31 July 2012

dear burrito, week 19

Dear Burrito,

Oh. My. Goodness.  Why in the world did no one take the time to remind me how much of a yucky pregnant person I am?  Getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and then tossing and turning for sometimes hours afterwards to try and get comfortable and fall back to sleep sucks.  Not being able to fit into any of my clothes is hard, especially when I'm not exactly big enough for the maternity stuff either.  I am starving all the time it seems, but then when I eat I feel nothing but uncomfortable.  Daddy says that I am doing great.  Trust me, kiddo, I feel anything but great. 

I could keep going with my list of complaints, but instead I am going to focus on the one good thing about being pregnant, feeling you move.  I describe the sensation of you moving as some sort of crazed ninja doing laps in a pool.  The weird thing is, this sensation of you doing laps or roundhouse kicking in my belly is the one thing about pregnancy that I really, really like and it makes all the rest of it not so bad.  Well, that and the whole knowing how awesome it is going to be once you are out and we can all hold you and cuddle with you and love on you part.

Your sister didn't move much.  She sort of sat upright in her breech position and would sometimes wave a hand, but that was about it.  I now believe she was harnessing all of that energy for when she busted out.

I spend a lot of time wondering what you are going to be like once you are here.  I also wonder what you will look like.  Daddy says he really hopes that you have his brown eyes.  I hope you have the full head of dark hair just like your sister did.  It would also be great if you had Daddy's skin tone.  Glow in the dark white skin that has to be hidden from the sun at all costs isn't all that fun.  Honestly, you could come out with lime green hair and bright purple eyes and neon pink skin (which would all be a little odd) and we will be head over heels in love with you.

The hormone roller coaster hasn't stopped.  Last week I spent 75% of my time in tears.  For no reason at all.  Poor Daddy and Mabes I don't think that they know what to do with me half the time.  The worst hormone surge was when I started to cry at the gym on the elliptical.  It probably didn't help that I was watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix and it was when Marshal's dad dies.  I've seen this episode numerous times and never once cried.  This time I couldn't pull myself together for anything.  It also didn't help that everyone around me just sort of came to a halt and stared.  Not that I can blame them when even I was looking at my reflection in one of the mirrors thinking, "Hey crazy, what is your deal?"

Every week I get an email telling me all about the developments you have been up to.  Everyone's favorite part is seeing what produce you are roughly the size of.  I told Mabes that you are now the size of a tomato.  She was mostly concerned if you were a red tomato or a green tomato.  We opted for red.  Hope you don't mind.

Sometimes I look at the calendar and think WOW I am already almost half way done with this pregnancy.  Other times it seems like Christmas is about the furthest thing away and like it will never get here.  Last year felt much the same because we were waiting for Daddy to come back from deployment around Christmas as well.  I think it is safe to say that Christmas 2011 and Christmas 2012 are going to be two of the best holidays ever in our book.

I suppose I should wrap this up.  Your sister is spending the week with Gamma and Gampa and I want to make the most of the time I have to get some things done.  You keep up the judo chopping and I'll try and reign in the tears.

Love,
Mama

dear burrito, week 19

Dear Burrito,

Oh. My. Goodness.  Why in the world did no one take the time to remind me how much of a yucky pregnant person I am?  Getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and then tossing and turning for sometimes hours afterwards to try and get comfortable and fall back to sleep sucks.  Not being able to fit into any of my clothes is hard, especially when I'm not exactly big enough for the maternity stuff either.  I am starving all the time it seems, but then when I eat I feel nothing but uncomfortable.  Daddy says that I am doing great.  Trust me, kiddo, I feel anything but great. 

I could keep going with my list of complaints, but instead I am going to focus on the one good thing about being pregnant, feeling you move.  I describe the sensation of you moving as some sort of crazed ninja doing laps in a pool.  The weird thing is, this sensation of you doing laps or roundhouse kicking in my belly is the one thing about pregnancy that I really, really like and it makes all the rest of it not so bad.  Well, that and the whole knowing how awesome it is going to be once you are out and we can all hold you and cuddle with you and love on you part.

Your sister didn't move much.  She sort of sat upright in her breech position and would sometimes wave a hand, but that was about it.  I now believe she was harnessing all of that energy for when she busted out.

I spend a lot of time wondering what you are going to be like once you are here.  I also wonder what you will look like.  Daddy says he really hopes that you have his brown eyes.  I hope you have the full head of dark hair just like your sister did.  It would also be great if you had Daddy's skin tone.  Glow in the dark white skin that has to be hidden from the sun at all costs isn't all that fun.  Honestly, you could come out with lime green hair and bright purple eyes and neon pink skin (which would all be a little odd) and we will be head over heels in love with you.

The hormone roller coaster hasn't stopped.  Last week I spent 75% of my time in tears.  For no reason at all.  Poor Daddy and Mabes I don't think that they know what to do with me half the time.  The worst hormone surge was when I started to cry at the gym on the elliptical.  It probably didn't help that I was watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix and it was when Marshal's dad dies.  I've seen this episode numerous times and never once cried.  This time I couldn't pull myself together for anything.  It also didn't help that everyone around me just sort of came to a halt and stared.  Not that I can blame them when even I was looking at my reflection in one of the mirrors thinking, "Hey crazy, what is your deal?"

Every week I get an email telling me all about the developments you have been up to.  Everyone's favorite part is seeing what produce you are roughly the size of.  I told Mabes that you are now the size of a tomato.  She was mostly concerned if you were a red tomato or a green tomato.  We opted for red.  Hope you don't mind.

Sometimes I look at the calendar and think WOW I am already almost half way done with this pregnancy.  Other times it seems like Christmas is about the furthest thing away and like it will never get here.  Last year felt much the same because we were waiting for Daddy to come back from deployment around Christmas as well.  I think it is safe to say that Christmas 2011 and Christmas 2012 are going to be two of the best holidays ever in our book.

I suppose I should wrap this up.  Your sister is spending the week with Gamma and Gampa and I want to make the most of the time I have to get some things done.  You keep up the judo chopping and I'll try and reign in the tears.

Love,
Mama

27 July 2012

nursery update

Happy Friday!  I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am for the weekend to be just around the corner.  There were points in this week when I thought it would never end.  We are also excited that the Olympics start tonight.  I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big sports fanatic, but I do like a good opening ceremony.  Tonight we are planning to let Mabes stay up for at least part of the ceremony.  We figure she will love the spectacle.

Today I thought I would show you some of the work I have been doing in the nursery.  With Mabes the theme in the nursery was fairy tales and it took me a little while to decide how to decorate her room and the color scheme.  This time, I had already decided on a theme a long time ago.  So far it is coming together just as I imagined.

The theme for Burrito's nursery is Up.  I like the bright and cheerful colors that it allows for.  I love the love story of Carl and Ellie and Ellie's spunk and attitude (something I hope Burrito has a bit of).  Also, we can relate to their story of struggling to have a baby.  Everything about this theme just fit.
Nursery Dresser:Mirror

I know you all have already seen and heard the story of The Big Red.  Since that post I have hung up a mirror above the dresser.  It is the same mirror  that we had used in Mabes' room when we first moved into the house.  The only problem was that the mirror frame and the wall color we painted the nursery were almost identical and it seemed to get lost; especially over such a commanding piece like Red.  So I bought a few pieces of cheap wood in different widths at Lowes and cut them down to size, stained them and attached them with brackets to use as a backdrop for the mirror.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  (I stuck the props from our It's a Girl! photo shoot behind the mirror.)
Nursery Diaper Cart
Our sweet friends Dana, Jason and Baby Norah gave us this cute aqua cart from IKEA to use for all of our diapering stuff.  I never used a changing table with Mabes and don't intend to this time around either.  I find it just as easy to change the baby on a water proof pad either in the crib, on the floor or really wherever I am.  Right now a lot of our cloth diaper stuff is shoved into the wet bag you see on the one shelf.
Nursery Frames
I bought the frames above the crib from Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago when they were 50% off.  I love their whimsical shapes and colors.  Then I used my Cameo to cut out silhouettes I had created of Kevin, the house and balloons, and Carl.  The only thing I am not sure I like is the color of the yellow frame.  I feel like it should be brighter.  I'm just not sure if I am brave enough to try and paint it and end up ruining the frame.
Nursery Bookshelf
The bookshelf had been in Mabes' bedroom.  To make room since we to combined her playroom and bedroom we moved the books into the nursery.  I bought the wire basket on the one shelf from TJ Maxx but have yet to decide what to put in it.  So for now it is holding the curtains I need to put up and some stuffed toys that I am not sure what to do with.

As for the crib bedding I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted.  I looked online and in stores a few times but nothing had that bright and colorful and sort of vintage feel I wanted.  Finally I stumbled across these two tutorials for a crib bumper and box pleated crib skirt and was inspired.  On our first trip to Goodwill we found a perfect sized bumper that was in great condition.  I bought it for $1.19 and brought it home, washed it and then took a seam ripper to it.  The material all came from JoAnns.  I just wondered up and down the aisles browsing at different bolts of fabric and played mix and match with Mabes until I figured out the perfect combo.
Nursery Bedding
Yesterday afternoon I set to work sewing it all together.  It took a lot longer than I had originally anticipated, but in the end I think it was worth it.  The only thing I wish I had done was to measure where the ties needed to go better.  I didn't match them up as well as I had originally thought with the corners of the crib, but it works and I am happy and frankly too lazy to seam rip it and reassemble.  I've apparently taken the words of Tim Gunn to heart and have found a way to "make it work."

I still need to work on the curtain rod, figuring out what to put on the huge blank wall the crib and diaper cart are on and a few other little things for the room.  I also have an amazing quilting guru or two working on a really awesome quilt for the crib.  I can't wait to show that off once it is done.

Well I just heard Mabes wake up from her nap, looks like a good time to stop writing and start playing. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

nursery update

Happy Friday!  I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am for the weekend to be just around the corner.  There were points in this week when I thought it would never end.  We are also excited that the Olympics start tonight.  I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big sports fanatic, but I do like a good opening ceremony.  Tonight we are planning to let Mabes stay up for at least part of the ceremony.  We figure she will love the spectacle.

Today I thought I would show you some of the work I have been doing in the nursery.  With Mabes the theme in the nursery was fairy tales and it took me a little while to decide how to decorate her room and the color scheme.  This time, I had already decided on a theme a long time ago.  So far it is coming together just as I imagined.

The theme for Burrito's nursery is Up.  I like the bright and cheerful colors that it allows for.  I love the love story of Carl and Ellie and Ellie's spunk and attitude (something I hope Burrito has a bit of).  Also, we can relate to their story of struggling to have a baby.  Everything about this theme just fit.
Nursery Dresser:Mirror

I know you all have already seen and heard the story of The Big Red.  Since that post I have hung up a mirror above the dresser.  It is the same mirror  that we had used in Mabes' room when we first moved into the house.  The only problem was that the mirror frame and the wall color we painted the nursery were almost identical and it seemed to get lost; especially over such a commanding piece like Red.  So I bought a few pieces of cheap wood in different widths at Lowes and cut them down to size, stained them and attached them with brackets to use as a backdrop for the mirror.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  (I stuck the props from our It's a Girl! photo shoot behind the mirror.)
Nursery Diaper Cart
Our sweet friends Dana, Jason and Baby Norah gave us this cute aqua cart from IKEA to use for all of our diapering stuff.  I never used a changing table with Mabes and don't intend to this time around either.  I find it just as easy to change the baby on a water proof pad either in the crib, on the floor or really wherever I am.  Right now a lot of our cloth diaper stuff is shoved into the wet bag you see on the one shelf.
Nursery Frames
I bought the frames above the crib from Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago when they were 50% off.  I love their whimsical shapes and colors.  Then I used my Cameo to cut out silhouettes I had created of Kevin, the house and balloons, and Carl.  The only thing I am not sure I like is the color of the yellow frame.  I feel like it should be brighter.  I'm just not sure if I am brave enough to try and paint it and end up ruining the frame.
Nursery Bookshelf
The bookshelf had been in Mabes' bedroom.  To make room since we to combined her playroom and bedroom we moved the books into the nursery.  I bought the wire basket on the one shelf from TJ Maxx but have yet to decide what to put in it.  So for now it is holding the curtains I need to put up and some stuffed toys that I am not sure what to do with.

As for the crib bedding I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted.  I looked online and in stores a few times but nothing had that bright and colorful and sort of vintage feel I wanted.  Finally I stumbled across these two tutorials for a crib bumper and box pleated crib skirt and was inspired.  On our first trip to Goodwill we found a perfect sized bumper that was in great condition.  I bought it for $1.19 and brought it home, washed it and then took a seam ripper to it.  The material all came from JoAnns.  I just wondered up and down the aisles browsing at different bolts of fabric and played mix and match with Mabes until I figured out the perfect combo.
Nursery Bedding
Yesterday afternoon I set to work sewing it all together.  It took a lot longer than I had originally anticipated, but in the end I think it was worth it.  The only thing I wish I had done was to measure where the ties needed to go better.  I didn't match them up as well as I had originally thought with the corners of the crib, but it works and I am happy and frankly too lazy to seam rip it and reassemble.  I've apparently taken the words of Tim Gunn to heart and have found a way to "make it work."

I still need to work on the curtain rod, figuring out what to put on the huge blank wall the crib and diaper cart are on and a few other little things for the room.  I also have an amazing quilting guru or two working on a really awesome quilt for the crib.  I can't wait to show that off once it is done.

Well I just heard Mabes wake up from her nap, looks like a good time to stop writing and start playing. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

25 July 2012

a little of this and that (with pictures!)

Yesterday evening we were hit with a fairly substantial thunderstorm.  Needless to say any hope of going outside for a mini photo shoot was dashed.  I'm hoping that maybe today or tomorrow the weather will cooperate and we will be able to get outside and take some photos.  I'm ready to update some of the frames in the house.

In the meantime I thought I would share some of the photos I have taken on my phone recently.  Many of them are from the afternoon we spent with my sister and her husband and friends at Myrtle Beach last weekend.  They were vacationing and asked us to come see them since it was only a few hours away.
Photo Dump 1

Top Row: Holding her breath as the tide washed in; With A. B and U. Spen; Making a sand castle
Bottom Row: Dan-o; Being buried alive at her request; Passed out on the ride home minutes after getting in the car.

Photo Dump #2

Top Row: Trip to the ER for a bladder infection (not fun); Time out for running into the ocean without an adult (also not fun); Burrito week 18 bump.
Bottom Row: Thinking about what flavor fluoride to ask for at the dentist (marshmallow); Dental appointment like a boss; Picking out a toy for doing such a good job.

I also thought I would share a few interesting links I have come across:

2006 Whale Attack Released: Seriously sweaty palms watching this one.

PopChips: Recently heard about these and wonder if they are any good.  Anyone ever tried them before?

Global Fat Scale: Really interesting.

50 People You Wish You Knew In Real Life: Can I just say that after reading the name of the guy in #17 no one should ever comment on some of my "bizarre" name choices.

With that I will bid you all a fantastic Wednesday!  Also, a very happy birthday to our sweet cousin, Vail.

a little of this and that (with pictures!)

Yesterday evening we were hit with a fairly substantial thunderstorm.  Needless to say any hope of going outside for a mini photo shoot was dashed.  I'm hoping that maybe today or tomorrow the weather will cooperate and we will be able to get outside and take some photos.  I'm ready to update some of the frames in the house.

In the meantime I thought I would share some of the photos I have taken on my phone recently.  Many of them are from the afternoon we spent with my sister and her husband and friends at Myrtle Beach last weekend.  They were vacationing and asked us to come see them since it was only a few hours away.
Photo Dump 1

Top Row: Holding her breath as the tide washed in; With A. B and U. Spen; Making a sand castle
Bottom Row: Dan-o; Being buried alive at her request; Passed out on the ride home minutes after getting in the car.

Photo Dump #2

Top Row: Trip to the ER for a bladder infection (not fun); Time out for running into the ocean without an adult (also not fun); Burrito week 18 bump.
Bottom Row: Thinking about what flavor fluoride to ask for at the dentist (marshmallow); Dental appointment like a boss; Picking out a toy for doing such a good job.

I also thought I would share a few interesting links I have come across:

2006 Whale Attack Released: Seriously sweaty palms watching this one.

PopChips: Recently heard about these and wonder if they are any good.  Anyone ever tried them before?

Global Fat Scale: Really interesting.

50 People You Wish You Knew In Real Life: Can I just say that after reading the name of the guy in #17 no one should ever comment on some of my "bizarre" name choices.

With that I will bid you all a fantastic Wednesday!  Also, a very happy birthday to our sweet cousin, Vail.

24 July 2012

a whole lot of rambling and not much else

It has been a few days since I last posted.  Not much has been going on around here and my motivation seems to be at an all time low.  In other words coming up with something to blog about is almost next to impossible for me at the moment.  However, I don't want to get out of the habit of getting on here, so today I am just going to type out whatever is on my mind and hope it works.

Mabes has currently put herself down for a nap.  She has been doing this a lot lately and I am so glad.  She is much nicer to deal with in the evenings and since it is her decision to go to sleep every afternoon there is no fight.  Even if her naps only last about an hour it has made a world of difference.

We joined the summer reading program at the library about three weeks ago.  We have already almost reached our goal of reading 50 books by the end of the summer.  I'm thinking we may end up doubling the goal and also adding in a few chapter books.  Anyone have some suggestions on some must reads we should check out?  Mabes loves just about everything.

Now that we know we are welcoming another little girlie into the family, I have finally taken the time to start sorting through and organizing some of the baby clothes that have been in storage.  It was a large task and it took me several days to get through, but it is finally done.  I was surprised to find that even though both girls will be born in colder months, things don't quite match up for size and style.  I talked to Gloria about it and she said that she had the same problem with her two girls (born just a few days apart) because one was born in Washington State (like Mabes) and one was born down in the south.  Seasons are hotter longer here than they were up there.  I'm not sweating it too much right now. I figure it will all work out eventually.

Baby Burrito has made it to 18 weeks.  I notice a definite baby bump.  Except I also notice what I feel like are lots and lots of visible extra pounds.  (In reality I don't think that the extra pounds are really all that much or all that noticeable.  I'm sure that most of this is in my head.)  I feel like when people look at me they have to wonder, is she overweight or is she pregnant?  I spend a lot of time rubbing my belly out in public so that people will hopefully take the queue that I am very much pregnant.  I know I shouldn't be worried about stuff like this, but I can't seem to help it.  It doesn't help that I am in some weird stage where my clothing doesn't fit me because it is too small and the maternity stuff I have is too big.  I spend a lot of time crying because I feel so poorly.  This is also why I have yet to start taking weekly photos of the growing belly.  That and I'm not sure how I want to document the belly week by week.  Part of me wants to find a cute dress and where the same thing each week to really show the change.  Part of me wants to play dress up in silly outfits each week because it is fun, gets my creative juices flowing and why not?

So far having my desk downstairs in our bedroom has worked out really well.  I need to finish moving the rest of the stuff downstairs, maybe I will work on that after I finish this.  I am going to have to rearrange a few things on the walls.  Maybe that will finally get me motivated to paint the walls in here?  I have the paint color picked out, I just need to actually do it.

Sorry this has been anything but interesting.  Maybe tomorrow I will have come up with something a little better to write about.  I was thinking about taking Mabes to do a little photo shoot this evening just because.  If I do then I will at least have some fun photos to post tomorrow.  It is all about finding the motivation.

Baby steps.

a whole lot of rambling and not much else

It has been a few days since I last posted.  Not much has been going on around here and my motivation seems to be at an all time low.  In other words coming up with something to blog about is almost next to impossible for me at the moment.  However, I don't want to get out of the habit of getting on here, so today I am just going to type out whatever is on my mind and hope it works.

Mabes has currently put herself down for a nap.  She has been doing this a lot lately and I am so glad.  She is much nicer to deal with in the evenings and since it is her decision to go to sleep every afternoon there is no fight.  Even if her naps only last about an hour it has made a world of difference.

We joined the summer reading program at the library about three weeks ago.  We have already almost reached our goal of reading 50 books by the end of the summer.  I'm thinking we may end up doubling the goal and also adding in a few chapter books.  Anyone have some suggestions on some must reads we should check out?  Mabes loves just about everything.

Now that we know we are welcoming another little girlie into the family, I have finally taken the time to start sorting through and organizing some of the baby clothes that have been in storage.  It was a large task and it took me several days to get through, but it is finally done.  I was surprised to find that even though both girls will be born in colder months, things don't quite match up for size and style.  I talked to Gloria about it and she said that she had the same problem with her two girls (born just a few days apart) because one was born in Washington State (like Mabes) and one was born down in the south.  Seasons are hotter longer here than they were up there.  I'm not sweating it too much right now. I figure it will all work out eventually.

Baby Burrito has made it to 18 weeks.  I notice a definite baby bump.  Except I also notice what I feel like are lots and lots of visible extra pounds.  (In reality I don't think that the extra pounds are really all that much or all that noticeable.  I'm sure that most of this is in my head.)  I feel like when people look at me they have to wonder, is she overweight or is she pregnant?  I spend a lot of time rubbing my belly out in public so that people will hopefully take the queue that I am very much pregnant.  I know I shouldn't be worried about stuff like this, but I can't seem to help it.  It doesn't help that I am in some weird stage where my clothing doesn't fit me because it is too small and the maternity stuff I have is too big.  I spend a lot of time crying because I feel so poorly.  This is also why I have yet to start taking weekly photos of the growing belly.  That and I'm not sure how I want to document the belly week by week.  Part of me wants to find a cute dress and where the same thing each week to really show the change.  Part of me wants to play dress up in silly outfits each week because it is fun, gets my creative juices flowing and why not?

So far having my desk downstairs in our bedroom has worked out really well.  I need to finish moving the rest of the stuff downstairs, maybe I will work on that after I finish this.  I am going to have to rearrange a few things on the walls.  Maybe that will finally get me motivated to paint the walls in here?  I have the paint color picked out, I just need to actually do it.

Sorry this has been anything but interesting.  Maybe tomorrow I will have come up with something a little better to write about.  I was thinking about taking Mabes to do a little photo shoot this evening just because.  If I do then I will at least have some fun photos to post tomorrow.  It is all about finding the motivation.

Baby steps.

19 July 2012

big sister weekend

We had attempted to find out the gender of our little Burrito almost two weeks ago.  We ended up going to a place up near the Raleigh airport about an hour and a half from where we live for the ultrasound.  She decided to be stubborn and not only bury herself into the worst possible position but to cross her legs and jam her feet preventing any sort of view.  

Which meant we had to make a second trip up to see if maybe she would be feeling a little more cooperative.  (Thank goodness she was!)  This time we decided to make the trip a little more fun and memorable.  So we cashed in some points and booked a hotel in Chapel Hill for the night so that we could celebrate our last night of the unknown and more importantly to celebrate Mabes becoming a big sister.

We didn't say a word about any of our plans to Mabes.  The first thing on the agenda was to check into the hotel and hit the pool for an hour or so:
Aloft Hotel Raleigh for big sister weekend:Harlow's gender reveal 7.13.12
Then it was time for showers and getting ready to go to dinner.  We told her she could pick any place she wanted.  The only thing she kept saying was that she really wanted corn.  
Proud Big Sister on Big Sister Weekend 7.13.12
We thought surely Ted's Montana Grill would have corn for her.  They didn't.  We decided to stay anyhow and the food was delicious despite of the lack of a certain yellow veggie.  
Ted's Montana Grill for Big Sister Dinner 7.13.12
Random side note: Instead of crayons, they give kids something called Wikki Stix.  Mabes could twist and bend them into various shapes.  She was virtually quiet the whole time we sat at the table she was so immersed in her playing.  
Wikki Stix
I did manage to talk her into taking one photo with her Daddy though.  
Mabes and Daddy 7.13.12
After dinner we took her to see the new Ice Age movie that had just come out.  Dan said it was his favorite one of the Ice Age movies and I would have to agree that it was pretty good.  There were a few scary parts that Mabes covered her eyes for.  She did like it well enough to want me to take her photo with each of the characters as we were trying to leave.
Ice Age 4 #2
Ice Age 4 for Big Sister Weekend 7.13.12
From there we headed back to the hotel.  The Big Sister said that she wanted a late night snack.  So we took a walk and found a store that sold apples and bananas.  A perfect snack to end a perfect day.
Late night snack on big sister weekend
The next morning we headed over to the ultrasound place.  We were impressed with the large TV that projected the ultrasound images so that we could all clearly see what was going on.  Dan also liked the big leather couches.  Much better than the cramped little room we had been a few months back when we first saw the baby.
Ultrasound #2
Ultrasound for Burrito Take #1 7.6.12
The big sister was most impressed with the cake pop that the tech gave her.  Always thinking with her stomach she is.
Having a cake pop at the ultrasound
In the end we were able to celebrate our one girlie becoming a big sister and to find out another little girlie will be joining us around the holidays.  We are super excited and just ready to for December to get here.  

Mabes swears up and down that the baby was waving to all of us.  
Waving Hi

So hello from our sweet Baby Burrito!

big sister weekend

We had attempted to find out the gender of our little Burrito almost two weeks ago.  We ended up going to a place up near the Raleigh airport about an hour and a half from where we live for the ultrasound.  She decided to be stubborn and not only bury herself into the worst possible position but to cross her legs and jam her feet preventing any sort of view.  

Which meant we had to make a second trip up to see if maybe she would be feeling a little more cooperative.  (Thank goodness she was!)  This time we decided to make the trip a little more fun and memorable.  So we cashed in some points and booked a hotel in Chapel Hill for the night so that we could celebrate our last night of the unknown and more importantly to celebrate Mabes becoming a big sister.

We didn't say a word about any of our plans to Mabes.  The first thing on the agenda was to check into the hotel and hit the pool for an hour or so:
Aloft Hotel Raleigh for big sister weekend:Harlow's gender reveal 7.13.12
Then it was time for showers and getting ready to go to dinner.  We told her she could pick any place she wanted.  The only thing she kept saying was that she really wanted corn.  
Proud Big Sister on Big Sister Weekend 7.13.12
We thought surely Ted's Montana Grill would have corn for her.  They didn't.  We decided to stay anyhow and the food was delicious despite of the lack of a certain yellow veggie.  
Ted's Montana Grill for Big Sister Dinner 7.13.12
Random side note: Instead of crayons, they give kids something called Wikki Stix.  Mabes could twist and bend them into various shapes.  She was virtually quiet the whole time we sat at the table she was so immersed in her playing.  
Wikki Stix
I did manage to talk her into taking one photo with her Daddy though.  
Mabes and Daddy 7.13.12
After dinner we took her to see the new Ice Age movie that had just come out.  Dan said it was his favorite one of the Ice Age movies and I would have to agree that it was pretty good.  There were a few scary parts that Mabes covered her eyes for.  She did like it well enough to want me to take her photo with each of the characters as we were trying to leave.
Ice Age 4 #2
Ice Age 4 for Big Sister Weekend 7.13.12
From there we headed back to the hotel.  The Big Sister said that she wanted a late night snack.  So we took a walk and found a store that sold apples and bananas.  A perfect snack to end a perfect day.
Late night snack on big sister weekend
The next morning we headed over to the ultrasound place.  We were impressed with the large TV that projected the ultrasound images so that we could all clearly see what was going on.  Dan also liked the big leather couches.  Much better than the cramped little room we had been a few months back when we first saw the baby.
Ultrasound #2
Ultrasound for Burrito Take #1 7.6.12
The big sister was most impressed with the cake pop that the tech gave her.  Always thinking with her stomach she is.
Having a cake pop at the ultrasound
In the end we were able to celebrate our one girlie becoming a big sister and to find out another little girlie will be joining us around the holidays.  We are super excited and just ready to for December to get here.  

Mabes swears up and down that the baby was waving to all of us.  
Waving Hi

So hello from our sweet Baby Burrito!

18 July 2012

a few midweek videos

She calls these "jumping goofs":
 
Sometimes instead of singing "maybe" she sings her name, which is really cute.  Of course she wouldn't do that on camera for me.  Also, this song really gets stuck in your head.  Darn you Top 40 radio!

a few midweek videos

She calls these "jumping goofs":
 
Sometimes instead of singing "maybe" she sings her name, which is really cute.  Of course she wouldn't do that on camera for me.  Also, this song really gets stuck in your head.  Darn you Top 40 radio!

17 July 2012

drumroll please....

We had really wanted to keep this a secret for a little bit longer, for no other reason than just because.  However, a certain little someone is so excited she just can't help but blurt it out to anything and anyone she comes in contact with, which means this secret has been next to impossible to keep.  So last night Mabes and I put together a little Up themed photo shoot (and in case you don't know who Carl and Ellie are, click here) to share the news...

Carl web
Ellie web
Drumroll web
Burrito web
Girl web

(And no, for those of you who are wondering, we aren't naming her Ellie.  We just love the movie Up and plan to incorporate the theme into the nursery.)

drumroll please....

We had really wanted to keep this a secret for a little bit longer, for no other reason than just because.  However, a certain little someone is so excited she just can't help but blurt it out to anything and anyone she comes in contact with, which means this secret has been next to impossible to keep.  So last night Mabes and I put together a little Up themed photo shoot (and in case you don't know who Carl and Ellie are, click here) to share the news...

Carl web
Ellie web
Drumroll web
Burrito web
Girl web

(And no, for those of you who are wondering, we aren't naming her Ellie.  We just love the movie Up and plan to incorporate the theme into the nursery.)

16 July 2012

family reunion 2012

Reunion
This post is a little late.  OK, maybe a lot late.  Like a month overdue.  But who is really counting?  You may recall awhile back I posted about us taking a trip to Boone and Blowing Rock.  The reason we were there was for a family reunion.  Boone is where Dan's Dad grew up and every year he and his siblings try to get their families together.  

This year the reunion was held in a beautiful park nestled in the mountains.  It was the perfect location. From the playgrounds, to the picnic areas, the creek and the views, it was just awesome.  Not to mention the great food and the even better company!

We spent a lot of time down by the creek.  Mabes kept busy dragging her aunts Rachel and Liza from one end to the other.  Aunt Leah documented everything.  One man had brought his dogs down to the water to cool off.  Mabes loved getting to pet them and watch them swim in the water.
Mabes and her aunts

Dan spent his time drinking ice tea from a gigantic can (he's all mine, Ladies) and venturing out into various depths of the ice cold water.  I would look up and find him frozen in place waiting for me to see him and snap a picture.  I probably have 15 of so of him just standing in the creek.  
Dan Water

Baby Burrito and I ventured out just far enough to get a picture and cool off my ankles.  It was a little slippery walking around on the rocks and I didn't really want to chance falling down.  Mabes looks upset in the picture with her Daddy because his shoe had some how come off and started floating down stream.  She didn't like that at all and was busy screaming, "Dada's shoe!  His shoe!"  A few little kids and a dog all tried to catch the rouge flip flop, but had no luck.  In the end a fisherman around the bend managed to get it and Dan's cousin retrieved it and brought it back, saving the day.
Sandal

Here is a picture of Dan's Dad with most of his siblings.  I believe two sisters are missing from the photo.  They are lined up youngest to oldest.  Dan's Dad is on the far right. 
Oakes Family Reunion#32

Mabes had a blast playing with all of her little cousins.  You can't tell my kiddo is used to having her photo taken at all.  
Oakes Family Reunion#35

One last picture of the whole group:
Oakes Family Reunion#41

Looking forward to next year's reunion already.
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