Friday, October 26, 2012

Dressing up!

Tis the season... for dressing up!  I am not really the biggest fan of Halloween... I love fall, but not so much Halloween, I just think it's kind of silly.  I do however, have a husband and now a daughter who enjoy dressing up and all of the silly-ness that it involves.  Also, Jed's work has a trick or treating event for the office kids which is a pretty big to-do!

I found this costume at a thrift sale for a QUARTER a long, long time ago.  I actually never looked at it very close and I always thought it was a bunny costume.  Turns out, it's a kitty cat.  Meh, doesn't really matter either way.  Kids are cute in full body costumes no matter what.  Want proof?

Tough to get her to focus ... there was so much going on in the office!  So many kids!  So many costumes!  So much candy!

She's way too fast for the camera!

"Oooooh... what do we have here?"

A comparison to our little leopard last year at Jed's office Halloween and our kitty cat this year!  Kind of ironic that she's been dressed as a feline for 2 years in a row and we are definitely more of a dog family but she's oh so cute no matter what.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

(almost) wordless Wednesday

Just a sweet little gal playing in the leaves... I can't get enough of these shots.  There's just something about the fall!

This is about as good as it gets for belly pictures this time around.  Sorry, little man but I doubt you're going to care too much anyway...  37 weeks...!  Full term!

Anytime buddy, anytime... 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

14 months and other randoms...

It's been awhile since I blogged ... please forgive me but things have been a bit crazy around here and they are about to get even crazier (and sweeter too) I'm sure...!

Lainey turned 14 months old the other day, which in it of itself isn't super exciting but the 12th still comes and goes and I get to reflect on what she's learning and how she's changing from month to month.  She is certainly keeping me on my toes!  She's still loving things like dogs (her real dog, stuffed animals, dogs in books, dogs outside, etc.), her milk cup, her Daddy, bath time and more.  She's also acquired a new word... the word "no!"  This makes things oh so very interesting.  The girl knows what she wants and what she doesn't want.  For example, up until last week Lainey enjoyed a half sandwich... ham, turkey or peanut butter... every once in awhile for lunch or dinner.  All of the sudden, she'd no longer touch them, like she was scared of bread or something.  It was so odd.  The last few days, we've discovered she's gotten really good with eating utensils so today at lunch I made her a peanut butter sandwich, cut it up into little pieces and gave her a fork.  She went to town!  I have a feeling this isn't the last preference we'll discover and over come during the toddler years!

Some other random 14 month old happenings...

 She also loves to eat snacks right out of the box.  She looked so adorable and so guilty eating these animal crackers, I couldn't help but snap a few pics.  (That and her Auntie Em had been hounding me for some new Lainey pics :)

Another little fall excursion...

My view these days of my 2 kids

 I'm love, love, LOVING her curls in the back of her cute little head.

We went to Book Babies again today and played in the play area for awhile afterward.  This girl really has no fear and took off for the empty reading room after awhile and found the fancy library lady's chair.

Daddy had Lainey giggling pretty hard tonight.  Apparently, the word "Bam!" is hilarious.

In his proven fashion, little mister doesn't let us forget his presence too often.  After a really, really busy weekend a week and a half ago. I went to bed Sunday night extremely uncomfortable but figured I was just exhausted from the busy-ness. Long story short, I was just shy of 35 weeks and I woke up in the middle of the night with lots of contractions, called the Dr, went to the hospital at 4 am (huge thank you to Kelli Rolfes for coming over in the middle of the night and taking such great care of Lainey [and Simon]), contracted for about 6 hours, was given a shot to calm the contractions and never progressed past 2-3 cm dilated, got sent home, contractions came back, went back to the hospital and got sent home again.  At that point, I think my body was so exhausted from only sleeping for 2 hours that it just gave up and decided not to have a baby.  Which I was very thankful for for several reasons -- the baby may have needed some help since he would have been so early, I was not really ready around the house, the Dr on call that day was not one of my favorites, etc.  I've been having contractions the past 2 weeks but nothing near as consistent or strong as that day.  So we're just waiting, as patiently as possible for the real thing!
The one positive thing about that whole experience was getting another glimpse of our boy in another ultrasound and even seeing him in 3D!  Apparently, I am very good at growing very large babies and according to the ultrasound tech, he is measuring 2 weeks ahead and was estimated that day at already being 6 lb 12 oz.  Holy.  Moly.

Another reason I haven't taken pictures or blogged in the past few weeks is that I got hit with the flu a few days after that whole early labor fiasco.  Yeah.  Awesome.  I have never felt so sick in my entire life.  Thankfully, the worst of it passed quickly and I only felt moderately icky for a few days after.  Also, my extra great husband was able to take a day and a half off of work because I was completely unable to function.  Due to my severe headache and fever, I not only had a follow up visit to the OB after everything from Monday on Wednesday, but Thursday went back to the doctor since the flu can be extra hard on very pregnant women and they wanted to make sure the babe was doing okay.  Phew.

Needless to say, my goal this week has been to not rack up any more medical bills and so far, I've been successful.

October days are passing quickly and I guess little man could really come any time, and as uncomfortable as I am and as physically ready as I am for him to arrive, I am also trying to cherish and soak up my last few days with my big girl and enjoy my family of 3.  I know life will never quite be the same once he arrives, which we're REALLY looking forward to but also I know realistically, it will be quite the transition for us all.  So very thankful for God blessing our family in so many ways, especially  with health and LIFE!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Lots of random numbers and countdowns floating around in my head these days...

  • 5 ... number of toppings on the Papa John's pizza we enjoyed for my birthday dinner!  It could not have tasted more delicious!
  • 34 ... number of weeks baby boy #2 has been cooking in my belly which means...
  • 6 ... (approximate) number of weeks until our family is a FAMILY OF 4!  Definitely getting ready.  I'm so thankful but I have a lot of the typical sleepless nights and swollen legs and feet.  Ready to snuggle our boy (and my organs are ready to not get bumped and kicked all day and night long).
  • 28 ... the age I am as of today!  I honestly forget how old I am most days and sometimes I still think I'm 24 but, sure enough, I was born in 1984 and it is 2012, which means today I am 28!
  • 30 ... number of miles from our house to Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge!  Jed took today off of work for my birthday so we could have a whole family day and take Lainey to the apple orchard!  It was such a perfect fall day.  I think she'll like it even more next year but we had a really fun time together.  The highlight was definitely the corn pool!  We of course had to take advantage and take some pictures...

Before we left, Lainey wasn't sure all of the excitement that lay ahead could trump her teething pain...Poor thing!  Unrelated note, look at our beautiful tree in our front yard - love the leaves changing color.  Not so much when they actually fall... 

I love these two...

Had to make another stop in the corn pool before we left...

So blessed and thankful that I got to celebrate my birthday with my two loves!  It was a fabulous day!  Excited to see what year 28 brings!