Saturday, September 29, 2012

22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks

Baby's size? Papaya 

Weight gain?  I'm still at the same weight as 15 weeks.  So, yay me!

Maternity clothes? I tried to put on some old jeans.  Ha ha, big mistake

Stretch marks? I've gained and lost weight so much throughout my lifetime so I've had stretch marks since high school. Yay me.

Belly Button in or out? Should stay an inny like last time.

Sleeping? Crazy dreams.  LOTS of crazy dreams

Foods I'm loving? Doritos

Foods I'm hating? 

Movement?  Seems like she's coming alive (no pun intended) over the past few days.  At my ultrasound, she wouldn't be still for the tech

Best moment this week? Getting my long and in depth ultrasound.  It was even more amazing than the ones with Oliver

Symptoms? I feel normal minus my expanding belly

Gender? GIRL

What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach 

What I'm looking forward to? Another appointment on Wednesday

Milestones: Feeling kicks from the outside

Emotions: I'm an emotional wreck

I apologize for looking like total crap.  I mean, this is BAD

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Friday, September 28, 2012

What we've been doing lately

So, we took Oliver yesterday afternoon to get his first big boy haircut.  The lady cutting my mom's hair took a break in between letting her color set and cut Oliver's hair.  It was funny to me because she looked worried about cutting his hair, saying he was going to cry.  Nope, my sweet little guy didn't even flinch.  That's my boy.

Are you licensed for this?

Oh, hi!

I approve!!

Before his haircut, my mom and I took him to a pumpkin patch.  Honestly, this was MY first experience at a pumpkin patch and I did enjoy myself.  My mom had never been on a hay ride either so I'd say it was definitely a day of firsts.

I'm not so sure about this

I'm not going to lie, the whole doctor situation up here (for me) has been extremely stressful and I spent most of yesterday in tears.  I had an appointment with what I THOUGHT was an OB yesterday, only to find out it was a stupid nurse.  Who asked me the exact same questions the nurse at my previous OB asked me twice.  Then when we tried to get me an appointment scheduled with a doctor, there were none.  Like for a month.  That means I would have gone over 9 weeks without an appointment with a doctor.  I literally walked out their office and burst into tears.  It was awful.  I started questioning moving here, how much I miss my own OB and why did I do this to myself??  Guess my pregnancy dramatics are still there, huh? 

My previous OB had literally EVERYTHING on site.  NST, ultrasounds, lab work, EVERYTHING.  This new one?  Nothing. 

Fast forward to about four hours after I left and I got two separate phone calls, one that a cancellation had come up and the doctor could see me on Wednesday (phew) and then another one that an ultrasound at the hospital came up for today.  Let me just say, I was so freaked out but so relieved.  I guess health systems up here are vastly different than in South Carolina. 

Thank goodness, everything is perfect with Dos.  Due to my history of macrosomia (ha ha, who knew having a large baby had a scientific name?), I will be monitored closely up here and they will most likely be giving me random ultrasounds to determine how big she is.  Oh yeah, she's definitely a she.  As of now, she's in the 62 percentile for her size which is large but she isn't anywhere near where Oliver was at this time last year. 

Anyway, I feel like I have jabbered enough.  Want to see a pic of my sweet girl?

I hope everyone is well!  We will get another peak of CeCe on October 26th. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Humpday Randoms

I am feeling a little under the weather. I think I may have picked up a cold from moving and changing climates.

I have heartburn like a mother. Phew, Dos must be brewing an Afro in there!!

I discovered Revenge and Homeland over the past few days. Seriously, where have I been?? I literally can't wait for Oliver to nap so I can watch one of my crack shows.

I'm hopefully getting to hear Dos tomorrow at my appointment at the new OB. Hopefully all goes well.

Things are definitely better today than yesterday. Oliver must be teething because he was a holy terror yesterday.

I registered at a new church last week so that's one less thing to worry about for when Dos gets here. I get anxiety worrying about my babies' christenings.

It pisses me off when non-pregnant people park in the stork parking at Babies R Us. Rude!!!!!!

Oliver is getting another haircut tomorrow. This long hair over his collar makes me absolutely crazy!!!

Well I guess those are pretty random huh? Here's a few random pictures of us lately. The pic of Dewey is the product of him having to wear a shock collar and it freaking him out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'm a giant fail

Phew, things are crazy round these parts!!!! My child has been a devil the past few days so when I do get a free moment, all I want to do is either cry or sleep instead of blog. I'm really missing daycare lately. My little guy needs some friends to play with and stimulation. Obviously I'm just not cutting it.

Boxes everywhere, shit is lost, I'm on the verge of tears all the time. I actually locked myself in the bathroom today and me and Dewey cried. I think my hormones are just all over the place.

The dogs aren't housebroken anymore, Dewey barks all the time and they just chewed up my favorite pair of shoes. I'm telling you, it's been a doozie lately.

Enough of my whining. I tell myself every morning that today will be better, I'll be a better mom and I'll actually keep up with everything but I'm just sucking it up lately.

Thanks for checking in ladies! I hope everyone is well.

Here's my little devil. Really, he only looks sweet and innocent. He wanted to snuggle with his baby sister.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

21 Weeks

How far along? 21 weeks

Baby's size? Pomegranate

Weight gain?  I had a quick check up on Wednesday and I haven't gained anything!

Maternity clothes? I can still wear my dresses but I can do maternity clothes as well

Stretch marks? I've gained and lost weight so much throughout my lifetime so I've had stretch marks since high school. Yay me.

Belly Button in or out? Should stay an inny like last time.

Sleeping? Apparently Dos has red hair, is the size of Oliver and I want Diet Coke

Foods I'm loving? Anything sweet.  I DO NOT have a sweet tooth either.

Foods I'm hating? I order things and then don't feel any of them.  I usually only eat half of what I order lately

Movement?  Still pretty quiet.  I got kicked in the bladder yesterday.

Best moment this week? More and more kicks.

Symptoms? I feel normal minus my expanding belly

Gender? GIRL

What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach 

What I'm looking forward to?  Appointment with my new OB on Thursday.  Well, her nurse anyway.

Milestones: Just a few more weeks until my big anatomy scan

Emotions: Very emotional week for me

Dewey says What up bloggy friends??

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Show Us Your Singles

I'm linking up with Kelly today to tell you all about Julia.

I met Julia almost three years ago and we instantly became friends.  She and I are almost 10 years apart in age but I think that has never played a role in our relationship.  Well, minus when I say I graduated from high school in 1996 or I turned 21 in 1999 and she gets really quiet.  Sigh, she's such a youngin.  

Anyway, Ms. Julia....

I should go ahead and mention that every current picture of Julia contains a picture of my child.  So, she's definitely a kid person.  

A few things about Julia...

She's 25 and from Louisiana (Covington to be exact).  She went to college four hours away from that at a place I can't spell that begins with an N and is pronounced NO way like it's spelled.  As you can see, she's a die hard Gamecock fan.  She got her Master's Degree from USC in Social Work last year so she's definitely a do gooder.  Julia is the most kind hearted person I know and will help anyone she can if she has the means to do it.  We recently moved to Massachusetts to start a new life and her social worky skills have come in handy while dealing with  my stepdad, who has a seizure disorder and is slowly deteriorating.  

All of this to say that Julia really is an awesome girl.  I have no idea why she's still single, other than she has yet to find someone who is even worthy of her time.  If you are looking for someone who is smart, funny, shy and outgoing at the same time, Julia is without the best person to be in your life.  I know I'm partial since I love her like the sister I lost 24 years ago but anyone who knows her will say the exact same thing.   Plus, wasn't she the cutest little dancer back in the day???

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a Girl

I recently came across this and I literally cried through the entire thing.  Knowing that we are having a girl has been an emotional thing for me.  I feel like Josh has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.  I know without a doubt that he is going to be an amazing father, especially to a daughter.  I did not have a good father.  Hell, I don't have a good one now (read: we haven't spoken in over a month because he doesn't agree with our move).  My messed up issues with men stem from that relationship, to an extent.  So, having a daughter is something that thrills and terrifies me all at the same time.  Will she be confident?  Will she be self assured?  Will she love herself?  Will she love others?  Will she not take any crap from other people?

I have printed off this list and will look it over every.single.night to make sure we don't eff her up.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.
2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait until her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Still here

Just wanted to pop in really quickly and say hello. I am still alive and kicking. Honestly I have no clue where my laptop is so blogging exclusively from my phone is difficult. I had my first official staying at home by myself day and it went surprisingly well. Thank goodness Oliver cut me a little bit of slack. I'm a total horrible mother since I didn't post his 9 month post yesterday but I'll get to that tomorrow while he's napping!!  Phew this whole moving and unpacking business really is for the birds. Too bad I can't pay someone to do it for me.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

20 Weeks

How far along? 20 weeks. Definitely half way now

Baby's size? Banana

Weight gain?  I'm not sure. All the activity from moving has definitely counted as exercise 

Maternity clothes? I can still wear my dresses but I can do maternity clothes as well

Stretch marks? I've gained and lost weight so much throughout my lifetime so I've had stretch marks since high school. Yay me.

Belly Button in or out? Should stay an inny like last time.

Sleeping? Still having crazy dreams!

Foods I'm loving? Those pie things you can buy for $1

Foods I'm hating? No aversions this week. Except for Sprite. Blech

Movement?  She's a quiet baby thus far

Best moment this week? No sickness!

Symptoms? I feel normal minus my expanding belly

Gender? GIRL

What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach 

What I'm looking forward to?  Staying home for a while!!!!  I have really needed this break

Milestones: Just a few more weeks until my big anatomy scan

Emotions: Very emotional week for me

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update...move in pictures

Hey y'all.  Well, I guess I should say how yuse guys doin?  I mean, being in Massachusetts and all.  When in Rome, right?

We are doing well.  The trip up was okay, although a bit stressful.  We left South Carolina on Sunday at 8 and rolled into Martinsburg, West Virginia around 7.  Oliver had the worst meltdown possible so we were all almost in tears by the time we got there.  Seriously, riding in that giant moving truck might have been the scariest thing I've ever done so I was ready to cry too!!!

We finally managed to get to Massachusetts on Monday at 5 and began the slooooooow process of getting the truck unpacked.  I feel like we are going to live in boxes for the rest of our lives. 

I'm still recovering so I guess I'll finish this post off with pictures.  Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

We just made it!

Will update later tonight or tomorrow. Woo it's been a long two days!!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Go Gamecocks!

I'm coming to y'all from the bed of a giant Penske moving truck (hellllllo technology!). I'll post when we get to Martinsburg WV with an update of how our trip has gone thus far. 

Until then, we took Oliver to his first Carolina football game yesterday and it was a blast!!  It was so hot and I think he was a bit scared at first but he seemed to enjoy himself nonetheless. It was a very busy day yesterday but so worth the experience. He looked so adorable even fans of the other team stopped us and said how cute he is!  Boo to Williams Brice for making us buy a ticket for our 9 month old. Way to gauge your loyal fans. 

Anyway, here's a little snippet of our experience. I hope everyone is having a great Sunday. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks. My technical half way!!  (I only go to 39 weeks, not 40)

Baby's size? Mango

Weight Gain? As of last week I had lost 5 pounds.  I hope all the walking in New York City and Boston helped me maintain that

Maternity clothes? I can still wear my dresses but I can do maternity clothes as well

Stretch marks? I've gained and lost weight so much throughout my lifetime so I've had stretch marks since high school. Yay me.

Belly Button in or out? Should stay an inny like last time.

Sleeping? I sleep like a dead person these days.  But, I dream about Josh leaving me and/or Julia's love life on a nightly basis

Foods I am loving? Little Debbie Nutty Buddy like whoa

Foods I'm hating? Pretty much everything

Movement? More and more flutters.  Felt a kick yesterday

Best moment this week? Going a few days without being sick all day

Symptoms? I've been pretty good this week

Gender? GIRL

What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach 

What I'm looking forward to? Getting moved and going to my new OB 

Milestones: Starting to get a visible belly

Emotions: I'm pretty hormonal crazy this week. 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Letters

Well, I made it.  Yep, I'm officially a stay at home mom until otherwise.  I think I've been living in denial about that part for the better part of a month at least.  I had a card waiting for me when I got to my desk, which actually made me cry.  Ha ha, too bad neither of my bosses could be bothered to sign it.  Makes sense now why I left, right?  Hmph, always nice to be vindicated.


Dear Friday: Oh how I've longed for you, especially lately.  Thank you for finally getting here.

Dear Gamecocks  We are going to try and take Oliver to the game tomorrow so we can at least have photographic proof that he went to a Carolina game in his life.  Please cooperate.  Win!!!

Dear Oliver:  We are about to embark on a very scary journey on Sunday.  Please be a good boy and behave for the drive.  Mommy is already going to be sad enough.  No tears buddy, okay?

Dear Osmose:  Pardon my french ladies but f*ck you.  Shame on you for interviewing Josh, telling him he got the job then ignoring him when he called to get specifics.  He has a damn family to worry about and to treat another human being like that is deplorable.  Assholes.

Dear Hormones:  Knock it off already.  Moving while pregnant is the dumbest thing I've ever done, especially as far as we're going.  I've told Josh I'm leaving him at least 437 times over the past week.  I really have to get the crazy in check.  And the constant crying?  Oy.   I'm a damn mess.

Dear Universe:  We are moving on to bigger and hopefully better things.  Please guide us and make this move the best thing to happen to all of us.

Dear Rebecca Chavous:  Yeah, I'm calling you out by name.  You missed the opportunity to meet and love your only grandchild.  I hope you lose sleep at night about what you've missed.  There is a special place in hell for people like you and your husband, Larry.  At this point nothing will give me greater satisfaction then getting word that your restaurant failed.  Seriously, what grandparent can't suck up her issues and have a relationship with her own grandson?? 

Dear Hormones again:  See what I mean?  

So I'm pretty sure that's all I have for today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and say a little prayer for us on Sunday morning as we start our journey.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Phew, Thursday already.  Josh and Julia both worked their last days today and mine is tomorrow.  Is it just me or does it feel like these past few weeks have flown by?

Its Ok Thursdays

It's Okay...

...that I am literally counting down the hours like a criminal about to be released from prison until I am free.
...that I am both excited and really worried at the same time.  How does my mind do that?

...that I continue to buy dresses and model them on Oliver because I think it's hilarious.

...that I woke up this morning and immediately thought about my lunch plans for today.  

...that I'm excited about Oliver's 9 month checkup tomorrow so we can get his exact measurements.  Guesses anyone?

...that I had my first decaf Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks yesterday and it was amazing.  God I love Fall for that reason.

...that I've been having a headache literally every single day for the past week and I keep being in denial about it.

...that I look at this crazy insane mom at work who would no doubt put her kids in a bubble if given the chance and I want to laugh in her crazy face.  They're kids.  They're supposed to get sick.  And be dirty.  Psycho.  Hoarder.

...that I am obviously a little hormonal today.  Don't mind me!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Humpday Randoms

It's hard to believe that it's already Wednesday.  It is Wednesday, right?  Things are in such utter chaos right now, it's difficult to know which end is up sometimes.  A few randoms...

1.  First off, I must stop to say a very happy birthday to my bloggy friends Sherry and Natalie.  Hope y'all don't mind that I tell everyone today is your special day.  Happy birthday my friends!!!!!

2.  I have a lot of reservations about moving, which I've mentioned already.  What I'm not upset about, however, is leaving my job.  It's nice to hear from others who know the news (I haven't been broadcasting it for fear of there being repercussions) that they can't believe I didn't leave sooner.  Guess that's the plight of working in the field I do, right?  I adored this place and my boss in the beginning.  Guess every good love affair must come to an.

3.  Our house is a disaster.  I have anxiety.  Big time.

4.  One of our dogs is seriously going to end up being Oliver's BFF very soon.  It melts my heart.

5.  I've had a headache for at least a week now.  We need to get moved and have this over with, stat.  I'm over it.

6.  I won't get ultra political because I don't want to ruffle any feathers or offend anyone out there.  However, Michelle Obama's speech last night was beautiful.  And eloquent.  And everything I would strive to be if I had her smarts.  She brought me to tears, which never happens when it comes to stuff like that.

7.  This time next week Aunt JCC will be almost finished with her first day at her new job.  Can't wait to hear all about how things are going for her!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.  I am turning in our cable/internet tomorrow afternoon so if I get a little sketchy for the next few days, please don't leave me!!  I promise I'm still around.  Blogging from my phone is a tad complicated sometimes, especially with a small child.  I'm going to take lots of pictures and update from the road as best I can so please hang in there with me.  Our plan is to pick up the truck on Friday, hang around Columbia and say our final goodbyes on Saturday (hopefully we'll get to go to the game at noon too....Go Gamecocks!!) then head out early on Sunday morning, stopping in Martinsburg, West Virginia to spend the night.  If all goes planned, we'll be in Massachusetts by early afternoon on Monday and will begin our new lives then. 

I'm going to try to keep track of everyone and let y'all know how we are between now and then, just wanted to give you a heads up in case I go silent for a few days.  Have a great rest of the week everybody!!