Sunday, January 31, 2010

January to-do(ne)

Even though my goal for January was to set up a rough plan for Morgan and baby2's bedrooms (mission accomplished!), I had really intended to do more than just focus on that one project all month. I have regained the energy I lost during my first trimester and now is the perfect time to kick some to-do list butt before our little boy is born. I'm a very lucky mama to have a toddler who takes great naps and goes to bed around 8pm, so while Morgan is sleeping, these are some of the other personal projects I got done in January:

1. cleaned and purged my scrapbook area. I have plans to move some shelving around to make a playspace for Morgan and baby2 but first I need to make some room. Then I got word that
my favorite scrapbook store is having a garage sale at the end of February. Perfect timing for me to sell of some of these goodies. P.S. Did you know they are moving this weekend?

2. started collecting our 2009 tax forms, receipts, W-2's so we can file our taxes right away, hopefully in the next week. Still waiting for one more form.

3. finished Morgan's first year album. Yup, yup, it's officially done! I don't have any plans to photograph it, but you can see it in person, just ask. :)

4. made a sort of 'place for everything and everything in its place' list for all of the new storage spaces we will have to fill in the coming months. Kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, closets and more.

5. started replacing Morgan's 18-24 month clothes with 2T. For real. I hope her current wardrobe lasts until spring. Somehow, while digging out her new size I started going through all of the bins and pulled the gender neutral clothes that Morgan wore when she was a newborn. So happy that we have a lot more clothes for baby2 than I thought. Then again, she was baby wait and see. The pink explosion didn't occur until after she was born. I wasn't really planning on doing all of that until April, but Morgan was very interested in helping. (She is a champion folder you know). So, it's done. One less thing to do when I'm huge(r) and uncomfortable.

6. made a monthly project list for the rest of the year, including leaving the summer wide open to get acquainted with baby2. I will share my list for February tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Adventures in Potty Training

I was going to wait to post about this in Morgan's 20 month update, but it's become a post all it's own. Just before Christmas I bought Morgan a little potty chair to get acquainted with. Over the following weeks we talked about what the chair was for and she almost always accompanied me to the bathroom for a pretend potty break.

Well, two weeks ago, totally on a fluke (I think), she said "potty?" and I asked "Do you have to go potty?" She said, "yeah" so we went to the bathroom. She pulled down her pants and I took off her diaper and she sat on her little chair. And went. Woohoo Morgan. I think I freaked her out when I was yelling to Mark in the kitchen, "She went, she went!" I clapped and smiled and told her what a big girl she is.

Last Monday she used the potty for the first time at school. And she's gone at least once a day ever since.So, frequent potty breaks are becoming a part of her routine. We're not going to push her to go. And I know it's quite a process. And I didn't think it would happen so soon. Feel free to share any cute reward systems you know of. My original plan was to make her this crown but I don't think she would see the value in that yet. Ideas?

Monday, January 18, 2010

bathing beauty

Morgan has always been pretty cooperative about taking a bath, but ever since she saw her cousin Mason taking a bath when we visited for Christmas, she really gets in the water now. She likes to lay on her belly and kick like she's swimming and she loves to lay on her back with the back of her head touching the bottom of the tub. Silly girl!

Friday, January 15, 2010

5 favorites for Friday

I've been teetering back and forth about getting an Itzbeen for baby2. Would it be worth the money? After seeing one lonely one on the shelf at Target Wednesday for 75% off, I snagged it up. I love gadgets. And major sales.

I printed this S'more cupcake recipe for future chocolate cravings.

The writer of one of my favorite blogs, lovelydesign, (it's over there in the stalking area) is featured in January's Better Homes and Gardens. Well, her home is. And it's photo heavy. I am a total voyeur when it comes to seeing how other people decorate their homes so I had to buy an issue for myself for a little inspiration. It's only the 2nd BHG I've purchased, ever, and I have yet to look at any of the other articles. Eh, maybe later.

The Toddler Laws, as explained here, had me laughing my ass off. Especially #7: If it looks like mine, it's mine. Oh, how true!

Make your own linen spray? Hmm, I think I just might.

The to-do's are aplenty today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

20 down, 20 to go

Weeks, not pounds. Dear God, let's hope not pounds.

Now that we know baby2 is a boy, I can't help but compare these two pregnancies. Just for fun. I guess they haven't been so similar after all.

Speaking of weight, I have gained at least 5 pounds more now than with Morgan. (I haven't kept nearly as precise notes this time as I did with Morgan...) I started out lighter this time, but man is baby2 helping me pack on the pounds. Just when I think I've popped, I pop again. Of course, I started showing sooner (typical of second + pregnancies) but I started wearing my maternity clothes at the same time, around Christmas. My belly (my view looking down at least) looks the same, I am rounder than I am wide. Phew! Here's a visual:
Damn, I'm pale. Baby looks higher this time. I'm sure before I know it there is going to be a wild dance party up in my ribcage. And my belly button has already popped.

Cravings with Morgan: Whoppers, Taco Bell, Italian food, chocolate and fruit, fruit, fruit. Cravings with baby2: anything salty (chips, crackers and popcorn), somewhat spicy (Thai food and salsa), sour gummies and Wild Cherry Pepsi. Of course, lunchmeat would be nice. I'm dying for a #5 at Jimmy Johns. And sushi.

I never got sick (cold/flu) with Morgan. I've already been sick twice with baby2.

I told my OB about a tingly sensation I get in my hands every once in a while. She smiled and nodded, and said it was
carpel tunnel syndrome. Fantastic! Luckily it should go away after he is born.

My skin has been a lot drier this time around too. I even developed a little eczema on my right hand but as long as I slather on the Aveeno, it's not so bad.

I was able to wear my wedding ring through my pregnancy with Morgan. This time it is already feeling a smidge snug.

I can't feel our little guy move and kick as much as I did Morgan at this point, but my doctor said it's probably because the placenta is right up front, absorbing some of the baby's movement. What I have felt though has been much more gentle than Morgan.

In other baby news, I will be scheduling another ultrasound (geez, #4)
for mid-March to check on my partial placenta previa. Doc said it fixes itself in 80% of women who have it. Around that time is the test for gestational diabetes. Let's hope that isn't going to be another difference between these pregnances.

I haven't made a decision about a VBAC or a scheduled Cesarean section. I'm still weighing the pro's and con's. Right now they are dead nuts even.

She also gave me family practice and pediatrician recommendations. I like that they are in the same building as my OB and hope to meet them soon.

Friday, January 8, 2010

2010: week one

It's been a long busy week one and so far, a long busy Friday. The drywall for our renovation was delivered first thing this morning and is patiently sitting in the garage, ready to get vertical. I spent 3 hours running errands and a couple more unloading the car, unpacking bags, putting it all away and cleaning up the mess I left behind. It's a day for getting things done - laundry, paying bills, and backing up my flash drive after a mini crisis last night when I thought I lost all of my digital scrapbooking files. Later: chicken chili and sugar cookies, filing and some ruthless organizing and purging. Sounds easy enough. Happy weekend to you! Stay warm.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Morgan: 19 Months

can say her name (it's so cute!). Her vocabulary is growing every day. I feel bad sometimes I don't know what she is saying.

is starting to ask for "help" if she needs it.

is still teething on and off, but when she's not, she eats like a champ. New favorites include clementines and chicken pad thai.

calls daddy "Mark" when he doesn't respond to "dada". Last weekend she was standing at the French door that separates the dining room from the family room, where he was working, and shouted "Mark, meer" (come here). Of course, I'm a little instigator and laughed!

lifts her shirt and points to her belly when I ask her where her baby brother is.

loves to stay wrapped up in her "blankie" after her nap and snuggle for a little bit on my lap. I love it too!

recites her own version of the ABC's when playing with the magnetic letters on the refrigerator.

says 2 when we say 1. Says 9 when we say 8.

thinks everything is blue. Sometimes she recognize pink, orange and white.

Edited to add:
has shown no interest in the television until this past week. She is completely entranced by Yo Gabba Gabba, or "Gabby Gab". I find it a little creepy psychedelic, but it's better than Dora.

loves, loves, loves the snow. Even more so, loves to eat the snow.

has become quite accustomed to her nighttime routine. Pick up toys, read a few books, pjs, rock and snuggle, and bed. Last night, after I changed her into her pj's, she asked "rock?", and we did. She snuggled on my shoulder for a bit and asked "bear?". She was ready to lay down. I put her in her crib and covered her and her bear in her favorite blankets. She said "kiss?" and I gave her a good night kiss, told her to have sweet dreams and I loved her. Then (here come the waterworks) she said "bye-bye". Ugh, if that didn't break my heart! Where'd my little baby go?

Happy 19 months sweet pea!

Monday, January 4, 2010

go BLUE!

Yup, that's right. It's a BOY!

We had our big ultrasound this morning and clear as day, no if's, and's or but's about it, baby2 is all boy. We got a perfect money shot.
I think we were both a little surprised. I kept finding myself saying "the girls" the last couple weeks. Then again, I thought for sure Morgan was a boy. It's just so exciting to know! It was so easy and he wasn't shy. Who'd a thought? Of course the whole reason for the ultrasound was to make sure the baby is perfect in every way. And he is. Wow. He. I still can't believe we know.

The only topic of concern was the placenta is a bit too close to my cervix so I will have to go back in 10 weeks for another ultrasound to make sure it has moved. If not, I'll likely need another c/s. Big surprise. I have my 19 week appointment on Thursday.

I'm really happy about being a mama to one of each now. And the gender scale will be even in the Reaves household. Yeah!