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July 30, 2011

Elections

I don't normally do this type of thing but a friend of mine works for the MS Department of Agriculture.  We've had the same great Ag Commissioner for a long time but he's not running again.  My friend has worked there for about 6 or 7 years.  I've asked her who she thinks I should vote for in order to help her keep her job, which is the ultimate goal.  I know how political jobs work (one reason I left my last job) and you are at the mercy of the politician and that's usually not a good thing.

So, if you plan to go to the polls this Tuesday, Aug. 2nd, please consider voting for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith for Ag Commissioner. 

You can visit her website for more info on her: http://www.cindyhydesmith.com/.

I thank you and so does my friend who will hopefully still be employed in November!

July 29, 2011

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

http://learningdevelopmentactivities.blogspot.com
 July 29, 2010 was my very first blog post.  A whole year ago today.  
You can read it here.

Little did I know then how much fun it would be.  Thanks to all my 5 faithful readers.  I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

July 28, 2011

35 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 35 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a honeydew melon.

http://www.babycenter.com

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 37 something lbs.Well on my way to the 45 I gained with my first!

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!  She has a name now.  As long as I can convince the hubby to agree.  Even though I'm pretty set on this one.  I absolutely love it and he absolutely hates it, with no good reason.

Movement:  My child is constantly moving, for which I am glad. I don't think she ever sleeps.

Sleep:  Sleep, what's that?  I'm so tired.  Guess it's a sign of things to come!

What I miss: Normal things.  Normal clothes.  Winter.

Cravings:  Nothing special this week.  Ice cream?  Crunch and munch?

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. I feel like I'm so out of shape that I can't breathe anymore.  Then I realize it's because there is a PERSON squishing my insides that results in shortness of breath sometimes.

Best Moment this week:  Watching my kiddo hold her new cousin and seemingly getting more excited about her baby sister.  She's going to do so well as a big sister.  
I went to the Dr. yesterday and he checked me and I am a half-centimeter dilated.  Not much progress but more than last week.  She's still a little high but only a little.  He said he doesn't see me going past 37-38 weeks, which is soon!  I go back to L and D tomorrow for this week's NST and then back to the clinic on Monday, followed by another NST the end of the week.  Whew, I can't keep up.  He says all looks good and baby is measuring fine. 

I'm so thankful this pregnancy has been so good, considering this is it for me.  I said all along that I would not get to the point of being 'over' pregnant.  Especially since it's my last and I do enjoy being pregnant.  But over the past 2 weeks, I've kind of gotten to that point.  I'm tired, hot, can't breath, my back hurts, I'm swollen and just all around uncomfortable.  Plus I know the end is near and can almost taste it.  Bless all you people that give birth after your due date.  I would make it but I would not be pleasant about it.

So, hopefully in 2-3 more weeks, sweet baby #2 will be here.

July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




July 26, 2011

The Newest Member of the Family

And no, she's not mine.  Well, kind of.

Our niece was born today!!!!  6 pounds and 9 ounces. She was born at 7:16 am this morning and was 19 inches long.

Mom and baby are doing great.  The kiddo and I are headed over this afternoon to meet her.  I can't wait!

Congrats Josh and Mar!!!!

July 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Uncle Tony!

Happy happy birthday to Uncle Tony!

We hope you have the best birthday ever.  

You sure are a goofball sometimes but we love you!

You are the best vet we know too!

Such a family man.

Goofball Exhibit A

Enjoy your day!!!!!!!!!

July 23, 2011

Sayings from the kiddo

The other night, we were headed to Cousin Hayes' house.  We passed a lake on the way.

Kiddo asks, "Mama, is that the lake?"
(She thinks of KK's lake as THE lake)

Me, "No, it's just a lake, not THE lake."

Kiddo, "Oh, well then, where is B lake?"

Me, trying not to laugh, "I'm not sure honey."

Kiddo, "Well, C lake is at Sea World.  I know that."

End of conversation.  Hilarious how that 4 year old mind works!  And no, we've never been to Sea World but she wants to thanks to all the advertising they do on PBS and Sprout.

July 22, 2011

True Friends

I sure am glad I know who my true friends are.

If you have a problem with me, just come to me with it.  Don't talk about me behind my back and whisper about me within the office.

So nice of my so called 'friends' to stab me in the back.  And you know what's even funnier?  I'm the youngest person in my office, yet it seems like some are acting like they are in junior high. 

Grow up and get over it.

I've had a hard time letting this one go.  Mainly because it's soooo ridiculous.  And was soooo easily fixable, if they had just come to me instead of talking about me all week.

So with all that said, thank you to my true friends.  You definitely know who you are.  I am truly blessed with some great friends.

But, I will be a bit more cautious around certain people from now on.

July 21, 2011

34 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 34 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of an average cantaloupe.

www.babycenter.com

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 30 something lbs. Since I haven't been to the clinic lately, I don't know.  I use their scale to calculate, not mine.

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!

Movement:  My child is constantly moving, for which I am glad.  But I have to sit straight up or laid back since she's always got a foot in my ribs.  I guess I should just have better posture. 

Sleep:  Sleep, what's that?  Oh, that thing my hubby gets to do WAY more often than I do.

What I miss: Bending over just to pick up the laundry out of the dryer. You never realize just how much you bend over just cleaning house.

Cravings:  Crunch and Munch.  Thanks to the neighbors who had some at a birthday party.  Now it's all I think about.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. The heartburn has not been as bad since I pretty much quit drinking carbonated drinks.  I have just been more uncomfortable this week than I have any other week.

Best Moment this week:  Having brunch with some super great friends and
getting my diaper stash started.  I'm one lucky gal to have such great friends.
 
Monday's tests were fine, if you read the update on Tuesday.  I don't plan to go back for another until after my regular visit with my Dr. next Wednesday.
 
Hopefully, cousin Avery will make her appearance sometime soon!


July 20, 2011

Sayings from the kiddo

Man, my kiddo hears a lot.  Whether we know it or not, she's listening.

The other night, the hubby and I were discussing my belly button.  Yeah, we know.  We are cool.  Don't be jealous. 

My bb never became an 'outie' with my first kiddo so I didn't think it would with this one either.  Apparently I might be mistaken. 

We were trying to decide if it was going to 'pop' out or not.  So far, it has not but seems to be well on its way.

After bath the other night, the kiddo wanted to 'see' baby sister.  That means, she likes to see my bare belly.  Yeah, she's about the only one other than my Dr. and nurses who get to see that.

I obliged because she's usually wanting to feel her or kiss on my belly.  It really is cute.

All of the sudden, she got real quiet and upset and starting hugging me.  I thought, 'Oh no, she can't do this.'

Then she said, "Mama, I don't want you to pop!"

It took ALL I HAD not to bust out laughing.

I had to explain to her that we were just talking about my belly button popping out, not ME popping.

It took a minute more of explaining but I think she got it.

As soon as she got in the bed, I ran out to tell the hubby. 

He laughed too.

Sweet memories.

July 19, 2011

Update

Went yesterday afternoon for my weekly non-stress test to get it over with for this week since we have a ton of things to do at work.

My BP readings were normal.  I think the highest I had was 121/82. 

Since my Dr. is out of town this week, the Dr. on call came in to check and just make sure I was dilated any.  I wasn't.  Thankfully.  I didn't think I was but with all the contractions I was having, he wanted to make sure.  So, after a measly 2 hours at the hospital, I was sent home.

Good thing, because I was about to eat my arm.

Happy Tuesday.

July 18, 2011

Dearest Child of Mine

I really, really, rally enjoy feeling you kick me 24/7 but could you PLEASE give my right ribs a break?  Constantly having a foot shoved in them is not fun.  I am quickly running out of room for you and can no longer sit in an normal position at work since you like that right side.

Any cooperation you could give would be great.  I can only imagine you minding me this well once you are on the outside.

I can dream right?

July 17, 2011

Do you like Pina Coladas?

My friend Lisa posted this the other day.  I don't stay up late enough to watch Jimmy Fallon but I wish I did. Maybe I should start DVRing it?

Blake Shelton might be a little crass sometimes but he's a cutie and I LOVED him on the Voice.  And Jimmy, well, he's always hilarious!  I've liked him since his SNL days.

Enjoy their little duet they performed the other night. I loved it!


July 16, 2011

Outfits

Baby girl got her first presents this week from 2 of my friends.  We've gotten other stuff but it's all been hand-me-downs, which we love.

It's just always nice to get new stuff that aren't hand-me-downs from Big Sister too!

Thank you Amy and Julie.  We love them.



And surprisingly, this is our first MSU cheerleading outfit.  I never got one for kiddo.  Probably should check into getting one to match baby sister's though??

July 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Uncle Jonathan!

Happy happy birthday to sweet Uncle Jonathan.  The baby of the boys!
We hope you have a great birthday and we love you!
Enjoy your birthday!




July 14, 2011

33 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 33 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a heft of a pineapple.
www.ivillage.com

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 32 lbs.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  My child is constantly moving.  Even the nurses made comments about how active she is!

Sleep:  My body is getting me ready for baby.  I don't sleep much at all.  Couldn't even get a good nap at the hospital because those beds are uncomfortable.

What I miss: Bending over, sitting Indian style, painting my toenails, the usual.

Cravings:  Watermelon.  I cannot get enough of it.  And not just in small doses!

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  Heartburn has started in full effect this week.  No more carbonated drinks for me.  I even get it in the middle of the night after drinking water.

Best Moment this week: Although sitting at the hospital for multiple hours was super boring, I did get to hear baby's heartbeat for long periods of time.  Sweet.

This past week was probably the roughest I've had yet.  Only because of the non 'stress' tests that were sort of stressful.  I still have to go have another one early next week, even though my Dr. will be out of town.

Went back this morning for my non-stress test.  Was only there for about 30 minutes.  WAY better.  The weird thing was that my pressures were LOW today.  Like lower than they have ever been.  Not sure why but I'll take it!  He said I didn't have to wait on my lab results, they will just call me if there is a problem.  I get to go back one day next week for another NST, even though he's out of town.  Yippee.

July 13, 2011

Word-filled Wednesday

Maybe I should just always call Wednesdays this since I hardly ever just post a picture with no words. 

HA, if you know me, you know I'm a gal of many words!

Here's an update on the latest with baby 2.

Yesterday (mostly) started out as a normal day.  I overslept due to the fact that I didn't get much sleep.  I got up 4 times during the night and couldn't sleep from about 3-4 am.  Fun times.

I took kiddo to school and headed to the hospital for my first non-stress test.  I waited a while to get checked in before I could head upstairs to Labor and Delivery. 

When I finally made it upstairs and got all their questions answered and hooked up, an hour and a half had passed.  At least they cut their AC way down for me.

So far this entire 32 weeks worth of pregnancy, my blood pressure has been mostly normal.  Well, not yesterday.  It decided to be on the high side.  All I did was sit in a bed and it was high?

After about 45 minutes of monitoring my BP every 15 minutes, the Dr. came in to check on me.  He asked me if I was mad about something since my pressures were up.  I had no idea they were up.  He decided to keep me a little longer for monitoring and ordered some lab work to make sure I wasn't showing signs of preeclampsia.  All my labs came back normal.

Oh yeah, did I mention that they were starving an 8 month pregnant lady?  Yeah, and no water either.  I am determined that is why my readings were high!

Plus, daytime TV is awful. 

Just when my nurse was ready to send me home after getting the ok from the Dr., she was checking me contraction pattern and noticed they were closer together than they were earlier in the day.  Lucky me!

She did let me eat some crackers and gave me 2 glasses of ice water.

After about 30 more minutes of monitoring, they decided to let me go home.  Or to work!  With 2 caveats. 
1)  I have to do a 24 hour urine sample (I know, way TMI), starting today, and
2)  I go back on Thursday for another non stress test.

He's promised he won't keep me for 6 hours like he did today.  I'm holding him to it!

He did say that he's being over cautious but he's also going on vacation next week and wants to make sure I'm ok. 

Have I mentioned how much I love my Dr.??  Except for that whole withholding food issue from yesterday...

So, there it is in somewhat of a nutshell.  I am fine.  Baby is fine.  She's super duper active.  All the nurses commented on that fact.  I have lots of Braxton Hicks.  Luckily, they are not regular.

Oh, and I think I might have had a bit of frost bite when I left.  That part was pretty awesome.

I promise to keep you all posted.  My Thursday post will be delayed until after I am done at the hospital.

July 11, 2011

Loyalty

Ya know, you would think that if someone who has been loyal to their employer for 30 or 40 years, then the employer would be loyal back when it was time.


Not always the case.

Both my parents have been victims of a not so loyal employer.

My mom got 'let go' from her job a year and a half ago after 30 years (give or take).  Granted, it was one of the BEST things to ever happen to her, but she got screwed due to a young dude with a rather large ego, who is no longer working there either, by his choice though.  He came in, cleaned house, screwed long-time employees out of stuff, and then worked his way up the ladder and left.  Sorry man.  No, sorry boy.

But, like I said. Best thing that could have ever happened to my mom.  She gets to enjoy her grandkids even more.  And hang out with her friends more.  And just be there more.

Now, it's my Dad's turn.

My Dad has worked at the same place for 40 years.  He endured them closing for over 2 years and was one of the first employees back when they re-opened.  He was screwed out of some of what he was due back then.  But he stayed.

It was a good job and he really enjoyed it.  He's always enjoyed the work he did there.  About a year ago, my Dad was eligible for his full retirement.  The company basically begged him to stay on to see one final project to fruition. That project will be over in a matter of days and the company has been sold.  he does not want to work for the new company because it involves LOTS of travel, international travel.  My dad and long flights don't mix.  The old company does not want to fulfill their promise of laying him off so he can get a severance or unemployment.  He's so fed up and frustrated that he is ready to just walk away.

Getting screwed once again.

My parents are great Christian people who have always taught me that life isn't fair.  Boy, were they right.

I admire them both.  Their strength  Their perseverance.

Their loyalty.

I guess not everyone does.

With all that said, my Dad is looking forward to his retirement.  Which is coming probably sooner than he thought.  I know he's looking forward to bugging my Mom every day.  Which he already does.  He might just drive her back to working!

July 9, 2011

Hot

It's so hot.  Unbearable hot.  Take your breath away heat.

Awful.

Bless my heart.  I know.

July 8, 2011

Cooking

I wish I liked to cook.  I don't.  Especially in the summer.  It's too hot.  My house gets the afternoon sun and if you use the stove or oven, my house gets hotter.  Plus, when I get home, I want to play with my kiddo or something more fun than sweating over a hot flame.  Or something like that.

I really should at least learn how to cook.  Ok, I can cook some things.  I can follow a recipe pretty good, as long as I know what all the ingredients are.  I just chose not to.

Why?

Have you met my hubby?  He thinks he's Iron Chef America or something.  Alton Brown is his hero and I can't stand the man.  Ok, that's harsh but I've met him and he's arrogant and rude. 

Back to the hubby.  He likes to critique and tell you how to make your meal better.  I like do it all in one casseroles and he has to have a 3 or 4 course meal.  I do cook more when he's on 3-11 just because he's not there to critique.  Terrible right?

My kiddo is 4.5 years of age and I've cooked real food for her not very often.  She likes Mac and Cheese and it's easy.  I do know I need to learn to cook better options for her.

I will make an attempt to do better after baby 2 comes.  That's a lofty goal.  It's just sooo much work.  You have to plan it out, shop for it, and actually cook it.  I'm tired after a long hard day at work and running around.  Plus, I'm just lazy.  Not as lazy as say, ahem, my hubby, but at least he LIKES to cook.  Most of the time.

Just don't ever ask him if he's making the sweet potatoes.  I don't recommend those, nor does anyone else in his family.  In fact, I think he's banned from sweet potatoes.  And that's a good thing.

July 7, 2011

32 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 32 Weeks
WOW!

Size of baby: Baby is about the size o fa large jicama.  It looks like a potato to me.  I had never even heard of a jicama until a few months ago, when planning the menu for a big work meeting we had in Orlando.
www.ivillage.com
 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 33 lbs.

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!

Movement: I feel movement all the time, and for that I am grateful.  Not so much at midnight though.

Sleep:  I get up at least twice a night to go potty.  I actually got to sleep in on Monday (thanks Mom!) but woke up to an aching back.  It still hurts.

What I miss:  Bending over to pick things up.  I'm glad I have a 4 year old who loves being a helper!  I really would like to have my toenails painted but it's just too much work.  Anybody want to fund a spa day for me??

Cravings:  Nothing in particular.  Maybe watermelon?

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  I did have a friend tell me the other day that when people give me the 'Bless our heart' speech that I should just tell them God knew what He was doing, letting me be at home with a sweet infant when it's 110 outside and college football season.  I like that.

Best Moment this week: Seeing baby girl on the ultrasound.  That's always nice. And hearing that heartbeat.

Had a great Dr. appointment yesterday.  I had another ultrasound to make sure baby was growing and everything was on schedule.  She currently weighs (estimated) 4 pounds and 3 ounces. Her heart rate was 152, which is also good.  I got a few pics of her side face profile.  She was smushed up against my placenta.  She is head down and her feet are constantly kicking my ribs.  The ultrasound also showed she already has long legs (femurs).

My BP was up slightly over what it's been recently. Not bad at 140/80 but above 140 is the range of at risk for pre-eclampsia.  Since I am currently 32 weeks and since I delivered my first kiddo at 37 weeks, my Dr. wants me to start weekly non-stress tests in Labor and Delivery.  I guess I'll get to see all my L and D buddies more often.

I go back next week, instead of 2 weeks because my Dr. will be out the following week.  I'm supposed to go to L and D one day next week for my 1st non-stress test.  At least I'll maybe get a nap in.

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by.  I'm so thankful it's gone so well so far.

Now, if I would just pick a name...

July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My cherry loving gal just like her Daddy, Nana, and Aunt Mary Margaret (and she is called by kiddo).

July 3, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Blake!

Happy happy belated birthday to cousin Blake.  We celebrated a week early and we've been so busy I plum forgot your birthday post. My apologies good buddy!

We had a great (and warm) time at your water party!  It's always fun to catch up with the 'other side' of our extended family.

We love you Blake!  Happy 3rd birthday.

Kiddo giving Blake lovin' very very early in his life.

My all-time favorite pic of me and Blakester!

 Having fun at his 2nd (and warm) birthday party.

Enjoying some swinging time with Aunt OJ!

We hope you had a great 3rd birthday big man. I know you will not run out of Cars memorabilia for a long long time!  See you soon!

July 1, 2011

No Repercussions


I was having a conversation with someone the other day and we thought how nice would it be if we could say some things, even though we know it's not the nice thing to do, and them be without any repercussions. 

What is a repercussion you ask?
Repercussion
1.  An often indirect effect of an event or action.
2.  A reciprocal motion after impact.

Basically, if someone said something and you responded with the first thought that came into your head (which is never smart, but I'm usually guilty of) and it wasn't the right thing or the nice thing to say.  I've been working on this for years, believe it or not.

My, oh my, how fun would that be.  I guess we'd all be being honest but I am sure some feelings would get hurt.

I have so many of these thoughts running through my head but I just can't seem to say them or write them.

Most instances of this would occur on Facebook.  One must not post every single thought they have as their status.  I don't need to know (nor care) that you really wish you had a Dr. Pepper or a Diet Coke.  Or that you had pork chops and green beans for supper.

Just think before you post.  You never know how you are in turn driving friends away or hurting someone's feelings with those same posts.  There is a time and a place for everything and most of the time, Facebook isn't that place.

There is a nice delete friend or hide friend button too.  I seem to hit those on a daily basis.

Oh how I could go on and on...

Mama always says if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.
It's a work in progress for me.