Friday, September 28, 2012

BumpDate: 15 Weeks

A BIG Thank You to several of you that have reached out asking if everything is ok with the baby since I've been off the blog radar for the past few weeks.  I appreciate everyone's concern, but yes we are all doing great, big sister and Hubs included.  

What I'm craving?: Still a decent amount of red meat and salty things, especially potato chips, all things bad for me basically.  I eat a lot of peanuts and grapes right now too.

Funny/Memorable Story Of The Week:  Mia's new thing is to say she is "freaking out."  I have NO idea where she got this from, but it makes me laugh so hard.  I about peed my pants in Target yesterday when she said it again.  It's completely used out of context and it makes no sense when she says it, but it's still hilarious, well to me anyway.

Weight Gain: Up 2 lbs.

Work Out Regimen: Walking, light weights.  I will be starting yoga back up.  My back and feet are already starting to hurt me and I know that will help.  I have a 5K coming up in November.

What's Different?:  I'm so much more emotional lately and less aggravated like I was a few weeks ago.  I cried at Disney on Ice and the Rams game the past two weeks.  I see the excitement in Mia's eyes at these live events and it makes my heart all gushy.

Boy or Girl:  Still feeling the boy instinct on this one.  We officially find out in four weeks.

Sleep:  AWESOME right now.  I think the cooler temps help.  I'm sleeping like a rock.

Labor Signs: Nada.

Movement: Much more frequently and I LOVE IT!

What I Miss:  Would still like to have a bit more energy, but I think I just need to get used to this.

What I'm Looking Forward To: All the fall activities we have coming up and the craft/girls night at my sister's this weekend!  Oh aaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnddddddddd, we are [ this ] close on getting started on the kitchen reno.

How Baby's Growing: This week the baby is the size of an apple. Though some days when I look at my belly, I beg to differ. He/she can move all of its limbs and joints and can sense light.  We had our monthly doctor's visit this week and everything is going perfectly!  Our doctor ended up doing an unexpected scan because the baby wouldn't sit still long enough to read the heartbeat.  Made me nervous for a few minutes, but once I saw the baby doing back flips in my belly I was relieved.  That never happened with Mia, so I wasn't ready for it.

The Big Sister:  My baby is doing amazing!  We've been talking about her Halloween costume for quite a few weeks and I've been hesitant to buy it because of fear she will change her mind.  She's been consistent the past few weeks, so last night we went out to buy it.  She's so excited, we went straight home and she tried it on for her Daddy

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SWW...And I'm Back

Between work and pregnancy I haven't had much time to blog, but I hope that I'm back more regularly.

What better way to come back than with a little So What Wednesday with Shannon over at Life After I Dew, so without further adieu this week I'm saying So What if:

  • I have a small---ish addiction to Very Jane.  Stuff is on the way cheap and I love cheap, fun, cute things.
  • I am eating entirely too many potato chips this pregnancy.  What is up with that.
  • We have a craft/girl's night with my sistas and my cuz Saturday night and now that I know what I'm making I can't stop thinking about it.  Nerd alert.
  • I can't eat just one fruit bar.  I always eat two.  See also: fatty.
  • I stopped for gas after work yesterday and bought a bag (a small bag --- like it really matters) of Cheetos and a box of Jujyfruits.  See also: send help.
  • My life revolves around food right now.  It kind of grosses me out at times.
  • I'm counting down the days until we find out the sex of this babaaay.  
  • I think Mia has one clean pair of undies and if I don't do laundry tonight I will be the worst mother ever.
  • I've started telling Mia that a show is not on even if it's on the DVR.  I just can't stand anymore Dora or Peppa Pig.  I'll take anything but those.  Even The Fresh Beat Band.
  • We were watching The Office last night and Pam and Jim were talking about having two kids and Pam said, "we have two kids, nothing exciting will be happening for us for a long time."  Hubs and I looked and each other and just giggled.  (It's so true and the thought of no vacations and messes everywhere causes me some anxiety; I'm not scared to admit it).
Happy Hump Day!

Friday, September 7, 2012

BumpDate: 13 Weeks

What I'm craving?: Tacos people.  Like I think I could eat them everyday type situation.

Funny/Memorable Story Of The Week:  Mia's new thing is when she gets mad, no matter what she will say and I quote, "Fine.  I'm not going to play with you annnnnnnnnnyyyyyymore."  Alrighty then Miss Sassy Pants.

Weight Gain: I don't weigh myself much even when I'm not pregnant, so until my next doc appointment I have no idea.

Work Out Regimen: I've worked out twice this week.  Feels good to get back to the gym.

What's Different?:  I get aggravated pretty easily, but that's probably mostly because I can't have wine right now.  My tolerance level is not so great at work.  More so than usual.  Dumb people are worse when you're pregnant.  See also:  last week's comment about mood swings. Yep.  That.

Boy or Girl:  Still feeling boy for some reason although the thought of a boy makes me all sorts of nervous.  Boys are horny when they get older and that scares me.  I'm dead serious about this.  I'm scared about a horny boy in my house.  I know girls are horny too, but boys, ummmm...ewwwww.  Weird? Yes.  Honest? Yes.  I've never claimed to be anything other than that, so...

Sleep:  Better than last week, I think the working out is helping my sleep.

Labor Signs: Negative good buddy.

Movement: Here and there, but again still not convinced it's the actual baby that's moving.

What I Miss:  Nothing in particular at the moment.

What I'm Looking Forward To: My hair appointment this weekend.  Can I just say the decision to go a smidge darker right before I got pregnant was a genius idea.  My roots would have been super scary by now if I was my lighter blonde color.

How Baby's Growing: This week baby is the size of a medium shrimp and fingerprints have formed on his/her tiny fingertips.  Can we just pause for a moment a how amazing this process is and how quickly they become so "real."  Wow.  Just wow.

The Big Sister:  Mia's doing great.  I feel like she has grown up so much and so quickly these past two weeks.  She seems so much older and so much smarter each and every day.  I love her heart, wish for a dose of her energy and let's be honest, I'm a little jealous of her dance skills.  I feel a little guilty that I don't have her in dance or gymnastics or something.  I know she would love it and I need to do it.  It would be a really great thing for she and I to do together before and after the baby gets here.  I think the guilt is normal.  I think there is a sense of guilt when you are building a second baby when you are so attached to your first.  It took shall pass I know, but for right now I have a bit of guilt Momma going on.

I hope you have a great weekend!  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Linking up again with Mrs. Dew...

This week I'm saying So What if:

  • Mia and I didn't get out of our jammies until the afternoon on Sunday.  We had no plans.  Inside jammie days are the best.
  • I ordered Mia's Halloween and Christmas and Big Sister jammies yesterday.  Kohl's was having a sale.  And Miss AP posted a promo code, so duh...who wouldn't?
  • I was kinda pissed that the nail salons were closed Monday. I had some me time on Monday and after the gym had every intention to get a pedi.  I mean I guess that's ok, but seriously I need a pedi.  It's still on my radar this week and I'm going to figure out a way to make it happen. Priorities.
  • I bought the wrong size shoes over the weekend.  Duh.
  • I'm not sure my Hubs will ever finally agree to getting our kitchen done and I'm 2.4 seconds away from drafting a contract he has to sign (he even asked me if I was going to make him write it down when he finally agreed to moving forward yesterday).  He's so wishy washy about it and my goal was to have it done by the holidays.  Tic toc.
  • I'm having a week where I just feel fat and super ugly and the huge zit on my chin isn't helping.  Um, I'm not 13, just pregnant.  Chill out hormones.
  • I can't stop thinking about tacos.  So much so my bestie is taking me for Mexican next week.  I can only make them at home so much.
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Deep Thoughts by Melissa

What is the Simple Life?

How do we define it?  Do we even know that it exists.

I'm often exhausted from the world that we live in and the country that we reside in.  The expectations that our country upholds for the working hours are insane.  We live in a world were technology doesn't allow many of us to be disconnected enough to get an evening break at home with our children and families, because we are just one email, one call or one text away from a colleague, a client, a boss.

Where it is convenient at times it's just another piece to add to the stress equation.  Everyone deserves a break.

Almost daily my cell phone starts ringing 15 minutes after I leave the office.  Why?  Because people know I'm driving home and they know they can catch me at that time.  Oh, you're driving good.  While I have you...  Ummmm.....I'm driving.  Safety first people.  Bluetooth or not.

It depends on who is calling, but I've stopped answering as much.  Why?  Because I'm not obligated to answer those calls after hours. I should because I'm technically on call 24-7-365 because of my position.  I answer them because I'm passionate about my job.  I care about what I've been hired to do.  It's important to me that I do my job the best that I possible can. I'm also in a supervisory role and I train future managers and it's important to ME that I'm a good model of behavior to them.  This is how I was raised and this is what I believe strongly. BUT. This job only defines a small piece of who I am.

I'm also a Mom and a Wife.  A Sister, a Daughter and an Aunt.  When I get home from my day job, I go into my night "job."  I need time away from work, but most importantly I need time with my family who i miss desperately through (most of) the days.  I need that time with them and time away from what I spend so much of my life doing.  And that is working.

Does it provide amazing things for my family? Yes.  Do I regret some days that I've chosen a path to be a working Mom.  I'd be lying if I didn't question it sometimes.  But this is me.  This is the path I have chosen.

One of my favorite shows is House Hunters International.  Since the Hubs and I have been together we've always talked about packing up, consolidating our life and moving somewhere much more simple.

Yesterday, they showcased two families that relocated to Antigua and Grenada.  AAAAAAAAAAmazing.

It would be hard to make that plunge, mostly because of the relationship I have with my family, but this is our one life.  Our one life to live.  We're over the monotony, the stress, the constant working, the lack of family time.  Is this what I want my kids to know?  Yes and No.  There are benefits to the freedoms that we have, but our country focuses entirely too much on work and not enough on family.  If we want to change that it's is up to my Husband and me.  There is a great big world out there and a lot of it has beaches and oceans.  We'll get there.  I strongly believe that we will.  We'll get that chance.  I just need a sign letting me know that it's a good decision for us to make.