Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Snow Days

So adult snow days aren't nearly as fun as snow days when you're a kid.

Honestly I've only had one real snow day as a kid and it was actually a whole week off due to a massive snow storm in late October that left a lot of people without power for that whole week. (This was during my brief public school stint in 4th grade.) Being home schooled I didn't really get snow days, but my mom would at least let me take a break from school work so that I could play with my neighborhood friends.

One thing we always did on snowy days was bake. Sometimes it would be something sweet and tasty or it would just be a loaf of homemade bread. Regardless I now associate snow days with baking. So having to cut back on baking due to my gestational diabetes has not been fun this winter.

I gave in today and made some pumpkin cookies. (I'll try to share the recipe sometime soon) They are so delicious and fluffy. Now I just have to keep myself from overindulging. Which isn't easy, because this recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies! So if anyone would like any tasty pumpkin cookies come on over! I've got plenty to share!

What are some of they things you ladies like to do on snowy cold days when you're stuck indoors?

Now I've babbled on quite long enough without really saying anything. Hope you all are doing well!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Big News!

I had every intention of writing this post this past Friday, obviously that didn't happen. Then I thought I'd get it done yesterday. I had forgotten that Nick got the day off. So here I am a whole week after our ultrasound telling you all the big news.

We're having a BOY!

Apparently Nick thought it was going to be a boy the whole time, but since I wanted another girl he just wasn't tell me. I'm excited for having a boy even though I feel way more scared about raising a boy then I do a girl.

Everything else with the ultrasound looked pretty good. They did find that Isaac has a two vessel umbilical cord. Usually an umbilical cord has one vein and two arteries. A two vessel cord has only one artery. They assured me that since everything else looked perfect there is no need to worry about the two vessel cord. It just means they want to be doing non-stress tests and ultrasounds to check amniotic fluid levels weekly for the last 2 months of my pregnancy. Apparently at the end with the two vessel cord there is some concern about the baby having a lack of nutrients and not growing as it should. We're just putting it in God's hands and not worrying about it.

This weekend we went to a baby consignment store that was having clearance sales and picked up a bunch of clothes for the first couple of months. All the clothes I got from the impromptu baby shower that Nick's aunts had for me will come in handy! We're holding off on buying anymore of the things we'll need until we get our tax return back. At least I'm going to try and hold off buying anymore!

Evelyn really doesn't like when she doesn't get included in pictures.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Halfway Done!

As of this past Friday I'm officially 20 weeks pregnant. That's approximately half way done. Due to my gestational diabetes I'm probably a little over half done, because they won't let me go all the way to my due date.

Overall I've been feeling pretty good, that is once we got over the stomach flu that came and went for about three weeks around here. I feel as though in the last week my belly has really pooped out, but I've been showing for quite a long time now so maybe that's just me. (That's what getting pregnant a year after giving birth will do. I felt like I was showing for day one!) I've been feeling the baby move around for weeks now,  but it's starting to be strong enough that you can actually see my stomach moving.

Pregnancy for the second time around is much different than the first time. I'm constantly forgetting I'm pregnant or forgetting how far along I am or even what my due date is. I don't know if it's just the fact that I'm chasing after a one year old all day which is making my brain fried or if pregnancy brain is just worse this time than it was last time.

One thing I really didn't miss from being pregnant is the acne. Man my back and chest have not been this broken out since I was in high school. Oh well, it's a small price to pay.

Tomorrow we go in for our 2nd trimester ultrasound. Which means tomorrow we find out if we're having a boy or a girl! I'm excited to find out, but that just means we'll actually start having to make decisions on names. When we went in for Evelyn's gender ultrasound we already had a girls name and boys name picked out. This time we have a few first names we kind of like, but no middle names to go with them.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This was our first weekend with absolutely no plans since well before Christmas! We just hung out at home all day Saturday and then went to church and ran some errands on Sunday. It was pretty wonderful!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas 2012

Now that we finally had our last Christmas get-together yesterday I figured it was about time to post about how we spent the holiday.

The first of our family Christmases (I had to look up how to pluralize Christmas. Don't judge me!) was on Saturday the 22nd. This is was our Christmas with my sisters and my parents. Unfortunately two of my sisters and their families couldn't be there so it was only my sister Tasha, Jeremy her husband, her two daughters Drew and London, my parents and then our little family. I managed to forget my camera at home, so I didn't end up with any pictures from the day, I'll have to steal them from my mom sometime.

With my sisters instead of exchanging gifts we do a gag gift exchange. This year's gifts were pretty over the top and ridiculous. For instance I came home with a huge blanket with a very goofy/close-up picture of my father on it (this is probably be going back to the gift exchange next year) and Nick came home with a farting alarm clock. It was a fun day though, we ate brunch and just hung out. I got to hold my month old niece London for a long time which is always nice.

On Christmas Eve we went to church and then headed over to Nick's parent's for dinner and presents. Evelyn got her first baby-doll and she loved it. We ate turkey and other tasty holiday food and just spent the evening relaxing and talking.

When we came home on Christmas Eve we opened our new pajamas, which is a tradition of ours. We put on our pj's and then all headed to bed, because Christmas was going to be a crazy day.

Christmas morning we woke up (At 6am! I was paying for that the rest of the day!) and opened up presents just our little family of 3. For once I had no idea what Nick was getting me for Christmas. It was nice to be surprised. He got me a beautiful watch and the the large skillet and griddle pan I had been wanting. I surprised Nick with and Ipad 2 and a few accessories for it. (I had been saving my "fun money" for a few months so that I could get that for him.) We ate breakfast as a family and then got ready to head over to my Aunt's for lunch.

My 2 sister's and their families, us and my parents.
My family has gone over to my Aunt's for Christmas lunch every Christmas for long before I was ever born. It's always fun to see family and spend time together. We even managed to get a family picture, we're just missing my sister Jenn and her kids who couldn't make it back this year.

Yesterday we had our 4th and final family Christmas with Nick's mom's side of the family. (While I managed to bring my camera I didn't manage to actually take any pictures, oh well.) We ate lunch then had our gift exchange. I got an awesome 2.5qt CorningWare casserole dish and Nick got some tools and candy. Well Nick's aunt's surprised his cousin who's expecting a baby boy in February and I with an impromptu baby shower. Since we don't know if we're having a boy or girl yet they stocked us up with a lot of yellow things. Much of it has little ducks on it, which I have always thought are the cutest baby things. It's always nice to get to see that side of Nick's family, because we only usually see them once a year.

It was a crazy couple of weeks, especially when you add in that Nick, Evelyn and I were all sick twice during that time. Thankfully we seem to have beaten the illnesses so far and we're hoping not to get anymore for awhile. Now for the rest of January our weekends are laid back, which is just what we need after December's craziness.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families. I pray that the new year is treating you well so far!