Monday, February 24, 2014

Last Day of Work...for a while...

So, this is it - my last day at work for 12 weeks. Apparently, we're going to have a baby tomorrow! We have LM and the house under good care, and lots of things reorganized and in order for this new addition. I know you will be shocked to see I asked S to take these photos - instead of taking selfies in the bathroom mirror:

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This past weekend, my Mom and Aunt Sally arrived, as well as Dad and Torchy. Mom made the baby a beautiful quilt, as well as a receiving blanket, some minkies, and even a chenille blanket. I haven't taken photos of them yet, so you'll have to trust me that they are beautiful. I know you do, as you've seen her work before. So, Baby Boy has some things all his own! Imagine! 

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We also went to Andrew's "big dig" geology birthday party on Saturday, where he turned the big number 5. I will share photos from that soiree one day too - but again, at this point, that's going to have to wait.

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To prove S was the photographer...here is the "belly" shot...

Because it's time friends - everything else will wait. Our baby boy is coming! I am so excited - I feel at this point that I can take better care of him "out here" than "in there" so I'm ready for the adventure to Newborn Land once again. Bring it on. We cannot wait!

See you soon.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Photo Friday

To round out the week with one more post - some fun random phone photos! Here we go...

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We have had some SUPER FABULOUS weather this week - in the 70's and sunny pretty much all the time. So, the boys went to the park more than once. And, on this particular day, I guess LM snagged a banana from school and took it along to the park for a snack. Ahem.

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Will you look at that smile?
Melt my heart.

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The puzzle master lives on...

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Speaking of cutie-pie images...

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This was my valentine present from LM!

Isn't it beautiful! I love it! Cheryl helped him make it and give it to me for the big day. He was so proud to give it to me, and Cheryl said he chose his stones out very carefully.

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Also on Valentine's Day, I got to hear Baby Boy 2's healthy, steady heartbeat!

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Climbing Mt. Daddy, yet again.
S is such a good sport.

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Blurry - but bath time is still fun time

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Oh - this is LM with a "baby in his belly, too!"

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Another great bathroom selfie of me and that belly.
In leopard print pajamas no less.
I have no shame.

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LM appeasing Mama and looking at the camera for a split second.

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And...this - goggles. Good for any occasion.

About as random as they come, friends. There you have it! So, what will we be up to this weekend? More "getting ready" and such, a birthday party for cousin Andrew, and I hope to get a mani/pedi too...just because I know it'll be a while before THAT happens again. And, maybe sleeping uninterrupted for the last few times before newbornland strikes again. A girl can dream...literally.  Whatever you're up to, hope it's great.

See you soon.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Big Brother Gift

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We wanted to give LM a "big brother gift" for soon becoming a big brother - and decided to make it a soccer goal. He plays with his soccer (and other sports too) balls all the time in the house, and wants to talk about soccer all the time. And, he will play in the 3 yr old soccer league for 8 weeks this spring. And, once we got to talking about it, S decided he really wanted to build it with him - make the thing instead of purchase one whole. 

Last Monday, he and LM purchased the PVC and spent the afternoon cutting pipe to make the frame. We purchased a net online, and it arrived yesterday. So, the big brother gift is complete, a few days early. And, he seems to be very pleased with his new goal. And, he and Daddy had a fun time making it together. So, I guess it turned out to be a good idea all around. 

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See you soon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our Yellow Belter

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LM takes karate at school - each Friday, they pull him out of his regular classroom and he takes this karate class with his good friend Max. Since it happens at school, we rarely get to experience what it's all about. However, it was time for him to test for his yellow belt - and we did that at his instructor's karate studio one afternoon. Here are some photos:

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One thing is for certain - LM LOVES this karate class, and his teacher, Mr. David.
The whole time we were there, he was grinning from ear to ear.
And he did NOT want to leave when it was time to go.

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Ripping through a magazine page

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Part of the test - taking down a hand on his head.

We were impressed with the couple of self defense moves LM has already mastered. We knew part of the class was to talk about stranger danger and to teach self defense - but he's really learning it - not only the moves, but what to do if someone approaches him, or is trying to trick him. It was very cool.

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Another part of the test - some sort of balanced walk.
They said "step - keeyah" each time, and it was measured.

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Kicking!

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And a rear kick - definitely his weakest move of the testing bunch.

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He passed! He got his belt!

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A victory dance was in order.
 And, as you can see, his mother still has trouble getting the "horizon" straight.

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More fun before we left - breaking a board.

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And sword fighting!

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Look at the joy on his face! 

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OK, time for the photo op.

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Mr. David really loves his work too, and it shows.

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No, it really shows! ;-)

It was definitely fun to learn a little about what he does in class, and see him succeed at something he has learned. A proud mama moment.

See you soon.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One Week and Counting

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If all goes as planned - and well, that's saying a lot - a week from today, we will have ourselves another baby boy. 

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A selfie from the other night - I wanted to prove I now fill out that Halloween shirt
which is now a pajama top. Ha.

As I waddle to and from my everyday life events, I thought, to get me through this last week, it might be good to reflect on the positive things about pregnancy that I will never experience again - savor those things - and here is my list:

 - great, thick hair

 - clear, "glowing" complexion

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Not that "great hair and complextion" come to mind here...

 - for me, weight loss - with both of my pregnancies, I lost significant weight - this time, I hope I can keep it off too...we shall see

 - the world loves a pregnant lady - doors open, seats given, smiles exchanged, an extra helping hand. It's the only time in my life when the world is so hospitable!


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Nice "cute" expression, Ate Up. Nice.

 - I'm apparently a "cute" pregnant lady - people tell me all the time how "cute" I am - seriously. As a girl who has never been the "cute" one, this is new and different for me, and something to enjoy while it lasts.

 - All the crazy, alien movements of this big ol' baby inside me - a plus and a minus, at times, but definitely mostly a plus - a strange, wild, amazing phenomenon, this being a gestational carrier of another life. That my body knows what to do, that this little creature is so happy, growing inside of me, that he lets his presence be known by the shifting of what I'm sure is the cutest little bum you've ever seen. 

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You're loving all these bathroom mirror shots, aren't you. ;-)

 - Pregnancy pants. I mean, really, maternity clothes are a pain. Especially at this point, when getting them to cover my vastness is a stretch, quite literally, but when will I get to wear big ol' elastic panel pants, day in and day out, ever again? 

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The belly in my nightgown the other morning.
Round, it is!

So, when I'm not sleeping, (I actually drafted this post at 2 in the morning) having trouble eating, moving slowly or painfully, feeling the heft of the baby hanging off my front-side, I want to remember THIS list - the good stuff...for a while longer. It's been a real honor to carry this baby - something I never, at one time, thought would even happen once, let alone twice. And, it will be a blessing to all of us to have him join us very soon. Until then, I waddle on...

See you soon.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mr. BIG

While we were downtown a couple of weekends ago, we encountered another Dallas "BIG" set of letters. So, we took a few photos, of course:

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Climbing, right over the "Do Not Climb" sign

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Our very own Mr. Big!

See you soon.