Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Maternity Clothes Update

I still cannot stand them, so that's not an update.  However...

Remember the sequined mini skirt I stumbled across at the maternity store last month?  Well, today I made another dreaded trip to the maternity store in search of a nice maroon shirt to fit over the bump.  I did not find what I was looking for, but I DID find the mini skirt, still on the clearance rack!  Imagine that.  Now there were two of them (a return?) marked down to $9.99.  I managed to take a picture this time.  I must say it was not as obnoxious as I remember.  The sequins do not show very well, but it still cracks me up that a preggo would wear it. 

Notice that thing to the left?  It's a fake belly.  Totally weirded me out the first time I saw it hanging in the dressing room.  Welcome to my world. :)

4 Preggos Tailgate

Last weekend we met some of our friends in College Station to tailgate before the Texas A&M/OSU game. 
Ready to party!

We took the kiddos to the Spirit Walk (where the team walks down Houston St into Kyle Field) and to the kids' yell practice.



You can't see much from this pic, but they loved Yell Practice!  Madeline was even doing all of the pass back hand signs.  We were so proud. :)

As the team was walking by they were giving out high fives.  Madeline thought it was so cool.  I only wish I knew the players by their faces and not just their jerseys!

Check out this hair piece.  Witty comment not needed...it takes care of itself.

We also took them to watch the Corps march in.  E-2 stopped right by where were standing, so we tried to get a few pics with Reveille.  This is the best we could do.  I was so afraid she was going to try and grab Reveille's nose like she occasionally does with Fergie.  Thank goodness she kept her hands to herself.

We had SO much fun, but boy...were we a sight!  All 4 families have a toddler and one on the way. 

Me (due Feb 4th), Sara (due last week of Jan.), Kim (due in 6 weeks) and Katie (due in 4 weeks)

At one point the four of us walked through Spence park to Koldus to use the restroom.  You can imagine the looks we were getting, even a few comments: "Oh my gosh, ALL of them are pregnant!"  The husbands were watching the kids while we were gone, and one lady stopped by the tailgate and said, "This must be the nursery."  Wait until next year, lady...hahaha.

Finally, I might be slightly biased, but this could be one of the cutest pictures taken in the history of the world. (thanks Sara!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Day

Monday = School for Maddie = Freedom!

I decided to make a trip to Target in peace.  I picked up a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and happily took my time strolling the aisles.  It's amazing the kind of clearance deals you can find when you don't have a toddler throwing goldfish and trying to climb out of the basket.  I was leaving the store with a smile on my face, until I happened to look down and noticed the gym shorts I had on were inside out.  Awesome.  Apparently I should have paid more attention when dressing myself this morning.  Fail #1.

I ran a few more errands and stopped by CVS to get a flu shot.  While I was waiting, a mom with an overly hyper child walked up to the pharmacy where I was sitting.  The boy looks at me and says something in jibberish (huh?).  The mom says, "He was asking what your name is."  I look at the boy and say, "My name is Amanda."  He starts SCREAMING and crying at the top of his lungs.  He says, "That's NOT what I asked you!"  Well excuse me, maybe you should speak english next time.  So I made a kid cry.  Fail #2.

To top it all off...
This afternoon Madeline was happily playing and watching Sesame Street in the living room, so I went into my room to go through some clothes. Ten minutes later I go to check on her, and she's stirring plastic beads in a toy bowl with a toy spoon. Then she puts the spoon in her mouth and spits out a bead.  Great.  It just so happened that she broke a play bracelet with beads on them (that I thought was Maddie proof), and decided to use the beads as play food.  I gathered all the beads and quickly realized that there were at least 6-7 missing to make the full bracelet.  Double great.  A quick call to the pediatrician confirmed that this was not a big deal and she should "pass" them soon.  That'll be a fun conversation with her teacher on Wednesday... "Let me know if you find any hot pink beads in my kid's poop." Fail #3.  The good new is over the course of the afternoon Madeline kept magically finding more beads that she had hidden.  My guess is that if she did eat any, it was only a few. 

Never a dull moment.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Aggie Football and Paula Deen

Last weekend was packed!  On Friday we drove to Bryan to celebrate Papa K's birthday.  Saturday morning Gerilyn, Jordan, some friends and I drove from Bryan back to Houston to see Paula Deen at the Metropolitan Cooking Show.  Surprisingly she did not cook (her husband did in the background).  It was more like a comedy show, and she was soooo funny!  I could have listened to her talk for hours.   If you ever get the opportunity to see her, I highly recommend it.  

Paula and her husband

Our group

After the show, we drove back to Bryan.  They dropped me off where the boys and Madeline were tailgating for the Texas A&M/Idaho game.  It was Maddie's first Aggie tailgating experience and she loved it!  Check out the shoes...

Family pic (Yes, I am very well aware that my shirt is purple and not maroon.  Do you know how hard it is to find a maroon maternity tank top?  My belly isn't big enough to sport the "future Aggie" shirt.  Right now the arrow would be pointing to the ground and that's just weird.)

We also stopped by the Ol' Ags Kegs and Eggs tailgate (always a rowdy occasion).   Jon and Ben were both in the organization during their college days.  Two years ago, I was at this tailgate pregnant with Madeline and all of the college girls looked at me like I was the plague, like "what is this preggo doing here??"  I wanted to tell them, "This is what life looks like 5 years down the road.  It's called growing up.  And by the way, I used to be cool too suckers."  Haha. 

I got a kick out of it then, and even a bigger kick out of it this year when we showed up with a toddler and pregnant!!  Of course they all thought Maddie was hilarious.  She found sunglasses on the ground and decided to adopt them.  She may  or may not have left with a ball from the beer pong table. 

Kleckley boys tailgating

After tailgating Papa K took Madeline home and the rest of us went to the game.  It's always great to be back at Kyle field, especially when the Aggies win!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Need A Good Laugh?

I saw this link on someones Facebook page.  It was posted on Tosh.O with the title "You think your job is bad?"  After a particularly rough day with a strong willed child, I need this reminder that it can always be worse:  You could be subjected to this everyday!
We are Wal-Mart

Sunday, September 18, 2011

20 Weeks

How far along: 20 weeks

Size of baby: 10 inches long and 10 1/2 ounces (about the length of a banana)
Weight gain: 10 pounds
Maternity Clothes: Shorts, pants and some tops.
Gender: It's a BOY!!
Movement:  I feel little movements a few times a day.

Sleep: No major complaints, although the whole "I can't sleep on my back" thing is starting to bug me. 
Symptoms: Nothing major...this would be what I would call my happy pregnancy months.  I still get tired easily, but nothing like it's been the past 20 weeks.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back.  And drinking.  There, I said it.  Tailgating at a football game isn't the same when you're sipping bottled water. 
Cravings: Fruit, salad, Chipotle, ice water, anything cold.  (This still cracks me up.  What pregnant person craves salad??) 
Best Moment this week: Getting to 20 weeks!! I'm halfway there!!  Whoo hoo!! 
What I am looking forward to: Feeling the baby move more.  It's one of the few things I enjoy about being pregnant, and I forgot how much fun it is to feel a baby move. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hail Clear Creek High: 10 Year Reunion

Last weekend was my 10 year high school reunion.  It's crazy how time flies.  Everyone pretty much looked the same, but I'd like to think we all look better than we did 10 years ago.  Despite me thinking this would be an awkward event due to Facebook, it was actually really fun. It doesn't hurt that I still keep up with my same close group of friends from back then, so it was an excuse for us to get together kid FREE (woo hoo!). 

Friday night was the Homecoming football game.   It was also a special occasion for Aimee, who was celebrating her homecoming as a high school senior.  It's weird for me to think that in 10 years she'll be my age and maybe be married with kid(s).  But by then I'll almost be 40 so we won't go there. 

The youngest and the oldest

There was not much socializing at the football game but it was still fun.  The stadium was packed, and my child was extra hyper.  The only time she sat still was during the band and drill team performances, which she loved.

 Friends at the game: Stephanie, Allison, Jetonne, Joseph, me and Will

Saturday night was a dinner at La Brisa.  The last time I had worn heels was for weddings in May and August, so it was nice to get extra dressed up for a change.

Two side notes:
1.  This is the semi-tent non-maternity dress I got for $11 on clearance at Old Navy.  I think it turned out cute!
2.  I did NOT put my hand on my hip by choice.  Stephanie made me do it.  It's a MAJOR pet peeve of mine, people.  She said it's to elongate your arms.  I told her I obviously don't need help in that department and she agreed. :)

Superstar!!  (It's an inside joke that comes with a long story.  It makes me laugh, so therefore it gets blog recognition.  Let's just say it has to do with really crappy golf shots we used to hit during high school tournaments.)

As promised, I forced my close friends to replicate a picture we took at my 18th birthday party.  This is the original.  The lines are  bent edges from sitting in a frame that was too small for the picture. 


I think we look way hotter than we did back then, but maybe I'm biased.  Although I must say my hair was probably much healthier back then.  After all, it was before the Chi.  (thank GOD for that invention!)

Will and the girls

Class Picture

As expected, Jon did have more fun and my reunion than his.  Bryan High might have had an open bar, but it didn't have Rocco, Chuck and Will to entertain him!

The weekend made me feel very thankful for where I am in my life.  No one can predict the future, but I'm pretty pleased with how mine has turned out since I graduated 10 years ago! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What's Really Going On In The Big 12

For those of you who have been following Texas A&M's attempted transition to the SEC and all the Big 12 drama, you'll get a kick out of this.  For those who haven't or don't care, you'll be bored.  Pick one of my friend's blogs on the right side of the page to read instead. :)

PS - Foul language ahead...don't read if you get offended by that sort of thing.  But it's reaaallllly funny...

A&M: We' re leaving

Texas: Fine leave. We'll replace you with notre dame and Arkansas and BYU.
A&M: fine we're gone. You're gonna miss us.
Texas: you're going to miss going 7-5
Dan Beebee: "what's going on?"
Texas: shut up Dan
SEC: we'd love to have A&M
A&M: sweet we're ready
Sec: well there's a couple things. The other schools have to let you go.
Rest of BIG 12: sure, whatever. Get the **** out.
A&M: they said we could go.
Sec: okay we'll get together and let you know.
Texas: Notre Dame is out and so is Arky. BYU is a maybe. It's cool though, we'll just invite SMU, Houston and somebody else. All is well as long as we get our tv network and money.
OU: hmm, maybe A&M was on to something.
OSU and Tech: ugmm we're game if you're game.
KSU, Kansas, ISU and Baylor: what are you guys talking about.
OU, OSU: nothing shut the **** up.
Mizzou: keep it down a-holes I'm talking to the BIG 10.
Texas: you a-holes better not be trying to leave.
OU: well whatta you gonna do if we do.
Baylor: who's leaving?
Texas: OU, OSU and Tech.
Baylor: that's ******* bull****.
Texas: tech you better not even be thinking about that
KSt: yeah bad form guys. (Whispers to Kansas) what's our options.
Kansas: just be cool. I think I can get us out east.
Mizzou: what's that? I'll go out east.
Kansas: Yeah sure just shut up already.
Texas: this isn't looking so good.
ISU: hello MWC. Goodbye world. (Puts gun in mouth, pulls trigger)
OU, OSU: looks like we're going west!
Texas: ****.
Tech. (Silent fist pump)
Sec: congratulations A&M. You're coming to the SEC.
A&M: YA mother*ckers. See ya *******.
Sec: but....
A&M: but what?
Sec: they all have to repromise not to sue.
A&M: well that's fine. I mean they all already said they wouldn't right guys.
OU: ya.
OSU: no argument from us.
Mizzou: whatever.
A&M: Baylor?
Baylor....
Texas: ( snicker)
Tech: f*ck
A&M: are you ******* serious? You ******* worthless mother f*ckers.
Baylor: well, rivalries and integrity.....yada yada yada
Kst: sweet. We'll go along with this. Come on ISU. ISU!? Oh god.

So to all my A&M fans it may not be that simple.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Horns Hold Up The Halo...

I've been using this phrase to describe Madeline quite a bit lately.  One minute I think she's possessed, the next minute she's a sweet little angel.  Today's example:

Who gets put in time out in the church cry room?  This child.  Don't even ask.  Jon said she sat there for 2 whole minutes and didn't move.  He thinks she likes time out.

Then, tonight when we were saying bedtime prayers we prayed for Mommy, Daddy, Madeline, baby and Fergie.  I asked who else she wanted to pray for.  She listed (in this exact order): Niki, Peter, GiGi, Aimee and Elmo.  Yes, Elmo.  Sorry to all of you who did not make the cut before a Sesame Street character. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

18 Weeks

(one week late...oops)

How far along: 18 weeks

Size of baby: 5 1/2 inches long and 7 ounces (about the size of a bell pepper)
Weight gain: 8 pounds (yes, I gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks)
Maternity Clothes: Shorts and pants, but I'm still wearing regular tops.
Gender: It's a BOY!
Movement: I feel little movements a few times a day
Sleep: No major complaints, although I need to stop sleeping on my back (a no no for pregnant peeps).
Symptoms: The exhaustion is really improving.  I ususally only nap for 45 min a day instead of Madeline's entire nap time.  I can also literally feel my belly getting bigger.  It's getting harder to pick up Madeline 400418444512 times a day.
What I miss: My energy and normal appetite. And the occasional alcoholic drink.
Cravings: Fruit, salad, Chipotle, ice water, anything cold
Best Moment this week: Finding out we're having a healthy baby boy
What I am looking forward to: Not being pregnant in 20 ish weeks....is it too early to start saying that? :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flash Mob

Yesterday we went to watch my mom and sisters participate in a flash mob during a Zumba class at Discovery Green.  Maria is part of the Houston Rockets Launch Crew, and the flash mob was done to promote the Launch Crew, Space City Seniors and Little Dippers (all performance groups for the Rockets).

Houston Rockets Flash Mob @ Zumba

It's hard to tell who's who, but Maria is in the front wearing a white t-shirt.  My mom is in the back right wearing white capris.  (sorry Aimee, you're to hard to pick out!)

I must say, we were very impressed.  It was funny to watch the look on people's faces when they realized they were witnessing a flash mob!

It's A....

BOY!!  More imporantly, a healthy, perfect baby boy!  We are so excited! 

It was funny.  The little guy was not cooperating, so I had to lay on my side away from the screen for the ultrasound tech to get some good shots.  The only thing  I could see was Jon's face, which had a major look of concentration trying to figure out what was on the ultrasound until she said "It's A Boy!"  Of course, we would have been thrilled either way, but I'm excited to experience the other side of things and Jon is excited to have someone on his team this time around.  I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about how to handle a boy, but I know it'll be lots of fun. 

He wasn't moving very much so we didn't get many good pictures.  Jon said he better learn to stick up for himself or his big sister will beat him up...haha.  It never ceases to amaze me how much detail you can see on ultrasounds.  It's a good reminder that: oh yeah, there is a little person in there! 

No name yet, and do not ask because once we decide we probably won't tell anyone. :)  We have no idea what his first name will be but his middle name will be Lawson.  It's Jon's middle name, and has been the middle name of the first born Kleckley son for the past 3-4 (?) generations.  Naming a child really stresses me out and I have this fear that we'll pick a name, tell everyone, he'll be born and look nothing like his name.  Therefore, no one will know until he's born.

I made my first boy shopping trip yesterday.  It's definitely different than shopping for little girls, but it's nice to change things up a bit.  Now I get to shop for TWO kids! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

21 Months!

  • It's amazing to me how much information she absorbs.  I'll just say something once and she'll repeat it days later.  The highlight (or lowlight) of this month? "crazy child"
  • When coloring, she loves to spell her name.  She'll hand me a crayon and say, "Spell Keckey. Spell Madine."  She'll say the letters outloud as I write them, and she almost knows how to spell her whole name!  Considering it's 16 letters I figured we should get a head start.
  • She's getting better about singing her Abc's and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and has added Frere Jacque, Jesus Loves Me, Good Morning to You and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  • She'll repeat parts of books before we read them to her.  If we skip pages of longer books she knows and will turn the pages back and say "read that".
  • 75% of the time she has something in her diaper, she'll run up to me and say "no diaper".  This is good, but if we don't change it immediately she'll take it off herself. 
  • She's really into shoes.  I put a basket of them in the living room and she'll entertain herself by trying them all on.  Speaking of shoes, she finally keeps them on in the car! 
  • She's doing really well feeding herself with a fork/spoon.  She can eat yogurt and applesauce without getting it all over her.
  • She bosses her toys ("Stay riiighhht there, baby, teddy, etc") and Fergie ("Come here, Fer-guy") around
  • She gets very concerned when she loses track of people or her things: "Where'd you go, Dada, Fergie, baby, etc" (while holding her arms out)
  • She's really into hiding right now...and she's good at it.  Her favorite places are behind the chair in her room and in the laundry room (when the lights are out she closes her door and sits on Fergie's bed)
  • She still does not want to ride in a stroller or shopping cart. 
  • She is really into her baby doll right now, especially changing her diaper.  She'll pretend to change it and say "That stinky. Yuck."
  • She repeats EVERYTHING we say.  I feel like there is a parrot/constant echo in this house.