Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Mark, Morgan and I are very excited to announce that we are expecting a new addition to our little family. Our first doctors appointment was Monday afternoon and we confirmed baby2's due date for June 2nd 2010, just days before Morgan's 2nd birthday.We actually didn't get a measurement of the baby or a due date until this morning. During my ultrasound on Monday, the doctor confirmed the baby was there and all looked well. But she also saw what appeared to be another gestational sac and immediately ordered another ultrasound at the hospital. The second ultrasound confirmed there was in fact a second sac, but no baby inside. It's called a disappearing twin or blighted ovum. The sac should go away on it's own and won't harm this baby or me. I've experienced a whole range of feelings today, but am so grateful and happy that the surviving baby is healthy and has a strong heartbeat.

I also switched to the doctor that performed my Cesarean section with Morgan. Not that I didn't like my original doctor, but I like my new doc much more. She makes me very comfortable, and she doesn't rush me. Plus, if I had to go through 30 hours of labor again, just to end up with another c/s, I would like her to be the one to slice and dice me. Which I'm sure is very likely if we have another 9+ pounder :) We'll see what the doc says about that!

Morgan does not yet understand that mommy has a baby in her belly. We try to talk about it with her and all that results from it is either Morgan lifting her shirt and pointing to and saying 'belly button'. Or her lifting my shirt and blowing on my belly (like we do to her!). Maybe as my belly expands she may start to get it. Maybe not.

Everything is going splendidly, or should I say, to be expected. Just nauseous and tired. And restless legs and insomnia. And frequent potty breaks. Morning sickness. Evening sickness. I don't remember feeling this bad with Morgan and it's been more of a challenge to find something to ease that lump in my throat. I've already been through salt and vinegar chips, Sprite, toast, nachos, apples, oatmeal, pizza, lemonade, ice cream, tea, sour gummy candies...all of which did their job at the time, but the thought of eating any of it now makes me want to hurl. My cravings have certainly been a one time thing so I've learned not to stock up on anything - as they change day to day. Anyways, I'm very much looking forward to getting through this first trimester business and (hopefully) regaining some energy. And stop thinking so much about food.

Thanks for letting us spill the beans. We are thrilled about Morgan becoming a big sister and being a family of 4. Here's to another new adventure.

Friday, October 23, 2009

crab apple

Morgan's crankiness and low grade fever crisis last week turned into 2 new teeth - her 4th lower incisor (finally) and the first tooth in her second set of (pre)molars. I haven't seen/felt that one for myself yet - so we'll just say she's up to at least 12 teeth now!
Morgan's 'words I know' chalkboard is nearly full. New words as of late: again, coat, cold, airplane and of course, mine. I had to know that one was coming sooner or later. We are working on 'trick or treat' for next week :)

Last Sunday we visited Kristin and Troy for a celebratory dinner and trip to their new house. Word on the street is they've been very busy cleaning and packing and getting ready for the big move. How exciting! Big congrats to the new homeowners.

This weekend we are taking a road trip up north with my family to see my grandparents. Not only have they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month, but my grandpa will be 85 on Monday - holy sweetness!
Happy weekend!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

Fun and relaxation ruled out productivity this weekend. Morgan and I were a bit under the weather last week so we stayed home on Wednesday, which meant my typical Friday-run-around-and-get-stuff-done-day was spent at work.
On Saturday morning we ran around trying to jam in some errands before lunch and naps so we could spend the afternoon at the Detroit Zoo. It was a little chilly, but so nice and sunny. Most of the animals were out and about and Morgan loved making noises at them. She didn't want to spend much time in her stroller and I'm pretty sure she thought the world was coming to an end when we walked by the playground and didn't stop to play. How dare we? After dinner we went to The Original Pancake House. Fantastic, as always.

Sunday was oh-so-lazy - between football, a late and brief nap and lots of playing. We head outside before dinner to do some yardwork and to organize the garage. Morgan helped me make dinner and just when Mark and I were talking about sneaking more veggies into her meals, she goes and asks for "more"...three times. Go figure!

I don't have much planned this week as far as to-do's. That way I won't be disappointed later when I didn't get anything done. The next 7 weekends are going to be full of plenty to do. Might as well be a bum while I can. Have a great week!

Friday, October 9, 2009

11 weeks and counting

until Christmas.

Yeah, I know. We haven't even gotten to Halloween or Thanksgiving yet, but this post made my jaw drop last Friday when simple mom started counting down. I'm all about having a plan, so this year I think I'm going to play along.

Week 12's project was to prepare your Christmas budget. We've had a general gift budget for several years now, so this one was pretty easy. This year I am going to take into account our new house and the fact that we've never had a full size Christmas tree (or lights, or ornaments). Other budget items included holiday food and cookies, cards, events and charity donations. Week 12 - done.

This week's project is to organize your mailing addresses for Christmas cards. Again, pretty easy. Week 11 - done.

What I'm going to do for Christmas cards is usually my annual struggle. My sister, Kristin, has been a Stampin' Up demonstrator for about a year now and is planning a Christmas card sneak peak workshop next Friday where we'll get to make 5 super cute cards (see below). Afterwards you just choose a design, order the kit and she'll do all the prep work for you. In November we'll get back together for a Christmas card making party where we'll have access to all of her stamps, inks and other goodies like her Big Shot die cutting machine (which I am dying to use). I think it's a pretty great way to get your cards made without feeling obligated to purchase an entire holiday stamp set that you may never use again. If anyone is interested in making their own Christmas cards, let me know and I'll pass along the details.
So, am I the only crazy one or is anyone else already thinking about Christmas?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


On Sunday we met another neighbor and she (very apologetically) dropped off a card and a delicious basket of homemade cookies and brownies for Mark and I. That was such a nice surprise!
Last weekend my parents came over to drop off a load of stuff that we started storing at their house last spring (and beyond) when we put the condo up for sale. Among the things were a bunch of toys that Morgan likely has no recollection of - like her Bumbo chair. The fit is a little snug and it's funny to see that her feet actually touch the floor when she sits in it. She played with that chair for a long time, on and off, all weekend long. She also loves dragging around her PBK Clancey bears and a super cute monkey that my friend and co-worker Vickey gave me for Morgan's baby shower. She pulls the monkey around squealing 'EE-EE-EE' (very high pitched and very loud). It's so cute, you just have to watch your eardrums.

Morgan has had a bit of a runny nose and I think she is beginning to understand the concept of blowing your nose, kind of. She knows when she needs a tissue and she is getting better and better about letting us wipe her nose for her. As long as we ask first and wipe gently.
I'm hearing a lot more "mama" lately. Morgan has a family board at school that is full of pictures of her with us and other family members. When I would pick her up after work she used to exclaim "dada" but the last week or so it's been all mama. Woot woot! She's making it quite clear when she needs our undivided attention too by coming up to our legs and tugging on our pants as hard as she can. That is usually followed by a request for a snack or "book...up" (meaning, read me a book on the couch).

Speaking of family, I think Auntie K will be shocked to learn that we don't need to shorten her name. Morgan is trying to say Kristin (Ti-tin). All I can think of when I hear that is "Ti-in wah sum tu-a!?!?" Bwah ha ha!Morgan is all ready for the snow now too, as we bought her first snowsuit and boots last weekend. She really seems to like it too - she was running around the clothing racks at the store when we had her try it on. I can't wait to see her reaction to the snow. We are very excited to take her sledding this year.

I will close for now with this. I heard this song during the week 1 presentation for Ali Edwards online scrapbooking class. All I can say is woah.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Morgan: This Week

...announces when she sees a car, bus or truck on our way to school.

...can reach table tops. I need to keep everything I don't want her to get into at least 12 inches in from the edge.

...looked through a
One Step Ahead catalog with me and now knows who Elmo is. Uh-oh.

...can identify the animals in her favorite
Baby's First Library book. Her favorites are the goat, fish, owl, octopus(!) and the mole (which she signs 'more' for...ha ha!). The girl is a sponge.
...walks up our backyard patio stairs unassisted.

...waves her finger while chanting "no no no no no". I'm going to break the finger of the person that did that in front of her. Seriously?

...graduated to a hard spout sippy cup and loves to practice drinking from a regular cup.

...runs...all the
...loves to 'talk' on the phone. But only flip phones. Lots of 'hello' and 'bye-bye'. I like to tell her it's her BFF Lola calling to see what she is wearing to school tomorrow. I ask 'Do you want to talk to Lola?' and she says 'Lo-la...YEAH!'