Right Now

Right now, Gabbie is singing her favorite song (the Bumblebee song). She and I just finished up mixing together some banana bread because we had a whole bunch of bananas I let get overripe just for that very reason.

Baby J has been moving around all day, but right now he or she is quiet, probably because I've been up and around and rocking the baby to sleep. We bought a sleeper for the baby yesterday, the first thing we have ready for baby number two. It's really starting to hit us - we have just over five months left. We have about four weeks until we find out if this little one is a boy or a girl. We are starting to get even more excited.

Aaron is lounging, reading his latest Wired magazine, one of his birthday gifts from me. He loves it, and I just knew he would.

The evening sun is shining on the vegetable garden my mom and dad helped me plant last week. As of right now we have: 6 tomato plants, 3 sweet pepper plants, 4 jalepeno plants, 1 cayenne pepper plant, 1 basil plant, and two cucumber plants. I plan on adding in some additional herbs: parsley, cilantro, and chives, plus maybe a heirloom tomato plant or two. Come the end of next month and through August, I'm going to have more tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers than I know what to do with, except I will know what to do with them - canning ahoy!

Right now I'm blissfully content, sitting at my desk in our family room. I have a roof over my head, a full stomach, a loving husband and daughter, and another baby growing. I have everything I've ever wanted, and I couldn't be happier.

Some Summer Time Fun

T-minus three days until the first official day of summer! It's not like it hasn't been summer-hot already, and for many in our area, summer started last week with the end of school. Still, I love the first day of summer, especially because it's the longest day of the year, and I sure do love long, sunny days.

The first day of summer, is, coincidentally, Gabbie's first day in her new room at day care. This morning while we were putting on Gabbie's sandals, I told her that I was a little sad because she is growing up so fast. She responded by patting me on the back, squeezing in for a hug, and saying, "Sorry, Mommy. S'okay, Mommy," which was just about the cutest thing I've ever witnessed.

Gabbie has been two for almost a month now, and earlier this week we finally made it in for her 2-year well-child visit (*sob* it's now "well-child" instead of "well-baby"). She's still as tall and skinny as ever, measuring in at 36 inches, and very nearly 23 whole pounds (22 lbs, 13 oz). Although, I do have to admit I cheated a little on that by feeding her some cookies and milk right before we left for the doctor. I mean, it was her regular snack-time anyway, so it's not really cheating, right?

Anyway, I have been thinking long and hard about some fun things that we can do with Gabbie this summer now that she's much more mobile and much more kid than baby. So, I thought I'd make a list of things I want to do with her this summer, her last summer of being an only child, and her first summer as a real kid.

Gabbie's Fun Big-Girl Summer List

1. Go to the zoo.

We have a small zoo here in town that's not too bad, but I think I want to take her to the Detroit zoo if at all possible.

2. Eat an ice cream cone.

Gabbie has plenty of ice cream-eating experience, but always out of a cup with a spoon. This summer sometime we're going to let her strip down and get as messy as she wants to with ice cream in a cone. Plenty of pictures will follow, of course.

3. Take her to a swimming pool.

She has been in one pool, when we were in Florida, but it was kind of chilly out and the experience lasted at total of about 5 minutes. Some weekend when we're at my parents' house, I want to take her to the neighborhood pool and have a few hours of splashing fun.

4. Catch fireflies.

This may be less than successful, since Miss Gabbie is all girl and a little squeamish about bugs. However, we typically get a ton of lightning bugs in our area, and I think this could be a fun treat, letting her stay up until it's dark out at the very least.

5. Watch fireworks.

She liked them last year, but has gotten to be a little more of a fraidy-cat so we'll see how this goes over. This is kind of related to the next one:

6. Go to a baseball game.

Again, she did do this last year, but she'll be so much more aware this year. Plus this is one of my favorite activities and I want to make sure we go at least once.

That's all I have so far, but I'm sure I'll come up with many more. Hopefully, with all this fun planned, this summer is going to rock!

We are such suckers for a good deal!

This weekend Aaron and I reclaimed our titles as King and Queen of Major Appliance Impulse Buys, when we came upon a killer deal on a new (slightly scratched) washer and drier at Lowes. We were just there to buy some tools to work on the yard and a few flowers to plant, but were also trying to wear Gabbie out so she would sleep when we got home and we could work outside without worrying about entertaining her as well. Our method involves running her around Lowes a couple of times while daydreaming about all of the things we could do to our house. As we approached the appliance section, they were bringing out a washing machine that we had admired several times before. Then we noticed that it had a big 1/2 price sticker on it. When we saw them also bring out the drier we were sold. The guy working back there said that either we should buy it, or he was going to on his break in a little while, because it was such a great deal. We beat him to it, and are very happy to be replacing the current pair we use that is 20+ years old. It's especially nice because in just six short months we'll be doing a lot of extra laundry, and this way we can do it with less worrying about how much water and electricity we're using.

Other weekend highlights included finally taking Gabbie to see the new Shrek movie (we all loved it), working on our front yard so that the annoying guy down the block can finally stop whining about us (long story, he's a douche, although not the only reason we finally put some extra effort into the yard), feeling much less of the first trimester yuckiness I had been experiencing, hanging out with friends on our deck, and finding out that the new mosquito bite remedy I read about (put a little anti-persperant on the bite) actually seems to work!

Weekends are no where near as relaxing now that we're parents and home owners, but I have to say, this one was definitely not too shabby. The only problem I have is that it was a few days too short, but that's always the case.

(Post-Script: I just wrote cakes instead of case in that last sentence. Can you tell where my brain is this morning?)

Almost 1/3 Through

I start my second trimester this week, and I can't believe it. This pregnancy is speeding by, but that's okay with me, because I am eager to get rid of things like the constant nausea and exhaustion that I've been dealing with for the entire first trimester. I was nauseous with Gabbie too, but it was nowhere near this bad. Also, with her, I at least had cravings and if I ate something I felt better. With this one, nothing sounds good and if I eat more than a few bites I start to feel worse. It should come as no surprise, then, that I just posted my first weight gain of this pregnancy, and am finally about 1 pound up from my lowest weight (and still about a pound less than when I first got pregnant). It would be surprising, though, if you saw me in person, because, well, look:

I'm huge already! There's no denying that there's something going on in there at this point! I don't think I was this big until about halfway through my pregnancy with Gabbie (for comparison's sake, here I am at 23 weeks with Gabbie). It's getting a little ridiculous.

Oh, well. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts, because this is likely the last time I'll be pregnant. As long as I can start to enjoy food and be better company soon, I'll be all set.

Our weekend in numbers

Comfy, stretchy, extra room in the belly dresses purchased: 2

Mountain bikes finally ordered by my husband (it has been a many-week decision process): 1

Dollars spent on these, additional outfits and many meals eaten at restaurants: entirely too many

Number of days toddler's only nap was in the car: 2

Number of parties attended: 1

Number of emergency rooms attended: also 1

Number of toddler elbows no longer dislocated: 1

Number of tears cried by toddler since injury fixed: 0

Number of (hot, guilty) tears cried by mom since injury fixed: approximately a million

Number of treats toddler Was given late yesterday: 10 or more (see: guilt)

Number of movies toddler was allowed to watch late yesterday: 3 (also attributed to guilt)

Number of terrifying, stress induced dreams had by mom last night: 4

Number of days that mom will likely still feel horrible about this: unknown, but probably very many

An Adorable Addition

So, as I alluded to last week, there are some exciting things happening in our family right now. There's a new, higher, position in my company that is looking more and more like a possibility for me, Gabbie got the all-clear from her orthopedist last week who told us that Gabbie's hips now look completely normal and we don't have to schedule any more visits for her, and then, of course, there's this:

That's right, we're working on becoming a family of four, and I couldn't be happier about it! We had our first appointment with the doctor yesterday, and everything looks great. I mean, look at that tiny nose, mouth and eye on that cute baby up there! It was so awesome to see the baby and watch it move around. At one point Baby J (our current nickname for baby #2) jumped, which was awesome to see. The baby was moving and wiggling around in there the entire time the ultrasound tech was doing her thing.

I'm about 11 1/2 weeks along, but am outing myself now both because we saw the baby's little heart beating away nice and strong, and because I'm out in public lately as it's pretty impossible to hid my burgeoning baby belly already. I'm due in mid-December, and if the pregnancy continues to fly by the way it already has, that day will be here mighty fast!
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