Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year (Almost)

Monday already? WOW! What a weekend. I was in the hospital with a KIDNEY STONE. Sent home with good drugs…waiting…

My HB is still sick but Lil O is much better.

Since snow is for-casted, I ran to the grocery store this morning to beat the loonies who think the world will end when the snow comes. I made some lemonade a bit ago. A weird request in the winter but it will be yummy. Then I made some homemade garlic hummus. YUMMY!

I cannot believe another year is almost over. Tomorrow will be January 1, 2008. The year 2007 had been full of happy things and full of sadness.

My great aunt losing her husband and my papaw dying. My MIL losing her favorite brother.

It also brought great things as well. H in her last year at middle school. (Maybe I should add that to the sad list as well.) B2 loving fourth grade! Lil O growing up so fast. Time flies for sure when you see the growth of your children. Getting pregnant with baby number 4. Life has been great for us and I am truly blessed.

I hope that you look upon 2007 and see all the great things you have been able to share with others. May you look forward to 2008 with soo many possibilities.

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Back To Work I Go:

Planning a menu and grocery list work that is. My two oldest are in NJ/NY until January 3rd, 2008 sooo I have a couple more days to plan everything. So far I have:

Shepherd’s Pie
Chicken & Dumplings
Veggie Meal-Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Green Beans & Slaw
Tuna Casserole

One night will be Lucky Leftover Night because I have a DAMA Meeting at 6pm. A get together to celebrate the holiday/New Year Season. I am looking forward to that. We are to take a favorite treat with us. I am going to make my HB’s FAMOUS Guacamole! With some SALTY chips it will be awesome. I can post the recipe for it later and I highly recommend you try it. ~It doesn’t have tomatoes or mayo/sour cream in it like lots do.~

Plus my friend Tammy wants me to root her an avocado pit since I am the pro at doing that and then mail it to her. HA HA! I need to take a picture of the two I still have. One is about 5 feet tall. I’ll try to remember that for another time.

Santa ~AKA my wonderful husband~ brought me a shiny brand new KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I am dying to use it. I think I might make a carrot cake this coming week as well. Just so I can use the mixer! But then again it is so pretty I don’t want to get it all dirty. LOL

Well, time for Lil O to get her cough medicine. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. :)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I want the New Year to bring good Health!

It all started with H getting sick 12-22 and going to the early office hours on 12-24 to find out she had strep. Then while “Santa” was getting ready that night Lil O starts to cough as well. Then B2 and HB are sick as well. I took Lil O to doc yesterday to rule out strep and they gave her something for her cough. To which it wasn’t successful last night since I was awake every hour or 1 1/2 hours to a coughing helpless baby. WITH AN ANNOYING HEADACHE I might add. The headache was mine….

My little niece spent two nights in the hospital with pneumonia over the holiday so “Santa” had to come up there for her. She is home and getting better while her lil sis is hacking up a lung like Lil O. Plus, my mamaw is sick. So you see…

So for the New Year I want good health for everyone. I think starting the New Year with well people would be a good sign.

The holiday season was really really wonderful here. Lots of family time with sick people, great food and awesome gifts. A very good holiday indeed–minus the coughing and snot that is.

I have been having a fit to get ready for the new baby. LOL I want to get everything ready for her but it is too soon to have PINK everywhere and to be tripping over a baby swing and bouncie seat. My shower is planned for February, so after that I am going to put as much PINK out as possible. I want girly pink EVERYWHERE! LOL The boys in the house will be gagging! We are still working on a name though. I don’t usually share that with others until after the birth though. You never know who might like it and use it before you. Silly I know but that is how a pregnant woman thinks. To get her heart set on a name and someone get a new dog/cat and them use it. Something like that would be bad. ha ha Anyway…

I guess I am going to go and crochet on my blanket for the baby. I bought this great PINK yarn with hopes of making her a sweater but the yarn was too fuzzy so I was losing my stitches. I’ll have to buy another yarn for the sweater so right now I am working on a blanket.

I wish everyone a wonderful day filled with great health.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

May it be filled with lots of love and surprises.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Time with the Family…

…is time well spent.

We have been busy in our house.

Today we went to my dad’s for Christmas food and to open presents. Lots of food I might add.

We all had a really nice time. Tomorrow we are having my MIL over to celebrate Christmas with her. I am planning a nice meal for her. I have been doing some of the prep work tonight so I don’t have too much to do tomorrow.

I just feel very blessed. So very blessed. And the new baby is coming into such a wonderful and loving family.

I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend and Christmas season. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. That is what it is about to begin with anyway.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wow, what a treat!

Hello :)

Today B2 had an ortho visit to tighten those braces and make his mouth sore. I sent him on to school before and told him I’d pick him up for the appointment. School said I have 1 1/2 hours to get him back or he’d be counted absent anyway.

Long story short–he didn’t make it back.

Instead he wanted to go to Red Lobster for lunch. Such a treat for a cold day, 7 days before Christmas I might add. It wouldn’t have been my first choice in a place to go but he was picking! LOL

We had shrimp scampi, popcorn shrimp, crab cakes and crab legs. I am so full I can barely breath! Not to mention I ate TWO biscuits, a salad and 1/2 my baked potato! LOL No wonder I cannot move.

Then I had to go to Target of course. For my weekly visit there. LOL I also stopped by the craft store and bought PINK yarn to make the little one a tiny sweater for her arrival and trip home. I’ll post pictures of the progress of that later on when I get it started.

Well, we are off to collect H from school and brag about our day of eating seafood and shopping. I will say it was nice having special time with B2. We needed it together! Have a wonderful afternoon. :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

No One Knows, Yet Everyone Knows

Know what I mean? The first person I told was my sister. Then I spoke with my Mamaw. My friend Tammy. Then my dad. It was nice to tell someone other than keeping it between me and B. I guess in a way I was afraid to say it out-loud. For fear of breaking down. Crazy huh? But it was hard keeping it to myself–I wanted the comfort. I wanted someone to reassure me and tell me everything would be okay.

In my mind I am a pretty healthy 33 year old woman and my husband is a fit 44 year old man. I have had 3 healthy children. Weighing in at 8 lbs 12 oz, 9 lbs 13 oz & then 7 lbs 12 oz. I had no worries about them. I dealt with kidney stones in ALL three pregnancies. That was pretty much my only complaint. A painful one I might add. Thankfully they give wonderful drugs for those that let you hallucinate in your hospital bed. BONUS: They send you home with them too.

I had no worries about getting pregnant again and having another baby. I was thrilled at the thought and never thought we would finally decide on when to try again. I remember taking the test one morning. In my granny gown. Then running into the living room before B went to work to tell him our good news. Just what we wanted! Another baby to join or happy family.

So once it became clear to me “Yes this is happening, you are not in a dream”, I began to research. I searched the web of course. Read lots of factual things. Joined a blog group about it where I could speak with other moms that were waiting just like me. Bought a couple books. To which I read the first couple days.

So here I am. Sitting at the computer on a very cold Sunday night hoping for some snow. What are you trying to tell us you ask? Last night at my B’s Christmas party someone approached us about the fact not stated yet. It took me off guard. I wasn’t prepared for that. Wasn’t prepared to be spoken to about it. Well, other than people that I knew in a personal way. Hence: No One Knows, Yet Everyone Knows.

I am opening myself up for peoples comments. And advice I am sure. I don’t want anyone’s sympathy. We are really fine. :) There are much worse things that could happen to a family. Its just the unknown that terrifies me the most.

Two weeks ago during a routine 20 week ultrasound a tech noted something about our baby girl. Her nuchal fold was thicker than normal. This is possibly a sign for Downs Syndrome. She said she wasn’t worried because it was a 2nd trimester ultrasound. It was pretty much all a blur to me after she said Downs Syndrome. The tech noted no other ’soft signs’. But after we left–it hit me. Those words. Left us thinking. Wondering. The unknown. I didn’t want any tests. We will love our daughter no matter what. It is a waiting game now. We will have to wait until she is born to know for sure if she indeed has DS.

I prayed to God. I do it more often now. But not for the ‘perfect’ baby. Just my baby girl. His Gift to us. I pray for her to be carried to term. Be a great weight. Breath on her own. No major health issues. Most importantly to be able to come home when the time comes for us to go home.

I know nothing is certain and we will not know until April. I am okay with that. No matter what–we will be okay.

So there you have it.

Me and my HB.

Christmas Party

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Banana Crumb Muffins

I found one that I LIKE!!!!
I made these this morning and they are YUMMY!
Banana Crumb Muffins
The only thing I changed was—I added about 1 cup chopped pecans to the batter before I spooned it into the muffin cups.
I am trying to save some for the kids and NOT eat them all.

Friday, December 14, 2007

11 More Days Until You Know What

First let me say, I am not depressed or need medical attention. LOL I had someone ask me if I was okay because I had a mad ramble the other day. I am pregnant with baby number 4, I am allowed to break down just a couple times a year. LOL

In all seriousness, I am just dealing with some personal thing. I have the support of a good man, great kids, wonderful family and awesome friends. Just once in a while a good cry is okay to have. Things will work out no matter what. This I believe. :)

Today I spent it with my sister and little niece A. We were out at 8:30ish until 2:30ish I think. I am a tired woman for sure.

Lil O made my day today. I had a Christmas CD playing with all the great classics. We were driving by some Christmas decorations. She said, “I love Christmas time”. It was sweet and sincere. I look forward to her ripping off the paper to her presents.

Tomorrow we are having company and they are watching Lil O for us to go to HB’s Christmas party for work. I bought a great maternity dress and new shoes for the occasion. I may feel huge but I’ll look great. I’ll post a picture of me and my HB together later on of the event.

I wish everyone a happy and safe weekend. :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ugh, where is my energy?

I have spent the past few days in bed more than I have been OUT of it. Since Sunday I have been physically drained. Anyway….

13 days until Christmas!!!!!!!!! I hope that everyone is ready for the hectic yet joyous time with their families and friends.

My Christmas will start on Saturday, December 22. We will be celebrating at my dad’s house. That will be exciting. I am going to make a pineapple casserole to take. I have the recipe to share if anyone wants it. It is a yummy treat that is good with ham or as a dessert. MMM….

I started last night working on a menu and grocery list. I haven’t put all the pieces together yet.

~Tuna Casserole
~Veggie Night
~Lentil Burgers (Since they were a BIG hit)
~Shepherds Pie
~Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

That’s all I have at the moment. I am trying a new recipe for Banana Crumb Muffins for breakfast and snacks. I have been craving a Carrot Cake but too lazy to make one. Maybe next time.

~insert crazy ramble here, then I will be fine, promise~

I am in a mood or funk past couple weeks. I find myself listening to depressing Damien Rice tunes and thinking way too much. I try to be positive and tell others I am. But am I? Will there be a light at the end of this tunnel or will it just bring sadness. I am tired of being the brave one. I don’t want to be brave anymore. I have too much worry in me. Unanswered questions. Fear of the unknown.

Okay, I wish everyone a wonderful 13th day until Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Enjoying a Moment

Everyone is still in bed, shhhh. I have hot coffee and I am sitting by the glow of the Christmas Tree lights.

Yesterday was a wonderful day. ~big huge smile~

My sister, her husband and their 2 daughters came over for a Pre-Holiday party. Lots of yummy finger food and the kids decorated Gingerbread houses.

Before:

Gingerbread Kit

The artists. Minus one~she wouldn’t get in the picture.

The Artists

B2 and niece H hard at work.

Hard at Work

So proud!

So Proud

Me and my sister.

Me and Sis

The girls. Except me, I am taking the picture. Where are our handsome husband you ask? Outside getting up leaves! LOL

The Girls

B2 & Niece H’s house: The only thing they were helped with was the icing. Great job!

B2 + H2 House

H, O and niece A’s house. Just beautiful.

H O A House

After they left, I was exhausted. Which explains why I slept so well last night. I hope that everyone has a lovely Sunday. :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Family Bed

This morning I was snug as a bug in a rug–as they say. All snuggled up to Lil O. It made me think of a few conversations I had the other day. The family bed came up and I am sooooo FOR a family bed. So I googled the subject and it seems that LOTS of people are for a family bed. :) COOLNESS!
Lil O has been in our bed since the first day home from the hospital. We absolutely LOVE it. A baby is in the womb for 9 months; why would I think of not having her in bed with me at home? My husband once said, “Waking up to have your infant staring at your face and them smiling at you is awesome”. I agree. Yes, we get the occasional head butt and kick~but in the morning hearing her say, “Good morning Mommy. Did you sleep good?” It just makes it all better.
Personally having kids in the bed hasn’t bothered our “love” life in any way. Yanno, there are other places for that. During the night we are always playing footsie under the covers and snuggling with O up top.
I understand there are risks for having a baby in bed. I really believe a person knows their boundaries and will not roll over on a baby. That’s why we don’t roll off the bed.
Plus, babies die of SIDS, all alone in their own bed. I have read that a family bed reduces that risk. There are so many sites and studies and they all say different things.
Here is a great link: The Family Bed
It is all about personal preference and what you want in your home. For us the family bed is the way to go and we wouldn’t change a thing about it. Our only problem now is, making room for the new baby come April.
I firmly believe in:
~Wearing your baby
~Nursing your baby
~Sleeping with your baby
~Holding your baby
Ahhh, to be a baby…
I have done the above with all 3 of my children and will when number 4 gets here.
I for one am glad it is Friday. I am going to check somethings off my list. Tomorrow we are having a Gingerbread House building party. My sister and her family are coming over for that with lots of YUMMY snacks to munch on while 5 kids get icing and candy all over the place. I will post pictures when I get a chance.
Plus, who wouldnt want to sleep with this???

Sleeping O

PS. My HB said I should add that H & B2 are well adjusted children and when the time came, moved very easily into their own bedrooms with their own beds. So you don’t think we have this room full of children. LOL

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Kids Even Liked Them

I made another new recipe last night. Two actually. I made these great burgers.
Heidi’s Vegetarian Lentil Burgers
We have one of her cookbooks that my husband picked up. The burgers were tasty. I did what she suggested and after they were cooked, I cut them in half and added a slice of Swiss cheese. I put them back in the pan and put the lid back on until time to serve. The cheese was melted just right. Next time I am going to add some sauteed onions when I add the cheese.
I made this Slaw w/Apples as well. I am not sure if I like that recipe. I think I’ll search around for another one to try. If you have one, please share. :)
Then I diced up potatoes and sweet potatoes. Threw them in a baking dish, added sea salt, lots of garlic cloves, onion and olive oil. Baked until done. Another family favorite.
I went to the doctors yesterday and we saw our sweet sweet baby girl. I weigh in at 146. I knew I gained some pounds. 7 pounds in fact since I was last there for a visit. It’s nice to have an appetite back. Even if it is with the help of medication.
We really like the new doctor in the office and have chosen her to do our cesarean. She said we would schedule it closer to time since they are only up to February in making appointments for them. Something like that. LOL
I woke up this morning about 2 am’ish with a COLD! It’s just not fair. I have a killer headache, my nose is all funky, aching ears and sore throat. Wahhhhhh!!!! ~Insert pouty face here.~
Well, have a great day everyone!
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