Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Love - a ladybug, strong willed 3 year old, and two tired parents!

First Day of School

The girls were so excited about their first day of school! They woke up, drank their milk & ate some fruit, watched Wheels on the Bus, got dressed, and were ready to go. Eddie went into work a little later, so he could be there to drop them off at school, too. The girls LOVED seeing the playground and their classroom. Natalie walked right in and started making friends with some of the kids. Audrey was happy to be at school, but she wanted me to stay there, too. She cried when we left, but by the time I'd walked outside and looked in the window, she was fine. I'm leaving during my planning period today to pick them up at 12:30, and take them to my mom's house.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crisp, Fall Day

The weather here has been cooler (though, not as cold as places that already have snow!). The girls enjoyed playing outside before dinner, and getting some energy out. Audrey insisted on taking out her "blue Thomas" with her to play.

They can be so nice to each other....sometimes!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Good Morning, Beautiful...

The moment the girls bound out of bed, they demand to get dressed. But not in clothes - in tutus, heels, crowns & other accessories.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Phone Dump

Why yes, Natalie colored on the baby crib, wall, and her sister

Three little monkeys

It's always fun waking up to a child next to you - stealth mode, activated!

I'm not quite sure why we bother with beds...

Chipmunk cheeks

Eddie said no way - unless we can get a basset hound.

Love my sleeping babies

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Blog in a Nutshell

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

School Days

The girls are starting school on Monday! We’ve been on waiting lists for months, and I had several factors I was looking for when searching for a school - low student to teacher ration, early drop off time so I could be the one to take them, secure premise, located close to either our house or my work (which are only 2 miles away from each other anyway). They’ll be going every day from 7:45 when I drop them off on my way to school, until 12:45. The teachers focus on language, phonics, shapes/colors, math, handwriting, and fine & gross motor skills. I’m excited because they’ll finally be socializing with children their own age, outside of the play dates I schedule during the summer & on weekends. Plus, they’ll learn things that I can’t necessarily teach them – like being line leader, sitting cross legged, and getting along with other children.

Child care has definitely been an easy situation up until now. My mom has come over to my house daily, since the girls were 7 weeks old, to take care of them. I can’t thank her enough that they were able to stay home for so long, and be with someone who loved them so much. But now that they are 3, they need a little bit more structure to their day. Plus, with a third (full-time) child on the way – we needed to figure out something, and quickly! We’re still trying to figure out the nitty gritty details, but what will probably happen is this: Eddie will go into work around 4:00 am., I’ll get the three of them plus myself ready in the morning, drop the girls off at school, and either hand Corbin off to my mom or his mom for the afternoon. Eddie will get off work shortly after lunch, and pick up the girls. He’ll have the three of them for about 2 hours until I get home. I’m so thankful that I have a husband who is not only willing, but wants, to be a part of raising his children. But everything is only temporary, and I have to remember that during the summer, it will be me and the three of them, by myself, all day long. It’s going to be interesting – that’s for sure!

So do any of y’all have any tips for me? Anything to make my life easier getting us all ready in the morning? They’ll have breakfast & lunch at school, so that’s one last thing I’ll have to pack.

And, of course, their first day outfits are already picked out!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

32 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Size of baby: By now, baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama - what is that???) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in my uterus. I'm gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Sitting pretty at 17/18 pounds. Still want to stay under 25 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: I'm so tired of maternity clothes. I hate wearing the same things over & over again. I'm on the hunt for the perfect jammies to wear at the hospital now.

Gender: Boy

Movement: I half expect this to happen:

Sleep: I'm so tired, it's hard not to sleep.

What I miss: Margaritas, cute heels, knee high boots, normal clothes, going to the gym - you name it.

Cravings: Nothing this week.

Symptoms: Aching hips while sleeping, lower back cramps, braxton hicks.

Best moment this week: My awesome baby shower!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my co-worker's son this weekend. When he asked if I'd take Cam's picture, I told him that I'm just someone who likes to take tons of pictures of their own kids, but I'm in no way, shape, or form a professional photographer. I had hoped for a slightly overcast day, but instead the sun was bright and directly overhead. Luckily, towards the end of the shoot, Cam ran over to the side of my school (where we did the shoot), and played in the shade of the building - hence the better looking pictures. One day I'll get the hang of taking pictures outside in direct sunlight...

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