Archive for February, 2012

February 28th, 2012

dishing the dirt

I realize that most (if not all, I haven’t really checked …) of my posts are about the sing-songy happy moments of our lives (or David). I don’t intentionally leave out “bad” stuff, and I certainly hope that when you read my blog you think that my life is all sing-songy happy moments, or worse you think I’m not being genuine and trying to paint an untrue version of our lives.

We have hard days. We have hard trials. Sometimes David can be a real poop. Sometimes our apartment is a wreck (and I have a silent prayer in my mind all day that no one stops by). There are several days a week that I don’t do my hair/face more than a ponytail. Some days I eat lunch in my pjs (I hate myself those days; nothing makes me feel worse about myself than spending a perfectly good day in my pjs). I have worries, a lot of them irrational (like how David is going to fit in at school … in four years).

I just don’t see the good in me dwelling on the negative things in our lives, and quite honestly there aren’t that many to dwell on. Our lives are filled with so much happiness and blessings. Over the last year there have been many, many of my friends or people within our circles that have faced (and are facing) incredibly difficult health problems; the kinds that you only read about but don’t expect to ever affect someone you know, that forever alter their lives, that may later claim their lives. I cannot help but give daily thanks for my health. I have a perfectly healthy baby kicking my belly button, which means more to me than I could ever adequately articulate. I have a healthy, beautiful, happy toddler who fills my life and heart with so much joy. I have a healthy, helpful, able husband who serves well beyond expectation. What do I have to complain about?

A few less-than-bright moments that I think you’ll still enjoy:

  • David has a horrible haircut. That I gave him. I’ll eventually do a post on it with a picture for your pleasure and my embarrassment. Matt assures me it’s not so bad, but really if you’re sitting next to him, it is; uneven, choppy, too short in the back. Poor guy. Yes, yes hair grows.
  • Last week while I was in the kitchen making dinner and unloading (or loading, I don’t remember) the dishes and not paying close attention to David, I turned around to find him ninja waving the sharpest knife we have. He pulled it off the counter when I set it down. No limbs were lost.
  • Saturday night we had pizza for dinner and the pizza box didn’t fit in our trash and hadn’t been taken out to the dumpster, to make it less of an eyesore in our kitchen on Sunday before my mom came to visit, I put it in the empty, cool oven. Do you see where this is going? Later that evening while making dinner, I managed to melt part of our plastic cutting board on the stove AND cook the forgotten pizza box in the oven. Glad there wasn’t a fire … but really, the whole experience is embarrassing for so many reasons.
  • David fell/rolled/climbed out of his crib yesterday at nap time. I put him in his crib for nap time, which he was furious about, and right after I closed the door to his room I heard a distinct “thud” and more screaming. I went back in to find him on the floor about a foot away from his crib holding his head. His mattress was already in the lowest position, he didn’t have anything in his crib he can use to step on for leverage except bumper pads that didn’t look like they had been stepped on (they’ve been removed anyway, for good measure), and he really isn’t that good of a climber yet (maybe he saves his best tricks for private).
February 20th, 2012

a day in the life

The other night as we were falling asleep …

Matt: “What are you thinking about?”

Me: “Babies. What are you thinking about?”

Matt: “… Passwords.”


We’re that simple and that nerdy.


A funny David moment:

Last week after Matt had left for work David wondered off to our bedroom (he usually goes in there to play with Matt’s balance ball). He came back to the front room a few minutes later with one of Matt’s ties draped around his neck and came up to me and gave me a few kisses. Then he went and stood by the front door and said, “Bye! Bye!” and blew me kisses.

It was pretty cute.


February 15th, 2012

first comes love

Then comes marriage.

Then comes a baby in a baby carriage.

And then another …

Could David be any cuter? I’m ecstatic! Bring on the ruffles.

February 10th, 2012

pregnancy Q&A

When is your due date?

July 3, 2012; We’re almost halfway already.


Have you been sick? I’ve heard morning sickness gets better with each pregnancy.

I was sick from about 6-11 weeks, the worst being weeks 8-10. Compared to my pregnancy with David, this one has been much better. I only had a few really bad days, and the rest were managed with bland food and smells, several episodes of Sesame Street, and lots of baths for David so I could stay camped by the toilet. Being sick or otherwise completely exhausted is to blame for most of my blog absence, particularly the whole month of November.


How have you felt overall?

Now that I’m not “sick” or nauseous (that is such a hard word for me to spell right the first time) I feel pretty good most of the time. If I were to complain, I’d complain about headaches (I get one almost every day) and lack of energy. Some days I have enough energy to conquer the world, but more often than not I’m just plain exhausted. I have had some dizzy episodes that we’re still trying to figure out a cause for; being pregnant, anemia, blood sugar problems, dehydration, and ear problems are all on the ‘possible causes’ list.


Are you excited?

I don’t know why people ask that. We’re delighted, of course.


Are you going to find out the gender?

Yes, definitely. The mystery would kill me otherwise. Maybe when we have one of each gender we’ll let one be a surprise, maybe … we’ll see. We find out the gender February 15 — next week!


Are you hoping for a boy or girl?

Yep. I would be so excited for another boy, and it would obviously be practical and economical: they could share a room forever, we already have all the boy stuff, brothers right in a row, etc. It would be great. I would be so excited for a girl, too. I think every mom wants a daughter. So, we’ll be happy with either gender. When I was pregnant with David, Matt and I really felt early on that he was a boy; we don’t feel strongly one way or another this time.


Have you had any cravings?

BBQ potato chips, chocolate, pickles (so cliche, I know), ice cream, more chocolate, McDonald’s Egg McMuffins, and this week chocolate mint Zone granola bars (because we have a box in the pantry and I want to eat every single one of them). David and I try to keep our eating pretty controlled during the day; turkey and cheese sandwiches, lots of fruit and veggies, water and more water.


Are you nesting?

Hardcore. Some days it’s just downright ridiculous. I have the constant strong desire to clean, organize, and get rid of junk and clutter. I feel anxiety when I walk into David’s room because it isn’t set up for two littles yet. Sometimes, I go sit in his room and just stare at everything, going over in my head over and over how things can be moved and organized to make room for a baby. Earlier this week I got so sick of just thinking about it that I just started moving stuff around. By the end of the day I had moved a desk, bookcase, and nightstand around our apartment. If I’m not rearranging, I’m cooking or baking. On days when I have enough energy, we’ll eat broccoli and bacon chowder, beef stew, rolls, coffee cake, oatmeal blueberry muffins, BBQ pork chops, and on and on.


February 8th, 2012

great bathroom cleaner

I bought this cleaner because I read somewhere online that it is good for taking scuffs off of white ceramic plates (which we have). I have yet to use it on our plates, but I did use it on almost every surface of our bathrooms and love it.

Meet Bar Keepers Friend

I found it sold online and at our local ACE Hardware for $2.99.

Do you have stubborn toilet bowl lines that other toilet bowl cleaners only fade? Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend on them and buff them off with a Scotch Brite green scrubber pad. Our toilet bowls are so white now that sometimes I go into the bathroom just to admire them.

Rust stains from your shaving cream can? Sprinkle, buff, rinse.

Water buildup on your faucet fixtures? With some elbow grease: gone, and your stainless steel fixtures will shine like they’re brand new.

It says it also cleans fiberglass, glass stoves, copper, tile, plastic, and brass so I need to find more dirty things around here.