
In his letter Santa told Mabes that she was to plant the magic seeds (or silver dragees) in some sugar, and then add the magic elf dust (or red embossing powder and silver glitter) and wait for it to grow.  There was wild speculation about what the seeds would produce.  She checked the bowl hourly all day long to see if anything had started to sprout.  The only thing that was certain was that it would be something that could be grown at the North Pole.  She was thrilled when she woke up the next morning and found a bowl full of candy canes waiting for her.
Fred Day 1

DAY 2:
Fred brought a Christmas book for us to read.
Fred Dec 2

DAY 3:
Fred was caught floating in a makeshift boat with two princess in Dan's sink.  (I forgot to take a photo, but you can see a similar version of what I did here.)

DAY 4:
Fred brought a crayon and some personalized stationary for Mabes to write her letter to Santa.  She immediately set to work on her letter before leaving for school.
Fred Dec 4 #1
Fred Dec 4 #2


DAY 5:
Fred was caught drinking maple syrup from the jar in the fridge.
Fred Dec 5

DAY 6:
Fred took chalk and colored on the wall.  
Fred Dec 6 #1
Fred Dec 6 #2


DAY 7:
Fred wrote her a letter and brought all of the fixins for her to make Polar Express Hot Choocolate.  (Which for the record is extremely rich---I wonder if we had added less chocolate chips or maybe omitted the condensed milk if it would have been better.)  We ended up turning into a hot chocolate party and watched Arthur Christmas with Gamma, Gampa, and Dada.
Fred Dec. 7

DAY 8:
Fred brought another letter and $20.  He instructed Mabes to go to the store and buy a gift to be donated to Toys for Tots.  (Sorry I totally forgot to take a picture of him on top of the library card catalog with the letter.)

DAY 9:
Fred was caught on top of the fan in the nursery on a date with Barbie.
Fred Dec. 9

DAY 10:
Fred was waiting on the mantel with a copy of The Star of Christmas DVD.
photo
DAY 11:
This morning Fred was caught eating a cookie on the kitchen counter.  
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Come back tomorrow to find out what Fred will be up to next.

fred is back!

Our resident Elf on a Shelf, Fred, has come to visit us again this year.  Originally I had planned to post about his antics daily (at least a photo anyhow) for the month of December.  Only it turns out December has been a bit insane and there just hasn't been time.  Today I am attempting to play catch up and hopefully from here on out I will be posting about what Fred has been up to on a daily basis.  At least the days I'm not busy in the hospital having a baby.  

Because we are expecting the Burrito this month and there will be other people who are going to have to take care of Mabes (and by default Fred) I needed to make sure that things were well planned out.  I started by printing out an Elf on the Shelf planning calendar I found here.  Then Dan and I decided what things we wanted to do on what days and I wrote it out.  I also collected any and all needed supplies, pre wrote/printed letters, etc. that Fred would need during his stay and stashed them all in a tub under our bed.  This way whoever is on Fred duty just has to check the calendar and then grab what they need from the tub and they are done.  Honestly, this has gone so much smoother than last year, that I will probably continue to keep up the planner in the future.  
photo 1-2
The first thing Fred always does is bring candy cane Hershey Kisses (or chocolate chips as Mabes calls them) from Santa and fills the advent house with them.  Mabes was impressed that starting on the 19th he put two chocolate chips in each day because her sister will also be here, because she had to open every door to verify there would be something waiting for her.  
photo 3-4
Which meant that as soon as Mabes woke up and discovered Fred she checked the advent house out and I woke up to her stuffing candy in her face while screaming that the elf had arrived.  
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We had to have a little talk about when it is appropriate to eat candy (not first thing in the morning and only after you have asked for and been given permission) and when it is not (as soon as you wake up, while screaming at your Mama and Dada who were up to that point in a dead sleep).

DAY 1:
Fred showed up with his book so we could review the rules (mainly no touching Fred so that he doesn't lose his magic).  He also had a letter from Santa along with some magic seeds and elf dust.
Fred Dec. 1 #2
In his letter Santa told Mabes that she was to plant the magic seeds (or silver dragees) in some sugar, and then add the magic elf dust (or red embossing powder and silver glitter) and wait for it to grow.  There was wild speculation about what the seeds would produce.  She checked the bowl hourly all day long to see if anything had started to sprout.  The only thing that was certain was that it would be something that could be grown at the North Pole.  She was thrilled when she woke up the next morning and found a bowl full of candy canes waiting for her.
Fred Day 1

DAY 2:
Fred brought a Christmas book for us to read.
Fred Dec 2

DAY 3:
Fred was caught floating in a makeshift boat with two princess in Dan's sink.  (I forgot to take a photo, but you can see a similar version of what I did here.)

DAY 4:
Fred brought a crayon and some personalized stationary for Mabes to write her letter to Santa.  She immediately set to work on her letter before leaving for school.
Fred Dec 4 #1
Fred Dec 4 #2


DAY 5:
Fred was caught drinking maple syrup from the jar in the fridge.
Fred Dec 5

DAY 6:
Fred took chalk and colored on the wall.  
Fred Dec 6 #1
Fred Dec 6 #2


DAY 7:
Fred wrote her a letter and brought all of the fixins for her to make Polar Express Hot Choocolate.  (Which for the record is extremely rich---I wonder if we had added less chocolate chips or maybe omitted the condensed milk if it would have been better.)  We ended up turning into a hot chocolate party and watched Arthur Christmas with Gamma, Gampa, and Dada.
Fred Dec. 7

DAY 8:
Fred brought another letter and $20.  He instructed Mabes to go to the store and buy a gift to be donated to Toys for Tots.  (Sorry I totally forgot to take a picture of him on top of the library card catalog with the letter.)

DAY 9:
Fred was caught on top of the fan in the nursery on a date with Barbie.
Fred Dec. 9

DAY 10:
Fred was waiting on the mantel with a copy of The Star of Christmas DVD.
photo
DAY 11:
This morning Fred was caught eating a cookie on the kitchen counter.  
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Come back tomorrow to find out what Fred will be up to next.

10 December 2012

dear burrito, weeks 37 and 38



Dear Burrito,

We reached the coveted week 37 last Tuesday.  I'm sorry I didn't document it before now.  Things were sort of crazy and I took an impromptu blogging break for the week.  Technically 37 weeks is considered full term.  It feels good to know we made it to this point.

Daddy was gone all last week and your Gamma and Gampa came to stay and keep an eye on us.  We were all holding our breath hoping you would stay put so that Daddy wouldn't miss your debut.  Thankfully, things went in our favor and you stayed put.  However, your reprieve is over.  So seriously, eviction notice kiddo...this is it.  

Also, why did I not know about this ninja shirt before now?  I wish I had owned this my whole pregnancy.  It sums up your day-to-day activities perfectly, even now.

Your sister came at 37 weeks.  Even though you have been totally different from her up to this point, I still always had it in my mind that you were going to come this week too.  We only have until midnight tonight and something tells me we are going to make it into week 38.    For your consideration, though, I would like you to know that the temperatures have been in the 70s most of the week.  Also, your big sister did grab my belly at one point and said, "SISTER COME OUT!  YOU ARE MISSING ALL THE FUN."  In other words it isn't all bad on the outside.  You may want to check it out.

The last night that Gamma and Gampa were here we did think you might be on your way.  I woke up with pretty intense contractions and I felt sick to my stomach and shaky.  We called the doctor who suggested we go ahead and come in to see what was going on.  Turns out intense contractions don't mean dilation, at least not with us.  This doesn't surprise me in the least.  I'm not going to lie, I was on the fence about if I wanted you to stay in and keep cooking or go ahead and come out.  When they said that they were sending us home I was a little disappointed.  I so badly want to see your little face.  

I have reached a point where being pregnant is no longer fun.  My arms fall asleep at the slightest elevation.  They also fall asleep whenever I am laying on my side.  Thus making sleep almost impossible.  The doctor said that I have developed carpal tunnel in my one hand.  This has proven to be an annoyance when it comes to things like straightening my hair, driving a car, writing, holding your sister or Dada's hands, etc.  My feet have also continued to swell to sizes I didn't know possible.  Eating has become a terrible chore because it only take a few bites to make me feel like I pigged out at an all you can eat buffet and then 15 minutes later I am starving because SURPRISE four apple slices and some peanut butter doesn't really cut it in the meal department.  My belly is very sore and the slightest movements send pain radiating throughout my body.  Don't even get me started on the comedy routine that is me trying to stand up from either the bed or the couch.  Sometimes I really want to cry because I am so frustrated with the way my body feels and is acting.  

However, I am determined to find some positives.  For instance every day you are in there is statistically better for you as your brain and lungs continue to grow and develop.  Also, nine days from now regardless of anything else that happens you are coming out.

We can do anything for nine days.  Especially knowing the reward at the end is meeting you.

I love you,
Mama

dear burrito, weeks 37 and 38



Dear Burrito,

We reached the coveted week 37 last Tuesday.  I'm sorry I didn't document it before now.  Things were sort of crazy and I took an impromptu blogging break for the week.  Technically 37 weeks is considered full term.  It feels good to know we made it to this point.

Daddy was gone all last week and your Gamma and Gampa came to stay and keep an eye on us.  We were all holding our breath hoping you would stay put so that Daddy wouldn't miss your debut.  Thankfully, things went in our favor and you stayed put.  However, your reprieve is over.  So seriously, eviction notice kiddo...this is it.  

Also, why did I not know about this ninja shirt before now?  I wish I had owned this my whole pregnancy.  It sums up your day-to-day activities perfectly, even now.

Your sister came at 37 weeks.  Even though you have been totally different from her up to this point, I still always had it in my mind that you were going to come this week too.  We only have until midnight tonight and something tells me we are going to make it into week 38.    For your consideration, though, I would like you to know that the temperatures have been in the 70s most of the week.  Also, your big sister did grab my belly at one point and said, "SISTER COME OUT!  YOU ARE MISSING ALL THE FUN."  In other words it isn't all bad on the outside.  You may want to check it out.

The last night that Gamma and Gampa were here we did think you might be on your way.  I woke up with pretty intense contractions and I felt sick to my stomach and shaky.  We called the doctor who suggested we go ahead and come in to see what was going on.  Turns out intense contractions don't mean dilation, at least not with us.  This doesn't surprise me in the least.  I'm not going to lie, I was on the fence about if I wanted you to stay in and keep cooking or go ahead and come out.  When they said that they were sending us home I was a little disappointed.  I so badly want to see your little face.  

I have reached a point where being pregnant is no longer fun.  My arms fall asleep at the slightest elevation.  They also fall asleep whenever I am laying on my side.  Thus making sleep almost impossible.  The doctor said that I have developed carpal tunnel in my one hand.  This has proven to be an annoyance when it comes to things like straightening my hair, driving a car, writing, holding your sister or Dada's hands, etc.  My feet have also continued to swell to sizes I didn't know possible.  Eating has become a terrible chore because it only take a few bites to make me feel like I pigged out at an all you can eat buffet and then 15 minutes later I am starving because SURPRISE four apple slices and some peanut butter doesn't really cut it in the meal department.  My belly is very sore and the slightest movements send pain radiating throughout my body.  Don't even get me started on the comedy routine that is me trying to stand up from either the bed or the couch.  Sometimes I really want to cry because I am so frustrated with the way my body feels and is acting.  

However, I am determined to find some positives.  For instance every day you are in there is statistically better for you as your brain and lungs continue to grow and develop.  Also, nine days from now regardless of anything else that happens you are coming out.

We can do anything for nine days.  Especially knowing the reward at the end is meeting you.

I love you,
Mama

29 November 2012

sweet treats for friends

This year Mabes and I wanted to make some goodies to give out to friends to let them know we were thinking about them this holiday season.  I scoured Pinterest for some ideas and came up with three delicious looking recipes.  Mabes gave her seal of approval, I made a shopping list for the ingredients and we were off.  

Confession, I did make these the day before Thanksgiving, which I know is a cardinal sin to do anything Christmas related before Thanksgiving.  I feel I should get a pass because I wanted to make sure I had these done and given out before Miss Burrito makes her debut.  Or before pregnancy brain totally takes over my body and I am found wandering the streets aimlessly unsure of my own name or address.  (Trust me, Internets, I am about a millimeter from reaching that point right now.)

The first thing I did was pick up a package of cute treat boxes from Michaels.  
Friends Gift #2
I also picked up some red tissue paper to match and cute tins from Hobby Lobby as well.
Friends Gifts #3

Next it was time to start baking.

Our first project was Salted Caramel Sauce.  I had to make two batches of this because the jars I bought were a little bit bigger than what the girl used in the original recipe.  One batch only made enough for two jars.  Actually, I made a few more batches than that because I was trying to get it to turn that really deep caramel color.  Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried, it wouldn't turn without becoming a rock hard mess in the pan.  This only slowed us down a little bit because even though the color was a little on the lighter side, I assure you it still tasted heavenly.
Friends Gifts #6
The next thing Mabes and I made were the Barrington Mints.  I wasn't sure how many mints the tins would hold and assumed that since I doubled the caramel sauce recipe I would need to do the same thing for the mints.  Um, we may have had a bit of mint overload on this one.  I have a rather large ziplock bag in my freezer full of these leftover.  That's on top of the four tins we completely filled AND the large bag of mints I gave to my friend on Thanksgiving.  Whoops.
Friends Gifts #5
Our last recipe was Mabes favorite to make and my favorite to eat.  These are hot chocolate stirrers.  All you do is take marshmallows, dipped in melted mint dark chocolate, rolled in crushed candy canes with a mini candy cane stuck down the center.  You use them to stir into your mug of hot chocolate.  Or in the case of one of my friend's daughters you eat them all as is and then try and sneak the box back before your Mom notices.  Once Mabes had assembled them (a great recipe for the little ones to make with just a little supervision) and we let the chocolate set, we packaged them into little party bags and tied them off with some red bakers twine.
Friends Gifts #8
Then it was time for package assembly.  The sauce and marshmallows fit perfectly into the box with a little bit of tissue paper.
Friends GiftFriends Gifts #10
The mints fit into the tin with several layers of wax paper.  Put the tin on top of the box, tie it all together with a little more bakers twine, add a cute ornament and call it done.
Friends Gifts #11

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