Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Fergie!

(one day late)

Happy Birthday to our furry dog child, who first taught us how to care for another living being, who loves us even when we yell at her for barking and who protects her "little" sister even when she pulls her tail!  We love you Fergs! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

12 Weeks

Quite a few of my friends have posted weekly pregnancy updates similar to this, and I think it's a great idea to keep track of everything! I probably will only do this monthly, or every few weeks as things start to change.

How Far Along:  12 weeks
Size of baby: Just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce
Weight gain: Nothing yet
Maternity Clothes:  I busted out my maternity shorts last week, mainly for comfort's sake and not necessity.  My stomach looks and feels like I just ate Thanksgiving dinner.
Gender: We find out September 6th!
Movement: Nothing yet
Sleep:  Ha.  Currently making 3-6 bathroom trips a night, then I can't fall back asleep.  I'm also starting to have restless legs, which I didn't get until the 3rd trimester with Madeline. About every 3rd night I'll get a good night's sleep.
Symptoms: The classics - Some nausea, really tired, metallic taste in my mouth, heartburn, starting to feel my belly stretch and grow. 
What I miss: Wine (try and act surprised) and my energy
Cravings: Fruit, salad, Chipotle, anything cold
Best Moment this week: Getting some of my energy and motivation back
What I am looking forward to: The END of the first trimester!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Very Cute Picture

Aren't they adorable??

Did you catch it? 

What, you didn't notice?

Is this more obvious?

That's right, friends!  Kleckley baby #2 is due February 4th!  We are so excited and cannot wait for the added craziness to our family!  I'm 12 weeks pregnant, and we find out September 6th if the baby is a boy or girl.  I don't like referring to growing babies as "it"...we called Madeline "peanut" until she was born, so this baby shall be referred to as "nugget", although Jon thinks the ultrasound looks more like Mega-mind

I've felt much better than I did with Madeline, but I'm still not free of the typical pregnancy symptoms.  This time around, I was given the magical anti-nausea pill (Zofran).  Thank you, Jesus!  With #2, I also think I know how to manage it better.  I know I need to eat something of substance (not junk food) every 2 hours or I'll regret it later.  I still have food aversions, but I've still been able to cook and eat decent food for the most part.  With Madeline, I literally did not cook anything for 2 months and could not walk in the kitchen without gagging.  By this point with her, I had lost 15 pound.  This time, I've maintained my same weight.  I can't tell you how grateful I am for this!!

I've also been totally, completely exhausted.  When Madeline naps, so do I, and I'm not afraid to admit that Sesame Street and Nick Jr have become great babysitters.  We do not go many places other than the pool, because I'm simply worn out.  I've had zero guilt about the amount of time I spend resting....growing a child is exhausting.  It's starting to get old, so I was very happy when some of my energy started to return this week. 

I'm also very grateful for what an extra wonderful husband Jon has been in dealing with this preggo wife.  He goes to the grocery store when I can't stomach it, cooks dinner when I don't feel like it, entertains Madeline when I don't feel well, and doesn't complain when the house is a mess.   With the first baby, I think it's hard for guys to really understand what's going on until the baby bump starts growing and moving.  With #2, you know what to expect, how this part is just a phase, and that there are MUCH better things to come! 

The Return of Football

We cannot wait for football season to arrive.  We are only basketball fans when Maria is cheering for the Rockets.  Don't even get me started on professional baseball.  Football also makes me think of fall (my favorite season) when it's 100 degrees outside.

With the expectation of a good Texas A&M football team, yesterday's announcement of the end of the NFL lockout and the return of our Fantasy Football league, bring it on!  Right on cue, I was cleaning out drawers yesterday and found Madeline's "One Dat, Two Dat, Are You a Who Dat" book.  It's a kids book about the Saints, and we had to hide it a few months ago because it's the only book she wanted to read.  We've read it 256404 times since yesterday, and it's kept her occupied for 30 minutes this morning.  We now keep hearing "Who Dat" and "I a fan".  I cannot WAIT to play Who Dat songs for her! 


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Miss Priss

Last month we took Madeline to get 18 month pictures taken.  It's no secret that she can be a very strong-willed child, so we were concerned for her behavior, especially after a 45 minute wait during lunchtime.  We were blown away when she followed instructions...what!  In fact, she hammed it up so much, we decided it worthy of a video. (Please ignore my mommy voice)

July 4th Weekend

We spent our July 4th weekend in Galveston.  My parents rented a house on the bay and invited Peter's in-laws, the Holton's, to spend the extended weekend with us.  It was a different (but fun) experience staying on the bay side.  We had easy access to boating activities and the beach was a 2 minute drive away.

          Our casa.  Not too shabby!

I was in charge of making desserts:  Banana Pudding cupcakes, Oreo cheesecake and red velvet cupcakes.  I decided that I've become an icing snob.  Stuff out of the can is no longer acceptable to me (time permitting, of course :)

Boiled crabs with the Pops:  He had to teach all of Aimee's friends how to peel them.  I think they have a long way to go before they can appreciate them!

Our friends the Stones moved to Fort Worth in May, so we were VERY excited to see them in Galveston!  They came over to the bay house to play.  Madeline kept trying to boss Rich around...and then she kissed him! ha!

Madeline took her very first boat ride.  To say she was not a fan of the life jacket is an understatement.  She was squirmy the entire time, except for when we were going fast...then she had a huge grin on her face.

The house had a really nice back patio.  We could sit in the shade while Madeline played in her pool.

No trip to Galveston is complete without a trip to the beach, even if the water is brown and your husband has to remove all the seaweed in a 15 ft radius so your child doesn't step on it. :)


Lounging in the pool Daddy made for her

First time eating watermelon like a big girl

Friday, July 15, 2011

How to Combat Summer Boredom with a Toddler

                                                                          Child Labor

                            Watching the rain (even if the showers are shorter than her attention span)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Long Time Comin'

Eight months ago we bought a king size bed.  It's awesome.  Picking the bedding?  Not.  When Jon and I were getting married almost 6 (!) years ago, one of the biggest arguments we had was in the bedding department at Dillards over what bedding to register for.  Seriously.  Mr. "I only like stripes or solids" and Mrs. "that's boring" couldn't agree.  It was something petty that we laugh about now but I'm sure the people in Dillards were feeling very awkward at the time.

I digress.  We agree on something reddish that does not have stripes.  Then I find it: A Pottery Barn set (of course) on clearance (woo!).  Unfortunately, a king size set was no where to be found, in stores or online.  They politely tell me that it's being reordered in July, and this was November!  So we waited 8 months for this. 

It arrived the other day.  It's fabulous and I, I mean we love it. 
(Yes, I'm very well aware that people have real problems.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

High School Reunion

Today I registered for my 10 year high school reunion which will be held in September.  I remember discussing this event with my friends on multiple occasions over the past years: "We're going to be almost 30.  That's SO old!  We might be MARRIED and have KIDS and a JOB!" 

As I was going though the process I had a few thoughts fly through my head:
1.  My 10 year reunion will take place on Homecoming Weekend for Clear Creek High School.  The same weekend that Aimee will be celebrating her Senior year Homecoming. Ha.  Out of all things, this is what makes me feel old! 

2.  In the world of Facebook, won't it make talking to people awkward?  I still keep up with all of my close high school friends, but the acquaintances?  Most likely, you are already Facebook friends, which probably means you know their marital status, job situation, where they live and if they have any kids. You barely spoke in high school but you know they just got a new puppy. You've already stalked each other's photos at some point, so you already know that they married a short redhead and they went to Boston for summer vacation.  So how does the conversation go?  Do you fake it like you don't know any of these details, or do you act like a stalker and congratulate them on their new house before they mention it?

3.  Assuming someone is not on Facebook (gasp) and there hasn't been mutual stalking:  When a person asks me what I'm doing these days and I state that I'm a stay at home mom, why do I feel the need to summarize the past 10 years of my life afterwards as if they make up for what I'm doing now?  This happens to me on occasion.  I feel the need to say, "I'm a stay at home mom.  BUT I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Finance, moved to Chicago, and worked in CORPORATE retail before having a kid."  Not that I have to justify myself to anyone, but I feel like some people still believe that being a stay at home mom is for lazy and unmotivated people.  Anyone with this opinion is more than welcome to spend a few days in my house.  On a semi-related subject, I hate the word "homemaker."  Off the soap box now.

4. To all my high school friends:  You better watch out for me and my camera.  I plan on digging up a few pictures from high school, and we will be duplicating them 10 years later.  I will only be torturing you with this because we ALL look WAY better than we did back then.  It's for our self esteem. Really. :)

5.  Jon has already said that he'll have more fun at my reunion than he did at his. (Duh.  Clear Creek High is cool like that...) The Bryan High reunion was a decent time and funny for me to observe: it was lots of conversation with the people he used to hang out with, and LOTS of awkward "hi's" to everyone else.  This time he gets to sit back with the other spouses and be entertained. 

In all seriousness, I am looking forward to the event.  It will be great seeing old classmates and catching up, even if we already know everything about each other from Facebook. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Granny Camp

Wait a minute...what is this??  Multiple posts in one day??  I have two words for you: Granny Camp.

Right now Madeline is completing her fourth and final day at Granny Camp (aka: spending time in Bryan with Jon's parents).  What is this Mommy to do???

On Wednesday night, Jon and I thought we'd have a date night.  Then he got sick. So we spent the evening watching Flipping Out re-runs on Bravo and Casey Anthony junk.  Then I slept upstairs to avoid the germs.

On Thursday, my first full childless day, I spent 2 hours folding and putting away laundry, deep cleaned the kitchen, went to the grocery store, and cleaned out the pantry.  Yes, I know, I define the word exciting.  At least it ended with a nice girls night at a friend's house.

Yesterday I spent the day with my mom and sisters.  I told them I wanted to go places that I would never take Madeline. :)  We went to antique stores in The Heights, ate lunch at Tiny Boxwood's and went shopping at the Galleria.  It was glorious.  Last night Jon and I had our date night.  We went to see Horrible Bosses at 5:20 because I didn't want to deal with opening weekend crowds.  I'm such an old person.  It was a funny movie, but definitely Redbox $1 rental worthy.  After the movie we ran some errands.  So what do you do on date night when you go shopping without your child?  You buy her things.  We went to Target and bought her a new bathing suit, a new bubble machine to replace the broken one (on clearance!) and a new pair of sandals. 

I've certainly enjoyed sleeping in and not cleaning the high chair 454016 times a day, but I miss the little stinker like crazy.  I'm not used to my house being clean for more that 30 minutes at a time and having an over supply of bananas because the little monkey is not here to eat them. 

Luckily she is having way too much fun at Granny camp.  She has been baking cookies, driving the gator to see the cows, swimming, and took her first trip to Chuck E Cheese.  I've heard rumours that she might be returning with a new pair of shoes that sparkle.  She didn't even want to talk to me on the phone the first day.  The past two days I've gotten a "Hi Mommy."  Here are some pics from her trip:

                                             Baking cookies...I love the guilty look on her face.

Driving the Gator

Eating corn like a big girl

Notes That Should Be Written

My friend Kelly sent me this email and I thought it was hilarious...

Notes that should be written:

Dear Icebergs,
Sorry to hear about the global warming. Karma’s a b*tch.
Sincerely, The Titanic

Dear America,
You produced Miley Cyrus. Bieber is your punishment.
Sincerely, Canada

Dear Yahoo,
I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t know, let’s Yahoo! it…” just saying…
Sincerely, Google

Dear 2011,
So I hear the best rapper is white and the president is black? WTF happened?!
Sincerely, 1985

Dear girls who have been dumped,
There are plenty of fish in the sea…Just kidding! They’re all dead.
Sincerely, BP

Dear Saturn,
I liked it, so I put a ring on it.
Sincerely, God

Dear Skin-Colored Band Aids,
Please make one for every skin color.
Sincerely, Black people

Dear Scissors,
I feel your pain…no one wants to run with me either.
Sincerely, Sarah Palin

Dear World of Warcraft,
Thank you for ensuring my son’s virginity.
Sincerely, Parents Everywhere

Dear Batman,
What was your power again?
Sincerely, Superman

Dear Customers,
Yes, we ARE making fun of you in Vietnamese.
Sincerely, Nail Salon Ladies

Dear Ugly People,
You’re welcome.
Sincerely, Alcohol

Dear World,
Please stop freaking out about 2012. Our calendars end there because some Spanish d-bags invaded our country and we got a little busy ok?
Sincerely, The Mayans

Dear White People,
Don’t you just hate immigrants?
Sincerely, Native Americans

Dear iPhone,
Please stop spell checking all of my rude words into nice words. You piece of shut.
Sincerely, Every iPhone User

Dear Trash,
At least you get picked up…
Sincerely, The Girls of Jersey Shore

Thursday, July 7, 2011

19 Months!

(Picture to come.  A little person that shall remain nameless decided to have a dramatic fit as we tried to take one.)

  • She sleeps from 8pm-7am.  We are down to one nap a day, usually at 1 pm.  She'll sleep from 1 1/2 hrs - 3 hrs, depending on what we do in the morning to wear her out.  Waterpark = 3 hrs.
  • She's starting to put together words.  Most start with Mommy (imagine that):  "Mommy help", Mommy's toy", "Mommy Please", "Fergie no", "Fergie Come" (while patting the ground), "Elmo TV" (while pointing the remote at the TV...yikes)
  • She's very picky about food.  She'll eat most fruit except for melons.  She loves peas, beans, corn and sweet potatoes.  She'll only eat meat if it's covered in some sort of sauce.  She won't eat pasta.
  • She likes to give kisses on the lips
  • She loves the neighborhood waterpark.  She likes to go down the slides, run through the splash pad and play on the steps.
  • She likes to run everywhere
  • She'll finally hold my hand when we're walking.  Lots of practice while walking to the mailbox.
  • She likes to collect "treasures": rocks, leaves, shells and anything small she can collect in her hand
  • Her favorite toys are books, her play kitchen, puzzles and her shape sorter. 
  • Funny story: The other day she was wearing a onesie.  She put a block down her shirt, came up to me and said "Mommy, stuck."  I pulled the toy out of her onesie and she stuck it right back down the top of it.  She ran over to Jon. "Daddy, stuck." We have a new game. 
  • When we are in the car, she likes to play "roll call" with family names.  I say one person's name and she goes through everyone.  It cracks me up how she doesn't get the Kleckleys or Notos confused with each other.  It usually starts like this:           
           Me: "Madeline, we get to see Granny this weekend!"
           Madeline: "Ganie, Pop, Loo, Jay, Bee, Pau, Daya, Mok"

           Me: "Madeline, do you want to go swim at GiGi's House?"
           Madeline: "GiGi, Poppy, Whistle, Amee, Pee (my poor brother), NiNi, LILO (sad how the dog gets  the biggest reaction)