Monday, February 28, 2011
And just in case you were wondering....no contractions yet. It could still be awhile!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Me: "Thanks for the reminder McKenna."
Christian runs over to Mckenna and taps on her shoulder and says "Honk, Honk."
McKenna yells "Christian, don't honk me. I'm not a honker."
I say "Christian, stop honking your sister."
Never dreamed I would actually be having conversations like this!
McKenna: "Jesus made my baby doll, right?"
Me: "Well, Jesus makes people. And people make baby dolls."
McKenna: "I can't tell my baby that! It will make her sad."
Christian: "I like the smell of toots."
What a boy!
McKenna: "How long till my birthday starts again!"
Me: "It's going to be 362 more days until your birthday."
McKenna jumping up and down: "Yay!!! I love my birthday. I can't wait!"
Apparently numbers mean nothing to her at this point!
Christian: "Daddy!!!!!!!!!!! Oh no!!!! My Capri Sun went in the toilet."
So there you have it! Isn't my life entertaining???
I can't wait to add one more to the mix :)
We've already had some very interesting conversations about how babies are born.
I can just imagine the conversations we'll be having about nursing!!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
I know I've kept you waiting, so I'm going to give you a sneak peek of our sweet boy's nursery. The picture above is a BEFORE picture. I took this picture the night we first looked at our new house....so that's not even our furniture. The above room became McKenna's room for a short time and we kept the yellow until recently.(AFTER)
And this is what it looks like now! I'm not showing you the entire room because that would reveal our little boy's name and you're just going to have to wait on that announcement :) Truthfully we still don't even have a middle name. I hope we have a decision by the time he's born or things could get interesting.
The walls are now a light grey color and most of the accents in the room are navy blue. The drapes are navy blue and I painted a navy square on the wall and then put up that decal that says "Little Engines can do Big Things." The room obviously has a train theme to it. I figured we might as well go with trains since we pretty much already had everything. I reused the bedding that was Christian's when he was a baby and this is the third time around for all of the furniture. I'll post more pictures after the arrival of Baby Chatt. For now, that's just going to have to do!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
She started out feeling a little nervous about anything that moved.
And this little boy is going to be expensive.
There is no getting around it.
Co-pay and deductibles are not fun.
And I know it would be way more expensive with no insurance, but still this is stressful.
Come on BCBS....don't make me call you about each and every doctor's appt. I have!!!!
And my OB doctor decided to go on vacation at the end of next week. Really???
Oh my word...STRESS!
So now I'm going to have to deal with a doctor(s) that is not my favorite.
I know it's not the end of the world, but you know...I'm nine months pregnant and at this point I'm probably going to have a meltdown and overreact about such things.
Okay, that's the end of my venting.
We really did have a fabulous day today.
A happy post is coming right up!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
They had the best time riding trails through the woods and doing lots of dangerous things that Christian's mommy may not have approved of :)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Having bloggy friends that are pregnant too!! It's fun to share the experience with someone, even if it's just through their blog posts.
When I was pregnant with Christian my sister and two sister-in-laws were pregnant at the same time. That was fun! I loved having babies with them and sharing all of our newborn experiences.
So I've enjoyed having other baby mommas to share the experience with like;
Jenn , Kelly, Julie and Karen.
I wanted to especially share Karen's blog with you! She's going to have a precious little girl named Gracie on March 4th. Gracie is not expected to live unless there is a divine intervention from the Lord. Would you join me in praying for Gracie's family over the next month?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Boy oh boy did I score at Target today!! All their Valentine stuff was 75% off and they had whole packs of silly bands for $0.49. And cute little tins with card games and bouncy balls and all sorts of cute things.
I love shopping the after holiday sales for items for our shoeboxes. I can always get a better deal at after holiday sales than I do at the Dollar Store.
So we have started to once again fill our "poor box." Not a name that I would pick but the name Christian came up with for the box that holds all of our special things that we buy for the kids who will receive our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. I guess it's an appropriate name, just seems a little harsh and slightly embarrassing when we're standing in the store and McKenna exclaims "Oh mommy, this is cute. Let's get it for the poor box, for the kids with no toys." Yeah, that sort of makes me cringe. I tried to change the name to the "giving box" but it didn't stick, so the "poor box" it is!
It's so fun to work on it all year long. I know one family that fills a shoebox every month of the year, so that by the time November rolls around they have 12 boxes already ready to go! What a fabulous idea. I think the tough part is the shipping. It costs $7.00 to ship each box and if you wait until November to save that money up, it's really quite a chunk, so I'm trying to think through that a little and maybe make it our goal to have a yard sale and use that money to ship our shoeboxes or something like that. I think the shipping sometimes holds me back from packing as many boxes as I could and this year I've decided not to let that stop us from filling as many boxes as possible.
Okay, so I hope I got you thinking!!! Start shopping now!! It will be so much more meaningful to your kids if they are constantly on the look out for fun little deals for their own "poor box."
Friday, February 18, 2011
Measuring 38 weeks (hey, at least it's not 39!!)
1 cm dilated :)
The wait continues!!!
Little man decided not to cooperate for his non-stress test this morning.
It should have only taken 20 minutes.
He decided to sleep for a solid 45 minutes with no movement.
The doctor didn't like that.
So I had a little sugar and a little caffeine and he decided to move around a little bit.
Whew.....so we avoided a trip to the hospital for more monitoring!!!
I've got to pay a little more attention to him and make sure he's kicking like he should.
Not easy when you've got a ton of other "more pressing" things going on around you.
Very thankful for President's Day :)
It means a 3 day weekend for Ryan.
I just about cried when he told me I was so happy!!!
Another gorgeous day.
Another picnic lunch on the porch.
Christian has a buddy over.
McKenna's about to take a nap!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"If you come inside, you have to take a nap!"
So everyone has been staying outside. I needed a little space from them and they just needed to be messy and loud.
Win. Win, for everyone.
They've been messy with mud and sidewalk chalk and cupcakes. My house has been fairly quiet.
I've got the windows open so I can hear them and I've been getting so much done!!
The Lord knew I needed this day of 60 degree weather.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It was February 2008. McKenna was just a week away from being born. Christian was my precious only child, although Abby and Nathan were spending their days with us, so it was rare for him to have an "only child" moment. I remember feeling sad that he would never remember what it was like to have my undivided attention. I felt sad for him that he was going to have share me with yet another person (and a very demanding one at that). I felt guilty that I hadn't really prepared him much for the arrival of a sister. We talked about it and read a few books but that was about it.
So I decided to take Christian on a date. Just mommy and Christian! I think that's the only time in his life that he's had a date with just me. We went out to lunch at a real restaurant with a real waitress. We ordered lunch and colored pictures and I remember opening a pack of M&Ms while we waited for our food. We practiced his colors and categorized them according to color and I just enjoyed his company. I let him eat all the M&Ms before his lunch came. It was the best, to just sit there with my little 2 1/2 year old man and look him in the eye without any other distractions. I am certain that he does not remember that day, but I do. It's one of my sweetest memories.
Now I realize that the best thing that ever happened to Christian was his sister. All that guilty and worry was nonesense, although I have a feeling most hormonal moms-to-be have similar thoughts. Christian loves McKenna to pieces and his life would be so lonely (and peaceful) without her. They are best friends and I'm so thankful that the Lord gave Christian a sister.
This time around we are much more prepared emotionally and physically for this baby brother. Christian has asked a ton of ummm....very interesting questions. He pretty much understands what it takes to have a baby. He knows that you can have a baby two different ways and I worry every time I drop him off at preschool that he's going to share his knowledge with his friends. Thankfully at this point he's content with the understanding that it's God who puts a baby inside mommies and that it's one of God's best miracles!
Christian genuinely thinks that he is going to be taking care of this baby. I told him that I'm going to keep one of the bouncy seats in the bathroom so that I can keep an eye on the baby when I take a shower and he thought that was just silly since he will be babysitting whenever I need to take a shower. I do think that Christian's main job is going to be protecting his little brother from his little sister. We are really going to have to make some rules for McKenna because she thinks she's going to be changing diapers and feeding this kid every time he cries.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
And she is so excited to have a baby brother!!
She's been practicing her "baby skills" for weeks and weeks now. She asks me everyday if it's time for her brother to come out and play.
Today I installed the baby car seat in my car and yesterday I got the bassinet (that's held Emma, Abby, Christian, Nathan and McKenna so far) washed and ready to go. Bring on the contractions!!! We are ready to go! Oh wait....we still have a few more weeks.
I'm officially moving into survival mode at this point.
Monday, February 14, 2011
P.S. Just had to include this story:
At one point today I couldn't find McKenna. So I called her name and she popped up from behind the couch and says; "Hi Mom, I wasn't eating any of Christian's candy." Hmmm....sounds suspicious to me. So I asked her what was under the couch. I had to ask her three times and finally she reached under the couch and pulled out a lollipop. Lying is a good thing to be terrible at, if you ask me!!! It is definitely not one of her strengths!!
Friday, February 11, 2011
We'll start off with a useless piece of trivia for you: Christian no longer owns a pair of jeans without a hole in the knee. Every single pair of jeans (he started the school year with 8 pairs of jeans) now sports a huge hole. Ryan asked me if I was going to sew them. ha! We've been together for 10 years, when has he ever seen me sew anything?? The above picture is what Christian does all the time and that would explain the jean issue!
Baby doctor appointment this morning was great!! Little man is still measuring ahead, but not quite as far ahead!!! Only 2 weeks ahead this time and the doctor actually said "well, he's not that huge! I think you'll be able to delivery him." Whew...nice to hear that he's not huge from a medical professional :) So we pushed back my next ultrasound and moved a few appointments around and if I were guessing I would say we're going to have a baby about a month from now. Christian is dying to know a date. He keeps asking me how many more days until the baby comes and now I can finally give him a more concrete idea. Poor guy...he's such a planner!!!
Some prayers were answered on behalf of our family this morning! Still a long road ahead, but God is faithful!
My mom watched McKenna this morning while I was at the doctor and she did some laundry! Oh my, I love that. She's so good to me!!!
That's all for now. McKenna's been in the bathroom the entire time I've been typing this and I can hear water running, so it's probably time for me to go :) What on earth is she doing in there??
Thursday, February 10, 2011
- Goes by "Kenna" or "KenKen"
- Sings A.L.L. T.H.E. T.I.M.E!!!!!!!
- Goes to bed every night and "reads" books for at least 30 minutes all by herself.
- Plays very well independently.
- Loves her Leapster and her "DS" which is actually just a Leapstart computer.
- Talks A LOT!!!
- Loves to go to church & wishes she could go to school.
- Plays with her imaginary friends names "Abby" and "Molly" all the time.
- Loves playing with baby dolls.
- Likes to talk on the phone.
- Still has her binkie at night time (that is all her mommy's fault).
- Has been very, very healthy this past year (no ear infections).
- Can quote Genesis 1:1, John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 13:4 all by herself with no help :)
- Can count to 20 perfectly and a little bit higher, but then she starts skipping numbers.
- Knows most of her colors (not yellow and go figure...she mixes up white & black).
- Takes a 2 hour nap every day.
- Has lots of tummy problems that have made potty training a traumatic experience :(
- Just figured out how to work the DVD player. She loves picking a DVD and pressing "the triangle" to play the movie.
- Always takes her shoes off as soon as she gets in the car.
- Sleeps in a big girl bed.
- No longer likes having a booster seat or "baby" utensils.
- Thinks playdough is the best thing on earth.
- Only likes to play in the snow for about 2 minutes.
- Is very excited to be a big sister. She has BIG plans for all the things she's going to do with her baby brother.
Christian was so excited to help McKenna have a happy birthday.